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Video: Children join the protest against Israeli occupation in Kufr Qaddum

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During the past six month, Israeli forces have injured more than 2,177 Palestinian children in direct conflict, according to documentation by the United Nations.

On March 13, 11-year-old Khalid Ishtawy joined the thousands of other children injured by Israeli forces, when he was shot in the thigh in the northern occupied West Bank village of Kufr Qaddum.

The bullet exploded and embedded itself inside Khalid’s leg, causing a full fracture, according to the boy’s doctor.

Kufr Qaddum’s popular movement, known for its rather intense weekly Friday protests against Israel’s blockade of the village’s main road, which leads to the economic hub of Nablus, is a leader in the West Bank’s popular resistance.

Khalid’s father, Murad, is a community leader in Kufr Qaddum and spokesperson for the Fatah movement in Qalqiliya. Murad showed Mondoweiss around the protest, and introduced us to other children his son’s age who participate.

Murad said that while children are encouraged to come to the weekly demonstrations, they are not allowed at the front of the protest.

Murad also added that he knows the international community criticize’s and question’s the role of children at such demonstrations, but stressed that Palestinians in the occupied territory are trying hard to balance keeping their children safe, without teaching them to live in fear of the occupying power that surrounds their lives.

“We don’t push our children to face this ‘very strong army’ as the Israelis consider themselves,” he said. “When we feel danger, we push our children behind us to keep them safe.”

“We want them to have all rights as any of the children around the world. They are the same children. The child in Palestine, or the child in Israel, all the children in the world are the same children,” he said.

Abed Al Qaisi

Abed Al Qaisi is a freelance multimedia journalist covering conflict in the Middle East and Europe. Abed has done work for Al Jazeera English, USA Today, Vice News and more.

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Sheren Khalel

Sheren Khalel is a freelance multimedia journalist who works out of Israel, Palestine and Jordan. She focuses on human rights, women's issues and the Palestine/Israel conflict. Khalel formerly worked for Ma'an News Agency in Bethlehem, and is currently based in Ramallah and Jerusalem. You can follow her on Twitter at @Sherenk.

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  1. Ossinev on March 14, 2016, 3:45 pm

    The important thing to focus on is that increasingly the majority of Israeli Jews spurred on by their increasingly SS oriented Government Ministers consider these children merely to be irritating sub human offspring of irritating irritating sub human parents – much the same mentality as that of the SS guards. Western governments because of Zionist control ( and in the case of Germany ongoing Catch 22 guilt ) turn a blind eye to this phenomenon and Zionist Israelis see their attitude and behaviour as acceptable because it appears that the outside world does. When the Gideon Levys in Israeli society point out that their attitude and behaviour mirrors that of the SS towards Jews in the 30`s and 40`s the reaction is not to look at the facts but simply pretend that it is all ” anti – semitic ” or “terrorist propaganda” invention , and to pillory the likes of Gideon as self hating Jews.

    If they had been around during the Nazi era I am certain that the SS would have banned cameras and smartphones in “security sensitive areas ” as well as strictly controlling or banning the use of the Internet. Can`t be long now before the Yahoo and his cabal start to resort to similar measures. Must be really frustrating for them that despite all that Zionist money and MSM control Mr and Mrs civilised world are hearing more and more about their crimes – particularly the murder and torture of children. The days of Israeli Fascism will soon end.



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