Since 2000, Israel has detained and prosecuted more than 10,000 Palestinian children. Israel is the only country in the world that prosecutes children in military courts. Every year, Israel detains and prosecutes between 500 and 700 Palestinian children. Most of these children were charged with “throwing stones,” a crime punishable under military law by up to 20 years in prison. These children are held imprisoned without due process often for months, with a conviction rate of 99.74 percent. Convictions are based on forced confessions.
Physical and psychological torture, humiliation, verbal abuse, and solitary confinement are used to obtain forced confessions. They are often arrested without arrest warrants. They arrive at interrogation centers bound, blindfolded, and sleep-deprived. They are humiliated with strip searches and they have no right to legal counsel during interrogation.
Palestinian children are also held under administrative detentions, a form of imprisonment without charge or trial. Under administrative detentions, they are never presented with charges. Their detention is based on secret evidence which is not disclosed to their attorneys so they have no legal means of challenging the detention.
As a punitive measure, they are denied food, water, toilet facilities and even critical medicines during investigation. In 2018, one child went into a coma during custody and lost his eyesight because he was denied medicine even when the family informed prison authorities explicitly about his critical medical condition affecting his kidneys and liver and risk to his life.
Violence and traumatic experiences during detention impacts their physical and mental health which has a far reaching impact on their social life, and academic career. their life. 50 percent of the children can not continue their studies after their release.
Justice For All believes that the US government who funds Israeli government each year is directly complicit in this brutality.
You can help stop these atrocities against the children by supporting the bill H.R 2590