Jerusalem24 – Wake Up Palestine – The Israeli authorities resort to the method of house arrest for children under the age of 14, that is because the Israeli law does not allow them to be placed in prison, and for fear of exposure to international criticism and human rights institutions. In 2020 alone, around 130 Palestinian children were sentenced to house arrest, 120 in 2019, 90 in 2018, 95 in 2017, 78 in 2016 and 60 in 2015.
While most of the detainees in house arrest are children, adults can also be placed under house arrest. Often preventing them from carrying out any political work or activism.
House arrest is considered an arbitrary measure and a violation of the rules and provisions of international humanitarian law, and all international conventions and norms, foremost of which are the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols, the four Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 1977.
In this episode of Wake Up Palestine, Mohammad Hamayel speaks with Samaa Eweideh, to discuss the policy of house arrest and how it affects children and their families in Jerusalem.