Annual Report: Israel 2010

May 28, 2010

Annual Report: Israel 2010

  • In June, the State Attorney's Office withdrew an indictment against Ze'ev Braude, a resident of Kiryat Arba settlement in Hebron, even though he had been filmed shooting and seriously wounding two Palestinians, Hosni Matriya and his 67-year-old father Abed al-Hai, on 4 December 2008.

Prisoners of conscience – Israeli conscientious objectors

At least six Israeli conscientious objectors were imprisoned during 2009 for refusing to serve in the Israeli army because they opposed the military occupation of the Palestinian Territories or the actions of the army in Gaza. There was increasing harassment of Israeli NGOs supporting conscientious objectors.

  • On 29 October, Or Ben David was given her first prison sentence of 20 days after she refused to serve in the army. She was back in prison at the end of the year after receiving two further sentences.

Amnesty International visits/reports

Amnesty International delegates visited Israel and the OPT in January, February, June, July, October and November.

Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories: The conflict in Gaza: A briefing on applicable law, investigations and accountability (19 January 2009)
Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories: Fuelling conflict – foreign arms supplies to Israel/Gaza (23 February 2009)
Israel/Gaza: Operation "Cast Lead": 22 days of death and destruction (2 July 2009)
Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories: Urgent steps needed to address UN Committee against Torture's concerns (15 May 2009)
Troubled waters: Palestinians denied fair access to water (27 October 2009)