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A Final Comment
Defence for Children International-Palestine Section (DCI-Palestine) is a child rights organization and movement. Past reports discussed how young Palestinian children are tortured and otherwise ill-treated during arrests, interrogations, and detentions.
Since 2008 alone, it documented 38 cases of Palestinian children brutalized in solitary confinement, despite international law and repeated UN statements prohibiting it.
On January 12, it issued an urgent appeal for children then held. It listed them by first name/last initial only, their age, when arrested, prison location, and length so far in isolation.
It also explained terrorizing middle-of-the-night arrests and horrific treatment during interrogations and detentions.
All detainees are brutalized to extract confessions. Young children, of course, are most vulnerable. Nearly all face real or contrived stone-throwing charges. Guilt by accusation follow. So do detentions and often fines.
On February 18, DCI-Palestine complained to Israeli authorities on behalf of 16-year old Rasheed J . It requested an investigation of mistreatment in custody. On November 4, 2011, he was arrested and taken to Al Jalame interrogation center charged with stone throwing.
His ordeal included brutal arrest treatment, including tying his hands painfully behind his back, blindfolding, transporting him by military jeep, and forcing him on its floor for five hours.
He was then taken to Al Jalame inside Israel, hands and feet shackled. On arrival he was strip-searched, forced to sit on a low chair with his hands painfully cuffed behind his back, and interrogated.
Cell No. 36 followed. It was very small, had a smelly mattress, two concrete chairs, and "a toilet with a nasty smell." A sink was next to the toilet. He had artificial green light only. Cell walls were gray and rough with no windows, just gaps to let air in and out. Poor inadequate amounts of food came through a door slot.
He remained isolated for 13 days, 19 in all at Al Jalame. He was interrogated daily except Fridays and Saturdays. Each time he was tied to a small chair. He was asked about making home-grown grenades. After painful treatment, he confessed only to stone throwing.
After 19 days, he was transferred to Megiddo prison, inside Israel, in violation of Fourth Geneva's Article 76 prohibiting transfers of protected people outside their occupied territory.
On October 18, 2011, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez called for ending solitary confinement, especially for children. It's brutalizing "torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment when used as a punishment, during pretrial detention, indefinitely or for a prolonged period."
It especially harms children and anyone with mental disabilities.