Saturday, 4 August 2012

Weekly report on Israeli human rights violations in the OPT (26 July – 1 Aug)

IOF killed a Palestinian worker and wounded 3 others at a checkpoint near Jerusalem.

IOF use force to disperse peaceful protest organized by Palestinian civilians in the West Bank.
3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, and a Swedish human rights defender were wounded.

IOF conducted 33 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one into the Gaza Strip.
IOF arrested 10 Palestinians, including a child, in the West Bank.
IOF blew up a part of a house in Nablus.

Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.
IOF arrested a Palestinian woman in the old town of Hebron.

Israeli gunboats fired at Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Strip.

IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.
Israeli settlers uprooted or burnt 30 olive trees in Nabi Saleh village near Ramallah. more

Veolia remains active in garbage dump for Israeli settlers

The French corporation Veolia says it has sold the Tovlan garbage dump in the Jordan Valley to the nearby Israeli settlement of Masua. But the company is still involved in the dump as a supervisor and consultant. On its official website, Veolia Australia gives some details of the sale in a comment to the blog Illegal Dumping of Waste:

Veolia / TMM (a local subsidiary of Veolia Environmental Services) sold to Masua Village its entire rights in the Tovlan landfill on June 26, 2011. As a consequence, we are no longer the registered owner of the site. In order to comply with applicable laws as well as the sale agreement, TMM will act as an active supervisor and consultant for a transitory period to ensure the fulfillment of environmental protection standards and applicable law. These services will be provided until Masuaa is capable of independently undertaking all such obligations in full itself. At the end of this transitory period, TMM will be released from any obligations regarding the landfill operation and will no longer have any control whatsoever over the operation of the site. more

Child malnutrition remains high in West Bank and Gaza says UNRWA

JERUSALEM (IRIN) - At a glance, the latest data on food security in the West Bank and Gaza Strip — released by the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Food Programme and the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) in July — seems to warrant optimism.

The year 2011 was the second straight year in which the number of those living in food insecurity declined in the West Bank and Gaza. In the Gaza Strip, the percentage dropped from 60 in 2009 to 44 in 2011; in the West Bank, food insecurity rates have decreased 5 percent in the same two-year period to 17 percent.

But, as UNRWA itself admits, a deeper look into the numbers is less encouraging.

In the West Bank, Palestinians who live in refugee camps have actually experienced a rise in food insecurity — from 25 percent in 2009 to 29 percent in 2011. One quarter of Palestinian households in Israeli-controlled Area C are food insecure — 8 percent more than the West Bank average. Herders’ families in Area C (which covers more than 60 percent of the West Bank) are in a precarious situation, with 34 percent suffering from food insecurity.

And while food insecurity stands at just under 30 percent in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip combined, the World Health Organization reported in May 2012 that 50 percent of infants and children under two in the West Bank and Gaza have iron deficiency anemia. According to the same WHO report, malnutrition and stunting in children under five “is not improving” and could actually be “deteriorating” (“Health conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory” more