Israel fined Palestinian child prisoners $13,000 in September

Israeli forces arrest Palestinian youths on 23 October 2012 [Najeh Hashlamoun/Apaimages]

Israeli forces arrest Palestinian youths

Israel fined Palestinian child detainees who are being held in the notorious Ofer prison 46,000 shekels ($13,000) in September.

In a statement issued today, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC) noted that 108 children were being held in Israel’s notorious Ofer prison, located south of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. Of those 108 children, 35 were arrested in September, Quds Press reported.

The PPC statement also quoted the representative of child prisoners in Ofer, Loay Al-Mansi, as saying that “four children were arrested from their homes, 20 children from the roads and seven children at military checkpoints.” In addition, 14 children were beaten during their arrest and 20 were tried in Israel’s military court.

Israel regularly arrests and detains Palestinian minors. According to Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem, “at the end of June 2018, 273 Palestinian minors were held in Israeli prisons as security detainees and prisoners.” Of these 273 minors, 50 were under the age of 16. Three of these children are being held in administrative detention, a status which allows Israel to hold Palestinians without trial or proof that they have committed an offence. Administrative detention is often repeatedly extended and can be indefinite, meaning Palestinians can be held for years without access to legal proceedings and with no knowledge of when they will be released.

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Israel’s policy of detaining minors was thrust into the spotlight in December 2017, when then 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi was arrested after a video of her slapping an Israeli occupation soldier who trespassed on her family’s land went viral. Ahed was placed in administrative detention which was extended three times, before she was tried in a closed Israeli military court. Tamimi was finally released in July 2018 after serving eight-months in Israeli prison.

Speaking shortly after Ahed’s release, her mother Nariman stressed that although Ahed’s case had garnered international attention and solidarity, her case was not unique. Nariman toldAnadolu Agency that: “Frankly it is probably Ahed’s looks that prompted this worldwide solidarity and that’s racist by the way, because many Palestinian children are in Ahed’s position but weren’t treated in this way.”

Nariman stressed that: “There are thousands of stories that the media needs to pay attention to and highlight all of the [Israeli] occupation’s crimes, because the occupation needs to be seen as the war crime it is and legal measures need to be taken to that effect […] all Palestinian children are Ahed Tamimi.”

According to Defence for Children International (DCI), “since 2000 at least 8,000 Palestinian children have been arrested and prosecuted in an Israeli military detention system.” This means “around 500-700 Palestinian children are arrested, detained and prosecuted each year.” DCI emphasises that Israel’s policy of child detention is in violation of international law, in particular the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991 which demands that “children should only be deprived of their liberty as a measure of last resort.”

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(Source / 02.10.2018)

Report: Israel killed 26 Palestinians, wounded 2,300 in September

Palestinians carry the dead body of Nasser Azmi Musbih (12), who was killed by Israeli soldiers during “Great March of Return” demonstrations, during his funeral ceremony in Khan Yunis, Gaza on 29 September, 2018

Israeli occupation forces killed 26 Palestinians, wounded 2,300 others and arrested 450 in September, a new report revealed yesterday.

According to the report published by the Abdullah Al-Hourani Centre for Studies, Israeli forces killed 23 Palestinian protesters in Gaza, including seven children. Three were killed in the occupied West Bank, including 24-year-old Mohammad Al-Rimawi, who was beaten to death.

The Israeli occupation forces also wounded 2,300 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, West Bank and Jerusalem, including 2,014 in the Gaza Strip alone.

Occupation forces also demolished 16 houses and 18 facilities in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem and handed over 27 demolition orders for Palestinian homes and facilities in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

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The Israeli Planning and Construction Committee has agreed to build 4,700 settlement units on 841 dunams (208 acres) of land belonging to the Palestinian village of Al-Walaja in the occupied northwest of Bethlehem.

Meanwhile, the committee approved the construction of 75 new illegal settlement units in the occupied Beit Hanina neighbourhood of Jerusalem.

Palestinians along the Gaza-Israel border reaffirm the ‘Right of Return’ and get shot by IOF - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

(Source / 02.10.2018)