Detention - Thabet 'E. (16)

01:30 Jul 16 2014 Osarin, Nablus, West Bank

Thabet ‘E., 16, was detained on charges of throwing stones.

Around 1:30 a.m., Israeli soldiers entered Thabet’s bedroom, binding, blindfolding and arresting him.

He was transported on the metal floor of a military jeep—first to Za’tara checkpoint, then, with other youth to Huwara Interrogation and Detention Center (IDC).

Around 10:00 a.m., Thabet was handcuffed, shackled and transferred to Petah Tikva IDC. After being strip searched, he was brought before a military judge. Thabet notes that he was denied access to lawyer, “even though there was a lawyer standing outside the courtroom.”

After Thabet’s detention was extended, he was interrogated with his arms and leg tied to a metal chair for approximately three hours. No lawyer or family member was present during the interrogation and he was not informed him of his rights.

Thabet was interrogated in this manner repeatedly during his 29 day detention in Petah Tikva—25 days of which were spent in solitary confinement. On the fifth day, an interrogator threatened: “‘I’ll have both of your parents arrested, brought here to this room and killed if you don't confess.’” Despite confessing to throwing stones at an Israeli settler’s car and causing injury, interrogation continued.

While in solitary confinement, Thabet also states two jailers “brutally beat” him on more than one occasion when he made requests.

By 18 August, Thabet had appeared in military courts on six occasions and his detention extended without being presented with charges.
Additional Data
Type of Case: Detained
Name: Thabet 'E.
Age: 16
Incident Date: Jul 16 2014
Type of Violation (Detention): Night arrest,Ill-treatment,Solitary Confinement,Coerced confession,Unlawful transfer
Solitary Confinement Location (Detention): Petah Tikva
Unlawful Transfer Location (Detention): Petah Tikva

Credibility: UP DOWN 2

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