14-Year-Old Sentenced to Four Months in Prison for “Throwing Stones”
On 3 August 2015, Alkarama sent an urgent appeal to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) regarding the case of Amer Bajawi, a Palestinian teenager arrested on 23 May 2015 and sentenced to four months of imprisonment by a military court for “throwing stones.” The case of Amer fits into a broader pattern of judicial harassment of Palestinian youths, who are systematically arrested without any legal basis and brought before the military justice system, in violation of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)’s jurisprudence according to which juveniles should be tried before separate courts
On 23 May 2015, 14-year-old Amer Bajawi was playing with his friend, Sanad Masharqeh, in the city of Jenin, in the northern West Bank, when the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) arrested them and sent them to a military checkpoint nearby. After his arrest, Amer was transferred at the Hewara military detention centre south of Nablus for the first three days before being sent to Majdo prison, located in northern Israel 30 km southeast of Haifa, where he remains detained to date. Since his arrest, his family has been prevented from speaking with him.