Saturday, 17 March 2018

Please come along to a public talk this Thursday 22nd March on child prisoners as part of our 150th Anniversary events

Please join us for a public talk on Thursday 22nd March at 7pm on Palestinian child prisoners to be held in the Unite the Union office, 42-44 King Street, Aberdeen AB24 5TJ.

This event is co-hosted by Aberdeen Trades Union Council and Scottish Palestine Solidarity Aberdeen and is part of a year of activities to mark the 150th anniversary of ATUC in 2018.

Kate Ramsden, UNISON NEC member and a member of the ATUC Executive has dedicated her career to defending children’s rights, and will be introducing a discussion on what we can do from Scotland to stand up for the rights of Palestinian children.  

Aberdeen Trades Union Council (ATUC) has submitted a motion to this year's STUC Congress condemning the treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli courts and prisons and calling for action to end the detention and mis-treatment of Palestinian minors by Israel.

The text includes the phrase below.

‘The arrest of 16 year old Ahed Tamimi has shone a spotlight on Israel’s systematic abuse of minors through the process of military detention. The treatment of Ahed rightly generated a global response, but her situation is far from unique. Each year, the Israeli military arrests and prosecutes around 700 Palestinian children. Palestinian children encounter ill-treatment and a denial of their basic rights. This is in clear breach of their rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Israel is a signatory.’

Please join us for this important event.

ADDAMEER Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association:

‘Approximately 700 Palestinian children under the age of 18 from the occupied West Bank are prosecuted every year through Israeli military courts after being arrested, interrogated and detained by the Israeli army. The most common charge levied against children is throwing stones, a crime that is punishable under military law by up to 20 years in prison. Since 2000, more than 12,000 Palestinian children have been detained.

In practice before the military court system, there are no special interrogation procedures for children detained by the Israeli military, nor are there provisions for an attorney or even a family member to be present when a child is questioned. The majority of children report being subjected to ill-treatment and having forced confessions extracted from them during interrogations. Forms of ill-treatment used by the Israeli soldiers during a child’s arrest and interrogation usually include slapping, beating, kicking and violent pushing. Palestinian children are also routinely verbally abused. 

Despite recommendations by the UN Committee against Torture in May 2009 that the interrogations should be video recorded, no provisions to this effect have yet been enacted.’

1 comment:

  1. The Tamimi Clan of Nabi Saleh and their Western supporters exploit children in order to obtain viral video and photographs.
    What kind of people exploit children in this way, putting them potentially in harm’s way to get a video and photo?
    If this took place anywhere else in the world, it would be condemned as a violation of the rights of children. But because it is part of anti-Israel propaganda, it gets celebrated and the children (particularly Ahed) celebrated.
    Ahed Tamimi can obviously not be blamed for how she was brought up, but this is no reason for responsible adults to overlook the seething Jew-hatred and the enthusiastic support for terrorism espoused by Aheds parents and her extended family.
    The 'pioneering' Tamimi family member who was the first woman to participate in a suicide attack in Israel is Ahlam Tamimi, the mastermind and facilitator of the 2001 Sbarro pizzeria bombing in Jerusalem that killed 15 people, including seven children and a pregnant woman, and injured some 130, with one young mother left in a permanent vegetative state.
    Nariman Tamimi – Bassems wife and Aheds mother – hardly ever fails to take to Facebook after a terrorist attack to praise the perpetrator as a hero. The depth of Nariman Tamimis hatred is reflected in a Facebook post she shared from a Tamimi family member in June 2016.
    That post honored the teenage Palestinian terrorist who had just killed 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel in her sleep, after breaking into her home. As far as the Tamimis are concerned, the murder of the Jewish teen by a Palestinian just a few years older than her helped "to return to the homeland its awe/reverence."
    In October 2015, Bassem Tamimi faced a backlash when he shared a Facebook post promoting "a viral anti-Semitic meme alleging Israelis detain Palestinian children to steal their organs, and that Zionists control the media to suppress this information."
    Bassem Tamimi regularly encourages his own children to confront Israeli soldiers and has frequently advocated the participation of children in protests and demonstrations.
    Manal Tamimi has represented the Tamimis on social media in English for several years. Her output on Twitter, particularly, reflects intense Jew-hatred and unwavering support for terrorism.

    Ahed Tamimi can obviously not be blamed for how she was brought up, but this is no reason for responsible adults to overlook the seething Jew-hatred and the enthusiastic support for terrorism espoused by Ahed’s parents and her extended family.
    The Tamimis fanaticism doesn’t bode well for any peace agreement. But the Tamimis don’t want a peace agreement. They have always wanted the elimination of the world’s only Jewish state.