The Israeli Authorities released, Sunday, the youngest Palestinian detainee, Deema al-Wawi, only twelve years of age, after holding her captive, in direct violation of International, for more than two and a half months.
On February 9 2016, Deema al-Wawi, from Halhoul town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, was kidnapped at a military roadblock near Karmie Tzur illegal colony, built on Palestinian lands, after the soldiers claimed that â€śshe had a knife in her bag.â€ť
Tulkarem governor, Essam Abu Bakr, the head of the Detainees Committee Issa Qaraqeâ€™, and hundreds of Palestinians, including former political prisoners, welcomed the released child along with her family.
Abu Bakr said the abduction and imprisonment of children is a crime against humanity, and a testimony to the criminal nature of the Israeli occupation and its constant abuse of children in Palestine.
On his part, Qaraqeâ€™ said that â€śIsrael is a criminal country that practices ugly, and most brutal forms of torture and oppression against children and childhood in occupied Palestine.â€ť
â€śThis occupation constantly violates International Law and every basic human rights principle,â€ť Qaraqeâ€™ said, â€śIsrael is still holding captive more than 450 children, under the age of 16.â€ť
It is worth mentioning that the Israeli military court in Ofer Prison, in the occupied West Bank, sentenced Deema to four and a half months, and 8000 Israeli Shekels fine.
Palestinian Legislator, the head of the Palestinian National Initiative, Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, said Deema managed to remain steadfast despite Israelâ€™s oppression and violations.
â€śThis Israeli occupation is criminal and vicious; it still holds captive more than 400 children, in direct violation of International Law, and all related human rights agreements,â€ť Dr, Barghouthi said, â€śThe Palestinians will remain steadfast, and will never surrender â€“ our struggle continues until liberation and independence.â€ť
On Sunday evening, the soldiers kidnapped former political prisoner, Palestinian Professor and Astronomer Emad al-Barghouthi, 53, after stopping him at a military roadblock installed on the main road leading to Nabi Saleh village, west of Ramallah.
Al-Barghouthi, from Beit Rima town near Ramallah, teaches physics at the Al-Quds University.