Days of Palestine

Friday, March 24

Israeli Occupation Court Extends Solitary Confinement of Ahmed Manasra

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Israeli occupation court extended Monday, 13  March 2023 the solitary confinement of Palestinian youth Ahmad Manasra for an additional 6 months despite the serious deterioration in his mental health.

Israeli occupation court accepted the request of the Israeli occupation prosecution and the prison administration to renew the solitary confinement of the Palestinian detainee Ahmed Manasra for another 6 months in the Israeli prison of Shikma, according to his lawyer Khaled Zabarga.

Ahmad has been held in solitary confinement since early November 2021 and his mental condition has deteriorated due to the harsh conditions of his detention, the solitary confinement, and, more tragically, the isolation away from his family.

Ahmed Manasra, 20, who hailed from Beit Hanina, north of occupied Jerusalem was arrested at the age of 13 when he was wounded by Israeli occupation forces on October 12, 2015.

Despite Ahmad’s aggravated mental health conditions, Israeli occupation authorities have repeatedly rejected requests by Ahmad’s lawyers for his early release.

Ahmad who was diagnosed with schizophrenia is suffering from psychotic delusions and is severely depressed with suicidal thoughts, according to psychological staff following up on his case.

Manasra is one of nearly 400 Palestinian children held in Israeli prisons. Palestinian children are routinely subject to torture and abuse under interrogation, solitary confinement during interrogation, beating and kicking by Israeli occupation troops, threats of sexual assault, and other forms of abuse.