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Israel’s policy of house arrest for Palestinian children under fire

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BEIRUT: A Lebanon-based human rights organization outburst on Isreal’s policy of placing Palestinian children under house arrest. On Thursday, human rights organization known as “Shahed” urged in a statement that Israel endlessly subjugates Palestinians, especially underage children for imposing a house arrest policy.

“To reduce the number of children in prisons in an effort to preserve its alleged democratic image before the international community,” said Shahed.

Israel “ignores all international treaties and accords,” according to the group, which also claims that Israel “seeks to fragment Palestinian families in many ways.”

According to data provided by organizations concerned with detainees’ rights, Israeli authorities arrest 500 to 700 Palestinian children every year, with roughly 130 children in Jerusalem being held under house arrest.

The organization urges the international community to protect the rights of Palestinian children. However, NGO asked UNICEF to intervene and to take measures to stop violating basic human rights.

The UK-based organization Save the Children, last year reported that 8 in 10 Palestinian children have faced physical abuse in the Israeli detention center, further, 9 out of 10 children experienced verbal abuse.

The report included, across the West Bank 470 children were detained over the ten years. Also, it has been found that children were taken from their homes at night, with their hands painfully bound behind their backs.

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