Last updated: February 2011

Israel Detention Profile

List of Detention Sites  

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Name Status (Year) Location Facility Type Security Authority Management Capacity Reported Population on a Single Day Demographics & Segregation
Ben Gurion Airport (Transit Facility) In use (2011) Tel Aviv Transit Zone Secure Interior Ministry Immigration Administration 2-4 (2011)    
Dekel Prison In use (2011) Beersheba Prison Secure Interior Ministry Israel Prison Service (IPS)     No legal segregation
Eshel Prison In use (2011) Beersheba Prison Secure Interior Ministry Israel Prison Service (IPS)     No legal segregation
Givon Prison In use (2011) Ramla Prison Secure Interior Ministry Israel Prison Service (IPS) 400 (2011)   Adult males and females; minors; Legal and age segregation
Kziot Prison (also, Ketziot or Kziot Military Prison) Ceased migrant operations (2008) Kziot (near Egyptian border) Prison Secure   Israel Prison Service (IPS)   239 (Sudanese men, women and children); approximately 1,050 Palestinians (2007) Adult males and females; minors
Ma'asiyahu Prison Closed (2009) Ramla Prison Secure Ministry of Interior Immigration Police   47 (Sudanese) (2006)  
Matan (administrative juvenile detention facility) In use (2011) Hadera Migrant detention center Secure Interior Ministry Israel Prison Service (IPS) 70 (2010)   Unaccompanied male minors only
Michal Closed (2010) Hadera Migrant detention center Secure   Israeli immigration police 84 (2004)   Adult females
Renaissance Hotel Closed Nazareth Ad hoc Secure   Immigration Administration 500 (2003)    
Saharonim Detention Centre (also Saaronim) In use (2011) Kziot (near Egyptian border) Migrant detention centre Secure Interior Ministry Israel Prison Service (IPS) 2000 (2011)   Adult males and females; Age segregation
Tsohar Closed Southern Israel, Western Negev desert Prison Secure   Immigration Administration 67 (2003) 300 (2003)  
Unnamed Facility Under construction (2011)   Migrant detention facility Secure     10,000 (expected)    

 

Sources
(This is only a partial list. More detailed information is available upon request.)

  • Barthe, Benjamin. 2007. "Le rêve israélien des refugiés du Darfour." Le Monde, 5 August 2007. http://www.lemonde.fr/web/article/0,1-0@2-3212,36-941869,0.html (accessed 31 August 2007).
  • Berman, Yonatan (Hotline for Migrant Workers). 2011a. Email correspondence with Michael Flynn (Global Detention Project). 23 February 2011. Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Berman, Yonatan (Hotline for Migrant Workers). 2011b. Telephone interview by Michael Flynn (Global Detention Project). 25 February 2011. Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Hotline for Migrant Workers (HMW). 2010. “Unlawful long-time detention of asylum seekers.” September 2010.
  • Hotline for Migrant Workers (HMW). 2007. Annual Report 2007. http://www.hotline.org.il/english/pdf/2007_Annual_Activities_Report.pdf (accessed 21 July 2010).
  • Israel Prison Service (IPS). 2008. "Israel Prison Service." IPS Spokesperson's Department. June 2008.
  • La'Oved, Kav and Hotline for Migrant Workers. 2003. "Immigration administration or expulsion unit?." Hotline for Migrant Workers, May 2003, http://www.hotline.org.il/english/pdf/Hotline_and_Kav_Laoved_paper_on_Immigration_Police_May_2003_Eng.pdf (accessed 31 August 2007).
  • Teibel, A. 2010. "Israel approves detention centre for migrants." Associated Press. 28 November 2010.