Days of Palestine, New York –The Palestinian envoy to UN called on Sunday for UN Security Council to end Israeli abuse of Palestinian children.
“Every single day and in countless ways, Palestinian children are victims of Israeli human rights violations, with no child considered too young to be spared the oppression being meted out by the Israeli occupying forces and extremist settlers,” Ambassador Riyad Mansour wrote in the letter.
“These crimes,” he added, “committed against our children are intolerable and unacceptable.” He noted that abusing children by the Israeli occupation is a violation of international humanitarian and human rights laws.
The complaint came just days after a seven-year-old Palestinian boy, Ahmad Za’tari, was interrogated by Israeli occupation forces for nearly eight hours, in what Mansour described as “a horrifying and traumatic ordeal for a child of any age.”
According to the report, the seven-year-old was detained along with his 12-year-old cousin Muhammed Zaatari on April 29 in the neighborhood of Wadi al-Joz in East Jerusalem.
Neither of the children’s families were notified about where the boys had been taken until more than three hours after their detention, the letter added, saying that Ahmad was released four hours later, “terrified and hungry.
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In the letter, Mansour also called on the international community “to uphold its responsibilities and provide the necessary assistance and protection to Palestinian children and hold accountable the violators of international law.”
At the end of March, there were 182 Palestinian children in Israeli prisons, 26 of whom were 15 years old or younger, according to rights group Military Court Watch.
Another group, Defence for Children in Palestine, found that Palestinian children often arrive at Israeli interrogation centres blindfolded and bound; and over 75 percent of the children detained in 2014 endured some form of physical violence during arrest.
The Israeli occupation detained 1,266 Palestinian children below the age of 15 in East Jerusalem and the West Bank in 2014, according to a report by the PLO, which added that over 10,000 Palestinian children have been detained by Israeli forces since 2000.