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Israel is the only country in the world that systematically prosecutes children in military courts – between 500 and 700 each year. The Israel Prison Service revealed that an average of 204 Palestinian children have been held in custody every month since 2012.

Ill-treatment in the Israeli military detention system remains “widespread, systematic, and institutionalised throughout the process”. These were the conclusions of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report ‘Children in Israeli Military Detention Observations and Recommendations‘.

Palestinian children as young as 12 are routinely:

  • Taken from their homes at gunpoint in night-time raids by soldiers.
  • Blindfolded, bound and shackled.
  • Interrogated without a lawyer or relative being present and with no audio-visual recording.
  • Put into solitary confinement.
  • Forced to sign confessions (often in Hebrew – a language they do not understand).

 

For more information:

PSC Factsheet on Child Prisoners

Child Prisoner Infographics

Child Prisoner Postcard

Defence for Children International Palestins (DCI-P) website

Free Ahed Tamimi Briefing, Poster & Graphics

Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian boy as he was taking photographs during a weekly demonstration.

In 2017, DCIP lawyers conducted 60 visits to prisons and collected 161 sworn affidavits and torture forms to monitoring Israeli violations against children during arrest, interrogation and trial.  Out of the 161 testimonies, 137 were for children from the West Bank and 24 were for children from East Jerusalem. The analysis of the affidavits and questionnaires as follow:

Ill treatment form W. Bank & E. Jerusalem Percent W. Bank Percent E. Jerusalem Percent
Hand ties and leg ties 150 93.2% 130 94.9% 20 83.3%
Blindfolded 124 77.0% 120 87.6% 4 16.7%
Physical Violence 120 74.5% 102 74.5% 18 75.0%
Verbal Abuse Humiliations and Intimidation 98 60.9% 85 62.0% 13 54.2%
Strip searched 126 78.3% 109 79.6% 17 70.8%
Denial of adequate food and water 57 35.4% 50 36.5% 7 29.2%
Threats and Inducement 52 32.3% 44 32.1% 8 33.3%
Denial of access the Toilet 35 21.7% 35 25.5% 0 0.0%
Position Abuse 31 19.3% 27 19.7% 4 16.7%
Transfer on Vehicle Floor 64 39.8% 63 46.0% 1 4.2%
Shown or signed paper in Hebrew 98 60.9% 75 54.7% 23 95.8%
Solitary Confinement for more than two days 26 16.1% 26 19.0% 0 0.0%
Confinements with Adults 5 3.1% 5 3.6% 0 0.0%
Night Arrest 73 45.3% 69 50.4% 4 16.7%
Not informed of rights 95 59.0% 91 66.4% 4 16.7%
Attempt to recruitment 5 3.1% 5 3.6% 0 0.0%
Not informed of the reason for arrest 138 85.7% 114 83.2% 24 100.0%
No access to counsel prior to interrogation 95 59.0% 90 65.7% 5 20.8%
No Lawyer or family member present during interrogation 156 96.9% 132 96.4% 24 100.0%