Laut Angaben der israelischen Behörden befinden sich z.Zt. 343 palästinensiche Kinder in israelischen Gefängnissen – davon ca. 190 in Israel. Dies widerspricht internationalem Recht, nach dem diese Kinder nicht nach Israel deportiert werden düften. Zudem werden sie, egal wie jung, wie Erwachsene behandelt, zu oft wird Besuch einfach verweigert.
Wer es aushält, kann sich das Video ansehen:
Aber auch andere Kinder sehen israelische Gefängnisse von innen – die, derern Väter oder Brüder inhaftiert sind, und die nur von den Kindern besucht werden dürfen. Hier gelten die als Kinder, die unter 16 sind. Btselem hat dieses Video gedreht – beim Anblick des vierjährigen, der morgens um 4 aufsteht, bis zu 20 Stunden alleine mit den anderen Besuchern unterwegs ist, um dann – vielleicht – 45 Minuten seinen Vater sehen zu dürfen, kamen mir auch die Tränen.
Nachtrag: Ein weiterer Artikel über Kinder vor israelischen Gerichten:
That is how it usually happens. A child is arrested for one reason or another. And he is told, give us fifteen names and we’ll let you go. First he says, no way. Eventually he gives them names. Usually they are the names of boys he knows, his age, sometimes of boys he’d never met, in order to supply the required number. And already the deal is made between the prosecution and the defense, and with it the corrected indictment sheet.
Because finally he confessed like everyone else, regardless whether or not he really did the deeds of which he is accused.
After all, even if he did, how would the occupation forces know whether he ever threw a stone or not? Only because someone said so?
But apparently this really does not matter much. 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.
Twenty three children and youths were brought into court that day. Most of them confessed to the deeds attributed to them already in their first interrogation. Or the second, at the latest. Few confessed only in the courtroom itself. The few who do not plead guilty at first usually do later on. They confess because they are frightened. Threatened. Because they are children. Because a verdict on the basis of denunciation is very difficult to refute. Especially because the military court regards denunciation as a fact. And if they confess, so they are told, then their prison sentence will be lightened, and sometimes they will only be sentenced to the number of months they have already spent in custody, several months, the months they already spent as part of the system. And after all, this court does not seek the truth, nor could it with such means.
And if they don’t confess, they’re told, they will likely spend much more time in jail.
So they confess.
Most of the time.
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