Saturday, 1 September 2012

Weekly report on Israeli human rights violations in the OPT (16–29 Aug

A Palestinian woman was seriously wounded by IOF in the Gaza Strip.

 IOF use force to disperse peaceful protest organized by Palestinian civilians in the West Bank. 11 Palestinian civilians, including a child and an old woman, and 4 journalists were wounded. A Canadian journalist was hit by a tear gas canister and an American human rights defender was injured. IOF conducted 64 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 4 limited ones into the Gaza Strip.

IOF arrested 24 Palestinians, including 7 children, in the West Bank, and 9 Palestinians, including 3 children, in the Gaza Strip. Israeli gunboats fired at Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Strip. Israeli gunboats fire at fishing boats on 6 occasions. IOF arrested a fisherman and his child in the northern Gaza Strip.

Israeli warplanes bombarded a number of targets in the Gaza Strip. A former security building and a training site of the Palestinian resistance were bombarded. Two schools were damaged.

Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world. IOF arrested 6 Palestinian civilians at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property. Israeli settlers burnt or broke at least 152 trees. IOF ordered the demolition of two houses in Hebron and confiscated areas of land and solar cells in Ramallah, Hebron and Salfit. A child was run down by an Israeli settler. more

Hunger striking detainee refuses to end his strike In exchange for meds

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) reported that the clinic at the Ramla Prison is trying to bargain with an ailing hunger striking detainee, and told him that he will be able to get the needed injection should he end his strike. The PPS said that detainee Ayman Sharawna, who has been on hunger strike for 63 days, stated that he will not allow the Prison Administration to force him end his strike in exchange for medication despite his pain and deteriorating condition. It added that Sharawna was one of the detainees who were released by Israel under the prisoner swap deal that secured the release of Israeli corporal, Gilad Shalit, in return for the release of over a thousand Palestinian detainees. He was first taken prisoner in 2002 and was sentenced to 38 years. more

Video: Israeli navy chases fishing boats, tries to sink them

في مشهد استفزازي للمشاعر الإنسانية ، رصدت كاميرا المصور محمد المشهراوي من شركة ميديا تاون سفن حربية اسرائيلية تتعمد اغراق زوراق صيد فلسطينية رغم أن هذه الزوراق قريبة من الشاطىء، وفي ظل غياب أي رقابة دولية أو أممية، يرتكب الاحتلال الاسرائيلي جرائم متكررة بحق الصيادين ، ويشجعه على تكرارها غياب أي اليات محاسبة تردعه عن جرائمه بحق المدنيين.

A Palestinian cameraman from the Gaza Strip managed to capture on tape, an attack carried out by Israeli Navi boats, on Wednesday, against small Palestinian fishing boats. The video shows the Israeli Navy boats encircling the boats flooding them with water, and even blocking their way as they tried to sail back to the shore.

The video was captured by Mohammad Al-Mash-harawy, of the Media Town News Agency in Gaza, during a field report documenting the ongoing Israeli assaults against Palestinian fishermen in the coastal region.

The Navy boats were sailing at fast speeds, and encircling the Palestinian fishing boats, and flooding them with water, an issue that pushed the fishermen to go back to the shore.

Despite the fact that the fishermen were trying to steer their boats back to the shore, the Navy boats continue to encircle them. more

Two Gazans injured in Israel airstrike: medics

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — Two Palestinians were wounded early Saturday morning, medical sources in the Gaza Strip said, as Israel launched airstrikes at training camps in the enclave.

A spokesman for Gaza's medical and emergency services said two civilians, aged 40 and 25, were injured when an Israeli fighter jet attacked a training camp for Hamas's military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, northwest of Gaza city.

A separate air-raid targeted a training camp of Al Ahrar, a small movement close to Hamas. There were no casualties in that attack.

A statement from the Israeli army confirmed that its "aircraft targeted two terror activity sites in the northern Gaza Strip. Direct hits were confirmed." "The sites were targeted in response to the continuous rocket fire towards southern Israel," noted the statement.
The sorties come less than a day after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip early Friday struck a house in southern Israel, damaging its roof and leaving one woman requiring treatment for shock. more