Hamad rides his horse at his home, in the village of Silwad, east of Ramallah.
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High school student Hamza Hamad spent 10 months in an Israeli jail for alleged links to the Islamic Hamas group, but was never charged with a crime. The 16-year-old is one of the youngest among thousands of Palestinians who have been held in so-called administrative detention in half a century of Israeli occupation.The teen's case spotlights one of Israel's perhaps most contested policies, under which it can hold suspects for months or sometimes several years without charges. Detainee figures are up again since October 2015, when Palestinians, mostly acting on their own, began stabbing or ramming cars into Israelis in a series of deadly attacks.Israeli officials also indicated they would expand the use of administrative detentions to deter possible attacks inspired by the militant group Daesh (ISIS). Rights activists say Israel's practice stands out because it presently uses administrative detentions as part of an open-ended military occupation.He was taken to the nearby Ofer detention center. His four-month stretch in administrative detention was renewed twice before his release in December.
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