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NEW YORK – Israel on Tuesday rejected claims made by other member states of the
United Nations that it waged indiscriminate warfare that caused physical harm to
children, saying it upheld international law protecting the rights of
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During a debate on the topic of “Children and Armed Conflict” in
the Security Council, Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor said the Jewish State
refrains from causing harm to children in its military operations – even when
its foes use them as human shields.
“Israel assigns great importance to
protecting children in armed conflict, and is a party to the Convention on the
Rights of the Child, and its optional protocol on armed conflict,” Prosor
He said Palestinian militant groups like Hamas knowingly recruit
minors to carry out indiscriminate attacks on Israelis, which target civilians
“Hamas and other terrorist groups deploy minors as
suicide bombers and recruit them to carry out attacks against Israeli civilians
and soldiers; they use children as human shields; they place children in harms
way by using schools, hospitals and civilian neighborhoods as a base for their
activity,” he said.
Earlier in the day the Lebanese envoy brought Israel
up in the context of the debate accusing it of carrying out military operations
during the 2006 war with Hezbollah, which caused physical harm to
The South African representative to the UN also named Palestine
alongside countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo in a list of places
where his government was concerned children were the victims of armed
In his speech Prosor said Israeli children were often the
victims of acts of violence carried out by Arab terrorists.
was numb with horror last March when Palestinian terrorists brutally murdered
five members of an Israeli family in Itamar as they slept in their home,” he
said, referring to the slaying of the Fogels in the West Bank settlement of
Itamar. Security forces later arrested two suspects from a nearby Palestinian
village who are being tried for the killings.
“The terrorists went from
room to room, using knives to carry out their appalling crime,” Prosor said.
“They killed both parents; they killed their two children, ages 4 and 11; and,
in an act of unspeakable cruelty, they murdered the youngest member of the
family, a three-month old baby girl.”
In order to prevent such killings
from recurring, it is necessary to eradicate anti-Semitism from classrooms
throughout the region, Prosor said.
“This Council has a responsibility to
address the broader context in which children are used and abused in armed
conflict,” he said. “In schools, camps, mosques and media, generation after
generation of children across the Middle East have been taught to hate, vilify
and dehumanize Israelis and Jews.”