Month of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression: Hit and Run. The Israeli national sport

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Incidents involving Israeli settlers hitting Palestinians specially kids in the occupied Palestinian territory are a regular occurrence, and are usually treated by Israeli security forces as accidents, even in cases when witnesses claim the car ramming were deliberate.

On October 19, 2014 a Jewish settler ran over two Palestinian children near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, leaving the two girls in a serious condition. While Toleen Omar Asfour condition was currently stable, 5-year old Inas Shawkat Khalil succumbed to her wounds.

The two little girls were coming home from kindergarten.

On September, 2016, a six-year-old Palestinian girl was run over and killed by an Israeli settler on Saturday evening in the village of al-Khader south of Bethlehem, on the road to the illegal Israeli settlement of Efrat in the southern occupied West Bank. Her name was Lama Marwan Mousa. Lama’s house is in the area of Umm Rukba in al-Khader located in Area C, the more than 60 percent of occupied West Bank under full Israeli control.

The Palestinian teenager Rushdi Yasser al-Khatib, 16, received treatment at the Palestine Medical Complex in the occupied central West Bank city of Ramallah on March 11, 2018 after being run over.

A 4 year old Palestinian was hospitalized after hit and run by Israeli settler in Hebron on April 30, 2017 Murad Samir al-Razam was treated for moderate injuries by the Palestinian Red Crescent before he was evacuated to the Hebron governmental hospital for further treatment.

A young Palestinian girl identified as Nada Ibadh, aged16, died after an Israeli settler ran her over with his car on June 2, 2017

On August 10, an Israeli settler ran over four Palestinian children in the predominantly Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan on the outskirts of the Old City of Jerusalem al-Quds.

Asil Tariq Abu Aoun was run over by an Israeli settler near Hamra checkpoint in Furush Beit Dajan village, located 10 kilometers east of Nablus, on August 26, 2017. The 8-year-old Palestinian girl later succumbed to her serious injuries.

A Zionist settler killed Dina AL-Ja’bari, a 6 year old Palestinian girl, in the “al-Raas” area near the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba in southern AL-Khalil on September 3, 2017

On May 3, 2018, an Israeli settler deliberately ran over an eight-year-old Palestinian child, identified as Laith Yousif Shatat, as he was standing outside his school in the eastern part of Yatta city, located approximately eight kilometers south of AL-Khalil (Hebron).

There have been scores of “hit and run” incidents targeting Palestinians in different parts of the occupied West Bank, with most of them largely going uninvestigated by Israeli authorities. Some of such events have resulted in fatalities.

Sources

http://www.salem-news.com/articles/october192014/child-killed.php

http://nthnews.net/en/2017/09/03/six-year-old-palestinian-girl-dies-in-a-hit-and-run-by-zionist-settler/

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/08/11/531362/Palesinian-Children-settler-hit-run-Jerusalem

https://english.palinfo.com/news/2018/1/29/palestinian-kid-injured-in-hit-and-run-attack-by-settler-in-al-khalil

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170430-4-year-old-palestinian-hospitalised-after-hit-and-run-by-israeli-settler-in-hebron/

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170420-israeli-settler-driver-hits-palestinian-girl/

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http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/11/555119/Israeli-settler-runs-over-injures-Palestinian-teenage-boy-in-occupied-West-Bank

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Month of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression: “Children being children is enough to get them killed.”

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On March, 25, 2014 Israeli shot dead by live ammunition the Palestinian kid Yousef al-Shawamrah, (14). No warning shots were fired, but the prosecution found that, “the force prepared for the operation professionally and acted in line with rules for opening fire.”

Shawamrah left home around 6:30 am to forage for wild thistle, used in Palestinian cooking, along with two friends, Zahi, 12 and Muntaser, 17. The boys planned to look for thistle in an area of land belonging to the village of Deir al-Asal al-Fawqa that now sits on the other side of the separation barrier. As they crossed the barrier, soldiers fired three shots without warning.

Eighty-five percent of the separation barrier and its planned route is located within the occupied West Bank and not along the Green Line, according to B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights organization.

It results in grave violations of Palestinian rights by severely restricting freedom of movement, restricting access to private land and crucial services. #NoWayToTreatAChild

Sources:

https://www.btselem.org/separation_barrier

http://www.dci-palestine.org/update_israeli_forces_kill_palestinian_teen_in_southern_west_bank

 

Month of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression: INTERROGATION OF PALESTINIAN CHILDREN BY ISRAELI OCCUPATION

Palestinian children like adults are subject to Israeli occupation forces’ military courts in the occupied Palestinian territories instead of civilian jurisdiction, which means far more limited rights and much harsher treatment than even the children Palestinian and other Arab citizens of Israel experience under Israel’s civilian jurisdiction, not to speak of Jewish children.

In the occupied territories except East Jerusalem, which Israel claims it has annexed, Palestinian children and the children of illegal Israeli settlers thus face very different treatment if they are accused of crimes by Israeli authorities.

INTERROGATION

According to Israeli occupation prison services, from February to November 2017 per month an average of 310 Palestinian minors from the occupied territories were in Israeli prison system for “security offenses”; an average of 60 of them were aged 12-15 during the period. In March 2016 the number of Palestinian children imprisoned had been 438 of which 98 were under the age of 16.

Defense for Children International – Palestine collected testimonies from 137 children from the occupied West Bank who were detained and prosecuted in Israeli occupation military courts. 74.5 % of the children reported physical violence after arrest and 62 % were ‘verbally abused, intimidated or humiliated’.

B’Tselem and HaMoked’s study study of 60 Palestinian boys detained and interrogated from May 2015 to October 2016 showed that 70 % of the boys had been kept handcuffed or otherwise restrained through initial interrogation.

26 of the children were held in solitary confinement during interrogation for an average of 12 days; the longest time a detained child was being held in solitary confinement by Israeli occupation during 2017 was 23 days.

Israel is the only state in the world which regularly prosecutes children in military courts – but only Palestinian children from the occupied territories. As part of Israel’s Apartheid system, illegal Israeli settlers’ children in the occupied territories are under civilian jurisdiction and prosecuted in civilian courts with access to lawyers and presence of parents during interrogation, whereas up to 95 % of Palestinian children lack presence of a parent during an interrogation.

Aforementioned study by B’Tselem and HaMoked showed that 30 % of children were not allowed to be speak to a lawyer before interrogation and those that were allowed to do so were allowed to speak to lawyers only through a phone.

Palestinian children can be detained for up to four days without Israel’s occupation forces’ having to bring them before occupation military court to ask for formal detention. Occupation military court can then give the occupation forces 15 days to interrogate children before bringing any charge against them and when children have been charged, they can be imprisoned by the occupation court for up to 400 days without a trial.

This is based on Israeli occupation forces’ military orders 1711 and 1726 from the year 2013. The idea is of course put vulnerable children under mental and physical pressure and make them to ‘confess’ whatever charges Israeli occupation wants to bring against them. 23 % of children are presented with and/or are made to sign documentation written in Hebrew during interrogation.

THREATS DURING INTERROGATION

Interrogation often includes threat against children’s close family and in up to 40 % threats of sexual violence against children. Genital torture of teenage boys has been reported, as has been threats of an anal rape with objects. Israel’s military order 1745 from year 2014 excluded children arrested for ‘security reasons’ from audio-visual recording of interrogations; the reason for this exclusion is self-evident.

In 2009 B’Tselem collected testimonies of 56 underage Palestinians interrogated in the Israeli occupation police station in the illegal Israeli Gush Etzion colony bloc on the southern part of the occupied West Bank and had faced violence, which included being kicked, punched and slapped and hit with objects, including guns. In 12 cases the minors themselves or their close relatives had been threatened with rape or other sexual violence. In 8 cases the childrens’ relatives were threatened with violence, in 6 cases they themselves were threatened with ‘execution’ and in 5 cases with torture with electricity.

In 2014 a teenage boy arrested from occupied East Jerusalem was interrogated for 28 days by Israeli occupation and was threatened with rape, being told that: “If you don’t want to talk from your mouth we’ll make you talk from elsewhere.”

As a result, the child ‘confessed’ a charge for an act he hadn’t committed.

RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT?

B’Tselem and HaMoked report found that 29 % cases children have not been told that they have a right to remain silent during interrogation, only 30 % of those who were told that they had that right understood what it meant.

In 2012 Israeli occupation military court judge accepted ‘confession’ extracted from a 14-year-old boy although his lawyer was able to show that among several breaches of Israel’s own laws the child had been three times told what were his ‘rights’ with the right to remain silent omitted.

Threats mentioned above of course are intended to break the will of children who try to remain silent, and with the long period given for interrogation with the child alone in presence of interrogators, the interrogators have been given ample time to break down the will of those children who try to remain silent – or who just don’t ‘confess’ to the charges against them.

NO JUSTICE

Israeli occupation military court system is not intended to find truth of claimed ‘crimes’ or to protect the rights of children in the system; instead it’s role in the occupation is to be a factory line which produces ‘confessions’ against children, the most vulnerable part of the Palestinian population living under the 51-year-long Israeli occupation.

To Israel’s military courts Palestinian children are guilty because they are Palestinian, and because they are Palestinian, they don’t deserve or are entitled to the protection Israeli law (theoretically) gives to children, which in the occupied territories is reserved to the children of illegal Israeli settlers.

SOURCES:

Abuse and torture in interrogations of dozens of Palestinian minors in the Israel Police Etzion Facility

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In plea bargain, Palestinian minor accused of stab attack risks 6 1/2 year prison sentence

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IMPRISONMENT OF CHILDREN

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Military court approves the unlawful extraction of a confession from a Palestinian minor .

New report by B’Tselem and HaMoked on detention of Palestinian teens in East Jerusalem: Israel systemically abuses minors, denies their rights .

YEAR-IN-REVIEW: WORST ABUSES AGAINST PALESTINIAN CHILDREN IN 2017

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PHOTO: Ammar Awad / Reuters

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Month of Innocent Children Victims of Agression: THE GIRL WHO LIVED

Many will recognize the photograph of a moment that changed her life; it has become one of the symbols of Israeli occupation violence – but far fewer will know the name of Marah Bakeer and what happened to her afterwards. A common misconception is that she would have died.

Instead Marah Bakeer, aged 16 when she was shot by Israel’s occupation forces in occupied East Jerusalem’s Beit Hanina on October 12th 2015 at 13:00 pm, survived.

Bakeer, shot 10-12 times on her left shoulder and arm, lived – to be buried alive in Israeli occupation’s prison system, with her dream of higher education destroyed by the shooter, who opened fire shouting ‘Subversive! Subversive!’ and shattered her arm from elbow to shoulder.

On January 4th 2017 she was sentenced to 8.5 years in prison for ‘attempting to stab’ Israeli occupation forces’ member who shot her. Israeli occupation claimed that she ‘had a knife’, which is not seen in any of the photographs or a video. When her lawyer asked for evidence about the ‘attack’, he was told it was based on ‘a secret file’ he couldn’t see.

After she had been shot on that fateful day, she was repeatedly pushed to the ground hitting her head. She was then stripped of her outer garments before being given first aid. Instead, she was photographed laying on the ground while Israeli occupation police squatted around her.

When taken to a hospital where she was interrogated, according to herself naked, before surgery by Israeli occupation police officer. After the surgery she was put in a room with two male occupation guards who cursed her, said that she should die and one of them took a ‘selfie’ with her in it, shackled to the hospital bed from one arm and one leg.

She was kept captive in Ashkelon and Ramle in ethnically cleansed Palestine 1948 before sentencing, with Israeli criminal prisoners, and subjected to beatings and sexually humiliating searches. As a specially gender-based mistreatment Israeli occupation prison authorities don’t give hygiene projects for menstruation or specialized gynegological medical services to women and girls.

Now, a survivor and a political prisoner, Marah Bakeer is almost forgotten. In February this year her case was briefly raised in British Parliament, the government asked what it had done in raising her case with Israel’s regime. The government asked that it had done nothing.

SOURCES:

13 Palestinian minor girls imprisoned by Israeli occupation

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IMPRISONMENT OF WOMEN AND GIRLS

Jerusalemite child receive sentence of 8 and a half years

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Marah Bakeer:Written question – HL5452

#MuslimWomenTalkBack: Palestinian Women Speak Out About Their Treatment as Prisoners in Israeli Jails

Palestinian schoolgirl sentenced to eight years in Israeli jail

Young prisoner, Marah, is fighting medical negligence to get her high school diploma

طفلة مقدسية ترمّم في الأسر حلما هدمته 12 رصاصة إسرائيلية

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ISRAELI TEAR GAS GRENADE WOUNDS PROTESTER IN FACE

23-year-old man was hit and critically wounded by Israel’s occupation forces’ tear gas grenade on Friday in besieged Gaza Strip during the Great Return March demonstrations.
 
The tear gas grenade, one launched as part of a barrage from a battery atop an armoured Israeli occupation forces Jeep, hit him with great velocity in cheek, near nose, and burrowed itself in his head.
 
The embedded, hot tear gas grenade’s one end was inside his mouth, the other on the external side of his cheek, and emitted tear gas as he ran out around wounded until emergency medical personnel were able to reach and get him on a stretcher.
 
After he went through surgery in hospital during which the tear gas grenade was removed, he was left in critical condition on life support in an intensive care unit.
 
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ISRAEL KILLS AT LEAST 4 PEOPLE IN BESIEGED GAZA ON ANOTHER BLOODY FRIDAY

On Friday June 8th Israel’s occupation forces killed at least 4 people, including a child, and injured at least 618 people of which at least 120 were shot with live ammunition. At least 7 people were critically wounded. Among the wounded are 26 women, 14 children and 5 journalists.

One source reports 5 deaths, but the only thing it mentions about this fifth person is that he would be an adult man. We consider this death unreliable until further information is given to prove or (hopefully) disprove it.

REPEAT OF A BLOODY FRIDAY

Early on Friday Israeli occupation forces’ drones had dropped small combustion bombs in a Return Camp east of Rafah in southern part of the besieged coastal enclave without causing injuries.

During the demonstration on the afternoon the chronology of events is still vague. Ziad Jadallah Bureim, aged 26 according to those sources who give his age, would appear to be the first to die. He was a father of a small girl named Bisan and was shot east of Khan Younis by Israeli occupation forces’ sniper. There was attempt to treat him at a field medical tent, but he appears to have died there.

Imad Nabil Abu Darabi, aged 21 or 26 according to different sources, was shot east of Jabalia refugee camp in central part of besieged Gaza about the same time. It would seem based on a photograph showing him apparently preceased that he would have died very soon after having been shot by Israeli occupation sniper.

Haitham Abu Jamal, aged 14 or 15, was shot east of Khan Younis. It would appear that the boy, very small for his age, was dead by the time photographs show him being carried on a stretcher towards an ambulance. It’s possible that he had run away from home on Friday to take part in the demonstration, although the source claiming this is somewhat vague.

Yousef al-Fasih appears to have been the last to be killed by Israeli occupation forces’ snipers. The 29-year-old was shot east of Gaza City relatively late in the afternoon.

Among the wounded are many hit with Israel’s occupation forces tear gas grenades, launched from jeeps by batteries, and one of the victims is 23-year-old male who had a smoking tear gas grenade embed itself in his cheek near his nose. The grenade was successfully removed in surgery. He appears to be one of the critically wounded, being connected to life support.

Israel’s occupation forces attacked ambulances with tear gas grenades east of Khan Younis, damaging one ambulance. During the demonstration several medics were wounded and injured, although their injuries seem moderate at worst in the photographs and videos we have seen.

DAUGHTER’S LEGACY TO HER MOTHER

The mother of slain volunteer paramedic Razan al-Najjar(21), whose cousin Ramzi al-Najjar(22) was killed few days later by Israel, acted as a volunteer on Friday helping medical personnel to treat the wounded and injured. “Now I understand why my daughter loved this job”, she said.

SOURCES:

Four Palestinians killed in Naksa Day protests

IOF kill five Palestinians as Gaza protest resumes

Israeli drones burn tires, protest camps in southern Gaza

Three Palestinians Killed on Gaza Border, Over 500 Injured

UPDATE: 386 Palestinians injured by Israeli fire at Gaza border

UPDATE: Israeli forces kill four Palestinians at Gaza border

بالصور: 4 شهداء ومئات الإصابات جراء قمع قوات الاحتلال لـ”مليونية القدس”.. محدث

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Month of Innocent Children Victims of Agression: ISRAEL DENIES EARLY RELEASE FOR AHED TAMIMI

Israeli occupation military court has denied early release for 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi(b. 2001), imprisoned since December 19th 2017 with her mother Nariman and sentenced to eight months imprisonment that should see her released in August.

Assuming that she won’t be put into administered detention without charge or trial, as Israel often does to political prisoners who it doesn’t want to release when their sentence ends.

As she left the court, Ahed said: ‘You have no right to decide my fate. I will leave prison with my head held high.’

Worryingly the language the Israeli occupation military court uses is exactly of the nature it would use to put a person into administrative detention (a relic of the British colonial administration during Mandate Palestine):

…lack of regret, the severity of the offenses and an assessment of the danger she poses…

Israeli military court had observed that Elor Azaria, who killed Abdul-Fattah al-Sharif(21) who was incapable of not only defending himself but moving, showed no remorse when it made to decision to release him early after he had served 9 months of his original 18 months sentence.

SOURCES:

AHED TAMIMI’S APPEAL FOR EARLY RELEASE REJECTED BY ISRAELI COURT

Israeli court rejects Ahed Tamimi request for early release

Israeli court rejects Tamimi request for early release

Israeli Parole Board Denies Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi Early Release

Israel rejects jailed Palestinian teen activist’s request for early release

Parole board rejects soldier-slapper Tamimi’s petition for early release

PHOTO: Getty Images

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