Extending Youth Tarek Odeh's Arrest
February 23, 2013

17-year-old Tarek Odeh had his arrest extended until the 13th March 2013 by the Main Court.

The Wadi Hilwe's Information Centre said he was arrested in mid-January; he was accused of throwing Molotov cocktails and fireworks towards Beit Myukhes settlement in Silwan.

His father stated that 22 days were spent under investigation in the cells in Maskubiye, during which he was denied lawyer's visits or receiving clothes. His hearings were confidential. He was pushed psychologically by being held in a small, dark and cold cell; he was on a hunger strike for two days.

On the day of his arrest, Tarek was studing for his Bagrut exams. He was then transferred to Ha Sharon's prison where he was able to get his clothes and other needs.

His mother says this is his third arrest. The first was two years ago on 23rd January; he was arrested and searched whilst walking with his cousins, accused of throwing Molotov cocktails at Beit Yonatan's settlement. During this arrest he was held in al Makubiye for nine days before being released to house arrest outside Silwan. His mother added: "During that time he was requested for investigations in Jabal Al Mukaber's police; he was threatened with arrest if he didn't show up. After the investigation he stayed in jail for three months then released to a house arrest away from our home for nine months; this ended in June 2012."