IDF troops kill Palestinian youth suspected of hurling firebombs
Troops opened fire on Palestinian, 14, in clashes near Ramallah; soldiers arrest 9 wanted Palestinians.
Israel Defense Forces troops early Tuesday shot and killed a Palestinian youth suspected of hurling firebombs near the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Teenager Muhammad Nayef, who age was given between 14 and 17, was critically wounded in the incident and died shortly after at Jerusalem's Hadassah Medical Center.
The youth was shot during clashes with troops, who were searching the Jalazun refugee camp area for Palestinians who had earlier thrown Molotov cocktails at the fence bordering the settlement of Beit El.
The IDF said only Nayef was hit when troops opened fire, although Palestinian media reported that two others Palestinian youths were wounded in the incident.
IDF troops, meanwhile, arrested nine wanted Palestinian militants in overnight West Bank raids.
The Israel Defense Forces is setting up a separate military court for West Bank youths, Haaretz learned last week. Until now, adults and minors have been judged by the same legal authorities.
The change was ordered by GOC Central Command Maj. Gen. Gadi Shamni on July 29. The order calls for a "first-instance military court for youth, presided over by a single juvenile-court judge or by a panel led by a juvenile-court judge."
The president of the military appeals court will "appoint military judges trained to serve as juvenile-court judges," and will set them limited terms.
The order requests the juvenile court sessions be "as separate as possible" from regular court sessions, and allows the youth court to demand a Civil Administration welfare report on the defendant's family "if the court believes this necessary to determine the minor's verdict."
Khaled Kuzmar, legal advisor to the Palestinian branch of Defense for Children International (DCI), told Haaretz, "The new order is a clear, if belated, confession to a systemic flaw," but that "a thorough examination of the order suggests that the changes are not fundamental. It allows significant space for the military prosecution to intervene."
He added, "The root of the problem is not the minors' criminality, but the occupation under which they live."