A benefit concert by Christy Moore for the children of Gaza has raised €27,871.41 ($34,338.60). The concert held at Vicar Street in Dublin on Sunday 12th October featured musicians Declan Sinnott, Vickie Keating, Jimmy Higgins, Mick Blake and poet, Paula Meehan, along with Christy Moore, and was enjoyed by over 1000 people.
Listen to recording from the concert: http://bit.ly/gig4gaza
Orwa is the third Palestinian child killed by Israeli soldiers or settlers in 8 days. Defence for Children International-Palestine says he is the tenth Palestinian child gunned down by Israeli forces in the West Bank this year.
Five year-old Enas Khalil died after an Israeli settler hit the Palestinian girl with his car in the town of Sinjil, near Ramallah Sunday. According to eyewitnesses, the settler fled the scene after the incident.
Human rights groups have been particularly alarmed by the increasing number of very young being arrested, including children under 10 years of age. Most of the youngsters are accused of throwing stones or Molotov cocktails. Many are held for long periods of time without the presence of lawyers or parents, and are abused during detention.
"Those who try to justify will tell us it makes sense. That dropping bombs on children is an act of self-defense." Thank you Mick Blake from Ireland this song and video! Mick writes: "I've put together this song/video to help promote awareness of the plight of the surviving children of Gaza and your wonderful organisation."
There is not a single child who has not been adversely affected by the recent conflict in Gaza, where children suffer from bedwetting, difficulties in sleeping, nightmares, a loss of appetite, and display more aggressive behaviour at school, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today.
Last week, MECA's Gaza staff went to Khuza'a, east of Khan Younis. They visited areas where dozens of homes were destroyed by Israeli military attacks and then stopped by to see psychosocial activities organized by MECA partner Never Stop Dreaming with children and mothers.
Spent ammunition littering the classroom floors told of the ferocity of the battles waged from there...The shells found scattered in classrooms were for launchers that could fire 300 grenades per minute. The casings were from a machinegun that can cut through a house. The remains of what looked like a 155mm Howitzer artillery shell was left in the playground.
There was a man, 82 years old, who told me he spent all his life building a house and a family. He had a house with four storeys and 28 sons and daughters and grandchildren. He went to pray during Ramadaan, one evening. He came back. The house was completely destroyed, his wife was killed. All the 28 sons and daughters and grandsons and granddaughters were killed.
Samia is a teacher at the Cordoba School, a Palestinian school in the Israeli-controlled area of Hebron (known as H2), Palestine. The Cordoba school is located on Shuhada Street, a road that is almost entirely closed to Palestinians because of nearby Israeli settlements. "The biggest challenge I face in getting to school is the checkpoint. If [the soldiers] do not let us through, then the teachers have to climb over rocks and our clothes got really dirty. This is not how a teacher should arrive at school. It takes away our dignity, and I think that’s what they want."
Israel to expropriate 988 acres of Palestinian land in occupied West Bank.
"Today's announcement clearly represents Israel's deliberate intent to wipe out any Palestinian presence on the land and to wilfully impose a de facto one-state solution," senior Palestine Liberation official Hanan Ashrawi said.
Gaza writer Refaat Alareer reminds us that as Palestinians in Gaza begin – hopefully – the arduous road to physical, emotional and mental recovery from the unspeakable horrors Israel has inflicted, the work of justice cannot take a break.
“I know, the children are dying in Gaza, and all the colors died in Gaza… Mama, if I die, will you ever have a home? …Don’t worry, I will draw you a home, and children, they will sing and bring all the colors back to us…but, why do they fear children and kill them Mama?”
Lama’s voice is one of the many young voices that present serious questions, not only to her parents in Palestine, but to the world, about our failed morality.
Ahmad was just 16 years old when he was taken from his family on July 23. For five days, he was used as a human shield by the Israeli military and he was verbally and physically abused, and deprived of food and sleep.
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