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Reem Mazzawi

Reem Mazzawi

Reem Mazzawi is the Coordinator for Legal Advocacy at Badil.

Monday, 16 November 2009 17:05

The Gaza Strip: “Never Again!” – Again

On 29 September 2009, Judge Richard Goldstone submitted a report to the UN Human Rights Council in his capacity as the head of the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (“Goldstone Mission”).1 The 575 page report was the result of thorough and meticulous research and resulted in a flurry of activity and controversy that included deferring endorsement of the report, civil society mobilization protesting the deferral, and a special session of the Human Rights Council in which the the report and its recommendations were adopted.

Co-authored by Hazem Jamjoum

As the clock approached midnight on 22 July 2002, an Israeli plane dropped a one-tonne bomb on the al-Daraj neighborhood of Gaza City, one of the most densely-populated residential areas in the world. The military target was Salah Shehadeh, a Hamas military leader who was in his home with his family.

 Shehadeh and 14 civilians were killed, most of them children and infants, and 150 persons were injured. Many of the surrounding houses were destroyed, and those that were not, were severely damaged. This was not the first time that Israeli military units have committed such a crime, nor would it be the last. One of the Israeli shelling of Beit Hanoun on 8 November 2006 during the Autumn Clouds incursion resulted in the immediate death or mortal wounding of 19 civilians, the majority of whom were women and children. All but one of the victims were from the Athamna family. At least 50 others were wounded during the shelling.1

Today, Arab Jahalin is the largest group of Palestinian Bedouin in the West Bank, both in terms of the large area of land they inhabit and in terms of population, which numbers around 7,500. The forced displacement of Arab Jahalin began in the Naqab in 1948, and continued throughout the 1970s until the present day, and now threatens the very existence of the community.

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