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Ahed Tamimi is Free But Hundreds of Palestinian Children are Still in Israeli Prisons
The Palestine Chronicle congratulates the Palestinian people and the Tamimi family on the release of teenage protest icon, Ahed Tamimi. It also reminds its readers and supporters of Palestinian rights everywhere that hundreds of Palestinian children continue to be imprisoned and are often tortured by their Israeli jailers.
Also, we must all keep in mind that nearly 7,000 Palestinian prisoners are held in Israeli jails, many of whom are imprisoned without trial (the so-called 'administrative detention'), and almost all of them go through the customary weeks of torture.
According to a report by the Israeli rights group, B'tselem,
"At the end of May 2018, 291 Palestinian minors were held in Israeli prisons as security detainees and prisoners, including 3 administrative detainees. Another 6 Palestinian minors were held in Israel Prison Service facilities for being in Israel illegally. The IPS considers these minors - both detainees and prisoners - criminal offenders. In addition, a small number of minors are held in IDF-run facilities for short periods of time."
According to a joint report published by B'tselem and HaMoked, Israeli forces violate Palestinian children's rights as a matter of state policy.
The report states:
"Rather it is a case of a plain and clear policy followed by the various authorities: the police who carry out the arrests; the IPS (Israel Prison Service) which keeps the boys incarcerated in harsh conditions; and finally, the courts, where judges virtually automatically extend the boys' custodial remand."
Indeed, prosecution of Palestinian children in Israeli military courts is systematic.
According to a report released by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC),
"Israel is the only country in the world that systematically prosecutes children in military courts - between 500 and 700 each year. The Israel Prison Service revealed that an average of 204 Palestinian children have been held in custody every month since 2012."
Most of those children are accused of throwing stones as heavily-armed Israeli occupation soldiers.
Child detention in Palestine is a "system of control", violating the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) art. 37(c); the CRC General Comment No. 10, para 89; the UN Standard Minimum Rules, rules 33 and 34; Tokyo Rules, rule 64.
According to UNICEF, international law stipulates that,
"Children should be restrained only if they pose an imminent threat to themselves or to others, and all other means have been exhausted, or as a precaution against escape during transfer, but in all cases, only for as long as is strictly necessary."
60% of Palestinian children arrested by Israel were verbally, physically or psychologically tortured, according to the Palestinian Prisoners' Club (PPC).
Many of the imprisoned children are also subjected to medical negligence, as in the case of teenage boy Hassan Tamimi, who lost his eyesight, because Israel did not allow the youth access to his medication. Hassan suffers from liver and kidney issues as a result of protein malabsorption since early childhood.
Israel is expelling two Italian artists who drew a large mural of Palestinian resistance icon and teen, Ahed Tamimi, on the illegal Separation Wall in occupied Bethlehem. The pair had been detained on Saturday and
The Palestinian teenager released from prison by Israel on Sunday after completing a sentence for kicking and slapping an Israeli soldier called for Palestinians to continue their struggle against the occupation of the West Bank.
Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi has been released from prison after serving nearly eight months in detention, according to Israeli authorities. Tamimi and her mother Nariman, who was also jailed, were released early on Sunday
Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi, who has been held in an Israeli prison for slapping a fully armed Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank town of Nabi Saleh, will be released this Sunday, a spokesman
An unknown artist has painted a mural of Palestinian resistance icon Ahed Tamimi on the Israeli separation wall in Bethlehem, just as her father said she might be released on Sunday after almost eight months
Teenage Palestinian protester Ahed Tamimi, who is currently serving an eight-month jail term for slapping an Israeli soldier, should have been at least shot in the knee and placed under house arrest for life, believes
The family of Ahed Tamimi Monday released footage of her interrogation by two Israeli officers on Dec. 26, in which she can be seen silent, appearing calm despite intimidation attempts. In the video, then 16-year-old
Israeli lawyer Gaby Lasky who is defending Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi has accused investigators of sexual harassment, Arab48.com reported yesterday. Lasky has filed several complaints against interrogators for verbal and physical sexual harassment but said
Ahed Tamimi was sentenced to eight months behind bars after plea deal. The 17-year-old Palestinian girl was arrested in December 2017 after a video of her slapping two Israeli soldiers outside of her house in
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An Israeli court decision to approve the blocking of humanitarian ships which aim to break the illegal siege of Gaza is a "pre-emptive attempt to legitimize Israeli piracy in international waters", activists have said. Israeli
The International Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) is "a grassroots people-to-people solidarity movement composed of campaigns and initiatives from all over the world working together to end the blockade of Gaza." Read: 'Freedom Flotilla': Latest Updates
The International Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) is "a grassroots people-to-people solidarity movement composed of campaigns and initiatives from all over the world working together to end the blockade of Gaza." Read: Freedom Flotilla: All You
A four-ship Freedom Flotilla has set sail for the Gaza Strip to challenge Israel's decade-old blockade of the besieged territory. The Al-Awda, Arabic for The Return, vessel set sail a week ago from Norway and