“Hyam, Muslim’s mother, says her son, the youngest of five children, has changed since [Israel’s] arrests began. “They have destroyed him psychologically. He’s more aggressive and nervous, hyper, always wanting to be out in the streets.”
Mona Zaghrout of the YMCA lists typical responses to trauma among children: “Nightmares, lack of concentration, reluctance to go to school, clinginess, unwillingness to sleep alone, insomnia, aggressive behaviour, regressive behaviour, bed-wetting. Psychosomatic symptoms, such as a high fever without a biological reason, or a rash over the body. These are the most common things we see.”
We are supporting Action for Palestinian Children’s call for Israel to implement, in full, the 40 recommendations made in the UK FCO-funded independent legal report, Children in Military Custody, which would go a long way to protecting children from the actions of Israeli soldiers and police.