[Pnews] Palestinian Child Detainees Testify To Torture And Abuse

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Tue May 19 12:17:32 EDT 2015

  Child Detainees Testify To Torture And Abuse

author Tuesday May 19, 2015 13:41author by IMEMC & Agencies

    The Palestinian Detainees Committee has reported, on Tuesday, that
    several detained Palestinian children testified to their lawyers
    about repeated torture, abuse, and intimidation, by Israeli
    interrogators and soldiers.

The Committee said detained children continue to suffer ongoing 
violations, torture and abuse by Israeli interrogators, in direct 
violation of International Law.

Lawyer Heba Masalha, one of the lawyers of the Detainees’ Committee, 
managed to visit several detained children, on Monday, in the HaSharon 
Israeli prison.

Masalha stated that Jamal az-Za’tari, 15 years of age, from the at-Tour 
town in Jerusalem, was repeatedly beaten and kicked starting directly 
after the soldiers stormed his family’s home, and during interrogation.

She added that the soldiers cuffed the child; repeatedly beat him on 
various parts of his body, including his head, and denied him access to 
food, or even water, for extended hours.

The child was kidnapped nearly two months ago, and was moved to the 
HaSharon prison, where he was stripped of all of his clothes, before the 
soldiers started beating and insulting him.

The lawyer also met Riyad Abu Ta’a, 17, from Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood 
in Jerusalem. He was kidnapped in Sultan Suleiman Street, in the Old 
City, nearby four months ago.

After his abduction, soldiers cuffed and blindfolded him, and started 
kicking and beating him, largely on his back, before he was moved to the 
HaSharon prion where he was strip-searched and tortured.

Masalha also managed to visit several child detainees in the Majeddo 
Israeli prison, including Eyad ‘Adawy, 17 years of age, from the 
northern West Bank city of Nablus.
Adawy stated that several soldiers stopped him near Beit Forik 
roadblock, before attacking and beating him.

He said that one of the soldiers repeatedly cut his hands every time 
they used knives to remove his plastic handcuffs, during his arrest, and 
while moving him to interrogation centers.

The soldiers also repeatedly kicked and punched him on different parts 
of his body, especially his face, during his arrest nearly a month ago.

The Detainees’ Committee said Israel is currently holding captive 200 
Palestinian children in ‘Ofer, Majeddo and HaSharon prisons.

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