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1 Jan 2009

Message from Richard Falk, United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, December 28,2008

The Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip represent s evere and massive violations of international humanitarian law as defined in the Geneva Conventions, both in regard to the obligations of an Occupying Power and in the requirements of the laws of war.

Those violations include:

Collective punishment
– the entire 1.5 million people who live in the crowded Gaza Strip are being punished for the actions of a few militants.

Targeting civilians – the airstrikes were aimed at civilian areas in one of the most crowded stretches of land in the world, certainly the most densely populated area of the Middle East.

Disproportionate military response – the airstrikes … Continue reading

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1 Jan 2009

Laila El-Haddad writing from Durham, the United States, Live from Palestine, 30 December 2008
For the original article on Electronic Intifada please click here

“There is a complete blackout in Gaza now. The streets are as still as death.”

I am speaking to my father, Moussa el-Haddad, a retired physician who lives in Gaza City, on Skype, from Durham, North Carolina in the United States, where I have been since mid 2006 — the month Gaza’s borders were hermetically sealed by Israel, and the blockade of the occupied territory further enforced.

He is out on his balcony. It is 2am.

“I can only see grey plumes of smoke slowly rising all over the city, everywhere I look,” he says, as though they were some … Continue reading

Gaza »

1 Jan 2009

The Israeli military has continued its onslaught in the Gaza Strip, firing missiles throughout the Strip for the 6th day. Bombings have been focused particularly on the northern cities and refugee camps of Beit Hanoun and Jabaliya, and the southern area of Rafah, along the border with Egypt. The northern assault has led to speculation that a ground invasion, which would come from that direction, is imminent. Meanwhile, children, women, and other civilians have been hardest hit, as entire apartment buildings are flattened by the Israeli bombardment. The port in Gaza City was also fired upon for a second time, and is now almost completely demolished.

During the ongoing assault, Tzipi Linvi head of the ruling party … Continue reading

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31 Dec 2008

From Maan News Agency. For the original article, please click here

Gaza – Ma’an – The most recent victim of Israeli airstrikes was 10-year-old Ismail Hamdan, who succumbed to his injuries after being hit by a missile while running an errand for his mother near their home in Beit Hanoun.

Ismail was with his two sisters when the missile struck, they were both torn to pieces on impact Tuesday afternoon.

The three were pulled out of a rubble pile by a passerby and transported to hospital via donkey-cart. The girls, 5-year-old Lama Hamdan, 12-year-old Haya Hamdan, were declared dead on arrival, but Ismail still had a faint heartbeat.

Dr Ibrahim Abu Ghazala treated fractures in each of Ismail’s limbs, removed damaged portions … Continue reading

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30 Dec 2008

from Maan News Agency

Israeli troops halted airstrikes for one hour due to bad weather Tuesday afternoon, and resumed shelling and missile strikes as soon as clouds lifted.

The latest targets that came under fire were a lathe workshop belonging to the Ashour family in the Zaitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, and a dairy belonging to the Dalloul family in the Sabra neighborhood, also in Gaza City. The properties were destroyed, but no casualties have been reported.

2:00 Israeli warplanes bombarded Khan Younis in the southern Strip

1:00 Israeli helicopters targeted a site used by Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigades in Beit Lahiya and another site in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported in either raid.

11:45 An Israeli missile made … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Gaza, Hebron District, Ni'lin »

29 Dec 2008
Demonstrations Across Palestine Against Strikes on Gaza Get Violent Response, 2 Killed Near Ramallah

On Saturday, December 27, just hours after missile strikes on the Gaza Strip began, demonstrations broke out throughout Israeli and Palestinian cities and towns. In Hebron, dozens were injured, including 1 international solidarity activist, when Israeli soldiers began firing into the crowds who had gathered near the Ibrahimi Mosque (Abraham’s Tomb) with tear gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets. Hundreds of people flooded the streets in Nablus in a spontaneous demonstration where local leaders called for Palestinian unity in the face of the on-going massacre. In Tel Aviv, nearly 1,000 people from several Israeli cities gathered in the center of town and, despite an order from the … Continue reading

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29 Dec 2008

Beginning two days ago without warning, an unprecedented series of attacks on police stations throughout the entire Gaza strip have left at least 300 dead and more than 1000 wounded, according to emergency health officials. The United Nations has reported that 9 of its employees have been killed, and others are reporting that 5% of those dead are children. Over night on Sunday Israeli missiles hit the largest University in Gaza City.

This attack comes after more than a year of strangulating sanctions on the Strip, which has left hospitals without basic materials or medicines to treat the mass-casualties.

THESE ARE ATTACKS ON CIVILIANS. Police officers and internal security personnel are not military targets. Over 50 of … Continue reading

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21 Dec 2008

For the original press release on Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights’ Website click here

The Israeli occupation Forces (IOF) has escalated its military attacks on the Gaza Strip, killing a Palestinian and destroying houses and other civilian premises. Meanwhile, Israel’s tight blockade of the Gaza Strip has continued, resulting with unprecedented deterioration of the humanitarian situation due to severe shortages of food, water, fuel and medical supplies. Daily power outage, which lasts for long hours in Gaza, has exacerbated this crisis.

According to Al Mezan’s field investigations, at approximately 4:50pm on 17 December 2008, the IOF gunships opened heavy machinegun fire towards Qleibo area, eastern Al Sheikh Zayid town, and the Talet Az-Zaitoun area in Jabalia Refugee Camp. The firing lasted … Continue reading

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9 Dec 2008

Internal Israeli politics are always complicated, but rarely as bizarre as incidents such as the blocking of the “‘Eid Boat” from going to Gaza with food, toys, and medical supplies, which was organized in part by Palestinian-Israeli members of the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament. A boat filled with aid and toys was set to launch from the Jaffa port outside of Tel Aviv. It was named the “‘Eid Boat” because of ‘Eid al-Adha, the Muslim holiday Monday. The contents of the boat were confiscated and 3 crewmen were arrested by Israeli police. All of Gaza’s crossings have been closed to aid for over a month and the UN reported Sunday that food supplies would begin … Continue reading

Betlehem District, Gaza »

23 Nov 2008

Israeli forces closed down the northern section of Hebron on Saturday, declaring the entire half of the city a “closed military zone” as soldiers occupied five houses and forced shop owners, at gunpoint, to close early.

“No sooner had Israeli soldiers handed me a warrant saying that military forces planned to occupy my home did 20 soldiers storm the house,” said 42-year-old Bassam Al-Ja’abary, whose home was one of the five taken over by Israeli soldiers.

“Then they climbed up to the roof and prevented my family from leaving,” he added.

His and the other four houses are located in the Wadi An-Nasara neighborhood, close to the home of the Rajabi family home, which Jewish settlers occupied in March 2007.

Other homes belong to … Continue reading