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Weekly report on human rights violations

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
10 April 2003

This week Israeli forces killed 18 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including 5 children. Eleven of the victims were killed in the past 24 hours. Nine of the victims, including two children were killed in three extra-judicial executions. In Israeli arrest campaigns in Tulkarm refugee camp, hundreds of civilians were transferred to the nearby Nour Shams refugee camp. This week Israeli forces demolished six Palestinian homes in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. Israeli forces conducted a series of incursions into Palestinian areas, accompanied by indiscriminate shelling. Israeli forces continued to use Palestinian civilians as human shields in military operations. The Israeli retaliatory campaign continues against Palestinians and a volunteer of the International Solidarity Movement was shot in his face and seriously wounded by Israeli forces in Jenin.

Seven Palestinians killed and 53 wounded in latest Israeli assault

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
9 April 2003

Two Israeli combat helicopters, accompanied by an F-16 fighter jet, launched two missiles at a civilian car in a densely populated area of Gaza City. Two Palestinians, allegedly wanted by Israeli occupying forces, were traveling in the car. A number of Palestinian civilians gathered around the targeted car to rescue the victims, when the aircraft launched a third missile, killing 5 Palestinian civilians, including two children, and injuring dozens.

The threat of 'transfer' becomes temporary reality for thousands from Tulkaram refugee camp

Palestine Monitor
4 April 2003

At around midnight on Wednesday, April 2, 40 Israeli military vehicles entered the Tulkaram refugee camp, imposed a curfew and demanded that all males between the ages of 15-40 immediately leave their homes and present themselves to the invading forces.

Another assassination

Palestine Monitor
7 April 2003

Israeli troops yesterday raised the level of violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. According to Palestinian security sources, yesterday afternoon Israeli Special Forces, dressed in women’s clothes entered the Palestinian town of Salfeet. Upon reaching the center of town they opened fire on 23 year old Badr Abdel Raouf Yassin, killing him.

Israeli Army Invades Tulkarem Refugee Camp

2 April 2003

In the small hours of this morning the Israeli Army and border police invaded Tulkarem refugee camp with attack helicopters, tanks, APCs, hummers (special forces vehicles) and hundreds of soldiers and border policemen. After taking control of the camp, they began to round up the camp’s entire male population between the ages of 15 and 45. At dawn the men were marched in groups to the Tulkarem refugee camp’s School for Girls where they were held until for varying periods of time before being taken away in trucks. This update offers detail about what ISM activists witnessed at the scene.

Brian Avery shooting: Annotated map from eyewitness Tobias Karlsson

Tobias Karlsson
7 April 2003

International Solidarity Movement activist Brian Avery was shot in the face with heavy machine gun fire in Jenin on 5 April 2003 by Israeli troops in an armored personnel carrier. Tobias Karlsson, International Solidarity Movement coordinator for the Jenin area, offered the following annotated map giving more information about the incident, thus highlighting the incredibility of the Israeli army’s claim that the shooting was a “crossfire”-type accident.

Israel resumes trial against Barghouti

Arjan El Fassed
6 April 2003

Today, Israel’s trial against Marwan Barghouti, elected member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, has been resumed at the Tel Aviv District Court.

War provides cover for a fresh Israeli crackdown

Robert Tait
5 April 2003

“While the world focuses on Iraq, 17 Palestinians have been killed and more than 1000 detained as Israeli forces step up ‘anti-terrorism’ raids.” Robert Tait reports for the Sunday Herald in Jerusalem.

"Where shall we go? Baghdad?"

Arnon Regular
4 April 2003

“The soldiers divided arrivals into two groups, separating those aged 15-20 from those aged 20-40. The younger group was led into classrooms, forced to tear pictures of shahid (martyrs) off the walls and step on them. At around 9 AM, a few hours after the operation began, a Druze officer reportedly told a few hundred men on site: ‘You are leaving the camp. Don’t come back until it is all over.’ Abd a-Latif a-Sudani, 30, recalls: ‘We asked him - `Where are we to go? To Baghdad?’ And he said: `You’d be better off there.’” Arnon Regular of Haaretz reports on a disturbing IDF operation in Tul Karm which has turned refugees into refugees once again.

Supreme Court criticizes curfew in Hebron

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel
15 March 2003

Instead of protecting Palestinians from rampaging settlers, the IDF has held Palestinians in total curfew for more than two months, denying them the ability to leave their homes, reach their jobs, purchase food and medicines, and receive medical treatment.


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