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Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



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Heather Ferguson

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This thesis discusses the evolution of forms of violence against Palestinian children by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). Children are often the unintended victims of war and violence globally. While international law recognizes the sensitive status of children, Palestinian children’s rights are regularly infringed upon and often directly targeted. Generations of Palestinian children have witnessed and been subject to various forms of violence, often at the hands of the IDF, who are the most visible force of occupation for many Palestinians due to the nature of their role in preserving the Israeli state. This thesis looks mainly at three periods: the First Intifada, the Second Intifada, and ongoing violence in the contemporary period. More specifically, it analyzes the continuities and changes over time of the methods of violence deployed against Palestinian youth.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.