Another member of the circus family was kidnapped by the Israeli occupation army.
12-year-old Sohaib Saeed, student with The Palestinian Circus School since 3 years, was Kidnapped this Thursday afternoon 25 of January in Birzeit, for allegedly throwing stones. Sohaib is being kept in the Israeli military detention center Ofer. Tomorrow he will be sentenced at the military court of Ofer under Israeli military law.
عضو آخر من اسرة السيرك تم اختطافه من قبل جيش الاحتلال الإسرائيلي.
اعتقل صهيب سعيد البالغ من العمر 12 سنة، طالب في مدرسة سيرك فلسطين منذ 3 سنوات، بعد ظهر يوم الخميس 25 من يناير كانون الثاني في بيرزيت، بتهمة رمي الحجارة. يتواجد صهيب الان في معتقل عوفر العسكري. و سيتم محاكمته يوم غد الاحد 29/1/2017 في المحكمة العسكرية عوفر بموجب القانون العسكري الصهيوني الإسرائيلي.
What does this mean exactly at the level of basic rights of defense for Sohaib?
From the DCI Palestine website:
“In the West Bank, there are two separate legal systems operating in the same territory. The sole factor in determining which laws apply to a person is his or her nationality and ethnicity.
Israeli military law, which fails to ensure and denies basic and fundamental rights, is applied to the whole Palestinian population. Israeli settlers living in the West Bank are subject to the Israeli civilian and criminal legal system.
Israel is the only country in the world that automatically prosecutes children in military courts that lack basic and fundamental fair trial guarantees. Since 2000, at least 8,000 Palestinian children have been arrested and prosecuted in an Israeli military detention system notorious for the systematic ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children.
Around 500-700 Palestinian children are arrested, detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system each year.
The majority of Palestinian child detainees are charged with throwing stones, and three out of four experience physical violence during arrest, transfer or interrogation. No Israeli child comes into contact with the military court system.
ARREST, TRANSFER AND INTERROGATION
The majority of children are detained from their West Bank homes during the middle of the night by heavily armed Israeli soldiers. Several hours after their arrest, children arrive at an interrogation and detention center alone, sleep deprived and often bruised and scared. Interrogations tend to be coercive, including a variety of verbal abuse, threats and physical violence that ultimately result in a confession.
Unlike Israeli children living in illegal settlements in the West Bank, Palestinian children are not accompanied by a parent and are generally interrogated without the benefit of legal advice, or being informed of their right to silence. They are overwhelmingly accused of throwing stones, an offense that can lead to a potential maximum sentence of 10 to 20 years depending on a child’s age.
In 2013, 199 children, on average, were being held in military detention every month, the highest average since 2010.
Post-arrest, a child’s initial appearance in the military court is usually when he first sees a lawyer and his family. Although many children maintain their innocence, most plead guilty because this is the quickest way out of a system that rarely grants bail.
Israeli military court judges, either active duty or reserve officers in the Israeli army, rarely exclude evidence obtained by coercion or torture, including confessions drafted in Hebrew, a language most Palestinian children do not understand.
In 23% of cases in 2013, children were either shown, or made to sign, documentation written in Hebrew, a language they do not understand.