The story of a tree and a barrier: Al-Walaja faces a second uprooting
Abu Wajih, 69, lives with his family of nine in the village of Al Walaja. On 5 September 2011, Abu Wajih arrived on his land to find that the Israeli authorities had confiscated six dunums and had already begun levelling it. Abu Wajih lost about 60 olive trees, 18 almond trees, and eight hawthorn trees since Israel began confiscating his land.
Israel escalates policy of political repression in East Jerusalem
As an organisation dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), Al-Haq is gravely concerned about Israel's escalation of political repression against Palestinian lawmakers, particularly in East Jerusalem. Between 19 and 24 January four Palestinian MPs and a former Minister were detained by Israeli Occupying Forces. At present, there are 27 Palestinian lawmakers in Israeli administrative detention where they are being held without charges in violation of due process and the presumption of innocence.
Shifting paradigms: Israel's enforcement of the buffer zone in the Gaza Strip
The so-called buffer zone is a military no-go area that extend within the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) along the entire Gaza Strip's border with Israel as well as at sea. The buffer zone allegedly responds to the Occupying Power's legitimate security concerns; yet, Israel's unilateral expansion of this restricted area and its enforcement mechanisms seriously infringe upon the rights of protected persons and cause many civilian casualties.
A Pattern of Abuse Against American Citizens
In coming days, ten ships will take part in a flotilla attempting to break the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip. Among the ships will be the U.S.-flagged "Audacity of Hope," carrying 36 U.S. citizens. Last year, the Israeli navy attacked a previous humanitarian flotilla in international waters, killing nine passengers, including one American. Though Israeli state violence against foreign nationals is often portrayed as an aberration, over the past 8 years alone, Israel has killed and/or severely injured a number of American citizens. Included are 10 such examples.
Israeli campaign to avoid accountability for Gaza war crimes must be rejected
Recent Israeli government calls for the UN to retract the 2009 report of its Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict are a cynical attempt to avoid accountability for war crimes and deny both Palestinian and Israeli victims of the 2008-2009 conflict the justice and reparations they deserve, Amnesty International said today.
Israel: US Veto on Settlements Undermines International Law
The US veto of a proposed United Nations Security Council Resolution calling upon Israel to end illegal policies that promote settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, undermines enforcement of international law, Human Rights Watch said today. The Geneva Conventions, to which Israel is a party, prohibit the transfer of a country's civilian population into territory it occupies.
An Open Letter from Gaza: Two Years after the Massacre, a Demand for Justice
This is a letter from Palestinian civil society institutions in Gaza writing to the world on the 2nd anniversary of Israel's invasion of Gaza codenamed Operation Cast Lead. During Operation Cast Lead, over 1,400 people in Gaza were killed, the majority of them civilians, and hundreds of buildings & institutions destroyed.
Israel/West Bank: Separate and Unequal
Israeli policies in the West Bank harshly discriminate against Palestinian residents, depriving them of basic necessities while providing lavish amenities for Jewish settlements, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The report identifies discriminatory practices that have no legitimate security or other justification and calls on Israel, in addition to abiding by its international legal obligation to withdraw the settlements, to end these violations of Palestinians' rights.
Hebron: Israeli Occupation Policies, Palestinian Resistance Strategies
With this paper, we aim to outline the Israeli policies of confiscation and conquest of the city and district of Hebron and, at the same, the strategies of resistance pursued by the local population together with Israeli and international support. We will now consider settlement construction and expansion, focusing on the city of Hebron through use of Frantz Fanon's concept of colonized city.
Israeli Settlers' Violence Report - September and October 2010
The following report highlights a drastic change in Israeli settler attacks against Palestinians, not only because of the increasing number of aggressions but also because of the evolution of the violence itself. One explanation for the violent evolution that took place over the past two months is the end of Israel's ten month partial settlement freeze on 26 September 2010.
Illegal Israeli settlement plans threaten Palestinian human rights
Amnesty International on Friday urged the Israeli authorities to abandon plans to construct 238 new housing units in Israeli settlements in occupied East Jerusalem. "The Israeli authorities must immediately halt expansion of settlements in East Jerusalem and the rest of the occupied West Bank," said Philip Luther, Amnesty International's Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa. "Not only does the building contravene international law, it also compounds the litany of abuses of the human rights of Palestinians living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including their rights to adequate housing and water."
Israel and apartheid
Israel and South Africa are different in many ways. There is ample evidence, however, that Israeli policies meet the broader definition of apartheid by separating and discriminating against Palestinian Arabs, through systems that are institutionalized by laws and decrees. Some of these policies bear resemblance to South Africa during its apartheid era.
Children of the gravel
Since the declaration of the easing of the closure of Gaza in July 2010, Israel has allowed about 600 trucks of construction materials into the Gaza Strip, or in other words, about 4% of need. As long as Israel continues to forbid the entry of building materials into the Gaza Strip, the informal gravel industry will continue to flourish and young people will continue to risk this dangerous option to support their families.
For the past 62 years, millions of Palestinians have been living as refugees in areas of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) and in surrounding host countries - mostly in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has described their plight as "by far the most protracted and largest of all refugee problems in the world today". IRIN takes a fresh look at their number and whereabouts.
Flotilla Fact Check
Flouting international demands for an independent investigation of its deadly attack on a humanitarian aid flotilla in international waters, Israel has formed an internal commission composed of three Israelis and two, non-voting international observers. Many question whether Israel can be trusted to investigate its actions credibly. In light of the announced investigation, a quick fact check of events to date might be helpful.
More Resources on the Gaza Aid Flotilla
Additional resources regarding Israel's May 31st, 2010 attack on a humanitarian aid flotilla headed to Gaza. Resources include fact sheets, recordings of live press briefings with flotilla passengers and organizers, and more.
Israel's Gaza blockade continues to suffocate daily life
Israel must end its suffocating blockade of the Gaza Strip, which leaves more than 1.4 million Palestinians cut off from the outside world and struggling with desperate poverty, Amnesty International said one year on from the end of Israel's military offensive in Gaza. Amnesty International's briefing paper Suffocating: The Gaza Strip under Israeli blockade gathers testimony from people still struggling to rebuild their lives following Operation "Cast Lead", which killed around 1,400 Palestinians and injured thousands more.
Report of the UN Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict
On 3 April 2009, the President of the Human Rights Council established the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict with the mandate "to investigate all violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law that might have been committed at any time in the context of the military operations that were conducted in Gaza during the period from 27 December 2008 and 18 January 2009, whether before, during or after;" herein lie the Mission's findings.
Data on Arabs incarcerated in Israeli prisons
New data on Arabs incarcerated in Israeli prisons, including breakdowns by nationality, region, and security classification.
Shiekh Jarrah factsheet
Sheikh Jarrah is a Palestinian residential neighbourhood located to the north of the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem. The area, which is home to approximately 2,700 Palestinians, includes well-known landmarks, such as the Orient House, the American Colony Hotel and the Palestinian National Theatre, as well as many consular missions. Given the area's strategic location, Israeli settler organizations have made persistent efforts to take control of land and property and establish a sustained presence.
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