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  • In one East Jerusalem neighborhood, summer vacation has become a war zone

    For children in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, summer vacation means dodging rubber bullets and watching their fathers and brothers arrested and humiliated every day. By Yuval Abraham At the entrance to Issawiya in East Jerusalem, eight children are laughing as they chase one another in circles. I take out a camera and a few of them begin to gather around me. The oldest of the group is 13 years old, and tells me that they are playing “Jews and Arabs.” Do you know it? She asks. There are two teams: the Jews shoot at the Arabs and the Arabs throw rocks.…

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  • Should Palestinian children be able to call parents from prison? Israeli court will decide

    Palestinian children in Israeli jails classified as 'security prisoners' are denied the right to speak to or see their families, sometimes for months on end. Israel’s top court will hear arguments about whether Palestinian children held in Israeli prisoners should be allowed to call their parents on the phone. [tmwinpost] Palestinian minors classified by Israel as “security prisoners,” including those awaiting trial for crimes such as stone throwing, are subject to numerous restrictions identical to those imposed on adult prisoners such as the denial of telephone contact with their parents. The prison service allegedly refuses to treat minors classified as…

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  • Israeli army shatters the illusion of normalcy in Ramallah

    Leading a normal, safe life is a juggling act for any Palestinian family. Even the prospect of enjoying a Christmas dinner with your loved ones and neighbors must take into account the risk of an Israeli army raid, invasion, or closure. By Dalal Erakat Living in Ramallah is thought of as trendy these days, and to a certain extent, represents a relatively luxurious life. Restaurants and cafes are packed, there are clubs and parties on weekends, there are sports and cultural activities, art galleries, and concerts. [tmwinpost] Yet that assumption, that life is good as long as you are inside Ramallah, is not…

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  • Israeli parents protest arrests of Palestinian children in central Tel Aviv

    A group of Israeli parents mark International Day for the Rights of the Child by raising awareness of the conditions of Palestinian minors in Israeli custody. For the majority of Israelis, stories of mass arrests of Palestinians in the occupied territories are nothing new. And yet, the Israeli mainstream rarely hears about Palestinian children who are routinely rounded up from their beds in the middle of the night and taken into detention. That's why on Tuesday, which marked International Day for the Rights of the Child, a group of Israeli activists read testimonies by Palestinian minors arrested by Israeli security forces in…

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  • In Israeli military courts, Palestinian minors always lose

    In Israeli civilian courts, detention is always a last resort for a minor. But when it comes to Palestinian minors in Israeli military courts, prison is almost guaranteed. By Yael Marom Israeli authorities have dedicated significant effort in recent years to highlighting the improvements allegedly made in the treatment of Palestinian minors within Israeli military courts in the West Bank. Among the ostensible achievements are the establishment a juvenile court in the military court system, allowing for the increased involvement of parents in the military justice system, decreasing the length of time a child can be detained before being brought…

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  • WATCH: Soldiers arrest Palestinian children for throwing stones — without proof

    Israeli soldiers arrest two Palestinian boys for allegedly throwing stones — even though the only soldier who could identify them admits that he can't identify them. By Yael Marom There should be nothing normal about holding Palestinian children in detention for hours on end, simply because they were seen in an area where stones were thrown. But that is precisely what Israeli soldiers did this past weekend in the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank. [tmwinpost] The incident, captured on film by Israeli human rights group B'Tselem, took place last Sunday in Hebron's Al-Hariqa neighborhood, adjacent to the settlement…

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

    Video shows armed Israeli forces attempting to drag the children into their jeeps in a West Bank refugee camp. Israeli Border Police officers were filmed dragging very young Palestinian children into their jeep in a West Bank refugee camp on Tuesday. The footage, provided by Israeli human rights group B'Tselem and shot by one of its volunteers in Bethlehem, shows the officers detaining the three boys, aged seven and eight. [tmwinpost] According to the Israeli human rights organization, the children were playing at the time near their home in Aida Refugee Camp in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem.…

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  • Palestinian rights make a rare appearance in Congress

    A first-of-its-kind bill introduced this week focusing on the rights of Palestinian children could pave the way for greater transparency and accountability in America's dealings with Israel.    Members of Congress on Tuesday introduced a bill requiring the U.S. Secretary of State to certify that funds bound for Israel "do not support military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of Palestinian children." The proposed legislation, put forward by Minnesota Representative Betty McCollum, had ten co-sponsors when it was announced. [tmwinpost] Although that number may seem small, especially when measured against the 268 current co-sponsors of the so-called Israel Anti-Boycott Act, the "Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act"…

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  • There's no beautifying Israel's treatment of Palestinian children

    The central problem at the heart of Israel's half-century old military court system is clear: these courts will never reflect the interests of the defendants, but rather that of the regime of occupation. By Sarit Michaeli Israeli occupation apologists masquerading as protectors of Palestinian children in military detention? Few displays of alternative facts should shock us these days, but somehow an upcoming event by the Israeli right-wing group NGO Monitor’s at the UN Palais De Nations in Geneva comes close. Under the Orwellian title "Protecting Children: The realities of Israeli Military Juvenile Justice in a Terror Environment," the event planned for…

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

    Children under the age of 18 currently make up almost 50 percent of the Palestinians living in the occupied territories — and have grown up with systemic discrimination, settlement expansions, and war. By Jennifer Bing There are two places to visit if you want to know the human impact of Israel’s 50-year military occupation of the Palestinian territories: an Israeli military court and the sitting room of a Palestinian family. I have been to both. [tmwinpost] I work for the American Friends Service Committee, which has been involved in advocacy and humanitarian work with Palestinians for more than 50 years.…

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  • What's keeping the Palestinian teenage rebellion alive?

    Instead of referring to Palestinians who carry out stabbings 'child terrorists,' Israeli society would do well to wake up and realize that this rebellion won't end until these teenagers have their freedom. By Umar al-Ghubari Over the past few days, the Israeli media marked six months since the beginning of the latest intifada. The media, as usual, told the story in its typical, shallow way, regurgitating what the vast majority of the Israeli public and its elected officials say on any given day. Most Israeli newspapers hold a classic Israeli-Zionist worldview, which sees Palestinians as murderous, culture-less creatures driven by…

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  • 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…

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  • The children who won't let us forget the occupation

    A six-year-old Palestinian girl was run over on a main road while begging for change in northern Israel. She is one of many Palestinians sent over from the West Bank, where both poverty and despair is only growing.    By Yasmine Halevi The above photo is of Fatma from Hebron. She is six-and-a-half years old and she has a full time job. She was smuggled to Israel over a month ago, and since then she has been begging for change at the Kafr Kara junction in northern Israel. She sleeps in either a nearby mosque or the adjacent town of…

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