child_arrested.jpg  Soldier detaining a child in Palestine The number of children aged 12 to 17 detained in Israeli jails has increased by 37.8% over the last year. The organisation Defence of Children International (DCI) reports that there are 423 children in Israeli jails and puts the increase down to the increase in demonstrations in the West Bank as a result of the Gaza conflict. DCI has reported the situation to the United Nations as Israel is a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child which states: ‘The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child shall be in conformity with the law and shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time.’ Although the assault on Gaza is over where many hundreds of children were killed there are still children being killed by Israeli soldiers in the Palestinian Territories - three were killed in February including one who was grazing his sheep in Gaza.