Palestinian Prisoners in Israel’s Military Justice System (Part 1): A Society in Detention
Jun 3 2020
June 3, 2020
11:00am EST/6:00pm Jerusalem
Nadia Daqqa (HaMoked)
Dr. Samah Jabr (Director of the Mental Health Unit – Palestinian Ministry of Health)
Rachel Stroumsa (Public Committee Against Torture – Israel)
Israel’s military justice system, including arrests, detention, interrogation, trials, and punishments, has served as a significant tool of the Israeli occupation since it began in 1967. Over the past 50+ years, Israel has prosecuted more than 760,000 Palestinians, or about one-fifth of the Palestinian population in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including thousands of children. Charges range from security offenses to traffic violations, with reports indicating a conviction rate greater than 90%. Being arrested, as thousands of Palestinians are each year, may result in administrative detention, remand until the end of proceedings and lengthy prison sentences, debilitating fines, and interrogations in inhuman conditions that include torture.
FMEP is proud to offer this webinar series to look at the role and impact of military justice on Palestinians and its function in Israel’s occupation. Part 1 will explore the procedures of military justice as day-to-day processes and part of the broader system of occupation, and how arrests, interrogations, and punishment impact Palestinians as individuals and as a society. Part 2 will focus on Palestinian children in the miltiary justice system and will include discussion of the legal frameworks of child detention, the experiences of Palestinian children and their families, and efforts by international and Israeli advocates to end abusive practices and protect children’s rights.