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Five-Year-Old Palestinian Boy, Wadi' Maswadah,
Detained in Hebron by Israeli Occupation Soldiers
Thursday July 11, 2013 17:01 by Shamus Slaunwhite - IMEMC & Agencies
Israeli soldiers detaining
5-year-old Wadi' Maswadah in Hebron, July 12, 2013, imemc
(Screen capture from B'Tselem video)
Despite being below the age of criminal responsibility,
5-year-old Wadi' Maswadah was detained for two hours by the
security-paranoid Israeli occupation soldiers July 9th near the Tomb of
the Patriarchs in Hebron after he allegedly threw a stone at a settler’s
The Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem reported
that when local residents tried to intervene, the Israeli soldiers put
the crying child and another local resident into a
and drove them to the boy’s home.
When the boy’s father, Karam,
came home, the Israeli soldiers informed him that they were arresting
his son and handing him over to the Palestinian police, and they
threatened the father with arrest if he did not comply.
and Wadi' were then detained for half an hour at the local Israeli
occupation forces base, where the father was blindfolded and handcuffed.
The father and son were then taken to the Policeman’s checkpoint, where
they were detained for a further half hour. Eventually, Karam’s
blindfold and handcuffs were removed, and he and Wadi' were transferred
to the Palestinian police and eventually released.
The age of
criminal responsibility in the West Bank and Israel is 12, and,
according to B'Tselem, this means that “the security forces are not
allowed to arrest or detain children under that age, even when they are
suspected of having committed criminal offenses, and the authorities
must deal with the law breaking in other ways”.
The director of
B'Tselem, Jessica Montell, described the detainment of 5-year-old Wadi'
Maswadah and his father as “particularly troubling”, and noted that this
procedure by which Israeli soldiers detain Palestinian minors suspected
of throwing stones “does not, and cannot, have any legal grounds when
the minor is below the age of criminal responsibility”.
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