Weekly report on israel’s terrorism against the State of Palestine (15 – 21 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)

(15 – 21 June 2017)

 

 

  • Israeli forces killed 4 Palestinian civilians in occupied Jerusalem.
  • 12 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  • Israeli forces conducted 42 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one in the southern Gaza Strip.
  • 65 civilians, including 6 children and 2 women, were arrested in the West Bank.
  • 23 of them, including 6 children, were arrested in Jerusalem.
  • Israeli forces continued practicing the collective punishment policy.
  • Collective punishment measures were imposed against the Palestinian civilians in Jerusalem and Deir Abu Mesh’al village.
  • 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.
  • 15 civilians, including 2 children and a fieldworker at B’Tselem, 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 (15-21 June 2017).

 

Shooting:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed 4 Palestinian civilians, 3 of them were killed in occupied Jerusalem, while the other was killed at Jaba’ military checkpoint, northeast of the City. Israeli forces wounded 12 civilians, including 3 children, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces chased the Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip sea and opened fire at the farmers along the border area.

 

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, 7 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, were wounded. Five of them were hit with live bullets and the two others sustained shrapnel wounds.

 

In the context of Israeli attacks against fishermen in the sea, on 17 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. The shooting recurred at the Palestinian fishing boats in the same area on 18 and 19 June 2017. As a result, the fishermen were obliged to sail back. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

In the West Bank, on 16 June 2017, Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinian civilians from Deir Abu Mash’al village, northwest of Ramallah, and wounded three by-passers when Israeli forces opened fire at the three civilians, who carried out a stabbing and shooting attack in Sultan Suleiman Street at the northern entrance to Bab al-Amoud (Damascus Gate) in occupied East Jerusalem.

 

On 20 June 2017, Israeli forces stationed at Jaba’ military checkpoint, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, killed Baha’ al-Herbawi (23), from al-Eizariya village, east of the city. Israeli forces claimed that the killed attempted to carried out a stabbing attack against Israeli soldiers during an ordinary check-up at the checkpoint. Therefore, they shot him dead.

 

In addition to the wounded persons mentioned above, on 17 June 2017, 2 other civilians were wounded during an Israeli incursion into Deir Abu Mash’al village, northwest of Ramallah.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 42 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 65 Palestinian civilians, including 6 children and 2 women. Twenty three of them, including the 6 children, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem and its suburbs.

Among those arrested was Zainab Mohammed ‘Ankoush (41), the mother of Adel ‘Ankoush who was killed by Israeli forces in Jerusalem on 16 June 2017, as well as Enaya Abed al-Khair Saleh (45), the wife of prisoner Saleh Sulaiman Ata. Both of them are from Deir Abu Mash’al village, northwest of Ramallah.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 19 June 2017, Israeli forces moved about 100 meters into al-Shouka village, east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip. They combed lands along the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip and withdrew later.

 

Collective punishment measures:

 

Following the stabbing and shooting attack carried out in East Jerusalem on 16 June 2017 that resulted in the killing of 3 Palestinian youngsters and an Israeli female soldier, Israeli forces imposed a series of collective punishment measures against the Palestinian civilians in occupied Jerusalem and later in Deir Abu Mash’al village, northwest of Ramallah, from which the youngsters come.

 

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, 15 June 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Obiyat area, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ra’ed Ibrahim Abu Fariha al-‘Obiyat (21) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into several neighborhoods in Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Morad Abed al-‘Afow al-Qawasmah (32) in Daeret al-Sair neighborhood and then arrested him. After that, the Israeli forces moved into ‘Ein Sarah area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Safwat Mohammed al-Ja’bari (30) and then arrested him. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed ‘Ali al-‘Owaiwi (29) in al-Dahdah neighborhood and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Dawhah village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Bilal Ismail Masalmah (22). They then arrested him and confiscated his PC set.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aydah refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed ‘Obaidallah (24) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Nablus and stationed in Rafidia neighborhood, west of the city. They raided and searched a house belonging to Fareq Nabil al-Bashtawi (27) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 06:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Birah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nayef Mohanned Abdul Fattah Bazar (27) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 14:00, Israeli forces raided a gas station in Beit Ummer village near the Bypass road (60), north of Hebron. They arrested Jehad Hesham Khalil Abu Maria (26) and Treq Jamal Khalil Abu Maria (25) from their work place at the station. It should be noted that the arrested civilians are from Beit Ummer village.

 

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

 

Friday, 16 June 2017

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Ein Sarah neighborhood in Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Ali Mohammed Qafisha (40) and then arrested him.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-Samou’, Beit Ummer villages  and the southern area in Hebron.

 

Saturday, 17 June 2017

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Mohab Husain al-Damiri (23) and Abdullah Taiseer Abdul Latif Hasan (25). At approximately 04:00, they withdrew taking the arrested civilian to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, an Israeli infantry force moved into Thanabah Suburb, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Amjad Shukri Abdul Karim al-Hamshari (25) and Mas’oud Yusuf Hattab (28).

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Thanabah village, west of Hebron, and stationed in ‘Aziz neighbourhood, west of the village. They raided and searched 2 houses and kept the inhabitants outdoors. They then arrested 3 civilians, including 2 brothers namely Ahmed Mohammed Farajallah (25), Mo’ath (15) and his brother Ward Ahmed Farajallah (20).

 

  • At approximately 22:45, 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: Sa’ir and al-Koum villages in Hebron and Sanjal village, north of Ramallah.

 

Sunday, 18  June 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Shaheen Valley area, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohanned ‘Atiyah Ta’amrah (19) and arrested

 

  • At approximately 21:00, 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. However, neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

Monday, 19  June 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Anwar Abdul Hamid Bour (60) and then arrested his sons Medhat (26) an Ibrahim (22).

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Jaba’ village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Rashad Khaldoun Jarrar (25). At approximately 03:30, they withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Sahour and stationed in Abu Fariha area. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Isam’il Hasan ‘Obaiyat (27) and Mohammed Ibrahim Abu Farihah (36).

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Salem village, east of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested 3 civilians, one of them is blind and suffers from a neurological problem. The arrested civilians were identified as Mohammed Sayel Mustafa Eshtiyah (24), the blind; Abdul Rahman Nsouh Eshtiyah (31) and Fawzi Mohammed ‘Awwad (27).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Husan village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Mohammed Samih Hamamrah (22) and Mohammed Hasan Hamamrah (21).

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, and stationed in al-Matinah and Muthalath Safa areas. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed ‘Elian Ekhleil and handed over 2 summonses to his sons Ramzi (24) and Shadi (25) to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlehem. In the meantime, an Israeli patrol established a military checkpoint at Safa crossroad. They stopped some civilians, who were heading to perform prayers. The Israeli patrol was accompanied with an infantry unit that moved from “Kermi Tsur” settlement established on Palestinian confiscated lands, south of the village. They made their way to al-Thaher neighborhood, which is about 200 meters away from the abovementioned settlement. The soldiers raided and searched a house belonging to Husain Mustafa Abdul Mo’ti Abu Maria and handed a summons to his son Ahmed to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in the abovementioned settlement.

 

  • At approximately 03:50, Israeli forces moved into Seneria village, south of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Amin al-Sheikh (28) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 08:30, Israeli forces accompanied with military jeeps and bulldozers made their way to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. They moved about 100 meters into al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip. They leveled and combed the area before they redeployed along the abovementioned border fence.

 

  • At approximately 21:00, 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. However, neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Nablus and Hablah village, south of Qalqiliyah; Hebron and Beit Awla village.

 

Tuesday, 20 June  2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Husan village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Diyaa’ Mohammed Zaghloul (24) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Mousa (21) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Bassah area in Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mahmoud ‘Amer Abu al-Shoker (19) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved from Tarqumiya village, northwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Bilal Na’im Ja’afrah (24) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 05:00, Israeli forces moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron, and stationed in al-Hamam Valley. They raided and searched a house belonging to Hamzah Nader Abu Hleil (19) and then arrested him.

 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, and stationed in al-Thaher area and the industrial zone. They raided 2 houses belonging to Mohammed Ashraf Mohammed Khalil ‘Alqam (20) and Samer Zuhar Mohammed Ekhleil (20) and then arrested both of them.

 

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Sa’ir, Bani Na’im, al-Shyoukh and Farsh al-Hawa area in Hebron.

 

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

 

Demonstrations in protest against the annexation wall and settlement activities

 

West Bank:

 

  • Following the Friday prayer on 16 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. Moreover, Israeli forces arrested Abed Ayed Srour (30), from Ni’lin village, and took him to an unknown destination.

 

Gaza Strip:

 

  • At approximately 15:30 on Friday, 16 June 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered few meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Shuhadaa’ Cemetery, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip. They 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 22-year-old civilian from Jabalia sustained a live bullet wound that penetrated the left ear and wounded his neck. He was transferred to the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia. His wounds were classified as moderate.

 

  • At approximately 17:00 in 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 the central Gaza Strip, 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 young men and the agricultural lands to the west of the abovementioned border fence. As a result, a child (PCHR keeps his name) sustained a live bullet wound to the left leg and other civilians sustained tear gas inhalation. The wounded child was taken to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah where medical sources classified his injury as moderate.

 

  • 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. They set fire to tires and raised flags and banners condemning the Israeli closure on the Gaza Strip. A number of the young men approached the abovementioned border fence and threw stones at the Israeli forces stationed there. The Israeli soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters for an hour and a half around the protestors to disperse them. As a result, 2 civilians (PCHR keeps their names) sustained live bullet wounds. They were transferred to Gaza European Hospital and their injuries were classified as moderate.

 

  • At approximately 17:00, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered few meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel near Karm Abu Mo’amer neighborhood, east of al-Shawkah village, northeast 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 live bullets at them. The clashes continued until approximately 19:00 on the same day. As a result, a 16-year-old civilian sustained a live bullet wound to the right leg, a 17-year-old civilian sustained a live bullet shrapnel to the right foot and an 18-year-old civilian sustained a live bullet wound to the left leg. The wounded civilians were transferred to Abu Yusuf al-Najjar in Rafah. Medical sources classified their injuries as moderate.

 

Collective punishment Measures:

 

  • At approximately 05:30 on Saturday, 17 June 2017, Israeli forces accompanied with several military jeeps and a bulldozer moved into Deir Abu Mash’al village, northwest of Ramallah. They stationed in many neighborhoods in the village while the soldiers deployed patrolled between the houses. They raided and searched 10 houses, including the houses belonging to the families of the three young men, who were killed on Friday, 16 June 2017, at Bab al-Amoud (Damascus Gate) area in Jerusalem, by Israeli soldiers and police officers after they carried out a stab attack causing the death of an Israeli female border guard officer. The soldiers detained the families members in a room in each house, thoroughly searched the houses and caused damage to their contents. The soldiers stayed at the three houses for 4 hours during which the engineering unit took measurements of the houses and handed over the owners of the houses decisions to demolish the houses without mentioning the date. The killed young men, whose family houses were raided, were identified as:
  1. Osama Ahmed Dahdouh ‘Ata (18), lived in a two-story house with an area of 150 square meters and his family members are 6;
  2. ‘Adel Hassan ‘Ankoush (19), lived in a two-story house with an area of 110 square meters and his family members are 10
  3. Bara’ Ibrahim Saleh Ata (18), lived in a two-story house with an area of 140 square meters and his family members are 6.

 

In the meantime, dozens of angry young men gathered, threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers, closed the roads of the village with metal barriers and set fire to tires. The Israeli soldiers fired sound bombs, tear gas canisters and live bullets sporadically at the young men and around houses. As a result, two Palestinian civilians were wounded. An 18-year-old civilian sustained a live bullet wound to the right leg and a 19-year-old civilian sustained a rubber-coated metal bullet wound to the right hand. They both were taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to receive the necessary medical treatment. At approximately 07:30, the Israeli forces stationed at the main entrance to the village prevented about 80 high school (Tawjihi) students from setting for the Tawjihi exams in Shaqba village. Half an hour later, the students were transferred via buses in coordination with the Palestinian Military Liaison  and returned to the village after two hours. At approximately 11:30, the Israeli forces withdrew from the village after they confiscated (40 illegal cars) and stationed at the eastern entrance  to the village and closed it with an iron gate. They also closed 3 sub-entrances to the village with sand barriers. Several military jeeps stationed in the vicinity of the abovementioned village and prevented the civilians from leaving the village.

 

  • On Sunday, 18 June 2017, Israeli forces continued its operations in the village. At approximately 02:30, an infantry unit of about 30 soldiers moved into the center of the village. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to prisoner in the Israeli jails Saleh Suleiman ‘Ata and Mohammed Sa’id Zahran. The soldiers damaged the houses’ contents. During the raid, the soldiers confiscated about 60 grams of gold jewelry from the house of the prisoner Saleh in addition to Mohammed’s own car. Moreover, before the soldiers withdrew, they arrested Saleh’s wife ‘Enayah Abdul Khair Saleh (45) and Mohammed Sa’id Zahran. At approximately 04:30, the Israeli forces stationed at the main entrance to the village prevented the workers from going to their work in Israel and confiscated permits they had to enter Israel.

 

  • At approximately 07:30 on Wednesday, 21 June 2017, Israeli forces moved into Deir Abu Mash’al village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Adel Hassan ‘Ankoush, one of the attackers in Jerusalem on Friday, 16 June 2017. They then arrested ‘Adel’s mother Zeinab Mohammed ‘Ankoush (41). In the meantime, another Israeli force raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Esmat Abdul Karim ‘Ata (43) and then arrested him. They also closed 2 sub-entrances with sand barriers and confiscated about 20 illegal cars before they withdrew.

 

  1. Continued closure of the oPt

 

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

 

Gaza Strip

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Date Imports
Category Amount
Tons Number Liters
01 June Various goods 5319
Humanitarian aid 12704
Cooking gas 297,200
Benzene 302,986
DieselDiesel for UNRWA 634,94476,000
Construction aggregates 8000
Cement 3760
Construction steel 227
02 June Cooking gas 184.012
Diesel 523,953
Industrial fuel 169,720
04 June

 

 

Various goods 3684
Humanitarian aid 11256
Cooking gas 295,860
Benzene 190,010
DieselDiesel for UNRWA 519,92837,988
Construction aggregates 7600
Cement 2800
Construction steel 270
05 June

 

 

 Various goods 4836
Humanitarian aid 10696
Cooking gas 289,000
BenzeneBenzene for UNRWA

 

230,02538,000
DieselDiesel for UNRWA 853,83376002
Construction aggregates 7320
Cement 2352
Construction steel 180
Various goods 4308
Humanitarian aid 10742
Cooking gas 290,210
BenzeneBenzene for UNRWA 114,01338,000
06 June DieselDiesel for UNRWA 443,88137,986
Construction aggregates 7640
Cement 2120
Construction steel 218
Various goods 4364
Humanitarian aid 6799
Cooking gas 292,976
Benzene 222,040
07 June DieselDiesel for UNRWA 405,97638,000
Construction aggregates 4520
Cement 1520
Construction steel 180
Various goods 4785
Humanitarian aid 8640
Cooking gas 292,310
Benzene 225,061
08 June DieselDiesel for UNRWA 639,31038,008
Construction aggregates 4720
Cement 2600
Construction steel 480
Various goods 4730
Humanitarian aid 7606
Cooking gas 289,450
Benzene 114,035
11 June DieselDiesel for UNRWA 415,97838,000
Construction aggregates 5040
Cement 2240
Construction steel 290
Various goods 4029
Humanitarian aid 7601
Cooking gas 272,790
Benzene 263,022
12 June DieselDiesel for UNRWA 481,04238,008
Construction aggregates 5160
Cement 1400
Construction steel 460
Various goods 4579
Humanitarian aid 6518
Cooking gas 291,130
Benzene 187,003
13 June DieselDiesel for UNRWA 488,01638,00
Construction aggregates 4920
Cement 1200
Construction steel 4510
Various goods 7225
Humanitarian aid 292,880
Cooking gas 149,009
Benzene 149,009
14 June DieselDiesel for UNRWA 443,43875,986
Construction aggregates 5200
Cement 1240
Construction steel 400
Various goods 4984
Humanitarian aid 9675
Cooking gas 288,410
Benzene 263,054
15 June DieselDiesel for UNRWA 478,94276,000
Construction aggregates 6800
Cement 1640
Construction steel 296

 

Exports:

 

  • On Thursday, 01 June 2017, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 131 tons of tomatoes; 9 tons of eggplants; 6.14 tons of sweet peppers; and 19.2 tons of cucumbers.
  • On Sunday, 04 June 2017, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 141.5 tons of tomatoes; 14.8 tons of eggplants; 17.05 tons of sweet peppers; 13.23 tons of peppers; 1.9 tons of sweet potatoes; 2 tons of fish; and 7 tons of clothes.
  • On Monday, 05 June 2017, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 76.2 tons of tomatoes; 8 tons of eggplants; 10.8 tons of sweet peppers; 6.1 tons of peppers; and 0.9 tons of fish.
  • On Wednesday, 07 June 2017, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 27.8 tons of tomatoes; 4 tons of eggplants; 2.4 tons of sweet peppers; 9.4 tons of peppers; 13 tons of Aluminum scraps; 8 tons of furniture; 7 tons of sweet potatoes; and 0.46 ton of garlics.
  • On Thursday, 08 June 2017, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 45.5 tons of tomatoes; 6.4 tons of eggplants; and 8.4 tons of sweet peppers.
  • On Sunday, 11 June 2017, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 8 truckloads of vegetables; a truckload of animals’ skin and a truckload of clothes.
  • On Monday, 12 June 2017,  Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 4 truckload of vegetables and 2 truckloads of Aluminum scraps.
  • On Thursday, 15 June 2017, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 7 truckloads of vegetables.

 

 

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

 

Movement at Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing

(14-19June 2017)

 

Category 14 June 15 June 16 June 17 June 18 June 19 June
Patients 43 50 3 73 73
Companions 35 42 3 65 60
Personal needs 17 48 11 29 27
Familiesof prisoners 23
Arabs fromIsrael 2 5 1 2
Diplomats 1 1
International journalists
International workers 43 63 8 7 9
Travelersabroad 3 2
Business people 108 128 132 133
Business meetings
Security interviews 8 6 3
VIPs 2 1
Ambulances to Israel 2 1 1 3
Patients’ Companions 2 1 1 3

 

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

 

  • Hebron: Israeli forces established (20) checkpoints all over the city.

On Thursday, 15 June 2017, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Hebron; at the entrance to al-Fawar refugee camp; at the northern entrance to Halhoul village and at the entrance to Bani Na’iem village.

On Friday, 16 June 2017, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Hebron and at the entrance to Jalajel village.

On Saturday, 17 June 2017, 4 similar checkpoints were established at the western entrance to Hebron and at the entrances to Beit Ummer, Beit Kahel and Beit ‘Awaa villages.

On Sunday, 18 June 2017, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Samou’a and al-Dahiriyia villages.

On Monday, 19 June 2017, 6 similar checkpoints were established at the entrances to Raboud, Taramah, Sa’ier, and Bani Na’iem villages; at the southern entrance to Halhoul village and at the entrance to al-‘Aroub refugee camp.

On Wednesday, 21 June 2017, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Deir Samet village and at the northern entrance to Hebron.

 

  • Ramallah and al-Bireh: Israeli forces established (7) checkpoints all over the city.

 

At approximately 00:30 on Thursday, 15 June 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint in ‘Atara village’s bridge, north of Ramallah.

At approximately 21:50 on Friday, 16 June 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrance to ‘Ain Kinyia village, west of Ramallah; in ‘Atara village’s bridge; and at the entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city.

At approximately 18:30 on Monday, 19 June 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to ‘Ain Yabroud village, northeast of Ramallah.

At approximately 23:00, a similar checkpoint was established at the entrance to ‘Aboud village, northwest of the city.

At approximately 03:20 on Tuesday, 20 June 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint in ‘Atara village’s bridge, north of the city.

 

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

 

At approximately 23:20 on Thursday, 15 June 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyia.

At approximately 22:45 on Friday, 16 June 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyia.

At approximately 22:00, a similar checkpoint was established at the entrance to Hijjah village, northeast of the city.

At approximately 02:40 on Saturday, 17 June 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance to Qalqiliyia.

At approximately 18:00 on Sunday, 18 June 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance to Qalqiliyia.

At approximately 23:20, a similar checkpoint was established at the entrance to ‘Azoun village, east of the city.

At approximately 18:00 on Monday, 19 June 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance to Qalqiliyia.

 

  • Salfit: Israeli forces established (3) checkpoints all over the city.

At approximately 23:00 On Friday, 16 June 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to al-Zawiyia village, west of Salfit.

At approximately 22:20 on Sunday, 18 June 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the western entrance to Kafur al-Deek village, west of Salfit. At approximately 23:50, a similar checkpoint was established at the entrance to Qarawit Bani Hassan village, northwest of the city.

 

Arrests at military checkpoints:

 

  • At approximately 11:00 on Thursday, 15 June 2017, Israeli forces stationed at the entrance to “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem, arrested Anas Ibrahim Shadeed (20), from Kharsa village, south of Dura, west of Hebron. He was arrested while heading to the Israeli Intelligence Service “Shabak”, who summoned him via a phone call on his uncle’s cell phone.

 

  • On Friday, 16 June 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint in ‘Ain Samiyia area, east of Kafur Malik village, northeast of Ramallah. They stopped a Palestinian vehicle carrying 5 civilians, including 2 children, and arrested them. The arrested persons were then taken to ‘Ofer prison in Bituniyia village, west of the city. The arrested persons were identified as Diyiaa Nayif Hamaiyl (17), Sameh ‘Odai Hamaiyl (16), Hamdi Mazahi Hamaiyl (21), Jihad Mohamed Ba’iraat (23) and Tariq Nidal Hamaiyl (20).

 

  • At approximately 10:00 on Sunday, 18 June 2017, Israeli forces stationed at the entrance to Salem Court, northwest of Jenin, arrested Jihad Mohamed ‘Ataa ‘Owais (23). It should be noted that Jihad was heading to the court for attending his brother’s trial.

 

  • At approximately 14:00 on Sunday, Israeli Border Guard officers arrested a fieldworker at B’Tselem Center for Human Rights, Manal Na’aman Da’na (40), from Nemra neighbourhood, north of the city. Manal was arrested while filming the suffering of residents living near the military checkpoint called “Mafia” established at the entrances to Salameh and Gheith neighbourhoods near al-Ibrahimi Mosque in the Old City. Manal was then taken to “Karyiat ‘Arba’” investigation center, under the pretext of obstructing the Israeli soldiers’ movement. They released her after paying a bail estimated at NIS 1,200.

 

  • At approximately 21:30 on Sunday, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Salfit. They searched Palestinian civilians’ vehicles and checked their IDs. In the meantime, they arrested Rabie’ Ahmed Mohamed Kan’an (22), from Qarawet Bani Hassan village, northwest of the city.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces stationed at Za’tara village intersection, south of Nablus, arrested Fathi Zahi al-‘Ardah (21), from ‘Askar refugee camp, northeast of the city.

 

  • At approximately 22:00 on Monday, 09 June 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyia. They searched Palestinian civilians vehicles and checked their IDs. During which, they arrested Jamal Hussain ‘Ahid Taha (19), from the above-mentioned village.

 

  • At approximately 01:20 on Tuesday, 20 June 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the intersection of Jeftlik village, north of Jericho. They searched Palestinian civilians’ vehicles and checked their IDs. In the meantime, they arrested 4 civilians identified as Nouh Mohamed Nofal (24), Omar Mohamed Jahaleen (26), Khalid Mohamed Jahaleen (22) and Ahmed Hasan Jahaleen (24).

 

  • Efforts to Create Jewish majority

 

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

 

Shooting Incidents:

 

  • On Friday, 16 June 2017, the Israeli forces opened fire at 3 Palestinian boys, from Deir Abu Mish’al village, northwest of Ramallah. As a result, the three boys were wounded with several live bullets and succumbed to their wounds. Additionally, 3 by-passers were wounded as well. The Israeli forces opened fire at the boys after they carried out a stabbing and shooting attack in al-Sultan Suliman street at the northern entrance to Bab al-‘Amoud (Damascus Gate) in occupied East Jerusalem.

According to PCHR’s investigations and eyewitnesses statements, at approximately 19:35 on the aforementioned day, the two boys, Baraa Ibrahim Saleh ‘Ataa (18) and ‘Adil Hasan Ahmed ‘Ankosh (18), both of them are from Deir Abu Mish’al village, northwest of Ramallah, fired live bullets at the Israeli forces and Israeli border guard officers stationed near Suliman cave in al-Sultan Suliman street in occupied Jerusalem. The two boys also attempted to carry out a stabbing attack against the Israeli forces stationed in the area. Around the same time, Osama Ahmed Dahdouh ‘Ataa (19), from the above-motioned village, stabbed a female Israeli soldier in Bab al-‘Amoud area. The Israeli forces indiscriminately opened fire in the vicinity of the two attacks area, despite being densely populated during al-Maghreb prayer. As a result, the three boys were killed while ‘Amer Mohamed Rabah Badawi (31), from Hebron, was hit with several live bullets and Mohamed Yousef Kamlah (24), was hit with 2 live bullets to the lower back and kidney while passing by in the area. They were then taken to “Shaarei Tzedeq” hospital in occupied West Jerusalem. The Palestine Red Crescent Society sources stated that their crews treated on the spot a person who sustained shrapnel wounds to the foot and 3 other persons sustaining burns.

 

  • At approximately 16:50 on Tuesday, 20 June 2017, Israeli forces stationed at Jaba’ military checkpoint, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, opened fire at Bahaa’ ‘Emad Sameer al-Herbawi (23), from al-‘Aizariyia village, east of occupied Jerusalem. As a result, Bahaa was hit with several live bullets throughout his body and immediately died. The Israeli forces claimed that he attempted to carry out a stabbing attack against the Israeli soldier stationed at the checkpoint, so the soldier immediately shot him dead.  Iyad al-Herbawi, Bahaa’s uncle, said that Bahaa left al-‘Aizariyia village after he finished his work and told his family that he would go to Ramallah for shopping and visiting his sister. Al-Herbawi added, according to eyewitnesses statements, that when Bahaa returned into al-‘Aizariyia, the Israeli forces stopped him at the checkpoint and searched him. In the meantime, no one knew what happened, but the Israeli forces heavily opened fire at Bahaa. Al-Herbawi added that Bahaa family knew that their son was killed through the media and social media and then officially informed the Palestinian liaison about it.  It should be noted that Bahaa has never been arrested and has no political affiliations.

 

  • At approximately 19:00 on the same day, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Aizariyia village and surrounded the area, where al-Herbawi family lives. They then raided his house and arrested Bahaa’s father. They took his father to “Maale Adumim” police station.

 

Collective Punishment:

 

  • Following the above mentioned stabbing and shooting attack, Israeli forces completely closed Bab al-Amoud (Damascus Gate) area, Sultan Suleiman Street and all gates of Jerusalem, excluding Bab al-Asbat (Lions Gate). They banned the Palestinians from entering and exiting the Old City and obliged the commercial stores’ owners to shut down. The Israeli forces also erected metal barriers in the streets leading to Bab al-Amoud and imposed a total  closure on the area while the three young men remained on the ground for hours to until they were transferred by private vehicles. The Israeli officers chased the civilians who were at Bab al-Sahera (Herod’s Gate), al-Mesrara and Nablus Street and fired sound bombs at them. They also arrested 6 young men, who were in the area. Moreover, they assaulted some civilians and pushed the journalists  Lewaa’ Abu Ermilah, Mohammed al-Sharif an Amir Abed Rabboh away from the area when they were at Bab al-Sahera (Herod’s Gate) and hindered their work.

 

  • On Saturday morning, 18 June 2017,the Israeli forces mobilized all over Jerusalem, mainly the streets of Nablus, Bab al-Sahera, Sultan Suleiman and al-Mesrara. They also erected metal barriers and prevented vehicles and buses from using these streets. Moreover, obliged the commercial stores’ owners to shut down otherwise they would pay a fine of over NIS 40,000. Israeli forces stopped the by-passers and checked their IDs and then deported the West Bank residents by buses distributed throughout the city.

 

  • On Saturday evening, the Israeli police accompanied with the Border Guard officers began field measures, including thorough check-ups, throughout Jerusalem. They focused their efforts on Sultan Suleiman and Salah Eden Streets and Bab al-Amoud area. They  deported over 350 Palestinians “who entered Jerusalem without permits, and returned them to the Palestinian territories”

 

Arrests and Incursions:

 

  • At approximately 17:00 on Thursday, 15 June 2017, Israeli forces arrested Ja’far Ameen al-‘Afifi (19) and Yousef Jawabrah (18), from al-Doha village, west of Bethlehem. The abovementioned persons were arrested while they were in the vicinity of al-‘Amoud Gate in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

 

  • At approximately 20:30 on Thursday, Israeli forces arrested Khadir Rabah Abu al-Humus (23), from al-‘Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, while passing through Sho’fat camp checkpoint, north of the city.

 

  • At approximately 01:00 on Friday, 16 June 2017, Israeli forces moved into Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to Jawad Jaber and arrested his son Ameer (14) after beating him.

 

  • At approximately 22:30 on Saturday, 17 June 2017, Israeli forces arrested Ihab Sa’ied ‘Ajami, from ‘Ateil village, northeast of Tulkarm, while he was in al-Aqsa Mosque’s yards in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

 

  • At approximately 23:00 on Saturday, Israeli forces moved into Abu Deis village, east of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mo’taz Mohamed Jaffal (23) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 00:30 on Sunday, 18 June 2017, Israeli forces moved into Bab Hitah neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested 6 civilians, including 5 children. The arrested persons were identified as Mostafa Eyad Ghazali (15), Yazan Amjad al-Basiti (16), Zain Amjad al-Basiti (15), Majd Khalid Sharifah (16), Nizar Nadir Qirsh (15) and Mohamed ‘Azaam al-Tamimi (20).

 

  • At approximately 10:00 on Sunday, Israeli forces stormed al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, through al-Magharibah Gate. In the meantime, they allowed Israeli settlers to raid the mosque and it yards. As a result, the Palestinian worshipers threw stones at the settlers. After that, a large number of Israeli Special Forces arrived at al-Qibli (southern) Mosque and closed its entrances. They also heavily fired sound bombs. An eyewitness stated that the Israeli forces surrounded the worshipers inside al-Qibli Mosque and pepper-sprayed them. In addition, the Israeli forces fired rubber-coated metal bullets and sound bombs at the worshipers and arrested 2 of them. The eyewitness added that the Israeli forces topped al-Qibli Mosque roof and damaged one of its windows. They also took photos of the worshipers while praying and confiscated chairs from the Mosque.

 

  • At approximately 23:00 on Sunday, Israeli forces moved into Kafur ‘Oqub area, north of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Elias Zaghir (25) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 00:00 on Monday, 19 June 2017, Israeli forces moved into Sho’fat refugee camp, north of occupied East Jerusalem. They then raided and searched a house belonging to Dawoud al-‘Amour (23).
  • At approximately 03:00 on Tuesday, 20 June 2017, Israeli forces moved into Bab Hitah neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ayham Sharifah (19) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 23:00 on Tuesday, Israeli forces stormed al-Aqsa Mosque’s yards and arrested Tariq Abu Subaieh (39) while getting out of al-Sahirah Gate.

 

Settlement activities and settlers attacks against the Palestinian civilians and their property

 

  • At approximately 18:30 on Saturday, 17 June 2017, a group of Israeli settlers from “Halmish” settlement, established on al-Nabi Saleh village lands, northwest of Ramallah, threw stones at the Palestinian civilian vehicles while passing through the main road leading to villages located northwest of the city. The Israeli settlers also carried out riot acts in the area and obstructed the vehicles movement for few hours.

 

Recommendations to the International Community

 

 

PCHR warns of the escalating settlement construction in the West Bank, the attempts to legitimize settlement outposts established on Palestinian lands in the West Bank and the continued summary executions of Palestinian civilians under the pretext that they pose a security threat to the Israeli forces. PCHR reminds the international community that thousands of Palestinian civilians have been rendered homeless and lived in caravans under tragic circumstances due to the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip that has been under a tight closure for almost 10 years. PCHR welcomes the UN Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334, which states that settlements are a blatant violation of the Geneva Conventions and calls upon Israel to stop them and not to recognize any demographic change in the oPt since 1967.  PCHR hopes this resolution will pave the way for eliminating the settlement crime and bring to justice those responsible for it. PCHR further reiterates that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are still under Israeli occupation in spite of Israel’s unilateral disengagement plan of 2005.  PCHR emphasizes that there is international recognition of Israel’s obligation to respect international human rights instruments and international humanitarian law.  Israel is bound to apply international human rights law and the law of war, sometimes reciprocally and other times in parallel, in a way that achieves the best protection for civilians and remedy for the victims.

 

  1. PCHR calls upon the international community to respect the Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334 and to ensure that Israel respects it as well, in particular point 5 which obliges Israel not to deal with settlements as if they were part of Israel.
  2. PCHR calls upon the ICC in 2017 to open an investigation into Israeli crimes committed in the oPt, particularly the settlement crimes and the 2014 offensive on the Gaza Strip.
  3. PCHR Calls upon the European Union (EU) and all international bodies to boycott settlements and ban working and investing in them in application of their obligations according to international human rights law and international humanitarian law considering settlements as a war crime.
  4. PCHR calls upon the international community to use all available means to allow the Palestinian people to enjoy their right to self-determination through the establishment of the Palestinian State, which was recognized by the UN General Assembly with a vast majority, using all international legal mechanisms, including sanctions to end the occupation of the State of Palestine.
  5. PCHR calls upon the international community and United Nations to take all necessary measures to stop Israeli policies aimed at creating a Jewish demographic majority in Jerusalem and at voiding Palestine from its original inhabitants through deportations and house demolitions as a collective punishment, which violates international humanitarian law, amounting to a crime against humanity.
  6. PCHR calls upon the international community to condemn summary executions carried out by Israeli forces against Palestinians and to pressurize Israel to stop them.
  7. PCHR calls upon the States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC to work hard to hold Israeli war criminals accountable.
  8. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfill their obligations under article (1) of the Convention to ensure respect for the Conventions under all circumstances, and under articles (146) and (147) to search for and prosecute those responsible for committing grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions to ensure justice and remedy for Palestinian victims, especially in light of the almost complete denial of justice for them before the Israeli judiciary.
  9. PCHR calls upon the international community to speed up the reconstruction process necessary because of the destruction inflicted by the Israeli offensive on Gaza.
  10. PCHR calls for a prompt intervention to compel the Israeli authorities to lift the closure that obstructs the freedom of movement of goods and 1.8 million civilians that experience unprecedented economic, social, political and cultural hardships due to collective punishment policies and retaliatory action against civilians.
  11. PCHR calls upon the European Union to apply human rights standards embedded in the EU-Israel Association Agreement and to respect its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights when dealing with Israel.
  12. PCHR calls upon the international community, especially states that import Israeli weapons and military services, to meet their moral and legal responsibility not to allow Israel to use the offensive in Gaza to test new weapons and not accept training services based on the field experience in Gaza in order to avoid turning Palestinian civilians in Gaza into testing objects for Israeli weapons and military tactics.
  13. PCHR calls upon the parties to international human rights instruments, especially the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), to pressurize Israel to comply with its provisions in the oPt and to compel it to incorporate the human rights situation in the oPt in its reports submitted to the relevant committees.
  14. PCHR calls upon the EU and international human rights bodies to pressurize the Israeli forces to stop their attacks against Palestinian fishermen and farmers, mainly in the border area

Following Stabbing and Shooting Attack in Occupied Jerusalem, Israeli Forces Impose Collective Punishment Measures Against the City and Deir Abu Mash’al Village

June 18, 2017 3:44 PM

18 JUN  3:44 PM

Following a stabbing and shooting attack in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday, 16 June 2017, that resulted in the killing of three Palestinian youngsters and an Israeli female soldier, the Israeli forces imposed additional collective punishment measures against the Palestinian civilians in occupied Jerusalem and later in Deir Abu Mash’al village, northwest of Ramallah, from which the three youngsters come.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns these measures and stresses they fall within the collective punishment policy which is prohibited

he Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns these measures and stresses they fall within the collective punishment policy which is prohibited in the international human rights law. PCHR further calls upon the international community to work on protecting the Palestinian civilians in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) and ensure its application.

According to PCHR’s investigations, after the abovementioned attack, the Israeli forces completely closed Bab al-Amoud (Damascus Gate) area, Sultan Suleiman Street and all gates of Jerusalem, excluding Bab al-Asbat (Lions Gate).

They banned the Palestinians from entering and exiting the Old City and obliged the commercial stores’ owners to shut down otherwise they would pay a fine of over NIS 40,000.

The Israeli forces also erupted metal barriers in the streets leading to Bab al-Amoud and prevented vehicles from using these streets. The Israeli officers chased the civilians who were at Bab al-

The Israeli officers chased the civilians who were at Bab al-Sahera (Herod’s Gate), al-Mesrara and Nablus Street and fired sound bombs at them. Moreover, they assaulted some civilians and pushed the journalists away from the scene.

The Israeli forces mobilized all over Jerusalem, mainly the streets of Nablus, Bab al-Sahera, Sultan Suleiman and al-Mesrara. Israeli forces stopped the by-passers and checked their IDs and then deported the West Bank residents by buses distributed throughout the city. The Israeli police declared they “Deported over 350 Palestinians, who entered Jerusalem without permits, and returned them to the Palestinian territories”.

In the same context, after the identities of the three Palestinian youngsters, who carried out the stabbing and shooting attack, were disclosed, Israeli forces moved into Deir Abu Mash’al village, northwest of Ramallah, from which the youngster come. They closed the main entrance by establishing an iron gate and closed the roads with sand and rocks, isolating the village from the world.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 05:30 on Saturday, 17 June 2017, Israeli forces moved into the said village and imposed a curfew.

The Israeli soldiers accompanied by an engineering team raided the houses belonging to the families of the three attackers and surveyed them. Before

The Israeli soldiers accompanied by an engineering team raided the houses belonging to the families of the three attackers and surveyed them. Before withdrawal, the Israeli forces handed over the owners of the houses decisions to demolish the houses without mentioning the date. The killed youngsters, whose family houses were raided, were identified as:

  1. Osama Ahmed Dahdouh ‘Ata (18). The area of his family house is 150 square meters and his family members are 6;
  2. ‘Adel Hassan ‘Ankoush (19). The area of his family house is 110 square meters and his family members are 10; and
  3. Bara’ Ibrahim Saleh Ata (18). The area of his family house is 140 square meters and his family members are 6.

Furthermore, Israeli forces raided, searched and damaged the contents of dozens of houses belonging to relatives of the attackers and confiscated permits they had to Israel.

In the meanwhile, a number of youngsters gathered in the center of the village and threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers, who immediately opened fire in response.

As a result, two Palestinian civilians were wounded. The first sustained a live bullet wound to the right leg and the other sustained a rubber-coated metal bullet wound to the right hand. They were both taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to receive the necessary medical treatment.

PCHR condemns the Israeli government’s measures against the Palestinian civilians in occupied East Jerusalem and Deir Abu Mash’al village, northwest of Ramallah, which fall within the collective punishment policy that is internationally prohibited, especially under article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and:

  1. Demands the United Nations to work on protecting the civilians in the oPt;
  2. Calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to ensure Israel’s commitment as a State Party to the Conventions to apply them in the oPt; and
  3. Demands States Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfill their obligations under these Conventions by exercising their Universal Jurisdiction to hold the war criminals accountable regardless of the criminals’ nationalities and the place where the crimes were committed and put an end to the impunity they enjoy for decades.

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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

Weekly report on israel’s terrorism against the State of Palestine (01 – 07 June 2017)

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

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

(01 – 07 June 2017)

 

  • In 2 crimes of excessive use of force, Israeli forces killed a girl in the West Bank and another civilian in the Gaza Strip.
  • 12 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  • Israeli forces conducted 40 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 3 limited ones in the Gaza Strip.
  • 33 civilians, including 7 children, were arrested.
  • 12 of them, including 4 children, were arrested in Jerusalem.
  • Israeli forces continued settlement activities in the West Bank.
  • The settlers set up a new settlement outpost, west of Deir Estya village in Salfit.
  • 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.
  • 3 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 (01-07 June 2017).

Shooting:

During the reporting period, in two separate crimes of excessive use of force, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian girl in the West Bank and a civilian in the Gaza Strip. They also wounded 12 others, including 2 children, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israeli forces continued to chase and open fire at the Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip sea and open fire at farmers at the border areas.

In the West Bank, in a new crime of excessive use of force, on 01 June 2017, Israeli forces stationed at the entrance to “Mavi Dutan” settlement, north of Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin, opened fire at a Palestinian girl causing her serious wounds. The girl was transported to Hillel Yaffe Medical Center. The girl was pronounced dead the following day. Israeli forces claimed that the girl attempted to carry out a stabbing attack against the Israeli soldiers, who opened fire in response.

In the same context, 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded. Two of them sustained bullet wounds on 04 June 2017 while participating in a protest at the entrance to al-Mughaiar village, northeast of Ramallah. The third one sustained a bullet wound to the right leg when Israeli forces opened fire at a number of youngsters protesting in al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city, on 06 June 2017.

In the Gaza Strip, on 06 June 2017, the Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 2 others, including a child, when dozens of youngsters gathered in a protest near the border fence, east of Khuza’a village, south of the Gaza Strip.

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 on fishermen in the sea, on 02 June 2017, Israeli gunboats opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing off al-Sudaniya shore, west of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip. On 04 June 2017, the gunboats targeted the fishing boats sailing off Deir al-Balah and Khan Yunis shores, in the center and south of the Gaza Strip. On 05 June 2017, the Israeli gunboats opened fire at fishing boats sailing off Beit Lahia and al-Sudaniya shores, north of the Gaza Strip. On 06 and 07 June 2017, the Israeli gunboats targeted the fishing boats sailing off Beit Lahia shore, north of the Gaza Strip.

 

Incursions:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 40 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 7 children. Twelve of them, including 4 children, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem and its suburbs.

In the Gaza Strip, on 01 June 2017, Israeli forces moved 100 meters into al-Shouka village, east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip. They combed lands and withdrew later.

On 05 June 2017, Israeli forces moved about 200 meters into the east of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip. They levelled lands while firing sporadically and withdrew later. On the same day, Israeli forces moved into the east of Johr al-Deek area and levelled lands as well.

 

Settlement activities

 

On 02 June 2017, a number of settlers from “Novim” settlement seized lands belonging to Palestinians in Deir Estiya, northwest of Salfit. They set up tents and caravans in Kherbet Shehada, west of the said village.

On 06 June 2017, settlers from “Emmanuel” settlement levelled a dunum[1] of land in Imatin village, northeast of Qalqilya, adjacent to the Israeli industrial zone.

 

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, 01 June 2017

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Abu Falah village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Mozher Nazal (20) and then arrested him.
  • In early hours of the same day, Israeli soldiers stationed at the entrance to “Mevo Dotan” settlement established on Palestinian confiscated lands, north of Ya’bud village, southwest of Jenin, opened fire at Palestinian child causing her serious wounds. The child was taken to Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Israel. On Friday, 02 June 2017, medical sources announced the death of the child. The Israeli forces claimed that a Palestinian female child attempted to carry out a stab attack against the soldier, so they shot her causing her serious wounds.

According to PCHR’s investigations and statements of an eyewitness Mohammed Yusuf Rushdi Zaid (33), at approximately 10:00 on Thursday, 01 June 2016, Nouf ‘Eqab Enfe’at (16) stepped into his own car, which he uses for transportation, and asked him to drive her to Abu Sa’ed area, which is about 300 meters away from the abovementioned settlement. Nouf stepped out of the car and informed the driver she was going to visit her father’s relatives, who live in the area. Mohammed said that an hour later, he heard about a wounded child in the abovementioned settlement. Soon after, he received a call form an Israeli Intelligence officer, who ordered him to go to Barta’ah checkpoint, south of Ya’bud. Mohammed was detained there for more than 4 hours during which the officer interrogated him about the abovementioned child. The Israeli forces claimed that Nouf attempted to carry out a stab attack against the soldiers, who guard the entrance to “Mevo Dotan” settlement, so they opened fire at her causing her serious wounds, but none of the soldiers was hurt. The child was transferred to Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Java. On Friday morning, 02 June 2017, medical sources announced the death of the child. At approximately 18:30 on the same day, the Israeli forces handed Nouf’s body to the PRCS crews from Salem military camp, west of Jenin. The body was taken then to Dr. Khalil Suleiman Governmental Hospital. On Saturday afternoon, 03 June 2017, the funeral procession of Nouf  was carried out in Ya’bud village.

 

  • At approximately 10:00, Israeli forces accompanied with a number of military jeeps and bulldozers moved about 100 meters into al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza strip. The bulldozers leveled and combed the area and then redeployed along the border fence at approximately 13:30.

 

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

 

Friday, 02 June 2017

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Kafer Qadoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Abdul Salam Jom’ah (21) and then arrested him. At approximately 06:00 on the same day, Ahmed was released. No more incidents were reported.
  • At approximately 20:20, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles off al-Sudaniya shore, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, 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: al-Thaheriyah, Bani Na’im and al-Jalajel villages in Hebron.

 

Saturday, 03 June 2017

 

  • At approximately 21:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Morouj area, west of Jayous village northeast of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a number of agricultural facilities belonging to Ghassan Abdullah ‘Anan and his brothers. The soldiers broke the outdoors, poured the pesticides inside the rooms and then fired flare bombs in the area. As a result, a greenhouse planted with cucumber belonging to Ahmed Yusuf Khalid was burnt.

 

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, 04 June 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore heavily opened fire around Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area off Deir al-Balah shore, in the central Gaza Strip. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage were reported.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Obeidiyah village, east of Bethlehem. They raided an searched a number of houses after which they arrested Qutaibah Mousa Khalifah (18) and Mo’ath Ramadan al-‘Asa (22).
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Husan village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Wa’ad Kamal Za’oul (26). They also handed Mohammed Namer Sebatin (23) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of the city.
  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore heavily opened fire around Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area off Khan Yunis shore in the southern Gaza Strip. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, 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: Sa’ir and al-Kume villages in Hebron and Sebastia village, northwest of Nablus.

 

Monday, 05 June 2017

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Asirah northern village, north of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested the brothers Hazem (21) and ‘Asem Taleb Hamadnah (24).
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Thaheriyah village, south of Hebron, and stationed in Wad ‘Ali area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Maher Qaisiyah (28) and then arrested him. In the meantime, another Israeli force raided and searched a house belonging to Mo’ath Mahmoud Qaisiyah and then arrested him.      
  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Taqou’ village, southeast of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Rateb al-‘Amour and then arrested his son Mo’men (17).
  • At approximately 03:00, moved into al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mahmoud Abdul Majid Salah (17) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 08:45, Israeli forces accompanied with 4 military jeeps moved about 200 meters into the east of al-Shuhadaa’ Cemetery, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip. They levelled and combed empty lands that were leveled before amidst opening fire sporadically. At approximately 12:00, the Israeli forces redeployed  along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, but neither casualties nor material damage were reported. It should be noted that the incursion caused fear among farmers, who were at their agricultural lands, so they were forced to flee for fear of their lives.
  • At approximately 09:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore heavily opened fire around Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles off Beit Lahia shore in the northern Gaza Strip. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage were reported.
  • At approximately 14:30, Israeli forces accompanied with a number of military bulldozers moved about 100 meters into the east of Johr al-Deek area. The bulldozers levelled and combed the lands along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel and headed to the south, east of al-Buraij refugee camp. They then redeployed along the abovementioned border fence.
  • At approximately 20:30, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore heavily opened fire around  Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 4 nautical miles off al-Sudaniyah shore, west of Jabalia village, in the northern Gaza Strip. As a result, the fishermen were forces to flee for fear of 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: ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyah; Beit Kahel, al-Shyoukh, Deir Razeh and Beit Awa villages in Hebron.

 

Tuesday, 06 June  2017

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Kafer al-Deek village, west of Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to Karam Saber Rateb al-Deek (19) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem and stationed in Shaheen Valley area in the center of the city. They raided and searched a house belonging to Saleem Mohammed Nowarah (22) and then arrested him. Following that, the Israeli forces moved into Ma’ali Valley area in the center of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Fadi Samir Ghazawi (22) and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces accompanied with several military jeeps moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, and stationed behind the Grand Mosque in the center of the city. They raided and searched a house belonging to the sons of the late ‘Essa Safi Salibi. They detained the family members in a room and searched the house until the morning. In the meantime, the soldiers caused damage to the house contents as they used a robot while searching the house claiming to look for weapons. They then arrested Khaled (15), ‘Alaa’ (25) and Mohammed and handed their brother Ahmed (19) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlehem. In the same time, another Israeli force raided and searched a house belonging to Husain Mahmoud Bahar and then arrested his son Zain (19). Before the soldiers withdrew, they handed summonses to Bilal Hamdi Zamel Abu Maria (30) and Karim Ibrahim Abu Maria (17) to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex. In the morning hours, when the summoned civilians went to the Intelligence Service, the Israeli forces arrested one of them namely Ahmed Salibi.
  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore heavily opened fire around Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles off Beit Lahia shore in the northern Gaza Strip. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a number of houses. In the meantime, a number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers. The soldiers fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them in response. As a result, a 21-year-old civilian sustained a metal bullet wound to the right leg. He received medical treatment on the spot by first aid crews in the village.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Bani Na’im and Sa’ir villages in Hebron and Selwad , northeast of Ramallah.

 

Tuesday, 06 June  2017

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore heavily opened fire around Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles off Beit Lahia shore in the northern Gaza Strip. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Nablus and stationed in al-Makhfiyah neighborhood, west of the city. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed ‘Adnan ‘Asfour (21) and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Tubas. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Jehad Isam’il Tawfiq Daraghmah (23).
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces accompanied with a bulldozer moved into Qeshdah area, south of Tubas. The bulldozers bridged a water well used in irritating belonging to Fakhri Mohammed ‘Ali Abdul Razeq.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, and stationed in Qaa’ al-Harah neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Khalil Abu Hasem (50). They detained his family members in a room and searched the house for 2 hours. They also handed summonses to his sons Yusuf (24), Mohammed (21) and Qusai (17) to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in ” Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlehem. In the meantime, another Israeli force raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Adel Motleq Za’aqiq (45) and then arrested his son Ahmed (18), a high school student.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-‘Aroub refugee camp, Taffuh village and Dura in Hebron.

 

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

 

Demonstrations in protest against the annexation wall and settlement activities

 

West Bank:

 

  • Following the Friday prayer on 02 June 2017, Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized protests 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.
  • At approximately 12:40 on Sunday, 04 June 2017, a number of Palestinian young men gathered in the vicinity of the main entrance to al-Moghir village, northeast of Ramallah. They threw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers stationed there. The soldiers fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, 2 civilians, including a child, were wounded. An 18-year-old civilian was hit with a live bullet to the right knee and a 15-year-old child was hit with a live bullet to the left thigh. The wounded civilians were transferred by a PRCS ambulance to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to receive medical treatment. Their injuries were classified as moderate.

 

Gaza Strip:

 

  • At approximately 14:30 on the same Friday, 02 June 017, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered few meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Shuhadaa’ Cemetery, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, in response to calls for protests in the border area in rejection to the Israeli-imposed closure on Gaza. A number of the protestors approached the abovementioned border fence and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed there. The soldiers fired live and metal bullets and tear gas canisters at them. The clashes continued until approximately 19:00 on the same day, but no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 17:00, 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 them. As a result, a civilian from al- Buraij sustained live bullet wound to the right leg (PCHR keeps his name) while other civilians sustained tear gas inhalation. The wounded civilian was taken to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah and later transferred al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza. His injury was classified as moderate.
  • At approximately 17:00 on Sunday, 04 June 2017, 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, 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 them. As a result, a civilian sustained a live bullet wound to the right leg (PCHR keeps his name). He was taken to Gaza European Hospital. Moreover, other civilians sustained tear gas inhalation and received medical treatment on the spot.
  • Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered few meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah, in response to calls for protests in the border area in rejection to the Israeli-imposed closure on Gaza. When a number of the protestors made their way to the border fence, the Israeli soldiers stationed in the area fired live bullets at them. As a result, Haitham Ahmed Mahmoud Abu Suneidah (25) sustained a live bullet wound to the abdomen. He was transferred to Abu Yusuf al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah and his injury was classified ad serious.
  • At approximately 14:30 on Monday, 05 June 017, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered few meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Shuhadaa’ Cemetery, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, in response to calls for protests in the border area in rejection to the Israeli-imposed closure on Gaza. A number of the protestors approached the abovementioned border fence and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed there. The soldiers fired live and metal bullets and tear gas canisters at them. The clashes continued until approximately 19:00 on the same day. As a result, 2 civilians from Jabalia were hit with tear gas canisters.
  • At approximately 17:00 on the same Monday, 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, 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 sporadically fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at them for an hour and a half in order to disperse the protestors. However, no casualties were reported.
  • Around the same time, dozens of civilians gathered few meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah, in response to calls for protests in the border area in rejection to the Israeli-imposed closure on Gaza. When a number of the protestors made their way to the border fence, the Israeli soldiers stationed in the area fired live bullets at them. As a result, Haitham Ahmed Mahmoud Abu Suneinah (25) sustained a live bullet wound to the abdomen. He was taken to Abu Yusuf al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah and his injury was classified ad serious.
  • At approximately 14:30 on Thursday, 06 June 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered few meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Shuhadaa’ Cemetery, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, in response to calls for protests in the border area in rejection to the Israeli-imposed closure on Gaza. A number of the protestors approached the abovementioned border fence and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed there. The soldiers fired live and metal bullets and tear gas canisters at them. The clashes continued until approximately 19:00 on the same day. As a result, a 25-year-old civilian was directly hit with a tear gas canister.
  • At approximately 17:00, on 06 June 2017, dozens of youngsters gathered near the border fence, east of Khuza’a village, south of the Gaza Strip. Some of them set fire to tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence. The Israeli soldiers fired tear gas canisters and live bullets at protestors who were about 50 meters away from the fence. As a result, 3 civilian were wounded, including a child. They were taken to the European Gaza Hospital where one of the wounded persons named Fadi Ibrahim al-Najjar (32), from Bani Suhaila village, succumbed to his wounds in the right side 2 hours after he was admitted to the hospital. The 2 other wounded were identified as:
  1. Hamza Fawaz Abu Erjaila (15). He sustained a shrapnel wound to the chest; and
  2. Nizar Rasmi Qudaih (25). He sustained a bullet wound to the right thigh.
  • At approximately 14:30 on Wednesday, 07 June 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered few meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Shuhadaa’ Cemetery, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, in response to calls for protests in the border area in rejection to the Israeli-imposed closure on Gaza. A number of the protestors approached the abovementioned border fence and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed there. The soldiers fired live and metal bullets and tear gas canisters at them. The clashes continued until approximately 19:00 on the same day. As a result, a 22-year-old civilian sustained a live bullet wound to the left leg. He was taken to the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia and transferred to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza to continue his medical treatment. His injury was 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

Weekly report on israel’s terrorism against the State of Palestine (oPt) (04 – 10 May 2017)

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

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

(04 – 10 May 2017)

 

  • Israeli forces executed a Palestinian girl in occupied Jerusalem.
  • 24 Palestinian civilians were wounded during peaceful protests in the West Bank.
  • Among the wounded were 2 children and 5 photojournalists.
  • Israeli forces continued to target the Gaza Strip border areas, but no casualties were reported.
  • An Israeli agricultural aircraft spray fertilizers over agricultural lands along the border fence, south of the Gaza Strip.
  • Israeli forces conducted 64 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 2 limited ones in the Gaza Strip.
  • 58 civilians, including 12 children, were arrested. Nine of them, including 4 children, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.
  • Israeli forces stormed Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah and opened fire inside.
  • Israeli forces continued measures to create Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • 5 houses and 2 commercial facilities located within the Israeli municipality boundaries were demolished.
  • Settlers wrote curses against prophet Mohammed (pbuh) on the walls and punctured tires of 17 cars in Shu’fat neighbourhood.
  • Israeli forces continued settlement activities in the West Bank.
  • A house and a livestock barn in al-Jiftlek village, north of Jericho, were demolished.
  • 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.
  • 7 civilians, including a child, 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 (04 – 10 May 2017).

 

Shooting:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian girl in occupied Jerusalem and wounded 24 others, including 2 children and 5 photojournalists, in the West Bank. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces continued to pursuit the Palestinian fishermen in the sea and open fire at Palestinian farmers at the border areas.

 

In the West Bank, as part of the Israeli policy to use excessive and lethal force against Palestinian civilians, who are suspected by Israeli soldiers of intending to carry out stab attacks against the soldiers, on 07 May 2017, Israeli forces killed Fatima Hjeiji (16), from Qarawet Bani Zaid village, northwest of Ramallah, at the southern entrance to the Damascus Gate “al-‘Amoud” in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Luba al-Samri, the Israeli police spokesperson, published a statement claiming that “According to the preliminary information available, it was an attempt to a stab attack carried out by a girl that was neutralized without injuries among the police officers.”

 

In the same context, the majority of the West Bank cities witnessed protests in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in the Israeli jails. Israeli forces used force against these protests in addition to weekly protests against the annexation wall and settlement activities. The Israeli attacks resulted in the injury of 24 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children and 5 photojournalists. Six of them sustained live bullet wounds, 11 sustained rubber-coated metal bullet wounds and 6 were hit by sound bombs. The cases of injury were as follows:

 

  • Protests in solidarity with the prisoners: 17 civilians were wounded, including 5 photojournalists. Two of them were wounded by live ammunition, 10 others were wounded by metal bullets and 5 were hit by gas canisters.
  • Weekly protests against the annexation wall and settlement activities: 6 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded. Four of them were wounded by live ammunition, a civilian was wounded by metal bullets and another was hit by a sound bomb.
  • Incursions: a civilian was wounded by metal bullets.

 

In the Gaza Strip, concerning Israeli attacks on fishermen in the Gaza Strip sea, on 04 May 2017, Israeli gunboats stationed in the sea opened fire at the Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed area, west of al-Sudaniya shore, west of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip. Other attacks recurred in the same area on 05 and 06 May 2017. However, neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

On 06 May 2017, Israeli gunboats opened fire at fishing boats sailing within the allowed area off Khan Yunis shore, south of the Gaza Strip. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

On 07 May 2017, Israeli gunboats opened fire at fishing boats sailing within the allowed area off Beit Lahia shore, north of the Gaza Strip. Similar attacks were carried out on 08, 09 and 10 May 2017. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

In the context of targeting the border areas, on 09 May 2017, an Israeli aircraft sprayed pesticides over agricultural lands 400 meters to the west of the border fence, north of al-Qarara village, east of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip. It should be noted since the beginning of 2017, Israeli aircrafts spray pesticides over that area under the pretext of burning the bushes for security reasons. However, the pesticides cause damage to the farmers’ crops.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 64 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 58 Palestinian civilians, including 12 children. Nine of them, including 4 children, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem, while 4 others, including a child, were arrested while participating in a protest supporting the Palestinian prisoners.

 

In violation of the international humanitarian law, Israeli forces stormed on 04 May 2017, Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. They opened fire randomly, due to which a number of patients, including children, suffered tear gas inhalation.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 07 May 2017, Israeli forces conducted an incursion into the east of al-Qarara village, northeast of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip. They levelled lands along the border fence for few hours and withdrew later. On the same day, Israeli forces moved into the east of al-Salqa valley, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. They levelled lands as well and then withdrew.

 

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.

 

Jewish majority

 

Concerning demolitions, on 04 May 2017, Israeli forces demolished 3 houses in al-Walaj village, west of Bethlehem, under the pretext of “building without license within the Israeli municipality boundaries.”

 

On the same day, the Israeli municipality demolished an under-construction building in al-Tour village, east of occupied Jerusalem’s Old City.

 

On the same day as well, the Israeli municipality demolished a house belonging to Ashraf Fawaqa in Sour Baher village, south of the city.

 

On the same day, the Israeli municipality demolished 2 commercial facilities in al-Eisawiya village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem.

 

In the context of Israeli settler attacks against the Palestinian civilians and their property, on 09 May 2017, settlers wrote curses against prophet Mohammed (pbuh) and racist slogans. They punctured also the tires of 17 cars in Shu’fat neighbourhood, north of occupied Jerusalem. The neighbourhood residents said the slogans were signed by the Israeli “Price Tag” organization.

 

Settlement activities

 

On 09 May 2017, Israeli forces demolished a house and a livestock barrack in al-Jiftlek village, north of Jericho. It should be noted the livestock barrack belongs to Najeh Ka’abna (48) while the house belongs to his son Ouda (20).

 

Details

 

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

 

Thursday, 04 May 2017

 

  • At approximately 00:00, Israeli forces moved into Taqou’ village, southeast of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Abdullah ‘Atiyah al-‘Amour (27) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Dheisheh refugee camp, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested Nasim Zaqqout (20) and Ahmed Khalil Nabhan (24).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Tal village, southwest of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Mustafa ‘Asidah (26) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Mohammed Jamal Abu Maria (22) and Husain Ramzi al-‘Alami (21).

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Howarah village, south of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Khalid Saleh Namer ‘Oudah (22) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces accompanied with several military jeeps moved into Ramallah, patrolled the area, surrounded Palestine Medical Complex in the city and stationed inside its yards. The soldiers randomly fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at the sections of the abovementioned complex. As a result, a number of patients, including children, sustained tear gas inhalation and received medical treatment in the emergency department, but no arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Bal’aa village, northeast of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Ahmed ‘Aref Yusuf Zuriqi (25).

 

  • At approximately 08:00, Israeli Border Guard officers stationed at “Mafia” checkpoint established at the western entrance to the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron’s Old City opened fire at Mohammed Zakariya al-Salaimah (22) from Khelat al-Natshah area in the southern area of the city. Mohammed was shot after he was detained near the abovementioned checkpoint. He sustained several live bullet wounds and then fell to the ground. Two Israeli ambulances arrived at the area and stayed there for half an hour. They did not offer first aid to the abovementioned civilian, who stayed on the ground for a while. An ambulance later transferred him to an unknown destination. The Israeli authorities claimed that Mohammed was carrying a weapon and attempted to attack the soldiers stationed at the abovementioned checkpoint. Following that, Israeli forces raided and searched the house of the abovementioned civilian an informed his wife that he was admitted to “Hadassah” Hospital in occupied Jerusalem and his injury was classified as minor. According to a video clip that was posted on social media, there was a soldier, who was 3 meters away from Mohammed and holding his ID. It should be noted that the 3-meter distance is designated by the Israeli forces to be in between the soldiers and Palestinian civilians when checking their IDs. However, no weapon or a knife appeared in the video near Mohammed. After that, a number of civilians gathered around the abovementioned checkpoint and talked to an officer known as Amal. He said that he regretted not killing him and threatened to close the whole area in the evening. The Israeli forces installed cement cubes and barbed wire fence in the vicinity of the abovementioned checkpoint. They also closed Gheith neighborhood, which is inhabited by more than 200 families, and opened a gate for their movement.

 

  • At approximately 19:15, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, west of al-Sudaniyah area, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fired sporadically at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 5 nautical miles. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (6) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Jalqamous village, east of Jenin; Jeet village, northeast of Qalqiliyah; ‘Ein Qeniya village, northwest of Ramallah; Hebron; al-Fawar refugee camp and Surif village in Hebron.

 

Friday, 05 May 2017

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Taqqou’ village, southeast of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 2 civilians, including a child namely Mustafa Jamal al-Badan (17), and Zaid Taleb al-Badan (20).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Asker refugee camp, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested 3 civilians namely Sameh Fares Abu Keshek (31) Abdul Rahman ‘Emad al-Asmer (21) and Khalil Ibrahim Hamzawi (28).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched 2 workshops belonging to Mohammed Sofian ‘Adwan and Baker Sa’id Abu Haniyah and then confiscated some equipment. They also raided and searched a shop for car spare parts belonging to Ahmed Mohammed Howari. They threatened to close the shop if his cooperation with “terrorists” is proven. At approximately 05:00, the Israeli forces withdrew from the village, but neither raids nor arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 14:30, Israeli forces moved into Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Abdul Hamid Husain Hamed (28) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 17:30, Israeli forces accompanied with several military jeeps moved into al-Moghir village, northeast of Ramallah. A number of young men gathered and threw stones an empty bottles at the soldiers, who fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullet, sound bombs and tear gas canisters in response. They also closed the eastern entrance with sand barriers causing traffic jam, but neither arrests nor casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 18:50, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, west of al-Sudaniyah area, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire sporadically at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 4 nautical miles. The shooting continued until around 21:30. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Kafel Hares village, north of Salfit; Dura; al-Kume and al-Shyoukh villages in Hebron.

 

Saturday, 06 May 2017

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Nablus and stationed in Kuroum ‘Ashour area in Ras al-‘Ein neighborhood, south of the city. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Mohammed Naser Ma’lawani (18).

 

  • At approximately 16:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Jaftalak village, north of Jericho. They raided and searched a house belonging to Anwar Mahmoud Abu Joudah and then confiscated his bulldozer used for establishing water networks for agricultural

 

  • At approximately 19:30, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore opened fire around Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 6 miles off Khan Yunis shore in the southern Gaza Strip. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

 

  • at approximately 19:50, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, west of al-Sudaniyah area, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire sporadically at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 4 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

 

  • At approximately 21:00, Israeli forces accompanied with 2 military jeeps moved into al-Tabaqa village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They patrolled in al-Baid neighbourhood amidst firing tear gas canisters and sound bombs in the bystreets, but no clashes erupted in the area. As a result, a number of civilians sustained tear gas inhalation. In meanwhile, the soldiers were shouting and ordering the young men to go out and confront them. The Israeli forces stayed in the village until around 23:00, but no arrests were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (7) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Qalqiliyah; ‘Azoun village, east of the city; al-Thaheriyah, Sa’ir, Taffuh, Abu al-‘Asja villages in Hebron and ‘Ein Yabrud village, northeast of Ramallah.

 

Sunday, 07 May 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces move into Taqqou’ village, southeast of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Omer Tawfiq Abu Hlayel (25) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Omer Tawfiq Abu Hlayel (25) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Ma’sarah village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Jehad Mohammed Zawahrah (26) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aydah refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses after which they handed summonses to Mahmoud Riyad Abu Sorour (29) and Motaz Mahmoud al-Debes (19) to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of the city.

 

  • At approximately 06:30, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire sporadically at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties not material damages were reported.

 

  • At approximately 07:00, Israeli forces accompanied with several military jeeps moved about 100 meters into the east of al-Qararah village, northeast of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. They levelled the lands along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel heading northwards. The incursion continued for hours before the Israeli forces redeployed along the abovementioned border fence.

 

  • At approximately 08:30, Israeli forces accompanied with 5 military bulldozers moved about 100 meters into the west of the border fence, east of al-Salqa village, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. The bulldozers levelled the lands adjacent to the abovementioned border fence. The incursion continued for 4 hours after which the bulldozers moved into the north of the eastern borders of al-Maghazi refugee camp. They then 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: Beta village, southeast of Nablus; al-‘Aroub refugee camp and Beit Ummer village in Hebron.

 

Monday, 08 May 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Nedal and Mostafa As’ad Suwaidan in the eastern area of the village. They then withdrew from the area, but no arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Hejjah village, east of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yasser Mahmoud Rabe’ and a barber salon belonging to Khader Mohammed Masalhah and then confiscated 2 surveillance devices from them. The Israeli forces fired metal bullet, sound bombs and tear gas canisters while withdrawing, claiming that they were stoned. However, no more incidents were reported.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, and stationed in al-Barahish, al-Bayadah and al-Tarbiqah neighbourhoods. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Khalil Abu Hashem (50) and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlehem. The soldiers also confiscated the ID of Ahmed’s son Mohammed (22). In the meantime, another Israeli force raided and searched a house belonging to Rami Bassam Khalil Za’aqiq (38) and handed him a similar summons.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into several neighbourhoods in Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Saif al-Eslam Khamis Qafishah (25), Malek Abed al-Natshah (24) and Monjed Nader al-Qawasmah (27), who was released a week ago after serving a 9-month imprisonment in the Israeli jails.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Jamil Mohammed Jamil Abdul Rahman (27), a Palestinian Civil Defence officer, and Mos’ab Ma’zouz Ahmed Dalal (26). After that, the Israeli soldiers arrested them. At approximately 06:10, the Israeli forces withdrew taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Taqqou’ village, southeast of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 3 civilians, including a child, namely Mahmoud ‘Ali al-Sabbah (16), Ja’far (22) and his brother Yusuf al-Sabbah (18).

 

  • At approximately 06:20, 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 for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

 

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

 

Tuesday, 09 May 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to As’ad Abul Latif Thawabtah (28) and then handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of the city.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces move into Jayous village, northeast of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Jehad Sobhi Kharishah (20) and ‘Amr Jehad Salim (17) and then arrested them.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Kharsa village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron, and stationed in al-Dowar area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Abdul Halim al-Talahmah (55) and then arrested his son Jamal (19).

 

  • At the same time, Israeli forces moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses in Huneinah and Karisah neighborhoods and then arrested 6 civilians, including a child. The arrested civilians were identified as Moneer Mustafa Abu Sharar (33), Ja’far Taha Abu ‘Arqoub (44), his son Osama (16), Rezeq Abdullah Moslem al-Rajoub (57), Emad Mohammed Jadallah (35) and Husam Yusuf ‘Amayrah (27). Moreover, the Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to journalist Mohammed Adeeb Ahmed al-Qeeq in Naqet Nouh area, but no arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Sa’id ‘Abed Maskawi (20) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Taqqou’ village, southeast of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested 3 civilians, including a child, namely Mousa Mohammed al-‘Amour (18), Riyad ‘Aref al-‘Amour (14) and Jom’ah Mohammed Abdul Jalil ‘Amour (24).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Nablus and stationed in ‘Amman Street in the eastern side of the city. They surrounded a 3-storey building in the abovementioned street and then raided a metal workshop on the ground floor belonging to the heirs of Omer Sab’i Jamous. The heirs were identified as ‘Ammar, ‘Azmi, Ashraf and ‘Alaa’ Jamous. The Israeli forces confiscated 2 lathes, 2 scrapers and 2 drills. The workshop owners learnt about the raid through a call from the building residents. They hurried to the workshop, but they were detained in ‘Amman Street until the Israeli forces finished at approximately 05:00 in the morning. They claimed that the workshop manufactures primitive weapons. It should be noted 5 families make their living from the abovementioned workshop. The workshop was built in 1963 and consists of 4 shops.

 

  • Around the same time, 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. The shooting continued until approximately 09:00. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Nour Shams refugee camp, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Muhanad ‘Adnan Tawfiq Abdullah (18).

 

  • At approximately 06:50, Israeli aircrafts sprayed pesticides on the agricultural lands within 400 meters into the west of the abovementioned border fence between the Gaza Strip an Israel, northeast of al-Qararah village, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. Farmers there emphasized that they saw small planes flying low in the area. The farmers added that those planes started spraying pesticides on an area 400 meters to the west of the abovementioned border fence. The spraying continued for hours along the abovementioned border fence. It should be noted that since the begging of this year, that Israeli forces sprayed pesticides on the area under the pretext of burning bushes in the buffer zone, west of the border fence, for security reasons. However, the pesticides affect agricultural lands and damage large areas of them.

 

  • At approximately, 20:50, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Laiha village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire sporadically at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

 

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

 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Taqqou’ village, southeast of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Mousa Mohammed al-‘Amour (17) and Husain Khaled al-Badan (21).
  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Birzeit village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched the students accommodation of Birzeit University. They then arrested 3 students namely Ahmed Tayseer al-‘Ayesh (26), ‘Amer Mohammed al-Remawi (24) and Ahmed Qasem Farah (21).

 

  • At approximately 06:50, Israeli forces accompanied with military vehicles moved about 100 meters into al-Fukhari village, east of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip. The Israeli military vehicles leveled lands along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel for few hours before re-deploying along the border fence.

 

  • At approximately 06:40, 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. The shooting continued until approximately 11:00. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

 

  • 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

 

  • Following the Friday prayer on 05 May 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a peaceful demonstration at the main entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, in protests against the confiscation of Palestinian’s lands and in solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike in the Israeli jails. The protestors threw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers stationed at the abovementioned entrance. The soldiers fired live bullets, sound bombs, tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at them in response. As a result, 4 civilians, including a child, sustained live bullet wounds to the lower limbs of their bodies and were transferred to Yasser Arafat Hospital in Salfit to receive medical treatment. Medical sources classified their injury as moderate. (PCHR keeps the names of the arrested civilians)

 

  • Following the Friday prayer also, dozens of 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 17-year-old civilian was hit by a tear gas canister to the head.

 

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

 

  • At approximately 17:30 on Saturday, 06 May 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 22-year-old civilian sustained a metal bullet wound to the hand.

 

Demonstrations in Solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails

 

  • On Thursday, 04 May 2017, Palestinian civilians organized demonstrations in several areas in Bethlehem. They made their way to the northern entrance to the city in solidarity with the prisoners, who have been on hunger strike. When the protestors arrived at the military checkpoint established at the abovementioned entrance, the Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them and particularly targeted the journalists. As a result, 5 journalists, including a woman, sustained wounds. The wounded civilians were identified as:

 

  1. Abdul Hafith al-Hashlamoun, who works at the European Agency, was hit by sound bomb to the left leg.
  2. Safiya Omer Qawar (30), who works at Baladna  Radio in Bethlehem, was hit by  sound bomb to the abdomen.
  3. Eyad Hamad, who works at the Associated Press Agency, was hit by sound bomb shrapnel.
  4. Mousa al-Sha’er, who works at the Agence France-Presse, was hit by sound bomb shrapnel.
  5. Samer Hamad, who works at Pal Media Agency, was hit by sound bomb shrapnel.

 

  • At approximately 13:30 on the same Thursday, dozens of journalists organized a peaceful protest demanding the release of the journalists in the Israeli jails and in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, near the entrance of “Ofer” military camp established in Betounia and Rafat villages, west of Ramallah. The protestors threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers, who fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters in response. However, no casualties were reported among the journalists.

 

  • Following the Friday prayer on 05 May 2017, hundreds of Palestinian civilians performed prayers at the crossroad of Beta village, south of Nablus. The prayers were called for by the National Committee to Support the Prisoners in the confrontation areas with the Israeli forces to support the prisoners’ legitimate demands. At the end of the prayers, the civilians threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli forces, who fired live and metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, 9 civilians sustained metal bullet wounds according to estimations of Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) as they received medical treatment in the spot. However PCHR’s fieldworker was not able to obtain information about the civilians because they come from different areas and no one of them was transferred to any hospital.

 

  • At approximately 14:30 on the same Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a peaceful protest in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike. They made their way towards the entrance of “Ofer” military camp established in Betounia and Rafat villages, west of Ramallah. When the protestors arrived at the abovementioned camp, the Israeli soldiers fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. However, no casualties were reported among the civilians.

 

  • Following the same Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered at the eastern entrance to Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, to organize a demonstration in solidarity with the prisoners on hunger strike in the Israeli jails. The protestors made their way towards the military watchtower established at the village entrance as there was an Israeli infantry unit stationed in the main road. The protestors threw stones at the soldiers, who fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them and chased them between the houses. The soldier also fired live bullets at the protestors while chasing them. As a result, a 20-year-old civilian sustained a live bullet wound to the leg and was then transferred to Hebron Governmental Hospital to receive medical treatment.

 

  • At approximately 16:00 on the same Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a protest at the entrance to ‘Azmout village, northeast of Nablus. The protestors approached the abovementioned entrance, Israeli forces fired metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canister at them and chased them. They then arrested Mo’ez Rezeq ‘Amer (17) and took him to an unknown destination

 

  • At approximately 16:00 on Saturday, 06 May 2017, Israeli forces intercepted a demonstration organized by dozens of Palestinian civilians in Jouret al-Sham’ah village, south of Bethlehem, in solidarity with the prisoners on hunger strike in the Israeli jails. They stopped the protest and attacked the civilians after they forced them to step out of their cars. The Israeli forces then arrested Ahmed Zawahrah and his sons: Mohammed (21) and Ibrahim (18). Mohammed Barijah said to PCHR’s fieldworker that the demonstration moved from the center of al-Ma’sarah village and passed through Jouret al-Sham’ah village, south of Bethlehem. He added that Israeli forces intercepted the demonstration when it arrived at the main entrance to Jouret al-Sham’ah village and then attacked the civilians.

 

  • At approximately 18:00 on the same Saturday, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a protest at the entrance to Beta village, south of Nablus. When the protestors approached the abovementioned entrance, the Israeli forces fired metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a civilian sustained  a metal bullet wound and received medical treatment on the spot by PRCS crews.
  • At approximately 15:30 on Monday, 08 May 2017, a number of Palestinian young men gathered at the entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, near the military watchtower established there. The Palestinian youngsters threw stones at the watchtower, due to which Israeli soldiers fired metal bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, an 18-year-old male from Beit Rima village sustained a bullet wound to the belly. He was then taken to Yasser Arafat hospital in Salfit, where doctors classified his injury 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.

Teenage Palestinian girl ‘executed in cold blood,’ witnesses say

Teenage Palestinian girl ‘executed in cold blood,’ witnesses say

Ma’an News Agency

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Palestinians who witnessed Israeli border police shooting and killing 16-year-old Fatima Afif Abd al-Rahman Hjeiji in occupied East Jerusalem on Sunday evening said the girl was “executed in cold blood” and did not pose a lethal threat when she was hit with some 20 bullets outside of the Old City.

Israeli police claimed Hjeiji “approached Israeli police and border guards stationed at the site, drew a knife, and tried to attack them while calling out ‘Allah Akbar’ in an attempt to hurt Israeli forces, who determinedly and professionally neutralized her.”  

However, shortly after the shooting, an eyewitness told Ma’an that Hjeiji had been standing near Damascus Gate, more than ten meters away from a group of Israeli border guard soldiers, before she was killed.

“One of the soldiers started to shout ‘knife! knife!’ and moments after that, about five soldiers opened fire at her from every direction,” he said.

Another witness said the girl was first hit in the chest and fell to the ground, “but Israeli soldiers continued to fire at her back.”

Witnesses highlighted that a parked car nearby was riddled with bullets, indicating the extent of indiscriminate force used on the teenage girl, allegedly armed with only a knife.

In the wake off the killing, Israeli forces cordoned off the area as bystanders tried to crowd around Hjeiji’s body. Israeli border guards, intelligence officers, and police on horseback deployed heavily in the area and denied locals access to the Old City.

In the ensuing chaos, Israeli forces “haphazardly used pepper spray on Palestinians to keep them away from from the girl,” a witness told Ma’an.

A young Palestinian man sustained face burns after Israeli forces attacked him with pepper spray near Damascus Gate, and a nine-year-old child, Mahmoud Abu Sbeih, was badly bruised from falling over after he and a group of teenagers were chased by mounted police officers.

An impassioned bystander confronted Israeli police, shouting: “Why do you continue to tell lies? What did that girl do? What did she do? Do you actually want peace?”

Israeli police spokespersons had also published a photo of a knife that allegedly seized at the scene, and said a letter written by Hjeiji, in which she bid farewell to her family, was also found.

According to Israeli police, the note “included verses from the Quran, and was signed ‘martyr,’” the term used by Palestinians to refer to those who are killed by Israeli forces.

Israeli authorities and media outlets have claimed in a number of cases that Palestinians were shot after they intentionally provoked Israeli forces at military checkpoints in order to commit suicide, after a pattern of extrajudicial executions of Palestinians by Israeli forces emerged over a wave of violence that peaked in the fall of 2015.

Eyewitnesses have also said in a number of cases that Israeli security forces planted knives on slain Palestinians to claim that they were acting in self-defense.

An Israeli settler was shot and killed earlier this month at a military checkpoint, representing a rare case of Israeli forces taking lethal action on a Jewish Israeli since Israel became the target of international condemnation for implementing a “shoot-to-kill” policy on Palestinians who allegedly or actually carry out attacks.

Haaretz, considered to be Israel’s most left-leaning news outlet, wrote in the report on the incident that “the concept of ‘suicide by police’ is well known in countries with large Muslim populations, because Islam forbids suicide, but being killed by a policeman or soldier is often considered an honorable death that entitles the dead man to the status of a martyr.”

However, “suicide by cop” is a well-known and researched phenomenon, particularly in the United States where police, like Israeli forces, are routinely denounced for excessive use of lethal force on civilians with impunity.

While Israeli officials have routinely claimed that Palestinian attacks are part of a international rise in Islamist extremism, many Palestinians have instead pointed chiefly to the frustration and despair brought on by Israel’s decades-long military occupation of the Palestinian territory and the absence of a political horizon.

According to Ma’an documentation, Hjeiji is the 20th Palestinian to have been killed by Israelis since the beginning of the year, seven of whom were minors. Seven Israelis have been killed by Palestinians during the same time period

Weekly report on israel’s terrorism against the State of Palestine (27 April – 03 May 2017)

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (27 April – 03 May 2017)

http://pchrgaza.org/en/?p=9086

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

(27 April – 03 May 2017)

 

  • 37 Palestinian civilians were wounded during peaceful protests in the West Bank.
  • Among the wounded were 14 children, one of whom was wounded in al-Eisawiya village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem.
  • 14 journalists, including 3 female ones, were beaten while covering a protest in occupied Jerusalem.
  • Fire was set to 10 stores and 2 restaurants in Beita central market, due to which they were completely burnt.
  • Israeli forces continued to target the Gaza Strip border areas, but no casualties were reported.
  • Israeli forces conducted 60 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 2 limited ones in the southern Gaza Strip.
  • 85 civilians, including 27 children and a girl, were arrested. Fifteen of them were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.
  • 12 of them, including 6 children and the girl, were arrested during peaceful protests.
  • Storming the vicinity of Hebron Governmental Hospital and a Palestinian civilian was arrested.
  • Israeli forces continued settlement activities in the West Bank.
  • Settlers attacked Burin and Ourif villages, south of Nablus, and set fire to dozens of olive trees.
  • Israeli forces continued to target the Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip Sea.
  • Two fishermen were arrested in the northern Gaza Strip and their boat was confiscated.
  • 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.
  • Four 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 (27 April – 03 May 2017).

 

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 37 Palestinian civilians, including 14 children, in the West Bank. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces continued to pursuit the Palestinian fishermen in the sea and open fire at Palestinian farmers at the border areas.

 

In the West Bank, the majority of cities witnessed protests in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in the Israeli jails. Israeli forces used force against the protests, resulting in the injury of 14 children. Twenty of them sustained live bullet wounds, 16 others sustained metal bullet wounds and another was hit with a gas canister to the head. Moreover, Israeli forces attacked 14 journalists, including 3 female ones, while covering a protest in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners organized in occupied Jerusalem. The cases of injury were as follows:

 

  • Protests in solidarity with the prisoners: 22 civilians were wounded, including 9 children. Fourteen of them were wounded by live ammunition, 7 others were wounded by metal bullets and one was hit by a gas canister to the head.
  • Weekly protests against the annexation wall and settlement activities: 8 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded. Two of them were wounded by live ammunition and 6 others were wounded by metal bullets.
  • Incursions: 7 civilians, including 3 children, were wounded. Four of them were wounded by live ammunition and the 3 others were wounded by metal bullets. Among the wounded was a child, who was wounded in al-Eisawiya village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem.

 

In the same context, tear gas canisters and sound bombs heavily fired at the protest organized at Beit village intersection, south of Nablus, resulted in setting fire to the central market. As a result, 10 stores and 2 restaurants were burnt.

 

In the Gaza Strip, concerning Israeli attacks on fishermen in the Gaza Strip sea, on 30 April 2017, Israeli navy forces opened fire at the Palestinian fishing boats sailing off Beit Lahia shore, north of the Gaza Strip. They surrounded a fishing boat sailing within 2.5 nautical miles, arrested 2 brothers on board of the boat and confiscated the boat and fishing nets. Other attacks recurred in the morning and afternoon on Monday, 01 May 2017 and on Tuesday morning, 02 May 2017.

 

On 30 April 2017, Israeli gunboats opened fire at fishing boats sailing within 6 nautical miles off Deir al-Balah shore in the central Gaza Strip. Similar attacks recurred in the same area on 01 and 03 May 2017.

 

In the context of targeting the border areas, on 27 April 2017, Israeli forces shelled a Palestinian border guard site, east of al-Salqa valley, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported.

On 30 April 2017, Israeli forces stationed in the east of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands in the east of al-Fokhari village. No casualties were reported.

 

On 02 May 2017, Israeli soldiers stationed in a watchtower, east of Gaza valley, northeast of al-Bureij refugee camp, opened fire at farmers and shepherds in the border area. no casualties were reported as well.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 60 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 7 ones in Jerusalem. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 85 Palestinian civilians, including 27 children and a girl. Thirty-three of them, including 15 children, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem, while 12 others, including 6 children and the girl were arrested while participating in a protest supporting the Palestinian prisoners.

 

On 28 April 2017, Israeli forces surrounded Hebron Governmental Hospital and fired gas canisters at the entrance to the emergency section. As a result, the glass was smashed. Israeli undercover units stormed then the vicinity of the hospital and arrested a Palestinian civilian.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 30 April 2017, Israeli forces conducted an incursion into the east of al-Qarara village, while conducted another one in the east of al-Fokhari village on 03 May. In both incursions, Israeli forces levelled lands along the border fence for few hours and withdrew later.

 

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.

 

Settlement activities

 

On 27 April 2017, a group of settlers from “Brakha” settlement moved into the outskirts of Burin village, south of Nablus, under the guardianship of the Israeli forces. They set fire to the mountain, due to which, dozens of olive trees were burnt before the Palestinian civilians and civil defence could extinguish the fire.

 

On 29 April 2017, under the guardianship of the Israeli forces, a group of settlers from “Yetshar” settlement attacked a house belonging to the family of Monir Suleiman, northeast of Ourif village, south of Nablus. As a result of the attack, the windows were smashed.

 

Details 

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

 

Thursday, 27 April 2017

 

  • At approximately 00:00, Israeli forces moved into Nablus from the eastern side and stationed in al-Masaken al-Sha’biyah neighborhood. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested ‘Alaa’ Faed al- Qadoumi (14) from the abovementioned neighborhood.
  • At approximately 01:15, Israeli forces moved into Tubas. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested 3 civilians namely Farei’ Sedqi Sawaftah (43), Osama Sati Sawaftah (32) and Samir Abu Muhsen Daraghmah (24).
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Tammoun village, southeast of Tubas. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Lout Mohammed Sa’id Busharat (34).
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aqabet Taffuh village, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Wadee’i Badran Jaber (24) and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Dajan village, east of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Nasir Redwan Abu Thabet (22), a student at the Media Faculty in En-Najah National University.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Ahmed AMjed Deriyah (18) and Ahmed Abdul Rahim Deriyah (28).
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Kafur Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested 2 civilians, including a child, namely Sa’ed Abdul Majid ‘Obaid (15) and ‘Ali Mohammed Rashid ‘Amer (20). At approximately 08:00, they were released.
  • At approximately 10:00, Israeli forces stationed at the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired 2 artillery shells at Palestinian borer guard site, east of Wadi al-Salqa village, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. As a result, the site sustained material damage, but no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-Samou’i, Ethna, Taffouh, al-Koum and Deir Samet villages in Hebron.

 

Friday, 28 April 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Dauheh village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Hasan al-Zughari and then arrested his 3 sons namely Malek (22), Mousa (33) and Hamadah (37).

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem and stationed in al-Saf Street in the center of the city. They raided and searched a house belonging to Naji Abdullah Hejazi (43) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Fahmah village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Hesham Sa’id Sa’abnah (25).

 

  • At approximately 16:30, Israeli forces moved into Joyous village, northeast of Qalqiliyah. They patrolled the streets, during which a number of Palestinian youngster gathered and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers. The soldiers fired tear gas canisters and metal bullets at them. As a result, Osama Omer Abu Se’dah (11) sustained a metal bullet wound to the left leg.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-Naqourh village, northwest of Nablus; Dura, Kharsa, Bani Na’im villages and al-‘Aroub refugee camp.

 

Saturday, 29 April 2017

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Thanabah Suburb, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 3 civilians namely Jehad Jamal Ahmed ‘Enbas (23), ‘Adel Nabhan Abdullah ‘Oudah (23) and ‘Odai Tayseer Husni Abdullah (26).

 

  • At approximately 15:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Thaher area in the southern side of Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. They made their way to “Karmi Tsur” settlement, which is about 500 meters to the south of the abovementioned area. The soldiers deployed between houses and agricultural lands. After that, a number of young men gathered and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers. The soldiers fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the young men in response. As a result, a number of woungsters sustained tear gas inhalation and received medical treatment on the spot. After that, the soldiers closed the road, forced some drivers to stop their cars by firing tear gas canisters at They then detained a number of cars after forcing their drivers to stop and fired gas canisters in response. The soldiers stayed in the area for 2 hours and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (7) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah; al-Naqurah village, northwest of Nablus; Bedia village, west of Salfit; Hebron; Sa’ir, Tarqumiya and al-Mawreq villages.

 

Sunday, 30 April 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:15, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested As’ad Mahmoud Maraheel (37) from al-Makhfiyah neighbourhood, west of the city.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Ein Beit al-Maa’ refugee camp, northwest of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Rabi’ Shawkat Khalid (24).

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Dauheh village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Hasan Abu ‘Ajamiyah and then arrested his child Mohammed (15).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Asirah northern village, north of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Mo’men Moneer Mesbah (22), representative of the Islamic Bloc in En-Najah National University.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Ethna village, west of Hebron. They raided and searched 3 houses belonging to al-Qaisi family using metal detectors. They detained the family members in one room in each house. After 4 hours of searching the houses, the soldiers arrested Ghassan Abdul Mo’ti Khalil Qaisi (28) and then withdrew taking him to an unknown destination. Moreover, the Israeli forces arrested 5 other civilians from the village after they raided and searched their houses. The arrested civilians were identified as Yusuf ‘Ali ‘Awad, Nash’at Feisal Eslemiyha, Fadi Saleem Eslemiyah, Ahmed Abdul Karim Farajallah and Ra’fat Raed Metleq Abu Juhaishah.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Tal village, south of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested Osama Khaled Mousa Yamin (25).

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Thnabah Suburb, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Fadi Banan Mohammed Sowan (27).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Ertah Suburb, south of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested ‘Alaa’ Jabrin Mohammed Balhawi (33) and Mohammed Mohammed Ahmed Balhawi (51).

 

  • At approximately 06:45, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats. The Israeli gunboats surrounded a fishing boat belonging to ‘Adnan Sha’ban Abu Ryalah (50). The boat was sailing within 2.5 nautical miles and manned by Sha’ban (36) and Mohammed (22). The soldiers ordered them to take off their clothes, jump into water and swim towards the Israeli boat. They then arrested them and confiscated their boat and the fishing nets that were on board.

 

  • At approximately 19:30, Israeli forces accompanied with military jeeps moved about 100 meters into the east of al-Qararah village, northeast of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. They leveled and combed the lands along the border fence between the Gaza Strip an Israel for hours before they redeployed.

 

  • At approximately 08:30, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands, east of al-Fukhari village. The shooting continued for minutes, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 19:00, Israeli gunboats opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 6 nautical miles off Deir al-Balah shore in the central Gaza Strip. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but no casualties were reported.

 

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

 

Monday, 01 May 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Surif village, northwest of Hebron, and stationed in al-Mutinah area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Malek Tayseer Ghunaimat (22) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Abu Suneinah neighbourhood in the southern area in Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Marwan ‘Ali ‘Ashour (20) and then arrested him. The military jeeps then moved towards Tareq Ben Zeyad intersection. They raided and searched Gheith family divan and damaged its contents. They also raided and searched  a house belonging to ‘Adel Barkat Gheith and confiscated his car.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces move into Sanjal village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses one of them belongs to Kahled Abdul Rahman Shabanah (40), a former prisoner, who went on a hunger strike in solidarity with the prisoners in the Israeli jails. The Israeli forces also closed the main entrances to the villages with cement cubes obstructing the traffic, but no arrests were reported.

 

  • 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. The shooting recurred in the same area at approximately 18:00 on the same day. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 21:00, Israeli gunboats opened fire around Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 6 nautical miles off Deir al-Balah shore in the central Gaza Strip. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but no casualties were reported.

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Halhoul; Beit Ummer village, in Hebron; Sebastia village, northwest of Nablus.

 

Tuesday, 02 May 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces accompanied with 3 military jeeps moved into al-Rahmah Mount in the southern area in Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Sa’ed Bayoud al-Tamimi (60) and then topped the roof of the house and turned it into a military watchtower. They later withdrew, but no arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Fawar refugee camp, south of Hebron. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Wesam Sobhi Maghslah (20) and Mohammed ‘Ali Khudairat (25) and then arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 06:45, 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 for fear of their lives, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 17:30, Israeli forces stationed in military watchtowers along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Gaza Valley (Johr al-Deek), northeast of al-Buraij refugee camp, opened fire at Palestinian farmers and shepherds in the border area. As a result, they were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 20:00, Israeli forces moved into Qasrah village, southeast of Nablus. They established a checkpoint near al-Sahabah Mosque at the eastern entrance to the village. The soldiers stopped the Palestinian cars, checked the civilian’s ID’s. After that, a number of youngsters gathered and threw stones at the soldiers, who fired tear gas canisters and metal bullets to disperse the protestors. Abdul ‘Athim Ahmed Mahmoud Wadi (44), Mayor of Qasrah village, arrived at the area at approximately 20:45. When he stepped out of his car in between the protestors, the soldiers fired metal bullets at the protestors. As a result, Wadi sustained 2 metal bullet wounds to the thigh and right ankle. He was transferred to Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus to receive medical treatment. His injury was classified as minor.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Qalqiliyah, Dura and Bani Na’im village.

 

Wednesday, 03 May 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli naval forces stationed in the sea, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, sporadically opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles. No casualties were reported, but the shooting caused fear among the fishermen and forced them to leave for fear of being wounded.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Fujjar village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Ahemed Ziyad Abdullah Darirah (17), Yaser Ziyad Yaser Darirah (15) and Ahmed Sami Darirah(15).

 

  • At approximately 06:50, Israeli forces accompanied by military vehicles moved about 100 meters into al-Fukhari village, east of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip. The Israeli military vehicles leveled lands along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel for few hours before re-deploying along the border fence.

 

  • At approximately 11:00, a group of Palestinian young men gathered at the entrance to al-‘Aroub refugee camp, where Israeli forces closed the camp’s entrance and deployed on the road leading to the western entrance to the camp. The Palestinian young men threw stones at Israeli military vehicles, closed the entrance near UNRWA distribution center and then set fire to tires. The Israeli soldiers chased the young men and fired sound bombs, tear gas canisters and live bullets at them. As a result, 2 civilians were hit with live bullets and were then taken to the hospital to receive medical treatment. ( PCHR keeps the names of the wounded persons).

 

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

 

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

 

West Bank:

 

  • At approximately 13:30 on Friday, 28 April 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, 4 civilians, including 2 children, sustained metal bullet wounds. (PCHR keeps the names of the wounded civilians)

 

  • Following the Friday prayer dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a peaceful demonstration in protest against the confiscation of Palestinian’s lands and in solidarity with the prisoners on hunger strike. The Protestors made their way to the main entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. They threw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers stationed at the abovementioned entrance. The soldiers then fired sound bombs, tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at them in response. As a result, 2 civilians sustained live bullet wounds and were then transferred to Palestine Medical Complex to receive medical treatment. (PCHR keeps the names of the wounded civilians)

 

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

 

  • At approximately 17:30 on Saturday, 29 April 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, 2 civilians, including a child, sustained metal bullet wounds. (PCHR keeps the names of the wounded civilians)

 

Demonstrations in Solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails

 

  • At approximately 13:00 on Thursday, 27 April 2017, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered after ending an activity organized by the residents of Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike. They made their way towards the village entrance at which the Israeli authorities established a military watchtower. The young men threw stones at the soldiers, who fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters in response. Backup forces arrived at the area and closed the village entrance with an iron gate. Other soldiers topped roofs of houses belonging to Abdul ‘Aziz Mahmoud Abu ‘Ayash, Mohammed Hammad Abu Mariyah, and Mohammed Ahmed ‘Awad. The soldiers fired tear gas canisters and live bullets at the stone-throwers. The clashes continued until the evening, resulting in a number of civilians suffering tear gas inhalation.

 

  • At approximately 13:30 on the same Thursday, a number of young men organized a peaceful protest in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, who went on a hunger strike, near the entrance of “Ofer” military camp established in Betounia and Rafat villages, west of Ramallah. The protestors threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers, who fired sound bombs, tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets in response. As a result, 12 civilians, including 7 children, sustained wounds. Eight of the wounded civilians were hit with live bullets, three were hit with metal bullets, and one was hit with a tear gas canister wounding him to the head. Moreover, the soldiers attacked and beat up Tareq Ehab al-Mohtaseb (20) and then arrested him. (PCHR keeps the names of the wounded civilians)

 

  • Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and International human rights defenders organized a demonstration in Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. When the protestors arrived at the abovementioned entrance, the Israeli forces fired metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. As a result, 2 civilians, including a child, sustained live bullet wounds. They were transferred to Palestine Medical Complex to receive medical treatment. Their wounds were classified as moderate. (PCHR keeps the name of the wounded civilians)

 

  • At approximately 18:00 on the same Thursday, “‎Lajee” Center organized a protest at the northern entrance to Bethlehem. A large number of prisoners’ families and relatives along with activists of the Popular Resistance Committee. They made their way to ‘Aydah refugee camp towards the northern entrance to the city. When the protestors arrived at the military checkpoint, north of Bethlehem, the soldiers fired tear gas canisters at them and chased them. They then arrested Abdullah Naser al-‘Afifi (15) and Tamer ‘Awad (14).

 

  • At approximately 20:00 on the same Thursday, dozens of young men from Shu’fat refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem, organized a demonstration in solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike in the Israeli jails. The protestors marched the camp streets until they arrived at the military checkpoint. The young men threw stones and Molotov Cocktails at the soldiers stationed at the checkpoint. The soldiers then fired metal bullets and tear gas canisters at them and chased them. They arrested ‘Abbas ‘Azzam (21) after they severely beat him up.

 

  • Following the Friday prayer on 28 April 2017, hundreds of Palestinian civilians performed prayers at the crossroad of Beta village, south of Nablus. The prayers were called for by the National Committee to Support the Prisoners in the friction areas with the Israeli forces to support the prisoners’ legitimate demands. At the end of the prayer, the civilians threw stones at the Israeli forces comprised of 6 military jeeps and 2 cars of the Civil Administration in addition to 50 soldiers. The soldiers fired live and metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, a 24-year-old civilian sustained a metal bullet to the right leg. At approximately 15:00, the Israeli forces heavily fired tear gas canisters at the protestors. Some of those canisters hit Beta Central Market, so fire broke out in it. The Civil Defense crews could not extinguish the fire until at approximately 21:00 on the same day. The following property was damaged:

 

  1. Tareq Mohammed Kheizaran: 2 barracks (110 square meters each) contained items used in canning fruits and vegetables.
  2. Wesam Ghassan Saleh Hamayel and his partner Anwar Helal Bani Shamsah: a 100-square-meter barrack containing machines.
  3. Abdullah Shaker Duwaikat: an 18-square-meter restaurant, which contained a fridge, cooking gas and 3 cooking gas pipes.
  4. Abdul Naser Khalil Abdul Fattah ‘Attallah: a 60-square-meter restaurant built of tin plates and bricks.
  5. Khaled Ibrahim Khalil Abu Msalam: a 1000-square-meter barrack, which contained items.
  6. Elbana Company for Import & Export belonging to Eyad Mohammed Khalil Bana: 2 barracks of 800 square meters each. They contained 22 tons of garlic, 500 boxes of organges, 3000 small boxes, 353 cartons of date and 1000 wooden large cartoons.
  7. A company belonging to Zeyad Abdullah ‘Atallah: 2 barracks built of tin plates. The first was built on an area of 300 square meters and the other on 200 square meters. They contained plastic and wooden boxes.
  8. ‘Allam Hamdi Bazian a 300-square-meter barrack that contained plastic and wooden boxes.
  9. Ayman Rezqallah Mohammed Aqtash: a 360-square-meter barrack that contained wooden boxes and Nylon used for packaging.

 

  • Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered in al-Tallah area overlooking Deir al-Hatab Bypass Road, northeast of Nablus, adjacent to ‘Asker refugee camp. The protestors threw stones at the abovementioned Road when the Israeli forces moved into the area and fired metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, 2 civilians sustained metal bullet wounds. (PCHR keeps the names of the arrested civilian)

 

  • On the same Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a peaceful protest in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, who went on a hunger strike, near the entrance of “Ofer” military camp established in Betounia and Rafat villages, west of Ramallah. When the protestors arrived at the area, the Israeli soldiers fired live bullets, tear gas canisters, sound bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets. As a result, a 22-year-old civilian sustained a live bullet wound to the right leg. The Israeli forces also attacked Mohammed Ayman Abu ‘Atiyah (17), from al-Am’ari refugee camp, and Ahmed ‘Adnan al-Khdour (19), from Betounia village, west of the city, and then arrested them.

 

  • Note: during the same Friday, Israeli forces used force to disperse the demonstrations organized in solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike. The demonstrations were organized in the following areas: Howarah checkpoint, south of Nablus; ‘Ourta checkpoint, southeast of the city; Beit Furik checkpoint, east of the city; al-Naqourah village near “Shafi Shamron” settlement, northwest of the city. The Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the civilians at the end of the Friday prayer. As a result, dozens of the civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and received medical treatment on the spot by paramedics who were in the area.

 

  • At the end of Friday prayers, hundreds of Palestinian civilians participated in a demonstration organized by national factions in Hebron in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike. They made their way from al-Husain Mosque in Hebron towards Ebn Rashed intersection, where a permanent sit-in tent is established. After half an hour, dozens of young men made their way to al-Zawiyah Gate in the city. However, an Israeli infantry unit arrived at the entrance to al-Shuhada’ Street. They then fired tear gas canisters at the civilians, who then threw stones and empty bottles and set fire to tires in Abu al-Hums road in order to prevent the Israeli jeeps and wastewater pumping vehicle, which sank the area with skunk water, from moving. The soldiers then chased the young men near Hebron Governmental Hospital and then randomly fired live bullets at them. As a result, a 14-year-old child sustained a live bullet wound to the left knee and then was transferred to the abovementioned hospital. The soldiers continued moving towards the road that leads to the entrance to the emergency department in Hebron Governmental Hospital as one of them fired tear gas canister at the entrance. As a result, the glass crashed. The Israeli soldiers stationed in the area until the afternoon when Israeli undercover officers dressed like  Palestinian civilians raided the vicinity of the hospital and arrested Fares Sa’di al-Haimuni (21), taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a peaceful demonstration and made their way from the set-in tent established in solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike to military watchtower established at the eastern entrance to Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. When the demonstrators arrived at Khelet al-‘Ein area, an infantry unit, which deployed in the road, closed the abovementioned entrance. The soldiers fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canister at the demonstrators, who spread between houses while the wastewater pumping vehicle pumped wastewater at the vehicles and shops. After that, a number of soldiers topped the roofs of houses and fired live bullets at the civilians. As a result, a 24-year-old civilian sustained a live bullet wound to the left leg, a 20-year-old civilian sustained a live bullet wound to the back of the right thigh, and a 45-year-old civilian was hit with a metal bullet to the right leg. The wounded civilians were transferred to the Governmental Hospital in the city via civilian vehicles. The soldiers, who were on the roofs, stayed there until at approximately 18:00. Some of the houses’ owners were identified as Faleh ‘Arar, Reyad ‘Arar and Mohammed Kamel Abu Maria.

 

  • At approximately 17:30 on Saturday, 29 April 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered in al-‘Amoud Gate yard, Nablus and Salah Eden Streets at the entrances to East Jerusalem’s Old City in order to organize a protest in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in the Israeli jails. The protest paved its way from al-‘Amoud Gate square as the civilians were raising prisoners’ photos and slogans supporting their demands. The soldiers then confiscated the photos and slogans and patrolled in front of the entrance to al-‘Amoud Gate and its yard. They also prevented Palestinians from entering through the abovementioned gate. Israeli mounted police officers then chased the civilians from Nablus Street into the bus station. Some of the protestors challenge the Israeli officers and chanted slogans and raised some photos of the prisoners. However, the officers attacked and beat them and then beat the media workers, who were in the area covering the protest, with their riffles’ butts. As a result, a number of them sustained bruises. Photographer ‘Ammar ‘Awa sustained bruises to the hand after being beaten with riffles’ butts. He said to PCHR’s field worker that he and a group of journalists, including Ahmed Gharablah, were in the area when the Israeli forces suddenly started beating them and forced them to leave the area. Photographer Ahmed Gharablah fell on the ground and his camera lens crushed when the mounted police officers was chasing him. The Israeli forces also pushed Nawal Hejazi, a reporter at Al-Kofiya TV Channel, causing her various bruises.

 

Journalist Diyala Juwaihan said to PCHR fieldworker that the Israeli forces beat her with their hands, so she sustained bruises to the back and neck. She also knew that journalist Misaa’ Abu Ghazalah, photojournalists Mahmoud ‘Eliyan, Senan Abu Mizer, Fayez Abu Ermilah, ‘Ali Yasin, Mustafa al-Kharouf, Roze al-Zour, Rami al-Khatib, Raja’e al-Khatib and Eyad al-Taweel sustained bruises due to the Israeli attacks. Their wounds were classified as minor. Moreover, the Israeli forces arrested Yasin Sbaih (31), Loay Faraj Jaber (19), Suheib Ahmed Syiam (16) and ‘Amr Sa’ed al-Qawasmi (15). The journalists’ cameras recorded the arrest and beating of 3 of them.

 

  • At approximately 14:00 on Monday, 01 May 2017, Israeli forces suppressed an activity organized by a number of young men in al’Amoud Gate yard at the entrances to East Jerusalem’s Old City in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike. The participants drew paintings showing solidarity with the prisoners and wrote slogans to support prisoners’ fair demands. However, the soldiers prevented participants from continuing the activity, confiscated the paintings and dispersed them. Meanwhile, the Israeli forces arrested Somoud Naser Abu Khdair (21) and took her with them.

 

  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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