The Islamic Christian Commission for supporting Jerusalem and Holy sites considered a recently released video, showing the interrogation of the child Ahmad Manasra, 13, to be one simple example of Israeli violations and crimes against Palestinian children being held in Israeli prisons. The Commission, in a statement, declared that the cruel method of interrogating Manasra, who is one of hundreds of Palestinian children in Israeli prisons, a flagrant violation of international laws and conventions. It noted that the footage of shouting at and rebuking Manasra, until they had achieved a state of extreme mental duress in the boy, is considered other incriminating evidence.
Defence for Children-Palestine has recorded a significant rise in the physical violence practiced against Palestinian children detained in Israeli jails. The data collected during the first part of 2015 revealed that 86% of detained children are subjected to more than one type of physical violence during interrogation, an increase of 10%, in comparison with 2014.
The Secretary-General of the Islamic Christian Comission, Dr. Hanna Issa, said that the Jerusalemite children are subjected to wide range of violations while being arrested. These measures include night detention, violence, handcuffing them without reason, interrogating them without the appearance of their parents, as well as banning them from going to the bathroom, and depriving them of water in order to force them to ‘confess’.
Israeli occupation police violated the Israeli law of arrested children, even though these laws are implemented in east Jerusalem, he added, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency.
The commission stated that Israel is the only country which tries children before military courts that lack the minimum requirements of a fair trial.
Article 37 of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child states that: No child shall be deprived of his or her liberty unlawfully or arbitrarily.
The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child shall be in conformity with the law and shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time; No child shall be deprived of his or her liberty unlawfully or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child shall be in conformity with the law and shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time.