“Governments have a responsibility to take all available measures to make sure children’s rights are respected, protected and fulfilled.”
~Geneva convention, article 4

This isn’t shocking to anyone who has been paying attention to Israel’s history of abuse and torture of not only Palestinian prisoners but also children.  Most of the kids who experience this torture were accused of throwing a stone.  According to the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) “74 per cent experience physical violence during arrest, transfer or interrogation.” (source).  Israel abuses these kids and then has them admitting guilt for trumped up charges by making them sign documents in Hebrew – not even in their own language.

Via the Jerusalem Post HERE:

The practice of placing the children in outdoor cages was halted when Justice Minister Tzipi Livni learned of it and immediately telephoned Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, telling him to end the practice.

According to the Public Defender’s Office, it learned of the issue during a standard visit to prison complex in Ramle at the height of the storm, with the children enduring freezing temperatures and inclement weather outside a transit facility.

The children were to be held outside for a number of hours overnight after their arrest until they were to be brought to court in the early morning.

Livni’s office confirmed that she had personally intervened.

In fact – Israel has a very long history of torture and abuse and a lack of regard for the fundamental civil rights of Palestinians.  Israel is the only country in the world that prosecutes children in military courts (source); not if they’re Jewish of course.  That only applies to Palestinian children.

Israel also has a law that allows children to be imprisoned for up to 6 months without access to their parents or their own attorney (source).  This is a violation of the Geneva convention.

Human rights organization – B’Tselem says Palestinian children are tortured to force a confession HERE:

It is clear from the statements that the investigators asked those minors to confess to the offenses, mostly stone throwing, and in the vast majority of the cases, the investigators had only stopped using violence against them upon their confession to the charges.

The report included a statement made by a 14 year-old minor from the village of Hosan in Bethlehem, in which he said “the interrogator brought me to a room, he grabbed my head and began to hit my head on the wall, and then punched me with his fist, slapped me and kicked me on my leg.”

“The pain was a tremendous and I felt that I was unable to stand on my feet. Then the detective offended me verbally in a very vulgar way where he called my mother bad names. He threatened to rape me and commit sexual acts with me if I wouldn’t confess to throwing stones.”

“I was very scared of his threats because he was too harsh and we were alone in the room, and I remembered what I saw in the news when British and American soldiers raped and photographed naked Iraqi citizens.”

B’Tselem said that by July 2013 its researchers had gathered 64 testimonies from throughout the eight Palestinian towns located south of the West Bank. In the statements, Palestinians spoke about the violence perpetrated against them by detectives in Gush Etzion police station, including 56 minors.

The report noted that the interrogations included slapping, punching, kicking and beating using different tools, such as a gun or stick, and some said they had been subjected to sexual threats against them or the women of their families, or “electric shock” torture that would affect their fertility.

Over 8,000 Palestinian children have been arrested by the Israeli military …. many of them without charge.  This video does a very good job of detailing first hand experiences from the perspective of the children who were imprisoned.  This is what it looks like when the Israeli military arrests some kid doing nothing HERE.

There isn’t one single case of these types of abuses by the Israeli military to a Jewish child.  It just doesn’t happen.  Separate laws for people based on their ethnicity; that’s apartheid.

Graciela Carmon, M.D. is a child and adolescent Psychiatrist and PHR-Israel board member; she gives her expert opinion on Israel’s use of torture to force confessions with children HERE:

The violent arrest process and psychological interrogation methods mentioned above lead to the breaking of the ability of the child or adolescent to withstand the interrogation, while flagrantly violating his or her rights. These interrogation methods, when applied to children and adolescents, are equivalent to torture. These methods deeply undermine the dignity and personality of the child or adolescent, and inflict pain and severe mental suffering. Uncertainty and helplessness are situations that can too easily lead a child or adolescent to provide the requested confession, out of impulsivity, fear or submission. It is a decision that is far from free and rational choice.

P. 2763/09: The fact that the investigation of the appellant was conducted at 4 o’clock in the morning, immediately following his arrest, raises some difficult questions. Indeed, the law does not prohibit such an action. Previous rulings have already acknowledged the possibility that a late-night interrogation may impair the discretion of the interrogated individual… There is no doubt that these concerns grow stronger when the suspect is only a 15-year-old minor, who was only dubiously aware of his rights. It is simple to imagine what the state of mind of a child arrested in the middle of the night by soldiers, and immediately brought to a police interrogation may be… In light of the importance of these issues, and their strong influence on the protection of the rights of the detainee, which are basic, fundamental rights… it is appropriate, in my opinion, that the need to provide operative directives to the Israeli Police should be examined, if such directives do not already exist.

The United Nations has accused Israel of torturing Palestinian children many times; one example via Reuters HERE:

Palestinian children in the Gaza and the West Bank, captured by Israel in the 1967 war, are routinely denied registration of their birth and access to health care, decent schools and clean water, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child said.

“Palestinian children arrested by (Israeli) military and police are systematically subject to degrading treatment, and often to acts of torture, are interrogated in Hebrew, a language they did not understand, and sign confessions in Hebrew in order to be released,” it said in a report.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry said it had responded to a report by the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF in March on ill-treatment of Palestinian minors and questioned whether the U.N. committee’s investigation covered new ground.

Israel’s rebuttal to this is that they’re just being picked on because the world is filled with antisemitism.  And they continue their crusade of torturing Palestinian children without any sanctions or reprisal because the United States government vetoes every single attempt at sanctions in the United Nations.  Not only do we do nothing – we continue to give Israel money to continue these human rights violations.

Unfortunately – these Palestinian kids are the “lucky ones”; so many more Palestinian children are just murdered by the Israeli army via a bombing or with a bullet to the face.  Rabbi Dov Lior had a huge following and said it’s perfectly acceptable to kill non Jewish kids HERE.

This kid lost his eye HERE.  This kid was shot by illegal dum-dum bullets HERE.  This kid died on his birthday HERE.

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