Media personality and model Mathira is in the news today about her aspiration to help Palestinian children in a war-torn country. She was very vocal about her support for the Palestinians, and she made her wishes public on her Instagram, asking for help to make it come true.
“I wish we could adopt a baby in Palestine,” read her story post.
“I want to adopt a child and give him all the love he/she lost and a safe place of home,” Mathira said, asking people to help with the adoption process.
Palestinian children, natural or not, are among the most vulnerable groups in the country, like children suffering from disasters, whether natural or not, and many are orphaned or separated from their families. This, combined with Israel’s attack and the murder of entire families with complex adoption policies, renders them incapacitated. In Arab families, it is customary to adopt the relevant children in case the family dies or separates until the child reaches adulthood. Adopting a child legally is a cumbersome and, honestly, a very unlikely process.
The U.S. Department of State has a section on its Travel Assistance website dedicated to adoption in the region, and in some of the sections, “Palestinian authorities oppose adoption by foreign parents, because according to anonymous sources, Palestinian children must remain in Palestine. Islamic Sharia law does not allow adoption, as recognized in the United States, but rather allows’guardians’.”
Defense for International Children — Palestine conducts research and reporting of war-stricken children in Palestine. Since 1991, it is an independent local Palestinian children’s rights organization dedicated to advocating and promoting the rights of children residing in the West Bank, has collected and published detailed reports on the plight of Child Matira, and several people around the world like her. I love this adoption.
Since April 2004, it is reported that Israeli forces have recorded 20 cases of using Palestinian children as human shields. “Nineteen of the 20 cases occurred after the Israeli High Court ruled this practice illegal in October 2005.”
It also reported on children at Israeli military detention centers, saying that about 500 to 700 Palestinian children (some around 12 years old) are detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system each year. “The most common charge is stone throwing.” The group recorded the number of Palestinian children imprisoned in Israeli prisons and detention facilities at the end of each month, and reports show that an average of 167 children were detained at the end of 2020. It is 198 in 2019 and 271 in 2018. Obviously, it’s important to remember that this figure has not been reported.