Israeli Human Rights Violations

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory


Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian civilians during clashes in Shu'fat refugee camp near Jerusalem

4 – 10 February 2010

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

· 7 Palestinian civilians, including two journalists and a child, were wounded by Israeli gunfire in the West Bank. · IOF launched aerial, naval and land attacks on Palestinian civilian targets in the Gaza Strip. · IOF conducted 22 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. · IOF carried out a wide-scale military operation in Shu'fat refugee camp near East Jerusalem. · IOF arrested 32 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children and a woman, as well as two international human rights defenders in the West Bank. · IOF detained 4 Palestinian fishermen from the Gaza Strip for several hours. · IOF stormed the office of the Stop the Wall Campaign in Ramallah. · IOF have continued to impose a total siege on the OPT and have isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world. · Israeli troops positioned at military checkpoints in the West Bank arrested 7 Palestinian civilians, including two children. · Israel has continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property. · IOF leveled areas of land in Beit Sahour town to construct an observation tower. · Israeli settlers seized 50 donums[1] of land in Salfit. · Israeli settlers seized a mountain near Nablus and established a new settlement outpost. · Israeli settlers uprooted 50 grape vines in Hebron.



Noam Chomsky: Howard Zinn
Historian Howard Zinn’s remarkable work, including his most famous book, A People’s History of the United States, is summarized best in his own words. His primary concern, he once explained, was “the countless small actions of unknown people” that lie at the roots of the great moments of history–a record that would be profoundly misleading, and seriously disempowering, if torn from such roots. Howard, who died Jan. 27 at 87, was devoted to the empowerment of these unknowns.
That was true from the days when, while teaching in the 1950s and ’60s at Atlanta’s historically black Spelman College, he participated in the early, dangerous days of the civil rights movement–and lost his job as a reward.
Wherever there was a struggle for peace and justice, Howard was on the front lines: inspiring in his integrity, engagement, eloquence and humor, in his dedication to nonviolence and in his sheer decency. He changed the conscience of a generation. It’s hard to imagine how many young people’s lives were touched by his work and his life. Both leave a permanent stamp on how history is understood and the conception of how a decent and honorable life should be lived.

Feb 14th, 2010
By Noam Chomsky, Time Magazine

Chomsky is a professor emeritus of linguistics at MIT

Posted by: Givestone | 02/14/2010

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