There are now well over 500 Palestinians held in administrative detention without charge or trial on the basis of secret evidence, reported the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club.

On Sunday, October 12, occupation authorities issued administrative detention orders (both first-time orders and renewals) against 40 Palestinian detainees for periods of 3-6 months. These administrative detention orders are indefinitely renewable after they expire. There have been 83 administrative detention orders issued in the month of October.

Three of the administrative detainees: Azzam Salhab, Fadel Hamdan and Omar Matar, are elected members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. There are currently 29 members of PLC held in Israeli jails, 22 of them in administrative detention.