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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

A real source for murder stats in the territories?

My never-ending quest for real statistics on the number of Palestinian Arabs killed by each other got a boost today as I saw that Al-Hayat, which hardly ever publishes stories about PalArabs being murdered, printed this (autotranslated):
Ramallah, Ibrahim Abu-Kamish statistics showed by the Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizen's Rights , announced yesterday. a big increase in the proportion of homicides that occurred in the light of the growing phenomenon of insecurity in the Palestinian territories during the year 2006, compared with the previous years.

The body that 322 Palestinians had been killed citizens in the areas of the Palestinian National Authority until the date of 30 / 11 / 2006 236 citizens were killed in the Gaza Strip, 86 Palestinians were killed in the West Bank. , a rise of 90% for the full year 2005, which collapsed during which 176 citizens were 97 shells in the Gaza Strip and 79 shells in the West Bank. The equivalent proportion of those killed in the Gaza Strip until the date of 30 / 11 / 2006, three times those killed in the West Bank.

The statistics point to a rise in the monthly rate of murders during 2006 up to 26 cases per month, while the monthly rate through 2005, 15 cases, The monthly rate during 2004 amounted to 8 cases. as well as the Statistics of the documentation section in the body that during the 17 killed in 2005 against the background of what is known as honor killing, signed including seven cases in the Gaza Strip and 10 in the West Bank. while they recorded 14 cases of the killing of citizens against the background of what is known in the family's honor in 2006 until the date of 30 / 11 / 2006, 5 cases in the West and 9 cases in the Gaza Strip, the total number of bullets from the women, which was signed on various backgrounds including murder against the backdrop of honor of the family had arrived in 2005 to 26, while a woman Rtva number during the year 2006 until the date of 30 / 11 / 2006 for up to 27 women.

The deaths of children who have died due to security problems have reached during 2005, 28 children while until the date of 30 / 11 / 2006 killed 33 children in the same background.

The STA pointed out that 95% of the killings were a firearm or explosive materials.

Until the date of 30 / 11 / 2006 killings were classified as follows : 41 cases of murder committed on the political background of which 40 occurred in the Gaza Strip and one in the West Bank. 88 homicides occurred due to family quarrels signed 54 of them in the Gaza Strip, 24 of which occurred in the West Bank. 83 murder cases resulted from the chaos and the misuse of weapons, the case of 71 shells in Gaza, 12 of them fell in the West Bank. previous classifications and the total up to 222 murder cases by 59% of all cases, As for the rest of the cases, which reached 110 cases by 41% and has signed the background issues and revenge killings against the backdrop of the so-called family's honor.

At the level of other attacks that were committed during 2006 and until the date of 30 / 11 / 2006, it reported that its statistics in the attacks came as follows :

A 12 attack on academic freedoms, and 16 attack on the municipalities or workers or on their property, and a 12 assault on the symbols of the judiciary, as well as the 22 attack on press freedoms. There have also been 93 kidnappings individually and collectively, to the citizens and foreign visitors, , 344 incident falls under the pretext of security problems occurred injuries individually and collectively.
These numbers are much more in line with what I've been able to gather, but their report is not available on their website and last year's report is only there as an executive summary, so I can't compare specific cases and see if they are missing any.

Still, this list of deaths from 2006 so far seems to be more accurate than any others I've seen. As usual, it is being buried in the PalArab press (it was the very last story on the "local news" page of al-Hayat) . It verifies that there is nearly one murder a day in the territories, again which are hard tofind in the actual press. It shows that the rate of self-deaths is much worse in the West Bank than I thought, as almost all of the ones I've seen were in Gaza.

I'm also not sure if Hamas/Fatah battles are reflected here.

I'll keep an eye on the website of PICCR to see if the final report is published there. I'm not optimistic; the site is terrible and has very little information. Also, it is funded by the PA and while it pretends to be independent there may be entire classes of murders it turns a blind eye to.

UPDATE: The Jerusalem Post has the same information in real English.