FREE THE CHILDREN
Street, London (near Victoria Station)
year Israel abducted 1266 Palestinian children – that’s one child taken from
their parents every 7 hours! During interrogation 75% of Palestinian children
detained by Israel are physically tortured. 40% of the 600 children that were
taken from Jerusalem alone, were sexually abused by Israeli soldiers during
arrest or interrogation. Today around 300 Palestinian children are
languishing in Israeli dungeons secured by G4S and powered by Hewlett Packard
IT. These include the five Hares Boys who have been tortured and caged by
Israel for 2 years for a crime that didn’t even happen; and the 15 years old
schoolboy Khaled Sheikh abducted from outside his home. Please join us as we
demand freedom for the children. Join the protest outside the headquarters of
the British security contractor G4S who secure Israel’s notorious torture
dens and dungeons where the children are abused and caged.
14th March 2013 a simple car accident, when a illegal Israeli settler car
speeding along a road built illegally on stolen Palestinian land, crashed in to
the back of an Israeli truck which had stopped to change a flat tire resulting
in four people being hurt, was later at the behest of angry settlers presented
as an attack by Palestinian stone throwing youth. The truck drivers earlier
testimony that he stopped due to a flat tire was replaced with the new reason
being that he had seen stones by the road, and an accident that happened after
dark that nobody saw suddenly became a terror attack with 61 witnesses
including the police!
the next few days over 50 masked Israeli soldiers with attack dogs stormed the
local village of Hares in the early hours of the morning and in waves of
violent arrests kidnapped the children of the village. In total 19 children
were taken to the infamous G4S secured children’s dungeon at Al Jalame and
locked up in solitary confinement for up to 2 weeks in filthy windowless 1m by
2m hole in the ground cells with no mattress. The Israeli prime minister
Benyamin Natanyahu announced to the settlers that he had “caught the terrorists”.
The children were violently tortured and sexual threats were made against the
female members of their families in order to coerce confessions from the boys.
the confessions and the new “eye-witness” statements, five of the Hares boys
were charged with 25 counts of attempted murder each, even though there were
only four people in the car. Apparently the military court had decided that 25
stones were thrown, each with an “intent to kill”. The five boys have
been illegally transferred to Israel, in contravention of Article 76 of the
Fourth Geneva Convention, to Megiddo prison where G4S provides the entire
central command room. Hewlett Packard provides technical services and central
servers that keep Israels dungeons and torture dens, including Megiddo, operational.
violation of international law Israel has turned prisons in to money making
enterprises with the boys essentially forced to pay for their own imprisonment.
Israel deliberately fails to provide Palestinian prisoners the basic essentials
– edible food, cloths (underwear, shoes..) and hygiene products (soap,
toothbrush..). The boys are forced to buy these at the extortionately priced
prison shop costing the families over € 125/month to provide for one child’s
basic needs in prison.
no evidence of a crime the military court keeps on postponing the hearing dates
from one month to one year to two years, meanwhile the boys remain caged
indefinitely and their families facing financial ruin in the process. A court
hearing entails the families spending most of their day queuing and enduring
the humiliation at the checkpoints where HP provides the biometric systems used
to tag Palestinians, then waiting at the court in anticipation of catching a
glimpse of their son.. often to be disappointed as hearing are cancelled
United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF report on Children in Israeli Military
Detention concludes that Israel is the only country in the world where children
are systematically tried in military courts that by definition fall short of
providing the necessary guarantees to ensure respect for their rights.
The conviction rate in Israeli military courts is an unfathomable 99.74%.
the five boys are convicted they will be locked up for over 25 years – five
young lives ruined with no evidence of a crime let alone their guilt.
provides the security systems, and Hewlett Packard the IT infrastructure, which
keep these torture dens operational. Prisoners who have survived these hell
holes recall seeing G4S logos on the cameras that witnessed their abuse. These
companies are fully complicit in the crimes Israel commits against Palestinian
children, and must be held to account.
old Khaled Sheikh from outside his home in Beit ‘Anan in Jerusalem. He has been
caged in Israel’s notorious G4S secured Ofer prison for over three months now.
Israel has denied him any family visits and he has been denied essential
medical treatment. Accused of throwing a stone, Israel’s military court on 25th
February, true to its 99.74% conviction rate, sentenced Khaled to 4
months imprisonment and in addition fined him $500. Khaled suffers from several
health issues including anaemia and has been denied his medication since his
abduction in December. His family are fearful for his health and are urging
activists around the world to intervene to secure the release of their son.
PALESTINIAN STRUGGLE FOR THEIR LAND
in the face of rampant Zionist colonisation and theft of land. In particular it
marks the events of 30th March 1976 when Palestinians called for a general
strike to resist Yitzhak Rabin’s orders to expropriate vast tracts of
Palestinian land in the Galilee as part of Israel’s openly declared policy to
“Judaize” the area. Defense Minister Shimon Peres sent the troops in to break
the strike, they killed 6 Palestinian ‘citizens’ of Israel and wounded hundreds
more. Ahmed Khalaila remembers his brother Khader being executed by one shot in
the head when he came to the aid of a woman who was shot for simple stepping
outside her house.
OUTSIDE HEWLETT PACKARD LONDON HQ
20th March we held a second protest for the second anniversary of the abduction
of the Hares Boys, this time outside the London headquarters of Hewlett Packard
who provide the IT infrastructure and systems that ensures Israel’s torture
dens and dungeons stay operational.
– Hewlett Packard Complicity in Israeli Torture, 20 Mar 2015
– London Protest to Free The Hares Boys, 20 Mar 2015
– Free The Hares Boys – Speech On 2nd Anniv, 20 Mar 2015
– Hewlett Packard Complicity in Israel’s War Crimes, 20 Mar 2015
The Palestinian Prisoners Campaign aims to
raise awareness for the plight of Palestinian prisoners and build solidarity
for their struggle and work towards their freedom. The campaign was launched by
Innovative Minds (inminds.com)
and the Islamic Human Rights Commission (ihrc.org) on the occasion of Al Quds Day 2012 (on 17th August
2012), since then we have held actions every fortnight in support of
Palestinian prisoners, if you can spare two hours twice a month then please
join the campaign by coming to the next action.