|Documents & Data|
|Secret Israeli database reveals full extent of illegal settlement ||Uri Blau - Haaretz - "The painstakingly amassed data was labeled political dynamite.
The defense establishment, led by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, steadfastly refused to publicize the figures, arguing, for one thing, that publication could endanger state security or harm Israel`s foreign relations...In more than 30 settlements, extensive construction of buildings and infrastructure (even police stations) has been carried out on private lands belonging to Palestinian West Bank residents... The official data also demonstrate government responsibility".
|Summary of Construction in the West Bank 2008||Peace Now - link to full text (pdf file) - "At least 1257 new structures were built in settlements, a 60% rise [with respect to 2007]... During the war in Gaza the settlers took advantage of the fact that all public attention was on the south to expand construction... Tenders were issued to build 1184 new housing units in East Jerusalem, compared to 793 in 2007.. 747 of them were issued in Dec. 2007, right after Annapolis conference... Construction plans for 2730 housing units in East Jerusalem received final approval, compared to 391 housing units approved during 2007.
|Israeli army used flechettes against Gaza civilians||Amnesty International - Flechettes are 4cm long metal darts that are sharply pointed at the front, with four fins at the rear. Between 5,000 and 8,000 are packed into 120mm shells which are generally fired from tanks. The shells explode in the air and scatter the flechettes in a conical pattern over an area about 300m wide and 100m long.
|Gaza prisoners held in harsh and humiliating conditions ||Israeli human rights organizations - Electronic Intifada - The evidence described in the letter provides a shocking portrayal of the harsh, inhuman and degrading conditions in which Palestinian prisoners were held during the initial days of their incarceration. The reports indicate, among other things, that many detainees -- minors as well as adults -- were held for many hours -- sometimes for days -- in pits dug in the ground, exposed to bitter cold and harsh weather, handcuffed and blindfolded. These pits lacked basic sanitary facilities which would have allowed the detainees appropriate toilet facilities, while food and shelter, when provided, were limited, and the detainees went hungry. ||29/1/2009|
|European Union Failing its Obligations to Protect Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory||PCHR - Press Release - Despite the overwhelming number of Palestinian civilians killed by the IOF during its offensive in the Gaza Strip, the 27 EU member states abstained from a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution on 12 January, 2009, which condemned the IOF military offensive in the Gaza Strip because of IOF “massive violations of the human rights of the Palestinian people.” ||28/1/2009|
|New joint blog of 11 Israeli human rights groups||Harm to civilians during the fighting in Gaza and southern Israel: http://www.gazaeng.blogspot.com||3/1/2009|
|Audio Slideshow Testimony : `Phosphorus shells` hit Gaza UN school||John Ging, head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), describes the moments and aftermath of an Israeli strike on a UN school, designated as a shelter, in Beit Lahiya
|Non military targets of Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip||IMEU||11/1/2009|
|Situation Report from the Humanitarian Coordinator (the most recent of the daily reports)||UN-OCHA - Gaza is now divided into two sections with internal movement within the Strip extremely dangerous. It is increasingly difficult for humanitarian staff to distribute aid or reach casualties. More than a million Gazans still have no electricity or water, and thousands of people have fled their homes for safe shelter. In addition to the destruction of essential infrastructure including electricity, water and waste water, communications and roads, hospitals are unable to provide adequate intensive care to the high number of casualties.
|Open letter to the Security Council|| " Amnesty International urges the UN, preferably the Security Council, to establish, without delay, a comprehensive independent international inquiry into all allegations of violations of international humanitarian and human rights law by Israel, Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups participating in the conflict. An international fact-finding team of qualified experts should carry out its investigations on the basis of the highest international standards.
|Field Update on Gaza ||U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator - ochaopt.org - Civilians, notably children who form 56 percent of Gaza’s population, are bearing the brunt of the violence. As one of the most densely populated places in the world, more civilians risk being killed or injured if the conflict continues. The parties to conflict must respect the norms of International Humanitarian Law, in particular the principles of distinction and proportionality.
| Impacts of the siege on the Gaza Strip||IMEU||11/1/2009|
|Gaza Situation Report from the Humanitarian Coordinator, January 6 as of 6:00 pm. ||OCHA - The Israeli military operation entered its eleventh day, with the civilian population of Gaza continuing to bear the brunt of the violence. Israeli air, sea and ground forces continue to surround Gazan populated areas. The Gaza and North Gaza governorates remain isolated from the rest of the Strip. Internal movement within the Strip is extremely difficult because of ongoing hostilities and the destruction of essential infrastructure. The humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip continues to deteriorate.||8/1/2009|
|Population statistics in Palestine under the Ottoman and British rules|| ||24/1/2009|
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