Category Archives: from the media

“Five Broken Cameras” and Israeli Youth

In June 2012, Born Equal reviewed the Palestinian documentary film Five Broken Cameras, which documents anti-occupation protests in the West Bank village of Bil’in. The film’s directors, Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, chose to spotlight local children’s experiences of the community’s conflict with … Continue reading

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“When the Boys Return”: 2013 Documentary by Al-Jazeera English

In fall 2011, filmmaker Tone Anderson spent four months in the West Bank researching the arrest and detention of Palestinian children by Israeli security forces. In January 2013, Al-Jazeera English released Anderson’s fifty minute documentary “When the Boys Return,” which … Continue reading

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News Roundup: Israeli State Violence Against Palestinian Children in the West Bank, Fall-Winter 2012

Over the fall of 2012, Israeli security forces committed acts of violence against a number of Palestinian children in the West Bank. This post reviews some of the best-documented of these incidents. On 12 December 2012, a 19 year-old Israeli … Continue reading

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Palestinian and Israeli Children in the West Bank: Visualizing Legal Inequality

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Over the course of 2012, Israeli activist Michal Vexler produced a series of informational graphics that, in her words, put “ugly reality into neat charts.” In October 2012, Vexler and the Council for Arab-British Understanding produced a graphic demonstrating the … Continue reading

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European Union Condemns Israeli Treatment of Detained Palestinian Children, September 2012

In late summer 2012, the European Union Parliament discussed the treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military custody. In response, Catherine Ashton, the European Commission’s Vice President and High Representative for External Affairs, released a short statement on 12 September condemning … Continue reading

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News Roundup: Media Responses to Breaking the Silence Report on Soldiers’ Abuse of Palestinian Children

In August 2012, the Israeli veterans organization Breaking the Silence released a booklet of former soldiers’ testimonies describing incidents of army abuse of Palestinian children. In response, many alternative and mainstream media outlets published articles about the topic. This post … Continue reading

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Testimony #27 from Breaking the Silence’s August 2012 Report, “Children and Youth”

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Much of the media coverage of the Breaking the Silence’s August 2012 collection of testimonies on Israeli army mistreatment of Palestinian children concentrates on an incident described in Testimony #27. According to the soldier’s eyewitness testimony, a 2007 patrol through … Continue reading

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Violent Arrest of a Mother in Front of Her Children, an-Nabi Salah

ActiveStills (a collective of Israeli, Palestinian, and international photographers) has released a moving series of photographs from the weekly anti-settlement protest in the West Bank village of an-Nabi Salah on 24 August 2012. The images show four Israeli soldiers arresting a … Continue reading

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The Wall and Access to Education in Abu Dis

A moving article at unicef.org describes the struggle of teachers and students in the Jerusalem suburb of Abu Dis to travel to their preschool on the other side of the separation wall. The piece describes one teacher’s daily routine of … Continue reading

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Two Reflections on the Suffering of Palestinian Children at OpenZion

In a pair of articles on OpenZion, Emily L. Hauser reflects on Palestinian children’s experience of the ongoing conflict. In the first piece, Hauser rattles off a disturbing set of statistics: the number of Palestinian children who Israeli forces have detained, … Continue reading

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Recent Media Coverage of Palestinian Children’s Arrest and Detention

The summer 2012 British legal report, Children in Military Custody, drew significant media attention to the experiences of Palestinian children in the Israeli military justice system. Below are summaries of some of the most significant recent media reports on this … Continue reading

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“Killing Children is No Longer a Big Deal”: 2004 Op-Ed by Gideon Levy

At the height of the al-Aqsa Intifada, leftist Ha-Aretz columnist Gideon Levy wrote a damning critique of the Israeli army’s seeming inability to protect child non-combatants during its incursions into Palestinian territory. He blames the army’s “appallingly light trigger finger … Continue reading

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Family Life in Susia, West Bank: 2011 ActiveStills Photography Project

In 2011, members of the Israel/Palestine photojournalist collective ActiveStills held a series of photography workshops with women in Susia, a small Palestinian village in the South Hebron Hills. (Susia sits on land that the Israeli government claims for Jewish settlements … Continue reading

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Media Roundup: Arrest and Detention of Palestinian Children

The 2012 British report on Israeli violations of child rights law spurred a flurry of articles and op-eds on the issue in the British and Israeli press. This post highlights some of the most significant of these articles. In an … Continue reading

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“Where’s the Shame?”: Op-Ed on Security Forces’ Mistreatment of Children at OpenZion

In an op-ed on Peter Beinart’s OpenZion blog, Lara Friedman of Americans for Peace Now reflects on B’tselem’s release of a disturbing video of two Israeli border police officers grabbing, dragging, and kicking a nine year old Palestinian boy in … Continue reading

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News Update: Closing Arguments in Trial of Israeli Policeman in Shooting Death of Palestinian Child Stone-Thrower

The leftist Israeli newspaper Ha-Aretz reported this week on the trial of Omri Abu, an Israeli border policeman who fatally shot a young Palestinian boy named Ahmad Musa during a demonstration in the West Bank town of Ni’lin in 2008. According … Continue reading

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Occupation and Resistance Through the Eyes of a Child: “Five Broken Cameras”

Emad Burnat’s and Guy Davidi’s moving documentary Five Broken Cameras follows two interconnected narrative trajectories. First, the film documents the West Bank village Bil’in’s multi-year protest campaign against the expansion of Israeli-Jewish towns onto village farmland. Second, the film traces the … Continue reading

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