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Torturing Children: Official Israeli Policy


Israel tortures children in detention.

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by Stephen Lendman

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

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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
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  • 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.

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