Al Ray – Palestinians have been barred from objecting to Israeli military court decisions to confiscate their property, under a new injunction signed last month by the head of the Israeli military’s Central Command, according to Israeli daily Haaretz.Israeli Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon’s order came on December 25, following a recommendation by military prosecution.
Judicial review of West Bank confiscations is now in the hands of the Israeli Supreme Court, which the military says is consistent with long-standing government policy, the paper reported.
In related news, Al Ray also reports that the Defence for Children International-Palestine (DCIP) said that “occupation authorities are still procrastinating to investigate the circumstances of child abuses by Israeli soldiers.”
DCIP said it filed a complaint with the Israeli military police concerning an Israeli attack on Hindi Sultan, 17, during his arrest at Hares village on September 19, 2013, where one of the soldiers extinguished a cigarette on the hand of the child and beat him.
“Israeli military police responded to the complaint made on November 27 on January 7 by asking that the child appear before the prosecutor for a hearing.”
The DCIP said it has filed 15 complaints on behalf of 10 children tortured and ill-treated during 2013, five of which were against the Israeli intelligence service, five against Israeli investigators and Israeli police, and five against the occupation army.
The DCIP pointed out that the reports from Volunteers for Human Rights (Yesh Din), the Israeli organization which monitors criminal accountability against Israeli soldiers, with regard to human rights violations against Palestinians, suggest that when criminal investigations against suspects of criminal offenses against Palestinians are opened, they are almost end up with failure to find any results.
On Sunday, an Israeli military court issued tough sentences against two brothers from Halhoul, north of al-Khalil.
Ofer military court sentenced Iyad and Hassan Bajes Albou to 12 and 20 years in prison, on charges of throwing stones at a settler’s car.
Their family said that they did not expect the court’s harsh sentence, calling on international human rights organizations to appeal against the oppressive judgment of the court.