Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Palestinian children are often placed in solitary confinement by Israeli militants

Israeli forces taking an arrested
Palestinian child (file photo)
Press TV | May 12, 2014

Israel is placing increasing numbers of arrested Palestinian children in solitary confinement, a new report shows.

The report by Defense for Children International (DCI) said on Monday that more than one in five Palestinian children detained by Israeli forces were put in “solidarity confinement” in 2013.

The DCI stated that the use of solitary confinement as an interrogational tool is increasing, which violates children’s rights. It also urged the international community to demand justice for the victims and to hold Israel accountable for the human rights violations.
“Use of isolation against Palestinian children as an interrogation tool is a growing trend,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish of the DCI in the Palestinian territories, adding, “This is a violation of children’s rights and the international community must demand justice and accountability.”
“The use of solitary confinement by Israeli authorities does not appear to be related to any disciplinary, protective, or medical rationale,” the DCI further said.

According to recent figures by the Prisoners' Affairs Ministry, there are 187 Palestinian children currently in Israeli jails.

In January, the Public Committee against Torture accused Tel Aviv of torturing Palestinian children, saying the minors are routinely held in outdoor cages for hours after their arrest.

The organization said the children have to endure freezing temperatures outside transit facilities.

This kind of torture is a long-running practice meant to terrify the detained children, the Public Committee against Torture added.

Head of the Census Department at the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees, Abdul-Nasser Ferwana, said last month that Israeli soldiers have kidnapped and detained more than 10,000 Palestinian children since the beginning of the al-Aqsa Intifada in September 2000.

He added that the Israeli regime has imprisoned more than 11,000 Palestinians, including about 2,500 children, over the past three years.

IA/AS/MAM

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