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Torturing Children: Official Israeli Policy

Israel tortures children in detention.

by Stephen Lendman

Israel treats children like adults. Only two countries impose life without parole (LWOP) sentences on minors - America and Israel.

Israel is a signatory to the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). It's explicit and binding provisions state:

  • "every human being" below 18 is a child;  

  • their economic, social and cultural rights, safety and welfare must be protected "without discrimination of any kind" with regard to "race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or other status," including their "right to life....survival (and) development;" 

  • all measures shall be taken to protect children from physical and mental violence, exploitation or ill treatment; and

  • children deprived of liberty shall be treated with humanity and not subjected to torture or other abusive or degrading treatment. 

International human rights and humanitarian law demand it.

Israel spurns CRC and other international law with impunity. Studies document it. A new one conducted by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) titled "Children in Military Custody" discussed horrendous abuses.

From September 10 - 17, a delegation comprised of nine lawyers visited Israel and the West Bank. They included a former attorney general, a former appeals court judge, and several lawyers known as QCs. They evaluated how Palestinian children are treated under Israeli military law.

On July 29, 2009, Israeli General Gadi Shamni signed Military Order No. 1644. It established the "first-instance military court for youth, presided over by a single juvenile-court judge or by a panel led by a juvenile-court judge."

It states:

"The head of the military Court of Appeal must appoint judges from the first instance court in the military court." 

"The judges must be prepared to be competent for the post of juvenile judges after the approval of the head of the Court of Appeal to be appointed as juvenile judges for a certain period, which has been identified."

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