DCIP: Israeli Forces are Killing Palestinian Children at Record Rates

08 AUG
7:03 AM

On August 5, Ahmad al-Aydi died in central Gaza from an injury sustained on March 30 from Israeli live fire  

Four Palestinian children died from gunshot wounds between July 27 and August 5 after Israeli forces shot them during “March of Return” protests in the the Gaza Strip. These deaths put 2018 at a record-high for child fatalities, exceeding the number of Palestinian children killed by Israeli forces in any single year within the past decade, outside of large-scale Israeli military offensives.

Israel forces fatally shot three children, Muath Ziad Ibrahim al-Soury, 15, Moemen Fathi Yousef al-Hams, 16, and Majdi Ramzi Kamal al-Satri, 11, with live ammunition during the last two consecutive Fridays of “March of Return” protests. A fourth child, Ahmad Jihad Ahmad al-Aydi, 17, who was struck by Israeli live fire on March 30, died on August 5.

“Israeli forces have operated with near complete impunity for so long that unlawful killings and other flagrant violations of international law have become the norm,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountablity Program director at Defense for Children International – Palestine. “Impunity combined with the rise in Israel’s use of live ammunition as a method of quelling demonstrators since 2014 means there is no legal mechanism that will halt this bloodshed.”

Ahmad died in the intensive care unit of Shifa hospital in Gaza City on August 5, succumbing to a previous gunshot wound. On the first day of “March of Return” marches, Israeli forces shot Ahmad in the back of his head with live ammunition east of Al-Bureij refugee camp in the central part of the Gaza Strip, severely injuring him.

He was treated at Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital for 8 days, then transferred to Shifa hospital. The boy was able to secure a Palestinian referral and was treated in the Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation in the West Bank city of Beit Jala, before returning to the Gaza Strip. He died in Shifa hospital around 8 p.m on Sunday.

Muath al-Soury, 15, died early Saturday morning after Israeli forces shot him Friday night. (Photo: Courtesy of al-Soury family.)

Muath al-Soury, 15, died early Saturday morning after Israeli forces shot him Friday night 

Israeli forces shot Muath with live ammunition around 7 p.m. on August 3. Muath was participating in “March of Return” protests near the perimeter fence, east of Al-Bureij refugee camp, according to DCIP sources. The bullet entered his abdomen, damaging major blood vessels and his intestines. He was transported to Al-Aqsa Martrys hospital and died at approximately 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning, August 4.

Moemen al-Hams, 16, was with a group attempting to cut and cross the Gaza Strip perimeter fence when Israeli forces shot him in the back on July 27. (Photo: Courtesy of al-Hams family.)

Moemen al-Hams, 16, was with a group attempting to cut and cross the Gaza Strip perimeter fence when Israeli forces shot him in the back on July 27 

Moemen and 11-year-old Majdi were both shot when Israeli forces opened fire on a group of protestors who were cutting and attempting to cross the Gaza Strip perimeter fence near Rafah, southern Gaza around 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 27, according to initial reports.

After Moemen had cut the fence and began entering through it, a witness saw Moemen collapse. He was transferred to the European hospital in critical condition and underwent several operations before he was pronounced dead around 4:30 a.m. on July 28. According to the medical examiner who examined the boy’s body, a bullet entered Moemen’s back near his spine and exited from the right side of his chest.

Majdi al-Satri, 11, was around 50 meters (164 feet) from the Gaza Strip perimeter fence when Israeli forces shot him in the head, killing him instantly. (Photo: Courtesy of al-Hams family.)

Majdi al-Satri, 11, was around 50 meters (164 feet) from the Gaza Strip perimeter fence when Israeli forces shot him in the head, killing him instantly.  

Majdi was standing nearby, around 50 meters (164 feet) from the perimeter fence when Israeli forces opened fire, according to an eyewitness. The bullet struck his forehead, killing him instantly.

Including these four most recent fatalities, Israeli forces have killed at least 35 Palestinian children since the start of 2018. The parents of an additional child who was shot by Israeli forces on April 29, Yousef Abu Jazar, are still waiting for official confirmation of their child’s death. A Palestinian teen was also killed by an Israeli settler after local media reported the child carried out a fatal stabbing attack in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank on July 26.

In 2017, 15 Palestinian children died as the result of Israeli forces’ actions. This number included one child who had been injured in a 2014 Israeli drone strike, succumbing to his wounds in 2017. The previous year DCIP documented as the “deadliest year of a decade” for West Bank children. Israeli forces and security guards killed 32 Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem in 2016.

The majority of child fatalities this year have taken place in the context of protests along the Gaza Strip perimeter fence. DCIP evidence has determined on multiple occasions that children killed along the Gaza Strip perimeter did not pose a direct, mortal threat at the time of their death.

According to international law, lethal force may only be used when a direct and mortal threat to life or of serious injury exists.

The Israeli Supreme Court has maintained that Israeli military forces’ rules of engagement are in line with international parameters in the context of “March of Return” protests.

In April, the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights  stated that an attempt to approach or cross the Gaza Strip perimeter fence alone “does not amount to a threat to life or serious injury that would justify the use of live ammunition.”

Five children this year have also been killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank, including 14-year-old Arkan Mizher whom Israeli forces shot during an arrest raid in Dheisheh refugee camp on July 23.

Originally published on August 6th, 2018, by Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP).

(Source / 08.08.2018)

Palestinian children give testimonies on ‘Israeli police torture’

Palestinian children give testimonies on 'Israeli police torture'

Israeli forces routinely target Palestinian children

Three Palestinian children gave testimonies to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Affairs Commission describing the abuse they endured at the hands of Israeli forces.

Palestinian children have given testimonies to the Prisoners’ Affairs Commission describing the abuse they faced, which included being tortured and severely beaten, at the hands of Israeli soldiers who took them into custody.

The children’s testimonies, released on Tuesday, were documented by the commission’s attorney Hiba Ighbarieh, in which they describe their ordeals before being sent to notorious high security Megiddo Prison.

Firas Masri, 17, says he was ruthlessly beaten and attacked by a number of soldiers when he was arrested at an Israeli checkpoint near the occupied northern West Bank city of Qalqilya.

In his testimony, he said he was thrown to the floor covered with gravel and beaten on his back and head, giving him bruises and other visible injuries.

He was then dragged on the floor while blindfolded and handcuffed for a long distance before he was thrown in an army vehicle and taken to a police station in the illegal settlement of Ariel.

Fahd Qeisieh, also 17, from the Issawiyeh neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem, says he was attacked by soldiers.

He said he was tackled and dragged to a police car by an officer, while another officer stomped on his back with full force.

Two other police officers began violently beating him while he was forced to stay on the ground. The assault continued at the Russian Compound interrogation centre where he was beaten with a stick on his hands, legs, face and back while he was forced to kneel and not allowed up until he confessed to charges against him.

Another victim from Issawiyeh was 16-year-old Munir Dari. He gave a testimony describing how he was assaulted by a group of Israeli security forces when he was detained in his neighbourhood, who beat him up at random all over his body.

When he was taken to the Russian Compound detention centre in West Jerusalem, he was subjected to both verbal and physical abuse to force him to confess to charges against him.

Palestinian children are routinely subjected to violence by Israeli forces.

According to a report from the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC), 60 percent of Palestinian children detained by Israeli forces are subjected to verbal, physical and psychological torture.

The report, released in February, said minors detained by Israel were forced into a state of sleep depravation, beaten and threatened by interrogators in order to force them into confession.

(Source / 08.08.2018)