Israeli Police Attempt to Arrest Preschoolers in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, December 16, 2014 (WAFA) – Israeli police Tuesday attempted to arrest two preschoolers during a raid on two homes in the East Jerusalem town of Silwan, according to witnesses.

Israeli police raided the home of Mohammad Abd al-Raziq in Bir Ayoub neighborhood in Silwan, in search of two children aged three and five for allegedly throwing rocks at them. Police left the house after threatening the father of arresting him.

According to the Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights, Israel seized an estimated 2,500 Palestinian children and youth between January 2010 and June 2014 – with approximately 400 between the ages of 12 and 15.

Meanwhile, Israeli police raided a house in the town of Silwan and assaulted Khaled al-Siyori, his wife, Hayya and two children, Khaled and Raed. The family was transferred to hospital for check up and treatment.

The police raided a boys’ school in Ras al-Amoud in Silwan under the pretext of throwing fireworks at them. No arrests were reported.

In the meantime, police stormed Ein Lawza neighborhood in Silwan, where they arrested Yazan Abbasi, 11, and Ahmad Abbasi, 11, as they were leaving school to home. There were no confrontations at the time of the arrest, nonetheless.

A report published by UNICEF in 2013 said the “ill treatment of children who come in contact with military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic, and institutionalized throughout the process from the moment of arrest until the child’s prosecution and eventual conviction and sentencing.”

Israeli police and army forces often target schools and other educational facilities, which is a violation of international law and relevant human rights that affirm children’s’ right to pursue their education without being targeted at times of conflict.