[New Ross] Palestinian Children Under Israeli Occupation – with Miranda Cleland
To mark Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, the South East Branch of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign invites you to a public meeting with Miranda Cleland from the Palestinian section of Defense for Children International. It will take place on Wednesday 26 April 2023 at 8pm in the Brandon House Hotel, New Ross, Co. Wexford.
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Since 2000, Israeli occupation forces have killed over 2,400 Palestinian children and maimed thousands of others, while Israel arrests and imprisons around 700 children every year. Israeli state violence against Palestinian children takes many forms, encompassing physical violence such as injury from gunfire or crowd control weaponry, beatings and torture, or individual attacks. It includes psychological violence that arises from fear of arrest or physical harm, as well as the psychological interrogation techniques employed by the Israeli army and the trauma inflicted by massive military assaults.
The ongoing Israeli occupation the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) creates an environment in which children are routinely exposed to violence. Occupation policies and practices, such as the indiscriminate use of crowd control weapons, result in regular injury to children. In Gaza, violence against children is perpetuated through the ongoing blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has been in place since 2007, and regular Israeli military operations that result in high numbers of child fatalities.
About the Speaker
Miranda Cleland is the Advocacy Officer at Defense for Children International – Palestine, where she works to protect and promote the rights of Palestinian children.
Miranda has a bachelor’s with honors from American University’s School of International Service, where she studied international affairs, Arabic language and literature. She lives in Washington, D.C.
About DCI Palestine
Defence for Children International Palestine (DCIP) is committed to securing a just and viable future for Palestinian children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. For more than twenty years, DCIP has supported and advocated for this child population: investigating and documenting grave human rights violations, holding both Israeli and Palestinian authorities to account, and providing legal services to children in urgent need. DCIP’s is the only Palestinian human rights organization specifically focused on child rights.