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The Israeli occupation has recently escalated its use of administrative detention orders against Palestinian minors, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories “B’Tselem” has revealed.

In a new report released on Thursday, B’Tselem said that the number of Palestinian minors held in administrative detention by Israel has risen steadily, from four in October 2015 to thirteen at the end of April 2016.

Administrative detention is detention without indictment or trial that is authorized by administrative order rather than by judicial ruling.

According to international law, it can be used only as “a last resort for averting danger that cannot be prevented by less harmful means”. However, B’Tselem asserts that Israel’s use of administrative detentionblatantly violates international law.

“Neither [the detainees] nor their counsel are granted access to the [submitted] material so they do not even know what evidence, if any, there is against them and cannot mount a proper defense,” B’Tselem said, adding that detainees do not even know what allegations have been brought against them, nor do they do not know when to expect release.

“Although each individual administrative detention order has a six-month upper limit, detention can be extended for additional six-month periods indefinitely.” B’Tselem stated.

Israel has been using the mentally and psychologically draining administrative detention as a punitive measure against Palestinians who engage in anti-occupation activism.

Arbitrary administrative detention orders also serve as means to paralyze the Palestinian civil society and drain it of brains and experts.

By the end of May, 715 Palestinians were held under so-called “administrative detention”, including 3 Legislative Council members.

Also by the end of May, as many as 414 Palestinian child prisoners, including 104 under the age of 16, were serving time in occupation prisons for various alleged charges.

In April 2016, Defense of Children International, in Ramallah published a report detailing the widespread and systematic ill-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system. From meals prepared in a makeshift kitchen to adult prisoner “caregivers,” the report offered a rare glimpse into Palestinian children’s daily living conditions in Israeli prisons.

(Source / 04.08.2016)

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Video of the Week New Clashes Erupt Between Israeli Security Forces, Muslim Worshippers

Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police




The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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