QALQILIA, Sunday, February 28, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli forces today evening detained a Palestinian teenager after severally beating him up in the town of Jayyous to the east of Qalqilia, according to local sources.
Sources told WAFA Israeli forces detained Majd Baida, 15, after severally beating him up while he was present near the metal gate to the south of the town of Jayyous.
Israel has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world that automatically and systematically detains and prosecutes children in military courts that lack fundamental fair trial rights and protections.
Israel detains and prosecutes between 500 and 700 Palestinian children in military courts each year. Nearly three out of four Palestinian children detained by Israeli forces experiences some form of physical violence, according to documentation collected by Defense for Children International Palestine (DCI-Palestine).
While international law demands that children only be detained as a measure of last resort, custodial pre-trial detention is the norm for Palestinian children detained by Israeli forces from the occupied West Bank.