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The Law Does Not Ensure Justice For All

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The law does not always ensure justice for allImagine yourself as a 5 year-old child, the sun shining high in the sky, a cool breeze is running through your hair and you are playing with your closest friend who lives in the small apartment across the hall from yours. Imagine yourself running around pretending to be your favorite European footballer. Kicking the largest and most spherical shaped rock you can find, you are accused of throwing that same rock at the car of a Jewish settler. Suddenly you are confronted by six men wielding AK-47's, tears stream down your face as the fully armed Israeli soldiers surround you. Your brother, father and mother have no voice; they cannot protect you. You try and yell but you're not loud enough. You try to run but you are too slow. Anything you do is merely not enough to get away.We often perceive the law as a purveyor of justice. However, history and recent events show that laws do not necessarily protect all or even the innocent in society. Israel is considered to be a democratic nation, although the Palestinian children that populate the Gaza Strip are treated differently to the Israeli kids. According to a UNICEF report conducted in March 2013, 700 Palestinian children aged 12-17, most of them boys, are arrested and harshly interrogatedby the Israeli military, police and security agents every year in the occupied West Bank. The monthly average for 2013 shows that 219 children per month were in Israeli military custody, compared to 196 per month in 2012, marking a12 percent increase. In June 2013, the UN Committee confirmed the abusesagainst Palestinian children, including torture, solitary conferment and threats of death and sexual assault in prisons. "These crimes are perpetrated from the time of arrest, during transfer and in interrogation, to obtain a confession but also on an arbitrary basis as testified by several Israeli soldiers" stated the committee. Heavily armed soldiers carry out arrests in the middle of the night; this is where the ill treatment begins. Most minors are arrested for throwing stones; many are bullied into confessing for acts they did not commit. In addition, they do not have access to a lawyer or family during questioning. According to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, 7,000 kids aged from 12 to 17 years, but sometimes as young as nine, have been arrested,...

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