Sep 28, 2020 18:22 UTC
  • Israel sends 17-year-old Palestinian to jail for 5 years

An Israeli military court has sentenced a Palestinian minor from Jenin in the occupied West Bank to five years in prison.

According to Press TV, Samer Abdul-Karim Awais is 17 years of age and Israeli forces arrested him more than a year ago.

He has been interrogated in harsh circumstances at the Petah Tikva detention center over the past few months. The teenager is also said to have been tortured.

Awais’s father is already serving life imprisonment. The young Palestinian has been denied a visit to his parent.

His brother Hassan was also arrested in 2004. Hassan is serving a double life sentence in addition to another 20 years.

Samer had an uncle who was martyred in an operation by Israeli helicopters in the Amari refugee camp in 2002.

In April, the Palestinian Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs Commission said in a report that nearly 200 Palestinian children were kept behind bars in Israeli prisons in inhumane conditions.

Qadri Abu Baker, the head of the Commission, denounced the UN at the time for failing to “provide the minimum protection for the Palestinian children” against the physical and psychological abuse in Israeli jails. 

Abu Baker said Israeli forces had arrested more than 17,000 minors since 2000. In most cases, he added, the children under the age of 10 were detained.

According to figures by the Defense for Children International, between 500 and 700 Palestinian children at the age of 12-17 are arrested and tried in Israeli military courts every year.