Israel has criticized a United Nations report that says Israeli forces arrest Palestinian children, torture them, and sometimes use them as human shields.
The report issued by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) said the detained children were also subject to solitary confinement and threats of sexual assault. The 21-page document also condemned other Israeli violations, including land confiscation, settlement building and the security barrier. The Israeli Foreign Ministry dismissed the report, saying it was written "in bad faith." However, CRC chairperson Kirsten Sandberg said the report was based on facts and not on political opinion. The UN report said that Israel Forces had arrested, interrogated, and detained an estimated 7,000 Palestinian children aged between 12 and 17 in the past three years. It added that the number of Palestinian minors who were arrested has increased by 73 percent since September 2011. The report called for an independent investigation into reported cases of torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian children.