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Defence for Children International-Palestine's Bulletin on Violations - Issue 19 - April 2012

Defence for Children International-Palestine's Bulletin on Violations - Issue 19 - April 2012

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In this issue: Leaked EU report on settler violence; two boys attacked by settlers south of Hebron; boy injured in settler attack in old city of Hebron; boy beaten by settler in East Jerusalem; two brothers beaten by soldiers and settlers in East Jerusalem; and new DCI report: Recruitment and Use of Palestinian Children in Armed Conflict
In this issue: Leaked EU report on settler violence; two boys attacked by settlers south of Hebron; boy injured in settler attack in old city of Hebron; boy beaten by settler in East Jerusalem; two brothers beaten by soldiers and settlers in East Jerusalem; and new DCI report: Recruitment and Use of Palestinian Children in Armed Conflict

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CONTENTS
Child fatality figures
 
Violations Bulletin
 
April 2012
 
During the month of April, DCI-Palestinedocumented one child fatality, threesettler attacks, and one case of soldier and settler violence against Palestinianchildren.On 4 April, 17-year oldHashem was killed by tank shells near the Gazaborder. He was carrying Molotovcocktails and a knife. According to hisolder brother, Hashem never recoveredafter their 12-year-old sister Nadia was killed in an Israeli drone attack inJanuary 2009(Operation Cast Lead). On 19 April,two brothers were physically assaulted by soldiers andsettlers in East Jerusalem. Two dayslater, 12-year-oldOdai went with his father and three-year-old brother towork on their land south of Hebron,when they were pelted with stones bysettlers.
April2012 - Overview
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS17-year-old boy killed nearGaza border12-year-old boy and three-year-old brother pelted withstones by settlers9-year-old boy injured in settlerattack 10-year-old boy beaten bysettler in East JerusalemTwo brothers beaten by soldiersand settlers in East JerusalemNew DCI report:Recruitmentand Use of Palestinian Childrenin Armed Conflict Leaked EU report on SettlerViolence 
 
On 29 April, nine-year-oldMahran was injured in a settler attack at hishome in the old city of Hebron. Thefollowing day, on 30 April, 10-year-oldAmeer  was beaten by a settler  on his way home from school in EastJerusalem. In a recentEU report leaked by a Dutch organisation, EUheads of Mission stated that Israel isfailing to protect the Palestinianpopulation from settler violence.Also in April, DCI-Palestine releasedthe report:Recruitment and Use ofPalestinian Children in ArmedConflict.The report focuses on threetypes of recruitment and use ofchildren: the use of children ashuman shields by the Israeli army; therecruitment of children as informantsby Israeli interrogators; and the useof children in hostilities by Palestinianarmed groups.
 
RECENT REPORTSFinancial Times
 - Unsettlingactions in the West Bank 
 - Netanyahuaccused after legalisingsettlements
 – 
Israel tries tosave West Bank settlements itvowed to dismantle
 – 
Carr warns Israel over settlements
 – 
First Palestinian familyevicted from Beit Hanina
 - Settlers in West Bank outpost build new homes onprivate Palestinian land
Page 1 DCI-Palestine
● Violations Bulletin
, Issue 19
April 2012
 
Number of Palestinian children killed as a result of Israeli military and settler presence in the OPT
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
 
2012
 TOTAL
94 98 192 130 162 5212450112 315815 4
Mahran (9), injured in settler attack on 29 April 2012. Credit: DCI-Palestine
 
 
Name:
Ameer B.
 Date of incident:
30 April 2012
 Age:
10
 Location:
East Jerusalem
 Nature of incident:
Settler violence
 On 30 April 2012, a 10-year-old boy from occupied East Jerusalem is attackedby a man when he is heading home from school.
Ten-year-old Ameer lives in the EastJerusalem neighbourhood of Sur Bahir, andgoes to school in the old city of Jerusalem.
“At around 2:00 pm on Monday, 30 April2012, I was on my way home from school,”he recalls. “
I was alone, rushing to catch thebus. When I was going to cross the street infront of Damascus Gate, a man cametowards me and started punching me in theface. He was wearing a white shirt, a black  jacket, black trousers and a cap [kippah]
on his head.”
 
“I was very scared,” continues Ameer. “He punched me hard on the head
many times, so hard that I fell on the sidewalk, and he continued to kick me inthe chest and the back. I heard voices around me but I could not understandwhat they were saying. I started crying. I was in a lot of pain [...]. Many peoplegathered around me and the man stopped beating me and disappeared. I
was screaming and crying in pain.”
 Ameer was carried by bystanders and placed on a bench. One of themtelephoned his father. In the meantime, the people around him kept asking
him what had happened. “I told them I didn’t know. I actually don’t know whythe man beat me,” Ameer says. About half
-an-hour later, an ambulancearrived and Ameer was placed inside for examination. Ameer recalls that while
he was inside the ambulance, the Israeli police arrived, but “they did not eventalk to me. They just stood there and kept watching.”
Ameer waited for his father inside the ambulance. When his father arrived, hewas transferred to hospita
l for treatment. He was discharged that evening. “Icouldn’t sleep well that night,” says Ameer. “I only fell asleep at dawn. When I
woke up the next morning, I found out that I had wet myself. I felt scared and
burst into tears.”
Later that morning, Ame
er’s mother took him to the doctor. “The doctor said Iwet myself because I was very scared,” he says. “The same thing happened
the following night as well. I even had a dream about the man who beat me.In my dream, he tried to kill me. I am very scared and do not want to go toschool because I do not want him to beat me again. I even lost my schoolbagthat day. [...] I am ashamed to go to school because I wet myself. I love my
school but I am afraid to go,” Ameer adds.
 
VOICES FROM THE OCCUPATION
 
 – 
Injuries 
 – 
Settler/soldier violence 
 – 
Settler/soldier violence 
 – 
Injuries - Gaza border  
 
 – 
Settler violence 
 
 – 
Injuries 
 
 – 
Injuries 
 – 
Fatalities -Gaza
 – 
Settler Violence
 – 
Injuries-Gaza Border 
 – 
Settler Violence
 – 
Settler Violence
 – 
Human Shields
 – 
Settler violence
 – 
Fatality
 – 
Injuries
 – 
Settler violence/detention
 – 
Settler Violence
 – 
Soldier violence
URGENT APPEALSUA 6/11 
 – 
Children of Beit Ummar UA 1/12 
 – 
Solitary confinementUA 3/11 
 – 
 Settler Violence UA 4/10 
 – 
Children of the GravelUA 4/11 
 – 
Children of Azzun UA 2/11 
 – 
 Children of Silwan MEDIA ARCHIVE
 
 – 
Videos on EastJerusalem 
 
 - Jewish settlersare terrorising Palestinians, saysIsraeli general 
 
 - Growing number of childrenwith anxiety disorders
 
 
 – 
Stone cold justice 
 
 - Palestinian childrenin Israel's Al Jalame jail (solitaryconfinement)
 
 – 
 Palestinians live in fear for their lives
 
 - EU report calls for actionagainst Israeli settlements
 
 - Israel 'turning blindeye' to West Bank settlers' attackson Palestinians
 
 - UN rights body launchesprobe into Israeli settlements
 
 - Settlement policy willcause Israel to self-destruct
 
 - Israel 'must endimpunity of violence by settlers'
Case summary
Page 2 DCI-Palestine
● Violations Bulletin
, Issue 19
April 2012

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