Israeli military courts not only have a 99% conviction rate when it comes to Palestinian prisoners, but in many cases they also impose exorbitant fines and unreasonable prison sentences. Last month, one Palestinian was convicted of throwing a stone at security forces from an unknown distance. The stone did not hit anyone and caused no damage. He was sentenced to six months and a day in prison and fined 2,000 shekels (about $500).
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Israel is already on legal shaky ground when it comes to its prison system, with 5,500 Palestinian prisoners currently incarcerated, a 99% conviction rate for Palestinian brought to court, and sentences up to 20 years for throwing stones.
The Israeli security minister has unveiled new plans to make the prison experience even more problematic, such as limiting water supplies and cutting number of family visits.
Past experience should suggest to Israel that more vigorous oppression only makes Palestinians more determined and shines a brighter light on the illegal occupation – but as usual, the option of greater cruelty is too attractive to resist.
As Israel considers adopting the death sentence for Palestinians, it is worth recalling that under occupation, Palestinians already face harsh injustice and that such a law would be illegal according to international law. The examples of Elor Azaria’s 9-month prison term for killing an unarmed, injured Palestinian at point-blank range, and Ahed Tamimi’s 8-month sentence for slapping an IDF soldier, indicate that the Israeli “justice” system is already severely lopsided.
Two young Palestinian men, Abdul-Khaliq Burnat and Mohammed Tamimi, had their day in (Israeli military) court last weekend. They have much in common: they both come from prominent nonviolent activist families, both are victims – along with their families and entire towns – of collective punishment, and it looks like neither young man will be going home anytime soon.