#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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“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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“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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