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Newsletter - July 2017

At the end of May 2017, there were 331 Palestinian children held as 'security prisoners' in Israeli prisons. 74% of these children were detained inside Israel in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Also in this issue: percentage of children arrested at night remains largely unchanged in 5 years; summonses in lieu of night arrests currently used in 4 percent of cases; on average Palestinian children arrested by the military in the West Bank live within 1.02 kilometers of a settlement; overwhelming majority of children continue to be interrogated without prior access to a lawyer; a former soldier describes the military's tactic of intimidation; and MCW's Annual Report (2016/17).

Testimony: N.S.M.S.
On 16 May 2017, a 14-year-old boy from Azzun is arrested by Israeli soldiers at 2:30 a.m. and accused of throwing stones and lighting tires. He reports being interrogated without prior access to a lawyer.
MCW Annual Report - 2016/17
[27 June 2017] - MCW has released a new report that considers developments relating to the arrest and detention of children by the Israeli military in the West Bank in 2016 and 2017.
UK lawyers' report - 5 years on
[June 2017] - This month marks 5 years since a delegation of UK lawyers reviewed the treatment of Palestinian children under Israeli military law and published their findings and recommendations in a report.