[Pnews] Lawyer reports: Palestinian children abused in a "heinous" manner by Israeli interrogators

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  Lawyer reports: Palestinian children abused in a "heinous" manner by
  Israeli interrogators

author Monday June 01, 2015 09:57author by Camila Benson
*http://www.imemc.org/article/71772*

    Palestinian Authority lawyer Hiba Masalha reported that young
    Palestinian detainees are being "terrified, threatened, and
    blackmailed" by Israeli authorities while detained.

There are currently 68 Palestinian teenagers being held in Section 3 of 
Megeddo prison, where Masalha visited recently, and most of the 
detainees were arrested from an orphanage in Tulkarem in the Northern 
West Bank.

17-year-old Mahir Hussein, from Qalqiliya in the northern West Bank, 
told Masalha that Israeli soldiers had fired gunshots into the air to 
threaten him and two other teenagers when they were detained. The 
soldiers threatened to kill him and then beat him violently.

Hussein was left bleeding with his hands and feet cuffed for 6 hours 
before being moved to a hospital in an Israeli military base where he 
got 24 stitches to seal the gaping wound in his head.

He was transferred to al-Jalama interrogation center where he was beaten 
and mostly confined to a wooden chair with his hands and feet cuffed for 
a period of 20 days.

Masalha also met with two other detainees, Wasim Taj and Ibrahim Salmi, 
both age 17, who reported similar experiences of "brutal" interrogation.

Just last week, Issa Qarage, head of the prisoners' committee, stated 
that Israeli interrogators used "oppressive and brutal" methods to 
terrorize Palestinian detainees.

There have been numerous reports of "widespread and systematic" abuse of 
Palestinian detainees by Israeli forces, including reports by the United 
Nations and Defense for Children. The Defense for Children report stated 
that 93 percent of children detained by Israeli forces were denied 
access to legal counsel, and many endured prolonged periods of solitary 
confinement for interrogation purposes, which is considered torture 
under international law.

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