The Israeli Prison service has implemented harsher conditions on Palestinian prisoners at the instigation of Prime Minister Netanyahu. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights calls for international action.
Rights and Accountability
Dozens of Arab and international organizations and leading personalities have joined an urgent call from Gaza to permanently re-open the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt, which remains tightly restricted despite the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in February. Here is the accompanying press release and the full text of the statement in English and Arabic and the list of endorsers.
After extensive correspondence between Palestinian human rights groups and the Israeli authorities, Israel agreed to return several fishing vessels confiscated off the coast of Gaza.
The Palestinian human rights group Addameer issued an appeal today urging supporters to take action on the administrative detention of Palestinian political scientist and writer Ahmad Qatamesh.
A judge removes the prosecution’s lead investigator and two deputies from the case brought by the Orange County District Attorney’s office, which has been intent on criminalizing Muslim students who nonviolently disrupted a speech by an Israeli official in 2010. Meanwhile, charges against one of the students are dismissed.
As children in Gaza break numerous world records, UNRWA, the UN agency that serves them, appears to be taking a more forthright approach toward Israel’s “collective punishment.”
Palestinians from Jerusalem and those with Israeli citizenship, supported by a legal team from the Center for Constitutional Rights, once again urged the United Nations and UNESCO to take action to stop the destruction of the ancient Mamilla cemetery in Jerusalem.
Following up on our report yesterday on the human rights monitoring boat Oliva, we have video today of the boat being attacked by water cannons from an Israeli war ship. CPS Gaza boat and crew were attacked with water cannons on 13 Jule 2011 at midday. The boat filled with water, as those aboard were hit in the face with powerful blasts of water.
Activists are detained and arrested while trying to enter Ben Gurion airport during the “fly-in” action; while Palestinian civil society groups officially call for a full military embargo against Israel.
Following a weekly demonstration in the West Bank village of Beit Ommar, Palestinian popular committee member and local resident Yousef Abu Maria was brutally beaten, detained and later dumped on the side of the road by Israeli soldiers today.