Children Demand an End to Violence
A 2006 UN study on Violence against Children confirmed that one in four children worldwide is suffering from physical, sexual or psychological abuse, neglect or exploitation.
Children in the West Bank and Gaza are affected by Israeli military violence, Palestinian inter-factional violence, corporal punishment within schools, and other forms of domestic violence and abuse, all of which gravely affect their development and living and learning situation.
Between January and August 2007, 33 Palestinian children were killed as a result of Israeli military and settler violence and 27 died due to Palestinian inter-factional violence. Throughout that same period, 450 children (aged 12 -17) in the West Bank and Gaza identified increased violence in school and domestic violence as priority issues for child protection, according to UNICEF.
15-year-old Abdullah, a 10th grader in Gaza City, said he does not feel safe at school. Once there was a factional clash, and the next day we found the schools windows all broken. This wasnt the only time that this happened. Another time all the windows got smashed during school time because of the Israeli sonic booms. I really do not feel safe anywhere.
On 24 October 2007, more than 1,000 Palestinian children are gathering in cities across the West Bank and Gaza to call on all responsible parties to put an end to the daily violence and abuse being perpetrated against them. These events are part of many taking place around the world on Save the Childrens Day of Action. The Palestinian children are uniting with children worldwide to call upon all parties to:
Protect children during conflict;
Ensure a safe environment away from life-threatening conditions;
Make ending violence against children a top priority;
Ban all forms of violence against children in all settings: the streets, at school and at home;
Maintain and respect an effective national child protection system.
The Save the Children Alliance has been working in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and in Gaza for nearly 60 years and remains committed to its work for protecting vulnerable Palestinian children, their families and their communities. Kim Zander, for the Save the Children Alliance Directors in the West Bank and Gaza insists that All parties have the responsibility to stop all forms of violence and abuse against children because this can have horrific consequences that can last throughout their lives.
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