175 Palestinians are currently held under administrative detention, including 9 Members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. Administrative detention is a procedure that allows the military to hold prisoners indefinitely on secret information without charging them or allowing them to stand trial. Military order 1651 empowers military commanders to detain an individual for up to 6 months renewable indefinitely.
While international law permits administrative detention during armed conflict, such detention is only permitted under very specific and narrowly defined circumstances. Israel’s use of administrative detention without any consideration for restrictions imposed by international law can therefore be qualified as arbitrary detention.