Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations

Despite the relative silence in the media regarding the ongoing human rights crisis in the West Bank and Gaza, the situation remains unbearable to Palestinians. The Palestinain Center for Human Rights releases a weekly report on Israeli Human Rights Violations. Below are a few excerpts from their most recent report. Much of this information is not reported on by corporate media and most Americans are not aware that these situations of abuse are occurring on a daily basis. I believe it will be heplful to our readers in forming a more comprehensive understanding of the conflict.

None the less, it brings me great joy that despite their impoverishment the children of Gaza continue to embrace life, thus resisting the occupation. Last week more than 5,000 kids in Gaza participated in creating the world’s largest ever hand painting! Before this the kids set a record for flying parachutes from the ground. Here is what one child had to say: “We had fun today. We played so much today! We need to live. I drew my hand in the fabric and when I put my hand there, I felt like I reached the world.” – six-year-old Heba Abu Amra from Rafah

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PCHR Weekly Report July 21-27 2011

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF)   Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

IOF continued to use force against peaceful protests in the West Bank.

A Palestinian civilian was wounded.

IOF arrested 8 Palestinian demonstrators.

IOF conducted 24 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one into the Gaza Strip.  

IOF arrested 9 Palestinian civilians, including two children.

Israel has continued to impose a total siege on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.

IOF arrested 3 Palestinian civilians at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

IOF harassed 5 Palestinian children in Hebron.

IOF resumed the construction of the annexation wall inside the West Bank territory.

IOF razed large areas of Palestinian agricultural land in Bethlehem and uprooted at least 22 pine and olive trees.

IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

 Summary

Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (21 – 27 July 2011):

Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF used excessive force to disperse peaceful demonstrations organized in protest to Israeli settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall in the West Bank. As a result, a Palestinian civilian was wounded and dozens of Palestinian civilians and international human rights defenders suffered from tear gas inhalation.  IOF also arrested 8 Palestinian civilians.  

 

Incursions: During the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 24 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, during which they arrested 9 Palestinian civilians, including two children. 

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted one limited incursion into the southern Gaza Strip, during which they leveled areas of Palestinian land. 

Restrictions on Movement: Israel had continued to impose a tightened siege on the OPT and imposed severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

Israel has continuously closed all border crossings to the Gaza Strip for over three years. The illegal Israeli-imposed closure of the Gaza Strip, which has steadily tightened since June 2007, has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.

The total closure of al-Mentar “Karni” crossing on 02 March 2011 has created a bitter situation that has seriously affected the Gaza Strip. Following this closure, all the economic and commercial establishments in Gaza Commercial Zone were shut off. It should be noted that al-Mentar crossing is the biggest crossing in the Gaza Strip in terms of its operational capacity to absorb the flow of imports and exports. The decision of al-Mentar crossing was the culmination of a series of decisions to totally close Soafa crossing, east of the Gaza Strip, in the beginning of 2009, and Nahal Oz crossing, east of Gaza City, which was dedicated for the delivery of fuel and cooking gas to the Gaza Strip, in the beginning of 2010.

For approximately 47 months, IOF have continued to deny approximately 710 Palestinian prisoners from Gaza detained in Israeli jails their visitation rights without providing any justification to this measure, which violates the rules of the international humanitarian law.

There are approximately 585 permanent roadblocks, and manned and unmanned checkpoints across the West Bank.

When complete, the illegal annexation wall will stretch for 724 kilometers around the West Bank, further isolating the entire population. 350 kilometers of the wall have already been constructed. Approximately 99% of the wall has been constructed inside the West Bank itself, confiscating more Palestinian land.

At least 65% of the main roads that lead to 18 Palestinian communities in the West Bank are closed or fully controlled by IOF.


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One Response to “Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations”

  1. Its really interesting to know about it.But ,I personally feel that human rights are violated not by the religious fanatic only ,but the people who are behind them ,and those people do not have any religion other than money .They are selling weapon to the oppressor and to Victims to fight back.Human rights violations are not only happening in Palestine I observe it everywhere,even where no Islam, Christianity and Jews problem exist.

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