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Evidence update: night arrests and summonses

[14 January 2021] – Each year Israeli soldiers conduct about 3,200 search and arrest operations in Palestinian communities in the West Bank. Approximately 2,800 of these operations occur at night and in about 580 cases, a child is arrested. Israel justifies this practice on the basis that the territory is subject to military rule (temporarily since 1967) as permitted under the Fourth Geneva Convention ("the Convention"). Somewhat inconsistently Israel does not enforce military law on Israeli civilians living in the same area in settlements built in violation of the Convention.

Evidence update: forcible transfer of children

[1 December 2020] – According to recent data released by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS), 75 percent of Palestinian children detained by Israeli military forces in the West Bank were transferred and detained inside Israel in 2020. The transfer of these children is classified as a war crime under international law.

Evidence update: blindfolds

[3 November 2020] - In 2013 UNICEF issued a report on the treatment of Palestinian children held in Israeli military detention and concluded that their ill-treatment was “widespread, systematic and institutionalized.” One issue included in the report was the use of blindfolds.

Evidence update: hand ties

[12 October 2020] - Evidence collected by Military Court Watch indicates that the use of single plastic hand ties is as prevalent today as it was in 2013 when UNICEF recommended a total prohibition on the use of single plastic ties on children and that Israeli military regulations for the use of restraints are routinely ignored.

UK lawyers' report: 8-years on

[24 June 2020] - This month marks 8 years since a delegation of UK lawyers reviewed the treatment of Palestinian children under Israeli military law and published their recommendations. The Foreign Office funded report found undisputed evidence that the system violates the Convention on the Rights of the Child and Geneva IV.

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