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No Way to Treat a Child campaign launches

Photo: AFSC
Stages of Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Child Prisoners
The stages of Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Child Prisoners Photo: AFSC

Bring Justice to Palestinian Children by opposing Israeli military detention -- No Way to Treat a Child.

Each year, an average of 700 Palestinian children—most of them accused of throwing stones--are prosecuted in two Israeli military courts operating in the West Bank.  From the moment of arrest, Palestinian children encounter ill-treatment and in some cases torture at the hands of Israeli soldiers, policemen and interrogators. This information has been documented by UNICEF and Defence for Children International - Palestine, among others.  

Defence for Children International – Palestine writes, “There is ample evidence to demonstrate that Israel’s armed forces have committed acts that amount to the grave violations against children during armed conflict, as defined by UN security council resolutions, including killing or maiming children and attacks against schools and hospitals.”

Our mission

International civil society has agreed that children aged 12-17 under detention are not to be subjected to any form of abuse.  Israel has signed on to a number of international conventions regarding the treatment of children, including the 1989 conventions on the rights of the child and 1984 convention against torture.  The Israeli military system in the occupied territories needs to adhere to the standards of these international conventions in their treatment of children.

  • Stop night arrests
  • Stop blindfolds and restraints
  • Stop separation from parents
  • Stop physical and verbal threats
  • Stop isolation and coerced confessions 

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