Children in Military Custody assesses the treatment of Palestinian children under Israeli military law, examining each stage in the process: arrest, interrogation, bail hearings and plea bargains, trial, sentencing, detention and complaints.
The report deals with a comparative analysis of Israeli domestic law as it applies to Israeli children and Israeli military law as it applies to Palestinian children. The central questions addressed are: what are the differences between the two systems and is there any justification for these differences.
- It assesses the applicability of international human rights and humanitarian law, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- It discusses compliance with international standards.
- It highlights the differences between Israeli domestic law, applied to Israeli children and Israeli military law, applied to Palestinian children in the West Bank.
- Recommendations are made on ways to address the inequalities between the two legal systems and areas for further development are suggested.
Ihab Mishaal, below, a 14 year-old-Palestinian boy who was sentenced to 8 years in prison today by an Israeli military court. Israel tortures and detains up to 700 Palestinian children each year with impunity. After all, our kids can be subjected to the cruelest forms of treatment with scars lasting their entire lives because our lives aren’t worth much as savage-terrorist-subjects. For more information on Palestinian children and Israeli military custody, please see: