WEBINAR – Militarized Israel: How living in a highly militarized state affects children and young people in Palestine and Israel. A non-violent response.




Comhlámh Justice for Palestine Member Group invites you to a panel style discussion on how living in a highly militarized Israel affects children and young people.


Tuesday, 22 March 2022, 19:00 – 20:30 GMT


We hope to see you there!


Comhlámh’s Justice for Palestine member group warmly invites you to this free online event “Militarized Israel: How living in a highly militarized state affects children and young people in Palestine and Israel. A non violent response.”



This event will take place via Zoom and will be facilitated by Diarmuid O Brien, with the speakers taking part in a panel-style discussion and with time for questions from the audience. See information about esteemed speakers below:

Miko Peled is a writer and human rights activist born and raised in Jerusalem and considered by many to be one of the clearest voices calling for justice in Palestine. He supports the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, (BDS) and the creation of a single democracy with equal rights on all of historic Palestine. Driven by a personal family tragedy to explore Palestine, its people and their narrative, he wrote“The General’s Son, Journey of an Israeli in Palestine.” The book covers his maternal grandfather signing the Israeli Declaration of Independence; his father who was a General in the Israeli army; in the 1970’s his father pioneered the Israeli Palestinian dialogue and eventually met with Yasser Arafat and Miko’s own experiences.

Peled authors a blog, mikopeled.com and a podcast at Pateron/mikopeled.com dedicated to tearing down the separation wall, the right of return and advocating the creation of one democratic state with equal rights. He travels regularly to Palestine and he has been arrested several times by the Israeli authorities for his activities.For 23 years Peled operated a martial arts school that was dedicated to teaching leadership skills and non-violent conflict resolution through martial arts. His second book “Injustice, The Story of The Holy Land Foundation Five.” describes the persecution and the closure of what was America’s largest Muslim charity organization, The Holy Land Foundation, and the subsequent trials and convictions of five innocent Palestinian Muslim-Americans. He is currently busy writing his 3rd book, speaking internationally, and his activism focuses on transforming the racist Zionist regime in Palestine into a democracy with equal rights.

Ayed Abu Eqtaish is the Accountability Programme Director for “Defense for Children International Palestine.” DCIP is the lead monitoring and reporting organisation on children in Israeli military detention. With over 20 years of experience in the field of children’s rights, Ayed appears regularly in national, regional, and international media as a commentator on the situation of Palestinian children’s rights and issues related to the protective environment for children across the Middle East. He has drafted and lobbied the Palestinian parties and factions to sign the honour code: No to child recruitment, which the national and Islamic forces have signed in May 2010.

Shahar Peretz is a 19-year-old from Kfar Yona, Israel. Earlier this year she declared her refusal to serve in the Israeli army because she was not willing to take part in Israel’s policies of occupation and apartheid in the Palestinian Territories. In response to her refusal, she was sent to a military prison where she served three prison sentences totalling 58 days. Following that she was then sentenced to another 30 days in prison.

Shahar is one of 120 teenagers who signed the “Shministim Letter” (an initiative with the Hebrew nickname given to high school seniors) in January 2021, in which they declared their refusal to serve in the Israeli army in protest of its policies of occupation and apartheid in Gaza and the West Bank.

We hope you will join us for this important conversation.


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