12-year-old Palestinian prisoner writes letter to mother: 'Keep your head up like a palm tree'
Shadi Farrah, 12, wrote a letter to his mother for her birthday from the Israeli prison where he's being held.
A 12-year-old boy imprisoned in Israel wrote a touching letter to his mother for her birthday.
“I want to tell you to keep your head up like a palm tree, no wind or earthquake either can shake it,” said the Palestinian youth, Shadi Farrah, according to an Arabic article in Sky News Arabia, which was translated by Al Bawaba.
“I need you not to feel sad mother, this is a test that God had put us through,” the letter continued.
Farrah was arrested in late December and charged with intent to murder and possession of a knife. His family was also ordered to pay a fine of 5,000 shekels ($1298) and sign a bail of 10,000 shekels ($2596), according to reports.
Farrah’s family claims he was kidnapped while coming home from school, by Israel Defense Forces soldiers who claimed he was in possession of a knife. He was arrested with a friend, who’s also 12-years-old, and also detained under the same charges.
Israel has been through a wave of stabbings by Palestinians since October, which has been dubbed “the Knife Intifada” by the media. Israel is currently detaining 414 Palestinian minors, according to the Israeli human rights group Btselem and to Military Court Watch, a group devoted to monitoring the situation of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention.