Detention figures
End of June 2024:

Security Prisoners

Adults: 7.816
Children: 209
Total: 8,025

Percentage held in Israel:

Adults: 69%
Children: 50%

Administrative Detention

Adults: 3,302
Children: 75
Total: 3,377

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Newsletter - July 2022

Detention figures – According to data issued quarterly by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS), as of 30 June 2022, there were 4,402 Palestinians (West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza) held as “security prisoners” in detention facilities including 137 children (12-17 years). In the case of children there was an 7 percent decrease in the number compared with the previous month and an annual decrease of 10 percent compared with 2021. Five children were held in administrative detention. According to the IPS, 67 percent of child detainees were transferred to prisons inside Israel in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. More statistics             


Transferring children to interrogation centres on the floor of military vehicles - In 2013, following an extensive review of the treatment of children held in Israeli military detention, UNICEF reported that "many children are subjected to ill-treatment during the journey to the interrogation centre. Some endure physical or verbal abuse; some suffer from painful restraints or from being forced to lie on the floor of the vehicle. The transfer process can take many hours and often includes intermediate stops at settlements or military bases where further ill-treatment is reported." At the time of UNICEF's review, 451 children reported being transferred on the metal floor of Israeli military vehicles. Read more


Two Kids a Day - A film by David Wachsmann - Jerusalem Film Festival (official selection) - Each year, over 700 Palestinian minors are arrested throughout the West Bank. UNICEF concluded that "the ill-treatment of children who come in contact with the system appears to be widespread, systematic and instutionalized throughout the process, from the moment of arrest until the child's prosecution and eventual conviction and sentencing." "TWO KIDS A DAY" presents the mechanism behind the Israeli detention of Palestinian minors, showing points of view of the parties contributing to the system, documentation from the interrogation rooms and the bereft homes of those, that lose their childhood. Trailer


UN Secretary-General's report on children in armed conflict - In July, the UN released the Annual Report of the Secretary-General on Children in Armed Conflict. The report includes trends regarding the impact of armed conflict on children in 2021. Conflicts on the agenda of the Security Council and covered by the report include: Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Israel and the State of Palestine, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Myanmar, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic and Yemen. In relation to Palestinian children held in Israeli detention, the UN verified the detention of 637 children of which 85 per cent reported ill-treatment and breaches of due process by Israeli forces while in detention. Read more


A child's testimony - On 29 April 2022, a 16-year-old minor from Douha was arrested by Israeli soldiers at 10:00 a.m. as he attempted to enter Jerusalem without a permit. He reports being transferred to a detention facility inside Israel where he was held in solitary confinement for 8 days. "I wanted to go to Jerusalem to pray at the mosque during the month of Ramadan so I crossed over the separation barrier near the town of Beit Jalal together with some friends and ran as fast as I could. It was around 10:00 a.m. I didn't get far before I was ambushed by a group of Israeli soldiers. I told the soldiers I had no idea where I was and just wanted to go to the mosque. The soldiers took me to the back of a military jeep and made me sit on a seat." Read more


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