SHAFAQNA- Israeli forces detained 511 Palestinians during the month of October, including 74 minors and 15 women, three Palestinian prisoners advocacy groups confirmed in a joint statement released on last Thursday.
The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), Addameer and the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners and Former Prisoners’ Affairs, said that Israeli forces also issued 73 administrative detention orders in October, 42 of them new ones, bringing the total number of Palestinians held under administrative detention to 430.
The statement added that around 6,000 Palestinians are currently imprisoned in Israeli prisons, including 52 women, one of whom is a minor, and 270 children, 50 of whom are under the age of 16 years.
The PPS said in a separate statement that the Israeli army detained six Palestinians in overnight raids at their West Bank homes on Thursday, including two brothers, 20 and 23 years old from the town of Allar in Tulkarm in the north of the occupied West Bank, wafa reported.
Israel regularly arrests and detains Palestinian minors. According to Defence for Children International (DCI), “since 2000 at least 8,000 Palestinian children have been arrested and prosecuted in an Israeli military detention system.” This means “around 500-700 Palestinian children are arrested, detained and prosecuted each year.” DCI emphasises that Israel’s policy of child detention is in violation of international law, in particular the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991 which demands that “children should only be deprived of their liberty as a measure of last resort.”
Ahed Tamimi ,16-year-old, was arrested in December 2017 after a video of her slapping an Israeli occupation soldier who trespassed on her family’s land went viral. Ahed was placed in administrative detention which was extended three times, before she was tried in a closed Israeli military court. Tamimi was finally released in July 2018 after serving eight-months in Israeli prisons, Middle East Monitor mentioned.
United Nations officials in may condemned the continued arbitrary detention of Palestinian children by Israel saying the practice has become “systematic and widely spread”.
A series of UN reports presented at the Human Rights Council shows how the living conditions of Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza have dramatically worsened over the past year, and how children are bearing the brunt of the Israeli occupation, said Kate Gilmore, the UN deputy high commissioner for human rights, ALJAZEERA reported.
“The past year saw hundreds of Palestinian children detained by Israel, some without charge under administrative detention,” Gilmore said.
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