We showed solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on the 41st anniversary of the first Palestinian Prisoners' Day. Since 1967 about 750,000 Palestinians have been imprisoned, so that nearly all families have experienced the imprisonment of at least one male relative.

This year, we focussed on the inhumane treatment of Palestinian child prisoners in Israeli jails by building a prison cell in the town centre and giving out information detailing this cruel and degrading process. We had a steady stream of people showing interest and support for the campaign, signing petitions and taking away information about the occupation. Thanks to everyone who built the prison cell, all those who came to show support, and especially to our volunteer 'prisoner' (at least we think he was a volunteer!)

UN committees have ruled the detention of Palestinian children illegal. UNICEF says Israel is the only country in the world where children are systematically tried in military courts and subjected to 'cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment.' (see panel on right).

Over the past decade, Israeli forces have arrested, interrogated, and prosecuted more than 7,000 children between 12 and 17.

At the end of February 2015, there were 182 Palestinian children held as 'security prisoners' in Israeli prisons.

Palestinian children can be:
  • Arrested in the middle of the night
  • Taken away by soldiers
  • Hands tied with plastic hand ties
  • Blindfolded
  • Kicked, punched and verbally abused
  • Interrogated without their parents present
  • Interrogated without a lawyer present
  • Forced to sign "confessions" in Hebrew
  • Forced to inform on families and friends

  • Article about the day's action in the Hastings Observer

    More information about the question of Palestinian child prisoners in Israeli jails:
    Israeli Abuse Of Palestinian Children (HPSC)

    Support the international campaign to free the Hares boys, imprisoned for a 'crime' that never happened:
    Justice for the Hares Boys

    April 2015