Days of Palestine

Wednesday, February 8

Israeli arrest of Palestinian children increased by 10%

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Days of Palestine, Jerusalem –Military Court Watch (MCW) has said the number of Palestinian children arrested by Israeli occupation increased by 10 percent.

According to the Israeli Prison Service (IPS), as of 30 September 2015, MCW said, there were 5,244 Palestinians from occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza held as “security prisoners” in Israeli detention facilities including 171 children.

In the case of children there was a 10 percent increase in the number compared with the previous month and an annual decrease of 12 per cent compared with 2014.

According to the IPS, 43 per cent of Palestinian children and 86 per cent of adults continue to be detained in facilities inside the Israeli occupation state.

MCW stated that this is a violation of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention and Article 8 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

A further 1,798 Palestinians were held in IPS detention as “criminal prisoners” including 27 children.

Criminal offences include entering the occupied Palestine without a permit, most frequently in pursuit of work as strict Israeli measures in the Palestinian territories have resulted in a very high rate of unemployment among Palestinians.