JERUSALEM (May. 27)
Defense Minister Moshe Dayan disclosed yesterday that 1298 persons are presently being held under administrative detention, 37 of them Israeli citizens and the rest residents of the occupied Arab territories. Administrative detention is incarceration without formal charges or trial. Gen. Dayan said, in reply to questions in the Knesset, that it was a preventive measure rather than a punitive one. He noted that administrative detention orders were issued for a maximum of one year and had to be renewed on expiration of the period.