Testimony of arrested minor (June 15, 2019)

Every year, hundreds of Palestinian children are victims of the same situation.
Raids at home, also in the middle of the night, arrests, intimidations. Blindfolded and handcuffed, they are transferred to the police station for the interrogation, often subjected to violence along the way. Interrogated – some of them after a long transit, others without foods or water for hours, others sleep-deprived. Alone, without an adult they trust near them, and without the possibility to consult a lawyer. Often the children give a confession after verbal abuse, threatens, physical and psychological violence.

Israel applies two different legal systems in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The settlers are under Israeli civil and criminal jurisdiction, while the Palestinians are subject to the military justice system. The children suffer arrests, judgments, and imprisonments under a system of military detention which deprived them of their fundamental rights.

According to data provided by B’tselem, at the end of May 2020, nearly 142 Palestinian children have been detained as prisoners or subject to preventive measures in Israeli prisons, and at least two of them detained under administrative detention.

To deepen the topic: Stone Cold Justice, documentary direct by John Lyons and Sylvie Le Clezio