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Palestinian teenager Janna is being targeted with death threats because she bravely exposes human rights abuses by the Israeli military. Take action now demanding young Palestinians like Janna are protected from harm. 

Janna Jihad just wants a normal childhood. “Like any other child… I want to be able to play soccer with my friends without having tear gas canisters rain on us,” she says. But 15-year-old Janna lives in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Life under systematic discrimination is anything but normal. 

When Janna was seven, the Israeli military killed her uncle. This began Jana’s journey of documenting the Israeli army’s oppressive and often deadly treatment of Palestinians. 

Jana used her mother’s phone to record and expose to the world the racist brutality her community experiences at the hands of Israeli forces. At 13, Janna was recognised as one of the youngest journalists in the world. 

Palestinian children are forced to live through the trauma of night raids, their homes and schools being demolished, and their communities crushed. Those who dare to stand up for their rights - young people like Janna - often suffer the most. 

Israel has signed up to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, yet has failed to extend those protections to Palestinian children in the West Bank. Many have been killed and injured by Israeli forces. By contrast, Israeli children are protected – even those living in illegal settlements near Janna. 

Today, Janna’s principled journalism has marked her out for harassment and death threats, but she won’t give up. 

“I want to know what freedom means in my homeland, what justice and peace and equality means without facing systematic racism,” Janna says. Let’s help her get there.

Add your name to the petition calling on the Israeli authorities to protect Janna from discrimination and violence. 

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Chair, Committee for the Rights of the Child
The Knesset
Committee for the Rights of the Child

Kiryat Ben Gurion
Jerusalem, Israel 9195016

Dear Member of Knesset,
Janna Jihad just wants a normal childhood. But the 15-year-old lives in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where systematic discrimination and oppression are the norm. Having seen her own uncle killed by the Israeli military, Janna has been thrust into the world of citizen journalism, documenting and exposing the Israeli army’s oppressive and often deadly treatment of Palestinians, including children. Israel has signed up to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, yet doesn’t extend those protections to Palestinian children in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Today, Janna’s principled journalism has marked her out for harassment and death threats. I call on you to end discrimination against Janna, and to meet your obligations under the Convention by protecting her and other Palestinian children from harm.  

Yours sincerely