Disengagement: Gaza 'D-Day'

PCHR Documents

Aerial Attacks against Palestinian Activists and Civilian Property and a Total Siege Imposed on the Gaza Strip (26 September 2005)

2 Palestinians Killed, 24 Injured and a Number of Civilian Facilities Destroyed in 9 Israeli Aerial Attacks on the Gaza Strip  (25 September 2005)

More Than 650 Palestinian Prisoners from the Gaza Strip Are Still Detained in Israeli Jails  (21 September 2005)

“Jewish Synagogues” in Gaza Strip Settlements (20 September 2005)

Seven Days Following Their Redeployment from the Gaza Strip, IOF Plan to Create a Buffer Zone in the North (19 September 2005)

Live from the Field - No.24 (14 September 2005)

Live from the Field - No.22 (12 September 2005)

IOF continue to control Palestinian Suffering at Rafah International Crossing Point (11 September 2005)

Live from the Field - No.21 (11 September 2005)

Live from the Field - No.20 (08 September 2005)

Students Still Deprived of Right to Education (08 September 2005)

Live from the Field - No.19 (07 September 2005)

Suffering Continues for Residents of Al-Sayafa Sea;ed Enclave (06 September 2005)

Live from the Field - No.18 (06 September 2005)

Live from the Field - No.17 (05 September 2005)

Live from the Field - No.16 (04 September 2005)

Live from the Field - No.15 "The Al ‘Aadi Family Continue to Suffer" (01 September 2005)

Live from the Field - No.14 (31 August 2005)

Live from the Field - No.13 (30 August 2005)

Live from the Field - No.12 (29 August 2005)

Live from the Field - No.11 (28 August 2005)

Live from the Field - No.10 (25 August 2005)

Live from the Field - No.9 (24 August 2005)

Live from the Field - No.8 (23 August 2005)

Live from the Field - No.7 (22 August 2005)

No Tears Shed for Netzarim (22 August 2005)

Live from the Field - No.6 (21 August 2005)

Live from the Field - No.5 (18 August 2005)

Live from the Field - No.4 (17 August 2005)

Live from the Field - No.3 (16 August 2005)

Live from the Field - No.2 (15 August 2005)

Live from the Field - No.1 (27 June 2005)

PCHR documents on the Gaza 'disengagement' plan:

PCHR Fact-sheet No. 1: Occupation will Continue in its Legal and Physical Form (June 2005) (pdf)

PCHR Fact-sheet No.2: The Real Purpose of Disengagement (June 2005) (pdf)

PCHR Fact-sheet No.3: Institutionalising the Intifada: Civilian Life in the Gaza Strip (June 2005) (pdf)

PCHR’s  Joint Intervention with al Haq and FIDH to the 2005 UN Commission on Human Rights on the right to self-determination (March 2005)

Sharon’s Gaza Redeployment Plan: An end to Human Rights not an End to Occupation (October 2004) (pdf)

 

Overview

Since it’s occupation of the Gaza Strip and West Bank in 1967 Israel has implemented a policy of moving its citizens into Palestinian territory in order to take military and political control of strategic areas across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.  The “settlers”, as they have become known, constitute a movement of people which is in clear breach of international law (most recently affirmed by the International Court of Justice in their Advisory Opinion on the Legal Consequences of the Wall, July 2004).  That means that settlers are war criminals, and should be prosecuted, as they are illegally residing in Palestinian territory.

The Oslo Accords committed to the establishment of a Palestinian state by 4 May 1999.  Years after this commitment was reneged on the Israeli government is now discussing the removal of Israeli settlers from the Gaza Strip - an item that has dominated the peace process since December 2003, at the expense of long term solutions, and allowed Israel to continue to create "facts of the ground" in the West Bank.

The occupation will continue even if the 'disengagement' plan is implemented and international humanitarian law (IHL) will continue to be applicable to the Gaza Strip.  To date, Israel has refused to live up to its obligations as an Occupying Power in the Gaza Strip and West Bank and after 'disengagement' Palestinians will continue to be denied protection afforded to them under IHL.   

The proposed 'disengagement' plan will result in approximately 9,500 settlers (illegally residing in Palestinian territory) being removed from 27 settlements and the redeployment of the Israeli military to the borders of the Gaza Strip.

The Gaza disengagement plan will also allow the Israeli military and political establishment to take further control of the West Bank through the construction of the Annexation Wall. 

PCHR has produced a number of documents, including three new fact sheets, which provide outlines of international law and the humanitarian consequences of disengagement.

PCHR's 'disengagement' strategy

To deal with the implementation of the 'disengagement' plan PCHR has established a disengagement incident room whose purpose will be to:

  • explain the effects of the 'disengagement' process on the daily lives of Palestinian civilians.

  • provide information to members of the public and the press who require immediate statistics, factual information, legal information.

  • analyse the long term economic, social and cultural effects of disengagement on the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Members of the public and the media can contact PCHR’s during office hours (0800-1600 Sunday- Thursday) 00-972-(0)8-2824776/5893, via e-mail at pchr@pchrgaza.org and, in case of more urgent requests for information, 00-972-(0)599-389 537 outside of office hours.