Israel said a United Nations committee that accused its military of mistreating Palestinian children used recycled information from another U.N. agency’s report.
The Foreign Ministry said it had responded to a similar report by UNICEF in March and questioned whether the Committee on the Rights of the Child investigation broke any new ground.
The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child said in its report released Thursday, which covers the past 10 years, “Palestinian children arrested by (Israeli) military and police are systematically subject to degrading treatment, and often to acts of torture, are interrogated in Hebrew, a language they did not understand, and sign confessions in Hebrew in order to be released.”
The report, which also acknowledged Israel’s real security concerns, accused Israel of using Palestinian children as human shields and informants.JTA
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