Hilman Sorey caved to Zionist pressure in 2011 and refused to show "A Child's View from Gaza" at the Museum of Children's Art in Oakland. After MECA reminded the community of his stance, Mr. Sorey has withdrawn from elections for a local community radio station.
The situation in East Jerusalem continues to deteriorate leaving no safe place for children. We just spoke to two people MECA works: Jawad Siyam is the director of the Madaa Silwan Creative Center and Maya Abu Hayat is the director of the Palestine Writing Workshop and a mother of three.
Mahmoud’s face crumples into tears. “We took him to the hospital … but he died. He was a good boy. He was a good student who liked football and followed Barcelona. He was religious, like his brothers. This year he was supposed to have been in the twelfth grade. I wanted him to go to university and become a teacher.”
The stark conditions afflicting millions of displaced Palestinians across the Middle East risk destabilizing the region and plunging it into a deeper humanitarian and security crisis, the head of the United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees has warned.
Last week, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon capitulated to pressure from the Obama administration and removed Israel’s armed forces from a child rights “blacklist.” The decision not only undermines a strong global tool necessary to protect children in armed conflict, but provides Israeli forces with tacit approval to continue committing egregious violations against children with impunity.
A new report and video from Human Rights Watch documents how illegal Israeli settlement farms in the West Bank are using Palestinian child labor to grow, harvest, and pack agricultural produce, much of it for export. The farms, built on Palestinian land, pay the children low wages and subject them to dangerous working conditions in violation of international standards.
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