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Not 1..... Not 10.....but at least 350

Posted by on Apr. 1, 2010 at 10:19 PM
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Defence of Children International-Palestine reports that arrests of children have been increasing .  Presently approximately  350 West Bank children under 17 are being held in Israeli prisons.   Defence of Children provides testimonies of the children, detailing the brutal circumstances of their detention and interrogation, and their confinement with adult prisoners.  Urgent appeals on behalf of the children are issued by Defence of Children on the  transfer of children to prisons within Israel, where family members cannot visit because of restrictions on movement of people under Israel’s military Occupation.

In the West Bank, there is a two-tiered system of justice, including for minors.  For settler children, justice is administered according to Israeli domestic law, with all the due process protections that affords.  They  cannot be  charged as adults until they reach 18, in accordance with the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Israel is a signatory.  For Palestinian children, military law applies, and that  pretty much means due process, and the  tenderness of their years,  is irrelevant.   Their childhood itself is cut short, both by the circumstances of the Occupation and the letter of military law.  Until recently, they could be charged as adults as young as 12 years of age.  A recent military order “reformed” that anomaly by setting their age of majority at 16 –still two years earlier than their settler counterparts, and two years younger than required by the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  But the reality is that children as young as 12 continue to be arrested and imprisoned in adult military jails.  In the majority of cases the soldiers who arrest them say that the children were throwing stones, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.

 http://theonlydemocracy.org/2010/03/in-west-bank-palestinian-childhood-is-cut-short-its-the-law/

So a Palestinian kid throws a stone and gets 20 years in prison.

A Jewish settler kid can take a baseball bat to a Palestinian old man and nothing happens - I know because I saw it with my own eyes on youtube.  Wanna see for yourself?

by on Apr. 1, 2010 at 10:19 PM
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tericared
by on Apr. 1, 2010 at 11:54 PM

 For settler children, justice is administered according to Israeli domestic law, with all the due process protections that affords.  They  cannot be  charged as adults until they reach 18, in accordance with the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Israel is a signatory.  For Palestinian children, military law applies, and that  pretty much means due process, and the  tenderness of their years,  is irrelevant.  

This is sick...

SEEKEROFSHELLS
by Platinum Member on Apr. 2, 2010 at 12:13 AM

 Twenty years for throwing stones at soldiers? That is sick, they are children. Does it matter the religion or where they are from? Treating children that way is wrong.Shame on the UN for allowing it. Shame on the US for funding Isreal.

Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Apr. 2, 2010 at 1:08 AM

How terribly sad...

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