Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:56AM
This file photo shows a Palestinian prisoner being kept behind bars in an Israeli detention facility.
This file photo shows a Palestinian prisoner being kept behind bars in an Israeli detention facility.

Israel has been using the so-called administrative detention against Palestinians as part of an agenda to eliminate the Palestinian population from the occupied territories, a political activist tells Press TV.

In a Thursday interview, Paul Larudee, co-founder of Free Palestine Movement in Berkeley, said that Israel seeks to send a message to the Palestinians by exercising policies such as the administrative detention.

“That message is: We will do whatever we want to do with you, whenever we want to do it. We will make your lives as miserable as possible until you disappear or leave; or if we want we will make you disappear or leave. This is one way of making them disappear by administrative detention, by imprisonment and all that sort of things,” Larudee said.

“Basically what it (administrative detention) says is: We will arrest you whenever we want, for as long as we want, to keep you and we do not have to give you a reason for doing it,” the activist added.

There are reportedly more than 6,500 Palestinians held at Israeli jails.

Hundreds of the inmates have apparently been incarcerated under the practice of administrative detention, which is a policy under which Palestinian inmates are kept in Israeli detention facilities without trial or charge. Some Palestinian prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to 11 years.

The Palestinian inmates regularly hold hunger strikes in protest at the administrative detention policy and their harsh prison conditions.

“The only way to change this situation is to make Israeli crimes so painful to the Israelis that they will stop doing it. That is the only way and no one has yet found the magic way to do that,” the activist pointed out.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society said in a statement on Thursday that Palestinian prisoners Jamal Abu al-Leil and Raed Fayez Mteir have gone on hunger strike after their administrative detention was extended.

Abu al-Leil, a former member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council, served one year in administrative detention following his arrest on February 14 last year. Mteir, who serves as the head of the Qalandiya Youth Center, was detained on April 12 and two administrative detention orders each for six months were slapped against him.