Detention of captured criminals, what is the norm? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Jacob Blues
    • 07.12.05 | 16:24 (IST)

    Amira presents half a truth, which is no better than a whole lie. Granted, this is an opinion piece, not analysis, but even from such a venue, I find it lacking. The issue is not whether the IDF was correct in shackling the captured Palestinian. In truth, that has absolutely nothing to do with this issue. What should be answered is this. What is the standard procedure for the detention of accused criminals who are wounded in the process of capture. What is the standard procedure for regular Israeli criminals. What is the global standard, or continental (North American, European, Japanese, Chinese?) I know for a fact that there are prison wards in some hospitals, having worked for a hospital with such a wing. The rooms for the prisoners came not only with beds and medical equipment, but locked and gated doors as well as armed guards. Does what the IDF practices vary significantly from the above norms. Beyond the normal criminal issue, there is the issue of how to handle wounded POW's. Are shackles acceptable there. Ms. Hass ignores the real fact that despite all the supposed good will (peace soccer team and all that), that the Palestinians are still fighting a war. Are the IDF practices here also within the norm? Another question is Amira's concern that the patient in question is a minor. Given that the Palestinians have used children in this conflict, then where are the questions regarding their use. Did we or did we not see over a half dozen young teenage suicide bombers captured at checkpoints or not? If Ms. Hass finds such practices acceptable, then indeed, the IDF has not only the right, but the obligation to treat them as full fledged fighters capable of bringing harm to Israeli citizens, whom they are sworn to protect. This is not a minor point. Amira Hass attempts to create the image that this was a childhood prank, akin to some minor infraction. Rather, he should be viewed as a Palestinian fighter, which provides different levels of legal protection. Included in this, is the issue of parental visits along the line of POW status. If this child was indeed throwing molotov cocktails, then he's an ununiformed fighter, not a child. Whether or not his parents have access is based on his POW status.

    from the article: The IDF rules in the hospitals, too
    First published 00:00 07.12.05 | Last updated 00:00 07.12.05
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