IDF General: israel Behind Coup That Installed Al-Sisi Dictatorship in Egypt

IDF General: Israel Behind Coup That Installed Al-Sisi Dictatorship in Egypt

IDF General: Israel Behind Coup That Installed Al-Sisi Dictatorship in Egypt

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Egyptian President Abel Fattah Al-Sisi

A high-ranking IDF leader has revealed that Israel orchestrated the downfall of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and the rise of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s thinly disguised military dictatorship. Israel preferred this normalizing leader to his somewhat pro-Palestine predecessor.

by Whitney Webb, reposted from MintPress

Brigadier General Aryeh Eldad of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has claimed that Israel was behind the 2013 military coup that ousted Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president. Eldad made the claim in an article published in the Israeli newspaper Maariv.

In the article, Eldad asserted:

The outbreak of the January revolution coincided with the Israeli security assessment that President-elect Mohamed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood man, intended to cancel the peace agreement with Israel and send more Egyptian military forces to the Sinai Peninsula.”

Just a few months into Morsi’s presidency, in August 2012, Israel had publicly accused Morsi of violating the peace treaty with Israel after Egypt responded to terrorist attacks in the Sinai by sending an increased number of troops. Morsi’s government accused Israel’s Mossad of having been behind the attacks in order to destabilize his government amid efforts to improve Egypt’s relations with Gaza. Hamas, which has governed the Gaza Strip since 2007, as well as Lebanon’s Hezbollah, also blamed Mossad for the attacks, a charge Israel denied.

Eldad then claimed that at this stage:

Israel was quick and willing to activate its diplomatic tools, and perhaps even greater means, to bring Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to power in Egypt, and convince the then-U.S. administration under President Barack Obama not to oppose this move.”

Events at the time support Eldad’s claim as, shortly after the coup, Israel quickly launched diplomatic missions in the U.S. and several European countries to push for support of Egypt’s new political reality and to prevent a diplomatic blockade on Cairo following the military coup. Many analysts have noted that under Al-Sisi, Egypt-Israel relations have grown to unprecedented levels through policies often driven by Al-Sisi himself.

Why Israel wanted Morsi out

While Eldad cited concerns over a rupture of the Israel-Egypt peace agreement as having motivated Israel’s role in the 2013 coup, a more likely reason was related to Morsi’s relationship with Hamas and efforts to normalize relations with Gaza.

Notably, after Al-Sisi came to power, the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt and tunnels between Gaza and Egypt were abruptly closed. In addition, soon after the coup, “army-instigated anti-Palestinian propaganda” was “rampant” throughout Cairo and Palestinians that had flown into the Cairo airport were quickly deported back to the countries they had recently arrived from, according to The Guardian. In contrast, while Morsi did not end the blockade of Gaza — in force since 2007 — he had improved conditions for Palestinians living in the embattled enclave compared to those under his predecessor, Hosni Mubarak.

Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, wearing a red jumpsuit that designates he has been sentenced to death, raises his hands inside a defendants cage in a makeshift courtroom at the national police academy, in an eastern suburb of Cairo, Egypt, June 18, 2016. Amr Nabil | AP

Eldad, in his article, hinted that the coup was related to a “religious war” that Israel was and still is fighting against Palestine and Arab majority nations, stating:

Contrary to all Israeli expectations, the Camp David agreement, which was made 40 years ago, has lasted for many decades despite the lack of real peace between us and the Egyptians, and despite the failure to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, because this conflict is not just geopolitical. We are rather having a religious war with the Palestinians and Arabs.”

Though Eldad’s recent statements make the connection between Morsi’s relationship with Hamas and Israeli involvement in the 2013 coup more clear, it had long been suspected. An Egyptian army general told BBC soon after the coup that Morsi’s alleged “collaboration” and good relations with Hamas were a driving factor behind the coup.

In a telling incident, Morsi was later charged with terrorism for allegedly conspiring with Hamas, Hezbollah, and elements of the Iranian military to “destabilize” Egypt. Morsi has been imprisoned for years, many of them spent in solitary confinement, and a U.K. panel of legal experts asserted last year that harsh prison conditions will likely lead to his “premature death.” Prior to being charged for “collaborating” with Hamas, Morsi had publicly praised Palestinian “resistance” in Gaza. Another likely factor for Israel’s decision to place Al-Sisi in power was Morsi’s efforts to normalize relations with Iran.

The accusations against Morsi regarding alleged collaboration with Hezbollah and Iran, both adversaries of Israel, seemed unusual to some, given that Morsi had, during his time in office and during the alleged “conspiracy,” cut ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and supported Assad’s overthrow by opposition forces. Hezbollah and Iran, in contrast, supported Assad and fought alongside the Syrian Army. Notably, Israel served as one of the “masterminds” behind the Syrian conflict, which Morsi supported. Hamas, like Morsi’s government, had also backed efforts to oust Assad at the time, albeit less publicly.

Notably, Al-Sisi’s government, widely considered a military dictatorship despite a pale sheen of democracy, has forged increasingly close ties with Israel ever since he came to power in the 2013 coup. This is unsurprising given Eldad’s recent claim that Israel had orchestrated the coup in order to put Al-Sisi in power. During his time in control of the country, Israel and Egypt began “secretly” coordinating military actions in Egypt, a covert alliance that Al-Sisi had denied until this January, when he admitted far-reaching coordination between the IDF and the Egyptian military.

Al-Sisi’s efforts to bring Egypt closer to Israel lack popular support, as most trade unions and political parties oppose normalizing relations with Israel. However, Al-Sisi — known for his brutal repression of protests, journalism and any form of dissent — has continued to push forward in his efforts to forge closer ties with Israel, in apparent service to the country largely responsible for his rise to power.


Whitney Webb is a MintPress News journalist based in Chile. She has contributed to several independent media outlets including Global Research, EcoWatch, the Ron Paul Institute and 21st Century Wire, among others. She has made several radio and television appearances and is the 2019 winner of the Serena Shim Award for Uncompromised Integrity in Journalism.

 

 

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Weekly report on israel’s terrorism on Palestinians (28 March – 03 April 2019)

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations (28 March – 03 April 2019)

 

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

(28 March – 03 April 2019)

  • Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against the peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip.
  • Five Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were killed during the 52nd week of the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege.
  • 412 civilians, including 67 children, 11 women, 8 journalists, and 7 paramedics, were wounded. The injury of nine of them was reported serious.
  • 3 civilians were wounded after being targeted with a missile fired by an Israeli drone in the northern Gaza Strip.
  • Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 8 others, including 5 children in the West Bank.
  • Israeli settlers shot dead a Palestinian civilian and wounded another in southern Nablus.
  • Israeli forces conducted 68 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 3 other incursions into the Gaza Strip.
  • 44 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children and 3 women, were arrested in the West Bank.
  • 16 of them, including 2 children and 3 women, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.
  • Shooting incidents continued against Palestinian farmers and shepherds in the border areas of the Gaza Strip.
  • Israeli authorities continued to create a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • Two under-construction residential buildings, parts of al-Andalus pool and club, and a parking lit were demolished.

 

  • Five Shooting incidents were reported against the fishing boats in the Gaza Strip Sea.
  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 13th consecutive year.
  • Israeli forces established 92 permanent checkpoints and 103 temporary checkpoints in the West Bank.
  • 2 Palestinian civilians were arrested at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (28 March – 03 April 2019).

 

Shooting:

 

In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against the participants in the peaceful protests organized along the Gaza Strip borders, which witnessed the peaceful protests for the 52nd week along the eastern and northern border area of the Gaza Strip. They also continued to use force against Palestinians demonstrating the incursions into the West Bank. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces killed 5 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, and wounded 412 others, including 67 children, 11 women, 8 journalists, and 7 paramedics. The injury of nine of them was reported serious. Meanwhile, 3 other civilians were wounded after being targeted with a missile fired by a drone. In the West Bank, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 8 others, including 5 children, while Israeli settlers shot dead a Palestinian civilian and wounded another.

In the Gaza Strip, during the 52nd Friday of the Return and Breaking Siege March, Israeli forces killed 5 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, while pariciapting in the activities held to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of the Land Day and 1st anniversary of the breakout of the Great March of Return and Breaking the siege on 30 March 2019.

In Gaza City: on the abovementioned day morning, Israeli forces killed Mohammed Sa’ed (20), from al-Shija’iyah neighbourhood, after being wounded with a bullet to the chest that was fired by the Israeli forces at a group of civilians gathered 100 meters away from the western side of the border fence in Malakah area in al-Zaytoun neighborhood, east of Gaza City.  At approximately 15:15, Adham ‘Emarah (17), from al-Sha’af neughbourhood, was hit with a teargas canister to his face and then taken to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, where his death was announced at 15:30.

In Khan Younis: Israeli forces stationed to southeastern side of the Return encampment opened fire and killed 2 Palestinians identified as Tamer Abu al-Kheir (18), from Hamad Housing Project in Khan Younis, who was wounded with a bullet to the chest, and Belal al-Najjar (17), from Bani Sheila, east of Khan Younis who was wounded with an explosive bullet to the chest, causing lacerations in his abdomen.  On 02 April 2019, medical sources in Naser Hospital in Khan Younis declared that Fares Abu Hajras (25), from Bani Sheila, east of the city, succumbed to wounds he sustained on 30 March 2019.  The abovementioned sustained a bullet wound to the abdomen when he was 20-30 meters away from the border fence in eastern Khuza’ah.

In excessive use of lethal force against the peaceful protesters along the Gaza Strip borders, during the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 412 civilians, 67 children, 11 women, 8 journalists, and 7 paramedics. The injury of nine of them was reported serious.

 

Injuries in the Gaza Strip from 28 March – 03 April 2019 According to the Governorate

 

Governorate Injuries
Total Children Women Journalists Paramedics Critical Injuries
Northern Gaza Strip 48 14 0 0 1 2
Gaza City 79 0 0 0 1 0
Central Gaza Strip 69 15 6 2 1 2
Khan Yunis 94 23 2 0 2 0
Rafah 122 15 3 6 2 6
Total 412 67 11 8 7 9

 

 

  • As part of airstrikes, Israeli forces drones fired one missile at a group of civilians who were passing by the Shuhadaa’ Cemetery, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip. AS a result, 4 civilians sustained shrapnel wounds in different parts of their bodies.

 

  • As part of targeting the Palestinian fishermen in the sea, the Israeli forces continued to escalate their attacks against the Palestinian fishermen, indicating the on-going Israeli policy to target their livelihoods. During the reporting period, PCHR documented 5 incidents were as follows: 2 incidents off Rafah Shore; 2 incidenta off Khan Yunis Shore, south of the Gaza Strip; and one incident off al-Waha resort shore, north of the Gaza Strip.

 

 

  • As part of targeting the border areas, on 28 March 2019, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence with Israel, east of al-Shawka, east of Rafah, opened fire at a number of Palestinian civilians, who were collecting construction aggregates. However, no casualties were reported.

 

  • Om 29 March 2019, Israeli forces opened fire at the border area adjacent to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, northwest of Beit Hanoun. However, no casualties were reported.

 

  • On 31 March 2019, Israeli forces opened fire at the agrictural lands, east of Gaza Valley village, but no casualties were reported.

 

 

In the West Bank, the Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian while another was shot dead by settlers.  On 02 April 2019, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 2 others when large number of Israeli forces moved into Qalendia refugee camp and Kafr ‘Aqab village, north of occupied East Jerusalem, to carry out an arrest campaign.  Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered at the entrance to the camp and threw stones and Molotov Cocktails at the Israeli vehicles and soldiers, who in response fired live ammunition and rubber-coated metal bullets at them.  As a result, Mohammed Dar ‘Edwan (23) was killed and 2 others were wounded.

 

In a new crime of wilful killing committed by the settlers in the West Bank against the Palestinian civilians, on Wednesday, 03 April 2019, 2 settlers killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded another when the settlers opened fire at the one killed near Bita village square on Ramallah-Nablus Street, south of Nablus.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 68 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 5 other incursions into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 28 Palestinians, including 5 children, from the West Bank, while 16 other civilians, including 2 children and 3 women, were arrested from Jerusalem and its suburbs.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 28 March 2019, Israeli forces moved 100 meters into al-Shokah village, east of Rafah City in the southern Gaza Strip.  They levelled lands in front of the Return encampment and later redeployed along the border fence with Israel.

 

On 03 April 2019, Israeli forces conducted 2 similar incursions in eastern Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip and eastern al-Qararah village, northeast if Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip.

Israeli authorities continued to create a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.

  • As part of the Israeli house demolitions and notices, on 02 April 2019, Israeli municipality bulldozers demolished an under-construction residential building in Sho’afat in northern occupied East Jerusalem under the pretext of building without a license. The 2-storey building was built on 450 square meters and belonged to ‘Alaa’ and ‘Adnan Hoshiyah.  As soon as the building had been demolished, the Israeli bulldozers destroyed parts of al-Andalus club and swimming pool in the camp.  Mustafa al-Bayaa’, owner of the club, said the bulldozer destroyed parts of the second floor of the 300-square meter club.  They also demolished a parking lot at the entrance to Sho’fat refugee camp.
  • On the same day, the Israeli municipality bulldozers demolished an under-construction residential building in Beer ‘Onah area in Beit Jala under the pretext of non-licensing. The building’s owner said to lawyer Basimah ‘Issa that Jerusalem Municipality refused to license the building under the pretext that it is in an area where construction is prohibited.

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

 

  • As part of Israeli settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property, on Monday morning, 01 April 2019, settlers punctured tires of Palestinian vehicles and wrote on them and on walls racist slogans near “Pisgat Ze’ev” settlement established on the lands of Beit Hanina village, north of occupied East Jerusalem. Jewish settlers carry out attacks against Palestinian property in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem, within a group titled as “Price Tag”. This  group carry out acts of intimidation amounting to murder attempts, burining and damaging Palestinian lands and property, attacking Isalmic and Christian holy sites and exhumation of graves.

 

 

 

Details

 

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

 

 

Thursday, 28 March 2019:

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Hebron and stationed in Jabal Abu Roman neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Amer ‘Ayed Abu ‘Aisha (36) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested Yazan Redwan Atef Abu Rmaila (24) and Madin Rabah harbi Dawoud (23) in al-Tour Mount, south of Nablus, taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Halhoul City, north of Hebron, and stationed in al-Tharwa neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Ra’ed Nofal (33) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Sa’ir village, north of Hebron and stationed in al-‘Aroud area. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested ‘Amro Thiab al-Faroukh (23) and Mohammed Saleh al-Faroukh (25), taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Aroub Refugee Camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Wahib Wael al-‘Ajarma (17) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Qalqas village, southeast of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Na’im Mohammed Abu Turki (32) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Abu Shkhaidem village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested ‘Ali Moussa Qendah (22), Mohammed Shadi al-Sous (21) and Yasser Nasser al-Sous (26), taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 07:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Bireh and stationed in al-Shurfa neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Abd al-Rahman Hussain Ibrahim (23) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 07:30, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles and bulldozers, moved 100 meters into al-Shawka village, east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip. The Israeli vehicles combed lands adjacent to the Return Camp. At approximately 12:30, the Israeli forces redeployed along the border fence.

 

  • At approximately 08:00, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence with Israel, east of al-Shawka village, east of Rafah, opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at civilians collecting aggregates, and no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 14:35, an Israeli drone fired one missile at a group of civilians passing near al-Shohada Cemetery, east of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip. As a result, three civilians were hit with shrapnel throughout their bodies and then taken to the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia, where their injuries were reported Moreover, the Israeli forces issued a statement saying that an Israeli drone targeted a Palestinian cell that participated in firing incendiary balloons at the Israeli settlements adjacent to the Gaza Strip.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Yatta; Sorif and Deir Samet villages in Hebron.

 

 

Friday, 29 March 2019:

 

  • At approximately 23:30, Israeli forces stationed inside watchtowers at Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing and in its vicinity, northwest of Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at the area adjacent to the border fence with Israel. The Israeli shooting caused fear and panic among Palestinian civilians, whose houses are near the area, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (7) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Nablus, ‘Assira al-Qablia and Madama villages, south of Nablus; Beit Ummar, al-Thaherya, Emraish, and Karza villages in Hebron.

 

Saturday, 30 March 2019:

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ibrahim Youssof al-Dik (26) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Kafl Haress village, north of Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Emad Mahmoud ‘Abd al-Hamid al-Qaq (16) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Mothalath al-Shohada village in Jenin; al-Samou’, Beit Ula, Fqaiqiss, and al-Hadb villages in Hebron.

 

Sunday, 31 March 2019

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Aroub Refugee Camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Adam Mohannad Abu Sham’a (16) and Isma’el Maher al-Shareef (17) and then arrested them. The Israeli forces later withdrew taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 07:30, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence with Israel opened fire at agriculture lands, east of Gaza Valley village (Johr al-Dik), southeast of Gaza City. As a result, Palestinian farmers were forced to flee fearing for their lives, and no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Hebron, Sa’ir, Bani N’aim, al-Simia, and Trama villages in Hebron.

 

Monday, 01 April 2019

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Monadel Naji Qabha (24) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Fawar Refugee Camp, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmad Mohammad Abu ‘Awad (24) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Aroub Refugee Camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Ahmad Nedal Abu Ghazy (19) and Jehad ‘Emad al-Titi (17) and then arrested them, taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Tabaqah village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron, and stationed in al-Beid neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmad Salama Abdul Mohssen Abu Ras (35) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Sheikh neighborhood in Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmad Mohammad al-Baied (30) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Nablus; Karza and Tarqomia villages in Hebron.

 

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

 

  • At approximately 00:30, Israeli forces moved into Qalqilia. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Amin Horani (21), and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Shayoukh village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Hassan Ismail ‘Ashour Halayqah (39) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Zabouba village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Taleb Mohammed Jradat (21), and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Khelet al-Moghayer area, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Anas Lahab al-Tamimi (22) and then summoned him to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummar, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Hamza ‘Ali ‘Ayad ‘Awad (19) and then summoned him to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.

 

  • At approximately 01:45, Israeli forces moved into Jalqmous village, east of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mo’awia Taher al-Qerm (24) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Beith Kahel village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Laith Mohammed al-Assafra (21) and then summoned him to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Bitonia, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Hassan Youssef (65), a leader in Hamas Movement, and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination. It should be noted that Hassan Youssef was a former prisoner in Israeli jails, where he served for 20 years in varying periods.

 

  • At approximately 07:00, Israeli gunboats stationed in the sea, west of Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip, pumped water and opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area and chased them. As a result, fishermen were forced to flee towards the shore for fear of being wounded or arrested. Neither casualties nor damage to their boats was reported.

 

  • At approximately 17:30, Israeli gunboats stationed in the sea, west of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within nine nautical miles and chased them. The shooting sporadically continued for more than two hours. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee towards the shore for fear of being wounded or arrested. No casualties among them or damage to their boats were reported.

 

  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (9) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Halhoul; Deir Samet village and al-Fawar Refugee Camp in Hebron; ‘Otra village, southeast of Nablus; al-Moghir, Beteen, Abu Qash, and Sarda Beit Rima villages in Ramallah and al-Bireh.

 

 

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

 

  • At approximately 00:45, Israeli forces moved into ‘Anzah village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Walid Brahma (33) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Jabe’ village, south of Jenin and stationed in al-Mwaress area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Islam ‘Adel Tawfiq Ghananm and confiscated NIS 2500 claiming that “this money funds terrorism.” After confiscating the money, they handed Islam a warrant of the confiscated money and then withdrew from the house and village.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Kaffr Ra’i village, west of Jenin and stationed near Abi Thar al-Ghafari Mosque in the southern neighbourhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Sana’ Mohammed Monib al-Sayed and then confiscated NIS 2300 claiming that “this money funds terrorism.” After confiscating the money, they handed Sana’ a warrant of the confiscated money despite her rejection to sign it and then withdrew from the house. Moreover, the Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Mohanned Isma’il Ya’aqba and then confiscated NIS 2250, 49 JD and 49 $.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Sires village, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Adiba Tawfiq Hafeth Mahmoud in the southern eastern neighborhood and then confiscated NIS 600, 10 JD and two checks estimated at NIS 4000.

 

  • At approximately 07:00, Israeli forces backed by five military vehicles moved around 100 meters into the west of the border fence with Israel, east of Deir al-Balah in the Central Gaza Strip. The military vehicles combed the area until 15:00 and headed to the south, east of Khan Younis. They combed and leveled the area and after three hours, they redeployed along the border fence.

 

  • At approximately 11:00, Israeli gunboats stationed in the sea, west of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within eight nautical miles and chased them. As a result, fishermen were forced to flee towards the shore for fear of being wounded or arrested. However, no casualties among them or damage to their boats were reported.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved 100 meters into the east of al-Qarara village, northeast of Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip, coming from the east of al-Buraij. The military vehicles combed and leveled lands along the border fence heading to the south. After that, they redeployed along the border fence adjacent to al-Farahin neighborhood, east of ‘Abassan al-Kabira village.

 

  • At approximately 19:30, Israeli gunboats stationed in the sea, west of Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area and chased them. As a result, fishermen were forced to flee towards the shore for fear of being wounded or arrested. However, casualties among them or damage to their boats were reported.

 

  • At approximately 20:20, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, south of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within three nautical miles and chased them. The shooting sporadically continued for more than two hours. As a result, fishermen were forced to flee towards the shore for fear of being wounded or arrested. However, no casualties among them or damage to their boats were reported.

 

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (8) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: ‘Araba village, west of Jenin; Beit Forik village, east of Nablus; Hebron, Beit ‘Awa, al-Koum, Ethna, and Sorif villages in Hebron.

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Gaza Strip:

 

In the 52nd week of the March of Return and Breaking Siege activities on Friday, 29 March 2019, Israeli forces wounded 18 civilians, including three children, a journalist and a paramedic. The incidents were as follows:

 

  • Gaza City: The Israeli shooting at Palestinian demonstrators resulted in the injury of four civilians, including a paramedic. One of them was hit with a live bullet to the left foot and three were directly hit with tear gas canisters. The wounded paramedic, Hamam Kamal youssof Khadra (27), who works for PRCS, was hit with a tear gas canister to the right foot.

 

  • Northern Gaza Strip: The Israeli shooting, which continued from 15:00 until 19:00, at the Palestinian demonstrators resulted in the injury of ten civilians, including two children. Nine of them were hit with live bullets and shrapnel and one was directly hit with a tear gas canister. The injury of one of them was reported serious

 

 

  • Central Gaza Strip: At approximately 17:00, two civilians were injured, including a 13-year-old child, from al-Buraij. The wounded child was hit with a live bullet to the lower limbs.

 

  • Rafah: At approximately 21:00, Israeli stationed along the border fence with Israel adjacent to the Return Camp, east of al-Shawka, east of Rafah, fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at dozens of young men demonstrated in the area. As a result, two civilians, including a journalist, were injured. The wounded journalist, Mohammed Samih Hassan Abu Sultan (22), who works for the Pioneers of Truth Network, was hit with live bullet shrapnel to the abdomen.

 

 

On Saturday, 30 March 2019, coinciding the 43rd anniversary of Land Day and the 1st anniversary of the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege, Israeli forces killed four Palestinian civilians, including two children, and injured 394 civilians, including 64 children, 11 women, 7 journalists, and 6 paramedics. The Injury of eight of them was reported serious. The incidents were as follows:

 

Gaza City: At approximately 07:00, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence with Israel, opened fire at civilians, who were around 100 meters away from the border fence in Malaka area in al-Zaitoun neighborhood, east of Gaza. The Israeli shooting resulted in the injury of Mohammed Jehad Jawdat Sa’d (20), from al-Shuja’eya neighborhood. Jehad was hit with a live bullet to the chest and taken to al-Shefa Hospital in Gaza City. Moreover, at approximately 07:30, medical recourses announced Jehad’s death.

 

At approximately 13:00, the activities of the 43rd anniversary of Land Day and the 1st anniversary of the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege started in the east of Malaka Square, east of al-Zaitoun neighborhood. Despite the peaceful demonstration, the Israeli forces heavily opened fire and deliberately and randomly fired live and rubber bullets at participants. At approximately 15:15, Adham Nedal Saqer ‘Emara (17), from al-Sha’af neighborhood, was hit with a tear gas canister to the face. Adham was taken to al-Shefa Hospital in Gaza City. Moreover, at approximately 15:30, the medical resources announced Adham’s death. The Israeli shooting at the demonstrators resulted in the injury of 75 civilians. Thirty-eight of them were hit with live bullets, five were hit with rubber bullets and 42 were directly hit with tear gas canisters. In addition, a camera belonging to a journalist, Saber Ibrahim Shehda Nour al-Din, was hit with a tear gas canister  that damaged it.

 

Northern Gaza Strip: the Israeli shooting, which continued from 12:00 until 18:00, at Palestinian demonstrators resulted in the injury of 38 civilians, including 12 children and a paramedic. Two of them were hit with rubber bullets and 36 were directly hit with tear gas canisters. The wounded paramedic, Mohammed Nahed Rashid ‘Atallah (31) who works for the Civil Defense, was hit with a tear gas canister to the neck.  It should be noted that an ambulance belonging to al-‘Awda Hospital, which belongs to Health Work Committees, was hit with a tear gas canister to the left door and sustained damage.

 

Central Gaza Strip: The Israeli shooting at Palestinian demonstrators, which continued until 18:00, resulted in the injury of 67 civilians, including 14 children, six women, two journalists, and a paramedic. Fourteen of them were hit with live bullets and shrapnel, five were hit with rubber bullets and 48 were directly hit with tear gas canisters. The injury of two of them was reported serious.

 

It should be noted that on Tuesday, 02 April 2019, medical resources in Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis announced that Faris Youssef Fares Abu Hagras (25), from Bani Suhaila village, east of Khan Younis, succumbed to his wounds. At approximately 15:00, Fares was hit with a live bullet to the abdomen, while he was standing 20-30 meters away from the border fence with Israel, east of Khoza’a. He was taken to a field medical point and then to Nassr Hospital, where his injury was reported serious. Faris underwent three surgeries and was admitted to the ICU until he succumbed to his wounds.

 

The wounded journalists were identified as:

 

  • Mohammed Mosbah Mahmoud Balour (39), who works as a reporter for al-Aqsa Network, was hit with a rubber bullet to the lower limbs.
  • Mohammed Rebhi ‘Atallah Abu Hayah (23), who works as a photographer for al-Aqsa Network, was hit a rubber bullet to the lower limbs.

The wounded paramedic, Mohammed Hassan Deeb al-Wassifi (45), works as a volunteer paramedic in the Civil Defense.

 

Khan Younis: The shooting of Israeli forces stationed east and southeast of the Return Camp resulted in the killing of two civilians identified as:

  • Tamer Hashem ‘Issa Abu al-Khair (18), from Hamad City in Khan Younis, was hit with a live bullet to the chest. At approximately 15:55, Tamer was taken to European Hospital due to his critical condition. Doctors attempted to save his life, but their attempts failed so that at approximately 19:00, his death was declared.
  • Belal Mahmoud Sha’ban al-Najar (17), from Bani Suhaila village, east of Khan Younis. At approximately 15:15, he was hit with an explosive live bullet to the chest resulting in lacerations in the abdomen. PCHR’s fieldworker took photos and a video showing that while a number of paramedics was raising their hands, they went to Belal after he was wounded around 20 meters away from the border fence with Israel and took him to an ambulance as his condition was serious. They then took him to a field medical point and then to the Algerian Hospital. After that, they referred him to Gaza European Hospital in Khan Younis. Doctors attempted to save his life, but their attempts failed so that at approximately 22:00, Belal’s death was declared.

 

The Israeli forces opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at Palestinian demonstrators resulting in the injury of 94 civilians, including 23 children, two women and two paramedics. Fourty-one of them were hit with live bullets and shrapnel while 53 were directly hit with tear gas canisters. The wounded paramedics were identified as:

  • Khaled Moussa Fssaifess (21), from Bani Suhaila, who works as a volunteer for Elite Medical Team, was hit with a teargas canister to the right foot.
  • ‘Amer Khaled Madi (25), from Khan Younis Camp, who works as a volunteer for Palestine Red Crescent Society, was hit with a rubber bullet to the face.

PCHR’s fieldworkers said that the Israeli forces increased the sniper-positioning points and raised the sand berms on which the snipers position, enabling them to see clearly and completely the area, where the protestors spread, and deep into the Return encampment.

 

Rafah:  the Israeli shooting, which continued from 13:00 until 18:00, at Palestinian demonstrators resulted in the injury of 120 civilians, including 15 children, 3 women, 2 paramedics, and 5 journalists. Sixty-nine of them were hit with live bullets and shrapnel, 51 civilians were directly hit with tear gas canisters. The injury of six of them was reported serious. The wounded paramedics were identified as:

  • Amin Jehad Mohammed al-Balbaishi (30), who works for the Military Medical Services, was hit with a tear gas canister to the head.
  • Esra’ Mohammed Mershed al-Qadi (23), who works as a volunteer for Abdullah- Pulse of life Team, was hit with a tear gas canister to the left leg.

The wounded journalists were identified as:

  • ‘Alaa’ ‘Abd al-Fatah Ibrahim al-Namla (35), who works for al-Quds Network, was hit with a tear gas canister to the left leg.
  • Mohammed Omar Qandeel Qandeel (30), who works as a freelance journalist, was hit with a tear gas canister to the right leg.
  • Belal Fawzi Sha’ban al-Derbi (20), who works for the Pioneers of Truth Network, was hit with a tear gas canister to the face.
  • ‘Abdullah Mahmoud Khamis al-Ranteessi (24), who works as a freelance journalist, was hit with a tear gas canister to the back.
  • ‘Ata Bassel Mohammed Fojo (21), who works for Sama al-Quds Network, was hit with a tear gas canister to the right leg.

 

 

West Bank:

 

  • Following the Friday prayer, on 29 March 2019, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international human rights defenders headed to the lands of al-Sahl area, east of al-Moghir village, northeast of Ramallah, to peacefully protest against the Israeli settlers’ attempt to confiscate and seize the lands. When the demonstrators arrived at the area, Israeli soldiers fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, four children were injured. Two of them were hit with live bullets and the other two were hit with rubber bullets.

 

 

  1. Continued closure of the oPt

 

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

 

Gaza Strip

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Movement at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing, southeast of Rafah, is designated for the movement of goods

 

  • Note:Due to technical reasons, we could not obtain the official statistics from the department responsible for issuing the statistics

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 Movement at Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing

(19-25 March 2019)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Following table illustrates temporary and permanent checkpoints and arrests at these checkpoints in the West Bank from 28 March- 03 April2019:
Governorate Permanent temporary Temporary checkpoints Closed Roads Arrested persons
Jerusalem 13 7
Nablus 10 15 2 2
Jenin 5 3
Ramallah 11 17 4
Tulkarm 7 3 1
Tubas 2 3 1
Salfit 3 9 1
Qalqiliyia 5 6 4
Hebron 20 31 9
Bethlehem 11 9 2
Jericho 5
Al-Karama Crossing
Total 92 103 24

 

 

Arrests at Military Checkpoints:

 

 

  • At approximately 18:00, on Sunday, 31 March 2019, Israeli forces stationed at Beit Fourik checkpoint, east of Nablus, arrested ‘Aref Ayman Haj Mohammad (18), from Beit Fourik, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 14:00, on Tuesday, 02 April 2019, Israeli forces stationed at Za’tara checkpoint, south of Nablus, Thaer Waleed ‘Amer (33), from Kafr Qallil, south of Nablus, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

 

A Civilian Killed and Another Injured by Israeli Settlers, South of Nablus

 

  • In a new crime of willful killing, which Israeli settlers carry out against Palestinians civilians, on Wednesday, 03 April 2019, two settlers killed a Palestinian civilian and injured another when they opened fire at the first civilian near Bita village square in Nablus-Ramallah Street, south of Nablus. According to PCHR’s investigations, eyewitnesses and DVR’s footage, at approximately 08:32, on Wednesday, 03 April 2019, Mohammad ‘Abdul Mon’im Abul Fattah (23), from Khirbet Qeis in Salfit, arrived at Beita village square, crossed the street, stood between two waste containers near al-Tamimi Gas Station, and threw stones at two Israeli settlers’ cars that were on the way. Moreover, he threw stones at a third car with an Israeli registration plate, which came from Howara village to Za’tara checkpoint. The car stopped at the square and the driver opened fire at him, hitting him directly with a live bullet and forcing him to take cover under the settler’s car. As a result, a civilian namely Khaled Salah Mohammad Rawajha (23) was hit with a live bullet, which penetrated his left waist. Khaled was then taken to Rafidia Surgical Hospital in Nablus to receive treatment. Meanwhile, a truck with Israeli registration plate arrived at the place. The driver then stepped out of his truck carrying a gun and shot Mohammad dead, together with the other settler. Following his death, Israeli forces arrived and locked down the area. Furthermore, an Israeli ambulance arrived and took the Mohammad’s corpse to an unknown destination. Following that, the Israeli forces raided an automobile repair shop, watched the surveillance (DVR’s) footage and deleted the footage from 08:32 to 10:00 to hide their crimes.

 

Killings and Shootings:

 

  • At approximately 03:00, on Thursday 02 April 2019, a large number of Israeli forces backed by several military vehicles moved into Qalandia refugee camp and Kafr ‘Aqab village, north of occupied East Jerusalem. In conjunction with closing Qalandia checkpoint on both sides, the Israeli forces deployed along the main street adjacent to Qalandia refugee camp, which leads to Kafr ‘Aqab, and raided a residential building in “Sekal intersection” area. They then moved into Qalandia refugee camp via the main entrance. They raided and searched several houses belonging to Moteir family, from which they arrested three brothers namely Yusif (34), Ibrahim (31) and Rajab No’man Muteir (26), taking them to an unknown destination. Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered at the camp’s entrance and threw stones and Molotov Cocktails at the Israeli forces and military vehicles. The Israeli forces immediately fired live and rubber bullets at them. At approximately 04:30, clashes reached al-Matar Street adjacent to the camp. The Israeli forces heavily opened fire at the Palestinian young men. As a result, two Palestinian civilians were hit with live bullets to the lower limbs. Moreover, the Israeli forces opened fire at Mohammad ‘Ali Dar ‘Adwan (23) at a close range (as shown in a video posted on social media). As a result, he was hit with several bullets to the chest. They then arrested him though he was in a critical condition. They later handed him to the Palestinian medical personnel to be taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah after he was declared dead.
    Israel commander of Ramallah, Qalandia refugee camp and Kafr ‘Aqab, known as “Captain Hossam” on social media, said that during the police and soldiers’ activity in the area, dozens of Palestinian young men threw pipe bombs at the soldiers, resulting in clashes between them. As a result, Mohammad ‘Ali Dal ‘Adwan was killed.
    After Mohammad’s funeral procession, violent clashes broke out between dozens of Palestinian young men and the Israeli forces at the entrance to Qalandia refugee camp near Qalandia military checkpoint. The Israeli forces fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, two Palestinian civilians, including a child, were hit with rubber bullets and were then taken to Palestine Medical Complex to receive treatment.
    In their statement, Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said that their personnel were in the area when the clashes broke out between the Palestinian young men and the Israeli forces near Qalandia military checkpoint. PRCS added that their personnel transferred a child, who was hit with a rubber bullet to the head, and another civilian, who was hit with rubber bullets to the cheek, to the hospital to receive treatment. Furthermore, the Palestinian Health Ministry said that the two civilians injured with rubber bullets were transferred to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah and clarified that they are in a stable health condition.

 

 

  • Efforts to Create A Jewish majority

 

 

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

 

 

Arrests and Incursions:

 

  • At approximately 01:00, on Thursday, 28 March 2019, Israeli forces moved into Shu’fat Refugee Camp, north of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses, from which they arrested Mahmoud Amjad Jaber (22) and Mohammad ‘Abdullah ‘Amer (19), taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Bostan neighborhood in Silwan, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to Khader ‘Oda and then arrested his children Ahmad (12) and Jom’a (13), taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Suwana neighborhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to Majdi Mahmoud Abu Ghazala (28) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 09:00, on Thursday, 28 March 2019, Israeli police arrested ‘Arafat Najeeb (32), a guard of al-Aqsa Mosque, while he was in the mosque’s yards. They then took him to a detention center. Few hours later, they released ‘Arafat after handing him an order that denies him access to al-Aqsa Mosque for two weeks.

 

  • On 29 March 2019, following the Friday prayer, Israeli forces arrested three mothers of Palestinian prisoners after they got out of al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Eyewitnesses said that that the families of Palestinian prisoners organized a sit-in in al-Aqsa yards after the Friday prayer in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons. After the families got out of the mosque, the Israeli forces arrested three women namely Kholoud Na’eem al-A’war, Iman al-A’war and Najah ‘Oda.

 

  • At approximately 15:00, on Saturday, 30 March 2019, Israeli forces arrested Yazan ‘Emad Syam (22) while he was walking in Salah al-Deen Street, in central occupied East Jerusalem, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 10:00, on Sunday 31 March 2019, Israeli police arrested Wessam Khaled al-‘Araj (28), a guard of al-Aqsa Mosque, in front of al-Rahma Gate prayer area in al-Aqsa Mosque yards in occupied East Jerusalem under the pretext of opening the gates to the prayer area. They then took him to a detention center in occupied East Jerusalem. It should be mentioned that the Israeli police has denied more than 20 guards of al-Aqsa Mosque access to the mosque until today on grounds of opening the gates to al-Rahma Gate prayer area, considering it as an action that opposes the police’s orders to keep them closed.

 

  • At approximately 09:00, on 02 April 2019, Israeli police arrested two young men, from Jerusalem, for opening al-Rahma prayer area gates in al-Aqsa Mosque yards in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, taking them to their detention centers. Islamic Endowment Department “Awqaf” said that the Israeli police arrested Basshar Najeeb (19) and Tawfiq Najeeb (21) in front of al-Rahma Gate prayer area. They added that they were arrested for opening the gates to al-Rahma Gate prayer area for prayers and were then taken to Israeli detention centers in the Old City. Moreover, they stressed that the Israeli police raided al-Qibli Mosque though a number of al-Aqsa guards tried to prevent them. As a result, altercations broke out. Meanwhile, 38 Israeli settlers protected by 31 Israeli police officers and intelligence raided al-Aqsa Mosque.

 

 

Notices and House Demolitions:

 

  • At approximately 08:00, on Tuesday, 02 April 2019, Israeli Civil Administration bulldozers demolished three facilities in Shu’fat refugee camp, north of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. According to PCHR’s investigations and eyewitnesses, at approximately 08:00, on Tuesday, 02 April 2019, in large numbers, Israeli forces accompanied with bulldozers and backed by an Israeli helicopter moved into Shu’fat refugee camp, from “Ras Khamees” suburb. The Israeli forces deployed on the camp’s streets. The bulldozers then started to demolish a residential building belonging to Hawshia’s family near the annexation wall that separates the camp from “Pisgat Ze’ev” settlement. ‘Alaa Hoshia said that the 450-square-meter building that ‘Adnan Hoshia and he own is comprised of two under-construction floors. He stressed that the demolition came without any prior notices and the court gave them until 10 May 2019 to carry out the self-demolition order. Hoshia added that they started to build in mid-2018 and the Israeli municipality issued a decision to stop construction works and demolish the building at the beginning of 2019. He mentioned that the Israeli municipality staff handed him an order to pay “demolition fees” estimated at NIS 150,000-200,000. Moreover, ‘Adnan Hoshia, the second owner of the building, was hit with two rubber bullets to the leg and chest when he tried to be present in the vicinity of the building at the time of its demolition. Furthermore, he was handed a notice for investigation. Following the demolition, Israeli bulldozers demolished parts of al-Andalus Club and swimming pool in the camp. Mostafa al-Baya’, owner of the facility, said that the bulldozers demolished parts of the second 300-square-meter floor and then stopped the demolition under the pretext that there was a “decision to stop the demolition”. Al-Baya’ also pointed out that the building was established in 2013 and at the beginning of 2019; the Israeli municipality issued a decision to demolish it and was then frozen until the end of April 2019. Al-Baya’ also added that the building is comprised of two floors: the first is a swimming pool while the second is a club. Parts of the club were demolished, leaving the building completely damaged and in an unusable condition. Khader al-Debes, Head of the Committee against the Annexation Wall and Settlement Activity, said that the Israeli bulldozers leveled a parking lot at the entrance to Shu’fat refugee camp.

 

  • At approximately 08:30, Israeli bulldozers belonging to the Israeli Municipality demolished a residential building under construction in Be’r ‘Ona area in Beit Jala City, under the pretext of non-licensing. The building’s owner, Bassema Mohammed ‘Issa (54), who works as a lawyer, said that Israeli forces along with Municipality’s staff and two bulldozers raided her residential building, which is still under construction. She also said that she has attempted to obtain a building license for her building, but the Municipality of Jerusalem refused, claiming that construction is prohibited in the area where the building was established. Bassema added that she received a demolition notice from the Israel Civil Administration and Magistrate and District Courts, and then from the Supreme Court in Jerusalem. She also said that she refused to implement the self-demolition decision on 01 April. Bassema knew from Israeli authorities that she will be fined with around NIS 300,000 if she did not self-demolish the building. It should be noted that Be’r ‘Ona area belonged to Bethlehem Municipality during the Jordanian administration in the West Bank before 1967, but the Israeli authorities annexed it to the municipal borders  of Jerusalem.

 

 

Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

 

Israeli forces’ attacks:

 

 

  • At approximately 10:00, on Sunday, 31 March 2019, Israeli forces backed by two military vehicles and a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration moved into al-Jawaya, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. An Israeli Civil Administration officer handed the houses’ owners two demolition notices for a house and a barrack built of tint plates under the pretext of non-licensing. The two-story house of 140 square meters house belongs to Abdul Mutalib Hammad Mohammad Jawaj’a and the 120-square-meter barrack belongs to Moussa Hassan al-Shawaheen. It should be noted that the two notices gave both owners seven days to appeal.

 

 

Israeli settlers’ attacks:

 

  • At morning hours on Monday, 01 April 2019, Israeli settlers punctured Palestinian vehicles’ tires and wrote on it and on the walls racist slogans near “Pisgat Ze’ev” settlement established on Beit Hanina village’s lands, north of Occupied East Jerusalem. Eyewitnesses said that a group of settlers attacked the Palestinian vehicles near “Pisgat Ze’ev” settlement and punctured their tires. The eyewitnesses added that the settlers wrote racist slogans on some of the vehicles and on the walls. The Israeli police said in its statement that walls and vehicles belonging to Palestinians sustained damage near “Pisgat Ze’ev” It should be noted that the Israeli settlers carry out attacks against Palestinian property in the West Bank and Occupied East Jerusalem within the so-called “Price Tag” group. This group carries out intimidation acts that may amount to murder attempts, burning and damaging Palestinian lands and property, attacking Islamic and Christian holy sites, and exhumation of graves.
  • Recommendations to the International Community

 

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

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

Weekly report on israel’s terrorism on Palestinians (21 March – 27 March 2019)

March 29, 2019

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 21 – 27 March, 2019.

Israeli warplanes launched 82 missiles at 38 targets across the Gaza Strip. Several houses and civil facilities sustained material damage and dozens of civilians became homeless. Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against the peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip. Two Palestinian civilians were killed in eastern Gaza City and al-Buriej camp. 195 civilians, including 56 children, 4 women, 3 journalists, and a paramedic, were wounded. The injury of two of them was reported as serious.

Shooting:

  • In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against the participants in the peaceful protests organized along the Gaza Strip borders, which witnessed the peaceful protests for the 51st week along the eastern and northern border area of the Gaza Strip. They also continued to use force as well during the incursions into the West Bank. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians and wounded 205 others, including 57 children, 4 women, 3 journalists, and a paramedic. The injury of two of them was reported serious. Seven of the total number of injuries were wounded during airstrikes carried out by the Israeli warplanes at targets across the Gaza Strip as two fishermen were wounded in the Gaza Sea and a child was wounded after targeting the border areas. Meanwhile, the rest injuries occurred during the Return and Breaking Siege March. In the West Bank, Israeli forces killed a volunteer paramedic (17) and wounded 3 civilians in al-Dahisha refugee camp south of the West Bank.
  • In the Gaza Strip, during the 51st Friday of the Return and Breaking Siege March, Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians. The first one, Jehad Hararah (23), from al-Shuja’iyia neighborhood, east of Gaza City, died after being hit with a live bullet to the chest while participating in the demonstrations in Malaka square, east of Gaza City. The second one, Nidal Shatat (29), from al-Moghraqah village, south of Gaza City, died after being hit with a live bullet to the chest while participating in the demonstrations in eastern al-Buriej camp and present around 50 meters away from the border fence with Israel. These new violations come only hours after the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on accountability brought by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). The vote had 23 states voting in favor, 8 against and with 15 abstentions, condemning Israel’s “apparent intentional use of unlawful lethal and other excessive force” against civilian protesters in Gaza.  Thus, these incidents emphasize that the Israeli forces persist in its violation of the international humanitarian law and international human rights law.
  • In excessive use of lethal force against the peaceful protesters in eastern Gaza Strip, Israeli forces wounded 195 civilians, including 56 children, 4 women, 3 journalists, and a paramedic. The injury of two of them was reported serious.

 

Injuries in the Gaza Strip from 20 to 27 March 2019 According to the Governorate

 

Governorate Injuries
Total Children Women Journalists Paramedics Critical Injuries
Northern Gaza Strip 23 5 1 1 1 2
Gaza City 98 28 0 1 0 0
Central Gaza Strip 35 17 2 0 0 0
Khan Yunis 28 6 1 1 0 0
Rafah 9 0 0 0 0 0
Total 195 56 4 3 1 2
  • As part of airstrikes, Israeli forces carried out dozens of airstrikes on various targets across the Gaza Strip. These airstrikes have been the most violent in recent months that have not spared civilians and displaced dozens of them. Palestinians in the Gaza Strip lived in a state of terror and fear due to the continuous Israeli airstrikes that targeted various locations; some were in densely-populated areas throughout the Gaza Strip. According to the documentation by PCHR’s fieldworkers, the Israeli warplanes launched 82 missiles at 38 targets across the Gaza Strip, including residential buildings and civil facilities, under the pretext of having security service offices underneath or near them.  As a result, 7 Palestinian civilians sustained minor wounds due to the scattering glass and bricks following those airstrikes. During and after the airstrikes, dozens of civilians were forced to evacuate from their houses dreadfully in the cold weather at night, rendering 13 families comprised of 70 members, including 44 children and 14 women, homeless. In addition to the destruction caused by the airstrikes against the targeted locations and the damage caused to nearby houses and facilities, the resulting explosions caused panic and fear among civilians, especially women and children, as the explosions reminded them of the traumatic experiences they lived in the three offensives of 2008-2009, 2012, and 2014.
  • As part of targeting the Palestinian fishermen in the sea, the Israeli forces continued to escalate their attacks against the Palestinian fishermen, indicating the on-going Israeli policy to target their livelihoods. During the reporting period, PCHR documented 4 incidents were as follows: 2 incidents off Rafah Shore; one incident off Khan Yunis Shore, south of the Gaza Strip; and one incident off al-Waha resort shore, north of the Gaza Strip. These incidents resulting in the injury of a fisherman and his son, in addition to damaging their fishing boat.
  • As part of targeting the border areas, on 24 March 2019, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence with Israel, east of al-Shawka, east of Rafah, opened fire at a number of Palestinian civilians, who were collecting aggregates. As a result, Mahmoud Fouad Salman al-‘Arja (14) was hit with shrapnel to the face.
  • Om 26 March 2019, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence with Israel, east of al-Buriej refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian shepherds and no injuries were reported. The shepherds were forced to leave the area for fear of their lives.
  • In the West Bank, in new crime of targeting medical personnel, Israeli forces moved into al-Walijah neighbourhood in al-Dheisheh refugee camp, south of the West Bank, and killed a volunteer paramedic, Sajed Mizher (17) while treating injured protesters in the camp. The Israeli forces also wounded 3 other civilians.

Israeli authorities continued to create a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.

  • As part of the Israeli house demolitions and notices, on Tuesday morning, 26 March 2019, Ahmed Moussa al-‘Abassy (48) started to demolish his house in order to implement the Israeli Municipality decision. Ahmed said that the municipality issued a demolition decision in the middle of the past February under the pretext of non-licensing. Moreover, on Monday, 25 March 2019, the municipality staff raided Ahmed’s house in Ra’ss al-‘Amoud neighborhood in Silwan village, south of the old city, and ordered him to self-demolish his house within two weeks. As a result, Ahmed was forced to self-demolish his house to avoid paying the demolition costs. It should be noted that Ahmed started to build his 100-square-meter an under-construction house in October 2018.

 

  • As part of targeting social activities in the city, on Thursday, 21 March 2019, Israeli authorities prevented the holding of a Palestinian activity for Mother’s Day in the French Cultural Center in Jerusalem on Salah al-Deen Street in central occupied East Jerusalem. Eyewitnesses said that Israeli Intelligence officers accompanied with boarder guard officers raided the French Cultural Center, locked it down and prevented the invitees to enter to Jerusalem Girls Association’s activity in the center, under the pretext that it is funded and supervised by the Palestinian Authority (PA). Moreover, the eyewitnesses said that the Israeli forces fixed an order on the center’s gate to prevent holding the activity in the center or in any different place in Jerusalem. It should be mentioned that, over the past years, the Israeli authorities prevented several social and national activities under the pretext that they were funded by the PA.

 

 

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

 

  • As part of Israeli settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property, PCHR’s fieldworkers documented 3 direct attacks were as follows:

 

  • On 21 March 2019, Hundreds of the Israeli settlers organized a demonstration starting from the closed Shuhadah Street and then heading to Tal al-Ramidah neighborhood, where they performed their religious rituals at al-Ibrahimi Mosque and chanted racist slogans against the Arabs.

 

  • On 25 March 2019, Israeli settlers wrote racist slogans and punctured the tires of 28 vehicles in the French Hill neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. The vehicles belong to Abu Lail, Shanak, ‘Oda and ‘Obaidi.

 

  • On 26 March 2019, Israeli settlers attacked al-Khansa Primary Mixed School in Taqou’a village, southeast of Bethlehem.

 

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

 

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

 

 

Gaza Strip:

 

  • At approximately 15:30 on Thursday, 21 March 2019, Israeli forces stationed on sand berms along the border fence with Israeli, opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at a group of Palestinian young men and boys gathered near the Return Camp, east of al-Buraij. As a result, a child was hit to the lower limbs and his injury was reported moderate.

During the 51st week of the March of Return and Breaking Siege activities, Israeli forces killed two Palestinian civilians and wounded 190 others, including 54 children, four women, three journalists and a paramedic. The incidents were as follows:

  • Gaza City: The Israeli shooting at Palestinian demonstrators, which continued from 15:00 until 18:00, resulted in the killing of Jehad Munir Khaled Harara (23), from al-Shuja’ya neighborhood, east of Gaza City. At approximately 16:50, Jehad was hit with a live bullet to the chest and at approximately 17:30, the medical sources announced his death. Moreover, 98 civilians, including 28 children and a journalist, were wounded. Seventy-one of them were hit with live bullets and shrapnel, 20 were directly hit with tear gas canisters and seven were hit with rubber bullets. The wounded journalist, ‘Ali Jadallah (27), who works as a photographer for Anadolu Agency, was hit with a live bullet shrapnel to the left hand.
  • Northern Gaza Strip: the Israeli shooting at Palestinian demonstrators resulted in the injury of 23 civilians, including five children, a woman, a journalist, and a paramedic. Seven of them were hit with live bullets and shrapnel and 16 were directly hit with tear gas canisters.  The injury of two of them was reported serious. The wounded journalist, Mohammed Isma’il ‘Abdullah al-‘Athamna (20), who works as a freelance journalist, was hit with a live bullet to the left leg. The wounded paramedic, Youssof Ra’ed Youssof Abu Baid (22), who works as a volunteer paramedic for PRCS, was hit with a tear gas canister to the right hand. 
  • Central Gaza Strip: The Israeli shooting at Palestinian demonstrators, which continued until 18:00, resulted in the killing of Nedal ‘Abd al-Karim Ahmed Shatat (29), from al-Moghraqa village, south of Gaza City. At approximately 17:20, Nedal was hit with a live bullet entered his left side of chest and exited the right side, while he was around 50 meters away from the border fence with Israel, east of al-Buriej Camp. At approximately 17:40, Nedal arrived as a dead body at al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah. Moreover, the shooting resulted in the injury of 32 civilians, including 15 children and two women. Fourteen of them were hit with live bullets and shrapnel and 18 were directly hit with tear gas canisters. The Israeli soldiers targeted in the vicinity of a field medical point and ambulances with tear gas canisters. As a result, a number of medical personnel sustained tear gas inhalation.
  • Khan Younis: The Israeli shooting at Palestinian demonstrators, which continued from 15:00 until 18:00, resulted in the injury of 28 civilians, including six children, a woman and a paramedic. Ten of them were hit with live bullets and shrapnel, 17 were directly hit with tear gas canisters and one was hit with a rubber bullet.  The wounded journalist, Isma’il Farid Mohammed Abu ‘Amer (36), who works as a reporter at al-Aqsa Voice Radio, was hit with a tear gas canister to the left leg.
  • Rafah: The Israeli shooting at the demonstrators, which continued from 15:00 until 17:30, resulted in the injury of nine demonstrators. Three of them were hit with live bullets and shrapnel and six were directly hit with tear gas canisters. 
  • At approximately 16:30 on Saturday, 23 March 2019, an Israeli drone fired two missiles at a group of Palestinian young men, who were around 400 meters away from the border fence with Israel, east of al-Buraij Camp in the Central Gaza Strip. As a result, three civilians were hit with shrapnel. It should be noted that two journalists sustained bruises. The wounded journalists were identified as Mahmoud Omar Mahmoud al-Loh (29), who works as a reporter for al-Sha’b Voice Radio, and Ahmed Bakr Mahmoud al-Loh (34), who works as a reporter for al-Rebat Voice Radio. 
  • At approximately 16:40 on Tuesday, 26 March 2019, Israeli forces stationed on sand berms along the border fence with Israel opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at a group of Palestinian young men and boys, who were near the Return Camp, east of al-Buraij. As a result, a 17-year-old child was hit to the lower limbs and his injury was reported moderate.
  • Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip: 

On Monday and Tuesday, 25 and 26 March 2019, Israeli forces carried out dozens of airstrikes on various targets across the Gaza Strip.  These airstrikes have been the most violent in recent months that have not spared civilians and displaced dozens of them after 10 days of a similar aggression. For 12 hours, two million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip lived in a state of terror and fear due to the continuous Israeli airstrikes that targeted various locations; some were in densely-populated areas throughout the Gaza Strip.  Moreover, on Wednesday, 27 March 2019, Israeli warplanes fired missiles at other targets. According to the documentation of PCHR, the Israeli warplanes fired 82 missiles at 38 targets across the Gaza Strip, including residential buildings and civil facilities, under the pretext of having security service offices underneath or near them.  As a result, seven Palestinian civilians were wounded due to the scattering glass and bricks following those airstrikes and reported minor.  During and after the airstrikes, dozens of civilians were forced to evacuate from their houses dreadfully in the cold weather at night, rendering 13 families comprised of 70 members, including 44 children and 14 women, homeless. In addition to the destruction caused by the airstrikes against the targeted locations and the damage caused to nearby houses and facilities, the resulting explosions caused panic and fear among civilians, especially women and children, as the explosions reminded them of the traumatic experiences they lived in the three offensives of 2008-2009, 2012, and 2014. With this wide-scale tide of escalation, Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip found themselves again under disproportionate airstrikes, which fall under the Israeli collective punishment policy, after Israel had declared that two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip over northern Tel Aviv, wounding seven Israel.


The most prominent civilian facilities that were targeted were as follows:

– Targeting al-Multazem Insurance Company located in the ground floor of al-Ghazali Building.  Al-Ghazali was comprised of 2 buildings on an area of 662 square meters and included 10 residential apartments next to the Municipality Park in Gaza City.  The Israeli drones and warplanes targeted the building with 5 missiles after the Israeli Intelligence called the building’s owner and ordered him to evacuate.  As a result, the nearby buildings sustained severe damage and four families of 29 members, including 19 children and women, were displaced.

– Targeting Hassounah 4-storey building, which include 8 residential apartments and whose warehouses were rented by the Internal Security Service, in western Gaza City.  The Israeli warplanes targeted the building with 8 consecutive missiles after calling the residents and ordering them to evacuate.  As a result, the building was completely destroyed, and nearby buildings sustained severe damage.  Moreover, 9 families of 41 members, including 25 children and 9 women, were displaced.

– Targeting the office of Head of Hamas political bureau, Ismail Haniyah, in al-Naser neighborhood in Gaza City and completely destroying it with 4 missiles in addition to causing extensive damage to the nearby houses and facilities, including the Palestinian Association for Development and Reconstruction (PADR).

– Targeting the Khan Younis Seaport and so destroying 2 boats belonging to the Marine Police and causing severe damage to 6 fishing boats and nets.

  • Destroying Omar Ibn ‘Abd al-‘Aziz Mosque, adjacent to a military training site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades on Khalil al-Wazir Street in the center of Beit Hanoun, which was targeted with seven missiles in successive airstrikes. Moreover, Etihad Beit Hanoun Sport Club’s facilities, adjacent to the site from the west, sustained damage. It should be noted that the mosque was built of tin plates and steel frames after targeting it several times by Israeli warplanes during the 2012 and 2014 offensives.

The rest of the targets varied between agricultural lands and sites belonging to the military wings of the Palestinian factions, causing damage to the nearby residential buildings.

Israeli settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians’ property

  • At dawn hours on Monday, 25 March 2019, Israeli settlers wrote racist slogans and damaged dozens of vehicles in the French Hill neighborhood known as al- Samar land, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. The residents of the French Hill said that, on Monday, while they were going to their work, they were surprised that their vehicles’ tires were punctured, in addition to writing racist slogans on one of the neighborhood’s walls and a house gate. Some of these slogans was “Revenge… We will not give up the Israeli blood”. They also said that the vehicles belong to Abu Lail, Shanak, ‘Oda and ‘Obaidi. Moreover, Israeli police took photos of the vehicles and erased the slogans, but the residents held the Israeli police responsible for the recurrent of similar attacks in the area as they do not punish the settlers and reveal them. It should be noted that this is the third attack in the area over the past five years.

 

Notices and House Demolitions:

  • On Tuesday morning, 26 March 2019, Ahmed Moussa al-‘Abassy (48) started to demolish his house in order to implement the Israeli Municipality decision. Ahmed said that the municipality issued a demolition decision in the middle of the past February under the pretext of non-licensing. Moreover, on Monday, 25 March 2019, the municipality staff raided Ahmed’s house in Ra’ss al-‘Amoud neighborhood in Silwan village, south of the old city, and ordered him to self-demolish his house within two weeks. As a result, Ahmed was forced to self-demolish his house to avoid paying the demolition costs. It should be noted that Ahmed started to build his 100-square-meter an under-construction house in October 2018.

 

Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

Israeli forces’ attacks:

  • At approximately 10:00, on Monday, 25 March 2019, Israeli forces backed by several military vehicles and a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration moved into al-Ras area, west of Ethna village, west of Hebron. An Israeli Civil Administration officer handed the houses’ owners two notices to stop construction work under the pretext of non-licensing. The first 100-sqaure-meter house belongs to Shehada Wajeeh al-Jeiawy (30) and the second 80-square-meter house belong to his brother Mahmoud.
  • On Thursday morning, 21 March 2019, Israeli forces locked down several neighborhoods in Hebron’s Old City and prevented Palestinian civilians from entering or exiting the neighborhoods in order to protect Israeli settlers’ Purim celebrations. Hundreds of the Israeli settlers organized a demonstration starting from the closed Shuhadah Street and then heading to Tal al-Ramidah neighborhood, where they performed their religious rituals at al-Ibrahimi Mosque and chanted racist slogans against the Arabs. The demonstration, which continued until 13:00, was under the Israeli forces’ protection.

 

Israeli settlers’ attacks:

  • At approximately 12:00, on Tuesday, 26 March 2019, Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian school in Taqou’a village, east of Bethlehem. Residents of the village said that dozens of settlers backed by Israeli forces organized a march near al-Khansa Primary Mixed School in Taqou’a. They gathered on the village’s main street and raised Israel’s flags, hindering the traffic. The village’s residents said that the Israeli settlers attempted to raid the school and attack students and teachers, but Palestinian young men and parents gathered and prevented the Israeli settlers from getting in the school.

 

  • Recommendations to the International Community

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

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

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

Al-Mikdad Slams Trump’s Statements on Occupied Syrian Golan, Stresses US Is Biggest Rouge State

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DAMASCUS, (ST)- The occupied Syrian Golan is part and parcel of the Syrian Arab Republic territories and liberating it from the Israeli occupation by all internationally-guaranteed means is a priority of the Syrian national policy, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Faysal al-Mikdad said in an interview with “al-Mayadeen TV” on Friday.

Commenting on the US President’s Donald’s Trump’s statements in which he announced his intention to recognize “Israel’s sovereignty” over the Syrian Golan, Al-Mikdad said “The United States is the biggest rogue state in the world as it sponsors terrorism, defies international resolutions on the occupied Syrian Golan and poses threat to world peace and security.

He pointed out that Trump’s announcement violates the UN Charter and principles as well as the Security Council Resolution No. 497 for 1981 which all approve that the Golan is an “occupied land” and that any procedures adopted by the Israeli occupation in this occupied territory are null and void and of no legal effect.

“Syria’s right to restore the occupied Golan is firm. It isn’t subjected to negotiations or concession and it have no statute of limitations,” said al-Mikdad, reiterating that the occupation forces’ full withdrawal from the Golan to the June 4th 1967 line should be implemented in accordance with the principles of the international law and international legitimacy resolutions, including Security Council resolutions 242, 338 and 497.

Al-Mikdad made it clear that the people of occupied Syrian Golan, since the first day of the Israeli occupation, have been stressing that occupied Golan is an integral part of Syria and that the Syrian identity is their permanent identity to which they will continue to be adherent.

He reiterated that the people of the Golan will continue resisting the Israeli occupation’s attempts to displace them and judaize their lands. They will foil the US administration and the Israeli occupation’s attempts to change the status of Golan as they did before with Israel’s annexation decision and its attempts to impose the occupation’s identity and to hold local councils elections.

Hamda Mustafa

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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (28 February- 06 March 2019)

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

(28 February- 06 March 2019)

 

  • Israeli forces kill two Palestinian civilians and wound another one, west of Ramallah.

 

  • Five civilians, including three children, were wounded in different incidents in the West Bank.

 

  • Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against the peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip.
  • 92 civilians, including 26 children, two women, a journalist, and three paramedics, were wounded. The injury of three of them were reported serious.

 

  • Israeli forces conducted 67 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 4 other incursions into Jerusalem.
  • 43 Palestinian civilians, including three children and a woman, were arrested in the West Bank.
  • 11 of them were arrested from occupied Jerusalem.
  • Israeli forces conducted a limited incursion in the Gaza Strip and arrested 2 civilians, who attempted to sneak into Israel.

 

  • Shooting incidents were reported against Palestinian farmers and shepherds in the border areas of the Gaza Strip and no injuries were reported.

 

  • Israeli authorities continued to create a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • The Israeli Municipality forced a Palestinian civilian to self-demolish his house in Silwan village.
  • Israeli settlers seized a house in the Old City.

 

  • Israeli authorities continued their settlement activities in the West Bank.
  • Israeli forces confiscated a bulldozer while cleaning rubbles on the main street.
  • Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian civilians’ houses and ‘Oreef Secondary School, south of Nablus.

 

  • 3 shooting incidents were reported against the fishing boats in the Gaza Strip Sea.

 

  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 13th consecutive year.
  • Israeli forces established 92 permanent checkpoints and 95 temporary checkpoints in the West Bank.

 Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (28 February – 06 March 2019).

 

Shooting:

 

In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against the participants in the peaceful protests organized along the Gaza Strip borders, which witnessed the peaceful protests for the 49th week along the eastern and northern border area of the Gaza Strip. They also continued to use force as well during the incursions into the West Bank.

In the West Bank, the Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians and wounded 6 others, including 3 children.

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces wounded 92 civilians, including 26 children, 2 women, a journalist, and 3 paramedics, while participating in the Return March. The injury of three of them was reported serious.

In the West Bank, in new crime of excessive use of force, at early dawn hours Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians and wounded another one in Kaffur Ni’ma village, west of Ramallah.  The Israeli forces claimed that the three civilians carried out a run-over attack, which resulted in the injury of two Israeli soldiers. Other Israeli soldiers opened fire at them, killed two of them and wounded another one. Investigations and eyewitnesses’ statements refute the Israeli forces’ claims. The eyewitnesses said that the three civilians were heading to their work at a bakery, where they should be at early hours. While the civilians were on their way to work, they were surprised with Israeli vehicles and crashed one of them. As a result, the civilians’ car hood was damaged.

In the same context, Israeli forces wounded five civilians, including three children, during the Israeli forces’ incursion into Nablus. Palestinian young men and children gathered to confront the Israeli forces.

In the Gaza Strip, using excessive lethal force against the peaceful protesters in eastern Gaza Strip, Israeli forces wounded 92 civilians, including 26 children, 2 women, a journalist, and 3 paramedics, while participating in the Return March. The injury of three of them was reported serious.

Injuries in the Gaza Strip from 28 February to 06 March 2019 According to the Governorate

 

Governorate Injuries
Total Children Women Journalists Paramedics Critical Injuries
Northern Gaza Strip 12 6 0 0 0 0
Gaza City 28 4 0 1 0 0
Central Gaza Strip 18 6 0 0 0 1
Khan Yunis 17 6 1 0 2 1
Rafah 17 4 1 0 1 1
Total 92 26 2 1 3 3

 

  • As part of targeting the Palestinian fishermen in the sea, the Israeli forces continued to escalate their attacks against the Palestinian fishermen, indicating the on-going Israeli policy to target their livelihoods. During the reporting period, PCHR documented 3n incidents were as follows: 2 incidents adjacent to al-Waha Resort and 1 incident off Rafah Shore, north and south of the Gaza Strip.

 

  • As part of targeting the border areas, on 28 February 2019, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence with Israel, opened fire at agricultural lands and shepherds, east Dir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. At approximately 11:30, the Israeli shooting recurred.

 

  • On 02 March 2019, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence with Israel, opened fire at agricultural lands in the eastern ‘Abasan al-Saghira, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. The Israeli shooting recurred on 04 March 2019. As a result, the farmers and shepherds were forced to leave for fear of their lives and no casualties were reported.

 

Incursions:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 67 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 4 other incursions into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 32 Palestinians, including 3 children and a woman, from the West Bank, while 11 other civilians were arrested from Jerusalem and its suburbs.

In the Gaza Strip, on 24 February 2019, Israeli forces moved around 100 meters into the west of the border fence with Israeli, east of al-Buriej Camp in the center of the Gaza Strip. The Israeli vehicles levelled and combed lands, headed to the south and then arrived at eastern Khan Yunis before redeploying along the border fence.

Israeli authorities continued to create a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.

As part of the Israeli house demolitions and notices, on 02 March 2019, Husam al-‘Abasi self-demolished his house in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, to implement the Israeli Municipality decision under the pretext of non-licensing.  He said that the Israeli Municipality issued a decision to self-demolish his house in Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood in Silwan village and ordered him to demolish it or the Israeli vehicles will implement the demolition during 2 weeks. He added that that Municipality informed him that if he does not demolish the house, he will pay the demolition cost, which is estimated at NIS 80,000.  He also said that he built a 70-sqaure-meter storey above his family house a year ago, where he along with his wife and their child live in.

 

As part of seizing Palestinian civilians’ property in favor of settlement associations, Israeli settlers seized a building in ‘Aqabet Darwish in Jerusalem’s Old City. Eyewitnesses said that a group of Israeli settlers raided a house belonging to al-Halabi family while they were outside the house. The Israeli settlers closed the house with locks and then started to install cameras and put wires on the building’s walls and roof. It should be noted that the building belongs to Jerusalemite families. Around 60% of the building was given to the Israeli settlers while al-Halabi family managed to maintain the other 40% (100 square meters). Two of Jawdat al-Halabi’s heirs live in the building.

 

In the same context, the Israeli authorities issued judicial notices against Maragha family, claiming their plot of land, where a building was established in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Wadi al-Helwa Information Center said that “Ateret Cohanim” Settlement Association handed Maragha family judicial notices for 9 of the family members, claiming their plot of land, where a building was established in Baten al-Hawa neighborhood in the village. The building is comprised of 5 apartments and a parking. The building shelters 15 members.

 

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

 

  • On 05 March 2019, Israeli forces confiscated a bulldozer belonging to the Israeli Ma’is Company. The bulldozer was cleaning rubbles on the main street near Doma village, southeast of Nablus. The bulldozer was taken to “Taffouh” settlement near Za’tarah checkpoint, south of Nablus.

 

  • As part of the Israeli settlers’ attacks against the Palestinians civilians and their property, on 05 March 2019, a group of Israeli settlers, from “Yatizhar” settlement established in the northern side of ‘Oreef village’s lands, south of Nablus. The settlers raided Palestinian civilians’ houses and ‘Oreef Secondary School, under the Israeli forces’ protection. As a result, some windows belonging to Moneer Suliman al-Nori’s house were broken.

Details

 

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

 

Thursday, 28 February 2019:

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Asira al-Shamaliya village, north of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses, from which they arrested ‘Oqba Fayez Barham Shawaly (42) and Mohammad ‘Emad Fahmy Sawalma (22), taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Qalqilya and stationed in Kfar Saba neighborhood, west of the city. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Othman Rebhy ‘Othman Lebdah (31) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Tall village, southwest of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses, from which they arrested ‘Abdul Rahman Mohammad Sameer Zaidan (29) and Yusuf Mohammad Yusuf Ramadan (20) and then arrested them, taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 07:30, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence with Israel, east of Deir al-Balah, opened fire at Palestinian shepherds. At approximately 11:30, the Israeli shooting recurred. As a result, the shepherds fled for fear of their lives and no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 08:30, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence with Israel, east Deir al-Balah, opened fire at agricultural lands. At approximately 11:30, the Israeli shooting recurred. As a result, the farmers fled for fear of their lives and no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Beit Ummar and Tarqumiyah in Hebron, Qalqilya and Kifl Haris and Deir Istiya villages in Salfit.

 

Friday, 01 March 2019:

 

  • At approximately 18:00, Israeli forces moved into Nablus from its eastern side and stationed in the vicinity of al-Maslakh area. A number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones and Molotov Cocktails at the Israeli vehicles. The Israeli forces immediately fired tear gas canisters, sound bombs and rubber bullets at them. As a result, dozens of the Palestinian young men suffered tear gas inhalation and were treated on the spot. Moreover, two civilians, including a child, were hit with rubber bullets and were then taken to Rafidia Surgical Hospital to receive treatment.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Sa’ir and Surif villages in Hebron; Haris and Kafr al-Deek in Salfit; and Artah village, west of Tulkarm.

 

Saturday, 02 March 2019:

 

  • At approximately 08:00, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence with Israel, opened fire at agricultural lands in the eastern ‘Abasan al-Saghira, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. As a result, the farmers fled for fear of their lives and no casualties were reported.


Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Massafer Yatta and al-Tuwani villages in Hebron; and ‘Azzun Atma in Qalqilya

 

Sunday, 03 March 2019

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested ‘Abudllah Ahamd Moussa (16) and Mohammad As’ad Nassem Esbeeh (16), taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Taqou’a village, southeast of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses, from which they arrested Mohiy al-Deen Ahmad al-‘Amour (17), taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Fara’ata village, east of Qalqilya. They raided and searched a house belonging to Baraa Nathem Mohammad Salman (28) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqilya. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Adel Zaher Hamdallah Hussein (20) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Qalqilya. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammad Hassan Ahmad Moussa (32) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 07:30, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence with Israeli opened fire at agriculture lands, east of Abasan al-Kabira, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. As a result, the farmers fled for fear of their lives and no injuries were reported.

 

  • At approximately 08:00, the Israeli authorities closed the checkpoint established at the southern entrance to al-Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron’s Old City and prevented civilians from passing to the Old City through the checkpoint. As a result, students could not reach their schools near the checkpoint. As a result, the students were forced to use another road in order to arrive at the al-Ibrahimi Mosque area. The settlers brought tents and platforms and set them up on the closed al-Shuhada Street and surrounding al-Ibrahimi Mosque to hold their celebrations.

 

  • At approximately 16:15, Israeli forces moved into Nablus from its eastern side and stationed in the vicinity of al-Maslakh area. A number of Palestinian civilians gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli vehicles. The Israeli forces immediately fired tear gas canisters, sound bombs and rubber bullets at them. As a result, a 15-year-old child was hit with a rubber bullet to the left brow. He was then taken to Rafidia Surgical Hospital in Nablus to receive treatment.

 

  • At approximately 17:30, Israeli gunboats stationed in the sea, south of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within three nautical miles and chased them. As a result, they fled for fear of their lives and no causalities were reported.

 

  • At approximately 19:30, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence with Israel arrested two Palestinian young men, who tried to sneak into Israel, east of Gaza. The two young men were identified as Maissara Hamdy ‘Elaian Baroud (21) and Samy Ghazy Mohammad al-Hawajry (21), form Nuseirat Refugee Camp in the central Gaza Strip. Hamdy Baroud (53), Massara’s father, said that at approximately 18:00 on Sunday, 03 March 2019, I called my son Maissara, but his cell phone was closed. I then asked their friends about him and they told me that he and his friend Samy al-Hawajry went to the border fence and were arrested. At approximately 10:30, on Monday, 04 March 2019, my son ‘Alaa received a phone call from a private number. The caller, who identified himself as an Israeli police officer, said that Maissara is in their custody and ended the call.

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (7) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-Dhahiriya, Bani Na’im, Beit ‘Ummar and al-Moreq in Hebron; Qalqilya and ‘Azzun and Jayyous villages, east of Qalqilya.

 

Monday, 25 February 2019

  • In new crime of excessive use of force, at early dawn hours Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians and wounded another one in Kaffur Ni’ma village, west of Ramallah. The Israeli forces claimed that the three civilians carried out a run-over attack, which resulted in the injury of two Israeli soldiers. Other Israeli soldiers opened fire at them, killed two of them and wounded another one. Investigations and eyewitnesses’ statements refute the Israeli forces’ claims. The eyewitnesses said that the three civilians were heading to their work at a bakery, where they should be at early hours. While the civilians were on their way to work, they were surprised with Israeli vehicles and crashed one of them. As a result, the civilians’ car hood was damaged. According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 02:30 on Monday, Israeli forces backed by three military vehicles moved into Kafur Nie’mah village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yousef Mahmoud al-Deek (42) and arrested him, taking him at the village entrance, where the Israeli vehicles stationed. One of the Israeli vehicles was damaged before their withdrawal from the village. At approximately 03:20, the three civilians were heading to their work via a car with an Israeli registration plate, meanwhile, the diver was surprised with Israeli vehicles at the village’s entrance. As a result, the driver could not control the car and crashed one of the Israeli vehicles. The Israeli soldiers immediately opened fire at the civilians, killed two of them and wounded another one. The wounded civilian was arrested while the victims’ bodies were kept in the Israeli custody. The two victims were identified as Ameer Mahmoud Darraj (20), from Khebitha al-Mosbbah village, and Yousef Raied Anqawi (20), from Beit Sirah village. The wounded civilian was identified as Hitham Basem ‘Alqam (20), from Safa village, west of Ramallah.

Majed Abu Rahma, an eyewitness, said to PCHR’s fieldworker:

“I was heading to my work at Itihad Juice Company, which is located at the entrance to Kafur Nie’mah village. I passed through the city center and I did not notice any suspicious movements. It was approximately 03:00 and the weather was rainy and foggy. When I was on the village’s road, the vision was clear, as there were lights on the road, but when I exited it and moved towards the company, the road was sloppy and there was no lights. When I was around 150 away from the company, I was surprised with Israeli soldiers deploying on the road. I recognized that they were Israeli soldiers as one of them lighted military torches at me. I was driving at approximately 30 km/h and I was around 6-10 meters away from them. One of them stopped me and said in Arabic, ‘get away from here, one of our vehicles is damaged.’ I moved back, I was around 150 meters away from them, and it was approximately 03:20. I saw a car driving at approximately 60-70 km/h coming from the village and moving in the same direction. They lighted the military torches at it. The car then deviated from its path and hit the Israeli military vehicle that was blocking the road. I heard the crash and minutes after, I heard continuous shooting and I estimate that 15-20 bullets were fired.”

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Rima village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Huda al-Rimawi (45) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Jalzon Refugee Camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mojahed Saleh al-Shani (26) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Kahil village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Hamza Zhour (44). The Israeli forces later withdrew and no arrests among Palestinian civilians were reported.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Eskaka village, east of Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to a former prisoner, Zuhair Fawaz ‘Abdullah Hussain “al-Inboussi” (35), and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 04:40, Israeli forces moved into Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched two house belonging to Lo’ai Nouh Hamed (19) and Ramez ‘Adb al-Khaleq Hamed (23) and then arrested them, taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Obween village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ferass Moussa Sahwil (22) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 07:30, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha shore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the Northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within four nautical miles and chased them. The shooting caused fear and panic among fishermen. As a result, the fishermen fled for fear of their lives and no casualties or damages to the boats were reported.

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (03) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Yatta village in Hebron and Hawarah village in Nablus.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

  • At approximately 00:40, Israeli forces moved into the northern ‘Assir village, north of Nablus and stationed in al-Marj neighborhood area, east of the village. They raided a 4-storey house belonging to Zaher Saleh Sholy (56). It should be noted that Zaher lives in the house along with his sons and their families. The Israeli forces locked the house’s residents on the first and second floor while other soldiers searched the house. Half an hour later while the Israeli soldiers were on the second floor, where Zaher’s son , Habib ( 27) and his wife live, Habib asked an Israeli soldier to allow his wife enter her room and bring some belongings. The soldier allowed Amna along with her mother to enter the room. After Amna and her mother came out of the room, the soldiers ordered to search them and brought a female soldier to do it. Before the Israeli soldiers withdrew, they confiscated NIS 3787 and 335 JD and handed the family a warrant of the confiscated money signed by ‘A’esha, Habib’s mother.

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Dhaisha Refugee Camp, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested Ahmed Ass’ad al-Saify (20) and ‘Odai Mustafa Abu Nassar (24), taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested Ra’ed Hassan Moussa (18), taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Ramallah and stationed in al-Tira neighborhood. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested 3 civilians, including a woman. The arrested civilians were identified as Amal al-Tahan Barghouth (26), ‘Obada Mahmoud al-Dirawi (30) and Khaled Sliman Barghouthi (33). It should be noted that Amal al-Tahan is the wife of lawyer Tariq Barghoth, who was arrested on 27 February 2019, from his house in Ramallah. Tariq is still detained in al-Maskoubia investigation center in West Jerusalem and prevented from meeting his lawyer.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Jenin Refugee Camp, west of Jenin. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested ‘Orssan Mahmoud ‘Orssan Qraini (27) and Khalil Ramzi Khalil Hwail (21), taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 06:35, Israeli forces backed by seven military vehicles moved around 100 meters into the west of the border fence with Israel, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip. The military vehicles leveled and combed lands adjacent to the border fence. Five hours later, the vehicles headed to the south, arrived at the east of Khan Younis, and leveled lands in the area. At approximately 14:30, the Israeli vehicles redeployed along the border fence with Israeli, east of Khan Younis.
  • At approximately 17:00, an Israeli infantry force moved into al-Hassin Valley area in the southern area of Hebron. They raided and searched around 30 houses, claiming that there was a child stoned the Israeli soldiers. The searching continued for around three hours and no arrests among houses’ owners were reported.

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (10) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Kaffr Qalil and Tal villages in Nablus; Taqou’ village, southeast of Bethlehem; Sateh Marhaba neighborhood in the center of al-Bireh; Bitello, Beit Loqia and al-Moghir villages in Ramallah and al-Bireh; al-Shayoukh, Bani N’aim and Beit ‘Ula villages in Hebron.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Nabi Younis area, north of Halhoul City, north of Hebron. They then stationed on streets leading to al-Nabi Younis Mosque and dozens of settlers arrived at the area. Many of the settlers raided the mosque and preformed religious ritual. Meanwhile, many of the residents gathered and a number of children and young men threw stones at military vehicles. The Israeli forces fired sound bombs, tear gas canisters and rubber bullets at the stones-throwers and civilians’ houses. As a result, a 22-year-old was hit with a rubber bullet to the right eye and a 16-year-old child was hit with a tear gas canister to the face. The wounded civilians were then taken to al-Ahly Hospital in Hebron.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces backed by three military vehicles moved into al-Salam Street in Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mos’ab Mohammed al-Zghir (36) and then handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces backed by four military vehicles moved into Deir Abu Mish’al, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested Ahmed Omar Zahran (22), Mahmoud Kamal Zahran (29) and Omar Jameel ‘Ata (19), taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Safa village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched Majdi Mashhour Karaja (26) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Sa’id Mohammed Hafed Shraida (27) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Qosra village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched houses and then arrested ‘Abdullah Nimer Sa’id (24), taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 08:00, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha shore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the Northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within three nautical miles and chased them. The shooting caused fear and panic among fishermen. As a result, the fishermen fled for fear of their lives and no casualties or damages to the boats were reported.

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Abu Qash and Birzait villages, north of Ramallah; Wahi al-Balo’ village, al-Bireh; Sa’ir and Beit Ummar villages in Hebron.

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

 

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

 

Gaza Strip:

 

On Friday, 01 March 2019; the 49th week of the March of Return and Breaking Siege activities, Israeli forces wounded 92 civilians, including 26 children, 2 women, a journalist, and 3 paramedics. The injuries of 3 of them were classified as serious. The incidents were as follows:

 

  • Northern Gaza City: The Israeli shooting at Palestinian demonstrators resulted in the injury of 12 civilians, including six children. Two of them were hit with live bullets and shrapnel and ten were directly hit with tear gas canisters.

 

  • Gaza Strip: The Israeli shooting at Palestinian demonstrators resulted in the injury of 28 civilians, including four children and a journalist. Ten of then were hit with live bullet and shrapnel and, 12 were directly hit with tear gas canisters and six with rubber bullets. The wounded journalist identified as Mohammad al-Dwaik was hit with a rubber bullet to the leg.Mohammad works as a reporter at Ithad Press.

 

  • Central Gaza Strip: The Israeli shooting and throwing tear gas canisters at Palestinian demonstrators, which continued until 17:30, resulted in the injury of 18 civilians, including six children. Five of them were hit with a live bullet and shrapnel and 13 were directly hit with tear gas canisters and the injury of one of them was classified as serious.

 

  • Khan Yunis: The Israeli shooting at Palestinian demonstrators, which continued until 17:30, resulted in the injury of 17 civilians, including six children, a woman and two Civil Defense paramedics. Doctors classified the injury of one of the children as serious.
  • Rafah: The Israeli shooting and firing tear gas canisters at Palestinian demonstrators, which continued from 14:00 until 17:00, resulted in the injury of 17 civilians, including four children, a woman and a paramedic. Five of them were hit with live bullets and shrapnel and 12 were directly hit with tear gas canisters. Doctors classified the injury of one of them as serious. The wounded paramedic identified as ‘Abuld Razzaq Ibrahim Ijme’an Abu ‘Athra (36) was hit with a tear gas canister to the lower limbs. ‘Abdul Razzaq is a volunteer paramedic at the PRCS.
  1. Continued closure of the oPt

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

Gaza Strip

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

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

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

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

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

Movement at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing, southeast of Rafah, is designated for the movement of goods

 

Note: Due to technical reasons, we could not obtain the official statistics from the department responsible for issuing the statistics

 

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

 

Movement at Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing

(20-26 February 2019)

 

Category 20 February 21 February 22 February 23 February 24 February 25 February 26  February
Patients 67 28 2 74 77 67
Companions 65 31 1 63 70 67
Personal needs 30 35 3 23 14 20
Families of prisoners 44
Arabs fromIsrael 3 11 3 8 5 5
Diplomats 3
Meetings in Erez
International workers 50 77 13 12 18 43
TravelersAbroad 29 4 32
Business people+ BMC 280 275 1 562 375 279
Economic and agriculture    interviews
Security interviews 2 1 6 2 3
Death cases
Companions’ Deaths
Return to the West Bank 2 3 1
Christians’ Holidays
Conferences and Training courses 1 1
Permits’ renewal 5 1
VIPs 1
AmbulancesPatient 2 3 2 3 3 6
Ambulancescompanion 3 3 2 2 3 6

 

 Movement at Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing

(27 February -05 March 2019)

 

Category 27 February 28 February 01 March 02 March 03 March 04 March 05 March
Patients 66 39 3 79 62 60
Companions 57 37 1 64 61 55
Personal needs 24 34 16 20 8 18
Families of prisoners 5
Arabs fromIsrael 14 13 3 10 3 3
Diplomats 50 1
Meetings in Erez 1
International workers 39 84 15 20 14 19
TravelersAbroad 1 38 3 2 23
Business people+ BMC 287 216 627 344 278
Economic and agriculture    interviews
Security interviews 3 3 4 2 3
Death cases
Companions’ Deaths
Return to the West Bank 1 4
Christians’ Holidays
Conferences and Training courses 1 1
Permits’ renewal 1 1
VIPs 1 1
AmbulancesPatient 5 4 1 2 2 2
Ambulancescompanion 6 4 1 2 2 2

 

Following table illustrates temporary and permanent checkpoints and arrests at these checkpoints in the West Bank from 28 February to 06 March 2019:

 

Governorate Permanent temporary Temporary checkpoints Closed Roads Arrested persons
Jerusalem 13 5
Nablus 10 13 2
Jenin 5 5
Ramallah 11 11 1
Tulkarm 7 1 1
Tubas 2 1 1
Salfit 3 11 2
Qalqiliyia 5 7 2
Hebron 20 31 3
Bethlehem 11 9 2
Jericho 5 1
Al-Karama Crossing
Total 92 95 14

 

  • Efforts to Create A Jewish majority

 

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

 

Arrests and Incursions:

 

  • On Sunday, 03 March 2019, Israeli forces moved into Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested Tawfiq ‘Othman, ‘Abed al-Raheem Khalil al-‘Abasi, Nidal Sufyian al-Natshah, Tareq Sa’adah al-‘Abasi, Majd Ahmed al-A’war, and Mahmoud Najeeb al-A’war.

 

  • At approximately 01:00 on Monday, 04 March 2019, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Isawiyia village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Omar Abu Suninah and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into a house belonging to Mohamed Khaled Sharirah in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit ‘Anan village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Wisam Hussain Rabie’ and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Badow village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Hisham Hamidan and then arrested him.
  • On Monday, Israeli forces arrested ‘Abed al-Rahman Mahmoud (39), from al-‘Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. ‘Abed al-Rahman was arrested after summonsing him for investigation in “’Ofer” Prison, west of Ramallah. He was then taken to al-Maskopiyia Police Station in West Jerusalem. It should be noted that ‘Abed al-Raham served 17 years in the Israeli jails and was released last week on condition that he will deport from his village to Jericho for 10 days.

Notices and House Demolitions:

On Saturday, 02 March 2019, Husam al-‘Abasi self-demolished his house in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, to implement the Israeli Municipality decision under the pretext of non-licensing.  He said that the Israeli Municipality issued a decision to self-demolish his house in Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood in Silwan village and ordered him to demolish it or the Israeli vehicles will implement the demolition during 2 weeks. He added that that Municipality informed him that if he does not demolish the house, he will pay the demolition cost, which is estimated at NIS 80,000.  He also said that he built a 70-sqaure-meter story above his family house a year ago, where he along with his wife and their child live in.

 

Seizing Palestinian Civilians’ Property in Favor of Settlement Association:

 

  • On Tuesday, 05 March 2019, Israeli settlers seized a building in ‘Aqabet Darwish in Jerusalem’s Old City. Eyewitnesses said that a group of Israeli settlers raided a house belonging to al-Halabi family while they were outside the house. The Israeli settlers closed the house with locks and then started to install cameras and put wires on the building’s walls and roof. It should be noted that the building belongs to Jerusalemite families. Around 60% of the building was given to the Israeli settlers while al-Halabi family managed to maintain the other 40% (100 square meters). Two of Jawdat al-Halabi’s heirs live in the building.

 

  • In the same context, the Israeli authorities issued judicial notices against Maragha family, claiming their plot of land, where a building was established in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Wadi al-Helwa Information Center said that “Ateret Cohanim” Settlement Association handed Maragha family judicial notices for 9 of the family members, claiming their plot of land, where a building was established in Baten al-Hawa neighborhood in the village. The building is comprised of 5 apartments and a parking. The building shelters 15 members. The family said that they live in the building for more than 100 years and they have the documents proving their ownership. Moreover, Batn al-Hawa neighborhood committee said that Maragha Family building is part of “Ateret Cohanim” settlement association’s plan to seize 5,200 square meters of al-Hara al-Wosta neighborhood in Batn al-Hawa area. “Ateret Cohanim” settlement association claimed that the land belongs to Jews from Yemen since 1881 and the Israeli Supreme approved the seetler’s ownership to the land. The committee added that 30-35 residential building are established on the land threatened by “Ateret Cohanim” settlement association and around 80 families, including 436 members, live in it. The village’s residents live in the neighborhood 10 years ago after buying lands and property from form their former owners with official documents.

 

Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

Israeli forces’ attacks:

 

  • At approximately 10:00 on Sunday, 03 March 2019, Israeli forces backed by 2 military vehicles and accompanied with a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration moved into Beit Ta’mour village, southeast of Bethlehem. The Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to Nayif Hasan Zawahrah (39) and then took photos of it. The Israeli Civil Administration officer handed Zawahrah a demolition notice under the pretext of non-licensing. It should be noted that the Israeli authorities handed Nayif a notice to stop construction work during June 2018.

 

  • At approximately 15:30 on Tuesday, 05 March 2019, Israeli forces confiscated a bulldozer belonging to the Israeli Ma’is Company. The bulldozer was cleaning rubbles on the main street near Doma village, southeast of Nablus. After that, 2 military jeeps arrived at the area, stopped the bulldozer while working and then informed the diver that they want to confiscate the bulldozer without giving him any reasons. The driver told them that the bulldozer is licensed and belongs to Sadeq Murshed Bani FaDEL, FROM ‘Aqraba village, southeast of the city. The bulldozer was taken to “Taffouh” settlement near Za’tarah checkpoint, south of Nablus.

 

Israeli settlers’ attacks:

 

  • At approximately 12:00 on Tuesday, 05 March 2019, a group of Israeli settlers, from “Yatizhar” settlement established in the northern side of ‘Oreef village’s lands, south of Nablus. The settlers raided Palestinian civilians’ houses and ‘Oreef Secondary School, under the Israeli forces’ protection. As a result, some windows belonging to Moneer Suliman al-Nori’s house were broken.

 

Recommendations to the International Community

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

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

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Public Document

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israel (apartheid state) cuts off water supply for 2600 Palestinians in Jordan Valley

Israel cuts off water supply for 2600 Palestinians in Jordan Valley

Ma’an – March 6, 2019

Israeli forces and the Israeli Civil Administration cut off water supply for dozens of Palestinians living in communities in Bardala village in the Jordan Valley in the northern occupied West Bank, on Wednesday

Mutaz Bisharat, an official who monitors settlement activity in Tubas/Jordan Valley, told Ma’an that Israeli forces cut off water supply for 60% of residents of the Bardala village; that is 2600 people.

Israeli forces also cut off water supply for 1800-2000 dunams of Palestinian agricultural lands that must be continuously irrigated.

Bisharat added that Israel claims that water sources supplying residents with water are illegal, stressing that the water comes from water wells in the village and inside Palestinian lands.

He pointed out that as Israeli forces cut off water supply for Palestinians, they construct water wells for Israeli settlers.

Bisharat called upon international and humanitarian institutions to immediately intervene to stop Israeli violations of human rights.

The Jordan Valley forms a third of the occupied West Bank, with 88 percent of its land classified as Area C — under full Israeli military control.

Water allocations are very necessary for the increase of agricultural production, in order to support the economic growth of many Palestinian farmers.

Jordan Valley residents mostly live in enclaves closed off by Israeli military zones, checkpoints, and more than 30 illegal Israeli settlements

The Inequitable Spirit of Zionism Grips the Globe

Zara Ali

In spite of how contemporary intellectuals tend to perceive Zionism depending upon their personal affiliations and individual inclinations, irrespective of the various known versions of this rather modern creed, and regardless of the assortment of interpretations presented as an argument by proponents of each, the truth of the matter is mankind has not furnished and history has not witnessed another idea as inherently devious and inhumane in its essence as Zionism – no matter how you sugar-coat it.  And you do not have to be an historian, academic, activist, or carry any other fancy intellectual title to understand this – you just have to be a human being with the most basic common sense and the most elementary concept of common civility.

Formally introduced to the world in 1897, ostensibly as a response to the rise of anti-semitism in Europe, Zionism essentially intended to infuse the world Jewry with the passion of pan-Jewish nationalism in a bid to Return to Zion i.e. to establish a Jewish homeland in the Promised Holy Land – a Jewish state in historic Palestine wherein Jews will no longer face the discrimination extended to their minority existence elsewhere.  This was Theodore Herzl’s (the founding father of the Zionist movement)‘secular’ answer to over 2,000 years of Jewish Diaspora all the while drawing upon Jewish religious connection to Jerusalem and Eretz Yisrael.

Hence migration of European Jews to Palestine and the Jewish purchase of Palestinian land commenced with an aim to ‘create facts on the ground’ despite orthodox Jews’ initial opposition to Zionism.  As had been originally proposed by Zevi Hirsch Kalischeras, as far back as in 1836, the Rothschild embarked on a mission to grab Palestinian land by hook or by crook – employing deceptive tactics that are nowadays peddled as ‘cooperation from treacherous absentee Palestinian Arab landlords’.  The first Kibbutz was established in 1909 by European Jews and from 1922-35 the Jewish population, which had already risen from a meagre 3% in 1880 to 9% in 1922, soared as high as 27%.  During this period, the deep-seated Scriptural belief that Palestine was promised to them by God combined with the anti-Semitic effect of various ‘controlled conflicts’ instigated by Western Imperialism, remained critical in propelling Jews toward their ‘ancestral home’.

Well abetted by the clandestine Sykes-Picot Agreement that in 1916 proposed British and French ‘spheres of influence’ in a colonised South-western Asia in the aftermath of the yet to occur fall of Ottomans (1918-1922), the unstinting patronage extended by the infamous Balfour Declaration in 1917, and the cover of legitimacy provided by the League of Nations’ British Mandate of Palestine in 1923, not to forget Hitler’s rise to power in the run up to WW2, the migration of Jews on one hand and the rather strategic displacement of tens of thousands of Palestinians on the other, continued.  Arabs did raise their voice, and episodes of mob violence against the Jews also occurred, but by and large the Arab opposition to the British designs impelled by the Zionists, was ruthlessly suppressed.  The Arab revolt of 1936-39 was squashed by the British colonists not only by employing Zionist Militia but also by making effective use of the rather self-centred territorial interest of the disingenuous non-Palestinian Arab elite.  Despite the façade of the 1939 White Paper that limited Jewish migration and land purchase, in an alleged attempt to mark an end to the British-Zionist alliance, the clandestine affair between the two never came to an end at any point in time – not to this day.  By 1948 when the British Mandate of Palestine was about to end, the deliberate distribution of Jewish settlements which had progressively spread on the Palestinian lands, came to determine the map of partition proposed by United Nations  – later adopted by the UN General Assembly as Resolution 181.  The UN Plan of Partition awarded 55% of the land to Israel, encompassing many a cities with Palestinian Arab majority and the vital coastline from Haifa to Jaffa, thereby depriving the indigenous Palestinian population of key agricultural lands and seaports.  Arabs rejected the proposed partition, and argued it violated the principle of national self-determination outlined in United Nations’ charter however the Jewish Agency for Palestine accepted the same.  And soon after, the 1948 war broke out.  The British departed at the end of their Mandate (which interestingly coincided with the start of the war) but assisted by shipments of arms from the West, the Zionist paramilitary groups set out on the path of violent genocide – large scale attacks, massacres, destruction of entire villages – all aimed at expulsion of Palestinians from Eretz Yisrael.  The neighbouring Arab states i.e. Egypt, Iraq, Syria and Jordan invaded what was now Israel – they claimed they sought to save Palestine from the Zionists – the armistice agreements signed in 1949 and what ensued however did tend to suggest somewhat otherwise – with around 78% of historic Palestine confiscated by Israel, East Jerusalem and the hill country i.e. the West Bank ended up under Jordan while Egypt assumed control of the coastal plain around the Gaza strip effectually putting an end to the likelihood of a Palestinian state as initially proposed in the UN Partition Plan.  Despite the fact the state of Israel had been recognised by the international community (with the exception of 31 nations) based on its 1948 borders, following the second Arab-Israel war in 1967, Israel came to occupy not only the rest of Palestine i.e. East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, but also the Syrian Golan Heights and the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula.  And in spite of UN resolution 242 adopted in 1967, the Zionist state continues to occupy the aforementioned regions with the exception of Sinai.  Not only that, Israel in fact claims ‘innocence’ on the pretext that the status of these territories was ambiguous and that Israel took control of East Jerusalem and the West Bank from Jordan while the Gaza strip was taken from Egypt’s dominion.  Essentially the pre-emptively dispersed expanse of less arable land, which was meant to constitute the Palestinian state as per the United Nations’ flawed Partition Plan in 1948, was first bestowed upon Jordan and Egypt in exchange of a truce in 1948 and then seized by the Zionist entity in 1967 when the passage of 19 years had efficaciously cooled down the heated uproar against the stealing of Palestine while the intensity of commotion caused by the merciless displacement of well over 700,000 Palestinians had been dampened partly because of the fast evolving Geo-political panorama and to a degree due to the increasingly selfish interests of the nations of the world.

With inordinate impunity furnished by a mute West and a meek East that have been held hostage to the absolute financial power of the Rothschild for at least a century, the Zionist entity has since brazenly persisted in its disdain for anything remotely humane, ethical, or rational.  The story of the colossal injustice perpetrated by it has unfolded progressively, and revealed the most ignoble facets of human existence.  It has not only exposed the unscrupulous spirit sitting at the core of Zionism itself, but also underlined the fact if permitted man’s weakness of flesh renders him rather predisposed to not only endorsing the most unlawful of acts but also glorifying them as the most virtuous.

Fernando Barral, the Spanish psychiatrist who in 1970 interviewed the deceased Zionist puppet, the decorated American War Veteran-Senator John McCain, thus articulated McCain’s psychological constitution:  “From the moral and ideological point of view he showed us he is an insensitive individual without human depth, who does not show the slightest concern, who does not appear to have thought about the criminal acts he committed against a population from the almost absolute impunity of his airplane…  I noted he was hardened, that he spoke of banal things as if he were at a cocktail party.”  Today the images of mockingly gleeful snipers of ‘the most moral army in the world’ defending a stolen territory with live ammunition, callously fired upon unarmed and effectively imprisoned rightful owners of the land, demanding their recognised right to return home (UN Resolution 194), categorically depict a similar psychological make-up – apparently quite naturally bred by Zionism.

Had there been no real time large-scale evidence falling in line with the aforementioned assessment, and had we observed only a few odd instances of behaviour characterised by an absolute lack of intellect and conscience at the individual level, we may not have been able to ascertain the nature of what actually sits at the core of Zionism and rules the Zionist mind-set.   And had not countless shameful tales emerged from the long history of brutality embodied by the actions of the Zionist entity subsequent to its unlawful inception, custodians of Zionism could have still had some weight to their argument.  But in the face of innumerable ignominious real time manifestations of pan-Jewish nationalism, not a hologram of occurrences in a different subset of time and space, and the unceasing exhibition of unscrupulousness on part of Israel and her lobbyists, allies and friends, it sounds ridiculously bizarre to continue contending the innocence and purity of Zionism’s nationalistic character.

In fact the attempt to debate the veracity of Zionism as a purely nationalist notion intended to unite world Jewry in the ‘Promised Holy Land’ and to ‘address threats toEretz Yisrael’ thereafter, only serves to highlight Zionism’s inherent inequity.  After all did not the initiators of the Zionist movement imagine to make ‘home’ for a marginalised people, adherents of Judaism, on a land that essentially belonged to someone else, because the self-proclaimed  ‘chosen race’ held the Scriptural belief this land had been promised to it by God? “Can you think of another historical moment when people ‘returned’ to an imaginary ‘homeland’ after 2,000 years and asked the indigenous population to move out to make room for the former ‘residents?”

The problem is truth is self-evident and it cannot be suppressed forever – you can just not kill the thing.  Unless one does not have qualms about living a deeply delusional existence, with a dysfunctional psyche, and a dead conscience, one may not find it possible to see Zionism as much more than an epitome of intellectual and moral depravity – a classic religio-political conglomerate, which remained in the making for eons before its deliberate conception in the 19th century and has since effectively dominated the globe, in unison with Colonialism and Capitalism – infusing planet earth with a very unwholesome spirit – the spirit of Pre-eminence and Exceptionalism – with the sole objective of world-wide subjugation of the common man to the coldblooded, illogical and decadent core of the Zionist psyche.  In fact it will not be an exaggeration to state the Zionist philosophy has made it permissible for ‘Might is Right’ to emerge as a widely practiced modern day norm – not just at the macro but also at the micro level – and nothing could have been more tragic for mankind than returning to the Law of the Jungle in the 21st century.

Thus today we literally have an ‘Axis of Evil’ that dominates the power centres of the modern world.  It comprises of the serpent-like 1% global elite in control of the treasure of an entire planet – it manipulates the common man only to rob him of his right to life – it wages wars indiscriminately at the drop of the hat wherever and whenever deemed profitable and under whichever pretext it fancies – it tramples upon the life and honour of entire nations leaving behind ardently created quagmires studded with five-star destruction and misery – it lies passionately and deceives unceasingly with outright contempt for human intellect – it infiltrates naïve minds with a plethora of unwholesome notions only to muddle the boundary between truth and falsehood and do away with the very notion of ‘right and wrong’.  And it does it all with the sole objective of transforming the mass population of this globe into a gathering of zombies, intellectually depraved and morally corrupt obedient slaves, who could be effortlessly employed to serve the will and the whim of the ‘chosen few’.

From Palestine to Kashmir injustice reigns – from Libya to Afghanistan discord rules – Iraq and Syria stand in absolute ruins – Yemen writhes under the burden of genocide – black lives in Africa never mattered and they still do not count – multitudes of migrants continue to pour into a Europe made affluent by the stealing of others’ wealth as they escape what now stands distraught by White man’s wars only to encounter hatred from other White men – and all the while the authors of this harrowing tale continue to dismiss ‘the whining yelpings of base-bred mongrel-multitudes’ with utmost arrogance thereby manifesting the rewritten Sermon on the Mount:

“Blessed are the Iron-handed, the unfit shall flee before them. Cursed are the Haters of Battle, subjugation is their portion”

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