Israeli courts have imposed fines on dozens of Palestinian minors detained in Ofer prison worth a cumulative 38,000 shekels ($10,740) during the month of May alone, the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs said yesterday.
It said that 57 Palestinians under the age of 18 were detained in May and transferred to Ofer, making an average fine of $188 per prisoner.
The committee accused Israel of “stealing Palestinian money” by imposing excessive fines on prisoners, claiming that the fines were used to finance the Israeli military and incarceration systems levied against Palestinians.
Of the 57 children, 18 have so far been sentenced to prison terms, with sentences ranging between 13 days and five months, adding that four of them were shot by Israeli forces when they were detained, while 21 said they were violently beaten and assaulted during their detention.
The committee added that 23 of the minors were detained during house raids, 30 were detained while on the street, two at Israeli military checkpoints, and two others after being summoned for interrogation.
According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, as of May, there were 6,200 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons, including 300 minors.