15-year-old Janna Jihad faces death threats and intimidation for her work speaking up for human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Take action now and demand her protection.
I want to know what freedom means in my homeland, what justice and peace and equality means without facing systematic racism.Janna
Janna Jihad risks everything to speak out against Israel’s oppressive system in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. When she was seven years old, the death of her uncle at the hands of the Israeli military drove her to speak out about the brutal military occupation. Janna filmed her uncle’s killing on her mother’s phone and shared it with the world. By the time she was 13, Janna was recognized as one of the youngest journalists in the world, documenting the Israeli army’s oppressive and often deadly treatment of Palestinians. Janna Jihad faces death threats and intimidation because of her work.
Palestinian children and their communities are denied their rights and face discrimination on a daily basis. Between January and June 2021, Israeli forces killed at least 73 children in the OPT. Each year Israel prosecutes between 500 and 700 Palestinian children in military courts. These courts do not meet international fair trial standards. Even though Israel has signed up to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, it has excluded Palestinian children in the West Bank from those protections. Israeli children living in the illegal settlements near Janna are protected, but she is not.
Janna Jihad just wants a normal childhood. She should be given the same rights as any child and should not have them taken away because she is Palestinian.