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.
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