OPT: Detention Bulletin November 2010


November 2010 - Overview

In November, DCI-Palestine continued to collect information relating to the arrest of young children in Silwan, in occupied East Jerusalem. Since the start of October 2010, DCI has documented the cases of 23 children accused of throwing stones in the neighbourhood which faces partial demolition and rising tensions with settlers in the area. There has been growing concern that many of these children are being mistreated during their arrest, and are denied a number of basic rights guaranteed under Israeli law. These concerns were recently raised in a letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu and signed by 60 prominent Israeli professionals. The issue is also the subject of a recent report published by B'Tselem.

On 29 November a delegation of four MPs from the UK visited Ofer Military Court, and called for a debate in Parliament on the issue of Palestinian child detainees, which took place on 7 December 2010.