On Saturday and Sunday, 17 and 18 February 2018, Israeli forces carried out a series of artillery, air and machine gun attacks that resulted in the death of two children, left two others injured, and partially damaged some houses in Gaza. The children were targeted in the access restricted areas, while the sites of Palestinian factions and open spaces were otherwise the main targets. The international community should condemn this escalation of the use of force against civilians in Gaza.
On 11 February 2018, Israeli forces opened fire at and arrested two Palestinian fishermen who were sailing off the coast of Beit Lahia. The incidents occurred within the context of systematic harassment, use of live fire, and arbitrary arrest of Palestinian fishermen by Israeli forces. The fishermen have a right to access 20 nautical miles of fishing grounds, but have for years been restricted by Israeli authorities to an average of six nautical miles. The two fishermen were shot at and arrested near the northern border and only one nautical mile from shore.
This briefing paper is on the Israeli forces’ chemical spraying of farmlands in the conflict-struck Gaza Strip. The practice affects the livelihood and right to food of the population, while potentially harming Gaza’s fragile environment and decaying infrastructure. Despite the evident impacts on the population’s human rights, the Israeli military authorities have rejected calls to end this practice or to be fully transparent about the chemicals used.
Military personnel involved in attack that killed four children told Israeli military investigators attack was launched under assumption that only Hamas members would enter area.
The Israeli military launched missiles at a beach in the Gaza Strip during its 2014 offensive without first verifying that its targets were actually Palestinian children rather than combatants, according to investigatory materials that Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel and Al Mezan Center for Human Rights (Gaza) received from the Israeli military.
Joint Statement: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Medical Aid for Palestinians & Physicians for Human Rights Israel
Israel: Record-Low in Gaza Medical Permits 54 Died in 2017 Awaiting Israeli Permit
Al Mezan Center for Human Rights is deeply concerned by the recent threats to de-fund the work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). UNRWA’s services have been critically important since the United Nations agency’s inception following the displacement of hundreds of thousands of original residents of Palestine, who became refugees in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and neighboring countries.
The latest death, of child Omar Abu Shmas, within a family feud in Gaza alarms Al Mezan Center for Human Rights and forms part of a trend of violence that occurs within the outbreak of family feuds in the Gaza Strip. The competent authorities must take the steps necessary to uphold the rule of law and protect Gaza’s residents.
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continue to attack Palestinian civilians in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), using lethal force against non-violent protesters who marched in demonstrations on Friday, 15 December 2017, in the oPt, including East Jerusalem. The demonstrations are locally termed the “Capital Intifada” and are held in protest of the recent US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced that four people have been killed and over 367 injured in the oPt during this day.
In the context of US President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, 8 December 2017 bore witness to the Israeli military’s use of excessive force against Palestinian protestors, including children and young protestors, during protests. Across the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), crowds of protestors demonstrated against the US recognition of Jerusalem, including occupied Palestinian East Jerusalem, as the capital of Israel, and the support of Israel’s unlawful policies in Jerusalem that the move represents.
In the fiftieth year of Israel’s unlawful occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, Israel continues to significantly alter the legal status, demographic composition, and character of the city of Jerusalem in violation of international law.
On Sunday, 26 November 2017, heavy rainfall flooded a number of neighborhoods in Gaza City with water reaching up to one meter in neighborhoods of Al Zaytoun, Al Sheja’iya, Al Tuffah and Al Nafaq.
The flooding caused damage to many homes, despite municipality-, civil defense, and ambulance crews efforts to stop the rush of water and to limit the damages.
25 November is universally recognized as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This year, the United Nations (UN) will mark the day by launching a 16-day campaign with the title “Leave No One Behind – End Violence against Women and Girls”. This campaign is an extension of the “Unite to End Violence against Women” annual initiative that was launched by the UN Secretary General in 2008. This year’s campaign aims to promote the dialogue about gender-based violence by raising public awareness about the urgency to reduce violence against women and girls.
Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel and Al Mezan Center for Human Rights (Gaza) moved to withdraw their petition to the Israeli Supreme Court as the Israeli military revealed tonight, Sunday, 5 November 2017, that it has unearthed and is now holding the bodies of five Palestinians who were killed when it destroyed a tunnel adjacent to the Israel-Gaza border. The families of the deceased maintain their right to demand the return of the bodies of their relatives for burial.
October 17 marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Established by the United Nations (UN) in 1992 after the resolution 47/196 was adopted, this annual event is an opportunity to formulate practical steps to address poverty around the world.
Al Mezan Center for Human Rights commends the latest efforts made by the Municipality of Gaza (MoG) to clean the rainwater collection site in the Sheikh Radwan area in northern Gaza City. The site, which Al Mezan received complaints about only recently, had not been cleaned for over three years, and became infested with insects and rodents. As such, it posed serious health risks to the population living in the area.
In the context of Israel’s continued violation of patient rights, which are rooted in Israel’s Gaza closure policy, the Israeli authorities have arrested a Palestinian patient at Erez crossing. With total control over Gaza’s border crossings with Israel, the Israeli authorities use Erez crossing to regulate movement in and out of Gaza, with individuals—particularly patients—often detained, and sometimes ill-treated and coerced by Israeli security agents in exchange for crossing permits.
On Saturday, 2 September 2017 at 4 pm, Mustafa Fayeq Salman, a 16-year-old resident of Beit Lahia, was brought to the intensive care unit of the Indonesian Hospital in the North Gaza district where he was declared clinically dead. According to Al Mezan’s field investigations, Mustafa had been detained at a police station in Beit Lahia from 2 July 2017 for participating in a family feud. He was held with adult detainees. While in detention, he submitted a request to spend the Eid holidays with his family.
Two more Palestinian patients of Gaza have died after being denied permits by the Israeli authorities that would have allowed them access to hospitals. The women’s’ deaths bring the total to 15 patients in 2017. The deaths occurred in the context of the Israeli-imposed closure and blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has crippled the healthcare system and forced Palestinian patients to seek the necessary care outside of Gaza.