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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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  • Vinegar Hill

    Yet another confirmation that the armed forces of the racist, rogue state of Israel, the IDF, is one of the most immoral militaries in the world.
    They also qualify for an entry in the Guinness Book of Records for the country with the longest record for violation of human rights and violation of international law.
    I suppose this is par for the course for a state that was born without a legal base, one that grew out of ethnic cleansing and slaughter of the indigenous Palestinian population.

  • Mike Abramov

    it is always tragic to read about the death of any child. What might be of some interest to the readers is the of the death count in Syria in the last 5 years. 470,000 of which 55,000 were children. Well, i suppose that is acceptable because it was Arabs killing Arabs.

    However, the ‘brutal regime’ of Israel has at least taken in some 50 Syrian orphan children and treated many Syrians with injuries from this dreadful war.

    May i suggest that the Palestinian authorities stop encouraging their children with violence against the Israeli army and instead try to teach them that human life is more important than politics.