Archive for the 'Children' Category

Mishaal deplores settler’s killing of toddler, calls for response

Source: Palestine Information Center

Hamas Political Bureau chief Khaled Meshaal

Hamas Political Bureau chief Khaled Meshaal

Head of Hamas’s political bureau Khaled Mishaal denounced the murder of 18-month-old Palestinian toddler Ali Dawabsheh in Jewish settlers’ arson attack on his parents’ home yesterday in Nablus as a “heinous crime against the Palestinian people and the entire humanity.”

In press remarks on Friday, Mishaal said that such crime vindicated further that the essence of the conflict is the occupation and its settlements.

He added that “the settler’s burning of this toddlers today and earlier 16-year-old child Mohamed Abu Khudair would only be quenched by sweeping the occupation and its settlements off the Palestinian land.”

The Hamas official called for responding to this new crime and the repeated violations against Jerusalem and the Aqsa Mosque through escalating the resistance against the Israeli occupation state and its settlers.

Al-Qassam holds Israel responsible for Nablus arson attack

Source: Palestine Information Center

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Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, held the Israeli occupation leaders fully responsible for the consequences of the settlers’ arson attack on a Palestinian home, which rendered a Palestinian toddler dead in Nablus yesterday.

In a press release on Friday, spokesman for the Brigades Abu Obeida said that the Palestinian people and their resistance would not stay passive towards what he described as the heinous crime of killing Palestinian toddler Ali Dawabsheh and wounding his family.

“The resistance has the right to burn the ground underneath of those who burned toddler Ali Dawabsheh,” the spokesman warned.

A horde of extremist Jewish settlers at dawn Friday torched two Palestinian house on the outskirts of Duma village, south of Nablus city, killing Ali Dawabsheh, 18 months, and seriously injuring his parents and four-year-old brother.

Israel whitewashes beach bloodbath that killed four kids

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The Israeli army late Thursday announced it is closing its probe into its killing of four children from the Bakr family playing football on a Gaza beach, saying the “tragic” attack had not violated international law.

Many foreign journalists were near the beach at the time of the attack, and witnessed the atrocity.

The four cousins, nine year old Mohamed Ramez Bakr, Ahed Atef Bakr and Zakaria Ahed Bakr, 10, and Ismail Mohamed Bakr, 11, were playing on the beach in Gaza City on July 16, 2014 when they were hit in two separate strikes. Read more »

Israel doesn’t abuse children, it just murders them

By Khalid Amayreh
Source: Palestine Information Center

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Throughout its unglamorous history, the UN issued many scandalous reports and adopted many scandalous resolutions reflecting lack of justice and absence of moral honesty.

This ever-existing symptom also reflected western hegemony over the international organization.

However, none of these reports and resolutions seems more scandalous than this week’s report which kept Israel off the List of Shame, which includes states and entities that abuse children.

This particular report is manifestly scandalous precisely because Israel is probably one of the most obscene abusers of children under the sun. Read more »

Hemaya: UN spurns Palestinian children

PRESS RELEASE
Hemaya Center for Human Rights
08 June 2015

Shifa Hospital 19 July 2014

Shifa Hospital 19 July 2014

Ban Ki-moon’s decision not to include Israel on the list of violators of children’s rights twists the knife in the heart of every Palestinian parent, making it very clear that in the eyes of the United Nations, Palestinian children’s lives don’t count.

When a military with the most sophisticated and accurate weaponry on the planet can kill more than 500 children in cold blood with complete impunity, as Israel’s absence from the list shows, it reveals more than just the complete disregard for Palestinian lives that has become so commonplace in the halls of power. It also makes it abundantly clear that the UN, the single most important international organisation charged with protecting the lives of the most vulnerable, is failing spectacularly. Read more »

NZ Superannuitants Profit from Palestinian Children’s Suffering

Opinion
Dr Vacy Vlazna

Hamza Mus'ab Almadani

Hamza Mus’ab Almadani

The shocking decision by government-owned New Zealand Super Fund (NZSF) NOT to divest from Israel Chemicals Ltd (ICL), manufacturer of white phosphorus, blatantly violates the NZSF Responsibilities of:

“ethical investment including policies, standards and procedures for avoiding prejudice to New Zealand’s reputation as a responsible member of the world community”

and Standards for Human Rights: –

1. Support and respect human rights 2. No complicity in abuses..

set out in the NZSF impressive-but-brushed-off Responsible Investment Framework. Read more »

1 Shekel a Day school lunch project for children in Gaza

PRESS RELEASE
Al Majed Association – Gaza

Kids with their coupons - and lunch. Yum!

Kids with their coupons – and lunch. Yum!

Many children in Gaza come from a background of high poverty, and families just cannot afford to give their children food or money. The “1 Shekel a Day” project provides 1000 children from different schools in the Middle Area of the Gaza strip with a “1 shekel a day” coupon to buy a school lunch.

After six weeks of successful implementation, and with a high demand from the public to continue, we are trying to raise funds to carry on until the summer break, in two weeks time.

Food in their tummies is important for every growing child, and essential for their concentration. Helping a child in this project does not just feed their body, but also feeds their mind, their future – and the future of Gaza.

Please, go to our page to donate.

God bless you all.

Rina Andolini
Director, Al Majed Association

Operation Protective Edge: A war waged on Gaza’s children

PRESS RELEASE
Defense for Children International Palestine

Children in Beit Hanoun (Photo: Julie Webb-Pullman)

Children in Beit Hanoun (Photo: Julie Webb-Pullman)

Defense for Children International Palestine just released a report, Operation Protective Edge: A War Waged on Gaza’s Children, detailing the high price paid by children during Israel’s assault on Gaza last summer.

Operation Protective Edge, which lasted 50 days between July 8 and August 26, claimed the lives of 2,220 Palestinians, including at least 1,492 civilians, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

DCIP independently verified the deaths of 547 Palestinian children among the killed in Gaza, 535 of them as a direct result of Israeli attacks. Read more »

Israel detained 1,266 Palestinian children in 2014

Source: Middle East Monitor

MEMO File Photo

MEMO File Photo

Israeli forces detained over 1,000 Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem over the course of this year, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said Tuesday.

Abdel-Nasser Farawna, who heads the PLO’s authority for prisoners’ affairs, said that Israel had detained 1,266 Palestinian children below the age of 15 in the occupied territories throughout 2014. Read more »

Beit Hanoun: Homeless but not utterly hopeless, thanks to NZers

By Julie Webb-Pullman

Receiving clothes, blankets and schoolbags in Beit Hanoun 30/11/14

Receiving clothes, blankets and schoolbags in Beit Hanoun 30/11/14

With the help of New Zealanders the Palestinian Family Charitable Association in Beit Hanoun has done it again – provided warm winter clothes and blankets for some of the neediest children in Gaza as the wintry weather begins to bite.

Not that there are very many children in Beit Hanoun who are not needy – 1,500 apartment blocks were destroyed in this town during the 51 day Israeli offensive in July-August, leaving many thousands homeless and their schools full of displaced families. Read more »

Portents of a fresh Palestinian uprising are real

By Khalid Amayreh
Source: Palestine Information Centre

14 year old Palestinian Arwa Hammad, who was shot and killed by Israeli forces

14 year old Palestinian Arwa Hammad, who was shot and killed by Israeli forces

The seemingly totally unjustified recent killing of several Palestinian children in Jerusalem by the Israeli occupation force has already infuriated the Palestinian community in a peculiarly ominous manner.

According to reliable sources in Jerusalem, the age of the four Jerusalem boys murdered by Israeli troops and messianic Jewish settlers in the span of the past few weeks didn’t exceed 14 years. The killings didn’t occur by mistake and the lives of the murderers, whether settlers or crack soldiers, were not put at risk.

In other words, the Zionist killers murdered the four kids in cold blood, irrespective of Israeli disinformation.

But what now seems to be an evolving uprising in Jerusalem has more to do with the killing of a few more Palestinians by the Israeli killing machine. Since the beginning of 2014, Israel killed more than 2200 Palestinians, injured around 10,000, and partially or completely destroyed more than 50,000 homes, especially in the Gaza Strip. These figures caricature a genocidal onslaught by Israel against a thoroughly tormented people seeking survival in the face of relentlessly nefarious Israeli Nazism. Read more »

Football no fun anymore for the Bakr boys

by Julie Webb-Pullman

Brothers Montasr (left) and Younis Khamis Bakr (Photo: Yousef Al Rantisi)

Brothers Montasr (left) and Younis Khamis Bakr (Photo: Yousef Al Rantisi)

Flashback. July 16, 2014.

Boys. Beach. Sun. Sea. Sand. Football. Fun. An ordinary summers’ day like that in any other coastal city in the world.

Bomb. Blood. Missile. Martyrs. Mayhem. Mourners. An ordinary summer’s day in Gaza 2014.

Three months later the world has all but forgotten the “Bakr Boys,” the group of cousins playing on the beach that afternoon. Four of them – Ismail, Zakaria, Ahed and Mohamed – were killed. Four more survived the horror, physically at least.

Montasr, Hamada, Sayed and Younis are all now out of hospital, and could even play football again, despite legs peppered with shrapnel scars. But they don’t. Read more »

A Letter to Arabs

This poem was videoed being read by Nourul-Islam abu Huwaishel just 45 minutes before he was killed by the Israeli army.

Translation of the poem:

A Letter to Arabs

In Gaza, we are alright
Comfort us with good news about you
In war, we are alright
How about you?
Our martyrs are under rubble
Our children are living in tents
Asking about you
Where are you?

In Gaza, we are alright
Comfort us with good news about you
The sea is behind us
But we still resist
Our enemy is in front of us
But we still resist
We’ve got enough weapons, food, and promises of peace
We thank you for your “support”
Our souls
Our wounds
Our skies
Our homes
Our faces
Our blood
Our eyes
Our coffins
Protect us from your promises and your words

In Gaza, we are alright
Comfort us with good news about you.

The difference between children

By Gideon Levy
Source: Haaretz
August 24, 2014

 Palestinian mourners cry at Gaza City's al-Shifa hospital after an explosion killed at least seven children in a public playground Photo by AFP

Palestinian mourners cry at Gaza City’s al-Shifa hospital after an explosion killed at least seven children in a public playground Photo by AFP

It is human that the killing of an Israeli boy, a child of ours, would arouse greater identification than the death of some other child. What is incomprehensible is the Israeli response to the killing of their children.

After the first child, nobody batted an eye; after the 50th not even a slight tremor was felt in a plane’s wing; after the 100th, they stopped counting; after the 200th, they blamed Hamas. After the 300th child they blamed the parents. After the 400th child, they invented excuses; after (the first) 478 children nobody cares.

Then came our first child and Israel went into shock. Read more »

The Vampires

by Enas F Ghannam

The vampires came to our town, mommy. They were in disguise, but I knew it was them. They were hiding under black cloaks and riding huge dragons with red eyes. They were flying over us and firing balls of fires on everything. Big spiders were moving slowly on the ground and they were hitting people and houses with their dark poisoned webs. But where are you mommy? Read more »

In the name of humanity, stop the Israeli slaughter of innocents in Gaza

Press Release
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine
August 04, 2014

Medics remove a child from the rubble after the Israeli airstrike in Shaati camp today

Medics remove a child from the rubble after the Israeli airstrike in Shaati camp today

The Ministry of Health Gaza condemns in the strongest possible terms the Israeli breaking of the humanitarian ceasefire in a murderous attack on the Al-Bakri family home in Al-Shaati refugee camp in west Gaza City, killing an eight-year-old child and injuring 30 other people, mostly women and children.

This attack on a home in one of the most densely populated residential areas on earth only minutes after the commencement of a humanitarian ceasefire can only be seen as a calculated and deliberate attack on civilians. Read more »

You can run but you can’t hide

by Huda Droll

Fady Abo Khousa

Fady Abo Khousa

Born in Bureij refugee camp four year-old Fady Abu Khousa, along with his family, were evacuated to Nusirat Camp. The Israeli Army had dropped flyers telling the entire camp to evacuate and where to go. Fady didn’t mind, after all, this is where Grandma lives, we are just visiting Grandma. Read more »

Lack of water, sanitation and PHC cause explosion of infectious disease in Gaza, threaten public health

Press Release
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine
August 02, 2014

Forcibly displaced peeople in an UNRWA school

Forcibly displaced peeople in an UNRWA school

The people of Gaza face enormous barriers to accessing primary health care, with only 10 of the government’s 56 Primary Health Care clinics operational, eight of UNRWA’s 22 clinics open, and most NGO clinics closed.

The majority of displaced persons have no access whatsoever to primary health care services.

This is at a time when there are urgent public health problems arising from the Israeli offensive threatening the health of the entire population. Read more »

MOH Gaza Update as at 1900 hrs on 31/07/2014

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 1900 hours on Thursday July 31, 2014.

Deaths: 1,418 – 324 children, 166 women 18-60 years, 60 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 8,265 – 2,502 children, 1,626 women 18-60 years, 303 over 60 years.
ICU: 140 patients

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Euro-Mid Observer: 6 massacres in one day as Israel tries to isolate Gaza from the world

PRESS RELEASE
Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights

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Gaza City, Occupied Palestinian Territories, July 31, 2014 – Before the sunset of the 23rd day of the Israeli assault on the besieged Gaza Strip, the Israeli army has committed six massacres against civilians. The most horrific and atrocious massacre was committed at dawn in UNRWA-run Abu Hussein School in Jabalia refugee camp in the northern part of Gaza Strip, killing 15 Palestinians, most of them were children, and wounding 90 others when five artillery shells landed directly on one of the classrooms as displaced people were asleep. The school, which shelters 3,300 refugees, is the sixth UNRWA-run school that has been targeted directly by the Israeli forces.

The Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights stresses that this massacre has been preceded and followed by other massacres against the families of Al Khalili, Abu Amer, Dhaheer and al-Astal. Seven members of Khalili family from Tuffah neighbourhood in Gaza City, including three children and two women, were killed when their house was bombed and hit directly without any prior warning. Seven members of Abu Amer family from Khan Younis, which has been heavily bombed by the Israeli army, were also killed. Moreover, 10 members of al-Astal family, including one child, were killed at dawn in an F16 airstrike without warning as they were asleep in the family’s gathering room of their house east of Khan Younis, and 25 others were also injured in the same incident. Read more »

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