About the Campaign

Canada__Stand_Up_for_Children's_Rights.pngThe "Canada, Stand up for Children's Rights" campaign was launched by United Network for Justice & Peace in Palestine & Israel (UNJPPI) and Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME), two organizations committed to pursuing human rights in the Middle East. Please help us stand up for the rights of Palestinian children by adding your name to Petition e-2667, sponsored by MP Paul Manly.

There is no minimum age requirement to sign a petition. You can sign if you are a resident of Canada, or if you are a citizen of Canada living either in Canada or abroad.

The petition closes for signatures on November 3, 2020, at 1:08 p.m. (EDT).

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Background Facts:

  • Each year, between 500 to 700 Palestinian children are detained and prosecuted in Israel’s military court system. Children in detention face widespread abuse: in 2013, a report by UNICEF found that the “ill-treatment of children who come in contact with the military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized throughout the process, from the moment of arrest until the child’s prosecution and eventual conviction and sentencing.” Amnesty International has reported that children face torture in detention, including “beatings, painful shackling and sleep deprivation.” In March 2020, UN officials called for Palestinian children to be released from Israeli-run prisons and detentions centres, saying they are at “particular risk of COVID-19 infection.” As of the end of June 2020, 151 children were in detention.

  • Palestinian children face severe risks to their health and safety. During Israel’s 2014 military offensive on Gaza, 547 Palestinian children were killed, and 1,000 were left permanently disabled. Between 2018 and 2019, Israel’s use of force against the Great March of Return protests in Gaza killed 46 children, injured 8,800, and left 22,500 in need of psychosocial support. In the West Bank and East Jerusalem, children report frequent harassment and violence from settlers, and are traumatized by terrifying Israeli night raids. In just the first 7 months of 2020, Israel’s policy of house demolitions has already left 137 minors homeless in the West Bank and another 94 in East Jerusalem.