At 11am on Monday, 18 June 2018, a group of ex-detainees and ex-prisoners were assaulted by individuals in plain clothes, reportedly from local security forces, while at a protest in Al Saraya, Gaza City. The protesters had assembled peacefully to demand an end to the internal Palestinian political division and the punitive measures implemented by the Palestinian Authority on the Gaza Strip.
On 8 June 2018, the eleventh Friday of the mass demonstrations, Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian protesters along the fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip. Four protesters, one of them a child, were killed, and at least 280 were injured, including 49 children, 16 women, two journalists, and two paramedics. 133 of the injured were hit by live fire, and four are reported to be in critical condition.
On 1 June 2018, the tenth Friday of the mass demonstrations, Israeli forces employed lethal and other excessive force and opened fire at Palestinian protesters along the fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip. A 21-year-old volunteer paramedic was shot and killed, and 97 were injured, including 13 children. Of those injured, 33 were hit by live fire.
Al Mezan: Israel Bears Full Responsibility for Life and Safety of People on Board
On 29 May 2018, Israeli forces intercepted a boat carrying students, patients, and injured Palestinians as it left the Gaza sea port in an attempt to break the policy of closure and blockade, also referred to as the ‘siege’.
Supreme Court refused to watch videos documenting shooting incidents against Gaza demonstrators; Israeli military has killed more than 100 in Gaza since 30 March.
25 May 2018
The Israeli Supreme Court on Thursday night, 24 May 2018, rejected two petitions filed by human rights groups and fully adopted the Israeli military’s position, giving a green light to its continued use of snipers and live fire against Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip.
On 22 May 2018, the State of Palestine referred the situation in Palestine to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, in accordance with Article 14 of the ICC Statute. In submitting its state referral, the State of Palestine highlighted crimes committed in the context of the settlement enterprise, such as the forcible transfer of Palestinians, the destruction and appropriation of their property, and the policy of mass arbitrary detention.
At the 28th Special Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on the deteriorating human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), Al Mezan called for the members of Council to vote for resolution A/HRC/S-28/L.1 and establish a commission of inquiry to investigate all potential violations of international law occurring during the protests since 30 March 2018.
On Friday, 18 May 2018, Israeli forces opened fire at unarmed Palestinian protesters along the fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. By 8pm local time, at least 30 protesters were injured, including two children and two journalists—of them 15 were wounded by live ammunition. Many persons who were injured during protests during the past weeks, including on 14 May 2018, remain in critical condition threatening their lives at hospitals.
Since petition filed, Israeli troops have continued to kill Palestinians with live ammunition, including 59 people – seven of whom were children – on 14 May alone.
To the attention of:
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, Mr. S. Michael Lynk;
The United Nations Special Rapporteur Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Ms. Agnes Callamard,
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Mr. Clement Nyaletsossi;
On Nakba Day, Israeli forces located on Gaza’s eastern border used lethal and other excessive force against unarmed Palestinian protesters, including children, women and youth. The open-fire policy has been used fervently by the Israeli military for the last seven weeks of the Great Return March Protests, resulting in over 100 Palestinians killed; the vast majority of whom at demonstrations. While funerals began across the Gaza Strip, Palestinians flocked to continue protests against the nearly 11 year closure of Gaza and stress their right of return.
HCJ 3250/18, Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel and Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights v. Israeli Military Chief of Staff (case pending)
Palestinians living under closure and blockade in the Gaza Strip have been demonstrating weekly in a series of protests known as “The Great Return March”, which began on 30 March 2018, Land Day, and continued until the most recent and deadly demonstration yesterday, 14 May, the eve of Palestinian Nakba Day.
By 8pm local time (+2 GMT) on 14 May 2018, the Israeli forces had killed 57 protesters in the Gaza Strip, including 42 during demonstrations along the eastern border fence. Among those killed were six children and one person with disability. At least another 2,000 persons were injured, including 304 children, 77 women, ten journalists, and three paramedics. 1,114 of the injured were shot with live ammunition and at least 70 persons are in serious or critical condition at hospitals, according to medical sources.
On 12 May 2018, Israeli authorities prevented a Palestinian medical team from the Ministry of Health (MoH) in the West Bank from entering the Gaza Strip. The team sought to support the provision of medical treatment to people in Gaza in light of the thousands of Palestinians injured in the Great Return March protests. Al Mezan condemns Israel’s continued movement restrictions for medical teams and calls on the international community to take prompt steps to ensure medics, patients, and drugs are able to move freely at crossings.
Al Mezan is alarmed by the rapidly increasing number of casualties during today’s Nakba Day protests. By 4:30pm local time (+2 GMT), the Israeli military had killed at least 24 protesters in the Gaza Strip, including two children and one person with disability. At least another 800 Palestinians have been injured by live ammunition—many of whom are in critical condition.
At 7:10pm on 11 May 2018, tens of Palestinian protesters moved towards the southeastern border fence of Rafah and entered the Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing. Sources in the border authority in Gaza stated that protesters crossed the Palestinian side of the crossing and set fire to the fuel entry point, destroying its pipes. They also damaged the conveyer belt used to transfer construction materials, administrative offices, electricity control panels, cameras, and fences. Leaked fuel caused more damage to the infrastructure of the crossing.
Al Mezan Center for Human Rights notes with deep concern the continuous attacks by Israeli forces on unarmed protesters at the “Great Return March” demonstrations along the border fence of the Gaza Strip. Through the past four weeks of protests, a pattern of attacks on medical staff and equipment, including patient care units, in the areas of demonstration has been persistent. Israeli forces use live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear-gas grenades in these attacks, resulting in dozens of casualties among medics and damage of medical equipment.
Since 30 March, Israeli soldiers have killed 32 Palestinian protesters with live fire, including a journalist and four children; 94 percent of casualties were shot in head, neck, face, chest, stomach, or back.
Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel and Al Mezan Center for Human Rights filed a petition with the Israeli Supreme Court yesterday 23 April 2018, demanding that it order the Israeli military to stop using snipers and live ammunition in order to disperse Palestinian protests in the Gaza Strip.
On the fourth Friday of the “Great Return March”, Israeli occupation forces opened fire at hundreds of Palestinians joining demonstrations along the border of the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces continued the practice of employing excessive and lethal force against unarmed protesters, journalists and paramedics. Four protesters were killed on Friday, 20 April 2018, including a child. Another 136 others were injured, including 18 children, four women, two paramedics, and one journalist. Of those injured, 60 suffered wounds from live fire, and two are in critical condition.
Adalah, Al Mezan & Physicians for Human Rights-Israel file pre-petition motion to the attorney general demanding Israel let 56-year-old Rashad Baba transfer to Nablus hospital.
Following the emergency intervention of three human rights organizations, a seriously wounded 56-year-old man has just been authorized to leave Gaza for life-saving medical treatment in the West Bank.