“Israeli forces appear to routinely resort to intentional lethal force in situations not justified by international norms, killing children with impunity,” said Accountability Program Director at Defense for Children International - Palestine, Ayed Abu Eqtiash. “Live ammunition is increasingly used against Palestinian children in the West Bank since 2014, while children in Gaza are shot,...
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Israeli forces killed two Palestinian teens in last week

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“The U.S. government is well aware of ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian child detainees as well as unlawful killings,” said Khaled Quzmar, Defense for Children International - Palestine's general director. “Until the U.S. government demands Israeli authorities comply with international law, U.S. authorities are simply enabling abuse and perpetuating injustice against Palestinian...
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U.S. State Dept. reports grave violations against Palestinian kids

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#Palestinian children in Balata refugee camp, outside the West Bank city of Nablus, are at constant risk from gun violence from armed camp residents during the day, and raids by #Israeli and #Palestinian forces at night.

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Balata Refugee Camp, a Palestinian ghetto

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Legal Aid for Palestinian Kids in Military Courts

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“Video and forensic evidence overwhelming suggest this was an intentional killing, yet the prosecution is shielding the perpetrator from the just, legal consequences of his conduct,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program director at Defense for Children International - Palestine. “This outcome illustrates the political will in Israel’s legal system to provide impunity for Israeli...
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Family of slain teen refuses to allow plea deal

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A look at recent changes made to the Futuwwa program which runs in Gaza's government schools.

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Changes to Gaza's Futuwwa program reduce child protection risks

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Mohammad Shtaiwi is the second #Palestinian child Defense for Children International - Palestine documented this year to be injured on the upper body due to #Israeli forces’ improper use of crowd control weapons.

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10-year-old Palestinian injured by rubber-coated metal bullet

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#Palestinian children living near #Israeli settlements grow up in a hyper-militarized environment including daily violence at checkpoints, the separation wall, and the constant threat of arrest and ill-treatment by the Israeli military. As President #Trump and Prime Minister #Netanyahu meet, we stand together to say that this must end. #notoboth

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"The Israeli military routinely uses excessive force when dealing with Palestinian youth,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program director at Defense for Children International - Palestine. “The excessive use of force without accountability signals tacit approval for violent, sometimes fatal, measures to quash demonstrations.”

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Israeli forces seriously injure 17-year-old in Jenin clashes

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Defense for Children International - Palestine talks to المركز الفلسطيني للديمقراطية وحل النزاعات PCDCR about legal reform, community outreach and more in their efforts to end sexual violence against children in Gaza.

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Q&A with PCDCR: Ending sexual violence against children in Gaza

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When Defense for Children International - Palestine visited Abu Kbash in late September of 2016, he had recently received a temporary eviction notice. On September 16, the #Israeli civil administration ordered all the families in the vicinity, including 51 children, out of their homes between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. on September 22, 29, and 30.

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Israel clears Palestinians and homes so its military can practice

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Yesterday, Defense for Children International - Palestine and American Friends Service Committee delivered a petition to the US State Department signed by over 11,000 individuals standing against ill-treatment and torture of #Palestinian children.

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DCIP delivers 11,000 signatures to US State Department

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We've passed our goal of 10,000! It's not too late to join. Add your name today to tell the U.S. government that military detention is #nowaytotreatachild. Until we demand #Israeli authorities comply with international law, we are simply enabling abuse and perpetuating injustice against #Palestinian children.

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Sign the Petition

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“By almost any measure, the #Israeli prison system is failing to meet its obligations to #Palestinian minors, though it has clearly demonstrated an understanding of this obligation in its treatment of Israeli minors,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program director at Defense for Children International - Palestine. “An inability to reintegrate into school upon release extends the term...
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Prisoners to pupils: Child ex-detainees struggle to rejoin school

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“This tragedy reminds us of the humanitarian crisis that Gazans are enduring following Israel’s 2014 offensive,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program director at Defense for Children International - Palestine. “Despite the continued suffering of Gazans and overwhelming evidence of war crimes by Israeli forces during the offensive, justice and accountability remain elusive.”

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Two and a half years on, the Gaza war claims another child victim

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“Whenever I denied it, he would beat me harder. He would also push me against the wall and bang my head,” Amir told Defense for Children International - Palestine. “He would shout loudly, swear, and say dirty things about my mother.”

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East Jerusalem teen detained at night and beaten during interrogation

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