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Human Rights

Israel: incommunicado detention and ill-treatment of Palestinian student

World Organisation Against Torture and
Public Committee Against Torture in Israel
2 May 2003

Iman Shukri Abdl Rahman Jamjum, a student from Hebron, was held in isolation for twenty-two days, without access to legal counsel. Mr. Jamjum was arrested on April 4th, 2003, and has reportedly been held in the GSS Interrogation Unit at the Shikma Detention Center in Ashkelon.

Israeli forces kill three brothers in Gaza

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
1 May 2003

The number of Palestinians  killed by Israeli occupying forcers in Al shojaeya neighborhood in Gaza City on Thursday, 1 May 2003, has increased to 12, including three brothers from the Abu Hain family.

Israeli forces kill 8 Palestinians and demolish 13 homes in Rafah

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
30 April 2003

In the latest Israeli military attack on Palestinian civilian areas, Israeli occupying forces killed 8 Palestinians, including a toddler, two children and a handicapped man, in Gaza city today. At least 37 others have been wounded.

Excerpts of Palestinian PM Mahmoud Abbas Speech Before Palestinian Legislative Council

PLO Negotiations Affairs Department
29 April 2003

On 29 April 2003, the new Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) gave an inaugral speech to the Palestinian Legislative Council. Following are excerpts and a link to his full speech. The excerpts are a fair representation of the speech in its entirety. The main difference between the texts is the removal of extensive salutations.

Text of proposed "road map"

PLO Negotiations Affairs Department
30 April 2003

The following is the text of the performance-based and goal driven roadmap, with clear phases, timelines, target dates, and benchmarks aiming at progress through reciprocal steps by the two parties in the political, security, economic, humanitarian, and institution-building fields, under the auspices of the Quartet. The destination is a final and comprehensive settlement of the Israel-Palestinian conflict by 2005, as presented in President Bush’s speech of 24 June, and welcomed by the EU, Russia, and the UN in the 16 July and 17 September Quartet Ministerial statements.

HRW: "Israel should stop using flechettes"

Human Rights Watch
29 April 2003

The Israeli army should immediately stop using U.S.-supplied flechette shells in the Gaza Strip, Human Rights Watch said today.

Israeli forces kill two Palestinians in extra-judicial execution in Khan Yunis

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
29 April 2003

On Tuesday, April 29, Israeli forces killed two Palestinians in an extra-judicial execution in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis.

Israeli High Court rules to permit Israeli army's use of flechette shells

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
27 April 2003

As further evidence of the seemingly unconditional support of the Israeli judiciary for the Israeli military and its actions, the Israeli High Court this morning issued a decision effectively permitting the Israeli military’s use of flechette anti-personnel tank shells, which are being used with increasing frequency by Israeli occupying forces against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, particularly in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli authorities arrest Israeli border policemen suspected of killing 'Imran Abu Hamdia

B'Tselem
26 April 2003

Israeli authorities have arrested four Israeli Border Policemen suspected of beating to death ‘Imran Abu Hamdia, 18, in Hebron in December 2002. The Department for the Investigation of Police (DIP), of the Ministry of Justice, investigated the incident after B’Tselem provided its findings to DIP and requested that it open an investigation into the matter.

Weekly report on human rights violations

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
25 April 2003

This week, Israeli occupying forces killed nine Palestinian civilians, including 4 children and a journalist. Five of them were killed during a wide-scale incursion into Rafah refugee camp. Israeli forces demolished more homes. Israeli forces threatened seven families with the demolition of their homes. Wide-scale arrest campaigns in Tulkarem refugee camp resulted in the transfer of hundreds of civilians to Nour Shams refugee camp. Israeli forces destroyed large areas of Palestinian agricultural land in Gaza. Israeli forces continued indiscriminate shelling of Palestinian residential areas. Israeli forces raided two Palestinian hospitals in Jenin, arresting two injured Palestinians. Israeli forces continued to use Palestinian civilians as human shields and continued its siege on Palestinian towns and refugee camps.

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