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Leaving Palestinian children behind on World Children’s Day

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World Children’s Day is, sadly, a day like any other; its symbolism is nothing other than an international gimmick to proclaim rights while simultaneously taking them away. For Palestinian children, the commemoration reeks of hypocrisy and opportunism. On this day, despite Israel’s colonial violence and military occupation being common knowledge, Palestinian children are divested of their own reality; their violation at the hands of Israelis is normalised; and their dreams of a normal life are generalised without context.

In its annual review of 2017, Defence for Children International – Palestine declared that it was the worst year for abuse by Israel against Palestinian children. DCIP noted that this year, Israeli forces killed 44 children in Gaza and that the increase in the number of killings coincided with the Great March of Return protests.

In Gaza, children have suffered the full impact of the Israeli blockade and the Palestinian Authority’s sanctions. In the occupied West Bank, Palestinian children are arrested and imprisoned by Israeli forces and assaulted by illegal Jewish settlers. The........

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