World 10 September 2010 Did the Israeli army sexually abuse Palestinian children? Allegations in CNN report repeated by the Israeli Ynet news website. Sign up to the Staggers Morning Call email * Print HTML The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) have been accused (and have been guilty of!) various crimes over the years, but few have accused Israeli troops in the occupied territories of committing sexual crimes against Palestinians. However, here is a shocking (if true!) report on Israel's most popular news website, Ynet, citing a "damning" CNN report broadcast on 9 September: A CNN investigative report aired Thursday slammed the treatment of Palestinian children by IDF soldiers. The report included uncorroborated charges of sexual abuse against Palestinian youngsters while in IDF custody. The CNN report featured an unidentified Palestinian boy claiming that IDF forces attempted to insert an object into his rectum after he was arrested. The unidentified youngster said a dozen officers were standing around and laughing while he was being interrogated, stopping only when their commander stepped into the room. The IDF could not offer a response to the charge because the youngster's name was not provided. The army did say that a complaint should be filed if such cases ever happened. "Any claim regarding improper conduct by soldiers or police officers will be thoroughly examined by the relevant officials," the army said. "We cannot address general claims on the subject in the absence of a specific complaint." According to [the] human rights group Defence of Children International, cited in the CNN report, five Palestinian children said they were sexually abused by the Israeli army. No evidence or further information was provided. I cannot find any reference to this story, or any follow-ups on the allegations, on any mainstream news websites, perhaps because the claims are "uncorroborated" -- or, perhaps, because of the pro-Israeli bias of much of the western media. You can watch the full CNN report by Paula Hancocks here. › Is this a taste of what's to come? Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles The unbearable whiteness of Washington DC The Handmaid's Tale has already come true - just not for white western women Martin Schulz: could this man bring an end to the reign of Angela Merkel?