UN Committee Accuses Israel of Torturing Palestinian Children

June 20, 2013 12:07 pm 8 comments

IDF officer plays with a Palestinian child. Photo: IDF

A United Nations human rights body released a report Thursday accusing Israeli forces of mistreating Palestinian children, including by torturing those in custody and using others as human shields.

“Palestinian children arrested by (Israeli) military and police are systematically subject to degrading treatment, and often to acts of torture, are interrogated in Hebrew, a language they did not understand, and sign confessions in Hebrew in order to be released,” the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said in its report.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said the report sounded dubious and redundant.

“Unfortunately this will be used by Israel’s enemies as a nice headline, but I think we all know that Israel doesn’t go around torturing children,” he told The Algemeiner.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry told Reuters it had responded to a report by the UN children’s agency UNICEF in March on ill-treatment of Palestinian minors, and dismissed the new report.

“If someone simply wants to magnify their political bias and political bashing of Israel not based on a new report, on work on the ground, but simply recycling old stuff, there is no importance in that,” spokesman Yigal Palmor said.

The report which claimed that children are often arrested arbitrarily by Israeli security forces voiced concern at the “continuous use of Palestinian children as human shields and informants,” saying 14 such cases had been reported in the last three years alone.

In March, Palmor had said that Israeli officials had cooperated with UNICEF in its work on the report, with the goal of improving the treatment of Palestinian minors in custody.

“Israel will study the conclusions and will work to implement them through ongoing cooperation with UNICEF, whose work we value and respect,” he said.

8 Comments

  • T.E. Barnes Jr.

    It’s funny Rabbi Cooper said the report was “redundant.” Of course it is…because Israel continues to do these types of things. And if anyone thinks the report is BS, simply look at what the Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Yigal Palmor, said, “Israel will study the conclusions and will work to implement them through ongoing cooperation with UNICEF, whose work we value and respect.” If this report were entirely false, I highly doubt any Israeli government agency would make that comment; more likely they would simply demonize UNICEF and the report.

  • Jill Skriver

    Muslim lies and truth twisting being used by the top heavy Islam based UN. Hamas has trained this generation to “embrace death as heavily as Jews embrace life”. Palestinian children are taught by their mothers that they should desire martyrdom (shahada). A mother was given a seat in parliament when three of her 6 sons had died as suicide bombers killing many Jews at the same time. When Israel drops flyers over a rocket cache site warning them that in 20 minutes it will be bombed, (usually a school or high density apartment building)Hamas immediately recruits some women and children to die as martyrs for Allah. They think that they will immediately be in paradise, and to die as a martyr is the only way they have a guarantee they will ever get there. After that, they can blame Israel for targeting mothers and children. Children are taught to prepare A win/win for Hamas’ propaganda machine, which then can be utilised by the heavily Islamic laden UN. Hating Jews is a major hadith from Mohammed, and destroying Israel is a requirement that has to be fulfilled before the 12th Imam (Islamic messiah) can return. That is why Iran is so intent on building a nuclear bomb. It is dangerous for Israel to trust UNICEF, when they are saying that children are tortured and/or killed when they’re is no basis for saying they’re tortured and Islam is the reason that they are setting themselves up to be killed. If UNICEF DID THE SMALLEST AMOUNT OF RESEARCH THEY WOULD FIND THE TRUTH, and it will easily verify what I have stated.

  • A report my grandma would call ” Quatsch” ! In other words..B.S.!

  • Interesting that everyone thinks Israel is the bad guy. Israel is the only stable presence left in the Middle East, besides Jordan. I doubt they torture children. Also, I wonder if they remember how many terrorist attacks have killed Israeli children?

    • Jill Skriver

      I’m sure they never torture children, but they would be idiots not to investigate suspiciously dressed children who may be carrying a bomb. Children have been polled and 85% wish to die as a martyr. They’re told they go straight to heaven if they do.

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    Does the UN even have to pretend to be factual anymore and if so, what is the legal recourse for printing knowingly false reports in order to incite violence against Jews?

    • Texas Realist

      I agree with E Pluribus Beagle regarding the publication of knowingly false report. I’m not a lawyer but someone show take legal action against that agency. If the agency knew they’d be taken to court each time they knowingly lie, it might restrain them a bit.

      • T.E. Barnes Jr.

        On the contrary, if Israel were to take the UN to court, if something like that was legally allowed, not only would it demonstrate all the illegal and morally corrupt things done by Palestinians, but it would shed light on illegal actions taken by Israel against Palestinian Arabs and Christians. Sometimes you just have to absorb the punch and instead of punching back, simply call names and make accusations.

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