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Human Rights

Gas masks: Who's responsible for the Palestinians?

Jonathan Cook
19 March 2003

”As the storm clouds build over Baghdad, the Palestinians will have wait out the war, and its aftermath, without food or gas masks.” Jonathan Cook of Al-Ahram Weekly surveys the dire straits in which Palestinians under Israeli occupation now find themselves and concludes that the situation will worsen before it improves.

Statement from the parents of Rachel Corrie

Craig Corrie and
Cindy Corrie
19 March 2003

On 19 March 2003, Craig and Cindy Corrie, parents of murdered peace activist Rachel Corrie, held a press conference on the terrace of Cannon House, one of the three buildings of the US House of Representatives in Washington D.C. The following text is the statement they made at the press conference. Courtesy of Partners for Peace.

Human costs of non-compliance with the Fourth Geneva Convention

Maureen Lynch
19 March 2003

With war in Iraq looming, a war that may lead to the U.S. accepting similar legal responsibilities as the Occupying Power, the Israeli precedent highlights the human costs of non-compliance with the Fourth Geneva Convention, writes Maureen Lynch, director of research of Refugees International.

Amnesty International Condemns Killing of Rachel Corrie - Group Calls for Investigation, Suspension of Weapons Transfers

Amnesty International
17 March 2003

Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) today condemned the killing of Rachel Corrie and called for an independent investigation of her death. The organization also renewed a call for a suspension of US transfers to Israel of military equipment, including bulldozers, which have been used to commit human rights abuses. Amnesty International has consistently condemned violations by all parties to the conflict and called on these parties to take all possible measures to bring to an end the killing and wounding of civilians.

LAW fears more human rights violations during a war on Iraq

LAW
18 March 2003

LAW fears an increase of punitive home demolitions, intended to punish the families of ‘wanted’ political activists, of suicide bombers and other armed combatants. Since the beginning of the Intifada, at least 1,133 homes have been demolished. In the past two weeks, 17 homes have been demolished as collective punishment. LAW fears an increase in home and land destruction on security pretexts, particularly around the Egypt-Palestine border in Gaza, and around the northern West Bank sections close to Israel’s apartheid wall. In the past two weeks, 15 homes were demolished on security pretexts.

Four eyewitnesses describe the murder of Rachel Corrie

Tom Dale,
Greg Schnabel,
Richard Purssell and
Joe Smith
19 March 2003

American peace activist Rachel Corrie was murdered by an Israeli bulldozer driver on 16 March 2003 while attempting to defend a Palestinian doctor’s home from demolition. Four of the seven other International Solidarity Movement members present have written down their recollections of the incident: Tom Dale (US), Greg Schnabel (UK), Richard Purssell (UK), and Joe Smith (US). Courtesy of the International Solidarity Movement.

"I made them a stadium in the middle of the camp"

Tsadok Yeheskeli
31 May 2002

This interview was first published in Yediot Aharonot, Israel’s most widely circulated tabloid paper, on 31 May 2002. It is an eyewitness testimony concerning what happened in Jenin, as told by a member of the Israeli military who was proud of his actions. Shortly after publication, the unit to which the man belongs received from the army command received an official citation for outstanding service. Courtesy of Gush Shalom.

Gaza: Israeli forces kill 9 Palestinians, including three children

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
17 March 2003

Nine Palestinian civilians, including three children, were killed in less than 4 hours this morning when Israeli occupying forces moved into Nusseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip and Beit Lahia in the north. Twenty Palestinians were injured during the incursions.

US demands probe of American woman's killing in Gaza

16 March 2003

Despite declining to condemn the killing of Rachel Corrie yesterday, the US State Department has demanded a full and immediate investigation by Israel into the death of the US peace activist who was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer in the Gaza Strip as she tried to prevent the destruction of Palestinian homes.

Photostory: Israeli bulldozer driver murders American peace activist

Nigel Parry and
Arjan El Fassed
16 March 2003

On 16 March 2003 in Rafah, occupied Gaza, 23-year-old American peace activist Rachel Corrie was murdered by an Israeli bulldozer driver. Rachel was in Gaza opposing the bulldozing of a Palestinian home as a volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement. Photos clearly show she was well marked, had a megaphone, and posed no threat to the bulldozer driver. “This is a regrettable accident,” Israeli Defence Forces [sic] spokesman Captain Jacob Dallal was reported as saying in Ha’aretz newspaper. “We are dealing with a group of protesters who were acting very irresponsibly, putting everyone in danger.”

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