Amnesty In­ter­na­tional overview of Is­rael

The Herald on Sunday - - THE BIG READ -

JUNE marked 50 years since Is­rael’s oc­cu­pa­tion of the Pales­tinian Ter­ri­to­ries and the start of the 11th year of its il­le­gal block­ade of the Gaza Strip, sub­ject­ing ap­prox­i­mately two mil­lion in­hab­i­tants to col­lec­tive pun­ish­ment and a grow­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis.

The Is­raeli au­thor­i­ties in­ten­si­fied ex­pan­sion of set­tle­ments and re­lated in­fra­struc­ture across the West Bank, in­clud­ing East Jerusalem, and se­verely re­stricted the free­dom of move­ment of Pales­tini­ans.

Is­raeli forces un­law­fully killed Pales­tinian civil­ians, in­clud­ing chil­dren, and un­law­fully de­tained within Is­rael thou­sands of Pales­tini­ans from the Oc­cu­pied Pales­tinian Ter­ri­to­ries (OPT), hold­ing hun­dreds in ad­min­is­tra­tive de­ten­tion with­out charge or trial. Tor­ture and other ill-treat­ment of de­tainees, in­clud­ing chil­dren, re­mained per­va­sive and was com­mit­ted with im­punity.

Is­rael con­tin­ued to de­mol­ish Pales­tinian homes in the West Bank and in Pales­tinian vil­lages in­side Is­rael, forcibly evict­ing res­i­dents. Con­sci­en­tious ob­jec­tors to mil­i­tary ser­vice were im­pris­oned. Thou­sands of African asy­lum-seek­ers were threat­ened with de­por­ta­tion.

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