Military courts

Palestinians arrested from the West Bank and Gaza Strip are tried in Israeli military court where the judge, prosecutor, clerks and even the translators are active-duty soldiers and military personnel. There is no semblance of due process or impartiality in these courts. As a result, Palestinians are compelled to plead guilty to be eligible for plea bargains to limit their sentences. Since they will end up with a record either way, and chances of being exonerated are almost nil, prisoners feel they have no other practical option.

The Israeli military boasts over a 99% conviction rate in its military courts. While this is meant to demonstrate the effectiveness of the courts, it actually shows that the entire process of arrest, interrogation and detention under military occupation is completely skewed and lacking justice.

Israel regularly violates international law in the running of the military court system.

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