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 This Week In Palestine 
 Also: newly-elected US Rep Rashida Tlaib speaks out
 Weekly Program
 Host John Roberts, speaker Brad Parker, US Rep Rashida Tlaib
 Truth & Justice Radio (WZBC)  
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The feature presentation this morning is an address to a conference organized by the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs in Washington DC. by Brad Parker. Parker is International Advocacy Officer & Attorney at Defence for Children International, Palestine section. DCIP is an advocacy and legal group seeking to defend Palestinian children, who continue to face major abuse, including incarceration, at the hands of the Israeli military.

As Parker reports, when children encounter Israeli forces, they’re arrested, detained, beaten, blindfolded, their hands are tied, put in a military jeep and taken off to an interrogation center. Guilt or innocence is irrelevant. Violations of children's basic rights are widespread, systematic, and institutionalized by Israeli forces. Parker has been trying to wake up the US Congress to its ultimate responsibility for this situation, with just a bit of success. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota) has rounded up at least 22 colleagues in support of a change in US funding and arming of these soldiers.

If you are Palestinian, old or young, you are governed by Israeli military law, which is set up to deny rights. For example, under Israeli military law, children don’t have the right to an attorney during interrogations. That’s sort of the primary example of fair trial protections that just don’t exist. Aside from that, of these estimated 500 to 700 Palestinian children that are arrested by Israeli forces each year and prosecuted in the military courts, around 75% of them experience some form of physical violence during arrest, detention, transfer. There's no requirement for a warrant; soldiers can arrest on "suspicion." The majority of children are charged with throwing stones, which is a specific offense under the Israeli military law. What happens is children are accused of throwing stones, arrested, denied access to attorneys, not allowed to have a parent present during interrogation, etc. etc. etc., almost always found guilty, and sent to military jail.

Before all this, we begin this week with a recording of Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, the refreshingly brave, articulate, newly elected, and sole Palestinian member of the U.S. House of Representatives. She spoke to a delegation who had come to Washington on a lobbying mission. A delegation member sent us a recording of her presentation, which we now play back.
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 This Week In Palestine 5-5-2019 Download Program Podcast
Brad Parker of Defence for Chilldren International, Palestine, reports how children are abused by the Israeli military
00:46:35 English 2019-05-05
 Washington DC and Cambridge MA
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