Israel Kills Journalists Amid International Apathy, says PLO

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RAMALLAH, August 26, 2014 (WAFA) –  “Israeli continuous deliberate attacks against media professionals is an evidence of Israel’s commitment of disgraceful war crimes in light of the International Community’s failure to protect our people and our journalists,” Tuesday said the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Negotiations Affairs Department in its ‘Gaza Under Fire’ report.

The report provided a statistical overview on 52 days of the Israeli aggression against Gaza over the period (July 6th – August 26th).

The report urged “the international community, the UN and all the Human Rights Organizations to take serious steps and practical measures to carry out their duties towards the protection of Journalists and their outlets.”

“Israeli disregard to the lives of Palestinians has resulted in the killing of hundreds. Instead of learning from previous experiences, some countries gave green light to Israeli forces to bombard and invade the Gaza Strip,” stressed the report.

“The international community has the legal and moral responsibility to protect the Palestinian population living under Israeli occupation and to hold Israel accountable regarding its severe violations of the international humanitarian law.”

“Lack of accountability will continue to fuel Israeli atrocities and crimes. Lack of international action will continue to increase the list of people killed, injured and displaced.”

Following is the full report:

GAZA UNDER FIRE

Israel’s Criminal Assault on the Occupied State of Palestine

OVERVIEW

Over the past 24-hours, Israeli occupation forces killed at least 14 Palestinians and injured more than 62 as Israeli attacks against residential areas continued. Israeli warplanes bombed and completely destroyed the Italian Complex Tower western Gaza City, a 13 story building which consists of 52 apartments. As a result of this attack, at least 25 people were injured, including women and children and 52 families have been displaced. During the past few weeks, it became a systematic policy for Israeli Forces to attack large building and tower blocs.

Palestinian journalist Abdullah Murtaja was the latest journalist to be killed by Israeli forces in Gaza since July 6. This killing came as Israel bombarded and completely destroyed the Al-Basha Tower in Gaza City, a 13 – story building which hosts several media offices. During the current Israeli aggression, Israel has killed 17 journalists and injured 28. Israeli occupation forces have also shelled at least 28 Media Headquarters and offices. This represents a systematic Israeli attack against journalists in Gaza.

‘Israeli continuous deliberate attacks against Media Professionals are evidence of Israel’s commitment of disgraceful war crimes in light of the International Community’s failure to protect our people and our journalists. The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate is demanding once again allowing the entry of investigators assigned by International Federation of Journalists to enter Gaza. We urge the international community, the UN and all the Human Rights Organizations to take serious steps and practical measures to carry out thier duties towards the protection of Journalists and their outlets.”

According to the report, 2,133Palestinians were killed, 11, 100 were injured. Meanwhile, 9,600 structures were demolished, while 7,600 structures were partially demolished. It reported that 40,000 homes were damaged, while 141 government schools and 136 UNRWA schools were also damaged.

Damaged Hospitals and Health Centers – 10 hospitals and 7 PHC clinics were damaged, 5 hospitals and 44 primary health clinics were closed, 16 ambulances were damaged, and 83 health personnel injured, 23 health personnel died after Israeli airstrikes, said the report.

Attacks against Religious Sites – 70 mosques cannot be used and 197 have been partially damaged. Ten Muslim cemeteries have been targeted. Two Churches and one Christian cemetery have been Partially Damaged. Two Churches and one Christian cemetery have been Partially Damaged.

Not less than 600,000 people are displaced (almost one third of the Gaza population) –1,700,000 people (the entire population of the Gaza Strip) have been affected by the destruction of electricity, water and waste water infrastructures.

Israeli disregard to the lives of Palestinians has resulted in the killing of hundreds. Instead of learning from previous experiences, some countries gave green light to Israeli forces to bombard and invade the Gaza Strip. The international community has the legal and moral responsibility to protect the Palestinian population living under Israeli occupation and to hold Israel accountable regarding its severe violations of the international humanitarian law. Lack of accountability will continue to fuel Israeli atrocities and crimes. Lack of international action will continue to increase the list of people killed, injured and displaced,” concluded the report.

Source: WAFA