Defense for Children International condemns the unlawful killing of Children in Gaza

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The United States withdrew from a “hypocritical and self-serving” United Nations Human Rights Council over what it called chronic bias against Israel and a lack of reform, a move activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult.

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Human Rights Council

38th Regular Session | 2 July 2018

Statement delivered on behalf of Defense for Children International

Palestine (DCIP)

Palestinian children killed by Israeli forces with live ammunition and crowd control weapons

Defence for Children International welcomes the opportunity to speak in this session.

Between January 2013 and June 2018, Israeli forces and settlers killed at least 649 Palestinian children

in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza

Strip, according to documentation

collected by Defence for Children International

Palestine (DCIP).

While the majority of these deaths occurred during the summer 2014 Israeli military offensive on

Gaza, known as Operation Protective Edge, Israeli forces

killed at least 106 Palestinian children outside

of this military assault across the Occupied Palestinian Territory with live ammunition or crowd control

weapons.

Analysing these specific incidents shows Israeli forces increasingly targeted Palestinian

children with

live ammunition to quash protests beginning in 2014.

In subsequent years, the increasing use of live ammunition combined with complete lack of

accountability has created a situation where Palestinian children are routinely shot and killed with

impunity in circumstances that do not justify the use of intentional lethal force.

In the first six months of 2018, Israeli forces killed at least 21 Palestinian children with live ammunition

or crowd control weapons in the West Bank and Gaza, including 1

6 Palestinian children killed between

March 30 and June 18 along the Gaza perimeter fence during the

“March of Return” protests.

Therefore, Defense for Children International urges all members of the Human Rights Council to:

Condemn Israeli forces’ use of

excessive force against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank,

including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip;

Urge Israel to provide access to all United Nations

human rights mechanisms and special

procedures to enable impartial monitoring and advance accountability,

including the

independent International Commission of Inquiry to investigate all violations of international

humanitarian law and international human rights law, including recent killings of Palestinian

protesters in the context of recent protests in Gaza, established at the 28th

Special Session of

the Council in May 2018; and

Take urgent action to end of all forms of collective punishment caused by the ongoing

blockade on Gaza 2007,

which significantly affects the human rights of the civilian

population including children.

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