Israeli police arrested a six-year-old Palestinian boy and his older brother, 12, in East Jerusalem on Tuesday night, after they were suspected of throwing stones at a bus, Haaretz reported Wednesday.
According to the report, the parents, residents of Wadi Joz, were not allowed to meet with him and were only able to take him home in the middle of the night, eight hours after he was arrested.
Police questioned the little boys and asked them if their intentions were to become “shaheed,” martyrs.
The two minors were kept part of the time in the squad car in the parking lot of the National Police Headquarters and were then taken to the Shalem police station, after which the 6-year-old was released at around 3:30am.
The 12-year-old was brought for a remand extension before a judge on Wednesday but was released with certain restrictions.
Police told Haaretz that the two minors were caught throwing stones at a bus and were “immediately removed from the area to prevent further disturbance of the peace.”
According to the report, the police added that the parents were called to the facility where their children were being kept and “after [the] investigation, the minor below the age of criminal responsibility was released and a report was filed with welfare authorities.”
According to Israeli law, children under the age of 12 are below the age of criminal responsibility and may not be arrested or detained.