Friday, 25 November 2011

Weekly report on Israeli human rights violations in Occupied Palestinian Territory (17-23 Nov)

3 Palestinians, including a media worker, were wounded in a peaceful demonstration in al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah.

The Israeli Navy has continued to attack Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip.
Israeli naval troops opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats in the north and the south of the Gaza Strip.
IOF opened fire at bird hunters in the north of the Gaza Strip but no casualties were reported.

IOF conducted 66 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 2 limited ones into the Gaza Strip.
IOF arrested at least 19 Palestinians, including 4 children.
IOF raided the houses of many Palestinians who were released recently from Israeli jails, delivered them notices to appear before the Israeli intelligence and threatened some of them.

Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.
Israeli soldiers arrested at least 5 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, at a checkpoint in the West Bank.

IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.
IOF delivered 10 notices requiring Palestinians to stop construction works in the south of Hebron. more

Siege conditions on Gaza traders and businesses tightened despite Israeli claims

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel has set new restrictions on business owners in Gaza, the head of Palestinian contractors said Thursday.

At a news conference in Gaza City, Osama Kahil said conditions were more difficult despite a recent meeting between businessmen from Gaza and Israeli officials.

"Media reports said the meeting between businessmen from Gaza and Israel resulted in facilitating the work for the Gazan businessmen, but Israel implemented that in its own way.

"Israel stopped issuing permits for businessmen, traders, and contractors to Israel and set some new restrictions that prevented them from continuing their work," Kahil said.

He said Israel had permitted the import of construction materials into the Gaza Strip "to recycle the blockade."

"Allowing construction materials, which are sold for a much higher price than those sent through tunnels, was done after Israeli traders pressured the government. They want to use us and keep the blockade on Gaza," Kahil said. more