Category: International Law

Collective punishment: Israel closes off Gaza’s waters to Palestinian fishing

In a move widely recognized as illegal under international law, Israel has forbidden all fishing in the waters off Gaza. Israel’s blame-the-victim rationale for the ban is to punish Palestinian protest against Israel’s now 14-year-old, illegal blockade of the enclave. Palestinian resistance groups launched several dozen small, homemade projectiles toward Israel in recent days – projectiles that rarely cause injury. In the 1990s, the Oslo Accords set the Gazan fishing zone at 20 miles, but Israel has unilaterally moved the boundary again and again as a form of collective punishment that impoverishes and starves the Palestinian population.

Israeli industrial zones exploit Palestinian workers, steal Palestinian land

Palestinians working in settlement industrial zones often feel they have no other choice, with the Palestinian economy and labour market shackled by Israel’s military occupation.

Working conditions are terrible, compensation is unfair, but some workers are fighting back.

Israeli interrogator sexually assaults Palestinian child detainee

In a world where the oppressor always has the upper hand, this 15-year-old Palestinian boy had the courage to tell the story of his torture and rape while in Israeli custody. The practice is well-documented, but Israel has so far escaped accountability.