Reports and Studies
2 December 2019
The policy of house demolitions has been used by the Israeli government since 1948 to seize lands, prevent the natural development of Palestinian communities, displace Palestinians, and transfer the people of Jerusalem further afield in the occupied territory. The use of this policy has been pervasive throughout the occupied Palestinian territory and is considered a form of collective punishment, as it is implemented with no legitimate legal justification to support the practice and entails severe penalties and harm to the civilian population. The practice of home demolitions serves to intimidate the protected population and hinder their ability to access or call for their fundamental rights, from the right to an adequate standard of living to the right to self-determination. Home demolition is a main tool in Israel’s separation and fragmentation policy that aims to maintain repression of, and domination over, the Palestinian people. In the Gaza Strip, the practice of home demolitions has taken various forms, including the razing of homes and other structures completely in the “buffer zone” and the mass bombing of homes during hostilities.
On the International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian Journalists: in the absence of justice and accountability, Israel continues to target journalists with impunity
Israel resumed the deliberate use of excessive and lethal force against Palestinian protesters in Gaza, killing one and injuring eight
Israel increases collective punishment measures by suspending goods exports from Gaza for the third consecutive day
Al Mezan condemns Israel's latest racist measure against Palestinian prisoners
Adalah, Al Mezan and ACRI Petition Israeli Supreme Court Against the Law that Denies Administrative Release to 'Security Prisoners'