Stolen Youth: The Politics of Israel’s Detention of Palestinian Children

by Cook, Catherine, Hanieh, Adam and Kay, Adah


This book, dealing with the grim subject of the detention of Palestinian children, is a remarkable testament of how evil can become routinised, and of the impact of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on one of the most vulnerable segments of Palestinian society. (Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies, Middle East Institute, Columbia University)No other book has concentrated so clearly on the issue of Palestinain children in this context and it provides a chilling insight into childhood as experienced by Palestinians. (Peace News)

This is the first book ever totally devoted to the subject of Israel’s imprisonment of Palestinians under the age of 18, i.e. children, and it covers the issue meticulously, yet concisely. (The Jordan Times)

Meticulously documented and carefully researched, it is crystal clear and truly damning indictment of an abominable practice. (Znet)

…it is a crucial informative synopsis of an issue that has been regrettably neglected for a long time and for that reason deserves to be read. (Cairo Times)

About the Author

Catherine Cook is Senior Analyst and Media Coordinator for the Middle East Research and Information Project. She is the former DCI/PS International Advocacy Coordinator (1999 – 2002).Adam Hanieh is Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is author of Capitalism and Class in the Gulf Arab States (2011) and Lineages of Revolt: Issues of Contemporary Capitalism in the Middle East (2013).

Adah Kay is Honorary Visiting Professor at Cass Business School, City University, London. An anthropologist and urban planner, she has worked in local government, universities and UK NGOs. During 2002-6 she lived and worked in the West Bank. She is the co-author of Stolen Youth: The Politics of Israel’s Detention of Palestinian Children (Pluto, 2004).