Official statistics of the Israeli police in occupied Jerusalem indicated that its various apparatuses had detained and interrogated 1,124 Palestinian children during 2010, Hebrew media reported on Wednesday.
Ha’aretz said that more troubling than the absolute number is the manner in which youths are being detained and questioned.
“Children and youth have reportedly being taken from their beds in the middle of the night or apprehended by undercover detectives and special forces in their neighborhoods. They were brought in for questioning without a parental escort and sometimes without having been able to notify their families in time. Some were required to give names or to implicate their friends and relatives as conditions for their release.”
The paper noted that tens of Israeli figures addressed a message to Netanyahu asking him to order an end to the arrest of Palestinian minors in occupied Jerusalem for the alleged charge of throwing stones.