What’s going on in Palestine? The Israeli army is both respected and feared as a fighting force. But it’s facing a backlash, at home and abroad, for its bullying tactics in the West Bank. With incredible access on both sides, this doc reveals how children have become a key part of its strategy and are being both tortured and used as spies.
From arresting Palestinian kids as young as five to allowing Settler attacks, from torture to threats of rape and forced confessions, it’s a brutal reign of terror that is radicalising a new generation of Palestinians.
“The sound of the chains clanking, clanking. Even now it still rings in my ears”, a mother says bitterly after attending the trial of her son. Like many other children he shuffled in chains through proceedings taking only 60 seconds, on a conveyor belt of military justice with a conviction rate of 99.74%. Last year UNICEF released a scathing report on the justice system, finding that “children have been threatened with death, physical violence, solitary confinement and sexual assault”.