Category Archives: NGO reports

Documents and reports by NGOs on human rights, water, Israeli land theft, IDF torture of Palestinians, Jewish ‘price tag’ terrorist attacks, home demolitions and Palestine’s economy.

ICRC Update 27 July

REACHING OUT TO ALL VICTIMS AMIDST GROWING CRISIS
The conflict now under way affecting the Gaza Strip and Israel is exacting an appalling price from the civilian population. While attempting to reach all people in need of help, humanitarian workers themselves face acute security risks. A Palestinian Red Crescent volunteer was killed as he attempted to treat wounded people in Khuzaa, south of Gaza City, on 25 July. Other paramedic volunteers who tried to rescue him were also targeted, making it impossible to bring him to hospital in time. Another volunteer was killed and three others wounded in Beit Hanoun earlier the same day. Continue reading ICRC Update 27 July

Palestinian Women Now Targeted in Israels Mass-arrest Campaign

4 July, 2014 Ufree
Brave Jewish soldiers leading blindfolded and handcuffed Palestinian ladies awayA 20-year-old Palestinian woman, Bushra Al-Tawil, was abducted in the middle of the night on 1st of July from her home in the West Bank village of Al-Bireh — signaling an expansion of the Israeli campaign of mass arrests beyond males. Continue reading Palestinian Women Now Targeted in Israels Mass-arrest Campaign

A Case Study in Complicity: The Israeli Government & Extremist Attacks Against Palestinians

2 July, 2014 IMEU

Graffiti in Al Jeniya, West Bank reads "Death to Arabs." Iyad Hadad, B'Tselem
Graffiti in Al Jeniya, West Bank reads “DEATH TO ARABS.” © Iyad Hadad, B’Tselem

What follows is a short list detailing how the government of Israel do not even really attempt to rein in the “extremist” (I would posit, typical) attacks on Gentile Palestinians. Considering how quickly the Jewish police and military can hunt down and capture scary little Gentile Palestinian children, obviously if it wanted to, it could find and apprehend its own violent Jewish criminals. It does not want to, because these vicious attacks represent not only the true face of Jews, but does some ‘dirty’ work for the government, ensuring a level of plausible deniability it then portrays to the civilised world. It is noteworthy that there are organisations that take some effort to track the crimes of Jews against Gentile Palestinians, but not even the organisations can catalogue them all, as a good number of them not are reported since the Jewish police and military make little to no effort anyway. So what it catalogued represents only a small number of attacks by Jews. -ed.

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Report: Thousands of Palestinian Children Seized by Israel Every Year; Calls for International Action

30 June, 2014 Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights

Brave Jewish soldiers accosting terrifying Palestinian child
Brave Jewish soldiers accosting terrifying Palestinian child

As Israel conducts a wave of mass home break-ins and arrests across the West Bank in retaliation for the alleged kidnapping of three youth from one of its illegal settlements, a new report documents that Palestinian children are at much greater, ongoing risk from Israeli forces. According to the report issued today by the Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights, Israel seizes between 2,000 and 3,000 Palestinian children and youth annually – with an average of 400 a year as young as 12-15. Continue reading Report: Thousands of Palestinian Children Seized by Israel Every Year; Calls for International Action

Occupation, Colonialism, Apartheid: A re-assessment of Israel’s practices in the occupied Palestinian territories under international law

A study by the Middle East Project of the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa

A. Introduction

Apartheid is wrongThe Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa commissioned this study to test the hypothesis posed by Professor John Dugard in the report he presented to the UN Human Rights Council in January 2007, in his capacity as UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel (namely, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza, hereafter OPT). Professor Dugard posed the question:

Israel is clearly in military occupation of the OPT. At the same time, elements of the occupation constitute forms of colonialism and of apartheid, which are contrary to international law. What are the legal consequences of a regime of prolonged occupation with features of colonialism and apartheid for the occupied people, the Occupying Power and third States?

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Long Journey Home: The Right of Return, International Law, & the Fate of Palestinian Refugees

2 February, 2011 Muftah

Remains of Lifta near Jerusalem
Remains of Lifta near Jerusalem

In 1948 when Palestinians fled from their homes in the war leading to the creation of the Israeli state, many assumed their lives would resume as soon as hostilities ceased. Nearly 63 years later, however, Palestinian refugees remain in suspension, still barred from returning to the villages, towns and cities inside Israel, which they left behind. Continue reading Long Journey Home: The Right of Return, International Law, & the Fate of Palestinian Refugees

IMF urges Israel to lift restrictions on Palestinian economy

4 July, 2014 Ma’an

IMF LogoThe International Monetary Fund on Thursday said the economy in the West Bank and Gaza is weakening and urged Israel to lift restrictions on the Palestinians.

After briefing the international donor community and the Palestinian Authority, IMF mission chief Christoph Duenwald said in a statement that the authority is “doing a commendable job” managing the economy in difficult circumstances. Continue reading IMF urges Israel to lift restrictions on Palestinian economy

Administrative Detention

Palestinian prisoners
Palestinian prisoners

Israel uses the illegitimate tool of “administrative detention” as a handy method of keeping Palestinians who are ‘dangerous’ because of their activism or popularity –or because they are much too effective– away from the rest of the Palestinian population as a political prisoner without recourse. These political prisoners are automatically labelled “terrorists” whether they committed any violence or not, and thus is a pejorative used to stop discussion and deny identification with or sympathy to the inmate (much in the same way the ‘anti-semitism’ trick is used). This position paper details what “administrative detention” is, how Israel uses it, its status under international law and implications. Continue reading Administrative Detention

Palestinian Farmers: A Last Stronghold of Resistance

Jews want to deprive Palestinians of their farms and ability to feed themselves
Jews want to deprive Palestinians of their farms and ability to feed themselves

Food as a weapon. The concept isn’t new nor is Israel unique in treating it as such. The asymmetrical imbalance of power between Palestine and Israel, and the unconditional support Israel receives thus far from its benefactor and patron, America, have ensured that Israel can, with impunity, impoverish and dispossess Palestinians. Israeli Jews want to deprive Palestinians of their territory and resources (fertile agricultural land) and their ability to feed themselves and thus become completely dependent upon the Israeli Jews for their subsistence. But Palestinians are not like Americans, they are a beautiful, ancient and cultured people: aware, educated and empowered in both spirit and body, regardless of Jewish oppression they endure. And they are using farming as a brilliant means of non-violent resistance. Continue reading Palestinian Farmers: A Last Stronghold of Resistance

Interview with 15-year-old Awne Shamsiyeh: ‘The camera is like a weapon, so I can resist nonviolently’

With the advent of the ‘camera phone’ and the ubiquitous nature of not only ‘smart phones’ with camera but video cameras dispensed by various NGOs, it is harder for the violent Jewish settler colonists and their comrades in violent crime, Jewish military to do their heinous deeds away from the eyes of the world. Videos are recorded of their lawlessness and violent attacks on unarmed civilians be they shepherds, farmers, children or families, and uploaded to numerous video sites such as YouTube and shared on social media.

Brave Jewish soldiers defend against Palestinian with a camera
Brave Jewish soldiers defend against Palestinian with a camera

Continue reading Interview with 15-year-old Awne Shamsiyeh: ‘The camera is like a weapon, so I can resist nonviolently’

The Palestinian Women of Gaza Speak Out: “ The Blockade Threatens Every Aspect of Our Lives”

9 Dec, 2013 EuroMid Observers for Human Rights

Poor Gazans
Poor Gazans. Mohammad Assad

The devastating effects of the 46-year–old Israeli control of the Palestinian Territories (Gaza Strip, West Bank and East Jerusalem) are felt throughout the population, touching every sector of the society and economy. Continue reading The Palestinian Women of Gaza Speak Out: “ The Blockade Threatens Every Aspect of Our Lives”

DCI-Palestine issues report: devastating impact of occupation children in Palestine

Defense for Children Palestine Issues ‘Growing up between Israeli Settlements and Soldiers’
21 June, 2014 WAFA

Palestinian child attacked by violent Jews
Palestinian child attacked by violent Jews

RAMALLAH – Defense for Children Palestine (DCI-Palestine) issued recently a news report that brings to light the devastating impact on Palestinian children of growing up near increasingly violent Israeli settlements and Israeli military outposts.

The report, Growing Up between Israeli Settlements and Soldiers, details the experiences of children and their families living in villages and towns hemmed in by expanding and often violent settler communities. Continue reading DCI-Palestine issues report: devastating impact of occupation children in Palestine

Treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military custody

Israel routinely maltreats Palestinians and children in its custody, which has been observed and reported time and again over the years. Israel, of course, always denies any wrongdoing. When caught red-handed or the attention is too great (or it is in imminent danger of being caught), it simply refuses to cooperate with monitors. In fact, Israel refused to cooperate with the UN Human Rights Council for some years and only recently agreed to participate in a review. What follows are just a few of the many reports written by NGOs or UN agencies relating to the systematic brutal and illegal treatment (in some cases amounting to torture) of Palestinian children in Israel’s military custody. Continue reading Treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military custody

East Jerusalem Water Crisis Persists While Government Authorities Trade Blame

June 12, 2014 ACRI

Several agencies and authorities filed responses to the High Court of Justice yesterday in accordance with a court order issued in a petition filed by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) seeking a solution to the water crisis in the Jerusalem neighborhoods east of the Separation Barrier. The Israel Water and Sewage Authority, the Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources, Hagihon (Jerusalem’s water utility), and the Jerusalem Municipality filed updates regarding steps taken so far to solve the crisis. Continue reading East Jerusalem Water Crisis Persists While Government Authorities Trade Blame

West Bank and Gaza – Area C and the future of the Palestinian economy

World Bank report
Abstract

The Palestinian economy has experienced strong growth in recent years. This report examines the economic benefits of lifting the restrictions on movement and access, as well as other administrative obstacles, to Palestinian investment and economic activity in a region known as Area C. This region constitutes about 61 percent of the West Bank territory and was defined under the Oslo Peace Accords as the area that eventually would be transferred to the Palestinian Authority. Restrictions on economic activity in Area C of the West Bank have been particularly detrimental to the Palestinian economy. Continue reading West Bank and Gaza – Area C and the future of the Palestinian economy