Archive for June, 2012

Israel – Only country that legitimates torture

Saturday 30 June 2012

The Arab Organization for Human Rights in Britain affirmed that torture is a crime of serious violations of human rights whether committed against individuals or collectives. The organization expressed its worry and concerns, on the event of the World Day against Torture, 26th of June, in regards with the human rights violations against Palestinian people by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF).

The organization revealed, in a statement which Ahrar-Wledna got a copy of, that Israeli occupation is the only country that legitimizes torture in its laws and courts. Read more »

Israel Renews Administrative Detention Against Six Citizens

30 June 2012

Israeli occupation authorities have recently renewed administrative detention orders against six Palestinian detainees in occupation prisons, without filing charges or conducting trials. Read more »

Israeli soldiers detained 13-year-old Palestinian boy, abandoned him at night, handcuffed

B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
26 Jun 2012

Testimonies taken by B’Tselem indicates that during April 2012, soldiers arrested Muhammad a-Zir, age 13, three times in Harmalah, the village where he lives in the Bethlehem district. According to the testimonies, the soldiers beat the boy during his first detention, during which he was interrogated without his parents present and he was not permitted to consult an attorney, in contravention of the law regarding detention of youths. Following both subsequent detentions, the soldiers left him at night with his hands cuffed, somewhere unknown to him, and far away from his home.

Muhammad a-Zir Photo: Suha Zaid

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Israeli military watchtower burned near Gaza

Palestinian Information Centre

GAZA, (PIC)– An Israeli military watchtower was burned on Friday evening, along with sensors and surveillance cameras during a large fire that broke out east of Juhr Al-Deek town, south east of Gaza city.

Eyewitnesses said that Palestinian resistance fighters fired a projectile that fell on Friday evening near the Camera military site, east of the town, where the explosion resulted in a large fire that broke out in the bush surrounding the tower.

Israeli watchtower

The sources added that the fire spread rapidly to the rest of the regions and lands in the vicinity of Camera, an area of two kilometers, within the territories occupied in 1948.

The fire burned down the Israeli military watchtower in addition to the electric fence along that area and surveillance cameras and sensors in the Camera military site, which is considered the largest Israeli military site near Gaza. The fire also burned the sensors of Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system.

The watchtower’s military equipment cost millions of dollars, as the Israeli army took a long time installing it to protect its security and its soldiers.

Israeli Fire fighters found great difficulty in extinguishing the fire which lasted for three hours after destroying large areas of the bush and the military site, and surveillance cameras and heat sensors.


OCHA: Israel razed 15 Palestinian structures in one week

Palestinian Information Centre

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The UN office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs (OCHA) said in its weekly report covering some Israeli violations from 20 to 26 June that Israel demolished 15 Palestinian homes and structures in the occupied territories of the West Bank and Jerusalem during the reporting period.

According to its report, 20 Palestinians were rendered homeless as a result of these demolitions.

Homeless woman in front of demolished house

The report recalled that Israel has razed 371 Palestinian structures, including 124 residential buildings since the beginning of the current year and consequently displaced 600 Palestinians.

OCHA pointed to the demolition notices delivered to Palestinian villagers in the Jordan Valley region as well as the Palestinian real estate that sustained material damage as a result of the Israeli military exercises that took place in Akrabaniya and Ein Shalabi areas in Nablus city during the week.

It said that the average of weekly injuries among the Palestinians in the West Bank rose to 62 individuals during 2012, while there were 28 injuries during 2011.

It added that the weekly average of violent attacks by settlers on Palestinian property amounted to six incidents in 2012.


Hamas leader on hunger strike in PA jail

Palestinian Information Centre

BETHLEHEM, (PIC)– The leader in the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, Sheikh Hassan Mohamed Al-Wardian, 58, from the city of Bethlehem went on an open hunger strike protesting against his detention in PA jails.

Sheikh Hassan Mohamed Al-Wardian

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Birthplace of Jesus placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Danger List

Umited Nations
New York
Jun 29 2012

The Church of the Nativity, which sits on a site in Bethlehem that is identified by Christian tradition as the birthplace of Jesus, was inscribed today on the < "">World Heritage List of the United Nations Scientific, Cultural, and Educational Organization (UNESCO), as well as on the list of sites in danger.

The church, and the pilgrimage route on the site, was placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger since it is suffering from damages due to water leaks, according to a news release issued by UNESCO. Read more »

PCHR: IOF Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (21- 27 June 2012)

· IOF launched a series of air strike on the Gaza Strip.

· 4 Palestinians, including one civilian, were killed by IOF in the Gaza Strip.
32 Palestinians, including a child and two women, were wounded.
A number of houses and shops were damaged.

· A Palestinian was wounded at the entrance of an Israeli settlement in occupied East Jerusalem.

· IOF use force to disperse peaceful protest organized by Palestinian civilians in the West Bank.
A Palestinian civilian was wounded.
IOF arrested a Palestinian civilian and two human rights defenders.

· IOF conducted 51 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.
IOF arrested 19 Palestinians, including 6 children.

· IOF continued to attack Palestinian fishermen 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.
3 Palestinian civilians were arrested by IOF at various checkpoints in the West Bank.

· IOF have continued efforts to create a Jewish demographic majority in East Jerusalem.
Israeli authorities ordered the demolition of 5 houses in al-Bustan quarter in Silwan village.
Israeli authorities approved the construction of 180 housing units in “Armona Hanatsiv” settlement, south of occupied Jerusalem.

· IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.
Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian property in Bethlehem.


Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (21 – 27 June 2012):


During the reporting period, IOF killed 8 Palestinians, including one civilian, and wounded 32 others, including two women and a child, in the Gaza Strip. In the West Bank, two Palestinian civilians were wounded by IOF.

In the Gaza Strip, on 22 June 2012, a member of the Palestinian resistance was killed when an Israeli drone fired a missile at a number of members of the Palestinian resistance in al-Boreij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

On the same day, another member of the Palestinian resistance was killed and two others were wounded when an Israeli drone fired a missile at them in the northern Gaza Strip.

On 23 June 2012, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a training site of the ‘Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas) in the northern Gaza Strip. As a result, 8 Palestinian civilians living nearby houses, including a woman and a child, sustained bruises. Additionally, 5 houses were damaged.

On the same day, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at the maintenance center in al-Saraya security compound in the center of Gaza City. As a result, 10 Palestinians, including 4 civilians, were wounded, and a number of buildings and shops were damaged.

On the same day, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a training site of the Palestinian resistance in Deir al-Balah town in the central Gaza Strip. As a result, 3 Palestinian civilians, including a woman, were injured, and 6 houses and two cars were damaged.

Also on the same day, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a car in which a number of members of the Palestinian resistance were traveling. The missile went astray and damaged a number of nearby houses.

On the same day, a member of the Palestinian resistance was killed in the northern Gaza Strip when an Israeli drone fired a missile at him.

Also on the same day, a Palestinian civilian was killed and 7 civilians and two members of the Palestinian resistance were wounded, when an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a motorbike in al-Nasser neighborhood in Gaza City.

During the reporting period, Israeli gunboats attacked opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats in the northern and central Gaza Strip on two occasions. No casualties were reported.

In the West Bank, during the reporting period, IOF used force to disperse peaceful demonstrations organized in protest to the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank. As a result, a Palestinian civilian was wounded and dozens of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation. IOF also arrested a Palestinian civilian and two international human rights defenders.

On 27 June 2012, a 30-year-old Palestinian was seriously wounded in the abdomen when a guard of “Ma’ale Adomim” settlement. An Israeli police officer claimed that the victim attempted to run down an Israeli police officer, and that officer chased him. He further claimed that the Palestinian attempted to forcibly take the gun of a guard of the settlement, but the guard fired at him.

The full report is available online here


OCHA: Protection of Civilians Weekly Report 20 – 26 June 2012

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)


The escalation in Gaza and southern Israel between 17 and 23 June results in 14 Palestinian deaths and over 70 injuries (This week alone, seven Palestinians died and 57 others injured). In the West Bank, Israeli forces injure 35 Palestinians mainly in the course of demonstrations. Also, 15 Palestinians-owned structures demolished by Israeli authorities, mainly in a Bedouin community in the Jordan Valley. Other communities are being affected by military training exercises conducted by Israeli forces in the vicinity. Also in Gaza, power cuts remain as high as 12 hours per day.

Read the full report here


Gaza children dance for freedom

by Julie Webb-Pullman

At an event organised yesterday in Freedom Hall for the children of Gazan prisoners in Israeli jails, the children sent a powerful message to the Israeli occupation – that despite the deprivation of their fathers from their lives, and them from those of their fathers, they still have the power of their minds, and their spirits – and they are using them.

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Barhoum: Abbas-Mofaz meeting ominous

Palestinian Information Centre

GAZA, (PIC)– Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, has described the expected meeting between PA chief Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli deputy premier Shauf Mofaz as “ominous”.

He said that the meeting is in the interest of the “Israeli enemy”, adding that Mofaz is a war criminal and is wanted for trial in a number of national and international courts. Read more »

The Ministry of Detainee Affairs and Waed Association Honour the children of Detainees

by Julie Webb-Pullman
Translation by Mukarram AbuAlouf


The Ministry of Detainee Affairs, in co-operation with El Waed Association, today held a celebration to honour the children of prisoners in the Freedom Hall at Sudaniya Beach, Gaza.

Prisoners’ children waiting for the celebration to begin

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King Abdullah of Jordan confers with Meshaal

Palestinian Information Centre

AMMAN, (PIC)– King Abdullah II of Jordan conferred with Khaled Mishaal, the political bureau chairman of Hamas, and his accompanying delegation on Thursday on a number of regional developments.

King Abdullah of Jordan meeting with Khaled Mishaal, the political bureau chairman of Hamas

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Families of political detainees protest outside Bethlehem intelligence prison

Palestinian Information Centre

BETHLEHEM,(PIC)– Political prisoners’ families have gathered, on Wednesday afternoon, outside Bethlehem intelligence prison in the south western West Bank, demanding the release of their sons.

Local sources told PIC that the families came on buses from AL-Khalil city to the city of Bethlehem protesting against the continued detention of their sons, who have been on hunger strike for eight days running, by the PA security services.

Families protesting

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CPR calls for an international investigation into death of Palestinian prisoners

Palestinian Information Centre

NAZARETH,(PIC)– Human rights organization said that the Palestinian detainees in occupation prisons are suffering from physical and psychological torture, where they face more than seventy-five methods of torture used by the occupation under inhumane conditions in the detention centers. Read more »

Hamas slams Israeli closure of Salfit MPs’ office

Palestinian Information Centre

SALFIT, (PIC)– The Hamas Movement strongly denounced the Israeli occupation regime for closing the office of Palestinian members of parliament in Salfit city and described it as a racist act and a violation of international norms and conventions.

In a press release on Wednesday, Hamas underscored that such Israeli policy would not succeed in undermining the will of its lawmakers in the West Bank and their parliamentary responsibilities.

It stressed that the West Bank lawmakers would keep defending the Palestinian people’s rights and the national constants regardless of any Israeli restrictions.

Hamas urged the organization of Islamic cooperation, the Arab League and the world’s parliaments to intervene to curb Israel from closing the offices of Palestinian parliamentarians in the West Bank.


Hamas condemns the murder of its cadre in Syria

Palestinian Information Centre

DAMASCUS, (PIC)– Hamas mourned on Wednesday one of its cadres who was murdered in his home in the Syrian capital, saying that it was investigating the case.

Hamas said in a statement on Wednesday that it was greatly saddened and prayed for the soul of Kamal Husni Ghanaja (Nizar/Abu Mujahid) to rest in peace.

Kamal Husni Ghanaja (Nizar/Abu Mujahid)

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Update on situation of current hunger strikers

ADDAMEER Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association

Ramallah – Three Palestinian political prisoners remain on hunger strike in Israeli detention. Addameer lawyer Mona Neddaf visited administrative detainee Samer Al-Barq in Ramleh prison medical clinic on 25 June. Samer is currently on his 38th day of hunger strike and his health is deteriorating.
After launching his hunger strike on 15 April in protest of his ongoing administrative detention since November 2010, Samer ended his 30-day fast upon the conclusion of Palestinian prisoner’s mass hunger strike on 14 May under the agreement that renewals of administrative detention orders would be restricted. One week later, on 22 May, Samer’s administrative detention order was renewed for an additional three months. He immediately re-launched his hunger strike and told Ms. Neddaf that he will not break his hunger strike until there is an agreement reached for his release. Read more »

PCHR Calls Upon the PA to Release Detainees on Hunger Strike in its Prisons

Press Release
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
Ref: 71/2012

Date: 28 June 2012

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is gravely concerned about the lives of 6 detainees who started a hunger strike in the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) prisons in the West Bank. These detainees are on hunger strike to protest the fact that the PA has kept them in custody, despite Palestinian court rulings to release the detainees, and to protest against their living conditions inside the prisons. PCHR calls upon the PA to release these detainees, for fear of deterioration in their health conditions. Read more »

Gaza: IUG celebrates living and dead graduates

By Yousef M. Aljamal
The Center for Political and Development Studies, Gaza


The Islamic University of Gaza (IUG), the biggest university in Palestine, ranked the 14th in the Arab World, celebrated yesterday the graduation of a group of students from the Faculty of Arts. The graduates attended four-year programs in various fields, majoring in English Literature, Mass Communication, History, Geography, Arabic Literature and Geographic Information System (GIS). This is the 31st group to graduate from IUG since its establishment. The total number of graduates this year is 3658 and the number of graduates since the establishment of the university in 1978 exceeds 46,000, studying in more than 100 majors.

Graduation Ceremony at IUG, Gaza City

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