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On 6 November 2016, Imad Abou Rizk, a 44-year-old sergeant in the Palestinian General Intelligence, was summoned to the investigation office of the General Intelligence in Ramallah and subsequently arrested and severely tortured.
On 6 December 2016, the two Palestinian brothers Saeed and Nasr Al Abbasi witnessed about 100 Israeli soldiers destroying their family house in Silwan neighbourhood, East Jerusalem, leaving them and their families homeless. Only few days before, the Central Court of Jerusalem had issued a demolition order alleging that their house had been constructed without the due licence as it was built on “green open space”. This occurred three years after Saeed, a 36-year-old taxi driver, and his brother Nasr, aged 29, started to build their family house.
On 17 July 2016, the Israeli Central Criminal Court issued a verdict sentencing Muawiya Alqam, a 15-year-old from Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem, to six and a half years imprisonment and to pay a fine of 26,000 shekels (about 6,750$). Muawiya was violently arrested in 2015 and deprived of his basic fair trial rights, a discriminatory treatment applied to Palestinians only.
Although Alkarama’s mandate only covers Member States of the Arab League, we also document human rights violations committed by the Israeli authorities, due to the occupation of Palestine.
- Massive violations of human rights and international humanitarian law during Israel’s military operations in the Gaza Strip
- Arbitrary detention, particularly in the form of excessive use of administrative detention of Palestinian detainees, including numerous minors
- Use of torture and systematic violations of the freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly by the Palestinian Authority
- Excessive use of force against demonstrators in the occupied territories by the Israeli and Palestinian security forces