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UN report documents abuse of Palestinian children by Israeli forces | News | DW.DE | 20.06.2013

A UN human rights body has condemned Israel's treatment of Palestinian children. A new report has accused Israeli forces of torturing Palestinian children and using them as human shields.

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child expressed in its report Thursday its "deepest concern about the reported practice of torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian children arrested, prosecuted and detained by the military and the police."

Palestinian children are routinely arrested, hands tied painfully and blindfolded during nighttime sweeps by Israeli soldiers, the report said. Authorities also often transfer the youngsters to detention centers without informing their parents.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jun 20th, 2013 at 06:13:25 PM EST
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Peres' last push for a two-state solution | Middle East | DW.DE | 20.06.2013

Celebrations have kicked off in Jerusalem to mark Israeli President Shimon Peres' upcoming 90th birthday. Dignitaries have turned up to pay their respects to a man who is still on a mission for peace.

Israeli President Shimon Peres' career path started in the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948, but as he looks to round up his presidential tenure, it's a peace accord he's pushing for.

"The yesterday between us and the Palestinians is full of sadness," the statesman told hundreds of world leaders, dignitaries and famous faces gathered at the International Convention Centre in Jerusalem on Tuesday night to celebrate Peres' 90th birthday and the opening of the Shimon Peres' fifth presidential conference, Facing Tomorrow.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jun 20th, 2013 at 06:15:06 PM EST
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I simply don't understand the Israeli position. They either want a 2-state solution and should do everything they can to bring it about, which means shutting down the settlements and creating a viable area for an autonomous Palestinian state. Or they don't, in which case they have some choices;-

1) they accept Palestinians into Israeli society and lose their precious Jewish status

2)The Israelis might create apartheid-era bantustans such as Gaza where they can corral Palestinians, but they shouldn't be surprised when they fail as the settlements have taken all of the water resources. They should also be prepared for criticism from the rest of the world (except US or UK)

3) The Israelis drive the Palestinians into the desert. Where they can either go to Jordan (where they're not wanted) or die in the desert. The Israelis obviously won't care either way.

It should be noted that the currently operative option, option 2, becomes option 3 over time.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Jun 21st, 2013 at 03:35:06 AM EST
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