Weekly report on israel’s terrorism on Palestinians (12 – 18 September 2019)

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine Territory (12 – 18 September 2019)

Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory 

12 – 18 September 2019

 

  • Palestinian Woman killed at Qalendia Checkpoint at the northern entrance to occupied East Jerusalem, claiming she attempted to stab an Israeli soldier.
  • Great March of Return in Eastern Gaza Strip: 78 civilians injured, including 34 children, a woman and a journalist. 
  • During 82 incursions into the West Bank: 49 civilians arrested, including 8 children and 2 women. 
  • 2 limited incursions and 7 shooting incidents reported in the border area, east of the Gaza Strip. 
  • 5 water wells destroyed and 250 olive trees and 120 forest trees levelled in northern Jordan Valley; a house, agricultural rooms and a street demolished in al-Walajah village, northwest of Bethlehem.                                           
  • 64 temporary checkpoints established in the West Bank, where 4 Palestinian civilians were arrested. 
  • Israeli border crossings with the Gaza Strip closed for one day, and a Palestinian arrested at Erez Crossing, north of the Gaza Strip.

 

Summary 

During the reporting period, PCHR documented 165 violations of the international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli forces and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory.

As part of the Israeli violations of the right to life and bodily integrity, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian woman, who was not identified, at Qalendia Checkpoint at the northern entrance to occupied East Jerusalem, and wounded 78 civilians, including 34 children, 2 women and a journalist at the Great March of Return in the Gaza Strip.

In a new crime of excessive use of lethal force, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian woman at Qalendia Checkpoint at the northern entrance to occupied East Jerusalem on Wednesday, 18 September 2019.  The Israeli forces claimed that the victim attempted to stab one of the Israeli soldiers. Meanwhile, a footage published on social media showed one of the Israeli forces shooting at a woman who was few meters away from them and not posing any threat to their lives.  Therefore, the soldiers could have used less lethal force and arrested or interrogated her.

As part of the Israeli incursions and house raids, Israel carried out 82 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, and raided civilian houses, attacking and enticing fear among residents in addition to shooting in many incidents. As a result, 49 Palestinians were arrested, including 8 children and 2 women.  In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces carried out 2 limited incursions into eastern Rafah and Khan Younis and levelled agricultural lands along the border fence.  Meanwhile, 7 shooting incidents were reported at the agricultural lands, east of the Gaza Strip; mostly in eastern Khan Younis.

Under the settlement expansion activities in the West Bank, PCHR documented 6 violations, including destroying 5 water wells, uprooting 250 olive trees and 120 forest trees, and demolishing a barrack and a caravan in the northern Jordan Valley, east of Tubas, in addition to a house, an agricultural room, retaining walls and a street in al-Walajah village, northwest of Bethlehem.  Further, as part of the settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property in the West Bank, the Israeli settlers carried out 3 attacks at the Palestinian civilians and their property in the West Bank.

In terms of the Israeli closure policy, the Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the History of the Israeli occupation in the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods and ongoing isolation of the Gaza Strip from the West Bank and the rest of the world. Meanwhile, the West Bank is divided into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilians’ movement is restricted and others are arrested.

  1. Violation of the right to life and to bodily integrity

 

  1. Excessive Use of Force against the Great March of Return in the Gaza Strip

The 74th Great March of Return took off in eastern Gaza Strip on Friday, 13 September 2019, titled “Erase the Oslo Accords from Our History,” which coincided with the 26th anniversary of the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). The Israeli attacks resulted in the injury of 78 civilians, including 34 children, a woman and a journalist.

The incidents were as follows: 

  • Northern Gaza Strip: At approximately 16:00 on Friday, 13 September 2019, hundreds of civilians marched towards the central tent of the Great March of Return (GMR) in Abu Safiyah area, northeast of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces stationed behind sand berms and in military vehicles along the border fence, fired live and rubber bullets as well as teargas canisters at a number of protesters, who threw stones at them. As a result, 15 civilians injured, including 5 children: 6, including 2 children, were shot with live bullets and their shrapnel; 3, including 2 children, were hit with tear gas canisters; two of the were children; and 6 were shot with rubber bullets, including a child.
  • Gaza City: at approximately 17:00 on Friday, hundreds of civilians marched in eastern Malakah area, east of Gaza City. Speeches, theatrical performances and other segments were performed at the protest central encampment. Dozens of protestors approached the fence and threw stones with slingshots at Israeli soldiers. The activities continued until 19:00 on the same day. Despite the peaceful nature of the demonstrations, Israeli forces directly stationed along the border fence fired live, rubber bullets, and tear gas canisters at the participants. As a result, 11 civilians injured, including 5 children: 5 were shot with live bullets; 4 were shot with rubber bullets and 2 were directly hit with tear gas canisters.
  • Central Gaza Strip: at approximately 15:00, hundreds of civilians, including women, children and families, took part in the eastern Bureij refugee camp protests; tens of them gathered adjacent to the border fence at a range varying between 3 – 300 meters. A number of protestors approached the fence and threw stones with slingshots at Israeli soldiers. The Israeli soldiers, reinforced with several military SUVs, fired live and rubber bullets in addition to teargas canisters at them. As a result, 28 civilians were wounded, including14 children and a journalist: 13 were shot with live bullets and their shrapnel, 10 was shot with a rubber bullet and 5 were hit with tear gas canisters. The wounded freelance journalist, Zakaria Rawhi Bkair (24), from al-Maghazi, was hit with a rubber bullet to the left hand.
  • Khan Younis:  hundreds participated in Khuza’ah protests. Tens approached the border fence, set tires on fire, attempted to throw stones and firecrackers, set tires on fire, and raised Palestinian flags in addition to chanting national songs. Israeli forces fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at protesters, wounding 8 civilians, including 2 children and a woman: one of them was hit with shrapnel; 2 were hit with rubber bullets and 5 were hit with tear gas canisters. The wounded woman, Sabreen Ismail Ibrahim al-Najjar (42), sustained minor wounds after being hit with a rubber bullet to the head. Sabreen was previously injured on 16 August 2019.
  • Rafah: hundreds participated in the eastern Shokah protests, where folklore songs and speeches were held. Dozens approached the border fence and threw stones and fireworks at the shielded Israeli soldiers, who responded with live and rubber bullets and teargas canisters against the protestors. As a result, 16 civilians were injured, including 8 children; one child deemed in extremely critical condition: 10 were shot with live bullets and their shrapnel and 6 were shot with rubber bullets. Ahmed Naji Sa’ed Abu Qamar (17) sustained serious wounds after being shot with a live bullet to the head.
  1. Shooting and other violations of the right to life and bodily integrity
  • At approximately 18:10 on Thursday, 12 September 2019, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence opened fire at agricultural lands, east of Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Younis. The shooting continued for half an hour; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:00 on Friday, 13 September 2019, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence opened fire at agricultural lands, east of Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Younis. The shooting continued for half an hour; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:40, Israeli forces stationed in “Kissufim”military site along the border fence opened fire at agricultural lands in eastern al-Qararah, east of Khan Younis. The shooting continued for about 15 minutes; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 10:15 on Saturday, 14 September 2019, Israeli soldiers stationed at the border fence between Gaza and Israel, east of al-Shoka, eastern Rafah, opened fire at agricultural lands. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 22:30 on Saturday, 14 September 2019, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence opened fire at agricultural lands in eastern Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Younis. The shooting sporadically continued for few minutes; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 09:10 on Sunday, 15 September 2019, Israeli forces along the border fence fired live bullets and sound bombs at agricultural lands and shepherds in eastern al-Fukhari village, east of Khan Younis. The shooting sporadically continued for few minutes; no casualties were reported.
  • In a new crime of excessive use of lethal forces, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian woman at Qalandiya checkpoint at the northern entrance to occupied East Jerusalem. Israeli forces claimed that a woman attempted to stab a solider. A recorded videotape was published on news websites and social media where a soldier shot the woman, who was few meters away, before she approach him or pose any danger to the soldiers’ lives. Therefore, Israeli forces could have used a less lethal force against the woman like arresting her and investigate with her.

According to PCHR’s investigations and eyewitnesses’ statements, at approximately 06:00 on Wednesday, 18 September 2019, a Palestinian woman arrived at Qalandiya checkpoint in early morning and walked through the vehicles lane rather than the pedestrian lane and she seemed hesitant as if she lost her way. The soldiers then opened fire at the woman, who was few meters away from the soldiers, though she did not pose any threat to their lives. As a result, she was shot with a live bullet and was left to bleed for a long time before a Megan David Adom (MDA) ambulance transferred her to Hadassah Hospital in Western Jerusalem, and succumbed to her wounds shortly after arriving to the hospital. Israeli media claimed that a woman in the fifties arrived at the checkpoint and attempted to stab a border guard’s officer. The woman was naturalized after being shot and deemed critical. The Palestinian Ministry of Health did not declare the woman’s name or mentioned any details about her, but only mentioned her death after her arrival at the hospital. Israeli authorities also did not declare the dead woman’s name until the reporting period.

  • At approximately 21:15 on Wednesday, 19 September 2019, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence opened fire and tear gas canisters at agricultural lands in eastern ‘Abasan al-Kabirah, east of Kham Younis. The shooting continued for few minutes; no casualties were reported.
  1. Incursions and Arrests

Thursday, 12 September 2019:

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Kafer ‘Aqab village, north of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Tahadi Nidal al-Toukhali (28) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces backed by more than 8 military vehicles, moved into Ramallah, and stationed at al-Manarah Square. They raided and searched the head office of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Meanwhile, another Israeli force moved into Um al-Sharayet neighborhood in al-Birah. They confiscated the DVRs of the surveillance cameras at entrances of commercial shops. The incursion of the two cities continued for 3 hours; no more incidents were reported.
  • At approximately 02:10, Israeli forces moved into al-Zalazopun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Tahrir Zaid al-‘Araishah (26) and then arrested him.
  • At the same time, Israeli forces moved into Sarda village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Othman Salamah al-Bazar (22) and the arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:15, Israeli forces moved into ‘Iraq Burin village, south of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Malek Fateh Qadous (32) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Thaheriyah village, south of Hebron. they raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested 3 civilians namely: Khawlah Bader Abu ‘Ellan (44), her son Ibrahim (19) and ‘Oudai Shaher Abu ‘Ellan (28).
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem and stationed on al-Saf street in the center of the city. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Mohammed Jamal al-‘Ezzah (25), Mohammed Ahmed Abdullah al-Haremi (21), Muhanned Khader Abu ‘Ahour (22), and ‘Ala’a Mohammed al-Haremi (21).
  • At approximately 15:00, Israeli forces arrested Na’el (23) and Khalil Habes Abu ‘Aqil (35), from al-Samou’ village, south of Hebron after detaining them at a temporary military checkpoint in the abovementioned village.
  • Israeli forces carried out (3) incursions in Nablus, Dura and Surif villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 13 September 2019:

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron, and stationed in al-Shurfah neighborhood. A number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at shielded military vehicles. A number of soldiers stepped out of the vehicles and fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the young men. As a result, a number of them suffered tear gas canisters. Israeli forces withdrew later from the village; neither casualties nor injuries were reported.
  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem and stationed in al-Fawakhrah neighborhood in the center of the city. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mahdi Omer Ziyadah (23) and Montaser Husein Shakhtour (26) and then arrested them.
  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Adeeb Abu al-Humus (25) and then arrested him.
  • Israeli forces carried out (3) incursions in al-Shoyoukh and Beit Ummer villages, north of Hebron; Zeta village, north of Tulkarm. No arrests were reported.

                                      

Saturday, 14 September 2019:

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Qifin village, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Mahmoud Dawoud Te’mah (22) and then arrested her.
  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem and stationed in al-Mawaleh Mount area in the center of the city. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Mousa Hejazi (17) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 11:00, Israeli forces moved into Hadab al-Fawar area, south of Hebron. They patrolled the streets. Meanwhile, they detained Suhieb ‘Adnan ‘Asfour (14) for 2 hours claiming that he threw stones at them. ‘Asfour was released after the Palestinian military Liaison. The Israeli forces withdrew later from the area; no arrests were reported.
  • Israeli forces carried out (6) incursions in Yetma and Qablan villages, south of Nablus; Karmah and Deir Razeh villages, south of Hebron; Tulkarm and ‘Azzoun villages, east of Qalqiliyah. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aqabet Darwish neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to Fayzah Mahmoud Zeyadah (43) and then arrested him.
  • At the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Nasim Amjad Moheisen (20) and Mohammed Mousa Hamdan (20) and then arrested them.
  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Hebron. They raided and searched several houses belonging to Maher ‘Ayed Barqan, Hamzah Mohammed Shabanah, Mahmoud al-Rajbi and Hatem Mousa Qafishah, whom the Israeli forces handed him a summons to refer to Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 07:30, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem for the second time within few hours and stationed in al-Arba’een Mosque in the center of the city. They stopped civilians’ vehicles, checked their ID cards and them arrested Nabil Mohammed Abu al-Humus (12) and heavily beat him.
  • At approximately 09:00, Israeli forces backed by a number of military construction vehicles moved about 100 meters from the border fence into al-Shoka village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, amidst opening fire at the area; no casualties were reported. The vehicles also leveled lands adjacent to the border fence. At approximately 13:30, the Israeli forces redeployed along the border fence.
  • At approximately 16:00, Israeli forces established a temporary military checkpoint on Nablus – Jenin near al-Mas’oudiyah square, northwest of Nablus. The soldiers stopped Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their ID cards and then arrested a Palestinian civilian. The Israeli forces claimed that they found a gun with the civilian, whose identity was not known.
  • At approximately 18:30, Israeli forces moved into Kafel Hares village, north of Salfit. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 3 children namely Amal Hamad Buziyah (17), Akram Jaber Abu Ya’qoub (17) and Akram Mohammed Murtada Abdul Jalil (16).

 

  • Israeli forces carried out (8) incursions in Tal village, southwest of Nablus; ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah; Tarqumiya, al-Thaheriyah and Emrish villages in Hebron; Beit Rema; Birzeit and Silwad villages in Ramallah and al-Birah. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 16 September 2019:

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Islam Tayseer Banat (14) and Mohammed Jamal Abu Sil (15) and then arrested them.
  • At approximately 01:15, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Husam Issam al-Qinna (17) and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Balata refugee camp east of Nablus. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Mohammed ‘Issam Mas’oud Salama (19) and Mohanned Ahmed Salama Duwaikat (22) and then arrested them.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Askar refugee camp, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Nabhan Saqer Abu Basir (58) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Kahel village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched several houses, and then arrested (4) civilians namely; Omer Mahmoud Abdul Hadi ‘Asafra (23); Bassam Ateya al-Zohour (30); Amir Bassam Ateya al-Zohour (23); and Montaser Mahmoud Ismael Abryoush (22).
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Eyad Mahmoud Taqatqa (40) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem and stationed in the vicinity of al-Arb’een Mosque in the center of the city. They raided and searched a house belonging to  Ahmed Jamal Abu Ryala (21) and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Anabtah village, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Yazeed Issam Melhem (22) and Mu’taz Emad Balawna (28) and then arrested them.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Kafel Hares village, north of Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mahmoud Abdul Ra’ouf al-Khatib (43) and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Kafer ‘Ain, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ali Saleh Abu ‘Arqoub (25) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:20, Israeli forces moved into Hablah village, south of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Samer Ghaleb Mirdawi (35) and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Amar Mahmoud Dwaikat (26) and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Bait Led, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yousri Saleem Mahmoud Rashed (23) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Ahmed ‘Alami (30) and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Fawar refugee camp, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Sami Mohammed Janazra (46) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 09:00, Israeli forces backed by several construction military construction vehicles moved about 100 meters into east of Khuza’a village, east of Khan Younis, south of Gaza Strip. The vehicles leveled the lands adjacent to the border fence and then redeployed along the border fence.
  • At approximately 02:00, Safi Abdulhamid al-Tamimi (52) from Deir Nizam village, northwest of Ramallah. The Israeli forces stationed in the main entrance of the village, attacked him and he sustained bruises in his legs and chest and the head while driving to Ramallah. Safi said to PCHR’s fieldworker:

“At approximately 02:00, on Monday, while I was driving to Ramallah, 10 Israeli soldiers were stationed at the entrance of the village. One of the soldiers stopped me and ordered me to step out of the car but I refused. He hit me with the barrel of the gun on my head, then opened the door of the car and forced me out of it. Afterwards, the soldiers cuffed me and started beating me to the point where I lost my consciousness until I woke up at the hospital.”

  • At approximately 16:00, Israeli forces based at Erez crossing (Beit Hanoun), north of Gaza Strip arrested a Palestinian woman from Rafah after returning from a visit to her son who is imprisoned by Israel. The woman suffered from heart disease, and was investigated with for more than 4 hours. According to her statement, an Israeli intelligence officer claimed that he had two-year-old voice recordings for her talking to with a former prisoner who was her son’s cellmate. She denied his claim and he threatened her she will not be allowed to visit her son in the future. She was later released at Erez checkpoint, after she felt tired and exhausted and was allowed to take her medication.
  • At approximately 19:30, Israeli Intelligence Services stationed at Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing arrested Yusuf Jawas Khamis Husam (30), from al-Zaytoun neighborhood, east of Gaza City. According to the statement of Ysusf’s brother, Khamis (35), at approximately 08:00 on Monday, 16 September 2019, Yusuf went to Erez checkpoint after the Israeli Intelligence Services summoned him. Yusuf had previously applied for a travel permit to work in trade. Khamis continued contacting his brother until 19:00 on the same day after which Yusuf closed his phone. At approximately 09:00 on Tuesday, 17 September 2019, Khamis received a phone call from the Palestinian Liaison informing him that the Israeli Intelligence Service arrested Yusuf.
  • Israeli forces carried out (4) incursions in Silwad village, northeast of Ramallah; al-Fawar refugee camp and al-Mawreq village in Hebron. no arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019:

  • At approximately 12:00, Israeli forces established a military checkpoint at ‘Ain al-Mezrab road at the southeastern entrance to Tal village, west of Nablus. They stopped Palestinians’ vehicles, checked civilians ID cards and then arrested Salem Hani Abu Hamadah (20), who was driving his father’s vehicle, and took him to the Israeli forces’ site in the southeastern side of the village.
  • At approximately 15:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, stationed in al-Tawq area and patrolled between houses. Meanwhile, a number of young men gathered and threw stones at the soldiers, who responded with sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the young men. As a result, a number of young men suffered tear gas inhalation; no arresrs were reported.
  • Israeli forces carried out 9 incursions into the following areas with no reported arrests: Tal village, southwest of Nabuls, Jenin, Qabatya village, Tarqoumia village, Sourif, Beith Kahel, Tubas, Tayyaseer and Akaba villages.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019:

                   

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aydah refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohanned Mahmoud Ja’arah (22) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 18:00, Israeli forces stationed at Za’tarah checkpoint, south of Nablus, arrested Mohammed Asa’ad Badad (45), from Jaba’a village, south of Jenin. Eyewitnesses said that Israeli forces stationed at the abovementioned checkpoint, stopped the vehicle driven by , ordered him to step out  and then arrested him.
  • Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions Silwad, al-Moghir, Betin, al-Janiyah and Deir Netham villages in Ramallah and Hebron.

III. Settlement Expansion and settler violence in the West Bank including occupied East Jerusalem

 

  1. Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property for Settlement Expansion Activities

 

  • At approximately 07:00 on Thursday, 12 September 2019, Israeli forces backed by several military vehicles and a vehicle of the Civil Administration moved into Kherbet ‘Atouf and Ras al-Hahmar, southeast of Tubas. They demolished 5 water wells and bulldozed 250 olive trees that were planted 4-7 years ago, in addition to 120 forest trees. The fence surrounding these lands was also demolished. The attacked lands, and demolished property, belong to:

1- Rashid Mostafa Bani ‘Owda: a water well, 100 olive trees and a fence.

2- Morshed Rashid Bani ‘Owda: a water well, 50 olive trees and a fence.

3- Hussni Mostafa Bani ‘Owda: a water well and 100 olive trees.

4- Hussain Mostafa Bani ‘Owda: a water well.

5- ‘Abed al-Latif Mohamed Basharat: a water well.

6- Um Kbaish Reserve: 120 forest trees and a fence surrounding the land.

  • On Monday, 16 September 2019, Israeli forces demolished a residential house, agricultural rooms and retaining walls, and bulldozed a road in al-Walajah village, northwest of Bethlehem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Khader al-A’raj, a member of village council, said that an Israeli force reinforced with several military construction vehicles moved into al-Walajah village and stationed in ‘Ain Jowizah and Khelet al-Hour areas. The Israeli military vehicles then demolished a 2-story residential house belonging to Mostafa ‘Abed Rabbu. Furthermore, 2 agricultural rooms, property of Halimah al-‘Arj, were demolished, in addition to retaining and concrete walls. Additionally, a road connecting the mentioned areas with other neighborhoods was bulldozed. Al-‘Araj pointed out that the ongoing demolition operations in the village aim at displacing its residents which is part of the Israeli ethnic cleansing policy. It should be noted that over 30 houses were destroyed in al-Walajah village and 180 others are threatened to be demolished under the pretext of non-licensing. The Israeli authorities seek to annex ‘Ain Jowizah and Khelet al-Hour areas to Jerusalem Municipality boundaries.
  • At approximately 09:30 on Wednesday, 18 September 2019, Israeli forces backed by a bulldozer and a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration moved into Kherbit ‘Atouf in northern Jordan Valley. The bulldozer demolished a 50-sqaure-meter barrack built of tin plates and a 20-sqaure-meter caravan belonging to Rami Mohamed Nimer Qalawlah in Al-Jadida village, southeast of the city. It should be noted that the barrack and caravan were designated for workers, guards and equipment storage. Another Israeli force moved into a nearby plot of land in Kherbit Ras al-Ahmar, where they confiscated an excavator belonging to Mowafaq Fakhri Daraghma, and arrested his brother, Moayad (29).
  1. Israeli Settler Violence

 

  • At approximately 14:00 on Saturday, 14 September 2019, a group of Israeli settlers, under the tight Israeli forces’ protection, moved into Tarousa area, west of Dura in southern Hebron, where they performed prayers and later withdrew.
  • At approximately 15:30 on Saturday, a group of Israeli settlers moved into Kafur Laqif village, east of Qalqiliyia. The settlers attacked Ibrahim Ameen Jaber’s house and attempted to raid it, but they could not because its door and windows were tightly locked. Jaber said to PCHR’s fieldworker that: “a friend phoned and told me that he saw a group of Israeli settlers raiding my house at the entrance to the village. I quickly headed there and called the Israeli police while I was on my way. I told the police officer that they should come and intervene or I will not hesitate to defend my property come what may. When I arrived at the area, I saw 4 young settlers attempting to enter the house. Meanwhile, the Israeli military forces arrived and took the settlers in order to protect them. This was not the first settler attack, as they previously caused damage to the water network and pipes as well as electricity wires. As a result, we were forced to move into another house in the center of the village due to the ongoing settlers’ attacks. The settlers then left the area under the Israeli forces’ protection.”
  • On Monday, 16 September 2019, a group of Israeli settlers sneaked into the northern entrance to Doma village “al-Howmah area”, southeast of Nablus. The settlers wrote slogans against Arabs on a wall belonging to Murad Ahmed Dawabsha’s house. They also punctured his vehicle tires before their withdrawal. It should be noted that Doma village is exposed to the ongoing and recurrent Israeli attacks. The most prominent of these attacks was the crime of burning Sa’d Dawabsha’s house on 31 July 2015 killing his wife and their infant child.

 

Closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement of persons and goods

                          

The Gaza Strip

As the Israeli closure of the Gaza Strip enters its 14th consecutive year this July, severe restrictions on the freedom of movement of persons and goods enhance the de facto separation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

From time to time, the Israeli authorities close the crossings with the Gaza Strip as a collective punishment policy against Palestinians or due to Israeli holidays. Furthermore, patients and their companions as well as businessmen are arrested while travelling via Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing in the northern Gaza Strip. In this week, Erez and Kerem Shalom Crossings were closed for one day due the Israeli elections. A Palestinian citizen was arrested while heading to an interview with the Israeli Intelligence Service in Erez Crossing. Moreover, Israeli naval forces imposed a blockade on the Gaza Sea, chased fishermen, opened fire at them, and confiscated their fishing equipment.

  1. West Bank

In addition to permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of more temporary checkpoints that restrict the goods and individuals movement between villages and cities and deny civilians’ access to their work. Israeli forces established 64 temporary checkpoints, where 4 civilians were arrested.

 

The military checkpoint were as follows:

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 12 September 2019, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the entrance to al-‘Aroub refugee camp, at the entrances to Raboud and Ethna villages, and at the southern entrance to Halhoul village.
  • On Friday, 13 September 2019, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints on Abu Rish road, ‘Ayoun Abu Said and at the entrance to Beit Ummer village.
  • On Saturday, 14 September 2019, 3 similar checkpoints were established at the entrances to Dura, al-Majd and Dir ‘Asal villages.

 

  • On Sunday, 15 September 2019, Israeli forces established 5 checkpoints at the entrance to Dura, at the entrances to Tarousa and Beit ‘Awaa villages, at the southern entrance to Halhoul village, and at the southern entrance to Hebron (al-Fahs).
  • On Tuesday, 17 September 2019, Israeli forces established 4 temporary checkpoints at the entrances of Doura, Beit Ummar, Sa’ir and al-Shoyoukh villages.

Ramallah and al-Bireh:

  • On Thursday, 12 September 2019, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Senjil, Um Safa and Dir Nizam villages.
  • On Friday, 13 September 2019, 6 similar checkpoints were established at the entrances to al-Nabi Saleh, Silwad, Serda, al-Tiba and Dir Nizam villages, and at the entrance to al-Jalazoun refugee camp.
  • On Sunday, 15 September 2019, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Ni’lin and ‘Atarah villages.
  • On Monday, 16 September 2019, 4 similar checkpoints were established at the entrances to Serda, al-Nabi Saleh, Dir Nizam, and ‘Aboud villages.
  • On Tuesday, 17 September 2019, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village, at the intersections of Ras Karkar and Dir Baziegh villages, and in ‘Ain Sina Square.

Jericho:

  • On Thursday, 12 September 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Jericho.
  • On Friday, 13 September 2019, 2 similar checkpoints were established at the northern and southern entrances to the city.
  • On Saturday, 14 September 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to al-Zubidat village, north of the city.
  • On Sunday, 15 September 2019, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Jericho and at the entrance to Zubidat village, north of the city.
  • On Monday, 16 September 2019, 2 similar checkpoints were established in the above-mentioned areas.
  • On Tuesday, 17 September 2019, a similar checkpoint was established in “Ma’ale Ephraim “settlement square, northwest of the city.

Nablus:

  • At approximately 07:00 on Thursday, 12 September 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on ‘Asirat al-Qabaliyia village, south of Nablus.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Sunday, 15 September 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on ‘Asirat al-Qabaliyia- ‘Oreef villages’ road, south of Nablus.
  • At approximately 22:00, a similar checkpoint was established on Nablus-Jenin road, near the intersection of “Homesh“settlement, north west of the city.
  • At approximately 14:45 on Monday, 16 September 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the western entrance to ‘Aqrabah village, where they prevented Palestinian civilians’ vehicles from entering or exiting the village. This coincided with imposing restrictions on Palestinians’ movement at Za’tarah checkpoint, south of Nablus.

Qalqiliyia:

  • At approximately 18:00 on Thursday, 12 September 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to ‘Azoun village.
  • At approximately 23:00, a similar checkpoint was established at the northern entrance to ‘Izbit al-Tabeeb village, east of Qalqiliyia.
  • On Friday, 13 September 2019, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Kafur Qaddoum and Heblah villages, at the northern entrance to ‘Izbit al-Tabeeb village, and between ‘Izbit al-Tabeeb and ‘Azoun villages.
  • At approximately 14:40 on Saturday, 14 September 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance to Qalqiliyia.
  • At approximately 19:00, a similar checkpoint was established at the entrance to ‘Izbit al-Tabeeb village, east of the city.
  • At approximately 20:30 on Sunday, 15 September 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqailiyia.
  • At approximately 18:00 on Monday, 16 September 2019, the same checkpoint was re-established at the entrance to ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqailiyia

Salfit:

 

  • At approximately 13:10 on Friday, 13 September 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Qarawet Bani Hassan village, northwest of Salfit.
  • At approximately 16:50 on Saturday, 14 September 2019, a similar checkpoint was established at the southern entrance to Kaful Hares village, north of the city.
  • At approximately 16:30 on Monday, 16 September 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the southern entrance to Kaful Hares village, north of Salfit.
  • At approximately 23:30, a similar checkpoint was established at the entrance to Kafur al-Deek village, west of the city.

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (12 – 18 September 2019)

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Israeli Drone Downed in Gaza, Seized by Palestinian Fighters

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September 14, 2019

Palestinian resistance forces have shot down another Israeli drone in the Gaza Strip, the third unmanned aerial vehicle the regime has lost over the past few days.

Palestinian Fighters Say They Shoot Down Israeli Drone Over Gaza

Palestinian media reported that the Abu Ali Mustapha Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), downed and captured the device in the east of the besieged territory near the city of Khan Yunis on Saturday evening.

The Zionist military has not yet commented on the report.

The Palestinian Hamas resistance movement on Monday night shot down an Israeli drone east of Rafah in southern Gaza Strip, a day after the Tel Aviv regime carried out a fresh wave of air raids against the besieged coastal enclave.

Source: Press TV

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Gantz’s Electoral Campaign Is Focused on Gaza’s Vulnerability

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Ramona Wadi
August 14, 2019

Five years after the colonial massacre unleashed by Israel on Gaza, known as Operation Protective Edge, Israeli politicians are still eyeing the enclave for ultimate destruction. Former IDF Chief and leader of the Blue and White Party, Benny Gantz, is promoting the same violent tactics that formed part of his earlier electoral campaign: invade Gaza and assassinate Hamas leaders if the conditions Israel demands are not accepted.

“We will aim for the toppling of Hamas, take action to assassinate all Hamas leaders and go in with ground forces for however long we want,” Gantz remarked during a press conference in Sderot.

As the IDF Chief of Staff during Operation Protective Edge in 2014, Gantz oversaw the scale of bombardment and massacres against Palestinians civilians. The deliberate violence, which also targeted Gaza’s infrastructure, left thousands of Palestinians displaced. Over 2,000 Palestinians were killed and 11,231 injured, according to UN reports.

Netanyahu has so far refrained from another large-scale aggression against Gaza. While his strategic, intermittent bombing has earned him widespread criticism in within Israel’s settler-society, Netanyahu has merely changed tactics but not ideology. Without any overt declarations of targeting Gaza, Netanyahu is normalising the Israeli agenda and deflect criticism from the international community. The latter was put to the test a few months ago last May, when Israel’s airstrikes on Gaza elicited rhetoric from the international community justifying Israel’s purported right to “defend itself” while blaming Hamas.

While attempting to portray himself as different from Netanyahu, Gantz is merely offering another trajectory of implementing Zionist colonial violence. Israeli media is already running reports of a possible coalition government between Likud and the Blue and White party, thus signalling that despite alleged differences, Netanyahu and Gantz are still in accordance over political issues, notably Gaza, settlement expansion and the prevention of any form of a Palestinian state.

Gantz’s party is proposing the elimination of the Hamas leadership and destruction of its “headquarters, warehouses, operatives,” after which it would “fix the humanitarian situation in Gaza.” This plan of action was outlined by Gabi Ashkenazi, under whose direction as IDF Chief of Staff Operation Cast Lead unfolded in 2008.

Such exploitative comments illustrate Gaza’s vulnerability. In recent years, Palestinians in Gaza have suffered increasing deprivation as a result of endeavours by Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the international community to render humanitarian aid conditional. UN officials have even stated their preference for a return to PA rule in Gaza to facilitate their humanitarian operations. Again, depriving Gaza of basic necessities is also blamed upon Hamas.

Gantz’s solution is to eliminate a political leadership and resistance movement in a large scale, drawn out aggression that will affect Palestinians in Gaza who are still suffering the consequences of the previous Israeli bombardments. Humanitarian aid, according to Gantz, is conditional upon Hamas’s elimination. As Gaza is rendered fragile to Israeli threats and their implementation, the manipulation of humanitarian aid for Palestinians, already a plan in action, will be consolidated.

Furthermore, Gantz is proposing is the re-establishment of Israeli presence in the enclave – a notion which is prevalentamong other Israeli candidates, albeit with different interpretations.  The ground invasion, therefore, must not be thought of merely as a military action tied to a specific operation, but as a possible prelude envisaged by the former IDF chiefs to contain Gaza from within – along with the illegal blockade that continues to threaten the wellbeing of Palestinians.

Once again, the Israeli electorate is facing propaganda that pits Netanyahu’s refined and brutal strategy against the violent “deterrence” promoted by Gantz. Yet, talk of a possible coalition only highlights how close both agendas are in terms of destroying Gaza.  Netanyahu has prepared the groundwork in terms of influencing the international community to turn a blind eye to Israel’s assaults on Gaza. A prospective Israeli government with Netanyahu and Gantz at the helm will build upon what Israel has so far accomplished in generating oblivion when it comes to Palestinians in Gaza.

Weekly report on israel’s terrorism on Palestinians (25 July – 31 July 2019)

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations (25 – 31 July 2019)

Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory

25- 31 July 2019

  • Great March of Return in Eastern Gaza Strip: A Palestinian Civilian Killed and 73 others injured, including 35 children, 3 women and a paramedic in the oPt. 
  • West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem: 8 Civilians Injured, including 2 children. 
  • 62 civilians, including 3 children, arrested during 71 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem. 
  • 3 residential tents torn down in the northern Jordan Valley, 80 olive trees uprooted in Salfit, and 5 dunums confiscated from Sour Baher in occupied Jerusalem. 
  • 5 shooting incidents reported against Palestinian fishing boats off Gaza shores. 
  • Flare Bombs dropped in a house in eastern Deir al-Balah in the Central Gaza Strip. 
  • 44 temporary checkpoints established in the West Bank, where 4 Palestinian civilians were arrested. 

 

Summary 

During the reporting period, PCHR documented 133 violations of the international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli forces and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian during the Great March of Return protests in eastern Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.  They also injured 81 others in the Gaza Strip and West Bank: 73 injuries, including 35 children, 3 women and a paramedic at the Great March of Return; and 8 injuries, including 2 children, during Israeli forces’ suppression of peaceful protests and incursions into residential neighbourhoods in the West Bank.

Israel carried out 71 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and raided civilian houses attacking and enticing fear among residents. Moreover, 62 Palestinians were arrested, including 3 children and a Member of the dissolved Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC).

Additionally, 4 incidents were documented by PCHR under expanded settlement activity as the Israeli forces destroyed the fronts of an under-construction building in Nablus and bulldozed 3 residential tents and livestock barns in the northern Jordan Valley.  Furthermore, they confiscated 5 dunums from Sour Baher village in occupied Jerusalem and uprooted 80 fruitful olive trees in Salfit.

During the reporting period, the Israeli naval forces continued their attacks against the Palestinian fishermen and their equipment at sea though sailing within the allowed fishing area.  This week witnessed 5 shooting and chasing incidents against the fishermen and their boats.  Further, the Israeli forces opened fire twice in eastern Gaza Strip, where flare bombs fell on a house in eastern Deir al-Balah.  No casualties were reported.

It should be highlighted that Israel continues its closure policy on the Gaza Strip for the 13th consecutive year, severely restricting the freedom of movement of persons and goods and isolating the Gaza Strip from the West Bank and the rest of the world. Meanwhile, the West Bank is divided into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation and with temporary and permanent checkpoints.  During this week, 44 temporary military checkpoints were erected, and 4 Palestinian civilians were arrested there.

 

Violation of the right to life and to bodily integrity

Excessive Use of Force

The 68th Great March of Return took off in eastern Gaza Strip on Friday, 26 July 2019, titled “Palestinians Refugees of Lebanon”. The Israeli attacks resulted in killing 1 civilian and injury of 73 other, including 35 children, 3 women and a paramedic.

The incidents were as follows:

 

Excessive Use of Force against the Great March of Return in the Gaza Strip

  • Northern Gaza Strip: hundreds of civilians marched towards the central tent of the Great March of Return in Abu Safiyah area, northeast of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip. The protest involved activities such as national songs of the Palestinian heritage, speeches by political leaders in addition to raising the Palestinian flag. At approximately 17:00, Israeli forces stationed behind sand berms and in military vehicles along the border fence, fired live and rubber bullets as well as teargas canisters at the protesters. As a result, 11 of them were injured, including 5 children and a woman: 8, including the 5 children, were shot with live bullets; and 3, including a woman, with rubber bullets. 
  • Gaza City: At approximately 17:00, hundreds of civilians marched towards the central tent of the Great March of Return titled: “Palestinians Refugees of Lebanon” in eastern Malakah area. The protest involved raising Palestinian flags and chanting slogans and national songs. Tens of young men approached the border with Israel and threw stones at soldiers using slingshots. The activities continued until 19:00 on the same day. Despite the peaceful nature of the demonstrations, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at the participants, wounding 8, including 2 children and a woman. The wounded paramedic, Ibrahim Jamil Jamous (31) was hit with a rubber bullet in his right hand.
  • Central Gaza Strip:  Approximately 15:00, around 900 participants (women, men, young men, elderlies, children and entire families) swarmed to the Return encampments, which are 400 meters away from the border fence with Israel in eastern al-Buriaj. Hundreds peacefully approached the border fence up to a distance of 2 – 250 meters away. A number of young men flew paper kites and threw stones at Israeli forces stationed there; the latter responded with live and rubber bullets in addition to teargas canisters. As a result, 21 civilians sustained wounds, including 12 children and a woman: 16 were shot with live bullets, 4 were shot with rubber bullets and 1was directly hit with a teargas canister.
  • Khan Younis:  At approximately 16:30, hundreds of civilians marched to the central encampment in Khuza’ah, east of Khan Younis, and activities included speeches, folklore songs and theoretical performances. Meanwhile, tens of young men approached the border fence with Israel and set tires on fire, threw stones and fireworks at the Israeli soldiers sheltered in military vehicles along the border fence. The Israeli attacks against protestors resulted in the killing of Ahmed Mohammed Abdullah al-Qarra (23), from Bani Suhaila, who was shot with a live bullet to the abdomen, causing him an internal bleeding at approximately 18:05. Al-Qarra was present 80 meters away from the border when he was shot, while eyewitness statements affirm that he was merely standing there. Due to his critical injury, al-Qarra was transferred from the medical point in the encampment to Gaza European Hospital where he stayed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) until his death was declared at approximately 23:40. Furthermore, 12 civilians were injured, including 8 children: 2 wounded in their upper extremities and 2 in their lower limbs. Of the wounded, 10 were shot with live bullets and shrapnel, and 2 were directly hit with tear gas canisters and rubber bullets. Furthermore, dozens of civilians, including journalists and paramedics, suffocated due to teargas inhalation. Later that evening, at approximately 19:00, as the protests almost finished, at least 10 young men approached the border fence and attempted to cross it; some of them managed cross.  The Israeli forces chased the infiltrators and released police dogs at them, biting two, including a 12-year-old child.  All of them managed to flee back into the Gaza Strip and received treatment at the medical point. 
  • Rafah: Around 1400 civilians participated in the eastern Shokah protests, where folklore shows, and speeches were held. Dozens approached the border fence and threw stones. The Israeli soldiers used live and rubber bullets, and teargas canisters against the protestors. The incidents, which continued until approximately 19:00, resulted in the injury of 21 civilians, including 8 children: 8 wounded in the upper part of their bodies. Ten of those wounded were shot with live bullets and shrapnel, 7 shot with rubber bullets and 4 were hit with tear gas canisters. Mohammed Fathi Qeshtah (25) sustained serious wounds caused by a live bullet to the abdomen.

 

Excessive Use of Force against Protests in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem

  • At approximately 16:00 on Thursday, 25 July 2019, a few children and youngsters gathered at the entrance to al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, adjacent to the Bypass Road (60), and threw stones at Israeli soldiers sheltered in a military watchtower. The soldiers used rubber bullets and teargas canisters against the stone-throwers, causing the injury of a 17-year-old child with a rubber bullet to the left leg. The child was then transferred to Hebron Governmental Hospital.
  • At approximately 13:30 on Friday afternoon, 26 July 2019, Palestinians from Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah organized their peaceful weekly protest, and then headed to the eastern village entrance that has been closed for 15 years in favor of “Kedumim” settlement. The demonstrators chanted national slogans demanding end of the occupation and protesting the Israeli forces’ crimes against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The protestors threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand berms while the soldiers fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a 26-year-old civilian was hit with a rubber bullet to the neck, a 30-year-old civilian was hit with a rubber bullet to the back and a 25-year-old civilian was hit with a rubber bullet to the hand. (Names of the wounded civilians are available at PCHR) 
  • Shooting and other violations of the right to life and bodily integrity 
  • At approximately 23:30 on Monday, 29 July 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 6 nautical miles. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Sunday, 28 July 2019, Israeli forces stationed northwest of Beit Lahia shore in northern Gaza strip, opened fire and pumped water at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles in an attempt to sink them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 23:00 on Monday, 29 July 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed off Rafah shore in southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 6 nautical miles. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 23:15 on the same Monday, Israeli forces backed by a bulldozer moved into Nablus from the southern entrance (Howarah checkpoint) and eastern entrance (Beit Furik) to secure the entry of dozens of buses carrying settlers to the abovementioned area in order to perform their prayers in “Joseph’s Tomb” in Balatat al-Balad, east of the city. A number of civilians gathered on Amman Street, set tires on fire, put barricades on the street and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli patrols in the city. The Israeli forces fired Two-Two bullets at them. As a result, 4 civilians, including a child, were wounded to the right thigh.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Tuesday, 30 July 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia shore in northern Gaza Strip, opened fire and pumped water at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles in an attempt to sink these boats. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 21:00 on Monday, 29 July 2019, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, fired several flare bombs at the area adjacent to the border fence. A bomb fell on a house belonging to Kamel Sayed al-Louh (60), 800 meters away from the border fence, causing partial damage to the apartment of his son Haitham (30). Another bomb fell on the street, east of al-Louh house, while the third fell in the landfill, east of Deir al-Balah, 20 meters away from the border fence. No arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 09:30 on Wednesday, 31 July 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza Strip, opened fire and fired flare bombs at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives; neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 07:20 on Wednesday, 31 July 2019, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis fired live bullets at agricultural lands in al-Sanati area, east of ‘Abasan al-Kabirah, west of the border fence. As a result, a tire of a tractor belonging to ‘Azam Qdaih, was hit with a live bullet while working in a land 150 meters away from the border fence. As a result, the tractor stopped working and left the area.

 

  1. Incursions and Arrests

Thursday, 25 July 2019:

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into several neighborhoods in Hebron. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to ‘Azam No’man Salhab (59), a Member at the dissolved Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) representing the Reform and Change Bloc, and Ayman Mohammed al-Natshah (40) and then arrested them.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Jenin. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Ghassan ‘Adnan al-Atrash (35) and Abdul Rahman ‘Ali Mahmoud Saleh Abu Khader (37) and then arrested them.
  • At the same time, Israeli forces moved into Wad Barqin village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yahiya Ahmed ‘Ali Turkman al-Hendawi (48) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Yamoun village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to engineer Meqdad Ahmed Nawahdah (38) and then arrested him.
  • At the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Silah al-Harithiyah village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Mahmoud ‘Essa ‘Aram (23) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:40, Israeli forces moved into al-Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem. they raided and searched several houses and then arrested 7 civilians, including a father and his 2 sons, taking them to detentions centers for investigation. The arrestees were identified as: Tha’er Abed Mahmoud, his sons Mohammed and Abdul Rahman; Adham Sabtah, Mohammed Amin Khalaf, Mohammed Abed ‘Atiyah and Nasim Amjad ohsen.
  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Anzah village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed ‘Awni Obaid (27) and the arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Balatat al-Balad refugee camp, east of Nablus. They raided ad searched a house belonging to Omer Bassam Wadee’a Qar’an (30) and the arrested him.
  • At around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Surif village, northwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Mahmoud Ghuneimat (20) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Qaz’out village, northeast of Nablus. They surrounded a house belonging to Mohammed ‘Ataa Hasan Sharai’ah at the village entrance blew up the main gate of a workshop under the house and then confiscated 2 metal lathes and their parts and later withdrew from the house. Mohammed Sharai’ah said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

“At approximately 03:30 on Thursday, 25 July 2019, my family of 8 members were asleep at our house in ‘Azmout village, northeast of Nablus. We woke up to an explosive sound under our 2-story house (the ground floor is used as stores and a workshop while the other floor is used as a resident). Israeli soldiers blew up the main gate, handcuffed me and left me under the staircase in the ground floor. I asked them to speak with the officer, but they refused. The soldiers then destroyed the lathes in an attempt to dismantle them. At approximately 06:30, the soldiers brought a mounted-crane truck and confiscated the lathes that cost about NIS 125,000. After the soldiers withdrew from the house, my wife told me that they detained her and my children in our bedroom, searched the house and questioned my wife.”

  • At approximately 19:00, a number of children and youngsters gathered in al-Zawiyah Gate area in the center of Hebron. They threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed at a military checkpoint established at the entrance to al-Shuhada’a Street (Checkpoint No. 56). The soldiers chased them and then arrested Ezz Eden Yusuf Mo’amer al-Atrash (17), and took him to the military camp on al-Shuhada’a closed street.
  • At approximately 19:30 Israeli forces stationed at a temporary military checkpoint at the entrance to al-Kafriyat entrance, south of Tulkarm, arrested Baha’a ‘Ezz Eden al-Jalad (28) and Ahmed Khalil Mohammed al-Shafe’i (26), from Tulkarm, and confiscated al-Jalad’s vehicle.
  • Israeli forces carried out (3) incursions in al-Thaheriyah and Beit al-Roush al-Tahta in Hebron; Sebastia village, northwest of Nablus. No arrests were reported.

 

Friday, 26 July 2019:

  • Israeli forces carried out (4) incursions in Bani Na’im, Tarqumiya, al-Semia villages and Yatta in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

 

Saturday, 27 July 2019:

  • Israeli forces carried out (3) incursions in Dura, Karza, Nuba and Tarama villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

 

Sunday, 28 July 2019

  • At approximately 01:25, Israeli forces moved into Bedia village, northwest of Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to Abdullah Mohammed Mustafa Shatat (26) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:40, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm refugee camp, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Hasan Matrouk (20) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Tal village, southwest of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yusuf Ibrahim ‘Afanah (20) and then arrested him.
  • At the same time, Israeli forces moved into Ethna village, west of Hebron. they raided and searched a house belonging to Abdul Karim Hammad Farajallah (35) and then arrested him.
  • At the same time, Israeli forces moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron, and stationed in Huneinah neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Shadi Abdul Fattah ‘Amr (35) and then handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 02:15, Israeli forces moved into ‘Anabta village, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Oseid Ayman Shafiq Qabbag (19) and Adam Omer Sobhi Qabbag (24) and then arrested them.
  • Israeli forces carried out (4) incursions in Sebastia village, northwest of Nablus, Deir al-‘Asal, Abu al-‘Asja and al-Thaheriyah villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

 

Monday, 29 July 2019:

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested 7 civilians, including 2 children: Nagham Mohammed Hasan ‘Elyan (16), Mo’atasem Hamzah Obeid (15). The other arrestees were identified as: Yusuf Hashem ‘Elyan, Majed Suleiman Dari, Mohammed ‘Elyan, Anas ‘Elyan and Fadi Yusuf Mustafa ‘Obeid.
  • At approximately 12:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aqraba village, southeast of Nablus. They confiscated an excavator driven by Suhail Samih Abdul Hamid Abdul Fattah, from Yasouf village, east of Salfit. The excavator, which belongs to Shaker Shukri Talab, from the abovementioned village, was working on expanding ‘Aqraba main street near Sheikh Sa’adah Mosque for favor of ‘Aqraba Municipality. The soldiers forced Suhail to drive the excavator to Za’tarah checkpoint, south of Nablus where it was confiscated.
  • Israeli forces carried out (6) incursions in northern ‘Asirah village, north of Nablus; eastern al-Laban village, southeast of the city; al-Thaheriyah, Bani Na’im, Emrish and Susiya villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

 

Tuesday, 30 July 2019:

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohamed ‘Emad al-Taiti (19) and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Yatta in southern Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Loai Khaled al-‘Amour (25) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Hebron and stationed in al-Shaiekh neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Rezeq Mohamed Burhan al-Ja’bari (28) and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Hassan Mahmoud Jarrar (22) and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Ratib Raied Rajeh Bali (18) and Fares Hussain Rahhal (21) and then arrested them.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohamed Tawfiq Hamdi Turkman (20) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:40, Israeli forces moved into ‘Izbit Shofa village, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nashat Mohamed Mostafa Hamad (30) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Ali Zaiyd Ikhlayil (23) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Samou’a village, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Fathi Ahmed al-Badareen (27) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 18:00, Israeli forces established a military checkpoint nar Sinjel village, north of Ramallah. They stopped Palestinians ‘vehicles, checked their IDs and then arrested Jehad ‘Ortani (30), from Nablus.
  • In the evening, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested 5 civilians and took them to detention facilities for interrogation. The arrestees were identified as Sari Raied Jaber, Jum’a Marwan Hamdan, Nayif Waseem ‘Obaid, Mahmoud Ramadan ‘Obaid, and ‘Abed Abu Sayimah. The Israeli forces also raided Tsh’ari Tsedeq Hospital in western Jerusalem and arrested Zakaria ‘Olayan (47) from his workplace.
  • On Monday, 29 July 2019, Israeli police summoned Mohamed Rabie’ ‘Olayian (4) for interrogation and his father accompanied him. On Tuesday morning, 30 July 2019, they arrived at Salah al-Deen Police Station in central occupied East Jerusalem, but an Israeli police officer refused to receive him, claiming that they did not summon him. Mohamed’s family confirmed that the Israeli forces ordered Mohamed’s father to bring his son for interrogation.
  • On Tuesday evening, 30 July 2019, the Israeli police summoned Qais Feras ‘Obaid (6) for interrogation in Salah al-Deen Police Station and his father accompanied him. It should be noted that the Israeli forces pursued Qais to arrest him under the pretext of throwing stones. Qais said that he threw a juice box to the ground when the soldiers were in front of his family house in al-‘Issawiyia village.
  • Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Tubas, Dura, Karza, and Dir Samet villages and al-Fawar refugee camp in Hebron.

 

 

Wednesday, 31 July 2019:

  • At approximately 00:20, Israeli forces moved into ‘Ateel village, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested Laith Helmi Abu Khalil (18), Mujaef Helmi Abu Khalil (19), and Yousef Helmi Abu Khalil (20) after interrogating them. All of them were later released.
  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested Yaser Khaled Mohamed Manna’ (30), Marwan Stayitah (35), and Fadel al-Kurdi (32).
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into the southern area of Hebron. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Jawad Khadir al-Ja’bari (25) and Ibrahim Nimer al-Ja’bari (30) and then arrested them.
  • At approximately 14:00, Israeli forces established a military checkpoint at the entrance to Beit ‘Aynoun village, east of Hebron. They then arrested Haitham’Awon Shehda Abu ‘Arram (23), from Yatta in southern Hebron.
  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Soreef village, northwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Islam ‘Arafat al-Hadmi (30) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Ethna village in western Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Emad ‘Abed al-‘Aziz al-Batran (38) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Dajan village, east of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mo’awiyia ‘Afeef Hanini (34) and then arrested him.
  • Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Silat al-Harithyia and al-Yamoun villages, west of Jenin; Beit Rima village, northwest of Ramallah; and Bani Na’iem and al-Shayyoukh villages in Hebron. 

 

Settlement Expansion and settler violence in the West Bank including occupied East Jerusalem 

  1. Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property for Settlement Expansion Activities
  • At approximately 07:45 on Friday, 26 July 2019, an Israeli infantry force, from “Berkha” settlement, moved into al-Manshrah area in southern Nablus. The Israeli force raided an under-construction house belonging to Montaser Nafi’ ‘Abed al-Latif Mansour (28) and damaged the house’ contents, including a water tank and other construction material. The Israeli forces claimed that the house was built in a military area, even though that they did not hand any official notice or warrant to Montaser’s family.
  • At approximately 06:30 on Tuesday, 30 July 2019, Israeli forces backed by military construction vehicles and Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Kherbit al-Ras al-Ahmar in Northern Jordan Valley, northeast of Tubas. Israeli forces bulldozed tents, houses, and barns belonging to 3 families. The damage were as follows:
    • Two residential tents built on an area of 60 square meters and used for breeding livestock, in addition to demolishing a solar cell belongs to Ayman ‘Izzat Yousef Bani ‘Odah.
    • A 40-sqaure-meter residential tent was bulldozed, 2 livestock barns built on an area of 100 square meters were also demolished, 2 feeders belonging to Jameel Suliman Bani ‘Odah were damaged.

During the demolition, Israeli forces confiscated the IDs of 3 activists in the popular resistance movement, identified as Ayman Rabah Ghareeb Bani ‘Odah, Ahmed Mahmoud Sa’ied Mosalamni, and Rashid Khaled Rashid Sawaftah. They also confiscated a cell phone belonging to Fawzi Faraj ‘Abed al-Khaleq Abu Zainah.

  • On Tuesday, the Israeli authorities confiscated a plot of land in al-Qaysan neighborhood in Surbaher village, south of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of its allocation for public utility, according to Hamada Hamada, Head of Wadi al-Humus Families Committee. He added that the plot of land, property of Omar Ahmed Dabash and Yaser ‘Ali Khalil Doyat, was built on 5 dunums and 200 square meters. Dabash and Doyat challenged the decision before the Israeli Courts, but the court decided in favor of the Israeli authorities. The latter claimed that they confiscated that land to build public utility facilities such as a community center, police station and daycare centers.
  1. Israeli Settler Violence
  • At approximately 10:50 on Saturday, 27 July 2019, a group of Israeli settlers, from “Rahalim“ settlement, attacked 80 olive trees, sawed them, and broke their twigs. The trees belong to the siblings Radi and Ahmed Mahmoud Hussain ‘Atiyani. Radi told PCHR’s fieldworker that: “At approximately 10:00 on Saturday, 27 July 2019, my brother Rajeh headed to his plot of land in Khelet Wasel area, east of Yasouf village and found that all trees were sawed by Israeli settlers and their twigs were broken. It should be noted that we are denied access to the area, but we go there and come back quickly fearing of the settlers. This was not the first attack, in fact, the Israeli settlers repeatedly launch attacks in the area, so we informed the official bodies. After that, Palestinian police officers and Liaison came to the area and we submitted a complaint.”

 

  • Closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement of persons and goods

The Gaza Strip

As the Israeli closure of the Gaza Strip enters its 14th consecutive year this July, severe restrictions on the freedom of movement of persons and goods enhance the de facto separation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Moreover, Israeli naval forces imposed a blockade, chased fishermen, opened fire at them, and confiscated their fishing equipment. During the reporting period, 5 shooting incidents and chasing fishermen and their boats were documented.

 

  • Note: No updates occurred on the state of the crossing during the reporting

 

  1. West Bank

In addition to permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of more temporary checkpoints that restrict the goods and individuals movement between villages and cities and deny civilians’ access to their work. Israeli forces established 44 temporary checkpoints, from which they arrested 4 civilians.

The military checkpoint were as follows:

 

Qalqiliyia: 

  • On Friday, 26 July 2019, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Kafur Qaddoum and Jeet villages, north of Qalqiliyia; and at the entrance to ‘Izbit al-Tabeeb village, east of the city.
  • On Saturday, 27 July 2019, 2 similar checkpoints were established at the entrances to ‘Azoun and ‘Izbit al-Tabeeb villages, east of Qalqiliyia.

 

Salfit: 

  • At approximately 05:30 on Friday, 26 July 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Kaful Hares village, north of Salfit.

 

Tulkarm: 

  • On Thursday, 25 July 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to al-Kafriyat, south of Tulkarm, where they arrested 2 civilians and confiscated a vehicle.

 

Nablus: 

  • At approximately 20:00 on Saturday, 27 July 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on Bypass road “Khelet al-Tota intersection”, at the north-eastern entrance to Zawatah village, west of Nablus.
  • At approximately 16:00 on Sunday, 28 July 2019, a similar checkpoint was established at Dir Sharaf village’s square, west of the city.
  • At approximately 08:00 on Monday, 29 July 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint in ‘Ain Mizrab area, at the north-eastern entrance to Tal village, southwest of Nablus.

 

Ramallah: 

  • On Thursday, 25 July 2019, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to al-Nabi Saleh and Dir Nizam villages, west of Ramllah; and at the entrance to Beit ‘Or al-Tahtah village, south of Ramallah.
  • On Friday, 26 July 2019, a similar checkpoint was established at the entrance to al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the city.
  • On Saturday, 27 July 2019, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Dir Abu Mish’al and al-Nabi Saleh villages, northwest of Ramallah.
  • On Monday, 4 similar checkpoints were established at the entrances to Shaqbah, Beit Ur al-Tahtah and ‘Atarah villages, and at the entrance to al-Jalazoun refugee camp.
  • On Tuesday, 30 July 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to al-Nabi Salah village, northwest of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 18:00 on Tuesday, 30 July 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint near senjil village, north of Ramallah. They stopped Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs, and then arrested a civilian from Nablus.

 

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 25 July 2019, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Beit Kahel village and on Wad Risha road.
  • On Friday, 26 July 2019, 3 similar checkpoints were established at the entrance to Tarousa village, at the southern entrance to Hebron, and at the northern entrance to Halhoul village.
  • On Saturday, 27 July 2019, Israeli forces established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to Ethna and Beit Ummerm villages, at the entrance to al-Fawar camp, at the southern entrance to Hebron, and at the southern entrance to Halhoul village.
  • On Sunday, 28 July 2019, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the intersection of Beit ‘Aynoun village and at the southern entrance to Halhoul village.
  • On Monday, 29 July 2019, 4 similar checkpoints were established at the southern entrance to Hebron, and at the entrances to al-Dahiriyia, Bani Na’iem and Jalajel villages,
  • At approximately 09:00 on Monday, Israeli authorities closed with sand berms and stones Sha’b al-Baten road, leading to al-Masafer area, east of Yatta in southern Hebron. It should be noted that it was the 3rd time that the Israeli authorities closed the road after Palestinians opening it; this road is considered an essential route for traffic connecting nearby towns and governorates.
  • On Tuesday, 30 July 2019, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Samou’a and Tarqumiyia.
  • On Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 3 similar checkpoints were established at the entrances to Beit ‘Awaa, Sa’ir and Beit Ummer villages.

Shooting and other violations of the right to life and bodily integrity 

  • At approximately 23:30 on Monday, 29 July 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 6 nautical miles. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Sunday, 28 July 2019, Israeli forces stationed northwest of Beit Lahia shore in northern Gaza strip, opened fire and pumped water at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles in an attempt to sink them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 23:00 on Monday, 29 July 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed off Rafah shore in southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 6 nautical miles. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 23:15 on the same Monday, Israeli forces backed by a bulldozer moved into Nablus from the southern entrance (Howarah checkpoint) and eastern entrance (Beit Furik) to secure the entry of dozens of buses carrying settlers to the abovementioned area in order to perform their prayers in “Joseph’s Tomb” in Balatat al-Balad, east of the city. A number of civilians gathered on Amman Street, set tires on fire, put barricades on the street and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli patrols in the city. The Israeli forces fired Two-Two bullets at them. As a result, 4 civilians, including a child, were wounded to the right thigh.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Tuesday, 30 July 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia shore in northern Gaza Strip, opened fire and pumped water at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles in an attempt to sink these boats. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 21:00 on Monday, 29 July 2019, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, fired several flare bombs at the area adjacent to the border fence. A bomb fell on a house belonging to Kamel Sayed al-Louh (60), 800 meters away from the border fence, causing partial damage to the apartment of his son Haitham (30). Another bomb fell on the street, east of al-Louh house, while the third fell in the landfill, east of Deir al-Balah, 20 meters away from the border fence. No arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 09:30 on Wednesday, 31 July 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza Strip, opened fire and fired flare bombs at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives; neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 07:20 on Wednesday, 31 July 2019, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis fired live bullets at agricultural lands in al-Sanati area, east of ‘Abasan al-Kabirah, west of the border fence. As a result, a tire of a tractor belonging to ‘Azam Qdaih, was hit with a live bullet while working in a land 150 meters away from the border fence. As a result, the tractor stopped working and left the area.

Settlement Expansion and settler violence in the West Bank including occupied East Jerusalem

 

  1. Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property for Settlement Expansion Activities
  • At approximately 07:45 on Friday, 26 July 2019, an Israeli infantry force, from “Berkha” settlement, moved into al-Manshrah area in southern Nablus. The Israeli force raided an under-construction house belonging to Montaser Nafi’ ‘Abed al-Latif Mansour (28) and damaged the house’ contents, including a water tank and other construction material. The Israeli forces claimed that the house was built in a military area, even though that they did not hand any official notice or warrant to Montaser’s family.
  • At approximately 06:30 on Tuesday, 30 July 2019, Israeli forces backed by military construction vehicles and Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Kherbit al-Ras al-Ahmar in Northern Jordan Valley, northeast of Tubas. Israeli forces bulldozed tents, houses, and barns belonging to 3 families. The damage were as follows:
    • Two residential tents built on an area of 60 square meters and used for breeding livestock, in addition to demolishing a solar cell belongs to Ayman ‘Izzat Yousef Bani ‘Odah.
    • A 40-sqaure-meter residential tent was bulldozed, 2 livestock barns built on an area of 100 square meters were also demolished, 2 feeders belonging to Jameel Suliman Bani ‘Odah were damaged.

During the demolition, Israeli forces confiscated the IDs of 3 activists in the popular resistance movement, identified as Ayman Rabah Ghareeb Bani ‘Odah, Ahmed Mahmoud Sa’ied Mosalamni, and Rashid Khaled Rashid Sawaftah. They also confiscated a cell phone belonging to Fawzi Faraj ‘Abed al-Khaleq Abu Zainah.

  • On Tuesday, the Israeli authorities confiscated a plot of land in al-Qaysan neighborhood in Surbaher village, south of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of its allocation for public utility, according to Hamada Hamada, Head of Wadi al-Humus Families Committee. He added that the plot of land, property of Omar Ahmed Dabash and Yaser ‘Ali Khalil Doyat, was built on 5 dunums and 200 square meters. Dabash and Doyat challenged the decision before the Israeli Courts, but the court decided in favor of the Israeli authorities. The latter claimed that they confiscated that land to build public utility facilities such as a community center, police station and daycare centers.
  1. Israeli Settler Violence
  • At approximately 10:50 on Saturday, 27 July 2019, a group of Israeli settlers, from “Rahalim“ settlement, attacked 80 olive trees, sawed them, and broke their twigs. The trees belong to the siblings Radi and Ahmed Mahmoud Hussain ‘Atiyani. Radi told PCHR’s fieldworker that: “At approximately 10:00 on Saturday, 27 July 2019, my brother Rajeh headed to his plot of land in Khelet Wasel area, east of Yasouf village and found that all trees were sawed by Israeli settlers and their twigs were broken. It should be noted that we are denied access to the area, but we go there and come back quickly fearing of the settlers. This was not the first attack, in fact, the Israeli settlers repeatedly launch attacks in the area, so we informed the official bodies. After that, Palestinian police officers and Liaison came to the area and we submitted a complaint.”

Full report at PCHR official.

Unilateral Surrender? Hollow Mahmoud Abbas Suspension of Agreements with Israel

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Global Research, July 26, 2019
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In 2005, Mahmoud Abbas was anointed by Israel to serve its interests.

Installed by a rigged election with no legitimacy, his term expired in 2009 but it didn’t matter. 

Israeli hardliners kept him in power where he remains as long as staying submissive to their will, meaningless rhetoric not an issue.

For over 14 years, he served as Jewish state enforcer in the Occupied Territories, betraying the Palestinian people. More convenient stooge than statesman, he’s Israel’s puppet.

He long ago abandoned Palestine’s liberating struggle, collaborating with the enemy for benefits afforded him and his family.

Betrayal pays well. Middle East expert As’ad AbuKhalil earlier estimated his super-wealth, saying he amassed around $1 million monthly, largely from stolen Palestinian money and other embezzled funds, adding:

His wealth is stashed abroad in Jordanian and other accounts — “not under any national or international scrutiny.”

Unnamed PA sources earlier said he has extensive property holdings. His sons Tarek and Yasser also profited hugely from PA projects.

A former Abbas aide called him the “sultan of Ramallah,” describing him as thin-skinned and vengeful, tolerating no opposition.

He’s in power unchallenged because Israel and the US wants him heading the PA, largely serving their interests by enforcing harshness on the Palestinian people.

Since Hamas was elected Palestine’s legitimate ruling authority in January 2006, Abbas collaborated with Israel against its leadership, part of the Jewish state’s divide and conquer strategy.

In 1993, he was part of the Palestinian team in Oslo, negotiating the Versailles accord, his signature on the capitulation.

The late Edward Said minced no words calling it unilateral surrender, Palestinians getting nothing in return but hollow Israeli promises, abandoned before the ink was dry.

Throughout Abbas’ tenure as puppet president, Israel expanded settlements on stolen Palestinian land unobstructed by him or his cronies, handsomely bribed to capitulate to their interests.

Collaborating with the enemy is treason, how Abbas operated since Oslo and throughout his time as PA head.

He hasn’t gone along with what he knows about Trump’s no-peace/peace plan “deal of the century” for good reason.

A third intifada might erupt if he capitulated to what no responsible leadership should touch, possibly making him a marked man by Palestinians for elimination, maybe killed for betrayal.

Time and again in response to unacceptable Israeli actions against long-suffering Palestinians, Abbas threatened to suspend cooperation with the Jewish state, never following through with commitment, his rhetoric amounting to hollow deception.

His latest threat came in response to Israel’s unlawful demolition of 70 Wadi al-Hummus homes in Sur Baher township, a Palestinian neighborhood on the southeastern outskirts of East Jerusalem.

Israel claimed they were too close to its separation wall, what the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled illegal in 2004 — a land theft scheme unrelated to security issues.

Israel wants the entire city Judaized for exclusive Jewish development and use, Palestinians ethnically cleansed from land they legally own.

Most Sur Baher Palestinian structures destroyed were in West Bank Areas A and B, under Palestinian jurisdiction, according to Oslo.

It didn’t matter and never does. Nothing stands in the way of Israeli pursuit of its agenda at the expense of fundamental Palestinian rights and the rule of law.

Abbas’ latest “suspension” threat takes effect on July 26, saying

“(w)e will not succumb to the dictates and the imposing of a fait accompli on the ground with brute force, specifically in Jerusalem. All that the (Israeli) occupation state is doing is illegal,” adding:

“Our hands have been and are still extended to a just, comprehensive and lasting peace. But this does not mean that we accept the status quo or surrender to the measures of the occupation.”

“We will not surrender and we will not coexist with the occupation, nor will we accept the ‘deal of the century.’ ”

“Palestine and Jerusalem are not for sale or bargain. They are not a real estate deal in a real estate company…no matter how much time it takes, the repugnant occupation is going to be defeated and our future state will be independent.”

In 2017, the PA suspended diplomatic relations with the US over Trump’s one-sided support for Israel, including his no-peace “deal of the century” peace plan — a symbolic gesture, achieving nothing positive for the Palestinian people.

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Abbas and his cronies capitulated to occupation harshness for over 25 years ago, permitting hundreds of thousands of settlers to control Palestinian land illegally — Israel ignoring Fourth Geneva’s Article 49, the PA leadership doing nothing to contest its unlawful actions.

The Fourth Geneva provision prohibits

“(i)ndividuals or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not…regardless of their motive.”

“The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.”

It’s what Israel has done since 1967 — unobstructed by the world community and UN authorities — nor by PA leadership since Oslo (1993) and follow-up agreements.

Ignoring his longstanding collaboration with Israel against Hamas, undermining Palestinian unity against repressive occupation, land theft, and other Jewish state high crimes against long-suffering Palestinians, including three Israeli wars of aggression against Gaza since December 2008, Abbas falsely said:

“My hand is extended (to Hamas) for reconciliation, and it is time to get more serious.”

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Political analyst Dawoud Yousef downplayed Abbas’ threatened suspension of ties to Israel, saying:

“(T)he PA is completely powerless to make these kind of dictates. They exist because the occupation allows it,” adding:

“From the Oslo Accords onwards, the PA has been designed and structured to be dependent on cooperation with Israel.”

It’s a powerless, Israeli created body to serve its interests. Earlier PA threats to cut cooperation with Israel were “never complete and only meant the ending of high level communications, not day to day interactions between security forces,” Yousef explained, adding:

“(T)hese threats demonstrate to an acute degree the complete emptiness of the PA’s diplomatic strategy within the current Post-Oslo paradigm.”

“The asymmetry of power wasn’t offset by the PA’s establishment. It was officially entrenched. (Its threats are) as if the prisoner says that he no longer recognizes his cell.”

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غزة | بينما أعادت الجمهورية الإسلامية في إيران وحركة «حماس» بناء الثقة المتبادلة بينهما، ورجعت الأخيرة إلى تموضعها ضمن محور المقاومة خلال العامين الأخيرين، تفيد معلومات بـ«قرب انضمام الحركة إلى تحالف دفاعي مشترك مع بقية أطراف المحور». تقول مصادر مطلعة إن زيارة وفد رفيع من الحركة إلى طهران أول من أمس، ولقاءه المرشد الإيراني السيد علي خامنئي، لأول مرة منذ مغادرة «حماس» دمشق عام 2012، جاءا تلبية لدعوة إيرانية لرئيس المكتب السياسي إسماعيل هنية، الذي حاول الخروج من قطاع غزة أكثر من مرة، لكن الرفض المصري أعاقه، فتقرر إتمام الزيارة بأعضاء المكتب في الخارج، وعلى رأسهم نائب هنية، صالح العاروري، فيما تمكنت شخصيات قيادية من غزة (مقرّبة من هنية)، أبرزها إسماعيل رضوان، من الحضور، علماً بأن رضوان تسمح له القاهرة بإجراء جولات خارجية.

وسبق للسلطات المصرية أن رفضت أربعة طلبات لهنية خلال العامين الماضيين لإجراء جولة خارجية تشمل عدداً من الدول. وكان من أبرز تجليات ذلك رفضها خروجه لتلبية الدعوة الروسية في آذار/ مارس الماضي للتباحث في ملف المصالحة الفلسطيني. ولم تحمل تلك الردود على مطالب الجولات الخارجية أي رفض مباشر، عدا مرة واحدة في أيار/ مايو الماضي، فيما كانت بقية الردود في صورة تأجيل ومماطلة. مع ذلك، حاول هنية ممارسة ضغط على المصريين بداية العام الجاري بقراره البقاء في القاهرة أربعة أسابيع متواصلة، لكن هذه الطريقة لم تفلح، ليضطر للعودة إلى غزة.

عرضت الحركة الانضمام إلى «حلف دفاعي مشترك» مع أطراف محور المقاومة

بالعودة إلى لقاء الوفد بالمسؤولين الإيرانيين، تكشف المصادر أن «حماس» أبدت رغبتها في تعزيز علاقاتها مع جميع أطراف محور المقاومة، وصولاً إلى الاتفاق على «تحالف دفاعي مشترك» تتمكن فيه هذه الأطراف من مواجهة الاعتداءات بتنسيق جماعي. وسلّم العاروري الجانب الإيراني رسالة رسمية من هنية يشكر فيها الجمهورية الإسلامية «على جهودها في دعم القضية الفلسطينية»، مبدياً رغبة الحركة في تعزيز العلاقات مع إيران، وطلبها تقديم المزيد من الدعم «لمواجهة الحصار الإسرائيلي الخانق الذي يواصل الفلسطينيون الصمود أمامه»، مؤكداً أيضاً «تضامن حماس مع إيران في مواجهة السياسات الأميركية والإسرائيلية».

وعلمت «الأخبار» أنه على رغم إجراء لقاءات بين أطراف من «حماس» ومسؤولين في الدولة السورية بصورة غير رسمية لبحث إعادة العلاقات، فإن «الملف ما زال معقداً… إذ تتهرّب حماس من الرد على المطلب السوري باعتذار الحركة عن خروجها» في مؤتمر صحافي. مع ذلك، ثمة ارتياح «حمساوي» لمستوى التصريحات الإيرانية خلال اللقاءات، خاصة بعدما وصف خامنئي «حماس» بأنها «في قلب فلسطين، وفلسطين في قلب العالم الإسلامي»، مشيداً بالمواقف المهمة لرئيس المكتب السياسي للحركة في مواجهة الاحتلال الإسرائيلي، ومؤكداً أن إيران «لن تجامل أي دولة في العالم بشأن القضية الفلسطينية… نعلن دائماً مواقفنا من فلسطين بشكل صريح وشفاف، وعلى الساحة الدولية، تعلم الدول الصديقة لنا، التي لديها خلافات في وجهات النظر معنا حول فلسطين، أن الجمهورية الإسلامية جادة في دعمها لفلسطين».

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‘Israeli’ occupation forces attacked Palestinians participating in the weekly “Great Return March” rallies, injuring 98 Gazan protesters, according to the Health Ministry of Gaza.

The ministry also reported that 49 of the injured protesters had sustained bullet wounds from Zionist live fire.

Four paramedics were also among the wounded.

The rallies have been held every week since March 30 last year. The Palestinians demand the right to return of those driven out of their homeland by ‘Israeli’ apartheid entity.

‘Israeli’ troops have killed at least 305 Palestinians since the beginning of the rallies and wounded nearly 18,000 others, according to the ministry.

In March, a United Nations [UN] fact-finding mission found that Zionist forces committed rights violations during their crackdown against the Palestinian protesters in Gaza that may amount to war crimes.

Gaza has been under the occupation’s siege since June 2007, which has caused a decline in living standards.

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