[Pnews] Palestinian child prisoners face further repression and transfer

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Mon Jan 13 10:58:44 EST 2020


  Palestinian child prisoners face further repression and transfer

January 11, 2020
/Palestinian child seized in Jerusalem. Older photo, illustrative./

Israeli occupation officials announced that child prisoners would be 
transferred away from the Ofer prison and separated into cells without 
the adult prisoner representatives who support them before the prison 
administration on Saturday, 11 January. In response, the Palestinian 
Prisoners’ Society noted that this is another attempt to confiscate one 
of the achievements of Palestinian prisoners that came through long 
periods of struggle, putting Palestinian children and youth at further risk.

The Prisoners Society noted <https://qudsn.net/post/171913/> that, 
rather than being held in groups, child prisoners would be held two to a 
cell. It said that this tactic was designed to isolate imprisoned 
children further from one another and from protective oversight of 
Palestinian elder prisoners. It also noted that prisoners would launch a 
series of protests in response, noting that this comes as part of a 
series of efforts to roll back achievements defending Palestinian 
prisoners’ rights that has been taking place systematically since 2018.

Specifically, the Israeli prison administration declared that around 60 
child prisoners – out of a total of 200 children currently detained by 
the Israeli occupation. On Sunday evening, they announced that 34 
Palestinian children would be transferred 
<https://qudsn.net/post/171949> to Damon prison on Monday morning, 13 
January, without the presence of their adult representatives.

Removing Palestinian child prisoners from the Ofer prison is 
particularly worrisome because Ofer is the main Israeli prison within 
the occupied West Bank of Palestine. Despite the Fourth Geneva 
Convention’s prohibition of the transfer of people under occupation to 
detention centers and prisons in the occupying power’s territory, the 
vast majority of Palestinian prisoners are subjected to exactly this 
type of transfer.

Because the Israeli occupation controls access to these prisons, 
Palestinians jailed in these prisons cannot receive family visits unless 
their family members receive a permit from the Israeli occupation 
authorities. These permits are frequently denied or revoked on spurious 
or nonexistent grounds of security, leaving jailed Palestinians without 
family visits. The impact on these denials on Palestinian children and 
their families is even more profound than its effect on adult prisoners.

This came as the Palestinian Prisoners’ Commission reported that 
Palestinian children in Ofer prison and their families 
<https://alasra.ps/ar/index.php?act=post&id=34537> had faced 54,000 NIS 
($15,500 USD) in fines in December 2019 alone. In December 2019, 38 
child prisoners entered Ofer prison, where there are currently 82 
children imprisoned in two sections. Twenty children were sentenced in 
December to one week in prison to 23 months, while one child prisoner 
was ordered jailed without charge or trial under Israeli administrative 
detention for four months. (Administrative detention orders are 
indefinitely renewable.)

The Commission noted that these hefty fines are an arbitrary mechanism 
designed as a form of collective punishment for Palestinian families, in 
order to further restrict them by burdening them with unaffordable fines.

Every year, around 700 Palestinian children are brought before Israeli 
military courts after being arrested, detained and interrogated. The 
vast majority report some form of
torture and abuse 
including kicking and beating in military jeeps as well as psychological 
torture during interrogation, including threats to arrest family 
members. Palestinian children are routinely denied access to parents or 
lawyers during interrogation and are held in solitary confinement. 
Several Palestinian children are jailed without charge or trial under 
indefinitely renewable Israeli administrative detention orders.

*The No Way to Treat a Child 
<https://nwttac.dci-palestine.org/resources_on_hr2407> campaign focuses 
on the effort in the United States to pass H.R. 2407, the “Promoting 
Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military 
Occupation Act,” a bill prohibiting U.S. taxpayer funding for the 
military detention of children by any country, including Israel.*

*Samidoun urges people in the U.S. to support the No Way to Treat a 
Child campaign and advocate for the release of all Palestinian children 
from Israeli prisons.  We demand the freedom of all Palestinian child 
prisoners and Palestinian prisoners sentenced as children in Israeli 
jails, as part of the liberation of all Palestinians imprisoned by the 
occupation – and the liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea.*

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