The rate of children detained by IDF witnessed a significant increase from 700 between 2002-2012 to 1,250 between 2011-2018.
Rabat – A Palestinian research center said that Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have detained 50,000 Palestinian children since 1967.
Abd al Nasser Ferwana, the director of the Commission of Detainees Affairs’ Studies and Research Unit, stated the figure in a press release.
IDF detained 16,655 since 2000, the time of the second Intifada, known as Al-Aqsa Intifada, which was marked by numerous intensive violent episodes between Palestinians and Israelis.
The Palestinian news outlet Wafa quoted Ferwana saying that the detention of Palestinian children is a systematic approach by Israel that aims to undermine the future and reality of Palestinian children.
Ferwana noted that IDF arrested 700 children per year on average between from 2002 to 2012. The rate of detentions increased significantly between 2011 and 2018, when it hit 1,250 arrests yearly.
Ferwana called on those concerned to join forces to improve the legal status of Palestinians and the legitimacy of their struggle and to expose the human rights abuses and violations committed against Palestinian children.