Tag Archives: West Bank

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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Israeli Violence Against Palestinian Women and Children: Joint Report by DCI-Palestine and WCLAC

An October 2012 report by the Palestine Section of Defense for Children International and the Palestinian human rights NGO Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counseling explores the relationship between Israeli military abuses of Palestinian women and children and the … Continue reading

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Palestinian Children Describe Arrest and Interrogation on Camera: Short Documentary from DCI-Palestine

In October 2012, the Palestine Section of Defense for Children International released a short film documenting the experiences of Palestinian children in the Israeli military justice system. The video serves as a companion to the organization’s lengthy report on the … 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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UN Condemns Israeli Treatment of Palestinian Children, July 2012

19 July 2012 The United Nations Special Committee on Israeli Practices in the Occupied Territories denounced Israeli treatment of West Bank Palestinian children during arrest and detention. The committee identified the solitary confinement of children as a particularly heinous practice, and stated that the issue “links … 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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“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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“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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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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“Children in Military Detention”: British Legal Report on Palestinian Children in the Israeli Military Justice System

In Fall 2011, a delegation of British lawyers (funded by the UK Foreign Office) visited Israel and the West Bank to conduct research on the treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military justice system. The lawyers reviewed NGO reports … Continue reading

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Political Violence and Palestinian High School Students’ Mental Health, 2008 Study

In 2008, four researchers from Al-Quds University in Jerusalem surveyed more than 2000 Palestinian high school students from the Gaza Strip and West Bank in an attempt to gauge the psychological effects of chronic political violence and Israeli governing policies. … Continue reading

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A Mental-Health Professional Observes the Ofer “Children’s Court”

In 2011, Dr. Judy Roth, clinical psychologist and Psychoanalyst (and Born Equal advisor) from New York sat in on a session of the “children’s court” at Ofer Prison south of Ramallah. The head of Israeli military forces in the West Bank established the court … 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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Violation of the Rights of Palestinian Minors Arrested by Israel on Suspicion of Stone-Throwing: “B’tselem” report, July 2011

“B’tselem” report: “No Minor Matter: Violation of the Rights of Palestinian Minors Arrested by Israel on Suspicion of Stone-Throwing”, July 2011 The report reveals for the first time official data on treatment of Palestinian minors in Israeli military court system … Continue reading

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