Saturday, 15 September 2012

Weekly report on Israeli human rights violations in the OPT (6-12 Sep)


IOF launched a number of air strikes and opened fire at areas in the Gaza Strip. 3 members of the Palestinian resistance were killed in the northern Gaza Strip. Two Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded by IOF in two separate incidents.

7 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children and two women, were injured by Israeli air strikes. Two rooms and a container were destroyed and 26 houses were damaged. Two Palestinian civilians were wounded by IOF in the West Bank.

IOF used force to disperse peaceful protest organized by Palestinian civilians in the West Bank. Dozens of protesters suffered from tear gas inhalation.

IOF conducted 53 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 3 limited ones into the Gaza Strip. IOF arrested 25 Palestinians, including a child, in the West Bank. IOF arrested a Palestinian civilian from the Gaza Strip who attempted to enter Israel.

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

Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world. IOF arrested at least 5 Palestinian children 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. IOF razed dunums[1] of land and demolished a 1,500-meter-long fence in Jourish village, southeast of Nablus. Israeli settlers burnt 100 olives trees in Ematin village, northeast of Qalqilya. An Israeli settler ran down a Palestinian child in Taqqou’ village, southeast of Bethlehem. more

Peaceful protesters injured by Israeli forces in Bil’in’s weekly protest


Dozens of residents, and a number of International peace activists, marched towards the Annexation Wall, isolating the villagers from their lands, and were attacked by dozens of Israeli soldiers who fired gas bombs at them, and waste-water mixed with chemicals.

Similar to other protests in the West Bank, Friday, the protesters marched carrying “the coffin of the Oslo peace agreements”, as Israel’s illegal actions and ongoing violations have sabotaged and buried these deals.

As the protesters reach the Abu Lemon natural reserve, the army started spraying them with waste-water mixed with chemicals, and fired gas bombs at them. One Israeli peace activist was injured by a gas bomb in the head, while several Israeli, international and local peace activist were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.

The protesters carried Palestinian flags and pictures of the longest serving Palestinian political prisoner held by Israel, Abdul-Karim Younis, demanding his release, the release of all Palestinian detainees, and an end to the illegal Israeli occupation. more

95% of Gaza groundwater 'not fit for human use'


GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- The Gaza Strip is undergoing a real water crisis which threatens people's lives, the Hamas government's agriculture minister said Thursday.

"About 95 percent of the groundwater in the Gaza Strip is not fit for human use in general, and may cause a number of diseases and health problems," Mohammad al-Agha said.

In al-Agha's interview, published by the Palestine Center for Strategic Studies, he said the population in Gaza needed to be aware of the crisis affecting Gaza's water.

"The Arab world in general and the Gaza Strip in particular are classified as dry regions. The main reason for this crisis in the Gaza Strip is the occupation and its policies," he said.

"We call on all specialized and concerned organizations to take necessary measures that will help finding solutions to this crisis." more