RAMALLAH, January 25, 2015 (WAFA) – Palestinian minor prisoners are subjected to abuse and harsh treatment by Israeli soldiers during their transfer from one prison to another, reported representative of Palestinian prisoners in Hasharon Prison, Amin Ziyadah.
He affirmed that the ill-treatment of minor prisoners during their transfer from one Israeli prison to another has recently witnessed serious escalations, citing the case of 17-year-old Malik Hamdan from Jerusalem, who was brutally beaten on his face and throughout his body while being transferred to an Israeli jail, which necessitated his transfer to al-Ramlah prison clinic for medical treatment.
To be noted, there are 38 Palestinian minors, under the age of 18, currently incarcerated in Israeli Hasharon prion, in addition to 71 others in Majdo Prison and 84 in Ofer prison.
on January 19, a lawyer of the Detainees and Ex-detainees Affairs Committee reported that Palestinian minor prisoners incarcerated in Israeli jails are subjected to physical torture during their arrest and interrogation as well as in detention.
“By the end of January 2014, it was reported that a total of 183 Palestinian children were prosecuted and detained in the Israeli court system, a rise of 18.8% over the month. The figure includes twenty children between the ages of 14 and 15,” reported the Middle East Monitor in a story.
“Around 500 – 700 Palestinian children, some as young as 12, are arrested, detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military detention system each year. The majority of Palestinian child detainees are charged with throwing stones. No Israeli children come into contact with the military court system,” said Defense for Children International (DCI).
“Despite international condemnation and awareness of Israel’s widespread and systematic ill-treatment of Palestinian child prisoners, there have been no practical steps taken to curb violations,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program director at DCI-Palestine. “The international community must demand justice and accountability.”
Israel is the only state to automatically and systematically prosecute children in military courts that lack basic standards of due process.
Addameer human rights group says most of the detained children report being subjected to ill-treatment and having confessions extracted from them during interrogations. Forms of ill-treatment used by Israeli soldiers include slapping, beating, kicking, violent pushing, threats and even sexual assault.