Start A Petition


World  (tags: Palestine, Israel, Middle East, occupations, activists, resistance, petitions )

- 239 days ago -
On 19 December, Ahed was arrested during a night raid of her home by Israeli soldiers. Since then, she has endured aggressive interrogation, sometimes at night, and threats made against her family.


We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.


Animae C (506)
Monday January 22, 2018, 2:19 pm
Thank you for speaking up for Ahed Tamimi.
6,062 EMAILS


Past Member (0)
Monday January 22, 2018, 4:04 pm
signed earlier the day - Thanks, Freya

fly bird (26)
Monday January 22, 2018, 7:03 pm
noted, signed, thank you, Freya

fly bird (26)
Monday January 22, 2018, 7:06 pm
Israel Arrests Ahed Tamimi's Teen Cousin, Ramps up Bullying of Activist Family.

Colleen L (3)
Monday January 22, 2018, 7:24 pm
Petition signed. Thanks Freya

Marco Baracca (41)
Tuesday January 23, 2018, 6:14 am

fly bird (26)
Tuesday January 23, 2018, 7:36 am
International Day of Action to #FreeAhed
JAN 30, 2018

Public · Hosted by Free the Tamimi Women and 4 others

fly bird (26)
Tuesday January 23, 2018, 7:37 am
PLEASE SIGN: Write to Boris Johnson about Child Prisoners.
(Works for zipcodes outside the U.K.)

fly bird (26)
Tuesday January 23, 2018, 7:39 am
Ahed Tamimi ordered imprisoned through military trial; next hearing on her 17th birthday.

Ahed Tamimi, the 16-year-old Palestinian teen and youth activist from the village of Nabi Saleh, was ordered imprisoned through the end of her military trial by an Israeli military court on Wednesday, 17 January. Her next hearing was set for 31 January – also her 17th birthday, to be spent behind bars in HaSharon prison.

The detention of Ahed’s mother, Nariman, was also extended until 6 February, the day of her next military court hearing. Despite the fact that both are held in HaSharon prison, Bassem Tamimi – Ahed’s father and Nariman’s husband – reported on Facebook that the mother and daughter have been refused permission to speak with one another in an ongoing attack on their fundamental rights. “There is no justice under occupation and we will continue resisting it,” he said.

In addition, Nariman Tamimi filed a complaint in the military court about the ongoing abusive and physically damaging experience of the “bosta,” an issue that has been raised for years by Palestinian women prisoners and was even part of the demands of the collective Karameh hunger strike. The “bosta” is a metal box van that is tightly sealed and is extremely cold in winter and hot in summer. Nariman and Ahed are always transported separately and they are placed with Israeli criminal prisoners who frequently subject them and other Palestinian political prisoners to racist abuse and threats. The “bosta” transfer process also includes lengthy waits on multiple stops and strip-searches. Nariman Tamimi has reported breathing problems due to asthma and stomach problems, both seriously exacerbated by the “bosta” process.

31 January, the day of Ahed’s next military court hearing, will also mark her 17th birthday. On that day, Ahed and her mother will be forcibly separated while both behind bars. There are currently approximately 360 Palestinian children in Israeli jails, and each year approximately 700 are brought before Israeli military courts. These children are kept from their families, deprived of their educational rights and subject to clear and systematic violations of the Rights of the Child.

Ahed, Nariman and the Tamimi family have been targeted by the Israeli occupation for their role in the indigenous anti-colonial land defense resistance in the village of Nabi Saleh, their village of 600 Palestinians that has been the site of long-term organizing and struggle against the confiscation of their land and spring by the illegal Zionist settlement of Halamish. The arrest of Ahed and her mother is an attempt to suppress Palestinian organizing and resistance.

Samidoun is joining with many others around the world to urge protests and actions between 26 and 30 January to greet Ahed on her birthday and demand her freedom and that of her fellow Palestinian prisoners.

The resistance of the Palestinian people has never been quelled by arrests or repression, and it must be clear that we, around the world, stand alongside the Palestinian people as they defend their entire land and people. This includes standing with Ahed Tamimi and all detained and jailed Palestinian prisoners in their struggle for liberation for themselves, their people, and their occupied homeland.

•Demand your government officials intercede for the release of Ahed, 350 imprisoned Palestinian children and over 6,000 Palestinian political prisoners. On January 26, 29 and 30, call your country’s officials and urge them to act:Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop: +61 2 6277 7500
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland: +1-613-992-5234
European Union Commissioner Federica Mogherini: +32 (0) 2 29 53516
New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully: +64 4 439 8000
United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson: +44 20 7008 1500
United States President Donald Trump: +1-202-456-1111In the United States, call your member of the House of Representatives to support H.R. 4391, the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act. Tell them specifically about Ahed’s arrest, and urge them to act for her release. Tell them to pressure Israel to free Ahed and other detained Palestinian kids. Call the House switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your Representative’s office.
•Write to Ahed. While Zionist jailers frequently censor Palestinian prisoners’ mail, it can help bolster morale and even send a message to the jailers and censors themselves. Write to Ahed Tamimi, HaSharon Prison, Ben Yehuda P.O. Box 7, 40 330 Israel. If you gather with other supporters to send Ahed letters and birthday cards, you can also take the opportunity to write your government officials, demanding they intercede for her release.
•On January 30 or as close as possible, organize or join a protest for Ahed. Demonstrate outside your local Israeli embassy, consulate or mission, at a public square or government building, or against a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign target. You can drop a banner or put up a table to support Ahed and other Palestinian political prisoners. You can also bring signs and flyers about Ahed to local events about Palestine and social justice. Please tell us your plans so we can help promote them, then send us pictures and reports of your actions, by messaging them to us on Facebook or sending us an e-mail

fly bird (26)
Tuesday January 23, 2018, 7:41 am
July 2017

Approximately 700 Palestinian children under the age of 18 from the occupied West Bank are prosecuted every year through Israeli military courts after being arrested, interrogated and detained by the Israeli army. The most common charge levied against children is throwing stones, a crime that is punishable under military law by up to 20 years in prison. Since 2000, more than 12,000 Palestinian children have been detained.

In practice before the military court system, there are no special interrogation procedures for children detained by the Israeli military, nor are there provisions for an attorney or even a family member to be present when a child is questioned. The majority of children report being subjected to ill-treatment and having forced confessions extracted from them during interrogations. Forms of ill-treatment used by the Israeli soldiers during a child’s arrest and interrogation usually include slapping, beating, kicking and violent pushing. Palestinian children are also routinely verbally abused. Despite recommendations by the UN Committee against Torture in May 2009 that the interrogations should be video recorded, no provisions to this effect have yet been enacted.

Many Palestinian children even serve time in the same Israeli prisons and detention facilities as adults. Military Order 1644, issued on 29 July 2009, established a separate military court for Palestinian children and ended 42 years of trying children as young as 12 years of age in the same courts as adults. However, the order fails to correct many of the fair trial deficiencies in the military courts relating to children (including insufficient provisions regarding qualifications for the judges, no added protections during interrogations, and discretionary language granting the prosecutor broad authority to suspend protections for children), which indicate that Military Order 1644 will do little to improve the protection of Palestinian children before the Israeli military legal system.

While the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child defines a “child” as “every human being below the age of eighteen years,” according to Israeli military order 132, Palestinian children age 16 and older were previously tried and sentenced by Israeli military courts as adults. By comparison, juvenile legislation defines Israeli children as age 18 or younger. What’s more, a Palestinian child’s sentence is decided on the basis of the child’s age at the time of sentencing, and not at the time when the alleged offense was committed. Thus, a child who is accused of committing an offense when he or she is 15 will, therefore, be punished as an adult if he or she has a birthday while awaiting sentencing.

On 27 September 2011, the OC Central Command signed an amendment to raise the age of Palestinian minors in the military court system from 16 to 18 years. Another stipulation of the amendment is a requirement to immediately notify the child's parents upon his or her arrest and interrogation. However, the amendment gives interrogators many openings to avoid the requirement. Furthermore, the amendment requires interrogators to inform minors of their right to attorney, but states that they will only notify an attorney "whose particulars were provided by the minor," which is highly unlikely to occur. An additional provision refers to the length of time that has passed since an offense was committed. Previously, if the offense was committed two or more years earlier, the child could not be prosecuted; the new amendment reduces this period to one year. However, the reduced period is negated in instances of "security offenses," which include some of the most common charges against Palestinian youths, such as stone-throwing and participating in demonstrations. Lastly, despite the minority age being raised to 18, the amendment states that minors over the age of 16 may still be held in detention with adults, which is contradictory to the requirements of international law.

As of July 2017, there were approximately 300 Palestinian children detained in two Israeli prisons and detention centers, including Ofer and Megiddo.

Data and Statistics Pertaining to Detainment of Children

The year 2015 witnessed an increase in the number of Palestinian children (as defined as individuals under 18), who were arrested during the October a popular uprising started in the occupied Palestinian territory in response to the Israeli occupation’s widespread human rights violations and escalation at Al-Aqsa Mosque as well as the ever-growing settlement activity and complete impunity to crimes by settlers, the latest of which was the arson and murder of the Dawabsheh family in Duma, Nablus. In response to the recent events, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) intensified human rights violations against Palestinians including mass arrests, leading to an increase in the number of children held in Israeli detention. With the surge in arrests, the number of Palestinian children in Israeli detention nearly doubled to 307 at the end of October 2015 compared with 155 at the end of August 2015. Official Palestinian statistics indicate the arrest of over 929 children in 2015, a sharp increase compared with the number of children arrested in previous years. The occupation forces continued in their policy of arrest of Palestinian children, denying protection due to them by more than 27 international conventions. In this context, since the Aqsa Intifada of 2000, the occupation forces arrested more than 12,000 Palestinian children.

The occupation forces have arrested Palestinian children systematically, and within arrest campaigns for collective punishment. These children are subjected to different forms of psychological and physical torture, and are not afforded protection. The occupation forces exploit the arrest of children for purposes of recruiting them to work as informants, extort their families financially, and force their families to pay large financial fines to secure their release. The arrest of children has a destructive impact on the level of children’s mental health, often leading to children’s drop-out from schools.

Number of Imprisoned Children Between Jan 2010 - July 2017

Children detained in the West Bank are treated in accordance with the military orders issued by the military commander of the area. In the forefront is military order 1651, which includes “security provisions” used by the occupation forces in the treatment of Palestinian security prisoners. Article 212 (2) of order 1651 identified the penalty of stone throwing on persons or property (the charge levied against the vast majority of detained Palestinian children) at imprisonment for 10 years, while article 212 (3) identified the penalty of imprisonment for 20 years if the stone thrower targeted a moving vehicle, and with the intent of causing harm to subjects inside the vehicle.

Military Laws and Orders and Legal Changes Pertaining to Arrest of Children in the West Bank

Some military orders, or articles therein, are specialized for the military courts of the occupation state; for example, military order 1711 of the year 2013, allows for the detainment of a child, whose age falls between 12-13 for a period of 24 hours before referral to the court, while the period reaches 48 hours for children between 14-15; this could be extended to up for 96 hours by the police of the occupation for purposes of interrogation in the cases of that have emergency reasons. As for children between 16-18, their detainment period may reach 96 hours without referring them to court, which is exactly the same treatment adult detainees receive. The period of preventative detention of children before submitting an indictment may be extended to 15 days in necessary cases with the purpose of interrogation, as per military order 1726 of the year 2013; the military court may extend the detention for a period of 10 days each time, for a maximum total of 40 times; thereafter, the only body authorized with giving extensions is the military court of appeal.

Additionally, military order 1727 of the year 2013 specifies procedures followed in juvenile military courts. Among these procedures is the appointment of a lawyer by the court and the presence of the child’s parents in the court sessions. The order also included the creation of detention centers and special military courts for juveniles. Additionally, military order 1727 specified the age of children to be any person less than 18. Military order 1745, issued in the year 2014, specified that interrogation sessions of children should be audio-visually recorded, and should be undertaken in a language understood by children. However, military order 1745 excluded children arrested within security pretexts, allowing the occupation forces to deny all of the aforementioned rights under security cases.

Detainment of Jerusalemite Children

Regarding Palestinian children arrested in Jerusalem, the Israeli Juvenile Law of 1971 applies to them. The Israeli courts introduced a substantive change in its policies in dealing with detained Jerusalemite children, following protests and clashes that erupted in occupied Jerusalem after the kidnapping and burning of child Mohammad Abu Khdeir.

During the first half of 2014, the court would release children who were detained under allegations of stone throwing or participation in clashes, without waiting for the report of the Discipline Officer based on article 10 (A) of the Israeli Juvenile Law of 1971, which applies to Jerusalemite children. This law requires the court to take all necessary measures and procedures to refrain from arresting children or perpetuating their arrest.

This was not the only change; in the past, the rulings of underage detainees accused of stone throwing without causing injuries ranged between acquittal or conviction with a suspended sentence and a fine. After 12 June the court started to convict children and incarcerate them for a period of 2 months to 3 months and a half.

In an interview for the purposes of this report, the attorney of Addameer Mr. Mohammad Mahmoud explained the difference between judicial rulings against Jerusalemite children as follows:

“Since 2010 and until the end of 2013, the Israeli court used to release underage stone throwers without waiting for the report of the Discipline Officer; the ruling used to be issued without condemnation of legal address as per the Juvenile Law of 1971, and particularly article (10/A), with a bail ranging between 1,000-4,000 Israeli Shakels. Around the end of 2013 the Israeli prosecution submitted an appeal to the central court in Jerusalem with the purpose of tightening the penalty on stone throwers. The court accepted the appeal and was able through it to issue an order that tightens the judicial punishment of stone throwers. This was the beginning of the change in convicting children, in addition to receiving a suspended sentence, and a bail. With the beginning of 2014, this situation persisted, except for some exceptional cases, including the inability of the parents of paying the bail, or the refusal of the child of house arrest and preferring doing actual jail time. Only in these two cases children were incarcerated.”

The attorney explains:

“In the midst of the vast arrest campaign undertaken by the occupation forces following the killing of Mohammad Abu Khdeir, Israeli courts started to change its judicial policy in refusing to grant requests of release of children before the issuing of the report of the Discipline Officer, which requires 20-25 days, and without releasing them after the issuing of the report. This made parents prefer not to wait for the issuing of the report and request lawyers to make deals with the prosecution, such that the child spends 2-3 months in jail, and avoid the procedures that entail hearing the testimonies of witnesses, which require 4-5 months. This has practically led to the incarceration of numerous children under allegations of committing security offenses without verifying their occurrence of the perpetrator. Nowadays, courts do not accept to release children to their houses in the period preceding conviction; instead, the ruling is house arrest away from his place of living, where is not allowed to go to school; this is coupled with the paying of a bail.

2012: Israeli courts in Jerusalem ruled mainly the penalty of house arrest of children without a report from the Discipline Officer.

2013: The military courts began to rule for house arrests for Jerusalemite children away from their home following the issuing of the report of the Discipline Officer. The issuing of the report requires 20-25 days.

2014: Israeli courts, following the events that took place in the summer, tightened penalties against children (14-18) who were indicted, and did not release any of them, neither before nor after the issuing of the report of the Discipline Officer.

2016: The Israeli Knesset passed a law allowing the imprisonment of minors under the age of 14 if convicted of murder. The law, which will be temporarily in affect for three years, allows the court to detain minors under the age of 14 in a closed facility and transfer them into prison upon reaching 14 years old to serve the remaining of their sentences.

Indicators and Characteristics of Arrested Children:

From scientific and developmental perspectives, experts in child trauma psychology believe that the arrest, interrogation, and humiliation experience is highly dangerous and traumatizing to a child. The trauma can alter the child’s behavior in what can be characterized with agitation, over reaction, rebellion, or indifference to surroundings. Traumatic experiences in the early stages of a child’s life (particularly during childhood and adolescence) increase the risk of psychological and behavioral disorders during adulthood.

Statistics on child arrests and interrogation showcase that Israeli forces target children in formative years as arrests mainly target adolescents. Psychologists in the Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture point out that a child’s balanced character forms during adolescence. However, the experience of arrest results in the child losing his trust and protection sources, as well being pulled away from his family. Thus the experience disrupts the character formation process and alienates the child from his family and society.

The age group of the targeted children shows that the child’s educational process is interrupted at a critical stage with the majority of them having finished primary school and on their way to the final stages of secondary school. Arrest, interrogation, or house arrest – even for several months- can damage beyond repair years’ worth of studies. The Rehabilitation Center for the Victims of Torture observed that the majority of these children drop out before they finish their secondary education. Children are among the weak and marginalized groups, and are considered the most vulnerable to torture and degrading treatment. Trauma among children leaves short and long term effects for a number of factors, including:

First - Unexpectedness: Torture is one cause of trauma, and perhaps the most complicated. Psychological trauma results from an unexpected, sudden extreme event outside the realm of the normal human experience, resulting in certain reactions and symptoms. Trauma symptoms can be temporary, or can escalate into chronic physical symptoms.

Second – Personal Factors: These factors relate to gender, age, and level of education. A child lacks enough experience and expertise to cope with traumatic events, thus the children are most vulnerable to leading questions and the various interrogation methods. The children are also more prone to manipulation and deceit than adults. Neuropsychology research indicates differences among children, adolescents, and adults in levels of maturity and cognitive abilities, particularly with regards to decision-making since the process of making decisions is highly susceptible to various psychological, analytical, and cognitive factors.

Third – Tendency to believe figures of authority: In ordinary circumstances, children and adolescents operate primarily within the authority of dominating figures (usually the father, teacher, or police officer). Given the patriarchal nature of society, children and adolescents are inclined to follow the father, family, or clan. As a result of the extraordinary circumstance of interrogation, the targeted group lacks the free will to defy instructions and demands, or resist coercion.

Threats of Sexual Violence

Increasingly, Israeli soldiers and ISA officers use sexual threats including threats of rape as a way of inflicting fear upon children and coercing them into giving confessions. In 2009, Addameer has documented at least five cases of children who report having been sexually assaulted or threatened with sexual assault during the operation of arrest, transfers to detention centers and during interrogation. Sexual assaults by Israeli interrogators against children take numerous forms, including the form of grabbing a child’s testicles and threats of rape or sodomy with an object. From the Testimony of Child Othman Sulaiman (15 years old,) The occupation forces arrested Othman on 25 December 2014. He was subjected to interrogation in the Russian Compound Interrogation Center for 28 days. Sessions of interrogation spanned over 8 hours daily, during which the child was beaten and was threatened with rape. The child told the field researcher of Addameer:

More than one interrogator threatened to rape me, saying “if you don’t want to talk from your mouth we’ll make you talk from elsewhere.” I felt very scared and confessed to something that I didn’t do and that never happened.

House Arrests of Jerusalemite Children

The Magistrate Court ruled in the case of child Mahmoud Ramadan Obeid (17 years old) 6 months of house arrest for the charge of stone-throwing. He is a resident of Assawyie and a student in 11th grade in the Abdullah Ibn Al-Hussein in Skeikh Jarrah. The child told field researcher of Addameer:

I still suffer from the impact of house arrests and going to the center. Despite the fact that my father paid a 5000 shekel bail, the case is not over. My house arrest is now affecting the small details of my life, where my academic achievement has declined, and I feel lonely because I can’t play with my friends in the neighborhood. I started to feel that the Israeli forces are watching me every moment, which psychologically bothers me. I don’t know until when I’ll stay like this.


Very limited provisions are made for the education of Palestinian child detainees. The Israeli Prison Service provides education only in Megiddo and Rimonim prisons but imposes restrictions on what subjects can be taught, allowing children to study only mathematics and humanities, and banning other subjects for “security reasons”. Girls under the age of 18 are usually detained with adult female prisoners and receive no formal education. While Israeli boys who are detained in Rimonim receive approximately 20 hours of taught classes per week and study in a special classroom, Palestinian boys detained in Megiddo prison are forced to study in the prison’s courtyard without any protection from weather conditions. Importantly, the Israeli Prison Service refuses to establish any coordination mechanism with the Palestinian Authority and as a consequence, Palestinian child detainees are taught according to the Israeli-Arab curriculum, instead of the official curriculum adopted by the Palestinian Ministry of Education. This has obvious negative consequences on a child detainee’s performance in school after he or she is released from prison.


In the areas of the West Bank and East Jerusalem that are most affected by Israel’s colonial occupation policies, particularly including the Annexation Wall, settler violence and house demolitions, youths and children as young as twelve are often the first ones to be arrested in mass arrest campaigns, either during demonstrations, immediately after them or during night raids. Evidence suggests that the purpose of their arrest and detention is threefold. First, targeting the youngest and most vulnerable is intended to exert pressure on their family and the entire community to put an end to all social mobilization. Second, Israeli soldiers and police often arrest children for recruitment purposes. Addameer has collected testimonies suggesting that children from East Jerusalem and Wall and settlement-affected communities are routinely asked to become informants and provide information on both prominent figures involved in advocacy efforts and other children participating in demonstrations. Lastly, arrest is also used as a strategy to deter children from participating in demonstrations and from throwing stones at the Wall or other targets. However, while stone-throwing is the most common charge used against them, children in high-conflict areas are regularly arrested indiscriminately and remanded in detention with little or no evidence, with the military court often relying only on soldiers’ testimonies to convict.

(1) See DCI-Palestine, Palestinian child prisoners: The systematic and institutionalized ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children by Israeli authorities, June 2009, p. 8 (available at:

Nita L (123)
Tuesday January 23, 2018, 7:50 am
Signed and shared.
Thank you Freya

Ingrid A (524)
Tuesday January 23, 2018, 10:10 am

W. C (7)
Tuesday January 23, 2018, 1:57 pm

Roberto MARINI (88)
Wednesday January 24, 2018, 8:51 am
thanks for sharing

Knud Thirup (52)
Wednesday January 24, 2018, 2:25 pm

S J (130)
Wednesday January 24, 2018, 4:03 pm
Thank you for speaking up for Ahed Tamimi.
meowww Freya

fly bird (26)
Wednesday January 24, 2018, 4:26 pm
January 26 – 30: Join the days of action to free Ahed Tamimi and all Palestinian prisoners.

On January 31, Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi will mark her 17th birthday behind bars – as the next Israeli military court hearing is convened against her. Ahed is one of 360 Palestinian children in Israeli prison and nearly 6,200 total Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails. As her birthday approaches, take action on January 26-30 to stand with Ahed and demand her freedom and that of her fellow imprisoned Palestinians!

Ahed is imprisoned – along with her mother Nariman – in an attempt to suppress Palestinian organizing and resistance to occupation. The Tamimis are leaders in the indigenous anti-colonial land defense and popular resistance in the village of Nabi Saleh, a Palestinian village of 600 people that has been targeted for land theft and even the confiscation of their spring by the illegal Zionist settlement of Halamish.

Ahed and Nariman Tamimi have been imprisoned since December 19 after a video of Ahed slapping an Israeli occupation soldier – who had slapped her while occupying her land and family home while suppressing a village demonstration – went viral on social media. For nearly all of her life, Ahed has been in direct confrontation with occupation forces who have repeatedly invaded her home; arrested and imprisoned her father, brothers, cousins and other relatives; killed her cousin and her uncle; attacked the village with tear gas and other weaponry, including the rubber-coated metal bullet shot into the face of her 15-year-old cousin, Mohammed, shortly before the video was filmed.

There has been a global upsurge of outrage at the ongoing imprisonment of Ahed. Protests, letter-writing campaigns, petitions and actions in cities around the world have demanded her freedom and that of her fellow Palestinian prisoners. Her case has also highlighted the ongoing, systematic imprisonment of Palestinian children; approximately 700 are brought before military courts each year, and Palestinian kids seized by Israeli forces are frequently subject to beatings, abuse, and interrogations without parents or lawyers present in violation of the law.

The resistance of the Palestinian people has never been quelled by arrests or repression, and it must be clear that we, around the world, stand alongside the Palestinian people as they defend their entire land and people. This includes standing with Ahed Tamimi and all detained and jailed Palestinian prisoners in their struggle for liberation for themselves, their people, and their occupied homeland.

Protests are already being organized in the upcoming days in Copenhagen, Montevideo, Marseille, Paris, Nimes, Lyon, Athens, Manchester, Waterford, Berlin, Auckland and Arlington and on January 30 in New York and Washington, DC. Join the global protest with your own action!

•Demand your government officials intercede for the release of Ahed, 350 imprisoned Palestinian children and over 6,000 Palestinian political prisoners. On January 26, 29 and 30, call your country’s officials and urge them to act:
Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop: +61 2 6277 7500
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland: +1-613-992-5234
European Union Commissioner Federica Mogherini: +32 (0) 2 29 53516
New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully: +64 4 439 8000
United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson: +44 20 7008 1500
United States President Donald Trump: +1-202-456-1111

In the United States, call your member of the House of Representatives to support H.R. 4391, the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act. Tell them specifically about Ahed’s arrest, and urge them to act for her release. Tell them to pressure Israel to free Ahed and other detained Palestinian kids. Call the House switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your Representative’s office.

•Write to Ahed. While Zionist jailers frequently censor Palestinian prisoners’ mail, it can help bolster morale and even send a message to the jailers and censors themselves. Write to Ahed Tamimi, HaSharon Prison, Ben Yehuda P.O. Box 7, 40 330 Israel. If you gather with other supporters to send Ahed letters and birthday cards, you can also take the opportunity to write your government officials, demanding they intercede for her release.

•On January 30 or as close as possible, organize or join a protest for Ahed. Demonstrate outside your local Israeli embassy, consulate or mission, at a public square or government building, or against a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign target. You can drop a banner or put up a table to support Ahed and other Palestinian political prisoners. You can also bring signs and flyers about Ahed to local events about Palestine and social justice. Please tell us your plans so we can help promote them, then send us pictures and reports of your actions, by messaging them to us on Facebook or sending us an e-mail.


Flyer (Download PDF) for distribution:

By the Palestine Project on Facebook

fly bird (26)
Wednesday January 24, 2018, 4:27 pm
DCIP Year in Review: Worst Abuse Cases Against Palestinian Children in 2017. VIDEO
January 19, 2018

Last year marked 50 years of Israeli military occupation, with no signs of abatement in Palestinian children’s vulnerability to injury and abusive military arrest in the West Bank. Rapidly devolving living conditions in the Gaza Strip put in jeopardy the most basic human rights, as children became collateral damage in an internal Palestinian political standoff.

Israeli forces’ misuse of crowd control weapons caused critical and permanent injuries to some children while others endured ill-treatment amid high rates of military detention. An electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip led to the most severe downturn in the ongoing humanitarian crisis since Israel imposed a military blockade a decade ago, with hefty repercussions to children’s rights to clean water and health.

Israeli military and police brutality

Israeli forces killed 14 children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) during 2017, according to Defense for Children International – Palestine documentation. In addition, nine-year-old Mohammad Abu Hdaf died on December 6 due to injuries sustained during an Israeli drone strike in the Gaza Strip in 2014.

Five children were killed by live ammunition during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. Five more children accused of committing some kind of attack also sustained fatal gunshot wounds.

Israeli forces shot four Palestinian teenager inside a car on March 23 during unclear circumstances near the Israeli settlement of Bet El, north of the West Bank city of Ramallah. Mohammad Khattab, 17, died on the spot, and Jasem Nakhleh, 16, succumbed to his wounds 18 days later. The two others sustained serious injuries, but survived.

An Israeli military statement confirmed “hits,” according to local media, but claimed that the children were shot outside their car, while throwing explosives toward the settlement.

Under the condition of anonymity, a witness told DCIP that Mohammad was shot when he got out of his stalled car near Bet El settlement, to push it. Mohammad jumped back into the car to try to escape, but the car did not start, according to DCIP’s source. The witness said Israeli soldiers then approached the car and opened fire on all four children.

Israeli forces routinely employ the use of excessive force and intentional lethal force in situations not justified by international norms, which in some incidents may amount to extrajudicial or wilful killings, according to documentation collected by DCIP.

International law requires that intentional lethal force be used only when absolutely unavoidable where there is a threat to life or serious injury. Where individuals allegedly carry out a criminal act, they should be apprehended in accordance with international law and afforded due process of law.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported at least 961 child injuries at the hands of Israeli forces between in 2017.

At the time of publication, DCIP had documented 61 child injuries by Israeli forces from a mix of live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, and crowd control weapons in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and 28 in the Gaza Strip in 2017. Of these cases, 33 children sustained injuries to the upper body from crowd control weapons, in some cases causing irreversible damage.

Crowd control weapons are only “less lethal” when fired at the lower body, from a distance of 50 to 60 meters (164 to 197 feet) and not aimed at children, as stipulated by Israel’s own military regulations.

Israeli forces shot at least two children in the face with rubber-coated metal bullets and two children in the head with tear gas canisters during a two-week period in December alone.

An Israeli soldier on December 15 shot Mohammad Tamimi, 15, in the face at close range with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the West Bank town of Nabi Saleh. The bullet lodged in the back of his skull and caused severe bleeding in his brain.

Days before, 14-year-old Mohammad al-Farani was hit in the face with a tear gas canister shot by Israeli forces from a military watchtower 50 meters (55 yards) away on the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel. He suffered a fractured cheekbone, head gash, internal bleeding in the brain, and permanent loss of his right eye.

The injuries took place as Israeli authorities used excessive force to quash widespread protests that erupted across the OPT following the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on December 6. Heightened violence was ongoing as the year came to a close.

Evidence collected by DCIP also showed that Palestinian children in East Jerusalem were particularly vulnerable to misuse of black sponge-tipped plastic bullets by Israeli forces.

Jerusalem residents Nour al-Din Mustafa, 13, and Tareq Mohammad, 15, suffered permanent eye loss after being hit with black sponge-tipped plastic bullets. Neither children was involved in confrontations at the time of injury.

Accountability is extremely rare in cases where Israeli forces are accused of committing crimes against Palestinian children. Israeli rights group Yesh Dinreported that of 186 internal investigations into Israeli soldiers accused of harming Palestinians in 2015, only 3.1 percent of cases yielded an indictment.

Among Palestinian children killed by Israeli forces in recent years, only one incident, the fatal shooting of Nadeem Nawara, 17, in May 2014, has resulted in both an investigation and indictment.

Children in Israeli military custody

Between February and November, an average of 310 Palestinian children were in the Israeli prison system each month for “security offences,” according to Israel Prison Service (IPS) data. Among them were an average of 60 children between the ages of 12 and 15. The IPS does not release the yearly total number of incarcerated Palestinian children and has stopped consistently releasing monthly data since May 2016.

Israel has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world that systematically prosecutes an estimated 500 to 700 children each year in military courts lacking fundamental fair trial rights. Children within the Israeli military system commonly report physical and verbal abuse from the moment of their arrest, and coercion and threats during interrogations.

Large-scale demonstrations, marches and clashes throughout the West Bank following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to publicly recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December corresponded with a spike in the number of Palestinian child detainees.

Louay al-Mansi, a Palestinian prisoner in charge of juveniles at Israel’s Ofer military prison, told DCIP that some 78 children arrived in December, more than doubling the number of child detainees to be newly incarcerated in the military facility from the month before.

Among those held in Ofer was 16-year-old Fawzi J., detained in the southern West Bank city of Hebron on December 7. He told DCIP lawyer Farah Bayadsi that by the time he arrived to interrogation, one of his shoes had been kicked off and he had been repeatedly beaten and verbally abused for nearly two hours.

“When I arrived at the checkpoint, I remember my face bleeding, mostly my lips because of the beating. They took me to a room, knocked me down to the floor and began kicking me all over my body,” Fawzi said a sworn testimony.

Fawzi told DCIP lawyer Farah Bayadsi of the extreme pain in his right shoulder, prompting her to demand a medical check-up on December 25 that confirmed a fractured shoulder sustained during his arrest. Late on December 27, Fawzi was released on 10,000 shekels (around US$2,900) bail and a third-party bond in the same amount. DCIP filed a complaint over his ill-treatment while in Israeli military detention.

DCIP collected affidavits from 137 West Bank children detained and prosecuted under the jurisdiction of Israeli military courts in 2017. The data shows that 74.5 percent of children endured some form of physical violence following arrest and 62 percent were verbally abused, intimidated, or humiliated.

Of the 137 children, 26 were held in solitary confinement for interrogation purposes for an average period of 12 days. The longest period of isolation for a child that DCIP documented in 2017 was 23 days.

At least five Palestinian minors were placed in administrative detention in 2017, a form of imprisonment based on secret evidence without charge or trial. Of these, three were released without charge after a period of two to seven months, leaving two still in administrative detention at year’s end. Another teenager placed under administrative detention in August 2016 when 17 years old, spent his 18th month in prison without charge or trial.

Israel has placed a total of 25 Palestinian minors in administrative detentionsince October 2015 when it renewed the practice against individuals under the age of 18.

International juvenile justice standards, which Israel has obliged itself to implement by ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1991, demand that children should not be deprived of their liberty unlawfully or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time.

Children in Palestinian detention

Palestinian security forces in the West Bank exhibited patterns of abuse against Palestinian children detained in 2017.

DCIP investigation into child detentions by Palestinian security forces showed they carried out arbitrary detentions through a non-transparent process rife with rights violations, including the use of solitary confinement and torture.

DCIP obtained information on 16 West Bank children arbitrarily detained by Palestinian security services other than the police in 2017, all except four at the hands of the Palestinian Preventive Security Service.

In one of the cases DCIP documented, the Preventive Security Service held a 17-year-old from Nablus in solitary confinement for three days in September, interrupted by physically abusive interrogation sessions without the presence of a lawyer or family member.

“I could not bear to stay in that facility, and I was thinking of a way to put pressure on them to let me out,” the teenager told DCIP in a sworn testimony. “I found a small metal object on the window, and I used it to make several cuts on my left forearm.”

The interrogators accused the teenager of manufacturing a weapon and possessing a pistol. “They shouted at me and threatened to hit me,” the teenager told DCIP. “In one session, [one of the interrogators] slapped me around 20 times on my neck.”

After an estimated 70 hours in detention at the Preventive Security headquarters in Nablus, the teenager was released.

The Palestinian Authority is legally obligated to abide by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which it ratified in 2014, and the Palestinian juvenile protection law passed in 2016.

While signing these safeguards indicated progress in Palestinian Authority’s treatment of children, violations documented by DCIP in 2017 indicate gaps in fully aligning domestic juvenile legal framework and its implementation with international standards.

The juvenile protection law was only implemented in the West Bank owing to the political division between the Hamas-led government in the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian Authority. Accordingly, Gazan children remain subject to the outdated British Juvenile Offenders Ordinance of 1938.

DCIP documentation showed that children in conflict with the law in the Gaza Strip are also at severe risk of rights violations and ill-treatment, including torture, during detention.

Based on six cases documented by DCIP in 2017, three children endured torture during police interrogations. A fourth child was reportedly physically abused by police station guards and adult prisoners with whom he was forced to share a cell, prompting the boy’s suicide attempt and resulting death on September 22.

Downward spiral in the Gaza Strip

While the Gaza Strip began the year already entrenched in a humanitarian crisis, 2017 brought new threats to children’s human rights, especially at the peak of the electricity crisis.

Political divisions between rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas, along with taxation disputes, contributed to a serious degradation in children’s right to health, including clean water and medical care.

The Fatah-led Palestinian Authority stopped payments for a portion of the Gaza Strip’s electricity supply, bringing electricity levels to an all time low. Electricity shortages decreased children’s access to basic and emergency care, also increasing wait times for specialized medical services and surgeries. Without power, children with illnesses and disabilities reliant on medical equipment struggled to charge and use their equipment.

Around the same period, the Palestinian Authority pulled funding from the Gaza Strip’s already decimated health sector and local news outlets reported 30 to 70 percent cuts to Gazan civil servant salaries.

Reconciliation efforts started in October between the rival factions reached an impasse at the end of the year. UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities Robert Piper said in a statement that “most of the measures adopted by the Palestinian Authority since March 2017, which triggered the latest deterioration in the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, are yet to be reversed.”

During the course of 2017, both Israeli and Palestinian authorities prevented children from exiting Gaza for medical treatment by denying or delaying patients’ applications.

DCIP documented 12 Palestinian children from the Gaza Strip who died as a result of inadequate access to health care, including poor hospital conditions, low availability of specialized treatments, or as a result of being delayed or denied treatment abroad. Of this number, nine were infants and eight were less than two weeks old.

Six of the children who died received no response, were delayed, or denied medical referrals from the Ramallah-based Service Purchasing Unit (SPU), previously known as the Referral Abroad Department. Without this referral, patients cannot complete the process of applying for medical treatment outside of the Gaza Strip.

Two children, age 4 and 17, died after Israeli authorities delayed permission for children to exit the Gaza Strip through the Israeli-controlled Erez crossing for medical treatment.

Children’s right to health also suffered because of a marked decrease in the availability of clean water. Nearly one million children living in the Gaza Strip are facing an acute disaster around water and sanitation standards, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund.

These deteriorating conditions took place against a backdrop of an already struggling health care system, caused in part by a decade of Israeli military blockade, joined by Egypt for much of that period, and repeated Israeli assaults.

Israel launched airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on a near-daily basis during the last three weeks of 2017 and Palestinian armed groups fired rockets from the Gaza Strip during escalations following U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

School program reduces child recruitment risk

In a positive move for children’s rights in the Gaza Strip, government-run schools removed military-style drills from their Futuwwa, or youth, programs that focus on civics and health.

A DCIP 2014 investigation found strong links between the school-based Futuwwa program and highly attended winter camps hosted by Palestinian armed groups, which took place off school premises.

Following amendments to government school programs in 2017, neither the Futuwwa program nor the summer and winter camps appeared to constitute child recruitment under international standards. DCIP, however, remained deeply concerned at the potential of the program and the camps to serve as vehicles for future recruitment.

DCIP in 2017 found no evidence that children in the Gaza Strip were being used or recruited by Palestinian armed groups for any role in armed conflict, in the context of these programs. However, pervasive poverty keeps children vulnerable to recruitment and other forms of child labor.

Palestinian child bill gathers Congressional support

DCIP lead efforts to support the first-ever bill in U.S. Congress focused on Palestinian human rights, specifically grave human rights violations against Palestinian child detainees. The bill, titled Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act or H.R. 4391, prohibits U.S. financial assistance to Israel from being used to support the ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children in military detention.

The bill, which was introduced by Rep. Betty McCollum on November 14, had 19 co-sponsors by year’s end. The aim is to establish, as a minimum safeguard, a U.S. demand for basic due process rights for Palestinian children under Israeli military detention. This extends to an absolute prohibition against the torture and ill-treatment of detained minors, in keeping with both U.S. and international law.

The bill falls in line with concerns long recorded by the U.S. Department of State. In March, for the 10th consecutive year, the annual report on Israel made note of the prevalence of ill-treatment toward Palestinian children and Israeli military courts’ denial of their fair trial rights.

fly bird (26)
Wednesday January 24, 2018, 4:31 pm
Palestinian Authority Appeals to ICC Over Detained Children.
January 23, 2018

The Palestinian Authority has submitted an official complaint to the International Criminal Court (ICC) over Israeli violations against Palestinian children.

The move came as Israeli occupation authorities extended the detention of 16-year-old girl Ahed al-Tamimi for the fifth time, in relation to a video of her slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier.

In a statement released on Saturday, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki called on ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to “exercise her legal authority without delay, to prevent the continuation of crimes being committed against the Palestinian people.”

He cited the case of al-Tamimi, who was first detained by Israeli forces on Dec. 19, as another proof of Israeli policies and crimes against the Palestinian people.

“This complaint against Israeli criminals is a proof on the necessity to accelerate the opening of a criminal investigation to guarantee fair justice to Palestinian children and victims,” he said, according to Days of Palestine.

Last week, the Palestinian Central Council announced the referral of the issues relating to Israeli settlement building and Palestinians held captive in Israeli jails, to the ICC.

According to Palestinian figures, over 6,400 Palestinians are being held in Israeli prisons, including 300 children.

01/09/18 ICC to Open Full Investigation into Settlements, 2014 War on Gaza

Bonnie Lynn M (1)
Wednesday January 24, 2018, 4:48 pm
Already signed

Anne K (139)
Wednesday January 24, 2018, 4:53 pm
Already signed. Thanks, Freya.

fly bird (26)
Wednesday January 24, 2018, 5:05 pm
Israeli military court refuses to release Ahed Tamimi
17 January 2018

An Israeli military court has refused to release Ahed Tamimi, a 16-year-old girl.

In a hearing Wednesday, Israeli occupation authorities sought that Ahed and her mother Nariman Tamimi remain in detention for another 101 days, until the end of proceedings.

Ahed’s trial will begin on 31 January, the day she turns 17.

Israel’s military courts deny basic due process rights and notoriously have a near-100 percent conviction rate for Palestinians.

Concerned by Israel’s systematic abuses, 20 members of Congress are backing legislation to ban Israel from using US aid for the military detention, abuse and torture of children like Ahed Tamimi.

Nariman’s trial will begin on 6 February, her husband Bassem Tamimi wrote on Facebook.

The Tamimis’ defense attorney, Gaby Lasky, demanded their immediate release, which the Israeli military court rejected.

Bassem Tamimi, Ahed’s father, also wrote that his wife Nariman suffers from a stress disorder and diabetes, exacerbated by the low quality and quantity of food in prison.

He added that Ahed and Nariman are constantly transported between detention centers, an arduous and painful process for prisoners.

“Ahed is transported with criminals who intimidate her with threats and insults,” Bassem stated.

He added that his wife and daughter are still in good form, despite their ordeal.

“While in jail, my daughter Ahed informed us that she studies [for] four classes from her school curriculum, and she read two books outside the curriculum. She additionally asked us all to focus on every imprisoned woman and child and to work towards a campaign to highlight their cases.”

There are currently 350 Palestinian children and 58 women in Israeli detention, according to prisoners rights group Addameer.

This tweet shows a letter written by Nariman to her family. She writes that “we remain resilient” behind bars.

Ahed was arrested in a night raid days after she and her cousin Nour attempted to remove two Israeli soldiers from the family’s property after a soldier shot another cousin, 15-year-old Muhammad Fadel Tamimi, in the head causing him serious injuries.

Ahed was seen in a video filmed by her mother, Nariman, slapping and shoving one of the heavily armed men.

The Israeli military filed 12 charges against Ahed on 1 January.

If convicted on charges that include throwing stones, incitement and assaulting and threatening a soldier, the 16-year-old could remain in Israeli prisons for years.

In a video from Ahed’s hearing on Monday, a reporter asks Ahed if she is proud of what she did, to which she replies smiling that she is.

Ahed’s mother Nariman is facing charges of “incitement” for livestreaming the incident with the soldiers.

Collective punishment

Israeli defense minister Avigdor Lieberman is enforcing collective punishment on the Tamimi family and their village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank.

Israel has declared Nabi Saleh a closed military zone to suppress demonstrations in support of the Tamimi family and other political prisoners.

Lieberman has also issued a military order to prevent Bassem Tamimi from traveling outside Palestine. And he has withdrawn about 20 Israeli work permits from Ahed’s relatives, according to the Ma’an News Agency.

“Dealing with Tamimi and her family has to be severe, exhaust all legal measures and generate deterrence,” Lieberman said, as reported by Samidoun, a group which supports Palestinian prisoners.

“There is justice in the military court,” Lieberman tweeted on Wednesday, welcoming the decision to keep Ahed locked up.

An Israeli military court also extended the detention of Ahed’s cousin Muhammad Bilal Tamimi until 25 January.

Muhammad, 19, was taken prisoner during a night raid on the village of Nabi Saleh on 11 January.

Israeli forces transferred Muhammad to solitary confinement in the Petah Tikva detention center near Tel Aviv.

Muhammad’s parents, Manal and Bilal Tamimi were unable to attend his hearing on 14 January because it was held in Israel, and they were denied entry for “security reasons,” according to Manal Tamimi’s update on Facebook.

Israel’s transfer of Palestinian detainees to prisons inside Israel is a flagrant violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits “individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the occupying power.”

Night raids and killings

Israel arrested another eight children in an overnight raid on Tuesday.

They were all between the ages of 11 and 17, according to the Ma’an News Agency.

Israel also arrested a Palestinian child, Muhammad Samer Mansour, 14, in an overnight raid in Ramallah on 9 January.

On Tuesday, Israel killed Palestinian student leader and former prisoner Ahmad Abd al-Jaber Muhammad Salim, 28, during confrontations in Qalqiliya in the northern occupied West Bank on Tuesday.

Salim was a student at al-Quds Open University in Qalqiliya and the secretary of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s student bloc.

“Salim was critically injured in the head with a live bullet during clashes in his hometown of Jayyous before he succumbed to the wounds just minutes later,” the Ma’an News Agency reported.

Citing witnesses, Ma’an said that “Israeli soldiers opened fire at Salim from less than 20 meters away, and that forces prevented Palestinian ambulances from reaching him by firing tear gas at ambulances and paramedics.”

“Release her without delay”

The European Union’s office in Ramallah issued a “local” statement on 12 January expressing “concern” about the arrest of Ahed Tamimi and the killing of another child, 16-year-old Musab Tamimi, in the village of Deir Nitham on 3 January.

But the European Union’s embassy in Tel Aviv made no acknowledgement of the statement on its social media accounts.

Israel has killed three Palestinian children since the start of the year.

Amnesty International is calling for the immediate release of Ahed Tamimi.

“Nothing that Ahed Tamimi has done can justify the continuing detention of a 16-year-old girl,” the human rights organization said on Monday. “The Israeli authorities must release her without delay.”

Janet B (0)
Wednesday January 24, 2018, 7:08 pm

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 24, 2018, 11:30 pm

Emma W (0)
Thursday January 25, 2018, 1:47 am
Signed. Thank you.

Jens Hansen (158)
Thursday January 25, 2018, 2:13 am

fly bird (26)
Thursday January 25, 2018, 4:31 am
30 January, Los Angeles: Free Ahed Tamimi 17th Birthday Rally!
Tuesday, 30 January
5:00 pm
Consulate General of Israel
11766 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

On the eve of Ahed Tamimi’s 17th birthday and beginning of her military court trial, join us to demand her release and freedom for all of Palestine.

In solidarity with Ahed, we’ll be celebrating her with a rally on Tuesday, Jan 30th at 5:00 – 7:30PM, just before her 17th birthday and first day of her trial, outside of the Consulate of Israel in West Los Angeles.

Israel is refusing to release Ahed Tamimi on bail pending trial. “The court said that because she is so dangerous there is no possibility of bail,” said her lawyer, Gaby Lasky. Israel remains the only country in the world that prosecutes children in military courts, the Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) rights group.

Rather than celebrating with family and friends, eating cake, and having a party, Ahed will spend her birthday in a military courtroom. She will sleep that night in a prison cell.

BACKGROUND: On December 18, 2017, in the middle of the night, the Israeli army burst into the Tamimi family home and arrested 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi. They beat her father, mother, older and younger brothers and confiscated the families laptops, phones and cameras.

Ahed is a high school student preparing for college. She lives in a Palestinian village famous for women leadership in resistance to the occupation. As a young girl, Ahed rose to headlines for her bravery to confront the Israeli soldiers who enter her village on a regular basis. Now she sits in a jail cell, waiting for her release.

Ahed is one of about 360 Palestinian children in Israeli prison and nearly 6,200 total Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails. As her birthday approaches, take action to stand with Ahed and demand her freedom and that of her fellow imprisoned Palestinians!

CO-SPONSORS INCLUDE: LA4Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace Los Angeles, Al-Awda — The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, Jews for Palestinian Right of Return

If your organization would like to be added as a cosponsor, please reach out to Taylor at

#FreeAhed #NoWayToTreatAChild #FreeAllPalestinianChildPrisoners

fly bird (26)
Thursday January 25, 2018, 4:38 am
First-ever bill on Palestinian human rights introduced in Congress.

U.S. lawmakers seek to prohibit taxpayer funds from supporting abuses against Palestinian minors in Israeli military detention system

Washington, D.C., November 14, 2017—Members of Congress on Tuesday introduced a bill in the House to prevent U.S. tax dollars from paying for human rights violations against Palestinian children during the course of Israeli military detention.

The Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act, or H.R. 4391, requires the Secretary of State to certify annually that no funds obligated or expended in the previous year by the United States for assistance to Israel have been used to support the ill-treatment of Palestinian children detained by Israeli forces from the occupied West Bank. The legislation leaves financial assistance already committed in place.

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) brought the bill to the floor, with nine original co-sponsors, including Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. For a current list of all co-sponsors, click here.

An estimated 10,000 Palestinians between the ages of 12 and 17 in the West Bank have been subject to arrest, detention, interrogation, and imprisonment under the jurisdiction of Israeli military courts since 2000. This bill was drafted in response to widely documented rights violations carried out by Israeli military and police against children within the military detention system, including torture or cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment.

“Despite ongoing engagement with UN bodies and repeated calls to abide by international law, Israeli military and police continue night arrests, physical violence, coercion, and threats against Palestinian children,” said Khaled Quzmar, general director of Defense for Children International - Palestine. “These practices remain institutionalized and systemic rather than last resort measures, and we call on the U.S. to halt its support of these violations.”

The bill aims to establish, as a minimum safeguard, a U.S. demand for basic due process rights for and an absolute prohibition against torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian children arrested and prosecuted within the Israeli military court system.

Israel has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world that systematically prosecutes an estimated 500 to 700 children each year in military courts that lack fundamental fair trial rights and protections.

In 590 cases documented by DCIP between 2012 and 2016, 72 percent of Palestinian child detainees reported physical violence and 66 percent faced verbal abuse and humiliation.

DCIP found that 568 out of 590 child detainees underwent interrogation without the presence of a family member. Under Israeli military law, Palestinian children have no right to a lawyer during interrogation. Confessions that are often coerced through ill-treatment, that in some cases amount to torture, are routinely used in military courts to sentence children to jail time.

In every annual report on Israel and the occupied territories released since 2007, U.S. authorities have openly acknowledged the prevalence of torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian children and the denial of fair trials rights in the Israeli military detention system.

In 2013, UNICEF released a report titled Children in Israeli Military Detention: Observations and Recommendations. The report concluded that “ill-treatment of children who come in contact with the military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized throughout the process.”

Despite sustained engagement by UNICEF and repeated calls to end night arrests and ill-treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention, Israeli authorities have persistently failed to implement substantive reforms to end violence against child detainees.

fly bird (26)
Thursday January 25, 2018, 4:59 am
4 July 2013

Amnesty International: Stop judicial bullying of Palestinian activist Nariman Tamimi.

Amnesty International issued the following statement on July 4, 2013:

Amnesty International has accused the Israeli authorities of bullying and judicial harassment of Nariman Tamimi, a Palestinian rights activist who was placed under partial house arrest today to prevent her taking part in peaceful protests while she awaits trial next week.

“This is an unrelenting campaign of harassment, the latest in a litany of human rights violations against Nariman Tamimi, her family, and her fellow villagers. These arbitrary restrictions should be lifted immediately and the charges should be dropped,” said Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International.

Tamimi was arrested along with another activist Rana Hamadi on Friday 28 June, when villagers of Nabi Saleh walk towards a nearby spring in protest against the loss of their land. In 2009 Israeli settlers occupied the Al-Qaws spring near Nabi Saleh village where Tamimi lives. The illegal settlement now enjoys the protection of the military.

During the protest a soldier approached them waving a piece of paper and saying they could be arrested if they did not leave. When they tried to leave the area, more soldiers approached and arrested them. Both women were charged with being in a “closed military zone”.

Following their release on bail on Monday, the court has now put them under partial house arrest. They are not allowed to leave their family homes between 9am to 5pm on Fridays when the weekly protest takes place.

“They have been denied the basic human right to peacefully protest over land illegally seized by Israeli settlers, and the Israeli judiciary has used spurious legal tools to punish them for exercising their basic human right to peaceful protest,” said Philip Luther.

Speaking to Amnesty International following her arrest, Nariman Tamimi described how the two women were kept in conditions that included being held in leg-cuffs, detained overnight in a car, and held in a van carrying male Israeli prisoners who she said shouted verbal abuse at them and intimidated them physically.

Tamimi has already suffered previous arrests and raids on her home. Her husband Bassem has been jailed least twice and held as a prisoner of conscience.

Her brother Rushdi Tamimi was shot in the back with live ammunition by Israeli soldiers during a demonstration last year. He died two days later in hospital. Video evidence shows that Israeli soldiers delayed his family’s attempts to take him to hospital.

“This shows the sustained brutality of the military and the Israeli authorities’ determination to target and harass those prepared to stand up for their rights. They use every tool in the box to intimidate activists and their families into silence,” said Philip Luther.

Since 2009, Israel has banned Palestinians, including landowners, from access to their spring and surrounding land while settlers enjoyed free access to the spring and were allowed to continue building in its vicinity.

The weekly protests are characterized by unnecessary and excessive use of force by the Israeli military, including live fire, rubber coated metal bullets, stun grenades thrown at protestors, pepper spray, batons, and the misuse of teargas.

Israeli forces have killed two protesters at Nabi Saleh, and have injured hundreds of others in the last four years. The subsequent military investigations have not met international standards of independence or partiality.

Soldiers regularly raid the village, conducting house searches and arresting people including children late at night.

Nariman Tamimi and Rana Hamadi have been charged with being in a “closed military zone”. The trial is scheduled for Tuesday 9 July.

Mike M (40)
Thursday January 25, 2018, 6:18 am

9,457 emails of 10000 Goal
Israel is no better than the ilk they fled from

Marija M (28)
Thursday January 25, 2018, 7:35 am
Noted, tks.

Winn Adams (179)
Thursday January 25, 2018, 12:01 pm

Raleighaway k (356)
Friday January 26, 2018, 1:06 am
already signed shared ty, Freya

Paola S (12)
Friday January 26, 2018, 10:28 am
Already signed ,thank you

Ruth R (246)
Saturday January 27, 2018, 12:16 am
"Thank you for speaking up for Ahed Tamimi."
She is a child.

Thomas M (0)
Saturday January 27, 2018, 12:14 pm
Signed. Thank you.

Richard A (2)
Saturday January 27, 2018, 6:55 pm
Thank you.

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 28, 2018, 12:49 am
signed and noted

Past Member (0)
Monday January 29, 2018, 1:02 am
Noted and signed

Winn Adams (179)
Monday January 29, 2018, 6:45 am

Sheila D (194)
Monday January 29, 2018, 2:31 pm
Can't find phone number it accepts...sorry.

fly bird (26)
Tuesday January 30, 2018, 10:42 pm
Send Ahed Tamimi Love and Solidarity on Her Birthday! 5,269 people already signed.

The latest news about Ahed Tamimi's detention by Israel is horrific. Israel is refusing to release her on bail pending trial. Not only this, but the court proceedings against her will begin on January 31, the day of her 17th birthday. Rather than celebrating with family and friends, eating cake, and having a party, Ahed will spend her birthday in a military courtroom. She will sleep that night in a prison cell.

Sign the birthday card to Ahed and write a personal message of love and support. We will have the card and your messages delivered to Ahed in prison.

You can also download, print and post this card to: Ahed Tamimi, HaSharon Prison, Even Yehuda, P.O. Box 7, 40 330 Israel.

Dear Ahed,

We are sending love and solidarity to you on your 17th birthday.

Most teenage girls mark their 17th year with friends and family, parties and celebrations. But the occupation has snatched this right of passage away from you by arresting you in your own home in the middle of the night and holding you in military detention.

Now you face a military court trial on your special day.

We send love and support to you today and every day. We are inspired by your courage in the face of injustice. As you spend your 17th birthday behind bars, we will carry on your struggle for freedom.


Past Member (0)
Sunday February 11, 2018, 1:26 am
Signed and noted.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 14, 2018, 3:48 am
Or, log in with your
Facebook account:
Please add your comment: (plain text only please. Allowable HTML: <a>)

Track Comments: Notify me with a personal message when other people comment on this story

Loading Noted By...Please Wait


butterfly credits on the news network

  • credits for vetting a newly submitted story
  • credits for vetting any other story
  • credits for leaving a comment
learn more

Most Active Today in World

Content and comments expressed here are the opinions of Care2 users and not necessarily that of or its affiliates.

New to Care2? Start Here.