Saturday, February 28, 2015
Child Prisoners

Imprisoned Palestinian boy, Khaled al-Sheikh, 14, from Beit Annan in Jerusalem area, has now been imprisoned for 40 days, accused of “throwing stones.” Along with 14-year-old girl Malaak al-Khatib, also accused of “throwing stones,” he is one of the youngest of the Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails.  Malaak was sentenced to two months in Israeli prison and a 6000 NIS ($1500 USD) fine, which her parents struggled to pay. Between 150 and 200 Palestinian child prisoners are currently held in Israeli prisons. Take action: demand the release of Khaled, Malaak and all Palestinian child prisoners.

Al-Sheikh’s father, Hussam, speaking with Ahrar Center, said that his son has health conditions, including anemia, and is not receiving treatment. He is a tenth grade student, arrested on 12 December 2014 next to the separation wall near their village, and currently imprisoned in Ofer prison. He has had three sessions in his trial for throwing stones; this is a common charge against any Palestinian participating in a demonstration, and particularly is frequently used against child prisoners. He will be brought before the military court again on 11 February. The al-Sheikh family has been denied permits to visit Khaled for unstated “security” reasons, and they have not been allowed to touch him, hug him or talk to him privately during the court hearings, where he was shackled hand and foot despite his youth. “The normal place for children is their school or playground and not prison,” he concluded.

malaakIn February 2015, the Israeli army also announced that it was suspending a “pilot program” in the West Bank for the issuing of written summonses instead of arresting children at night. “No statistics were kept” on the pilot program; however, Military Court Watch reports that in 67% of cases where written summonses were issued, this was still done through military home raids after midnight that continue to traumatize children and their families. MCW noted that “no genuine attempt has been made by the military authorities to effectively replace night arrests with summonses and that the pilot programme has not been implemented in good faith.” Defence for Children International Palestine has also reported extensively on the abuse of Palestinian children in Israeli prisons.

Take Action: Demand the release of Palestinian Children:

1. Sign this petition calling on European parliamentarians to take action:

2. Take action for Palestinian prisoners: protest at an Israeli consulate or embassy, or hold an educational event. Share this alert for Palestinian child prisoners.

3. Join the movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions. Isolate Israel for its mass political imprisonment of Palestinians. Boycott products like HP and SodaStream, and demand an end to security contracts with G4S, which operates in Israeli prisons. Learn more at

ubaidaHeavily armed “special units” of Israeli occupation prison guards raided the child prisoners’ (referred to as “Cubs” by Palestinian prisoners’ organizations) wing in Hasharon prison, searching and ransacking 5 rooms (1, 3, 5, 16, and 11) for several hours on Sunday, August 24. This unit is for Palestinian teens held in occupation prisons.

Child prisoners were handcuffed and strip-searched by these heavily armed forces; the youth refused to strip naked and the prisoners’ representative was brought in, and the children were searched wearing their underwear.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society noted that there are 37 youth, mostly from Jerusalem, held in Hasharon prison in difficult conditions. They are routinely denied visits with their relatives and family on the grounds of “security.” Fawaz Shallouda, a lawyer with PPS, said that the child prisoners face poor food quality and quantity, which was made worse with recent cuts in the amount of food. He noted that many kinds of fruits and vegetables had not been seen by the children since their arrest.

He noted that child prisoners are facing delays in receiving medical care. Ahmad Mashaal, 15, from Qalqilya, is suffering from anemia and needs periodic blood tests, however, these tests are not administered by the prison clinic.

The education of child prisoners is being severely disrupted; they are allowed only to study Arabic language and mathematics, however, they are prohibited from having calculators or graphing calculators and are allowed only pencils and rulers.

The child prisoners currently held in Hasharon are:

  1. Mahmoud Abu Khudeir
  2. Mahmoud Abu Teir
  3. Malik Abu Teir
  4. Mohammed Abu Teir
  5. Majid Abu Teir
  6. Khaled Abu Khdeir
  7. Nassim Abu Maria
  8. Khalil Abu Sanad
  9. Yahya Abu Riyala
  10. Mohammed Abu Ni’aa
  11. Fayez Beitouni
  12. Hussein Jawadreh
  13. Noureddine Zaghal
  14. Samer Hamdan
  15. Mamoun Tawil
  16. Saad Mansour
  17. Ahmed Meshaal
  18. Fathi Majadeh
  19. Wael Sabaneh
  20. Ubeida Asaid
  21. Mohammad Abbassi
  22. Ayman Abbasi
  23. Majdi Abbasi
  24. Shadi Abdullah
  25. Anwar Obeid
  26. Yazan Atallah
  27. Mohammed Alkom
  28. Maher Erekat
  29. Mohammed Farawi
  30. Mohammed Faraoun
  31. Jihad Sufi
  32. Yazan Kiswani
  33. Firas Kiswani
  34. Samir Shbeita
  35. Mohammed Abu Teir
  36. Wissam Aruri
  37. Mohammed al-Haddrah


Free the Hares Boys! A night of food, short films, music, speakers, dancing and DJs

Thursday, August 7
7:30 PM – 1:00 AM
Passing Clouds
1 Richmond Rd, Dalston, E8 4AA London, United Kingdom
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Join us on the 7th August for a night of food, short films, speakers, music, dancing and DJs – standing up for Palestinian child prisoners, the Hares Boys. Presented by East in East, and guest-hosted by London Palestine Action! Entry fee £5.

From 7.30pm, join us at Passing Clouds for films and speakers on child prisoners and the case of the Hares Boys. Yummy vegetarian/vegan Middle Eastern dinner will be available for £5 (also going to the fundraiser) before and during the films and speakers (to be announced), so come along and have dinner with us before you have a dance.

This will be followed by live music from the fantastic Faith Taylor who will be followed by the unique world music collective Raast, weaving the modern day experience of exile and displacement through traditional Palestinian beats and melodies. Songs of hope, love and resistance that will make you dance and cry.

More exciting live acts are still to be announced and the performances will be followed by DJ sets, finishing up at around 1am.

Why this is important:

The Hares Boys are five Palestinian teenagers who have been held in prison for the last 16 months for a crime that never happened. They have experienced torture at the hands of Israeli prison guards, having been arrested at random in the middle of the night and blamed for an Israeli settler’s car crash. The evidence is non-existent, but the boys are still facing decades in prison. They are currently going through the Israeli military court system, which is automatically stacked against Palestinians. Stand up against injustice, child imprisonment and the torture of Palestinian prisoners by coming to the fundraiser and making a donation!

There are huge burdens associated with having a child in prison – both emotional and financial – the boys’ families are struggling with legal fees, travelling to visits (often to find them cancelled, meaning another journey is necessary), supplying food and clothes to their sons in prison and campaigning for their release. Funds raised will go directly to the families to help them with these costs, making a real change for the boys and lightening the load on their relatives.

Find more information about the Hares Boys here:

‘East In East’ is a monthly night curated by The Raast Collective that aims to bring the best of modern day Arabic and Middle Eastern music and film to heart of the East End.

Tarek Abu Khdeir, following beating by occupation forces.

Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association issued the following statement on the detention and beating of Tarek Abu Khdeir and 10 other children and young men in Shu’afat (translated from Arabic):

Tarek Abu Khdeir, following beating by occupation forces.
Tarek Abu Khdeir, following beating by occupation forces.

Occupied Ramallah. July 5, 2014 – Mohammed Mahmoud, a lawyer with Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, said that Israeli forces and undercover units arrested 11 children and young men from the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Shu’afat, the hometown of the child martyr Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was kidnapped, killed and burned by a gang of settlers last Wednesday.

Among those arrested was the 15-year-old child, Tarek Abu Khdeir (a cousin of Mohammed Hussein Abu Khdeir), who was arrested by a special unit in front of his family home in Shu’afat at 8 PM on Thursday and severely beaten on the head, chest and back. He was not transferred to the hospital for treatment until after midnight.

A lawyer with Addameer, who represented the child Tarek Abu Khdeir before the Magistrate’s Court on Friday, said that the beatings he received were severe enough to kill him, and cause severe injuries to his face and bruises on his head and chest. Despite this, the Magistrate’s Court refused to release him and extended his detention to Sunday for interrogation, stating that he may flee the country as he is an American citizen.

The lawyer said that despite the judge viewing the reality of torture and attempted murder as recorded and documented on a video of the brutal beating suffered by the child, and the medical report submitted by Hadassah hospital, they chose to extend the child’s detention, risking him being exposed to further physical and psychological torture at the hands of interrogators in the Moskobiyeh interrogation center.

The lawyer said that the judge also extended the detention of ten other young men arrested by the special forces and undercover agents last Wednesday in Beit Hanina and Shu’afat after the demonstrations denouncing the kidnapping, killing, torture and burning of the child Mohammed Abu Khdeir.

Among those arrested was Amer Ali Hassan, 21, who was severely beaten with a gun to his head and face and remains hospitalized for treatment, and did not appear in court due to his injuries; the judge extended his detention until Monday.

Addameer represented the following prisoners at the hearing:
1. Tarek Abu Khdeir, 15, Shu’afat, subjected to brutal beatings;
2. Karim Abu Khdeir, 21, Shu’afat, severely beaten, detention extended until Monday;
3. Amer Ali Hassan, 21, Shua’fat, severely beaten, hospitalized, detention extended until Monday;
4. Fathi Shawish, 30, Shua’fat, beaten, detention extended until Monday;
5. Nasser Abu Sabih, 21, Beit Hanina, beaten and arrested in Shua’fat, extended until Sunday;
6. Khaled Abu Sneineh, 22, Beit Hanina, arrested in Shua’fat, extended until Sunday.

Jerusalem has experienced since last Wednesday wide-ranging demonstrations against the heinous crime committed by settler terror against the child Mohammed Hussein Abu Khdeir, which have been attacked by occupation forces, who have arrested dozens of young men, wounding 200 including children with various injuries due to rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas.

Addameer is deeply appalled as the occupation forces and settler terrorist gangs continue a broad and systematic torture of Palestinian children, through detention, kidnapping, torture and murder. The absence of international accountability and action is what encourages the occupation state and the gangs to attempt to destroy the Palestinian people, rob them of their rights, and broadcast calls to kill them.

Addameer is demanding the United Nations and the High Contracting Parties of the four Geneva Conventions to act urgently to rein in the terrorist Israeli attacks on Palestinian civilians and children and to hold the occupation state accountable for its war crimes and daily crimes against humanity committed against the Palestinian people.

Tarek Abu Khdeir, following beating by occupation forces.

Palestinian American boy, Tarek Abu Khdeir, was beaten brutally by Israeli occupation forces only days after the vicious murder of his cousin, Mohammad Abu Khdeir, by Israeli settlers. Tarek, 15, has no charges against him – yet his detention has been extended. Click here for action items to demand Tarek’s freedom.

Press Release from the family of Tarek Abu Khdeir:

Following the brutal abduction and murder of 16-year-old Mohammad Abu Khdeir in Jerusalem, his cousin, 15-year-old Tarek Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian-American child in Jerusalem on holiday from Tampa, Florida is in Israeli detention after being beaten by two undercover Israeli police agents last night.

Despite needing critical medical attention for severe injuries to his head and face, the Israeli authorities denied medical treatment for 5 hours before he was transferred to Hadassa Hospital. He was then taken directly to court and is currently in detention at the notorious Russian compound (al-Maskobiya), known for brutal interrogation techniques.

His father, Salah Abu Khdeir, asked that his son be seen at a hospital of the family’s choosing, but was denied, and was subsequently denied having an Arab doctor present during Tarek’s treatment. Although his son was unconscious, he was chained to the bed. While in the hospital, his face had swollen to a degree to which he could not speak when conscious and blood was also found in his urine, concerning family that there could be internal bleeding.

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Photos via Addameer

He has not yet been formally charged, though prosecutors claim he was throwing stones despite being unable to provide any evidence to the court. When asked by the court under what basis Tarek was being held, prosecutors said they were still “collecting evidence.” His hearing is scheduled for Sunday.

Tarek is in dire need of medical attention and his family is calling for his immediate release after this brutal beating and arbitrary arrest.

See the video (which shows his beating):

For additional information, please contact: (703) 879-6353 or

Addameer says:

“No charges or accusations have been brought against Tarek, yet his despite his young age and unlawful treatment, his detention has been extended until the morning of Sunday 6 July in the Court of First Instances in Jerusalem.

Tarek is one of 11 Palestinians who were beaten and arrested in Shofat last night following the brutal murder of 16-year old child Mohammad Abu Khdeir, who was found beaten and burned on the ruins of Palestinian destroyed village Deir Yassin hours after he was kidnapped in a retribution act. The Israeli government has instated a gag-order regarding the circumstances of Mohammad’s kidnapping and murder.
The continued state-sanctioned violence against children is unlawful and unacceptable.
Addameer urges immediate action and calls on the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United States consulate and all regional embassies and consulates, human rights organizations and journalists to attend Tarek Abu Khdeir’s hearing on Sunday 6 July to investigate the intensified aggression against Palestinian children.”


1. Call the US Embassy in Tel Aviv and demand Tarek’s release and access to medical care. The embassy’s number is +972-3-519-7575.

2. Contact Rep. Cathy Castor (, Sen. Marco Rubio ( and @MarcoRubio) and Sen. Bill Nelson ( and @SenBillNelson) to let them know you expect them to do something about what happened to their young constituent.

3. TWITTERSTORM Saturday, July 5th at 11:00am Pacific Time / 1:00pm Central time/ 2:00pm Eastern Time/ 9:00pm Palestine time, we will be tweeting about Tarek using the hashtag #FreeTarek.


Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, Global Week of Action for Palestinian Prisoners, and the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat organized a conference on Palestinian Prisoners’ Day in Brussels, Belgium on April 19, 2014. The event, held in a packed room at Pianofabriek Culturencentrum in Brussels, included presentations and talks, a photography exhibition and music.

Leila Khaled, Palestinian political leader and icon of the resistance, sent her greetings to the event via video:

Charlotte Kates of Samidoun and the National Lawyers Guild (U.S.) discussed the legal and political situation of Palestinian prisoners, the mass imprisonment of Palestinians, and criminalization of resistance. Rabee Eid, Palestinian journalist from Palestine ’48, spoke about the Palestinian prisoners from ’48 and the legacy of mass imprisonment from the earliest days of the colonization of Palestine.

20140419_193747Jan of Palestina Solidariteit presented on Palestinian child prisoners and the growing international campaign to boycott G4S, the world’s largest security corporation, which provides security services to occupation prisons and Ofer military court.

Khaled Barakat, coordinator of the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat, addressed the political implications of imprisonment for the Palestinian liberation movement and the use of isolation as a constant tactic, both inside and outside the occupation prisons, to separate Palestinians from one another. He discussed the prisons and the prisoners as centers of resistance and resistance leaders for the Palestinian movement as a whole.

The event also included a photo exhibition with the images and stories of Palestinian women former prisoners by photographer Asmaa Seba, and concluded with Palestinian food and music by Souk-Souk Soundsystem. The photo exhibition, “Suspended Lives,” showcased former women prisoners with photos of themselves prior to their time in occupation prisons.

grphoto“It was very important to have this event here in Brussels to bring Palestinian voices speaking about the Palestinian prisoners, G4S and the BDS movement,” said one of the Palestinian youth who organized the event. “We plan to continue to organize similar events of this type to build the movement further.”

The event followed a successful protest held in Brussels’ Place de la Monnaie on April 17, where numerous Belgian organizations joined together to take the streets to call for freedom for Palestinian political prisoners. “Liberez-les prisonniers palestiniens!” rang out in the plaza as speakers and activists came together to demand freedom for all Palestinian political prisoners.

The following press release  was issued March 17, 2014  by the Euro-Mid Observer in Geneva: A report issued on March 17th  by the Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights points out that  the Israeli forces have detained 740 Palestinian children during the first two months of 2014, 465 of them remained in custody for at least one week.

euromidThe Euro-Mid Observer, an independent human rights organization based in Geneva, states that approximately 200 Palestinian minors were detained monthly on average by the Israeli forces during 2013, and 197 on average during 2012, according to data published by Defense for Children International (DCI) and Israel Prison Service.

The first month of 2014 witnessed the detention of 350 Palestinian children; some of them were released within hours of their capture, while 220 others were held for one week or more. However, in February 2014, 390 children were arrested,  of whom 245 were kept under custody up to one week or more. This indicates an increase in the number of detained Palestinian children by 80% during the first two months of  2014 in comparison with monthly average of detentions during 2013.

Euro-Mid’s report  notes that after following up the cases of the detained Palestinian children, it was apparent that most charges held against them were linked to throwing stones at Israeli patrols roaming around in Palestinian cities, or taking part in a peaceful demonstration condemning Israel’s separation wall, or for shouting slogans, writings statements or paintings glorifying Palestine and rejecting the occupation.  Such acts, the report confirms, are not deemed as crimes in international law and do not require the detention of a child as punishment.

According to the Israeli Military Order 1651, Palestinian child prisoners may be sentenced in military courts from the age of twelve, which violates both international and Israeli juvenile law.

The Israeli Military Order 1651 establishes a minimum age of criminal responsibility at 12 years, and sets out the maximum penalties that can be imposed on children in various age categories for a number of listed offences. The most common offence that children are charged with in the military courts is for stone throwing.

Euro-Mid draws  the attention to the fact that most cases of detention against Palestinian child  prisoners are carried out after midnight, and are accompanied by repressive police actions frightening children and their families without  acute or security necessity. Moreover, the children’s  parents are not allowed to accompany their  children and are not told where they are taken to. Most children, meanwhile, are denied from their right to immediate legal assistance  as Israeli authorities often starts investigations right after the detention of the child without  the presence of a lawyer. No child should be interrogated in the absence of a lawyer of choice and family member. Additionally, the majority of those children are faced by solitary confinement, a practice with severe negative psychological impacts on the children.

A number of children told Euro-Mid following their release that during their interrogation by the Israeli forces, they were subjected to psychological pressure, scolding,  deprivation of sleep, denial of access to toilets, and beating; different forms of torture and “harm, abuse, and violence” prohibited under the provisions of article (19/1) of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The report stressed that such escalation in detentions against Palestinian children without any legal basis is at odds with article 37  of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states that : (a) No child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; (b) No child shall be deprived of his or her liberty unlawfully or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child shall be in conformity with the law and shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time”.

” The report, more importantly, made clear that the detention of Palestinian children mounts to “a stark violation of their right to their freedom of expression.”

Mira Bushara, a researcher at Euro-Mid’s legal department, said “Israel is totally indifferent to the Convention on the Rights of the Child when it comes to Palestinian children” pointing at the incident of Wadea Muswada, a 5 years old Palestinian child from Hebron detained in June 2013 on the charge of “throwing stones”.

Bushara said incidents documented in the film “Children in Chains” by British director Jonathan Pullman, “shows us that what Israel is practicing against the rights of Palestinian children represents a methodology that applies to all Palestinian cities and are not mere individual incidents that happen here and there, especially when nearly 190 Palestinian children under the age of 8 are held in Israeli prisons until this moment”.


Photo via Inminds (
Photo via Inminds (
Photo via Inminds (

Palestinian child prisoner Ubaida Asaid ended his hunger strike on February 1, after occupation authorities agreed to transfer him from the Ofek criminal youth Israeli prison to HaSharon prison with Palestinian political prisoners.

Asaid, 15, was abducted by ocupation forces on November 13, 2013, and then abducted again with his 13-year-old brother Osman two weeks later. Osman was released after paying a $3000 fine and is now under house arrest and prohibited from even going to school.

Ubaida was transferred to Ofek where he was in danger and was denied family visits. He began a hunger strike on January 27. Inminds reported that the transfer to HaSharon will take place within 10 days. They protested in London at infamous prison contractor G4S headquarters raising awareness about Ubaida’s case on January 31.

The Electronic Intifada reported that:

Israel put Palestinian prisoners, including children, in outdoor cages during the severe winter storm that struck the region in the middle of last month.

“The shocking practice was highlighted in a year-end statement by the advocacy group, the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) and discussed by Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, this week.

“Also detailed in a letter from the office of Israel’s National Public Defender, the practice had been going on for months, but has now supposedly been halted.

The 16 December letter to the head of the Israel Prison Service (IPS) says that lawyers from the public defender’s office had learned of the practice during an official visit to the Ramle prison compound where Palestinian political prisoners, including children, are often transferred from the occupied West Bank in violation of international law.”

Iron cages

During the visit by two of its lawyers “which coincided with the fierce storm that struck the country, the attorneys met prisoners who described a shocking picture: in the middle of the night, dozens of prisoners were transferred to iron cages built outside the IPS facility in Ramle,” according to a 17 December statement from the public defender.

“In these cages, which were exposed to the weather, they spent several hours in the freezing cold and rain, until the transport arrived to take them to court around 6am,” the statement adds.

The statement said that the practice had been going on for months, a fact “verified during other official visits and not denied by IPS.”

The public defender launched an emergency appeal to various official bodies, including the ministry of justice, “in order to prevent another night of such grave harm to humanity.”

The statement notes that some of the prisoners in the cages were “minors” – children.

The Jerusalem Post reported on 31 December that Tzipi Livni, Israel’s justice minister “immediately telephoned Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, telling him to end the practice.”

The matter was also discussed Tuesday in the Israeli parliament’s public petitions committee where, according to the Post, “the Knesset committee said that the manner of arrest and detention conditions of Palestinian children was violating Israeli law for dealing with children.”


PCATI’s statement notes “with increasing alarm and condemnation Israel’s failure to protect Palestinian children from direct and indirect torture and ill treatment.”

It says it has received “dozens of complaints of torture and ill treatment from children in the last 10 years” and is currently working on cases “concerning children’s complaints of torture and ill treatment at the hands of Israeli soldiers and interrogators.”

For the full report, please visit Electronic Intifada.


Date: Friday 3rd January 2014, 2pm – 4pm
Location: G4S HQ, 105 Victoria Street (Closest public transport: Victoria Tube/Rail station)

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Solidarity with 5 Palestinian children tortured and caged by Israel for a crime that never happened.

On 14th March 2013 in what appears to have been a car accident when a speeding illegal Israeli settler car crashed in to the back of an Israeli truck which had stopped to change a flat tire, on a illegal Jews-only road in the West Bank, resulted in four people being hurt. At the behest of angry settlers, the incident was later presented as an attack by Palestinian stone throwing youth.

The truck drivers earlier testimony that he had stopped due to a flat tire was replaced with the new reason being that he had seen stones by the road, and an accident that nobody saw suddenly became a terror attack with 61 witnesses including the police!

Over the next few days over 50 masked Israeli soldiers with attack dogs stormed the local village of Hares in the early hours of the morning and in waves of violent arrests kidnapped the children of the village. In total 19 children were taken to the infamous G4S secured children’s dungeon at Al Jalame and locked up in solitary confinement for up to 2 weeks in filthy windowless 1m by 2m cells with no mattress. The children were violently tortured and sexual threats were made against the female members of their families in order to coerce confessions from the boys.

With the confessions and the new “eye-witness” statements, five of the Hares boys were charged with 25 counts of attempted murder each, even though there were only four people in the car. Apparently the military court had decided that 25 stones were thrown, each with an “intent to kill”. The five boys – the “Hares Boys” – Ali Shamlawi, Mohammed Kleib, Mohammed Mehdi Suleiman, Tamer Souf, and Ammar Souf are currently locked up in another G4S secured facility – Megiddo prison where G4S provides the entire central command room.

With no evidence of a crime the military court keeps on postponing the hearing dates for the children. All the October, November and December military court dates so far have been postponed and new ones issued for January by the Israeli military to the families of the boys, meanwhile the boys remain caged now for nearly 10 months now. Family visits are routinely cancelled with no notice being given, Ali Shamlawi mothers last scheduled visit on 17th Dec was cancelled – its a way to exert psychological pressure on both the children and their families.

Not that evidence, or lack of it, has any bearing in an Israeli military court – a study conducted by the Israeli NGO ‘No Legal Frontiers’ over a 12 month period concluded that 100% of Palestinian children brought before the military court are convicted. If the five boys are convicted they will be locked up for over 25 years – five young lives ruined with no evidence of a crime let alone their guilt.

We are demanding the immediate and unconditional release of all the children and hold G4S complicit in Israel’s crimes, particularly in the torture of Palestinian children.


We will also be  protesting in solidarity with the three hunger strikers Mohammad Badr, Islam Badr, and Thaer Abdu who have been on hunger strike since 16th November to protest their ‘administrative detention’ – the practice used by Israel to imprison Palestinians indefinitely without charge or trial.

Under administrative detention prisoners are given rolling detention orders which can be anything from 1-6 months, renewable indefinitely. This is against international law. In the past administrative detainee Mazen Natsheh has been locked up cumulatively for nearly 10 years without charge or trial. Detention orders can be based on so called “secret information” which never needs to be produced, either to the detainee nor their lawyer, but often administrative detention is used to arbitrarily jail Palestinians where there is no evidence for a trial, or as a form of punishment as in the case of 10 Palestinian MPs currently locked up without charge. Israel has on average issued over 2000 detention orders every year (2007-2011). Today there are 145 administrative detainees.

Thaer Abdu was abducted by the Israeli occupation forces from his home on 27th October and is being held under a 6 month administrative detention. Mohammed and Islam Badr are brothers, and were abducted from their family shop on 28th October. Mohammad is being held under a 6 month detention order whilst Islam is on an initial 3 month detention. All three are held in G4S secured Ofer prison, but unlike other Palestinians who are placed in the political “security” section, they have been put in section 14 which is for common criminals. Until recently they were on total hunger strike, taking only water (no salts and no medication). As a result their health deteriorated very rapidly and they had to be transferred to hospital on 12th December. Now they are taking salt with water. Both Mohammad and Islam have lost 12kg in weight since the beginning of their strike. To punish them for their hunger strike the prison has put them in isolation and taken all their personal possessions from the cell and denied then adequate blankets and bedding whilst being kept in a very cold room making even drinking water difficult to swallow. Everyday the prison guards continue the punishment by violently raiding their rooms at least 5 times daily under pretext of inspection. Despite their hardships all three prisoners are committed to their hunger strike.

The British security contractor G4S is complicit in Israel’s illegal practice of punitive administrative detention. Figures from April show that 86% of administrative detainees – the vast majority, are locked up in G4S secured Israeli prisons. Most of them having been transferred from the West Bank into Israel in contravention of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.


We will, inshAllah, be tweeting live (hash tags #FreeHaresBoys #G4S ) from the protest with live photos being uploaded to our twitter and facebook page. So if you can’t join us on the day, please help us by sharing the photos as they get uploaded.


Please help raise money for the Hares Boys – five Palestinian children abducted from their homes in the village of Hares and caged in a hole in the ground and tortured until false confessions were extracted for stone throwing and are now facing possible life sentences. The aim is to raise as much as we can in 80 days  (starting 30th Oct) to help all the 5 families to deal with the financial burden associated with having their children imprisoned. The children have already spent 8 months in an Israeli dungeon.

Israel is the only country in the world that charges prisoners for their imprisonment. They have to buy food, soap, toothpaste, and everything else for highly inflated prices in the prison shop, because the Apartheid state does not provide for the people it incarcerates. Not only are such policies designed to break the spirit of the imprisoned and their families – they also intend to ruin them financially. Its costs over 125 euros per month to provide for one child’s basic needs in prison.

The initial target of 2000 euros  has been reached thanks to our French comrades, who raised a magnificent 1000 euros. The target was however kept low because of the way the fundraising works –  if you don’t reach the target in 80 days all the money is returned and the families don’t get any of the money. So we still need people to contribute, every little helps. So far 2,822 euros have been raised with just 19 days remaining. Around 6% of the amount raised goes towards administrative and bank fees of namlebee – the hosts of the fundraising.

Please give generously, thank you.


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