Slippery Slope

Notes From a Crumbling Democracy

Military and Security Forces: February 1, 2012

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According to data obtained by B’Tselem from the Prison Service, there has been a steady increase in the number of Palestinian detainees held in administrative detention in 2011: In January 2011 219 Palestinians were held in administrative detention, while in December 2011 their number had risen to 307.  According to the data, as of the end of December 2011, 29% of detainees had been held for between 6 months and one year, and a further 24% for between one and two years.  17 detainees have been held for between two and four years, and one has been held for more than five years.  The data further shows that at the end of 2011 Israel was holding a Palestinian minor in administrative detention.  One of the detainees, 34 year old Khader Adnan, from the village of ‘Araba near Jenin, was detained on December 17, and has been on hunger strike since the 18th.  According to Physicians for Human Rights, “his condition is life-threatening.”

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