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URGENT APPEAL TO THE UN TO RELEASE THE HARES BOYS

URGENT APPEAL: Ref: UA 05 / 14.

17th of April is the International Palestinian prisoners Day and I urge you to energetically demand that the state of Israel immediately and unconditionally releases the Hares Boys, Ali Shamlawi, Mohammed Suliman, Mohammad Kleib, Tamer Souf, and Ammar Souf, who were falsely accused of throwing stones that caused an accident to which there were no witnesses and nobody had seen any children or youth throwing stones that day.

Please send letter of protest to H.E. RADHIKA COOMARSASWAMY Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, H.E.RIYAD H.MANSOUR, Ambassador, Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine and H.E. RON PROSOR, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations.

SIGN HERE: JUSTICE FOR PALESTINE MATTERS URGENT APPEAL HARES BOYS

Appeal

H.E. RADHIKA COOMARSASWAMY, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict

Your Excellency

17th of April is the International Palestinian prisoners Day and I urge you to energetically demand that the state of Israel immediately and unconditionally releases the Hares Boys, Ali Shamlawi, Mohammed Suliman, Mohammad Kleib, Tamer Souf, and Ammar Souf, who were falsely accused of throwing stones that caused an accident to which there were no witnesses and nobody had seen any children or youth throwing stones that day.

The five boys from Hares, who were all 16 at the time, are charged with 25 counts of attempted murder each, apparently 1 count for every alleged stone thrown at passing cars. The Israeli military prosecution insists that the boys consciously “intended to kill”; the boys can face the maximum punishment for attempted murder: 25 years to life imprisonment.

Ali Shamlawi, 17, says he confessed to throwing stones under duress and now denies the charges.

In a sworn testimony given to DCI-Palestine, he claims he was held in solitary confinement, beaten and intimidated, and denied access to counsel by Israeli authorities during his arrest and interrogation. He has now been in detention for a year and neither his lawyer, nor his family know when a verdict will be reached.

After Shamlawi’s latest appearance in court on March 13, 2014, his mother, Nema Shamlawi said: “[Ali’s] childhood is being lost. He doesn’t see the sun and the air…doesn’t live his childhood as it should be.”

Under Israeli military law, Palestinian children can be imprisoned for up to a maximum of one year before legal proceedings must be completed against them. The military court has the right to extend detention by a further 60 days. After that, the military court of appeals can extend custody indefinitely in three-month chunks.

Shamlawi is one of five boys arrested in connection with the same stone-throwing incident. The others are: Mohammed Suliman, Mohammad Kleib, Tamer Souf, and Ammar Souf. They were all aged 16 at the time. The Israeli army alleges that on the evening of March 14, 2013, the boys were throwing stones at passing vehicles on a main road near Ariel settlement. The driver and her 3 daughters were injured, one of them – seriously. The driver, Adva Biton, was going back to the illegal Israeli settler colony of Yakir when the accident occurred. She later claimed the accident was due to Palestinian youth throwing stones at her car. The driver of the truck, having testified immediately after the accident that he had pulled over because of a flat tyre, later changed his mind and said he had seen stones by the road.

The boys are each charged with 20 counts of attempted murder – among other charges. The Israeli military prosecution insists that the boys consciously “intended to kill.” A senior Israeli military officer speaking on the condition of anonymity previously declared that factors specific to the case merited filing attempted murder charges, but prosecutors would not seek life sentences because the case did not warrant it, according to Al-Jazeera English.

Israeli military law, which fails to ensure and denies basic and fundamental rights, is applied exclusively to the Palestinian population, including women and children. Settlers living in the West Bank are subject to the Israeli civil legal system. No Israeli children come into contact with the military court system.

In 2012, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, Richard Falk, condemned Israel’s use of solitary confinement against Palestinian children saying it “flagrantly violates international human rights standards.”

A 2013 United Nations report from the Committee on the Rights of the Child found that “Palestinian children arrested by the [Israeli] military and police are systematically subject to degrading treatment, and often to acts of torture.”

A human rights report issued by the Defense for Children International (DCI) stated that 230 Palestinian children are currently held in Israeli jails.

I further urge you to demand the immediate and unconditional release of all Palestinian children and political prisoners in Israeli and PA prisons.

Sincerely
[Your name]

SIGN HERE: JUSTICE FOR PALESTINE MATTERS URGENT APPEAL HARES BOYS

3 thoughts on “Sign urgent appeal

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  2. Please release these young boys….dont let them be tortured in such horrific ways. Have a heart dont punish these young kids for minor offences. They are innocent children nd should be freed to live a normal life with their families .

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