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Report: Israel killed 3,000 Palestinian children since 2000

Image of Israeli forces arresting a Palestinian child on 22 November 2012 [Mahfouz Abu Turk/Apaimages]
Image of Israeli forces arresting a Palestinian child on 22 November 2012 [Mahfouz Abu Turk/Apaimages]

Israel has killed more than 3,000 children since 28 September 2000 when the Second Intifada began until the end of April 2017, a new report has found.

The Palestinian Ministry of Information said in a report released ahead of Children’s Day that the Israeli forces have injured more than 13,000 children and arrested more than 12,000 others, and continues to hold 300 children in its prisons.

The report published yesterday said that 95 per cent of children were tortured and assaulted during their detention.

Read: PA accuses Israel of war against Palestinian children

On average, the report said, Israeli forces arrest nearly 700 children annually, but this has increased since the start of the Jerusalem Intifada in October 2015. Nearly 2,000 children were arrested between October 2015 and November 2016.

The report noted that school students are subjected to violations at the Israeli military checkpoints at the entrances to Palestinian cities, villages and refugee camps, warning that the Israeli policies establish a dangerous economic situation in the northern Jordan Valley and force Palestinian children to drop out of school.

The children face the problem of widespread poverty because of the deteriorating economic situation and the ongoing blockade, especially in the Gaza Strip, forcing many of them to leave their schools and move to the labour market.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Labour’s latest report, there are 102,000 Palestinian children under the age of 18 currently in the labour market compared with 65,000 in 2011.

Up to 20,000 Palestinian workers are employed in Israeli agricultural settlements, including 5.5 per cent of children aged 13-16 years old who earn a wage equivalent to one-third of the Israeli minimum wage.

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  • Nicola Malleson

    It was the zionists in the 1930s who used orphan jewish children dressed as Arab children to bomb Palestinian busses.

    • Pepca Hočevar

      Really? I don’t believe it. Elaborate, please.

      • Nicola Malleson

        State of Terror by Thomas Suarez is an intensely researched history of how the state of Israel used Terrorism against the Palestinians, The British and any Jew who opposed Zionism.”Anti- Jewish tactics included manipulating the displaced Persons camps, thwarting safe haven opportunities in other countries, kidnapping Jewish orphans and destroying Jewish communities in North Africa and the Middle East through propaganda and false flag ‘Arab’ terrorism. look up how they bombed the Patria a ship of 1500 jewish children fleeing Germany killing about 250 and then tried to claim that the children committed mass suicide because they wanted to go to Palestine so as to build the zionist state. It is all there based on the archive records from the years of the British mandate . the history of Zionist intentional terrorism, ethnic cleansing ,betrayal and so on.