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Detention Bulletin: September 2014 – Defense for Children International

Nov 10 2014 / 10:03 pm
At the end of September, a total of 182 Palestinian children were imprisoned and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system, a decrease of 9.4 percent from August.The number of young children detained between the ages of 14 and 15 was 19. There were no children detained in the Israeli military court system under 14 years old.

New Military Order 1745


On September 10Military Order 1745 came into effect establishing specific requirements regarding audio-video recording and the language used during interrogations of Palestinian children by Israeli police in the occupied West Bank.Importantly, the utility of the new order is severely restricted because the provisions do not apply to a child suspected of committing a “security offense” such as throwing stones, which nearly all children arrested by Israeli forces and interrogated by Israeli police are alleged to have committed. Read more.

Palestinian child detained and used as human shield in Gaza


Israeli soldiers repeatedly used Ahmad Abu Raida, 17, as a human shield for five days when he was detained and held hostage during Israel’s ground invasion of the Gaza Strip.

Ahmad, from Khuza’a, near the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis, was just 16 years old when he was taken from his family onJuly 23. He was forced at gunpoint to search for tunnels for five days, during which time he was interrogated, verbally and physically abused, and deprived of food and sleep. Read more.

Detention Figures
Each year approximately 500-700 Palestinian children, some as young as 12 years, are detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system. The most common charge is stone throwing.Currently, 83 Palestinian child prisoners are detained inside Israelin violation of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Below is the latest data from the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) on the number of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention at the end of each month.
Total number of Palestinian children in Israeli detention at end of each month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Aver.
2009 389 423 420 391 346 355 342 339 326 325 306 305 355
2010 318 343 342 335 305 291 284 286 269 256 228 213 289
2011 222 221 226 220 211 209 202 180 164 150 161 135 192
2012 170 187 206 220 234 221 211 195 189 164 178 195 198
2013 223 236 238 238 223 193 195 179 179 159 173 154 199
2014 183 230 202 196 214 202 192 201 182 200

Note: These figures are not cumulative

Number of 12-15 year old Palestinians in Israeli detention at end of each month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Aver.
2009 50 54 53 47 39 47 42 39 40 44 41 42 44
2010 44 41 39 32 25 23 18 20 32 34 32 30 31
2011 34 45 45 37 38 38 40 34 35 30 33 19 36
2012 26 24 31 33 39 35 34 30 28 21 21 23 29
2013 31 39 39 44 48 41 35 30 27 15 16 14 32
2014 20 36 24 27 32 32 22 23 19 26

Note: These figures are not cumulative

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