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Israeli prisons impose over $20k in fines on detained minors

March 26, 2015 4:33 P.M. (Updated: March 27, 2015 6:15 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Ninety thousand shekels ($22,800) in fines have been imposed by Israel since the beginning of 2015 on Palestinian minors held in Israeli jails.

Abd al-Fattah Dawla, representative of minors being held in the Ofer prison said Thursday that Israeli courts continuously impose fines on prisoners in order to financially exhaust prisoners' families. He said the fines range from 1000-10,000 shekels ($280-$2800).

There are currently 94 Palestinian minors being held in the Ofer Israeli prison, only 31 of whom have been given sentences, Dawla said, the remainder being held under administrative detention.

As of October 2014, Israel was holding 470 Palestinians under administrative detention, the highest number in five years, according to Israeli human rights organization B'tselem.

Holding an individual under administrative detention, meaning without trial or charge or an unlimited amount of time, is legal under international law in extenuating circumstances when the individual poses a serious and immediate threat.

The international community, however, has criticized Israel for employing the tactic on a mass scale in inappropriate and discriminatory circumstances.

The prisoners' affairs committee and human rights institutions have previously called upon the prisoners' families not be compliant with the Israeli fine requests, which they argue enforces illegal policies which families should oppose.

The committee estimated that Israeli courts collect some 20 million shekels ($5 million) annually from detainees.

In 2014, DCIP reported that 93 percent of children detained by Israeli forces were denied access to legal counsel, while others endured prolonged periods of solitary confinement for interrogation purposes, a practice that amounts to torture under international law.
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