Palestinian Children’s Day: movements take action towards

Palestinian Children’s Day: movements take action towards

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This Friday (5), popular movements will hold a demonstration in São Paulo to denounce the genocide of children in Gaza and for the withdrawal of Israeli military forces from Palestine. Meeting at 10 am at the Berrini station of the Metropolitan Train Company (CPTM), the event will walk to the Israeli consulate.

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April 5th was chosen because it is Palestinian Children’s Day. Established in 1995 by Yasser Arafat – then leader of the Palestinian Authority – to highlight the impact of the Israeli colonial occupation on children, the date was adopted by the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef).

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Since Israel’s most recent massacre against Palestine began on October 7, 2023, the UN estimates that 12,300 children have been killed. The figure is practically half of the 30,449 deaths to date, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

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According to the UN, a Palestinian child is murdered every 10 minutes. In this period of almost six months, more children were killed in Gaza than in all the world’s wars between 2019 and 2022.

Currently, the situation is famine for those who remain in the north of the Gaza Strip. According to Palestine Refugee Assistance, a third of children under the age of two in the region are severely malnourished.

In the south, in addition to the lack of access to basic supplies, the population is experiencing the imminent start of the ground attack on the city of Rafah, which, on the border with Egypt, has become the last place of refuge for Palestinians. Of the approximately 1.7 million people that the UN estimates have had to be displaced from their homes, half are children.

In a statement, Unicef ​​warns that around 600,000 children “are trapped in Rafah alone, without a safe place to go” and that they “do not have sufficient access to water, food, fuel and medicine.”

The demonstration in the capital of São Paulo this Friday is being called by organizations such as the Arab and Palestinian Federation of Brazil (Fepal), Alba Movimientos, the Landless Workers Movement (MST) and the Workers’ Movement for Rights (MTD ), among others.

Editing: Thalita Pires

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