State of Israel
Ministry of Justice
Unfortunately, there are Palestinian minors who choose to take part in the armed struggle against Israel. For that purpose, they express their willingness to take part in suicide homicidal and other terrorist activities as described below.
Some of these Palestinian youth are recruited by Palestinian terrorist organizations through the promise that they will become martyrs ("shaheed") if they die during terrorist attacks. Most of the minors are recruited in order to commit suicide attacks which require fewer skills than shootings, infiltrations, etc.
Since the early years of the recent upspring (from 2000), the average age of suicide bombers has been gradually declining. In 2009, the most predominant activities characterizing involvement of minors were involvement in suicide bomb attacks, Molotov cocktails throwing, stone throwing and stabbing. During the recent years minors were also involved in grenades throwing, use of explosives, shooting, use of explosive cars, transfer of weapons, kidnapping of a person, rocket launching, as well as assault and murder
The Minority age in the West Bank
In accordance with international law, the Commander of the IDF forces in Judea and Samaria (hereinafter the "military commander") respects, unless absolutely prevented, the laws previously in force in the area under his authority, namely Jordanian law. According to the latter, a person becomes criminally liable at the age of 9. However, Jordanian law stipulates that a child under the age of 12 shall not be considered criminally liable unless it was proven that the child was able to understand the wrongful nature of his/her acts, at the time the crime was allegedly committed