The Recruitment of Children in Current Palestinian Strategy

(Jerusalem Issue Brief - Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Justus Weiner - From the outset of the current Palestinian intifada two years ago, children and teenagers have assumed an integral role. How did the celebration of violence against Israelis become so deeply ingrained in Palestinian culture? Article 38 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) condemns the recruitment and involvement of children under 15-years-old in hostilities and armed conflicts. Islamic law prohibits children under 15 from participating in a jihad. But neither international law nor Islamic law has curtailed the exploitation of children in the intifada.

2002-10-02 00:00:00

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