Slaughterer Butcher Israeli violence against detained Palestinian children on rise: NGO
An independent non-governmental organization (NGO) says violence against the Palestinian children detained in the occupied West Bank by Israeli forces has risen in the first half of 2015.
According to a report by Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP), as much as 86 percent of the Palestinian children detained in the occupied West Bank are exposed to some form of physical violence during their arrest or interrogation by Israeli forces.
The data, compiled by the NGO since January 2015, indicate a 10-percent increase in the Israeli violence against the Palestinian children from 2014.
The DCIP said the ill treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system remains widespread and systematic, adding that the arrested children are taken to Israeli interrogation centers blindfolded, bound and sleep-deprived.
The detained Palestinian children, under the Israeli rules, are deprived of the right to be accompanied by their parents and in most cases they have no access to legal counsel during interrogation, the NGO added.
The children are strip-searched by Israeli forces once in custody, according to a research by the organization, and they are forced to sign documents drafted in Hebrew, a language they do not understand, and are sent to solitary confinement for interrogation purposes.
“For over a decade, ill treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system has been widespread and systematic,” said Ayed Abu Qtaish, the director of accountability program at the DCIP.
According to a report by the Palestinian Authority’s Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs (CPA) in June, a total of 161 Palestinians under the age of 18 have been detained by Israeli forces from the beginning of 2015 to the end of May.
Israeli forces routinely abduct Palestinians in the West Bank and put them behind bars under the so-called administrative detention, which is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge that allows the regime to imprison Palestinians for up to six months. The detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods of time.
More than 7,000 Palestinians are reportedly incarcerated in 17 Israeli jails and detention centers, many of them without charge or trial.