The United Nations declared November 29 the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People in 1977.
The move was aimed at soothing Palestinian people for the UN’s role in approving resolution 181 (II) on November 29, 1947, which came to be known as the Partition Resolution.
Undoubtedly, this day has been one of the darkest days in Palestinian history.The resolution recommended the creation of “independent Arab and Jewish states” and a Special International Regime for the city of Jerusalem, Al-Quds. In May 1948, Zionists waged a bloody war against Palestinians and occupied 78 percent of Palestinian territory.
They displaced nearly one million Palestinians and established their “state” in more than two thirds of Palestinian soil. The selection of November 29 by the UN sought to overshadow the body’s negative role in the establishment of Israel.
Nonetheless, November 29 is observed in various countries every year. Special ceremonies are also held to condemn the occupation of Palestine and highlight the plight of Palestinian people. Presently, Palestinians are still under occupation and they are deprived of the most basic health facilities. The violence of Israeli forces toward Palestinians and their children has added insult to injury.
According to the UN, Tel Aviv has posed serious threats to Palestinians, particularly children, byarresting, torturing and murdering them. For instance, UN reports say Israeli forces severely hit children on the head, or use shock devices which result in Palestinian children falling into a coma. Official reports indicate that 85 percent of children in Israeli jails are tortured.
Children have special rights in all countries, which have laws to defend the rights of children.
Article 37 of the Convention on the Rights of the Childstipulates that:
* No child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment. Neithercapital punishment nor life imprisonment without possibility of release shall be imposed for offences committed by persons below the age of eighteen.
* No child shall be deprived of his or her liberty unlawfully or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child shall be in conformity with the law and shall be used only as a measure of last resort, and for the shortestappropriate period of time.
* Every child deprived of liberty shall be treated with respect for the inherent dignity of the human person, and in a manner which takes into account the needs of persons of his or her age. In particular, every child deprived of liberty shall be separated from adults, unless it is considered to be in the child’s best interest not to do so, and the child shall have the right to maintain contact with his or her family through correspondence and visits, save in exceptional circumstances.
* Every child deprived of his or her liberty shall have the right to prompt access to legal and other appropriate assistance, as well as the right to challenge the legality of the deprivation of his or her liberty before a court or other competent, independent and impartial authority, and to a prompt a decision on any such action.
Unfortunately, international laws are not observed universally and we are facing double standards.
The Israeli regime is an example which violates international laws and continues to commit crimes. The arrest,murder and repression of Palestinian children by Israelis demonstrate that this regime has never complied with international laws and the demands of the international community.
Meanwhile, the international community has ignored atrocities perpetrated by the Israeli regime. Tel Aviv’s crimes against humanity do not draw any proper reactionsfrom the UN and human rights groups.
On aggregate, based on UN reports, the situation of Palestinian children is worrisome and their basic rights areviolated. This necessitates that human rights bodies take urgent action to prevent rther violations of children’s rights.
The occupying Israeli regime turns a blind eye to international laws, disobeys the decision of international institutions, including the UN Security Council and the General Assembly, and violates conventions and global resolutions.
In addition to committing war crimes, ethnic cleansing as well as systematic and massive violation of human rights, Israel is expanding its settlements and displacing more Palestinians.
It has also turned into a troublesome and problematic phenomenon by acquiring nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.
Tel Aviv has explicitly threatened global peace and security. Apart from observing the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, the international community should spare no efforts to inform people across the globe of the plight of Palestinian children as well as the grave violation of human rights in the occupied territories. Such measures are essential to restoring the rights of the oppressed Palestinians.