Five Palestinian teenagers from Hares village in the occupied West Bank potentially face life in prison for a crime that may never have happened. Mohammad Suleiman, Ammar Souf, Mohammed Kleib, Tamer Souf, and Ali Shamlawi are being held in an Israeli adult military prison charged with 20 counts of attempted murder for alleged stone-throwing and 5 counts of stone-throwing each, with no evidence whatsoever.
The boys have been labelled as “terrorists” before any objective investigation even took place. They’ve been condemned in the Israeli media as guilty even before they “confessed” to stone-throwing under torture. They’ve been denied any sort of justice in the Israeli military court system that convicts Palestinian children at a 99.7% rate.
The Hares Boys have the right to live their young lives without the brutal military court system cutting them short in a mock judicial process. The Israeli government needs a scapegoat to appease illegal Israeli settlers in the West Bank and are hoping that this high-profile case will result in long prison sentences for the boys.
We, as people of conscience, must stand together in protest of these crimes committed by a brutal, apartheid regime and its unjust military court system.
Please sign this petition demanding the freedom for the Hares Boys.
- Israeli Chief Military Prosecutor’s Office
I write to you on behalf of Mohammed Suleiman, Ammar Souf, Mohammed Kleib, Tamer Souf, and Ali Shamlawi – five Palestinian teenagers who are being held in an Israeli adult military prison charged with 20 counts of attempted murder for alleged stone-throwing and 5 counts of stone-throwing following a car accident on Road 5 on March 14, 2013.
These boys – who are only 16-17 years old – are beloved members in their community. I am convinced from the accounts of the boys’ families that they were wrongfully charged with “stone-throwing” and “attempted murder”. I am also convinced that they are being prosecuted unlawfully through the military court system due to allegations of torture and mistreatment during their arrests, detention, and interrogation.
I therefore request that you immediately release these five boys and dismiss all charges against them. I also request an investigation into the actions of the Israeli military, police, and interrogators following their arrests.
Child arrests, particularly accompanied with coerced confessions and torture, and arbitrary trials under the military court are an affront to justice. I, and many others, protest the imprisonment of the Hares Boys and the ongoing abuse of Palestinian children.
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