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Update of Israel Violations In Palestine


Subject: In Occupied Palestine April 6, 05

In Occupied Palestine

April 6, 2005

345 Israeli Violations of Sharm Al Sheikh

Israeli Mayhem Across West Bank

Defenceless Lady Beaten by Israeli Soldiers

Israel's X-ray Devices ‘a War Crime’

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Israeli Forces Wound 5 Palestinians and Take 4 Prisoner in West Bank

Israeli Occupation forces shot and wounded five Palestinians in the towns of Marda and Salfeet, and took prisoner four others across the West Bank, while a house in Beir Nabala was demolished and another occupied in Hebron.

An IPC correspondent said Israeli forces in the village of Deir Ballout, west of Salfeet, opened fire on demonstrators who were protesting against work being carried out by armoured Israeli bulldozers on Israel’s annexation Wall in the village. Israeli soldiers were hidden among the olive groves on both sides of the road leading to the village and they ambushed and detained everyone’s vehicles. Local sources said that a change in the Wall's route would lead to the annexation of even more land belonging to the village.

A fifth person from the town of Marda has been shot and wounded by Israeli soldiers, who fired at people protesting against the theft of their lands for Israel’s Wall. Local sources reported that Samer Abdullah was shot in the leg and taken to hospital.

The Israelis took three people prisoner and their whereabouts are unknown. Kamal Yousef, Marda's mayor, said also that Israeli troops had fired indiscriminately on protesting farmers as the Israeli Army bulldozed their land and olive groves.

Elsewhere, Israeli forces demolished a two-storey house in the town of Beir Nabala, northwest of Jerusalem, and destroyed a number of cattle stalls. Eyewitnesses told the WAFA news agency that bulldozers guarded by the Israeli military knocked down the house of the Al Kaabneh family in the town after cordoning the area off.

In Hebron, an IPC correspondent said Israeli troops forcibly seized and occupied a four-storey house in the old town of Hebron City and turned it into a military post, raising the Israeli flag on the roof.

Israeli forces also attacked a peaceful anti-Wall demonstration in the village of Bal'een, west of Ramallah. Abdullah Abu Rahmeh, the co-ordinator of the popular committee to resist the Wall, told the WAFA news agency that Israeli soldiers not only physically assaulted the demonstrators with rifle butts but also shot and fired tear-gas gas canisters at them. Five of the protesters had to be taken to hospital after inhaling tear gas.

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Zionism in practice

Israel’s Daily Toll on Palestinian Life, Limb, Liberty and Property

[Source of statistics: Palestinian Monitoring Group]

Annexation : 1

Jerusalem – Israel’s annexation Wall claimed another 0.9 hectares of land, this time in the area of Ash Shayyah, with Israel issuing military annexation order # C/73/05.

Annexation Wall Building : 23 sites

Attacks: 18

Closures: 17

Destruction of property: 2

Bethlehem – in addition to bulldozing Palestinian land for its annexation Wall, between Ein Al Himya and Ein Al Juweiza in the village of Al Walaja, the Israeli Army uprooted over 1000 olive trees.

Hebron – the Israeli Army destroyed and removed all the Palestinian market stalls along Ash Shallaleh Street in the old city of Hebron.

Detentions: 12

Home Demolitions: 1

Jerusalem – the Israeli Army demolished a house in the area of Ras Abu Sityan in the town of Al ‘Eizariya.

Tulkarem – the Israeli Army ordered the demolition of ten houses in the village of Far’un, which are to be taken for Israel’s annexation Wall.

Home invasions and occupation: numerous

Ramallah & El Bireh – just before 1am the Israeli Army raided the village of Budrus and invaded the homes of villagers.

At 1am the Israeli Army, with 30 jeeps, raided the town of Ramallah, and invaded a home in the neighbourhood of Um Ash Sharayet, detaining the residents and taking two people prisoner. The raid continued until 3am.

Tulkarem – the Israeli Army occupied a house on the outskirts of the town of Illar for military purposes.

Hebron – the Israeli Army occupied a house in the neighbourhood of Nimrah and used it for military purposes after imprisoning the residents in one of the rooms.

The Israeli Army raided the town of Beit Kahil and invaded one of the houses.

Injuries: 1

Physical assaults: 3

Jerusalem – the Israeli Army shot and wounded Palestinian man, Saleem Yousef Fannoun, while pursuing him near the village of Beit Safafa.

The Israeli Army used a jeep to run down Palestinian man, Bassam Yousef Shuroukh, leaving him with injuries and contusions.

Hebron – Israeli troops verbally abused a Palestinian lady, Itaf Abdul Jabbar, took away her identity papers and then fearlessly beat her up.

Prisoners taken: 6

Rafah – Israeli Occupation forces positioned along the Egyptian border, near the refugee camp, took prisoner a 14-year-old mentally handicapped refugee.

Raids: 25

Jenin – at 11am on Tuesday, the Israeli Army, supported by helicopters, raided the city of Jenin and set up a checkpoint at its northern entrance. The raid continued overnight with the Israeli Army still in the eastern neighbourhood of the city as at 8am Wednesday.

School disruption: 1

Qalqilya – the Israeli Army continues to isolate the village of Azzun Atma through its annexation Wall gate. People are being searched with metal detectors, making teachers and students late for school.

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The Israeli Army continues to impose an almost total closure of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, preventing people from crossing the Green Line. On top of this, Israel continues to impose severe restrictions on movement throughout Occupied Palestinian territory. Yasser Arafat International Airport remains closed.

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Zionism in principle

"The past leaders of our movement left us a clear message to keep Eretz Israel from the Sea to the River Jordan for future generations, for the mass aliya [immigration], and for the Jewish people, all of whom will be gathered into this country."

Yitzhak Shamir - former Israeli Prime Minister

(Speaking at a Tel Aviv memorial service for former Likud leaders)

November 1990, Jerusalem Domestic Radio Service.

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345 Israeli Violations of Sharm Al Sheikh in 8 Weeks

A report prepared by the Palestinian State Information Service (SIS) asserted that Israeli forces continued violating the cease-fire agreed upon during the Sharm Al Sheikh summit last February. The report revealed that Israeli forces have committed 345 violations, including 60 shooting incidents that resulted in the injury of 48 Palestinians.

Israeli violations included shooting at people, bombardment of residential areas, incursions, the setting up of roadblocks and military checkpoints and the annexation of Palestinian land.

There were:

85 Israeli incursions

43 prisoners taken

57 new roadblocks and military checkpoints

86 closures of roads, border crossings and Wall gates

17.07 hectares of Palestinian land annexed to Israel

7 acts of aggression by Israeli settlers

The report included accounts of dozens of home invasions, detention of people at checkpoints, denial of foreign travel and continued construction of Israel’s annexation Wall.

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Israeli X-ray Devices in Rafah Border Terminal ‘a War Crime’

Specialists and participants at a workshop in Gaza came to the conclusion that the X-ray screening machine used by Israeli occupation forces at the Rafah border terminal constitutes a serious danger to the health of the Palestinian people and that it amounts to a war crime. The workshop, organised by the Women’s Medical and Information Center in Gaza, made clear that use of the screening device breaches humanitarian conventions.

Dr Jomaa Al Saqqa, the Director of Public Relations at Al Shifa Hospital, said that the person to be screened is put into a small room with the feet placed on a special area of the floor. X-ray images are twice made, which inflicts a high dose of radiation on the subject. Dr. Al Saqqa pointed out that this is a serious issue and the Minister of Civil Affairs, Mohammed Dahlan, is taking a personal interest in it, noting that those who are screened by the machine suffer nausea and severe headaches.

Anwar Atallah, a physicist specialising in radiological protection, explained that use of industrial strength ionizing rays on human beings posed grave dangers to health. A radiology expert at Al Shifa Hospital, Dr. Fatema Al Hendi, also spoke about the risks of radiation on pregnant women. There were risks of fetal mutations and deformation. She added that radiation is particularly dangerous during the first three months of pregnancy. There were dangers also to both sperm and ovaries.

Dr. Anwar Diab, a radiation specialist, said that the X-ray machines used in hospitals produce high-energy radiation that penetrates, then leaves the body. The radiation produced by the X-ray machine used by the Israelis is in the form of very concentrated low energy that tends to remain inside the body. This can have a variety of undesirable side effects. The doctor also noted that the Israeli machine violates human dignity as well as health as it reveals the person naked.

Jamil Sarhan, a lawyer from the Al Mizan Centre for Human Rights, said that should the radiation from the machine be proven harmful to health, the Israeli Government will be liable to extremely grave charges. He pointed out that international laws state that the Occupying Power must provide the Occupied population with proper health care and treatment. The machine would constitute a serious breach of this law and it would be considered a war crime.

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