UFree Network Condemns Israeli Arbitrary Arrests
UFree Network Condemns Israeli Arbitrary Arrests Against Jerusalemite Minors In Violation of International Laws
UFree Network to defend the rights of Palestinian political prisoners and detainees strongly condemned the arrest and imprisonment of eight Jerusalemite minors, from Shuafat refugee camp, by Israeli occupation forces.
The Israeli district court has sentenced on Monday 8 Jerusalemite minors of actual imprisonment vary between 17 years and 44 months as part of the Israeli ongoing crimes against the city of Jerusalem, where several Jerusalemites are either under house arrest, detained, or deported from the city.
Head of the Jerusalem prisoners' families committee Amjad Abu Asab confirmed to UFree that the Israeli court sentenced Ahmed Sandouqa, 20, to 40 months and 12 months suspended , Ahmed Shehadeh, 17, to 24 months , Ahmed Al-Taweel, 17, to 24 months , Haitham Al- Tarteir, 20, to 27 months , Ameir Al- Debs, 20, to 29 months, Hamza Al-Debs, 19, 25 months and nine months suspended, Malik Moheisen, 18, to 30 months and 10 months suspended, and Mohammed Gazawi, 13, was also sentenced to 30 months.
Abu Asab noted that the minors were arrested on charges of throwing stones at Israeli occupation forces. They were brutally attacked and severely beaten during their arrest in total violation to the international laws and treaties, he confirmed.
UFree Network considered these arbitrary
arrests against Palestinian minors and children a flagrant
violation to the international laws where they are subjected
to physical and psychological torture.
Around 230 children are being detained behind Israeli bars suffering ill-treatment ranging from verbal abuse, sleep deprivation, beating where they are deprived from family visits, prevented from meeting their lawyers during interrogation.
The Oslo based network said that minors' detention violates the Fourth Geneva Convention that prohibits in Article 147, inhuman treatment, torture, biological experiments, causing great suffering, serious injury to body or health against protected persons.
The Israeli occupation forces arrest, interrogate and detain an estimated 700 Palestinian minors annually.
It is worth mentioning that the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has issued a report recently outlining the Israeli ill-treatment against Palestinian children based on an analysis of the legal framework and testimonies from children on the violations of their rights in detention. "The pattern of ill-treatment includes the practice of blindfolding children and tying their hands with plastic ties, physical and verbal abuse during transfer to an interrogation site, including the use of painful restraints," the report stated.