Palestinian human rights groups: Israel maintains a systematic policy of intentionally maiming protestors and blocking them from receiving medical treatment and civil remedies.
22 August 2023
This week, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will hold its first periodic review of the State of Israel. The Committee will begin its review of Israel’s compliance with the CRPD on Wednesday 23 August (15:00 Geneva) and will continue on Thursday 24 August at 10:00. The Committee's sessions will be broadcast on the UN TV website here (on the 23rd) and here (on the 24th).
Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority rights in Israel, together with Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, based in occupied Gaza, and the UK-based Medical Aid for Palestinians, submitted a report to the Committee on Israel’s violations of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, with respect to Palestinians in Gaza.
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About The Report
The 18-page report focuses on Israel's unlawful conduct primarily in the context of the Great March of Return (GMR) demonstrations in the Gaza Strip. From March 2018 to March 2020, thousands of Palestinians participated in demonstrations at the separation fence between Gaza and Israel, and posed no genuine threat to military forces or civilians. The Israeli military killed 217 Palestinians at the protests, including nine individuals with disabilities, and wounded thousands more, disabling at least 178 protesters. The report covers four key issues:
The report provides a comprehensive account of Israeli forces' lethal attacks on peaceful protesters during the demonstrations, including against those with disabilities, amounting to gross violations of the right to life under the Convention and of international humanitarian law. These attacks may also amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity under the Rome Statute.
Based on statistics and case examples, the report concludes that Israeli forces engaged in a pattern of deliberate and systematic shooting-to-maim, as sharpshooters fired live ammunition at areas of the body where an injury, if not fatal, was certain to cause life-changing, permanent, and life-long disabilities, including amputations and severe trauma.
Finally, the report highlights that Israel has imposed a complete ban on civil remedies for Palestinian residents of Gaza, wholly shielding the State of Israel from their obligation to provide civil tort remedies to residents of Gaza, denying them access to any compensation for injuries, permanent disabilities, or other adverse effects caused by Israel's actions in Gaza. This policy was sanctioned by the Israeli Supreme Court in the case of Attiya Fathi al-Nabaheen, a 15-year-old Palestinian boy who was shot by the Israeli military while on his family’s property — resulting in an injury that left him quadriplegic. The report also includes an in-depth analysis of this case, prepared by Adalah and Al Mezan (July 2023): Israel's Self-Granted Immunity From Civil Liability for the Killing and Injuring of Palestinians in Gaza: The Case of Attiya Fathi al-Nabaheen
The organizations called on the Committee to:
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