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Palestinian org libels that Israel is deliberately maiming Palestinian children

Headline: “Defense for Children International: The occupation is striving to make the children of Palestine disabled”

“Defense for Children International Palestine said that the occupation forces are striving to make the children of Palestine disabled through deliberate hits with live bullets and exploding bullets.

[Defense For Children] International explained in a press release yesterday [Oct. 11, 2018] that through its field investigators it has documented some incidents in the Gaza Strip of children who were left permanently disabled after they were directly shot by the occupation forces during their participation in the peaceful processions (apparently refers to March of Return violent riots on the Gaza border with Israel; see note below –Ed.).”

"The March of Return" refers to massive violent riots in Gaza, in which thousands of Palestinians are rioting on the border with Israel and attempting to cut through the security fence, attacking with firebombs, flaming kites, and gunfire. The riots began on March 30, 2018, and were scheduled to last for 6 weeks until Palestinian "Nakba" Day on May 15. On the day the US embassy opened in Jerusalem, May 14, 2018, the Palestinian attacks escalated and 62 Palestinians were killed. A senior official of the terror organization Hamas, Salah Bardawil, stated that 50 of the 62 belonged to Hamas, while Islamic Jihad identified 3 others as belonging to it. The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, an Israeli research institute, published research documenting that from the start of the riots on March 30 until May 15, 93 of the 112 Palestinians killed in the riots (approximately 83%) were members of terrorist organizations. Petitions against the IDF's use of live fire to combat the rioting submitted by organizations that advocate for Palestinian rights were rejected by Israel's Supreme Court on May 24, 2018. The court accepted the state's argument that the riots were "organized and directed" by Hamas, a terrorist organization, and thereby rejecting the claim that the riots were peaceful and civilian in nature. PMW reports were referred to in the Supreme Court's decision.

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