Two recent incidents revealed young Palestinian boys attempting to carry explosives through a checkpoint into Israel. One of these, only eleven years old, was paid to carry a bomb past security checks. Within days the other boy, aged fourteen, was pictured actually wearing a special vest packed with explosives.
Much was made of this by the Israeli government, though to many this development was hardly a surprise. After all, the exploitation of minors as participants in violent conﬂict is a contemporary global problem which has already received much attention. Often sensationalised in media coverage, it is a particularly complex problem, and much of what we are exposed to leaves us with only a patchwork understanding of a long and disturbing story.