Aired on Australia’s ABC TV in February 2014
Children as young as 12, taken from home at night, blindfolded, handcuffed and imprisoned. Berlin 1933? West Bank, Israel 2014
UNICEF estimates that over the past decade an average of 700 children a year have been arrested by ISRAELI forces in this manner.
The Israeli military is facing a backlash at home and abroad for its treatment of children in the West Bank, occupied territory.
Coming up, a joint investigation by Four Corners and an Australian newspaper reveals evidence that shows the army is targeting Palestinian boys for arrest and detention. Reporter John Lyons travels to the West Bank to hear the story of children who claim they have been taken into custody, ruthlessly questioned and then allegedly forced to sign confessions before being taken to court for sentencing.
He meets Australian lawyer Gerard Horton, who’s trying to help the boys who are arrested, and talks to senior Israeli officials to examine what’s driving the army’s strategy.