asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been called to the sentence of 10 years imprisonment and 18 lashes with a whip, passed on 25th March at Jerusalem, on an Arab boy of 13 who was charged with shooting at, and slightly injuring a Jew; and whether he would secure some mitigation of this sentence in view of the prisoner's age?
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that a 13 year old Arab boy has recently been sentenced by a Jerusalem military court to 10 years imprisonment and 18 strokes of the whip for slightly injuring a Jew; and whether he will take steps to revise this sentence?
Would the right hon. Gentleman really approve of lashing a boy of 13 in this country; and can he not prevent the infliction of this punishment in Palestine, especially in view of the need for encouraging Arab confidence in this country?
I think it would be better if I expressed no opinion about facts of which I am at present completely ignorant, but the hon. Member can be assured that the fullest attention will be given to the report when it is received.
As I have said, I know nothing about it, but I am making inquiries. I do not know whether the stage of punishment has been reached. I will, however, consider the action suggested by the hon. Member.