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Military Regulations

From time to time the military in the West Bank issues legally binding regulations governing the conduct of soldiers and police in regards to specific issues. The regulations are generally only made officially available in Hebrew following a Freedom of Information application.


Information Sheet for Soldiers - The Authority to Temporarily  Hold a Person    (Eng)

2019 The regulations for temporarily holding a person in the West Bank for up to six hours without arrest are contained in this Information Sheet.  

Parents accompanying minors during interrogation


November 2014 There are no regulations or procedures in place to ensure parents accompany children during interrogation. However, parents may be allowed entry at the discretion of the military, although there is no legal requirement for this to occur. Evidence collected by MCW indicates that this discretion is being exercised in favour of allowing parents to accompany a child during interrogation in 8 per cent of cases.

Arrest of minors
(Heb) (Eng)

 June 2014 Military regulations for arresting minors in the West Bank made available following an FOI application.
The regulations are stated to be in response to mounting international criticism of the way minors are treated following their arrest in the West Bank.
 Hand ties March 2010


The Office of the Israeli Military Advocate General announced that new procedures for the use of hand ties had been established following numerous complaints of pain and injury arising out of the use of single plastic ties. The new procedures are as follows:
  • Hands should be tied in front unless security considerations require tying from behind;
  • Three plastic ties should be used, one around each writs with one connecting the two;
  • There should be a finger space between the ties and each wrist;
  • The restraints should avoid causing suffering as much as possible; and
  • The officer in charge is responsible for ensuring compliance with these procedures.
Research indicates that the overwhelming majority of children continue to be tied with their hands behind their backs using a single hand tie. This method of restraint frequently causes the hands to swell and the child to experience pain, particularly when used for extended periods of time