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On 7 June 1967 the new Israeli occupying forces in the West Bank issued Military proclamation No. 1. It justified itself with the words ‘in the interests of security and public orderí. Since that time, the Israeli authorities have issued over 2,500 such military orders, with enormous impact on Palestinian life. These orders serve as justification every time the Israeli authorities arrest a Palestinian in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). Issued by the Israeli Military Commander in the OPT, they provide the ‘legalí basis for charging Palestinians with political offences and for bringing them before the Israeli military courts, which enforce these decrees and punish offenders with imprisonment and fines.
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