On 30 May, Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights issued a press release condemning Israeli forces’ interception of a boat carrying Palestinian passengers as it was leaving Gaza sea port. The Great March of Return committee had announced a day before the establishment of a “boat for freedom and breaking the siege”, carrying patients and injured Palestinians to break the Israeli blockade.
On 27 May, B’Tselem issued a statement denouncing the decision of three Israeli Supreme Court Justices to issue warrants for the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar community’s homes and to relocate the residents.
On 24 May, Peace Now issued a press release criticizing the Israeli Defense Minister’s announcement of the expected approval of 2,500 housing units in the settlements. Based on information obtained by the organization, most of the houses will be located in isolated settlements, defined as east of the potential border route of the Geneva Initiative.
On 1 June, Amnesty International issued a statement condemning Israel’s illegal demolition and forcible transfer of a Palestinian Bedouin village, as they amount to war crimes. Amnesty International says that the Supreme Court’s ruling is “extremely dangerous and may set a precedent for other communities that oppose Israeli plans to relocate them to urban centers.”
On 1 June, the Health Advisory Council of Jewish Voice for Peace published their June media watch report on recent developments and casualties in Gaza, quoting sources such as Medical Aid for Palestinians, B’Tselem, Gisha and Human Rights Watch.
On 29 May, Human Rights Watch issued a report “Bankrolling Abuse: Israeli banks in West Bank settlements.” The report explains the mechanisms contributing to the expansion of unlawful settlements through Israel’s largest banks. The latter’s involvements are said to acquire a property interest in the development projects and shepherd them through completion.
On 31 May, UN human rights experts expressed grave concerns about an Israeli court’s decision on 24 May to uphold a plan by the Government of Israel to demolish the entire Palestinian Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar in the occupied West Bank east of Jerusalem. The UN experts called upon Israel to respect the rights of the Khan al-Ahmar residents to remain on their lands and to have their status regularized.
On 31 May, UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl delivered a press briefing on his visit to a health care facility in Gaza. He sent an emergency call for help to save Gaza’s health system and boost UNRWA’s ability to provide care to the patients injured during the demonstrations, in addition to support for mental health and psychological care.
On 31 May, OCHA published their humanitarian snapshot on “Mass casualties in the context of demonstrations in the Gaza Strip.” It highlights a total of 128 deaths and 13,375 injuries in the Palestinian casualties since 30 March.
On 30 May, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, briefed the Security Council on the situation in Gaza. He warned the region was “on the brink of war” after rockets and mortar shells were fired across the border between Gaza and Israel. Mladenov also told that the Palestinians in Gaza that work will be done to ensure they have a “future beyond mere survival.”
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