Case Summaries 2013-2014

Lawyers and fieldworkers for DCI-Palestine collect sworn affidavits from Palestinian children detailing violations of their rights. These affidavits are taken in Arabic and further reviewed by trained staff to determine appropriate follow-up action. Each year, hundreds of these affidavits are translated into English from which brief case summaries are produced.

Basheer D. (17)
Detained: 4 February 2014
Location: Beita, Nablus
Ill-treatment, torture, unlawful transfer

Israeli forces took Basheer, 17, into custody when he reported to an Israeli interrogation center for questioning as demanded the day before by an Israeli intelligence officer via mobile phone.

On 3 February, Basheer received a call on his mobile phone from an Israeli intelligence officer demanding that he present himself the next day at Huwara District Coordination Office for questioning at 9 am. He reported for questioning on 4 February and without being informed of any charges against him, he was arrested and told he would be sent to interrogation. Basheer was promptly bound and blindfolded and taken to Huwara Interrogation and Detention Center where he was strip-searched and detained until 8 pm. He was then transferred to Megiddo prison inside Israel arriving around 11 pm.

On 6 February, Basheer was brought to Salem Interrogation and Detention Center for interrogation. With no access to an attorney and no family member present, an Israeli interrogator accused Basheer of throwing stones and Molotov cocktails. He then told Basheer that other children had provided statements against him. After denying the accusations and refusing to confess, Basheer was called a liar, kicked on his legs, and punched in the stomach and head.

“I became very scared of him and decided to confess,” says Basheer. “Others had already said things about me, so I confessed to throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli cars.”

Basheer appeared the first time before a military court judge at Salem military court following his interrogation.

Salah S. (16)
Detained: 19 January 2014
Location: Azzun, Qalqiliya
Ill-treatment, multiple arrests

Israeli soldiers detained Salah, 16, and held him overnight for about 12 hours during which he was ill treated and questioned on suspicion of stone throwing.

Around 4:30 pm, Salah told DCI-Palestine that he left his house and went with friends to an area near the Azzun Secondary School for Boys. The school is located about 30 meters (100 feet) from Road 54, a road that connects Qalqilya with Nablus and is used primarily by Israeli soldiers and settlers. When they arrived at the school, two Israeli soldiers appeared, pointed their rifles at the boys and ordered them to sit down.

Salah and his friends were transferred to a nearby Israeli settlement where their hands were tied and they were blindfolded. Shortly after they were transferred to a military camp where Salah was questioned via mobile phone about whether he had thrown stones.

“[A soldier] put a mobile phone near my ear and someone asked me in Arabic what I did, and I told him I did not do anything,” says Salah. “He asked me if I threw stones, and I told him I did not. Then, he started threatening me and said 'If you don't confess, I'll lock you away. So don't play games with me.'”

Around 5 am, Salah was put into a military jeep and dropped off near the entrance to his village. While the Israeli soldiers removed his blindfold, his hands remained tied. He went straight home and informed his family what had happened. They did not know where he was.

In January 2013, Salah was arrested and charged with stone throwing. He served a 10-month sentence at Megiddo prison, which is inside Israel and constitutes an unlawful transfer under international humanitarian law.

Mahmoud H. (16)
Detained: 25 December 2013
Location: Yabad, Jenin
Night arrest, ill-treatment, unlawful transfer

Israeli soldiers arrested Mahmoud, 16, from his home in the middle of the night and accused him of throwing stones, Molotov cocktails and membership in a banned organization.

Around 3 am, Mahmoud awoke in his bed to his father surrounded by seven Israeli soldiers with their faces covered. While still in bed, they confirmed his identity and then he was grabbed by two soldiers and taken out of the house. His hands were tied with plastic cords and his cap was pulled down over his eyes. He was placed in the back of a military jeep and transferred to a nearby military camp where he was detained in a room for about six hours. He was transferred to Megiddo prison inside Israel around 12 pm where he was strip-searched upon arrival.

After making an initial court appearance at Salem military court on December 26 where his detention was extended until January 2, 2014, he was taken to interrogation. The interrogator told Mahmoud that his friends had already confessed against him so he should confess.

“Interrogation lasted for about four hours,” says Mahmoud. “The interrogator kept trying to talk to me into confessing. He was shouting and pounding the table to intimidate me. He threatened to send me to Al-Jalame [interrogation and detention center], but I never confessed.”

Hala A. (2)
Killed: 24 December 2013
Location: Buhairi, Central Gaza
Military Violence

Hala, 2, was killed from shrapnel injuries to the head and neck after an Israeli military tank fired three shells at her house.

Hala lived with her parents and other family members in a house located in the Buhairi neighborhood, approximately 700 meters (0.43 miles) from the Gaza-Israel border fence. Around 3:30 pm, Hala was playing in the front yard when her uncle, Walid, observed an Israeli military tank turn its barrel westward and fire at the roof of her house.

Upon seeing the explosion, her uncle rushed to the house to offer his assistance. Within about 30 seconds a second shell was fired at the eastern side of the house. A final shell struck the house after approximately 10 more minutes. Her uncle arrived at the scene as Hala’s mother carried her daughter in her arms.

“When she saw me, she handed me Hala,” says Walid. “I looked at Hala and saw her face and chest covered in blood. Her nose and mouth were bleeding. She was unconscious.”

Walid carried his niece into the street and flagged down a motorcyclist who transported the young child to the hospital. He then returned to the house to attend to other injured family members, including two of Hala’s cousins (both under age 6), along with her aunt. All three were admitted to the emergency room for leg injuries. Doctors pronounced Hala dead and her funeral was held the following day.

Mohammad S. (17)
Injured: 15 December 2013
Location: Beit Lahiya, North Gaza
Soldier Violence, shot with live ammunition

Israeli soldiers shot and severely injured Mohammad S, 17, in the leg while he was working farmland about 500 meters (0.3 miles) from Gaza's border fence with Israel.

Mohammad had been working on a vegetable farm in Beit Lahiya 3 - 4 days a week for about a month before the day of the incident. Around 7:45 a.m. on 15 December 2013, Mohammad told DCI-Palestine he was working in the fields, trying to save crops that had been damaged by frost, when he heard a homemade rocket being launched towards the Gaza-Israel border.

Hearing gunfire from the Israeli military observation tower on the border, Mohammad and his co-worker fled but he was shot in his left leg and fainted. Mohammad told DCI-Palestine that he estimated the rocket was launched 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) southeast of the border fence.

“I still do not know why soldiers opened fire at me,” says Mohammad. “I mean I did not do anything. I am just a farmer. I worked there for over a month and I am sure Israeli soldiers knew that. There are surveillance cameras there across the border and they knew what I was doing.”

His co-laborer dragged him to safety and called for his father. An ambulance transported Mohammad to Beit Lahiya Hospital where he was admitted and underwent leg surgery. Due to severe fracture, the surgeon inserted platinum to hold the bones together.

Husam G. (14)
Detained: 7 December 2013
Location: Old City, East Jerusalem
Strip-searched, signed documents in Hebrew, house arrest

Israeli soldiers approached Husam, 14, while he was in front of his home, attempted to detain him and then demanded that his father bring him to a nearby police station for questioning.

Around 7 pm, an Israeli policeman and three Israeli soldiers, wearing dark green uniforms and carrying assault rifles, attempted to detain Husam’s cousin, Muhannad, 17, in front of Husam’s home. When Husam and his friends began to shout, his father heard them and came outside. The soldiers asked which son was his, and he identified Husam. They told him that Husam was wanted for interrogation and he must go to the police station.

Husam and his father walked down the street to the police station. At the police station Husam was taken to an interrogation room. With his father present, he was accused of throwing stones and told he would be interrogated further at Al-Qashleh police station.

Husam was transferred to Al-Qashleh police station around 8 pm, and his father was forced to wait at the gate. Husam was detained in a room with another child for about 4 hours and was denied access to a toilet even though he asked several times.

During interrogation he was again accused of throwing stones and asked for the names of other children that may have thrown stones, too. After this brief exchange, the interrogator told him, “I’m sending you to Al-Mascobiyya [interrogation and detention center] to taste another kind of interrogation.”

Husam was forced to sign documents in Hebrew and was then transferred to Al-Mascobiyya where he was strip-searched upon arrival. He was detained in a cell overnight with four others, and released around 9 am the following morning on 3,000 NIS ($850 USD) bail and one-week house arrest.

Amr J. (17)
Detained: 20 November 2013
Location: Al-Arroub refugee camp, Hebron
Night arrest, ill-treatment, coerced confession, signed papers in Hebrew

Israeli soldiers arrested Amr, 17, from his home in the middle of the night and accused him of throwing stones.

Around 3:30 am, Amr told DCI-Palestine he woke to banging on the front door of his home. About 15 Israeli soldiers stormed the house and one soldier asked specifically for him. When Amr identified himself the soldier tied Amr’s hands behind his back with a single plastic cord and dragged him out of the house. Amr was placed in a military truck, blindfolded and forced to kneel on the metal floor.

During transfer to Etzion interrogation and detention center he was kicked and punched all over his torso. About an hour later he started shaking and collapsed to the ground. A military doctor was called, but did not provide him with any medical treatment. Shortly after, he was transferred to an interrogation facility where he was not allowed to consult with an attorney and subject to prolonged interrogations by three different interrogators.

“[The third interrogator] was in his early forties, bald and tall,” says Amr. “He made the same accusations and said he would not leave me until I confessed. About 15 minutes later, I decided to confess because I was really tired and in bad shape.”

The interrogator made Amr sign a confession drafted in Hebrew, and he was transferred that evening to Ofer prison near Ramallah. Around 5 pm the next day Amr appeared in Ofer military court. He was represented by a DCI-Palestine lawyer and released on 1,000 NIS ($290 USD) bail.

Tareq E. (9)
Detained: 15 November 2013
Location: Kafr Qaddum, Qalqilya
Detained while under the age of criminal responsibility, ill-treatment

Israeli soldiers detained Tareq, 9, prior to a weekly demonstration demanding that Israeli forces reopen the main road in the village of Kafr Qaddum.

Around 8 am, Tareq told DCI-Palestine that he and a few other young boys from the village wandered toward where the protest would start that day. On the main street, Tareq saw several tires on fire. They approached and threw stones at the burning tires. Suddenly, four Israeli soldiers rushed toward the boys.

“I looked behind me and saw four Israeli soldiers jumping off the retaining wall near the street and rushing toward us,” says Tareq. “They were hiding there, so we all started running north toward the mountain. As we started running, a stun grenade landed two meters (six feet) ahead of us, and we all stopped.”

A soldier grabbed Tareq and tied his hands behind his back with a single plastic cord. Crying and scared, Tareq and the others were forced to walk 100 meters (330 feet) toward the Israeli settlement at the end of the road. When they arrived at the front gate an Israeli soldier sitting in a military jeep shouted at the boys in Arabic, questioning them about the burning tires. After a short period Tareq and the others were untied and released.

Abed C. (15)
Injury: 11 November 2013
Location: Al-Arroub refugee camp, Hebron
Soldier violence

Israeli soldiers shot Abed, 15, directly in the face with a tear gas canister as clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian youth occurred nearby.

Around 10 am, Abed says he headed to the northern entrance to Aroub refugee camp when he ran into a friend near a UNRWA aid center. Clashes were taking place at the time, so Abed sat by the entrance of a local grocery store waiting for things to calm down.

“The closest kids were at least 50 metres (165 feet) from me,” says Abed. “Suddenly, I saw two Israeli soldiers…about 70 meters (230 feet) away from me. Then one of them fired a cylindrical teargas canister that hit me in the right side of my face near my eye.”

Abed choked on the gas and was carried by others at the scene to a nearby house where he was placed in a car and driven to a clinic. Around 10:45 am, he was transferred to Aliya Hospital in Hebron where he underwent surgery the following day.

Wael D. (17)
Detained: 5 November 2013
Location: Azzun, Qalqilya
Ill-treatment, coerced confession, unlawful transfer

Israeli soldiers arrested Wael, 17, while he hung around a road used by Israeli soldiers and settlers by the village of Azzun, near Qalqilya in the West Bank.

Around 2 pm, Wael told DCI-Palestine that he was with friends near the main street when he saw two other children throw stones at Israeli soldiers nearby and run away. Afraid that the soldiers would think he had thrown the stones, Wael tried to leave the area, but was caught by a group of about five Israeli soldiers. He was beaten and one soldier picked up a stone, threw it at him and injured his leg.

Wael was placed inside a military jeep and taken to a nearby military camp, where he was forced to sit outside on the ground and was slapped and kicked several times. His hands were bound and he was blindfolded.

“They kept us sitting on the ground until around midnight,” says Wael. “They did not allow us to use the bathroom. They did not bring us any food or water. They would assault us from time to time.”

Around 12 pm the next day he was interrogated without access to a lawyer at a police station in the Israeli settlement of Ariel. He was threatened during interrogation, and then confessed to throwing one stone. On November 7, we was transferred to Megiddo prison inside Israel in the early morning, and appeared for the first time before a military court judge at Salem Military Court later that day.

Farahat R. (9)
Injury: 20 October 2013
Location: Hebron
Settler violence

Israeli settler children between the ages of seven and ten attacked Farahat, 9, as he led the family donkey to a yard behind his house located next to an Israeli police station.

Around 7 am, Farahat says that he was leading the donkey when about seven children, all Israeli settlers, approached and blocked him. He was pushed and the donkey’s leash was grabbed out of his hand.

“One of the children picked up a stone and pointed it at me, threatening to hit me with it,” says Farahat. “He was trying to intimidate me. He was about 10 meters (30 feet) away when he threw it at me and it hit me in my nose and right eye. It was so painful I burst into tears and rushed back to the house, screaming loudly because of the pain.”

His father took him to hospital due to the swelling and bruising around his eye. He received first aid and an x-ray, and was released around 5 pm.

Wasim N. (16)
Detained: 18 October 2013
Location: Beita, Nablus
Night arrest, ill-treatment, solitary confinement, unlawful transfer

Israeli soldiers arrested Wasim, 16, from his home in the middle of the night and accused him of throwing stones and Molotov cocktails.

Around 2 am, Israeli soldiers approached Wasim’s home, banged on the door and entered. A soldier grabbed Wasim’s shirt, dragged him into the staircase, and asked for his ID. When Wasim’s uncle asked the soldiers why he was being arrested they pointed their rifles at him and ordered him to step away. Wasim was quickly forced down the stairs by the soldiers.

“Other soldiers were at the end of the stairway,” says Wasim. “One of them wrapped his arm around my neck and started squeezing really hard. I felt so much pain as if I was chocking. I shouted in pain and felt like my head was about to explode.”

His hands were tied behind his back with a single plastic cord and he was blindfolded before being put in the back of a military jeep. After being denied access to a toilet at Huwara interrogation and detention center, Wasim started to shiver, felt dizzy and then vomited. Three hours later he was transferred to Petah Tikva interrogation and detention center inside Israel where he spent 14 days in solitary confinement for interrogation purposes.

Amjad H. (17)
Detained: 2 October 2013
Location: Beita, Nablus
Night arrest, ill-treatment, solitary confinement, unlawful transfer

Israeli soldiers arrested Amjad, 17, from his home in the middle of the night and accused him of possessing a weapon and throwing stones.

Around 2:30 am, Amjad and his brother noticed Israeli soldiers approaching the house. The soldiers stormed the home and two of them grabbed Amjad by his underarm and dragged him out into the stairwell. Soldiers began searching the home, damaging and breaking numerous items. Amjad was taken outside, blindfolded and his hands were tied behind his back with a single plastic cord.

“Two officers approached me and asked me where I hid a gun,” says Amjad. “I told them I had no guns to hide. They said if I did not turn it in, they would turn down the house with a bulldozer.”

Amjad was transferred to Huwara interrogation and detention center, strip-searched and asked general questions about his health before being transferred to Petah Tikvah interrogation and detention facility inside Israel.

When he arrived around 12 pm, he was again strip-searched, given prison clothes, and forced to wear blacked-out glasses so he could not see anything. He was then brought to a solitary confinement cell where he would spend a total of 21 days being shuffled back and forth to prolonged interrogation sessions.

Yazan Z. (16)
Injury: 1 October 2013
Location: Al-Jalazoun refugee camp, Ramallah
Soldier violence

An Israeli soldier shot Yazan, 16, in the leg with a rubber-coated metal bullet and then beat him while clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli soldiers occurred nearby.

Around 4 pm, Yazan followed a group of friends into the olive grove separating the Al-Jalazoun UNRWA-run school from the illegal Israeli settlement of Bet El. Clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian youth followed. A soldier approached Yazan, threw his rifle on the ground and told him to come closer so he could talk to him. As Yazan walked closer, he saw two other soldiers hiding behind olive trees and was then shot in the left thigh.

“I felt my leg was about to come off by itself as if it was dislocated or something,” says Yazan. “I tried to walk but I couldn’t, and I fell to the ground. One of my friends behind me tried to approach and drag me away, but the soldiers started shooting at him with rubber-coated metal bullets.”

Yazan was punched and kicked as he lay on the ground, eventually pretending he was unconscious in an effort to make the soldiers stop. An officer arrived ordering them to stop, and a tourniquet was placed on Yazan’s leg. He was blindfolded and remained in the same location for about one hour before being taken to Bet El settlement.

At Bet El, his hands were tied and he was put inside military jeep where he was punched and slapped. Around 9:30 pm he was taken to Qalandia checkpoint and transferred to a Palestinian ambulance that brought him to hospital in Ramallah. Yazan sustained a broken femur and underwent a five-hour surgery to repair the damage.

Thikra R. (13)
Injury: 28 September 2013
Location: Silwan, East Jerusalem
Settler violence

A group of teenage Israeli settlers physically assaulted Thikra, 13, as she walked to her school located in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Around 7:30 am, Thikra was walking through the neighborhood of Silwan with her friend, Ghada, when they encountered four teenage Israeli settlers each about 15-16 years old. “I was really scared of them,” says Thikra. “One of them tried to assault me the week before, but I managed to run away.” That same boy approached Thikra and pushed her against a wall and then started to punch her.

“We were trying to push him away,” says Thikra. “We were screaming and asking for help, and I remember him punching me twice in my right eye. The other three cornered us to stop us from running away.”

Thikra continued to scream loudly and the boys eventually ran away. She ran until she met a passerby who lent her a mobile phone and took her to a nearby police station. Thikra’s father arrived and she provided a statement to the Israeli police, going to Haddassah hospital for medical treatment.

Musab S. (6)
Injury: 27 September 2013
Location: Al Fawar refugee camp, Hebron
Shot with rubber-coated metal bullet

Musab, 6, was struck in the eye by a rubber-coated metal bullet fired by an Israeli soldier during clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian youth.

Around 4:30 pm, Musab was walking next to his mother, Heyam, as they headed to his uncle’s house. As they passed the entrance to Al Fawwar camp, a group of Palestinian youth started throwing stones at Israeli soldiers located on the main street.

“We decided to go back, especially when soldiers started firing teargas canisters,” says Heyam. “As we turned around heading back, one soldier fired two rubber-coated metal bullets. I saw him standing and pointing his rifle at us.”

Musab suddenly screamed and Heyam realized he had been struck directly in the eye by a rubber-coated metal bullet. He was placed in a car and taken to Abu Hasan Qasem hospital in Yatta where he received first aid. He was then transferred to Aliya hospital in Hebron, however, due to the severity of his injuries, doctors determined that he should be transferred to St. Joseph's hospital in Jerusalem. After waiting four hours for approval from Israeli authorities, the transfer was completed and Musab underwent surgery at St. Joseph's hospital to remove his right eye and the rubber-coated metal bullet, settled in his eye socket.

Awni S. (14)
Injury: 23 September 2013
Location: Tel Rumeida, Hebron
Physical violence by Israeli settlers

A group of Israeli settlers physically assaulted Awni, 14, while on the rooftop of his home.

Around 5 pm, Awni was in his home with his family when they heard banging and shouting on the rooftop, which also houses a permanent Israeli military post. “Our neighborhood is on a hill, so our rooftop is about one metre above the street,” says Awni. “Settlers often climb up to our rooftop and shout at us; they claim it is their house and tell us to leave.”

The settlers on the roof began pushing and kicking Awni, as Israeli soldiers chased a few settlers away. Additional settlers soon arrived from the settlement of Ramat Yishai, about 100 meters (330 feet) away, and started pushing and hitting Awni and others.

“Two of the settlers beat me, they kicked me several times on my legs and slapped me across the face,” recalls Awni. “I tried to fight back and hit one of them, but three more settlers surrounded me and started slapping and kicking me really hard. They kept beating me until I fainted.”

Awni woke up on a stretcher being carried by two Israeli military paramedics. He was placed in a military ambulance and transferred to a military checkpoint where a Palestinian ambulance took him to Aliya hospital. He received first aid and an x-ray, and sustained bruising to his legs, but no fractures.

Diya S. (15) & Hendi S. (17)
Detained: 19 September 2013
Location: Haris, Salfit
Night arrest, ill-treatment, coercive interrogation, physical violence during interrogation, unlawful transfer

Israeli soldiers arrested Diya, 15, and Hendi, 17, from their homes in the middle of the night and accused them of throwing stones.

Between 2 am and 2:30 am, Israeli soldiers demanded entry to both Diya and Hendi’s homes. In both cases, a soldier verified the identity of the boys and they were then bound and blindfolded. Hendi screamed when the plastic cords around his wrists were tightened causing intense pain. Once outside, and while blindfolded, soldiers slammed Hendi’s head against a wall and punched him in the face.

Hendi and Diya were transferred in the same military jeep and arrived at a police station in the Israeli settlement of Ariel around 6 am. Prior to being taken into an interrogation room, Diya watched an Israeli police officer physically assault Hendi, punching him in the back and shoulder. Neither was informed of their right to silence or had access to counsel prior to interrogation.

“[The interrogator] accused me of throwing stones,” says Hendi. “He said that Diya said in his statement that I threw stones at Israeli cars travelling near my village. I found out later that he was lying because Diya did not say that all.”

Diya and Hendi eventually arrived at Megiddo prison inside Israel around 12:30 am the next morning. They first appeared before a military court judge on 23 September 2013.

Muhammad G. (16)
Injury: 17 September 2013
Location: Jenin refugee camp, Jenin
Shot with live ammunition

Israeli forces shot Muhammad, 16, with live ammunition during an early morning raid on Jenin refugee camp, in the northern West Bank.

Around 6:30 am, Muhammad heard gunshots and went to see what was happening with a few other individuals. As they arrived in the street near health center, they saw about 20 Israeli soldiers with their faces covered about 50 meters (165 feet) away. Confrontations erupted between camp residents and Israeli soldiers, and the soldiers began firing tear gas, sound grenades and live ammunition at the demonstrators.

“About two minutes after clashes broke out, I noticed there were other soldiers on the rooftop of one of the houses nearby,” says Muhammad. “One of them was pointing his rifle at us. Then he shot at me and I was hit in my right foot.”

Muhammad was taken to a hospital in Jenin where he received first aid and x-rays. He suffered a gunshot wound and numerous fractured bones in his right foot, which required surgery to repair.

Nooredine S. (11)
Detained: 15 September 2013
Location: Al-Arroub refugee camp, Hebron
Detained while under the age of criminal responsibility

Israeli soldiers detained Nooredine, 11, as he went to visit his friend whose house is located across the street from an Israeli military observation tower near Al-Arroub refugee camp, Hebron.

Around 4 pm, Nooredine headed to his friend’s house to work on an English assignment together. As he left his friend’s house, two Israeli soldiers rushed toward him and grabbed him by the shoulder. The soldiers asked him for his name and age, as well as his father’s name. He was then taken to the military tower.

After being notified by a shop owner that Nooredine had been detained, his father and grandfather arrived at the tower. Soliders accused Nooredine of throwing a stone at an Israeli bus traveling on the main road. After asking for Nooredine’s birth certificate, his father went to the house to retrieve it and then returned to the tower.

Nooredine was then transferred in a military jeep to a military camp at Karmi Zur settlement south of Beit Ummar. When he arrived, he was blindfolded and his hands were tied from the front with a single plastic cord. After waiting about three hours, he was interrogated briefly and denied throwing stones. The interrogator wrote down his statement and then Nooredine was handed over to the local Palestinian authorities.

Ali S. (14)
Detained: 12 September 2013
Location: Azzun, Qalqilya
Ill-treatment, torture, coerced confession, unlawful transfer

Israeli soldiers arrested Ali, 14, after an Israeli settler physically assaulted him on the side of the road near his village.

Around 4 pm, Ali told DCI-Palestine that he was hanging around near the main street near his village, which is used by Israeli soldiers and settlers. A settler pulled over, got out of the car and proceeded to hit Ali with his hands and a stick. Israeli soldiers in a military jeep arrived at the scene shortly after. Israeli soldiers beat Ali during arrest and transfer, and later extinguished a cigarette on his lip.

“They took me to a military camp near the entrance to the village of Kafr Laqif, not that far from my village,” says Ali. “They pulled me out and sat me down on the ground. One of them approached me and put out his cigarette on my lips.”

Around 8 pm, Ali was transferred to Ariel police station in the Israeli settlement of Ariel where he was interrogated without the presence of a lawyer or family member. The interrogator accused Ali of throwing stones and shouted at him. When Ali told the interrogator that he had been beaten and burned, the interrogator told him he could file a complaint at a later time. Ali was forced to sign a document that he discovered later was a confession to throwing stones.

He was transferred to a military camp near Kafr Laqif where he sat on the ground outside until the following day at 10 am. Around 11 am he found himself at Huwara interrogation and detention center where he was strip-searched, detained in a room with adults for about four hours and then transferred to Megiddo prison inside Israel around 4 pm. Ali first appeared before a military court judge on September 16 at Salem military court.

Hammoudeh Q. (15)
Detained: 11 September 2013
Location: Kufr Qaddum, Qalqilya
Night arrest, ill-treatment, unlawful transfer

Israeli soldiers arrested Hammoudeh, 15, from his home during the middle of the night for allegedly participating in weekly demonstrations organized in his village of Kufr Qaddum.

Around 2:30 am, Hammoudeh woke to his father telling him that Israeli soldiers were at the front door asking for him. He got out of bed, and went out to the living room where an Israeli intelligence officer asked for his ID. Hammoudeh was then grabbed hard by the hand and dragged down the stairs while a soldier pushed and kicked him from behind. He was blindfolded and his hands were tied behind his back with a single plastic cord before being placed in a military jeep and forced to sit on the metal floor.

Hammoudeh arrived at Qedumim military camp around 4:30 am. While standing outside bound and blindfolded a soldier asked him general questions about his health. He was then put back inside a jeep and transferred with two adults to Huwara interrogation and detention center near Nablus.

“A soldier grabbed me by my hand and started squeezing it so hard I felt pain and started to scream,” says Hammoudeh. “He shouted at me and ordered me to 'Shut up, dog.' He ordered me to take all my clothes off, but I refused, so he kicked me hard between my legs and made me open my legs.”

At 5 pm, over 12 hours after his arrest, he arrived at Megiddo prison located inside Israel and was strip-searched upon arrival. He first appeared before a military court judge on 12 September 2013.

Basel S. (15)
Injury: 1 September 2013
Location: Al Jalazoun refugee camp, Ramallah
Shot with a rubber-coated metal bullet

While leaving a grocery store, Basel, 15, was shot with a rubber-coated metal bullet fired by Israeli soldiers as they clashed with Palestinian youth nearby.

Around 5 pm, Basel left his house and headed to the market to meet friends. At the time, confrontations between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian youth were occurring at the southern entrance to the camp, near the Israeli settlement of Bet El. Basel purchased an ice cream in the shop, and as he exited, demonstrators and Israeli soldiers were now just 50 meters (165 feet) away.

“I heard shooting and I felt something hard hit me in my right eye,” says Basel. “I heard rubber-coated metal bullets bouncing up around me. It was so painful I felt dizzy and walked for about 30 metres before falling down.”

Basel’s uncle brought him by car to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah, where he was still feeling dizzy and vomiting. He received first aid, stitches and x-rays before being discharged around 1 am. Basel sustained permanent damage to his eyesight as a result of the injury.

Laith E. (8)
Injury: 26 August 2013
Location: Aida refugee camp, Bethlehem
Shot with rubber-coated metal bullet

During clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian youth, Laith, 8, was struck in the forehead by a rubber-coated metal bullet fired by Israeli soldiers.

Around 5:30 pm, Laith left his home to go to a nearby mosque and then meet his friends. He ran into three of his neighbors, all around his age, and they soon found themselves in the middle of clashes between four Israeli soldiers and a group of Palestinian youth.

“I was shot in my forehead exactly between my eyebrows, by a rubber-coated metal bullet,” says Laith. “I ran for about 50 metres (165 feet) to the west, and two Palestinian policemen took me into a police car that was parked at the center of the camp. I was bleeding, and my clothes were covered in blood.”

The police took Laith to Al Hussein hospital where he received first aid and stitches.

Muhammad A. (14)
Injury: 26 August 2013
Location: Qalandia refugee camp, Ramallah
Shot with live ammunition

During an Israeli army raid on Qalandia refugee camp near Ramallah, Muhammad, 14, was shot in the leg with live ammunition while on the rooftop of his home.

Around 7 am, in order to determine if he could head out for school or not, Muhammad went to the roof of his home to see if confrontations between Israeli forces and camp residents had ended.

“Things were calm at the time and I did not hear any bullets being fired or anything,” says Muhammad. “I felt something hit me in my right leg, and felt as if my leg was shrinking. I took a few steps to the back and fell to the ground. When I saw my right thigh bleeding, I started screaming and shouting to my cousin and my brother.”

Muhammad’s parents called an ambulance, but they were told it could not reach the house because of the clashes in the camp. Eventually, his father and uncle carried Muhammad to an ambulance about 100 meters (330 feet) away, and he arrived at the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah around 8 am. Muhammad sustained a gunshot wound to the right thigh and nerve damage.

Ahmad K. (15)
Detained: 25 August 2013
Location: Deir Nidham, Ramallah
Ill-treatment, coercive interrogation

Israeli soldiers entered Dier Nidham Secondary School and arrested Ahmad, 15, from his classroom on the first day of school.

While Ahmad was in Arabic class, Israeli soldiers entered the school building and began checking several classrooms. Three Israeli soldiers stopped outside Ahmad’s classroom and ordered him and two other boys to go out into the hallway. Ahmad refused and was grabbed by the arms and neck by three soldiers and dragged out of the room.

After a brief argument with other teachers, the soldiers threw tear gas canisters into the classroom. Ahmad’s hands were bound and soldiers slapped and kicked him as they brought him to a military jeep nearby where he was then blindfolded. Ahmad suffered additional physical violence during transfer.

“The interrogator accused me of throwing stones at military jeeps on Route 406 near the village to the north. I denied it but he called me a liar,” says Ahmad. “He also brought some typed papers in Hebrew and ordered me to sign them…whenever I refused to sign, he would slap me on the neck.”

Ahmad was transferred to Ofer military prison and was released the next day on August 26 around 9:30 pm.

Imran A. (17)
Detained:
14 August 2013
Location:
Kafr Qaddum, Qalqilya
Ill-treatment, unlawful transfer

Israeli soldiers arrested Imran, 17, from his home in the middle of the night and accused him of throwing stones.

Around 2:30 am, Imran woke to Israeli soldiers shouting loudly as his father opened the front door to the home. The soldiers asked specifically for Imran and he presented his identification to them. Once he did he was taken out the front door and surrounded by soldiers. He was not allowed to see or speak with his family.

A military jeep arrived and Imran was bound and blindfolded and placed in the back. He was transferred to Qedumim military camp just a short distance away where he was placed on the ground against a tree before being transferred around sunrise to Huwara interrogation and detention center. The following day, Imran was interrogated at Salem interrogation and detention center near the West Bank city of Jenin.

“The interrogator sat me down on a chair and started interrogating me without explaining my rights, such as my right to remain silent, and without the presence of a lawyer or a family member,” says Imran. “The interrogator said ‘Confess to the stone throwing because it's a minor offence. When you go to court, ask the judge for pardon and he'll give you a short time sentence. But if you don't confess, you'll stay behind bars for a long time,’” says Imran. 

The interrogated gave Imran a piece of paper for him to write down his confession. Imran passed the paper back to him saying that he had nothing to confess. The interrogator then shouted at him and banged his fists on the table. Imran was interrogated for another 40 minutes without access to counsel or a family member present. After the interrogation finished the interrogator stated “‘You're making a big mistake by not confessing,’” says Imran.

Yazan H. (16)
Detained: 10 July 2013
Location: Tulkarem
Ill-treatment, unlawful transfer

Israeli soldiers arrested Yazan, 16, at a checkpoint on his way home from Ramallah after a day of work.

Around 2 pm, Israeli soldiers demanded and held Yazan’s ID for several minutes at a checkpoint between Nablus and Tulkarem in the northern West Bank. A soldier then ordered Yazan to get out of the car stating that he was under arrest.

He was pulled out of the car, his hands were tied behind his back and he was blindfolded. Yazan was then struck in the back with the stock of a rifle and fell to the ground, where he was hit and kicked several times. Yazan was then put into a military jeep and transferred to a military camp.

“Soldiers pulled me out and made me sit on the ground in the scorching sun for three hours, during which time soldiers passing by would slap me hard,” said Yazan. “I was fasting, and I asked them to let me use the bathroom many times but they refused.”

During interrogation, Yazan was confronted with statements and confessions from other child detainees that alleged Yazan had thrown stones, as the interrogator shouted at him and pounded on the table. Yazan signed a statement in Arabic denying all of the allegations.

He was eventually transferred to Megiddo prison inside Israel where he was strip searched upon arrival. He appeared before a military court judge for the first time on 11 July at Salem military court.

Wadia M. (5)
Detained: 9 July 2013
Location: Old City of Hebron
Detained while under the age of criminal responsibility

Israeli soldiers detained Wadia, 5, near the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron for several hours after he allegedly threw a stone at an Israeli settler’s car.

Around 1:15 pm, while at work, Wadia’s father, Karam, received a phone call from a neighbor notifying him that his son had been detained by Israeli forces near his home. Karam rushed back toward his house to see Wadia sitting on the ground surrounded by several Israeli soldiers.

Wadia was visibly very scared, and was crying as one of the soldiers grabbed him, according to an eyewitness.

An Israeli officer told Karam that Wadia was being detained because he threw a stone at an Israeli settler's car. An argument ensued as Karam insisted that Wadia be released, and soldiers then bound and blindfolded Karam. Both Wadia and Karam were walked to a military camp about 250 meters (820 feet) away.

After about two hours Israeli forces transferred Karam and Wadia to the Palestinian police. At the police station, Karam signed a document stating that his son would not thrown stones, and if he did, Karam would be fined 5,000 Jordanian dinars ($7,050 USD).

Muhammad K. (17)
Injured: 28 June 2013
Location: Qalandia refugee camp, Ramallah

Israeli soldiers shot Muhammad, 17, in the chest with live ammunition during clashes with Palestinian youth near the entrance of Qalandia refugee camp near Ramallah.

Around 2 am, Muhammad told DCI-Palestine that he was returning home after spending a weekend night out with a friend. As he approached the entrance to the camp, Muhammad saw about 30 Palestinian youths throwing stones at Israeli forces. Muhammad approached and asked one of the teenagers what was happening. At that moment a bullet struck him in the chest.

“I barely moved towards the entrance of the camp when suddenly something hitting me in the chest,” says Muhammad. “I put my hand on the left side of my chest and saw it covered in blood. I felt a little dizzy but I was not hurting. I realized I had been shot by the Israeli soldiers.”

Paramedics in a nearby ambulance provided first aid and transferred Muhammad to the Ramallah medical complex where he underwent surgery. The bullet entered the left side of his chest and exited his back below his left shoulder. He spent 10 days in the hospital.

Mahdi M. (16)
Detained: 22 June 2013
Location: Azzun, Qalqilya
Night arrest, ill-treatment, unlawful transfer

Israeli soldiers arrested Mahdi, 16, from his home in the middle of the night and accused him of throwing stones.

Around 2 am, Mahdi heard banging on the downstairs front door of his building. As he went to see what was happening, he saw about 10 Israeli soldiers headed up the stairs. They stormed his apartment and asked for his ID, then grabbed Mahdi and took him down to the street where he was bound, blindfolded and put into a military jeep. He was transferred to a military camp and forced to sit outside on the ground.

“While I was sitting on the ground, I felt something being sprayed on my arms, legs and all over my clothes,” says Mahdi. “It felt like powder and it was itchy.”

The next morning Mahdi was interrogated at Ariel police station where he signed a statement written in Hebrew. He was then transferred to Megiddo prison inside Israel and released later that day at Salem checkpoint near the West Bank city of Jenin.

Anas H. (16)
Detained: 17 June 2013
Location: Balata refugee camp, Nablus
Night arrest, ill-treatment, unlawful transfer

Israeli soldiers arrested Anas, 16, from his home in the middle of the night and accused him of throwing stones and possessing live ammunition.

Around 4 am, Anas was woken by his father as Israeli soldiers banged on the front door to their apartment building. Anas was taken outside, blindfolded and his hands were tied behind his back. At least two soldiers struck him with the stocks of their rifles, knocking him to the ground where he was then kicked several times.

“I knew they were coming for me because about two months ago they arrested my friends Sami and Ali,” says Anas.

Israeli soldiers transferred Anas to Huwara interrogation and detention center where he was strip searched and detained in a small cell until 11 am the next morning without access to a toilet or food and water. Around 4 pm the next day he arrived at Megiddo prison inside Israel, where he was strip-searched upon arrival.

On 18 June, he was interrogated at Salem interrogation and detention center. After an interrogator shouted and attempted to intimidate him for about two hours, Anas refused to sign any papers without reading them first. The interrogator eventually gave in and Anas was allowed to read the statement. Even though Anas had denied all allegations, the interrogator had drafted a confession. Anas repeatedly refused to sign the statement and the interrogator eventually allowed him to write his own.

Anas appeared in Salem military court for the first time on 19 June.

Shehab S. (13)
Injured: 10 June 2013
Location: Old City of East Jerusalem

Israeli police pepper-sprayed Shehab, 13, in the face as he walked down the street toward his home.

Around 2 pm, after he finished shopping with his father, Shehab began walking back to his house located in the Old City of East Jerusalem. As he walked, he told DCI-Palestine a police car approached him, honking and with the window down.

“I was carrying the things my father and I had bought,” says Shehab. “The window of the car was open, and when it passed me I felt something burning my eyes and fell to the ground. My eyes burned and I could not open them. My whole face was hurting so much.”

A paramedic nearby provide first aid to Shehab, while his father went to the police station nearby and shouted for an ambulance. When the police did not help, his father brought Shehab to a health center just outside of Damascus Gate before being taken to Hadassah hospital for further treatment.

Ala G. (8)
Injured: 7 June 2013
Location: Yatta, Hebron

Israeli settlers intimidated and scared, Ala, 8, with dogs while he was on his family’s land with his father south of Hebron.

As Ala walked across his family’s land to bring some food to his father, three Israeli settlers with two dogs approached him. Ala’s father, Ezz, told DCI-Palestine that Ala began to run away as the settlers approached and they then unleashed one of the dogs. With the dog chasing him, Ala fell and hit his face on a rock. Bleeding and screaming in pain, Ezz rushed toward him.

Israeli police arrived 10 minutes later and asked the settlers to leave. Around 4 pm, Ala’s older brother took him to a health center in Yatta where he received first aid.

Muhammad M. (17)
Detained: 26 May 2013
Location: Yabad, Jenin
Ill-treatment, unlawful transfer 

Israeli soldiers detained and physically assaulted Muhammad, 17, on his way back home from visiting his friend in a nearby village, adjacent to the main street used by Israeli settlers of the Mevo Dotan settlement.

Around 4 pm, Muhammad told DCI-Palestine that a dog began attacking him so he threw a stone to frighten it away. A military jeep passing by assumed Muhammad threw the stone at them and he was arrested. Muhammad’s hands were tied behind his back with a plastic cord, blindfolded and forced into a second jeep with at least 10 soldiers.

“One of the [soldiers] kept pushing me hard, pointing his rifle to my head and cocking it, which made me feel so scared because I thought he was going to shoot me,” said Mohammad.

The following morning soldiers transferred Muhammad to Megiddo prison inside Israel, where he was strip-searched upon arrival. On 28 May, during interrogation, Muhammad was tied to a chair and threatened and intimidated. After an hour, the interrogator wrote a statement in Arabic and ordered Muhammad to sign it without allowing him to read its contents.

Muhammad appeared in Salem military court for the first time on 30 May. His detention was extended for five days. On 3 June, his detention was extended again.

Osama S. (13), Ahmad K. (13)
Detained: 23 May 2013
Location: Birqin, Jenin
Use of excessive force, ill-treatment, coerced confession

Israeli soldiers detained and physically assaulted Osama S, 13, and Ahmad K, 13, as they walked down the street in the West Bank town of Birqin, near Jenin.

Around 2 pm, Osama told DCI-Palestine that he was on his way to a park with Ahmad when two Israeli military jeeps approached. Israeli soldiers grabbed both boys, put them each in a jeep and beat them. At Al Jalame checkpoint, after they were forced to strip down to their underwear, both boys were bound and blindfolded. They were forced to walk on hot pavement barefoot and were later interrogated while only wearing their underwear.

“I saw the interrogator beating [Osama] with a metal club that he used later to beat me,” says Ahmad. “He also hit him on the face. I was really scared when I saw him beating Osama.”

The interrogator accused Osama and Ahmad of possessing a bag of explosives, physically assaulted them and ordered them to confess.

“The interrogator hit me at least 20 times on my back, and I was really scared of him,” says Ahmad. “I signed the papers without really knowing what was written in there.”

Around 10:30 pm, their clothes were returned and they were transferred to Megiddo prison inside Israel.

Atta Muhammad Sabah (12)
Injured: 21 May 2013
Location: Jalazoun refugee camp, Ramallah

An Israeli soldier shot and seriously injured Atta Muhammad Sabah, 12, in Jalazoun refugee camp near Ramallah as he attempted to retrieve his school bag.

Around 3:30 pm, Atta was seen walking toward the southern entrance of the camp to retrieve his school bag that had been confiscated by Israeli soldiers the day before, according to DCI-Palestine sources. A soldier carrying the bag signaled Atta to approach, as a second soldier aimed his weapon toward him. Atta was about 20 meters (65 feet) away from the soldiers when he suddenly began to turn away. As he turned, the second soldier fired one bullet and Atta fell immediately to the ground, according to a classmate.

The bullet struck Atta in the stomach and exited through his back, severing his spinal cord and causing paralysis from the waist down. It also caused damage to his liver, lungs, pancreas and spleen.

Two teenagers rushed toward Atta and carried him away to the nearby main road where a car took him to hospital in Ramallah. While in the car, Atta was bleeding profusely from his back and could not feel his legs, DCI-Palestine sources said.

Maisara M. (14)
Injured: 16 May 2013
Location: Qaryut, Nablus

A Jewish settler and Israeli soldiers attacked a Palestinian teenager as he inspected olive trees on his family’s land.

Around 2 pm, Maisara, 14, went to his family’s land located southwest of Qaryut, located near the Israeli settlement of Eli. Suddenly, a Jewish settler rushed towards him from about 70 meters (230 feet) wielding a handgun and firing bullets at him. Terrified and scared that he was about to be shot, Maisara began to run back toward his village, injuring his ankle when he jumped off a rock. Unable to move due to intense pain, he hid behind the rock.

Maisara tried to crawl away just as an Israeli military jeep arrived and soldiers surrounded him. The settler that shot at him was with them.

“The settler who shot at me earlier came and reloaded his handgun and pointed it at me,” says Maisara. “He hit me with the handgun on the right side of my head.”

Maisara received first aid from Palestinian paramedics before being detained and transferred to Eli settlement in the back of a military jeep by Israeli soldiers. He was questioned, threatened and physically assaulted by an Israeli officer before being released to a Palestinian ambulance crew and taken to Rafidia hospital in Nablus. He suffered a broken ankle and underwent surgery the following day.

Nasrallah A. (7), Qassam A. (6)
Detained: 16 May 2013
Location: Silwan, East Jerusalem
Detained while under the age of criminal responsibility

Israeli authorities interrogated two young Palestinian boys from Silwan, East Jerusalem without the presence of a parent or lawyer and made them sign statements written in Hebrew.

Around 3 pm, Israeli forces arrived at the family home of Nasrallah, 7, and Qassam, 6, to detain and question them about their cousin’s alleged involvement in making and throwing a Molotov cocktail, according to DCI-Palestine sources. Shortly after, their father, Iyad, took the boys to Al Mascobiyya interrogation centre as requested by the Israeli forces.

At Al Mascobiyya Iyad was beaten by Israeli forces in front of his children, causing the boys cry. Iyad was then taken to another room, forced to strip to his underwear and beaten again.

“I saw many soldiers hitting my dad on his ears several times until he started bleeding,” says Qassam.
The children were not charged with any offenses, but family members believe the boys were made to witness the abuse of their father in order to coerce the children to make a statement against their cousin.

The boys were interviewed separately by the Israeli intelligence. “The investigator was huge and mean,” Qassam told DCI-Palestine. “He kept hitting the table and screaming at me.”

“The children say they were not afraid,” says Khitam, the boys’ mother. “However, since the interrogation Qassam wets himself in fear of being interrogated again and Nasrallah is suffering from nightmares.”

Mahmoud K. (16) & Muhammad K. (14)
Detained: 9 May 2013
Location: Abu Dis, Jerusalem
Night arrest, ill-treatment

Israeli soldiers arrested Mahmoud, 16, and his younger brother Muhammad, 14, from their home around 4:20 am.

Nafez, the boys’ father, told DCI-Palestine that nearly 30 Israeli soldiers stormed their home that night and four military jeeps were parked outside their home. Two soldiers dragged Mahmoud and Muhammad from their bedroom out to a military jeep. Both were still in their pajamas. 

Later that morning, the boys’ parents were told their sons were taken to a military camp west of Abu Dis. When their mother went to visit them, soldiers stopped her and pointed their rifles at her. Mahmoud and Muhammad were transferred to Ofer prison, and appeared before a military judge for the first time in Ofer military court on 12 May 2013. 

“I saw beating marks on their faces, especially the right side of Mahmoud’s face,” said Nafez. “I think they were beaten by the stocks of rifles. Muhammad was pale and traumatized.”

The boys’ parents were told that Muhammad was suffering from a bacterial infection in his stomach. Bail was denied and Muhammad was sent back to hospital for treatment. Court proceedings were adjourned until 2 June 2013.

Seif K. (12)
Injured: 9 May 2013
Location: Huwwara junction, Nablus

Israeli settlers threw stones at a passing Palestinian car, smashing windows and injuring Seif, 12, and his older brother near Nablus.

Around 2:30 pm, Seif traveled with his father and two brothers to the village of Jit, near Qalqilya, when seven Jewish settlers pelted their car with stones. Seif told DCI-Palestine that about six stones hit the car, shattering the windows and hitting his older brother. As his brother sped away, Seif slammed against the inside of the car door and sustained bruises.

“I was terrified,” said Seif. “I thought they would smash the car with us inside and kill us. I was horrified.”

As the settlers retreated up the hill to Yizhar settlement, Seif’s father flagged down a passing Israeli military jeep and explained what had just happened. After pointing out the settlers, the Israeli soldiers asked Seif’s father for the settler’s names and if he had photos of the incident, which he was not able to provide.

An ambulance took Seif to the hospital where he received an x-ray to assess any potential damage to his back.

Amina I. (12), Fatima A. (12), Najma J. (13)
Injured: 30 April 2013
Location: Huwwara Junction, Nablus

Israeli settlers from Yizhar settlement near Nablus surrounded Palestinian school buses and pelted them with stones, smashing windows and injuring children on board.

Around 10 am, 107 girls from the Qibya Girl’s School were driving in two Palestinian school buses from Ramallah to Nablus. As the buses approached Huwara junction south of Nablus, a large group of settlers rushed and encircled the two buses and began throwing stones at the buses. After about 10 minutes, the bus drivers were able to drive away to safety through the group of settlers.

“I was terrified,” says Huriya Mohammad, principal at Qibya Girls School. “I was really scared about the girls. They were screaming, and some of them fainted.”

At least three girls sustained injuries after being struck by stones or shattered glass fragments. Around a dozen students were taken to Ibn Sina College for Medical Sciences for first aid and evaluation.

Israeli soldiers were among the settlers, but did not stop the attack, according to DCI-Palestine sources.

Muhammad F. (14), Mahmoud K. (14) 
Detained: 29 April 2013
Location: Al Eizariya, Jerusalem
Night arrest, Ill-treatment, coerced confession, unlawful transfer

Israeli soldiers arrested Mahmoud K, 14, and Muhammad F, 14, around midnight from their homes in the village of Al Eizariya, Jerusalem, east of the Maele Adumim settlement.

The soldiers tied their hands behind their backs with plastic cords and shackled their feet tightly. Around 1 am, they were transferred to the Maele Adumim police station for interrogation. Mahmoud and Muhammad were accused of throwing stones at soldiers in Abu Dis and throwing Molotov cocktails near the separation barrier near Al ‘Eizariya.

Mahmoud and Muhammad were interrogated twice that night, and then forced to sit in the corridor until around 1 pm the next day.

“The never brought us any food or water. They did not allow us to use the bathroom at all,” Mahmoud told DCI-Palestine.

Later that day they were transferred to Ofer prison. Muhammad appeared in court six times and was sentenced to two months in prison. Mahmoud appeared in court seven times and has not been sentenced yet.

Jamil R. (16)
Injured: 26 April 2013
Location: Border fence, Gaza City

Israeli soldiers shot and injured Jamil, 16, during a demonstration near the Israeli border fence east of Gaza City.

Around 3 pm, Jamil told DCI-Palestine that he headed to the cemetery east of Gaza City to observe a demonstration. He sat on a hill overlooking the border fence until about 5 pm when Israeli soldiers on the other side of the fence began shooting into the air. Protestors ran in different directions, and Jamil followed a group of people down the hill toward the border fence. Israeli soldiers fired tear gas in his direction so he moved quickly away from the fence. As he did, he felt something very hot pierce through his lower left leg.

“I saw my jeans had been torn apart around my left calf and it was bleeding profusely,” said Jamil. “I checked my leg and saw a big hole in the back.”

Jamil sustained a gunshot wound from live ammunition and underwent surgery at Shifa hospital.

Fawwaz M. (13)
Injured: 16 April 2013
Location: Kafr Qalil, Nablus

An Israeli settler physically assaulted and injured Fawwaz, 13, as he grazed goats in a field near the village of Kafr Qalil, near Nablus.

Around 11:30 am, Fawwaz told DCI-Palestine that suddenly an adult male Jewish settler carrying a black rifle grabbed him from behind on the shoulder. The settler hit him with his rifle knocking Fawwaz to the ground where he hit and scraped his face on a rock. Terrified, bleeding and crying, Fawwaz tried to get up but the settler punched him in the stomach and face. He tried to push the settler away but was kicked in the legs and knocked down.

“He stopped kicking me and tried to pull me up, but I got up quickly and pushed him away and rushed back to the village,” said Fawwaz. “He tried to hit me with stones, but he missed.”

Fawwaz eventually reached his sister’s house and she cleaned up the blood and bandaged his wounds. He was then taken to Rafidia hospital in Nablus. He sustained a broken wrist and multiple cuts and bruises.

Mahmoud Z. (17), Ali M. (15), Salah S. (16)
Detained: 5 April 2013
Location: Balata camp, Nablus
Use of excessive force, ill-treatment, coerced confession, unlawful transfer

Israeli soldiers detained and physically assaulted Mahmoud, 17, Ali, 15, and Salah, 16, during clashes between local youth and Israeli soldiers at the Huwarra checkpoint near the Balata refugee camp in Nablus.

Mahmoud, Ali and Salah told DCI-Palestine that around 4 pm, Israeli soldiers chased, kicked and beat them brutally with the stocks of their rifles. Their hands were bound behind their backs with a single plastic cord and they were blindfolded and forced into a military jeep.

“One of them hit us on the head with the empty bottles of beer and that hurt a lot,” said Mahmoud. “We would scream whenever he hit us, but they would beat us harder.”

Upon reaching Huwwara military camp, soldiers forced the three boys to sit on the ground, beating them and denying them access to a toilet. That night, they were transferred to Ariel police station where they were photographed and fingerprinted.

During interrogation, Mahmoud, Ali and Salah were accused of throwing stones and forced to sign statements in Arabic without first reading their contents. The boys were later transferred to Megiddo prison inside Israel, where they were strip-searched upon arrival.

They appeared before a military judge on 9 April 2013 and sentenced to four and a half months of imprisonment with a suspended sentence.

Mohammad T. (10)
Detained: 3 April 2013
Location: Deir Nidham, Ramallah
Detained while under the age of criminal responsibility

Mohammad, 10, lives in Deir Nidham near Ramallah. At around 5:00 pm, while he was near the northern entrance to the village, clashes erupted between Palestinian youth and Israeli soldiers. He ran and hid behind some olive trees to avoid the clashes but was spotted by a nearby Israeli soldier. Mohammad saw the soldier approaching him and tried to run away but he tripped and fell over a stone.

The soldier caught him and brought him back toward a group of other soldiers. A soldier threw him over his shoulder and carried Mohammad to a military jeep that then transferred him to a military camp just outside of the village.

At the military camp he was brought to a room with three armed soldiers who told him to give them the names of the stone throwers. “They said they would send me home, but I needed to tell them the names of stone thrower,” said Mohammad. “I told them I did not know their names. I was really scared they might arrest me or even shoot me.”

Later that evening, Mohammad was driven to ‘Atara checkpoint north of Ramallah where he was released to the Palestinian police who took him to meet his uncle.

Abdullah W. (17)
Detained: 28 March 2013
Location: Qabatiya, Jenin
Night arrest, ill-treatment, unlawful transfer, solitary confinement, coerced confession

Israeli interrogators accused Abdullah, 17, of plotting to carry out a military attack, placed him solitary confinement for 18 days.

Abdullah, 17, told DCI-Palestine that around 1:30 am Israeli soldiers arrested him from his home in the West Bank town of Qabatiya, Jenin. He awoke to the sound of banging on the door and a sound bomb thrown into his home by Israeli soldiers. He was blindfolded and his hands were tied behind his back with a single plastic cord before being forced into a bus with other soldiers and military dogs. After nearly one and a half hours, soldiers transferred Abdullah to a caravan.

“[A soldier] punched me hard in the face, grabbed my head and started slamming it against the caravan,” said Abdullah.

Around 12:00 pm the following day, soldiers transferred Abdullah to Al Jalame interrogation and detention center inside Israel, where he was taken to a small bathroom and strip-searched.

“The jailer ordered me to sit and stand up several times while I was naked, and I felt so humiliated. I do not know why he asked me to do this,” said Abdullah.

Abdullah was interrogated for nearly 7 hours and on 15 April, he was transferred to Megiddo prison inside Israel. His detention was extended twice in Al Jalame and twice in Salem military court. A trial was scheduled on 9 May 2013.

Yousef E. (13)
Injured: 27 March 2013
Location: Hebron

Yousef, 13, was struck in the forehead by a rubber-coated metal bullet while observing clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli soldiers near the entrance of Ash-Shuhada’ Street. At around 2:30 p.m., he was sitting on the ground near the library in the center of Hebron about 100 metres away from the clashes. After about 15 minutes, Israeli soldiers and police began firing rubber-coated metal bullets to disperse the crowd. Yousef was struck in the forehead and was knocked unconscious. He woke up in Aliya hospital where doctors provided first aid. Yousef suffered a minor concussion and spent the night in the hospital.

Muhannad N. (10)
Detained: 21 March 2013
Location: Hebron
Detained while under the age of criminal responsibility

Israeli soldiers detained and questioned Muhannad, 10, as he was playing with friends in downtown Hebron.

Around 4 pm, Muhannad told DCI-Palestine that over a dozen Israeli soldiers approached him and his friends while they were on the street. He was grabbed and dragged by a soldier to a checkpoint about 130 meters (425 feet) away. Once there, Muhannad was taken to an office in a nearby metal container where he was questioned by Israeli soldiers and reportedly was physically assaulted. Muhannad was released shortly after and taken to Aliya hospital in Hebron where he received first aid.

Just ten days prior, Muhannad was hit in the leg by two rubber-coated metal bullets when clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli soldiers occurred following a demonstration in Hebron.

Ibrahim R. (8)
Injured: 20 March 2013
Location: Bab as-Silseleh, Old City of Jerusalem

Ibrabim, 8, lives in the Old City Jerusalem next to a Jewish religious school that overlooks his home. At around 4:00 p.m., he was cleaning the rooftop of his house with his brother, Majd, 9, and his friend, Ghaith, 9, when a teenage student from the Jewish religious school started throwing glass out the second-floor school window, about two metres away. Ibrahim told him to stop, but the student threw a piece of glass at him, striking him on the upper part of his nose. Ibrahim was cut and bled all over his clothes.

Ibrahim’s father called the police and they arrived with an ambulance about 10 minutes later. Ibrahim was transported to a nearby hospital, received four stitches and was discharged shortly after.

Ibrahim and his father left the hospital and went to a police station near Jaffa Gate to file a complaint against the students. About an hour later, the police brought three youths to the station, but not the one who had thrown the glass at Ibrahim. Ibrahim told DCI-Palestine, “We suffer daily attacks by settlers. They throw dirt, trash and food leftovers at us.”

Suheib M. (17)
Detention: 19 March 2013
Location: Jenin Refugee Camp, Jenin
Night arrest, ill-treatment, coerced confession, unlawful transfer, solitary confinement

Israeli soldiers arrested Suheib, 17, around 3 am from his home in Jenin.

Soldiers physically assaulted Suheib while taking him to a military jeep parked outside. His hands were tied behind his back with three plastic cords, he was blindfolded and transferred to Al Jalame military camp north of Jenin.

Around 12 pm, soldiers transferred Suheib to Al Jalame interrogation and detention center where he was strip-searched and detained in a small cell with only two small gaps allowing air in and out.

Suheib was then taken to the interrogation room where his hands and feet were tied to the metal chair in the middle of the room for several hours. He was accused of plotting to carry out a suicide bombing and being a member of Islamic Jihad.

“I had to confess because he slapped me whenever I said I would not confess. He interrogated me that day for eight consecutive hours,” said Suheib.

Suheib spent three days in solitary confinement. On April 3, he was transferred to Megiddo prison inside Israel. He appeared before a judge on the third day of detention in Al Jalame and his detention was extended twice. A trial was scheduled for May 8.

Muhammad K. (16)
Detained: 15 March 2013
Location: Haris, Salfit
Ill-treatment, solitary confinement, coerced confession, unlawful transfer

Israeli interrogators accused Muhammad, 16, of throwing stones, placed him in solitary confinement for several days and subjected him to multiple interrogation sessions involving threats and physical violence.

Muhammad told DCI-Palestine that around 5 am Israeli soldiers arrested him from his home and physically assaulted him while he was bound and blindfolded. At Al Jalame interrogation and detention center he was brought to an interrogation room, tied to a low metal chair, slapped and ordered to confess. When Muhammad refused to confess the interrogator reportedly told the guard, “Take him back to the cell until he rots there.” While interrogated over the next several days, Muhammad was subjected to threats and intimidation and physically assaulted while tied to a chair.

Following an interrogation session on 20 March 2013, Muhammad knocked on his cell door to call the guard outside. After opening the door, the guard asked him why he had knocked and then threatened Muhammad with sexual assault if he did it again. About five minutes later the same guard, with two others, entered Muhammad’s cell and beat him. Another jailer came in shortly after and lifted Muhammad off the ground, cleaned the blood off of his face and gave him some food. Muhammad was not taken back to interrogation until five days later.

“I was in bad shape and hurting, so I decided to confess to everything to get myself out of the cell and put an end to this humiliation,” said Muhammad. “I confessed to throwing stones a day before I got arrested.”

He spent a total of 21 days at Al Jalame, of which four were spent in solitary confinement. On 4 April 2013, he was transferred to Megiddo prison. Both Al Jalame and Megiddo are located inside Israel.

Mo’men M. (9)
Detained: 15 March 2013
Location: Clock Square, Hebron
Detained while under the age of criminal responsibility

Mo’men, 9, was detained by Israeli soldiers at around 3:00 p.m. while running toward his home and away from a demonstration that had erupted into clashes. On his way home, Mo’men ran into a group of about 10 Israeli soldiers on his street. He was grabbed by the neck and left shoulder and taken to a room near the entrance to Shuhada Street. “I was very scared of them especially when they grabbed me by my neck,” said Mo’men. “I was really scared and worried about what would happen to me.”

He was brought to a room where he was detained with other older youths. He was blindfolded and his hands were tied in front of him with two plastic cords. He was transferred by military jeep to Kiryat Arba police station, where he was made to sit outside in yard until 9:30 p.m. He was not interrogated or physically assaulted, but was kept tied and blindfolded the entire time. At 9:30 p.m. he was put in military jeep and transferred back to Shuhada Street. He was turned over to the Palestinian police and reunited with his father soon after.

Mohammad Z. (17)
Detained:
13 March 2013
Location: Hebron

As Mohammad was walking to his uncle’s house he became caught up in clashes in the Bab az-Zawiya neighborhood of Hebron. He told DCI-Palestine that, as Israeli soldiers fired tear gas, he ran with the other protestors and was caught by the soldiers. He was grabbed, kicked and hit with the stocks of their rifles before being bound and blindfolded. Mohammad was taken to a trailer used by the soldiers where he was questioned and asked for names of the stone throwers. He was hit in the head when he said that he did not know their names. The soldiers in the trailer threatened and beat him, and he said he threw stones.

Mohammad was later transferred to Kiryat Arba police station where he was interrogated and confessed to throwing stones. He signed a confession in Hebrew, and was eventually transferred to Ofer prison. During transfer, his hands were turning blue and he was suffering harsh pain due to the hand restraints. Upon arrival, he was strip searched and became aware of numerous bruises on the right-side of his body.

A week after his arrest, Mohammad felt dizzy and fainted. After reporting the incident promptly to guards at Ofer prison, he received no medical attention. He fainted a second time and suffered spasms and an accelerated heart rate. He received medical attention and was told he would be taken to a hospital, but never was.

Yassin E. (9)
Injured: 11 March 2013
Location: Hebron

Yassin, 9, was injured when he was struck above his eye by a stone thrown by an Israeli settler on a nearby rooftop. Yassin and his brother were on the roof of their home at around 4:00 p.m. when they spotted a settler on a nearby rooftop. The settler began throwing stones at the boys and struck Yassin in the eyebrow, causing him to fall down on concrete and fracture his left arm. He was admitted that afternoon to Alia Hospital with a severely swollen face. Yassin’s younger brother escaped unharmed. Eyewitnesses saw the settler, who they described as a tall, bearded man in his 30s, crouching behind a plastic bin filled with stones on a rooftop in the al-Qazazin neighborhood of Hebron’s Old City.

Mustafa A. (15)
Injured: 8 March 2013
Location: Hebron

Mustafa, 15, told DCI-Palestine that he was struck in the face by a teargas canister fired by an Israeli soldier after he got caught up in clashes in the centre of Hebron. While on his way to Hebron’s city centre to buy groceries for his aunt Mustafa got caught up in clashes between protestors and Israeli soldiers near Shuhada’ street. When Mustafa arrived at the end of the street, he saw a female Israeli soldier aim and fire a teargas canister directly at him, striking him in the face. With his mouth and lips bleeding, Mustafa ran to a nearby building where an ambulance then took him to Alia General Hospital. He received first aid and then underwent surgery to fix his jaw. Mustafa spent several nights in the hospital.

Ahmad A. (17) & Moath S. (17)
Detained: 3 March 2013
Location: Huwara, Nablus
Ill-treatment, unlawful transfer

Ahmad, 17, and Moath, 17, told DCI-Palestine that at around 1:00 p.m. they were arrested by Israeli soldiers after they joined other youths in a demonstration near Huwara checkpoint. Four Israeli soldiers chased Ahmad and Moath, catching them and punching, kicking and hitting them with the stocks of their rifles. Their hands were tied behind their backs with a single plastic cord and they were blindfolded. While being transferred to Huwara interrogation and detention centre in the back of a military jeep they were physically assaulted.

Upon arrival at Huwara interrogation and detention centre, they were asked general questions about their health but not provided medical treatment. While blindfolded they heard soldiers using mobile phones to take photos of them, both alone and with soldiers next to them. While Ahmad and Moath were blindfolded and bound, soldiers punched and kicked them both prior to putting them in a military jeep and transferring them to Ari'el police station. They arrived at Ari’el police station at 7:00 p.m.

At Ari’el police station they were interrogated without the presence of an attorney or family member, and they were not informed of their rights. They both provided confessions and signed statements in Arabic without being allowed to read the statement or understand the contents. They were detained at Huwara interrogation and detention centre overnight and transferred to Megiddo prison inside Israel the following day. They first appeared before a military judge on 6 March 2013.

Nash’at A. (16)
Detained: 1 March 2013
Location: Huwara, Nablus

Nash’at, 16, told DCI-Palestine that he was arrested by Israeli soldiers at around 5:00 p.m. as he and three other friends collected metal scraps near Huwara checkpoint.

While demonstrations occurred at the checkpoint, Nash’at was far from the clashes when suddenly Israeli soldiers nearby surprised him and his friends. The soldiers tossed a sound grenade as the boys sat behind a pile of dirt smoking. The soldiers slapped and kicked the boys and hit them with the stocks of their rifles. Their hands were then tied behind their backs with a single plastic cord and they were blindfolded before being pushed into a military jeep that took them to Huwara checkpoint. They were forced to sit outside on the ground until 3:00 a.m.

At 6:00 a.m. Nash’at was transferred to Ariel police station and then at 8:00 a.m. he was transferred to Huwara interrogation and detention center because there were no interrogators at Ariel. While waiting for interrogation and sitting in the yard bound and blindfolded he was forced to stand in front of a military jeep. The soldier at the wheel revved the engine, reversed and then drove towards Nash’at, stopping just a few meters from him. “I was really scared,” says Nash’at. “I thought they wanted to kill me with the jeep and say that it was an accident...I was shaking because I was so scared.”

Nash’at was transferred to Megiddo prison inside Israel and later interrogated at Salem interrogation and detention center near Jenin. He was accused of throwing stones and ordered to confess. Nash’at denied the allegations, but signed a statement in Hebrew, which the interrogator told him was a denial statement.

Haneen S. (9)
Injured: 1 March 2013
Location: Al Khadr, Bethlehem

Haneen, 9, and her siblings were affected by teargas and sound grenades fired near their home as clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli soldiers nearby. At about 2:00 p.m. protesters began throwing stones at Israeli soldiers in the Al Khadr neighbourhood. Israeli soldiers fired teargas canisters and sound grenades at the protestors, with some hitting and landing in front of nearby houses, including Haneen’s. “We started choking and coughing, especially my four-year old brother Mohammad and my two-year-old sister Layan,” says Haneen. Her father called an ambulance, which arrived after several minutes and provided first aid to the children.

Rebhy E. (14)
Injured: 1 March 2013
Location: Beit Furik, Nablus

Rebhy, 14, told DCI-Palestine that he suffered a fractured leg when he was shot by a rubber-coated steel bullet fired by an Israeli soldier. At about 2:00 p.m. Rebhy headed to his uncle’s land west of Beit Furik with two other friends, which is located near Itamar settlement. About 15 minutes after arriving, they saw about 20 Israeli soldiers emerge from the olive trees just 30 metres away.

Rebhy and his friends started to run back to the village, but the soldiers saw them and shouted at them to stop. Rebhy looked back and saw that his friends had been caught by the soldiers. He then saw a soldier standing on a rock pointing a rifle at him. As he turned to continue running, he was hit in the left leg by a rubber-coated steel bullet and fell to the ground and fainted.

Rebhy woke to find himself lying on a stretcher carried by four soldiers. When he screamed because of the pain, they stopped to blindfold him and tie his hands behind his back with a single plastic cord. He was then forced to lie on the stretcher with his hands under his back. He was taken to a clinic where a military doctor provided first aid and then at a nearby checkpoint he was transferred to a Palestinian ambulance and taken to Rifidia Hospital in Nablus. Doctors told Rebhy that he sustained two fractures when a rubber-coated steel bullet entered his left leg. He was treated and discharged the following day.

Mohammad Kurdi (14)
Injured: 25 February 2013
Location: Aida refugee camp, Bethlehem

Mohammad, 14, was shot and seriously injured during clashes with demonstrators near Aida refugee camp. At around 2:00 p.m., Mohammad, found himself in the cross hairs of Israeli soldiers dispersing dozens of stone-throwing Palestinians near the camp entrance when he was shot. Nearby youth carried him to a private car that took him to the local hospital, according to an eyewitness. Mohammad suffered injuries to his liver, right lung and right leg, according to a medical report obtained by DCI-Palestine.

Hassan A. (14)
Detained: 25 February 2013
Location: Huwara, Nablus
Ill-treatment, statement in Hebrew, unlawful transfer

Hassan, 14, told DCI-Palestine that he was arrested by Israeli soldiers during clashes between youths and soldiers near Huwara checkpoint. Soldiers chased Hassan through a field for about 30 metres before he had difficulty breathing from inhaling teargas and had to stop. A soldier knocked him down from behind and hit him with a wooden stick in the legs several times. Hassan was punched in the face and kicked in the stomach, then grabbed by the neck and brought to a military jeep 30 metres away. His hands were tied tightly behind his back with a single plastic cord causing him pain. He was blindfolded and then transferred to Ari’el police station.

At Ari’el police station he was brought to interrogation room where he complained that hands hurt. They were swollen and looked blue. The interrogator cut off the plastic tie and unbound his hands. The interrogator “said he would ask me a question and would lock me away if I was not honest about it,” says Hassan. “‘Did you throw stones at soldiers?’ he asked and I said no. ‘I'll send you home if you confess. But if you don't, I'll lock you away for six months and forbid you to enter Israel,’ he said.” Hassan provided a confession and was ordered to sign a statement in Hebrew.

He transferred to Huwara interrogation and detention centre; strip searched and asked general questions about his health. He was then detained overnight and transferred to Megiddo prison inside Israel. He first appeared before a military judge on 27 February 2013. On 28 February 2013, 3000 NIS bail was granted and he was released to his older brother later that day. Charges can be filed against him at any time within six months from his arrest.

Baha’ I. (15)
Detained: 25 February 2013
Location: Burin, Nablus
Ill-treatment, statement in Hebrew, unlawful transfer

Baha, 15, told DCI-Palestine that he was arrested by Israeli soldiers as he was on his way home from school. He tried to run away with other children but was caught by three Israeli soldiers. He was slapped and kicked and hit with the stock of a rifle. His arms were twisted behind his back and his hands were tied with a single plastic cord. He was blindfolded and shoved into a military jeep that took him to a nearby military camp. He was made to sit outside on the ground until 3:00 a.m. in cold temperatures.

At around 3:00 a.m. soldiers transferred him to Ari’el police station where he was brought to an interrogation room. The interrogator shouted at him and pounded his fists on the table, and told him to confess to throwing stones. Baha did not provide a confession. After about 30 minutes, the interrogator made him sign papers written in Hebrew. “I asked him to explain what was written but he refused and shouted and made me sign the papers,” says Baha.

He was then transferred to Huwara interrogation and detention centre where he was strip searched and asked general questions about his health. At 3:00 p.m. he was transferred to Megiddo prison inside Israel and was strip searched upon arrival. He first appeared before a military judge on 27 February 2013.

Shaker M. (17)
Detained: 23 February 2013
Location: Huwara, Nablus
Use of excessive force, ill treatment, coerced confession, unlawful transfer

Shaker, 17, was detained by Israeli soldiers after clashes began between stone-throwing Palestinian youth and Israeli soldiers during a demonstration in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike. Protestors fled as a military jeep rushed toward them. Shaker attempted to run away but fell to the ground. The military jeep stopped nearby and two soldiers got out and began to beat him severely while he was still on the ground. He was hit with the stocks of their rifles and punched and kicked all over his body, including his head. He tried to put his hands up to protect himself, but suffered a broken right thumb. He was punched in the face and suffered a broken nose, swelling and a lump around his left eye as well as bruising all over his body.

Shaker fainted and later woke up on the ground and his hands were tied behind his back with a single plastic cord. He fainted again and woke up on the metal floor of a military jeep and was verbally and physically assaulted. Soldiers discarded his blood-soaked clothes before arriving at Huwara interrogation and detention centre.

After several hours delay, Shaker was taken to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem where he received medical treatment. His hands remained tied for the majority of the exam and treatment, against the doctor's recommendation.

He was transferred back to Huwara centre where he suffered additional physical assault and was denied painkillers that were prescribed to him. At one point he was forced to sit on the ground outside and was suddenly attacked by two dogs controlled by Israeli soldiers. “I tried to push them away but they bit my arms,” said Shaker. “I tried to push them away several times, but they did not go away. The soldiers were laughing loudly.”

During interrogation, the interrogator threatened to beat him worse if he did not confess. Shaker confessed and signed papers in Hebrew without knowing their contents. He was detained overnight with adults before being transferred the next morning to Megiddo prison inside Israel. He first appeared before a military judge on 27 February 2013.

Mustafa Wahdan (9)
Detained: 17 February 2013
Location: Beituniya, Ramallah
Human shield

Israeli soldiers forced Mustafa, 9, at gunpoint to walk among them while they confronted Palestinian demonstrators near Ofer prison outside Ramallah.

Around midday, Mustafa told DCI-Palestine that he was on his way home from his older brother’s car wash service, approximately 300 meters (1000 feet) from Ofer checkpoint, when clashes intensified, forcing him to take shelter in a nearby store. Israeli soldiers saw him enter the shop and rushed after him. They detained Mustafa, ordering him to raise his hands behind his head, and allegedly used him as a human shield for several hours while they fired teargas canisters and rubber bullets at stone-throwing protesters.

“Whenever they wanted to fire teargas or shoot bullets at the protesters, they would take me with them,” said Mustafa. “I was really scared that a stone might hit me.”

Mustafa said that one of the soldiers kept his rifle pointed at his back throughout the experience. He was finally let go when his father arrived at the scene and pleaded with the soldiers for his son’s release.

Islam S. (9)
Injured: 13 February 2013
Location: Zatara checkpoint south of Nablus

Islam, 9, and her mother were attacked by several female settlers near Zatara checkpoint while they waited for a car to take them to a nearby village. Just after 3:00 p.m., Islam and her mother were standing on the sidewalk at Salfit junction. Suddenly, about six female settlers rushed towards them. Islam and her mother tried to flee but the settlers chased them, pushing and knocking Islam’s mother to the ground. As the settlers kicked her mother, Islam screamed and tried to push them away. Two more settlers soon arrived and shoved Islam against a fence. Then one of them grabbed her by the neck and choked her while the other slapped her in the face. She was then shoved to the ground. “I was shaking because I was very scared and worried about my mother,” said Islam. “I burst into tears.” The settlers ran off as a Palestinian man approached to help. Israeli soldiers in military jeeps arrived shortly after and ushered the settlers back to Tappuah settlement.

Ahmad M. (14)
Detained: 12 February 2013
Location: ‘Azzun, Qalqiliya
Ill treatment, unlawful transfer

Ahmad, 14, told DCI-Palestine that Israeli soldiers arrested him at 2:30 a.m. from his family home in 'Azzun, Qalqiliya.

Ahmad woke to shouting in Hebrew and found Israeli soldiers in his living room. The soldiers searched the home and then arrested Ahmad. He was blindfolded and his hands were tied behind his back with a single plastic cord. He was taken to a military jeep where he was forced to sit on floor and he was kicked multiple times during transfer.

He arrived at Ari’el police station around 8:00 a.m. where he was interrogated. His hands remained tied and he was threatened and slapped across the faces several times. Ahmad signed a statement in Arabic, but was not allowed to read it. At about 5:00 p.m. he was transferred to Huwarra interrogation and detention centre where he was strip searched and detained until he was transferred to Megiddo prison inside Israel around 1:00 a.m. He first appeared before a military court judge on 13 February at Salem Military Court. His next military court appearance is scheduled for 21 March 2013.

Mahmoud O. (12)
Detained: 12 February 2013
Location: ‘Azzun, Qalqiliya
Ill treatment

Mahmoud, 12, told DCI-Palestine that Israeli soldiers arrested him at about 2:15 a.m. from his home in the West Bank town of ‘Azzun, Qalqiliya, which is located near the Israeli settlement Ma’ale Shomeron.

Mahmoud awoke because an Israeli soldier had picked him up and was carrying him. The soldiers blindfolded Mahmoud and tied his hands behind his back with a single plastic cord. He was slapped across face and then dragged about 15 metres to a military jeep where he was forced to sit on the metal floor. Once inside he was kicked and slapped and subjected to verbal abuse.

Upon arriving at Ari’el police station at about 9:00 a.m., Mahmoud was accused of throwing stones, asked to write his name on papers in Hebrew, and slapped during interrogation. After denying that he had thrown stones, he was taken out of the interrogation room. He was brought back to the room shortly after and the interrogator produced a statement from another child that was also arrested the same night. The statement said that Mahmoud had thrown stones, but Mahmoud continued to deny the accusations.

Mahmoud was fingerprinted and his photo was taken before being taken that afternoon to Za’tara checkpoint, south of Nablus. His father soon arrived at the checkpoint and Mahmoud was released to him. Mahmoud described feeling scared and traumatized during his arrest, transfer and period of detention. After paying 1,000 NIS, Mahmoud was released on bail and charges could be filed against him at any time within six months from his arrest.

Saleh R. (14)
Detained: 12 February 2013
Location: ‘Azzun, Qalqiliya
Ill treatment, coerced confession, unlawful transfer

Saleh, 14, told DCI-Palestine that he was arrested by Israeli soldiers at 2:00 a.m. from his home in 'Azzun, Qalqiliya, and accused of throwing stones.

Saleh was woken up by his mother who told him that Israeli soldiers were in the living room. He was forced to sit in a chair in the living room while soldiers searched the home. While he was in the chair, soldiers took photos of him with their personal mobile phones. The soldiers then tied his hands behind his back with a single plastic cord, blindfolded him and transferred him to multiple locations, finally arriving at Ari'el police station around 8:00 a.m.

During interrogation at Ari’el police station, Saleh’s hands remained tied and he was not informed of his rights. He was accused of throwing stones and threatened and physically abused during interrogation. Saleh reported that the interrogator stated, "I'll smash your head if you don't confess." Saleh was repeatedly struck on the head until he confessed. He signed a statement in Arabic without knowing the contents of the document.

At 1:00 a.m. he arrived at Megiddo prison inside Israel where he was strip searched and detained in the juvenile section with other children from ‘Azzun. He first appeared before military court judge on 13 February in Salem Military Court. His next military court appearance is scheduled for 21 March 2013.

Majd H. (16), Hendi S. (16) 
Detained: 9 February 2013
Ill treatment, coerced confession, unlawful transfer

Majd, 16, told DCI-Palestine that Israeli soldiers arrested him during an early-morning raid at his home in the northern West Bank town of Haris, near Salfit.

The soldiers tied Majd’s hands tightly behind his back, blindfolded him, and dragged him to the main street. Majd said the soldiers transferred him and another teen he identified as Hendi, 16, multiple times, including to the police station in Ariel settlement for interrogation. Soldiers beat Majd and Hendi when they complained the plastic ties were too tight, while on their way to Huwara detention facility. Upon arriving, they were strip searched, and then ordered to clean the bathrooms and yard.

Soldiers from the Nahshon unit transferred Majd and Hendi to Megiddo prison inside Israel on February 11, where they were strip searched again, and then detained together in one of the cells of the juvenile section.

Majd told DCI-Palestine that soldiers took Hendi and him for another interrogation at Ariel police station. One of the interrogators hit Majd’s face with a stick. Another violently shook him until he was dizzy. Hurt, scared and tired, Majd confessed to throwing stones after two hours of interrogation. The interrogators told Majd to also implicate Hendi. “I did it against my will,” said Majd. “I told them we did things we did not do at all.”

Hakim E. (15)
Injured: 2 February 2013
Location: Kafr Qaddum, Qalqiliya

Hakim, 15, told DCI-Palestine that he was struck in the stomach by a teargas canister fired by an Israeli soldier during a weekly protest in Kafr Qaddum.

Around 3:00 p.m. Hakim joined around 150 protesters and marched toward the village main street, which has been closed by Israeli forces. Israeli soldiers were located at different points in and around the village. Shortly after beginning to march, Israeli soldiers first teargas canisters at the protestors. While Hakim was choking from the gas, he saw a soldier kneeling with his rifle pointed directly at him. The soldier fired a teargas canister at Hakim, striking him on the left side of his stomach and knocking him down. The teargas canister fell next to him. “It was a silver cylinder, about 10 centimetres long, with white smoke coming out of it and filling the air,” said Hakim. “I inhaled the smoke and felt so dizzy. It was difficult to breath and I had severe pain near my stomach. I even vomited.” Hakim was taken to nearby paramedics who provided first aid.

Anonymous (16)
Injured: 2 February 2013
Location: Burin, Nablus

On 2 February, a 16-year-old boy was shot in the leg by an Israeli settler during clashes near Yizhar settlement, south of Nablus. At around 10:00 a.m. the boy joined other villagers, journalists and international activists in the village square and then marched to a nearby tent village that was erected to protest the occupation. Shortly after arriving at the tent village, about 70 Israeli soldiers began to dismantle the tents and remove protesters from the area. Israeli settlers joined the soldiers and threw stones as soldiers fired teargas and rubber-coated metal bullets at the protesters.

The boy fled with others to the southern part of town shortly after the clashes began because about 20 settlers were throwing stones at a neighbour’s house and uprooting olive trees. The group confronted the settlers and stone-throwing between the groups ensued. After about 10 minutes, a settler pulled a pistol from behind his back and shot the boy in his leg. He was carried to a nearby school and then taken by ambulance to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus. The bullet exited the other side of his leg and did not strike any bones so he received stitches and was sent home two hours later.

Ahmad N. (15), Ibrahim N. (16)
Injured: 1 February 2013
Location: Israeli-Gaza border east of Beit Hanoun, North Gaza

Ibrahim, 16, and Ahmad, 15, were both shot in the leg by live ammunition fired by Israeli soldiers near the border fence. At around 3:00 p.m., Ibrahim met his friend Hasan, 17, and went to Abu Safiya hill, located east of Beit Hanoun, to hunt birds.

When they arrived about 30 minutes later, about 50 other youths were already there. Some were throwing stones at two soldiers near a metal gate in the fence. About ten military jeeps were parked on the other side of the border fence about 50 metres away. Ibrahim, Hasan and Ahmad were far away from the border fence when soldiers began firing teargas canisters at the stone-throwing youths.

Ibrahim and the others felt exposed so they started running towards the hill. As they were running, Ibrahim heard two gunshots fired almost simultaneously. “I felt something hit my right leg and it knocked me down,” says Ibrahim. “I heard Ahmad screaming and asking for help. He was less than half a metre behind me. I looked at him and saw a hole in his right shin. I saw white bone and his shin was bleeding profusely.” They both called for help but nobody wanted to expose themselves to gunfire in order to reach them.

After about 15 minutes, the Israeli soldiers drove away from the border fence. Some of the youths rushed to Ahmad and brought him to where Ibrahim was waiting for an ambulance. “He was unconscious, with his clothes and legs covered in blood,” says Ibrahim. “The bleeding had almost stopped. He was bleeding for 15 minutes and I thought that he had run out of blood.” They were taken to Shifa Hospital and received immediate medical treatment. Ahmad was in critical condition because he lost a lot of blood and was later transferred to Israel for medical treatment.

Mo'tasem H. (17) 
Detained: 29 January 2013
Ill treatment, coerced confession, unlawful transfer

Mo’tasem, 17, was arrested by Israeli soldiers from his home around 2:30 a.m. He was accused of throwing stones. He awoke to the sound of Israeli soldiers near his home, and shortly after, soldiers stormed his house. Mo'tasem was detained in the living room, away from his family, blindfolded and his hands were tied behind his back with a single plastic cord. He was transported to Huwarra interrogation and detention centre where he was physically assaulted. He was detained with adults in a small cell until the following day, and was not provided with food or water.

The next afternoon he was transferred to Salem interrogation and detention centre where he was interrogated by an Arabic-speaking Israeli. His hands and feet remained tied and he was not informed of his rights. The interrogator told Mo’tasem that his friends, who had been arrested earlier, had said in their statements that Mo’tasem had thrown stones. The interrogator then read their statements to Mo’tasem, and he provided a confession. "I had no choice but to confess," said Mo'tasem. He was given a statement in Arabic to sign, but he did not have an opportunity to read the document and it was not explained to him. Later that day, he was transferred to Megiddo prison inside Israel, where he was strip searched on arrival.

Anas T. (13), Huthaifa T. (10), Othman T. (14)
Detained: 27 January 2013
Location: 'Izat At Tabib, Qalqiliya

Anas, 13, and Huthaifa, 10, were in front of their home fixing a bicycle when they were grabbed and detained by Israeli soldiers at around 7:00 p.m. Anas was surprised to see six armed Israeli soldiers approaching his house. Without saying a word, a soldier grabbed Anas on the shoulder and dragged him away. Another soldier grabbed Huthaifa and did the same. The soldiers insulted their mother and sisters, and hit both Anas and Huthaifa in the face. The soldiers, while dragging them, head butted the boys with their metal helmets. The boys were forced to stand near about seven military jeeps. They were separated when they tried to talk to each other.

After about an hour, soldiers dragged another child toward where the military jeeps were parked. “It was my cousin, Othman,” says Anas. “They made him stand next to me. His mouth was bleeding. He was terrified. I asked him about the blood and he said soldiers beat him.”

Anas’ parents arrived shortly after. They tried to approach him and his brother but the soldiers kept them away. One of the soldiers approached him and asked if he had thrown stones, but Anas said that he had not. After the soldier claimed that he had a photo of Anas throwing stones, Anas demanded that he show him the photo. According to Anas, the soldier then said, "Listen, I want to help you but you need to say you threw stones or I'll come to your house in the middle of the night and take you away."

Anas and Huthaifa were released soon after. However, Othman had his hands tied, was blindfolded, and driven around in a military jeep before being dropped off at the Qalqiliya district coordination office.

Mohammad S. (16)
Injured: 25 January 2013

Mohammad, 16, was injured when a bullet fired by an Israeli soldier grazed his left cheek, as he stood with a group of Palestinian men and children near the Israeli border at Jabalia, north of Gaza City

While visiting his grandmother’s grave at Ash-Shuja’iyeh cemetery, 500 meters (547 yards) east of the Israeli border, with his three cousins, Mohammad heard gunshots and they all decided to investigate the source. They saw roughly 40 youths shouting at Israeli soldiers on the other side of the border.

Two of the soldiers were lying on the ground with their rifles pointed at the young Palestinians. Mohammad and his cousins joined the group about 30 meters (98 feet) from the border. “I heard a gunshot and something buzzed by my left ear,” Mohammad told DCI-Palestine. “Then sporadic shooting erupted. I felt my left cheek with my hand and found that I was bleeding.”

Two men on a motorcycle rushed Mohammad back to an ambulance, which transferred him to Kamal Odwan Hospital in Beit Lahia, north of Jabalia. “Doctors told me I was injured when the bullet grazed my face,” said Mohammad, “and that I would probably be dead if it hit me directly in the face.”

Abdullah E. (12)
Detained: 25 January 2013
Location: Kafr Qaddum, Qalqiliya

Abdullah, 12, told DCI-Palestine that he was beat and kicked while he was detained briefly in his village by Israeli soldiers. At about 12:00 p.m., Israeli soldiers stormed Abdullah’s home looking for his 21-year-old brother. After they had arrested his brother, Abdullah was grabbed by the shoulder and dragged away from his family by another Israeli soldier.

While still in his home, he was hit with a rifle and fell to the floor. With his mother and siblings screaming, he was kicked in the back, stomach and legs. The soldiers shouted at his family, ordering them to be quiet. “I was crying and screaming because I was so scared of him and I was hurting,” said Abdullah.

Soldiers dragged Abdullah across the floor and out of the house. He was forced to walk about 200 metres toward the main road. He was surrounded by soldiers who slapped and kicked him from behind as they walked. When they reached military jeeps parked on the street, he was knocked down and told to face the ground. His father arrived shortly after and Abdullah was released.

Sameer Ahmad Mohammad Awad
Killed: 15 January 2013

An Israeli soldier shot and killed Sameer, 16, at the separation barrier in the West Bank town of Budrus, near Ramallah.

After completing an exam on the last day of finals, Sameer joined several classmates at the separation barrier, his 18-year-old best friend, who joined them there, told DCI-Palestine. Sameer was shaking the fence, said friend, when we heard gunshots and began to run after spotting Israeli soldiers approaching us. Then Sameer began limping. “I asked him what's wrong and he said his left leg was hurting,” said the friend. “I grabbed his leg and found it bleeding. I realized that he had been shot.”

The soldiers continued to give chase and threw a sound grenade at them, which exploded near Sameer, disorienting him. “Then, within seconds, a short soldier shot at him several times,” said the friend. “I saw him while I was hiding behind a rock.”

The other soldiers caught up and surrounded Sameer and one of them began attempting to resuscitate him. The soldier who killed Sameer was relieved of his weapon, and driven away in a military jeep. Budrus residents took Sameer to a nearby hospital, where he died shortly after from the bullet wounds he sustained to his head, chest and leg.

“I knew he was already dead and I will not see him again,” said his friend. “They could have caught him easily. I mean his leg was injured and he could not walk … I just do not know why they shot him.”

Salah S. (15)
Detained:
14 January 2013
Ill treatment, coerced confession, unlawful transfer

While looking for sage in a small forest near his village, Salah, 15, encountered four Israeli soldiers. He was physically and verbally abused; his hands were tied behind his back with a single plastic cord, blindfolded and arrested without any explanation. He was brought to a military jeep and forced to sit on metal floor. During transfer to Ari'el police station he was insulted and physically and verbally abused.

Upon arrival at Ari'el police station around 7:00 p.m., he was interrogated without the presence of a lawyer and was not informed of his rights. Salah's hands remained tied during interrogation and he was physically assaulted in the interrogation room. He confessed to throwing stones and signed a statement in Arabic, but was not allowed to read it and the document was not explained to him. He was then blindfolded and transferred to Huwarra interrogation and detention centre where a doctor asked him general questions about his health, he was strip searched and detained until the following day. At 12:00 p.m. the next day, he was transferred to Megiddo prison inside Israel.

Salah appeared before a military judge for the first time on 17 January 2013, nearly three days after his arrest. His detention was extended until the end of legal proceedings. His next military court appearance is scheduled for 11 March 2013.

Imran H. (17), Raed O. (16) 
Injured: 1 January 2013

Imran, 17, was hit in the forehead by a teargas canister and Raed, 16, was struck in the leg by a rubber bullet during clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli soldiers and settlers in the West Bank village of Qusra, near Nablus.

Around a dozen settlers in plainclothes from the nearby Esh Kodesh and Magdolim settlements attacked the southern end of the village and began uprooting olive trees, while Israeli soldiers stood by, according to Imran and Raed. They threw stones at the young Palestinians congregating nearby, sparking a confrontation that lasted about two hours. “Israeli soldiers started firing live ammunition and rubber bullets at us,” said Raed, “as well as teargas canisters and sound grenades.”

Imran told DCI-Palestine that he passed out when he was hit in the forehead and hand by a teargas canister. He regained consciousness at a doctor’s private residence while being treated. He was then transferred to Rafidia Hospital, where he received multiple stitches before being discharged later that day.

Raed estimates he was standing 70 meters (230 feet) away from the soldiers when he spotted three of them squatting and pointing their rifles at him and the other Palestinian men. He told DCI-Palestine that he heard gunshots and then saw his leg bleeding profusely. Paramedics on the scene administered first aid before sending him to Rafidia Hospital for treatment.