On 13 February 2012, Sir Graham Watson submitted a question to the European Commission about the shooting of Palestinian children near the border between Gaza and Israel. The question was as follows:
VP/HR - 'Children of the Gravel' and shootings into Gaza
The report ‘Children of the Gravel’ by the independent non-governmental organisation Defence for Children International (DCI) cites 28 cases, between 26 March 2010 and 3 October 2011, of children being shot at by the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip whilst gathering building materials, such as gravel, or working by the fence line. On 27 December 2011, a 12-year-old boy was shot in the leg when he was one kilometre away from the border.
- Is the Vice-President / High Representative aware of the DCI dossier and the cases cited in the report?
- What representations have been made to the Israeli Government regarding shootings into Gaza, including at children?
Urgent Appeal (UA 4/10) - Children of the Gravel
Speech by Congressman Brian Baird