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Over the past few weeks, Israel has again experienced a wave of “lone-wolf” attacks, largely committed by Palestinian teenagers against Israeli civilians and security personnel. The latest example: on December 8, 2021, a 14-year-old girl stabbed an Israeli woman in Jerusalem as she walked with her children.
Unfortunately, the role of Palestinian teens in terror attacks is not new. In recent years, Palestinian minors have repeatedly killed and maimed Israeli civilians and security forces through stabbings, as well as hurling stones and firebombs.
In other cases, they have been sent to participate in violent clashes with IDF forces. Some of these youths were even members of internationally-designated terrorist organizations, such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
While this phenomenon both threatens the lives and violates the human rights of Israelis and Palestinians alike, the nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that claim to promote and protect the rights of Palestinian children instead manipulate and distort these events for propaganda. Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCI-P) – designated in October by Israel as a terror organization citing links to the PFLP – is particularly insidious in its approach to teen terrorists.