Israel has arrested 745 Palestinian children under the age of 18 since the start of this year, many of whom have been subjected to numerous rights violations, a watchdog group reports.
The Palestinian Prisoners Club said that nearly 200 children were undergoing continued imprisonment in various detention centers across Israel as of Tuesday, a day before World Children’s Day, the Palestinian Quds News Network reported.
World Children’s Day on November 20 marks the anniversaries of the United Nation’s adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959 and the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989.
In the newly released report, the watchdog group said that Palestinian children arrested by Israel experience numerous rights violations as soon as they are taken away from their houses usually late at night under harsh conditions.
The violations continue with the children’s detention, which includes being interrogated in poor humanitarian conditions.
The report added that the arrested children are denied their right to education, a clear violation of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Some of the children are also denied family visits and medical treatment.
Arrested Palestinian children are at times deprived of food and water and experience beatings, insults, threats and intimidation, according to The Palestinian Quds News Network. The network added that children are at times forced to confess and pay high fines for alleged climes.
Some of the children are put under administrative detention, a sort of imprisonment which doesn’t require trial.
The Quds Network added that among the detained children, several have been sentenced to lengthy jail terms, some of which reach up to 10 years.
In May, a study claimed that Israel had arrested up to 16,500 Palestinian children since the outbreak of the Second Intifada in late-2000.
Since 2015, several shootings have also been documented showing that Israeli authorities have been deliberately targeting children, according to the Palestinian Quds News Network.
Back in March, the UN children’s agency says around 40 children have been killed in one year of demonstrations along the fence that separates the besieged Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied territories.
According to UNICEF, almost 3,000 others have been hospitalized with injuries since the start of the protests one year ago, many leading to life-long disabilities.
UNICEF’s Middle East Director Geert Cappelaere voiced anger at the growing number of casualties, calling for an end to violence against children in Gaza and elsewhere across the occupied territories.
“UNICEF reiterates its outrage at the very high numbers of children who have been killed and injured as a result of armed conflict 2018,” Cappelaere said
Last month, Cappelaere also expressed sorrow over the killing of Palestinian teenage boys by Israeli gunfire in the Gaza Strip.
Israeli troops have shot and killed dozens of Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip in recent months.
A senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said the Israeli military was deliberately targeting and killing Palestinian children.