Australian Campaign to
End Israel's Military Detention of Palestinian Children

On 19 December 2017, Israeli occupation forces broke into a home in Nabi Saleh, a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank, and arrested a 16-year-old Palestinian girl in a night raid. That child was Ahed Tamimi, who has now spent her 17th birthday, on 31 January 2018, in an Israeli military prison. Ahed Tamimi has been called the ‘Rosa Parks of Palestine’. For years, she and her family have bravely stood up against the Israeli occupation. But she now faces up to 10 years in prison over an altercation with Israeli soldiers.

UPDATE, 22 March 2018: Ahed Tamimi, Palestinian teenager who slapped Israeli soldier, jailed for 8 months, ABC News

Ahed is one of over 300 Palestinian children in military detention in Israeli prisons.

Ahed's case has highlighted the ongoing, systematic imprisonment of Palestinian children - approximately 700 are brought before the Israeli military courts each year, and Palestinian children seized by Israeli forces are frequently subject to beatings, abuse, and interrogations without parents or lawyers present in violation of the law. 

The majority of these Palestinian child prisoners are transferred outside the Occupied Palestinian Territories and held in prisons inside Israel, an action which is prohibited under Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention and Article 8(2)(a)(vii) of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

Israel is the only country in the world that automatically prosecutes children in military courts that lack basic and fundamental fair trial guarantees. 

In 2017 concerned parliamentarians in the UK and the USA introduced legislation urging an end to the widespread and systemic human rights violations suffered by Palestinian children in Israeli military custody.

#EndAdministrativeDetention #NoWayToTreatAChild #FreeAhedTamimi #FreeAhed  

An Australian campaign

As Australia commences its three-year term (2018-2020) on the United Nations Human Rights Council, the world's peak human rights body, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop stated that "it is in our national interest to... uphold the international rules-based order."

This campaign urges the Australian Government be a good global citizen and to uphold its international obligations. We ask the Australian Foreign Minister to:

  1. Publicly condemn the systemic violations of international human rights Conventions by the Government of Israel against Palestinian children in Israeli military custody.
  2. Make immediate representations to the Government of Israel to end the unlawful military detention of Palestinian children.

Please give two minutes of your time for Palestine.

Add your voice to this campaign.

#EndAdministrativeDetention #NoWayToTreatAChild #FreeAhedTamimi #FreeAhed  

Thank you for your support.

Australian Friends of Palestine Association (AFOPA)
Adelaide, South Australia | www.afopa.com.au

Image credits: Military Court Watch; Defense for Children International-Palestine; Visualizing Palestine; Samidoun; Addameer.

AFOPA supports the work of Military Court Watch in Palestine. Please make a donation to support this campaign.


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MORE TO DO: Bassem Tamimi, Ahed's father, has started this Avaaz petition.

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MORE TO DO: Amnesty International Australia has a petition targeting the Israeli Prime Minister.


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