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

    The military offensives enmesh and worsen widespread poverty in Gaza, which in turn drives children into the labor market to help support their families. By Cody O’Rourke When an Israeli airstrike destroyed 12-year-old Rezek’s house west of Gaza City in 2012, his family lost everything, forever altering his life. His family fell into economic hardship and had no money for food, so Rezek dropped out of school to work to help his family. As humanitarian conditions deteriorate in Gaza, and the blockade continues to stifle rebuilding efforts and destroy livelihoods, many children, like Rezek, work in dangerous conditions. One year…

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  • IDF soldiers shoot flare at teen's face, killing him

    Israeli soldiers fire illumination flares, at a direct trajectory, at stone-throwers along the Gaza border. A 15-year-old boy is killed. The IDF says it’s conducting an ‘inquiry.’ Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian teenager by shooting a military-grade illumination flare directly at him, shattering and setting his face on fire last month, according to investigations by B’Tselem, Defence of Children International — Palestine (DCI), and video footage seen by +972 Magazine. [tmwinpost] The killing took place on September 9, when a group of roughly 100 Palestinian youths staged a demonstration near the border fence with Israel, east of al-Bureij Refugee Camp in the Gaza…

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  • UN details violence against Palestinian kids, leaves Israel off 'blacklist'

    The number of Palestinian children killed in 2014 was the third-highest of all situations the UN monitored — after Afghanistan and Iraq. Israel and Hamas are left off a list of rights-violating states and groups, allegedly as a result of political pressure. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took a last-minute decision to leave Israel off the UN's annual list of states and groups that gravely violate children’s rights this week. Ban reportedly removed Israel from the list, which forms an annex to the Report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC), as a result of diplomatic pressure from the U.S., including…

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  • In Gaza, justice delayed is justice denied

    Israeli army investigators have not even contacted the teenage victim of one of the few alleged war crimes it says it is probing. More than two months after Israel's assault on Gaza began, victims of the air, land, and sea invasion continue to have no recourse against their occupiers. It's been nearly two months since 17-year-old Ahmad Abu Raida says he was used as a human shield by Israeli forces near the Gaza border town of Khan Younis. Since then, human rights organizations and various media outlets have reported on the case (+972 was among the first), but Abu Raida has yet to face his alleged…

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  • Palestinian teen: I was used as a human shield in Gaza

    An affidavit obtained exclusively by +972 reveals what appears to be the first documented case of a 'human shield' used by the Israeli military during its invasion of the eastern Gaza town of Khuza'a. Ahmad Abu Raida, now 17, was separated from his family by Israeli soldiers on July 23 as he and his family were trying to flee to safety. During Abu Raida's five-day captivity, an Israeli soldier, who insisted he be called "captain," repeatedly asked the boy about alleged Hamas tunnels and rocket launching sites in his neighborhood. "I told him I did not know," Abu Raida, who…

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  • Palestinian kids detail abusive interrogations, arrests

    Basic rights that are inalienable for Israeli kids are at best a privilege for Palestinian kids in the OPT. Testimonies of arrested Palestinian children shed light on the Israeli army's worrisome practices. By Fady Khoury On the back of the 47th anniversary of the Israeli occupation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), one aspect that is worth shedding the light onto is the Palestinian children arrests by the Israeli armed forces. They are a routine occurrence and are filled with human rights violations throughout their different stages. The manner in which these arrests are executed and what occurs inside the interrogation…

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  • Israeli exceptionalism at the United Nations

    Israeli officials mistakenly dismiss criticism as the product of an ‘anti-Israel bias.’ But when a state agrees to uphold certain universal human rights and then fails to do so in practice, it would be unfair for the international community to not criticize that state. By Brad Parker Last month, Israel ended a 20-month boycott of the United Nations Human Rights Council when Israeli officials participated in the Universal Periodic Review, a process where every UN member state has their human rights record reviewed before the council. The process is designed “to ensure equal treatment for every country” by assessing each country based on the same…

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