The 1990 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child delineates children’s civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights. Every country in the world has ratified the Convention except of course for the United States and Somalia.
In article 6, it is stated that a child has the right to life. Governments should “ensure that children survive and develop healthily.” Article 19 states that governments should “ensure that children are properly cared for, and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents or anyone else who looks after them.” Article 27 declares that a child has a “right to a standard of living that is good enough to meet its physical and mental needs.” Finally, article 38 concerns the right to receive “special protection” in war zones.
In 1991, Israel ratified the Convention. It is therefore bound to respect and promote the rights of all children in Israel and in the occupied Palestinian territories.
This moving video speaks for itself. You are not alone, dear children of Gaza.
2 thoughts on “Gaza’s Forgotten Children”
As far as jewish children are involved Israel respects and protects their rights. To demand from Israel to respect and acknowledge the rights of palestinian children is pretty naiive. A non-Jew is, according to their religious teachings, is not a human being, but rather to be seen as an animal. Non-jewish blood is worthless and thats why anyone who has”jewish blood on his hands” should be executed by the israelis. This can not be compared with those “zionist hands” with palestinian blood on them. Consequently, to ask Israel to respect and acknowledge the rights of the palestinian children means asking them to detach themselves from Zionism. A deamd that would be seen by most of the Israelis as absurd. Thus, what is needed is an interational coalition to fight and put an end to the zionist ideology, without which, the rights of the palestinian children would always be neglected by them.