Human Rights Group: Israel government tortures Palestinian children by keeping them in cages.


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It is barbaric like the Bibi regime itself. No doubt similar things go on in other Middle East countries, but Israel poses as a democracy which makes it more offensive that they do such things as hypocrisy is always picked up very quickly.
 

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2018 has been “one of the bloodiest for Palestinian children”, according to leading human rights NGO Defence for Children International Palestine (DCIP), with at least 53 confirmed child deaths “as the result of Israeli forces or settlers actions” documented by the organisation.

According to DCIP, the majority of these deaths were at the hands of Israeli occupation forces and caused by live ammunition, “often in the context of weekly protests and related activities taking place in the Gaza Strip”.

The grim picture was part of an update issued on 15 December, which reported on the killing of a four-year-old Palestinian boy by Israeli occupation forces in the Gaza Strip.
 

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2018 has been “one of the bloodiest for Palestinian children”, according to leading human rights NGO Defence for Children International Palestine (DCIP), with at least 53 confirmed child deaths “as the result of Israeli forces or settlers actions” documented by the organisation.

According to DCIP, the majority of these deaths were at the hands of Israeli occupation forces and caused by live ammunition, “often in the context of weekly protests and related activities taking place in the Gaza Strip”.

The grim picture was part of an update issued on 15 December, which reported on the killing of a four-year-old Palestinian boy by Israeli occupation forces in the Gaza Strip.
Never mind it'll soon all be over and the forces of modernity and democracy will soon prevail.

Irans Khamenei: Palestinians will soon establish government in Tel Aviv | The Times of Israel

Speaking to al-Nakhala, Khamenei hailed the “victories of Palestinian resistance groups” against Israel, citing the decreasing number of days of fighting compared to previous military confrontations as a harbinger of the Palestinians’ ultimate victory.

“During the two last wars against the Resistance groups, the Zionist regime begged for ceasefire after 22 days in one case and after 8 days in another instance; in the most recent conflict, the Zionist regime asked for ceasefire after only 48 hours,” he said. “This means the Zionist Regime has been brought to its knees.”
 

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Never mind it'll soon all be over and the forces of modernity and democracy will soon prevail.

Irans Khamenei: Palestinians will soon establish government in Tel Aviv | The Times of Israel
The Islamic Republic of Iran is a democracy, a democracy with Jews in it's parliament who are actually listened to and who's opinions are weighed unlike the "Arab" KMs over in Israel/Palestine. Even though "Israel" is a far wealthier country than Iran your average working family in Iran sits down to regular meals of a type that your average Jew in Jaffa or Afrara or Bnei Brak could only dream about or have on special occasions. However when you talk about modernity you seem to ignore that we have come along way since Mapai ruled the roost and that the Jewish Religious Right has been advancing more and more and is set with this new party to really become a force that cannot be ignored. Rabbi Yehuda Glick was a Minister in the last Knesset for Likud.
 

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The spirit of Palestinians will soon prevail
No it won't and it doesn't help the situation to claim that it will. Governments in the Middle East are paranoid about Jewish influence in the West which is understandable given the role of what is euphemistically called the "Israel" lobby in the Iraq wars, though it's failure over getting the US to invade Iran and commit it's own troops in Syria is something notable. I think they overestimate it particularly after it's overreach during the Bush years. Plus they are well aware of the fact that the Israeli state has a ton of nuclear missiles and something called either the "Samson option" or the "Samson doctrine" of sending nuclear missiles of which they have very many flying to various targets including London, Rome and Germany if they are going under. This has been documented by an American Jewish journalist who was both mainstream and award winning, Seymour Hersh, and Israel Shahak who was a Professor of Chemistry at the Hebrew University at Jerusalem as well as a survivor of Hitler's camps (he came from one of the few Reform Jewish families in Poland) and a tireless campaigner for the rights of "Arab Israeli citizens of Israel" and against Jewish supremacism. These are two massive factors in the conflict that people over look.

Two things are preventing the Zionists doing what they want to do to the indigenous population; Israeli Jewish society is bitterly divided along class, ethnic and Religious lines- hatred and fear of the indigenous "Other" is the glue that holds it together and so smart heads in the state machine such as Bibi know that it would be foolish to remove that glue. Than there is the worry of what would the rest of the West think and the fear of actual sanctions, after that the fear that they would alienate the majority of the Jewish communities outside of Israel/Palestine who's youth are increasingly alienated enough as it is while the ones that are not are now Kahanist head the balls.

Palestinian Solidarity Campaigns in the West have tied their hands behind their backs with Political Correctness and so end up only giving people half the picture. They also have a strong tendency to exclude as far as possible both Israeli Jewish dissidents and pious Muslims because both will say things that will upset the comfortable cliches a lot of Western "Liberal Leftists" like to live in.
 

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"Cultural groups". That's a good one.

The travesty of the weaponisation of "human rights" is another.

But put down these deliberately manipulative and emotive terms to objectively examine the actual activities, intents, and supporters, and associations of these political NGOs, and anyone would hope such a letter succeeded in stating it's case clearly and compellingly enough to cut off their funding.
 

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No it won't and it doesn't help the situation to claim that it will. Governments in the Middle East are paranoid about Jewish influence in the West which is understandable given the role of what is euphemistically called the "Israel" lobby in the Iraq wars, though it's failure over getting the US to invade Iran and commit it's own troops in Syria is something notable. I think they overestimate it particularly after it's overreach during the Bush years. Plus they are well aware of the fact that the Israeli state has a ton of nuclear missiles and something called either the "Samson option" or the "Samson doctrine" of sending nuclear missiles of which they have very many flying to various targets including London, Rome and Germany if they are going under. This has been documented by an American Jewish journalist who was both mainstream and award winning, Seymour Hersh, and Israel Shahak who was a Professor of Chemistry at the Hebrew University at Jerusalem as well as a survivor of Hitler's camps (he came from one of the few Reform Jewish families in Poland) and a tireless campaigner for the rights of "Arab Israeli citizens of Israel" and against Jewish supremacism. These are two massive factors in the conflict that people over look.

Two things are preventing the Zionists doing what they want to do to the indigenous population; Israeli Jewish society is bitterly divided along class, ethnic and Religious lines- hatred and fear of the indigenous "Other" is the glue that holds it together and so smart heads in the state machine such as Bibi know that it would be foolish to remove that glue. Than there is the worry of what would the rest of the West think and the fear of actual sanctions, after that the fear that they would alienate the majority of the Jewish communities outside of Israel/Palestine who's youth are increasingly alienated enough as it is while the ones that are not are now Kahanist head the balls.

Palestinian Solidarity Campaigns in the West have tied their hands behind their backs with Political Correctness and so end up only giving people half the picture. They also have a strong tendency to exclude as far as possible both Israeli Jewish dissidents and pious Muslims because both will say things that will upset the comfortable cliches a lot of Western "Liberal Leftists" like to live in.
 

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"Cultural groups". That's a good one.

The travesty of the weaponisation of "human rights" is another.

But put down these deliberately manipulative and emotive terms to objectively examine the actual activities, intents, and supporters, and associations of these political NGOs, and anyone would hope such a letter succeeded in stating it's case clearly and compellingly enough to cut off their funding.
Part and parcel of Settler Colonialism which is the best paradigm to understand the situation is the erasure of the indigenous culture. It is Zionism or rather Israelism which is weaponizing culture. Funny that when it comes to Pro-Israel Jews trampling on human rights when other mention it for people like you it becomes "weaponizing" human rights. Yes the Jewish Right in Palestine sees a lot of NGOs are anti-semitically enforcing what they see as "Christian" values on them.
 

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Repressive regimes are always closing down human rights groups. Probably the Russians in the Israeli govt drew on their experience back home with Putin's 'foreign agents' law which forces NGOs to register as foreign agents if they take even a tiny amount of donations from abroad.
 

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And I thought BB was the epitome of jewish fascism.

chara toney has been day in day out preoccupied in posting how much BB is a fascist, and lo and behold, it turns that only now did he become a fascist.

Years on years that chara toney has spent with the object of his obsession, and it was all in vain!
 

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'They’re seized in the dead of night, blindfolded and cuffed, abused and manipulated to confess to crimes they didn't commit.
Every year Israel arrests almost 1,000 Palestinian youngsters, some of them not yet 13'

These Are Their Testimonies.

It was a gloomy, typically chilly late-February afternoon in the West Bank village of Beit Ummar, between Bethlehem and Hebron.
The weather didn’t deter the children of the Abu-Ayyash family from playing and frolicking outside. One of them, in a Spiderman costume, acted the part by jumping lithely from place to place. Suddenly they noticed a group of Israeli soldiers trudging along the dirt trail across the way. Instantly their expressions turned from joy to dread, and they rushed into the house. It’s not the first time they reacted like that, says their father. In fact, it’s become a pattern ever since 10-year-old Omar was arrested by troops this past December.

The 10-year-old is one of many hundreds of Palestinian children whom Israel arrests every year: The estimates range between 800 and 1,000. Some are under the age of 15; some are even preteens.
A mapping of the locales where these detentions take place reveals a certain pattern: The closer a Palestinian village is to a settlement, the more likely it is that the minors residing there will find themselves in Israeli custody.
For example, in the town of Azzun, west of the Karnei Shomron settlement, there’s hardly a household that hasn’t experienced an arrest. Residents say that in the past five years, more than 150 pupils from the town’s only high school have been arrested.

At any given moment, there are about 270 Palestinian teens in Israeli prisons.
The most widespread reason for their arrest – throwing stones – does not tell the full story.
Conversations with many of the youths, as well as with lawyers and human rights activists, including those from the B’Tselem human-rights organization, reveal a certain pattern, even as they leave many questions open: For example, why does the occupation require that arrests be violent and why is it necessary to threaten young people.

A number of Israelis, whose sensibilities are offended by the arrests of Palestinian children, have decided to mobilize and fight the phenomenon. Within the framework of an organization called parents against child detention.... its approximately 100 members are active in the social networks and hold public events “in order to heighten awareness about the scale of the phenomenon and the violation of the rights of Palestinian minors, and in order to create a pressure group that will work for its cessation,” as they explain. Their target audience is other parents, whom they hope will respond with empathy to the stories of these children.

In general, there seems to be no lack of criticism of the phenomenon. In addition to B’Tselem, which monitors the subject on a regular basis, there’s been a protest from overseas, too. In 2013, UNICEF, the United Nations agency for children, assailed “the ill treatment of children who come in contact with the military detention system, [which] appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized.” A report a year earlier from British legal experts concluded that the conditions the Palestinian children are subjected to amount to torture, and just five months ago the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe deplored Israel’s policy of arresting underage children, declaring, “An end must be put to all forms of physical or psychological abuse of children during arrest, transit and waiting periods, and during interrogations.”

Arrest


About half of the arrests of Palestinian adolescents are made in their homes. According to the testimonies, Israel Defense Forces soldiers typically burst into the house in the middle of the night, seize the wanted youth and whisk him away (very few girls are detained), leaving the family with a document stating where he’s being taken and on what charge. The printed document is in Arabic and Hebrew, but the commander of the force typically fills out the details in Hebrew only, then hands it to parents who may not be able to read it and don’t know why their son was taken.

Attorney Farah Bayadsi asks why it’s necessary to arrest children in this manner, instead of summoning them for questioning in an orderly way. (The data show that only 12 percent of the youths receive a summons to be interrogated.)

“I know from experience that whenever someone is asked to come in for questioning, he goes,” Bayadsi notes. She’s active in the Israeli branch of Defense for Children International, a global NGO that deals with the detention of minors and promotion of their rights.

“The answer we generally get,” she says, “is that, ‘It’s done this way for security reasons.’ That means it’s a deliberate method, which isn’t intended to meet the underage youth halfway, but to cause him a lifelong trauma.”

By law, soldiers are supposed to handcuff children with their hands in front, but in many cases it’s done with their hands behind them. Additionally, sometimes the minor's hands are too small for handcuffing, as a soldier from the Nahal infantry brigade told the NGO Breaking the Silence. On one occasion, he related, his unit arrested a boy “of about 11,” but the handcuffs were too big to bind his small hands.




Interrogation

The nightmare can be of differing duration, the former detainees relate. Three to eight hours after the arrest, by which time the youth is tired and hungry – and sometimes in pain after being hit, frightened by threats and not even knowing why he’s there – he’s taken in for interrogation. This may be the first time the blindfold is removed and his hands freed. The process usually starts with a general question, such as, “Why do you throw stones at soldiers?” The rest is more intense – a barrage of questions and threats, aimed at getting the teen to sign a confession. In some cases, he’s promised that if he signs he’ll be given something to eat.

According to the testimonies, the interrogators’ threats are directed squarely at the boy (“You’ll spend your whole life in jail”), or at his family (“I’ll bring your mother here and kill her before your eyes”), or at the family’s livelihood (“If you don’t confess, we’ll take away your father’s permit to work in Israel – because of you, he’ll be out of work and the whole family will go hungry”).

“The system shows that the intention here is more to demonstrate control than to engage in enforcement,” suggests Bayadsi. “If the boy confesses, there’s a file; if he doesn’t confess, he enters the criminal circle anyway and is seriously intimidated.”

Imprisonment

Whether the young detainee has signed a confession or not, the next stop is prison. Either Megiddo, in Lower Galilee, or Ofer, north of Jerusalem. Khaled Mahmoud Selvi was 15 when he was brought to prison in October 2017 and was told to disrobe for a body search (as in 55 percent of the cases). For 10 minutes he was made to stand naked, along with another boy, and in winter.

The months in detention, waiting for trial, and later, if they are sentenced, are spent in the youth wing of the facilities for security prisoners. “They don’t speak with their families for months and are allowed one visit a month, through glass,” Bayadsi relates.

Far fewer Palestinian girls are arrested than boys. But there is no facility specially for them, so they are held in the Sharon prison for women, together with the adults.


The deal

The vast majority of trials for juveniles ends in a plea bargain – safka in Arabic, a word Palestinian children know well. Even if there is no hard evidence to implicate the boy in stone-throwing, a plea is often the preferred option. If the detainee doesn’t agree to it, the trial could last a long time and he will be held in custody until the proceedings end.

Conviction depends almost entirely on evidence from a confession, says lawyer Gerard Horton, from the British-Palestinian Military Court Watch, whose brief, according to its website, involves “monitoring the treatment of children in Israeli military detention.” According to Horton, who is based in Jerusalem, the minors will be more prone to confess if they don’t know their rights, are frightened and get no support or relief until they confess. Sometimes a detainee who does not confess will be told that he can expect to face a series of court appearances. At some stage, even the toughest youth will despair, the lawyer explains.

The IDF Spokesman’s Unit stated in response: “The minors are entitled to be represented by an attorney, like any other accused, and they have the right to conduct their defense in any way they choose. Sometimes they choose to admit to guilt within the framework of a plea bargain but if they plead not guilty, a procedure involving hearing evidence is conducted, like the proceedings conducted in [civilian courts in] Israel, at the conclusion of which a legal decision will be handed down on the basis of the evidence presented to the court. The deliberations are set within a short time and are conducted efficiently and with the rights of the accused upheld.”


'Endless trip to hell': Israel jails hundreds of Palestinian boys a year. These are their testimonies
 
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