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A 35-Year Prison Term at 17: Palestinian Children and Israeli Justice

World  (tags: Middle East, Israel, Palestine, justice, courts, Palestinians )

- 9 days ago -
In the three years that Omar has been in prison, Israel's military courts have ignored pressure from family and lawyers and refused to hand down a sentence to the boy from the West Bank village of Beituniya, in the central occupied West Bank.


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Animae C (508)
Monday January 7, 2019, 3:00 pm

TY Freya

Colleen L (3)
Monday January 7, 2019, 6:06 pm
Disgusting that they refuse to hand the sentence. Hope there's other ways the family can get help.
Thanks Freya

Winn A (179)
Monday January 7, 2019, 6:42 pm
Just disgusting

Janis K (129)
Monday January 7, 2019, 7:41 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Shirley S (187)
Monday January 7, 2019, 8:49 pm
It is so sad that such young people think they have to kill anybody. We all know that punishment will occur for such an act. Unfortunately these young people are living in areas where continual conflict seems to make life cheap. Hopefully this boy's case will have a happy ending.

Peggy B (43)
Wednesday January 9, 2019, 6:00 am
TYFS, Freya.

fly bird (26)
Thursday January 10, 2019, 6:30 am
Israel’s Treatment Of Palestinian Prisoners Must Be Exposed.
January 10, 2019

"Nearly 7,000 Palestinian prisoners, including women, the elderly and children, are suffering in Israeli prisons. Many of them are serving life sentences; some have been behind bars for over 30 years. The Palestinian prisoners’ battle focuses mainly on improving the harsh conditions of their detention, which are intended to kill them slowly, physically and psychologically."

"Family visits are often blocked altogether or cancelled at random. When they are allowed, the prison authorities use barbed wire barriers to keep prisoners and their relatives at least one metre apart.

One of the most dangerous Israeli practices against Palestinian prisoners is the psychological torture of being held under administrative detention with neither charge nor trial. This form of detention is renewable and thus can last for many years, with no family visits for months on end. Chronic mental illnesses have often resulted."

"Since 1967, when the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip began, 218 Palestinian prisoners have been killed in Israel’s prisons: 75 were killed as a result of premeditated murder, 7 were shot and killed, 62 were killed due to medical negligence, and 73 prisoners were tortured to death."

"It is odd that Israel not only promotes itself as a democracy, but also that the rest of the world believes it. The international community has more or less overlooked the issue of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel."

Thank you for posting, Freya.

Sabrina Degasperi (1)
Thursday January 10, 2019, 8:59 am
I'm really horrified.

Paola S (10)
Thursday January 10, 2019, 11:08 am
Thank you for posting

Farah Hage Ali (155)
Friday January 11, 2019, 5:37 am
noted. thank you for sharing

Janet B (0)
Friday January 11, 2019, 8:34 pm

SylvieBusy A (191)
Saturday January 12, 2019, 4:10 am
No comment...

fly bird (26)
Saturday January 12, 2019, 9:33 pm
"Study: U.S. Newspapers Are More Than Twice As Likely to Cite Israeli Sources in Headlines Than Palestinian Ones."

January 12 2019,

This is the conclusion of a new study titled “50 Years of Occupation” published by 416Labs, a research and data analytics firm based in Canada. The firm analyzed nearly 100,000 news headlines about the conflict in the American press over the past five decades and found that the Israeli point of view was featured much more prominently than the Palestinian one, and that references to Palestinians’ experiences of being “refugees” or living under “occupation” have steadily declined.

“The findings demonstrate a persistent bias in coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian issue — one where Israeli narratives are privileged and where, despite the continued entrenchment of the occupation, the very topics germane to Palestinians’ day-to-day reality have disappeared,” Owais Zaheer, one of the study’s authors, told The Intercept. “It calls to attention the need to more critically evaluate the scope of coverage of the Israeli occupation and recognize that readers are getting, at best, a heavily filtered rendering of the issue.”

"It calls to attention the need to more critically evaluate the scope of coverage of the Israeli occupation and recognize that readers are getting, at best, a heavily filtered rendering of the issue."

Roberto MARINI (88)
Sunday January 13, 2019, 9:41 am
noted thanks

fly bird (26)
Monday January 14, 2019, 8:51 pm
Year in Review: 2018 reigned deadly force on Palestinian children.
Dec 31, 2018

Part 4: Palestinian children detained by Palestinian forces

Between January and November of this year, DCIP documented 140 cases of Palestinian children who were detained by Palestinian forces. A high number of the arrests DCIP documented, 31, were detained using improper procedures and by bodies not authorized to carry out arrests. Of these, 18 were carried out by the Criminal Investigation police.

Under the 2016 Palestinian juvenile protection law, the juvenile prosecutor is the only party authorized to order a child’s detention, per Article 20. Once an arrest is so ordered, the Palestinian juvenile police force is the singular body legally sanctioned to carry out the arrest.

Based on Article 18 of the juvenile protection law, if a child is arrested by any party other than the Palestinian juvenile police while actively committing a crime, the child must immediately be turned over to the juvenile police and brought before the juvenile prosecutor within 24 hours.

Arrests carried out by other bodies in the absence of an active crime — or cases where the child is arrested by other bodies while in the process of committing an offense and the child is not quickly handed over to the juvenile police — deny children access to due process and other safeguards afforded to them by the new law.

Gravely, 35 children reported physical abuse during the course of their detention. In 31 cases, children said they were detained or transferred with adults.

Part 5: Palestinian children detained by the Israeli military

In 2018, DCIP documented 120 Palestinian child detention cases from the West Bank. More than half of the children arrested by Israeli forces whose cases DCIP documented reported experiencing verbal abuse, threats, humiliation or intimidation. The vast majority, over 75 percent, said they were physically abused during the course of their detention.

While under pre-trial detention, Israeli forces placed 22 children in isolation for a period of 48 hours or more. The longest period of isolation that DCIP documented in 2018 was 30 days.

Since 1967, Israel has operated two separate legal systems in the same territory. In the occupied West Bank, Israeli settlers are subject to the civilian and criminal legal system whereas Palestinians live under military law.

Israel applies civilian criminal law to Palestinian children in East Jerusalem. No Israeli child comes into contact with the military courts.

Israel has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world that systematically prosecutes an approximately 700 children each year in military courts lacking fundamental fair trial rights. Children within the Israeli military system commonly report physical and verbal abuse from the moment of their arrest, and coercion and threats during interrogations.

fly bird (26)
Wednesday January 16, 2019, 11:42 pm
Palestinian Children Routinely Detained and Arrested By Israeli Authorities.

The real news network (2013)

fly bird (26)
Friday January 18, 2019, 4:19 pm
Support the Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act.

On November 14, 2017, Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) and nine original cosponsors introduced H.R.4391, the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act. As of October 2018, the bill boasts 30 cosponsors.
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