Shmulik Ben Ruby, spokesman for the Israeli police, said on Tuesday that Israel was to issue court orders imposing house arrest on stone-throwing children living in the Arab neighborhood of Silwan, in East Jerusalem, Agence France-Presse reported. The official noted that the targeted youth would have to commute to school together with a legal guardian adding that, should the house arrest be violated, families would have to appear in court in the place of their children.
The police have been aiming at the Silwan protesters who oppose Israel’s plans to raze 22 Arab-residing homes in order to build an ‘archeological park’.
Last month, an incident affected two Palestinian children aged 10 and 12 who had been ran over by the leader of Silwan’s Jewish settlers and left without assistance. The incident, which resulted into break of the younger victim’s leg, caused international condemnation.
A new report by Defense for Children International-Palestine, released on Monday, revealed that settler violence directed against Palestinian children had escalated over the past two years. The study documents 38 cases of aggression in which three children were killed, and 42 injured.