[Pnews] Youngest administrative detainee - 40 soldiers to arrest a 16-year old child

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Mon Aug 28 11:23:01 EDT 2017


http://www.addameer.org/prisoner/nour-kayed-faiq-issa


  Nour Kayed Faiq Issa

August 28, 2017
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*40 soldiers to arrest a child*

Nour’s mother woke up to the sound of banging on their door in Anata 
village near Jerusalem. She opened it to find the house surrounded by 
more than 40 soldiers and military vehicles. 15 soldiers and an officer 
insisted on entering their home, telling her that they came to arrest 
her 16 year-old son Nour.

The officer demanded that Nour come with them, bringing his ID and 
computer. His mother hurried to wake up his sisters so that they could 
see him before the arrest. The officer separated Nour from his family 
and put him in another room for questioning. The separation was 
undertaken despite his mother’s continuous demands to be in the same 
room as her child while he was to be questioned. The soldiers forced her 
to wait in the living room with her daughters and husband, and listen to 
the soldiers and officers yelling and threatening her son. This went on 
for ten minutes, during which Nour was told that he was going to be 
arrested for incitement on Facebook.

The raid and questioning lasted for 45 minutes. After which the IOF 
blindfolded Nour, shackled his hands behind his back, and took him 
without informing the family about his destination or the reason behind 
the arrest. Only eight hours later was his mother told that he had been 
taken to Ofer prison.

*Nour misses his family*

Nour has four siblings, one older brother and three sisters. His oldest 
sister, Alaa’ (24 years old), gave birth to her first born while Nour 
was in prison. His brother, Baraa (20 years old) is currently being 
detained by the Palestinian Authority, and his two little sisters, 
Shayma (15) and Israa (13), are both middle school students. Nour’s 
mother has only been able to visit her child once since his arrest, and 
his father has been denied visitation rights for “security reasons”.

Nour’s arrest has placed a great amount of stress on the whole family, 
with the youngest two girls struggling at school as a result. Nour’s 
mother emphasized that the greatest stress in this situation is that 
which is placed about Nour himself. He has spoken about how difficult it 
has been without his family, missing Ramadan, and how much he wishes to 
see his new nephew. He spoke about how the five past months have gone by 
without his mother’s hugs, his father’s advice, playing with his 
sisters, and, most importantly, his basic freedom.

Nour is being held in Ofer prison with hundreds of Palestinian children 
who are being continuously denied the right to education, being with 
their families, and planning for their future. Each day inside the 
prison forces them to grow up before their time, depriving them of a 
childhood. Instead, they are forced to live between four walls, 
monitored by guards and interrogators, and taken back and forth for 
court hearings.

*Administrative detention targets children*

Following his arrest, Nour was subjected to 11 days of interrogation at 
Ofer prison. A list of charges were issued against him, including 
incitement on Facebook. In his first hearing the judge decided to 
release him on 4000 NIS bail, but the prosecution insisted on detaining 
him. As a result, a four-month administrative detention order was issued 
against him. The initial period was to be from 13/04/2017 to 2/08/2017.

It is claimed that Nour is a security threat. Even though the judge 
agreed with the defense that the charges leveled against him don’t 
result in his being a ‘security threat’, the order was issued 
nonetheless. The judge decided to reduce the order’s period to two 
months, taking into consideration that the detainee is a child. This 
decision was successfully appealed, meaning no special consideration was 
given to Nour’s status as a child and he will serve out the full four 
months.

On 2/8/2017, when the order ended, the prosecution renewed it for 
additional three months (which will end on 1/11/2017). According to 
them, Nour still constitutes a security threat.  His defense lawyer 
demanded his release on 1/9/2017, so that he could be with his family 
for the Eid holidays. However, the judge stated that after reviewing the 
material he believes that Nour should continue to be held under 
administrative detention. The judge added that he was reluctant before 
issuing his decision because the detainee is a child but, despite his 
concern, the order was renewed.

Nour was previously arrested twice during 2016; and each detention 
lasted for one week under the claims of incitement.

Nour’s case is testament to the fact that the occupation does not 
differentiate between a child and an adult, and does not take into 
consideration the psychological and physical effects of detention on 
children. The occupation forces do not only detain children and sentence 
them to spend months or years in prison, but also resort to 
administrative detention when they don’t have enough evidence to try the 
child. This clearly shows that the intention of the occupation is to 
intimidate children, affect their awareness and thinking, and intervene 
with their intellectual, cultural and even social development by 
isolating them from their surroundings and their families.

It is clear that the occupation forces continue to detain Nour out of 
sense of retribution, since it is the case that his brother allegedly 
attempted to stab an Israeli. Considering that no evidence was presented 
indicating that Nour is a threat, his imprisonment thus represents an 
act of collective punishment against the family. Nour is currently the 
youngest administrative detainee held in Israeli prisons.

*No childhood under occupation*

Nour’s case isn’t unique. The occupation forces have been targeting 
Palestinian children continuously since 1967. The occupation’s policy of 
terrorizing Palestinian children is clear. Asserting dominance and 
control over children early is a clear strategy of control. The thinking 
goes that, if a child understands the consequences of political action, 
they will be less likely to undertake any such activity in the future.

The child is arrested as an adult, in night time raids, detained, 
interrogated, potentially tortured, and imprisoned for at the very least 
3 months if not years.

The children’s age and needs are never taken into consideration, 
disregarding all laws and conventions that protect children and their 
rights.

Nour is supposed to be released on 1/11/2017, if the prosecution does 
not seek to extend the administrative detention period again. He 
anxiously waits to know if this will be the date where he is reunited 
with his family. No one, especially not a child, should be held under 
such conditions of uncertainty. Nour is simply one of 320 children, 
living the same experience.

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