April 13, 2002

The Infamy Continues: News of the Atrocities Committed by Israel


Hello everyone

I've spent a good deal of time this evening researching several websites to get an in-depth perspective of what has been happening in the Middle East. With the whole region on the verge of exploding in fury, the intensity of the hate experienced by millions of people, the unrelenting support of the U.S. (despite their tardy face-saving attempt to stop Sharon) for the Israeli horribly vengeful policies and their own plans for attacking Irak - without even the fig leaf of a provocation - to tighten their control over Iraq's oil, and the track record of ruthless mass slaughter by Ariel Sharon throughout much of his life (details below), it is not easy to continue holding hope and a positive overall vision for the immediate future of this whole region.

And yet this is exactly what we ought to do, for there is no other way out of this mess - out of senseless suicidal bombings of civilians and out of senseless vengeful slaughters of civilians - than peace, forgiveness and mutually assured security.

Please check for the next Meditation Focus this Saturday evening. This is going to be a key pivotal one!

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000


CONTENTS

1. International update on Occupied Palestine
2. Worldbeaters: Ariel Sharon
3. Ariel Sharon's bio
4. One day's sad harvest of four Israeli human rights organizations
5. Hell Made in Israel


SEE ALSO:

World finally gets glimpse of refugee camp devastation (12 April)
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=284108
The world finally got to see what Israel has done in the Jenin refugee camp yesterday. Piles of rubble where homes once stood. Gaping holes rent in the sides of buildings. Electricity wires torn down and strewn amid the wreckage. Water flooding out of broken mains and running down the broken streets.(...) This is the wreckage where hundreds of terrified civilians were trapped inside their homes as Israeli helicopters poured rockets all around them, ambulances not allowed to treat the wounded as they bled, where Palestinians captured by the Israelis say they were forces to strip in front of their families, where Palestinian fighters armed only with rifles resisted the Israeli attack for nine days. CLIP

Peres calls IDF operation in Jenin a 'massacre' (April 9)
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=150149&contrassID=1&subContrassID=1&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y
When the world sees the pictures of what we have done there, it will do us immense damage.

Israel buries the bodies, but cannot hide the evidence (13 April)
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=284436
Israel was trying to bury the evidence in Jenin refugee camp yesterday, but it cannot bury the terrible crime it has committed: a slaughter in which Palestinian civilians were cut down alongside the armed defenders of the camp. Israeli tanks circled journalists menacingly as foreign reporters tried to get into the camp, cutting off their approach. But a man who had just fled the camp said he had seen Israeli soldiers burying the bodies of the dead in a mass grave. "I saw it all with my own eyes," said the man. "I saw people bleeding to death in the streets. I saw a 10-year-old child lying dead. There was a big hole in his side and his arm had been blown away. "I saw them burying the bodies. They started work on the grave a few days ago. I recognised some of the bodies in it. I can give you the names." (...) the Israeli army will have done that to keep the devastating sight of the carnage away from the eyes of the waiting world. Yesterday, though, they were unable to stifle the evil smell. The reek of putrefying bodies wafted out of the narrow, rubble-strewn alleys which were barred for a fifth day to international aid agencies trying to send ambulances and doctors to evacuate the many wounded, and recover the dead. One after another, international officials, angered by Israel's rampant violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention and the human misery that has resulted, confided to The Independent yesterday that they had reached the inevitable conclusion: a crime has been committed which Israel is trying to cover up. (...) "People who got to the edge of the camp found it incredibly smelly," one UN official said. How much of the camp still stands is unclear; reports say that bulldozers have cut a swath through homes near the entrance – a tactic which the Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, used against the refugees of Gaza 30 years ago, when he was an army commander trying to subdue the same forces that have now reared up against him anew. Some accounts say that a third of the camp has been flattened. CLIP

Jenin: 'My mother ran for help. A soldier shot her in the head' (11 April)
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=283752
Abdullah Washai had to watch his 17-year-old brother, Munir, slowly bleed to death. He took several hours to die. A hole had been ripped in his shoulder by a round from an Israeli helicopter. When the boy's mother, Mariam, ran into the street screaming for help, Mr Washai says, Israeli soldiers shot her dead. These are typical of the claims of those who have managed to escape the carnage of Jenin refugee camp, the scene of the worst fighting of Israel's onslaught in the West Bank. The question that was facing Israel yesterday was: what will happen when the full story of what Israel has wreaked in the Jenin camp is revealed? (...) "The soldiers made four of us walk in front of their tank as it advanced. There were two of my cousins and another man. Then they took us to a house where the soldiers were inside. They put us outside the front door so if anyone shot we would be shot first." Ariel Sharon toured an army base near Jenin refugee camp yesterday. "Our wonderful soldiers have to be able to continue this struggle," he said. CLIP

International force must be deployed, says Annan (13 April 2002)
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=284434
Mr Annan, speaking in Geneva, warned that "the situation is so dangerous and the humanitarian and human rights situation so appalling, the proposition that a force should be sent in ... can no longer be deferred." The killings on both sides were "an affront to the conscience of mankind".

ISRAEL, PALESTINE AND JUSTICE
http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=12811
When Israelis and Palestinians demonize each other, it is the people who suffer. Both sides need to accept responsibility and find a non-violent path to a just peace.

Israel arrests thousands as Powell flies in (12 April 2002)
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=284110

Witnesses tell how elderly were used as human shields for tank forces (09 April 2002)
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=283026

MANY MORE such articles on the Middle East at
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/

A petition calling for the cancelation of Shimon Peres's Nobel Prize http://www.PetitionOnline.com/semsem/
4669. Anthony Nahas: I hope that the Norwegian Parliament will have the courage to revoke Shimon Peres’ Nobel Peace Prize. Rather than stand up heroically and fearlessly AGAINST Sharon and the Israeli government's overseeing of the destruction of Palestinian society and the murder of hundreds of innocent civilians after 35 years of ILLEGAL occupation and oppression, Peres has chosen to acquiesce to Israel's gruesome, and cruel devastation of Palestinian civil society. This is morally repugnant and unacceptable given the spirit and letter of the Nobel Peace Prize.
4646. Fadi Daher: Peres' participation in war crimes is incompatible with the Nobel Peace Prize.

David Horovitz: This is why the Israelis support Mr Sharon's tactics (11 April 2002)
http://argument.independent.co.uk/commentators/story.jsp?story=283686
(...) Israelis are deeply troubled about the impact on Palestinian civilians of the current military offensive – natural empathy, combined with the realisation that the bitterness this assault is causing will rebound to their detriment. But they feel strongly that at the root of the Intifada is not "the occupation", which Mr Barak tried to end, but an Arafat-engineered, suicide-bomber-backed effort to destroy all of Israel. They believe that Mr Arafat failed to tell his people the truth about what was offered at Camp David, that he used his media to whip them up into a state of despair and hatred CLIP

Vatican outrage over church siege [8 April, 2002)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/middle_east/newsid_1916000/1916580.stm




1.

Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2002
From: LESLEY WHITING <lesleywhiting@yahoo.com>
Subject: International update on Occupied Palestine

Dear Jean,

I have just arrived in Ramallah which is still like a shattered ghost town under total curfew. I am staying in the Medical Centre of the Palestinian Red Crescent tonight. Please have a look at the latest chilling update from various Palestinian towns.

Blessings, Lesley

Fri, 12 Apr 2002

Friends,

It has been difficult to write, both logistically and emotionally. Thus, I urge you to continue referring to http://www.jerusalem.indymedia.org for updates from our besieged Palestinian towns.

Briefly:

Presidential compound - 25 foreign civilians remain inside (going on their 12th day, since Sunday March 31) with hundreds of Palestinians. Although I don't have an exact count, when I was in there I estimated between 300-400 people inside, confined to about 12 rooms on two floors. Caoimhe Butterly, the Irish national who has been in the compound for a full two weeks reports a serious health crisis. The compound has not had running water for 13 days. This means that no one is able to wash, bathe or even flush the toilet. People are becoming sick and there is a fear of the spread of diseases. The Palestinians have repeatedly asked the Israeli military and authorities to be able to fix the water lines into the compound but have been denied permission. A meager supply of food is getting into the compound daily, but rations are small and people are losing a lot of weight. The internationals inside the compound reiterate their call for international intervention.

CLIP

Ramallah - the town continues to be under total siege and curfew. There was a brief lifting of the curfew yesterday (from 1 - 5pm) to allow people to rush to the stores to purchase desperately needed food items. Milk is hard to find and fresh fruits and vegetables have not entered the town for over two weeks. People still lined up for bread, but many, many families are no longer able to afford even this. Two weeks of stagnation on top of an economy that was already in shambles has resulted in extreme cases of poverty. Nevertheless people looked relieved to get some fresh air. Though this was the second real lifting of the curfew, a look of astonishment could still be seen on the faces of the Ramallah residents - toppled light poles, upturned streets, shattered glass, burned buildings, bullet-riddled storefronts; People stepped over the bullets, glass and twisted metal to greet each other and continue on their way.

CLIP

Foreign civilians continue to accompany ambulances and volunteer with food distribution. We've been shot at a number of times but keep going, as do the Palestinian doctors, medics and medical relief volunteers. Yesterday a Japanese volunteer, Kuniomi Asai was injured when a soldier threw a concussion grenade at him for walking too close to the presidential compound.

Bethlehem - the town also remains under total curfew. The standoff at the Church of the Nativity continues. Yesterday, heavy black smoke was reported to be seen coming out of the church. In the residential neighborhood around Manger Square, no one has been allowed to leave and no food or medicine has been allowed in. Foreign civilians have tried a number of times to walk towards Manger Square on foot, only to be turned back at gunpoint. The situation is getting desperate for families being denied food and water. There will be another attempt today by foreign civilians to walk towards Manger Square.

Young men also continue to be rounded up and hauled away. Who will help us get our fathers and brothers back after the Israelis pull out?

Nablus - Three International Solidarity Movement volunteers have been in Nablus for three days. They are still reporting difficulty reaching the sick and injured by ambulance. Yesterday one ambulance in Nablus was riddled with bullet holes as others continue to be stopped and searched. Mary Kelley (Irish national) reported being on an ambulance in which the driver was forced to strip off articles of his clothing. Doctors of the Rafedia hospital fear that soldiers will try entering the hospital to search for "wanted" people among the injured patients. The Israeli army had the hospital surrounded yesterday but as of 10:00pm had not entered the hospital. There is a dire need for oxygen which Israeli soldiers are not letting through despite coordination with the Israeli Authorities.

Jenin - Horrible reports continue to come out of Jenin and the Jenin refugee camp. WE have been trying to get foreign civilians in there but have thusfar been unable to. Two days ago we sent up 13 internationals and yesterday another 8. The internationals along with a number of foreign journalists were denied entry by Israeli forces. The internationals spent the night in a nearby village where refugees and released detainees from the Jenin Refugee Camp have been staying. Below I include a report from 13 of the internationals that was given to us two days ago.

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Thirteen internationals, 1 Swede, 1 Italian, 3 British and 8 American, coming from Bethlehem and Jerusalem to Jenin, where there are reports of 300 dead and countless injured. 548 Palestinian men now living in Romani has been dumped by Israeli soldiers at nearby Salem checkpoint after having been arrested or escaping from Jenin. 160 were dumped naked outside of Syba. We heard several stories of horror from the men.

A Palestinian UNRWA employee was detained at a checkpoint for three days without food, and only Israeli soldiersí urine to drink. The right side of his face paralyzed due to severe beating. The Israeli interrogators, described as torturers, told the imprisoned man that all UNRWA employees are
spies for Hezbollah. When asking the Israeli doctors to loosen his severely tight plastic handcuffs, the doctor only tightened them further. His home in Jenin caught fire, which was saved by firefighters, only to be bombed by an Apache helicopter. He does not know what has become of his family.

A young Palestinian man was forced from his home in Jenin, and used as a human shield by Israeli soldiers. His back and neck are burned by cigarettes.

A Red Crescent ambulance driver was arrested for feeding 200 women and children for 3 days. When the food ran out, the 200 left the medical center, heading for the Eastern side of Jenin. All were stopped, while some women, and all of the men were forced to strip naked.

At the school in Kyba, which is serving as a refugee camp for the arrested and escaped from Jenin refugee camp, there is a list on the wall of those detainees released from Salem checkpoint. In nearby Romani, the mosque loud speaker which otherwise projects a call to prayer, called out names of the missing and the disappeared from Jenin.

The 13 internationals intend to deliver humanitarian aide, assist ambulance drivers and document human rights abuses if we are able to reach the town and the camp.

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The Israeli military claims to pull out of Palestinian towns and villages only to continue surrounding them and invade others. Yesterday the army moved into the villages of Dahiriyya and Bir Zeit and the refugee camp of Ein Beit Elma, and began conducting more house to house searches. Please continue to pressure your governments to take immediate action against Israeli aggression and brutality. Call, fax and email your Congressional representatives and MPs. A partial list of authorities to contact can be found on http://www.jerusalem.indymedia.org

Good News:

More internationals are contacting us about coming to volunteer their time and energy to help and protect the Palestinian people. To volunteer to come to the Occupied Palestinian Territories with the International Solidarity Movement, please contact:

George S. Rishmawi at abusalib@p-ol.com or call +972-52-502-079

For more information on any of the above, or for general information on the International Solidarity Movement, please call:

Huwaida +972-52-642-709 or +972-55-975-374

Information on the International Solidarity Movement can be found on http://www.palsolidarity.org

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2.

From: http://www.oneworld.org/ni/issue334/worldbeaters.htm

Worldbeaters: Ariel Sharon
New Internationalist magazine, No. 334, May 2001.

Ariel Sharon

Israel’s newly elected Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, knows a thing or two about power. The white-haired old warrior had been languishing on the political margins and was widely assumed to be drifting into welcome retirement on his 400-hectare ranch, said to be the largest private agricultural land-holding in the country. But then Benjamin Netanyahu was trounced at the polls by Labour’s Ehud Barak in 1999. When Netanyahu resigned, the wily former general was appointed transitional leader of the right-wing Likud Party and quickly saw a chance to make his mark.

The peace talks between Israel and the PLO had stalled and the question of who would control Jerusalem was one of the big stumbling blocks. What better time for the pugnacious brawler to announce a visit to Islam’s third-holiest site, the Haram al-Sharif in old Jerusalem? – a site which is also one of Judaism’s most sacred spots, the Temple Mount.

The move was deliberate and well orchestrated – and Sharon got exactly what he wanted. Palestinian anger exploded at the deliberate provocation and the intifada was reborn: hundreds died as Arab demonstrators clashed with Israeli soldiers in the months that followed. Then, in the subsequent elections the Israeli electorate, confused and frightened by the Palestinian protests, returned the 72-year-old Sharon to power in a sweeping victory.

For the bellicose Prime Minister this was further proof of his fundamental credo: when in doubt, escalate. Sharon has always been a firm believer in upping the ante. ‘In the muddle resulting from an increase in violence, he will always come out the winner,’ writes Israeli political scientist Avishai Margalit. He knows ‘how to create a situation in which people turn to him because he is self-confident and he knows what he wants’.

The short, husky Sharon has been a presence in Israeli politics since he joined the Haganah, a Jewish self-defence force, at the age of 14. From there he moved to the armed forces, eventually leading an Israeli commando attack on the West Bank village of Qibya, just east of Tel Aviv, in October 1953. Sharon’s unit blew up 45 homes and massacred 69 people, more than half of them women and children according to a later UN Security Council report. Undaunted, the plucky Sharon then went for broke in the 1956 Sinai War – ignoring direct orders, he sent his paratroopers into an Egyptian ambush, resulting in the death of 38 Israeli soldiers.

That temporarily derailed his military career until the 1967 Six Day War against Egypt when he engineered a stunning victory in the Sinai and became an instant war hero. After that, as leader of Israel’s Southern Command in the early 1970s, he systematically wiped out Palestinian guerrilla cells in the Gaza Strip, bulldozing hundreds of homes in the process. That was followed by further military success in the 1973 Arab-Israeli war and then another spate of Arab home-wrecking in the late 1970s. As Minister of Agriculture in the Likud Government from 1977 to 81 the ebullient Sharon zealously promoted Jewish settlement in the West Bank and Gaza, building so many roads to encourage settlers that he was nicknamed the ‘bulldozer’.

But the blackest stain on Sharon’s record and the one that confirms his status as a war criminal in the eyes of the Arab world and beyond is the mass murder of Palestinian refugees outside Beirut in 1982. As Defence Minister in Menachem Begin’s Government Sharon was determined to wipe out the PLO in neighbouring Lebanon. The solution? Provoke a border conflict, then bomb the place and send in troops.

The Israeli army was assisted by the Lebanese Christian Phalangist militia which had been armed by Israel since the beginning of Lebanon’s civil war in 1975. Israeli soldiers surrounded the Sabra and Chatila refugee camps outside the city. Sharon then personally sent in the Phalange to flush out suspected PLO fighters. A three-day massacre followed in which 2,000 refugees were murdered, including women, children, the elderly and hundreds of men in their twenties and thirties. Sharon would henceforth be known by Arabs and Palestinians as ‘the butcher’.

An official Israeli commission of inquiry found the defence minister guilty of ‘blunders’ and held him and others directly responsible for the slaughter. Sharon was forced to resign his defence brief but continued to serve as a minister in all the Likud governments of the 1980s and 1990s.

CLIP

Sources: The Toronto Star, 5 Oct 2000; 24 Oct 2000; 4 Feb 2001; IndictSharonNow@aol.com; http://www.us-israel.org/jsource/biography/sharon.html




3.

From: http://electronicIntifada.net/forreference/keyfigures/sharon.html

Ariel Sharon's bio

Prime Minister of Israel Minister of Immigrant Absorption (Likud)

This page contains Sharon's official biography from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs interspersed with annotations by The Electronic Intifada (in gray boxes), a note on Sharon's record and international law, and offers both related articles and recommended reading. For a much larger resource on Ariel Sharon, see http://indictsharon.net

(...) On 21 January 2001, Phil Reeves writing for The Independent, in an article entitled, "Sharon's return puts Wreckage Street in fear," reported:

"In August 1971 alone, troops under Mr Sharon's command destroyed some 2,000 homes in the Gaza Strip, uprooting 12,000 people [Palestinian refugees] for the second time in their lives. Hundreds of young Palestinian men were arrested and deported to Jordan and Lebanon. Six hundred relatives of suspected guerrillas were exiled to Sinai. In the second half of 1971, 104 guerrillas were assassinated."

CLIP

As minister of defense in 1982, Sharon orchestrated Israel's invasion of Lebanon, a military operation that killed tens of thousands of civilians as Israeli forces sought to destroy the Palestine Liberation Organisation's infrastructure in the region. According to the statistics published in the Third World Quarterly (Volume 6, Issue 4, October 1984, pp. 934-949), over 29,500 Palestinians and Lebanese were either killed or wounded from 4 July 1982 through to 15 August 1982, 40 percent were children. Israel's stated motive for its "Operation Peace for Galilee" invasion of Lebanon was to bring peace to frontline Israeli communities in Northern Galilee. In fact, the disastrous events of 1982-85 were the very catalysts of the Hizbullah Shi'a resistance movement in South Lebanon. Previous to Israel's military interventionism in the early 1980s, the Shi'a of south Lebanon had not professed any aggression or hostility towards the Israelis. Ariel Sharon is responsible for the massacre of Palestinian and Lebanese civilians at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps, on the southern outskirts of Beirut. CLIP

Sharon was a key player in the settlement explosion throughout the 1977-1992 Likud-era of Israeli government. This period was characterised by more land confiscation and more settlement activity than had ever been seen before in Israeli history. The number of settlers in the Occupied Palestinian Territories increased by over two thousand percent during this period, to approximately 110,000 people. CLIP

In the post-Oslo period, Israel established 30 new settlements and thus nearly doubled the settler population in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip from 109,000 in 1993 to nearly 200,000 in 1999 (figures exclude new settlements in the greater Jerusalem metropolitan area).

CLIP

According to an Agence France Presse report of 15 November 1998, while addressing a meeting of militants from the extreme right-wing Tsomet Party, Foreign Minister Sharon stated:

"Everybody has to move, run and grab as many hilltops as they can to enlarge the settlements because everything we take now will stay ours... Everything we don't grab will go to them."

CLIP

On February 6, 2001, Ariel Sharon was elected Prime Minister.[8] He presented his government to the Knesset on March 7, 2001, retaining also the Immigrant Absorption portfolio.

[8] The Electronic Intifada notes: Only four months before his election, the ever-confrontational Sharon visited al-Haram ash-Sharif on 28 September 2000 and sparked off the Second Palestinian Intifada that has so far seen 393 Palestinians killed up to March 8th, according to the Palestine Red Crescent Society. On 19 October 2000, the United Nations Human Rights Commission, meeting in an emergency session, adopted a resolution titled, "Grave and massive violations of the human rights of the Palestinian people by Israel," which condemned:

"the provocative visit to Al-Haram al-Sharif on 28 September 2000 by Ariel Sharon, the Likud party leader, which triggered the tragic events that followed in occupied East Jerusalem and the other occupied Palestinian territories, resulting in a high number of deaths and injuries among Palestinian civilians."

Sharon's visit to the third holiest site in Islam, guarded by -- according to the most conservative reports -- 1,000 armed Israeli soldiers, was overtly designed to demonstrate Israel's "sovereignty" over Jerusalem, especially over the Al-Haram Ash-Sharif (which most Israelis call "the Temple Mount") and provoke an angry response. It was also intended to impress the right wing of the Israeli public, who later castigated Labour Prime Minister Barak for his "restraint" in the face of the Palestinian uprising by electing Sharon, who sparked it off.

CLIP

A NOTE ON SHARON'S RECORD AND INTERNATIONAL LAW:

War crimes and crimes against humanity are particularly henious crimes. Responding to the atrocities committed in the course of the second World War, the international community set itself an objective to combat such crimes. This ambition has found expression in a number of international treaties, notably under the aegis of the United Nations.

CLIP

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's personal history is intertwined with war crimes and crimes against humanity.

See also:

The US media conspires to ignore Sharon controversy
http://electronicIntifada.net/actionitems/20010621.html

Transcript: "The Accused", Panorama, BBC, 17 June 2001. http://electronicIntifada.net/forreference/keyfigures/20010617panorama.html




4.

From: "The Other Israel" <otherisr@actcom.co.il>
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2002
Subject: (Fwd) One day's sad harvest of four Israeli human rights organizations

From: "B'Tselem Listserve" <listserve@btselem.org>

B'Tselem, ACRI, HaMoked and PHR-Israel: Daily Briefing

Following, is a report of some of the human rights violations carried out today in the Occupied Territories. The events included in this report are only those about which human rights organizations have been able to obtain information. The incidents listed represent only a minute portion of the human rights violations being committed throughout the West Bank. This report paints only a partial picture and does not necessarily reflect the worst of the human rights violations being perpetrated. Most of the information below was received by telephone, since fieldworkers are unable to reach the victims and eyewitnesses in order to collect testimonies in person. The information has been verified to the greatest extent possible given the current circumstances.

CLIP

2. Yesterday morning, a tank shelled a house located across the street from the house of A.A, resident of Hebron District, in his early 40's. After the shelling, soldiers entered A.A.'s house, took position on the roof and fired at the house across the street using their personal weapons. As a result of the intensive shooting, a fire broke out in the house. The soldiers asked a Palestinian man to enter the house, put the fire out and remove a scorched body that was inside it. The soldiers who were on A.A.'s roof ordered A.A. and his 32-year-old cousin I.A to carry the body for a distance of about 100 meters. After interrogating the two men as to the identity of the deceased and the residents of the house where he was found, the soldiers let them go. In the afternoon, the soldiers returned to A.A.'s home, searched it, and locked the family members in one of the rooms. After the search was conducted, the soldiers ordered A.A. to go out into the street with them. One of the soldiers pointed his gun at A.A's back. He was forced to walk in front of them and serve as a "human shield". A.A. was ordered to knock on doors and order the residents to get out. At the end of the "patrol" he was allowed to return to his home. (Source: B'Tselem)

3. At present, 3,353 Palestinians who have been detained since the beginning of operation "Defensive Wall" are held in various holding facilities throughout the Occupied Territories and Israel. 281 of these men are held in administrative detention at Ofer military camp. Before operation "Defensive Wall" began, 60 Palestinians were held in administrative detention. Information received since yesterday about Ofer camp reveals difficult holding conditions and severe violations of detainees' dignity. During the first three days, detainees did not receive any food at all and only small quantities of drinking water. Access to bathrooms depended on the mood of the soldiers. The detainees are held in open sheds in groups of about 150 detainees per shed. They sleep on the ground in crowded conditions. During their entire detention, detaineesí hands are cuffed behind their backs. (Source: HaMoked - Center for the Defence of the Individual)

CLIP

8. 22-year-old Shinhaz Shatara lives at Askar refugee camp in Nablus District. Over the last few days soldiers have taken position on the roofs of two houses near hers. Yesterday evening, her three-year-old son ëAlaa, left the house to play on the street. Shatara ran after him quickly, but the soldiers shot both of them before she could reach him. Shatara and her son were injured. For three hours, relatives pleaded with the soldiers to be allowed take the two to hospital, but the soldiers refused. Farouq Shatara, a relative, whose roof was overtaken by the soldiers, went up asked the soldiers again to evacuate the injured. A short while after that, the IDF evacuated Shatara and her son. Relatives have not been told where the two were taken. At the time of writing, over 24 hours after their evacuation, relatives do not know their whereabouts. B'Tselem and HaMoked - Center for the Defence of the Individual are trying to locate them. (Source: B'Tselem)

CLIP

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HaMoked (Center for rights of the individual) <mail@hamoked.org.il>
Association for Civil Rights in Israel <mail@acri.org.il>
Physicians for Human Rights <phr@netvision.net.il>

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