Statistics on Palestinians in the custody of the Israeli security forces

Updated: 
7 Jul 2014

At the end of May 2014, 5,053 Palestinian security detainees and prisoners were held in Israeli prisons, 370 of them from the Gaza Strip. An additional 1,313 Palestinians were held in Israel Prison Service facilities for being in Israel illegally, 22 of them from the Gaza Strip. The IPS considers these Palestinians – both detainees and prisoners – criminal offenders. A few dozen other Palestinians (we do not have precise figures) are held in IDF facilities for short periods of time. The following data were provided by the military and by the IPS.

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

notes on the data

Year 2014

Palestinian security detainees and prisoners held in IPS prisons

Month
Date
Prison facility of:
Total
Serving sentence
Detainees
Detained under Illegal Combatants Law
Detained until the conclusion of legal proceedings
Admin detainees
May
31 May
IPS
5,053
3,144
237
0
1,476
196
April
30 April
IPS
5,021
3,133
202
0
1,495
191
March
31 March
IPS
4,999
3,133
209
0
1,471
186
Feb.
28 Feb.
IPS
4,961
3,072
238
0
1,470
181
Jan.
31 Jan. 
IPS
4,881
3,095
235
0
1,376
175


Palestinians held in IPS facilities for being in Israel illegally: 

Month
Date
Total
Serving sentence
Detainees
May
31 May
1,313
873
440
April
30 April
1,333
899
434
March
31 March
1,444
985
459
Feb.
28 Feb. 
1,403
925
478
Jan.
31 Jan. 
1,415
962
453

Year 2013

Palestinian security detainees and prisoners held in IPS prisons

Month
Date
Prison facility of:
Total
Serving sentence
Detainees
Detained under Illegal Combatants Law
Detained until the conclusion of legal proceedings
Admin detainees
Dec.
31 Dec.
IPS
4,768
3,078
189
0
1,351
150
Nov.
30 Nov.
IPS
4,785
3,123
218
0
1,301
143
Oct.
31 Oct.
IPS
4,753
3,112
202
0
1,299
140
Sept.
30 Sept.
IPS
4,806
3,133
239
0
1,299
135
August
31 Aug. 
IPS
4,762
3,161
172
0
1,295
134
July
31 July
IPS
4,828
3,306
169
0
1,219
134
June
30 June
IPS
4,827
3,308
232
0
1,150
137
May
31 May
IPS
4,817
3,286
190
0
1,194
147
April
30 April
IPS
4,748
3,188
189
0
1,216
155
March
31 March
IPS
4,764
3,190
214
0
1,196
164
Feb.
28 Feb.
IPS
4,713
3,159
267
0
1,118
169
Jan.
31 Jan. 
IPS
4,593
3,207
158
0
1,069
159


Palestinians held in IPS facilities for being in Israel illegally: 

Month
Date
Total
Serving sentence
Detainees
Dec.
31 Dec.
1,284
869
415
Nov.
30 Nov.
1,342
886
456
Oct. 
31 Oct.
1,258
852
406
Sept.
30 Sept..
1,280
834
446
August
31 Aug. 
1,297
809
488
July
30 July
1,276
912
364
June
30 June
1,267
895
372
May
31 May
1,330
902
428
April
30 April
1,388
960
378
March
31 March
1,401
1,018
383
Feb.
28 Feb.
1,465
1,054
411
Jan.
31 Jan. 
1,489
1,098
391


Year 2012

Palestinian security detainees and prisoners held in IPS prisons

Month
Date
Prison facility of:
Total
Serving sentence
Detainees
Detained under Illegal Combatants Law
Detained until the conclusion of legal proceedings
Admin detainees
Dec. 
31 Dec. 
IPS
4,517
3,089
219
0
1,031
178
Nov. 
30 Nov.
IPS
4,432
3,048
216
0
990
178
Oct. 
31 Oct. 
IPS
4,298
3,082
135
0
925
156
Sept.
30 Sept.
IPS
4,373
3,101
161
0
920
184
Aug. 
31 Aug. 
IPS
4,378
3,078
145
0
943
212
July
31 July
IPS
4,423
3,125
129
0
919
250
June
30 June
IPS
4,484
3,119
170
1
909
285
May
31 May 
IPS
4,437
3,094
144
1
896
302
April
30 April
IPS
4,424
3,097
165
1
853
308
March
31 March
IPS
4,386
3,125
145
1
795
320
Feb.
29 Feb. 
IPS
4,411
3,213
164
1
713
320
Jan.
31 Jan. 
IPS
4,357
3,215
156
1
676
309

Palestinians held in IPS facilities for being in Israel illegally: 

Month
Date
Prison facility of:
Total
Serving sentence
Detainees
Dec. 
31 Dec. 
IPS
1,356
927
429
Nov. 
30 Nov.
IPS
1,336
859
477
Oct. 
31 Oct. 
IPS
1,240
788
452
Sept.
30 Sept.
IPS
1,308
840
468
Aug. 
31 Aug. 
IPS
1,299
834
465
July
31 July
IPS
1,371
948
423
June
30 June
IPS
1,268
854
414
May
31 May 
IPS
1,249
847
402
April
30 April
IPS
1,206
822
384
March
31 March
IPS
1,289
900
389
Feb.
29 Feb. 
IPS
1,375
980
395
Jan.
31 Jan. 
IPS
1,269
909
360


Year 2011

Palestinian security detainees and prisoners held in IPS prisons

Month
Date
Prison facility of:
Total
Serving sentence
Detainees
Detained under Illegal Combatants Law
Detained until the conclusion of legal proceedings
Admin detainees
Dec.
31 Dec.
IPS
4,281
3,196
152
1
625
307
Nov.
30 Nov. 
IPS
4,803
3,720
169
1
630
283
Oct.*
31 Oct.
IPS
4,772
3,753
131
1
609
278
Sept.
30 Sept. 
IPS
5,269
4,235
131
1
616
286
Aug.
31 Aug.
IPS
5,204
4,164
124
2
642
272
July
31 July
IPS
5,398
4,410
122
2
621
243
June
30 June
IPS
5,420
4,425
136
2
615
242
May
31 May
IPS
5,335
4,321
154
2
630
228
April
30 April '11
IPS
5,383
4,381
124
2
657
219
March
27 March '11
IPS
5,493
4,474
140
17
645
217
Feb.
28 Feb. '11
IPS
5,550
4,540
162
2
632
214
Jan.
31 Jan. '11
IPS
5,642
4,618
181
3
621
219

* 477 Palestinian prisoners were released in this month as part of the Shalit prisoner exchange.

Year 2010

Palestinian security detainees and prisoners held in IPS prisons

Month
Date
Prison facility of:
Total
Serving sentence
Detainees
Detained under Illegal Combatants Law
Detained until the conclusion of legal proceedings
Admin detainees
Dec.
31 Dec.
IPS 5,705 4,662 153 3 683 204
Nov.
30 Nov.
IPS 5,741 4,652 162 3 719 205
Oct.
31 Oct.
IPS 5,847 4,747 147 3 737 213
Sept.
30 Sept.
IPS 5,936 4,767 172 4 781 212
August
31 August
IPS 6,011 4,847 164 5 806 189
July
31 July
IPS 6,157 4,934 167 7 850 199
June
30 June
IPS 6,252 4,937 167 7 938 203
May
31 May
IPS 6,338 4,919 153 7 1,046 213
April
30 April
IPS 6,484 4,974 161 7 1,120 222
March
31 March 10
IPS
6,631
5,063
173
8
1,150
237
Feb.
28 Feb. 10
IPS
6,759
5,074
217
7
1,202
259
Jan.
31 Jan. '10
IPS
6,794
5,054
223
7
1,246
264

 

Year 2009

Palestinian security detainees and prisoners held in IPS and IDF prisons

Month
Date
Prison facility of:
Total
Serving sentence
Detainees
Detained under Illegal Combatants Law
Detained until the conclusion of legal proceedings
Admin detainees
Dec.
31 Dec.
IPS 6,831 5,073 207 9 1,264 278
Nov.
30 Nov.
IPS 6,891 5,082 187 9 1,322 291
Oct.
31 Oct.
IPS 7,058 5,076 202 9 1,449 322
Sept.
30 Sept.
IPS 7,155 5,051 191 9 1,569 335
August
31 Aug.
IPS
7,285
5,182
155
9
1,576
363
July
31 July
IPS
7,430
5,235
191
10
1,607
387
June
28 June
IDF
8
0
8
0
0
0
30 June
IPS
7,560
5,296
203
13
1,620
428
May
28 May
IDF
31
8
20
0
3
0
31 May
IPS
7,669
5,307
217
14
1,682
449
April
30 April
IPS
7,786
5,301
231
15
1,752
487
March
31 March
IDF
16
0
14
0
1
1
31 March
IPS
7,884
5,315
298
15
1,750
506
Feb.
26 Feb.
IDF
51
25
25
0
1
0
28 Feb.
IPS
7,938
5,231
356
22
1,787
542
Jan.
 
IDF
32
1
26
0
5
0
3 Feb.
IPS
7,951
5,170
276
19
1,922
564

 

Year 2008

Palestinian security detainees and prisoners held in IPS and IDF prisons

Month
Date of statistics

Prison facility of:

Total nr. of individuals held
Serving sentence
Detainees

Detained until the conclusion of legal proceedings

Admin.
detainees
Dec.
28.12.08
IDF
48
6
40
2
0
31 Dec.
IPS
7,904
5,204
223
1,931
546
Nov.
29.11.08
IDF
59
6
47
6
0
30 Nov.
IPS
8,218
5,393
286
1970
569
Oct.
29 Oct.
IDF
32
0
32
0
0
30 Oct.
IPS
8,256
5,292
317
2,069
578
Sept.
29 Sept.
IDF
41
0
39
1
1
31 Sept.
IPS
5,354
280
2,085
598
August
29 Aug.
IDF
35
1
29
3
2
31 Aug.
IPS
5,257
322
2,175
649
July
31 July
IPS
8,472
5,176
335
2,270
691
June
30 June
IDF
30
0
29
1
0
30 June
IPS
8,459
5,137
241
2,351
730
May
29 May
IDF
45
1
44
0
0
31 May
IPS
8,550
5,196
327
2,266
761
April
30 April
IPS
8,502
5,248
811
1,653
790
March
30 March
IDF
81
5
75
1
0
31 March
IPS
8,520
5,237
357
2,150
776
Feb.
29 Feb.
IDF
79
2
75
2
0
28 Feb.
IPS
8,463
5,148
360
2,167
788
Jan.
31 Jan.
IDF
43
0
40
2
1
31 Jan.
IPS
8,428
5,095
321
2,199
813

 

Year 2007

Palestinian security detainees and prisoners held in IPS and IDF prisons

Month
Date of statistics

Prison facility of:

Total nr. of individuals held
Serving sentence
Detainees

Detained until the conclusion of legal proceedings

Admin.
detainees
Dec.
31.12.07
IPS
8,378
5,046
273
2,217
842
Nov.
26.11.07
IDF
120
4
87
20
9
30.11.07
IPS
8,812
5,495
225
2,234
858
Oct.
28.10.07
IDF
122
4
88
16
14
30.10.07
IPS
8,596
5,415
195
2,144
842
Sept
24.9.07
IDF
99
0
95
3
1
29.9.07
IPS
8,675
5,519
220
2,097
839
Aug.
12.8.07
IDF
79
0
78
1
0
28.8.07
IPS
8,607
5,539
207
2,039
822
July
18 July
IDF
51
2
41
5
3
June
18 June
IDF
64
0
62
2
0
6 June
IPS
9,280
5,910
267
2,272
831
May
13 May
IDF
61
0
58
3
0
April
10 April
IDF
87
0
82
5
0
1 April
IPS
9,250
5,975
307
2,159
809
March
4 March
IDF
88
0
82
3
3
5 March
IPS
9,213
6,025
351
2,057
780
Jan.
3 Jan.
IDF
55
0
45
4
6
25 Jan.
IPS
9,103
6,029
261
2,012
801

 

Year 2006

Palestinian security detainees and prisoners held in IPS and IDF prisons

Month
Date of statistics

Prison facility of:

Total nr. of individuals held
Serving sentence
Detainees

Detained until the conclusion of legal proceedings

Admin.
detainees
Dec.
3 Dec.
IDF 127 0 126 0 1
23 Dec.
IPS 9,051 6,048 120 2,101 782
Nov.
1 Nov.
IDF 69 0 63 4 2
23 Nov.
IPS 9,006 5,935 295 2,040 736
Oct.
5 Oct.
IDF 94 3 63 19 9
22 Oct.
IPS 9,494 6,330 292 2,178 694
Sept.
3 Sept.
IDF 929 118 176 519 116
11 Sept.
IPS 8,074 5,741 228 1,593 592
July
28 July
IDF 1,078 141 514 318 105
25 July
IPS 8,085 5,701 1,739 * 645
June
1 June
IDF
980
138
188
511
143
 
IPS
*
*
*
*
*
May
1 May
IDF
1,038
143
274
479
142
 
IPS
*
*
*
*
*
April
2 April
IDF
1,119
165
241
604
109
 
IPS
*
*
*
*
*
March
1 March
IDF
3,172
1,673
267
522
710
 
IPS
*
*
*
*
*
Feb.
1 Feb.
IDF
3,025
1,587
212
501
725
 
IPS
*
*
*
*
*
Jan.
1 Jan.
IDF
3,095
1,645
174
538
738
1 Jan.
IPS
5,127
4,019
105
950
53

 

Year 2005

Palestinian security detainees and prisoners held in IPS and IDF prisons

Month
Date of statistics

Prison facility of:

Total nr. of individuals held
Serving sentence
Detainees

Detained until the conclusion of legal proceedings

Admin.
detainees
Dec.
 
IDF
*
*
*
*
*
1 Dec.
IPS
5,039
3,990
92
910
47
Nov.
 
IDF
*
*
*
*
*
1 Nov.
IPS
4,909
3,802
89
976
42
Oct.
 
IDF
*
*
*
*
*
1 Oct.
IPS
4,847
3,696
101
1,014
36
Sept.
 
IDF
*
*
*
*
*
1 Sept.
IPS
4,749
3,667
84
964
24
Aug.
1 Aug.
IDF
2,714
1,520
460
138
596
1 Aug.
IPS
4,588
3,527
52
985
24
July
1 July
IDF
2,571
1,376
473
118
604
1 July
IPS
4,617
3,423
70
1,094
30
June
 
IDF
*
*
*
*
*
1 June
IPS
4,612
3,321
62
1,200
29
May
1 May
IDF
2,883
1,605
507
124
647
1 May
IPS
4,693
3,328
41
1,295
29

April

6 April
IDF
2,801
1,543
84
470
704
1 April
IPS
4,637
3,170
58
1,377
32
March
 
IDF
*
*
*
*
*
1 March
IPS
4,627
3,027
54
1,512
34

Feb.

 
IDF
*
*
*
*
*
1 Feb.
IPS
4,568
2,785
41
1,697
45
Jan.
6 Jan.
IDF
4,340
1,994
266
1,232
848
1 Jan.
IPS
3,706
2,169
42
1,464
31

Year 2004

Palestinian security detainees and prisoners held in IPS and IDF prisons

Month
Date of statistics

Prison facility of:

Total nr. of individuals held
Serving sentence
Detainees

Detained until the conclusion of legal proceedings

Admin.
detainees
Dec.
5 Dec.
IDF
4,375
1,977
247
1,315

836

6 Dec.
IPS
3,412
1913
1520
0
27
Nov.
1 Nov.
IDF
       
831
2 Nov.
IPS
3,286
1,785
1,509
0
27
Oct.
 
IDF
*
*
*
*
*
13 Oct.
IPS
3,243
1,734
1,547
0
23
Sept.
2 Sept.
IDF
4,036
1,864
220
1,192
760
 
IPS
3,300
1,698
1,581
0
21

Aug.

1 Aug.
IDF
3,997
1,806
284
1,176
731
8 Aug.
IPS
3,290
1,647
1,623
0
20

July

7 July
IDF
3,943
1,712
229
1,265
737
7 July
IPS
3,034
1,546
1,465
0
23

June

24 June
IDF
3,961
1,661
261
1,316
723
13 June
IPS
2,866
1,546
1,374
0
24

May

10 May
IDF
3,939
1,537
275
1,457
670
4 May
IPS
2,687
1,362
1,292
0
33

April

4 April
IDF
3,684
1,386
277
1,403
618
4 April
IPS
2,667
1,393
1,248
0
26

March

9 March
IDF
3,534
1,312
220
1,397
605
2 March
IPS
2,641
1,333
1,283
0
25
Feb.
1 Feb.
IDF
3,334
1,188
223
1,307
606
3 Feb.
IPS
2,568
1,319
1,227
0
22

Jan.

4 Jan.
IDF
3,570
1,431
233
1,268
638
6 Jan.
IPS
2,532
1,288
1,225
0
19


Year 2003

Palestinian security detainees and prisoners held in IPS and IDF prisons

Month
Date of statistics

Prison facility of:

Total nr. of individuals held
Serving sentence
Detainees

Detained until the conclusion of legal proceedings

Admin.
detainees
Dec.
1 Dec.
IDF
3,465
1,310
280
1,244

631

3 Dec.
IPS
2,479
1,211
1,250
0
18
Nov.
6 Nov.
IDF
3,321
1,265
203
1,191
659
4 Nov.
IPS
2,371
1,196
1,155
0
20
Oct.
2 Oct.
IDF
3,150
1,215
232
1,164
539
1 Oct.
IPS
2,323
1,089
1,220
0
14
Sept.
4 Sept.
IDF
3,053
1,140
209
1,189
515
4 Sept.
IPS
2,225
1,059
1,153
0
13

Aug.

3 Aug.
IDF
3,256
1,159
195
1,215
687
6 Aug.
IPS
2,194
1,003
1,178
0
13

July

3 July
IDF
3,452
1,083
377
1,229
763
1 July
IPS
2,027
925
1,080
0
22

June

2 June
IDF
3,371
987
275
1,177
932
4 June
IPS
1,974
860
1,094
0
20

May

1 May
IDF
3,351
881
224
1,158
1,088
15 May
IPS
2,011
809
1,183
0
19

April

3 April
IDF
3,390
856
337
1,078
1,119
3 April
IPS
1,882
743
1,118
0
21

March

2 March
IDF
3,316
810
306
1,092
1,108
4 March
IPS
1,696
686
991
0
19
Feb.
5 Feb.
IDF
3,243
805
267
1,083
1,088
2 Feb.
IPS
1,572
652
901
0
19

Jan.

1 Jan.
IDF
3,234
738
364
1,125
1,007
7 Jan.
IPS
1,462
600
851
0
11


Year 2002

Palestinian security detainees and prisoners held in IPS and IDF prisons

Month
Date of statistics

Prison facility of:

Total nr. of individuals held
Serving sentence
Detainees

Detained until the conclusion of legal proceedings

Admin.
detainees
Dec.
3 Dec.
IDF
3,076
670
388
1,069

949

8 Dec.
IPS
1,435
588
836
0
11
Nov.
4 Nov.
IDF
2,909
597
299
1,086
927
3 Nov.
IPS
1,361
568
784
0
9
Oct.
1 Oct.
IDF
2,755
570
245
1,069
871
3 Oct.
IPS
1,306
556
743
0
7
Sept.
2 Sept.
IDF
2,689
514
262
1,056
857
3 Sept.
IPS
1,330
567
689
16
10

Aug.

8 Aug.
IDF
2,644
476
315
1,045
808
5 Aug.
IPS
1,176
561
610
0
5

July

15 July
IDF
2,773
447
737
651
938
7 July
IPS
1,140
575
560
0
5

June

3 June
IDF
2,411
357
208
917
929
3 June
IPS
*
607
*
*
*

May

12 May
IDF
2,368
388
557
742
681
 
IPS
*
*
*
*
*

April

15 April
IDF
2,682
546
2,025
111
 
IPS
*
*
*
*
*

March

11 March
IDF
1,136
442
15
659
40
7 March
IPS
1,314
863
447
0
4
Jan./
Feb.
24 Jan.
IDF
1,078
320
15
707
36
6 Feb.
IPS
891
589
*
302
0


Year 2001

Palestinian security detainees and prisoners held in IPS and IDF prisons

Month
Date of statistics

Prison facility of:

Total nr. of individuals held
Serving sentence
Detainees

Detained until the conclusion of legal proceedings

Admin.
detainees
Dec.
5 Dec.
IDF
1,023
314
13
662

34

4 Dec.
IPS
831
575
*
256
0
Nov.
5 Nov.
IDF
975
259
15
670
31
7 Nov.
IPS
823
573
*
250
0
Oct.
24 Oct.
IDF
964
292
12
634
26
5 Oct.
IPS
816
577
*
238
1
Sept.
 
IDF
*
*
*
*
*
 
IPS
*
*
*
*
*

Aug.

16 Aug.
IDF
896
304
21
555
16
5 Aug.
IPS
773
572
*
199
1

July

17 July
IDF
849
284
21
535
9
11 July
IPS
813
582
45
184
1

June

14 June
IDF
823
291
16
504
12
10 June
IPS
748
574
39
174
1

May

8 May
IDF
820
302
12
495
11
8 May
IPS
725
574
44
151
1

April

11 April
IDF
812
279
16
506
11
4 April
IPS
757
572
42
142
1

March

15 March
IDF
787
248
12
513
14
5 March
IPS
751
74
44
132
1
Feb.
15 Feb.
IDF
761
223
8
514
16
8 Feb.
IPS
747
557
41
129
0

Jan.

4 Jan.
IDF
719
202
5
496
16
3 Jan.
IPS
737
571
37
131
0

Notes:

  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 its 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. 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.
  4. The statistics presented above indicate the number of Palestinian residents of the Occupied Territories held by the IDF and the IPS on the specific date listed. B'Tselem does not have statistics on the total number of Palestinians held in a particular month. The Israeli Police noted that since 13 April 2008 the police is no longer responsible for any prison facilities(thereafter, the responsibility of the Prisons Service). The police no longer hold Palestinian detainees, other than for interrogation purposes.
  5. * = No statistics provided.
  6. The statistics do not include individuals held on criminal counts.
  7. The figures were provided to B'Tselem by the IDF and the IPS, which are responsible for their accuracy.