Israel must release Palestinian children, UN says

Tamara Nasser – Electronic Intifada May 12, 2020

Israeli soldiers detain a Palestinian boy during protests against US President Donald Trump’s “Peace for Prosperity” plan, in al-Arroub refugee camp, near the West Bank city of Hebron, on 11 February. Mosab Shawer APA images. Click to enlarge

United Nations officials are calling on Israel to immediately release all Palestinian children.

Israel has been jailing more Palestinian children even amid the new coronavirus pandemic.

By the end of March, some 194 Palestinian children were languishing in Israeli prisons. There are currently more than 180.

“This is higher than the monthly average number of children detained in 2019,” UN officials said.

“Of the total, the vast majority of these children have not been convicted of any offense but are being held in pre-trial detention.”

Due to the pandemic, proceedings in the arbitrary military tribunals to which Israel subjects Palestinians, including children, have been put on hold.

The statement is signed by UN humanitarian coordinator Jamie McGoldrick, UNICEF special representative in Palestine Genevieve Boutin and James Heenan, head of the United Nations Human Rights Office in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Making the situation even worse, Israel has banned almost all visits to detained persons. This means that children can’t see their families or their lawyers, contributing to their psychological suffering and denying them legal advice.

“Children in detention face heightened risk of contracting COVID-19, with physical distancing and other preventive measures often absent or difficult to achieve,” UN officials said.

“The best way to uphold the rights of detained children amidst a dangerous pandemic, in any country, is to release them from detention and to put a moratorium on new admissions into detention facilities.”

Support from congresswoman

Israel has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world that systematically subjects children – and only Palestinian children – to military tribunals.

US lawmakers have in recent years introduced legislation to curb such abuses.

Congresswoman Betty McCollum introduced HR 2407, a bill that would prohibit US funding to Israeli military units found to be involved in abuses of Palestinian children. It also allocates millions of dollars to investigate such abuses.

“I support UNICEF in calling on Israel to release all Palestinian children in its military prisons,” McCollum stated on Monday

“The COVID-19 pandemic and the abuse inflicted on these children justifies their immediate release.”

McCollum’s bill currently has 23 cosponsors.

Ignoring calls

The UN call echoes those of human rights groups since the beginning of the pandemic.

Defense for Children International Palestine and prisoners rights group Addameer have both called on Israel to release Palestinian children.

Israel has ignored these calls.

In April, Israel arrested 18 more children.

There are currently some 4,700 Palestinians in Israeli jails, 400 of whom are in so-called administrative detention – without charge or trial, according to statistics compiled by Addameer.

Many are placed in mandatory quarantine by Israel upon arrest.

At the end of March, Israel released a Palestinian prisoner from Ofer military prison and he tested positive for the new coronavirus the next day.

Notably, Nour al-Deen Sarsour had been in section 14 of the prison, where he was held among dozens of others, making it likely that many were exposed to infection.

Israeli occupation forces imprison Palestinian children in nearby section 13.

Israel has also continued to punish Palestinian detainees, placing some in solitary confinement and barring others from speaking to their families.

It has ignored repeated warnings by international human rights bodies that authorities must significantly reduce incarcerated populations globally to fight the pandemic.

“Now, more than ever, governments should release every person detained without sufficient legal basis, including political prisoners and others detained simply for expressing critical or dissenting views,” Michelle Bachelet, the current UN high commissioner for human rights, stated in March.

One Palestinian prisoner died in Israeli detention during April.



7 responses to “Israel must release Palestinian children, UN says”

  1. People need to be reminded that most of those “kids” are being used by their parents to attack Israel and Israeli people. Then when Israel responds, they use the kids as propaganda material to demonize Israel in the West. And for what? What the Palestinian Arabs want? Simple, they want to genocide Israel and remove it from the map. That’s what Iran and other muslim states want….

    But i suppose neonazis who think they have the moral high ground see no issue with the genocide of Israelis, those aren’t people, right? They have no right to a state of their own right? While arab muslims have a right to tens of oil rich states, right?

  2. Are you going to support those who want to see these 2 terrorists in jail, Temple Grunt?!

    !!! WANTED !!! Two Top Terrorists in the World

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    The deep state in israel

    Who’s going to put these 2 assholes in jail?

    Two of the many sick friends of israhel

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    God Given Palestine

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    Thanks to Yukon Jack.

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  3. Just my opinion: The formation of a Palestinian State could perhaps alleviate much of the negative discourse that we see. Israel does not want an Independent Palestinian state and will use any excuse in the book plus some to dismiss the issue.The Israeli defense argument is just an excuse. If the blinders can be taken off the blind supporters of Israel( who immediately buy the Zionist controlled MSM ) they will see quite clearly that the current policy is to dismantle and get rid of the Palestinians in order to spread the territory for a greater Israel. It is so obvious. The Israelis plain and simple want the Palestinians to disappear. The Palestinian violent responses are a reaction to what has and being done to them since 1947. Just look at the extinction map of the Palestinians….their land is disappearing and is in “manageable ” pockets. Had Israel been born in 1848 and not 1948 they could have rolled over the Palestinians and nothing would have been said ( as many others were doing this across the world ). But in the 20th / 21st other countries and organizations are watching and Israeli policy has to be more keen, political , and cunning and calculating in their endeavor to rid themselves of the Palestinian “Problem”.

  4. The current European Ashkenazi Bolshevik Satanists of Israel have NO right to be in Palestine. World War I was put in motion by these Khazar Satanists to destroy the Ottoman empire, thereby freeing Palestine to be stolen by the European Khazar Satanists who have NO connection to Palestine. Remember the false and specious Balfour Declaration LIE dates from 1917. World War II was set in motion by the Khazar queer Winston Churchhill to scare the European Khazar Satanists to flee to Palestine. Many “so-called” pogroms were actually instigated by the Satanic Khazars. Then, after WWII, Bingo, Israel arrives. If Harry Truman was not a Freeemason Satanist and had not recognized Israel, as he was advised by the likes of Marshall and others, we would not have European FILTH shooting Palestinian children in the land of Palestine. THERE, you now have some FACTUAL HISTORY. As for the :HoloHOAX, it is a LIE. There were no gas chambers. The official numbers of the International Red Cross for Jews who died in the German labor camps in WWII is about 271,000. Israeli Jews placed the explosives that brought down WTC Towers One and Two, and WTC 7 on 11 Sept 2001. No true follower of Jesus of Nazareth supports the EVIL ISRAELIS.

  5. Templar;

    Some arabs may want to “genocide Israel and wipe it from the map”, but certainly not all of them – and likely not even a majority. And really, how much injustice can you require people to stand before they are pushed over the edge?

    It’s a sad situation – a vicious spiral – and we have to ask ourselves whether the leaders of Israel and Iran really have the best interests of their own people at heart.

    When there is war and strife, it is not usually the common people who are the main problem.

  6. The European Ashkenazi Bolshevik Khazars have NO right to be in Palestine! Zip, Zero, Nada………..These Khazars should be forced to return to their actual homelands in Russia, Eastern Europe, Poland and the Ukraine. Satanist and Criminal Nuttyahoo’s family is from POLAND!

  7. To the peace-loving Templar GR . Aren’t they crazy , those Palestinians? Why don’t they love their children like all normal people do instead or sending them demonstrate in the face of armed Israeli soldiers an policemen? No doubt they are crazy , why don’t they just accept occupation, the military regime, the theft of their lands, the demolition of their houses,the negation of their national rights, the check points in the midst of their land and the daily humiliations? Why don’t they just do what the Native Americans did, just disappear ?