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“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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Israeli and Palestinian Musicians Explore Psychological Effects of Occupation on Israeli Soldiers

For years, Israeli mental-health professionals and non-governmental organizations (notably Breaking the Silence) have observed that military service in the West Bank often accustoms young Israelis to violence and drives them to dehumanize Palestinians. In fall 2012, both Israeli and Palestinian … 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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Exposure to Violence and its Effects on Israeli and Palestinian Children: Scholarly Analysis

Between 2007 and 2010, a team of researchers from Israel, Palestine, and the United States conducted three waves of interviews with children and families living in Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. Researchers evaluated the degree of the … 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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Former Israeli Soldiers Describe their Mistreatment of Palestinian Children: Breaking the Silence Report, August 2012

Breaking the Silence, an Israeli NGO that collects testimonies from former Israeli soldiers about their experiences serving in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, has released a compilation of testimonies describing army mistreatment of Palestinian children. The approximately 30 soldiers interviewed describe … Continue reading

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On Palestinian Children and Families at the International Congress of Psychology, 2012

The International Congress of Psychology (ICP) is held every four years and is the largest event on the global psychology calendar. At the 2008 ICP gathering, American psychologists’ collusion with the torture at Guantanamo was first raised in the international … Continue reading

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“One Day in Prison Feels Like a Year”: 2003 Testimonies from Formerly Incarcerated Palestinian Children

During the al-Aqsa Intifada, Save the Children Sweden collected lengthy testimonies from three Palestinian children about their experiences of arrest and detention by Israeli security forces. The testimonies document violent mistreatment of Palestinian children. The report also observes the psychological … 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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“Chronic Uncertainty”: Reflection on Occupation-Related Child Trauma by Bethlehem Social Worker

+972 Magazine published a reflection by Vicky Hosker, who works with Palestinian children at a Bethlehem charity. Hosker relates the stories of several children whose experiences of occupation have left them with chronic fear of soldiers and difficulty sleeping. She reflects … 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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The Effect of Political Violence in the First Intifada on Palestinian Children’s Mental Health: Scholarly Analysis

In 2000, Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem interviewed nearly 1,200 Palestinian adolescents in Jerusalem and the West Bank about their childhood experiences of the First Intifada and current mental health. Haj-Yahia concluded that exposure to curfew, … Continue reading

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Arrest of a 15 years old – an Israeli soldier’s testimony: “Breaking the Silence”, April 2011

A soldier takes a video camera and films his company making a routine arrest.  A year later, Dotan Greenvald, a testifier of “Breaking the Silence” and a veteran from the same unit gets hold of the material and shows the footage … Continue reading

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