Pål Hadler, who filed a war crime’s complaint against Israel after the 2009 bombing of Gaza, is a retired attorney who on his spare time, which we must presume he has plenty of, worries primarily about the fate of Palestinian children.
A fully laudable undertaking, were it not for his unambiguous hypocrisy.
Hadler has written an oped, which has been published in Dagsavisen, prominently displayed in the paper, as well as online on the debate forum NyeMeninger, which he has called the Forgotten Children.
In this paper, he tearfully tells us how horrible Israel is to Palestinian children, and delivers some very serious allegations:
“As the crimes of Israel have been ongoing for many decades, this is due to apathy by the world community”.
“During transportation and later interrogations beatings and kicking, curses and verbal abuse are common. At times, sexual transgressions or threats take place”.
“The children are denied food and water, and access to toilets and washing facilities. They are robbed of the possibility to sleep and are often exposed to extreme influence through noise, or switching ambient temperatures between hot and cold. The children are also threatened with reprisals against their families.”
Prominently absent from his “analysis” is any relevant context. For instance, under the Oslo Agreement (virtually dead, but still the only paper that has been signed), areas that have been devolved to the PA, are just that, areas under PA control, where Israeli national laws cannot be enforced. Over the years, the Israeli security authorities, together with other security agencies have cooperated closely with the developing PA security authorities, collaborating on anything form physical training to exchange of intelligence. However, as can be read in the report from the Congressional Research Center, there is concern regarding the full devolvement of security to the PASF
Before Israelis will agree to IDF withdrawal (partial or full) from the West Bank, a final peace agreement, and the creation of a Palestinian state, they may need to be convinced that the PA forces are capable of suppressing and dismantling terrorist infrastructures designed to stage attacks against Israel—not least, against Jewish settlements in the West Bank (which necessitate much of the IDF presence there). It is uncertain whether PA forces, particularly JIPTC-trained NSF and PG forces, currently have this capability or are likely to acquire it soon. Training at JIPTC focuses more on establishing law and order than on counterterrorism techniques.156 It may be too early to tell whether recent PASF operations against Hamas militants (such as in Hebron and Qalqilya) are indications of general progress on the counterterrorism front—in terms of (1) the PA’s competence, (2) the Israelis’ willingness to step aside, and (3) the impact on militant groups’ hierarchies, weapons caches, and supply chains.157
We need only recall the grisly pictures of the slaughter of the Fogel family by two Palestinian teenagers to appreciate this dilemma.
Yet, for our busy attorney Hadler, this is the stuff we do not need to bother our heads with. The sources he cites for the bulk of his flawed argumentation are far from innocent – behind the benevolent name of Defense for Children International, lurks an ugly beast, which, in its eager to tar Israel for any conceivable sin under the sky, rips apart the good name of human rights. This is an organization that has been caught on several occasions for deliberate lies, distortions and – perhaps unsurprisingly – leaders who have ties to terrorist organizations.
Hadler has shown no initiative to stand up for the millions of children who languish in prisons in now crumbling Arab dictatorships, not even those who languish in PA or Hamas prisons.
Hadler accuses Norwegian politicians over passivity on this issue, but they may be busy trying to sort out our own national scandal with under age teenagers (between 15 – 18 years) being unlawfully detained in Norwegian prisons. A report issued by the Children’s Ombudsman’s office, reveals that in 2009, there were more than 2000 cases of arrests of under age teenagers.
However, Hadler’s compassion does not seem to include these children.