The Parliamentary Assembly has always made the defence of
human rights, in particular the rights of children, its priority.
It is one of the rare fora which combines expertise on children’s
rights and the Middle East with wide parliamentary representation.
The treatment of Palestinian minors in the Israeli justice
system tarnishes the image of Israel as a democratic State which
respects human rights and the rule of law, and poses an obstacle
to the peace process. Notwithstanding that the criminal behaviour
of some Palestinian minors should be strongly condemned, since no
person, and especially no child, forfeits his/her human rights,
no matter what he/she has done, there is no excuse for ill-treatment
of a child.
Without taking a position on the underlying conflict, the
Assembly should thus call on the Israeli authorities to work with
UNICEF, the International Committee of the Red Cross, civil society
and all relevant stakeholders with a view to changing, as appropriate,
laws, practice and attitudes so as to fully protect the rights of Palestinian
children in the Israeli justice system. The Assembly should stand
ready to assist the Knesset and the Palestinian authorities in this