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Foreign Ministry: Palestinian children subjected to terror, injustice by Israel

Nov. 22, 2018 4:28 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 26, 2018 10:42 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- On the occasion of Universal Children's Day, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said, on Thursday, “Generations of Palestinian children have been subjected to terror, insecurity and injustice by Israel.”

The ministry reiterated in a statement that “Palestinian children must enjoy the protections and opportunities they are entitled to. They should not be exposed to a life of threats and lack of security under a colonial occupation.”

The ministry said, “Generations of Palestinian children have been subjected to terror, insecurity, and injustice under the prolonged Israeli colonial occupation that started fifty-one years ago.”

“In 2018 alone, Israeli occupation forces killed 52 Palestinian children and detained over 900 Palestinian children; today 270 Palestinian children languish in Israeli detention centers in breach of international law,” the ministry stressed.

“They are subjected to torture methods, solitary confinement, and other inhumane practices under the illegal Israeli juvenile military system. Israeli occupying forces have also affected more than 80,279 Palestinian children in their pursuit of education by restriction of movement, forced entry of schoolyards and the use of tear gas on school properties.”

The ministry added, “The international community must ensure respect of international law and treaties, and must uphold its responsibilities towards Palestinian children by holding Israel, the occupying power, accountable for its illegal actions.”

The ministry reiterated that Palestine will not spare effort and use peaceful and legal mechanisms to ensure that Palestinian children's rights to life, health, education, and play are “safeguarded and respected.”

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