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18 January 2009: The Abu Rujailah family

[Abdel Azim and Ma’zouza Abu Rujailah standing besides olive seedlings. Image from pchrgaza.org.]

[The following is narrative twenty-two, within a series of twenty-three narratives, to mark the third anniversary of "Operation Cast Lead." A new post will be released each day, marking the incident that happened on the same date three years ago. The narratives are developed by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.] “As I arrived there I found many people in the area, working on their lands. It was calm so I felt comfortable and stayed there. Suddenly one ...

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17 January 2009 - The Al Ashqar Family

[Sabri with his mother Nujoud Al Ashqar. Image from pchrgaza.org.]

[The following is narrative twenty-one, within a series of twenty-three narratives, to mark the third anniversary of "Operation Cast Lead." A new post will be released each day, marking the incident that happened on the same date three years ago. The narratives are developed by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.] “Madleen refuses to sleep by herself; she will only sleep in her parent’s room” says Nujoud, “she’s afraid to be by herself at all. The other ...

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16 January 2009 - The Shurrab Family

[Mohammed Shurrab. Image from pchrgaza.org.]

[The following is narrative twenty, within a series of twenty-three narratives, to mark the third anniversary of "Operation Cast Lead." A new post will be released each day, marking the incident that happened on the same date three years ago. The narratives are developed by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.] “Can I go to a court to restore my sons? No” says Mohammed. “What is the point in bringing the soldiers who killed my sons to justice when there ...

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15 January 2009: The al-Nadeem family

[Majda al-Nadeem with her sons Mohannad, Firas, and Bashar. Image from pchrgaza.org.]

[The following is narrative nineteen, within a series of twenty-three narratives, to mark the third anniversary of "Operation Cast Lead." A new post will be released each day, marking the incident that happened on the same date three years ago. The narratives are developed by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.] “Naser used to help the children with their school work, especially English and mathematics. Now that is my duty. Nothing can compensate me for ...

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14 January 2009 - Muhammed Mousa

[Mahammed Mousa. Image from pchrgaza.org.]

[The following is narrative eighteen, within a series of twenty-three narratives, to mark the third anniversary of "Operation Cast Lead." A new post will be released each day, marking the incident that happened on the same date three years ago. The narratives are developed by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.] “We would stay up late at night talking with each other about what had happened over the day, we were brothers, if ever I needed anything I ...

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13 January 2009: Hibba al-Najjar

[Hibba al-Najjar (seventeen) sitting opposite her home in Khuza'a village. Image from pchrgaza.org.]

[The following is narrative seventeen, within a series of twenty-three narratives, to mark the third anniversary of "Operation Cast Lead." A new post will be released each day, marking the incident that happened on the same date three years ago. The narratives are developed by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.] “The first two years I could manage but this year I have been suffering a lot from the loss of my mother. When I see girls from my school with ...

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12 January 2009 - The Ayad Family

[Mustafa, Abdel Kareem and Rezeq Ayad. Image from pchrgaza.org.]

 [The following is narrative sixteen, within a series of twenty-three narratives, to mark the third anniversary of "Operation Cast Lead." A new post will be released each day, marking the incident that happened on the same date three years ago. The narratives are developed by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.] “If there is another war I won’t be moving, even if we die there, I don’t want to go through that again.” On 12 January 2009, the Ayad ...

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11 January 2009: The Hamouda Family

[Talat and Intissar Hamouda. Image from pchrgaza.org.]

[The following is narrative sixteen, within a series of twenty-three narratives, to mark the third anniversary of "Operation Cast Lead." A new post will be released each day, marking the incident that happened on the same date three years ago. The narratives are developed by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.] “I cannot even pick up another child in my arms, I had a new grandchild, he is six months old, but I have yet to take him in my arms, I feel that ...

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10 January 2009: Wafa al-Radea

[Wafa al-Radea (thirty-nine) together with her son Iyad (three). Image from pchrgaza.org.]

[The following is narrative fifteen, within a series of twenty-three narratives, to mark the third anniversary of "Operation Cast Lead." A new post will be released each day, marking the incident that happened on the same date three years ago. The narratives are developed by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.] “When I left my children I was walking and my children had not seen my wounds. The most difficult moment was when I came back with only 1 leg and ...

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9 January 2009 - The Abu Oda Family

[I’tidal and Ahmed Abu Oda with a picture of their daughter Nariman Abu Oda. Image from pchrgaza.org.]

[The following is narrative fourteen, within a series of twenty-three narratives, to mark the third anniversary of "Operation Cast Lead." A new post will be released each day, marking the incident that happened on the same date three years ago. The narratives are developed by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.] "The Israeli military say they are the most moral army in the world, but they killed my daughter, they didn’t respect her right to ...

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8 January 2009: The Al-Rahel Family

[Saeed and Nisreen al-Rahel with their children Dina, Sunia, Ansam, Anas and Ali. Image from pchrgaza.org.]

[The following is narrative thirteen, within a series of twenty-three narratives, to mark the third anniversary of "Operation Cast Lead." A new post will be released each day, marking the incident that happened on the same date three years ago. The narratives are developed by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.] “The other children keep talking about Dima and the memories of both incidents. ‘We wish to die like Dima’ is what the children sometimes say ...

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7 January 2009 - The Mattar Family

[Mahmoud Mattar. Image from pchrgaza.org.]

[The following is narrative twelve, within a series of twenty-three narratives, to mark the third anniversary of "Operation Cast Lead." A new post will be released each day, marking the incident that happened on the same date three years ago. The narratives are developed by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.] “It would be great if someone could take me to the dessert and leave me there, that way I wouldn’t have to see people.” At around 09:30 on 7 ...

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6 January 2009: Al-Dayah family

[Mohammed al-Dayrjah (thirty-one) with his daughter Qamar (one and a half). Image from pchrgaza.org.]

[The following is narrative eleven, within a series of twenty-three narratives, to mark the third anniversary of "Operation Cast Lead." A new post will be released each day, marking the incident that happened on the same date three years ago. The narratives are developed by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.] “The bodies of nine of those killed were not found, including the bodies of my wife and my children. I tried my best with the civil defense ...

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5 January 2009: Amal al-Samouni

[Amal al-Samouni (eleven) sitting in front of her house in Zeitoun neighborhood. Image from pchrgaza.org.]

[The following is narrative ten, within a series of twenty-three narratives, to mark the third anniversary of "Operation Cast Lead." A new post will be released each day, marking the incident that happened on the same date three years ago. The narratives are developed by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.] "I have constant pain in my head, eyes and ears. I have been having nose bleeds for the past three years. I can still feel the shrapnel move ...

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4 January 2009: The Abdel Dayem Family

[Imtihan Abdel Dayam with sons Hamed, Ahmed, Abdel Rahman, and Hani (left to right). Image from pchrgaza.org.]

[The following is narrative nine, within a series of twenty-three narratives, to mark the third anniversary of "Operation Cast Lead." A new post will be released each day, marking the incident that happened on the same date three years ago. The narratives are developed by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.] Arafa Abdel Dayem, thirty-four, was killed on 4 January 2009, during Israel’s 23 day offensive on the Gaza Strip, codenamed “Operation Cast Lead”. ...

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3 January 2009: Motee' and Isma'il as-Selawy

[Brothers Motee' (49) and Isma'il (53) as-Selawy in front of al-Maqadma mosque. Image from pchrgaza.org]

[The following is narrative eight, within a series of twenty-three narratives, to mark the third anniversary of "Operation Cast Lead." A new post will be released each day, marking the incident that happened on the same date three years ago. The narratives are developed by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.] “What affected us a lot psychologically is the fact that we were all praying in the mosque when we were attacked. The mosque is a place where we go ...

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2 January 2009: Eyad al-Astal

[Image from pchrgaza.org.]

[The following is narrative seven, within a series of twenty-three narratives, to mark the third anniversary of "Operation Cast Lead." A new post will be released each day, marking the incident that happened on the same date three years ago. The narratives are developed by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.] "The second of January is no different from any other day. Every day and every minute feels like the moment when I lost my sons. In everything ...

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1 January 2009: The Nasla Family

[Jihad, Mu'tassam, and Zeid Nasla with a picture of M'uz Nasla, killed during the attack. Image from pchrgaza.org.]

[The following is narrative six, within a series of twenty-three narratives, to mark the third anniversary of "Operation Cast Lead." A new post will be released each day, marking the incident that happened on the same date three years ago. The narratives are developed by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.] “I wish that if our fate is to die, that we die together, I wouldn’t want anybody left to have to bear this sort of pain.” On 1 January 2009 at ...

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30 December 2008: The Hamdan Family

[Iman and Talal Hamdan standing in front of a picture of their killed children Hiya, Lama and Ismail. Image from PCHR.]

[The following is narrative four, within a series of twenty-three narratives, to mark the third anniversary of "Operation Cast Lead." A new post will be released each day, marking the incident that happened on the same date three years ago. The narratives are developed by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.] “When I wake in the morning the first thing I do is remember my children. I come and sit outside and picture them where they used to play. I don’t want ...

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29 December 2008: Balousha Family

[Anwar Balousha and son Muhammed. Image from PCHR.]

[The following is narrative three, within a series of twenty-three narratives, to mark the third anniversary of "Operation Cast Lead." A new post will be released each day, marking the incident that happened on the same date three years ago. The narratives are developed by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.] “I miss them all the time; sometimes I even go to look for one of them in the house in the split second before I remember they were killed.” At ...

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Bio

 Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

 

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) based in Gaza City.  The Centre is a non-profit company, dedicated to protecting human rights, promoting the rule of law and upholding democratic principles in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).  It holds Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.  It is an affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists-Geneva, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) – Paris, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network - Copenhagen, the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC) – Stockholm, the World Coalition against the Death Penalty, and the Arab Organization for Human Rights – Cairo.  PCHR is a recipient of the 1996 French Republic Award on Human Rightsthe 2002 Bruno Kreisky Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Area of Human Rights, the 2003 International Services Human Rights Award (UNAIS) and the 2009 Human Rights Prize of Andalucia.  The Centre was established in 1995 by a group of Palestinian lawyers and human rights activists in order to:

  • Protect human rights and promote the rule of law in accordance with international standards.
  • Create and develop democratic institutions and an active civil society, while promoting democratic culture within the Palestinian society.
  • Support all the efforts aimed at enabling the Palestinian people to exercise its inalienable rights in regard to self-determination and independence in accordance with international Law and UN resolutions.

The work of the Centre is conducted through documentation and investigation of human rights violations, provision of legal aid and counseling for both individuals and groups, and preparation of research articles relevant to such issues as the human rights situation and the rule of law.  The Centre also provides comments on Palestinian Draft Laws and urges the adoption of legislation that incorporates international human rights standards and basic democratic principles.  To achieve its goals, the Centre has recruited a committed staff of well-known human rights lawyers and activists.

 

Administrative Board

Dr. Riad Al-Zanoun

Ms. Nadia Abu Nahla

Mr. Hashem Al-Thalathini

Mr. Raji Sourani

Director General

Raji Sourani


The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights is an independent legal body dedicated to the protection of human rights, the promotion of the rule of law, and the upholding of democratic principles in the Occupied Territories. Most of the Centre’s activities and interests concentrate on the Gaza Strip due to the restriction on movement between the West Bank and Gaza Strip imposed by the Israeli government and its military apparatus.

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