One Palestinian child killed by Israel every three days for the past 13 years

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Almost half of the Palestinian population is under 18.

Official statistics from the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Information have revealed that 1518 Palestinian children were killed by Israel's occupation forces from the outbreak of the second intifada ("uprising") in September 2000 up to April last year.

That's the equivalent of one Palestinian child killed by Israel every three days for almost 13 years.

The ministry added that the number of children injured by the Israelis since the start of the second intifada against Israel's occupation has now reached 6000.

"The International Day for the Protection of Children is on June 1," said a spokesperson, "but Palestinian children are still subject to attacks by the Israelis and Jewish settlers on an almost daily basis."

Noting that 2012 saw an unprecedented rise in the number of children arrested by Israeli forces, the report said 9000 Palestinians under 18 have been arrested since the end of September 2000.

Almost half of the Palestinian population is under 18. Almost 250 Palestinian minors are being held in prison by Israel; 47 of them are children under 16 years of age.

[Reprinted from the Middle East Monitor.]

From GLW issue 1014