“Breaking A Generation”: 2012 Sabeel Publication on the Experiences of Palestinian Children and Families Under Military Rule

Sabeel, a Christian-Palestinian anti-occupation political organization, dedicated the summer/fall 2012 edition of its newsletter to the experiences of Palestinian children and families with the Israeli military justice system. The 24 page journal includes:

  • two articles from Gerard Horton, Ramallah-based lawyer for Defense for Children International. Horton reviews Palestinian children’s usual “journey to imprisonment” in clear language; summarizing Israeli forces’ search, arrest, transport, interrogation, and trial procedures. He argues that the mass arrest of Palestinian children (and Palestinian adults) is designed to “dominate… generations and generations of Palestinians… and suppress the legitimate aspirations of a people seeking self-determination.” Horton also lists concrete policy changes that could ameliorate Palestinian children’s treatment, but implies that only an end to military rule could bring normalcy to Palestinian childhood.
  • Two testimonies from the mothers of detained Palestinian children, both collected by the Ramallah-based NGO Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC). The women report watching Israeli soldiers violently arrest their teenaged sons late at night and suffering serious psychological trauma in consequence. Salwa Duaibis, coordinator of the International Advocacy Program at WCLAC, is sharing her words from Sabeel’s 7th international Young Adult Conference.
  • Two testimonies, collected by Defense for Children International, from Palestinian children about their experience of arrest, interrogation, and detention. The two boys (aged 13 and 16 at the time of arrest) report abusive treatment ranging from physical beating to solitary confinement.
  • Excerpts of a May 2011 psychiatrist expert opinion on the psychological effects of solitary confinement on Palestinian children, written by Dr. Graciela Karmon, a Child and adolescent Psychiatrist and board member of Physicians for Human rights Israel

The full text of the newsletter is available here.

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