Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) is a local, independent Palestinian human rights organization committed to securing a just and viable future for Palestinian children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory sponsored Imprisoning a Generation, a 2018 documentary about 4 young Palestinians who were arrested, detained, judged and incarcerated under Israeli military law.
Hearing the stories from Motaz, Marwen, Nooran and Shadi, ages 11-14, and their families would tear at any person’s heartstrings. No child should ever be treated the ways these children were treated. These Palestinian children and their generation are suffering being raised in a war torn area.
It really doesn’t matter what each was charged with whether it was throwing stones or carrying a knife with intent to cause harm…
Reflecting on their circumstances we can see commonalities of our country’s Central Park 5 teenagers who were detained and coerced into confessions after intense harassing interrogation. Whether it is soldiers/police carrying out these treatments, the accused are children. Bottomline.
The film’s narrator spoke of the West Bank as a ‘colonizing project’. Our country’s history of colonization covers continents.
It also would be difficult to differentiate our treatment of immigrant children at our borders at U.S. immigrant detention centers. Cold, hungry without proper sanitary conditions and this is not a war zone.
Once home our discussion turned to privileges as one of the privileges of white privilege is to be totally unaware of what is going on in the world and if one so desires be able to choose a struggle.
If you really want to be an ally, you don’t have to go far, just look in your own backyard… Every child is entitled to a better future no matter where they live.