Israel arrests Palestinian minor in Hebron, Violating Children's Rights

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Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday arrested a Palestinian young man from Al-Fawwar camp, south of Hebron.

Local sources said that the Israeli occupation forces arrested, last night, the 16-year-old Salah El-Din Mahmoud Abu Warda, from his family's home in Al-Fawwar camp, south of Hebron.

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The use of force, nighttime arrests, questioning not in the presence of their parents, rides in patrol cars for intimidation, and unnecessary handcuffing – these are just some of the violations of the rights of minors arrested by Israeli forces West Bank on daily basis.

B’Tselem, a leading human rights group in Israel, recently released a report concluding that Israel is an apartheid state, with a regime of Jewish supremacy stretching from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. 

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The report found that Israel meets the definition of apartheid under international law, which defines apartheid as “inhuman acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them”.

The report received widespread international media attention and was described as a “watershed” moment. But it was only a watershed moment for B’Tselem, which was using the term “apartheid” for the first time in its three-decade history, and for an international community that is so infatuated with Israeli voices. For Palestinians, none of this is new.

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