March 2011 - overview
During the month of March there was a significant increase in violence in Gaza and southern Israel. As a result, four children were killed: two were shot while trying to cross the border to look for a job inside Israel, and two were killed in an Israeli airstrike on 22 March 2011. At least eight more children were injured in the same incident.
On 21 March 2011, the Human Rights Council adopted a resolution recommending that the report of the UN Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict be sent to the UN General Assembly for further action, including submission to the UN Security Council for referral to the International Criminal Court. On 1 April 2011, Richard Goldstone wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post reigniting the controversy surrounding the report.
In March, DCI documented one case of soldier violence against a 7-yearl-old boy, in addition to four other incidents of settler violence against Palestinian children. In one of them, soldiers intervening in clashes between settlers and residents of a village near Nablus shot a 15-year-old boy in the back.
Other incidents involved the beating of two siblings in Hebron, and an attack on a Palestinian home near Nablus with Molotov cocktails. At the time of writing, investigations into the murder of a family of five settlers from Itamar, including three children, are ongoing.
On 27 March, an Israeli settler from the settlement of Shilo, was sentenced to one and a half years in prison for kidnapping and assaulting fifteen-yearold Amran F. in 2007