5 10 15 20 25 30 50 100 All
[2010 Jan] Female soldiers break their silence YNet news, the Israeli news and content site, publishes this disturbing report about female soldiers in Israel who speak out about their time in the military. Much of this centres on physical and emotional violence perpetrated against Palestinian children. These include cases where a Palestinian child who threw stones had his hands broken on a chair, and a five-year old being punched in the stomach by an Israeli soldier for laughing 'in his face'.
[2009 Nov] Child labor rises as Palestinian children lose faith in learning Lebanon's Daily Star reports on how many Palestinian children in Lebansese refugee camps are losing faith in education and leaving to take up child labour. Over 6% of children aged 7 to 17 are employed in some way. The boys tend to work in factories, industrial sites, and with mechanics, while the girls tend to be in services. This is driven by the fact that children no longer see education as a route to a better life.
[2009 Oct] Segregated Education in Israeli schools This article by Catherine Rottenberg and Neve Gordon reports on the segregation implemented in schools inside Israel between education for Palestinian and Israeli children. The disparities in quality and budget (Palestinian schools receive half the per-capita budget of Israeli ones) result predictably in disparities in dropout and achievement rates. They also report on the single bi-educational school in Israel which purports to foster tolerance by teaching versions of Palestinian and Israeli histories. One of the authors is a founder of this school.
[2009 Oct] Sesame Street in the West Bank This article about how Sesame Street is filmed for the West Bank and Gaza is pretty insightful. It shows the dilemmas faced when communicating to children in the area, and how simple acts have hidden meanings because of the suffering they have undergone.
One of the producers said it was hard to film segments with Palestinian kids talking to Muppets. “It’s impossible to get them to loosen up,” she explained. “There isn’t this freedom of kids allowing themselves to act silly with puppets or dolls.”
[2009 Sep] Gaza's children break kite flying record A godd news story as the Guinness Book of World Records confirms that Gaza's children have obliterated the world record for simlutaneous kite fying. The 3,710 participating children almost quadrupled the previous record of 967. This was done during the UNRWA Summer Games in July, of which Hope and Play was a sponsor.
[2009 Sept] Increase in Palestinian Child Detainees The Inter Press series picks up that Palestinian child detainees in Israeli prisons are up by 18% over 2008. There are currently on average 275 Palestinian children in Israeli jails per month. They pick up the story of 14 year old Nashmi Abu Rahme, who was beaten and blindfolded on the way to and in the military base. Israeli Human Rights organisations document the use of tiny cells for detaining children.
[2009 Aug] Israel establishes special courts for Palestinian child detainees The International Middle East Media Centre reports that the Israeli occupation authorities after 42 years of occupation have now established special courts for trials of underage Palestinian detainees. They report that Palestinian child detainees are often held with hardened Israeli criminals, and that confessions by torture and abuse are commonplace.
[2009 June] Time Report on Israeli Mistreatment of Palestinian Child Prisoners This Time report, drawing on information from the "Defence for Children International" analysis of this topic, documents the inhumanity of Israeli military treatment of Palestinian children in the occupied territories. A maximum sentence of 20 years for throwing stones **at the Israeli separation wall**. Trauma and abuse embedded and institutionalised within the occupation.
[2009 March] Reuters reports on Gaza group winning $630,000 for helping children to read and write A Reuters report on an award given to the Tamer Institute, an organization in Gaza that helps Palestinian children learn to read and write. The Tamer Institute for Community Education was given $630,000 in prize money to continue their work in Gaza. The award, set up by Sweden’s Arts Council in 2002, is given to individuals and groups that promote reading. The real winners of course are the Palestinian children who will benefit from the educational efforts achieved by the Tamer Institute in Gaza. Tamer’s program coordinator Ruba Toha said, “We dedicate this award to the children of Palestine who have faced many painful events throughout the past 60 years.”
[2009 Jan] Guardian Reports on Systematic Israeli Destruction of Palestinian Educational Institutions The Guardian reports on how the current Israeli invasion of Gaza has systematically involved the bombing and destruction of Palestinian schools, universities and the Ministry of Education in continuation of a decades old Israeli policy to make education very difficult for Palestinian children.
[2009 June] Israeli policy splits families Israel's policy preventing people moving from Gaza to the West Bank is against international law. It is also morally repugnant - "A child who has lost a parent in Gaza and wishes to live with a surviving parent in the West Bank is unlikely to obtain the necessary permit".
[2009 June 9] Children bound, blindfolded and beaten by Israeli troops This report from the UK's Independent chronicles the abuse given by Israeli soldiers to Palestinian children. "There are people who think you need to tighten the restraints all the way, until no drop of blood will pass from here to there".
[2009 Jan] Shell-shocked children who are drawn into the cult of the martyr A Guardian report graphically paints a picture of the trauma suffered by Palestinian children, and the effect that this has on the future of Palestinian society.
[2009 June 11] A day in the life of a Gazan Child Gaza's children now speak of their losses, not their hopes. From wanting normality to mourning your soul.
[2009 Jan] Israel kills over 30 in a UN School Associated Press report of how Israeli soldiers during the current massacre of Palestinians in Gaza have now targetted a UN School and killed over 30.
[2009 May 27] The West Bank village of Bil'in is leading creative and non-violent resistance to Israeli aggression Peaceful and creative resistance to the Israeli occupation includes hurling balloons full of chicken excrement. Thie report from the Guardian also highlights the lives of children in this occupied village on the West Bank.
[2008 Dec] Music Therapy for Traumatised Palestinian Children yields positive results "Imagine an 8-year-old boy witnessing a grown man shot and killed through a windowpane."
Experiencing trauma such as this affects children for a lifetime. Two doctors from the social work department and the fine and performing arts department at Elizabethtown College have been working to help Palestinian children become more resilient to better cope with the on-going war trauma by developing their emotional coping skills through music therapy.
[2008 Nov] Palestinian Graduate Awarded For Trauma Research A Palestinian student who studied the long term effects of war and occupation on Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip is awarded a Doctor of Philosophy for his research into The Effects of Chronic Traumatic Experience on Palestinian Children in the Gaza Strip at the University of Hertfordshire.
[2008 Nov] Defence for Children report on arbitrary arrests of Palestinian children Defence for Children International reports on deteriorating conditions for Palestinian children under occupation, and specifically on cases of arrest and detention without charge. Includes the case of 2 girls aged 16 detained since June.
[2008 Nov] Children denied access to medical treatment for life threatening conditions Amnesty International documents the case of 5 children suffering from congenital heart conditions who are denied access to hospitals where they can be treated by the Israeli military. Also includes an appeal to write to the authorities.
Page 1 of 2