Moammar Mashni (VIC) responds to Tal Ellison (Letters 13/10) re release of Gilad Shalit and Palestinian prisoners, The Australian 14Oct11 PUBLISHED October 14, 2011

It should be remembered that Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier to be released, was stationed inside his armoured tank on the Gaza-Israeli border when he was captured.

Tal Ellinson (Letters, 13/10) neglects the truth and perpetuates the myth that Israel is the victim in this torrid saga. Let us not forget that it is Israel that is occupying the Palestinians and not the other way around.

Since 2000, Israeli military courts have detained and prosecuted about 7000 Palestinian children with 87 per cent of them being beaten or tortured, according to Defence for Children International. Almost every one of these children is denied access to their parents, a guardian or legal representation — an obvious abuse of international law.

Further, the entire court proceedings and list of criminal charges are in Hebrew, thereby not allowing the child, without representation, any ability to understand why they’re incarcerated. Why is there no outrage on this front? Where is the indignation over human rights abuse here?

Why is the life of a Palestinian worth less than that of a Jewish one? [This sentence was deleted.]

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