Palestinian child prisoner Razan Abu Sal, 13, was sentenced by an Israeli military court on 16 January to four months in prison and a fine of 2500 NIS ($800 USD). A Palestinian refugee from al-Arroub camp south of Al-Khalil, Razan is the youngest female Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails.
Razan, like most jailed Palestinian children, was accused of throwing stones; she was seized near the Ibrahimi Mosque on 13 January She was seized by occupation forces along with her sister; her sister’s case was delayed further by the military court.
She is one of approximately 360 Palestinian children jailed in Israeli prisons. Every year, approximately 700 Palestinian children are dragged before Israeli military courts with a conviction rate of over 99 percent. Palestinian children frequently report physical and psychological abuse under Israeli interrogation as well as the use of solitary confinement and denial of access to their families or a lawyer.