As of February 2016, 406 children are being held in Israeli prisons. Many of them are accused of throwing stones, which can carry a twenty-year jail sentence under Israeli Military Order 1651. Another 13 Palestinian minors are being held in Israeli prisons for being inside the country illegally.
In 2015, Israel passed new measures that would impose a minimum four-year prison term for Palestinians who throw rocks or Molotov cocktails. This may include sentences to minors between the ages of 14 and 18.
According to Brad Parker, an attorney with Defense for Children International, Palestine Section, “Ill treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system is widespread and systematic, as nearly three out of four kids experience some form of physical violence during arrest, transfer or interrogation.”
There are dozens of news reports about Palestinian children who have been imprisoned. In most, if not all cases, these children are held in prisons or detention centers that are equipped by G4S.
On April 11, 2016, Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a new report on Israeli police abusing detained Palestinian children. Since 2015, the number of Palestinian children arrested by Israeli forces has more than doubled. According to HRW’s investigation: Interviews with children who have been detained, video footage, and reports from lawyers reveal that Israeli security […]
SOURCE: +972 MAGAZINE According to the Israeli Magazine +972, “Israeli authorities have arrested hundreds of Palestinian minors since the latest uprising began in the start of October. They have been sent to four different facilitates run by the Israel Prison Service (IPS) on both sides of the Green Line.” To reduce overcrowding of children at […]
SOURCE: HUFFINGTON POST The ill-treatment of Palestinian minors held within the Israeli military detention system is “widespread, systematic and institutionalised,” according to a report released by the United Nations Children’s Fund. UNICEF’s 22-page report examines the Israeli military court system for holding Palestinian children and found evidence of practices it said were “cruel, inhuman and […]
SOURCE: DEFENSE FOR CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL – PALESTINE On July 30, 2014, Diyaa, a 16-year-old from the northern West Bank village of Osarin, woke up to thunderous banging and shouting at the front door. It was 3 a.m., and Diyaa’s parents could only watch as their son was dragged to an Israeli army jeep. Diyaa told the […]
SOURCE: INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER In October 2015, Detainee Abdul-Fattah Doula, representative of child detainees in Ofer Israeli Prison, told a lawyer that 100 children are being held in Ofer Prison, and that all of them were kidnapped this month. Doula added that this number was a 400% increase in the number of child detainees, […]
SOURCE: ALKARAMA 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 […]
SOURCE: INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER On February 17, 2015, journalism student and folk dancer, Lina Khattab, was sentenced to six months in HaSharon Prison and a 6000 Shekel fine. Khattab, 17 years of age, also received a three-year suspended sentence for what the Israeli Military Court called “participating in a protest in solidarity with […]
SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR Amongst a host of events to mark Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, families of political prisoners gathered outside the Ramallah offices of the International Red Cross to welcome 15 year old Khaled al-Sheikh back from prison. Khaled al-Sheikh was the youngest Palestinian locked up in the Israeli prison system following his arrest from […]
SOURCE: HUFFINGTON POST Since March 15, 2013, five Palestinian boys from Hares have been held in detention for alleged attempted murder by way of stone throwing. The Hares Boys are a symbol of oppressed youth under occupation rule. The events surrounding the arrests and subsequent trials held in Israel instead of the West Bank are […]