Rights group slams Israel for placing Palestinian teenagers under house arrest
A human rights group on Thursday denounced Israel’s policy of placing Palestinian teenagers under house arrest, the Anadolu news agency reported.
In a statement, the Palestinian Association for Human Rights, known as Shahed, called on the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to make efforts to protect the rights of Palestinian children and urged the international community to condemn Israeli repressive measures against the Palestinians.
The children are kept in their homes, or with a family member, and are strapped with foot bracelets to track their movements, the Shahed said.
He also pointed out that house arrest is more difficult for children than imprisonment, as it risks prolonging trials and detentions for longer periods.
According to the media, the Israeli authorities have always implemented a policy of house arrest against the children of Jerusalem with the aim of depriving them of their sense of security, safety and mental stability.
This policy not only burdens children mentally, but also creates financial and economic burdens for their families.
Israeli authorities use this policy against children under 18 and focus primarily on those under 14. Indeed, Israeli law does not allow the imprisonment of children under the age of 14. Instead, they place them under house arrest.
According to the report of the Palestinian organization, it documented the arrest of 681 children between 2016 and 2021 by the Israeli occupation, as it was found that 58% of them were victims of verbal abuse, humiliation and bullying.
He added that 59% of them were arrested during the night, 97% were handcuffed, 75% suffered physical abuse and 88% were blindfolded.