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Holy Land: soldiers arrest 13-year-old girl

13 year-old girl in police custody

13 year-old girl in police custody

Israeli soldiers took a 13-year-old girl from her home in the Old City of Hebron on Tuesday and detained  her for several hours.  At about 5.45pm Christian Peacemaker Team members  followed four soldiers as they entered the girl's home and ordered the entire family to the roof.

Once on the roof, a fifth soldier from a permanent post on a neighboring Israeli settler home ordered the family's three teenage daughters to one side of the roof.  The soldier singled out the 13-year-old and accused her of throwing a stone.

The girl's mother protested saying that minutes before she had notified this soldier of settlers throwing stones at her as she hung her laundry and that he had seen settlers throwing stones.  She was dumbfounded that the soldier's response was to call another unit of soldiers to detain her daughter. 

Two more units of soldiers arrived at the house before escorting the girl out of her home.  The girl's aunt attempted to prevent the soldiers from taking the girl by linking arms with her and refusing to let go.  After a five-minute stand off, soldiers stated that the aunt could accompany the girl and the group of eighteen soldiers escorted them both away to a military jeep.  Israeli police arrived, arrested the girl and took her and her aunt to a police station for questioning and fingerprints.  The girl was released  without charge later that evening. 

Christian Peacemaker Teams is an ecumenical initiative to support violence reduction efforts around the world.  To learn more about CPT's peacemaking work, visit: www.cpt.org