As part of MCW’s monitoring programme approximately 150 testimonies are collected each year from children detained by the military authorities. This body of evidence constitutes around 10-15 per cent of the total number of children estimated to be prosecuted in the military courts each year providing a representative sample of the situation. The testimonies focus on conditions and treatment during the first 24 hours following arrest - the period of time during which children are most vulnerable and require the maximum protection of the law. In addition to this body of evidence, MCW collects testimonies from parents to assess the impact of the military legal system on the child, the family and the community as a whole.
With the permission of Breaking the Silence, MCW also reproduces a number of testimonies provided by former Israeli soldiers who attest to their experience of performing compulsory military service in the West Bank. These testimonies focus on the interaction between soldiers and children and provide strong corroborative evidence as to the nature of the system and the realities of prolonged military occupation.