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While the Occupation is business as usual for Israel, there should be no business with Israel

In Occupied Palestine

Zionism in practice

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

48 hours to 8am 25 January 2012

Main source of statistics: Palestinian Monitoring Group (PMG)

Gaza death: man dies from wounds sustained during 2002 Israeli incursion

Israeli air strikes on farms in 2 Gaza districts

Israel shells farms in Northern Gaza

Israeli incursion: crops bulldozed in Beit Lahiya

Israeli Army positions open fire on Gaza protesters

1:30am: Israeli soldiers abduct 2 teenagers

Israeli troops vandalise schoolteacher's home and make off with personal property

Israeli Army raid: villagers injured – boy (15) abducted

Night raid: Israeli Army destroys 5 Palestinian homes

Israeli Army issues 11 house demolition orders

Occupation settlers, supported by troops, invade West Bank village

Night peace disruption and/or home invasions in 3 refugee camps and 19 towns and villages

2 air strikes – 3 attacks – 22 raids including home invasions – 1 dead – 4 injured

4 acts of economic sabotage – 10 taken prisoner – 12 detained – 103 restrictions of movement

January 24 & 25

Home invasions & occupations: 23:20, Nablus - 21:50, Qalqilya - 22:00, Beit Ummar.

20:35-21:30, Mikhmas - 02:00, the Jenin refugee camp - 09:00, Tulkarem - 23:10, Asira Al-Qibliya - 10:55, Al Oja – Arura.

Peace disruption raids: 00:45, Anata - 20:05-21:20, Deir Abu Mash’al - 01:25, Ramallah - 01:25, Al-Bireh - 01:25, the Al-Ama'ri refugee camp - 02:00, Arura - 11:00, Al-Yamun - 01:00-06:20, Jab‘a - 15:30, Tubas - 19:40, Ein Al-Bayda - 12:30, Zeita - 23:40, Saffarin - 12:15, Azzun - 01:30, Kafr Qaddum - 09:25, Al-Bathan - 01:00, Qarawat Bani Hassan - 09:45, Al-Oja - 17:20, Deir Al-Asal Al-Fouqa - 02:30, Beit Ola -11:30, Al-Manazil - 21:00, Abu Dis - dawn, Yamun - 18:30, Ya’bad - 20:10, Zabuba - 12:00, Al-Aqaba - 17:05, Tubas - 01:30, the Al-Far’a refugee camp - 10:15, Tulkarem - 11:20, Deir Al-Ghusoun - 23:05, Beit Lid - 23:05, Saffarin - 15:15, Ras Atiya village - 15:15, Azzun Atma - 00:10, Al-Aqrabaniya - 08:00, Qarawat Bani Hassan - 10:15, Kifl Hares - 13:50, Kafr Al-Dik - 15:45, Biddya - 01:10, Bethlehem - 01:10, the Al-Duheisha refugee camp - 11:20, Ithna - 11:40, Hebron.

January 24

Palestinian attacks: none

Death: Hamid Ahmad Sahloul, 42, from the western refugee camp in Khan Yunis, died of wounds sustained in an Israeli incursion in 2002. Sahloul was hit by shrapnel from a missile fired by the Israeli Army, during an Israeli incursion shelling that led to several deaths and injuries. The victim was married and supported a family of ten.

Air strike – agricultural sabotage: Northern Gaza – 01:00, Israeli jets carried out missile strikes on farms in Beit Lahiya.

Air strike – agricultural sabotage: Khan Yunis – 01:15, Israeli fighter planes made several missile strikes on local farms.

Israeli attack – incursion – agricultural sabotage: Northern Gaza – morning, Israeli forces, escorting bulldozers, raided Beit Lahiya and bulldozed crops.

Israeli attack: Northern Gaza – 08:30, the Israeli Army shelled Beit Hanun.

Israeli attack – incursion – agricultural sabotage: Northern Gaza – 12:05, Israeli artillery shelled farms in Beit Lahiya.

Home invasion – tear-gas casualty – Israeli Army and settler incursion: Nablus – 23:20, the Israeli Army, accompanied by Occupation settlers, raided the city and tear-gassed residents, one of whom, Ahmad Jamal, was overcome by fumes, and invaded a home. A resident was taken prisoner.

Raid: Jerusalem – 00:45, the Israeli Army raided Anata and demolished four farm buildings and a home under construction.

Raid: Jenin – 01:00-06:20, Israeli forces raided Jab‘a for over five hours, invaded a house and took a person prisoner.

Raid: Tulkarem – 12:30, the Israeli Army raided Zeita and 'tested' several wells.

Raid: Jericho – 09:45, the Israeli Army raided Al-Oja and demolished nine shops under construction.

House demolition orders: Hebron – Israeli forces distributed two house demolition orders in Bani Nai’m.

Land theft: Jericho – Occupation forces levelled Israeli Army-annexed land, placing barbed wire around the area for the purpose of expanding the Al-Hamra checkpoint.

Occupation road casualty: Salfit – 19:00, Fayez Khafash was admitted to hospital after being run over by an Israeli settler vehicle.

Abductions: Hebron – 01:30, Israeli soldiers abducted two Palestinian teenagers: Moath Al-Najjar (15) and Jaber Al-Najjar (17).

January 25

Palestinian attacks: none

Israeli attack: Northern Gaza – several people were overcome by tear gas when Israeli Army positions behind the Green Line opened fire on residents and international peace activists demonstrating against Israeli agricultural sabotage.

Home invasion – vandalism – theft: Ramallah – Israeli forces took prisoner a schoolteacher, Narmin Saleh, during a home invasion in Arura, during which Israeli soldiers vandalised her home and stole a computer and a cellular telephone.

House demolitions: Jerusalem – 00:45, Israeli forces demolished five homes and assaulted a resident who attempted to prevent Israeli bulldozers from demolishing a home.

House demolition order: Hebron – Israeli troops served a house demolition order on a home in Bani Na’im.

Raid – injuries – tear-gas casualty – abduction: Jenin – 18:30, the Israeli Army raided Ya’bad, injuring three residents, including two minors who were overcome by tear gas, and abducted a 15-year-old boy: Amar Abu Bakir.

Raid – injuries – house demolition orders: Tubas – 12:00, the Israeli Army raided Al-Aqaba village and left eight home demolition orders.

Raid: Tulkarem – 11:20, the Israeli Army raided Deir Al-Ghusoun and 'tested' wells.

Raid – house demolition order: Salfit – 13:50, the Israeli Army raided Kafr Al-Dik and left a house demolition order.

Raid – house demolition order: Hebron – 11:20, Israeli troops raided Ithna and left two house demolition orders.

Occupation settler violence – pastoral sabotage: Tubas – 13:10, a mob from the Mikhola settlement abducted an Ein Al-Bayda villager, Mahmoud Arisha, as he tended his sheep nearby.

Occupation settler violence – Israeli Army complicity: Hebron – 11:30, an Israeli mob, supported by Israeli troops, raided Al-Manazil village and threatened villagers.

Recent news updates:

Palestinian parliament speaker sentenced to six months administrative detention.,7340,L-4180370,00.html

Several residents injured in Gaza air strikes.

Cell 36: Palestinian children locked in solitary confinement in Israel – video.

Activists call on Shakespeare's Globe Theatre to cancel performance. Responding to Palestinian civil society's call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, the Israeli group Boycott from Within has issued an open letter to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, asking it to cancel the May 2012 performance by Israel's Habima Theatre.

Global Military Index ranks Israel most militarised nation in world. The Bonn International Center for Conversion maintains the Global Military Index, which lists the nations of the world according to the level of militarisation of their societies. Coming in first again in 2012 is Israel.

US government pledges $3.8 billion in loan guarantees to Israel. In a meeting on Monday between US State Department and Israeli officials, the US promised to extend loan guarantees to Israel for the next three years. The $3.8 billion in loan backing is in addition to the $3 billion a year in US Government aid already being handed out. OECD member Israel is the only country receiving US foreign aid and loans that is not considered to be a ‘developing’ nation. The Zionist state has an annual GDP of $235 billion ($29,800 per capita). In contrast, the next biggest recipient of US aid, Egypt, with a GDP per capita of $6200 receives less than half that amount.

California professor under attack for opposing 'study in Israel' scheme. A mathematics professor at the California State University at Northridge is the target of an attack campaign by various pro-Israel lobby groups and individuals because he maintains a website that supports the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement, and is an outspoken critic of Israeli policies. Recently, Dr. David Klein has come under fire for organising opposition to the 23-campus-wide California State University (CSU) system’s resumption of a study programme in Israel.
Demolitions and Forced Displacement in the Occupied West Bank | January 2012. Almost 1100 Palestinians, over half of them children, were displaced due to home demolitions by Israeli forces in 2011, over 80% more than in 2010. The forced displacement of Palestinian families and the destruction of their homes and other property by Israeli forces in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, have a serious humanitarian impact. Israel, as the Occupying power in the West Bank, has the obligation to protect Palestinian civilians and to administer the territory for their benefit. International law prohibits the forced displacement or transfer of civilians, as well as the destruction of private property, unless absolutely necessary for military operations.




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Almost 1100 Palestinians, over half children, were displaced due to home demolitions by Israeli forces in 2011, over 80% more than in 2010.

4200 additional people were affected by the demolition of structures related to their livelihoods.

Israeli forces destroyed 622 structures owned by Palestinians, a 42% increase compared to 2010. This included 222 homes, 170 animal shelters, two classrooms and two mosques (one twice).

The number of rainwater cisterns and pools destroyed in 2011 (46), was more than double last year (21), with tens of other related structures vulnerable to future demolition.

Most demolitions (90%) and displacement (92%) occurred in already vulnerable farming and herding communities in Area C; thousands of others remain at-risk of displacement due to outstanding demolition orders.

In East Jerusalem, there was a significant decrease compared to previous years, with 42 structures demolished*. However, at least 93,100 residents, who live in structures built without a permit, remain at risk of displacement.

Over 60% of the Palestinian-owned structures demolished in 2011 were located in areas allocated to settlements.

70% of Area C is off-limits for Palestinian construction, allocated instead for Israeli settlements or the Israeli military; an additional 29% is heavily restricted.

Only 13% of East Jerusalem is zoned for Palestinian construction – much of which is already built up, compared with 35%, which has been expropriated and zoned for the use of Israeli settlements.

Ten out of 13 communities visited by OCHA in Area C reported that families are being displaced because Israeli policies make it difficult for them to meet basic needs. The inability to build was one of the main triggers for this displacement.

  1. The forced displacement of Palestinian families and the destruction of civilian homes and other property by Israeli forces in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, have a serious humanitarian impact. Demolitions deprive people of their homes, often their main source of physical and economic security. They also disrupt their livelihoods, reducing their standard of living and undermining their access to basic services, such as water and sanitation, education and health care.

  2. The impact on families’ psychosocial well-being can be devastating. Women often feel a loss of control over domestic matters and a heightened sense of insecurity while men experience increased stress and anxiety. For many children, the demolition, along with the disruption to education and increased tension in the home, results in depression, anxiety and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

  3. According to Israeli authorities, demolitions are carried out because structures lack the required building permits. In reality, it is almost impossible for Palestinians to obtain permits. The zoning and planning regime enforced by Israel in Area C and East Jerusalem restricts Palestinian growth and development, while providing preferential treatment for unlawful Israeli settlements. This treatment includes the approval of master plans and the provision of essential infrastructure, participation in the planning process, and the allocation of land and water resources.

  4. In Area C, a combination of Israeli policies and practices, including restrictive zoning and planning, settlement expansion, settler violence, and restrictions on movement and access, have resulted in fragmentation of land and shrinking space for Palestinians, undermining their presence. Israeli authorities have also indicated that they intend to transfer several Palestinian communities out of stra­tegic parts of Area C, raising further humanitarian and legal concerns.

  5. Israel, as the occupying power in the West Bank, has the obligation to protect Palestinian civilians and to administer the territory for their benefit. International law prohibits the forced displacement or transfer of civilians as well as the de­struction of private property, unless absolutely nec­essary for military operations. Demolitions of homes and other civilian structures should end immediately and Palestinians should have access to fair and effec­tive zoning and planning for their communities.


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Palestine Human Rights Campaign Aotearoa/New Zealand (PHRC)


We believe that a just peace in Palestine/Israel depends upon the return of Palestinian refugees to their homeland and the dismantling of the Zionist structure of the state of Israel, recognising that the further partitioning of Palestine in order to create the so-called two-state solution would lead only to further injustice and suffering.

We advocate the primacy of international law, the acceptance of which by the Israeli regime must be the basis for the ending of Israeli military occupation and all forms of ethnic discrimination.

We work to raise awareness of the international community's responsibility for upholding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the urgent need for the state of Israel to be called to account for its gross abuses of Palestinian human rights.

We call for the establishment of a unitary, secular and democratic state in Palestine/Israel, with full and equal citizenship rights for Palestinians, Israeli Jews and all other ethnic communities.

The Palestine Human Rights Campaign Aotearoa/New Zealand (PHRC) works to raise public awareness of the Palestinian people's struggle to resist Israeli military occupation and Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip. PHRC seeks to bring pressure on the New Zealand Government to join the majority of the international community in requiring Israel to: 

  • observe all relevant UN Resolutions and Geneva conventions

  • cease ethnic discrimination and territorial annexation

  • abandon its militarism and violence