Fact Sheet

  

In this fact sheet,[1]
which covers the period from 01 May to 30 May 2012, PCHR documented 23 attacks
by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) against Palestinian fishermen, including
15 attacks in which IOF fired at fishermen.  In addition, the IOF arrested 9 fishermen in 4
different incidents.  In another 3
incidents, the IOF held 4 fishing boats and confiscated fishing 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 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 at times when
these fishermen did not pose any threat to Israeli naval troops.  These fishermen were practicing their right
to work and seek a 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

 

PCHR documented 15 cases in which the IOF
fired at Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza sea during the reporting
period.  PCHR documented these incidents within
the 3 nautical miles allowed for fishermen to sail and fish in.  PCHR also noticed that all the firing
incidents against fishermen and their boats took place in the context of the
fishermen seeking their livelihood, as well as 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 incidents in which the IOF arrested 9 Palestinian fishermen, and
held and confiscated 4 fishing boats and equipment.

 


 

Arresting Fishermen

 

During the reporting period, IOF
arrested 12 fishermen, including 2 17-year-old children, while carrying out
their work.

 

 At approximately
08:30 on 05 May 2012, Israeli naval troops arrested 2 Palestinian fishermen
when they were fishing nearly 2.5 nautical miles from the Gaza seashore:
Mohammed Mohyi al-Din Umar Fares Bakr (62); and Mohammed Mohammed Mohyi al-Din
Umar Bakr (18).  The 2 fishermen were released at approximately 01:30 on
the same day, after they had been interrogated by the IOF.  

 At approximately
05:30 on 10 May 2012, an Israeli gunboat stopped a fishing boat nearly 500 meters off the Beit
Lahia shore in the northern Gaza Strip.  Jihad and Zaher Mohammed
al-Sultan,[2] 44
and 20 respectively, were on board the boat.  Israeli naval troops opened
fire at the boat, and ordered the fishermen to take their clothes off, jump
into the water and swim towards an Israeli gunboat.  The naval troops
arrested the 2 fishermen and transported them to the Ashdod Harbor inside
Israel.  The 2 fishermen were released at approximately 16:30 on the same
day, after having been interrogated by the IOF.  

 At approximately
23:30 on 27 May 2012, an Israeli gunboat got close to a fishing boat belonging
to Mohammed Ahmed al-‘Aamoudi(59) and Na’im Mahmoud Abu Hannoun (65), both from
Khan Yunis.  The 2 fishermen were on board the boat, which was sailing
nearly 2 nautical miles off the Rafah seashore in the southern Gaza
Strip.  Israeli troops forced al-‘Aamoudi to swim towards the gunboat
where they arrested him.  They forced the other fisherman to sail back to
the beach.  Al-‘Aamoudi was released the following day at the Beit Hanoun
(Erez) crossing in the northern Gaza Strip.

 At approximately
06:30 on 30 May 2012, Israeli gunboats surrounded 2 Palestinian fishing boats
sailing opposite to the Beit Lahia seashore in the northern Gaza Strip. 
They then arrested the 4 fishermen who were on board: 

 

1. Nouri
Ramadan al-Sultan (49);

2. Hassan
Ramadan al-Sultan (39);

3. Mohammed
‘Ali al-Sultan (43); and

4. Zaher
Mohammed al-Sultan (20).

 

 

 

 

 

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 held 4 fishing boats and
confiscated fishing equipment.

 

 At approximately
08:30 on 05 May 2012, Israeli naval troops held a fishing boat belonging to
Mohammed Mohyi al-Din Omar Fares Bakr (62), which had been sailing nearly 2.5
nautical miles from Gaza seashore.

 At approximately
05:30 on 10 May 2012, Israeli naval troops held a fishing boat belonging to Jiahd
Mohammed al-Sultan (44), which had been sailing nearly 500 meters off the Beit
Lahia shore in the northern Gaza Strip.  

 At approximately
06:30 on 30 May 2012, Israeli naval troops held 2 Palestinian fishing boats
belonging to Jiahd Mohammed al-Sultan (44) and Nouri Ramadan al-Sultan (49), which
had been sailing opposite to the Beit Lahia seashore in the northern Gaza
Strip. 

Table shows Israeli violations
against Palestinian fishermen during the reporting period (01 – 30 May 2012)

 

Description

Shooting incidents

Persons wounded

Arrests

incident

Persons arrested

Holding of fishing boats

Damage to fishing tools

May

15

 

4

9

4

 

 

 

 

 



[1] This
fact sheet 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] It should be noted that Jihad and Zaher Mohammed
al-Sultan were arrested twice within the month.