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Israeli administrative detention policy slammed by rights group

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Palestinian protesters take part in a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah on August 19, 2015, in solidarity with Mohammed Allan (portraits), a Palestinian detainee in Israeli jails at the time. (Photo by AFP)

A rights group has censured the Israeli regime’s persisting policy of detaining Palestinians and holding them in captivity without charge or trial, describing the practice as legally and morally unacceptable.

Israeli rights group B’Tselem said on Monday that the Tel Aviv regime is using the harsh approach as a punitive measure to circumvent what it described as the regime’s "justice system."

Palestinian prisoners are increasingly resorting to hunger strikes to protest the repressive administrative detention policy as well as the cruel prison conditions in Israeli detention facilities.

The development comes just days after Palestinian lawyer Mohammed Allan ended a 65-day hunger strike on Thursday after an Israeli court suspended his detention due to his severe health condition.

In July, another Palestinian prisoner, Khader Adnan, was released after a 56-day hunger strike to protest his administrative detention. It was the second time Adnan had gone on hunger strike to protest his indefinite detention; he had staged a 66-day hunger strike in 2012, which also led to his release.

Over 7,000 Palestinians are reportedly incarcerated in 17 Israeli prisons and detention centers, many of them without charge or trial, according to Palestinian officials.

Tel Aviv has recently passed a bill allowing the force-feeding of hunger-striking prisoners. The decision seems not to have been implemented as medical authorities have reportedly objected.

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