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Forum: Rule of Law or Ruled by Law

  • Australian Centre for Christianity & Culture Blackall Street Barton, ACT, 2600 Australia (map)

Rule of Law or Ruled by Law?

Canberra, ACT


What are the human rights and legal implications for Palestinian children living under Israeli military law in the West Bank?

Speakers: Gerard Horton and Salwa Duaibis, Directors and Founders of Military Court Watch


Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 7:30pm

Venue: Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Corner Blackall St and Kings Av, Barton ACT

Event details at WEBSITE

Event hosted by Christians for an Ethical Society.

Speaking tour sponsored by the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network and the Major Issues & Theology Foundation.

Stone Cold Justice (2014)

The Israeli army is both respected and feared as a fighting force. But now the country's military is facing a backlash at home and abroad for its treatment of children in the West Bank, occupied territory. This joint investigation by Four Corners and The Australian newspaper reveals evidence that shows the army is targeting Palestinian boys for arrest and detention. Reporter John Lyons travels to the West Bank to hear the story of children who claim they have been taken into custody, ruthlessly questioned and then allegedly forced to sign confessions before being taken to court for sentencing.

He meets Australian lawyer Gerard Horton, who's trying to help the boys who are arrested, and talks to senior Israeli officials to examine what's driving the army's strategy. The program focuses on the stories of three boys. In two cases the army came for the children in the middle of the night, before taking them to unknown locations where they are questioned.

As Four Corners discovered, though, Palestinian children have more to fear than the Israeli army. Lyons shows clear evidence that Israeli settlers in the West Bank regularly attack Palestinian school children, knowing the authorities will not intervene. He also discovers there are two legal systems operating. One for Israeli children and one for young Palestinians. It's an impossible situation that may provide temporary security for Israel, but in the long term may well breed a new generation of Palestinians prepared to do anything to gain retribution.

View full 4 Corners documentary at MCW website here >>

ABC 4 Corners, 10 February 2014

Interview with Gerard Horton & Salwa Duaibis

by Public Perspective, 30 November 2014.

Gerard Horton from Military Court Watch & Salwa Duaibis of Women's Legal Aid describe Israeli collective punishment and mass arrests in the Occupied West Bank. [Published by Public Perspective, 30 Nov 2014.]

[Note: this is not an AFOPA-organised event; AFOPA takes no responsibility or liability for this event.]

Earlier Event: 14 August
Book Launch - Sydney
Later Event: 17 August
APAN Annual Dinner