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Aura Kanegis, who directs AFSC’s Office of Public Policy and Advocacy, advocates for new approaches to foreign policy and conflict resolution.

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Rev. Sandra Pontoh and Nancy Pape led the singing of "Solidarity Forever," with choruses in English, Spanish, and Bahasa Indonesian.

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Maggie Fogarty, Co-Director of the NH Program, was one of the speakers at the May 1, 2015 rally in Portsmouth NH. 

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On March 28, a group of Seattle-area anti-racist organizers came together to learn, heal, and put the juvenile justice system “on trial.” In this video clip from The Real News.com, organizers and participants talk about their goals for the event, the People’s Tribunal on the U.S. Juvenile Justice System.

Led by youth of color, the tribunal was a response to the history of racism and crimes against humanity by the U.S. justice system. The event was organized by EPIC (Ending the Prison Industrial Complex), a project of AFSC’s Seattle Community Justice Program.

In particular, participants talked about strategies in the ongoing struggle against the planned $210 million juvenile detention center in Seattle.

“It is important that as we're organizing, as we're trying to talk to the politicians and dismantle the system, that we're building and we're healing and we're growing our community,” notes Ariel Hart, an intern in AFSC’s office in Seattle who’s active with EPIC and Youth Undoing Institutional Racism, another AFSC-related project.

Soon after the tribunal, officials announced plans to reduce the number of allotted beds at the detention center by 40, discontinue incarcerating youth for status offenses like truancy, and cut incarceration for probation violation by 50 percent. While they welcome these developments, organizers have pledged to continue developing community based anti-racist alternatives to detention. 

 

"Night Raid” is a photo exhibition curated by photo journalist Richard Cahan, based on a visit he took to the West Bank in 2013.  Concerned by the impact that Israeli army night raids have on Palestinian communities, Cahan decided to make his own photographic “Night Raid.” The sixteen photographs are comprised primarily of people standing in their doorways in the West Bank village of Bil’in, a village featured in the Oscar nominated documentary Five Broken Cameras. The photos are accompanied by text of a talk given by legal expert Gerard Horton of Military Court Watch.  The exhibit also includes photos of actual army night raids.

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This account of treatment of Palestinian children is based on a 2013 UNICEF report, which drew its evidence from a database of more than 400 cases of child detention and ill treatment.

For more information, visit www.nowaytotreatachild.org.

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Tariq Abu Khdeir, a 15 year-old Palestinian-American, was severely beaten by the Israeli police force while visiting his family in Jerusalem, Palestine. This is Tariq and Suha, his mother, Khdeir's testimony of their ordeal.

For more information, visit www.nowaytotreatachild.org.

A film which has been produced by a group of Australian journalists has sparked an international outcry against Israel after it explicitly detailed Tel Aviv's use of torture against Palestinian children.

The film, titled ‘Stone Cold Justice,’ documents how Palestinian children, who have been arrested and detained by Israeli forces, are subjected to physical abuse, torture and forced into false confessions and pushed into gathering intelligence on Palestinian activists. Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop has spoken out against Israeli's use of torture stating that “I am deeply concerned by allegations of the mistreatment of Palestinian children,” Israel's Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor has described the human rights abuses documented in the film as “intolerable.”

But rights groups have slammed this statement, saying that the Israelis are doing nothing to change Tel Aviv's policy to torture Palestinian children. Last year a report by the United Nations International Emergency Children's Fund or UNICEF concluded that Palestinian children are often targeted in night arrests and raids of their homes, threatened with death and subjected to physical violence, solitary confinement and sexual assault. The film Stone Cold Justice has sparked an international outcry about Israel's treatment of children in Israeli jails. However, rights groups have criticized Tel Aviv for not doing anything to create a policy that protects Palestinian children against arbitrary arrest and torture.

For more information, visit www.nowaytotreatachild.org.

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Defence for Children International-Palestine Section (DCI) has produced this short film about Israel's ill-treatment of Palestinian children during their arrest, transfer and detention. "Alone: Palestinian Children in the Israeli Military Detention System" contains images of children who found the courage to talk about the appalling treatment.

For example, 14-year-old Ala tells how he was handcuffed and blindfolded during his arrest. "They [Israeli soldiers] put me in the jeep and transferred me to Etzion interrogation center. The interrogator told me to say goodbye to my friend Muhannad, because he was going to throw me from the third floor. No one was there to protect me. No one was with me. I was alone."

Since 2000, around 7,500 Palestinian children from the occupied Palestinian territories have been detained, interrogated and imprisoned within the Israeli military law system. The film also presents basic information and the impact of their arrest and detention on families.

For more information, visit www.nowaytotreatachild.org.

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