Stolen Youth: The Politics of Israel's Detention of Palestinian Children

By Catherine Cook

Stolen Youth is the 1st e-book to discover Israel's incarceration of Palestinian young ones. in line with first-hand info from overseas human rights teams and NGO employees within the West financial institution and Gaza Strip, it additionally beneficial properties interviews with youngsters who've been imprisoned. the result's a worrying and infrequently stunning account of the abuses which are being conducted via Israel.

The publication offers a severe research of the overseas felony framework and the UN method, arguing significant failure of those instuitutions is their attract neutrality whereas ignoring the truth of strength. The booklet makes an attempt to handle the inadequacy of those associations through putting the problem of Palestinian baby prisoners in the framework of Israeli approach and the final approach of control.

Stolen Youth outlines Israel's method of institutionalized discrimination and nation torture, demanding situations the legitimacy of Israel's 'security' argument, and argues that Israel's therapy of Palestinian detainees kinds one pillar of a coverage designed to quash resistance to the occupation.

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Condemned on the time by way of foreign, Israeli, and Palestinian human rights enterprises. A attorney who visited Ofer Detention Centre on 15 may perhaps 2002 gave the next description after assembly with a number of baby detainees: The detention centre contains 9 sections each one with 4 tents that apartment the prisoners. The sections are separated via barbed cord lined via heavy textile that stops verbal exchange among each one part. The legal comprises over 900 detainees, together with forty to 50 young children. those detainees are dispensed among the 9 sections with each one tent conserving among 25 and 35 prisoners. The tents are in bad and are erected over an asphalt floor. The tents are jam-packed with airborne dirt and dust and bugs. each one tent comprises wood pallets with a skinny sponge on which the detainees sleep. every one detainee is given 4 soiled blankets to take advantage of as bedding. There aren't any pillows supplied. there isn't any electrical energy within the tents. The detainees are thoroughly remoted from the surface global. they're forbidden kin visits and feature no radios, television, newspapers or books. there's not anything to do contained in the tents other than sit down and speak. there's no canteen and garments aren't supplied through the Ofer management. The foodstuff supplied for the detainees is undeserving for human intake and supplied in very small amounts. till thirteen may possibly, the detainees weren't supplied with any scorching nutrients or drinks. in its place, the detainees got frozen schnitzels, which that they had to put within the solar to defrost. they're supplied with powdered espresso and tea luggage and informed to take scorching water from the rest room so that it will make beverages. a few cucumbers and items of fruit are supplied for each ten detainees. A small box of yogurt can be given to each ten prisoners. Detainees Cook 01 chap01 70 27/11/03 17:45 web page 70 Stolen early life determine 6. 1 teenagers Detention and Interrogation amenities Imprisoning Palestinian Cook 01 chap01 27/11/03 17:45 web page seventy one Interrogation and Detention seventy one that suffer from persistent ailments corresponding to diabetes and blood strain difficulties should not given any targeted nutrients, so different detainees supply them their nutrients parts so as to be sure an sufficient nutrition for those unwell detainees. The detainees will not be given plates and in its place each 8 prisoners are compelled to consume jointly from a wide bowl. there's a scarcity of cleansing provides and therefore it really is most unlikely to maintain the tents fresh. In sections, open sewage runs from the pipes into the tents. After dusk, circulation among the tents in each one part is forbidden. At evening, infantrymen harass the detainees through firing bullets within the air, throwing gravel on the tents and yelling on the prisoners. 2 In December 2002 the executive Justice of the Israeli ideal courtroom admitted that the Ofer detention stipulations have been sub-standard yet however pushed aside a petition introduced through a number of human rights agencies condemning stipulations there. a number of months later the perfect court docket additionally governed that the mass arrests which ended in the massive numbers of detainees in Ofer used to be lawful, as every one arrest used to be an ‘individual case’.

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