"As is" reference - not a United Nations document
In its oral statement, DCI/PS focused mainly on the situation for children in Gaza under the current Israeli offensive, "Operation Summer Rain", which began on 25 June 2006.
The statement highlighted the notable trend arising from the data systematically tracked by DCI/PS suggesting that if the death rate among Palestinian children continues to rise on its current trajectory, 2006 risks being the bloodiest year for Palestinian children since the beginning of the Israeli Occupation in 1967. Significantly, DCI/PS fieldwork also indicates that in the overwhelming majority of cases, Palestinian children were killed while not posing a threat in any way to the security of Israeli soldiers or civilians.
In addition to the acute situation in Gaza, Israel has not heeded any of the recommendations laid out by the Committee on the Rights of the Child concerning Israel's implementation of the rights of Palestinian children under its jurisdiction in its concluding observations following Israel's initial report to the Committee in 2002. Israel has continued the following systematic practices in violation of its international human rights and/or humanitarian law obligations throughout the OPT (non exhaustive):
Despite the 6 July resolution of the UN Human Rights Council to dispatch Prof. John Dugard, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, to the OPT on an urgent fact-finding mission, Israel has refused permission for this visit.
In light of this refusal, DCI/PS called on the Committee on the Rights of the Child to conduct a country visit to OPT to assess violations of the rights of Palestinian children by Israel. Such a mission would ensure that the plight of Palestinian children is not overlooked.