Ramallah: occupation forces arrested 615 citizens from the occupied Palestinian territories in July 2019, including 93 minors and 9 females.
Detainees' institutions and Human Rights Organizations (the Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees' Affairs, the Palestinian Society Prisoner's Club, Al Dameer Association for Human Rights) pointed out that the occupation authorities arrested 266 citizens from Jerusalem, 76 from Ramallah, 75 from Hebron, 54 from Jenin, 33 from Bethlehem, 39 from Nablus, 17 from Tulkarem, 21 from Qalqylia, 7 from Tubas, 6 from Salfit, 8 from Jericho and 13 from Gaza Strip.
Thus, the number of detainees in Israeli jails becomes 5700, including 37 females, 230 minors and 500 administrative detainees, while 100 new administrative detention orders have been issued last month.
The most prominent policies and measures practiced by the occupation authorities in July:
The Martyr Nassar Taqatqa who was subjected to medical negligence, before being the martyr number 220
On July 16, 2019, the administration of occupation prisons announced the martyrdom of the detainee Nassar Majed Omar Taqatqa, 31, from Bethlehem in Nitzan Al-Ramlah prison.
Since the date of his arrest he was subjected to harsh interrogation and bad detention conditions by interrogators and jailors, in addition to frequent transfers at interrogation centers. He had serious deterioration on his health, according to testimonies of his fellow detainees.
According to information given to the detainees' institutions after his martyrdom, Taqatqa was exposed to torture and medical negligence during interrogation. At the beginning of his detention, he was held at Al-Maskoubya interrogation center, and then he got transferred Jalamah prison and then to Megiddo prison, where he got beaten by jailors.
According to the results of the autopsy conducted for the body of the martyr Taqatqa, the direct cause of death has been shown to be caused by acute pneumonia. This confirms that he was subjected to medical negligence, deprivation of proper treatment and difficult conditions during interrogation. He martyred facing his disease alone in his cell.
The Israeli occupation authorities still retain the body of the martyr Taqatqa, continuing in its arbitrary policy which is practiced against detainees during their detention and even after their death. The occupation authorities still retaining 44 martyrs' bodies.
The Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees' Affairs considers this act against Tqatqa is crime against detainees and a kind of torture which is prohibited by all International laws and conventions.
Minors are not secluded of detention
Palestinian children in Israeli prisons suffer from harsh and inhumane conditions of detention, which lack minimum international standards for children's and prisoners' rights. They also suffer from medical neglect, lack of health care, lack of clothing and poor food. They are deprived of family visits, and they are held in prisons with mature and criminal Israelis. In addition, they are also subjected to verbal abuse, beatings, isolation, collective punishment, and high fines.
The occupation authorities continue targeting Palestinian children by arrest and summon, where more than 90 cases have been documented during July, raising the number of minor detainees to 230. They are distributed among Ofer, Megiddo and Damoun prisons, and many of them are held in detention centers. High fines are imposed on them which reached to tens of thousands of shekels.
In a dangerous precedent that exceeded all humanitarian and legal standards, the Israeli authorities summoned the father of the child Mohammed Rabi 'Olayan (4 years) from Issawiya to interrogate him, and the father of the child Qais Firas Obeid (6 years) from the same town, to investigate the charges of throwing stones at Israeli Police vehicles.
The battle of administrative detention is continuous… 22 detainees entered an open hunger strike in July
22 detainees entered an open hunger strike in July in a protest against the policy of administrative detention for 500 detainees.
The majority of those who entered a hunger strike are ex-detainees who served many years under the administrative detention. 6 of them still on the strike which began in July, including the detainee Huthayfa Halabya who entered the strike since 37 days, Ahmad Ghannam since 24 days, Sultan Khlouf since 14 days, Wajdi Awawdeh since 9 days and Tareq Qaadan since 7 days.
The detainee Huthayfa Halabya,, confronting the strike since 37 days
Huthayfa is from Abu Dees town. He's in the 37th day of strike at Nitzan- Al Ramla prison. His health has been deteriorated since he refuses to have medical examinations and supplements and depends only on water. It is worth mentioning that he is arrested since 10/6/2018. He has cancer and he suffered from severe burns in his body when he was a child.
Many detainees have ended their strike in July after having an agreement with the prosecution to determine the period of their detention. A case in point is the detainee Jafar Ezz-Aldeen who entered a strike for 39 days against administrative detention, and the detainee Ahmad Zahran who ended his strike after 34 days.
However, the administration of prisons performed a series of systematic measures against detainees on hunger strike represented in isolating detainees in cells unfit for human life, deprivation of family visits, obstructing lawyers' visits and the frequent transfer from one prison to another.
Other than that, jailors try to provoke them by providing food for detainees on hunger strike, and they deliberately eat it in front of them.
In support of the detainees on hunger strike, detainees from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine went on strike, where 20 detainees from Negev prison entered a hunger strike for a week
Ramallah: occupation forces arrested (421) Palestinians from the Palestinian territories in May\ 2019 including (78) minors and (6) females.
Detainees' institutions and Human Rights Organizations (the Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees' Affairs, the Palestinian Society Prisoner's Club, Al Dameer Association for Human Rights) pointed out in a fact sheet that the occupation authorities have arrested (145) citizens from Jerusalem, (59) from Ramallah, (60) from Hebron, (30) from Jenin, (21) from Bethlehem, (32) from Nablus, (13) from Tulkarem, (19) from Qalqilya, (8) from Tubas, (8) from Salfit, (14) from Jericho and (12) from Gaza Strip.
Number of detainees in Israeli jails became (5500) at the end of May, including (43) females, (220) minors and (500) administrative detainees.
The following is the most prominent policies and measures practiced by the occupation authorities in May:
Hunger strike in May/ 2019
Many detainees continued their hunger strike during May, in a protest against their administrative detention, such as: Hasan Ewaiwi who started his strike in April and his health condition deteriorated. However, the occupation authorities refused to end his administrative detention.
The commission documented many punitive measures implemented by the administration of prisons against him, such as isolating him, depriving him of family visits, continuous transfer from one prison to another and transferring him to civil hospitals. The detainee Ewaiwi from Hebron, 35, is married and a father of three kids. He was arrested many times before, the last of which was in January 15, 2019.
Moreover, the detainee Bassam Abu Aker from Aydah camp/ Bethlehem entered a hunger strike in May, 21 protesting against his two years of administrative detention. He ended his strike after having an agreement to determine the period of his administrative detention.
Abu Aker is one of the leaders who spent (24) years in prison, knowing that he is detained since July, 2017 under the administrative detention, and he is a father of 7 kids.
Detainees who entered hunger strike in May are Ahmad Hroub from Hebron, Thaer Bader from Bait Liqya, Mu'taz Ubaido from Hebron and Murad Malaysheh from Jenin.
There are (750) detainees who still suffer from medical negligence by the administration of occupation prisons, where it is a policy that is practiced against them in a systematic way as a means of revenge.
The occupation authorities use the policy of medical negligence as a means of torture and pressure against detainees, aiming at obtaining confessions or breaking their will and increasing their suffering. For example, the clinics of prisons lack medical staff and devices to make necessary examinations. All health problems are dealt with using painkillers.
In case of health deterioration of the detainee he will be transferred to the clinic of Ramlah prison, where there many incurable cases of detainees suffering severe deterioration in their health status. Currently, there are 15 detainees held at the Ramlah prison clinic in inhuman conditions.
Detainees' institutions continuously document many cases of racist treatment against detainees in Israeli hospitals, in addition to handcuffing the detainee during his stay in hospital.
The occupation authorities deliberately procrastinate in providing the appropriate therapy for sick detainees and in the necessary tests to diagnose the condition of the patient, which leads to the aggravation of the disease.
The summer and detainees' suffer in Israeli jails
The Israeli authorities seek to make the detainees live in pain and suffering even in climatic fluctuations. With the high temperature and humidity in Israeli prisons and detention centers, the detainees' suffering increase especially in the desert and near- coast prisons that are full of insects and bad smell. Detainees are deprived of obtaining fans and air conditioners, where the administration of prison deliberately cut off cold water in the isolation cells.
According to testimonies, complaints by detainees increase regarding the high temperature in desert- prisons such as "Beersheba", "Nafaha", "Remon" and "Negev", old prisons such as "Damoun", isolation prisons such as "Nitzan" and prisons of high humidity such as "Shatta" and "Jelboua".
60.000 NIS of fines against minor detainees at Ofer prison in May
The Israeli courts imposed in May sentences of actual imprisonment against a number of minors detained at Ofer prison, in addition to high fines up to 60.000 NIS.
43 minors got detained in Ofer prison in May, including (22) who were arrested from their houses, (12) from roads, (7) for not having a permit and (2) after summon.
Moreover, (4) of them have been shot by the occupation forces, and (9) were exposed to intensive beating and humiliation during arrest. The sentences ranged between 31 -10 months of imprisonment.
A report issued by the Department of Studies and Documentation in the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees' Affairs showed that the trial of the engineer Mohammad Halabi from Gaza Strip is one of the longest trials of in the history of the Palestinian Captive Movement. The report showed that Halabi was working as a manager of World Vision Institution before his detention. He entered his third year in Israeli jails, and appeared more than 114 times before the occupation courts without being sentenced till this moment. However, the occupation authorities are still holding Halabi on the pretext of transferring funds from the institution for Palestinian factions, without any evidence or a legal charge against him.
The World Vision Institution is an American Humanitarian Institution, in which he was playing a humanitarian role, where he was helping poor families and sick people and provides support for children after wars and helps affected farmers and fishermen.
He is still held in the Israeli jails despite the examinations conducted by the Australian government, the internal examinations of the institution and the statement issued by the Center for the Prevention of Torture in Tel Aviv which proved that he is not guilty.
The report showed that the detention of Halabi comes in the context of systematic Israeli policy against the pioneers of humanitarian activities, which aims at destroying international and humanitarian organizations that support the Palestinian rights. This policy is supported by the American administration, which stopped the funds of UNRWA in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Mohammad Halabi, 41, is from Jabalia refugee camp and holds the Master's degree in Civil Engineering, married and has five children. He was arrested at Erez crossing north of Gaza Strip on June 2016, and he is currently held at Remon prison in difficult conditions.
The Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees' Affairs reviewed in a report the bad health conditions of many detainees in Negev prison, which get worsened day by day due to the policy of medical negligence practiced by the administration of Israeli prisons.
The commission pointed out that the detainees Muhammad Farouq Abu-alrub, 45, from Jenin is suffering from otitis media causing dizziness and severe pain in head. He also suffers from troubles in heart valves without receiving any treatment, noting that he's detained since 2002 and sentenced to 30 years.
The detainee Imad Abu Zaineh, 30, from Jericho suffers from an injury in his right hand and severe pain in the testes, in addition to skin irritation under the eye.
The detainee Saher Abu Omar, 35, from Nablus suffers from fractures in his right hand due to an attack during the interrogation, and he was incorrectly treated.
The detainee Abdullah Kharouf, 30, from Nablus suffers from a slipping between the fourth and fifth vertebrae, and has not received any medical treatment and only given painkillers.
Another case in point is the detainee Basem Naasan who is detained in Ashkelon prison. The commission stated that the administration of Ashkelon prison is procrastinating in providing the appropriate treatment for the detainee Basem Naasan, 24, from Al-mughayer\ Ramallah, whose health condition is very bad. He was injured in his left leg before his detention which caused troubles in the colon. He is in urgent need of an operation as soon as possible, but the administration of "Ashkelon" keeps procrastinating.
The disabled detainee Saleh Saleh, 23, from Balata camp\ Nablus is permanently detained at Al-Ramla clinic. His health deteriorated recently due to problems in the nerves, and he's in urgent need to be examined by a specialized doctor to have a surgery and receive the appropriate medical treatment.
However, the detainee Fawaz Baara, 48, from Nablus is held in Jelboa prison. He's suffering from very bad health conditions. He has cancer since 2007. He had many surgeries but his health condition worsened and got infected. Then, he got moved Al-Afoula Hospital to undergo a catheterization.
The administration of Ofer prison is deliberately neglecting the health condition of the detainee Mahmoud Abu Wardeh, 41, from Al-Fawar camp\ Hebron. He suffers from a slipping in the vertebrae, gastric ulcer and heart diseases. He did not receive any medical examinations or treatment until now.
Another case in point is the detainee Ahmad Amawi, 27, from Gaza. He has severe pain in his right hand due to an injury during his arrest. He also suffers from infections in the stomach and problems in the urine. He had medical examinations in the clinic of Nafaha prison but has not been informed of the results.
The Commission stated that the administration of Israeli prisons is deliberately neglecting the health conditions of sick detainees, where 700 sick detainees in the Israeli jails have complicated cases such as cancer and kidney and heart diseases.
The Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees' Affairs stated today that the detainee Hasan Ewiawi continues his open hunger strike since 69 days against his administrative detention, amid warnings of the deterioration of his health condition.
The Commission said that the administration of Israeli prisons transferred the detainee Ewaiwi last Thursday from "Nitzan al-Ramla" detention center to Barzilai Hospital after a serious deterioration in his health.
The Commission also said that the detainee Ewaiwi is suffering from weight loss, severe pain in the joints, waist and head, a constant feeling of cold, stomach aches, inability to stand up and move, in addition to ill-treatment by jailers.
The Israeli occupation authorities hold full responsibility on the health and life of the detainee Ewaiwi , where he is prevented from family visits and lawyer visits, the Commission stated.
It is worthy to mention that Ewaiwi is a father for three kids. He was detained before in January and sentenced to 4 months under administrative detention.
His administrative detention was renewed for the second time, which led him to enter an open hunger strike protesting against the renewing of the administrative detention without any charge.
The director of media department at the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees' Affairs, Thaer Shraiteh presented a paper on the difficult conditions of 250 minor detainees in Israeli jails. The paper was presented in the Fifth European Conference in Defense of Palestinian Detainees held in Brussels.
Text of the speech:
Children all over the world live in peace and grow up in the laps of their parents, who remain with them step by step toward a prosperous future full of success. Children have rights to exercise their hobbies that meet their desires, where they grow up within a stable social system guaranteed by international laws, regulations and conventions. They live in holy life that cannot be violated and it is protected by a permanent supervision. All forms of violence are prohibited even by their parents. Thus, we hear about sanctions imposed on families due to ill-treatment against their children. Some States resort to prosecute families in formal trials, which in some cases have deprived them of their children.
However, the aforementioned life factors do not apply to Palestinian children, where they lack all forms of security, peace and stable life because of the Israeli occupation that denies their childhood and kill the dreams of their parents. We all have wishes that those children should not be arrested or killed by Israeli soldiers who are so proud of murdering children with their weapons and American- made machine guns. Therefore, all Palestinian families realize that there is no future for their children under this occupation. This attitude stems from the daily practices of the Israeli soldiers against the Palestinian childhood that deny their rights and confine them in a circle of violence.
This paper tries to cover all sides of the crime committed by the Israeli occupation government against Palestinian minor detainees, which is recorded for the prison services since occupying the Palestinian territories in June 1967. We might create new space to expose the Israeli practices against our detainees especially minors and try to save them through this conference, which is organized by the European coalition for supporting Palestinian detainees.
Child in international system
A special agreement was concluded to safeguard the rights of children worldwide. It included all the relevant details of life and rights, to be a measuring tool in dealing with minor children in different countries and societies. In accordance with the General Assembly resolution 44/25 on November 20, 1989, the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted, ratified and entered into force on September 2, 1990, in accordance with article 49.
The Convention set out the age of childhood as 18 years and less. It exists in 54 articles and its texts were written in six languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. The convention stated that the "child must be fully raised in an atmosphere of happiness, love and harmony, and that he should be prepared to live individually in the society and be raised on the spirit of the ideals proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations, in particular in the spirit of peace, dignity, tolerance, freedom, equality and brotherhood".
To affirm the special care of the child, child right were proclaimed in the 1924 Geneva Declaration on the Rights of the Child, the Declaration on the Rights of the Child adopted by the General Assembly on November 20, 1959 and recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the relevant statutes and instruments of specialized agencies and international organizations concerned with the welfare of children.
The Convention affirmed that "due to the physical and mental immaturity, child requires special care and appropriate legal protection, before and after birth". The convention also recalls the provisions of the Declaration on Social and Legal Principles Relating to the Protection and Welfare of Children, with special attention to custody and adoption at the national and international levels, the United Nations Minimum Standard Rules for the Administration of Juvenile Justice (the Beijing Rules), and the Declaration on the Protection of Women and Children in Emergency and Armed Conflict. It also recognizes that in all countries of the world, there are children who live in extremely difficult circumstances and that these children need special consideration.
Number of minors and the places of detention
The Israeli occupation holds 250 Palestinian minors at Ofer, Damoun and Megiddo prisons in difficult circumstances which contradict all laws, conventions and international norms, especially the Convention on the Rights of the Child, where the administration of prisons does not show any privacy in dealing with them, and strive to achieve its goals in an immoral way.
The statistics of minor detainees over the past years have been unstable due to the continuous arrests. Throughout the year, the occupation authorities carried out break-ins into towns, villages and camps, and put checkpoints everywhere, to arrest children under the age of 18. In many cases, children under the age of 12 have been arrested.
The occupation authorities do not bear responsibility towards minors. They are supervised by adult Palestinian detainees, who take care of them and supervise the details of their daily lives, and try to overcome the prison's administration policies. The leadership of the prisoner movement managed to close all the gaps, and was able to establish permanent programs for these minors, and it will not leave them to be victims of this occupier.
Violations against minors
According to the advocates of the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees' Affairs, the rate of torture against minors has reached 100%, meaning that all children under the age of 18 years have been exposed to one or more forms of torture. This percentage reveals the extent of the crime committed against the children by the occupation authorities and the administration of the detention centers, which call for all forms of concern, especially in the light of the escalating racist voices calling for revenge against Palestinian childhood.
Violations against minors start from the first moment of detention, where the soldiers break into houses at midnight, explode doors and destroy the house belongings. Then, minor is taken to settlements or detention centers and get interrogated for long hours before being moved to prison. All this happens without the presence of a lawyer or a parent, and this contradicts the international norms and laws, and even to the law of protection of Israeli minors.
Violations include shooting Palestinian minors, beating and deprivation of food for one or two days, threatening during interrogation and forcing them to sign papers written in Hebrew that they do not understand their contents, in addition to their detention in places that do not fit the human life.
The occupation authorities also abuse the families of children economically. All the sentences are accompanied by fines up to tens of thousands of shekels per month. In many cases fines of more than NIS100, 000 were imposed on one detainee. These funds are transferred directly to the budget of the army and are used to enhance the capability of prisons' administration and forces by purchasing weapons, tear gas, pepper gas, electric bars and live ammunition.
The Israeli authorities resorted to use the policy of house detention over the past years, especially against minors from Jerusalem. This form of detention forced families to be jailers on their children. After few days of detention, minors are prosecuted in military courts which sentence the house detention, so that the child is given a certain area to move, and sometimes certain rooms within the house.
The Israeli authorities have placed iron bracelets on the hands or legs of the detainee, connected to an electronic system monitored by the police stations and the prison administration to ensure its control over them. In addition, they imposed high fines on their families, paid in the event of any violations of the conditions of house detention. This causes many psychological and social problems of the detainees and their families. Parents live in a state of constant confusion and have a concern for the child's compliance with the conditions of house detention, fearing of the high fines.
This form of detention deprived many children of their education, where the periods of detention vary from one detainee to another and reached sometimes to two years. The sentence is renewed by a decision from the court. A case in point, a parent was forced to stay at home with his arrested child under the same conditions.
Extrajudicial execution of children
Since the beginning of 2014, the policy of field executions prevailed by the Israeli soldiers. Israeli soldiers invent new techniques in killing minors and shot them dead from a zero distance under the pretext that children hold knives and intend to commit stab attacks against Israelis. Videos proved that soldiers could arrest those children without harming them. In many cases, knives were deliberately put beside children's corpses to justify murdering them.
Israeli criminals who executed minor Palestinians were not prosecuted, but they were given the choice to behave according to the situation, and that the final decision is to the soldier in the field.
Sick minor detainees
Medical crimes against Palestinian detainees increase in general, but it is more dangerous when it comes to children, where the nature of their bodies is unable to bear this medical negligence as adults do. There tens or maybe hundreds of them who got arrested, paid a high price and held severe pains throughout their lives. The reason behind this situation is that jailers did not show any interest in their health condition when they got detained.
Statistics of the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs indicate that 50% of the diseases infected the minor detainees in Israeli jails are resulted from the inhuman and immoral detention conditions. They suffer from lack of food, Lack of hygiene, insects, overcrowding, and being held in rooms that do not have any windows or lights. Furthermore, rooms have high humidity and there is a lack in clothes and blankets. Besides, there is no contact with the outside world.
By reviewing the above, we can realize the main reason of disease outbreak. Minor detainees are deprived of health care and appropriate treatments. Most often, minors are only given painkillers for different diseases. According to their narration, the occupation authorities and prison services refuse to take them to the clinics of prisons, and if they go, they will be subjected to beating and cursing by the nurses and doctors. They intend to procrastinate in doing surgical operations to those who have illnesses that require immediate surgery, such as removing fragments or bullets out of their bodies.
Legalizing penalties and revenge against minors
The Israeli occupying state is the only state in the world that legalizes penalties and attacks against minor detainees. Extremists of ministers, army leaders and Knesset members are not shy to brag about making laws that avenge the Palestinian child. This demonstrates that the Israeli judiciary is a basic component of the occupation system, and that what happens in courts is only a play which chapters are prepared in cooperation with the occupation government, the intelligence device, commanders of the Israeli army and the prisons' administration. Moreover, the court hearings in which indictments are submitted is not official.
It is worthy to mention that more than 800 Palestinian minors are prosecuted in occupation courts every year. The Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees' Affairs estimates that from 2000 till the end of 2018, the Israeli occupation forces have arrested 11.000 minors who were prosecuted in military courts, and imposed inhuman penalties against them. Many of them were sentenced to life imprisonment and others to 20 years.
The most prominent laws officially approved to avenge Palestinian minors:
• The law of raising sentences against children who throw stones: the Israeli Knesset approved in the third reading in 7/21/2015 a law stipulates the possibility of imposing prison penalty of 10 years against minors who throw stones on Israelis, without proving the intent to cause harm. The law considers throwing stones a crime and has two levels: sentence to a maximum of 10 years without having to prove the intent to kill, and a sentence to a maximum of 20 years with proving the intent to kill. The Israeli government ratified this law in 11/10/2015.
• Increasing the minimum penalty on children who throw stones in Jerusalem: in 11/2/2015, the Israeli Knesset approved a bill submitted by the Israeli minister of Justice (Eilat Shaked), stipulates to impose actual imprisonment of 2-4 years on those who throw stones, withdraw the allowances of the national insurance from the detainees of Jerusalem, force them to pay compensations for Israelis. For children from Jerusalem, the law stipulates to withdraw child allowances from the family, education grants and other financial supplements, such as the support comes from social affairs to the family, disability allowances, widows' allowances and others. This bill allows
• Prosecuting persons under the charge of incitement without the presence of proofs, where it is considered a violation to the freedom of expression, especially activists on social media.
• Law of prosecuting children under the age of 14: the Knesset approved a bill in 11/25/2015 that allows prosecuting and imprisoning minors under the age of 14, and it is related to Palestinian children who are subordinate to the "Israeli Civil juvenile law". The law stipulates that the court can prosecute minors under the age of 12, but the actual imprisonment starts when they turn 14 years. The age of criminal liability is 12 and the child can be arrested and interrogated. After the conviction they are sent to a closed community home until they turn 14 years.
According to the "Association of Civil Rights" in Israel, the majority of states prohibit imprisoning children under the age of 14, and other associations prohibit the actual imprisonment of children above the age of 14. The Knesset ratified the bill of arresting minors in 11/2/2016.
Testimonies of minor detainees
1. The Palestinian child Ahmad Manasra: he was born in 1/22/2002 in Beit Hanina/ Jerusalem. He was arrested in 10/12/2015 under the pretext of his intent to commit a stab attack in Jerusalem. At that day, he was walking with his cousin Hassan Manasra, 15 years old. The Israeli forces and settlers attacked them with beating, cursing humiliation and bullets. Hassan martyred while Ahmad was injured and moved to hospital with handcuffs. Many people thought that Ahmad was martyred, but then he appeared alive.
The Israeli forces intentionally published a video of the security investigation with Ahmad, which was full of violence and threatening for a 13-year-old child. He appeared in the video crying, in front of an arrogant interrogators saying "I am not sure" and "I can't remember", and the detective kept shouting to scare him and take confessions that support the Israeli narrative.
It is important to demonstrate that Israeli interrogators used psychological torture against Ahmad Manasra, by shouting and depriving him of his right to consult a lawyer and bring one of his parents to the interrogation session. The aim of this video is to scare children and their mothers, but Manasra defeated the interrogators and did not confess guilt, saying "I don't remember", "I don't know".
2. The Palestinian child Milad Mousa Salah Aldeen, 16, from Jerusalem. He was sentenced to house detention by the Israeli court, which forced his mother to stay home with her child, turning the mother into a jailer.
Milad's mother said in an interview "the occupation court in Jerusalem forced me to choose either to continue the house detention or to arrest him for a year. I chose the house detention to stay with him instead of being arrested and pay a high fine, so he was deprived of his school and friends".
She added: "my son was arrested when he was returning from his school, he was subjected to cruel interrogation to force him confess that he threw stones. He was arrested for weeks and then sentenced to house detention. She added "that the occupation forces obliged me to pay a fine of 10.000 Shekels and threatened me that in case of violating house detention conditions I will pay a fine of 20.000 Shekels".
Milad's father is a psychiatrist form Kufr Aqab/ Jerusalem. He said: "house detention has fatal consequences so that the child will have negative energy and pressure that will increase his bad condition and this happens to tens of children in Jerusalem".
One day, Milad was playing with his cat. The cat ran away and he followed it. The police came after few minutes to the yard of house, because the bracelet in his hand sent a sign that he is outside the house. He got back to the house immediately after catching the cat, but the Israeli police informed him that he is not allowed to get out of the house for any reason.
3. The Palestinian child Hassan Tamimi from Ramallah was arrested for 3 months before he turns 18. He lost his sight completely due to a medical crime. He suffered from the damage of the nerves of the eyes inside Ofer prison, due to the high proteins in the blood. He needed a daily treatment and special food, which was not provided by the prison administration. Thus, his health condition deteriorated and he lost his sight, knowing that the prison administration is very aware of his condition but did not help or provide anything.
Hassan said: "the Israeli soldiers arrested me from my house in Dair Netham village/Ramallah in 4/7/2018. They woke me up and asked me to bring the black jacket, which they claim that I was wearing, during the participation in a demonstration in the village. They beat me while taking me to Benjamen interrogation center in Ramallah. There, they showed me a picture of mine during the demonstration, but I denied that this picture belonged to me. They beat me again and prevented me from taking my medicine, where I suffer from a chronic disease. As a result of this, I lost my sight after two months of my detention".
In conclusion, I hope that I succeeded in revealing the crime committed against Palestinian minor detainees whose rights and childhood are being violated.
Ramallah: the occupation forces arrested (2759) Palestinians since the beginning of 2019 till June, 3 including (446) minors and (76) females.
Detainee's institutions and Human Rights organizations (the Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees' Affairs, the Palestinian Society Prisoner's Club, Al Dameer Association for Human Rights) pointed out that the total number of detainees in Israeli jails is (5500), including (43) females, (220) minors and (500) administrative detainees.
The following is the most prominent policies and measures practiced by the occupation authorities in June:
The occupation authorities arrested (364) citizens in June, including: (160) from Jerusalem, (56) from Ramallah, (60) from Hebron, (31) from Jenin, (40) from Bethlehem, (25) from Nablus, (13) from Tulkarem, (9) from Qalqilai, (5) from Tubas, (5) from Salfit, (9) from Jericho and (7) from Gaza Strip.
Individual hunger strike, continues protest
Detainees in Israeli jails continued their protest against administrative detention by entering hunger strikes, noting that some of these detainees were able to have deals that determine the period of their detention.
Cases in point: Ihsan Othman,21, from Ramallah, Jafar Ezz-Aldeen, 48, from Jenin and other five detainees from Dura\ Hebron, including two siblings: Mahmoud Alfasfoos 29 years old, Kayed 30 years old, Ghadanfar Abu Atwan 26 years old, Abdulazeez Swaiti 30 years old and Saed Nammura 27 years old, and they ended their strike after 12 days.
Detainees' institutions pointed out that some of those have been sentenced to administrative detention at the same day of their release; a case in point is the detainee Jafar Ezz-Aldeen, who spent five years under administrative detention and entered hunger strike four times protesting against his administrative detention.
Prisons administration continued to impose Aggressive measures, represented in isolation, transferring to other prisons, deprivation of family visits and lawyer meetings, in addition to the procedures practiced by jailors against them.
Israeli occupation authorities have rearrested 17 persons and executed one during June
The Israeli authorities have rearrested 17 persons from Jerusalem, Ramallah, Hebron, Jenin, Salfit and Bethlehem, and executed the released detainee Muhammad Obaid from Jerusalem in June 2019.
The report showed that the Israeli authorities have executed the released detainee Muhammad Obaid in June 27, 2019, after shooting him from a zero distance, and procrastinated in handing his body.
The report also confirmed that targeting released detainees by re-arrest them and practice extrajudicial filed execution is part of a systematic and official Israeli policy in an attempt to practice pressure against the Captive Movement.
It is also pointed out that re-arresting released detainees will lead to unexpected circumstances in Israeli jails at any moment.
Detainees' institutions (the Commission of Detainees Affairs, Palestinian Society Prisoner's Club and Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association) stated that the occupation authorities arrested (905) Palestinians during March and April from West Bank and Gaza Strip, including (133) minors and (23) females.
In a joint report, institutions stated that the Israeli occupation authorities still holding (250) minors in Megiddo, Ofer, and Damoun prisons, and (45) females, noting that there are (5700) detainees in Israeli jails. The report showed that the Israeli authorities have issued (112) orders of administrative detention, knowing that there are (500) administrative detainees in jails.
Most prominent policies and measures practiced against detainees during the last two months:
The suppression forces continued the attack against detainees and it increased after breaking into by suppression forces in March 24, where section (3) of Negeve prison witnessed the most intensive confrontation between detainees and forces, in which forces used sound bombs, tear gas and live ammunition, in addition to intensive beating against all detainees in the section.
120 detainees got wounded in the attack and 20 ones were taken to hospitals.
Human Rights organizations observed many procedures implemented by the administration of Negev Prison after the attack, such as: handcuffing detainees in section (3), put them in isolation, take their belongings, power cut off, and depriving them of treatment. Many injured detainees were transferred to detention centers and take indictments including: Islam Weshahi, Udai Abu Salem and Anas Awwad.
The administration of prisons held trials for detainees, imposed fines of NIS12.000, confiscated their stuff and deprived them of family visits and lawyer visits.
After struggling procedures by detainees in April, detainees were able to put an end to the abusive procedures against detainees and reach an agreement to stop installing jamming devices in prisons.
High fines against minors in Ofer prison
Reports showed that the court of the Israeli occupation in Ofer prison imposed high fines against minors during March and April which reached up to NIS 78.000
39 minor detainees were detained in minors' section at Ofer prison in April, including 20 who were arrested from their houses, 17 from roads and 2 after summon.
The battle against administrative detention is continuous
6 detainees entered hunger strike during March and April demanding terminating their administrative detention and release them. The detainee Daoud Edwan started his hunger strike in March 1, Husam Ruzza started his hunger strike in March 19, followed by Khaled Farraj and Muhammad Tabanja in March 26, followed by Awda Hroub and Hassan Ewaiwi in April 2.
The detainee Husam Ruzeh ended his strike in May 1, after reaching an agreement with occupation authorities to be released next July. He was suppressed, treated in bad way and isolated for 16 days in Negev Prison before transferring him to Ishel prison.
Muhammad Tabanjah ended his strike at the same day after reaching an agreement that the administrative detention would not be renewed for him.
Khalid Farraj ended his strike in April 25, after agreeing to be released next October.
Dawod Edwan ended his strike when he had a deal with the administration of prison to determine the period of detention.
Hasan Ewaiwi and Odeh Hroub still continue their strike until this moment, where the lawyer of Addameer Association visited Hroub last May and stated that he had law blood pressure and troubles in the kidney.
During the opening session of the conference on supporting the Palestinian detainees in Brussels
Abu Baker calls on the European Union to act immediately and hold Israel accountable for its crimes against the Palestinian detainees
The head of the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees' Affairs Qadri Abu Baker started his speech in the Fifth European Conference for Supporting the Palestinian Detainees by calling on the European Union to act immediately to put an end to Israel's crimes against the Palestinian detainees and hold it accountable for violating the International Law and the International Humanitarian Law.
Text of the speech:
In the name of Allah the most merciful the most compassionate
Ladies and Gentlemen
May peace, mercy and blessings of God be upon you
Let me first deliver the greetings and gratitude of the Palestinian people, leadership and detainees and their relatives on organizing this important conference, in which we hope that its works be successful. We also hope that we can create a real space to support the Palestinian detainees, especially that we are in the 21st century, where the principles of democracy, human rights and justice exist all over the world except in occupied Palestine which suffers from a colonial Israeli occupation that targets stones and trees before human beings. The Israeli authorities are currently holding 5700 detainees, who live in tragic situation and do not provide the human and legal protection set forth in many international conventions and laws.
The Israeli occupation governments have exceeded all international laws and norms in dealing with Palestinian detainees and behave as it is the only state in the world. Israel resorted to legalizing their revenge, where the Israeli Knesset approved more than 15 racist laws since 2015 to take revenge from detainees and their relatives, in addition to many draft bills which still in the reading process by specialist committees in the Knesset, such as: deducting the salaries of martyrs and detainees, execution of detainees, stop funding the medical treatment of detainees and wounded persons, expel detainees' relative and deport them away from their accommodation area and stop the early release of detainees. This was a result of fierce competition between Israeli politicians who are racing to turn the lives of detainees into hell.
Ladies and gentlemen
The Israeli occupation authorities hold the Palestinian detainees in 22 jails and detention centers, all of them are located outside the occupied territories in 1967, which are considered Palestinian territories according to the settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict draft bill, and this contradicts articles 49, 76 and 77 of the Fourth Geneva Convention which states that the occupying state shall detain the citizens of the original state in jails located inside the occupied territories, noting that the only jail located inside the occupied territories in Ofer prison, near the city of Ramallah.
As mentioned earlier, the Israeli occupation authorities hold more than 5700 detainees, including 570 detainees who are sentenced to life sentence, and 500 detainees held under the policy of administration detention that became a collective punishment, in which Palestinians are imprisoned without trials or charges. Children are also included, where 250 minors still held in Ofer, Damoun and Megiddo prisons. The occupation deprived them of childhood rights in order to meet the desires of intelligence officers in the occupation army, who have the right to carry out arrests based on their wishes without taking into consideration their weak physical structure and young age.
47 females are held in Damoun prison, which was a location for storing tobacco, in addition to 7 representatives of the former Legislative Council, and 26 detainees held before the Oslo Accord such as Kareem Younis and Maher Younis who are arrested since 37 years and Neal Barghouthi who is arrested since 39 years. Moreover, there are more than 750 sick detainees, tens of them have serious conditions and about to die due to the policy of medical negligence and medical crimes committed against them. They are deprived of treatment and they are only provided with painkillers, such as Sami Abu Dyak, Israa' Ja'abees, Fuad Shobaki, Bassam Sayeh, Mansour Moukadi, Khalid Shaweesh and Mohammad Barrash.
The Israeli occupation turned the policy of medical negligence into a crime committed against Palestinian detainees, where 218 martyrs of the captive movement died due to depriving them of treatment, in addition to hundreds of released detainees who got outside of prisons with many chronic diseases and dies thereafter, so that their stories are witnesses to the ugliness and hatred of this occupation.
The past few months witnessed unprecedented attack against our detainees, especially in Ofer, Negev, Remon and Nafaha prisons, where Special Forces broke into the cells and sections of detainees, attacked them and humiliated them. They used tear gas, pepper gas, rubber coated bullets and live ammunition. Detainees were beaten and kept in the prisons' yards in cold weather, isolated, prosecuted by internal trials, deprived of family visits and sentenced to high fines. In addition, many jamming devices were installed inside prisons, close to the rooms of detainees, which may cause unknown diseases among detainees.
Ladies and gentlemen
The stable attitude of the Palestinian leadership, represented in refusing the deal of the century and refusing to deal with the American administration after its unjust procedures against the Palestinian cause and rights, made the United States to cut off its financial aid to the Authority, which was allocated to the services and infrastructure sector, which affected the PA budget. The financial crisis aggravated with the refusal of the PA to receive the incomplete clearing fund because the occupation decide to deduct the allocations of the martyrs and detainees' families, which had multiple economic, political and popular consequences.
Cutting the aid by America is a vulgar step aiming at forcing Palestine to sacrifice one of its basic principles, which is not acceptable to our people or leadership. Israel expends great efforts through media to mislead nations and governments, especially the European societies. It depicts itself as a victim who seeks for an international protection. It launched a campaign in which it used all its energy, and urged the Zionist lobby to obtain an international attitude that condemns the Palestinian leadership's stand with the detainees and their families. It also practiced pressure on them to abandon their commitments towards those struggling people.
We witnessed a wave of incitement against the money provided for detainees' families, which is a simple allocation that helps to provide a decent life for them. This is refused by Israel, which hide bad intentions to turn the Israeli Palestinian conflict into a conflict between the Palestinians, because it knows very well the status of detainees and their families to the Palestinian people and his leadership.
Palestine being a recognized state by the United Nations and by joining more than 100 international treaties is subordinate to international jurisdiction, not to the jurisdiction of the Israeli military laws and legislation. The responsibility of the Palestinian National Authority is to provide social insurance to the distressed families. This is applied by all states in the world, including the state of Israel which applies the social insurance on Israeli criminals. This insurance comes within the framework of an international legal rule that requires taking care of affected families regardless of the affair done by one of their members. Responsibility is individual and not collective, and this will reflect the social, economic and security stability.
We assure that our detainees is are not criminals nor terrorists as Israel and the United States try to depict them, but actually they are freedom fighters and symbols of the struggle of the Palestinian people.
Ladies and gentlemen
Providing financial aid for detainees' families is a process organized by law and includes clear clauses. It states that the salary of the detainee is related directly to the period served in Israeli jails and the social status wither be married or bachelor. The more years spent in jail the more the proportion of salary become, and that what is paid to the detainees and their families has nothing to do with the sentence. The increase in salary is justified by the change of basic requirements of life, the requirements of detainees' families increase in terms of education, health and others.
This refutes the occupation's narrative and its media that the system of funds provided to detainees and their families encourages the Palestinians to do acts of "violence" because they will receive more salary. Unfortunately, we got surprised that there are international diplomats who have believed in this misleading and false analysis, which is ratified by the law of funding detainees.
It is worthy to mention that Israel pays salaries for Israeli prisoners, and that the extremist who killed the former Prime Minister Rabin, is receiving salaries from three Israeli sides. He was allowed to marry and take leaves outside the prison, which is not given for the Palestinian detainees.
Ladies and gentlemen
In conclusion, I would like to thank all those who contributed to the success of this conference, and I would like to take the advantage of being here to call upon all organizations of International Community to break its terrible silence, and to assume its legal, human and moral responsibilities towards the Palestinian detainees. We also would like to emphasize the necessity of mobilizing all international efforts to support the issue of detainees and the Palestinian leadership to face Israeli inflexibility, and we value the efforts of the solidarity movements in Brussels and the rest of the world.
We wish that the works of the conference to succeed and to take advantage of its papers, in order to be able to mobilize European people and governments.
We hope to start the work and influence from here, from the Belgian capital, Brussels, due to the existence of the European political center represented in the European Union. We call on you by the name of our agonized detainees in Israeli jails to work to exert pressure on the European decision-makers to stop the Israeli war against Palestinian detainees, especially minors and sick detainees, which violates international law and the UN Charter of Human Rights, in order to hold Israel accountable for its continuous violations.
Long live Palestine, long live the struggles of our people… we will be together until liberating the Palestinian people and land… May peace, mercy and blessings of God be upon you