151 Palestinian children in Israeli jails illegally
A Palestinian legal monitoring group says at least 151 Palestinian children are currently being held in Israeli jails in violation of the Geneva Conventions.
In a recently released report, the Military Court Watch said 47 percent of the children imprisoned in Israeli jails are currently being held in violation of the Geneva Conventions, which forbid the transfer of detainees outside of occupied Palestinian territories.
The lawyers and family members of the children, who are being held as “security prisoners” in Israeli jails, have limited access to the prisoners.
The Military Court Watch added that the Israel Prison Service does not provide accurate figures on the Palestinian prisoners.
Earlier, an Israeli court sentenced Malak al-Khatib, a 14-year-old girl, to two months in jail for allegedly throwing stones at Israeli soldiers, a charge that Khatib’s parents have denied.
On February 4, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said 11 Palestinian teenagers were detained when Israeli forces carried out a raid against their homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem (al-Quds).
Earlier this month, the Palestinian Prisoners Club (PPC) said Tel Aviv had arrested 350 Palestinians in different cities across the West Bank during the month of January.
More than 7,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently held in some 17 Israeli jails, dozens of whom are serving multiple life sentences. About 540 Palestinians are being held without trial under the so-called administrative detention.
Administrative detention is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge that allows Israel to incarcerate Palestinians for up to six months. The detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods of time.