Israeli forces seized a six-year-old Palestinian child in Hebron (Al-Khalil), and detained him without family members for an hour, reported B’Tselem.
The incident took place on November 25, at aroun2 pmpm, when Israeli forces seized 15-year-old ‘Abd a-Rahman Abu Daoud, and six-year-old Zeid Taha.
Both children were then taken to so-called “Pharmacy Checkpoint” in the segregated city. Abu Daoud was then transferred to Ofer Prison and ultimately sentenced to three months in prison.
Life for Palestinians under Israeli occupation.
6-year-old Zeid Taha was seized by Israeli forces in the segregated city of Hebron, & held w/out family at three checkpoints for an hour.
— Ben White (@benabyad) December 13, 2018
Zeid, meanwhile, was moved to two further checkpoints, before being handed over to Palestinian Authority police.
Zeid told B’Tselem researchers:
“The policemen took me into Abu a-Rish Checkpoint (the Pharmacy Checkpoint) and kept me shut in a room there for about an hour … I cried and the soldiers cursed me. Then they put me iina white car. I heard the other boy who was arrested with me asking a woman soldier where they were taking us, and she answered, ‘To prison’.”
6 years old. https://t.co/hpaVUoJXgG
— Karen Free 🇵🇸 FROM THE RIVER TO THE SEA (@kazahann) December 13, 2018
His mother – Falestin Taha, 26, a married mother of three – told B’Tselem:
“I couldn’t have imagined that the military would arrest such a young boy. I was shocked and terribly worried. I kept imagining Taha all alone with armed Israeli soldiers.”
Israel detained over 900 #Palestinian children since start of 2018.
According to #prisoners rights group Addameer, there are 5,580 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons, of whom 250 are #child prisoners and 35 are under the age of 16 years.https://t.co/kdorSCSUy1 pic.twitter.com/oflgV27l8b
— ISM Palestine (@ISMPalestine) November 24, 2018
According to the mother,
“Zeid is still very scared and anxious. He’s not ready to be apart from me even for a moment. He isn’t even willing to sleep in his own bed. He sleeps holding on to me.”
B’Tselem added that “this is not the first time that Israeli security forces have illegally detained a child below the age of criminal responsibility.”
(MEMO, PC, Social Media)