Israel’s treatment of Palestinian child prisoners

Israel’s treatment of the Palestinian children it arrests amounts to torture. Child prisoners are arbitrarily detained and held for long periods, in a parallel military justice system that treats them far more harshly than Israeli child prisoners are treated. Once again, this is the hallmark of apartheid.

Israeli treatment of Palestinian children

2 comments on “Israel’s treatment of Palestinian child prisoners

  1. Report from a friend in Palestine:

    A group of terrorist Israeli colonists threw stones at the students yesterday while they were leaving school. No injuries were reported. They also attempted to set fire to a school in the village of Einabous, south of Nablus. A tank full of fuel, matches and cigarette pots were found near the school after colonists left the scene.

    It’s not just the Israeli military. It’s the settler society that is trying to make life as hard as possible for Palestinian children.

  2. Manzil on said:

    On the subject of Palestinian children, the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect reported in 2002 that:

    Approximately 54.7% of Palestinian school-age children (n= 547) reported experiencing at least one high-magnitude traumatic event in their lifetime. Political traumas inflicted by the Israeli army were the most common experienced events (270, 49.4%). Among these, 125 (22.9%) were injured, 96 (17.6%) involved a family member being killed, 45 (8.2%) imprisoned with beating, 4 (.7%) had their house demolished. Approximately 169 (30.9%) of the traumatized children reported being in a car accident, 81 (14.8%) had been physically abused or assaulted. Other children reported situations in which they felt their lives endangered, 17 (3.1%) drowning, and 6 (1.1%) armed burglary. Only 4 (.7%) reported sexual assault. Also, the results indicated that the prevalence of traumatic events were more among males, refugees, and children who have been working.

    Of children who have been exposed to traumatic events, 62.3% (n= 341) met the full set of the diagnostic criteria of the DSM-IV and were diagnosed as having PTSD, which is 34.1% of the entire sample. Of all participants, 43.7% (n= 437) fulfilled the reexperiencing criterion, 52.4% (n= 524) the avoidance criterion, and 54.3% (n= 543) the hyperarousal criterion

    In 2005, the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme reported similar results, summarised here:

    Children have the right to live, while Israel has killed 749 children since the beginning of Al-Aqsa Intifada, 22% of the total death toll. Also, injured children comprise 42.2% of the total injuries.

    Children have the right to live with parents in a protective and caring environment, but in Palestine, many parents are still imprisoned and 31.35% of those prisoners have their children suffering from different psychological problems including; fear, anxiety, poor school achievement, sleep disturbances, and bed wetting.

    Children have the right of protection against violence and physical and psychological torture. Three hundred and ten Palestinian children, among them 12 females, are still imprisoned in Israeli jails. 100% of these children have been exposed to different physical and psychological torture. Seventy eight of these children are suffering from serious physical problems.

    Children have the right to be protected from engagement in activities threatening their development and well-being. Over 43,900 Palestinian children are engaged in child labor to support their families; 7.4% of them are the sole bread-winner for their families.

    Children have the right to free education, yet 15,000 Palestinian children are denied regular access to their schools and educational facilities. This is in addition to the deliberate killing of students while in schools.

    Children have the right to social welfare, but 42.1% of Palestinian children live under the poverty line.

    Children have the right not to be involved in armed conflicts. But in Palestine, targeting children is a clear policy of Israeli occupation forces. This is supported by the fact that the majority of Palestinian martyrs and injured are 9-20 years old.

    All these political and social problems have negative ramifications on children’s mental health. According to scientific research by GCMHP, children were found to suffer from high levels of trauma and PTSD, which negatively impacts their attitudes towards peace and increases their indifference.

    Palestinian children, who constitute 53% of the population, are the future of Palestine. Any efforts to improve their future should consider the enjoyment of their basic rights and restoring their dignity.

    I wouldn’t imagine it has exactly improved since then.