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Questions in parliaments are an essential part of a democratic political system. Thanks to the hard work of many good people concerned about the Hares Boys case, we’ve had Questions raised in the UK Parliament (3), the Parliament of Spain (1) and the European Parliament (1). It is important to keep elected representatives accountable and to ensure they work for human rights and justice.

A huge thanks to everyone who contacted politicians demanding justice for the Hares Boys and by extension, to all Palestinian children in Israeli occupation dungeons.

WHILE WE’RE WAITING TO HEAR FROM THE GOVERNMENTS, LET’S KEEP UP THE PRESSURE SO THE FIVE KIDS FROM HARES VILLAGE CAN COME BACK TO THEIR FAMILIES AND CONTINUE THEIR LIVES IN FREEDOM. Please get in touch for advice on how to contact MPs and MEPs.



2 March 2015Spanish MEP (Member of European Parliament) Ángela Vallina (Izquierda Unida, United Left) submitted this question regarding the Hares Boys to the European Parliament:

¿Considera la Alta Representante legítimos los tribunales de una potencia ocupante, como Israel, en casos de enjuiciamiento de ocupados?
¿Qué consecuencias tiene considerar equiparables los tribunales israelíes y sus sentencias a los tribunales europeos?

[English translation: Does the High Representative consider legitimate a court of an occupying power, like Israel, in cases of prosecution of an occupied population? What consequences are considered comparable between Israeli courts and their sentences and European courts?]

click for a .pdf of the Question (Spanish)

Thank you Ms. Vallina for your high moral stance.



16 February 2015Member of the Spanish Parliament Joan Josep Nuet Pujals (G.P. La Izquierda Plural (GIP)) submitted the following questions regarding the Hares Boys to the Spanish Parliament:

Does Spain accept that there is impartial justice in the courts of an occupying power [Israel]? (click for a pdf. in Spanish)

Thank you Mr. Nuet Pujals for your concern.



12 February 2014 — The third Question about the Hares Boys raised in the British Parliament:

QUESTION: Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Israel for the early release and trial of the following individuals from the village of Hares in the West Bank who have been in custody since March 2013: (1) Ali Shamlawi, (2) Mohamed Kleit, (3) Mohamed Mehdi Suleiman, (4) Tamer Souf, and (5) Ammar Souf.   HL5106

ANSWER: The Senior Minister of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Warsi) (Con): Officials from our Embassy in Tel Aviv met with the Israeli Defence Force and the Israeli Ministry of Justice on 27 January to raise our concerns over the cases of the five boys from Hares village currently in Israeli detention.

From the above we know that British embassy staff had a meeting with the Israeli army and the Israeli Ministry of Justice at the beginning of 2014, and that British diplomatic representatives asked about the Hares Boys. What we do not know is the answer they received from the Israelis, if any. If you are in Britain, please write to your MP asking them to follow-up on this. Questions are raised to be answered. Thank you.



25 October 2013 — Thanks to your concern and pressure, the British government are aware of the Hares Boys case. Two questions related to the case have been raised in the British Parliament so far:

14 October Andy Slaughter MP asked Hugh Robertson, Britain’s Minister for International Affairs:

Q: Mr Slaughter: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the case of the five schoolboys from the village of Hares in Palestine who were arrested by the Israeli authorities in March 2013. [169867]

A: Hugh Robertson: Officials from our consulate general in Jerusalem and the embassy in Tel Aviv are following this case closely.

23 October Baroness Tonge asked Baroness Warsi, Senior Minister of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Foreign and Commonwealth Office:

Q: Baroness Tonge: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel concerning the arrest, alleged torture of, and murder charges against, five boys from Hares village.[HL2464]

A: Baroness Warsi (Con): Officials from our Consulate General in Jerusalem and our Embassy in Tel Aviv are following this case closely. They last raised the case with the Israeli Ministry of Justice on 17 September. We also continue to have regular discussions with the Israeli authorities on the broader question of the treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention.

If you’re in Britain, please write to your MP asking them to demand answers about the ill-treatment of the Hares Boys in Israeli prison and military court. It is up to us to fight for justice.

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