An estimated 800,000 Palestinians in the occupied territories have been detained under a set of over 1,600 Israeli military laws since Israel’s occupation began in 1967. This figure makes up about 17.5 percent of the total Palestinian population in the area, and approximately 40 percent of the total male population.
As of March 1st 2014, 5,224 Palestinians were detained by Israel, including 210 under the age of 18, and 183 held under Israeli administrative detention orders, without charge or trial.
Crimes heard in front of Israel’s military courts are divided into five categories
"Hostile terror activity" (armed offenses)
Disturbing the public order (throwing stones)
Traditional criminal offenses (theft)
Illegally entering Israel
Under the Fourth Geneva Convention, an occupying power may suspend local laws to maintain public order, and may set up “properly constituted, non-political” military courts, to be used only if local courts do not function effectively.
The UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, however, found that the “legal foundations and practices of the military justice system [in Israel] do not comply with international standards”.
The conviction rate for Palestinians in Israeli military courts was 99.74 percent in 2010.
But what really happens when a Palestinian is arrested in the West Bank, and navigates through Israel’s military detention system?
THROUGH THE EYES OF PALESTINIAN PRISONERS
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PRISONER BY LUIS PRADO FROM THE NOUN PROJECT * BARBED WIRE BY LUIS PRADO FROM THE NOUN PROJECT * LAMP BY LUBOŠ VOLKOV FROM THE NOUN PROJECT * GAVEL BY ILSUR APTUKOV FROM THE NOUN PROJECT * DOOR BY MICHAEL ROWE FROM THE NOUN PROJECT