Two Palestinian children, ages 3 and 4, waiting at checkpoint near Bethlehem, in the Israeli occupied West Bank. There are over 500 checkpoints in the West Bank, most constructed on Palestinian land. These checkpoints deprive Palestinians of their basic right to freedom of movement, forcing many to wait in line for multiple hours while traveling to and from work and to and from friends and family members.
A 6 year old Palestinian child who is growing up in the Aida Refugee Camp near Bethlehem, in the Israeli occupied West Bank. In 2003, Israel began construction of a 26-foot concrete security barrier, which now runs directly through the camp. Because of this barrier, this child has no safe place to play. Most children living in the Aida Refugee Camp suffer from trauma as the result of nightly raids carried out by israeli forces. During these regular raids of the camp, Israeli forces occupy Palestinian homes and make arbitrary arrests of children as young as 9 years old, 75% of whom face either physical or verbal abuse from Israeli forces prior to even being charged with any wrongdoing.
Two Palestinian children ages 5 and 6 who are growing up in Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, in the Israeli occupied West Bank. In 1948, their relatives were among 750,000 Palestinians ethnically cleansed from land within what was to become the new Israeli state. These original refugees who came to the camp fled from 27 villages in the western Jerusalem and western Hebron areas, including Walaja, Khirbet El Umur, Qabu, Ajjur, Allar, Deir Aban, Maliha, Ras Abu Ammar and Beit Nattif.