[News] Israel Kidnapped 1,000 Children In Less Than Two Months

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  Report: "Israel Kidnapped 1,000 Children In Less Than Two Months"

author Thursday November 19, 2015
*http://www.imemc.org/article/73923*

Ferwana Calls For Protecting Palestinian Children

    Translated By Saed Bannoura – IMEMC News (www.imemc.org): A
    statement issued by the head of the Research and Documentation
    Department at the Palestinian Detainees' Committee, and a member of
    its follow-up committee in the Gaza Strip, Abdul-Nasser Ferwana,
    called on the international community to act in protecting
    Palestinian children facing ongoing Israeli violations.

In his statement, Ferwana said the Palestinian children are increasingly 
subject to escalating Israeli violations, and called for ensuring the 
release of all imprisoned children, in addition to guaranteeing their 
continued freedom.

His statements were marking the Universal Children’s Day (November 20) 
which was adopted by the United Nations Secretary-General on the same 
date, in 1989, under the Convention of the Rights of the Child 
<http://www.ohchr.org/en/professionalinterest/pages/crc.aspx>, Assembly 
Resolution 44/25, (entry into force September 2, 1990, in accordance 
with article 49.)

"Since Israel invaded the Palestinian territories, it began treating the 
children as 'delayed time bombs, that would detonate when they grow up,' 
and this both confiscated their immunity and assassinated their innocent 
childhood," Ferwana said. “Their young age was ignored, and they were 
stripped of their rights; this led to the death and arrest of thousands 
of children.”

He also said that such illegal policies, enforced by the state of 
Israel, have caused developmental issues, physical and psychological, 
and are meant to destroy the children's futures and impact their natural 
growth.

"Since Israel occupied the rest of Palestine in 1967, the army has 
kidnapped thousands of children, including more than 12.000 who were 
kidnapped since the Al-Aqsa Intifada began on September 28, 2000," 
Ferwana stated. "A record high of child abductions was reached since the 
Al-Quds Intifada began on October 1, 2015, as the Israeli army has 
kidnapped more than 1,000 children. Many of them are even under the age 
of 14, and at least 400 of them are still imprisoned."

"If some of those children faced threats of bodily harm, and were 
illegally interrogated, subjected psychological torture, one of those 
cases is Ahmad Manasra," Ferwana went on to say. "Every detained child 
faced physical and psychological torture in one way or another, others 
were not provided with much needed medical attention. Examples of that 
are the cases of Issa al-'Aati, Jalal Sharawna and Estabraq Ahmad Nour, 
along with many others."

"We have seen many videos, on social media websites, of horrific and 
shocking abuses to children at the hands of Israeli soldiers and 
interrogators. Testimonies the children provided to their lawyers showed 
real cruelty and criminal behaviors."

"This is why we need to properly document all Israeli violations, and 
present them to the International Criminal Court, to the international 
community, to show them the real horror and dehumanization Palestinians 
face under this cruel, illegal and immoral occupation."

In addition, the Palestinian official and former political prisoner said 
that Israel continues to conduct grave violations of international law, 
upon the entire international community, and is an issue which requires 
effective and serious intervention, in order to ensure the protection of 
these children.

"It is an international duty and responsibility to provide protection to 
the children," he concluded, "to protect all international agreements, 
and to hold Israel accountable for its ongoing and escalating crimes."

Abdul-Nasser Ferwana
Former Political Prisoner, Researcher Specialized in Detainees' Affairs
The Head of the Census Department of the Palestinian Committee of 
Detainees, and a member of its follow-up committee in the Gaza Strip, 
Abdul-Nasser Ferwana Personal Website:
Palestine Behind Bars <http://www.palestinebehindbars.org>

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