Int’l child group: Israel systematically abuses Palestinian children

[ PIC 21/03/2012 – 12:06 PM ]

LONDON, (PIC)– The international organization for defending children said Tuesday that Israel and its forces systematically maltreat and humiliate Palestinian children in the occupied territory.

In a report, the organization stated that the Israeli occupation forces deliberately carry out arrests against children at night hours and take them to interrogation centers blindfolded and handcuffed without the presence of their parents or lawyers.

The report is based on the testimonies of 311 children who were arrested during the past four years.

The report noted that those children arrested during this period were asked contradicting questions by Israeli interrogators, and most of them were accused of throwing stones at soldiers and settlers.

90 percent of those Palestinian minors confessed to throwing stones under coercion after they were exposed to physical violence, verbal abuse, and sleep deprivation, according to the report.

The report also criticized Israel for transferring about two thirds of the Palestinian children to detention centers in the 1948 occupied lands and described it as a violation of article 76 of the Geneva convention on the rights of children.

In a related context, the Israeli intelligence apparatus Shabak are still detaining and abusing a 16-year old wounded child called Mohamed Hushiya in Soroka hospital of Beersheba in order to extort him into making confessions related to the stabbing of an Israeli soldier.

According to the father, Israeli officers from Shabak want his wounded son to make alleged confessions about the incident of stabbing an Israeli soldier in his neck during confrontations that took place in Yatta this month.

The father received information from the lawyer of his son affirming that the Shabak interrogators took his son out of the operating room and told him to choose between death and confession. They also tortured the boy by pressing against the area of injury to force him to make the confessions they wanted.

A video clip posted on the internet showed Israeli soldiers brutally beating Hushiya after opening fire at him and wounding him seriously in different areas of his body.

The Israeli Shabak prevents the family of this boy and Red Cross workers from visiting him in the hospital.

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