Human Rights Watch
Hundreds of Palestinian children work on Israeli settlement farms in the occupied West Bank, the majority located in the Jordan Valley. This report documents rights abuses against Palestinian children as young as 11 years old, who earn around US $19 for a full day working in the settlement agricultural industry. Many drop out of school and work in conditions that can be hazardous due to pesticides, dangerous equipment, and extreme heat.
January 10, 2009
Since the beginning of Israel’s ground offensive in Gaza on January 3,
2009, there have been numerous media reports about the possible use by
the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) of white phosphorus (WP), a chemical
substance used in military ordnance that has several tactical uses. The
IDF has told Human Rights Watch and reporters that it is not using WP
in Gaza. On January 7, an IDF spokesman told CNN, “I can tell you with
certainty that white phosphorus is absolutely not being used.”
Israel Should Release Camera Footage of Deadly Attacks
June 30, 2009
(Jerusalem) - Israeli attacks with guided missiles fired from aerial
drones killed civilians during the recent Gaza fighting in violation of
the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said in a report
released today. The attacks with one of the most precise weapons in
Israel's arsenal killed civilians who were not taking part in
hostilities and were far from any fighting.
This report documents Israel’s extensive use of white phosphorus munitions during its 22- day military operations in Gaza, from December 27, 2008 to January 18, 2009, named Operation Cast Lead. Based on in-depth investigations in Gaza, the report concludes that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) repeatedly exploded white phosphorus munitions in the air over populated areas, killing and injuring civilians, and damaging civilian structures, including a school, a market, a humanitarian aid warehouse and a hospital.
Original title: Essential elements for reducing the civilian harm of cluster munitions: examples of positive policy and practice and global overview of cluster munition use, production, stockpiling, and transfer.