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List of Children Killed By US (Drone Strikes) in Yemen and Pakistan

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[The following list was issued by Drones Watch on 20 January 2013. The names were compiled from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports.]


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Friday January 25, 2013, 2:07 am
Let's kill them all and let God sort them out?

Christine Linley (12)
Friday January 25, 2013, 9:15 am
A truly sad list, so much potential squandered, so much heart much desire for revenge ?

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Friday January 25, 2013, 2:28 pm
And about Palestinian children in Israeli Military detention

by Clive Hambidge on 01/14/2013

Children are the future of all their respective nations. And Palestinian children are equally so. The children of Palestine have every right to become “arbiters of change” rather than be subjected to Israel’s military courts a situation which is permitted to go on and further exacerbated by the deafening silence of Western complicity, particularly Britain, Zionist shackled America, and the EU.

Is it not an indicative trait marking the acme of a dangerous state of heightened hubris aside from exposing the depths of an “increasingly fascist state”? when Mark Regev, spokesman for the Israel Prime Minister, asserted The test of a democracy is how you treat people incarcerated, people in jail, and especially so with minors.” (The Guardian, 22 January 2012). It is indeed Mr Regev; and history will show that Israel has failed the tests of democracy and the stringent tests of human rights, wilfully and criminally misusing her “right to exist.” So, I accept Israel has a right to exist ok! Get over it!! And recognise through your misunderstanding of self-righteousness, that the children of Palestine have the right to exist as their human rights are suspended and their being and becoming assailed by Israel’s barbaric practices contrary to international law and good conscience. None of us live just to exist, but to live, live, live, in freedom, and in the faith for a better future bathed in the light of justice and a lasting peace. If Israel truly thirsts after righteousness, she would be blessed for “Blessed are you who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for you will be satisfied.[2]

Children for God’s sake Mr Regev, whilst in detention, having protested peacefully against the harsh conditions in Israeli prisons (where they shouldn’t be in first place) are locked into solitary confinement and thereby locked subjectively into deteriorating, psychological, depressive and traumatised states that encircle their tender minds like a tightening noose held in their collective traumatised memory by Israeli persecutors sanctioned by the state, who people as ghosts the children’s nightmares. Solitary confinement has broken the lives of even the most resolute of adults, what then of children? The flowers of any and every nation, including Israel’s, the calyx, the heart of those flowers, are, should be, the perfumed heart of all nations as they play, and as they grow shaping our shared humanity, sacred duty and future. Ah, what harm you have done Israel in your ignorance of laws man-made, and Divine.

In July 2012 Special Rapporteur Professor Richard Falk said “Israel’s use of solitary confinement against children flagrantly violates international human rights standards.” This coming in the “wake” of the UN Special Committee on Israeli practices in the Occupied Territories. The Special Committee’s Chair Person, Ambassador Palitha T. B. Kohona stated “According to testimony received, Israel uses solitary confinement against 12 percent of Palestinian detainees.” Between 500 to 700 Palestinian children are arrested by Israel every year. Ambassador Kohona describes the terror, and the Israeli pathology of arrest. “Large numbers are routinely detained. Children’s homes are surrounded by Israeli soldiers late at night, sound grenades are fired into houses, doors are broken down, live shots are often fired; no warrant is presented. Children are tightly bound, blindfolded and forced into the backs of military vehicles.” The criminal abuse has begun so also the damage to the very fabric of that child’s life, the fabric of all children’s lives and that of their families. The children are, (nearly two thirds), transferred to “prisons inside Israel in violation of article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention which prohibits such transfers.” [3]

A document that is a must read for all concerned with human rights and Israeli abuse is (Bound, Blindfolded and Convicted, Children held in military detention, produced by Defence for Children International. Palestinian Section. Published April 2012).[4] It is damning of Israel in its intrinsic evidence of the appalling interrogation techniques used to intimidate and damage Palestinian children psychologically. From the get-go the very first paragraph of the executive summary gives us the harrowing picture of life under occupation and the abuse committed by Israel during the arrest of minors, but also adults.

“Since 1967, Palestinians from the West Bank have been living under Israeli military law and prosecuted in military courts. The United Nation (UN) estimates that during the last 44 years, around 726,000 Palestinian men, women and children have been prosecuted and detained under emergency laws. In the past 11 years alone, around 7,500 children, some as young as 12 years, are estimated to have been detained, interrogated, and imprisoned within this system. This averages out at between 500-700 children per year or two children each and every day.” (DCI-Palestine) [5]

The result of all this wanton cruelty? “The report finds that when the totality of the evidence is considered, a pattern of systematic ill-treatment emerges, much of which amounts to cruel or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, as defined in the UN Convention against Torture, and in some cases, torture – both of which are absolutely prohibited. The Report also finds that there is a general absence of effective complaint mechanisms, which best summed up in the following extract taken from a report published by a well respected Israeli [not given] organization. “The chances of a criminal offence carried out by an IDF soldier against a Palestinian successfully navigating the obstacle course of the complaint procedure [...] are almost nil.” (DCI-Palestine). In addition, the DCI-Palestine Report includes 311 testimonies of children, “25 of which are detailed case studies of children, as well as interviews with a lawyer, a rehabilitation expert, a former Israeli soldier and an expert medical report into the mental health implications for the children.” [6]

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Friday January 25, 2013, 2:29 pm
But until then and unless “the Israeli government shows it is serious about complying with international law and [thereby] joining the international community of law-abiding nations, the EU must apply economic pressure for it to do so.” (Dr Caroline Lucas MP) also The Parliamentary International Development Committee said in 2004 “Where a sufficiently egregious case of human rights abuse has been established as to warrant sanctions, the EU should not be deterred from imposing them”. Because of the lack of credible action by the EU in regards sanctions, the non-violent campaign Boycott Divestment Sanctions is gathering pace as the EU fails to uphold its constitutional duty to respond to its own rules and guidelines concerning said sanctions. It is worth here giving the facts attendant to the divestment campaign. [12]

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Friday January 25, 2013, 2:31 pm
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Carrie B (306)
Friday January 25, 2013, 2:53 pm
This is truly heart breaking.

Angelika R (143)
Friday January 25, 2013, 3:43 pm
It is, indeed, though we've known this for a long (too long) time.. and it is such a SHAME that the EU is not excercising their rightful duties! BDS alone is not going to bring about the change needed.
I cannot even understand how it was ever possible for Israel to create and maintain such humiliating laws (e.g. denial of lawyer access up to 90 days) in the first place. But then, as we learn under US military law things are not better.

Angelika R (143)
Friday January 25, 2013, 4:04 pm
BTW, Welcome back!
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