Fact
Sheet

 

Israeli
Attacks on Fishermen in the Gaza Sea

 

The
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) documented 11 attacks launched by
the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) against Palestinian fishermen during the
reporting period (01– 31 October 2012),[1]
including incidents in which the IOF fired at fishermen and fishing boats and
chased them, as a result of which 8 fishermen were arrested while fishing
approximately 2 nautical miles[2]
off the shore of Beit Lahia in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.  In addition, 2 fishing boats belonging to
Palestinian fishermen were confiscated.

 

Violation
of the Right to Life and Security of Person

 

Israel’s
attacks against Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip constitutes a flagrant
violation of international humanitarian and human rights law, especially the
right to life and security of the person, in accordance with Article 3 of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 6 of the International
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which the State of Israel is a
party.  The IOF perpetrated violations against Palestinian fishermen in
the sea when these fishermen did not pose any threat to Israeli naval
troops.  The fishermen were practicing their right to work and seeking
their livelihood within the territorial waters of the Gaza Strip when the IOF
attacked them.

 

First:
Firing at Fishing Boats in the Gaza Strip Waters

 

During the reporting period, PCHR documented 11
cases in which the IOF fired[3]
at Palestinian fishermen in the sea off the Gaza shore, though no injuries were
reported.  These attacks took place within the 3 nautical miles allowed
for fishermen to sail and fish in.  PCHR also noticed that these firing
incidents against fishermen and their boats took place while fishermen were
seeking their livelihood, and in the context of imposing more restrictions to
terrify and prevent the fishermen from practicing their work freely.

 

 

 

Second:
Arresting Fishermen and Confiscating Fishing Boats

 

During the reporting period, PCHR documented
incidents in which the IOF arrested 8 Palestinian fishermen, and confiscated 2
fishing boats and equipment.

 

Arresting Fishermen

 

During the reporting period, the IOF arrested 8
fishermen while they were carrying out their work 2 nautical miles offshore:

 

 At
approximately 8:10 on Sunday, 07 October 2012, Israeli Naval Forces positioned
off al-Waha resort northwest of Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza
Strip, arrested 4 fishermen while they were fishing 2.5 nautical miles off the
shore. The fishermen were identified as: Majed Fadel Baker (51), and his three
sons Imran Majed Baker (27), Fadi Majed Baker (26) and Mohammad Majed
Baker (20).  The 4 fishermen were
released at approximately 16:00 on the same day at the Beit Hanoun Crossing
(Erez), after being questioned.

 At
approximately 10:00 on Monday, 22 October 2012, Israeli naval forces positioned
off Al-Waha resort northwest of Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza
Strip, chased and arrested 4 fishermen while they were fishing 2 nautical miles
offshore.  The arrested men were identified as: Ramez Izat Baker
(41), Khamis Sobhi Baker (43), Arafat Mohammad Baker (20) and Bayan Khamis
Baker (17).

  

Confiscation of Fishing Boats

 

PCHR has followed up on Israel’s violations
against Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip Sea, particularly the
confiscation of fishing boats.  During the reporting period, the IOF confiscated
2 fishing boats:

 

 On Sunday, 07
October 2012, Israeli Naval Forces chased and confiscated a fishing boat
belonging to Majed Fadel Baker (51), a Palestinian fisherman from Gaza, while
sailing approximately 2 nautical miles off the shore of Beit Lahia in the northern
part of the Gaza Strip.

 On Monday, 22
October 2012, Israeli Naval Forces chased and confiscated a fishing boat
belonging to Ramez Izat Baker (41), a Palestinian fisherman from Gaza, while
sailing 2 nautical miles offshore, opposite to the Beit Lahia seashore in the
northern part of the Gaza Strip. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table of Israeli Attacks on
Palestinian Fishermen in the Gaza Sea

(01 October – 31 October 2012)

 

Month

Firing

Killed Persons

Injuries

Arrest Incidents

Number of Detainees

Confiscation of Fishing Boats

October

11

2

8

2

 

 

 



[1] This fact sheet issued by PCHR is the tenth of its
kind.  It addresses violations carried out by the IOF against Palestinian
fishermen in the Gaza Strip while practicing their work.  For more
details, see Fact Sheets at: www.pchrgaza.org.

[2] During the reporting period, PCHR
documented the interception by Israeli naval forces of the Swedish
ship, the ‘Estelle,’ which was carrying 30 international activists to the Gaza
Strip under the auspices of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. For more information, see
PCHR’s press release on 22 October 2012.

[3] This includes firing at a fishing boat boarding 3
international activists.  For more
information, see PCHR’s press release on 05 November 2012.