Media 36: few mainstream outlets report 1381 Palestinian minors killed

Hearts sank as news came of the deaths of three Israeli teenagers. These were reported all over the world.

At the burial service

At the burial service

Not so the deaths of 1381 Palestinian minors, killed by Israeli security forces in the occupied territories: 2000-2014.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposed on Monday that Israel’s response to the murders would include a building a new illegal settlement. One settlement for three – how much land for 1381?

Haaretz the Israeli daily, unlike other mainstream media, features the ‘balance of brutality’, noting that the names and the names of those who sent Palestinians who killed 129 Israeli children, are public knowledge; but the soldiers who killed 1,381 Palestinian children remain nameless and unpunished.

The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories records events caused by and affecting both Israelis and Palestinians. Established in February 1989 by a group of prominent academics, attorneys, journalists, and Knesset members, B’Tselem, provides tables of child fatalities in the Occupied Territories, 2000–2014:

B'Tselem fatality stats

In 2013 the Middle East Monitor, which gathers news from Palestine, and its regional neighbours from partner organisations and correspondents on the ground, headlined: One Palestinian child has been killed by Israel every 3 days for the past 13 years.

In the decade to 2013, according to a March 2013 report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (“UNICEF”), Israel has arrested some 7,000 Palestinian children; 18 of 27 arrested in Hebron in March 2013 were below the age of 12.The report was based on 400 cases documented since 2009. It stated that the Palestinian children who are detained by the Israeli military are subjected to “widespread, systematic and institutionalized” ill treatment in violation of international law.

UNICEF estimated that in the West Bank IDF and Israeli security services annually arrest around 700 youths between 12 and 17 years old, often from their homes at night. They are blindfolded, painfully restrained, and subjected to physical and verbal abuse while being transferred to interrogation, where they are coerced into confession without immediate access to a lawyer or family. Signed confessions are typically typed in Hebrew, which few Palestinian minors can read. As of January 2013 Israeli military prisons held 233 males under 18, 31 under the age of 16.Additionally children are shackled during court appearances and made to serve sentences in Israel. UNICEF stated these findings “amount to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention against Torture”.

Robert Fisk comments: “In the end it’s about the colonies Israel is building against international law on Arab land”. . . and – as the Washington Institute adds – supported by USA as a counterweight against radical forces in the oil-rich Middle East.


Posted on July 2, 2014, in Conflict of interest, Corporate political nexus, Democracy undermined, Lobbying, Media, Vested interests and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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