Palestinian-American boy, 14, locked up in Israeli military jail

Mohammed Khlaek 14-year-old Mohammed Khalek, a Palestinian-American, was arrested by the Israeli military last week (Image via Defense of Children International–Palestine)

A Palestinian was arrested last week for allegedly throwing stones and is being held in an Israeli jail, a mundane and daily occurrence in the occupied West Bank. But this case has made headlines–and it’s because the Palestinian is a 14-year-old who also has American citizenship.

New Orleans-born Mohammed Khalek was taken from his home last week by eight rifle-toting Israeli soldiers. He’s accused of throwing stones at Israeli cars near Silwad, northeast of Ramallah. Khalek has yet to be charged, and his detention has been extended until April 14. Addameer advocacy officer Randa Wahbe told Haaretz that Khlaek “was told by interrogators that if he confessed to rock throwing quickly, he would be released.”

Khalek’s case has garnered coverage in the Associated Press and Reuters. The media outlets are highlighting how Khalek’s case is an example of Palestinian children routinely being locked up in Israeli military jails.

Reuters’ Noah Browning reports that Khalek appeared in jail with “his ankles shackled together just above his running shoes.” Browning also reports that the boy’s father, Abdulwahab Khalek, said that Mohammed “was maltreated and had his braces broken from his teeth during the course of his arrest in the early hours of April 5.”

“The Israeli military’s treatment of Mohammed Khalak is appalling and all too common,” Human Rights Watch’s Bill Van Esveld told Reuters. “There’s no justification for … shackling him for 12 hours and interrogating him while refusing to let him see his father or a lawyer.”

The Associated Press story notes that a United Nations report recently castigated the Israeli military for its abuses of the rights of Palestinian children. 700 Palestinian children a year are arrested by the Israeli military, according to UNICEF. Here’s more from the report:

Ill-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized…

The pattern of ill-treatment includes the arrests of children at their homes between midnight and 5:00 am by heavily armed soldiers; the practice of blindfolding children and tying their hands with plastic ties; physical and verbal abuse during transfer to an interrogation site, including the use of painful restraints; lack of access to water, food, toilet facilities and medical care; interrogation using physical violence and threats; coerced confessions; and lack of access to lawyers or family members during interrogation.

Treatment inconsistent with child rights continues during court appearances, including shackling of children; denial of bail and imposition of custodial sentences;  and transfer of children outside occupied Palestinian territory to serve their sentences inside Israel. The incarceration isolates them from their families and interrupts their studies.

These practices are in violation of international law that protects all children against ill-treatment when in contact with law enforcement, military and judicial institutions.

The boy’s father lashed out at the American government’s response to his son’s arrest in an interview with Reuters. “The U.S. government is obligated to do something for us, but it doesn’t even care. They’ve lost the issue somewhere in their back pocket,” he told the news outlet.

The indifference is to be expected. American citizens mistreated by the Israeli military are denied adequate help by the U.S. government. For instance, the U.S. government waited three days to contact the family of Furkan Dogan, who was executed at point-blank range on board the Mavi Marmara, the aid ship part of the 2010 flotilla trying to break the blockade of Gaza. Dogan was a U.S. citizen of Turkish descent. The U.S. declined to investigate the death of Dogan, preferring to allow Israel to do so itself.

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  1. Cliff says:

    Israelis attacked the USS Liberty and murdered Rachel Corrie.

    Of course they would kidnap and torture children. No depravity is beyond them.

    • Obsidian says:

      The USS Liberty and Rachel Corrie incidents were accidents.
      The depravity lies elsewhere, Cliff.

      • Cliff says:

        You don’t accidentally blow up another ship.

        You don’t accidentally run someone over with a bulldozer.

        They were intentional and murderous.

        • Obsidian says:

          “You don’t accidentally blow up another ship”

          No.
          Israel reasonably believed it was an Egyptian warship and attacked it.

        • pjdude says:

          Your clearly operating under a different definition of reasonable. For most of us in means a fair chance of happening not you’d have to be completely incompetent to do so. The liberty and the Egyptian vessel were of vastly different sizes different profiles and the liberty was flying her ensign which should have made her next to immpossible to confuse with the other vessel in question. Either.israel knowing attacked an American vessel or it doesn’t train it soldiers anywhere near as we’ll as it should.

        • Citizen says:

          @ pjdude
          I invite everyone to read the following detailed article telling the story of the attack on the USS Liberty and its context at the time it happened, and the cover up to this day–I think you will agree with its conclusion, which is,
          “The lesson of the cold-blooded attack on the Liberty was that there is nothing the Zionist state might not do, to its friends as well as its enemies, in order to get its own way.” link to alanhart.net

      • Accidents, huh? You have a sick sense of humour, dude.

      • K Renner says:

        Accidents according to the Israeli “army”, and we know what their track record is like when it comes to lying about killing people.

        “The depravity lies elsewhere.”

        Insert a generic Zionist soundbite about “Evil “Moslems”” or “Arab subhumans” or some other contemptible rubbish.

      • Hostage says:

        The USS Liberty and Rachel Corrie incidents were accidents.

        Correction: The IDF was an accident waiting to happen. The inexcusable rules of engagement didn’t even require positive identification of targets in international waters. The attack was deliberate, not an accident.

        Israel started the Six Day War by employing an argument regarding its own right to innocent passage through a shipping channel located in an Egyptian inter-coastal waterway and the general rules regarding freedom of navigation on the high seas or other international waters.

        That’s an important point. Immediately after the attack, Secretary Rusk demanded that the Government of Israel issue very explicit instructions to Israeli naval commanders that the US cannot accept attacks on our vessels on high seas. He also advised Ambassador Goldberg that:

        the next time he saw Eban, he should “hit him hard on this attack; if Israeli torpedo boats are attacking international shipping in international waters that is very dangerous business; if they were to hit a Soviet vessel that is extremely explosive.

        See the Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Israel, June 8, 1967 2PM link to history.state.gov

        The IDF consciously adopted rules of engagement which permitted its own armed forces to violate those customary rights by attacking any noncombatant neutral vessel traveling in international waters at speeds above 20 knots “without any further identification”. So much for the right of innocent passage and freedom of navigation. See Clark Clifford’s fact finding report in the FRUS regarding the rules of engagement and the inexcusable lapses in command and control committed throughout the IDF chain of command: link to history.state.gov

        FYI, the attacks on survivors, lifeboats, and rescue parties after the ship was disabled would have been war crimes even if the ship had been Egyptian. Secretary of State Rusk correctly condemned the attack as “an act of military recklessness reflecting wanton disregard for human life” and requested that Israel “take the disciplinary measures which international law requires in the event of wrongful conduct by the military personnel of a State”. link to history.state.gov

        • Obsidian says:

          @Hostage

          “Israel started the Six Day War by employing an argument regarding its own right to innocent passage ..”

          No.
          Egypt started the Six Day War by twice overflying Dimona with super powered MIG fighter-bombers that Israel was powerless to defend against.

        • pjdude says:

          Overflying a location isn’t an act of war. Provocative as all hell but not actually an act of war. Unless you believe the Cold War was hot?

        • Hostage says:

          @ Obsidian No.
          Egypt started the Six Day War by twice overflying Dimona with super powered MIG fighter-bombers that Israel was powerless to defend against.

          Oh please! In 1967 Prime Minister Eshkol himself cabled President Johnson explaining that Israel went to war because of the “illegal blockade” and “the insolent defiance of the international and maritime community.” See the page on the telegram from Israeli PM Eshkol to President Johnson

          FYI, Israel had triggered the Egyptian blockade when it overflew its military ally, Syria’s, airspace. Rabin authorized the use of IAF fighter aircraft in Syrian airspace and shot down several MIGS in April of 1967 – including one over the capital city of Damascus. Tom Segev wrote that when the Syrian planes were shot down, Moshe Dayan’s response was “Have you lost your minds? You are leading the country into war!” Prime Minister Eshkol’s aide General Israel Lior said: “From my point of view, the Six Day War had begun.” See 1967: Israel, the War, and the Year that Transformed the Middle East, page 212.

          No.
          Israel reasonably believed it was an Egyptian warship and attacked it.

          If you check the citations to the declassified documents in the FRUS, you’ll see that no one accepted that as a reasonable explanation:
          1) The vessel in question was an Egyptian cargo ship that was only one-quarter the length of the Liberty;
          2) The IDF claimed to be responding to false reports of coastal shelling. Neither the Liberty nor the Egyptian cargo ship were equipped for that purpose;
          3) The Israelis claimed the Liberty was traveling at 20 knots, when it was really only doing 5. The rules of engagement unreasonably allowed ships going 20 knots to be attacked without further identification.
          4) The Liberty was a neutral ship in international waters.

        • RoHa says:

          Israel reasonably believed it was an Egyptian warship and attacked it.

          If you check the citations to the declassified documents in the FRUS, you’ll see that no one accepted that as a reasonable explanation:
          1) …”

          The bloody enormous US flag the Liberty was flying might have served as a bit of a hint as well.

        • RoHa says:

          “Egypt started the Six Day War by twice overflying Dimona with super powered MIG fighter-bombers that Israel was powerless to defend against.”

          And yet the Egyptians did not use these super-weapons to win the war!

        • Obsidian says:

          The Egyptians weren’t flying the super weapons. The jets were piloted by Russians.

          link to jpost.com

        • RoHa says:

          “The Egyptians weren’t flying the super weapons. The jets were piloted by Russians.”

          If they were Egyptian jets, then the Egyptians could have used them. If they were not Egyptian jets, then it wasn’t Egypt that overflew the Dimona reactor.

      • RoHa says:

        “The USS Liberty and Rachel Corrie incidents were accidents.”

        Sure.

      • piotr says:

        I guess that these cases can conceivably be classified as accidents, unlike some more clear cases. For example, an engineer who was running the power station of Gaza and subsequently emigrated to Ukraine was kidnapped, gagged, bounded, kept in solitary confinement, beaten up and produced most unbelievable confessions as a result. Now he is kept in solitary confinement until he admits his guilt per forced confessions.

        Somewhat unluckily for Shin Beth, when the “juicy parts” of confessions were publicized to make a propaganda coup, details concerning Ukraine were very quickly shown to be totally wrong (he was alleged to study the design of rocket weapons, while not surprisingly, he studied only about electrical engineering and municipal power plants).

        This is a small example of documented piece of sh..t. Shin Beth can capture anyone anywhere and “prove” everything. With signed confessions too. And keep the captured person forever, with a veritable smorgasbord of options:

        1. declare that the investigation is ongoing, and “interrogate” for years

        2. declare administrative detention and if “needed”, renew every 6 months

        3. make a kangaroo trial in front of a military pseudo court

        4. make a trial in front of a more “realistically looking” civilian court.

        They can torture the accused, they can torture “witnesses”, they can forge proofs. Or simply keep people incarcerated without bothering with any of that. Or release. All combinations are used, so the life is not boring.

        So the question is: what should you do if you can do everything?

      • rchambers587 says:

        Obsidian, Your response is so beyond outrageous that I cannot believe anyone dignified it with anything other than _ a reference from Ed Wood- link to youtube.com

      • pjdude says:

        You don’t shoot down an ensign twice by accident

  2. W.Jones says:

    He’s a nice-looking kid.

    I’m sorry he’s going through this machine.

  3. Blownaway says:

    He’s Arab american not Israeli American…nothing will be done

  4. Blank State says:

    Wow, no comments on this one? Perhaps ‘ol Hophmi will enlighten us as to why this master criminal deserves such a force to take him into custody.

    Damn, forget those Irani nuklur monsters lurking under every Israeli bed, the TRUE threat is these rock throwin’ teenage hooligans. By golly, its amazing these troopers were able to capture this adolescent dynamo of ill intention without the use of a cluster bomb or two!

    • Pamela Olson says:

      Very often when children are arrested for throwing stones, they’ve done absolutely nothing of the sort. The Israeli army routinely picks people up for absolutely no reason whatsoever. As my roomate from Gaza used to say, “There is no reason. They just do this to humiliate us.”

    • amigo says:

      Blank State—the Palestinian ,”Scarlet Pimpernel”.

      They seek him here, they seek him there.

      Sad, really.

    • a blah chick says:

      He needn’t bother, I got this. — “If this was SYRIA he’d be gang raped before being taken into custody and why don’t you people talk about all the gang raping in SYRIA and in SYRIA thousands are dying and no one says a thing and throwing rocks is a form of terra and he’ll get due process unlike in SYRIA…”

      Did I leave anything out?

  5. mondonut says:

    You forgot the part where you tell us that he did not do what he is accused of .

    • Bumblebye says:

      Why don’t you tell us about all the Jewish Israeli settler boys arrested for stoning Palestinians, eh, nut? Oh, forgot, they’re above the law by virtue of their ethnicity, aren’t they!

    • Cliff says:

      When are Israeli children and the other settlers in the OT kidnapped and abused by the IDF, nut?

      • mondonut says:

        Cliff says: When are Israeli children and the other settlers in the OT kidnapped and abused by the IDF, nut?
        ===================================
        “kidnapped” is ridiculous and disingenuous, he was arrested. And it appears that that you agree he should have been, you just wish more Israelis were arrested as well.

        And I agree, anyone throwing rocks at moving vehicles should be arrested.

        • Cliff says:

          The entire occupation is an act of violence. The presence of a foreign military and settlers colonizing land belonging to the Palestinian people is violence.

          So no, I do not agree. Palestinians have every right to resist Zionism violently.

          Attacking civilians is another matter but there is no evidence that the boy did so. Last I checked, he was flinging rocks and not heat-seeking missiles.

          And I do not think the Israelis or you are psychic and could see into his mind to determine he was aiming for someone inside the car that turned out to be an Israeli settler kid.

          All the settlers are not civilians. But children should be considered civilians even if they’re brainwashed by Jewish nationalism.

          The only thing to disagree about regarding rock throwing would be that.

          The IDF and the settlers (adults) can burn in hell.

          And the fact that you compartmentalize rock throwing from the rest of the conflict and tacitly support Jewish colonialism and the apartheid settlement project (with the lame propagandistic lip service paid to a 2ss that is dead and will always be dead) reveals your hypocrisy.

          Palestinians should arm and fight against Israeli ‘combatants’ – rock throwing is their moral right.

          You have none because you’re invaders and thieves.

        • Cliff says:

          He was kidnapped. He wasn’t arrested because he isn’t the citizen of Israel. Israel holds his population hostage as it steals his land and kills his people.

          Arrest implies political legitimacy and the Palestinians have not given Israel any legitimacy – which people do when they vote.

          It’s like a secret police in a dictatorship say they arrested trouble makers.

          WHICH your country does. You arrest people for ‘incitement’ – like Palestinian activists and cartoonists and actors. (Another reason for a complete cultural boycott of Israel)

          So don’t imply they were ‘arrested’. Israel has not legal legitimacy in the OT with the Palestinians. No occupier ever does. They simply have the power to capture or kidnap or murder and then spin their actions as self-dense

          Self-defense as Israeli soldiers sit back and watch settlers abuse Palestinians. Self-defense as Israelis continue to steal land and water.

          You should refute the numerous Yesh Din reports before you utter a lip service comment that ‘both sides’ should be held accountable for rock throwing.

          As of both sides are equal here with equal responsibilities and blame to go around.

        • Cliff says:

          And of course I wish more Israelis were arrested by their police force.

          Israelis commit more crimes. They kill and steal with impunity.

          It appears that you think Jews are special and should be allowed to murder and steal while non-Jews suffer.

        • Hostage says:

          Attacking civilians is another matter but there is no evidence that the boy did so.

          I don’t know of any laws or customs of war that protect civilian agents of a state when they are operating in enemy territory.

          Colonizers are not innocent bystanders. They voluntarily and illegally collaborate with an enemy regime in a joint criminal conspiracy to evict and displace the protected civilian population. Their actions invariably constitute prohibited acts of segregation and apartheid. That certainly applies to civilians who serve as Israeli officials, like the settlement mayors or the members of the city or regional councils, and other public employees in the occupied territories. See the discussion of the crimes involved with the implantation of settlers here:
          * link to mondoweiss.net
          * “A-G: New Hague court may indict settlers for war crimes”, Jun.11, 2002 .

          There is no prohibition against targeting them or any other enemy civilians during an armed conflict if the military advantage obtained doesn’t cause disproportionate casualties to members of a legally protected civilian population. In the 2005 Israeli High Court of Justice Gaza Coastal Council decision, the Court ruled that Israeli settlers are not part of the protected population and are therefore subject to involuntary population transfers.

        • RoHa says:

          “All the settlers are not civilians.”

          They are all in the IDF?

        • Cliff says:

          they aren’t innocently living amongst a war zone

          they chose to come to Palestinian land and colonize it with the support of the Israeli military and the apartheid wall and the system of checkpoints and the other institutional controls that restrict palestinian life

        • RoHa says:

          “they aren’t innocently living amongst a war zone.. with the support of the Israeli military ”

          Is that sufficient for you to say that none of the settlers are civilians? Certainly we can say that not all of them are innocent civilians, but I think we can exempt the children from our condemnation.

        • Cliff says:

          Yea RoHa,

          I said that already:

          All the settlers are not civilians. But children should be considered civilians even if they’re brainwashed by Jewish nationalism.

          The only thing to disagree about regarding rock throwing would be that.

          But no, I do not see adult settlers as civilians or innocent or guilty civilians.

          They make the choice to go live in the OT.

          They are thieves.

  6. Taxi says:

    Abusing Arab children makes israelis sleep better at night.

  7. mikeo says:

    It’s not a problem because he’s a Palestinian and although human rights are a nice idea it’s naive to think they should apply to Palestinians…

    He must have thrown stones because the IDF said so, and they never lie…

    Don’t imagine this happening to a Jewish child elsewhere in the world and what the reaction would be. That’s unfair and Anti-Semitic…

    The US and Israel are not to blame here. This kid had it coming to him. You just wait and see, they’ll torture a confession out of him soon and then all you bleeding-hearts will eat humble pie…

  8. eGuard says:

    re Blank State: maybe hooligan is an understatement.

    This is what Amir Ofek from the Israeli Embassy in London wrote about these terrorists/brutal murderers/merciless youths/(and voluntary confessing Palestinians): Israel does not mistreat detained Palestinian children
    link to guardian.co.uk

    (Only in the end he arrives at the content: admitting that the UN says “We’re not saying offences aren’t committed – we’re saying children have legal rights.” Well, Ofek writes, torture, huniliation and solitary confinement are not allowed in our law so that does not happen.)

    And later Ofik says in The Lancet: Establishing juvenile tribunals with special safeguards for minors is just part of an evolving system. But it cannot happen overnight.
    link to thelancet.com

    Bottom line: Israel says: it does not happen, and we are improving it but cannot change it overnight.

  9. Daniel Rich says:

    Q: … plastic ties

    R: Actually, [I reckon] those are PlastiCuffs. You can escape from them, if you’re a magician.

    If not applied correctly, plastic handcuffs are more uncomfortable than conventional handcuffs for the person being restrained. Take it from there

  10. Does the kid at least get access to the US Embassy?

    • Accentitude says:

      The US Embassy and Consulate have a long documented history of not giving a damn when it comes to Arab citizens being violated by Israelis.

  11. chocopie says:

    Try to imagine this scenario with the ethnicity reversed…can you imagine the outrage if Palestinians went into someone’s home in the middle of the night and arrested a Jewish child, smashing his braces in the process, and then paraded him around shackled??? OMG World War 3.

    I hope Mohammed and all the other child victims will be rescued. It would only take a word from Mr. Obama, the man who loves to remind the world how precious his own children are to him.

  12. Basilio says:

    Even if Israel abuses an American Jew who is protesting against Israel’s behavior, America would do nothing unless the person was the son of a prominent person or the media decided to do something about it. I knew a guy who was half Jewish and an American. He was tossed in jail for a night simply for giving his opinion about the conflict.

    • NickJOCW says:

      You respond to my comment as if it were solely a US issue. It isn’t. Obama has quite clearly washed his hands of it all and while he could resolve it he isn’t going to. Therefore it is up to the rest of the ‘civilized’ world, particularly Europe, to turn up the heat. As I wrote in another comment that was moderated away, these actions of Israeli forces are evil and while evil cannot be eliminated from mankind there exists an urge to constrict it. Sooner or later they will do something that galvanizes that urge and then is will sweep towards them like a tornado. You may not be familiar with the extensive and growing coverage of the situation in the European and Russian press.

  13. NickJOCW says:

    Since they must be aware the boy is American, one can reasonably assume they don’t give a damn or deliberately and publicly treat him like this as an insult to the US. One day they will go too far even for their apologists.

    • Daniel Rich says:

      @ NickJOCW,

      Rachel Corrie
      Tom Hurndall
      James Miller
      Lieutenant Commander Philip McCutcheon Armstrong, Jr., USN (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces; buried Arlington National Cemetery, grave 2096X) (Navy Cross)
      Lieutenant James Cecil Pierce, USN (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces)
      Lieutenant Stephen Spencer Toth, USN (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces) (Silver Star)
      Chief Petty Officer Raymond Eugene Linn (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces)
      Chief Petty Officer Melvin Douglas Smith (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces) (buried Alamance Memorial Park, Burlington, NC)
      Chief Petty Officer Melvin Douglas Smith (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces) (buried Alamance Memorial Park, Burlington, NC)
      CT3 William Bernard Allenbaugh (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces; buried Parkwood Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland)
      SN Gary Ray Blanchard (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces; cremated)
      QM3 Francis Brown (plank owner) (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces) (Navy Cross)
      CT2 Ronnie Jordon Campbell (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces)
      CT2 Jerry Leroy Converse (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces)
      CT2 Robert Burton Eisenberg (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces)
      CT3 Jerry Lee Goss (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces)
      CT1 Curtis Alan Graves (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces)
      CTSN Lawrence Paul Hayden (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces)
      CT1 Warren Edward Hersey (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces)
      CT3 Alan Higgins (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces)
      SN Carl Lewis Hoar (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces)
      CT2 Richard Walter Keene (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces)
      CTSN James Lee Lenau (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces)
      CT1 James Mahlon Lupton (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces)
      CT3 Duane Rowe Marggraf (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces)
      CTSN David Walter Marlborough (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces)
      CT2 Anthony Peter Mendle (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces)
      CTSN Carl Christian Nygren (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces)
      ICFN David Skolak (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces) (Silver Star)
      CT1 John Caleb Smith, Jr. (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces)
      PC2 John Clarence Spicher (plank owner) (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces
      GMG3 Alexander Neil Thompson (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces) (Silver Star)
      CT3 Thomas Ray Thornton (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces)
      CT3 Phillipe Charles Tiedtke (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces; buried Lakewood Memorial Park, Hughson, CA)
      CT1 Frederick James Walton (killed in action June 8, 1967, by Israeli forces)

      Are all ‘living proof [sic]’ of how wrong your assumption is.

      More ‘malicious lies’: Swedish daily: IDF killed Palestinians for organs

    • Blank State says:

      “One day they will go too far even for their apologists”

      No they won’t. Just ask Tristan Anderson or Emily Henochowitz. They can do whatever they want to Ameerican citizens, and the scum in DC will just send them a few more billion dollars in return.

  14. Erasmus says:

    San comment:

    …American consular officials declined comment……

    , not to speak about doing something for the young boy and intervene with Israeli and Military authorities in a robust way.
    After all he is only a Palestinian-US citizen……..

  15. giladg says:

    Which part of the story is newsworthy? Is it because he is a 14 year old boy, a Palestinian, an American, or that he threw stones? What would you do with him if he had used a gun and shot at someone, and was 14 , a Palestinian, an American, a person who is endangering the safety of others?

    • Bumblebye says:

      Tell us, glib, what would have been done about a 14yr old Jewish American settler boy taking pot-shots at Palestinians? A party to celebrate?

    • tree says:

      I’m awaiting your links to similar cases where Jewish children in Israel who throw stones are subject to ” arrests of children at their homes between midnight and 5:00 am by heavily armed soldiers; the practice of blindfolding children and tying their hands with plastic ties; physical and verbal abuse during transfer to an interrogation site, including the use of painful restraints; lack of access to water, food, toilet facilities and medical care; interrogation using physical violence and threats; coerced confessions; and lack of access to lawyers or family members during interrogation.” There are no such cases because Jewish children are not subjected to the same incredibly harsh treatment that Palestinian children are. Any rational adult would think that the Israelis truly want the Palestinians to hate them. How would you feel if your child was treated that way solely because of his ethnicity or religion?

      That is what is newsworthy about this. The horrendous double standard that you and other Israelis excuse without a thought.

    • Daniel Rich says:

      @ giladg,

      You’re referring to a ‘settler boy?’

    • Talkback says:

      giladg says: “What would you do with him if he had used a gun and shot at someone, and was 14 , a Palestinian, an American, a person who is endangering the safety of others?”

      What would you do, if he was Jewish?

    • Citizen says:

      @ giladg
      What’s newsworthy is the Israeli brutalization of children who happened to be born under Israeli rule is paid for by America, and diplomatically protected by America, yet is inconsistent with America’s highest values and international values, and, by de facto enabling this treatment of these Palestinian kids by Israel, America has lost it’s moral prestige in the world and insures its own demise due to long term blow-back.

    • Light says:

      Which part of the story is newsworthy?

      1. A 14 year old civilian is arrested in the middle of the night by soldiers.
      2. A 14 year old civilian is denied access to a lawyer.
      3. A 14 year old civilian appears in court shackled at his ankles
      4. A 14 year old civilian had his braces broken during the arrest

    • Hostage says:

      Which part of the story is newsworthy? Is it because he is a 14 year old boy, a Palestinian, an American . . .

      All of the above. We Americans don’t like the way Israelis treat our citizens, e.g. See for example: U.S visa waiver bill stymied over Arab Americans entering Israel
      The United States would allow visa-free entry for Israelis but Israel is unable or unwilling to reciprocate citing security concerns. link to haaretz.com

      Plenty of countries are drawing-up blacklists of Israeli settlers, and members of the IDF or Israeli intelligence/security communities who are suspected of committing crimes against Palestinians and others, e.g. link to ynetnews.com

    • Shingo says:

      What would you do with him if he had used a gun and shot at someone, and was 14..

      That depends of whether he was a Jewish settler or a Palestinian right? The former is told not to do it again and to go home – with a wink and a nod. The latter is imprisoned.

    • Djinn says:

      This question is about as relevant as asking what would be done with him if he were a hippopotamus. He DIDN’T use a gun or shoot anyone. In sane nations 14 year olds are not arrested in the wee hours by 8 gun toting soldiers, detained and interrogated without access to legal representation on the suspicion of stone throwing.

      Of course in sane nations soldiers do not partake in law enforcement and laws do not extend outside the borders of the state.

      You can not excuse this giladg, there is no justification and you know it.

    • Ellen says:

      gildad, you already have him convicted. Were you there?

    • talknic says:

      giladg
      What would you do with him if he had used a gun and shot at someone, and was 14 , a Palestinian, an American, a person who is endangering the safety of others?

      He didn’t. Other than a pathetic attempt to derail the topic, why talk about hypothetical BS?

      Reality: The homeland of all Palestinians has been under occupation wholly or in part ALL THEIR LIVES.

      Q) Do you think the latest Occupying Power over what little is left of the Palestinian homeland should be showered with roses as it illegally settles, illegally annexes, illegally dispossesses, completely against the ” sacred trust” an Occupying Power is obliged to uphold?

      Reality: The majority of the UNSC tell us a UN Member State is in breach of Laws, UN Charter, Conventions it has agreed to uphold, many of which were adopted in part because of the treatment of Jews under the %^%$#@& Nazis

      Q 1) Doesn’t that put that State in the same category as the %^%$#@& Nazis in respect to those laws it breaks?

      Q 2) Don’t you think it’s rather bizarre especially as that state is the Jewish state?

    • Cliff says:

      gilad-g said:

      endangering the safety of others

      You mean like the Jewish terrorists and the newly formed Israeli military that carried out rapes and massacres and ethnic cleansing to obtain their Jewish majority?

      OR the prison-forced-labor camp established by the Israelis following the war?

      Or the numerous border skirmishes and massacres of innocent Palestinians after the war?

      Or Land Day? Or the first and second Intifadas?

      This is a colonial conflict. Not a domestic dispute between neighbors.

      You stole their country and have been subjugating them so you can steal the fraction of Historic Palestine that’s left.

      So you kill their kids and engender more hate.

  16. Citizen says:

    Wonder what size the “boulders” or “rocks” were this kid threw, if he did throw stones? When the adult Jewish settlers throw stones at the local Palestinians the IDF overlooks it and protects the settlers from any response in kind.

  17. Citizen says:

    Throwing stones is the birthright of those born and raised under foreign rule. Is it possible these kids could get more effective training in their local schools? Wouldn’t the foreign donors funding those schools ( & the PA) cut off funding, along with proxy Israel? See this article on the inner syntax of palestinian stone-throwinghttp://www.haaretz.com/opinion/the-inner-syntax-of-palestinian-stone-throwing.premium-1.513131

  18. giladg says:

    Blank State, this is why –
    link to jpost.com

    • “Also by 10 p.m., police had not determined for certain if rock-throwers had caused the wreck, but that this was likely, Rosenfeld said.
      He added that police efforts were focused on two fronts – finding out who threw the rocks and arresting them, and determining beyond a shadow of a doubt whether the rocks caused the crash.”

      So they don’t know that stone throwing caused the crash, and they don’t know who did it, if indeed anyone did. But they randomly arrest and imprison a boy and pressure him to confess without access to legal representation. Nothing new there, then.

    • tree says:

      No, the reason why is because he is Palestinian. Jewish children who throw stones, or who are accused of throwing stones (or molotov cocktails in the case below), are NOT treated in the same way. If stone throwing merits this kind of draconian punishment, I await gilad’s linking of several articles from the JPost detailing this kind of punishment of Jewish children who are accused of throwing stones. He can’t do it, because the punishment is determined not by the crime, but by the ethnicity of the accused.

      Defence for Children International – On 16 August 2012, two children suffer burns after a Molotov cocktail is thrown at the car they are travelling in. Three Israeli settler children are questioned by the police.

      Four-year-old Iman and five-year-old Mohammad live with their parents in the village of Nahhalin, about 12 kilometres southwest of Bethlehem. At around 4:30 p.m., on Thursday 16 August 2012, they took a taxi to go to the supermarket with their parents and their uncle. As they were passing by the Israeli settlement of Bat Ayin, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at their vehicle.

      “My husband was sitting in the front seat next to the driver. Hasan and I were sitting in the back seat with the children. Hasan was carrying Mohammad, and Iman was sitting next to me,” recalls Jamila, the children’s mother. “As we were passing by the settlement of Bat Ayin, something terrible happened. A Molotov cocktail was thrown at the car and came through the window, landing in front of Ayman. That moment was terrifying. The Molotov exploded a few seconds later and started a fire.”

      In the confusion, the driver lost control of the car and crashed on the left side of the road. When the car stopped, they managed to get out, but they were all injured. “We were all burnt before we managed to get out of the car,” says Jamila. “My husband and the driver were wearing their seat belts so it took them longer to get out. That is why their injuries were more severe, especially my husband’s.”

      The family and the driver were taken to the Hadassah Ein-Karim Hospital for treatment. “I was hospitalised for 12 days, Mohammad for 25 days, and Iman for four days,” says Jamila. “My husband is still in the hospital. We all underwent surgery.”

      Jamila remembers seeing the attacker just before he threw the fire-bomb. “I saw a young settler wearing a small cap [kippah]… I saw him throwing the Molotov cocktail from behind a roadside barrier on the right side of the road.” Jamila adds: “Mohammad is still receiving treatment at home. We are giving Iman a lot of support because she is still scared.”

      On 26 August 2012, three Israeli settler children, aged between 12 and 13 years, were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the attack. One boy was conditionally released by a civilian judge on 29 August, and the other two were conditionally released the following day. This case highlights the discriminatory nature of the legal systems applied by the Israeli authorities in the West Bank. Whilst settler children are processed through Israel’s juvenile justice system and generally released on bail, Palestinian children accused of similar offences are prosecuted in military courts which deny children bail in at least 87 percent of cases, and have a conviction rate of 99.74 percent.

      link to councilforthenationalinterest.org

      • Abierno says:

        Thanks for this post. I have yet to see any allusion in any Israeli
        news that these settler children in fact received any punishment – either service or jail time. Their intention, of course, was to incinerate
        the entire family including the two small children, a unusually
        vicious and horrific crime.

      • bugmenot says:

        And I can bet they get away scot-free, or have their parents cry to them or be proud.

        Such corruption is there with judges not thinking of justice, but their own personal beliefs which pervert justice.

    • K Renner says:

      This again? And you lot write off children burned to death in Gaza by saying “children have no business living in their homes during a “war”.

      Of course, the children in Gaza are “only” Palestinians, so they don’t matter.

    • amigo says:

      giladg–They are illegal squatters.

      If the parents had stayed in New York or Moldovia or wherever, this poor child would not be in harm.

      Save us the hasbara and place the blame where it belongs.

      When Jews living on stolen land learn to love their children more than they love the Greater Israel goal, these incidents would cease.

  19. Which system has the highest conviction rates in the world?

    The conviction rate for Palestinian suspects in Israeli military courts is 99.74%
    link to haaretz.com

    But the conviction rate for Palestinian CHILDREN in Israeli military courts is even higher at 99.88%
    link to haaretz.com

    However, the effective imprisonment rate for Palestinians is GREATER THAN 100% because when Israel doesn’t have “evidence” to convict, it simply imprisons Palestinians WITHOUT charge or trial.

    The conviction rates for Palestinians in Israeli military courts (99.74% for adults, 99.88% for children) are even higher than the manipulated electoral approval rates for Arab dictators. Some recent examples:
    * 99.0% approval rate in 2012 Yemeni election – link to aljazeera.com
    * 89.4% approval rate in 2012 Syrian referendum – link to aljazeera.com

  20. JonnyX says:

    Giladg, that article is about an incident a fair distance from where this boy is accused of throwing stones, Would he have been able to cover that distance himself? Your article does nothing to justify the treatment this AMERICAN boy is receiving.

    • Hostage says:

      Your article does nothing to justify the treatment this AMERICAN boy is receiving.

      How does the world contain this much irony? The UNICEF report mentioned above noted that during interrogation, there is lack of oversight by lawyers or family members, while the children have no access to water, food, toilet facilities, or medical care. Instead they’re exposed to intimidation, physical and verbal abuse, and death threats. Some children have been put in solitary confinement, which is associated with serious adverse physical and psychiatric consequences such as insomnia, hallucinations, and mental illnesses.

      Now if, by some miracle, the Israeli officials responsible for all of that were being held for trial in the Hague, our existing US law authorizes the use of any necessary force by our own government to set them free. link to state.gov

      • Daniel Rich says:

        @ hostage,

        7 – Any American prosecuted by the International Criminal Court will, under the Rome Statute, be denied procedural protections to which all Americans are entitled under the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution, such as the right to trial by jury.

        Uhhhhhh, isn’t that DHS’ job now?

        • Hostage says:

          Uhhhhhh, isn’t that DHS’ job now?

          No it requires the full cooperation of other departments, including the DoJ, DoD, and CIA, who have elevated the practice of violating the 5th Amendment prohibition against depriving Americans and others of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law or declaration of war to that of a sacrament.

          The situation is only temporary, since our government and many others are working on fully autonomous weapons systems, also known as “killer robots” that don’t require human intervention, vacations, medical benefits, and can’t be indicted. See:
          *Losing Humanity: The Case against Killer Robots link to hrw.org
          * Department of Defense Directive, 3000.09, 21 November 2012, “Autonomy in Weapon Systems”, which “assigns responsibilities for the development and use of autonomous and semi-autonomous functions in weapon systems” link to dtic.mil

      • NickJOCW says:

        Hostage, unless regulations are enforceable they are little more than expressions of social aspiration. In a utopian world they would not be necessary since no one would consider doing the things these people do hourly. Israel is a barbarian state that shuns the standards the West aspires to and the rules put in place to support them. It makes a mockery of any struggle with the evil in our world. It may be impossible to expel evil from the world in its entirety, but it is possible to make an effort to constrict it. I realise the US and others wouldn’t allow it, and it’s probably not possible anyway, but it might help if a movement were set in motion calling for debate on downgrading Israel’s UN status to that of Observer.

        • Hostage says:

          it might help if a movement were set in motion calling for debate on downgrading Israel’s UN status to that of Observer.

          Israel has never fulfilled its obligations under the UN Charter. The General Assembly has refused to accept the credentials of other states – and none of them had been the subject of a half dozen special sessions and rolling, decade-long emergency special sessions.

  21. JonnyX says:

    Note that he has been held without charge for a week already, and will be held for at least another two days.

  22. RJL says:

    Alex, why was he, as opposed to any other boy, arrested? Who gave the IDF his name? If he’s not responsible, he’ll be released. The army isn’t interested in jailing endless number of teens; they question many, release most, and prosecute only the worst offenders, those who really cause bodily harm. Would you be proud of the thousands of Kurdish teens who throw rocks against Turkish police, or similar stories that manifest in other countries? Israel is hardly alone, and at least officials there are open, and have been, improving their handling of teen arrests. While I won’t argue the point that these teen “rockers” are wasting their time, and creating an unnecessary rap sheet for themselves, as you’d never get it (you’ve already assumed Israel has no place among the world’s nations), ask yourself, how would Mohammed be treated had this happened in, say, Japan? Democratic country, you bet, easy on protestors or juvenile lawbreakers, absolutely not. And, while you’d never report on it, how would Mohammed be treated in a Palestinian jail, or in a Palestinian court of law? Have a good day.

    • JonnyX says:

      We don’t know that other teens were not arrested at the same time, but only this one is an American citizen and thus worthy of mention in the news. Arrests of Palestinian kids are so common that it doesn’t make the papers.

    • tree says:

      The army isn’t interested in jailing endless number of teens; they question many, release most, and prosecute only the worst offenders, those who really cause bodily harm.

      You have no idea what you are talking about, and you clearly didn’t read the article.

      Ill-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized…

      The pattern of ill-treatment includes the arrests of children at their homes between midnight and 5:00 am by heavily armed soldiers; the practice of blindfolding children and tying their hands with plastic ties; physical and verbal abuse during transfer to an interrogation site, including the use of painful restraints; lack of access to water, food, toilet facilities and medical care; interrogation using physical violence and threats; coerced confessions; and lack of access to lawyers or family members during interrogation.

      Mohammed Khalek has already been punished severely even before he has been charged with any crime. This DOES NOT HAPPEN to Jewish Israeli children who are suspected of throwing stones, and there are plenty of Jewish settler children that do just that. Its atrocious behavior on the part of the IDF and the Israeli military courts and its highly discriminatory. Israeli Jews, even those settlers in the occupied territories, are not subject to the same harsh military “justice” that Israel metes out to Palestinian children accused of crimes.

      • K Renner says:

        Well, RJL isn’t interested in fairness, or equal rights, or reality.
        To him, any criticism of the hypocrite ethno-nationalist state of Israel is “anti Semitism” and anything the Israeli jews do is always justifiable due to the fact that they are the “chosen” people and the victims of the “evil Arabs” or “Moslem” degenerates.

    • Is Japan illegally occupying another country, dispossessing the indigenous people, and arresting and imprisoning people without trial? What about what about what about etc etc. The usual deflection and irrelevant, false comparisons. Israel is alone, well apart from a handful of brutally repressive regimes in the world, in denying people their rights. And the army is interested in jailing hundreds of people without trial, or evidence. Their track record is clear.

    • Bumblebye says:

      When one considers that Israeli settlers and their brats abuse and pelt Palestinians at will with rocks and whatever else is at hand – including live fire at times – your application of vaseline attempting to massage and justify the IOF actions simply fails big time. since we are well aware that the military injustice system applies ONLY to the Palestinian natives of the land, and all too often, NO law applies to their settler abusers, for whom such acts are beneficial, since it usually ends up that their victims are arrested, and their lands closed to them until ‘confiscated’. What a pathetic euphemism for theft.

    • Cliff says:

      Why don’t you address this issue as a systematic problem.

      It is not an isolated incident.

      Human rights NGOs have condemned Israel for its abuse of Palestinian children.

      What do you have to say about that? Do you think the field workers are making stuff up?

      That its a conspiracy?

      Do you support the occupation? Do you support the settlements?

      If you support either, there’s no reason to think you give a damn about abused Palestinian children.

    • Daniel Rich says:

      @ RJL,

      Q: The army isn’t interested in jailing endless number of teens; they question many, release most, and prosecute only the worst offenders, those who really cause bodily harm.

      R: You are jesting, no? How much ‘bodily’ harm does a Merkava need to sustain for the IDF to shoot flechette shells at stone throwers?

    • Avi_G. says:

      RJL says:
      April 12, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      Alex, why was he, as opposed to any other boy, arrested? Who gave the IDF his name? If he’s not responsible, he’ll be released. The army isn’t interested in jailing endless number of teens; they question many, release most, and prosecute only the worst offenders, those who really cause bodily harm.

      That’s a nice fantasy you’re trying to hock, especially since it contradicts everything reported by Israeli and international human rights organizations for the last 40 years.

      You forgot the unicorns, though.

    • Blank State says:

      “Alex, why was he, as opposed to any other boy, arrested? Who gave the IDF his name? If he’s not responsible, he’ll be released” RJ

      You have lied to us. When the lie was pointed out, you just went on to your next blahblahblah justification for the unjustifiable without apologizing for the lie, or seeking to counter the accusation of dishonesty. You don’t have any credibility. You’re a shameless liar. Why do you continue to post when you have so completely destroyed your own credibility?

    • Dutch says:

      Soooo many questions, but forgetting the first one: WTF are these Israeli’s doing there in the first place?

    • chocopie says:

      Even if he is eventually released, the damage has been done. He was arrested in the middle of the night, had his braces smashed, was shackled, has been held and not allowed access to lawyers or parents. He’s 14. Have you raised a child?? Do you know what a 14-year-old is like? They are children, soft inside, easily hurt and frightened, easily confused and manipulated. They need emotional support and tenderness. I can’t believe you are defending this treatment of a child. You’re defending the abuse of a child.

      There’s no doubt in my mind he’s being treated worse than a 14-year-old Jewish child would be treated in a similar situation. Jewish children are not more precious than Palestinian children. This child has been held for over a week and I can’t imagine how he and his family are suffering.

      Imagine him Jewish. Just imagine it’s happening to a child who’s Jewish, being held by Palestinians without any outside oversight, Palestinians seizing him, pushing his parents aside and taking him by force in the night, transporting him, jailing him, shackling him, supervising him in the shower and bathroom, feeding him or not feeding him as they see fit, interrogating a Jewish Israeli child. I think that’s what you need to do to understand. I don’t think you can understand the seriousness of this because he’s Palestinian and so you think, oh well, he’ll be released eventually. He’s a child, still growing, not yet emotionally self-sufficient. He’s suffering right now. Even if they release him tomorrow, he has already been badly hurt.

    • Djinn says:

      How would an ISRAELI 14 year old SUSPECTED of committing a crime be dealt with RJL? Would 8 armed men drag him from his bed, detain him without legal representation and hold him for up to several months on the say so of the military?

      Even if they were suspected of a much more serious crime, say murder, would the treatment of an Israeli child be even remotely comparable?

    • amigo says:

      RJL, You got one thing spot on.

      (you’ve already assumed Israel has no place among the world’s nations)

      In it,s present form, it doesn,t.

      “While I won’t argue the point that these teen “rockers” are wasting their time, and creating an unnecessary rap sheet for themselves, “.

      So how long do you foresee the the most moral army occupying Palestine and keeping rap sheets on legal resistance to their oppression.

  23. yourstruly says:

    does the idf still smash the bones of teenagers who throw rocks at them?

    would the idf do anything as cruel as that?

    you betcha!

    saw it myself

    when?

    during the 1st intifada

    where?

    the unrwa clinic in gaza’s jabalia refugee camp

    who & what?

    a palestinian teenager on his return visit to the clinic. x-rays of his hands revealed that his carpal bones had been smashed into small pebbles, supposedly for throwing rocks at idf soldiers

    don’t know about now, but back then it was accepted idf policy

  24. Talkback says:

    RJL says: “If he’s not responsible, he’ll be released. The army isn’t interested in jailing endless number of teens; they question many, release most, and prosecute only the worst offenders, those who really cause bodily harm.”

    Are you clueless or lying?

    • K Renner says:

      He’s trololololing. Has to be- if not, then one can assume that he is aware of what’s going on there and justifies it in his mind because “Jews are better than Arabs” or some other weird zionist way of thinking.

  25. Avi_G. says:

    Israeli forces often arrest children because they are easy targets for coerced confessions.

    As B’tselem has documented over and over again, Israeli forces would arrest children, terrorize them into false confessions and then use those confessions to go after other Palestinians, both adults and children alike.

  26. RE: The boy’s father lashed out at the American government’s response to his son’s arrest in an interview with Reuters. “The U.S. government is obligated to do something for us, but it doesn’t even care. They’ve lost the issue somewhere in their back pocket,” he told the news outlet. ~ article by Alex Kane

    TAKE ACTION! ! !

    Friday April 12, 2013
    Take Action: 14-Year-Old Arab American Imprisoned by Israeli Authorities
    Posted by Samer Araabi at 1:25 pm

    Yesterday, Palestinian American Mohammad Khalek appeared before an Israeli military court, after being detained for a week by Israeli authorities for ostensibly throwing stones.

    Khalek, a 14-year old boy from New Orleans, has been held without access to his parents or lawyers, and has been subjected to hours of interrogation. He apparently had his braces broken from his teeth during the raid that arrested him last week.

    Israel’s actions have been condemned by Human Rights Watch and countless other human rights organizations, and today the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is organizing an action alert to push the State Department to protect an American citizen who desperately needs their help.

    ● CLICK HERE to send a message to the State Department today.

    SOURCE – link to aaiusa.org

  27. edwardm says:

    For murdering a child -
    link to abcnews.go.com
    For kidnapping –
    link to 972mag.com

    For stone throwing – what would a “settler” get? Released, a pat on the head, maybe an icecream cone.

    • amigo says:

      For stone throwing_what would a “settler” get? Released, a pat on the head,maybe an ice cream cone.edwardm.

      Some possibilities ==(Released is a given.)

      1, A citation given by the Mayor.

      2, A years supply of rocks provided by Caterpillar.

      3, The “Lehi Ribbon of ” HONOR “.

      4, A mention in dispatches for bravery in the face of overwhelming odds.