ICHR stresses the need to pay entitlements for families of martyred and injured citizens during the 2014 Israeli war on Gaza

Ramallah - Dr. Ammar Dwaik, Director General of the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR), met with Mrs. Intisar al-Wazir (Um Jihad), Head of the Foundation for Caring for the Families of the Martyrs and Wounded, to discuss the adoption of, and payment of entitlements to, the families of martyred and wounded citizens during the 2014 military offensive on the Gaza Strip.

It was confirmed that these families need to be supported in line with applicable regulations of the Foundation for Caring for the Families of the Martyrs and Wounded. Under the pretext of inadequate financial resources, however, the Ministry of Finance has refused to pay these entitlements.

Dr. Dwaik highlighted the important role the Foundation for Caring for the Families of the Martyrs and Wounded played on national, humanitarian and legal levels, preserving the dignity of the families of martyrs and wounded. On the social level, the Foundation implements a variety of activities to serve this remarkable group of the Palestinian people, who lost the fruit of their loins and made a great sacrifice on the path to liberation and freedom from the occupation.

An agreement was made to continue to follow up on this file with relevant official institutions, ensuring that entitlements are duly paid to the families of martyrs and wounded. The ICHR has been monitoring this issue for almost a year. It has also sent letters to the President and respective institutions. In addition to Advocates Mousa Abu Duheim and Sami Jabarin from the ICHR, the meeting brought together Ziyad al-Aqqad and Habes Ziyadat from the Foundation for Caring for the Families of the Martyrs and Wounded.

 

2 February 2017