Throwing rocks in silwan 58 AP.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
Four youngsters threw rocks at Border Police officers in southeast Jerusalem’s
Silwan neighborhood on Monday morning and were arrested.
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The patrol was
able to disperse the remaining rock-throwers.
There were no injuries or
Nearly two dozen youths have been arrested in the past two weeks
for throwing stones in Silwan. The Knesset’s Committee for the Rights of the
Child held a special hearing to discuss the appropriate way to deal with boys
who throw rocks.
On Sunday, B’Tselem, the Association for Civil Rights in
Israel and the Wadi Hilweh information center in Silwan released a joint
statement encouraging Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich and Israel
David Cohen to change the procedures for arresting and
“This petition was issued following the frequent
and serious complaints that reached the organizations in the past years, which
have intensified in the past few weeks with the situations where the police has
implemented problematic procedures, especially in relation to children suspected
of throwing rocks,” the organizations said in a statement.
the police of interrogating children as young as eight, though the “age of
criminal responsibility,” when police can take children for questioning is 12.