By Desire Tshuma
Israel occupying power is deliberately and systematically targeting Palestinian children and is commiting serious crimes against them including killing and maiming, arrest, detention and countless untold truamatic situations.
The latest victim of Israeli brutality against Palestinian children was a three-year old Mohammed Haitham Ibrahim Tamimi (pictured) from the village of Nabi Saleh.
Mohammed was shot in the head with live ammunition deliberately fired by the Israel occupying forces, which time and again prove their total disregard for Palestinian lives including of children. Mohammed is the 20th Palestinian child shot and killed by Israel forces in 2023. “Another Israel war crime against defenceless, innocent child with no consequences.
“Israel is not only killing Palestinian children but is depriving them of their fundamental rights, hampering their access to education, forcibly displacing them from their homes, detaining, torturing and denying them their rights to life.
“Israel deprives Palestinian children of their rights to development, prosperity and dignity in flagrant breach of every rule of humanitarian law and every norm of human decency and morality,” said Ambassador Dr Tarmer Almassri.
He further said Israel’s crimes against Palestinian children must not go unchecked, further endangering the lives of millions of children. He also said Israel and Israel political and military officials and settlers must be held accountable for the full extent of the law.
“We call on the United Nations Secretary General to immediately put Israel the occupying power and its settler militia on the list of shame of parties that commit grave violations against children,” added Ambassador Dr Almassri.
He concluded by saying that Palestine reiterate its abiding calls on the international community to uphold its obligations and provide the Palestinian people including children, with international protection as a matter of urgency to save human lives.