Israel and Australia have both signed and ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), Article 37 of which states that, ‘Children who break the law should not be treated cruelly. They should not be put in a prison with adults and should be able to keep in contact with their family’. However, Israel persists in killing Palestinian kids.
Take 2 June for example, when Israeli soldiers shot 16-year-old Odeh Mohammad Odeh in the back as he walked with friends about 100m from his home. They also shot at those who tried to reach him. He is the 16th Palestinian teen to be killed by Israeli forces this year.
Last year, during the Israeli offensive on Gaza (10–21 May), 240 Palestinians, including sixty-five children, thirty-nine women, and seventeen elders were killed. The Israeli missiles and shells also caused 1,900 injuries, including 560 children, 380 women, and 91 elders.
The Morrison government gifted Ukraine $285 million of military equipment, but that amount could buy 950,000 BulletSafe vests, which could protect Palestinians, particularly children, from Israel’s murderous police, settlers and military. If we are prepared to export killing machines to Ukraine, how much more prepared should we be to send bulletproof vests to Palestine? What about it Mr Albanese?