Israel detains, interrogates four Palestinian children, ages 9-10

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Cruel and usual: two elementary-aged Palestinian children are detained in Hebron, March 2013, as reported by Christian Peacemaker Teams-Palestine.
By Palestinian children are frequent targets of the Israeli military and court systems – contrary to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Israel is a signatory. Since 2000, over 12,000 Palestinian children have experienced detention.

Kathryn Shihadah   | Israel-Palestine News  | Jan 28, 2021

Although a signatory to the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC), Israel has declared that the Convention “does not apply in the [Palestinian] West Bank.”

The International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) posted a brief article on Monday, but it is part of a much larger and very disturbing story.

IMEMC reported that on Sunday night, 4 Palestinian children in a village near Jerusalem were detained and interrogated by Israeli forces. The children were ages 9-10. They endured “several hours” of questioning before being released later that night.

On average, Israel arrests and prosecutes 500-700 Palestinian children ages 12-17 every year; sometimes, as in this case, children even younger are taken. The youths are prosecuted in a military court system that “lacks basic and fundamental guarantees of due process in violation of international standards.”

Since 2000, over 12,000 Palestinian children have experienced detention.

Although a signatory to the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC), Israel has declared that the Convention “does not apply in the [Palestinian] West Bank.” Israel also defines Palestinian children as under 16, while Israeli children are defined as under 18. CRC sets the age as under 18.

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