UNICEF’s Lack of involvement in the protection of Israeli childrenSunday 29/10/2023

In a letter to Catherine Russell, Executive Director of UNICEF, the Jerusalem Institute of Justice calls upon UNICEF to uphold the principles outlined in the United Nations Convention On The Rights Of The Child, which guides UNICEF’s mandate.

Specifically, we emphasize that according to the Convention, UNICEF must ensure that no child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment (article 37) and take all feasible measures to ensure the protection and care of children affected by an armed conflict (article 38).

Read the full letter here.

While UNICEF has made public statements about supporting children in the Gaza Strip and emphasizing the critical need to protect them, we earnestly implore that equal attention and support be extended to Israeli children who are not collateral damage of the conflict but rather a deliberate target of these terrorist groups.

Disturbingly, numerous Israeli children, including infants, have lost their parents due to heinous acts of terrorism. This is the case of the 10-month-old twins of Itay and Hadar Berdichevsky, a young couple of 30, who placed their children in a hidden shelter when they heard terrorists at their door. The couple valiantly attempted to shield their babies from harm, but tragically, they were murdered during the attack. The twins survived the ordeal, left orphaned by this senseless act of violence.
Moreover, children, including babies, have been horrifically murdered by Hamas, as verified by various reliable sources, including U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who confirmed that dozens of Israeli babies were murdered, beheaded, and burnt by Hamas terrorists.

The lack of UNICEF’s involvement in the protection of Israeli children is perplexing and unacceptable. We look to UNICEF to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to the protection and well-being of ALL children in the region.

Read the full letter here.

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