|Welcome to the website for Kids Court in Conflict- the 2015 campaign of Yachad Youth. We are a group of young Zionist leadersfrom across the religious spectrum in the UK. We want to see Israel thrive as a sanctuary for the Jewish people that stays true to the democratic, tolerant and peaceful ideals it was founded upon. To read our story in depth explore the About Us section of our website.In September 2014, 15 of us went on the Yachad Student trip to the West Bank. During our trip we learnt about the nature of detention of Palestinian juveniles under Israel’s military occupation. We heard about many issues that concerned us, including the treatment of children under arrest and aspects of the entire judicial process. We were most concerned by how few of the Palestinian children we met had seen a lawyer throughout the process of interrogation (read more about this issue). It was a troubling reality to face but as young educators committed to Israel’s future and the values enshrined in her Declaration of Independence, we decided we wanted to return to Britain and start an important conversation in our community about this issue, and to support inspiring Israeli individuals and organisations working in the field to create change. We believe that if someone has committed a crime, they should be held accountable. Israel has a duty to ensure that it is a safe and secure nation. However, we also believe that every person is entitled to due legal process and that Palestinian children should have access to a lawyer throughout their judicial process.What we want to do
We aim to raise £26,000 to pay for an on call emergency lawyer whose time will be dedicated to representing Palestinian juveniles throughout their entire judicial process. Over the next three months almost 30 of us will be hiking, climbing, baking, running marathons and a host of activities to raise this money.
Explore our website and join us on Sunday March 1st for a fascinating evening with Nery Ramati, an Israeli lawyer whose inspiring work as defence counsel for Palestinian children illustrates how we in the British Jewish community can contribute to strengthening the rule of law and access to due legal process under Israel’s military justice system. For events across the country see our events page.
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