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OCHA report: Gaza situation on the down trend, West Bank not doing much better

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor gaza crisis 2017

JERUSALEM, July 8, 2017 (WAFA) – While the Gaza Strip, under Israeli blockade for more than 10 years, is still suffering from fluctuations in the sources of electricity supply with power outages continuing for 18 to 20 hours per day, disrupting as a result living conditions and undermining the provision of essential services, Israel decided late last month to reduce the fishing zone along the southern Gaza coast back to six nautical miles, after extending it to nine miles since May 3 on the occasion of the sardine season.

The situation in the occupied West Bank is not that much better with Israeli authorities and settlers joining in disrupting daily life of Palestinians, mainly in the parts of the West Bank designated as Area C.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs to the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OCHA) said in its Protection of Civilians report covering the period between June 20 and July 3 published on Friday that despite provision of fuel from Egypt and appeal for $25 million in aid to stabilize the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the besieged Gaza Strip, the situation in Gaza has actually worsened.

“The coping capacities of Gaza’s families to deal with these types of shocks are seriously depleted as the cumulative impact of 10 years of isolation, division and insecurity take their toll,” said the Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied territories, Robert Piper.

OCHA said that the temporary Israeli expansion of fishing rights in the southern Gaza coast had led to a significant increase in the quantity and quality of the fishing catch, as conformed by the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture. Over 35,000 Palestinians depend on the fishing industry for their livelihoods.

In the occupied West Bank, Israel dismantled and seized during the OCHA reporting period a solar panel system composed of 96 panels provided by an international humanitarian organization to the Area C community of Jubbet adh Dhib, near Bethlehem. The system supplied badly needed electricity to 27 families in that community.

The Israeli authorities also demolished, or forced owners to demolish, four other structures in Area C of the West Bank on the grounds of a lack of Israeli-issued building permits.

Three other structures were demolished in the Jabal al Mukkabir and al Issawiya areas of occupied East Jerusalem and one in the Area C community of al- Zayyem, in Jerusalem area, displacing three Palestinians and affecting another 177.

In the same context, the Israeli authorities issued at least 38 demolition and stop-work orders against residential and livelihood-related structures in seven communities in Area C and East Jerusalem, said the OCHA report.

Seven of these orders targeted Jabal al Baba in Jerusalem area, one of the 46 Palestinian Bedouin communities in the central West Bank, at risk of forcible transfer due to Israeli policies that create a coercive environment.

Another seven structures targeted in the Shi’b al Butum community in Hebron district had been provided as humanitarian assistance and funded by the occupied Palestinian territories’ Humanitarian Fund.

Elsewhere in the West Bank, some two hundred trees and saplings belonging to two Palestinian families from Burin, Nablus district, were burned in two separate incidents by Israeli settlers from Yitzhar settlement, said OCHA             quoting Palestinian sources. The livelihoods and security of some 20,000 Palestinians living in six villages surrounding Yitzhar, including Burin, have been undermined in recent years due to systematic settler violence and intimidation.

Another seven trees belonging to a family from Turmus Ayya near Ramallah were reportedly set on fire by settlers from Adei Ad settlement.

(Source / 08.07.2017)

Egyptian singer sues Israel Police

Egyptian singer, Hani Shaker. (Image: madamasr.com)

Egyptian singer, Hani Shaker

Egyptian singer Hani Shaker has filed a complaint to the Egyptian Public Prosecutor against the Israeli Embassy in Cairo after Israel Police used his picture and a clip of one of his songs in its campaign to recruit Israeli-Arab residents, Quds Press reported yesterday.

Speaking to Quds Press, Shaker said that he was “surprised” by the campaign, adding that he immediately asked his lawyer in order to file a complaint against the Israeli Embassy in Cairo.

He reiterated his opposition to the use of his art in the recruitment campaign by the Israeli police.

This is theft of Arab art, and an Israeli assault on it

he said. “It is a despicable attempt to falsify the Arab consciousness.”

The 55-year-old said: “This damages the reputation of Egyptian artists who support the Palestinians and their rights, including the rejection of all forms of normalisation with Israel and which call for return rights to their owners.”

Israeli police recently launched a campaign to encourage Arab-Israelis to join the force. Shaker’s music was included in the advert.

His lawyer told Quds Press that he has started the procedure of filing a complaint against Israel, stressing that Shaker opposes normalising ties with Israel.

Israeli police is trying to reach the hearts of the Arab residents in Israel through their love for Shaker, his lawyer added.

(Source / 08.07.2017)

PA security forces clash with gunmen in Balata refugee camp

Balata refugee camp Fatah vs PA

A group of gunmen, mostly from the Fatah Movement, clashed at dawn Saturday with security forces from the Palestinian Authority (PA) in Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus.

Eyewitnesses said that soldiers from the PA security forces stormed al-Jammasin neighborhood in the camp and traded fire with armed young men, adding that local women intervened and forced the soldiers to withdraw.

The PA security authorities claimed the armed clashes happened with unruly elements from the camp.

Balata camp and other West Bank camps have been seeing armed confrontations for over a year between the PA security forces and Fatah-affiliated gunmen allegedly wanted for criminal offenses.

One of the reasons behind such armed violence in the West Bank is believed to be the conflict between PA chief Mahmoud Abbas and his arch rival Mohamed Dahlan, the Fatah leader who Abbas dismissed in 2011 on financial corruption claims. Today, Dahlan wields increasing influence in these camps through providing funds and weapons for his supporters there in the hope of destabilizing Abbas’ rule.

(Source / 08.07.2017)

New uprisings expected in Egypt, Algeria, Morocco

Image of violence caused during the Arab revolution [file photo]

Image of protests during the Arab spring revolution

Egypt, Algeria and Morocco will witness mass uprisings by the youth, German newspaper Qantara has warned.

The protests are a result of the failure of the education systems in the three countries which have left the youth lacking the necessary qualifications to obtain jobs or provide their circumstances.

Political researcher Tariq Osman stated in an article published on the news site’s website: “The ruling regimes in the three countries have the support of influential institutions and also have effective tools of coercion and compulsion, which constitute the pillars of relative stability. Despite that, there is a risk of a political earthquake in those countries.”

Read: Morocco arrests 150 during Rif protests

He pointed out that the sectors of tourism, construction and agriculture are supposed to be best equipped to integrate these youth but the tourism sector is unlikely to prosper now, especially given the resurgence of armed Islamist movements, which could make North Africa vulnerable to terrorist attacks for years to come.

The uprising may read to the renewal of social unrest as well as the potential of an influx of migrants to Europe.

(Source / 08.07.2017)

Israel gives settler children firearms training

Minors who were under 10-years-old were taught how to use M16 rifles

Israeli settler children are trained on how to use weapons. [Image: Safa.ps]

Israeli settler children are trained on how to use weapons. [Image: Safa.ps]

Israeli settler children are trained on how to use weapons. [Image: Safa.ps]

A group of Israeli primary school children were given firearms training during a summer camp in an illegal settlement in the occupied West Bank, Israel’s Ynet News reported yesterday.

In images published online the fourth and fifth grade boys can be seen being trained by soldiers on how to use a M16 rifle.

Some of the parents of the minors, who live in the illegal Jewish only settlement of Yakir in the occupied West Bank, were outraged that such training should take place in the camp.

“This is a Hamas camp,” one of the parents said.

The news site quoted the director of the settler summer camp saying: “This was done with the approval of the security personnel in the town. They brought the weapons and everything was conducted in complete safety.”

(Source / 08.07.2017)

18-month-old Palestinian dies after being injured with Israeli tear gas 2 months ago

Tear gas shot

An Israeli border guard fires a tear gas canister during clashes with Palestinian youths in Bethlehem on September 21, 2015

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An 18-month old Palestinian infant died on Friday, some two months after suffering from tear gas inhalation when Israeli forces shot tear gas at Palestinian homes in the village of Abud in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah.

According to Palestinian news agency Wafa, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said that 18-month-old Abd al-Rahman Barghouti, was transferred to Hadassah Hospital in West Jerusalem after suffering from tear gas inhalation in May, owing to the severity of his condition.
However, Wafa pointed out that “all efforts to save his life failed,” and the infant was declared dead on Friday evening.
The infant was injured after clashes broke out across the occupied West Bank on May 19 in support of some 1,300 Palestinian prisoners who were undergoing a mass hunger strike to demand better treatment and conditions in Israeli prisons.
At the time, Israeli forces haphazardly shot tear gas at Palestinian homes, which caused many residents, including Abd al-Rahman, to suffer from tear gas inhalation.
At the same time, Israeli forces opened live ammunition on protesters, injuring several Palestinian youths in the lower part of their bodies.
According to Wafa, Israeli soldiers had prevented Palestinian Red Crescent ambulances from reaching the infant’s home to treat him, and blocked the ambulances with Israeli army jeeps, forcing Palestinian medics to rush on foot to the infant to provide first aid.
The medics were also forced to carry him back to the ambulances, which were located a 30 minute walk away from Barghouti’s house, Wafa pointed out.
Abd al-Rahman became the 36th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces since the start of 2017. Eight Israelis have also been killed by Palestinians during the same time period.
Israeli forces have been the target of condemnation by rights groups for their excessive use of force on Palestinians. During clashes, Israeli forces shoot large amounts of tear gas, at times directly at Palestinian homes, leading to routine injuries and the occasional death.
In 2016, Muhammad Mustafa Habash, 63, from the Asira al-Shamaliya village in the northern West Bank district of Nablus, died of tear gas inhalation during clashes that broke out with Israeli forces at Qalandiya checkpoint in Ramallah.
In 2015, when a wave of violence first erupted across Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, an 8-month-old infant died of tear gas inhalation in the village of Beit Fajjar in Bethlehem.
Several days before the infant’s death, a beloved local activist in Hebron, 54-year-old  Dr. Hashem al-Azzeh, also died from tear gas inhalation.
(Source / 08.07.2017)

Gaza power crisis worsens after Egyptian lines become damaged

Electricity crisis deepened

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza’s ongoing electricity crisis deepened on Saturday after Egyptian power lines feeding the southern part of the besieged territory and a power line from Gaza’s sole power plant became damaged.

Gaza’s electricity company said in a statement that the total power supply available to the besieged territory is 93 megawatts, 70 megawatts of which are provided from Israel and 23 from Gaza’s power plant, which is operating only one generator out of the three available.
The statement highlighted that the Gaza Strip needs an average of 500 megawatts for proper electricity distribution that covers all of its needs.
Gaza residents are currently connected to power for just four hours at a time, followed by 12 hour blackouts, down from Gaza’s normal schedule of two eight-hour intervals of electricity each day.
In May, the Palestinian Authority (PA) decided to slash funding for Israeli fuel to the coastal enclave, and requested that Israeli authorities dramatically reduce its supply of electricity to Gaza, which was already reeling from lack of adequate access to electricity and fuel.
As a result of agreements between Hamas, the de facto leaders in Gaza, and Egyptian authorities, Egypt imported millions of liters of fuel into the territory, averting a full humanitarian collapse in the coastal enclave as Israel began to gradually reduce its supply of electricity.
The PA has been the center of widespread condemnation in recent weeks for its policies in Gaza aimed at putting pressure on Hamas to relinquish control of the besieged coastal enclave and hand over the territory to the PA.
Gaza, which marked its 10th year under an Israeli-enforced blockade last month, has struggled for years with power shortages due to limited fuel access and degraded infrastructure.
Egypt, which borders Gaza in the south, has also upheld the blockade following President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi’s overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood-led government in 2013, subsequently closing the Rafah crossing to Palestinians.
The UN has warned that the Gaza Strip would become uninhabitable for residents by 2020, pointing to the devastation of war and a decade of Israel’s blockade.
(Source / 08.07.2017)

Israeli settlers attack Palestinians at Israeli-controlled checkpoint in Jenin

Esh Kodesh

Israeli settlers in the illegal outpost of Esh Kodesh near the West bank village of Tormusayya, on March 5, 2008

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian vehicles passing the Israeli-controlled Bartaa military checkpoint in the northern occupied West Bank district of Jenin on Friday, while Israeli soldiers reportedly watched without intervening.

According to Palestinian news agency Wafa, local sources in the Bartaa village said that a dozen Israeli settlers hurled rocks at Palestinian vehicles passing through the checkpoint, and broke one Palestinian’s car windshield.
Wafa reported that locals noted that Israeli forces did not intervene in the incident, and instead watched the attack on the side.
A vehicle belonging to Ibrahim Kabha was damaged in the attack, Wafa noted.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she would look into reports on the incident.
Many Palestinian activists and rights groups have accused Israel of fostering a “culture of impunity” for Israeli settlers and soldiers committing violent acts against Palestinians, while Palestinians face up to 20 years in prison for throwing stones if intent to harm could be proven, and face a minimum prison sentence of three years for throwing a stone at an Israeli.
Israel has meted out harsh prison sentences to scores of Palestinians for rock throwing in recent months.
In contrast, Israeli authorities served indictments in only 8.2 percent of cases of Israeli settlers committing anti-Palestinian crimes in the occupied West Bank in the past three years, according to Israeli NGO Yesh Din.
Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with recent announcements of settlement expansion provoking condemnation from the international community.
According to UN documentation, there were a total of 107 reported settler attacks against Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in 2016, with 69 attacks being reported since the start of 2017.
(Source / 08.07.2017)

PCHR Weekly Report: One teen civilian killed, 19 wounded by Israeli forces this week

08 JUL
2:45 AM

In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 22 June – 05 July 2017, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli forces continued systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian in Hebron. 18 Palestinian civilians, including 8 children, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

 

Israeli attacks in the West Bank:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian teenager.

In the West Bank, on 28 June 2017, Israeli forces killed Eyad Gaith (23), from Hebron. According to PCHR’s investigations, Israeli forces surrounded a number of houses belonging to Gaith family in Jouhar Mount, south of the city. Therefore the aforementioned person, who was carrying a rifle, ran away for fear of being abducted. While getting out of the family divan, Israeli forces with no warning opened fire at him and shot him dead to the head.

During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 15 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children. Five of them were hit with live bullets, 5 others were hit with gas canister shrapnel and 2 were hit with sponge-tipped bullets. The incidents were as follows:

On 28 June 2017, a 15-year-old male sustained a metal bullet wound to the hand during an Israeli incursion into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron.

On 29 June 2017, a 15-year-old male sustained a sponge-tipped bullet wound to the chest while a 19-year-old male sustained a similar wound to the right hand  during an Israeli incursion into Bil’in village, west of Ramallah.

On 30 June 2017, a 14-year-old male sustained a live bullet wound to the right side of the chest while another 15-year-old male sustained a live bullet wound to the left thigh during an Israeli incursion into Jenin. Israeli forces further demolished a memorial of the late Khaled Nazzal, member of the Central Committee of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP).

On the same day, a 22-year-old male sustained a bullet wound to the belly during his participation in Kufor Qaddoum weekly protest, northeast of Qalqilya.

On 02 July 2017, 6 Palestinian civilians were wounded, 3 of them sustained metal bullet wounds and the 3 others sustained gas canister shrapnel wounds, when Israeli forces assaulted the funeral procession of Ali Abu Gharbiya (24), from al-Sowana neighbourhood, east of Jerusalem’s Old City, who drowned in Lake Tiberias on Friday, 30 June 2017.

On the same day, a 14-year-old child sustained 2 live bullet wounds to the legs when Israeli forces moved into al-Mughair village, northeast of Ramallah.

On 04 July 2017, 2 children sustained live bullet wounds when Israeli forces moved into al-Fare’ah refugee camp, south of Tubas.

Israeli forces continued practicing the collective punishment policy. Collective punishment measures were imposed against the Palestinian civilians in Jerusalem and Deir Abu Mesh’al village.

Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians. 15 civilians, including 2 children and a fieldworker at B’Tselem, were abducted at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

On 04 July 2017, three families in Deir Abu Mesh’al village, northwest of Ramallah, and a family in Silwad village, northeast of the city, received military demolition orders issued by the Israeli Commander in the West Bank. The first order was related to the demolition of houses belonging to the families of the 3 youngsters, who carried out an attack in Bab al-Amoud area in Jerusalem on 16 June 2017. The second order was related to the house belonging to the family of prisoner Malek Hamed (22), who carried out a run-over attack on 06 April 2017, near “Ofra” settlement.

Concerning house demolitions, the Israeli municipality in occupied Jerusalem obliged the family of Mohammed Ali Nasser Assi to self-demolish his house in al-Eisawiya village, northeast of the city, on 01 July 2017, it should be noted the house was built in 2008 and the family paid a fine of NIS 40,000.

On 03 July 2017, Mahmoud Fawaqa was obliged to self-demolish his 2 houses in Em Lesoun village, south of the city. The aforementioned person said the municipality obliged him to self-demolish the houses, otherwise, the municipality itself would demolish them and impose a fine of NIS 80,000.

On 04 July 2017, the Israeli municipality in Jerusalem demolished 3 houses in Beit Hanina neighbourhood, north of the city under the pretext of non-licensing.

On the same day, Israeli forces levelled a 2-dunum agricultural land and a livestock barrack in al-Za’yem village, east of East Jerusalem. They also cut off 120 olive and almond trees.

 

Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip:

In the Gaza Strip, the border area witnessed peaceful protests against the illegal closure imposed on the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces used force against the protestors, as result, 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded. One of them was hit with a live bullet and the two others were hit with tear gas canisters.

In the context of Israeli attacks against fishermen in the sea, on 27 June 2017, Israeli gunboats opened fire at and chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 4 nautical miles northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip. Soon after, the Israeli gunboats opened fire at fishing boats sailing off al-Sudaniya shore, west of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip. Similar shooting incidents recurred off Beit Lahia shore on 30 June and 01,02 and 04 July 2017, however, neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

Concerning attacks at the border area, on 29 June 2017, Israeli forces stationed in watchtowers at Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing, north of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at the border area, but neither casualties were reported among the shepherds nor material damage were reported.

On 27 June 2017, the Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at Martyr Abu Harb training site of al-Qassam Brigades in al-Nasser village, northeast of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip. As a result, the site sustained material damage, but no casualties were reported.

 

Israeli settlement activities:

On 24 June 2017, a group of settlers moved into Termis’iya village, northeast of Ramallah, and cut off 10 olive trees in al-Dhuhairat area near the said village.

On 25 June 2017, the first day of Eid al-Fitr, a group of settlers cut off 30 olive trees in Burin village, south of Nablus. It should be noted the trees were planted in a land belonging to Belal Eid and is 500 meters away from the said settlement.

On 28 June 2017, a group of settlers from “Ytshar” settlement, south of Burin village, south of Nablus, set fire to the southern mountain of the village. Dozens of dunums caught fire before the civil defence crews arrived.

 

Israeli attacks against non-violent demonstrations:

Following the Friday prayer on 23 June 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized a protest in Bil’in and Ni’lin villages, west of Ramallah; al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city, in protest against the annexation wall and settlement activities. Israeli forces forcibly dispersed the protests, firing live and metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. They also chased protesters into olive fields and houses. As a result, some of the protesters suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

At approximately 14:30 on Friday, 30 June 2017, Palestinian civilians and International activists organized a demonstration in the center of Kufur Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah. They made their way towards the eastern entrance to the village in protest against closing that entrance since al-Aqsa Intifada with an iron gate. When the protestors arrived at the abovementioned entrance, the Israeli forces heavily fired metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, a 22-year-old civilian sustained a metal bullet wound.

Following the Friday prayer, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized a protest in Bil’in and Ni’lin villages, west of Ramallah; al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city, in protest against the annexation wall and settlement activities. Israeli forces forcibly dispersed the protests, firing live and metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. They also chased protesters into olive fields and houses. As a result, some of the protesters suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

At approximately 14:30 on Friday, 23 June 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered few meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, in response to calls for protests in the border area against the Israeli-imposed closure on Gaza. A number of the young men set fire to tires and threw stones at the Israeli forces stationed along the abovementioned border fence. The soldiers fired live bullets, tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at them. The clashes continued until approximately 19:00 on the same day. As a result, 3 civilians, including a child, were wounded. They were transferred to the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia. Their wounds were classified as moderate. The wounded civilians were identified as :

Mohammed Zohair Sarhan Zaqoul (31) from Jabalia. He sustained a live bullet wound to the right leg;

Shadi ‘Ammar Mohammed Ma’rouf (26) from Beit Lahia. He was hit with a tear gas canister to the left hand; and

Abdullah Fayez Abdul Latif al-Shalfouh (17) from Jabalia. He was hit with a tear gas canister to the face.

At approximately 16:30 on Sunday, 02 July 2017, dozens of Palestinian young men made their way to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Buraij in the northern Gaza Strip, in response to calls for protests in the border area against the Israeli-imposed closure on Gaza. A number set fire to tires and threw stones at the Israeli forces stationed along the abovementioned border fence. The soldiers fired live bullets, tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at them. The clashes continued until approximately 19:00 on the same day. As a result, a number of the civilians sustained tear gas canisters and received medical treatment on the spot.

 

At approximately 17:00, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Yunis. They set fire to tires and raised flags and banners, condemning the Israeli closure on the Gaza Strip. A number of the young men approached the abovementioned border fence and threw stones at the Israeli forces stationed there. The Israeli soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters for an hour and a half around the protestors to disperse them. As a result, a number of the civilians sustained tear gas canisters.

 

Recommendations to the international community:

Due to the number and severity of Israeli human rights violations this week, PCHR made several recommendations to the international community. PCHR warns of the escalating settlement construction in the West Bank, the attempts to legitimize settlement outposts established on Palestinian lands in the West Bank and the continued summary executions of Palestinian civilians under the pretext that they pose a security threat to the Israeli forces. PCHR reminds the international community that thousands of Palestinian civilians have been rendered homeless and lived in caravans under tragic circumstances due to the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip that has been under a tight closure for almost 10 years. PCHR welcomes the UN Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334, which states that settlements are a blatant violation of the Geneva Conventions and calls upon Israel to stop them and not to recognize any demographic change in the oPt since 1967.

PCHR hopes this resolution will pave the way for eliminating the settlement crime and bring to justice those responsible for it. PCHR further reiterates that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are still under Israeli occupation in spite of Israel’s unilateral disengagement plan of 2005.  PCHR emphasizes that there is international recognition of Israel’s obligation to respect international human rights instruments and international humanitarian law.  Israel is bound to apply international human rights law and the law of war, sometimes reciprocally and other times in parallel, in a way that achieves the best protection for civilians and remedy for the victims.

For the full text of the report click here.

(Source / 08.07.2017)

Two Palestinians Injured, One Seriously, In Northern Gaza

08 JUL
1:15 AM

On Friday, Israeli soldiers, stationed across the border fence, east of Jabalia in the northern part of the besieged Gaza Strip, opened fire on Palestinian protesters wounding two, including one who suffered a serious injury.

Medical sources said the soldiers shot one Palestinian with a gas bomb to the dead, leading to a life-threatening injury, while another Palestinian was shot with a live round in his leg. Both Palestinians were moved to Kamal Adwan hospital.

In related news, the soldiers fired several live rounds at a Palestinian ambulance, east of Gaza City.

The Israeli attacks took place as the soldiers opened fire of protesters in Palestinian lands, close to the border fence, in the eastern part of the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 08.07.2017)