Imagine how absurd it would be if the Police charged a man with committing a robbery and the suspects lawyer turned up at court to defend him and used as his defence the fact that there were more serious crimes being committed in another part of town. Well this is defense that Mike Fryer ex detective and Christians for Zion director has done in his latest blog regarding Israel’s treatment of Arab child detainees.
Here’s a snippet,
“What the meeting in the Commons did not address is the detention of boys in Gaza who are now being detained by Hamas for having long hair and are being forced to have their heads shaved. Youths in Gaza are even being told what clothing they can wear. Children in Gaza are watching the bodies of so called Collaborators with Israel being dragged through the streets at the rear of motor cycles and over 100,000 boys aged between 12years and 16years are attending summer camps were they are being taught to kill and become suicide bombers and to kidnap Israeli soldiers.”
It’s true that Hamas are an oppressive regime, but this has nothing to do with Gaza or Hamas. This is all about Israel’s mistreatment of Arab child “suspects”
Mike also goes on to tell us that these children are in fact not children at all but “youths”
“What the report didn’t say was that many of these “children” are in fact youths who have been attacking soldiers and Israeli civilians with stones, an action which the report considered “petty”.
It’s strange that he should say that when Israel has ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child which defines a child as any person under the age of 18 and is also Israeli law. But as we know there is one rule for “us” and another rule for “them” in Israel and the West Bank.
The Huffington Post writes in an article based on UNICEF findings that,
“Ill-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalised,” it concluded, outlining 38 recommendations to improve the protection of children in custody.
Over the past decade, Israeli forces have arrested, interrogated and prosecuted around 7,000 Palestinian children aged between between 12 and 17, most of them boys, the report said, noting the rate was equivalent to “an average of two children each day.”
“In no other country are children systematically tried by juvenile military courts that, by definition, fall short of providing the necessary guarantees to ensure respect for their rights,” it said.”
But if you notice in Mike Fryer’s blog he dodges this all together in the classic Hasbara style and instead says,
“I don’t believe that there is no Justice in Israeli courts. Israel is a democratic country with the eyes of the world bearing down on every aspect of its society. As you can see they even allow foreign Politicians into their courts, would they do that if they were not following legal protocols? Israeli youths who are arrested for offences against Arabs are dealt with in the same way as Arab youths are. However what would happen in a Palestinian Arab court to an Israeli youth? I guarantee in a Gaza court he would be executed but would these Politicians have a meeting about that?”
That’s at odds with previous findings,
“Israeli military courts ‘have 99 percent conviction rate”
I wonder if detective Fryer could tell us the conviction rate for settler kids who regularly throw stones at Arabs?
I wont be holding my breath waiting for that answer!