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Sun Mar 25, 2012, 02:48 PM

B'Tselem's annual report on human rights in the Occupied Territories

21 March '12

The annual report surveys the broad spectrum of issues regarding the Israeli authorities' human rights record in the West Bank and Gaza Strip over the past year, the 44th year of the Israeli occupation. An interactive version of the report is available online and distributed through social media. The report documents a sharp increase in the number of uninvolved Palestinians killed by the Israeli security forces in the Gaza Strip in 2011. There was also an increase in the number of Israeli civilians killed by Palestinians, compared to 2010.


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Sun Mar 25, 2012, 02:53 PM

1. New DCI report: Bound, Blindfolded and Convicted: Children held in military detention (2012)

On 20 March 2012, DCI-Palestine launched a new report: Bound, Blindfolded and Convicted: Children held in military detention.

The report is the culmination of four year’s work by DCI, with the support of the European Union, focusing on verifying reports of ill-treatment and torture of children in the Israeli military detention system. The findings of the report are based on 311 sworn affidavits taken from children between January 2008 and January 2012. The report also includes:

An interview with a lawyer who represents children in the military courts;
An interview with the director of the YMCA rehabilitation programme;
An interview with an Israeli soldier, courtesy of Breaking the Silence;
A Psychological opinion into the effects of military detention on children; and
25 case studies taken from child-detainees.

The report found that there is a systematic pattern of ill-treatment, and in some cases torture, of children held in the military detention system, with the majority of the abuse occurring during the first 48 hours. The key findings of the report are presented in the table below:
# Common complaints and areas of concern Number of cases Percentage of children
1 Hand ties 296 95%
2 Blindfolds 281 90%
3 Physical violence 234 75%
4 Detention inside Israel in violation of Article 76 196 63%
5 Arrested between midnight and 5:00 am 188 60%
6 Confession during interrogation
180 58%
7 Threats 178 57%
8 Verbal abuse and/or humiliation 169 54%
9 Strip searched 102 33%
10 Transferred on floor of vehicle 98 32%
11 Signed/shown documents written in Hebrew 91 29%
12 Solitary confinement 38 12%

The testimonies reveal that most children are arrested from villages located close to friction points, namely settlements built in violation of international law, and roads used by the Israeli army or settlers. The report includes 10 recommendations, which if implemented, would reduce the level of ill-treatment, but no one should be under any illusion that the treatment documented in the report can be eliminated so long as the friction points remain and Palestinian children are treated as second-class individuals.

The full report is available on line, and hard copies are available on request.


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Sun Mar 25, 2012, 03:02 PM

2. Defensive Shield in Gaza

** Crazy mother fucker speaks out:

"Operation Defensive Shield" in Gaza must be different from Operation Cast Lead; the rocket fire did not stop as a result of the operation.

When the next large ground offensive in the Gaza Strip is over, there still won’t be complete calm forever. But it will have had an effect. When it occurs, the IDF will collect thousands of rockets, thousands of weapons and tons of explosives. Hundreds, maybe even thousands of terrorists will be killed or arrested. The heads of the terrorist organizations – Hamas and the others – will disappear. Others will replace them, but they too will be dealt with in their time.

Unfortunately, civilians will also suffer; this will be combat in the most congested area in the world. We, too, will probably incur casualties. But after the cleaning- up operation, let’s call it “Defensive Shield in Gaza,” the IDF will be able to enter the territory whenever it is deemed necessary, and arrest a terrorist or two.

Operation Defensive Shield in Gaza must be different from Operation Cast Lead, the offensive conducted by the IDF in the Gaza Strip from December 27, 2008, to January 18, 2009. That operation was seen as a success, even though a true investigation, if it were held, would show that it wasn’t. Once upon a time, the IDF took over the whole of Sinai in four days, but that was 45 years ago. During Cast Lead, the IDF didn’t even take control of the 360 square kilometers that is the Gaza Strip. The rocket fire did not stop as a result of the operation, but merely subsided due to the cease-fire. The only thing that was “burned in our memory” was that idiotic expression itself.

Those arguing that dealing with Gaza now would be a mistake as it would deflect attention from Iran should think again.

Besides addressing the fact that almost a million Israelis have been in rocket range for far too long, dealing with Gaza would also make it clear to the world that we mean what we say. “We won’t accept rocket fire on our communities” is like saying “we won’t agree to any more heat waves” – unless we do something about it.

A perpetuation of the current situation, ostensibly so as not to interfere with the Iranian issue, will only create the perception that we are weak, a people whose word is meaningless. What other conclusion can be drawn when a nation is prepared to accept having 200,000 of its children under fire, not going to kindergarten and school, and sleeping in bomb shelters and protected rooms? It could have been different – the IDF could have dealt a strong blow to the infrastructure in Gaza in response to terror. Let them sit in Gaza without electricity, in the dark, without gas or moving cars. That is what the citizens of Gaza have chosen, so that is what they should get.

Or, it would have been possible to carry out targeted killings of the terrorist organizations’ leaders; the price for a mortar shell on Kibbutz Nir Oz would be, say, the head of Ismail Haniyeh (the Hamas prime minister). This would have provided Hamas with real incentive to maintain the quiet.

But the government won’t do any of these things – because if it had the will to do so, it would have done it some time ago. That’s why Defensive Shield in Gaza is the only remaining option. To say that the 2005 withdrawal from Gaza turned the territory into a center of terror (as if it was previously a branch of Disneyland) is like saying that if you have a snakes’ nest near your home, the only way to fight it is to live inside it.

The writer is the son of former prime minister Ariel Sharon and author of Sharon: The Life of a Leader.


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Sun Mar 25, 2012, 07:24 PM

3. K & R

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Sun Mar 25, 2012, 08:24 PM

4. "There was also an increase in the number of Israeli civilians killed by Palestinians"


Thank you, B'tselem, for not trying to whitewash that.

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Thu Apr 5, 2012, 05:51 PM

5. When Europe Develops, and Israel Destroys By Charlotte Silver

RAMALLAH, Apr 3, 2012 (IPS) - The European Commission has released a document that lists projects it funded that were destroyed or damaged by the Israel Defence Forces between May 2001 and October 2011.

The list documents 82 such instances, amounting to a monetary loss of 49.2 million euro, 30 million of which came directly from European aid.

British Member of the European Parliament, Chris Davies, released the list following his inquiry to the European Commission. Davies subsequently published the findings on his webpage where he stated that the list was "the most detailed response I have ever received from the European Commission."

The recently published record is yet another indicator of the disregard with which Israel treats its European allies’ activities in the occupied Palestinian territories. Last year, it was calculated that Israeli-imposed travel restrictions cost international aid organizations 4.5 million dollars a year.

Davies notes that while the economic damage is not significant in the larger context of the conflict, the Commission’s meticulous record is illuminating.

The bulk of the damage was inflicted during the years of the second Intifadah (uprising, 2000-2005) as well as Israel’s attack on the besieged Gaza Strip in the winter of 2008-2009.

The projects range in scale. In the winter of 2001, Gaza’s International Airport was devastated, costing contributing countries (Spain, Sweden and Germany) 9.5 million euros.

Smaller-scale but significant destruction also incurred. For example, during the second Intifadah, Israeli attacks destroyed a fleet of Red Crescent ambulances financed by the European Commission.

Israel’s attack on Gaza in the winter of 2008-2009 destroyed nearly two million euros worth of European- funded projects, including several waste management and water treatment plants.

Apart from European-funded projects, demolition of homes, schools and water collecting devices in Area C of the West Bank occurs on a regular basis. Sixty-two percent of the West Bank is classified as Area C - meaning it comes under full Israeli military and civilian control. Area C is home to 150,000 Palestinians and 300,000 Israeli settlers.

The IDF and Israeli Civil Administration maintain the right to demolish any structure built without a permit. International, Israeli and Palestinian human rights organisations all concur that building permits are virtually impossible to acquire.


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Thu Apr 5, 2012, 05:54 PM

6. 05 April '12: Investigate death, injuries from live firing during Land Day demonstrations in Gaza

B’Tselem wrote to the Military Police and the Military Advocate General Corps requesting they launch a Military Police Investigation into the death of a Palestinian demonstrator and the wounding of dozens of others when live ammunition was used against protesters during a Land Day demonstration in the Gaza Strip on Friday, 30 March 2012.

During a demonstration northeast of Beit Hanun near the Erez crossing, some 300 youths came within a few dozen meters of the wall and fortifications surrounding the crossing and threw stones at them. Although the demonstrators were unarmed, the army responded with live firing at the protesters and stone-throwers. One demonstrator,: Mahmoud Muhammad Yihya Zaqut, age 19, of Beit Lahiya, was killed. Several dozen youths were shot in the arms or legs and sustained light wounds. It appears that soldiers used live ammunition despite having tear gas at their disposal, which they also used.

An additional demonstration was held east of Abasan al-Kabirah, which is east of Khan Yunis. According to reports, soldiers behind the fence fired tear gas grenades and then live ammunition at demonstrators who approached the military fence around Gaza. One demonstrator was seriously wounded when shot in the abdomen and four were lightly wounded.

B’Tselem’s letter noted that the events raise a grave suspicion of illegal and unjustified use of live ammunition when soldiers were in no danger whatsoever. Land Day demonstrations were announced in advance and the army should have been prepared for demonstrations and clashes along Gaza’s border with Israel, in a way that would have enabled soldiers to use only non-lethal crowd control measures..

In its letter, B’Tselem demanded that a Military Police investigation be launched immediately to examine suspected misconduct by the army in both these incidents. The military’s preparedness for Land Day events should be scrutinized, including open-fire regulations provided to soldiers on the Gaza border and all other instructions concerning Land Day.


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