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ACCOUNTABILITY AND JUSTICE IN ISRAEL, THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES AND STATE OF PALESTINE

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    50 YEARS OF MILITARY OCCUPATION.

    50 YEARS OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS,

    COMMITTED WITH IMPUNITY.

    In Israel and the Occupied Territories (OPT), Amnesty has witnessed:

    * Violations of freedom of movement – Gaza blockade and West Bank restrictions * Arbitrary arrests and detentions * Torture and other ill-treatment * Unlawful killings and extrajudicial executions * Excessive use of force * Violations of freedoms of expression, association and assembly * Violations of housing rights – forced evictions and demolitions * Settler violence * Impunity * Violence against women and girls * Refugees and asylum-seekers * Conscientious objectors

    Israeli forces unlawfully kill Palestinian civilians, including children, and detain thousands of Palestinians from the OPT who oppose Israel’s continuing military occupation, holding hundreds in administrative detention.

    Torture and other ill-treatment of detainees remain rife and are committed with impunity.

    The authorities continue to promote illegal settlements in the West Bank, including by attempting to retroactively “legalize” settlements built on private Palestinian land, and severely restrict Palestinians’ freedom of movement, closing some areas after attacks by Palestinians on Israelis.

    Israeli forces continue to blockade the Gaza Strip, subjecting its population of 1.9 million to collective punishment, and to demolish homes of Palestinians in the West Bank and of Bedouin villagers in Israel’s Negev/Naqab region, forcibly evicting residents.

    The authorities imprison conscientious objectors to military service and detain and deported thousands of asylum-seekers from Africa.

    In the State of Palestine, Amnesty has witnessed:

    * Arbitrary arrests and detentions * Unfair trials * Torture and other ill-treatment * Violations of freedoms of expression, association and assembly * Unlawful killings * Violations of women’s and girls' rights * Death penalty

    Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and the Hamas de facto administration in the Gaza Strip both continue to restrict freedom of expression, including by arresting and detaining critics and political opponents.They also restrict the right to peaceful assembly and use excessive force to disperse some protests.

    Torture and other ill-treatment of detainees remain rife in both Gaza and the West Bank.

    Unfair trials of civilians before military courts continue in Gaza; detainees are held without charge or trial in the West Bank.

    Women and girls face discrimination and violence.

    Courts in Gaza continue to hand down death sentences and Hamas carries out executions.

    CURRENT CAMPAIGN

    ISRAEL’S OCCUPATION: 50 YEARS OF DISPOSSESSION

    Canada: Stop supporting Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land.

    For the last 50 years, Israel has been forcing thousands of Palestinians off their land, occupying and illegally using it to create settlements that exclusively house Jewish Israeli settlers.

    Entire Palestinian communities have been displaced by these settlements. Their homes and livelihoods have been destroyed, they’ve had restrictions enforced on their movement, access to their own water, land and other natural resources. The communities have also been violently attacked by the Israeli military and settlers. We must act now.

    We want governments to stop enabling the economy that keeps these illegal settlements growing and fuels the suffering of Palestinians: and you can help.

    The issue is not just about Israel taking Palestinian land and resources illegally. Governments around the world are letting goods produced in these settlements into their markets, and are allowing companies in their countries to operate in settlements. All of this helps the illegal settlements profit and thrive.

    Call on the Canadian government to ban Israeli settlement goods from entering our markets, and to stop companies based in Canada operating in settlements or trading in their goods - and help put an end to the cycle of violations suffered by Palestinians living under Israel’s occupation.

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