Just been reading the current issue of ‘Cornerstone’. It’s titled ‘Breaking a Generation’ and it focusses on children detained in Israeli jails. I’ve spent most of my life working with children and families where abuse is prevalent and it hurts when I see deliberate harm being done to children as a matter of policy. But, if that seems a harsh or inaccurate judgement I’d want to join my condemnation with UK treatment of immigrant children.
From the sources I’ve checked – it seems to me that both Israel and UK are in breach of their commitment to the ‘Convention on the Rights of the Child’. Israel may be worse but we’re not on the moral high ground. How do we expect high standards of morality from others when we treat children so badly. Why is Israel worse? They seem to do it as a matter of policy. UK Border Agency does it because it doesn’t see an alternative, and of course the scale is massively different.
So, what to do?
Well, our MEP’s in the European Parliament have just voted an upgrade to Israel’s preferential trading status despite their having failed to meet the terms of the first one. Sounds like a reward for bad behaviour. Now where have I heard that before? (Those poor bankers, haven’t they suffered enough?).
Why not write your MEP complaining about the decision and your MP asking why UK Border Agency keeps locking up young children.