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Palestine: Hamas executes three civilians tried in Gaza military courts

In response to the appalling news that three men convicted of collaborating with Israel were hanged today by the Hamas de facto administration in the Gaza Strip, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Magdalena Mughrabi said: “Today’s executions by the Hamas authorities in Gaza represent a bitter blow for human rights. The death penalty is a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.

Date:
6 April 2017
  • News
  • Palestine (State of)
  • Demonstrations

Evidence shows Palestinian security forces violently suppressed peaceful protest in Ramallah

Photographic evidence and witness testimony gathered by Amnesty International at the scene suggest that Palestinian security forces used excessive force to violently suppress a peaceful protest outside of the Ramallah District Court in the West Bank on 12 March 2017. Ten minutes after the protest against the prosecution of six Palestinian men, including slain activist Basil al-Araj, began outside the courthouse in al-Bireh area, Amnesty International researchers witnessed heavily armed security forces arriving, carrying batons and shields.

Date:
13 March 2017
  • Research
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Armed Conflict

Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories: Time to address impunity: Two years after the 2014 Gaza/Israel war

8 July 2016 marks the second anniversary of Israel’s 50-day military offensive in Gaza, codenamed Operation Protective Edge, which brought unprecedented death and destruction to the Gaza Strip in 2014. Both Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups committed war crimes and other serious violations of international law during the hostilities. Neither side has held anyone to account, nor conducted genuine, independent criminal investigations.

Date:
7 July 2016
Ref:
MDE 15/4199/2016
  • News
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Terrorism

Israel/OPT: Tel Aviv attack displays total disdain for human life

The deadly attack on civilians at a Tel Aviv shopping and restaurant complex last night displayed a stark contempt for human life, Amnesty International said. Two Palestinian gunmen opened fire at the Sarona market in Tel Aviv on Wednesday evening, killing four civilians and injuring others. Several of those wounded were still hospitalized on Thursday morning. Israeli forces apprehended the attackers, wounding one of them.

Date:
9 June 2016
  • Research
  • Palestine (State of)
  • Death Penalty

State of Palestine: Hamas must stop planned judicial executions in the Gaza Strip

The Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip must stop plans to carry out judicial executions and should immediately establish an official moratorium on executions, Amnesty International said today, amid fears of imminent executions following approval by the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) in Gaza and statements by several senior Hamas officials.

Date:
27 May 2016
Ref:
MDE 21/4142/2016
  • Research
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Israeli Government must cease intimidation of human rights defenders, protect them from attacks

The Israeli authorities must end their long-standing attacks on Palestinian human rights defenders (HRDs) and halt the climate of intimidation of HRDs in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), Amnesty International said today. Israeli authorities must take immediate steps to provide protection necessary for HRDs in Israel/OPT to carry out their work freely and without fear of attacks and harassment.

Date:
12 April 2016
Ref:
MDE 15/3824/2016
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Armed Conflict

Israeli forces in Occupied Palestinian Territories must end pattern of unlawful killings

Israeli forces have carried out a series of unlawful killings of Palestinians using intentional lethal force without justification, said Amnesty International today, based on the findings of an ongoing research trip to the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. The organization has documented in depth at least four incidents in which Palestinians were deliberately shot dead by Israeli forces when they posed no imminent threat to life, in what appear to have been extrajudicial executions.

Date:
27 October 2015
  • Research
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Unlawful Killings

Israel/OPT: No justification for deliberate attacks on civilians, unlawful killings by Israeli forces, or collective punishment of Palestinians

As a significant escalation in violence since 1 October 2015 in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) and in Israel continues, Amnesty International condemns all deliberate attacks on civilians, including Israeli civilians in the OPT, and calls on all sides to end such attacks. Amnesty International also condemns the widespread use of excessive force by Israeli forces against Palestinian demonstrators across the occupied West Bank, and their failure to protect Palestinians from a wave of settler attacks.

Date:
9 October 2015
Ref:
MDE 15/2633/2015
  • Research
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Joint Statement: Surge in Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes condemned by 31 international organizations

Thirty-one aid, faith, human rights, and development organizations are calling on world leaders to take urgent action to halt ongoing demolitions and hold the government of Israel accountable for the wanton destruction of Palestinian property and of projects funded by international aid in the occupied West Bank.

Date:
21 August 2015
Ref:
MDE 15/2309/2015
  • Research
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Armed Conflict

Executive summary of ‘Black Friday’ Carnage in Rafah during 2014 Israel/Gaza conflict

In this report, Amnesty International and Forensic Architecture, a research team based at Goldsmiths, University of London, provide a detailed reconstruction of the events in Rafah from 1 August until 4 August 2014, when a ceasefire came into effect. The report examines the Israeli army’s response to the capture of Lieutenant Hadar Goldin and its implementation of the Hannibal Directive – a controversial command designed to deal with captures of soldiers by unleashing massive firepower on persons, vehicles and buildings in the vicinity of the attack, despite the risk to civilians and the captured soldier(s).

Date:
29 July 2015
Ref:
MDE 15/2146/2015
  • News
  • Palestine (State of)
  • Armed Conflict

Gaza 'Black Friday': Cutting edge investigation points to Israeli war crimes in Rafah

Reconstruction of Israeli attacks in Rafah between 1 and 4 August 2014 Strong evidence of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity revealed requiring urgent investigation  Israeli forces killed at least 135 Palestinian civilians, including 75 children, following the capture of an Israeli soldier Hundreds of videos, photos and satellite images analysed by experts, cross-referenced with eyewitness testimony Advanced techniques used to analyse evidence, including studying shadows and smoke plumes in multiple videos to determine time and location of an attack  New evidence showing that Israeli forces carried out war crimes in retaliation for the capture of an Israeli soldier has been released today in a joint report by Amnesty International and Forensic Architecture.

Date:
29 July 2015
  • Research
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Armed Conflict

'Black Friday’ Carnage in Rafah during 2014 Israel/Gaza conflict

In this report, Amnesty International and Forensic Architecture, a research team based at Goldsmiths, University of London, provide a detailed reconstruction of the events in Rafah from 1 August until 4 August 2014, when a ceasefire came into effect. The report examines the Israeli army’s response to the capture of Lieutenant Hadar Goldin and its implementation of the Hannibal Directive – a controversial command designed to deal with captures of soldiers by unleashing massive firepower on persons, vehicles and buildings in the vicinity of the attack, despite the risk to civilians and the captured soldier(s).

Date:
29 July 2015
Ref:
MDE 15/2139/2015
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  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Armed Conflict

UN: Gaza conflict report a key step towards justice for victims on both sides

Victims of war crimes and other serious violations of international humanitarian law committed by both sides in the 2014 armed conflict in Gaza could be a step closer to justice, Amnesty International said upon today’s publication of the findings of the United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry into the war. “This report marks an important step towards accountability for all the victims and their families.

Date:
22 June 2015
  • News
  • Palestine (State of)
  • Armed Conflict

Gaza: Palestinians tortured, summarily killed by Hamas forces during 2014 conflict

Hamas forces carried out a brutal campaign of abductions, torture and unlawful killings against Palestinians accused of “collaborating” with Israel and others during Israel’s military offensive against Gaza in July and August 2014, according to a new report by Amnesty International. ‘Strangling Necks’: Abduction, torture and summary killings of Palestinians by Hamas forces during the 2014 Gaza/Israel conflict highlights a series of abuses, such as the extrajudicial execution of at least 23 Palestinians and the arrest and torture of dozens of others, including members and supporters of Hamas’s political rivals, Fatah.

Date:
27 May 2015