Guest contribution by Bayan Abusneineh
On May 15, a date when Palestinians around the world commemorate the Nakba, the Arabic word for “catastrophe,” 17-year-old Nadeem Siam Nuwara and 16-year-old Muhammad Mahmoud Odeh Abu Al-Thahir were shot and killed by the Israeli military. Al-Nakba symbolizes the day that preceded Israel’s declaration of statehood and the day when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were expelled. The two boys were participating in a demonstration near Ofer military prison when they were shot. They had been protesting Israel’s use of administrative detention, a tool used to imprison Palestinian men, women, and children on the basis of “suspicious” behavior, and expressing their support for the Palestinian hunger strikers. The killing of the two innocent boys proves how Israel kills with impunity.
Mass incarceration of Palestinians
Political captivity and mass incarceration are part and parcel to the Zionist settler-colonial regime. Physical and psychological forms of torture have been employed as colonial tools, designed to not only intimidate Palestinians through terror, but to also prevent and stifle all resistance movements, including throwing rocks. According to the Prison Support and Human Rights Association, Addameer, as of April 1, 2014, there were approximately 5,265 Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli prisons and detention centers, including 186 administrative detainees, 20 women, and 202 children. Twenty-four of these children were under the age of 16. Administrative detention is the right to arrest and detain without charge or trial, and Palestinians cannot even view the evidence used against them in these cases. [Read more...]