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British MPs sponsor motion on Israel’s military detention of Palestinian children

A Palestinian child can be being arrested by Israeli security forces [Saeed Qaq/Apaimages]

Half a dozen British parliamentarians have launched a parliamentary Early Day Motion (EDM) condemning the military detention of Palestinian children at the hands of Israeli authorities.

The primary sponsor of the EDM, officially tabled on Monday, is Labour MP Richard Burden, joined by five co-sponsors: Labour’s Lisa Nandy, Andy Slaughter, and Grahame Morris, along with the Liberal Democrats’ Alistair Carmichael, and SNP MP Tommy Sheppard.

The EDM begins by noting “with concern that hundreds of Palestinian children continue to be arrested, detained and tried in Israeli military courts, despite the practice involving widespread and systematic violations of international law and being widely condemned.”

The motion also notes “allegations of ill-treatment at the hands of Israeli authorities include blindfolding, physical violence and arrest at night”, and “the disparity between the treatment of Israeli and Palestinian children by Israeli authorities”.

Read: 300 Palestinian children held in Israel jails

The MPs urge Israeli authorities “to treat Palestinian children in a way that is not inferior to the way they would any Israeli child”, noting that “as the occupying power in the West Bank, Israel has a responsibility under international human rights conventions for the safety, welfare and human rights protection of Palestinian children living under occupation”.

The parliamentarians’ EDM also “notes with concern that the recommendations of UNICEF’s 2013 Children in Israeli Military Detention Report remain largely unmet”, and “urges the Government to urgently engage with the Government of Israel to end the widespread and systemic human rights violations suffered by Palestinian children in Israeli military custody.”

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  • charliematerne

    Makes you wonder how many British “children” are arrested each year

    • John the Savage

      Did you actually read the article?

      • charliematerne

        Yes I did and several others on the same subject for the US and UK. I also read news reports such as “Muhammad ordered kids to throw rocks at Jews, according to PA-funded PLO magazine for children” Just copy and paste that into your favorite search engine

        • Colin Robinson

          Googled, ‘palwatch’, ‘unitedwithisrael’ were the first hits.
          Any sources that are NOT zionist propaganda sites or referencing zionist propaganda sites?

          I’m pretty sure you have no understanding of what is going on but international law states that there MUST be an independent observer at interrogations of children. And every effort should be made to keep the parents informed.

          If israel is not torturing children, and we know they are, why do they not comply with these laws?

          • charliematerne

            That’s an interesting but flawed interpretation of International Law. The flaw is that the article does not define “children” by age and combatant status. The ICRC does both. ICRC statement “Children protected under international humanitarian law” tells us that military recruiting of “children” under age 15 is a violation of International Humanitarian Law. Hamas and the various PA affiliates openly not only admit, but brag about recruiting “children” under age 15.
            It is very apparent that you do not trust “Zionist” and claim that any reporting negative to “Palestinians” is “propaganda” but do you consider the PA’s own publications as “Zionist propaganda”: “Muhammad ordered kids to throw rocks at Jews, according to PA-funded PLO magazine for children “. No law states that an ” independent observer” must be a parent (hardly an “independent observer” when their child has been arrested). It can be a minister, a social worker or other nonmilitary (in the present case) observer. Israeli law allows the arrest and detention of anyone over age 12. US law allows the arrest and detention of anyone over age 11. US Law requires the Notification of Child Protective Services but does not require notifying a parent.
            Your statement “and we know they are” only shows your bias. Who exactly is “we” and how exactly do “we” know.

  • Colin Robinson

    “to treat Palestinian children in a way that is not inferior to the way they would any Israeli child”

    Let us be very clear here, “inferior to the way they would any JEWISH child”

    Their extreme bigotry is not against non-israelis, it is against gentiles.