[Pnews] War Crimes against Palestinian Prisoners Committed by Israeli Special Units

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  War Crimes against Palestinian Prisoners Committed by Israeli Special

author Sunday January 25, 2015 18:08author by IMEMC

Child abuse cases in Israeli prisons on the rise

    According to the Palestine Detainees Studies Center, special units
    working in Israeli jails are engaged in war crimes against
    Palestinian prisoners.

WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency reports that, in a Sunday press 
release, the Center stated that Israeli special units have directly 
killed at least seven Palestinian prisoners, citing the case of prisoner 
Mohammed al-Ashqar, who was killed in 2007, in Naqab prison.

According to the UN Relief website, Mohammed Al-Ashqar died as a result 
of critical wounds sustained on October 22nd of 2007, at the southern 
Israeli detention camp of Al-Naqab (Ketziot), in the Negev, when Israeli 
guards fired upon prisoners with live ammunition and tear gas, injuring 
at least 250 other prisoners.

Father of one, Al-Ashqar was hit with several bullets which caused his 
death, and had been sentenced to approximately three years, with only 
three months remaining in his sentence.

The Center said that Israeli prisons recruit special elite units to 
suppress Palestinian prisoners. Masked and armed units terrorize 
prisoners through various measures, including surprise night raids on 
their cells, tying and beating them, confiscating their personal items, 
and shooting at them.

A report by the United Nations lists around 200 methods of torture. The 
Israeli rights group B’Tselem listed around 105 torture methods, 
according to the Middle East Monitor (MEMO).

"Regardless of the number, all these reports indicate a grave level of 
violations perpetrated against Palestinians following their arrest," the 
publication stressed.

Fahd Abu Al-Hajj, director of the Abu Jihad Centre for Prisoner Affairs 
at the University of Jerusalem, noted that there are 73 methods of 
interrogation considered to be the 'most popular' in Israeli jails. 
According to Al-Hajj, these methods demonstrate the barbarism of the 
occupation and its lack of respect for basic standards of human rights, 
MEMO added.

It additionally reported that, "B’Tselem acknowledged in a report that 
105 torture methods are used against Palestinian detainees which are 
considered serious violations of human rights. A UN human rights 
committee described the torture in Israeli prisons as “crossing the 
line”, noting that Israel’s brutal methods of torture included breaking 
backs, pulling fingers apart and twisting testicles.

"According to statistics, around 72 prisoners were killed as a result of 
torture in Israeli prisons since 1967, out of a total number of over 200 
prisoners who died behind bars.

"The first prisoner to die as a result of being tortured was Yousef 
Al-Jabali who died on January 4 1968 in a Nablus prison. Many prisoners 
have since followed him, such as Qassem Abu Akar, Ibrahim Al-Rai, Abdul 
Samad Harizat, Attia Za’anin, Mustafa Akkawi, and others, including the 
most recent, Raed Al-Jabari," it reported.

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In related news, Palestinian prisoner representative in Hasharon prison, 
Amin Zaida, has revealed increasing cases of abuse among juvenile 
prisoners while being transferred to other prisons.

These statements came during the attorney Fawaz Shludi's visit to 
juvenile prisoners detained at Hasharon prison, according to the 
Palestinian News Network (PNN).

Shaludi said that 17-year-old Malik Hamdan, of Jerusalem, was the latest 
prisoner who witnessed such aggression from the "Nahchon" forces during 
his transfer to prison.

Hamdan was severely beaten on his face and the rest of his body. As a 
result, he was transferred to Ramleh prison clinic, stressing that the 
prisoners had filed a complaint about it.

It should be noted that about 38 prisoners below the age of 18 are 
imprisoned in Hasharon 
<http://www.imemc.org/newswire?search_text=Hasharon&button=Search+%3E%3E> occupation 
cells, in addition to 71 minors in Megiddo 
<http://www.imemc.org/newswire?search_text=Megiddo&button=Search+%3E%3E>, and 
84 in Ofer prison.

According to Census Department of the Palestinian Commission of 
Detainees report, Israeli forces kidnapped 3755 children in the last 
four years <http://www.imemc.org/article/70143>, including 1266 in 2014.

/See also: 12/29/14 Ferwana: “6059 Palestinians Kidnapped By The Army in 
2014” <http://www.imemc.org/article/70132>/

Israeli forces are also violating the international law by kidnapping 
children. On Friday, Israeli occupation court sentenced a 14-year-old 
girl <http://www.imemc.org/article/70343> to 2 months imprisonment and a 
$1523 fine, for allegedly throwing stones.

WAFA futher reports that “around 500 - 700 Palestinian children, some as 
young as 12, are arrested, detained and prosecuted in the Israeli 
military detention system each year. The majority of Palestinian child 
detainees are charged with throwing stones. No Israeli children come 
into contact with the military court system,” according to Defense for 
Children International (DCI 

“Despite international condemnation and awareness of Israel’s widespread 
and systematic ill-treatment of Palestinian child prisoners, there have 
been no practical steps taken to curb violations,” said Ayed Abu 
Eqtaish, Accountability Program director at DCI-Palestine. “The 
international community must demand justice and accountability.”

Israel is the only state to automatically and systematically prosecute 
children in military courts that lack basic standards of due process.

<http://www.imemc.org/newswire?search_text=Addameer&button=Search+%3E%3E> human 
rights group says that most of the detained children report being 
subjected to ill-treatment and having confessions extracted from them 
during interrogations. Forms of ill-treatment used by Israeli soldiers 
reportedly include slapping, beating, kicking, violent pushing, threats 
and even sexual assault.
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