"We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians." – Nelson Mandela

Israel arrested 900 Palestinian children in 2012

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Israeli soldiers arresting a Palestinian boy

With 2012 over and 2013 here, why don’t we take a look at some statistics.

It has been reported that the Palestinian Authority is currently looking into the possibility of filing a complaint to the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Israel for arresting 900 Palestinian children in 2012.

Palestine is able to file to the ICC thanks to its succesful UN bid for statehood.

“We need to use the newly gained state status to take measures against Israel for its crimes especially the arrest, detention, and abuse of Palestinian children, let alone trying them before military courts,” said Eissa Karakea, Palestinian Minister of Detainees’ Affairs.
He also stated that Palestine now has the right to join international human rights organizations and through them can file complaints against Israel.

“Israel is violating the Child Protection Act and all international laws by subjecting children to such traumatic experiences. The Israeli minister of security had actually said earlier that Palestinian children have no immunity” said Karakea.

Karakea also states that the International Criminal Court is already aware of the horrendous crimes committed against Palestinian children.

“Several human rights organizations are launching campaigns and organizing conferences in solidarity with Palestinian children and are spreading testimonials by the victims, but this is not enough. We need to take further steps.”

A report issued by the Ministry of Detainees Affairs revealed that the number of Palestinian children arrested by Israeli authorities had jumped from 700 in 2011 to 900 in 2012.

According to the report, those children are usually mistreated and brutally beaten during detention in order to admit to crimes they have not committed and to. These children are also interrogated for long hours while their hands and feet are tied and sometimes they are blindfolded. In some interrogation centers, the report noted, children are left for hours under the rain. In most cases, the children are subjected to various forms of collective punishment.

The detainees are deprived of basic rights like seeing their families and they are also not allowed to sit with psychiatrists.

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