The global movement: 77 children have been martyred since the beginning of this year, 100 children have been displaced in less than a year, and 4 children are under administrative custody

The International Movement for Defense of Children - Palestine has documented the death of 77 Palestinian children by the occupation forces’ fire since the beginning of this year until today, 61 of them in the Gaza Strip, and 16 in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

The movement clarified in a statement issued on the occasion of the International Children's Day, this evening, Saturday, that since 2000 until today, the Israeli occupation forces have killed about 2,200 Palestinian children.

Palestinian children suffer from a flagrant violation of their legally guaranteed rights, in the clear absence of accountability mechanisms and international accountability of the Israeli occupation authorities for their daily practices against the Palestinian people of all categories.

The Palestinian child is considered a main target for the daily practices of the occupation through killings, arrests, torture, and breaking into homes and educational facilities, despite being among the categories protected by international laws and norms.

She pointed out that the occupation forces resort to deliberate lethal force in circumstances not justified by international law, and that the excessive use of force is the rule then, taking advantage of the state of systematic impunity and lack of accountability.

She explained that under international law, intentional lethal force can only be justified in circumstances where there is an immediate threat to life or serious injury, however investigations and evidence collected by DCI regularly indicate that the occupying forces use lethal force against Palestinian children. In circumstances that may amount to extrajudicial or premeditated murder.

Four children are still in administrative detention

The movement said in its statement, "Since October 2015 until October 2021, Defense for Children International - Palestine documented the detention of 41 Palestinian children in Israeli occupation prisons under administrative detention orders, four of whom are still in administrative detention."

She explained that Israel is the only country in the world that systematically arrests and prosecutes children in military courts, which lack a basic fair trial. It arrests and tries between 500 and 700 Palestinian children before military courts each year.

274 violations of the right to education

Defense for Children International has documented 274 Israeli violations against the Palestinian education sector from October 2019 to October 2021, most of which were concentrated in areas classified as “C” (204 violations), and varied between: the detention and obstruction of students and teachers, and the firing of tear gas canisters towards Students and schools, school storming, partial school demolition, school demolition notices, and other violations.

100 children displaced in less than a year

The global movement also documented the demolition of 27 homes by the Israeli occupation authorities in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, between 1/1/2021 and 20/11/2021, leaving 100 children (41 female and 59 male) without shelter.

The demolition of homes is a means of collective punishment pursued by the occupation against the Palestinians. As part of this policy, Israel demolished hundreds of homes and left thousands of people without shelter, in flagrant violation of the rules of international humanitarian law.

It is noteworthy that the occupation authorities issued a decision on the nineteenth of last October, classifying 6 Palestinian human rights institutions as “terrorist organizations,” including the International Movement for Defense of Children - Palestine.

The institutions are, in addition to the global movement: Conscience for Prisoner Care and Human Rights, Al-Haq, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, the Union of Palestinian Women's Committees, and the Bisan Center for Research and Development.

This decision comes as a continuation of campaigns led by extremist Israeli organizations and institutions in coordination with the Israeli government against Palestinian institutions that shed light on the violations of the occupation against the Palestinian human being, in order to distort and delegitimize them and dry up their sources of funding.

The Global Movement for Defense of Children mainly works to shed light on the Israeli violations by using all international mechanisms to condemn Israeli crimes, and any legal outlet that can shed light on the Israeli violations will direct the movement to it.

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