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Human Rights

Human shields in Jenin

13 May 2003

During the operation to arrest Khalil Musbah, Border Police Officers used a Palestinian family as human shields.

PCHR deplores Israel's unprecedented actions against internationals

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
18 May 2003

Israeli authorities are continuing to impose severe measures on internationals moving in and out of the Gaza Strip. As of today, 18 May 2003, with the exception of some United Nations staff and a small number of humanitarian workers, internationals are being prevented from entering or leaving the Gaza Strip.

Haifa Sports Club in Iraq: The Latest Palestinian Refugee Camp

Majid Jarrar
18 May 2003


The soccer field at Haifa Sports Club was once full of the sounds of children playing. Now, this playground has been remade into a tent city for Palestinian families made homeless by war and prejudice. On the field stand 63 new, white tents set up by the Iraqi Red Crescent Society in order to lodge some 240 families left homeless since the collapse of the former government.

UN Human rights expert slams Israel on violations of the right to housing

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
17 May 2003

The Special Rapporteur on adequate housing of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, Mr. Miloon Kothari, has expressed concern over the sharp rise in the destruction of property and land in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT) since the build-up to the war in Iraq.

Weekly report on human rights violations

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
15 May 2003

Israeli forces conducted a series of incursions into Palestinian areas, accompanied by indiscriminate shelling. Israeli forces raided Khan Yunis refugee camp, demolishing homes and wounding twenty Palestinian civilians. In Rafah and Deir al-Balah, Israeli forces demolished 18 homes. In Beit Hanoun and Khan Yunis large areas of Palestinian agricultural land were razed. Israeli forces continued to shell Palestinian residential areas indiscriminately. Israel continued its arbitrary arrest campaign. Three internationals were arrested at the ISM offices in Beit Sahour, including a researcher of Human Rights Watch. Israel continued its tight siege on Palestinian towns, villages and refugee camps.

Israeli forces kill three Palestinians, including a child, and demolish four homes

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
15 May 2003

Israeli forces moved into Beit Hanoun, killing three Palestinians, including one child and wounding five others. They demolished four Palestinian homes. At the time of writing, this Israeli aggression is still underway. More casualties are expected.

Israeli forces order the expulsion of a Palestinian civilian living in al-Mawasi area of Khan Yunis

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
14 May 2003

In a measure unprecedented since the beginning of al-Aqsa Intifada, Israeli occupying forces issued a military order expelling a Palestinian from al-Mawasi area in Khan Yunis, giving him 24 hours to leave. 

Israeli forces demolish 26 Palestinian homes and partially destroy 30 others in Khan Yunis

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
14 May 2003

On Tuesday, 13 May 2003, in a serious escalation in military activity, Israeli occupying forces invaded Khan Yunis refugee camp reinforced with more than 100 heavy military vehicles and supported by Apache gunships.

Straw under fire for ignoring Israeli attacks on UK nationals

Chris McGreal
7 May 2003

[Anthony Hurndall,] the father of a British peace activist left in a coma by an Israeli army bullet has accused the Foreign Office of showing more concern at the killings of Israeli citizens than investigating Israeli responsibility for the shootings of Britons… “I have expressed to the embassy strongly my unease at the fact that immediately following the bombing at the bar in Tel Aviv and the killing of three Israelis, the British government jumped to give a statement of support for Israelis and to freeze funds and make arrests. “In contrast, the almost passive reaction of the British government at the shooting of three of its nationals in Israel is very disturbing,” he said.

UK envoys held at gunpoint by Israelis

Chris McGreal
6 May 2003

Israeli forces opened fire above a British embassy convoy and held it at gunpoint in Gaza while it was carrying diplomats and the family of an English peace activist left in a coma by an Israeli bullet. Two armoured Range Rovers with diplomatic plates were forced to halt as they drove through the Abu Houli crossing on Sunday, even though British officials had notified Israeli forces of their arrival 10 minutes earlier. “There’s a complete lack of control. They fire without warning,” said Tom Hurndall’s father, Anthony, who was in one car with his wife and 12-year-old son. “As we passed the first pillbox a shot was fired over the cars. We weren’t clear why, or what was happening. Nobody came out, we couldn’t tell if we were supposed to get out or go on. Chris McGreal reports in The Guardian.


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