Since 2007, a UNICEF-led working group has consolidated efforts to report on the impacts of armed conflict on children in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). The bulletin is published on a bi-monthly basis highlighting trends and patterns in grave violations against children. 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. This edition covers the months of September and October 2011.
12 teachers and 19 children forced to cross through metal detectors on their way to school in the old city of Hebron
In Hebron, 12 teachers and 19 of the students attending the Cordoba school, in the old city (H2), have been refused access through the humanitarian corridor (a gate) that is normally open for them. They were told by Israeli Security Forces that from now on they would have to access only through metal detectors at checkpoint no. 56, including pregnant women, who fear it might harm their unborn babies. Nine of the teachers, some of them pregnant, now walk 45 minutes every day to avoid passing through the metal detectors; the three others cross through it.
During a protest in October, some soldiers assaulted and injured five school children (four girls and one boy, aged 11 - 15 years) on their way to school for refusing to go through the gates. In a separate incident, settlers threw stones and attempted to break Into the school.