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Aug 01, 2015
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Detention Bulletin - July 2015

At the end of June, a total of 160 Palestinian children were imprisoned in the Israeli military detention system, a decrease of 1.8 percent from May.

The number of young children detained between the ages of 14 and 15 was 22. There were no children detained in the Israeli military court system under 14 years old.

June 2015 Detention Data
160 children detained
22 children aged 14–15
1 girls detained
0 held in administrative detention
49% held in prisons inside Israel

Rising physical violence against Palestinian child detainees

Palestinian children detained by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank during the first half of 2015 suffered increasing levels of physical violence, according to Defense for Children International Palestine research.

Data compiled by DCIP since January 2015 shows that 86 percent of Palestinian children experienced some form of physical violence during their arrest or interrogation, a 10 percent increase from 2014. Unlike their Israeli counterparts, Palestinian children have no right to be accompanied by a parent and, in the majority of cases, no access to legal counsel during interrogation. Read more.

For Palestinian Children of East Jerusalem, the exception is the rule

DCIP highlighted the gross misapplication of the Israeli Youth Law to Palestinian children in East Jerusalem, which, theoretically, applies equally to Palestinian and Israeli children. Unlike the West Bank where Israeli military law is administered, East Jerusalem falls under Israeli civilian law. Read more.

» Read the Detention Bulletin: July 2015

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