Israeli ministers pass bill against Palestinian children
Nov 24, Tel Aviv: Israel ministers have passed a controversial bill that would allow imprisonment of Palestinian children as young as 12.
The law has been sharply criticised by human rights groups even before the draft was forwarded for the ministerial meeting. The bill could enable Israel to impose jail terms for children aged 12 years or above, who are found guilty of nationalistic-motivated violent offences -- including murder, attempted murder and manslaughter, reported Aljazeera.
The bill, however, has to be passed by the Israeli parliament knesset as it awaits how the build up on its criticism soars. The proposed law will in effect impact Palestinian children in occupied East Jerusalem and those who carry Israeli citizenship and live in cities, towns and villages across the country, said the rights groups.
Palestinian children in East Jerusalem cannot be imprisoned unless they are 14 or older. While Israel has placed occupied East Jerusalem under its civilian law, the rest of the occupied West Bank is under military rule.
The Oslo Times