hold a Press Conference on September 26, 2002 from 10-11
a.m. at the Ambassador Hotel, Nablus Road, East Jerusalem.
Ariel Sharon visited the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem on
September 29, 2000, setting off the current Intifada, the
Palestinian and Israeli death toll has climbed beyond
anyone’s expectations, leaving in its wake destruction and
widespread human suffering. The second year of the Al-Aqsa
Intifada was distinguished by a remarkable increase in
violence, in comparison to the previous year.
that continue for shocking periods of time, permanent
roadblocks where many elderly and injured died in awaiting
passage, total annihilation of infrastructure, attacks on
civilians with warplanes and tanks, cold blooded murder,
frequent killing of children, suicide bombs, and the
grieving of whole populations are just some of the tragedies
that have increased in the past year of the Intifada, from
September 29, 2001 until now. PHRMG analyzes the details of
the last year of the Intifada in its latest report:
Killing and Destruction, Closure and Starvation
year witnessed 1058 Palestinian deaths, as opposed to 564 in
the first year of the Intifada. The excessive use of force
by the Israeli army, especially after the tragedies in
America on September 11, 2001, led to this sharp increase in
the death toll. There were 164 Israeli deaths in the first
year, as opposed to 413 in the second. In addition, 81
suicide bombings took place in the second year of the
Intifada, in contrast to 27 the previous year. Details and
information on other aspects of the Intifada are contained
within the new report.
report is now available in English and Arabic. Copies will
be available at the press conference. Bassem Eid, director
of PHRMG, will be available for questions and comments. All
are invited to attend. Please call PHRMG at 02-582-3372
with any inquiries.
the attack on the education of Palestinian children.
Seven Palestinian schools have been closed by the
Israeli Army, 197 schools have been damaged by Israeli
shelling and invasions, 3 schools in Hebron have been
overtaken and turned into military posts, and 25 other
schools have been used as detention centers.
1289 schools were closed in the last year for three
consecutive weeks due to the illegal occupation.
Seventeen teachers have been killed, 71 others
families can barely afford food, there is little hope for
books and other needed school supplies.
But if you’re in Nablus, after literally months of
military lockdown, the opportunity to get to school on a
consistent basis is a dream.
Roadblocks, closures, and checkpoints provide
additional challenges to children wanting to go to school,
forcing them to leave very early and travel in danger.
Where a normal system of education for Palestinian
children is being prevent by the Israeli military, it is
teaching them their own curriculum 24 hours a day, including
curriculum, with daily lessons often repeated so these
children will never forget, includes oppression,
destruction, identification of which type of bullet is being
shot in your neighborhood, humiliation, hatred, fear,
trauma, and creative ways to stay locked in your house for
months at a time. Children can also identify all sorts of military vehicles and
have developed great flexibility, as is taught through
situations like “sometimes you can come out of your house,
sometimes you can’t” or “we said the curfew was
lifted, but we’re shooting at you now, so now it’s back
it may sound to those not living through it, it is reality
for 3 million Palestinians. The Israeli military continues to destroy the education of
Palestinian children and teach them fear and hate in return.
rates of Palestinian children have skyrocketed in the past
year, surprising and alarming experts in world aid
USAID’s recent study, it was discovered that 13.2% of
Palestinian children under age 5 suffer from malnutrition
and 1/5 of children are suffering from anemia.
There’s plenty of food to be bought, but the
problem is that the Israeli military bans its transport to
the hungry people, or there is lockdown so people cannot
leave their homes to get it.
And many times, the family is driven to such poverty
from the occupation, that they cannot afford to buy the
basic food to ensure proper nutrition for their children.
Thus the development of the bodies of these children
suffers from poor diet as well as lack of exercise from
being forced in their homes for extended periods.
This crisis is a direct result of the Israeli
children to daily violence, pointing tanks at them, actually
shooting at them with these tanks, actively preventing them
from getting proper health and nutritional care, making them
pass checkpoints to school at gunpoint and constantly being
under threat of seize or wild rampant shooting is certainly
not the childhood any parent would want for their children.
But this is life for so many Palestinian youngsters,
just because they were born Palestinian.
They are all locked into this violence and witness
daily the techniques of modern cruelty and the dehumanizing
nature of illegal occupation from the hands of the Israeli
When you hold
the dire situation of Palestinian children to international
safeguards such as the Declaration of the Rights of the
Child of November 1959, which states, “The child shall in
all circumstances be among the first to receive protection
and relief” (Principle 8), it is clear that there are
major human rights violations against children taking place
in the Occupied Territories.
Principle 2 states that, “The child shall enjoy
special protection, and shall be given opportunities and
facilities…to enable him to develop physically, mentally,
morally, spiritually, and socially in a healthy and normal
manner and in conditions of freedom and dignity.”
This privilege is currently not upheld for
Palestinian children. PHRMG
seeks to expose these human rights violations for exactly
what they are and demands that the Israeli forces
immediately stop attacking children through these various
holds the Israeli government, the United Nations and the
United States responsible for ensuring these crimes stop
now. It is long
overdue to protect these innocent children.