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PCHR Condemns Israeli Authorities Discriminatory Treatment of Palestinian Workers Suspected with Coronavirus

Ref: 25/2020  The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights strongly condemns the Israeli occupation authorities’ discriminatory and unethical treatment towards Palestinian workers in Israel, by dumping workers suspected with coronavirus symptoms in the West Bank at checkpoints and seam points within the Annexation Wall that separates Israel and the West Bank  without providing them with proper medical help or checkup and without coordination with the concerned Palestinian authorities in order to allow the latter to attend to them as per the medical protocol put in place by the Palestinian Authority (PA) to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the West Bank. According to...

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Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (19 – 25 March 2020)

Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory 19 – 25 March 2020 IOF raids into oPt continue in stark disregard for cautionary measures to combat Coronavirus, which has spread in Israel   Palestinian killed and 4 others wounded, including 2 children, in Ramallah and Qalqilya   2 shootings reported against agricultural lands and 2 at Palestinian fishing boats in eastern and western Gaza Strip   During 59 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem: 52 civilians arrested, including 6 children.   Order to halt construction at a solar-power plant; a house in the Northern Valley, and a wall destroyed in...

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State of the Gaza Strip Border Crossings (01 – 29 February 2020)

  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 Israeli authorities continued to control entry and exit for pedestrians from and into the Gaza Strip at the Beit Hanoun "Erez" Crossing, with exceptions to limited categories under severe restrictions. The Israeli authorities continued to impose restrictions on the entry of goods classified as "dual-use items",[1] which enhanced the deterioration of economic, health and educational situation in addition to the infrastructure.  Furthermore, Israeli authorities continued to ban the Gaza...

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ASP President, O-Gon Kwon, reaffirms unwavering support for the ICC

In relation to recent statements regarding the International Criminal Court (ICC), I would like to reiterate that the Court and its staff have the strong support of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute. I reaffirm our full confidence in the Court as an independent and impartial judicial institution and reiterate our strong commitment to uphold and defend the principles and values enshrined in the Rome Statute and to preserve its integrity undeterred by any threats against the Court. I express our deep concern over threats against Court officials, staff and their families. The ICC embodies our collective commitment...

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PCHR Calls upon Palestinian Government to Find Mechanisms to Protect and Support the Poor and Low-Income Families in light of the State of Emergency in the Gaza Strip 

Ref: 24/2020  The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) follows up the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip in light of the state of emergency enforced to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).  PCHR warns of catastrophic deterioration in the living conditions of the Gaza Strip population if the state of emergency is maintained for a lengthy period.  PCHR hereby calls upon the Palestinian Government to hold its legal responsibilities and find mechanisms to protect the poor, unemployed and day laborers and to support low-income households, who lost their incomes due to the state of emergency. Even before the state of emergency,...

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Call for Intervention before It is too Late: PCHR Warns that Gaza’s Healthcare System Would Collapse in case of Coronavirus Outbreak

Ref: 22/2020  The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) follows up with concern the healthcare situation in the Gaza Strip and seriously warns of a catastrophic deterioration that would strike the health care sector in the case of a Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  PCHR is concerned over the healthcare system’s inability to respond to the needs of patients if an outbreak occurs. According to PCHR’s follow-up, the healthcare facilities in Gaza are already on the verge of collapse due to the Israeli- imposed closure on the Gaza Strip for the last 13 years, exacerbated by the repercussions of the Palestinian internal division and...

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2 Citizens, including a Woman, Shot Dead in the Gaza Strip

  Field Update   During the past three days, 2 Palestinians, including a woman, were killed in the northern Gaza Strip in incidents of mishandled weapons. On Monday morning, 23 March 2020, a woman, from the Amer Housing Project, southwest of Jabalia, was killed in unknown circumstances.  Meanwhile, last Friday, 20 March 2020, a Palestinian man was killed inside his house in Beit Lahia due to mishandling of weapons. Those incidents fall under misuse of weapons and attack on the rule of law in the occupied Palestinian territory.   According to PCHR’s follow-up, on Monday morning, 23 March 2020, the body of (R. N.) (25),...

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PCHR Condemns Police Assault on Businessman, Jawdat al-Khudari, in Gaza City & Stresses State of Emergency Does Not Permit Authorizes to Assault Civilians and their Properties

Ref: 23/2020 Businessman, Jawdat Naji Al-Khudari, was assaulted by police officers accompanying the Governor of Northern Gaza, on grounds of his objection to the latter's violation of the agreement between al-Khudari and the Ministry of Interior in Gaza City regarding the allocation of a part of al-Mathaf Hotel, property of al-Khudari located in northern Gaza, for quarantine. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns this attack and asserts that the state of emergency does not allow authorities to attack the safety and property of civilians and they must abide by the law. According to al-Khudari's statement to PCHR: "On 21 March...

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Palestinian Civilian Shot Dead and Another Wounded by IOF in Ramallah

  Ref: 21/2020 In new crime of excessive use of lethal force, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded another on Sunday, 22 March 2020, as IOF opened fire at their vehicle by the entrance to Ni'lin village, west of Ramallah. According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 22:00 on Sunday, IOF stationed at the entrance to Ni'lin village, west of Ramallah, fired live bullets at a Palestinian vehicle carrying 2 civilians while coming from Ramallah. As a result, the driver was killed while the passenger was wounded. The wounded civilian managed to...

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Dear All, In light of the exceptional circumstances brought by the threat of Coronavirus and for the sake of public safety and interest, PCHR would like to inform you that all of its offices will be closed and activities suspended

Dear All, In light of the exceptional circumstances brought by the threat of Coronavirus and for the sake of public safety and interest, PCHR would like to inform you that all of its offices will be closed and activities suspended starting on Monday, 23 March 2020, and until further notice. Meanwhile, PCHR staff will be readily available to work remotely with available means.     If you require any immediate or urgent assistance, you can contact:   Secretaries:   Reem al-Souri on 0599770874 (Gaza) (HQ) Nahid Al najjar  on 0599764537 (Jabalia) Fatima Nasser on 0599883650 (Khanyounis)   Lawyers:   Mohammed Bseiso on 0599730445 (Gaza) (HQ) Mohammed Alami on 0597400067 (Gaza) (HQ) Ibrahim Sourani on 0599526636...

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