Case Study: Mohammad, 14 years old

At approximately 2 a.m. on September 25, 2017 in Al-Aroub refugee camp near the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, an Israeli soldier entered the bedroom of Mohammad B., 14 at the time, and woke him up.

The soldier confirmed Mohammad’s name, told his father he would detain him, and forced him to walk an hour to a military vehicle with his hands tied behind his back.

Mohammad B. was blindfolded and transferred to the Israeli settlement of Karmi Tzur where he was forced to sit on the ground in cold weather until 8 a.m. under the guard of three soldiers. He was then transferred to an unknown location and asked general questions about his health before being taken to Etzion detention center for interrogation.

Two interrogators took Mohammad to a kitchen where they interrogated him bound and blindfolded without the presence of a family member or lawyer. The interrogators did not inform him of his rights or allow him access to legal counsel prior interrogation.

The interrogators slapped, punched, and kicked Mohammad repeatedly across his body when he refused to confess that he threw stones and Molotov cocktails. An interrogator also banged Mohammad’s head against a wall, choked him, stuck his finger in his eye, and verbally insulted him and his family.

A third interrogator took Mohammad to another room and called his father to inquire if he wanted to hire a lawyer. The interrogator threatened to beat him if he did not confess and took him to a room with an audio recorder where he confessed. He then was forced to sign a Hebrew statement.

Mohammad was then forced to sit outside for two hours before he was transferred to Ofer detention center handcuffed and shackled where he was strip searched again and detained.

Mohammad was sentenced with two months in prison and a fine of NIS 4,000 ($1,116). He was released in November 2017.

Defense for Children International - Palestine (DCIP) is a local, independent Palestinian human rights organization committed to securing a just and viable future for Palestinian children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.