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Lawyer: 2 youths being held in Israeli prison beaten with rifles
Published Sunday 31/08/2014 (updated) 01/09/2014 14:49
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HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinian youths being held in Israel's Etzion detention center south of Bethlehem have been beaten by Israeli officers, a lawyer from the Palestinian Prisoner's Society said Sunday.

Jacklin Fararja recently visited Badri Abu Zalata, 14, and Kazhim al-Najjar, 16, and said they told her they had been punched and assaulted with rifle butts in the face.

Fararja added that the two minors would be transferred to Ofer detention center near Ramallah.

The two were recently detained near the separation wall near their village in the Hebron region, she said.

In late June, a Palestinian Authority lawyer said that more than 250 Palestinian children were being held in Israeli prison, a number that has likely increased since then as more than 1,500 Palestinians have been detained since.

Around 7,000 Palestinians are currently being held in Israeli prisons.

According to a 2013 report by the UN's Children's Fund, Israel is the only country in the world where children are systematically tried in military courts and subjected to "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment."

Over the past decade, Israeli forces have arrested, interrogated, and prosecuted around 7,000 children between 12 and 17, mostly boys, at a rate of "an average of two children each day," UNICEF said.
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1 ) mary keating / ireland
31/08/2014 17:45
this is the most horrific example of human and civil rights abuses, in the world today.

2 ) Kathy P / USA
31/08/2014 19:14
Only the most immoral society will allow such violence against the unprotected, and vulnerable.. Beating children in prison with rifle butts.. What a proud society you have become.. You will reap what you sow.. The children, if not killed, will not forget.. And will seek revenge...

3 ) ronen / israel
01/09/2014 13:58
#2 spoken as if you have not created thousands of revenge seeking children yourself. maybe we reap what we sow together then?

4 ) Julie / USA
01/09/2014 18:57
And what is Israel's excuse? Is collective punishment not revenge? And if the Palestinians arrested, interrogated, and prosecuted around 7,000 children between 12 and 17 who were ISRAELI, that would be okay with you? You think that the children would return from prison saying, I was wrong for my existence, no hard feelings? I don't think so. Hatred is taught to those not personally affected, it is LEARNED by those that are. People like you are perpetuating the problem you say you wish to solve.

5 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
01/09/2014 23:36
I point out to Mary, Kathy and Julie that what Hamas did was kidnap 3 boys and shoot them in the head. That's what started this whole war. This must be the moral society that Kathy wants, or the example of good human and civil rights that Mary wants. Julie doesn't mention that thousands of Israeli kids don't go out every day trying to kill Palestinian with rocks and firebombs, but Palestinian kids do, and are encouraged to do so. Yes, hatred is indeed taught by the Palestinians.

6 ) marnie / israel
02/09/2014 08:57
Mary, Kathy and Julie - absolutely correct. Also the confiscation this past week of the largest amount of land in a single grab - the israelis claim as payback for the murder of 3 israelis in June. Revenge is all people know here. A man whose soldier son died this week told a classroom they have to be "crazy for their country". There's no shortage of crazy here - it's israel's biggest export.

7 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
02/09/2014 21:32
Say Marnie - if you think it's so bad in Israel and so great in Palestine then you are welcome to exchange your passports and go live in Palestinian utopia. I think you're a fake, because even the far left Israelis I know don't talk like you. You're either Marnie from berkeley or Maryam from El Bira, but unless you want to debate me openly in Israel I think you're a phony. Any arrested kid needs to be protected while under due process. That's the issue. Palestine does not do that at all.

8 ) Faris / Germany
02/09/2014 22:34
They can't because the have no army thanks to Israel
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