The Israeli occupation authorities have placed a 12 year old Palestinian boy under house arrest after his release on bail. Mahran Al-Jabari was detained in Jerusalem last Friday along with a number of other boys. They were all accused of throwing stones at Israeli soldiers.
Thirteen of the boys, including Al-Jabari, were released on bail or placed under house arrest. Some were exiled from their home city for a period of two weeks.
Former prisoner and prisoners' rights activist Fo'ad al-Khoffosh described the Israeli decision to put Al-Jabari under house arrest as "harsh, brutal and illegal". Criticising the international community for not taking serious measures to stop Israel making such orders against Palestinian minors, Al-Khoffosh said, "The international community is deaf, dumb and blind regarding the issue of Palestinian prisoners."
Last month witnessed an increase in Israeli detentions of Palestinians; according to human rights organisations 270 were arrested in occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank. On May 22, Israeli occupation forces entered an orphanage in the city and arrested five pupils over an alleged stone-throwing attack on an Israeli settler.