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Israel’s brutality of Palestinian children continues unabated

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Masked Israeli soldiers burst into children’s bedrooms in the early hours of the morning abusing their parents and siblings and drag their screaming stone throwing suspects, some as young as 10, out of their beds and into military custody.

Ninety-five per cent of imprisoned children have been subjected to brutality during their arrest and interrogation.

Children are told that unless they furnish the names of stone throwers their families will be attacked and their homes could be bulldozed.

Last year 14 Palestinian boys and girls were shot dead by the Israeli military in the West Bank and Gaza Strip which was 21 fewer than in 2016, the deadliest year for Palestinian children. Currently there are 400 children locked up in  Megiddo and Ofer prisons.

On 20/6/2016, 20 members of the US Congress signed a letter to President Barack Obama urging the appointment of a Special Envoy for Palestinian Children because of concern for young ​Palestinian children living ‘under the constant fear of arrest, detention, and violence at the hands of the Israeli military’, and declares ‘[t]he situation on the ground is rapidly deteriorating and we must act now’.

‘ignoring the trauma being inflicted on millions of Palestinian children undermines our American values and will ensure the perpetuation of a conflict and occupation we all want to see end peacefully.’

Byron Friends of Palestine urge the federal government and opposition to condemn the abuse and murder of Palestinian children ​which violate all international and humanitarian laws to which Australia is signatory.

Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre  


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4 COMMENTS

  1. If there were no Occupation by settler colonialists there would be no right enshrined under international law for an occupied people to defend themselves. It’s really simple Simon!

  2. Mike,
    As you appear unable/unwilling to research the readily available data online here is an extract from the latest Amnesty International Human Rights Report. If you would like references/bibliography be more specific as to which of my claims for which you would like “proof”:

    TORTURE AND OTHER ILL-TREATMENT
    Israeli soldiers and police and Israel Security
    Agency officers subjected Palestinian
    detainees, including children, to torture and
    other ill-treatment with impunity, particularly
    during arrest and interrogation. Reported
    methods included beatings, slapping, painful
    shackling, sleep deprivation, use of stress
    positions and threats. No criminal
    investigations were opened into more than
    1,000 complaints filed since 2001.
    Complaints of torture and other ill-treatment
    by the Israeli police against asylum-seekers
    and members of the Ethiopian community
    remained common.
    In December the Israeli High Court of
    Justice accepted the Attorney General’s
    decision not to open a criminal investigation
    into Asad Abu Ghosh’s torture claims despite
    credible evidence, thus condoning the
    continued use of stress positions and sleep
    deprivation against Palestinian detainees by
    Israeli interrogators.
    UNLAWFUL KILLINGS
    Israeli soldiers, police and security guards
    killed at least 75 Palestinians from the OPT,
    including East Jerusalem, and five
    Palestinians with Israeli citizenship. Some of
    those killed were shot while attacking Israelis
    or suspected of intending an attack. Many,
    including children, were shot and unlawfully
    killed while posing no immediate threat to
    life. Some killings, such as that of Yacoub
    Abu al-Qi’an, shot in his car by police in
    Umm al-Hiran in January, appeared to have
    been extrajudicial executions.
    EXCESSIVE USE OF FORCE
    Israeli forces, including undercover units,
    used excessive and sometimes lethal force
    when they used rubber-coated metal bullets
    and live ammunition against Palestinian
    protesters in the OPT, killing at least 20, and
    injuring thousands.
    (https://www.amnesty.org.uk/annualreport18, page 209)

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