SFoP – Scottish Friends of Palestine –
calls upon the UK press to show an interest
With the UK media currently indulged in a positive frenzy around the issue of abuse of children and young people, Scottish Friends of Palestine can only express its amazement at the lack of interest shown by the same media at the abuse of children and young people at the hands of the Israeli military, the one notable and honourable exception to this being Govan Radio. Is it that the children abused are “only” Palestinian or is it that the 300 case studies carried out by Defence for Children International are largely devoid of sexual content?
At a seminar on 10 November 2012, “Children in Chains”, the abuse of Palestinian children was clinically outlined – children and parents wakened up at 4 in the morning with guns and dogs inches from their head.
These are some of the impacts:-
on the children: their hands are painfully bound by plastic “cuffs”, they are flung into the bottom of a military jeep with the prospect of being “softened” by further abuse, solitary confinement, shackles, confessions in Hebrew – a language they don’t understand. Exposed to a judicial system only interested in confessions, not the truth, with judges who do not even ask questions.
on the parents: their child is forcibly removed to an unknown destination. Parents are humiliated and shown to be helpless in the face of heavily armed and willing conscripted youths. They cannot protect their own children.
on the community: In small villages, particularly where residents defy the occupying army, this does not just happen once. It happens two or three days per week, week after week. Each time a child is removed.
The consquences. Social disintegration. Psychologically debilitated parents, with mothers described as undergoing “psychotic death” as they continue to care for the remainder of their families.
Remember: all this is carried out on the behest of the state of Israel, a great friend of the UK and her fellow travellers in the European Union where criticism is muted and action totally absent.
Now is the time for the media to revive and exercise latent investigative talents.
For further details, please contact the Chair of SFoP, Arthur West at
arthurwest7 AT hotmail.co.uk [please hand copy/paste address]
Above text slightly edited after copy received from
info AT scottish-friends-of-palestine.org [please hand copy/paste address]
Scottish Friends of Palestine was formed in 1982 in response to the Israeli invasion of Lebanon and the subsequent attacks on the Palestinian refugee communities.
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