RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The legal center of Arab minority rights Adalah demanded in a joint letter with defense for children international (DCI) the Israeli prison authority to grant Palestinian children and minors access to schooling in its jails.
The center pointed out that there are about 400 prisoners aged between 12 and 16 years serving very long terms in the prisons of Magiddo, Hasharon and Ofer.
2013 saw a dangerous turn in Israel’s suppression of Palestinian children, where 700 arrest incidents have been documented since the start of the year against children, most of them took part in protests against the occupation.
Israel’s detention of children is aimed at intimidating them into ending their participation in popular events against its policies and violations in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Adalah lawyer Rima Ayoub said that depriving the Palestinian children in prison of education is contrary to court verdicts issued by Israel in this regard and violates the international law that protects their right to education.
Ayoub stressed that Israel discriminately and deliberately deprives the Palestinian children of education, while it provides Israeli children, who are jailed for criminal reasons, with their educational rights in prison.
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