Fact Sheet

 

Israeli Attacks on Fishermen in the Gaza Sea[1]


The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
documented 92 attacks launched by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) against
Palestinian fishermen in the first half of this year, including 54 incidents in
which the IOF fired at fishermen and 16 incidents that led to the arrest of 43
fishermen, in addition to 18 incidents in which boats were confiscated and 4
incidents of damaging and confiscating fishing equipment.  In this fact sheet,[2]
which covers the period from 01-30 June 2012, PCHR documented 38 violations
perpetrated by the IOF against Palestinian fishermen, including 23 incidents in
which the IOF fired at fishermen.  In
addition, the IOF arrested 13 fishermen in 4 incidents and confiscated 7
fishing boats and equipment.

 

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 indiscriminately fired at them.

 

First: Firing
at Fishing Boats in the Gaza Strip Waters

 

During the reporting period, PCHR documented 23
cases in which IOF fired 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 in the
context of seeking their livelihood, and the imposition of more restrictions to
terrify and prevent the fishermen from practicing their work freely.

 

 

Second:
Arresting Fishermen and Confiscating Fishing Tools

 

During the reporting period, PCHR documented 4 incidents
in which IOF arrested 13 Palestinian fishermen, including a 17-year-old boy,
confiscated 7 fishing boats and damaged 4 fishing equipment.

 

Arresting
Fishermen

 

At
approximately 00:00 on 06 June 2012, the IOF’s gunboats surrounded 3 fishing
boats with 3 fishermen on board off Rafah shore in the southern Gaza
Strip.  The fishermen are: Mohammed
Mohammed Ibrahim al-Bardaweel (23); his brother Isma’il (19); and Sami ‘Adnan
Ibrahim al-Nada (17), all from al-Mawasi area in Rafah.  The IOF transported them to the Ashdod
Seaport, and they were released at 17:00 on the same day.

At
approximately 22:00 on 12 June 2012, Israeli naval troops arrested Mohammed
‘Aziz Radwan Bakr (19) and Mahmoud ‘Aziz Radwan Bakr (22), when they were
sailing 2 nautical miles off Rafah shore. 
They were both transported to the Ashdod Seaport, and were released at
approximately 13:30 on 13 June 2012.

At
approximately 22:00 on 17 June 2012, the IOF deployed in the sea off
al-Sudaniya shore in the northern Gaza Strip arrested Mohammed Sobhi Sa’dallah
(25) and Ashraf Sobhi Sa’dallah (30), both from the Jabalya refugee camp in the
northern Gaza Strip.

At
approximately 20:00 on 20 June 2012, the IOF deployed off al-Waha Resort
northwest of Beit Lahia surrounded 3 fishing boats with 6 fishermen on
board.  The IOF transported the fishermen
to the Ashdod Seaport.  The fishermen,
who are from Jabalya refugee camp, were identified as: Fadel Saleh Abu Warda
(31); Hatem Saleh Abu Warda (40); Mohammed Matar Khella (50); Mahmoud Mohammed
Abu Warda (20); Abed Sobhi Sa’dallah (20); and No’man Ibrahim al-Sersek
(18).  At approximately 19:30, they were
released after being questioned by the IOF.

 

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, 3 incidents took place in which the IOF confiscated 7
fishing boats.

 

At
approximately 00:00 on 06 June 2012, the IOF confiscated 3 fishing boats
belonging to Mohammed Mohammed Ibrahim al-Bardaweel (23) and his brother
Isma’il (19), from al-Mawasi area in the west of Rafah, which had been sailing
off Rafah shore in the southern Gaza Strip.

At
approximately 22:00 on 06 June 2012, the IOF confiscated the boat of ‘Aziz
Radwan Bakr (50), which had been sailing off Rafah shore in the southern Gaza
Strip.

At
approximately 20:00 on 20 June 2012, the IOF confiscated 3 fishing boats
belonging to a number of fishermen, which had been sailing off al-Waha Resort
shore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip.

 

Damage and
Confiscation of Fishing Equipment

 

During the reporting period, 3 incidents took
place in which the IOF confiscated and damaged fishing equipment.

 

At
approximately 08:30 on 11 June 2012, the IOF confiscated 1,000 meters of
fishing nets belonging to Jihad Bashir Abu Riyala (22).

At
approximately 19:30 on 17 June 2012, the IOF damaged 500 meters of fishing nets
belonging to Mahmoud Ahmed Matar (22), when he was sailing 2 nautical miles off
al-Sudaniya shore north of Gaza.

At
approximately 08:00 on 27 June 2012, the IOF confiscated and damaged a fishing
net belonging to Tayseer Abed Qasem al-Aqra’ (31) and Wesam Borhom al-Qor’an
(20), while they were sailing 2.5 nautical miles off Deir al-Balah shore in the
central Gaza Strip.

Table shows Israel’s violations
against Palestinian fishermen during the first half of 2012

 

Month

Shooting incidents

Persons wounded

Arrest

incidents

Persons arrested

Confiscation of fishing boats

Damage to fishing tools

January

1

0

1

4

1

0

February

5

0

3

5

3

0

March

2

0

0

0

0

0

April

8

0

4

12

3

0

May

15

0

4

9

4

0

June

23

0

4

13

7

4

Total

54

0

16

43

18

4

 

 

 

Diagram shows Israel’s violations against
Palestinian fishermen during the first half of 2012

 

 

 

 



[1] The issuance of this fact sheet coincides with the fifth
anniversary of the imposition of the naval blockade on the Gaza Strip.

[2] This
fact sheet issued by PCHR is the seventh 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