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Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention (7 Feb 2018)

Sarah Champion: Will the hon. Gentleman give way, as I gave way to him?

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention (7 Feb 2018)

Sarah Champion: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention (7 Feb 2018)

Sarah Champion: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention (7 Feb 2018)

Sarah Champion: I beg to move, That this House has considered military detention of Palestinian children by Israeli Authorities. It is a genuine pleasure to serve under your chairmanship in this very important debate, Mr Stringer. I strongly welcome the fact that the Government addressed the issue of Palestinian child detainees during the third universal periodical review of Israel at the UN Human Rights...

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention (7 Feb 2018)

Sarah Champion: There is some evidence. I will come on to the recommendation that the Government made when the UK sent over some lawyers a number of years ago. I am grateful that the Minister is engaged in dialogue at the moment, and I hope he will update us on the current situation. Last year, the authoritative west bank non-governmental organisation Military Court Watch found that, four years after the...

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention (7 Feb 2018)

Sarah Champion: I share my hon. Friend’s concern, and I will address that point. Arabic is an official language in the state of Israel, so why are the documents presented to children in Hebrew? I will let my hon. Friend draw conclusions.

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention (7 Feb 2018)

Sarah Champion: That was quite a rude interruption. Please go ahead, though.

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention (7 Feb 2018)

Sarah Champion: I am afraid I cannot answer that, because I do not know the data. I hope that any organisation that is trying to speak on the basis of facts does not suffer harassment, but as the right hon. Gentleman knows, too often, when we put our head above the parapet, it gets shot off multiple times. A year before the UNICEF report, a group of senior UK lawyers published an independent study entitled...

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention (7 Feb 2018)

Sarah Champion: It is hard to argue with my hon. Friend’s passionate intervention. The UK report set out 40 recommendations on arrest, interrogation, bail hearings, plea bargaining, trials, sentencing, detention, complaints and monitoring. Military Court Watch stated last year that only one of the UK report’s recommendations—No. 33, on the separation of children from adults in...

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention (7 Feb 2018)

Sarah Champion: I can do, but that is quite a big topic. Because of the, in my opinion, illegal occupation, people have to go through a military system, rather than a civilian system. The unfortunate thing is that that is applied to the Palestinians, who rarely have parity with the Israelis. Although I praise the Israeli Government for allowing the studies to go ahead, it is disappointing that that leading...

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention (7 Feb 2018)

Sarah Champion: Yes. That technique is not used often, but it is used. It allows the child to be held in detention without any charges being brought against them, and without their having the right to respond to the charges. The prevalent practice of night-time raids by Israeli military personnel causes a huge amount of distress to children and their families. Inevitably, night raids on civilian population...

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention (7 Feb 2018)

Sarah Champion: I agree with my hon. Friend. As with the debate today, I think we forget that we put such statements on the public record, and they can have a direct and immediate effect. We hope that today’s speeches have a positive one, but in the case of Donald Trump, I can only say that he has had a very negative impact on the relations between the two countries.

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention (7 Feb 2018)

Sarah Champion: I agree with my hon. Friend. There are many, many examples in which there is no parity. That is one of the things that I urge the Israeli Government to look at, because it is blatant discrimination and is not necessary. Military Court Watch reports that, in the 80 testimonies it collected in 2017, 81% of the children reported not having access to a lawyer before interrogation. As a result,...

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention (7 Feb 2018)

Sarah Champion: Let me finish the quotation first—it might answer the right hon. Gentleman’s question. “These methods deeply undermine the dignity and personality of the child or adolescent, and inflict pain and severe mental suffering. Uncertainty and helplessness are situations that can too easily lead a child or adolescent to provide the requested confession out of impulsiveness, fear or...

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention (7 Feb 2018)

Sarah Champion: I am very grateful to the hon. Gentleman of making that point. I too have spoken to retired Israeli soldiers and have, sadly, heard similar tales.

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention (7 Feb 2018)

Sarah Champion: I agree, and I look to the Minister to respond.

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention (7 Feb 2018)

Sarah Champion: I completely agree. That is what I want to focus on: we are talking about children. Regardless of the crime that they have or have not committed, they should still be treated with dignity and within the constraints of the law. The arrest process and interrogation methods referred to by Dr Carmon were described in great detail in the UK and the UNICEF reports. It is deeply disturbing that two...

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention (7 Feb 2018)

Sarah Champion: The reality is that we are not in a position to demand. The purpose of this debate is to reach out a hand of friendship and to offer the skills and expertise that we have in this country on this topic, to work in partnership with Israel. Although UNICEF is yet to release any further updates, reports issued by the US State Department, Military Court Watch and others indicate that the situation...

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention (7 Feb 2018)

Sarah Champion: My hon. Friend makes a fantastic point. I have worked, as I am sure have many people in the House, with both Israeli and Palestinian organisations and international ones. They are trying to stabilise the situation and to help people come up with a practical solution that meets the needs of children and the broader needs in both countries. I have asked many specific questions of the Minister....


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