[Pnews] Youngest Palestinian children held by Israel jailed for months
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Tue Jan 30 10:49:04 EST 2018
Youngest children held by Israel jailed for months
Tamara Nassar <https://electronicintifada.net/people/tamara-nassar> - 29
Israel has sentenced two of the youngest Palestinian children in
military custody to months in prison.
Abdel Raouf al-Bilawi, 13, from Dheisheh refugee camp in the West Bank
city of Bethlehem, was sentenced to four months for throwing stones at
occupation forces, the most common charge leveled against Palestinian
children in Israeli military courts, according to prisoners rights group
Al-Bilawi was detained by occupation forces in December and his trial
was postponed seven times <http://www.wattan.tv/news/233953.html>, until
he was sentenced on 22 January. He was also fined $100.
Israeli occupation forces have a policy of deliberately maiming and
Palestinian youths who resist their frequent invasions of Dheisheh
refugee camp. Many others are arrested.
Al-Bilawi is currently thought to be the youngest Palestinian prisoner
held by Israel, according to Shehab News Agency.
In this video, his mother says that Israel does not see her son as a
child and treats him like a grown man.
“They are not at all taking into consideration that he’s a child.”
Al-Bilawi was interrogated for hours, shackled and verbally abused until
he confessed under pressure, his family told local media.
His older brother Ala al-Bilawi has been jailed by Israel for the last
“Israel has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the
world that systematically prosecutes an estimated 500 to 700 children
each year in military courts lacking fundamental fair trial rights,”
to Defense for Children International-Palestine
Israel’s military kangaroo courts have a near-100 percent conviction
There are currently about 350 Palestinian
<http://www.addameer.org/statistics> children in Israeli jails.
Youngest female prisoner
Razan Abu Sal, 13, was also sentenced
on 16 January to four months in prison and a fine of approximately $700,
also allegedly for throwing stones.
Razan, from al-Arroub refugee camp in Hebron, is the youngest
Palestinian female prisoner held by Israel.
She was arrested with her sister Roa on 13 January in Hebron. Her
sister’s case was delayed
the military court.
Palestinian teenager Muhammad Bilal Tamimi
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/muhammad-bilal-tamimi> was brought
before the Israeli military court on 28 January, but no decision was
made to release him from detention, which is in its third week.
His mother, Manal Tamimi
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/manal-tamimi>, wrote about
Muhammad’s condition in a Facebook post
was the first time his parents were able to see him since he was arrested.
“[He] looks very tired, his face turned to yellow and he lost around
seven kilos or more,” she wrote. “He didn’t have enough food or sleep
during the past 17 days and he went through so many interrogation
sessions days and nights.”
Muhammad, 19, was taken prisoner
during a night raid on the village of Nabi Saleh
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/nabi-saleh> on 11 January.
He is a relative of Palestinian child prisoner Ahed Tamimi
Seized while getting pizza
Abdul Khalik Burnat, 17, from the Palestinian village of Bilin
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/bilin>, was also brought before the
Ofer military court
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/ofer-military-court> on 28 January
after some 50 days in prison.
His father Iyad Burnat <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/iyad-burnat>
called it “a long day of deliberate humiliations and insults.”
Writing on Facebook
described: “A court filled with soldiers wearing military uniforms and a
child in a cage, his feet in chains, wearing a brown uniform and a broad
smile. A smile that says, I am strong!”
Like with so many other children, occupation forces accuse Abdul Khalik
of throwing stones at the army or its fortifications.
His father Iyad is a prominent advocate of unarmed resistance in Bilin,
who featured <https://www.afsc.org/event/5-broken-cameras-iyad-burnat>
in the award-winning documentary /5 Broken Cameras
Abdul Khalik was “kidnapped, beaten and detained on the night of 10
December while getting pizza along with his friends Hamzah Al-Khatib and
Malik Rahdi,” according
A year ago, Abdul Khalik was shot in the head with a rubber-coated
bullet. Israeli forces also previously detained him in a night raid in
March 2017, while he was under treatment for his injuries, Samidoun added.
Abdul Khalik’s next hearing was scheduled for 11 February.
On 25 January, Israel’s high court denied the appeal of a woman with
Israa Jaabis <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/israa-jaabis>, 32,
her 11-year sentence citing her “inability to perform essential
functions behind bars and the lack of adequate medical treatment
provided to her,” according
to Samidoun <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/samidoun>.
Sixty percent of her body is covered in burns and she has lost eight
fingers. Jaabis needs multiple surgeries, suffers intense pain and
cannot care for herself.
Jaabis, from occupied East Jerusalem, sustained severe burns
and other injuries after a cooking gas canister she was transporting
caused a fire in her car in October 2015. She was then accused of
attempting to detonate the car when she was hundreds of meters from an
“The situation was treated as a ‘terror attack’ rather than a medical
emergency by the occupation forces on the scene,” Samidoun said.
Her family says Jaabis was moving to a new apartment in East Jerusalem
and had been transferring furniture for days, including the gas canister
when it exploded.
Jaabis had reportedly been told that she would lose her Jerusalem
residency if she did not move back to the city.
She is one of 34 Palestinian women <http://asravoice.ps/post/8916/>,
including eight girls, currently being held in HaSharon prison
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/hasharon-prison>, and one of almost
60 Palestinian <http://www.addameer.org/statistics> women held by Israel.
Death from cancer
Palestinian prisoner Hussein Husni Atallah, 57, died of cancer
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=779770> on 20 January, after
spending more than 20 years behind Israeli bars.
Atallah’s son, Muhammad, told the Ma’an News Agency that the family
learned of his death from the Red Cross after a severe deterioration in
An Israel court denied repeated requests
from his lawyers to release him, despite medical reports from the Red
Cross and the prison doctor attesting to the severity of his illness.
After losing consciousness, Atallah was reportedly transferred from
Ramle prison to Israel’s Asaf Harofeh hospital.
The Palestinian Authority’s prisoners commission and the Palestinian
Prisoners Club condemned Israel’s refusal to allow Atallah to spend his
final days with his family.
Meanwhile, Ayoub al-Asa, 33, from the West Bank city of Bethlehem, has
been on hunger strike
for approximately 20 days.
Israel transferred him from solitary confinement in Ofer prison
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/ofer-military-prison> to solitary
confinement in the Naqab prison
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/naqab-prison> on 27 January in
retaliation for his fast.
Al-Asa is protesting the extension of his detention without charge or
trial since he was arrested in June 2017.
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