Since 2007, a UNICEF-led working group on grave violations against children has consolidated efforts to report on the impacts of armed conflict on children in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). Members of the working group include: Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, Save the Children, DCI-Palestine, B’Tselem, Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, War Child Holland, OCHA, OHCHR, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNRWA and WHO. The violations include killing and injuries, arrest and detention, ill-treatment and torture, recruitment and use of children by armed forces and groups, attacks on schools and hospitals, displacement and denial of humanitarian access including access to health and education. The bulletin is published on a bi-monthly basis highlighting trends and patterns in grave violations against children. This bulletin reports on violations occuring during the months of May and June 2011.
May and June saw the highest number of children injured in the occupied Palestinian territory since Israeli military operation “Cast lead” in 2009-2010. The majority of children were injured during demonstrations that took place to commemorate the 63 rd anniversary of the Palestinian “Al Nakba” (the catastrophe). Another issue of concern is the sharp increase in the number of people forcibly displaced in the West Bank, marking the highest number since 2006 when OCHA began recording demolitions. Demolitions have particularly affected Bedouin and herding communities in Area “C”.
KILLINGS AND INJURIES
During May and June 2011, two Palestinian boys were killed and 128 Palestinian children were injured (98 boys and 30 girls). This represents a decrease in the number of children killed but an increase of children injured compared to March and April 2011 (10 children killed and 117 children injured). No Israeli children were reported killed and injured during the reporting period.