A LOST GENERATION?
A whole generation of Palestinian youth are disconnected and without hope.
Since October 2015 there has been a wave of terror in Israel and the West Bank. Pregnant women, the elderly, young police women, children and security officers (mostly Israeli) have been attacked by Palestinians with knives, guns and car rams. This is not a Third Intifada. But what marks out this latest cycle of violence is that much has been perpetrated by children and young people.
It’s a tragic scenario for all sides. In the current cycle 1,176 Palestinians, 27 Israelis, as well as an American, a Sudanese and an Eritrean have been killed, to date.
A report by Israel’s Homeland Security (Shin Bet) notes that 80% of the assailants came mostly from Hebron and Ramallah in the West Bank. 71% are aged between 16 and 25. 10% are 16-years-old or younger. The number of female attackers was 24.
It clearly reflects the tragedy of a lost generation, faced with a floundering Palestinian Authority with a Palestinian state and freedom of movement as far away as ever. The world is looking elsewhere to Syria and Islamic State. With peace talks stalled, Palestinian youth see a bleak future with no peace, few jobs, poor prospects and a sense of betrayal and hopelessness.
The situation cannot continue. At Children of Peace we are pro-Israel, pro-Palestine and pro-peace. We focus on hope. That’s why we strive to give a voice to the lost generation. And to the peace makers on all sides.
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Israeli and Palestinian Children of Peace-makers
Paul Haines (pictured below, left) was welcomed to Jerusalem last December by our Regional Representative, Dr Rena Shimoni (pictured below, right). Rena organised a whole raft of visits for Paul to give him a taste of the region. We thank her sincerely for all her hard work. Here are some pictures of the amazing people and places in Israel and Palestine, she and Paul met and visited.