A Week in Palestine

Palestinian Center of Human Rights (PCHR) Weekly Report

Last week’s Israeli military attacks killed two Palestinians, according to the weekly report of the Palestinian Center of Human Rights (PCHR).

The report, which documents daily human rights violations in the Palestinian territories, covers the period of Thursday, May 12, 2011 to Wednesday, May 18, 2011.

Shooting:

During the reporting period, PCHR announced that Israeli troops killed two Palestinian children. One of the children was willfully killed in Jerusalem while the other, who is mentally disabled, was killed in the Gaza Strip due to the use of excessive lethal force.

The Israeli army also wounded 148 civilians, including 49 children and an international solidarity activist. Of the wounded, 144 ones were wounded when IOF used excessive force to disperse peaceful demonstrations commemorating the 63rd anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, 3 civilians were wounded in peaceful protests against settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall. A Palestinian child was also wounded by the explosion of a suspicious object left by Israeli soldiers.

In the West Bank, PCHR announced that on 13 May 2011, soldiers killed a Palestinian boy in cold blood in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan. The child was killed when a bullet was shot at him from the direction of two houses which were occupied earlier by Israeli settlers in the center of Silwan. The boy was walking on a dirt road and was between 10 and 15 meters from the two houses when he was shot. It should be noted that members of a private security agency and members of the Israeli Border Guards provide protection to settlers who has seized two houses.

According to the weekly report of PCHR In the Gaza Strip, on 15 May 2011, the Israeli military  used excessive lethal force to kill a mentally disabled Palestinian child near Nahal Oz border crossing, east of Gaza City.  The child was killed by a shell fired at him by IOF. Medical crews found the child’s body nearly 300 meters to the west of Nahal Oz crossing. The body was taken to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. According to statements given to a PCHR fieldworker by the forensic medicine department, the boy was hit by shrapnel from a shell to the chest and the head.

On 15 May 2011, Israeli troops used excessive force to disperse participants in peaceful demonstrations commemorating the 63rd anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.  As a result, 144 Palestinian civilians, including 47 children, 5 women and 4 children, were wounded. In the Gaza Strip, 105 people were wounded, including 31 children, 3 women and 3 journalists. In the West Bank, 38 civilians were wounded, including 16 children, 2 women and a journalist.  PCHR strongly condemns the use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrations in the OPT and calls upon the international community to immediately take action to compel the Israeli government to stop its systematic crimes against Palestinian civilians.

PCHR added that during the reported period Israeli soldiers used excessive force to disperse peaceful demonstrations organized in protest to Israeli settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall in the West Bank. As a result, three demonstrators, including a child and an international solidarity activist, were wounded. In addition, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international human rights defenders participating in peaceful protests in the West Bank suffered from tear gas inhalation and bruises as they were beaten by Israeli soldiers.

On 13 May 2011, a Palestinian child was seriously wounded by the explosion of a suspicious object left by Israeli soldiers in the Jordan Valley in the northeast of the West Bank.

 Incursions:

During the reporting period, PCHR reported that the Israeli military conducted at least 20 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, during which they arrested 15 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children.

Palestine News Network
Independent Palestinian News Agency

Gaza

20.05.11 – 14:05.11

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