Children of the War in The Occupied Palestinian Territories

Published July 9th, 2019 - 06:28 GMT

Children in the occupied Palestinian territories grow up in an uncertain atmosphere where the threat of violence is never far away. Political tensions frequently result in outbreaks of violence. And this situation has worsened still further in recent months.

In Gaza, access to food, water, electricity, and basic necessities are regularly disrupted as a result of the 10-year blockade imposed by Israel. Ongoing settlement construction in the West Bank has seen many Palestinian families lose their homes - further fuelling tensions in the area.

Children in both Gaza and the West Bank grow up with the threat of violence - both at home and at school. Basic child rights are also frequently violated - the military arrest and detention of children as young as 12 is disturbingly common.

In the West Bank, violence against children remains a grave concern; in homes, in schools and through violent exchanges with Israeli forces in which young people are injured and killed.

A vicious cycle of political violence and retaliation persists, and many Palestinian children experience constant fear of demolition of their homes and schools or conflict with neighbouring settlements. Safe play areas are scarce and children playing in the street are exposed to risks of injury or violence.

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A Palestinian protester flees from tear gas fired by Israeli forces during protests along the border with Israel east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza strip on July 5, 2019.  SAID KHATIB / AFP

A Palestinian protester flees from tear gas fired by Israeli forces during protests along the border with Israel east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza strip on July 5, 2019. SAID KHATIB / AFP

A Palestinian protester carries a tear gas canister to be thrown back at Israeli forces across the border during protests along the border with Israel east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza strip on July 5, 2019.  SAID KHATIB / AFP

A Palestinian protester carries a tear gas canister to be thrown back at Israeli forces across the border during protests along the border with Israel east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza strip on July 5, 2019. SAID KHATIB / AFP

A Palestinian youth, carrying a wooden rifle, chants slogans during a military-style graduation ceremony organised by the Islamic Jihad movement in Gaza City on July 4, 2019.  MOHAMMED ABED / AFP

A Palestinian youth, carrying a wooden rifle, chants slogans during a military-style graduation ceremony organised by the Islamic Jihad movement in Gaza City on July 4, 2019. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP

Palestinian youth, carrying wooden rifles, take part in a military-style graduation ceremony organised by the Islamic Jihad movement in Gaza City on July 4, 2019.  MOHAMMED ABED / AFP

Palestinian youth, carrying wooden rifles, take part in a military-style graduation ceremony organised by the Islamic Jihad movement in Gaza City on July 4, 2019. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP

An impoverished Palestinian boy sits in front of a mural depicting the Dome of the Rock mosque in Jerusalem as he checks a bag containing things he collected from the streets in Gaza City on July 4, 2019.  MOHAMMED ABED / AFP

An impoverished Palestinian boy sits in front of a mural depicting the Dome of the Rock mosque in Jerusalem as he checks a bag containing things he collected from the streets in Gaza City on July 4, 2019. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP

Palestinian children play at an impoverished neighbourhood in Gaza City on July 4, 2019.  MOHAMMED ABED / AFP

Palestinian children play at an impoverished neighbourhood in Gaza City on July 4, 2019. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP

A Palestinian boy eats a tomato at an impoverished neighbourhood in Gaza City on July 4, 2019.  MOHAMMED ABED / AFP

A Palestinian boy eats a tomato at an impoverished neighbourhood in Gaza City on July 4, 2019. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP

A Palestinian boy pulls a blanquet at an impoverished neighbourhood in Gaza City on July 4, 2019.  MOHAMMED ABED / AFP

A Palestinian boy pulls a blanquet at an impoverished neighbourhood in Gaza City on July 4, 2019. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP

Palestinian children play at an impoverished neighbourhood in Gaza City on July 4, 2019.  MOHAMMED ABED / AFP

Palestinian children play at an impoverished neighbourhood in Gaza City on July 4, 2019. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP

Palestinian children play on a swing at Al-Shatee Refugee Camp in Gaza City on July 3, 2019.  MOHAMMED ABED / AFP

Palestinian children play on a swing at Al-Shatee Refugee Camp in Gaza City on July 3, 2019. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP

Palestinian children peep from behind a makeshift door at an empoverished neighbourhood in Gaza City on July 4, 2019.  MOHAMMED ABED / AFP

Palestinian children peep from behind a makeshift door at an empoverished neighbourhood in Gaza City on July 4, 2019. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP

A Palestinian protester flees from tear gas fired by Israeli forces during protests along the border with Israel east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza strip on July 5, 2019.  SAID KHATIB / AFP
A Palestinian protester carries a tear gas canister to be thrown back at Israeli forces across the border during protests along the border with Israel east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza strip on July 5, 2019.  SAID KHATIB / AFP
A Palestinian youth, carrying a wooden rifle, chants slogans during a military-style graduation ceremony organised by the Islamic Jihad movement in Gaza City on July 4, 2019.  MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
Palestinian youth, carrying wooden rifles, take part in a military-style graduation ceremony organised by the Islamic Jihad movement in Gaza City on July 4, 2019.  MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
An impoverished Palestinian boy sits in front of a mural depicting the Dome of the Rock mosque in Jerusalem as he checks a bag containing things he collected from the streets in Gaza City on July 4, 2019.  MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
Palestinian children play at an impoverished neighbourhood in Gaza City on July 4, 2019.  MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
A Palestinian boy eats a tomato at an impoverished neighbourhood in Gaza City on July 4, 2019.  MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
A Palestinian boy pulls a blanquet at an impoverished neighbourhood in Gaza City on July 4, 2019.  MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
Palestinian children play at an impoverished neighbourhood in Gaza City on July 4, 2019.  MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
Palestinian children play on a swing at Al-Shatee Refugee Camp in Gaza City on July 3, 2019.  MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
Palestinian children peep from behind a makeshift door at an empoverished neighbourhood in Gaza City on July 4, 2019.  MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
A Palestinian protester flees from tear gas fired by Israeli forces during protests along the border with Israel east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza strip on July 5, 2019.  SAID KHATIB / AFP
A Palestinian protester flees from tear gas fired by Israeli forces during protests along the border with Israel east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza strip on July 5, 2019. SAID KHATIB / AFP
A Palestinian protester carries a tear gas canister to be thrown back at Israeli forces across the border during protests along the border with Israel east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza strip on July 5, 2019.  SAID KHATIB / AFP
A Palestinian protester carries a tear gas canister to be thrown back at Israeli forces across the border during protests along the border with Israel east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza strip on July 5, 2019. SAID KHATIB / AFP
A Palestinian youth, carrying a wooden rifle, chants slogans during a military-style graduation ceremony organised by the Islamic Jihad movement in Gaza City on July 4, 2019.  MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
A Palestinian youth, carrying a wooden rifle, chants slogans during a military-style graduation ceremony organised by the Islamic Jihad movement in Gaza City on July 4, 2019. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
Palestinian youth, carrying wooden rifles, take part in a military-style graduation ceremony organised by the Islamic Jihad movement in Gaza City on July 4, 2019.  MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
Palestinian youth, carrying wooden rifles, take part in a military-style graduation ceremony organised by the Islamic Jihad movement in Gaza City on July 4, 2019. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
An impoverished Palestinian boy sits in front of a mural depicting the Dome of the Rock mosque in Jerusalem as he checks a bag containing things he collected from the streets in Gaza City on July 4, 2019.  MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
An impoverished Palestinian boy sits in front of a mural depicting the Dome of the Rock mosque in Jerusalem as he checks a bag containing things he collected from the streets in Gaza City on July 4, 2019. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
Palestinian children play at an impoverished neighbourhood in Gaza City on July 4, 2019.  MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
Palestinian children play at an impoverished neighbourhood in Gaza City on July 4, 2019. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
A Palestinian boy eats a tomato at an impoverished neighbourhood in Gaza City on July 4, 2019.  MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
A Palestinian boy eats a tomato at an impoverished neighbourhood in Gaza City on July 4, 2019. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
A Palestinian boy pulls a blanquet at an impoverished neighbourhood in Gaza City on July 4, 2019.  MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
A Palestinian boy pulls a blanquet at an impoverished neighbourhood in Gaza City on July 4, 2019. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
Palestinian children play at an impoverished neighbourhood in Gaza City on July 4, 2019.  MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
Palestinian children play at an impoverished neighbourhood in Gaza City on July 4, 2019. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
Palestinian children play on a swing at Al-Shatee Refugee Camp in Gaza City on July 3, 2019.  MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
Palestinian children play on a swing at Al-Shatee Refugee Camp in Gaza City on July 3, 2019. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
Palestinian children peep from behind a makeshift door at an empoverished neighbourhood in Gaza City on July 4, 2019.  MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
Palestinian children peep from behind a makeshift door at an empoverished neighbourhood in Gaza City on July 4, 2019. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP