November 2012 – Overview
This month saw a 9 percent increase in the number of children prosecuted in the Israeli military courts and imprisoned. This represents a 32 percent increase in the number of children held in military detention since December 2011. This month saw no change in the number of young children (12-15 years) being detained, which remained at 21 children.
In November, DCI documented 5 cases in which children reported being held in solitary confinement in Al Jalame prison, inside Israel (Urgent Appeal). The boys report being held in windowless cells where dim yellow lights are left on 24 hours a day. The boys report being held in solitary confinement from between 4 and 29 days, with an average of 14 days. DCI has now documented 59 cases of children held in solitary confinement in detention facilities inside Israel since 2008. As recently as October 2011, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture called for a total prohibition on the use of solitary confinement for children as it can frequently amount to torture.
In early December, a petition was delivered to the UK Prime Minister calling on the UK government to take effective action in relation to Palestinian child detainees. The petition included 4,483 signatories.