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Newsletter - November 2016

At the end of August 2016, there were 319 Palestinian children held as 'security prisoners' in Israeli prisons. 50% of these children were detained inside Israel in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Also in this issue: State Department says US administration is advocating for "policies to make the military detention system more humane and efficient, especially as it relates to minors"; latest data on ill-treatment; a soldier's video testimony describes what goes on in the back of the jeep; 9-year-old detained for 10 hours contrary to military orders and standard operating procedures; child detention raised in Australian Parliament by 49 MPs while Government claims legal professional privilege on whether the Fourth Geneva Convention applies; and former UN Secretary General warns against exodus from the ICC.

Testimony: Y.J.M.Z.
On 11 September 2016, a 16-year-old youth from Zububa is detained by Israeli soldiers at 9:00 p.m. in order to "teach the other boys a lesson". He is released 7 hours later. "I was with some friends in our courtyard when suddenly a group of Israeli soldiers entered. We were terrified."
Notification upon arrest - update
[October 2016] Since 1967 a re-occurring criticism of the Israeli military's conduct in the West Bank focused on the manner in which children were being arrested in pre-planned raids on their homes.
Briefing Note - October 2016
[October 2016] - This Briefing Note reviews developments in the Israeli military detention system for children and covers the period up to October 2016.