- Oct 17, 2003AL BRAZIL IS BEING INVADED NOW
Thursday 16th October, 2003
Mohammed and Laura in Rafah (International Solidarity Movement)
The situation in Rafah has intensified further still. At midnight,
area of Rafah was invaded by the Israeli army. This time it was the
refugee camp, again situated along the border with Egypt. It is a
of the previous raids on Yibnah and Block J, and the ongoing
operation in Hay
The army has advanced at least 400 metres deep into the area, with 65
well as a number of bulldozers and APC's. Two Apache helicopters
deployed. One Palestinian man has been reported killed. Four people
injured. The local hospital was already desperately overstretched.
Now it will
have reached crisis point.
Further details are not yet known. It is extremely difficult to know
happening inside the area due to the severity of the lock-down. No-
one can even
approach, due to the threat from Israeli snipers. The streets
occupied area are deserted.
Israeli tanks are reported to be assembling on the border near an
Tel Zorob. This is the on the opposite side of Rafah to where the
currently operating in Hay Salaam and Al Brazil. Local residents are
this area will be invaded next. Fear is also mounting among the
the Salah-El-Deen area of Rafah. This is also situated on the
border. It is
also not inconceivable that the IOF will return to the Yibnah refugee
scene of last weekend's devastation.
Last night Rafah's main transformer, located in Al Brazil by the
Nursery School, was shot at and damaged. The entire city has been
a power blackout since 2 a.m. this morning.
The international media is not reporting the plight of Rafah's
population. International governments are not condemning Israel's
Support from the UN Relief and Works Agency is limited. This is an
Urgent action must be taken immediately. Please friends, pick up the
call your representatives! Demand that your country take a stand
happening here! Someone stop the Israeli war machine.....
The repeated practice by the Israeli army of deliberate and wanton
of homes and civilian property is a grave violation of international
rights and humanitarian law, notably of Articles 33 and 53 of the
Convention, and constitutes a war crime," said Amnesty International.
Israeli Occupying Forces Continue to Perpetrate Violations of Human
Weekly Report : On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied
Territories by Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
http://www.pchrgaza.org ( 09
- 15 October 2003 )
10 Palestinians, including 3 children, killed by Israeli
Israeli forces conducted a series of incursions into
in the West Bank and Gaza Strip
Israeli forces moved into Rafah refugee camp, killed 8
destroyed 170 houses
Israeli forces moved into Qalqilya and Tulkarm and imposed a
Continued arbitrary arrests and detentions
More areas of agricultural land were razed in the Gaza Strip
Indiscriminate shelling of Palestinian residential areas
A house in Nablus was destroyed by Israeli forces as part of
continued campaign of retaliation against the families of
of involvement in attacks against Israeli targets
Israeli forces ordered the transfer of 18 Palestinians from
Bank to the Gaza Strip
Continued siege on the OPTs
Continued construction of the "separation wall"
This week, Israeli occupying forces have escalated violations of
against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
including extra-judicial and willful killings, indiscriminate
residential areas, incursions into Palestinian areas, house
leveling, unlawful transfers, and arbitrary arrests and detentions.
also imposed a comprehensive siege on the OPT.
This week, 10 Palestinians, including 3 children, were killed by
On Friday morning, 10 October 2003 , Israeli occupying forces
conducted a large
scale incursion into the Rafah refugee camp, adjacent to the Egyptian
the southern Gaza Strip. Under cover of intense shelling and gunfire
and helicopters, Israeli forces invaded the area which is one of the
densely populated in the Gaza Strip. During this incursion, which
two days, 8 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including 3 children,
and 56 others were wounded, including 20 seriously. Israeli occupying
destroyed 170 Palestinian houses, a number of civilian facilities and
infrastructure in the area. More than 2000 Palestinians, mostly
women, have been rendered homeless.
This number is added to hundreds of families whose homes were
destroyed in the
same area by Israeli occupying forces in previous incursions.
Two days after they had withdrawn from Rafah refugee camp, Israeli
forces moved into al-Brazil and al-Salam neighborhoods in Rafah,
adjacent to the
Egyptian border. At time of writing, one Palestinian has been
killed and 10
others, including 6 children, have been wounded by Israeli
forces also arrested 3 Palestinians, demolished a number of houses
areas of agricultural land.
They have also damaged the infrastructure in the two neighborhoods.
In the West Bank , Israeli occupying forces moved into Qalqilya and
They also moved into Nablus and arrested a number of Palestinians.
forces have continued to impose a curfew on Jenin and its refugee
camp for the
11 th consecutive day (see PCHR's press release issued on 11 October
Qalqilya for the 5 th consecutive day, on parts of Hebron for the 4 th
consecutive day and on Tulkarm and its refugee camp for the 2 nd day.
On 15 October 2003, in an apparent willful killing, Israeli soldiers
shot dead a
Palestinian civilian in Tulkarm. They claimed that he did not obey
stop. Israeli soldiers did not offer him any medical assistance and
access for an ambulance for about an hour, during which time he
Further confirming Israel as "a state above law," the United States
veto on Wednesday, 15 October 2003, to oppose a UN Security Council
that calls upon Israel to stop construction of the "separation wall."
The United States was the only state that rejected the resolution.
states; Bulgaria , Cameron , Germany and the United Kingdom ;
The resolution stated that the construction of a fence inside the
illegal and violates international law. The resolution further
called for the
immediate cessation of construction. The resolution further stated
UN Security Council rejects the settlement activities in the OPTs and
confiscation of land that may affect sources of income." PCHR is
that this the US veto serves to encourage Israel to perpetrate further
violations of international human rights and humanitarian law,
crimes, in the OPTs.
In addition to restrictions imposed by Israeli occupying forces
Palestinian civilians as a result of the construction of
the "separation wall"
in the West Bank, Israeli occupying forces have maintained a total
siege on the
Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem.
Israeli occupying forces imposed a total internal and external
closure on the
Gaza Strip from early morning on Sunday, 5 October 2003 .
All main internal roads were closed, segregating the Gaza Strip into
In the West Bank , Israeli occupying forces have declared some areas
This week, there were a series of attacks on medical personnel and
the Israeli occupying forces and restrictions on movement of
In violation of the prohibition on collective punishment, Israeli
continued to take retaliatory measures against the families of
allege were involved in attacks against Israeli targets.
In this context, they destroyed a Palestinian house in Nablus.
On Tuesday, 14 October 2003 , Major General Moshe Kaplinsky, GOC of
Command of the Israeli Occupying Forces, issued a military order
Palestinians, who were being held in administrative detentio n, from
Bank to the Gaza Strip. On Wednesday morning, 14 October 2003 ,
Occupying Forces transported a further three Palestinian detainees to
military compound under a similar procedure. All 18 are currently
Erez pending an appeal against the transfer order.
The full report is available online at:
Israel Sequesters Palestinian Farmland West Of Wall
Kicks farmers out of their orchards, claiming land is "Israel"
Wednesday, 15 October 2003, 9:04 am
Press Release: International Solidarity Movement (via Scoop.co.nz)
[Occupied West Bank] Contrary to what the Israeli establishment has
the government of Ariel Sharon has made another big land grab. A new
issued by the military commander of the West Bank announced to
they are no longer allowed to be on their land west of the separation
order, which was distributed in Hebrew and illegible Arabic last
that the land west of the wall is a closed military area and that
those eligible to be Israelis under the Law of Return (i.e.
Jew in the world) or those issued special permits would be allowed to
be on the
land. (See below for English translation of order)
The military order announcing the new restrictions, signed by Major
Moshe Kaplinski, the commander of IDF forces in "Judea and Samaria",
October 2, 2003, declares that lands west of the barrier are closed
zones and farmers who want access need to apply for a "long-term
permit. Palestinians also found at least two accompanying orders,
Brigadier General Ilan Paz, the head of the civil administration, and
October 7, 2003. These orders detail how Palestinians are supposed to
applying for the appropriate permits to be on their land west of the
Of course, nothing in the order guarantees that permits will be
granted to these
Palestinian landowners, nor even respecated if granted.
The idea of applying for a permit to be on one's own land is rejected
Palestinians who have been on these lands for generations. In
addition to the
thousands of dunams of farmland, water wells, and greenhouses that
isolated from their owners, thousands of Palestinians reside in 15
fall between the wall and the Green Line. According to this new
Palestinians are "illegally" residing in their homes now.
In building the Separation Wall, the Israeli government has insisted
that it is
not confiscating more Palestinian land and has argued against the
impact of this wall on Palestinians by claiming that farmers with
on the other side (west of the wall) will have access points -
they can pass through into their farmlands. Since the concrete walls
built and the fences erected, a small number of gates have been built
barricade and a prison-like system of access to orchards for farmers
Due to the random open/close schedule of the gates, however, and the
faced by farmers attempting to pass daily, dozens of farmers in
[Qalqilya region] had taken to camping out on their land to ensure
could tend to their fields, while other farmers faced up to the abuse
attempted, sometimes successfully, sometimes not, to reach their
video footage of events at the gate in Jayyous on October 8, please
www.palsolidarity.org). For the farmers that have been camping out on
land, ISM volunteers have been helping with the delivery of food to
the village, passing bread, water and some home-cooked meals through
wire to the farmers on the other side.
On Friday October 3 the gate was not opened at all for the farmers of
and Palestinians throughout the West Bank. The gates have remained
On Monday, October 13, 2003, in Jayyous, over 30 of the farmers who
on their land were rounded up, their IDs confiscated and told that
they could no
longer be on the land, because the land was "now Israel". A 17-year-
Nael Zaher Nofel, who was riding his bike near Jayyous' west gate was
by Israeli soldiers yesterday and has yet to be released.
As opposed to Israeli government claims that the wall is a security
this military order is seen by Palestinians as another political
move, part of a
political initiative - the Seperation Wall, in Israel's overall
to remove them from the area, taking their land. According to Israeli
land that is neglected for 3 years or more can be siezed for state
it almost impossible for Palestinians to be on their land ensures
neglect and thus "legalized" confiscation of the land by the Israeli
Soldiers enforcing this new order have already called it for what it
is - "this
land is now Israel" an Israeli soldier screamed at a Palestinian
Jayyous as he forced him off his land yesterday.
US vetoes resolution on Israeli fence
By Masood Haider
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 15: The United States on Tuesday vetoed a UN
Security Council resolution condemning the security barrier Israel
is building across the Palestinian territory in the West Bank.
After the US killed the resolution with its lone negative vote for
the second time in two months blocking a measure criticising
Israel, Palestinians promised to seek a UN General Assembly vote
on a resolution condemning Israel for building the massive
security fence cutting across their territory.....
--------------West Bank wall illegal: Pakistan
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 15: Pakistan on Tuesday urged the Security
Council to declare the separation wall constructed by Israel
as "illegal, since it is an unlawful annexation of the occupied
"It entails enormous humanitarian suffering for the affected
Palestinian people. And, it seriously undermines the prospects for a
just and lasting solution of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute."
Addressing the UN Security Council, Pakistan's permanent
representative to the UN said: "The government of Israel must by
asked to cease and reverse its construction."
Ambassador Munir Akram said: "We have returned to this Chamber,
again, to discuss one grave aspect of the disturbing situation in the
He said that a fundamental principle of international law, flowing
from the UN's Charter was the illegality of the acquisition of
territory "by the use of force."
Resolutions 242, 338 and all subsequent international agreements on
the Middle East were based on the principle and require Israel's
withdrawal from Arab occupied territories.
The separation wall, being built in the occupied territory, he
said, "incorporates substantial areas of occupied West bank into
Israel and (it) does not follow the so-called Green Line. There is a
contention that the wall is a temporary measure ... (enhancing
measures against terrorism) ... This is not a tenable argument."
"There would have been no terrorism had there been no foreign
occupation. The objective, we fear, is indeed to pre-empt the
solution of the Middle East conflict on the basis of the principle of
land for peace," Mr Akram said. -APP
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