Weekly report on israel’s terrorism on Palestinians (05 – 11 September 2019)

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine (05 – 11 September 2019)

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (05 – 11 September 2019)

Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory

 

05 September – 11 September 2019

 

  • Great March of Return in Eastern Gaza Strip: 2 children killed and 80 civilians injured, including 39 children, 2 paramedics and a journalist.

 

  • West Bank: 5 civilians injured, including a child.

 

  • During 99 incursions into the West Bank: 47 civilians arrested, including 5 children and a woman.

 

  • 2 shooting incidents reported against Palestinian fishing boats off Gaza shores, and 6 others reported at the agricultural lands, east of the Gaza Strip.

 

  • 7 violations committed by Israeli forces and settlers as part of the settlement activity in the West Bank.

                                                

  • 45 temporary checkpoints erupted in the West Bank, where 9 Palestinian civilians were arrested.

 

 

 

Summary

 

 

During the reporting period, PCHR documented 162 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 2 children at the Great March of Return in the Gaza Strip and injured 80 other civilians: 39 children, a woman, a journalist, and 2 paramedics, including a female paramedic, at the Great March of Return in the Gaza Strip.  Meanwhile, 5 were injured, including a child, in the West Bank, making a total of 85 injuries among Palestinian civilians by Israeli forces.

 

As part of the Israeli incursions and house raids, Israel carried out 99 incursions into the West Bank and raided civilian houses, attacking and enticing fear among residents in addition to shooting in many incidents. As a result, 47 Palestinians were arrested, including 5 children.  In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces carried out one limited incursion into the eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 3 Palestinians who tried to infiltrate via the border fence in the eastern and central Gaza Strip.

 

Under the settlement expansion activities in the West Bank. PCHR documented 7 violations, including forcing a civilian to self-demolish his house in Silwan village in Jerusalem, destroying the foundations of 2 residential buildings in al-‘Iziriyah in Jerusalem, demolishing 3 rooms, 3 tinplate dwellings and residential tents in Hebron, and confiscating a construction vehicle and a truck in Qalqiliyah.  Further, as part of the settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property in the West Bank, the Israeli settlers threw stones at 3 cars in southern Nablus and broke their windows.

 

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 2 shooting and chase incidents against the fishermen and their boats.

 

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 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 73th Great March of Return took off in eastern Gaza Strip on Friday, 06 September 2019, titled “Protecting the Home Front.” The Israeli attacks resulted in killing 2 children and wounding 80 civilians, including 39 children, 2 paramedics and a journalist.

 

The incidents were as follows:

 

  • Northern Gaza Strip: At approximately 16:30 on Friday, 06 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, ‘Ali Sami ‘Ali al-Ashqar (17), from Jabalia refugee camp, was killed after being shot with a live bullet that entered the backside of his chest and exited through the lower front side of his neck while only few meters away from the border fence. Moreover, 36 civilians were injured, including 26 children: 29 with live bullets and their shrapnel; 20 of them were children; 3 with tear gas canisters; and 4, including 3 children, with rubber bullets.
  • Gaza City: at approximately 16:00 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 and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at the participants. As a result, Khaled Abu Baker Mohammed Sufian al-Rab’ie (14), from al-Shija’iyah neighborhood, was killed. According to PCHR’s investigations, the child arrived at Shifa Hospital at approximately 17:35 with a bullet wound in his waist, while being tens of meters away from the border fence, and he was pronounced dead. Moreover, 16 civilians were injured, including 6 children, a female paramedic and a journalist: 6 with live bullets, 8 with rubber bullets and 2 with tear gas canisters. The wounded paramedic is Mona Khalifah Lubbad (21), who sustained a shrapnel wound to her left foot. The wounded journalist, Ahmed Mohammed al-Hendi (23), sustained a rubber bullet injury to the hand. Mr. al-Hendi works for Siraj Media Services.
  • 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 2 – 70 meters. at approximately 17:10, a  number of protestors 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, 8 civilians were wounded, including 4 children: 4 were shot with live bullets and their shrapnel, 1 was shot with a rubber bullet and 3 were hit with tear gas canisters.
  • Khan Younis:  The Israeli forces’ use of force against the protesters, who gathered in the encampment in eastern Khuza’ah and near the border fence, resulted in the injury of 9 civilians, including 4 children and a paramedic: 5 with live bullets and shrapnel, 2 with rubber bullets; and 1 with tear gas canisters. Furthermore, many other civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation. They received treatment on the spot in the field medical point. The wounded paramedic, As’ad Sami Mohammed Abu Ghalwah (30), from Khan Younis, was shot with a rubber bullet to the right foot.
  • Rafah: hundreds participated in the eastern Shokah protests, where folklore songs and speeches were held. Dozens approached the border fence and threw stones at the shielded Israeli soldiers, who responded with live and rubber bullets and teargas canisters against the protestors. As a result, 11 civilians were injured, including a child. It was documented that 9 were shot with live bullets and their shrapnel and 2 were shot with rubber bullets.

 

  1. Excessive Use of Force against Protests in the West Bank

 

  • At approximately 13:30 on Friday, 06 September 2019, Palestinians from Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah launched their weekly peaceful protest and headed towards the village’s eastern entrance that has been closed by Israeli forces for the past 15 years in favor of “Kedumim” settlement. The demonstrators chanted national slogans demanding end of the occupation and protested the Israeli forces’ crimes against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The protestors threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand berms while the soldiers fired sponge-tipped bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a 22-year-old civilian was shot with a rubber bullet to the face and a 19-year-old civilian was hit with a rubber bullet to the lower abdomen.
  • At approximately 12:00 on Sunday, 08 September 2019, Israeli forces dispersed a peaceful protest called for by the national factions in Beit Jala against Israeli forces’ policy of seizing lands of al-Makhrour area, west of the city, in favor of settlement activity. Tens of civilians, activists and representatives of national factions started their protest from Beit Jala western entrance and headed to al-Makhrour area. The participants raised Palestinian flags and chanted national slogans against the Israeli forces’ seizure of Palestinian lands. Monther ‘Amira, Coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlement, stated that Israeli forces banned the protestors from reaching the abovementioned land and fired tear gas canister at them. Al-Makhrour area, which is about 2000 dunums and considered the only vital outlet in Beit Jala, always targeted by Israeli settlement activities and bypass roads in addition to building acts. Three weeks ago, Israeli forces demolished a restaurant belonging to Ramzi Qaisiyah and seized a 4-dunum land belonging to Saba Iskandar where settlers established a caravan and surrounded it with barbed wire lightened the land using an electric generator.

 

  • At approximately 14:00 on Monday,09 September 2019, students from Birzeit University, a number of civilians and Israeli and human rights defenders launched a peaceful protest at al-Birah northern entrance against the death of Bassam al-Sa’eh in the Israeli prisons. When the protestors approached the checkpoint of “Beit Eil” settlement, north of the city, Israeli soldiers fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, an 18-year-old young man was shot with a live bullet to the chest. The wounded young man was transferred to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah for medical treatment where he underwent a surgery. Medical sources classified his injury as settled.

 

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

 

  • At approximately 21:00 on Friday, 06 September 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed west of Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at the border area; no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 12:15 on Saturday, 07 September 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed eastern Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives; no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 12:10, an Israeli drone fired a missile at an agricultural land in al-Shoka village, east of Rafah in southern Gaza Strip; no arrests were reported. The Israeli forces’ spokesperson said in his statement that:” they targeted a group of Palestinians, who fired a drone that crossed the border fence from the Gaza Strip and threw an explosive device at the border area and then returned to the Strip. As a result, a vehicle was partially damaged; no casualties among the soldiers were reported.
  • At approximately 13:45, Israeli forces stationed in east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, opened  fire at an agricultural land in eastern al-Sanati area in ‘Abasan al-Kabirah. The shooting continued foe few minutes; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 20:00, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They stationed around al-Arabe’in Mosque in the village and evacuated the area. Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinian young men and Israeli soldiers, who used rubber bullets and tear gas canisters. As a result, a young man was hit with a sound bomb shrapnel to the head and received medical treatment in a field medical point. Moreover, the soldiers arrested Mohanned Ma’moun Abu ‘Asab (17).
  • At approximately 10:30 on Sunday, 08 September 2019, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence sporadically opened fire at agricultural lands in eastern al-Maghazi. The shooting continued for 15 minutes; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 13:30, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands in eastern al-Qararah area in ‘Abasan al-Kabirah. The shooting continued for few minutes; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 07:30 on Monday 09 September 2019, Israeli forces moved into Beit Rema village, northwest of Ramallah and patrolled the streets. a number of children, who were heading to their schools, gathered and threw stones at the soldier, who responded with rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the children. As a result, Nour Eden Hazem al-Remawi (10) was shot with a rubber bullet to the right sides of the chest. He was taken to Yasser Arafat Hospital in Salfit for medical treatment. Moreover, the soldiers arrested Mohammed ‘Ezzat al-Remawi (17) after beating him with a rifle’s nozzle.
  • At approximately 09;30 on the same day, Israeli forces opened fire at agricultural lands along the border fence, northeast of al-buraij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. the shooting continued for 15 minutes; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 16:20, Israeli forced opened fire at agricultural lands along the border fence, east of Deir al-Balah in central Gaza Strip. The shooting continued for 15 minutes sporadically; neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 23:00 on the same Monday, Israeli gunboats stationed west of Jabalia in northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 5 nautical miles and chased them. They also fired a number of flare bombs in the sky of the area. As a result, fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 01:00 on Tuesday, 01 September 2019, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of al-Shoka, east of Rafah, opened fire at a checkpoint of the field control point; no casualties were reported.

 

  1. Incursions and Arrests

 

Thursday, 05 September 2019:

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Kahel, northwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Islam ‘Issa Asafra (33) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Rujeib village, east of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ghazi Maher Abu Mustafa (24) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Daheya Al-Tahta neighborhood, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Wa’el Abdul Karim Hasan Hashash (49). Before their withdrawal from the house, the soldiers confiscated JD 200 and NIS 600 and then handed Hashash a warrant of the confiscated money. Wa’el Hashash said to PCHR fieldworker:

 

“At approximately 02:00, on 05 September 2019, while my family and I were sleeping, I Israeli forces raided my house in the second floor of my fathers’ 2-story house. They gathered all my family members in the living room and then ordered me to bring the any weapon and money in the house. My wife said that there is JD 200 belonging to my daughter, Roa’a, who graduated from high school. After searching the house, the soldiers took the JD 200 in addition to NIS 600 they found in Roa’as purse. The soldiers counted the money in front of us and then handed me a warrant of the confiscated money. The soldiers later withdrew from the house.”

 

  • At the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Maher Sha’ban al-Ra’ei (24) and the arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:40, Israeli forces moved into Kuber village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Serri Haseeb al-Barghouthi (22) and then arrested him.

 

  • Israeli forces carried out (4) incursions in Beit Ummer, Beit ‘Awa and Ethna villages in Hebron; and al-Birah. No arrests were reported.

 

Friday, 06 September 2019:

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Hebron and stationed in Farsh al-Hawa area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Wadeea’ Badran Jaber (25) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 11:00, an Israeli infantry unit moved into Hebron’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Bader al-Ajlouni (36) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 19:30, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They stationed around the Arba’een Mosque and then arrested Ahmed Khalid Ateyah (16) while he was leaving the mosque. It should be noted that al-‘Issawiyah village witnesses for weeks daily clashes with Israeli forces that raid civilians’ houses and stores. Furthermore, Israeli forces impose restrictions by establishing more temporary checkpoints that restrict the civilians’ movement via checking their ID cards and issuing fines against them every now and then.

 

  • Israeli forces carried out (12) incursions in Beit Led, Kour, Kafer Sour, al-Ras, Jobarah, and Safarin villages in Tulkarm; ‘Azzoun and Kafer Qaddoum villages in Qalqiliyah; Dura, Beit ‘Awa, Sekkah and Tawas villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

                                      

Saturday, 07 September 2019:

 

  • At approximately 04:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Beira and stationed in al-Baloua’ neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Samah Jaradat (20), a student at Birzeit University, and then arrested her.

 

  • At approximately 10:30, Israeli forces moved into the western entrance to ‘Aqraba village, southwest of Nablus. They confiscated a bulldozer belonging to ‘Aqraba Municipality, which was filling gaps adjacent to the street, and then transferred it to Za’tara checkpoint. Israeli forces claimed that the bulldozer was working in Areas (C). ‘Issam Fawaz Abdul Qader Jarban (55), the bulldozer’s driver, said to PCHR’s fieldworker:

“At approximately 10:30 on Thursday, 07 September 2019 on Thursday, I was driving the municipality’s bulldozer in the western entrance of Za’tara – Jericho Street to fill the dangerous gaps on the street. Suddenly, I was surprised with an Israeli vehicle in front of my way. A soldier stepped out of the vehicle, moved towards me, checked my ID card and then ordered me to drive behind him to Za’atra checkpoint, south of Nablus. After that, the soldiers detained me along with the bulldozer. Mayor, Ghaleb Mayadma, and three municipality members intervened; thus, I was released, but the bulldozer is still confiscated.”

 

  • At approximately 17:00, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between Gaza Strip and Israel, arrested (3) civilians; a boy and 2 children, who crossed the border fence, and then took them to an unknown destination. Five hours after investigation with the children, Israeli forces released two of them through Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing, north of the Gaza Strip, namely; Mahmoud Jaber Mohammed al-Na’ami (15) and Mohammed Hani Masa’ad Abu Mandeel (17), while kept Bilal Youssef Eid al-Na’ami (18) under arrest. The three arrestees are living in al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip. Mohammed Abu Mandeel said to PCHR’s fieldworker:

“At approximately 16:45, on Saturday evening, 07 September 2019, Bilal and Mahmoud al-Na’ami, and I crossed 1000 meters into the border fence, east of al-Maghazi, until we sat under a tree. Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers surrounded us and then ordered us to throw everything we have. Bilal threw a knife and a lighter before they handcuffed us and blindfolded us, taking us to an unknown destination. Thirty minutes later, the soldiers took us to a military site and detained us in a caravan; I saw that from underneath the blindfold. few minutes later, three soldiers took me to an unknown destination, and ordered me to talk with an unknown person by the phone. Further, this person investigated with me and asked about my name, personal information, place of residence, and the reason of crossing the border fence and sneaking to Israel. The investigation on phone continued for 5 minutes after which the soldiers returned me to the caravan and investigated with each of my friends alone. Five hours later, the soldiers stepped us in a military vehicle. they used to stop the vehicle every 15 or 20 minutes beat me in the chest and abdomen. The vehicle stopped an hour later and the soldiers unhand cuffed us and released us at Beit Hanoun “Eriz” Crossing, while kept Bilal al-Na’ami under arrest.”

 

  • At approximately 20:00, Israeli forces deployed at Hebron’s Old City, arrested Hamdy Hamad Jaber (16) and then took him to an investigation center in “Keryat Arba” settlement, east of the city. The Israeli forces claimed that they found a knife with the abovementioned child.

 

  • Israeli forces carried out (6) incursions in Kafel Hares and Deir Estia villages in Salfit; ‘Ein Qiniya village, west of Ramallah; Beit Awla, Nuba and Bani Na’im in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

 

Sunday, 08 September 2019

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into the southern area in Hebron and stationed in Abu Suneinah neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Fadi Lafi Abu Suneinah (28) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 10:30 on Israeli forces established a temporary military checkpoint at the eastern entrance to al-Nabi Elyas village, east of Qalqiliyah. They checked Palestinian civilians’ ID cards and then arrested Ahmed Hamdan Abdul Hadi Eshtiwi (22), a member of the Palestinian National security service from Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus.

 

  • At approximately11:00, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Izariyah village, east of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several commercial shops in “Ras Kabsah: area in the village and then arrested Fadi Jamil Matat Shqirat (35).

 

  • At approximately 16:00, Israeli soldiers deployed in Hebron’s Old City, arrested Nabih Taha Abu Suneinah (22) claiming that he disobeyed he soldiers. Abu Suneinah was transferred to a detention center in “Kiryat Arba” settlement, east of the city.

 

  • At approximately 23:00, Israeli forces moved into Hebron and stationed in Sha’er ‘Ein ‘Arab area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Emad Sadeq Qanabi, who is detained since 09 June 2019 and sentenced to life imprisonment in addition to 25 years. The soldiers detained the family members in one room and damaged the house contents and then withdrew from the house; no arrests were reported. Lo’ai (22) said to PCHR’s fieldworker:

 

“At approximately 23:00, my mother, my sister  Heba (15) and brother Zain (17) were sleeping in our house while my brother Abdullah (23) was sitting in a store near the house. Abdullah phone called me and informed me that Israeli soldiers raided and searched our house yard. When I arrived at the house, the soldiers raided the house and entered the living room. A soldier then pushed me into the wall and then detained me in my room. The soldiers did the same with my family members at gunpoint and then searched the rooms. We asked the solders to bring my mother’s jewelry and our money and they allowed us to take them after we argued with them. I tried to speak to a soldier, but he shouted at me and verbally insulted me and my family. The soldier then took me to the toilet where he sat me down at gunpoint for 20 minutes. During their search, other soldiers broke our house contents while searching the rooms in addition to the second floor, which was uninhabited. The soldier took me to my room and asked me about my PC and then moved me to an empty room in the second floor. At approximately 03:30 on Monday 09 September 2019, the solders withdrew from our house.  we found out that the soldiers ransacked the house.”

 

  • Israeli forces carried out (13) incursions in al-Shuyoukh village and al-Fawar refugee camp, north and south of Hebron; Tulkarm, Shuweikah Suburb, Far’oun, al-Jaroushiyah, ‘Azzoun, Kafer Laqef and al-Nabi E;yas villages, Tulkarm and Noor Shams refugee camps east of Qalqiliyah; Kafer al-Deek and Bedia villages, west of Salfit. No arrests were reported.

 

Monday, 09 September 2019:

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Qabatiyah village, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Amin Mohammed Tawfiq Zakarnah (27) and Ahmed Yusuf Khalil Kamil (21).
  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Kahel village, north west of Hebron. They raided and searched the houses belonging to: Laith Yousef Abdul-Hadi ‘Assafra (24) and Mohammed Jehad Assafra (28). They arrested both of them.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Mazra’ah eastern village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mahmoud Mohammed al-Shurti (23) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Tal village, southwest of Nablus. They raided and searched several a house belonging to Malek Bilal Mohammed Eshtiya (26) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Silwan village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested Khalil Hasan Mar’I Hamed (33), Mousa Yasser al-Najjar (27), No’man Saleh Hamed (24), Mohammed Lutfi al-Najjar (24) and Mohammed Yasser Hamed (21).

 

  • At approximately 09:00, Yusuf Abed Shehadah (19) handed himself to Israeli forces in investigation center in “Atarot” detention center, north of occupied East of Jerusalem, after the soldiers raided his house few days ago and handed his family a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service.

 

  • At approximately 09:30, Israeli forces backed by 6 military construction vehicles and bulldozers moved about 100 meters into east of al-Buraij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. The vehicles leveled the lands and repaired the barbed wire in lands adjacent to the border fence and then they were redeployed along the border fence.

 

  • At approximately 14:30, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Amin Omer Hamed (23) and Mohammed Ayman ‘Obaid (20).

 

  • Israeli forces carried out (2) incursions in Sowreif and Noba villages in Hebron.

 

Tuesday, 10 September 2019:

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Omer Khader al-Shakhshir (25) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Ya’bud village, southwest of Jenin, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Zaid Ahmed Ba’jawi (15) and the arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:15, Israeli forces moved into Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Jaber Nouh Majirami (21) and then arrested him.

 

  • At the same time, Israeli forces moved into Hebron, stationed at Abu-Snaina neighborhood and raided a number of houses under the pretext of searching for weapons with police dogs. The houses belonged to Nael Ahmed Abu-Hussein and his sons; Ahmed Omar Abu-Hussein; and Said Moustafa Abu-Hussein. They arrested Nael Abu-Hussein (60) and took him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At the same time, Israeli forces raided Jabal Abu-Roman neighborhood in Hebron. They raided and ransacked Kazem Mohammed al-Qasrawi and Azzam Hamdi Abu-‘Aysha’s houses. They withdrew without any arrests.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Jaba’a village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Baha’a Fayez Salatnah (39) and Morad Mohammed Sa’ed Fashafsha (28) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Tubas. They raided and searched a house belonging to Lo’ai Rashed Abdul Razeq (25) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:40, Israeli forces moved into Beit Liqya village, southwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to ‘Ali Nouh Karmi (21) and Younis Sa”ed Dar Mousa (24) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 04:30, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliya, raided a number of houses and arrest 3 civilians: Nour Adnan Abed (19); Abdul-Latif Ayman Abu-Shaykh (20) and Yacoub Kamal Jabara (21).

 

  • Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in Um Safa village, northwest of Ramallah; Eskan Rojeeb and Salem villages, east of Nablus. No arrests were reported.

 

 

Wednesday, 11 September 2019:

                   

  • At approximately 01:40, Israeli forces moved into Birzeit village, north of Ramallah, and stationed in the Old City. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Yazan Mahgames (20) and Amir Walim Hazbou (20), both are students at Birzeit Universitym, and then arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 14:00, Israeli forces arrested Ahmed Khalil Abu ‘Aram (26), from Yatta, south of Hebron after detaining him at a temporary checkpoint at Hebron’s southern entrance (al-Fahes).

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Doha village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Baker Mousa Qowar (22) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Zaki Sultan ‘Obaid (24) and then arrested him.

 

  • Israeli forces conducted (14) incursions in al-Samou’a, Beit Awla, Deir Samet villages and Kherbat al-Semia in Hebron; Kouber, Abu Qash, Barham, Abu Shakhidem, al-Mazra’a al-Gharbiyah, Jafna, ‘Ein Senia, Dor al-Qare’a villages and al-Jalazoun refugee camp in Ramallah and al-Birah.

 

  • At approximately 02:15, Israeli forces moved into Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mahmoud Ghazi Abu Zaytoun (21) and then arrested him.

 

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

 

  • On Thursday, 05 September 2019, Jameel Masalmah implemented the Israeli municipality decision to self-demolish his house in Wadi Rababah area in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Masalmah said that the municipality staff raided his house and informed him to self-demolish his house completely within 24 hours or he will pay a fine estimated at NIS 84,000. Thus, he was forced to self-demolish his 50-sqaure-meter houses built 20 years ago. He added that he attempted to license his houses, but in vain. It should be noted that there is an unlicensed 4-story-building for settlers located next to his house. He said that he was forced to live in his brother’s house with his family comprising of 5 persons. Lately, the Israeli Municipality escalated its self-demolish policy and ordered the facilities’ owners in Jerusalem to self-demolish their facilities. If the owners refused, they will pay a fine and demolition costs. Since the beginning of this year, over 110 residential, agricultural and commercial facilities were demolished in Jerusalem; 30 of them were self-demolished by using bulldozers, manual tools and machinery.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Monday, 09 September 2019, an Israeli force backed by several military vehicles in addition to a bulldozer belonging to the Civil Administration moved into Kherbat Salamah, east of Tarqumiya village, west of Hebron. The bulldozer demolished an agricultural room built of bricks and tin plates on an area of 10 square meters belonging to Mohammed Khalil Ja’afrah. The room was demolished under the pretext of building without a license.

 

  • At approximately 14:00 on Monday, 09 September 2019, Israeli forces moved into “ Mohamed Mount” area, which belongs to Kafur Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyia. The Israeli forces surrounded a bulldozer and a truck belonging to Amjad ‘Abed al-Mo’min Yousef Jum’a, from Kafur Qaddoum village, and Samer Redwan ‘Abed al-Latif Ahmed, from Hejah village, under the pretext of non-licensing in area C. Jum’a said to PCHR’s fieldworker that: “ at approximately 14:00 on Monday, 09 September 2019, while we were leveling and cleaning a road within a project belonging to Kafur Qaddoum village committee, Israeli forces backed by a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration ordered us to stop working and then confiscated the truck and bulldozer, taking them to an unknown destination. We were at around 50 meters away from residential houses and did not know if construction works are banned in this area or not. Following that, we headed to the official authorities and the Israeli military liaison, which informed us that construction works in area C are banned and gave us a list of confiscated items.

 

  • At approximately 07:00, on Wednesday 11 September 2019, Israeli soldiers and machinery carried out the foundation’s destruction of two buildings in al-Aizareya city, east of the occupied eastern Jerusalem belonging to Samer Abu Zeyad, under the pretext of building without a permit.

Abu Zeyad said that the Israeli forces moved into the two buildings that are still under construction in Ra’s al-Bostan neighborhood, in al-Aizareya city, after completely closing all roads leading to it. After that, the Israeli bulldozers destroyed them and prevented everybody from approaching to the site, and attempted to attack his son Mohammed (20). Mohammed said that he started the building process from the beginning of this year. Abu Zeyad added that the occupied government handed him the destruction decision in May, but he cancelled the decision and got a building license from the competent authorities, but he was surprised in the abovementioned day from the destruction decision.

 

  • At approximately 09:00 of the same day, Israeli military forces reinforced with several military vehicles, belonging to the Civil Administration and four diggers moved into Kherbet al-Mafqara in the southeast of Yata, south of Hebron. The Israeli forces surrounded the civilians’ houses, while destruction machinery destroyed (3) tinplate houses and a residential tint, under the pretext of building without a permit. The destroyed houses belonging to:
  1. Fady Jasem al-Hamamda: a tinplate house willing of 25 Square meters.
  2. Bakr Mohammed Hamamda: a tinplate house willing of 25 Square meters.
  3. Mo’az Hussain Mahmoud Hamamda: a tinplate house willing of 25 Square meters.
  4. ‘Adla Maher al-Hamamda: a residential tent willing of 20 Square meters.
  • At the same time, an Israeli force backed by several military vehicles, a vehicle belonging to the Civil Administration and 2 diggers, moved into Kherbat al-Rakeez, southeast of Yatta, south of Hebron. They surrounded civilians’ houses and then demolished 3 rooms built of tin plates and bricks on an area of 20 square meters in addition to a well of 50 cubic meters belonging to jabber Mohammed Dababsah and ‘Amer Mohammed Dababsah. They also closed the road connecting al-Mosafer area that links between al-Towanah and Sho’ab al-Batam.

 

 

  1. Israeli Settler Violence

 

 

  • At approximately 05:00 on Sunday, 08 September 2019, a group of Israeli settlers, from “Yatizhar” settlement, which is established in the eastern side of ‘Asirah al-Qabaliyia village, attacked al-Foqah neighborhood. They broke the windows of 3 vehicles with stones and punctured their tires. The village’s residents confronted them and threw stones at them. The affected persons were identified as: ‘Abed al-Baset Mohamed Ahmed, ‘Abed al-Wahab ‘Abed al-Rahman Mohamed Ahmed, and Rafiq ‘Abed al-Baset Mohamed Ahmed.

 

  1. 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, — shooting incidents and chasing fishermen and their boats were documented.

 

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

 

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 45 temporary checkpoints and arrested a number of civilians.

 

The military checkpoint were as follows:

 

Hebron:

 

  • On Thursday, 05 September 2019, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to al-‘Aroub and al-Fawar refugee camps, at the entrance to al-Dahiriyia village, and on Jalajel village road.
  • On Friday, 06 September 2019, 2 similar checkpoints were established at the northern entrance to Hebron and at the entrance to Yatta.
  • On Saturday, 07 September 2019, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Halhoul village and at the entrances to Ethna and Samou’a villages.
  • On Sunday, 08 September 2019, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Bani Na’iem, al-Dahiriyia, al-Koum and Abu Risha villages.
  • On Monday, 09 September 2019, Israeli forces established 3 temporary checkpoints on the southern entrances to Hebron and Halhoul, as well as Bani Nai’m village.
  • On Tuesday, 10 September 2019, Israeli forces established 5 temporary checkpoints on the entrances of Hebron, al-Samou’ village, al-‘Aroub refugee camp, al-Kom village and Tarousa road.
  • On Wednesday, 11 September 2019, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints on the entrances to Yatta city and Tafouh village.

 

Ramallah and al-Bireh:

 

  • On Friday, 06 September 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on the southern entrance to Ramallah.
  • On Saturday, 07 September 2019, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints on the entrances to Ayn Siena, Tarmasi’a and Nabi Saleh villages.
  • On Monday, 09 September 2019, Israeli forces established 3 temporary checkpoints on the entrances to Nabi Saleh and ‘Aboud villages on the north western side of Ramallah, as well as Beit ‘Our Tahta, west of the city.
  • On Tuesday, 10 September 2019, Israeli forces established another checkpoint on the entrance of Dourat al-Qar’ village, north of the city.

 

Jericho:

 

  • On Monday, 09 September 2019, Israeli forces established 2 temporary checkpoints on the southern and northern entrances to Jericho.
  • On Tuesday, 10 September 2019, Israeli forces established a temporary checkpoint on the northern entrance to Jericho.

 

Nablus:

 

  • At approximately 20:25 on Thursday, 05 September 2019, Israeli forces imposed more arbitrary restrictions on Palestinian civilians’ vehicles while passing through Beit Foreek village’s checkpoint.
  • At approximately 14:00 on Saturday, 07 September 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the south-eastern entrance to Tal village.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Tuesday, 10 September 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on Tal Nablus Road, south of Nablus.
  • At approximately 11:00, Israeli forces stationed at a military checkpoint established at the entrance to “Shafi Shamroun” settelemnt, on Jenin-Nablus Road, obstructed Palestinian civilians’ movement, stopped their vehicles and checked the passengers’ IDs. No arrests among them were reported.

 

  • Qalqiliyia:

 

  • At approximately 00:30 on Thursday, 05 September 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance to Qalqiliyia.

 

  • At approximately 18:50 on Saturday, 07 September 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Heblah village, south of Qalqiliyia.

 

  • At approximately 18:50 on Sunday, 08 September 2019, a similar checkpoint was established at the entrance to Kafur Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyia.

 

  • At approximately 19:15 on 08 September 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance to Qalqiliyia.

 

  • At approximately 18:50 on Sunday, 08 September 2019, Israeli forces established a temporary checkpoint on the entrance to Koffor Qadoum village, north east of Qalqilyia.

 

  • Also on Sunday, at approximately 19:15, Israeli forces established a temporary checkpoint at the eastern city entrance.

 

  • At approximately 08:40 on Monday, 09 September 2019, Israeli forces established a temporary checkpoint on the northen entrance on ‘Azzoun village;

 

  • Also on Monday, Israeli forces established a temporary checkpoint, at approximately 20:10 on the entrance to al-Nabi Elias village, east of the city.

 

Salfit:

 

  • At approximately 11:30 on Friday, 06 September 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Dir Ballout village, west of Salfit.
  • At approximately 21:00, a similar checkpoint was established at the entrance to Kaful Hares village, north of the city.
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Weekly report on israel’s terrorism on Palestinians (29 August – 04 September 2019)

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (29 August – 04 September 2019)

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (29 August – 04 September 2019)

Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory 

29 August – 04 September 2019

 

  • Great March of Return in Eastern Gaza Strip: 1 Civilian killed and 93 others injured, including 33 children, a woman, 2 journalists, and a paramedic.

 

  • West Bank: 4 civilians injured, including a child and a human rights defender.

 

  • During 85 incursions into the West Bank: 91 civilians, including 8 children and 2 women, arrested

 

  • A Palestinian forced to self-demolish his house in the occupied East Jerusalem, while an under-construction mosque, a well and 2 agricultural rooms demolished in eastern Hebron.

 

  • 3 Israeli military orders to seize lands in eastern Bethlehem, and 3 attacks reported by settlers against Palestinian civilians and their property in the West Bank.

 

  • 5 shooting incidents reported against Palestinian fishing boats off Gaza shores.

                                                

  • 34 temporary checkpoints erupted in the West Bank, where 9 Palestinian civilians were arrested.

 

Summary

 

During the reporting period, PCHR documented 139 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 civilian and injured 93 Palestinian civilians, including 33 children, a woman, 2 journalists, and a paramedic, were injured at the Great March of Return in the Gaza Strip.  Meanwhile, 4 were injured in the West Bank, including a child and a human rights defender.

As part of the Israeli incursions and house raids, Israel carried out 85 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, 91 Palestinians were arrested, including 8 children and 2 women.  In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces carried out one limited incursion into the central Gaza Strip, and arrested 4 Palestinians who tried to infiltrate via the border fence.

Under the settlement expansion activities in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem, PCHR documented 7 violations, including forcing a civilian to self-demolish his house in Silwan village in Jerusalem under the pretext of non-licensing, and demolishing an udner-construction mosque, a water well and 2 agricultural rooms in Khelet al-Baqar in eastern Hebron.  Further, the Israeli forces issued 3 military orders to seize lands in eastern Bethlehem.  The settlers also carried out 3 attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property in the West Bank.

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.

In terms of the Israeli closure policy, it should be highlighted that Israel continues its closure of the Gaza Strip for the 14th 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, 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 72th Great March of Return took off in eastern Gaza Strip on Friday, 30 August 2019, titled In Commemoration of Our Martyrs.” As a result of the Israeli use of excessive force, a man was killed and 93 civilians injured, including 33 children, a woman, 2 journalists and a paramedic.

The incidents were as follows:

 

  • Northern Gaza Strip: At approximately 16:30 on Friday, 30 August 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. 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, 29 of them were injured, including 13 children and a photojournalist: 20, including 6 children, were shot with live bullets and their shrapnel; 5, including 4 children, were hit with rubber bullets; and 4, including 3 children, were hit with tear gas canisters, including 2 children. The wounded photojournalist, Ibrahim Nasser Hussain Abu-Marsa (26), was shot in the chest with a rubber bullet. The wounded civilians were transferred via ambulances of the Ministry of Health and Union of Health Work Committees to the Indonesian and al-‘Awdah Hospitals. Medical sources classified their injuries between minor and moderate.
  • Gaza City: at approximately 16:30 on Friday, 30 August 2019, 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 soldiers fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 7 were injured, including 4 children and a photojournalist: 3 with live bullets, 3 with rubber bullets and 1 with a tear gas canister. The wounded paramedic, Mohammed Ismail Sa’ed Abu Qadous (32) was hit with a rubber bullet to his right foot. The wounded photojournalist Ali Hassan Jadallah (29), sustained a rubber bullet to the head. Mr. Jadallah works for Anadolu News Agency.
  • 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 2 – 70 meters. at approximately 17:10, a  number of protestors raised the Palestinian flags, fired balloons 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, 10 civilians were wounded, including 2 children:7 were shot with live bullets and their shrapnel, 1 was shot with a rubber bullet and 2 were hit with tear gas canisters. before the protests were concluded at approximately 19:00, Israeli forces arrested 3 young men after crossing the border fence in eastern al-Buraij refugee camp.
  • Khan Younis:  hundreds Tens approached the border fence and attempted to throw stones, and firecrackers and raised Palestinian flags in addition to chanting national songs. Israeli forces fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at protesters, wounding 20 civilians, including 7 children: 12 received medical treatment on the spot, and 8 others, including 3 children, were transferred to hospitals. Bader Nabil Suleiman Abu-Mousa (24), from Khan Younis, was critically wounded with a live bullet to the head while present few steps from the main border fence. Abu Mousa was taken to the field medical point and then transferred to Gaza European Hospital where he stayed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) until he was pronounced dead at approximately 11:00 on Saturday, 31 August 2019.
  • Rafah: hundreds participated in the eastern Shokah protests, where folklore shows, and speeches were held. Palestinian Minitry of Health honored Izz-al-Deen Samsoum (12) for volunteering with the medical crews during last week’s protest, and photojournalist Hidra al-Sharif who captured Samsoum in action. Dozens approached the border fence and threw stones at the shielded Israeli soldiers, who responded with live and rubber bullets and teargas canisters against the protestors. As a result, 27 civilians were injured, including 7 children and a PRCS paramedic. It was documented that 10 were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel, 14 were hit with rubber bullets and 3 were directly hit with tear gas canisters. The wounded paramedic was identified as: Ashraf Shafiq Hussain al-Khatib (41), shot in the back with a rubber bullet.
  1. Excessive Use of Force against Protests in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem
  • At approximately 13:30 on Friday, 30 August 2019, Palestinians from Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah launched their weekly peaceful protest and headed towards the village’s eastern entrance that has been closed by Israeli forces for the past 15 years in favor of “Kedumim” settlement. The demonstrators chanted national slogans demanding end of the occupation and protested the Israeli forces’ crimes against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The protestors threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand berms while the soldiers fired sponge-tipped bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, 3 civilians, including an international human rights defender, were injured.
  • At approximately 18:00 on Wednesday, 04 September 2019, Palestinians from Zawata village square, west of Nablus launched a peaceful protest, called for by the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). The protest headed to Eskan al-Oufuq Housing project in Ijnisinya and al-Naqura villages, northwest of the city, they protested the Israeli forces’ incursions to the area and their attempt to transfer it to a military training area. The participants raised Palestinian flags and chanted national slogans. When they approached the abovementioned area, Israeli soldiers stationed in the area entrance, on roadsides and behind their military vehicles, fired tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, a number of protestors suffocated due tear gas inhalation.
  1. Shooting and other violations of the right to life and bodily integrity
  • At approximately 06:50 on Thursday, 29 August 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia shore in northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. This attack recurred at approximately 12:10 on the same day. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives; no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 10:30 on Friday, 30 August 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives; no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 10:35 on Saturday, 31 August 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. The attack recurred at approximately 18:00 on the same day. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives; no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 07:00 on Monday, 02 September 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed west of Jabalia shore in northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives; no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 11:00 on Tuesday, 03 September 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives; no arrests were reported.
  1. Incursions and Arrests

Thursday, 29 August 2019:

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Ezzah refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Husein Jalal Masalmah (25) and Suleiman Abdul Karim al-‘Ajouz (24).
  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into several neighborhoods in Yatta, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested 10 civilians and took them to unknown destination.

(The names of the arrestees are available at PCHR)

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Ya’bud village, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested 7 civilians, including a young man and his father namely: Yazan Ahmed Hamarshah (22), ‘Oqab Nafe’at (57), his son ‘Antar (20), As’ad ‘Essam QAniri (23), Mohammed Jihad Abu Baker (27), Mohammed Husein ‘Amarnah 928) and Abdullah Bassem ‘Obadi (25).
  • At the same time, Israeli forces moved into Surif village, west of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Ala’a Mohammed Barath’eyah (36) and then arrested him.
  • At the same time, large Israeli forces moved into Nahalin village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mahmoud Mohammed Najajrah (14) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Thaheriyah village, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Ezzat Mohammed Samamrah and then arrested his sons: Shadi (23) and ‘Ezzat (25).
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yasser Darwish (38), Secretary of Fatah Movement in the village, and then arrested him. It should be noted that Darwish was arrested 3 times within 10 days on charge of organizing a summer camp in al-‘Issawiyah village sponsored and funded by the Palestinian Authority (PA).
  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Liqia village, southwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed ‘Atiyah ‘Asi (26) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Ram village, north of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Salah Eden Nasser Sa’edah (15) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 16:00, Israeli forces stationed at al-Karama border crossing with Jordan arrested Mariam ‘Ali Ahmed Abu ‘Obeid (30) while returning back from United Arab Emirates to Jenin.
  • Israeli forces carried out (3) incursions in Hebron and al-Samou’a village, south of the city; Sebastia village, northwest of Nablus. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 30 August 2019:

  • At approximately 02:00,Israeli forces moved into Halhoul, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Anan Yusuf Zama’rah (22) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Hasan Dabbous (30), a photojournalist, and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 19:00, Israeli soldiers stationed in eastern al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip, arrested 4 civilians while attempting to sneak through the border fence into Israel. The arrestees were identified as: Mahmoud Husni Salamah al-‘Oudat (25), Farij Farhan Ahmed Abu Thaher (28), Malek Hani Ibrahim Abu Mandil (28) and Ramadan Yusuf Suleiman Abu Ghulah (24); all of them are from al-Maghazi.
  • Israeli forces carried out (4) incursions in Surif and Beit ‘Awa villages in Hebron; ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah, and Kafel Hares village, north of Salfit. No arrests were reported.

                                           

Saturday, 31 August 2019:

  • At approximately 02:50, Israeli forces moved into Kuber village, north of Ramallah. Meanwhile, number of children and young men gathered and threw stones at them. The soldiers chased the protestors and fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a number of young men sustained tear gas inhalation and fainted. Furthermore, another Israeli force raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 2 children namely ‘Obaidah Khaldoun al-Barghuthi (17) and Nassrallah Ahmed Mesh’al (22). The Israeli forces incursion continued for 3 hours before they withdrew from the village.
  • At approximately 11:00, Israeli forces backed by 6 military construction vehicles moved about 100 meters from the border fence into east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip. The vehicles leveled lands and repaired the barbed wire along the border fence. The incursion continued until 15:40 on the same day after which the Israeli forces were redeployed along the border fence.
  • At approximately 11:00, Israeli authorities banned holding the Holy Family League in the playground of Burj Luq Luq Social Center Society  in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City claiming that its funded by the PA. Lawyer Mohanned Jbarah said to PCHR’s fieldworker that Israeli forces and Intelligence Service officers raided the society’s head office, forced the teams participating in the league to leave the playground, closed its doors and fixed the ban decision, signed by the Israeli Minister of Internal Security. Jbarah mentioned that Israeli forces arrested Nasser Ghaith, Head of Burj Luq Luq Society, and Montaser Edkedak, Director of the society, in addition to ‘Ala’a Jamjoum and Khaled al-Sayyad, coordinator of the League. In the evening hours, the arrestees were released on condition not access the society building for 5 days.
  • Israeli forces carried out (3) incursions in al-Fawar refugee camp, al-Majd and Tawas villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 01 September 2019

  • At approximately 00:30, Israeli forces established a temporary military checkpoint on Qalqiliyah – Nablus Street. They checked Palestinian civilians’ ID cards and then arrested Ra’ed Mohammed Qar’an (25), Tamer Saleh Qar’an (25) and Oseid Feras Abu Lebdah (26); all of them are from Qalqiliya.
  • At approximately 00:50 on Sunday, 03 September 2019, Israeli forces established a temporary military checkpoint at the eastern entrance to Kafer Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah, then arrested Bassem Hasan Barha (25), an officer at the Palestinian Preventive Security Service (PPS), and later released him.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Kuber village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Abdul Karim Rajeh al-Barghuthi. Two soldiers pushed him; let a police dog attack him, wounding him in the foot. They then hand cuffed him and detained him in a room. Furthermore, the soldiers arrested Abdul Karim and his wife Wedad al-Barguthi (61), a lecturer in Birzeit University. It should be noted that on Saturday, 31 August 2019, Israeli forces arrested Abdul Karim’s son Karmel Abdul Karim al-Bargjuthi (29) at a military checkpoint while returning from Hebron to Kuber village.
  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Halhoul, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Aziz Habib Rushdi (16) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, an Israeli force moved into al-‘Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Shadi Mohammed ‘Atiyah (18) and the arrested.
  • At approximately 11:00, Israeli soldiers, who deployed near al-Haram al-Ibrahimi in the center of Hebron’s Old City, arrested Abdul Hadi Mohammed Abu Suneinah (15) under the pretext of not obeying the soldier’s orders. Abu Suneinah was transferred to a police station in “Kiryat ‘Arba’” settlement, east of the city.
  • At approximately 23:20, Israeli forces established a checkpoint near Kafel Hares village (Ariel Square), north of Salfit. They checked Palestinian civilians ID cards and their vehicles and then arrested Ra’fat Marwan Yamin (22), from Jeet village, north of Qalqiliyah.
  • Israeli forces carried out (7) incursions in Hebron, al-Thaheriyah and Emrish villages in Hebron; Eskaka village, east of Salfit; Kafer al-Deek village, east of the city and Qalqiliyah. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 02 September  2019:

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Issawiyah, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested (8) civilians namely: Mahmoud ‘Abdul Ra’ouf Mahmoud (21); Fadi Mohammed Hussain Atiya (24); Ahmed Jamal Atiya (24); Ahmed Jihad Atiya (19); Ahmed Salah Dari (22); Mohammed Mohammed Muhaisen (21); Saleh Ahmed Dari (20); and Emad Taha Aburyala (23).
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem, and stationed on al-Saf Street. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested ‘Ayyad Jamal al-Harimi (26) and Mohanned Jaber Matahen (23).
  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Yatta, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yahiya Saleh al-Amour (35) and then arrested him.
  • At the same time, Israeli forces moved into Abu Dese village, east of occupied East Jerusalem, and stationed in al-Ras neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ibrahim Mahmoud ‘Ariqat (20) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Fawar refugee camp, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ghassan Mahmoud Abu Hashhash (40) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Surif village, west of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Baha’a Youssef ‘Ar’ar (35) and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Kharas village, west of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Tha’er ‘Aziz Halahla (39) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Wad neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nour Salim al-Shalabi (21) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Hisham Mohammed Rajoub (60) and Mohammed Youssef Shaheen (34) and then arrested them.
  • At the same time, Israeli forces moved into Sangal village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Qusai Eyad Masalma (20), a student at Birzeit University, and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 15:00, Israeli soldiers established a temporary checkpoint at Bait Ummer village entrance, north of Hebron. They stopped and searched Palestinian vehicles, checked passengers’ ID cards and then arrested Nadeem Mohammed Sabarna (33).
  • Israeli forces carried out (6) incursions in Hebron, Nuba, Taffuh and Beit Kahel villages in Hebron; Hares village, north of Salfit; and Hablah village, south of Qalqiliyah. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 03 September 2019:

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Anabtah village, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested (5) civilians: Zaher ‘Amer Barakat (27), Banan Mansour Abu Daqer (22), Yazeed Tayseer ‘Abdul Dayem (21), Hasan Tayseer Fareed Aburaya (23), and Mohammed Saif Abu Asal (19).
  • At the same time, Israeli forces moved into Yatta, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Husein Harizat (50) and then arrested him anf his son Husein (21).
  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Kharsa, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Montaser ‘Essa Salem Shadidi (46) and then arrested him.
  • At the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Arqan ‘Awad area, west of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yusuf Salem Qazaz (44) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Balatat al-Balad area, east of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Eyad Maher Mahmoud al-Adawi (24) and then arrested him.
  • At the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Arqan ‘Awad area in Hebron and stationed in al-Harayeq area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Suheib Mahmoud Fafisha (25) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Kafer al-Lubad village, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ehab Zeyad Mohammed Rajab (18) and then arrested him.
  • At the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested 3 children namely: Wahid Hamdi Abu Maria (17), Qais Mohammed Kamel Abu Mariah (17) and Malek ‘Ayesh Kahlil Abu Maria (17).
  • At approximately 02:40, Israeli forces moved into ‘Alar village, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Jamil Jamal Ja’ar (18) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Mohammed Moneer Kathem ‘Obeid (24) and Tareq Feras Mustafa (22).
  • Israeli forces conducted (10) incursions in Kuber, Beit Rema, al-Nabi Saleh, Deir Ghasanah and Birzeit villages in Ramallah; Dura, Tarqumiya and Taramh village in Hebron; Hares village, north of Salfit; and Hablah village, south of Qalqiliyah. No arrests were reported.

 

Wednesday, 04 September 2019:

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Yatta, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Omer Abu Sabhah (38) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Askar refugee camp, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mo’taz Marwan Fayez Abdul Jawad (28) and Rami Ayman Husein Abu Hdaib (25) 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 Abdul Qader Khalil Abdul Qader Qatnani (19) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Roujeb village, east of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Abdul Kareem Majed al-Halabi (44) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Taqou’a’ city, southeast of Bethlehem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Riyad Talal al-‘Amour (16); and Mousa Mahmoud al-‘Amour (19) and then arrested them.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem and stationed in Jabal al-Mawaleh neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Anas Isma’el Nawawrah (26) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Barqa village, northwest of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nafea’ Ahmed Salah (25) and then arrested him.
  • At the same time, Israeli forces moved into Sa’ir village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Hatem Tayeh Shalaldah (40) and then arrested him.

 

  • 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 19:00 on Sunday, 01 September 2019, Ma’moun Jalajel implemented the Israeli Municipality decision to self-demolished and dismantled his commercial facility in al-Bostan neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Jalajel said that he forced to self-demolish his facility after the Israeli Municipality staff handed him an administrative demolition notice on Sunday morning, noting that he received a summons to refer to the municipality a month ago under the pretext of non-licensing. Jalajel said that he built his facility of tin plates 2 months ago, pointing out that the municipality office ordered him to completely demolish his 30-sqaure-meter facility.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Monday, 02 September 2019, Israeli forces backed by military construction vehicles and Israeli Municipality Officers moved into Khilet al-Bakar area in Eastern Hebron. The soldiers were deployed in the area while an under construction mosque (100 m²) and a water well (70 m³) were destroyed under the pretext of non-licensing. They also destroyed two agricultural rooms (60 m²) property of Bilal Elyan al-Rajbi.
  • On Wednesday, 04 September 2019, Israeli authorities issued three military orders to seize lands in Beit Jala city, Taqou’a and al-Rashida villages. According to Hasan Barijiyah, Head of the Wall and Settlement Resistance in Bethlehem, the first one ordered the seizure of lands, owned by Palestinians from Beit Jala and al-Khader village. He also highlighted that these orders fall under the Israeli settlement expansion schemes to overtake hundreds of dunums for construction on Bypass road (60), connecting Jerusalem to “Gush Etzion.“ He also mentioned that the second military order entailed seizure of lands in al-Rashyda village, east of Bethlehem, to expand “Ma’ale Amos” settlement; and the third one was to seize lands in Taqou’a village for the expansion of “Nokdim”
  1. Israeli Settler Violence

 

 

  • On Saturday, 31 August 2019, Israeli settlers attacked Ayman Khalil Sa’d, from Artas village in southern Bethlehem, while present in his land near “Gush Etzion“ settlement, south of the city. As a result, he sustained bruises and wounds in his face; he was transferred to Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation Hospital. Eyewitnesses said that a group of Israeli settlers, from “Gush Etzion“ settlement, attacked and severely beat Sa’d when he prevented them from entering his land, seized by Israel and currently considered part of the settlement.
  • At approximately 04:00 on Sunday, 01 September 2019, a group of Israeli settlers, from “Kochav Hashakher settlement, attacked a vehicle belonging to Rafiq Saleem Abu ‘Aliyia (33) with stones, damaging its structure. Moreover, the settlers attacked with stones other vehicles, causing fear among the vehicles’ owners and passengers.
  • On Tuesday, 03 September 2019, a group of Israeli settlers, under the Israeli forces’ protection, leveled lands in Wadi Makhrour area, west of Beit Jala, in order to build a settlement outpost in the area. Hasan Barijiyah, Head of the Wall and Settlement Resistance in Bethlehem, said that a group of Israeli settlers moved into Wadi Makhrour area, where they leveled lands and surrounded them with barbed wires. In addition, the settlers set up a generator and a mobile home in the area. Barijiyah added that the settlers’ attack paves the way for the Israeli authorities to seize dozens of Palestinians dunums in Beit Jalal. It should be noted that the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities issued a press release, highlighting that this attack is a violation of international law and conventions for the protection of heritage, in particular the Convention concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage of 1972, the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, and the 2001 UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity.
  • At approximately 18:30 on Wednesday, 04 September 2019, a group of Israeli settlers, from “ Yatizhar“ settlement, which is established in the southern side of Madama village, south of Nablus, attacked the southern area of the village under the Israeli forces’ protection. The settlers burned herbs and damaged olive trees. The Palestinians did not know the number of trees damaged because they were denied access to their lands. Meanwhile, a number of Palestinians gathered and threw stones at the Israeli settler and soldiers, who fired gas canisters at them. As a result, Basam Wajeeh Yousef Qat (16) was wounded with a tear gas canister in his mouth and then taken to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus. Moreover, many of the village’s residents suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and were treated on the spot.

 

  1. 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. On 01 September 2019, Israeli authorities declared the entry of fuel supply needed to operate the Gaza Power Plant, allowing the re-operation of the third generator that was shut down a few days ago. It should be noted that the Israeli authorities decreased the fuel supply to the Gaza Power Plant by half. The decision made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu was in response to the firing of rockets towards Israel.

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 34 temporary checkpoints, where 8 civilians were arrested. Moreover, a Palestinian woman was arrested while returning through King Hussein Bridge.

 

The military checkpoint were as follows:

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 29 August 2019, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Sa’ir, Beit Ummer and al-Karmel villages.
  • On Friday, 30 August 2019, 2 similar checkpoints were established at the southern entrance to Hebron and at the entrance to Yatta.
  • On Saturday, 31 August 2019, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Sa’ir and Sureef villages.
  • On Sunday, 01 September 2019, 3 similar checkpoints were established at the entrance to al-‘Aroub refugee camp, at the southern entrance to Halhoul village and at the entrance to Ethna village.
  • On Monday, 02 September 2019, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the entrance to al-Fawar refugee camp, at the southern entrance to Hebron, at the northern entrance to Halhoul village, and on Beit ‘Awaa village road.
  • On Tuesday, 03 September 2019, 2 checkpoints were established at the entrances to al-Dahiriyia and Ethna villages.

Ramallah and al-Bireh:

  • On Friday, 30 August 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Kherbitha al-Mosbah village, west of Ramallah.

 

  • On Saturday, 31 August 2019, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrance to Termas’iyia village, northeast of Ramallah; at the entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village; and at “Halmish“settlement square, northwest of the city.
  • On Sunday, 01 September 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Bierzit , north of Ramallah.

Jericho:

  • On Thursday, 29 August 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Jericho.
  • On Friday, 30 August 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to al-Jeftlik village, north of Jericho.

Nablus:

  • At approximately 16:30 on Thursday, 29 August 2019, Israeli forces closed with sand berms and rocks the southern entrance to Usreen village, south of Nablus. The Israeli forces claimed that Palestinian civilians threw stones at the Israeli vehicles while passing the mentioned road.
  • At approximately 19:00 on Monday, 02 September 2019, Israeli forces stationed at checkpoint of “Shavei Shomron” settlement, northwest of Nablus, obstructed the movement of Palestinian civilians’ vehicles until midnight.

Tulkarm:

  • At approximately 20:00 on Sunday, 18 August 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint under Jabara village bridge, south of Tulkarm.
  • Qalqiliyia:

 

  • At approximately 17:00 on Friday, 30 August 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to ‘Izbit al-Tabeeb village, east of Qalqiliyia.
  • At approximately 18:30 on Saturday, 31 August 2019, Israeli forces re-established a checkpoint at the entrance to ‘Izbit al-Tabeeb village, east of Qalqiliyia.
  • At approximately 11:00, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to ‘Izbit al-Tabeeb village, east of Qalqiliyia.
  • At approximately 00:30 on Sunday, 03 September 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on Qalqiliyia-Nablus Road, where they checked Palestinians’ IDs and then arrested 3 civilians.
  • At approximately 00:50, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance to Kafur Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyia, and then arrested a civilian.

Salfit:

 

  • At approximately 18:00 on Thursday, 29 August 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Dir Ballout village, west of Salfit.
  • At approximately 23:45 on Friday, 30 August 2019, a similar checkpoint was established at the entrance to Qarawet Bani Hassan village, northwest of the city.
  • At approximateloy 23:20 on Sunday, 03 September 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint near Kaful Hares village, north of Salfit, where they checked Palestinians’ IDs and searched their vehicles. A civilian was arrested at the mentioned checkpoint.

Will Bibi’s War Become America’s War?

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August 29, 2019

Patrick J. BUCHANAN

President Donald Trump, who canceled a missile strike on Iran, after the shoot-down of a U.S. Predator drone, to avoid killing Iranians, may not want a U.S. war with Iran. But the same cannot be said of Bibi Netanyahu.

Saturday, Israel launched a night attack on a village south of Damascus to abort what Israel claims was a plot by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force to fly “killer drones” into Israel, an act of war.

Sunday, two Israeli drones crashed outside the media offices of Hezbollah in Beirut. Israel then attacked a base camp of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command in north Lebanon.

Monday, Israel admitted to a strike on Iranian-backed militias of the Popular Mobilization Forces in Iraq. And Israel does not deny responsibility for last month’s attacks on munitions dumps and bases of pro-Iran militias in Iraq.

Israel has also confirmed that, during Syria’s civil war, it conducted hundreds of strikes against pro-Iranian militias and ammunition depots to prevent the transfer of missiles to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Understandably, Israel’s weekend actions have brought threats of retaliation. Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah has warned of vengeance for the death of his people in the Syria strike.

Quds Force General Qassem Soleimani reportedly tweeted from Tehran, “These insane operations will be the last struggles of the Zionist regime.” Lebanese President Michel Aoun called the alleged Israeli drone attack on Beirut a “declaration of war.”

Last Friday, in the 71st week of the “Great March of Return” protests on Gaza’s border, 50 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli live fire. In 16 months, 200 have died from gunshots, with thousands wounded.

America’s reaction to Israel’s weekend attacks? Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Netanyahu to assure him of U.S. support of Israel’s actions. Some Iraqi leaders are now calling for the expulsion of Americans.

Why is Netanyahu now admitting to Israel’s role in the strikes in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq? Why has he begun threatening Iran itself and even the Houthi rebels in Yemen?

Because this longest-serving prime minister in Israeli history, having surpassed David Ben-Gurion, is in the battle of his life, with elections just three weeks off. And if Netanyahu falls short — or fails to put together a coalition after winning, as he failed earlier this year — his career would be over, and he could be facing prosecution for corruption.

Netanyahu has a compelling motive for widening the war against Israel’s main enemy, its allies and its proxies and taking credit for military strikes.

But America has a stake in what Israel is doing as well.

We are not simply observers. For if Hezbollah retaliates against Israel or Iranian-backed militias in Syria retaliate against Israel — or against us for enabling Israel — a new war could erupt, and there would be a clamor for deeper American intervention.

Yet, Americans have no desire for a new war, which could cost Trump the presidency, as the war in Iraq cost the Republican Party the Congress in 2006 and the White House in 2008.

The United States has taken pains to avoid a military clash with Iran for compelling reasons. With only 5,000 troops left in Iraq, U.S. forces are massively outmanned by an estimated 150,000 fighters of the pro-Iran Popular Mobilization Forces, which played a critical role in preventing ISIS from reaching Baghdad during the days of the caliphate.

And, for good reason, the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, with its crew of 5,600, which Trump sent to deter Iran, has yet to enter the Strait of Hormuz or the Persian Gulf but remains in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Oman, and, at times, some 600 nautical miles away from Iran.

Why is this mighty warship keeping its distance?

We don’t want a confrontation in the Gulf, and, as ex-Admiral James Stavridis, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, says:

“Anytime a carrier moves close to shore, and especially into confined waters, the danger to the ship goes up significantly. … It becomes vulnerable to diesel submarines, shore-launched cruise missiles and swarming attacks by small boats armed with missiles.”

Which is a pretty good description of the coastal defenses and naval forces of Iran.

Netanyahu’s widening of Israel’s war with Iran and its proxies into Lebanon and Iraq — and perhaps beyond — and his acknowledgement of that wider war raise questions for both of us.

Israel today has on and near her borders hostile populations in Gaza, Syria, Lebanon, Iran and Iraq. Tens of millions of Muslims see her as an enemy to be expelled from the region.

While there is a cold peace with Egypt and Jordan, the Saudis and Gulf Arabs are temporary allies as long as the foe is Iran.

Is this pervasive enmity sustainable?

As for America, have we ceded to Netanyahu something no nation should ever cede to another, even an ally: the right to take our country into a war of their choosing but not of ours?

lewrockwell.com

The views of individual contributors do not necessarily represent those of the Strategic Culture Foundation.

Axis of Resistance Frustrated Three Phases of the Project for a ‘New Middle East’

Trump Kushner

Al-Manar Website Editor

August 13, 2019

The first phase of the so-called New Middle East was just after ‘the Summit of Peacemakers’ in 1996, when former Israeli premier Shimon Peres applied his New Middle East vision by declaring the “Operation Grapes of Wrath” on Lebanon for 16 days in April 1996.

During the 2006 Lebanon war, former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced the beginning of the New Middle East. After almost one decade of political attempts to resolve the Arab- Israeli conflict, the US decided to use a brute force to eliminate what it saw an impediment to the ‘peaceful’ resolution of the conflict by pushing ‘Israel’ to attack Lebanon, destroying its infrastructures.

The first phase of the above mentioned project has fallen after the US-Israeli failure to impose their conditions for the 2006 ceasefire agreement on Lebanon. It was Lebanon which emerged victorious after a 33-day war, as declared by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah. It was the resistance of Hezbollah that turned the table on the New Middle East project, said the Winograd Commission report, after the investigation of the causes of failure in the 2006 war.

In 2011, the second phase of the scheme has started, Syria was the battlefield. However, the US-backed terrorists failed to overthrow the Syrian government, and the second phase was over. Then, the old Shimon Peres vision was revitalized and there was the third phase of the so-called New Middle East project.

The US administration proposed an economic approach, allegedly to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict, in a bid to gain in politics what it couldn’t achieve in the war.

US President Donald Trump sent Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, who is presented as the godfather of the ‘Deal of Century’, to the region. Kushner decided to replace the well-known slogan of “land for peace” principle with his own one: “peace to prosperity”.  He believes that such a slogan could reduce the conflict to an economic problem that can be resolved by improving the living standards of the Palestinians.

The absence of a draft solution for major political issues, particularly Palestinian statehood, the status of Al-Quds (Jerusalem), and the Palestinians’ right to return to their land, turns Kushner proposal to be a mere attempt to bribe the Palestinians into giving up self-determination.

The funding issue is also a significant factor of disruption for that deal, especially that EU, the traditional donor, did not participated in the workshop in Bahrain, neither Russia, nor China.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia, which has shown an extreme enthusiasm for the deal, has been already facing an economic problem and the war in Yemen, which has cost it billions of dollars. The US, where the proposal was launched, certainly would not spend that much money, particularly under Trump administration, who prides himself on extracting monetary concessions from other countries, including Saudi Arabia by extortion, or by the arm sales.

The development and prosperity that Kushner is heralding can only happen if the Israeli occupation is ended.

In contrast, the Trump administration has already made major steps in strengthening the pillars of the occupation, including recognizing Israeli annexation of Al-Quds and the Golan Heights.

With all these major flaws, it was hardly surprising that the Bahrain Workshop failed to jump-start the deal process.

The Axis of Resistance is accomplishing important steps in the warfare in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, preventing Trump and his allies to step forward for the announcement of the “Deal of Century” that could eradicate the Palestinian cause in favor of the Israeli occupation. Hence, the third phase of the New Middle east has also failed.

A flashback to Madrid conference in 1990: the peace process had been built on the principle of “land for peace”, where ‘Israel’ withdrew from occupied Arab land in 1967 in exchange for peace and normalization of ties with the Palestinians and Arabs.

The 1993 Oslo Accord provided a political vision for Shimon Peres’s plan – a two-state solution – which was followed by the 1994 Paris Protocol that established rules regulating economic relations between the Palestinians and Israelis.

This vision was also the core of the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative proposed by Saudi Arabia in Beirut Arab League summit.

Needless to say, all past proposals have failed for one simple reason: They were all in favor of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

The creepy French “intellectual” Bernard-Henri Levy gets it wrong

The creepy French “intellectual” Bernard-Henri Levy gets it wrong

Eight days ago eleven Palestinian buildings containing seventy family apartments located in the illegally Israeli occupied East Jerusalem village of Wadi al-Hummus were demolished in a military-led operation by more than 1,000 Israeli soldiers, policemen and municipal workers using bulldozers, backhoes and explosives. Residents who resisted were beaten by the soldiers, kicked down flights of stairs and even shot at close range with rubber bullets. The soldiers were recorded laughing and celebrating as they did their dirty work. Occupants who did not resist and who held their hands up in surrender were also not spared the rod, as were also foreign observers who were present to add their voices to those who were protesting the outrage. The injuries sustained by some of the victims have been photographed and are available online.

Twelve Palestinians and four British observers were injured badly enough to be hospitalized. The British reported that they were “stamped on, dragged by the hair, strangled with a scarf and pepper sprayed by Israeli border police.” One who was hospitalized described how Israeli soldiers dragged him by his feet, lifting him up, and kicking him in the stomach, while one soldier stamped on his head four times “at full force” before standing on his head and pulling his hair. Another suffered a fractured rib after “[the policeman] then stamped on my throat and others started punching my torso. It was a sadistic display of violence…”

Yet another foreign observer was dragged out of the house, “…her hands were crushed so badly that she suffered a fractured knuckle on her left hand, and her right hand suffered severe tissue damage ‘which will be permanently misshapen unless she gets cosmetic surgery.’”

Edmond Sichrovsky, an Austrian activist of Jewish origin, who was in one of the houses, described how Israeli forces broke the door down, first dragging out the Palestinians,

“knocking the grandfather to the floor in front of his crying and screaming grandchildren.” Cell phones were forcibly removed to eliminate any picture taking or filming before soldiers began attacking him and four other activists. “I was repeatedly kicked and kneed, which left a bloody nose and multiple cuts, as well breaking my glasses from a knee in the face. Once outside, they slammed me against a car while shouting verbal insults at me and women activists, calling them whores.”

The buildings were destroyed due to claims that they were too close to Israel’s illegal separation wall, with the Benjamin Netanyahu government citing “security concerns.” The families living in the buildings that did not have either the time or ability to remove their furniture and other personal items will now have to comb through the rubble to see what they can recover, if the Israeli soldiers will even allow them that grace. They will also have to find new places to live as the Israelis have made no provision for housing them.

The homes were legally constructed on land that is nominally controlled by the Palestinian Authority (PA), a fine point that the Israeli authorities chose to consider irrelevant. When the Palestinians object to such arbitrary behavior, they are sent to Israeli military courts that always endorse the government decisions. And the Netanyahu regime of kleptocrats has made clear that it does not recognize international law about treatment of people who are under occupation.

The buildings were destroyed a few days after rampaging Israeli settlers on the West Bank continued their campaign to destroy the livelihoods of their Palestinian neighbors. Hundreds of olive trees were burned on the West Bank on July 10th, a deliberate attempt to drive the Arabs from their land by making it impossible to farm, strangling the local economy. Olive trees are particularly targeted as they are a cash crop and the trees take many years to mature and produce. The Israeli settlers have also been known to kill livestock, poison water, destroy crops, burn down buildings, and beat and even kill the Palestinian farmers and their families. And in Hebron the settlers have surrounded the old town, dumping excrement and other refuse on the Palestinians shops below that are still trying to do business. It should surprise no one that the Jewish settlers who engage in the violence are rarely caught, even less often tried, and almost never punished. The ghastly Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has declared that what was once Palestine is now a country called Israel and it is only for Jews. Killing a Palestinian by a Jewish Israeli is considered de facto to be a misdemeanor.

And meanwhile the carnage continues in Gaza, with the death toll of unarmed demonstrating Palestinians now at more than 200 plus several thousand wounded, many of them children and medical workers. Recently, orders to the Israeli army snipers direct them to shoot demonstrators in the ankles so they will be crippled for life. This is what it takes to be the “most moral army” in the world as defined by French fop pseudo intellectual Bernard-Henri Levy, demonstrating only yet again that the tribe knows how to stick together. But the war crimes carried out by Israel also require unlimited support from the United States, both in money and political cover to allow it all to happen. Israel would not be killing Palestinians with such impunity if it were not for the green light from Donald Trump and his settler-loving mock Ambassador David Friedman backed up by a congress that seems to cherish Israelis more than Americans.

How is it that the horrific treatment of the Palestinians by the Israelis as aided and abetted by the worldwide Jewish diaspora is not featured in headlines all over the world? Why isn’t my government with its highly suspect but nevertheless declared agenda of bringing democracy and freedom to all saying anything about the Palestinians? Or condemning Israeli behavior as it once did regarding South Africa?

Can one even imagine what The New York Times and Washington Post would be headlining if American soldiers and police were evicting and beating the residents of a housing project in a U.S. city? But somehow Israel always gets a pass, no matter what it does and politicians from both parties delight in describing how the “special relationship” with the Jewish state is cast in stone.

In the wake of the home demolitions, Washington yet again shielded Israel from a United Nations censure for its behavior by casting a Security Council veto. The Jewish state is consequently never held accountable for its bad behavior, and let us be completely honest, Israel is the ultimate rogue regime, dedicated to turning its neighbors into smoking ruins with U.S. assistance. It is evil manifest and it is not in America’s own interest to continue to be dragged down that road.

Philip M. Giraldi, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a 501(c)3 tax deductible educational foundation (Federal ID Number #52-1739023) that seeks a more interests-based U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Website is councilforthenationalinterest.org, address is P.O. Box 2157, Purcellville VA 20134 and its email is inform@cnionline.org

Israeli Deadly Force Against Palestinian Civilians

Global Research, July 29, 2019

For over half a century, Occupied Palestine has been and remains a deadly undeclared free fire war zone.

Time and again, Israeli forces gun down Palestinians engaged in peaceful demonstrations threatening no one.

Gazans under more than 12 years of politically motivated/suffocating blockade endured and continue enduring the worst of it.

Since establishment of the Jewish state on stolen Palestinian land in May 1948, the world community took no actions with teeth to hold its criminal class accountable for a regime of brutal state terror against defenseless Palestinians.

Since West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem occupation began in June 1967, Israel held the entire Palestinian population hostage to what the late Edward Said called its “refined viciousness.”

The Occupied Territories are virtual free-fire zones. Israel considers peacefully demonstrating Palestinians “terrorists,” killing, maiming, or otherwise harming them considered “self-defense” — defying international humanitarian laws.

In Gaza and throughout the Territories, Israel commits Nuremberg-level crimes repeatedly, yet remains immune from accountability — because of US support and world community indifference Palestinian suffering.

In its 2018 annual report, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) highlighted Israel’s “policy of willful killing (of peaceful) Great March of Return” demonstrators.

What’s been going on weekly since March 30, 2018 was and continues to be “one of the most violent and bloodiest violations (of international law) committed by the Israeli forces against the Palestinian civilians” since occupation began over half a century earlier.

The weekly onslaught was only exceeded by three premeditated Israeli wars of aggression during the December 2008 to summer 2014 period — another virtually certain ahead, at a time and invented reason of Israel’s choosing, based on Big Lies and deception like all wars.

PCHR stressed that Gazan protests have been “fully peaceful and included various folklore activities and political speeches,” adding:

“(S)ometimes (small numbers of) young men approached the border fence to throw stones and molotov cocktails and used slingshots against the Israeli soldiers fortified in watchtowers in military vehicles and behind sand berms on the other side of the border fence.”

Some “young men also attempted to break through the border fence or pull parts of it in addition to firing incendiary balloons at the borders.”

“However, all those acts did not pose any imminent threat to the life of Israeli soldiers as none of them were harmed during the reporting period.”

Since legitimate weekly protests began 16 months ago, continuing weekly, Israeli forces waged virtual undeclared war on its participants — including against young children, paramedics aiding the wounded, and journalists reporting on events.

Israeli forces have used live fire, tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets, sound grenades, even drones — against unarmed peaceful demonstrators threatening no one.

Since March 30, 2018, well over 300 Gazan men, women, and children were lethally shot, many thousands of others wounded, hundreds maimed for life. “(D)ozens had their upper or lower limbs amputated,” said PCHR, adding:

“Even before the outbreak of the Great March of Return and the following months, the statements and procedures issued by the Israeli political and military leaders provided the Israeli forces a climate of impunity to open fire at civilians and encourage them to commit crimes of willful killings.”

“Those statements described the Great Return March as ‘violent’ and “terrorist’ protests and that Hamas Movement is behind those protests.”

Then-Israeli war minister (2018) Avigdor Lieberman said

“Israeli soldiers did what was necessary (sic). I think all our soldiers deserve a medal (sic).”

Like its predecessors, the Netanyahu regime enforces collective punishment throughout the Occupied Territories, Palestinians brutalized, their fundamental rights denied.

Separately, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ Children in Armed Conflict report report to Security Council members highlighted, but way understated, the extent of Saudi war crimes against children in Yemen and Israeli ones in the Territories.

Saying it verified 1,689 child casualties in Yemen last year, including 576 deaths, another 1,113 seriously wounded flew in the face of an earlier UNICEF report.

It said at least one Yemeni child under age-five dies every 10 minutes from starvation alone.

Annualized that’s 52,560 deaths – plus countless numbers of older children and adults perishing from starvation, untreated diseases, and overall deprivation, along with deaths from Saudi/UAE terror-bombing.

Since Bush/Cheney launched war against the Yemeni people in October 2001, escalated by Obama, greatly exceeded by Trump, civilian deaths in the country likely number in the hundreds of thousands, carnage continuing daily, the death and injury toll mounting.

The secretary general’s report blamed Israel for killing 56 Palestinian children, wounding another 2,674 — but failed to include the Jewish state on its annual blacklist “of shame” for crimes against children and other civilians.

Like most of his predecessors, Guterres failed to observe UN Charter principles he’s sworn to uphold – notably preserving and protecting human rights, supporting world peace and stability, denouncing wars of aggression, and respecting fundamental international laws.

He one-sidedly supports Western and Israeli interests, doing nothing to help long-suffering Palestinians, notably beleaguered Gazans.

Time and again, his response to premeditated US-led Western and Israeli high crimes against peace called for all sides “to refrain from any act that could lead to further casualties and in particular any measures that could place civilians in harm’s way” — consistently and repeatedly ignoring reality.

Civilians in all US-led war theaters and Occupied Palestinians are subjected to merciless mistreatment.

Since taking office in January 2017, Guterres failed to condemn Western and Israeli high crimes, failed to demand long-ignored accountability, failed to support victims of their naked aggression.

His earlier calls to reengage in the (no-peace) peace process ignored US/Israeli opposition to peace and stability in the Territories and active war theaters.

In April 2018, while Israeli soldiers were lethally shooting and wounding defenseless Gazans during their weekly peaceful protest, Guterres tweeted his “best wishes to all those celebrating Passover around the world. Chag Same’ach (joyous festival)!”

The US, its imperial partners, and Israel use deadly force against children and other defenseless civilians without condemnation of accountability from the world community.

Nor has the UN secretary general used his bully pulpit to condemn their repeated high crimes against peace — siding with Western/Israeli oppressors against the oppressed, instead of the other way around.

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Weekly report on israel’s terrorism on Palestinians (18 July – 24 July 2019)

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations(18 – 24 July 2019)

Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory for the week of 8 – 24 July, 2019.

125 civilians were injured during the Great March of Return, in Eastern Gaza, including 53 children, 3 women, 5 journalists and 4 paramedics, by Israeli forces. In the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, 48 civilians were injured, including 5 children and 3 journalists.

Shootings and other threats to bodily integrity

  • At approximately 03:00 on Thursday, 18 July 2019, officers from the Israeli “Mista’arvim” undercover unit dressed like Palestinian civilians sneaked to al-Duheisha refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, driving 2 civilian vehicles with Palestinian registration plate. They raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested Ismail Tawfiq al-‘Essah (19) and Fares Hasan Shamarkhah (35). Meanwhile, tens of children and young men gathered and threw stones, empty bottles and Molotov Cocktails at Israeli soldiers while the soldiers used live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a young man was shot with a live bullet to the right thigh. He was taken to al-Husein Hospital in Beit Jala for treatment.

 

  • At approximately 07:30 on Saturday, 20 July 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha shore, northwest of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 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 18:00, Israeli forces raided a sit-in tent established by civilians protesting the Israeli authorities’ decision to demolish 16 residential building in Wadi al-Humus neighborhood in Sour Baher village, south of East Jerusalem, east of Bethlehem. The soldiers fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, journalist Ayat ‘Arqawi (29), was hit with a tear gas canister to the waist and then taken to a medical point to receive treatment.

 

  • At approximately 19:00 on Sunday, 21 July 2019, Israeli forces moved into al-Issawiya village, north east of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched al-Issawiyah Secondary School, blew up the doors and then confiscated flags of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) and pictures of Mohammed Sair ‘Obaid, who was killed by Israeli forces in ‘Obaid neighborhood 20 days ago. Meanwhile, tens of Palestinian children and young men attempted to confront the Israeli raid. They threw stones, empty bottles and Molotov Cocktails at Israeli soldiers while the soldiers fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canister at them. As a result, a young man was shot with a rubber bullet to the abdomen. He was taken to al-Maqased Hospital in al-Tour neighborhood, east of occupied Jerusalem, to receive treatment. Mohammed Abu al-Humus, Head of the Follow-up Committee in al-‘Issawiyah village, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that Israeli forces deliberately used live ammunition and rubber bullets in targeting buildings’ entrances and balconies as live ammunition penetrated houses belonging to al-‘Ajlouni and ‘Obaid families. Israeli forces also attacked and pepper-sprayed and used stun gun against Rami (34) and ‘Ala’a ‘Esmat Obeid (36), who were in front of their commercial shop. Abu al-Humus emphasized ambulances crews of Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) tried to offer first aid for the 2 young men, but Israeli soldiers prevented them and arrested the young men while unconscious and was on the stretcher.

 

  • At approximately 22:00 on Sunday, 21 July 2019, Israeli forces stationed off Rafah shore in southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 4 nautical miles. They surrounded a fishing boat manned by ‘Essam Nabil Nayef al-Aqra’a (29) and his brother Riyad (23), from Deir al-Balah. The soldiers ordered them to take off their clothes, jump into water and swim towards the gunboat. The fishermen were detained and their boat was confiscated. At approximately 07:00 on Monday, 22 July 2019, the Israeli authorities released the fishermen through Beit Hanoun “Erez” checkpoint; their fishing boat is still confiscated.

 

  • At approximately 21:35 on Monday, 22 July 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Sudaniyah shore, west of Jabalia, in northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 – 5 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 07:00 on Tuesday, 23 July 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha shore, northwest of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 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 11:00 on Wednesday, 24 July 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Sudaniyah shore, west of Jabalia, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 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 22:30, Israeli forces sporadically opened fire at fishermen in the same area until 23:45, neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

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

  • At approximately 10:30 on Thursday, 18 July 2019, Israeli forces backed by military construction vehicles and Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into al-Kroum area in northern Nablus. An Israeli bulldozer then uprooted a steel fence surrounding a 750-sqaure-meter plot of land and belonging to ‘Adnan ‘Abed al-Razeq Yaseen ‘Ayyad. The Israeli forces also confiscated a caravan from the land under the pretext of being in Area C. ‘Adnan refuted the Israeli forces’ claims.
  • At approximately 07:30 on Sunday, 21 July 2019, Israeli forces backed by military construction vehicles and Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Kherbit al-Hadidiyah in eastern Tubas. An Israeli bulldozer uprooted a residential tent and livestock barracks belonging to Naje’ Ka’abnah. The Israeli forces then confiscated 2 residential tents, 2 livestock tents, a tent used as a kitchen, a barn, and other contents.
  • At dawn on Monday, 22 July 2019, hundreds of Israeli police officers backed by dozens of military construction vehicles moved into Wadi al-Humus neighborhood, in Sour Baher, south of occupied East Jerusalem. They declared it as a closed-military zone and prevented entering or exiting it in order to carry out a large-scale destruction operation in Jerusalem since occupying it in 1967. Israeli forces raided 3 residential buildings belonging to Isma’il Abu Sarhan , Belal al-Kasawani and Ghaleb Abu Hadwan and his son Monther in Wadi al-Humus neighborhood and vacated them for demolition. In the meantime, the Israeli police officers beat the residents and pepper-sprayed them, in addition to firing rubber bullets and sound bombs at many apartments after their inhabitants refused to exit. As a result, 10 persons of Abu Sarhan family sustained bruises and were then taken to hospitals. At approximately 06:00, Israeli bulldozers demolished 10 residential buildings; 3 were inhabited while the others, comprising of 72 apartments, were under-construction. Additionally, 4 floors of Mohamed Idreis Abu Tair building were blew up. It should be noted that the destruction operation was carried out within 18 hours. During the demolition, the Israeli forces detained the buildings’ owners and dozens of persons stood in solidarity with them after forcibly getting them out of the buildings and dispersing them few meters away. It should be noted that around 22 persons, including 14 children, became homeless after demolishing their houses and over 70 families were deprived of living in their under-construction apartments. The destroyed houses belong to:
  • Ghaleb Hawan and his son Monther: a 2-story house built on 210 square meters and sheltering a 10-member family, including 6 children;
  • Isma’il ‘Ebeidiyah: a 2-sotry house built on 250 square meters and sheltering a 7-member family, including 5 children;
  • Belal al-Kiswani: a 1-story house sheltering a 5-member family, including 3 children;
  • ‘Alaa’ ‘Amirah: a 2-story house built on 200 square meters (uninhabited);
  • ‘Ali Khalil Hamadah: a 4-sotry building (under-construction);
  • Ja’afar Abu Hamed: a 1-story house (under-construction);
  • Akram Zawahrah: a 4-sotry building and a penthouse (under-construction);
  • Na’eem Musallam: a 2-sotry building (uninhabited);
  • Tareq Mahameed: his house was located behind the security street from the West Bank side;
  • Ra’fat ‘Obaidat: (under-construction); and
  • Mohammed Idris Abu Teir: a 7-story building comprised of 40 residential apartments (under-construction), where explosives were planted in 4 story in order to blow them up.

It should be mentioned that on 13 June 2019, the Israeli High Court approved the Israeli military’s decision to demolish 16 residential buildings comprised of 100 apartments in Wadi al-Humus neighborhood under the pretext of being near the annexation wall which was established on the village’s lands.  On 20 June 2019, the Israeli forces handed tens of residents’ notices to self-demolish their property by 18 July or the Israeli forces will later do so.  On 21 July 2019, the Israeli High Court rejected the appeal filed by the residents to freeze the demolition orders, and within hours the Israeli forces stormed the neighborhood and started the demolitions.

Wadi al-Humus neighborhood (area: 3,000 dunums; population: 6000) is located on the edge of Sour Baher, south of occupied East Jerusalem.  The neighbourhood is not within Jerusalem’s municipal boundaries and most of its lands are classified in Area A that is under full control of the Palestinian Authority according to the Oslo Accords; thus, the buildings’ owners obtained construction licences from the Palestinian Ministry of Local Governance.  Following the construction of the annexation wall in 2003, the neighbourhood was split as some houses ended up in the Israeli side but not under jurisdiction of the Israeli Municipality of Jerusalem.

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

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, 6 shooting incidents, chasing fishermen and their boats, arresting and releasing fishermen were documented.

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

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 34 temporary checkpoints, from which they arrested 8 civilians.

The military checkpoint were as follows:

Qalqilyah:

On Thursday, 18 July 2019, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Hijjah village, east of Qalqilyah; and at the eastern entrance to Qalqilyah. They then arrested a civilian.

At approximately 15:00 on Friday, 19 July 2019, a similar checkpoint was established at the eastern entrance to Qalqilyah.

At approximately 21:50 on Saturday, 20 July 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Jeet village, northeast of Qalqilyah.

At approximately 21:30 on Saturday, 20 July 2019, a similar checkpoint was established at the entrance to ‘Izbit al-Tabeeb village, east of Qalqilyah.

On Monday, 22 July 2019, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrance to Jayyous village, northeast of Qalqilyah; between al-Nabi Iyyas and ‘Izbit al-Tabeeb villages; and at the entrance to al-Nabi Iyyas village, east of the city.

On Monday evening, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Jayyous village, northeast of Qalqilyah, where they arrested 4 civilians.

Fully detailed document available at PCHR official.

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