Urgent call from Defence of the Child International for action for the children of Gaza.
Defence of the Child International today, 27th September 2014, launched a petition urging David Cameron & Barack Obama “to support the United Nations Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry into possible war crimes in Gaza, to achieve accountability for the 501 children killed in the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip.”
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Children under attack
It is clear that children are seen as legitimate targets by the Occupation. Every day, children (some as young as 7) are arrested, often violently by Israeli soldiers; attacks by armed illegal Israeli settlers are growing in number and boldness. Here are details of two incidents that reflect the deeply worrying picture of life for children in occupied Palestine.”
10 September 2014: Schools attacked, teachers threatened
Illegal Israeli settlers attacked two schools in Nablus, Alaban & As-Sawiya. These photographs show the incident and some of the damage caused:
8 September 2014: Children violently detained near Hebron
Two adults and two children, aged seven and twelve, were arrested by Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint near the West Bank city of Hebron, with the help of stun grenades and tear gas canisters. Fortunately the International Solidarity Movement were there to record the incident.
This is just one of many recent incidents in the West Bank, where children have suffered aggression on the way to and from school. An ISM spokesman said:
“It is clear to see how the Israeli army’s tactic of collective punishment is carried out in the daily lives of Palestinians, and children suffering from tear gas inhalation before and after school is not an unusual occurrence in Hebron.”
Action for Palestinian Children campaigns against the deterioration of Palestinian children’s rights to health, education, and for a childhood free from fear.
Action for Palestinian Children promotes the Rights of the Child as laid out in the UN Convention of the Child with a special focus on Palestinian children throughout the world.