UN Accuses Israel of Abusing Palestinian Children

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- The U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child claimed Israeli soldiers and police torture Palestinian children while questioning them and use them as human shields.

U.N. committees have issued many such reports over the years accusing Israel of mistreating the Arab population.

In this report, the committee said, "Children arrested by [Israeli] military and police are systematically subject to degrading treatment and often to acts of torture, are interrogated in Hebrew, a language they did not understand, and sign confessions in Hebrew in order to be released."

Referring to the "Palestinian territories and the occupied Syrian Golan Heights," the committee inferred that Israeli operations against the terrorist infrastructure in the Gaza Strip has killed and injured thousands of children.

"Hundreds of Palestinian children have been killed and thousands injured over the reporting period as a result of the state party military operations, especially in Gaza where the state party proceeded to [carry out] air and naval strikes on densely populated areas with a significance presence of children, thus disregarding the principles of proportionality and distinction."

Last March, UNICEF issued a report accusing Israel of violating international law that protects all children.

Joseph A. Klein, author of "Global Deception: The UN's Stealth Assault on America's Freedom" wrote, "While Hamas had no compunctions about using Palestinian children as human shields and even glorifying children killed in battle as 'martyrs,' the report repeats (without supporting evidence) charges that Israelis were responsible for using children as human shields."

"There was not a single word regarding Hamas' avowed intention to train children as soldiers and put them in harm's way, contrary to international law," Klein wrote.

"Of course, one should not be surprised by all this, since it is consistent with the U.N.'s attitude that the Palestinians can do no wrong and the Israelis can do no right," he concluded.

New York commentator Steve Loeb, responding to a Reuters article on the report published by the Jerusalem Post, recommended the U.N. be disbanded.

"I don't understand why there isn't a worldwide demand to defund and abandon what's clearly become a useless, and in fact I'd argue, a dangerous organization that's given credibility when none is warranted," Loeb wrote.

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