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WATCH: Gaza children prohibited from visiting imprisoned fathers

This past month, for the first time since 2007, Palestinian children under the age of eight granted permission to visit their parents in Israeli prisons. The decision to allow family visits to Palestinians in Israeli prisons was made last summer, following a six-week hunger strike by some 2,000 prisoners.

Palestinian kids from Gaza above the age of eight are still prohibited from visiting their parents – the same goes for grandchildren and siblings. There are over 500 prisoners – among them 14 minors – from Gaza held in Israel. Over 400 of them are “security inmates” and approximately 100 prisoners are “criminal inmates.”

Israeli human rights group B’Tselem has launched a campaign calling to allow full families visits to all Palestinian prisoners. Here is a short video with testimonies of children who have been prevented from meeting their fathers for several years now.

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    1. Everyone knows that 8 year olds are already turning into race warriors. Especially 9 year old girls.

      I fear there really is some articulated reason in the labyrinth of security. The conflict warps everyone.

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      • The Trespasser

        Gaza is an entity which is in declared state of war with Israel, which means that its population does not have any rights beside basic humanitarian.

        Israel is not obliged to endanger soldiers who would have to maintain checkpoints to convicted terrorists could have their visits.

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        • As said, everyone knows 9 year old girls are terrorist race warriors. But 7 year old girls have yet to change into such.

          Blessed be the understanding of right corporate nationalists.

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          • Kolumn9

            I don’t see why I should care that a terrorist is suffering from not seeing his family nor am I particular concerned that his child is deprived of the educational value of a relationship with a parent whose value system includes the moral legitimacy of blowing up Israeli children on buses.

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          • 1) It is unlikely that all those incarcerated meet your implied definition of “terrorist.” 2) To have a cooridor of humane treatment for children can potentially alter perceptions on both sides of the divide. But, crucially, any such alternation is a sign of national betrayal for you; I suspect there are those in Gaza who say, as well, that these children should not see their parents to boycott “the false humanity of Israel.” These children suffer under either view.

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          • The Trespasser

            >1) It is unlikely that all those incarcerated meet your implied definition of “terrorist.”

            They do, which is why they are where they are.

            >2) To have a corridor of humane treatment for children can potentially alter perceptions on both sides of the divide.

            A totally baseless assumption.
            Israeli perception is very simple – accept that Jews can live in Palestine as Arab’s equals.

            Palestinian Arabs’ perception is very simple as well – Jews GTFO.

            Nothing to change there.

            >But, crucially, any such alternation is a sign of national betrayal for you;

            More nonsense.

            Gazans more than once had attacked checkpoints and humanitarian convoys. You think that Israel should give them one more chance to kill some Israelis?

            >I suspect there are those in Gaza who say, as well, that these children should not see their parents to boycott “the false humanity of Israel.” These children suffer under either view.

            Yeah. And also there are those who would die happily if able to take some Jews with them. The only problem is that these stubborn Jews would rather send another mujahedeen meet his/her creator alone than join in.

            As of suffering children – I suppose you know what Golda Meir had said regarding this question.

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          • Since I suspect several 972 people do not hold the “Israeli perception” you assert, there is no single “Israeli perception.” I suspect the same in Gaza, as well.

            Once again, 7 year old girls can visit their fathers; 9 year old girls can not.

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    2. Charles-Jerusalem

      Noam does not understand the meaning of war.
      In case he doesn’t know already, we are at war with Hamas, they want us dead after having suffered a lot and we want to keep them away from us.
      Noam, please come back to reality.
      In war, everything is to be negociated. If they want that we open the border to let civilians visit emprisoned Hamas guerrieros, they have to give us something in return.
      This is how we bring them to the negociations table.

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