An Arab rights group reported, on Saturday, that Israeli authorities are keeping 17 Palestinian and media professionals in prison.
The Journalists’ Support Committee said in a statement that seven of those detained have already been sentenced, five are still being held under Israel’s administrative detention policy, and five more are awaiting their judgments.
Administrative detention permits Israel‘s authorities to keep a prisoner in custody indefinitely without prosecution or trial.
The rights group is protesting “the delay in verdicts against inmates who have been held without charge for several years,” calling the policy “a blatant breach of international law and human rights.”
“In an Israeli attempt to silence Palestine’s media and the people’s resilience,” it added, “the occupation practices systematic state terrorism against the Palestinian media.”
According to Palestinian prisoners in Israel’s jails advocacy groups, at least 4,600 Palestinians are incarcerated in jails, including roughly 500 administrative detainees.