OPT: URGENT APPEAL - Mass arrest of children in Jalazun Refugee Camp


UA - 1/10 : URGENT APPEAL : DCI-Palestine

Incident Night time raid, arrest, ill-treatment of at least 17 children

Location Al Jalazun Refugee Camp (Ramallah), West Bank

Date of incident 11 February 2010

Accusations Throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli soldiers

Place of detention Ofer Prison, West Bank

UPDATE: 13 March 2010 (see table below)

10 May 2010 Court appearance

11 March 2010 Court appearance

8 March 2010 Children transferred to Rimonim Prison inside Israel

28 February 2010 Court appearance

24 February 2010 Court appearance

Summary of incident

On 11 February 2010, at least 17 children were arrested from the Al Jalazun Refugee Camp in the middle of the night by Israeli soldiers. The children and their families report the use of excessive force during the arrests, and ill-treatment and coercion during subsequent interrogations. The children were interrogated in the absence of a lawyer and family member, and the interrogations were not video recorded. The children are accused of throwing stones, and in some cases, Molotov cocktails at Israeli soldiers in 2009 and 2010. The children are being prosecuted in military courts.

Background information

At around 2:00am, on Thursday, 11 February 2010, Israeli soldiers entered Al Jalazun Refugee Camp near Ramallah, in the West Bank and went from house to house and started rounding up, beating and harassing residents of the Camp. According to information obtained by DCI-Palestine, at least 17 children were arrested and taken away. Reports indicate that the children were first taken to the Israeli settlement of Beit El, and then to Binyamin Police Station and Ofer Interrogation and Detention Centre, near Ramallah.

DCI-Palestine has so far obtained five affidavits from some of the children detained and their parents. The evidence indicates that excessive force was used during the raid and illegal techniques used during the subsequent interrogations.