Each year, hundreds or even thousands of Palestinian children are arrested, tortured, interrogated, abused and incarcerated by the criminals of the Israeli military occupation. In many cases the children are abused sexually by the Israeli interrogators. They are also imprisoned together with teenagers, criminals, and drugs dealers, who also attack the children, abused them sexually, and steal their personal belongings. Two children from the Nahalin village near Bethlehem told me how they had been abused sexually at the Israeli jail by criminals detained there.
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Here is a Video which shows how the Israeli military treats the Palestinian children and their families while attending their illegal “military courts”.
A child described to me how the military judge accused him of throwing 40 stones at a military patrol near the Etzion military camp. The child swore to me that he had never been there. “Why I should my son travel from Nahalin to Etzion to throw stones at a military patrol driving in the mean street?” his mother asked me incredulous. This was not something logical for her child to do, said the mother of that child.
What I also found confusing among the lies, was that the military judge had accused the child of throwing “40 stones” at a military patrol while driving near Etzion. How did the driver count the stones which the child had thrown? Did he stop driving, did he stand quite, calm and with cuffed hands, waiting for the child to start throwing stones, and counting the stones which he threw, 1, 2, 3, 4, … 40?
I have seen IDF soldiers arresting children who were in the kindergarten in Hebron, I also saw how they tortured and shot them just because they were playing football in a garden. I still remember how soldiers under orders from Colonel Yigal Sharon, a former IDF Commander of Hebron, shot Majdi Al-Mohtasib, age of 10 and his sister, age of 5 while playing football. The poor child Majdi had refused to give his ball to an IDF soldier, and received a bullet which broke the bones of his leg.
According to the human rights organization “Defence for Children International” (DCI), many children were jailed under administrative detention without any charge or trial.
Administrative detention is often based on “secret evidence.” Israeli military order 1226 empowers military commanders to detain Palestinians, including children, for up to six months if they have “reasonable grounds to presume that the security of the area or public security require the detention.” The initial six month period can be extended by additional six-month periods, indefinitely.
The DCI confirmed that the Palestinian child detainees routinely face violations of their human rights during arrest, interrogation and imprisonment. They are exposed to physical and psychological abuse, amounting to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, and sometimes torture. They are denied prompt access to a lawyer and often denied contact with their families and the outside world. These children face substandard conditions of detention and are denied access to proper education services.