Introduction

Israel has a policy of extra-judicially executing Palestinians who are suspected of carrying out, or planning armed attacks against the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and/or inside the State of Israel. IOF have committed, and are continuing to commit, extra-judicial executions against Palestinian activists from all political parties. They have also targeted the political leaders of Palestinian organizations.

 Since the beginning of al-Aqsa Intifada in September 2000, PCHR has consistently investigated and documented extra-judicial executions committed by IOF in the OPT. The Centre has established a database that keeps statistics on all extra-judicial executions carried out by IOF in the OPT. In addition to its database and investigations, PCHR has continued to publish special periodic reports that document these crimes and their impacts. These reports document the development of methods employed by IOF to commit such crimes.[1] This report is the tenth of its kind.[2] It covers the period from 1 July 2008 – September 2010.

 PCHR has also issued numerous demands for the international community to intervene effectively in order to pressure Israel to stop all extra-judicial executions. The continuing silence of the international community, including High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention, has actively encouraged Israel to act as though it is above the law and to continue committing gross violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law against the Palestinian people, including hundreds of extra-judicial executions.

The full report is available PDF format.

 


[1] PCHR’s work is not
limited to the documentation of extra-judicial executions only, it also works
on the prosecution of perpetrators, including Israeli war criminals at the
political and military levels.

[2] In addition, on 2006,
PCHR published a report on extra-judicial crimes against Palestinians during
al-Aqsa Intifada (September 2000-July 2006).