Elham Asaad Buaras
A total of 196 Palestinian children were imprisoned and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system at the end of April, according to rights group, Defence of Children International-Palestine (DCI-Palestine), marking a decrease of 3 percent from March.
27 children between the ages of 14 and 15 were detained, an increase of 13 percent from March. There were no under 14 year olds detained.
DCI-Palestine notes that each year approximately 500-700 Palestinian children, some as young as 12 years, are detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system.
The most common charge is for throwing stones. Currently, 100 Palestinian child prisoners are detained inside Israel in violation of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
A damning report released in May has revealed a rising numbers of Palestinian children are being subjected to solitary confinement for interrogation purposes in Israeli detention centres.
The report by Defense for Children International (DCI) came just months after Israel’s army, under international pressure to introduce reforms, agreed to test alternative treatment for children it detains in the West Bank.