The Israeli army is both respected and feared as a fighting
force. But now the country's military is facing a backlash at
home and abroad for its treatment of children in the West
Bank, occupied territory.
Coming up, a joint investigation by Four Corners and The
Australian newspaper reveals evidence that shows the army
is targeting Palestinian boys for arrest and detention.
Reporter John Lyons travels to the West Bank to hear the
story of children who claim they have been taken into
custody, ruthlessly questioned and then allegedly forced to
sign confessions before being taken to court for sentencing.
He meets Australian lawyer Gerard Horton, who's trying to
help the boys who are arrested, and talks to senior Israeli
officials to examine what's driving the army's strategy.
The program focuses on the stories of three boys. In two
cases the army came for the children in the middle of the
night, before taking them to unknown locations where they
are questioned. A mother of one of the boys described the