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Ahmad Manasra

Young victim of an illegal case from the Israeli occupation symbolizing human rights issues of Palestinian youth and children.

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Date of Birth:



Beit Hanina, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Ahmad Manasra's case has become a global symbol of the plight of Palestinian children under Israeli occupation, drawing international attention to issues of juvenile justice and human rights.

Brief bio

Ahmad Manasra, a Palestinian youth, was arrested at the age of 13 in 2015. His case has sparked international outrage due to allegations of harsh treatment, prolonged solitary confinement, and the impact of his detention on his mental health. Manasra's situation has become emblematic of the broader issues faced by Palestinian children under the occupation.

Major Milestones


  • Arrest (2015): Arrested in relation to a stabbing incident in East Jerusalem.

  • Initial Sentence (2016): Convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to 12 years, later reduced to nine years.

  • Mental Health Diagnosis (2021): Diagnosed with schizophrenia and severe depression.

  • Solitary Confinement: Placed in prolonged solitary confinement since late 2021.

  • Global Advocacy: His case has garnered significant international attention and advocacy for his release.

  • Highlighting Juvenile Justice Issues: Brought global attention to the treatment of children in the Israeli “justice” system...See More

  • Mental Health Awareness: His case underscores the mental health impacts of incarceration on young individuals...See More

  • Human Rights Advocacy: Became a focal point for human rights groups advocating against prolonged solitary confinement and the treatment of minors in detention...See More

  • International Legal Debate: Sparked debates on the legality and morality of the treatment of Palestinian children under Israeli law.

  • Awareness of Palestinian Plight: Helped bring to light the broader struggles faced by Palestinians, especially youths, under occupation.

Date of Last Update: 
December 18, 2023

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