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Violations Bulletin - The remains of the Al-Dalou family home after an Israeli airstrike on November 18, 2012. Photo credit: DCI-Palestine
October & November 2013

Operation Pillar of Defense

November marked the one year anniversary of Operation Pillar of Defense, the November 14 to 21, 2012 Israeli military offensive on Gaza. At least 167 Palestinians died during the offensive, including more than 30 children. In the deadliest single attack, 10 members of the al-Dalou family, including five children ages 1 to 14, were killed in an air strike that leveled the family home.

The offensive was characterized by disproportionate force directed at government and civilian infrastructure, residential neighborhoods and individual civilians. One civilian was Mahmoud Khousa, 13, who left his home to buy a pencil for his sister in a nearby shop around 2 pm on November 21, 2012. While walking in the street, which was reportedly calm with no military activity, he was targeted and killed by a drone-fired missile. 

One year on, despite well-documented evidence of war crimes and serious violations of international humanitarian law, there has been no accountability and no justice for the civilian deaths.
 
East Jerusalem House Demolitions

House demolitions in East Jerusalem so far in 2013 have displaced at least 300 Palestinians, including at least 153 children, which is the highest number since 2009, according to OCHA.

Earlier in the year, DCI-Palestine highlighted the ongoing physical and mental health impact for children associated with house demolitions in East Jerusalem by interviewing children of the Castiro family whose home was demolished in February by Israeli authorities.

A study by Save the Children-UK states that “children who have had their home demolished fare significantly worse on a range of mental health indicators, including withdrawal, somatic complaints, depression/anxiety, social difficulties, higher rates of delusional, obsessive, compulsive and psychotic thoughts, attention difficulties, delinquency and violent behavior.”
DCI-Palestine News Alerts
Save the children from Israel's deadly drones
Ramallah, 26 November 2013­—One year on, despite evidence of war crimes, justice has not been served for victims of Israel's November 2012 military offensive on Gaza, which killed more than 30 children, writes Brad Parker in Al-Jazeera. Read more.
Children shot and injured near Gaza's border fence with Israel
Ramallah, 26 November 2013­—Yazid Abu Khader, 17, struggles to stand up at his house in central Gaza Strip. The teen sustained a gunshot injury when he took part in a rally near Gaza’s border fence. Read more. Listen.
Israeli exceptionalism at the United Nations
Mr. Shai Nitzan, Deputy Attorney General (Special Affairs), Ministry of Justice, Jerusalem and Ambassador Eviatar Manor, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Israel, Geneva attending the review of Israël during the 17th Session of The Universal Periodic Review, Geneva, 29 Oct 2013. UN Photo/Gilles Sereni
Ramallah, 14 November 2013—Israeli officials mistakenly dismiss criticism as the product of an ‘anti-Israel bias.’ But when a state agrees to uphold certain universal human rights and then fails to do so in practice, it would be unfair for the international community to not criticize that state, writes Brad Parker in +972 Magazine. Read more.
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Case Summaries
Abed C. (15) - Soldier Violence
Injured: 11 November 2013
Location: Aroub refugee camp, Hebron

Israeli soldiers shot Abed, 15, directly in the face with a tear gas canister as clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian youth occurred nearby. Read more.
Farahat R. (9) - Settler Violence
Injured:
 20 October 2013
Location: Hebron
 
Israeli settler children between the ages of seven and 10 years attacked Farahat, 9, as he led the family donkey to a yard behind his house next to an Israeli police station. Read more.
Yazan Z. (16) - Soldier Violence
Injured:
1 October 2013
Location: Al-Jalazoun refugee camp, Ramallah

An Israeli soldier shot Yazan, 16, in the leg with a rubber-coated metal bullet and then beat him while clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli soldiers occurred nearby.
 Read more.
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Video: Atta (12) - Jalazoun
In May 2013, Atta Sabbah, 12, from Jalazoun refugee camp near Ramallah was shot and paralyzed by an Israeli soldier while trying to retrieve his school bag from another soldier nearby. Watch.
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