Why an eight year old boy of Hebron spent one hour as a detainee

Why an eight year old boy of Hebron spent one hour as a detainee

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Soldiers in the occupied Old City neighborhood of Hebron (H2) arrested and
detained nine children between the ages of eight and 16 from April 5 to April
22. This is an average of two children a day.Most recently on April 21 soldiers arrested a 15 year old boy who was playing
outside the Ibrahimi Mosque. According to witnesses the boy sustained serious
injuries to his face during the arrest and was bleeding heavily when soldiers
took him into custody. They boy was play fighting with friends at the time of
the arrest and soldiers claimed that he had a knife, however witnesses say no
knife was used or displayed. He remains in the Israeli military prison at Ofer.On the same day soldiers in Hebron detained an eight year old boy for one hour,
claiming that he walked on Shuhada street, a Hebron street closed to
Palestinian residents and available only to Israeli settlers.

Most of the children arrested and detained have been released. However another
boy, age 16, who was arrested on April 17,also remains in custody in Ofer
military prison. He was arrested in the public square near the Hebron
Municipality at the entrance to the Old City, where witnesses said he was not
committing any crime at the time of his arrest. He is developmentally disabled
and takes medication. His family remains extremely concerned that he is not
receiving his regular medication while in Ofer.

International human rights workers in Hebron recently released a report
documenting an emerging crisis of abuse of human rights of children in Hebron.
The report, Occupied Childhoods, includes documentation by international human
rights workers of 47 arrests of children in Hebron during February, March and
early April of this year.

The report calls upon Duty Bearers to assure the human rights of children are
respected. As Occupying Power the State of Israel is responsible for abiding by
international law and for protecting the specific rights of children. Rights
workers in Hebron call upon relevant UN agencies and NGOs to carry out their
mandate by providing protection for children, and to pressure the State of
Israel to change its policy vis-א-vis children in the Old City and H2.

In releasing the report human rights workers in Hebron have call upon
consulates, churches and human rights organizations to formally protest the
human rights crisis faced by children in Hebron and demand that the rights of
children be protected. Full report available at :

march-and-april-20131.pdfThe recent arrests of children in Hebron by Israeli soldiers constitute clear
violations of children’s rights under international law, which clearly holds
state parties responsible for assuring the rights of children as defined by
Article 37 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child:No child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading
treatment or punishment.

No child shall be deprived of his or her liberty unlawfully or arbitrarily.
The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child shall be in conformity with the
law and shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest
appropriate period of time.

Every child deprived of liberty shall be treated with humanity and respect
for the inherent dignity of the human person, and in a manner which takes into
account the needs of persons of his or her age. In particular, every child
deprived of liberty shall be separated from adults unless it is considered in
the child`s best interest not to do so and shall have the right to maintain
contact with his or her family.

Every child deprived of his or her liberty shall have the right to prompt
access to legal and other appropriate assistance, as well as the right to
challenge the legality of the deprivation of his or her liberty before a court
or other competent, independent and impartial authority, and to a prompt
decision on any such action.

According to UNICEF, (Children in Israeli Military Detention; Observations and
Recommendations, February 2013) approximately 700 Palestinian children aged 12
to 17 are arrested, interrogated and detained by the Israeli army, police and
security agents each year in the OPT. In the past 10 years approximately 7000
children have been detained, interrogated, prosecuted and/or imprisoned within
the Israeli military justice system. This is an average of two children each


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One comment

  1. John Salisbury

    disgusting and soul destroying for idf

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