Expert recommends education, rehabilitation for teenage terrorists

The justice system should invest more in education and rehabilitating teenagers who carry out terrorist attacks, and the offenders often should be exempt from criminal culpability, according to an expert on child combatants.

“In the judicial system, there should be more initiatives for rehabilitation and more consideration of what has driven the children to do what they did when it gets to trial,” Dr. Hilly Moodrick-Even Khen, a senior lecturer at Sha’arei Mishpat College, told The Jerusalem Post last week.

The author of Terrorism and International Law: Combatants and Civilians in Modern Battlefields, Moodrick-Even Khen who also has contributed chapters to other books on child terrorists, made her comments just days after two 13-year-old Arab girls from the Jawarish neighborhood of Ramle stabbed a local teen in an alleged terrorist attack.


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