Most of Palestinian minors arrested by Israel occupation forces face “physical violence” when they are arrested by Israeli forces, Israeli newspaper Haaretz said on Sunday.
The newspaper noted that 60 per cent of the Palestinian minors had experienced violence and only 10 per cent met with lawyer.
Moreover, it also cited a 2013 UNICEF report, saying that Israel was systematically abusing young Palestinian detainees. The writer of the report, Amira Hass, stated that data proved nothing has changed since then.
Hass also said in the report that the indictments against the minors are “vague” and “lacks specific details.” She noted that these indictments, filed by the military prosecution against minors less than 12 years, do not include evidence, dates and times of arrest or places where the claimed stone-throwing took place.
The Israeli journalist said that the Israeli army had arrested 125 Palestinian minors in the since the start of 2017. Some of them, she said, spent additional periods inside jails because their families cannot pay fines up to NIS5,000 ($1,350).
She reported a minor’s mother screaming inside the military court in Ofer: “Where can get this fine? What do want me to do? To fund the occupation?!”
Father or another minor, who wanted to remain unknown, said about his son: “He is no longer the same person who was arrested. He is no longer joking. He is no longer speaking too much. He remains silent for longer times than ever. He faces difficulties at school.
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He cannot speak long phrases.”
According to Hass, the lawyer from the Citizen’s Right Association, Nisreen Eliyan, said that many minors change after they are released from the Israeli jails and go back home.
In addition, Hass said that the Military Court Watch, NGO, had gathered accounts of 450 minors arrested between 2013 and 2016, noting that 96 per cent of them were handcuffed with plastic shackles that cause much pain, 81 per cent were blindfolded, 60 per cent physically abused and 49 per cent verbally abused.
One of these 450 minors said: “The soldiers arrested me. They put my face down to the ground. They handcuffed and legchained me. They blindfolded me and put me in a military jeep. They beat me again and asked me to sing. I refused.”
He continued: “When they summoned my father to the detention centre, they did not allow me to hug him. My clothes were torn up.”
The Israeli journalist concluded her report in the Israel newspaper Haaretz reiterating that the situation has not change after four years on the UNSEF report.