Occupied Childhoods:  Children confront the military in their neighborhoods in Hebron
27 children arrested outside Hebron public elementary school March 20

These incidents are clear violations of international law.

The recently released UNICEF report cites the following common violations of children's rights by Israeli soldiers:
Parents or legal guardians should be informed of the arrest of children within the shortest possible time thereafter, in a language understood by the child and the parents or legal guardians.   
All children should be free from compulsory self-incrimination, which includes the right to silence. ‘Compulsory’ should be interpreted broadly and not limited to physical force. The age of the child and the length of the interrogation, the child’s lack of understanding and the fear of unknown consequences may all lead a child to give a confession that is not true.
There must be independent scrutiny of the methods of interrogation of children. This should include the presence of a lawyer and relative or legal guardian and audio-visual recording of all interrogations involving children.
Children should not be held with an adult population while in custody. 

Occupied Childhoods: Mass arrest of 27 children shows the increasing impact of occupation on Hebron's children.

On the morning of March 20 soldiers arrested 27 Palestinian children, age seven to 15 in the West Bank city of Hebron.  The children were on their way to five schools near the Old City when 22 soldiers moved into a group of students outside the Hebron Public elementary school.  The principal of the Hebron Public School was standing in front of the gate to his school at  7:30 AM when soldiers came out of an alley and began taking students.  The street was full of children on their way to several nearby schools as well as the Hebron elementary school. Several adults arrived and tried to prevent the arrests but soldiers pulled the children away.
The children, aged 7 to 15, said that the soldiers were violent as they forced them into the jeeps and some of the students were injured.  The soldiers drove them to a nearby police station.
Two children were released there. The remaining students  were held in the police station for six and a half hours with no access to parents, guardians or teachers.  An adult who was detained at the same time reported that they were blindfolded and handcuffed, and many were crying.  Teachers came to the police station but were not allowed in. Soldiers told them that they were checking the children against photographs and would release those whose photos they did not have.

At about 2:00 PM soldiers released eight of the youngest children.  The remaining students were transported to military stations and interrogated multiple times throughout the day.  Most were released late that night.  Three children, one age 13 and two age 15, were taken to Ofer military prison.  The children were held at Ofer until a court date on March 28,  at which their families paid fines of 2000 shekels each. 

Approximately 700 Palestinian children  are arrested, interrogated and detained by the Israeli army, police and security agents each year.  In the past 10 years approximately 7000 children have been detained, interrogated, prosecuted and/or imprisoned.  This is an average of two children each day.  Israel currently detains 195 Palestinian children, 93 of them in Ofer prison.

 What you can do:
Contact your elected officials, your country's ambassador to Israel,  and 
The Government of Israel’s Ambassador to your country

Soldiers handcuff and detain 9-year old boy

March 15: Soldiers arrest and detain 2 boys, age 9 and 11 

Soldiers detained one adult man and two boys, aged  9 and 11 near checkpoint 56. The soldiers handcuffed both boys with plastic zip cuffs, and handcuffed and blindfolded the man.  They then held all three inside the closed checkpoint cabin (a metal building approximately 6 ft x 16 ft) for one and a half hours. Several soldiers remained inside the closed space with the children.   During this time soldiers outside the cabin denied access to internationals.  After one and a half hours the soldiers placed all three detainees in a military jeep and took them to the police station.  

March 21 Soldiers detain an 8 year old boy who was playing with his scooter outside the Ibrahimi boy's school in Hebron

March 21: Soldiers detain 8 -year-old boy near school

On the morning of March 21 at about 10 AM soldiers detained an eight year old boy who was playing on a scooter.  The boy had left the Old City through the Mosque checkpoint, and was passing by the Ibrahimi Boys School on his way to the Qitoun checkpoint when soldiers detained him  him. Several adults stopped and teachers came out of the Ibrahimi school.  The soldiers released the boy after about 15 minutes.
Children passing checkpoint to school find their way blocked by military training exercise

March 12. Military training blocks roads & prevents access 

 Israeli soldiers in Hebron  conduct frequent military trainings in public areas.  Soldiers train with rifles as children pass through checkpoints to school. Often residents of the Old City are startled by patrols  moving through residential streets and market areas, pointing their rifles at passersby.
On March 21 a  large military exercise disrupted access for several hours. At about 4PM soldiers closed streets near the Old City,  making it extremely difficult for Palestinians to enter or leave the neighborhood. The exercise included the loading of “injured “ victims  into ambulances.  Soldiers aimed their weapons, and ran and drove through the streets for several hours. Families walked through the exercise as they tried to go about their regular business.  Many were delayed because checkpoints were closed for portions of the exercise.
During these exercises children are aware that the combat skills being practiced may one day be used against their community.
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