On the occasion of International Children's Day
The Palestinian children are not secure from the Israeli targeting
Commission of Detainees: the Israeli authorities arrested more than 50.000 Palestinian children since 1967
The Commission of Detainees' Affairs stated that the Palestinian children are not secure from the Israeli targeting , and that the Israeli violations and crimes against them are countless.
Moreover, targeting children increased and the number of minor detainees increased since the eruption of "Alquds uprising " in 2015, especially in the city of Jerusalem, in an attempt to terrify them and affect their orientations in a bad way.
The Commission pointed out that the Israeli authorities tend to target Palestinian children by murder and detention, where many of them have been killed. The arrests included males and females, injured and sick persons.
50.000 Palestinian children have been detained since 1967, including (20.000) since the outbreak of Al Aqsa uprising on September 2000, and (9.000) have been arrested after Alquds uprising on October 2015.
These records constitute 20% of the total arrests, the vast majority of them are from Jerusalem.
(770) children were arrested since the beginning of this year, including (119) who have been arrested last October, the majority of them are from Jerusalem.
The Commission stated that around (160) children are currently held at the Israeli prisons, distributed to ( Ofer, Megiddo and Damoun) prisons, including (3) females: Jannat Zaidat, 16, from Hebron, Nufouth Hammad, 16, from Jerusalem and Zamzam Qawasmi,17, from Hebron.
In addition, there are (4) children currently arrested under the administrative detention without any charge or trial.
This information was confirmed in a report issued today by the Commission of Detainees' Affairs, on the occasion of International Children's Day, which was declared by the General Assembly of the United Nations, to recall the importance of children and reinforce their rights and provide a decent and secure life for them.
This day coincides with the date of declaring children's rights in November 20, 1959 by the General Assembly of the United Nations, and the agreement on child's rights in November 20, 1989.
The Commission clarified that the procedure used when arresting children is similar to the practices pursued in adults arrest, and the majority of children have been arrested after storming their homes and destroying their belongings late at night. Others got arrested on their way back from their schools and then they got detained in difficult conditions in which they are subjected to many kinds of abuse and torture.
Testimonies certify that all children who experienced detention, have been subjected to physical and psychological abuse.
A case in point is the detainee Ahmad Manasra, who represents the suffering of Palestinian children.
The Commission pointed out that one of the females arrested during Alquds uprising, Fatma Taqatqa, 15, have Martyred after two months of her detention. She's from Bait Fajjar/ southern of Bethlehem, and she was arrested after being shot, and despite of her bad health conditions, the Israeli authorities kept her under arrest without providing the minimum medical care, which led to her martyrdom in May 20, 2017.
The report showed the role of the unjust Israeli courts, which do not take into consideration the situation under which the children confessed, and without taking into account the harshness of torture they were subjected to. However, the courts issue high sentences, which often are accompanied with fines , that constitutes a further burden on detainees' families.
The Israeli courts resort to issue sentences of alienation or house custody, especially against children from Jerusalem, which turned hundreds of Palestinian families into jailers on their kids. This is one of the most cruel punishments imposed by Israeli courts which caused many social and psychological problems to detainees and their families.
The Commission stated that children held in Israeli prisons, whether be males or females, are detained in difficult conditions and deprived of their basic rights stipulated and guaranteed in all international charters and agreements, especially the declaration of children's rights, such as the right to life, health, treatment and not being subjected to torture or abuse.
The Commission confirmed in its report that targeting the Palestinian Children falls within the scope of a systematic Israeli policy that targets the future of the Palestinian childhood, and that the political system in Israel tends to destroy the future of Palestinian children. Thus, Israel has passed many laws that aim at enlarging the circle of children detention with high sentences. This led to an increase in the number of minor detainees and the crimes and violations committed against them.
The Commission warned of the repercussion of the ongoing Israeli target against Palestinian children, and the consequences of detention and torture on their future.
The Commission called on the (UNICEF) and all international organisations specialised in human and children rights to intervene immediately and protect Palestinian children from the increased Israeli targeting, and release all minors from the Israeli prisons and stop the arbitrary arrest against them, especially that the international law has guaranteed a decent and safe life for children.