Palestinian Child Prisoners

Over 200 children have been abducted who count themselves among the over 4000 unlawfully detained Palestinian prisoners held by Israel today, many in night raids, as addressed by many human rights groups in their reports.

We read more about these children, and their unlawful treatment that violates the Fourth Geneva Convention, in an  article in The Guardian:

www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/22/pal…

“The room is barely wider than the thin, dirty mattress that covers the floor. Behind a low concrete wall is a squat toilet, the stench from which has no escape in the windowless room. The rough concrete walls deter idle leaning; the constant overhead light inhibits sleep. The delivery of food through a low slit in the door is the only way of marking time, dividing day from night.

This is Cell 36, deep within Al Jalame prison in northern Israel. It is one of a handful of cells where Palestinian children are locked in solitary confinement for days or even weeks. One 16-year-old claimed that he had been kept in Cell 36 for 65 days.

The only escape is to the interrogation room where children are shackled, by hands and feet, to a chair while being questioned, sometimes for hours.

Most are accused of throwing stones at soldiers or settlers; some, of flinging molotov cocktails; a few, of more serious offences such as links to militant organisations or using weapons. They are also pumped for information about the activities and sympathies of their classmates, relatives and neighbours.

At the beginning, nearly all deny the accusations. Most say they are threatened; some report physical violence. Verbal abuse – “You’re a dog, a son of a whore” – is common. Many are exhausted from sleep deprivation. Day after day they are fettered to the chair, then returned to solitary confinement. In the end, many sign confessions that they later say were coerced.”

I cannot even begin to imagine what Palestinian parents go through, when their children have been kidnapped by the fascist Israeli barbarians who operate these Isreali maintained torture chambers described in this article in The Guardian, who laugh in the face of the requirements of international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention.

My Prayers are with the children being targeted and unlawfully detained, their parents, and all of the unlawfully detained over 4000 prisoners.

Sherri

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