Saturday, 7 January 2012

Weekly report on Israeli human rights violations in the OPT (29 Dec - 4 Jan 2012)

(pic: Israeli forces destroy agricultural land in Jerusalem)

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

A Palestinian resistance activist was killed and a civilian was wounded by IOF in the Gaza Strip.

IOF have continued to use force against peaceful protests in the West Bank.
A Palestinian civilian was wounded.

IOF conducted 53 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and two limited ones into the Gaza Strip.
IOF arrested 29 Palestinians, including 6 children.

Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.
Israeli soldiers arrested 3 Palestinian civilians at various checkpoints in the West Bank.

Israel has continued efforts to create a Jewish majority in East Jerusalem.
The Israeli municipality of Jerusalem ordered confiscation of 13 dunums[1] of Palestinian land in Wad al-Jouz neighborhood.
Israel intends to construct hundreds of settlement units in Jerusalem and suburbs. more

Cyber-attack data theft exposes financial details of 400,000 Israelis

Israel said on Saturday the online publication of thousands of its citizens' credit card details by a hacker claiming to be Saudi was comparable to terrorism, and vowed to hit back.

The data theft, which appeared to focus on commercial web sites, was one of the worst Israel has said it has faced. While the financial damage was reportedly minimal, the breaches have heightened concerns about the potential use of stolen information by the Jewish state's foes.

Such cyber-attacks are "a breach of sovereignty comparable to a terrorist operation, and must be treated as such", Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said during a speech at a community center.

"Israel has active capabilities for striking at those who are trying to harm it, and no agency or hacker will be immune from retaliatory action," he said, without elaborating.

The hacker, identifying himself as Saudi-based OxOmar, said on Thursday he had leaked private information about more than 400,000 Israelis. Credit card company officials said around 25,000 numbers, some of them expired, had been posted as of Friday. more

Haniyeh: Gaza was a major trigger for the Arab Spring, Israel worried by strategic setbacks

TUNIS, ( Palestinian prime minister Ismail Haniyeh said to the British newspaper The Independent that The Palestinian cause is winning,".

"With the Muslim Brotherhood part of the government [in Egypt], they [the Egyptians] will not besiege Gaza. They will not arrest Palestinians. They will not give cover to Israel to launch a war. Gaza was a main reason for the Arab Spring. It was people's anger at the regimes that co-operated with Israel and did not recognize the government here, Haniyeh told The Independent's Evgeny Lebedev.

The Palestinian Premier added that: "Israel is disturbed by this. It knows the strategic environment is changing. Iran is an enemy. Relations are deteriorating with Turkey. With Egypt, they are really cold. Israel is in a security situation they have never been in before. The Palestinians are winning more than anybody else due to what's happening in the Arab countries. That will come out clearly in the future."

Haniyeh blamed the West and particularly the United States for having tried to keep the people of Gaza trapped even when they sought to play by the rules set by the international community. more