PCHR Weekly Report: “Palestinian Killed, Several Wounded As Israel Continues Violations”

November 5, 2010 8:59 PM Saed Bannoura Human rights, News Report, Palestine 0
05 Nov
8:59 PM

In its weekly report on the period between October 28 and November 3, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) reported that Israeli soldiers continued their violations against the residents, killed one Palestinian and injured eleven residents in separate attacks in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The PCHR stated that on November 3, Israeli soldiers carried an extra-judicial assassination targeting a member of the “Army of Islam” in Gaza. The fighter was killed and a cab driver was wounded in the attack as he was driving behind the targeted vehicle.

The fighter was identified as Mohammad Al Namnam. A young Palestinian woman was also wounded while on the side-walk.

Israel claimed responsibility for the assassination and said that the fighter was responsible for several bombings targeting Israeli and American targets in the Sinai Desert.

Furthermore, three Palestinian farmers were wounded by Israeli fire in northern and central Gaza, and a fourth Palestinian, suffering a mental impairment, was also wounded by army fire in southern Gaza.

The Israeli Navy continued its attacks against Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip, opened fire at several fishing boats in Gaza and prevented the fishermen from fishing in Palestinian waters.

The army also carried out several limited invasions in the central Gaza Strip.

In the West Bank, the army carried out 29 invasions into Palestinian communities, and kidnapped 16 Palestinian civilians including three children.

Troops broke into homes belonging to a number of political leaders of the Hamas movement in the West Bank in addition to breaking into and ransacking dozens of homes.

Jewish settlers continued their attacks against the residents and their lands in the West Bank, while Israeli soldiers and settlers uprooted 70 Dunams of Palestinian orchards belonging to Beit Ummar residents near Hebron in order to expand Karmie Tzur Jewish settlement.

Settlers also installed nine new mobile homes in Shvut Rachel settlement, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Dozens of settlers hurled stones at Palestinian vehicles in different parts of the West Bank.

Furthermore, soldiers continued using excessive force against Palestinian, Israeli and International peace activists holding nonviolent protest against the annexation wall and settlements in the West Bank. Troops also attacked nonviolent protest against the “security belt” enforced by Israel along the border with Gaza.

Six Palestinian civilians were wounded after the army attacked a nonviolent protest against the Wall in Nabi Saleh village, north of Ramallah, and one resident was wounded during the weekly nonviolent protest in Bil’in village, near Ramallah.

Although Israel claimed easing restriction on Gaza, 1.5 million Palestinians remain isolated from the rest of the world.

Two years after the Israeli war on Gaza, and despite international pledges, construction work of all civilian facilities, including homes, medical centers, educational facilities and other constructions remain a far fetch due to Israel’s policies against Gaza.

Israel allowed basic supplies into Gaza but essential supplies, including construction materials and materials needed by Gaza factories, remained on the banned list of products.

Dozens of roadblocks are still spread across the occupied West Bank isolating dozens of villages and towns, while the Wall led to the total isolation of several areas.

The Center called on the international community to fulfill its obligations regarding protecting the Palestinians and their fundamental and internationally guaranteed rights.

It stated that Israel continues to violate the Fourth Geneva Convention and the different international resolutions regarding protecting the rights of the residents in the Occupied Territories.

The PCHR called on the signatories of the Fourth Geneva Convention to ensure that Israel abides by the international law, by stopping its illegal violations against the civilians, and to ensure the implementation of Article number 146 of the Fourth Geneva Convention regarding prosecution of officials involved in war crimes against Palestinian civilians.

It also demanded the international community to implement the advisory decision of the Hague regarding the illegality of the annexation wall in the West Bank.

It called on the European Union to stop its economic cooperation with Israel as it continues its violations against Palestinian human rights, and to boycott all settlement products.

Under article 2 of the Israeli-European economic partnership, Israel must respect human rights in order to resume such partnership.

The PCHR concluded that any peace agreement or effort cannot succeed without abiding by the international law and the principles of human rights. It also said that any deal that does not achieve the internationally guaranteed rights of the Palestinian people will only lead to more suffering and will not lead to a lasting peace.

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Saed Bannoura

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