Israeli occupation hands Palestinian child five-year jail sentence

5 months ago

An Israeli court sentenced on Sunday evening Palestinian child Samer Abdel Karim Owais to five years in prison.

Owais, a 17-year-old resident of Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank, was arrested by Israeli occupation forces on 15 April 2019 and was tortured during his interrogation in “Petah Tikva” detention centre where he was isolated for two months.

Since his arrest, the Israeli occupation authorities refused to unify him with his jailed father Abdel Karim, who was given a life sentence and was subjected to persecution and several assassination attempts along with his captive brother Hassan, according to human rights groups.

Hassan, arrested by Israeli occupation troops in 2004, is serving two life sentences and a twenty-year prison term.

Abdul Karim has another martyr brother, Samer, who was assassinated in 2002 in an Israeli air strike on his car in al-Amari refugee camp near Ramallah.

The Israeli occupation is still holding nearly 4,500 Palestinians, including 41 women, approximately 140 children, and 340 administrative detainees.