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Human Rights Watch: Israeli Police Abuse Detained Children


On April 11, 2016, Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a new report on Israeli police abusing detained Palestinian children.  Since 2015, the number of Palestinian children arrested by Israeli forces has more than doubled. According to HRW’s investigation:

Interviews with children who have been detained, video footage, and reports from lawyers reveal that Israeli security forces are using unnecessary force in arresting and detaining children, in some cases beating them, and holding them in unsafe and abusive conditions.

The report documents three new cases of physical abuse against children who were arrested by Israeli forces.  One of the cases involved Fayez B., a 15-year-old boy who arrested and held overnight at the Russian Compound – a G4S equipped prison.

Fayez’s arrest was caught on a store video camera (see below).  HRW reports that the video shows Fayez walking into the store and a police officer, dressed in riot gear, grabbing, slapping and dragging him.