The Independent reports that the Foreign Office revealed last night that it would be challenging the Israelis over their treatment of Palestinian children after a report by a delegation of senior British lawyers revealed unconscionable practices, such as hooding and the use of leg irons.Story here.
The team – led by Sir Stephen Sedley, a former Court of Appeal judge – heard that “every Palestinian child is treated like a potential terrorist”. In a damning conclusion, the report points out repeated breaches of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which prohibits cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.
Donald Macintyre’s analysis can be read here
The charge that Israel violates international law in its treatment of Palestinian prisoners in general and child prisoners in particular is hardly new.
What makes this critique so devastating, beside the fact that its authors include lawyers as eminent as Sir Stephen Sedley, and that the study was funded and facilitated by a government essentially friendly to Israel, is the lucidity with which the violations are pinpointed.
Now the British government needs to condemn the
colonial outposts illegal settlements that US Foreign Secretary Un peace Envoy, Tony B.Liar has told Israel they can keep as ‘facts on the ground.’