Published: 2018-11-20 19:16
Last Updated: 2018-11-21 10:16
Palestinian Prisoners Club (PPC) stated on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 that 908 Palestinian children under the age of 18 have been arrested by Israeli authorities since the beginning of the current year, until the end of October.
In a report issued by the PPC, on the occasion of Universal Children’s Day, and was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations, it said that out of the 908 Palestinian children detained since January 2018, 270 are still held in detention in various Israeli prisons.
PPC stressed that Israel enacted several laws since 2015 that would allow detention and trial of minors over 14 years, with stiff prison sentences between 10 year and life, for throwing rocks.
Children are usually detained from their homes in the middle of the night, often severely beaten, threatened to sign confession papers, denied education, some are denied family visits, and even medical attention, for those who need it.
PPC renewed its call to international human rights organizations to make greater efforts to protect Palestinian children, especially the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
The Palestinian Prisoners Club is an independent, non-governmental, Palestinian organization which was established in 1993 with around 1,600 members of former Palestinian prisoners.
According PPC, there are 5,580 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons, 250 of whom are children, 35 of which under the age of 16.