Wow…this will sure put the fear of litigation in those pesky Pali terrs. AI is mad at them now.[quote]AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Palestinian armed groups must not use children
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, Public Statement
AI Index: MDE 15/033/2005 (Public)
News Service No: 134, 23 May 2005
Israel/Occupied Territories: Palestinian armed groups must not use children
Amnesty International reiterates its calls to Palestinian armed groups to
put an immediate end to the use of children in armed activities.
“Palestinian armed groups must not use children under any circumstances to
carry out armed attacks or to transport weapons or other material”, Amnesty
On 22 May 2005 a 15-year-old Palestinian child carrying explosive was
arrested by the Israeli army at the Huwara military checkpoint, at the
entrance to the West Bank town of Nablus.
This is the third such incident this year in which Palestinian children have
been arrested at Israeli military checkpoints while carrying explosives or
munitions. On 3 February a 17-year-old was arrested at the same checkpoint
while carrying explosives and bullets, and on 27 April two 15-year-olds also
carrying explosives and bullets were arrested at a military checkpoint at
the entrance of the West Bank town of Jenin.
Several Palestinian armed groups, including the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades,
an offshoot of the ruling Fatah party, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the
Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), have used children
to transport explosives and munitions, thereby endangering their lives. In
some cases these groups have sent children to carry out suicide attacks.
On 1 November 2004 a 16-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank town of
Nablus carried out a suicide bombing which killed three Israeli civilians in
a Tel Aviv market. He was the youngest Palestinian to carry out such an
attack. The PFLP claimed responsibility for the attack. The boy’s family
condemned those who used their child for the attack.
Palestinian armed groups have repeatedly shown total disregard for the most
fundamental human rights, notably the right to life, by deliberately
targeting Israeli civilians and by using Palestinian children in armed
attacks. Children are susceptible to recruitment by manipulation or may be
driven to join armed groups for a variety of reasons, including a desire to
avenge relatives or friends killed by the Israeli army.b[/b]
yeah…sure…this’ll get ‘em shakin’ in their keffyahs…