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Continued Israeli Violations in the OPT and the
International Community Is Silent

·  8 Palestinian
civilians, including a woman and her two sons and a child who was run over by a
settler, killed this week. Four of them were killed and 4 other Palestinian
civilians were wounded in the indiscriminate Israeli shelling of Sheikh ‘Ejlin
area in Gaza

 

· Continued Israeli incursions into Palestinian areas,
resulted in destruction of public and private property, and the arrest of many
Palestinians

 

· Continued curfews on most of the West Bank towns

 

· Large areas of Palestinian agricultural land razed in
the Gaza Strip

 

· For the fourth consecutive week, Israeli occupying
forces launch a retaliatory campaign against families of Palestinians who
carried out bombings

 

· Continued strict siege on the OPT and Palestinian
civilians checked and humiliated at Israeli military checkpoints and
roadblocks 

 

Introduction

 

Israeli occupying forces
have perpetrated more human rights violations against Palestinian civilians and
their property. They have continued to
use Palestinian civilians as human shields, contrary to the Israeli High Court
decision issued last week. Israeli occupying forces have perpetrated human
rights violations against Palestinian civilians, including willful killings,
shelling of, and incursion into Palestinian areas, house demolitions,
agricultural land leveling and confiscation, imposition of a comprehensive
strict siege on Palestinian communities, imposition of curfews and arrests of
Palestinians. This week, 7 Palestinian
civilians, including a woman and her two sons, were killed by Israeli occupying
forces, and an eighth civilian was run over by a Jewish settler. 

 

In a very serious
escalation of violence, and in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention of
1949, on Wednesday, 28 August, Israeli occupying forces killed four Palestinian
civilians from the same family, including a woman and two of her sons, and
wounded four others. An Israeli tank
positioned near “Netzarim” settlement, south of Gaza City, fired an artillery
shell and live bullets at these civilians for no apparent reason. Israeli forces had killed three Palestinian
women in the same way on 9 June 2001. 

 

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli
occupying forces moved into Palestinian areas. They razed large areas of Palestinian agricultural land, especially in
‘Abasan and Khuza’a villages, east of Khan Yunis. On Friday, 23 August, Israeli occupying
forces demolished a house, in which 17 Palestinian civilians used to live, and
a brick factory in Deir al-Balah. On
Wednesday, 28 August, Israeli occupying forces, covered by land and marine
shelling and supported by helicopters, moved into Gaza City. No casualties were reported. 

 

Israeli occupying forces
have maintained their control over most of the West Bank. They raided towns and villages and arrested
dozens of Palestinians. They also
shelled Palestinian residential areas, killing a Palestinian civilian and
wounding dozens. For the third
consecutive month, Israeli occupying forces have maintained control over
Nablus, imposing a strict siege and a curfew on the city, its four refugee
camps and five of its villages. Sporadically, they have also imposed curfews on
Ramallah, Jenin, Tulkarm and Hebron. 

 

Despite an Israeli High
Court temporary decision issued on 19 August 2002, which prohibited the use of
Palestinian civilians as human shields in Israeli military operations in the
Occupied Palestinian Territories, Israeli occupying forces have continued to
use civilians as human shields. They
used a Palestinian civilian in Jenin refugee camp as a human shield to arrest
three Palestinians. On Tuesday, 27
August, the Israeli High Court extended the decision for another five
days. An Israeli senior officer claimed
that Israeli soldiers did not force Palestinian civilians to knock at doors of
the wanted, rather “they only asked them to do so.” “In the future, we will call on the wanted to
get out of house, and soon after that, we will fire a rocket at windows to make
them know that we are serious, and thus the possibility of their survival will
be minimized.”

 

On Monday, 26 August, a
Jewish settler ran over a 6-year-old Palestinian child in Yatta village in
Hebron, while he was crossing a bypass road, killing him instantly. 

 

In violation of the
international law and humanitarian law which prohibit collective punishment,
for the fourth consecutive week, Israeli occupying forces have taken
retaliatory measures against families of Palestinians who have carried attacks
against Israeli targets both inside the Green Line and in the OPT. On Monday, 26 August, Israeli occupying
forces destroyed a house in al-Jarad farm near Tulkarm, as one of its floors
was rented by the family of a wanted Palestinian. 

 

Israeli occupying forces
have maintained the total siege imposed on the OPT, collectively punishing
Palestinian people. Israeli forces have partitioned Palestinian areas,
transforming them into cantons, violating Palestinian civilians’ economic,
social and cultural rights. Thousands of Palestinians continue to be subjected
to a tight military curfew imposed by Israeli occupying forces. In the Gaza
Strip, Israeli occupying forces have checked Palestinian civilians and their
cars at Abu Houli and al-Matahen military checkpoints, north of Khan Yunis, on
27 and 28 August. They forced
Palestinian civilians out of their cars and checked them. 

 

 

 

Shelling of, and
Encroachment into Palestinian Areas

 

Thursday, 22
August 2002

 

At approximately 16:00,
Israeli occupying forces, accompanied by a bulldozer, moved approximately 150m
into Palestinian agricultural land north and east of “Kfar Darom” settlement in
the east of Deir al-Balah. The bulldozer
razed several areas of agricultural land:

 

 1. They razed a 3-donum area of agricultural land
planted with palms and olives owned by Mahmoud ‘Ouda Abu Samra. 

 2. They razed a 2-donum area of agricultural land
planted with citrus owned by Ahmed al-Shawa.

 3. They razed a 1-donum area of agricultural land
planted with citrus and olives owned by Mu’in Nassar al-Fallit.

 4. They razed a 1-donum area of agricultural land
planted with figs and grapes owned by Hassan Suleiman al-Humeidi.

 5. They razed a 500-square-meter area of agricultural
land planted with olives owned by Hassan ‘Ali Abu al-Sa’id.

 

Friday, 23
August 2002

 

At approximately 10:00, Israeli
occupying forces, reinforced with heavy military vehicles, moved approximately
100m into Palestinian areas west of “Kfar Darom” settlement in the east of Deir
al-Balah. Two Israeli armored military
bulldozers demolished two houses and a brick factory:

 

 1. They demolished a 120-square-meter, one-story house,
in which 10 persons used to live, owned by Muyassar Mohammed al-Tawashi.

 2. They demolished a 150-square-meter, asbestos-roofed
house, in which seven persons used to live, owned by Yousef Sa’id al-Tawashi.

 3. They demolished a 500-square-meter brick factory
owned by Ahmed Sa’id al-Tawashi, and destroyed its electricity network and a
pool. 

 

At approximately 13:00,
Israeli heavy military vehicles moved approximately 900m into ‘Abasan village,
east of Khan Yunis. They razed 25 donums
of Palestinian agricultural land and large areas planted with wild figs:

 

1. They destroyed a 1-donum greenhouse planted with
tomatoes and an irrigation network owned by Jaber Salman Suleiman Abu Daqqa.

2. They razed a 3-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and vegetables and destroyed an irrigation network owned by
Halima Salman Suleiman Abu Daqqa. 

3. They razed an 8-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Barham Daoud
Nasser al-Reqeb.

4. They razed a 4-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network onwed by Kamal Darwish
Abu Shab.

5. They razed a 1-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and a 70-meter-long row of wild figs owned by Ahmed Baraka
Khalil Abu Daqqa.

6. They razed a 2-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and a 70-meter-long row of wild figs owned by Yousef
‘Abdullah Abu Daqqa.

7. They razed a 2-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and an 80-meter-long row of wild figs owned by ‘Abdul Hadi
Baraka Khalil Abu Daqqa.

8. They razed a 4-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and a 100-meter-long row of wild figs owned by al-‘Abed and
Mohammed Baraka Khalil Abu Daqqa.

 

At approximately 17:00,
Israeli occupying forces in a military location in Tal Zo’rob area southwest of
Rafah, opened fire at Palestinian houses located opposite to the military
outpost, wounding 30-year-old Mousa Mahmoud Zo’rob with a live bullet in the
left leg.

 

Saturday, 24 August 2002

 

At approximately 14:00,
Israeli occupying forces, reinforced with heavy military vehicles and three
armored bulldozers, and covered by indiscriminate shelling, moved approximately
900m into ‘Abasan and Khuza’a villages, east of Khan Yunis. In six hours, the Israeli bulldozers razed 69
donums agricultural land and large area planted with wild figs.

 

* In Khuza’a:

1. They razed a 10-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives, palms and vegetables, demolished a 3-room rural house and
a 120-square-meter umbrella, and destroyed an irrigation network and parts of
an agricultural pool, all owned by Mohammed Shehada Nasser al-Barrim.

2. They razed a 3-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and almonds owned by heirs of Mahmoud Hussein al-Reqeb and
farmed by Khalil Hamdan al-Najjar.

3. They razed an 8-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and demolished a 16-square-meter room owned by Mohammed
Suleiman Abu Khutai.

4. They razed a 2-donum area of agricultural land planted
with olives owned by Hammad Mohammed Khalil Qudeih.

5. They razed a 2-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives owned by Hatem Nour al-Din Qudeih.

6. They razed a 6-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives owned by Ahmed, Suleiman and ‘Abdul Rahman Hassanein
Qudeih. 

7. They razed an 8-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and almonds and destroyed an irrigation network owned by
‘Ata Mohammed Abu Jame’.

8. They razed an 8-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and almonds and a 70-meter-long row of wild figs, and
destroyed an irrigation network owned by Isma’il ‘Abdul ‘Aziz Mohamemd Qaudeih.

9. They razed a 5-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Ibrahim
Mahmoud Abu Rujeila.

10. They razed a 6-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Mahmoud
Ibrahim Ahmed al-Najjar.

11. They razed a 4-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and a 70-meter long row of wild figs owned by Mohammed ‘Ali
Salem al-Najjar.

12. They razed a 2-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network owned by ‘Adnan Hamdan
al-Najjar.

13. They razed a 1.5-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Ibrahim
Hussein al-Najjar.

14. They razed a 1-donum area of agricultural land owned
by Musbah ‘Oleyan Zer’ei Qudeih.

15. They razed a 2.5-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and a 150-meter-long row of wild figs owned by Nour al-Din
Suleiman ‘Amish.

16. They razed a 70-meter-long row of wild figs that
surrounded a tract of land owned by Shehada Mahmoud Barrawi Qudeih.

17. They razed a 100-meter-long row of wild figs that
surrounded a tract of land owned by Murad Salem Zer’ei Qudeih.

18. They razed a 100-meter-long row of wild figs that
surrounded a tract of land owned by Shehada Mahmoud Barrawi Qudeih.

19. They razed a 100-meter-long row of wild figs that
surrounded a tract of land owned by ‘Abdul Rahman Hamed Qaudeih.

20. They razed a 100-meter-long row of wild figs that
surrounded a tract of land owned by Mahmoud and Salem Salman Qaudeih. 

 

* In ‘Abasan:

1. They razed a 5-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Khalil ‘Abdul Karim
Salem Abu ‘Anza.

2. They razed a 100-meter-long row of wild figs that
surrounded a tract of land owned by Akram Ahmed Mousa Abu ‘Anza.

3. They razed a 2-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives, pomegranates and lotus jujubes and a 70-meter-long row of
wild figs owned by ‘Abdul Majid ‘Aqil Abu Latifa and farmed by Ahmed Musallam
Salim Abu Daqqa.

4. They razed a 50-meter-long row of wild figs that
surrounded a tract of land owned by Fu’ad Ahmed Mohammed Abu Daqqa. 

 

At approximately 14:40,
Israeli occupying forces raided a Palestinian police station in al-Haras area
in Hebron. They held and beat policemen
who were inside the station in civilian clothes, together with a number of
civilians. Upon their withdrawal from
the area, they arrested 24-year-old Marwan Mousa ‘Awadh Jamjum. 

 

At approximately 16:00, an
Israeli tank positioned at al-Shuhada’ square in the centre of Nablus, fired an
artillery shell at a number of Palestinian civilians, mostly children, who were
in an alley leading to the old town. Nine civilians were wounded:

 

1. Ghassan Hamdi al-Shua’bi, 27, seriously wounded by
shrapnel in the head and the chest;

2. Nassim Farouq Ja’ara, 18, seriously wounded by
shrapnel in the head and the chest;

3. Tha’er Fathi Nasser, 12, wounded by shrapnel in the limbs;

4. Mohammed Jihad al-Natur, 10, wounded by shrapnel in
the hands;

5. Mohammed Muti’ al-Saber, 15, wounded by shrapnel in
the chest;

6. Ahmed Suleiman Hamed, 19, wounded by shrapnel in the
left leg;

7. Nassim ‘Abdul Fattah ‘Adas, 13, wounded by shrapnel
in the feet;

8. ‘Emad Ahmed Qandil, 16, wounded by shrapnel in the
face and the neck; and

9. Jihad Bassem Qaddumi, 14, wounded by shrapnel in the
right thigh. 

 

At approximately 20:00,
Israeli occupying forces, reinforced with heavy military vehicles and covered
by intense shelling, moved in Wad ‘Ezziddin area east of Jenin and imposed a
curfew. A number of Palestinian gunmen
confronted the invading Israeli forces. One of the gunmen, Mohammed Hatem al-‘Aat, 26, was killed by a live
bullet that entered the left shoulder and settled in the chest. In addition, five Palestinian civilians were
wounded by the Israeli shelling:

 

1. Jawad Mustafa Hamran, 20, wounded by a heavy caliber
bullet that cut an artery in the right hand;

2. Rushdi Mohammed Jabarin, 20, wounded by shrapnel throughout
the body;

3. Seif Khaled Taha Ahmed, 17, wounded by shrapnel in
the chest;

4. Salah Mufid Mohammed Salama, 61, wounded by shrapnel
throughout the body; and

5. ‘Abdullah Nasser al-Wahesh, 20, wounded by shrapnel
in the face and the neck. 

 

Sunday, 25
July 2002

 

At approximately 02:00,
Israeli occupying forces, reinforced with heavy military vehicles and
accompanied by some members of the Israeli General Security Service, raided the
house of al-‘Alim Younis Da’na, writer and political analyst, in ‘Ein Khair
al-Din in the centre of Hebron and arrested him. According to eyewitnesses, some 50 Israeli
soldiers and officers raided the house and forced its seven residents out. They searched the house and confiscated a
number of disks and a mobile phone. Da’na is a member of the political bureau of the Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine and lecturer at the Polytechnic University. He had been detained in Israeli jails for 14
years. He was released in 1985. He had
also been held in administrative detention for three years during the first
Palestinian Intifada. He suffers from a
disease in the stomach and hypertension. 

 

At approximately 02:30,
Israeli occupying forces raided the house of ‘Emad ‘Awni Kamel Abu Shamsia, 32,
in Khellat Hadour area in the east of Hebron, and arrested him. 

 

At approximately 07:00,
Israeli occupying forces, reinforced with heavy military vehicles, invaded
Jenin and imposed a curfew. They opened
fire at the central market of the town, wounding three Palestinian civilians:

 

1. Ahmed Raja Ibrahim ‘Awartani, 12, wounded by a live
bullet in the right thigh;

2. Ahmed ‘Adnan Ibrahim ‘Awartani, 13, wounded by a live
bullet in the right thigh; and

3. Mohammed Khaled Mustafa Abu al-Rub, 26, wounded by a
live bullet in the left thigh. 

 

At approximately 11:30,
Israeli occupying forces in military locations next to “Netser Hazani”
settlement, northwest of Khan Yunis, fired, for no apparent reason, at two
Palestinian children who were selling vegetables on a cart in a muddy road,
approximately 40m east of the settlement. One of the children, Mohammed Younis Yousef Abu Lehia, 14, was wounded
by a heavy caliber bullet in the left foot, and their donkey was killed.

 

In the afternoon, Israeli
occupying forces in military locations at the eastern border of the Gaza Strip,
east of Khuza’a village in Khan Yunis, opened fire at a number of Palestinian
civilians who were checking the destruction in the area caused by Israeli
forces on the previous day. Manal Salim
Mohammed Qaudeih, 31, was wounded by shrapnel in the back. 

 

At approximately 17:00,
Israeli heavy military vehicles moved approximately 400m east of a settler road
linking between al-Shuhada junction, south of Gaza City, and al-Mentar
crossing, east of the city. They razed areas
of Palestinian agricultural land:

 

1. They razed a 3-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network and a water pump owned
by Mohammed Hassan Suleiman ‘Obeid. 

2. They razed a 4-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Ghassan
Muhareb Abu al-Qumboz.

3. They razed a 6-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Khalil Sa’id
Faraj. 

 

Monday, 26
August 2002

 

At approximately 03:00,
Israeli occupying forces, reinforced with heavy military vehicles and supported
by two helicopters, invaded Jenin refugee camp. They surrounded three houses owned by Mahmoud Khader Esteiti, Jom’a
Khalifa Abu Jabal and Mohammed ‘Omar Esteiti in the refugee camp. They called on residents of the houses
through loudspeakers to exit their houses and gather in a public yard. At approximately 11:00, Israeli soldiers used
Mohammed ‘Omar Esteiti, 26, as a human shield and forced him to enter his house
and bring out all those who were inside without the upper clothes. They threatened to destroy the house. Soon, three Palestinians got out:

 

1. Sheikh Jamal ‘Abdul Salam Abu al-Haija, 43;

2. Islam Jarrar, 25; and

3. Maisara ‘Omar Kahder Esteiti, 22.

 

They were all wearing
underwear. Israeli soldiers forced Abu
al-Haija to get rid of his plastic hand and leave it aside. Then, they destroyed the hand. Israeli forces severely beat the three before
arresting them. Before their withdrawal,
Israeli forces shelled at the house of Mohammed ‘Omar Esteiti, causing a fire
inside the house. 

 

At approximately 13:45,
about 15 minutes before re-imposing the curfew on Ramallah, two Israeli
military jeeps moved into the centre of the town and fired at Palestinian
civilians passing by. Six civilians,
including a journalist, were wounded by rubber-coated metal bullets:

 

1. ‘Ammar Mohammed ‘Awadh, 23, from Jerusalem, a
photographer of Reuters news agency, wounded in the left shoulder;

2. Kamel Ahmed Kamel al-Zein, 16, from Ramallah, wounded
in the left hand;

3. ‘Adnan ‘Eissa Ahmed Mutair, 28, from Bani Na’im
village in Hebron, wounded in the left leg;

4. Mustafa Mohammed Mustafa Za’ouri, 16, from Ramallah,
wounded in the right leg;

5. Rula Khaled Abu Shousha, 24, wounded in the right
hand; and

6. Zeidan Mohammed Ahmed Shureih, 33, wounded in the
right leg. 

 

In his testimony to the
Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights and the Environment
(LAW), Mahoud Makhlouf, a reporter of the Palestinian News Agency (Wafa), said:

 

“At approximately 13:45 on
Monday, 26 August 2002, when the curfew imposed on Ramallah was temporarily
lifted, two Israeli military jeeps arrived at al-Manara square. Israeli soldiers opened fire indiscriminately
at people passing by. Soon, a number of
children gathered near a bus station in the area and threw stones towards the
two jeeps. Me and some journalists,
‘Ammar ‘Awadh, a photographer of Reuters news agency; ‘Abbas al-Mumani, a
photographer of France Press Agency; and a photographer of CNN called Susan,
were photographing the clashes from a distance of approximately 50m. Unjustifiably, an Israeli soldier fired at
us, wounding ‘Awadh with a rubber-coated metal bullet in the left shoulder.”

 

At approximately 21:45,
Israeli occupying forces in military locations at the southeastern border of
the Gaza Strip, east of Rafah, opened fire at al-Shouka neighborhood in
Rafah. Mohammed Hammad ‘ouda al-Debari,
19, was seriously wounded by a live bullet in the head while he was in his family’s
agricultural land. 

 

Tuesday, 27 August
2002

 

In the morning, Israeli
occupying forces launched a campaign of arrests against leaders of the Popular
Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFPL) in Ramallah and al-Bireh. They
arrested Bashir Ahmed Kamel al-Khairi, member of the Palestinian National
Council and one of the leaders of the PFLP. 

 

At approximately 03:30,
Israeli occupying forces raided the house of ‘Ali Mohammed Ahmed Jaradat, 47,
from Ramallah, spokesman of the PFLP. They forced him out of the house and arrested him. 

 

At the same time, Israeli
occupying forces raided the house of Saqer Mohammed Hamdan Hanacha, 41,
activist of the PFLP who works in Ramallah Municipality, and arrested him. 

 

Wednesday, 28
August 2002

 

At approximately 15:30, two
Israeli tanks moved into Jenin refugee camp. They opened fire at Palestinian houses for no apparent reason. One of the tanks fired approximately 25 live
bullets at the house of Mohammed ‘Abdul Rahman ‘Ammuri, 33. A live bullet penetrated a window of the
house and hit ‘Ammuri in the head, killing him. 

 

Furthermore, Israeli
occupying forces killed four Palestinian civilians, including a woman and her
two sons, and wounding other members belonging to the same family.

 

According to PCHR’s
investigation, at approximately 23:00, Israeli occupying forces in military
locations next to “Netzarim” settlement, south of Gaza City, fired an artillery
shell at six Palestinian civilians who were in a shed on their agricultural
land in Sheikh ‘Ejlin area, approximately 250m away. The artillery shell hit them all and killed
three:

 

1. Ashraf ‘Othman al-Hajin, 23;

2. Nihad ‘Othman al-Hajin, 17; and

3. Mohammed Samir al-Hajin, 41. 

 

Soon after, Rowaida Ibrahim
al-Hajin, 41, got out of shed carrying her 3-year-old child Sa’id to check what
happened. Immediately, Israeli soldiers
opened fire at her, wounding her with several live bullets throughout the body,
and wounding her child with shrapnel. She bled to death. Palestinians
ambulances came to the area, but Israeli forces fired at them and prevented
them from evacuating the victims. At
approximately 01:00 on the following day, and upon coordination between Israeli
occupying forces and the Palestinian side through the ICRC, the ambulances were
allowed access to the area. The woman
was still alive, but she succumbed to her wounds upon arrival at the
hospital. Four civilians were also
wounded:

 

1. Sa’id ‘otham al-Hajin, 3, the woman’s child, wounded
by shrapnel throughout the body;

2. Salah ‘Othman al-Hajin, 15, the woman’s child,
seriously wounded by shrapnel throughout the body;

3. Ra’fat ‘Othman al-Hajin, 24, the woman’s son, wounded
by shrapnel throughout the body; and

4. Mohammed Hashem al-Hajin, 20, wounded by shrapnel
throughout the body. 

 

Attacks by
Settlers on Palestinian Civilians

 

At approximately 10:00 on
Monday, 26 August 2002, while 6-year-old Jihad Mousa Mohammed al-‘Athra, from
Yatta village south of Hebron, was crossing a settler road crossing al-Diwan
neighborhood in the village, an Israeli garbage vehicle, driving very fast, ran
over the child. The driver did not stop,
nor did he offer help for the child, who immediately died. 

 

Shooting at
Palestinian Civilians

 

Wednesday, 28
August 2002

 

In what it appears to be a
willful killing, Israeli occupying forces shot dead a Palestinian young man
while he was throwing stones towards them. According to PCHR, at approximately 11:00, Mohammed ‘Atteya Baraka, 24,
from Deir al-Balah, was on the coastal road next to the Israeli “Aloni”
military checkpoint, which divides al-Mawasi area between Deir al-Balah and Khan Yunis. He threw stones towards Israeli soldiers at
the checkpoint, while he was approximately 400m far. Israeli soldiers fired at him without any
warning. He was shot in the upper part
of the body. Israeli soldiers took him
to their military locations. Two hours
later, Israeli forces delivered his body to the Palestinian side. The body was evacuated to the hospital, where
medical sources stated that Baraka was killed by a live bullet in the
neck. In the afternoon, an Israeli
military spokesman claimed that Baraka was killed in an exchange of fire in the
vicinity of “Gush Qatif” settlement block. According to eyewitnesses, Barak rode a bike to the area without having
any kind of weapons. He was not a member
of any organization or political party. 

 

Collective Punishment
Measures against Families of Palestinians Who Carried out Armed Attacks against
Israeli Targets

 

In violation of the
international law and humanitarian law which prohibit collective punishment,
for the fourth consecutive week, Israeli occupying forces has taken retaliatory
measures against families of Palestinians who have carried attacks against
Israeli targets both inside the Green Line and in the Occupied Palestinian
Territories.

 

This is a violation of
Article 33 of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian
Persons in Time of War, which prohibits punishing any protected person for an
offense he or she has not personally committed, and Article 9 of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, which provides that “no one shall be subjected to
arbitrary arrest, detention or exile,”

 

At approximately 03:00 on
Monday morning, 26 August 2002, Israeli occupying forces, reinforced with heavy
military vehicles and supported by two helicopters, moved into al-Jarad farm,
east of Tulkarm. They raided the
two-story house of Mu’ath Jarad, whose first floor was rented by the family of
Mansour Shureim, wanted by Israeli occupying forces for his activities during
the Intifada. Israeli soldiers forced
the ten residents of the house out and planted bombs on the first floor. Then, they destroyed it by remote control.

 

 

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PCHR calls:

 

1. Upon the
international community to provide immediate and independent international
protection for the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

2. Upon the High
Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 to reconvene to
take effective measures to protect Palestinian civilians in the Occupied
Palestinian Territories, in accordance with their obligations under article 1
and article 146, to ensure the respect of the Convention.

3. Upon the
international community to investigate and prosecute those believed to have
committed war crimes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories before
international courts.

4. Upon the ICRC
to enhance its presence, expand its activities, and intensify its field
operations throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

5. Upon the
European Union to activate Article 2 of the Euro-Israeli Association Agreement,
which provides that Israel must respect human rights.

6. Upon the
international community to provide humanitarian and medical assistance for the
Palestinian people, whose living conditions are continuing to deteriorate as a
result of the continued siege imposed by Israeli occupation forces on the
entire Occupied Palestinian Territories.

 

 

 

“End”