312 Palestinians Killed by Israeli Forces During the Year 2018

■ Ahmed Qanan


Gaza : Israel violated the rights of the Palestinians in 2018, as reflected in brutal wars and attacks, as well as the expulsion of Palestinians from their land, imprisonment and persecution of their families. This has negatively affected their lives, not to mention the extreme siege imposed by occupation restrictions.

According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), the number of Palestinians in the world by the end of 2018 amounted to 13.05 million, while the Central Bureau of Statistics, “Israel” in data released Monday, “The population of (Israel) by the end of 2018 amounted to 8 million and 972 thousand people

According to the Palestinian census, the population of the State of Palestine reached about 4.915 million people, with 2.954 million in the West Bank and 1,961 million in the Gaza Strip. The refugee population accounted for 42% of the total Palestinian population living in the State of Palestine ; 26% in the West Bank and 66% in the Gaza Strip.

According to the National Gathering of Palestinian Martyrs’ Families, 312 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire during the year 2018, most of them from the Gaza Strip, of which 6 were females and 57 children, while the average age of the martyrs was 24 years.

The number of Palestinian martyrs has increased by four and a half times during 2018 compared to 2017, during which 74 Palestinians were killed.

In another context, the annual poverty report published by the National Insurance Institute in Israel showed that the latter still has the highest percentage of poor among the OECD countries.

According to the report, 53% of the population is middle class, 38% are poor or at risk of falling into poverty, 7% are middle class and 2% are upper class.

For his part, the Director General of the Department of Islamic Endowments and Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib said in a press statement that the number of Jewish extremists intruders to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, reached 29,801 extremists, during 2018.

He pointed out that there is an increase in infiltrations by 17% from last year, and that all these incursions were carried out under the protection of the Israeli occupation forces, pointing out that all the indicators and statistics indicate the escalation of the violations against the mosque during 2018.

As for the attacks of “Israel” against Palestinian journalists, the Ministry of Information revealed a rise in the number of journalists detained in Israeli prisons and the number of 19 journalists arrested in violation of all international laws.

The Ministry of Information said in a statement that the Israeli occupation forces committed blatant violations against journalists such as the policy of extending administrative detention without charge or trial, issuing unreasonable high sentences in military courts, deporting others from their areas of residence and imposing domestic imprisonment on them, As well as deliberate neglect of medical patients and patients.

For decades, occupied Palestine has suffered from the scourge of the Israeli occupation, especially in light of the severe violations committed by Israel against the citizens and against all international and legal instruments and laws.

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