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8 Facts on Palestinians Held in Israeli Prisons

The sentence given to a Palestinian child for the “crime” of throwing a stone is 20 years in prison.

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The sentence given to a Palestinian child for the “crime” of throwing a stone is 20 years in prison.

Although there might have been a show of a prisoner exchange between Israel and Palestine, the fact remains that Palestinians are still being arrested every day and held unfairly, without trial in many cases, throughout Israel’s prisons. Many of these Palestinian prisons are also children.

Here are just 8 facts on Palestinians held in Israeli prisons:

At least 750,000 Palestinians have been arrested by Israel and held in prison since 1967.

There were at least 5,200 Palestinians who were in Israeli prisons before October 7th, 2023.

3,000 arrests have been made by Israel since the 7th of October. 145 of these arrests were Palestinian children, 95 were women, and 37 were journalists.

According to a list published by Israel, the youngest child held in prison is 14 years old.

At least 700 children under the age of 18 from the occupied West Bank are prosecuted every year through Israeli military courts.

The sentence given to a Palestinian child for the “crime” of throwing a stone is 20 years in prison.

1,310 Palestinians are imprisoned without charge or trial as of September 2023, which includes 146 minors.

More than 1,000 military orders have been issued by Israel since 1967, criminalizing harmless acts such as waving the Palestinian flag, which makes it easier to detain and arrest innocent Palestinians.


Sources taken from: AP News, Palestine Center for Prisoner Studies, Israeli Prisoner List, Al Jazeera News, Save the Children, B’Tselem, and Addameer. 

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