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UNICEF: Israel Treatment of Arab Minors in Custody Cruel and Inhuman

The report alleges that the practice "appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized."
Here's a Palestinian minor preparing to hurl a stone at Israeli security forces. UNICEF condemns Israel for arresting minors like him, questioning them and, occasionally, speaking harshly to them.

Here's a Palestinian minor preparing to hurl a stone at Israeli security forces. UNICEF condemns Israel for arresting minors like him, questioning them and, occasionally, speaking harshly to them.
Photo Credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash90

A United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) report released on Wednesday alleges that Palestinian children detained by the IDF are subject to widespread, systematic ill-treatment that violates international law, Reuters reports.

The report estimated that 700 children aged 12-17, most of them boys, are arrested and interrogated by the IDF, police and security forces every year in Judea and Samaria.

According to UNICEF, it has documented “examples of practices that amount to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention against Torture.”

Israeli sources have declined to comment on the findings at the moment. The UNICEF report states that it is based on more than 400 cases since 2009, legal papers, reports by governmental and non-governmental groups, and interviews with Palestinian minors, and Israeli and Palestinian officials and attorneys.

Is not clear at this point how much of the information in the damning report was presented to Israeli authorities for a response prior to publication. This will be clarified by Israel when it offers its official comments on the UNICEF accusations.

According to the report, the ill-treatment of Palestinian minors often begins with an arrest in the middle of the night, and continues through prosecution and sentencing.

“The pattern of ill-treatment includes … the practice of blindfolding children and tying their hands with plastic ties, physical and verbal abuse during transfer to an interrogation site, including the use of painful restraints,” the report says.

During their interrogation, the minors, who are arrested for throwing stones, suffer physical violence and threats, are coerced into confessions and do not have immediate access to a lawyer or family during questioning, the report alleges, adding that this practice “appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized.”

“Treatment inconsistent with child rights continues during court appearances, including shackling of children, denial of bail and imposition of custodial sentences and transfer of children outside occupied Palestinian territory to serve their sentences inside Israel,” the report said.

On the positive side, the UNICEF report cites “positive changes” in Israel’s treatment of Palestinian minors, including new hand-tying procedures that prevent pain and injury.

Also, a military order issued in 2010 requires Israeli police to notify parents about the arrest of their children and to inform children that they have the right to an attorney.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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5 Responses to “UNICEF: Israel Treatment of Arab Minors in Custody Cruel and Inhuman”

  1. These kids are brainwashed to be suicide bombers and kill Jews.

    What about “Palestinians treatment of their own children.
    A vast majority of suicide bombers are under 18 years old some case with down syndrome too .
    A good old fashion kick in their asses can be beneficial

  2. Moshe Elkman says:

    B"H Please read this email from Nurit and watch David Bedien's amazing video then ask UNICEF what are they doing about UNRWA.

    Open Letter to the House Committee of Foreign Affairs.

    Ed Royce Chairman.

    Fax: (202) 226-7269.

    Many countries, but mostly the USA, pay millions of dollars from hard earned tax payers to create a generation after generation of Arab terrorists and Jew haters, people who are growing up in suspended war atmosphere.

    I urge you to watch this eye opening and infuriating video, produced by David Bedein, director of Israel Resource News Agency Center for Near East Policy Research:

    Inside the UNRWA Classroom – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbzZ7fIFoaE&feature=player_embeddedhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbzZ7fIFoaE.

    Perhaps, finally, the aid to UNRWA will end and this despicable redundant organization will cease to exist. You want to be fair on these brain washed Arabs, END the perpetuation of their "refugee" camps. They are no longer refugees for the past 55 years.

    Sincerely,

    Nurit Greenger, Los Angeles, California.

  3. The whole world moves from trouble to trouble. Iran continues unwavering on it’s march in the development of nuclear weapons and Assad the dictator of Syria is still in power. Current intelligence seems uncertain of when Iran will get the bomb and Israel cannot afford to gamble with this. Assad of Syria looks like he may be preparing to use weapons of mass destruction against his own people and against near by nations as well and Gaza seems more like an opportunity for Hamas to reload than it does a cease fire. If this situation does not drastically change soon for the better, I believe the war in Isaiah Chapter 17 will likely take place. Damascus Syria would be destroyed. The worlds economy would likely collapse as a result and usher in a one world government movement. I wrote a small 6 page book that outlines what I believe the Bible states will take place soon. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next.

  4. Swej Kcuf says:

    that evil G_D hashem teaching of hate, beastiality of torah and inbreeding of talmudic venom shall not end so long your torah of hate is the norm for jews all over.. you can make aliyah and we shall help even you get a cancerous venom of evil judaism teaching that for many generations you will be on bottom soon since 5773 years of your evil existance did not teach you a thing.. what do you think getting lost for 40 desert years taught your dumb tribes? await the wrath.

  5. Alan Kardon says:

    What did you expect from a puppet organization of the United Nations?

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