Court rejects petition by Palestinian hunger strikers against detenti(HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Jack Khoury 05/08/12)
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The High Court of Justice on Monday denied the petition of two hunger-
striking Palestinians against their administrative detention, which
it conceded must be used sparingly.
"Administrative detention is an aberration in the judicial field, and
thus, no one can deny, must be used as little as possible," the court
The justices voiced unease over Israel´s administrative detention
policy and the fact that some material, often cited as the cause for
detention, is withheld from the detainees´ lawyers.
Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails have begun hunger strikes
in recent months to protest imprisonments they claim are illegal.
Two inmates who have been on hunger strike for more than two months,
Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahla, asked the High Court to free them from
their months-long administrative detention.
The petitioners´ attorneys said the two men had been detained without
a proper investigation. The attorneys, Juad Bulus and Jamil Khatib,
said they were not allowed to see classified material that the state
had cited as grounds for imprisonment.
The attorneys also spoke of the prisoners´ poor health, saying they
posed no threat to Israel´s security.
Justices Elyakim Rubinstein, Noam Sohlberg and Yoram Danzinger denied
the petition. While "administrative detention causes unease in any
judge, on occasion it is an absolute necessity," they said in a
They added, however, that the state should consider allowing a jurist
with security clearance to study information on the inmates´
Such a move "could bring the court´s proceedings closer to
[preserving] the detainees´ rights without harming security," they
Last week, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch reportedly
suggested that Israel should reduce its use of administrative
detention against Palestinian suspects. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz
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