Never Again....should any people suffer collective punishment simply for existing.
On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert admitted that he intended to commit war crimes in Gaza, telling his cabinet that he wanted “no one to be able to sleep tonight in Gaza”. Olmert thus officially acknowledged Israel’s policy of collectively punishing 1.4 million Palestinians, a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Escalate Attacks on Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), and Isolate the Gaza Strip from the Outside World
29 June - 5 July 2006
~9 Palestinians were killed by IOF.
~6 of the victims were killed by the IOF shelling in the Gaza Strip.
~Two of the victims were extra-judicially executed by IOF in the West Bank.
~91 Palestinians, including 18 children, were wounded by the IOF gunfire.
~IOF warplanes launched a series of air strikes and mock air raids on the Gaza Strip; offices of the Palestinian Prime Minister and the Minister of Interior and a number of civilian facilities were destroyed or damaged.
~IOF conducted 81 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and reoccupied areas in the Gaza Strip.
~102 Palestinian civilians, including 7 ministers, 24 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, 6 children and two girls, were arrested by IOF.
~5 houses and hundreds of donums of agricultural land were destroyed by IOF in the Gaza Strip.
~6 houses in the northern Gaza Strip were transformed by IOF into military sites.
~35 charitable societies in the West Bank were raided and a number of them were closed by IOF.
~The electricity network in Rafah was destroyed, and the town has been living in darkness.
~IOF have continued to impose a total siege on the OPT; IOF have imposed a tightened siege on the Gaza Strip; dozens of patients are stuck at Rafah International Crossing Point on the Egyptian border; and IOF positioned at various checkpoints in the West Bank arrested 3 Palestinian civilians.
~IOF have continued to construct the Annexation Wall in the West Bank; IOF started to establish a fence around “Kermi Tsur” settlement, north of Hebron; and IOF confiscated at least 25 donums of agricultural land in Beit Oula village, west of Hebron.