[News] UN Shields Israel From Accountability For Atrocities Against Children

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  DCI: “UN Shields Israel From Accountability For Atrocities Against

author Tuesday June 09, 2015 14:11author by IMEMC News

    Defense for Children International – Palestine Branch (DCIP), issued
    a statement expressing deep concern regarding the decision of UN
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to exclude the Israeli army from the
    UN annual list of groups that commit serious violations against

DCI said that the UN leader annually submits to the UN Security Council 
a report on children and armed conflicts.

The report includes what is referred to as “the list of shame” 
documenting violations by armed forces and groups. The list included 
serious Israeli violations that led to killing and maiming children in 
the Gaza Strip, in addition to Israel’s bombardment of thousands of 
civilian structures.

“By removing Israel’s armed forces from the ‘list of shame’, 
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has provided tacit approval for Israeli 
forces to continue carrying out grave violations against children with 
impunity,” Khaled Quzmar, DCIP’s general director. “It is deplorable 
that a proven and strong evidence-based accountability tool to protect 
children during armed conflicts has been significantly undermined in an 
effort to shield Israel from accountability.”

The UN Secretary General annual report, released Monday, said that 577 
Palestinian children were killed in 2014, the third highest after 
Afghanistan, where 710 children were killed, and Iraq 967 children, 
while the number of children killed in Syria is 368.

DCI said the Israeli forces damaged or destroyed 543 schools in 2014, 
which is the highest record of all other conflicts, in 2014.

Last week, DCI and Human Rights Watch sent a letter to Ban Ki-Moon 
urging him to resist all political pressures aiming at excluding the 
Israeli military from the list of shame, explaining that “they led 
evidence-based advocacy effort to ensure including Israel in the list 
for killing and maiming thousands of children, and bombarding schools, 
including UNRWA-run school, in the Gaza Strip.

They called on the UN leader to “apply consistent criteria when 
determining which parties to list, including all armed forces and 
non-state armed groups where there is credible evidence of a pattern of 

Full DCI Report:
UN shields Israel from accountability for atrocities against children

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