Friday, February 6, 2009

Gaza Scene - Palestinians killing Palestinians

Ever since day one of Israel's offensive into Gaza, reports have been issued about Hamas members killing Palestinians affiliated with Abu Mazen's Fatah. Now comes the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights with a report outlining the "human rights violations" perpetrated by Palestinians against Palestinians.
Among them-

  • killings of prisoners and detainees
  • other violations of the right to life and the right to personal security
  • imposition of house arrest

In its introduction, the report states,

Since the launch of the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) sic military offensive in the Gaza Strip on 27 December 2008, there has been a significant increase in human rights violations perpetrated by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. For the past five weeks, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) has collected testimonies from victims and eyewitnesses regarding dozens of human rights violations perpetrated across the Gaza Strip by armed members of the Palestinian Security Services (PSS) and unidentified gunmen. According to PCHR documentation, at least 32 Palestinians have been killed by members of the PSS and unidentified gunmen during this reporting period. In addition, dozens of other people sustained injuries after being shot or severely beaten by unidentified gunmen who in some cases claimed to be members of the PSS.

The report then goes on in great detail to list the violations, such as, gunmen killing at least 17 prisoners and detainees who fled Gaza Central Prison; nine other civilians were killed by identified and unidentified gunmen across the Gaza Strip; the abduction and killing of two other persons by masked gunmen who claimed to be members of the Internal Security Services; and, in a separate case, two civilians who had been accused of collaborating with the Israelis were abducted and killed by unidentified gunmen. Other civilians were also shot and injured after being abducted by gunmen across the Gaza Strip.

The Report concludes:

In view of all of the above, PCHR:
• Demands the Government in Gaza takes immediate and effective measurements within the law to end these violations of human rights, conducts serious investigations into all allegations of violations, bringing perpetrators to justice, whether they are members of the Palestinian Security Services or members of armed groups, and publishes all of its findings.
• Reiterates that many of the crimes and violations that have been perpetrated are a continuation of the state of security chaos and attacks on the rule of law plaguing the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) (sic)
• Calls for an immediate halt to all house arrests, as well as impositions of restrictions on the movements of civilians. The Centre reiterates all civilians have the right to freedom of movement.
• Expresses its dismay at the restrictions being imposed on civil society organizations in the Gaza Strip. These organizations conduct their activities according to the law, as well as to stated objectives. These organizations have certificates of registration, and licenses that have been issued by the Ministry of the Interior. The Centre states the necessity of these organisations being allowed to carry out their activities freely, especially in order to meet the demands currently imposed on them in the aftermath of the IOF (sic) offensive of the Gaza Strip.

And not a peep from the United Nations. "Why can't we all just get along?"

Read the PCHR Special Report, February 2009
Inter-Palestinian Human Rights Violations in the Gaza Strip

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