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Palestinian artists illustrate the deadly realities in Gaza
Mariam Elba, RINF.com 7/24/2014
It’s hard to find the words to encapsulate how infuriating and sorrowful the situation is getting to be in Gaza. As of this writing, over 750 Palestinians — the overwhelming majority are civilians — have been killed in Gaza. Over a quarter are believed to be children. Facing the most difficult of circumstances, we are seeing the resilience of Palestinian youth through the simplest, yet most powerful of mediums: creative arts intervention.
A Palestinian blogger from Gaza, Refaat Alareer has been collecting digital altercations of photos of Israeli airstrikes exploding over their communities. Within the clouds of smoke and debris, are various pictures. Some contain nationalist Palestinian symbols, others simple drawings of faces. These faces range from having solemn expressions to those that are crying over the destruction below them.
This is a trending artform called “smoke art photography.” One of these young Palestinian artists, Bushra Shanan, a graphic designer from Hebron in the occupied West Bank, captioned one of her photos (seen above): “This is how they see it, this is how we see it.” These works of art are a way for these Palestinians to tell their own stories, an opportunity to show what western media won’t allow them to. These artists are challenging the portrayal of Palestinians in mainstream media and taking it upon themselves to change it.
These photos have been shared widely on social media and are windows into the dreams and imagination of Palestinian youth living under constant siege. Many of these works are anonymous. These images remind us of how we looked up at the clouds as children to see shapes of animals, dragons, people, faces — anything one’s imagination could conjure. It’s also a grim reminder that under this destructive black cloud there are people who are affected by this persistent violence. It’s almost as if these faces are looking at Gaza, surveying the damage and mourning over what had happened. -- See also: Mondoweiss: Palestine turns Israeli bombs into art (Updated) more.. e-mail
International Anger Mounts Against Israel
Dissident Voice: 23 Jul 2014 - You take my water Burn my olive trees Destroy my house Take my job Steal my land Imprison my father Kill my mother Bomb my country Starve us all Humiliate us all But … I am to blame: I shot a rocket back. — Placard first seen in Gaza, 2012 The “most moral army in the world” from “the only democracy in the Middle East” has attacked hospitals, a home for the disabled, a geriatric hospice, demolished five mosques, razed entire neighbourhoods, erased entire families – the youngest – so far – just three days old if you do not count the unborn, as in the case of twenty nine year old Samar Al Hallaq killed with her two sons, aged four and five, other members of her family and carrying her third child. Her husband was critically injured. Yet again a war is declared against children and the young....more
JVP condemns anti-semitic incidents
Jewish Voice for Peace - In these terrible days, JVP is heartened to see the massive growth in the global movement to demand justice for Palestinians and an end to Israel’s current assault, which has now left over 600 Palestinians dead, including 100 children. As a part of this movement, we...
Weapons to Israel and the upholding of false narratives
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 7/20/2014
The settler-colonial state's imperialist allies have exhausted all perfunctory rhetoric of alleged concern in their futile attempt to ward off outrage at the obscene support for Israel's ongoing massacre of Palestinians in Gaza. Ensuring no doubt remains regarding the maintenance of such depravity, Operation Protective Edge has also been marked by increased military and defence aid to Israel. The deals, however, were shrouded in rhetoric that attempted to justify murder in retaliation for rockets fired into Israel by Palestinian resistance factions. Israel, on the other hand, expressed the usual gratitude by emphasising "difficult conditions" wrought precisely by their annihilation ambitions in Gaza.
Quoted in Reuters, German Chancellor Angela Merkel asserted allegiance to Israel while evoking the necessity of compromise. "Both sides must accept painful compromises but we stand on the side of Israel when it comes to self-defence." The rigmarole was apparently justified by the observation that Hamas's military capability has increased since the last extermination attempt upon Palestinians in Gaza. Rockets as far-reaching as Tel-Aviv are a source of "concern" – presumably Israel's inflicted "collateral damage" in the form of dismembered bodies, the ruptured skulls of children and melted, disfigured bodies of Palestinian civilians in Gaza, is acceptable, perhaps a sliver of the "painful compromise" that Merkel is advocating for in order to support the illegal existence of the settler-colonial state.
Only prior to Operation Protective Edge, Germany sold Tanin submarines to Israel. According to Israel Defence, the negotiations carried out in Berlin last February by Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon included the sale of three vessels, with the remaining two expected in 2015 and 2017.
The US, meanwhile upholds its consistent approach towards fomenting the escalation of atrocities in Gaza, citing the immorality of placing weapons in civilian areas following the alleged discovery of rockets inside UN premises in Gaza. In her address to the UN Security Council meeting, US Ambassador Samantha Power quoted Barack Obama's misguided statement: "no nation should accept rockets being fired into its borders or terrorists tunnelling into its territory." more.. e-mail
Education ministry: 50% of Gaza victims children & school students
PIC - Education ministry in Gaza said that almost 50% of the victims of the Israeli aggression on Gaza, 333 so far, are children and school students.
Tariq Abu Khdeir wasn t the first and he won t be the last
Uruknet 14 Jul 2014 - July 7, 2014-Israel has detained over 7,000 Palestinian children over the past 12 years. Many of them report beatings, abuse and a denial of rights by security forces. It s time to put things in the wider context.The detention and...
Cultures of hate ... Israelis, not Palestinians, excel at vengeance
Jonathan Cook, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 7/8/2014
Shock and anger have engulfed Israeli and Palestinian societies since they learnt last week of the barbarous murder of children from their communities. Hours after three Israeli teenagers’ bodies were located, long after their abduction, a Palestinian youth, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was kidnapped, beaten and burnt to death, apparently as revenge. These horrifying events should serve as a lesson in the obscene futility of vengeance. As a relative of one of the murdered children observed: “There is no difference between blood and blood.” Sadly, that was not the message implicit in much of last week’s coverage. On social media, a juxtaposition of pictures from the same day’s New York Times showed how easy it is to forget not only that our blood is the same but that grief is too. A headline about Israelis’ “heartbreak” was illustrated movingly by the families of the three Israeli teenagers huddled together, overwhelmed by their loss. A report on the killing of 16-year-old Abu Khdeir, on the other hand, was accompanied by an image of masked youths throwing stones. These contrasting depictions of mourning were entirely misleading. True, Palestinian youngsters have been violently protesting in Jerusalem and communities in Israel since Abu Khdeir was buried. But so have groups of Israeli Jews. They have rampaged through Jerusalem and parts of Israel, calling out “Death to the Arabs” and attacking anyone who looks Palestinian. Nonetheless, Abraham Foxman, the head of the Anti-Defamation League, a US Jewish organisation that claims to fight bigotry, was peddling an equally divisive message. In the Huffington Post he wrote of a Palestinian “culture of hatred”. According to Foxman, Palestinian and Israeli societies are fundamentally different. Palestinian discontent is “fanned and incited into hatred by a widespread, unfettered support for violence against Jews and Israel”. more.. e-mail
What Fuels the Violence Against Palestinian and Israeli Youths?
Ruben Rosenberg Colorni, CounterPunch 7/8/2014
Ending the Cycle
Three teenagers who belonged to an illegal settler community in the occupied Palestinian lands, and went missing in mid-June, were discovered to have been murdered. As soon as the bodies of 16-year old Naftali Fraenkel and Gilad Shaar, and 19-year-old Eyal Yifrach were found, on June 30, 2014, the Israeli State and its media apparatus expressed their outrage and condemnation. Politicians and journalists alike were quick to blame Hamas for the act, without proof, and they vowed to engage in quick and heavy retribution against the besieged Gaza strip, which Hamas controls.
Although this event has attracted enormous attention from the Israeli and international media, the information surrounding it has been largely erroneous, manipulative, and rife with lies of omission. There has been almost no mention of Israel’s 60-year campaign of occupation against the Palestinians, the killing of over 1,400 Palestinian children in the past 14 years by Israel’s military forces and illegal settlers, or the 500-700 Palestinian children who are placed under military detention by Israel every year. In the face of such double standards, the greatest concern should be for the voiceless and faceless Palestinians.
As most of the media have focused on the three Israeli youths, there has been almost no mention of the collective punishment that has been unleashed on the overwhelmingly civilian Palestinian population. The Israeli occupation forces have gone on a rampage that has included: arbitrarily destroying Palestinian homes; burning down two farms and destroying a Mosque; abducting over 600 Palestinians including over 50 children, and bombing the people of Gaza with 34 air strikes in one night.
The attacks by the state appear to have given license to mobs of Israeli settlers to hunt down Palestinian youths.... more.. e-mail
Israel’s dominant media narrative
Rachel Shabi, Al Jazeera 7/6/2014
In reporting the current clashes, why does Western media never begin with Palestinian pain?
Here we are again: staring at a series of terrible events in Israel and the Palestinian territories. A 16-year-old Palestinian, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was kidnapped, stabbed and then burned alive. We don't know for sure, but Israeli police report a likely "nationalistic" motive - meaning that his killers were Jewish Israelis.
This murder comes after the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers were found in the occupied West Bank last week, after an 18-day search. That military search for Eyal Ifrach, Gilad Shaer and Naftali Frankel, during which six Palestinians were killed and hundreds more detained without charge, was described by Amnesty International as "collective punishment".
Meanwhile, the news that the Israeli teenagers had been shot dead - evidence of which was obscured for weeks while Israelis united in the campaign to "Bring back our Boys" - unleashed a rising clamour for vengeance.
A Facebook page called "the people of Israel demand revenge" rapidly drew 35,000 likes; hundreds of Israelis, looking like a lynch mob from the old American south, ran the streets of Jerusalem chanting "Death to Arabs" and seeking out Palestinians to attack, using Arab accents to help identity their targets; Palestinians were verbally and physically attacked on streets and on buses; an attempted kidnapping of another Palestinian child was reported in East Jerusalem, close to where Abu Khdeir was later snatched.
But the ugly truth is that this bone-chillingly vengeful climate - which the families of the killed Israeli teens came out of mourning to oppose - can be no surprise.... more.. e-mail
Israeli forces attack mosque in village near Salfit, detaining and beating a child
Uruknet 9 Jul 2014 - July 3, 2014 -At 9 o clock in the evening of July 2nd, Israeli forces invaded the small Palestinian village of Qarawat Bani Hassan, approximately 10 km northwest of Salfit in the northern half of the West Bank. They approached...
The Israeli culture of vengeance on full display
Mondoweiss - A soldier holding a gun. The caption reads: ‘Just mow them down!!’ (photo credit: The People of Israel Demand Vengeance/Facebook via Times of Israel ) Shock and anger have engulfed Israeli and Palestinian societies since they learnt last week of the barbarous murder of children from their...
Gaza hospitals struggle to treat wounded
Fares Akram, Middle East Children’s Alliance 7/8/2014
"The medical services are in a very critical situation that we have never reached during the [Egyptian-Israeli] siege," Qedra said, adding that the ministry is running "extremely short" on items like gloves, urine catheters, and other medical equipment.
Gaza City - Dr. Ayman al-Sahbani rushed to attend to eight people, including two children, in the emergency ward of Al-Shifa hospital. With most suffering from shrapnel wounds, the injured came to Gaza's primary and largest hospital after an Israeli air strike hit eastern Gaza City.
"Thank [God] their injuries are minor," Sahbani, the head of the hospital's emergency services, told Al Jazeera.
As Israel continues to pound Gaza with air strikes - carrying out 50 bombings overnight and more throughout the day on Tuesday - Sahbani expressed concern about the capacity of the territory's hospitals to attend to the many injured.
As of early evening on Tuesday, at least 12 Palestinians had been killed in the Israeli bombardment. More than 80 others were wounded, according to a Gaza health ministry spokesperson, including more than 25 that had serious injuries.
All 12 beds in the hospital's intensive care unit were occupied on Tuesday. "Most of those people here have medical referrals and were supposed to be receiving treatment at outside hospitals," Sahbani said. "Now, we can't get them out, and we can’t find a space for new patients if the airstrikes intensify."
He added that the closure of smuggling tunnels between Gaza and Egypt - the main lifeline through which medical supplies were brought into Gaza during Israel's last major offensive in November 2012 - and the closure of the Rafah border crossing have exacerbated the problem. more.. e-mail
Cultures of Hate: Israelis, Not Palestinians, Excel at Vengeance
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Jul 2014 - By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth Shock and anger have engulfed Israeli and Palestinian societies since they learnt last week of the barbarous murder of children from their communities. Hours after three Israeli teenagers’ bodies were located, long after their abduction, a Palestinian youth, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was kidnapped, beaten and burnt to death, apparently as revenge. These horrifying events should serve as a lesson in the obscene futility of vengeance. As a relative of one of the murdered children observed: “There is no difference between blood and blood.” Sadly, that was not the message implicit in much of last week’s coverage. On social media, a juxtaposition of pictures from the same day’s New York Times showed how easy it is to forget not only that our blood is the same but that grief is too. A headline about Israelis’ “heartbreak” was illustrated movingly by the families of the three Israeli...more
Cultures of Hate
Dissident Voice: 9 Jul 2014 - Shock and anger have engulfed Israeli and Palestinian societies since they learnt last week of the barbarous murder of children from their communities. Hours after three Israeli teenagers’ bodies were located, long after their abduction, a Palestinian youth, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was kidnapped, beaten and burnt to death, apparently as revenge. These horrifying events should serve as a lesson in the obscene futility of vengeance. As a relative of one of the murdered children observed: “There is no difference between blood and blood.” Sadly, that was not the message implicit in much of last week’s coverage. On social media, a juxtaposition of pictures from the same day’s New York Times showed how easy it is to forget not only that our blood is the same but that grief is too. A headline about Israelis’ “heartbreak” was illustrated movingly by the families of the three Israeli teenagers huddled together, overwhelmed by...more
Report: Israel has detained 3,000 Palestinian children since 2010
Uruknet 8 Jul 2014 - July 2, 2014 - Israeli forces arrested nearly 3,000 Palestinian children from the beginning of 2010 to mid-2014, the majority of them between the ages of 12 and 15 years old, Addustour newspaper published a new report saying yesterday.The Euro-Mid...
Proposed legislation and the repercussions of PA security coordination
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 7/8/2014
The deaths of three teenage settlers provided Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a scenario through which the continuous escalation of violence against Palestinians can be manipulated as a necessary tactic. Last month, an unnamed senior IDF official quoted on Israel National News affirmed that Operation Brother's Keeper, the codename for the search operation when the boys went missing, would not be characterised by a definite timescale. "Part of our strength is our ability to hold this campaign for a prolonged time period," the official claimed
Such prolongation has been essential to the consolidation of settler-colonialism in Palestine. Overnight as I write, Israel's bombardment of Gaza has resulted in another nine victims. According to ALRAY, the Palestine Media Agency, seven of those killed were members of the Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas's military wing. Settlers are also escalating their routine violence against Palestinian civilians and children; the brutal torture and murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, for example, has elicited widespread horror. On Facebook, Team Palestina compiled a list of atrocities committed by settlers in the past few days, including the attempted kidnappings of Palestinian children, an attempt in Nablus to amputate a man's leg using an axe and the killing of two Palestinians in Tulkarem, run over by a settler in a car.
However, the combination of state and settler violence is predictably removed from the wider framework in order to provide space for the dynamics of prolongation and complicity. Following discussions in which the IDF stated that it was seeking the means to re-incarcerate formerly released Palestinian political prisoners, Israel National News reported yesterday that Likud MK Ze'ev Elkin has contributed towards this reality. Yesterday, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a bill drafted by Elkin which, if implemented, will legalise the re-arrest and imprisonment of former Palestinian political prisoners.
According to reports, Elkin voiced his approval of the committee's endorsement: "This law allows returning released terrorists to prison as soon as they go back to their corrupt ways or try to kidnap Israelis...." more.. e-mail
Strategic Affairs Ministry head blames PA education for kidnapping
Jerusalem Post 7 Jul 2014 - Ministry Director-General Yossi Kuperwasser says Palestinian education is "totally different" from that of Israel, which teaches children to seek peace.
Israeli forces attack mosque in village near Salfit, detaining and beating a child
7/3/2014 - International Solidarity Movement - Nablus Team, Qarawat Bani Hassan, Occupied Palestine - At 9 o'clock in the evening of July 2nd, Israeli forces invaded the small Palestinian village of Qarawat Bani Hassan, approximately 10 km northwest of Salfit in the northern half of the West Bank. They approached the mosque in the center of town and fired tear gas and stun grenades inside. One witness described the scene as follows:"There were....
Gaza mothers face another Ramadan without their imprisoned sons
Uruknet 3 Jul 2014 - June 27, 2014 - Najat al-Agha, known as Um Diya, is in her sixties and shows up every week outside the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Gaza City. Every Monday, mothers, fathers, wives and children...
West Bank refugee children tell Governor Deval Patrick: Don t be a partner with Israel in killing us
Uruknet 30 Jun 2014 - June 23, 2014 - When he learned from Massachusetts residents with West Bank ties that Governor Deval Patrick was leading a large trade delegation to Israel last month with water as a key focus, 15-year-old Ahmad had a message for...
Children’s Lives in the Balance
Dissident Voice: 1 Jul 2014 - With the news that the bodies of three missing Israeli teens had been found in a field not far from the stretch of road where they disappeared June 12, people everywhere reacted rightly with sorrow and anger. Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, also 16, were students who lived with their families in a Jewish-only settlement near the Palestinian city of Hebron in the West Bank. The settlement and others like it have been declared illegal by the International Court of Justice because they are located in occupied territory and impede Palestinians’ liberty of movement and right to employment, health and education. However, they were youth just starting out on life, sons and brothers whose families will forever grieve their horrific deaths. We must all condemn such violence. We must also condemn the collective punishment and violence unleashed by the government of Israel in response. To date,...more
As school year ends, ‘Sardine Protest’ aims to reduce overcrowding in classrooms
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2014 - Parents disrupted learning in elementary schools around the country for one hour and demonstrated with their children outside their schools Sunday.
Peres’s Washington performance
Jerusalem Post 29 Jun 2014 - One old reality that the parents of Naftali, Gilad and Eyal are not permitted to forget is that whenever Peres and his ilk express their dreams of peace, the rest of us in Israel should grab our children and run for cover.
10 hurt as Israeli settlers, soldiers attack Hebron family
6/27/2014 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers accompanied by soldiers early Friday raided a Palestinian home in Hebron and assaulted ten members of a family, who were mostly children, before soldiers detained ten other individuals from the house. Settlers from the Kiryat Arba settlement near Hebron attacked houses belonging to the al-Jaabari family in al-Ras neighborhood of central Hebron while they were escorted by a large....
Israel sentences 5 Palestinian teens to 2 years in jail
6/25/2014 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- An Israeli court sentenced five Palestinian teenagers to up to two years in prison on Wednesday, family members said. Families of the teens told Ma'an an Israeli judge convicted the teens of "throwing a Molotov cocktail in the Jabal al-Mukabbir neighborhood (of East Jerusalem), and throwing rocks at Israeli vehicles, injuring an Israeli child."The sentences were as follows.... Related: Israeli forces detain 4 children in Jerusalem
Number of Palestinian children in Israeli jails 'surpasses 250'
6/25/2014 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The number of Palestinian children in Israeli jails has surpassed 250 in the wake of the ongoing military search campaign in the West Bank, a Palestinian Authority lawyer said Tuesday." Israel is violating international children's rights agreements by detaining Palestinian minors, and it is trying to cover up these violations with the story of the three missing settlers," Hiba....
West Bank refugee children tell Governor Deval Patrick: ‘Don’t be a partner with Israel in killing us’
Mondoweiss - Palestinian children fill jars and bottles from a pipe transporting water from a village spring in the village of Dar al-Hatab near the West Bank town of Nablus (Photo: Getty Images) When he learned from Massachusetts residents with West Bank ties that Governor Deval Patrick was...
occupied Palestinian territory: Growing up between Israeli settlements and soldiers
Relief Web 21 Jun 2014 - Source: Defence for Children International/Palestine Section Country: occupied Palestinian territory Ramallah, June 19, 2014—A new report published by DCI-Palestine brings to light the devastating impact on Palestinian children of growing up near increasingly violent Israeli settlements and Israeli military outposts....
Lebanon: Lebanon: RRP6 Monthly Update - May 2014: Education
Relief Web 20 Jun 2014 - Source: UN Children's Fund, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic HIGHLIGHTS: The Ministry of Education signed a circular that allows Syrian children without school transcripts to sit for the national exams. With the...
Kidnapping case must be seen in context of occupation
Daoud Kuttab, Ma’an News Agency 6/19/2014
The kidnapping of three Israeli religious settlers in an area under the total administrative and security control of the Israeli army has partially brought back attention to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, but for the wrong reasons.
While it is natural that the phone calls by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu focused on ways to help find the missing settlers, both Israeli and US officials must understand the context of the case and their own responsibilities for the way things ended up.
It is a basic strategic recipe: If you take away hope for a political solution, you have to expect a spike in violence. Add to this formula a hunger strike by over 100 Palestinians imprisoned without charge or trial, that has lasted almost two months without a single attempt to negotiate or hear the prisoners' demands and you have trouble.
If the above is not enough consider downtown Hebron, the West Bank's second most populated city, where settlers run amok and a major commercial street named Shuhada has been blocked for no reason since 1994 after 29 worshiping Palestinians were gunned down in the nearby Ibrahimi mosque.
Furthermore, there is documented daily harassment of Palestinians by settlers, which goes without punishment by the ruling Israeli power.
The absurdity of the situation allowed to fester in Hebron has led a major pacifist Christian organization, Christian Peace Makers Team, to send volunteers to help Palestinian children cross the street to go to school.
In its first reaction to the disappearance of the Israeli settlers, the Israeli leadership put the blame on the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah. more.. e-mail
Gaza – a hellhole created by Israel
Rana Alshami, Redress 6/17/2014
Israel has launched yet another campaign against the Palestinian people. This time its excuse is the kidnapping of three teenage “boys”. Israel is using this incident to once again collectively punish my people. According to international law, collective punishment is a crime.
Israel worries about these children of illegal colonizers who threw my people off of our land, but what about the thousands of Palestinians, including young children, who have been abducted by Israeli soldiers and thrown into Israeli jails without charge? What are our children guilty of to be imprisoned and trapped in cages? Did they fire rockets into Israel in reaction to the many times more rockets Israel fires at our homes and lands?
Lest we forget
You must not forget these crimes, nor should you forget Israel’s bloody massacres of my people.
My people suffer behind walls and the rest of the world remains ignorant and silent. Thousands of Palestinian children have been tortured in Israeli prisons. No one knows the pain we live with. What proof is there that we really kidnapped the “boys”? And if Palestinians did kidnap these Jewish boys, they would have done so as a result of the atrocities they and their families have been subjected to throughout their entire lives.
Beginning over 45 years ago, Israel began building settlements in order to prove its claim to all of our land, which it stole by virtue of its greater strength and cunning. It build new settlements and continues to expand existing ones. Chedi Klibi, former Secretary-General of the Arab League, outlines three basic objectives of Israel’s expansionism.... more.. e-mail
EU Funded Summer Camp for School Children in Southern Hebron Hills Promotes Peace Education
WAFA - 11 Jun 2014
Children in the Palestinian Authority juvenile justice system
Jessica Purkiss, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 6/11/2014
Ahmad was 15 when he was arrested during a 3 am raid by Palestinian security forces at El Far'a refugee camp in September 2013. He was accused of throwing stones, burning tires and insulting members of the Palestinian security service, and was dragged from his house blindfolded and with his hands bound by a plastic cord.
As he was placed into a waiting jeep, one of the men arresting him lit a lighter under his wrists to remove the cord. "I was screaming in pain. But he just kept doing it," said Ahmad, recounting his ordeal to Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCI-Palestine), a children's rights organization based in the West Bank.
Ahmad was taken to the Palestinian Authority (PA) military intelligence headquarters in Tubas in the northeast of the West Bank, a place described by one resident of El Far'a camp as "a nightmare for the civilians who go there."
After being detained overnight he was transferred to a police station where he was interrogated by three police officers - a policewoman asking questions while two other officers sat next to him, kicking and hitting him repeatedly.
"Whenever I said I didn't do the things they were accusing me of, one of them would hit me," Ahmad said. "I didn't know which one it would it be, and sometimes they asked questions one after the other."
The interrogator repeatedly threatened him with further beatings if he did not confess to the charges.
The types of violations recounted by Ahmad are normally associated with arrest at the hands of the Israeli military, which enforces military law throughout the occupied West Bank. In this case, however, it was the PA that was responsible for his ill-treatment. more.. e-mail
From our Facebook balconies, the dark heart of Yarmouk
Ahmad Diab, Al-Shabaka, Ma’an News Agency 6/6/2014
Al-Shabaka is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and foster public debate on Palestinian human rights and self-determination within the framework of international law. This policy brief is authored by Ahmad Diab, a Palestinian writer and Fulbright scholar currently working on his PhD at New York University. His interests lie in the intersection between literature, film, and power structures.
If Joseph Conrad was right when he said that we live as we dream, alone, then an inverse of that statement might carry some truth as well. Unlike life and dreams, death and nightmares can be communal, as Syrian Palestinians have discovered.
The fortunate among them can now look from their Facebook balconies into the heart of darkness that they barely escaped. If they look long enough, they might just catch a glimpse of the horror of those stuck behind. The fragmentation of the Palestinian people has meant that their suffering, while ultimately collective, remains unique to the context in which it is experienced.
I used to dream of having a homeland and now I dream of the camp
I used to dream of having a bigger house, and now I dream of a cheap room to rent.
I used to dream of taking a relaxing vacation, and now I wish I could simply be reunited with my children and family.
I used to have my own business, and now I pointlessly look for a job.
I used to dream of the future, and now I yearn for one day of the past.... more.. e-mail
196 Palestinian Children Imprisoned by Israeli Military
IMEMC - A total of 196 Palestinian children were imprisoned and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system at the end of April, according to rights group Defence of Children International-Palestine (DCI-Palestine). This represents a decrease of 3 percent from March. ...
Syrian Arab Republic: Promoting quality education for Palestine refugee children against all odds
Relief Web 30 May 2014 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Syria On 18 and 19 May, the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Syria field education programme held its annual...
ACRI Report: ‘Poverty, blight and neglect’ in east Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 26 May 2014 - According to the report, only six percent of east Jerusalem children attend public preschools, despite being entitled to a free education.
In Palestine and Israel, there are no clashes A video shows two Palestinian boys were killed in calm circumstances, not in clashes .
Uruknet 26 May 2014 - May 21, 2014 - Colours clash. Opinions clash. Couples clash. Palestinians and Israelis do not clash.Palestinians protest the colonisation and theft of their land, the kidnapping and imprisonment of their children, the indefinite detention of their fathers and brothers, mothers...
Terrorizing Palestinian Children
Sabbah report 25 May 2014 - Since 2,000, over 9,000 Palestinian children under age 18 were detained, isolated, brutally interrogated, forced to confess and tried in military kangaroo tribunals. Guilt by accusation is official Israeli policy. Continue reading → The post: Terrorizing Palestinian Children appeared first on Sabbah Report § Sign up...
Terrorizing Palestinian Children
Uruknet 23 May 2014 - It s longstanding Israeli practice. They re treated like adults. Each year, about 700 are lawlessly arrested.They re detained. They re brutally interrogated. They re prosecuted in military courts. They have no legitimacy whatever. They give kangaroos a bad name....
JNF continues to raze land, trample Bedouin rights in Naqab
Alternative Information Center 5/20/2014
Bulldozers of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) returned Monday to the "unrecognized" Bedouin-Palestinian village of Awajan in the Naqab (Negev). The Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality reports that the bulldozers, accompanied by Israeli security forces, are "preparing the land for forestation", although this land is cultivated and farmed by the Al Assad family.
On 12 May JNF bulldozers began plowing some 700 acres of Awajan land, located just south of the Bedouin-Palestinian town of Laqiya. Area residents responded by setting up a protest tent against the JNF forestation project, which is aimed at taking over village land and expelling its residents.
The following day numerous police officers arrived to the protest tent. Confrontations developed and the police, who lacked any form of official identification, used tear gas and stun grenades against local residents. A boy child of 12 was beaten and five children, aged eight to fourteen, were arrested in addition to two adults. One of the adults was Atiya al-A'sam, chairman of the Council of Unrecognized Bedouin Villages, who tried telling the officers that JNF actions were illegal. The children were taken to a nearby police station and interrogated illegally without their parents being present. All detainees were released by evening, although an order was issued against al-A'sam keeping him away from the area for two weeks.
The village of Awajan existed prior to 1948 and is home to some 3,600 residents, most of them members of the al Assad family. The village has no schools, electricity, health services or infrastructure, and local residents are forced to buy water privately. The crucial role played by the Jewish National Fund in displacing the Palestinian people has been increasingly underlined. On 6 May more than 25 thousand people rallied in the Galilee calling for implementation of the right of return for Palestinian refugees.... more.. e-mail
Israel sends experts to help hunt for Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamists
Jerusalem Post 20 May 2014 - Team includes people experienced in dealing with hostage situations, will join a growing international effort to track down the more than 200 children.
IOF soldiers raid homes in Bethlehem, detain child
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided four homes in Obaidiya village, east of Bethlehem, at dawn Tuesday.
Israel continues to bar Gazan children from visiting fathers imprisoned in Israel
Uruknet 18 May 2014 - May 14, 2014 - In July 2012, Israel partially reinstated authorization for relatives to visit Palestinians from the Gaza Strip being held in Israel as prisoners or detainees (hereafter: "inmates"). Israel s decision was made in consequence of a hunger...
DCI: Israel's solitary confinement of children increased
PIC - The last two years have seen a rise in the number of Palestinian children detained in solitary confinement by Israel, according to defense for children international (DCI).
Palestinian prisoners intensify new hunger strike protest
Ben White, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 5/9/2014
Palestinian prisoners went on hunger strike Thursday in solidarity with some 100 Palestinian administrative detainees who began their own, open-ended hunger strike two weeks ago.
Those in administrative detention are held without charge, trial, or access to the evidence being used against them, a practice that has drawn widespread international condemnation.
The large-scale demonstration of prisoner unity and protest is reminiscent of the 2012 hunger strike actions that attracted global attention and forced Israeli occupation authorities to make a deal to reduce the use of administrative detention – a deal Palestinians say has been reneged upon by Israel.
On 24 April, dozens of Palestinians being held under administrative detention launched an open-ended hunger strike to protest the systematic, routine use of this policy, as well as demanding that the military-issued order for administrative detention be limited to one period of extension only.
Yesterday, thousands more staged a one-day, solidarity hunger strike, and a few dozen more joined the open-ended hunger strike, in a coordinated show of support. The protest was confirmed by Israeli officials, though its scale disputed.
There are currently 183 Palestinians behind held under administrative detention, including nine members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. They are part of a group of more than 5,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, a number that includes some 200 children. [END] e-mail
Letter to Ghassan Kanafani on the 66th Anniversary of the Nakba
Palestine Chronicle: 16 May 2014 - Dear Ghassan, This year on our birthday I turned 31 and you turned 78. Even the dead grow old without a homeland. Do you know that we live and die in diaspora now? Do you know that Palestinian refugee camps are swollen with Iraqis and Syrians now? Too many Jihadi songs end with the refrain “for falasteen”, but Baba says terrorists can’t read maps. The march to Jerusalem doesn’t start from Kunduz. And I definitely can’t see Haifa from Cairo ya Ansar Beit el Maqdis. Last week in Beirut I went to the races for the first time and I bet 5$ on a horse named Thawra. She lost. But I met a little boy who said he was from Sabra . Little boys shouldn’t come from refugee camps. In Jordan, Syrian children say they come from Zaatari and Azraq not anymore Homs or Hama. Dear Ghassan, I’ve been thinking a...more
Gazans with hearing-impairments run restaurant
Yousef Al Helou, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 5/12/2014
Several organisations in Gaza offer rehabilitation and psycho-social services in different fields to integrate people with special needs into society by providing them the necessary training to earn a living.
It's no surprise that staff at a recently opened restaurant in Gaza are all young with a hearing-impairment or are deaf. The receptionist, waiters and chefs use sign language to communicate and to take orders from customers, offering a variety of meals and desserts. The team is made up of 12 workers, including males and females who show great dedication and enthusiasm.
"I'm very excited that I can work and earn a living, it's a very interesting job; I did a cooking course. My colleagues and I learnt how to make different desserts and meals. I'm very proud to be part of this team, I work as a chef in this restaurant which is the first of its kind in Palestine," Omar said using sign language.
The project, which is funded by a Swiss foundation, is called the Income Generation Programme for Deaf Youth in the Gaza.
A group of dedicated deaf people of working age at Atfaluna Society For Deaf Children, an NGO in Gaza city, were put through an intensive eight months training programme. The new cooks learned their skills in an environment where lessons were taught with hands rather than words.
According to the society, the main goal of this project is to empower the deaf population through training and providing them with jobs to prove that they are able, dedicated and professional workers. They also hope to become sources of inspiration for deaf people around the world. more.. e-mail
NGO: Israel puts more children in solitary confinement
5/12/2014 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel is placing increasing numbers of arrested Palestinian children in solitary confinement, an international children's rights group said in a report issued Monday. The report came just months after Israel's army, under international pressure to introduce reforms, agreed to test alternative treatment for children it detains in the West Bank. In more than one in five cases recorded by....
Bennett: Build more day care centers to encourage integration of women into workforce
Jerusalem Post 12 May 2014 - The Education Ministry allocates NIS 600 million to local authorities to build centers for the absorption of some 60,000 additional children.
Israeli journalist slams occupation s treatment of detained Palestinian children
Uruknet 12 May 2014 - May 6, 2014 - Israel s daily newspaper Haaretz has published an article strongly criticising the Israeli occupation army s treatment of detained Palestinian children. "What kind of country throws a teen out of an army jeep?" the newspaper titled...
Israel jails 20% of Palestinian children in solitary confinement: monitor
Al-Akhbar News 12 May 2014 - Israel is placing increasing numbers of arrested Palestinian children in solitary confinement, an international children's rights group said in a report issued Monday. The report came just months after Israel's army, under international pressure to introduce reforms, agreed to test alternative treatment for children it detains...
Settlers Kidnap A Palestinian Child In Hebron
IMEMC - [Saturday, May 10, 2014] The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) has reported that a number of settlers of the Ma’on illegal settlement, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, kidnapped a Palestinian child and held him from several hours. Israeli soldiers also detained a child in the city. ...
Lebanon: Lebanon: RRP6 Monthly Update - March 2014: Education
Relief Web 10 May 2014 - Source: UN Children's Fund, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic HIGHLIGHTS: The education sector is in the process of developing a strategic response framework which outlines the different options for learning offered to...
Bat Yam man imprisoned family for whole year, police say
Jerusalem Post 9 May 2014 - The woman and 2 young children did not leave the house for an entire year, police said; man held on charges including rape, child abuse, false imprisonment.
Soldiers Detain Two Children Near Jenin
IMEMC - Palestinian security sources stated that Israeli soldiers detained, late on Friday at night, two Palestinian children in Sielet al-Harethiyya village, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and interrogated them for several hours. ...
Israeli Forces Detain Two Children before Releasing them near Jenin
WAFA - 3 May 2014
True Palestinian reconciliation must include refugees
Uruknet 1 May 2014 - April 28, 2014- ... For those of us who are the children of Palestinian refugees, our yearning for a just peace grows each day our parents are denied the right to access their homeland. With more years lived than left, they...
University of Regina Set to Endorse Israeli Occupation?
Dissident Voice: 28 Apr 2014 - What would you do if the Canadian university you attended was planning to enter into a partnership with a university in another country whose persecution of your people meant you couldn’t speak out publicly – in Canada – for fear of reprisals against you and your family? What if, further, the proposed partnership included course delivery for a degree in public safety management inside a country conducting a nearly 50-year-long occupation in contravention of international law? An occupation in which basic freedoms – of movement, speech, and self-determination – were denied your people, and in which security forces routinely imprisoned, shot, and killed civilians, including university students and children, with near total impunity . Strange as it may sound, this is the reality facing Palestinian students at the University of Regina today. As part of a new MBA program in public safety management geared toward police service professionals, the Faculty of...more
Fallujah hospital: 1418 people, including women and children killed and injured by the military operations since the beginning in the city
Uruknet 28 Apr 2014 - April 25, 2014- Fallujah Education Hospital announced on Friday that 1418 people killed and injured in the city of Fallujah since the beginning of military operations. Head of the resident doctors at the hospital Ahmed al-Shami told the National Iraqi...
Watch: Israel border police detain 6-year-old in Hebron
4/24/2014 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Video footage has emerged of Israeli border police officers allegedly detaining a 6-year-old child in Hebron after he threw "pebbles" on Wednesday, activists in the southern West Bank city said. Activists affiliated with the International Solidarity Movement said in a statement that Rami Rajabi was walking to school around 7 a. m. in central Hebron on Wednesday when three Israeli....
Statement by Erekat Marking the Day of the Palestinian Prisoner
IMEMC - A staggering 800,000 Palestinians have been arrested by Israeli forces since 1967. 5224 remain incarcerated today, including administrative, sick, female and children detainees. These numbers reflect one of the worst experiences of imprisonment in contemporary history, designed to break the will of an entire nation seeking freedom. ...
Israeli military courts: Masquerading as justice?
Brad Parker, Al Jazeera 4/17/2014
Israel's chief military prosecutor for the West Bank, Lieutenant Colonel Maurice Hirsch, declared in February that a new pilot programme would soon be implemented to provide an alternative to arresting Palestinian children from their homes at night. The pilot programme will rely on written summonses demanding Palestinian children appear for questioning at Israeli interrogation centres in the occupied West Bank.
A summons process, if implemented throughout the occupied West Bank, could potentially reduce the number of Palestinian child detainees that experience violence during their arrest, transfer and interrogation. While this could lead to practical improvements to the Israeli military detention system, recent evidence suggests that it may do little to stem violence and abuse of Palestinian child detainees by Israeli forces.
In February 2014, several Palestinian children living near the West Bank city of Nablus were summoned via mobile phone to report for questioning at an Israeli interrogation and detention centre located closeby.
Upon arrival, the teens were taken into Israeli military custody, interrogated without access to a lawyer, bound and blindfolded. Though not arrested during a night raid, they were strip-searched, subjected to physical violence, and verbal abuse during transfer and interrogation. Their parents were not informed where they were being taken.
International juvenile justice standards, which Israel has obliged itself to implement by signing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991, demand that children should only be deprived of their liberty as a measure of last resort. Yet over half of Palestinian children were arrested during night raids in 2013. Once arrested, parents rarely know where their child is taken and pre-trial detention is the norm in Israeli military courts. more.. e-mail
Special Report: “800,000 Palestinians Imprisoned By Israel Since 1967”
IMEMC - As the Palestinian people mark Palestinian Prisoners’ Day on April 17, more than 800,000 Palestinians, including children, have been kidnapped and imprisoned by Israel since 1967, while at least 5,000 Palestinians are currently held by Israel, a report by the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees has revealed. ...
Rana (30 years), mother of 4 children,from refugee camp of Amari (Ramallah),arrested in the night on 25/11 / 2013
Palestine Solidarity Project 13 Apr 2014 - Rana (30 years), mother of 4 children,from refugee camp of Amari (Ramallah),arrested in the night on 25/11 / 2013. She was detained in Ashkelon detention center and subject to severe beatings that left her in great pain, strip searches, and other forms of humiliation. She was hit...
Egypt: Access to Education an Added Challenge for Refugees
allAfrica.com 9 Apr 2014 - [IRIN]Cairo -As the number of Syrians in Egypt rises, refugees say it has become increasingly difficult to find places for their children in already overstretched government schools.
I’m a Palestinian child but don’t know how to be a child: what should I do?
Nassar Ibrahim, AIC & OPGAI, Alternative Information Center 4/7/2014
I have been informed that this day, April 5th, is Palestinian Children’s Day, i.e. my day, although I don’t really understand what this means.
As I recall, I was born between two Nakbas (catastrophes), on the borders of two refugee camps, and by chance I survived the last massacre and the latest raid.I was born between two bullets. The first bullet failed to kill me, but the second killed my brother. Yes, I had brother. Yes. Can you believe this?! The bullet did not allow me the opportunity and pleasure to know him, to grow together, to be old together, to fight together, to fall in love (maybe with the same girl) , to help me to learn the alphabet, to correct the my spelling mistakes…So, until today I do not even know what it means to be a child!
So many countries and so many institutions: UNICEF, Save the Children... hundreds of institutions, tell me, and tell us, that they defend the rights of children. They tell me that of course they defend the rights of children, human rights, but that they don’t interfere in politics. Welcome, welcome!
Yet I lost my childhood because of political decisions and political treaties, political wars, political occupation, political arrests, political killings, political economy, political violence and political….
Excuse me, for although I’m still young I’m not a child. Because I do not know how to be a kid!
You do not want to interfere in politics, yet you nobly and generously want to defend my rights as a Palestinian child. This is good, but how? I was told that I lost my childhood six decades ago, and that my age is now three years, 10 years, 15 years, 25 years, thirty years, forty years, an old man…I am now walking with the help of my stick....But where is my childhood? I want one day to be a kid... but how? I do not know! more.. e-mail
Tell Bill Gates to divest from Israel’s prison torture
Global BDS 3 Apr 2014 - Sign the petition here: http://www.addameer.org/gatesdivest British private security company G4S helps the Israeli government to run prisons at which Palestinian political prisoners are detained. Right now, there are more than 5,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails, including 183 children. Human rights organisations have documented widespread torture , including...
What the bones remember: Israeli doctors talk torture
Einat Fishbain, ‘The Hottest Place in Hell, +972 Magazine 4/1/2014
How can signs of deliberate physical injury be detected years after they were caused? What are the physical and psychological ramifications of torture for its victims? How can we cope with the moral dilemmas raised by treating captives and prisoners? Physicians who attended the first workshop in Israel devoted to locating and treating torture victims share their insights.
“I must admit that the issue of torture kind of passed me by,” says Dr. Revital Arbel, a senior gynecologist at a hospital in Jerusalem. “It was always out there somewhere, but I guess that I preferred not to see it. Then I monitored the pregnancy and labor of an Eritrean refugee who was raped in Sinai. Although I have been involved in these issues for years, working with victims of sexual assault, this was the saddest birth I have ever seen. I will never forget the sadness in this mother’s eyes when her son was born.
“I monitored the entire pregnancy not knowing she had been raped. When she came in to deliver the baby she was accompanied by an interpreter for the first time, and they told me the story. Slowly the things she had been through in Sinai began to sink in. Like other refugee women imprisoned in Saharonim, she had not been able to undergo a termination of pregnancy at an early stage. It’s hard to realize that women who arrive there pregnant are not given the opportunity to undergo termination. This causes appalling suffering. However late it is, it is always possible to stop a pregnancy in these circumstances – anything rather than see the face of a woman giving birth to her rapist’s child.”
Just as Arbel realized that eventually this suffering would not forever pass her by unnoticed, she received an invitation to participate in the first-ever training program in Israel for physicians and psychologists teaching ways to locate and diagnose torture victims..... more.. e-mail
The Man, the Lad and the Boy: Each Person is in Himself a Sea
Palestine Chronicle: 24 Mar 2014 - By Tamar Fleishman I decided to talk about the detainment of Palestinians by the army through the story of three people; I attempted to portray the larger picture by using personal stories. These people aren’t heroes nor are they warriors, provocateurs, protestors or people who had made names for themselves. A man, a lad and a boy, they are just three among the thousands that are crushed under the violent and vicious boot of the executors of the policy that aims to break the spirit and daily life of the Palestinian people, of thousands of people who don’t know what the future holds. Each one of their hopes and dreams is accompanied by doubt, since this everlasting and advancing terror that is used against the civil population is like a sword that dangles over all of them, men as well as women, children as well as adults, and they never...more
Voices on Afghanistan: Building schools for a better future
The National 15 Mar 2014 - "Education was forgotten to begin with because people were distracted by the war. Now, there are huge numbers of children going back to school, including girls. But there’s still a massive amount to do," says Lady Richards co-founder & chief executive of the Afghan Appeal Fund.
Generation risks being 'lost forever' in Syria: agencies
Daily Star 15 Mar 2014 A generation risks being "lost forever" as the Syrian conflict enters its fourth year, displacing millions of children and depriving them of health care, education and security, aid agencies warned Saturday.
In escalations of violence, Gazans pay the price
Abeer Ayyoub, +972 Magazine 3/15/2014
As Gaza teeters on the brink, a new Israeli offensive could spell catastrophe for the blockaded strip. One Gazan reminds us who foots the bill, each and every time.
“You don’t have to worry – it’s only thunder, not an explosion,” my sister assured me. We are trying to sleep for the fifth time tonight, after our slumber was repeatedly interrupted by the sound of Israeli rockets and thunder. After failing to distinguish between the two, we turn to local radio stations to find out what was actually happening.
Winter is special everywhere, and Gaza is no exception, of course. For the past week, as the violence escalated between Israel and Gaza, I could do nothing but recall the days of Cast Lead and Pillar of Defense. They are almost the same: extreme cold, no electricity, non-stop news broadcasts and crying children.
And while Israeli airstrikes are not targeting my neighborhood, I cannot remove myself from the violent atmosphere. I wake up every time there is an explosion, I hear the drones circling the sky above my head, as well as the ambulance sirens which mean I have to make sure that none of my relatives, friend or colleagues have been hurt. Most importantly, I have to calm down my nephews and nieces, who think that “death is coming to kidnap” them.
I have never been wounded in any of these Israeli attacks, yet I have to admit that I have been mentally traumatized for the last decade. My head is always about to explode from thinking about how this insane situation might end. I think of the young generation who were born, live and grow up under fire. I never stop wondering whether getting married and bringing children into this miserable situation is the right decision. more.. e-mail
Israeli parents protest sexy Purim costumes for kids
Al-Monitor 12 Mar 2014 - Israeli parents rebel against the growing phenomenon of sexy Purim carnival costumes for children, forcing manufacturers to draw back their ads in the papers.
Release of Syrian Nuns Was Part of a Hostage Swap
New York Times 10 Mar 2014 - The Syrian government freed a group of detainees that included women and children in exchange for the nuns’ release by insurgents.
Detained, Deported, but not Deterred
Dissident Voice: 11 Mar 2014 - On International Women’s Day, although I woke up in America, my heart was in Gaza. After having been detained for over 22 hours in the Cairo airport without explanation, I had been deported to London and ultimately sent back to America. I was the youngest American of an International Women’s Day Delegation bound for Gaza to answer the call of the women of Gaza issued to the women of the world to come and stand with them in solidarity. We were “armed” with microscopes for hospitals, toys for children, chocolate gifts, and solar lamps as a gesture to give them light in the darkness caused literally and figuratively by the Israeli blockade. As I sat with an amazing group of forty women from around the world between passport control and the arrival gates exit, our thoughts were constantly with the women we were on a mission to visit. Tired from...more
Palestinian children continue to be imprisoned
3/9/2014 - International Solidarity Movement - International Solidarity Movement, Team Khalil| Hebron, Occupied Palestine - On Tuesday 4th March, 14-year-old Wassem Rajabi from the Jabal Johar area of Hebron (al-Khalil), was detained and driven away by Israeli soldiers on his way back from school. This Thursday, after nine days in prison, his family will go to the police station to find out his fate. Recently, more than 50 children from the....
Women behind the lens: Palestinians filming the occupation
Manal Ja’bri, +972 Magazine 3/8/2014
For the past several years, Palestinian women from all walks of life have been taking part in a video project to document human rights violations under occupation. In honor of International Women’s Day, one of them tells her story.
My name is Manal Ja’bri, I am 38-years-old and I have seven children, between the ages of 9 and 18, and I am the sole breadwinner in my family. I grew up in a house near the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba. Settlers burned my family’s home and used to beat us on our way to school. One of the problems in Palestinian society is that people don’t differentiate between Israelis, Jews and settlers – they are all settlers to us. I used to think the same way, but over the years I learned to tell the difference.
Three years ago, I read a wanted ad in the newspaper for field researchers for B’Tselem, an Israeli organization dedicated to documenting human rights violations in the occupied territories. B’Tselem trains Palestinians in specific locations in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, where tensions are high and clashes are commonplace, to use video cameras to capture those violations. The footage exposes the Israeli and the international public to the reality of life under occupation.
When I first started working for B’Tselem, I was frequently criticized by Palestinians for working for an Israeli organization. Over time, however, Palestinians have learned to trust B’Tselem, because they know that our cameras are out there to safeguard their human rights. Today, I am in charge of B’Tselem’s video project, and I feel prouder, stronger and more self-confident.
My children used to get criticized at school by their friends because “their mother works with the Jews.” Meanwhile my family did not approve of my work, claiming that “it is a man’s job.” Yet, as time went by, everyone saw that what I did worked for their benefit, and my family saw how I was able to support my children. more.. e-mail
Israel: Palestinian Children in Israeli Military Custody Face Physical Violence
Relief Web 5 Mar 2014 - Source: Defence for Children International/Palestine Section Country: Israel, occupied Palestinian territory Ramallah, January 30, 2014—Three in four Palestinian children detained by the Israeli military in the occupied West Bank last year endured physical violence during arrest and interrogation, according to...
Premier Expresses Concern over Israel's Ongoing Arrest of Children
WAFA - 5 Mar 2014
Israeli forces arrest 3 Palestinian boys in Jerusalem
3/4/2014 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police on Tuesday arrested three Palestinian boys in the Old City of Jerusalem, a Ma'an reporter said. The three were identified as Murad al-Tarhouni, Muhammad Abu Sneineh, and Ahmad Abu Gharbieh, all between the ages of 13 and 14. Police took the boys to al-Wad police station, then transferred them to al-Qashla station. Israeli forces detained 31 children....
Iraqi government fails to address rise in autism
Al-Monitor 4 Mar 2014 - Despite signs of growing rates of autism in Iraq, there is little governmental interest in the topic, with no specialized centers for treating autistic children outside the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.
occupied Palestinian territory: Japan Supports the Children’s Right to Learn by Building New Classrooms in Aqqaba Village through Grassroots Assistance [EN/AR]
Relief Web 28 Feb 2014 - Source: Government of Japan Country: Japan, occupied Palestinian territory Today, on 20th February, 2014, the signing ceremony was held in the Representative Office of Japan to the PA in Ramallah for the project for “Expanding Six Classrooms in Aqqaba Girls’...
New year starts with 183 Palestinian kids in Israeli military detention
Sabbah report 1 Mar 2014 - At the end of January, a total of 183 Palestinian children were imprisoned and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system, an increase of 18.8 percent over last month. This includes a total of 20 children between the ages of 14 and 15. Three in four...
Omar and the Checkpoint
Ramzy Baroud, CounterPunch 2/27/2014
The Essential Story that is Rarely Told
Omar is a 7-year-old boy from Gaza. His family managed to obtain the necessary permits that allowed him to cross the Erez checkpoint to Jerusalem, through the West Bank, in order to undergo surgery. He was accompanied by his father. On the way back, the boy and his father were stopped at the Qalanidya checkpoint, separating occupied East Jerusalem from the West Bank. The father needed another permit from the Israeli military to take his son, whose wounds were still fresh hours after the surgery, back to the strip. But the soldiers were in no obliging mood.
This story was reported in its painful details by an Israeli rights activist Tamar Fleishman, of Machsomwatch (checkpoint watch). Her name is synonymous with the Qalanidya checkpoint, because she has been hovering there for countless hours, reporting on the Israeli military’s infuriating torment of Palestinian travelers. Her report, although painful to read, shed a light on a side of the Israeli occupation that oftentimes goes unnoticed. Many speak of Israel’s checkpoints dotting the occupied territories, but few truly appreciate the real experience of living life imprisoned between checkpoints, by being held hostage to the temperament of unruly soldiers.
Omar’s “body was still full of anesthetics (as he) collapsed on the metal bench at the shed in front of the DCL offices at Qalandiya checkpoint,” Fleishman wrote in the Palestine Chronicle. “It was very cold as the day turned into evening. Omar’s father took his leather coat off and wrapped it over his son. Omar didn’t open his eyes. Neither the healthy eye nor the one that was swollen from the surgery. He kept sleeping. He seemed to be in a state between sleep and loss of consciousness.”
The story goes on, and seems to never end. Omar is a representation of every Palestinian child and his dad embodies every Palestinian parent living under occupation. more.. e-mail
PHOTOS: IDF brigade commander vs Hebron’s kindergarten
Text and photos by Dana Direktor / ‘The Hottest Place in, +972 Magazine 2/25/2014
In the middle of Hebron, volunteers and activists built a kindergarten. Even a kindergarten, an attempt to bring a small piece of normalcy to the area, has turned into a target for the army, police and settlers.
The State of Israel offers compulsory education from the age of three. But for the residents of the H2 area of Hebron, under Israeli control, there are no educational institutions. Period. Thus, a Palestinian child has two options: pass a few checkpoints on the way to school, or stay at home. The farce which surrounded the long-overdue establishment of a kindergarten in H2 can teach us about the situation in Hebron in a time of relative calm.
Hebron could serve as a museum for the occupation. It is the only city in the occupied territories in which Jews began settling from 1968, with the consent of every Israeli government. The place is so messed up that settlers live in an IDF base in the heart of the city (which is made up of approximately 750 Jews and 175,000 Palestinians). Several tens of thousands of Palestinians live in H2, which is under direct Israeli control. It has become a ghost town, a city of enclosure, an island of insanity. The residents must find creative solutions, such as climbing on roofs, in order to get home – even the elderly among them. Even the children – the same ones who are supposed to be in kindergarten.
Those who are trying to look out for the children is an organization by the name of “Youth Against Settlements,” which was established by a group of Palestinian residents of Hebron who oppose violence and work for the betterment of H2's Palestinian residents, to enable them to live as much of a normal life as possible. There are no municipal services, and to a great degree, the organization’s volunteers make sure to fill that gap. They remove trash and paint and fix homes. According to Issa Amro, a resident of the Tel Rumeida neighborhood and activist in Youth Against Settlements, the organization found a home that was abandoned by a Palestinian family that moved to H1 in March 2013.... more.. e-mail
Israel Targets Palestinian Children
Sabbah report 24 Feb 2014 - Hundreds of Palestinians are mistreated annually. They’re lawlessly arrested and detained. Children young as five are terrorized. They’re too young to know why. Imagine facing prison for stone-throwing. Imagine it awaiting hundreds whether or not they’re guilty as charged. Imagine being systematically abused. Imagine violating their...
Palestinian incitement: Genuine problem or right-wing dream?
Yizhar Be’er, translated by Miriam Erez, Haokets, +972 Magazine 2/22/2014
It’s not uncommon to hear Israeli leaders accuse the Palestinian Authority and its media outlets of inciting to violence against Israelis and Jews. But is it actually true? A closer examination of the evidence reveals that the habitual blaming of the Palestinian Authority is not only mostly unfounded, it is the product of a direct line between right-wing groups and the Prime Minister’s Office.
John Kerry’s arrival in the region and the looming “threat” of a final-status agreement have compelled right-wing leaders to pull out the old canard of “Palestinian incitement.” So, in a frenzied attempt to keep us all on our toes, the Israeli cabinet dedicated two full hours to the latest strategic “threat” hovering above us, once again calling in the “experts,” with zero advance notice, to present the latest “Palestinian Incitement Index” findings.
Government leaders in Israel habitually blame the Palestinian Authority and its prime minister’s incitement for impeding a peace agreement. “True peace cannot come into being without a halt in incitement against Israel and without education toward peace,” said Netanyahu in a cabinet meeting. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon claimed, “The Palestinians still educate toward incitement and bigotry based on quotes from Hitler. They claim that there’s no Jewish people.” Justice Minister Tzipi Livni accepts the served-up-as-truth campaign as unassailable: “The incitement on the Palestinian side is horrible. It’s terrible to educate children to hate,” she said, despite her conclusion that it is precisely because of this that we need a diplomatic solution.
Which sources are fed to Israeli leaders when they accuse the Palestinian Authority of incitement, at a time when security coordination between Israel and the Authority is tighter than it has ever been, and when, in the eyes of many, the PA is lead by the most moderate Palestinian leader there has ever been with whom we can reach a historic compromise?.... more.. e-mail
By 2035, Jewish population in Israel/Palestine is projected at 46 percent
Mondoweiss - Israeli soldiers detaining Palestinian children in Hebron, the largest city in the West Bank, in 2012 A large amount of news, analysis and political rhetoric is disseminated daily about the current American-initiated Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations . However, comparatively little attention — and, hence, insufficient understanding — is...
I risked imprisonment by Israel and death to study in the United States
Electronic Intifada: 20 Feb 2014 - “What about my academic freedom? What about the tens of thousands of Palestinian children and teachers whose movement to and from their schools is impeded by the Israeli military?” more..
Compulsory Education law for three to four-years-old postponed
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2014 - Education Committee votes to postpone law for one year; asks to find solution for special needs children who want to join state system.
Searching for the other Israel
Majed Kayali, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 2/18/2014
"...there are many individuals who have been avoiding making a comparison between the atrocities of the Assad regime and those of Israel because they think that it suggests some reconciliation between the two countries. This is not true"A recent article by Israeli journalist Gideon Levy has become somewhat of an internet phenomenon. Since its publication, there are those who believe Levy's works to be a conspiracy or a hoax and others who consider it to be as dangerous as placing poison in honey because it seeks to whitewash Israeli journalism. There are also those who have gone so far as to make comparisons between Israel and the Syrian regime, as they consider the latter to be "our" kin or a member of "our" tribe.
Levy is among Israel's best known writers, especially for his criticism of the government and his advocacy of Palestinian rights; he is not alone among Israeli writers and intellectuals. In a recent article he expressed his sympathy for the Palestinians living inside the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus who are under siege and dying through starvation and bombs.
"Israel," wrote Levy, "bears responsibility for what is happening inside the refugee camp, though not directly, as these Palestinians are the children of Palestine and Palestinians who were forced to flee their homes due to Israel's establishment."
The images of Yarmouk do not leave us, continued Levy. "We see images of the Palestinian boy who was chewing paper because there is no food and another, who was screaming in front of television cameras, begging the world to save him after his father passed away. There are also pictures of skeletons emerging from the bodies of the dead and the living not to mention the images of elderly women and sheikhs who are swarming the premises for hours at the time with the slim chance that they will be able to find something to eat or gain access to medicine. We have seen the images of thousands of people who are trapped inside their ruined world and destroyed homes." -- See also: Levy: Israel, save the Palestinians in Syria’s Yarmouk refugee camp more.. e-mail
Education panel postpones vote on compulsory education law for children aged three
Jerusalem Post 17 Feb 2014 - Parents of children with special needs opposed the delay due to the fact that if there if there is no application of compulsory education.
UNRWA prevented from aid distribution in Yarmouk for last week
2/15/2014 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A spokesman for the UN's Pakestine refugee agency told Ma'an on Saturday that UNRWA has been unable to distribute aid in Yarmouk for the past week, leading to a potentially "life-threatening" situation for those trapped in the besieged camp. Chris Gunness told Ma'an that "the fate particularly of women and children is of growing concern....
Analysis: Indoctrination in the Israeli school system
Tal G, Ma’an News Agency 2/14/2014
Tal G. is a high school teacher in central Israel. His name has been altered to protect his anonymity.
We Israelis are told on a daily basis about the everyday propaganda spewed forth by the Palestinian Authority: Palestinian kids learn to hate Jews, terrorists are glorified, and the land of Israel doesn't appear on geography maps in schools.
Every day for years, our government, helped by the media, has told us, "We have no real partner for peace, just look how they teach their children."
I have been in the Israeli education system as a student for 12 years and I currently work as a teacher in a high school located in the middle of Israel. As such, I am a part of the Israeli educational system.
It is about time to take a deep look at the Israeli educational system and to see how Israeli indoctrination works.
Just this last month, when a teacher in the city of Tivon dared to raise moral questions about the IDF's actions in the occupied territories, a student complained about him and the teacher was forced to face a hearing concerning his future as a teacher at his school.
This student, who dutifully fulfilled the role of "thought police" as depicted in the novel 1984, was subsequently invited to the Israeli Parliament as a guest of honor and was praised by the Israeli Culture minister and the Security minister. Last week, supporters of the student organized an evening honoring her for her courage as a defender of Israel against the "brainwashing" teacher. more.. e-mail
Think tank finds education in Arab countries is falling short
Jerusalem Post 13 Feb 2014 - Brookings Institution says 56% of primary level children are not learning while in school.
Elderly Woman Injured, Her Son, Grandson Detained In Jerusalem
IMEMC - [Wednesday at Dawn, February 11, 2014] Israeli soldiers invaded a Palestinian home in the neighborhood of al-Bustan, in Silwan town, occupied Jerusalem, kidnapped a father and his son, and injured the child’s grandmother. ...
IOF detains two Palestinian boys among others
PIC - The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained on Tuesday evening two Palestinian children, from the village of Anin to the west of Jenin, and interrogated them for two hours before releasing them.
When Palestinian protests turn violent | @guardianletters
The Guardian 11 Feb 2014 - In her feature on Palestinian children, Harriet Sherwood writes at length about protests in Nabi Saleh ( Weekend , 8 February). She mentions that at least 140 people from the village "have been detained or arrested as a...
Big Heart Campaign appeals for donations to ‘feed the minds’ of 1.2m Syrian refugee children
The National 9 Feb 2014 - The event in Dubai will feature celebrity appearances to raise funds for the education of Syrian refugee children.
Children of the occupation: growing up in Palestine
The Guardian 8 Feb 2014 - Nawal Jabarin wants to be a doctor when she grows up. For now, she lives in a cave with 14 siblings, in constant fear of military raids. We meet the Palestinian children living under Israeli occupation...
Early childhood counseling line for parents opens in Arabic
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2014 - Program includes free telephone hotline offering consultation for parents regarding the care and education of young children from birth until age six.
Serious Israeli violations against detained children
PIC - Following her visit to Megiddo prison, lawyer Hiba Mosalha revealed Israeli violations and ill-treatment policy against Palestinian minors in Israeli jails.
Oh hey, you forgot the Palestinian flag
Mondoweiss - Food Palestinian Flag (photo: Shirien) I think it can get confusing for a lot of Palestinian children growing up in the US. At least for me, anyway. I was hella confused as a kid. I come from a family of Palestinian refugees. My families on both...
Lebanon: Lebanon RRP5 Update - December 2013: Education
Relief Web 4 Feb 2014 - Source: UN Children's Fund, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic NEEDS As the 2013/2014 school year begins, there are approximately 280,000 3-18 year old Syrian refugee children registered with UNHCR in Lebanon, and...
U.N. Report Details Child Abuses by Syria Rebels, Government Troops
New York Times 4 Feb 2014 - Western-backed opposition groups in Syria are recruiting refugee children in neighboring countries and Syrian government forces are detaining and torturing children with rebel links, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said in a report on Tuesday.
MK Rozin: Time to act for the rights of children of migrant workers
Jerusalem Post 3 Feb 2014 - Meretz MK calls on Education ministry to assist with integration children of migrant workers, asylum seekers into school system.
Half of Afghan children suffer irreversible harm from malnutrition
Uruknet 3 Feb 2014 - February 1, 2014 - Afghanistan is raising a stunted generation whose hobbled development could spell disaster for the country s feeble economy and undermine the impact of billions of dollars in aid poured into health, education and other areas. More...
Palestinian Children in Israeli Military Custody Face Physical Violence
Uruknet 1 Feb 2014 - January 30, 2014 -- -Three in four Palestinian children detained by the Israeli military in the occupied West Bank last year endured physical violence during arrest and interrogation, according to Defense for Children International Palestine research. Data compiled by DCI-Palestine...
Between Normal and Abnormal: A Day in Aida Camp
Palestine Chronicle: 2 Feb 2014 - By Kholoud Al-Ajarma – Aida Refugee Camp, West Bank “This is normal, we got used to it!” Salah, the Director of Lajee Center responded to me when I comment that the center smells like tear gas even though the clashes had not started yet. Lajee Center (Lajee means refugee in Arabic) is a Palestinian creative cultural center for children and youth that was established in 2001 in Aida refugee camp, Bethlehem. Believing in its ideology and support of national, human and moral rights, I joined Lajee Center when I was 14 years old. On Sunday, January 19, 2014 I met some of the children who participate in the daily activities of the center in order to learn about their daily experience in the camp. It was 11am when I left my house at the entrance of Aida camp and walked the 50 meters between my house and the center....more
occupied Palestinian territory: Through Children’s Eyes: Mobile Theatre takes to Bethlehem, Ramallah, Hebron and Jericho
Relief Web 31 Jan 2014 - Source: European Union Country: occupied Palestinian territory The European Union’s Partnership for Peace Programme made use of the innovative form of educational theatrics to target hundreds of Palestinian children in four Governorates of the West Bank. Aptly named ‘Through the...
Glimpse of Hebron children s reality: video footage of minors, some under age 12, detained for throwing stones
Uruknet 30 Jan 2014 - January 28, 2014 - B Tselem has written to Legal Advisor for Judea and Samaria Col. Doron Ben-Barak notifying him of two recent incidents in which soldiers unlawfully detained children, some under the age of criminal responsibility, on suspicion of...
Silwan continues struggle for human rights in East Jerusalem
Uruknet 29 Jan 2014 - January 27, 2014- Amid expanding Israeli settler development projects, mounting demolition orders on Palestinian homes, and ongoing night raids to frighten and detain children, the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan remains resilient, launching a new creative protest on Wednesday, 22...
Children burned with cigarettes by Israeli soldiers in illegal settlement
Uruknet 16 Jan 2014 - January 15, 2014- Three Palestinian children were allegedly burned with lit cigarettes and denied access to food, water or toilet facilities after being arrested and detained by Israeli soldiers and police in September, a new report indicates. In separate incidents,...
VIDEO: Brown: Syrian children 'need hope'
BBC 15 Jan 2014 - Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has spoken out about the need to provide education for Syrian child refugees who have fled to Lebanon and other countries.
VIDEO: Brown: Syrian children 'need hope'
BBC 15 Jan 2014 - Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has spoken out about the need to provide education for Syrian child refugees who have fled to Lebanon and other countries.
How Butcher Sharon Massacred My Relatives
Palestine Chronicle: 14 Jan 2014 - By Jamal Kanj My friend and I were on a cross-country flight from San Diego to Washington, DC on Saturday, September 18, 1982. We arrived at our friends’ home with gleaming smiles, but were received with dejected expressions. “Haven’t you heard the news?” they asked. “What news?” we replied. “The massacre of Palestinian and Lebanese civilians in and around Sabra and Shatila camps,” was their wretched response. Needless to say we were glued to the TV listening to trickling reports from inside the camps and watching bloated bodies of women and children paraded on TV screens. Starting at 6pm on September 16 until 8am on September 18, the Israeli-armed Lebanese Phalange militia went on a killing spree while the Israeli army besieged the camps – stopping anyone from fleeing the massacre. American reporter Janet Lee Stevens, who was one of the first foreign journalists to enter the camps, described the...more
Israeli police detain two Jerusalemite children
PIC - Israeli police nabbed two Palestinian children in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem on Monday morning after searching their family homes.
PA expands role in freeing minors detained by Israel
1/11/2014 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- One of the major obstacles to ongoing peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians is the continuation of Israeli forces' detentions raids across the West Bank. These rarely remarked-upon raids are carried out day and night in Palestinian areas and often involve the detention of children. Israel has said that it will not halt detention raids even if a peace....
Israeli forces release 9 detained Palestinian children and 1 youth
1/10/2014 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces freed nine Palestinian children and one youth from detention on Friday after the intervention of Palestinian military liaisons, according to a Palestinian security source. The released teenagers were from across Hebron and Ramallah governorates and were all detained by Israeli forces on the pretext of throwing stones. The official source in the military liaison identified the released detainees from....
VIDEO: Syria's refugee child workers
BBC 10 Jan 2014 - The war in Syria has forced thousands to flee and disrupted the education of children who could be the key to rebuilding the country in the future.
VIDEO: Syria's refugee child workers
BBC 10 Jan 2014 - The war in Syria has forced thousands to flee and disrupted the education of children who could be the key to rebuilding the country in the future.
Two international activists to be deported after their arrest is declared illegal
1/9/2014 - International Solidarity Movement - International Solidarity Movement, Occupied Palestine - Yesterday, Wednesday 8th January, at approximately 11am in Khalil (Hebron), Vincent Mainville and Fabio Theodule (Swiss and Italian citizens respectively), were arrested by Israeli border police officers. The two international activists were first detained while trying to stop Israeli forces firing live ammunition and tear gas canisters towards a group of Palestinian youth and children throwing stones towards the soldiers. Israeli....
Palestinian Villagers Detain, Protect Settlers Who Attacked Child
IMEMC - A potentially violent confrontation was defused Tuesday in the Palestinian village of Qusra, south of Nablus, after a group of 11 Israeli settlers invaded the village to carry out a "revenge attack", after Israeli troops dismantled one of their illegal settlement outpost structures. ...
Palestinian Children in Cages
Uruknet 5 Jan 2014 - January 4, 2014 - Israel willfully, systematically, maliciously and lawlessly abuses detained Palestinian children. They re treated like adult prisoners. Mercy isn t Israel s long suit. Nor are peace, equity, justice or respect for fundamental human and civil rights....
Report: "Israeli Soldiers Kidnapped 3874, Including 931 Children, In 2013"
Uruknet 30 Dec 2013 - December 28, 2013 - The Census Department of the Palestinian Ministry of Detainee published its annual report stating that Israeli soldiers kidnapped, this year,3874 Palestinians, including 931 children. Four detainees died in 2013. The Census Department said that 1975 of...
Palestinian Ministry: 3,874 Palestinians detained by Israel in 2013, including 931 children
Mondoweiss - Report: ‘Soldiers kidnapped 3,874, including 931 children, in 2013′ IMEMC — [Friday Dec 27] The Census Department of the Palestinian Ministry of Detainee published its annual report stating that Israeli soldiers kidnapped, this year, 3,874 Palestinians, including 931 children. Four detainees died in 2013. The Census...
Data: 75% of the detainees in Israeli jails are children and youngsters
PIC - Official data showed that the arrests carried out by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in 2013 mainly targeted Palestinian children and youths.
Gaza is the only place the world forgets about (or pretends to forget about)
Mondoweiss - Palestinian children look at a double rainbow after heavy rain flooded Gaza Dec. 12, 2013. (photo: Hatem Moussa/AP) ‘Look where the world is and where we are!’ an exclamation I very frequently heard at home, and even expressed myself at some points. Going out to this...
JNF launches $1 billion program to settle ‘Western’ Jewish immigrants ‘fueled by Zionism’ in the Negev and Galilee
Mondoweiss - Children planting trees in Israel with the Jewish National Fund. (Photo: JNF/JSS News) Over the next 10 years the Jewish National Fund aims to inject $1 billion into programs to increase North American immigration to Jewish-only communities in the Negev and Galilee, and renew Zionist education....
occupied Palestinian territory: DCI-Palestine and LPHR launch “Know Your Rights” campaign for children on detainee rights
Relief Web 23 Dec 2013 - Source: Defence for Children International/Palestine Section Country: occupied Palestinian territory Ramallah, December 23, 2013—Defence for Children International Palestine (DCI-Palestine) launched a “Know Your Rights” campaign for Palestinian children with partner, Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR), on Monday. The campaign...
Pakistan’s ghost schools fail the young
The National 20 Dec 2013 - Abandoned pupils are part of a growing education crisis in the country where, according to the United Nations, over five million children do not attend primary school.
The Great Lament of Palestine
Vacy Vlazna, CounterPunch 12/19/2013
A Christmas letter to Pope Francis on Gaza
In desperation, in December a campaign was launched appealing to you to help release the suffering people of Gaza from the genocidal strangulation of the Israeli seven year blockade.
There is no world leader other than yourself who possesses the moral strength, the political freedom and the spiritual imperative to help Gaza. There is noone of global influence to whom the Gazans can turn except Your Holiness.
Through your words and actions, we see the same star that heralded the advent of Gandhi, of Mandela, of Jesus. It’s light – the spiritual simplicity of love for the human family, for the oppressed, for the poor, is again penetrating human hearts and consciences.
It shone bright when you went to Lampedusa, the refugee purgatory, drawing world attention to the “globalization of indifference”
“We are a society that has forgotten the experience of weeping, of “suffering with”: the globalization of indifference has taken from us the ability to weep!…..We are accustomed to the suffering of others, it doesn’t concern us, it’s none of our business…..Herod sowed death in order to defend his own well-being, his own soap bubble. And this continues to repeat itself.” (Lampedusa Homile,)
Today’s Israeli Herods have systematically made Gaza a hell on earth by imposing a blockade in violation of international law that has made Gaza an open air concentration camp imprisoning 1.7 million innocent people, half of whom are children. more.. e-mail
We shall overcome: Israel’s adherence to human rights principles
Yesh Din, Written By Yossi Gurvitz, +972 Magazine 12/18/2013
Israel declares itself to be a light unto the nations. It also violates 15 of the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
When Israel was established, its founders made sure to emphasize, in its Declaration of Independence, the universal values of Jewish tradition: “The State of Israel […] will promote the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; will be based on the precepts of liberty, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; will uphold the full social and political equality of all its citizens, without distinction of race, creed or sex; will guarantee full freedom of conscience, worship, education and culture; will safeguard the sanctity and inviolability of the shrines and Holy Places of all religions; and will dedicate itself to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.” Later on, the Knesset voted to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Furthermore, Israel is in the habit of calling itself “the only democracy in the Middle East”, and since its earliest days, its leaders were partial to the term “a light unto the nations.” As we mark Human Rights Day, we should examine whether Israel stands by the high rhetoric of its founders, and whether it fulfills the Declaration of Human Rights.
As every person living here knows, assuming their eyes are open and hearts are not blocked, Israel and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights have a rocky relationship. In the beginning of 2010, Gideon Sa’ar’s Ministry of Education decided to stop teaching the Declaration at schools (Hebrew), since it informs tender children of their right to convert to another religion and even, heaven forbid, live somewhere other than Israel. However, this is just a minor problem; reading the text of the Declaration shows that the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories violates 15 of its articles. Given that there are only 30 of them, that’s quite impressive.
Let us begin. The first violation comes with the first operative article of the Declaration, Article 2.... more.. e-mail
Study finds post-trauma symptoms in 83% of detained migrant children and parents
Jerusalem Post 15 Dec 2013 - Report also finds “most children under the age of 12 have shown psychological difficulties, severe emotional distress and behavior problems.”
Kite-flying film shows Gaza s kids grow old too soon
Uruknet 11 Dec 2013 - December 10, 2013 -In July 2010, approximately 7,500 children gathered on a beach at Seifa in northern Gaza to fly kites. They were aiming to beat their own record for simultaneous kite-flying, set the previous year at more than 3,000....
International Human Rights Day | Remember Palestinian Political Prisoners and Detainees in Israeli jails
Uruknet 11 Dec 2013 - December 10, 2013 -Since the occupation of Palestine in 1948, more than 800,000 Palestinians have been imprisoned. Different groups of the Palestinian society are exposed to Israeli arrest campaigns, including children, women and the elderly. For decades, Palestinian female prisoners...
PPS: “5000 Palestinians, Including 200 Children, Imprisoned By Israel”
IMEMC - [Tuesday, December 10, 2013] Marking The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Adopted by the UN on December 10 1948), the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that Israel is ongoing with its serious violations, and is currently holding captive more than 5000 Palestinians, including 200 minors and 15 women. ...
Israeli soldiers detained 4 children ages six to nine, handcuffed 3 of them. Kafr Qadum, November 15, 2013
Uruknet 8 Dec 2013 - December 7, 2013 - On Friday, November 15, 2013, at 9:30 AM, about two and a half hours before the weekly demonstration in the village was set to begin, four children from Kafr Qadum: Malek (8) a third grade student,...
OP-ED: What Europe Must Do for Syrian Refugees
IPS Syrian refugee children learn to survive at a camp in north Lebanon. Credit: Zak Brophy/IPS By António Guterres and Anders Danielsson GENEVA/STOCKHOLM, Dec 6 2013 (IPS) The terrible bloodshed in Syria has been going on for over two and a half years. It has caused one of the worst humanitarian...
Internet bullying has increased the risk of suicide among youth, warns Yitzhak Kadman
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2013 - Following suicide of 12-year-old boy in Beersheba after apparently being bullied at school, director of National Council for the Child urges education to identify distress in children.
Paltoons by Latuff // Days of Rage and Solidarity with Palestine
Desert Peace 12/2/2013
All Images ‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff
UN declares 2014 the ‘Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People’
Buy Gifts From Palestine ~~ List of Online Stores Selling Palestinian Products
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Sunbula Palestine – Ships Internationally (Express shipping only) A nonprofit Fair Trade organization that supports Palestinian craft producers — women‘s groups, artisan cooperatives and disabled people‘s organizations.... more.. e-mail
Israeli forces detained 110 Palestinians in Hebron in November
12/3/2013 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained 110 Palestinians in Hebron district in the southern West Bank over the course of November 2013, a report released by the Hebron office of the Palestinian Prisoners' Society says. The report pointed out that the total number of detained included 25 patients, 30 children under 18, and two women."More than 20 family members of the detainees....
IOF detains a child for 18 hours without water or food
PIC - A Palestinian child has been subjected to torture during his detention for 18 hours in an Israeli detention center.
Israeli Genocide of Palestinian Olive trees
Sabbah report 27 Nov 2013 - Extreme hatred of everything non-Jewish seems to be ingrained in the blood of Zionist Israeli Jews. This hatred is expressed by their warmongering politicians, their terrorist army, their fundamentalist rabbis, and their extremist civilians starting from their children up to their elderly of both sexes. They...
Film review: A documentary explores Israeli attitudes to the Nakba
Lisa Goldman, +972 Magazine 11/28/2013
The eponymous scene of On the Side of the Road, a documentary that explores Israeli attitudes toward the Palestinian nakba, or catastrophe, occurs midway through the film on an unpaved road just outside the West Bank settlement of Ariel. Interrupted by a curious Israeli family out for a pastoral drive, director Lia Tarachansky stops to answer their questions about what she is filming (“what TV channel will it be on?”). As they drive on, the children waving and smiling their good byes, Tarachansky stands alone on the side of the road and suddenly bursts into tears. “I mean, everyone I love is here,” she weeps, as she faces the sprawling settlement. “You know?”
Tarachansky, a journalist who works for The Real News, was raised from the age of six in Ariel, the largest settlement on the West Bank. Standing on that quiet stretch of road, surrounded by Palestinian villages, she says, “This is where I am from. I don’t know anything else.” Both statements are heartfelt, but neither is completely true. Tarachansky was born in Kiev, in the former Soviet Union, but raised from the age of six in Ariel. Like most Israeli children she learned nothing in school about the nakba, or catastrophe— the Arabic name for the dispossession and exile of the Palestinian people in 1948.
Reading Ilan Pappe’s The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine as a young adult “was my first encounter with this history,” she said in an interview conducted via Skype.
Her search for more information led her to the Israeli NGO Zochrot, which documents destroyed Palestinian villages and towns in an effort to raise awareness of the dispossession of 1948. Ultimately, she decided to make a documentary film about the subject, and how it is viewed by Israeli society. Today she lives in Jaffa, and is deeply immersed in the activist community. But what she is saying and showing in this scene outside Ariel is that the community in which she is rooted is the one that nurtured her and which she still loves, even though the divergence in their political views has now left her marginalized from mainstream Israeli society—and thus metaphorically “on the side of the road.” Asking questions about the nakba is the biggest taboo in Israeli Jewish society. more.. e-mail
4,900 Palestinians Currently Held By Israel
Uruknet 25 Nov 2013 - November 23, 2013 - Palestinian Researcher specialized in detainee s affairs, Abdul-Nasser Farawna, stated that the Israeli occupation army is still holding captive 4,900 Palestinians in 17 prisons, prison camps, detention and interrogation facilities. Among the detainees are children, disabled,...
Jordanian father appeals to UN to have his son released from Israeli jail
PIC - The father of Mohamed Mahdi, a Jordanian child detained by Israel, appealed to the UN and its committee on the rights of the child to intervene to have his son released.
Iran-bound extremist haredi cult settles in Ontario instead
Jerusalem Post 24 Nov 2013 - Cult members say they moved due to dispute with education authorities in Quebec over curriculum that they were being required to teach children.
Why did prosecutors sit on a Palestinian boy’s killing for 14 months?
Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz, +972 Magazine 11/24/2013
Yusuf Fahri Mussa Ahleil, aged 16, was shot and killed on January 28, 2011, probably by a settler. The state took 14 months to appoint a prosecutor to the case.
Many of Yesh Din’s posts in this blog deal with the incompetence of Israeli police investigations, and it’s possible that the death of Yusuf Fahri Mussa Ahleil, a 16-year-old boy from Beit Ummar, will be added to that list; but for the time being, it is a story of criminal negligence on behalf of the prosecution.
On January 28, 2011, something happened in the village of Beit Ummar in the Hebron region. Testimonies we collected describe an assault by Israeli civilians from two different directions simultaneously. Both incidents involved shooting; the second one ended in death. Witnesses described a large group of Israeli civilians raiding the village, among whom three fired at the Palestinians using weapons, likely M-16 assault rifles. According to one of the witnesses, the Israelis were conducting some sort of ceremony, blew a shofar, and then opened fire. The witnesses agree that no military troops were present and that they arrived only after the shooting.
When it was all over, Yusuf Ahleil, who was on his way to help his father with his work in the field, lay dead on the ground. The testimony of the father, Fahri, is worth quoting: “I work in agriculture, and that is my main profession. During their vacations the children help me. Before I went to work [on the morning of the incident] I asked my son Yusuf to come with me to work later during the day. At some point I heard the sound of gunshots; I did not know what it was about and kept on working. And then, I don’t remember the time, some people from the village came with a vehicle and asked to take me home. I did not understand why – I refused but they insisted, took me with them and brought me back home. When we arrived, I saw that most of the village was gathered next to my house. I asked what happened. I was told, your son was shot. I said, how can that be? We agreed that he should join me at work. This is how I learned that my son, while on his way to work with me, had been wounded by the settlers." more.. e-mail
4900 Palestinians Currently Held By Israel
IMEMC - Palestinian Researcher specialized in detainee’s affair Abdul-Nasser Farawna stated that the Israeli occupation army is still holding captive 4900 Palestinians in 17 prisons, prison camps, detention and interrogation facilities. Among the detainees are children, disabled, elderly and legislators. ...
WATCH: IDF detains 5 to 9-year-old Palestinian children in Qaddum
Uruknet 22 Nov 2013 - November 20, 2013 - Hours before the weekly protest against the occupation in the West Bank village of Qaddum last Friday, Israeli soldiers detained four Palestinian children aged five to nine for allegedly rolling burning tires. Under Israeli military law,...
11-year-old detained in Jerusalem for throwing rocks
11/20/2013 - JERULASEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Wednesday arrested a child from Silwan village in Jerusalem for allegedly throwing rocks. Malik Daana, 11, was handcuffed and taken to a police station from a barber shop in Ein al-Lawza neighborhood in Silwan, his father said. Daana's mother went to the station to check up on her son, but her ID was held, and they....
Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai receives EU Sakharov rights prize
11/20/2013 - STRASBOURG, France(AFP) -- Pakistan's teenage activist Malala Yousafzai was Wednesday handed the EU's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize. To thunderous applause announcing the European Parliament prize, the assembly's president Martin Schulz praised the 16-year-old's crusade for all childrens' right to an education, saying: "You have given hope to millions of people."[END]
Israel’s defense minister equates peace talks with murder of Israelis
Mairav Zonszein, +972 Magazine 11/18/2013
"Our victims are victims of the diplomatic process."
The man in charge of Israeli security provides his expert opinion that violence against Israelis is a direct result of negotiations with Palestinians and thus anathema to Israeli security. Can’t the same be argued regarding Israeli violence against Palestinians?
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon blamed the recent murder of Israelis in the West Bank on the peace process. By doing so, he instantaneously undermined the government’s involvement in U.S.-brokered diplomacy with the Palestinians, and made it clear that he opposes negotiations.
Speaking at a conference Sunday night, and reported thus far in Ma’ariv (Hebrew) and settler-outfit Arutz Sheva in English, Ya’alon added that the Palestinian Authority is no different than Hamas, and blamed the root of the conflict on Mahmoud Abbas’ unwillingness to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
"When there is a peace process, the Israeli issue comes up in the Palestinian media at the level of de-legitimization and hatred. They educate their children, in their curriculum, in the rhetoric, and when this increases then there are initiatives – not by terror organizations but rather by criminals – that turn into nationalistically motivated crimes. Our victims are victims of the diplomatic process. And when we stand firm and do not look like we are about to give up, that’s when we receive quiet."
Let me see if I got this straight: the presence of negotiations of some sort between Palestinians and Israelis directly leads Palestinians to incite toward violence and hatred of Israelis.... more.. e-mail
But I don’t have any homework!
Jerusalem Post 16 Nov 2013 - The inconsistency of homework assignments makes it difficult for many children to learn.
Film review: Arab citizen of Israel, member of the enemy
Shoshana Madmoni-gerber, +972 Magazine 11/16/2013
What is a Muslim woman’s place in a country where Jewish suffering is the dominant cultural theme? A new Israeli film tells the story of Hadeel, a 27-year-old Arab woman who teaches at a Jewish school in central Israel, and explores the difficulty of never fully belonging.
Dove’s Cry, Ganit Ilouz’s new documentary (playing at New York City’s “The Other Israel” film festival, November 16-18), tells the story of a charismatic Arabic teacher in a Jewish elementary school in Israel. Edited by Sara Salomon, the film speaks to both the possibilities as well as the limitations of implementing an intercultural Arabic learning program in a Jewish school. Dove’s Cry follows the journey of 27-year-old Hadeel over the span of an entire school year, the film focuses on her successes and struggles with her Jewish students and colleagues, as well as her immediate family. The film is a sobering testament to the rigid boundaries within Israeli society, and the complicated dynamics of acceptance and exclusion.
Hadeel is a single Muslim woman and citizen of Israel. She lives in Wadi Ara in northern Israel, and makes her way every day to the town of Hod Hasharon, near Tel Aviv, to teach her sixth grade students both spoken Arabic and about Arab culture. This vision is part of a welcomed attempt to incorporate the Arabic language into the educational system in a more holistic way (and early on in the children’s lives). But while Hadeel is fully accepted by her fellow teachers, and mostly beloved by her students, navigating between her Muslim identity and what is regarded in public as the culture of the enemy, is often challenging.
On a personal level, Hadeel is loved by everyone. She is charming, smart, funny and attractive. Viewers can’t help but fall in love with her. The interpersonal relationships unfolding on the screen are often heartwarming and encouraging. Even the most cynical among us can feel hope and optimism at the sight of Hadeel chatting with a fellow teacher about the horrors of dating, getting her nails done in red polish by another teacher, and a birthday dance performance by adoring students.... more.. e-mail
Witnesses: Israeli troops cuff Palestinian children
11/16/2013 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israeli troops in the West Bank detained four Palestinian children aged five to nine years for more than an hour Friday with their hands cuffed, Palestinian witnesses said. An Israeli military spokeswoman said that troops rounded up some minors during rioting in the northern West bank village of Kfar Qaddum but held them only briefly."A group of Palestinian children were detected setting....
Israeli troops cuff Palestinian children: witnesses
Uruknet 16 Nov 2013 - November 15, 2013 - Israeli troops in the West Bank detained four Palestinian children aged five to nine years for more than an hour Friday with their hands cuffed, Palestinian witnesses said. An Israeli military spokeswoman said that troops rounded...
IOF detains and beats Palestinian child north of al-Khalil
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained on Friday evening a Palestinian child near the town of Halhul, north of the city of al-Khalil in the occupied West Bank.
VIDEO: 'I quit job to educate Egyptian kids'
BBC 15 Nov 2013 - The BBC hears from a woman who left her job to concentrate on improving children's education in Egypt.
Israeli forces injure 8 Palestinians during aggressive Kafr Qaddum demonstration
11/15/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Kafr Qaddum, Occupied Palestine - Today, Friday 15th November, the Israeli army detained four children before the weekly demonstration in Kafr Qaddum. Israeli soldiers then invaded the village during the protest, firing many tear gas canisters and injuring 8 Palestinians. At approximately 9:00 this morning, a group of children were playing in the village, when Israeli forces arrived with military....
Israeli forces handcuff, detain Palestinian children as young as five
Al-Akhbar News 15 Nov 2013 - Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank detained four Palestinian children aged five to nine years for more than an hour Friday with their hands cuffed, Palestinian witnesses said. Palestinian activist Murad Ashtiye told AFP that clashes erupted with soldiers in the northern West bank village...
Health Ministry not willing to supervise school catering contractors on quality of food
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 - Overweight rate of primary school children is growing with one in seven first graders estimated to be overweight.
occupied Palestinian territory: Opening Ceremony for a Grassroots Project Supporting Disabled Children in Deheisha Refugee Camp
Relief Web 12 Nov 2013 - Source: Government of Japan Country: Japan, occupied Palestinian territory Today, on 6 th November, 2013, Mr. Makoto Honda, Deputy Representative of Japan to the PA attended the opening ceremony of the project for Expanding and Improving the Educational Center for...
Israel detains 2 children at Nablus checkpoint
11/11/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained two children at a checkpoint in Nablus on Monday, a local official said. Head of Beit Furik municipality Aref Hanini told Ma'an that Yaqout Mohammad Jawhar, 13, and Alaa Mustafa Hanini, 12, were detained during clashes at the checkpoint. Israeli soldiers detained the boys after Palestinians threw rocks at military forces, Hanini said. [END]
HRW: Egypt detains Syria refugees, forces them to leave
11/11/2013 - CAIRO (AFP) -- Egypt detained more than 1,500 refugees from Syria, including Palestinians and 250 children, before forcing most to leave the country, Human Rights Watch said in a report Monday. The New York-based watchdog said the refugees were detained for weeks and even months, and that some of the children were only two months old. HRW said that most of the refugees who were arrested....
Egypt: Egypt: Syria Refugees Detained, Coerced to Return
Relief Web 11 Nov 2013 - Source: Human Rights Watch Country: Egypt, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Palestinians, Children Among Most Vulnerable (New York, November 11, 2013) – Egypt has detained over 1,500 refugees from Syria, including at least 400 Palestinians and 250 children as...
Egypt: Syria Refugees Detained, Coerced to Return - Palestinians, Children Among Most Vulnerable
allAfrica.com 11 Nov 2013 - [HRW]Egypt has detained over 1,500 refugees from Syria, including at least 400 Palestinians and 250 children as young as two months old, for weeks and sometimes months.
48 human beings were massacred - and we have forgotten them
Shirley Racah And Abed Kannaneh, +972 Magazine 11/3/2013
When a country accepts responsibility for such a significant event in its past, one might expect it to erect a monument to the victims, to sponsor the annual memorial ceremony and to honor the memory of those murdered rather than leave the matter to the families left behind, as if it were their problem alone.
For most citizens of Israel, the 29th of October was just another day. But not for Israel’s Arab citizens. On this date in 1956, 57 years ago — the first day of the Sinai Campaign (the coordinated attack on Egypt by Israel, Great Britain, and France) —the Kafr Qasim massacre took place. A Border Police unit shot and killed 48 villagers — women, men, and children — and wounded 13 more.
Instead of addressing the massacre and its public implications head on, the government of Israel banned publication of the story. Two Knesset members, Meir Vilner and Tawfik Toubi (along with Latif Dori, who was not an MK) reached the village the next day, collected testimonies from the residents and raised the issue in the Knesset plenum. As a result, the massacre found its way to the international news media, and subsequently to the local press. In 1957, the perpetrators of the atrocity were tried and sentenced to long terms of imprisonment. Within a year, however, they had all been released.
Read also: For Palestinian citizens, Kafr Qasim isn’t a distant memory
Immediately after the massacre, poet Natan Alterman wrote in the Davar newspaper: “Such an incident must strike every human society as a terrifying nightmare, shake the seats of the supervisors and commanders, both direct and indirect, challenge entrenched concepts, alarm military instructors, and arouse a moral reckoning and search for responsibility — and all of this in addition to the punishment meted out to the perpetrators of the atrocity, so that such things may never happen here again. Never.” -- See also: For Palestinian citizens, 1956 massacre is not a distant memory more.. e-mail
Observations from Occupied Palestine, part 1
In Gaza: 4 Nov 2013 - November, 2013, CO Over the years since May 2007, I have lived in different areas of occupied Palestine, witnessing the crimes of the Zionist entity and sharing in the daily tragedies, injustices and realities of Palestinians’ lives. In the occupied West Bank in 2007, I volunteered with the International Solidarity Movement for eight months, during which time I was detained at a protest against a Jewish-only highway in the West Bank, arrested at a road-block removal action, and was finally deported and banned from occupied Palestine. During those months, I was witness to the ugliest aspects of life under Zionist rule: attacks by illegal Jewish colonists (also armed) and by Zionist soldiers on Palestinian children, women, elderly; humiliating military checkpoints , some with zoo-like turnstiles , all which serve to delay or completely prevent Palestinians’ movement; and raids and weeks-long lock-downs on Palestinian towns and cities, in which the Zionist army ransacks...more
For Kurdish Women, It’s a Double Revolution
IPS At Qamishli’s women centre, everyone is inspired by Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Credit: Karlos Zurutuza/IPS. By Karlos Zurutuza QAMISHLI, Syria, Nov 4 2013 (IPS) “I got married when I was 14 and I already had four children at 20,” recalls Nafia Brahim. In...
IOF soldiers detained 390 Palestinians last month including 8-year-old child
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up 390 Palestinians in October including 65 children, a human rights center said on Saturday.
Economic Justice: The Final Frontier
Dissident Voice: 2 Nov 2013 - On August 24, 2013 tens of thousands of people gathered to celebrate a protest fifty years ago when hundreds of thousands of other people marched and rallied in Washington DC demanding equal rights for African-American residents of the United States. It was on that day the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. made one of his best-known speeches; a speech from which just a few phrases are usually quoted. “I have a dream…” said King that day. “that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” While King spoke that day, a fellow freedom fighter was imprisoned an ocean and a half away. That man, Nelson Mandela, had foregone the nonviolent approach so closely identified with Dr. King, but only after the slaughter of hundreds of his fellow Africans...more
Unconditional release of Marwan Barghouti is positive step forward
Ahmed Kathrada, Al Jazeera 10/31/2013
A former political prisoner recounts his fight against apartheid and calls on Israel to free all political prisoners.
Marwan Barghouti, a leading Palestinian political prisoner being held for life in Israel, has spent nearly two decades of his life in Israeli jails, including the past 11 years. Approximately 30 others, who later this month are expected to exchange prison cells for larger prisons in occupied Palestine, are returning to a very different world - grown children, an even more dire political landscape, and a West that denigrates them while ignoring the crimes of their jailers.
Only a political prisoner can fully comprehend the ordeal of a fellow political prisoner. The experiences of solitary confinement, ill-treatment, separation from the outside world, and the progressive erosion of the concept of time, cannot be fully translated into words. Imprisonment leaves behind deep scars, both in your flesh and in your soul.
Together with leaders such as Walter Sisulu and Nelson Mandela, I spent more than a quarter of a century in the dungeons of apartheid in defence of an ideal that eventually triumphed: freedom and a non-racial and non-sexist, democratic South Africa. Like Israel today, the apartheid government framed our case as a "security threat", while it was evident that we were political prisoners fighting a legitimate struggle for national liberation against an oppressive and racist regime.
When people today think of South Africa they instantly recall the image of the smiling Mandela walking out of prison, to be welcomed by cheering crowds. Little do they remember the personal sacrifices that he and his fellow prisoners made over the years in apartheid prisons before reaching that moment.
I think of my cramped prison cell and I visualise my fellow freedom fighter Marwan Barghouti and other Palestinian prisoners.... more.. e-mail
Release Marwan Barghouti and All Palestinian Political Prisoners
Palestine Chronicle: 1 Nov 2013 - (Ahmed Kathrada is an anti-apartheid leader. He launched the Release Mandela Campaign and was imprisoned a year later, spending 26 years in apartheid jails. On October 27 on Robben Island, he launched the International Campaign to Free Marwan Barghouti and All Palestinian Prisoners.) By Ahmed Kathrada Marwan Barghouti, a leading Palestinian political prisoner being held for life in Israel, has spent nearly two decades of his life in Israeli jails, including the past 11 years. Approximately 30 others, who later this month are expected to exchange prison cells for larger prisons in occupied Palestine, are returning to a very different world – grown children, an even more dire political landscape, and a West that denigrates them while ignoring the crimes of their jailers. Only a political prisoner can fully comprehend the ordeal of a fellow political prisoner. The experiences of solitary confinement, ill-treatment, separation from the outside world, and the...more
Detained child's family appeals for his release
PIC - The family of the child Tawfiq Khaled Abu al-Rub, detained in Israeli jails, called on national and international human rights to intervene for his release.
Israel’s Mistreatment of Palestinian Children
Dr. Cesar Chelala, CounterPunch 10/31/2013
The Saga Continues
A UNICEF report issued last March, “Children in Israeli Military Detention,” was sharply critical of Israel’s treatment of detained Palestinian children and youths. According to that report, 700 Palestinian children aged 12-17, most of them boys, are arrested and harshly interrogated by the Israeli military, police and security agents every year in the occupied West Bank.
Now, a new UNICEF progress report states that although some progress has been achieved “violations are ongoing” seven months after the original report was released. The progress report states that there were 19 sample cases of abuse of youths between 12 and 17 in the occupied West Bank in the second quarter of 2013.
The information on mistreatment of Palestinian children and youths is the result of several years of information gathering by UN agencies related to grave violations committed against Palestinian children in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. This information is regularly reported to the United Nations Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict.
Last June, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child confirmed the abuses against Palestinian children, including torture, solitary confinement and threats of death and sexual assault in prisons. “These crimes are perpetrated from the time of arrest, during transfer and interrogation, to obtain a confession but also on an arbitrary basis as testified by several Israeli soldiers,” stated the committee.
The reported abuses of Palestinian children also confirm what the organization Breaking the Silence, constituted by Israeli soldiers who served in the IDF and work to expose human rights violations had stated in its report called “Children and Youth, Soldiers Testimonies 2005-2011.” In one of the testimonies, a soldier from the Nahal Brigade with rank of first sergeant, stated.... more.. e-mail
Nina Castro, Alternative Information Center 10/29/2013
It is eleven o’clock in the morning when a large group of children pours from the school of At Tuwani and down the hill to the meeting point in front of the Operation Dove centre, where a number of international activists await their arrival. The cheerful and colourful group of pupils, teachers, parents and some older boys, walk down the hill singing Palestinian songs and waving Palestinian flags. The children in the first row carry banners in English and Arabic that say: “Hey folks, we have the right to study without obstruction!”
The occasion of the gathering was a solidarity action organized this Wednesday, October 23, by the South Hebron Hills Popular Committee and The Freedom Theatre’s Freedom Bus, to assert the right to education of children from Tuba and Maghayir Al Abeed. The action consisted of a short march in the areas where the local children meet the Israeli military escort that accompanies them home for their safety - the route back to their villages winds between the settlement of Ma’on and the ultra-orthodox outpost of Havat Ma’on, home to some of the most extreme and violent settlers in the West Bank.
During the march, a number of At Tuwani’s residents join the group, which heads for the so-called “gate” on Khelly Hill - the agreed point where the children wait for their military escort – where they find five soldiers blocking access to the “gate”. An army vehicle soon joins the soldiers, and on a nearby hill three soldiers are seen monitoring the situation from a distance. Over the next two hours more than 5 military vehicles and 3 armoured police cars arrive. This deployment of force is unwarranted, and gives the children the unwelcome, but not unfamiliar, feeling of being surrounded by malevolent forces.
Luckily, the Freedom Theatre crew are there to distract from the army’s presence and continue their performance. The troupe uses a method called ‘Playback Theatre’, an interactive approach where audience members share thoughts, feelings and fears that the actors then transform into improvised pieces. The performance is a resounding a success, and again the crowd begins singing Palestinian songs of liberty. Soldiers begin to approach the group.... more.. e-mail
Syria: Polio epidemic fears grow
BBC 25 Oct 2013 - The number of suspected cases of polio among children in Syria is believed to have risen sharply, with at least 22 people now thought to be suffering from the disease, health officials say.
Syria: Polio epidemic fears grow
BBC 25 Oct 2013 - The number of suspected cases of polio among children in Syria is believed to have risen sharply, with at least 22 people now thought to be suffering from the disease, health officials say.
Israel: poorest country in the OECD
Sergio Yahni, Alternative Information Center 10/20/2013
In 2009 Dan Senor and Saul Singer published the book Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle, reinforcing the image of Israel as a developed country with some 63 companies listed on NASDAQ, more than those of any other foreign country.
However, the life of most Israelis is not so glossy. A report released last Wednesday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reveals that Israel, with a poverty rate of 20.9%, is the most impoverished of the 34 countries in the organisation. Moreover, the report indicates that Israel's poor population has grown more than in any other OECD nation; Israel's poverty level has exceeded that of Mexico, whose poverty rate stands at 20.4%.
These numbers, however, do not reveal the full social crisis in Israel. According to a report by the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, in 2011 31 percent of Israel's population was at risk of poverty; this includes 40 of children in Israel and 44 percent of single-parent families.
The OECD defines the relative income poverty rate as the share of people earning less than half the national median income. In Israel the poverty rate is higher than in countries such as Turkey, Mexico, Chile, Spain and Poland. As of 2010 it was over 20 percent. According to the OECD report, it has rocketed from 14 percent in 1995 to nearly 21 percent in 2013.
The director of Israel's National Insurance Institute, Professor Shlomo Mor-Yosef, recently said that planned cuts in child benefits are expected to cause an increase in the number poor of families. According to Mor-Yosef, an additional 30 to 40,000 children are about to be under the poverty line.
Israel also continues to be one of the countries with the largest income inequalities, ranking fifth in the world, with only the U.S., Mexico, Chile and Turkey having larger income gaps.... more.. e-mail
Action Alert: Palestinian institutions based in Europe ring serious alarm bells about the serious situation in Yarmouk Refugee Camp
Uruknet 19 Oct 2013 - October 19, 2013 -The undersigned European institutions have expressed deep concern over the catastrophic conditions in Yarmouk Refugee Camp since the outbreak of the events in Syria two years ago.Twenty thousand Palestinians mostly children, women and elderly suffer inhuman living...
Natsheh's family deprived from celebrating holidays with him for 20 Eids
PIC - Prisonersâ families live tough moments during holidays in the absence of their husbands, fathers and their children who are detained in the Israeli occupation prisons.
Growing up under occupation: the toll Palestinian children pay
Uruknet 16 Oct 2013 - October 16, 2013 - Palestinian children are growing up in an environment in which their rights are being violated. A recent bulletin released by UNICEF (the United Nations Children Fund) shows that 871 Palestinian children were injured and four killed...
UNICEF Publishes Report On Detained Palestinian Children
IMEMC - The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reported that Israeli violations against detained Palestinian children are still ongoing, despite an alleged Israeli decision to improve their conditions, and the methods of interrogation. ...
UNICEF: Israel violates Palestinian childrenâs rights in its jails
PIC - UNICEF states that the Israeli authorities continue to violate the rights of Palestinian children detained in the Israeli detention centers, and to breach international conventions in this regard.
Teenagers face 25 years imprisonment for allegedly throwing stones
Jessica Purkiss, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 10/14/2013
Nema Shamlawi and her family were sleeping when over 15 armed and masked Israeli soldiers raided their home in the West Bank village of Hares, during the early hours of the morning.
After searching the house and questioning her husband and sons they left, but not empty handed. Amidst Nema's protests her youngest son Ali was blindfolded, handcuffed and instructed to kiss her and his sister goodbye.
Over six months on 16 year old Ali still remains inside an Israeli adult prison on charges of "stone throwing."
"He still a child, he is 16 years old. What mind can understand that a child of just 16 years old can endure this much pain and suffering," said his mother.
The day before Ali's arrest, Israeli settler Adva Biton had been travelling with her three daughters back to her home in the settlement of Yakir, an internationally deemed illegal settlement, in occupied Palestine, when her car collided with a van on March 14th of this year, leaving one of her children severely injured.
While the driver of the van originally stated he pulled over to check what he believed to be a flat tyre, Biton reported to the police at the time of the accident that the crash had been caused by a group of Palestinian youths throwing stones at her car. The driver of the van later amended his statement to say he had noticed stones at the side of the road.
As a result the neighbouring villages of Hares and Kifl Hares faced a series of early morning raids led by Israeli soldiers in search of the alleged "culprits." Over a matter of days 19 boys, one as young as 13, were arrested.
While most were released over the coming weeks, five remain behind bars in an Israeli military prison.... more.. e-mail
How Israel increases its odds of international prosecution
Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz, +972 Magazine 10/14/2013
When the criminal records of IDF war criminals are expunged, the government puts them in danger of being tried abroad.
Last week Yesh Din published a new report,”Lacuna: War Crimes in Israeli Law and Court Martial Rulings.” It deals with the way the military justice system handles offenses that are in effect war crimes. One of the issues discussed is the criminal records of soldiers convicted of offenses of this kind.
In 2011 the Knesset enacted Amendment No. 61 of the Military Justice Act. It’s pretty complicated, but can be summed up by saying that if a soldier was convicted of an offense in a military court martial, and the court sentenced him to no more than two months imprisonment, his criminal record would be erased in five years.
The criminal record is a sort of cross that any man who has ever been convicted of a felony has to bear. It is a database run by that most efficient of Israeli bureaucracies, the Israel Police. Having your name appear in it seriously jeopardizes your chances of being employed by the government, and it may well even deprive you of a visa to travel abroad. Unless, of course, you are the leader of a major political party – then you can assault a child and still become the foreign minister. The period of time for maintaining criminal records is 10 years plus the length of the statute of limitations for the offense; the minimum period is 17 years.
As was mentioned, since 2011, soldiers convicted of offenses are given a significant discount: their criminal record is deleted after five years, assuming their sentence was shorter than two months. Amendment No. 61 is intended to prevent young people from having their names besmirched for the rest of their lives due to a mistake they made during their military service. It is also retroactive.... -- See also: Resource: War crimes in Israeli law more.. e-mail
Stop, you're scaring the children: Fear as a cornerstone in Israeli education
Ha'aretz - 12 Oct 2013
PA: 5,200 Palestinians in Israeli jails
10/12/2013 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) - There are 5,200 Palestinians in 17 Israeli military prisons and detention centers, according to a report released Saturday by the Palestinian Authority's ministry of prisoners' affairs. The report highlighted that 2,450 Palestinians were detained in 2013 including 476 children and 49 women. A number of those detainees were released later. Thirteen Palestinian lawmakers are still in Israel'....
Israeli court says parents can attend child interrogations
10/10/2013 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli judge at a Jerusalem Magistrate's court ruled Wednesday that the parents of young Palestinian detainees can attend police interrogation sessions with their children, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society said. Mufid al-Hajj, a lawyer with the Palestinian Prisoners Society, told Ma'an that the decision was made during a court session for several Palestinian minors. Israeli police....
Israeli Court Orders Investigators to Bring Parents of Detained Children during Investigations
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IOF soldiers detain child along with 8 others
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested a Palestinian child in Beit Ummar village, north of Al-Khalil, afternoon Sunday.
Israeli Soldiers Detain, Beat, Four Children Near Bethlehem
Uruknet 28 Sep 2013 - September 27, 2013 - Wednesday evening Israeli soldiers detained, for several hours, four Palestinian children in the Al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, and violently beat them before handing them back to the Palestinians. Ahmad Salah, Coordinator of the Popular Committee...
Soldiers Detain, Beat, Four Children Near Bethlehem
IMEMC - Wednesday evening [September 25, 2013] Israeli soldiers detained, for several hours, four Palestinian children in the Al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, and violently beat them before handing them back to the Palestinians. ...
Sierra Leone: Chernor Bah to Co-Chair Education Crisis Committee on Syria
allAfrica.com 26 Sep 2013 - [Concord]Sierra Leonean-born Chernor Bah, who is currently serving as the Global Youth Rep on the UN Secretary General's Global Initiative on Education, has been asked to co-chair a youth education crisis committee to aid Syrian refugee children.
Video: Going hungry in Syria
The National 25 Sep 2013 - Rights group Save the Children finds a growing number of children are at risk of malnutrition as a result of the conflict in Syria.
Central African Republic: Millions of Children Denied Education Due to Conflict - UN Warns
allAfrica.com 25 Sep 2013 - [UN News]Some 28.5 million children in countries affected by conflict are being denied access to learning, with tens of thousands of schools attacked or occupied by armed forces, heightening the risk they will never go to school or will drop out, the United Nations and its...
Where the Far Left and Far Right Agree
Dissident Voice: 24 Sep 2013 - There are three prominent issues in the news in which the far left and hard core Tea Party activists on the Right agree on policy, but for usually very different reasons: Common Core Standards, ‘Obamacare’, and Syria. Only the far left and the far right are speaking out against major policy issues whereas either mainstream America, or the political establishment in DC, take the supportive side. The Common Core Standards are an attempt to bring ‘rigor’ (as in rigor mortis ) and high standards to our public educational system to make our school children ready for the 21st Century global market. Not sure if they mean for them to compete in or to be the products of the 21st Century. Those on the left clearly see the latter. Race to the Top is the driving force behind it. It’s a force with money. It literally has bribed all 50 states with...more
Lebanon: Lebanon: RRP5 Update - August 2013
Relief Web 23 Sep 2013 - Source: UN Children's Fund, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic NEEDS Some 80% of children aged 6 to 17 are estimated to be not enrolled in school. Education assessments have highlighted a number...
Netanyahu’s lesson from killing of Israeli soldier in Hebron: Fortify occupation
Mairav Zonszein, +972 Magazine 9/23/2013
Just hours after an Israeli soldier was shot to death by a Palestinian sniper in Hebron Sunday, while the body was still warm, Prime Minister Netanyahu declared that settlers should inhabit more and more of the occupied West bank city. As Haaretz reported, Netanyahu said:
"Anyone who tries to uproot us from the city of our patriarchs will achieve the opposite. We will continue to fight terrorism… with one hand, while strengthening the settlement with the other."
And in that one paradoxical statement lies most of the problem. How and why does Israeli leadership seek to continue strengthening the settlements – which necessarily means increasing military control and violence that further entrenches the repression of Palestinian civilians – and expect to bring safety to Israeli citizens, much less to Israeli soldiers guarding this reckless and unsustainable way of life?
Am I, or any rational citizen, supposed to feel comforted, at ease or safer by Netanyahu’s statement? Is this really the lesson that should be learned from the killing? Will this prevent the next soldier from being killed?
Hebron is the cesspool of occupation, the place where the most vile ramifications of Israel’s policy of segregation and military control are most acutely visible. The city is a ghost town where Palestinians are barred from walking down the main street of their city; where they can no longer open their businesses; where settlers move around freely with 24-hour army protection; where settlers live on the upper floors of the same houses as Palestinians, separated by a wire fence through which they throw eggs, liquids and garbage at them; where Palestinian children as young as five are detained, while Israeli children never face the consequences of their violent actions; where settlers who attack a Palestinian are not arrested because it is the Sabbath. -- See also: Welcome to Hebron, where the rule of law is nonexistent more.. e-mail
Israel Refuses To Recognize Children Of Detainees Conceived By “Smuggled Semen”
IMEMC - Saturday [September 21, 2013] the Israeli Prison Administration at the Nafha Detention camp, in the Negev Desert, refused to allow detainee Abdul-Karim Reemawi, from visiting with his new born son, and his wife, as the child was conceived through artificial insemination using smuggled semen. ...
Soldiers Detain Child In Hebron
IMEMC - [Wednesday September 18 2013] The Palestinian District Coordination Office (DCO) has reported that it managed to secure the release of a Palestinian child, from the Old City of Hebron in the southern part of the West Bank, after Israeli soldiers kidnapped him. ...
Syrian Arab Republic: “Education will help me achieve my dreams”
Relief Web 17 Sep 2013 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic For most children, going back to school means returning to a familiar place and seeing old friends, but for Akram,...
occupied Palestinian territory: Al Mezan Organizes Educational Workshop Entitled “Palestinian Children’s Rights”
Relief Web 17 Sep 2013 - Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory On Sunday 15 September 2013, the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights organized an awareness workshop entitled “Palestinian Children’s Rights,” held at Rafah Preparatory School D for Girls. The...
[Uruknet 100916 17-sep-2013 18:15 ECT] Children in Iraq
Uruknet 17 Sep 2013 - September 14, 2013 - Decades of war, foreign occupation, international sanctions and political instability have changed the face of Iraq. It is now one of the worst places to grow up as a child. - 3.5 million of the 31...
[Uruknet 100884 16-sep-2013 21:00 ECT] Report: â5200 Palestinians, Including 220 Children, Imprisoned By Israelâť
Uruknet 16 Sep 2013 - September 13, 2013 - The Census Department of the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees issued a report on Palestinian political prisoners held by Israel, revealing that Israeli soldiers kidnapped 2436 Palestinians since the beginning of this year, and that the number...
Syrian Students in Lebanon: Learning Under a Tent
Al-Akhbar News 16 Sep 2013 - After conducting surveys, it was found that 80 percent of children aged 8 to 10 had never been enrolled in school before, or that they had only studied intermittently. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) After conducting surveys, it was found that 80 percent of children aged 8 to...
School a distant memory for Syria’s displaced children
The National 14 Sep 2013 - Two million Syrian children – an estimated 40 per cent of all school-age children – are no longer receiving education of because of the civil war as schools in Lebanon and Jordan are unable to absorb refugees. Bradley Hope reports from Beirut
In pictures: Syrian refugee children fall out of education system
The National 14 Sep 2013 - Two million Syrian children — an estimated 40 per cent of all school-age children —are no longer receiving education of any kind because of the civil war, according to Unicef, as schools in Lebanon and Jordan are unable to absorb refugees.
Report: “5200 Palestinians, Including 220 Children, Imprisoned By Israel”
IMEMC - The Census Department of the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees issued a report on Palestinian political prisoners held by Israel, revealing that Israeli soldiers kidnapped 2436 Palestinians since the beginning of this year, and that the number of detainees currently held by Israel is 5200. ...
[Uruknet 100762 11-sep-2013 11:29 ECT] Taliban statement Four persecuted women released from jail in a prison swap
Relief Web 11 Sep 2013 - September 7, 2013 -Four innocent women and two children imprisoned by the Kabul administration on grounds of being the relatives of some Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate, a crime for which some were held for the past ten years in illegal...
Dubai students let their hair down in first week of school term
The National 8 Sep 2013 - Dubai public schools opt for first week of fun to prepare children for learning.
Israeli forces detain dozens in Hebron camp
9/7/2013 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained over 30 Palestinians in a refugee camp near Hebron early Saturday after a firebomb was hurled at a military tower. Israeli forces escorted dozens of young men and children from the al-Arrub camp in the raid, local popular committee spokesman Ahmad Abu Khayran said."We still don't know the exact number of detainees, because from time....
U.S. Jewish groups use Holocaust guilt to push for Syria strike
Mairav Zonszein, +972 Magazine 9/5/2013
A policy decision on American military action in Syria cannot be justified by an analogy between Syrian suffering under Assad and Jewish suffering during the Holocaust.
Two weeks after a chemical attack in Syria killed at least 1,400, including 400 children, and one week after U.S. President Obama announced he favors a limited military strike on Syria, mainstream American Jewish groups broke their silence Tuesday and expressed what they conveyed as unequivocal support for a strike.
As reported in Politico, AIPAC – the powerful Israel lobby known for being forthright on all issues related to American policy in the Middle East due to its mandate to protect Israeli security interests (i.e. recent backing of military in Egypt despite massacre of Muslim Brotherhood supporters), was eerily quiet following the Obama administration’s call for a strike. But on Tuesday, it issued a statement stating that, “simply put, barbarism on a mass scale must not be given a free pass.” It then made clear that its reasoning for backing a U.S. strike has to do with American policy on Iran:
“Our view is that if this vote goes down, it will be devastating to American credibility and send a very clear message to Iran that they can press the accelerator on moving forward with their program. At this point Assad and Hezbollah are merely franchises for Iran,” as The Daily Beast reported.
However, AIPAC was careful to make sure the word “Israel” was nowhere in the statement, which is peculiar for a lobby that proudly declares itself to be THE “pro-Israel” lobby. The reason, according to several reports, is that AIPAC and other major American Jewish groups wanted to make sure their support for a U.S. strike was seen as strictly in American interests, and not tied to Israeli interests – the fear being that if America does get embroiled in a war in Syria, as it did in Iraq in 2003, Americans will blame American Jews and Israel. more.. e-mail
Ofer sentences a Palestinian child to 14 years
PIC - The Israeli Ofer Military Court sentenced Palestinian boy Mohammed Omar Rashid, 17 from the town of Yatta south of al-Khalil, to 14 years imprisonment, in addition to paying a fine of 6000 shekels.
[Uruknet 100638 04-sep-2013 19:52 ECT] An education in inequality for East Jerusalem s children
Relief Web 4 Sep 2013 - September 2, 2013 - In cities around the world, most parents agonize about their kids first day of school. They worry about whether their kids will connect with their teachers. They worry about bullying. Mostly they anguish over the quality...
Report: 30 Palestinian children from Qalqiliya are still in Israeli jails
PIC - The Palestinian prisoner society said that the number of Palestinian children from Qalqiliya who are detained in Israeli jails rose to 30 prisoners after the IOF kidnapped seven others last August.
An education in inequality for East Jerusalem’s children
Betty Herschman, +972 Magazine 9/2/2013
The number of classrooms, the availability of counselors and the numbers of dropout prevention programs constitute a grievous violation of the right to education for tens of thousands of Palestinian schoolchildren in Jerusalem.
In cities around the world, most parents agonize about their kids’ first day of school. They worry about whether their kids will connect with their teachers. They worry about bullying. Mostly they anguish over the quality of education their child will receive and whether it will prepare them for a productive life beyond their school years.
In East Jerusalem, mothers and fathers worry about whether or not their child will have a place in the classroom — indeed, whether or not the classroom will physically exist.
As the new school year begins, a gaping dearth of 2,200 classrooms endures in East Jerusalem and despite a Supreme Court ruling that the Jerusalem Municipality and Education Ministry rectify the shortage by 2016, only 150 classrooms have been built over the past five years. Furthermore, as revealed in Ir Amim’s and The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI)’s recently released joint monitoring report on the state of education in East Jerusalem, despite an overall 13 percent dropout rate, there are no dropout prevention programs in one third of Arab secondary schools in Jerusalem.
Faced with a shortage of 2,200 missing classrooms in the official Arab school system in Jerusalem, the authorities are doing too little, too late to close this intolerable gap. Exacerbating the insult of the shameful disparities in educational resources between East and West Jerusalem is Mayor Nir Barkat’s insistence that the system is getting better. Despite Barkat’s public statements, according to which under his leadership the municipality has invested significantly more than previous administrations in improving the educational system in East Jerusalem, the pace of building new classrooms is far too leisurely to respond to the urgent needs of Palestinian children. During Barkat’s current term, from 2009 until today, only 150 new classrooms have been built in East Jerusalem, with 332 additional classrooms in various stages of planning. more.. e-mail
Families of two detained children appeal to UNICEF to intervene
PIC - The families of two Palestinian children detained in Israeli occupation jails appealed to UNICEF to intervene and demand their release in order for them to join their schools.
[Uruknet 100561 31-aug-2013 18:02 ECT] Defence for Children International-Palestine s monthly bulletin on detention - Issue 43 - July 2013
Relief Web 31 Aug 2013 - August 29, 2013 -As of July 31, 2013, a total of 195 Palestinian children were imprisoned and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system. The number of children between the ages of 12 and 15 was 35, a decrease of...
Jerusalem’s Silwan kids without classrooms
Lea Frehse, Alternative Information Center 8/30/2013
80 children in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan were sent home on the first day of school this week: not enough classrooms.
The new school year began in Jerusalem this week, like many places throughout the world. When the pupils of East Jerusalem's Silwan Primary School arrived to class on the first day of school, however, the school's 80 sixth-graders were told to leave: The school doesn't have enough classrooms for all. 40 of the sixth graders were referred to a school in the adjacent neighborhood of Ras al-Amud. For the remaining 40, though, the Israeli authorities have provided no alternatives thus far.
Students and parents are disappointed and angry. Representatives of Silwan's Parents' Committee have sought contact with the Jerusalem Municipality, responsible for education in East Jerusalem, but talks have yielded no results. On Wednesday, pupils and parents assembled in protest at the school.
"We went to school on the first day, but the teachers told us there was no space this year for grade six so they sent us away," says six-grader Mohanat Dana. His friend Mohammad Jaba'a explains: "They sent us to Ahmad Abbassi School in Ras al-Amud. We don't want to go there: the Israeli soldiers come often to take kids from there."
Mohammed Abdel Hameed Adeeb, father of one of the students turned away, is angered by the authorities' neglect:: "Every year they turn some of our kids away. There are not enough classrooms and the Jerusalem municipality has done nothing to tackle the problem. more.. e-mail
Jordan: In Jordan, Palestine refugee children from Syria find hope
Relief Web 28 Aug 2013 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Jordan, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic “I used to learn French when I was in Syria,” 14-year-old Rawan says after she finishes reading a book...
Palestinian schools in Jerusalem offered money to switch to Israeli curriculum
Al-Akhbar News 28 Aug 2013 - Palestinian school children sit in their classroom of their UNRWA school on the first day of the new school year in Gaza City, on 25 August 2013. (Photo: AFP - Mahmud Hams) Several Palestinian schools in Jerusalem will incorporate Israeli educational material in their curriculum after...
Ugandan orphans receive gift of learning from Dubai students
The National 27 Aug 2013 - University of Wollongong in Dubai students create English-language app for underprivileged Ugandan children.
Jerusalem Child Forced Under House Arrest
IMEMC - The District Police in occupied East Jerusalem released on Friday evening [August 23, 2013] a Palestinian child after detaining him for two days, and ordered him under house arrest. ...
Grownup children playing war: On Kufr Qaddum and violence
Amitai Ben Abba, +972 Magazine 8/21/2013
There’s no symmetry and no comparison between a pack of kids with slingshots and the fifth largest nuclear superpower in the world. And if the side at which violence is directed perceives no threat, is that supposed violence real?
The Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Guerrilla of Qaddum’s children is running to and fro with stones and sometimes slingshots, making funny sounds at the soldiers that are lying bored overloaded with weapons and riot gear in the sun on the hill.
Kids have secret worlds of wandering imagination and play. In my own childhood, I would roam around empty building sites and fields, parks and barren streets, and the space would become only partial to the world of imagination flying in my mind. Street signs, stray cats, rubbish, thorns, empty beer cans and bongs and needles on the ground were sometimes present as props in the play, but they were mostly just regular constituents of the Jerusalem scenery, fading in and out of my child’s-play consciousness. Likewise, in Kufr Qaddum, kids play around fields filled with used teargas canisters, rubber coated steel bullets, shells of live ammo and burned patches of ground. My Kosovar and Bosnian friends would tell me of their uncanny childhoods. They were playing at war, like spies or commando units or pirates, wandering between ruins, while bombings and shootings and sometimes massacres were happening around them during the grown-ups’ actual war. In the Palestinian village of Kufr Qaddum the kids take the make-believe of children’s play to a whole other level.
"3ah ‘Aah, ghri ghrri,” the kids cry at the soldiers, like the calls shepherds make to summon their herds. “Awawa 3a wah 3aaaaahhh!”
Some older Palestinian folks are there as well. “You’re not a commander,” one of them taunts the officer from a distance. “You’re just a municipality contractor in Kufr Qaddum. Look at you, the dog is your leader; our leader is this child over here....” more.. e-mail
Man tries to attack brother on trial for murdering relatives
8/21/2013 - SALFIT (Ma'an) -- Court security guards on Wednesday detained the brother of a man on trial for killing his relatives, the district attorney said. The suspect is on trial for killing his brother's 27-year-old pregnant wife, Lina Fatooni, and her children Majd, 4, and Jana, 5. Guards detained the suspect's brother, who is the widower of Fatooni, as he....
Free land offered to build new schools in Abu Dhabi
The National 18 Aug 2013 - Investors with track record in education are asked to build new schools for 11,000 children in Khalifa City A, Al Wathba and Al Falah.
84 citizens from Gaza visit their relatives held in Nafha jail
PIC - A new batch of prisoners' families from the Gaza Strip, including 17 children, at dawn Monday headed for Nafha prison to visit their detained relatives.
Remembering Zayed: nation led by its loving father
The National 27 Jul 2013 - Picture gallery: Sheikh Zayed had boundless love for children, his own and those he considered his own as leader of the country. He valued their opinions and was strong in his knowledge that if they were well educated, the nation¿s future was safe.
Shaker Aamers children tell Senate of loneliness growing up without father
'AMITzvah’ summer program aids disadvantaged children
Jerusalem Post 20 Jul 2013 - Program provides ‘meaningful educational opportunities for families,’ says director.
Two Palestinian children detained in Hebron
IMEMC - Earlier today, Israeli soldiers detained two Palestinian children near the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron. Mohammad Abu Mayaleh, 7, and Ahmad Abed al-Qader, 10, were held for several hours and then released. No reason has been given for their detainment. ...
Israeli group visits Aqsa compound with police escort
7/15/2013 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Israelis entered the Al-Aqsa compound on Monday under armed guard, a local foundation said. The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage said the group entered the compound through the Moroccan gate accompanied by an Israeli police escort. Israeli forces deployed at the entrances to the compound and briefly detained two children, the group said. At least 180 Israelis, including....
World: Attacks on Education: The impact of conflict and grave violations on children’s futures
Relief Web 12 Jul 2013 - Source: Save the Children Country: Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Syrian Arab Republic, World Children's Futures at Risk On July 12, 2013, youth delegates from around the globe will meet at the...
'Syrian war imperils education of over 2 million children'
Jerusalem Post 12 Jul 2013 - Aid agency reports more than a fifth of Syria's schools have been destroyed, made unusable in more than 2 years of conflict.
PA to overhaul policies on children's rights
7/8/2013 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority announced Monday that it will begin an overhaul of national policies concerning children's rights in partnership with Save The Children, an international NGO. The change in policy is a result of studies done on children's health, rights, education, protection and children with disabilities by the Ministries of Health, Education, and Social Affairs, as well....
‘Amazing Race’ stars learn reality of challenged kids
Jerusalem Post 27 Jun 2013 - TV show takes its stars to Shalva to meet challenged children; show front-runner says he feels "honored" to meet children.
9-year-old dies in Gaza, without fulfilling ‘human rights’ dream, to see imprisoned father
Mondoweiss - A nine-year-old boy Tariq Assakani passed away in a road accident in Gaza today. Tariq is the only child of the Palestinian prisoner Ahmad Assakani who is serving a 27 year sentence in Israeli jails. The bus Tariq was traveling in was heading for a summer...
2 killed as prisoner relatives' bus collides with truck
6/24/2013 - Correction appended GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Two people were killed and 20 others were wounded on Monday when a bus transporting prisoners' children collided with a truck near the Israeli Civil Administration office in the northern Gaza Strip, witnesses said. Tariq was born after his father was imprisoned and had only been able to visit him twice, the center said. Gaza civil defense....
Journal: Witness to a child arrest in occupied Hebron
6/24/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 24th June 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine - Since coming to the West Bank I had heard a lot about the Israeli army detaining and arresting children. Despite this, the first time I saw it myself, I was amazed. Amazed that people - young soldiers – could intimidate, harass and arrest kids. And all done with smiles on their faces. We were called....
UN panel slams Israel for detaining migrant children, urges immediate end to policy
Ha'aretz - 24 Jun 2013
CRC: Palestinian children tortured, used as shields by Israeli occupation
PIC - The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) accused Israeli forces of mistreating Palestinian children, including torturing the detained children and using others as human shields.
UN watchdog accuses Israeli forces of abusing kids
6/20/2013 - GENEVA (AFP) -- A UN human rights watchdog on Thursday accused Israel's police and military of abuses against Palestinian children ranging from torture to solitary confinement and threats of death and sexual assault in prisons. In a report on Israel's record, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said it expressed its "deepest concern about the reported practice of torture....
Israeli court orders imprisonment of 14-year-old Jerusalemite child
PIC - An Israeli military court ordered the imprisonment of a Jerusalemite child from Alezariya, to the south east of Jerusalem.
occupied Palestinian territory: Changing lives in Gaza by providing access to credit - Case study: Salah Taha from Gaza
Relief Web 18 Jun 2013 - Source: Global Communities Country: occupied Palestinian territory This article originally appeared in Palestine Business Focus Magazine. "CHF-Ryada is helping me maintain stable future education for my children." Salah is 42 years old from Gaza. He is married and has 5...
’NY Times’ publishes defense of racial segregation in Israel
Mairav Zonszein And Lisa Goldman, Daily Beast, +972 Magazine 6/15/2013
Imagine that the ‘New York Times’ published an op-ed defending the segregation of white and black schoolchildren at an American amusement park. That’s more or less what happened in Israel recently.
Imagine that Six Flags Great Adventure, a New Jersey adventure park, quietly instituted separate days for black and white schoolchildren. Exposed by the media, the management claimed they had acted in response to complaints from some white parents about the behavior of the black children, saying they behaved badly and cursed at the white children. Senior government ministers, including President Obama, said they were outraged and suggested the incident merited an official investigation. And then a white person wrote an op-ed defending the Six Flags management’s decision. In an article saturated with links and references to right-wing media outlets like Fox News, the Washington Free Beacon and the Drudge Report, the white author claimed that Six Flags’ policy was not racist. And the New York Times published the piece.
A variation of this scenario happened in Israel recently, when local media exposed the Superland amusement park’s policy of segregating Arab and Jewish schoolchildren. The mainstream media and the government, including right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, were outraged. But Shmuel Rosner, a journalist who lives in Tel Aviv, defended the management’s policy in an op-ed for the New York Times, on the International Herald Tribune‘s Latitudes Blog. According to Rosner, the policy is not an expression of racism, but rather pragmatism that reflects a regrettable reality.
Rosner explains that Superland’s management is just trying to “prevent trouble” between Jewish and Arab kids who behave badly toward one another. This is the same argument that elite American universities like Harvard made for imposing quotas on Jewish students as recently as 50 years ago. The deans justified their policy by explaining that letting a department fill up with Jews would exacerbate anti-semitism, so by limiting the number of Jewish students they were actually protecting them. -- See also: Source: Daily Beast more.. e-mail
Israeli army detains a 10-year-old during the weekly demonstration in Kafr Qaddum
6/14/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 14th June 2013, International Women's Peace Service, Kafr Qaddum, Occupied Palestine - On Friday 14 June, the Israeli army arrested a 10-year-old child during the weekly protest in Kafr Qaddum. Israeli soldiers fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the villagers; many local residents suffered from tear gas inhalation. At approximately 12:00, when residents and international solidarity activists started gathering for the....
’Infiltrators’ or refugees: back to Jewish history
Michel Warschawski, Alternative Information Center 6/12/2013
2000 men, women, children and even newborn babies are held in what can only be described as a concentration camp (one must make a clear distinction between concentration camp and extermination camp). According to the amendment of the 'Law against Infiltrations' adopted by the last Knesset and currently pending review by the Supreme Court, Israel can hold in unlimited (sic) detention any person who illegally entered Israeli territory and claims asylum. These refugees, essentially from Sudan and Eritrea, are claiming the obvious: returning to their country may well be a death penalty for them.
The Israeli behaviour is barbarian. On the one hand, it is building an electronic fence to prevent entry for people escaping hunger or death and, on the other, it arrests those who manage to enter and detains them until they sign a document in which they “voluntarily” accept deportation.
“Such a law stains the entire Israeli law system” state an editorial last month of Haaretz, “by transforming a refugee into a criminal”. Israel signed the UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, but is obsessed by the “demographic” issue in maintaining the Jewish character and majority of Israel. To resolve this contradiction, Israel cynically denies the label of 'refugee' to men, women and children who are obviously refugees, and labels them instead as “infiltrators”. “Infiltrators” was also the name given in the 1950s and 1960s to Palestinian armed group trying to cross the borders…
As with many other crimes committed by the Israeli authorities, this is also a slap in the face of our history: thousands of Jews were trying to escape Nazi Germany to other European countries, in particular to Switzerland, but in vain. Authorities then denied them the status of refugees attempting to escape persecutions and eventually death, treating them instead as...infiltrators. more.. e-mail
UN: Syria death toll more than 93,000
6/13/2013 - GENEVA (AFP) -- More than 93,000 people, including over 6,500 children, have been killed in Syria's civil war, which has grown increasingly deadly over the past year, a United Nations study said on Thursday. The skyrocketing death toll, along with documented cases of children tortured and entire families massacred, "is a terrible reminder of just how vicious this conflict has become," UN rights chief....
Islamic Jihad 'preparing next generation to resist'
6/12/2013 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Islamic Jihad is preparing a generation of Palestinians ready to defend themselves and their people against Israeli attacks, a spokesman said Wednesday. As the movement completed a summer camp for 80 teenagers in the southern Gaza Strip, Daoud Shibab said Palestinian children needed to learn to defend themselves."We need to prepare our children to defend themselves, and protect themselves....
IOA transfers 12-year-old detainee to hospital
PIC - The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) transferred a 12-year-old Palestinian child to Hadassah Ein Karem hospital in Jerusalem only few hours after his arrest.
Gaza relatives visit detainees at Israeli jail
6/10/2013 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) - Detainees' relatives from the Gaza Strip headed on Monday morning to the Erez crossing to visit their relatives at Israel's Eshel prison, a Red Cross official said. Nasser al-Najjar told Ma'an that 37 relatives including nine children took the trip. He said the Israeli side was allowing the visits to take place weekly without incident. [END]
The return to Iqrit
Jonathan Cook, Israeli Occupation Archive 6/9/2013
Descendants of those expelled from one Palestinian village during the creation of Israel are trying to reclaim the land.
Iqrit, Israel – A dream long nurtured by hundreds of thousands of Palestinians made refugees during the establishment of the state of Israel has become a concrete reality at a small makeshift camp atop a windswept hill.
A dozen young men have set up the camp at a site in the Upper Galilee from which their grandparents were expelled more than six decades ago.
Today, all that remains of the village of Iqrit, close to Israel’s border with Lebanon, is a Catholic church on the hill’s brow. But in 1948, the village was home to 600 Christian Palestinians.
Walaa Sbeit, one of the camp’s leaders, said the group had been inspired by a vision of rebuilding their village.
“We never lost the connection to this place,” he said. “Every summer we hold a summer school here for the children to learn about the village and their past. And once a month the villagers hold a service at the church. For us, this was always our real home.”
In 1948, some 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from more than 400 villages as the new state of Israel was declared on a large part of their homeland – an event known to Palestinians as the nakba, or “catastrophe”. The refugees – mostly descendants of those driven from their homes – now number around five million, according to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.
Nearly all the emptied villages were later destroyed by the Israeli army to prevent the inhabitants, and the generations which would follow them, from ever returning home. more.. e-mail
Bethlehem man enters 21st year in Israeli jail
6/7/2013 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian detainee entered his 21st year of a life sentence in Israeli prison on Friday. Rizeq Ali Salah, 50, from al-Khader village near Bethlehem, is one of Palestine's longest-serving detainees. Both Salah's parents have died since he was detained in 1993. Salah is married with two children, and his son, Ahmad, spent one year in jail with him. [END]
Lebanon: Education support for children in Lebanon refugee camp
Relief Web 6 Jun 2013 - Source: American Near East Refugee Aid Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory In Nahr El Bared Palestinian refugee camp in the north of Lebanon, eight-year-old Mounir Wehbe draws a banana tree next to a house with large windows. He has just...
Israel allows Gaza residents to visit jailed relatives
6/3/2013 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Over 100 Gaza residents visited their relatives detained in Israel's Nafha prison on Monday, the International Committee of the Red Cross said. ICRC spokesman Nasser al-Najjar told Ma'an that 98 adults and 19 children visited 48 prisoners in Nafha jail. It was the largest group from Gaza allowed to visit prisoners since Israel resumed family visits....
occupied Palestinian territory: OFID and UNESCO Sign Project Agreement to Improve Education for Palestinian Children in West Bank and Gaza Strip
Relief Web 3 Jun 2013 - Source: UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Country: occupied Palestinian territory The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) signed a project agreement with UNESCO to improve access to quality education for Palestinian children in the West Bank and Gaza Strip,...
IOF soldiers unleash hounds on women and children in Jenin
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) unleashed their dogs on relatives of five detainees taken from Jenin at dawn Monday.
Video: Israel prohibits Gazan children from visiting imprisoned fathers
occupied Palestinian territory: Israel prohibits Gazan children from visiting imprisoned fathers, 2013
Relief Web 23 May 2013 - Source: Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories Country: occupied Palestinian territory May 2013 - Over 500 Gazan men, including 14 minors, are currently being held as prisoners and detainees in Israel. In July 2012, after a...
Lebanon: In Lebanon, Palestine refugee children from Syria in UNRWA schools receive school bags, clothing from UNICEF
Relief Web 22 May 2013 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Around 3,400 Palestine refugee children from Syria now continuing their education in UNRWA schools in Lebanon received school uniforms,...
Min. to add 1,000 kindergarten assistant jobs
Jerusalem Post 20 May 2013 - Education Minister also reiterated commitment to advancing integration of children with special needs into regular schools.
Final exams start in West Bank schools despite ministry's opposition
5/19/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) - School children across the West Bank started final exams Sunday despite the ministry of education's decision to delay them until the end of the month, a union official said."The teachers' union insisted on its decision to start finals Sunday, May 19 bypassing the ministry of education'.... Related: Court freezes union's early exam schedule
Israeli forces 'interrogate Jerusalem children'
5/17/2013 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces interrogated two Palestinian children in Jerusalem on Thursday, their father said. Iyad al-Awar told Ma'an that Israeli forces raided his home and tried to detain his children, 6-year-old Qassam and 5-year-old Nasrallah. Al-Awar prevented the arrest but troops handed him a warrant ordering him to....
New women's center hosts educational Nakba commemoration event
5/17/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 17th May 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Asira Al-Qibliyyah, Occupied Palestine, Team Nablus - The event ended in a Palestinian dabkah performance by a local girls dabkah group, celebrating culture and proving that Palestinian history has not been forgotten. A new women's center in Asira Al-Qibliyyah hosted an event for women and children in commemoration....
Nakba survivor: ’If you wanted to live, you left’
Ma’an News Agency 5/15/2013
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Ghatheyya Mifleh al-Khawalda was 15 years old when she fled her home during the Nakba of 1948.
Now 80, Ghatheyya was once a carefree teenager who used to live with her mother and sister in the village of al-Qastina, northeast of Gaza.
Although her early life was marked by tragedy -- her grandmother died when she was born and her father passed away on Eid al-Adha -- she says she had a happy childhood.
"We had a very nice house, a big house with marble floors in the hallway. My father was a farmer, and we had farmland with orange trees, apple trees, grapefruit trees and others. I used to spend my days playing with my sister and the other girls in the village. We were very happy," she told the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.
Her life changed dramatically in 1948, when Jewish militias arrived in the area where she lived.
"We had heard stories about attacks on other villages. Still, the attack on al-Qastina came without warning. Before that, there had been a British military camp nearby, but that year the British left and allowed the Jewish groups to take over."
Some Jewish militia members were wearing uniform and others had civilian clothes, Ghatheyya said, and when they arrived in the village they began firing at people, killing three villagers.
"We ran away, afraid for our safety, and went to Tal al-Safi, a nearby village on a hill. It was within walking distance, and we were in a hurry to leave, so we didn't take anything with us. It was like Doomsday. It was utter terror. People's minds were imprisoned by fear. We couldn't think of anything except leaving, not even simple things like bringing food with us," she said. more.. e-mail
Hakol Chai creates humane education program for Arab sector
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2013 - NGO project aims to prevent children’s violent behavior toward animals.
Lebanon: Protect our children’s future by protecting UNRWA schools
Relief Web 8 May 2013 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Op-Ed by Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon, Ann Dismorr Education is the basis of human development and is...
Ahrar: “1227 Palestinians Kidnapped, 16 Killed, This Year”
IMEMC - The Ahrar Center for Detainee’s Studies and Human Rights reported that Israeli soldiers kidnapped 1227 Palestinians, including children, women, elderly, intellectuals and legislators, since the beginning of this year, shot and killed 16 more Palestinians. ...
occupied Palestinian territory: Detention Bulletin - Issue 39 - March 2013
Relief Web 3 May 2013 - Source: Defence for Children International/Palestine Section Country: occupied Palestinian territory March registered the highest number of Palestinian children imprisoned and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system since October 2010, reaching a total of 238, an increase of two children...
Violence is a cruel reminder of a reality that is neither calm nor stable
Mairav Zonszein, +972 Magazine 4/30/2013
When murder and violence flash in the West Bank, Israelis should remember that on the other days they don’t hear about terror, lots of violence is taking place. Those who choose to live in an illusion of calm and stability should consider themselves both privileged and lucky. And neither of those things can last forever.
Days like today, ones that start out with a Palestinian stabbing an Israeli to death and end with Israeli settlers rampaging around, starting fires and hurling stones at innocent Palestinian bystanders – many of them children: days like today are a cruel expression of the dire situation we all live in here – but more specifically, illuminate the illusion of stability that Israelis live with.
A few months ago, the IDF was proud to announce that there were no fatal terror attacks in the West Bank at all in 2012, and it really is a feat. In fact, Evyatar Burovsky was the first Israeli victim of a fatal attack committed by a Palestinian in the West Bank since September 2011.
During this “calm” period, most Israelis continue going about their lives. They aren’t affected by the violence of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on a daily basis. But days like today, when the phrase “terror attack” is back in the news, Israelis suddenly remember that we are in a violent conflict. The government, of course, does a good job of reminding us we are the victims.
But on all those days when there is no violence against Israelis in the news, on all those days when Israelis can go about their business, the situation is actually not at all stable or calm. It’s definitely not calm for the Palestinian population, specifically in the West Bank where life under occupation is anything but free of violence. more.. e-mail
Syrian Arab Republic: In Syria, educating students a priority
Relief Web 30 Apr 2013 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 30 April 2013 Syria Now in its third year, the conflict in Syria has had a severe impact on children’s...
PHOTOS: The face of Israel’s discriminatory home demolition policy
Activestills, +972 Magazine 4/30/2013
Demolitions of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem are part and parcel of Israel’s publicly stated plans to reduce and control the demography of Palestinians and non-Jews in Jerusalem. With little chance of receiving building permits, Palestinian families often decide to build anyway, hoping that maybe their home will be spared.
On Wednesday April 24, Israeli authorities demolished three Palestinian houses in the At Tur neighborhood on the Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem. The pretext, as usual, was that the owner had built illegally, though he had spent months applying for permits from the Jerusalem Municipality and provided all requested documentation. One of the structures demolished was an addition built to house the youngest generations of the 45-member Jaradat extended family, illustrating one of the basic quandaries facing East Jerusalem Palestinians: As families grow and children get married to start families of their own, where can they live if the government will not grant them permission to build?
Israelis sometimes display a disturbingly blasé attitude toward the demolition of Palestinian homes. One sometimes encounters the attitude, even among self-proclaimed leftists, that “there are laws,” and since an Israeli Jew cannot build a house without permission, why should a Palestinian be able to? They might even offer examples of how their own family wanted to build and were denied permission. So if Israelis obey the law, isn’t it the Palestinians’ fault when they are punished for breaking it?
This attitude may seem reasonable to foreigners as well. Most countries have zoning and building regulations that are generally respected as a necessity for maintaining orderly communities. But what these attitudes fail to grasp is the systematic discrimination faced by Palestinians under Israeli occupation, a context well-documented by various human rights organizations.... more.. e-mail
Palestinian Children Denied Education in Israeli Prisons
Israeli forces detain 4 children, parent in Hebron
4/26/2013 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Friday detained four children for allegedly throwing stones in Hebron, locals said. The children, aged 8-12, were detained along with the father who tried to stop soldiers from detaining his son. [END]
'3 children detained' by Israeli police in Jerusalem
4/25/2013 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police detained three children on Thursday morning during a raid in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiyeh, a local committee member said. The three children, aged 13, were arrested by Israeli police who were accompanied by intelligence agents, Follow-Up Committee member Muhammad Abul Humus told Ma'an. A spokesman....
Israeli police detains 3 children during raid in Issawiyeh
PIC - Israeli police and undercover forces shot a Palestinian youth and detained three children, following a raid in the east Jerusalem town of Issawiyeh on Wednesday.
US academy to open in Nablus
4/24/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian teacher who spent 22 years working in the United States has decided to open an educational academy in Nablus which will follow the US school curriculum." My dream is coming true, I always wished to see our children educated the American way and we finally got permission from the....
G4S responds to public anger but remains complicit in Israel’s abhorrent prison system
Global BDS 24 Apr 2013 - Palestinian Prisoners Day was last week marked with actions in 11 countries protesting the complicity of British-Danish security company G4S in Israel’s prison system. The company provides equipment and services to prisons at which Palestinian political prisoners, including child prisoners, are illegally detained and subjected to...
UNICEF tones down report on child detainees in wake of Israeli pressure
UNICEF tones down report on child detainees in wake of Israeli pressure
Haggai Matar, +972 Magazine 4/20/2013
A story in The Australian newspaper offers a glimpse into the makings of a UN report on Palestinian children detained by Israel, including a look into how Israeli pressure muffled the report’s criticism.
The issue of Israel’s treatment of detained minors has been gaining more and more attention in recent weeks. Aside from ongoing parliamentary debates in the UK, Israel’s Channel 2 News aired a story on the nighttime arrests of child stone-throwers in the Al-Arub Refugee Camp (Hebrew), and we at +972 published Samar Hazboun’s beautiful and horrific photo essay of children’s testimonies from their detention.
Both of these were preceded by a UNICEF report published last month, which has gained much attention for its criticism of Israel’s policies towards minors in the occupied territories. Israel differentiates between Israeli and Palestinian minors by law, offering them different sets of rights, subjecting the Palestinian youths to a military court system, and often denying them basic rights in interrogations in an attempt to extort confessions. The UNICEF report concluded that “ill-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized.” Harsh words indeed.
However, it now appears that even these words have been scrutinized and carefully picked, intentionally leaving out words such as “torture” due to Israeli pressure on the UN body. Research published this week by John Lyons, Middle East correspondent for The Australian, shows how attempts were made by UNICEF to blur the severe implications of its own findings. Lyons describes the press conference in which the report was released, and says how the room was surprisingly empty due to the agency’s intentional inviting of few journalists following what one UNICEF official called intense “pressure to cancel this event.” more.. e-mail
Detained: Testimonies from Palestinian children imprisoned by Israel
Detained: Testimonies from Palestinian children imprisoned by Israel
Text and photos by Samar Hazboun, +972 Magazine 4/19/2013
Detained: Testimonies from Palestinian Children Imprisoned by Israel’ uncovers one of the most painful experiences that Palestinian children endure in the ongoing Israeli occupation. Through interviews with ex-detainees and mothers of minors presently in detention, the project documents their stories and aims to lend a voice to those who are silenced from fear of negative repercussions.
Over the past 11 years, according to Defence for Children International, some 7,500 children have been detained in Israeli prisons and detention facilities. Muhammad Daoud Dirbas, at the age of six, was the youngest child to have been detained by Israeli soldiers. Such practices are considered illegal under international law, as are other policies that children are subjected to, such as solitary confinement.
I started working on “Detained” about one year ago, because of the lack of visual documentation on the subject. I contacted some human rights organizations, which put me in contact with a few children. Unfortunately, those children refused to be interviewed; having been contacted several times by journalists, they were afraid of repercussions. I then decided to contact people I knew from Palestinian cities like Nablus and Hebron where child detention is most prevalent. Through these friends, I was able to find and contact additional children. Sadly, it was quite easy to find them since it is such a common phenomenon.
In most cases, I found children who suffer from various traumas. Some were not able to talk about what had happened in prison; others burst into tears, and it was sometimes hard for me to hold my own tears back as I was conducting the interviews. Many children agreed to talk to me “off the record”; I thus know their stories but was not able to officially interview them or take their pictures. In some cases, I was able to talk to the parents once the child left the room, and thus obtained more detailed information about how the children were dealing with what had happened to them. more.. e-mail
Israeli forces 'detain teens, child' in al-Arrub refugee camp
4/18/2013 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Thursday detained two teenagers and a child in the al-Arrub refugee camp in the southern West Bank, a local popular committee spokesman said. Mohammad Awad said Israeli soldiers raided the camp and detained 11-year-old Abdulla Abu Sharar, Odai Nemr Jawabreh, 18, and Wisam Salih al-Badawi, 19. [END]
Israel detaining 236 Palestinian children
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Israel court orders house arrest for Jenin woman
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Israel destroys West Bank community center, arrests 20
Jillian Kestler-D'Amours, Burin, Electronic Intifada 4/12/2013
Large slabs of wood lay scattered on the brightly tiled floor. Ripped posters were still clinging to the walls by bits of tape. A handful of computer hard drives were ripped out, and lay haphazardly on their sides. The electricity wires were cut, and broken windowpanes let in what little light entered the room.
“[The Israeli interrogator] told me, ‘We are now breaking your dream and your friends’ dreams,’” said 23-year-old Ghassan al-Najjar, while standing on piece of a broken wooden desk. “They said, ‘We will come back soon, but next time will be to take you and put you in the prison.’”
Al-Najjar founded the Bilal al-Najjar Martyrs Center with friends in his home village of Burin, in the northern occupied West Bank, in 2007.
Located in the heart of the village, the center provides language and computer classes, and other educational resources, to women, children, the elderly, and anyone else in Burin.
At 11:30pm Wednesday, at least 400 Israeli forces — among them, soldiers, border police and Shin Bet intelligence officers — stormed Burin, al-Najjar told The Electronic Intifada. At around 12:30am, they began ransacking the homes of some of the center’s 400 volunteers.
In total, the homes of at least 50 volunteers were raided, and the center was completely trashed. Ten volunteers were beaten and 20 more were arrested; 17 were quickly released, and three remained in Israeli custody by early Thursday evening.
Al-Najjar said his home was raided. His parents, his sister and her three young children (three-year-old twins and a three-month-old baby), who were asleep at the time, were forced outside by a group of at least 60 soldiers. more.. e-mail
Adoption, Surrogacy, and Birthright
Dissident Voice: 15 Apr 2013 - Adoption and surrogacy are today uniquely framed in terms of family creation, and the mythologies that surround this status quo still hold within all realms of “First World” societies, despite a growing challenge from adoptees, true mothers and families, as well as originating communities that source such children. Such challenges recognize the economic and political realities that undergird adoption and surrogacy as we understand it today, and most recently take the form of government apologies for the Baby Scoop era, the Magdalene Laundries, and the targeting of Indigenous Peoples within the era of Anglo-American empire. Examined from this normally unvoiced perspective, the functional aspects of these practices reveal themselves to be premised upon economic and political factors based on the needs of growing nation-states, with the desire to “create family” relegated to a supportive conceit of bourgeois society. These “pseudo-” or “proto-adoption” practices are nonetheless manifested in the industry as...more
Poverty forces Gaza children into labor market
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The inner syntax of Palestinian stone-throwing
Amira Hass, Haaretz, Independent Australian Jewish Voices 4/7/2013
It would make sense for Palestinian schools to give classes in resistance: how to build multiple ‘tower and stockade’ villages in Area C; how to behave when army troops enter your homes; how to identify soldiers who flung you handcuffed to the floor of the jeep, in order to submit a complaint.
Throwing stones is the birthright and duty of anyone subject to foreign rule. Throwing stones is an action as well as a metaphor of resistance. Persecution of stone-throwers, including 8-year-old children, is an inseparable part - though it’s not always spelled out - of the job requirements of the foreign ruler, no less than shooting, torture, land theft, restrictions on movement, and the unequal distribution of water sources.
The violence of 19-year-old soldiers, their 45-year-old commanders, and the bureaucrats, jurists and lawyers is dictated by reality. Their job is to protect the fruits of violence instilled in foreign occupation - resources, profits, power and privileges.
Steadfastness (Sumud) and resistance against the physical, and even more so the systemic, institutionalized violence, is the core sentence in the inner syntax of Palestinians in this land. This is reflected every day, every hour, every moment, without pause. Unfortunately, this is true not only in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and Gaza, but also within Israel’s recognized borders, although the violence and the resistance to it are expressed differently. But on both sides of the Green Line, the levels of distress, suffocation, bitterness, anxiety and wrath are continually on the rise, as is the astonishment at Israelis’ blindness in believing that their violence can remain in control forever....
Even if it is a right and duty, various forms of steadfastness and resisting the foreign regime, as well as its rules and limitations, should be taught and developed. Limitations could include the distinction between civilians and those who carry arms, between children and those in uniform, as well as the failures and narrowness of using weapons. -- See also: Source: Haaretz (by subscription) and Warsaw Ghetto fighter to Israeli youth: Rise up against the occupation more.. e-mail
Students celebrate reading week at Solomon's Pools
4/8/2013 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- School children in Bethlehem concluded national reading week on Sunday with a ceremony at Solomon's Pools. The event, organized by the Tamer Organization for Community Education and the education ministry, included traditional activities and performances denouncing Israeli settlement activities and land confiscation. Sami Imruwwa, director of the ministry'....
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The Unheard Voices of Palestinians
Alan Wieder, CounterPunch 3/22/2013
David Grossman's "The Yellow Wind" Revisited
David Grossman did the interviews for his book, The Yellow Wind, in May 1987, six months before the first Intifada. Not only did the book show that particular decade’s oppressive reality of Israel toward Palestine, it illustrated the causes of that Intifada, and sadly, the one that followed and those that will come because of Israel’s continuing oppression that is now wed with expanding settlements on Palestinian land in what is at the very least the closest, present parallel to the Bantustan states in apartheid South Africa.
Although somewhat confounding, Grossman did not himself define Israel as the oppressor and Palestine as the oppressed. “Defining Israel’s position as wrong in principle and the Palestinian position as entirely righteous, is simplistic and false,” he said. Grossman’s book is compelling, however, because he relies on the voices of “ordinary” Palestinians and Israelis, not politicians or officials, living in the West Bank at the time. And the people that he spoke with clearly do signify – the oppressor and the oppressed.
"The fact is that when I wrote the book I had no intention of suggesting a solution. I am a writer not a politician, and the writer’s job, I believe, is to put a finger on the wound, to write anew, in a language that the reader has not yet learned to insulate himself against, about the intricacies of the existing situation, to shatter stereotypes that make it easy not to deal with the problems. The writer’s job is to remind those who have forgotten that humanity and morality are still important questions and to warn of the future implied by the present." (Intro/NP)
Traveling for seven weeks in the West Bank, Grossman spoke to Palestinians and Israelis. He met shopkeepers, soldiers, farmers, widows, children, oppressors, victims, and more. For the purpose of this review, we will re-visit the words of some of the Palestinians whom Grossman portrays in the book.... more.. e-mail
IOF soldiers detained 90 children last month
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‘My surprise was even greater–’ Israeli emboff pens Dickensian letter to Lancet justifying harsh treatment of children throwing stones
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More than 100 Jerusalemite detainees within 3 months, including 20 children
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Obama’s 'Listening' Trip to the Middle East
Dr. Elias Akleh, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 3/25/2013
President Obama has just concluded his visit to the Middle East that included Israel, occupied Ramallah, and Jordan. The declared purpose of the visit was to listen to the concerns of the heads of states in an attempt to devise some means to revive the peace process. The real undeclared purpose of the visit is to re-instate Israel’s international status that had suffered increased isolation and criticism.
United Nations Children Fund issued its investigating report of Israeli army abuses of young Palestinian children and accusing it of grave violations of international humanitarian laws. Fourteen members of the UN Security Council had condemned, last December, Israel for advancing the construction of the illegal settlements (colonies) in occupied West Bank and Palestinian East Jerusalem stating that such plans undermine their faith in Israel’s willingness to negotiate with Palestinians. A General Assembly resolution was issued on January 14th 2013 calling on Israel to end its settlement (colonies) expansions declaring such activity as illegal. Many Israeli diplomats and pro-Zionist American politicians had expressed their concern about the increasing worldwide criticism of Israel, even among its supporters, for its settlement (colonies) expansion plans in the West Bank.
Statements of the members of the new Israeli government had shown that this government is the most extremist since the illegal establishment of the state. The new Israeli government had declared its major goal of enlarging the illegal settlements (colonies) and achieving a million Jew on occupied West Bank. Besides expansionism its members have no vision of any possible peace with Palestinians or even negotiating with them. Danny Danon, for example, the new Israeli deputy defense minister vowed to expand settlements (colonies) stating that US and the rest of the world will have to get used to see increased settlement construction. He also sees that there is no Palestinian peace partner to talk to. Avigdor Leiberman, leader of Yisrael Beitenu, stated that “anyone who thinks peace can be reached with the Palestinians is delusional.”.... more.. e-mail
Israel releases 3 children detained in Hebron
3/22/2013 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Three Palestinian children being held in Israeli custody were released on Friday, the Palestinian liaison department said. Ahmed Abdel Raouf Burgan, 15, Ahmed Abdel Muti Abu Mayaleh, 13, and Mohammed Abdul Muti Abu Mayaleh, 13, were released after being arrested in Hebron this week, a statement said. Twenty-year-old Muhammad Mahmou Abusackor....
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Israeli forces detain students in Hebron
3/20/2013 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Wednesday detained some 30 students who were on their way to school in the southern area of Hebron, locals said. Locals told Ma'an that the students were transferred to Kiryat Arba police station, and the Israeli forces were detaining every student passing Tareq Bin Zeyad street.... Related: Thirty children arrested in Hebron on their way to school and Video: Israeli soldiers round up children in Hebron
Video: Israeli soldiers round up children in Hebron
3/20/2013 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli rights group B'Tselem on Wednesday said Israel's mass arrest of children in Hebron was "unacceptable," and released a video of the detentions. The video shows soldiers forcefully arresting schoolchildren, one of whom is dragged along the ground by a group of soldiers, as the children'.... Related: Thirty children arrested in Hebron on their way to school and Israeli forces detain students in Hebron
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Call to Action: Join Addameer’s Global End Administrative Detention Campaign!
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War Without End
Palestine Chronicle: 19 Mar 2013 - By Kathy Kelly Ten years ago, in March of 2003, Iraqis braced themselves for the anticipated “Shock and Awe” attacks that the U.S. was planning to launch against them. The media buildup for the attack assured Iraqis that barbarous assaults were looming. I was living in Baghdad at the time, along with other Voices in the Wilderness activists determined to remain in Iraq, come what may. We didn’t want U.S. – led military and economic war to sever bonds that had grown between ourselves and Iraqis who had befriended us over the past seven years. Since 1996, we had traveled to Iraq numerous times, carrying medicines for children and families there, in open violation of the economic sanctions which directly targeted the most vulnerable people in Iraqi society, – the poor, the elderly, and the children. I still feel haunted by children and their heartbroken mothers and fathers whom we...more
IOF soldiers detain 41 Palestinian children in March
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Adalah: Israel denies Palestinian kids in its jails access to education
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EU To Send Delegation To Evaluate the Situation Of Palestinian Detainees
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UNICEF Criticizes Israel’s Treatment of Palestinian Kids
Dr. Cesar Chelala, CounterPunch 3/15/2013
A new UNICEF report, “Children in Israeli Military Detention,” is sharply critical of Israel’s treatment of detained Palestinian children. According to UNICEF, 700 Palestinian children aged 12-17, most of them boys, are arrested and harshly interrogated by the Israeli military, police and security agents every year in the occupied West Bank.
In some cases, stated UNICEF, it had identified practices that “amount to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention against Torture (CAT). The UNICEF report confirms what many human rights activists (including Israeli individual and organizations) have been denouncing for years.
The UNICEF report is the result of several years of information gathering by the UN agency related to grave violations committed against Palestinian children in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, including the arrest and detention of children. The information gathered is regularly reported to the United Nations Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict. Mounting allegations of ill-treatment of Palestinian children held in the Israeli military detention system prompted this review.
According to Article 37 of the Convention of the Rights of the Child, State Parties shall ensure that “No child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,”…and “Every child deprived of his or her liberty shall have the right to prompt access to legal and other appropriate assistance, as well as the right to challenge the legality of the deprivation of his or her liberty before a court or other competent, independent and impartial authority, and to a prompt decision on any such action.” These provisions have been repeatedly violated by the Israeli authorities. more.. e-mail
Army Detains A Child In Bethlehem
IMEMC - Wednesday March 13, 2013, Israeli soldiers detained a Palestinian child, 14, after claiming that she hurled stones at their jeep west of Bethlehem city. The child was released later on. ...
Women 'carry all' of Palestine’s suffering
Eva Bartlett, Gaza Strip, Electronic Intifada 3/8/2013
GAZA CITY (IPS) - “In Gaza we don’t lead normal lives, we just cope, and adapt to our abnormal lives under siege and occupation,” said Dr. Mona El-Farra, a physician and a long-time women’s rights activist in the Gaza Strip. On International Women’s Day, when many of the world’s women are fighting for workplace equality and an end to domestic violence, Farra and the majority of Gaza’s women fight for the most basic of rights.
“It is difficult to live in this small piece of land, where basic needs like clean water, regular electricity, proper sanitation and means of recreation are not met. Women in Gaza are particularly traumatized by the continuous Israeli military attacks,” said Farra.
A 2009 Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) report highlighted the suffering of Palestinian women under the illegal Israeli-led siege imposed on Gaza, and under the 23 days of Israeli attacks in 2008-2009 which killed over 1,400 Palestinians, including 112 women.
The report noted Gazan women’s continued struggle “as they attempt to come to terms with their grief and their injuries; with the loss of their children, their husbands, their relatives, their homes and their livelihoods” (“Through women’s eyes,” 28 September 2009).
For Hiba an-Nabaheen, 24, a media studies graduate from Gaza’s Palestine University, the biggest issues facing women in Gaza are the poverty and unemployment that result from the siege.
“How can a woman whose husband has died or been imprisoned continue to take care of her children? The deadly Israeli wars we endure don’t compare to the growing poverty we face. I’m a university graduate and can’t find work, and many graduates like me face the same problem, including those with exceptionally high marks." more.. e-mail
Israeli doctors accused of collusion in torture
Sharmila Devi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/11/2013
Questions are being raised about the involvement of Israeli doctors in the suspected torture of a young Palestinian detainee who died in custody last month. Sharmila Devi reports.
The death of a Palestinian prisoner in disputed circumstances in an Israeli prison has reignited a longstanding controversy over alleged physician complicity in torture as well as sparking renewed Palestinian anger over the estimated 4600 prisoners held by Israel.
The Israeli Medical Association (IMA) denied that medical professionals were involved in torture or abuse and said that as far as it knew, torture was not approved or used by Israeli security forces or prisons. However, human-rights campaigners say Palestinian prisoners have long suffered from beatings, sleep deprivation, prolonged and painful handcuffing, humiliation, and medical neglect-considered torture under international standards.
Arafat Jaradat, a 30-year-old petrol attendant with two children, was arrested on Feb 18 on suspicion of throwing stones and Molotov cocktails during a West Bank demonstration held last November against Israeli military action in the Gaza strip. Palestinians say his arrest, months after the demonstration, and his interrogation was part of a longstanding Israeli policy to coerce prisoners to become informants after their release.
Palestinian leaders say some 800 000 Palestinians have been detained by Israeli forces since 1967, and Jaradat was the 203rd prisoner to die. He died after several days of interrogation by Israeli's Shin Bet internal security service on Feb 23 at Israel's Megiddo prison.... more.. e-mail
10 years after US invasion, Kurds look to the West
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UNICEF report reveals Israel’s 'institutionalised' ill-treatment of Palestinian children
Samira Shackle, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/7/2013
UNICEF report this week found evidence of "widespread, systematic and institutionalised" ill-treatment of Palestinian minors by Israeli officials.Israel imposes two parallel legal systems across the occupied West Bank. Illegal Jewish settlers who commit a crime face the mainstream Israeli courts, with in-built legal rights and safeguards. Palestinians, on the other hand, are channelled through a military court system, with none of the legal protections enjoyed by Jews. This is true for adults and children alike.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) sets out a range of rules to safeguard the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children. Although Israel has ratified the convention, a UNICEF report this week found evidence of "widespread, systematic and institutionalised" ill-treatment of Palestinian minors by Israeli officials.
According to the report, Israeli forces have arrested, interrogated and prosecuted around 7,000 Palestinian children aged 12 to 17 over the past decade; that's an average of 700 a year, or around two every day. Most of them are boys, and the vast majority of arrests are for throwing stones, which is classed as an offence under Section 212 of Military Order 1651. The maximum sentence for children of 12 and 13 is six months behind bars, but from the age of 14 the penalty rises dramatically to between 10 and 20 years. The disproportionate nature of a 10-year prison term for a 14 year old who has thrown stones needs little elaboration.
The report tracks the whole process from arrest, through a trial, to imprisonment, and identifies practices that "amount to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention against Torture". more.. e-mail
UNICEF: “Israel Mistreats Detained Palestinian Children”
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UNICEF: Israel mistreats Palestinian children in custody
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Israel accused of abusing detained children
AlJazeera 6 Mar 2013 - UN report says Palestinian minors, most arrested for rock-throwing, face systemic ill-treatment by Israeli authorities.
UNICEF Accuses Israel of 'Systematic' Abuse of Jailed Palestinian Children
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PPS in Nablus condemns the detention and torture of children
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Did a Gaza family burn to death because of an unpaid bill?
Rami Almeghari, Gaza Strip, Electronic Intifada 2/28/2013
With their electricity cut off, the Dheir family had no choice other than to rely on candles for lighting. Their desperation had deadly consequences. On 30 January, six members of the family were burnt to death from a fire caused by the candles.
Qamar Dheir was only three-months-old. The baby perished along with three other children — Mahmoud (11), Nabil (6) and Farah (3) — and their parents Hazem (30) and Samar (27).
That morning, people in the Gaza neighborhood of al-Shajaiyeh woke up to learn they had a depressing task to perform: to help bury a young family.
Ibrahim Zaina, an uncle of Hazem Dheir, was woken by his wife at 3am that morning and told that his nephew’s house was ablaze. He rushed to the house and called the fire brigade.
“It turned that the fire engines that reached us didn’t have long enough hoses and they had no special lights,” Zaina said. “They asked us to get a man to pump water for them. Shortly after 4 o’clock, the fire was put out and the first corpse was taken to hospital at 4:15.”
According to Zaina, a crew from the Gaza Electric Company had arrived at the Dheirs’ house the previous morning and cut off its power supply. Zaina is struggling to understand why this measure was taken. Hazem’s salary, he said, was paid by the Palestinian Authority and around $60 was deducted from it each month to pay for electricity bills.
“For almost one month before the fire, Hazem’s power-saving unit — on which he depended during the blackouts that are so widespread here in Gaza — broke down,” he said. more.. e-mail
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Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli interrogation center
By Mya Guarnieri, +972 Magazine 2/23/2013
A Palestinian man died in Israeli custody, reportedly during or after being interrogated by Israel on Saturday. The death comes amid spreading West Bank protests in solidarity with hunger striking prisoners. Near Nablus, settlers reportedly shoot a Palestinian man in the stomach.
A 30-year-old Palestinian man, Arafat Jaradat, died while in Israeli custody today. According to Palestinian human rights organization Al Haq, Jaradat is believed to have died either during or shortly after he was interrogated in Meggido Prison.
Speaking to the Agence France Presse, a spokeswoman for the Israel Prisons Service confirmed the death. She claimed, “It was probably a cardiac arrest.”
But Al Haq reports that Jaradat, who was arrested on February 18, had no known health conditions. Jaradat was from the West Bank village of Sa’ir, which is north of Hebron. He is survived by two children and his wife is reportedly pregnant with their third child.
Palestinian prisoners will go on hunger strike in protest of Jaradat’s death, the Palestinian news agency Maan reports.
According to B’Tselem, more than 4,500 Palestinians are being held in Israeli prisons; 178 of the detainees are being held without trial in administrative detention. The UN reports that approximately 700,000 Palestinians have been held in Israeli prisons since the occupation began in 1967. Many of these prisoners have been held without charge on administrative detention orders. Children have also been jailed. In 2012, 143 children between 16 and 18 were held in Israeli jails, including 21 minors under the age of 15. -- See also: Lawyer: Israeli officers tortured Jaradat and Minister: Autopsy shows torture killed Jaradat more.. e-mail
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Army Kidnaps Fourteen Palestinians In West Bank
IMEMC - Wednesday at dawn, February 13, Israeli soldiers invaded several areas in the occupied West Bank, mainly in East Jerusalem, broke into and searched several homes and kidnapped at least fifteen Palestinians. The army also detained five children for several hours. ...
'I was determined to live with dignity,' says freed hunger striker Akram Rikhawi
Rami Almeghari, Rafah, Electronic Intifada 2/11/2013
Akram Rikhawi had not seen his daughter Rewan since she was two. So when an 11-year-old girl showed up in the same room as him, he had to do a double-take. “Hey, you are Rewan, aren’t you?” he asked.
At long last, Rikhawi is back in his family’s home in the Keir neighborhood of Rafah, a city near Gaza’s border with Egypt. He has been released by Israel after going on and off a hunger strike since April 2012. In total, he spent 104 days refusing food.
“I am now only thinking of one main thing, rejoicing with my family, especially my children,” he said. “Can you imagine, so far I cannot differentiate between my children’s names or ages? I will try now to compensate myself and them for the years of loss and I hope to live as normally as any father in this world.”
Rikhawi has eight offspring and also cares for his late brother’s five children.Saddest moment
During his near-decade behind Israeli bars, Rikhawi was only allowed one visit by his mother and his wife. The saddest moment of his imprisonment was when he heard of his mother’s death. “I did not know she died until one month afterwards, when I learned about her death through a local radio program,” he said.
After being arrested in June 2004, Rikhawi was sentenced to nine years imprisonment by Israel’s military courts.
His arrest took place after he was stopped at a checkpoint, while driving from Gaza City to Rafah.
“Israeli soldiers stopped the car and called me by my name: ‘Akram Rikhawi, get out, Akram Rikhawi, get out.’ They transferred me right away to an interrogation center in Ashkelon prison [in southern Israel].” more.. e-mail
Group: Israel detains children en-route to prison visit
Group: Israel detains children en-route to prison visit
2/4/2013 - JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli police on Sunday detained two young girls and their grandmother after denying them permission to visit the children's jailed father, the Palestinian prisoners society said. Hala Khanfar, 7, and Jana Khanfar, 8, were detained with their grandmother while trying to visit their father Rami Khanfar in Israel'....
IOF Releases Mother of Prisoner after Detaining Her Along with His Children
Palestine News Network
Occupation sentences 8 children to imprisonment
PIC - Ofer Court in the west of Ramallah sentenced to imprisonment eight children from the town of Beit Ummar, north of al-Khalil, on Sunday.
Ministry of prisoners: 4,750 detainees in Israeli jails, including 198 kids
PIC - The Palestinian ministry of prisoners' affairs said the number of prisoners detained in Israeli jails rose at the end of January to 4,750 detainees, including 198 minors and children.
Fiji charity drive in UAE raises Dh180k
The National 1 Feb 2013 - Donors pledged the money to the Foundation for the Education of Needy Children in Fiji affected by Cyclone Evans
Mum's the word for learning Arabic in UAE
The National 31 Jan 2013 - Expatriate parents at Gems schools are being encouraged to take Arabic lessons in the hope that they will be able to help their children with homework.
The Suffering in Syria
James Abourezk, CounterPunch 1/31/2013
The US Can End the Pain by Ending Its Interference
The violent uprising in Syria has produced some predictable and sorry results. Aside from the numbers of people dying prematurely as a result of the fighting, there are tens of thousands of Syrian civilians, consisting mostly women and children, both inside and outside of Syria who are suffering from the war. This suffering does not choose sides, both opponents and supporters of the Asad government have become victims. Their sympathies matter not as much as the amount of help they need, no matter whose side they’re on.
In the refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, Syrians who have been driven from their homes by the fighting are not only near starvation, but are suffering from the cold weather with little help from warm clothing, kerosene for heaters, or any other comforts. The international agencies are overwhelmed and are without enough money to feed and clothe them.
Inside Syria, commerce has come to a standstill. Farmers have no money for planting seeds, and even so, there are no markets for the food they could produce even if given the money to plant and to harvest. Trying to send produce to market, provided they have something to sell, is a suicide mission, as it’s much too dangerous to travel the roads.
My wife, who is of Syrian origin, and whose family are farmers, has learned that her siblings give whatever heating oil they can find to their mother so she can find some warmth. Most Syrian civilians do what they can to help their neighbors and their families who are in need, but it’s more than a matter of money. There simply is not enough bread and heating oil to go around, leaving a large part of the country wanting for the necessities of life. more.. e-mail
Hussam Calls on Associations to Exert Pressure on Israel to Allow Children Visit Their Detained Parents
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occupied Palestinian territory: OPT Detention Bulletin - Issue 36 - December 2012
Relief Web 25 Jan 2013 - Source: Defence for Children International/Palestine Section Country: occupied Palestinian territory 2012 Year in review The month of December saw a 9.6 percent increase in the number of children prosecuted in the Israeli military courts and imprisoned. This month saw a...
Russian evacuees from Syria arrive in Moscow
LA Times 23 Jan 2013 - They describe the fear that drove them from a country they'd grown to love, along with the uncertainty they now face. MOSCOW — Russian evacuees from war-torn Syria, mostly worried-looking women and children, emerged from two government airplanes Wednesday into the predawn chill of the...
Syria Launches Deadly Airstrikes in Damascus Suburbs
New York Times 14 Jan 2013 - Syrian warplanes have killed dozens of civilians, including more than 20 children, over the past few days, raising calls for expanded efforts to address the growing humanitarian crisis.
conversations on Palestine re-awaken me to the absurdities of daily life in occupied Palestine
In Gaza: 13 Jan 2013 - Disturbingly, I’ve become accustomed to and not surprised by, the daily injustices inflicted upon Palestinians throughout occupied Palestine: aadi (“normal”) as many Palestinians say. In my time in the occupied West Bank in 2007, Israeli army raids and lock-downs (“curfews”), as horrific as they are, became normal, since they happen all of the time. As do the abductions of Palestinians from their homes, including elderly, youths, children, women, and the everyday people striving to provide for their families, having done nothing wrong or meriting being abducted, arrested, imprisoned (usually without charge, “administrative detention”). The more I’ve become immersed in the realities of Palestinians, the more unbelievably ‘normal’ and expected they’ve become. It’s when I discuss this abysmal daily injustices with others who’ve just read or heard of them that they again become as outrageous as they are. “ Is Gaza being bombed right now or are things okay? “ Friends...more
Where are the Nobel Poets of Santiago? – A Poem
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Jan 2013 - By Ramzy Baroud It was here that Salvador Allende died for our sins Some say his own But the Republic was torn to shreds by Nixonian men with stiff faces Cold hearts And loud bombs Death caravans roamed the streets And women fled to heaven looking for missing children And also here I discovered that Santiago is still full of life, and treachery It was here that Neruda wrote his ‘Song of Despair’ Though he lied His name was never his own You also changed your name Hid your face behind a mask of tears Stood with the ‘others’, angry, in military fatigue And denounced my communist love of music Where are the noble poets? They ran away when the military took over Now they write secret verses from Antarctica Their voices muffled Their words veiled Timeworn No encryption can solve their mystery Here I learned to trust everyone, but...more
Iranians in Latin America spook US
Ramzy Baroud, Asia Times 1/5/2013
The text of a bill signed into law by US President Barack Obama would likely instill fear in the hearts of ordinary Americans. Apparently, barbarians from distant lands are at work. They are gathering at the US-Mexico border, cutting fences and preparing to wreak havoc on an otherwise serene American landscape.
Never mind that crazed, armed to the teeth, homegrown American terrorists are killing children and terrorizing whole cities. It is the Iranian menace that we are meant to fear, according to the new law. When compounded with the other imagined threats of Hezbollah and Hamas, all with sinister agendas, then it seems the time is right for Americans to return to their homes, bolt their doors and squat in shelters awaiting further instructions. Evidently, "The Iranians are coming."
It is as comical as it is untrue. But "The Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act", which as of December 28 became official US law, is not meant to be amusing. It is riddled with half-truths, but mostly complete and utter lies.
Yes, Iran's influence in Latin America is on the rise. However, by US standards, the expanding diplomatic ties, extending trade routes and such are considered a threat to be "countered" or as per Forbes magazine's endless wisdom, "confronted".
Language in politics can be very dangerous as it can twist reality, turning fictitious scenarios into facts. Despite its faltering economy, the US continues to experience a sharp growth in its think tank industry - men and women whose sole purpose is to invent and push political agendas, and who often belong to some foreign entity; in this case Israel. Ian Barman, Vice President of the American Foreign Policy Council reflected that sentiment exactly in a recent article in Forbes. more.. e-mail
Bought, Sold and Abused in Yemen
IPS Twenty-one-year-old Aisha clings to her two children as she recounts her tale of horror. Growing up in the Somali capital Mogadishu, she fell in love and bore a child out of wedlock four years ago. When her family threatened her life for destroying her ‘honour’, Aisha escaped. She braved the...
Lebanon’s Fanar Juvenile Center: Childhood Lost
Al-Akhbar Series and Features 2 Jan 2013 - The kids come to us from broken families and are surrounded by lies. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The kids come to us from broken families and are surrounded by lies. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Between the ages of 7 and 18, the detainees at Lebanon’s Fanar juvenile center...
Jordan Valley families expelled from Israeli 'firing zone' during Gaza attack remain uprooted
IRIN, Electronic Intifada 1/2/2013
JIFTLIK (IRIN) - For those who recently watched images of the Israeli bombardment in Gaza, the wide open hills of the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank appear as a stark contrast.
Flocks of sheep accompanied by their herders cross the hillsides, home to some of the most fertile land in all of historic Palestine.
And yet despite the abundant land and resources, Palestinians living in the valley are some of the poorest in the West Bank, lacking even the most basic infrastructure.
The Jordan Valley is marked by a patchwork of zones in which Palestinians are allowed to live, which leave little room for maneuver.
“These restrictions have removed their ability to be self-sustaining. They are in an artificial humanitarian crisis; they have the capacity, the training, the education, but because of man-made restrictions, they are made vulnerable,” Ramesh Rajasingham from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said.Out of bounds
For a start, much of the valley is officially out of bounds to Palestinians — 44 percent is marked as closed Israeli military zones (including so-called firing zones) and nature reserves. An additional 50 percent is controlled by Israeli settlements, which are illegal under international law. That leaves only 6 percent for Palestinians, according to figures from Save the Children (“Fact sheet: Jordan Valley,” October 2009 [PDF]).
A second layer of restrictions reinforces this exclusion.... -- See also: Save the Children - Fact sheet: Jordan Valley more.. e-mail
A precarious existence in the Jordan Valley
IRIN, Ma’an News Agency 1/1/2013
AL-JIFTLIK (IRIN) -- For those who recently watched images of the Israeli bombardment in Gaza, the wide open hills of the Jordan Valley in the West Bank appear as a stark contrast.
Flocks of sheep accompanied by their herders cross the hillsides, home to some of the most fertile land in all of the occupied Palestinian territory and unrivaled even in Israel.
And yet despite the abundant land and resources, Palestinians living in the Valley are some of the poorest in the Palestinian territory, lacking even the most basic infrastructure.
The Jordan Valley is marked by a patchwork of zones in which Palestinians are allowed to live, which leave little room for manoeuvre.
"These restrictions have removed their ability to be self-sustaining. They are in an artificial humanitarian crisis; they have the capacity, the training, the education, but because of man-made restrictions, they are made vulnerable," Ramesh Rajasingham, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in oPt, told IRIN.
For a start, much of the Valley is officially out of bounds to Palestinians - 44 percent is marked as closed military zones (including so-called firing zones) and nature reserves. An additional 50 percent is controlled by Israeli settlements, regarded as illegal by many in the international community. That leaves only 6 percent for Palestinians, according to figures from Save the Children.
A second layer of restrictions reinforces this exclusion.... more.. e-mail
Does Arab progress founder on an ossified language?
Robert Fisk, Dawn 1/1/2013
I’VE HEARD all kinds of reasons for the Arab-Israeli failure to agree on UN Security Council Resolution 242 — because the Arabic text calls upon Israel to withdraw from “the lands occupied by Israel in 1967” (including the West Bank, Gaza and Golan) whereas the English text (as the Americans intended) leaves out the word “the”. So “occupied land” leaves the Israelis free to decide which bits of land they want to hand back.
But the French version also takes the definite article “les” — so it can’t be the Arabs’ fault. Or does this all come about because the language Arabs speak and the language they write is not the same. Does it lack clarity? I hear this all the time — from Westerners.
There can be a kind of imprecision in practical life. I recall arriving in southern Lebanon during one of Israel’s five invasions and asking how many Israeli
tanks were on the road in front of us. “Many’, came the reply of the refugees. How many? “Ktir” — very many. 10? “Na’am”.(Yes.) 20? “Na’am” (Yes again.)
A dangerous lack of clarity there, surely.
Hasan Karmi, the Palestinian lexicographer who died six years ago, nursed the theory that having learnt colloquial Arabic as children before progression to the much more precise written form — and because language is so crucial to the development of thought — “Arabs were often handicapped by a lack of precision in their thinking”. Hence, perhaps, the failure of Arabs to maintain their historical superiority in science and intellectual thought. more.. e-mail
Protest for healthier meals at after-school program
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2012 - Parents, children, educators and nutritionists hold a vigil against unhealthy lunches served at after-school program.
Three Children Sentenced To 4 Months Each
IMEMC - The Palestinian Detainees Studies Center reported that the Israeli Salem military court sentenced three Palestinian children from Azzoun town near the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, to four months imprisonment each. ...
PA says secures release of Qalqiliya child
12/26/2012 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian military liaison in Qalqliya secured the release of a 14-year-old after Israeli forces detained him near the West Bank town, security officials said. The family of the boy, Anas Tabib, said he was taken to an investigation center in Ariel settlement after claiming he was carrying a sharp....
This Christmas, remember Palestine’s Christians
Mairead Corrigan-maguire, Ma’an News Agency 12/22/2012
Recently, the Israeli Embassy in Ireland posted a "thought for Christmas" its Facebook page to the effect that if Jesus Christ and his mother Mary alive today, they would be "lynched in Bethlehem by hostile Palestinians."
As Christians all over the world prepare to celebrate Christmas, we should also remember what that little town of Bethlehem, where Jesus was born over 2,000 years ago, looks like today.
These are distressing times for the Christians of the Holy Land, as revealed by a South African ecumenical delegation who were "traumatized" during an Advent visit to Palestinian Christians in Bethlehem and East Jerusalem this month.
Upon their return, they jointly said that they "did not expect the extent to which Israel violates international law to oppress the Palestinian people."
They reported that "it felt like walking into another apartheid ambush … the multiple Israeli house demolitions, the discriminatory Israeli legal system, the daily intimidation of Palestinians by the Israeli Defense Forces, the Israeli Apartheid Wall and its associated regime of restrictions on movement and access for Palestinians, the imprisonment of a large percentage of Palestinians (including children), the ongoing confiscation of Palestinian water and land, the closure of previously bustling Palestinian streets and businesses."
To simply take the case of Bethlehem -- although Christians live in many other areas of Palestine and Israel – one sees that from an historic high of 80 percent in 1947, Christians now make up only around 20 percent of the population. The past decade alone has seen over 10 percent of Christians leaving their homeland. more.. e-mail
Israeli Soldiers Kidnapped 900 Children In 2012
IMEMC - The Palestinian Ministry Of Detainees reported that this year witnessed a sharp increase in Israeli violations against Palestinian children, and said that Israeli soldiers kidnapped this year 900 Palestinian children comparing to 700 kidnapped last year. ...
Two Children Detained in Beit Ommar Demonstration
Palestine Solidarity Project 22 Dec 2012 - Today, dozens of Palestinians participated in the weekly demonstration organized by the Beit Ommar popular committee and Palestine Solidarity Project near the illegal Israeli settlement of Karmei Tsur. The demonstration was met by Israeli soldiers, who immediately ordered the area a closed military zone. Sound bombs...
Report: 4600 Prisoners in Israeli Jails including 182 Children, 184 Administrative Detainees
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4600 Palestinians, Including 182 Children, Imprisoned By Israel
4600 Palestinians, Including 182 Children, Imprisoned By Israel
IMEMC - Former Political Prisoner, Palestinian Researcher, Abdul-Nasser Farawna, stated that Israel is currently holding captive 4600 Palestinians, including 182 children and 11 women, in addition to 1200 detainees who are ill, including 20 who are continuously held at prison clinic. ...
PM expresses 'deepest condolences' to Obama
Jerusalem Post 15 Dec 2012 - Netanyahu conveys sympathy on behalf of the people of Israel, after gunman slaughters 20 children, 6 adults at Connecticut school.
Witnesses: 2 teens detained at Bethlehem protest
12/13/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinian children were detained by Israeli forces on Thursday afternoon during a protest against the killing of a teenager in Hebron a day earlier, according to witnesses. A demonstration was held near Bethlehem's Aida refugee camp to condemn the fatal shooting of Muhammad Salaymeh in Hebron's....
Fact Sheet: 25th anniversary of the First Intifada
The Institute for Middle East Understanding, +972 Magazine 12/10/2012
Twenty-five years ago this past weekend, a large-scale popular uprising by Palestinians began against Israel’s then 20-year-old military occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza. Sparked by an incident in which four Palestinians were hit and killed by an Israeli driving in Gaza on December 8, 1987, Palestinian frustration at living under repressive Israeli military rule and Israel’s growing colonial settlement enterprise erupted, grabbing international headlines and drawing attention to the plight of Palestinians living in the occupied territories. On this 25th anniversary, the IMEU offers the following fact sheet on the First Intifada.
Facts and figures
During the First Intifada, Palestinians employ tactics such as unarmed demonstrations, including rock throwing against soldiers, commercial strikes, a refusal to pay taxes to Israeli authorities, and other acts of civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance. They are coordinated largely by grassroots ad hoc committees of Palestinians in the occupied territories rather than the PLO leadership abroad.
In response, Israeli soldiers use brutal force to repress the mostly unarmed popular rebellion. Then Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin implements the infamous “broken bones” policy, ordering security forces to break the limbs [WARNING: Graphic video] of rock-throwing Palestinians and other demonstrators.
More than 1000 Palestinians are killed by Israeli forces during the First Intifada, including 237 children under the age of 17. Many tens of thousands more are injured.
According to an estimate by the Swedish branch of Save the Children, as many as 29,900 children require medical treatment for injuries caused by beatings from Israeli soldiers during the first two years of the Intifada alone.... more.. e-mail
Singing hearts out to ensure Filipino children are educated back home
The National 8 Dec 2012 - Yan ang Boses is a fun event held to raise funds for the UAE chapter of the University of the Philippines Alumni Association.
A tale of blind father with four sons in jails
PIC - The family of Hajj âAbu Azzam Meriâť is one of the Palestinian families who suffered a lot from the occupation, where his four sons were detained in Israeli jails and banned from seeing their children.
Report: “ 650, Including 85 Children, 7 women, Kidnapped In November”
IMEMC - The Palestinian Detainees Research Center published a report on Sunday revealing that Israeli soldiers kidnapped 650 Palestinians in November; adding that 85 women and 7 children were among the kidnapped Palestinians. ...
Pupils in UAE waste too much time on net
The National 28 Nov 2012 - Children are wasting time on social-networking websites instead of studying or spending time with their families, education authorities have warned.
Saudi authorities detain families at rights protest
Daily Star 27 Nov 2012 Saudi security forces detained dozens of men, women and children on Tuesday after they staged a rare protest outside a human rights group's office in Riyadh to demand the release of jailed relatives.
The Likud presents: The craziest, most radical list ever expected to win elections
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 11/26/2012
Knesset members behind attacks on the left, Arabs and asylum seekers won the day at the Likud primaries. All moderates but one were pushed down the list, and probably won’t serve in the next Knesset.
The Likud, Israel’s ruling party the last four years, and the one expected to win the next elections according to every poll I have seen since 2009 (!), held its primaries on Sunday and Monday. The outcome was somewhat expected but is still stunning, and more than anything, it reveals the deep change Israel is going through.
The top of the ticket will be held by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Roughly one-third of the seats will go to Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beitenu party, as part of the deal on the joint ticket the two parties reached (Lieberman himself will hold the number two spot); therefore, only the first 20 candidates on the Likud list are expected to enter the Knesset.
All the so-called Likud “moderates,” except for Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, were pushed out of the top seed and will probably be out of the Knesset; that includes ministers Benny Begin, Michael Eitan and Dan Meridor. The most vocal backbenchers – those behind attacks on the left, Arabs and human rights NGOs – won the day. The Likud looks right now like the Tea Party’s dream team.
#1 in the Likud primaries is Gidon Sa’ar, the current education minister and the person behind the school trips that take Israeli children to the settlement in occupied Hebron, and the effort to open a university in the settlement of Ariel. He also has a lot to do with the attempt to shut down the Department of Government and Politics at Ben-Gurion University in Be’er Sheva. more.. e-mail
When the Smoke Clears in Gaza
Yousef Munayyer, The New Yorker 11/19/2012
Sooner or later, hopefully sooner, the all-too-familiar scenes of violence in the Gaza Strip—the sight, on Sunday, of children’s bodies being pulled from a flattened house; the rocket launches—will temporarily stop. As after every round that preceded this, a ceasefire will eventually be reached. The question is what we will have learned.
Since the bombing began, both sides have asked how this ends. If the answer is something other than with a repetition in a few more years—a perpetual state of war—Israelis must wrestle with the question of their own identity. No, that question is not the clichéd one: Does Israel have a right to exist? Rather, the more imperative question is: Is the way in which Israel exists—as an occupier, a colonizer, and ultimately, as an apartheid state—right? Is there another solution, involving a single, democratic state?
For decades, the ideas put forward by Ze’ev Jabotinsky in his 1923 essay “The Iron Wall” have shaped the way that many Israelis have approached their relationship with the Palestinians. Jabotinsky, the ideological forefather of Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing Likud party, believed that it was naďve to think that the native Arabs would ever accept what he identified as “Zionist colonization.” Thus, he concluded, the only way that the Zionist project could succeed was through the use of force—“an iron wall which the native population cannot break through.”
What has transpired in Gaza over the past several days, and what has transpired in Palestine over the last century, has proven Jabotinsky and his modern day protégés both right and wrong. They are right to believe that the native Palestinian Arabs will not give up their right to the land or to full equality; they are not simply going to go away. But they are wrong to believe that this challenge can be solved by force. more.. e-mail
Gaza children return to rubble-strewn schools
11/24/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Pupils returning to schools in the Gaza Strip on Saturday found many had been reduced to rubble after Israel's eight-day bombardment of the coastal enclave. Gaza's ministry of education said 52 schools had sustained moderate to severe damage during the Israeli bombing campaign. Ministry director Mahmoud....
occupied Palestinian territory: Children suffering devastating and lasting impact of Gaza crisis, says UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
Relief Web 22 Nov 2012 - Source: UN Human Rights Council Country: Israel, occupied Palestinian territory GENEVA (22 November 2012) – While welcoming the ceasefire which started last night, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child on Thursday expressed its “deep concern at...
Behind the pillars of cloud
Rami Zurayk and Anne Gough, Al Jazeera.com 11/22/2012
The food and farming sector in Gaza has been severely maimed, worsening the condition of agricultural sector.
Since its creation in 1948, Israel has used food and nutrition as a means to entrench its military and territorial occupation of Palestine. While all eyes are turned today to the savage eradication of children and entire families in Gaza through operation "Pillar of Cloud", Israel pursues its long-term goal of decimating the means of food production, livelihoods and the ability of those in Gaza to make economic and political decisions about what they grow and what they eat.
Gaza and the rest of Occupied Palestine is being restructured as an entity where malnutrition is endemic, access to food is denied and people are forced to live under the constant fear of not having enough to eat.
In the last eight days, the food and farming sector in Gaza has been severely maimed, worsening the condition of an agricultural sector impaired by six years of Israeli imposed siege, military campaigns and decades of occupation.
In the first five days of the assault, the Ministry of Agriculture in Gaza estimated losses to the agriculture and fishing sectors to be above US $50 million. Follow the latest developments in the ongoing conflict
According to our colleague Mohammad El Bakri, who is with the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, and other agricultural specialists in Gaza, farmers are in the midst of the crucial olive harvest and olive oil production season and the destruction is a disastrous blow for food and economic security in Gaza. more.. e-mail
In photos: Israel relentlessly bombs Gaza, West Bank protests repressed
Electronic Intifada 11/18/2012
Israel has shown no mercy in its bombing of the besieged and occupied Gaza Strip, as airstrikes and shelling entered into the fifth day on Sunday (see previous photostory documenting the run-up to and first days of the assault). Israel has reportedly approved the drafting of 75,000 reservists, though so far there has been no ground invasion.
With nearly 50 fatalities in Gaza since Israel’s breaking of a tenuous ceasefire on Wednesday, the World Health Organization warned on Saturday that Gaza’s hospitals “are overwhelmed with casualties from Israel’s bombings and face critical shortages of drugs and medical supplies,” according to the Reuters news agency (“Gaza hospitals stretched, need supplies to treat wounded: WHO”).
Reuters adds: “the WHO, quoting Health Ministry officials in Gaza, said 382 people have been injured - 245 adults and 137 children.” Gaza’s health facilities were already “severely over stretched mainly as a result of the siege of Gaza,” the UN organization said.
Meanwhile, Palestinian resistance groups fired more long-rage rockets towards Tel Aviv, and sirens were heard in Jerusalem for the first time. Gaza groups also fired short-range rockets, many of them intercepted by the Iron Dome system, according to Israeli media. Rockets were also reported to have been fired from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Three Israeli civilians were killed by a rocket fired from Gaza on Thursday.
Protests against Israel’s assault on Gaza erupted across the West Bank, where protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers. According to the Ma’an News Agency, five Palestinian citizens of Israel were detained at a protest in Jerusalem’s Beit Hanina neighborhood and ten persons were detained by Israel at protests in Gaza across the West Bank yesterday. Israeli forces also arrested protesters outside Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday. more.. e-mail
Letter from Khan Yunis: ‘Our blood is being shed every day and the world has yet to learn that we are human beings’
Mondoweiss - Palestinians gather around a destroyed house in Khan Yunis, November 19, 2012. (Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa via RT ) A message for the world: On UN Children’s day, it is also the 7th day of the Israeli aggression on Gaza. I admit I'm not strong enough to bear...
Dubai pupils caught in school rent row may have to repeat year
The National 18 Nov 2012 - Hundreds of Pakistani children face having to repeat a year of education if their school is forced to close in April.
Qatari Spearheads Effort to Educate 61 Million Children
New York Times 18 Nov 2012 - Sheika Moza bint Nasser, wife of the emir of Qatar, created the Educate a Child initiative, which has partnerships with five global development organizations.
Special needs children may suffer if expat schooling bill passes
The National 16 Nov 2012 - Parents of learning-disabled children say new law requiring mandatory schooling leaves them short of options.
Compulsory education for expatriate children in UAE
The National 6 Nov 2012 - The FNC's education committee is reviewing a bill on compulsory education for all children between the age of 6 and 18.
Palestinian Detainees: no security in injustice
CAABU - Council for Arab-British Understanding 11/4/2012
The clanking of leg irons on a 13-year-old Palestinian boy as he entered the courtroom is a sound I will never forget. It was Kafkaesque; as if this boy could endanger anyone in the middle of an Israeli military base. What a Caabu delegation of British politicians witnessed in the ‘courtroom’ at Ofer was a mockery of law and process worthy of the term ‘kangaroo’. The children had so little faith in the proceedings that all they wanted to do was to see their parents and hear their news for the first time in weeks.
These scenes are not unusual. What this report outlines is the way in which entire generations of Palestinians have had to experience the humiliation and degradation of the Israeli military justice system, one of the most oppressive tools of the 45-yearold Israeli occupation. The unfairness of this system gained greater prominence in 2012 following hunger strikes by Palestinians in Israeli detention centres. For these reasons, Caabu has chosen to highlight this issue by taking seven delegations of Parliamentarians to visit military courts and detainees’ families since November 2010. But Palestinians also suffer at the hands of their own fledgling justice system. Theweakness of due process and the ill-treatment highlighted in this report illustrate the need for more detailed monitoring and analysis in this area.
It is much easier to justify extreme measures – including violence – against people whom we do not see as human.... -- See also: Martial law on the West Bank: Discrimination in action more.. e-mail
Martial law on the West Bank: Discrimination in action
Kate Meekings, CAABU - Council for Arab-British Understanding 10/3/2012
In May 2012, a Caabu delegation to Ofer military court in the West Bank saw a Palestinian child tried for throwing a Molotov cocktail. The 16-year-old boy looked close to tears throughout his ‘trial’: his legs were shackled together, he had a lesion on his cheek and for most of the time he was in the courtroom his eyes were fixed on his mother, not the judge. When asked how he pleaded, he seemed confused and looked imploringly across the room to his mother, whom he had not seen since his arrest. His lawyer instructed him to plead guilty and he was swiftly sentenced to 20 months in prison.
Three months later, on 16 August, six Palestinian civilians - including two children - were wounded in a firebomb attack on a taxi by Israeli settlers in the West Bank. Three Israeli children, aged between 12 and 13, from the nearby settlement of Bat Ayin were arrested, questioned, and then released three or four days later.
It is useful here to compare the equivalent processes that a 12-year-old Palestinian child would go through if arrested on suspicion of a firebomb attack. While both children would be held criminally responsible for such an attack, only the Palestinian child could receive a custodial sentence. A 12-year-old Israeli child can be held without access for a lawyer for 48 hours, while his Palestinian counterpart can be held for 90 days. Bail is granted for 80% of Israeli children, but only 13% of Palestinian children. As mentioned, an Israeli 12-year-old cannot receive a custodial sentence (older Israeli children, aged from 14 to 17, receive custodial sentences in 6.5% of cases), yet 90% of Palestinian 12-year-olds will receive a custodial sentence.
Clearly I cannot know for certain whether any of the young people mentioned above were guilty of what they were accused of. What is clear however is that this dual judicial system, which differentiates between two peoples living in one land on the basis of race, systematically discriminates against Palestinians. -- See also: +972: Visualizing Occupation: Children under Israel's legal regime and Palestinian Detainees: no security in injustice more.. e-mail
Report: “Soldiers Kidnapped 292 Palestinians In October”
IMEMC - The Ahrar Center for Detainees’ Studies and Human Rights reported that Israeli soldiers kidnapped in October 292 Palestinians in different parts of the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip, adding that among the kidnapped are 26 children. ...
IDF embraces its bar and bat mitzva-aged orphans
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2012 - Many Israeli children grow up with only one parent because the other was killed in the line of duty.
Children learn democracy via Rabin’s assassination
Jerusalem Post 28 Oct 2012 - Six-grade classmates learn about Yitzak Rabin at school and extract some important lessons from his story.
Natzrat Ilit: There is no need for our children to be educated with Arabs
Parents in Nazareth Illit: ‘There is no need for our children to be educated with Arabs
Mondoweiss - Lilach kindergarten in Nazareth Illit. (Photo: Eran Gilvarg/Walla News) Only few days ago Haaretz published disturbing, though not surprising, survey that was conducted among Jewish Israelis, where most Israeli supported Apartheid regime in Israel. Among many disturbing data in the survey, 42% of the questionnaires said...
VIDEO: A school for Syrian refugees in Turkey
BBC 27 Oct 2012 - More than 300 children who were forced to flee the violence in Syria are now being educated at an unlicensed school set up by their parents and volunteer teachers in Turkey.
USA Embrace Israel’s Gaza No-University Education Policy
Sabbah report 18 Oct 2012 - Losing Hearts, Minds and Credibility Palestinian school children do their homework on candle light during a power cut in Gaza City on March 27, 2012. [Mohammed Abed / AFP / GettyImages] Why is the “peace process,” which so many American Presidents have invested time in, dead? Answers to...
The Need to Defuse the Gaza Time-Bomb
Patrick Seale, Agence Global 10/18/2012
One of the most urgent tasks for the international community in 2013 must surely be to lift Israel’s cruel siege of Gaza -- now entering its sixth year -- and end the misguided boycott of its Hamas government. There is hardly a more flagrant example of injustice in the world today than the situation of the 1.6 million inhabitants of this hugely over-crowded Strip -- many of them refugees driven out of Palestine by the new Israeli state in 1947-48. They must be allowed to live a normal life -- to travel, to manufacture, to trade, to educate their children -- free from the constant danger of Israeli air strikes.
French scholar Jean-Pierre Filiu, a professor at the prestigious Institute of Political Science in Paris, has published an important 400-page history of Gaza, from ancient times to the disturbed present. His Histoire de Gaza (Editions Fayard, Paris, 2012) is the most comprehensive ever written and should be required reading for all those concerned with the long agony of the Palestinians in their struggle for statehood.
It is impossible in a short article to do justice to Filiu’s sweeping narrative, meticulous research and detailed findings, but it is perhaps worth pointing out that he lays blame for the as yet unresolved and indeed worsening crisis on three main actors: first and foremost on Israel, concerned only with its own security and brutally indifferent to Palestinian life; secondly, on Fatah and Hamas, those old rivals, still locked in a fratricidal struggle as if unaware that their national cause is slipping away before their eyes; and thirdly, on the humanitarian aid provided by the international community which has kept Gaza’s population alive but has also, paradoxically, prevented Gaza’s economic development and its efforts at self-sufficiency.
Statistics about Gaza make grim reading. In the five years, June 2007 to June 2012, nearly 2,300 Palestinians were killed and 7,700 injured by Israeli forces, two thirds of them during the murderous ‘Cast Lead’ offensive of winter 2008-9. Over a quarter of Palestinian fatalities were women and children.... more.. e-mail
Palestinian-Dutch 'Disarming Design' project inspired by artwork in captivity
Adri Nieuwhof, Electronic Intifada 10/12/2012
Jewelry is intimately connected to resistance in Palestine. On a recent trip to the West Bank, the designer Annelys de Vet learned of how prisoners smuggle little gifts out of jail. The most prized possessions among Palestinians include beautifully hand-decorated jewels that prisoners make for their children.
De Vet is a curator of the Disarming Design project, which aims to bring to market collections of Palestinian design products for the bedroom, kitchen, living room, garden and even a collection of toys.
Prototypes of the products have been developed at a workshop hosted by the International Academy of Arts Palestine in Ramallah. Disarming Design is supported by UNESCO, the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and the Dutch anti-poverty organization ICCO.
De Vet is head of the design department of the Amsterdam-based Sandberg Institute and runs a design studio in Brussels. The project’s coordinator, Majd Abdel Hamid, studied art in Ramallah, as well as in Malmö in Sweden.
Hamid and de Vet spoke to The Electronic Intifada contributor Adri Nieuwhof about the project.
Adri Nieuwhof: How did the project Disarming Design come about and does the name express the meaning of the project?
Annelys de Vet: Mieke Zagt from ICCO approached me with the question if I could think of strategies to make Palestinian products more attractive for a contemporary international market.... more.. e-mail
New moms learn to reduce risk of heart disease in children
Ha'aretz - 9 Oct 2012
Children Evicted From Five Gaza Schools Due To Israeli Bombardment
IMEMC - The Palestinian Ministry of Education in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, evicted Monday dozens of schoolchildren from five schools, east of Khan Younis, due to heavy Israeli bombardments targeting the area. ...
Egypt court releases Coptic boys
BBC 5 Oct 2012 - A court in Egypt orders the release pending investigation of two Coptic Christian children detained on Tuesday for blasphemy against Islam.
The Qalandiya Routine the Media Will Not Report
Palestine Chronicle: 1 Oct 2012 - By Tamar Fleishman A long and sad line of woman, children and babies was passing through the checkpoint at the end of a day of prison visitations. From one stretcher to another stretcher, from one ambulance to another ambulance, in the back-to-back procedure, a young man was being transferred after surgery back to his home in Ramallah. Twenty five men, who were caught by the Border Police hunters at Zur Hadasa in the early morning hours, had been detained for the entire day. They had been taken five at a time to Qalandiya checkpoint ("they don't have a vehicle large enough to contain them all, they said…") and from there they were sent off to Palestinian territories. Among them were people whose homes are in Hebron and Bethlehem. Stones were thrown at the pillbox, grenades shot at the stone throwers and a lot of stifling tear gas was in the...more
Child hit by car in Hebron
9/28/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A five-year-old child was seriously injured Friday after he was hit by a car in Hebron, police said. The boy was taken to intensive care in al-Ahli Hospital and the driver was detained, police said in a statement. [END]
UN bid to educate thousands of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon
The National 26 Sep 2012 - An estimated 15,000 school-age Syrians are registered with the UN in Lebanon, but activists fear many who aren't will miss out on education.
Children targeted again in Beit Ommar, 15 year old arrested for second time this year
Mondoweiss - link to palestinesolidarityproject.org link to palestinesolidarityproject.org link to palestinesolidarityproject.org '--> Child from Beit Ommar Imprisoned for the Second Time this Year During the night raid Monday 24th of September the Israeli occupation forces also raided the house of the Ramzy Al Alamy family in Beit Ommar....
Child from Beit Ommar Imprisoned for the Second Time this Year
Palestine Solidarity Project 25 Sep 2012 - During the night raid Monday 24th of September the Israeli occupation forces also raided the house of the Ramzy Al Alamy family in Beit Ommar. Their 15 year old son, Hossein Ramzy Al Alamy, was arrested on March 31st 2012 when he was attending a peaceful...
Villaggio Mall, scene of deadly nursery fire, reopens in Doha after thre
The National 21 Sep 2012 - Victims' families express their anger that they were not consulted about reopening, saying they were shocked that Villaggio had not invited them to "grieve for our children in private at the location they died".
’Nothing will happen. Maybe some more terrorists will be killed’
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 9/22/2012
Declassified documents from meetings held before and during the Sabra and Shatila massacre in 1982 reveal Ariel Sharon’s contempt for Palestinian lives. Published last week by the New York Times, the documents demonstrate the arrogance of Sharon and a young Benjamin Netanyahu in their dealing with American diplomats and officials, who expressed justified concerns over the fate of Palestinians in areas conquered by Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Minister Ariel Sharon (photo: Saar Yaacov, Government Press Office / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
The Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashana) also marked the 30th anniversary of the massacre in the Sabra and Shatilla Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. At least 800 people, including many women and children, were killed by the Phalange militia, which was armed by Israel and at times operated by it.
The massacre wasn’t planned or executed by Israel, but the Phalange, whose leader Bashir Gemayel had been assassinated a couple of days earlier, were ordered by Israel into the camps. Furthermore, soldiers stationed around the camp witnessed the executions of women and children and reported them to their commanding officers. By the second day of the massacre, news had reached higher ranks in the army and several cabinet ministers, including then Defense Minister Ariel Sharon – but that same night, the IDF fired flares into the sky to help the Phalange in their “fight.” Only on the third day did the IDF order the Phalange out, and the massacre ended.
Last weekend, The New York Times published three recently declassified top secret documents (see the bottom of this text) detailing meetings between Israeli and American officials at the beginning of the massacre, during it, and right after it. Three of the Israeli names in those documents later became prime ministers.... more.. e-mail
Israeli War against Palestinian Children
Dr. Elias Akleh, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 9/17/2012
The Israelis were not satisfied with the mere occupation of Palestine, the evictions of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians out of their country, the annihilation of Gaza Palestinians through a choking economic siege and frequent aerial bombardments, and the continuous confiscations of Palestinian land and the demolitions of their homes in the West Bank, so they had developed a very oppressive anti-Palestinian children policies, that are aimed at intimidating, terrorizing and traumatizing Palestinian children, whose families dared to stay in the country. These policies, that seem to be part and parcel of the racist expansionist ideology of the state of Israel and of its army, aim primarily at driving Palestinian families out of the country for the sake of their children’s future, and secondary to traumatize and terrorize Palestinian children while very young so that they would not dare grow up into revolting young men.
Palestinian children, as young as 8 years old, have become the primary target for the Israeli army in the occupied West Bank. The Israeli occupying forces impose severe oppressive measures against Palestinian communities. These include barriers and check points between towns impeding access to schools, universities and markets. The army routinely demolishes homes, confiscates property, and forcefully evicts Palestinians out of their homes to give them to extremist settlers. When Palestinian young men demonstrate in the streets against such practices Israeli snipers target children in the head and upper body with live ammunition causing many fatalities. When using rubber coated bullets the Israeli soldiers break the casing of the bullet making it more fatal. When chasing children the soldiers use batons hitting heads and extremities to inflict permanent crippling damages, whose treatment pose severe financial burden on already impoverished families.
Adopting the Zionist expansionist scheme extremist Zionist Israelis are pushed to forcefully occupy Palestinian farm land and establish caravan settlements on top of hills overlooking Palestinian villages.... more.. e-mail
4-year-old child in critical condition after being hit by car
9/11/2012 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- A four-year-old child was seriously injured in Qalqiliya on Tuesday after being hit by a car, police said. The child was knocked down in the village of Jayyus and immediately taken to hospital. Police said the child is in a critical condition. The driver of the vehicle was detained....
New books: Googly-eyed fish and impish magicians
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2012 - A new series of engaging Jewish children's books aim to educate kids about the High Holidays.
Palestinian bedouins return to threatened school
The National 4 Sep 2012 - Classrooms made of mud and tyres offer only hope of education for many Palestinian children.
Palestinian Child Sentenced To 4 Months Imprisonment
IMEMC - The Israeli Military Court at the Salem military base, north of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, sentenced, Thursday, a 16-year-old Palestinian child, from Ya’bod village, near Jenin, to 4 months imprisonment and NIS 3000 ($800) fine. ...
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2012 - Some 2 million Israeli children returned to 4,500 schools and almost 63,000 classrooms on Monday, the largest number of pupils the country has educated in its 64-year history.
2 million Israeli children begin new school year
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2012 - Number of pupils reaches record high as free education for three-to-four year olds implemented.
ISA head: Teens know little about Neil Armstrong
Jerusalem Post 26 Aug 2012 - Israeli children generally do not learn a lot about space exploration, even though it is relevant to their lives.
Video: Israeli soldiers attack children in Nabi Saleh and forcibly separate them from their detained mother
Profiles of Child Arrests in Beit Ommar
Palestine Solidarity Project 23 Aug 2012 - In 2011, 370 children from the village of Beit Ommar were arrested and imprisoned by Israeli forces. According to figures from the Palestinian ministry, this made up approximately half of all child arrests in the West bank for that period. These children, all under the age...
Palestinian and Israeli Children Grow More Violent, New Study Shows
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Peres: J'lem lynch is a grave failure for all of us
YNet News, 22 Aug 2012 - Addressing education conference, president says Israel's children should be taught to be generous, not only courageous ....
From the children of Gaza: Samouni Street
8/21/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - 20 August 2012, Besieged Gaza, occupied Palestine - From the children of Gaza comes this adorable animation depicting the story of 4 kids of the extended Samouni family in Gaza. By animated drawings they express what happened to them and their family during operation ‘Cast Lead'. Updated on August 20, 2012.... Related: YouTube video
Incarcerated inside Israel
Dissident Voice: 18 Aug 2012 - Detention without trial, the presumption of guilt, denial of family visits, solitary confinement, torture, violent interrogation, and denial of access to appropriate health care. Such is the Israeli judicial system and prison confinement experienced by Palestinian men, women and, indeed, children. Currently there are, according to B’Tselem “4,484 Palestinians – security detainees, confined in Israeli prisons.” Family contact is virtually impossible for prisoners, most of whom are held inside Israel. This contravenes international law in the form of the universally trumpeted Fourth Geneva Convention (Articles 49 & 76), consistently violated and disregarded by Israel. International laws, legally binding upon Israel, which is not above the rule of law, must be respected and enforced. Richard Falk, UN Special Rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories , in the UN news 2/5/12 called “on the international community to ensure that Israel complies with international human rights laws and norms in its treatment of Palestinian...more
Report: 4550 Palestinians, Including 220 Children, Imprisoned By Israel
Report: “4550 Palestinians, Including 220 Children, Imprisoned By Israel”
IMEMC - Palestinian researcher and former political prisoners, Abdul-Nasser Farawna, reported that Israel is currently holding captive 4550 Palestinians, held in 17 prisons, detention and interrogation centers, and added that 220 Palestinian children are still imprisoned by Israel. ...
Disabled children to attend kindergarten with peers
Jerusalem Post 15 Aug 2012 - Education Ministry funds aides; move comes after years of parental, rights group pressure.
Detainee Sentenced To 27 Life Terms, Fathers A Child
IMEMC - Palestinian detainee Ammar az-Zaben, 27, who has been imprisoned by Israel for 15 years and sentenced to 37 life terms, managed to father a child after being able to “smuggle” his sperm that was carefully carried by his visiting wife to a local fertility center in Nablus. ...
Palestinian children 'abused' in Israeli jail
AlJazeera 13 Aug 2012 - Recent studies allege a system of abuse targeting children detained by Israel's military court system.
Incarcerated inside Israel: Palestinians tortured and isolated
Graham Peebles, Redress 8/12/2012
Detention without trial, the presumption of guilt, denial of family visits, solitary confinement, torture, violent interrogation and denial of access to appropriate health care – such is the Israeli judicial system and prison confinement experienced by Palestinian men, women and indeed children.
Currently there are, according to the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, “4,484 Palestinians – security detainees, confined in Israeli prisons”. Family contact is virtually impossible for prisoners, most of whom are held inside Israel. This contravenes international law, specifically the universally-trumpeted Fourth Geneva Convention (Articles 49 and 76), which is consistently violated and disregarded by Israel.Contempt for international law
International law – legally binding upon Israel, which is not above the rule of law, must be respected and enforced.
Richard Falk UN Special Rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories, has called on the international community “to ensure that Israel complies with international human rights laws and norms in its treatment of Palestinian prisoners”.
Also, in a report entitled “Question of Palestine Administrative Detention” (UNQAP), the UN makes its feelings clear when it says Israel “has historically ratified international agreements regarding human rights protection, whilst at the same time refusing to apply the agreements within the occupied Palestinian territory, attempting to create legal justifications for its illegal actions”. A comprehensive list of international legally binding agreements dutifully signed, ratified and consequently disregarded by various Israeli governments are cited by the UN, which sits hands tied, impotent it seems in the face of Israel’s illegal and violent occupation (a fact that cannot be stated often or loudly enough), submissive to the imperialist godfather. America. more.. e-mail
Algeria to increase support for Syrian refugees
Al-Akhbar News 11 Aug 2012 - Algeria is to allocate specific education divisions for children of Syrian refugees, after a meeting between representatives of the ministries of interior, solidarity and education agreed the deal. Al-Khabar newspaper quoted Farouk Ksentini, president of the National Advisory Committee for the Promotion and Protection of Human...
Incarcerated inside Israel: Palestinians Tortured, Isolated
Palestine Chronicle: 11 Aug 2012 - By Graham Peebles Detention without trial, the presumption of guilt, denial of family visits, solitary confinement, torture, violent interrogation, and denial of access to appropriate health care, such is the Israeli judicial system and prison confinement experienced by Palestinian men, women and indeed children. Currently there are, according to B’T selem “4,484 Palestinians – security detainees, confined in Israeli prisons.” Family contact is virtually impossible for prisoners, most of who are held inside Israel. This contravenes international law in the form of the universally trumpeted Fourth Geneva Convention (Article’s 49 & 76), consistently violated and disregarded by Israel. International laws – legally binding upon Israel, who are not above the rule of law, must be respected and enforced. Richard Falk UN Special Rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories, in the UN news 2/5/12 called “on the international community to ensure that Israel complies with international human rights laws and norms...more
Israel to Detain Migrant Children in Prison
IMEMC - African children, whose parents bring them to Israel illegally will now be held in Givon Prison in Ramle, rather than a special facility for migrant youth, in violation of international law concerning the treatment of children and a 2011 Israeli High Court ruling. ...
Children are in the Front Line of Israel's Blockade of Gaza
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Aug 2012 - By Stephen McCloskey The Gaza Strip is inching toward a humanitarian crisis as Israel’s five year blockade of the territory has been exacerbated by a dispute over fuel supplies. Gaza’s young people are on the front line of this crisis as failing utilities like water and electricity and an inadequate diet have seen rampant rates of anaemia and diarrhoea. Meanwhile, the main provider of food, healthcare and education in Gaza, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), has come under political attack in Israel and the United States, threatening the main institution that fills the gap between poverty and utter destitution. Hady Mattar is a five year old boy playing among hundreds of young people in Gaza’s YMCA. He is easily distinguished from his peers by his bandaged hands covering severe burns sustained at home from a domestic electricity generator. Hady, like most of Gaza’s children, is paying the...more
Israeli military killed four Palestinians, detained 290 (including 42 children) during the month of July
Mondoweiss - link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to www.imemc.org link to 972mag.com link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to english.wafa.ps link to palsolidarity.org link to english.pnn.ps link to www.middleeastmonitor.com link to english.pnn.ps link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to www.haaretz.com link to mondoweiss.net link to www.maannews.net link to silwanic.net link...
Israeli Authorities Detain 6-Year-Old Mentally Disabled Child
IMEMC - A six-year-old mentally disabled girl who was born in Israel to parents who migrated from Sierra Leone was detained Thursday morning by Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority. ...
Prosor: Syrian regime capable of using chemical weapons
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2012 - Ambassador to UN tells GA, “We shouldn't pretend a regime that cuts throats of children today will not be prepared to gas them tomorrow”; UNGA approves non-binding resolution expressing "grave concern" at Syria escalation.
Reports: IOF killed four Palestinians, detained 42 children in July
PIC - Israeli occupation forces killed four Palestinians and detained 290 others including 42 children in July, the Palestinian Center for Prisonersâ Studies and the Tadamun Foundation said.
Father of blind children still jailed after 5 months
8/1/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Ihab Abu al-Jedyan is one of dozens of Palestinians from Gaza detained during interviews with Israeli security forces to secure a permit to visit the West Bank. Abu Al-Jedyan, 35, is the father to two blind children who study at al-Shuroq school for the visually impaired in the West Bank....
Israel Detains 17 Across West Bank
IMEMC - Israeli Military Forces Detained 17 Palestinians across the West Bank Saturday morning including 3 teenagers and 6 children, including one 12-year-old, Ma’an News reported. ...
Gaza children still banned from visiting detained relatives
7/25/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel is preventing children in Gaza visiting their relatives in Israeli prisons, Fatah official Nashat al-Wahidi said Wednesday. Israel agreed in May to allow residents of Gaza to visit their relatives in Israeli jails as part of a deal to end a mass hunger strike. On Monday 33 people were....
London Olympics security firm G4S helps Israel abuse Palestinian children in solitary confinement
Adri Nieuwhof, Electronic Intifada 7/22/2012
G4S, the firm at the center of the debacle over security for the London 2012 Olympics, is helping Israel secure facilities where Palestinian children are imprisoned and severly abused.
Defence for Children-Palestine (DCI-Palestine) has released an urgent appeal to end the practice of holding Palestinian children from the West Bank in solitary confinement in facilities in Israel. The organization has documented 53 such cases since 2008.
The children have been held in solitary confinement mainly in Al Jalame and Petah Tikva interrogation centers. The security systems for Al Jalame detention facilities were provided by G4S Israel, according to a March 2011 report on the firm by Who Profits.
G4S Israel is a subsidiary of British-Danish security firm G4S and it is deeply involved in Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories, as well as in Israeli prisons and detention centers.
Meanwhile, G4S has lost its credibility because its incapacity to deliver on the contract to secure the London Olympics. The UK government stepped in and mobilized 3,500 military personnel to fill in the gap. Nick Bukcles, G4S’s CEO, was interrogated by members of parliament about the failure of his company. Buckles admitted that G4S’s reputation is in tatters.
DCI-Palestine documents the cases of 19 boys held solitary confinement in its urgent appeal, DCI-Palestine has documented the cases of 19 boys who were held in solitary confinement by Israel. The boys were aged between 15 and 17 years. DCI-Palestine writes:
In most cases the children are arrested from their homes in the occupied West Bank by Israeli soldiers in the middle of the night.... -- See also: DCI-Palestine Urgent Appeal (PDF) more.. e-mail
UK Foreign Office agrees that imprisoning Palestinian children inside Israel violates international law but what are they going to do?
UN envoy slams 'appalling' abuse of child prisoners
7/21/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories on Friday condemned Israel's use of solitary confinement against Palestinian children. Richard Falk urged the Israeli government to treat child detainees in accordance with international human rights laws." Israel's use of solitary....
Study: Nearly one-third of preschoolers ultra-Orthodox
YNet News, 17 Jul 2012 - Taub Center research on state of pre-primary education in Israel says that in 2010, ultra-Orthodox children comprised 31% of Israeli preschoolers aged 3-5 ....
Akram Rikhawi and the Saga of Palestinian Hunger Strikes
Richard Falk, International Solidarity Movement 7/17/2012
The persistence of Palestinian hunger strikes shocks me for two reasons: that these extreme expressions of moral freedom alert all who choose to expose their consciousness to such realities of the severely abusive arrest, detention, and interrogation procedures that many Palestinians living under Israeli occupation must endure; that the world’s media, foreign governments, the UN, the Arab League barely acknowledge such events, which if they occurred in other countries would generate outpourings of outrage and sympathy, and depending on the geopolitical calculus, hypocritical calls for the application of the ‘responsibility to protect’ norm.
I post below a joint press release by respected NGOs of Palestine and Israel that summarize the desperate medical condition of Akram Rikhawi, who has continued his hunger strike for more than 85 days, an extraordinary display of discipline and resolve, the exemplary Palestinian virtue of samud (steadfastness). Mr. Rikhawi, whose home is in Gaza, has been held in prison since 2004 after being convicted to a nine-year term by an Israeli military court. He has been denied mercy by the Israeli authorities despite a present political atmosphere in which the Palestinian resistance has not been posing violent challenges to Israeli security behind the green line, and his condition would in any event make political activism an impossibility.
As a result of the ‘Shalit Law,’ a vindictive violation of international humanitarian law that retaliates against Palestinian prisoners because of the capture of Gilad Shalit an Israeli soldier who was released a year ago, Rikhawi has been denied family visits since 2006 despite being the father of eight children plus the five young children of his recently deceased brother. Yasmine, daughter of his brother, summed up Akram Rikhawi’s tragic situation: “My uncle made a decision and we support him because we live life once; we either live it with dignity or we die fighting for it.” No human being should be forced to face such a dilemma, and those that do deserve our compassion and support.... -- See also: Source more.. e-mail
Israeli social protests: from protest to despair
Michael Warschawski, Alternative Information Center 7/16/2012
A year ago, hundreds of thousands occupied the streets of Israeli cities and demanded social justice. According to UN reports, Israel is the industrialized country with the highest gap between rich and poor, worse even than the United States. While 15% of Israelis are openly demonstrating against their outrageous standard of living, the majority of Israelis are unable to finish the month and are condemned to live with their parents. Moreover: according to official Israeli data, more than 40% [sic] of Israeli children are living under the poverty line.
The "protest movement" of summer 2011 raised big hopes, and even the fundamentalist-neo-liberal government of Benjamin Netanyahu had to react. It established a state committee led by Professor Trachtenberg with a mandate to propose social and economic reform. The very moderate Trachtenberg Committee's recommendations were immediately rejected by the same government that appointed the committee.
July 14, exactly one year after Daphni Leef started the protest on Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv, Moshe Silman, a 57 year old entrepreneur from Haifa, set himself on fire at the end of a demonstration in Tel Aviv, and doctors say his chances of survival are slim. Moshe Silman is not what statistics put under the category of "poor": until recently he had his own company, a good income and an honourable standard of living. Like many thousands in Israel, Silman was the victim of neo-liberal economics and the banking system that gradually pushed him to be without hope and without a home.
The hope generated by the protest movement a year ago has become despair, and the (relatively small) demonstrations which aimed to commemorate last year mobilizations expressed more impotence and anger than hope. If Daphni Leef was the emblematic figure of the successful protest movement of last year, Moshe Silman is the tragic, emblematic figure of the 2012 failure. more.. e-mail
Israel treats every Palestinian child as 'potential terrorist': government-backed UK study
7/4/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - By Asa Winstanley, 28 June 2012, Electronic Intifada - London - A new report funded and supported by the UK government that accuses Israel of violating international law with its treatment of Palestinian child detainees was launched in London by a high-profile group of human rights lawyers on Tuesday. The report says Israel is in violation of.... Related: Source and UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Israel treats every Palestinian child as 'potential terrorist': government-backed UK study
Asa Winstanley, Electronic Intifada 6/28/2012
A new report funded and supported by the UK government that accuses Israel of violating international law with its treatment of Palestinian child detainees was launched in London by a high-profile group of human rights lawyers on Tuesday.
The report says Israel is in violation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) on at least six counts and of the Fourth Geneva Convention on at least two counts. It lays bare the system of legal apartheid Israel maintains in Palestine.
But there is pessimism in some quarters that the report’s recommendations will be implemented. The document has been criticized as “toothless” by a prominent Palestinian human rights activist.
“Children in Military Custody” was funded and backed by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and written by an ad hoc group including a former attorney general, a former court of appeal judge and several prominent attorneys known as QCs. The delegation visited Palestine in September and met with Palestinian, Israeli and international nongovernmental organizations, British diplomats and a wide range of Israeli government and military officials.
The report details the military law Israel applies to all Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, including children, and how it differs from the civilian law applied to Israeli settlers who live in the same territory. It states there it was “uncontested [by Israel] that there are major differentials between the law governing the treatment of Palestinian children and the law governing treatment of Israeli children.”
Unequal treatment of children
At the heart of the report are three core recommendations to the Israeli government: start applying international law to the West Bank (which Israel refuses to do), the best interests of the child should come first and, crucially, that Israel “should deal with Palestinian children on an equal footing with Israeli children." -- See also: Fourth Geneva Convention and UN Convention on the Rights of the Child more.. e-mail
Israel treats every Palestinian child as "potential terrorist": government-backed UK study
Electronic Intifada: 28 Jun 2012 - Asa Winstanley London 28 June 2012 A new report funded and supported by the UK government that accuses Israel of violating international law with its treatment of Palestinian child detainees was launched in London this week.more
ICHR demands release of prisoners in PA jails
6/28/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Independent Commission for Human Rights says it is concerned about the lives of prisoners who are on hunger strike in a detention center of the general intelligence in Bethlehem. The commission visited the center this week to check up on the detainees after several announced a hunger strike as they.... Related: UK lawyers say Israeli child detention practices illegal
Why did Palestinian leadership neglect hunger striking athlete?
Mosab Qashoo, +972 Magazine 6/23/2012
The Palestinian leadership’s silence regarding the plight of national footballer Mahmoud Sarsak and other Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike derives from the fear that the more empowered Palestinians become in their opposition to Israeli occupation, the more likely they are to overthrow the Palestinian Authority.
Anyone following the Palestinian struggle will have heard about Mahmoud Sarsak, the imprisoned Palestinian footballer who this week ended a hunger strike of over three months. Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) have been publicizing their upcoming meeting with the head of the Israeli Kadima party, Shaul Mofaz, leaving a striking absence of any official comment on Sarsak’s situation.
It seems very bizarre that the PA and PLO ignored one of their national heroes, a rising star in the society’s most popular sport, who was on the brink of death. He was the easiest person to defend. He has never been involved in politics, is not a member of a political party, and had all the necessary Israel-issued permits. He was one of the youngest people to make the Palestinian national soccer team. Above all, he has not been charged or convicted by Israel of any wrongdoing, although Israel held him for three years.
Even considering the PA and the PLO more cynically, any politician could have seen a man in such a situation as a gift from the political gods. Imagine the affirmation they would have received if they negotiated his release. Imagine the photo-ops of officials visiting the soccer team Sarsak was supposed to join when he was seized by Israel. They could have even organized children’s soccer games in his honor. Yet these authorities didn’t not take advantage of this opportunity, neither for selfless nor for self-serving gains. more.. e-mail
Police: Girl hit by car near Hebron, seriously injured
6/20/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A seven-year-old girl suffered serious injuries after she was hit by a car in a southern Hebron town on Wednesday, police said. The child was crossing the street in al-Samu when she was hit by a car, a police statement said. The driver of the car was detained pending further investigation....
Anniversary of Gaza Blockade: A State of Siege, and Normalcy
Ramzy Baroud, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 6/20/2012
On June 14, fifty international organizations marked the fifth anniversary of the Israeli siege on Gaza by calling on Israel to end its blockade of the small, impoverished strip.
“For over five years in Gaza, more than 1.6 million people have been under blockade in violation of international law. More than half of these people are children. We the undersigned say with one voice: 'end the blockade now,’” read the joint statement.
The signatories included such reputable organizations as Save the Children, Oxfam, the World Health Organization, Amnesty International and Médecins du Monde. The wording of the statement mirrored that of a plethora of recent appeals. The only notable difference is that during the siege the Gaza population has grown from 1.5 to over 1.6 million.
The statement followed a strong censure of the siege by the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos. Amos has decried what she described as “collective punishment of all those living in Gaza and...a denial of basic human rights in contravention of international law.” She demanded that the “blockade be lifted immediately, so that essential services and infrastructure can be maintained.”
Condemning Israeli rights violations in Palestine by leading human rights and humanitarian organizations is nothing new. Unfortunately, such calls are rarely followed by any organized political campaigns. Western governments are least concerned by the ongoing drama. Historically they have employed a selective policy of outrage whenever human rights are violated. Worse, in many cases Western powers have taken an active role in allowing continued Israeli subjugation of Palestinians. more.. e-mail
Anniversary of Gaza Blockade: A State of Siege and Normalcy
Dissident Voice: 20 Jun 2012 - On June 14, fifty international organizations marked the fifth anniversary of the Israeli siege on Gaza by calling on Israel to end its blockade of the small, impoverished strip. For over five years in Gaza, more than 1.6 million people have been under blockade in violation of international law. More than half of these people are children. We the undersigned say with one voice: ‘end the blockade now,’” read the joint statement. The signatories included such reputable organizations as Save the Children, Oxfam, the World Health Organization, Amnesty International and Médecins du Monde. The wording of the statement mirrored that of a plethora of recent appeals. The only notable difference is that during the siege the Gaza population has grown from 1.5 to over 1.6 million. The statement followed a strong censure of the siege by the UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos. Amos has decried what she...more
For impoverished adolescents in East Jerusalem, a safe place to play and learn
Relief Web 19 Jun 2012 - Source: UN Children's Fund Country: occupied Palestinian territory By Catherine Weibel EAST JERUSALEM, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 18 June 2012 – Few of the tourists who visit Jerusalem’s walled Old City know that meters from its iconic holy places, past a...
Education in Lebanon: Overlooked Children’s Limbo
Al-Akhbar News 18 Jun 2012 - Syrian refugee children, who fled the violence in Syria, stand on a road at the northern Lebanese border village of al-Mouqaibleh, near the Lebanese-Syrian border, 19 July 2011. (Photo: Reuters - Omar Ibrahim) Syrian refugee children, who fled the violence in Syria, stand on a road...
20 Palestinian detained children started a hunger strike in Hasharon prison
6/16/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - 13 June 2012, Palestinian Information Center, Gaza - Twenty Palestinian children, detained in Hasharon prison, launched on Tuesday June 12, an open hunger strike protesting the harsh prison conditions and the prison administration's neglect of their demands. A 17-years-old child Ahmed Lafi, who was one of the strikers, told the Ministry of the....
On racism, Foreign Ministry worried about image, not reality
Yossi Gurvitz, +972 Magazine 6/13/2012
Diplomats warn that reports of Israeli attitudes and acts towards refugees may harm Israel’s image, ignoring the acts themselves.
Our Foreign Ministry finds itself in a quandary. Israel brutally expels refugees from South Sudan, and runs a vicious and racist campaign against refugees from Sudan. Ministers and MKs are competing to see who can lead a more beastly campaign of hatred. The current winner is Madam MK and former IDF Spokeswomen Miri “I did not intend to compare the refugees to human beings” Regev, but the race is far from over.
This, reports activist Rotem Ilan (Hebrew), is how the Oz Unit (refugee headhunting unit, dregs of Israeli society so low they couldn’t even get in to the police) sounds in action: “Do you want me to fuck you in the ass? You like it, it shows” (Oz officer to an activist); “The father said he does not love you anymore, and you can fly for all he cares” (Oz officer to a mother and daughter held in custody, asking to say their goodbyes to the child’s father); “If you need to go to the bathroom, just piss in your dress” (Oz officer to a priest in traditional African garb, who actually had a residency permit); “What am I, a bell boy? Do I have to carry your luggage? You don’t want to [carry it], see if I care” (Oz officer during an arrest of a family with three children, yesterday).
Veteran journalist Yael Gvirtz described (Hebrew) some of the deportees: “A girl with hideous burns (whose mother and brother are already detained), [to be deported] to a country with no medical infrastructure… A person seriously ill with diabetes, who knows deportation consigns him to death, because there is no insulin to be gotten there. Just two of the stories, because this night is so difficult as it is. And what would the next picture be? The disaster area (and then the Israeli government will surely send an IDF flying hospital, to show the world how humane we are…)” more.. e-mail
[uruknet.info] Afghanistan: More than 6.5m forced into child labour
Uruknet June 5, 2012 - Deputy Labour Minister Wasil Noor Mohmand said more than eight million children had access to education in the country and over 6.5 million were deprived of the right. He voiced concern that most of children were forced into hard works and subjected to sexual and physical abuse, early marriages and smuggling. "Nearly...
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