Israeli forces burn Palestinian child detainee with cigarette, threaten to shoot another


Defense for Children InternationalPalestine, April 17, 2022

Ramallah, April 17, 2022

Ramallah, April 17, 2022—Israeli forces subjected two Palestinian boys to excessive force amounting to torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment during separate interrogations in February.

Israeli forces threatened to shoot or hang 13-year-old Fadi O. during an interrogation on February 8 at Huwwara military base in order to extract information. In a separate incident, an Israeli interrogator extinguished his cigarette on 15-year-old Hassan M.’s* arm, burning him, on February 22 at Megiddo prison inside Israel.

Physical violence and ill-treatment of Palestinian child detainees is widespread, systematic, and institutionalized in the Israeli military detention system, according to evidence collected by DCIP.

Palestinian children detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military detention system are subjected to physical violence, hand and leg ties, blindfolding, stress positions, strip searches, and other forms of ill-treatment, according to documentation collected by Defense for Children International – Palestine. Israeli forces regularly detain Palestinian children from their homes in the middle of the night, do not properly inform children of their rights, interrogate children without the presence of a family member, and force children to sign documents in Hebrew, a language most Palestinian children don’t understand, according to documentation collected by DCIP…

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