Archive for October, 2018

Israeli forces caused injuries to one in 100 Palestinians

Press Release – Euro-Med Monitor

Israeli forces caused injuries to one in every 100 Palestinians as Gaza protests conclude 200 days, the international community must end the unfolding crisis Read more »

PCHR: Serious escalation in use of lethal force against Gaza protestors by Israeli forces

PRESS RELEASE
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

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On Friday afternoon, 12 October 2018, using excessive force against the peaceful protesters in the eastern Gaza Strip for the 29th Friday in a row, Israeli forces killed seven Palestinian civilians, including a child, and wounded 224 others, including 42 children, three women, three journalists, and a paramedic with live bullets and direct tear gas canisters. Sixteen of the wounded sustained serious injuries.

According to PCHR fieldworkers’ observations, the border area witnessed heavy deployment of the Israeli forces this week as the latter heavily fired live bullets, increasing the number of causalities.

The Israeli forces continued to use upon highest military and political echelons excessive force against the peaceful demonstrators who posed no threat or danger to the life of Israeli soldiers in the areas of demonstrations.

Investigations and observations by PCHR’s fieldworkers emphasize that the demonstrations in all areas were as always fully peaceful, and neither weapons nor armed persons were seen. However, the Israeli forces’ snipers continued to position on the hills, behind the sand berms and in military jeeps along the border fence. Read more »

Hamas consults Palestinian factions on political developments

HAMAS

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The Resistance Movement Hamas has conducted a series of meetings and consultations with a number of Palestinian factions on Wednesday and Thursday in the movement’s office in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas has discussed with the Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian National Front, the Palestinian Popular Front, and the Palestinian National Initiative many current political developments including the Great Return March, the endeavors to lift the Israeli blockade, and the ways to handle the challenges of the Palestinian cause.

The meetings’ agenda also included the restoration of the national unity in the basis of comprehensive partnership, and all the parties reciprocated understanding and showed their preparedness to maintain the Palestinian national interests.

Hamas also briefed the Palestinian factions on its visit to Cairo and meetings with the Egyptian officials.

Hamas thanks Qatar for Gaza aid

HAMAS

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The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas extended its heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Qatar and the Qatar Fund for Development for announcing that they plan to provide $150 million of urgent humanitarian aid to the beleaguered people in the Gaza Strip .

On his Twitter account, the member of Hamas Political Bureau Ez’zt al-Rasheq expressed the movement’s “sincere thanks to the Qatari Emir, government, and people for supporting the Palestinian people.” He appreciated the Qatar Fund for Development’s announcement that they are going to send $150 million as urgent humanitarian assistance to the blockaded Gaza.

The Hamas leader noted that such a move aims to “alleviate the dire humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip that has been under Israeli siege for more than 12 years.”

Israel calls Palestinian villagers ‘squatters’

Press Release – Palestine Human Rights Campaign

In a letter sent earlier this month to the EU Ambassador to Israel, Emanuele Giaufret, and to ambassadors from the United Kingdom, Sweden, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Italy, the Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Liberman,described … Read more »

Good neighbours fill PA-created vacuum in Gaza

HAMAS

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Neighboring countries have stepped forward to plug the gap left by the Palestinian Authority in Gaza, without demanding a political price in return, Hamas leader Easm al-Da’alis said today.

On his Twitter account al-Da’alis wrote, “When the Palestinian Authority abdicated its responsibility towards the Palestinian people in Gaza and aggravated their suffering by imposing sanctions and threatening to take more punitive measures against the coastal territory, the free people of the world took a step forward to mitigate the deteriorating situation in the coastal enclave.”

Al-Da’alis noted that Qatar, Egypt, Turkey, Iran, Morocco and others filled the vacuum with no strings attached, adding that such a move came in solidarity with the Palestinian people and their cause.

Three shipments of the Qatar-funded fuel were allowed entry into the Gaza Strip to supply the sole power plant in the enclave.

The truckload of the fuel entered the besieged territory on Tuesday afternoon via the Kerem Shalom (Karm Abu Salem) border crossing as part of a deal reached during the New York Donors Conference that allows Qatar to fund part of the fuel needed for operating the Gaza power plant.

UN expert condemns killing of more Palestinian protesters

PRESS RELEASE
UNHR Special Procedures

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The killing and wounding of more Palestinian protesters at the Gaza fence by the Israeli security forces is an ongoing affront to human rights and human dignity, said a UN human rights expert.

“The deaths of seven more participants in the Gaza demonstrations, and the wounding of more than 200 others, this past Friday indicates that the Israeli security forces are not heeding the international criticism of their use of lethal fire against Palestinian demonstrators, who appear to pose no credible threat to Israeli security forces,” said Michael Lynk, the UN Special Rapporteur for the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Two of the Palestinians killed on Friday were boys aged 11 and 14. One Gaza-based human rights group, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, estimates that 163 of the injured demonstrators were shot with live fire.

Since the start of the Great March of Return on 30 March, more than 150 Palestinians have been killed during demonstrations near the Gaza fence by the Israeli security forces. More than 10,000 demonstrators have been wounded during this period, more than half of them by live fire. A number of the wounded have suffered devastating and life-long injuries.

“International human rights law imposes strict obligations on the use of force by law enforcement officials,” said Lynk. “Lethal force against demonstrators is absolutely forbidden unless strictly unavoidable in the case of an imminent threat to life or threat of serious injury. Many of those killed and wounded appear to have presented no such imminent threat.

“As I have said in previous statements regarding the recent violence at the Gaza fence, the killing and wounding of demonstrators, in the absence of any strictly-measured justification, and within the context of occupation, may amount to willful killing, which is both a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and a war crime. It is also a serious violation of international human rights law and its protections for the rights to freedom of expression and assembly.”

The Special Rapporteur expressed hope that the recently-appointed UN Commission of Inquiry will be able to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the deaths and injuries in Gaza over the past six months. “Accountability is paramount in the global quest to advance human rights and to bring perpetrators to justice in accordance with the rule of law,” Lynk said.

Gaza’s economy goes into freefall

Article – Redress Information

The moment long feared is fast approaching in Gaza, according to a new report by the World Bank. After a decade-long Israeli blockade and a series of large-scale military assaults, the economy of the tiny coastal enclave is in freefall. Read more »

UN expert condemns killing of more Palestinian protesters

Press Release – UN Special Procedures – Human Rights

The killing and wounding of more Palestinian protesters at the Gaza fence by the Israeli security forces is an ongoing affront to human rights and human dignity, said a UN human rights expert. The deaths of seven more participants in the Gaza … Read more »