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Update: Ali’s father, Sa'ad Dawabshe, died on August 8, 2015, and his mother, Reham Dawabshe, died on September 7, 2015 from wounds they sustained in the arson attack.  The sole survivor of the family is four-year-old Ahmed, who suffered second-degree…
The fighting began one year ago and lasted for 51 days. In Gaza, Israeli attacks from land, air, and sea killed 551 children and injured 3436, ten percent of them suffering a permanent disability. In Israel, one child was killed by Palestinian rocket and…
Mustafa Na’em Qannoua’, 15
Israel is allegedly pressuring United Nations officials in Jerusalem to keep the Israel Defense Forces off the UN secretary-general’s “list of shame” of armed groups that commit grave violations of children’s rights during armed conflict, the Guardian…
The morning roll call will be a particularly morbid affair on the first day of school in Gaza this Sunday. Hundreds of students, killed in the recent fighting, will be forever marked absent. Many students are too badly injured or maimed to attend the…

45 People, Including 17 Children, Killed in 3 Attacks

(Jerusalem) – Three Israeli attacks that damaged Gaza schools housing displaced people caused numerous civilian casualties in violation of the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said today. In the first in-depth documentation of the violations, Human Rights…
On July 30 a school in the Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) came under attack.  At least 15 people died and scores more were wounded, including women and children who were sheltering there. It was the…

 “I Lost Everything”
 Israel's Unlawful Destruction of Property during Operation
 Cast Lead
 To the Government of Israel
 To the Government of the United
 To the European…

Gaza Blockade Hinders Rebuilding of Property

(Jerusalem) - Israel should investigate the unlawful destruction of civilian property during the 2009 Gaza hostilities and lift the blockade that hinders residents from rebuilding their homes, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The…

 I. Summary
 This report documents Israel's extensive use of white
 phosphorus munitions during its 22-day military operations in Gaza, from
 December 27, 2008 to January 18, 2009, named Operation Cast Lead.  Based on

Security Council Should Order International Inquiry into Violations by All Sides

(Jerusalem, January 7, 2009) - The United Nations Security Council, meeting on January 7, 2009 in a high-level emergency session, should establish a commission of inquiry to investigate alleged laws-of-war violations in Gaza, Human Rights Watch said today…

Palestinian Arab Citizens Face Discrimination in Access to Education

Israel systematically discriminates against Palestinian Arab citizens in its public school system, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The 187-page report, Second Class: Discrimination Against Palestinian Arab Children in Israel's…