Every year around 700 Palestinian children are abducted and jailed by the Israeli military, according to Unicef.
Ayed Abu Eqtaish of Defence for Children International (Palestine) and Mohammed Abu al Reesh, a former child prisoner, will talk about how Israel is criminalising a generation at a meeting hosted by Unite in central London on 20 November at 11:00.
Organised by Action for Palestinian Children, this special trade union briefing takes place at Unite’s head office in central London on 20 November, 11:00 – 13:00. Public meetings are also scheduled nationwide, including Colchester (19 November) and London (20 September).
Palestinian children aged between 12 and 17 are regularly accused of throwing stones at vehicles of the forces of occupation – a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison under Israeli military law.
Arrests take place at night during violent raids when children are forcibly removed from their family homes, shackled, hooded and taken to a detention centre. Bail is virtually never granted - children may be held on remand for months and in solitary confinement for weeks.
No lawyers or family members are present at interrogations, which often include threats and physical violence. When children eventually appear before the military court, practically all have signed confessions – in Hebrew, which they don’t understand – knowing this is the only way to get an earlier release.
The conviction rate is an astonishing 97% and a custodial sentence is imposed in 90% of the cases. The children end up with a criminal record, harming their chances of obtaining travel and other permits in the future. The disruption to education and the long-term psychological effects of these experiences are devastating.
The trade union briefing takes place on 20 November 11:00 – 13:00 at Unite House, 128 Theobald's Road, Holborn, London, WC1X 8TN. To reserve a place, email: Pia.Westin@unitetheunion.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information including the full list of meetings around the country click: action4palestinianchildren
Additional Public Meetings in London & Eastern Region
19 November 18:00
LTB 3 (room 3, Lecture Theatre Building), University of Essex, Colchester Campus, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
20 November 18:30
Room V211, School of Oriental and African Studies, Vernon Square Campus, Penton Rise, London WC1X 9EW