A footage release from Hebrew TV Channel 1, on Sunday, shows armed Israeli children training with weapons at one of Israeli military sites in the Negev Desert.Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency reports that some of the children came with their parents from the United States to donate for Israeli military.
Violating established rules, soldiers at the site allowed the children to hold guns and trained them how to shoot.
The video shows the children training with Israeli-made Tavor and sniper rifles.
The TV anchor interviewed Carmela Menashe, correspondent for military affairs on Israel’s public TV Kol Yisrael.
According to the Israeli report, the children in the video are between the ages of 10 and 15. They were allowed to use firearms and military-issued rifles at the military base, accompanied by military soldiers and commanders.
Menashe said those in charge, and allowed this to happen, should be prosecuted for violating rules and safety codes:
‘The children are using weapons in a military base; we are talking about children between the ages of 10 and 15, and they are using weapons issued to the soldiers, without even elementary measures of safety…
This is a serious issue. Those children could get hurt, could hurt somebody… I don’t understand how an army commander would allow something like that to happen… this is against the law and the norms…
I believe the military police needs to open an investigation into the matter…’