-Submitted by Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine
Media Reports from Occupied Palestine
By Defense for Children International (DCI) Palestine
Ramallah, December 31, 2020
In 2020, DCIP documented 79 Palestinian child detention cases from the West Bank that detail widespread and institutionalized ill-treatment of Palestinian child detainees.
The vast majority, nearly 85 percent, said they were physically abused by Israeli forces during the course of their detention. Every child detainee had their hands bound; 68 percent had their legs shackled, and 91 percent were blindfolded, according to documentation collected by DCIP. The majority of children, nearly 57 percent, were arrested from their homes at night, and 76 percent were not told why they were being detained.
Israeli authorities imprisoned an average of 167 Palestinian children each month between January and September 2020, according to Israel Prison Service (IPS) data. Comparatively, during 2019, Israeli authorities imprisoned an average of 198 Palestinian children in the Israeli prison system each month.
Israeli Forces Killed at Least 8 Palestinian Children in 2020
Here are reports on their deaths – 8 short videos about 8 short lives. Produced by If Americans Knew.
- Mohammad Damer Matar, 16, RIP
- Mohammad Salman el Haddad, 17, RIP
- Mohammad Abdul Karim Hamayel, 15, RIP
- Zeid Fadel Qaisiyya, 15, RIP
- Amer Abdul Rahim Snobar, 17, RIP
- Ali Ayman Abu Alia, 14, RIP
- Ala Hani al Abbassi, 15, RIP
- Mahmoud Omar Sadeq Kamil, 17, RIP
Israeli Soldiers Uproot 3,400 Olive Trees, Saplings, Near Salfit
January 7, 2021
Reposted from: International Middle east media center
In an ongoing and serious escalation, Israeli soldiers cut and uprooted more than 3400 Palestinian olive trees and saplings owned by Palestinian villagers of Deir Ballout, west of Salfit, in central West Bank.
Eyewitnesses said the soldiers closed the western area of the village, known as “Khallet al-Abhar,” and started uprooting olive trees and saplings, owned by Nasfat Ezzat Mousa, Ghazi Hosni Mousa, Omar Abdullah Mousa, and Mohammad Mousa.
The soldiers prevented the Palestinians from entering their lands, and closed the areas surrounding them.
Salfit governor, Abdullah Kamil, said the Israeli violations, committed by the soldiers and fanatic colonialist settlers, have been seriously escalating and called on the international community to intervene.
Source: According to Americans for Peace Now‘s “Facts on the Ground” Map Project, there are 163 official Israeli settlements and 98 informal outposts on Palestinian land, including 24 neighborhoods in East Jerusalem de facto annexed to Israel (a total of 261 settlements). APN’s interactive settlement map shows the name, location, and population for each settlement and outpost on Palestinian territory, all of which are considered illegal under international law.