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Newsletter - October 2022

At the end of September 2022, there were 129 Palestinian children held as 'security prisoners' in Israeli prisons. 68% of children were detained inside Israel in violation of the Geneva IV and the Rome Statute of the ICC. Also in this issue: 1,000 testimonies collected; UN votes to ask International Court of Justice for opinion on legality of occupation; and a child's testimony.

1,000 testimonies and counting
[14 November 2022] - Since UNICEF concluded nearly 10 years ago that the ill-treatment of children held in Israeli military detention "appears to be widespread, systematic and instutionalized", Military Court Watch (MCW) has collected over 1,000 testimonies from detained minors.
MCW Annual Report (October 2022)
This report considers developments relating to the arrest and detention of children by the Israeli military in the West Bank in 2021 and 2022. In addition to reviewing relevant legal and procedural changes the report considers the findings from 100 testimonies obtained from children detained during 2021. The report also considers the forcible transfer and unlawful detention of children outside the West Bank.
Evidence update: Documentation in Hebrew
[10 October 2022] – In 2013, following an extensive review of the treatment of children held in Israeli military detention, UNICEF found evidence indicating that Palestinian children and their parents were frequently presented with documentation written in Hebrew by Israeli military authorities.