The State of Palestine takes note of the latest annual report by the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict. Palestine regrets that the report once again failed to rightly include Israel’s occupation forces on the list of parties that commit grave violations against children.
This failure persists despite the thorough documentation and proof of Israeli crimes against Palestinian children, crimes that are not only ongoing but escalating, including the killing of over 69 Palestinian children in just the past two months.
The State of Palestine regrets that the Secretary-General Report disregards the overwhelming body of evidence of Israel’s grave violations and crimes against Palestinian children. Exempting Israel from its crimes is inconsistent with the normative framework of international law and resolutions that are the foundation of and must guide all work by the United Nations, including the object and purpose of the Security Council resolutions to, inter alia, enhance the protection of children.
Such exemption only emboldens Israel’s impunity, permitting it to continue committing these crimes without regard or fear of international censure or consequences. This willful omission of Israel from the list is also a grave derogation of the responsibilities entrusted to the Secretary General, which we urge him to rectify without delay.
Palestinian children are entitled to their human rights, they are entitled to protection, safety, dignity, and freedom. The State of Palestine will continue to expose every Israeli crime committed against Palestinian children and will use all available means within international law to ensure that Israeli officials, military commanders, forces, and colonial settlers are held accountable for their crimes to the fullest extent of the law.
Palestine will never accept such unjust and unjustifiable political exceptionalism to exclude Palestinian children from the international human rights system.