Ran Bar Yoshafat

Care about Children? Worry about PA and Hamas, not Israel

This past Sunday, the ‘United Church of Christ’ passed a resolution that condemns Israel for its treatment of Palestinian children.

When you see the data presented, it indeed raises a concern. How come so many children were arrested, and what causes the growth of underage detainees?

One of the facts that was disregarded is that the kids that are arrested and being held have tried, and even sometimes succeeded, to attack another citizen. A girl from an ‘Electronic Intifada’ article that dealt with this issue was arrested in fault of trying to stab an Israeli citizen with a knife. Is that not more worrying? That a 12-year-old girl intended to stab another person to death?

Would you expect the American police forces to use any other means if American children were attacked by other children with knifes, rocks, and sometimes even guns?

Children are children. No matter where they are from. And Israel, a country governed by law, has strict rules for how to deal with children. These include but are not limited to the limitation on the time they can be without parents and the inclusion of a special children expert in case there is an investigation. The real question is why are these kids involved in terror activity? Shouldn’t this be the biggest concern, if care for children is your agenda?

According to the Israeli security agency, in the past year 47% of terror attacks where done by children under the age of 20. This data does not include stone throwing or attempted attacks.

The reason of the increasing child arrests is because there are more children taking part in terror attacks. Maybe the DCIP (Defense for Children International Palestine) should defend these kids from participating in actions that involve taking another person’s life.

In addition, maybe, just maybe, if the ‘United Church of Christ’ wants to help children, they should focus on the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. Seems like they forgot to include the two hundred children who died when they dug tunnels for Hamas. They forgot the use of children as human shields for Palestinian terrorists. They forgot the use of children as a fighting military force by Hamas and the Palestinian Authorities and the construction of Hamas headquarters in kindergartens and schools. Maybe, it is time we remind them.

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About the Author
Attorney Ran Bar-Yoshafat is an author, international speak, PhD candidate in American Jewish History.