Monday, June 24, 2013

[SDCPJ] Urgent Action: Demand Freedom for the Children of Palestine

Urgent Action: Demand Freedom for the Children of Palestine

The Declaration of the Rights of the Child, adopted by the United Nations in
1959, states that every child (regardless of race, color, sex, language,
religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property,
birth or other status, whether of himself or of his family) shall be
protected against all forms of neglect, cruelty and exploitation (articles 1
and 9). Furthermore, The International Convention on the Rights of the
Child, which came into force in 1990, sets out to further protect the rights
of children.

Since its imposition in 1948 in Palestine, the Israeli state has not only
neglected the rights of the child, but has killed, injured, imprisoned and
tortured, and used Palestinian children as human shields. It has targeted
playgrounds and schools. Just in the period between September 2000 and April
2013, the Israeli occupation killed 1,518 Palestinian children.
This is equivalent to one Palestinian child killed by Israel every 3 days
for almost 13 years! The number of Palestinian children injured by the
Israelis since September 2000 has reached 6,000 (4 children physically
injured every 3 days!). The number of Palestinian children imprisoned since
September 2000  is 9,000. That's 6 children imprisoned every three days!
In a 22-page report issued in March 2013, UNICEF described the ill-treatment
of Palestinian minors held within the Israeli military detention system as
"widespread, systematic and institutionalized". This month (June 2013), the
UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said it expressed its "deepest
concern about the reported practice of torture and ill-treatment of
Palestinian children
arrested, prosecuted and detained by the military and
the police". Per the latest reports, there are 236 Palestinian
children (minors) currently detained in Israel's prisons.

ACT NOW

Please take a moment to write and call the White House and demand that the
US administration put a stop to Israel's detention, abuse, mistreatment
and torture of Palestine's children. Demand the administration use its
considerable financial and military aid to the Zionist state to
demand Freedom for all Palestinian Children and impose an end to Israel's
abuse
of the fundamental human rights of Palestine's children.

To write the White House, please use the form at
http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments

To call the White House: 1-202-456-1111

Thank you

The Campaign To Free the Children of Palestine
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
PO Box 131352
Carlsbad, CA 92013, USA
Tel: 760-918-9441
Fax: 760-918-9442
E-mail:
info@al-awda.org
WWW: http://al-awda.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlAwdaPRRC

Please donate to support Al-Awda's Campaign  To Free the Children of
Palestine. Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition (PRRC) is a not
for profit tax-exempt educational and charitable 501(c)(3) organization as
defined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the United States of
America. Under IRS guidelines, your donations to PRRC are tax-deductible. To
donate, go to
http://al-awda.org/donate.html and follow the simple
instructions.
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