Weekly report on israel’s terrorism against the State of Palestine (11-17 May 2017)

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine

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

(11-17 May 2017) 

 

  • Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian in al-Nabi Saleh village weekly protest and another Jordanian in occupied Jerusalem.
  • Palestinian fisherman was killed, and his cousin was wounded in the Gaza Sea.
  • 40 Palestinian civilians, including 13 children and 2 women, were wounded in the West Bank.
  • 3 ambulances were directly targeted and sustained damage.
  • Israeli forces conducted 62 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 2 limited ones in the Gaza Strip.
  • 79 civilians, including 9 children and 2 women, were arrested in the West Bank. Thirteen of them, including 3 children a woman, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.
  • Israeli forces continued to target the Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip Sea.
  • 6 fishermen, including 2 children, were arrested. A fishing boat was confiscated and another one was damaged.
  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 10th
  • Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.
  • 3 civilians were arrested at military checkpoints in the West Bank.
  • A patient was arrested at Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing, north of the Gaza Strip.

 

 Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (11-17 May 2017).

 

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian while participating in al-Nabi Saleh weekly demonstration; a Jordanian civilian in occupied Jerusalem and a fisherman in the Gaza Strip Sea. They wounded 41 Palestinian civilians, including 13 children and 2 women. One of them was wounded in the Gaza Strip, while the others were wounded in the West Bank. In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli naval forces continued to chase the Palestinian fishermen in the sea and opened fire at them.

 

In the West Bank, in new crime of the excessive use of force, on 13 May 2017, Israeli forces stationed at the main entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, killed Saba’ ‘Obaidi (23), from Salfit, while participating in a weekly demonstration organized at the village entrance. Saba’ was hit with a Two-Two bullet, which penetrated his abdomen and waist from his heart side. Eyewitnesses confirmed that shooting was from a distance of less than 20 meters, and the Israeli soldier directly opened fire. According to PCHR’s investigations, the Israeli soldiers could have used less lethal force against demonstrators, who did not pose any threat to the life of the Israeli soldiers.

 

On 13 May 2017, Israeli forces killed a Jordanian civilian, Mohamed al-Kasaji (57), after he carried out a stabbing attack against an Israeli officer near al-Silsilah Gate in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. According to PCHR’s investigations, the Israeli forces could have arrested the abovementioned civilian; especially that he was wounded and could not move. However, one of the settlers’ guards fired another bullet at him and finished him off.

 

In the same context, the majority of the West Bank cities witnessed protests in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in the Israeli jails. Israeli forces used force against these protests, wounding 40 Palestinian civilians, including 13 children and 2 women. Twenty four of them sustained live bullet wounds, 15 sustained rubber-coated metal bullet wounds and another one sustained shrapnel wounds. The injuries ocurred as follows:

 

  • Protests in solidarity with the prisoners: 33 civilians were wounded, including 12 children and 2 women. Twenty two of them were wounded with live bullets, 10 others were wounded with metal bullets and another one sustained shrapnel wounds.
  • Weekly protests against the annexation wall and settlement activities: 3 civilians were wounded with metal bullets.
  • Incursions: 4 civilians, including a child, were wounded. Two of them were hit with live bullets and 2 others were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets.

Israeli forces directly targeted ambulances, 3 of them sustained damage at the western entrance to Foreek village, east of Nablus.

 

In the Gaza Strip, concerning Israeli attacks on fishermen in the Gaza Sea, Israeli naval forces killed a fisherman, Mohamed Baker, and wounded his cousin after opening fire at a fishing boat. This crime confirms the continuation of the Israeli policy to target the life and safety of Palestinian fishermen, depriving them of freely sailing, even in the allowed areas to fish, and targeting their livelihood.

 

On 12 May 2017, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Sundaniyia shore, north of the Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at fishing boats and chased them.

 

On 14 May 2017, the Israeli gunboats stationed off shore heavily opened fire at fishing boats sailing within the allowed area off Khan Yuins shore, south of the Gaza Strip, north of Gaza City and northwest of Beit Lahia. As a result, 6 fishermen, including 2 children, were arrested and a fishing boat was confiscated.

 

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 62 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and 4 others into Jerusalem and its suburbs.  During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 79 Palestinian civilians, including 9 children and 2 women. Thirteen of them, including 3 children and a woman, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem and its suburbs, while another civilian was arrested while participating in a protest supporting the Palestinian prisoners.

 

Among the arrested in this week, were ‘Isaa al-Ja’bari (51), a leader in Hamas Movement and former Minister of Local Government in the 10th Palestinian Government; and Ahmed Qatamish (67), political writer and researcher in the Palestinian cause affairs.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 14 May 2017, Israeli forces moved into the east of Wadi al-Salqah village, east of Deir al-Balah, where they levelled lands along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. On the same day, these forces also moved into the east of al-Qararah village, northeast of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip, and levelled lands as well.

 

Restrictions on movement:

 

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

 

The illegal closure of the Gaza Strip, which has been steadily tightened since June 2007 has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.  The Israeli authorities impose measures to undermine the freedom of trade, including the basic needs for the Gaza Strip population and the agricultural and industrial products to be exported. For 9 consecutive years, Israel has tightened the land and naval closure to isolate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and other countries around the world. This resulted in grave violations of the economic, social and cultural rights and a deterioration of living conditions for 2 million people.  The Israeli authorities have established Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shaloum) as the sole crossing for imports and exports in order to exercise its control over the Gaza Strip’s economy.  They also aim at imposing a complete ban on the Gaza Strip’s exports. The Israeli closure raised the rate of poverty to 65%. Moreover, the rate of unemployment increased up to 47% and youth constitutes 65% of the unemployed persons.  Moreover, 80% of the Gaza Strip population depends on international aid to secure their minimum daily needs. These rates indicate the unprecedented economic deterioration in the Gaza Strip.

 

In the West Bank, Israeli forces continued to suffocate the Palestinian cities and village by imposing military checkpoints around and/or between them. This created “cantons” isolated from each other that hinders the movement of civilians. Moreover, the Palestinian civilians suffering aggravated because of the annexation wall and checkpoints erected on daily basis to catch Palestinians.

 

Details

 

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

 

Thursday, 11 May 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem and stationed in al-Saf Street in the center of the city. They raided and searched a house belonging to Jadallha Shoukah and then arrested his son Abdul Rahman (19).
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested Feras (30) and his brother Mohammed Khader Mousa (27).
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Wad Rehal village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ashraf Mousa Thiyab (30) and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Nour Shams refugee camp, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Liath Abdul Fattah Isamil ‘Enayah (37) and Ahmed Abdul Qader Nasrallah (30).
  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Husan village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yazan Manwar Sebatin (21) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested ‘Alaa’ Nasri Taqatqa (24) and Mahdi Salah Taqatqa (22).
  • At approximately 09:00, Israeli forces moved into Rantees village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched a grocery shop belonging to the family of Mo’taz Samih Wahdan, a prisoner in the Israeli jails. They then closed the abovementioned shop with a steel plate and withdrew, but no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 13:30, Israeli forces moved into Wad Abu al-Samn area, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Husam Hasan Abu Husain (23) and then arrested him. 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Beit Ummer, Ethna and Beit Oula villages in Hebron.

 

Friday, 12 May 2017

 

  • At approximately 12:50, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, west of al-Sudaniya area, west of Jabalia village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire heavily at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties no material damages were reported.
  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Obaidiah village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nadim Ahmed al-‘Asa (25) and then handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of the city.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Nour Shams refugee camp, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Taha Salah Sadeq Erani (42).
  • At approximately 21:00, Israeli forces moved into Um al-Daliah area, south of Hebron. They interrupted a wedding party belonging to Abu Turki Family and then arrested Fehmi Abu Turki (28) and took him to an unknown destination.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Yatta, al-Thaheriyah, Sa’ir and Emrish villages in Hebron.

 

Sunday, 14 May 2017

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a number of houses. In the meantime, a number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers, who immediately opened fire at them. As a result, a 20-year-old civilian sustained a live bullet wound to the left leg and a 15-year-old child sustained a live bullet wound to the left leg. They wounded civilians were transferred to Dr. Khalil Suleiman Hospital in Jenin to receive medical treatment. They then arrested 2 civilians, including a child namely Mohammed Mahmoud ‘Ar’arawi (17) and Yaseen ‘Ali ‘Amouri (18).
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Hasan Yasser Harb (19) and Bara’ Ghassan Mohammed al-Hendi (20).
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Nahalin village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed ‘Ezzat Shakarnah and then arrested ‘Alaa’ (18) and Bahaa.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Birah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Suleiman Qatamesh (67), political writer and researcher in the Palestinian cause affairs, and then arrested him. It should be noted that Qatamesh served more than 12 years in the Israeli jails during several arrests.
  • At approximately 07:00, Israeli forces accompanied with 4 military bulldozers moved about 100 meters into the west of the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Wadi al-Salqa village, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. The bulldozers levelled the lands adjacent to the abovementioned border. The incursion continued for hours before the Israeli forces redeployed along the abovementioned border fence.
  • At approximately 09:30, Israeli forces accompanied with several military bulldozers moved about 100 meters into the east of al-Qararah village, northeast of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. They levelled the lands along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. The incursion continued for hours before the Israeli forces redeployed along the abovementioned border fence.
  • At approximately 18:50, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore heavily opened fire in the vicinity of Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area adjacent to Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.
  • At approximately 20:30, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats. The Israeli gunboats surrounded a fishing boat belonging to ‘Ashour Shamalakh. The boat was manned by 3 fishermen namely Mohammed Sa’id Abdul Razeq Baker (17), Mohammed Tareq Abdul Razeq Baker (22) and Abdullah Sabri Mahmoud Baker (19). The soldiers ordered the fishermen to take off their clothes, jump into the water and swim towards the boat. They were then taken to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 23:45, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats. The Israeli gunboats surrounded a fishing boat belonging to Amin Rushdi Saleh Abu Wardah (49) from Jabalia. The boat was manned by Amin’s sons namely Yusuf (27), Mohammed (24) and Husain (13) and sailing within 2 nautical miles. The soldiers ordered the fishermen to take off their clothes, jump into the water and swim towards their boat. They also confiscated the boat and 10 pieces of fishing net and took the fishermen to an unknown destination.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Sa’ir village and Yatta in and Hebron and Howarah village, south of Nablus.

 

Monday, 15 May 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Nemrah neighborhood in Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Essa Khairi Essa al-Ja’bari (51), a leader in Hamas movement and former Minister of Local Government in the 10th Palestinian Government. They then arrested him and confiscated his car.

‘Essa’s wife said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

“We woke up on sounds of movement and knocks on the door. When my husband opened the door, there were a number of Israeli soldiers along with his relative, who was brought by them to guide them to our home. They then locked us in a room as 2 soldiers stood near me and my 3 daughters pointing their weapons at us. A female soldier asked my husband if he has something to do with elections. The soldiers then ordered him to bring his car key. After that, they violently searched the house and then took my husband to a room and questioned him for an hour and a half. They then ordered him to come with them to his car. My neighbors later informed me that the soldiers thoroughly searched the car. The soldiers then brought my husband home, allowed him to wear his clothes in order to arrest him and confiscated our car.”  

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, and stationed in ‘Asidah area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Khalil Abdul Fattah Sabe’i Sabarnah (40) using police dogs. They later withdrew and no arrests were reported. In the meantime, another Israeli force raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Salem Sabarnah and arrested his son Ramzi (22). They withdrew and headed towards “Karmi Tsur” settlement, south of the city.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Nahalin village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Na’im Funoun (23) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into the southern area in Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yusuf ‘Omran Abu Husain (30) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:20, Israeli forces moved into Jayous village, northeast of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed ‘Adel Hazahzah (16) and then arrested him.
  • In a new crime of extreme use of force and continuation of Israel’s policy to target the fishermen and their safety and deny them from freely sailing and fishing within the allowed fishing area, Israeli naval forces killed the fisherman Mohammed Baker after they opened fire at the boat manned by him and his cousin, who was wounded. According to PCHR’s investigation, at approximately 08:30 on Monday, 15 May 2017, an Israeli gunboat accompanied with a rubber boat opened fire at a Palestinian fishing boat sailing within 3 nautical miles off al-Wahah shore, northwest of Gaza City.  The boat was manned by 4 fishermen namely ‘Omran Majed Baker (33), his two brothers; Fadi (32) and Mohammed (25), and their cousin Mohammed Zeyad Hasan Baker (32), and all of them are from Gaza. The fishermen fled by their boat to the south, but the Israeli gunboat manned by 8 soldiers armed with automatic rifles chased the boat and were able to target directly its engine. As a result, the boat stopped off shore in front of the Intelligence Service office, west of Gaza, and ‘Omran was hit with 2 metal bullets to the leg and abdomen. After that, a soldier opened fire from a 3-meter distance at the fishermen, wounding Mohammed Baker with a live bullet to the upper side of abdomen.  Mohammed then fell down as part of his bowels got out. However, the soldiers forced the fishermen to move Mohammed to their boat and then sailed towards Ashqelon. At approximately 16:30 on the same day, Mohammed was announced dead succumbing to his wounds in Barzilai Hospital. His body was then transferred to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza after coordinating with the Palestinian Liaison office.

“At approximately 08:00, I sailed with my cousins ‘Omran, Fadi and Mohammed Majed Baker from Gaza Seaport along with another fishing boat manned by 4 fishermen. After 15 minutes, We arrived at al-Sudaniya area sailing within 3 nautical miles off al-Waha shore about 1.5 miles off the allowed fishing area. When we started fishing, I saw an Israeli gunboat accompanied with a rubber boat coming from the north and speeding towards us. ‘Omran turned on the engine, headed to the south and stationed off the Intelligence Service office. I then saw the rubber boat speeding towards us and arrived in less than 2 minutes. There were 8 navy soldiers, 4 of whom were masked. The distance between us was about two meters when 2 soldiers randomly opened fire at us while we were trying to avoid being shot. Ten minutes later, the soldiers directly opened fire at us from a 3-meter distance. As a result, Fadi Majed Baker (32) sustained 2 rubber-coated metal bullets to the leg and abdomen. The Israeli gunboat continued chasing us, but suddenly appeared in front of our boat and the soldiers directly opened fire at the boat engine.  As a result, the boat stopped, and Mohammed was wounded and fell down. We shouted to inform the soldiers that Mohammed is wounded.  One of the soldiers then ordered us to come to the boat front while the other soldiers kept shooting above our heads. I carried Mohammed, who was wounded and part of his bowels were out.  He was foaming and then went into coma. The soldier, who was driving the gunboat, ordered me to carry Mohammed while 2 other soldiers took him to the gunboat, sailing towards Ashkelon. Furthermore, the other Israeli boat dragged our boat, which was hit with 6 live bullets, to the Gaza Seaport after an hour, but we lost the fishing net.”

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (6) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-Shyoukh, Beit Kahel, al-Raihiyah and Karma villages in Hebron; Jayous and ‘Ezbet al-Tabib villages, east of Qalqiliyah.

 

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

 

  • At approximately 00:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Dheisheh refugee camp, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses, shops and petrol station and then confiscated a number of surveillance cameras. In the meantime, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered in the outskirts of the abovementioned camp and threw stones and Molotov Cocktails at the soldiers. The soldiers fired metal bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters at them in response.  As a result, 2 young men sustained metal bullet wounds and received medical treatment in the spot. Moreover, the Israeli forces arrested 3 civilians namely Mohammed Zeyad ‘Arafah (19), the brothers Raslan (18) and Majd Abu Quaier (19). 
  • At approximately 01:55, Israeli forces moved into Qarawet Bani Zaid village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Ahlam Hmazah Mustafa al-Maloukh (16). Ahlam’s father said to PCHR’s fieldworker that 20 Israeli soldiers surrounded the house from all sides while some of them raided and searched the house. They then took Ahlam, who was sleeping in her room. One of the soldiers ordered Ahlam to approach him and then handcuffed her. The soldiers took her to a military jeep that was stationed in the center of the village. It should be noted that Ahlam is a 10-grade student in Qarawa Secondary School for Girls.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Tal village, southwest of Nablus,. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Hamzah Ahmed Sa’id Ramadan (26) and Taleb Samir Taleb Seldawi (21). 
  • At around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron, and stationed in the schools area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Salamah Mohammed Salamah ‘Arjan (30) and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Yatta, south of Hebron, and stationed in the eastern area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Eshaq Mohammed Naji Hureizat (40) and then arrested him and his wife Suzan Ahmed Mohammed Abu Qabitah (32). They claimed that they found a weapon in the house while searching. 
  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested 4 civilians, including a child, namely Karim ‘Omran Abdullah Husain (14), Nidal Safwan Salim (15), Abdul ‘Aziz Farid Husain (20) and ‘Omran Abdullah ‘Omran Husain (43). 
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Jala. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of the former prisoner Mo’tasem Ayoub Jaber and then handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of the city. 
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aydah refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Khalil ‘Arafah Abu Sorour (25) and then arrested him. 
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Deir Abu Mash’al village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Mousa Khaled Abdul Mo’ti (18) and Ibrahim ‘Adel Zahran (18).
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, and stationed in ‘Asidah area and the Industrial Area. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested ‘Aziz Mahmou Ekleil (26) and Mohammed No’man Za’aqiq (23). They also handed a summons to Mohammed Zuhair al-‘Alami (22) to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aqabet Jaber refugee camp in the southwestern area in Jericho. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Na’el Jehad Abu al-‘Asal (47).

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Balatah refugee camp, southeast of Nablus; Dura, Abu al-‘Asja and al-Thaheriyah villages in Hebron.

 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Asker refugee camp, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 6 civilians namely Husain Zaki al-Ashqar (27), Morad Abdullah Masimi (18), Nehad Abu Keshek (25), Ahmed Jaser al-Shubaki (33), Thaer Zahi Shalabi (29) and ‘Adnan Naief Bashkar (32).
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces accompanied with military jeeps and an armored personnel carrier moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron, and stationed in Karisah neighborhood, east of the city. They surrounded Khelet Msalam area, totally closed it, established a checkpoint on the road and prevented civilians’ vehicles from moving. The soldiers raided and searched a house belonging to Rezeq Abdullah al-Rjoub (55), who served 15 years in the Israeli jails. They detained the family members outside the house and confiscated their cell phones. They then thoroughly searched the house until 13:00 after damaging its contents. Rezeq was questioned and informed to choose which country he wants to travel to as the Israeli forces will offer him facilitations. After 12 hours of searching, the Israeli forces withdrew, but no arrests were reported. It should be noted the Israeli forces confiscated the car of the abovementioned civilian 3 months ago.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Husan village, west of Bethlehem. they raided and searched a house belonging to Zeyad Eyad Hamamrah (19) and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Thaheriyah village, south of Hebron, and stationed in Wad al-Ghamari area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Kayed Qaysieh (38) and then withdrew, but no arrests were reported. At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Qusai Abdul ‘Aziz Salim (20) in the northern neighborhood and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem and stationed in al-Kakafah neighborhood in the center of the city. they raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested 4 civilians, including a child, namely Mohammed Khader al-‘amour (16), Mo’taz Khader al-‘Amour (20), ‘Asef ‘Amer al-‘Amour (19) and ‘Abas Mohammed Shuhadah (19).
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Suheib Abdul Hamid Abu Jawour (28) and then arrested him.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-‘Aroub refugee camp, Sa’ir, Beit Marsam and Wad al-Shajnah villages in Hebron.

 

  • Use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrations protesting settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall

 

Demonstrations in Protest against the Annexation Wall and Settlement Activities

 

In a new crime of excessive use of force, Israeli forces stationed at the main entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, killed a Palestinian Civilian and wounded 3 others while participating in the weekly protest organized at the aforementioned entrance.  The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns this new crime.  PCHR hereby stresses this crime was committed after the Israeli political and military leaders gave the Israeli soldiers the green light to shed the Palestinian blood in light of the international community’s policy to tolerate Israel for crimes committed by the Israeli soldiers against Palestinian civilians.

 

According to PCHR’s investigations and eyewitnesses’ testimonies, at approximately 13:30 on Friday, 13 May 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians from different areas organized the weekly protest at the main entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. The protest was in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners on an open hunger strike in the Israeli jails.  A number of youngsters threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers stationed there.  The Israeli soldiers immediately fired live and rubber-coated metal bullets in addition to Two-Two bullets at the stone-throwers.  At approximately 14:30, a number of Palestinian youngsters approached and threw Molotov Cocktails at the Israeli soldiers stationed at the main entrance to the village.  Meanwhile, 3 soldiers were on the roof of an uninhabited house, so they opened fire at the youngsters.  As a result, four of them were wounded.  One of them was identified as Saba’ Nidal ‘Abeidi (20), from Salfit, who was hit with a two-two bullet that penetrated his abdomen and waist from the heart side.  Saba’ had run about 20 meters screaming before he fell on his face.  Meanwhile, the three other wounded civilians, whom PCHR keeps their names for fear of being arrested, were hit with metal bullets to the head.   A number of youngsters rushed to save the four wounded persons and directly took them to an ambulance belonging to the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS), which transferred them to Martyr Yasser ‘Arafat Hospital in Salfit.  Doctors there then declared death of Sabaa’ after he underwent an urgent surgery.  Doctors added that the other wounded civilians were admitted to the Emergency Department for medical treatment, and their condition was described as moderate.  Eyewitnesses said to PCHR’s fieldworker that  Israeli forces directly opened fire at the four civilians from a distance of 20 meters.  PCHR’s investigations emphasize that Israeli forces could have used less lethal force against the protestors who approached the soldiers as the latter were not posing threat to lives of the soldiers. Moreover, PCHR’s previous investigations showed that many Palestinian civilians who were hit with metal bullets from a close distance were killed, indicating Israeli forces’ premeditated intention to claim as many victims as they could among the Palestinian protestors.

 

  • Following the Friday prayer, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized demonstrations in Bil’in and Nil’in villages, west of Ramallah, protesting against the annexation wall and settlement activities. Israeli forces forcibly dispersed the protests, firing live and metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. They also chased the protesters into olive fields and between houses. As a result, many protesters suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

 

Demonstrations in Solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails

 

  • At approximately 13:30 on Thursday, 11 May 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a protest in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails at the northern entrance of al-Birah. The protestors threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers stationed at “al-Mahkamah” checkpoint established near “Beit Eil” settlement, north of the city. When the protestors approached the abovementioned checkpoint, the soldiers fired live bullets, tear gas canisters, sound bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets at them. As a result, 13 civilians, including 3 children and 2 women, were wounded. Eight civilians sustained live bullet wounds, 4 others sustained metal bullet wounds and a civilian sustained a live bullet shrapnel wound. The wounded civilians were transferred to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to receive medical treatment. Their injuries were classified as moderate.
  • Following the Friday prayer on 12 May 2017, hundreds of Palestinian civilians performed the prayer at the crossroad of Beta village, south of Nablus upon a call from the National Committee to Support the Prisoners to perform the Friday prayer in the confrontation areas with the Israeli forces to support the prisoners’ legitimate demands. At the end of the prayer, the civilians threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers, who fired live and metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, an 18-year-old civilian sustained a metal bullet wound to the face. He was then transferred to Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus for medical treatment and later left the hospital.
  • Following the same Friday prayer, hundreds of Palestinian civilians performed prayers at the entrance to Beit Furik village, east of Nablus, upon a call from the National Committee to Support the Prisoners to perform the Friday prayer in the confrontation areas with the Israeli forces to support the prisoners’ legitimate demands. At the end of the prayer, the civilians threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers, who fired live and metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a 45-year-old civilian sustained a metal bullet wound to the head. He was then transferred to Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus for medical treatment and later left the hospital.

Israeli forces directly targeted the ambulances the ambulances there that were damaged as follows:

  1. A PRCS ambulance: the right-back tire was hit with a live bullet. Paramedic Fawaz al-Betar, was driving the ambulance and offering first aid to a wounded civilian;
  2. A PRCS ambulance: the left-rear window was hit with a metal bullet. The ambulance was travelled by officer ‘Alaa’ Mansour; and
  3. An ambulance belonging to ‘Aqraba municipality: left-rear window and structure of the ambulance were hit with a metal bullet. The ambulance was travelled by Officer Yusuf Mousa Deriyah.

Officer Yusuf Deriyah said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

“At approximately 13:00, on Friday, 12 May 2017, 3 other PRCS ambulances and I were stationed at the main entrance to Beit Furik village, east of Nablus. The young men threw stones at the Israeli forces when the distance between us and the soldiers was about 700 meters. The soldiers then targeted my ambulance with a metal bullet, directly hitting the right the door. I stepped out to see the damage, so the soldiers fired another bullet towards me.  That bullet penetrated the front structure of another PRCS ambulance travelled by officer ‘Alaa’ Mansour. We immediately decided to move from the area towards Beit Furik village. When the ambulance travelled by the officer ‘Alaa’ Manour moved, the soldiers fired a metal bullet at the back of it and fired several bullets at my ambulance. We stopped at the entrance to Beit Furik village. Few minutes later, a civilian sustained a metal bullet wound to the head. Officer Fazwaz al-Betar went to the area to evacuate the wounded civilian towards the abovementioned village. The soldiers again fired a live bullet that hit the right-rear window of the ambulance.”

 

  • On Friday afternoon, Palestinian civilians organized a protest in the center of Deir Abu Mash’al village, northwest of Ramallah. They made their way to the main entrance to the village in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, who went on hunger strike. When the protestors approached the abovementioned entrance, the Israeli forces fired live bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a 21-year-old civilian sustained a live bullet wound to the right leg.
  • At approximately 12:30 on Monday, 15 May 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a peaceful protest at the northern entrance to al-Birah in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike and in commemoration of the 69thanniversary of Nakba. The protestors threw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers stationed at al-Mahkamah checkpoint near “Beit Eil” settlement, north of the city. When the protestors approached the abovementioned checkpoint, the soldiers fired live bullets, tear gas canisters, sound bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets at them. As a result, 15 civilian, including 9 children, were wounded. Twelve civilians were hit with live bullets and the 3 others were hit with metal bullets. The wounded civilians were transferred to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to receive medical treatment. Their injuries were classified as moderate
  • At approximately 13:30 on the same Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered in the center of al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah organized a peaceful protest along with civilians from near villages in commemoration of the 69th anniversary of Nakba. They made their way to the Israeli watchtower established at the main entrance to the village. The protestors threw stones at the Israeli soldiers, who fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canister and sound bombs at them. As a result, a 45-year-old civilian from Beit Rema village sustained a metal bullet wound to the right leg. He was transferred via a PRCS ambulance to Yasser Arafat Hospital in Salfit to receive medical treatment.
  • On Wednesday morning, 17 May 2017, a number of Palestinian young men gathered at the western entrance to Silwad village, northeast of Ramallah. The protestors closed Street (60) with rocks and set fire to tires in solidarity with the prisoners on hunger strike. The soldiers stationed in the vicinity of “Ofra” settlement, fired live bullets at them in response. As a result, Ibrahim Rasem Hamed (19) was hit with a live bullet and then arrested. Following that, the Israeli forces moved into Silwad village. They raided and searched a number of houses and then closed the main entrance with cement cubes before they withdrew from the village.

 

  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

israel’s war on Palestine’s food supplies: Gaza’s fishermen and farmers attacked from sea and air

Gaza’s fishermen and farmers attacked from sea and air

Crops on a farm in Gaza, severely damaged by herbicide sprayed by Israeli planes. B’Tselem investigated and published this photo, February 2016.

Israeli forces fire at Gaza fishermen, spray pesticides on Palestinian crops

By Ma’an
May 09, 2017

GAZA CITY — Israeli naval forces opened fire at Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the besieged Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning, locals told Ma’an.

Fishermen said that Israeli forces shot at Palestinian fishing boats in two separate incidents off the northern coast of Gaza on Tuesday morning.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that they were looking into the reports.

Tuesday morning’s events came a day after Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian fisherman with live fire off the coast of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip.


Replacing the machine guns with water cannon. The navy does this when a boat has international observers in it. Filmed by International Solidarity Movement

Meanwhile, Gaza farmers told Ma’an that Israeli drones sprayed pesticides on Palestinian crops along the border with Israel in central and southern Gaza on Tuesday morning.

The pesticides, they said, damage crops in the area, which is Gaza’s main agricultural region.

The army spokesperson also said she would look into the case.

Earlier this year, Gazan farmers said that Israeli forces regularly sprayed weed killers on both sides of the border fence to guarantee a clear view of the area for the army.

However, Gaza Ministry of Agriculture agronomist Wael Thabet told Ma’an at the time that the chemicals could travel up to 1,200 metres through the air away from the buffer zone, burning crops and causing Palestinian farmers huge economic losses.

Palestinians who work near the Israeli-designated “buffer zone,” which lies on both the land and sea sides of Gaza, often come under fire from Israeli military forces, as the authorities have not made clear the precise area of the designated zone.


Encounter between Gaza fishermen and Israeli patrol boats

By Harriet Sherwood, Guardian
July 20, 2011 — just a short quote from her Tweets

One IDF boat just circling our boats about 50m away. Other boat a bit further away.

A lot of resources devoted to a few tiny fishing boats.

Sea is calm today – except our little bit. Backwash creating lot of waves. They keep sounding siren. But we have all cut engines.

I’m told that the point of the IDF continually circling us is to create continuous waves and noise. Makes fishing harder.

One fishing boat just been swamped by backwash. They are giving up and going back to port.

The photo below has been used many times in the last three years to illustrate Israeli naval vessels firing at fishing boats from Gaza. No date, no credit,but it appears to be what it says it is.

israel’s war on Palestine’s water supplies: Remember the “making the deserts bloom” myth

Blowing Israel’s aqua-shenanigans out of the water

As Palestinians face Israeli-imposed water hardships, an Israeli firm makes money off extracting water from air to ‘quench global thirst’

High up on Israel’s list of fabricated and otherwise shamelessly embellished achievements is that of having allegedly “made the desert bloom” promptly after setting up shop on usurped Palestinian land in 1948.

Never mind that Palestine wasn’t exactly a desert – or that “blooming” techniques involved mass slaughter as well as plenty of ecological devastation. We mustn’t let facts get in the way of creation myths.

The image of Israel as aqua-messiah is, to put it mildly, a bit hard to swallow

In contemporary times, Israel has continued to market itself as a global pioneer in water technology and conservation, from drip irrigation systems to desalination.

Of course, some might argue that Israel has enjoyed an unfair competitive advantage in the water realm given that it has been able to dominate access to the valuable resource by diverting regional waterways in its favour and literally hijacking Palestinian aquifers.

Now, Israel is once again making disingenuous waves through the Israeli firm Water-Gen – which, a recent obsequious dispatch in the Times of Israel informs us, is “look[ing] to quench global thirst” by extracting water from air.

Scarce water – or stolen?

The Times explains that Water-Gen was founded by an ex-combat reconnaissance company commander in the Israeli military and is currently “controlled by Russian-Israeli billionaire Michael Mirilashvili,” vice president of the World Jewish Congress.

Among the many reasons the technology is so vital, we are told, is that some 1.2 billion people – nearly one-fifth of the Earth’s residents – live in areas of water scarcity, according to United Nations figures.

The UN website notes that an additional 500 million people are “approaching this situation, [and] another 1.6 billion… face economic water shortage (where countries lack the necessary infrastructure to take water from rivers and aquifers)”.

The Water-Gen website meanwhile adds that “water is still the world’s number one concern, as un-safe water kills more people then [sic] wars”.

Given that Israel has never exhibited any detectable qualms either about denying Palestinians access to safe water or about killing them, the image of Israel as aqua-messiah is, to put it mildly, a bit hard to swallow.

Consider a Jerusalem Post article published the very same day (16 April) as the Times of Israel piece on Water-Gen’s global thirst-quenching mission.



Palestinian protestors drink non-potable water during clashes with Israeli security forces near the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip on on 11 October 2015, east of Gaza City (AFP)

The Post reports on the dire situation in the Gaza Strip, where fresh water is “a scarce commodity” and where recurring electricity crises are not helped by the fact that “damage from the Israeli bombing of the [Gaza power] plant in 2014 has yet to be fully repaired”.

The article quotes Robert Piper, the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, who warns that the latest severe electricity crisis could help unleash a “perfect storm” that results in a Gaza Strip that is fundamentally uninhabitable – a conundrum, no doubt, for the two million people that reside there.

The Post continues: “When looking at the larger picture of the crisis, Piper was clear that the primary cause is the restrictions on the freedom of movement of goods and people through the three crossings into the Strip, which have made a viable economy impossible.”

When it rains . . .

Israel, on the other hand, has found plenty of lucrative economic opportunities in Palestinian repression – with Israeli security tricks and other punitive expertise marketed far and wide. (Water-Gen, for its part, is apparently also off to a good start, having recently signed deals with both India and Vietnam)

And while the West Bank may not lie on the direct path of the perfect storm threatening Gaza, the territory is hardly exempt from repression and plunder.

There, Israeli-imposed water hardships have ranged from prohibitive fees for Palestinian communities to drastic supply cuts to outright theft of Palestinian water for use in hydrating illegal Israeli settlers and filling their swimming pools and other accoutrements.

►READ: Israel’s systemic denial of Palestinians’ right to water 

In an email to me back in 2013, West Bank-based environmental expert Alice Gray highlighted some additional clever Israeli manoeuvres in the area, such as “preventing Palestinians from building sewage treatment plants… and then prosecuting them under international law for cross-border pollution”.

The previous year, an Oxfam briefing paper titled “On the Brink” noted that “water cisterns used by Palestinian farmers to collect rainwater are frequently demolished by the Israeli authorities, further limiting their ability to grow crops”.

In other words: when it rains it pours.

Total whitewash

But back to Water-Gen, whose new campaign has created more occasions for idioms – in the March Times of Israel headline: “At AIPAC, Dershowitz pulls water out of thin air.”

The character in question was, of course, former Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz, tasked with an on-stage demonstration of Water-Gen technology at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference in Washington, DC.

It seems it’s not so much about nobly rescuing a hapless, thirsty planet. It’s about securing Israel’s image and with it its highly profitable spot in the international order

Dershowitz’s previous magic tricks include concocting a “continuum of civilianality” to provide legal justification for killing certain kinds of Arab civilians – as well as other behaviour suggesting that his place of employment might have been more aptly titled Harvard Psychiatric Ward.

As part of his AIPAC performance, Dershowitz effectively promoted Water-Gen to the frontlines of the battle against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights:

“I believe that there is no weapon more powerful in the fight against BDS than for Israel to develop technologies that the world cannot live without… You cannot boycott products that you can’t live without.”

In sum, it seems it’s not so much about nobly rescuing a hapless, thirsty planet. It’s about securing Israel’s image and with it its highly profitable spot in the international order – using water from thin air to whitewash a system of institutionalised apartheid and ethnic cleansing.

And that, surely, is something we can all live without.

Khazars or Vandals? israeli military forces wreck Araqeeb village once again

Israeli military forces wreck Araqeeb village once again

Israeli military forces have wrecked the Bedouin village of Araqeeb in the Negev region of southern Israel once again as the Tel Aviv regime presses ahead with its land expropriation policies and settlement construction activities to uproot Palestinians.

Israeli bulldozers entered the community, located 8 kilometers (five miles) north of Beersheba, on Tuesday morning and leveled lands as well as makeshift structures built in the area.

Israeli bulldozers, escorted by groups of Israeli soldiers, have frequently raided Araqeeb and detained several Bedouins.

The first demolition of al-Araqeeb took place on June 27, 2010, and the village has been ruined 112 times ever since.

The last wrecking of al-Araqeeb occurred on April 5, when Israeli bulldozers tore down several houses.

Rights groups argue that the demolition of al-Araqeeb and other Bedouin villages is an attempt by the Israeli regime to uproot indigenous Palestinians from the Negev region and confiscate more land for the expansion of settlements.

Israel detains 15 Palestinians in occupied West Bank

Meanwhile, at least 15 Palestinians, including three minors, have been seized by Israeli forces during overnight military raids in the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian and Israeli sources said five of the abductions took place in Askar refugee camp on the outskirts of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Israeli soldiers attack Palestinian demonstrators amid clashes in the West Bank village of Beita, southeast of Nablus city, after a protest took place following Friday prayers in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, on April 21, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Two Palestinians were also nabbed in the town of Huwarra. Israeli forces seized the other Palestinians in the village of Haris, the cities of Ramallah and Bethlehem, as well as the town of Beit Fajjar.

Israel is holding a total of 6,500 Palestinians, including women, children and lawmakers, in prisons and detention facilities across the occupied territories, three Palestinian non-governmental organizations say.

In a joint press released on April 15, the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs (CDA), the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society and the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) said 57 women and 300 children were among the detainees.

The statement noted that 500 inmates were being incarcerated under the practice of administrative detention, which is a policy under which Palestinian inmates are kept in Israeli detention facilities without trial or charge.

Some Palestinian prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to 11 years.

israel’s war on Palestine’s food supplies: Israeli Planes Spray Herbicides Inside Gaza for the Fourth Time This Year

Destroying Palestinian Agriculture? Israeli Planes Spray Herbicides Inside Gaza for the Fourth Time This Year

SEE ALSO https://uprootedpalestinians.wordpress.com/?s=war+on+palestine%27s+food+supplies

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Israeli planes have been reported spraying herbicides over land inside the Gaza Strip on four occasions in 2017, including twice in the last two days.

Israeli planes sprayed herbicides inside the Gaza Strip for the second day running on Wednesday and the fourth time this year, according to local farmers and Israeli rights NGO Gisha. A video published on Wednesday, allegedly of the crop-dusting, shows a plane flying low and spraying over farmland.

Palestinians who reported the incident said that the planes had dusted near the Gaza border fence, and the Gaza Ministry of Agriculture is investigating the extent of the damage from the herbicides sprayed over the last two days. Around 840 acres of crops were damaged during the last round of spraying in January 2017, according to Gisha.

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The dusting of Palestinian-owned farmland inside the Gaza Strip did not begin this year. As +972 reported at the time, Israeli planes sprayed herbicides over vegetation in Gaza for several consecutive days in December 2015, damaging over 400 acres of crops.

The IDF confirmed to +972 that it was responsible for spraying the farmland, but didn’t elaborate as to why, beyond the amorphous designation of “security operations.” A number of Palestinian farmers have since demanded compensation from the State of Israel.

Israeli planes have returned to spray herbicides numerous times since the end of 2015. The government, meanwhile, has contradicted itself over the area it claims to have targeted: despite the IDF’s confirmation to +972, and later to Gisha, that it had sprayed herbicides inside the Gaza Strip, the Israeli Ministry of Defense later claimed in a court hearing on the issue that the work had been carried out by private companies — and only on Israeli territory.

Palestinian children take pictures of each other in the no-go zone near Erez crossing, during the weekly demonstration against the occupation in Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip, Tuesday, February 7, 2012. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Palestinian children take pictures of each other in the no-go zone near Erez crossing, during the weekly demonstration against the occupation in Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip, Tuesday, February 7, 2012. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Since 2000, Israel has maintained a no-go area inside the Gaza border fence — formally referred to as the “Access-Restricted Area” (ARA) — which currently reaches 300 meters inside Gazan territory. The army enforces this buffer zone with everything from “less-lethal” weapons to live ammunition and tank fire, making it a particularly deadly stretch of land. Israeli bulldozers also reportedly enter the Gaza Strip on a regular basis to level land inside the ARA.

Farmers and scrap collectors who venture near the border are frequently targeted by Israeli sniper fire, including those who were apparently well outside the buffer zone. Most recently, a 15-year-old Palestinian, Yousef Shaaban Abu Athra, was killed when an IDF tank opened fire at him and two companions, who were wounded. The army claimed that the three had been acting suspiciously.

In addition to the land buffer zone, Israel restricts Palestinians to fishing within six nautical miles of the Gaza coast, and the navy regularly opens fire on fishermen who are deemed to have ventured further away from the shoreline.

This year marks a decade since the start of Israel’s siege on the Gaza Strip. Israel controls Gaza’s airspace and territorial waters, as well as all of its land crossings save for Rafah, which is controlled by Egypt and closed on all but the rarest of occasions. Gaza’s exports and imports are also controlled by Israel, as is the movement of people — residents and otherwise — in and out of the enclave.

At the time of writing, the IDF Spokesperson had yet to respond to a request for comment on the latest incident of crop-spraying. Should a response be received, it will be included here.

Weekly report on israel’s terrorism against the State of Palestine 06 – 12 April 2017

06 – 12 April 2017 – Palestinian Center for Human Rights

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

(06 – 12 April 2017)

 

 

  • A Palestinian young man from al-Jalazoun refugee camp succumbed to his wounds.
  • Israeli forces continued to target the Gaza Strip border areas, but no casualties were reported.
  • Israeli forces conducted 49 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 10 ones in Jerusalem.
  • 71 civilians, including 11 children, were arrested; 33 of whom, including 5 children, were in Jerusalem.
  • Among the arrested were Ahmed Atoun, PLC member representing Hamas movement, and the spokesperson of Hamas movement in Ramallah and al-Bireh.
  • 10 cars in Silwad and equipment in a metal workshop were damaged and confiscated.
  • Israeli forces continued their efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • 3 families in Silwan village were notified to vacate their houses because of cracks resulting from digging works beneath.
  • Settlement activities continued in the West Bank.
  • Settlers raided a number of areas under the protection of Israeli forces to celebrate their Passover holiday.
  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 9th
  • Due to the Jewish Passover holiday, the Israeli authorities imposed a security closure on the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  • Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.
  • 5 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were arrested at military checkpoints.

 

 

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (06 – 12 April 2017).

 

Shooting:

During the reporting period, a Palestinian young man succumbed to wounds he sustained earlier in the West Bank. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces continued to open fire at Palestinian farmers at the border areas.

 

In the West Bank, on 10 April 2017, medical sources at Assuta Medical Center in Tel Aviv pronounced Jasem Nakhleh, from al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, dead due to wounds he sustained earlier. The aforementioned person was wounded on 23 March 2017, when Israeli soldiers stationed in a watchtower around “Beit Eil” settlement, north of Ramallah, opened fire at a civilian car with 5 passengers inside, including 3 children. As a result, Mohammed Khattab (17) died immediately while the 4 others, including Nakhleh, were wounded then. Nakhleh was taken to Palestine Medical Center in Ramallah, but on 27 March 2017, he was transferred to Assuta Medical Center in Tel Aviv, where he remained until he passed away.

 

In the Gaza Strip, in the context of targeting the border areas, on 07 April 2017, Israeli forces stationed at the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Gaza valley, opened fire at farmers and shepherds, but no casualties were reported.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 49 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 10 others in occupied Jerusalem and its suburbs. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 71 Palestinian civilians, including 11 children. Thirty-three of them, including 5 children, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem. Among the arrested were Ahmed Atwan (52), PLC member representing the Change and Reform Bloc of Hamas movement, and Fayez Abu Warda, Hamas spokesperson in Ramallah and al-Bireh.

 

During the incursions, Israeli forces confiscated NIS 5,000 belonging to Sa’ed Hamad (32) and damaged and confiscated 10 civilian cars in Silwad village, northeast of Ramallah. In addition, they withdrew work permits from dozens of Palestinian young men that used to allow them to work in Israel. In Hebron, Israeli forces confiscated equipment from a metal workshop belonging to Ra’fat al-Sharabati. The confiscated equipment are estimated at NIS 200,000.

 

Restrictions on movement:

 

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

 

The illegal closure of the Gaza Strip, which has been steadily tightened since June 2007 has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.  The Israeli authorities impose measures to undermine the freedom of trade, including the basic needs for the Gaza Strip population and the agricultural and industrial products to be exported. For 9 consecutive years, Israel has tightened the land and naval closure to isolate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and other countries around the world. This resulted in grave violations of the economic, social and cultural rights and a deterioration of living conditions for 2 million people.  The Israeli authorities have established Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shaloum) as the sole crossing for imports and exports in order to exercise its control over the Gaza Strip’s economy.  They also aim at imposing a complete ban on the Gaza Strip’s exports. The Israeli closure raised the rate of poverty to 65%. Moreover, the rate of unemployment increased up to 47% and youth constitutes 65% of the unemployed persons.  Moreover, 80% of the Gaza Strip population depends on international aid to secure their minimum daily needs. These rates indicate the unprecedented economic deterioration in the Gaza Strip.

 

In the West Bank, Israeli forces continued to suffocate the Palestinian cities and village by imposing military checkpoints around and/or between them. This created “cantons” isolated from each other that hinders the movement of civilians. Moreover, the Palestinian civilians suffering aggravated because of the annexation wall and checkpoints erected on daily basis to catch Palestinians.

 

The Israeli authorities decided to close the West Bank and Gaza Strip border crossings from Sunday, 09 April 2017, to Monday, 17 April 2017, due to the Jewish Passover. Israeli sources added that only humanitarian cases and doctors would be allowed to travel.

 

 

Details

 

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

 

Thursday, 06 April 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Ahmed Yusuf Hasan Ekhleil (29), ‘Essa ‘Ali ‘Essa ‘Awad (30). They also handed summonses to Aktham Yusuf Hasan Ekhleil (25) and Hammad Ahmed Abu Maria (23) to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlehem. When Ekhleil and Abu Maria went to the interview at approximately 09:00, the Israeli forces arrested them.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Za’tarah village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Za’al al-Sahouri (23) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Marwan Husain ‘Essa (24) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Tal village, southwest of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested the brothers ‘Ezzat (27) and Mahmoud Mohammed ‘Ezzat Yamin (22).

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Marah Rabah village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Hasan Mahmoud al-Sheikh (34) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Noor Shams refugee camp, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 3 civilians namely Ismail ‘Ezzat Jaber (24), Ramez Abdul Hakim ‘Eliyan (20) and ‘Emad Mahmoud Masharqah (30).

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem and stationed on al-Saf Street in the central city. They raided and searched a house belonging to Khalil Khader Shawkah (27) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Far’oun, south of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Loai ‘Ael Hani Omer (22) and then arrested him.

 

  • Also around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Thenaba suburb, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested Ahmed al-Araj (26) and Bassam Mer’i (46).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Ektaba suburb, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ghazi Salah Hassan Masharqa (22). They arrested the aforementioned person and withdrew later.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Nemrah neighborhood in Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Asem Marwan al-Tarturi (27).

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-Samou’, Ehtna, Tawas and al-Raihiyyah in Hebron.

 

Friday, 07 April 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem and stationed in Jabal al-Mawaleh area in the center of the city. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed ‘Awwad Mousa (22) and then arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Omer Thawabtah and then arrested his son Zakaria (17).

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Handazah Mount, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Suleiman Ahmed ‘Abiyat (55) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Eslam Kamel al-Zubaidi (22) and Mohammed al-Bukhari (25).

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah to carry out arrest campaign. Shatha Hammad (26) from the village said to PCHR’s fieldworker that the Israeli forces patrolled between neighborhoods amidst firing sound bombs, tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets. They raided and searched a house belonging to Anas Hammad, who carried out a run-over attack on 24 April 2016. The Israeli forces also raided and searched a house belonging to the arrested civilian Malek Ahmed Mousa Hamed and then handed demolition notices for the two families. The soldiers also confiscated around NIS 5000 belonging to Saed Ahmed Hammad (32). Following that, the soldiers raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 3 civilians, including a child. They also withdrew work permits in Israel belonging to dozens of young men in the village and damaged and confiscated 10 civilian cars. These punitive measures came after the run-over attack carried out by Malek Hammad in the previous day at the intersection of “Ofra” settlement established on lands of the abovementioned village. As a result, an Israeli soldier was killed while another was wounded. The arrested civilians were identified as Mohammed Omer Hamed (23), Mo’tasem Abdul Majid Hamed (30) and Mousa Ahmed Hamed (17).

 

  • At approximately 15:30, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Gaza Valley village (Johr al-Deek) in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian farmers and shepherds. As a result, the farmers and shepherds were forced to flee from the area for fear of their lives, but no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Osarin village, southeast of Nablus; al-Fawar refugee camp, al-Mawreq village in Hebron.

 

Saturday, 08 April 2017

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem and stationed on al-Saf Street in the center of the city. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Abu ‘Ahour and then arrested his son As’ad (16).

 

Sunday, 09 April 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces accompanied with several military jeeps and truck moved into al-Shyoukh village, north of Hebron, and stationed in Qafan Khmais area. They raided and searched a lathe workshop belonging to Ashraf Fehmi Fahed al-Karki (37) from al-Harayeq area in Hebron. They opened the doors with special equipment and then confiscated a number of the machines by the truck. They then welded the door with oxygen and fixed a military closure decision in Hebrew to the workshop doors until 06 June 2017, claiming that it supports terrorism.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aqabet Taffuh neighbourhood, west of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Maher Abdul Salam Naji Shurbati (50) and 4 other apartments inhabited by his sons in the same building in addition to a lathe workshop. The house and apartments were violently searched as the soldiers broke 2 wooden doors. Moreover, the soldiers searched the workshop and confiscated a number of iron samples made by the abovementioned civilian. The soldiers then gathered the residents of the 5 apartments in the father’s apartment and locked them for two hours, claiming to search for weapons. Before the soldiers left the house, they arrested Maher’s son, Ra’fat (30). At approximately 10:00, Ra’fat was released from the detention centre in “Kiryat Arba” settlement after they interrogated him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces move into Sa’ir village, east of Hebron, and stationed in al-‘Aroud area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Akram ‘Ayed al-Tarwah and then withdrew, but no arrests were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-‘Aroub refugee camp, Bani Na’im village in Hebron, Beta village, southeast of Nablus.

 

 

Monday, 10 April 2017

 

  • At approximately 10:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aqabet Taffouh neighbourhood, west of Hebron. They raided a house belonging to Maher Abdul Salam Naji Shurbati (50) and the apartment of his son Ra’fat (30) and then locked Ra’fat’s family in his father’s house. The soldiers then used a police dog and metal detector in searching the apartment and then took Ra’fat to a jeep. They broke the doors of a lathe workshop and confiscated 9 machines and 10 electric hand tools. The confiscated items cost around NIS 200,000. It should be noted that the Israeli soldiers did not leave any military decision or a list of the confiscated item. At approximately 03:00, they withdrew taking Ra’fat to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Sanour village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Ahmed Nayef ‘Esah (25) and Mohammed Khaled ‘Essah (23).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into southern area in Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mos’ab ‘Ali Abu Turki (30) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 04:30, Israeli forces moved into Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mustafa Mohammed Abdul Qader Nafe’i  (16) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 13:35, Israeli forces stationed near the entrance to Kufur Malek village, northeast of Ramallah, fired sound bombs, tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at the Palestinian civilians, who were at the abovementioned entrance, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • In the evening hours, medical resources in “Assuta” Hospital in Tel Aviv announced the death of Jasem Mohammed Mahmoud Nakhlah (18) from al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah due to his previous wounds.

 

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 20:00 on Thursday, 23 March 2017, the Israeli soldiers stationed in the watchtowers established on the western outskirts of “Beit Eil” settlement, north of Ramallah, adjacent to al-Jalazoun refugee camp from the eastern side. They opened fire at a civilian car travelled by 5 Palestinians, including 3 children; five of them were from the abovementioned camp. As a result, Mohamemd Hattab (17) sustained 2 live bullet wounds to the chest and shoulder while the 4 others were wounded, including Jasem who sustained 2 live bullet wounds to the head and right thigh. The wounded child was taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah as his condition was classified as serious. On 27 March 2017, Jasem was transferred to “Assuta” Hospital in Tel Aviv. The medical sources said he was clinically dead until his death was announced.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Ethna, Beit Ummer, al-Shyoukh villages an Roq’ah area in Yatta; Bedia village, west of Salfit.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

 

  • At approximately 16:00, an Israeli infantry unit moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, from “Carmi Tsur” settlement established on confiscated lands, south of the abovementioned city. They stationed in Shu’ab al-Seir area and patrolled between houses. After that, a number of young men gathered and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers, who randomly fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them in response.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Hebron, Tarqumiyah, Sa’ir and al-Hadab villages in Hebron.

 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Husan village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Amir Mohammed Za’oul (16) and Bashar Mohammed Sebatin (15).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Dura, west of Hebron, and stationed in Abu Helal area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Hazem Khaled Mahmoud Khelaf (24) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Duheisha refugee camp, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Monjed al-Laham (18) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Birah village. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed ‘Atoun (52), a PLC Member representing the Reform and Change Bloc of Hamas Movement from Jerusalem. They then arrested him and withdrew. It should be noted that ‘Atoun, was a former prisoner, who served more than 12 years in the Israeli prisons. He was also denied access to the city 7 years ago as the Israeli forces withdrew his Jerusalemite ID card. Thus, the number of arrested PLC Members increased to 13 persons. Following that, the Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to Fayez Ahmed Abu Wardah (55) and then arrested him. It should be noted that Abu Wardah is the spokesperson of Hamas Movement in Ramallah.

 

  • Use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrations protesting settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall

 

West Bank:

 

  • Following the Friday prayer on 07 April 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized demonstrations in Bil’in and Nil’in villages, west of Ramallah, and in Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city, protesting against the annexation wall and settlement activities. Israeli forces forcibly dispersed the protestors, firing live and metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. They also chased the protesters into olive fields and between houses. As a result, many of the protesters suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises due to being beaten up by the Israeli soldiers.

 

  • At approximately 13:30 on Monday, 10 April 2017, a number of young men gathered near the entrance to “Psagot” settlement established on the eastern outskirts in al-Birah. They threw stones and empty bottles near the abovementioned settlement’s fence. The Israeli soldiers fired sound bombs, tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at the young men in response, but no casualties were reported.

 

  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

 

 (28 March- 09 April 2017)

 

Date Imports
Category Amount
Tons Number Liters
28 March Various goods 4334
Humanitarian aid 18715
Cooking gas 250,560
Benzene 154,026
DieselDiesel for UNRWA

 

375,96375,980
Industrial fuel 493,203
Construction aggregates 14000
Cement 4078
Construction steel 602
29 March

 

 

Various goods 4609
Humanitarian aid 14709
Cooking gas 252,020
Benzene 75,014
DieselDiesel for UNRWA 256,96638,000
Industrial fuel 482,965
Construction aggregates 10000
Cement 4031
Construction steel 135
05 April

 

 

 Various goods 4732
Humanitarian aid 17906
Cooking gas 249,680
Benzene 190,023
DieselDiesel for UNRWA  

 

1,423,96438,000
Construction aggregates 13200
Cement 13200
Construction steel 160
 

 

Various goods 4912
Humanitarian aid 19127
Cooking gas 247,440
Benzene 145,992
06 April DieselDiesel for UNRWA 790,99476,000
Construction aggregates 13600
Cement 4171
Construction steel 922
09 April

 

 

Various goods 4674
Humanitarian aid 22122
Cooking gas 254,170
Benzene 342,995
DieselDiesel for UNRWA 487,94038,000
Industrial fuel 561,007
Construction aggregates 4156
Cement 935
Construction steel 16000

 

Note:

 

  • On Tuesday, 28 March 2017, Israeli authorities allowed the exportation of 2 truckloads of lemons.
  • On Wednesday, 29 March 2017, Israeli authorities allowed the exportation of 8 truckloads of tomatoes; 2 truckloads of cucumbers; a truckload of eggplant; a truckload of peppers; a truckload of squash; 3 truckloads of aluminum scrap; 1.5 tons of sweet peppers; 2.5 tons of cauliflower; 0.8 tons of cabbages; 0.36 tons of garlic; and 0.3 tons of mints.
  • On Wednesday, 05 April 2017, Israeli authorities allowed the exportation of 21 truckloads of tomatoes; 3 truckloads of cucumbers; a truckload of eggplant; a truckload of peppers; 2 truckloads of squash; a truckload of aluminum scrap; a truckload of clothes; 1 ton of cabbage; 0.030 tons of tarragon; 0.8 tons of cabbages; 0.63 tons of garlic; and 0.26 tons of mints.
  • On Thursday, 05 April 2017, Israeli authorities allowed the exportation of 16 truckloads of tomatoes; 2 truckloads of cucumbers; a truckload of eggplant; a truckload of peppers; a truckload of squash; 0.4 ton of cabbage; 10.1 tons of sweet peppers; 0.36 tons of garlic; and 0.3 tons of mints.
  • On Sunday, 09 April 2017, Israeli authorities allowed the exportation of a truckload of furniture and 9 truckloads of vegetables.

 

Note: 28 and 29 March 2017 are included in this weekly report as they were not mentioned in the last one.

 

 

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

(05-11 April 2017)

 

Category 05 April 06April 07 April 08 April 09 April 10 April 11 April
Patients 55 39 81 41
Companions 49 32 78 37
Personal needs 21 26 7 34 2
Familiesof prisoners
Arabs fromIsrael 5 8 11
Diplomats 9 3 5
International journalists
International workers 14 39 1 10
TravelersAbroad 2 1
Business people 9 6 3 241
Business meetings
Security interviews 10 1 1
VIPs 1 2 1
Ambulances to Israel 6 3 3
Patients’ Companions 6 3 3

 

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

 

  • Hebron: Israeli forces established (17) checkpoints all over the city.

 

On Thursday, 06 April 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints on Jalajel  and Abu Risha roads and at the entrance to Beit ‘Awaa village.

 

On Sunday, 09 April 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Hebron and at the entrances to al-Simiyia and Beit ‘Awaa villages.

 

On Tuesday, 11 April 2017, Israeli forces established 6 checkpoints at the entrances to al-‘Aroub and al-Fawar refugee camps, at the northern entrance to Hebron and at the entrances to Ethna, Sa’ir and Beit ‘Aynoun villages.

On Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 5 checkpoints were established at the southern entrance to al-Fawar refugee camp; at the northern entrance to Yatta village; at the northern entrance to Halhoul village; and at the entrances to Bani Na’iem and Beit ‘Awaa villages.

 

  • Ramallah and al-Bireh: Israeli forces established (15) checkpoints all over the city.

 

On Thursday, 06 April 2017, Israeli forces established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to Silwad, Deir Jareer and ‘Ain Yabroud villages, northeast of the city; at ‘Ain Sina village’s intersection and at al-Taiba village’s intersection ( al-Mo’arajat road between Ramallah and Jericho).

 

On Saturday, 08 April 2017, Israeli forces established 5 checkpoints under ‘Ain Yabroud village’s bridge, northeast of Ramallah; at the entrances to al-Nabi Saleh and ‘Aboud villages, northwest of the city and at the entrances to Beit ‘Ur al-Fouqa and Ni’lin villages, west of the city.

 

At approximately 18:00 on Sunday, 09 April 2017, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, and at the entrance to Burqa village, east of the city.

 

On Monday, 10 April 2017, Israeli forces closed ‘Atara checkpoint at the northern entrance to Birzeit, north of Ramallah. Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli forces closed he checkpoint with sand barriers and barbed wires, so they isolated villages in the north of the city from villages in the center of the city. As a result, the village’s residents will be forced to take other roads. In addition, the Israeli forces closed 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Kherbatha al-Mosbah village, west of Ramallah, and at the entrance to Silwad village, northeast of the city.

 

At approximately 19:30 on Tuesday, 11 April 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at ‘Atara village’s bridge, north of Ramallah.

 

  • Salfit: Israeli forces established (7) checkpoints all over the city.

 

At approximately 14:30 on Monday, 10 April 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Salfit and at approximately 18:10, they established the same checkpoint again. At approximately 23:25, a similar checkpoint was established under Askaka village’s bridge, east of the city.

 

  • Qalqiliyia: Israeli forces established (8) checkpoints all over the city.

 

At approximately 20:00 on Friday, 07 April 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyia.

 

On Saturday, 08 April 2017, 4 similar checkpoints were established at the eastern entrance to Qalqilyia; at the entrance to ‘Azoun village, east of the city; and between al-Fondouq and Hijah villages, east of the city.

On Monday, 10 April 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to ‘Azoun and Jeet villages and between Jayyous and al-Fondouq villages, northeast of the city.

 

  • Jericho: Israeli forces established (5) checkpoints all over the city.

 

On Friday, 07 April 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the southern entrance to Jericho. They searched civilian vehicles and checked their IDs, but no arrests were reported.

 

On Saturday, 08 April 2017, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the northern and southern entrances to Jericho.

 

At approximately 21:40 on Sunday, 09 April 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the southern entrance to Jericho.

 

At approximately 21:30 on Tuesday, 11 April 2017, Israeli forces established a similar checkpoint at the southern entrance to Jericho.

 

Arrests at military checkpoints:

 

  • At approximately 10:00 on Thursday, 06 April 2017, Israeli forces stationed in the vicinity of “Ofer” settlement, northeast of Ramllah, arrested Malik Ahmed Mousa Hamed (22), from Silwad village, under the pretext of carrying out a run-over attack against 2 Israeli soldiers. Malik was then taken to al-Maskoubiyia investigation center in occupied Jerusalem.

 

  • At approximately 16:00 on Thursday, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Jinsafout village, east of Qalqiliya. They searched civilian vehicles and checked their IDs. They also arrested an officer from the Preventive Security Service (PPS), Ali Hasan al-Khouli, from Tulkarm.

 

  • At approximately 10:30 on Friday, 07 April 2017, Israeli forces stationed at checkpoint (300), north of Bethlehem, arrested Suliman Hammad Abu Jalghif (57) while passing through the checkpoint in occupied Jerusalem to perform the Friday prayer in al-Aqsa Mosque.

 

  • At approximately 15:00 on Tuesday, 11 April 2017, Israeli forces stationed at the entrance to Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, where they established a military watchtower, arrested Ahmed Sameer Abed al-Rahman Abu ‘Ayish (16). The Israeli forces claimed that Ahmed threw stones towards the Israeli soldiers. They then took him to the watchtower and he was then released few hours later.

 

  • At approximately 17:00 on Tuesday, Israeli forces stationed at Jabi’ checkpoint, south of Ramallah, arrested Mo’tasem Sameer ‘Isaa Barghith (22), from Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron.

 

 

  1. Efforts to Create 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 00:30 on Thursday, 06 April 2017, Israeli forces moved into Sho’fat refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yaseen Khamees Ibrahim (26) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 08:30 on Thursday, Israeli forces moved into Subaher village, south of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Obaida Ibrahim ‘Omairah (28) and handed him an order preventing him from entering the West Bank for 6 months under the pretext of security reasons.

 

  • At approximately 00:00 on Sunday, 09 April 2017, Israeli forces moved into many neighbourhoods in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided houses from which they arrested 12 civilians. PCHR keeps the names of arrested persons.

 

  • At approximately 01:00 on Sunday, Israeli forces moved into al-Tour neighbourhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested 5 civilians, including 2 children. The arrested persons were identified as Fareed Iyad Abu al-Hawa (16), Mohamed Sameer Abu al-Hawa (14), Mohamed Khalil Sbitan (18), Ahmed Mohamed ‘Ashaier (19) and Bahaa Tayseer Abu Jum’a (24).

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Naseem Khalil Kulib (17) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Ras al-‘Amoud neighbourhood, east of occupied Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested ‘Odai Rebhi Sanaqrat (24) and Ahmed Wael al-Rukun (22).

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Wad al-Jouz neighbourhood, east of occupied Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Mohamed ‘Ashour (19) and Yousef Abu Shosha (21).

 

  • At approximately 16:00 on Monday, 10 April 2017, Israeli forces moved into ‘Ain al-Louza neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raid and searched houses from which they arrested Malek Hisahm al-Qaq (15) and ‘Izz al-Deen Omar Da’nah (16).

 

  • At approximately 21:00 on Monday, Israeli forces moved into al-Wad neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to Majed Raghb Ja’bah (36) and arrested him. It should be noted that the Israeli authorities released Majed last month after he served 3 years and a half in the Israeli jails. Majed is the father of 4 children and he was arrested many times and served around 6 years in the Israeli jails. Moreover, he is the brother of a prisoner, Fadi al-Ja’bah, who is arrested in Nafha prison.

 

  • At approximately 20:00 on Tuesday, 11 April 2017, Israeli forces moved into many neighbourhoods in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested 7 civilians. The arrested persons were identified as Subaieh Musbah Abu Subaieh (19), Jihad Naser Qous (23), Mohamed Akram Zughair (22), Ahmed Jouda (21), Othman Masarwa (22), Mostafa Abu Irmilah (23)and Rauhi Kalghasi (24).

 

Houses Demolition:

 

  • On Thursday, 06 April 2017, the Israeli Municipality issued a decision to vacate and close 3 residential apartments in Wad al-Helwa neighbourhood in Selwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. This decision was issued due to cracks and collapses in the apartments’ foundations resulting from digging tunnels beneath. These apartments belong to Hamed ‘Owaidah, Abed ‘Owaidah and Suliman ‘Owaidah and shelter 16 members, including 10 children. ‘Owaidah family said that digging works under their apartments unprecedentedly increased during the past 3 days. In addition, the sound of the machines is clear and continue for many hours. The family members felt vibrations while they were in their houses that resulted in expanding the landslides and cracks in the walls and foundations. The family also said that yesterday they called the police in order to bring the municipality crews to examine the apartments. The police and municipality crews added that they took photos for the apartments, cracks and landslides after the municipality engineer issued an immediate decision to vacate and close the apartments. The municipality engineer classified these apartments as dangerous buildings for which he warned the family from staying there. ‘Owaidah family said to PCHR’s fieldworker that the municipality’s engineer told them that the cracks and landslides happened due to tunnels dug beneath. He also informed the family that they will come again to examine the apartments. The Israeli authorities began the digging works under the abovementioned neighborhood since 2007. After the residents headed to the Israeli courts, they were able to make a precautionary order to stop works under their houses for 14 months. After that, the Israeli court issued a decision that allows the Israeli bodies to carry out digging works, in addition, they do not pose any risk on the residents’ life. It should be noted that the digging works continued without taking into account the residents safety. The Israeli authorities, such as the Nature Authority, the Antiquities Authority, the al-‘Ad settlement Association and the Gigoun Water Company, are trying to evade responsibility for any digging works in the neighborhood.

 

  1. Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

Israeli Settlers:

 

  • At approximately 11:00 on Wednesday, 12 April 2017, a group of Israeli settlers moved into al-Birkah village, west of Yatta, south of Hebron, under the Israeli forces protection. The Israeli forces established checkpoints and prevented Palestinian civilians from passing. In addition, the Israeli settlers were performing their religious rituals in al-Birkah village’s park. At approximately 10:00, the Israeli forces closed Beir al-Sabi’ street in the center of Hebron and forced Palestinian civilians to close their shops. Dozens of the Israeli settlers came to an archaeological site called “Etena’el Tomb”, where they performed their religious rituals on the occasion of the (Passover) Jewish.

 

  • On Wednesday, a group of Israeli settlers moved into Sabastiyia village, northwest of Nablus, under the Israeli forces protection. The Israeli forces established checkpoints and prevented Palestinian civilians from passing. In addition, the Israeli settlers performed their religious rituals on the occasion of the (Passover) Jewish.

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 10 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 in 2017 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

israel’s war on Palestine’s food supplies, how israel worsened a farm crisis in Gaza

How Israel worsened a farm crisis in Gaza

Israeli import restrictions on a vaccine for foot-and-mouth disease has harmed efforts to control an outbreak in Gaza. Eyad Al Baba APA images

Israel stands accused of worsening a crisis in Gaza’s livestock sector.

Earlier this year, an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease occurred in Gaza. For 17 days, Israel blocked the entry of vaccines required to prevent the virus from spreading, according to Gaza’s veterinary services.

The delay hampered efforts to deal with the outbreak.

By obstructing the delivery, Israel appeared to renege on its own commitments.

In February, the Israeli agriculture ministry announced that it would provide 30,000 doses of a foot-and-mouth disease vaccine to the Palestinian Authority. The provision of these vaccines was presented as a response to the outbreak.

The announcement was made after it was confirmed that cattle had been diagnosed with the disease at an Israeli kibbutz close to the boundary with Gaza. The Palestinian Authority had not informed Israel about how the disease “started its circulation” in Gaza several weeks previously, a statement by the Israeli agriculture ministry claimed.

Hassan Azam, director of the veterinary services administration in Gaza, said last month that most sheep and goats in the territory have been vaccinated, but decried the lack of Israeli response to the ongoing need for vaccines.

He advised The Electronic Intifada on 7 April that a further 102,000 doses are still required for ongoing safety throughout the year – 72,000 for sheep and 30,000 for cows.

The outbreak had harsh consequences for Waleed Abdeen, a farmer in the Khan Younis area of Gaza.

Around 40 of his 400 cows died in the two days following the outbreak.

Paying extra bills for veterinary medicines caused him many problems. “I am on my way to bankruptcy,” he said.

“Big disaster”

The strain of the virus detected recently is known as SAT2, according to Zakaria al-Kafarna, a Gaza-based veterinarian. It is transmitted via the saliva of infected animals.

Foot-and-mouth disease is highly contagious, particularly affecting animals with cloven hooves. While it rarely crosses over to humans, the disease can cause severe economic losses for farmers.

Failure to acquire more vaccines will be a “big disaster,” al-Kafarna said.

Another Gaza-based veterinarian, Muhammad Abu Shaweesh, said that there is a strong likelihood that the virus was spread through the transport of live animals from the Nile Delta, through the Sinai in Egypt, and then into Gaza.

Similar observations were made by the Food and Agriculture Organization, an international body, when an outbreak of the SAT2 virus occurred in Gaza during 2012.

“Blocking the source is the first step” towards dealing with an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, Abu Shaweesh said.

The SAT2 virus was first detected among Egyptian livestock in 1950. Egypt has grappled with a series of outbreaks since then.

Tracing the entry of animals into Gaza has been complicated by the siege which Israel has imposed on Gaza – with Egyptian assistance – for the past decade.

Blockade

The crossing for people and goods at Rafah – on Gaza’s border with Egypt – has frequently been closed because of that blockade. The commercial crossing at Rafah was only opened for three days throughout the month of February.

The siege has forced many people in Gaza to rely on the smuggling of goods via underground tunnels.

Ahmad Nofal lost 30 of his 120 cows because of the recent outbreak.

He is among the farmers in Gaza who believes that the unregulated trade in livestock is the outbreak’s main cause. The agriculture ministry in Gaza inspects animals imported through what Nofal called the “official channels.” Yet animals smuggled into Gaza without the knowledge of the local administration do not undergo health checks, he said.

“The tunnels are the cause,” he added. “The Egyptian cattle entered Gaza through the tunnels and brought the disease with them. They destroyed our farms.”

Sarah Algherbawi is a freelance writer and translator from Gaza.

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