Palestinian prisoners held without trial or charge are going ahead with their boycott of Israeli military courts in the occupied West Bank.
Palestinian Prisoners Media Office said on Thursday that 500 Palestinian administrative prisoners are now on their 20th day of boycott.
The prisoners have been refusing to show up for their court sessions since the first day of the new year, the group’s media office announced.
The boycott includes the initial hearings to uphold the administrative detention order, as well as appeal hearings and later sessions at the Supreme Court.
Under the banner, “Our decision is freedom … no to administrative detention,” administrative detainees said earlier in a statement their move comes as a continuation of longstanding Palestinian efforts “to put an end to the unjust administrative detention practiced against our people by the occupation forces”.
They also noted that the Israeli occupation’s use of the policy has expanded in recent years to include women, children and elderly people.
“Israeli military courts are an important aspect for the occupation in its system of oppression,” the detainees said, describing the courts as a “barbaric, racist tool that has consumed hundreds of years from the lives of our people under the banner of administrative detention, through nominal and fictitious courts – the results of which are predetermined by the military commander of the region”.
Source: Al-Manar English Website