Israeli navy's violent repression on Palestinian fisher people, Palestine

Palestinian fisher people are losing their livelihood due to continued Israeli attacks against them, including shooting, arresting and chasing them, and limiting the area allowed for sailing and fishing, which even led in 2018 to deaths of fishermen[1,6].


Palestinian fisher people and communities are facing hard times without being able to capture sufficiently to sustain themselves due to continued Israeli attacks against fishermen, including shooting, arresting and chasing them, and limiting the area allowed for sailing and fishing [6].

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Basic Data
NameIsraeli navy's violent repression on Palestinian fisher people, Palestine
SiteNorthern Gaza Coast
Accuracy of LocationMEDIUM regional level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Biomass and Land Conflicts (Forests, Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Management)
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Aquaculture and fisheries
Specific CommoditiesFish
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsThe Israeli authorities and the Israeli navy continue with a repression on the sea directed towards Palestinian fisher people. The Palestinian

Center for Human Rights (PCHR) documented that all Israeli attacks occurred within the allowed fishing area. The tightening restrictions against fishermen increased after Israeli forces announced on 07 March 2015 via loudspeakers that the allowed fishing area was reduced to 4 nautical miles, warning fishermen of approaching this distance along the Gaza Sea [6].

Currently, the Israeli navy continues with several attacks on Palestinian fishermen which in 2016 have included 135 incidents; including 7 shelling incidents against fishermen's property and 100 shooting incidents, as a result of which, 8 fishermen were wounded; 9 fishing boats and nets were damaged. Moreover, PCHR documented 28 chasing incidents against fishing boats, resulting in the arrest of 111 fishermen and confiscation of 32 fishing boats and other pieces of net belonging to the Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip.

Recently in February 2018, the attacks of the Israeli navy even resulted in deaths of fisher people that naturally generates a conflict with a high tension among Palestinian fisher people.
Type of PopulationRural
Potential Affected Population50,000 [3]
Start Date25/02/2018
Company Names or State EnterprisesIsraeli navy
Relevant government actorsIsraeli Naval Forces
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersThe Syndicate of Palestinian Fishermen (The Fishers Committee of the Union of Agricultural Work Committees - UAWC),

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR):,

World Forum of Fisher People (WFFP):
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)HIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
When did the mobilization beginIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups MobilizingSocial movements
Trade unions
Fisher people
Forms of MobilizationCreation of alternative reports/knowledge
Media based activism/alternative media
Street protest/marches
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Food insecurity (crop damage)
Health ImpactsVisible: Deaths, Other Health impacts
OtherFisher people are killed and wounded by the Israeli navy
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of livelihood, Violations of human rights
Project StatusIn operation
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCriminalization of activists
Violent targeting of activists
A Palestinian fisherman, Ismail Saleh Abu Reyala, was shot dead by the Israeli Navy on 25 February 2018. Ismail had turned 18 and his colleagues declare that he was preparing lunch on a fishing trip in the Northern area of Gaza territorial waters together with Aahed Hassan Abu Ali and Mahmoud Aadel Abu Reyala when the Navy opened fire. Aahed and Mahmoud were also injured by bullets [1].
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.The Israeli Navy continues to target Palestinian fisher people which results in injuries and deaths.
Sources and Materials

Palestinian Center for Human Rights' report on Israeli attacks against Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip (December 2016) [6]
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"Israeli navy kills Palestinian fisher" (WFFP Website, News, 26 February 2018) [1]
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Israeli navy kills Palestinian after boat breaches sailing limit, military says (Reuters, 25 February 2018) [2]
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Israeli Navy kills Palestinian fisherman off Gaza coast (AA News, 25 February 2018) [3]
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Israeli Navy Kills Teenage Palestinian Fisherman in Gaza (Palestine News Network) [4]
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Media Links

In Solidarity with the Palestinian Fishermen Facebook Page [5]
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Other Documents

Ismail Saleh Abu Reyala Ismail Saleh Abu Reyala was shot dead by the Israeli Navy on 25 February
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Meta Information
ContributorIrmak Ertör, ENVJUSTICE, ICTA
Last update21/06/2018