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Palestine: 1,000 Palestinian minors detained by Israel

25th Sep 2016
Palestine: 1,000 Palestinian minors detained by Israel

By Anees Barghouthi

 

RAMALLAH, (AA): Israeli forces have detained around 1,000 Palestinian minors since the beginning of 2016, a Palestinian committee said Saturday.

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)’s committee on detainees said some of the minors were held under Israel’s administrative detention, a policy under which prisoners can be held for up to one year without charge of trial.

“Some of these minors were held under administrative detention, while others were sentenced to jail or paid large fine in order to be released,” the committee said in a report.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, committee head Issa Qaraqe said targeting Palestinian minors in Israeli-occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem has significantly increased since October 2015.

“Palestinian children were subjected to torture and abuse inside the Israeli jails,” he said, going on to appeal to international organizations to intervene to “protect Palestinian children from detention”.

“This requires a wide and fast action from the international community,” he added.

The Israeli army frequently carries out sweeping arrest campaigns in the occupied territories that ostensibly target Palestinians who are “wanted” by the Israeli occupation authorities.

Over 7,000 Palestinians are currently languishing in prisons located throughout Israel, according to the Palestinian government.

[Palestine: Palestinians protest for release of prisoners in Ramallah in April last year. Photographer: Shadi Hatem/AA]

One Response to “Palestine: 1,000 Palestinian minors detained by Israel”

BilalSeptember 27, 2016

Why is their religion relevant to them being detained? Should we just globally give and take land based on biblical jewish or islamic passages? Or detain people and hold them in prison for up to year without trial because they are muslim? Children no less. Lets be fair here. If the tables were turned the UN would be deploying troops right now as we speak into palestine. You cannot terrorize a land or people in the name of peace, no matter how justified you think it may be. That is the true meaning of terrorism.

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