The Treatment of Palestinian Children in Israel Military Detention
Many Canadian Presbyterians have expressed their sadness and anger at the senseless deaths of Palestinian children and the many more who are detained in military prison. They are minors. It is hard to imagine how they will react as they are separated from their parents and siblings. It must be frightening.
It is estimated that between 500 and 700 Palestinian children, as young as 12 years old, are charged under military law and imprisoned. They are denied due process and their treatment violates international human rights standards. These children should be home with their families, not detained or imprisoned.
In 2020, The Presbyterian Church in Canada called on the Canadian Government to appoint a Special Envoy to monitor and report on the treatment of Palestinian children living in the Occupied Territory and Gaza. The request has not been realized, however the need for such a Special Envoy urgently remains.
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Hundreds of Palestinian children are held in Israeli military detention, in violation of international human rights standards. Learn, pray and act for justice.
Your love, O God, knows no boundaries, of gender, race, faith or nationality.
You sent Jesus who surprised his followers when he embraced children and said
“Whoever receives this child in my name receives me,
and whoever receives me receives him who sent me;
for the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is greatest.”
Inspire us to be champions for those who are imprisoned.
Inspire us by the Holy Spirit to be persistent in our prayers and
calls for justice in the lands your son walked
and hear our prays for peace in Palestine-Israel.
In Jesus’ name,
“An argument arose among them as to which one of them was the greatest. But Jesus, aware of their inner thoughts, took a little child and put it by his side” (Luke 9: 46-47)