The Human price of maintaining the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories
On September 29, 2002 , the Palestinian News Agency (wafa) reported that the number of Palestinians who were killed by the Israeli occupation forces since the beginning of the Palestinian Uprising (Al-Intifadha), was 2,523, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. But according to Palestine Red Crescent Society, that figure was 1,787 deaths and 20,593 injuries.
Palestinians who have been arrested during March 2003 were 857, which increased the total estimate of Palestinian arrestees until the end of March 2003 to 27,444. Statistics concerning other Israeli occupation atrocities, such as demolished houses and uprooted trees, can be found at the Palestinian President's website.*
Only 20 Israelis were killed and only 66 of them were injured, during March 2003. Thus, the total number of Israelis killed by the end of March 2003 was 710 (726 according to AP) and the total injuries were about 2,410.
The following is an attempt by Al-Jazeerah Information Center to document the number of victims of the Israeli military occupation during April 2003 (Note: For Palestinian figures, there may be some differences between the total figures provided by the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, Wafa, and President Arafat's Office).
Important Note: The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced in the 2nd anniversary of the Intifadha (9/28/02) that the total number of Palestinian killed by Israelis or died as a result of Israeli occupation practices were 2,520. The Israeli Foreign Ministry announced that the number of Israelis killed since 9/26/2000 were 624. These figures differ from the ones above because Palestinian figures included Palestinians who die because they are prevented from reaching hospitals as a result of curfews or closures. See the following article: Border closure hits Palestinians - WHO
On 2/14/03, AFP reported: "Their (two Palestinians in Rafah) deaths raise to 2,945 the number of people killed since the beginning of the Palestinian uprising in September 2000, including 2,199 Palestinians and 690 Israelis.(AFP).
* The official website for the Palestinian Red Crescent Society can be found at: http://www.palestinercs.org
The Palestine News Agency (Wafa) website can be found at: http://www.wafa.pna.net/
The Palestinian President's website can be found at: http://www.p-p-o.net/Eng/defultE.htm
-- No data available, particularly Palestinians wounded by Israeli occupation forces, on daily basis.
Note: Only the Israeli government knows the exact number of Palestinians who have been arrested since March 29, 2002. Nobody except Israel knows what has happened to them, whether released, kept, tortured, or killed. However, the office of the Palestinian President provides a daily account about Palestinians arrested by Israeli occupation forces.