Ramallah, April 16, 2015—Defense for Children International Palestine today released a report, Operation Protective Edge: A War Waged on Children, detailing the high price paid by children during Israel’s assault on Gaza last summer.
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.
Report details ill-treatment of Palestinian children by Israeli forces
Physical violence during arrest, transfer or interrogation occured in 74 percent of the 108 affidavits collected by DCI-Palestine during 2012 from Palestinian children. (Photo courtesy of Ihab Gafree)
[15 December 2012] – According to investigations now completed by DCI, 33 out of the 158 Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza between 14 and 21 November 2012 were children. Two additional children were killed by Palestinian rockets falling short and one child was killed whilst participating in hostilities, giving a total of 36 child fatalities. Six Israelis were killed during the same period, none were children.
New DCI report: Bound, Blindfolded and Convicted: Children held in military detention (2012)
On 20 March 2012, DCI-Palestine launched a new report: Bound, Blindfolded and Convicted: Children held in military detention.
The report is the culmination of four year’s work by DCI, with the support of the European Union, focusing on verifying reports of ill-treatment and torture of children in the Israeli military detention system. The findings of the report are based on 311 sworn affidavits taken from children between January 2008 and January 2012. The report also includes:
New DCI report on the recruitment of children in armed conflict
DCI-Palestine has released a new report: Voices from East Jerusalem, The Situation facing Palestinian Children. The report addresses the impact of Israel’s unilateral annexation of East Jerusalem, through administrative and legal measures aimed at limiting the population growth and development of the Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, while actively encouraging the influx of Israeli settlers into the occupied territory.
This report, published by Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights and Defence for Children International - Palestine Section, provides a comprehensive overview of child rights violations perpetrated by the Israeli military during Operation Cast Lead including, inter alia, unlawful killing and maiming, the destruction of schools, homes and life-sustaining infrastructure such as water and sanitation networks, the use of children as human shields, and the arbitrary detention of children. Forty-three case studies illustrate the vast range of violations perpetrated.
As leading child rights organisations based in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), DCI-Israel and DCI-Palestine wish to bring to the attention of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (the Committee) certain specific issues concerning the Israeli army's use of Palestinian children (under 18) in hostilities: the use of Palestinian children as human shields and attempts to recruit them as informers.
A. Executive summary
The Israeli military court system in the Occupied Palestinian Territory has operated for over 42 years almost devoid of international scrutiny. Each year an average of 9,000 Palestinians are prosecuted in two Israeli military courts operating in the West Bank, including 700 children.
From the moment of arrest, Palestinian children encounter ill-treatment and in some cases torture, at the hands of Israeli soldiers, policemen and interrogators. Children are commonly arrested from the family home in the hours before dawn by heavily armed soldiers.
This situation analysis provides an overview of the extent to which Palestinian children living in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) in 2008 enjoy their rights to protection, as enshrined in international child rights standards. The scope of the analysis is not comprehensive, rather it focuses on the level of protection available to three particular target groups of children living in the oPt, in terms of laws, policies, mechanisms and practices.
This report highlights the impact of the blockade imposed by Israel on Gaza on the provision of health services in the Gaza Strip. In particular, it focuses on children suffering from cancer and blood diseases, and their inability to access life saving medicines and treatment inside or outside Gaza. Children have the right to enjoy "the highest attainable standard of health", as stated in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which Israel, as the occupying power, has a duty to facilitate.
INTRODUCTION by DCI
Since the beginning of the Second Intifada in September 2000, Israeli occupation forces have killed over 700 Palestinian children, more than half of whom were killed in their own homes, on their way to school or playing in their neighborhood streets. Thousands more have been injured during Israeli invasions or military operations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Defence for Children International/Palestine Section (DCI/PS) has always worked closely with marginalized children living in high-risk and neglected areas.
This annual violations report is intended to reflect the reality of life under occupation for the hundreds of thousands of Palestinian children living in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. In providing an overview of the systematic abuses to the children=D5s individual and collective rights, the report draws on eyewitness accounts from children and their families, and supports these case studies with documentary evidence collected and verified by Defence for Children International/Palestine Section (DCI/PS) and other human rights and humanitarian …