October 23, 2023
Thousands of children have been killed or wounded in Gaza and Israel, and thousands more will die or be injured if the conflict is allowed to continue—in particular in Gaza where 50% of the population are children. Children demand and have a right to special protection and care. The carnage must stop immediately. Those who have been injured must be provided specialized attention to their physical and emotional injuries. And, comprehensive rehabilitation services must be provided beginning now and continuing through their life course.
Toward these ends, in the short and longer terms:
Nearly every nation in the world has ratified their commitment to fulfill the rights of children to life, optimal survival and development, and health and health care. Every moral and ethical standard—including those established to prevent war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide—demands the protection of children and provision of the resources and services required to optimize their wellbeing.
The international community must call for the end to hostilities and press for diplomatic relationships between Israel, the Palestinian people, and countries throughout the Middle East to develop sustainable long-term solutions. Attacks resulting in the deaths of civilians, and in particular children, must not be allowed to reoccur.
Children in Gaza and Israel cannot wait.