2/2/2009
National Society for Democracy and Law expresses its deep concern towards the deteriorating conditions and status of disorder in the Gaza Strip since the start of the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip on December 27, 2008. During the Israeli aggression, many signs of disorder were witnessed in Gaza as reported in many cases of outlaws who took the law by hand and force without taking into consideration the language of reason represented in law and legal procedures.

While all the Palestinian people regardless of their political affiliation were busy documenting and showing the Israeli violations and giving their hands to help the badly affected families, many cases of lawlessness and chaos of weapon and taking rights by force were reported.

NSDL started documenting a number of cases who have been shot directly in their legs and beaten by armed militants (militias), especially in Rafah City as follows:

:1. On December 28, 2008, the citizen Mr. Sahir Saleh Al Selani, 25 years, was shot dead directly in the head while participating in a funeral of a number of martyrs who were killed by Israeli raid.

2. On January 01, 2009, the citizen Farid Harb Musallam was injured at 10:00pm in his house when four masked militias broke into his house and opened their fires directly at his legs. He was immediately hospitalized at the EU hospital and due to his critical health conditions; he was referred to a Libyan hospital.

3. On January 19, 2009, Ghassan Muammar was injured at Al Bayyouk area after he was kidnapped in Rafah. He was shot four times directly in his legs, and was moved to EU Hospital in the city. Additionally, over 80 citizens affiliated to Fateh Movement have been under home arrest, while tens of others were beaten in other areas in Rafah Governorate. .

NSDL is extremely concerned about the deterioration of status of law and order.

NSDL considers such actions as flagrant violations of human rights principles.

NSDL calls for the following:

First, the importance of working seriously to take legal actions to protect civilians in times of peace and war according to universal human rights conventions.

Second, NSDL calls on the de facto government in Gaza to hold responsibility for protecting Palestinian civilians and to take all outlaws involved in harming people to court.

Third, NSDL asserts that resolving social disputes or crimes can not be taken by shooting the convicts, but instead by law and court.