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Detention & Treatment of Minors

The treatment of Palestinian children detained by the Israeli Forces has been subject to extensive assessment, with grave concerns being expressed by numerous actors, from non governmental organisation to United Nations treaty bodies.

Key Reports

Several report have been undertaken to assess the treatment of children held in detention by Israel. 

"Children in Israeli Military Custody", UNICEF

"Children in Military Custody", Foreign Commonwealth Office, June 2012

"Palestinian children detained in the Israeli military court system"Defence for Children International Palestine

Key Findings (UNICEF Report, 2013)

  •  Ill-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system appears  to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized 

The pattern of ill-treatment includes:

  • the arrests of children at their homes between midnight and 5:00 am by heavily armed soldiers;

  • 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;

  • lack of access to water, food, toilet facilities and medical care;

  • interrogation using physical violence and threats;

  • coerced confessions;

  • and lack of access to lawyers or family members during interrogation.

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.