The Union of Agricultural Work Committees issued its annual report for 2017 about the Israeli Occupation attacks against fishermen in the Gaza Strip.
The Union of Agricultural Work
Committees- UAWC in Gaza issued a detailed report about the Israeli Occupation
Navy violations and attacks against the Palestinian Fishermen in the Gaza Strip
during 2017. These attacks that denies fishermen from practicing their fishing
work and accessing their livelihood resources. The report states that the
Israeli Occupation Forces carried out hundreds of shooting operations and
chasing the fishermen inside the allowed fishing zone, causing dozens of
casualties as well as destroying and confiscating boats and fishing gears.
The UAWC adopts the direct and
immediate documentations for 2017 report. a team consists of UAWC staff and Local
Committees managers and members to follow up on continuously the Israeli attacks
through direct communication with the fishermen. Later on these attacks are published
and on the documentation of Israeli violations against the fishermen https://www.facebook.com/fishermengaza.
Two fishermen were killed as a
result of the Israeli attacks; Mohammad Ahmad Al-Hessi, 33 years and Mohammad
Majid Baker 25 years. 21 fishermen were injured by live and metal bullets and 39
fishermen were arrested in harsh conditions, humiliation and irrespective the
human dignity, transferring them to detention and interrogation centers in
Ashdod seaport. In addition, 3 boats were completely damaged and 6 partially,
13 boats from different sizes were confiscated, and tens of fishing nets and gears
were damaged and stolen by the Israeli occupation naval forces.
On the other hand, the naval
blockade on the Gaza Strip is still enforced and the fishermen are denied to
sail and fishing in more than 6 nautical miles, whereas the Oslo Agreement stipulated
the allowed fishing zone is up to 20 nautical miles.
The UAWC considered that the
Israeli Occupation State is continuously violating the international
conventions of human rights especially the International Human Rights Law and
International Humanitarian Law, through aggression and terrorism acts against
fishermen and their rights to work, to live, security and personal safety. In
addition, UAWC is considering that the Israeli occupation exercising a
collective punishment against Gaza populations including fishermen which is an
outrageous violation to human rights principles.
In the end of the report, the
UAWC condemned the continuous Israeli Occupation attacks and violations against
Gaza mainly the fishermen, and demanded the international community to go out
of silence, and to take immediate actions to stop these brutal attacks and
violations, to provide protection for fishermen and to ensure that they practice
fishing without fear or intimidation.
Besides that, the UAWC calls the
Human Rights Council and the Semitic Parties contracting on the Fourth Geneva
Convention to take real actions against the blatant violation of Human Rights,
International Humanitarian Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention by the Israeli
Occupation. Moreover, to consider that the Israeli Occupation is committing war
crimes requires that perpetrators are presented to the International Criminal Court
and not to exempt them from these crimes.