Weekly report on israel’s terrorism on Palestinians (07 February – 13 February)

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations  (07 – 13 February 2019)

Israeli forces continue systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 07 – 13 February, 2019.

Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip. 2 Palestinian civilians were killed and another one succumbed to his wound in the Gaza Strip. 109 civilians, including 45 children, 5 women, 1 paramedic, and a journalist, were wounded in the Gaza Strip.

Shooting:

 

In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against the participants in the peaceful protests organized along the Gaza Strip borders, which witnessed the peaceful protests for the 46th week along the eastern and northern border area of the Gaza Strip. They also continued to use armed force as well during the incursions into the West Bank.

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces killed Hamza Mohamed Ishtawi (17), from al-Zaytoun neighborhood, and Hasan Eyad Shalabi (14), from Khan Yunis, while participating in the Return and Breaking Siege March, east of Gaza City and Khan Yunis. Eyewitnesses said that the civilians killed did not pose threat to the soldiers’ life and they were wounded while present in varying distances along the border fence with Israel. The civilians killed were among the peaceful demonstrators in the eastern border areas.

 

On 12 February 2019, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital declared the death of  Hassan Nabeel Ahmad Nofal (16), from Nuseirat in the Central Gaza Strip. Hasan succumbed to wounds he sustained on Friday, 08 February 2019. It should be mentioned that he was directly hit with a tear gas canister to the head while participating in the Return and Breaking the Siege March, east of al-Bureij

 

 

Injuries in the Gaza Strip between 07-13 February 2019 According to the Governorate

Governorate Injuries
Total Children Women Journalists Paramedics Critical Injuries
Northern Gaza Strip 24 13 3 0 0 0
Gaza City 30 11 1 0 0 0
Central Gaza Strip 19 8 1 0 0 3
Khan Younis 11 3 0 1 1 0
Rafah 25 10 0 0 0 1
Total 109 45 5 1 1 4

 

As part of targeting the Palestinian fishermen in the sea, the Israeli forces continued to escalate their attacks against the Palestinian fishermen, indicating the on-going Israeli policy to target their livelihoods.  During the reporting period, PCHR documented 8 incidents were adjacent to northern Gaza Strip Shore. As a result, a fisherman sustained minor wounds.

 

 

As part of targeting the border areas, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence with Israel, opened fire 9 times at lands located in the border areas with Israel in the central of Gaza Strip and southern Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported.

 

 

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 78 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 44 Palestinians, including 8 children, in the West Bank. The Israeli forces conducted at least 8 military incursions into Jerusalem, where they arrested 2 civilians and carried out 2 demolitions. In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces conducted 1 limited incursion in eastern Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip. The owners of the demolished houses in the West Bank said that the Israeli forces confiscated large amount of money and gold from their houses and handed them a list of the confiscated items. They also ordered them to refer to the competent authorities.

 

 

Israeli Forces Continued to Create a Jewish Majority in East Jerusalem City:

 

  • As part of the Israeli house demolitions and notices, on 08 February 2019, Israeli forces ordered Ahmed Mahmoud ‘Abaidat to self-demolish his house and a shop under the pretext of non-licensing.
  • On 09 February 2019, Israeli forces ordered Tha’er Jamal Bkairat to self-demolish his 42-square-meter house, where 5 persons, including 3 children, live. It should be noted that Tha’er paid NIS 25,000 as fine during several years.
  • On 11 February 2019, the Israeli Municipality bulldozers in Jerusalem demolished a house belonging to Ahmed Maher Abu al-Haija in Jwaiza neighborhood, within the Municipal boundaries of Jerusalem, in al-Walja village.
  • On 12 February 2019, the Israeli authorities forced Sa’eed Sarhan, from al-Thawry neighborhood in Silwan, to self-demolish a 60-square-meter room used as a living and dining room.
  • On the same day, Israeli bulldozers demolished a 125-square-meter house belonging to Feryal Ja’abees in al-Sal’a, in al-Mokaber mount village.
  • On the same day, the Israeli Municipality bulldozers in Jerusalem demolished 2 apartments and a store belonging to Jamal Edkaik in Silwan village.

 

 

 

 

Israeli Forces continued their settlement activities, and the settlers continued their attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property

As part of the Israeli settlers’ attacks against the Palestinians civilians and their property, PCHR’s fieldworkers documented during the reporting period 5 attacks carried out by Israeli settlers.

On 08 February 2019, an Israeli force accompanied with an Israeli settler namely Leor Livy, tried to raid a house belonging to Ahmed Abu Srour (70), located in the vicinity of al-‘Aroub refugee camp, west of Hebron, adjacent to the Bypass Road “60”. They claimed that the house is attached to Beit al-Baraka facility land, which a settlement association claims that it bought it from its owners in 2008.

 

On 09 February 2019, Israeli settlers threw stones at civilians’ vehicles while they were passing on al-Dalb Valley road near Ras Karkar village, west of Ramallah, causing fear among civilians inside the vehicles.

On 10 February 2019, a group of Israeli settlers, who call themselves price tag group, threw stones at a house belonging to Romal Mohammed Hussain Shahour, Director of Al Haya Newspaper’s office located on the main street near Howara High School for Boys at Howara village’s northern entrance, southeast of Nablus.

On 12 February 2019, a group of Israeli settlers attacked Barakat ‘Ali Zohdy Abu Mohssen (25) in Kherbit al-Farisiyia in northern Jordan Valley. They beat and bruised him in the right hand, chest and legs before handing him to Israeli forces, who arrested his brother Loai (20), taking him to “Mkhola” settlement.

On the same day, dozens of Israeli settlers, from settlement outposts in Hebron’s Old City, carried out riots and chanted racists slogans against Palestinians on al-Shohadah Street and Tal al-Rameeda area. The settlers were under the Israeli forces’ protection.

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

 

Israeli forces continued its excessive use of lethal force against peaceful demonstration organized by Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and it was named as “The Great March of Return and Breaking Siege.” The demonstration was in protest against the U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration to move the U.S. Embassy to it. According to PCHR fieldworkers’ observations, the border area witnessed large participation by Palestinian civilians as the Israeli forces continued to use upon highest military and political echelons excessive force against the peaceful demonstrators, though the demonstration were fully peaceful. The demonstration was as follows during the reporting period:

 

Gaza Strip:

 On Friday, 08 February 2019, in the 46th week of the Return and Breaking Siege March, Israeli forces wounded 91 civilians, including 38 children, 2 women and a paramedic. The incidents were as follows:

  • Northern Gaza City: The Israeli shooting at Palestinian demonstrators resulted in the injury of 13 civilians, including 8 children. 5 of them were hit with rubber bullets and shrapnel, 5 were hit with rubber bullets and 8 were directly hit with tear gas canisters. The wounded civilians were taken via PRCS and Health Union Committee ambulances to the Indonesian Hospital and al-Awda Hospital, which belongs to Heath Union Committee.

 

  • Gaza Strip: The Israeli shooting at Palestinian demonstrators in the eastern Shuja’iyya neighborhood resulted in the killing of Hamza Mohammad Rushdy Eshtawy (17), from Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza. Hamza was hit with a live bullet, when he was 200 meters away from the border fence with Israeli, resulting in his immediate death. Furthermore, 30 civilians, including 11 children and a woman were wounded. Among the wounded civilians, 8 were hit with live bullets, 10 with rubber bullets and 12 were directly hit with tear gas canisters. 
  • Central Gaza Strip: The Israeli shooting and throwing tear gas canisters at Palestinian demonstrators, which continued until 17:30, resulted in the injury of 13 civilians, including 6 children and a woman. 4 of them were hit with a live bullet and shrapnel and 9 were directly hit with tear gas canisters. The wounded civilians were taken to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah, where the wounds of 3 of them were classified as serious, while the others’ wounds were classified between moderate and minor. Furthermore, several civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and many of them were taken to the hospital while the others were treated on the spot.

 

  • Khan Yunis: The Israeli shooting at Palestinian demonstrators in Khuza’a village, which continued until 17:30, resulted in the killing of Hassan Eyad ‘Abed al-Fattah Shalaby (14), from Hamad Town in Khan Yunis, as he was hit with a live bullet to the chest at approximately 15:50, while he was around 150-200 meters away from the border fence with Israel. He was declared dead at the Field Medical Point. Furthermore, 10 civilians, including 3 children, were directly hit with live bullets and tear gas canisters. Among the wounded civilians, there was Jehad Ahamd Mahmoud al-Hennawy (50), a paramedic at Civil Defense, who was hit with a tear gas canister to the left leg. Moreover, an ambulance belonging to Civil Defense was directly hit with a tear gas canister.

 

  • Rafah: The Israeli shooting at Palestinian demonstrators in al-Shawkah village, which continued until 17:00, resulted in the injury of 25 civilians. 3 of them were hit with live bullets and shrapnel, 6 with rubber bullets and 16 were directly hit with tear gas canisters. Among the wounded civilians, there were 10 children, whom their wounds were classified as serious. Furthermore, dozens of civilians, especially children and women, suffered seizures and tear gas inhalation. Many of them were taken to the Medical Point of the Camp and others to Abu Yusef al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah. 
  • At approximately 17:50 on Sunday, 10 February 2019, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence with Israel, east of the Return Camp, east of Abu Safia Hill, northeast of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at a group of civilians that approached the border fence. The demonstrators fired homemade sound bombs, set fire and used loudspeakers as part of evening activities of March of Return and Breaking Siege. As a result, several demonstrators suffered tear gas inhalation and were treated on the spot. 
  • At approximately 14:45 on Tuesday, 12 February 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, and Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, opened fire and fired sound bombs at dozens of Palestinian civilians who were at the Return camp along the border coastal, adjacent to adjacent to “Zikim”military base, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. It should be noted that this is the 23thtime for Palestinian boats to sail for Breaking the Siege. The Israeli shooting at the Palestinian demonstrators, which continued until 17:15, resulted in the injury of 10 civilians, including 5 children and 3 women. 9 of them were hit with tear gas canisters and a child was hit with a live bullet. Moreover, dozens suffered tear gas inhalation. 
  • At approximately 16:30, on Tuesday, 12 February 2019, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered in eastern al-Bureij, near the Return Camp. The demonstrators set fire to tires and tried to throw stones at the Israeli forces stationed on the top of sand berms along the border fence. The forces opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at the demonstrators, resulting in the injury of 5 demonstrators, including 2 children. 4 of the them were hit with live bullets, while the other was directly hit with a tear gas canister. The wounded civilians were taken to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah, where doctors classified the wounds of 2 of them, including a child, as serious, while the wounds of the others were classified between minor and moderate. 
  • At approximately 18:00 of the same day, doctors at al-Shifa Hospital declared that Hassan Nabeel Ahmad Nofal (16), from Nuseirat in the Central Gaza Strip, succumbed to his wounds that he had on Friday, 8 February 2019. It should be mentioned that he was directly hit with a tear gas canister to the head, while participating in the March of Return and Breaking the Siege, east of al-Bureij. Meanwhile, he was taken to al-Aqsa Hospital and then taken to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza due to his serious health condition. He remained for treatment in al-Shifa Hospital ICU until he was declared dead. 
  • At approximately 17:50, on Wednesday, 13 February 2019, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence with Israel, east of the Return Camp, east of Abu Safia Hill, northeast of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at a group of civilians that approached the border fence. The demonstrators fired homemade sound bombs, set fire and used loudspeakers as part of evening activities of March of Return and Breaking Siege. As a result, a 31-year-old male was hit with a tear gas canister to the right leg and was taken to the Indonesian Hospital, where doctors classified his wounds as minor. Furthermore, medical staff treated several demonstrators, who suffered tear gas inhalation on the spot. 
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence with Israel, east of al-Bureij in the Central Gaza Strip, fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at demonstrators, who were protesting there and setting fire to tires. As a result, a civilian was directly hit with a tear gas canister to his lower limbs. 
  • At approximately 19:00 on the same day, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence with Israel, near the Return Camp, east of Khuza’a, east of Khan Yunis, opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at a group of civilians that approached the border fence, set fire to tires, used laser lights and fireworks as part of evening activities of March of Return and Breaking Siege. As a result, Mohammad Samy Barbakh (21), a journalist at Barq Gaza Network, was hit with a tear gas canister to the right hand and his wounds were classified as minor. It should be mentioned that Mohammad was hit with a live bullet in the 4thFriday of the Return March. Furthermore, several demonstrators suffered tear gas inhalation.

 

 West Bank: 

  • At approximately 10:00 on Saturday, 09 February 2019, a group of Palestinian civilians and the Israeli activists of Combatants for Peace organized a voluntary day to plant olive seedlings in the lands threatened by confiscation in Abu Sawda Mount area, south of Beit Fajar village, south of Bethlehem. Israeli forces arrived to the location, prevented the participants to plant the seedlings, and handed then a notice to evacuate the area under the pretext that it is a closed military zone. The participants spread out in the land and started to plant the seedlings, but the Israeli forces attacked them and heavily fired tear gas canisters at them, forcing them to leave after some of them suffered tear gas inhalation.

 

  • 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 04:00 on Sunday, 10 February 2019, Israeli forces arrested Adam Ma’moun Abu Riala (13), from al-“Aissaweya. Adam’s father said to the PCHR’s fieldworker that around 30 Israeli soldiers raided the house and arrested Adam. It should be noted that Adman was interrogated for 4 hours while he was alone in al-Maskoubya prison in occupied Jerusalem without being accompanied by anyone. Adam was released after a decision issued by the Israeli court in Jerusalem under the condition of open house arrest. 
  • On Monday, 11 February 2019, Israeli forces arrested the imam of al-Aqsa Mosque Waleed Seyam, from Silwan village, while he was leaving the mosque, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

Notices and House Demolitions:

  • On 08 February 2019, Israeli forces moved into al-Mokaber Mount village in Jerusalem and forced Ahmed Mahmoud ‘Abaidat to self-demolish his house and a shop under the pretext of non-licensing. Ahmed said that his house was built on an area of 40 square meters and was sheltering 6 persons, including 4 children. Ahmed added that the shop was built on an area of 35 square meters and used for electronic equipment. It should be noted that this was the second demolition of Ahmed’s house during the past 5 years.
  • On 09 February 2019, Israeli forces moved into Sour Baher village in Jerusalem and forced Tha’er Jamal Bkairat to self-demolish his 42-square-meter house, where 5 persons, including 3 children, live. It should be noted that Tha’er paid NIS 25,000 as fine during several years. Tha’er said that the Israeli Municipality forced him to self-demolish his house or he will pay the demolition’s expenses estimated at NIS 80,000.
  • On 11 February 2019, the Israeli Municipality bulldozers in Jerusalem demolished a house belonging to Ahmed Maher Abu al-Haija in Jwaiza neighborhood, within the Municipal boundaries of Jerusalem, in al-Walja village. Ahmed said to the PCHR’s fieldworker that his house was built on an area of 140 square meters, where his family comprised of 7 persons, including 2 female children, live.
  • On 12 February 2019, the Israeli authorities forced Sa’eed Sarhan, from al-Thawry neighborhood in Silwan, to self-demolish a 60-square-meter room used as a living and dining room attached to the house. It should be noted that Sa’ed built the room 8 years ago. Sa’eed received a demolition notice on 16 January 2019, to self-demolish his 60-squre-meter room.
  • On the same day, Israeli bulldozers demolished a 125-square-meter house belonging to Feryal Ja’abees in al-Sal’a, in al-Mokaber mount village, where 6 persons including 4 children, live. It should be noted that the house was established a year and a half ago and the family was handed the demolition notice 6 months ago. It is worth to mention that Feryal along with her sons are living now in a tent provided by PRCS.
  • On the same day, the Israeli Municipality bulldozers in Jerusalem demolished 2 apartments and a store belonging to Jamal Edkaik in Silwan village. Jamal was aiming at giving one of the prepared apartments to one of his sons to live in it after getting married while the other apartment and the store are still under construction. The two apartments built on an area of 100 square meters, while the store built on an area of 20 square meters.

 

Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

Israeli forces continued to target the areas in the West Bank classified as C according to Oslo Accord signed by the Israeli government and Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the areas located in the vicinity of settlements and route of the separation wall in order to expel them from the Palestinian residents for the sake of settlement expansion.

Israeli forces’ attacks: 

  • At approximately 03:00 on Monday, 11 February 2019, Israeli border guard officers backed by military vehicles and accompanied with 2 bulldozers moved into al-Jwaiza area in the vicinity of al-Walja village, southwest of Jerusalem, north of Bethlehem. The Israeli officers raided a house belonging to Najlaa Maher Abu al-Haija (43), where she lives with her family comprised of 7 members. They forced Najlaa and her family to leave the house claiming that there was a decision issued by the court to demolish the house under the pretext of non-licensing. After evacuating the house, the bulldozers started to demolish the 140-square-meter house. Two hours later, the Israeli force withdrew and left two rooms without demolishing them because bulldozers could not reach them. It should be noted that the Israeli authorities seized 155 dunums from the village’s lands, where two settlements were established on part of the village’s lands. The first settlements is “Har Gilo”, which was established in 1972 and shelter 365 Israeli settlers, while the second settlement was“Gilo”, which is established in 1981 and shelters 27569 Israeli settlers. Moreover, 246 dunums were confiscated for the Bypass Roads “436” confiscated in addition to 69 dumuns to the annexation wall. It should be noted that the annexation wall will isolate around 4171 behind it.  The village’s lands were classified as Area C, B, A according to Oslo Agreement. The Area B constitutes 03% while Area C constitutes 97%.

Mohamed Abu al-Haija said:

“At approximately 03:00, Israeli border guard officers raided our house after breaking the door and detained me along with my family members. They informed us that there is a decision to demolish the house. They forced us to leave the house and stand 150 meters away from it while some workers started to evacuate some of house’s contents and then the bulldozers began the demolition. On 18, October 2018, The Civil Administration handed us a house demolition notice. We submitted a request to the municipality of Jerusalem after paying NIS 20,000 in 2 instalments in order to reach the Court of First Instance to submit a petition after the demolition but the court reused our petition submitted by a lawyer during a session on 23 January 2019 so the court decided to demolish the house. “

  • At approximately 10:00 on Wednesday, 13 February 2019, Israeli force accompanied with a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration, a vehicle of the Water Utility “ Markot”,  2 bulldozers, and a truck, moved into al-Msafer area, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. The vehicles started to level the road sides leading to al-Msafer villages and remove pipes that provide the residential areas with water. They claimed that these pipes were set without a permission from the competent authorities. 

 

Israeli settlers’ attacks:

  • At approximately 15:00 on Friday, 08 February 2019, an Israeli force accompanied with an Israeli settler namely Leor Livy, tried to raid a house belonging to Ahmed Abu Srour (70), located in the vicinity of al-‘Aroub refugee camp, west of Hebron, adjacent to the Bypass Road “60”. They claimed that the house is attached to Beit al-Baraka facility land, which a settlement association claims that it bought it from its owners in 2008. The settlers seized the land at the beginning of July 2018 under a tight Israeli forces protection and closed it. It should be noted that the land contains an old hospital and other buildings surrounding the hospital. Moreover, Ahmed’s family members tried to prevent the settler, who wanted to take the house’ measures, from reaching them. In addition, the Israeli soldiers attacked the family members and sprayed pepper-spray at Ahmed’s son ‘Abed al-Qader (27). The soldiers attacked ‘Abed al-Qader and then arrested him, taking him to an investigation center in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem. It should be noted that at the beginning of October 2015, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz published on its website that Moshe Ya’alon, Former Defense Minister of Israel, said that he decided to annex the Christian Presbyterian Church building, located adjacent to the Bypass Road “60” to become a part of settlement Gafar Etzion Complex, south of Bethlehem. It is worth to mention that al-Baraka facility has been established 70 years ago. The facility provided treatment services for Tuberculosis patients until its closure in 1983. In August 2018, Israeli settlers demolished a 50-square-meter old building, where Ahmed Ibraheem ‘Abd Rabo Samour (60), and his sister Asmahan Samour (50) live for around 40 years. Ahmed was expelled from the land, where he was working as a guard.
  • In Saturday evening, 09 February 2019, Israeli settlers threw stones at civilians’ vehicles while they were passing on al-Dalb Valley road near Ras Karkar village, west of Ramallah, causing fear among civilians inside the vehicles.
  • At approximately 20:30 on Sunday, 10 February 2019, a group of Israeli settlers, who call themselves price tag group, threw stones at a house belonging to Romal Mohammed Hussain Shahour, Director of Al Haya Newspaper’s office located on the main street near Howara High School for Boys at Howara village’s northern entrance, southeast of Nablus. As a result, the windshield of Romal’s car was broken, in addition to the rear window of his brother Khaled’s car before Romal shouted at the settlers, which made them escape among olive trees surrounding the area.
  • At approximately 07:30 on Tuesday, 12 February 2019
  • At approximately 23:00 on Tuesday, 12 February 2019, dozens of Israeli settlers, from settlement outposts in Hebron’s Old City, organized a demonstration that was started from the entrance to Beit Hadassa  and then headed to al-Shohadah Street and Tal al-Rameeda area. The settlers were under the Israeli forces’ protection. The settlers chanted racist slogans calling for killing Arabs and expelling them out of their houses. Moreover, they attacked some civilians’ houses on al-Shohadah Street and heavily knocked their doors, causing fear and panic among the residents.

 

  • 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.

Fully detailed document available at the official website of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

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Walla! News: ’Israeli’ Front Is Exposed To Hezbollah’s Missiles Because of the War of Authorities

Translated by Staff

The chief complaints officer in the occupation army Brigadier General Yitzhak Brick wrote a report criticizing the readiness of “Israeli” ground forces for the coming war.

Based on information provided to Walla! News, it’s apparent that there are also gaps in the readiness of the home front and, behind the scenes, there is a raging argument between the “Israeli” army and the so-called National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) concerning responsibility and authority over the management and readiness of the economy for war.

A former senior official told the site against the backdrop of fears in Israel about a missile war with Hezbollah in the North and Hamas in the South that, “we’re talking about nothing less than a scandal. It’s unlikely that the [“Israeli” army] will manage the civilian economy in war. The [“Israeli” army] cannot worry about distributing food to citizens when rockets are falling in Tel Aviv or distribute money to ATMs around the country. The [“Israeli” army] cannot tell the Electric Corporation to save reserves for times of emergency.”

According the site, the head of the NEMA, Brigadier General Zev Tzuk-Ram, recently wrote a review letter to Chief of Staff Lieut.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi on the subject of the responsibility and readiness of the civilian economy in war. Meanwhile, ex-war minister, Avigdor Lieberman, appointed a professional committee under Maj.-Gen. Avi Mizrachi to check the collaboration between NEMA and the army’s Home Front Command.

In the same context, the site’s Amir Bohbot stated that in May 2018, the “Mizrachi Committee” presented its recommendations, and the war minister established in a document that the Home Front Command is the operative body whose goal is saving lives and that NEMA has full responsibility for helping the war minister in the preparation of the home front. Accordingly, the responsibility of NEMA is to prepare government ministries for emergency situations.

Bohbot added that the Mizrachi Committee recommended that the Home Front Command prepare and operate the infrastructure of the civilian economy in regional councils and local authorities. This recommendation was accepted by former war minister Liberman and accordingly he presented a request to the Justice Ministry through the War Ministry to change the government decisions and existing legislation.

Bohbot pointed to a letter submitted by the Mizrachi Committee claiming that NEMA head, Brigadier General Tzuk-Ram met with the head of the “Israeli” army’s Logistical Division. The latter told him that there is no direction and no planning procedure that exists in which the“Israeli” army can assist the civilian authority in wartime.

“Is the [“Israeli” army] the one that needs to engage in these issues during wartime? In my professional opinion, no! According to the definition of the [war] minister, the Home Front Command’s objective is saving lives and NEMA is responsible for the preparation and operation of government offices,” the letter reads.

Gazans Hold 23rd Marine Protest Event

Gazans Hold 23rd Marine Protest Event

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February 12, 2019

Israeli occupation forces fired on Tuesday tear gas and live ammunition at the crowds during the protest which was held on Gaza border in support of the 23rd flotilla, suffocating a number of Palestinians.

The flotilla challenges the Zionist blockade imposed on Gaza and demands the construction of a sea port for the coastal Strip.

Organizers of the protest rally called for continuing the sea protests in context of the Return Protests which are held every Friday and have started on March 30.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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Americans Can Criticise America. But not Israel.

February 12, 2019  /  Gilad Atzmon

By Eve Mykytyn

It is official.  Criticism of Israel is anti Semitism and recognizing the power of Aipac invites retribution.

Ilhan Omar, a Democratic Congresswoman from Minnesota first created a stir by refusing to delete her 2012 tweet that “Israel has hypnotized the world.” Her original tweet was in response to Israel’s eight-day bombing of Gaza, the so-called  Operation Pillar of Defense.  The IDF claimed that it had “as usual…made great efforts to reduce the number of civilian casualties and amount of collateral damage.” The families of the167 Palestinians killed in the bombing were no doubt reassured by these words.

Ms Omar recently apologized for her choice of words, but added,

“what is really important to me is that people recognize that there is a difference between criticizing a military action by a government that has exercised really oppressive policies and being offensive or attacking to particular people of faithI say the same things, if not worse, when it comes to the Saudi government. I’ve called for boycotts of Hajj, and boycotts of Saudi Arabia, …when you see oppression taking place …when you see our values being attacked as humans, you must stand up, and it doesn’t matter who the inhabiters of that particular region might be.””

This humanitarian statement was evidently too much for Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy who threatened punishment for Ms Omar and for Rashida Tlaib, Muslim representative from Michigan.  Mr. McCarthy was surely not influenced by the fact that uber Zionist Sheldon Adelson is currently the Republican’s largest donor. And, of course, McCarthy was joined by a chorus of outraged congressmen.

Glenn Greenwald tweeted in response,

“GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy threatens punishment for @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib over their criticisms of Israel. It’s stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans.”

Omar replied to Greenwald, quoting a 1997 rap song by Puff Daddy “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby.” Apparently no one at Politico is familiar with Puff Daddy, and hysterically interpreted the music emoji Omar attached as a suggestion “that money was calling the tune for McCarthy.”

Batya Ungar-Sargon, opinion editor of the formerly leftwing news outlet, The Forward, asked  Omar: “Would love to know who @IlhanMN thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel.” Omar replied with what everyone knows. “AIPAC.”

Presidential daughter Chelsea Clinton chimed in, tweeting,

“We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism.”

Omar’s reply was more well reasoned and polite than Clinton’s words merited.

“We must call out smears from the GOP and their allies. And I believe we can do that without criticizing people for their faith. I look forward to building an inclusive movement for justice with you.”

And of course, the liberal. First the need to explain that they are on the correct side before taking the wrong side. Joshua Zeitz, liberal historian and contributing editor at Politico,  wrote that he is “one of those American Jews who opposes the occupation, laments Israel’s anti-democratic drift, and doesn’t regard the country as especially central to my Jewish identity.” The tweet then condemns Omar, “She might as well call us hooked-nosed.”

Oh, so noting the money that Israel and its supporters pour money into the political system is the same as physical stereotyping? Really?

Update. Following condemnation from party boss, Nancy Pelosi, Ms Omar has “unequivocally apologize[d]” for telling the truth. 

HAMAS ARRESTED “SPECIAL OPERATION AGENT” OF ISRAELI INTELLIGENCE IN GAZA – REPORT

Hamas Arrested “Special Operation Agent” Of Israeli intelligence In Gaza – Report

South Front

Palestinian security forces in the Gaza Strip arrested a local “special operation agent” of the Israeli intelligence few days ago, the al-Majd security awareness website revealed on February 10.

According to the Palestinian website, which is known for its close ties with the Hamas Movement, the local collaborator was arrested while he was trying to install a “malware” in the laptop of one of his relatives, who is a member of Hamas. The collaborator had received the malware in a USB drive from his Israeli handlers.

“The agent has been working with the Israeli intelligence since 2009, he was recruited via phone by a girl who identified herself as Shereen, she told him that she works for a charity,” the al-Majd’s report reads.

If confirmed, the arrest of this special agent will be the latest in a series of failures of the Israeli intelligence. Last November, Hamas foiled a sensitive intelligence operation by a unit of the Israeli military’s “Sayeret Matkal” special forces inside the Gaza Strip. The failure of the Israeli operation uncovered 45 local collaborators.

Hamas offered a reward of a 1 million U.S. Dollars to any local collaborator with the Israeli intelligence who would defect and “hunt” one of its operators. The offer reflects the group’s growing interest in counter-espionage sector.

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Netherlands recognizes Gaza, West Bank as official Palestinian birthplaces

This undated photo shows Palestinian protesters demonstrating in front of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the Netherlands. (Photo by Reuters)

This undated photo shows Palestinian protesters demonstrating in front of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the Netherlands. (Photo by Reuters)

Authorities in the Netherlands have allowed Palestinians living in the country to register the besieged Gaza Strip and the West Bank as their official places of birth, instead of registering under such designations as ‘the Israeli-occupied territories’ or ‘unknown’.

Dutch State Secretary Raymond Knops, in a letter addressed to the House of Representatives in The Hague on Sunday, stated that he intends to add Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem al-Quds, to a list of official states used by the Dutch civil registry.

Knops added that the new category is in accordance with “the Dutch viewpoint that Israel has no sovereignty over these areas.”

The Dutch minister further highlighted that the new category was named based on the Oslo Accords and the United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Dutch news outlets reported that the new category will be available to Palestinians born after May 15, 1948, when Israeli forces displaced some 700,000 Palestinians, forcing them to flee to different neighboring countries. Israeli soldiers also wiped nearly 500 Palestinian villages and towns off the map, leaving an estimated total of 4.7 million Palestinian refugees and their descendants dreaming of an eventual return to their ancestral homeland more than six decades later.

The Israeli-occupied land was the only birthplace available to Palestinians registering in the Netherlands up until 2014. The category “unknown,” also known as code “0000,” was made available to Palestinians living in the country after opposition to listing Israel as their birthplace.

While the UN General Assembly and at least 136 countries have recognized Palestine as a sovereign state, the Netherlands has refused to do so.

Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank including East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip, and are demanding that Israel withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories. Israel, however, has refused to return to the 1967 borders and is unwilling to discuss the issue of al-Quds.

صفقة القرن تترنّح بين عواصم الإذعان والمقاومة الفلسطينية تناور بعواصم الممانعة!

فبراير 7, 2019

محمد صادق الحسيني

يسابق الرئيس الأميركي الريح في الانتقال بالرهان من عاصمة الى أخرى من عواصم التبعية والخضوع لتمرير مخططة المشؤوم في تصفية القضية الفلسطينية دون جدوى!

فشل محمد بن سلمان في إدارة صفقة القرن وتراجع حظوظه في تربع عرش المملكة المتهاوي دفع بدونالد ترامب بنقل المهمة من كتف الأمير المتعثر الى كتف الرئيس المصري عبد الفتاح السيسي…!

فقد أفاد مصدر أمني أجنبي، متابع للشأن الفلسطيني، ان مسؤولاً كبيراً في مخابرات السيسي المخابرات العامة المصرية قد أبلغ رئيس حركة حماس، السيد اسماعيل هنية الذي يزور القاهرة حالياً، بما يلي :

رفض وزير المخابرات المصرية، وبالتالي الرئاسة المصرية، تنفيذ هنية جولته الخارجية، التي ينوي خلالها زيارة دول عدة عربية وأجنبية، قبل أن يوافق على العرض الذي قدم له، في غزة قبل ايّام، خلال اللقاء الذي عقد بينه وبين مسؤول في المخابرات المصرية ومبعوث الأمم المتحدة للسلام السيد ميلادينوف، الذين قدموا له مشروع اتفاق أو تفاهمات تهدئة، بين فصائل المقاومة و»إسرائيل»، يقوم على :

تقديم تسهيلات انسانية، من فتح معابر الى السماح بدخول البضائع لأسواق القطاع وتسهيلات مالية مختلفة.

تشكيل لجنة إدارية، تكون مهمتها إدارة قطاع غزة، بما في ذلك مالياً، وتعمل تحت إشراف دولي.

تقوم هذه اللجنة بحصر سلاح مختلف فصائل المقاومة وتتولى تنظيم استخدام هذا السلاح، تحت إشراف المخابرات المصرية حتى الآن وقد يقترحون إدخال جهات دولية أخرى للإشراف على هذا السلاح أو بالأحرى سحبه من أيدي المقاومة .

تم إبلاغ السيد هنية بأنه إذا لم يوقع على هذه الوثيقة، التي عرضت عليه ومن خلاله على المقاومة الفلسطينية في قطاع غزة، فلن يسمح له بالسفر من مصر إلا الى لقاءات موسكو التي دعت لعقدها الخارجية الروسية.

الهدف من وراء هذه الإجراءات المصرية المجحفة بحق السيد هنية والمهينة لجميع فصائل المقاومة، هو منعة من السفر الى تركيا، الى جانب إيران ولبنان وذلك لأن وزير المخابرات المصري «مقتنع» بأن إيران وحزب الله بشكل خاص، اللذين سوف يحرضانه على رفض الموافقة على الصيغة المطروحة، حسب الوزير المصري.

إذ إن مصر مكلفة رسمياً، من قبل البيت الابيض، بترتيب هذا الجانب من صفقة القرن، والمتمثل في خلق الظروف اللازمة، لإنشاء دولة فلسطينية في قطاع غزة. وبالتالي فإن وزير المخابرات المصرية يعتبر أن فشله في إرغام المقاومة الفلسطينية، على الموافقة على التفاهمات المطروحة وبالصيغة الأميركية الإسرائيلية، سيؤدي إلى إضعاف دور مصر وتعزيز الدور الإيراني الروسي في موضوع القضية الفلسطينية.

أكد المصدر أن فصائل المقاومة الفلسطينية الاخرى في غزة غير موافقة على الصيغة المطروحة. وعليه فلن يكون باستطاعة حماس تحمّل تبعات الدخول في مواجهة مع هذه الفصائل، خاصة أن موقف الأغلبية في حركة حماس، وفِي الجناحين السياسي والعسكري، يرفض الخضوع لشروط «إسرائيل» والولايات المتحدة.

لذلك فإن المصدر يعتقد بأن السيد هنية سيضطر للسفر الى موسكو فقط والعودة الى قطاع غزة بين 12 الى 15 الشهر الحالي ، الا اذا تدخلت موسكو لدى السيسي لطلب رفع القيود المصرية، المفروضة على جولة هنية الخارجية التي يرغب بها.

هذا وتجدر الإشارة الى ان هنية الذي يتعرض لضغوط هائلة من قبل القيادة المصرية سبق له أن شارك في الاجتماع الثلاثي الذي عقد في غزة يوم 1/2/2019، حيث شارك فيه مبعوث السلام الأممي ميلادينوف ومسؤول كبير في المخابرات المصرية، وجرى خلاله بحث مواصلة تطبيق تفاهمات التهدئة، بين فصائل المقاومة الفلسطينية في قطاع غزة من جهة وحكومة الاحتلال من جهة أخرى، وأنه قد تم بناءً على أمر مباشر من البيت الأبيض لكل من :مصر / «إسرائيل» / السعودية / قطر / الإمارات، للقيام بما يلي :

على الجميع المذكورين أعلاه تقديم او الموافقة على كل «التنازلات» التي تطلبها حماس، في ما يتعلق بتخفيف إجراءات الحصار على قطاع غزة تدريجياً، وبشكل فوري وقبل موعد لقاء المصالحة الفلسطيني الفلسطيني، الذي اقترحت موسكو عقده هناك أواسط

الشهر الحالي.

2 – يجب العمل على إنشاء او تشكيل لجنة إدارية فلسطينية، لإدارة شؤون المواطنين في قطاع غزة، بما في ذلك الشؤون المالية. ويحبذ أن تشارك فيها جميع التنظيمات الفلسطينية الناشطة في القطاع.

3 – يتم إنشاء هيئة دولية للإشراف على إيصال المساعدات والأموال الى سكان قطاع غزة، وذلك بهدف تحسين الوضع المعيشي للمواطنين تمهيداً للبدء بتنفيذ مشاريع إعادة إعمار قطاع غزة، وذلك من خلال تفعيل قرارات مؤتمر القاهرة لإعادة إعمار قطاع غزة، الذي عقد بتاريخ 12/10/2014 وتقرر خلاله جمع خمسة مليارات وأربعمئة مليون دولار لتمويل ذلك.

4 – في إطار تقديم التسهيلات لقطاع غزة تقوم مصر بفتح معبر رفح البري ومعبر صلاح الدين التجاري بشكل كامل مع الأخذ بالاعتبار ضرورة التزام حركة حماس بتهدئة مسيرات العودة وذلك تسهيلاً لمواصلة الجهود.

5 – توضع أسلحة فصائل المقاومة الفلسطينية، جميعها وبمختلف أنواعها، تحت إشراف اللجنة الإدارية التي ستتولى إدارة قطاع غزة، وتكلَّف مصر بالإشراف على أمن السلاح يعني عدم استخدامه من قبل فصائل المقاومة .

6 -بعد تنفيذ الخطوات المذكورة أعلاه والتأكد من نجاحها، تبدأ الجهات الدولية المعنية بتفكيك السلطة الفلسطينية في رام الله، عبر استخدام العديد من الأدوات والأساليب، وذلك تسهيلاً لإعادة الحياة الى مفاوضات فلسطينية إسرائيلية، تفضي الى اتفاق سلام بين الطرفين يعني تطبيق صفقة القرن وإخضاع المواطنين الفلسطينيين، دون أرضهم، في الضفة الغربية لسيادة «إسرائيل» .

وتابع المصدر قائلاً :

7 – إن هدف الولايات المتحدة، من الاستعجال في تنفيذ الخطوات المتعلقة بقطاع غزة، في إطار صفقة القرن، يتمثل في قطع الطريق على موسكو للعودة بالإمساك بخيوط الحل للقضية الفلسطينية، عبر المصالحة الفلسطينية الفلسطينية التي تعمل على تحقيقها، تحضيراً لمؤتمر دولي للسلام في الشرق الأوسط ستدعو لعقده روسيا.

وذلك تكريساً للنجاحات العسكرية التي حققتها في سورية، الامر الذي سيؤدي الى تعزيز حضورها، ليس فقط في حوض البحر المتوسط، بل في جميع انحاء الشرق الأوسط وصولاً الى مضيق جبل طارق، وما يعنيه ذلك من مكاسب استراتيجية تؤثر بشدة على توازن القوى في الشرق الأوسط وجنوب أوروبا.

8 -تعتقد المخابرات المصرية أن حركتي حماس والجهاد الاسلامي ستكونان إكثر مرونة، في هذه المرحلة، وذلك لقناعة الفصيلين بأن الدعم الإيراني لهما سيتقلص بشكل مؤثر، نتيجة للعقوبات المفروضة على إيران، حسب تقدير قيادة جهاز المخابرات المصرية طبعاً.

9 – وأن ما يعزز هذه القناعة، لدى قيادة المخابرات المصرية، هو تقييمها للحوار، الذي أجراه السيد حسن نصر الله مع قناة الميادين، على أنه كان مخيباً لآمال الفصائل الفلسطينية، وذلك لعدم تركيزه على القضية الفلسطينية، ومرونته غير المعهودة في كل الموضوعات التي تطرق اليها.

10 – ستقوم المخابرات المصرية بالطلب من وفدي حركتي حماس، والجهاد الاسلامي بشكل خاص اللذين سيزوران القاهرة قريباً صاروا في القاهرة ، ضبط العناصر المسلحة «المنفلتة» في غزة، مثل المجموعة التي قنصت الضابط الإسرائيلي على حدود القطاع الشمالية، خلال المواجهات التي جرت بين المواطنين وجيش الاحتلال يوم 22/1/2019.

11 – تجري حركة حماس مشاورات مع فصائل المقاومة الفلسطينية الموجودة في غزة، حول كل ما ذكر أعلاه، في الوقت الذي رفضت فيه الجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين هذا التوجه، «كما رفضنا مشروع الانتخابات في الضفة»، حسب تعبيرهم. ولا معلومات عن موقف بقية الفصائل حتى الآن.

ويمكرون ويمكر الله والله خير الماكرين.

بعدنا طيبين، قولوا الله.

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