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Conviction of Israeli soldier must pave the way for justice for unlawful killings

The conviction of an Israeli soldier who shot dead a Palestinian man involved in a knife attack in Hebron as he lay wounded on the ground offers a small glimmer of hope amid the rampant impunity for unlawful killings in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, said Amnesty International today. The soldier, Elor Azaria, was found guilty of the manslaughter of Abed al-Fatah al-Sharif, one of two Palestinians believed to have been involved in the stabbing of an Israeli soldier on 24 March 2016 in Hebron, after a military court ruled unanimously that his actions violated the Israeli army’s rules of engagement.

Date:
4 January 2017
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

UN Security Council: Historic resolution calls on Israel to cease settlements

Following the United Nations Security Council’s adoption of a resolution calling on Israel to cease all settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), Sherine Tadros, Head of Amnesty International’s UN Office in New York, said: “At the close of a shameful year for the Security Council, where divisions repeatedly blocked the adoption of key resolutions to protect the most vulnerable, today’s decision to finally pass a resolution condemning illegal Israeli settlements is a welcome step.

Date:
23 December 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Israel/OPT: Further Information: Defender’s administrative detention extended: Hasan Ghassan Ghaleb Safadi

On 7 December the Israeli authorities renewed the administrative detention of Palestinian human rights defender Hasan Ghassan Ghaleb Safadi for an additional six months. He has already been held without charge or trial for more than six months.

Date:
19 December 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 15/5385/2016
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Israel/OPT: Further information: Human rights defender's trial postponed: Anas Barghouti

A hearing on 6 December should have been the last opportunity for the Israeli military prosecution to produce the witnesses in the case against Palestinian lawyer – and former prisoner of conscience – Anas Barghouti. The hearing was again adjourned until 24 January despite the prosecution failing to bring the witnesses to court.

Date:
14 December 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 15/5329/2016
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Israel/OPT: Two Palestinian human rights defenders on trial: Farid al-Atrash and Issa Amro

Palestinian human rights defenders Farid al-Atrash and Issa Amro face charges in an Israeli military court relating to their rights to freedom of expression and assembly. Both face time in prison if found guilty. At a hearing on 23 November their lawyer asked for a number of the charges to be dropped and the hearing was adjourned until 21 December.

Date:
9 December 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 15/5294/2016
  • Campaigns
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Unlawful Detention

Israel/OPT: Further Information: Circus performer held in administrative detention: Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha

The High Court of Israel accepted to review the case of Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha but, in a 5 December hearing, his lawyer decided to withdraw the petition after the judges indicated that they believed there was enough “evidence” in a secret file to justify his detention. His current period of administrative detention will end on 12 December.

Date:
7 December 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 15/5283/2016
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Israel/OPT: Further Information: End harassment of Palestinian human rights lawyer: Anas Barghouti

Israeli authorities have their final chance to take forward the prosecution of Palestinian human rights defender Anas Barghouti at a hearing on 6 December. Arrested and bailed three years ago, he has had to attend a court hearing every three months since then, only for the case to be postponed each time. He is facing a maximum of 18 months in prison.

Date:
29 November 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 15/5182/2016
  • News
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Israel/OPT: Drop baseless charges against Palestinian human rights defender

Israeli authorities must drop all charges against Palestinian human rights defender Issa Amro, who is facing prison time for his internationally recognized peaceful activism against Israel’s illegal settlements in the city of Hebron, Amnesty International said today. Issa Amro’s trial is due to begin on 23 November at Ofer Military Court in the occupied West Bank. “The deluge of charges against Issa Amro does not stand up to any scrutiny.

Date:
22 November 2016
  • News
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Armed Conflict

Israel/OPT: Pattern of unlawful killings reveals shocking disregard for human life

Nearly a year on from a bloody spike in violence in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) Israeli forces continue to display an appalling disregard for human life by using reckless and unlawful lethal force against Palestinians, Amnesty International said today. In a memorandum sent to the Israeli authorities on 14 September, the organization has detailed 20 cases of apparently unlawful killings of Palestinians by Israeli forces seeking clarification about the status of investigations.

Date:
28 September 2016
  • Research
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Unlawful Killings

Lethal force and accountability for unlawful killings by Israeli forces in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

This memorandum sets out some of Amnesty International’s concerns about the use of lethal force by the Israeli army, Border Police, Israel Police and private security guards over the period from 22 September 2015 until 6 September 2016. It provides details of 20 cases of evidently unlawful killings of Palestinians, including 15 possible extrajudicial executions, carried out by Israeli forces, and seeks clarification about the investigations carried out by the Israeli authorities into these killings and the policies governing the use of lethal force by Israeli forces.

Date:
28 September 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 15/4812/2016
  • News
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Justice Systems

Israel/OPT: ‘Secret trial’ of Gaza aid worker will not deliver justice

The Israeli authorities must ensure that the trial of a detained humanitarian worker employed by the charity World Vision is fair and open, said Amnesty International on the eve of his trial, amid reports that the proceedings are due to take place in secret. Mohammed al-Halabi, the manager of Gaza operations for the child-focused global development NGO, is facing 12 charges including being a member of a “terrorist organization” and siphoning off the charity’s funds for “terrorism” purposes.

Date:
29 August 2016
  • Research
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Detention

Palestinian detained without charge on day of release from 14 year prison sentence

The Israeli authorities must charge or release Bilal Kayed, who they placed under administrative detention on the day he was due to be released after serving a 14 and a half year sentence in prison, Amnesty International said today. Kayed went on hunger strike on 15 June 2016 in protest at his detention without charge or trial, and since then has taken only water and some minerals; he is now in poor health.

Date:
12 August 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 15/4655/2016
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  • Armed Conflict

Israel/OPT: Two years on still no justice for war crimes victims

“I cannot understand how a crime that took place in view of cameras, where the whole world saw how boys playing on the beach were massacred mercilessly, can pass like that without any criminals held to account. ” Sobhi Bakr, relative of four boys killed in an Israeli air strike on 16 July 2014. Tomorrow, 8 July 2016, marks the second anniversary of the start of a 50-day Israeli military offensive which brought unprecedented death and destruction to the Gaza Strip.

Date:
7 July 2016