In principle, administrative detention is considered an extreme and last resort. International norms and principles place administrative detention in the hands of governments to accommodate the most unusual of cases to carry out national interests. However, this is not how it is used within the Israeli context. Israel has resorted too often to administrative detention to circumvent international law and the rights of the Palestinian detainees, up to the point that this form of detention has become a standard of Israeli occupation policies since 1967. Israel enforces harsh and limitless punishments on Palestinian detainees, and relies on “secret files” that neither the detainees nor defense lawyers are allowed access to, thus confiscating the detainee’ right to a fair trial. Since 2000, Israel has issued 25 thousand administrative detention orders, often renewing such orders several times. The occupation simply uses the measure as a means of collective punishment against tens of thousands of Palestinian people, men and women, young and old.
Israel has repeatedly alleged that its occupation forces use administrative detention against residents of the West Bank when other practices fail to meet its security requirements. However, this, in no way, represents the truth of the Israeli use of the practice. Israel, in reality, casually violates international law by abusing any latitude it has given the occupation’s military. This manifests itself in the following ways: