Israel passes law allowing imprisonment of Palestinians aged 14 and under

Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, approved a bill permitting the imprisonment of children under the age of 14. The legislation, labeled the “Youth Bill,” would allow Israeli authorities to imprison a child if convicted of “terrorism” against Israeli civilians or military personnel.

Israeli courts can now “set discussions regarding the imprisoned juvenile while he or she is being held at a close facility,” and that during the discussions the courts “will be allowed to postpone the convicted minor’s transfer date from the closed facility to a prison, shorten the convicted minor’s prison sentence or cancel the prison sentence.
Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) condemned the legislation against stone throwers, saying that the group was “deeply concerned that these changes to the Israeli penal code and policy guidelines will continue to target Palestinian youth…These changes are almost exclusively applied to Palestinians. Israeli extremists and settlers are rarely prosecuted under the same standards of the law,” the group added.
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