Illegal arrest and the illegal detention of Palestinian citizens in Israel is not the hot news for modern society. All who are arrested for political activism, membership in political organizations, violent resistance,
nonviolent resistance, for throwing stones and, of course, those who have been arrested for anything, all of them are considered to be political prisoners, because they are in the prisons on political charges and the Palestinians, according to the international law, have the right to resist the occupation. People are detained everywhere, without explaining the reason of their detention. Three types of deprivation of liberty before the court are practiced: the detention of an adult lasts 4 days before the trial and may be extended for another 4 days, at the same time according to the international law, detention can last up to 24 hours and 48 hours is a maximum period before the trial. Children are detained for 2 days. For teenagers under the age of 16- 18 years detention can last 2+2 days. The arrest can last 75 days before the person will be taken to court.
At the same time, interrogations are going, and the arrested person is not told what he/she is accused in, sometimes the lawyer can not visit the prisoner and there is no possibility to check the conditions under which the person is contained and it is impossible to check is there any pressure on the person during the interrogation. After this period, the court may extend the detention for another 75 days, in general it is 150 days, almost half a year. Everything is possible during the interrogation, : various forms of physical effects may be applied, in some cases, tortures. Often during interrogation children are asked to sign in the papers in Hebrew, in spite of the fact that children usually do not speak Hebrew. They explain that it is a protocol of their testimony, but in fact, it can be a recognition. Administrative detention is made by the military command and it can last from 1 to 6 months, after this period the command can get a new order for the next six months. It can last for years.
The case of the longest continuous detention of the person under the administrative detention was almost 6 years old. In this case, no accusations are voiced, there is no trial, and the case is based on secret material to which neither the detainee, nor the lawyers have no access. In the process of protecting the person under the administrative detention, the lawyers don’t know what he/she is accused in and what evidences are against the person there, that is why to protect the person in military courts is very difficult, sometimes impossible.
During the types of pre-trial detention of Palestinians is frequently used psychological and physical pressure, including prohibited means by the international law. After the court passes sentence, the accused serves time in one of the special prisons or in some prison parts for people who perpetrate “crimes against security”. There is a food problem for Palestinian detainees in all Israeli prisons; the detainees during the interrogations speak about the lack of food that is one of forms of pressure. Almost all Palestinian detainees are given insufficient food, and the food they get they can’t eat.
Nearly 7,000 Palestinian are at the Israeli prisons, there are 55 women, more than 450 teenagers (14-18 years), 6 of them are girls, and 4 of them are children under the administrative detention among them. 660 people are for administrative crimes there, and 500 people are on a life sentence. Lifetime term is usually given to those who have been involved in some military activities such as military commanders. Accordingly, approximately 6,500 are in prison for the membership in banned organizations or for throwing stones. That is, the majority is in prison not for serious crimes.
All appeals of the international community to stop this illegal activity last without the reaction, and Israel continues to move the wrong direction that history will condemn. Israel makes it so offhandedly and without any feelings any remorse, as a result appears a question: Has Israel any obligations? Why does “atmosphere of impunity” for violations of the rights of the Palestinians continues for many years in this country? The international organization “Shield” condemns any act of violence and calls on the international community to draw attention to the actions that, in fact, become a lynch of armed Israeli people against the innocent Palestinians.
We require to carry out the legal examination of each detainee and immediately release the innocent people.