B’Tselem Video: Mass arrest of Palestinian children on their way to school in Hebron

B’Tselem Press Release:

B’Tselem this morning urgently contacted the Army’s Legal Advisor for Judea and Samaria, demanding his emergency intervention regarding the detention of numerous children, including some as young as 8 to 10 years old, by the Israeli military this morning in Hebron.

Preliminary information received this morning by B’Tselem indicates that the army today conducted mass arrests near the area known as route 160 in Hebron/ Soldiers detained or arrested over twenty minors on their way to school. About ten of them were released. As is known to B’Tselem at this point, among the children detained by the military are at least five children 8 to 10 years old, with possibly others below the age of criminal responsibility who cannot legally be arrested. Conversations with the Hebron police indicate that some of the children have been taken for interrogation by a youth interrogator.

In a conversation between B’Tselem and the spokesman for the military’s Judea and Samaria Division, we were told that the children and youths taken away by the military may have been involved in throwing stones and Molotov cocktails. If there are specific suspicions against youths over the age of criminal responsibility, the police have the authority to detain them and interrogate them, but this cannot justify the mass detention of youths for unspecified suspicions, let alone the arrest or detention of children under twelve.

The Israeli Youth Law requires that a parent or adult be present during the interrogation of child suspects. The law does not formally apply to Palestinians in the occupied territories, who are subject to Israeli military law, but the military court has recommended that the relevant provisions be taken into account in all dealings with Palestinian children.

 The video was filmed by an international activist.
 

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Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a mother, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani
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  1. Avi_G. says:

    Police in Apartheid South Africa used to carry out exactly the same actions.

    Now watch as Israeli authorities will demand bail from the Palestinian parents, often totaling in the thousands of shekels.

  2. Avi_G. says:

    we were told that the children and youths taken away by the military may have been involved in throwing stones and Molotov cocktails.

    The ‘beauty’ of Administrative Detention and Military Rule is that Israel need not prove anything.

  3. Woody Tanaka says:

    But didn’t these same child abusers just welcome ol’ Hopey Changey in Jaffa Int’l Airport? Surely someone so dedicated to “helping our fellow human beings around the world,” such as Nobel Barry, would raise a stink about this… Oh, that would take courage. Something this moron lacks in spades. Dance, meat puppet, dance.

  4. it seems like a very provocative action for the israeli military to take the morning obama arrives. designed to humiliate and incite. hmm.

  5. eljay says:

    >> … the children and youths taken away by the military may have been involved in throwing stones and Molotov cocktails.

    Meanwhile, Israel’s military is unquestionably enacting and enforcing the oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State’s” 60+ years, ON-GOING and offensive (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction and murder. Who will arrest the Israeli military?

  6. Cliff says:

    I look at these daily reports and I wonder what the ‘daily reports’ were during the 70s and 80s and 90s.

  7. Teresa says:

    For many, it took the brutality of police dogs, water cannons and mass imprisonment of African American children (like my father) in Birmingham, Alabama to break the torpor of apathy, complicity and cowardice. For others, it was the massacre of the schoolchildren of Soweto, South Africa. It would ruin me to knowingly sacrifice my child to such horrors in the pursuit of liberation. Will the violation of these most vulnerable Palestinian children be part of the bargain for a majority of US citizens to reject their variegated postures of bad faith?

  8. gamal says:

    is it those text books again?

  9. Basilio says:

    What is Uncle Tom Obama going to say about what Israel’s doing? Nothing. He’s going to act an overseer.

  10. sardelapasti says:

    It looks as if once more the Zionists are knowingly pushing people to the point where no decent human being can avoid doing anything at all to at least kill some of the occupation personnel. Very dire times ahead again.

    Also a huge provocation to the US. Looks like they are pushing as hard as possible for any reaction by the US so they can establish who’s the boss.

  11. Djinn says:

    “If there are specific suspicions against youths over the age of criminal responsibility, the police have the authority to detain them and interrogate them, but this cannot justify the mass detention of youths for unspecified suspicions, let alone the arrest or detention of children under twelve”

    Under Israeli nonsense law the police may have the authority to detain & interrogate children for specific offenses. In sane democratic nations the police have zero authority to detain and arrest anyone outside the borders of their own nation.

  12. Ted says:

    The use of the phrase “Judea and Samaria” is very instructive.
    B’Tselem is a Zionist organization.
    It fails to understand or recognize the nature of Israel as a colonial – settler state based on a religious and ethnic orthodoxy founded as an exclusive Jewish state through the ethnic cleansing of the indigenous people.
    Zionism is the root cause of this action by the IOF.
    This is the Occupied West Bank.
    It is NOT Judea and Samaria.

    • aaronjlevitt says:

      B’Tselem is a terrific organization and has been doing amazing work in the West Bank for years. “Judea and Samaria” isn’t B’Tselem’s language; they’re referring to Israeli government units by their official names.

      • Djinn says:

        Agree that they’re a good organisation however I suspect they used those terms because they are attempting to reach a Zionist public, not merely using Israeli official terms. Amnesty, HRW, the UN all manage to avoid the use of the terms Judea and Samaria.

    • Bumblebye says:

      Actually, since the vote last November, the term that should be used is Occupied Palestine.

  13. MK_Ultra says:

    The word “terrorist” doesn’t begin to describe the actions of these monsters. Meanwhile, in another part of the land formerly known as Palestine, the following bread and circus ensues for the public consumption of the Zombies around the world (from Odroner’s visit to ISreal):

    U.S. President Barack Obama announced Wednesday in a news conference with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that he would take steps to ensure that U.S. funding for Iron Dome is not interrupted.

    The atmosphere between the two leaders was warm, compared to past meetings, and there was much humor in their exchanges.

    Obama’s quote from a statement by Yoni Netanyahu, the prime minister’s brother, who was killed in the Entebbe raid, appeared to strike a chord with Netanyahu, who embraced Obama a short while later.

    This is the full text of Obama’s remarks after meeting Netanyahu for almost three hours.

    President Obama: Well, thank you Prime Minister Netanyahu for your kind words and for your wonderful welcome today. And I want to express a special thanks to Sara, as well as your two sons, for their warmth and hospitality. It was wonderful to see them. I did inform the Prime Minister that they are very good looking young men who clearly got their looks from their mother.

    Prime Minister Netanyahu: Well, I could say the same of your daughters.

    President Obama: This is true. Our goal is to improve our gene pool by marrying women who are better than we are.

    [...]

    link to israelnationalnews.com

    Excuse me, y’all, I have to go throw up now.

  14. talknic says:

    BTW There’s something quite odd about the alleged rocket attack on Sderot link to wp.me

    The explosive force necessary to almost completely destroy a steel rocket casing did very little damage to the wall. The steel shutter & the chair are completely unscathed.