Posts Tagged ‘Violations’

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by Graham Peebles, source

Detention without trial, the presumption of guilt, denial of family visits, solitary confinement, torture, violent interrogation, and denial of access to appropriate health care, such is the Israeli judicial system and prison confinement experienced by Palestinian men, women and indeed children.

Currently there are, according to B’T selem “4,484 Palestinians – security detainees, confined in Israeli prisons.” Family contact is virtually impossible for prisoners, most of who are held inside Israel. This contravenes international law in the form of the universally trumpeted Fourth Geneva Convention (Article’s 49 & 76), consistently violated and disregarded by Israel.

International laws – legally binding upon Israel, who are not above the rule of law, must be respected and enforced. Richard Falk UN Special Rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories, in the UN news 2/5/12 called “on the international community to ensure that Israel complies with international human rights laws and…

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Palestinians wounded in IOF crack down on protesters

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired bullets and teargas canisters at Palestinian protestors near the Ofer jail west of Ramallah on Thursday.

Eyewitnesses told the PIC that a number of Palestinians were treated for breathing difficulty after the IOF soldiers used teargas intensively to disperse them.

The demonstrators were demanding the immediate release of Ibrahim Abu Hajle, who was re-arrested after his release in the Wafa Al-Ahrar prisoners’ exchange deal between Hamas and Israel in October last year, the eyewitnesses said.

They said that participants also declared solidarity with all Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails.

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IOF deploy forces in Al-Khalil

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) were seen deployed on almost all major crossings and roads in Al-Khalil governorate on Thursday evening.

Eyewitnesses from various areas in the province told the PIC that IOF soldiers…

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by Stephen McCloskey, source

The Gaza Strip is inching toward a humanitarian crisis as Israel’s five year blockade of the territory has been exacerbated by a dispute over fuel supplies. Gaza’s young people are on the front line of this crisis as failing utilities like water and electricity and an inadequate diet have seen rampant rates of anaemia and diarrhoea. Meanwhile, the main provider of food, healthcare and education in Gaza, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), has come under political attack in Israel and the United States, threatening the main institution that fills the gap between poverty and utter destitution.

Hady Mattar is a five year old boy playing among hundreds of young people in Gaza’s YMCA. He is easily distinguished from his peers by his bandaged hands covering severe burns sustained at home from a domestic electricity generator. Hady, like most of Gaza’s children, is paying…

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by Martin Khor – Geneva, source

The use of drones by one state to kill people in other countries is fast emerging as an international human rights issue of serious public concern. This was evident in the recent session (June 18-July 6, 2012) of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, both in the official meetings and in NGO seminars.

The use of drones, or pilotless aircraft operated by remote control, by the government in one country to strike at persons and other targets in other countries, has been increasingly used by the United States, in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia.

Instead of following clear legal standards, the practice of drone attacks has become a vaguely defined and unaccountable “license to kill”, according to a 2010 report of a UN human rights special rapporteur.

According to an article in The Guardian, the American Civil Liberties Union estimates that as many as…

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Palestinian prisoners tortured by permission of the Israeli judiciary

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Human rights organizations criticized the Israeli Supreme Court’s refusal to investigate the guards who practiced torture against Palestinian prisoners in occupation prisons.

The Israeli Committee against Torture stated that it presented a petition along with other Palestinian activists to the Israeli court where they confirmed torture and other ill-treatment of Palestinians.

The petition coincided with the publication of a report by the Hebrew site Walla that revealed Israeli failure to effectively investigate complaints submitted on torture and ill treatment.

Around 598 complaints of alleged torture or ill-treatment during interrogation between 2001 and 2008 have been ignored.

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IOA escalates aggression on confiscated lands in Yatta

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Israeli occupation authority (IOA) has recently escalated its arbitrary and aggressive measures against the eastern regions in Yatta town south of Al-Khalil.

Local sources recalled that Israeli…

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