A human rights centre has revealed that the Israeli occupation authorities have detained more than 80 Jerusalemite children in the past two months. The Research and Documentation Unit in the Jerusalem Centre for Social and Economic Studies claims that "most of these children and minors are from Silwan, Ras El Amoud, Eisasaweyya, and Sha'fat Camp in Jerusalem's suburbs, as well as the Old City". They were, it is claimed, subjected to arrest and detention. More than 40 of these minors come from Silwan alone.
The centre emphasized that the Israelis have been harassing and imposing house arrest on minors in Jerusalem in addition to arresting them, deporting them from their homes and making frequent raids on Palestinian houses and neighbourhoods in the Holy City.
The latest report mentions that undercover units abducted 9 children from Silwan and subjected them to beating, torture and intimidation. They were also "mistreated during investigation and detention" and on their release "were put under house arrest".
The children were taken into detention for "throwing stones at Israeli soldiers and [armed, illegal] settlers". The report added that Jewish settlers and their guards take part in detaining children and minors, especially in Silwan.