UK Parliament debates Israel's abuse of Palestinian children

A typical scene on the West Bank

A typical scene on the West Bank

Source: Middle East Monitor

Israel's abuse and mistreatment of Palestinian children in military detention was under the spotlight in Westminster yesterday, as MPs urged it to end the "torture" of minors.

Israeli authorities were also charged with war crimes, over the imprisonment of both children and adults from the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) inside Israel's pre-1967 lines, a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

The Westminster Hall debate on 'Military detention of Palestinian children by Israeli authorities' was initiated by Labour MP Sarah Champion, and attracted cross-party participation.

In her speech, Champion noted Israel's failure to implement recommendations made since 2012 by both UNICEF and a UK government-sponsored delegation; out of 40 specific recommendations made by the latter, covering "arrest, interrogation, bail hearings, plea bargaining, trials, sentencing, detention, complaints and monitoring", only one has been implemented by Israeli authorities.

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Tags: Israel, Palestine, Abuse, Children, Torture

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