JERUSALEM – Israeli and Palestinian minors accused of crimes in the West Bank are subject to two different sets of laws. Israeli settlers are prosecuted under Israeli civilian law, while Palestinians are thrust into the military justice system. Critics complain that the conviction rate in the military system is higher and the penalties stiffer. Here are some statistics about juvenile arrests between 2008 and 2013 from Israel's national police force:
TOTAL ARRESTS FOR ALL CRIMES:
INDICTMENT RATE FOR ALL CRIMES:
Palestinians: 45 percent
Israelis: 34 percent
TOTAL ARRESTS FOR STONE THROWING:
INDICTMENTS FOR STONE-THROWING:
Palestinians: 46 percent.
Israelis: Six cases, or 11 percent.
INDICTMENTS RESULTING IN CONVICTIONS:
Palestinians: 100 percent
Israelis: Four found guilty but not convicted. One was cleared. Fate of last case unknown.