DCI also submitted 50 cases of children suffering extreme abuse. These include ’M.S’, 16, who was “arrested at 2am, threatened with rape, beaten with a chair, and then signed a confession in Hebrew”. ’Muhammad H.’, also 16, “breaks leg during arrest, hit with helmet and iron rod, nose broken”.
IDF lawyers accept that children are still routinely denied access to lawyers or parents for long periods in detention. A spokesman said under "security legislation" and Israel’s interpretation of international law, such access was not necessary. A Committee against Torture demand that interrogations be videotaped was met with the excuse that the army could not afford the expense. For one of the best funded, most advanced armies in the world, it is a surprising defence.
Last year an IDF source told Breaking the Silence “we treat them roughly even though know the vast majority are innocent. This is how we are trained to get information”. It is a system that costs lives. The Palestinian Census Department announced yesterday that since 1967, around 200 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli custody as a result of torture and negligence.
First posted January 11, 2011
Reposted, May 17, 2011
Perhaps the most shocking of all things in Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians is the way that children are treated. It is unimaginable that an Jewish Israeli child would be brought to court in shackles or even be placed in a court of law.
True, in the military courtroom itself Palestinians are neither shot nor beaten. They are not ‘targeted for elimination’ nor even sentenced to death. At least not in the courtroom. But the military court is also the place where all illusions die. And hopes. Because that is where Palestinians learn that injury caused them, is no error, nor misunderstanding, but a matter of policy.
That is where they learn that law regarding Palestinians is nothing short of another kind of weapon. One of many. Among the tanks and planes and cluster bombs and checkpoints and Separation Wall and white phosphorus and the IOF spokesman.
Perhaps because tissues are evidence that there is something to cry over, and the State of Israel is not willing to name its own deeds at the end of which lies weeping. And its necessity is the evidence and the visibility of that which Israel is not willing to name, that and the anticipated weeping. Perhaps that is why tissues are not allowed in court.
From 9 a.m. until close to 6 p.m. Boy follows boy. A boy and then another child. Wearing brown prison garb. Chained feet. Shackled hands, one hand shackled to that of another boy. Some of them are so small that their feet wave in the air when they are seated on the bench. Some of them are so small that our eyes look away. Most of them are accused of throwing stones. Molotov cocktails.
Most of them are not released on bail, have not been interrogated in the presence of an adult ~ parent or social worker. Most of them were picked up in the dead of night. All these are violations of the international law in defense of children, even those under occupation. Most of them were arrested following denunciation, mostly by some other child, who ~ like them ~ was taken in the dead of night because someone else gave in his name. And most of them confessed, if not immediately then later on, of anything they were told to admit.
The main thing is the power that tramples. That there are more means to recruit collaborators. The main thing is to brutalize. To crush. To intimidate. Not as a means but as an end.