End Israel's Military Detention of Palestinian Children

End Israel's Military Detention of Palestinian Children

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On 19 December 2017, Israeli occupation forces broke into a home in Nabi Saleh, a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank, and arrested a 16-year-old Palestinian girl in a night raid. That child was Ahed Tamimi, who has now spent her 17th birthday, on 31 January 2018, in an Israeli military prison.

Ahed is one of over 300 Palestinian children in military detention in Israeli prisons.

Ahed's case has highlighted the ongoing, systematic imprisonment of Palestinian children - approximately 700 are brought before the Israeli military courts each year, and Palestinian children seized by Israeli forces are frequently subject ...

On 19 December 2017, Israeli occupation forces broke into a home in Nabi Saleh, a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank, and arrested a 16-year-old Palestinian girl in a night raid. That child was Ahed Tamimi, who has now spent her 17th birthday, on 31 January 2018, in an Israeli military prison.

Ahed is one of over 300 Palestinian children in military detention in Israeli prisons.

Ahed's case has highlighted the ongoing, systematic imprisonment of Palestinian children - approximately 700 are brought before the Israeli military courts each year, and Palestinian children seized by Israeli forces are frequently subject to beatings, abuse, and interrogations without parents or lawyers present in violation of the law.

The majority of these Palestinian child prisoners are transferred outside the Occupied Palestinian Territories and held in prisons inside Israel, an action which is prohibited under Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention and Article 8(2)(a)(vii) of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

Israel is the only country in the world that automatically prosecutes children in military courts that lack basic safeguards for a fair trial.

In 2017 concerned parliamentarians in the UK and the USA introduced legislation urging an end to the widespread and systemic human rights violations suffered by Palestinian children in Israeli military custody.

An Australian campaign

As Australia commences its three-year term on the United Nations Human Rights Council, the world's peak human rights body, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop stated that "it is in our national interest to... uphold the international rules-based order."

This campaign urges the Australian Government be a good global citizen and to uphold its international obligations. We ask the Australian Foreign Minister to:

  1. Publicly condemn the systemic violations of international human rights Conventions by the Government of Israel against Palestinian children in Israeli military custody.
  2. Make immediate representations to the Government of Israel to end the unlawful military detention of Palestinian children.

Please give two minutes of your time for Palestine.

Add your voice to this campaign by emailing the Australian Foreign Minister today!

#EndAdministrativeDetention  #NoWayToTreatAChild

#FreeAhedTamimi  #FreeAhed  

Thank you for your support.

Australian Friends of Palestine Association (AFOPA)
Adelaide, South Australia | www.afopa.com.au

Image credits: Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign; Defense for Children International-Palestine.

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Communities of conscience around the world are calling for the freedom of Ahed Tamimi and all Palestinian child prisoners.

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