The Young of Palestine: Life under Occupation

The reality of Palestinian youth is different from any other place on earth. The complicated political and economic situation resulting from over three decades of Israeli occupation of the Palestinian land has caused, and is still causing, severe damage to their lives.

Young Palestinians are particularly affected by the harsh and unjust policies of collective punishment: frequent closures of educational establishments, curfews, mass arrests, and lack of freedom of movement.

Youth, which should be a time of exploring the world and its possibilities and opportunities, is instead in Occupied Palestine reduced to a constant struggle for freedom, dignity, economic and cultural survival.

Despite these problems, Palestine youth continues to strive for peace and respect between people, cultures and nationalities, both at home and on the international level. They are the hope and the building blocks of just societies in the future.

See: Palestine – Euro-Mediterranean Youth Platform


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