Israel pled to stop plighting minors


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PressTV – Fri Oct 21, 2011 2:48AM GMT

Israeli troops inquire a child and his family in the city of al-Khalil (Hebron) in the south of occupied West Bank.
The United Nations has called on Israel to stop plighting the Palestinian children living in the Tel Aviv-occupied Palestinian lands.

On Friday, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a Press Release asserting that the insecurity faced by Palestinian children had been aggravated in the occupied West Bank.

Richard Falk, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, attributed the matter to Israeli forces and settlers’ violence, vandalism, ceaseless arrests, house demolitions, threats of expulsions, and other inhuman practices.

“Prolonged occupation deforms the development of children through pervasive deprivations affecting health, education, and overall security,” he noted.

He said the number of the Palestinian children arrested and prosecuted by Israeli authorities had risen each year since 2007.

The minors, who are often arrested on charges such as throwing stones at Israeli settlers and security forces, have been subjected to communal interrogation and abuses, the official underlined.

The UN report cited an instance, when a three-year-old girl was forced out of her home at 03:00 a.m. and threatened at gun point.

Falk stated, “She was told she would be shot and her family home destroyed unless she revealed the whereabouts of her brother.” He added that she “now can not sleep through the night and bedwets.”

The UN expert also reminded the frequent harassment by Israeli settlers of the Palestinian children, who were on their way to school, saying the abuse had reportedly discouraged many children from pursuing school education.

“The failure to prevent and punish settler violence remains a serious and on-going violation.”

In the Gaza Strip, Falk said, the situation is made worst as a result of Israel’s now-four-year-long blockade and violent incursions as well as its destruction of refugee camps, residential communities, and public buildings.

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