A UN official on Thursday accused Israel of violating the human rights of Palestinian children in Gaza and the West Bank, and contended that the Jewish State was not acting to prevent settler violence against Palestinians.
“Prolonged occupation deforms the development of children through pervasive deprivations affecting health, education, and overall security,” UN Special Rapporteur to the Palestinian Territories Richard Falk said in a statement to a General Assembly committee. “The insecurity of Palestinian children is aggravated in the West Bank, including east Jerusalem by settler violence and night time raids and detentions by Israeli occupation forces, house demolitions, threatened expulsions, and a host of other practices,” he added.
Falk stated that the number of Palestinian children arrested has risen in the past four years and that there has been a 50 percent increase in settler violence this year.
The UN official also decried Israel's naval blockade of Gaza, urging the international community to “urgently allow entry to Gaza of material needed for repair of water and electricity infrastructure” to avoid deterioration of the health of civilians, particularly children who are in a critical condition.