Parliamentarians call for Israel to stop ill-treatment of Palestinian children by their military

Here are all the speeches given in the Australian Federal Parliament in Nov 2016, calling  for action on the mistreatment of Palestinian children by the Israeli military.


29 November, Cathy O’Toole MP (ALP, QLD)

Speech about Dima, who at 12yrs old is believed to have been the youngest Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails.

21 November, Maria Vamvakinou MP (ALP, VIC)

Moved a motion that raised concerns about the treatment of Palestinian children by the Israeli military.

Today I moved a motion in parliament to express my deep concern for the growing number of Palestinian children who are…

Posted by Maria Vamvakinou MP on Sunday, November 20, 2016

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21 November, Ross Hart MP (ALP, TAS)

Children are interrogated; position abuse, threats and isolation are all used as tactics to garner a confession. Given that a child in solitary confinement is held on average for 13 days, is it any wonder that the confession rate is over 90 per cent? Military prosecutors rely on these coerced confessions, which are rarely thrown out by judges, to obtain a conviction. Indeed, Israeli military courts have a 99 per cent conviction rate for Palestinian defendants.

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21 November, 2016, Graham Perrett MP (ALP, QLD)

Children are being held without being charged or given a trial in military prisons. A Palestinian child as young as 12 can be imprisoned in Israel, and they often are. Just this year, a 12-year-old Palestinian girl spent 2½ months in an Israeli prison. By contrast, Israeli children in the same nation cannot be imprisoned until they are at least 14 years old.

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HAYES-Chris-ALP-NSW21 November, 2016, Chris Hayes MP (Labor, Vic)

As it stands, Israel is the only country that I am aware of that automatically prosecutes children before a military tribunal. Clearly, this is a discriminatory policy where Palestinian children and Israeli children are treated differently. The Israeli parliament recently passed a bill legalising the imprisonment of children under the age of 14. Amnesty International reports that children as young as 11 are being imprisoned on the West Bank and subject to physical and mental intimidation. According to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, recent proposals suggest Israeli authorities might even now be considering allowing life sentences to be handed down for children as young as 14.

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sharkie21 November, 2016, Rebekah Sharkie MP (NXT, SA)

a Palestinian child could end up with a 20-year sentence in prison, which is utterly disproportionate to the nature of the original behaviour. It is shameful that this possibility exists within a modern democracy such as Israel. I call on our government to implore the Israeli government to dramatically and drastically reform their system of juvenile military courts. We must communicate these concerns, as a matter of urgency.

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zappia21 November, 2016, Tony Zappia (ALP, SA)

…report titled Children in Israeli Military Detention, prepared by UNICEF after conducting its own review of allegations of ill-treatment of children who came into contact with the military detention system, states:

…the ill-treatment of children who come in contact with the military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized throughout the process, from the moment of arrest until the child’s prosecution and eventual conviction and sentencing…

It is understood that in no other country are children systematically tried by juvenile military courts that, by definition, fall short of providing the necessary guarantees to ensure respect for their rights.

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BANDT-Adam-GR-VIC21 November, 2016, Adam Bandt (Greens, Victoria)

there is no point in being friends with governments if you do not use that supposed friendship to stand up to them when they do the wrong thing—to say, ‘You need to act on what is clearly an egregious abuse of human rights.’ Otherwise, if you do not stand up to governments when they do that, you become complicit in it. The standard that you walk past is the standard that you accept.  That means that the Australian government has now been put on notice. It has taken action in the past, and it is time that it renewed that action so that we address what is clearly an unlawful but also immoral abuse of children.


21 November, 2016, Andrew Broad MP (Nationals, Victoria)

What I found was that there in the West Bank a new settlement had been put. Really, there was no justification that I could see in my mind for putting that settlement there. The Bedouins, who were accessing the well, had had their well capped and had had the water from that well taken to feed that settlement, so the Bedouins were going to have to take their water carts into town to get water.

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Senator Anne Urquhart8 November, 2016, Senator Ann Urquhart (ALP, Tas)

I was particularly horrified when I learnt that Palestinian children are being arrested and held in Israeli prisons…Israel has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world that systematically prosecu

tes between 500 and 700 children in military courts each year that lack fundamental fair trial rights…Sadly, we have also seen Israel return to administrative detention of children, which had not been used since 2011. This means that a child can be detained without charge or trial, a breach of fundamental democratic principles.

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