War is not declared any more,
but simply continued. The terrible
is an everyday thing.
—Ingeborg Bachmann, from “Every Day” (translated by Christopher Middleton) in A Book of Women Poets from Antiquity to Now
Children in Gaza have been consistently targeted by Israeli forces. During Operation Cast Lead in 2008-9, Israeli airstrikes killed or fatally injured 350 children, according to Defence for Children International. During its eight-day onslaught on Gaza in November 2012, Israeli forces killed 33 children. Meanwhile, since the start of its latest aggression on Gaza dubbed “Operation Protective Edge,” 54 children have been killed by Israeli airstrikes and missiles so far.
In the same context, the Palestinian Ministry of Information in Ramallah has revealed that a total of 1,518 Palestinian children were killed by Israeli forces since the outbreak of the second Palestinian Intifada in September 2000 up until April 2013, an average of one Palestinian child killed every three days for the last 13 years.
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