Hamas Movement expressed on Saturday, June 17, 2023, deep concern over the Israeli Knesset’s plan to debate a proposed law that would permit the imprisonment of Palestinian children.
“The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas views with deep concern the Israeli occupation knesset’s plan to discuss a draft bill allowing the imprisonment of Palestinian children aged 12 years or above,” the movement stated.
“This outrageous move reflects the racist and brutal nature of the Israeli occupation and requires a serious position by the international community to condemn the Israeli occupation and hold it accountable for its continued crimes against the Palestinian people and children,” the movement added.
The Israeli Ministerial Committee on Legislation is expected to discuss a bill proposed by Member of Knesset Itzik Kreuzer, enabling Israeli occupation to imprison Palestinian minors as young as 12 years old when convicted of carrying out resistance operations in Jerusalem.
The proposed law comes in the wake of a shooting incident carried out by 13-year-old Jerusalemite boy, Mahmoud Alyawat, last January in Wadi Hilweh Street in the Silwan neighborhood, south of Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The occupation currently imprisons and detains Palestinian minors involved in operations against Israeli targets after completing legal procedures.
Knesset member Kreuzer demands lowering the age to 12 instead of sending them to “rehabilitation institutions”.
Kreuzer stated to the “Yisrael Hayom” newspaper on Friday that the “law aims to create a state of deterrence that could stop the recent wave of events we witnessed.”
He further added, “There is no justice in the world for them (the minors) to escape severe and deterrent punishment.”
Kreuzer emphasized the need to impose a “maximum penalty” on young perpetrators of such acts without any tolerance.
“We will change the rules of the game,” he said.