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Israeli arrests of Palestinian children rise after Trump’s Jerusalem announcement

One month after the United States announced its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the arrest of Palestinian children by Israeli police has risen.

On the way to visit his aunt, 16-year-old Fawzi al-Juneidi was captured by Israeli forces in Hebron. He said he was severely beaten and taken to a nearby military watchtower with blood pouring from his face, placed in an outdoor fenced room and made to sit on the ground in cold water in the December chill. “They poured cold water on my feet, as I had lost my shoes when they arrested me. They were standing on my legs and feet, leaving cuts all over my body,” Juneidi told Al-Monitor within days of his release from 22 days in prison. Juneidi said that as a result of the beatings he endured from the time of his arrest, his shoulder was fractured.

After a day of various transfers between police stations, Juneidi was taken to Ofer, an Israeli prison in the West Bank, where he was finally allowed to access an Israeli hospital. “While I was in the hospital, the soldiers threatened that if I didn’t admit to throwing stones they would beat me up. They continually said bad words to me and cursed me,” Juneidi said.

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