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Newsletter - December 2016

At the end of August 2016, there were 319 Palestinian children held as 'security prisoners' in Israeli prisons. 50% of these children were detained inside Israel in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Also in this issue: Israeli Prison Service reports filling vacant Freedom of Information position responsible for supplying updated prison statistics; observations on UN Security Council resolution 2334; updated Briefing Note; a soldier's video testimony describes violence in the back of a jeep; a child's testimony describes violence during interrogation; and rising nationalism leaves international criminal court at risk.

Testimony: R.S.M.T.
On 20 December 2016, a 15-year-old youth from Beit Fajjar is arrested by Israeli soldiers at 2:00 a.m. and accused of weapons' possession. He is released on bail 9 days later. "My mother woke me and my siblings up at around 1:30 a.m."
UN Security Council resolution 2334 (2016)
[December 2016] - On 23 December the UN Security Council reaffirmed that Israelís establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 have no legal validity.
Testimony: L.D.H.T.
On 29 November 2016, a 14-year-old boy from Deir Nidham is detained by Israeli soldiers at around 1:30 p.m. and accused of starting a fire in the nearby settlement of Halamish. He is released the next day without charge.