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JOINT PRESS RELEASE: No Crime Happened Here

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17 July 2017

Last week, we launched a series of data visualizations highlighting war crimes committed during the 2014 attack on Gaza and Israeli impunity for these violations of international law. Today, we continue our coverage with a new set of visuals.

On July 16, 2014, the Israeli military killed four children from Gaza’s Bakr family[1] while they were playing soccer on the beach. This incident is just one example of the Israeli military’s egregious violations throughout the war: 556 Palestinian children were killed during the Israeli bombardment, 30,838 children were made homeless due to Israel’s targeting of civilian infrastructure, and 66 schools were damaged or destroyed. Three years on, children in Gaza continue to suffer from widespread mental health difficulties as a result of the bombings, killings and extensive destruction.

No Crime Happened Here is a series of visuals that aims to highlight not only the indiscriminate tactics employed by Israel and their effect on civilians and civilian infrastructure, but also the impunity granted to Israel for its violations of international law.




These visuals form part of a series produced by Visualizing Palestine, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, and Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights to mark the third anniversary of the 2014 attack on Gaza. All data is sourced from research conducted by Al Mezan on the ground in Gaza during and in the aftermath of the attack, and re-verified in the year following the attack.

Adalah continues to track complaints that it filed with Al Mezan to the Israeli Military Advocate General (MAG) and the Attorney General regarding 28 incidents of suspected war crimes during the 2014 war. Al Mezan is following another 107 complaints that were submitted to the MAG. Three years on, zero indictments have been submitted by the Israeli authorities in any of these cases, including the Bakr boys incident noted above.

Many of the photos used in this series were taken by Eman Mohammed, a prolific female photojournalist based in Gaza.

View and download the full series on the VP Website

Throughout the week we will share each visual from the series on social media. 

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[1] Press Release: Israeli military closes investigation into killing of four children on Gaza beach