Weekly report on israel’s terrorism against the State of Palestine

Full Report

Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)

 

(26 November – 02 December 2015)

Israeli forces have escalated the use of excessive force against peaceful protests

9 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children and a young woman, were killed in the West Bank.

One of them was killed by Israeli settlers.

12 Palestinian civilians, including 25 childre, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

 

Israeli forces conducted 91 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.

78 Palestinian civilians, including 19 children, were arrested.

9 of them, including 3 children, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.

Dream Radio in Hebron was closed for 6 months under the pretext of “incitement” and its contents were confiscated.

8 buses were confiscated from Abdul Rahim al-Tamimi Transport Company under the pretext of transporting protestors.

 

Israeli gunboats continued to target Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip sea, but no casualties were reported.

 

Israeli forces continued efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.

A house belonging to the family of al-‘Akari family in Shu’fat refugee camp, was bombed on grounds of collective punishment.

 

Settlement activities have continued in the West Bank.

3 residential tents and 12 livestock barns in the northern Jordan Valley were demolished, due to which, 19 persons, including 6 children, became homeless.

 

Israeli forces have turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 9th year.

Many temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and many others were re-established in a way obstructing the traffic.

5 Palestinian civilians, including a boy child and a young woman, were arrested at checkpoints in the West Bank.

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (26 November – 02 December 2015).

 

Shooting:

 

Israeli forces have continued to commit crimes, inflicting civilian casualties. They have also continued to use excessive force against Palestinian civilians participating in peaceful protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the majority of whom were youngsters. Occupied East Jerusalem witnessed similar attacks. During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed 9Palestinian civilians, including 2 children and a young woman, in the West Bank. Moreover, 112 Palestinian civilians, including 25 children, a woman and 5 journalists, were wounded. Twenty-five of whom, including a child and elderly woman, were wounded in the Gaza Strip and the others were wounded in the West Bank. Concerning the nature of injuries, 74 civilians were hit with live bullets, 36 ones were hit with rubber bullets and 2 others were hit with tear gas canisters.

 

In the West Bank, killings committed by Israeli forces were as follows:

 

In new excessive use of force, on Thursday, 26 November 2015, Israeli forces killed Yehia Yosri Hasan Taha (20) from Qattnah village, northwest of Occupied Jerusalem following clashes between the Israeli forces and dozens of Palestinian young men.

 

On the same day, Israeli forces killed Samer al-Seiryasi (51) while stepping out of a taxi at Za’tarah checkpoint, south of Nablus. Israeli forces as usual claimed that the killed person attempted to stab settlers waiting at a bus stop, south of the checkpoint.

 

In the evening, medical sources at al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron announced that Khaled Mahmoud Jabreen Jawabrah (19), from al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, succumbed to an injury he sustained to the left upper side of the belly.  He was with other young men throwing Molotov cocktails at the military watchtower established in the opposite side of the western entrance of the camp.

 

On 27 November 2015, an Israeli settler opened fire at Fadi Mohammed Mahmoud al-Khasib (25) from Beirbala village, northwest of occupied Jeruslaem, while he was passing by the intersection of “Kfar Adomim” settlement in al-Khan al-Ahmar area, east of Jeruslaem.  He was wounded with several bullets and immediately died.

 

In the afternoon, Israeli forces stationed at the entrance to Beit Ommer village, north of Hebron, opened fire at a civilian car with an Israeli registration plate. As a result, the driver Omer Arafat Essa al-Za’aqiq (19) was killed under the pretext of running over 5 Israeli soldiers at the said entrance. The corpse was transported later by an Israeli ambulance to an unknown destination.

On 29 November 2015, Israeli border guard agents opened fire at Basim ‘Abdel Rahman Mustafa Salah (38) from Nablus after he stabbed an Israeli soldier in al-Wad Street in East Jerusalem’s Old City.  As a result, he was hit with more than 11 live bullets fired at him from a close range, so he immediately died in the scene.

 

On the same day afternoon, Israeli forces killed Ayman Samih al-‘Abbasi (17) from Selwan village when he was participating in a demonstration organized in Ras al-‘Amoud neighbourhood, east of the East Jerusalem’s Old City protesting against the death of Basim Salah, who was killed in the above mentioned crime.

 

On 01 December, Israeli forces shot dead Ma’moun al-Khatib (16) from al-Dohah village, west of Bethlehem.  Israeli forces claimed that al-Khatib attempted to carry out a stab attack near “Gosh ‘Etzion” settlement complex, south of the city.

 

On the same day, in excessive use of forces, israleei forces stationed at ‘Inab checkpoint, east of Tulkarm shot dead Maram Hasounah (20) from Nablus who arrived at the checkpoint holding an axe while there were no Israeli soldiers in the area.  The girl started hitting the watchtower established in the area with the axe.  Therefore, the Israeli soldiers opened fire at her and she immediately died.

 

During this week, 87 Palestinians, including 24 children, were wounded.  five of whom, including 2 children, were wounded in occupied East Jerusalem and its suburbs while the rest were wounded in the West Bank Cities.

 

The Palestinian civilians wounded in the West Bank were distributed as follows:

 

In peaceful protests against Israeli policies: 59 Palestinian civilians, including 16 children, were wounded. Forty-three of them were hit with live bullets; 15 others were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets and one was hit with a gas canister.

In peaceful protests against Israeli incursion: 15 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, were wounded. One of them was hit with live bullets and 14 others were hit with a rubber-coated metal bullet.

At the checkpoints and public roads: a Palestinian civilian was hit with live bullets.

In peaceful protests against the annexation wall and settlement activities: 7 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were wounded.  Six of whom were hit with live bullets and one was hit with rubber-coated metal bullets.

Palestinian civilians wounded in occupied Jerusalem: 5 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded.  All of them were hit with live bullets.

 

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces wounded 25 civilians, including a child. eighteen of them were hit with live bullets, six with  rubber-coated metal bullets, and one with a tear gas canister.

 

The Palestinian civilians wounded in the Gaza Strip were distributed as follows:

 

North of the Gaza Strip: 3 Palestinian civilians were wounded; two of whom sustained a live bullet wound, and the other was hit a gas canister.

Gaza City: 11 Palestinian civilians were wounded.  Five of whom were hit with live bullets and 6 others were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets.

Central Gaza Strip: 9 Palestinian civilians, including a child and an elderly woman, were hit with live bullets.

Khan Yunis: 2 Palestinian civilians sustained live bullet wounds.

 

In the context of shooting incidents at the border area, on 20 November 2015, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha shore, northwest of Beit Lahia village, and off al-Sudaniya shore, west of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, opened fire heavily at Palestinian fishing boats for about 20 minutes.   Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.   The shooting recurred in the same area on 30 November and 01 December 2015.

 

Incursions:        

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 91 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 5 ones in occupied East Jerusalem. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 78 Palestinian civilians, including 19 children.  Nine of these civilians, including 3 children, were arrested in East Jerusalem.

 

During this week, Israeli forces raided Dream Radio office after blowing the main door. They cut off the electricity and internet cables. In addition, they confiscated broadcast devices, including mixers, PCs, laptops, microphones and cameras.  The Israeli forces left a military decision to close the station and confiscate its contents for 6 months under the pretext of broadcasting incitement.

 

Jewish Majority

 

House demolition on grounds of collective punishment

 

As part of the collective punishment policy practiced by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians, Israeli forces exploded the house of Ibrahim al-‘Akari in Sho’afat reufgee camp, north of East Jerusalem causing severe damages to his brothers’ houses.  Ibrahim’s house is located in the third floor in a 3-storey building, where his widow and 5 children live.  Al-‘Akari was killed by Israeli forces on 05 November 2015 after carrying a run over attack killing an Israeli officer and settler in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

 

House demolitions and demolition notices

 

On 27 November 2015, On Friday morning, 27 November 2015, Israeli municipality crews protected by Israeli border guard agents and Special Forces moved into the neighborhoods of al-Bustan and Beer Ayoub in Selwan village, south of occupied Jerusalem’s Old city, and distributed administrative demolition orders to residential and commercial facilities under the pretext of construction without a license.

On 29 November 2015, the Israeli municipality court issued a decision to demolish two residential apartments in Beer Ayoub neighborhood in Selwan village, south of the Old City, with self-demolition hand tools under the pretext of construction without a license.

 

On 01 December 2015, the family of Nabil al-Disi self-demolished a bathroom in their house following an order issued by the Israeli municipality court under the pretext of building without a license.

 

On 01 December 2015, Israeli forces demolished two apartments in al-Ashqariyah neighborhood in Beit Hanina, north of Jerusalem, under the pretext of building with a license.  The two apartments belong to Fawaz Mohammed Hasan al-Rajabi whose apartment is 60 square meters and shelters his nine family members, including 7 children and Nasri ‘amer Mohammed Hasan al-Rajabi who apartment is 60 square meters and shelters his 7 family members, including 5 children.

 

As part of targeting hospitals and medical centres, on 01 December 2015, Israeli forces raided al-Maqased Hospital in al-Tour neighbourhood, east of East Jerusalem’s Old City, and fired tear gas canisters at it under the pretext of searching for “Molotov Cocktail throwers”.

 

Restrictions on movement:

 

Israel continued to impose a tight closure of the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

 

The illegal closure of the Gaza Strip, which has been steadily tightened since June 2007 has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.  The Israeli authorities impose measures to undermine the freedom of trade, including the basic needs for the Gaza Strip population and the agricultural and industrial products to be exported. For 9 consecutive years, Israel has tightened the land and naval closure to isolate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and other countries around the world. This resulted in grave violations of the economic, social and cultural rights and a deterioration of living conditions for 1.8 million people.  The Israeli authorities have established Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shaloum) as the sole crossing for imports and exports in order to exercise its control over the Gaza Strip’s economy.  They also aim at imposing a complete ban on the Gaza Strip’s exports. The Israeli closure raised the rate of poverty to 38.8%, 21.1% of which suffer from extreme poverty. Moreover, the rate of unemployment increased up to 44%, which reflects the unprecedented economic deterioration in the Gaza Strip.

 

Settlement activities

 

On 26 November 2015, Israeli forces moved into al-Haiddiyah area in the northern Jordan Valley, east of Tubas.  The Israeli forces immediately demolished 3 residential tents and 12 livestock barns built of it and tin plates belonging to three families comprised of 19 members, including 6 children, living in the area.

 

On the aforementioned Thursday, Israeli forces moved into al-Hawawer  area in the northern area in Hebron and levelled an 80-cubic-meter rainwater collection pool used for agricultural purposes belonging to Jihad ‘Abdullah Karajah under the pretext of building in Area “C”.

 

On 27 November 2015, Israeli forces confiscated an excavator belonging to Ashraf Sawalmah from ‘Asirah village, north of Nablus,.  The excavator was in a land belonging to Mahmoud Hendiyah from Beit Dojn village, east of the city, cultivating the land.

 

At approximately 07:00 on Monday, 30 November 2015, Israeli forces accompanied by a jeep belonging to the construction and organization department in the Israeli Civil Administration and crane in Kherbet al-Deir, east of ‘Ein al-Beidaa’ village in the Northern Jordan Valley, north of Tubas.  They confiscated 4 water pumps used by farmers to irrigate their plants.  The pumps belonging to ‘Ammar Jihad Daraghmah; ‘Ali Mohammed Bayer Motawe’a; Hussein Saleh Daraghmah and Yasser Mahmoud Asmar Daraghamah.

 

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