After my imprisonment, my little brother has been jailed in Israel. Who will speak up for Palestinian kids like us?

I was detained for clashing with Israeli forces in 2017, after my cousin was shot in the head. Almost a year since my release, my 15-year-old brother – like so many other children – has been taken away too

A year ago I was in an Israeli prison, denied my basic rights and stripped of my childhood. The crime that led to eight months of incarceration was not mine, but that of Israel’s continued occupation of Palestine.

As with so many child prisoners who are subjected to the horrors of Israeli military detention, one of the toughest daily struggles was being separated from my family. Last week, my family was torn apart once again: this time, Israeli forces came and took away my 15-year-old brother Mohammed.

This is the price we pay for Israel’s occupation. Every mother and father is forced to live in fear of their children being the next target. Palestinians in the West Bank are subjected to military law, which is used as a tool to repress, silence, and prevent our resistance to occupation.


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