Hundreds of Palestinian detainees, imprisoned in Israeli jails without charge or trial under so-called administrative detention, have decided to boycott Israeli military courts in an effort to battle their imprisonment.
According to a statement issued by the Palestinians Prisoners’ Club on Wednesday, more than 300 Palestinian prisoners would cease recognizing the courts from next month.
The move came after imprisoned Palestinian prisoner, Khader Adnan, ended 66 days of hunger strike on Tuesday after Israeli authorities promised to release him in April.
The prisoners’ decision is said to be aimed at prompting the international community, including international human rights organizations, to pressure the Israeli regime to terminate its practice of administrative detention in line with which Tel Aviv detains suspects indefinitely without charge or trial.
According to Israeli rights group, B’Tselem, the number of the Palestinian administrative detainees rose from 219 in January 2011 to 307 in December.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have urged Tel Aviv to end the practice as it violates the internationally recognized right to a fair trial.
According to Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics and prisoner advocacy groups, there are currently over 6000 Palestinian prisoners, including legislators, in Israeli jails, many of whom have been rounded up without charge or trial.