|copyright Husam Abu Allan, courtesy of DCI|
www.dci-palestine.org) of teens telling how they were arrested by soldiers breaking into their home in the middle of the night, handcuffed, blindfolded, beaten with sticks, and slapped. One said interrogators threatened to throw him out of a third-story window. DCI estimates that 75% of the 500-700 Palestinian youth aged 12-17 who are arrested each year experience some physical violence during their arrest, transfer, or interrogation.
|Illustration courtesy of DCI|
DCI says Palestinian children arrested in East Jerusalem are treated under civil law, while those detained in the West Bank come under military law, which is harsher. For example, detention without charge is permitted for 40 days under the civilian juvenile justice system, and 188 days under military law. DCI says civil law in Jerusalem gives some protection to minors, and interrogations there involve less threats and intimidation.
DCI's office happens to be in the West Bank city of al-Bireh, were President Obama is scheduled to visit a Palestinian youth center Thursday after his talks with Palestinian Authority leaders in the adjacent city of Ramallah. This is what Mr. Obama will see on the way to these appointments:
|Sign at checkpoint warning Israelis that it is|
illegal and dangerous to enter the area
|Graffiti on the separation barrier after the checkpoint|
|One of many poster messages to Mr.Obama on|
the way into al-Bireh. His picture underneath was