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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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"In a case like this, where a child has attempted suicide by soldier, we are reminded that Palestinian children represent a vulnerable population,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program director at Defence for Children International Palestine.

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Grieving girl who attempted “suicide by soldier” shot in legs

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"#Gaza’s children increasingly bear the brunt of #Israel’s blockade and repeated military offensives," writes Defence for Children International Palestine's Cody O'Rourke. "As the blockade grinds on, it perpetuates and worsens an entirely man-made crisis forcing more and more children into dangerous work simply to feed their families."

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Israel's wars in Gaza propel child labor for Palestinian kids

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#Israeli soldiers fatally shot Firas Khaddour after his car crashed into a bus station in what was described as an alleged car ramming attack near #Hebron on September 16. An eyewitness told Defence for Children International Palestine that the crash was an accident — the brakes failed and Firas lost control of the car.

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Eyewitness says killed teen was not committing ramming attack

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“He asked for my Facebook password,” said Ahmad H., 17, recalling his first interrogation at Israel's Ofer military prison on August 1. “I gave it to him. He logged in and said it had inciting photos.” #Israeli authorities then ordered Ahmad placed under administrative detention for six months.

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Facebook posts land Palestinian teens in administrative detention

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“If it weren’t for closed #Israeli military zones, I would be living with my family and going back and forth to school, but it’s too dangerous,” said Awad, 13. During the school year, Awad lives roughly 30 kilometers (19 miles) away from his parents so he can attend school in the northern West Bank city of Tubas.

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When home becomes an Israeli military firing zone

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#Israeli forces killed 15-year-old Abdel-Rahman al-Dabbagh with a flare during a protest east of al-Bureij refugee camp near #Gaza's border fence last month. He was struck in the forehead above his left eye with an illumination flare cartridge that ignited, setting him on fire and killing him.

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Israeli forces kill child with flare in Gaza

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“Israeli forces routinely misuse crowd-control weapons causing serious injuries to Palestinian children,” said Defence for Children International Palestine's Ayed Abu Eqtaish. “While Israeli military and police guidelines prohibit Israeli forces from firing rubber-coated metal bullets at children, we regularly document the direct targeting of children by Israeli forces with these weapons.”

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Israeli forces shoot rubber-coated metal bullet at boy’s head

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“International law requires that intentional lethal force is only used when lesser means would be insufficient to apprehend a suspect,” said Brad Parker, attorney and international advocacy officer at Defence for Children International Palestine. "Recent evidence suggests that #Israeli forces are implementing a 'shoot-to-kill' policy, yet systemic impunity is normal and accountability...
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Five days, four children shot dead

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On Saturday, Defence for Children International Palestine's Brad Parker and American Friends Service Committee's Jennifer Bing talked with KEXP 90.3FM in Seattle about the U.S.-based campaign #nowaytotreatachild and ill-treatment of #Palestinian child detainees.

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Mind Over Matters with DJ Mike McCormick (Public Affairs)

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Rezek, 12, began working in a bakery after an #Israeli bombing destroyed his house in Tal al-Hawa, #Gaza, and his father was no longer able to provide for them. This is the final piece in a three-part series highlighting child labor in Gaza.

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Gaza's children go to work in a family bakery (Part 3)

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#Israel's sustained land, air and sea blockade is a primary cause of the current humanitarian crisis in #Gaza, which has pushed thousands of children into the labor market.

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Gaza’s children go to work in fishing boats (Part 2)

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