It’s 2:45 A.M. and, as I suspected, I can’t sleep after watching the video Detaining Dreams earlier. I saw this video with a group of concerned people that our local American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) staff person, Erin Polley, had gathered together related to AFSC’s No Way to Treat a Child (NWTC) campaign. I caution you to not let your children see this, it is that disturbing.
Last year I had heard of the Israeli military detaining and imprisoning Palestinian children, but it got lost amidst all of the other things going on. At the time I wrote the following letter to the editor thanking my Congressman, Andre Carson, for signing a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry about this.
But I didn’t realize how bad the situation was until I saw the video last night, in which four Palestinian children describe how they were taken from their home by Israeli soldiers and imprisoned and interrogated to try to coerce them to confess to something they didn’t do, such as throwing stones at soldiers. They were tortured, beaten, stripped naked and left in cold rooms, in solitary confinement. It is chilling to see the haunted look in their eyes as they describe what happened, in some cases as their parents looked on, helplessly. Their parents describe how the children were changed after that.
We are planning to have some public events to show this video, and an event with a panel to discuss this.