“The failure of #Israeli authorities to hold perpetrators accountable for the unjustified use of intentional lethal force provides tacit approval for the routine targeting of #Palestinian children,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program director at Defense for Children International - Palestine. “In short, systemic impunity means Israeli forces are free to carry out grave violations...
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Video shows immediate aftermath of Palestinian teen shot dead

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“I’ve only just met many of the people on stage with me, but I can tell you that each of us was driven to our work because we genuinely believe that together we have the power to create a safer and more just world for our children,” said Khaled Quzmar of Defense for Children International - Palestine. “The support of the Stars Foundation will be critical for each of us, helping us further our...
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DCIP wins international award for its impact on Palestinian children’s lives

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Three out of four Palestinian children arrested by Israeli forces experience physical violence. Until we demand Israeli authorities respect human rights, we’re simply enabling abuse and perpetuating injustice. Will you help us surpass 10,000 signatures before we deliver? Sign the petition to #stopmilitarydetention

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Defence for Children International Palestine documented 32 #Palestinian children killed by #Israeli soldiers and security guards in the West Bank, including East #Jerusalem, in 2016. The highest number in over a decade.

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Year-in-review: Worst abuses against Palestinian children in 2016

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“#Israeli forces have increasingly used excessive force to squash demonstrations since 2014,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program director at Defence for Children International Palestine. “Intentional lethal force now appears to be routinely used by Israeli forces, even in unjustified situations, with no accountability, putting more and more children at risk.”

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Children in West Bank face deadliest year of past decade

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“#Israeli forces have increasingly used excessive force to squash demonstrations since 2014,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program director at Defense for Children International Palestine. “Intentional lethal force now appears to be routinely used by Israeli forces, even in unjustified situations, with no accountability, putting more and more children at risk.”

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Children in West Bank face deadliest year of past decade

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With a lack of support from teachers, physically inaccessible school buildings, and little access to necessary resources, #Palestinian children with disabilities are struggling to participate in class and complete their exams, contributing to high dropout and illiteracy rates.

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Stopped at the door: Disability and the right to education (Part 2)

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“Children with disabilities are knocking. #Palestinian schools need to not only open their doors but take steps to help these children succeed once inside the school’s walls,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program director at Defence for Children International Palestine. “Like every other Palestinian child, children with disabilities represent our future and deserve an education.”

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Stopped at the door: Disability and the right to education (Part 1)

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"This program of workshops will empower capacity-building among all the key actors in the #Palestinian juvenile justice system," said Khaled Quzmar, Defence for Children International Palestine's general director. "Having moved beyond outdated laws that do not serve children’s best interests, our task now is to ensure the new law is implemented effectively."

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DCIP kicks-off initiative for implementing the new juvenile law

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#ActionAlert: Tell the U.S. State Department to hold #Israeli authorities accountable for widespread and systematic ill-treatment and torture of #Palestinian child detainees. On #HumanRightsDay, let's tell U.S. leaders that all children deserve a safe and just future. Military detention is #nowaytotreatachild

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Sign the Petition

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"#Palestinian children face various forms of violence and oppression, from navigating #Israel’s military occupation to abuse and neglect in their schools and communities," said Sabreen Zaben, Community Mobilization Unit coordinator at Defence for Children International Palestine.

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Ramallah students say, “I’m here to learn, not to be hit!”

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#Israeli forces shot dead Khaled Bahar, 15, from #Hebron in the #WestBank on October 20 when he did not pose a direct, mortal threat, according to an Israeli internal investigation. Six weeks on, the Bahar family, including three young siblings, is still waiting for Israeli authorities to return Khaled's body.

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Mourning a dead brother without his body

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Our staff is on the front lines of the occupation, defending children in a system notorious for ill-treatment and torture of #Palestinian youth. We are ready to do more, but we need your help. This #GivingTuesday, support the fight for justice and accountability. #PalestineDay

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Only 10 years old, Abdullah was struck by a bullet from an unknown source while sleeping, and was pronounced dead later that night. Defence for Children International Palestine's investigation was not able to uncover conclusive evidence about the identity of the shooter.

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Sleeping 10-year-old boy shot dead in Gaza, shooter unknown

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Out of six interviewed #Palestinian women from the #WestBank who married below the age of 18, four dropped out of school soon after. Basma now says she regrets giving up her education.

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Early marriage and education, the chicken or the egg?

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“International juvenile justice norms demand detention only be used as a last resort,” said DCIP general director Khaled Quzmar in a statement to the European Parliament on Thursday. “These increasingly harsh practices and laws prioritize the criminalization and punishment of #Palestinian children in complete disregard of international law.”

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DCIP calls on EU to hold Israel accountable

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You can make a critical impact on our work by making your pledge today to support #Palestinian children on #GivingTuesday. Pledge today. Give on November 29. Make a difference for Palestinian children in 2017.

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Pledge to protect Palestinian children

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"#Palestinian children living in close proximity to #Israeli settlers are more vulnerable to violence," said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program director at Defence for Children International Palestine. “When a settler physically assaults and detains a child, and the Israeli forces’ response is to investigate the child, instead of his assailant, the targeting of Palestinian children with...
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Israeli settler physically assaults 10-year-old Palestinian child

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Mohammad S., 15, was watching clashes between #Palestinian youth and #Israeli soldiers in the occupied #WestBank when three soldiers approached him, knocked him to the ground, and kicked him for several minutes before making an arrest. For 25 years, we have defended children like Mohammad in their greatest moments of need. Join us to build them a safe and just future.

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