Child arrest, settler colonialism, and the israeli juvenile system: A case study of occupied East Jerusalem

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Abstract

Based on three interrelated theoretical frameworks-institutional racism, settler colonialism and security reasoning-the study examines child arrests in Occupied East Jerusalem (OEJ), addressing how the Israeli justice and law enforcement systems treat Palestinian children. Through analyses of Knesset protocols, court watch participatory observations, review of court proceedings and verdicts, interviews with children, families and professionals in juvenile justice, and a round table discussion, we found that criminalization and punishment are embedded in a systematic, racialized violence that characterizes the Israeli criminal justice system when dealing with Palestinian children in OEJ. The Israeli justice and law enforcement systems categorize Palestinian children as security threats, born terrorists and ideological criminals, lacking all rights.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)709-729
Number of pages21
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
Volume58
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2018

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Keywords

  • Child arrest
  • Child rights
  • Occupied East Jerusalem
  • Police
  • Security

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