12 February 2010

Israël arresteert 19 kinderen tijdens nachtelijke razzia

Een bericht van Defence for Children International (Palestine section) over de systematische terreur van schurkenstaat Israël.

February 11, 2010
Violent night raid and arrest of 19 children in Jalazon camp

[RAMALLAH, 11 February 2010] - DCI-Palestine is gravely concerned by the Israeli army’s arrest of 19 children from Al-Jalazon refugee camp last night.

According to initial information collected today by DCI-Palestine, Israeli troops entered Jalazon at around midnight on Wednesday, 10 February, then went from house to house and started rounding up, beating and harassing residents of the camp. The night raid ended at approximately 5:00am when the army withdrew. It appears that a total of 19 children were arrested in addition to adult residents of the camp.

According to DCI-Palestine’s initial information, which will shortly be verified, among the 19 children arrested were: five children aged 14, seven children aged 15, four children aged 16, and three children aged 17.

Residents interviewed by DCI-Palestine today said that, during the raid, Israeli soldiers broke or blasted open doors of houses and thus terrified the children. It was also reported that some Israeli soldiers beat up children in their bed to wake them up. Residents of the camp reported being terrified; they had not been subjected to such a violent night raid in years.

DCI-Palestine condemns the violence of such Israeli military operations and is gravely concerned by the night time arrest of so many children. We are trying to locate the children, inform the families of their situation, and provide them with legal representation and advice.

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June 11, 2009

Palestinian Child Prisoners: The systematic and institutionalised ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children by Israeli authorities

This report documents the widespread ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children at the hands of the Israeli army and police force. It contains the testimonies of 33 children who bear witness to the abuse they received at the hands of soldiers from the moment of arrest through to an often violent interrogation. Children report being painfully shackled for hours on end, kicked, beaten and threatened, some with death, until they provide confessions, some written in Hebrew, a language they do not speak or understand. The report finds that these illegally obtained confessions are routinely used as evidence in the military courts to convict around 700 Palestinian children every year.

Once sentenced, the children who gave these testimonies were mostly imprisoned inside Israel in breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention where they receive few family visits, and little or no education. The report concludes that this widespread and systematic abuse is occurring within a general culture of impunity where in 600 complaints made against Israeli Security Agency interrogators for alleged ill-treatment and torture, not a single criminal investigation was ever conducted.

The report also contains recent recommendations made by the UN Committee Against Torture which expressed 'deep concern' at reports of the abuse of Palestinian children when it reviewed Israel's compliance with the Convention Against Torture in May 2009. [Download rapport]

Zou onze mensenrechtenfan, minister Maxime Verhagen, ook blijven zwijgen wanneer het zijn kinderen was overkomen?

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