[Pnews] Youngest Palestinian children held by Israel jailed for months

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  Youngest children held by Israel jailed for months

Tamara Nassar <https://electronicintifada.net/people/tamara-nassar> - 29 
January 2018

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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 
Samidoun 
<http://samidoun.net/2018/01/palestinian-boy-13-sentenced-to-four-months-in-israeli-prison-for-stone-throwing/>.

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 
disabling 
<https://electronicintifada.net/content/israeli-captain-i-will-make-you-all-disabled/17821> 
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 
six months.


    Kangaroo courts

“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,” 
according 
<http://www.dci-palestine.org/year_in_review_worst_abuses_against_palestinian_children_in_2017> 
to Defense for Children International-Palestine 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/defense-children-international-palestine-0>.

Israel’s military kangaroo courts have a near-100 percent conviction 
rate 
<https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/06/04/israel-50-years-occupation-abuses> 
for Palestinians.

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 
<http://samidoun.net/2018/01/palestinian-child-prisoner-razan-abu-sal-13-sentenced-to-four-months-in-israeli-prison/> 
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 
<https://www.alwatanvoice.com/arabic/news/2018/01/17/1116949.html> by 
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 
<https://www.facebook.com/manal.tamimi.12/posts/1681371741886197>. This 
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 
<https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/tamara-nassar/israel-arrests-another-tamimi-teenager> 
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 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/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 
<https://www.facebook.com/iyad.burnat/posts/2031602903520729>, Iyad 
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 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/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 
<http://samidoun.net/2017/12/18-december-nyc-protest-to-free-abdul-khalik-burnat-and-stophp> 
to Samidoun.

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.


    Medical neglect

On 25 January, Israel’s high court denied the appeal of a woman with 
severe burns.

Israa Jaabis <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/israa-jaabis>, 32, 
appealed 
<https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/tamara-nassar/why-wont-israel-treat-imprisoned-woman-severe-burns> 
her 11-year sentence citing her “inability to perform essential 
functions behind bars and the lack of adequate medical treatment 
provided to her,” according 
<http://samidoun.net/2018/01/severely-wounded-israa-jaabis-appeal-denied-by-israeli-high-court/> 
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 
<https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/tamara-nassar/why-wont-israel-treat-imprisoned-woman-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 
Israeli checkpoint.

“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 
his health.

An Israel court denied repeated requests 
<https://www.arab48.com/%D9%81%D9%84%D8%B3%D8%B7%D9%8A%D9%86%D9%8A%D8%A7%D8%AA/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AD%D8%B1%D9%83%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A3%D8%B3%D9%8A%D8%B1%D8%A9/2018/01/20/%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%B4%D9%87%D8%A7%D8%AF-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A3%D8%B3%D9%8A%D8%B1-%D8%B9%D8%B7%D8%A7-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%84%D9%87-%D9%86%D8%AA%D9%8A%D8%AC%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A5%D9%87%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%84-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B7%D8%A8%D9%8A-%D8%A8%D8%B3%D8%AC%D9%88%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%AD%D8%AA%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%84> 
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 
<http://samidoun.net/2018/01/palestinian-jailed-without-charge-or-trial-on-hunger-strike-for-19th-day/> 
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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