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... State‘s unwillingness to bring settlers to justice for violent actions against Palestinians in the OPT. Such failure to hold settlers to account creates an atmosphere of impunity, which encourages increased settler violence. This case also illustrates the discriminatory elements of the Israeli justice system, particularly the courts’ inconsistent treatment in balancing the State‘s right to keep information privileged with an individual‘s right to a fair trial. Under international human rights ...
Section: Articles and Releases | Category: Settlements and Settler violence | Date: Wednesday, 13 October 2010 | Hits: 9836
Throughout the past week, Al-Haq documented several incidents of settler violence across the West Bank. These included two cases of physical assault during which Israeli settlers attacked two Palestinian children and shot a Palestinian man with a stun gun. Numerous olive trees were also uprooted in the past week. In addition, a Palestinian poultry farm was set alight in Qusra village, which is regularly subjected to attacks from settlers in nearby settlements.  Muhammad Jibril Hammad – Ma’in ...
Section: Articles and Releases | Category: Weekly Focus | Date: Thursday, 21 March 2013 | Hits: 4910
During the past week, Al-Haq's field documentation has revealed a continuing campaign of intimidation and violence by Israeli settlers, who carried out a number of attacks against Palestinians and their property in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Despite Israel’s obligation to protect the life, property and rights of the occupied Palestinian population, Israeli forces continuously turn a blind eye to settler violence when victims are Palestinians.  Khaled Hayil ‘Uthman (32 years old) ...
Section: Articles and Releases | Category: Weekly Focus | Date: Thursday, 27 December 2012 | Hits: 7533
On Saturday 14 July 2012, ten Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian shepherd and killed one of his sheep in Turmus ‘Ayya, a village to the north of Ramallah city. This is the second incident of settler violence against Palestinian shepherds that Al-Haq has documented in the past two weeks. Turmus ‘Ayya – Ramallah Hasan Mahmoud Abu ‘Alya, (49 years old), is a Palestinian farmer in Turmus ‘Ayya. For ten years, Hasan cultivated the land and used it to feed his 160 sheep. On 14 July, at around 6:00 ...
Section: Articles and Releases | Category: Weekly Focus | Date: Thursday, 19 July 2012 | Hits: 5273
... Rights. Similar to Palestinians elsewhere, Palestinian residents of Jerusalem are directly affected by Israel's mounting discriminatory policies against them. These policies include land appropriation, house demolitions, settler violence, settlement expansion, revocation of residency rights, denial of family reunification, lack of infrastructure, as well as limited access to education, health services, and recreational and cultural activities. These mentioned policies, among many others, are carried ...
Section: Articles and Releases | Category: Weekly Focus | Date: Thursday, 07 May 2015 | Hits: 9076
... policies. Such policies involve the unlawful appropriation and annexation of land, including land confiscation that results in the expansion of settlements. Al-Haq also reported on settler violence that continues as a result of institutionalized impunity granted by Israel. Al-Haq also discussed the excessive use of force against the Palestinian population and disregard of Palestinians’ right to life by the Israeli Occupying Forces. Another important point raised at the meeting was the illegal eight-year ...
Section: Articles and Releases | Category: United Nations | Date: Wednesday, 17 June 2015 | Hits: 8183
At noon on 18 March 2015, 300 olive trees were uprooted by the Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF) in the town of Majdal Bani Fadel, south east of Nablus. Olive trees are known for their symbolic significance for Palestinian families, as olive harvest season is often a festive family event. The trees are also known for their economic value for farmers, who often rely on traditional methods when caring for their lands and the trees contribute significantly to their annual income. According to OCHA 48 percent ...
Section: Articles and Releases | Category: Weekly Focus | Date: Saturday, 28 March 2015 | Hits: 5311
... Israel in the 2013 progress report to “ensure respect for international law and human rights in the occupied territories, including intensifying efforts to curb settler violence and minimising the use of administrative detention without trial”, Israel further entrenched its illegal policies and practices in the occupied territory in 2014. The past year has been marked by Israel’s military operations in the occupied Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip between 8 July ...
Section: Articles and Releases | Category: European Union | Date: Wednesday, 15 October 2014 | Hits: 10389
Thursday 2 July 2015, marked the one-year anniversary of the kidnapping and killing of Muhammad Abu Khdeir. Muhammad was 16 at the time when he was kidnapped by Israeli settlers from his neighbourhood in East Jerusalem, beaten, tortured and then burnt alive. Settler violence directed towards children has continued unabated, often physically injuring and emotionally traumatizing the children while the settlers themselves enjoy impunity. The Israeli occupation continues to violate Palestinians' human ...
Section: Articles and Releases | Category: Weekly Focus | Date: Monday, 06 July 2015 | Hits: 4596
The illegality of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, derives from rules under international humanitarian law (IHL) prohibiting the transfer of an occupier’s population into occupied territory. The unlawful presence of settlers supported by the Israeli military in occupied territory poses threats and danger on the Palestinian population. On 1 December, Amal Taqatqa, 21, was shot in the foot three times by an Israeli soldier near Hebron. A settler had called on to the soldier, ...
Section: Articles and Releases | Category: Weekly Focus | Date: Monday, 15 December 2014 | Hits: 5376
... Soldiers and settlers stood around her dead body as she bled. Huthaifa Othman Abu Suleimman - Tulkarem On Sunday 4 October at approximately 8:00 pm, Palestinians assembled in Tulkarem to protest Israeli policies and settler violence in the OPT. Around one hundred Palestinians marched towards the Taybeh Street in Tulkarem where they were met by at least ten Israeli soldiers. Upon the demonstrators’ arrival at the location, the demonstrators threw stones at the soldiers who immediately responded ...
Section: Articles and Releases | Category: Field Updates 2015 | Date: Monday, 19 October 2015 | Hits: 10866
... in settler violence with approximately 48 cases since the beginning of October. Many of the killings may amount to the grave breach and war crime of wilful killing with Israeli forces unnecessarily resorting to lethal force. Simultaneously, Israel has stepped up its practices of collective punishment, including punitive house demolitions and revocation of residency permits for East Jerusalem residents. The current situation is a stark reminder that Israel’s occupation and colonialist enterprise ...
Section: Articles and Releases | Category: PHROC | Date: Tuesday, 20 October 2015 | Hits: 9226
... erupted during which one Palestinian was injured and four others were arrested. On 16 October, Fathi Qotob, 20, was shot in the hand and chest with live ammunition after the IOF raided his home in the old town of Nablus. Fathi was shot as he was opening the door. He was left to bleed without being provided with medical assistance for almost an hour until he was transferred to a hospital. Another Palestinian, Samed Abdalla, was arrested during the raid. Settler Violence Israeli settlers continue ...
Section: Articles and Releases | Category: Field Updates 2015 | Date: Wednesday, 21 October 2015 | Hits: 7281
... many of whom are university students. Furthermore, many Palestinian residents in the West Bank have been forced to limit their movement as a result of a dramatic escalation in settler violence. As the Occupying Power, Israel is obligated to carry out its search for the missing settlers in line with its obligations under international human rights law (IHRL) and international humanitarian law (IHL). IHRL obligates Israel to respect the right to life of Palestinians by ensuring that the use of force ...
Section: Articles and Releases | Category: PHROC | Date: Saturday, 21 June 2014 | Hits: 11443
... escalation of settler violence, often facilitated by the Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF). The following information is based on Al-Haq field documentation and monitoring between 29 September and 14 October 2015. Incidents listed below are representative of the daily reality of Palestinians, but not exhaustive given the intensity and widespread nature of Israeli violations. Change in Regulations in Jerusalem Between 29 September and 16 October 2015, Israel killed 36 Palestinians,[1]including 7 children, ...
Section: Articles and Releases | Category: Field Updates 2015 | Date: Sunday, 18 October 2015 | Hits: 13664
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