I have stood in front of tearful Palestinian women as they nursed the bruises of their children who had been attacked by soldiers or settlers. I have listened to their sobs and wails as bulldozers plowed into their houses while Israeli soldiers laughed and cheered. I have seen men picking up little bits of people stuck to asphalt, walls, and trees. I have seen Israeli soldiers beckon settlers to come and spit on terrified young men at a checkpoint. Folks like Ariel Sharon should experience the pain and terror they have inflicted on their victims for decades. – Kathleen Kern, Christian Peacemaker Teams


December 22, 2005.  A reported proposal by Israeli government officials to cut the Gaza Strip’s electricity supply would constitute unlawful collective punishment, and have disastrous consequences for an already impoverished population. Two-thirds of Gaza’s population lives below the poverty line. – Human Rights Watch

December 21, 2005.   A Palestinian boy was injured when Israeli troops fired plastic bullets at demonstrators during a raid near the city of Nablus. Tensions have been high since Monday, when Israeli settlers cut down 150 olive trees belonging to Palestinian farmers in a nearby village. – BBC

December 13, 2005.  Israeli soldiers shot and killed a bystander in clashes that broke out during a raid in the West Bank city of Nablus. At least 16 Palestinians were wounded. Soldiers shot three stonethrowers, critically wounding two, in the southern part of the city. – Ha’aretz

December 13, 2005.  A Palestinian farmer on his way to his fields was killed by an Israeli tank shell in Gaza. The Israeli army said soldiers had fired to prevent Palestinians from approaching a boundary fence. – ABC News

December 12, 2005.  Two Palestinian teenagers who threw stones at an Israeli army patrol in Askar refugee camp near Nablus were wounded after troops opened fire on them. Medical sources said one of the 16-year-olds was in a serious condition after being hit in the stomach. – Gulf Daily News

December 7, 2005.  Mahmud el-Arqan, 29, died when two missiles fired from an Israeli aircraft struck his car in the Gaza town of Rafah. Ten people were wounded, among them three children struck by shrapnel from the vehicle as it rounded a bend on a road crowded with pedestrians. – ABC

December 3, 2005.  Israeli Navy guards killed a Palestinian fisherman when they opened fire at fishing boats off the coast of Rafah in the Gaza Strip. Colleagues of ther victim, Zeyad al-Bardaweel, aged 24, transferred his body to Rafah Hospital, and denounced “the barbaric and abusive measures taken by Israel against the fishermen” in the area. – UPI

November 24, 2005.  Saleh Fuqahaa, 24, was shot dead by Israeli troops who opened fire to disperse stonethrowers during a raid on Jenin refugee camp. Thirteen Palestinians, including schoolchildren, were wounded during what Israeli military sources called a “routine operation to arrest terrorists”. – Mail & Guardian

November 19, 2005.  Israeli troops shot and fatally wounded Zaid Omar Abu A’isha, aged 25, on the main road near Hebron. They left the man bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds for nearly two hours and barred ambulances from reaching the scene. – Aljazeera.com

November 15, 2005.  An Israeli military court acquitted an army captain who was charged with killing a 13-year-old Palestinian girl in the Gaza Strip last year, saying she was already dead when he shot her. Palestinian doctors said the girl, Iyman Hams, was hit by at least 15 bullets. – SeattlePi

November 8, 2005.  Muhammad Abu Salha, 15, has been killed in an Israeli army raid on the West Bank town of Nablus. His body was found by his family after Israeli troops left the area. Two other 15-year-olds, one with a gunshot wound to the stomach and another with a bullet in the leg, were taken to hospital. – Al Jazeera

November 4, 2005.   A 13-year-old Palestinian boy shot in the head and chest has died of his wounds. Ahmad al Khateep was critically wounded during an Israeli army raid on Jenin refugee camp. Soldiers shot the boy who was later found to have been holding a toy gun. – Reuters

November 3, 2005.  Israel has a terrifying new tactic against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip – using air force jets to create sonic booms at low altitude, often at night. The deafening “sound bombs” cause widespread fear, induce miscarriages and traumatise children. A senior Israeli army source said “We are trying to send a message in a way that doesn’t harm people.” – The Guardian

October 10, 2005.   The Israeli army intends to destroy 41 homes in the small Palestinian village of Sawia, in the West Bank. Almost 250 people are at risk of being left destitute if the destruction goes ahead. Sawia lies in an area surrounded by Israeli settlements and by roads used by Israeli settlers. – Amnesty International

October 4, 2005.  Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian woman who stabbed and lightly wounded a soldier at a West Bank checkpoint. The woman, 36-year-old Haifa Hindiya, a mother of five, was knocked to the ground after the stabbing and troops shot her when she tried to get up. – SwissInfo

October 1, 2005.  Israeli occupation forces killed a Palestinian boy, Uday Tantawi, 13, in the West Bank city of Nablus. Uday was shot dead by Israeli soldiers who stormed the city’s Askar refugee camp. – Al Bawaba

September 23, 2005.  More than 60 Palestinian women have given birth at Israeli checkpoints since 2000 and 36 of their babies have died as a result, says a UN report. The report says the delays force women to give birth unaided and some women and their children die as a result. – BBC

September 22, 2005.  Israeli forces evacuating a West Bank army base shot and killed an unarmed Palestinian teenager who entered the base too quickly. Allah Khamtouni, 19, and nine other Palestinians entered base near early Thursday, thinking it was abandoned. – New York Sun

September 10, 2005.  Israeli troops shot and wounded a Palestinian man, 21-year-old Hani Sawaween, who threw stones at them in the Gaza Strip. The military said Sawaween ignored several shots fired into the air by troops intended to ward him off. – Ha’aretz

September 6, 2005.  Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager, Nimr Saduni, as he and friends cut their way into a demolished Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip. The group raced past razor wire to become the first Palestinian civilians to enter the settlement after the Israeli evacuatation last month. – Gulf Daily News

September 4, 2005.  In August, Israeli occupation forces killed 21 Palestinians, including nine children. Two died at checkpoints after being prevented from reaching hospital for emergency treatment. About 80 people were wounded by gunfire or in beatings by Israeli soldiers or settlers. – IPC

 August 31, 2005.  About 10 pm last night, Israeli soldiers came roaring into the West Bank village of Bil’in throwing sound bombs and firing tear gas. These incursions are now happening every other night and at different hours, making life impossible for children. – ISM

 August 26, 2005.  Israeli troops fired into a crowd demonstrating against construction of the “security wall” near Bil’in village. A 61-year-old woman was hit in the back of the head by a teargas canister, while two soldiers fired live ammunition at kids in the village. To date, nine Palestinians have been shot dead during peaceful protests against the Wall. – ISM

 August 17, 2005.  Three Palestinians were killed and several injured when an Israeli settler grabbed a gun from a security guard in the Shilo settlement and started shooting Palestinians nearby. Reports say the gunman wanted to disrupt the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza. – Associated Press

 August 11, 2005.  Israeli soldiers shot and wounded seven demonstrators protesting against Israel’s West Bank barrier in Bil’in near Ramallah. They arrested 28 other protesters, including 18 Israelis and 10 foreign activists. – Forbes

 August 8, 2005.  Israeli troops opened fire at houses in Nour Shams refugee camp, east of Tulkarm, in the West Bank, killing Tamer Asa’ad Khader Jaber, 17, and wounding Mohammed Khaled Khader Jaber, 15. Eyewitnesses said the victims had been sitting near their house and had not participated in clashes. – ReliefWeb

 July 28, 2005.  Israeli troops have killed a teenager in the West Bank town of Jenin. Yusuf Haseef, 15, was shot in the head and died later in hospital. Meanwhile, a four-year-old Palestinian girl was critically wounded by Israeli forces in the Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. – Al Jazeera

 July 28, 2005.  Israeli forces shot and wounded six Palestinians who lit tyres as part of a protest against Israel’s “security wall” in the villages of Bilin and Budrus, West Bank. The injured included two 15-year-olds – Ribhi Khatib, who was shot in the back, and Rashid Abu-Rahma who was hit in the leg. – Al Jazeera

 July 22, 2005.  Over 250 Palestinian villagers on a protest march against military closures in Nablus district, West Bank, were blocked by Israeli troops who threatened to shoot anyone who continued. To prove the point, a soldier shot a young man in the hip without warning. – ISM

 July 21, 2005.  A Palestinian teenager, Ragheb al-Abed al-Masri, aged 14, was killed when Israeli soldiers in a sniper tower fired “warning shots” at Palestinian traffic attempting to cross a Gaza Strip checkpoint. Raghed was shot in the back, the live bullet exiting through his heart. – Rafah today

 July 18, 2005.  During a raid on the town of Salfit in the West Bank an Israeli soldier fired on two boys approximately 15 meters from his jeep. One boy escaped, but a bullet hit Moath Jamal Sulieme, 16, in the forehead and exited from the back of his head. Moath died several hours later. – ISM

 July 8, 2005.  Mahayoub Aasi, 17, bled to death after being shot by a private security guard defending the construction of Israel’s illegal barrier in the West Bank village of Beit-Likya. Soldiers fired shots to prevent villagers reaching Mahayub, who died before an ambulance was allowed to treat him, one hour later. – Scoop

 July 8, 2005. I was standing beside a young Palestinian handing out water to demonstrators at a protest against the Wall in Bil’in village when he was suddenly shot in the head by a rubber bullet. He immediately collapsed, blood rushing from his head, as people rushed him into an ambulance. – Scoop

 July 6, 2005. Fourteen-year-old Noor Faris Njem was shot and killed when the Israeli army came to Balata Refugee Camp and, without warning, opened fire on unarmed civilians. Noor was peering round a wall to see if the army jeep was still there when a soldier shot him in the head. – Electronic intifada

 July 5, 2005. Israeli troops moved into the Kherbat Tana area to the east of Beit Fourik village, near Nablus, and demolished 17 houses and a school. As a result, at least 200 Palestinian civilians, mostly children, have become homeless. The houses were located a few kilometres away from a Jewish settlement. – ReliefWeb

 May 30, 2005.   Israeli settlers rioted in Hebron, attacking Palestinian children and overturning vegetable and fruit stands in full view of Israeli troops. Witnesses said the settlers attacked and savagely beat a young girl, Khitam al Muhtasib. The girl was hospitalized. – Aljazeerah.info

 May 30, 2005.   Israeli soldiers barged into the home of Anan al-Zrayer in the West Bank city of Hebron and commandeered its television room so they could watch a soccer match. Television footage showed broken furniture and windows in the room where the troops watched last week’s Champions League final. – SMH

 May 28, 2005.   Azzam Suwwan, 56, died after Israeli soldiers manning a roadblock near Qalqilia in the West Bank prevented his taxi from reaching hospital. The taxi driver said soldiers assaulted him: “I told them I had a man seriously ill but they said ‘Let him die’.” – Palestine Information Center

 May 25, 2005.   In 2004, the Israeli army killed some 700 Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, including about 150 children. Most were killed unlawfully, in reckless shootings, shellings or air strikes on refugee camps and other densely populated areas. – Amnesty International

 May 25, 2005.   Since the beginning of 2004, Israelis security forces have killed 89 Palestinians during “arrest operations.” At least 17 of the persons killed were civilians not wanted by Israel, and at least 43 were unarmed. – B’tselem

 May 18, 2005.   Israeli occupation forces have shot and killed Ahmed Barhoum, 22, a volunteer guard at the Rafah refugee camp. More than 20 Palestinians, including 11 children, have been killed since a ceasefire was announced on 8 February. – Al Jazeera

 May 6, 2005.   An Israeli military court has convicted an army sergeant of shooting an unarmed Palestinian in the Gaza Strip in late 2003. The soldier opened fire after seeing the man climb a ladder and lean against rooftop antenna in the Rafah refugee camp. – Ireland Online

 May 5, 2005.   An Israeli Army commander has been suspended over the fatal shooting of two Palestinian teenagers, Uday Assi, 16, and Jamal Assi, 17, during a protest against the West Bank separation barrier. The two were killed after the officer decided to disperse a crowd with live ammunition. – Daily Star

 April 15, 2005.   Palestinian officials have accused “certain circles within Israel” of seeking to sabotage the current ceasfire agreement, after undercover troops shot dead a Palestinian activist in the northern West Bank. Ibrahim Smeri, 23, was gunned down in the Balata refugee camp. – Palestinian Chronicle

 April 15, 2005.  A military judge has acquitted an Israeli officer in the shooting of James Miller, killed in May 2003 while making a documentary on Palestinian children. Witnesses said soldiers shot him at close range, although he wore journalist insignia and waved a white flag. – Al Jazeera

 April 9, 2005.   Three teenagers were killed by Israeli Army gunfire while playing soccer about 150 feet from the border fence in Tal-Al-Sultan. Israeli army snipers in the guard towers shot dead Khaled Ghanaam and Ashraf Mussa, both 14. Hassan Abu Zaid, 15, died later from his wounds. – Rafah Today

 March 7, 2005.   Whether it’s calls a truce, a cease-fire or a “calm-down” period, the Israeli army is still shelling refugee camps in Gaza. Mazen Ben Hassan, 19, was recently killed by Israeli soldiers and a 13-year-old boy, Jehad Judah, suffered gunshot wounds while near his house. – Rafah Today

 February 15, 2005.   Ala Hani Khalil, aged 15 years, was shot dead by Israeli troops near Beituniya in retaliation for stones that he and other children had thrown at Israeli military vehicles. Another boy, aged 14, was seriously wounded – EO-online

 February 14, 2005.   Israeli soldiers shot and killed Sabri Fayiz Rajub, 13, in Hebron, alleging that he tried to attack them with a sharp object. A Palestinian witness said “The soldiers were shouting at the boy, and then shot him in the leg. As he fell down shivering with pain, another soldier shot him in the chest. It was cold-blooded murder.” – Al Jazeera

 January 31, 2005.   Israeli army gunfire killed a 10-year-old Palestinian girl today as she stood with other children in a schoolyard in Rafah refugee camp. Noran Deed was lining up to enter their school in the morning when she was hit by gunfire from an army post some 900 metres away. – Melbourne Herald Sun

 January 30, 2005.   A 65-year-old Palestinian civilian was killed by Israeli army fire along the Gaza-Egypt border. The military said the man was deep inside a no-go zone, close to an Israeli army post along a patrol road near the border, when troops shot him. – Sydney Morning Herald

 January 29, 2005.   A mentally handicapped Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in the southern Gaza Strip. Ibrahim al-Shawas, 36, died after being shot in the head near Khan Yunus as he approached a border fence. – Al Jazeera

 January 28, 2005.   An unarmed Hamas member was shot and killed in the West Bank by an undercover Israeli police unit and two other Palestinians were wounded. Such operations are carried out every day and every night. – Ha’aretz

 January 27, 2005.   A three-year-old Palestinian girl was killed when Israeli troops opened fire in the Gaza city of Deyr Al-Balah yesterday. Rahma Abu Shams was sitting at home when she was hit in the head by a bullet fired from a Jewish settlement. – Zaman Online

 January 21, 2005.   Two Palestinian boys were shot dead by Israeli troops in separate incidents today. In the West Bank, 14-year-old Salah Ikhab was shot as he played with a toy gun he had been given as a present. Several hours later, a 13-year-old Palestinian boy was shot dead in the Gaza town of Rafah while walking with his family. – News.com.au

 January 16, 2005.   Fadda Arram, 50, and her son Abdalla, 27, were killed when Israeli tanks shelled houses in the Khan Younis refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. A third family member was critically wounded. Witnesses said soldiers prevented ambulances reaching the scene. – Xinhua

 January 12, 2005.   A 23-year-old Palestinian has been shot dead by Israeli soldiers as he drove his pregnant wife to hospital in the north of the Gaza Strip. Alaa Hassuna was killed in the flashpoint Beit Lahiya area shortly after leaving the family home in a nearby Bedouin village. – ABC News

 January 12, 2005.   An Israeli policeman has been convicted of assaulting a Palestinian civilian. With other officers, he beat the man, stubbed a cigarette out on his hand, forced him to drink urine, kicked him in the stomach and threatened him with guns before throwing him out of a window. – Ha’aretz

 January 8, 2005.   A 61-year-old Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli army fire at a roadblock near the town of Khan Yunes in the southern Gaza Strip. Mahmoud Al-Farra was shot twice as troops attempted to get Palestinian vehicles to pull back from the roadblock. – News.com.au

 January 4, 2005.   Five Palestinian children were killed by Israeli tank fire in the Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya. Killed were three brothers, Hanni, 16, Mahmoud, 14, and Bisaam, 13, and two of their cousins Jabir, 12, and Rajikh, 10. Eight others were wounded in the incident. – BigNews

 January 2, 2005.   A Palestinian cameraman working for Israel’s Channel 10 television was shot by Israeli troops operating near the town of Beit Lahiya in the Gaza Strip. Majdi al-Irbid was shot in the stomach and leg without warning, following “an exchange of words.” – Ha’aretz

 December 31, 2004.   Nasser Hospital in the Khan Younis refugee camp is crowded with casualties following the latest Israeli incursion. The hospital itself has become a target. Israeli bulldozers have demolished the western part of the structure and the hospital director said “Some of our patients are in danger of being hurt all over again in their hospital beds.” – Rafah Today

 December 26, 2004.   A six-year-old girl, Tasahil Al-Hasanat, died in hospital from wounds she sustained in October, when Israeli troops stationed at a Jewish settlement attacked houses in the Al-Moghraqa neighborhood of Al-Buraij refugee camp. –