PSC members are being urged to contact their local MPs ahead of a parliamentary debate on 6 January on Palestinian children detained by the Israeli military.
Israeli occupation forces are documented as arresting children as young as 12, and possibly younger.
They are often abducted by soldiers in the middle of the night, blindfolded and subjected to brutal methods of interrogation.
Even UNICEF has reported: “The ill-treatment of children who come in contact with the [Israeli] military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized throughout the process, from the moment of arrest until the child’s prosecution and eventual conviction and sentencing.”
The 6 January debate is an opportunity to press your representatives to learn about and take action against this abuse. You can write to them – including Faversham MP Helen Whately and Canterbury and Whitstable MP Julian Brazier – to press them to take part in the debate.
At present, under Israeli military rule in the West Bank, children as young as 12 accused of throwing stones are:
- Interrogated with no family member or solicitor present , and no audiovisual recording.
- Given prison sentences based on confessions signed in a language they do not understand.
- Routinely put into solitary confinement.
Why not ask your MP:
- Do you agree that this is unacceptable?
- Do you agree that the P.M. should call for it to end?
If you want to add more detail to your email to MPs, you can find a briefing at Military Court Watch.