Children in Military Custody assesses the treatment of Palestinian children under Israeli military law, examining each stage in the process: arrest, interrogation, bail hearings and plea bargains, trial, sentencing, detention and complaints.


The report deals with a comparative analysis of Israeli domestic law as it applies to Israeli children and Israeli military law as it applies to Palestinian children. The central questions addressed are: what are the differences between the two systems and is there any justification for these differences.



  • It assesses the applicability of international human rights and humanitarian law, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • It discusses compliance with international standards.
  • It highlights the differences between Israeli domestic law, applied to Israeli children and Israeli military law, applied to Palestinian children in the West Bank.
  • Recommendations are made on ways to address the inequalities between the two legal systems and areas for further development are suggested.

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