Israel Sentences 13 Minors to Months in Jail, Pay Fines

RAMALLAH, January 29, 2015 (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities have recently sentenced 13 minors to serve between 14 to 28 months in jail and to pay fines, according to the minor prisoners’ representative in Ofer prison.

Prisoner Abdul-Fattah Dola, who speaks on behalf of minor prisoners below the age of 18, said 13 minor prisoners in Ofer prison were recently pressured to confess committing activities punishable under Israeli legislations.

About 99 minor prisoners are currently incarcerated in Ofer, of whom at least 33 were arrested last month during predawn and night army attacks on vulnerable towns and villages.

Dola said that some minor prisoners are suffering deteriorating health conditions, including diabetes, while others who had been wounded during arrest are still denied medical care.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC) said the health condition of prisoner Ahed Mansour from Salfit has severely deteriorated. Mansour, who suffers nerve-related issues, has been denied medical care by the Israeli Prisoner Authority.

More than 6,500 Palestinian political prisoners are currently held in Israeli jails, of whom dozens serve multiple life sentences. About 1,500 prisoners are believed to have health problems due to medical negligence.

According to Addameer human rights association, “Israeli authorities responsible for prisoners regularly neglect their duties to provide medical support for Palestinian prisoners in their care, as required by the Geneva Conventions.”

“Medical problems are widespread, and range in severity from chest infections and diarrhea to heart problems and kidney failure. Treatment is often inadequate and is delivered after substantial delays. Often medication is limited to over-the-counter pain killers.”