Some DCI-Israel board members (Advocate Eliyahu Abram, Chair, Professor Charles Greenbaum, Deputy Chair, Professor Ruth Butler, Mr. Hillel Bardien, and advocate Helen Motro) together with DCI-Israel advisory board member, Professor Leon Sheleff, formed the “think tank” of the NGO Report. In addition, the input of Professor Leslie Sebba of DCI -Israel’s advisory board, and Rabbi Yehiel Greneman of the organization “Rabbis for Human Rights” and Dr. Hannah Niedorf of the Jerusalem Council for Children and youth are appreciated. Advocate Jamil Dalcwar of Adalah gave very valuable comments.
On March 17, the conclusions on the report were discussed by the DCI –Israel board, and on March 18 the conclusions were further discussed with MK Tamar Gozansky, Dr. Eyal Gross, Shuli Dichter of Sikkuy, and Dr. Na’ama Carmi of ACRI, advocate Stefanie Raker of Israel Women’s Network, Maja Goldman of Kesher, DCI -Israel lawyers Vivy Rechnitz, Gal Torres, and Jonathan Weingarten. DCI-Israel intern from the Rothberg School for Overseas Students of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Ella Rosenberg helped to finish the manuscript. Yael Mendlinger, intern from the Minerva Institute for Human Rights of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem wrote a draft for the introduction chapter. Several years ago Sarah Gundle wrote a first draft. Chapter VIII was rewritten by Dr. Ruth Firer, Director of Peace Education Projects of the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Board member of DCI- Israel.
Advocate Einat Hurvitz of the Israel Religious Action Center rewrote several sections of the report (Article 7 and Article 14). Nihaya Daoud, MPH, RN, MED of the school of Public Health of Hadassah and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem contributed to the part on health and health services (Article 24). Curt Arnson of Hamoked (the Center for the Defense of the Individual) wrote the sections on children in East Jerusalem. Professor Rachel Zeva and Professor Arza Churchman of the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning of the Israel Technological Institute (Technion) in Haifa wrote a background paper for us to better understand Article 31 (Play and Leisure) in the Israeli Context.
Attorney at law of DCI-Israel, Vivvi Rechnitz wrote the part on psychiatric hospitalization (Article 40), attorney at law Mahmoud Rabah (lawyer for DCI -Israel in East Jerusalem) contributed to the section on torture, degrading treatment and deprivation of liberty (Article 37) of Palestinian children in East Jerusalem. We are grateful that we could use affidavits obtained by the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI).
Linda Livni edited the first two chapters, and Dan Leon rewrote the executive summary. Shalom Kweller designed the cover of this publication. Photos used for the cover are were taken by photojournalists of “Flash-Ninety” in Jerusalem and show respectively, MK Tamar Gozansky, a child in East Jerusalem, and Deputy Attorney General Judith Karp (also member of the CRC Committee.) The book was printed by InstiPrint. Jean-Luc Range of |DCI-France translated the Executive Summary into French.
Israeli Laws Pertaining to Children and Adolescents (arranged by categories of age).
Suicide Rates between the ages 10-17
Poverty Line in Israel by Family Size
Poverty Rates in Israel: Child-Population 1992-2000 (percentages)
Poor Children in Israel after Taxation and Welfare Redistribution 1992-1995 (absolute numbers)
Comparison of Poverty Rates among the Child Populations in Various Countries (percentages)
East Jerusalem House Demolitions
House Demolitions in the West Bank
Participation of the Ministry of Education in Budgets of Cultural Institutions
Index of Terms Used
Aliya – The immigration of Jews to Israel.
Arab-Bedouins – Originally nomadic indigenous Arab people of the region.
Arab-Druze – A religious minority within Israel that is part of the Arab minority.
Area A – Those areas of the occupied territories where the Palestinian Authority is responsible for civil and security matters.
Area B – Those areas of the occupied territories where Israel controls security arrangement and the Palestinian Authority handles civil issues.
Area C – Those areas of the occupied territories solely under Israel’s control.
Note: Under the Oslo Agreements the occupied territories were divided into three areas with various autonomous arrangements as described above.
Ashkenazim – Jews whose culture originated and developed in Europe.
CRC – UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Green Line – The borders of Israel prior to June 1967.
GSS – General Security Service of Israel (Shabak).
Halacha – Jewish religious law.
IDF – The Israeli Defense Forces, the Israeli Army.
Intifada – Violent Palestinian uprising initiated by Palestinian leaders against prolonged Israeli occupation.
Israel Proper – The State of Israel within the "green line" borders recognized by the United Nations (i.e. excluding territories acquired in the 1967 war.)
Kibbutz – An Israeli commune in which responsibilities for labor, welfare, and child-rearing are performed collectively, originally based on agriculture but now also engaging in industry.
Knesset – The Israeli Parliament.
MK – Member of Knesset.
PA – Palestinian National Authority.
Palestinian Citizens – An Arab1 who is a citizen of Israel (residing within Israel proper). While recognizing that members of this group refer to themselves by various names including Arab, Palestinian-Israeli, Palestinian, and Israeli- Arab, this report uses the term “Arab- Israeli” to make it easier for the reader to distinguish between Arabs living inside Israel proper, and Palestinians of the Palestinian Authority territories in West Bank and Gaza Strip. In this report we use the terms Arab-Israeli and Palestinian Citizen interchangeably
Sephardim – Jews whose culture originated and developed in Spain, Portugal, North Africa as well as Arab countries in the Middle East.
Settlements – Jewish Colonies in the West Bank and Gaza. According to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics’ data2in December 2001, 204,900 Jews lived in settlements in 2001.
Sha’ria – Muslim law
Ultra-orthodox – Jews following the strictest versions of Judaism
Yeshiva – Ultra-orthodox educational institution for the study of Torah.