The “No Way to Treat a Child” campaign recognizes that no child should be prosecuted in military courts that lack basic and fundamental fair trial guarantees, and seeks to raise awareness among U.S. audiences on the widespread and systematic ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention.
Each year an average of 700 Palestinian children—most of them accused of throwing stones–are prosecuted in two Israeli military courts operating in the West Bank. From the moment of arrest, Palestinian children encounter ill-treatment and in some cases torture at the hands of Israeli soldiers, policemen and interrogators. This information has been documented by Unicef and Defense for Children International – Palestine, among others.
Future peace between Palestinians and Israelis will be negatively impacted by the continued experiences of Palestinian children subjected to the harsh practices by the Israeli military court system. International civil society has agreed that children aged 12-17 under detention are not to be subjected to any form of abuse. Israel has signed on to a number of international conventions regarding the treatment of children, including the 1989 Conventions on the Rights of the Child and 1984 Convention Against Torture. The Israeli military system in the Occupied Territories needs to adhere to the standards of the International Conventions in their treatment of children. We believe that the United States government should put pressure on the Israeli government to end the detention and abuse of Palestinian children.
- Stop night arrests
- top blindfolds and restraints
- Stop separation from parents
- Stop physical and verbal threats
- Stop isolation and coerced confessions
No Way to Treat a Child Campaign is led by Chicago Faith Coalition on Middle East Policy, American Friends Service Committee, Defense for Children International Palestine, and supported by Jewish Voice for Peace, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Friends of Sabeel North America, Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine, Arab Jewish Partnership, American Muslims for Palestine, Middle East Task Force of Chicago Presbytery, Working Group on Middle East at Ministry of Metro Chicago Synod, and Christian Peacemaker Teams. #NOWAYTOTREATACHILD