BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Palestinians being held in Etzion prison were subjected to assaults, while Israeli soldiers reportedly used electric shock on a 16-year-old Palestinian prisoner, according to a statement released Thursday by the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).
Jacqueline Fararja, a lawyer from PPS, said in a statement that after visiting the prison she found that one prisoner, 16-year-old Ahmad Yusri Maswada from Hebron, was reportedly assaulted by Israeli soldiers with a rifle, before they used electric shocks on him. He was also blindfolded and taken by a military vehicle.
Fararja added that Maswada was still suffering from pains in one of his hands due to the assault.
PPS identified five other Palestinians who were also assaulted by Israeli soldiers: Rashid Mousa Sleibi, 19, Saher Ibrahim Ghatasha, 38, Abdallah Zyad al-Rajabi, 31, and Hazem Tariq Hadush, 20, all from Hebron, as well as Muhammad Khalaf al-Sabah, 25, from Bethlehem.
Defense for Children International - Palestine (DCIP) released a report last month
describing the well documented abuse of Palestinians children by Israeli forces and the harsh interrogation practices used to force their confessions, which have long been the target of criticism by the international community.
According to affidavits taken by DCIP for the report documenting the recent arrests and sentencing of Palestinian minors for rock throwing
, two of the teenagers “both had maintained their innocence and confessed only after they had experienced physical and psychological abuse.”
The youth described being kicked and punched while handcuffed, choked, and having a door slammed in their face.
Interrogations of Palestinian children can last up to 90 days according to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, during which in addition to being beaten and threatened, cases of sexual assault and placement in solitary confinement to elicit confessions are also often reported, while confession documents they are forced to sign are in Hebrew -- a language most Palestinian children do not speak.
According to Addameer, as of July, 7,000 Palestinians were being held in Israeli prisons, 350 of whom were minors.