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Report: 400 Palestinian children in Israeli jails

22 November, 15

Palestinian Information Center

The Palestinian Prisoners Society stated that around 400 Palestinian children, aged 11-14 years old, are imprisoned in the Israeli jails, some of whom were officially tried.

On Universal Children's Day, the Society issued a statement pointing out that 11 Palestinian minors are under the Israeli administrative detention, including six girls.

The statement showed that a number of minors and kids were shot with live ammunition before they were arrested and taken to Israeli hospitals. 17-year-old Jalal Sharawna, for example, lost his leg.

Harsh Conditions

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have carried out hundreds of detention raids especially in October and November. 700 children have been arrested since the start of October, with the highest rates in Jerusalem and Hebron. Most of the children were conditionally released on bail, or under house arrest.

There are four main Israeli prisons for the Palestinian children: Hasharon, Ofer, Megiddo, and Ajafon. According to Palestinian lawyers, Etzion prison has been one of the worst prisons for Palestinian children in terms of beating and torture.

The Prisoners Society documented the cruel treatment the children were exposed to in Israeli jails. The treatments, according to the Society, are classified as crimes, including deliberate shooting, deprivation of food and water for one or two days, brutal beating, verbal abuse, and coercion. Moreover, the prisoners were kept in prisons unfit for humans, like Ajafon prison.

International pressure needed

The Palestinian Prisoners Society called upon the international children organizations to put pressure on Israel to stop the crimes against Palestinian children and to release the detained minors.

On the Universal Children's Day, the UN said the world remains a 'deeply unfair' place for children. Although the UN slammed Israeli treatment of Palestinian children in detention, it has done almost nothing to protect their childhood or pressure Israeli to end its cruelty against Palestinians, especially the kids.