Israel bans advert of killed Gaza children's names

Human rights group B'Tselem will petition Israel's supreme court after advert was deemed to be 'politically controversial'

Israel bans advert of killed Gaza children's names

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Israeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA) has banned a radio advertisement that was created by human rights group B'Tselem, in which a list of the names of Palestinian children killed since Israel upped its attacks on the Gaza Strip on July 7.

B'Tselem will appeal to Israel's supreme court to overturn the ban on Sunday, after it was deemed that the advertisement's content was "politically controversial," despite not saying exactly what was controversial about the item

"Is it controversial that the children [aren't] alive? That they're children? That those are their names? These are facts that we wish to bring to the public's knowledge," B'Tselem said in statement.

"So far more than 600 people have been killed in bombings in Gaza, more than 150 of them children. But apart from a brief report on the number of fatalities, the Israeli media refrains from covering them," added the statement.

"IBA says broadcasting the children's names is politically controversial. But refusing to do so is in itself a far-reaching statement – it says the huge price being paid by civilians in Gaza, many of them children, must be censored."

According to The Guardian, aid agencies said on Wednesday that a child had been killed in Gaza on average every hour for the preceding two days, and more than 70,000 children had been forced to flee their homes. 

"The shocking number of children being killed, injured, or displaced in Gaza demands an unequivocal international response to stop the bloodshed," Save the Children accounced, adding that "entire families" have beem wiped out in attacks on homes.

On Thursday it was confirmed that at least 732 Palestinians, mostly civilians up to a third of which are children, have been killed and more than 4,500 others injured in relentless Israeli attacks on the blockaded seaside enclave.

CLICK HERE FOR NAMES AND AGES OF CHILDREN KILLED IN GAZA BETWEEN JULY 7 AND JULY 20

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