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Israel’s killing of 24 Palestinian children this year met with deafening silence

Israel’s killing of 24 Palestinian children this year met with deafening silence 

London Human Aid & Advocacy condemns Israeli aggression in Gaza, after its latest attack killed four children, taking the number of Palestinian children killed by Israel to 23 so far this year[1].

Two days ago, US-sourced Israeli warplanes killed Hajar Khalil Salah Al-Bahtini, 4, (as well as her parents, Khalil and Laila) and Iman Alaa Atta Adas, 17, in an airstrike in the Al-Tuffah neighborhood, east of Gaza City. Two missiles fired from US-sourced Israeli warplanes killed Ali Tariq Ibrahim Izzuddin, 8, and Mayar Tariq Ibrahim Izzuddin, 10, in the Al-Rimal neighborhood of Gaza City.

The media has emphasised the killing of members of the Palestine Islamic Jihad (PIJ), and a senior member of the Israeli Occupational Force claimed that the number of children killed is “irrelevant” considering the “military advantage”[2]. However, Israel bombed civilian areas in Gaza after the PIJ had requested assurances that their senior members would not be killed, in order to continue ceasefire talks.

Chair of Human Aid & Advocacy, Nur Choudhury, said:

“We are shocked by the silence from the UK government and mainstream media on such inexcusable aggression from the colonial settler state of Israel, which has mercilessly stolen the lives of children while they slept. It is tragic that almost 75 years to the date that the Israel was forcibly created with the expulsion of 750 000 Palestinians, its atrocities continue with approval from the UK government.”

“Wounded Palestinians, including children, are being treated by staff at Al-Shifa Hospital, which include staff from Human Aid & Advocacy. This is despite having received sanctions related threats from the UK government against supporting survivors in Palestine. We are praying for the dead and the survivors, while increasing aid there thanks to our generous donors.”



[1] This figure has been documented by Defense for Children International Palestine at: https://www.dci-palestine.org/israeli_airstrikes_kill_4_palestinian_children_in_gaza

[2] These claims were made on Twitter on 9 May by IDF Lt. Col. (res.) Maurice Hirsch in relation to this article in the Jerusalem Post in which he justified civilian killings after the August 2022 attack on Gaza:  https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-714398

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