Archive for January 23, 2012

YOUSEF N. ZEIDAN, United Nations Permanent Observer of Palestine, said there had been little progress, if any, towards achieving children’s rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, where Palestinian children continued to suffer from the occupation’s impact.  In addition to killing those children, the occupying forces had also illegally imprisoned and detained hundreds of children, seized and photographed them in a “mapping exercise”, and targeted and attacked homes, schools, hospitals and places of worship.

In the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, home demolitions and evictions continued to render Palestinian children homeless.  Roads leading to schools continued to be destroyed, while schools were also being given demolition orders.  Children were repeatedly traumatized, never knowing when or if their home or school would be next.

Palestinian children living in the occupied Gaza Strip suffered from the same hardships, but they also had to endure the harsh and cruel ramifications of Israel’s illegal blockade, he said.  Schools that were callously destroyed in 2008-2009 remained in rubble, while the international community’s reconstruction efforts were intentionally delayed by Israel.  The international community must hold the Israeli occupying forces that committed crimes against Palestinian children accountable and bring them to justice.  Moreover, reports, including by the United Nations, had documented the recent rise in lethal and violent attacks by settlers against Palestinians, including children, despite the responsibility of the occupying Power for the presence of settlers and their acts of lawlessness.

YOUSEF N. ZEIDAN, United Nations Permanent Observer of Palestine, has appealed for immediate and decisive action to bring Israel, the occupying Power, into compliance with international law, including its obligation under the Fourth Geneva Convention and relevant United Nations resolutions.

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Survival Perth 2012

This year, the 26 January, marks 40 years since the start of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra, the champions of which will be acknowledged at the Survival Perth 2012 Concert.

The Survival Concerts are celebrated nationally to acknowledge the resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples since the arrival of the First Fleet, which Australia Day commemorates. The Survival Concerts have been held in Perth since 2000 and are historically linked to NAIDOC.

This alcohol and drug free event will have free admission and will showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music and dance and along with food, kid’s activities, an Elder’s tent and a large array of community stalls. Survival Perth will feature a talented line-up of Western Australian artists performing music and dance across a diverse range of musical styles including country rock, hip-hop, soul and mainstream contemporary.

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