This week, Israeli soldiers attacked 6- and 8-year-old children, killed a teenager, and delivered demolition orders to an EU-funded primary school. Israeli occupation forces have killed 15 Palestinian children (80 Palestinians total) since the beginning of 2023.
Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Teenager in Qalqiliya
Israeli occupation forces shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in the town of Qalqilya, in the northern occupied West Bank, the official news agency WAFA reported.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health said in a statement that Amir Mamoun Odeh, 16, was shot in the chest by the Israeli army.
Odeh was critically wounded at the northern entrance to the city. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead a few hours later.
According to numbers published by the Ministry of Health, Israeli occupation forces have killed 80 Palestinians, including 15 children, since the beginning of the year.
For a complete list of Palestinians and Israelis killed since 2000, please visit Israel-Palestine Timeline
reposted from IMEMC – the International Middle East Media Center, March 10, 2023
Israeli forces on Thursday assaulted two Palestinian children, age 6 and 8, in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, according to local sources.
The Palestinian news agency Wafa reported that the gun-toting soldiers beat two brothers, aged 6 and 8, both members of al-Rajabi family, as the children were on their way to a store in central Hebron.
After assaulting the children, the Israeli soldiers detained them at the army checkpoint south of Ibrahimi Mosque, without notifying their parents or any relatives.
The uncle of the two children, Kifah Rajabi, told the news reporters that the soldiers prevented him approaching the checkpoint to check on the condition of his nephews, who had been beaten by the soldiers.
The city of Hebron, which houses the Ibrahimi Mosque, is home to roughly 160,000 Palestinian Muslims and about 800 aggressive paramilitary Israeli settlers who live in compounds heavily guarded by Israeli troops.
Israel has expelled the only international monitors protecting Hebron’s Palestinians from 800 heavily guarded settlers.
Israel court orders demolition of EU-funded Palestinian school
reposted from Middle East Monitor, March 9, 2023
An Israeli court Wednesday ordered a Palestinian school in the occupied village of Jub Al-Dhib, east of Bethlehem, to be demolished, Anadolu reported.
“The Israeli Central Court issued an immediate order to demolish the Jub Al-Dib School, east of Bethlehem, under the pretext that it was built without a permit,” Samer Daoudi of the St. Yves Foundation – the Catholic Centre for Human Rights, told the news agency.
Daoudi explained that the decision requires the school to be demolished within a period of 60 days, meaning that it could be demolished at any moment.
For his part, Hasan Brijeh, director of the Office of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Commission in Bethlehem Governorate, denounced the Israeli decision, describing it as “unfair”.
Brijeh said the decision “contradicts all international resolutions and the United Nations resolution, because schools in particular are protected according to the Rome Convention.”
He pointed out that the school was built in 2017 with funding from the European Union, adding that 66 Palestinian students study in it.
NOTE: The entire West Bank has been under Israeli occupation since 1967; all its official entrances and exits are controlled by Israeli soldiers, making its Palestinian inhabitants virtual prisoners. Many are families that were ethnically cleansed from Israel during Israel’s founding war (see this and this and this). Israeli forces often invade them; one example is here.
Israel was established in 1947 through a war of ethnic cleansing of the indigenous population, both Muslims and Christians, and it continues to steal other people’s land for illegal colonies known as ‘settlements.’ While Palestinians most often use nonviolent resistance, a small number use armed resistance against the invaders.
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