Kids Court in Conflict campaign raises funds for a lawyer to represent Palestinian Juveniles (www.kidscourtinconflict.org)
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London, UK 14th April 2015 – An on-call, emergency lawyer is being hired to represent Palestinian minors affected by the Israeli military justice system in the West Bank, thanks to the fundraising efforts of Kids Court in Conflict. Overseen by a group of young Zionist leaders from across the British Jewish community, Kids Court in Conflict has raised over £30,000 in just 2 months, surpassing their original target of £26,000, enough to fund the lawyer’s work for 14 months. Kids Court in Conflict is a project of Yachad Youth, the youth division of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement Yachad.
Every year 500-700 children are prosecuted in the military court system. A 2013 survey of 105 Palestinian juveniles who had been through the system found that only 5% reported having access to a lawyer before their initial interrogation. The emergency lawyer funded by Kids Court in Conflict will be on-call to represent Palestinian juveniles from the moment they are arrested. The lawyer will work at Gaby Lasky and Partners, an Israeli legal firm specialising in human rights.
The Kids Court in Conflict team consists of 30 graduates and members of Zionist youth movements. Since launching in early February, the team members have run a number of fundraising and educational events, including a tour of UK campuses and communities with leading Israeli human rights lawyer Nery Ramati to raise awareness of the issue of juveniles in the military court system.
Writing to the campaigners, Israeli human rights lawyers Gaby Lasky and Nery Ramati said:
‘As you probably know, the current political situation is not very hopeful for Palestinian minors who are arrested in the occupied territories. It seems that in the near future we will need to redouble our efforts. You should know that your support and commitment to this important cause has been very encouraging for us – it is good to know that you’re out there.’
Notes for Editors
- Yachad was founded in 2011 to build support within Anglo-Jewry for a two-state solution and an end to the occupation, through education, debate and advocacy.