OVER 200 PALESTINIANS WERE INJURED BY ISRAELI FORCES DURING FRIDAY’S PROTESTS: MINISTRY OF HEALTH

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23.06.2018

Over 200 Palestinians Were Injured By Israeli Forces During Friday's Protests: Ministry Of Health

Protests on the Israel-Gaza border, June 22, 2018. IMAGE: MAHMUD HAMS/אי־אף־פי

206 Palestinians suffered injures, including gas asphyxiation, during Friday’s protests at the Gaza Strip border, the Palestinian Health Ministry’s spokesman wrote on Twitter on June 22.

According to the statement, 44 of these people suffered live bullet wounds.

On Friuday, Israeli forces fired large amounts of tear gas and live bullets east of Gaza City cracking down on protesters that were burning tires to obstruct the view of Israeli snipers.

Protests have been taking place on in the Gaza Strip every Friday since March 30, 2018. The protests are known as the “Great March of Return”. The protests are aimed against the blockade of Gaza, the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and are demanding to allow Palestinian refugees and their descendants to return to the areas seized by Israel.

The protests are taking place amid increased Israeli strikes on alleged Hamas targets in Gaza. In turn, the Palestinian movement responds with rockets strikes on Israeli targets. The most recent encounter took place on June 20.

It shoul be noted that from its side, the Israeli leadership accused the Palestinains, especially Hamas, of the ognoing escalation.

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The Fallacy of israel’s Human Shields Claims in Gaza

The Fallacy of Israel’s Human Shields Claims in Gaza

Written by Neve Gordon & Nicola Perugini

Desperately trying to justify the killing of unarmed protesters, Israel once again uses its ‘human shields’ mantra

Al Najjar

Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar, who was killed by an Israeli sniper, was featured in an Israel propaganda video claiming she was used as a ‘human shield’ by Hamas


It has become part of a macabre ritual. Each week, thousands of Palestinians stride towards the fence surrounding the small swath of land in which they have been imprisoned for years, as Israeli snipers pick their victims and shoot.

Since March 30, 132 Palestinians have been killed and over 13,000 have been injured as they have courageously protested the effects of Israel’s ongoing military siege on Gaza.

To some, the Palestinian march might look suicidal, but to Palestinians, it is the ultimate act of peaceful resistance. Malnutrition, lack of drinking water, daily electricity outages, massive unemployment, and extreme poverty are not abstract slogans for the civilians who have participated in these demonstrations.

So, week in and week out, they march towards the fence in the hope that the world will hear their anguish and that some country, some leader, or even some movement will support their cause and help them break the siege.

But each week, Israel is trying hard to push a different narrative. The Israeli military has been disseminating on social media images and videos of young children at protests. One short clip plays a lullaby interrupted by the sound of gunfire and rhetorically asks: “Where are the children of Gaza today?” After showing children amid the protesters, it then displays the word “here” in all caps across the screen.

Such videos are used as “the ultimate proof” that Palestinians are deploying children as human shields.

Israel’s “human shield” propaganda has also been applied on civilian adults. Following international outrage at the slaying of 21-year-old Razan Al-Najjar, who was killed while treating an injured protester, the Israeli army circulated an edited clip entitled “Hamas uses Paramedics as Human Shields”.

The video is based on an interview with Al Mayadeen TV in which Razan described her work as a medic: “My name is Razan Al-Najjar. I’m here on the front lines as a human shield to protect and save the wounded on the front lines.”

The Israeli army’s media unit conveniently edited the interview, omitting Razan’s claim that, for her, shielding the wounded is part of her responsibility as a medical worker. They also artfully ignored another clip posted on the New York Times website, where she describes the protests as an attempt “to send a message to the world: without weapons, we can do anything”.

Israel justifies its violent attacks by continuously accusing Hamas of using human shields, desperately hoping to stir moral indignation while also trying to muster a legal defence for the indefencible.

Morally, the charge intimates that the Palestinians are savages. Not unlike imagined barbaric pagans who offered their children to the gods, it suggests that the Palestinians of Gaza have no problem sending their sons and daughters to the front lines. The subtext is that civilised people protect their children while Palestinians sacrifice them.

Legally, a human shield is a civilian who is used in order to render a legitimate military target immune from attack. By accusing Hamas of deploying human shields, Israel hopes to shift the blame from the hunter to the prey, since, according to international law, the party responsible for the death of human shields is not the one killing them but the one using them.

This is precisely the message Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations conveyed in a letter he sent to the Security Council: “[the] terrorists continue to hide behind innocent children to ensure their own survival”.

With this statement, Danon not only shifts the blame but, in effect, also categorises anyone who participates in the March of Return as a military target. 

Exactly because human shields, by definition, defend legitimate military targets, the seemingly endless accusation that Palestinians use human shields to protect demonstrators reveals that for Israel all Palestinian protesters are fair game.

But despite Israel’s best efforts, the “human shield” argument is increasingly failing to convince. In a recent report, Human Rights Watch accused Israel of perpetrating war crimes in its efforts to suppress Palestinian demands for liberation.

Meanwhile, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution with overwhelming majority condemning Israel’s use of “indiscriminate force”, while UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein called for an investigation. 

What is even more frightening, however, is that Gaza is not particularly unique.

From Venezuela, where priests defended anti-government activists from the lethal violence of riot police, to South Africa, where white students shielded black students as they rallied against unaffordable tuition fees, to the United States, where veterans tried to protect peaceful Native Americans who were being brutally attacked by security dogs, blasted with water cannons in subzero temperatures, and fired on with rubber bullets at Standing Rock Reservation, more and more people are either being framed as human shields or are actually serving as human shields.

In spite of the differences between these contexts, the figure of the human shield – whether used to justify colonial violence or to protect demonstrators – has become omnipresent in our contemporary political landscape.

This, in turn, suggests that protesters are increasingly conceived as lawful targets and that the repertoires of violence as well as the legal justifications used in war have entered the realm of civilian life and are being normalised. 

Source: Al-Jazeera

Despite the recent genocide Palestinians continue their resistance against the Jewish terrorist state

Health Ministry: “Israeli Soldiers Injure 206 Palestinians, Including 44 With Live Fire”

 

 

23 Jun
3:40 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza has reported that Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, 206 Palestinians, including 44 with live fire, and added that seven of the Palestinians suffered life-threatening wounds.

Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza, said 120 of the 206 wounded Palestinians received treatment in filed clinics, and 86 others, including 44 who were shot with live fire, were rushed to several hospitals in the Gaza Strip; seven of them are in very serious conditions.

He also stated that at least thirty Palestinians suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

In his statement Dr. al-Qedra denounced the ongoing Israeli military targeting of medics in the Gaza Strip, and said the soldiers shot two medics, including one woman, and added that at least eight of the wounded Palestinians are children.

Media sources in Gaza said the soldiers shot four Palestinians, including two with live fire, in Abu Safiyya area, east of Jabalia, in northern Gaza, before they were rushed to the Indonesian Hospital in nearby Beit Lahia, suffering moderate wounds.

The army also injured several Palestinians with live fire, and gas bombs, east of Khuza’a town, east of Khan Younis, in southern Gaza Strip. One of them was shot with a bullet in his leg and was rushed to the European Hospital.

On June 20th 2018, a young man, identified as Mohammad Ghassan Abu Doqqa, 22, died of wounds sustained when he was shot and seriously injured by Israeli army fire on May 14th, 2018 during the Great Return March protest.

On June 18, 2018, a child identified as Zakariya Hussein Bashbash, 13, died of serious wounds sustained several days earlier when he was shot by Israeli soldiers at a protest in Gaza.

On the same day that Zakariya died from his wounds, Israeli soldiers killed Sabri Ahmad Abu Khader, 24, after shooting him with live fire near the Great Return Camp, east of Gaza city.

Their deaths bring the number of Palestinians who were killed by Israeli army fire since March 30th, 2018 to 129, including thirteen children.

The army also injured 13878 others, including hundreds of suffered serious wounds, mainly after being shot with expanding bullets.

Among the slain Palestinians are two medics, identified as Razan Najjar, 22, and Mousa Jaber Abu Hassanein, 36, while 223 others were injured, and the army caused damage to 37 ambulances.

The army also killed two journalists, identified as Yasser Mortaja, 31, and Ahmad Abu Hussein, 25, and wounded 144 others.

Updated From:
Israeli Soldiers Injure Five Palestinians In Gaza
Jun 22, 2018 @ 16:26

Israeli soldier shot, on Friday evening, at least five Palestinians, including two who were shot with live fire, after the army attacked the “Great Return March” protests along border areas, in the eastern part of the besieged Gaza Strip.

Medical sources at the Indonesian Hospital in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza, said the soldiers shot two Palestinians with live fire, and two others with gas bombs, near the border fence in Abu Safiya area, east of nearby Jabalia, causing moderate wounds.

The soldiers also fired live rounds at protesters, east of Khuza’a town, east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza, wounding one Palestinian in his leg, before he was rushed to the European Hospital, while several others suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

Furthermore, dozens of Palestinians suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, after the soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs at protesters, east of Gaza.

Several Palestinians also burnt tires, and flew burning kites, in addition to flying balloons carrying Palestinian flags

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

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory 

 

 

21 Jun
10:26 PM

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 13 – 20 June, 2018.

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

(13 – 20 June 2018)

 

  • Israeli forces continued to use force against Palestinian peaceful protestors.
  • A Palestinian civilian was killed, and 3 others, including a child, succumbed to their wounds.
  • 8 Palestinian civilians were wounded in the Gaza Strip.
  • 3 Palestinians were wounded in the West Bank.

 

  • Israeli warplanes carried out many air strikes against many targets belonging to the Palestinian armed groups.
  • Israeli drones targeted the Palestinian civilians gathering in the peaceful demonstrations.
  • Israeli forces launched 54 missiles at military sites belonging to the armed groups and peaceful demonstrators’ gatherings.
  • Two military police officers were wounded when a site near their workplace was targeted.

 

  • Israeli forces continued to open fire at the border areas in the Gaza Strip.

 

  • Israeli forces conducted 58 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 4 similar incursions were conducted in Jerusalem
  • 57 civilians, including 5 children and 2 women, were arrested in the West Bank.
  • 13 of them, including a woman and child, were arrested in Jerusalem.

 

  • Israeli authorities continued to create a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • A house was demolished in Qalendia village while doors and barbed wires were uprooted in several neighbourhoods in the city.

 

  • Israeli forces continued to open fire at the Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Sea, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 11th consecutive year.
  • Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.
  • 8 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were arrested at the military checkpoints in the West Bank.
  • A patient died in Erez Crossing when he was summoned for an interview with the Israeli Intelligence as a condition for giving him a permit to enter Jerusalem for treatment.

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (13 – 20 June 2018).

 

Shooting:

 

Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against Palestinian civilians, who participated in peaceful demonstrations organized within the activities of the “Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege” in the Gaza Strip, which witnessed for the 11th week in a row peaceful demonstrations along the eastern and northern Gaza Strip border area. During the reporting period in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and 3 others, including a child, succumbed to their wounds.  They also wounded 7 other civilians in the Gaza Strip and 3 in the West Bank.  The Israeli warplanes carried out several air strikes against targets belonging to the Palestinian armed groups and launched dozens of missiles, causing damage to the sites.  The Israeli drones also targeted Palestinian civilians gathering in the peaceful demonstrations with many missiles.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 18 June 2018, in use of lethal force, the Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded another.  On the same day morning, the Israeli warplanes launched one missile at 4 Palestinians who sneaked into the border fence between the Strip and Israel near the “Karny” Industrial Area in eastern Shija’iyah in eastern Gaza City.  As a result, one of them identified as Sabri Abu Khader (23) from al-Tufah neighborhood was killed and another 19-year-old civilian was wounded with shrapnel to the leg.

 

In the same context, two civilians, including a child, succumbed to their wounds.  On 14 June, medical sources in the Gaza European Hospital in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip declared death of Ahmed al-‘Aasi (21) from Khan Younis after succumbing to his serious wounds.  According to investigations conducted by PCHR at that time, the abovementioned civilian was hit with a gas canister in the head during the demonstrations on Friday, 08 June 2018, east of the Return encampment in Khuza’ah in eastern Khan Younis.

 

On 18 June 2018, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City declared the death of Zakariah Bushbush (14) from al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip succumbing to wounds he sustained on 30 May 2018.  Zakaria was wounded during his participation in the Return March in eastern al-Bureij with a bullet that entered his chest and exited his back.  His condition was very serious so he was transferred to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital.

 

On 20 June 2018, Medical sources at St. Josef Hispital in occupied East Jerusalem declared the death of Mohammed Abu Farhanah (23) from ‘Abasan al-Kabirah in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip after succumbing to his serious wounds.  The abovementioned was wounded with 2 bullets to the abdomen on 14 May 20118, after the Israeli forces opened fire at him during his participation in the Return March demonstrations in eastern Khan Younis.  At that time, he was taken to Nasser Hospital and admitted to the intensive Care Unit (ICU) due to his serious condition.  He was later referred to St. Josef Hospital in Jerusalem until his death was declared on the abovementioned day afternoon.

 

During the reporting period, the Israeli forces wounded 7 Palestinians, including 2 military police officers who were wounded when they were in their workplace at the time of targeting the nearby site belonging to the armed groups by the Israeli warplanes.

 

As part of the airstrikes, on 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 20 June 2018, the Israeli warplanes launched 15 missiles at the Palestinians participating in the Great March of Return in eastern al-Bureij and al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip.  Meanwhile, the Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at those inside the encampment.  As a result, two civilians sustained shrapnel wounds in their bodies.

 

On 17 June 2018, the Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at a site belonging to the Palestinian armed groups, southeast of al-Bureij in the central Gaza Strip.

 

On 18 June 2018, Israeli drones fired 3 missiles, 3 minutes between each, at a border control point belonging to the Palestinian armed groups and an agricultural land in Eastern al-Qararah village, northeast of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.  On the same day, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a Palestinian civilian grey Mitsubishi car parked near al-Murabeteen Mosque at the end of Baghdad Street in al-Shija’yah neighbourhood in eastern Gaza City.  On the same day, the Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at The Navy Site near al-Shati’ refugee camp, west of Gaza City.  In all the airstrikes, no casualties were reported.  On the same day, the Israeli warplanes in 4 separate airstrikes launched 7 missiles at 2 sites belonging to al-Qassam Brigades (the military wing of Hamas) in Tal al-Za’atar area in Jabalia and al-Safinah building, southwest of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip.

 

On 20 June 2018, the Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at a site belonging to the Palestinian armed groups in western al-Maghazi; 2 missiles at another site in western Gaza City; 3 missiles at a military site, east of al-Shaikh Zayed Housing Project in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip; 6 missiles at Jerusalem Site belonging to al-Qassam Brigdaes, west of Khan Younis; 8 missiles at 2 sites belonging to al-Qassam Brigades, southwest of Rafah City in the southern Gaza Strip.  It should be mentioned that the Israeli drones targeted gatherings of Palestinian civilians in the peaceful demonstrations several times, but no casualties were reported.

 

As part of targeting the border areas, on 14 June 2018, the Israeli forces along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian agricultural lands adjacent to the border fence.  However, no casualties were reported.

 

On 15 June 2018, Israeli forces fired shells at a border control point belonging to the Palestinian armed groups, east of al-Shokah village in eastern Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.  However, no casualties were reported.

 

As part of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea, the Israeli forces continued to escalate their attacks against the Palestinian fishermen, pointing out to the ongoing Israeli policy of targeting their livelihoods.  During the reporting period, PCHR documented 2 shooting incidents at the fishermen sailing off Rafah shore in the southern Gaza Strip.

 

In the West Bank, during the reporting period, the Israeli forces wounded 3 Palestinian civilians.  On 15 June 2018, two Palestinians were wounded when the Israeli forces stationed near the military watchtower established on the lands of al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at them while attempting to cross the main gate closed by the Israeli forces and established at the main entrance to the city.

 

On 19 June 2018, Israeli forces during the reporting period wounded a Palestinian civilian when they moved into the Western Farm village, north of Ramallah and a number of youngsters gathered to protest against their incursion.  As a result, the Israeli soldiers opened fire wounding a 21-year-old civilian with a bullet to the abdomen.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 58 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 4 similar ones into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 44 Palestinians, including 4 children and a woman, in the West Bank.  Meanwhile, 13 civilians, including a woman and a child, were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburb.

 

Israeli Forces Continued their Measures to Create a Jewish Majority in occupied East Jerusalem

 

As part of demolishing civilian facilities, on 20 June 2018, the Israeli military vehicles demolished a house in Qalendia village, north of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing.  The 50-square-meter house which belonged to ‘Ali Mutair was comprised of a room, kitchen and bathroom; and Mutair, his wife and kids moved to live in it only 5 months ago.

 

On the same day, the Israeli municipality staffs carried out a campaign to raid, confiscate and demolish in many areas in occupied east Jerusalem under the pretext of non-licensing.  The military vehicles demolished the outside walls, house doors, and removed the perimeter fences of the land belonging to the Islamic Endowments Department in al-Joz Valley neighbourhood.  It should be noted that those houses are built on a land which the Israeli forces seek to confiscate in favour of building the Hebrew Biblical Gardens extended to Siwlan village, south of the Jerusalem’s Old City.

 

Israeli Settlement Activities and Settlers’ Attacks against the Palestinian Civivlians and their Property:

 

On 13 June 2018, the Israeli forces confiscated a GCB digger which was reclaiming a land located in Area C according to the 1993 Oslo Accords between ‘Aqraba and Majdal Bani Fadel villages, southeast of Nablus.  The land belongs to Ayman Bani Fadel from ‘Aqraba village while the digger belongs to Mohammed ‘Abdel Razzaq Dawoud ‘Odah from nearby Qasrah village.

 

On 14 June 2018, the Israeli forces notified the residents of Qa’oun Plain near Bardala village in the northern Jordan Valley and located in Area C according to the 1993 Oslo Accords to stop working in the Solar Cells Project to supply artesian wells with electricity in the area.  It should be mentioned that this project is funded by the Italian GVC.

 

Details

 

  1. Incursions into Palestinian Areas, and Attacks on Palestinian Civilians and Property in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip

 

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Nemrah neighbourhood in Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ayman ‘Ashour (17) and then withdrew from the city. It should be noted that ‘Ashour was arrested 3 days ago while he was taking photos in the vicinity of the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron’s Old City.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces accompanied with 2 military vehicles moved into Beit Awla village, west of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Tareq Ayman ‘Ashour (25) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 15:30, Israeli drones fired 3 missiles at a group of civilians participating in the Great March of Return, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip. At approximately 20:00 on the same day, the drone fired 2 other missiles the vicinity of the same area with 45 minutes between the first and second airstrike, causing material damage to the area. Moreover, Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at those who were in the camp. However, no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (6) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Nuba, Kharas and Halhoul in Hebron.

 

Thursday, 14 June 2018

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Baqa al-Sharqiyah village, north of Tulkarm. They then raided and searched a house belonging to Khalid Shaher Mohammed Hurani (20) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aydah refugee camp, north of Bethlehem and stationed on the camp streets. Dozens of youngsters gathered on the street and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers. The soldiers heavily fired rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation. The soldiers then raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Ahmed Lutfi Da’amsah (23). They then raided and searched a house belonging to Khader al-Barbari and detained him for some time and then released him after Salem Ahmed al-Barbari turned himself in. The Israeli soldiers also arrested Mo’ath Mohammed Abu ‘Akar (25) for hours and then released him. A number of civilians said that the soldiers raided a barber shop belonging to Wael Jadou, and the shop was full of customers on Eid al Fitr eve. The soldiers locked them inside the shop during the incursion.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Jenin refugee camp, west of the city. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Lo’ai Emad Ibrahim ‘Amer (18).

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Essam Ahmed As’ad Zablakh (27) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Noor Shams refugee camp, south of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Bara’a Fathi Mohammed Qar’awi (18) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Seneria village, south of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Suheib Mashhour A’amar (22) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aydah refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mo’ath Mohammed Abu ‘Aker (25) and Ahmed Mar’ae Da’amsah (23) and then arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Bashar Sa’aed Ahmed Abu al-‘Ezz (19) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 14:45, Israeli drones fired a missile at a group of civilians participating in the Great March of Return, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip. At approximately 15:45 on the same day, the drones fired another missile with 60 minutes between each of the missiles. Moreover, Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at those who were in the camp. However, no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 19:20, Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip opened fire at agricultural lands adjacent to the border fence. As a result, farmers were forced to leave their lands fearing for their lives, but no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-Laban eastern village, south of Nablus.

 

Friday, 15 June 2018

 

  • At approximately 11:10, Israeli forces opened fire at a border control checkpoint belonging to the Palestinian armed groups, east of al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, but no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 13:30, Israeli drones fired 2 missiles with 10 minutes between each at a group of civilians participating in the Great March of Return, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip. At approximately 19:55 on the same day, the drones fired another missile at the same area, causing severe damage to the area. Moreover, Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at those who were in the camp. However, no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (9) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah; Hebron, Yatta, Halhoul, al-Thaheriyah, al-Samou’a, Ethna, Tarqumiyah and Beit Kahel villages in Hebron.

 

Saturday, 16 June 2018:

 

  • At approximately 15:00, Israeli drones fired a missile at a group of civilians participating in the Great March of Return, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip. Moreover, Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at those who were in the camp. The airstrike caused the injury of 2 civilians with shrapnel. The wounded civilians were transferred to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah, and Doctors classified their injuries as moderate.

 

  • At approximately 18:60, Israeli forces moved into Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah. After the end of the weekly protest, they raided and searched a house belonging to Tareq Nabil ‘Ali (14) and then arrested him and took him to a military vehicle. After a short time, Tareq was released, and no further incidents were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Barta’ah village, southwest of Jenin.

 

Sunday, 17 June 2018

 

  • At approximately 03:50, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a Palestinian civilian car that was near Morabeteen Mosque on Baghdad Street in al-Sheja’eiyah neighborhood, east of Gaza City, but no casualties were reported. It should be noted that there were incendiary kites inside the car.

 

  • At approximately 04:15, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at al-Bahriyah site in al-Shati refugee camp, west of Gaza, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 02:50, Israeli drones fired a missile at a group of civilians participating in the Great March of Return, east of al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip. Moreover, Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at those who were in the camp, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 17:30, Israeli drones fired 3 missiles at a site belonging to the Palestinian armed groups, southeast of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip. The airstrike caused severe damage to the site, but no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (7) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Kharas, al-Surrah, Emrish and al-Hadab villages in Hebron.

 

Monday, 18 June 2018

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron and stationed in al-Namous neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mahmoud Mohammed al-Haroub (29) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Hebron and stationed in the southern area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Safa’a Akram Shehdah Abu Suneinah (38) and hen arrested her. It should be noted that Safa’a is the Head of Happy Home Society for Culture and Development in the city.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Fawar refugee camp, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Anas Nayef al-‘Absi (23) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Taqou’a village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Shadi Nayef al-‘Amour (23) and Yusuf Jamal Sabbah (19) and then arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 04:20, Israeli drones fired a missile at a military site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades (the Military Armed Wing of Hamas Movement). The site is located where the General Intelligence Services building “al-Safinah” was, southwest of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip. After less than 5 minutes, the Israeli warplanes fired 3 other missiles at the same site. The airstrike caused severe damage to the site and partial damage to the houses surrounding the site, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 04:30, Israeli drones fired a missile at a military site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades (the Military Armed wing of Hamas Movement) in Tal al-Za’tar area in Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip. After less than 5 minutes, the Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at the same site, causing material damage to the site, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • In new use of lethal force, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded others. According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 11:40 on the same day, and Israeli warplane launched 4 missiles at Palestinians who sneaked via the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel near the Industrial Area (Karni), east of al-Sheja’eiyah neighborhood, east of Gaza city. As a result, Sabri Ahmed Salah Abu Khader (23) from al-Tuffah neighborhood was killed after being hit with shrapnel throughout his body and a 19-year-old civilian were hit with shrapnel to the legs. At approximately 10:30, Sabri along with 3 others used a cart and went to “Karni” crossing carrying benzene and incendiary materials with them to set fire to a watchtower. The 4 civilians crossed the border fence, but Sabri climbed to the wall to remove the camera on it. Thus, the Israeli warplanes targeted him, so he fled while bleeding and fell on the ground after he crossed the border fence towards the Gaza Strip.

 

  • At approximately 19:30, Israeli drones fired 3 missiles with few minutes between them at a watchtower belonging to Palestinian armed groups and an agricultural land, east of al-Qararah village, northeast of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. As a result, airstrike caused material damage in the area, but no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Yatta and Beit Kahel and Bani Na’im villages in Hebron.

 

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Dawhah village, west of Bethlehem and stationed at Chili intersection. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nasser Abu ‘Arab and then arrested his sister’s son Yazan Yusuf al-Bal’awi (22) who according to their claims is wanted. It should be noted that al-Bal’awi is from al-Duheishah refugee camp and the Israeli forces arrested his father Yusuf 2 weeks ago to practice pressure on him so he would turn himself in.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Taqou’a village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Shadi Nayef al-‘Amour (23) and Yusuf Jamal Sabbah (19) and then arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 21:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, west of Rafah in the southern Gaza strip fired flare bombs in the sky and opened fire at a group of Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles, but no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Madama and ‘Asirah al-Qabaliyah villages, south of Nablus; Sanour village, southwest of Jenin; Tulkarm and ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah; Kafel Hares village, north of Salfit.

 

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem and stationed in Hendazah area, east of the city. They raided and searched a house belonging to As’ad Dawoud Abu ‘Ahour (18) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Bassam Deriyah (20) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:15, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They raided and searched a number of house and then arrested 4 civilians namely yusuf Ahmed Yusuf ‘Awad (22), Mohammed Bilal al-‘Azizi (20), Rami Ahmed al-Kousa (20) and ‘Obadah Khalaf al-Tashtoush (24).

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Tal village, southwest of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Qusai Hassan Saleh al-Hendi (23) and ‘enad Mustafa Hasan ‘Asidah (22).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested Amir ‘Emad ‘Amer (22), Aysar Mohammed ‘Amer (20) and Ziyad Nasser Ja’as.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Kufor ‘Aboush village, south of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Ali Taqi Tawfiq Taqi (28) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces move into Thanabah village, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Amer Mahmoud Abdullah ‘Assaf (26) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Qifin village, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mo’ath Fathi Raja al-Khasib (28) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli warplanes launched 6 missiles with few minutes at al-Quds site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades (the Military Armed Wing of Hamas Movement), west of al-Satar western neighborhood in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. As a result, the site sustained large material damage in the area and a guard who works in the area sustained bruises.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Halhoul, north of Hebron and stationed in al-Tharwah area. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 4 civilians namely Yusuf Jihad al-Bab (22), Mahmoud ‘Awad Zama’rah (24), ‘Ata Hasan Zama’rah (23) and Ahmed Bilal Zama’rah (21)

 

  • At approximately 03:45, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a site belonging to Palestinian armed groups. The airstrike caused material damage to the site, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 04:30, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at a site belonging to Palestinian armed groups, west of al-Maghazi, adjacent to Salah Eden Street in the central Gaza Strip. The airstrike caused material damage to the site, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 04:35, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a military site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades (the Military Armed Wing of Hamas Movement), east of Sheikh Zayed towers in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. After less than 5 minutes, the Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at the same site, causing severe material damage to the site, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 15:15, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles, with few minutes between each, at a site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades (the Military Armed Wing of Hamas Movement), northwest of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. The airstrike caused severe damage to the site, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 13:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a group of civilians who were in the northeast of Gaza Valley (Juhor al-Deek) in the central Gaza Strip, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 15:30, an Israeli drone fired 2 missiles at a group of civilians who were in the northeast of Gaza Valley (Juhor al-Deek) in the central Gaza Strip, but no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: ‘Awarta village, southwest of Nablus; Tubas and al-Fare’ah refugee camp, south of the city; Yatta and al-Samou’a village in Hebron.

 

Use of Force against Demonstrations in Protest against the U.S. President’s Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel:

 

Continuing the demonstrations in protest against the U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. Embassy to it, Palestinian civilians organized protests against the decision throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The demonstrations were as follows during the reporting period:

 

  • At approximately 13:30 on Friday, 15 June 2018, a group of Palestinian civilians moved from Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah, to the eastern entrance to the village, which has been closed for 15 years in favor of the entrance to “Kedumim” settlement established on the village lands. The protestors chanted national slogans demanding end of occupation, condemning the U.S President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and condemning the Israeli forces’ crimes against Palestinian protestors along the eastern border of the Gaza Strip within “The Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege” activities. The protestors set fire to tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand barriers. The soldiers fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation. The Israeli forces arrested Hamam ‘Adnan ‘Ali (22) and Omer Walid ‘Ali (20). They also raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mohammed Tahah ‘Amer and Abdul Rahim ‘Ali and later withdrew.

 

  • At approximately 14:30 on Sunday, 17 June 2018, Israeli forces stationed behind the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel adjacent to the Return camp, east of Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at a group of civilians who demonstrated near the border fence. The shooting continued for 3 hours. As a result, a 22-year-old civilian was hit with a live bullet to the hand. He was transferred to Gaza European Hospital to receive medical treatment, and doctors classified his injury as moderate.

 

  • At approximately 22:30 on the same Sunday, Israeli forces stationed behind the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Abu Safiyah Hill, northeast of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, fired a number of tear gas canisters at civilians who were around 300-600 meters away from the west of the border fence. As a result, a 20-year-old civilian from Jabalia was hit with a tear gas canister to the hand.

 

 Three Civilians, including a Child, Succumbed to Their Wounds:

 

  • At approximately 07:30 on Thursday, 14 June 2018, medical sources at Gaza European Hospital in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, announced the death of Ahmed Ziyad Tawfiq al-‘Asi (21) from Khan Younis refugee camp, succumbing to his wounds. According to PCHR’s investigations, Ahmed was hit with a tear gas canister to the head by Israeli forces during his participation in the Great Return March on 08 June 2018, east of Return camp in Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Younis. He was transferred to Gaza European Hospital where his health condition deteriorated until his death was announced. Moreover, Ziyad Jadallah Abdul Qader al-Braim (28) from Bani Suheila in Khan Younis was killed on the events of the same day after being hit with a live bullet to the abdomen. Moreover, 110 other civilians were wounded.

 

  • At approximately 16:00 on Monday, 18 June 2018, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza city announced the death of Zakaria Saied Mustafa Bashbash (14) from al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, succumbing to wounds he sustained on Wednesday, 30 May 2018. Zakaria was hit with a live bullet that entered the chest and existed from the back during his participation in the Return March, east of al-Buraij. He was admitted to al-Aqsa Hospital as his injury was serious. Zakaria was then transferred to al-Shifa Hospital where he stayed until his death was announced.

 

  • At approximately 21:45 on Wednesday, 20 June 2018, medical sources at “Mar Youssef” Hospital in East Jerusalem announced the death of Mohammed Ghassan Mohammed Abu Farhanah (23) from ‘Abasan al-Kabirah in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, succumbing to his serious wounds, east of the city. Mohammed’s father said to PCHR’s fieldworker that Mohammed was hit with 2 live bullets to the abdomen on 14 May 2018 after Israeli forces opened fire at him during his participation in the Return March, east of Khan Younis. He was transfered to Nasser Hospital where he was admitted to the ICUdue to his serious health condition. Mohammed was then referred to “St. Josef” Hospital in Jerusalem where he stayed until his death was announced on the same day evening. According to PCHR’s investigations on the same day events, the Israeli forces killed 19 civilians, including a child, and wounded dozens of civilians, after they used the lethal and excessive force against thousands of peaceful protestors who protested in 3 areas near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Khan Younis.

 

  1. Continued closure of the oPt

 

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

 

Gaza Strip

 

Israeli forces continuously tighten the closure of the Gaza Strip and close all commercial crossings, making the Karm Abu Salem crossing the sole commercial crossing of the Gaza Strip, although it is not suitable for commercial purposes in terms of its operational capacity and distance from markets.

Israeli forces have continued to apply the policy, which is aimed to tighten the closure on all commercial crossings, by imposing total control over the flow of imports and exports.

 

Israeli forces have continued to impose a total ban on the delivery of raw materials to the Gaza Strip, except for very limited items and quantities. The limited quantities of raw materials allowed into Gaza do not meet the minimal needs of the civilian population of the Gaza Strip.

 

Israeli forces also continued to impose an almost total ban on the Gaza Strip exports, including agricultural and industrial products, except for light-weighted products such as flowers, strawberries, and spices. However, they lately allowed the exportation of some vegetables such as cucumber and tomatoes, furniture and fish.

 

Israel has continued to close the Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing for the majority of Palestinian citizens from the Gaza Strip. Israel only allows the movement of a limited number of groups, with many hours of waiting in the majority of cases. Israel has continued to adopt a policy aimed at reducing the number of Palestinian patients allowed to move via the Beit Hanoun crossing to receive medical treatment in hospitals in Israel or in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel also continued applying the policy of making certain civilian traveling via the crossing interviewed by the Israeli intelligence service to be questioned, blackmailed or arrested.

 

  • Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing, in the north of the Gaza Strip, is designated for the movement of individuals, and links the Gaza Strip with the West Bank.

 

  • Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing, in the north of the Gaza Strip, is designated for the movement of individuals, and links the Gaza Strip with the West Bank.

Movement at Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing

(12-19 June 2018)

Category 12 June 13 June 14 June 15 June 16 June 17 June 18 June 19 June
Patients 62 17 10 1 22 21 58
Companions 54 11 11 1 22 16 56
Personal needs 17 26 18 5 16 11 15
Familiesof prisoners 6 23
Arabs fromIsrael 1 1 4 1 13 11 5
Diplomats 2 1 2
International journalists
International workers 31 49 46 6 9 3 13
TravelersAbroad 72 1 1 3
Business people 124 168 126 311 271 238
Business meetings
Security interviews 4 4 4 1 5
VIPs 1 1 1 1
Ambulances to Israel 4 4 2 1 1 4
Patients’ Companions 4 4 2 1 1 4

 

 

 

Note:

  • On Tuesday, 12 June 2018, Israeli authorities allowed one person to travel via Erez Crossing to accompany a dead body.
  • On Tuesday, 12 June 2018, Israeli authorities allowed 3 persons; on Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 5 persons; and on Tuesday, 14 June 2018, one person from the Gaza Strip to perform prayers at al-Aqsa Mosque.
  • On Thursday, 14 June 2018, Israeli authorities allowed 4 persons; and on Monday, 18 June 2018, 2 persons who works at the General Authority of Civil Affairs (GACA) and internationals to renew their permits.
  • On Tuesday, 19 June 2018, Israeli authorities allowed one person to return to the West Bank.

 

Patient Died at Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing after Being Summoned For Interview with Israeli Intelligence

  • At approximately 11:20 on Tuesday, 19 June 2018, Patient Mas’oud ‘Abed al-Hai Mohamed Abu Saqer (49), from Beir al-Na’jah area in Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, died at Erez Crossing. Mas’oud had suffered cancer in his right lung since December 2017 and died in Erez Crossing after being summoned for an interview with the Israeli Intelligence Service. Mas’oud Family was informed by the Coordination Department at the Ministry of Heath that Mas’oud should head to the interview in order to get a permit and access al-Motala’ Hospital in occupied Jerusalem.
  • Mas’oud’s brother, Abdullah, said via a phone call that though his brother was asked many times for an interview with the Israeli Intelligence Service, his application was either refused or suspended under the so-called “security check”. As a result, on 21 February 2018, he managed to travel to Egypt, where his right lung was removed in Naser Medical Institute. After that, his health condition deteriorated, especially after returning to Gaza. His family was forced to submit an application to travel via Erez Crossing, but his application was either refused or suspended “under security check”. Mas’oud staued in the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia until his family was informed that he had an interview at the crossing. On Tuesday, 19 June 2018, he along with his wife headed to the crossing, where he died inside the security corridor connecting between the Israeli and Palestinian sides of the crossing. According to information by the Coordination Department at the Ministry of Health, Mas’oud submitted an application to travel on 02 January 2018, but the Israeli response was that the application is under security check. He went for the interview on 23 January 2018, but the Israeli response came on 30 January 2018 rejecting his application. He also submitted 2 other applications on 28 March 2018 and 23 May 2018, but both were rejected as well.  On 06 June 2018, he was asked for an interview with the Israeli Intelligence Service, so he headed to the crossing.  However, the Israeli response came on 11 June 2018 that he was under security check. On 19 June 2018, he was asked for an interview with the Israeli Intelligence Service again and headed to the crossing where died.

Israel has imposed a tightened closure on the West Bank. During the reporting period, Israeli forces imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians:

 

 

  • Ramallah and al-Bireh:

At approximately 20:30 on Tuesday, 19 June 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint in the main square of ‘Ain Sinaa village, north of Ramallah.

At approximately 23:30, a similar checkpoint was established at the main entrance to ‘Ain Yabroud village, northeast of the city.

 

  • Hebron: Israeli forces established (15) checkpoints all over the city.

On Wednesday, 13 June 2018, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Yatta, Beit ‘Awaa and Ethna villages and on Karmah-Samou’a Road.

On Thursday, 15 June 2018, 3 similar checkpoints were established at the entrances to Dura, Sa’ir and al-Ramadeen villages.

On Sunday, 17 June 2018, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrance to Beit Ummer village, at the western entrance to Hebron, and at the entrance to al-Fawar refugee camp.

On Monday, 18 June 2018, 2 similar checkpoints were established at the entrances to Beit Ummer and al-Shayyoukh villages.

On Tuesday, 19 June 2018, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrance to Beit ‘Awaa and Jalajel villages and at the southern entrance to Halhoul village.

 

  • Qalqiliyia: Israeli forces established () checkpoints all over the city.

 

On Thursday, 14 June 2018, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Qalqiliyia; at the entrances to Jeet and al-Fondoq villages, northeast of the village; and on a road connects between ‘Azoun and Jayyous villages, north of Qalqiliyia.

At approximately 12:30 on Friday, 15 June 2018, a checkpoint was established at the eastern entrance to Qalqiliyia.

At approximately 20:30 on Saturday, 16 June 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Qalqiliyia.

At approximately 21:20 on Sunday, 17 June 2018, a similar checkpoint was established at the entrance to ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyia.

At approximately 13:40 on Sunday, a checkpoint was established at the entrance to Heblah village, south of the city.

At approximately 19:15 on Monday, 18 June 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint beween ‘Azoun and Kafur Thulth villages, east of the city.

At approximately 01:50 on Tuesday, 19 June 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance to Qalqiliyia.

 

  • Salfit:

At approximately 19:40 on Wednesday, 13 June 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the western entrance to Qarawet Bani Hassan village,west of Salfit.

At approximately 19:45 on Thursday, 14 June 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Qarawet Bani Hassan village, northwest of Salfit.

At approximately 21:05, a similar checkpoint was established at the entrance to Kafur al-Deek village, west of the city.

 

  • Nablus:

At approximately 14:00 on Saturday, 16 June 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint in al-Moraba’ah area in a road connects between Tal, Madamah and Bureen villages, south of Nablus. They stopped Palestinian civilians’ vehicles and checked the passengers’ IDs. No more arrests among civilians were reported.

On Sunday, 17 June 2018, Israeli forces closed the southern entrance to Nablus, near Hawarah checkpoint, following the gathering of Israeli settlers protesting against vacating an Israeli outpost established in Palestinian civilians’ lands, south of Nablus. Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli forces closed the main Street leading to Nablus, near “Yitzhar” settlement square and Hawarah checkpoint, and prevented the civilians from passing, which caused a traffic jam.

 

 

Arrests at Military Checkpoints:

 

  • At approximately 17:30 on Thursday, 14 June 2018, Israeli forces arrested Waseem Yousef al-‘Alamiy (15), from Wad al-Shaiekh area adjacent to Bypass Road (60), EAST OF Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. Wassem was arrested while selling fruits and vegetables in front of his family house.
  • At approximately 02:20 on Saturday, 16 June 2018m Israeli forces stationed at Za’tarah checkpoint, south of Nablus, arrested Sa’d ‘Emad Nayif ‘Afouri under the pretext that he had a knife in his bag.
  • At approximately 14:40 on Saturday, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Hawarah village, near “Yitzhar settlement intersection. They stopped Palestinian civilians’ vehicles, checked the passengers’ IDs and then arrested 4 civilians, from Jenin. The arrested persons were identified as Mohamed Belel Salah (22), Anas Ahmed Salah (24), Rzafie’ Naseem Salah (22), Ahmed Yousef Salah (23). On the same day, the Israeli forces released 3 of them while Anas Salah is so far under arrest.
  • At approximately 19:30 on Saturday, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyia. They stopped Palestinian civilians’ vehicles, checked the passengers’ IDs and then arrested 2 civilians, including a child. The arrested persons were identified as ‘Abed al-Kareem Yaser Saleem (16) and Akram Tayseer Saleem (18), both are from ‘Azoun village. ‘Abed al-Kareem and Akram were arrested while returning from ‘Azoun village park and following throwing a Molotov cocktail by unknown persons at settlers vehicles passing through the main street.

 

  • Efforts to Create A Jewish majority

 

Israeli forces escalated their attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property. They have also continued their raids on al-Aqsa Mosque and denied the Palestinians access to it:

 

  • Arrests and Incursions:

 

At approximately 16:00 on Friday, 15 June 2018, Israeli forces arrested a former prisoner No’man Saleh Jum’a al-Najar (24), from Silwad village, northeast of Ramallah, while he was near Bab al-‘Amoud area in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

 

At approximately 00:00 on Monday, 18 June 2018, Israeli forces moved into al-Shaiekh Sa’d village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Ahmed Khalil Hasan ‘Owisat (24) and Ahmed Tawfiq Mashahrah (22).

At approximately 01:00 on Monday, Israeli forces moved into al-Sawanah village, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ameer Waleed al-Bilbasi (19) and then arrested him.

 

At approximately 02:00 on Monday, Israeli forces moved into Ras Khamis neighborhood near Shu’fat Refugee Camp, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ayham Ahmed Kharashqah (14) and then arrested him.

 

In the evening, a large force of Israeli soldiers and intelligence officers raided Ambassador Hotel in al-Shaiekh Jarrah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, where there was a ceremony to celebrate the National Day of Russia, and arrested many participants. According to PCHR’s investigations and eyewitnesses’ statements, Israeli intelligence officers raided the abovementioned hotel when the reception started upon an investigation by Russiaa and the Paelstinian-Russian Friendship Society. The Israeli forces prevented holding the ceremony and arrested 6 activists, who were identified as ‘Abed al-Latif Gaith, Rasem ‘Obaidat, Hani al-‘Issawiy, ‘Anan Barakat, Ahmed al-Safadi, and ‘Abeer Abu Khadir.

Ziyad al-Hamouri, Director of al-Quds Center for Economic and Social Rights, said that the Israeli forces raided the hall and attacked the ceremony, which was attended by the Russian Ambassador Haider Aganin , representatives of the Palestinian Russian Friendship Society and Palestinian officials. He added that the Israeli forces raided the hall during the speech of Palestinian Authority official Nabil Shaath, the Palestinian President’s Advisor for International Affairs and Relations. The Israeli forces then cut off the electricity and banned holding the ceremony under the pretext that the ceremony was organized by “Terrorist Organizations!”

At approximately 14:00 on Thursday, 14 June 2018, Israeli forces arrested Omar Ayham Basem al-Zaghir (20) while getting out of one of al-Aqsa Mosque’s gates in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They then took him to an investigation center for interrogation.

On Monday morning, Israeli forces arrested ‘Abdullah Abu Taleb, Head of Guardianship Department at al-Aqsa Mosque. ‘Abdullah is an employee at the Islamic Endowments Department (Awqaf) in Jerusalem and was arrested while he was in Bab al-Rahma area at al-Aqsa Mosque. The Israeli forces also uprooted olive trees planted on Bab al-Rahma Hill, damaged stairs and seats built of al-Aqsa Mosque’s bricks, set up a checkpoint there, and obstructed the guards’ work. It should be noted that a large number of Palestinian young men cleaned Bab al-Rahma area during the past days and established chains, seats, tables, and stairs built of al-Aqsa Mosque’s bricks.

 

House Demolitions and Notices:

 

  • At approximately 04:00 on Wednesday, 20 June 2018, Israeli vehicles demolished a house in Qalandia village, north of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Ra’fat ‘Awadallah, Head of the Village Council, said that the Israeli Civil Administration Department demolished a newly constructed house belonging to ‘Ali Mutair in Qalandia village. He added that the house was comprised of one room with its facilities and built on an area of 50 square meters. The ‘Ali, his wife and their children moved to live in that house only 5 months ago. ‘Awadallah pointed out that Mutair’s house was within the houses notified for demolition in late April as 15 houses, including 3 houses that should be immediately demolished, were notified. On 24 March 2018, the Israeli Civil Administration staff accompanied with military patrols took Geographical surveys for residential facilities in Qalandia. They also notified the owners of 10 buildings in order to demolish them and summoned the owners for interrogation on grounds of illegal construction.

 

  • At approximately 08:00 on Wednesday, the Israeli Municipality crews carried out raid, confiscation and demolition campaigns in many areas in occupied East Jerusalem under the pretext of non-licensing. Jerusalemite Activist Redwan ‘Amr said that the Israeli vehicles accompanied with Israeli forces moved into the vicinity of his relatives’ houses in Wad al-Jouz neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem and damaged the contents. He added that the Israeli vehicles demolished the outside walls and houses’ doors in addition to removing the perimeter fences of the land belonging to the Islamic Endowment Department. It should be noted that these houses are built on a plot of land that the Israeli authorities seek to confiscate it in order to build Biblical Gardens extended to Silwan village, south of occupied Jerusalem’s Old City. Palestinian buses that weekly carry Palestinians from for praying at al-Aqsa Mosque parked in this area because there were no other parking plots for these buses. Due to this, the Israeli authorities imposed fines on the buses. Moreover, the Israeli Municipality staff removed steel doors of a commercial facility “store” belonging to Abu Hadwan Family and confiscated them in Silwan village.

 

Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

 Israeli forces’ attacks

 

  • At approximately 11:30 on Wednesday, 13 June 2018, Israeli forces accompanied with a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration moved into Kafur ‘Atayiah area, south of ‘Aqrabah village, southeast of Nablus, classified as Area C according to the Oslo Accords. The Israeli forces confiscated a digger that was reclaiming a plot of land between ‘Aqrabah and Majdal Bani Fadel villages. The plot of land belongs to Ayman Bani Fadel, from ‘Aqrabah village, while the digger belongs to Mohamed ‘Abed al-Razeq Dawoud ‘Odah, from Qasrah village, southeast of Nablus.

 

  • On Thursday, 14 June 2018, Israeli forces accompanied with a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration moved into Qa’oun Plain near Bardlah village in Jordan Valley classified as Area C according to the Oslo Accords. The Israeli Civil Administration notified the village residents to stop working in the solar cells project in the area. It should be noted that the project is funded by the Italian Civil Volunteer Group (GVC).

 

 

Recommendations to the International Community

 

PCHR warns of the escalating settlement construction in the West Bank, the attempts to legitimize settlement outposts established on Palestinian lands in the West Bank and the continued summary executions of Palestinian civilians under the pretext that they pose a security threat to the Israeli forces. PCHR reminds the international community that thousands of Palestinian civilians have been rendered homeless and lived in caravans under tragic circumstances due to the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip that has been under a tight closure for almost 11 years. PCHR welcomes the UN Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334, which states that settlements are a blatant violation of the Geneva Conventions and calls upon Israel to stop them and not to recognize any demographic change in the oPt since 1967.  PCHR hopes this resolution will pave the way for eliminating the settlement crime and bring to justice those responsible for it. PCHR further reiterates that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are still under Israeli occupation in spite of Israel’s unilateral disengagement plan of 2005.  PCHR emphasizes that there is international recognition of Israel’s obligation to respect international human rights instruments and international humanitarian law.  Israel is bound to apply international human rights law and the law of war, sometimes reciprocally and other times in parallel, in a way that achieves the best protection for civilians and remedy for the victims.

  1. PCHR calls upon the international community to respect the Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334 and to ensure that Israel respects it as well, in particular point 5 which obliges Israel not to deal with settlements as if they were part of Israel.
  2. PCHR calls upon the ICC this year to open an investigation into Israeli crimes committed in the oPt, particularly the settlement crimes and the 2014 offensive on the Gaza Strip.
  3. PCHR Calls upon the European Union (EU) and all international bodies to boycott settlements and ban working and investing in them in application of their obligations according to international human rights law and international humanitarian law considering settlements as a war crime.
  4. PCHR calls upon the international community to use all available means to allow the Palestinian people to enjoy their right to self-determination through the establishment of the Palestinian State, which was recognized by the UN General Assembly with a vast majority, using all international legal mechanisms, including sanctions to end the occupation of the State of Palestine.
  5. PCHR calls upon the international community and United Nations to take all necessary measures to stop Israeli policies aimed at creating a Jewish demographic majority in Jerusalem and at voiding Palestine from its original inhabitants through deportations and house demolitions as a collective punishment, which violates international humanitarian law, amounting to a crime against humanity.
  6. PCHR calls upon the international community to condemn summary executions carried out by Israeli forces against Palestinians and to pressurize Israel to stop them.
  7. PCHR calls upon the States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC to work hard to hold Israeli war criminals accountable.
  8. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfill their obligations under article (1) of the Convention to ensure respect for the Conventions under all circumstances, and under articles (146) and (147) to search for and prosecute those responsible for committing grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions to ensure justice and remedy for Palestinian victims, especially in light of the almost complete denial of justice for them before the Israeli judiciary.
  9. PCHR calls upon the international community to speed up the reconstruction process necessary because of the destruction inflicted by the Israeli offensive on Gaza.
  10. PCHR calls for a prompt intervention to compel the Israeli authorities to lift the closure that obstructs the freedom of movement of goods and 1.8 million civilians that experience unprecedented economic, social, political and cultural hardships due to collective punishment policies and retaliatory action against civilians.
  11. PCHR calls upon the European Union to apply human rights standards embedded in the EU-Israel Association Agreement and to respect its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights when dealing with Israel.
  12. PCHR calls upon the international community, especially states that import Israeli weapons and military services, to meet their moral and legal responsibility not to allow Israel to use the offensive in Gaza to test new weapons and not accept training services based on the field experience in Gaza in order to avoid turning Palestinian civilians in Gaza into testing objects for Israeli weapons and military tactics.
  13. PCHR calls upon the parties to international human rights instruments, especially the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), to pressurize Israel to comply with its provisions in the oPt and to compel it to incorporate the human rights situation in the oPt in its reports submitted to the relevant committees.
  14. PCHR calls upon the EU and international human rights bodies to pressurize the Israeli forces to stop their attacks against Palestinian fishermen and farmers, mainly in the border area.

How Britain Facilitates the Shameful israeli Naval Blockade on Gaza

How Britain Facilitates the Shameful Israeli Naval Blockade on Gaza

Written by Rory Wood

The UK supplies the hardware, the expertise and the moral support to Israel that allow them to continue controlling the open prison that is Gaza

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“Thanks in no small part to British cheerleading, the Israeli Navy are more emboldened and equipped than they ever have been, and the raids and patrols have increased in frequency.”


40% of World Health Organisation essential medicines are inaccessible in Gaza. The only painkiller available at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City is ibuprofen: the go-to headache remedy in the West is rationed between men, women and children who bleed and clutch their bullet wounds on corridor floors in the 24-48 hour wait to receive treatment. Once surgery begins more corners have to be cut; blood supplies are exhausted due to a lack of lab facilities to transfer it. Overworked doctors improvise and sometimes work miracles, but more often than not Palestinians suffer easily preventable deaths.

8,000 Gazans were shot over the last three months during the Great Return March, pushing a normally inadequate medical system into crisis. This crisis demands expedited cargoloads of vital supplies: something which should be easy for a a strip of land on the Mediterranean, where 30% of the world’s merchant ships are in transit at any time of year. However, Israel has enforced a brutal embargo on Gaza since 2007, and the UK Navy lends a hand to this siege that the UN Human Rights Council have declared a ‘flagrant contravention of international human rights and humanitarian law’.

Israel break the Oslo I accord by shooting at Palestinian fishermen who travel beyond 6 km from the shore, rather than the agreed 37km; they violate UN law by sinking aid flotillas and slaughtering humanitarian workers. If the UK Foreign Office’s stated objective to ‘stand up for human rights by working with international bodies’ was sincere we would not be assisting the IDF in their transgressions.

Minister of State for the Armed Forces Mark Lancaster admitted in a FOIA request that the five British vessels have taken part in Israeli tactical exercises and defence engagement activities since 2016.

israel’s IDF Snipers: Choosing Who to Shoot

Israel’s IDF Snipers: Choosing Who to Shoot

By Stephen Shenfield,

Snipers (sharpshooters) constitute about a quarter of all soldiers in the IDF’s combat units. The standard course for the training of snipers lasts five weeks. The best snipers, however, are Russian immigrants who fought in Chechnya.

Snipers are organized in teams that form part of infantry battalions. Snipers are equipped with special rifles of various makes. Since 2010 the best rifle at their disposal has been the HTR 2000, which has a range of over 1,000 meters. Older makes have somewhat shorter ranges — several hundred meters.

 

The locator

Each team of snipers contains a specialist called the locator, who plays a key role in choosing targets. On April 10 a former locator by the name of Nadav Weiman talked on Israeli television to Channel 10 about his experience in a sniper team of the Nahal Reconnaissance Platoon on the Gaza border. (He now works for the organization Breaking the Silence as head of its education department.)

Here is how Weiman describes his work as a locator:

“I would sit with binoculars and an electro-optic lens during the day and a thermal lens at night. I would identify a figure, see if he was armed, then I would measure the distance with a laser meter and check the wind with an electronic weather vane. Then I would give the snipers correction data and count down 3, 2, 1, fire!”

It is of interest to compare this account of the pre-firing procedure with that given on April 1 by Major General Haim Cohen, commander of the Shaked Battalion near the southern end of the Gaza Strip, on the Galatz military radio station. Cohen omits the technical detail provided by Weiman but emphasizes two steps that Weiman fails to mention: (1) obtaining authorization to fire from a commander; and (2) warning the targeted individual by means of a PA system. According to Cohen, there was a commander next to each sniper team and it was he who gave the order to fire. But Weiman says that when he was in the army it was he, the locator of the team, who gave the order.

The open fire regulations

Both Weiman and Cohen say that the choice of targets is in principle guided by the open fire regulations. These are the regulations that Israeli human rights NGOs tried but failed to challenge before the Supreme Court on April 30. The precise regulations are classified, yet the Israeli network i24 reports they are “widely known in a country where most Israelis perform compulsory military service.”

The open fire regulations, especially in their current form, mandate the shooting not only of armed but also of unarmed individuals who have been assigned to certain categories. One such category is the “main inciter” who “inflames” those around him.

How do you identify a “main inciter”? That, says Weiman, is “the million dollar question.” It is left to the judgment of the locator or commander on the spot. It cannot be based on what the suspect is saying because the decision maker cannot hear him (and is also unlikely to understand Arabic). He can only observe him visually. In practice an “inciter” is probably just someone who stands out in some way.

Another category mentioned by Weiman — albeit in a different context, namely, that of Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip in 2014 — is the “scout”. Weiman and his fellow soldiers were ordered to shoot any Palestinian, even if unarmed, carrying an object — it could be a cell phone or binoculars — that he might be using to direct or assist combatants.

The radio interviewer asks Cohen about the relationship between permission to shoot and distance from the fence. Is there a forbidden zone and how far does it extend? Cohen’s answer is not very clear but he does refer to a 100-meter-wide “perimeter zone”. However, many demonstrators in his sector were at distances of 70–80 meters, i.e., well within the perimeter zone, and were not shot solely for that reason — unlike those who approached very close.

Weiman concludes that the open fire regulations impose no effective constraints. Category definitions are so vague that they can be used to justify practically any target. This makes it very difficult to prove that a specific shooting violated the regulations. At the same time, IDF spokesmen constantly cite the existence of the regulations — their content, as you will recall, is a military secret — as a reliable safeguard against abuses. Catch 22.

Gaza — a free fire zone 

However, perhaps Weiman exaggerates a little. Permissive as the regulations may be, it is doubtful whether, for instance, they allow the shooting of medical personnel wearing distinctive uniforms and holding their hands up like the nurse Razan al-Najjar. Another factor must be at work.

That factor is the perception of the Gaza Strip as a free fire zone where anyone can be shot and killed with impunity. This perception has developed within the IDF over the years in the course of successive punitive operations. At an earlier stage in the process some kinds of target were still off limits, such as women and people holding a white flag. But in recent years the situation has reached a point where soldiers are permitted to shoot at anyone they see.

As a result, many killings lack even the most tenuous security rationale. In Operation Protective Edge, for example, one tank gunner was told by his commander to fire a tank shell at any target as commemoration for a fellow soldier who was killed. As a sort of game, he and his buddies tried to hit cars moving along one of the Gaza Strip’s main north-south roads. It may therefore be presumed that many of the Gaza demonstrators who have been maimed or killed were shot just for fun, to alleviate boredom, or to express hatred of the “enemy population”.

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Stephen Shenfield is a British-born writer. After several years as a government statistician, he entered the field of Soviet Studies. He was active in the nuclear disarmament movement. Later he came to the U.S. and taught International Relations at Brown University. He is the author of Russian Fascism: Traditions, Tendencies, Movements (M.E. Sharpe, 2001).

Featured image is from the author.

israeli jets strike 9 targets in Gaza in response to ‘explosive kites & balloons’

Israeli jets bombard Gaza in response to ‘explosive kites & balloons’

israel air force palestine kites cartoon

Israeli Air Force jets have carried out a series of strikes on Gaza, reportedly destroying several Hamas military targets in retaliation to alleged arson attempts and “explosive kites and balloons” being launched at Israel.

 

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