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  A report by DFCI revealed the hardships of Palestinian children in Al-Quds
by Adli Al-Baraqouni - Humanitarian Voice - 2011-10-23

One third of Al-Quds homes are subjected for demolition,

A report issued by Defense For Children (DFCI) International – Palestine section, has revealed the hardships and severe situation under which the Palestinian children live in occupied Al-Quds (Jerusalem).

The report noted that one third of Al-Quds homes are subjected for demolition, which will lead to the displacement of thousands of Palestinians , including children.

The report titled “ Voices from Al-Quds”, stated that “ a series of administrative and judicial measures that was adopted by Israeli occupation aimed at increasing the suffering of Al-Quds children through the planned annexation of Al-Quds to Israel”.

This will affect approximately 32 percent of all Palestinian homes in East Al-Quds that do not comply with Israeli zoning requirements, exposing at least 86,500 Palestinian residents to the risk of having their homes demolished.

The report addresses the impact of Israel’s unilateral annexation of East Jerusalem, through administrative and legal measures aimed at limiting the population growth and development of the Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, while actively encouraging the influx of Israeli settlers into the occupied territory.

Settler violence :

The report also noted that between January 2010 and the end of May 2011, the UN recorded 24 cases in which Palestinian children have been injured by settlers in East Al-Quds,and one fatality.

According to the UN, these figures are ‘comprehensive but not exhaustive.’ The figures also do not include cases of harassment or intimidation which did not result in physical injury.

Between November 2009 and October 2010, 1,267 criminal files were opened against Palestinian children living in East Al-Quds, who were accused of throwing stones.

In a sample of 20 cases, 80 percent of the children reported being subjected to physical violence during their arrest, transfer or subsequent questioning.

UN Special Rapporteur :
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights ,Richard Falk

Meanwhile, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, Richard Falk, has issued a report urging the Government of Israel to adopt guidelines for the protection of Palestinian children living under occupation.

According to Falk, “Many of the arrests of Palestinian children arise out of allegations of stone-throwing aimed at settlers or Israeli security personnel in the West Bank.

Those accused, unlike Israeli children in the West Bank, are subject to Israeli military law, which offers far fewer protections for minors than are present in Israeli criminal law.

Most relevantly, in military law there is an absence of protective provisions regarding the presence of a parent during interrogation, the hours that the interrogation must be conducted or respect for the dignity of the child during the arrest process.”

The report also highlights the issue of settler violence against Palestinians, including children, stating that "the failure by Israel to prevent and punish settler violence remains a serious and ongoing violation of its most fundamental obligation under international humanitarian law to protect a civilian population living under occupation, and to accord particular protection to children as specified in Protocol I, article 77."


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