CAMERA’s Israel office today prompted corrections in Times of Israel articles which erroneously reported that the Israeli policy of administrative detention is illegal under international law. The articles, “Palestinian security prisoner’s hunger strike hits 100 days” (Nov. 3) and “After 103 days, Palestinian security prisoner Maher al-Akhras ends hunger strike” (Nov. 6), had erred: “Administrative detention is illegal under international law…”
defense has appealed to Israel’s High Court on several occasions seeking judicial intervention. But the High Court has declined, emphasizing that the evidence of al-Akhras’s involvement in Islamic Jihad revealed to judges behind closed doors is substantive enough to warrant his continued arrest. (Emphasis added.)
Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled Sunday to suspend the administrative detention of Palestinian prisoner Maher Akhras, who is on a three-month hunger strike.Akhras, 49, who hails from the village of Silat ad-Dhahr near Nablus, will remain in Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot. The justice ruled that if Akhras is released from the hospital, the remainder of his detention will be reconsidered, and the prosecution will need to make this announcement at least 48 hours in advance.
His defense has appealed to Israel’s High Court on several occasions seeking al-Akhras’ immediate release. But the High Court has declined, emphasizing that the evidence of al-Akhras’s involvement in Islamic Jihad revealed to judges behind closed doors is substantive.