A statement from Israeli human rights group B’Tselem on 1 January said that for the first time since the beginning of the latest uprising in 2000, more than 1,000 Palestinians are being held in administrative detention, meaning that they are held without charge or trial and at the order of a army general rather than a judicial decree. B’Tselem urged the Israeli government to cease the use of this measure, which violates international law, and to release the detainees.