This volume attempts to examine the issue of prevention of violence to children in violent political conflicts from a multidisciplinary perspective that includes international law, developmental psychology, education, communications and police science. While this volume concentrates mainly on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it also presents the experience of others in different parts of the world who have coped successfully with prevention of violence to civilian populations, and particularly to children.
We aim to engage military and police communities world-wide, and especially in our society, Israel, in a dialogue concerning the most effective ways to abide by international conventions of human rights and children’s rights to which Israeli society is committed. The volume reports on practical methods to save the lives of civilians and children in political conflicts that have been tried and which serve to protect children. In both the short and long term, these approaches also increase the security of military and police personnel. The volume thus represents a different perspective from the advocacy and legal confrontation often used by human rights and children’s organizations. It represents an attempt at furthering human rights and children’s rights through dialogue with the parties that are responsible for protecting those rights.
All what we know about the impact of conflict on children is a resounding cry for peace. This book gives facts on how girls and boys are affected by the violence. It discusses coping mechanisms and rehabilitation measures, but also preventive strategies. The obvious
undercurrent is that the best prevention is peace. Therefore, this book is important not only for specialists but also for politicians and all those who want to influence those in power, or ought to do so.
This book is part of a broader truth telling. It is significant that among the authors there are both Israelis and Palestinians, professionals who in the interest of children on both sides are seeking the truth.
There are no separate chapters available for this publication.