Razan, the Youngest Palestinian Child Prisoner, Relives Anne Frank

By Maryam Iraj

Being shameless as we continue to be, it is time to witness another show of limitless Israeli madness. Razan Abu Sal, 13, is the youngest female Palestinian in Israeli jail for the allegedly grave crime of throwing stones.  She was tried and sentenced to four months by an Israeli military court on 16 January 2018, to four months with a fine of 2500 NIS ($800 USD). The unfortunate child of Palestinian al-Arroub camp, south of Al-Khalil, was detained near the Ibrahimi Mosque on January 13, 2018, along with her sister. Her sister is yet to be tried in Israeli court for her “crimes”.

To our shame and dead respect for humanity, almost 360 Palestinian children are currently serving their sentence in Israeli prison, officially. What to talk of those who are shot at sight. According to Amnesty International, every year, approximately 700 Palestinian children are tried in Israeli military courts with a conviction rate of over 99 percent. Needless to tell that these kids who just want to reclaim their land or, maybe are unaware of the consequences, recurrently report physical and psychological abuse under Israeli cross-examination.

Anne Frank, 12, a Jewish girl who had to go into hiding during the Second World War to escape the Nazis.

Solitary confinement and denial of access to families and lawyers is a customary practice through which Israel continues to relive its time in the holocaust camps.  Be it Razan or Anne, we as human would be accountable for the crimes committed against children, in particular. Of the millions of children who suffered maltreatment and persecution at the hands of the Nazis and their Axis partners, very few accounts survived from that period through the diaries of those kids who documented their fears, hopes, and helplessness.  The fatal traumas endured by Jewish kids during the reign of terror spread over 10 years (1933-1945) by Hitler is not yet over.  Razan and millions of Palestinians kids are reliving this nightmare to this date. Reign of terror is still on, and the world continues to be silent for times to come!

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