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The first half of 2018 has been deadly for Palestinian children, with at least 35 children killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip, according to Defense for Children International — Palestine (DCIP).

In a report published on Monday, DCIP said that between January and July, the number of slain Palestinian children was three times higher than during the same time period in 2017.

According to the group, Israeli forces have killed more Palestinian children since January this year than in any previous year of the past decade, outside of large-scale Israeli military offensives.

On August 5th, the day before the report was published, 17-year-old Ahmad Jihad Ahmad al-Aydi from Gaza succumbed to wounds he had sustained on the first day of Great March of Return protests on March 30th.

Al-Aydi was one of four minors who died of gunshot wounds between July 27 and August 5 after Israeli forces shot them during protests on the the Gaza border.

The other three were identified as Muath Ziad Ibrahim al-Soury, 15, Moemen Fathi Yousef al-Hams, 16, and Majdi Ramzi Kamal al-Satri, 11.

The majority of the children killed in 2018 were killed in Gaza, according to DCIP, with at least 22 of those children killed in the context of the Great March of Return protests.

The ongoing popular demonstrations have been violently suppressed by Israeli forces, who have killed 160 Palestinians and injured over 17,000 more, according to numbers from the Gaza Ministry of Health.

The majority of the slain children, according to DCI, were shot with live ammunition, while two were struck by artillery shells.

Of those killed by live ammunition, 13 children were shot in the head, neck, or chest, the group said said.

Arkan Mezher. (Photo: Twitter)

One of those children shot in the chest was 14-year-old Arkan Mizher, who was shot and killed by Israeli forces shot during an arrest raid in Dheisheh refugee camp in the middle of the night on July 23.

“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,” Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program director at DCIP said in the report.

The group added that “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,” while noting that under international law, the use lethal force is strictly reserved for instances when a”direct and mortal threat to life or of serious injury exists.”

The number of Palestinian children who died at the hands of the Israeli occupation this year has doubled in comparison to 2017, during which 15 children were killed, according to DCIP records.

Yumna Patel

Yumna Patel is the Palestine correspondent for Mondoweiss.

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  1. Kay24 on August 7, 2018, 5:18 pm

    What kind of monsters will kill without mercy? What kind of monsters will kill without hesitation, teenagers and children? So were the mighty IDF armed with deadly weapons “defending” themselves from children?Who believes this bull sh** anymore? Trump, Jared, and Dershowitz are okay with this? YES. Shame on Saudi Arabia for holding Bibi’s hands that are covered with blood. Despicable lot.

    • Michael Rabb on August 8, 2018, 12:47 pm

      Did you hear about Trump’s ICE agents separating kids from their parents on the border ?! The horror show at the USA border has gotten pretty awkward for Mr. Trump.

      But what about Gaza ? On the border with Israel, Jews actually shoot the Palestinian children of Gaza. But in Israel, being the Jew Apartheid State, this is not that awkward for Mr. Netanyahu.

    • Maghlawatan on August 8, 2018, 2:19 pm

      Zionists are vile. Hillel said something to a skull he saw about relying on violence. Israël will Die violently and the world will not care.

    • Talkback on August 9, 2018, 4:47 am

      Kay24: “What kind of monsters will kill without hesitation, teenagers and children?”

      The ones who want to get promoted in Israel?

      Israeli officer who killed stone-throwing Palestinian teen tapped for major promotion

      Captain R was acquitted and then rewarded with compensation and a promotion to major while Iman’s family were rewarded with another helping of gross injustice to add to the first injustice of losing their child.

      • Kay24 on August 10, 2018, 4:08 pm

        They are also treated like heroes. They always get away with a lighter sentence if found guilty of murdering Palestinians, and get off months before that sentence. Disgusting people.

      • Talkback on August 12, 2018, 3:08 am

        Murdering Nonjews is very cheap for Israelis for those who don’t get promoted. It’s a calculated risk to make career.

  2. Citizen on August 7, 2018, 6:24 pm

    Obviously, somebody influential thinks Palestinian children are not fully human.

    • Marnie on August 8, 2018, 3:55 am

      “Obviously, somebody influential thinks Palestinian children are not fully human.”

      It’s always been policy. Palestinians have never been given the opportunity to have a childhood or be considered defenseless and in need of protection, unlike zionist spawn.

    • Kay24 on August 8, 2018, 6:04 am

      Only Israeli lives are precious. The zionists are the most vicious people that operate under the guise of claiming they are a “democracy” in the region.

  3. Misterioso on August 8, 2018, 10:55 am


    The Guardian, July 30/18
    Ahed Tamimi: “‘I am a freedom fighter. I will not be the victim'”
    By Oliver Holmes and Sufian Taha in Nabi Saleh

    “Day after her release, teenage Palestinian activist says she hopes to become a lawyer and lead cases against Israel”

    “’I’m not the victim of the occupation,’ Ahed said. “‘The Jew or the settler child who carries a rifle at the age of 15, they are the victims of the occupation. For me, I am capable of distinguishing between right and wrong. But not him. His view is clouded. His heart is filled with hatred and scorn against the Palestinians. He is the victim, not me. I always say I am a freedom fighter. So I will not be the victim.’”

    Democracy Now interview: August 6/18

    “Meet Ahed Tamimi, 17-Year-Old West Bank Activist Jailed for 8 Months for Slapping Israeli Soldier”

    “Seventeen-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi has been freed from Israeli prison after eight months behind bars. Known to some as the Rosa Parks of Palestine, Tamimi became a hero to Palestinians and people around the world last year after a viral video showed her slapping a heavily armed Israeli soldier near her family’s home in the occupied West Bank. The incident came just after Tamimi learned her cousin had been gravely wounded by an Israeli soldier who shot him in the head using a rubber-coated steel bullet. Video of Tamimi confronting the soldier went viral, elevating her into a symbol of Palestinian resistance. Ahed was soon arrested in the middle of the night and charged with assault in an Israeli military court. She was sentenced to eight months in an Israeli prison and celebrated her 17th birthday behind bars. Her mother was also arrested and charged for incitement, in part for streaming video online showing the interaction between Tamimi and the Israeli soldier. Tamimi and her mother, Nariman, were released in late July. We speak with Ahed Tamimi from her home in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.”

  4. Misterioso on August 8, 2018, 6:57 pm

    Including their ancestors, Palestinians have been living between the River and the Sea for about 15,000 years. Over the millennia they have known and eventually defeated many occupiers, e.g., the European Crusaders. The Zionist occupation will prove to be one of the briefest.

    • Marnie on August 9, 2018, 12:57 am

      Its interesting that this part of the world under muslim rule was relatively peaceful and non-muslims were free to practice their faith and their holy places were protected. When I hear ‘shalom’ I have to laugh. There’s nothing peaceful here at all. I’ve experienced more friendship from palestinians than jews since here and am amazed, especially in the last few weeks, at the strength of the palestinian people in the face of unbelievable (unless you’re a nazi) cruelty, hardship and hatred they receive at the hands of the ‘chosen’ people.

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