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.
According to the Palestinian President's website, Palestinians who were killed during December 2002 reached 90 people, which increases the Palestinian loss of life into 2,753 victims. The number of Palestinians who were injured during December 2002 reached 791 people, which increases Palestinian injuries to 23,270.
Palestinians who have been arrested during December 2002 were 904, which increased the total estimate of Palestinian arrestees until the end of October 2002 to 24,598. Statistics concerning other Israeli occupation atrocities, such as demolished houses and uprooted trees, can be found at the Palestinian President's website.*
Only one Israeli (1) was killed and only nine of them (9) were injured, during December 2002. Thus, the total number of Israelis killed by the end of December 2002 was 679 and the total injuries were about 2,323.
The following is an attempt by Al-Jazeerah Information Center to document the number of victims of the Israeli military occupation during January 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
* 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.