- 700 Palestinian children are jailed every year
- at the end of April, 196 Palestinian children were being held in Israeli prisons—some as young as 12 years old [http://www.btselem.org/statistics/minors_in_custody]
- in July, a five-year-old boy who lives in Hebron was taken into custody and held by Israeli soldiers for 2 hours…”I was playing and then a car came.”
- in Hebron, settlers attack Palestinian children on their way to school
- “the Israeli military courts have a conviction rate of 99.74%”
- Israeli military targets children in order to use them to gather military intelligence. The children are easily intimidated by the interrogation.
- Israeli military regularly engages in “mapping”—raiding Palestinian homes at night to gather information on the residents, then returning to arrest children, sometimes as young as nine years old.
Every day, Palestinian children’s lives are in danger and Israeli soldiers are ordered not to intervene. Watch this Australian news report on the arrest and detention of children in the West Bank and the Israelis who are working to end this horrendous practice.
One of the Palestinians featured, Basem Tamimi, a community leader in Nabi Saleh, is one of the non-violent activists we met in November. We also met with Nader Abu Amsha, from the YMCA Rehabili
tation Project in Beit Sahour, which works to support Palestinian boys who have been arrested and detained. Watch the report, Stone Cold Justice.
Children in Israeli Military Detention – UNICEF report