Israel’s Shootings of Children – Interview with Earthwise Radio

I once again had the privilege of speaking with Lois and Martin Griffiths, of Earthwise radio, a weekly Christchurch, New Zealand Plains FM 96.9 community radio program. On 21 April, we discussed the fact that Israeli occupation forces shot 30 Palestinian children in the first three months of 2015, as well as the crimes inherent in Israel’s illegal, 47-year occupation of Palestine more generally.

A recording of the interview can be found here:

As I wrote:

Israeli forces shot at least 30 Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in the first three months of 2015, according to a report by Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCIP).

Since 2000, Israeli soldiers have killed at least 8,896 Palestinians. In other words, over 580 Palestinians have been killed every year—or over 11 per week—for the past 15.25 years.

According to DCIP data, more than 1,900 of those killed were children. This means approximately 125 Palestinian children have been killed every year—or one every three days—for the past 15.25 years.

This statistic is consistent with official figures from the Ministry of Information in Ramallah. In 2013, the ministry revealed that Israeli occupation forces had killed 1,518 Palestinian children from the beginning of the second Intifada in September 2000 to April 2013, at an average of one every three days for roughly 13 years.

In this same period, according to the Ministry of Information, 6,000 children were injured as well—at a rate of over 18 per week. A spokesperson explained “Palestinian children are still subject to attacks by the Israelis and Jewish settlers on an almost daily basis.”

In January, I also joined Lois and Martin on their show, in order to discuss Israel’s deliberate killings of journalists and my Mondoweiss piece “Media obsesses over ‘free speech’ in Charlie Hebdo case while ignoring Israeli targeting of journalists.”