Weekly report on israel’s terrorism against the State of Palestine

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

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

(13 – 19 July 2017)

 

  • Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinian civilians in the West Bank.
  • 3 Palestinian civilians from Um al-Fahm were killed in an armed clash inside al-Aqsa Mosque yards.
  • 35 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  • Israeli forces continued to target the Gaza Strip border areas with no casualties reported.
  • Israeli forces conducted 58 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 8 ones in Jerusalem.
  • 57 civilians, including 5 children, 3 girls and a journalist, were arrested.
  • 26 of them, including 2 children and the 3 girls, were arrested in Jerusalem.
  • Ramasat and Palmedia offices in Hebron were raided.
  • Israeli forces continued efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied Palestinian Jerusalem.
  • The Islamic Call to Prayer (Adhan) was banned in al-Aqsa Mosque as an unprecedented measure.
  • 58 Islamic Endowments’ (Awqaf) officers, including the current and former Grand Muftis of Jerusalem and Palestine.
  • Israeli forces continued to target the Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip sea.
  • 2 fishermen were wounded off Khan Yuins shore, south of the Gaza Strip.
  • 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.
  • 4 civilians were arrested at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

 

 

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (13 – 19 July 2017).

 

Shooting:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed 6 Palestinian civilians. Three of them were killed inside al-Aqsa Mosque yards in occupied Jerusalem, while the three others were killed in the central and southern West Bank. Moreover, Israeli forces wounded 37 Palestinian civilians, including a child, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Thirty two of them were in the West Bank and the 5 others, including a child, were in the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip continued to chase the Palestinian fishermen in the sea and to open fire at farmers in the border areas.

 

In the West Bank, on 14 July 2017, in excessive use of force, Israeli forces killed Bara’ Hamamda (18) and wounded 2 others during an Israeli incursion into al-Dheisha refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, for arrests.

 

On the same day, 3 Palestinian civilians from Um al-Fahm in Israel were killed when they entered al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, and opened fire at the Israeli officers. They exchanged fire, due to which, the 3 Palestinians were killed immediately while 3 Israeli police officers were wounded. Two of the Israeli officers were pronounced dead later.

 

On 16 July 2017, Israeli officers killed Ammar Ahmed al-Tirawi (34), who is wanted to the Israeli forces, when they moved into Kufor Ein village, northwest of Ramallah. Gunfire was heard from a poultry farm in the eastern side of the village, after which the Israeli forces withdrew. The village residents hurried to the said area and saw blood in a greenhouse and in the main street, but found no corpse. Moreover, Israeli forces arrested the victim’s cousin and kept in the corpse in custody.

 

On 18 July 2017, Israeli forces killed Ra’fat Herbawi (29), from al-Karam valley neighbourhood, west of Hebron, after opening fire at his vehicle near Beit Aynoun intersection on bypass road (60). Israeli forces claimed that he attempted to deliberately run over a number of Israeli officers near the street. His corpse was taken by an Israeli military jeep to an unknown destination.

 

During the reporting period, in addition to the two wounded persons mentioned above, Israeli forces wounded 30 Palestinian civilians. Six of them sustained live bullet wounds, 17 sustained metal bullet wounds and 9 others were hit with sound bombs.

 

In the Gaza Strip, the border area witnessed peaceful protests against the illegal closure imposed on the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces used force against the protestors, as result, 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded. Two of them was hit with live bullets and one was hit with a tear gas canister.

 

On 16 July 2017, 2 fishermen were wounded when Israeli forces stationed in the sea opened fire at a fishing boat on board of which were 3 fishermen sailing within the allowed fishing limits off Khan Yunis shore, south of the Gaza Strip. The 2 fishermen were transported to Nasser Hospital to receive the necessary medical treatment. Their wounds were classified as moderate.

 

In the context of opening fire at the border area, on 13 July 2017, Israeli forces stationed at the border fence, east of Gaza Valley, opened fire at the shepherds and farmers in the area. However, no casualties were reported.

 

Concerning attacks on fishermen, on 15 July 2017, Israeli gunboats opened fire sporadically at the Palestinian fishermen, northwest of Beit Lahia village, north of the Gaza Strip. However, neither casualties nor material damage were reported. A similar attack recurred against the Palestinian fishing boats in the same area on 16 July 2017.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 58 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and 8 others into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 57 Palestinian civilians, including 5 children, 3 girls and a journalist. Twenty six of them, including 2 children and the 3 girls, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem and its suburbs.

 

Moreover, Israeli forces raided offices of Ramasat for TV services and Palmedia for media services in Hebron. They confiscated 4 hard disks from the first office and 6 others from the other.

 

Efforts to create Jewish Majority

 

Following the armed clash between the Palestinian civilians from Um al-Fahm and the Israeli officers in al-Aqsa yards on Friday morning, 14 July 2017, that resulted in the killing of 2 Israeli officers and the 3 Palestinians, dozens of Israeli intelligence and police officers and soldiers stormed al-Aqsa mosque and cordoned it off and denied the Palestinians access to the mosque. Moreover, they locked up all  the Islamic Endowments’ (Awqaf) officers inside rooms, confiscated their cell phones and referred some of them to interrogation. Israeli forces closed all entrances to the Old City with metal barriers. As an unprecedented measure, the Israeli authorities banned the Islamic Call to Prayer (Adhan) in al-Aqsa mosque until Sunday noon, 16 July 2017, after which they declared they would gradually reopen the mosque after erecting 9 metal detector gates  at al-Asbat, al-Majles and al-Selsela gates. However, they kept the remaining gates closed. The Muslim worshipers refused since then entering the mosque through those detector gates.

 

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, 13 July 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Surif village, southwest of Hebron, and stationed in al-Matinah area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Husam ‘Amer Abdul ‘Aziz Hadoush (34) and then handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlehem.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 3 civilians namely Mohammed Khaled al-Balasi (22), Mohammed Fathi Shuhadah (24) and Mo’ayad Sami al-Sharbi (21).

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Hebron and stationed in Wad al-Tuffah Street. They raided and searched al-Maha building and raided Ramsat News Agency. They broke the main door and confiscated 4 hard disks. They also raided and searched al-Quds Satellite Channel of Pal Media News Agency. The soldiers broke the main door and confiscated 6 hard disks as well. They later withdrew and no arrests were reported.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Marakah village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested ‘Ali Nafe’ Mousa (38).

 

  • At approximately 10:40, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza strip and Israel, east of Gaza Valley in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire at shepherds and farmers, who were present in the area. As a result , the farmers and shepherds were forced to flee fearing for 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: Dura and al-Hadab village in Hebron and Howarah village, south of Nablus.

 

Friday, 14 July 2017

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Rahhal valley area, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Isma’il al-Fawaghra (64). They then arrested the aforementioned person and took him to an unknown destination.

 

  • In a new crime of excessive use of force, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian young  man and wounded 2 others when the Israeli forces moved into al-Dheisheh refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, to carry out an arrest campaign as dozens of Palestinian young men protested against them.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 06:00 on Friday, 14 July 2017, Israeli forces accompanied with several military jeeps and dozens of infantry units moved into al-Dheisheh refugee camp, south of Bethlehem. They stationed in the center of the main street, and the soldiers stepped out of the jeeps and surrounded many houses in order to raid them. The soldiers raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mo’ath Abu Nassar and Mohammed ‘Obaid and then arrested them. In the meanwhile, dozens of Palestinian youngsters gathered and threw stones and Molotov cocktails at the Israeli soldiers, who immediately opened fire at them. As a result, 3 civilians were wounded, two of them were wounded in the lower limps while Baraa’ Isma’il Hamamdah (18) sustained 4 live bullet wounds to the chest, abdomen and neck. An ambulance of the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) immediately transferred the wounded civilians to al-Hussein Hospital in Beit Jala. After a while, Baraa’ was pronounced dead succumbing to his wounds.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Qalqiliyah, Halhoul, Yatta and al-Fawar refugee camp in Hebron.

 

Saturday, 15  July 2017

 

  • At approximately 07:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Qalqiliyah and Ematin village, northeast of the city; Salfit, Dura and Ethna villages in Hebron.

 

Sunday, 16  July 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Hebron and stationed in Abu Roman Mount area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Farahat Khalil Ghieth (60) and then arrested his son Mohammed (23).

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Arafat ‘Essa al-Za’aqiq, whose son ‘Arafat was killed by the Israeli forces on 27 November 2015, in Abu al-Towq area, east of the abovementioned village. The Israeli forces claimed that he attempted to carry out a stab attack against Israeli soldiers. The soldiers confiscated ‘Arafat’s car, which costs about NIS 70,000, claiming that he received that amount of money from illegal bodies. Moreover, the Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to Jasem Fouad Abu ‘Ayash in ‘Asidah area. They also searched the area around the house and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 05:00, Israeli forces accompanied with more than 30 military jeeps and a group of Israeli undercover agents “Musta’ribin”dressed like Palestinian civilians and supported by a drone moved into Kafer ‘Ein village, northwest of Ramallah. The soldiers surrounded 3 poultry farms belonging to Mohammed Lutfi Hasan al-Terawi, Ashraf al-Remawi and an expatriate civilian, who owns an uninhabited house comprised of 2 rooms. All of these farms are located in ‘Ein al-Jadidah area in the eastern outskirts of the abovementioned village. When the Israeli forces moved into, sound of heavy shooting was heard in the area. At approximately 06:00, information was leaked to the residents that there is a dead body in the farms. After the Israeli forces withdrew at approximately 06:30, a number of the residents rushed to the abovementioned area and saw a pool of blood in the uninhabited house and blood signs on the main street, but they did not find any corpse. They later knew that the Israeli forces killed ‘Ammar Ahmed Hasan Lutfi al-Terawi (34) and arrested his cousin Lutfi Mohammed Hasan al-Terawi (28), who was in his father’s farm. They kept the dead body under custody.

Following this crime, the Israeli forces declared that “Yamam” Unit, which is one of “Musta’ribin” units, and another Israeli unit from the “Shabak”, shot al-Terawi dead. They also claimed that al-Terawi pointed his weapon at the soldiers when they went to arrest him, so they opened fire at him. However, PCHR was not able to reach a local eyewitness to confirm or refute the Israeli claims, particularly because the Israeli forces arrested the only eyewitness on this crime. PCHR will continue to investigate in the circumstances of this crime.

It should be mentioned that the “Yamam” Unit is an Israeli counter-terrorism unit, one of four special units of the Israeli Border Police, and is specialized, among other tasks, in carrying out attacks against Members of Palestinian armed groups.  According to PCHR’s documentation of many attacks carried out by “Mustaribin” Unit against activists during al-Aqsa Intifada, members of this Unit used to kill Palestinians, claiming they are wanted, instead of arresting them.

 

  • At approximately 07:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the farmers were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

  • At approximately 21:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, opened fire at a Palestinian fishing boat manned by 3 fishermen. The boat was sailing within the fishing area limits adjacent to Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. As a result, 2 fishermen were wounded  and their wounds were classified as moderate. The shooting continued sporadically amidst firing flare bombs for an hour and half. The wounded fishermen were identified as:

 

  1. Ibrahim Mahmoud Mohammed Abu Jahjouh (19) from Khan Yunis. He sustained a live bullet wound to the left leg; and
  2. Khader Yasser Mahmoud Abu Shammalah (24) from Khan Yunis. He sustained a live bullet wound to the right leg.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Sa’ir, al-Thaheriyah and al-Koum villages in Hebron.

 

Monday, 17 July 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Qaryout village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Mo’tasem Mesleh Ahmed Badawi (20).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Douha village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ayman Fadel Daghamin (24). They arrested the aforementioned person and withdrew later.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Moghir village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Sami Sobhi al-Haj (26).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Rema village, northwest of Ramallah. they raided and searched a number of houses  after which they arrested Hutheifah Jaber Abu ‘Alyaa’ (19).

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Samou’, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested Mahmoud Bashir al-Hawamda (23) and Arafat Soboh al-Salameen (25).

 

  • At approximately 03:30,  Israeli forces  moved into Qalqiliyah . They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested 3 civilians, including 2 children, namely Hasan Mohammed Morjan (48), his son Aws (17) and ‘Alaa’ Nehad Abu ‘Asab  (17).

 

  • At approximately 10:30, Israeli forces accompanied with 2 military jeeps moved into ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyah, from the northern entrance to the village. They patrolled in the streets amidst firing sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, a number of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation.

 

  • At approximately 10:50, Israeli forces arrested Mohammed Shaker Wajih Hbais (35) from Qalqiliyah after he received a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Eyal” crossing.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Ethna, al-Shyoukh and Surif villages in Hebron.

 

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Sha’abah area in Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Hazem Jamil al-Ja’bari (29). They then handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gosh Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.

 

  • At approximately 01:15, Israeli forces moved into Hares village, north of Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ashraf Jamal ‘Ali Abed Jaber (22) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Mohammed ‘Adnan al-Khalili (22) from his house on Baker Street.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Asker refugee camp, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested journalist Redwan Suleiman Qatanani (28). It should be noted that Qatanani is a reporter at Palestine Post and Arabi 21 News Companies.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, and stationed in Bahar neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Jamil Yusuf Husain Masharqah (50) and then informed him to turn his son Khaldoun (25) into the military watchtower established at the eastern entrance to the village.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli force moved into Tammoun village, southeast of Tubas. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested Khaled Hasan Bani ‘Oudah (22).

 

  • At approximately 10:30, Israeli forces accompanied with 7 military jeeps and an armored personnel carrier moved into the eastern entrance to Qalqiliyah. They patrolled the streets of Kafer Saba, Khelet Noufel neighborhoods, Dawoud southern neighborhood and Khelet al-Ra’ei neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed ‘Asem Jaber Nazal (25) near the Islamic Da’wah Faculty and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 13:20, Israeli forces killed Ra’fat Nathmi Shukri Herbawi (29) from al-Karm Valley neighborhood in the western area in Hebron after opening fire at his car near Beit ‘Einoun intersection on Bypass Road (60). The Israeli forces claimed that Ra’fat attempted to carry out a run-over attack against the soldiers stationed near the Abovementioned Street. Ra’fat’s body was taken by an Israeli military ambulance to an unknown destination. An eyewitness said to PCHR’s fieldworker that he saw a car with an Israeli registration plate veered off twice towards a number of soldiers stationed on the road. As a result, a number of the Israeli soldiers were wounded before opening fire at the driver. Few minutes later, another car stopped as an Israeli settler known very well as “‘Ofer” by the eyewitness. The settler fired several live bullets from his gun at the driver.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (7) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Qalqiliyah and ‘Azoun village, east of the city; Surif, Bani Na’im, al-Koum; Deir al-‘Asal and Beit Awa villages in Hebron.

 

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ibrahim Hamdi Abu Maria and then arrested his son Kareem (17).

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Salem village, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Ahmed ‘Antar Hamdan (20) and Fadi Ghassan Jobarah (27).

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested ‘Anan Mahmoud al-Tamimi (21) and Omer Saleh Ayoub (26).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Marah Rabah village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Khalil Mohammed al-Sheikh (20).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Marba’et Sabtah in Hebron. They raided and searched a metal workshop belonging to Maher Abed al-Hai al-Jo’bah. They broke the main door and confiscated a number of hand tools and machines form it. The soldier then withdrew, but no arrests were reported.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces accompanied with 5 military jeeps moved into the southern area in Hebron. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Hani Mohammed Makroum Gheith and Hazem Theeb Gheith. They later withdrew, but no arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Taqou’ village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Naser Mohammed al-Sabah (34).

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Sa’ir and Hadab al-‘Alaqah villages, and northern neighbourhoods in Hebron.

 

Demonstrations in protest against the annexation wall and settlement activities

 

West Bank:

 

  • Following the Friday prayer on Friday, 14 July 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized a protest in Bil’in and Ni’lin villages, west of Ramallah; al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city, in protest 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 protesters into olive fields and houses. As a result, some of the protesters suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

 

  • At approximately 17:00 on Wednesday, 19 July 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a protest in the vicinity of Qalandiya military checkpoint at the northern entrance to occupied Jerusalem, in rejection to the Israeli authorities’ measures in al-Aqsa Mosque. The protestors threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli forces stationed there. The soldiers fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters. As a result, 4 civilians were wounded; three of them sustained live bullet wounds to the lower limbs while the fourth one sustained a metal bullet wound to the hand. They were transferred to Palestine Medical Complex as the Palestinian Ministry of Health declared that.

 

Gaza Strip:

 

  • At approximately 15:30 on Friday, 14 July 2017, dozens of Palestinian young men made their way to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip, protesting against the Israeli-imposed closure on Gaza. They gathered near the security fence, set fire to tires, raised the Palestinian flags and threw stones at the Israeli forces stationed along the abovementioned border fence. The soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a Palestinian civilian from al-Nuseirat sustained a live bullet wound to the right knee (PCHR keeps the name of the wounded civilian). The wounded civilian was transferred to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah and his medical condition was classified as moderate.

 

  • At approximately 16:30 on the same Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered few meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, in response to calls for protests in the border area against the Israeli-imposed closure on Gaza. A number of the young men set fire to tires and threw stones at the Israeli forces stationed along the abovementioned border fence. The soldiers fired live bullets, tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at them. The clashes continued until approximately 19:00 on the same day. As a result, a 17-year-old civilian sustained a live bullet wound to the left side of the waist and a 25-year-old civilian was hit with a tear gas canister to the head. They were transferred to the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia. Their wounds were classified as moderate.

 

  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

 

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Haaretz editor declares war on Zionism “Zionism is ‘inherently racist’”

Haaretz editor declares war on Zionism

David Rosenberg — Israel National News July 18, 2017

Haaretz editor declares war on zionism

An editor of the left-wing Haaretz daily chastised French President Emmanuel Macron for calling anti-Zionism a form of anti-Semitism, praising anti-Zionism as “resistance” against racism and apartheid.

Asaf Ronel, the world news editor for Haaretz, criticized Macron’s recent statement that anti-Zionism was a ‘reinvention’ of anti-Semitism.

“We will never surrender to the messages of hate; we will not surrender to anti-Zionism because it is a reinvention of anti-Semitism,” said Macron on Sunday.

Responding to Macron’s comments via Twitter, Ronel rejected the comparison, and denounced Zionism as being ‘inherently racist’. Ronel also praised anti-Zionism for ‘resisting’ the evils of modern Zionism.

“Dear president Emmanuel Macron, you are wrong – anti-Zionism is resisting the racism inherent in today’s Zionism. It’s not antisemitism.”

In a back and forth with French-Israeli foreign policy expert Emmanuel Navon, Ronel later accused Zionism of apartheid.

Do you know “what is the difference btwn blaming Zionism 4 oppression&apartheid & believing the protocols of the elders of Zion,” Ronel asked rhetorically, later answering his own question by writing that as opposed to the mythical Protocols, Zionist ‘apartheid’ was “reality”.

But unlike many radical left-wing critics of Israel, Ronel did not cite Israel’s 1967 liberation of Judea and Samaria as an example of the alleged ‘apartheid’, instead denouncing the very establishment of the Jewish state in 1948.

“& the apartheid refers to 48, not 67.”

On Monday, Ronel took to Twitter again to complain about criticism of his comments after Honest Reporting documented his aforementioned tweets.

“Pro-Israel activists attack my newspaper for something I wrote. Explains a lot about their understanding of free media & freedom of speech.”

Ronel raised the issue again with a tweet Tuesday morning, attacking the “conflating” of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, while accusing Israel of “whitewashing Zionist anti-Semites”.

“Conflating antiSemitism w antiZionism only hurts the fight against antiSemitism. Also true for Israel’s whitewashing of Zionist anti-Semites.”

 

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Weekly report on israel’s terrorism against the State of Palestine

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory 

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

(06 – 12 July 2017)

 

 

  • Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinian civilians, one of whom is a child, in the West Bank.
  • 10 Palestinian civilians were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, including 2 children and a photojournalist.
  • Israeli forces conducted 43 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 7 ones in Jerusalem.
  • 33 civilians, including 3 children, were arrested; 8 of them, including 2 children, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.
  • Israeli forces continued efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied Palestinian Jerusalem.
  • A residential building consisting of 6 apartments and stores in al-Eisawiya village was demolished.
  • 2 houses and a carwash in al-Mukaber Mount and Selwan village were demolished.
  • The settlers attempted to seize a plot of land in Silwan, south of the city.
  • 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.
  • 2 civilians were arrested at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

 

 

 

Summary

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

 

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, north and south of the West Bank. They wounded 10 others, including 2 children and a photojournalist. Six of them, including 2 children, were wounded in the West Bank and the 4 others, including the photojournalist, were wounded in the Gaza Strip.

 

In the West Bank, on 10 July 2017, in excessive use of force, Israeli forces killed Mohammed Ibrahim Jabareen (23), from Taqou’ village, east of Bethlehem. They claimed he attempted to run-over and stab Israeli soldiers on bypass road (60). However, his family denied the claim, explaining it was a car accident.

 

On 12 July 2017, in excessive use of force on 12 July 2017, Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians, including a child, and wounded a third in Jenin refugee camp, north of the West Bank.

 

During the reporting period, in addition to the wounded person mentioned above, Israeli forces wounded 5 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children and an international human rights activist. One of them was hit with live bullets, 4 others were hit with metal bullets and one was hit with sound bomb shrapnel. The incidents in which they were wounded were as follows:

 

On 07 July 2017, 2 Palestinian civilians and an international human rights activist were wounded with metal bullets during their participation in Kufor Qaddoum protest, northeast of Qalqilya.

 

On 09 July 2017, Nour Hamdan (13) sustained a metal bullet wound to the face during an Israeli incursion into al-Eisawiya village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem.

 

On 10 July 2017, Jana al-Rajabi (6) sustained a sound bomb shrapnel wound to the hand during an Israeli incursion into Batn al-Hawa neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of Jerusalem’s Old City.

 

In the Gaza Strip, the border area witnessed peaceful protests against the illegal closure imposed on the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces used force against the protestors, as result, 4 Palestinian civilians were wounded. One of them was hit with a live bullet and the 3 others were hit with tear gas canisters. Among the wounded was journalist Mohammed Baha’ al-Deen Mohammed (30), from Jabalia refugee camp.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 43 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and 7 others into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 33 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children. Eight of them, including 2 children, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem and its suburbs.

 

Efforts to create Jewish Majority

 

Concerning house demolitions, on 11 July 2017, the Israeli municipality demolished a residential building belonging to Hanan Mahmoud in al-Eisawiya village, northeast of East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. The 4-storey building is built on area of 800 square meters and comprises of 6 apartments and 2 stores. Mahmoud’s family mentioned that started building it a year ago.

 

On 12 July 2017, the Israeli municipality demolished a house belonging to Mousa Ebaidat in al-Sa’la area in al-Mukaber Mount, southeast of occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing.

 

On the same day, the Israeli municipality demolished a house belonging to Saleh Shwaiki in Beer Ayoub neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing.

 

In the context of settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property in the city, on 06 July 2017, a group of settlers and their guards attacked a number of Palestinian youngsters in Batn al-Hawa area in Silwan village, south of Jerusalem’s Old City. They pepper-sprayed and beat them before the Israeli soldiers intervened to disperse the village residents, who gathered to confront the settlers’ attack.

 

On 10 July 2017, the settlers attempted to seize a plot of land belonging to Basbous family in Batn al-Hawa neighbourhood in Silwan village. The settlers claimed the ownership of the plot of land to Jews from Yemen, who used to be the landlords before 1948. Ra’fat Basbous said they were surprised by the settlers’ attacking the land adjacent to their house. However, the residents of the area confronted the settlers.

 

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, 06 July 2017

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beta village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Rani Hashem ‘Ali Duweikat (19).

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Madama village, south of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Anas ‘Ali ‘Esam Zeyadah (22) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Ein Beit al-Maa’ refugee camp, west of Nablus. They raided an searched a number of houses and then arrested Mohammed Salem al-Ashqer (25).

 

  • At approximately 13:30, Israeli forces moved into Qarawet Bani Hassan village, northwest of Salfit. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Mahmoud Harb Ma’rouf (22).

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyah; Halhoul, Yatta and al-Burj village in Hebron.

 

Friday, 07 July 2017

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Beit Ummer, al-Semiya, Abu al-‘Asja and Abu al-‘Erqan villages in Hebron.

 

Saturday, 08 July 2017

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm refugee camp, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested Mohammed Ibrahim Nour Eden Ibrahim Shehadah (21) and Khalil Ahmed ‘Abe Rabbuh (27).

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Obaideyah village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Hamzah Abdullah al-‘Asa (35) 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 Saida village, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a number of house and then arrested Nasim Husni Hasan Hamad (19).

 

Sunday, 09 July 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Fares Ibrahim Doudah (18) and Tareq Naser Abu ‘Ayash (18).

 

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Dura, Yatta, al-Thaheriyah and al-Hadab villages in Hebron and Kafel Hares village, north of Salfit.

 

Monday, 10 July 2017

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Mohammed Nedal Isam’il al-Sheikh (22) and Khamis Mohammed al-Ghalban (24).

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into several neighborhoods in Hebron, and stationed in the southern area of it. They raided and searched 3 houses and then arrested ‘Odai Mahmoud Abu Turki (23) and Anas Na’im Mesk (21). They also handed a summons to Ra’fat al-Joulani to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlehem.

 

  • At approximately 04:00, a group of Israeli undercover agents “Mosta’rebeen” dressed like Palestinian civilians sneaked into al-Duheishah refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, travelling by a truck with a Palestinian registration plate. Following that, Israeli forces accompanied with several military jeeps moved into the abovementioned camp and deployed in streets. They raided and searched dozens of houses. After that, dozens of young men gathered and threw stones and Molotov Cocktails at the Israeli soldiers, who immediately fired live bullets and rubber-coated metal bullets at them.  At approximately 06:30, the soldiers withdrew from the camp after they arrested 3 civilians namely Mohammed Yusuf al-Laham (24), Yazan Yusuf Manaa’ (18) and Heidar ‘Ezzat Abu Dayah (22).

 

  • In a new crime of excessive use of force, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian from Taqou’ village, east of Bethlehem. They claimed that he attempted to carry out a run-over and stab attack against Israeli soldiers, who were present in the bypass street (60) near Taqou’ settlement.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 12:47 on the same day, Israeli forces opened fire at Mohammed Ibrahim Jabrin (23) from Taqou’ village, east of Bethlehem. They claimed that Mohammed attempted to carry out stab and run-over attack against Israeli soldiers, who were present in Street (60) near “Taqou” settlement, south of the city. As a result, Mohammed sustained several live bullet wounds and died immediately. Following that, the spokesperson of the Israeli forces said in a statement: “A run-over attack happened near Taqou’ village, causing the injury of an Israeli soldier with minor wounds. The attacker stepped out of the car and attempted to stab  soldiers, so he was shot dead.” Jabrin family refused the Israeli claims regarding their son’s attempt to carry out a stab attack. They instead considered what happened as a car accident. They added that the Israeli soldiers immediately opened fire at Mohammed. PCHR’s investigations in previous shooting incidents show that the Israeli forces used to open fire against Palestinian  civilians once they have suspicions on their attempt to carry out run-over attacks against their soldiers. On the same day evening, 17 military jeeps moved into Taqou’ village and surrounded Jabrin house. A number of the soldiers raided and searched the house. They then interrogated dozens of civilians in the village before they withdrew on Tuesday dawn, 11 July 2017.

 

  • At approximately 21:30, Israeli forces moved into Sebastia village, northwest of Nablus, and stationed in al-Athar area. They arrested Mahdi Yusuf Jamal Shehab (15) when he was near a coffee shop. They took him to “Shafi Shomron” settlement, northwest of the city where an Israeli officer interrogated him. At approximately 04:30 on Tuesday, 11 July 2017, Mahdi was released near al-Tanib Company for Brick along Tulkarm – Nablus Road. Mahdi said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

 

” At approximately 21:30 on Monday, 10 July 2017, when I was near a coffee shop in the Archaeology area in Sebastia village, I was surprised with 2 Israeli military jeeps raiding the area. A soldier ordered me to stop, so I stopped. Ten soldiers stepped out of the jeeps and searched me. One of them put my hands to the back and blindfolded my and took me to one of the jeeps and then withdrew from the village. Later, the two jeeps stopped moving and the soldiers took me to a yard, unhand cuffed me and removed the blindfold from my eyes and then took me to a room. I was questioned about people, who used laser lights when the soldiers moved into the village. I told them that I did not see anything. The soldiers threatened me to bring me before court and force my father to pay about NIS 15,000 if I did not confess. They then moved me to a room where there was a doctor, who examined me. They then transferred me to another room and made me sit on a chair. Half an hour later a soldier holding a phone came and ordered me to speak to someone. The man spoke with me in Arabic language and asked me about my name and age and then the soldier took the phone and left. In the early dawn hours, the soldiers put me in a jeep that moved for a while and then stopped. The soldiers then ordered me to step out of the jeep and left. I found myself near al-Tanib Company and realized that I was in  “Shafi Shomron” settlement.”

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Nablus and Kafer Qalil village, south of the city; Halhoul and Karisah village in Hebron.

 

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

 

 

  • At approximately 05:40, Israeli forces moved into Deir Abu Mash’al village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and then confiscated a sum of money of about NIS 2000 from a house belonging to Hamdan Abdul Wahed when they raided and searched the house. The soldiers then arrested ‘Odai ‘Essa Rabei’ (20) and Mohammed Namer ‘Eid (22).

 

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

 

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

 

  • In new crime of excessive use of force, Israeli forces killed two Palestinian civilians and wounded a third one in Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank. The Israeli forces claimed that the soldiers opened fire at “two attackers” after “Palestinian armed persons opened fire at them and threw explosive devices at the forces stationed in the camp”. However, PCHR’s investigations and eyewitnesses refute the Israeli narrative. 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 02:00 on Wednesday, 12 July 2017, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles and dozens of infantry soldiers moved into Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank.  They stationed in the center of the camp and then stepped out of their vehicles.  They surrounded several houses to raid them and arrest some of its residents.  Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinian young men and children gathered and threw stones at the soldiers, who heavily opened fire at the stone-throwers. As a result, ‘Oday Nizar Abu Na’asah (19) sustained a live bullet wound to the leg. At approximately 04:00, the Israeli forces withdrew while 2 military jeeps stationed at the western entrance to the camp. In the meantime, a motorbike driven to the western side of the camp was traveled by Sa’ed Naser ‘Abdel Fattah Salah (20) from the eastern neighborhood in Jenin, and Aws Mohammed Yousif Salamah (17), from Jenin refugee camp. When the jeeps moved the motorbike moved behind them, so the Israeli soldiers opened fire at them from a distance of 4 meters. As a result,  Sa’ed was wounded and fell on the ground and Aws was also wounded and walked for 50 meters away from the motorbike before he fell on the ground. The wounded civilians were transferred to Martyr Dr. Khalil Soliman Governmental Hospital in Jenin. Medical sources said that Sa’ed arrived dead at the hospital and doctors there tried for hours to save Aws’s life, but he died succumbing to his serious wounds. Medical sources mentioned that Sa’ed was hit with two bullets to the head and left side of the chest while Aws  was hit with a bullet that entered his abdomen and exited the chest. An eyewitness said that he saw 3 Israeli soldiers surrounding Sa’ed and trying to move him. Then a sound of gunshot was heard from the place.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Mahdi Jamil ‘Arouq (24) and Ismail Abdul Rahim Sadeq Zyoud (25).

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Barqin village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Mohammed Yusuf Khlouf (23).

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Qabatiyah village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched a number of hoses and then arrested Saif Mohammed Hasan Nazal (25).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Dura, southwest of the city. They raided and searched an 8-storey-building belonging to Abdul Wahab Yusuf Zounah (53) amidst firing sound bombs in the building and live bullets at the lightning lamps. Few minutes later, the soldiers blew up the back door of the building and the door that leads to the car garage. As a result, the residents, who were about 15 families comprised of 40 individuals, including children, were panicked. The soldiers continued to fire sound bombs in the building and blew up the This continued for few minutes  until a civilian namely Hasan Mohammed al-Fasfous (30) told the soldiers to stop and informed them he was not armed. It should be noted that Hasan is one of the wanted persons for the Israeli forces, who allegedly attempted to carry out a shooting attack against the military patrols and was arrested by the Palestinian security services and released one day ago. The soldiers attacked and arrested him and then arrested Mousa Husain Drawish, one of the building residents and Hasan’s relative. Khaled Yusuf Zounah, owner of the building said that the soldiers blew up the elevator, which costs about US$ 45,000 in addition to blowing all doors of the building, including those of governmental offices: Civil Liaison, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Ministry of Social Affairs and confiscated a DVR. The other financial losses reached about US$ 15,000.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Qalqiliyah and ‘Azoun village, east of Tulkarm; al-Samou’ and Beit Awa villages in Hebron.

 

 

Demonstrations in protest against the annexation wall and settlement activities

 

West Bank:

 

  • At approximately 13:30 on Friday, 07 July 2017, Palestinian civilians and International activists organized a demonstration in the center of Kufur Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah. They made their way towards the eastern entrance to the village in protest against closing that entrance since al-Aqsa Intifada with an iron gate. When the protestors arrived at the abovementioned entrance, the Israeli forces heavily fired metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, A 30-year-old international activist sustained a metal bullet wound to the abdomen, a 42-year-old civilian sustained a metal bullet wound to the ear and a 25-year-old civilian sustained a metal bullet wound to the right shoulder.

 

  • Following the Friday prayer, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized a protest in Bil’in and Ni’lin villages, west of Ramallah; al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city, in protest 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 protesters into olive fields and houses. As a result, some of the protesters suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

 

Gaza Strip:

 

  • At approximately 15:30 on Friday, 07 July 2017, dozens of Palestinian young men made their way to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip, in rejection to the Israeli-imposed closure on Gaza. They gathered near the security fence. They set fire to tires, raised the Palestinian flags and threw stones at the Israeli forces stationed along the abovementioned border fence. The soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a Palestinian civilian from al-Buraij refugee camp sustained a live bullet wound to the right leg (PCHR keeps the name of the wounded civilian) while others sustained tear gas inhalation. The wounded civilian was transferred to al-Aqsa hospital in Deir al-Balah and his medical condition was classified as moderate.

 

  • At approximately 16:30 on the same Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered few meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, in response to calls for protests in the border area against the Israeli-imposed closure on Gaza. A number of the young men set fire to tires and threw stones at the Israeli forces stationed along the abovementioned border fence. The soldiers fired live bullets, tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at them. The clashes continued until approximately 19:00 on the same day. As a result, 2 civilians from Jabalia refugee camp were wounded. They were transferred to the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia. Their wounds were classified as moderate.

 

  • Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Shuja’iya neighborhood, east of Gaza, in response to calls for protests in the border area against the Israeli-imposed closure on Gaza. A number of them set fire to tires and threw stones at the Israeli forces stationed there and in the vicinity of “Nahal Oz” military site. The Israeli soldiers fired live bullets and rubber-coated metal bullets at them. As a result, a number of the civilians sustained tear gas canisters. The clashes continued until approximately 19:00 on the same day. As a result, Mohammed Bahaa’ Eden Mohammed (30), journalist at Shehab News Agency, from Jabalia refugee camp was hit with a tear gas canister to the right hand. He also suffered tear gas inhalation an sustained bruises.

 

 

  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

John Pilger slams Mainstream silence re Apartheid israel crimes: #FreePalestine

John Pilger slams Mainstream silence re Apartheid Israel crimes: Free Palestine
by : Dr Gideon Polya

Outstanding expatriate Australian journalist John Pilger has written a powerful demand for Palestinian human rights on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the illegal, war criminal Israeli seizure of all of Palestine and the violent kidnapping of the Occupied Palestinians , presently 4.7 million with half of them Occupied Palestinian children (see John Pilger, “John Pilger on why Palestine is still the issue:, New Matilda, 10 July 2017: https://newmatilda.com/2017/07/10/w… ) .

After recounting shocking stories from the Occupied Palestinian experience , John Pilger roundly condemns the mendacious, racist, pro-Zionist and pro-Apartheid Mainstream media : “For Palestinians, these will be familiar stories. The question is: why are they not familiar in London and Washington, Brussels and Sydney? In Syria, a recent liberal cause – a George Clooney cause – is bankrolled handsomely in Britain and the United States, even though the beneficiaries, the so-called rebels, are dominated by jihadist fanatics, the product of the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq and the destruction of modern Libya. And yet, the longest occupation and resistance in modern times is not recognized. When the United Nations suddenly stirs and defines Israel as an apartheid state, as it did this year, there is outrage – not against a state whose “core purpose” is racism but against a UN commission that dared break the silence. “Palestine,” said Nelson Mandela, “is the greatest moral issue of our time.” Why is this truth suppressed, day after day, month after month, year after year? On Israel – the apartheid state, guilty of a crime against humanity and of more international law-breaking than any other – the silence persists among those who know and whose job it is to keep the record straight”.

John Pilger concludes that we are all Palestinians (“they are us, and we are them”) and that accordingly Palestinians will eventually be free: “At the heart of the Middle East is the historic injustice in Palestine. Until that is resolved, and Palestinians have their freedom and homeland, and Israelis and Palestinians are equal before the law, there will be no peace in the region, or perhaps anywhere. What Mandela was saying is that freedom itself is precarious while powerful governments can deny justice to others, terrorise others, imprison and kill others, in our name. Israel certainly understands the threat that one day it might have to be normal. That is why its ambassador to Britain is Mark Regev, well known to journalists as a professional propagandist, and why the “huge bluff” of charges of anti-Semitism, as Ilan Pappe called it, was allowed to contort the Labour Party and undermine Jeremy Corbyn as leader. The point is, it did not succeed. Events are moving quickly now. The remarkable Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS) is succeeding, day-by-day; cities and towns, trade unions and student bodies are endorsing it. The British government’s attempt to restrict local councils from enforcing BDS has failed in the courts. These are not straws in the wind. When the Palestinians rise again, as they will, they may not succeed at first – but they will eventually if we understand that they are us, and we are them.”

Inspired by John Pilger’s excellent, humane essay I make the following 5 key points:

(1) a measure of the silence, mendacity, racism, and anti-Arab anti-Semitism of the pro-Zionist Mainstream media (that are also anti-Jewish anti-Semitic by falsely conflating Apartheid Israel with all Jews, including decent anti-racist Jews who utterly abhor racist Zionism and Apartheid Israeli atrocities) – Googling “Madeleine McCann” ( British child believed to have been kidnapped in Portugal) yields 595,000 results but Googling “Occupied Palestinian children” (2.4 million violently confined, 1 million in the Gaza Concentration Camp and 1.4 million in West Bank ghettoes under Israeli guns) yields 6 results, 100,000 times fewer than for 1 British child;

(2) of the now 52% Palestinian majority in a Palestine ruled by Apartheid Israel, 73% (the Occupied Palestinians) have zero human rights and are unable to vote for the government ruling them i.e. Apartheid as in Apartheid South Africa but supported by pro-Apartheid Israel nations, most notably Trump America, endlessly racist and imperialist Britain, racist White Australia and now Hindutva-ruled, neofascist and racist Modi India;

(3) with 90% of Palestinians now ethnically cleansed by the genocidal Zionists, the 2 state solution is totally dead. The World must demand an end to the war criminal occupation with an end to race-based Apartheid Israel after the example of post-Apartheid South Africa and its replacement by a unitary state in Palestine with return of all refugees, zero tolerance for racism, equal rights for all, one-person-one-vote, justice, goodwill, reconciliation, airport-level security, internationally-guaranteed national security initially based on present armed forces, and untrammelled access for all citizens to all of the Holy Land – it can happen tomorrow;

(4) the World must apply Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Apartheid Israel and all its racist supporters (as were successfully applied against UK-, US-, Australia- and Apartheid Israel-backed Apartheid South Africa) and racist Zionists and their supporters must be sidelined from public life as have been other racist such as the Nazis, neo-Nazis, Apartheiders and the Ku Klux Klan;

(5) in particular, politicians in a one-person-one-vote democracy must support one-person-one-vote – those who support nuclear terrorist, racist Zionist-run, democracy Apartheid Israel are pro-Apartheid and hence anti-one-person-one-vote democracy. In Australia (second only to Trump America in support of Apartheid Israel) decent, informed people will utterly reject the pro-Apartheid Lib-Labs (Coalition Government and Labor Right Opposition), vote 1 Green and put the Coalition last.

Some useful compendia of realities utterly ignored by the Zionist-subverted and perverted, anti-Arab anti-Semitic and anti-Jewish anti-Semitic Mainstream media presstitutes:

“Boycott Apartheid Israel”: https://sites.google.com/site/boyco….

“Gaza Concentration Camp”: https://sites.google.com/site/pales… .

“Jews Against Racist Zionism”: https://sites.google.com/site/jewsa… .

“Non-Jews Against Racist Zionism”: https://sites.google.com/site/nonje… .

“Nuclear weapons ban, end poverty and reverse climate change”: https://sites.google.com/site/drgid… .

“Palestinian Genocide”: https://sites.google.com/site/pales… .

“Stop state terrorism” : https://sites.google.com/site/stops… .

“State crime and non-state terrorism”: https://sites.google.com/site/state… .

Nuclear terrorist, racist Zionist-run, democracy-by-genocide Apartheid Israel is now at the cross-roads – it can (a) continue as a vile, genocidal, grossly human rights-abusing , neo-Nazi Apartheid rogue state or (b) dismantle Apartheid as was done in post-Apartheid South Africa. The 2-State Solution is now dead because of the ethnic cleansing of 90% of the land of Palestine by the genocidally racist Zionists. . A peaceful , humane solution that would be of enormous benefit to all the world, to all the Jewish Israelis and to all the Indigenous Palestinians would be a unitary state in Palestine with return of all refugees, zero tolerance for racism, equal rights for all, all human rights for all, one-person-one-vote, justice, goodwill, reconciliation, airport-level security, nuclear weapons removal, internationally-guaranteed national security initially based on present armed forces, and untrammelled access for all citizens to all of the Holy Land. It can and should happen tomorrow (see Gideon Polya, “50 years of genocidal occupation & human rights abuse by Apartheid Israel”, Countercurrents, 9 June 2017: http://www.countercurrents.org/2017… ).

Danish MP Zenia Stampe speaks out about israel’s attempts to intimidate

Israel Tries to Silence Danish MP

Zenia Stampe — Facebook June 27, 2017

I don’t often begin a Facebook post with an appeal, but this is an extraordinary situation. This post is long but I hope you will read it. And I hope you will share it.
I am a Danish politician and Member of the Danish Parliament. I have just returned from a week in Israel and Palestine. The trip concluded with a very unusual experience. We were meeting with a political director from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also happens to be the next Ambassador to Denmark. We discussed the situation in the Middle East. But towards the end of the meeting he changed the subject and began attacking Facebook updates I have written in Danish.
It is very unusual for a diplomat to argue with a politician from abroad. It shows how sensitive the Israeli government is to foreign criticism. It also shows that Israelis tend to think they can intimidate critics into silence.
But I will not be silenced. I have seen systematic and deliberate breaches of international law during the last week. I intend to speak out. And now I know the Israeli government is listening.
And that’s why I ask you to read and share my post with your network. For the further it reaches, the more seriously the Israeli government will be forced to address it.
We often hear the Israeli government using “security considerations” to justify their politicies But one thing is now only too clear to me: Israel is making systematic efforts to drive the Palestinians out of large areas of the occupied territories. Israel is in the process of colonizing the areas that were intended to become the Palestinian state. And the word security is a thin layer of varnish applied by Israel to cover that policy.
Let me provide just four examples:
  1. Confiscation of Palestinian houses
    Israeli law allows any Jewish Israelis to claim homes where Jews lived before 1948. Note that this is taking place in the occupied territories, not in Israel. This means that an Israeli Jew can knock on the door of a house where a Palestinian family has lived for generations. They can obtain a court order to force the family to move out; the settlers then move in. Most often they put a huge Israeli flag on the roof. And the Israeli military is now obliged to protect the house. So the neighbours suddenly see their street turned into a militarized area. The children play among heavily armed soldiers and checkpoints.
How can this policy benefit Israel’s security in any way?
  1. Settlements
    There are currently 600,000 Israeli settlers living in the Palestinian territories, and the number is rising rapidly. According to international law the settlements are illegal. An occupying power must not transfer its own population to occupied territory. But the most critical aspect is not the growth in the number of settlers but the systematic confiscation of Palestinian land, the demolition of Palestinian property, the depletion of natural resources, and the compulsory relocation of Palestinians. These are all breaches of international law, and a de facto colonization of the Palestinians’ country.
This is not just a matter of principle. I have witnessed demolitions. I have spoken to farmers driven off land where they have lived and which they worked for generations. I have seen settlements covering larger and larger areas on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, with security walls, control towers and huge security zones. If this development continues Palestine will become like a Swiss cheese, where all that is left for the Palestinians is the holes in the cheese. The Palestinians are confined to ghettos in their own country.
How can this in any way be justified by security considerations?
  1. Living Conditions
    Palestinians in large areas of the West Bank must submit applications in Israel to extend their homes, dig wells, etc. But their applications are systematically rejected. They find water supplies get cut off and electrical installations destroyed by the military. Meanwhile they see the settlements in the area constantly expanding and being given unrestricted access to electricity and water. I have stood on a road where the Palestinians on one side of the road only had a little water, while the settlers on the other side of the road had all the water they needed. It is not just a problem for individual families and businesses forced to cope with very limited resources. This is also a huge obstacle to the Palestinian economy because it impedes the creation of jobs. We visited a farm and a brewery, both of which were very well run and had considerable potential. But when you only have very limited access to water and do not know when it’s going to be cut off, it’s hard to expand production.
What has any of this to do with security?
  1. The security wall
    Israel has the right to protect its borders from potential terrorists. This includes the right to build a wall. But Israel’s security wall is not on the Israeli border and it does not separate Israelis from Palestinians. The wall cuts through Palestine and prevents Palestinians from accessing their own farmlands, schools, institutions, hospitals, and jobs. Thousands of Palestinians cross the wall every day but doing so requires permits and hours of waiting in chaotic conditions.
The wall is therefore a clear breach of international law, and it cannot be justified by security considerations. If this were about security, the wall would surely be located along the green line: the internationally recognized border between Israel and Palestine. And why does Israel at least not provide a proper number of operational checkpoints so that Palestinians can cross the wall quickly? Chaotic scenes with thousands of desperate people queuing for hours and hours are normal. It’s sheer harassment.
How can this be of any value in terms of security considerations?
I know many Jews and many Israelis. I understand and respect how centuries of persecution have created a need for security, both in terms of protection from persecution in the many countries where Jews live and in the mere fact that Israel exists as a safe haven. I will stand up for this at all times.
But the Israeli government is pursuing goals that are not about security. They are about a land grab; about taking over the little the Palestinians have left. It is a slow and deliberate displacement of the Palestinians from their own country. This must not go unremarked. We have a duty to criticize it.
I look forward to welcoming the new Israeli ambassador to Denmark. He must know that many Danes follow what is going on in Israel and Palestine. Many of us are gravely concerned. And we are not going to remain silent.
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PS: The photo shows me on the outskirts of the Palestinian village of Susiya. Susiya has been demolished by the Israeli military six times and is subject to a standing demolition order. On the horizon, the watchtower of the settlement that Israel says is threatened by the village. Which is why the village is to be demolished. But actually, who is threatening who?
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Weekly report on israel’s terrorism against the State of Palestine (08 – 14 June 2017)

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory 

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

 

  • Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian in the Gaza Strip in new crime of excessive use of force.
  • 21 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were wounded during peaceful demonstrations organized along the Gaza Strip borders.
  • Israeli forces conducted 38 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 3 limited ones in the Gaza Strip.
  • 46 civilians, including 10 children, were arrested in the West Bank.
  • 12 of them, including 6 children, were arrested in Jerusalem.
  • Among those arrested were former Minister, Wasfi Qabha, and Hamas leader ‘Abdel Khaleq al-Natsheh.

 

  • Israeli forces continued to target the Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip Sea.

 

  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 10th
  • Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.
  • 5 civilians were arrested at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

 

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (08-14 June 2017).

 

Shooting:

During the reporting period, in a new crime of excessive use of force, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 21 others, including 2 children, in the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces continued to chase the Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip Sea and open fire at farmers along the border areas.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 09 June 2017, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 21 others, including 2 children, when the Israeli forces opened fire at dozens of young men protesting near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel.  In the northern Gaza Strip, those forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 18 others, including 2 children.  Five of whom were hit with bullets to the limbs, one was hit with bullet shrapnel to the chest, 10 were directly hit with gas canisters and 2 were hit with metal bullets.  In the eastern side of al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, two civilians were wounded with bullets to the limbs while in al-Shokah village, east of Rafah City in the southern Gaza Strip, a civilian was hit with a bullet to the limbs.

 

In the same context, the border area witnessed protests against the Israeli-imposed closure on the Gaza Strip. They used force against the protestors, due to which 7 civilians, including a child, were wounded (excluding the 2 abovementioned)

 

In the context of Israeli attacks against fishermen in the sea, on 08 June 2017, Israeli gunboats opened fire at and chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip. As a result, fishermen were forced to flee for fear of being arrested or killed.  However, neither casualties nor damage to the boats were reported. The shooting recurred at the Palestinian fishing boats in the same area on 13 June 2017 when also fishing boats sailing off Rafah shore in the southern Gaza Strip were targeted in the same way.

 

In the West Bank, Israeli forces used force to disperse protests organized by Palestinian civilians and human rights defenders in the villages of Ni’lin, Bi’lin, west of Ramallah, al-Nabi Saleh, northwest of the city, and Kafr Qaddoum, northeast of Qalqilya.  As a result, some protestors suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises after being beaten up by the Israeli soldiers.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 38 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and 7 others into Jerusalem and its suburbs .During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 46 Palestinian civilians, including 10children. Fourteen of them, including 6 children, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem and its suburbs. Among those arrested were ‘Abdel Khaleq al-Natsheh (62), a Hamas leader, and Wasfi Qabha, a former Minister.  The Israeli forces also confiscated a carr belonging to al-Natsheh’s wife and another car belonging to Hadil Abu Menshar.  The Israeli forces claimed that the two confiscated cars belong to Hamas movement while both al-Natsheh and Abu Menshar families confirmed they bought those cars from their own money.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 12 June 2017, Israeli forces moved 100 meters into al-Qararah village, northeast of Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip. They combed lands along the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip.

 

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, 08 June 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Eyad Abu al-‘Ourah (24) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Jabal Abu Romman in the southern area of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Anwar Mohammed Abu Husain (44) and the house of his brother Husain (34). They then withdrew, and no arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Inabous village, south of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to lawyer Mohammed Naser Eden ‘Ellan (32) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Madama village, south of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Ahmed Nezar Zeyadah (22) and Oseid Abdul Naser al-Qet (24).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Taqqou’ village, southeast of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohanned Jamal Jahajhah (20) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 22:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fear for his life, but neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

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

 

Friday, 09 June 2017

 

  • At approximately 02:50, Israeli forces moved into Wad al-Haryah area in the southern area in Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Abdul Khaleq Hasan Shathli al-Natshah (62), a Hamas leader, and then arrested him. They also confiscated his wife’s car, which cost about NIS 110,000. The soldiers handed the family a decision to confiscate the vehicle with words of:” money belonging to Hamas Movement”.

Al-Natsha’s wife said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

 

“A number of soldiers raided our house and thoroughly searched my husband’s library and then handcuffed him. The soldiers refused to allow me to give him his own medicine before they withdrew. They then confiscated my car though I showed them papers that prove it belongs to me, but they did not care and said it is for Hamas. After the soldiers left the house, I checked on the house and found jewelry estimated about JD 2000 and about NIS 500 missed from my wallet. The wallet was in the bedroom where the soldiers were searching without allowing us to come with them. I knew later that my husband is in Megiddo Prison”.  

 

  • In the same time, another Israeli force raided and searched a house belonging to Derar Mohammed Rabei’ Zuhdi Abu Monshar (38) from al-Rahmah area in the southern area of the city, and arrested him. They also confiscated the car of Derar’s wife Hadeel Abu Menshar (32). It should be noted that the car costs about NIS 50,000 and Hadeel bought it after she got the inheritance of her family.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Qalqiliyah Beit Awa village and Qalqas area in Hebron.

 

Saturday, 10 June 2017

 

  • At approximately 04:30, Israeli forces moved into Surif village, northwest of Hebron, and stationed in al-Baten neighbourhood. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Khaled Ahmed ‘Ar’ar (22) and Omer Mohammed Ghuneimat (26) and then arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 06:00, an Israeli infantry force moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. The soldiers patrolled the streets and then raided and searched 4 houses. They then arrested 4 civilians namely Rebhi Jaber Khamis al-Badawi (33), Ema Mahmoud Abdul Rahamn Jabrin (28) and the brothers Fathi (26) and Tareq Khamis al-Badawi (23).

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyah, Halhoul and Beta village, south of Nablus.

 

Sunday, 11 June 2017

 

  • At approximately 06:00, an infantry Israeli force raided a house belonging to Ahmed Hani Da’nah (15), in the center of Hebron’s Old City, and arrested him. Few hours later, Ahmed was released and handed to the Palestinian Military Liaison.

 

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

 

Monday, 12 June 2017

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into They raided and searched a house belonging to Khalil Mo’ti (54) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to the former Minister of Prisoner Affairs, Wasfi Qabha (30) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Rantees village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Sa’eb Fehmi Abu Saleem (29) and Soheib Jamil al-Sheikh (28).

 

  • At approximately 05:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Mohammed ‘Essa Mohammed Bahar (17) and Mohammed Yusuf Mohammed Bahar (22) and took them to the village entrance where a military watchtower is stationed. In the meanwhile, another Israeli force raided a medical clinics building after breaking the main building door. The soldiers searched two clinics belonging to Basel Abu Dayah and Dr. Hasan al-‘Alami.

 

  • At approximately 07:00, Israeli forces accompanied with a number of heavy military bulldozers moved about 100 meters into the eastern side of al-Qararah village, northeast of Khan Yuns in the southern Gaza Strip. The bulldozers leveled the lands along the border fence for hours before they redeployed along the abovementioned border fence.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Sa’ir, Beit Awla and al-Shyoukh villages in Hebron.

 

Tuesday, 13 June  2017

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested Fadi Ahmed Mustafa ‘Amouri (40) and ‘Adnan Ahmed Hasan Khader (49).

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Shweikeh Suburb, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a number of houses and ten arrested Mohammed Abdul Rahman Rashed Akabriyah (30).

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Tarqumiyah village, west of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Netham Abdul Rahman Qa’aqout (47) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 04:40, Israeli forces moved from “Beit Eil” settlement into al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah and the soldiers deployed between houses. A number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at the soldiers. The soldiers fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them and chased them. They also arrested Mohammed Sa’ed Shahwan (21).

 

  • At approximately 05:00, Israeli forces moved into Yatta, south of Hebron, and stationed on Roq’ah neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Bahaa’ Khalil Ibrahim Zain (36) and then withdrew, but no arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 22:30, Israeli gunboats fired shells and opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing off Rafah shore in the southern Gaza Strip. They also fired flare bombs above the fishermen’s boats, but no arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 23:15, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives. However, neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-Shyoukh and Beit Marsam villages in Hebron and Beta village, southeast of Nablus.

 

Tuesday, 14 June 2017

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Husan village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Nabil al-Sha’er (22) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 07:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Dheisheh refugee camp, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Younis Hasan al-Zughari (22) and Mo’taz Mohammed Shari’ah (22).

 

  • At approximately 03:10, Israeli forces moved into al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Qeis Ra’ed Barakat (17) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Birah and stationed in al-Jenan area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Mohammed Hawamdah (22) and then arrested him.

 

  • 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

 

West Bank:

 

  • Following the Friday prayer on 09 June 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized a protest in Bil’in and Ni’lin villages, west of Ramallah; al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city and Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah, in protest 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 protesters into olive fields and houses. As a result, some of the protesters suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

 

Gaza Strip:

 

  • At approximately 17:00 on Thursday, 08 June 2017, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Qararah village, northeast of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. They set fire to tires and raised the Palestinian flags and banners condemning the Israeli closure on the Gaza Strip. When a number of the young men approached the abovementioned border fence, the Israeli soldiers stationed there sporadically fired live bullets and tear gas canisters for an hour and a half around the protestors to disperse them. As a result, a number of them sustained tear gas inhalation.

 

  • Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. They set fire to tires and raised flags and banners condemning the Israeli closure on the Gaza Strip. When some of the young men approached the abovementioned border fence, the Israeli soldiers stationed there sporadically fired live bullets and tear gas canisters for an hour and a half around the protestors to disperse them. As a result, some of them sustained tear gas inhalation.

 

  • Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian young men made their way to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Buraij, in protest against the Israeli-imposed closure on the Gaza Strip. The young men gathered near the security fence, set fire to tires, raised the Palestinian flags and then threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence. The soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at the protestors and the agricultural lands located to the west of the abovementioned border fence. As a result, a number of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and received medical treatment on the spot.

 

  • At approximately 14:30 on Friday, 09 June 2017, dozens of youngsters gathered near the border fence, east of the cemetery, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip. Some of them set fire to tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence. The Israeli soldiers sporadically fired tear gas canisters and live bullets at the protestors for 5 hours. The confrontations peaked at 18:00. As a result, ‘Ayed Khamis Mahmoud Jom’ah (19) from Jabalia died after he sustained a live bullet wound to the head. In addition, 18 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded, when they were between 50 and 150 meters away from the border fence. Six civilians were hit with live bullets to the limbs, one sustained a live bullet shrapnel wound to the chest, 9 civilians were directly hit with tear gas canisters and 2 others sustained live bullet wounds. The killed and wounded were transferred by ambulances, civilian vehicles and even motorcycles to the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia. The medical sources classified their injuries between moderate and minor. (PCHR keeps the names of the wounded civilians).

 

  • At approximately 03:30 on the same Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered few meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel near al-Nahdah neighborhood, east of al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, in response to calls for protests in the border area against the Israeli-imposed closure on Gaza. A number of the protestors approached the border fence, set fire to tires, raised the Palestinian flags and then threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed at the border fence. The soldiers fired tear gas canisters and live bullets at them. The clashes continued until approximately 19:00 on the same day. As a result, Mohammed Yasin Ahmed al-‘Arabid (21) sustained a live bullet wound to the upper limbs. He was transferred to Gaza European Hospital in Khan Yunis. His injury was classified as moderate.

 

  • At approximately 17:00 on the same Friday, dozens of Palestinian young men made their way to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Buraij, in rejection to the Israeli-imposed closure on the Gaza Strip. The young men gathered near the security fence, set fire to tires, raised the Palestinian flags and then threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed at the border fence. The soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at the protestors and the agricultural lands that are located in the west of the abovementioned border fence. As a result, 2 civilians sustained live bullet wounds to the limbs. One of the wounded civilians was in his land that is located about 220 meters away from the abovementioned border fence. Moreover, other civilians sustained tear gas inhalation. The wounded civilians were transferred to al-Aqsa Hospital to receive medical treatment. Their injuries were classified as moderate.

 

  • At approximately 17:00 on the same Friday, dozens of Palestinian young men made their way to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. They set fire to tires, raised the Palestinian flags and banners condemning the Israeli closure on the Gaza Strip. When a number of the young men approached the border fence waving the Palestinian flags, the Israeli soldiers stationed there sporadically fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at them for an hour and a half in order to disperse the protestors. As a result, a number of civilians sustained tear gas inhalation.

 

  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

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