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Human Rights

Weekly report on human rights violations

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
3 April 2003

This week Israeli occupying forces killed 10 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including two children. Two of the victims bled to death. Israeli forces conducted a series of incursions into Palestinian areas, accompanied by indiscriminate shelling. The Israeli retaliatory campaign continues against families of wanted Palestinians and those who allegedly have carried out armed attacks against Israeli targets. Over 1200 Palestinians have been detained. The tight siege of the Occupied Palestinian Territories continued to be imposed.

US withdraws copies of human rights report due to Israel criticism

Mathew Lee
2 April 2003

The U.S. State Department has quietly withdrawn all CD-ROM copies of its annual human rights report due to a one-word error that was thought to overstate the extent of Israel’s rights abuses, officials said Tuesday. Agence France Presse

IDF kills seven Palestinians in territories

Nathan Guttman and
Arnon Regular
3 April 2003

Israeli incursions into refugee camps continue under the cover of the war on Iraq as numerous Palestinians have been shot dead by occupation forces in the last week. Ha’aretz reports.

Court dismisses the indictment against MK Azmi Bishara

Adalah
1 April 2003

Today, a three-judge panel of the Nazareth Magistrate Court unanimously decided to dismiss the indictment currently pending against Member of Knesset (MK) Azmi Bishara.

Palestinian Land Day 2003

Badil
29 March 2003

The commemoration of Palestinian Land Day this year coincides with the ongoing Israeli reoccupation and military siege of Palestinian cities, villages, and refugee camps in the 1967 occupied Palestinian territories and the US-UK led war against Iraq.

Israelis trained US troops in Jenin-style urban warfare

Justin Huggler
29 March 2003

“The American military has been asking the Israeli army for advice on fighting inside cities, and studying fighting in the West Bank city of Jenin last April, unnamed United States and Israeli sources have confirmed. Reports that US troops trained with Israeli forces for street-to-street fighting have been denied. If the US army believes the road to Baghdad lies through Jenin, there is reason for Iraqi civilians to be concerned. During fighting in the Jenin refugee camp last April, more than half the Palestinian dead were civilians.” Justin Huggler of The Independent files a disturbing story on the institutionalization of war crimes, from Warsaw, to Jenin, and perhaps to Baghdad, too.

Sharon's real fence plan

Jonathan Cook
28 March 2003

”For months, Israeli officials have been furiously shuttling between Jerusalem and the White House lobbying to have the peace ‘road-map’ torn up. A memo from Sharon’s office, published in the Israeli daily Haaretz two weeks ago, revealed that, along with more than 100 other alterations, Israel was urging the Americans to change the road map’s goal from creating an ‘independent’ Palestinian state to one with ‘certain attributes of sovereignty’.” Jonathan Cook reports on Ariel Sharon’s late conversion to the utility of a growing dividing wall that is changing facts on the ground for Palestinians.

Amendments to Belgian war crimes law will not affect suit against Sharon, Yaron

Sharon Sadeh
27 March 2003

“Belgium plans to impose restrictions on the Universal Jurisdiction Law, which facilitates indicting and trying foreigners for crimes against humanity not committed on Belgian soil. The amendments, however, would not affect the suit against Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, since they would refer to charges brought only after July 2002. ” Sharon Sadeh reports for Haaretz.

Weekly report on human rights violations

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
27 March 2003

This week, Israeli forces killed 7 Palestinians, including 3 children. Four of the victims, including a child, were killed in an extra-judicial execution. Israeli forces conducted a series of incursions into Palestinian areas, accompanied by indiscriminate shelling. The Israeli retaliatory campaign continues against families of wanted Palestinians and those who allegedly have carried out armed attacks against Israeli targets. A number of Palestinians have been detained and the tight siege of the OPT has continued.

Why do Israel, the US, and the EU discriminate against Palestinian refugees and IDPs?

Badil
21 March 2003

March 21 marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Refugees and IDPs often face multiple forms of racial discrimination. Sometimes racial discrimination is a root cause of displacement. Too often refugees and IDPs are discriminated against in places of exile. Racial discrimination, moreover, is frequently a barrier to the right of refugees and IDPs to return to their homes of origin following the cessation of conditions that led to their displacement.

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