Leaked video of Palestinian minor documents Israel’s use of forced confessions

The shocking abuse of 13-year-old Ahmed Saleh Jebril Manasra, caught on a leaked videotape, is a flagrant violation of international law and is only the “tip of the iceberg” when it comes to the Israeli government’s mistreatment of Palestinian detainees, says the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor. Manasra, from Jerusalem’s Beit Hanina neighborhood, was seriously injured on October 12 in attacks by Israelis. Accused of trying to stab a 13-year-old Jewish boy, Manasra was deliberately run over by an Israeli car and beaten by by sticks and metal pipes. He sustained multiple fractures and was left to bleed for an hour before being transferred to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital. Manasra was subjected to a harsh and humiliating investigation. A leaked, nine-minute video recording verified by Euro-Med Monitor shows Manasra being forced to admit to the charges. “Chilling as it is, this recording is only a tip of the iceberg,” said Ihsan Adel, Euro-Med Monitor’s legal adviser. “Israel routinely subjects children to harsh treatment in military detention—including psychological pressure, sleep deprivation and isolation from family and legal representation. These practices violate the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which obligates state parties to protect children from all forms of physical and mental abuse and violence.” Article 37 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by Israel, states that “every child deprived of liberty shall be treated with humanity and respect for the inherent dignity of the human person, and in a manner which takes into account the needs of persons of his or her age.” The treatment of Manasar also violates the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, particularly children. The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor calls on the Committee on the Rights of the Child and state parties to the Geneva Convention to fulfill their role by pressuring Israeli authorities to adhere to the conventions they signed, and to bring to justice the perpetrators of abuse, such as those who tormented Manasra.