Israel justice minister wants to jail children under 13

Justice Minister Shaked wants to amend current law to jail minors under age of 13

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Member of zionist Jewish Home party and Israel Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked

Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who is the member of far-right Zionist Jewish Home party pushes to amend country’s criminal law to allow minors under the age of 13 to be jailed, if they are found guilty in any crime related to violence.

The issue has been taken into account since Ahmed Manasra, a 13-year-old Palestinian boy was involved in an alleged stabbing of a 13-year-old Jewish Israeli boy, could not be sent to jail, even if he is convicted guilty over the alleged attempt murder.

Under the current law, children who are 12-years of age can be charged and jailed at the age of 14. The Justice Minister Shaked, known for her ultra nationalist views wants to regulate a law to send minors to jail.

Shaked’s spokesman is not sure if the amendment will pass quick enough to be applied to Manasra, however, hopes that changing the law will be applied to future cases.

A Justice Ministery spokeswoman has said that the proposal was received from Shaked to move forward on this issue, however, they are still at the early stages to find legal implications over such a change.  

Striking report of UNICEF

In March 2015, UNICEF released an annual report titled "Children in Israeli Military Detention Observations and Recommendations." UNICEF claimed that the treatment of Israel towards Palestinian children is a "violation of international law."

According to the report, UNICEF's Working Group on Grave Violations against Children found that children had often been subjected to multiple violations throughout the arrest, transfer, interrogation and detention phases.

The report found that 162 children were blindfolded during the transfer process from the place of arrest to the police station, 189 children were reported being painfully hand-tied, during arrest, 89 children were transferred on the floor of the vehicle from the place that they were arrested to the police station.

The Working Group also revealed that 144 children were reported to be victims of verbal abuse and intimidation during arrest, interrogation and/or detention.

The Report point that the ill-treatment of Israel is the violation of international law, "these practices are in violation of international law that protects all children against ill-treatment when in contact with law enforcement, military and judicial institutions." Concluded the report with "[i]ll-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalised."

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked’s remarks on Palestinians

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked called for a genocide for Palestinian's during the summer of 2014, when Israel attacked on Gaza. Shaked said through her Facebook account that "the entire Palestinian people is the enemy," and called for its destruction, "including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure."

A week later she quoted on her Facebook page that "behind every terrorist stand dozens of men and women, without whom he could not engage in terrorism. They are all enemy combatants, and their blood shall be on all their heads. Now this also includes the mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons, nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes. Otherwise, more little snakes will be raised there."

Following Shaked's remarks in the summer of 2014, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan compared Shaked to Hitler. President Erdogan said that "if these words had been said by a Palestinian, the whole world would have denounced it.’’

She also opposed the peace deal with Palestinians based on the pre-1967 borders, pointing out that such an attempt would be "national suicide."

TRTWorld and agencies