IOA to establish special military courts for Palestinian minors
Palestinian Information Center
August 26, 2009
RAMALLAH, (PIC)-- The Israeli judiciary is currently preparing for the establishment of a special military court for Palestinian children in the West Bank that would be the first of its kind since 1967, the Hebrew radio reported on Tuesday.
The broadcast said that the step was taken following a military order signed by the commander of the central region in the Israeli occupation army Gadi Shamni.
It said that the order stipulated appointing judges specialized in dealing with "crimes" of Palestinian minors.
Hebrew daily Yediot Ahronot quoted an Israeli army source as saying that the decision followed the growing number of Palestinian children who were involved in "attacks" against Israeli forces.
The source noted that the number of those minors during the present year neared 400 who were all less than 16 years old.
The paper said that the establishment of those courts was meant to beautify the image of Israel in the world as far as human rights, especially of children, were concerned.
Meanwhile, Israeli occupation forces have kidnapped five Palestinians in the West Bank districts of Nablus, Ramallah and Jenin at dawn Tuesday, according to local reports.