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Bie Kentane: The Children of Iraq – Was the Price Worth It?

          The following is a presentation given in the Dialogue sessions of the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal, May 2012.   “…Line up the bodies of the children, the thousands of children — the infants, the toddlers, the schoolkids — whose bodies were torn to pieces, burned alive or riddled with bullets during the American invasion and occupation of I ...

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Breaking the Silence: Children and Youth – Soldiers‘ Testimonies 2005 – 2011

This booklet is a compendium of testimonies given by over thirty IDF soldiers who served in the West Bank and in and around the Gaza Strip in the years 2005-2011. Like previous publications by Breaking the Silence, it portrays daily events in the Occupied Territories. The testimonies in this anthology illuminate the realities of everyday life for Palestinian children and youth who live under Israeli occupat ...

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Ruth Pollard: Israeli Soldiers Expose Plight of Palestinian Children

Ruth Pollard reports from Ramallah in the occupied West Bank Video source: THE Israel Defence Force's arbitrary use of violence against Palestinian children, including forcing them to act as human shields in military operations, has been exposed by veteran soldiers in detailed statements chronicling doz ...

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ARIJ: Israel’s Violations of the Human Right to Water And Sanitation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

    Israel’s violations of the human right to water and Sanitation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory NGO Submission to the UN Human Rights Council, Universal Periodic Review of the State of Israel 15th Session of the UPR Working Group, 21 Jan-1 Feb, 2013 Submitted by Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ) MA’AN Development Center (With support from EWASH Advocacy Task ...

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Richard Falk: Palestinian Hunger Strikes – Why Still Invisible?

 Photo: Occupied Palestine          Professor Richard Falk When it is realized that Mahatma Gandhi shook the British Empire with a series of hunger strikes, none lasting more than 21 days, it is shameful that Palestinian hunger strikers ever since last December continue to exhibit their extreme courage by refusing food for periods ranging between 40 and over 90 days, ...

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Oxfam Report: On the Brink – Israeli Settlements and Their Impact on Palestinians in the Jordan Valley

Authors:  Lara El-Jazairi, Fionna Smyth and Marwa El-Ansary The Jordan Valley, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, has the potential to be the breadbasket of any future Palestinian state. However, the persistent expansion of Israeli settlements and other restrictions on Palestinian development have made life extremely difficult for Palestinian communities.   New plans to increase the land, wate ...

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Al Mezan Center for Human Rights: Report on Israeli Violation in the Access-Restricted Area and Violations against Fishermen and Patients

Reporting Period: 1 April - 30 June 2012   INTRODUCTION The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) continue to systematically commit violations of international human rights law (IHRL) and international humanitarian law (IHL) against the population of the Gaza Strip. The IOF kills, arrests, and attacks civilians without any effective intervention from the international community, particularly the High Contrac ...

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Defense for Children International: Recruitment and Use of Palestinian Children in Armed Conflict

Executive Summary The recruitment and use of children in armed conflict is prohibited under international law. Recruitment and involvement in armed conflict can take many forms, ranging from direct involvement in fighting, to subsidiary roles, such as acting as informants, scouts, cooks and porters. The prohibition also includes using children as human shields against possible attack. In the context of the ...

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PCHR: 5 Years and Counting: International Organizations and Donors Continue to Fund Israel’s Illegal Closure on the Gaza Strip

Cartoon: Carlos Latuff "As stated by the ICRC, “the dire situation in Gaza cannot be resolved by providing humanitarian aid.”25 In order to facilitate long-term development and recovery, political will and political action are required. All potential avenues that accord with humanitarian and human rights law must be pursued in order to ensure the State of Israel's compliance with intern ...

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