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Weekly report on human rights violations

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
5 June 2003

This week, Israeli forces killed 6 Palestinians, including a child and one killed in another extra-judicial execution in Khan Yunis. Israeli forces conducted a number of raids on Palestinian areas, demolished 17 Palestinian homes and razed more than 80 dunums of agricultural land in the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces continued to shell indiscriminately at residential areas and destroyed four homes in its retaliatory campaign against Palestinian families of wanted persons. Israeli forces continued to arbitrarily detain Palestinians and continued its siege on Palestinian towns, villages and refugee camps.

Appeal from the residents of Qalqiliya

Lands Defense Committees in the District of Qalqiliya,
Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign,
The Palestinian Environment NGO Network (PENGON),
Palestinian Farmers Union,
Palestinian Farmers Union and
The Local and Popular Organizations in the District of Qalqiliya
5 June 2003

“This is an appeal for help and an honor sent from the hearts of thousands of children, women and elders whose trees are being uprooted, whose lands are being razed, whose elders and children are being beaten daily.” The people of Qalqiliya, the Land Defense Committees and the Apartheid Wall Campaign - PENGON, the Farmers Union, and popular and local organizations in Qalqiliya ask for help.

Roadmap needs rights component

Human Rights Watch
2 June 2003

Wednesday’s summit among U.S. President George W. Bush and Prime Ministers Mahmud Abbas and Ariel Sharon should insert human rights protection into the “roadmap,” Human Rights Watch said today.

Arrest and detention: A measure of first resort for Palestinian children

Defence for Children International-Palestine Section
31 May 2003

This international children’s day, DCI draws the world’s attention to the plight of the Palestinian child, particularly those deprived of their liberty and locked away in Israeli prisons, which comprises an increasing number of under-18’s in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

On Israel's separation fence (part 2)

Meron Rappaport
31 May 2003


Alfei Menashe and Matan’s success was a catastrophe for Kalkilya. The city became an island surrounded by fences on four sides, cut off from the villagers that bring it goods and do their shopping and depend on it for civil services. But, as Uzi Dayan says, “The fence isn’t supposed to make everybody happy. There was no choice.” Meron Rappaport reports in Yedioth Ahronoth.

On Israel's separation fence (part 1)

Meron Rappaport
31 May 2003


Something strange has been happening in recent months to the separation fence. What began thanks to a campaign of the Israeli Left and Center under Barak-style slogans of “we are here, they are there,” it has become the baby of the Sharon government. The same Sharon who during the unity government opposed building the fence and was dragged into it almost against his will, on any given day has 500 bulldozers at work, paving and building one of the largest projects in the history of the country, perhaps the largest. Meron Rappaport reports in Yedioth Ahronoth.

UN Committee: "Excessive emphasis upon the State as a 'Jewish State' encourages discrimination"

31 May 2003

A recent review by the UN of Israel’s performance under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights expressed concern that “excessive emphasis upon the State as a “Jewish State” encourages discrimination and accords a second-class status to its non-Jewish citizens.

The President, the Dean, and the Historiography of 1948 Palestine

Ilan Pappe
30 May 2003

“On May 22, at 2 P.M., the lectures and the audience arrived at hall 715 in the university. The doors were locked. In the corridor stood the university’s chief of security forces and ten of his henchmen, all armed with pistols and walkie-talkies. I was pushed into a side room by the chief and his lieutenant and handed a personal letter from the president, Yehuda Hayut. This was done in front of my wife and my colleagues, who watched helplessly as the macabre scene unfolded. Outside the corridor, my wife heard two other lieutenants of the chief informing the president over their walkie-talkies, ‘We caught him!’ They also said to each other, ‘High time! They should do the same to all the leftist lectures in the university!’” Dr. Ilan Pappe, a professor at Haifa University, prevents a chilling account in clinical detail of heavy-handed repression of academic speech at his university.

Peace is a long way off

Nick Pretzlik
30 May 2003

Nick Pretzlik, now in Jenin, reports on local responses to the Road Map, noting that Palestinians “have suffered too much and too long to accept a plan which permits the apartheid walls and electrified fences to remain, a plan which leaves settler roads and key settlements in place, and allows Palestinian water resources, airspace and borders to remain under Israeli control. Even if the current generation can accept that, I doubt that their children will.”

Weekly report on human rights violations

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
29 May 2003

This week Israeli forces killed 5 Palestinians, including three children and a mentally disabled man. Israeli forces demolished 15 homes and razed large areas of agricultural land in Beit Hanoun. Israeli forces conducted a number of raids on Palestinian towns and indiscriminately shelled Palestinian residential areas. Israeli forces continued retaliatory attacks against families of wanted Palestinians, demolishing 7 homes. Israeli forces arrested more Palestinians and continued to impose a tight siege on Palestinian communities.


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