Israel Arrests a Palestinian American Teenager

According to the Washington Post Mohammad Khalek, a 14 years old Palestinian American has been held in an Israeli detention center for a week now. His father has not been allowed to visit him.

The case highlights Israel’s system of military detention for Palestinian minors, which has been frequently criticized. The United Nations said in March that an in-depth study showed that the detentions systematically and gravely violated the rights of minors.

Mohammad’s attorney, Randa Wahbe, said he told her in court that he was interrogated for hours and, at one stage, was pushed so hard that his dental braces broke. According to her account, he said interrogators told him that he would be released if he quickly confessed to throwing rocks.

Unfortunately, this case is symptomatic of the Israeli military’s abusive treatment of Palestinian children in detention,” said Bill Van Esveld of the New York-based group Human Rights Watch. The rights group Defense for Children International says 236 minors were in Israeli military detention in February, 39 of them ages 12 to 15. The group said its numbers come from Israel’s prison authority.