Posts Tagged ‘Kinder’

Kinder sind die Zukunft. Auch für Palästina – wenn man sie denn aufwachsen lässt. Israel hasst diese Kinder – hält jedes für einen zukünftigen Terroristen.  Und so gibt es auch keinen Aufschrei, wenn nicht nur durch Angriffe, sondern auch durch die Blockadepolitik Kinder sterben: in Gaza ein 7 Monate altes und ein vierjähriges Kind, durch den Stromausfall.

Auch sechsjährige werden schon als Feinde begriffen, verhaftet und vier Stunden lang verhört (in 2010 war das jüngste verhaftete Kind erst 5 Jahre alt). Eine Liste mit gekidnappten Kindern gibt es bei occupied Palestine. Weiterlesen ….


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Kinder aus Gaza, die den Überfall Israels 2008/2009 erlebt hatten, malten Bilder. Diese sollten im September im Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland (MOCHA), ausgestellt werden – doch die Ausstellung kam auf israelischen Druck nicht zustande.

Die Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA), die die Bilder ersatzweise an anderer Stelle ausstellte,  hat nun die Bilder in Buchform produziert und das Buch kann man erwerben.

Matthew Cassel



Book of censored Gaza children’s artwork published

Submitted by nora on Sat, 12/03/2011 – 15:48

Artwork made by children in Gaza who lived through Israel’s attacks in the winter of 2008-09 and exhibited by the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) in the Bay Area is now available in book form in order to reach a wider audience.

The collection of original artwork was scheduled to be exhibited in September by the Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland (MOCHA), but due to intimidation and pressure from Israeli lobby groups, the museum canceled the exhibit at the last minute.

MECA immediately sprung into action and arranged for the artwork to be shown at a vacant gallery space around the corner from the children’s museum. Days before the doors opened, MOCHA’s board told MECA’s executive director Barbara Lubin that they could reinstate the exhibit at the original museum space, but that the collection would have to be “modified.”

Lubin and MECA responded:

We at MECA made a commitment to the children of Gaza to share their experiences and perspectives, and consider any modifications to the art exhibit as a form of censorship. Children everywhere deserve to be heard, but we have an even greater responsibility to listen to the stories of children under siege and who survived Israel’s brutal military assault in 2008-2009.

In a press release for the book’s publication, MECA states that the drawings featured in A Child’s View from Gaza: Palestinian Children’s Art and the Fight Against Censorship ”serve as part of the historical record of the horror inflicted on the Palestinian people during Operation Cast Lead as experienced by children. Photos of the aftermath and the recent efforts by pro-Israel groups to censor the children’s art are also highlighted in the book.”

They added:

With beautiful, high-resolution print images of the exhibit, the book also features a special foreword by celebrated author, Alice Walker, as well as an essay by MECA Executive Director, Barbara Lubin, describing the struggle against the censorship.

As we approach the three-year anniversary of Israel’s brutal assault on the Gaza Strip, in which over 1400 civilians were killed including 352 children, the need to support the ones who survived to tell their stories and the trauma they experienced through art is now more crucial than ever.

The book is available for order on the MECA website.


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Laut Angaben der israelischen Behörden befinden sich z.Zt. 343 palästinensiche Kinder in israelischen Gefängnissen – davon ca. 190 in Israel. Dies widerspricht internationalem Recht, nach dem diese Kinder nicht nach Israel deportiert werden düften. Zudem werden sie, egal wie jung, wie Erwachsene behandelt, zu oft wird Besuch einfach verweigert.

Wer es aushält, kann sich das Video ansehen:

Aber auch andere Kinder sehen israelische Gefängnisse von innen – die, derern Väter oder Brüder inhaftiert sind, und die nur von den Kindern besucht werden dürfen. Hier gelten die als Kinder, die unter 16 sind. Btselem hat dieses Video gedreht – beim Anblick des vierjährigen, der morgens um 4 aufsteht, bis zu 20 Stunden alleine mit den anderen Besuchern unterwegs ist, um dann – vielleicht – 45 Minuten seinen Vater sehen zu dürfen, kamen mir auch die Tränen.


Nachtrag: Ein weiterer Artikel über Kinder vor israelischen Gerichten:

That is how it usually happens. A child is arrested for one reason or another. And he is told, give us fifteen names and we’ll let you go. First he says, no way. Eventually he gives them names. Usually they are the names of boys he knows, his age, sometimes of boys he’d never met, in order to supply the required number. And already the deal is made between the prosecution and the defense, and with it the corrected indictment sheet.
Because finally he confessed like everyone else, regardless whether or not he really did the deeds of which he is accused.
After all, even if he did, how would the occupation forces know whether he ever threw a stone or not? Only because someone said so?
But apparently this really does not matter much. The main thing is the power that tramples. That there are more means to recruit collaborators. The main thing is to brutalize. To crush. To intimidate. Not as a means but as an end.

Twenty three children and youths were brought into court that day. Most of them confessed to the deeds attributed to them already in their first interrogation. Or the second, at the latest. Few confessed only in the courtroom itself. The few who do not plead guilty at first usually do later on. They confess because they are frightened. Threatened. Because they are children. Because a verdict on the basis of denunciation is very difficult to refute. Especially because the military court regards denunciation as a fact. And if they confess, so they are told, then their prison sentence will be lightened, and sometimes they will only be sentenced to the number of months they have already spent in custody, several months, the months they already spent as part of the system. And after all, this court does not seek the truth, nor could it with such means.
And if they don’t confess, they’re told, they will likely spend much more time in jail.
So they confess.
Most of the time.

Weiterlesen – unbedingt.

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