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20 Apr

DCI-Palestine: Israel Willfully Targeted & Murdered Gaza Children

A new report by Defense for Children International-Palestine, titled ‘Operation Protective Edge: A War Waged On Gaza’s Children’, has displayed documented events proving that that Israel deliberately murdered Palestinian children during its last offensive on the Gaza Strip, this past summer.According to the report, the number of children killed in […]

25 Mar

DCI-Palestine: 30 Children Shot by Israeli Forces in 2015

March 25, 2015 2:01 AM IMEMC & Agencies Human rights, News Report, Palestine 0

Israeli forces shot and injured at least 30 children across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem since the beginning of this year, according to Defense for Children International- Palestine (DCIP).DCIP reported that, while Israeli military regulation permits the use of live ammunition when a direct mortal threat exists, the […]

11 Jun

DCI-Palestine Calls Out PA on Child Abuses

According to affidavits collected by DCI-Palestine, children from Areas A and B who end up in PA custody are reporting threats, beatings and neglect by forces during arrest and detention. Original article by Jessica Perkiss, a freelance contributor to Defence of Children International – Palestine. The Palestinian police force states […]

16 Jan

Sealed Off and Forgotten: What You Should Know About Israel’s ‘Firing Zones’ in the West Bank

By Ramzy Baroud for the Palestine Chronicle A seemingly ordinary news story, published in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, on January 7, shed light on a long-forgotten, yet crucial, subject: Israel’s so-called “firing zones” in the West Bank. “Israel has impounded the only vehicle available to a medical team that provides […]

06 Dec

The Systematic Torture of Palestinians in Israeli Detention

by Yara Hawari, for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Since the establishment of Israel in 1948, the Israeli Security Agency has been torturing Palestinians. Al-Shabaka Senior Palestine Policy Fellow Yara Hawari argues that the use of torture in Israeli detention is systematic and legitimized through domestic law, and outlines steps for the […]

28 Jul

A Nasty, Brutish Dream: Palestinian Youth In Detainment

by Isaac Scher On a hot afternoon last August, Mohammed, 13, and Ahmed, 14, sat and watched from afar as a scuffle broke out between Israeli forces and local youth in their West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. Young villagers threw stones; Israeli soldiers responded with tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets and live […]

26 Jul

A Life Redefined by a Tear Gas Canister

Defence for Children International – Palestine / On the afternoon of January 11, 2019, Samer S. set out for the bus stop with his cousin. It was a Friday, meaning that the “Great March of Return” demonstrations would be starting soon. For a 13-year-old boy from the impoverished Jabalia refugee camp […]

04 Apr

On Palestinian Child’s Day; 250 Children Imprisoned By Israel

Palestinian Child’s Day; 250 Children Imprisoned By Israel, 11 Killed By Army Fire A day ahead of Palestinian Child’s Day, marked on April 5th, the Palestinian Detainees Committee has reported that Israel is holding captive 250 children, who are facing various sorts of violations and oppression, denied basic rights guaranteed […]

24 Feb

Born Into an Uncertain Future: Palestinian Children in Occupied Jerusalem

Palestinian children are comforted as Israeli forces evict a Palestinian family from their home in Jerusalem’s Old City, February 17, 2019. Photo credit: Afif Amira for WAFA. POSTED BY: AHMAD JARADAT FEBRUARY 22, 2019 The next generation of Palestinians in the holy city face a web of discriminatory and violent Israeli policies. […]

02 Jan

DCIP: 2018 Reigned Deadly Force On Palestinian Children

Palestinian children stand near the ruins of the building where Al Aqsa channel was located and which was targeted the night before by an Israeli airstrike, Gaza City, November 13, 2018. (Photo: ActiveStills / Mohammad Zaanoun) Israeli forces continued to kill Palestinian children at an average pace exceeding one child […]

03 Nov

Palestinian Prisoners: A Battleground for International Solidarity

The following article, by Charlotte Kates, the international coordinator of Samidoun, initially appeared in Arabic in Al-Adab magazine, published on November 2, 2018. The Arabic text can be read online at the Al-Adab website. The article appeared in an issue with a special focus on Palestinian prisoners, including testimonies from current […]

06 Oct

35 Palestinian Children Detained in September

October 6, 2018 5:24 AM IMEMC News & Agencies Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

The Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners’ Affairs Committee said that Israel detained 35 Palestinian children during September, and imposed on them fines exceeding $12,600. The committee confirmed, on Thursday, that minors, who are younger than 18 years, were held at Ofer military camp, near Ramallah, of whom four were detained during night […]

08 Aug

DCIP: Israeli Forces are Killing Palestinian Children at Record Rates

On August 5, Ahmad al-Aydi died in central Gaza from an injury sustained on March 30 from Israeli live fire. (Photo: Courtesy of al-Aydi family.) Four Palestinian children died from gunshot wounds between July 27 and August 5 after Israeli forces shot them during “March of Return” protests in the […]

21 Jul

DCIP and AFSC Host Capitol Hill Briefing on H.R. 4391

Jehad Abusalim, policy consultant at American Friends Service Committee, discusses the situation of children in the Gaza Strip on June 25, 2018. (Photo: Leah Muskin-Pierret) Staff from at least 58 congressional offices joined Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) on June 25 in Washington for a congressional briefing on […]

13 Jun

DCIP Report: Israeli Soldier Shoots, Kills 14-year-old Palestinian in Gaza Strip

An Israeli soldier shot and killed a 14-year-old Palestinian with live ammunition during protests east of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, near the perimeter fence, on June 8. Haitham Mohammad Khalil al-Jamal died Friday evening in a hospital, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, a few hours […]

01 Jun

Israel Funnels Millions to Erase Palestinian History

Silwan/City of David. Photo credit: Emek Shaveh. POSTED BY: COREY SHERMAN MAY 31, 2018 The Ministry of Culture earmarks $17 million to expand archeological excavations in East Jerusalem. This month, the Israeli minister of culture Miri Regev (MK Jewish Home) announced plans to funnel $17 million toward archaeological excavations in East Jerusalem. […]

15 May

Israeli Forces Kill 10 Palestinian Children in Four Weeks

Azzam Awaidah’s head was struck by a crowd control weapon on April 27 near the perimeter fence east of Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip. He died the next day. (Photo: Courtesy of the Awaidah family) Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP), Ramallah, May 14, 2018—Israeli forces killed 10 Palestinian children […]

20 Mar

No Power, No Supplies, No Way Out: A Year Without the Right to Health in the Gaza Strip

Whether swimming at the beach or trying to get urgent medical care, children in the Gaza Strip were boxed out of their right to health care in 2017, with both Israeli and Palestinian authorities contributing to record lows. Death Before Walking On her fifth pregnancy, Naela Abu Nasira was an […]

17 Feb

DCIP: Israeli Live Fire on the Gaza Strip Border Injures Four Teenagers

Israeli forces shot Akram al-Sharafi, 16, in the northern Gaza Strip, causing serious damage to his left thigh and moderately injuring the right thigh. (Photo: DCIP / Mohammad Abu Rukbeh) Israeli forces injured four Palestinian teenagers over the past two weeks with live ammunition during protests along the Gaza Strip […]

03 Feb

Worldwide Actions Commemorate Ahed Tamimi’s 17th Birthday, Demand Freedom: Reports and Photos

Protests and actions around the world marked the 17th birthday of imprisoned Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi. With birthday songs, cakes and cards as well as strong, powerful protest actions against Israeli occupation and colonization, the streets of international cities marked days of action called for by Samidoun, the Free the Tamimi Women campaign and other organizations […]

19 Jan

DCIP Year in Review: Worst Abuse Cases Against Palestinian Children in 2017

Last year marked 50 years of Israeli military occupation, with no signs of abatement in Palestinian children’s vulnerability to injury and abusive military arrest in the West Bank. Rapidly devolving living conditions in the Gaza Strip put in jeopardy the most basic human rights, as children became collateral damage in […]

11 Jan

Violations Against Palestinian Children Spike Amid Protests Over US Jerusalem Move

Israeli forces  injured and detained Palestinian children in higher numbers, over the final weeks of 2017, as Israeli authorities used widespread force to quash sweeping protests across the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). Following the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Israeli forces misused crowd-control weapons and, at times, […]

15 Dec

Israeli Drone Strike Survivor in Gaza Dies from Injuries at Age 9

A nine-year-old Palestinian died on December 6, due to injuries sustained during an Israeli drone strike in the Gaza Strip, in 2014. Mohammad Abu Hdaf, a kindergartner at the time, sustained spine injuries from shrapnel during an Israeli drone strike in Al-Qarara, east of Khan Younis, on August 8, 2014, […]

09 Dec

Israeli Building Laws Push Father to Demolish His Children’s Rooms

DCIP,  Ramallah, December 8, 2017— Three siblings’ dream of having their own rooms rapidly collapsed under the strictly enforced Israeli building laws for Palestinians in East Jerusalem. Baha Fawaka, 14, and his siblings, Bayan, 12, and Ayham, 7, enjoyed their new rooms for just two months before their housing situation […]

05 Dec

It’s Time the International Community Stood Up for Palestinian Children

The policy of the international world, which gives a blind eye for the Israeli violations against the Palestinians, encourages the Israelis to carry out more crimes. Israel’s mistreatment of Palestinian children is not a new development but rather one example of its many breaches of international law and international humanitarian […]

15 Nov

First-ever Bill on Palestinian Human Rights Introduced in US Congress

Washington, D.C., November 14, 2017—Members of Congress on Tuesday introduced a bill in the House to prevent U.S. tax dollars from paying for human rights violations against Palestinian children during the course of Israeli military detention. The Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act requires the Secretary […]

06 Oct

Detained Teens in Gaza Highly Vulnerable to Abuse

Mustafa Salman, 16, died on September 22 following his suicide attempt while being detained at a police station in the northern Gaza Strip. (Photo: courtesy of Salman’s family)  Ramallah, October 4, 2017 — Children in conflict with the law in Gaza, under the current Hamas-led government, are at severe risk of […]

03 Oct

Watchtower As A Neighbor in Arroub Refugee Camp

A child rollerblades down a small street in Arroub refugee camp. (Photo: DCI-Palestine / Ahmad Al-Bazz) Bethlehem, October 2, 2017—Hadeel Janazra, 13, lives right next to the site where a Palestinian teen was shot dead last spring. Israeli forces shot the teen directly in the heart, killing him on the […]

21 Sep

Two Meals and Two Fields: At The Intersection of Hunger and Labor

Muath Ghalia, 12, inspects corn growing on his family’s rented agricultural lands in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza. (Photo: DCIP / Saud Abu Ramadan) Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) Ramallah, September 20, 2017 — “My favorite dish is fish,” said Muath Ghalia. At 12 years old, he is well versed […]

06 Aug

How the Blockade Hurts Children (VIDEO)

It’s been ten years since Israel began its land, sea, and air blockade on the Gaza Strip. This military siege has largely cut Gaza off from the rest of the world and prevented or acutely limited a wide range of goods and services from reaching children in Gaza. (Photo: A Palestinian […]

26 Jun

Injured Gazan Teen Denied Exit Permit for Medical Treatment

Khaled Ghamri, 17, in the intensive care unit of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital, central Gaza. (Photo: courtesy of Ghamri family) Israeli authorities denied 17-year-old Khaled Ghamri an exit permit to travel from Gaza to Jerusalem, for medical treatment ,after Israeli forces critically injured him during a protest near the Israel-Gaza border […]

21 Jun

Space to Play: Summer in Jenin Refugee Camp

Maiysa Zawaydeh, 15, draws in her sketchbook beneath a portrait of her grandfather in her family home in Jenin refugee camp, West Bank, May 11, 2017. (Photo: DCIP / Ahmad Al-Bazz) As summer begins in Jenin refugee camp, 15-year-old Maiysa Zawaydeh is wary of the coming months. “Unfortunately, there is no safe […]

16 Jun

Child Injured during Raid by PA Security Forces near Nablus

Mohammad Hashash, 15, was injured by shrapnel from an unknown source during a Palestinian security forces raid on Balata refugee camp on June 4. (Photo: courtesy of Hashash family)  Mohammad Samir Hashash, 15, suffered a head injury on June 4 during clashes between Palestinian security forces and armed residents of […]

11 Jun

Human Rights Groups Brief US Congress on Palestinian Children after 50 Years under Occupation

Over 60 attendees, including staff from at least 36 congressional offices, joined human rights advocates on Capitol Hill on Thursday, for a briefing to mark 50 years since the Israeli military occupied the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. Representatives of Human Rights Watch, Defense for Children […]

21 Mar

Balata Refugee Camp, A Palestinian Ghetto

A mother carrying an infant walks with her son through a narrow alley in Balata refugee camp, near the West Bank city of Nablus. (Photo: DCIP / Cody O’Rourke) Gun violence between armed camp residents, during the day, and raids by both Palestinian and Israeli forces, at night, have become […]

17 Mar

U.S. State Department Reports Grave Violations Against Palestinian Kids

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivers remarks during a press event in Washington, on March 6, 2017, broke with precedent and did not participate in the launch of the 2016 State Department Human Rights Reports. (Photo: U.S. Department of State) Ramallah, March 17, 2017—A U.S. government human rights report released […]

10 Mar

Changes to Gaza’s Futuwwa Program Reduce Child Protection Risks

A Palestinian boy sits on top of old refrigerators eating chips at the Al-Shatee refugee camp in Gaza City, on August 29, 2016. (Photo: AFP / Mohammed Abed) Gaza’s Futuwwa program, an “awareness and fitness program” in government-run schools, no longer includes the controversial military-style drills that provoked international criticism […]

14 Feb

DCIP — Q&A with PCDCR: Ending Sexual Violence against Children in Gaza

Eman Abu Said joined PCDCR in 2010 as a Project Coordinator for a protection project focused on child sexual abuse and harassment. (Photo: PCDCR) Defense for Children International – Palestine, Ramallah, February 8, 2017—The legal climate is the biggest obstacle to ending sexual violence against children in Gaza, according to […]

09 Feb

Israel Clears Palestinians and Homes so its Military Can Practice

Three children stand near a site where Israeli authorities had recently demolished Palestinan homes near the occupied West Bank city of Tubas, in the northern Jordan Valley. (Photo: DCIP / Cody O’Rourke) Via Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP). Edited for the IMEMC by chris @ Ramallah, February 6, […]

28 Jan

Two and a Half Years On, the Gaza War Claims Another Child Victim

Hani Swairki, 2, stands at the entrance to the trailer where his infant brother, Mohammad, died from cold exposure. (Photo: Swairki family)  Ramallah, January 24, 2016—A newborn died in freezing conditions, in Gaza on January 8, as he slept in a trailer temporarily sheltering his family, after their home was destroyed […]

24 Jan

East Jerusalem Teen Detained at Night and Beaten during Interrogation

Amir Othman Darweesh, 14, was repeatedly beaten during an interrogation by Israeli officers on January 2. (Photo: Darweesh family) Ramallah, January 23, 2017—Israeli forces beat a Palestinian boy during interrogation after detaining him from his East Jerusalem home, in the early morning hours of January 2, on suspicion of throwing stones. […]

01 Jan

(VIDEO) Number of Palestinian Minors in Israeli Prisons Doubles in 2016

Israeli forces are disproportionately incarcerating Palestinian children in occupied Jerusalem, says documentary short film by Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association.  ~Louisa Emslie, Alternative Information Center (AIC) Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association recently released a documentary short film, produced by Odeh Film, titled, “Precarious Childhood: Arrests of […]

25 Dec

DCI Report: Children in West Bank Face Deadliest Year of Past Decade

Faris al-Bayed, 15, died December 23 after being shot with a rubber-coated metal bullet by Israeli forces and more than two months in a coma. (Photo: al-Bayed family)  Ramallah, December 23, 2016—Israeli forces have killed 31 Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in 2016. This makes […]

19 Dec

Stopped at the Door: Disability and the Right to Education (Part 1)

A Palestinian runner pushes a friend in a wheelchair along the Israeli separation wall, during the second annual Palestinian Marathon, April 11, 2014. (Photograph: ActiveStills / Ryan Rodrick Beiler) Ramallah, December 16, 2016, DCIP—“I go with my son to school every day and stay with him until the end of […]

20 Nov

Palestinian Statistics Bureau: Approximately 1/2 the Population Comprised of Children

The estimated number of children less than 18 years old mid 2016 is about 2,207,535 children in Palestine, representing about 45.8% of the population, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) said on Sunday. It said that among those children there are 1,127,283 males and 1,080,252 females, adding that the […]

18 Nov

DCIP Calls on EU to Hold Israel Accountable

Khaled Quzmar, DCIP general director, addresses the European Parliament’s Delegation for relations with Palestine in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo: European Parliament News screen capture) Ramallah, November 17, 2016—Defense for Children International – Palestine urged the European Union, during a meeting on Thursday, to pressure Israeli authorities to end ill-treatment of Palestinian […]

09 Sep

Gaza’s Children Go to Work in Trash Pits (Part 1)

Two Palestinian boys lead a donkey cart carrying scrap metal collected from trash pits in Gaza. (Photo: DCIP) “I remember when a 14-year-old child was buried under a pile of garbage,” said Atef O., also 14, from Shuja’iyya, east of Gaza city. Each morning, Atef scavenges in the trash pits […]

01 Sep

Two Palestinian Children Tell Stories of Abuse in Israeli Jails

PNN file photo: Israeli soldiers arresting Palestinian child Recently, two Palestinian child detainees, Mu’men Hamayel and Oday Bader, told attorneys from the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs that they have been physically abused and severely beaten after their arrest in the West Bank. According to the Palestinian News Network (PNN), sixteen-year-old […]

04 Aug

New Law Allows Imprisonment of East Jerusalem Palestinians Aged 14 and Under

The Israeli parliament of the Knesset passed a bill into law, on Wednesday, which permits the imprisonment of children under the age of 14 if the child committed acts of “terrorism,” according to a statement released by the Knesset. The legislation, labeled the “Youth Bill,” would allow Israeli authorities to […]

27 Jun

U.S. Lawmakers Urge Obama to Appoint Envoy for Palestinian Children

Israeli authorities released Mohammad, 15, from the West Bank city of Qalqilya, in April after he served six months in prison. (Photo: DCIP / Cody O’Rourke) New York, June 20, 2016—Twenty members of the United States Congress signed a letter to President Barack Obama on Monday, urging the appointment of […]

16 Jun

“Happiness is a Concrete House”

Ramallah, May 16, 2016—Thousands of Gazans took to the streets on May 15, to commemorate the Nakba, or “catastrophe,” which marks 68 years of Palestinian displacement and dispossession, at a time when “home” is a particularly heavy word. Since Israel’s 50-day strike on Gaza nearly two years ago, many Palestinian […]

13 Feb

Teen Detainee Used as Human Shield by Israeli Forces

February 13, 2016 4:01 PM IMEMC & Agencies Human Interest, Human rights, Nablus 0

According to Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCIP), Israeli soldiers took Ahmad Q., 17, from his home and compelled him, at gunpoint, to act as a human shield during clashes in the West Bank city of Nablus, on January 12.DCIP reports that, at around 3:30 a.m., Palestinian youth threw stones at […]

23 Dec

VIDEO: Bethlehem Olive Tree Killed by Apartheid Wall Lit Up for Christmas

December 23, 2015 12:19 AM IMEMC & Agencies Bethlehem, Human Interest, Human rights 0

The Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC), on Monday evening, lit up an olive tree that was uprooted by the Israeli occupation in Bir Ouna valleys, Beit Jala town, Bethlehem.The tree was decorated with both oppression and resistance tools, according to the PNN; It was adorned with bullets, teargas canisters, wires, […]

22 Dec

14-year-old Palestinian Boy Injured by Israeli Fire

December 22, 2015 2:05 AM IMEMC & Agencies Israeli attacks, News Report, Ramallah 0

Israeli forces shot and wounded a 14-year-old Palestinian boy with live fire during clashes in the outskirts of Silwad, in eastern Ramallah, on Monday afternoon, according to medics.Ambulance crews said that Ahmad Jamal Qantawi, 14, was shot and wounded in his stomach, leg, and hand, and had suffered severe loss […]

03 Dec

International Campaign to Release Child Detainees Launched by PA

December 3, 2015 5:10 AM IMEMC & Agencies News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

The Palestinian Authority announced, on Wednesday, the launch of an international campaign aiming to pressure the Israeli government to release Palestinian child detainees, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society said in a statement.The Ministry of Education is sponsoring the campaign, entitled “Give Them Space to Learn and Play,” which will be launched […]

30 Nov

Dozens Injured in Clashes Across West Bank, Kindergarten Raided

November 30, 2015 1:35 AM IMEMC & Agencies Israeli attacks, News Report, West Bank 0

Dozens of Palestinians were injured Sunday, during clashes with Israeli forces across the occupied West Bank, while at least 29 Palestinians were kidnapped by Israeli forces, overnight.Dozens were injured by rubber-coated metal bullets at the northern entrance of al-Bireh, according to WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency. Following a peaceful […]

20 Nov

DCI: 16 Children Killed in 3 Weeks

November 20, 2015 5:15 AM IMEMC & Agencies Human rights, International, News Report 0

Defense for Children International – Palestine has confirmed that Israeli forces have killed 16 Palestinian children in separate incidents across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, since the beginning of October.The number of Palestinian children who have killed since the beginning of this year amounts […]

11 Nov

Islamic-Christian Commission: Manasra Footage Reveals Israeli Cruelty

November 11, 2015 3:23 AM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

The Islamic Christian Commission for supporting Jerusalem and Holy sites considered a recently released video, showing the interrogation of the child Ahmad Manasra, 13, to be one simple example of Israeli violations and crimes against Palestinian children being held in Israeli prisons. The Commission, in a statement, declared that the […]

01 Nov

Imposition of Administrative Detention Expanded to Minors

November 1, 2015 11:37 PM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

Israeli authorities, last week, placed three Palestinian minors from East Jerusalem under administrative detention, a move rights group say is unprecedented in the city, as Israel heightens security measures amid a month of deadly violence.On Oct. 19, Fadi Abassi, 17, and Mohammed Ghaith, 17, were abducted after dawn raids on […]

22 Oct

Palestinian Minor Detainees Speak Out on Israeli Brutality

October 22, 2015 10:16 AM IMEMC & Agencies Human Interest, Israel, Prisoners 0

Three Palestinian minor detainees submitted sworn affidavits saying that they are being subjected to maltreatment, verbal and severe physical abuse by Israeli army and police forces, either prior to or during their detention, according to Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs (CPA).Heba Masalha, a CPA attorney, was allowed to visit three Palestinian […]

13 Oct

Children of Gaza Call Upon International Community to Stop Israeli Crimes

A group of Gaza children organized a stand on Tuesday, in front of the mourning tent erected for the murdered child, Rahaf Hassan, age 2, who was killed along with her pregnant mother two days ago, after an Israeli airstrike directly bombed their home at Al-Zaitoon neighborhood in Gaza.The children […]

01 Oct

DCIP: Over 1,996 Palestinian Children Killed Since Outbreak of Second Intifada

Ramallah, September 30, 2015—Children represent 46.2 percent of the 4.68 million Palestinians living in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. Instability and violence has defined much of their lives since September 2000 when the second intifada, or uprising, broke out against Israeli military occupation of Palestinian […]

03 Sep

Israeli Soldier Arrested for Assaulting and Injuring Detainee

September 3, 2015 9:18 PM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

Israeli military police, Wednesday night, arrested an Israeli soldier who was accused of assaulting and breaking the nose of a Palestinian prisoner that had been handcuffed and blindfolded at the time, Israeli media reported.According to the Hebrew language Israeli news site Walla, an Israeli soldier from the Shimshon Battalion of […]

20 Aug

Israeli Troops Kidnap 18 Palestinians, Including 3 Children, Overnight

August 20, 2015 10:18 PM IMEMC & Agencies News Report, Prisoners, West Bank 0

Israeli occupation forces abducted, overnight Thursday, 18 Palestinians across the occupied West Bank.Families reported, according to Days of Palestine, that large numbers of Israeli soldiers stormed homes, taking two Palestinians in Tulkarem, three in Nablus, two in Ramallah, four near Bethlehem and four near Al-Khalil (Hebron). Popular Resistance Committee Coordinator […]

31 Jul

(VIDEO) Capitol Hill Briefing: Investigate Israel’s Use of US Weapons

Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) participated in a congressional briefing in Washington on Wednesday, urging lawmakers to investigate and hold Israeli forces accountable for using American-supplied weapons in attacks against Palestinian children last summer.The July 29 briefing on Capitol Hill drew around 70 attendees, including staff from at […]

25 Jul

Rising Physical Violence against Palestinian Child Detainees

Palestinian children detained by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank during the first half of 2015 suffered increasing levels of physical violence, according to Defense for Children International Palestine research.Data compiled by DCIP since January 2015 shows that 86 percent of Palestinian children experienced some form of physical violence […]

09 Jul

Gaza One Year On: Justice Eludes Palestinian Children

Despite well-documented evidence of war crimes committed by the Israeli military during the assault on Gaza last summer, there has been no justice and accountability for grave violations against Palestinian children.Operation Protective Edge, which lasted 50 days between July 8 and August 26, claimed the lives of 2,220 Palestinians, including […]

11 Jun

Palestinian Kids Bring Their Cause to Cambridge

Palestinian children and teenagers visiting Britain held a demonstration, yesterday, rallying against Palestinian child imprisonment by Israel in the West Bank and Israel.Cambridge news reported that the children were given a tour of King’s College, Cambridge, before leading a march through the city’s streets. They wore blindfolds and shackles during […]

09 Jun

DCI: “UN Shields Israel From Accountability For Atrocities Against Children”

Defense for Children International – Palestine Branch (DCIP), issued a statement expressing deep concern regarding the decision of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to exclude the Israeli army from the UN annual list of groups that commit serious violations against children. DCI said that the UN leader annually submits to the […]

29 May

UN Considers Blacklisting Israeli Army for Crimes Against Children

A push is currently being made to add the Israeli military to the blacklist of the UN Council for Children and Armed Conflict.The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, of Armenia, has recommended that the Israeli army be added to the list because of […]

16 May

(VIDEO) Life After a Live Ammunition Fatality: Nowarah Family

One year ago, on May 15, Nadeem Nowarah, 17, was shot and killed by Israeli forces near Israel’s Ofer military prison in the occupied West Bank. An hour later, Mohammad Mahmoud Odeh Salameh Abu Daher, 16, was fatally shot in the back in nearly the same spot.View the interactive story […]

11 May

BDS Movement Causes Uproar among US Students

At dozens of college campuses across the US, student government councils are embracing resolutions calling on their administrations to divest from companies that enable Israel’s violations on Palestinians, the New York Times reports.While no university boards or administrators are heeding the students’ demands, the effort to pressure Israel appears to […]

09 May

EU Group Demands End to Economic Partnership with Israel

Due to ongoing aggression against Palestinians, the European United Left group of MEPs demanded, on Friday, the abolition of partnership deals with Israel.The demand was made in the wake of the acknowledgement by dozens of Israeli soldiers who took part in the last summer’s Israeli offensive on Gaza that they […]

04 May

Breaking the Silence: Army Deliberately Targeted Civilians in Gaza

Breaking the Silence, an organization of veteran Israeli soldiers, harshly slammed the Israeli army for its operational policy during last summer’s aggression on Gaza, saying it led to “immense and unprecedented harm to the civilian population and infrastructures in the Gaza Strip,” Monday reported the Israeli daily Haaretz.According to WAFA, […]

03 May

UN Envoy to Palestine Denounces Israeli Child Abuse

Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour has sent an open letter to the UN Security Council demanding that Israel be brought to justice over violations and abuse against Palestinian children.’Every single day and in countless ways, Palestinian children are victims of Israeli human rights violations, with no child considered […]

28 Apr

Special UN Report: 2014 Israeli Assault on Gaza Hit 7 UNRWA Schools

Attacks to be considered of ‘extreme severity toward those who looked to them for protection and sought refuge and were granted shelter there, had their hope and trust denied”, according to a recent statement by the United Nations. A UN girl’s school was hit 88 times by mortar shells; another […]

23 Apr

New Zealand Preparing Initiative To “Resume Peace Talks”

The Associated Press has reported that New Zealand, a member of the U.N. Security Council, is preparing a draft resolution meant for reviving the stalled political talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. New Zealand’s United Nations ambassador Jim McLay stated Tuesday that his country has friendship with both Israel […]

22 Apr

Israeli Leaders Refuse to Meet Former US President Carter

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have turned down a request from Jimmy Carter to meet during his upcoming visit to the occupied Palestinian territories, because of the former US president’s ‘anti-Israel’ stance, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz.Al Ray correspondence reports that, according to an unnamed Israeli […]

20 Apr

Over $30,000 in Fines Imposed on Minor Detainees since 2015

April 20, 2015 10:54 AM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

Representative of Palestinian minor prisoners held in Israeli Ofer prison, Abd al-Fattah Dawla, reported Sunday that the Israeli military courts have imposed a total of NIS 120 thousand (just over $30,000) in fines on minor prisoners since the beginning of 2015.According to WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency, Dawla informed […]

31 Mar

99 Palestinian Children Currently Detained in Israeli Jails

March 31, 2015 1:51 AM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

Head of the Palestinian Prisoners Society’s legal unit, Jawad Boulos, reported Monday that there are currently 99 Palestinian minors detained in Israeli jails, of whom 26 were abducted in March.During a visit to minor Palestinian prisoners incarcerated in Israeli jails, Boulos said that 33 minors are currently serving actual imprisonment […]

12 Feb

DCI Report: Palestinian Children Abused to Confess

February 12, 2015 3:02 AM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

Palestinian children detained by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank, over 2014, fell victim to a pattern of abuse designed to coerce confessions, according to Defense for Children International-Palestine.DCI-Palestine stated, according to WAFA correspondence, that among the most troubling experiences were prolonged periods of solitary confinement, a correctional tactic […]

25 Jan

War Crimes against Palestinian Prisoners Committed by Israeli Special Units

January 25, 2015 9:38 PM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

According to the Palestine Detainees Studies Center, special units working in Israeli jails are engaged in war crimes against Palestinian prisoners.WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency reports that, in a Sunday press release, the Center stated that Israeli special units have directly killed at least seven Palestinian prisoners, citing the […]

23 Jan

Further Demolitions, Abductions in West Bank & Jerusalem

January 23, 2015 9:08 PM IMEMC & Agencies News Report, Prisoners, West Bank 0

Israeli forces detained a Palestinian child near the village of Maghayir al-Abeed and demolished four structures in the Palestinian village of Ar-Rifa’iyya in the South Hebron Hills area on Wednesday.An Operation Dove press release said that bulldozers tore down two houses and two animal shelters belonging to the Rabai family […]

19 Jan

Eight Kidnapped by Israeli Forces Across West Bank

January 19, 2015 6:28 PM IMEMC & Agencies News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

Israeli forces have so far, on Monday, kidnapped at least eight Palestinians from towns and cities across the West Bank, while summoned others and raided homes of families. Israeli authorities also continue to detain Palestinian eighth grader, Malak al-Khatib, age 14, for the 19th consecutive day in Hasharon prison.Soldiers carried […]

18 Jan

DCI: 2014 Most Difficult Year for Palestinian Children

January 18, 2015 5:24 PM IMEMC & Agencies Human rights, News Report, Palestine 0

Defense for Children International has described the year 2014 as the most difficult year for Palestinian children, due to ongoing Israeli violations and, mainly, the 2014 summer aggression on the Gaza Strip.According to WAFA, DCI reported on its official website that “Wholesale [Israeli] violations of children’s rights across the Occupied […]

13 Dec

Child House Arrests Rise in Jerusalem Clampdown

December 13, 2014 5:20 AM IMEMC & Agencies Human Interest, Palestine, Prisoners 0

Ramallah, December 11, 2014—Othman, 15, is sitting at the top of a narrow staircase in the front porch of his family’s home in the Old City, in Jerusalem. He almost never smiles or laughs, and he doesn’t speak much. He has been under house arrest for the past 11 months, […]

23 Nov

Forensic Video Analysis: Nowarah’s Killer Identified

Defense for Children International – Palestine has published a video analysis, conducted by Forensic Architecture, which identifies the Israeli soldier who shot and killed 17-year-old Nadim Nowarah six months ago, in the West Bank city of Beitunia.According to WAFA Palestine News & Info Agency, DCI-Palestine said in a recent press […]

22 Oct

Palestinian Children Assaulted While in Israeli Custody

October 22, 2014 9:10 PM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

The PA’s Department of Prisoner’s Affairs said, today, that dozens of Palestinian minors jailed by Israel have recently been assaulted by prison authorities, during their time in custody.According to Ma’an News Agency, the department reported the testimonies of two Palestinian minors visited by lawyer Hiba Ighbarya, in HaSharon prison, central […]

10 Sep

Treating the Hidden Wounds of Gaza’s Children

September 10, 2014 11:09 PM IMEMC & Agencies Human Interest, Human rights, International 0

The story of 4-year-old Shima is surely as horrifying as that of any child who lived through the recent conflict in Gaza. Listening to the details recounted by her father, Ibrahim, one can only wonder that she survived the 50 days of intense fighting.It began on day one, when the […]

15 Aug

Handful of Gaza Children Evacuated to Jerusalem for Treatment

Shaima al-Masri, age 5, came to Saint Joseph’s Hospital in East Jerusalem from Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip. According to the Defence for Children International, Palestine, it has been five weeks since she was first injured in an Israeli airstrike, but Shaima is still recovering from serious injuries […]

26 Jun

DCI Report: Growing Up Between Israeli Settlements and Soldiers

A new report published by Defence of Children International-Palestine brings to light the devastating impact on Palestinian children of growing up near increasingly violent Israeli settlements and Israeli military outposts.25 June 2014 | DCI-Palestine | AIC-Beit Sahour The report, Growing Up Between Israeli Settlements and Soldiers, details the experiences of […]

18 Jun

Nowarah Autopsy: Use of Live Ammo Confirmed

Forensic pathologists, following a recent autopsy and exhumation, have determined that a live bullet was the cause of death for Nadim Nawarah, aged 17, one of two Palestinian teenagers who were killed by Israeli forces, last May, during Nakba Day solidarity protests in the West Bank.DCI-Palestine reports that the autopsy […]

06 Jun

196 Palestinian Children Imprisoned by Israeli Military

June 6, 2014 2:00 AM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

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.05 June 2014 | Defence for Children International Palestine | AIC The […]

20 May

New Video Shows Israeli Soldiers Killing Two Teens in Unprovoked Attack Last Thursday

A newly-released surveillance video showing the killing of two teenage boys, age 16 and 17, by Israeli troops during a demonstration last week contradicts Israeli accounts of the incident.While the Israeli government claimed that the boys were throwing stones, the video clearly shows that neither they nor any other youth […]

12 May

Rising Number of Palestinian Children Subject to Solitary Confinement

Rising numbers of Palestinian children are being subjected to solitary confinement for interrogation purposes in Israeli detention, according to a new report from Defense for Children International Palestine. Written by Defence of Children International – Palestine Alternative Information Center (AIC) 12 May 2014 In 21.4 percent of cases recorded by […]

21 Mar

Palestinian Teen Charged with Attempted Murder for Stone-Throwing Confessed after Torture

A Palestinian teenager who confessed to throwing stones after he was tortured in Israeli custody faces attempted murder charges and a severe prison sentence.Photo: Ali Shamlawi, 17, was held in solitary confinement, beaten and intimidated into confessing to throwing stones. He has now been in Israeli military detention for a […]

18 Apr

Child from New Orleans sentenced to serve in adult prison in Israel

April 18, 2013 1:45 PM Saed Bannoura News Report, Prisoners, Ramallah 0

A 14-year old boy from New Orleans, Louisiana was sentenced on Wednesday to a two-week term in an Israeli prison, after having been abducted on April 5th by Israeli forces while sleeping in his family’s home in the West Bank.Mohammed Khalek is a dual Palestinian-US citizen, having been born in […]

27 Feb

Palestinian Boy Allegedly Used As Human Shield Near Ofer

February 27, 2013 3:32 AM IMEMC & Agencies Human rights, News Report, Ramallah 0

Ramallah, 26 February 2013—Israeli soldiers forced a young Palestinian boy at gunpoint to walk among them while they confronted Palestinian demonstrators near Ofer prison outside Ramallah on February 17, Defence for Children International Palestine confirmed.Around midday, Mustafa Wahdan, 9, told DCI-Palestine that he was on his way home from his […]

08 Sep

Abusing children ‘part and parcel’ of Israeli ideology, says rights defender

September 8, 2012 12:25 AM IMEMC & Agencies Human rights, Opinion/Analysis, Palestine 0

Rifat Kassis is the director of Defence for Children International-Palestine Section. In 2010, I interviewed Kassis about about his organization’s work and the special situation of Palestinian children growing up under occupation. I interviewed him again this week on the Israeli soldiers’ confessions about the mistreatment of Palestinian children, published […]

24 Mar

Confined cruelty

They shoot children don’t They The innocence of childhood is a precious jewel, to be gently cared for and nurtured, allowing the child, whose future we are building, to develop happily and safely in an atmosphere of love and peace. For many Palestinian children their childhood is lived under a […]