The Palestine Medical Relief society has continued its campaign to protect Palestinian children through different activities,Â including a summer camp calledÂ â€śI Want to Feel Safe.â€ť
The camp, held in Hizma town north of Jerusalem, opens the horizon forÂ hundreds of youngstersÂ who suffer from apartheid policies, constant closures and military raids, to enjoy theirÂ young ageÂ in peace and dignity, away from the Israeli military occupation and its ongoing violations.
The camp has supported the role of young children in Palestinian society, wherein which they receive courses in civil defense, first aid, and support of their confidence to be stronger and speak up for themselves.
In addition, the camp raised donations which have contributed to sending three aid trucks to Gaza, andÂ in cooperation with international volunteers and associations.
PNN further reports that theÂ camp is part of the â€śDo Not Kill Our Childhoodâ€ť campaign which was launched in the beginning of June, with the aim of protecting the rights of Palestinian children.
According to statistics, within the past 16 years, over 2,000 Palestinian children have been killed and 12,000 detained. During the past ten months alone, 51 Palestinian children have been killed by Israeli forces.
The numbers keep growing with the now half-century old occupation that continues toÂ engorge land, strangle the hope for peace and politicize innocent children.
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Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.