Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (Weekly Update 15-21 September 2022)

 September 22, 2022

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

A Palestinian child was killed and 9 other civilians, including 2 children, were injured, while dozens of others suffocated in Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) attacks in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

On 15 September 2022, ‘Odai Salah (17) was killed and 3 other Palestinians, including a child, were wounded by IOF fire during the latter’s incursion into Kafr Dan village, west of Jenin in the West Bank. Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested 3 Palestinians. (Details available in this press release). 

Meanwhile, those injured were victims of excessive use of force that accompanied IOF incursions into cities and villages and suppression of peaceful protests organized by Palestinian civilians, and they were as follows:

On 15 September 2022, 5 students suffocated due to teargas inhalation after IOF fired stun grenades and teargas canisters at the yard of ‘Isawiya High School for Boys during IOF’s incursion into Isawiya village in occupied East Jerusalem.

On 16 September 2022m 4 Palestinians, including a child, were shot with rubber-coated bullets in clashes Following IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in northern Qalqilya. 

On 18 September 2022, a Palestinian was wounded by IOF’s fire in clashes following the latter’s incursion into Husan village, west of Bethlehem.

On 20 September 2022, a Palestinian was wounded in his foot by IOF fire in clashes following IOF’s suppression of a funeral near Bypass Road 60 in Beit Ummar village in Hebron.

In the Gaza Strip, 2 shootings were reported on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza Strip, and one shooting was reported on fishing boats off the western Gaza shores.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 121 Palestinians, including 86 civilians: 26 children, 8 women, 2 Palestinians killed by Israeli settler and the rest were activists; 15 of them were assassinated. Thirty-two of those killed, including 19 civilians: 8 children and 3 women were in the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. Also, 1,325 Palestinians were wounded in IOF’s attacks, including 206 children, 40 women, and 22 journalists, in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Moreover, 4 Palestinian detainees, including a woman, died in the Israeli prisons.

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

IOF demolished a house and a facility, handed notices to cease construction works in 4 other facilities, and dismantled and confiscated 7 tents. Details are as follows:

On 15 September 2022, IOF handed notices to cease construction works in 4 industrial facilities in Qarawat Bani Hassan village, west of Salfit, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

On 19 September 2022, IOF demolished a house and a livestock barrack in ad-Duyuk al-Foqa village, west of Jericho, under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area C.

On the same day, IOF dismantled and confiscated 7 tents established for an entertainment project in Al-Auja village, northeast of Jericho.

Since the beginning of 2022, Israeli occupation forces made 113 families homeless, a total of 670 persons, including 130 women and 310 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 119 houses and 41 residential tents. IOF also demolished 92 other civilian economic objects, leveled vacant areas of land and delivered dozens of notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.

Settler-attacks on Palestinian civilians and their properties:

On 15 September 2022, under IOF’s protection, the Extremist Israeli Members of Knesset (MKs), Rabbi Yehuda Glick, moved into Bab Al-Rahma Islamic cemetery located next to al-Aqsa Mosque from the eastern direction. He blew the trumpet and raised the Israeli flag.

On 17 September 2022, an armed Israeli settler raided ‘Ein al-Qasis area in al-Khader village, west of Bethlehem, detained a Palestinian farmer at gunpoint and later released him.

On 20 September 2022, Israeli settlers assaulted al-Khawajat Market’s merchants in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City and heavily teargassed the market. As a result, tens of merchants and passersby suffocated due to teargas inhalation.

Since the beginning of the year, settlers conducted at least 183 attacks. In two of the attacks, 2 Palestinians were killed.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

IOF carried out 187 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints. During those incursions, 98 Palestinians were arrested, including 10 children. In the Gaza Strip, on 17 September 2022, IOF arrested a Palestinian who tried to infiltrate via the border fence adjacent to the northern Gaza Strip.

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 6327 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 3716 Palestinians were arrested, including 349 children and 32 women. IOF also conducted 32 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 85 Palestinians, including 49 fishermen, 31 infiltrators, and 5 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.

Israeli collective punishment and closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

Meanwhile, IOF maintain its illegal and inhuman 15-year closure on the Gaza Strip. Details available in PCHR’s monthly-update in the Gaza crossings.

On 20 September 2022, a patient namely Tayseer Daoud Yousuf Al-Sayegh (67), from Gaza City, died when the Israeli authorities denied his travel for treatment at Al-Muttala’ Hospital in occupied Jerusalem. Accordingly, since the beginning of this year, the number of patients denied travel for treatment abroad has risen to 6, including 3 children. (Details available in this press release).

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continues to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 98 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, and arrested 5 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

On 18 September 2022, IOF re-opened al-Jalama and Salem crossings, while they put Kafr Dan villagers’ permits on hold for, including work permits. It is worth noting that on 14 September 2022, IOF decided closure of the two crossings mentioned above and imposition of restrictions as part of the collective punishment policy following a shooting attack near al-Jalamah crossing in Jenin. (Details available in this press release.)

So far in 2022, IOF established at least 3203 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 151 Palestinians at those checkpoints

Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine ( Weekly Update 08 – 14 September 2022)

15. 09. 2022

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

A child was killed, 8 others were wounded, and dozens of others suffocated in Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) attacks in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

On 08 September 2022, IOF killed Haytham Hani Mubarak (17) from Beitounia, West of Ramallah, with several bullets at the DCO checkpoint near the entrance to Beitin village, east of Ramallah, and kept his body in custody, claiming that Mubarak tried to stab a soldier with a knife, yet there was no eyewitness to the incident.

Meanwhile, those injured were victims of excessive use of force during IOF incursions into cities and villages and suppression of peaceful protests organized by Palestinian civilians, and they were as follows:

On 08 September 2022, A Palestinian was injured with a rubber bullet in the foot in IOF clashes following their incursion into Qalandia refugee camp in East Jerusalem. Also, a Palestinian was injured with a live bullet when IOF opened fire at Palestinians, who tried to confront settlers’ attacks in Sinjil village in Ramallah.

On the same day, IOF violently attacked Palestine TV journalist, Yousuf Mohammad ‘Aadi (36), when he was on Al-Wad Street in East Jerusalem, causing him bruises, wounds and fractures before arresting and later releasing him on bail the following day. ‘Aadi said to PCHR’s staff that IOF violently assaulted him and dragged him to the ground when he started screaming for help to passersby, who tried to intervene, but the soldiers prevented them and continued hitting him on the head, grabbed his hair and yanking him many times to the ground between the iron bars of a barrier.  Although he fainted, they continued beating him and then tied him up and arrested him.

On 09 September 2022, 4 Palestinians were shot by IOF’s rubber bullets in clashes that followed IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in northern Qalqilya. On the same day, an elderly suffocated due to teargas inhalations and others were sustained brises and suffocated during IOF suppression of a peaceful protest in support of Al-Nabi Samuel village residents, near al-Jib military checkpoint, northwestern East Jerusalem. In addition, 2 Palestinians were wounded and 5 suffocated during IOF suppression of a peaceful protest against land confiscations and settlers’ attacks in Sinjil village in Ramallah.

In the Gaza Strip, 2 IOF shootings were reported on fishing boats off the western Gaza shore, and 2 other shootings were reported on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza Strip.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 120 Palestinians, including 85 civilians: 25 children, 8 women; 2 Palestinians killed by Israeli settlers; and the rest were activists; 15 of them were assassinated. Thirty-two of those killed, including 19 civilians: 8 children and 3 women were in the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. Also, 1,316 Palestinians, including 204 children, 40 women, and 22 journalists, were wounded in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Moreover, 4 Palestinian prisoners, including a woman, died in the Israeli prisons.

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

IOF forced 2 Palestinians to self-demolish 2 houses and an animal barn in East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

On 08 September 2022, IOF forced a Palestinian to self-demolish his under-construction house in Silwan village in East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction. Also, they demolished retaining walls in al-Walaja village, west of Bethlehem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

On 09 September 2022, IOF forced a Palestinian to self-demolish a barrack he owned and used as an animal barn in Al-Isawiya village in occupied East Jerusalem under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

On 12 September 2022, IOF forced a widow to self-demolish her house in Silwan village in occupied East Jerusalem under the pretext of unlicensed construction, rendering her and her 3 children homeless.

Since the beginning of 2022, Israeli occupation forces made 113 families homeless, a total of 670 persons, including 130 women and 310 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 118 houses and 41 residential tents. IOF also demolished 90 other civilian economic objects, leveled vacant areas of land and delivered dozens of notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.

Settler-attacks

On 08 September 2022, an Israeli settler threw stones at a vehicle travelling on Bypass Road (60) near Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron, and broke its windshield. On the same day, 2 Palestinians were injured and sustained bruises while 5 cars were badly damaged  as a result of the settlers’ attacks in Sinjil village in Ramallah

On 13 September 2022, a Palestinian sustained wounds and fractures when Israeli settlers assaulted him in his land near at-Tuwani village close to Havat Ma’oun settlement outpost, south of Hebron. When a Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) ambulance arrived and tried to evacuate the injured, the settlers intercepted it and damaged its tires. IOF arrested the injured and took him via an Israeli ambulance to Soroka Hospital.  He was then referred for investigation to the police station in Kiryat Aba’ settlement, claiming that he attempted to kill a settler. Later on, IOF backups arrived in the area, opened fire, and fired tear gas canisters at the Palestinians there.  As a result, some of them suffocated.  Also, IOF arrested 10 Palestinians and interrogated them about a settler’s injury in clashes against Palestinians in the area.

Since the beginning of the year, settlers conducted at least 180 attacks. In two of the attacks, 2 Palestinians were killed.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

IOF carried out 210 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints. During those incursions, 78 Palestinians were arrested, including 5 children and a woman. In the Gaza Strip, IOF carried out 4 limited incursions into eastern Khan Yunis, eastern Gaza Valley village, southeast of Gaza, and Deir Al-Balah in the central governorate.

On 08 September 2022, IOF arrested 2 Palestinians, including a child, while trying to infiltrate via the border fence, east of Rafah, and released them the next day. On 13 September 2022, the Israeli Naval Forces arrested 4 fishermen after intercepting their boat off Gaza Valley shore.

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 6,140 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 3,618 Palestinians were arrested, including 339 children and 32 women. IOF also conducted 32 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 84 Palestinians, including 49 fishermen, 30 infiltrators, and 5 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Israeli occupation maintains its illegal and inhuman 15-year closure on the Gaza Strip. Details available in PCHR’s monthly-update in the Gaza crossings.

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continues to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 100 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, and arrested 4 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

On 08 September 2022, IOF established a military watchtower near the western entrance to Taqou’ village, east of Bethlehem.

On 11 September 2022, IOF closed the metal detector gate established at the western entrance to Husan village in Bethlehem and later reopened it.

So far in 2022, IOF established 3,105 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 146 Palestinians at those checkpoints

Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (Weekly Update 01-07 September 2022)

08. 09. 2022

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

Five Palestinians were killed, and 31 others were injured, including 9 children, a woman and a paramedic, while dozens of others suffocated in Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) attacks in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.  Also, a Palestinian detainee died due to medical neglect policy.  Details are as follows:

On 01 September 2022, IOF shot dead Yazan Na’iem ‘Afanah (24) after being wounded in his chest during their incursion into Ramallah in the West Bank. (Details available in this press release).

On 02 September 2022, Fadi Mohammed Ghattas (24), from Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem, was killed after IOF fired 6 live bullets at him and left him to bleed for 40 minutes at the entrance to Beit ‘Einun Road in northern Hebron.  IOF took the dead body and kept it in custody, claiming that he stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier. Later, IOF summoned Ghattas’s father for interrogation and to identify the corpse.

On 03 September 2022, Palestinian Detainee Mousa Haron Abu Mehamid, from Bethlehem, died at the Israeli hospital “Assaf Harofeh.” ( Details available in this press release).

On 05 September 2022, IOF killed Taher Zakarna (19) after they fired a live bullet at his head during the suppression of protestors after IOF moved into Qabatia village, southeast of Jenin in the West Bank. Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested two Palestinians. (Details available in this press release).

On 06 September 2022, Mohammed Saba’nah was killed, and 17 other Palestinians were injured, including 6 children, a woman and a paramedic, by IOF fire during the latter’s incursion into Jenin, northern West Bank, and demolition of the house of a Palestinian who was killed after carrying out a shooting attack in Israel in April. The house demolition falls under IOF’s collective punishment policy against the families of Palestinians who are allegedly accused of carrying out attacks against Israeli targets. (Details available in this press release).

On 07 September 2022, Yunis Ghassan Tayeh (21) was killed by IOF fire during the latter’s incursion into al-Far’a refugee camp, south of Tubas in the West Bank. Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested Yunis’s uncle. (Details available here)

Meanwhile, those injured were victims of excessive use of force that accompanied IOF incursions into cities and villages and suppression of peaceful protests organized by Palestinian civilians, and they were as follows:

On 02 September 2022, 7 Palestinians, including 2 children, were shot with rubber-coated bullets during clashes that followed IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in northern Qalqilya.  On the same day, several Palestinians sustained wounds after being beaten, and others suffocated due to teargas inhalation, while 4 Palestinians, including a child, were arrested during IOF’s suppression of a peaceful protest organized in solidarity with Nabi Samuel villagers near al-Jeeb military checkpoint in occupied East Jerusalem.

On 06 September 2022, a child was hit with a stun grenade in his head during clashes with IOF at the western entrance to al-‘Arroub refugee camp in Hebron. On the same day, 5 Palestinians sustained wounds after IOF opened fire and fired teargas canisters during their incursion into Jalazone refugee camp, north of al-Bireh city. Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested 4 Palestinians, including 2 siblings.

On 07 September 2022, a Palestinian was shot with a live bullet after IOF opened fire at him, noting he was riding his motorcycle by Salem Palin in Nablus. IOF then arrested him.

In the Gaza Strip, 2 shootings were reported on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza Strip, and 4 other shootings were reported on fishing boats off the western Gaza Strip shore. On 01 September 2022, a burnt boat was pulled out of Khan Yunis Sea, and it turned out that Israeli gunboats fired several live bullets at the boat. 

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 116 Palestinians, including 84 civilians: 24 children, 8 women, 2 Palestinians killed by Israeli settler and the rest were activists; 15 of them were assassinated. Thirty-two of those killed, including 19 civilians: 8 children and 3 women were in the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. Also, 1,308 Palestinians were wounded in IOF’s attacks, including 204 children, 40 women, and 22 journalists, in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Moreover, 4 Palestinian detainees, including a woman, died in the Israeli jails.

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

IOF demolished 3 houses, rendering 4 families of 18 persons, including 6 women and 7 children, homeless. Also, IOF demolished 9 civilian economic facilities and razed a plot of land and property in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

On 02 September 2022, upon an Israeli municipal demolition decision allegedly for unlicensed construction, a Palestinian self-demolished his house in Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, rendering his family and his two brothers’ families of 11 persons, including 4 women and 3 children, homeless.  On the same day, upon a similar decision, a Palestinian self-demolished part of his 80-sqaure-meter house in occupied East Jerusalem. The house sheltered a family of 7 persons, including 2 women and 4 children.

On 03 September 2022, IOF’s bulldozers razed 8 dunums in Sinjil village, east of Ramallah. The levelled land is located in an area of 5200 dunums that IOF attempt to seize them, as these dunums are surrounded by 3 Israeli settlements and a military camp.

On 03 September 2022, IOF razed 8 dunums in Sinjil village, eastern Ramallah.  This plot of land is part of 5200 dunums, which IOF try to seize, and is surrounded by 3 settlements and an Israeli camp.

On 06 September 2022, IOF demolished 2 agricultural facilities, sealed off a water well and seized two containers full of construction equipment in Al-Khader village, southwest of Bethlehem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction. Also, IOF demolished for the second time a 95-meter retaining wall surrounding a plot of land in Jabal Mukaber in occupied East Jerusalem.

On 07 September 2022, IOF demolished a house and 7 civilian economic facilities, including 3 livestock barns, a carwash, tires shop, and 2 stores, in the rented Islamic Endowment property (Waqf) at ‘Anata entrance in East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Since the beginning of 2022, Israeli occupation forces made 112 families homeless, a total of 666 persons, including 129 women and 307 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 116 houses and 41 residential tents. IOF also demolished 89 other civilian economic objects, leveled vacant areas of land and delivered dozens of notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.

Settler-attacks on Palestinian civilians and their properties:

On 02 September 2022, under IOF’s heavy protection, hundreds of Israeli settlers accompanied by the Extremist Israeli Member of Knesset (MK), Itamar Ben Gvir, moved into Nabi Samuel village in occupied East Jerusalem. They roamed its streets raising Israeli flags and attempted to provoke Palestinians. The settlers then gathered at the village’s entrance opposite to a protest organized by the village’s residents.

On 06 September 2022, Israeli settlers, under IOF’s protection, attacked Palestinian houses in Khelet al-Nahlah and Khalayil al-Louz areas opposite to “Efrat” settlement, south of Bethlehem. They attempted to raid the houses by force, beat their residents and threw stones at them. As a result, many residents sustained bruises. Also, IOF attacked the residents, who tried to confront the settlers, and arrested 6 of them. 

Since the beginning of the year, settlers conducted at least 178 attacks. In two of the attacks, 2 Palestinians were killed.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

 IOF carried out 190 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints. During those incursions, 96 Palestinians were arrested, including 3 children and a female journalist.  In the Gaza Strip, on 07 September 2022, IOF conducted two limited incursions into eastern al-Bureij camp in central Gaza Strip and into eastern Khuza’a in Khan Yunis.

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 5,930 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem; during which, 3,540 Palestinians were arrested, including 334 children and 31 women. IOF also conducted 28 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 78 Palestinians, including 45 fishermen, 28 infiltrators, and 5 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.

Israeli collective punishment and closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

IOF maintains an illegal and inhuman 15-year closure on the Gaza Strip. Details available in PCHR’s monthly- update on the state of Gaza crossings in July.

On 06 September 2022, Mohammed Yaser al-Leddawi (32), from Rafah, died after IOF obstructed his travel to receive treatment at Patient’s Friends Society Hospital in Nablus and at Al-Mutala’ Hospital in occupied East Jerusalem, after he applied for a travel permit 8 times in a row to receive treatment for lymphoma.

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continues to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 104 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, and arrested 8 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

On 04 September 2022, IOF closed the metal detector gate established at the main entrance to Nabi Saleh village in Ramallah, and reopened it on 07 September 2022, as part of the collective punishment policy for an alleged shooting at the military watchtower established there.

So far in 2022, IOF established at least 3,005 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 142 Palestinians at those checkpoints

Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (Weekly Update 25 – 31 August 2022)

01. 09. 2022

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

Twenty-one Palestinians, including a journalist and 4 children, were wounded in Israeli Occupation Forces’ (IOF) incursions into cities and villages or the suppression of peaceful protests organized by Palestinian civilians. Also, dozens of others suffocated in IOF attacks in the West Bank. Details are as follows:

On 26 August 2022, 6 Palestinians, including a journalist, were shot by IOF with rubber bullets during clashes that followed IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in northern Qalqilya. 

On 28 August 2022, 3 Palestinians were injured; one in critical condition, as a result of IOF shooting during clashes that accompanied IOF incursion into Jenin and its refugee camp.

On 29 August 2022, 7 Palestinians, including a child, were injured during clashes that accompanied IOF incursion into Qabatiya village in Jenin, where they cordoned off a house.  IOF arrested a Palestinian from the cordoned house and withdrew.

On 30 August 2022, 4 Palestinians, including 2 children, were injured during clashes that accompanied IOF incursion into Rujeib village in Nablus, where they cordoned off a house amid clashes. IOF fired 5 projectiles at the second and third floors of the three-story cordoned house, destroying parts of the house.  Before withdrawing, IOF arrested 2 Palestinians, who were in the house, after bringing the father of one of them and forcing him to call his son and turn himself in.

On 31 August 2022, A Palestinian was shot by IOF before he was arrested near his cordoned house in Silwad village in Ramallah. IOF also arrested 3 Palestinians after raiding a barber shop, where the injured detainee was working and destroyed its contents.

In the Gaza Strip, on 26 August 2022, 2 IOF shootings were reported on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza Strip, and 6 IOF shootings were reported on fishing boats off the western Gaza shore.  IOF also drowned a fisherman’s paddle boat off Rafah Shore on 26 August 2022 while they confiscated 3 other boats off Rafah and northern Gaza shores on 30 and 31 August 2022.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 111 Palestinians, including 80 civilians: 24 children, 8 women, 2 Palestinians killed by Israeli settlers and the rest were activists; 15 of them were assassinated. Thirty-two of those killed, including 19 civilians: 8 children and 3 women were in the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. Also, 1277 Palestinians, including 195 children, 39 women, and 22 journalists, were wounded in IOF’s attacks in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Moreover, 3 Palestinian prisoners, including a woman, died in the Israeli jails.

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

IOF demolished an under-construction house, foundations of another house, and an agricultural barrack.  Also, IOF handed a notice to stop the construction works in a house and confiscated properties and a vehicle In the West Bank. Details are as follows:

On 29 August 2022, IOF demolished the foundations of an under-construction house in eastern Jericho under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area C.

On the same day, IOF confiscated a Ford vehicle after forcing it to stop at a military checkpoint in Masafer, south of Hebron, and detained 8 teachers, who were in the vehicle, before forcing them to return on foot, under the pretext of being in a military training zone where civilians are denied access. IOF handed a notice to stop construction works in a 2-storey under-construction house in southern Dura in Hebron, under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area C.

On 31 August 2022, IOF demolished an under-construction house and an agricultural barrack, and uprooted 50 olive trees in Teqoa village, east of Bethlehem. Also, IOF confiscated an iron caravan and tents built of reinforced plastic and iron after dismantling them in a plot of land that is being prepared to be a park in Hebron’s southern neighborhood.

Since the beginning of 2022, IOF made 108 families homeless, a total of 648 persons, including 123 women and 300 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 113 houses and 41 residential tents. IOF also demolished 81 other civilian objects, leveled vacant areas of land, and delivered dozens of notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.

Settler-attacks

Israeli settlers carried out 4 attacks against Palestinian vehicles and houses in the West Bank. Details are as follows:

On 26 August 2022, Israeli settlers, under IOF’s protection, moved into northeastern Dura in Hebron and performed religious rituals.  They prevented farmers from reaching the spring to irrigate their crops.

On 28 August 2022, hundreds of Israeli settlers raided Al-Aqsa Mosque yards through al-Magharba Gate, under the protection of the Israeli occupation police, who allowed some of them to exit and re-enter the mosque via the Lions’ Gate. This happened for the first time ever since the Israeli Occupation of Jerusalem in 1967.

On 30 August 2022, Israeli settlers from “Yitzhar” settlement, southeast of Nablus, threw stones at Palestinian vehicles traveling on Yitzhar Bypass Road, and smashed windows of 3 vehicles.

On the same day, a group of armed settlers raided Kisan village, east of Bethlehem, along with IOF, and assaulted Palestinians and their property. They tried to raid the villagers’ houses amidst firing of bullets, tear gas canisters, stun grenades and stones. As a result, a Palestinian was injured with a stone in the head while dozens of others suffocated due to teargas inhalation.

Since the beginning of the year, settlers conducted at least 176 attacks. In two of the attacks, 2 Palestinians were killed.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

IOF carried out 185 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints. During those incursions, 73 Palestinians were arrested, including 8 children, and confiscated 6000 NIS from a house in Hebron.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted 2 limited incursions into eastern Rafah on 29 August 2022 and into eastern Khan Younis on 31 August 2022.

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 5740 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 3443 Palestinians were arrested, including 330 children and 30 women. IOF also conducted 26 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 78 Palestinians, including 45 fishermen, 28 infiltrators, and 5 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.

Targeting Education in Jerusalem

On 25 August 2022, the Israeli Ministry of Education sent letters to school principles in East Jerusalem that obligate them not to teach the Palestinian curriculum in its original version and replace it with the edited version, threatening schools with closure and revocation of the licenses of the disobedient educational institutions.

In its letter, Yvi Mor Ishar, Head of Jerusalem District Office in the Israeli Ministry of Education, said that “If we knew about an educational institution teaching the prohibited books, we will immediately revoke its license”. It is noteworthy that Israeli Ministry of Education sent notices at the end of the last month to Al-Ibrahimia and Al-Iman schools and their branches to revoke their licenses and then close them if they do not teach the edited curriculum.

Ziad al-Shamali, Head of the Union of Parents of Jerusalem School Students, stated that the Israeli authorities are seeking to amend the education policies in Jerusalem and obligate the Jerusalemite students to study the edited curriculum after new schools were opened to teach the Israeli curriculum. Al-Shamali outlined that 82 private schools of 42000 students studying in them are targeted by IOF aiming at teaching the whole Israeli curriculum and wiping out whatever holds the Palestinian identity.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

Meanwhile, Israeli occupation maintains its illegal and inhuman 15-year closure on the Gaza Strip. Details available in PCHR’s monthly-update in the Gaza crossings.

On 24 August 2022, Farouk Mohammad Abu Naga (6), a sick child, died after IOF obstructed his travel for treatment in Hadassah Hospital in occupied Jerusalem. (More details in this press release)

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continues to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 104 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, and arrested 8 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

On 26 August 2022, IOF closed the eastern and western entrances to Silwad in Ramallah with sand berms and cement blocks, noting that they are still closed.

On 29 August 2022, IOF closed the metal detector gate established at the western entrance to Husan village in Bethlehem and blocked traffic.

So far in 2022, IOF established 2910 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 136 Palestinians at those checkpoints

Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Palestine (Weekly Update 04 – 10 August 2022)

11. 08. 2022

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity

IOF launched a 3-day military widescale offensive on the Gaza Strip that started on 05 August and ended on 07 August 2022 when an Egypt-brokered ceasefire was declared between Israel and Islamic Jihad.  During the offensive, the israeli occupation forces conducted widescale airstrikes and artillery-shelling against residential houses, agricultural lands, military sites, and crowds.  As a result, 25 Palestinians, including 12 civilians: 3 children and 3 women, were killed and 172 others, including 59 children and 33 women, were injured.  Meanwhile, PCHR is still investigating other incidents that inflicted casualties and damage to property.  Moreover, the offensive completely and partially destroyed tens of residential housing units that PCHR is still documenting.

The incidents were as follows

On 05 August, IOF launched an offensive on the Gaza Strip and carried out airstrikes and artillery shelling against houses and military sites.  As a result, 10 Palestinians, including 3 civilians, were killed while tens others were injured, including women and children.  Among those killed was Doniana al-‘Amour (22), who was killed after an artillery shell fell on her house in al-Fokhari village, eastern Khan Younis, while her mother and sister were injured.  Also, Alaa’ ‘Abdullah Riyadh Qaddoum (5), and ‘Emad ‘Abdel Rahim Ibrahim Shallah (52) were killed after IOF’s warplanes fired a missile at a group of people gathering on the street near their houses in Wadi al-Shija’aiya neighborhood, eastern Gaza City; also, a member of the Palestinian armed groups, Yousif Salman Mohammed Qaddoum (24) was killed  in the same strike.  Moreover, IOF’s warplanes targeted a residential apartment in Palestine Tower in central Gaza City, assassinating the commander of al-Quds Brigades, Taysir al-Ja’abari and his companion.

Today in the morning, medical sources at al-Quds Hospital declared the death of Layan Mesleh al-Sha’er (10), succumbing to shrapnel wounds in her head.  Also, members of her family were injured; they were coincidentally passing by a military site when IOF struck it in al-Namsawi neighborhood in Khan Younis.

On 06 August 2022, IOF continued its offensive on the Gaza Strip for the second day in a row and heavily struck houses, agricultural lands, and military sites. As a result, 12 Palestinians, including 6 civilians: a woman and a child with his mother, were killed while tens others were injured.  Among those killed was Nour al-Deen Hussein al-Zuwaidi (18), who was killed in an Israeli airstrike near his house, northeastern Beit Hanoun, along with Ibrahim Shehdah Salah Abu Salah (42), who succumbed to his serious injury on 09 August 2022.  Also, 7 Palestinians, including a child and 2 women, were killed while 35 civilians were injured, including 18 children and 12 women, when IOF’s warplanes launched 6 missiles at a 3-storey house in Rafah refugee camp and destroyed it over its residents, without a prior warning, in addition to destroying 7 neighboring houses. IOF declared that they targeted Khaled Sa’id Mansour (47), the Commander of al-Quds Brigades in the southern Gaza Strip, and his body was retrieved from under the rubble along with his 2 companions.  Meanwhile, the rest casualties were merely civilians living in the neighboring houses: Mohammed Eyad Hassounah (14), Ismail Abdul-Hameed Mohammad Salama/Dweik (30), and his mother, Hana’a Ismail Ali Dweik (50), and Alaa’ Saleh Abdul Mohsen Al-Mallahi (30).

Moreover, IOF’s warplanes struck 3 other multistory houses; one of them is uninhabited in Khan Younis and the 2 others in Gaza City, and destroyed them completely, rendering tens of individuals, including children and women, homeless.

On 07 August 2022, 4 Palestinian civilians were killed in central Gaza City, and others sustained various injuries in Israeli airstrikes conducted only few hours before the ceasefire was declared.  Those killed were identified as: Shadi ‘Emad Nemer Kuhail (27) and Khaled Ayman Jamil Yasin (27), who were both killed after IOF launched a missile at a horse cart at al-Samer Intersection in central Gaza City.  Also, ‘Abdel Rahman Jom’ah Khalaf al-Silik (22), from Shuja’iyya neighborhood, was killed when he was coincidentally passing by in a taxi returning from a shoe shop he owns in al-Shati refugee camp. Moreover, a traffic officer namely Ahmed Sabe’a Dawoud (21), from al-Nafaq Street, was critically injured when he was on duty at al-Samir intersection and then referred to al-Shifa Hospital, where he was pronounced dead in the next morning.

On the same day, IOF’s warplanes launched 2 missiles at a house in al-Tannour neighborhood, Rafah City, and completely destroyed it, rendering a family of 5, homeless.  No casualties were reported.

In the West Bank, Four Palestinians, including 2 children, were killed and 59 others were injured, including 13 children and a woman.  Also, tens others suffocated due to teargas inhalation.  The incidents were as follows:

On 09 August 2022, IOF killed 3 Palestinians, including a child, and wounded 40 others during their incursion into Nablus’s Old City deep inside the Palestinian Authority (PA)-controlled areas in the West Bank. They cordoned off and targeted a residential house with a barrage of bullets and missiles. Among those killed were 2 members of Palestinian armed group members while the child was killed near the area. ( Details available in this press release)

In the evening, IOF killed Mo’men Yasin Jaber (16) and critically wounded 7 others, including 3 children, in clashes between Palestinians and the IOF stationed at a military checkpoint at the entrance to Al-Shuhada street in Hebron, southern West Bank. (Details available in this press release)

Meanwhile, those injured were victims of excessive use of force that accompanied IOF incursions into Palestinian cities and villages and suppression of peaceful protests organized by Palestinian civilians, and they were as follows:

On 06 August 2022, IOF suppressed a peaceful sit-in on Bab al-‘Amoud stairs in central occupied East Jerusalem against the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.  IOF attacked and beat up the participants and forcibly emptied the place.  They arrested a Palestinian after beating him.

On 07 August 2022, IOF pushed and beat up worshipers and journalists during the former’s protection of hundreds of settlers, who raided al-Aqsa Mosque yards.  IOF arrested 13 Palestinians, including 4 jouranlists, and assaulted 6 other journalists after breaking their equipment.

On 09 August 2022, 8 Palestinians were wounded with rubber and live bullets in clashes with IOF at the northern entrance to al-Bireh.  On the same day, a 2 Palestinians sustained rubber bullet wounds; one in clashes with IOF near Qalendia and the other in clashes near ‘Anata village.  Also, a Palestinian sustained a rubber bullet  and 3 others were arrested, including a child, in clashes with IOF in al-Tour neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem.  A child sustained a live bullet wound in clashes with IOF at Beit Ummar village entrance, northern Hebron.

So far in 2022, according to PCHR’s documentation, IOF attacks killed 102 Palestinians, including 71 civilians: 21 children, 8 women (one was journalist Shireen Abu ‘Aqlah), a person with disability, 2 Palestinians killed by Israeli settlers and the rest were activists; 11 of them were assassinated.  Meanwhile, PCHR is still investigating incidents that inflicted casualties in the latest offensive on Gaza. Also, 1229 others were wounded in these attacks, including 187 children, 39 women, and 20 journalists in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Moreover, 3 Palestinian prisoners, including a woman, died in the Israeli jails.

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

IOF demolished 7 dwellings and a residential tent, rendering 8 families of 44 persons, including 16 children and 8 women, homeless. Also, IOF demolished 8 facilities: mostly livestock barns, and levelled lands in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

On 04 August 2022, IOF levelled an agricultural land, uprooted 20 olive trees, and closed a well in Teqoa village, eastern Bethlehem.

On 07 August 2022, IOF notified to demolish 2 rooms and a water tank in Marj Na’ajah village, western Jericho.

On 08 August 2022, IOF demolished 9 barracks; 5 are residential housing 25 individuals and 4 are used as livestock barns, in ‘Arab al-Ka’abnah Bedouin Community, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

On 08 August 2022, IOF demolished an 80-sqm dwelling in Bayrouq village, southern Hebron, rendering a family of 7 individuals, including children, homeless.

On 09 August 2022, IOF demolished a commercial warehouse over its content of spare parts in al- ‘Isawiya village in occupied eAst Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

On 10 August 2022, IOF demolished a commercial facility for wood trade in Husan village, western Bethlehem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.  On the same day, IOF demolished a residential tent and a livestock barn in al-‘Oja village in Jericho, rendering a family of 6, including 4 children, homeless.  Also, IOF confiscated an excavator and a truck while working in eastern Yatta, south of Hebron.  IOF forced a Palestinian to self-demolish his 50-sqm house in Beit Hanina village, in occupied East Jerusalem, rendering a family of 4, including 4 children, homeless.

Since the beginning of 2022, Israeli occupation forces made 91 families homeless, a total of 541 persons, including 104 women and 255 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 95 houses and 41 residential tents. IOF also demolished 72 other civilian objects, leveled vacant areas of land and delivered dozens of notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.

Israeli Setters’ Attacks

on 04 August 2022, settlers from ‘Ali Zehav” vacated truckloads of construction waste and stones in a plot of land, western Kafr al-Deek village in Salfit.

On 05 August 2022, settlers damaged a fence surrounding an agricultural land and cut branches of 16 olive trees in al- ‘Oja area in Jericho.

On 06 August 2022, settlers from “Ramat Yishai” settlement outpost established in place of Usamah Bin al-Monqez School in central Hebron’s Old City threw stones at parked Palestinian vehicles under full view and protection of IOF.  As a result, windows of many vehicles were broken.

On 07 August 2022, under IOF’s protection, settlers raided the Archaeological area in Tuwani village in Hebron and performed religious rituals.

On 09 August 2022, settlers from “Yitsahar” settlement established on the southeastern Nablus lands attacked the outskirts of ‘Orif village and threw stones at a house and a vehicle, causing damage to both.

Since the beginning of the year, settlers conducted at least 166 attacks. In two of the attacks, 2 Palestinians were killed.

Collective Punishment

Under its collective punishment policy against families of Palestinians accused of conducting attacks against IOF or settlers, on 08 August 2022, IOF demolished 2 family houses of 2 Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails in Jenin in the West Bank.  The first 3-sotrey house built on 600 sqms belongs to the family of Prisoner Subhi ‘Emad Sbeihat and housed a family of 6, including his wife, while the second is a 240-sqm house belongs to the family of prisoner As’ad al-Refa’ie and shelters a family of 7, including 3 children.

So far in 2022, IOF demolished 10 houses and sealed another after destroying its internal contents under IOF’s collective punishment policy. Meanwhile, there are many houses threatened of demolition on the same grounds.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians

 IOF carried out 182 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints. During those incursions, 122 Palestinians were arrested, including 6 children and a woman.

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 5211 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 3172 Palestinians were arrested, including 303 children and 27 women.  IOF also conducted 24 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 74 Palestinians, including 41 fishermen, 28 infiltrators, and 5 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.

Israeli collective punishment and closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

On 08 August 2022, IOF announced the reopening of the crossings between Israel and the Gaza Strip to the humanitarian cases; the move is subject to a situational assessment, after they were closed on 02 August 2022.  IOF said that the full opening of the crossings “will be possible later in the day depending on the security situation.”

During IOF’s closure of crossings and offensive on the Gaza Strip, the humanitarian situation seriously deteriorated, threatening the operation of many vital sectors, particularly heath, electricity, water, sanitation, and public services. (More details available here)

Meanwhile, Israeli occupation maintains its illegal and inhuman 15-year closure on the Gaza Strip. Details available in PCHR’s monthly update in the Gaza crossings.

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continues to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 60 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem arrested 5 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

On 04 August 2022, IOF closed the entrance to al-Mughaiyer village, eastern Ramallah, with cement cubes and prevented civilians from entering or leaving the village.

So far in 2022, IOF established 2626 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 119 Palestinians at those checkpoints

Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (Weekly Update 16-22 June 2022)

June 23, 2022


Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

Five Palestinians were killed; 4 of them by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF)’s fire, and one after being stabbed by an Israeli settler, while dozens of others suffocated and sustained bruises in IOF attacks in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, except three fishermen in the Gaza Strip. Details are as follows:

On 17 June 2022, in a new crime of extrajudicial execution (assassination), IOF directly opened fire at 3 Palestinians and killed them after surrounding and targeting their vehicle in Jenin, northern West Bank.  The 3 persons killed were identified as Yousif Naser Salah (23), Laith Salah Abu Srour (24) and Baraa’ Kamal Lahlouh (24). Moreover, eight Palestinians were injured; one sustained a serious injury in subsequent clashes. More information available here.

On 19 June 2022, Nabil Ahmed Ghanem (53), from Nablus, was killed after IOF stationed at Eyal Crossing near the annexation wall in northern Qalqilya, opened fire at him while he was trying to infiltrate through a hole in the wall to work in Israel. Ghanem’s corpse is still in the IOF’s custody.

On 21 June 2022, ‘Ali Harab (27) was killed after an Israeli settler stabbed him in Iskaka village, east of Slafit, and was left to bleed to death as the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) obstructed the provision of medical aid to him. More information available here.

Meanwhile, those injured were victims of IOF’s excessive use of force and suppression of peaceful protests and gatherings organized by Palestinian civilians and they were as follows:

On 17 June 2022, 7 Palestinians, including 6 children, sustained rubber bullet wounds during clashes that followed IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in northern Qalqilya.

On 21 June 2022, two Palestinians, including a child, were injured, while another Palestinian was arrested during IOF’s incursion into Qabatiya village in Jenin.

In the Gaza Strip, three fishermen were injured after Israeli gunboats fired rubber bullets at them on 16 June 2022. Also, the Israeli gunboats deliberately crashed into their boat and flipped it in the water, putting their lives at risk and causing severe damage to the boat and its engine. More information available here. Also, 7 IOF shootings were reported on fishing boats off the western Gaza shores. Moreover, IOF opened fire 3 times at agricultural lands in access restricted areas in eastern Gaza Strip.  Additionally, on 17 June 2022, IOF warplanes fired a missile at an empty land in eastern Beit Hanoun.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 62 Palestinians, including 48 civilians: 13 children, 5 women (one was a journalist Shireen Abu ‘Aqlah), a Palestinian stabbed by an Israeli settler and the rest were activists; 6 of them were assassinated. Also, 891 others were wounded in these attacks, including 102 children, 4 women, and 19 journalists; all in the West Bank, except 15 fishermen in the Gaza Strip.

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

IOF demolished an under-construction house and a water well and distributed 29 demolition and cease-construction notices in the West Bank. Details are as follows:

On 17 June 2022, IOF distributed 20 demolition notices in Kherbet Khellet al-Dabi’ in eastern Yatta, south of Hebron. The notices included: 13 agricultural tinplated dwellings, a water well and 4 bathrooms.

On 20 June 2022, IOF handed a cease-construction notice against an agricultural room, a water well and a fence, in addition to two other cease-construction notices against a house and a residential room in eastern Yatta city. Also, they handed a demolition notice against 3 agricultural tents in Ma’in village in Hebron.

On 21 June 2022, IOF delivered 3 cease-construction notices to three houses in al-Dayraat village, south of Hebron.

On 22 June 2022, in Ni’lin village in western Ramallah, IOF demolished an under-construction house and a water well belonging to a Palestinian prisoner in the Israeli jails, under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area C.

Since the beginning of 2022, Israeli occupation forces made 77 families homeless, a total of 445 persons, including 90 women and 210 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 77 houses and 16 residential tents. IOF also demolished 49 other civilian objects, leveled vacant areas of land and delivered dozens of notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

IOF carried out 142 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints. During those incursions, 68 Palestinians were arrested, including 11 children, 3 women (one of them was a female journalist who was later released), and a journalist.  In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted three limited incursions into eastern Beit Hanoun, where they placed cement cubes behind the border fence on 19 June 2022; and in norther Beit Lahia, where they levelled 10 dunums planted with watermelon on 21 June 2022; and in eastern Rafah on 22 June 2022. Also, IOF arrested 3 Palestinians during two infiltration attempts into Israel in eastern Rafah on 20 June 2022.

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 4137 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 2698 Palestinians were arrested, including 273 children and 23 women. IOF also conducted 21 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 65 Palestinians, including 41 fishermen, 23 infiltrators, and 3 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.

Settler-attacks on Palestinian civilians and their properties:

On 18 June 2022, two Israeli settlers opened fire in the air during their raid on Burj Al-Luqluq Social Center Society in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Afterwards, IOF intervened and secured their withdrawal from the area.

On 16 June 2022, two Palestinians sustained deep wounds and fractures after being assaulted by Israeli settlers with sharp tools and knives in their workplace in “Ramat Eshkol” settlement, west of Jerusalem.  

So far this year, settlers carried out 152 attacks on Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank.

Israeli collective punishment and closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

Meanwhile, Israeli occupation maintains its illegal and inhuman 15-year closure on the Gaza Strip. Details available in PCHR’s monthly update on the Gaza crossings.

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continues to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 80 temporary military checkpoints in the West bank, including East Jerusalem.

On 16 June 2022, IOF closed with sand berms several sub-roads in Kizma village in occupied East Jerusalem. On the same day, IOF closed the metal-detector gate established at Ash-Shawawra village entrance in Bethlehem and re-opened it later.

On 19 June 2022, IOF closed the eastern and western entrances to Husan village in Bethlehem and re-opened them later.  

So far in 2022, IOF established 2006 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 106 Palestinians at those checkpoints

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Israeli Human Rights Violations in Occupied Palestine (Weekly Update 01 – 08 June 2022)

09. 06. 2022

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

Two Palestinians were killed and 11 others, including 4 children, were injured by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF)’s fire while dozens of others suffocated and sustained bruises in IOF attacks in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, except three fishermen in the Gaza Strip. Details are as follows:

On 02 June 2022, Ayman Muhassain (29) was killed in front of his house after IOF unjustifiably opened fire at him during the latter’s withdrawal from Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem. More information available here.

On the same day, ‘Odah Sedqah (17) was killed by IOF’s fire while he was playing with his friends near the annexation wall in Ramallah. More information available here.

Meanwhile, those injured were victims of IOF excessive use of force and suppression of peaceful protests and gatherings organized by Palestinian civilians and they were as follows:

On 02 June 2022, a Palestinian was hit with a live bullet in his right foot during clashes with IOF at the entrance to Al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron.

On 03 June 2022, three Palestinians were injured during clashes that accompanied IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in Qalqilya.

On 04 June 2022, a Palestinian child was hit with a live bullet in his left leg during clashes with IOF in central Hebron.

On 07 June 2022, three children were wounded; one was hit with a rubber bullet in his face during clashes with IOF on Ramallah-Jerusalem Street in occupied East Jerusalem.

In the Gaza Strip, three fishermen were wounded with rubber bullets and four others were arrested. Also, a fishing boat was confiscated, and 3 other boats sustained damage after IOF targeted Palestinian fishing boats off northern Gaza Shore on 04 June 2022. More information available here.  Moreover, IOF opened fire 5 times at agricultural lands in access restricted areas in eastern Gaza Strip. Also, eleven IOF shootings were reported on fishing boats off the western Gaza shore.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 55 Palestinians, including 44 civilians: 13 children, 5 women (one was a journalist) and the rest were activists; 3 of them were assassinated. Also, 852 others were wounded in these attacks, including 88 children, 4 women, and 19 journalists all in the West Bank, except 12 fishermen in the Gaza Strip.

Land razing, demolitions, notices, and settlement activity

On 03 June 2022, IOF confiscated an excavator while reclaiming a plot of land in eastern Yatta city, south of Hebron.

On 06 June 2022, IOF distributed eviction notices of 600 dunums in Kherbet al-Tiba, northwest of Hebron, under the pretext of being “Stated-owned Lands”, and as a prelude to annex them to Israeli settlements. The orders gave Palestinians 45 days to challenge.

Since the beginning of 2022, Israeli occupation forces made 76 families homeless, a total of 441 persons, including 89 women and 208 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 73 houses and 16 residential tents. IOF also demolished 47 other civilian objects, leveled 246 dunums and delivered dozens of notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.

Settler-attacks on Palestinian civilians and their properties:

Settlers conducted at least 6 attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property in the West Bank.  The attacks included raiding a church, attacking vehicles and shooting in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

Details are as follows:

On 02 June 2022, an Israeli settler attacked Palestinians’ vehicles at the entrance to Deir Istiya village in Salfit, causing damage to them.

On 03 June 2022, Israeli settlers, from “Efrat” settlement, threw stones at Palestinians’ vehicles and passersby near the settlement entrance, southwest of Bethlehem. As a result, windows of several vehicles were broken and a Palestinian was wounded.

On 06 June 2022, an Israeli settler indiscriminately opened fire at a group of Palestinians near Al-Funduq village in Qalqilya, under the pretext of throwing stones at him. No casualties were reported.  Also, settlers gathered near the entrance to Izbat al-Tabib village in easterm Qalqilya and removed Palestinian flags in the area. On the same day, dozens of settlers raided and vandalized the Church of the Holy Trinity and the Greek Garden on Zion Mount in occupied East Jerusalem. Also, they threw garbage in the Greek Garden, dug up the graves and threatened its guard with death.

On 08 June 2022, Israeli settler threw stones at Palestinians’ vehicles in western Salfit. As a result, a vehicle’s windows were broken.

So far this year, settlers carried out 146 attacks on Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank.

Collective Punishment Policy

As part of its collective punishment policy against Palestinians accused of conducting attacks against IOF or settlers, on 02 June 2022, IOF blew up the family house of Diaa Hamarsha, who was killed after carrying out a shooting attack that resulted in the killing of 5 Israelis in Tel Aviv on 29 March 2022.  As a result, 5 apartments were completely destroyed; one of them was an office while the rest were residential apartments, rendering a family of 6 persons, including a child, homeless. Also, IOF arrested the owner of the house.

So far this year, IOF demolished 6 houses and closed a sixth house after damaging its contents as part of its collective punishment policy.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

IOF carried out 198 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints. During those incursions, 78 Palestinians, including 11 children and 2 women, were arrested. Also, on 07 and 08 June 2022, IOF conducted two limited incursions into Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza Strip. In addition, IOF arrested 12 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip; 6 of them, including 3 children, tried to infiltrate via the border fence, eastern Rafah and eastern Juhor al-Deek in the central Gaza Strip. Also,  6 fishermen were arrested by Israeli naval forces; 4 while sailing off northern Gaza shore on 04 June 2022 , and were released  the next day. More information available here; and 2 while sailing off Gaza City shore on 08 June 2022, and later released, more information available here.

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 3775 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 2573 Palestinians were arrested, including 260 children and 19 women. IOF also conducted 18 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 62 Palestinians, including 41 fishermen, 20 infiltrators, and 3 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.

Israeli collective punishment and closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

Meanwhile, Israeli occupation maintains its illegal and inhuman 15-year closure on the Gaza Strip. Details available in PCHR’s monthly update on the Gaza crossings.

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continues to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 115 temporary military checkpoints and arrested a Palestinian at those checkpoints.

So far in 2022, IOF established 1824 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 104 Palestinians at those checkpoints

Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine (28 April- 11 May 2022)

12 05, 2022

(This weekly report covers two weeks due to holidays)

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

Five Palestinian civilians, including a female journalist and a child, were killed and 27 others, including a woman, a female journalist and a male journalist, were injured, while tens of others suffocated and sustained bruises in separate incidents in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

On 30 April 2022, a Palestinian civilian was killed after being shot with a live bullet in his chest while walking on the street during the Israeli occupation forces’ (IOF)  incursion into Azzun village in Qalqilya.

Om 08 May 2022, IOF killed a Palestinian civilian, from the Gaza Strip and resided in the West Bank, while trying to sneak into Israel through a hole in the annexation wall in southern Tulkarm. More information available here. On the same day, a child, from Bethlehem, was killed after being shot with 4 live bullets by an Israeli security officer, under the pretext that he sneaked into “Tekoa” settlement that is established on Bethlehem lands. IOF claimed that he had a knife in his possession. There were no eyewitnesses to the incident.

On 11 May 2022, journalist Shireen Abu ‘Akleh, Al-Jazeera media network’s reporter, was killed and her colleague was injured by the IOF fire during their coverage of IOF’s incursion into Jenin refugee camp. More information available here. On the same day, IOF killed a Palestinian boy during clashes in al-Bireh city in Ramallah, after chasing Palestinian protestors in the area. More information available here.

Meanwhile, those wounded were victims of excessive use of force that accompanied suppression of peaceful protests and gatherings organized by Palestinian civilians and they were as follows:

On 30 April 2022, two Palestinians were injured with live bullets during clashes that accompanied IOF’s incursion into Zababdeh village, southeast of Jenin.

On 01 May 2022, a Palestinian sustained live bullet wounds in his foot while others suffocated after clashed with IOF at the entrance to Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron.

On 02 May 2022, 3 Palestinians were wounded with rubber bullets and other suffocated during clashes that accompanied IOF’s incursion into Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah.

On 05 May 2022, a Palestinian was shot with a live bullet in his foot during clashes with IOF near Kalandia military checkpoint, north of occupied East Jerusalem. On the same day, IOF beat and pushed Palestinians present in al-Aqsa Mosque yards in occupied East Jerusalem. This coincided with IOF’s securing the raids of  hundreds of Israeli settlers to the mosque’s yards. Also, IOF surrounded Palestinian worshipers inside al-Qibli chapel and al-Marwani Mosque, closed the doors of the mosques and fired sound bombs and rubber bullets inside them. As a result, the glass of Salah Al-Din Minbar (pulpit) in al-Qibili chapel was broken. In addition, IOF severely assaulted Palestinian women, who tried to present during settlers’ raids to the mosque, obstructed press crews’ work and forced them to evacuate the mosque’s yards.

On 06 May 2022, 4 Palestinians were shot with rubber bullets in their limbs during IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in Qalqilya.

On 07 May 2022, a Palestinian sustained live bullet wounds in his shoulder after IOF opened fire at a group of Palestinian workers who tried to enter Israel via a hole in the annexation wall in southern Qalqilya. On the same day, 3 Palestinians were inured with rubber bullets fired by IOF to disperse a Palestinian group gathered to confront settlers, who moved into Haris village in northern Salfit and attacked Palestinians’ houses.  Also, a Palestinian woman sustained wounds while trying to prevent IOF from assaulting her husband.

On 08 May 2022, a journalist and human rights defender sustained bruises after being assaulted and dragged on the ground by IOF while covering and filming IOF demolition of a tin-plate room in eastern Yatta, south of Hebron. On the same day, a Palestinian was shot with IOF’s fire while passing through a military checkpoint in Bab al-‘Amoud area in occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext that he stabbed a police officer. IOF prevented to provide first aid to him for more than half an hour before he was transported to Hadassah Hospital in a critical condition.

On 09 May 2022,  three Palestinians, including 2 children, were shot with live bullets during clashes that accompanied IOF’s incursion into Nablus to secure Israeli settlers raids to Joseph’s tomb from the eastern side. On the same day, 4 Palestinians were injured by IOF’s fire while trying to confront settlers attacks in Azzun village in Qalqilya.

On 10 May 2022, a female journalist sustained teargas canister shrapnel wounds in her foot and 6 other Palestinians were assaulted during IOF demolition of al-Rajbi family house in occupied East Jerusalem.

On 11 May 2022, a Palestinian was critically injured by IOF’s fire at al-Qatateen gate, one of al-Aqsa Mosque’s gates, before he was arrested, under the pretext that he tried to carry out a stabbing attack. Following the incident, IOF closed al-Aqsa Mosque’s gates, physically assaulted Palestinian worshipers, prevented them from present in the mosque’s yards, and arrested one of them.

 In the Gaza Strip, IOF opened fire 8 times at agricultural lands in access restricted areas, eastern Khan Younis and Central Gaza Strip. Also, eight IOF shootings were reported on fishing boats off the Gaza shores.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 46 Palestinians, including 36 civilians: 9 children, 4 women, including a female journalist, and the rest were activists; 3 of them were assassinated. Also, IOF attacks wounded 551others, including 63 children, 4 women and 18 journalists : all in the West Bank, except 7 fishermen in the Gaza Strip.

Settler-attacks on Palestinian civilians and their properties:

During the reporting period, 21 settler-attacks were reported in the West Bank: 7 Palestinians, including 2 journalists, sustained bruises; 397 trees were cut and damaged and several vehicles sustained material damage. Details are as follows:

On 29 April 2022, Israeli settlers, from “Kochav Hashachar” settlement, cut and seized 60 grape seedlings from an agricultural land in Kafr Malik village in Ramallah. In the evening, settlers, from ” Shilo” settlement, threw stones at Palestinian vehicles passing on Ramallah-Nablus street. Also, settlers, from ” Givat Asaf” settlement, Palestinian vehicles passing on a street leading to Beitin village, east of Ramallah.

On 03 May 2022, a Palestinian sustained wounds during settlers’ attacks on Kafr Malik village in Ramallah. Also, settlers ran over 3 sheep in the area.

On 05 May 2022, Israeli settlers, from ” Ma’ale Livona” settlement, cut olive trees twigs in Sinjil village, northeast of Ramallah. On the same day, Israeli settlers damaged 300 olive trees and legume crops planted in 15 dunums after grazing their sheep in these dunums in western Al-Khader village in Bethlehem. Also, Israeli settlers physically assaulted Palestinians, who confronted settlers to prevent settlers from seizing 60 dunums in Al-Khader village in Bethlehem. In the evening, Israeli settlers threw stones at Palestinian vehicles near the intersection of Ras Karkar village, west of Ramallah. As a result, a glass of a vehicle was broken and his owner was injured. In addition, Israeli settlers damaged  a Palestinian vehicle and broke its windows, 500 meters away from Al-Mughayyir village’s intersection, north of Ramallah. Also, they attacked and damaged a Palestinian bus at the entrance to Beit Furik village, and attacked another vehicle near Huwara military checkpoint, southeast of Nablus.

On 06 May 2022, Israeli settlers, from ” Yitzhar” settlement, attacked 3 houses in Urif village, southeast of Nablus, and set 3 vehicles parked in the area on fire. 

On 07 May 2022, Israeli settlers threw stones at Palestinian houses at the main intersection leading to Haris village, north of Salfit. On the same day, settlers cut 30 olive trees from Kafr ad-Dik land, west of Salfit.

On 08 May 2022, Israeli settlers threw stones at a bus carrying 15 players, including 4 children, from ‘Azmout club at Beit Furik military checkpoint, northeast of Nablus, causing material damage to it. On the same day, Israeli settlers threw stones at a Palestinian vehicle at Huwara military checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, broke its windshield and caused material damage to it. Also, settlers attacked 7 Palestinian vehicles parked on Nablus street in central occupied East Jerusalem, causing material damage to them.

On 09 May 2022, Israeli settlers, from  Ma’on ” settlement, uprooted 20 olive trees in eastern Yatta in Hebron. On the same day, 3 Palestinians, including 2 journalists, were injured during settlers’ attacks in Azzun village in  Qalqilya.

On 10 May 2022, Israeli settlers uprooted 17 olive seedlings and damaged an agricultural room on Kafr ad-Dik village’s lands, west of Salfit.

So far this year, settlers carried out 120 attacks on Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank.

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

Israeli authorities demolished 14 houses and dwellings, making 19 families homeless, a total of  90 persons, including 21 women and 51 children. Also, they demolished 10 commercial facilities , built a road for settlers, razed 22 dunums, and authorized the expulsion of 2000 people from Masafer Yatta in Hebron. Details are as follows: 

On 05 May 2022, the Israeli Supreme Court authorized forcible expulsion of hundreds of Palestinians from their lands in Masafer Yatta in Hebron. Next day, the Israeli civil administration announced that the sub-committee of the of Judea and Samaria Higher Planning Council is set to give its approval for planning and  building 3,988 new settlement units in the West Bank. More information available here.

On 09 May 2022, IOF built a 300 m length of road  for settlers on Wadi Fukin village’s lands, west of Bethlehem. On the same day, IOF razed 22 dunums in Jab’a village, west of Bethlehem, for settlement purposes.

On 10 May 2022, Israeli vehicles demolished a 3-storey building (600 sqm) in Silwan village, under the pretext of non-licensing. The first floor included shops while the second and third floors included 5 residential apartments housing 5 families, including 30 members: 6 women and 19 children.

On 11 May 2022, Israeli authorities demolished 4 houses; 3 were self-demolished in Silwan, Beit Hanina and Isawiya villages in occupied East Jerusalem. IOF made 5 families homeless, a total of  21 persons, including 6 women and 10 children. On the same day, Israeli authorities demolished 2 facilities; one of them was a real estate office in Jabal Al Mukaber neighborhood while the other was an iron storage in Isawiya village in occupied East Jerusalem. On the same day, Israeli authorities demolished a house in Al-Walaja village, west of Bethlehem. Also, they demolished 9 dwellings and rooms and 8 barracks and livestock tents in Kherbet al-Rakiz and Kherbet al-Fakhit in Hebrob. IOF made 9 families homeless, a total of 39 persons, including 22 children. In addition, IOF served 14 demolition notices to dwellings and barns in southern Hebron.

Since the beginning of 2022, Israeli occupation forces made 60 families homeless, a total of 339 persons, including 69 women and 166 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 65 houses and 5 residential tents. IOF also demolished 39 other civilian objects, leveled 244 dunums and delivered 63 notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

 IOF carried out 306 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints. During those incursions, 139 Palestinians, including 13 children, were arrested. Also, IOF arrested a child after he tried to sneak into Israel via the border fence in eastern Khan Yunis, and released him later.

”So far in 2022, IOF conducted 2979 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 2166 Palestinians were arrested, including 224 children and 16 women. IOF also conducted 12 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 40 Palestinians, including 25 fishermen, 13 infiltrators, and 3 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.

Israeli collective punishment and closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

On 07 May 2022, under its collective punishment policy against Palestinians accused of conducting attacks against  IOF or settlers, IOF demolished the family house of a Palestinian prisoner from Jenin. More information available here.

On 08 May 2022, under its collective punishment policy, IOF took the measurements of 2 houses as a prelude to demolish them after their incursion into Rummanah village  in western Jenin. The two houses belong to the families of 2 Palestinians arrested by IOF on the same day, after being accused of carrying out an attack that resulted in the murder of 3 Israelis in Elad city in Israel.

So far in 2022, IOF demolished 5 houses and closed another one after damaging its contents, as part of collective punishment policy.

The Israeli occupation authorities declared closure of crossings with the Gaza Strip and West Bank starting from 03 to 06 May 2022, On the occasion of the anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. On 05 May 2022, Israeli authorities announced the decision of Defense Minister, Benny Gantz, to extend the imposed closure until 08 May 2022.

On 07 May 2022, Israeli authorities decided to extend the complete closure until 09 May 2022.

On 08 May 2022, Israeli authorities announced the reopening of the West Bank crossings to permit holders, except for residents of Rummanah village in Jenin, as the two Palestinians accused of carrying out an attack in Elad city in Israel, live in this  village. In addition, Israeli authorities announced that the Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing remains closed for the Gaza Strip residents until further notice, except for patients and humanitarian cases that can be entered and traveled after receiving a permission from the concerned authorities.

Meanwhile, Israeli occupation maintains its illegal and inhuman 15-year closure on the Gaza Strip. Details available in PCHR’s monthly update on the Gaza crossings.

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continues to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 142 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 11 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

So far in 2022, IOF established 1406 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 89 Palestinians at those checkpoints

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Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine (Weekly Update 21- 27 April 2022)

28 04 2022

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

Two Palestinians were killed and another succumbed to his wounds.  Also, 86 others, including 7 children, 2 paramedics and 3 journalists, were wounded by Israeli occupation forces’ (IOF) fire while tens of others suffocated and sustained bruises in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, except 2 fishermen wounded in the Gaza Strip. 

On 22 April 2022, a Palestinian succumbed to his serious injury in Ibn Sinai Hospital in Jenin, noting that he was wounded by IOF’s fire during their incursion into al-Yamoun village in Jenin on 18 April 2022.

On 26 and 27 April 2022, during IOF’s incursion into Jenin and Jericho in the West Bank 2 Palestinians were killed, and 6 others were wounded, including 2 children.  In addition, 4 Palestinians were arrested.  More information available here.

Meanwhile, those wounded were victims of excessive use of force that accompanied suppression of peaceful protests and gatherings organized by Palestinian civilians and they were as follows:

22 April: 31 Palestinians, including 2 medics and 3 journalists, were wounded during IOF’s extensive suppression of thousands of worshippers in al-Aqsa Mosque, yards and praying halls in East Jerusalem.  Following the Friday prayer, IOF resumed their attacks on the worshippers at al-Aqsa Mosque and fired tens of teargas canisters via drones in the yard of Dome of the Rock praying hall.  As a result, 26 suffocated, including children and women.  On the same day, a Palestinian was wounded with a bullet in his leg in clashes with IOF near the main entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village in Ramallah.  Also, a Palestinian was wounded with a bullet in the foot in IOF’s shooting at workers who attempt to cross via the annexation wall in western Jenin. Six others, including 2 children, were wounded with rubber bullets during IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in Qalqilya. 

23 April: two Palestinians were wounded with bullets, and 3 others were arrested after being beaten during IOF’s incursion into Qalendia refugee camp in East Jerusalem.  On the same day, 3 Palestinians, including 2 children, were wounded with rubber bullets during IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in Qalqilya.   Three others, including a child, were wounded with IOF’s fire as the latter were protecting settlers, who launched attacks against Palestinians in Sorif village in Hebron.

24 April: 4 Palestinians were wounded by IOF’s fire on workers who attempted to cross via the annexation wall in Tulkarm. 

25 April: a Palestinian was wounded with a bullet in clashes with IOF during their incursion into al-Zababda village in Jenin.  Also, 2 sibling fishermen were wounded with rubber bullets along with another one and then arrested by IOF after the latter chased and confiscated their boat off Rafah shore, southern Gaza Strip. They were later released.

26 April: a Palestinian was wounded with a bullet in clashes with IOF after their incursion into Qabatia village in Jenin.

In the same context on 21 April, 4 houses and a civilian object sustained severe damage after IOF’s warplanes targeted a military training site, western al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza Strip.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 41 Palestinians, including 32 civilians: 8 children, 3 women, and the rest were activists; 3 of them were killed in assassinations. Also, these attacks wounded 524 others, including 63 children, 2 women, 6 paramedics and 16 journalists: all in the West Bank, except 7 fishermen in the Gaza Strip.

Settler-attacks on Palestinian civilians and their properties:

26 April: a Palestinian elderly was wounded after a group of settlers attacked him with batons and pepper-sprayed him in Kisan village, eastern Bethlehem.

27 April: two Palestinians were wounded after settlers threw stones at Palestinian houses in Kafl Haris in Salfit.

So far this year, settlers carried out 99 attacks on Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank.

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

On 25 April, IOF razed 50 dunums in al-Walaja village, Bethlehem, and uprotted hundreds of fruitful trees.

On 26 April, IOF confiscated a truck mounted concrete pump in Rojeeb village in Nablus under the pretext of working in Area C.

Since the beginning of 2022, IOF made 41 families homeless, a total of 248 persons, including 48 women and 115 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 51 houses and 5 residential tents. IOF also demolished 29 other civilian objects, razed 224 dunums and delivered 49 notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

 IOF carried out 228 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints. During this week’s incursions, 102 Palestinians were arrested, including 4 children and a woman, and summoned at least 8 others.  Also, IOF arrested 11 fishermen in the Gaza Strip and later released them.  More information available here.  

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 2673 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 2027 Palestinians were arrested, including 211 children and 16 women. IOF also conducted 12 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 39 Palestinians, including 25 fishermen, 11 infiltrators, and 3 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.

Closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Israeli occupation authorities declared closure of crossings with the Gaza Strip and West Bank starting from Thursday afternoon, 21 April.  The crossing will operate normally on Saturday, 23 April, according to the situation.  On Saturday, 23 April, the Israeli occupation authorities announced closure of Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing, northern Gaza Strip to around 12,000 Palestinian workers and businessmen starting from Sunday, 23 April, and until further notice under the pretext of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip.  However, the crossing was reopened on 26 April.

Meanwhile, the Israeli occupation maintains its illegal and inhuman 15-year closure on the Gaza Strip. Details available in PCHR’s March monthly update on the Gaza crossings.

On 23 April 2022, IOF obstructed access of thousands of Christian worshippers into the Church of the Resurrection in East Jerusalem to attend the Celebrations of Holy Saturday, which precede the Easter.  IOF heavily deployed and established many barriers.  Also, they closed some of the Old City’s gates with barricades and turned it into a military zone.  They attacked the visitors by beating and pushing them at the barriers erected. IOF also denied a priest’s access to the Church and arrested two visitors, including an Egyptian journalist.

 In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continues to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 109 temporary military checkpoints this week and arrested 7 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

So far in 2022, IOF established at least 1264 checkpoints and arrested 75 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

Ten Things You Should Know about Amnesty International Report on Apartheid Israel

February 2, 2022

Amnesty slammed Israel for committing ‘the crime of apartheid’ in new report. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

By Romana Rubeo

On Tuesday, February 1, London-based international human rights group Amnesty International (AI) released an extraordinary report, which labels Israel an ‘apartheid state’. The report calls for Israel to be held accountable for its practices against Palestinians.

The 280-page document, entitled ‘Israel’s Apartheid Against Palestinians: Cruel System of Domination and Crime Against Humanity’, outlines how the Israeli state segregates and controls Palestinians in order to maintain Jewish hegemony.

Though to be fully appreciated, the AI document must be read in its entirety, below are the top ten points raised by the international human rights group.

1. What is Apartheid?

After defining “apartheid” as “a violation of public international law, a grave violation of internationally protected human rights and a crime against humanity under international criminal law”, Amnesty, in its report, describes Israel’s “intent to oppress and dominate Palestinians:

“Since its establishment in 1948, Israel has pursued an explicit policy of establishing and maintaining a Jewish demographic hegemony and maximizing its control over land to benefit Jewish Israelis while minimizing the number of Palestinians and restricting their rights and obstructing their ability to challenge this dispossession.”

2. Geographic Scope

According to Amnesty, the system of segregation “extended beyond the (so-called) Green Line to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which (Israel) has occupied” in 1967. 

“Today, all territories controlled by Israel continue to be administered with the purpose of benefiting Jewish Israelis to the detriment of Palestinians, while Palestinian refugees continue to be excluded.”

“Although Israel’s system of apartheid manifests itself in different ways in the various areas under its effective control,” the report reads, “it consistently has the same purpose of oppressing and dominating Palestinians for the benefit of Jewish Israelis, who are privileged under Israeli civil law regardless of where they reside.” 

3. Treatment of Palestinians

Israel should be labeled an apartheid state because “Palestinians are treated by the Israeli state differently based on its consideration of them as having a racialized non-Jewish, Arab status”.

4. Territorial Fragmentation, Segregation, Jewish Settlements

Starting in 1948, Israel pursued a policy of territorial fragmentation and legal segregation, Amnesty said in its report. 

“(Israel) chose to coerce Palestinians into enclaves within the State of Israel and, following their military occupation in 1967, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. They have appropriated the vast majority of Palestinians’ land and natural resources. They have introduced laws, policies and practices that systematically and cruelly discriminate against Palestinians, leaving them fragmented geographically and politically, in a constant state of fear and insecurity, and often impoverished.”

“Meanwhile, Israel’s leaders have opted to systemically privilege Jewish citizens in law and in practice through the distribution of land and resources, resulting in their relative wealth and well-being at the expense of Palestinians. They have steadily expanded Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian territory in violation of international law,” the report adds.

5. Legal Segregation

Amnesty describes the way “Israel has used military rule as a key tool to establish its system of oppression and domination over Palestinians across both sides of the Green Line, applying it over different groups of Palestinians in Israel and the OPT almost continuously since 1948”.

“Israel maintains its system of fragmentation and segregation through different legal regimes that ensure the denial of nationality and status to Palestinians, violate their right to family unification and return to their country and their homes, and severely restrict freedom of movement based on legal status.”

6. Restrictions of Movement and Apartheid Wall

Amnesty denounces the closure system imposed on Palestinians within the Occupied Territories and between the OPT and Israel, “gradually subjecting millions of Palestinians who live in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip to ever more stringent restrictions on movement based on their legal status. These restrictions are another tool through which Israel segregates Palestinians into separate enclaves, isolates them from each other and the world, and ultimately enforces its domination.”

Moreover, the report highlights how “the 700km fence/wall, which Israel continues building mostly illegally on Palestinian land inside the occupied West Bank, has isolated 38 Palestinian localities in the West Bank (…) and has trapped them in enclaves known as ‘seam zones’”.

7. Political Rights

According to Amnesty, “Israel’s version of democracy overwhelmingly privileges political participation by Jewish Israelis.”

“Limitations on the right of Palestinian citizens of Israel to participate in elections are accompanied by other infringements of their civil and political rights that limit the extent to which they can participate in the political and social life of Israel. This has included racialized policing of protests, mass arbitrary arrests and the use of unlawful force against protesters during demonstrations against Israeli repression in both Israel and the OPT.” 

8. Dispossession of Palestinian Land

Amnesty illustrates how, since its creation on the ruins of Palestinian towns and villages, “the Israeli state has enforced massive and cruel land seizures to dispossess and exclude Palestinians from their land and homes.”

Suffice it to say, “in 1948, Jewish individuals and institutions owned around 6.5% of Mandate Palestine, while Palestinians owned about 90% of the privately owned land there. Within just over 70 years the situation has been reversed.”

Amnesty also mentions Israeli laws and regulations currently implemented by Israeli authorities to carry out demolitions of Palestinian property in East Jerusalem, including the Absentees’ Property Law of 1950 and the Administrative Matters Law.

“In Israel and East Jerusalem, (the Israeli government) transferred from the state to Jewish national organizations and institutions, many of which serve Jews only, while the legal title of the land remained in the state’s name.”

9. Crimes against Humanity

Amnesty’s report analyzes three major categories of crimes against humanity, that’s to say, the “inhuman and inhumane acts as proscribed, respectively, by the Apartheid Convention and the Rome Statute”.

First, it condemns the forcible transfer of Palestinians, explaining that, “since 1948, Israel has demolished tens of thousands of Palestinian homes and other properties across all areas under its jurisdiction and effective control.”

Second, the report addresses the issues of administrative detention, torture and other ill-treatment.

“Israel’s systematic use (of the administrative detention) against Palestinians indicates that it is used to persecute Palestinians, rather than as an extraordinary and selective security measure.” 

The report also illustrates how “Israeli courts have admitted evidence obtained through torture of Palestinians, accepting the justification of ‘necessity’. Prompt, thorough and impartial investigations by Israeli authorities into allegations by Palestinians that they have been tortured are extremely rare, effectively giving state endorsement to the crime of torture.”

Third, Amnesty strongly condemns Israel’s unlawful killings and injuries, which were “perpetrated outside the context of armed conflict during Israeli law enforcement activities in the OPT, including during the suppression of protests, arrest raids, when enforcing travel and movement restrictions, and conducting house and search operations.”

10. Recommendations

Amnesty states in its report that “dismantling this cruel system of apartheid is essential for the millions of Palestinians who continue to live in Israel and the OPT, as well as for the return of Palestinian refugees who remain displaced in neighbouring countries”.

Also, it urges the need for “the international community to urgently and drastically change its approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and recognize the full extent of the crimes that Israel perpetrates against the Palestinian people.”

Amnesty directly calls on “the USA, the European Union and its member states and the UK” to “recognize that Israel is committing the crime of apartheid and other international crimes, and use all political and diplomatic tools to ensure Israeli authorities implement the recommendations outlined in this report and review any cooperation and activities with Israel to ensure that these do not contribute to maintaining the system of apartheid”.

Finally, Amnesty calls on the International Criminal Court (ICC) “to consider the applicability of the crime against humanity of apartheid within its current formal investigation,” and on the United Nations Security Council to “impose targeted sanctions, such as asset freezes, against Israeli officials most implicated in the crime of apartheid, and a comprehensive arms embargo on Israel.”

(Read the full report here: Amnesty International – Apartheid Israel)

(The Palestine Chronicle)

– Romana Rubeo is an Italian writer and the managing editor of The Palestine Chronicle. Her articles appeared in many online newspapers and academic journals. She holds a Master’s Degree in Foreign Languages and Literature and specializes in audio-visual and journalism translation.

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine(20 – 26 January 2022 )

27.01. 2022

Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine

20 – 26 January 2022

  • Palestinian with Schizophrenia dies in the Israeli Nitzan Prison.
  • IOF excessive use of force: 14 Palestinians wounded, including 2 children and a journalist, in the West Bank
  • 9 IOF shooting incidents reported against agricultural lands and one at fishing boats in eastern and western Gaza
  • 122 IOF incursions into the West Bank: 66 Palestinians arrested, including 5 children
  • Israeli court decision issued to confiscate 150 dunums of Beit Safafa lands in occupied Jerusalem
  • 2 apartments demolished in Jerusalem, with another demolition of a room and a fence in Hebron
  • Israeli settlers’ attacks in the West Bank : a child assaulted, 390 olive trees uprooted, with numerous damage to Palestinian vehicles, shops and properties
  • IOF established 56 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 5 Palestinians on said checkpoints

Summary                                                                                        

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT). Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip is in its 15th year under closure as a measure of collective punishment, in breach of all international laws, exacerbating the humanitarian hardships across the territory.

IOF shooting and violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

On Wednesday, 26 January 2022, Jamil al-Tamimi (63) from Jerusalem who was arrested on civilian grounds and had Schizophrenia, died in the Israeli Nitzan Prison. According to the Israeli Prison Service, al-Tamimi was found unconscious and without pulse lying on the ground.

IOF attacks rendered 14 Palestinians wounded, including  two children and a journalist:

  • One was wounded in Hebron
  • One in Ramallah
  • 3 in Qalandiya refugee camp in Jerusalem
  • 8 including 2 children wounded in Kafr Qaddum, Qalqilya, during IOF attacks on the weekly peaceful protest held there

Dozens of others suffocated due to tear gas inhalation in separate incidents.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF opened fire at agricultural lands on 9 different incidents and once against fishing boats.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: 

IOF carried out 122 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear and havoc, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 66 Palestinians were arrested, including 5 children.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF arrested two Palestinians attempting to cross east of the border.

Demolitions:

PCHR documented the following 4 incidents:

  • Occupied East Jerusalem: Israeli decision to confiscate 150 dunums of Beit Safafa lands; 2 residential apartments demolished in al-Tur rendering 18 people homeless including 3 children
  • Nablus: 4 houses received licensing notices in Rujeib under the allegation that they are built in Area C.
  • Hebron: tin-plated room demolished and a fence in al-Ramadin.

Settler-attacks: 

PCHR documented the following 7 settler-attacks:

  • Salfit: 20 olive trees cut in Yasuf, 70 olive trees in Khilet Hassan in Biddya, 7 tires punctured in Qira, vandalization of racist slogans in Hebrew on walls and vehicles.
  • Nablus: 300 olive tree seedlings uprooted in Dayr Sharaf; 8 Israeli solidarity activists assaulted and their vehicle set on fire in Burin; numerous shops and vehicles damaged in Huwara, including an incident of assault against a Palestinian child.
  • Occupied Jerusalem: Salem family’s land fenced and civilians in the area assaulted.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Israeli occupation authorities continued its collective punishment measures against the Gaza Strip as the 15-year Israeli closure imposed on the territory deepened the population’s humanitarian and living crises, with unemployment skyrocketing at 45%, i.e. 217,000 able workers are unemployed, 63% of whom are youth.

Shooting and other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity

  • At around 16:00 on Thursday, 20 January 2022, IOF stationed along the border fence opened fire at the agricultural lands in eastern Khuza’ah, east of Khan Younis. No casualties were reported.
  • At around 08:30 on Friday, 21 January 2022, IOF stationed along the border fence fired bullets and teargas canisters at the agricultural lands in eastern Khuza’ah in eastern Khan Younis. The shooting recurred at 10:30 at the same area and at 15:30 on eastern ‘Abasan and al-Qararah.  No casualties were reported.
  • At around 09:30, IOF stationed along the border fence in eastern Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip opened fire at the adjacent agricultural lands. No casualties were reported.
  • At around 12:30, clashes broke out between IOF stationed at the northern entrance to Kafr Qaddoum village, north of Qalqilya, including dozens of Palestinians who had organized a protest. IOF suppressed the protest and wounded 6 of the protesters, including 2 children, with rubber-coated metal bullets: 2 in the back and the others in their limbs.
  • At around 14:00, an 18-year-old Palestinian was wounded with a rubber-coated metal bullet in the right foot when IOF opened fire at a protest organized by dozens of young men in Bab al-Zawiyah area in central Hebron (where IOF established a checkpoint on the closed Shuhadaa’ Street).  The young men threw stones at the checkpoint and set fire to tires while the soldiers chased the stone-throwers and fired teargas canisters at them.  As a result, one was wounded and other suffocated.
  • At 14:30, IOF suppressed a weekly protest against the occupation and settlement in Sheikh Jarrah, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.  They chased and surrounded the protesters and international activists, confiscating Palestinian flags while pushing and beating the protesters.
  • At around 17:00, a 22-year-old Palestinian was wounded with 2 bullets in the thigh and pelvis from the left side after IOF stationed in the watchtower at the eastern entrance to Sinjil village, northeast of Ramallah, fired  teargas canisters and bullets at several young men in a plant nursery adjacent to Bypass Road 60 (which connects the villages with Ramallah).  IOF claimed the watch tower was thrown with stones. The wounded sustained moderate injuries.
  • At around 09:30 on Saturday, 22 January 2022, IOF stationed along the border fence opened fire at the agricultural lands in eastern al-Qararah village, east of Khan Younis.  The shooting recurred after 2 hours, but no casualties were reported.
  • At around 14:30, 2 Palestinians were wounded with 2 bullets; one in the back and the other in the thigh, after IOF stationed at the northern entrance to Kafr Qaddoum, north of Qalqilya, fired rubber bullets, sound bombs, and teargas canisters to suppress the protest, where tens of Palestinians participated.
  • At around 15:00, several Palestinian suffocated after IOF fired teargas canisters to suppress a group of young men who gathered near a checkpoint to throw stones at the watchtower at the entrance to al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron.
  • At around 11:00 on Monday, 24 January 2022, a large force of Israeli soldiers moved into Qalendia refugee camp, north of occupied East Jerusalem, and deployed there after closing all the entrances. IOF took photos of the facilities and distributed demolition notices to some of them in addition to confiscating vehicles parked along the Ramallah-Jerusalem Street adjacent to the camp.  Dozens of young men gathered in the area and threw stones at the soldiers and their vehicles. The soldiers immediately chased the protesters and fired rubber bullets and teargas canisters at them.  They beat up Ahmed Mutair (22) when he was near the camp entrance.  They detained him in a military vehicle and then released him. The clashes that continued for 3 hrs in the area, IOF heavily fired live and rubber bullets wounding 3 young men.  They were taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah.
  • At around 07:30 on Tuesday, 25 January 2022, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of al-Buraij, opened fire at the bird hunters in the nearby lands.  No casualties were reported.
  • At around 09:40, IOF’s gunboats stationed off al-Wahah shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire and pumped water at the Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles, forcing the fishermen to flee.  Neither casualties nor damage were reported.
  • At around 07:20 on Wednesday, 26 January 2022, IOF stationed along the border fence east of Deir al-Balah in central Gaza Strip, opened fire at the adjacent agricultural lands.  No casualties were reported.
  • On Wednesday, the Commission of Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs declared the death of Jamil al-Tamimi (63) from Jerusalem in the Israeli Nitzan Prison. According to the Israeli Prison Service, al-Tamimi was found unconscious and without pulse lying on the ground. It should be noted that al-Tamimi was arrested on civilian grounds and had Schizophrenia.

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 20 January 2022

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Beit ‘Anan village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem, where they raided and searched ‘Abed al-Hakeem Iyyas Rabee’s house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Al-Matar neighborhood in Kafr ‘Aqab village, north of occupied East Jerusalem, where they raided and searched Nizar Abu Shalbak’s (42) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into al-Ram village, north of occupied East Jerusalem, where they raided and searched a house belonging to Murshed (28) and Mansour (26) al-Shawarmah and arrested them.
  • At approximately 04:50, IOF moved into Qabatya village, east of Jenin. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested Jawad Mahmoud Kmail (22), Mo’tasem Mahmoud Kmail (24), Amjad Omar Khazimah (22), and Nabil Ahmed ‘Abed al-Qader Khazimah (24).
  • At approximately 11:25, IOF stationed near “Mahoula” settlement in northern Jordan valley, east of Tubas, arrested Dirar Qasem Masa’eed (36) from Tubas.
  • At approximately 14:20, IOF moved into Azzun village in Qalqilya, where they raided Yehia Waleed ‘Abed al-‘Aziz Hussain’s (18) house and arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF moved into Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem, where they raided and searched Faisal Fadel Thawabta’s (30) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 23:30, IOF moved into Biddu village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested Khaled Mohammed al-Sheikh (28) and Zuhair ‘Ali Hmidat (24).

Friday, 21 January 2022

  • At approximately 00:05, IOF moved into Sinjil village, northeast of Ramallah, where they raided and searched Mousa Osama Tawafsha’s (15) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 14:20, IOF moved into Zeita village, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested Mohammed Fayiz Masarwa (24), Mahmoud Fayiz Masarwa (23), Mamsour Mohammed Lebdi (22) and ‘Aboud Mohanad Masarwa (21).
  • IOF conducted 2 incursions into ad-Dhahiriya and Halhul in Hebron.

Saturday, 22 January 2022

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into southern Hebron. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested Hani Nafiz al-Rajbi (29) and Mos’ab Rajeh al-Rajbi (33).
  • IOF conducted 6 incursions into Salim, Kafr Qallil, Rujeib, and Beit Furik villages in Nablus and Beit Ummar and Sa’ir villages in Hebron.

Sunday, 23 January 2022:

  • At around 03:20, IOF arrested 4 Palestinians after raiding their houses in different Tulkarm neighborhoods.  The arrestees were identified as Jamal ‘Abdullah Ishteiwi Hadaydah (55) from ‘Izbit al-Tayyah, Anas Mohammed Ahmed al-Hosari (39) from Thanabah Suburb, Usamah ‘Abed Rabo (37) and Yousif Mahmoud Kharyoush (30) from Tulkarm refugee camp.

 At around 03:30, IOF arrested Ahmed Nour al-Deen ‘Abdel Rahman Rayyan (20) and Ahmed Yousif Solafah Salim (33) after raiding their houses in ‘Azoun village east of Qalqilya.

  • At around 22:30, IOF summoned Mohammed Samer Sarhan (18) to refer to the Israeli Intelligence after raiding and searching his house in Silwan, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • IOF carried out 2 incursions into Hebron and Beit ‘Awwa village in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 24 January 2022:

  • At around 02:30, IOF arrested ‘Asem Elias Abu ‘Aishah (27) after raiding and searching his house in IOF’s incursion into Khelet Nafisah area, south of Hebron. He was later released.
  • At approximately 03:50, IOF arrested ‘Ekremah Ahmed Fayez Abu ‘Oun (21) and Qosay Salah Salim Khaliliyah (20) after raiding and searching their houses in IOF’s incursion into Jab’a village, south of Jenin.
  • At around 04:00, IOF arrested Salah al-Deen Mohammed al-Hadra (13) after raiding and searching his house during one of IOF’s incursion into al-Tour neighborhood, East of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At around 15:00, IOF arrested Salah al-Deen Mohammed al-Hadra (13) after beating him near Hizma village entrance, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At around 18:00, IOF arrested a father, his two sons, and another child of his friend after raiding and searching their house in Silwan, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.  The arrestees were identified as Ahmed Ibrahim al-Zaghel (53), his two sons Hussein (23) and Ibrahim (17) (who was released on the same day after serving 10 months in prison) and Adam al-Joualni (16). IOF arrested them as part of their attempt to ruin the celebrations organized by the family to welcome their sons when they were released from the Israeli prisons. 
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Mohammed Mahmoud al-Ahmad (25) and Amin ‘Abdel Ra’ouf Bushnaq (26) from Rommanah village, west of Jenin, at a checkpoint established by IOF on Nablus-Ramallah Street. 
  • At around 22:00, IOF stationed at Howara checkpoint at the southeastern Nablus entrance arrested Fadi Marwan al-Najjar (37) from Burin village, southeast of the city.
  • IOF carried out 5 incursions into Beit Ummar, Beit ‘Amra, Ramin, ‘Anabta and Far’n villages in Tulkarm. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 25 January 2022:

  • At around 01:00, IOF arrested Zayed Isma’il a-‘Awawdah (32) after raiding and searching his house in IOF’s incursion into al-Burj village, west of Dura, southwest of Hebron.
  • At around 02:00, IOF arrested Nadi ‘Abdel Halim Abu Sneina (34) after raiding and searching his house during IOF’s incursion into southern Hebron.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested 5 Palestinians, including a child, after raiding and searching their houses in Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem.  The arrestees were identified as Majed Mohammed Taqatqah (17), Ahmed Khaled Taqatqah (26), Rami ‘Ali Taqatqah (24), ‘Ayed Mohammed Taqatqah (26) and Eyad Sultan Taqatqah (28).
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested ‘Issa Mohammed Shaladah (21), a college student, after raiding and searching his house during an IOF incursion into Birzeit, north of Ramallah.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Raed Mahmoud ‘Abdel Fattah Halayqah (27) after raiding and searching his house in al-Shyoukh village, north of Hebron.
  • At around 03:00, IOF arrested Rowaid (27) after raiding and searching his house in Beit Sahour village, east of Bethlehem.
  • At around 04:00, IOF arrested ‘Ammar (21) and Mohammed Ahmed Za’oul (23) after raiding and searching their house in Husan village, west of Bethlehem.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Jihad Bassam al-Shalabi (28) after raiding and searching his house in Silet al-Harithiya village and Ibrahim ‘Abdel Rahim Jaber (27) after raiding and searching his house in Ya’bud village in Jenin.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Ahmed ‘Adnan Medyah (30), Mohammed Amir Abu Rayan (19), ‘Ali ‘Awni Abu Zalatah (28) and Nour Amjad al-‘Arja (24) after raiding and searching their houses in Hahloul, south of Hebron.
  • At around 10:50, IOF arrested Bajes Mohammed al-Akhras (22) from ‘Aqbet Jaber refugee camp, south of Jericho, when he was crossing a checkpoint established by IOF at the southern entrance to Jericho.
  • At around 18:00, the Israeli Intelligence Services arrested Seraj ‘Abbas Ashour (26) and Ya’qoub Jamal Bader (25) from Abu Dis, eat of occupied East Jerusalem, after summoning them previously to refer to their office.
  • At around 21:00, IOF stationed along the border fence with Israel, east of al-Shokah village, east of Rafah in southern Gaza Strip, arrested Anas Ziad Soliman Abu Khatlah (21) and Ziad Soliman Joudah Abu Sneimah (21) while attempting to infiltrate via the border fence.  They were taken to an unknown destination.

IOF carried out 4 incursions into ‘Azmout village, northeast of Nabkus, al-‘Aroub refugee camp, Beit Ula village and Yata in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 26 January 2022:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF raided Taha Abu-Latyfeh’s (34) house in Qalandia refugee camp and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF raided Mahdi Salah Taqatqeh (26) and Odai Mohammed Thawabteh’s (22) houses in Beit Fajjar, Bethlehem, and arrested them.

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

Land razing, demolitions, and notices:

  • On Saturday, 22 January 20200, Israeli Municipality hung banners in several areas in Beit Safafa village south of occupied East Jerusalem, declaring on them that they intend to confiscate 150 dunums from the village’s lands in favor of expanding settlement roads. The banners stated the ‘right’ of the municipality to dispose of lands confiscated on the grounds of public needs. The lands under the threat of confiscation were as follows: al-Tantour, Tabaliya and al-Jabal areas. The municipality gave the residents and landowners until 20 March 2022 to dispute this. The residents said that the confiscation decision serves Givat Hamotz settlement, which is established on the village’s lands.
  • At approximately 12:15 on Monday, 24 January 2022, IOF accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Khelet Rajeh area in Rujeib village, southeast of Nablus. The Israeli Civil Administration officers distributed notices to 4 houses to refer to the Israeli Court in “Beit Ell” settlement, to start the procedures related to license their house, under the pretext of illegal construction in Area C. The notified houses belong to Saher Jehad ‘Ajouri, Rafi’ ‘Abed al-Jabbar ‘Adeli, Zakaria Issa ‘Issa, and ‘Azzam al-Kharraz.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Tuesday, 25 January 2022, the Israeli Municipality’s bulldozer demolished two residential apartments belonging to Mohammed Hamdi Karama in Sheikh ‘Anbar neighborhood in al-Tur village, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing. During the demolition, which lasted for several hours, IOF arrested 3 Palestinians and wounded a photojournalist with a rubber bullet in his back. It should be noted that IOF surrounded the second floor (200 sqm) of Karama family building in Sheikh ‘Anbar neighborhood and gave the two apartments’ owner Mohammed Karama and his family members comprised of 15 persons, and another tenant namely Hamada Qirsh and his family comprised of 5 persons, including 3 children, half an hour to evacuate. During this half hour, IOF fired rubber bullets and sound bombs to disperse Karama family members, the villagers and press crews from the area. As a result, a photojournalist namely Ahmed Kamal Gharabli (40) was shot with a rubber bullet in his back while covering the demolition. Also, IOF arrested and beat 3 civilians: Anees Karama, Adam al-Natshah and Monther al-Natsha.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Wednesday, 26 January 2022, an Israeli force backed by military vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Ghattas area, north of Ramadin village, south of Hebron. IOF deployed in the area while the Israeli force raided a 7dunum of land after demolishing its fence (400 m). After that, the bulldozer demolished ‘Othman Tawfiq al-Qasasi’s 30-square-meter room built of bricks and tin plates. It should be noted that Israeli authorities handed ‘Othman a cease-construction notice on 11 July 2021.

Setters’ Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and their Property:

  • At On Friday, 21 January 2022, a group of settlers cut at least 20 olive trees in Bab al-Sha’b area in Yasuf village, east of Salfit, under the pretext of being in Area C. The trees belong to Mohammed Musleh Rashid (42) and his brothers.
  • On the same day, a group of settlers cut at least 70 olive trees in Khelet Hassan area in Biddya village, west of Salfit, under the pretext of being in Area C that is under Israel’s control. The trees belong to Jamal Mahmoud Salama (59).
  • On the same day, Israeli settlers, from ” “Shafi Shomron” settlement, which is established on Deir Sharaf and Naqoura villages’ lands, west of Nablus, cut 300 olive seedlings from Harayiq area, west of Deir Sharaf village. The trees belong to ‘Abed al-Raheem ‘Antari, ‘Abed al-Hameed ‘Antari and Ghazi ‘Antari, from Deir Sharaf village.
  • At approximately 11:15, a group of settler from ” “Kivat Runim” settlement, which is established on the eastern side of Burin village, southeast of Nablus, attacked a group of Israeli activists from Rabbis for Human Rights organization and beat 8 of them before setting their vehicle with Israeli registration plate ablaze. The Israeli activists were planting olives trees near Basheer al-Zain’s house, east of Burin village.
  • On the same day, a police force raided Fatema Salem’s plot of land, west of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and surrounded it with iron fence as a prelude to seize it. Fatema’s son, Ibrahim Salem, said that an Israeli settler named Silver Stein, claims his family has ownership to the land (150 sqm) which they forced their way into the area along with other settlers, accompanied by the deputy mayor of the municipality and Israeli police. They surrounded the land with iron fence and closed it. Salem indicated that Silver Stein assaulted his mother Fatema Salem (73) and pushed her to the ground. He added that police officers along with the settlers also assaulted his family members, beat them and pushed them. He stated that the deputy mayor of the municipality, Arieh King, threw a stone at Raieda al-Sa’ou while she was present near the plot of land. As a result, she sustained laceration in her hand and received treatment at the hospital. When Raieda’s son Raied tried to help his mother, Arieh King accused him of attacking him with a knife. Israeli police searched him and then arrested him, despite the fact that they had not found the knife that he was accused of possessing.
  • At approximately 02:00 on Sunday, 23 January 2022, a group of settlers sneaked into Qira village, north of Salfit, where they vandalized 7 vehicles punctured their tires., They also wrote racist slogans and draw Star of David on the walls and vehicles.
  • At approximately 18:00 on Monday, 24 January 2022, at least 15 settlers – some armed under IOF’s protection – coming from Za’tara military checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, attacked Palestinians’ properties on the main street of Huwara village, near Fares Roundabout. They assaulted Montaser ‘Abed al-Fattah Damadi (16), who as a result sustained bruises throughout his body and received treatment in Rafidia Hospital. Settlers’ attacks, which were under IOF’s protected and continued for half an hour, resulted in the breaking of many vehicles’ windows, restaurant door glass, and sanitary shop glass. (PCHR keeps the names of the vehicles and shops’ owners affected by the attacks). They caused havoc and fear among the village’s residents, especially children and women.

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

The Gaza Strip:

IOF continue its 15-year illegal and inhuman closure on the Gaza Strip. This week did not witness any change in terms of the situation at the Israeli checkpoints relevant to the Gaza Strip, IOF continues to ban the travel of Palestinians on Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing except for limited categories and with strict restrictions. Meanwhile, Kerm Abu Salem continues to work in a limited capacity, while many goods are banned entry under the pretext of being “dual-use” items. The Israeli restrictions on fishermen’s access to the sea continue as does IOF harassment against them, within a fishing area ranging between 6 nautical miles in northern Gaza sea, and 15 nautical miles in southern Gaza sea.

The West Bank:

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of 56 temporary checkpoints that restrict the movement of goods and individuals and arrested 5 Palestinians at them. The majority of the checkpoints were in Hebron (19), followed by Bethlehem (19), and the others were in Qalqilya, Salfit, Tulkarm, Jericho, Jenin, Ramallah, Jerusalem.

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (30 December 2021 – 05 January 2022)

January 6 2022

Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestinie

30 December 2021 – 5 January 2022

  • IOF shoot and Kill Palestinian with mental health issues on Haris intersection, northern Salfit
  • 16 Palestinians wounded, including 5 children and 1 in critical condition, in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip
  • 8 IOF shootings reported against agricultural lands, and 4 against fishing boats in the Gaza Sea
  • 103 IOF incursions in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 78 Palestinians arrested, including 7 children
  • Demolitions and notices in occupied East Jerusalem: 5 houses demolished, 2 of them self-demolished; 5 other establishments demolished, including a medical center; several demolition and cease-construction notices served against Palestinians in the city
  • Demolition notices served against 8 houses, a mosque, a civilian establishment in Bethlehem; and 8 tents removed in Tubas (2 residential and 6 for cattle)
  • Settler-attacks in the West Bank: damage includes cutting of trees and attacks on Palestinian vehicles and houses
  • IOF established 35 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 1 Palestinian

Summary  

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse, and arrests against civilians. This week’s events witnessed an escalation in Israeli demolitions and demolition notices against Palestinian properties. Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip has entered its 15th year under occupation and closure, as Israel has continued to exercise the worst known collective punishment in human history, exacerbating humanitarian hardships across the territory.

IOF shooting and violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

During the reporting period, IOF killed a Palestinian with mental health issues and wounded 16 civilians, including 5 children, as they continue to exercise excessive use of force in the West Bank. On the 31st of December 2021, IOF killed Amir Atef Khader Rayan, a 36-year-old male with mental health issues. Rayan was killed near Haris intersection in northern Salfit, allegedly for attempting a stab attack. Filed investigations indicate that the victim was several meters away from where the Israeli soldiers stood, meaning he did not pose any form of threat to them. This crime reflects the unjustifiable leniency in IOF shooting standards and a disregard for Palestinians’ lives.

Additionally, PCHR documented the following incidents:

  • 3 Palestinians wounded, including one in critical condition in Jerusalem;
  • 2, including 1 child, wounded in Nablus;
  • 11, including 4 children, wounded in Qalqilya.

In the Gaza Strip, PCHR documented 8 instances of IOF opening fire, and 4 shootings on fishing boats.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 103 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings. During this week’s incursions, 78 Palestinians were arrested, including 7 children.

Demolitions:

PCHR documented 13 incidents:

  • Occupied East Jerusalem: 5 houses demolished, including 2 self-demolished, in Sur Baher, Silwan and Beit Hanina. A commercial facility was self-demolished in the old city. Wide-scale distribution of demolition notices against houses, commercial and agricultural establishments. Also, IOF disbursed summonses against Palestinians, issued a cease-construction order of a mosque, and confiscated a tin-plated greenhouse in Isawiya. A commercial barracks demolished, and a container confiscated in al-Za’im. A health center used as a Covid-19 vaccination hub was also demolished in Jabel Mukaber, as well as 2 barracks used for cattle in Anata.
  • Bethlehem: demolition notices served against 8 houses, a mosque, and a civilian facility in Nahalin.
  • Tubas: 2 residential tents removed, as well as 6 others used for cattle, along with 80 steel barriers, and 15 cattle feeders in the northern Jordan valleys.

Settler-attacks: 

PCHR documented the following attacks by settlers in the West Bank:

  • Nablus: Palestinian lands in Burin attacked; 46 olive trees cut; a vehicle struck, and its windshield shattered; civilian homes attacked in Burqa.
  • Hebron: a house attacked in Tel Rumeida.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Israeli occupation authorities continued its collective punishment measures against the Gaza Strip as the 15-year Israeli closure imposed on the territory deepened the population’s humanitarian and living crises. Unemployment has skyrocketed at 45% of the population, 63% of whom are youth.

More than half of the Gaza Strip’s population suffer from poverty, as the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics data shows that 53% of the Gaza Strip population is impoverished and more than 62.2% are food insecure, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Additionally, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada in 2000, restricting civilian movement with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian are also subjected to arrests, especially at al-Karama border crossing located alongside the Palestinian-Jordanian border.

Shooting and other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity

Thursday, December 30th, 2021:

  • At approximately 00:00 on Thursday 30th of December 2021, IOF arrested Mohammed Rateb Sar’awi (30) and his cousin Malek ‘Issa Sar’awi (27) after they raided Adam Housing Compound in Kafr ‘Aqab village, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. During the incursion, tens of young men gathered near the compound and threw stones and empty bottles at IOF, who immediately fired live and rubber-coated bullets at them.  As a result, three were wounded with live bullets; one of them sustained serious wounds.  They were identified as follows: Mohammed Nafez Farhan was wounded with a bullet in his abdomen and sustained serious wounds while Eyad Mohammed al-Shahrouri and Samed Mohammed ‘Afanah were wounded in their lower limbs.  All of them were taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to receive medical treatment.
  • At approximately 07:30, IOF stationed along the border fence east of Deir al-Balah in central Gaza Strip, opened fire at the agricultural lands. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 21:00 IOF arrested Monther al-Rowidi (21) and Ihab Abu Sneinah (19) after raiding and searching their houses during their incursion into al-‘Ain neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.  During the incursion, tens of young men gathered at the neighborhood entrance and threw stones and empty bottles at IOF and their vehicles.  They set fire to an Israeli police watchtower with surveillance cameras.  IOF immediately attacked the protesters and fired rubber-coated metal bullets and teargas canisters at them.  The clashes continued in their neighborhood for hours and extended to Beer Ayoub neighborhood, where intense clashes broke out between dozens of young men and IOF, which drowned the neighborhood with skunk water.

Friday, December 31st December 2021:

  • On Friday morning, 31st of December 2021, IOF killed a Palestinian with a disability (a mental disorder), near Haris village intersection, north of Salfit. They claimed that he has attempted to carry out a stabbing attack. Statements collected by the victim’s family refute the Israeli allegation, and IOF have yet to release any images or videos of the incident despite the abundance of surveillance cameras at the site.
  • According to information obtained by PCHR’s fieldworker, at around 09:00, IOF stationed near Haris village intersection, north of Salfit, opened fire at a person after he stepped out of his car and headed towards a bus station, where IOF were standing.  As a result, he was wounded, fell on the ground, and was left to bleed to death.  IOF announced that they blocked an attempted stabbing attack by a Palestinian at the intersection stating that he stepped out of his car with a knife in his hand and ran toward the Israeli bus stop, and that the IOF opened fire at him, killing him. No injuries were reported among the soldiers.

Following the incident, IOF closed the intersection and roads in the area and blocked traffic.  They stopped the car that carried the Palestinian victim and arrested its driver, later identified as ‘Omar Mohammed ‘Ali Abu ‘Ali (19) and his cousin Mohammed Abu ‘Ali (25), who was also in the car at the time.  Later, the person killed was identified as Amir ‘Atef Khader Rayyan (36), a father of five. Rayyan’s body remains in Israeli custody.  According to the family, the victim had a mental disorder that was diagnosed a year ago and was in therapy.

The driver, ‘Omer Abu ‘Ali, Ameer’s brother in-law, told the victim’s father before his arrest that Amir asked him to drive him to the hospital; he asked him to stop at the intersection as he needed to vomit.  Amir got out of the car and ran towards the bus station, where the soldiers were standing. They opened fire at him, wounding him in the abdomen.

According to field investigations, there were meters between the place where IOF stationed and the place where the victim was targeted.  This means that there was no imminent threat to the soldiers’ lives and proves IOF’s unjustified lenient shooting standards in disregard with Palestinians’ lives, noting that a similar incident ocurred at the same intersection last year.

  • At approximately 10:20, IOF stationed along the border fence east of al-Bureij in central Gaza Strip, opened fire and teargas canisters at the shepherds.  No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 12:15, a peaceful protest took off Bita Park, southeast of Nablus, towards al-Houta area to the east of Mount Sabih, east of the village, where IOF established “Avatar” settlement outpost 8 months ago.  The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation and settlers.  When they arrived, they were surprised with IOF taking their positions near the Mount, so intensive clashes broke out.  The protesters fired stones at IOF, who continued to fire live and rubber-coated bullets as well as teargas canisters at the protesters. During the clashes, which continued until around 16:00, 2 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded bullets in their lower limbs and were taken to the Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus for treatment while others suffocated due to teargas inhalation, but were treated on the spot.
  • At approximately 12:30, IOF stationed at the southern Qalqilya checkpoint suppressed a protest organized by dozens of Palestinians.  IOF chased the protesters, and clashes broke out.  IOF fired sponge-tipped bullets, teargas canisters and sound bombs at them. As a result, 5 protesters were wounded with bullets, including a child; all of them were wounded in the limbs except one in the abdomen. 
  • At approximately 14:30, IOF suppressed a weekly protest against the occupation and settlement activity in Sheikh Jarrah, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and attacked the protesters by pushing and beating them.

Dozens of Sheikh Jarrah residents and international activists gathered at the main entrance to the neighborhood as usual on Fridays and took off to the eastern side of the neighborhood.  However, IOF prevented them from moving forward and chased them into the eastern and western sides of the neighborhood.  IOF surrounded them from all sides and prevented them from approaching the land of Salem family, who is threatened with forced displacement. After IOF suppressed the protesters, dozens gathered in the western side of the neighborhood in solidarity with the Salem family and raised Palestinian flags and pictures of Salem’s family.  They chanted slogans in Arabic, English and Hebrew against the occupation, settlement and displacement of Sheikh Jarrah’s families, and others in solidarity with the people of Silwan, Bil’in, Bita, prisoners, and Jerusalem. IOF surrounded the activists, beat, and pushed them, confiscated Palestinian flags, and beat Mohammad Khader Abu al-Hummus (56), an activist, after breaking his crutch. They also arrested Ahmed al-Shweiki (12).

  • Around the same time, IOF suppressed a peaceful protest of dozens from Mukaber Mount village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, against the Israeli municipality’s ongoing house demolitions in the village.

Dozens of civilians gathered near the Mount intersection in the village and raised banners against the house demolitions in the village and forced displacement of their residents under the pretext of unlicensed construction.  They also chanted slogans against the municipality’s attacks on the village neighborhoods.  IOF surrounded the protesters and pushed and beat them.  They dispersed the protesters and chased some young men after firing teargas canisters at them.  They also arrested ‘Alaa Nayef Ja’abis (21).

  • At approximately 16:20, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of al-Na’aymah Street, east of Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip, sporadically opened fire at the border area adjacent to the border fence.  Neither injuries nor damage was reported.

Saturday, 1st of January 2022:

  • At approximately 08:50 on Saturday, 01 January 2022, IOF gunboats stationed off al-Wahah shore, northwest of Beit Lahia and al-Soudaniyah, west of Jabalia northern Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and heavily opened fire near them.  The shooting recurred at 18:30, enticing fear among fishermen and forcing them to leave.  No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of Gaza Valley village “Johr al-Deek”, southeast of Gaza, opened fire at the agricultural lands.  No causalities were reported.
  • At approximately 12:30 on the same day, IOF stationed at the southern Qalqilya checkpoint suppressed a protest organized by dozens of Palestinians.  IOF chased the protesters, and clashes broke out.  IOF fired sponge-tipped bullets, teargas canisters and sound bombs at them. As a result, 6 protesters were wounded with bullets, including 3 children; all of them were wounded in the limbs except one in the back. 
  • At approximately 13:50, IOF stationed along the border fence opened fire at the agricultural lands, east of al-Qararah, east of Khan Younis.  No casualties were reported.

Sunday, January 2nd, 2022:

  • At approximately 07:30 on Sunday, 02 January 2022, IOF stationed along the border fence opened fire at the agricultural lands, east of Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Younis.  No casualties were reported.

Monday, January 3rd, 2022:

  • At approximately 06:30 on Monday, 03 January 2022, IOF’s gunboats stationed off al-Wahah shore, northwest of Beit Lahia northern Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and heavily opened fire near them.  As a result, fishermen fled away out of fear.  No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 23:00, tens of young men gathered near the annexation wall next to al-Quds University in Abu Dis village, east of occupied East Jerusalem.  They set fire to tires and attempted to destroy parts of the wall in protest against the ongoing administrative detention of Hisham Abu Hawwash and in solidarity with him during his hunger strike which lasted for 140 days.  IOF attacked the protesters and heavily fired teargas canisters at them.  As a result, dozens suffocated.  During the clashes, which continued in the village for hours, IOF fired live and rubber bullets at the protesters who threw Molotov Cocktails at an IOF camp in the Mount area in the village.
  • At approximately 08:00 on Wednesday, 05 January 2022, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of Deir al-Balak in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands.  No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 23:05, IOF’s gunboats stationed off al-Wahah shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and heavily opened fire near them.  IOF also fired sound bombs and flare bombs in the sky, enticing fear among fishermen and forcing them to flee away.  No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 23:40, IOF stationed along the border fence opened fire at the agricultural lands, east of al-Fokhari village, southeast of Khan Younis.  No casualties were reported.

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, December 30th, 2021 

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Hizma village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, where they stormed and searched Palestinians’ houses and arrested 25 of them. At approximately 08:00, all the arrestees were released. (PCHR keeps record of their names). It should be noted that Hizma village is subjected to IOF daily violations, including closing its entrances, storming it, arresting its villagers, and interrogating them.
  • At approximately 02:25, IOF arrested Ziyad Mohammed Yaseen Jaradat (65) and his two sons Tareq (41) and Mohammed (39) after raiding and searching their house in Silat al-Harithiya village, west of Jenin.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Deir Sammit village inm Hebron. They raided and searched Hasan Shaher Hasan al-Sharawnah (26)’s house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF summoned via a phone call 10 members and leaders of Fatah Movement in occupied East Jerusalem, to interrogate them next day evening, which marks the anniversary of Fatah Movement launch, in ‘Oz investigation center in Jabel Mukaber village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, and in Moscovia investigation center in West Jerusalem. The summoned persons were identified as: Secretery of Fatah Movement, Shadi Motwer; Fadi Motwer; Naser ‘Ajjaj, ‘Ahed al-Reshiq; Hadallah al-Goul, Eyad Basheer; Ahmed al-‘Abasi; Ayman al-Shurbati; Yaser Darwish; and ‘Amer ‘Awad.
  • Member of Fatah Movement, Eyad Bsheer, said that on Thursday evening, which marked the anniversary for the launch of Fatah movement, he received two phone calls from Israeli Intelligence Service summoning him for interrogation in ‘Oz investigation center in Jabel Mukaber village and in Moscovia investigation center in West Jerusalem, about incidents occurred in occupied East Jerusalem and demolishing Basheer family’s house and erupting clashes in Jabel Mukaber village. Basheer indicated that on Friday evening, he was interrogated in Moscovia investigation center about the restrictions on Fatah Movement to prevent its members from commemorating its launching anniversary. Also, Basheer was handed a notice to ban him from entering al-Aqsa Mosque.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF moved into Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, where they raided and searched Mohammed Maher Zaytoun (13) and Omar Ahmed Aby Mayalah (14)’s houses and arrested them.
  • IOF carried out (5) incursions in Arraba and Ya’bad villages, southwest of Jenin governorate; in Tubas City; Tammun village, southeast of Jenin; and in Halhul city in Hebron.  No arrests were reported.

Friday, December 31st, 2021

  • At approximately 15:00, IOF moved into Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem, where they raided and searched Hisham Maher Mahmoud Taqatqh (17)’s house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Anas Omar Kan’an (31), from Jab’ village, south of Jenin, while he was present in al-Aqsa Mosque yard in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Sebastia, Burqa, and Iraq Burin villages in Nablus.  No arrests were reported.

Saturday, January 1st, 2022

  • At approximately 01:20m IOF moved into Idhna village in Hebron. They raided and searched Palestinians’ houses, from which they arrested Ahmed Islimiyia (26), Akram al-Qisi (24) and Isma’il Tamizi (25).
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF arrested ‘Ali Sabi Abu Diyab (26), from Silwan village, while he was in French Hill area, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

Sunday, January 2nd, 2022:

  • At approximately 03:00, IOF handed Khalil ‘Emad al-‘Amour (27) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence in “Gush ‘Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlehem, after raiding and searching his house during their incursion into Teqoa village, east of the city.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested ‘Omar Hisham Abu Kamlah (35) and Mohammed ‘Adnan Taher Jaber (33) after raiding their houses during the incursion into ‘Anabta village, east of Tulkarm.
  • At approximately 20:30, IOF arrested Ra’fat Rasem al-Barghouthi (25), from Deir Abu Mash’al village, northwest of Ramallah, at the Military Court Checkpoint near “Beit El” settlement, north of al-Bireh.
  • IOF carried out 3 incursions into Beit Ummar village, Dura, and Bani Na’im village in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Monday, January 3rd, 2022:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested 3 children after raiding and searching their houses during IOF’s incursion into Silwan village, south of occupied east Jerusalem’s Old City. The arrestees were identified as Nasim Zuhair Dmeiri (15) and Ahmed (13) and Mahmoud (15) ‘Ez al-Deen Shobaki.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested 3 Palestinians after raiding and searching their houses during IOF incursion into Silat al-Harithiya village, west of Jenin.  The arrestees were identified as ‘Omran Hasan Sadeq Abu al-Kheir (38), Mohammed Yasin Hasan Jaradat (39) and Khaled Mohammed Mas’oud Jaradat (30).
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Sa’ed Abu al-Bahaa’ (45), a former prisoner, after raiding and searching his house in Bitounia village, north of Ramallah.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Ahmed Zaid al-Nibali (47), after raiding and searching his house in al-Masayef neighborhood in central Ramallah.
  • At approximately 03:05, IOF arrested 3 Palestinians after raiding and searching their houses in Beit Liqya village, southwest of Ramallah.  The arrestees were identified as Najeeb Ahmed Najeeb Mafarjah (37), a former prisoner, Mohammed Saleh Mousa (26) and Laith Mahmoud Mafarjah (24).
  • At approximately 07:00, IOF arrested Kattab Ashraf al-Shurbati (20) and Mohammed Mahmoud ‘Atiq (20) after raiding and searching their houses in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF arrested 3 Palestinians from al-‘Issawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, when they were near a building in al-Ram village, north of Jerusalem.  The arrestees were identified as Saleh Bader Abu ‘Asab (22), Mahmoud Zidan Mahmoud (43) and Ahmed Kayed Mahmoud (27).
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF arrested Hadi Derbas (18) when he was on Jaffa Street in West Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 23:30, IOF arrested Mohammed Ayman Abu al-Humus (21) after raiding and searching his house in al-‘Issawiya village, northeast of occupied east Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • IOF carried out (6) incursions in Deir Ballut village, west of Salfit, ‘Azzoun and Qalqilya City, Saffarin and Ramin villages, east of Tulkarm and Tulkarm. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, January 4th, 2022:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Yahia Merwan Salim Yousef (23), after raiding and searching his house in al-‘Arouj village, east of Bethlehem.
  • At around 02:00, IOF arrested 3 Palestinians after raiding and searching their houses in Mukaber Mount village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem.  The arrestees were identified as Wasim ‘Abeidat (20), Saif Halsah (18) and Mohammed Subaih (21).
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Bahaa’ Mohammed Abu Yabes (28) after raiding and searching his house in al-Dheisha refugee camp, southwest of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF arrested Mahdi Hussein al-Shahrour (35), from Turqumiya, west of Hebron, after stopping and searching his vehicle near Abu Dis village, east of occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF arrested Wasim Murad al-Rajabi (13) after raiding and searching his house in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem.

Wednesday, January 5th, 2022:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Abu Dis village, east of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Ahmed Salah (47)’s house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:20m IOF moved into Burqa village, northwest of Nablus. They raided and searched 3 houses, from which they arrested Taleb Ghasan Taleb Saif (20), ‘Esam Ayman ‘Abed al-Latif Abu Omar (20) and Khuzam Iyad Daghlas (20).
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Beita village, east of Nablus. They raided and searched Nabil Ahmed ‘Awad Diyab (24)’s house and then arrested him.

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

Land razing, demolitions, and notices:

  • On Thursday morning, 31 December 2021, ‘Ali Dabash implemented the Israeli Municipality’s decision and self-demolished his house in Sur Baher village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Bushra Dabash, ‘Alis’ wife, said that her family comprised of 11 members, including 9 children, has been living in the house for 6 years. She indicated that the 180-square-meter house included 6 rooms, a kitchen, and a bathroom. Over the past years, Israeli authorities pursued her family and imposed a construction fine on them estimated at NIS 25,000. She added that her family several times headed to the municipality to freeze the demolition or delay it, but the municipality handed her a final demolition order 2 weeks ago. The municipality asked her if her family wants to self-demolish the house or the municipality staff do so, in exchange for taking demolition fees estimated at more than NIS 100,000. She also pointed out that self-demolition of the house was a very difficult choice, especially in the cold weather and her who children became homeless.
  • On Saturday, 01 January 2022, Rami Yunis ‘Owidah implemented the Israeli Municipality’s decision and self-demolished his house in Wadi Qaddoum neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing. ‘Owidah said that he lives in a room and living room in Silwan village, along with his mother, his wife and their 5 kids.

In 2019, he built a new house to live in it with his family. He indicated that the 70-square-meter house was comprised of 2 rooms, a kitchen, and a bathroom. He added that he could not complete the house construction due to the outbreak of Coronavirus, but he was intending to live in it within few weeks. ‘Owidah pointed out that in last August, he received an administrative demolition notice, and he managed to delay the demolition several times, but the Israeli District Court issued a self-demolition notice against his house and gave him until 09 January 2022 to implement the decision. Also, the court ordered him to pay 25,000 NIS in order to freeze the demolition. He said that he was forced to self-demolished the house to avoid paying more than NIS 100,00 as construction fees for the municipality staff, and to stop IOF storming to his house which caused fear among his children. ‘Owidah indicated that his children lost their hopes and dreams after demolishing their house and he stressed that he attempted several times to license the house, but in vain.

  • At approximately 10:00, Jamal Abu Nijmah implemented the Israeli Municipality’s decision and self-demolished his commercial facility in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing. Abu Nijmah said that in 2010, he built a small cafeteria and a 35-square-meter room above it, but the Israeli Municipality issued a demolition order against it and gave him until the end of this week to implement the demolition or he will be fined. He added that in 2000, the municipality built a road in his land and demolished a store that was built on the land, and IOF now forced him to demolish his cafeteria, his only source of income.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Monday, 03 January 2021, IOF distributed demolition notice to 8 inhabited and under-construction residential houses, a mosque, and a civilian facility in Nahalin village, west of Bethlehem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Mayor of Nahalin village’s municipality, Saleh Fanoun, said that IOF notified to demolish houses and facilities in al-Raha and Qurnet al-‘Adasa areas, southwest of the village. He indicated that the notified houses and facilities were:
  • Husam Mahmoud Najajrah’s under-construction house (one floor);
  • Bahaa Yehia Najajrah’s 1-storey-house;
  • Shadi Ahmed Zayid’s 2-stroey-house;
  • Ghanem Hasan Najajrah’s under-construction house (2 floors);
  • RaiedYousef Shakarna’s under-construction house (3 floors);
  • Mohammed Hani ‘Awad’s 2-storey-house;
  • Mohammed Yehia Najajrah’s 1-storey house;
  • Mohammed Yousef ‘Awad’s under-construction house (2 floors); an under-construction mosque, and
  • Sameh ‘Atif Najajrah’s facility.

It should be noted that Nahalin village is subjected to unprecedented settlers’ attacks, as during the past month, Israeli bulldozers demolished a residential house and 4 agricultural rooms and greenhouses, and distributed dozens of demolition notices to houses and facilities in the village. Also, IOF confiscated more than 97% of Nahalin village lands, as its area decreased since 1948, from 23,000 dunums to 7,000, of those there is 1,000 dunums taken for the structural scheme and cannot be surpassed in construction; while 3,000 other dunums remain under the threat of confiscation.

  • At approximately 11:00, Israeli Municipality distributed notices to demolish houses and commercial and agricultural facilities, and distributed summonses to citizens. They also hung a cease-construction notice on al-Taqwa Mosque in Isawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. Activist and Member of Isawiya follow-up committee, Mohammed Khader Abu al-Humus, said that municipality staff along with police officers moved into the southern side of Isawiya village, where they photographed residential houses, hung demolition notices, and distributed summonses to refer to the municipality. Abu al-Humus clarified that the municipality staff photographed al-Taqwa under-construction Mosque and other buildings surrounded int. They also hanged a cease-construction notice on the mosque, under the pretext of non-licensing, or the mosque will be demolished upon an administrative demolition notice. Abu al-Humus indicated that the municipality staff handed other citizens notices to demolish their agricultural facilities in the village, including two barracks belonging to Naser ‘Obaid and Ahmed ‘Abed al-Nabi.
  • At approximately 04:00 on Tuesday, 04 January 2022, Israeli municipality bulldozers demolished a commercial barrack and confiscated a container in Az-Za’ayyem village, east of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. ‘Abed al-Rahman Abu Irmilah, a commercial barrack’s owner, said that IOF raided his barrack without prior warning and demolished it. He added that the 200-square-meter barrack belongs to his factory, which was previously demolished by IOF at the entrance to al-Ram village, east of occupied East Jerusalem, 2 months ago. He said that IOF confiscated a container for goods and threatened him not to construct any building on the land.
  • At approximately 06:00 on Tuesday, 04 January 2022, Israeli military construction vehicles demolished a building belonging to ‘Abdullah al-Sheikh Medical Center in al-Qonbur neighborhood in Jabel Mukaber village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing.

Executive Director of ‘Abdullah al-Sheikh Medical Center, Ghasan Jalajel, said that Israeli municipal bulldozers demolished a tip-plate building (85 sqm) annexed to the ‘Abdullah al-Sheikh Medical Center. The building includes an emergency room for vaccination against the Coronavirus. Jalajel clarified that the vaccination room is annexed to the medical center a year and a half ago and const at least 250,000 NIS, in order to provide services for thousands of people in the village, as more than 1200 citizens got vaccinated. Jalajel added that the medical center has received a demolition notice from the Israeli municipality 4 months ago, and the center managed to stop the demolition and obtained a decision to delay the demolition a week ago. He pointed out that the court judge requested an inquiry from the municipality until the ninth of this month, to obtain its response about the reason for demolishing the medical center. He said that he and the employees were shocked by demolishing the center without prior warning and not allowing them to get its contents out. Also, IOF pushed him and forcibly deported him from the area.

  • At approximately 10:00, Israeli military construction vehicles demolished Suhaib al-Rajbi’s house in Beit Hanina village, north of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Al-Rajbi said that he built a new floor above his house (established more than 23 years ago) in Beit Hanina village. He added that he resides there along with his wife and their 3 children. Al-Rajbi indicated that 3 years ago, the Israeli Municipality issued a demolition decision against his house and imposed construction fines on him, and he paid them monthly. He said that during the 3 years, he paid 428,000 NIS as construction fines and for the lawyer and other fees in order to delay or freeze the demolition. He pointed out that he was shocked as his house was stormed and surrounded in the morning by a large number of police officers, border guard officers and municipality staff. He immediately phoned the lawyer, who obtained a decision from the court to stop the demolition, but the municipality staff insisted on going through with the demolition and only allowed al-Rajbi to get out his family’s clothes. Al-Rajbi added that his father’s house which is home to his mother and his three brothers was affected by the demolition, as its walls cracked. It should be noted that the demolition order did not include his father’s house. Al-Rajbi clarified that over the past years, he tried to license the house several times, which cost him more than 10,000 NIS, but the municipality obstructed all his attempts to license it.
  • At approximately 10:30, IOF accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers and two bulldozers moved into Kherbet Ibziq in northern Jordan Valley, east of Tubas City. They demolished two residential tents, 6 livestock tents, 80 steel boards, and 15 cattle feeders. Also, more than ten tons of fodder belonging to Mohammed ‘Ali Nasarallah and his son Mahmoud have been damaged. IOF also demolished two residential tents, 3 livestock tents, a water tanks, a number of steel boards, and a fodder store belonging to ‘Adel Nasrallah Hroub.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF confiscated an agricultural room built of tin plates and iron in Isawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Activist and Member of Isawiya follow-up committee, Mohammed Khader Abu al-Humus, said that the municipality staff moved into the eastern side of Isawiya village, and dismantled Sa’d Mostafa’s agricultural room built of tin plates and iron on an area of 15 square meters, under the pretext of non-licensing.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF completed the demolition of Attah Ja’afrah’s house in Jabel Mukaber village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, noting that they began to demolish the house in the mid of December 2021, under the pretext of non-licensing.

Ja’afrah said that he has built his 90-square-meter house sheltering 11 members, including 6 children, since 2010. He indicated that 10 years ago, the Israeli Municipality pursued him and issued a demolition decision against his house. He said that over the past years, he attempted to freeze the demolition decision, despite imposing heavy fines on him by the Israeli municipality and courts. Ja’afrah added that 15 months ago, the Israeli court issued a final demolition decision against his house and notified him that it will impose a large amount of money on him if he does not self-demolish the house. Ja’afrah could not self-demolish the house, so the municipality staff demolished it partially on 14 December 2021, and completed the demolition in the evening.

  • At approximately 23:00, Israeli municipality bulldozers demolished two livestock barracks in al-Fahiday neighborhood in Anata village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Majed al-Fahidat said that IOF surrounded the neighborhood in the morning and demolished his barrack and another barrack belonging to his brother Saleh without prior warning. He indicated that, the barracks, which have been established for10 years on an area of 130 square meters, shelter 50 livestock.
  • At approximately 08:00 on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022, Israeli municipality bulldozers demolished Sultan Sa’ied al-Helasi’s house on Wadi al-Helwa neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing. Al-Helasi said that his 65-square-meter house has built since 2015, and he has been lived in it along with his wife and their 4 kids. He indicated that 4 years ago, the Israeli Municipality pursued him and issued a demolition decision against his house, in addition to imposing a construction fine on him estimated at NIS 33,000. He added that he attempted to license the house, but in vain. Al-Helasi pointed out that the municipality notified him 2 months ago to demolish his house and threatened him to impose a fine of NIS 100,000 on him if he does not self-demolish the house. Accordingly, at the beginning of December 2021, al-Helasi was forced to evacuate his house, removed all windows and doors, and made holes on its walls, but the municipality insisted to demolish the house completely. Al-Helasi said that municipality staff moved into the neighborhood today and closed all streets leading to the house after the military construction vehicles were unable to reach the house. After that, the municipality staff started to demolish the house and destroy its walls via automatic saws.

Setters’ Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and their Property:

  • On Thursday morning, December 30th, 2021, a group of settlers from “Yitzhar” settlement, which is established in southeastern Nablus, attacked Palestinians agricultural lands in Burin village, and cut 46 olive trees belonging to Nimer Mahmoud ‘Issa and Muhaimen Mousa.
  • At approximately 20:30, a group of settlers, from “Homesh” settlement, which is established in northern West Bank, attacked the vehicle of Malek Kamal Tawfiq, from Sebastia village, northwest of Nablus, and broke its rear window while he was passing through Bizzariya village’s intersection, northwest of Nablus.
  • At approximately 21:00 on Sunday, January 2nd, 2022, a group of settlers, from “Ramati Yishai” settlement outpost, which is established on Palestinians’ confiscated lands in Tel Rumeida neighborhood in Hebron, threw stones at Tayseer ‘Adnan Abu ‘Ishaa’ (55)’s house located near the settlement outpost, and cursed him. As a result, some of the house windows were broken. After that, the Israeli police arrived at the area and took the settlers away from the neighborhood.

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

The West Bank:

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of 35 temporary checkpoints that restrict the movement of goods and individuals, where IOF searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs, and arrested one of them. IOF reinforced its restrictions on civilians’ freedom of movement at its permanent checkpoints in the West Bank and shut some checkpoints for several hours on multiple occasions.

Jerusalem:

  • On Thursday, December 30th 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to al-‘Ein neighborhood in Silwan village.
  • On Tuesday, January 4th, 2022, IOF established a checkpoint near Abu Dis village.

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday, December 30th, 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to al-Shawawrah and al-Freidis villages as well as in ‘Aqbet Hasnah leading to western Bethlehem villages.
  • On Friday, December 31st, 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Beir Fajjar village.
  • On Sunday, January 2nd, 2022, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the western entrance to Husan village near al-Nashash intersection.
  • On Monday, January 3rd, 2022, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Jannata village and in ‘Aqbet Hasnah leading to western Bethlehem villages.
  • On Tuesday, January 4th, 2022, IOF established 3 checkpoints near al-Nashash intersection, in ‘Aqbet Hasnah area leading to western Bethlehem villages, and at the entrance to Beit Fajjar village.

Ramallah and al-Bireh:

  • On Friday, 31 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to al-Mughayyir village, east of Ramallah.
  • On Saturday, 01 January 2022, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the intersection of “Beit El” settlement on the main road to al-Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah and at the entrance to Deir Nidham village.
  • On Sunday, 02 January 2022, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to al-Nabi Saleh and Turmus ‘Ayya villages.
  • On Monday, 03 January 2022, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Deir Nidham village, northwest of the City.

Jericho:

  • On Friday, 31 December 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to southern and northern Jericho.
  • On Saturday, 01 January 2022, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Jericho.
  • On Tuesday, 04 January 2022, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the southern and northern entrances to Jericho and the entrance to ‘Aqbet Jaber refugee camp.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 30 December 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at Idhna village and Halhoul Bridge in Hebron.
  • On Sunday, 02 January 2022, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to al-Fawwar refugee camp, al-Shyoukh village, northern Yatta and northern Hebron.

Jenin:

  • On Friday, 31 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Romanah village, west of Jenin.

Qalqilya:

  • On Thursday, 30 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance to Qalqilya.

Salfit:

  • On Thursday, 30 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Qarawet Bani Hassan village, west of Salfit

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (23– 29 December 2021)

30.12. 2021

Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine

23 – 29 December 2021

  • IOF excessive use of force: 23 Palestinians wounded, including 3 children, in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip
  • 8 IOF shootings reported against agricultural lands, and once against fishing boats in the Gaza sea
  • 10 dunums of land razed in 2 IOF incursions into eastern and northern Gaza Strip
  • In 101 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 60 Palestinians arrested, including 6 children
  • 4 houses and 10 commercial facilities demolished in occupied East Jerusalem; and another 23 tents, used as residence and for cattle, demolished in Tubas
  • IOF established 35 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank

Summary                                                                                        

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse, and arrests against civilians. Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip is in its 15th year under closure, as Israel exercise the worst known collective punishment in human history, exacerbating the humanitarian hardships across the territory.

IOF shooting and violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

During the reporting period, IOF attacks rendered 23 Palestinians wounded in excessive use of force in the West Bank and arbitrary bombing in the Gaza Strip; also, dozens suffocated due to tear gas inhalation:

  • 6 wounded, including a child, in IOF attacks on a peaceful protest in Kafr Qaddum;
  • 7, including 2 children, in clashes with IOF in Burqa, Nablus;
  • 1 was wounded in occupied East Jerusalem;
  • 5, including 1 in critical condition, were wounded in Tubas.

In the Gaza Strip, 4 farmers were wounded in IOF artillery shelling in northern Gaza Strip. IOF also opened fire 8 times on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza Strip, and once on fishing boats in the Gaza Sea.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 101 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear       civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 60 Palestinians were arrested, including 6 children and a woman.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted two incursions into northern and eastern Gaza and razed 10 dunums (strawberry fields) in Beit Lahia.

Demolitions:

PCHR documented 6 incidents:

  • Salfit: a construction vehicle confiscated in Iskaka.
  • Occupied East Jerusalem: 10 commercial facilities demolished near Hizma entrance; a 3-storey residential building demolished in Isawiya, and 2 houses demolished in Jabel Mukaber and Silwan.
  • Tubas: 9 residential tents demolished, as well as 14 others used for sheep. The tents were the property of 9 families in Khirbet Ibziq in the northern Jordan valleys

Settler-attacks: 

PCHR documented 1 settler-attack against civilian houses in Burqa, Nablus.

Collective punishment policy:

As part of the collective punishment policy adopted by the Israeli forces against the families of Palestinians accused of carrying out attacks against Israeli soldiers or/and settlers, IOF delivered a demolition notice to Fadi Mahmoud Abu Shkhidem’s (42) family; Abu- Shkhidem was killed by IOF in November 2021.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Israeli occupation authorities continued its collective punishment measures against the Gaza Strip as the 15-year Israeli closure imposed on the territory deepened the population’s humanitarian and living crises, as unemployment has skyrocketed at 45%, i.e. 217,000 able workers are unemployed, 63% of whom are youth.

More than half of the Gaza Strip population suffer in poverty, as the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics data shows that 53% of the Gaza Strip population is poor; meanwhile, more than 62.2% is classified as food insecure, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Additionally, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the 2000 Second Intifada -still closed to this date- and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest, especially at al-Karama border crossing, alongside the Palestinian-Jordanian border.

Shooting and other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity

  • At approximately 13:20 on Thursday, 23 December 2021, IOF stationed along the border fence with Israel, east of al-Shokah village, east of Rafah, opened fire at the adjacent agricultural lands. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF stationed at Barzya intersection, north of Nablus, prevented Mohammed Saleh Hejah (50), a mechanician from Burqa village and working in Jaba’ village, south of Jenin, from crossing the checkpoint and entering Barqah village. After he insisted to enter the village, IOF attacked him, and he fainted.  He was taken to Dr. Thabet Thabet Hospital in Tulkarm.
  • Following the Friday prayer on 24 December 2021, a peaceful protest took off central ‘Azmout village, northeast of Nablus towards the lands under the threat of confiscation in favor of “Elon Moreh” settlement established on the village lands. The protests raised the Palestinian flags and chanted against IOF and settlers.  When they arrived at the lands, the settlers were there working backed by IOF.  Violent clashes broke out, and IOF fired teargas canisters at the protesters.  Meanwhile, the settlers held ‘Obadah Mohammed ‘Amer (25) and severely beat him in front of the soldiers.  As a result, he sustained bruises and wounds all over his body.  The soldiers then took him away, and he was taken to Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus for treatment.
  • At approximately 12:30, IOF stationed at the southern Qalqilya checkpoint suppressed a protest organized by dozens of civilians. IOF chased the young men who gathered in the area, and clashes broke out.  IOF fired sponge-tipped bullets, sound bombs and tears gas canisters at them.  As a result, 6 were wounded, including a child with bullets in the limbs.
  • At approximately 14:00, an IOF infantry force moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, south of Hebron. The soldiers stationed near the UNRWA distribution center, and several young men gathered in the area to throw stones at them.  The soldiers chased the stone-throwers into the southern neighborhood in the camp and randomly fired teargas canisters and bullets at them. As a result, one of the stone-throwers suffocated.  The clashes continued until the afternoon, but no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 08:30 on Saturday, 25 December 2021, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of al-Bureij in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire and fired teargas canisters at the bird hunters. No injuries were reported.
  • At approximately 12:40, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip, sporadically opened fire at the Palestinian agricultural lands. No arrestees were reported.
  • At approximately 17:00, several young men gathered at the western Hebron entrance connecting Bypass Road 60, where IOF are establishing a military checkpoint in Farsh al-Hawa area. The young men threw stones at the military vehicles stationed there, and IOF deployed on the road and fired teargas canisters and rubber bullets at the stone-throwers.  As a result, the stone-throwers suffocated and were treated immediately.  The clashes continued until 21:00, and no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 17:45, IOF moved into Burqa village, northwest of Nablus, to secure the setters who intended to raid the evacuated “Homish” settlement that was established on the village lands. Meanwhile, villagers gathered and threw stones at IOF in the village.  Violent clashes broke out and continued until late at night.  As a result, 7 Palestinians, including 2 children, were wounded.  One of the children sustained critical injuries after he was wounded with a bullet that entered his back and exited his abdomen, causing laceration in the internal organs.  All those wounded were taken to Rafidia Governmental Hospital and Ann-Najah Hospital.  Also, many suffocated due to teargas inhalation and were treated on the spot.
  • At approximately 18:00, outraged young men gathered in Bab al-Zaqwiyah area, where IOF are establishing a military checkpoint at the entrance to closed Shuhadaa’ Street. The young men set fire to tires and threw stones at IOF stationed at the checkpoint.  IOF chased the stone-throwers into Beersheba Street and fired teargas canisters and sound bombs randomly.  As a result, several stone-throwers suffocated while the clashes continued until 20:30, but no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 22:00, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered near “Yonatan” settlement established on the lands of Batn al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They threw stones, fireworks, and Molotov Cocktails at the settlement after a group of settlers attacked 2 children from the neighborhood who were near the settlement entrance.  IOF immediately moved into the neighborhood, attacked the protesters, and chased them into its alleys, amid heavy firing of sound bombs.  IOF raided and searched several houses.  They then arrested Ashraf Kash’am (26), Khalil al-Shobaki (15) and Wajd Abu Hlayel (15).
  • At approximately 16:00 on Sunday, 26 December 2021, an IOF infantry force from the military camp established on the confiscated Palestinian lands and surrounding “Gush Etzion” settlement moved into Safa area, southwest of Beit Ummar village. The soldiers deployed between the houses while a number of young men gathered on the main street and threw stones and Molotov Cocktails at the soldiers.  The latter randomly fired teargas canisters and sound bombs at the stone-throwers and houses.  As a result, a number of them suffocated.  The clashes continued until 19:00, and IOF later withdrew.  Neither arrests nor house raids were reported.
  • At approximately 17:20, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Wahah shore, northwest of Beit Lahia and al-Sudaniya shore, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza strip chases Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 2 nautical miles and heavily opened fire near them. As a result, fishermen fled away out of fear, but no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 18:45, IOF stationed along the border fence with Israel opened fire at the agricultural lands, east of al-Qararah, east of Khan Younis. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 04:00 on Monday, 27 December 2021, IOF arrested Qssam Saber Hammad (27) and his cousin Mohammed Hasan Hammad (24) after raiding and violently searching their houses with police dogs during their incursion into Qalendia refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem. Hasan Hammad, the father of one of the arrestees, said that IOF raided his house and his brother’s in the camp to arrest his nephew, Qassam, promptly while it took them an hour to arrest his son Mohammed.  Hammad said that IOF raided his house with police dogs and awfully shouted, making the dogs attack his sons Mohammed (24), Usamah (26) and Mos’ab (29).  When they tried to hold off the dogs, IOF fired sound bombs at them.  As a result, his son Mos’ab was hit directly with a sound bomb in his foot and sustained burns and wounds.  He was taken to the hospital for treatment.
  • At approximately 10:15, IOF stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Shokah village, east of Rafah, opened fire at the nearby agricultural lands. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 04:00 on Tuesday, 28 December 2021, IOF moved into Tubas and stationed at the southern entrance to Tubas near al-Quds Open University. Meanwhile, Palestinians gathered and threw stones at IOF’s vehicles, and IOF opened fire at them.  Clashes broke out and continued for 2 hours and a half.  As a result, 5 Palestinians were wounded; one sustained critical wounds as he wounded hit with 2 bullets in the chest and right hand.   (PCHR keeps the names of those wounded) IOF arrested Adham ‘Atef Daraghmah (28), ‘Omran Jawad Msalamani (20) and ‘Alaa’ Ziad Msalamani (21) after raiding their houses.
  • At approximately 06:40, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire at farmers and bird hunters in the adjacent lands. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Wednesday, 29 December 2021, IOF moved into the yard of Teqoa High School for Boys, east of Bethlehem, and fired teargas canisters inside. They attacked the administration staff and teachers by beating and insulting them when the latter attempted to prevent them from raiding the classrooms.  As a result, the School Principal, Majed al-Sha’er, and a teacher namely ‘Eid Subeih sustained wounds and bruises in the face after they were hit with riffles.

The Bethlehem Education Directorate stated that Israeli soldiers tried to raid Teqoa School for Boys while the students were having tests.  The teachers confronted the soldiers and fistfight occurred; during which, the soldiers attacked the teachers with riffles’ butts and fired teargas canisters and sound bombs in the school campus.  As a result, the School Principal, Majed al-Sha’er, and ‘Eid Subeih, a teacher, sustained bruises and wounds in the face while dozens of teachers and students suffocated due to teargas inhalation.

It should be noted that IOF lately escalated their attacks on students at Teqoa school through presenting near the schools and firing teargas canisters and sound bombs at them while students are inside or on their way out.  Also, they arrest and detain students as well as searching them from time to time, disturbing and hindering education.

  • At approximately 13:10, IOF and their vehicles stationed along the border fence with Israeli, northern Gaza Strip, fired 2 artillery shells at Abu ‘Eid farm, which 350 meters away from the fence, northeast of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. As a result, 4 workers, including 3 brothers; one of them was child, were wounded when they were working in the farm and plowing the land to plant onions.  Those wounded were identified as Nidal Sha’ban Mohammed al-Hosomi (37), who sustained shrapnel wounds in the neck and left shoulder, his brothers Belal (28), who sustained shrapnel wounds in the right arm and shoulder, and Ahmed (16), who sustained laceration in his left arm.  Moreover, ‘Aziz Rawhi Ramadan al-Sous (22) sustained a shrapnel wound in the nose.  All of them live in Beit Lahia and were taken to Beit Hanoun Governmental Hospital.  Nidal and Belal were referred to the Indonesian Hospital for their minor injuries while Ahmed and ‘Aziz were referred to al-Shifa Hospital as Ahmed’s condition was critical while ‘Aziz’s was minor.  IOF declared that their artillery shelling came after there was a shooting from the Palestinian side that led to the minor injury of an Israeli.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF stationed along the border fence with Israel opened fire at the agricultural lands in eastern al-Fokahri, Khuza’ah and ‘Abasan villages in eastern Khan Younis. No casualties were reported.

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 23 December 2021:

  • At approximately 00:30, IOF arrested Mohammed Isma’el Abu Sneina (12), after raiding and searching his house in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Wael Mahmoud Abu Mfareh (42), after raiding and searching his house in Teqoa village, east of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 01:45, IOF arrested Mohammed Nour al-Dein Bani Owda (26), after raiding and searching his house in Tammun village, southeast of Tubas.
  • At approximately 01:55, IOF arrested Monadel Mohammed Sa’ada (41), and his brother, Mafdi (37), after raiding and searching their houses in Asira al-Shamaliya village, northwest of Nablus.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Mousa Maher al-Klouni (23), after raiding and searching his house in Eizariya village, east of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 02:55, IOF arrested Monadel Haitham Abu al-Lail (23), and his brother, Ahmed (30), after raiding and searching their houses in Burqa village, northwest of Nablus.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested Emad Hussain Shahin (54), and his nephew, Mohammed Eyas Shahin (22), after raiding and searching their houses in al-Dheisheh refugee camp, southwest of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 03:50, IOF arrested (3) civilians, including a child, after raiding and searching their houses in Silat al-Harithiya village, west of Jenin. The arrestees are: Mohammed Mahdi Abu al-Khair (18), Mohammed ‘Aahed Abu al-Khair (17), and Fo’ad Abdul Rahman Jaradat (36).
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF arrested Salah Najeh Bakirat (37), and handed his father, Najeh Dawoud Bakirat (64), deputy director of the Islamic Waqf in Jerusalem, a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services, after raiding and searching their houses in Sur Baher village, southeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 09:00, IOF arrested 3 of the Aqsa Mosque’s guards while working in the mosque’s yards in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. The arrestees are: Lo’ay Abu al-Sa’d (32), Khalil al-Tarhouni (36), and Ra’ed Zughayar (46). Eyewitnesses stated that quarrels occurred between the Israeli police and Abu al-Sa’d in coincidence with the settlers’ storming of the Aqsa Mosque. Few minutes later, a big number of the Israeli police and soldiers surrounded the mosque and arrested Abu al-Sa’d, and then arrested al-Tarhouni and Zughayar.
  • At approximately 10:30, IOF reinforced with 11 military vehicles moved 300 meters to the south of the border fence with Israel, inside Abu Samra outpost, north of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip. They levelled and combed lands amidst sporadic shootings. As a result, 10 dunums of agricultural lands sustained damage. At approximately 16:35, IOF withdrew but no casualties were reported.
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with 7 military vehicles moved from 50 – 100 meters to the west of the border fence, east of al-Maghazi camp. They leveled and combed lands adjacent to the border fence for several hours before they deployed again.
  • At approximately 22:30, IOF arrested Mohammed Isma’el al-Sheikh (19), from Marah Rabah village, south of Bethlehem, while passing through al-Nafaq military checkpoint, west of Bethlehem.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Halboon villages, in Jenin governorate; Nablus, Urif, and Asira al-Qibliya, southeast of Nablus governorate. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 24 December 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Mesbah al-Hawarin (33), after raiding and searching his house in al-Dhahiriya village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 03:10, IOF arrested 3 civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Azzun Atma village, south of Qalqilya. The arrestees are: Kamal Bayan Habash (41), Fawzi Bayan Habash (38), and Jehad Abdullah Omar (40).
  • At approximately 03:55, IOF arrested Mohammed Ma’moun Amarnah (24) and Khaled Waleed Abu Baker (19), after raiding and searching their houses in Ya’bad, southwest of Jenin.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Hani Saleem (16) and Saqer Ghazal Saleem (16), from al-Teqtaq area, east of Azzun village in Qalqilya.
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested Shadi Abu Sneina (27) and Mohannad Abu Hadwan (23), while present on al-Wad street in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Samu and Halhul villages, in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 25 December 2021:

  • At approximately 02:55, IOF arrested Osama Fareed ‘Alawnah (19) and Ayham Riyad Ghannam (22), after raiding and searching their houses in Jaba’ village, south of Jenin.

Sunday, 26 December 2021:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Othman Jom’a Salah (45), after raiding and searching his house in al-Khader village, southwest of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested ‘Aameer Abdul Fattah Hmeidan (22), after raiding and searching his house in Biddu village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 03:10, IOF arrested ‘Ammar Yousef Dweikat (38), after raiding and searching his house in Qalqilya.
  • IOF carried out an incursion in Deir Istiya village, north of Salfit, and checked the surveillance cameras of the shops in the area. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 27 December 2021:

  • At approximately 01:15, IOF arrested Mas’ad Hamdan al-Balwi (48), after raiding and searching his house in al-Nassariya village, northeast of Nablus.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Etaf Yousef Jaradat (50) and Mohammed Zeyad Jaradat (30), after raiding and searching their houses in Silat al-Harithiya village, west of Jenin. It should be noted that Etaf Jaradat is the mother of the 2 arrestees accused of conducting the attack on “Homesh”
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Khalil Mohammed al-’Awaweda (39), after raiding and searching his house in Idhna village, west of Hebron.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Mousa Ayed al-Sweity (30), after raiding and searching his house in Beit Awwa village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Izzat Bahjat Aqtash (26), after raiding and searching his house in Beita village, southeast of Nablus.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested 2 siblings after raiding and searching their houses in Khursa village, southwest of Hebron governorate. The arrestees are: Ayman Ali Tbeisha (43), and his brother, Mohammed (37). IOF released them after an hour of field investigation.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested Adel Salama al-Hureibat (46), after raiding and searching his house in al-Tabaqa village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate. IOF released him after an hour of field investigation.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Kafr Laqif and Azzun villages, east of Qalqilya. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 28 December 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Anan Mousa al-Haj (39), after raiding and searching his house in Halhul village, north of Hebron governorate.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Nidal Izzat al-Haroush (40), after raiding and searching his house in Yatta village, south of Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested 3 civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron governorate. The arrestees are: Suliman Jawdat Bahr (25), Sa’eed Mohammed al-’Allami (29), and Ammar Hamed Abu Maria (28).
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested Ali Sufian Obaid (18), while working in the gas station near the entrance of al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 23:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested Karam Ra’ed Oweisat (20), while sitting inside his vehicle near his house in al-Madares neighborhood, in Jabel Mukaber village, southeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. When his aunt, Najma Oweisat (70), attempted to approach, the Israeli soldiers severely beaten and pushed her, causing bruises. She was taken to the hospital to receive treatment.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Idhna, Beit Ummar and Sa’ir villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 29 December 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Younis Mohammed al-Haroub (39), and summonsed Rami Zeidan al-Kassar (37), after raiding and searching their houses in Kharas village, west of Hebron.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Oday Mohsen Abu Yabis (20), after raiding and searching his house in al-Dheisha refugee camp, southwest of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF arrested Maher Eisa Awad (30), a person with disability, after raiding and searching his house in Khirbet al-Taubah village, south of Hebron governorate. Awad was taken to a police center in “Kiryat Arba’” settlement, east of Hebron, and released after several hours on a bail of 1,000 NIS.

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

Land razing, demolitions, and notices:

  • At approximately 11:00 on Saturday, 25 December 2021, IOF confiscated a bulldozer while reclaiming Taleb Mohammed Yousef Harb’s agricultural land, within lands reclamation project carried out by agricultural relief in Askaka village, east of Salfit, under the pretext of working in Area C, which is under Israeli control. Yousef Harb said to PCHR’s fieldworker that: “ we were razing an agricultural land so-called ” Wa’rat al-Baiader”, within the project titled protection of Palestinian people’s rights against human rights violations and lands reclamation project carried out by agricultural relief, in cooperation with local bodies and funded by Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID). While the bulldozer was razing the land, IOF arrived at the area without a prior warning, confiscated the bulldozer belonging to al-‘Asoud Contracting Company, detained the bulldozer driver, and ordered him to stop working, under the pretext of working in unlicensed areas. It should be noted that Wa’rat al-Baiader is located near villagers’ houses.”
  • At approximately 02:00 on Monday, 27 December 2021, Israeli bulldozers demolished 10 commercial facilities near Hizma village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Member of the Administrative Board in Hizma Municipality, ‘Abdullah Salah, said that IOF accompanied with Israeli military vehicles moved into Hizma village, near al-Arabiya intersection. They closed the area, surrounded 10 commercial facilities and then demolished them over its contents. He clarified that IOF did not allow the shop owners to get their contents out of the shops or approach them. They demolished the shops without prior warning. The shop owners’ losses were estimated at one million and 200 thousand shekels. Also, IOF confiscated 40,000 liters of fuel from the wells that were located at the Petrol Station before they were demolished. Salah al-Deen added that the shops are located in an area that IOF claims it belongs to Jerusalem Municipality. He pointed out that most of those shops have been built 13 years ago, and included a petrol station, 4 car washes, 3 car accessories stores, a garage, a supermarket, and a mobile phone shop. Salah al-Deen said that the demolished shops were a source of income for 120 families, as most of the shops employing 3 or 4 persons, and the petrol station employing 12 persons.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Monday, 27 December 2021, Israeli bulldozers demolished a 3-storey residential building belonging to Mostafa family in Isawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Nedal Yaseen Mostafa said the building belongs to his deceased father Yaseen Hasan ‘Ali Mostafa. He had built it 10 years ago near the main entrance to the village. Nedal clarified that the is comprised of 3 floors, each of them includes a 90-square-meter apartment, which contains 2 rooms, a kitchen, a living room, and a bathroom. He added that three families of 23 members are living in the building: ‘Enad Mostafa, his wife and their 5 children; Hasan Mostafa, his wife and their 7 children; Imtiyaz Mostafa, her husband and their 5 children. Mostafa pointed out that the Israeli Municipality pursued the building 7 years ago, issued a demolition decision against it and imposed a construction fine of NIS 90,000. He added that the municipality imposed another fine on them estimated at NIS 170,000, they paid NIS 40,000. Mostafa said that during the past years, his family submitted a license request to the municipality and paid tens thousands of shekels to lawyers and engineers, but in vain as the municipality refused the request under the pretext of public utility despite family ownership of the land.  Mostafa indicated that 21 days ago, the family received an eviction notice to implement the demolition. The family tried to appeal the demolition decision, but the municipality refused and insisted to implement the demolition. He pointed out that the family asked the lawyer to submit a self-demolition request to the municipality, which promised the lawyer to respond his request after few days, but it demolished the building to fine the family NIS 180,000 as demolition fees. Mostafa said that while demolishing the building, IOF closed the western entrance for several hours, causing a traffic jam. Also, separate clashes erupted between Palestinian young men and IOF, who beat Mostafa family members, villagers and journalists who were covering the demolition. 
  • At approximately 11:13 on Tuesday, 28 December 2021, IOF accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers and two bulldozers moved into Kherbet Ibziq in northern Jordan valley, east of Tubas, declared it as a closed military zone and closed all its entrances. The bulldozer demolished 9 residential tents and 14 livestock tents belonging to nine families. PCHR keeps the names of affected persons.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Wednesday, 29 December 2021, Israeli bulldozers demolished Tahseen Bashir’s house in al-Basheer neighborhood in Jabel Mukaber village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing. Basheer said that he has been built the 67-square-meter house since 2016 to live in it with his son Mohammed (26), who is supposed to get married at the beginning of 2022. Basheer clarified that the Israeli Municipality pursued him in 2017 and imposed a construction fine on him estimated at NIS 50,000. In 2017, the municipality issued a demolition decision against the house, but his lawyer managed to freeze it and tried to license the house along with another engineer, but in vain. Basheer said that he was shocked by storming his house by IOF to demolish it, and he and his lawyer and the engineer attempted to stop the demolition, but the municipality staff insisted to do so without giving them a time to self-demolish it. Basheer added that IOF fired sound bombs, teargas canisters and rubber bullets at Palestinians gathered in front of his house, claiming that they threw stones at military vehicles.
  • At approximately 11:00 on Wednesday, 29 December 2021, Israeli bulldozers demolished Basel Jalajel’s house in al-Bustan neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing. Member of Silwan Defense Committee, Fakhri Abu Diyab, said that Israeli bulldozers moved into the neighborhood, closed its entrance, surrounded Basel’s house, and then demolished it. He indicated that the 80-square-meter house has been built since 2018, and Basel and his wife lived in it after their marriage, but they left it later and rented another house, because of receiving a demolition notice from the municipality. Abu Diyab said that Basel’s losses are estimated at NIS 600,000.

Setters’ Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and their Property:

  • At approximately 15:00 on Thursday, 23 December 2021, IOF closed Nablus-Jenin Street ( from the north of Bizzariya village intersection to the south of Deir Sharaf village intersection), northwest of Nablus, to secure the entry of dozens of buses carrying Israeli settlers into “Homish” settlement, which has been evacuated since 2005 and has been established on Burqa village lands, to perform prayers. Following that, a number of setters, under IOF’s protection, threw stones at Palestinians’ houses in the western neighborhood, smashing their windows and vehicles’ glasses. Israeli settlers also broke the windows of Muneer Jamal Reda Saif’s house and vehicle. They also damaged the tombstones of a number of graves in Burqa village cemetery.

Collective Punishment Policy:

  • As part of the IOF collective punishment policy against Palestinians accused of carrying out attacks against IOF or settlers, IOF notified a family of a prisoner at Israeli jails to demolish their house in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • On Monday, 27 December 2021, Israeli authorities issued a demolition decision against Fadi Mahmoud Abu Shkhidem (42), who was shot dead by IOF after carrying out a shooting attack in Bab al-Selselah area in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City on 21 November 2021. The shooting attack resulted in the murder of an Israeli settler. Abu Shkhedim family said that Israeli authorities stormed their house in Shu’fat Camp, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, informed them about the demolition decision and gave them a week to submit a petition against the decision. The family clarified that IOF raided the house on 07 December and took its measurements as a prelude to demolish it.

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

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of 35 temporary checkpoints that restrict the movement of goods and individuals, where IOF searched Palestinians’ vehicles and checked their IDs. IOF reinforced its restrictions on civilians’ freedom of movement at its permanent checkpoints in the West Bank and shut some checkpoints for several hours on multiple occasions.

Here follows PCHR documentation of restrictions on the freedom of movement and IOF-established temporary checkpoints across the West Bank this week:

Jerusalem:

  • On Thursday, 23 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Biddu village.
  • On Friday, 24 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Hizma village.

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday, 23 December 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Jannata, Teqoa and Husan villages
  • On Friday, 24 December 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to al-Shawawrah village and in ‘Aqbet Hasnah leading to western Bethlehem villages.
  • On Saturday, 23 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint in ‘Aqbet Hasnah leading to western Bethlehem villages.
  • On Sunday, 26 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 23 December 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit ‘Einun, Bayt Kahil and Beit ‘Awwa villages and northern Hebron.
  • On Saturday, 25 December 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to Idna village, southern Hebron, Sa’ir village, Beit Ummar village, al-Fawwar refugee camp.
  • On Sunday, 26 December 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Ash-Shuyukh and Tarqumiyah villages.
  • On Tuesday, 28 December 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Sa’ir, al-‘Aroub refugee camp, northern Yatta and southern Hebron.
  • On Wednesday, 29 December 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to eastern Dura and as-Samou’a village

Nablus:

  • On Monday, 27 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at Beit Foriq village, northeast of the city.

Qalqilya:

  • On Friday, 24 December 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to ‘Azoun and Jayyous villages and between ‘Izzbit al-Tabib and ‘Zoun villages, east of Qalqilya.
  • On Sunday, 26 December 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to ‘Azzoun village and the eastern entrance to Qalqilya.

Salfit:

  • On Thursday, 26 December 2021, IOF established 4checkpoints at the entrances to Haris and Marda, north of Salfit.

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (02 – 15 December 2021)

 December 16, 2021


Israeli Human Rights Violations

2 – 15 December 2021

  • IOF excessive use of force:
  • 3 Palestinians killed, including a child, in the West Bank including occupied East Jerusalem
  • 15 Palestinians wounded, including 6 children and a journalist
  • 12 IOF shootings reported against agricultural lands, and 7 others on fishing boats in the Gaza Strip
  • In 224 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 201 Palestinians arrested, including 8 children and 4 women
  • IOF raid Birzeit University campus and assault university security
  • 2 fishermen arrested and their fishing boat confiscated in the Gaza Sea; 2 others arrested while attempting to cross the border area in eastern Rafah
  • Demolitions in occupied East Jerusalem: Two houses self-demolished, and 8 others demolished by IOF as well as the foundations of a 9th house; evacuation notice served against a Palestinian house, and 4700 sqm seized in the city
  • 2 sheep barns and greenhouses demolished, numerous demolition and cease-construction notices served in Hebron and Bethlehem
  • Israeli settlers’ attacks in the West Bank: 600 olive trees damaged/uprooted, wide-scale attacks on civilians and civilian properties
  • IOF established 69 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 4 Palestinians on said checkpoints

Summary                                                                                        

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse, and arrests against civilians. The past two weeks witnessed intense arrest campaign across the West Bank, a raid into Birzeit University campus, and an upscale in home demolitions in occupied east Jerusalem and the entire West Bank. Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip is in its 15th year under closure, as Israel exercise the worst known collective punishment in human history, exacerbating the humanitarian hardships across the territory.

IOF shooting and violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

During the reporting period, IOF killed 3 Palestinians, including a child; and wounded 15 others, including 6 children and a journalist, in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

On 4 December 2021, in a crime amounting to extrajudicial execution, IOF shot and killed Mohammed Showkat Mohammed Salima (25) from Salfit, even though IOF had shot and wounded him, neutralizing any threats he proposed. The victim had stabbed an Israeli settler in occupied East Jerusalem. Data collected by PCHR and footage that documented the incident showed that two Israeli soldiers opened fired continuously at a Palestinian male, despite that he was wounded and had fallen to the ground; the soldiers left him to bleed out.

On 6 December 2021, IOF killed Mohammed Nedal Younis (16), from Nablus, claiming he ran over an Israeli security officer at Jubara checkpoint in southern Tulkarm.

On 10 December 2021, IOF killed Jamil Jamal Ahmed Abu-Ayesh (32) from Beita, as IOF assaulted  a peaceful protest Beita village, southeast of Nablus.

Additionally, IOF shot and wounded 3 Palestinian civilians, including a journalist and a child, during the attack on Beita protest in Nablus; 12, including 5 children, in IOF attack on Kafr Qaddum weekly protest in Qalqilya.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF intensified shootings on agricultural lands and fishing boats; PCHR documented 12 IOF shootings at agricultural lands and bird hunters in the Gaza Strip’s eastern border areas; and 7 shootings on fishing boats in the Gaza Sea.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 224 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear       civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 201 Palestinians were arrested, including 8 children and 4 women.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF arrested 2 fishermen and confiscated their fishing boat in the Gaza Sea; 2 other civilians were arrested while attempting to cross the border area in eastern Rafah.

Demolitions:

PCHR documented 16 incidents::

  • Occupied East Jerusalem: Palestinians forced to self-demolish 8 houses in Beit Hanina and Silwan; a Palestinian woman served an eviction notice for her house in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood; land razed and wall demolished in Jabel al-Mukaber; a 4700 sqm land confiscated in Sheikh Jarrah; 2 houses demolished in Silwan and Jabel al-Mukaber; house foundations demolished in Ras al-Amoud neighborhood.
  • Hebron: two sheep barns demolished, 4 residential rooms, and a dwelling in eastern Yatta; printer confiscated in Hebron; 4 cease-construction notices served against facilities in Susya; Palestinians banned from plowing their land and a tractor was confiscated in eastern Yatta.
  • Bethlehem: 3 greenhouses demolished; demolition notices served against a barn, dozens of occupied and vacant houses in Nahalin.

Settler-attacks: 

PCHR documented 8 settler-attacks:

  • Nablus: civilian houses assaulted and car tires punctured in Jalud; 600 olive trees uprooted in Dayr Sharaf.
  • Hebron: shepherds assaulted in eastern Yatta; arbitrary shooting in front al-Aroub refugee camp; settlers raid Samoua.
  • Occupied East Jerusalem: local Sheik Jarrah residents’ vehicles assaulted; Palestinians’ properties in Nablus Street assaulted; a house assaulted and surrounded with barbed wires and cameras.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Israeli occupation authorities continued its collective punishment measures against the Gaza Strip as the 15-year Israeli closure imposed on the territory deepened the population’s humanitarian and living crises, as unemployment has skyrocketed at 45%, i.e. 217,000 able workers are unemployed, 63% of whom are youth.

More than half of the Gaza Strip population suffer in poverty, as the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics data shows that 53% of the Gaza Strip population is poor; meanwhile, more than 62.2% is classified as food insecure, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Additionally, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the 2000 Second Intifada -still closed to this date- and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest, especially at al-Karama border crossing, alongside the Palestinian-Jordanian border.

Shooting and other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity

  • At approximately 07:00 on Friday, 03 December 2021, IOF stationed along the border fence fired bullets and teargas canisters at the agricultural lands in eastern Khuza’ah, east of Khan Younis near a group of farmers and bird hunters, forcing them to return.  No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 12:15 on Friday, 03 December 2021, a peaceful protest took off in the Beita Park, southeast of Nablus, towards al-Hotah area, east of Mount Sabih, east of the village, where IOF established “Avatar” settlement outpost 8 months ago.  The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation and settlers.  When they arrived, they were surprised with IOF taking their positions near the Mount. IOF immediately fired teargas canisters at the protesters, and intensive clashes broke out.  The protesters threw stones at IOF, who continued to fire live and rubber-coated bullets as well as teargas canisters at the protesters, and the clashes expanded to reach the area surrounding the Mount.  During the clashes, which continued until around 15:00, 3 civilians, including a journalist and a child who was shot with a rubber bullet in the eye, were wounded while others suffocated due to teargas inhalation.  As a result, the wounded were taken to Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus.  The wounded journalist was identified as Shadi Yaser Ahmed Jarar’ah (31), Palestine TV Photojournalist, and was wounded with a rubber bullet in the left foot.
  • At approximately 12:30, IOF stationed at the northern entrance to Kafr Qaddum village, north of Qalqilya, suppressed a protest organized by dozens of Palestinian young men. IOF chased the protestors, who gathered in the area, clashed with them, and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, 4 protestors, including 2 children, were shot with rubber bullets in their limbs, chest and back.
  • At approximately 06:30 on Saturday, 04 December 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off western Rafah shore in the southern Gaza Strip opened fire at the Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 6 nautical miles, enticing fear among them.  The fishermen were forced to sail back, but neither casualties nor damage was reported.
  • At approximately 06:40, IOF stationed along the border fence fired bullets and teargas canisters at the agricultural lands in eastern Khuza’ah, east of Khan Younis near a group of fisherman and bird hunters, forcing them to flee.  No casualties were reported.
  • On the same afternoon, in a crime amounting to extrajudicial execution, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) shot and killed a Palestinian male, who stabbed an Israeli settler in occupied East Jerusalem; even though IOF had shot and wounded him, neutralizing any threats he proposed. Data collected by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) and footage that documented the incident showed that two Israeli soldiers opened fired continuously at a Palestinian male, despite that he was wounded and had fallen to the ground; the soldiers left him to bleed out.  The crime was supported by the Israeli government, which confirms that Israel provides impunity for murder crimes against Palestinians.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 16:30 on Saturday, 04 December 2021, a Palestinian civilian coming from al-Mosrarah intersection area arrived at a street adjacent to Bab al-‘Amoud area in central occupied East Jerusalem. When he approached an Israeli settler, he took a knife out and stabbed the settler several times, seriously wounding him. At that time, two Israeli border guard officers saw the incident; they rushed to the scene and opened fire at the Palestinian who was only 2 meters away from them. The wounded attempted to assault the soldiers, but he sustained several live bullets wounds and fell to the ground while bleeding. As he fell to the ground wounded, and ceased to be a threat to anyone, the two border guard officers continued to fire several bullets at him from zero distance, leaving him bleeding on the ground for 40 minutes. Afterwards, backup forces arrived at the scene and did not provide first aid to the wounded. Also, they prevented the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRCS) crews from reaching him to provide any help.

Following the incident, IOF completely closed Bab al-‘Amoud and al-Mosrarah areas and closed all al-Aqsa Mosque’s gates as well as the gates of occupied East Jerusalem’s wall. Also, they detained dozens of Palestinians who were in Bab al-‘Amoud and in Bab al-Sahera areas, in the center of occupied East Jerusalem, prevented them from entering or exiting the city for half an hour, physically assaulted some of them, and fired teargas canisters and sound bombs at them.  Moreover, IOF arrested a woman, whose identity remains unknown, from the scene and took her to Moscovia Detention Centre for interrogation.

Later on, IOF took the dead corpse to an unknown destination, and the victim’s identity was confirmed as Mohammed Showkat Mohammed Salima (25), from Salfit in northern West Bank.

The murder of Salima was supported by the Israeli government, as the Prime Minister of Israel, Naftali Bennett, tweeted:  “The soldiers acted as quickly and firmly as expected … I ask to give them full backing.”[1]

As for the Israeli Foreign Minister, Yair Lapid, he also tweeted: “I completely back our security officers and border guard officers who responded quickly and firmly this evening.” [2]

  • At approximately 06:30 on Sunday, 05 December 2021, IOF stationed along the border fence fired bullets and teargas canisters at the agricultural lands in eastern Khuza’ah, east of Khan Younis, near a group of farmers and bird hunters, forcing them to go back.  No casualties were reported.
  • On Monday 06 December 2021, IOF killed a child, claiming he ran over an Israeli security officer at Jubara checkpoint in southern Tulkarm.

According to PCHR’s fieldworker, at approximately 01:00, a grey Kia car driven by Mohammed Nidal Younis (16) from Nablus arrived at Jubara military checkpoint and then veered off the course to run over an Israeli security guard at the checkpoint and wound him.  IOF fired several bullets at the car and wounded the child.  IOF then took him to Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba, where he was pronounced dead, and his body was kept in custody.  IOF closed the checkpoint in both directions.  The Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation stated that a Palestinian drove his car fast towards an Israeli security guard at Jubara Checkpoint and seriously wounded him in the dawn. The Corporation added, “another guard opened fire at the attacker, who is a 16-year-old Palestinian, causing him critically serious wounds.  He was taken to the hospital and later pronounced dead.” No eyewitnesses were in the area at the time of the incident.

  • At approximately 20:00 on Wednesday, 08 December 2021, IOF removed a sit-in tent established by activists and persons in solidarity with Sheikh Jarrah residents in front of al-Kurd family house in Karam al-Ja’ouni area in the neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and forcibly expelled the activists.  Meanwhile, tens of Israeli settlers were organizing a protest in front of al-Ghawi confiscated family house in the area, chanting “Death to Arabs” and calling for revenge and expelling them from their houses.

The Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood committee reported that IOF stationed at the entrances to the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood since the early morning hours and set up iron barriers. At 20:00, IOF rasded the sit-in and searched IDs of persons present inside, forced those who do not live in the neighborhood to leave. The Committee added that the Israeli police assaulted the protesters and forced them to leave the tent , then proceeded to remove it and remove all the signs and pictures bearing the names of the families who live in Karam al-Jaouni neighborhood in Sheikh Jarrah.

  • At approximately 08:30 on Thursday, 09 December 2021, IOF stationed along the border fence in eastern al-Bureij and al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip opened fire at the adjacent Palestinian agricultural lands.  No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 16:10, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Wahah shore, northwest of Beit Lahia and off al-Soudaniya area in western Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing 3 nautical miles and opened heavy fire around them, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 07:00 on Friday, 10 December 2021, IOF stationed along the border fence in central Gaza Strip opened fire and fired teargas canisters at the bird hunters in the adjacent lands, but no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF stationed offshore next to al-Ghoul land, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats and opened heavy fire around them. They surrounded a fishing boat belonging to Rafiq “Mohammed ‘Al” Yousif al-Sultan (46), from al-Salatin neighborhood in Beit Lahia when his 2 sons, Mohammed (20) an Ahmed (19) were on board.  They were both arrested and taken with the boat to an unknown destination.

According to Rafiq al-Sultan, his sons, Mohammed and Ahmed, put the fishing nets in water at around 16:30 on Thursday, 09 December 2021, off al-Waha shore, northeast of Beit Lahia and came back at 06:00 the next day to collect the nets, but they were surprised that the sea pulled the nets to the north toward the border area.  They tried to reach them, but they were around 300 meters to the south of the coastal borders.  At the time, an Israeli gunboat approached and surrounded them.  They were arrested while their boat was confiscated.

  • In the afternoon, in a new crime of excessive use of force, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed a Palestinian civilian during the suppression of a peaceful protest Beita village, southeast of Nablus.

According to PCHR’s investigations, IOF directly targeted the Palestinian civilian in the head at a close range of 50 meters, without any justification or posing threat to the soldiers’ lives. This crime proves IOF unjustifiable lenient shooting standards in disregard for Palestinian civilians’ lives.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 12:15 on Friday, 10 December, a peaceful protest took off in the Beita Park, southeast of Nablus, towards al-Hotah area, east of Mount Sabih, east of the village, where IOF established “Avatar” settlement outpost 8 months ago.  The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation and settlers.  When they arrived, they were surprised with IOF taking their positions near the Mount. IOF immediately fired teargas canisters at the protesters, and intensive clashes broke out.  The protesters fired stones at IOF, who continued to fire live and rubber-coated bullets as well as teargas canisters at the protesters, and the clashes expanded to reach the area surrounding the Mount.  During the clashes, which continued until around 15:00, a Palestinian civilian was shot with a bullet in the head and sustained critical wounds while others suffocated due to teargas inhalation.  As a result, the wounded was taken to the field hospital in Bita village and then referred to Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus, where he was announced dead at 16:00. The murdered was later identified as Jamil Jamal Ahmed Abu ‘Ayyash (32), from Beita village.

An eyewitness said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

“An Israeli soldier fired 2 bullets from 40 to 50 meters on the top of the Mount; one of the bullets was in the air while the other hit Jamil Abu ‘Ayyash, who was in front of the soldier trying to turn back and fled away. Meanwhile, Abu ‘Ayyash did not pose any imminent threat to the soldiers’ lives.  Abu ‘Ayyash was shot in the back of the head and fell on the ground.  Protesters carried him while his head was open and bleeding.  He was put in a Palestinian ambulance and taken to the field hospital in the area.  He was referred to Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus, where he was announced dead at 16:00.”

This victim is the nineth Palestinian shot dead by IOF during suppression of peaceful protests in Beita village since the establishment of the settlement outpost.

  • At approximately 12:30, IOF stationed by the northern entrance to Kafr Qaddoum village, where dozens of Palestinian protested.  IOF chased the protesters who gathered in the area, and clashes broke out.  IOF fired rubber bullets, teargas canisters and sound bombs at the protesters.  As a result, 6 Palestinians were wounded, including 2 children; all with rubber bullets in their extremities except for one who sustained a rubber bullet in the abdomen,
  • At approximately 20:30 on Friday, IOF stationed along the border fence with Israeli, east of al-Showkah village, east of Rafah, opened fire at the adjacent agricultural area, but no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:00 on Saturday, 11 December 2021, IOF stationed along the border fence in northeastern al-Bureij in the central Gaza Strip opened fire and teargas canisters at the bird hunters in the adjacent Palestinian agricultural lands.  No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 15:30, IOF stationed at the northern entrance to Kafr Qaddoum village, north of Qalqilya, where dozens of Palestinian protested.  IOF chased the protesters who gathered in the area, and clashes broke out.  IOF fired rubber bullets, teargas canisters and sound bombs at the protesters.  As a result, 2 Palestinians were wounded: a child was wounded with a rubber bullet in the chest while the other was wounded with a rubber bullet in the hand.
  • At approximately 07:00 on Sunday, 12 December 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha shore, northwest of Beit Lahia and off al-Soudaniyia shore west of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and opened heavy fire around.  The shooting which continued from time to time until 10:00 the next day enticed fear among the fishermen and forced them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:10, IOF stationed along the border fence in eastern Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip opened fire at the agricultural lands.  No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 10:30, Israeli gunboats stationed off western Rafah shore, south of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 6 nautical miles.  The shooting enticed dear among the fishermen and forced them to flee.  Neither casualties nor damage to the boats was reported.
  • At approximately 06:30 on Monday, 13 December 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and opened heavy fire around.  The shooting, which continued from time to time until 09:00, enticed fear among the fishermen and forced them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 07:00, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of Khuza’a, eastern Khan Younis, , opened fire at farmers and bird hunters in the area, forcing them to retreat.  No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:35, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of al-Maghazi in central Gaza Strip, opened fire at the adjacent agricultural lands.  No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 00:10 on Tuesday, 14 December 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off western Rafah shore, south of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 6 nautical miles.  No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Bilin village, western Ramallah, and fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at Palestinians and Palestinian homes in the area. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:40 on Wednesday, 15 December 2021, IOF stationed along the border fence in eastern Gaza Valley village, southeast of Gaza, opened fire at the landfill.  No casualties were reported.

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 02 December 2021:

  • At approximately 00:30, IOF arrested Fo’ad Khaled Nazzal (25), after raiding and searching his house in Qalqilya.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Zain al-Karaki (24) and Yousef al-Karaki (21), after raiding and searching their houses in Shu’afat refugee camp, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested (3) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Abu Dis village, east of the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Yazan Khaled Mohsen (20), Mohammed Saleh Mohsen (43), and Ra’ed Mohammed Rabea’ (42).
  • At approximately 03:25, IOF arrested Karem Khaled Hanoun (23), after raiding and searching his house in Nablus.
  • At approximately 06:50, IOF arrested Fathi Rasmi Jarrar (34), after raiding and searching his house in Sanur village, southeast of Jenin governorate.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF arrested (4) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in al-Isawiya, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Naser Othman Darwish (17), Mohammed Abdul Ra’ouf Mahmoud (21), Hussain Mahmoud Atiya (18), and Mohammed Amin al-’Abasi (20).
  • At approximately 21:30, IOF arrested Mohammed Ma’moun Muhaisen (17) and Saleh Bader Abu ‘Asab (21), while present at the western entrance of al-Isawiya, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursion in Ya’bad, southwest of Jenin governorate; and Qalqilya. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 03 December 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested (24) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in several neighborhoods in Surif village, west of Hebron. (PCHR keeps the names of the arrestees). Meanwhile, IOF hung posters on the walls of Palestinian houses to threaten civilians from dealing with Hamas Movement’s activists whether in prisons or in the Gaza Strip. After 24 hours of investigation, IOF released all 24 arrestees.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested (3) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in several neighborhoods in Hebron. The arrestees are: Hisham Hmeidan al-Sharbati (58), Haroun Ibrahim al-Karaki (31), and Basem Mohammed Abdo (35).
  • At approximately 06:40, IOF stationed at a temporary military checkpoint established at the entrance of ‘Atuf village, southeast of Tubas governorate, arrested Fo’ad Mohammed Besharat (32), from Tammun village, southeast of Tubas governorate.
  • At approximately 15:30, IOF arrested Maher Makroum Barqan (40), from Hebron, while passing through al-Container military checkpoint, northeast of Bethlehem.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Sebastia, northwest of Nablus governorate; Surif and Beit Ula, in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 05 December 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Jehad Hasan Abu ‘Adi (26) and Saji Farah Ataya (37), after raiding and searching their houses in Kafr Ni’ma village, west of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Hamza Khalil Taqateqa (20), after raiding and searching his house in Marah Rabah village, south of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Karan ‘Atef Qazzaz (24), after raiding and searching his house in Kuseise village, northeast of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 12:00, IOF arrested Mo’ath Hussain Abayat (23), after stopping and confiscating his vehicle near Kisan village, east of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Yaser Deiriyah (28), from Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem, while returning home from Ramallah.
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF summonsed the activist, Mona Nabil al-Kurd (23), for investigation in Moscovia Detention Center, in West Jerusalem, after raiding and searching her house in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Mona was summonsed on grounds of submitting complains against those living in al-Ghawi family’s building, which was seized by Israeli settlers, for ruining several murals painted on her house’s walls and drew racist graphics instead beside other racist practices. Al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood committee confirmed that IOF summonsed the complainant, Mona, for investigation instead of holding the perpetrators accountable or deterring them, in addition to carrying out these attacks under the protection of the Israeli police.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in al-Dhahiriya, Dura and al-Fawwar refugee camp in Hebron; and al-Bireh, north of Ramallah governorate. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 06 December 2021:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested (4) civilians, including a child, after raiding and searching their houses in al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Ahmed Fathi al-Afghani (11), Saleh Bader Abu ‘Asab (21), Qasem Monir Derbas (18), and Mohammed Baker Mustafa (23).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Hamza Abdul Mohdi al-Zohour (38), after raiding and searching his house in Beit Kahil village, north of Hebron.
  • At approximately 06:20, IOF arrested Ghassan Ra’ed Hamed (39), after raiding and searching his house in Silwad village, east of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 07:30, IOF arrested Khaled Kamel Nawabib (46), after raiding and searching his house in Burqa village, east of Ramallah governorate.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF arrested Abdul Ra’ouf Riyad Najeeb (19), while present in Bab al-’Amud area, in the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF arrested (3) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in al-Tuba village, east of Yatta, southwest of Hebron governorate. The arrestees are: Yousef Omar Abu Jindiya (30), Jaber Ibrahim Awad (35), and Ridwan Ibrahim Abu Jindiya (40).
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Ras Karkar, Kharbatha, Bil’in and al-Bireh villages. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 07 December 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Ibrahim al-Sheikh Khalil (24), after raiding and searching his house in al-Ram village, north of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF handed Isma’el Elias Rabea’ (41), a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested (3) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in ‘Arraba, southwest of Jenin governorate. The arrestees are: Ja’far Fawzi Abu Salah (45), Hassan Ramzi Abu Salah (48), and Emad Nawwaf Hammad (50).
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF arrested Tamim Zaher al-Khadour (19), after raiding and searching his house in Biddu village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Beit Ummar, Surif and Yatta villages. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 08 December 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested (3) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Beit Sahur village, east of Bethlehem governorate. The arrestees are: Lo’ay Haitham al-’Asalini (20), Qusai Eyad al-’Asalini (23), and Ahmed Abdullah Shu’ibat (27).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Shorouk Mohammed al-Badan (26), after raiding and searching her house in Teqoa, east of Bethlehem. It should be noted that IOF arrested al-Badan for 2 times, as she spent 18 months inside the Israeli prisons.
  • At approximately 02:25, IOF arrested Abdul Karim Majed al-Halabi (48), after raiding and searching his house in Rujeib village, southeast of Nablus.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Sharar Eisa Bani Mefleh (26) and Islam Naser Shurafa (37), after raiding and searching their houses in Beita village, southeast of Nablus.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested (4) civilians, including a child, after raiding and searching their houses in Beit Fajjar, south of Bethlehem. The arrestees are Mohammed Ibrahim Deiriyah (17), Ameer Murad Taqatiqa (19), Karam Mushref Deiriyah (19), and Mohammed Ibrahim Thalji (20).
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested (5) civilians, including a child, after raiding and searching their houses in al-Isawiya village, north of the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are Ahmed Yousef Obaid (21), Zeyad Mohammed Alian (22), Ahmed Isam Darwish (20), Yazan ‘Atef Obaid (23), and Ahmed Mahmoud al-Afghani (14).
  • At approximately 07:40, IOF stormed al-Rawda al-Haditha School in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. The raided and searched all the school facilities, caused fear among students, and arrested 2 students, the school principal and the social researcher.

It should be noted that at approximately 07:10, hundreds of IOF and special units deployed in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhoods looking for a girl that IOF claimed that she carried out stabbing attack against an Israeli settler at the entrance of neighborhood. Meanwhile, IOF stormed, raided and accurately searched al-Rawda al-Haditha School and Khalil al-Sakakini School. Lubna ‘Abdin, a teacher at al-Rawda al-Haditha School, said that many Israeli soldiers raided and searched the school and classes, then detained all students in the school’s yard to search their clothes. ‘Abdin clarified that the Israeli Intelligence Services stayed inside the school for 2 hours, searched and damaged the school contents, and arrested Nofuth Jad Hammad (15), a student in the 10th grade, and her sister, Malak (14), a 9th grader, Fatma al-Rifa’i, the school principal, and Saja Saleh Mardawi (32), the social worker.

It should be noted that Nofuth Hammad, who IOF claim that she carried out a stab attack, is one of the residents Karam al-Ja’ouni area which is under the threat of displacement in favor of Israeli settlement organizations, in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. After a while, IOF stormed her house and took her mother for investigation, and stormed Isra’ Ghatit’s (14) house, and arrested her.

Lawyer Mohammed Mahmoud stated that the Israeli court extended Nofuth Hammad and Isra’ Ghatit detention to Monday and released Malak Hammad. Mahmoud highlighted that Nofuth and Isra’ were subjected to psychological pressure, degrading treatment and insults during the investigation, while one of the soldiers hit Nofuth with a chair; both were denied food for several hours.

  • At approximately 22:00, IOF arrested (3) civilians from Bethlehem, while present near Ma’ale Adumim settlement, east of the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Ramzi Jamal al-’Amour (32), Khalil Emad al-’Amour (27), Khaled Aqel Dar al-Haj (37).
  • At approximately 23:00, IOF arrested Za’al Bahjat al-Ramiya (44) and Hatem Abdullah Melhem (53), while passing through Qalandia checkpoint, north of the occupied East Jerusalem. IOF severely beaten them before they transferred to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in West Jerusalem to receive treatment.

Thursday, 09 December 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested (6) students studying at al-Najah National University, after raiding and searching their houses in several neighborhoods in Nablus. The arrestees are: Anas Jamil Ishtayah (24), Ayoub Ramzi Dweikat (23), Ibrahim Mohammed Dweikat (22), Omar Khader al-Shakhshir (25), Hasan Helmi Tofaha (21), and Hamza Mo’in Tabanja (23).
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Khuzaima Mahmoud Ghaith (25), after raiding and searching his house in Hebron.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested (6) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in al-Isawiya village, northeast the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Alaa Mousa Abu Riyala (23), his brother, Omar (21), Rashad Amjad Abu Riyala, Ahmed Mohammed Derbas (25), Mohammed Husain Derbas (58), and Khalil Abed Owda (18).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested (9) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in al-’Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. The arrestees are: Abdul Majeed Mahmoud Jawabra (24), Mahmoud Mohammed Jawabra (30), Firas Zakariya al-Qiq (27), Maher Jamal Abu Warda (36), Omar Ikhmis (33), Eisa Nidal Abu Ghazi (28), Mahmoud Nidal Abu Ghazi (25), Mohammed Fathi Shehada (20), and Rani Mohammed Hudeib (37).
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Ibrahim Mustafa Abed (25), after raiding and searching his house in Tell village, southwest of Nablus.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Mahdi Omar Zeyada after raiding and searching his house on al-Saf street in Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested (4) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Abdul Karim Ahmed Ayyad (63), a leader in Hamas Movement, his son, Belal (33), Ramez Yousef al-Laham (24), and Mohammed Nidal Manasra (21).
  • At approximately 19:30, IOF arrested Dawoud Mahmoud al-Ghoul (37), after raiding and searching his house in Ras al-Amud neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF arrested (5) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Shu’afat neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. The arrestees are: Abdul Latif Ghaith (80), Naser al-Dein Subhi Abu Khudair (60), Zakariya Owda, Manawil Abdul ‘Aal (65), and Sa’eed Abu Khudair (58).

It should be noted that IOF released them after several hours of investigation, but imposed house arrest on Abdul Latif Ghaith, and his 11-year-going travel and movement ban was renewed. Ghaith is not allowed to leave Jerusalem, or to enter the West Bank, or travel abroad. Also, 6 months of house arrest was imposed on Naser Abu Khudair, as he was banned from declaring, connecting, or even posting on social media

  • At approximately 21:00, IOF stationed inside the border fence with Israel, east of al-Shawka village, east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, arrested Ali Ibrahim Abu Sunima (20) and Yaser Isama’el Abu Sunima (22), while attempting to sneak through the border fence.
  • IOF carried out (6) incursions in Ya’bad, ‘Arraba, al-Zawiya, Sanur, Anzah and Mirka villages in Jenin governorate. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 10 December 2021:

  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Yousef Taha Owda (26), after raiding and searching his house in Deir ‘Ammar refugee camp, west of Ramallah governorate.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested (3) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in al-Bireh. The arrestees are: Falah Nada Abdullah (66), Saji Ali ‘Abed (24), and Bara’ Mohammed Abdul Samad (25). It should be noted that all of the abovementioned arrestees are former prisoners.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Sami Ibrahim Hussain (40) and Maher al-Fadi (50), after raiding and searching their houses in Beitunia village, west of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF arrested Shadi Salama Halsa (26), after raiding and searching his house in Jabel Mukaber village, southeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 22:30, IOF arrested Nour al-Dein Sultan Obaid (23), after raiding and searching his house in al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • IOF carried out (5) incursions in Halhul and Dura, in Hebron governorate; Ni’lin, Deir Nidham and al-Janiya villages in Ramallah governorate. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 11 December 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Qanni Mansour (21), after raiding and searching his house in Kfr Qallil village, southeast of Nablus.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF arrested Ameed Obaid (24) and Wa’el Sabtah (26), while present near the western entrance of al-Isawiya, northeast the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in al-Shuyukh, Hebron and Beit Kahil villages. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 12 December 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Ashraf Ibrahim Shamasnah (38), after raiding and searching his house in Qatanna village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Wadi al-Maghayir to the south of Hebron. They raided and searched several houses belonging to Salhab family, severely beaten them, and then arrested Ahmed Abdul Salam Salhab (26), and Anas Mahmoud Abdul Salam Salhab (25).

Mohammed Salhab gave the following statement to PCHR’s fieldworker:

“We woke up to IOF surrounding our family building in Wadi al-Maghayir area, near Beit Higai settlement, south of Hebron. As soon as my son, Nour al-Dein, headed to the front door to see what’s happening, I followed him, the Israeli soldiers entered and took us to my brother’s house, where IOF were detaining my brother, Mahmoud (54), and his family, while his son, Ibrahim (14), was on the ground. I attempted to talk to the soldiers to leave Ibrahim, but the other family members living in the same building came after hearing Mahmoud’s wife screaming. IOF kept hitting my nephew, Osama (25), with their riffles’ butts, so I intervened to help him, but one of the soldiers hit me with his riffle’s butt in the back. After 15 minutes of assaulting and hitting us, Osama lost his consciousness because his head was bleeding; he was transported to a Palestinian ambulance which was waiting for him on the main street, because IOF prevented it’s access to our building. Meanwhile, the Israeli soldiers carried Osama to the Palestinian ambulance for first aid until the Israeli military ambulance came and took him to Soroka Medical Center in Israel for treatment. Three hours later, IOF arrested my nephew, Ahmed Abdul Salam Salhab (26), and we headed to a governmental hospital to receive treatment.”

  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Zaher Mahmoud Masalmah (24), after raiding and searching his house in Dayr Samet village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Medhat Tareq al-Isawi (48), after raiding and searching his house in al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. It should be noted that al-Isawi is a former prisoner who spent 26 years inside the Israeli prisons and released 4 months ago.
  • At approximately 15:40, IOF stationed at a temporary military checkpoint established at the main entrance of Turmus Ayya, arrested Abdul Rahman Fadi Abdul Rahman (16), from the city, while passing through the checkpoint.
  • At approximately 07:30, IOF arrested Ibrahim Khalil Msaffar (47), after raiding and searching his house in Mazari’ al-Nubani village, northwest of Ramallah governorate.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF arrested Laith Fadi ‘Akar (19), from Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, while present in the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Ramiz Raqban (19), while referring to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Dayr Ghasana and Bayt Rima villages, northwest of Ramallah. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 13 December 2021:

  • At approximately 00:00, IOF arrested Amir Shadi Dawoud (20), after raiding and searching his house on al-Basha street in Ras al-Ein neighborhood, south of Nablus.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Ragheb Mousa Jaber (24), after raiding and searching his house in al-Eizariya village, east of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested (5) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in al-’Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. The arrestees are: Ghassan Amjad Jawabra (30), Mo’ayad Sami al-Sharabi (29), Izz al-Dein Mohammed al-Hour (33), Anas Amjad Jawabra (29), and Rabah Belal Fdailat (36).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Rami Saleh al-Fakhouri (30), and his wife, Eman Musbah Abu Sbeih (22), after raiding and searching their house in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

Saleh al-Fakhouri,  Rami’s father, stated that IOF stormed and searched his house, and found a picture of Eman’s father, Musbah Abu Sbeih, who was killed by IOF in 2016, after committing a shooting attack in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. When one of the Israeli soldiers saw the picture of Eman’s father, he commented that Abu Sbeih was a terrorist and insulted him, so Eman could not control herself and quarreled with the soldiers, so the female soldiers took Eman to another room and attempted to strip searching her but she refused. When Rami heard Eman screaming, he attempted to check on her, but the soldiers prevented him from entering the room, severely beat and arrested him along with Eman in front of their children.

  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Omar Mo’ayad Ahmed Ghazi (21), and his brother, Ahmed (22), after raiding and searching their houses in Jamma’in village, southeast of Nablus.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Mohsen Younis Masalma (33) and Salah Ali Zughayar (38), after raiding and searching their houses in Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Yazeed Osama Naser (27), after raiding and searching his house in Zeita Jamma’in village, southeast of Nablus.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Anas Mamdouh Khalil Miskawi (25), after raiding and searching his house in Qalqilya.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Hasan Yousef Dar Khalil (66), a leader in Hamas Movement and a former prisoner, and Nour Ali al-Qadi (31), a former prisoner, after raiding and searching their houses in Beitunia village, west of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested Bara’ Sa’ed ‘Assi (25), after raiding and searching his house in Qarawat Bani Hassan village, in Salfit.
  • At approximately 03:40, IOF arrested (4) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Bayt Liqya village, west of Ramallah. The arrestees are: Mo’ath Eyad Assi (25), Bara’ Mohammed Mafarja (23), Waheed Omar Mousa (36), and Tha’er Bader (30).
  • At approximately 05:00, IOF arrested (5) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. The arrestees are: Naser Osama al-Hidmi (53), Jehad Naser Qaws (27), Rasheed Rasmi al-Rashaq (21), Mohammed Khaled Sharifa (25), and Sufian Omar al-’Ajlouni (23).
  • At approximately 07:00, IOF arrested Nitham Roshdi Abu Romouz (39), after raiding and searching his house in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 12:00, IOF arrested Monthir Hamada (35), after raiding and searching his house in Sur Baher village, southeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with 9 military vehicles moved 250 meters to the west of the border fence with Israel,  adjacent to “16”military site, northeast of Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip. They leveled and combed lands amidst sporadic shooting, causing damages in the agricultural lands. At approximately 16:00, IOF withdrew, but no casualties were reported.

Tuesday, 14 December 2021:

  • At approximately 01:20, IOF arrested Mohammed Yousef Warasnah (39) and Qassam ‘Atef Halayqa (37), after raiding and searching their houses in al-Shuyukh village, north of Hebron.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested ‘Arrabi Mahmoud al-Jawarish (25), after raiding and searching his house in Jabal al-Mawaleh area in Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Qusai Abed Alian (22), after raiding and searching his house in al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Mousa Mohammed Abed Rabboh (34), after raiding and searching his house in Jabal al-Mawaleh area in Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Jehad Mousa Shalaledah (40), after raiding and searching his house in Sa’ir village, north of Hebron.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Omar Mohammed Assaf (29) and Haitham Ya’qoub Omar (22), after raiding and searching their houses in Far’un village, east of Tulkarm.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested Fadi Abdul Raheem Hattab (31), after raiding and searching his house in Kafr al-Labad village, south of Tulkarm.
  • At approximately 03:40, IOF arrested (3) civilians, all of them were former prisoners, after raiding and searching their houses in Deir Abu Masha’al village, northwest of Ramallah. The arrestees are: Mohammed Tayseer Zahran (41), Nidal Ibrahim ‘Atta (33), and Mahdi Khalil al-Barghouthi (26).
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF handed Majd Syam (22) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services, and arrested Mohammed Syam (21), after raiding and searching their houses in Wadi al-Joz neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles stormed Birzeit University in Birzeit village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched the campus and severely beaten Ahmed Jamal Hamdan (40), one of the security personnel, causing bruises in his leg. Furthermore, they confiscated the mobile phones of 5 security personnel and forced them to open the buildings of 3 collages: (the College of Nursing, the College of Science, and the College of Graduate Studies), where they confiscated a number of stereographs from the College of Science, and a number of banners which belonging to the student blocs in the university. After 2 hours, IOF withdrew and no incidents were reported.
  • At approximately 06:00, a group of undercover “Mista’arvim” (Israeli Special Unit dressed like Palestinian civilians) sneaked into Kafr Ni’ma village, west of Ramallah, using a white bus. They stationed near the village’s mosque and surrounded a house. Meanwhile, several military vehicles moved into the village and covered the withdrawal of the special unit, and arrested Osaid Mohammed Abu ‘Adi (24), who is a university student and a former prisoner.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF arrested Yazan al-Hussaini (19) and Mohammed al-Sa’ou (19), after raiding and searching their houses in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF arrested Saleh Ghassan Obaid (19) and Mo’tasem Hamza Obaid (20), from al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem, while present at the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Yatta and Idna villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 15 December 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Mousa Hijazi (23), after raiding and searching his house in Jabal al-Mawaleh area in Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Mohammed Zaki Baddah (29), after raiding and searching his house in ‘Askar al-Jadeed refugee camp, northeast of Nablus.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Fadi Mohammed al-Khadour (28), after raiding and searching his house in Biddu village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Abdul Salam Rabea’ (25), after raiding and searching his house in Beit ‘Anan village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested Belal Abu Shamsiyah (32), claiming that he attempted to carry out a stabbing attack at Qalandia military checkpoint, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF released him after several hours.

Abu Shamsiyah stated that he is from Ras al-’Amud village, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and he volunteered to drive his blind neighbor to Kafr Aqab village. As soon as he arrived at Qalandia military checkpoint, he parked his vehicle and took his neighbor’s hand to help him to cross the street and return to his vehicle. Suddenly, he found the Israeli soldiers shouting, “Where is your knife?!” and directing their weapons at him, claiming that he was attempting to carry out a stabbing attack. Abu Shamsiyah explained what happened with him while he was in prone position, so IOF searched him and severely beaten him before taking him to an investigation room at the checkpoint. After several hours of field investigation, IOF released him.

  • At approximately 16:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested Abdul Rahman ‘Ayid Hujair (22), after raiding and accurately searching his shop in Dayr Ibzi’ village, west of Ramallah.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Ya’bad and Kafr Qud villages in Jenin governorate. No arrests were reported.

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

Land razing, Demolitions, and Notices:

  • At approximately 10:30 on Thursday, 02 December 2021, IOF backed by Israeli military vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Kherbet al-Markaz, east of Yatta city in southern Hebron. Israeli soldiers deployed in the area while vehicles demolished several facilities, under the pretext of non-licensing. Israeli authorities distributed cease-construction notices in 2013, which were as follows:
AffectedFacilityAreaDiscerptionMembersChildren
Mohammed Mahmoud al-NajarLivestock barrack200 sqmBuilt of tin plates and iron pillars
Mahmoud Mohammed al-NajarTwo rooms35 sqmBuilt of bricks and tin plates5
Jamal Mahmoud al-NajarRoom25 sqmBuilt of bricks and tin plates42
Saffa ‘Abed al-Rahman al-NajarRoom20 sqmBuilt of bricks and tin plates1
Saffa ‘Abed al-Rahman al-NajarLivestock barrack50 sqmBuilt of tin plates1
  • On Saturday evening, 04 December 2021, Mo’ath al-Rajbi implemented the Israeli Municipality’s decision and self-demolished his house in Beit Hanina village, north of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Mo’ath said that he finished the construction of his house in Beit Hanina village and lived in it along with his family comprised of 5 members two months ago. During which, the Israeli Municipality immediately issued an administrative demolition notice against his house. He clarified that the demolition order could not delay or freeze through Israeli courts, so he was forced to self-demolish the house fearing for paying fines to the municipality if they do so. He added that the 55-sqaure-meter house shelters his wife and his 3 children Dahab (4), Ghram (3) and Hussain (10 months).
  • At approximately 09:00 on Monday, 06 December 2021, IOF backed by Israeli military vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into al-Bowaib village, east of Yatta city in southern Hebron. IOF deployed in the area while military vehicles demolished Samer Salah Mohammed al-Ja’bari’s house that was ready for habitation  and was built of bricks and tin plates in an area of 80 square meters. Al-Ja’bari was supposed to live with his family comprised of five members, including a child, in the house. It should be noted that on 01 December 2021, Israeli authorities handed a military order No. (1797) for al-Ja’bari, which gave him 96 hours to demolish the house in order to achieve what is called “restitution in kind”.
  • At approximately 11:30, IOF backed by Israeli military vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Zeaf area, north of Yatta in southern Hebron. IOF deployed in the area while military vehicles demolished ‘Adel Isma’il Ibrahim Abu Turki’s two 20- square-meter rooms built of bricks. It should be noted that on 01 December 2021, Israeli authorities handed a military order No. (1797) for Abu Turki.
  • On the same day, Bahaa ‘Adnan Zaytoun implemented the Israeli Municipality’s decision and self-demolished his house in Bir Ayoub neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing. Zaytoun said that he built his 70-sqaure-meter house 4 years ago and he lives in it along with his wife and their 4 children. He pointed out that the municipality handed him an administrative demolition order a week ago and gave him until Tuesday, 07 December 2021, to implement the order. Due to this, he was forced to self-demolish the house fearing for paying fines to the municipality staff. Also, Zaytoun pointed out that IOF demolished the house of his cousin namely Mohammed Zaytoun last week, so his family comprising of 6 members became homeless.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Tuesday, 07 December 2021, Aryeh Yitzhak King, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, along with Israeli settlers handed Fatema Salem a notice issued from the Israeli Executive Chamber to vacate her house located in western Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext that the house belongs to settlement associations.

Fatema Salem (69) said that the Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem along with Israeli settlers raided her house and handed her a notice to evacuate her house  before 21 December 2021. She clarified that she lives in the house with her 3 sons and their families comprising of 10 members. She added that her house is established before 1948 and she was born in it in 1952. Also, she got married and gave birth to her children while living in the house. She has never left her house and does not intend to leave it. Fatema pointed out that in 1988, settlement associations claimed their ownership of the house, since that, her family and she are struggling to prove their ownership. She added that in 1988, Israeli settlers obtained a decision from Israeli courts to evacuate her and her family from home, but she had been able to freeze the decision. In 2015, the eviction decision was renewed, ordering her to evacuate the house along with her family at the end of 2021.  Ibrahim Salem, the house owner’s son, said that the family lawyer told them that the situation is very serious and there is a high risk that they would be evicted from their home, which they had lived in all their lives, especially that they had been received an eviction order 4 days ago. It should be noted that there are over 500 members living in 28 houses in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood face the risk of being evicted from their houses, under the pretext of its ownership to settlement associations. Those residents are fighting in the Israeli courts to prove the ownership of their houses and cancel the decisions issued to disciple them from their houses or seizing them.

  • Around the same time, Israeli military vehicles demolished 3 agricultural rooms and handed demolition notices to a livestock barn and dozens of inhabited and uninhabited houses in Nahalin village, west of Bethlehem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Hani Fanoun, Mayor of Nahalin village Municipality, said that IOF accompanied with Israeli military vehicles moved into al-Salib and Khelet al-‘Adas areas, where they demolished 3 agricultural rooms belonging to Mahmoud Jamil Shakarnah, Ibrahim Yousef ‘Awad and Shareef Musalam Mostafa. He added that IOF attempted to demolish a livestock barrack belonging to Mahmoud Shakarnah, but the latter refused to evacuate the livestock out of the barn, as well as dozens of citizens gathered and stopped the demolition. Later, IOF handed the barn’s owner an eviction order as a prelude to demolish it within 3 days. Ibrahim ‘Awad, one of the agricultural rooms owners, said that Israeli authorities demolished his 60-square-meter agricultural room established to preserve his land. He clarified that he previously received a cease-construction notice from the Israeli authorities, so he headed to the Israeli courts to obtain licenses and surveyed the site to prevent its demolition, but in vain as Israeli vehicles demolished his agricultural room over its contents without a prior warning or without handing him a demolition notice.
  • At approximately 09:30, Israeli military vehicles levelled Kayed Na’iem Fataftah’s land in al-Sal’ah neighborhood in Jabel Mukaber village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem. Also, they demolished a retaining wall surrounding the land, under the pretext of non-licensing. Fataftah said that he was shocked by storming his land, leveling it, damaging plants, and demolishing the retaining wall that was estimated at 100,000 shekels.
  • On Saturday, 11 December 2021, Nassar family implemented the Israeli Municipality’s order and self-demolished three houses located in Wadi Qadoum neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing.

Monther Nassar said that he, his son Mohammed, and his brother Jawad were forced to self-demolish their houses in Wadi Qadoum neighborhood, to avoid paying fines estimated at more than 200,000 shekels for Israeli Municipality. He clarified that his house has established since 2014, and he has been lived in it along with his wife, his mother and his 6 kids. In 2015, he built a small house near his house, containing a room and its facilities for his son Mohammed, who lives in it with his wife and their 3 children. Nassar added that his brother Jawad built a 70-square-meter house near his house sheltering his wife and their 4 children. He pointed out that the municipality has been pursuing the three houses since 2015 and imposed fines on them estimated at 52,000 shekels. They have been paid the fines and attempted to license the houses, but in vain.  Nassar said that the municipality does not grant licenses for Jerusalemites and Israeli courts no longer accept pleas to freeze demolition decisions, so its owners are forced to demolish them fearing hefty demolition fines. Nassar stressed the difficulty of the Palestinian citizen’s lives in Jerusalem, especially with the soaring price of house rents.

  • At approximately 09:00 on Monday, 13 December 2021, IOF confiscated a 4700-sqaure-meter land in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, ordered its owners to evacuate it forcibly and demolished it as a prelude to conduct excavation works in it, under the pretext of being public utility.

It should be noted that in last November, Israeli Supreme Court approved a decision issued by the Israeli District Court to confiscate the strategically located land in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood that belongs to Jarallah, ‘Odah, ‘Obaidat, and Mansour families, under the pretext of public utility. Malek ‘Obaidat, one of the land’s owners, had previously said that the Israeli Supreme Court refused an appeal submitted by his family along with Jarallah, ‘Odah and Mansour families concerning the Israeli District Court decision to hand over the land to the Israeli municipality in Jerusalem or any party, claiming that this land is considered a public utility, and the court decided to ratify the decision.

‘Obaidat clarified that the land is in a sensitive and important location in occupied East Jerusalem. It is close to the Simon al-Siddiq’s Tomb, which Jews consider as a holy shrine to them, and is visited by settlers on their holidays and occasions. It is also close to Karam al-Ja’wni area, which houses are threatened to be evicted in favor for settlement associations. ‘Obaidat added that the case of the confiscated land has been considered in the Israeli court since2005, throughout those years, the municipality questioned the four families’ ownership of the land, but the families proved their ownership in the Israeli Supreme Court. In 2015, these families were shocked by the Israeli District Court’s decision to confiscate the land with the support of the MEHI – MIDDLE EAST HOTELS, and by agreement with the Israeli municipality, to convert the land into a garden at the hotel’s expense and compensate the land’s owners with money at the expense of the hotel owners, provided that the municipality allows to increase the construction area in the hotel from 18,000 to 36,000 square meters. ‘Obaidat pointed out that the land’s owners would not accept the hotel owners’ compensation for them and would pursue them, stressing that the land’s owners have documents that prove the illegal and immoral transaction between the hotel owners and the Israeli municipality. The families’ lawyer, Mohanad Jbara, issued a statement warning of the seriousness of the confiscation decision. He also warned that the municipality taking over of the land encourages the setters to seize the land that may turn into a hotbed for settles coming to Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

  • At approximately 01:00 on Monday, 13 December 2021, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with a mounted-crane truck moved into Jabal Jawhar area in southern Hebron. IOF raided and searched Kamal Hasan Ghaith (55)’s house after opening the house door with a special machine. After that, they stormed and searched the 1st floor and confiscated printers. Also, they arrested Ghaith and handed the family a list of confiscated items allegedly used in favor of terrorist organizations. The confiscated printers were estimated at 100,000 shekels.
  • At approximately 08:00 on Tuesday, 14 December 2021, Israeli municipality vehicles demolished Majd al-Helisy’s house in Bab al-Maghareba area in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing. Al-Helisy said that his house was built a year ago, and when he got married, he lived with his mother in a small house. After that, when he had kids, he built a 70-square-meter house comprising of 2 rooms and its facilities. He clarified that he recently received a demolition notice from the Israeli municipality, which allowed him to challenge the demolition order within a certain period. Al-Helisy indicated that the municipality did not consider the challenge submitted 2 days ago, and demolished the house over its contents, as they did not give him enough time to get them out of the house.
  • At approximately 10:00, the Israeli municipality continued to demolish the foundations of Eyad Burqan’s house in al-Shayyah area in Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. It should be noted that Eyad self-demolished his house in the mid of last November to avoid paying fines to the municipality. Eyad said that he received a notice to demolish his 2-storey-house in last June, and he submitted an appeal to the Israeli District Court, but it was rejected. After that, he paid 50,000 shekels to submit an appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court, which was refused as well. Burqan pointed out that his 2-storey-under- construction house was built in an area of 300 square meters and costed more than 700,000 shekels. He was He hoped to live at the house with his wife and their six children, including a child with disability. Also, he added that he was forced to self-demolish his house fearing for paying 400,000 shekels to the municipality. He was shocked by IOF storming to his house and demolishing its foundations to force him paying the fines.
  • At approximately 12:00, Israeli military vehicles demolished ‘Attah Ja’afrah’s house in Jabel Mukaber village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing. Ja’afrah said that he built his 90-square-meter house in 2010, sheltering 11 members, including 6 children. He clarified that 10 years ago, the Israeli Municipality pursed him and issued a demolition notice against his house. Throughout the past years, he attempted to freeze the demolition order, despite imposing fines on him by the municipality and the Israeli courts. Ja’afrah added that, 15 months ago, the Israeli Court issued a final demolition decision and notified him that it will impose fines on him if he will not self-demolish his house.
  • On Wednesday, 15 December 2021, Nassar family implemented the Israeli Municipality order and self-demolished 3 houses in Wadi Qaddoum neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing. Mazen Nassar said that he and his brothers “ Mohammed Zaid” and “Mohammed Fadel” implemented the municipality order and self-demolished their houses in Wadi Qaddoum neighborhood fearing for paying fines to the municipality estimated at 80,000 shekels for each of them if they would not implement the demolition. He clarified that three houses were built in an area of 100-130 square meter.

He added that his house sheltered 11 members, his brother Mohammed Zaid’s house sheltered 8 members and their brother Mohammed Fadel’s house sheltered the same number of members. Nassar indicated that the three houses along with 6 other houses belonging to Nassar family had been received demolition orders from the Israeli municipality, under the pretext that the municipality confiscated the land to construct a park. Nassar pointed out that the municipality gave them until the end of this year to self-demolish all the notified houses. He added that his father, Mohammed Nassar, bought the land 35 years ago, but the municipality issued an order to confiscate it, under the pretext of constructing a park on it, as his father refused to sell the land or replace it with another land, despite that his brother’s licensed house was established on the land 25 years ago, in addition to 2 other houses established 19 years ago, and 3 houses established 10 years ago, sheltering 70 members.

  • At approximately 10:30, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Susya village, south of Hebron. The Israeli Civil Administration officers distributed 4 cease-construction notices, under the pretext of non-licensing. The notices were as follows:
AffectedFacilityAreaDescriptionMembersChildren
Susya village councilA park for kindergarten150 sqmA concrete floor, fence, and playground
Naser Mohammed Nawaj’ajWater well80 m3pit64
Mohsen Mahmoud Mohammed Nawaj’ahA room25 sqmUnder-construction room built of bricks and tin plates5
Mohsen Mahmoud Mohammed Nawaj’ahTin-plate barrack60 sqmTin plates
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF backed by military vehicles moved into al-Rakeez area, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. A group of citizens were plowing al-Rakeez area land to plant it with winter crops. The IOF deployed in the area, declared it as a closed military zone and prevented the citizens from plowing the land, under the pretext of being a state-owned land. During which, a verbal altercation erupted between the IOF and Palestinian citizens. As a result, IOF arrested Suliman Mohammed Suliman Mohammed (39), Ibrahim Mohammed Hasan Abu ‘Arram (44) and Maher Ahmed Mohammed (43). Also, IOF confiscated a tractor.

Setters’ Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and their Property:

  • On At approximately 23:25 on Thursday, 02 December 2021, a group of Israeli settlers, from “Ahya” settlement, which is established on Jalud village’s lands, southeast of Nablus, threw stones at Palestinians’ houses located in eastern the village. They also punctured the tires of Hisham ‘Emad Hamoud’s vehicle that was parked in front of the houses and then fled towards the settlement.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Saturday, 04 December 2021, a group of Israeli settlers, from “Havat Ma’on” settlement outpost, assaulted Palestinian shepherds and farmers while present in the natural pastures, southeast of Yatta City, south of Hebron, and tried to expel them. Afterwards, a group of Palestinian and an Israeli force arrived and stopped settlers’ attacks against the shepherds and farmers.
  • At approximately 14:00, an Israeli settler discriminately opened fire from his pistol in front of Al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, claiming that the camp’s residents threw stones at his vehicle. After that, Israeli backup forces arrived and the soldiers deployed in the area, but no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 19:00 on Sunday, 05 December 2021, a group of Israeli settlers, under IOF’s protection, moved into as-Samu village, south of Hebron. IOF closed the center of the village, prevented citizens from moving and forced shop owners to close. Meanwhile, the settlers stormed an antique building in central the village and performed prayers. The village closure continued until 21:00.
  • At approximately 22:00 on Thursday, 09 December 2021, armed settlers attacked Sheikh Jarrah residents’ vehicles that were parked in the neighborhood’s western side, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. The neighborhood residents said that a group of settlers carrying knives and pepper spray gathered near al-Ghawi building in Karem al-Ja’ouni area and then headed towards the National Insurance Building and Al-Hayat Medical Center, in the western side of the neighborhood. The settlers threw stones at Palestinians’ vehicles, breaking the windows of 5 vehicles, and then fled towards Street no. 1 and Mea Shearim neighborhood. The neighborhood committee clarified that this was the 2nd attack within 2 weeks against the same area, as the settlers previously punctured the tiers of 10 vehicles that were parked in front of the medical center parking. The committee added that the police arrived at the area after 20 munities and did not do anything as usual. The committee pointed out that the settlers’ attacks against the neighborhood residents had not ceased, as on Thursday morning, the settlers vandalized the murals of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, for the fourth time in a row.
  • On Saturday morning, 11 December 2021, a group of settlers, from “Shavei Shomron” settlement, which is established on Deir Sharaf village’s lands, west of Nablus, attacked Palestinian farmers’ lands in al-Hariqa area, west of the village. The settlers broke and uprooted at least 600 olive and almond trees planted a month ago on an area of 68 dunums belonging to the sons of the late Awad Abu Safad, Ghazi Faris Antari, Abd al-Rahim Suleiman Abu Safad, and Nour al-Din Suleiman Abu Safad.
  • At approximately 01:00 on Sunday, 12 December 2021, a large group of Israeli settlers attacked Palestinians’ properties on Nablus Street in central of occupied East Jerusalem and threw stones at vehicles and residential houses’ windows. They also cursed the Palestinians and threatened them to be killed.

Mohammed Qanitah said that more than 30 masked settlers moved into Nablus Street in the evening, threw stones at his family house and broke the windows of his vehicle along with his cousins’ vehicles (7), in addition to breaking the windows of 5 vehicles parked in front of  his family house. Qanitah pointed out that this was the 2nd time that the settlers carried out this attack within few months ago. He added that the police did not investigate the incident and only told them that the vehicles’ owners should refer them later to find a mechanism of repairing their vehicles. He also pointed out that the police did not attempt to reach the perpetrators and punish them to prevent the recurrence of the attack again.

  • At approximately 10:00 on Wednesday, 15 December 2021, a large number of Israeli settlers attacked Fatema Salem’s house in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, while she was getting out of her house along with her son Ibrahim. The settlers put barbed wires around the house and set up cameras. Ibrahim Salem said that at least 30 settlers attacked his house while he and his mother were getting out of it to meet the lawyer and put barbed wire around it along with another nearby plot of land in order to close it and forcibly expel them from the house. Salem clarified that shortly after he left, his wife phoned him and told him that the settlers stormed the house, so he immediately returned. When he arrived, dozens of the neighborhood residents gathered in front of his house and stopped the settlers’ attacks. During which, verbal altercation erupted between the residents and settlers, who assaulted them and beat Fatema Salem. Ibrahim indicated that the settlers assaulted his family’s land without a court decision and the Israeli police arrived and did not take any action against the settlers. The police only said that the land should remain intact until issuing a decision from the court.

It should be noted last Tuesday, the Israeli Municipality handed Fatema a decision issued by the Israeli Executive Chamber to evacuate her house located in the western side of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, under the pretext of its ownership of settlement associations.

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

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of 44 temporary checkpoints that restrict the movement of goods and individuals, where IOF searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs, and arrested 4 of them. IOF reinforced its restrictions on civilians’ freedom of movement at its permanent checkpoints in the West Bank and shut some checkpoints for several hours on multiple occasions.

Here follows PCHR documentation of restrictions on the freedom of movement and IOF-established temporary checkpoints across the West Bank this week:

Jerusalem:

  • On Saturday, 04 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint near the entrance to Jaba’ village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem.
  • On Sunday, 05 December 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood and Jabal Mukaber village.
  • On Monday, 06 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • On Tuesday, 07 December 2021, IOF closed Sho’fat refugee camp checkpoint and blocked traffic but later reopened it. They also closed the main entrance to Hizma village and reopened it later.
  • On Thursday, 09 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Al-Eizariya
  • On Friday, 10 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the intersection of Jaba’ village.
  • On Tuesday, 14 December 2021, IOF closed the entrance to Hizma village and reopened it later.

Bethlehem:

  • On Monday, 06 December 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Beit Fajjar village and ‘Aqbet Hasnah area leading to the western villages in Bethlehem.
  • On Tuesday, 07 December 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to al-Shawawra village and ‘Aqbet Hasnah area leading to the western villages in Bethlehem.
  • On Friday, 10 December 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints near the intersection of al-Nashash area and ‘Aqbet Hasnah area leading to the western villages in Bethlehem.
  • On Saturday, 11 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the western entrance to Husan village.
  • On Sunday, 12 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Teqoa village.
  • On Monday, 13 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Jannatah village.
  • On Tuesday, 14 December, IOF established a temporary military checkpoint by the entrance to Ash-Shawawra.
  • On Wednesday, 15 December, IOF established 2 military checkpoints by the entrances to Tuqu and Ash-Shawawra.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 02 December 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to northern Yatta, al-Shyoukh village, Ethna village and Beit ‘Awwa village.
  • On Friday, 03 December 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints the western entrance to Hebron and the entrance to Beit Ummar village.
  • On Saturday, 04 December 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to southern Hebron, Qalqas village, Bani Na’im village and ad-Dhahiriya village.
  • On Sunday, 05 December 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to As-Samou’a and Idhna villages and al-‘Aroub refugee camp.
  • On Monday, 06 December 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Sa’ir village, al-Karmel village and northern Hebron.
  • On Tuesday, 07 December 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to eastern dura, al-Shyoukh village, Beit ‘Aynoun village and southern Hebron.
  • On Thursday, 09 December 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to northern Hebron, southern Halhoul, Beit ‘Awwa village, Kharsa and Idna villages.
  • On Friday, 10 December 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to al-Fawar refugee camp, Sa’ir village and Sorif village.
  • On Saturday, 11 December 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit ‘Awwa village, western Hebron, al-Fahs in southern Hebron, and Bani Na’im village.
  • On Monday, 13 December 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to eastern Dura, al-‘Arroub refugee camp, Beit ‘Aynoun village and southern Hebron.
  • On Wednesday, 15 December, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to ad-Dhahiriya, As-Samou’a, Beit ‘Awwa village and southern Hebron.

Nablus:

  • On Thursday, 09 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to ‘Awerta village, southeast of Nablus.
  • On Friday, 10 December 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints on Nablus-Jenin Road, near Deir Sharaf village in western Nablus, and Beita village Intersection, southeast of Nablus.
  • On Saturday, 11 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Sora village on Nablus-Qalqilya Road, southwest of Nablus.

Jenin:

  • On Monday, 06 December 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the intersection of Yabad village and Silet al-Thaher village, southwest of Jenin.

Qalqilya:

  • On Friday, 03 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrances to Jayyous and al-Nabi Elias villages, east of Qalqilya.

Salfit:

  • On Sunday, 05 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Marda village, north of Salfit.

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Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (25 November – 1 December 2021)

December 2, 2021

Israeli Human Rights Violations

25 November – 1 December 2021

  • IOF excessive use of force:
  • 11 Palestinians shot and wounded, including 6 children, in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem
  • 7 Palestinian fishermen arrested, 2 fishing boats confiscated, and 5 IOF shooting reported against fishing boats in the Gaza Sea
  • In 156 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 80 civilians arrested, including 12 children
  • Limited IOF incursion into eastern Gaza Strip; 1 Palestinian arrested while traveling via Beit Hanoun Crossing, northern Gaza Strip
  • Demolitions in occupied East Jerusalem: Two houses self-demolished, another demolished by IOF; Israeli decision to demolish a residential building and an appeal of the demolition order of 58 houses denied
  • Israel announces plan to build 2000 new settlement units in East Jerusalem
  • IOF established 44 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 4 Palestinians on said checkpoints

Summary                                                                                        

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse, and attacks on civilians, turning the West Bank into isolated blocks of land. Israeli settlers continued their attacks, including shooting and wounding Palestinian civilians; meanwhile, IOF continued its razing and demolishing of Palestinian properties, mainly in Hebron and Jerusalem.

The Israeli settlement expansion works continued on Palestinian lands and properties. Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip enters its 15th year under closure, exacerbating the humanitarian hardships across the territory.

IOF shooting and violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

IOF shot and wounded 11 Palestinian civilians, including 6 children, in excessive use of force in the West Bank: 8, including 4 children, were wounded in two separate incidents of IOF attacks on protestors in Qalqilya. Two others were wounded in Nablus, and another in Ramallah.

In the Gaza Strip, PCHR documented 5 IOF shootings at fishing boats in the Gaza Sea.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 156 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 80 Palestinians were arrested, including 12 children.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF arrested 8 Palestinians, including 7 fishermen who were arrested in two separate incidents after IOF surrounded their fishing boats at sea. The 8th was arrested while travelling via Beit Hanoun crossing in northern Gaza Strip. Additionally, IOF conducted a limited incursion into northern Gaza Strip.

Demolitions:

PCHR documented 13 incidents:

  • Occupied East Jerusalem: Israeli decision to demolish a residential building housing 30 Palestinians; a house demolished in Silwan; and two other houses self-demolished in Jabel al-Mukaber. It was also announced that 2000 new settlement units will be built in eastern Jerusalem. Israel rejected an appeal against the demolition of 58 houses out of 84 threatened with demolition in Silwan. A barracks, a warehouse, and concrete room, as well as a company’s wall were demolished in ‘Anata. Other commercial facilities belonging to Jannat Eden Dates Company demolished in Beit Hanina.
  • Tubas: a 1,6000-meter waterline supplying crops was destroyed; 6 tractors were confiscated along with 5 private vehicles, 4 water tanks, and 3 trucks in the Northern Jordan Valleys.
  • Ramallah: an under-construction well demolished in Nilin.
  • Bethlehem: a notice to seize a plot of land in Beit Jala and 2 greenhouses demolished in Nahalin.

Settler-attacks: 

PCHR documented an attempt by a group of settlers to put a large menorah in front Nabil al-Kurd’s house in occupied east Jerusalem.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Israeli occupation authorities continued its collective punishment measures against the Gaza Strip as the 15-year Israeli closure imposed on the territory deepened the population’s humanitarian and living crises, as unemployment has skyrocketed at 45%, i.e. 217,000 able workers are unemployed, 63% of whom are youth.

More than half of the Gaza Strip population suffer in poverty, as the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics data shows that 53% of the Gaza Strip population is poor; meanwhile, more than 62.2% is classified as food insecure, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Additionally, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the 2000 Second Intifada -still closed to this date- and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest, especially at al-Karama border crossing, alongside the Palestinian-Jordanian border.

Shooting and other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity

  • At approximately 07:00 on Thursday, 25 November 2021, IOF fired rubber and live bullets at dozens of students gathered on Ramallah-Nablus main Street, after they threw stones at IOF, who expelled them from their schools in Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya and As-Sawiya villages, southeast of Nablus, and denied their access to them. As a result, a 15-year-old child was shot with 2 rubber bullets in his head and a 14-year-old child was shot with a rubber bullet in his left eye.
  • At approximately 07:30, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Deir al-Balah city in central Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands, and no causalities were reported.
  • At approximately 15:40, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, north of Borat Abu Samra area, north of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, opened sporadic fire at border area, and no causalities or damage were reported.
  • At approximately 22:45, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha shore, northwest of Beit Lahia and off al-Sodaniyia shore west of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and opened heavy fire around, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 01:00 on Friday, 26 November 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha shore, northwest of Beit Lahia and off al-Sodaniyia shore west of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and opened heavy fire. The shooting recurred from time to time around between 08:30 and 09:30, enticing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 12:30 on Friday, 26 November 2021, , IOF stationed at the northern entrance to Kafr Qaddum village, north of Qalqilya, suppressed a protest organized by dozens of Palestinian young men. IOF chased the protestors, who gathered in the area, clashed with them and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, 6 protestors, including 2 children, were shot with rubber bullets in their limbs and one of them in his back. .
  • At approximately 13:30, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered near Belal Bin Rabbah Mosque, near the northern entrance to Bethlehem, and threw stones and empty bottles at military watchtower and military vehicles. IOF immediately assaulted the protestors, chased them into Aida Camp entrance, and threw heavy teargas canisters at residential houses. As a result, dozens of protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation.
  • At approximately 15:30, IOF suppressed the weekly protest organized against settlement at the main entrance to Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and forcibly dispersed them. According to PCHR’s follow-up, dozens of activists and citizens gathered at the entrance to the neighborhood holding Palestinian flags and banners condemning the occupation and settlement. During which, IOF surrounded the protestors, assaulted them, prevented them from protesting, and confiscated the flags. They also attempted to arrest two activists after checking their IDs, claiming that they approached settlers who were in the neighborhood.
  • At approximately 16:00, a group of Palestinians gathered at the entrance to Al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, where IOF established a military watchtower. The Palestinians threw stones at the watchtower and closed the road leading to the camp with burning tires. IOF chased stone-throwers in the camp and fired sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, some of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation. Clashes continued until 19:00, and no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 19:15, Israeli gunboats stationed off Rafah shore, south of the Gaza Strip, chased a Palestinian fishing boat carrying 5 fishermen, including two children, from al-Hesi family. The gunboats fired live bullets at the fishing boat and pumped water at it before surrounding it, arresting the fishermen and confiscating their boat. The fishermen were identified as: Jamal Jehad Rajab al-Hesi (31), Mohammed Nehad Rajab al-Hesi (15), Mohammed Rashad Rajab al-Hesi (29), Ahmed Rashad Rajab al-Hesi (17), and Nour Rajab Rashad al-Hesi (19). Next day, IOF released the fishermen at approximately 12:00, through Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing, north of the Gaza Strip. The fishing boat is still under custody.
  • At approximately 12:30 on Saturday, 27 November 2021, IOF stationed at the northern entrance to Kafr Qaddum village, north of Qalqilya, suppressed a protest organized by dozens of Palestinian young men. IOF chased the protestors, who gathered in the area, clashed with them and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, two children were shot with rubber bullets in their limbs.
  • At approximately 20:00, Israeli gunboats surrounded a fishing boat manned by fisherman namely Mohammed ‘Abed al-Razeq Sa’ied Baker (50) and his son Thabit (26). IOF arrested both of them and confiscated their boat. Few hours later, IOF released the fishermen while the boat belonging to Riyad al-Shrafi, is still under custody. Mohammed Baker said to PCHR’s fieldworker that at approximately 16:30 on Thursday, 25 November 2021, he went to the sea for fishing along with his son Thabit. After few hours, the boat engine stopped working and we were off al-Sodaniyia shore in northern Gaza Strip. The boat drifted due to the wind towards the north, crossing the allowed area for fishing and sailing within 8 nautical miles off al-Waha shore. Also, communication was lost with them, because the phone network was cut off. He clarified that he and his son spent two days in cold weather, especially at night, and on Saturday evening, the Israeli gunboats surrounded them before arresting them, taking them to Ashdod Seaport and confiscating their boat. They were later released via Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing after interrogating them.
  • At approximately 10:30 on Sunday, 28 November 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Deir al-Balah city in central Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands, and no causalities were reported.
  • At approximately 16:20, IOF moved into Tira neighborhood in western Ramallah. Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinians gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at IOF vehicles. IOF immediately assaulted them and fired rubber bullets and heavy teargas canisters at them. As a result, a 19-year-old male was shot with a rubber bullet in his foot and he is condition was classified as minor. He received treatment on the spot.
  • At approximately 23:00, Israeli gunboats stationed off Khan Yunis shore, south of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area, opened heavy fire around them and fired flare bombs in the sky, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 01:00 on Monday, 29 November 2021, IOF moved into al-Saf Street in central Bethlehem and then surrounded ‘Ali Isma’il al-Batat (23)’s house, in addition to other nearby houses and buildings. After that, IOF raided al-Batat’s house amidst heavy firing of rubber bullets and teargas canisters. As a result, dozens of citizens suffocated due to teargas inhalation. Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested ‘Ali al-Batat while he was near his house, taking him to an unknown destination.
  • On Monday evening, 29 November 2021, Israeli authorities closed al-Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron’s Old City in front of Palestinians and prevented them from entering, under the pretext of allowing settlers to reach the Ibrahimi Mosque and perform prayers on the occasion of the so-called “Feast of Lights – Hanukkah”. At approximately 15:00, a number of activists in the Old City organized a peaceful protest against visiting al-Ibrahimi Mosque by the President of Israel, “Isaac Herzog”. During which, Israeli border guard officers suppressed the protest and arrested the activist Raed Murshed Meswada (30), taking him to a nearby police station.
  • At approximately 15:00 on Monday, 29 November 2021, a group of Palestinians gathered in Bab al-Zawiya area in Hebron where IOF maintain a military checkpoint at the entrance to the closed Shuhadaa St. The protestors threw stones at the military checkpoint. IOF deployed at the checkpoint entrance and indiscriminately fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the protestors. As a result, some of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation. Also, shop owners were forced to close. The clashes continued until 19:00, and no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Tuesday, 30 November 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of al-Shawka village, east of Rafah, opened fire at agricultural lands, and no casualties were reported.

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 25 November 2021:

  • At approximately 00:00, IOF arrested Tha’er Adel Shawahena (28), after raiding and searching his house in Silat al-Harithiya village, west of Jenin.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Robin Zayed (18), along with his brother, Ra’ed (17), after raiding and searching their houses in Qalandia refugee camp, north of occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested 4 Palestinians after raiding and searching their houses in Surif village, west of Hebron. The arrestees are Mohammed Isma’il Ghuneimat (34), Khaled Ayed Ghuneimat (37), Ali Sameeh Ghuneimat (28), and Mos’ab Mahmoud al-Hour (30).
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF handed Rashad Mohammed Karaja (53) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in Saffa village, north of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested 11 Palestinians, including 2 children, from al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Mohammed Khaled al-Masri (20), Mohammed Awni Attiya (16), Mohammed Shreiteh (25), Mahmoud Sa’di al-Rajabi (25), Mohammed Na’aji (23), Lo’ay Ashraf Mahmoud (23), Mohammed Waleed Mahmoud (21), Ahmed Haitham Mahmoud (20), Mohammed Haitham Mustafa (19), Tayseer Yousef Muhaisen (16), and Islam Yousef Obaid (18).
  • At approximately 02:25, IOF arrested Alaa Azzam al-Tashtoush (21), after raiding and searching his house in Wad al-Tofah area, west of Nablus.
  • At approximately 02:40, IOF arrested Yousef Hamdan Saleh (38), after raiding and searching his house in Asira al-Qibliya village, southeast of Nablus.
  • At approximately 02:55, IOF arrested Hamed Jawad Maslamani (25), after raiding and searching his house in Tubas.
  • At approximately 16:00, Israeli Intelligence Services handed the Jerusalem Governor, Adnan Adel Tawfiq Ghaith (46), a military decision that renews his house arrest for another 4 months, after summonsing him to Moscovia police station, in West Jerusalem.

In a press release, the Jerusalem Governor said that “Israeli Intelligence Services convicted him with several charges against Ghaith, including non-compliance with the military ban decisions issued against him, continuing to contact with Palestinian leaders, and providing funds to Jerusalemites, in addition to threatening Israel’s security, according to their claims.”

The decision issued by the Israeli Minister of Internal Security includes banning the Jerusalem Governor, Adnan Ghaith, from entering the rest of the West Bank cities, and forcing him to cut off all his communication with the Palestinian leaders.

It should be noted that the Israeli authorities arrested Ghaith around 28 times within 3 years “since he became a governor”. Furthermore, he has been denied access into the West Bank since 2018.

  • At approximately 19:00, the Israeli Intelligence Services sent a summons with flowers to Mahdi Omar Badawna (24), from Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, on his wedding day.

Badawna’s brother said that the Israeli Intelligence Services (Shin Bet) sent flowers in at taxi to one of the city’s wedding halls with a summons, ordering him to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement.

  • At approximately 21:00, IOF arrested 3 Palestinians after raiding and searching their houses in Shu’afat refugee camp, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Malik Fawzi Muheisen (25), Nasri Husain Ghanayim (48), and Ahmed Omar Salah (42).
  • IOF carried out (10) incursions in Beit Ummar, Nuba, Hebron and Bayt Dajan villages, northeast of Nablus; Silwad, Deir Abu Masha’al, Burqa and Deir Jarir villages in Ramallah; Aqbat Jabr and Ein al-Sultan refugee camps in Jericho governorate. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 26 November 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Abdullah Atta al-Harimi (24), after raiding and searching his house on al-Saf street, in Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Ibrahim Munir ‘Arafa (29), after raiding and searching his house in al-Dheisha refugee camp, southwest of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Mohammed Nedal Samamera (28), after raiding and searching his house in al-Dhahiriya village, south of Hebron.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Eisa Fawzi Za’loul (23) and Hasan Ali Hamamera (21), after raiding and searching their houses in Husan village, west of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 17:30, IOF stationed at a temporary military checkpoint established at the entrance of Wadi Qana road, between Salfit and Qalqilya, arrested Ahmed Anwar Mansour (24), from Deir Istiya village, north of Salfit.
  • At approximately 18:30, IOF arrested Qusai Mohammed Alian (22) and Majd Hussain Halabiya (23), while passing through al-Za’eem military checkpoint, east of the occupied city.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF stationed at a temporary military checkpoint established at one of the entrances to occupied Jerusalem, arrested Mohammed Ghassan Shahwan (19), from Hable village, south of Qalqilya, while heading to Al-Aqsa Mosque.
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Ali al-Ghoul (17), after raiding and searching his house in Silwan, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF arrested Ayoub Samir Zaheda (38), after raiding and searching his house in Shu’afat refugee camp, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 23:30, IOF arrested Mohammed Hatem Faqha (19), from Kafr al-Labad village, east of Tulkarm, while referring to the Israeli Intelligence Services.
  • IOF carried out (7) incursions in Surif, Tarqumiyah, Arraba, Ya’bad, Silat al-Harithiya, Ti’inik and Zabbuba villages in Jenin governorate. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 27 November 2021:

  • At approximately 00:00, IOF arrested Sufian Nedal al-Natshah (19), after raiding and searching his house in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Mershed al-Sweity (40), after raiding and searching his house in Bayt Awa village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested Islam Bassam Jawabera (24), after raiding and searching his house in al-’Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron.
  • At approximately 14:00, Ramzi Mahmoud al-Harimi (23) surrendered himself to Etzion police station, south of Bethlehem, after raiding and searching his house on al-Saf street, several days ago.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF arrested Oday Rebhi Sonoqrot (30), after raiding and searching his house in Ras al-Amud neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • IOF carried out (11) incursions in Dura, and Yatta in Hebron; Kafir village in Jenin; Sinjil, Abwein, ‘Arura, Jiljilya, Ajjul, Um Safa and Deir al-Sudan villages in Ramallah governorate. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 28 November 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Marwan Adeeb al-Barghouthi (27), after raiding and searching his house in Kobar, north of Ramallah governorate.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Jamal Rami al-Mughrabi (17), after raiding and searching his house in al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF arrested Omar Ahmed Mahmoud (18), after raiding and searching his house in Isawiya, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF arrested Maher Mohammed Eisa (32), from al-Khader village, southwest of Bethlehem, while he was near al-Jab’a village, west of the city.
  • IOF carried out (9) incursions in Silwad, northeast of Ramallah governorate; Idhna and Halhul in Hebron; Jit, Fara’ata and Immatain villages in Qalqilya governorate; Safarin and Anabta villages in Tulkarm. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 29 November 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Suliman ‘Arabiya (31), after raiding and searching his house in Abu Dis village, east of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Azzam Husain Radayda (42), after raiding and searching his house in al-Ubeidiya village, east of Bethlehem.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Ahmed Mustafa Melhem (21), after raiding and searching his house in Kafr Ra’i village, southwest of Jenin governorate.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Omar Mohammed al-’Anati (17) and Mahmoud Mohammed Salama (30), after raiding and searching their houses in Anata village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested the lieutenant in the Palestinian National Security, Monjed Ragheb Salah (32), and Mohammed Murad Daghlas (19), after raiding and searching their houses in Burqa village, northwest of Nablus.
  • At approximately 02:40, IOF arrested Munadel Azzam ‘Azim (38), after raiding and searching his house in Sebastia village, northwest of Nablus.
  • In the morning, IOF stationed at Beit Hanun “Erez” crossing, northwest of Beit Hanun, north of the Gaza Strip, arrested Mahmoud Sami Mahmoud Ahmed (34), a trader and the father of 3 children.

Sami, Mahmoud’s father, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that at approximately 07:00, Mahmoud headed to Erez crossing and lost touch with him. At approximately 18:00, Mahmoud’s father received a phone call from Mahmoud Zeidan, Erez crossing’s Director at the Palestinian side, to inform him that the Israeli authorities arrested his son.  He added that on Sunday, 28 November 2021, Mahmoud obtained a trader permit to enter Israel, as his family own al-Bara’ Company for Transportation, General Trade and Custom Clearanse in Beit Lahia Housing Project.

  • At approximately 09:00, IOF arrested Hamza al-Joulani (24), after raiding and searching his house in Bab Huta neighborhood, one of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Nabil Dweik (28), after raiding and searching his house in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

Tuesday, 30 November 2021:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Mohammed Zeyad al-Bow (29), after raiding and searching his house in Halhul village, south of Hebron.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Mohammed Atallah Abu Eid (22), after raiding and searching his house in Biddu village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Mahmoud al-Haddad (37), after raiding and searching his house in Hebron.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Sabri Mousa Jabrin (36), after raiding and searching his house in Teqoa village, east of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 02:10, IOF arrested (3) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Kafr Ni’ma village, west of Ramallah. The arrestees are: Ahmed Ghaleb Zeidan (20), Abdul Rahman Mahmoud Abu ‘Adi (28), and Sameh Abdo ‘Ataya (49).
  • at approximately 02:15, IOF arrested Mo’in Mohammed Zuhour (30), after raiding and searching his house in Bayt Kahil village, north of Hebron.
  • At approximately 02:40, IOF arrested Mohammed Jaber Jadallah (23), after raiding and searching his house in al-Zaitouna area in Beit Jala, west of Bethlehem governorate.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested Sabri Mousa Jebril (30), after raiding and searching his house in Teqoa village, east of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 13:30, IOF arrested Baha’ Jamal Tanouh (17), while returning home from school east of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 04:20, IOF arrested (3) Palestinians, including 2 children, after raiding and searching their houses in Silwad, northeast of Ramallah. The arrestees are: Abdul Rahman Taleb Hammad (16), Mahmoud Wael Hammad (17), and Mahmoud Maher Hammad (20).
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved 50 meters to the south of the border fence, north of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip. They leveled and combed lands that were previously levelled, amidst sporadic shooting until 16:00. No casualties were reported.

Wednesday, 01 December 2021:

  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Mahmoud Jaber Buhais (40), after raiding and searching his house in Yatta, south of Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested Redwan Abdul Halim Farajallah (38), after raiding and searching his house in Idhna village, west of Hebron.
  • At approximately 07:00, IOF arrested Abed Munir Taym (42), from al-Judeira village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem, claiming that he had a knife near an Israeli military checkpoint, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF arrested Bassam Khalil Abu Sbeitan (16) and Ayham Naji Abu Jum’a (17), after raiding and searching their houses in al-Tur village, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 12:00, IOF arrested Khalil Owda (23), after raiding and searching his house in al-Isawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF arrested Jehad Ibrahim Naser (24), while working in Kafr ‘Aqab, north of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Firas Burqan (16), after raiding and searching his house in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • IOF carried out an incursion in Jabal al-Tawil neighborhood in al-Bireh, north of Ramallah. No arrests were reported.

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

Land razing, Demolitions, and Notices:

  • On Thursday morning, 25 November 2021, al-Rajabi Family received a decision to demolish its building in ‘Ein al-Lawzeh neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Faris al-Rajabi, one of the apartments’ owners in the building that was established in 2002, said that it is a 2-storey building: the first floor houses ‘Ein al-Lawzeh Medical Centre where 26 doctors, nurses and employees work and provide medical services to more than 6000 citizens while the second floor houses 4 residential apartments sheltering 30 individuals, including 12 children. Al-Rajabi said that the Israeli municipality has haunted his family months after finishing the building and imposed on them fines of more than 300,000 shekels.  Al-Rajabi added that the Israeli municipality notified them days ago to evacuate the building and then IOF raided it and handed the family a decision to demolish it and gave them 7 days to pay 50,000 shekels to the Municipality in order to postpone or implement the demolition decision.  Al-Rajabi said that the family lawyer appealed the demolition decision before the District Court, but the latter rejected.  As a result, the family resorted to the Supreme Court.

It should be noted that 6 neighborhoods in Silwan village are threatened with house demolitions under the pretext of unlicensed construction.  Over the past years, the Israeli municipality has handed 6817 judicial and administrative demolition orders only in Silwan.

On Friday, 26 November 2021, the Israeli Mayor of Jerusalem, Moshe Lion, declared the Israeli Government’s approval on the establishment of 2000 new settlement units in the French Hill Settlement established on al-Masharef Mount lands, northeast of Occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

The Israeli Mayor posted on social media that a new settlement neighborhood will be built on the French Hill as part of an agreement signed between the Israeli Municipality, Israel Land Authority and the Hebrew University as construction of 2000 new settlement units will be allowed on a plot of land owned by the University in the French Hill with an area of 150 dunums.  The mayor stated that the plan will include establishment of housing units for the Hebrew University students, shops and settlement units for the young families on the two sides of the light rail in the area.

  • At approximately 10:00 on Sunday, 28 November 2021, IOF accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration SUV, a bulldozer and maneuver moved into al-Bikai’a plain in Northern Jordan Valleys, east of Tubas. The bulldozer destroyed the water line supplying the crops in the plain and confiscated it before withdrawing from the plain.
  • At approximately 14:00, the Israeli District Court rejected an appeal filed by tens of families from Wadi Yasul neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City against the decision to demolish 58 houses out of 84 under threat of demolition, claiming expansion of a settlement project on the neighborhood lands.

Fakhri Abu Thiab, Member of the Silwan Lands Defense Committee, said that the Israeli District Court in occupied Jerusalem, rejected an appeal filed by tens of families living in Wadi Yasul neighborhood against a decision to demolish 58 houses in the neighborhood and allowed Jerusalem Municipality to implement the demolition decisions whenever it finds it possible.  Abu Thiab added on 14 November, the Israeli Municipal court in Jerusalem issued a decision to demolish 84 houses in Wadi Yasul neighborhood under the pretext of expanding al-Salam Forest on the neighborhood lands.  Immediately the neighborhood lawyer, Ziad Qe’awar, filed an urgent appeal before the District Court, which rejected the appeal filed on behalf of 58 houses while the Kaminitz Law, which was adopted by the Knesset on 25 October 2017 relevant to Amendment 116 to the applicable Planning and Construction Law, will be applicable to the rest of the houses.  This law is known as the most racist and threatens the Palestinian existence and their lands as it increases penalties, rendering them stricter especially construction fines, as well as speeding up their implementation through administrative orders and fines, without bringing the citizen to criminal justice.  Abu Thiab added the demolition of 58 houses will lead to displacement of 620 persons in the neighborhood in favor of the expansion of al-Salam Forest, established on the neighborhood lands, which include trees and simple parks established for years in addition to Israel’s Nature Authority offices daily used in their settlement activities and projects.  This further proves that the Israeli Muncpality’s policy has changed from individual demolition approach to collective demolitions for ethnically cleansing vacant areas of Jerusalem and stripping the city of its identity and people.  It should be noted that Wadi Yasul neighborhood is in southeastern Silwan village, which is the nearest village to the Old City, and of 310 dunums, where 1050 persons live; 60 of them are children.  The demolition threatens residents of 84 houses in the neighborhood as the Israeli municipality handed them over the years demolition decisions under the pretext of unlicensed construction although most of these families have tried for 17 years to obtain an approval from the municipality to allow them to license their construction in the area.

  • At approximately 08:00 on Monday, 29 November 2021, the Israeli municipality demolished the facilities of Ziad Company for Construction Materials in the Industrial area of ‘Anata village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Owner of Ziad Company, ‘Ali Mousa Ziad, said that IOF moved into the industrial area in ‘Anata village and surrounded his company.  They started demolishing a barrack, warehouse, a cement room and a fence that were established in 2018.  Ziad added that he was surprised with the demolition as he did not receive any notice to evacuate the facilities in order to demolish them, noting that there is a case pending at the Israeli courts in this regard.  He also hired an engineer to make a map for the area and handed it to the Civil Administration.  Ziad said that the room and warehouse were 70 sqms and included machines and construction materials, which the Israeli Municipality crews did not allow to evacuate, while the barrack is around one dunum.  Also, IOF demolished a fence surrounding the land.  He added that the demolition inflected a financial loss of 600,000 shekels.   

  • At approximately 09:30, IOF demolished commercial facilities for Janet ‘Aden Dates Company in al-Ashqariya neighborhood in Beit Hanina village, north of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext that the land belongs to the Custodian of Absentee Properties.

Majed ‘Aweidah, the owner of Janet Aden Dates Company, stated that tens of members of Special forces, Border Police Officers and the Israeli Procedures Department’s crews raided the offices and facilities of the company established on his land in al-Ashqariya neighborhood in Beit Hanina, without prior notice.  They started demolishing them without allowing him to evacuate the contents from the offices and stores. ‘Aweidah added that the Israeli vehicles demolished all the facilities built on the 3.5-dunum land that included two 50-sqm offices, a 140-sqm hall and stores of ​​more than 200 sqms in addition to containers full of goods, trucks, electric tools, surveillance cameras, generators and a horse stable. He pointed out that IOF did not level the land and uproot the trees planted there because they told him they intend to return to the land in order to define its borders, as the Israeli authorities claim ownership of the land for the Custodian of Absentee Properties. ‘Aweidah added that the land ownership case is pending in the Israeli courts for many years and is now before the Israeli District Court, which issued a decision to freeze any demolition and eviction procedure. ‘Aweidah ascertained his ownership of the land and that the company was established on it 20 years ago, next to his family house, which was also built in 1977.  The company works in transportation, refrigeration and trade of dried fruits and supports 12 families.

Around the same time, IOF backed by several military vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers and a bulldozer moved into Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah. They stationed in Bab Shuhab area in southern Ni’lin. The bulldozer levelled Fayiz ‘Ali Khawajah’s water well used for irrigating. It should be noted that Khawajah was delivered a demolition notice on 16 November 2021, under the pretext of being in Area C.

At approximately 08:00 on Tuesday, 30 November 2021, the Israeli vehicles demolished a wooden house belonging to Mohammed Fayez Zaytoun in Beer Ayoub neighborhood in Silwan in southern occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Samirah Zaytoun, grandmother of the house owner, said that the family was surprised in the morning with large numbers of Israeli forces and municipality crews raiding and surrounding the family houses. They emptied the contents of my grandson, Mohammed’s, house and dismantled its wooden roof as well as cutting its wooden walls with demolition hand tools and electric saws.  Zaytoun added that her grandson built his 60-sqm wooden house above hers and his father’s 5 years ago, noting that he lived with his wife and 4 children before moving to another city to work there while his wife and children moved to his father’s house.

In the afternoon, Amir Rabay’ah self-demolished his house in Jabel Mukaber village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, pursuant to the Israeli Muncpality’s decision under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Rabay’ah (25) built 3 years ago a small house of a bedroom, kitchen and bathroom near his father’s house to get married in the near future.  Rabay’ah added that the Israeli municipality has haunted him and insisted on the demolition decision, forcing him to self-demolish his house fearing he would pay heavy fines in case the Israeli Muncpality crews demolished it.  Rabay’ah said that he does not think of getting married now because he does not have enough money to have a house especially that the house rents in Jerusalem are very expensive.

In the afternoon, ‘Ali Abu Dweih implemented the Israeli Municipality’s decision and self-demolished his house in Jabel Mukaber village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.  Abu Dweih said that his 70-square-meter house built of bricks was established ub 2015, housing 4 members. He addes that he received an administrative demolition notice a week ago, and the Israeli authorities threatened him of sending the municipality bulldozers to implement the demolition if he would do it himself within 7 days. As a result, he was forced to self-demolish his house to avoid paying fines for the municipality.

On Wednesday morning, 01 December 2021, Israeli authorities handed a notice to confiscate a plot of land near the western entrance to Beit Jala city, west of Bethlehem, claiming it is for the public interest and aiming at expanding a settlement road.  Director of the Bethlehem office of the Wall and Settlement Committee, Hassan Brijieh, said that IOF distributed a decision to seize a 400-sqaure-meter land in order to expand a settlement road that connects the tunnels road and “Har Homa” settlement established on the lands of Abu Ghuniam Mount, north of Bethlehem.

At approximately 06:00, IOF accompanied with 12 Israeli Civil Administration vehicles, 30 SUVs and 4 mounted-crane trucks moved into Kherbet al-Ras al-Ahmar in the Northern Jordan Valleys, east of Tubas. IOF confiscated 6 tractors, 5 private vehicles, 4 water tanks and 3 trucks to displace the Palestinian farmers and vacate the area from residents. IOF took all the confiscated vehicles via mounted-crane trucks. PCHR keeps the names of those owning the confiscated vehicles.

At approximately 15:00, IOF military vehicles demolished 2 agricultural rooms in Nahalin village, west of Bethlehem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction. Hani Fanoun, Mayor of Nahalin Municipality, said that IOF accompanied with military vehicles moved into al-Nasba area, where they demolished two agricultural rooms built of bricks, noting they were notified to be demolished several months ago. Fanoun clarified that one of the rooms ( 70 sqms) belongs to Majdi Jamil Shakarna while the other room (60 sqms) belongs to ‘Alaa Mohammed Fanoun. He pointed out that IOF recently distributed more than 20 notices to agricultural rooms located between “Neve Daniel” and “Beitar Illit” settlements, west of Bethlehem.

Setters’ Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and their Property:

  • On Tuesday evening, 30 December 2021, a group of settlers attempted to put a large menorah in front on Nabil al-Kurd’s house in Karam al-Ja’ouni area in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied east Jerusalem’s Old City, during a provoking gathering organized in the area to celebrate the Jewish festival of lights “ Hanukkah”.

The committee of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood residents said in a statement that the neighborhood residents prevented a group of Israeli settlers from putting a large menorah in front on Nabil al-Kurd’s house while they were performing prayers on the occasion of “Hanukkah”. The committee clarified that many Israeli soldiers provided protection for settlers although the latter attacked Palestinians’ houses. Also, on the same day dawn, a group of settlers vandalized the murals that a number of activists had painted on the walls of Nabil al-Kurd’s house.

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

The West Bank:

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of 44 temporary checkpoints that restrict the movement of goods and individuals, where IOF searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs, and arrested 4 of them. IOF reinforced its restrictions on civilians’ freedom of movement at its permanent checkpoints in the West Bank and shut some checkpoints for several hours on multiple occasions.

Here follows PCHR documentation of restrictions on the freedom of movement and IOF-established temporary checkpoints across the West Bank this week:

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday, 25 November 2021, IOF tightened its measures at al-Container checkpoint, northeast of Bethlehem, obstructing vehicles’ movement.
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  • On Friday, 26 November 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Tuqu and Ash-Shawawra villages.
  • On Saturday, 27 November 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Tuqu and Beit Fajjar villages.
  • On Sunday, 28 November 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Tuqu and Jannatah villages, in ‘Aqabet Hassnah area and near the intersection of al-Nashash area.

Ramallah and Al-Bireh:

  • On Thursday, 25 November 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Nabi Salih village and under the bridge of Ein Yabrud village.
  • On Friday, 26 November 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Nabi Salih village.
  • On Saturday, 27 November 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the intersection of “Beit El” settlement on the main road leading to Jalazone refugee camo, north of the city.
  • On Sunday, 28 November 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Nabi Salih village.
  • On Monday, 29 November 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Beitin village, east of the city.
  • On Wednesday, 01 December 2021, IOF closed with sand berms and cement cubes the entrance to Deir Nidham They also established a checkpoint at the intersection of Ein ad-Duyuk village, north of the city.

Jericho:

  • On Thursday, 25 November 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the northern and southern entrances to the city, and at the intersection of Ein ad-Duyuk village, north of the city.
  • On Sunday, 28 November 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints on al-Mo’arajat road between Jericho and Ramallah, and at the northern and southern entrances to the city.

Jenin:

  • On Thursday, 25 November 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the intersection of Ya’bad village, southwest of the city.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 25 November 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to Khasa, Beit Ummar and Beit Awwa villages, at the southern entrance to Hebron, and on Beit Einun Road.
  • On Friday, 26 November 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints the entrances to as-Samu, Bani Na’im and Sa’ir villages, and at the northern entrance to Halhul city.
  • On Saturday, 27 November 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrance to Ash-Shuyukh village, and at the southern and western entrances to the city.
  • On Sunday, 28 November 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Sa’ir, ad-Dhahiriya and Beit Ummar villages.
  • On Wednesday, 01 December 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Sa’ir, Idhna, and Beit Awwa villages.

Qalqilya:

  • On Saturday, 27 November 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the eastern entrance to the city and at the entrances to Nabi Ilyas, Izbat al-Tabib, and Azzun villages, east of the city.

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in Occupied Palestine (18– 24 November 2021)

November 25, 2021

Israeli Human Rights Violations

18 – 24 November 2021

IOF excessive use of force:

5 Palestinians shot and wounded, including 2 children and a journalist, in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem

1 IOF shooting reported against fishing boats in Western Khan Younis, and two incursions into eastern Gaza

In 113 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 73 civilians arrested, including 7 children and 3 women

Demolitions in occupied East Jerusalem: Two residential buildings demolished, and 2 agricultural barracks

A house and cemetery razed in Hebron; paved street razed in Nablus

Settles attack Palestinians’ vehicles and puncture tires in Nablus and Jerusalem

IOF established 36 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 5 Palestinians on said checkpoints

Summary                                                                                        

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse, and attacks on civilians, turning the West Bank into isolated blocks of land. Israeli settlers continued their attacks, including shooting and wounding Palestinian civilians; meanwhile, IOF continued its razing and demolishing of Palestinian properties, mainly in Hebron and Jerusalem.

The Israeli settlement expansion works continued on Palestinian lands and properties. Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip enters its 15th year under closure, exacerbating the humanitarian hardships across the territory.

IOF shooting and violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

IOF shot and wounded 5 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, in excessive use of force in the West Bank: 3, including a child, were wounded in two separate incidents of IOF attacks on protestors in Qalqilya. Two others were wounded, including a journalist, in Ramallah.

In the Gaza Strip, PCHR documented 1 IOF shooting at fishing boats off Khan Younis coast.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 113 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 73 Palestinians were arrested, including 7 children and 3 women.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted 2 limited incursions into (eastern) central and southern Gaza Strip.

Demolitions:

PCHR documented 6 incidents:

  • Occupied East Jerusalem: 2 agricultural barracks demolished in al- Sawahera; two residential buildings demolished in Sur Baher.
  • Hebron: a house and cemetery razed in Yatta.
  • Salfit: construction vehicle confiscated in Deir Ballout.
  • Nablus: a street razed near Asira ash-Shamaliya, northwestern Nablus.

Settler-attacks: 

  • Occupied Jerusalem: several tires punctured in Sheikh Jarrah.
  • Nablus: two vehicles assaulted with rocks.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Israeli occupation authorities continued its collective punishment measures against the Gaza Strip as the 15-year Israeli closure imposed on the territory deepened the population’s humanitarian and living crises, as unemployment has skyrocketed at 45%, i.e. 217,000 able workers are unemployed, 63% of whom are youth.

More than half of the Gaza Strip population suffer in poverty, as the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics data shows that 53% of the Gaza Strip population is poor; meanwhile, more than 62.2% is classified as food insecure, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Additionally, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the 2000 Second Intifada -still closed to this date- and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest, especially at al-Karama border crossing, alongside the Palestinian-Jordanian border.

Shooting and other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity

  • At approximately 17:00 on Thursday, 18 November 2021, a group of Palestinians gathered at the entrance to Al-Arroub refugee camp in northern Hebron, where IOF established a military watchtower. The Palestinians threw stones at the military watchtower. Afterwards, IOF deployed in the area, stationed near residential houses and fired sound bombs and teargas canisters at stone-throwers. As a result, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation. Also, IOF chased the stone-throwers on the camp’s streets, closed with a metal detector gate the main entrance the camp and prevented residents from moving through their vehicles. Clashes continued until 22:00.
  • At approximately 19:30, IOF moved into al-Dahra neighborhood in Isawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They deployed in the neighborhood’s streets, established several military checkpoints, searched Palestinians passerby, and checked their IDs. During which, dozens of young men gathered near Israeli military vehicles and threw stones and fireworks at them. IOF immediately attacked protestors and fired heavy rubber bullets and teargas canisters at them. They also demanded military backups and a skunk carrying vehicle, which flooded shops and residential houses with wastewater. Clashes between the protestors and IOF continued for several hours and erupted in many areas such as the western entrance to the village, and around al-Arba’in Mosque in the center of the village. As a result, dozens of protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation. Also, IOF arrested Qusai Abu Irmilah (14) after severely beating him up.
  • At approximately 22:30, IOF moved into Bir Ayoub neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They closed the main entrance to the neighborhood and established a military checkpoint to search Palestinians’ vehicles, causing a traffic jam. Afterwards, dozens of young men gathered near IOF vehicles and threw stones and Molotov Cocktails at them. IOF immediately assaulted the protestors, fired heavy live and rubber bullets and teargas canisters at them and chased them on the neighborhood’s streets amidst a heavy firing of teargas canisters. As a result, dozens of protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation.
  • At approximately 12:30 on Friday, 19 November 2021, IOF stationed at the northern entrance to Kafr Qaddum village, north of Qalqilya, suppressed a protest organized by dozens of Palestinian young men. IOF chased the protestors, who gathered in the area, clashed with them and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, a 17-year-old male was shot with a rubber bullet in his hand and a 34-year-old man was hit with a teargas canister, causing burns throughout his body.
  • Around the same time, IOF stationed at the southern entrance to Jaljulia village in Qalqilya, suppressed a protest organized by dozens of Palestinian young men. IOF chased the protestors, who gathered in the area, clashed with them and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, a 17-year-old male, from Qalqilya, was shot with a live bullet in his lower limbs.
  • At approximately 14:00, a group of Palestinians gathered in Bab al-Zawiya area in Hebron where IOF maintain a military checkpoint on the entrance of the closed Shuhadaa St. The protestors set tires on fire and threw stones on the military checkpoint. IOF soldiers deployed on rooftops in the area and fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the protestors. Two military vehicles came from al-Shalalah Street to the clashes area. IOF chased the protestors towards Bir Humus area and fired rubber bullets at them. As a result, shop owners were forced to close. The clashes continued until 20:00, and no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 03:30 on Sunday dawn, 21 November 2021, an Israeli infantry force moved into ‘Ein Monjed neighborhood in central Ramallah and fired sound bombs and teargas canisters between residential houses and buildings. As a result, several civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation. Afterwards, many young men gathered in the area and threw stones and empty bottles at IOF deployed between houses and set tires on fire. IOF chased the stone-throwers and fired rubber bullets at them. Clashes continued until 04:45. During their withdrawal, IOF fired a rubber bullet at a journalist namely Maher Shaher Haroun (20), wounding him in his knee. Maher received treatment on the spot.

Maher Haroun said to PCHR’s fieldworker that: “I am a photojournalist and a reporter at Palestine Times Network, and I am studying media at Birzeit University. At approximately 04:45, while I was covering incidents occurred on the main street of ‘Ein Monjed neighborhood, IOF, during their withdrawal from the neighborhood, directly fired a rubber bullet around my knee, despite wearing the PRESS-marked vest and presenting away from clashes area. When I felt that I was injured, I tried to sit on the ground, because I couldn’t walk. It turned out later that I was hit with a rubber bullet below my knee, and I sustained minor wounds. I received treatment on the spot.”

  • At approximately 16:00, a group of Palestinians gathered in Bab al-Zawiya area in Hebron where IOF maintain a military checkpoint on the entrance of the closed Shuhadaa St. The protestors set tires on fire and threw stones on the military checkpoint. IOF soldiers deployed at the checkpoint entrance and fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the protestors. As a result, they suffocated due to teargas inhalation. IOF chased the protestors towards Wad al-Tuffah Street. The clashes continued until 19:00, and no arrests were reported. The shop owners were forced to close due to the clashes.
  • At approximately 02:00 on Monday, 22 November 2021, special Israeli force raided several houses belonging to Ghaith family in al-Westa neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Among the stormed houses was ‘Adnan Tawfiq Ghaith (46)’s house. IOF searched the houses and damaged its contents. They also fired sound bombs inside houses and severely beat their inhabitants. As a result, 4 of them sustained bruises, and were taken by Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) staff to the hospital for treatment. Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested Waleed ‘Adel Ghith (25), Hamza Nidal Ghaith (31), Rabee’ Nidal Ghaith (29) and ‘Abdullah al-Zaghal (23), taking them to investigation centers. According to a statement issued by Jerusalem governorate, special Israeli forces raided Ghaith family’s houses in al-Westa neighborhood in Silwan and severely beat their residents, including ‘Adnan Ghaith, Jerusalem governor. The statement clarified that IOF raided ‘Adnan Ghaith’s house and assaulted him along with his sons and his cousins. They also damaged the house contents. As a result, ‘Adana sustained wounds in his hand. It should be noted that since taking office as Governor of Jerusalem, Geith has been arrested several times and his movement has been restricted as well.
  • At approximately 03:05 on Wednesday dawn, 24 November 2021, IOF backed by military vehicles moved into Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They deployed between residential houses and raided and searched them. While storming Mohammed Sami Abu Sabri’s house, IOF detained the family members in one room and then the officer ordered Mohammed’s brother namely Belal (30) to phone him and tell him to surrender himself. They also threatened him to arrest all the family members if he would not surrender. After that, IOF deployed in the house and searched it. Before their withdrawal, they arrested Mohammed’s mother namely Nabila Hamdi Abu Sabri (50), his brother Belal (30), and then leave. Also, IOF arrested Thaier Zuhair Samad’ah (32), a former prisoner, after searching his house. During IOF’s withdrawal from the camp, a group of Palestinians gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at IOF, who chased the protestors and fired heavy live and rubber bullets. As a result, three civilians, from Bir Nabala village, west of occupied East Jerusalem, were injured after targeting their vehicle while they were passing through the main Street heading to their workplace. Among thouse wounded: a 23-year-old male, who was shot with a rubber bullet in his shoulder, while the others suffocated due to teargas inhalation.  All of them were taken to Palestine Medical Complex for treatment.
  • At approximately 22:30, Israeli gunboats stationed off Khan Yunis shore, south of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area, opened heavy fire around them and fired flare bombs in the sky, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 18 November 2021:

  • At approximately 00:30, IOF arrested Eisa Saysin al-’Arouj (22), after raiding and searching his house in Harmala village, east of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Mos’ab Khaled Tafish (30), after raiding and searching his house in Za’tara village, southeast of Bethlehem.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Ali Abdul Ghaffar Dofish (37), after raiding and searching his house in Hebron.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Mos’ab Taha al-’Arouj (25), after raiding and searching his house on al-Saf street in Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Wael Subhy al-Izzah (42), the administrative manager of al-Maslamani Hospital in Bayt Sahur, after raiding and searching his house in al-Dawha village, west of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Bayt Kahil village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched Nimir Mohammed ‘Asafra’s (40) house, but no arrests were reported.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Zaki Taysir Za’loul (17) and Mohammed Ibrahim Sayatin (21), after raiding and searching their houses in Husan village, west of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 04:30, IOF arrested Mahmoud Eisa al-A’raj (21), after raiding and searching his house in al-Walaja village, west of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 06:00, IOF arrested (4) civilians, including 2 siblings, after raiding and searching their houses in Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin governorate. The arrestees are: Mohammed Ghassan Qabha (24), Ahmed (27) and Belal Khaled Abu Baker (24), and Abdul Jabbar Nfei’at (26).
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Adnan Khaliliyah (33), from Jaba’ village, south of Jenin governorate, while passing through a temporary military checkpoint established at Ramallah-Nablus road.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Amjad Ali Deiriyah (25) and Munir Nasim Deiriyah (23), from Bayt Fajar village, south of Bethlehem, after referring to “Gush Etzion” detention center, south of the city.
  • At approximately 17:30, IOF arrested Mohammed Hosny ‘Asrawi (22), from Anabta village, east of Tulkarm, while passing through ‘Inab military checkpoint, east of the village.
  • At approximately 19:40, IOF arrested Mo’ath Younis Shawahnah (22), after raiding and searching his house in Kafr Thulth village, in Qalqilyah.
  • IOF carried out (6) incursions in Jaba’, Sanur, Mirka, Nazlat Zayd and Bir al-Basha villages in Jenin governorate; and Qarawat Bani Hassan, west of Salfit. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 19 November 2021:

  • At approximately 00:30, IOF arrested Mousa Mohammed Abu Libda (27), after raiding and searching his house in Qalqilya.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Hosny ‘Asrawi (23), after raiding and searching his house in Ilar village, north of Tulkarm.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Suhaib Mahmoud Abu Lifa (28), after raiding and searching his house in Tulkarm.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF arrested Suhaib Hani Shweiky (21), after raiding and searching his house in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in al-Hashmiyah village in Jenin governorate; Hebron and Nuba villages. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 20 November 2021

  • At approximately 16:45, IOF stationed at the annexation wall established at Dayr Balut village, west of Salfit, arrested Mohammed Saleh Izz al-Dein (23), from Hizma village; and Ibrahim Mohammed Mustafa (22), from Dayr Balut, west of Salfit.
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Jamal Alian (36) and Mohammed Zakaria Alian (20), after raiding and searching their houses in al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.

Sunday, 21 November 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested (4) siblings after raiding and accurately searching their house in al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Khader Rabah Abu al-Humus (33), and his brothers, Belal (28), Sultan (26), and Mohammed (19).
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Abdullah Sami Dweik (18) and Dia’ Mousa al-Tamim (20), after raiding and searching their houses in al-Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested the former prisoner, Mohammed Hussain al-Salameen (24), after raiding and searching his house in al-Shurfa neighborhood in al-Bireh village, north of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 09:00, IOF arrested Sultan al-Halissi (43), after raiding and searching his house in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 09:10, IOF killed a Palestinian citizen after conducting a shooting attack that resulting in killing an Israeli settler and three others, including 2 Israeli police officers, near Chain Gate, one of the Aqsa Mosque’s Gates in the occupied East Jerusalem. After a while, IOF closed all gates of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City and the Aqsa Mosque, established checkpoint and imposed movement restrictions for an hour.

Meanwhile, IOF stormed and searched al-Rashidiya School, where Fadi Mahmoud Abu Shukheidem (42), who carried out the attack, was working in as an Islamic Education teacher, then they arrested the school guard, Abdul Kareem Abu Kharoub, who was released after several hours of investigation. Furthermore, IOF surrounded, stormed and searched Abu Shukheidem building in Shu’afat refugee camp, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. IOF severely assaulted Fadi’s family, damaged the house contents, then they arrested his daughter, Aya (20); his son, Abdullah (8); his brother, Shadi; and his nephew, Basel; and summonsed his mother, Samira al-Sweity (69). Several hours later, clashes occurred between dozens of young men and the Israeli soldiers inside the refugee camp, after the camp’s residents closed the main street and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed inside the military checkpoint.

In the evening, a protest launched from Abu Ubaidah Bin al-Jarrah Mosque and headed to Abu Shukheidem building.  IOF heavily fired teargas canisters at houses and shops in the camp. As a result, dozens of residents suffocated due to teargas inhalation.

  • At approximately 11:00, IOF arrested Majda Ibrahim al-Hanini (47), while present in the Aqsa Mosque yards in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF handed Mohammed Wael al-Hawash (21) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services Moscovia Detention Center in West Jerusalem, after raiding and searching his house in Shu’afat refugee camp, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF arrested Ali Mahmoud al-Tawil (17), after raiding and searching his house in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF arrested Hussain Ahmed Atiya (17), after raiding and searching his house in al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF arrested Nabil Nader Shriteh (19), after raiding and searching his house in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

Monday, 22 November 2021:

  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Abdullah Islam Khudair (20), a student at al-Najah National University in Nablus, after raiding and searching his house in al-Dahiya neighborhood, east of Nablus.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF arrested Murad Ahmed Soboh (37), after raiding and searching his house in Wad Far’a area, south of Tubas.
  • At approximately 05:00, IOF arrested (5) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Qalandia refugee camp, north of the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Mohammed al-Khateeb, Ibrahim Afana, Yousef Kisba, Kamal Abu Osba’ and Ashraf al-Zitawi.
  • At approximately 06:30, IOF reinforced with 6 military vehicles (4 bulldozers and 2 military tanks), moved 50-100 meters to the west of the border fence from Kissufim to the south of the border fence, east of Deir al-Balah. They levelled and combed lands adjacent to the border fence. After several hours, the Israeli military vehicles moved to the north, to al-Maghazi area, and deployed again inside of the border fence.
  • At approximately 08:30, IOF IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved 100-meter to the east of al-Qarara village, east of Khan Yunis. They levelled and combed lands adjacent to the border fence with Israel, before they deployed again inside the border fence.
  • At approximately 09:00, IOF arrested Obada Nidal Dandis (25) and Mahmoud Nader Dandis (23), after raiding and searching their houses in Ras al-Amud neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Rasha Tareq al-Issawy (36), after raiding and searching her house in al-Isawiya village, east of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF arrested Hasan Mohammed Asal (41), while passing through Shu’afat military camp’s checkpoint, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 19:40, IOF arrested Ra’ed Majed al-Sanam (20), after raiding and searching his house in Qalqilya.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Halhul, Yatta, Imreish and Bayt Amra villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Ibrahim Ahmed Hmeidan (24) and Jehad Abdul Fattah Hmeidan (51), after raiding and searching their houses in Biddu village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Ali Mohammed Rashayida (52), after raiding and searching his house in al-Rashayidah village, east of Bethlehem.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Osama Ahmed Salatnah (23), after raiding and searching his house in Jaba’ village, south of Jenin governorate.
  • At approximately 03:05, IOF handed Abdul Rahman al-Tawil (23) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Bet El” settlement, north of al-Bireh, after raiding and searching his house in Balou’ neighborhood, north of Ramallah governorate.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested Wissam Mohammed Sidr (28), while present near King Faisal Gate, one of the Aqsa Mosque’s Gates in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested Sufian Omar al-’Ajlouni (23) and Mohammed Mahmoud Sa’eed (21), while present near Bab Huta Gate, one of the Aqsa Mosque’s Gates, in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 18:30, IOF arrested Adam Mustafa al-Safadi (15) and Mohammed Ibrahim al-Wahsh (15), after raiding and searching their houses in Beit Ssfafa village, south of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Beitunia and Birzeit villages in Ramallah. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 24 November 2021:

  • At approximately 06:00, IOF arrested Anas Mahmoud al-Qanbar (21), after raiding and searching his house in Jabel Mukaber village, southeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF arrested Najeh Dawoud Bakirat (64), deputy director general of Jerusalem endowments, while present near Bab al-Asbat (Lions’ Gate), one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Gates.
  • At approximately 12:00, IOF handed Khadija Mohammed Khweis (44) and Hanadi Mohammed al-Halawani (41), summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services, while present in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

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

Land razing, Demolitions, and Notices:

  • On Sunday morning, 21 November 2021, IOF demolished 2 agricultural barracks near as-Sawahira village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

As-Sawahira local council stated that IOF and the Civil Administration crews moved into as-Sawahira and demolished a 44-sqm agricultural barrack belonging to Mohammed Shqeirat and another one of 50 sqms belonging to ‘Abeidat family in the area.

  • At approximately 06:30 on Tuesday, 23 November 2021, the Israeli occupation authorities’ bulldozers demolished 2 residential buildings belonging to Mohammed and Amjad Rabay’ah in Wadi al-Hummus neighborhood in Sourbaher village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction near the security fence in the neighborhood.

Mohammed Raba’ah said that he and his brother Amjad built two buildings on a plot of land 4 years ago, costing them more than 4 million shekels. He added that his 260-sqm building is of 2 floors and houses 4 apartments, and he was supposed to settle in with wife after getting married in 4 months.  Meanwhile, his brother, Amjad’s, building is 150 sqms and of 2 floors with 2 apartments, where he lives with his family of 10, including their mother.  Rabay’ah said that  around 5 months ago the Israeli police raided his house and handed him a paper to refer to the police station in Beit El as they handed him a decision to demolish the 2 buildings under the pretext of building near the “security wall” in the neighborhood.

Rabay’ah added that he hired a lawyer to follow the case and take the necessary procedures, but due to the outbreak of coronavirus, no decision was taken in this case.  He said that he attempted many times to obtain a license or make a settlement to demolish one floor, but the occupation authorities refused.  He pointed out that the Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem held 2 hearings relevant to the 2 buildings and issued a demolition decision without informing him as he and his family were surprised with the decision. Around a week ago, the Israeli police ordered him and his brother to self-demolish the buildings and gave them until Wednesday, 24 November 2021, to do so.

Rabay’ah said that he and his brother refused, as they cannot accept the idea of losing what he has earned for 18 years in minutes.  He  added the moment the Israeli bulldozers moved into the area to demolish the family houses was the hardest time he experienced in his entire life, especially that IOF demolished the houses on the furniture and contents as well as levelling a land planted with trees, which separate between the 2 buildings.

It is noteworthy that the Wadi al-Hummus neighborhood extends from Sourbaher village with an area of around 3,000 dunums, and now IOF bans its residents from building on about half of its area, under the pretext of its closeness to the wall that separates the neighborhood from several villages in Bethlehem.

  • At approximately 09:00, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle and an excavator moved into Ma’in area, east of Yatta. IOF deployed between the houses and banned their movement while the excavator started demolishing a 2-storey house of 200 sqms belonging to ‘Ali Isma’il al-Hamamdah.  The family was supposed to move in after finishing it.

Al-Hamamdah received on 04 March 2021 a notice to demolish the house according to Military Order (1797) issued in 2018, which gives 96 hours to demolish a building starting from the day the military order is handed, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.  It should be noted that IOF refuses the legal appeals filed by Palestinians on these notices.  Meanwhile, around 2 months ago, Hamamdah received a notice of Assault on antiquities.

  • At approximately 10:00, IOF confiscated a bulldozer while working al-Marj area in Deir Ballout, west of Salfit, under the pretext of its presence in Area C.

Khaled Abu al-Kheir, the bulldozer’s owner, said that IOF arrived at the area and confiscated the bulldozer while plowing a plot of land belonging to Nayef Qar’oush under the pretext that the land is within Area C, where work is banned.  IOF took the bulldozer away and ordered them not to be here again.

  • At approximately 11:00, IOF levelled the paved road to Khelet al-Dalyah in Asira ash-Shamaliya village, northwest of Nablus. The 500-meter road was used to reach the agricultural lands, northeast of the village. It should be noted that the road rehabilitation was funded by the Agricultural Relief in cooperation with the Asira ash-Shamaliya Municipality and Power Company
  • Meanwhile, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with the Israeli Civil Administration and an excavator moved into Ad-Deirat village, southeast of Yatta, south of Hebron. The excavator levelled a cemetery that was established near the village under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area C, noting that the Israeli authorities notified on 08 June 2021 to demolish the cemetery. Also, IOF seized 2 excavators belonging to one of the village residents and confiscated them while working there.

Setters’ Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and their Property:

  • On Friday dawn, 19 November 2021, a group of settlers punctured tires of Palestinian vehicles in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

‘Aref Hammad, Head of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, said that the vehicles belonging to the families of al-Ghazzawi, Shreiteh, al-Bashiti and Naser al-Deen in addition to a vehicle belonging to a Palestinian from outside the neighborhood. Hammad said that the Israeli police arrived at the neighborhood and opened an investigation into the incident.  They get off the fingerprints from the vehicle, but the police investigations are not serious as the settlers’ attacks on the neighborhood residents happen under the full protection of the Israeli police.

  • At approximately 18:00 on Sunday, 21November 2021, a group of settlers, from “Esh Kodesh” settlement outpost that was established on the lands of Qaryut and Jalud villages, southeast of Nablus, threw stones at a “Kia” car belonging to Hani Mahmoud Samarah. The car was traveling on Qaryut-Jalud Road when the settlers broke the windshield and severely damaged the car front before the driver could flee towards Qaryut village.
  • At approximately 01:00 on Monday, 22November 2021, a group of settlers from “Yitzhar” settlement established in eastern Urif village, southeast of Nablus, attacked the eastern outskirts of the village and broke the windows of a vehicle with stones. The car belongs to Samir Mohammad Samir Sawalmah and was parked in front of a house.

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

The Gaza Strip:

The Israeli occupation authorities continued its collective punishment measures against the Gaza Strip as the 15-year Israeli closure imposed on the territory deepened the population’s humanitarian and living crises, as unemployment has skyrocketed at 45%, i.e. 217,000 able workers are unemployed, 63% of whom are youth.

More than half of the Gaza Strip population suffer in poverty, as the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics data shows that 53% of the Gaza Strip population is poor; meanwhile, more than 62.2% is classified as food insecure, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

As for commercial crossings, although the occupation authorities allowed the entry of construction  materials outside of the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism (GRM), it continues to maintain restrictions on the import of thousands of goods into the Gaza Strip, including construction materials necessary for the reconstruction of what was destroyed by the latest Israeli offensive, and the equipment and materials needed to repair the massive damage caused to the water and sanitation facilities and electricity networks by the offensive.

Moreover, IOF continued to impose tightened restrictions on the entry of 62 types classified as “dual-use items”[1] that include hundreds of major goods and essential materials, which are essential for the population. The ban on the entry exacerbates the Gaza Strip’s crises across various sectors, including infrastructure, economic, health, and education.

Also, IOF impose restrictions on the sailing area that fishermen are allowed to access, but still continues to chase and open fire on fishing boats sailing within those parameters. As such, fishermen are denied access to areas rich with fish.

At Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing, the Israeli occupation authorities decreased the number of persons allowed travel via the crossing of the already-limited groups that were allowed passage after a thorough security check. Even though the Israeli occupation authorities declared they will allow patients’ travel, they refused to respond to dozens of permit requests applied by the Health Ministry’s Coordination and Liaison Department on behalf of patients with serious diseases, whose treatment is not available at the Gaza hospitals, and referred abroad for treatment in the hospitals in Israel, the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and abroad.

The West Bank:

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of 36 temporary checkpoints that restrict the movement of goods and individuals, where IOF searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs, and arrested 5 of them. IOF reinforced its restrictions on civilians’ freedom of movement at its permanent checkpoints in the West Bank and shut some checkpoints for several hours on multiple occasions.

Here follows PCHR documentation of restrictions on the freedom of movement and IOF-established temporary checkpoints across the West Bank this week:

Jerusalem:

  • On Thursday, 18 November 2021, IOF closed the entrance to Bir Ayoub neighborhood in Silwan village and established several checkpoints in al-Dahra area, around al-Arba’in Mosque and at the western entrance to Isawiya village.
  • On Sunday, 21 November 2021, IOF closed al-Aqsa Mosque gates and all Jerusalem’s wall gates. They also established military checkpoints. Later, all gates were re-opened.
  • On Wednesday, 24 November 2021, IOF tightened their measures at a military checkpoint established at the entrance to Shu’fat refugee camp and obstructed vehicles’ movement.

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday, 18 November 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village.
  • On Friday, 19 November 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Fajjar and Marah Rabah villages, and in ‘Aqabet Hassnah area.
  • On Saturday, 20 November 2021, IOF established a checkpoint in ‘Aqabet Hassnah area.
  • On Sunday, 21 November 2021, IOF closed a military checkpoint (300) and al-Container checkpoint in front of vehicles’ movement, causing a traffic jam. The two checkpoints were re-opened again.
  • On Monday, 22 November 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Nahalin village and in ‘Aqabet Hassnah area.
  • On Tuesday, 23 November 2021, IOF closed al-Container military checkpoint in front of vehicles’ movement and re-opened it later. Also, they established a checkpoint at the entrance to Ash-Shawawra village.
  • On Wednesday, 24 November 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrance to Ash-Shawawra village, and at the northern and western entrances to Tuqu village.

Ramallah and Al-Bireh:

  • On Thursday, 18 November 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Nabi Salih and Beitin villages.
  • On Friday, 19 November 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Silwad village, northeast of the city.

Jericho:

  • On Thursday, 18 November 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to the city.
  • On Friday, 19 November 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to the city.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 18 November 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Ummar, Idhna, Karma and Khasa villages, and at the northern entrance to the city.
  • On Friday, 19 November 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints the entrance to Fawwar refugee camp, at the eastern entrance to Dura city and at the southern entrance to Hebron.
  • On Saturday, 20 November 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints on Wad Abu al-Samen Road in southern Hebron, at the entrance to Fawwar refugee camp and at the entrance to ad-Dhahiriya village.
  • On Sunday, 21 November 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Ummar and as-Samu villages and at the entrance to Al-Arroub refugee camp.
  • On Monday, 22 November 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Khasa village and at the southern entrance to Halhul city.

Salfit:

  • On Thursday, 18 November 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrance to Salfit, and at the entrances to Deir Ballut and Kifl Haris villages, west of the city.

[1] Israeli authorities claim that these items, although used for civilian purposes, could be used to develop the combat capabilities of the Palestinian armed groups.

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (11– 17 November 2021)

November 18, 2021

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (11– 17 November 2021)

Israeli Human Rights Violations

11 – 17 November 2021

IOF excessive use of force:

IOF kill 2 Palestinian civilians, including a child, in Tubas and occupied East Jerusalem

3 Palestinians shot and wounded in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem

1 IOF shooting reported against fishing boats, and twice at agricultural lands in the Gaza Strip

In 107 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 56 civilians arrested, including a child and 2 women

Settler-attacks: Palestinian shot and wounded by settler; other assaults on civilians in Jerusalem and Hebron

Demolitions in occupied East Jerusalem: 2 houses self-demolished; IOF demolished 4 commercial facilities, dismantled two houses, and 5 agricultural facilities

House foundations razed, as well as 5 dunums of land; a barracks, 4 greenhouses and a sheep barn demolished in Hebron.

IOF established 35 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 3 Palestinians on said checkpoints

Summary                                                                                        

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse, and attacks on civilians, turning the West Bank into isolated blocks of land. Israeli settlers continued their attacks, including shooting and wounding Palestinian civilians; meanwhile, IOF continued its razing and demolishing of Palestinian properties, mainly in Hebron and Jerusalem.

The Israeli settlement expansion works continued on Palestinian lands and properties. Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip enters its 15th year under closure, exacerbating the humanitarian hardships across the territory.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

IOF killed two Palestinian civilians, including a child, and wounded 3 others, including a child, in excessive use of force in the West Bank: on 16 November 2021, IOF killed Saddam Hussein A. Bani Ouda (26) during a raid into Tubas.

On 17 November 2021, Omar I. Abu-Asab (16) from Isawiya was killed by IOF fire allegedly for carrying out a stab attack that wounded two members of the Israeli border guards near al-Aqsa Mosque.

A child was wounded during clashes in Jerusalem, and 2 others during an IOF incursion into Nablus.

In the Gaza Strip, PCHR documented 1 IOF shooting at fishing boats in the Gaza Sea, and two others on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 107 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 56 Palestinians were arrested, including a child and 2 women.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF arrested 1 Palestinian attempting to cross the border area in northern Gaza.

Demolitions:

PCHR documented 9 incidents:

  • Occupied East Jerusalem: 2 Palestinians forced to demolish their homes in Sur Baher and Ras al-Amoud; 4 commercial facilities demolished in al-Ram; 2 houses dismantled; 5 sheep barns (barracks) near al-Za’im.
  • Hebron: tin-plate taken from a barracks in Wad al-Mughair (valley); 5 dunums of land razed in Beit Ummar; a barracks dismantled and a ground floor of a house demolished in Yatta. A barracks and 4 greenhouses demolished as well as a sheep barn in Tarqumiyah.

Settler-attacks: 

  • Occupied Jerusalem: Palestinians assaulted on Jaffa street, and another shot and wounded with live bullets in Ras al-Amoud.
  • Hebron: one Palestinian wounded in settlers’ attack on farmers.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Israeli occupation authorities continued its collective punishment measures against the Gaza Strip as the 15-year Israeli closure imposed on the territory deepened the population’s humanitarian and living crises, as unemployment has skyrocketed at 45%, i.e. 217,000 able workers are unemployed, 63% of whom are youth.

More than half of the Gaza Strip population suffer in poverty, as the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics data shows that 53% of the Gaza Strip population is poor; meanwhile, more than 62.2% is classified as food insecure, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Additionally, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the 2000 Second Intifada -still closed to this date- and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest, especially at al-Karama border crossing, alongside the Palestinian-Jordanian border.

Shooting and other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity

  • At approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 11 November 2021, a group of students gathered near Abu al-Rish military checkpoint, which is established in Hebron’s southern area. The students threw stones at the checkpoint while IOF chased them towards schools area and indiscriminately fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, many students suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot by the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS)’s staff.
  • At approximately 14:00, a group of Palestinians gathered at the southern entrance to Halhul city, where IOF established a military watchtower. The Palestinians threw stones at the military watchtower. Afterwards, Israeli military backups arrived and Israeli soldiers deployed and fired sound bombs and teargas canisters at stone-throwers. As a result, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation. Also, IOF chased the stone-throwers towards Halhul city and at the northern entrance to Hebron. During which, Mousa Ghanem al-Se’dah (24) was arrested and taken to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 15:00, a group of Palestinians gathered at the northern entrance to al-Bireh city and threw stones at IOF stationed at al-Mahkama military checkpoint, which is established near “Beit El “settlement, north of the city. A number of soldiers got out of the checkpoint and fired teargas canisters, sound bombs and rubber bullets at the protestors. Afterwards, violent clashes erupted in the area. As a result, dozens of protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation. Moreover, IOF chased the protestors, during which, Ahmed al-Terawi (18) and Mohammed Kamel Hasanin (19), from Jalazone refugee camp in northern Ramallah, were arrested.
  • On Friday, 12 November 2021, IOF moved into Biddu village in occupied East Jerusalem, where clashes erupted between IOF and Palestinian young men who threw stones at the soldiers. The IOF responded with rubber bullets and teargas canisters. As a result, Dawoud Fahmi Badwan (14) was shot with a rubber bullet in the upper part of his body and then taken to a hospital in Ramallah, where it was turned out that he was suffering from internal bleeding in his lung.
  • At approximately 18:00 on Sunday, 14 November 2021, IOF moved into Beit Iksa village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem. IOF fired sound bombs and teargas canisters at Palestinians and their houses. Afterwards, clashes erupted in the area, but no casualties were reported. Also, IOF closed the sole military checkpoint established at the village’s entrance and prevented citizens from entering or exiting the village.
  • At approximately 16:20 on Monday, 15 November 2021, an Israeli undercover unit “Mista’arvim” sneaked into ‘Asirah Street, north of Nablus, via Volkswagen Microbus, stationed near al-Shakhshir Supermarket and surrounded a residential building. Few minutes later, several military vehicles moved into Nablus and backed up the unit. Before their withdrawal, they arrested ‘Abed al-Hakeem Ma’moun Shaheen (27) under the pretext of being wanted to IOF. During IOF’s incursion into Nablus, a group of Palestinians gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at military vehicles that surrounded the residential building. Afterwards, IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the Palestinians. As a result, a 20-year-old male was shot with a live bullet in his right foot and a 20-year-old male was shot with a live bullet in his right hand. Both of them were taken to a hospital for treatment. Moreover, many Palestinians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.
  • At approximately 21:15, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, north of the agriculture school in Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip, opened sporadic fire at border areas and fired flare bombs in the sky. No casualties or material damage were reported.
  • On Tuesday dawn, 16 November 2021, in new crime of excessive use of force, IOF killed a Palestinian civilian during their incursion into Tubas village in the West Bank. PCHR’s investigations confirm that there was no imminent danger or threat to soldiers’ lives at the time the man was targeted. This crime again proves IOF unjustifiable lenient shooting standards in disregard for Palestinian civilians’ lives. According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 05:00 on Tuesday, 16 November 2021, IOF moved into Tubas. Some soldiers stationed near the al-Quds Open University at the entrance to the city while others moved into the city to carry out incursions.

Meanwhile, a number of Palestinians gathered at the southern entrance to Tubas, near Tubas Filling Station, and threw stones at military vehicles stationed near the university. IOF immediately fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, Sadam Hussain ‘Abed al-Wali Bani ‘Odah (26), from Tammun nearby village, was shot with a live bullet that penetrated his heart and settled in the lungs. Bani ‘Odah was taken via civilian car to Tubas Turkish Hospital, where it was turned out that he is in critical condition. Doctors tried to save his life, but in vain. According to PCHR’s investigations, Bani ‘Odah was wounded while he was 30 meters away from the Israeli soldiers, who were exposed to limited stone-throwing at that time; therefore, there was no imminent danger or threat to the lives of soldiers justifying  firing live bullets at Bani ‘Odah along with other protestors.

An eyewitness said to PCHR’s fieldworker that: “at approximately 05:52, while I was near Tubas Filling Station on the main Street, where a group of Palestinians were throwing stones at Israeli soldiers stationed in front of al-Quds Open University, a car arrived from the southern side of tubas coming from Tammun village. After that, four citizens stepped out of the car. I knew one of them; he was Saddam Bani ‘Odah. I noticed that Saddam was throwing stones along with other protestors at IOF stationed in front of the university. Suddenly, Sadam fell next to me on his back. I carried him along with a group of protestors and put him in a taxi that was parking in the area. The taxi took him to Tubas Turkish Hospital. Later, I went to the hospital, where doctors declared his death succumbing to his wounds he sustained after being shot with a live bullet that settled in his lung. It should be noted that there was no imminent danger to soldiers’ lives as protestors only threw stones from a distance of 10 meters at them, whereas Israeli soldier responded with live bullets and teargas canisters.”

During the incursion, IOF moved about 400 meters to the southern entrance to the city, where clashes and stone-throwing occurred. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested Hamza Omar Nimer Daraghmah (28) and Aysar ‘Izat Musalamani (28).  In the morning, an exchange of fire took place with gunmen, but no casualties were reported.

  • At approximately 08:20, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Maghazi refugee camp, opened fire at agricultural lands along the border fence, but no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 05:30 on Wednesday, 17 November 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha Shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, and off al-Sudaniyia Shiore, west of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 2-5 nautical miles and opened heavy fire around them. Israeli naval forces also pumped water at the fishing boats and fired shells around them until 08:45, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF killed a Palestinian child under the pretext of carrying out a stabbing attack, which resulted in the wounding of two Israeli border guard officers on al-Wad Street, one of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City main streets, that leads to al-Aqsa mosque. Israeli police announced in a statement that an 16-year-old child arrived at occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City and stabbed with a knife two Israeli border guard officers. The police added that: “In response, Israeli soldiers opened fire at him and neutralized him. Later, he was pronounced dead “. It turns out later that the victim is Omar Ibrahim Abu ‘Asab (16), from Isawiya village.

IOF published footage documenting the incident. The footage showed a young boy points a knife at two of border guard officers while they were walking on a street in occupied East Jerusalem and tries to stab one of them in the upper back. After that, a fighting erupted between the two officers and boy, during which, a person in civilian clothes opened fire at the boy from his pistol from one- meter distance, so he fell on the ground. Afterwards, IOF gathered in the area.”

PCHR continues to investigate the incident and its circumstances and points out that the footage indicates that IOF could neutralize/control the boy without killing him, and the person who opened fire is likely one of the settlers in the area.[1]

In its aftermath, IOF shut off Bab al-Amoud and Bab al-Sahira (Herod’s Gate) and banned movement in and out of Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF also closed Qalandiya checkpoint and cleared the area surrounding Bab al-Asbat.

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 11 November 2021:

  • At approximately 00:30, IOF stationed at a temporary military checkpoint established at the eastern entrance of Qalqilya, arrested Mo’een Mohammed al-Dalou (27), from the city, while passing through the checkpoint.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Yasine Kayed Sabbah (23) and Khaled Mustafa Sabbah (23), after raiding and searching their houses in Urif village, southeast of Nablus.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested (3) civilians, including a woman, after raiding and searching their houses in al-Dheisha refugee camp, southeast of Bethlehem. The arrestees are: Areen Yousef al-Maghrebi, Basel Ayed Mezher and Nour al-Hasanat.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Khalil Samir Zeidan (24), after raiding and searching his house in Tell village, southeast of Nablus.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Yousef Ayed al-Faqih (36), after raiding and searching his house in Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Ibrahim Ali al-Haj (34), after raiding and searching his house in Halhul, north of Hebron governorate.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Abdul Fattah Mahmoud Abu Jheisha (40), after raiding and searching his house in Idhna, west of Hebron.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested ‘Ahed Mohammed Abu Fara (40) and Abdul Rahman Hamed Hmeidat (34), after raiding and searching their houses in Surif, west of Hebron.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF stationed at the border fence in northern Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, arrested Ahmed Jaber Mesmih (18), from the city. Later, the Israeli government declared a Palestinian citizen sneaked via the border fence.
  • IOF carried out (8) incursions in Fawwar refugee camp and Bayt Kahil in Hebron; Beitunia, Atara, Kafr Malik, al-Mazra’a al-Gharbiya and al-Nabi Saleh villages in Ramallah; and Ein al-Sultan refugee camp in Jericho. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 12 November 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into al-Tuwani village, east of Yatta, south of Hebron governorate. They raided and searched Mohammed Fadel Rab’ai’s house, but no arrests were reported.
  • IOF carried out (6) incursions in Halhul, Hebron and Sa’ir in Hebron; Far’un, Tulkarm and al-Shuweika villages in Tulkarm governorate. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 13 November 2021:

  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested (4) civilians after riding and searching several neighborhoods in Hebron. The arrestees are: Issam ‘Ahed al-Natshah (24), Ameer Mohammed Abu Zeina (22), Younis Issam Abu Irmilah (23), and Mohammed Hamed al-Qawasmah (24).
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Beit Ummar and Idhna villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 14 November 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Ibrahim Hani Souman (30), after raiding and searching his house in Bethlehem.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Tamer Naser Awwad (28), after raiding and searching his house in Bayt Sahur, east of Bethlehem governorate.
  • At approximately 04:20, IOF arrested Ahmed Mohammed Hazeen (21), after raiding and searching his house in Qalandiya refugee camp, northwest of Jerusalem governorate.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF stationed at the gate of Salem Military Court, west of Jenin, arrested Mathna Khaled Kmeil (22), from Qabatiya, southeast of Jenin, while present inside the court to attend the judge session of his relative, Ahmed Kmeil.
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF arrested (2) civilians after stopping them in Hebron’s Old City, claiming that they did not obey the Israeli solders’ orders. IOF took them to a police center in “Kiryat Arba’” settlement. The arrestees are: Yazan Hamed al-Rajabi (18) and Tamer Helmi al-Fakhouri (19).
  • In evening hours, IOF stormed and searched the house of the Aqsa Mosque’s guard, Ahmed Abu Alia, in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Abu Alia stated that as soon as he went back home after finishing his work at the Aqsa Mosque, the Israeli Intelligence Services along with the Israeli police stormed and searched his house for an hour. He added that they did not find anything, so they handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in al-Kishle investigation center on Monday.
  • IOF carried out (10) incursions in Qabatiya, Zababdeh, Arraba, al-Jalamah, Arana, Beit Qad, Misilyah, Anzah, Sanur and Faqqu’a. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 15 November 2021:

  • At approximately 01:20, IOF arrested (4) civilians, including (3) siblings and a child, after raiding and searching their houses in Isawiya in the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Qais, Mousa and Marwan Haitham Mustafa (20), (24), and (28); and Omar Mohammed Shweiky (17).
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Sami Tawafshah (21), along with his brother, Mohammed (20), after raiding and searching their houses in Sanjal, northeast of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 04:15, IOF arrested Ahmed Osama Ladadwah (21) and Abdul Mo’ti Mazen Ladadwah (20), after raiding and searching their houses in al-Mazra’a al-Gharbiya village, north of Ramallah.
  • IOF carried out (6) incursions in al-Bireh, Birzeit, Beit Liqya, and Kharbatha al-Misbah in Ramallah governorate; Hableh, Azzun, east of Qalqilya. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 16 November 2021:

  • At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested (3) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin governorate. The arrestees are Khaled Arafat Amro (22), Mujahed Izz al-Dein ‘Amarnah (23), and Abdullah Mohammed Hirzallah (25).
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested (4) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Bayt Dajan village, northeast of Nablus governorate. The arrestees are: Majdi Hussein ‘Amer (45), Emad Suliman Imawi (43), Farhan Naseem Isma’el (36), and Hmeid Abdul Raheem Hanayshah (37).
  • At approximately 04:05, IOF arrested Ameer Issam Sharqawi (22), after raiding and searching his house in al-Zababdeh village, southeast of Jenin governorate.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF ambushed and arrested (3) civilians, after stopping their vehicles on the entrance of Beita village, southeast of Nablus. The arrestees are: Mohammed Mesh’al al-Nino (28), from Nablus, Mohammed Ghassan Abu Haweila (25), and Fawzi Faisal Abu al-Leil(22), from Balata refugee camp, east of the city. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 17 November 2021:

  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Izz al-Dein Jaber Owda (27), after raiding and searching his house in Dayr Samet village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested Mahmo9ud Mousa Abu Turk (24), after raiding and searching his house in the southern area of Hebron.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Anas Sameer al-Ostah (35), Chairman of the Board of Directors of the “Qamat Foundation” for Documenting the Palestinian Struggle, after raiding and searching his house in al-Masaken al-Sha’biya neighborhood, northeast of Nablus.
  • At approximately 03:05, IOF arrested Yousef Taher Fashafishah (21) and Rabeh Khaled Fashafishah (22), after raiding and searching their houses in Jaba’ village, south of Jenin governorate.
  • At approximately 17:50, IOF arrested Mohammed Sarhan, while present in Bab Huta, one of the Aqsa Mosque’s gated, and took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF moved into Isawiya village, in the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Ibrahem Abu ‘Asab’s house, the father of Omar Ibrahim Abu ‘Asab (16), who was killed after conducting a stab attack against Israeli border guards in the main road leading to the Aqsa Mosque in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Before the withdrawal, IOF arrested Omar’s father, mother and his brother, Husain (18).

Meanwhile, violent clashes occurred between Palestinians and IOF who fired teargas canisters and sound bombs at them. As a result, dozens of citizens suffocated due to teargas inhalation.

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

Land razing, Demolitions, and Notices:

  • At approximately 09:30 on Thrsuday, 11 November 2021, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle and a truck mounted crane moved into Wad al-Moghayer area in southern Hebron. IOF deployed in the area while the civil administration officers dismantled tin plates of a 500-sqm barrack under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area C.  the barrack belonged to ‘Ezz al-Deen Mohammed Salhab (30).

Salhab said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

 “IOF, Border Police, and Civil Administration vehicles moved into the area surrounding our houses.  IOF deployed in the vicinity and the Civil Administration officers dismantled the barrack, which I established for auto repair, without any demolition decision.  After finishing dismantling the tin plates, the officer told me to dismantle the rest steel tubes so that he would not issue a notice to demolish them.”

  • At approximately 09:00 on Friday, 12 November 2021, the Israeli authorities levelled a 5-dunum land planted with almond trees and annexed years ago within the security fence of “Karmei Tzur” settlement, which was established on lands confiscated from southern Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. The land belongs to the heirs of ‘Ali Sa’id Sabarnah, noting that the family always coordinates with the Israeli Civil Administration to access their land via special permits to work and plough it.
  • At approximately 15:00 on Saturday 13 November 2021, IOF forced Mohammed Khaled Rabay’ah to self-demolish his house in Wadi al-Hummus area in Sour Baher village in occupied East Jerusalem after he was previously notified under the pretext of unlicensed construction.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Monday, 15 November 2021, IOF backed by military vehicles and 2 civil administration vehicles as well as a truck mounted crane moved into Irfa’iyah area in eastern Yatta, south of Hebron. IOF deployed between the houses, and the Israeli authorities dismantled a tinplate barrack of 75 sqms belonging to Hamoudah Sabri al-‘Amour and confiscated it, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle and an excavator moved into Bayrouq area in eastern Yatta, south of Hebron. IOF deployed in the area and the excavator started demolishing a 225-sqm concrete slab as Mohammed Kamel al-‘Adrah was supposed to build a house to live in it with his family of 8, including 6 children.  The Israeli authorities issued against Military Order (1797) on 07 November 2021, giving him 96 hours to appeal the decision.
  • At approximately 00:15 on Tuesday, 16 November 2021, IOF accompanied with 3 excavators and a bulldozer moved into al-Ram village, north of occupied Jerusalem. The bulldozers immediately demolished 4 commercial facilities in the vicinity of “Abu al-Shaheed” intersection.  The demolished facilities were as follows: “al-Rehab” Supermarket, which is a 300-sqm barrack belonging to Aminah Hasan ‘Ali Hamdan, “Jaber” Shops for Vegetables and Fruits, which is a 200-sqm barrack, belonging to Isma’il Jaber; “al-Bashir” Gas Station; and a land used as a park for written off cars near the supermarket as well as confiscating used cars.
  • At approximately 09:00, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle, bulldozer and an excavator moved into Jamrourah area, west of Tarqoumiya village, northwest of Hebron. IOF deployed in the area while the Israeli Civil Administration officers emptied the contents of an agricultural rooms sheltering members from al-Batran family while the vehicles demolished a barrack, 4 agricultural rooms and a sheep barn.  The demolition was as follows:
OwnerFacilityDescriptionAreaIndividualsChildren
Saleh Ahmed Mohammed NattahBarrackSteel pillars, shed and tinplate500 sqms4
Sheep barnSteel angles and a barbed wire100 sqms
Agricultural roomSteel pillars and a shed20 sqms
KitchenSteel pillars and a shed20 sqms
Sobhi Saleh Ahmed NattahAgricultural roomSteel pillars and shed30 sqms42
Agricultural roomSteel pillars and shed20 sqms64
‘Abdullah Saleh Ahmed NattahAgricultural roomSteel pillars and shed20 sqms              53

It should be noted that this family depends on grazing sheep and lives in that area to feed sheep from natural pastures as the family owns 250 sheep.  The Israeli authorities previously handed notices to stop construction works on 23 July 2021 as Jamrourah area is located in Area C according to the Oslo Accords.

At approximately 18:30, the Israeli authorities forced Eyad Barqan to self-demolish his house in Ras al-‘Amoud area in occupied East Jerusalem.  The 2-storey house of 300 sqms is still under construction.

On Wednesday, 17 November 2021, IOF dismantled two dwellings of 120 sqms and 5 barracks used for grazing sheep belonging to Ibrahim, ‘Ali, Kayed, Mohammed and ‘Issa al-Sa’idi after IOF surrounded the area and denied civilians’ access to it.

Setters’ Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and their Property:

At approximately 02:00 on Saturday, 13 November 2021, a group of settlers attacked 2 Palestinians on Jaffa Street in occupied West Jerusalem when they were on their way back from work. 

Jad ‘Aqel (20), from Shu’fat village, north of Jerusalem, said that he was with his friend, Nour Abu Khudeir (20) on Jaffa Street on their way back from work late at night. He added that a group of settlers, around 15, were on Jaffa Street and tried to provoke them.  They could not at first, but verbal altercations occurred between them.

“When we continued walking, the settlers attacked us and sprayed pepper gas at our faces, then one of them hit me on the head and I fainted.”

Nour Abu Khudeir said, “The settlers gathered and attacked us with pepper spray in a scary way… I could not see anything anymore. I moved away a little after someone hit me on the back with a sharp tool.” He said that he tried to open his eyes when the Israeli police arrived and all the settlers escaped. He then saw his friend Jad lying on the ground unconscious with blood running down his face. An ambulance arrived and took him to Hadassah Hospital, where he woke up from time to time.

At approximately 10:30, a group of settlers attacked Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem and beat up Palestinians in the area.  Meanwhile, a settler opened fire at Ahmed Khaled al-Keswani (20) and wounded him with a bullet in his hand.  He was then taken to a local hospital.

At approximately 10:00 on Wednesday, 17 November 2021, Mo’atasem Ayoub al-Meshani (29), from al-Shyoukh village, north of Hebron, was wounded in his head after settlers threw stones at him when he was in the agricultural lands near “Asfar” settlement established on the Palestinian lands of northern al-Shyoukh.   The wounded was taken to the governmental hospital in Hebron for treatment.

Mo’atasem al-Meshani said to PCHR’s fieldworker:

“I was in the lands adjacent to “Asfar” settlement to survey the lands there  for the Palestinian Land Settlement Authority, and there were a number of Israeli soldiers as I coordinated with the Israeli side before I arrived at the land.  At around 10:00 when I was about to finish my work, a group of about 20 settlers attacked the farmers in their fields and started throwing stones at them. I asked the soldiers to walk me out of the area, and 2 soldiers walked me 20 meters and then came back. My vehicle was a kilometer away from the site, so I continued walking.  Meanwhile, four settlers ran towards me and heavily threw stones at me.  As a result, a stone hit me in the head, and blood flowed. My glasses and cell phone fell on the ground and crashed. I went to the governmental hospital and later headed to the “Beitar Illit” police station to file a complaint against the settlers.”

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

The Gaza Strip:

The Israeli occupation authorities continued its collective punishment measures against the Gaza Strip as the 15-year Israeli closure imposed on the territory deepened the population’s humanitarian and living crises, as unemployment has skyrocketed at 45%, i.e. 217,000 able workers are unemployed, 63% of whom are youth.

More than half of the Gaza Strip population suffer in poverty, as the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics data shows that 53% of the Gaza Strip population is poor; meanwhile, more than 62.2% is classified as food insecure, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

As for commercial crossings, although the occupation authorities allowed the entry of construction  materials outside of the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism (GRM), it continues to maintain restrictions on the import of thousands of goods into the Gaza Strip, including construction materials necessary for the reconstruction of what was destroyed by the latest Israeli offensive, and the equipment and materials needed to repair the massive damage caused to the water and sanitation facilities and electricity networks by the offensive.

Moreover, IOF continued to impose tightened restrictions on the entry of 62 types classified as “dual-use items”[2] that include hundreds of major goods and essential materials, which are essential for the population. The ban on the entry exacerbates the Gaza Strip’s crises across various sectors, including infrastructure, economic, health, and education.

Also, IOF impose restrictions on the sailing area that fishermen are allowed to access, but still continues to chase and open fire on fishing boats sailing within those parameters. As such, fishermen are denied access to areas rich with fish.

At Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing, the Israeli occupation authorities decreased the number of persons allowed travel via the crossing of the already-limited groups that were allowed passage after a thorough security check. Even though the Israeli occupation authorities declared they will allow patients’ travel, they refused to respond to dozens of permit requests applied by the Health Ministry’s Coordination and Liaison Department on behalf of patients with serious diseases, whose treatment is not available at the Gaza hospitals, and referred abroad for treatment in the hospitals in Israel, the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and abroad.

The West Bank:

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of 35 temporary checkpoints that restrict the movement of goods and individuals, where IOF searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs, and arrested 3 of them. IOF reinforced its restrictions on civilians’ freedom of movement at its permanent checkpoints in the West Bank and shut some checkpoints for several hours on multiple occasions.

Here follows PCHR documentation of restrictions on the freedom of movement and IOF-established temporary checkpoints across the West Bank this week:

Ramallah and Al-Bireh:

  • On Thursday, 11 November 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the intersection between Silwad and Ein Yabrud villages, east of the city.
  • On Friday, 12 November 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Nabi Salih village.
  • On Saturday, 13 November 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to Shuqba, Nabi Salih, Deir Abu Mash’al and Aboud villages, northwest of the city, and at the entrance to Silwad village, northeast of the city.
  • On Monday, 15 November 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Nabi Salih and Turmus Ayya villages.
  • On Tuesday, 16 November 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Turmus Ayya village, northeast of the city.

Jericho:

  • On Thursday, 11 November 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the northern and southern entrances to the city.
  • On Friday, 12 November 2021, IOF closed al-Hamra checkpoint, which is established in northern Jericho, for 5 consecutive hours.
  • On Saturday, 13 November 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints on al-Mo’arajat road connecting Jericho and Ramallah, and at the northern entrance to the city.
  • On Sunday, 14 November 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the northern and southern entrances to the city.
  • On Monday, 14 November 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to the city.

Nablus:

  • On Sunday, 14 November 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints near the intersection of “Yitzhar” settlement and in al-Moraba’a area near tell village’s entrance, southeast of the city.
  • On Monday, 15 November 2021, IOF established a checkpoint between Urif and Asira al-Qibliya villages, southeast of Nablus.

Jenin:

  • On Monday, 15 November 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at Ya’bad village’s intersection, southwest of Jenin.

Hebron:

  • On Friday, 12 November 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to Ash-Shuyukh, Beit Awwa and Khasa villages, at the southern entrance to Hebron, and at the northern entrance to Yatta city.
  • On Saturday, 13 November 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrance to Beit Einun village, on Abu Risha Road, at the entrance to Fawwar refugee camp, and at the western entrance to the city.

Qalqilya

  • On Monday, 15 November 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Ras Atiya and Azzun villages, and at the eastern entrance to the city.

Salfit

  • On Monday, 15 November 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Deir Ballut and Kafr ad-Dik villages, west of the city.

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[1] Video link: https://www.facebook.com/israelpolicearabic/videos/4777167419008012

[2] Israeli authorities claim that these items, although used for civilian purposes, could be used to develop the combat capabilities of the Palestinian armed groups.

Olive Harvest Season: Another Palestinian Struggle against “Israel’s” Eco-Terrorism

Nov 13 2021

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Rasha Reslan

Traditionally a festive season, this year’s olive harvest is once again overshadowed by Israeli vandalism and assaults, resulting in low yields due to the devastating impacts of the Israeli eco-terrorism.

The olive harvest season is yet another Palestinian struggle in the face of the colonial Israeli entity.

It could and should have been a seasonal family celebration. It could and should have been a peaceful encounter with nature. It could and should have been a harvest in the grove, where trees are tightly enrooted and extend as deep as Palestinian ancestors. It could and should have been the annual olive oil harvest season…

Instead, it is yet another Palestinian struggle in the face of a colonial Israeli entity.

“Israel” could not care less about mankind; would it care about an olive tree?” – Abed from the occupied West Bank.

Every year, the olive harvest takes place in Palestine in October and November. Unfortunately, it is not the usual harvest festival, as Palestinian farmers face a triple challenge, particularly in the occupied West Bank, according to a recent report published by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

“My olives bear the brunt of Israeli aggression.” – A 60-year-old Palestinian woman from Salem village, east of Nablus city.

The triple challenge

The first is Israeli settlers, guarded by occupation forces, escalating their daily assaults against Palestinian farmers and their property. The second is “Israel” imposing access restrictions on farmers whose groves are located behind the separation barrier and close to Israeli settlements. The last is “Israel’s” acts of ecological terrorism that have long-lasting effects on climate.

“When I was a first-grader, I used to walk to school on footpath amid green plants at an olive orchid with my brother. As I became a freshmen student, the olive orchid was razed and an Israeli settlement was built in its place. “- Mohammad from Raba, a village in the West Bank village.

The nightmare season

To no one’s surprise, this harvest season too was disrupted by Israeli settlers, who physically assaulted farmers, vandalized or set fire to their trees, or harvested and stole their produce.

Last month, Israeli settlers committed daily assaults against Palestinians harvesting their olive season. In the West Bank, 365 Israeli settlers attacks were reported. This year, almost 8,000 olive trees have already been uprooted, although the season is not over yet.

“Life’s work disappeared in a second.”- Fouad from Raba.

“It’s like watching your children being cut down in front of you.”

Furthermore, ICRC data revealed that “over the period of one year (August 2020 – August 2021) more than 9,300 trees were destroyed in the occupied West Bank.”

“Here is what our eyes saw: a barren land, and dozens, perhaps even hundreds, of dead olive trees.” – Mona from the occupied West Bank.

“My uncle had a stroke at the sight of the trees being cut in front of him,” Mona added.

According to a study published in 2012 by the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ), Israeli occupation forces have uprooted 800,000 Palestinian olive trees in the West Bank since 1967.

In an exclusive interview for Al Mayadeen English, Lobby and Advocacy Director at the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) Moayyad Bsharat said that the UAWC has organized a yearly campaign to help Palestinian farmers in their olives harvest season, adding that 250 volunteers from several Palestinian universities have participated in this year’s campaign.

Bsharat further stated that 95 Israeli attacks against Palestinians have been reported during the campaign.

He also commented on “Israel’s” decision to designate UAWC among five other Palestinian organizations as “terrorist”, saying, as a Palestinian agricultural institution, we have been subjected to persecution and incitement campaigns by Israeli organizations for more than ten years. 

“The occupation and its settlers have a racist colonial project in the region, which is not restricted to plundering, confiscating, and occupying the land, but extends to uprooting the Palestinians entirely from it.”

“I mean, this classification presents “Israel” as a rogue entity against international law. If you review the Security Council’s definition of terrorism, you will find it embodied entirely in the occupation and its settlers. It is the one who kills children and women, arrests innocent civilians, and demolishes homes …”, he stressed.

“For us, the Israeli occupation’s decision is an intense expression of the size and importance of the work we are doing, and this is a renewed affirmation that we will pursue our mission and will not leave the Palestinian farmers who are facing the occupation on their own,” Bsharat concluded.

“I cannot enter my land” 

“I have 20 Dunams of olive trees. I cannot enter my land. The Israeli occupation forces prevent us from passing; they assault us whenever they see us in the area. They steal our water and vandalize our trees. I am in constant fear of losing my land and my tress.”

Palestinian farmers are deprived of their basic right to access their land, except for a few days a year. Meanwhile, Israeli permit approval rates have been diminishing over the years. The year-round restrictive access regime in these areas, which impedes essential agricultural activities, has continued to have an impact on olive productivity and value.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the approval rate fell from 71% of applications in 2014 to 37% in 2019. The rate further declined in 2020 to 24%. Furthermore, the Israeli authorities issued new standing regulations in September 2019 that limit the number of days farmers can access their land.

No other income 

Many Palestinian families rely on olive trees for their primary source of income, and vandalized trees mean less income and fewer opportunities for Palestinian families in general, and children in particular. The entire olive sector, including olive oil, table olives, pickles, and soap, is worth over $100 million per year, according to Oxfam International.

According to UN figures, olive trees cover approximately 48% of agricultural land in the West Bank and Gaza. Olive trees account for 70% of fruit production in Palestine and approximately for 14% of the Palestinian economy. 93% of the olive harvest is used to make olive oil.

“I don’t have any other income. I was counting on this harvest season to provide food to the table and to admit my son to college. After the Israeli settlers uprooted my olive trees, I cannot afford anything. My son just lost his hope of going to the university.”- Moaed from the West Bank.

West Bank trade remains largely isolated from global markets due to restrictions imposed on the movement of goods to, from, and within the occupied Palestinian territory, according to a July 2011 study by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

“My loss is so devastating to my family and my co-workers. I could not export our virgin olive oil because of the Israeli harsh restrictions. It is so hard for us to accept this nightmare.”- Zakaria from the occupied West Bank.

“We are the olive trees”

“Our relationship with the olive trees is untypical. It is not just a tree. It is part of my childhood memory,” explains a smiling Abed under an ancient 12-meter olive tree.

“Olive trees are a constant reminder that the danger is nearing us. The colonial entity aims to uproot our identities and construct a new identity which is different from ours”, Abed sighs.

In an exclusive interview for Al Mayadeen English, the young Palestinian man, speaking emotionally, added that “Israel” wants to erase his memories and banish him from existence, affirming that the Palestinian olive tree is a symbol. 

“We are the olive trees. It symbolizes how the colonial Israeli entity wants to uproot Palestinians and expel them from their own land, just like it uproots an olive tree; “Israel” wants to kill me in the same way it kills an olive tree and builds a new future on our past”.

Abed commented on the famous photo of an old Palestinian woman holding onto an olive tree, by saying that this Palestinian woman is not holding onto the tree because it is a tree. “The olive tree symbolizes her childhood, her first love, her first family gathering, her roots, and her fear of being uprooted from her land.”

“The Olive tree is so important since it represents our Palestinian identity. It is directly related to our land, our steadfastness, and our resilience”. 

“And just as they uproot our olive trees and we replant them, we will liberate Palestine and return to Palestine, all of Palestine,” he concluded.

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (04 – 10 November 2021)

November 11, 2021

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (04 – 10 November 2021)

Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine

4 – 10 November 2021

  • Israeli occupation issues military order classifying 6 Palestinian civil society organizations as “disallowed associations”
  • Spyware Surveillance targets Palestinian Human Rights Defenders
  • IOF kill child in Nablus
  • IOF shoot and wound 5 Palestinians, including 2 children, in excessive use of force in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem
  • 4 IOF shootings reported against fishing boats in western Gaza Strip
  • In 98 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 56 civilians arrested, including 4 children
  • 7 dnumns of land razed during IOF limited incursion into southern Gaza Strip
  • 5 houses, sheep barn, and other properties demolished in the West Bank
  • IOF established 37 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 4 Palestinians on said checkpoints

Summary                                                                                        

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse, and attacks on civilians, turning the West Bank into isolated blocks of land.

The Israeli settlement expansion works continued on Palestinian lands and properties. Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip enters its 15th year under closure, exacerbating the humanitarian hardships across the territory.

Persecution of Palestinian civil society organizations and human rights defenders

Israeli military commander in the oPt issued a military order classifying 6 Palestinian NGOs as “disallowed associations” as per the Defense (Emergency) Regulations of 1945 that was issued under the British Mandate. The new order allows the Israeli occupation to attack the organizations, adopt punitive measures against them, including closure of offices, confiscation and hampering funding resources, and assaulting/prosecuting staff members.

It was also discovered that the Israeli occupation conducted a systemic and confidential surveillance campaign targeting the cellphones of Palestinian human rights defenders and lawyers, gravely breaching their privacy and that of the victims they work with.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

A child was killed, and 5 other Palestinians were wounded in IOF excessive use of force in the West Bank. On 5 November, IOF killed Mohammed Dadas (13) after shooting him in the abdomen near Deir Hatab village, eastern Nablus. Another civilian was wounded during clashes in Sobeih Mount in Nablus; 3 others, including 2 children, were wounded in 2 separate incidents in Ramallah; a fifth was wounded in Bethlehem

In the Gaza Strip, PCHR documented 4 IOF shootings at fishing boats in the Gaza Sea.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 98 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 56 Palestinians were arrested, including 4 children.

Demolitions:

PCHR documented 9 incidents:

  • Occupied East Jerusalem: 10 families received evacuation notices targeting their apartment building in al-Tur neighborhood; a Palestinian was forced to self-demolish his apartment building in Beit Hanina, and another had to do the same to his house in Jabel al-Mukaber. IOF also demolished a balcony in Beit Safafa, and internal walls inside a house in Wadi al-Joz.
  • Nablus: stone chains and country house demolished; more than 60 olive trees uprooted; water well buried, and a razing notice given against a street in Duma village.
  • Hebron: sheep barn and mobile home demolished in eastern Ethna.
  • Bethlehem: pesticides used on dozens of olive tree seedlings in Battir; 2 houses demolished in al-Walaja.

Settler-attacks: 

  • Hebron: farmers assaulted in Surif; children’s playground assaulted in Susiya; and civilians assaulted in Khrbet Sadet-a-Thala.
  • Bethlehem: farmers assaulted in eastern Tuqu.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Israeli occupation authorities continued to ban the entry of dozens of goods, including construction materials, in collective punishment measures against the Gaza Strip as the Israeli closure imposed on the territory entered its 15th year, causing an increasing humanitarian crisis implicating all aspects of life in the territory.

Meanwhile, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the 2000 Second Intifada -still closed to this date- and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest, especially at al-Karama border crossing, alongside the Palestinian-Jordanian border.

Persecution of Palestinian civil society organizations and human rights defenders

On Sunday, 7 November 2021, Israeli military commander in the oPt issued a military order classifying 6 Palestinian NGOs as “disallowed associations” as per the Defense (Emergency) Regulations of 1945 that was issued under the British Mandate. The new order, which followed the Israeli Army Minister’s decision on 19 October 2021, to classify 6 Palestinian civil society organizations as terrorist organizations as per the Israeli counter-terrorism law of 2016.

The new order allows the Israeli occupation to attack the organizations, adopt punitive measures against them, including closure of offices, confiscation and hampering funding resources, and assaulting/prosecuting staff members. The organizations include: Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Al-Haq Law in the Service of Man, Bisan Center for Research and Development, Defense for Children International-Palestine, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees.

On Monday, 8 November 2021, Front Line Defenders revealed a systematic and confidential campaign to hack and surveille Palestinian human rights defenders and lawyers with spyware. Al-Haq issued a press statement where it clarified that they reached out to FLD on 16 October 2021 for suspicions that one of its staff’s iPhone is hacked. FLD’s technical investigations discovered that the suspected iPhone is bugged with the NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware since July 2021.

Al-Haq disclosed that both Citizen Lab and Amnesty International’s Security Lab each confirmed FLD’s analysis, and that out of at least 75 iPhones owned by human rights defenders and CSO staff, there are 5 other phones hacked, including those belonging to Ghassan Halaika: Field researcher and human rights defender working for Al- Haq; Ubai Al-Aboudi: Executive Director at Bisan Center for Research and Development; and Salah Hammouri: Lawyer and field researcher at Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association based in Jerusalem.

Shooting and other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity

  • At approximately 12:20 on Friday, IOF stationed in Subeih Mount in Bita, southeastern Nablus, assaulted a Palestinian protest against Israeli settlements and confiscation of Palestinian lands. IOF chased the protestors amidst clashes, where soldiers fired rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades, and tear gas canisters. A 20-year-old Palestinian male sustained a rubber-bullet injury in the left eye; his condition was deemed critical by medical sources at al-Najah Hospital, Nablus. Dozens suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and were treated in the field. PCHR fieldworker noted that IOF acted before the protest by shutting and razing the roads, banning ambulances access to the area.
  • Also on Friday, a Palestinian child died after being shot by IOF in Deir al-Hatab village, east of Nablus, northern West Bank. According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), there was no imminent threat or danger to the soldiers’ lives at the time the child was targeted. This crime again proves IOF unjustifiable lenient shooting standards in disregard for Palestinian civilians’ lives, thus increasing the number of deaths in this year.  Since the beginning of the year, the number of deaths amounted to 32, including 8 children, in protests and clashes with IOF across the West Bank.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 16:50 on Friday, 05 November 2021, IOF fired several bullets at a group of children who tried to throw stones at the Bypass Road, where there is the entrance to “Elon Moreh” settlement and IOF’s camp at the entrance to Deir al-Hatab village, east of Nablus.  As a result, Mohammed Amjad Da’adas (13) was hit with a bullet in the abdomen and fell on the ground.  The children carried him around 400 meters away into the olive trees, and he was then taken by a civilian vehicle to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus.  An ambulance met them in the way and took the wounded child to the hospital, where his death was officially declared.  The child killed was a school student at Mohammed Amin al-Sa’di High School and lives in ‘Askar al-Jadeed refugee camp, northeast of Nablus.

An eyewitness said to PCHR’s fieldworker that since the olive harvest season started weeks ago, civilians who harvest olives face daily harassment by IOF while children and youngsters gather to throw stones at the Bypass Road that is used by IOF and settlers. An IOF patrol usually comes and fires teargas canisters at the children to disperse them from a distance of tens of meters.

However, on that day, IOF fired severe bullets at 4 children, who approached the road to throw stones, killing one of them after wounding him in the abdomen.

PCHR’s investigations emphasize that the children did not pose any imminent threat or danger to the soldiers’ lives, and the latter unjustifiably opened fire at them in excessive use of force.

  • At approximately 19:00, a peaceful protest took place in Hebron in solidarity with Palestinians held under administrative detention in Israeli prisons, who have gone on hunger strike for months now. As the protestors marched, IOF were positioned on the northern entrance to Hebron; protestors thew rocks at the armored Israeli military vehicles. Israeli soldiers deployed in the area and fired tear gas and stun grenades at the protestors and stone throwers. As a result, several participants suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and were treated in the field. The clashes continued until 21:00; no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 19:20, IOF stationed on Burqa lands, eastern Nablus, arrested two children during clashes in the area that included IOF’s use of rubber-coated bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades. Dozens suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 20:00 on Friday, IOF, backed by several military SUVs, moved into al-Bireh, northern Ramallah. They stationed in Jabel al-Tawil area and deployed between civilian houses as they patrolled the streets, enticing fear and terror among the local community. The soldiers mounted the roofs of three apartment buildings and raided several shops, confiscating their surveillance systems’ recordings as well. Meanwhile, a group pf Palestinians protested and threw rocks and empty bottles at IOF and their SUVs. IOF fired rubber coated bullets, tear gas and stun grenades at Palestinians, wounding 1 22-year-old male in the left arm; he was taken to hospital for treatment.
  • At approximately 17:45 on Saturday, 6 November, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 2 nautical miles, pumped water at them and opened heavy fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. IOF also fired light bombs in the sky. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 21:00 on Saturday, dozens of Palestinians gathered by the entrance of al-Fawwar refugee camp, southern Hebron, where IOF maintain a military watchtower. The protestors threw rocks at the watchtower and set tires of fire by the camp’s entrance which connects to Bypass Road (60). The soldiers deployed on the bypass road and fire tear gas canisters arbitrarily, causing several stone throwers to suffocate. No arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 02:30 on Sunday, 7 November 2021, IOF, backed by several military SUVs, moved into al-Bireh, northern Ramallah. They stationed in the industrial area, central al-Bireh, and raided civilian houses, searching, and ransacking through them. During the raid, dozens of Palestinians protested and threw rocks and empty bottles at IOF and their SUVs. IOF opened fire at them, wounding two children: two 16-year-olds with rubber bullets in the head. They were taken to Palestine Medical Complex for treatment.
  • At approximately 02:00 on Monday, 8 November, IOF moved into Beit ‘Anan, occupied East Jerusalem, and raided Mohammed Hussein Rabie’s (24) house and arrested him. IOF also handed Ahmed Baker Rabie (21) a summons to its intelligence service at Ofer prison, western Ramallah. Dozens of Palestinians gathered in the area during the raid, threw rocks and empty bottles at soldiers and their military vehicles. IOF immediately fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at houses, in a residential area.
  • At approximately 07:00, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 2 nautical miles, pumped water at them and opened heavy fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF gunboats in the southern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 6 nautical miles, pumped water at them and opened heavy fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 14:00 on a group of Palestinians gathered in Bab al-Zawiya area in Hebron where IOF maintain a military checkpoint on the entrance of the closed Shuhadaa St. The protestors set tires on fire and threw stones on the military checkpoint. IOF soldiers deployed on rooftops in the area and fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the protestors. Several protestors suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. The clashes continued until 20:00, and civilians were forced to close their shops.
  • At approximately 11:30 on Tuesday, 9 November,, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles, pumped water at them and opened heavy fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF stationed by the eastern entrance to Husan village, western Bethlehem, shot at a group of Palestinians during clashes in the area, wounding 1 with a live bullet in the thigh, and arresting another one – he was taken to an unknown destination.

According to Mohammed Sbaitan, Chairman of Husan Village Council, the clashes erupted by the village’s eastern entrance where IOF fired live and rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades at protesters. As a result, 18-year-old Moataz Mohammed Hamamra was shot with a bullet in the thigh and he was taken to hospital for treatment. Sbaitan added that IOF arrested 16-year-old Mohammed Jamal Hamamra after ambushing a group of youngsters from the village who were heading towards the clashes area. The clashes happened as IOF assaulted a protest against settlement expansion in the area. Sbaitan also said that IOF attempted to arrest Hamamra, but he was rescued by other Palestinians who pulled him from the Israeli soldiers and managed to transport him to hospital.

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 04 November 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Huthaifa Mohammed Ghuneimat (33) and Mohammed Ali Ehzayin (39), after raiding and searching their houses in Idhna village, west of Hebron.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Mohammed As’ad Obaidat (42), after raiding and searching his house in Abu Dis village, east of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Jawdat Mohammed al-Fakhouri (44), after raiding and searching his house in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 06:30, IOF arrested Mohammed Owda Humeid (23), after raiding and searching his house in Beit ‘Anan village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 13:30, IOF arrested Mohammed Wajeeh Thawabtah (20), from Bayt Fajar village, south of Bethlehem, while passing through al-Container military checkpoint, northeast of the city.
  • At approximately 17:30, IOF arrested Fadi Hani Abu Hammoud (34), after raiding and searching his house in al-Jib village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 18:30, IOF arrested Mohammed Fawwaz Mashayikh (24), after raiding and searching his house in al-Jadawil area in Bayt Jala village, west of Bethlehem governorate.
  • At approximately 22:25, IOF arrested Huthaifa Anwar Shehada (21), after raiding and searching his house in Urif village, east of Nablus.
  • IOF carried out (5) incursions in Saffarin, southeast of Tulkarm; Sarra and Duma villages in Nablus; Kufeirat and Faqqua villages in Jenin. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 05 November 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Methlon village, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched Mohammed Jamal Rabay’a’s house and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services, and then they physically attacked his brother, Mahmoud Jamal Rabay’a, who sustained severe bruises all of his body. No arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 18:30, IOF arrested (4) civilians from Bayt Furik village in Nablus, while present in the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Osaid Hamouda Hanani, Mo’taz Hamouda Hanani, Najeh Rahbi Mallitat and Dawoud Zuhair Mallitat.
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF arrested Khaled Ali Redwan, from al-Nabi Elias village in Qalqilya, while present in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Dayr al-Ghusun, north of Tulkarm; and Beita, east of Nablus. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 06 November 2021:

  • At approximately 18:50, IOF stationed at a temporary military checkpoint, northeast of Jenin, arrested three civilians from Deir Abu Da’if village, east of Jenin, and took them to unknown destinations. The arrestees are Mohammed Mo’ayad Yasin (29), Helal Haydar Yasin (23), and Salem Eyad Yasin (24).
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF arrested Yousef Mohammed Shamasnah (28), from Qatanna village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem, while passing through a temporary military checkpoint established at the entrance of Bidu village.

Sunday, 07 November 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Emad Mohammed Shahine (30), one of the members of the Palestinian Police, after raiding and searching his house in Sa’ir village, north of Hebron.
  • At approximately 02:50, IOF arrested (5) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Hable village, south of Qalqilya. The arrestees are: Ahmed Omar Owda (48), Mujahed Hamdallah Merwadi (27), Hamza Mustafa Merwadi (36), Ali Ahmed al-Jada’ (42), and Anas Hussain Suliman (30).
  • At approximately 05:00, IOF arrested Yousef Bassam Abu Nab (16), after raiding and searching his house in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF handed Ahmed Mohammed al-Joulani (17) and Mousa Mohammed Owda (58), a member of Silwan Lands Defence Committee, summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in al-Maskobiya investigation center, after raiding and searching their houses in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Naseem Mohammed Hijazi (11), while present in front of his house in Ein al-Lawza neighborhood in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • IOF carried out an incursion in Bayt Kahil village in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 08 November 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Suliman Faisal al-’Arouj (26), after raiding and searching his house in Jannata village, east of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Qassam Basem Younis al-Masalmah (27), after raiding and searching his house in Bayt Awa, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Hussain Helmi Abu Shanab (27) after raiding and searching his house in Tulkarm.
  • At approximately 03:50, IOF arrested Abdul Rahman Othman Safi (26) and Eisa Ahmed Safi (34), after raiding and searching their houses in al-Jalazone refugee camp, north of al-Bireh.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested the former prisoner, Mo’taz Sameeh Wahdan (39), after raiding and searching his house in Rantis village, west of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 04:30, IOF arrested Jebril Saher al-Atrash (24), after raiding and searching his house in Hebron.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Shamekh Mohammed Hashash (28), after raiding and searching his house in Balata refugee camp in Nablus.
  • At approximately 07:00, IOF arrested Yousef Samed Hammad (25), after raiding and searching his house in Silwad, northeast of Ramallah.
  • IOF caried out (6) incursions in Ni’lin, west of Ramallah; Ein Munjid neighborhood in Ramallah; Sa’ir, al-Karmel, Halhul and al-Hadab villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 09 November 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Abed Basem Hamamera (21) and Mahmoud Tayseer Hamamera (23), after raiding and searching their houses in Husan village, west of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 08:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved 100 meters to the east of Abasan al-Jadida village, east of Khan Yunis. They leveled and combed an area that contains a sewage pond, causing the wastewater to flew to the neighbour agricultural lands. They continued levelling and combing lands adjacent to the border fence heading to the north. Furthermore, IOF levelled 7 planted dunums belonging to Mohammed Khaled al-Astal and Shehada Ahmed al-Emawi, located in the east of al-Qarara, before they deployed again at approximately 14:00.
  • At approximately 08:15, IOF arrested Hamza Mohammed Abu Bakr (20), from Ya’bad, southwest of Jenin, while passing through a temporary military checkpoint established near Izz al-Din al-Qassam School in Jenin, heading to al-Khadoorie University in Tulkarm.

Wednesday, 10 November 2021:

  • At approximately 00:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Abed al-Khadour (24), after raiding and searching his house in Bidu village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Ghassan Jehad Amro (38) and Ayoub Hussain al-’Awaweda (40), after raiding and searching their houses in Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Jamal Jaber Hamamera (55), after raiding and searching his house in Husan village, west of Bethlehem. It should be noted that on Tuesday, IOF arrested his son, Mohammed (16), along with his friends, while present at the entrance of the village.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Mahmoud Hasan Abu Warda (44), after raiding and searching his house in al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron.
  • At approximately 07:00, IOF arrested Mahdi Nabil al-’As’as (23), after raiding and searching his house in al-Fawaghera neighborhood in Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 07:10, IOF arrested (4) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in al-Bireh, north of Ramallah governorate. The arrestees are: Salama Fathi Matariya (19), Kamal Sameer Matariya (23), Ibrahim Jamil Matariya (24), and Ra’ed Mohammed Matariya (20).
  • At approximately 07:50, IOF arrested Ahmed Mohammed Khamis (23) and Mohammed Khamis Suliman (24), after raiding and searching their houses in Beit Ur al-Tahta village, west of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF arrested Haitham Ragheb al-Jo’ba (39), from the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, while working in the city.

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

Land razing, Demolitions, and Notices:

At approximately 03:00, IOF backed by many military vehicles moved into eastern Doma village, particularly into al-Shakarah neighborhood, and started demolishing a praying hall for the residents of the neighborhood, which is a Bedouin community of 60 persons.  IOF also moved to the southern area and demolished an agricultural house of 2 rooms built of bricks and roofed with tinplate belonging to Tariq Sedawi. IOF then moved to the western area and demolished stone chains and uprooted more than 60 olive trees as well as backfilling the water well.  Moreover, IOF notified of backfilling a street that was recently established and named al-Nahdah.  Afterwards, IOF headed to an under-construction house of 3 floors to demolish it, but the residents there made a human shield to prevent its demolition.  IOF pepper-sprayed them and later withdrew.

Soliman Dawabashah, Head of Doma village Council, said:

“At approximately 03:00, I received a call from some telling me that a large IOF force moved into the village.  I rushed to the area and found a force of 5 construction vehicles, 2 Civil Administration cars and 15 military SUVs surrounding the village from the 3 sides.  They headed to al-Shakarah neighborhood’s praying hall and demolished it.  Then, they headed to an agricultural house belonging to a Jerusalemite investor and demolished it and to a plot of land belonging to another investor from Jerusalem and completely razed it.  They also handed a notice to demolish a street that was ready to be asphalted.  Afterwards, they headed to a 3-storey house belonging to ‘Abdel Majeed ‘Abdel Hafeez Dawabsheh, so I immediately gathered a group of young men and headed to the house to make a human shield and protect it from demolition.  The soldiers did not like that and pepper-sprayed us.  I stayed there unconscious for 15 minutes due to the pepper spray and they then notified us again for more 7 days and withdrew.  Now, we prepared all the necessary schemes to take the legal proceedings to prevent further demolition of property in the village, which is 18,000 dunums; 17,500 are located in Area C.”  

On Thursday afternoon, 04 November 2021, the Israeli municipality handed 10 families living in a residential building in al-Hardoub area in al-Tour neighborhood, east of East Jerusalem’s Old City, final notices to evacuate their houses, to demolish the house within days under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Senan al-Khalafawi, one of the houses’ owners in the building under threat of confiscation, said that each floor houses 2 residential apartments; each of it is 135 sqms and includes 4 bedrooms, a kitchen, and a bathroom.  Al-Khalafawi said that around 70 persons live in the building from 10 families: his family of 6, including 4 children, his brother’s family, Sa’id al-Khalafawi, of 10, including 6 children, Wael Bader family of 6, including 2 children, Ibrahim Joudah family of 5, including 3 children, Mousa Abu al-Halawah family of 5, including 3 children, al-Ghoj family of 11, including 2 children, and Mustafa ‘AShour family of 7, including 5 children, as well as the families of Ziyad Abu Sbeitan, Akram ‘Ashour and Mahmoud Abu Sbeitan.  Al-Kalafawi added that the owners of the apartments have suffered for 9 years from the fines and demolition orders as the Israeli municipality imposed a fine of 75,000 shekels on each owner for unlicensed construction in addition to 83,000 shekels as a property tax, which all the apartments’ owners still pay.

Moreover, they pay tens of thousands of shekels for engineers and lawyers’ fees in their attempt to license the construction and postpone the demolition decisions at the Israeli courts.  Al-Khalafawi said that the Israeli court issued on Thursday a final decision to evacuate the residents from their houses to demolish the building, giving them the choice to self-demolish it immediately or the municipality crews will do so and fine the apartments’ owners with 2 million shekels.  Al-Khalafi added that  self-demolition of the building is very hard and expensive and requires special demolition vehicles.  If it was done with the normal tools, it would take a lot of time and cost each owner more than 50,000 shekels.  Al-Ghazawi said that the lawyer of Hussein Ghanayem’s families appealed on Monday, 08 November, before the District Court against the demolition decision.  However, the Israeli authorities issued 2 decisions: one forces the residents to pay 200,000 shekels in the court box within 2 days in order to give the apartments’ owners until the end of the month to carry out the demolition while the second says if the families did not pay the money within 2 days, the municipality’s vehicles will carry out the demolition as soon as possible, forcing the families to pay the fine, which is around 2 million shekels.

At approximately 09:00 on Monday, 08 November 2021, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with the Israeli Civil Administration vehicle and a bulldozer moved into Fer’ah area, east of Ethna village, west of Hebron.  The soldiers deployed in the area and the bulldozer demolished a 120-sqm sheep barn and a tinplate caravan of 20 sqms as well as a 1.5-sqm bathroom belonging to Khalil Isma’il Tneinah.  The demolition was under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

At approximately 10:00 on Tuesday, 09 November 2021, Hani Soliman self-demolished his building in Beit Hanina neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem, pursuant to the Israeli Municipality’s decision under the pretext of unlicensed constriction.

‘Ahed al-Nashashibi, who rents from the building owner, said that the 3-storey building was established 10 years ago on an area of 250 sqms, sheltering 10 members.  Al-Nashashibi added that he rented the second floor 4 years ago to live with his family and then rented the first floor and paid 100,000 shekels to finish its construction and preparing it from inside so that his elder brother live in it.  Al-Nashashibi said that the building’s owner, Hani Soliman, tried to license the building many times but the Israeli municipality refused under the pretext that it is adjacent to another building, which met the necessary area.  He pointed out that the court rejected all the appeals Soliman filed against the demolition decision while the municipality imposed a construction fine and threatened him if he did not self-demolish the building, he will be fined with 150,000 shekels for the municipal crews’ demolition costs.

In the same morning, ‘Ali ‘Aziz ‘Aweisat self-demolished his house in Jabal al-Mukaber village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, pursuant to the Israeli municipality’s decision under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

‘Aweisat said that he built a house in the third floor of his father’s 2-storey house.  ‘Aweisat said that his father’s house is legal and licensed and he tried to get a construction license but it is almost impossible to get one and requires a lot of time and money that exceeds 1,400,000 shekels.  ‘Aweisat added that he lives in the 85-sqm house with his wife and 2 daughters.  ‘Aweisat added that the Israeli municipality has haunted him for a year and imposed on him a fine of 32,000 shekels for unlicensed construction.  He said that the court issued a decision at the time to demolish the house and on 24 October, the court ascertained the decision and gave him 21 days to self-demolish it or the municipality crews will do so and fine him with 100,000 shekels for the demolition costs, forcing him to self-demolish.

At approximately 13:00, IOF sprayed chemicals at tens of olive seedlings in agricultural lands in Battir village, west of Bethlehem, and damaged it.

Batir Mayor, Taysir Qatoush, said that IOF sprayed chemicals at the crops in lands planted with olive seedlings on an area of 3 dunums in Marah Madour in the village.  As a result, 70 olive seedlings were damaged belonging to Ghassan ‘Aweinah, under the pretext of planting them in Israeli lands.

At approximately 18:00, IOF demolished 2 houses in ‘Ein al-Jweizah in al-Walaja village, west of Bethlehem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Mohammed Hussein Abu al-Teen said that he was surprised in the morning with more than 7 military jeeps accompanied with demolition vehicles moving into the vicinity of family houses in ‘Ein Jweizah area.  They started demolishing his house and his nephew’s, Tariq Naser Abu al-Teen in addition to a big tent belonging to his nephew, Ahmed Abu al-Teen.  Mohammed Abu al-Teen said that IOF demolished his nephew’s house 2 months ago, and he rebuilt it with the help of the villagers.  However, IOF did not allow him to stay in it for a long time.  Abu al-Teen said that each house is 70 sqms and his nephew’s house shelters 8 individuals while he lives with his wife, 2 daughters, his son and wife.  Abu al-Teen said that the demolition was carried out suddenly as he appealed before the Israeli court against the demolition decision but did not receive any decision or notice in this regard.  Abu al-Teen said that his family suffered a lot from IOF’s oppression as they demolished more than 4 houses for the family in ‘Ein al-Jweizah more than 3 times in the last years.  Abu al-Teen said that the family only owns this land in the area, where IOF ban construction in it.

At approximately 18:00 on Wednesday, 10 November 2021, Israeli Municipality bulldozers demolished a balcony in a house belonging to Mohammed Hussein Salman in Beit Safafa village, south of occupied East Jerusalem.

Mohammed Salman said that IOF moved into al-Safeh area in Beit Safafa and closed the roads leading to his house.  They demolished the house’s 40-sqm balcony.  He said that IOF demolished on 17 August the outside part of the kindergarten that he owns and is adjacent to his house under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

At approximately 08:00, Israeli municipality’s crews destroyed the inside walls of a house belonging to Mahmoud Jaber on Wadi al-Joz neighborhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

‘Aydah Jaber said that IOF raided the house in the morning without a prior warning and expelled the house’s tenant, As’ad Dweik and his family of 8 members.  They demolished the inside walls and destroyed the contents.  Jaber said that the house belongs to his son, Mahmoud Jaber, who is a prisoner in Beersheba Prison and sentenced for 32 months.  She added that the family built the house 20 years ago on an area of 90 sqms and her son intended to live in it after being released.  Jaber added that IOF did not hand her a demolition decision or notice to evacuate the house and she asked the municipality officers to give her time to self-demolish the house instead of paying the municipal demolition costs of 100,000 shekels.

As’ad Dweik, the tenant, said that IOF raided the house while he was having breakfast.  He was surprised with them knocking on the door and telling him of th demolition decision.  The municipality officers cut off the electricity and water from the house and took out the furniture within 10 minutes.  They demolished the inside walls and destroyed the kitchen and bathrooms with hand tools as the vehicles could not reach the house.  Dweik added that he lived in the house with his family of 8 for a year, and due to the sudden demolition decision, he lost a lot of furniture.  He said that IOF gave Jaber family until 17 November to self-demolish the house completely or they would send their crews again to carry out the demolition.

Setters’ Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and their Property:

At approximately 10:00 on Thursday, 04 November 2021, a group of settlers from “Beit ‘Ein” settlement established on the Palestinian lands confiscated from northern Sorif village, west of Hebron, threw stones at farmers, who were in their lands near the settlement to harvest olives, and insulted him, forcing them to leave their lands for fear of being injured.  The lands near “Beit ‘Ein” settlement witnesses almost daily settlers’ attacks in an attempt to seize the lands in order to annex them to the settlement.

At approximately 10:00 on Saturday, 06 November 2021, a group of settlers from “Susya” settlement established on the Palestinian lands confiscated from Kherbet Susya, under IOF’s intensive protection, assaulted a park for children established by the Action against Hunger organization for children’s entertainment. The settlers damaged the main door of the park and tried to break children’s games while the villagers intervened and prevented the settlers from doing so. As a result, IOF forced the villagers to leave and declared the area as a closed military zone. It is noteworthy that settlers attacked the park for the second time in two weeks.

At approximately 13:00, a group of settlers under IOF’s protection moved into agricultural lands in eastern Teqoa village, east of Bethlehem, and assaulted the Palestinians, who were harvesting olives inside it, trying to expel them from the land. 

Director of Teqoa village, Taysir Abu Mefreh, said that settlers under IOF’s protection attacked Palestinians who were harvesting olives from their lands in eastern Teqoa and tried to expel them with force.  Abu Mefreh said that the area is located within Area “A” and away from the surrounding settlements.  He said that the civilians confronted IOF and settlers and managed to expel them.  Abu Mefreh mentioned that this attack was not the first of its kind for settlers and IOF against the farmers during the olive harvest season.  Three days ago with the presence of the Ambassador of South Africa to the PA, IOF attacked tens of volunteers and farmers while harvesting olives in the village lands near Tekwa’a settlement. IOF arrested Monther ‘Amirah, Head of the Coordination Committee to Confront Settlement and Occupation in the West Bank and coordinator of Faz’ah Campaign to Support farmers in Olive Harvest.  They also detained photojournalist Akram al-‘Amour and activist Mousa Abu Mefreh for some time.

At approximately 08:30 on Sunday, 07 November 2021, a group of settlers from “Havat Man” settlement post established on the Palestinian lands of western Sada al-Tha’lab area attacked with stones and sticks the reisdents of Kherbet Sada while defending their land and confronting settlers from taking their sheep to the water well used by the residents for daily needs.  As a result, Yousif Hammad Makhamrah (40) sustained a left hand fracture while his wife Na’imah (34) sustained a hairline fracture in the nose.

Yousif Makhamrah said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

“Three settlers along with their sheep and led by settler Yitzhak Sahaz Man, who owns “Havat Man” Farm near the “Havat Ma’on”  settlement outpost, stormed the area near Khirbet Sada al-Tha’lab, where 11 Palestinian families live, to go to a water well used by the residents for their daily needs. As soon as I arrived with a group of residents and activists, we were attacked by settlers with stones and sticks.  They hit me on my hand, and my wife and other activist were wounded as well.  IOF arrived at area and declared the area as a closed military zone, and allowed the settlers to water their sheep from the well. My wife and I were taken to Yatta Governmental Hospital by a Palestinian ambulance that arrived at the area

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

The Gaza Strip:

The Israeli authorities continued to impose collective punishments against the people of the Gaza Strip, including tightened restrictions on imports and exports, causing a serious deterioration in Palestinians’ enjoyment of their economic and cultural rights.

The West Bank:

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of 37 temporary checkpoints that restrict the movement of goods and individuals, where IOF searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs, and arrested 4 of them. IOF reinforced its restrictions on civilians’ freedom of movement at its permanent checkpoints in the West Bank and shut some checkpoints for several hours on multiple occasions.

Here follows PCHR documentation of restrictions on the freedom of movement and IOF-established temporary checkpoints across the West Bank this week:

Jerusalem:

  • On Thursday, 4 November, IOF reinforced restriction on Jaba military checkpoint.
  • On Sunday, 7 November 2021, IOF established a military checkpoint near the entrance to Bidu village, northwestern East Jerusalem.

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday, 4 November 2021, IOF established two military checkpoints near the entrance to Tuqu and Marah Rabah.
  • On Friday, 5 November, IOF established 4 military checkpoint near the entrances to Wadi Fukin, Janata, Jorat al-Sham’a and Aqbat Hassna.
  • On Saturday, 6 November, IOF established a military checkpoint at Tuqu entrance.
  • On Sunday, 7 November, IOF established 3 military checkpoints at Tuqu, Wadi Fukin, and Fureidis entrances.
  • On Monday, 8 November, IOF reinforced restrictions on al-Container military checkpoint. Two other checkpoints were established by the entrances to Aqbat Hassna and Husan.
  • On Tuesday, 9 November, IOF established 2 military checkpoints at Husan and al-Khas entrances.
  • On Wednesday, 10 November, IOF established 3 military checkpoints by the entrances of Beit Jala, Aqbat Haasna, and Al-Khader village.

Nablus:

  • On Sunday, 7 November, IOF established 2 military checkpoints near Beita and al-Badhan.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 4 November, IOF established 4 checkpoints near the entances to Beit Ummar, Saair, Bayt Awa, and al-Mwareq.
  • On Friday, 5 November 2021, IOF established 3 military checkpoints by the entrances to al-Shyoukh, Hebron’s southern entrance, and Yatta.
  • On Tuesday, 9 November, IOF established 4 military checkpoints by Hebron’s northern entrance, Dura, al-Kharsa Mothalath, and Tarrama.

Qalqilya:

  • On Thursday, 4 November, IOF established 2 military checkpoints one between Azzoun and Jayous, and another between Qalqilya and Hable.

Salfit:

  • On Saturday, 6 November, IOF established two military checkpoints near the entrances to Kafel Haris and Deir Ballout.
  • On Sunday, 7 November, IOF established 2 checkpoints by the entrances of Rafat and Deir Ballout.
PCHR fieldworker takes Mohammed al-Astal’s testimony after IOF razed his land in eastern Khan Younis

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine (28 October – 3 November 2021)

November 4, 2021

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (28 October – 3 November 2021)

Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine

28 October – 3 November 2021

  • IOF shoot and wound 3 Palestinians, including a child, in excessive use of force in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem
  • 3 IOF shootings reported against fishing boats, and twice at agricultural lands in the Gaza Strip
  • In 119 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 80 civilians arrested, including 16 children
  • Israeli court ratifies decision to confiscate 4700 sqms in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem
  • IOF demolish 3 houses, 2 shops and 6 tents; 3 of them are residential, while notices to stop construction works were distributed in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem
  • IOF established 41 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 2 Palestinians on said checkpoints

Summary

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties.  This week witnessed escalation of demolitions and attempts to displace Palestinians from occupied Jerusalem, with the complicity of the Israeli judiciary.  IOF continued to use excessive force against the Palestinian civilians, and carry out incursions into the Palestinian cities and villages in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, as well as arrest campaigns, turning the West Bank into isolated blocks of land.  Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip enters its 15th year under closure, exacerbating the humanitarian hardships across the territory.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

IOF shot and wounded 3 civilians in excessive use of force in the West Bank: one in Qalqiliya and two including a child in al-Duheisha refugee camp in Bethlehem.

In the Gaza Strip, PCHR documented 3 IOF shootings at fishing boats in the Gaza Sea, and two others on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 119 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 80 Palestinians were arrested, including 16 children and a woman who arrested with her husband.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted a limited incursion into eastern Khan Younis.

Demolitions

PCHR documented 8 incidents:

  • Occupied East Jerusalem: Israeli court ratifies decision to confiscate 4700 sqms in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. Also, 2 shops near Hizma checkpoint and 2 houses in Mukaber Mount were demolished while 7 Palestinian families in al-Sheikh Jarrah received notices to evacuate.
  • Bethlehem: a notice to stop construction works in Nahalin village and a notice to level an agricultural land in al-Ma’asarah village were distributed.
  • Tubas: 6 tents, including 4 residential ones, and a sheep barn were demolished in Northern Jordan Valleys.
  • Hebron: a house was demolished in Yatta.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Israeli occupation authorities continued to ban the entry of dozens of goods, including construction materials, in collective punishment measures against the Gaza Strip as the Israeli closure imposed on the territory entered its 15th year, without an end in sight that would fulfil Palestinians’ right to enjoy their economic, social, and cultural rights.

Meanwhile, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the 2000 Second Intifada -still closed to this date- and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest, especially at al-Karama border crossing, alongside the Palestinian-Jordanian border.

Shooting and other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity

  • At approximately 01:00 on Thursday, 28 October 2021, a group of Palestinians gathered by Dura’s eastern entrance, connecting Bypass road 60, and threw stones at an Israeli military watchtower in the area. The soldiers deployed on the bypass road and fire tear gas canisters arbitrarily, causing several stone throwers to suffocate. The clashes continued until 02:00, and the soldiers later closed the metal gate established on the city’s entrance.
  • At approximately 13:30, an infantry unit of the Israeli military forces moved into al-Aroub refugee camp, northern Hebron. They fired tear gas canisters and stun grenades at the Palestinians present in the camp, allegedly for throwing stones on the military watchtower by the camp’s entrance. As a result, several Palestinians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. Clashes continued until 16:00 when soldiers retreated and stationed on the entrance connecting with Bypass road 60.
  • At approximately 08:45 on Friday, 29 October 2021, IOF stationed along Gaza border area opened fire in eastern Khan Younis at nearby agricultural lands. No casualties were reported.
  • Following Friday prayers, IOF assaulted dozens of worshipers leaving al-Aqsa Mosque via Bab al-Asbat and onto al-Yousifiyah cemetery in central Old East Jerusalem. IOF beat the worshipers and fired tear gas canisters at them to disperse any gathering near the cemetery.

IOF had reinforced their presence in the area near the time of the Friday prayer. They chased Palestinians when a group smashed the rear window of a police car, and denied worshipers entry to both the al-Yousifiyah and the Martyrs cemeteries. IOF shot both cemeteries’ entrances. After the prayer, IOF assaulted the worshipers and journalists as well, barring them from covering the incidents inside the cemetery. IOF fired rubber-coated bullets and sound bombs intensely at the worshippers. As a result, Mohammed Hamdallah (22), was wounded with a bullet in the back; 3 vehicles’ windows were smashed, and 7 other vehicles were damaged as they were parked in the area. IOF also arrested 17-year-old Jihad al-Rajbi, Ali al-Mughrabi (34), and Suliman Saada (29).

  • At approximately 14:00, a group of Palestinians gathered in Ras al-Joura, northern Hebron, and threw stones on an Israeli military watchtower established on the road connecting Hebron and Halhoul. IOF deployed in the area and fired tear gas canisters and stun grenades at the protestors. IOF also chased them and arrested Usama Zeyd al-Jnaidy (21). He was taken to an unknown destination. The clashes continued until 18:00.
  • At approximately 17:45, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles, pumped water at them and opened heavy fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 18:30, IOF moved into al-Samen area, west of al-Khader village, southwest of Bethlehem, under the pretext of stone throwing. Tens of young men gathered at the area entrance and threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers and their vehicles.  IOF immediately attacked the protesters with rubber-coated metal bullets and teargas canisters.  Muhanad Hasan Hasanat (16) was arrested from al-Duheishah refugee camp, south of the city.
  • At approximately 14:00 on Saturday, 30 October, a group of Palestinians gathered in Bab al-Zawya area in Hebron where IOF maintain a military checkpoint on the entrance of the closed Shuhadaa St. The protestors set tires on fire and threw stones on the military checkpoint. IOF soldiers deployed on rooftops in the area and fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the protestors. Soldiers chased a group and several protestors suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. The clashes continued until 18:00, and Israeli soldiers forced civilians to close their shops.
  • At approximately 16:00, dozens of Palestinians gathered on the road connecting al-Aroub refugee camp, northern Hebron, and Bypass road 60. They threw stones on soldiers near the military watchtower, set tires on fire, threw empty bottles, and closed the road with metal bars. IOF reinforcements arrived and deployed in the area. They fired tear gas canisters and stun grenades at the stone throwers and chased them; many suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. IOF arrested Jamal Rami al-Mughrabi (13) and took him to the detention center at “Gush Etzion”
  • At approximately 23:30, IOF gunboats in the southern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 6 nautical miles, pumped water at them and opened heavy fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 05:00 on Tuesday, 2 November, IOF arrested Saqr Ashraf Abdulqader Rakban (19) after raiding and searching his home in Dheisheh refugee camp, Bethlehem. Before withdrawing, dozens of Palestinians gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at IOF. The latter fired tutu and rubber-coated bullets. As a result, Amir Ahmed Mahmoud Hassan (16) and Mohammed Ashraf Abdulqader Rakban (21) sustained bullet injuries in their extremities.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF suppressed a sit-in in solidarity with Karam al-Ja’ouni area under the threat of displacement in favor of Israeli settlement organizations in front of the sit-in tent in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They beat up the protesters and forced them to leave the area.

It should be noted that at 15:00,  tens of civilians and activists gathered near the solidarity tent in the neighborhood after the statement issued by the families of al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood under the threat of evacuation, rejecting the deal offered by the Israeli High Court about the evacuation of their houses in the neighborhood in favor of the settlers.  This sit-in came to support the Palestinian families in the neighborhood and enhance their resilience against IOF and settlers’ ongoing attacks.  At approximately 19:00, IOF attacked a tent, beat up, and pushed those inside in order to disperse them forcibly.   

  • At approximately 17:00 on Tuesday, 02 November 2021, a number of young men gathered at the entrance to al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron, where IOF established a military checkpoint. The young men threw stones at the military vehicles stationed near the watchtower and set fire to tires on the road leading to Bypass Road (60) and to the camp.  The soldiers deployed in the area and nearby agricultural field and fired stun grenades and teargas canisters at the stone-throwers.  As a result, some of the stone-throwers suffocated.  The clashes continued until 21:00, during which IOF closed the entrance to the camp and prevented vehicles’ movement.  No arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 01:00 on Wednesday, 1 November, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles, pumped water at them and opened heavy fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF stationed along the border fence opened fire and fired teargas canisters at the agricultural lands in eastern Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Younis. No arrests were reported.

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 28 October 2021:

  • At approximately 02:40, IOF arrested Ghazi Omar Derbas (17), after raiding and searching his house in Qalqilya.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Anas Wael Qasem (25), after raiding and searching his house in Abu Dis village, east of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  1. At approximately 04:05, IOF arrested Mo’taz Omar Abdul Jawad (23), after raiding and searching his house in Far’a refugee camp, south of Tubas.
  2. At approximately 07:15, IOF arrested Samed Abdul Latif Abu Jish (25), after raiding and searching his house in Bayt Dajan village, northeast of Nablus.
  3. At approximately 14:00, IOF deployed in Hebron’s Old City arrested Mazen Mohammed al-Natshah (16), claiming that he did not obey the soldiers’ orders. IOF took him to the Ibrahimi Mosque police center. Later, IOF released the child after the intervention of the Palestinian military liaison office.
  4. Around the same time, IOF arrested Ameer Malik al-Faqih (22), after raiding and searching his house in Biddu village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  5. At approximately 19:30, IOF arrested Jehad Dawoud al-Badan (17), while present near Belal Bin Rabah Mosque, north of Bethlehem, claiming that he threw a Molotov cocktail at an Israeli watchtower located in the area.
  6. IOF carried out an incursion in Kafr Thulth, east of Qalqilya. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 29 October 2021:

  • At approximately 00:00, IOF arrested 2 children after raiding and searching their houses in Husan village, west of Bethlehem. The arrestees are: Mohammed Khaled Hamamera (14), and Mahmoud Abdul Wahab Hamamera (17).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Nedal Mazen Ballout (29), after raiding and searching his house in Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Belal Abdul Kareem Darwish (37), after raiding and searching his house in al-Shuhada village, southeast of Jenin governorate.
  • At approximately 02:40, IOF arrested Sami Abdul Rahim Salama (44), along with his brother, Hussam (49), after raiding and searching their houses in Tulkarm.
  • At approximately 03:05, IOF arrested Basheer Ahmed al-Khairy (78), a leader in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinian (PFLP), after raiding and searching his house in Ein Munjid neighborhood in Ramallah.
  • At approximately 03:15, IOF arrested Mohannad Yousef Arafa (30), after raiding and searching his house in Tulkarm.
  • At approximately 04:10, IOF arrested Saber Bassam Hebroun (17) and Izz al-Dein Abu Shanab (17), after raiding and searching their houses in Askar refugee camp, northeast of Nablus.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF arrested Suhaib Mohammed Nababetah (19), after raiding and searching his house in Shu’afat refugee camp, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF arrested Tamer Emad Abu Sharikh (17), from al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, while present near Herod’s Gate, in Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 15:30, IOF arrested Mahmoud Abdullah Bani Owda, from Tubas, northeast of the West Bank, while leaving the Aqsa Mosque in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Khader Abu al-Humus (56), while participating in the weekly protest against settlement at the entrance of Sheikh Jarrah, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, after a settler hit and pushed him.

Eyewitnesses confirmed that an Israeli settler who was standing on the opposite side of the protest severely beat up Abu al-Humus from the back and then hit him on his injured leg before some protestors intervened to protect Abu al-Humus. The Israeli soldiers arrested Abu al-Humus instead of arresting the settler, and took him to al-Bareed police center on Salah al-Din street in the occupied East Jerusalem. Several hours later, IOF released Abu al-Humus on condition that he is banned from entering al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood for 15 days, and should stay away from settler for 30 days. It should be noted that Mohammed Abu al-Humus was arrested more than 8 times, and he was assaulted dozens of times while participating in national events and activities.

  • At approximately 18:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested Ashraf Kayed al-Rajabi (13) and Jehad Yaqin al-Rajabi (12), while leaving the Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • IOF carried out (5) incursions in Ya’bad and Qabatia in Jenin governorate; Hebron, Beit Ummar and Samu’ in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 30 October 2021:

  • At approximately 00:00, IOF severely beat up and arrested (3) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Bab Huta area, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods, causing injuries and bruises in their bodies. The arrestees are: Bahaa Da’na (18), Mo’tasem al-Rajabi (18), and Mohammed al-Razim (27). Meanwhile, dozens of young men gathered and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers who responded with firing sound bombs randomly at civilians’ houses.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF arrested Dawoud Mohammed al-’Amoudi (12), while present near Bab al-Amud Gate, in the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Asira al-Shamaliya and Madama, southeast of Nablus governorate. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 31 October 2021

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF handed Salah Mohammed Mousa Sabbah (23) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services, after raiding and searching his house in Harmala, east of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Mo’taz Ya’qoub Abu Roumi (40), after raiding and searching his house in Eizariya village, east of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Huthaifa Nabil al-Ja’bari (31), after raiding and searching his house in Nimra neighborhood in Hebron.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Suba area, west of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a barrack used as a store for goods, belonging to Mo’tasem Ramadan al-Awaweda, but no confiscations were reported.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF arrested (6) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah. The arrestees are Abdul Raziq Firas al-Khawaja (21), Omar Talal Srour (24), Rani Nedal al-Khawaja (25), Ahmed Mohammed al-Khawaja (20), Ahmed Awwad Srour (29), Mohammed Jamal al-Khawaja (19), and Mohammed Salah Srour (25). Later, IOF released Mohammed Salah Srour.
  • At approximately 16:30, IOF arrested Oday Ali Derbas (19), after raiding and searching his house in al-‘Issawiya, northeast the occupied East Jerusalem, while present in Shu’afat neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Mo’tasem Syam (21), while present in Bab al-‘Amoud area in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 23:30, IOF arrested Karam Mohammed Alian (21), after raiding and searching his house in al-Issawiya, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem.

Monday, 01 November 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Mahmoud Abdul Karim Farajallah (35), after raiding and searching his house in Idhna, west of Hebron.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Hamza Mahmoud al-Tawil (17), after raiding and searching his house in Ras al-’Amud neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 03:15, IOF arrested Ehsan Abdullah Mawqidi (26), from al-Zawiya village, north of Salfit, after referring to the Israeli Intelligence Services, upon a prior summons.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested Wisam Saleh Maghaslah (23), after raiding and searching his house in Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested Mohammed Haitham Shilbaya (22) and Ahmed Fares Abu Musallam (27), after raiding and searching their houses in Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus.
  • At approximately 07:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved dozens of meters into eastern Khuza’a village, east of Khan Yunis. They levelled and combed lands adjacent to the border fence before they deployed again after several hours.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Khaled Mohammed al-Heih (43), after raiding and searching his house in al-Dawha, west of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Rizq Hammash (25), after raiding and searching his house in Dheisha refugee camp, southwest of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 18:20, IOF established a temporary military checkpoint at the entrance to Ti’nik village, west of Jenin. They stopped and checked the Palestinian vehicles, and arrested Ibrahim Ahmed Khuzimiyah (23), from Qabatiya, southeast of Jenin governorate.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Yatta and Samu’ villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 02 November 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Wadea Mohammed Daghlas (19) and Mo’taz Mohannad Daghlas (19), after raiding and searching their houses in Burqa, northwest of Nablus.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Basel Mahmoud Abu Eid (24), after raiding and searching his house in Biddu, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Jaser Qara’in (22), after raiding and searching his house in Ras al-Amoud neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Fadi Mousa Ghuneimat (39), after raiding and searching his house in Surif, west of Hebron.
  • At approximately 03:15, IOF arrested (5) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Qalqilya. The arrestees are Hamouda Musleh Nazzal (24), Saleem Sahm al-Lail Nazzal (24), Hamza Sayil Taha Nazzal (21), Mo’men Obada Nazzal (23), and Ehab Abdul Kareem Abu Hamed (27).
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Mohanad Yousef ‘Arafa (30), after raiding and searching his house in Tulkarm refugee camp.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF arrested Harbi Nedal al-Rajabi (18), after raiding and searching his house in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 05:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Rabah Hanoun (29), who is a former prisoner, and Khalil Yousef Shreiteh (30), after raiding and searching their houses in al-Mazra’a al-Gharbiya, north of Ramallah governorate.
  • At approximately 18:30, IOF stationed at Mavi Duttan military checkpoint, established on Ya’bad Jenin Street, southwest of Jenin, arrested Qaisar Ya’qoub Nufei’at (21), from Ya’bad, southwest of Jenin.

Wednesday, 03 November 2021

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Ra’ed Yousef Rayyan (27), after raiding and searching his house in Bait Duqu village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Haitham Mohammed Suyyah (22), after raiding and searching his house in Um al-Sharayet neighborhood, south of al-Bireh, north of Ramallah governorate.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Oday al-Lawzi (21), after raiding and searching his house in Kafr ‘Aqab, north of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF arrested 2 students studying at Birzeit University. after raiding and searching their houses in Birzeit, north of Ramallah. The arrestees are Mohammed al-Titi (25), and Mohammed Habib Aziz (22), who was later released.
  • At approximately 18:30, IOF arrested Bassam Mohammed Ghunaimat (43), and his wife, Amal Barathi’iya (40), after raiding and searching their house in Surif, west of Hebron.
  • At approximately 23:00, IOF arrested Monthir Omaira (50), Chairman of the Popular Resistance Coordination Committee in the West Bank, while present in Teqoa, east of Bethlehem.

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

Land razing, Demolitions, and Notices

  • At approximately 10:00 on Thursday, 28 October 2021, IOF handed a notice to stop construction works in an under-construction house in Nahalin village, west of Bethlehem, and confiscated a concrete mixer.

Hasan Breijiyeh, Director of the Wall and Colonization Resistance Committee in Bethlehem, said that IOF handed ‘Atef a-Neis a notice to stop construction works in his house, east of the village and confiscated a concrete mixer under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

  • On Friday, 29 October 2021, the Israeli occupation authorities handed a civilian from al-Ma’sarah village, southwest of Bethlehem, a notice to level the agricultural road he built in his land, west of the village.

Hasan Breijiyeh, Director of the Wall and Colonization Resistance Committee, said that IOF handed Mohammed Bader Zawahrah a notice to raze an agricultural land of 2 kilometers that he built in his lands in Fteih area adjacent to the main street in the village under the pretext of trespassing on a public road.

  • At approximately 10:30 on Monday, 1 November 2021. IOF accompanied with a bulldozer and an Israeli Civil Administration SUV moved into Kherbet al-Meetah in the Northern Jordan Valleys in eastern Tubas. The bulldozer uprooted a dwelling belonging to Mohammed ‘Eid Ahmed Saray’ah Faqir and sheep barns under the pretext of being in Area C.

The damage was as follows:

  1. 3 residential tents of 60 sqms for each was demolished, sheltering a family of 10, including 5 children.
  2. Tents and 2 sheep barracks were demolished; each tent is 80 sqms
  3. A 50-sqm tent used as fodder storage was demolished
  4. 3 water takens were demolished
  5. Solar cells were damaged while the battery and inverter were confiscated.
  6. An open livestock barn of 200 sqms was demolished.
  • On Monday, 01 November 2021, the Israeli High Court approved the Israeli District Court’s decision in occupied Jerusalem to take over a 4700-dunum land in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, for the public interest.

Malek ‘Abeidat, one of the seized land’s owners, said that the Israeli High Court rejected an appeal filed by his family and the families of ‘Odah, Jarallah and Mansour against the District Court’s decision to seize this private property in favor of the Israeli Municipality in Jerusalem or any other party, allegedly for public interest and approved it.  ‘Abeidat said that the land is located in avery sensitive and significant area in East Jerusalem as it is near Karam al-Ja’ouni area, which is under the threat of confiscation in favor of settlement organizations.  He added that the land case has been in the Israeli courts since 2005, during which, the municipality doubted the four families’ ownership of the land, but the latter proved so at the Israeli High Court.  Also in 2015, the families were surprised with the District Court’s decision to confiscate the land with the support of MEHI “Middle East Hotel International” in cooperation with the Israeli municipality in order to turn it into a park funded by the hotel while the hotel will compensate them with money at the expense of the hotel owners, only if the Israeli municipality will increase the construction area of the hotel from 18,000 to 36,000 sqms.

The four families’ lawyer, Muhanad Jubarah, issued a statement on the case saying, “the land was included in the “Plan 5225″ project approved since 1995 to establish a hotel in the area for the MEHI company as the plan classified this land as an area of ​​public interest and services for the benefit of the planned hotel. However, the plan has not been completed and no construction licenses have been submitted for it over the 25 years. In recent years, the Jerusalem Municipality has taken an interest in this land and expressed its intention and ambitions to take over it in order to prepare it as a public parking to be used by the Israeli settlers, who visit the so-called “Simon al-Siddiq’s Tomb” adjacent to this land, where the mayor of Jerusalem previously issued an order to seize control over this land under the pretext that this land is needed to establish a parking lot. The mayor’s attempts failed after the owners of the land managed to cancel the request at the local affairs court.  However, the Jerusalem municipality confiscated this land in 2016 “for the public interest,” according to Plan 5225, in order to establish the aforementioned hotel, despite the fact that those in charge of the hotel project did not move a finger to establish the hotel in the past 25 years. The Jerusalem municipality submitted a request to the Jerusalem District Court against the owners and disposers of the plot of land, asking them to hand over the disposal of the plot of land. The District Court in Jerusalem issued last July its decision that obliges the owners of the plot of land and its disposers to hand over the land to the Jerusalem municipality under the pretext that it will hand it over to the project owners for the establishment of the hotel.  In the morning of the abovementioned day, the Israeli High Court approved the District Court’s decision.”

In his statement, Mohannad Jubara warned of the confiscation decision dangers and said that the Israeli municipality’s seizure of this plot of land gives settlers additional access to control this sensitive site, that would attract more settlers to come to the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

  • At approximately 04:00 on Wednesday, 03 November 2021, IOF demolished 2 shops belonging to ‘Abdel ‘Aziz Shehadah al-Khatib on the main street near Hizma Checkpoint, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem.

‘Abdullah Salah al-Deen, Member of the Hizma Municpality’s administrative body, said that IOF moved into the area near Hizma checkpoint and demolished 2 shops for construction materials and vehicles’ spare parts belonging to ‘Abdel ‘Aziz Shehadah al-Khatib for the second time as 3 months ago, 13 shops belonging to him that supported more than 150 individuals were demolished.  Salah al-Deen said that the shops were around 64 sqms and established only a month ago so that the family would support its members after the 13 shops that were their only source of income were demolished.

  • At approximately 08:00, the Israeli Border Guard Police accompanied with the Israeli Civil Administration vehicle, an excavator and a bulldozer moved into al-Jawaya area, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. The border guard officers deployed in the area and raided a house belonging to Nejmah Hammad Mahmoud Nawaj’ah (80), who live in the house with members of her family.  They forced them to leave the house while the Civil Administration officers took out all the furniture and electric devices in the house and demolished it.

The demolition was under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area C as the Civil Administration had handed the family a notice to stop construction works in the house in 2019.  The family opened a file at the Israeli competent authorities via Saint Eve Organization.  The house sheltered 15 family members, including 7 children.  The family set a tent to live in it on the rubble of their house.

  • In the same time, the Israeli municipality’s bulldozers demolished 2 residential houses belonging to Mohammed Salman al-Haroub in Deir al-Sanah area on al-Mukaber Mount village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of no construction license.

Mohammed al-Haroub said that the 2 houses were built in 2010; he lived in the first house of 70 sqms and comprised of 3 bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom with his wife, 2 sons, and his son Khaled and his wife while the second house of 50 sqms comprised off 2 bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom sheltering his daughter Mariam and 3 children.  Al-Haroub added that since the house was established he attempted to obtain a license by hiring many lawyers and engineers, but the Israeli municipality claimed it is a Greenland and that he needed a 50-dunum land to be organized and then to start the license procedures.  Al-Haroub said that it is impossible to meet the requirements of the Israeli municipality, as none could alone own 50 dunums in Jerusalem as the land prices in Jerusalem is very high and he only owns 300sqms.  Al-Haroub said that the Israeli municipality imposed on him in the last few years a fine of 35,000 shekels while hiring lawyers and engineers cost him tens of thousands of shekels to no avail.   

  • On Wednesday, 03 November 2021, 7 Palestinian families from Kobaniyet Um Haron in western al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, received notices to evacuate their houses under the pretext that the land and estate the house are established belong to a settlement company.

Mohammed al-Kiswani, Spokesperson of al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood said that 7 out of 10 families living in Kobanyet Um Haron received via their lawyer notices to evacuate their houses from Philippine Ink Settlement Company, claiming its ownership of the land and state the house are established on.  Al-Kiswani said that the company claimed in its notices that the families raided its estate and used it illegally and without paying any rent or water and electricity dues.  The settlement company also claimed that the families built without a license in the state, demanding the families to evacuate.  Al-Kiswani added that the families who received the notices in the western neighborhood of al-Sheikh Jarrah known as Kobaniyet Um Haron were identified as Amal Shreiteh, Labibah al-Khatib, Ahmed al-Ghazzawi, Fatmah al-Bashiti, Mustafa al-Khatib, Amin Abu Dolah and ‘Issam al-Bashiti. Al-Kiswani said that the residents of the estate are protected tenants since 1948 as they rented the estate from Custodian of Absentee Property.  He added that the evacuation notices were distributed in a time when al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood is under unprecedented settlement campaign aiming at displacing the neighborhood families from their houses to seize them.  Al-Kiswani emphasized that it has become a political cause because the Israeli authorities could not evacuate the families as they are protected, so they used manipulation to evict them through the Israeli courts under the pretext of establishing a project for the plaintiff company.

It should be noted that al-Kobinyah has been since the Ottoman era and was established on an endowment land belonging to a woman called “Um Haron”.  The land was rented by Jews in 1948, but they left. Under the Jordanian Governance, al-Kobaniyeh was registered under the name of the Absentee Property’s custodian and then it went to Dawrish Hijazi.  On 26 September 2010, the Israeli High Court issued a decision to register the ownership of the endowment land to Jewish owners although there were Palestinian families living in it according to a rent contract from the Absentee Property’s custodian. The court decided at the time that the land is a property of Israeli settlement authorities upon a case filed by settlers and despite all attempts by Mohammed and Ibrahim ‘Abed Raboh as well as Soliman Dawrish Hijazi (the estate’s owner) to prove their ownership.  However, the Israeli Prosecution in cooperation with Jerusalem’s Municipality managed to collect, fabricate and fake all the necessary documents to be presented before the court so that it obtains a decision of their ownership of the property.

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

The Gaza Strip:

The Israeli authorities continued to impose collective punishments against the people of the Gaza Strip, including tightened restrictions on imports and exports, causing a serious deterioration in Palestinians’ enjoyment of their economic and cultural rights.

The West Bank:

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of temporary checkpoints that restrict the movement of goods and individuals, where IOF searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs, and arrested of them. IOF reinforced its restrictions on civilians’ freedom of movement at its permanent checkpoints in the West Bank and shut some checkpoints for several hours on multiple occasions.

Here follows PCHR documentation of restrictions on the freedom of movement and IOF-established temporary checkpoints across the West Bank this week:

Jerusalem:

  • On Friday, 29 October, IOF established a military checkpoint near the entrance to Bidu village, northwestern East Jerusalem.

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday, 28 October 2021, IOF established two military checkpoints near the entrance to Tuqu and in al-Nashash area.
  • On Friday, 29 October, IOF established 3 military checkpoint near the entrances to Beit Jala, Tuqu, and Aqbat Hassna.
  • On Saturday, 30 October, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Tuqu and Husan.
  • On Sunday, 31 October, IOF established a military checkpoint at Tuqu entrance.
  • On Monday, 1 November, IOF established a military checkpoint at Tuqu entrance.
  • On Tuesday, 2 November, IOF established 2 military checkpoints at Tuqu and Beit Fajjar entrances.

Nablus:

  • On Thursday, 28 October, IOF established a military checkpoint near Yitzhar settlement, southeastern Nablus.

Jenin:

  • On Thursday, 28 October, IOF established a military checkpoint near Silat ad-Dhahr, southern Jenin.
  • On Sunday, 31 October, IOF established a military checkpoint at Kufeirat entrance.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 28 October, IOF established 5 military checkpoint at the entrances to Yatta, Beit Awa, Samoua, Hebron (south).
  • IOF shut Dura’s eastern entrance, connecting to bypass road 60, southern Hebron, with a metal gate and banned civilian traffic.
  • On Friday, 29 October, IOF established 3 checkpoint on the entrances to al-Fawwar refugee camp, ad- Dhahiriya, and Halhoul.
  • On Sunday, 31 October, IOF established 3 checkpoints on the entrances to Dura (east), Sa’ir, and Hebron (south).
  • On Monday, 1 November, IOF established 4 military checkpoints on the entrances to Beit Ummar, Yatta, al-Shuyukh, and Beit Einun.
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