Stolen Youth is the first book to explore Israel's incarceration of Palestinian children. Based on first-hand information from international human rights groups and NGO workers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, it also features interviews with children who have been imprisoned. The result is a disturbing and often shocking account of the abuses that are being carried out by Israel. The book presents a critical analysis of the international legal framework and the UN system, arguing that a major failure of these instuitutions is their appeal to neutrality while ignoring the reality of power. The book attempts to address the inadequacy of these institutions by placing the issue of Palestinian child prisoners within the framework of Israeli strategy and the overall system of control. Stolen Youth outlines Israel's system of institutionalized discrimination and state torture, challenges the legitimacy of Israel's 'security' argument, and argues that Israel's treatment of Palestinian detainees forms one pillar of a policy designed to quash resistance to the occupation.
Catherine Cook is Senior Analyst and Media Coordinator for the Middle East Research and Information Project. She is the former DCI/PS International Advocacy Coordinator (1999-2002). Adam Hanieh is Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is author of Capitalism and Class in the Gulf Arab States (2011) and Lineages of Revolt: Issues of Contemporary Capitalism in the Middle East (2013). Adah Kay was Honorary Visiting Professor at Cass Business School, City University, London. An anthropologist and urban planner, she worked in local government, universities and UK NGOs. During 2002-6 she lived and worked in the West Bank. She was the co-author of Stolen Youth: The Politics of Israel's Detention of Palestinian Children (Pluto, 2004).
Foreword Glossary 1. Introduction 2. The Political Context 3. Israel's System Of Control 4. International Law And Child Detention 5. Arrest And Transfer 6. Interrogation And Detention 7. Imprisonment 8. From Institutional Discrimination To State-Sanctioned Violence 9. Psychological And Social Impacts Of Prison And Torture 10. Myths And Politics- The Foundation Of Israel's Impunity 11. Conclusion Notes Index