Israel keeping Palestinian children behind bars in inhumane conditions

Israel keeping Palestinian children behind bars in inhumane conditions

Imam Khomeini, the late founder of the Islamic Republic wanted the Palestinian issue to become the center part of Muslim world foreign policy.

  Imam Khomeini once said that the beloved nation of Palestine should have unity of expression and reliance upon the Exalted and Blessed God, heed the clergy, attain spirituality and turn their attention to God to make all the oppressed nations victorious.

Sahifeh-ye-Imam, Vol. 6, page 414

A group of Palestinian children once presented a religious song for Imam Khomeini. The song, which praised the honorable prophet of Islam, was sung by the Palestinian children in presence of Imam Khomeini in Tehran's Jamaran complex in 1980s.

The United Nations has recently called on Israel to release imprisoned Palestinian children amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

In April, the Palestinian Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs Commission said in a report that nearly 200 Palestinian children were kept behind bars in Israeli prisons in inhumane conditions.

Qadri Abu Baker, the head of the Commission, denounced the UN at the time for failing to “provide the minimum protection for the Palestinian children” against the physical and psychological abuse in Israeli jails. 

Abu Baker said Israeli forces had arrested more than 17,000 minors since 2000. In most cases, he added, the children under the age of 10 were detained.

According to figures by the Defense for Children International, between 500 and 700 Palestinian children at the age of 12-17 are arrested and tried in Israeli military courts every year. 

Detention of Palestinian children by the Israeli regime violates Article 33 and Article 34 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, according to which the parties must protect children from abduction and all forms of exploitation.

Israel has a long history in wounding and killing Palestinian children, especially during anti-occupation protests.

In March 2019, UNICEF said about 40 Palestinian children had been killed and hundreds more wounded in a year of anti-occupation protests along the fence that separates the besieged Gaza Strip and the occupied Palestinian territories.

Israel holds more than 7,000 Palestinians in its jails. Most of the prisoners are being held with no indictment or trial, under a controversial policy known as administrative detention.

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