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PCHR Calls Upon Gaza Authorities to Protect Freedom of Expression without Harassment

Ref: 131/2019 A recent fatwa issued by an Islamic preacher, from Khan Yunis, prohibiting a music band from Gaza, called Sol Band, has provoked widespread controversy among Palestinians. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) believes this fatwa creates an atmosphere of incitement against the band and its members, which may amount to a "hate speech." PCHR also stresses that freedom of opinion and expression is guaranteed under domestic and international laws, and Gaza authorities ought to protect it and ensure that citizens enjoy it without harassment. The Islamic preacher’s statement, shared on his Facebook page, smeared the band members as infidels...

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State of the Gaza Strip Border Crossings (01 – 31 October 2019)

During the reporting period, the Israeli authorities continued to impose closure on the Gaza Strip for the 13th consecutive year and placed tightened restrictions on movement of Gaza Strip residents the Gaza Strip. The Israeli authorities continued to control entry and exit for pedestrians from and into the Gaza Strip at the Beit Hanoun "Erez" Crossing, narrowly allowing some categories such as patients with serious diseases and their companions, Arabs holding Israeli ID cards, international journalists, workers of international humanitarian organizations, businesspeople, relatives of prisoners in the Israeli jails, and persons travelling via the King Hussein Bridge.   All of them...

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Efforts to Create Jewish Majority in occupied East Jerusalem: PCHR Condemns IOF Closure of Palestinian Official Institutions and Calls upon International Community to Intervene Immediately

Ref: 130/2019 On Wednesday, 20 November 2019, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) closed 3 Palestinian institutions in occupied Jerusalem, including Palestine Satellite Channel and 2 others affiliated with the Ministry of Education, as well as many others and confiscated some of their contents and arrested a number of civilians. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) deeply condemns these actions and calls upon the international community to pressure IOF to stop attacks on Palestinian institutions in occupied East Jerusalem and to provide protection for them, and to stop Israeli attempts to create a Jewish majority in the city. PCHR also demands the...

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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (14– 20 November 2019)

  Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory  14 – 20 November 2019     Israeli police shoots and kills Palestinian civilian in occupied East Jerusalem; IOF excessive use of force in the West Bank: 10 Palestinian civilians, including a girl and two children, shot and injured 3 Palestinians shot and injured by IOF near the Gaza border fence; 4 shooting incidents documents in eastern Gaza. Great March of Return (GMR) protests were cancelled last Friday. During 89 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 73 civilians arrested, including 5 children and 1 woman 6 houses demolished in the West Bank: 3 in Jerusalem,...

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Pompeo Comments on Israeli Settlements are in Contempt of International Law and Abort Peace Prospects

Ref: 129/2019 The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns in the strictest terms the remarks made by the United States’ State Secretary, Mike Pompeo, on Israeli settlements, claiming that they are not in contrast with international law. PCHR reiterates that settlements are a war crime under international law and United Nations resolutions and emphasizes that US statements cannot and do not change that fact. PCHR Director, Raji Sourani, commented on Pompeo’s remarks, saying: “The US is not the world’s moral authority on justice, it is a State that acts with impunity and in defiance to international law and should be the last...

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Palestinian, regional, and international groups submit report on Israeli apartheid to UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Date: 14 November 2019 In November 2019, eight Palestinian, regional, and international organisations, including Al-Haq, BADIL, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, Addameer, the Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem (CCPRJ), the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), and Habitat International Coalition – Housing and Land Rights Network (HIC-HLRN), submitted a comprehensive 60-page report to the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) ahead of Israel’s upcoming review in December 2019. The joint parallel report details Israel’s creation of an institutionalised regime of systematic domination and oppression over the...

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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (07– 13 November)

  Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory 07-13 November 2019   IOF Aggression against the Gaza Strip Intensified Airstrikes Caused Civilian Casualties: 73 airstrikes on several targets   33 Palestinians killed, including 14 civilians, among them three women and 8 children.   Senior senior leader of al-Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad’s military wing, and his wife extrajudicially executed.   Among the victims are 8 members of a single family (including 2 women and 5 children), 3 brothers (including 2 children), a father and his two sons (1 child).   46 Palestinians sustained wounds (including 16 children and 6 women)   7 houses destroyed, as well as several establishments and civilian property   Other Israeli...

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New Israeli war crime: 8 Members of the Same Family Killed in Dier Al-Balah, including 2 Women and 5 Children, 48 Hours of Israeli Aggression on the Gaza Strip: 33 Palestinians Killed, including 14 Civilians among them are 3 Women and 8 Children

Ref: 128/2019 In the latest Israeli war crimes, on Thursday, 14 November 2019, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) killed 8 members of one family, including 2 women and 5 children, and wounded 13 others, including 11 children, after bombing their houses in Dier al-Balah City in the central Gaza Strip. This attack occurred before the declaration of ceasefire and after two bloody days of military escalation. According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR),  at approximately 00:25, IOF warplanes launched 4 missiles at 2 tin-plate houses belonging to Rasmi Salem 'Ouda al-Sawarkah (45) and his brother Mohammed (40) in...

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