Palestinian children detained by the Israeli military are subject to widespread, systematic ill-treatment that violates international law. 700 Palestinian children aged 12 to 17, most of them boys, are arrested, interrogated and detained by the Israeli military, police and security agents every year.http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/07/world/middleeast/un-finds-israeli-military-abuses-young-palestinians.html?ref=world A UN study found widespread mistreatment at each stage, including verbal and physical abuse and threats, along with coerced confessions.
Perhaps, this abuse may have brought the wrath of God.
The biblical comparisons were irresistible: locusts were swarming across the border from Egypt three weeks before Passover, like a vivid enactment of the eighth plague visited upon the obdurate Pharaoh. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/07/world/middleeast/swarms-of-locusts-cross-into-israel-from-egypt.html?ref=world
The largest concentration, an ominous black cloud of millions, settled for the night near the tiny rural village of Kmehin in Israel’s southern Negev desert, not far from the border with Egypt. The Jewish holiday of Passover commemorates the biblical story of the Israelites’ liberation from slavery in Egypt. Divine punishment in the form of 10 plagues afflicted the Egyptians as the Pharaoh refused the entreaties of Moses and Aaron to let their people go. An east wind brought the locusts that devoured what was left of Egypt’s crops. Locusts also appear in the Koranic version of the tale.