A Week Under Occupation

September 29, 2003

Below is a partial list of attacks on the Palestinian people in the occupied West Bank and Gaza carried out by the Israeli army during the week of September 18-25.

- September 25: Israeli troops killed five Palestinians, including a 3-year old girl, and wounded at least six people in two separate raids, one on the al-Bureij refugee camp in the Gaza Strip and another on the West Bank city of Hebron.

- September 24: A 15-year old, Mohammad Issa Hamdan, was killed by a shell fired from an Israeli tank into the Rafah refugee camp in Gaza. At least 11 other Palestinians were wounded and seven houses were demolished.

- September 23: In Gaza and Nablus, Israeli troops shot and killed 2 Palestinians and wounded 3, including a 12-year old girl.

- September 22: The Israeli military killed Basel Qawasmah in the southern West Bank city of Hebron and demolished the house he was hiding in.

- September 18-20: The Israeli army entered - with 30 tanks and Jeeps

- the city of Jenin and its refugee camp carrying out house-to-house searches. The result of two days of incursion included the arrest of five activists, three injured and the demolition of two homes.

In addition, on September 22, Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said that the "security fence" which Israel is building to encircle the occupied territories and confiscate more Palestinian land will be completed within the next 12 months. Part of this Wall will be built in east Jerusalem, cutting at least 50,000 Palestinians off from the rest of the West Bank. As construction of the Wall continues, Israeli officials are in Washington, D.C. reviewing their plans with George Bush and the U.S. government which finances the occupation.