Part 1 of how children and women are the spoils of war.
In the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Palestinian children have become some of the most vulnerable victims.
International humanitarian law calls for the protection of children during conflicts, yet both Israel and Hamas have failed to abide by this principle.
Impact on Children
Children on both sides of the conflict are exposed to trauma, injury, and even death. Rockets launched into Israel and bombardments in Gaza take a toll on their lives.
Palestinian children in the West Bank and East Jerusalem often face violence without justice.
The conflict has caused the deaths of many Palestinian children, highlighting the violation of international humanitarian law.
Disregard for International Law
The 1977 addition to the Geneva Conventions emphasizes that children should be protected from harm and receive the care they require.
Unfortunately, there is little evidence that either Hamas or Israel are complying with these provisions.
Abduction of Children
Recent reports have detailed the abduction of Israeli children by Hamas, further highlighting the crisis.
Palestinian children, some as young as 12, are routinely abducted and held in prisons, where they face various forms of abuse.
Lack of Accountability
Violations against Palestinian children often go unpunished, with little international intervention.
Mainstream media coverage of these rights violations is limited, and political leaders are hesitant to take a stand.
The ongoing violence is causing lasting damage in both Israel and Gaza, particularly for children.
The scale of attacks is likely to leave a deep impact, extending beyond the immediate crisis.
The situation in the Gaza Strip is especially dire, with children living in constant fear of violence and danger.
Israel’s decision to tighten the blockade further exacerbates the conditions for Palestinian children.
International Law and Donor Support
The ability of Palestinian parents to protect their children is diminishing, with international law seemingly ignored.
Major donors to the Palestinians are considering suspending aid, which could worsen the situation.