Israel and Gaza: The Children of War
Sami Abdel-Shafi, Academy Asfari Senior Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Lyse Doucet, Chief International Correspondent, BBC (via video link)
George Graham, Head of Conflict and Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy, Save the Children
Dr James Rodgers, Senior Lecturer in Journalism, City University London; Author: Headlines from the Holy Land Reporting the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Chair: Jane Kinninmont, Deputy Head and Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Children in Gaza and across the border in Israel have lived through three wars in six years. Last summer more than 500 children were killed in a 51-day war, all but one of them Palestinian. Almost every child in Gaza lost a loved one. On the Israeli border children lived in constant fear of rocket attacks and underground tunnels.
BBC Two will show clips from their upcoming documentary, Children of the Gaza War, where Lyse Doucet follows the lives of children on both sides of the conflict in the midst of the war and through the months that followed, revealing how children born so close are growing further apart with each war.
Against this backdrop the panel will explore the politics of this conflict and discuss the implications for the rights and protection of children.