PLC Demands Condemnation of Israeli Law to Jail Minors Under 14

Amman, – The Palestine National Council (PLC) Thursday condemned the Israeli Knesset for passing bills that enforce racism, violate human rights and legalize crimes against the Palestinian people.

In a press release issued after the Knesset passed a bill allowing the imprisonment of Palestinians under the age of 14 who are accused of committing “acts of terror”, the PLC said the Knesset insists on discussing and approving bills that violate human rights.

Describing the law as a violation of children’s rights, PLC said choosing to remain silent in the face of such racism can only mean acceptance, Palestinian news agency (WAFA) reported.

The PLC demanded the international parliamentary and other related bodies to reject such laws and impose harsh punishment on the Knesset considering the grave violations it seems to approve.

The Israeli Knesset approved Monday a bill that would enable the jailing of minors as young as 12 who are convicted of so-called “acts of terror”.

According to the bill, young Palestinians who are accused of involvement in “acts of terror” would be held in a youth facility until the age of 14, and then transferred to prison.

Prison sentences could also be imposed on children under 14 if they are convicted of murder, attempted murder or manslaughter, states the bill, which was approved by the Knesset.

Arab members of the Knesset criticized the bill saying it is an attempt to take one section of the Youth Law, which deals with minors in the context of criminal law, and restrict it to terror.

The criticism stems from the lack of equal conduct between Palestinian youth and Israelis.

Arab MK said the bill is only part of the continued incitement against the Palestinian public.

Source: Qatar News Agency