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Israeli forces detain 2 children, teenager in East Jerusalem raids

Oct. 25, 2016 10:38 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 26, 2016 10:25 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police Tuesday evening released two Palestinian children from the neighborhood of Shufat in occupied East Jerusalem after hours of interrogations with Israeli forces for alleged stone throwing, while Israeli forces detained another teenager from the village of al-Issawiya during detention raids.

Sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces summoned 12-year-old Palestinian twins Muhammad and Sair Abu Khdeir after raiding their home in Shufat.

Their father, Izzat Abu Khdeir, told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided his home in an attempt to detain his children who were at school at the time. The soldiers handed the family a summon notice for the twins to be interrogated by Israeli intelligence and, according to the family, called them minutes later and threatened to detain the children if they failed to come to the interrogation.

Abu Khdeir added that the children were interrogated for several hours, and then released on bail upon the condition that they come to the Israeli police station on Sunday.

Meanwhile in the village of al-Issawiya in East Jerusalem, a member of the local follow-up committee told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained a Palestinian teenager and transported him to an Israeli interrogation center amid clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians during a detention raid on the village.

He added that Israeli forces raid al-Issawiya on a daily basis, provoking residents of the village, while searching for Palestinian youths and raiding stores.

An Israeli police spokesperson said in a statement that Israeli police and border guard forces detained the 13-year-old Palestinian from al-Issawiya  after he was caught throwing rocks at passing vehicles near the Maale Adummim area.

According to Ma’an documentation, some 118 Palestinians were detained under various circumstances, predominantly during overnight detention raids, in the first 10 days of October alone.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of August. The organization estimates that 40 percent of Palestinian men have been detained by Israel at some point in their lives.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners' Affairs said in September that at least 1,000 Palestinian minors between the ages of 11 and 18 had been detained by Israel since January, including around 70 children from occupied East Jerusalem who were placed under house arrest.

A lawyer for the Committee, Hiba Masalha, cited at the time a number of cases in which Palestinian minors were abused and tortured while in detention.

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.
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