Statistics on Administrative Detention

Published: 
1 Jan 2011
Updated: 
30 Sep 2014

At the end of July 2014, 473 Palestinian administrative detainees were held in facilities run by the Israel Prison Service (IPS).

The following tables present the number of Palestinian residents of the Occupied Territories who were held by Israel in administrative detention on specific dates from 2001 to 2014:

For further information please contact Itamar Barak by e-mail at: itamar@btselem.org.

Administrative detainees by month, 2014

Month
IDF
IPS Date of Statistics
August
*
473
IPS: August 30
July
*
446
IPS: July 31
June
*
363
IPS: June 30
May
*
196
IPS: May 31
April
*
191
IPS: April 30
March
*
186
IPS: March 31
Feb.
*
181
IPS: Feb. 28
Jan.
*
175
IPS: January 31

 

Administrative detainees by month, 2013

Month
IDF
IPS Date of Statistics
Dec. 
*
150
IPS: Dec. 31
Nov.
*
143
IPS: Nov. 30
Oct.
*
140
IPS: Oct. 31
Sept.
*
135
IPS: Sept. 30
August
*
134
IPS: August 31
July
*
134
IPS: July 31
June
*
137
IPS: June 30
May 
*
147
IPS: May 31
April
*
155
IPS: April 30
March
*
164
IPS: March 31
Feb.
*
169
IPS: February 28
Jan.
*
159
IPS: January 31

 

Administrative detainees by month, 2012

Month
IDF
IPS Date of Statistics
Dec.
*
178
IPS: Dec. 31
Nov. 
*
178
IPS: Nov. 30
Oct. 
*
156
IPS: Oct. 31
Sept. 
*
184
IPS: Sept. 30
Aug.
*
212
IPS: Aug. 31
July
*
250
IPS: July 31
June
*
285
IPS: June 30
May
*
302
IPS: May 31
April
*
308
IPS: April 30
March
*
320
IPS: March 31
Feb. 
*
320
IPS: Feb. 29
Jan.
*
309
IPS: January 31

 

Administrative detainees by month, 2011

Month
IDF
IPS Date of Statistics
Dec.
*
307 IPS: Dec. 31
Nov. 
*
283 IPS: Nov. 30
Oct.
*
278 IPS: Oct. 31
Sept.
*
286 IPS: Sept. 30
Aug.
*
272 IPS: Aug. 31
July
*
243 IPS: July 31
June
*
242 IPS: June 30
May
*
228 IPS: May 31
April
*
219 IPS: April 30
March
*
217 IPS: March 27
Feb.
*
214 IPS: February 28
Jan.
*
219
IPS: January 31

 

Administrative detainees by month, 2010

Month
IDF
IPS Date of Statistics
Dec.
*
204 IPS: Dec. 31
Nov.
*
205 IPS: Nov. 30
Oct.
*
213 IPS: Oct. 31
Sept.
*
212 IPS: Sept. 30
August
*
189 IPS: August 31
July
*
199 IPS: July 31
June
*
203 IPS: June 30
May
*
213 IPS: May 31
April
*
222 IPS: April 30
March
*
237 IPS: March 31
Feb.
*
259 IPS: February 28
Jan.
*
264
IPS: January 31

 

Administrative detainees by month, 2009

Month
IDF
IPS Date of Statistics
Dec.
*
278
IPS: Dec. 31
Nov.
*
291 IPS: Nov. 30
Oct.
*
322 IPS: Oct. 31
Sept.
*
335
IPS: Sept. 30
August
*
363 IPS: August 31
July
*
387
IPS: July 31
June
428
IDF: June 28
IPS: June 30
May
*
449
IPS: May 31
April
*
487 IPS: April 30
March
*
506 IPS: March 31
Feb.
542 IDF: February 26
IPS: February 28
Jan.
564
IDF: Janaury 28
IPS: February 3

 

Administrative detainees by duration of detention, 2009

Duration No. of detainees
As of 21
Jan. '09
As of 31 Oct.'09
As of 30 Nov. '09

Under six months

176
73
69

Six months to one year

154
117
103

One year to 1 ½ years

120
59
52

1 ½ years to two years

56
42
41

Two years to 2 ½ years

19
20
18

2 ½ years to three years

18
8
6

Three years to 3 ½ years

2
3 ½ years to four years
2
1

Four years to 4 ½ years

1

Over 4 ½ years

2
1
1
Total
548
322
291

 

Administrative detainees by month ,2001-2008

2008

Month
IDF
IPS Date of Statistics
Dec.
546 IDF: Dec. 28
IPS: Dec. 31
Nov.
569 IDF: Nov. 30
IPS: Nov. 30
Oct.
578
IDF: Oct. 29
IPS: Oct. 31
Sept.
1
598 IDF: Sept. 29
IPS: Sept. 30
August
2
649

IDF: August. 29
IPS: August 31

July
*
691
IPS: July 31
June
730
IDF: June 30
IPS: June 30
May
761 IPS: May 29
IPS: May 31
April
*
790 IPS: April 30
March
776 IDF:March 30
IPS:March 31
Feb.
788
IDF:February 29
IPS: February 28
Jan.
1
813

IDF: January 31
IPS: January 31

 

2007

Month
IDF
IPS Date of Statistics
Dec.
*
842 IPS: Dec. 31
Nov.
9
858
IDF: Nov. 26
IPS: Nov. 30
Oct.
14
842
IDF: Oct. 28
IPS: Oct. 30
Sept.
1
836
IDF: Sept. 24
IPS: Sept. 29
Aug.
818 IDF: Aug. 12
IPS: Aug. 28
July
3
*
IDF: July 18
June
*
831
IPS: June 6
May
*
IDF: May 13
April
809
IDF: April 10
IPS: April 1
March
3
780
IDF: March 4
IPS: March 5
Jan.
6
801

IDF: January 3
IPS: January 25

 

2006

Month
IDF
IPS Date of Statistics
Dec.
1
782 IDF: Dec. 3
IPS: 23 Dec.
Nov.
2
736

IDF: 1 Nov.
IPS: 23 Nov.

Oct.
9
694

IDF: 5 Oct..
IPS: 22 Oct.

Sept.
116
592

IDF: 3 Sept.
IPS: 11 Sept.

July
105
645
IDF: 18 July
IPS: 25 July
Jan.
741
53

IDF: January 3
IPS: January 1

 

2005

 

Month
IDF
IPS Date of Statistics
Dec..
*
47
IPS: Dec. 1
Nov.
*
42
IPS: Nov. 1
Oct.
*
36
IPS: Oct. 1
Sept.
*
24
IPS: Sept. 1
Aug.
596
*
IDF: August 1
July 604
*
IDF: July 1
May
647
*
IDF: May 1
April
704
*
IDF: April 6
Jan.
848
22

IDF: January 6
IPS: January 3

Note: Since February 2005, the Prisons Service has refused to provide B'Tselem with figures on detainees and prisoners on a regular, free of charge basis, as it did previously. Since then B'Tselem had to request the information monthly, under the Law on Freedom of information.

2004

 

Month
IDF
IPS Date of Statistics
Dec.
836
27

IDF: December 5
IPS: December 6

Nov.
831
27
IDF: November 1
IPS: November 2
Oct.
*
23
IPS: October 13
Sept.
760
21

IDF: September 2
IPS: September 2

Aug.
731
20

IDF: August 1
IPS: August 8

July
737
23

IDF: July 7
IPS: July 7

June
723
24

IDF: June 24
IPS: June 13

May
670
33

IDF: May 5
IPS: May 4

April
618
26

IDF: April 4
IPS: April 4

March
605
25

IDF: March 9
IPS: March 2

Feb.
606
22

IDF: February 1
IPS: February 3

Jan.
638
19

IDF: January 4
IPS: January 6

 

2003

Month
IDF
IPS Date of Statistics
Dec.
631
18

IDF: December 1
IPS: December 3

Nov.
659
20
IDF: November 6
IPS: November 4
Oct.
539
14

IDF: October 1
IPS: October 1

Sept.
515
13

IDF: September 4
IPS: September 4

Aug.
687
13

IDF: August 3
IPS: August 6

July
763
22

IDF: July 3
IPS: July 1

June
932
20

IDF: June 2
IPS: June 4

May
1,088
19

IDF: May 1
IPS: May 15

April
1,119
21

IDF: April 3
IPS: April 4

March
1,108
19

IDF: March 2
IPS: March 4

Feb.
1,088
19

IDF: February 5
IPS: February 2

Jan.
1,007
*

IDF: January 1
IPS: *

 

2002

Month
IDF
IPS Date of Statistics
Dec.
949
11

IDF: December 3
IPS: December 11

Nov.
927
9
IDF: November 4
IPS: November 3
Oct.
871
7

IDF: October 1
IPS: October 3

Sept.
857
10

IDF: September 2
IPS: September 3

Aug.
808
5

IDF: August 8
IPS: August 5

July
938
5

IDF: July 15
IPS: July 7

June
929
*

IDF: June 3
IPS: *

May
681
*

IDF: May 12
IPS: *

April
111
*

IDF: April 15
IPS: *

March
40
4

IDF: March 11
IPS: March 7

Feb.
*
*

IDF: *
IPS: *

Jan.
36
*

IDF: January 24
IPS: *

 

2001

Month
IDF
IPS Date of Statistics
December
34
-

IDF: December 5
IPS: December 4

November
31
*
IDF: November 5
IPS: *
October
26
1

IDF: October 24
IPS: October 5

September
*
*

IDF: *
IPS: *

August
16
1

IDF: August 16
IPS: August 5

July
9
1

IDF: July 9
IPS: July 11

June
12
1

IDF: June 14
IPS: June 10

May
11
1

IDF: May 8
IPS: May 8

April
11
1

IDF: April 11
IPS: April 4

March
14
1

IDF: March 15
IPS: March 5

February
16
-

IDF: February 15
IPS: February 8

January
16
-

IDF: January 4
IPS: January 3

From the beginning of the intifada (December 9, 1987) until today, thousands of Palestinians have been held in administrative detention for periods ranging from six months to several years.

The following table details the number of Palestinian residents of the Occupied Territories who were held by Israel in administrative detention on particular dates since November 1989. B'Tselem does not have summary statistics on the total number of Palestinians held in administrative detention during each year .

Administrative detainees by year, 1989-2004

Year
Date
Number of Administrative Detainees
1989
November 5
1,794
1990
*
*
1991
December 30
348
1992
December 30
510
1993
December 1
125
1994
August 3
163
1995
December 27
224
1996
December 25
267
1997
December 31
354
1998
December 26
82
1999
December 23
18
2000
December 13
12
2001
December 5
34
2002
December 8
960
2003
January 1
1,007
2004
January 4
638
  1. Beginning in August 2008, the figures include Palestinian prisoners who are residents of East Jerusalem. In  its figures for previous months and years, the IPS did not include these prisoners in their figures on Palestinian prisoners.
  2. Almost all Palestinian prisoners are now held in installations run by the Israel Prisons Service. On 3 October 2006, responsibility for Ofer Prison was transferred from the IDF to the IPS. Responsibility for Megiddo Prison was transferred to the IPS on 15 February 2005, and for Ketziot Prison on 1 March 2006.
  3. * = No statistics provided.
  4. Over the years, nine Israeli citizens residing in settlements in the West Bank have been administratively detained for periods up to six months.
  5. Between December 1999 and January 2004, Israel held Lebanese prisoners in administrative detention as hostages for potential exchanges for Israelis taken prisoner or missing from the Lebanon War. Over the years Israel released these hostages, and the last of them were released in a prisoner exchange in January 2004.