GENEVA — A new report from the Euro-Mediterranean Monitor for Human Rights documents the killing of 71 Palestinians by Israeli forces or settlers during the month of October, along with 6,730 injured and 1,231 detained. In contrast, Euro-Med Monitor counted of 11 Israeli deaths and 250 injured.
“Most of the media coverage of the protests has focused on what is described as the ‘Palestinian stabbers,’ not on the much larger number of extrajudicial killings—what actually should be described as executions—conducted by Israelis in response, or on the outrageously high number of Palestinians detained in conjunction with political protests, typically without charge or trial,” says Ihsan Adel, Euro-Med Monitor legal adviser.
The Euro-Med Monitor report is the first to compile statistics on Israeli retaliation in response to the wave of Palestinian protests that broke out October 1, to oppose continuing Israeli control of East Jerusalem.
The 71 Palestinians killed to date during the protests include 15 children (under the age of 18), two women and 54 men. Of those, the Israeli government has refused to return 25 of the bodies. The largest number of victims lived in Hebron in the West Bank, followed by Gaza City.
Among the 6,730 injured, 46 are journalists, 96 are paramedics and 142 are other types of medical workers. The wounds were minor to moderate for 6,561 of the injured and 82 are serious.
These deaths and injuries were at the hands of Israeli military forces, as well as settlers. In fact, during October, Euro-Med Monitor documented 265 settler attacks on Palestinians or their property, and 316 raids by soldiers. In contrast, Palestinians attacked Israelis or their property 107 times.
In addition, Euro-Med Monitor documented 1,231 arrests, including 419 minors. The Al-Aqsa Mosque was stormed 22 times by Israeli troops, and 22 homes and public buildings were destroyed.
“This violence must not continue without boundaries and the enforcement of the rule of law,” says Adel. “The cycle of escalation is fueled by the Israeli track record of impunity.”
Euro-Med Monitor calls for the formation of an international commission of inquiry charged with an independent and transparent investigation into official government conduct during the protests. If justice is not perceived as possible, the organization says, the youthful rage fueling the protests cannot be contained.