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    Israeli court convicts Palestinian minor of stone throwing

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    Israeli authorities released a 12-year-old Palestinian boy after he was detained and tortured for 4 days. Mustafa Khatib was convicted of throwing stones at Israeli soldiers and sentenced to seven months in prison, but was released on bale. Mustafa explained to press TV that he was arrested on the 6th of January, in his hometown of Hizma along with 5 other youths all less than fourteen years old. He was then taken to a detention centre without the presence of a lawyer or guardian in Israel, where he was beaten until he confessed. Mustafa’s uncle explained that the family searched for Mustafa because nobody gave them any information about his arrest until the following day. Rights group Defense for Children International say Israel is violating the UN convention on the rights of a child, which outlines that no child should be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. According to the DCI, since September 2000, Israeli forces have arrested more than 9,000 Palestinian children under military orders. Israeli forces seem to be systematically targeting Palestinian minors like Mustafa Khatib in order to intimidate the Palestinian population.