Report: Israel army intentionally reduces fatalities in Gaza protests

An injured Palestinian is being moved away from the site after Israeli forces attacked protesters during the Great March of Return in Gaza on 13 September 2019 [Hassan Jedi/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinians carry an injured man after Israeli forces attacked protesters during the Great March of Return in Gaza on 13 September 2019 

The Israeli military has changed tactics to reduce fatalities amongst Gaza protesters, in order to reduce the risk of retaliatory rocket fire and escalation, reported Haaretz.

According to the article by the paper’s defence correspondent Amos Harel, the army’s approach to the occupied Gaza Strip is “built on containment and caution”.

“If more Palestinians are killed in the violent demonstrations along the fence, more rockets would be fired at the south of Israel, leading to more air force strikes on the Strip, which would in turn increase the risk of war,” Harel wrote.

Such a conclusion reflects decisions taken by Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip, namely to respond to the killing of demonstrators at the fence with projectile fire.

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The Haaretz report reveals that the military’s “rules of engagement on the Gaza border were modified a few months ago”, and that the “current” army activity “is more restrained” than 2018.

Specifically, “commanders have been ordered to deploy forces in bullet proof vehicles a few dozen meters away from the fence, to deter the demonstrators from crossing it… instead of relying only on snipers, who are 300 meters away.”

This change “has resulted in a considerably smaller number of fatalities, as snipers have to shoot less frequently,” the report notes.

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The report claims that the shift exposes soldiers to more “risk”, due to their proximity to the protests, although the article fails to note that under international humanitarian law, armed forces are obliged to take all necessary steps to reduce harm caused to civilians.

Harel stressed that “the tactical risk is intended to serve a strategic goal: restraint in the Strip in hopes that the low number of fatalities will prevent another escalation.”

(Source / 20.09.2019) 

Seven Palestinian Injured In Southern Gaza

19 SEP 4:15 AM

Palestinian medical sources have reported that seven residents were injured, Wednesday, apparently when a homemade shell was fired from Gaza targeting nearby Israeli settlements but landed and detonated in a home in the eastern area of Rafah, in the southern part of the coastal region.

The sources stated that medical and rescue crews rushed to the home and moved the seven Palestinians to Abu Yousef Najjar Hospital, in Rafah.

The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that the seven Palestinians were moved to the hospital but did not elaborate on the extent of their wounds.

It is worth mentioning that sirens were sounds in Israeli settlements close to the Gaza Strip before the army said the homemade shells did not make it across the fence and detonated in Gaza.

(Source / 20.09.2019) 

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (12 – 18 September 2019)

20 SEP 1:26 PM

Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory

12 – 18 September 2019

  • Palestinian Woman killed at Qalendia Checkpoint at the northern entrance to occupied East Jerusalem, claiming she attempted to stab an Israeli soldier.
  • Great March of Return in Eastern Gaza Strip: 78 civilians injured, including 34 children, a woman and a journalist.
  • During 82 incursions into the West Bank: 49 civilians arrested, including 8 children and 2 women.
  • 2 limited incursions and 7 shooting incidents reported in the border area, east of the Gaza Strip.
  • 5 water wells destroyed and 250 olive trees and 120 forest trees levelled in northern Jordan Valley; a house, agricultural rooms and a street demolished in al-Walajah village, northwest of Bethlehem.
  • 64 temporary checkpoints established in the West Bank, where 4 Palestinian civilians were arrested.
  • Israeli border crossings with the Gaza Strip closed for one day, and a Palestinian arrested at Erez Crossing, north of the Gaza Strip.

Summary

During the reporting period, PCHR documented 165 violations of the international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli forces and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory.

As part of the Israeli violations of the right to life and bodily integrity, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian woman, who was not identified, at Qalendia Checkpoint at the northern entrance to occupied East Jerusalem, and wounded 78 civilians, including 34 children, 2 women and a journalist at the Great March of Return in the Gaza Strip.

In a new crime of excessive use of lethal force, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian woman at Qalendia Checkpoint at the northern entrance to occupied East Jerusalem on Wednesday, 18 September 2019.  The Israeli forces claimed that the victim attempted to stab one of the Israeli soldiers. Meanwhile, a footage published on social media showed one of the Israeli forces shooting at a woman who was few meters away from them and not posing any threat to their lives.  Therefore, the soldiers could have used less lethal force and arrested or interrogated her.

As part of the Israeli incursions and house raids, Israel carried out 82 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, and raided civilian houses, attacking and enticing fear among residents in addition to shooting in many incidents. As a result, 49 Palestinians were arrested, including 8 children and 2 women.  In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces carried out 2 limited incursions into eastern Rafah and Khan Younis and levelled agricultural lands along the border fence.  Meanwhile, 7 shooting incidents were reported at the agricultural lands, east of the Gaza Strip; mostly in eastern Khan Younis.

Under the settlement expansion activities in the West Bank, PCHR documented 6 violations, including destroying 5 water wells, uprooting 250 olive trees and 120 forest trees, and demolishing a barrack and a caravan in the northern Jordan Valley, east of Tubas, in addition to a house, an agricultural room, retaining walls and a street in al-Walajah village, northwest of Bethlehem.  Further, as part of the settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property in the West Bank, the Israeli settlers carried out 3 attacks at the Palestinian civilians and their property in the West Bank.

In terms of the Israeli closure policy, the Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the History of the Israeli occupation in the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods and ongoing isolation of the Gaza Strip from the West Bank and the rest of the world. Meanwhile, the West Bank is divided into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilians’ movement is restricted and others are arrested.

  1. Violation of the right to life and to bodily integrity
  1. Excessive Use of Force against the Great March of Return in the Gaza Strip

The 74th Great March of Return took off in eastern Gaza Strip on Friday, 13 September 2019, titled “Erase the Oslo Accords from Our History,” which coincided with the 26th anniversary of the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). The Israeli attacks resulted in the injury of 78 civilians, including 34 children, a woman and a journalist.

The incidents were as follows:

  • Northern Gaza Strip: At approximately 16:00 on Friday, 13 September 2019, hundreds of civilians marched towards the central tent of the Great March of Return (GMR) in Abu Safiyah area, northeast of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces stationed behind sand berms and in military vehicles along the border fence, fired live and rubber bullets as well as teargas canisters at a number of protesters, who threw stones at them. As a result, 15 civilians injured, including 5 children: 6, including 2 children, were shot with live bullets and their shrapnel; 3, including 2 children, were hit with tear gas canisters; two of the were children; and 6 were shot with rubber bullets, including a child.
  • Gaza City: at approximately 17:00 on Friday, hundreds of civilians marched in eastern Malakah area, east of Gaza City. Speeches, theatrical performances and other segments were performed at the protest central encampment. Dozens of protestors approached the fence and threw stones with slingshots at Israeli soldiers. The activities continued until 19:00 on the same day. Despite the peaceful nature of the demonstrations, Israeli forces directly stationed along the border fence fired live, rubber bullets, and tear gas canisters at the participants. As a result, 11 civilians injured, including 5 children: 5 were shot with live bullets; 4 were shot with rubber bullets and 2 were directly hit with tear gas canisters.
  • Central Gaza Strip: at approximately 15:00, hundreds of civilians, including women, children and families, took part in the eastern Bureij refugee camp protests; tens of them gathered adjacent to the border fence at a range varying between 3 – 300 meters. A number of protestors approached the fence and threw stones with slingshots at Israeli soldiers. The Israeli soldiers, reinforced with several military SUVs, fired live and rubber bullets in addition to teargas canisters at them. As a result, 28 civilians were wounded, including14 children and a journalist: 13 were shot with live bullets and their shrapnel, 10 was shot with a rubber bullet and 5 were hit with tear gas canisters. The wounded freelance journalist, Zakaria Rawhi Bkair (24), from al-Maghazi, was hit with a rubber bullet to the left hand.
  • Khan Younis:  hundreds participated in Khuza’ah protests. Tens approached the border fence, set tires on fire, attempted to throw stones and firecrackers, set tires on fire, and raised Palestinian flags in addition to chanting national songs. Israeli forces fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at protesters, wounding 8 civilians, including 2 children and a woman: one of them was hit with shrapnel; 2 were hit with rubber bullets and 5 were hit with tear gas canisters. The wounded woman, Sabreen Ismail Ibrahim al-Najjar (42), sustained minor wounds after being hit with a rubber bullet to the head. Sabreen was previously injured on 16 August 2019.
  • Rafah: hundreds participated in the eastern Shokah protests, where folklore songs and speeches were held. Dozens approached the border fence and threw stones and fireworks at the shielded Israeli soldiers, who responded with live and rubber bullets and teargas canisters against the protestors. As a result, 16 civilians were injured, including 8 children; one child deemed in extremely critical condition: 10 were shot with live bullets and their shrapnel and 6 were shot with rubber bullets. Ahmed Naji Sa’ed Abu Qamar (17) sustained serious wounds after being shot with a live bullet to the head.
  1. Shooting and other violations of the right to life and bodily integrity
  • At approximately 18:10 on Thursday, 12 September 2019, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence opened fire at agricultural lands, east of Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Younis. The shooting continued for half an hour; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:00 on Friday, 13 September 2019, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence opened fire at agricultural lands, east of Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Younis. The shooting continued for half an hour; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:40, Israeli forces stationed in “Kissufim”military site along the border fence opened fire at agricultural lands in eastern al-Qararah, east of Khan Younis. The shooting continued for about 15 minutes; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 10:15 on Saturday, 14 September 2019, Israeli soldiers stationed at the border fence between Gaza and Israel, east of al-Shoka, eastern Rafah, opened fire at agricultural lands. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 22:30 on Saturday, 14 September 2019, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence opened fire at agricultural lands in eastern Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Younis. The shooting sporadically continued for few minutes; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 09:10 on Sunday, 15 September 2019, Israeli forces along the border fence fired live bullets and sound bombs at agricultural lands and shepherds in eastern al-Fukhari village, east of Khan Younis. The shooting sporadically continued for few minutes; no casualties were reported.
  • In a new crime of excessive use of lethal forces, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian woman at Qalandiya checkpoint at the northern entrance to occupied East Jerusalem. Israeli forces claimed that a woman attempted to stab a solider. A recorded videotape was published on news websites and social media where a soldier shot the woman, who was few meters away, before she approach him or pose any danger to the soldiers’ lives. Therefore, Israeli forces could have used a less lethal force against the woman like arresting her and investigate with her.

According to PCHR’s investigations and eyewitnesses’ statements, at approximately 06:00 on Wednesday, 18 September 2019, a Palestinian woman arrived at Qalandiya checkpoint in early morning and walked through the vehicles lane rather than the pedestrian lane and she seemed hesitant as if she lost her way. The soldiers then opened fire at the woman, who was few meters away from the soldiers, though she did not pose any threat to their lives. As a result, she was shot with a live bullet and was left to bleed for a long time before a Megan David Adom (MDA) ambulance transferred her to Hadassah Hospital in Western Jerusalem, and succumbed to her wounds shortly after arriving to the hospital. Israeli media claimed that a woman in the fifties arrived at the checkpoint and attempted to stab a border guard’s officer. The woman was naturalized after being shot and deemed critical. The Palestinian Ministry of Health did not declare the woman’s name or mentioned any details about her, but only mentioned her death after her arrival at the hospital. Israeli authorities also did not declare the dead woman’s name until the reporting period.

  • At approximately 21:15 on Wednesday, 19 September 2019, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence opened fire and tear gas canisters at agricultural lands in eastern ‘Abasan al-Kabirah, east of Kham Younis. The shooting continued for few minutes; no casualties were reported.

Settlement Expansion and settler violence in the West Bank including occupied East Jerusalem

  1. Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property for Settlement Expansion Activities
  • At approximately 07:00 on Thursday, 12 September 2019, Israeli forces backed by several military vehicles and a vehicle of the Civil Administration moved into Kherbet ‘Atouf and Ras al-Hahmar, southeast of Tubas. They demolished 5 water wells and bulldozed 250 olive trees that were planted 4-7 years ago, in addition to 120 forest trees. The fence surrounding these lands was also demolished. The attacked lands, and demolished property, belong to:

1- Rashid Mostafa Bani ‘Owda: a water well, 100 olive trees and a fence.

2- Morshed Rashid Bani ‘Owda: a water well, 50 olive trees and a fence.

3- Hussni Mostafa Bani ‘Owda: a water well and 100 olive trees.

4- Hussain Mostafa Bani ‘Owda: a water well.

5- ‘Abed al-Latif Mohamed Basharat: a water well.

6- Um Kbaish Reserve: 120 forest trees and a fence surrounding the land.

  • On Monday, 16 September 2019, Israeli forces demolished a residential house, agricultural rooms and retaining walls, and bulldozed a road in al-Walajah village, northwest of Bethlehem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Khader al-A’raj, a member of village council, said that an Israeli force reinforced with several military construction vehicles moved into al-Walajah village and stationed in ‘Ain Jowizah and Khelet al-Hour areas. The Israeli military vehicles then demolished a 2-story residential house belonging to Mostafa ‘Abed Rabbu. Furthermore, 2 agricultural rooms, property of Halimah al-‘Arj, were demolished, in addition to retaining and concrete walls. Additionally, a road connecting the mentioned areas with other neighborhoods was bulldozed. Al-‘Araj pointed out that the ongoing demolition operations in the village aim at displacing its residents which is part of the Israeli ethnic cleansing policy. It should be noted that over 30 houses were destroyed in al-Walajah village and 180 others are threatened to be demolished under the pretext of non-licensing. The Israeli authorities seek to annex ‘Ain Jowizah and Khelet al-Hour areas to Jerusalem Municipality boundaries.
  • At approximately 09:30 on Wednesday, 18 September 2019, Israeli forces backed by a bulldozer and a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration moved into Kherbit ‘Atouf in northern Jordan Valley. The bulldozer demolished a 50-sqaure-meter barrack built of tin plates and a 20-sqaure-meter caravan belonging to Rami Mohamed Nimer Qalawlah in Al-Jadida village, southeast of the city. It should be noted that the barrack and caravan were designated for workers, guards and equipment storage. Another Israeli force moved into a nearby plot of land in Kherbit Ras al-Ahmar, where they confiscated an excavator belonging to Mowafaq Fakhri Daraghma, and arrested his brother, Moayad (29).
  1. Israeli Settler Violence
  • At approximately 14:00 on Saturday, 14 September 2019, a group of Israeli settlers, under the tight Israeli forces’ protection, moved into Tarousa area, west of Dura in southern Hebron, where they performed prayers and later withdrew.
  • At approximately 15:30 on Saturday, a group of Israeli settlers moved into Kafur Laqif village, east of Qalqiliyia. The settlers attacked Ibrahim Ameen Jaber’s house and attempted to raid it, but they could not because its door and windows were tightly locked. Jaber said to PCHR’s fieldworker that: “a friend phoned and told me that he saw a group of Israeli settlers raiding my house at the entrance to the village. I quickly headed there and called the Israeli police while I was on my way. I told the police officer that they should come and intervene or I will not hesitate to defend my property come what may. When I arrived at the area, I saw 4 young settlers attempting to enter the house. Meanwhile, the Israeli military forces arrived and took the settlers in order to protect them. This was not the first settler attack, as they previously caused damage to the water network and pipes as well as electricity wires. As a result, we were forced to move into another house in the center of the village due to the ongoing settlers’ attacks. The settlers then left the area under the Israeli forces’ protection.”
  • On Monday, 16 September 2019, a group of Israeli settlers sneaked into the northern entrance to Doma village “al-Howmah area”, southeast of Nablus. The settlers wrote slogans against Arabs on a wall belonging to Murad Ahmed Dawabsha’s house. They also punctured his vehicle tires before their withdrawal. It should be noted that Doma village is exposed to the ongoing and recurrent Israeli attacks. The most prominent of these attacks was the crime of burning Sa’d Dawabsha’s house on 31 July 2015 killing his wife and their infant child.

Fully detailed document available at the official website for the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR).

(Source / 20.09.2019) 

ISRAELI FORCES ARREST 19 PALESTINIANS IN OVERNIGHT ATTACKS

Occupied West Bank (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces arrested last night 19 Palestinians in overnight raids in different areas throughout occupied West Bank.

In Ramallah, confrontations erupted between Israeli soldiers, who broke into the city, and native Palestinians. Israeli soldiers used tear gas and stun grenades and broke into houses, vandalizing it and interrogating citizens.

Local sources said that Israeli forces arrested five young men after breaking into their houses, and they were taken to unknown destination.

In Nablus, Israeli forces also arrested three young men from Balata refugee camp after breaking into their houses.

Violent confrontations erupted when Israeli vehicles raided the refugee camp and used live ammunition and stun grenades against locals.

In Jenin, Israeli forces arrested six Palestinians and carried out raid and search campaign.

Israeli forces arrested four Palestinians as well after breaking into the city.

The occupation state has been adopting night raids policy in occupied West Bank, arresting men, women, and children mostly without charges or with overbroad charges to intimidate native Palestinians and facilitate controlling them.

(Source / 20.09.2019) 

Gaza’s water crisis is ‘a ticking time bomb’

Israel is surrounding Gaza with a massive number of water wells that made the besieged enclave’s water wells drown through years

By Sandy Tolan

In the occupied Gaza Strip, a narrow piece of besieged land where three out of four people are refugees, unsafe drinking water has led to a worsening health crisis. Gazan children suffer from diarrhea, kidney disease, stunted growth and impaired IQ.


Twenty years ago, 85 percent of Gaza’s drinking wells were too contaminated for human consumption. Today, that figure is 97 per cent.

Local tap water is too salty to drink because the aquifer below Gaza has been over-pumped so severely that seawater is flowing in. Two-thirds of Gazans get water delivered by truck. Desalinated water is pumped into rooftop tanks via hoses.

But the desalinated water is unregulated and because this water has virtually no salt, it is prone to fecal contamination. When children drink this water, they get diarrhea.

Repeated bouts of diarrhea can lead to stunting and developmental problems, including a measurable impact on IQ.

Late last year, a British medical journal found an “alarming magnitude” of stunting among Gazan children.

Water issue first

“If you really want to change the lives of people, you have to solve the water issue first,” says Adnan abu-Hasna, a spokesperson for UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees. “Otherwise, you will see a huge collapse of everything in Gaza.”

“It is a ticking time bomb,” agrees Gidon Bromberg, director of EcoPeace Middle East, based in Tel Aviv. “We have a situation where two million people no longer have access to potable groundwater. When people are drinking unhealthy water … disease is a direct consequence.”

He added: “Should pandemic disease break out in Gaza, people will simply start moving to the fences of Israel and Egypt, and they will not be moving with stones or with rockets. They will be moving with empty buckets, desperately calling out for clean water.”

Root of crisis

Assigning blame for the plight of Gazans is not exactly simple. Take the fact that only three per cent of Gaza’s drinking water wells are actually drinkable.

Is that because Gaza’s citrus farmers pumped too much? Or because Israeli agricultural settlers depleted a deep pocket of fresh water before they left Gazain 2005? Or the simple fact that Gaza’s population quadrupled in a matter of weeks when towns and villages fell to Israel in 1948?

Food- and water-borne diseases have also been a concern — the power is shut off for 20 hours a day. Are Israel and Egypt to blame for withholding fuel deliveries? Or Israel, for bombing water and sewage infrastructure in Gaza during the 2014 war? Or the Palestinian Authority sanctions on Gaza, which deprives Gazans of critical medicines?

Israel’s economic blockade of Gaza contributes to worsening poverty, skyrocketing unemployment and child malnutrition, according to several human rights groups.

Israel is reason of crisis

A peace deal could have connected Gaza to the West Bank, where the vast Mountain Aquifer is big enough to end Gaza’s water crisis. As it is, there is no peace. The two Palestinian territories are splintered. And Israel has effective control over all the water.

Critics say Israel could solve the whole problem by simply implementing power lines into Gaza. But Israeli officials claim they are already sending water to Gaza and to do more would be rewarding Gaza’s bad actors.

“What is going on in Gaza is a real catastrophe,” says Ori Shor, spokesperson of the Israeli Water Authority. “The situation there is unbearable. It is also frustrating.”

Shor claims Israel is providing more than twice the amount of water they are obligated to provide based on current agreements. But that amount is just a fraction of the clean water Gazans need every day.

Solutions

As the situation in Gaza continues to deteriorate, humanitarian groups estimate that Gaza will become uninhabitable by 2020 — barely a year from now.

To avoid that, international relief agencies and the Palestinian Water Authority are working on a network of big sewage and desalination plants.

Donors have pledged $500 million to build out this network. But one large obstacle remains: On most days, Gaza has electricity for only four hours, which makes running these projects almost impossible.

“At this time, we do not have [enough electricity], but we hope,” says Kamal abu-Moammar, manager of the Southern Gaza Desalination Plant. “Many of our ministers say they will solve this problem. But we do not know when. Or how.”

(Source / 20.09.2019) 

IOF attacks and injures many Palestinians near Al-Khalil

AL-KHALIL, PALESTINOW.COM — Israeli soldiers injured, Thursday, many Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs, during protests that erupted after the army invaded Halhoul town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded the town to accompany dozens of illegal colonialist settlers, to tour in Prophet Younis mosque, leading to protests.

The soldiers fired many gas bombs and rubber-coated steel bullets at the protesters, causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, in addition to shooting several others with rubber-coated steel bullets.

In addition, the soldiers and the colonialist settlers also stormed Hebron’s Commercial area in Bab az-Zawiya.

In related news, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that the soldiers abducted, on Thursday at dawn, at least twenty-two Palestinians, including children, from their homes, in several parts of the West Bank.

(Source / 20.09.2019) 

Amnesty: Israel kills Palestinian woman need for international justice

GENEVA, PALESTINOW.COM — Amnesty International has said that Wednesday’s killing of a Palestinian woman by Israeli soldiers at Qalandiya checkpoint should be “an urgent reminder of the need for international justice to start charting the way towards an end to Israel’s institutionalized and systematic violations of Palestinian human rights.”

“Video footage of the incident shows the woman standing some distance away from the Israeli guards when they shot her dead. She did not appear to be carrying a firearm and did not pose any immediate threat to the guards or to the lives of people in the vicinity when they opened fire. This strongly suggests that her killing may have been unlawful,” Amnesty explained.

“Under international law, lethal force must only be used when strictly unavoidable and in order to defend people from imminent risk of death or serious injury,” the human rights group underlined.

“Israeli forces have a horrific track record of committing serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law – including using excessive force and carrying out unlawful killings. This pattern grows unobstructed by the complete lack of accountability for Israeli forces who carry human rights violations, it noted.

In recent years, Amnesty International has documented hundreds of cases in the occupied Palestinian territories in which Israeli forces have used lethal force on unarmed Palestinians who were posing no imminent threat to the lives of the soldiers or others.

(Source / 20.09.2019) 

Israeli occupation forces raid Ramallah office of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network is circulating the following statement, released by Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association in EnglishFrench and Arabic, and urges broad support for Addameer in the face of Israeli state repression.


Israeli Occupation Forces Raid Addameer’s Office and Steal its Belongings

19 September 2019

Israeli occupation forces raided today, Thursday, 19 September 2019 at around 2:00am the office of Addameer Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association.

The Israeli forces stole five laptops, memory cards, three laptop memories, one laptop card, several books and additionally searching through the belongings of the office.

This is the third incident where the Israeli soldiers have raided the office, the first was in 2002 and the second incident was in 2012.

Addameer reassures that those constant raids will not stand in the face of any duties the organization has for Palestinian political prisoners. The organization will continue to support Palestinian prisoners to flight all human rights violations they suffer from including torture, arbitrary detention and unfair trails.

Addameer sees this raid as a part of ongoing and systematic attacks against the Palestinian civil society organization. Those attacks are targeting the organizations that have a role in facing the occupation’s violations and claiming accountability for those violations. This is additionally a part of the occupation’s campaign to shrink space, delegitimize and de-fund those human rights and civil society organizations.


Les forces d’occupations ont effectué un raid dans les locaux d’Addameer et ont volé des biens

19 September 2019

Jeudi 19 septembre, aux alentours de 2h du matin, les forces d’occupation israéliennes ont effectué un raid dans les locaux de l’association Addameer qui défend les prisonniers politiques et les droits de l’homme.

L’armée israélienne y a volé 5 ordinateurs portables, des cartes mémoires, trois disques durs, plusieurs livres et a fouillé tous les bureaux.

C’est la troisième fois que les forces d’occupation effectuent un raid de la sorte dans les locaux d’Addameer, le premier était en 2002 et le second en 2012.

Addameer maintient que ces raids à répétitions ne l’empêchera pas d’effectuer sa mission pour les prisonniers politiques palestiniens. L’association Addameer continuera de soutenir les prisonniers palestiniens face à toutes les violations des droits de l’homme dont ils souffrent, incluant la torture, la détention arbitraire et les mauvais traitements.

Addameer considère ce raid comme une partie des attaques systématiques et incessantes contre la société civile palestinienne. Ces attaques visent les organisations qui jouent un rôle dans la lutte contre les violations de l’occupant et qui portent responsable l’occupant de ses violations. Cela fait également partie de la campagne de l’occupant visant à réduire la marge de manœuvre, à délégitimer et à couper les fonds des organisations de défense des droits de l’homme et de la société civile.


قوات الاحتلال تقتحم مقر مؤسسة الضمير وتسرق مقتنياتها.

19 أيلول 2019

سرقت قوات الاحتلال من المؤسسة 5 أجهزة حاسوب نقال، ذاكرة كاميرا، ذاكرة 3 أجهزة حاسوب، كرت حاسوب وعدد من الكتب كما عبثت بمحتويات المكتب.

سرقت قوات الاحتلال من المؤسسة 5 أجهزة حاسوب نقال، ذاكرة كاميرا، ذاكرة 3 أجهزة حاسوب، كرت حاسوب وعدد من الكتب كما عبثت بمحتويات المكتب.

يذكر أن هذا الإقتحام يعتبرالثالث بعد أن قام جيش الاحتلال بإقتحام المؤسسة عام 2002وعام 2012

تؤكد مؤسسة الضمير أن اقتحام مكاتبها المتكرر لن يثنيها عن القيام بواجبها اتجاه قضية الأسرى السياسيين الفلسطينيين.

و ستواصل عملها الجاد في مساندة كافة الأسرى للتصدي للانتهاكات الجسيمة التي يواجهونها من تعذيب واعتقالات تعسفية ومحاكمات غير عادلة، على كافة المستويات وامام جميع المحافل محلياً و دولياً.

ترى مؤسسة الضمير أن هذا الاقتحام هو جزء من الاستهداف المنهجي لمؤسسات المجتمع المدني الفلسطيني، خاصة تلك التي تلعب دوراً ريادياً لمساءلة ومحاسبة الاحتلال على جرائم الحرب و الجرائم ضد الانسانية. وهي استمراراً للحملة التي تقودها حكومة الاحتلال بحق المؤسسات الفلسطينية من تشويه و تضييق على مصادر التمويل وغيرها.

Thousands Of Palestinians To Participate The Great Return March Today

Palestinians in Gaza Strip are preparing to participate the 75th of the Great Return March today afternoon in the eastren parts of Gaza Strip.

The Higher National Committee for the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege called, in a press release, the Palestinians to mass participate today in the marches on the anniversary of the massacre of Sabra and Shatila and to assert on the Palestinian rights in Lebanon camps.

Over 300 Palestinians have been killed and more than 30,000 injured by Israeli forces since the outbreak of the Great March of Return protests at Gaza border on March 30, 2018.

The weekly protests call for lifting the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip and for the return of the Palestinian refugees to their ancestral homes in pre-1948 Palestine.

(Source / 20.09.2019)