Israeli Forces Shoot, Injure Palestinian Youth near Hebron

January 13, 2023

Israeli occupation forces shot and injured a Palestinian youth in the town of Beit Ummar, near Hebron.(Via: eidsh929 TW Page)

Israeli occupation forces shot and injured a Palestinian youth in the town of Beit Ummar, near the occupied West Bank city of Al-Khalil (Hebron), the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

WAFA correspondent said that Israeli forces violently dispersed a rally demanding the release of Palestinians’ bodies withheld from burial. Israeli soldiers hit a participant with a round in the foot and caused dozens of others to suffocate from tear gas.

The rally participants demanded that Israel return the bodies of Palestinian prisoners who die in imprisonment and those who allegedly committed attacks, most notably veteran prisoner Nasser Abu Hamid, who died recently in Israeli custody.

According to official Palestinian sources, the Israeli occupation authorities have been withholding the bodies of 256 persons who are buried in the so-called ‘Cemeteries of Numbers’. Additionally, the bodies of 117 others are withheld in morgues and refrigerators.

Israeli authorities resumed the policy regarding the decision to withhold the bodies of the deceased in October 2015.

(WAFA, PC, SOCIAL)

LATEST POSTS

Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine ( Weekly )

 December 1, 2022

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

Five Palestinian civilians, including 2 brothers, were killed and 18 others, including 5 children and a paramedic, were injured, while dozens of others suffocated in Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) attacks in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

On 29 November 2022, three Palestinian Civilians, including 2 brothers, were killed and 6 others, including 2 children, were injured by IOF fire in the West Bank. The two brothers were killed in Ramallah, while the third civilian succumbed to his injury in Hebron. ( Details are available in PCHR’s press release).

On 29 and 30 November 2022, two Palestinian civilians were killed by IOF fire during the latter’s incursion into Jenin and Ramallah in the West Bank. ( Details are available in PCHR’s press release).

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

On 25 November 2022, three Palestinians, including a child, were shot with rubber-coated bullets during IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in northern Qalqilya.

On 29 November 2022, a Palestinian was shot with a live bullet in his foot by IOF while trying to infiltrate through a hole in the annexation wall near Rummanah village in western Jenin, to work in Israel. Also, another Palestinian sustained a rubber bullet injury in his foot during clashes with IOF in Zeita village in Tulkram.

On the same day, six Palestinians, including a paramedic and 2 children, were shot with live and rubber-coated bullets, while dozens of others suffocated during clashes with IOF following the latter’s suppression of the participants in the funeral of Mofeed Ikhlayil, who at dawn succumbed to his injury he sustained the day before by IOF fire.

In the Gaza Strip, 2 shootings were reported on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza Strip, and 2 shootings were reported on fishing boats off the western Gaza shore. The shooting on 24 November 2022 wounded a fisherman with a rubber-coated bullet in his leg off Beit Lahia shore. (Details available in PCHR’s press release.)  

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 175 Palestinians, including 118 civilians: 35 children, 8 women, 2 Palestinians killed by Israeli settlers and the rest were activists; 18 of them were assassinated. Also, hundreds of Palestinians, including women and children, were wounded in IOF’s attacks in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Moreover, 5 Palestinian detainees, including a woman, died in the Israeli prisons.

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

IOF demolished 4 houses and 4 residential tents, rendering 3 families of 22, including 4 women and 14 children, homeless. Also, IOF demolished 5 economic facilities, razed, and seized a plot of land and confiscated agricultural vehicles in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

On 26 November 2022, IOF confiscated a bulldozer belonging to Qarawet Bani Hassan Municipality in Salfit while cleaning the sides of the main street and water channels from stones and sand. They also chased the workers while working in various areas in the village.

On 27 November 2022, the Israeli occupation authorities confiscated an excavator and a generator in al-Bowaib village in southern Hebron.

On 28 November 2022, IOF demolished a 120-sqm house in southern Hebron, displacing a family of 7, including 5 children. In the same area, IOF demolished another 105-sqm house, displacing a family of 8, including 6 children. Additionally, IOF demolished a 2-storey house of 170 sqms in Kafr ad-Dik village, west of Salfit.  Moreover, IOF demolished a plant nursery and a stone chain and arrested 3 Palestinian young men in al_Jib village in occupied East Jerusalem.

On the same day, IOF handed a demolition notice to Khashm al-Karam School built of bricks and tinplate a week ago with European funds in eastern Yatta city in Hebron, under the pretext that the construction located in the firing zone (917). The school was built to serve 50 male and female students from the village, who were receiving their education in Hamida School, which is about 6 km away from their houses. Also, IOF distributed a notice to raze a 500-meter-long paved street in Wad al-‘Amayir area in southern Hebron, under the pretext of working without a prior Israeli permission.

On 29 November 2022, IOF demolished a 70-sqm residential barrack in ‘Anata village in occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction, rendering a family of 7, including 2 women and 3 children, homeless. Also, IOF razed a 2-dunum agricultural land (2 dunums) and uprooted olive, citrus and palm trees in Hizma village in occupied East Jerusalem for settlement expansion purposes. It is worth noting that last year the Israeli authorities announced the confiscation of 13 dunums from Hizma village’s lands to build a new settlement road (one kilometer long and 16 meters wide), including the land mentioned above.

On 30 November 2022, IOF demolished 4 residential tents and 4 livestock barns in eastern Aqraba village in Nablus, under the pretext of illegal construction in Area C.

Since the beginning of 2022, IOF made 137 families homeless, a total of 805 persons, including 158 women and 368 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 154 houses and dozens of residential and agricultural tents. IOF also demolished 107 other civilian 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 24 November 2022, Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian vehicles travelling on Yitzhar Bypass Road, southeast of Nablus, with stones and sticks, causing material damage to two vehicles.

On 29 November 2022, Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian vehicles traveling on Road (90), northeast of Ramallah, wounding a Palestinian and damaging two vehicles.

Since the beginning of the year, settlers conducted at least 249 attacks. In two of the attacks, 2 Palestinians were killed.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

IOF carried out 181 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, 54 Palestinians were arrested, including 4 children and a journalist. In the Gaza Strip, on 27 November 2022, Israeli naval forces arrested 6 fishermen on board of 2 fishing boats off Gaza shore and confiscated the fishing boats. The fishermen were released later. (Details available in PCHR’s press release)

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 8094 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 4496 Palestinians were arrested, including 443 children and 45 women. IOF also conducted 34 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 105 Palestinians, including 64 fishermen, 32 infiltrators, and 9 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 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 92 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem arrested 5 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

So far in 2022, IOF established at least 4181 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 190 Palestinians at those checkpoints

Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (Weekly Update 17 – 23 November 2022)

 November 24, 2022

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

3 Palestinians, including a civilian and a child, were killed, and 16 others, including 3 children, were wounded, and dozens of others suffocated in IOF attacks in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

On 21 November 2022, Mahmoud Al-Sa’di (17) was killed and 4 others were wounded by IOF after the latter’s incursion into al-Hadaf neighborhood adjacent to Jenin refugee camp. Details available in PCHR’s press release.

On 22 November 2022, a member of the Palestinian armed groups was killed, and 6 civilians were wounded by IOF fire during the latter’s incursion into Nablus to secure the settlers incursions into Joseph’s Tomb. The next evening, 23 November 2022, Mohammad Hishab Abu Kishk (23) succumbed to a bullet injury in the abdomen in a stone-throwing against IOF on ‘Amman Street.

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 18 November 2022, 3 Palestinians, including a child, were wounded with rubber bullets during IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly peaceful protest, north of Qalqilya. In the evening, a child was injured with a rubber bullet in the arm during clashes with IOF near Checkpoint (300), north of Bethlehem. A child was also wounded with a live bullet in the foot during clashes with IOF at the entrance to Al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron.

On 19 November 2022, A Palestinian was wounded with a live bullet during clashes with IOF after the latter moved into Tulkarm, raided shops, and confiscated surveillance camera recordings.

On 20 November 2022, IOF beat up and kicked two sisters namely Raghad (13) and Dina Mustafa ‘Abyat (14) before detaining them for some time when they were in an agricultural land adjacent to the “Abi HaNahal” settlement established on Kisan village lands, east of Bethlehem.

In the Gaza Strip, 9 IOF shootings were reported on fishing boats off the Gaza shores  to the west, mostly in the northern Gaza Strip, and 2 other shootings were reported on agricultural lands in the eastern Gaza Strip.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 169 Palestinians, including 113 civilians: 35 children, 8 women, 2 Palestinians killed by Israeli settlers and the rest were activists; 18 of them were assassinated in IOF’s attacks in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Moreover, 5 Palestinian detainees, including a woman, died in the Israeli prisons.

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

IOF demolished 3 houses, rendering 3 families of 16, including 3 women and 8 children, homeless, demolished 4 facilities, including a school, and removed a crescent and ceiling of a minaret in an old mosque in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

On 18 November 2022, IOF confiscated an agricultural tractor and stopped plowing a plot of land in Sha’ab al-Batem area, east of Yatta in Hebron, under the pretext of “closed military zone”.

On 20 November 2022, IOF forced a Palestinian to self-demolish his under-construction house in Ras Al-‘Amoud neighborhood in East Jerusalem upon an Israeli municipal decision, under the pretext of unlicensed construction, noting that the house is a 2-stoery floor built of bricks and pellets.

On 21 November 2022, IOF demolished a 2-storey house with an area of 250 sqms in Duma village, southeast of Nablus under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area C, rendering 3 families of 16, including 3 women and 8 families, homeless. Also, IOF demolished a 40-sqm poultry farm in the same area. Meanwhile, IOF demolished a 2-story country house of 50 sqms and levelled a 1200-sqm agricultural land, including a 250-cup water container in southern Duma under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area C. On the same day, IOF demolished a barrack used as a warehouse for agricultural tools in Nabi Elias village, east of Qalqilya under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

On 22 November 2022, the Israeli municipality crews and the Israeli Antiquities Authority removed the ceiling and crescent of a minaret in the Jerusalem Qal’ah Mosque in Bab Al-Khaleel area, East Jerusalem under the pretext of carrying out restoration works in the area and turning it into a Judaized Museum. On the same day, the occupation forces handed notices to stop construction works in 8 houses in Qarawat Bani Hassan, west of Salfit, under the pretext of not having a license.

On 23 November 2022, IOF demolished Al-Sumoud and Al-Tahadi School in Khirbet Safa Al-Fawqa, south of Hebron after confiscating students’ desks and seats. The 120-sqm school was built of bricks and tinplate and housed 4 classrooms, 2 administration rooms and a health unit. 22 students studied at this school coming from the mentioned area, noting that the school was established 3 months ago. On 17 November 2022, IOF handed a military order holding number (1797) to demolish the school within 96 hours.

Since the beginning of 2022, Israeli occupation forces made 134 families homeless, a total of 783 persons, including 154 women and 354 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 150 houses and many residential and agricultural tents. IOF also demolished 102 other civilian objects, leveled vacant areas of land, and delivered hundreds of notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.

Settler-attacks

Settlers carried out 10 attacks, causing bruises to Palestinian civilians and damage to homes and vehicles in the West Bank. Details are as follows:

On 17 November 2022, settlers threw stones at Palestinian vehicles traveling on Street 55 between Nablus and Qalqilya. Also, settlers, protected by IOF, closed the entrance to Al-Tuwana village, south of Hebron, after organizing a march at the village entrance and chanting racist slogans calling for the death and expulsion of Arabs from the village.

On 18 November 2022, a child sustained bruises and fractures after settlers assaulted a house in the ‘Arab al-Maleihat Compound on the main road between Jericho and Ramallah. On the same day, settlers moved into the Qurna area in Yasuf village, east of Salfit, established tents on the Palestinian lands and threw stones at the Palestinian vehicles traveling near the entrance to Kafl Haris village, north of Salfit. In the evening, settlers from “Kiryat Arba” settlement attacked a house and punctured the tires of two vehicles in Al-Mohawel area, east of Hebron.

On 19 November 2022, a Palestinian was injured in the eye after settlers threw stones at him during a march they organized in Tel Rumeida in Hebron, under the pretext of celebrating the “Sarah Shabbat”. During the march, settlers, protected by IOF, attacked a house, removed the barbed-wire fence, forced shops to close on the old and new Al-Shalala Streets, attacked them with stones, assaulted vegetable stalls, broke the glass of a mosque door, and assaulted vehicles. Settlers also threw stones at the Palestinian vehicles traveling in northern Qalqilya.

On 20 November 2022, a child sustained bruises when he fell off his bicycle after settlers chased him and threw stones at him, east of Hebron.

On 21 November 2022, settlers slashed the tires of 4 cars, wrote racist slogans on two houses, and set fire to olive trees in Ramin village, south of Tulkarm.

Since the beginning of the year, settlers conducted at least 247 attacks. In two of the attacks, 2 Palestinians were killed.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

IOF carried out 176 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, 49 Palestinians were arrested, including 7 children. In the Gaza Strip, on 17 November 2022, IOF arrested a Palestinian from Deir al-Balah camp when he was on his way back from work via Beit Hanon “Erez” crossing.

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 7924 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 4442 Palestinians were arrested, including 439 children and 45 women. IOF also conducted 34 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 99 Palestinians, including 58 fishermen, 32 infiltrators, and 9 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.

Israeli collective punishment and 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 of the Gaza crossings.

In the West Bank, IOF continue to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 89 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, and arrested 2 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

On 17 November 2022, IOF closed with sand berms Al-Zarzour intersection connecting several neighborhoods in Hebron with.

During this week, IOF closed several times the checkpoints and entrances to villages in East Jerusalem and Bethlehem for long hours before reopening them after obstructing the citizens’ movement.

So far in 2022, IOF established 4089 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 185 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (Weekly Update 10 – 16 November 2022)

 November 17, 2022

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

A Palestinian girl was killed and six Palestinians, including a child and an international solidarity activist, were wounded, while dozens of others suffocated in Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) attacks in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

On 14 November 2022, IOF killed Fulla Rasmi ‘Abdul al-‘Aziz Masalmah (16) and wounded Anas Suliman Hassounah (26) with a live bullet in his left shoulder and then arrested him. This incident occurred after IOF opened fire at a Hyundai cat with a yellow registration plate driven by Hassounah with the girl sitting next to him in the Schools neighborhood in central Beitunia village, west of Ramallah, where IOF patrolled the area. IOF claimed that the car mentioned above tried to run over Israeli soldiers and the driver did not obey the soldiers’ orders to stop, so they opened fire at the car, wounding the girl in her back with a live bullet that settled in her chest. There was no eyewitness in the area at the time of the incident, as it took place at dawn, but footages published on social medica showed IOF opening fire at the vehicle from behind.

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

On 11 November 2022, three Palestinians and an international solidarity activist were shot with rubber-coated metal bullets during IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in northern Qalqilya.

On the same day, dozens of Palestinians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and sustained wounds by stun grenade shrapnel during clashes with IOF near Bab al-Zawiyia area in Hebron.

On 14 November 2022, three Palestinians, including 2 children, sustained fractures and bruises when IOF attacked Palestinians, who were harvesting olive trees in their agricultural land in Dura in Hebron. Also, IOF fired teargas canisters and stun grenades at the Palestinians after the latter uprooted olive seedlings planted by a settler in their land.

On14 November 2022, a 14-year-old child was shot with a bullet in his right leg during clashes with IOF, who established a temporary military checkpoint at the northern entrance to Teqoa village, east of Bethlehem.

In the Gaza Strip, 3 shootings were reported on agricultural lands in the eastern Gaza Strip, and 5 shootings were reported on fishing boats off the western Gaza shore, mostly in northern Gaza Strip.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 165 Palestinians, including 111 civilians: 34 children, 8 women, 2 Palestinians killed by Israeli settlers and the rest were activists; 17 of them were assassinated. Also, hundreds of Palestinians, including women and children, were wounded in IOF’s attacks in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Moreover, 5 Palestinian detainees, including a woman, died in the Israeli prisons.

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

IOF demolished two agricultural houses, forced a Palestinian to self-demolish his house, and confiscated agricultural equipment and a generator in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

On 11 November 2022, IOF forced a Palestinian to self-demolish his 70-sqm house sheltering a family of 4 persons, including a woman and 2 children, in Beit Safafa village in occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

On 13 November 2022, IOF demolished two agricultural dwellings built of tin plates and steel and solar panels, displacing two families of 9 persons, including 2 women and 5 children, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

On the same day, Israeli Administration and Organization officers, under IOF’s protection, confiscated tin plates, steel pillars and a generator belonging to a Palestinian, who intended to build a tinplated barrack for his livestock in Yatta city in Hebron. 

Since the beginning of 2022, Israeli occupation forces made 131 families homeless, a total of 767 persons, including 151 women and 343 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 147 houses and many residential and agricultural tents. IOF also demolished 93 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:

Israeli settlers conducted 4 attacks on Palestinians’ vehicles in different areas in the West Bank. Details are as follows:

On 14 November 2022, Israeli settlers moved into Haris village in Salfit, north of the West Bank, and burned four vehicles belonging to the villagers.

On 15 November 2022, Israeli settlers attacked and set fire to a vehicle belonging to a Palestinian who was in his way back from ‘Attil village in northern Tulkarm to Nablus.

On the same day, Israeli settlers intercepted a bus for a women’s trip in Hebron and prevented it from moving for few hours, enticing fear among the passengers.

On 16 November 2022, Israeli settlers threw stones at four vehicles near Ramin village, east of Tulkarm, breaking their windows. On the same day, Israeli settlers damaged a vehicle belonging to a Palestinian doctor near Jit village in Qalqilya.

Since the beginning of the year, settlers conducted at least 236 attacks. In two of the attacks, 2 Palestinians were killed.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

IOF carried out 35 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, 62 Palestinians were arrested.

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 7,748 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 4,393 Palestinians were arrested, including 421 children and 43 women. IOF also conducted 33 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 95 Palestinians, including 58 fishermen, 32 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 11 November 2022, IOF closed the entrances to Beit Ummar village in Hebron following clashes erupted between IOF and Palestinians, where IOF used live bullets and stun grenades.

So far in 2022, IOF established at least 4000 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 183 Palestinians at those checkpoints

Israeli Human Rights Violations in Occupied Palestine (Weekly Update 03 – 09 November 2022)

10.11. 2022

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

5 Palestinians, including a child, were killed, and 14 others, including 2 children and a foreign solidarity activist, were wounded, and dozens of others suffocated in IOF attacks in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

On 03 November 2022, Dawoud Rayan was shot dead by IOF after their incursion into Beit Duqqu village, in East Jerusalem. Details available in PCHR’s press release.

On the same day, 2 Palestinians, including a child and a member of the Palestinian Resistance, were killed, and 3 others were wounded by IOF’s fire during the latter’s incursion into Jenin refugee camp, northern West Bank. Details available in PCHR’s press release.

On 05 November 2022, Mosa’b Nafal was killed and another was injured before his arrest after IOF directly opened fire at them near Sinjil village, east of Ramallah. Details available in PCHR’s press release.

On 09 November 2022, Rafat ‘Ali ‘Issa (29) was killed after IOF opened fire at him. ‘Issa was shit with 2 bullets in the highs, leaving him to bleed for about 2 hours while he was trying to cross the Annexation Wall near the town of ‘Anin in Jenin where he was heading to his work in Israel, noting that IOF handed his corpse to the Palestinian ambulance and was transferred to Al-Razi Hospital in Jenin.

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 04 November 2022, 3 Palestinians and a foreign solidarity activist were injured with metal bullets during the IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in north of Qalqilya. In addition, a Palestinian was wounded with a metal bullet during clashes with IOF after the latter’s incursion into the town of ‘Azzoun, east of Qalqilya. On the same day, 2 civilian facilities and agricultural land were damage as a result of IOF warplanes that fired around 16 missiles at a resistance site, adjacent to agricultural lands in Maghazi refugee camp, central Gaza Strip.

On 05 November 2022, a Palestinian sustained a live bullet wound, and dozens suffocated and bruised during confrontations with IOF near the Annexation Wall adjacent to al-Quds University in the town of Abu Dis in East Jerusalem, following a solidarity stand by the students inside the campus. IOF attacks caused 40 trees and greenhouses in the area to burn. On the same day, 2 Palestinians were wounded by IOF’s bullets during clashes at the northern entrance to Al-Bireh city.

On 09 November 2022, 2 children were shot by IOF during crashes after that latter obstructed a funeral, east of Beit Umar in Hebron.

In the Gaza Strip, 8 IOF shootings were reported on fishing boats off the Gaza shores (Western Gaza shores) mostly in northern Gaza Strip, and 10 other shootings were reported on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza Strip.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 164 Palestinians, including 110 civilians: 33 children, 8 women, 2 Palestinians killed by Israeli settler and the rest were activists; 18 of them were assassinated in IOF’s attacks in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Moreover, 5 Palestinian prisoners, including a woman, died in the Israeli jails.

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

IOF demolished 5 houses, most of them were under construction, and 4 agricultural facilities and rooms, and confiscated property in the West Bank. Details are as follows:

On 03 November 2022, IOF demolished an agricultural room of bricks, tin and slate, a concrete wall and a 230-sqm water well, a bathroom of bricks and tin, and a 90-sqm tin house, and confiscated 2 iron containers, one was used as an office and the other as a store, south of Hebron, under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area C.

On 06 November 2022, IOF forced a citizen to self-demolish his under-construction house in ‘Anata in occupied East Jerusalem upon the Israeli municipality decision, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

On 07 November 2022, IOF demolished using bulldozers, a bakery of 3 shops with an area of 110 square meters in Shu’fat neighborhood, in East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction. IOF also demolished a 200-square-meter under-construction house, and a fence nearby, in East of Jericho. On the same day, IOF demolished 2-storey 200-sqm house in the village of Qibya in Ramallah, under the pretext that it was in Area C, rendering a family of 6, including 2 women, homeless.

On 09 November 2022, IOF dismantled an insulated tin room, notified to stop working on the concrete floor on which the room was built, and confiscated an iron container used for storing equipment, south of Hebron.

On 09 November 2022, IOF demolished an under-construction house of about 230 square meters in Beit Hanin in East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Since the beginning of 2022, Israeli occupation forces made 128 families homeless, a total of 754 persons, including 148 women and 339 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of `44 houses and many residential tents. IOF also demolished 93 other civilian objects, leveled vacant areas of land and delivered dozens of notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.

Settler-attacks

5 Palestinian were injured and bruised, and agricultural lands and properties were also damaged in 8 attacks carried out by settlers in the West Bank. Details as follows:

On 03 November 2022, a Palestinian, his wife and 3 of their children were injured and bruised as a result of an attack by settlers from Asfar settlement in Hebron, while the Family were harvesting olives in Al-Majalis area.

On 05 November 2022, settlers attacked citizens who were harvesting olives in the town of Kafr al-Deik, west of Salfit, and seized an olive-harvesting machine and a bag containing personal documents. Settlers, protected by IOF, gathered at the western entrance to Hares village in Salfit, and threw stones at the passing vehicles.

On 06 November 2022, settlers from Adora settlement in Hebron destroyed the irrigation system of crops in ‘Ein Fara’ area, nearby the settlement. Also, settlers attacked agricultural land in Kafr Qaddoum village in Qalqilya and cut down several olive trees. On the same day, settlers stole about 19 bags of olives from agricultural land in the town of Kafr al-Deik, west of Salfit.

On 07 November 2022, settlers cut down 116 olive trees in east of Turmusa’ya in Ramallah

On 09 November 2022, settlers vandalized plastic water tanks used to irrigate olive grove, south of Yatta in Hebron.

Since the beginning of the year, settlers conducted at least 232 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, 81 Palestinians were arrested, including 11 children, and 2 women. In the Gaza Strip, on 06 November 2022, IOF arrested a citizen from Rafah at Beit Hanon “Erez” crossing. On 09 November 2022, IOF penetrated a limited distance east of Deir Al-Balah, central Gaza Strip.

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 7713 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 4331 Palestinians were arrested, including 432 children and 45 women. IOF also conducted 34 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 97 Palestinians, including 58 fishermen, 32 infiltrators, and 7 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.

Israeli collective punishment and 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 95 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, and arrested 4 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

On 05 November 2022, IOF closed the entrance to the villages of Janba and Al-Markaz in Masafafer Yatta city in Hebron, with cement blocks and sand berms.

During this week, IOF closed Qalanda and Al-Za’eem checkpoints several times and reopened them later, tightening their procedures at Jerusalem checkpoints.

So far in 2022, IOF established 3961 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 181 Palestinians at those checkpoints

Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine(Weekly Update 27 October-02 November 2022)

03,11. 2022

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

Eleventh Palestinians, including 3 children and 2 paramedics, were wounded, and dozens of others suffocated in Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) attacks in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Meanwhile, those injured were victims of excessive use of force that accompanied incursion into the Palestinian cities and villages, or suppression of peaceful protests organized by Palestinian civilians, and they were as follows:

On 28 October 2022, a 22-year-old Palestinian was hit with a stun grenade during IOF’s incursion into Kafr al-Labad village in Tulkarm. Also, a child was shot with a rubber bullet during clashes with IOF following the latter’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in northern Qalqilya.

On 29 October 2022, a 19-year-old Palestinian was shot with a live bullet in his foot during clashes with IOF in al-Arroub refugee camp in Hebron. Also, a 22-year-old paramedic sustained live bullet shrapnel wound in his shoulder after IOF opened fire at an ambulance belonging to the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) near “Givat Havot” settlement outpost in eastern Hebron after an injury was reported in the area to PRCS. It turned out later that a Palestinian was killed after carrying out a shooting that killed an Israeli settler and injured others.

On 30 October 2022, a 17-year-old child  and a 18-year-old young man were shot with rubber bullets after IOF opened fire and fired teargas canisters at Palestinians gathered near the annexation wall, west of Tulkarm. Also, a Palestinian was injured with a live bullet in his thigh during clashes with IOF near military checkpoint (300), north of Bethlehem.

On 31 October 2022, a paramedic (33) sustained live bullet shrapnel wound after a PRCS ambulance driven by him was targeted during clashes and an exchange of fire between members of Palestinian armed groups and IOF following the latter’s incursion into Jenin and its refugee camp. Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested a Palestinian from Jenin refugee camp.

On the same day, a Palestinian was shot with a rubber bullet after IOF opened fire at him during his attempt along with a Palestinian woman to prevent IOF from arresting her daughter at a military checkpoint established at the entrance to the closed al-Shuhada Street in Central Hebron. 

On 01 November 2022, a child was wounded with a live bullet in his foot and other Palestinians suffocated during clashes with IOF at the entrance to al-Arroub refugee camp in Hebron.

On 02 November 2022, a 39-year-old Palestinian was shot with 4 live bullets after IOF opened fire at his vehicle near Muthalath al-Kharsa intersection in Hebron. IOF claimed that he tried to carry out a vehicle-ramming attack.

In the Gaza Strip, 5 shootings were reported on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza Strip, and 7 shootings were reported on fishing boats off the western Gaza shores, mostly in northern Gaza Strip.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 158 Palestinians, including 106 civilians: 32 children, 8 women, 2 Palestinians killed by Israeli settlers and the rest were activists; 17 of them were assassinated. Also, hundreds of Palestinians, including women and children, were wounded in IOF’s attacks in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Moreover, 5 Palestinian detainees, including a woman, died in the Israeli prisons.

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

IOF demolished 9 houses, rendering 31 Palestinians, including 8 women and 13 children, homeless. Also, IOF demolished a water well and seized 616 dunums in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

On 27 October 2022, IOF handed 2 civilians 2 notices to cease construction works in their houses in Al-Mughayyir village, east of Ramallah, under the pretext of being in area classified as Area (C).

On 28 October 2022, implementing an Israeli municipal order, IOF forced a Palestinian to self-demolished his under-construction house in Al-Tur village in occupied East Jerusalem under the pretext of unlicensed construction. It should be noted that the house’s owner lives in a 50-sqaure-meter house along with his parents, wife and three children.

On 29 October 2022, implementing an Israeli municipal order, IOF forced 2 Palestinians to self-demolished their houses on Salah al-Deen Street and in Shu’fat neighborhood under the pretext of unlicensed construction, rendering two families of 12 persons, including 4 children and 3 women, homeless.

On 31 October 2022, IOF demolished an under-construction house comprised of 3 floors, a water well and a 100-meter-long concrete wall in al-Baq’a area in Hebron.

On 31 October 2022, IOF issued a military order to seize about 616 dunums from Qaryut, As-Sawiya and Al-Lubban_ash-Sharqiya villages in Nablus, in order to expand “Eli” settlement, which is established in on lands of these villages.

On 02 November 2022, IOF demolished four houses in Al-Walaja village, northwest of Bethlehem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction, rendering 2 families of 12 persons, including 6 children and 3 women, homeless.

On the same day, IOF demolished an uninhabited house comprised of two floors in Jalbun village in Jenin under the pretext of illegal construction in Area C, rendering a family of 5 persons, including 3 children, homeless.

Since the beginning of 2022, Israeli occupation forces made 127 families homeless, a total of 748 persons, including 146 women and 339 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 139 houses and many residential and agricultural tents. IOF also demolished 93 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 27 October 2022, Israeli settlers threw stones and obstructed the movement of Palestinians’ vehicles near the western entrance to Haris village in Salfit and near the entrance to Kafr Laqif village in Qalqilya, causing material damage to a vehicle.

On 28 October 2022, an Israeli settler prevented Palestinian Kafl Haris village’s farmers from passing through the dirt street located near the electricity room established opposite to “Ariel” settlement in Salfit. Also, Israeli settlers threw stones and obstructed the movement of vehicles passing on the Bypass Road between Bruqin village and Kafr ad-Dik village in Salfit.  

On 29 October 2022, Israeli settlers threw stones and obstructed the movement of Palestinian vehicles near the western entrance to Kafr ad-Dik village, west of Salfit. In the evening, Israeli settlers, from “Kiryat Arba” settlement in Hebron, threw stones and opened fire at Palestinian houses in al-Ras area and in al-Jaber neighborhood, east of the city in addition to breaking windows of several vehicles. This came following a shooting carried out by a Palestinian that led to killing the attacker and an Israeli settler as well as the injury of others in the nearby area. Israeli settlers’ attack recurred in the evening and was followed by IOF’s raid into a house and arrest of one of its residents.

Since the beginning of the year, settlers conducted at least 224 attacks. In two of the attacks, 2 Palestinians were killed.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

IOF carried out 184 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, 74 Palestinians were arrested, including 7 children and 4 women.

In the Gaza Strip, on 01 November 2022, Israeli naval forces arrested 4 fishermen while sailing off the Gaza shore and confiscated two fishing boats where the 4 fishermen were on board. (Details are available in this press release)

 

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 7523 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 4250 Palestinians were arrested, including 421 children and 43 women. IOF also conducted 33 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 95 Palestinians, including 58 fishermen, 32 infiltrators, and 5 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 in the Gaza crossings.

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continue to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 99 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, and arrested 9 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

since 11 October 2022, IOF have imposed collective punishment measures on Nablus and its three camps: Balata, Ein Beit al-Maa’ and Askar, and its cities and villages, including closing entrances and checkpoints. These measures affected the daily life of tens of thousands of Palestinians.

On 29 October 2022, IOF closed the entrances leading to Qizoun area in eastern Hebron, where there is a house that IOF intend to demolish as part of the collective punishment policy. Also, IOF closed all the entrances leading to Hebron and connecting with the Bypass Road (60) and prevented Palestinian vehicles from entering or exiting until next day noon.

On the same day, IOF closed Road (60) in Bethlehem to vehicles’ movement and closed the two metal detector gates established at the entrances to Tekoa and Husan villages

On 01 November 2022, the Israeli authorities announced the closure of the Gaza Strip and West Bank’s crossings, except for urgent and exceptional humanitarian cases, upon the approval of the competent authorities under the pretext of the Israeli elections.

So far in 2022, IOF established at least 3,866 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 177 Palestinians at those checkpoints

Resistance operation targets home of Israeli MK in West Bank, kills settler

October 30 2022

Israeli paramedics carrying rifles at the site of the shooting operation
(Photo Credit: Quds News Network)

The shooter, Mohammad al-Jabari, was hit by a police vehicle and shot dead soon after carrying out the attack

ByNews Desk- 

Four Israelis and a Palestinian were injured in a shooting operation on the evening of 29 October in the Kiryat Arba settlement of the West Bank city of Hebron, with the attack resulting in the death of one settler.

One of the injured Israelis remains in critical condition.

The shooter, identified as 35-year-old Mohammad al-Jabari, was run down by an Israeli police vehicle twice as he was still firing shots. After being hit by the car, Jabari exchanged fire with the occupation forces before being shot dead.

Jabari was a member of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas resistance movement. He was also a father of two children, and a teacher at the Jawad Al-Hashlamoun Basic School in the Hebron Education Directorate.

“We mourn the martyr and educator Muhammad Kamel Al-Jabari … who was shot dead by the occupation,” the Palestinian Ministry of Education said in a statement.

The operation itself targeted the home of far-right, Israeli extremist MK and leader in the Otzma Yehudit party, Itamar Ben Gvir.

“My family is currently secured [as we come] under a shooting attack on our home,” Ben Gvir said via Twitter as the operation was taking place. While speaking on the phone with Hebrew Channel 12 media outlet, he said that he wasn’t at home at the time of the shooting, but that his family was.

The following day, Ben Gvir offered his condolences via Twitter to the family of the dead settler, who was identified as 49-year-old Ronen Hanania.

Following the shooting, massive Palestinian rallies celebrating the operation were held in the Gaza Strip, as well as across the occupied West Bank.

Hamas spokesman, Hazem Qassem, said in a statement following the operation: “The bullets of the resistance are a practical response to Zionist settlement expansion, and the crimes they are committing,” adding that the operation “proves that the resistance front can surprise the occupiers.”

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) resistance faction and the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) also praised the operation.

The day after the attack, on 30 October, the Israeli army made preparations for the punitive demolition of Jabari’s home – a popular form of collective punishment deployed by the occupation.

The shooting operation represents a highly significant increase in resistance activity across the West Bank recently, which comes as a result of constant Israeli violence and oppression of Palestinians.

Palestinian resistance makes 2022 deadliest year for Israelis since 2015

Since the beginning of the year, Israeli raids in the West Bank and East Jerusalem have been responsible for killing 125 Palestinians

October 30 2022

(Photo Credit: Anadolu Agency)

ByNews Desk- 

On 30 October, the Hebrew newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported that 25 Israelis had been killed since the start of the year, the highest toll since 2015, due to the increase in Palestinian resistance operations.

According to the special coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, 2022 could also be the deadliest year for Palestinians since 2005. In the past month alone, 32 Palestinians, including six children, were killed by Israeli forces during their frequent raids in the occupied territories in the West Bank.

Since the beginning of the year, Israeli raids in the West Bank and East Jerusalem have been responsible for killing 125 Palestinians.

By comparison, only two Israeli military personnel were killed during Palestinian resistance operations, with 25 Israeli civilians injured over the past month.

Wennesland stated that “mounting hopelessness, anger, and tension have once again erupted into a deadly cycle of violence that is increasingly difficult to contain,” and that “too many people, overwhelmingly Palestinian have been killed and injured.”

He added that it is a priority to ease tensions between the Palestinians and Israeli authorities, further emphasizing that the goal must be “to empower and strengthen the Palestinian Authority (PA) and build towards a return to a political process.”

On 18 October, a report released by the UN’s Special Rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories recommended that UN member states develop “a plan to end the Israeli settler-colonial occupation and apartheid regime.”

“The realization of the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination requires the definitive dismantling of Israel’s colonial occupation and apartheid practices”, wrote Francesca Albanese, UN Special Rapporteur.

According to the report, nearly 4,500 Palestinians are currently detained, 730 of whom are held without charge and largely on the basis of secret evidence, while children as young as 12 are subjected to arbitrary arrests and detention measures – between 500 and 700 minors are detained by the Israeli government each year.

Over 600 Palestinian political prisoners suffer acute illness inside the Israeli occupations and are at risk of dying, according to a statement released by human rights lawyer Abdel Nasser Farwana on 10 September.

One such case is that of Nasser Abu Hamid, who is dying in prison from cancer and is not receiving the care he needs.

Israeli forces are largely overstretched to take on a united Palestinian resistance front within the occupied territories, according to a report released by Israel’s State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman.

The report published on 2 October highlights growing concerns about the IDF conducting operations inside the West Bank, citing missing equipment and the poor living conditions of conscripts.

Last night, four Israelis and a Palestinian were injured in a shooting operation on the evening of 29 October in the Kiryat Arba settlement of the West Bank city of Hebron, with the attack resulting in the death of one settler.

Meanwhile, a Palestinian driver rammed into the positions of Israeli soldiers in two locations in Jericho on 30 October, leaving five soldiers injured and resulting in the death of the driver who was killed on sight.

Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (Weekly Update 13 – 19 October 2022)

20.10. 2022

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

Three Palestinians, including a civilian, were killed and 23 others, including 6 children and 2 paramedics, were wounded, while dozens of others suffocated in Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) attacks in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

On 14 October 2022, two members of Palestinian armed groups were killed and four other Palestinians, including two paramedics, were wounded in clashes and confrontations with IOF during the latter’s incursion into Jenin refugee camp, where they cordoned off a house, arrested one of its residents and later withdrew.

On 15 October 2022, a Palestinian succumbed to wounds he sustained by IOF fire the day before their incursion into the entrance to Qarawat Bani Hassan village, west of Salfit, while four other Palestinians, including a child and a teenager, were wounded. (Details are available in this press release).

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

On 13 October 2022, a number of students suffocated after IOF fired teargas canisters near al-Qisariyia Mixed School in Gaza Valley village (Juhor al-Deek), southeast of Gaza, that is located 1000 meters away from the border fence., forcing the school administration to evacuate.  In the evening, a teenager was shot with a live bullet in his hand in clashes with IOF during their incursion into Nablus to secure Israeli settlers’ raid into Joseph’s Tomb. Also, dozens of Palestinians, suffocated, including 3 children had severe suffocation, and six others were arrested during clashes with IOF in Silwan village in occupied East Jerusalem. Moreover, a child was shot with a live bullet in his foot during clashes with IOF at the entrance to Al-Arroub refugee camp following the funeral of Osama ‘Adawi, who was killed by IOF’s fire the day before. (Details are available in this press release).  Also, a child was shot with a live bullet in his foot during clashes with IOF at the entrance to the closed al-Shuhada Street in Hebron.

On 14 October 2022, three Palestinians, including a child, were shot with rubber-coated bullets in clashes with IOF after the latter’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in northern Qalqilya.  On the same day, a child was shot with a rubber-coated bullet during clashes with IOF near the annexation wall gate on the road connecting Beit Duqqu village with Beit Ijza village in occupied East Jerusalem. Additionally, two Palestinians were shot with two bullets and two others were arrested in clashes with IOF who were protecting Israeli settlers while carrying out attacks in Huwara village in Nablus.  Also, three Palestinians, including a child, were wounded and another one was arrested during clashes with IOF at the entrance to the closed al-Shuhada street in Hebron.

On 15 October 2022, IOF arrested a Palestinian after opening fire at him and wounding him under the pretext of throwing stones at IOF near the northern entrance to Yatta in Hebron. Also, IOF arrested a Palestinian after opening fire at him and wounding him when he tried to approach the annexation wall, southwest of As-Samu village in Hebron.

On 18 October 2022, IOF arrested a teenager after opening fire at him and wounding him under the pretext of throwing a Molotov Cocktail at the intersection of Al-Majdal village in Nablus.

In the Gaza Strip, 7 shootings were reported on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza Strip, and 6 others were reported on fishing boats off the western Gaza shores.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 144 Palestinians, including 100 civilians: 27 children, 8 women, 2 Palestinians killed by Israeli settler and the rest were activists; 15 of them were assassinated. Also, hundreds of Palestinians were wounded in IOF’s attacks in the Gaza Strip and West Bank while 4 Palestinian detainees, including a woman, died in the Israeli prisons.

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

On 13 October 2022, IOF forced a Palestinian to self-demolish his house in Sur Baher village under the pretext of unlicensed construction, rendering him, his wife and daughter homeless.

Since the beginning of 2022, Israeli occupation forces made 119 families homeless, a total of 702 persons, including 136 women and 318 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 127 houses and several 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:

Many Palestinians sustained bruises, an Israeli solidarity activist sustained wounds and Palestinian property sustained severe damage in 9 attacks conducted by Israeli settlers under IOF’s protection, including continuous attacks on Palestinian farmers during the olive harvest season in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

On 13 October 2022, five Palestinians sustained bruises after Israeli settlers attacked shops and vehicles in Huwara village in Nablus, causing damage to two vehicles. On the same day, Israeli settlers attacked agricultural lands in al-Montar area in Nablus and cut the branches of 120 olive trees. In the evening, Israeli settlers set a restaurant and a truck ablaze during their attack in Huwara village. Also, under IOF’s protection, dozens of Israeli settlers; some of them were masked, accompanied with the Extremist Israeli Member of Knesset (MK), Itamar Ben Gvir, stormed Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. They raided residential houses, assaulted their residents and damaged their property. Meanwhile, IOF suppressed Palestinians, who tried to confront the settlers, instead of providing protection for the neighborhood’s residents, and dispersed them after firing a barrage of teargas canisters, pumping skunk water at them and arresting and assaulting 9 Palestinians. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society stated that its crews treated 20 Palestinians who were beaten and thrown with stones while 5 of them were evacuated to hospital.

On 14 October 2022, Palestinians found that Israeli settlers cut 12 old olive trees, north of Qaryut village in Nablus. In the evening, Israeli settlers raided Huwara village and attacked shops on the main street amid clashes with Palestinians. On the same day, Israeli settlers, under IOF’s protection, threw an incendiary at the Awarif Secondary School Principal’s room in Urif village Nablus, setting it ablaze. Also, they smashed the glass of 20 solar cells on the school roof. Moreover, dozens of Israeli settlers, under IOF’s protection, raided al-Sumod building in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, where they broke the windows of several vehicles parked in front of the building and beat and pushed its residents.  As a result, dozens of the neighborhood’s residents gathered in front of the building entrance to confront the setters’ attacks. During which, IOF fired sound bombs at the neighborhood’s residents, forcibly suppressed and attacked them, and arrested seven of them, including a child.

On 15 October 2022, Israeli settlers attacked Palestinians’ vehicles passing by Omar Abu Laila roundabout (Ariel), north of Salfit. As a result, windows of some vehicles were broken.  

On 19 October 2022, Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian farmers and volunteers with knives, sticks and batons when they tried to reach an agricultural land near “Ma’ale Amos” settlement in Kisan village, east of Bethlehem. As a result, an Israeli solidarity activist sustained wounds and fractures.

Since the beginning of the year, settlers conducted at least 203 attacks. In two of the attacks, 2 Palestinians were killed.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

IOF carried out 239 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, 110 Palestinians were arrested, including 15 children, 2 women and a paramedic. During this week, IOF blew up the doors of three houses in Ramallah, maltreated their residents and seized money from them.  In occupied East Jerusalem, IOF conducted a widescale arrest campaign, whether during their incursion into Shu’fat refugee camp or in settlers’ attacks in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. Also, IOF arrested a PRSC paramedic after stopping an ambulance driven by him at Za’tara military checkpoint.

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 7,136 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 4092 Palestinians were arrested, including 388 children and 38 women. IOF also conducted 33 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 86 Palestinians, including 49 fishermen, 32 infiltrators, and 5 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.

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

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.

Israeli authorities announced crossings with the West Bank and Gaza Strip will be closed from Sunday noon, 16 October 2022, to Tuesday midnight, 18 October 2022, for Jewish Holidays.

On 17 October 2022, a patient namely Akram Ahmad Mohammad Al-Sultan (62), from the northern Gaza Strip, died after he was denied travel for treatment at Al-Muttala’ Hospital in occupied Jerusalem. Thus, since the beginning of this year, the number of deaths among patients denied travel for treatment abroad has risen to 8, including 3 children. ( More details are available in this press release).

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continue to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 156 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem arrested 5 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

Since 11 October 2022, IOF continue to impose a siege and a closure on Nablus and its three camps: Balata, ‘Ein Beit el Ma and Askar, including the closure of entrances and checkpoints and blocking some roads with sand berms and cement cubes, as part of collective punishment measures against tens of thousands of Palestinians. The siege was imposed following a shooting attack against IOF stationed near “Shavei Shomron” settlement, northwest of Nablus, that killed an Israeli soldier. Due to the closure of checkpoints, the city’s residents need 3-4 hours to enter or exit the city, as they use dirt and bypass roads. 

So far in 2022, IOF established at least 3683 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 165 Palestinians at those checkpoints

 Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine ( Weekly Update 06 – 12 October 2022) 

13.10. 2022

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

5 Palestinian civilians were killed, including 3 children; one of them succumbed to his wounds, while 34 other civilians were wounded, including 3 children, and dozens of others suffocated in Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) attacks in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

On 07 and 08 October 2022, IOF killed 4 Palestinians, including 2 children, and wounded 10 others, including 3 in critical condition; one of them was a child, in 3 separate incidents in the West Bank. Details available in PCHR’s press release.

On 10 October 2022, Mahmoud Mohammad Samoudi (12) succumbed to a live bullet wound in the stomach during IOF’s incursions into Jenin refugee camp on 28 September 2022 when 4 Palestinians were killed, including a civilian, and 28 others were wounded. Details available in PCHR’s press release.

On 12 October 2022, Osama ‘Adawi (17) was killed by IOF fire in Al ‘Aroub refugee camp in Hebron as part of crimes of excessive use of force.

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

On 07 October 2022, 13 Palestinians were injured with metal bullets during clashes with IOF after the latter’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in northern Qalqilya.

On 08 October 2022, IOF assaulted a group of Palestinians and arrested one of them while harvesting olives in Silwan village in East Jerusalem. On the same day, a 36-year-old Palestinian was wounded with a live bullet in the left knee after IOF opened fire at a group of workers near the annexation wall, north of Tulkarm, as the latter were trying to enter Israel for work. Also, a child sustained a rubber bullet wound, while others sustained bruises and suffocated.  Moreover, 15 Palestinians were arrested after being beaten during IOF’s suppression of those celebrating Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday, also known as Mawlid An-Nabawi, in Bab Al ‘Amoud yard in East Jerusalem. Moreover, a Palestinian was wounded with a rubber bullet, and 3 others, including a woman, were arrested in clashes with IOF, who moved into Shu’fat refugee camp in East Jerusalem after a shooting attack was carried out at IOF stationed at the camp checkpoint.

On 09 October 2022, 2 Palestinians, including a child, were wounded with rubber bullets during confrontations with IOF, who moved into Sarda village, north of Ramallah.

On 10 October 2022, 2 Palestinians were wounded during IOF’s suppression of protesters against the punitive measures imposed on Shu’fat refugee camp and al-Salam Suburb in East Jerusalem.

On 12 October 2022, IOF assaulted 3 Palestinians, including 2 guards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, right before arresting them inside the mosque’s yards and coinciding with the settlers’ raids. On the same day, 2 Palestinians were wounded with live bullets as IOF opened fire at them during clashes that followed settlers’ attacks protected by IOF in Qusra village in Nablus. In addition, a 22-year-old Palestinian was wounded with a rubber-coated bullet in the eye in clashes with IOF near the 300 military checkpoint, north of Bethlehem. Also, a Palestinian was injured and another was arrested during IOF’s widescale and continuous confrontations in the neighborhoods of Jerusalem as part of the protests organized against the closure imposed on Shu’fat refugee camp and ‘Anata village for 5 days. In the evening, a 14-year-old child was wounded with a live bullet in the foot right before he was arrested during clashes with IOF in western Beit Ummar in Hebron.

In the Gaza Strip, 8 IOF shootings were reported on fishing boats off the Gaza shores (Western Gaza), and 3 other shootings were reported on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza Strip.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 133 Palestinians, including 93 civilians: 27 children, 8 women, 2 Palestinians killed by Israeli settlers and the rest were activists; 15 of them were assassinated in IOF’s attacks in the Gaza Strip and West Bank in addition to hundreds of injuries, including women and children. Moreover, 4 Palestinian detainees, including a woman, died in the Israeli prisons.

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

IOF demolished 2 houses, rendering a family of 8 persons, including 2 women and 4 children, homeless, and an agricultural tent. Details are as follows:

On 08 October 2022, IOF forced a Palestinian to self-demolish his house in the Old City of East Jerusalem under the pretext of unlicensed construction, rendering him and his mother homeless[1].

On 10 October 2022, IOF demolished an agricultural tent, south of Yatta in Hebron.

On 06 October 2022, IOF demolished a 110-sqm home in Dura in Hebron, rendering a family of 6, including 4 children, homeless under the pretext of unlicensed construction. During the demolition, IOF assaulted a Palestinian and his son and arrested one of them but released him later.

Since the beginning of 2022, Israeli occupation forces made 118 families homeless, a total of 699 persons, including 135 women and 317 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 126 houses and many residential tents. IOF also demolished 92 other civilian objects, leveled vacant areas of land and delivered dozens of notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.

Settler-attacks

With the beginning of the olive harvest season and as it happens every year, the settlers attacked this week farmers and landowners and stole their crops in addition to cutting down the trees. Details are as follows:

On 09 October 2022, Israeli settlers demolished 4 agricultural tents in southern Yatta in Hebron, under IOF protection. On the same day, settlers stationed on the main road leading to Jalazone refugee camp near “Beit El” settlement, north of Al-Bireh, and threw stones at Palestinian vehicles, but no injuries were reported. In the evening, settlers from the settlement outpost established on Jabal Al-Raysan near Ras Karkar village attacked a Palestinian house right before Palestinians confronted the settlers and threw stones at them.

On 10 October 2022, settlers attacked farmers, who were harvesting olives in Khallet Hassan area, west of Salfit.  As a result, some of them sustained injuries.

On 11 October 2022, settlers from “Ma’ale Levona” settlement in eastern Ramallah threw stones at Palestinian homes along the Old Nablus Street in Sinjil village, east of the city, causing damage to the windows of the houses and a car in the area.

On 12 October 2022, settlers from Esh Kodash settlement outpost established on the lands of Qusra town, southeast of Nablus, attacked the eastern outskirts of the village and blocked Qasra-Jalud road with stones.  They set fire to 3 newly built and firmly closed barracks used as small poultry farms. Also, they set fire to a truck while putting poultry in it before Palestinians confronted them with stones amid intense clashes.

Since the beginning of the year, settlers conducted at least 149 attacks. In two of the attacks, 2 Palestinians were killed.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

IOF carried out 203 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, 107 Palestinians were arrested, including 9 children and 2 women. In the Gaza Strip, on 12 October 2022, IOF conducted a limited incursion into eastern Al-Bureij refugee camp, east of the Central Gaza Strip

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 6897 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 3982 Palestinians were arrested, including 373 children and 36 women. IOF also conducted 33 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 86 Palestinians, including 49 fishermen, 32 infiltrators, and 5 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.

Punitive Measures in Jerusalem

For the fifth day in a row, IOF continue to impose a siege on Shu’fat refugee camp and ‘Anata village in Occupied East Jerusalem, including the closure of entrances and checkpoints and arrest of at least 25 Palestinians, as part of collective punishment measures against tens of thousands of people, allegedly after announcing that the person who conducted Jerusalem attack, where an Israeli female soldier was killed, was from Shu’fat camp. Details available in PCHR’s press release.

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.

Israeli authorities announced crossings with the West Bank and Gaza Strip will be closed from Sunday noon, 09 October 2022, to Tuesday midnight, 11 October 2022, for the Jewish Sukkot holiday.

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continue to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 114 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, and arrested 4 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

So far in 2022, IOF established 3527 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 159 Palestinians at those checkpoints

————————————————-

[1]  IOF demolish Palestinian houses upon demolition notices in occupied Jerusalem using their vehicles under the pretext of unlicensed construction or as part of collective punishment policy, provided that the Palestinians either pay the demolition high costs or force them to self-demolish their houses.

In the West Bank, Resistance Rises as the PA Crumbles

Posted by INTERNATIONALIST 360°

The Palestinian resistance factions of the West Bank are no longer fractured and in disarray, and the results speak for themselves

The Israeli army’s recent incursions into the cities and refugee camps of the northern occupied-West Bank are not going as smoothly as before.

The occupation army’s incursions into the city of Jenin and Jenin refugee camp in early September required the mobilization of large forces, including special units and armored vehicles – in scale, unprecedented since 2014.

On the night of 6 September, a force of about 100 vehicles carried out a raid in Jenin, supported by air with drones, and on land, by hundreds of soldiers from Israel’s elite military units.

Their task? To demolish the house of Ra’ad Hazem, who carried out the Dizengoff attack in Tel Aviv on 7 April, 2022. More than anything, this excessive military build-up over a single home demolition illustrates that the Israeli military can no longer operate in the West Bank as they did before the May 2021 ‘Sayf Al Quds’ conflagration – and its subsequent developments.

After the 6 September operation – which resulted in the death of three Israelis and wounded 14 – the occupation army launched Operation ‘Break the Waves’ in response to the rapid expansion of Palestinian resistance factions and fervor in the West Bank.

The re-emergence of resistance in the West Bank

Break the Waves’ objective, according to then-Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, was to “attack without borders in order to stop the [resistance] operations” – four of which were carried out in cities in occupied territories – and to destroy the infrastructure of the resistance factions in Jenin and Nablus.

Five months after the Tel Aviv attack, the situation in the West Bank remains tense and is heading toward further escalation. In the interim, three new resistance battalions have been announced in Nablus, Tulkarm and Tubas.

Between 2007 and 2021, the resistance factions, particularly Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), remained stuck in a vicious cycle. The enemy’s surgical strikes were hindering their proactive initiatives, and until 2020, their activities were limited to the formation of fighting cells that were able to carry out one or two attacks before being incapacitated.

Since Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, Palestinian Authority (PA) security services have fully collaborated with the occupation authorities to pursue these resistance factions, for fear of having the Gaza model repeated in the West Bank.

The genesis lies in Jenin

The rejuvenation of resistance in the occupied West Bank can be attributed to the martyr Jamil al-Amouri. A prominent figure in the Jenin camp, Amouri was considered the most “wanted” by the occupation state for carrying out several shooting attacks against Israeli positions around Jenin, during the 2021 battle of Sayf al-Quds.

He effectively contributed to the formation of active military cells inside the camp, which later went on to form the nucleus of the Jenin Brigade.

In early June 2021, Amouri was assassinated, along with Lieutenant Adham Yasser Tawfiq Alawi from Nablus, and Captain Tayseer Mahmoud Othman Eissa from Jenin. The deaths of a PIJ commander along with two officers from the PA’s Military Intelligence effectively broke the ice between the PIJ on the one hand, and the Fatah movement and members of the security services in Jenin and Nablus, on the other.

This also led to a subtle change in the popular resistance factions’ perception of the PA security services, who for years have been accused of being agents of the occupation.

As political researcher Muhammad Dargham told The Cradle: “The martyrdom of Amouri with two officers from the security services removed the veil from the eyes of many supporters of the [Palestinian] Authority and the Fatah who woke up after thirteen years and found themselves guards of security coordination with Israel.”

PIJ and Fatah: setting aside differences

According to Dargham, the killing of Amouri, Alawi, and Eissa created harmony – at least in the Jenin camp – between the Al-Quds Brigades and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades – the respective armed wings of the PIJ and Fatah.

Three months after Amouri’s murder, five Palestinian prisoners belonging to the PIJ movement, along with the leader of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, Zakaria Al-Zubaidi, managed to escape from Gilboa Prison, the most fortified of all Israeli prisons. Two of the six, Ayham Kamamji and Monadel Nafeat, managed to reach Jenin refugee camp.

By 19 September, 2021, all escapees were re-captured. However the date is also notable for the establishment of the Jenin Brigade – the first semi-organized resistance formation in the West Bank in 17 years. Importantly, while the Brigade was founded by PIJ operatives, it also consists of members of the armed wings of political rivals Hamas and Fatah.

Resistance spreads like wild fire

For many years, Israel ruled out the success of any semi-organized resistance action in the West Bank cities and refugee camps. This is due to the occupation’s adoption of a “maximum integration” policy that linked all aspects of the daily lives of Palestinians in the West Bank to Israel.

The occupation also adopted its “mowing the lawn” policy, which sought to target all resistances cells by arresting or killing its members.

These strategies were designed to send the message that any attempt to resist is doomed to failure, and the fate of those who undertake it will be life imprisonment or assassination.

However, what transpired in September 2021 was different from all Israeli estimates. The Jenin Brigade maintained its military continuity, and the attempts to storm the Jenin refugee camp became much more costly for the Israelis.

Previously, any Israeli force that invaded the camp was met with stone-throwing and firecrackers. But over the course of a year and three months, the alliance of Al-Quds Brigades and Al-Aqsa Brigades raised the bar considerably, and stands as testament to the benefits of a united armed front for the resistance.

This was noticeable about a year after the launch of the Jenin Brigade. On 24 May, 2022, clashes erupted in the area of the Prophet Joseph’s tomb, near Balata and Askar refugee camps, east of Nablus. Israeli settlers used to enter this area without any confrontation except for stone throwing.

On that day, though, the confrontations developed into an armed clash that seemed organized and with purpose. A few days later, Al-Quds Brigades issued a statement announcing the launch of the Nablus Brigade.

One month earlier, three resistance fighters from the Al-Quds Brigades were killed in a clash with the Israeli army. One of the three, Saif Abu Libdeh, from the Ain Shams camp in Tulkarem, had worked for months to establish the infrastructure for a group that would be announced six weeks after his death, under the name Tulkarem Brigade. This was followed by the formation of another battalion – the Tubas Brigade in June.

The occupation state: feeling the heat

According to the Israeli army’s Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi, the occupation forces have foiled “hundreds of operations” since the beginning of the Operation Break the Wave, and carried out more than 1,500 precautionary arrests.

Indeed, the first half of this year witnessed more than 3,700 Palestinian attacks in the West Bank, during which 21 settlers were killed and 316 wounded, including 2,692 attacks with stones, 577 with Molotov cocktails, 542 with burning tires, 33 with explosive devices, 30 with fireworks, 25 with paint bottles, 14 shootings, 1 case of hit and run, 4 cases of stabbing (with 7 foiled).

However, these numbers maybe underrepresented. For instance, in one week alone (28 August to 3 September 2022), 12 soldiers and settlers were injured, and about 90 points of confrontation were observed, including one stabbing attack, 22 shooting attacks, and 15 throwing explosive devices and Molotov cocktails.

Point of no return

There is consensus among the Israeli security establishment, think-tanks, and military analysts that the situation on the ground in the West Bank has reached a point of no return. The question that worries Israel is: Is it possible to eliminate the new resistance developments – or at least keep them confined to the northern West Bank and prevent their expansion to southern cities such as Hebron and Bethlehem, or central cities such as Jerusalem and Ramallah?

This Israeli concern is justified considering that the beginning of September bore serious consequences for the Israelis. On 4 September, three Palestinians from Jenin (a father and his two sons) shot at a bus carrying Kfir unit recruits in the Jordan Valley, injuring more than seven Israeli soldiers.

Until now, the results of the investigations have not been announced, but it seems that the attack was carefully planned in terms of timing, and choice of location, where there were fewer surveillance cameras at work.

A few days later, the Israeli army aborted an attempt by a Palestinian youth from Nablus from carrying out an operation in central Tel Aviv. The police suggested that the young man “infiltrated through a hole in the wall in the Tulkarem area,” where the army deployed three infantry battalions to thwart further attempts.

There is yet another event that suggests the resistance action in the West Bank is growing. At dawn, on Thursday 8 September, members of the Jenin Brigade detonated a locally manufactured explosive device targeting a military jeep during a raid of one of the neighboring camps.

It turned out that the device was controlled remotely, which represented a major technical development for the resistance factions, whose infrastructure was destroyed at the end of the Second Intifada.

Israelis are fanning the flames

The Israeli Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv believes that the PIJ has succeeded in transforming the northern West Bank into a hotbed of resistance, as well as in smuggling weapons and money to Palestinian cities and camps.

These concerns coincide with expressed doubts over the efficacy of Israel’s “mowing the lawn” policy, which has fueled the “vicious cycle of blood,” according to Amos Harel, a military analyst writing for Haaretz newspaper.

In an article he wrote earlier this month, Harel asked whether the Israeli army is quelling the West Bank’s flames, or actually fanning them.

Avi Iskharov, an analyst in Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, opined that Israel is facing a “new situation” that is not similar to the two previous intifadas of 1987 and 2000, pointing out that “there are pockets of Palestinian gunmen in Nablus and Jenin (in the northern West Bank), who clash almost every night with the army and shoot at Israeli targets.”

Sources close to the resistance brigades in the West Bank told The Cradle that “Israel’s concerns are exaggerated for use in the upcoming election campaign.”

“What we are seeing today is the result of years of [resistance] efforts. As the train has set off, returning to the starting point means acceptance of our mass killing, and this is out of the question,” says one Palestinian source.

Israel: The PA is not collaborating enough

The Israelis have sought to place the blame for their inability to eliminate the resistance brigades and to abort operations in the occupied territories squarely on the PA in Ramallah, who they feel are failing to fulfill their obligations.

Israel’s Kan channel quoted an Israeli official as saying that “the Palestinian security services should increase their activity in the cities of the West Bank to prevent further escalation.”

As for the Palestinians, the corruption-ridden PA is too weak to play a pivotal role in curbing the resistance which enjoys broad Palestinian popular support. Any further association made between the PA with the Israeli security campaigns will make it lose what is left of its flagging legitimacy.

The Hebrew Walla website quoted Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh, the PA’s channel of communication with the Israelis, as saying: “It is Israel that has weakened the [Palestinian] Authority through daily incursions into the Palestinian areas.”

“The authority cannot accept a reality in which the army storms the occupied territories every night, then we are asked to work during the day against the militants,” added Sheikh.

A dawn of a new era in the West Bank

Meanwhile, the US has been keen to help prop up the PA and help it “restore stability,” by taking measures such as “increasing the number of work permits for Palestinians” in the occupied territories, “pumping economic aid to the Authority from various sources,” and facilitating the movement of Palestinians.

US Assistant Secretary of State for Middle Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf, who recently visited Israel and met with senior security officials, warned that “the situation in the West Bank is worse than it appears and the future of the entire PA is under threat.”

In the early hours of 20 September, PA security forces in Nablus arrested Musab Shtayyeh, a Hamas commander wanted by Israel. Later that day, clashes broke out between the PA and hundreds of Palestinians who hit the streets in protest.

Resistance factions are demanding Shtayyeh’s immediate release and are threatening to bar the PA from Nablus until this is done.

In a video addressing the Palestinian Authority, the Palestinian resistance in Jenin cautioned: “we do not want to fight with you, but stay away from us. If you deal in kidnapping, we will also deal in kidnapping.”

The Authority’s unelected President Mahmoud Abbas is in a bind: he fears mutiny from within for collaborating with Israeli security, and fears punishment from Israel for not doing so.

By not adopting a conclusive direction, on a daily basis Abbas drains the PA of further legitimacy and authority, as demonstrated in Nablus today.

In terms of the prospects for Palestinian national liberation, this at least will be a welcome development, as the decline or demise of the western and Israeli-backed PA will open a wide door to revitalized armed resistance in the occupied West Bank.

Related Videos

The resistance in the West Bank is disturbing the Israeli entity…and expectations for the birth of the government in Lebanon before the end of the month
Jerusalemite consensus on the success of Monday’s school strike
A new Nakba – the occupation notifies 15 families of Arab al-Kaabneh to leave their homes northwest of Jerusalem

Related Articles

HEBRON, PALESTINE: AN ANCIENT GEM RUINED BY APARTHEID AND OCCUPIED BY SETTLERS

SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2022

Source

By Miko Peled

Far too often we focus on the problems that plague Palestine because of the Zionist occupation. However, from time to time it is important to remember the rich heritage and unique resources that exist in Palestine: its beauty, history, architecture, and how the Palestinian people have faithfully and lovingly maintained the historical heritage of this unique land.

HEBRON

A city that is far too often in the news for the violence and racism that Zionist settlers and the Israeli army constantly force upon this town, it is in fact an ancient gem. It contains within it one of the finest Jewels in the crown of Palestine. I was fortunate enough to see the beauty of this ancient city with a friend who is a son of this city and who loves and knows the city as one who loves and knows his home.

When driving into Hebron from Jerusalem I like to enter through what is the main city entrance off of route 35. This gets me right into the heart of what is known to be one of the largest, busiest, and economically wealthiest Palestinian cities. There are very few places that stand out for their beauty in this otherwise dusty bustling city. It consists of streets upon streets of dusty roads filled with cars and shops. But this is the main city, the modern Hebron.

It takes me about ten kilometers before I reach the spot where I park my car and walk into the Old City, where I climb onto one of the most magical spots in Palestine, Tel-Rumeida. It is a small hill with Roman ruins and olive trees whose trunks tell you that they are as old as time.

Ancient olive trees on Tel-Rumeida
Ancient olive trees on Tel-Rumeida. Credit | Miko Peled

From Tel-Rumeida one can enjoy the remarkable view of the entire old city of Hebron, or as it is known in Arabic, Alkhalil.

The moon over the old city of Hebron, view from Tel-Rumeida
The moon over the old city of Hebron, view from Tel-Rumeida. Credit | Miko Peled

The filth and destruction caused to the old city by Israeli settlers and soldiers are evident almost everywhere. This is true to the point where Palestinians had to erect special protective covers to the city’s market for fear of having rocks, cinder blocks, and filth thrown at them by Israeli settlers who have taken over many of the apartments above the market. However, we will ignore these cancerous cells who try to kill the city and its life in this article and focus on what was created by centuries of Palestinians that is now protected by the ones who still live in the city.

HIDDEN ALLEYWAYS

Walking into the Souk, or market, we slowly approach the old city. We walk through winding alleyways with arches, hidden as though trying to protect themselves from the settler-induced destruction that is taking over the city like a cancer. People are living in homes built by the Mamluks, who ruled Palestine from the end of the thirteenth century to the beginning of the sixteenth century, or the Ottomans, who governed Palestine from the sixteenth to the beginning of the twentieth century. Children are seen running and playing through these allies which were paved in stones that were set there centuries ago.

Here and there, one will find a cafe or restaurant, or a specialty shop. We whisked quickly through these alleyways when I noticed a bright light from a small open door. We entered to find a cave, with what looked like the treasure in the cave of Aladdin. It was one of the more famous glassware workshops in the city. Hebron is renowned for glassware and this shop/workshop was the finest in the city. How we came across it seems like a mystery now but it was truly magical.

This was The Land of Canaan glass factory, a well-known and respected institution in the old city of Hebron, maintaining one of the old traditions of the city. Glass blown into vases and cups and whatnot, with the typical Hebronite blues and teals. All hand made and some delicately hand painted with lovely intricate designs.

Hebron vase
Credit | Miko Peled

THE MOSQUE

The most impressive and imposing structure in Hebron, and what gives it its religious significance is the Ibrahimi Mosque. Said to be built over the cave, which according to religious tradition, was built by the patriarch Prophet Abraham, or Ibrahim, who purchased it as a burial site for him and his family. The site has been used as a place of worship for Jews, Christians, and Muslims for several millennia. The imposing walls are said to have been built by King Herod, the arches and windows by consecutive Muslim builders and architects.

Steps leading into the Ibrahimi mosque, Hebron
Steps leading into the Ibrahimi mosque, Hebron. Credit | Miko Peled

The intricately designed rostrum, or manbar in Arabic, is the oldest and one of the most beautiful in the Islamic world. It was placed there by order of Salahaddin in the twelfth century and is still used today for sermons.

The Saladdin Rostrum in Hebron
The Saladdin Rostrum in Hebron. Credit | Miko Peled

A stone plaque with an inscription in Greek is still set in the wall of the mosque. It is said to have been inscribed by Helena mother of Emperor Constantine in the fourth century, at the time that the site served as a church.

Greek inscription
Greek inscription by Helen mother of the emperor Constantine. Credit | Miko Peled

Until 1948, the site was used for mixed worship. Jews and Muslims worshiped side by side at the times of their services. After the Zionist occupation of Palestine, it was decided that the city of Hebron along with an area of Palestine that was designated as “The West Bank,” would be governed by the newly created Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Following the 1967 Six-Day war, Israel occupied the West Bank and Jews again began to visit the site. A portion of the mosque was slated to be designated for Jewish worship, but until 1994, Muslims and Jews worshipped there together. Because the Jewish settlers who came to Hebron after 1967 were not the Jewish residents who lived there prior to the Zionist occupation of Palestine, tensions were high.

These Israeli settlers are a new brand of colonial Jews, so to speak –  violent, racist armed, and hate-filled. They wanted the Muslims to have no part in what they considered a Jewish site. Eventually, on February 25, 1994, during the month of Ramadan, a Jewish settler, who was an officer and a doctor in the Israeli army came to the mosque and sprayed the worshippers with his semi-automatic rifle. He murdered 29 worshippers and injured over 150 before being overpowered and killed.

At that point, the Jewish settlers got what they wanted and a large part of the mosque was separated for Jewish-only worship. Severe restrictions were placed on Muslims but the settlers along with soldiers enter the mosque whenever they wish, not bothering even to remove their shoes as is customary to do when one enters a mosque.

POLITICAL CHANGE, NOT CHARITY

Palestine is a rich country. As is exemplified in the city of Hebron, Palestine which is endowed with resources and a heritage that is equal to none. Contrary to the way the West likes to view Palestine, it is not a country that needs charity but demands political change. Palestinians are neither beggars nor terrorists but a people who are fighting for what is theirs – the right to live free and independent in their homeland: Palestine.

Israeli Soldiers Kill Young Palestinian

September 3, 2022

Fadi Mohammad Ghattas was killed by Israeli soldiers near Hebron. (Photo: via Social Media)

A young Palestinian man was killed on Friday by Israeli occupation soldiers at the Beit Einoun junction, near Hebron (Al-Khalil), the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Eyewitnesses told WAFA that Israeli soldiers opened fire on the young man, identified as 19-year-old Fadi Mohammad Ghattas and seriously injured him.

According to eyewitnesses and local sources, Ghattas was left bleeding on the ground for a few minutes until he succumbed to his wounds.

Shortly following the shooting incident, clashes erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters at the junction, during which the soldiers fired teargas canisters at the protesters.

(WAFA, PC, SOCIAL)

Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (Weekly Update 30 June- 06 July 2022)

07. 07. 2022

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity

Two Palestinians were killed and 34 others, including 5 children, were injured by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF)’s fire, while dozens of others suffocated in IOF attacks in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Also, a Palestinian female detainee died in the Israeli jails due to medical negligence policy, while a patient, from the Gaza Strip, died after his health condition deteriorated and he was denied travel for treatment in the West Bank. Details are as follows:

On 02 July 2022, a Palestinian female detainee namely Sa’diyia Matar (64), from Hebron, died after losing consciousness in the Israeli ‘Damon’ prison, as she suffered from several diseases.  The death of Matar sheds the light on the medical negligence policy in the Israeli jails and detention facilities. More details available here

On 03 July 2022, Kamel ‘Alawna (18) succumbed to wounds he sustained a day before by IOF’s fire at Jaba’ village entrance, southern Jenin. More details available here.

On 06 July 2022, IOF killed in cold blood Rafeeq Riyad Ghannam (20) after shooting and wounding him near his house during their incursion into Jaba’ village in Jenin. IOF left him to bleed for at least 40 minutes before being transported by an Israeli ambulance. Ghannam’s death was later announced succumbing to his wounds, while his body is still under the Israeli custody.

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

On 01 July 2022, 17 Palestinians, including 5 children, were injured with rubber bullets during clashes that followed IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in northern Qalqilya.

On 02 July 2022, 8 Palestinians, including 3 children, sustained rubber bullet wounds during clashes that followed IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in northern Qalqilya. On the same day, two Palestinians were shot with live bullets in their limbs and others, including journalists, suffocated in clashes with IOF near a military checkpoint in Bab al-Zawiyia area, central Hebron. Moreover, dozens of Palestinians suffocated during IOF’s suppression of a peaceful protest against settlement activity in ‘Ein al-Baida area, south of Hebron.

On 04 July 2022, a Palestinian was injured with a live bullet in his thigh during clashes that accompanied IOF’s incursion into Abu Dis village in occupied East Jerusalem. Also, a Palestinian was wounded with shrapnel of a live bullet fired by an Israeli undercover unit ““Mista’aravim” in Dura in Hebron, but he could escape. Afterwards, backups arrived in central Dura, where clashes broke out, resulting in the injury of 4 Palestinians with live bullets; one of them sustained critical wounds.

On 06 July 2022, a Palestinians was injured with a live bullet in his leg in clashes with IOF during their incursion into Jenin refugee camp. IOF also arrested a Palestinian from the same area and later withdrew.

Moreover, 9 IOF shootings were reported on fishing boats off the Gaza shores. Also, IOF opened fire 3 times at agricultural lands in western and eastern Gaza Strip.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 66 Palestinians, including 51 civilians: 14 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, 950 others were wounded in these attacks, including 108 children, 5 women, and 19 journalists all in the West Bank, except 15 fishermen in the Gaza Strip. Also, a male and a female detainees died in the Israeli jails.

Land razing, demolitions, notices and settlement activity

IOF demolished 3 house, rendering 12 persons, including 7 children, homeless. Also, IOF demolished a commercial facility, agricultural rooms and a water network. Moreover, IOF handed cease-construction notices against 4 houses in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

On 30 June 2022, IOF handed cease-construction notices against 2 houses in Ma’in village, and a tinplate livestock barrack in al-Rabya village, south of Hebron. Moreover, IOF demolished a 50-square-meter agricultural room, east of Yatta city in Hebron.

On 03 July 2022, IOF notified to stop construction works in two houses in al-‘Abadiyia and al-Kharou’a areas, south of Hebron.

On 04 July 2022, IOF demolished two houses; one of them was underconstruction, in Tam Qissa area, south of Hebron, under the pretext of unlicensed construction, rendering a family of 12 persons, including 7 children, homeless. It should be noted that a family of 10 persons, including 6 children, was supposed to move to the under-construction house. On the same day, IOF demolished an under-construction building comprised of 3 floors built on an area of 400 square meters in As-Sawahira_ash-Sharqiya village in occupied East Jerusalem. During the demolition, IOF assaulted the building’s owner and his sons and arrested two of them. One of the arrestees is a high school student (Tawjihi), who was supposed to take his last exam in the morning.   Furthermore, IOF demolished a water well in eastern Yatta city in Hebron.

On 05 July 2022, Israeli bulldozers demolished retaining walls and a water network in Duma village, southeast of Nablus. On the same day, IOF demolished a 170-sqm tinplate-roofed facility used as an auto repair garage.

Since the beginning of 2022, Israeli occupation forces made 79 families homeless, a total of 448 persons, including 92 women and 217 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 81 houses and 40 residential tents. IOF also demolished 54 other civilian 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 03 July 2022, a Palestinian sustained bruises after Israeli settlers assaulted him when he was working in his land between Kafr al-Labad and Shufa  villages, south of Tulkarm.

So far this year, settlers carried out 155 attacks on Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank; one f these attacks resulted in the murder of a Palestinian after being stabbed to death by an Israeli settler.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians

IOF carried out 178 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, 91 Palestinians were arrested, including 4 children. On 06 July 2022, IOF moved into Silwad village in Ramallah and conducted a wide scale arrest campaign, as 27 Palestinians were arrested. In the Gaza Strip, on 05 July 2022, IOF conducted a limited incursion into eastern Maghazi Camp. Also, on 03 July 2022, IOF arrested two Palestinians, including a child, when they tried to infiltrate into eastern Rafah. The child was later released.

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 4490 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 2867 Palestinians were arrested, including 283 children and 25 women.  IOF also conducted 23 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 67 Palestinians, including 41 fishermen, 25 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. For several months, no remarkable change has been noticed either to the movement of goods at the Karam Abu Salem crossing, southeast of Rafah, or to the movement of individuals at the Erez crossing, north of Beit Hanoun.

Due to the Israeli closure, on 04 July 2022, Jihad Mousa Humaidan Al-Qedra (55) died after the  Israeli authorities denied his travel for treatment abroad. More information available here.

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continues to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement since the beginning of the al-Aqsa intifada in 2000. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 90 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 3 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

On 30 June 2022, IOF closed the entrance to Jalazone camp, north of al-Bireh city, in front of vehicles’ movement, forcing Palestinians to use alternative dirt and longer roads.

On 03 July 2022, IOF closed a metal detector gate established at the entrance to Aboud village, northwest of Ramallah, for 5 consecutive hours. 

So far in 2022, IOF established 2188 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 112 Palestinians at those checkpoints

IOF Murders Two Palestinian Women, Young Man in West Bank

April 11, 2022 

By Staff, Agencies

Over the weekend, the “Israeli” Occupation Forces [IOF] troops had killed three Palestinians in different cities of the occupied West Bank.

A young Palestinian man in Bethlehem, a young woman in al-Khalil [Hebron], and a mother of six children in a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank were killed by the IOF on Sunday.

“Israeli” sources alleged a Palestinian woman stabbed an officer near the Ibrahimi Mosque in al-Khalil [Hebron], in the southern part of the West Bank, mildly wounding him, before the soldiers shot and killed her.

The Palestinian Authority’s Health Ministry said the woman, identified as Maha Kathem Awad Zaatari, 24, was from the Abu Da’jan area in al-Khalil [Hebron] city.

The IOF army said the woman arrived at the roadblock, where many soldiers and officers are stationed, and stabbed one before she was fatally shot.

After killing the young woman, the IOF closed the Ibrahimi Mosque and declared the area around it a closed military zone.

The soldiers also invaded her home and ransacked it, in addition to interrogating her family.

In related news, the army opened fire at a Palestinian car transporting workers at the military roadblock near the al-Thaheriyya town, south of al-Khalil [Hebron]. The soldiers claimed the car failed to stop; the incident did not lead to casualties.

In Bethlehem, south of occupied al-Quds [Jerusalem] in the West Bank, the soldiers invaded the al-Khader town, south of the city, and killed a young man.

Local sources said the soldiers ambushed several Palestinians before killing a former political prisoner, Mohammad Ali Ghneim, 21.

The Palestinian was shot with a live round in the back before the bullet exited from the chest area.

He was standing near his home, close to the illegal Annexation Wall, when the soldiers shot him.

Palestinian medics rushed Mohammad to the al-Yamama hospital in al-Khader town, where he died from his serious wounds.

Earlier in the day, the IOF killed a widowed Palestinian mother of six children, Ghada Ibrahim Ali al-Sabateen, 48, in Husan village, west of Bethlehem.

“The force opened fire as part of a suspect arrest procedure that included firing into the air. After she did not stop, the soldiers fired at her lower body,” the IOF said in a statement on Sunday.

In a video footage released on social media platforms, the woman, 48-year-old al-Sabateen, can be seen raising her hands and walking quickly at what is described as a makeshift checkpoint in the village of Husan.

The footage does not show the IOF soldiers firing into the air or provide any other context for the woman’s approach, and it is filmed at enough of a distance to make any exchange of words between the two parties difficult to hear. However, the Times of “Israel” quotes a member of the local council, who claims al-Sabateen refused soldiers’ calls to stop.

After being knocked to the ground by the bullets, al-Sabateen is initially seen sitting up before a gap in the footage ends with her lying down. The IOF can be seen covering her with cardboard, and their statement claims they administered first aid.

Palestinian medics rushed the mother of six to a hospital in Beit Jala after the shooting, which left her bleeding profusely from a torn artery in her thigh. She ultimately died of blood loss.

Elsewhere in the West Bank, “Israeli” troops carried out several large raids, arresting 20 Palestinians and wounding 11. They claimed those arrested were involved in “terrorist activities.” The “Israeli”-occupied Palestinian territories has experienced multiple shootings over the past weeks.

Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine Weekly Update (24 February – 02 March 2022)

03. 03. 2022

Source

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

Two Palestinian civilians killed, and 22 others wounded, including 3 children and 2 journalists, by Israeli occupation forces’ (IOF) fire in the West Bank; meanwhile, a fisherman was wounded with rubber bullets in the Gaza Strip.  Dozens of others sustained bruises in IOF’s attacks.

At dawn on 01 March 2022, IOF’s Special Unit killed a Palestinian civilian after the former sneaked into Jenin refugee camp to arrest a wanted person and clashed with an armed group member and killed him as well. More details available here.  On 02 March 2022, IOF killed a Palestinian university student after shooting him in the head without any justification in Beit Fajjar, southern Bethlehem.  More information available here.

On 24 February, a Palestinian driver sustained serious wounded after IOF opened fire at his hand and the bullet entered his abdomen and exited his back.  The driver was in his vehicle at the time near al-Jalama checkpoint in Jenin.  Other civilians were wounded in separate incidents; mainly in peaceful protests and gatherings. Most prominently was on 28 February 2022 when IOF suppressed thousands of Palestinians commemorating the anniversary of al-Israa’ and al-Me’araj in Bab al-‘Amoud Yard in Jerusalem.  As a result, a child with hearing disability was wounded with a sound bomb in her face while tens of civilians sustained bruises.  On 25 February 2022, 6 civilians, including a child and 2 journalists, were wounded with rubber bullets during IOF’s suppression of peaceful protests in Qalqilya, Nablus and Hebron.  On the same day, 5 civilians were wounded with rubber bullets and a sound bomb fired by IOF during the latter’s protection of settlers’ raid into Kafr al-Deek village, western Salfit, while a sixth civilian was wounded in the head after IOF beat him.  Also, a civilian was wounded with a bullet in the left thigh near al-Nabi Younis intersection, northern Hebron; he was then arrested and taken by IOF in a military ambulance.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF opened fire 4 times at agricultural lands in access restricted areas, eastern Khan Younis and Central Gaza Strip. Also, six IOF shootings were reported on fishing boats mostly off the northern, southern, and western Gaza shores. As a result, a fisherman was wounded with a rubber bullet on 25 February 2022.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 10 Palestinians, including 2 children, and wounded 104 others, including 21 children, 2 paramedics and 9 journalists, all in the West Bank, except one fisherman in the Gaza Strip.

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

This week, IOF demolished 15 civilian objects, including 6 houses, displacing 2 families of 13 individuals, including 5 children and 2 women.  IOF also demolished 9 commercial facilities, razed a plot of land and seized another and a vehicle.

  • On 24 February, an excavator was seized when working in an agricultural land in eastern Yatta, southern Hebron, and 2 under-construction residential buildings were demolished in ‘Anata village in East Occupied Jerusalem under the pretext of unlicensed construction.
  • On 25 February, a Palestinian was forced to self-demolish a 90-sqm house built of tinplate in Jabal Mukaber in East occupied Jerusalem, displacing a family of 6, including a woman.
  • On 27 February, 2 notices were issued to evacuate a plot of land (32 dunums) within 72 hours. The land is part of Khelet al-Dabe’a nature reserve, eastern Yata, eastern Hebron.
  • On 28 February, a Palestinian civilian was forced to self-demolish his house in Beit Hanina, northern occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction, displacing a family of 7, including a woman and 5 children. Also, another was forced to self-demolish his under-construction house in Silwan in East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction while another under-construction house of 80 sqms was demolished in Fasayil village, northern Jericho under the pretext of building in an archeological area.
  • On 01 March, a 4-donum ploy of land was demolished and a barrack and 3 warehouses established on the land were demolished in Ghzayel neighborhood, southeast of East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction. Meanwhile, a plan was approved to confiscate a plot of land owned by a Palestinian family adjacent to the al-Yousifiya Cemetery, in East Jerusalem, aiming at establishing a national garden and tourist areas there.

On 02 March, 2 commercial facilities were demolished near Hizma military checkpoint, northeast of East Jerusalem; 4 notices were distributed to stop the construction work in 4 houses in eastern Yatta in Hebron, giving their owners 3 weeks to settle their legal issues under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area C; and 3 offices, a fuel station tank and a horse barrack were demolished in Beit Hanina, north of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction. This included assaults on workers and the arrest of one civilian.

Since the beginning of 2022, IOF made 33 families homeless, a total of 211 persons, including 37 women and 98 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 44 houses and 4 residential tents. IOF also demolished 28 other civilian objects, and delivered 6 notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.

Settler-attacks on Palestinian civilians and their properties:

This week, 6 settler-attacks were reported in the West Bank, resulting in the injury of 2 brothers with bullets, causing bruises to a mother and her daughter and uprooting 45 olive seedlings in addition to puncturing the wheels of 11 vehicles. 

  • 25 February: 2 brother were wounded; one was wounded with a bullet in his foot and the other was wounded with a bullet in his back, after settlers directly opened fire at them as their vehicles lightly collided near Hizma checkpoint. On the same day, under IOF’s protection, settlers attacked civilian houses in Kafr al-Deek village, west of Salfit, and threw stones at them.
  • 27 February: a Palestinian woman and her baby girl sustained bruises and wounds in a settlers’ attack on her their house in Sinjil village, eastern Ramallah. Also, settlers from “Ma’ale Libouneh” settlement, norheastern Ramallah, threw stones at vehicles and caused them damage.
  • 28 February: settlers attacked a Palestinian family in their land in KAfr al-Deek village, western Salfit, and demolished their agricultural room.
  • 01 March: settlers from Tafouh settlement uprooted 45 olive seedlings in Yasouf village, eastern Salfit.
  • 02 March: Settlers punctured wheels of 11 vehicles and wrote racist slogans against Arabs in Iskaka village, eastern Salfit.

So far this year, settlers carried out 48 attacks on Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

IOF carried out 177 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, 114 Palestinians were arrested, including 30 children and a woman.  IOF also conducted a limited incursion into eastern Khan Younis on 28 February 2022.

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 1201 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 752 Palestinians were arrested, including 93 children and 8 women. IOF also conducted limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 11 Palestinians, including 7 fishermen. Meanwhile, 4 infiltrations were reported; one was 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. On 01 March 2022, IOF arrested a Palestinian at Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing, who came to work in Israel. 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 this week and arrested 6 Palestinians at those checkpoints. The majority of the checkpoints were in Hebron (31).  So far in 2022, IOF established at least 547 checkpoints  and arrested 33 Palestinians at those checkpoint.

WATCH: Dozens of Students, Teachers Suffocate as Israeli Forces Tear Gas Schools in Hebron

March 1, 2022

Israeli soldiers fired tear gas near Palestinian schools in Hebron. (Photo: via WAFA)

Dozens of Palestinian students and teachers suffocated on Tuesday from tear gas fired by Israeli forces near schools in Hebron (Al-Khalil), the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

WAFA correspondent said that Israeli forces walked around three schools, including Tareq Bin Ziad Secondary School, in the southern part of Hebron city, attempting to provoke students.

Israeli soldiers fired tear gas canisters towards the school compounds, causing dozens to suffocate from excessive tear gas inhalation. Paramedics treated all suffocation cases at the scene.

Tareq Bin Ziad School is one of nine Palestinian schools located in the H2 area of Hebron, which falls under Israel’s civil and military control and remains at the most risk of attacks. School children have to access the military checkpoints of Qitoun Checkpoint/209 and Checkpoint 160/29 in the H2 area to access their schools.

The area, which houses 32,000 Palestinians, is considered the most vulnerable to Israeli forces and Jewish settlers’ attacks which are regular enough to create a constant climate of fear and terror for students and their teachers, generating among them great psychological distress and anxiety and severely reducing levels of educational attainment.

Attacks on education by Israeli military forces and Israeli settlers in Palestine constitute grave violations of children’s rights to education and development.

(WAFA, PC, Social Media)

Related

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.

———————————-

[1] https://twitter.com/naftalibennett/status/1467176723842314250

[2] https://twitter.com/yairlapid/status/1467177732039712770.

“It Is Fun to Shoot Palestinians”: Six Former Israeli Soldiers Speak Up

Nov 21, 2021

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Rasha Reslan

Six Israeli occupation soldiers recall the atrocities they committed onscreen in a staggering reality that reflects the severity of the situation in al-Khalil from one angle; a reality that amounts to crimes against humanity.

Six ‘former’ soldiers recall the atrocities they committed in al-Khalil

“Soldiers really like shooting rubber bullets.” 

“It is fun.”

“Everyone high fives.”

“You are awesome, you got him”

The New York Times Op-Docs has lately obtained a short documentary “Mission: Hebron” by the Israeli Director and ‘former’ Israeli soldier Rona Segal.

It is the first time in recent years that a documentary film sheds the light on part of the Palestinians’ daily sufferings in occupied al-Khalil “Hebron”; a staggering reality the public has rarely been allowed to see. 

Source: Human Rights Defenders Group

Al-Khalil is considered the largest city in the occupied West Bank and the only one in which Israeli settlers reside so close to the Palestinians, thus exacerbating their sufferings. 

Palestinians face severe movement restrictions as Israeli occupation forces are constantly present and committed to long-standing efforts to expel them notably from the Old City

The short documentary in its six chapters frames Israeli atrocities in al-Khalil

Six Israeli occupation soldiers, all of whom joined the army at the age of 18, describe their so-called “mission” in al-Khalil. They were “tasked with protecting and guarding Israeli settlers.” These soldiers, who were barely adults, were given complete control of the Palestinians’ lives in the city.

The six ‘former’ soldiers describe their “mission” in a studio setting based on the “duties defined in their military guidebook”; the Israeli settlers in al-Khalil are “guarded and protected” using a variety of strategies, whilst making the lives of Palestinian civilians unbearable.

Looking back, the soldiers recall their confusion, embarrassment, and hatred.

They told their atrocities onscreen in a renewed perspective of the severity of the situation on the ground in al-Khalil, which amounts to a crime against humanity; a crime of apartheid and persecution.

Main “mission”

“Your only mission is to guard and protect the Israeli settlers in Hebron [al-Khalil].”

With the Israeli soldiers making it clear that their mission was to protect and guard the Israeli settlers, by all means, it becomes clear that the increasing and aggravating Israeli settlers’ violence against Palestinians is done with the explicit support of the Israeli occupation authorities. Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers are ordered to turn a blind eye and even guard the perpetrators. 

Settlers’ violence against Palestinians includes damaging private property, stone-throwing, and physical violence, as well as attacks on activists and journalists.

Such attacks have become increasingly common in recent years, and they are carried out with impunity.

One of the Israeli soldiers testified that a security coordinator from among the Israeli settlers is the one who would give them orders, not their military command. In many cases, Israeli occupation soldiers provide the perpetrators with escort and backup. But, when the Israeli soldiers don’t join the attack, “the illegal settlers can turn against the soldiers, thus becoming their enemies”, according to the soldiers’ confessions.

“If you shoot a Palestinian, you get a pizza and a coffee from the settlers;” this is by far one of the most disturbing elements in the “mission”. The settlers’ ‘affection’ can turn into hatred if settlers are prohibited from conducting extreme assaults against Palestinians. At this point, the once cherished soldiers turn into “traitors” and “Nazis”.

“A sterile route free of Palestinians”

 “A sterile route is a route that is free of Palestinians.”

In a racist comment, one of the ‘former’ Israeli soldiers affirms that there are routes that are “sterilized of Palestinians.”

Israeli occupation forces in al-Khalil forbid Palestinians from walking on large sections of what was before the occupation the city’s main thoroughfare, as part of the Israeli army’s policy of making those areas “sterile” of Palestinians.

On his account, the Coordinator of the Human Rights Defenders Group Imad Abu Shamsieh told Al Mayadeen English that the Israeli occupation has placed more than one hundred checkpoints with metal and electrical gates, surveillance cameras, reinforced concrete barriers, and inspection outposts in the “sterile” routes.

He also divulged that around 525 Palestinian shops have been completely closed in 2000 due to an Israeli occupation’s military court decision.

Furthermore, Abu Shamsieh tersely stated that Palestinian vehicles, including ambulances, have been banned from the “H2 area” since October 2000.

The human rights activist went on to say that “the Israeli occupation forces impede local and international journalists from entering the H2 area and sterile routes. Simultaneously, I, along with a group of Palestinians in al-Khalil, decided to document the Israeli war crimes which occur on daily basis targeting Palestinian men, women, and children.”

“Since 2010, we started to film the Israeli occupation’s atrocities against Palestinians under the initiative ‘Capturing Occupation Camera Project in Palestine.'”

“We are a group of around 30 young Palestinian volunteers exposing and documenting human rights and international law violations in Palestine,” Abu Shamsieh told Al Mayadeen English.

Strip searches

One of the Israeli soldiers boldly stated that the strip searches’ official aim is “to stop and search every Palestinian,” but implicitly, the searches are actually aimed at humiliating the Palestinians, with no legal justifications whatsoever.

“When you frisk someone you pick out on the street, it requires touching the person,” one soldier said.

A group of Palestinian men may be targeted for strip searches just because they might have Hollywood’s stereotypical racist image of “terrorists” in the mind of the occupier. The searches are not performed to find guns, but to humiliate the Palestinians or create “friction” among them.

“The idea is to bring the friction to them, so that they’ll keep their heads down.”

Because of the proximity of the Israeli settlements in the city, Palestinians are surrounded by a large military presence and are randomly subjected to routine and offensive searches, harassments, and beatings.

Patrols

“The idea of the patrol is to patrol.”

The ‘former’ Israeli soldiers attested that they walked around Palestinians’ houses, storming them whenever they felt like it.

“Ok, soldiers again.” 

Field Palestinian Researcher Manal al-Jaabari from al-Khalil told Al Mayadeen English that Palestinian children in al-Harika, a district in al-Khalil, are exposed to Israeli terrorism on a daily basis.

“In al-Harika, which is adjacent to “Kiryat Arba”, the Israeli occupation forces break into Palestinian houses whenever a stone is thrown at the fence, and children are interrogated inside their homes. Sometimes the Israeli soldiers drag them to the streets and place them in front of the surveillance cameras,” she added.

The young researcher emotionally states that the Israeli soldiers incite young Israeli settlers at Jaber Neighborhood to assault Palestinian children their age.

The Israeli occupation forces claim that they are hit by stones to arrest or detain Palestinian children for hours, al-Jaabari confirmed to Al Mayadeen English.

“Many children in the vicinity of schools, particularly in the southern area near checkpoints, are arrested and detained for long periods. They are sometimes beaten or insulted and left hungry and thirsty before being handed over to the al-Khalil Coordination and Liaison Office if they are under the age of 13.”

Source: Human Rights Defenders Group

Above this age, they are arrested and subjected to an investigation at the Israeli occupation’s police station, then they are transferred to an Israeli court or they are fined at least one thousand shekels before being released.

At checkpoints, it’s all about “eeny, meeny, miny, moe”

While Israeli checkpoints impede the daily life of Palestinians in the city, the ‘former’ Israeli soldiers confess that a checkpoint is a kind of roadblock.

“You spread tire spikes, stop the cars, and cause a huge traffic.” 

“Sometimes it’s for no reason.”

It is just one episode, and what has been documented by the Palestinian Human Rights Defenders Group is far more tragic. 

Abu Shamsieh told Al Mayadeen English that his camera caught the cold-blooded execution of martyr Abdel Fattah al-Sharif in 2016 at one of the Israeli occupation’s checkpoints. 

The human rights defender affirmed that al-Sharif’s case is only one of many Israeli war crimes.

He also disclosed to Al Mayadeen English that Israeli settlers have regularly run over Palestinian children as young as five.

Abu Shamsieh affirmed that he was subjected to acts of harassment, restrictions on his freedom of movement, abductions, long periods of arbitrary detention usually under administrative detention orders, and illegal searches of his home and office, not to mention death threats.

Detentions: “Everyone’s a suspect” 

According to the soldiers’ confessions, every Palestinian is a suspect, and the detention process includes putting any Palestinian “in a post with a soldier and then keep them hanging.”

The ‘former’ soldiers testify that Israeli soldiers blindfold and handcuff the Palestinians who had been arrested randomly.

Source: Human Rights Defenders Group

Like all Palestinian cities and villages, al-Khalil too witnesses random arrests of Palestinians on a daily basis, including children as young as 10.

Israeli occupation forces’ violent repression of protests has also involved the arrest and detention of Palestinian demonstrators.

Another ‘Mission’: Targeting Journalists

On his part, a field Palestinian journalist from al-Khalil Sari Jaradat told Al Mayadeen English that the Israeli occupation forces deliberately prevent Palestinian and international journalists from covering the current events in order to hide their daily crimes that affect all aspects of life in the city.

“About a week ago, an occupation officer told me: ‘if you get shot by our bullets, we will not bear any responsibility.’” 

“They had a prior intention of targeting me in order to prevent me from doing my job, and I sustained a total of five injuries from live bullets while covering their crimes, not to mention the dozens of detentions, arrests, coverage prevention, and obstruction of movement,” Jaradat added.

Jaradat commented on the Blue Wolf program and the installation of face-scanning cameras in al-Khalil, saying that these cameras will lead to the suppression of freedom most notably the freedom of the press, which is already limited.

“The Israeli occupation soldiers will enact any laws they desire to prevent Palestinian journalists from carrying out their work,” he added.

The systematic oppression of Palestinians has been partially mirrored in the “Mission” and utterly manifested in the heartfelt testimonies of Sari, Imad, and Manal. Yet, what is happening in Palestine, and most notably in al-Khalil, cannot be documented or summed up in a film, a chapter, or a shot.

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

‘Israeli’ Forces Raze Agricultural Land East of Al-Khalil

August 26, 2021

‘Israeli’ Forces Raze Agricultural Land East of Al-Khalil

By Staff, Agencies

‘Israeli’ occupation forces razed a large tract of agriculture land in Birin village, south of the southern occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil.

Head of Birin Village Council, Farid Burqan, said the Zionist military’s bulldozers leveled 10 dunams of agricultural land planted with 400 grape and olive saplings as well as summer crops.

The occupation forces also tore down retaining walls and sabotaged barbed wire belonging to Salem al-Rajabi under the flimsy pretext that his plot of land is located in so-called ‘Area C’, which accounts for 60 percent of the total West Bank area.

Located to the southwest of Bani Naim, Birin has a population of 160 and is flanked by Bani Haiver colonial settlement from the east and the settler-only bypass Road No. 60 from the west. Its residents were originally expelled from Naqab in southern occupied territories and now depend on agriculture and livestock as their main source of livelihood.

According to the Land Research Center, the Zionist entity has frequently issued military stop-construction and demolition orders against various residential and agricultural structures and dismantled barns in the locality, citing the lack of rarely-issued construction permits as a pretext.

%d bloggers like this: