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Children Under Occupation

In the past 12 years, Israel has detained and jailed over 7,500 Palestinian children. Children are often denied their protected rights as minors and are thrown into the military court system. This page is a collection of +972’s coverage of issues affecting children under occupation.

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  • What would you do if soldiers dragged your son out of bed in the middle of the night?

  • A Palestinian mother’s open letter to Melania and Ivanka Trump

  • Israeli army court orders Ahed Tamimi imprisoned for five more days

  • WATCH: Israeli troops taking away 7 and 8-year-old Palestinian boys

  • After 50 years, military violence is the norm for Palestinian children

  • Israel's wars in Gaza propel child labor for Palestinian kids

  • Palestinian mothers teach life, not hate

    How am I supposed to explain to my six-year-old son the heinous acts he witnesses Israel perpetrating against his people? How do you suggest I explain the violence of your occupation to my kid, Mr. Netanyahu? By Dalal Erakat In his address to the UN General Assembly last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had the audacity to insinuate that Palestinian mothers teach their children to hate. As a proud Palestinian mother, I must remind him of the life his country — through half a century of occupation and exile — has given our children. As a Palestinian mother, I demand an apology from Mr. Netanyahu, and I call on Israeli mothers…

  • Israel releases 12-year-old Palestinian girl, highlighting dual legal systems

    A Jewish child arrested for an identical crime in the same location would not have been sent to prison. Israeli authorities released the girl after the case got attention and a request from her parents. Text by Oren Ziv / Activestills.org Twelve-year-old Dima al-Wawi, the youngest Palestinian in Israeli prison, was released after two-and-a-half months on Sunday. Israeli authorities delivered her to the Jabara checkpoint in the West Bank in the early afternoon hours, where she was met by her parents and waiting journalists. [tmwinpost] Al-Wawi was arrested 75 days earlier at the entrance to the Israeli settlement of Karmei…

  • Just another arbitrary detention of a Palestinian child

    Soldiers detain a child in his pajamas and slippers, harshly interrogate him without a parent or attorney present, and then release him 12 hours later as if nothing ever happened. We can already tell you what the military's investigation will look like. By Yossi Gurvitz, written for Yesh Din J., a 13-year-old Palestinian boy, lives in the West Bank village of Al-Janiya. One cold morning in the beginning of last December, wearing pajamas and slippers, J. left his house and went to collect items for his relative’s engagement party. A large carob tree stood nearby to where he went for…

  • Number of Palestinian minors in Israeli prisons doubles

    There are so many new Palestinian minors being sent to Israeli prisons that authorities had to open a new wing to house them. Rights groups report numerous cases of mistreatment, and that the children are moved outside of the West Bank in violation of international law. By Noam Rotem Israeli authorities have arrested hundreds of Palestinian minors since the latest uprising began in the start of October. They have been sent to four different facilitates run by the Israel Prison Service (IPS) on both sides of the Green Line. [tmwinpost] When the pace of arrests picked up, the IPS decide…

  • Pilot limiting night arrests of Palestinian kids falls short

    The Israeli army implemented a pilot program last year to serve Palestinian children with summonses instead of snatching them from their beds in the middle of the night. Some of those summonses, however, were delivered by soldiers in the middle of the night. By Gerard Horton Following widespread criticism of the the Israeli army’s use of night raids to arrest minors in the West Bank, in February 2014 military authorities announced a pilot program to issue minors with summonses instead. The thinking behind using summonses is that you limit the need for night raids, which generally terrify individual households and…

  • Israeli forces wound two small Palestinian children: Where's the outrage?

    Israeli security forces shoot two small Palestinian children with 'less lethal' bullets — one in the head, one in the thigh. The Israeli media barely notices. A five year old. An armed, uniformed Israeli pointed a gun at him. And shot. A kid not even old enough for first grade. I haven't seen any reports on this in English and the few I saw in Hebrew were scant and focused primarily on the incendiary, racist comments posted by Israelis on the photo of Abu Ali that went around Facebook. Things like, "too bad they didn't take him out," and, "if…

  • Permanent victims of war: Who remembers Gaza's children?

    The Israeli public’s indifference to the effects of war on Palestinian children does not result in passivity — it is an integral component of the violence Gaza’s population faces. Ali al-Awour (pictured above on the left) was a 10-year-old boy from Gaza who loved to play soccer. On June 11, 2014, Ali was riding on the back of his uncle’s motorcycle when an Israeli missile targeting his uncle, a suspected member of a militant group, struck the vehicle. He found himself on a hospital bed in intensive care for three days before dying of his wounds. Ali was the first…