Occupation forces turn Gaza schools into execution sites — Euro-Med

Shadia Abu Ghazala School,  in the al-Falujjah area, west of Jabalia refugee camp
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GENEVA — The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have transformed schools, which were providing shelter for tens of thousands of displaced people, into military centers and field execution sites as part of its ongoing war in the Gaza Strip, which commenced on October 7, as stated by Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor on Wednesday.اضافة اعلان

Euro-Med Monitor received testimonies about the IOF conducting unjustified field executions and killing Palestinian civilians after detaining them for days inside the same schools where they had sought refuge from the violence.

The testimonies reveal horrifying human rights violations and atrocities against civilians killed after their release. The timing of the murders suggests that there was no reason to shoot them other than to satisfy the desires of Israeli soldiers or express the comprehensive moral permissibility—in the eyes of Israel’s military—when it comes to slaughtering and humiliating Palestinian civilians.

Approximately 15 decomposed bodies of Palestinians were found in the Al-Falujah neighborhood, west of the Jabalia camp. Based on its initial investigation, Euro-Med Monitor confirmed that the individuals were subjected to field executions while being questioned by members of the Israeli army at the Shadia Abu Ghazaleh government school.

The bodies were discovered following the IOF’s withdrawal from the surrounding area of the school, after several days of abuses and violations against displaced people evacuating there.

“We were shocked to discover 15 bodies after the Israeli forces left the school,” said Muhammad Jalal, 37, to the Euro-Med Monitor team. “It was obvious that they were directly shot, and some of them had their bodies disintegrated due to the heavy gunfire.”

Similarly, displaced people at the Salah al-Din School in Gaza City affirmed that they were subjected to heavy gunfire three days ago, after the Israeli army stormed the school amid heavy and random gunfire, leading to the deaths of about 50 people.

One of the displaced people, who requested anonymity, said that after Israeli forces separated the women and children from the men, they forced them to take off their clothes and subjected them to rough interrogations before forcing them to leave the school at gunpoint.

As the displaced people moved toward the Gaza Valley, he continued, the Israeli forces opened machine gun fire at them, leaving five dead and several others injured.

The same incidents reported at the Salah al-Din school also occurred at the nearby Al-Ma’umaniyah and Al-Mukadssa Family schools in the same area, according to Euro-Med Monitor.

Field observations and eyewitness accounts indicate that IOF stormed the Al-Mukadssa Family School, arrested the males, mistreated them, set some of them free, and severely tortured others.

Three days later, members of the Israeli military released more detained Palestinians before firing upon them without justification, killing two individuals: Abdel Nasser Khader Haboub, an engineer, and Dr. Ahmed Hamdi Abu Absa, dean at the University of Palestine.

Additionally, according to Euro-Med Monitor, a direct Israeli artillery shelling of the UNRWA-run Abu Hussein School in the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip resulted in the deaths of 20 Palestinians and the wounding of numerous others, some of whom were critically injured.

The bodies were found in pieces inside the school, which had been sheltering thousands of internally displaced people who had escaped Israeli artillery and air strikes on their neighborhoods.

Euro-Med Monitor said that it receives daily reports of horrific atrocities and killings committed by Israeli forces, who regularly storm schools sheltering displaced people, and called for an independent and impartial international investigation into these egregious incidents.

The Geneva-based organization called for allowing the entry of investigation committees and specialized technical committees into the Gaza Strip to document and determine the extent of the horrific Israeli crimes in shelter schools, including field executions, torture, starvation, and the Israeli military’s use of civilians as human shields.

Euro-Med Monitor stated that Israel is determined to escalate its genocidal war against Palestinian civilians to push for their forced displacement, violating international law. This amounts to a war crime, stressed the rights group.

A total of 24,142 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip, including 9,420 children and 4,910 women, while 48,901 more have been injured, according to Euro-Med Monitor estimates.

Israel has relentlessly violated the International Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, the Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor emphasized, by collectively targeting the people of the Gaza Strip for simply being Palestinians. This targeting, the organization reiterated, is ongoing and has included mass killing, physical and psychological torture, and undermining the basic living conditions necessary for survival.

“The Contracting Parties confirm that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law which they undertake to prevent and to punish,” reads Article 1 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

Article 2 of the Convention defines genocide as any of the following acts: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; and forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

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