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9. Ms. Rasheed (Observer for Palestine) stressed the importance of building a world that was truly fit for children. In Palestine, however, the occupying Power continued to flagrantly violate the rights of Palestinians, including children, and to flout international human rights instruments. Disproportionate and indiscriminate violence on the part of the occupying Power since September 2000 had caused the death of many Palestinian children, in their homes, schools and hospitals and during peaceful demonstrations. The actions of the Israeli forces, often opening fire indiscriminately, showed a clear intent to kill yet their actions were given only cursory investigation at best, while prosecutions and convictions were extremely rare. Palestinian children were also victimized by illegal Israeli settlers, whose crimes likewise went unpunished. Measures must be adopted to bring Israeli forces and illegal settlers to justice and put an end to the current culture of impunity and lack of accountability.
10. Palestinian children continued to be denied an adequate standard of living, health care, education and sometimes even food, in particular in the Gaza Strip, where many lived below the poverty line. Some of the thousands of Palestinian civilians being illegally detained by Israel were children. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 700 Palestinian children had been arrested by Israeli forces in 2007, 30 of whom were held on administrative detention orders and detained without trial, and more than 5,900 Palestinian children had been arrested since September 2000. Children were subject to humiliation and abuse during arrest and at the numerous checkpoints, in the streets and during military raids by the Israeli forces.
11. The ongoing conflict had resulted in soaring levels of social and psychological trauma for Palestinian children. Everything possible must be done to bring an end to that situation. Palestinian children needed to be free and to live in a Palestinian State. They must be given hope for a better future and a chance to grow to their full potential. They had already waited too long and suffered too much.
52. Mr. Ramadan (Lebanon) ...
55. Children must be protected from armed conflict, including foreign occupation, in accordance with international humanitarian law. The main risk to the lives of children in south Lebanon came from unexploded ordnance. Since the cessation of hostilities, hundreds had been killed or wounded by unexploded bombs which had landed in civilian areas. His country looked forward to a time when all children, whether in Lebanon, Palestine or Israel, could live together in peace.
56. Mr. Hassan (Malaysia) ...
58. Thanking the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict for her report (A/63/227), he asked why the report scarcely mentioned the plight of children, including Palestinian children, in the occupied territories. Their rights too must be a subject of concern for the international community.
The meeting rose at 12.35 p.m.
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