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Is Gaza blockade breaking international law?

3 Jul

 

VIDEO: Inside Story report, Aljazeera, 1 July 2015

Israel’s navy seizes an activists’ boat attempting to break a blockade of the Palestinian territory. It’s almost a year since Israel’s 50-day war on Gaza. The assault, dubbed Operation Protective Edge, added to the already desperate living conditions for the 1.8 million people living in the Palestinian territory. A UN report in August concluded that almost everyone in Gaza faced some urgent need for basic protection, healthcare, housing, food and water.

In a largely symbolic gesture, a converted trawler has tried to break an Israeli blockade of the coastal strip to deliver humanitarian aid. But the Marianne was boarded by the Israeli Navy on Monday, and the activists detained. On Inside Story: is Israel justified in maintaining its nine year blockade in the name of security, or are the continued restrictions in contravention of international law?

Presenter:Martine Dennis. Guests: Rami Abdo – Director of the Euro-Mediterranean Observer for Human Rights. Ben Hartman – national security correspondent for the Jerusalem Post. Diala Chehade – president of the Center for Defending Civil Rights and Liberties and an international criminal law specialist.

Freedom Flotilla promises: ‘We will sail again’

30 Jun

gaza_4 Image from the deck of the Marianne of Gothenburg ship, which was captured by the Israeli Navy overnight (Monday). (Photo courtesy of Freedom Flotilla Coalition)

By Sarah Lazare, staff writer, Common Dreams, 29 June 2015

After Freedom Flotilla Kidnapped by Israeli Navy, Global Campaign Vows to Sail Again

A freedom flotilla sailing to break the blockade of Gaza was captured early Monday morning by the Israeli navy and the 18 journalists, campaigners, and crew aboard are currently in the occupying army’s custody, in an attack global supporters are calling piracy and kidnapping at high sea.

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Summary of ceasefire violations September 2014

9 Oct

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September 2014 Gaza ceasefire violations summary –  from ‘In Occupied Palestine’ PHRC report 9 October 2014;

Main source of statistics: Palestinian Monitoring Group (PMG). Note: as there was no PMG situation report available for the first day of September, this summary covers September 2 to 30 inclusive.
02 September:
Israeli Army attack – 2 wounded (1 critical): Qalqilya – 16:30, Israeli forces in north Qalqilya opened fire on a vehicle carrying several labourers, wounding and hospitalising two workers: Mohammad Na’im Sabri Mansour (critical head wounds) and Othman Amr.
Israeli Navy attack – economic sabotage: Northern Gaza – 07:50, the Israeli Navy opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off al-Waha, north-west Beit Lahiya.
Israeli Navy attack – economic sabotage: Northern Gaza – 20:00, the Israeli Navy again opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off al-Waha, north-west Beit Lahiya.
Israeli Navy attack – hijacking – fishermen taken prisoner – economic sabotage: Northern Gaza – 06:40, the Israeli Navy yet again opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off al-Waha, north-west Beit Lahiya, hijacked a fishing boat and took prisoner two crew members.
Israeli Army attack: Gaza – afternoon, an Israeli Army position behind the Green Line opened fire on residents in east Khaz’aa.
03 September:
Israeli Army attack – agricultural sabotage: Rafah – morning, the Israeli Army stormed the al-Nahda neighbourhood in east Rafah and bulldozed crops.
07 September:
Israeli Navy attack – economic sabotage: Northern Gaza – morning, the Israeli Navy opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off al-Sudaniya.
11 September:
Israeli Navy attack – economic sabotage: Northern Gaza – morning, the Israeli Navy opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off al-Sudaniya.
12 September:
Israeli Navy attack – economic sabotage: Northern Gaza – 06:15, the Israeli Navy opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off al-Sudaniya.
Israeli Navy attack – economic sabotage: Khan Yunis – morning, the Israeli Navy opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off Khan Yunis.
13 September:
Israeli attack – agricultural sabotage: Khan Yunis – morning, Israeli forces positioned behind the Green Line opened fire on al-Qarara farmland.
14 September:
Israeli Navy attack – economic sabotage: Gaza – morning, the Israeli Navy opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats.
14 September:                                                                                                                                                                                             Palestinian missile attacks: Khan Yunis – 18:25, a number of missiles fired towards the Green Line.
17 September:
Israeli Navy attack – economic sabotage – injury: Northern Gaza – 17:00, one crew member, Jum’a Zayed, was injured when the Israeli Navy opened fire on a Palestinian fishing boat off al-Sudaniya in west Beit Lahiya.
18 September:
Israeli attack – agricultural sabotage: Khan Yunis – morning, the Israeli Army invaded east al-Qarara farmland and bulldozed crops.
22 September:
Israeli Navy attack – hijacking – economic sabotage: Gaza – 15:00, the Israeli Navy opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats offshore at Gaza, hijacked one of them and detained five fishermen: Sufyan Kalab, Mohammad Abu Odeh, Mustafa Abu Odeh, Ahmad Al-Sharif and Abdel-Rahim Abu Salameh.
24 September:
Israeli Navy attack – economic sabotage: Northern Gaza – morning, the Israeli Navy opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off al-Sudaniya.
25 September:
Israeli Army attack – 2 wounded: Northern Gaza – 07:50, two workers, Khaled Abu Sata and Jibril Qa’uad, were wounded when Israeli forces positioned behind the Green Line opened fire on people attempting to flee the Israeli blockade near the Burat Abu Samara area of north Beit Lahiya.
Israeli Army attack – 2 wounded: Northern Gaza – 11:30, two more workers, Atta Al-Hassumi and Ahmad Al-Sus, were wounded when Israeli forces positioned behind the Green Line opened fire on several workers attempting to flee the Israeli blockade near Um Al-Nasser village in north Beit Lahiya.
28 September:
Israeli Army attack – wounding – agricultural sabotage: Northern Gaza – one person, Rajab Marouf, was wounded when Israeli forces positioned behind the Green Line opened fire on farmers in north Beit Lahiya.
29 September:
Israeli Army attack – youngster wounded: Northern Gaza – 11:00, a 14-year-old boy, Jallal Jarrad, was wounded when Israeli forces positioned behind the Green Line opened fire on workers in Um al-Nassr village, north Beit Lahiya.
Israeli Army attack – incursion – agricultural sabotage: Gaza – morning incursion, Israeli forces, including tanks accompanied by jet fighter air cover, invaded east al-Zaytoun farmland and bulldozed crops.
30 September:
Israeli Army attack – incursion – agricultural sabotage: Incursion: Israeli Army shoots its way onto Khan Yunis farmland and bulldozes crops.

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