Sanctions against Israel, anyone?

Response from UK government has Foreign Office still playing childish game of charades

UK-Israel symbiosis

By Stuart Littlewood -June 10, 2021

…from Stuart Littlewood, Britain

First published June 10, 2021

An online petition was recently sent to the British Government demanding sanctions against Israel. It said: “The Government should introduce sanctions against Israel, including blocking all trade, and in particular arms. Its disproportionate treatment of Palestinians and settlements that are regarded by the international community as illegal are an affront to civilised society.” 385,225 signed.

The Government promises a debate on the petition on 14 June. But its response includes this statement from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office issued yesterday (my comments in italics):

The UK is firmly opposed to boycotts or sanctions against Israel. Our close and varied relationship means we are able to express clearly when we disagree.

HM Government has made its position on sanctions clear. While we do not hesitate to express disagreement with Israel whenever we feel it necessary, we are firmly opposed to boycotts or sanctions. We believe that open and honest discussions, rather than the imposition of sanctions or supporting anti-Israeli boycotts, best supports our efforts to help progress the peace process and achieve a negotiated solution.

• Open and honest discussion with Israel has never worked. You happily slap other nations with sanctions.

HM Government takes its export control responsibilities very seriously and operates one of the most robust arms export control regimes in the world. We consider all export applications thoroughly against a strict risk assessment framework. We continue to monitor the situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and keep all licences under careful and continual review as standard.

• Clearly your risk assessments aren’t strict enough.

The UK welcomed the recent announcement of a ceasefire in Israel and Gaza on 20 May, which is an important step to ending the cycle of violence and loss of civilian life.

During the Foreign Secretary’s visit to the region on 26 May he reiterated the UK’s firm commitment to the two-state solution as the best way to permanently end the occupation, deliver Palestinian self-determination and preserve Israel’s security and democratic identity. The UK will continue our intensive diplomatic efforts in the region, focussed on creating the conditions for a sustainable peace.

• The cycle of violence and loss of civilian life didn’t end after previous ceasefires. Israel continued ‘mowing the lawn’. Why are you committed to the two-state solution when you’ve allowed Israel to establish facts on the ground that make a viable Palestinian state impossible? What do you think a Palestinian state will look like when you eventually get around to recognising one?

Haven’t you yet understood that Israel doesn’t want peace until it has annexed the whole of Palestine and that your stance simply aids the Zionists’ criminal ambition? Haven’t you heard Israeli leaders repeated say they will never allow a Palestinian state? And by the way Israel has no “democratic identity”, it’s a deeply unpleasant ethnocracy.

Israel is an important strategic partner for the UK and we collaborate on issues of defence and security. Our commitment to Israel’s security is unwavering. The UK unequivocally condemns the firing of rockets at Jerusalem and locations within Israel.

We strongly condemn these acts of terrorism by Hamas and other terrorist groups, who must permanently end their incitement and rocket fire against Israel. We are also concerned by reports that Hamas is again using civilian infrastructure and populations as cover for its military operations.

• As long as we are a strategic partner of Israel we will never be trusted in the Middle East. We have no enemies in the region, not even Iran, so why provoke hostility? And given Israel’s track record how can anyone feel comfortable swopping defence and security secrets? You persistently accuse Hamas of incitement when it is the Palestinians who are under illegal military occupation and blockade.

You complain about Hamas firing garden-shed rockets but never condemn the Israelis for bombarding tightly-lacked Gaza with devastating state of the art ordnance deliberately mis-aimed to cause horrendous slaughter of civilians. Also check the definition of terrorist and consider whether it fits the Israeli regime better than Hamas.

We are clear that all countries, including Israel, have a legitimate right to self-defence, and the right to defend their citizens from attack. In doing so, it is vital that all actions are proportionate, in line with International Humanitarian Law, and are calibrated to avoid civilian casualties.

• Israel has no comprehension of “proportionate” and no right of self defence against the people it illegally occupies, murders and dispossesses. It has never complied with international Humanitarian Law, whereas the Palestinians have every right under international law to mount an armed resistance, makeshift though it is, against the occupier.

The UK is strongly opposed to the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions Movement against Israel, just as we oppose any calls for boycotts which divide people and reduce understanding.

 It is nonsense to claim the UK as a whole is opposed to sanctions against Israel. Only self-serving supporters of the apartheid regime oppose sanctions.

The UK position on evictions, demolitions, and settlements is longstanding and clear. We oppose these activities. We urge the Government of Israel to cease its policies related to settlement expansion immediately, and instead work towards a two state solution. Settlements are illegal under international law, and present an obstacle to peace.

We want to see a contiguous West Bank, including East Jerusalem, as part of a viable and sovereign Palestinian state, based on 1967 borders. Our position was reflected in our support for UN Security Council Resolution 2334 and we continue to urge Israel at the highest level to halt settlement expansion immediately.

• You may well oppose these things but that’s not enough. Haven’t you noticed – the Israelis don’t give a damn? What HM Government wants to see doesn’t matter to them. Their expansion programme is unstoppable except by applying firm and effective consequences. UNSCR 2334 was adopted four and a half years ago. It says Israel’s settlement activity constitutes a “flagrant violation” of international law and has “no legal validity”.

It demands that Israel stop such activity and fulfill its obligations as an occupying power under the Fourth Geneva Convention. Is Israel biting its nails thinking the sky is about to fall in on them? No, it laughs in the UN’s face. What has the British government and other members of the Security Council done in that time to concentrate Israel’s mind and ensure compliance?

We advise British businesses to bear in mind the British Government’s view on the illegality of settlements under international law when considering their investments and activities in the region. Ultimately, it will be the decision of an individual or company whether to operate in settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, but the British Government would neither encourage nor offer support to such activity.

• Nevertheless you continually reward Israel for its crimes against humanity with favoured trading deals and special collaboration agreements.

We have also made clear our concerns about the increasing rate of demolitions and evictions of Palestinians. The UK is focused on preventing demolitions and evictions from happening in the first place through our legal aid programme, which supports Palestinians facing demolition or home eviction.

• The demolitions and evictions have been going on for 73 years. You haven’t in the least been focused on preventing them. And using UK taxpayers’ money to sustain Israel’s criminal policy is utterly gross.

As a strong friend of Israel, and one which has stood up for Israel when it faces bias and unreasonable criticism, we are continuing to urge Israel to not take steps such as these, which move us away from our shared goals of peace and security.

• Why are you “a strong friend” of this apartheid entity in the first place? You shame us all. Israel’s idea of peace and security is far removed from anyone else’s. It’s shocking to hear that you (implying we) “share” their goals.

The occupation will not end and peace will not be achieved by symbolic measures, but by real movement towards renewed peace negotiations which create a viable Palestinian state, living in peace and security side-by-side with Israel.

We will continue to press Israel and the Palestinians strongly on the need to refrain from taking actions, which make peace more difficult. And will continue to encourage further confidence building steps towards meaningful bilateral peace negotiations between the parties.

 What, more lopsided ‘negotiations’ overseen by the most dishonest broker on the planet? Are you SERIOUS? The occupation will end and peace will be achieved only when justice is done and seen to be done. International law has spoken. Now deliver it, please, instead of endless shaming us with your dangerous delusions.

The entire British Government would do well to recall George Washington’s wise words: “The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave… a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils.”

Yes, “slave” fits Israel’s stooges at Westminster admirably.

Stuart Littlewood
9 June 2021

AUTHOR DETAILS

Stuart Littlewood

After working on jet fighters in the RAF Stuart became an industrial marketing specialist with manufacturing companies and consultancy firms. He also “indulged himself” as a newspaper columnist. In politics he served as a Cambridgeshire county councillor and member of the Police Authority. Now retired he campaigns on various issues and contributes to several online news & opinion sites. With a lifelong passion for photography he has produced two photo-documentary books, one of which can be read online at http://www.radiofreepalestine.org.uk.

http://www.radiofreepalestine.org.ukstu@f8.eclipse.co.uk

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine (03– 09 June 2021)

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (03– 09 June 2021)

Source

03 –  09 June 2021

  • 2 Palestinians killed, including a woman who succumbed to her wounds in the Israeli offensive on Gaza
  • Excessive Use of Force in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 40 Palestinians, including a child and 2 journalists, wounded
  • In 151 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 99 civilians arrested, including 16 children and 3 women.
  • Journalist Guevara al-Budeiri arrested and deported from Jerusalem for 15 days
  • UHWC’s Headquarter raided and closed as part of the Israeli tightening policy on the Palestinian Civil Society
  • Palestinian Civilian forced to self-demolish his house in Jerusalem while 10 tents and 9 barracks dismantled in Jericho
  • Setters’ Attacks: Civilians and Vehicles assaulted by settlers in Salfit and Nablus
  • IOF established 53 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank

Summary                                                                                        

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians that are mostly conducted after midnight and in the early morning hours. This week, IOF resumed its demolition and razing activities against Palestinians’ properties and settlers launched attacks on Palestinians and their properties. IOF maintained its collective punishment policy on the Gaza Strip, keeping both Beit Hanoun and Karm Abu Salem crossings shut, with limited operation for conditional exceptional cases.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

2 Palestinians died, including a woman who succumbed to her serious wounds she sustained during the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.  In the West Bank, 40 Palestinians were wounded due to IOF’s excessive use of forces against civilians; 25 wounded in occupied Jerusalem, including 2 journalists, 4 in Tubas, 7 in peaceful protest in Jabal Sbeih in Nablus, 3 in Ramallah (Ni’lin and al-Nabi Saleh) and a child in Kafr Qaddoum.  Moreover, dozens suffocated due to teargas canisters fired by IOF in those attacks and others in the West Bank.  IOF also opened fire twice at the Palestinian fishing boats and once at the agricultural lands in western and eastern Gaza Strip.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 151 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 99 Palestinians were arrested, including 16 children and 3 women; 2 of them were journalists and later released.  IOF raided and closed UHWC’s headquarter in Ramallah while they confiscated money from a Palestinian prisoner’s house in the West Bank.

Demolitions:

PCHR fieldworkers documented 5 violations:

  • East Jerusalem: Palestinian Forced to self-demolish his house in Jabal Mukaber
  • Hebron: Agricultural room and sheep barn demolished
  • Jericho: 10 tents, 9 barracks and other property and equipment dismantled and confiscated in addition to demolishing 2 pools in Bardalah village and razing an agricultural road.

Settler-attacks: 

Setters carried out 2 attacks: riots and assaults on civilians in Kafl Haris in northern Salfit and assaults on Palestinian vehicles in southeastern Nablus.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Israeli authorities continued to impose collective punishments against the people of the Gaza Strip by closing Kerm Abu Salem and Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossings and partially opening it few days after a ceasefire was declared on 22 May 2021.  This comes in a time where The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life.

In the West Bank, the Israeli authorities continued to divide it into small isolated cantons while many roads are still completely closed.  In addition to the permanent checkpoints, IOF establish temporary checkpoints that hinder civilians’ movement and arrest many of them.

Shooting, Suppression of Protests and other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity

  • On Thursday, 03 June 2021, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital declared the death of Yehia Basem Ahmed al-‘Ijlah (24), from Shuja’iyya neighborhood, succumbing to wounds he sustained on 15 May 2021, during the last Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. It should be noted that al-‘Ijlah stayed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) due to his serious health condition.
  • At approximately 12:15 on Thursday, 03 June 2021, medical sources announced the death of Dayana Ziyad Muhi al-Deen Abu al-‘Aouf (46), succumbing to wounds she sustained on 16 May 2021, in an Israeli airstrike that targeted her house in Gaza City. Dayana was seriously injured and referred for treatment at the West Bank hospitals, where she died. It should be noted that Dayana’s daughters Shimaa (21) and Rawan (19), in addition to 44 other Palestinians were killed in the Israeli airstrikes that targeted 6 residential buildings on al-Wehda Street.
  • At approximately 03:00 on Friday, 04 June 2021, IOF moved into Far’a refugee camp, south of Tubas. Afterwards, Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at IOF’s vehicles. IOF responded with live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters. As a result, 4 protestors were wounded; one of them was shot with a live bullet in his foot while the others were shot with rubber bullets in their feet. All of them were taken to Tubas Turkish Hospital. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.
  • At approximately 11:30, a large number of Palestinians flocked into Subeih Mount, south of Bita village, southeast of Nablus, and performed the Friday prayer in the area. After that, a peaceful protest took off from Subeih Mount towards Aftar settlement outpost, which is established in the area 40 days ago. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the occupation and settlers. When the protestors arrived, IOF, who stationed between olive trees, indiscriminately opened fire at them. Violent clashes erupted in the area, during which, the protestors threw stones at the IOF, who responded with live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters. The clashes continued until 15:30 and resulted in the injury of 7 Palestinians; 6 of them were shot with live bullets while one was shot with a rubber bullet in his head. All of them were taken to Rafidia Hospital. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.
  • At approximately 12:00, a peaceful protest took off from the central of Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah, towards the annexation wall in Abu Limon area, south of the village. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the occupation and settlers. When the protestors arrived at the annexation wall, IOF who stationed behind the fence, fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. Violent clashes erupted in the area, during which, the protestors threw stones at IOF, who continued to open fire indiscriminately at the protestors. As a result, a 17-year-old child was shot with a live bullet in his shoulder and another was shot with a rubber bullet in his left leg. Both of them were taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. Also, dozens of protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF stationed at the northern entrance to Kafr Qaddum village, north of Qalqilya, suppressed a peaceful protest organized by dozens of Palestinians. Also, IOF chased the Palestinians while clashes erupted, during which IOF fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, a 10-year-old child was hit with a sponge grenade in his hand.
  • At approximately 16:00, a number of Palestinian young men gathered in Bab al-Zawiyia area in central Hebron, where IOF established a military checkpoint at the entrance to al-Shuhada closed street. The Palestinians threw stones at the checkpoint and set fire to tires on the street leading to the checkpoint. Afterwards, a number of Israeli soldiers left the checkpoint to fire rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the stone-throwers and chased them in Sha’ir Wad al-Tuffah area. As a result, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation. During the clashes, which continued until 20:00, many shops were closed and no casualties were reported.
  • On Friday, IOF suppressed a peaceful protest organized by Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan residents and Palestinians in solidarity with them in Baten al-Hawa neighborhood, which is under the threat of expulsion in favor of settlers in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF fired sound bombs, teargas canisters and rubber bullets at the protestors.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 17:00, IOF moved into Baten al-Hawa neighborhood, coinciding with the arrival of Palestinians who participated in marathon titled:  “Jerusalem Marathon”, which took off from Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood towards a sit-in tent established in Baten al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan. When the participants chanted slogans condemning the Israeli courts’ decisions regarding the eviction of Sheikh Jarrah and Baten al-Hawa neighborhoods, IOF raided the tent, beat the participants in the sit-in and fired sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. Afterwards, violent clashes erupted in the area, during which, IOF heavily fired teargas canisters in the neighborhood. As a result, dozens of civilians and press crews suffocated due to teargas inhalation. When IOF withdrew from the neighborhood, Palestinians in solidarity with the neighborhood’s residents returned to the tent to complete the activities. Accordingly, IOF raided the tent again, beat all Palestinians stood there, indiscriminately fired teargas canisters at them, confiscated loudspeakers, broke all chairs, and arrested Kayid Rajbi, a member of Baten al-Hawa village committee, Saif Abu Ta’ah, Mamdouh Zahdah, and Mo’tasem Hmidat (15) after severely beat them up. Other clashes erupted in the neighborhood and continued for several hours, during which, IOF demolished the tent completely in an attempt to stop all activities. They deliberately targeted houses as a teargas canister hit a  house belonging to Abu Mouz family. As a result, Abu Mouz family members, including women and children, suffocated due to teargas inhalation. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) stated that they treated 23 Palestinians who were beaten and hit with teargas canisters; one of them was taken to a hospital. The PRCS also pointed out that IOF targeted a PRCS ambulance with a rubber bullet. As a result, the ambulance windows were broken.

  • At approximately 19:00 on Saturday, 05 June 2021, IOF arrested Al-Jazeera media network journalist, Guevara Ishaq Ahmed al-Budeiri (45), after physically assaulting her while she was covering a protest organized by Palestinians in solidarity with the residents of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood to commemorate the 54th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, known as “al-Naksa.” Few hours after her arrest, Israeli authorities released al-Budeiri and handed her a 15-day deportation order from Jerusalem.
  • According to PCHR’s investigations, eyewitnesses’ testimonies and al-Budeiri’s statement after her release, IOF unjustifiably assaulted al-Budeiri while she was covering incidents in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood along with her colleague, photographer Nabil al-Mezawi. IOF ordered al-Budeiri to show her press card, despite knowing her identity as she is a well-known journalist. She asked them to give her 3 minutes to bring the press card from her car, but they refused and violently assaulted her. Footages taken by Palestinian journalists who were in the area showed that at least 5 female soldiers assaulted al-Budeiri and grabbed her arm violently before detaining her near a wall. She yelled English: “Do not touch me.. Stop..  I am a journalist.” IOF also kicked and beat al-Budeiri and prevented anyone from approaching or helping her. They handcuffed her and took her to a police station. It should be noted that al-Budeiri was beaten while she was on her way to al-Bareed Investigation Center on Salah al-Deen Street in central occupied East Jerusalem. Al-Jazeera photographer, Nabil al-Mezawi, said that IOF intentionally assaulted Al-Jazeera crew as they arrested al-Budeiri, IOF also assaulted him, pushed him to the ground and broke his camera and live broadcast equipment.

Al-Budeiri’s lawyer, Khaldoun Nejim, said that Israeli authorities accused Guevara of assaulting a female soldier. He pointed out that the female soldier who claimed that al-Budeiri assaulted her was at the police station to file a complaint against Guevara, but footages taken by al-Jazeera photographer refuted the soldier’s claims. Consequently, IOF were forced to change al-Budeiri’s charge and accused her of not obeying to soldiers’ orders and not showing her press card to them, despite that they know her on both professional and personal levels; thus, she would not need to present proof of identity according to Israeli law. Nejim added that Israeli police interrogated al-Budeiri for several hours and released her later, provided that she will banned entry to Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood for 15 days. It was later discovered that al-Budeiri sustained fractures in her hand.

Moreover, IOF ban the entry of Journalists who hold Palestinian Press Cards into the neighborhood; restrict their presence around the neighborhood, beat and push them; pump wastewater at them and other methods that would hinder their coverage and silence their voices in the occupied City.

  • At approximately 14:00 on Sunday, 06 June 2021, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered at the main entrance to Nabi Salih village, northwest of Ramallah, where they set fire to tires and threw stones and empty bottles at the military checkpoint established there. In the meantime, IOF deployed in front of the checkpoint and fired live and rubber bullets and a barrage of teargas canisters and sound bombs at the stone-throwers. As a result, a 34-year-old male was shot with a live bullet in his forehead and was taken to the Istishari Arab Hospital in al-Rihan suburb, north of Ramallah, where medical sources described his injuries as serious. Also, many stone-throwers suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.
  • In the evening, dozens of Palestinians and journalists in solidity with the two siblings Mohammed and Mona al-Kurd, who were arrested by IOF, gathered in front of al-Bareed Police Station on Salah al-Deen Street after Mohammed and Mona’s father called for protesting against the arrest of his daughter and son. At approximately 17:30, coinciding with transferring Mona from al-Bareed Police Station to al-Maskobiya Police Station, IOF heavily and indiscriminately fired teargas canisters and sound bombs at the Palestinians and journalists gathered in the area. As a result, Al-Jazeera media network reporter, Najwan Simiri Diyab (41), sustained sound bomb shrapnel wounds in her leg; Maydan Alquds reporter, Baraa’ Abu Remouz, sustained sound bomb shrapnel wounds in her back; and journalist Amjad Taher ‘Arafa (36), sustained sound bomb shrapnel wounds in his leg. Also, a photojournalist at al-Kofiyia TV, Wahbi Kamel Mikiyia (37); a reporter at al-Hayat al-Jadida newspaper, Diala Jowihan; and a reporter at Palestine TV, Layali Ziyad ‘Eid suffocated due to teargas inhalation.
  • At approximately 05:00 on Tuesday, 08 June 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha Shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, and off al-Sodaniyia shore, west of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and opened heavy fire at them, enticing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 19:00, a large number of Israeli soldiers accompanied with skunk carrying vehicle moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched residential houses and arrested 3 civilians, including a child, taking them to al-Bareed Police Station. The arrestees were identified as Sofian Feras Abu al-Hawa (18), Fadi Ayman Abu Ghannam (17) and ‘Odai Abu al-Hawa (20). Before the IOF’s withdrawal from the neighborhood, dozens of Palestinians gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at IOF, who fired rubber bullets and teargas canisters at them and pumped skunk water in the area.
  • At approximately 12:30 on Tuesday, a peaceful protest took off in front of a vegetable market at the main entrance to Bita village, southeast of Nablus, towards the bypass road that was raze and Jabal Subeih area, south of the village, where IOF established “Aftar” settlement outpost. The protestors raised the Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against occupation and settlers. When the protestors arrived at the area, they found a large number of Israeli soldiers awaiting them on the bypass road and near the mount. IOF fired a barrage of teargas canisters at the protestors and chased them. They also arrested Hatem Isma’il Hamaad Hamayil (17) and took him to a military vehicle. Following that, violent clashes erupted, during which, the protestors threw stones at IOF, who continued to fire live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. At approximately 13:00, IOF directly targeted an ambulance belonging to the Palestinian Medical Relief Committees with a rubber bullet and a teargas canister. As a result, the ambulance windshield was broken while medical crews were inside.

The ambulance driver, Jareer Zakaria Qanadilou, said to PCHR’s researcher that:

“while I was covering incidents on the bypass road near the vegetables market at the main entrance to Bita village, southeast of Nablus, along with the volunteers Mohammed Toqan and Omar al-Biz via an ambulance, IOF directly targeted the ambulance, which was parked in a safe area, with a rubber bullet and a teargas canister while we were inside. As a result, the ambulance windshield was broken. After that, I drove the ambulance away. I stayed in the area for about half an hour and then left to repair the broken windshield.”

  • At approximately 23:30, Israeli gunboats stationed off Deir al-Balah shore in central Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 6 nautical miles, opened fire and pumped wastewater at them, and forced them to sail in less than 6 miles. The shooting continued for 30 minutes until Wednesday dawn, 09 June 2021. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 03:00 on Wednesday, 09 June 2021, IOF moved into Tubas, north of the West Bank. Meanwhile, a group of Palestinians gathered and threw stones at IOF’s vehicles. IOF immediately fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, a 23-year-old male was shot with 2 live bullets in his abdomen and back, causing internal bleeding and his health condition was reported serious; a 26-year-old male was shot with a live bullet below his back; and a 22-year-old male was shot with a live bullet in his right arm. All of them were taken to Tubas Turkish Hospital. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. At approximately 04:30, IOF arrested Nader Mostafa Mohammed Sawaftah (47), a leader in Hamas Movement, and Osaid Shafiq Rafeeq al-Kharraz (28), a former prisoner, taking them to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel opened fire at agricultural lands in Khuzaʽa village, east of Khan Yunis. The shooting continued for several minutes and no casualties were reported.

Incursions and arrests:

Thursday, 03 June 2021:

  • At approximately 00:00, IOF moved into Salem village, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (4) civilians, including 2 siblings. The arrestees are: Khaled ‘Akef Ishtayah (25), his brother, Anas (21), Omar Mustafa Hamdan (25) and Fawzi Mohammed Awwad (23).
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians; Fadi Mohammed Nasrallah (34), Ahmed Adel Hajajera (32) and Anas Nabhan Nasrallah (29).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Sa’ir, north of Hebron. They raided and searched 2 houses and arrested Jaber Yousef al-Shalaledah (33) and Ibarhim Sameer al-Shalaledah (36).
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Yatta, south of Hebron. They raided and searched Ayman Mohammed Meghnim’s (39) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 05:00, IOF moved into Kharbatha Bani Harith village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched Ali Ahmed al-Shaikh’s (29) house and arrested him. It should be noted that al-Shaikh is a former prisoner.
  • At approximately 12:00, IOF arrested Nofouth Hammad (14), while present at the entrance of al-Shaikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, claiming that she was drawing the Palestinian flags on her friends’ faces coinciding with the children’s entertainment day in the neighborhood. IOF took her to al-Bareed police center on Salah al-Dein Street in the city.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF arrested Shahed Mohammed Abu al-Hums (23), while present near Bab Huta area, one of the Aqsa Mosque’s gates in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF took her to al-Kishle police center where they handed her a decision to ban her entry to the Aqsa Mosque for 6 months.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF moved into al-Wad neighborhood, one of the Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods. They raided and searched Mohammed Mousa Hudaib’s (17) house and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out (5) incursions in Bayt Furik, Izmut, Luban al-Sharkiya and Duma, in Nablus; and al-Bireh, north of Ramallah governorate. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 04 June 2021:

  • At approximately 00:40, IOF moved into Jericho, and stationed in al-Iskan area. They raided and searched Mohammed Awni Totah’s (30) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF arrested Naser Hani al-Rimawi (26), from Birzeit village, north of Ramallah, while referring to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Ofer” detention, established in Beitunia, west of the city, on a prior summons.

Saturday, 05 June 2021

  • At approximately 01:20, IOF moved into Burin village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Amro Murad Najjar (21).
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Sa’ir, north of Hebron, and stationed in the city center. They raided and searched Wajdi Nayef Jaradat’s (44) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:45, IOF moved into Tulkarm refugee camp. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mahmoud Fathi Matar (24) and Nibras Jamal al-Hadayda (25), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 11:00, IIOF arrested Sultan Yousef Safi (25), from Kharsa village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate, after stopping him at al-Container military checkpoint, north of Hebron, while heading to Bethlehem. IOF took him to an unknown destination.

In evening hours, IOF prevented Palestinian farmers from reaching their lands in Qudeis area in Husan village, west of Bethlehem.

The farmer Mohammed Hamamera said that IOF prevented the farmers from entering their agricultural lands in Qudeis area in Betar Illit settlement, which was established in Husan village. As a result, farmers gathered in front of their lands in protest against the IOF and Betar Illit settlers’ continuous violations against the farmers. He added, 3 months ago, the Israeli authorities issued a decision that oblige farmers to leave their lands at approximately 17:00, and other instructions that restrict their work, noting that the 100-dunum lands are considered the main source of income to their owners who have been suffering from settlers’ violations for a long time, including stone-throwing, stealing crops, cuting and uprooting trees.

  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Dura, Halhul, Bani Na’im and Kharsa villages. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 06 June 2021

  • At approximately 02:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into the southern side of Hebron. They raided and searched 2 houses and arrested (3) civilians, including a father and his son. The arrestees are: Jawad Ayoub Abu Sbeih (47), his son, Tareq (23), and Fahed Hani al-Za’tari (33).
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched Mo’ayad Sami al-Sharabi’s (29) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF moved into Nabil al-Kurd’s house in Karm al-Ja’ouni area whose residents are threatened with forced displacement in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Before the withdrawal, IOF arrested his daughter, Muna al-Kurd (23), and left a summons for his son, Mohammed (23), who was not at home, to refer to al-Bareed police center on Salah al-Dein Street in the occupied East Jerusalem.

Nabil al-Kurd said to PCHR’s field worker about the arrest circumstances of his daughter and summoning his son Mohammed:

 “When I was aspleep, I heard their voices inside my house.  They violently raided my bedroom saying that they are searching for Muna and Mohammed. I asked them about the reason to arrest Muna and Mohammed, but they replied by saying that they are wanted for investigation, so I told them to show me the court order.” He added: “I told them that my Mohammed is not at home, so they started searching the house and even under the beds.  They raided Muna’s room to arrest her and did not even allow her to brush her teeth. Muna was ordered to wear her clothes with the presence of a police woman, then she was taken to al-Bareed police center by their vehicle.” However, Mohammed surrendered to the abovementioned police center at approximately 13:00.

Al-Kurd invited journalists and those in solidarity with the residents of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood to come in front of the police center on Salah al-Deen street, saying that the arrest order was issued to muzzle, entice fear and practice pressure on the residents of the neighborhood and activists 2 days before the due date of the Israeli judicial adviser’s response about Sheikh Jarrah residents’ case.

It should be noted that at approximately 18:00, IOF released Muna without conditions, while Mohammed was released at approximately 22:00. Muna and Mohammed stated that the Israeli Authorities accused them of “disturbing public security and participation in nationalistic riots”, as they refused to sign any pledges to be released.

  • At approximately 11:00, Israeli Intelligence Services arrested Zuhair al-Rajabi (48), Head of Batin-al-Hawa Committee, and Eyad Abu Sneina (23), from the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, who were summonsed for investigation in al-Bareed police center on Salah al-Dein street in the city. It should be noted that IOF released Eyad Abu Sneina in the evening on one condition that he would be banned entry to Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood for 15 days, while al-Rajabi’s arrest was extended for the next day.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Surif and Tarqumiyah in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 07 June 2021

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Thuri neighborhood, south of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mohammed Yoused Syam’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Madama village, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched Basheer Hamed Ziyada’s house, who has been arrested in the Israeli prisons for 20 days and sentenced to administrative detention for 4 months. IOF confiscated (5,760 NIS, 485 JD, 100 USD and 5 SR), and handed the family a warrant of the confiscated money.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-Qirami neighborhood in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (5) civilians; Abdullah al-Hashlamon, Abdul Rahman Abu Asab, Adam Sab Laban, Mohammed Abu Asab and Riyad al-Ghazzawi.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Shu’afat refugee camp, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mahdi Mohammed Salama’s (20) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:55, IOF moved into al-Tira neighborhood, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Rami Rizq Fadayel (41), who is a former prisoner.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into al-Khader village, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Khaled Mohammed Ghuneim (17) and Mohammed Rami Salah (16), and arrested them. It should be noted that Ghuneim and Salah were injured in the leg and abdomen, during clashes occurred with the Israeli forces in al-Khader, several months ago.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Birzeit, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched Ashraf Khaled Abu Arram’s (37) house, severely beaten and arrested him.

Nour Farraj, Ashraf’s wife, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

At approximately 04:00, my husband and I woke up on door knocks, I expected the Israeli soldiers so I headed to my children’s bedroom and woke them up quietly. When my husband opened the door, about 15 Israeli soldiers stormed and deployed in our house, one of them ordered my husband, Ashraf, to bring his ID card and cell phone, and then 2 soldiers took my husband to the living room. My son, Majdi (9), attempted to go to his father and shouted at the soldiers “Leave my father alone”, so I went to calm him but one of the soldiers hit me with his riffle’s butt on my shoulder, pushed Majdi back and ordered us to sit quietly. While IOF was arresting my husband, I looked through the window and saw 2 soldiers kicking him on his legs then they took him to where the vehicles were stationed in the city center.”

  • At approximately 04:30, IOF moved into the Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Ahmed al-Rokon’s (24) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:35, IOF moved into Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Atta Issa Sharaka (22), who was injured by the Israeli soldiers on 05 February 2021, and Majd Mahdi al-Remhi (26), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 05:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into the southern side of Hebron, and stationed in Um al-Daliya area. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (6) civilians. The arrestees are: Jawad Ayoub Abu Sbeih (30), Tareq Jawad Abu Sbeih (19), Tayseer Mohammed Abu Sbeih (21), Hussam Ayed Abu Sbeih (24), Abdul Rahman Mohammed Abu Sbeih (23) and Mohammed Tayseer Abu Sbeih (19).
  • At approximately 07:00, IOF moved into Ras al-Amud neighborhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Ma’n Owais’s (28) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 10:55, IOF moved into Bayt Lid village, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched several houses and field investigated 4 civilians; Ameed Saif al-Shayeb, Osaid Fathi Dreidi, Saleem Hisham Dreidi and Ahmed Abdul Rahim Hamida. At approximately 12:00, IOF withdrew.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Faisal Waheed Shabana’s (21) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF deployed in the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron’s Old City and arrested Yousef Mohammed Misk (12) and Mohammed Yaser Misk (12), claiming that they did not obey the orders of the Israeli soldiers. IOF released them after 2 hours.
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF moved into Awarta village, southeast of Nablus. They arrested Mahmoud Faisal Mohammed Qweiriq (28) and Sameh Mohammed Kamel Qweiriq (25), while they were walking in front of their houses.
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF moved into Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Rami Jamjoum’s (23) house, severely beaten and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out (6) incursions in Tell and Duma villages, southeast of Nablus; Shuyukh, Yatta, Hitta, and Bait Ula, in Hebron; Deir Istiya and Qarawat Bani Hassan in Salfit. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 08 June 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Husan village, west of Bethlehem and Dheisha refugee camp, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians. The arrestees are: Ali Mohammed Musleh (48), Ahme Izzat Abu Dayya (23) and Ghassan Ibrahim Zawahra (33).
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Bayt Awa village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched Belal Issa al-Swaity’s (34) house and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Burin, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched Waseem Firas Mansour’s (20) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Tulkarm. They raided and searched Beit al-Maqdes for Money Exchange, and confiscate the recording device of the surveillance cameras before the withdrawal.
  • At approximately 02:10, IOF moved into Beit Iba village, west of Nablus. They raided and searched Anas Naser Khanfa’s (21) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:25, IOF moved into Deir ‘Ammar village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched Yousef Mohammed Owda’s (49) house and arrested him. It should be noted that Owda is a former prisoner.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Husan, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mohammed Ra’ouf Abu Yabis (22) and Qusai Adli Hamamera (22), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 03:40, IOF moved into Beit Rima village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mohammed Mahdi al-Asmar (41), who is a former prisoner.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Harmala village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Belal Saleem Atallah’s (25) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:45, IOF moved into Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched Mousa Ehab al-Zubeidi’s (16) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF moved into Batin al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Lo’ay Sami al-Rajabi’s (26) house and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in al-Maskobiya police center in West Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF arrested Ayman Hani Abu al-Hawa (14), while present at al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Ayham Ra’ed Abu Mfareh (17), while present in front of al-Bareed police center on Salah al-Deen Street, in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF arrested Oday Fadi Abu Jom’a (18), from al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, while present in front of the Central Court on Salah al-Deen Street in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Dayr Sharaf and Bayt Wazan villages, west of Nablus. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 09 June 2021

 At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Salem village, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses, including the houses of Osaid Abdul Jalil Ishtaya, ‘Akef Jameel Ishtaya, Thameen Abdul Majeed Hamdan, Turki Hamdan and Kareem Nathim Ishtaya. Meanwhile, IOF arrested Osaid Abdul Jalil Ishtaya (35), Thameen Abdul Majeed Hamdan and Kareem Nathim Ishtaya, and took them to the military vehicles for a field investigation for more than 2 hours. At approximately 05:00, IOF released them except Osaid Ishtaya.

  • At approximately 01:05, IOF moved into Beitunia, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched Abdul Kareem Sameh Ziyada’s (60) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched 2 houses and arrested 2 civilians, including a child; Emad Ahmed Abu Sharar (13) and Adam Bassam Banat (25).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Batin al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Fo’ad al-Rajabi (36) and Mohammed al-Rajabi (19), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Am’ari refugee camp, southeast of al-Bireh, north of Ramallah governorate. They raided and searched Islam Fa’eq Nimir’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Teqoa, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Riyad Talal al-‘Ammour’s (18) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Hizma, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (4) civilians, including a child. The arrestees are: Ghazi Bader al-Khateeb (28), Mohammed Rashed Salim (22), Qusai Hamed al-Khateeb (19) and his brother, Fadi (16).
  • At approximately 04:40, IOF moved into Umm Safa village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (4) civilians; Bara’ Osama Hamad (23), Ma’moun Issam Sabbah (25), Wajd Najeh Tanatera (17) and Mansour Mohammed Tanatera (19). IOF released them later.
  • At approximately 05:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into al-Bireh, and stationed in Sateh Marhaba neighborhood. They raided the headquarter of the of the Union of Health Work Committees (UHWC) (2 floors in al-Sartawi building). They removed the outside doors and raided and ransacked the headquarter. They confiscated the hard disks from the computers and removed the cupboard doors to confiscate the files. IOF then closed the main door of the UHWC’s office with metal bars and fixed an order issued by the Israel Defense Forces Commander to close immediately the office for 6 months.  The order also warned the employees from entering their offices otherwise they will be arrested or prosecuted for disobeying the military orders.

Shatha ‘Odeh, UHWC’s Director, commented on the order to close the office and said, “this military order will negatively affect the organization’s work and continuity to provide healthcare services to citizens as the closure of the headquarter will hinder work in the branch offices in terms of administrative and financial matters.  Moreover, the closure will restrict our relation with the donors when they know that the headquarter is closed in addition to shaking the confidence of medicine and medical devices’ suppliers in the organization.”

Previously on 08 March 2021, IOF raided and ransacked the same headquarter in addition to confiscating the computers.  At the same time, they arrested one of the organization’s employees from his house in Ramallah. It should be noted that UHWC is a well-respected Palestinian non-governmental organization that was founded in 1985. UHWC is active in the field of health and community development in the Palestinian territory from a human rights perspective; it has branches in most Palestinian cities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

  • At approximately 11:00, Israeli Intelligence Services moved into Yazan Salah Kash’am (14), after summonsing him for investigation in al-Bareed police center on Salah al-Deen Street, in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Musleh Shehada Makhamerah (30), from al-Rakeez village, east of Yatta, south of Hebron governorate, while he was herding sheep in the area. IOF took him to a police center in “Kiryat Arba’” settlement, east of Hebron.

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

Demolitions, Confiscations and notices

  • On Monday, 07 June 2021, Muhannad Ibrahim Bashir self-demolished his house in Bashir neighborhood in Jabal Mukaber village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, pursuant to the Israeli Interior Ministry’s decision under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

The house’s owner, Muhanned al-Bashir, said that he finished building his house in the beginning of this year and moved in last March.  He added that he lived in the 120-sqm house with his wife and 3 kids (6) (4) and (7 months.) he said that the Ministry of Interior issued the decision as soon as he finished building the house and was fined with 95,000 ILS.  Although he resorted to the court, the latter refused to delay or freeze the decision.  The Israeli Police also called him the day before in the evening and threatened him that he has only until 12:00 on Monday to self-demolish his house otherwise the Israeli Municipality’s bulldozers will carry out the demolition and fine him with 100,000 ILS for the demolition costs.  As a result, he was forced to self-demolish his house to avoid the high costs and debt accumulation. 

  • At approximately 11:00, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with 3 vehicles belonging to the Israeli Civil Administration, a bulldozer, an excavator and a truck-mounted moved into al-Mo’arajat area, north of Jericho, where Ka’abnah Arabs Community.  IOF brought workers from Israeli private companies, who dismantled and confiscated 10 tents and 9 barracks, belongings and other equipment.  The following are the confiscated property.
Person AffectedMembersChildrenSheepConfiscated property
Mahmoud Salem Mohammed al-Ka’abnah201801.  A 90-sqm residential tent of shed cloth2.  A 60-sqm sheep tent of cloth shed3.  A 90-sqm sheep tent of cloth shed4.  3 Solar cells donated by GVC5.  Electric transformer6.  A water tank7.  A kitchen and store built of tinplate on an area of 12 sqms8.  12 fodder mangers and water feeders9.  A 160-sqm sheep barnNo prior notice was handed to the owner.
‘Odah Mahmoud Salem al-Ka’abnah861251.      A 60sqm residential barrack2.      A 60sqm barrack for sheep3.      A kitchen and store of 12 sqms4.      3 Solar cells donated by GVCNo prior notice was handed to the owner.
Ghaleb Mahmoud Salem al-Ka’abnah751101.      An 80-sqm barrack2.      A 90-sqm sheep tent3.      A 120-sqm sheep barn4.      5 fodder mangers5.      A 9-sqm kitchen6.      3 Solar cells donated by GVC7.      Kitchen equipmentNo prior notice was handed to the owner.
Mohammed ‘Abdel ‘Aziz Hammad al-Ka’abnah64901.      A90-sqm  residential tent2.      A 60-sqm residential tent3.      A kitchen and store of 16 sqms4.      3 Solar cells donated by GVC5.      A 90-sqm sheep barn6.      A 100-sqm sheep tentNo prior notice was handed to the owner.
‘Alia Ibrahim Mohammed al-Ka’abnah72451.      A 60-sqm sheep tent2.      A 72-sqm residential tent3.      3 Solar cells donated by GVCNo prior notice was handed to the owner, who was forced to self-demolish.
  • At approximately 07:00 on Tuesday, 08 June 2021, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle, a bulldozer and an excavator moved into Bardalah, northwest of Jericho in the northern Jordan Valleys. The vehicles demolished 2 water pools donated by the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture and benefited by 2 farmers namely Samer Hasan Sawaftah and Mohammed ‘Abdel Rahman Sawaftah, who both mainly depend on them for irrigation. The demolition came pursuant to prior notices handed to the 2 mentioned farmers on 30 May 2021 saying that they will demolish the 2 wells within 96 hours under the pretext of its location in Area C.  IOF also levelled the agricultural road, which connects the village with the agricultural lands in Sahel Qa’oun area, west of the village.
  • At approximately 09:30, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle, a bulldozer and an excavator, moved into al-Rakeez and At-Tuwani villages, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. They demolished a 30-sqm agricultural room of tinplate and bricks used as a store for agricultural tools belonging to Mohammed al-‘Amour in al-Rakeez village in addition to a 50-sqm sheep barn belonging to Mohammed ‘Issa Rab’ie in At-Tuwani village.  It should be mentioned that the Israeli authorities handed 2 demolition notices to both civilians on 08 February 2021 under the pretext of unlicensed building.

Settler attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property

  • At approximately 00:00 on Thursday, 03 June 2021, hundreds of settlers moved into Kafl Haris village, north of Salfit, under the pretext of Visiting religious shrines and performing religious rituals there, under IOF protection. The settlers rioted, harassed Palestinians as well as assaulting the houses, and used loudspeakers to sing, scream and dance.  Two of the settlers stole water bottle boxes, where they were in front of a supermarket in the central village.
  • At approximately 20:30 on Sunday, 06 June 2021, a group of settlers from “Yitzahar” settlement established on the southeastern lands of Nablus attacked the Palestinian vehicles that cross Yitzahar intersection. They also attacked the Brothers Car Company behind the intersection from the western side and broke the windows of some vehicles there. 

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

The Gaza Strip:

Although a ceasefire was reached on Friday, 21 May 2021, the Israeli authorities continued to close Kerm Abu Salem and Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossings and the sea, banning entry of goods, food supplies or fuel, tightening the closure that has been imposed on the Gaza Strip since 2006.

On Tuesday, 25 May 2021, IOF reopened the Kerm Abu Salem Crossing for the entry of humanitarian supplies, including medical equipment, food, medicines, fuel for private sector, and continued to ban exportation of Gaza Strip’s goods.  IOF also partially reopened the Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing to allow the travel of patients to receive life-saving treatment along with intentional workers and foreign journalists.

The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life.

The West bank

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of more temporary checkpoints that restrict the goods and individuals 53 temporary checkpoints, where they searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs and arrested 2 of them. IOF closed many roads with cement cubes, metal detector gates and sand berms and tightened their measures against individuals’ movement at military permanent checkpoints.

Jerusalem

  • On Tuesday, 08 June 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Biddu village’s tunnel, northwest of the city.
  • On Wednesday, 09 June 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Jab’ village, northeast of the city.

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday, 03 June 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at al-Nashash intersection, and at the entrances to Beit Fajjar and Tuqu villages, east of the city.
  • On Friday, 04 June 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Tuqu village, east of the city.
  • On Saturday, 05 June 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints in ‘Aqabet Hassna area and at the entrances to Husan and Tuqu villages, east of the city.
  • On Sunday, 06 June 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Nahalin village and at the northern entrance to Beit Fajjar village, south of the city.
  • On Monday, 07 June 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints near Nashash intersection and at the entrances to Beit Fajjar and Tuqu villages, east of the city.
  • On Tuesday, 08 June 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints near Nashash intersection and at the entrance to Tuqu village, east of the city.
  • On Wednesday, 09 June 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints near Nashash intersection and at the entrance to Beit Fajjar village, south of the city.

Ramallah

  • On Sunday, 06 June 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Nabi Salih, Beitin and ‘Atara villages.
  • On Tuesday, 08 June 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Birzeit city.

Jericho:

  • On Thursday, 03 June 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to the city.
  • On Friday, 04 June 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the northern and southern entrances to Jerichio.
  • On Monday, 07 June 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to the city.

Nablus:

  • On Thursday, 03 June 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the intersection of “Shavei Shomron” settlement, west of the city, in al-Moraba’a area and at the intersection of Beita village, southeast of Nablus.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 03 June 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to Idhna, Beit Awwa and Beit Ummar villages, at the southern entrance to Hebron, and at the entrance to Al-Arroub refugee camp.
  • On Friday, 04 June 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Ummar and Tarqumiyah villages and at the southern entrance to Halhul city.
  • On Saturday, 05 June 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Awwa, Idhna, Sa’ir, Susya, and Tawana villages.
  • On Sunday, 06 June 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the western entrance to Hebron and at the northern entrance to Yatta city.
  • On Monday, 07 June 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Kahil and Deir Sammit villages.
  • On Wednesday, 09 June 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entramces to Beit Einun and Khasa villages, at the entrance to Fawwar refugee camp, and at the southern entrance to Hebron.
  • At approximately 13:00, Israeli authorities closed all dirt roads between Yatta city and other eastern villages, as Israeli bulldozers closed at least 17 roads connecting between 13 residential compounds in al-Masafer area, which is located within area classified as (918).

Qalqilya

  • On Thursday, 03 June 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Azzun village and at the eastern entrance to the city.
  • On Friday, 04 June 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Azzun village, east of the city.
  • On Saturday, 05 June 2021, IOF established a checkpoint between Azzun and Jayyous villages, east of the city.

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine (27 may – 02 June 2021)

03 06. 2021

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (27 may – 02 June 2021)

27  May – 2 June 2021

  • Palestinian killed in Nablus in IOF excessive use of lethal force; 2 others die of wounds sustained in IOF attacks in Gaza and Ramallah
  • 16 Palestinians wounded, including 4 children and an elderly woman in the West Bank
  • In 171 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 125 civilians arrested, including 12 children, 2 women and 2 journalists
  • Limited IOF incursion into eastern Khan Younis, and shooting reported in eastern Rafah and at fishing boats
  • Gazan cancer patient dies due to Israel ban on travel for treatment
  • 7 tents demolished in Hebron and another commercial facility in Jerusalem; 8 demolition and cease-construction notices distributed in the West Bank
  • Settlers attack Palestinians’’ vehicles and seize 3 dunums with attempts to establish a settlement outpost in the West Bank
  • Collective punishment policy: 16 Palestinians and their families denied health insurance
  • IOF established 39 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 2 Palestinian civilians on said checkpoints

Summary                                                                                        

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians that are mostly conducted after midnight and in the early morning hours. This week, IOF resumed its demolition and razing activities against Palestinians’ properties and settlers launched attacks on Palestinians and their properties. IOF maintained its collective punishment policy on the Gaza Strip, keeping both Beit Hanoun and Karm Abu Salem crossings shut, with limited operation for conditional exceptional cases.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF killed a Palestinian civilian in attacks on a peaceful protest in Nablus. Meanwhile, two others died: a Palestinian man from Ramallah died of wounds he sustained during clashes in al-Bireh, and a civilian from Gaza died of wounds he sustained in the latest IOF military aggression on the Gaza Strip. Additionally, 16 Palestinians sustained wounds, including 4 children and an elderly woman, in IOF excessive use of force against protests and during raids into West Bank cities. In Jerusalem, a Palestinian child was ran-over by the Israeli policy on purpose after they chased him on his bike that held the Palestinian flag on it; the child was wounded and bruised in the attack and the police arrested him.

In the Gaza Strip, one IOF shooting was recorded at fishing boats, and another on agricultural lands in eastern Rafah.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 171 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 125 Palestinians were arrested, including 12 children and 2 women, one is a journalist, and another journalist.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted a limited incursion into eastern Khan Younis.

Demolitions:

PCHR fieldworkers documented 8 violations:

  • Hebron: 4 tents (residential and barns) were demolished in southeastern Yatta, another caravan was confiscated in Atut. Three tents demolished in ad-Dhahiriya and Samoua’. 5 demolition notices were served in Kherbet Musafer.
  • Ramallah: 3 cease-construction and demolition notices served against two houses and a commercial facility in Ni’lin.
  • Qalqilya: 100 olive trees uprooted in
  • Bethlehem: 4 dunums razed and a water well destroyed in Husan
  • East Jerusalem: a commercial facility demolished near Hizma military checkpoint.

Settler-attacks: PCHR fieldworkers reported and documented 6 attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinian civilians and their properties:

  • East Jerusalem: Palestinian woman assaulted inside her home in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood
  • Bethlehem: 3 dunums and a water well confiscated in Kisan
  • Salfit: attempts to establish a settlement outpost, and assault on a civilian and his vehicle in Deir Istiya
  • Ramallah: windows of 3 vehicles smashed in Ni’lin
  • Qalqilya: farmers assaulted in Dayr Balut – Salfit and Saniriya – Qalqilya.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

Due to the ongoing IOF policy of collective punishment on the Gaza Strip, intensified with the closure of both Beit Hanoun and Karm Abu Salem crossings, with limited operation, Hasan Ahmed ‘Abed al-Kharti (62), who had tongue and throat cancer, died on Sunday, 30 May 2021.  Al-Kharti had obtained a medical referral for treatment at al-Makassed Hospital in occupied Jerusalem, and the Health Ministry’s Coordination and Liaison Department applied for a travel permit on 27 May 2021.  However, the Israeli authorities did not approve his travel.

Meanwhile, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest.

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

  • At approximately 00:00 on Thursday, 27 May 2021, medical sources at al-‘Arish Hospital in Egypt declared the death of Ahmed Kamel ‘Abed al-Kareem ‘Ammar (33), succumbing to serious wounds he sustained on Monday, 17 May 2021, in an Israeli airstrike in Buraij refugee camp. ‘Ammar sustained shrapnel wounds throughout his body and received treatment at al-Aqsa Hospital, where his injuries were reported serious. On Saturday morning, 22 May 2021, ‘Ammar was transferred to al-‘Arish Hospital in Egypt, where he was pronounced dead later.
  • At approximately 03:45 on Thursday, 27 May 2021, IOF moved into Askar refugee camp, northeast of Nablus. Meanwhile, Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at IOF vehicles. Afterwards, IOF fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, two children were shot with rubber bullets while other civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. Also, IOF raided and searched Suliman Mohammed Ka’bi’s (21) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 13:00 on Friday, 28 May 2021, IOF stationed at the northern entrance established on Kafr Qaddum village’s lands, north of Qalqilya, suppressed a peaceful protest organized by dozens of Palestinians. IOF chased the protestors, clashed them, and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, a 15-year-old child was shot with a rubber bullet in his foot, a 19-year-old male sustained a sponge grenade shrapnel wounds, and a 60-year-old man was shot with a rubber bullet in his ear.
  • Around the same time, IOF along with Israeli settlers moved into al-‘Alem Mount, north of Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah. IOF suppressed dozens of Palestinians who gathered in the area at approximately 09:00 to confront settlers’ attacks. IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the Palestinians to disperse them. After that, violent clashes erupted in the area and continued for several hours. As a result, two Palestinians were wounded and identified as ‘Emad al-Khawajah (44), Mayor of Ni’lin village Municipality, who was shot with a live bullet in his left leg, and a 22-year-old male who was shot with a rubber bullet in his head. Both of them were taken to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. Also, dozens of Palestinians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. Moreover, at least 20 olive trees and other crops were burnt due to settlers’ attacks. It should be noted that agricultural lands in al-‘Alem Mount belong to Palestinian families from Ni’lin, Deir Qaddis and Shabtin villages, west of Ramallah. Also, Israeli settlers seek to seize al-‘Alem Mount (3 dunums) and annex it to “Nili” and “Kiryat Sefer” settlements in order to build a road for settlers in it. This road will connect the surrounding settlements with Tel Aviv.
  • On Friday, 28 May 2021, in new crime of excessive use of lethal force by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF), a Palestinian civilian was killed and 5 others injured, including a child, during the suppression of a peaceful protest against settlement expansion in Beita village, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 13:30 on Friday, 28 May 2021, a peaceful protest took off from the central of Beita village, southeast of Nablus, towards Subeih Mount, south of the village, where IOF established “Avitar” settlement outpost a month ago. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against Israeli occupation and settlers. When the protestors arrived at Subeih Mount, they found a large number of IOF who opened indiscriminate fire at them. Afterwards, violent clashes erupted between them, during which, the protestors threw stones at IOF who responded with live and rubber bullets, stun grenades and teargas canisters. The clashes continued until 18:30 and resulted in the murder of a Palestinian civilian and the injury of 5 others, including a child. Among those injured four were shot with live bullets in their lower limbs and one was shot with a rubber bullet. All of them were taken to Rafidia Hospital for treatment. The victim was later identified as Zakaria Maher Falah Hamayil (26), from Beita village. Hamayil, who was a teacher, succumbed to his wounds in the emergency department after being shot with a live bullet in his head. Moreover, several protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation. PCHR’s investigations emphasizes that there was no justification for the use of fire, especially if there is no imminent danger or threat to the soldiers’ lives.

This incident falls under IOF’s recurrent policy of opening fire and using excessive force during the suppression of peaceful protests, which violates shooting standards. This policy also reflects the Israeli occupation’s disregard for Palestinians’ safety and their lives.

  • At approximately 11:00 on Saturday, 29 May 2021, IOF moved into al-‘Alem Mount area, north of Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah, where they suppressed a peaceful protest organized by dozens of Palestinians from the village after Israeli settlers damaged Palestinian farmers’ cars on the same day morning. IOF chased Palestinian young men gathered in the area, clashed them and fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, a 20-year-old male was shot with a rubber bullet in his foot and a 24-year-old male was shot with a rubber bullet in his right leg. Both of them were taken to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. Also, dozens of Palestinians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. Around the same time, another Israeli force moved into the village and topped residential houses’ roofs. Before their withdrawal, they closed a metal-detector gate established at the village’s main entrance.
  • At approximately 15:00, a group of Palestinians gathered in Bab al-Zawiyia area in central Hebron, where a military checkpoint was established at the closed Shuhada Street. The Palestinians threw stones at the checkpoint and set fire to tires. Afterwards, a number of Israeli soldiers fired sound bombs, teargas canisters and rubber bullets at the stone-throwers. As a result, some of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation. The clashes continued until 20:00, but no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 17:30 on Saturday, 29 May 2021, IOF suppressed a protest organized by the residents of Karm al-Ja’ouni area, which is under the threat of eviction, in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, against eviction orders issued against the neighborhood’s residents and the ongoing closure of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood for the 3rd consecutive week. Dozens of Palestinians stood in solidarity with Sheikh Jarrah residents against the illegal closure imposed on them and participated in the protest organized in front of the houses, which are under the threat of eviction. When the protestors raised banners condemning the closure, IOF surrounded the area, fired sound bombs at them, beat and pushed them, obstructed journalists’ work, checked their press cards, prevented them from staying in the neighborhood, and beat them up. It should be noted that IOF continue to place cement cubes and iron barriers at the neighborhood’s entrance, especially after the run-over attack carried out by Shaher Abu Khadijah on 16 May 2021. Also, IOF and settlers’ attacks against the neighborhood’s residents are still continued, as they harass them in their houses and obstruct their movement from and into the neighborhood.
  • At approximately 01:00 on Sunday, 30 May 2021, IOF backed by military vehicles moved into Sa’ir village, north of Hebron, and patrolled the streets. Meanwhile, a number of Palestinians gathered and threw stones at IOF’s vehicles. Afterwards, IOF fired sound bombs, live bullets and teargas canisters at the stone-throwers. As a result, a 19-year-old male was shot with a live bullet in his right foot and taken to Hebron Governmental Hospital. Also, other civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation. IOF withdrew later and no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 09:30 on Sunday, 30 May 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 at them, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 18:00, Israeli police ran-over Jawad ‘Amer al-‘Abasi (12), from Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, after he placed a Palestine flag on his bicycle. The police also beat him up, pointed their rifles at him and detained him while receiving treatment at Hadassah Hospital in the city. Jawad said that he was riding his bicycle and heading to buy bread for his family. Meanwhile, three police officers chased him because he placed a Palestine flag on his bicycle. Jawad added that the police ran-over him, so he fell on the ground. He also said that the police officers grabbed him by his shirt and pointed their rifles at him. He added: “I was afraid that they may open fire at me, because I put the flag on my bicycle.” Jawad’s family said that the police did not provide first aid for their son and beat him up when he fell on the ground. The villagers phoned the ambulance, which took Jawad to the hospital while he was fainted. The family pointed out that Jawad sustained wounds and bruises in his head, neck and back, and he is detained in Hadassah Hospital and is not allowed to go out.
  • At approximately 22:30 on Tuesday, 01 June 2021, IOF moved into Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin. In the meantime, a group of Palestinians gathered and threw stones at IOF’s vehicles. Afterwards, IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, a 73-year-old elderly woman was shot with a live bullet in his left leg while present in front of his house in al-Hawouz area and was then taken to Dr. Khalil Suliman Hospital for treatment. Also, many civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.
  • At approximately 10:30 on Wednesday, 02 June 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of al-Shawka village in eastern Rafah, opened fire and fired teargas canisters at Palestinian farmers; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 11:30, medical sources at Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah, declared the death of Fadi Sadeq Mousa Washah (34), from Birzeit city, north of Ramallah, succumbing to wounds he sustained on 15 May 2021 after being shot with a live bullet in his head while participating in a peaceful protest took off from central Ramallah towards al-Mahkama military checkpoint, which is established at the northern entrance to Birzeit. It should be noted that IOF fired a live bullet at Washah from a 50-meter distance. He was then taken to Palestine Medical Complex, where his health condition was described serious, and he remained at the hospital until his death was announced.

II. Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 27 May 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Sa’ir, north of Hebron. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (7) civilians; Osama Abd Rabbo al-Mtawar (29), Fares Abdul Qader al-Jabareen (28), Khalil Abdul Kareem al-Farroukh (30), Adham Ayed Jabareen (24), Ahmed Atiya a-Mtawar (35), Atiya Abdul Hameed al-Mtawar (33) and Amjad Mohammed Jaradat (36). Also, IOF handed Samer Mustafa Jabareen (25), Jalal Hamed Jabareen (29) and Khayran Mahmoud Jarada (25) summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem. Meanwhile, dozens of young men gathered and threw stones at the Israeli vehicles, who responded with randomly firing sound bombs and teargas canisters at the stone-throwers. As a result, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Bidu village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Bassam Saber Jaber’s house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Shu’afat neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Mo’ab Maymoun Abu Khudair’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Kafr Ni’ma village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians. They arrestees are: Rashad Ahmed Abdo (27), Rafiq Yousef al-Sayis (25) and Yousef Baker Naser (26).
  • At approximately 09:00, IOF stationed at a temporary military checkpoint established in the east of the Ibrahimi Mosque arrested Husam Abdul Raziq Abu Turki (19), while passing through the checkpoint. IOF took him to a police center in “Kiryat Arba’” settlement, east of the city.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched the house of the Aqsa Mosque, Khalil Ibrahim al-Tarhouni (34), and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in al-Kishle police center on Monday.
  • At approximately 10:00, Israeli Intelligence Services arrested Isma’el Ahmed Halabiya (32), after summonsing him. It should be noted that Halabiya is a former prisoner who have been on hunger strike for 105 days to protest his administrative detention in 2019.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF moved into Isawiya, northeast the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Ra’ed Hussain Derbas (39) and Ahmed Mohammed Mahmoud (27) and arrested them.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF stormed a room in Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in West Jerusalem, to arrest Hamza Belal Abu Sneina (28). IOF took him to al-Kishle police center in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, interrogated him for several hours about his injuries and released him on condition of house arrested for 5 days and return for investigation next Sunday.

It should be noted that Hamza Abu Sneina is married and father of 2 children, from Bab Huta neighborhood in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, but he recently went to live in al-Isawiya. Abu Sneina was wounded when IOF stormed the Aqsa Mosque on Friday 07 May 2021, as he sustained a direct rubber bullet in the left eye. As a result, he lost his left eye and sustained a skull fracture.

  • At approximately 15:00, IOF arrested Lo’ay Mohye al-Sharawna (25), from Dayr Samet, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate, after stopping him on a temporary military checkpoint established on the entrance of Idhna village, west of the city.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF stationed at Bab al-Majlis, one of the Aqsa Mosque’s gates in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, arrested Majd Naser Shaikha (24), and took him to one of the detention centers in the city.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested the journalist Zaina al Halawani (27) and the photographer Wahbi Makiya (37), who work for the Al-Kofiya Palestinian TV station, while covering the events in Shaikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Al-Halawani and Makiya were taken to al-Bareed police center then they were referred to the Israeli court where their detention was extended for 5 days. On Monday 31 May 2021, they were released on conditions of house arrest until Friday, ban their entry to Shaikh Jarrah neighborhood for a month, pay a bail of 2000 NIS for each and prevent them from connecting each other for 15 days.

After releasing Wahbi Makiya he stated that IOF arrested him along with Zaina while covering the Israeli violations in Shaikh Jarrah neighborhood, claiming that they were abstracting the work of the Israeli police. Makiya confirmed that the media documented the Israeli violations against journalists and media personnel, as he and Zaina were assaulted while taking them to the police station, causing injuries. Makiya added that he was wounded in the head and he was in need for stitches, but the Israeli refused to provide aids for men, as they deliberately insulted me and tortured me and Zaina more than the rest of the arrestees. At the end they gave me a caplet of “Acamol” to relieve my pain.

  • At approximately 23:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched several houses and handed Mahdi Abu al-Hawa (20) and Mahmoud Ashayer (17) summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services. Also, IOF arrested (5) civilians; Fareed Abu al-Hawa (20), Dawoud Khwais (19), Samer Dhaher (19), Hisham Abu Jum’a (18) and Zaid Abu Sbeitan (18).
  • IOF carried out (7) incursions in Ya’bad and Zibda, southwest of Jenin; Shuyukh, Beit Kahil, Samu and Yatta, in Hebron; and al-Bireh, north of Ramallah governorate. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 28 May 2021:

  • At approximately 00:35, IOF moved into Urif village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Yaser Mohammed Shehada (25).
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Bayt Fajar, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Bara’ Yousef Deiriya’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:15, IOF moved into Shufa village, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Baha al-Dein Subhi Rayahna (22) and Murad Fathi Mousa (24) and arrested them.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into the southern area of Hebron and stationed in Abu Sneina neighborhood. They raided and searched Sa’eb Adnan Abu Turki’s (25) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:40, IOF moved into Um al-Sharayet neighborhood, in the southern side of al-Bireh, north of Ramallah governorate. They raided and searched Nasrallah Jamal al-Tawil’s (21) house and arrested him. IOF released him later.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Mousa Jabareen (33), from Sa’ir, while referring to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem, after he was summonsed via a phone call.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF stationed at al-Za’eem military checkpoint east of the occupied East Jerusalem, arrested Lo’ay Sami al-Rajabi (25), from Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, while passing through the checkpoint.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF moved into Shaikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Husam Sidr’s (34) house, one of the Islamic Endowments’ employees, and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Musleh Naser Shehada’s (19) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF arrested Tawfiq Ehab Najeeb (18), while walking on al-Wad street in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF took him to one of the detention centers in the city.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF arrested Abdul Naser Ali al-Lidawiya, while present in the Aqsa Mosque’s yards in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF took him to one of the detention centers in the city.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF moved into al-Wad neighborhood, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods. They raided and searched Ra’fat Sameeh Najeeb’s (39) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 22:15, IOF moved into Beita village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Yousef Mohammed ‘Afanah (29) and Khaled Helmi Naser (28).
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Yamun and Araqah, west of Jenin; Dura and Fawwar refugee camp in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 29 May 2021:

  • At approximately 03:15, IOF moved into Salem village, northeastern Nablus. IOF raised and searched Abdulrahman Shtayyeh’s (37) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 08:30, IOF moved into Isawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Nayef Wasim Obaid (17) and Sameer Mohammed Obaid (47) and arrested them.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF moved into al-Wad neighborhood, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods. They raided and searched Malek Basem Asaliya’s (19) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF moved into Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Bara’ al-Salayma’s (24) house and arrested her. IOF claimed that she stole a camera belonging to the Israeli soldiers and released her the following morning.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF moved into al​-Sa’diya neighborhood, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods. They raided and searched Ra’ed al-Jundy’s (19) house and arrested him on grounds of flying a luminous kite on the roof of his house.
  • At approximately 23:00, IOF moved into al-Wad neighborhood, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods. They raided and searched Khaled Awad al-Baraghithi’s (17) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF established a temporary military checkpoint in front of “Shavei Shomron” settlement, on the road between Nablus and Jenin, north of the West Bank. Before removing the checkpoint, IOF arrested an Islamic Jihad leader, Khader Adnan Mousa (43), from Arraba, southwest of Jenin. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 23:30, IOF moved into Ya’bad, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians. The arrestees are: Ahmed Kamel Abu Baker (20), Faraj Mahmoud Abu Baker (20) and Ahmed Mohammed Abu Baker (20).
  • IOF carried out an incursion in Huwwarah, southeast of Nablus. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 30 May 2021:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Bayt Fajar, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Rami Mohammed Thawabta’s (19) house and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Teqoa, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Omar Mousa Hajaheja’s (27) house and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF moved into the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Bassam Tareq Abu Sbeih’s (19) house and arrested him.

Monday, 31 May 2021:

  • At approximately 00:30, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Abdullah al-Sayad’s (21) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Shu’afat neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Jamal Abu Khudair’s (24) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Wadi Ma’ali village in Bethlehem. They raided and searched Hamza Khaled al-Harimi’s (17) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Nablus. They raided and searched Abdul Rahman Izzat Dashoun’s (19) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, and stationed near the UNRWA schools. They raided and searched Mohammed Ibrahim Moqbel’s (13) house and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem. At approximately 11:00, IOF arrested Moqbel after the investigation.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, and stationed in the city center. They raided and searched Ibrahim Waleed Ikhlayil’s (20) house and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem. At approximately 09:00, IOF arrested Ikhlayil while present at the entrance of “Gush Etzion” settlement, heading to the Israeli Intelligence Services’ office.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into the southern area of Hebron. They raided and searched Baha’ Mohammed Zahida’s (22) house and arrested him.

At approximately 02:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Deir Abu Masha’al village in northwestern Ramallah. IOF raided and searched Mohammed Safi Atta’s (24) house and arrested him.

  • At approximately 04:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Idhna, west of Hebron. They raided and searched Isma’el Talab al-Nattah’s (44) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:20, IOF moved into al-Am’ari refugee camp, southeast of al-Bireh, north of Ramallah governorate. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Omar Khaled Abu Rwayis (33). It should be noted that Abu Rwayis is a former prisoner.
  • At approximately 19:15, IOF moved into Dayr Balut village, west of Salfit. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Nathir Ramzi Mustafa (24) and Jameel Abdul Wahab Abdullah (22) and arrested them.
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Ali al-Heah, from Surif, northwest of Hebron governorate, while present near “Kfar Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF moved into Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Omar Mahmoud Shwyat’s (18) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF arrested Mahmoud al-Haniti (15), while leaving school in al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF stationed at Huwwarah military checkpoint, on the eastern entrance of Nablus, arrested Bashar Mohammed Badrasawi (22), from Balata refugee camp, east of the city. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF moved into al​-Sa’diya neighborhood, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods. They raided and searched Ayham Ramzi al-Za’anin’s (18) house and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out (7) incursions in Kifl Hares and Deir Istiya, north of Salfit; Ya’bad, Mirka and Zawiya, southwest of Jenin; Yatta and Bani Na’im in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 01 June 2021:

  • At approximately 00:00, a group of Mista’arvim (Israeli Special Unit dressed like Palestinian civilians), sneaked to Beit Rima village, northwest of Ramallah, and stationed in front of Jadallah Fahed al-Barghouthi’s (44) house. They stormed the house and arrested Ali Hasan al-Barghouthi (38). Meanwhile, IOF moved into the village, surrounded the abovementioned house to secure the withdrawal of the special unit.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into al-Zababdeh village, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched Muhanna Khaled al-Sharqawi’s (45) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Dahiyat al-Baladiya, the southern neighborhood of Hebron. They raided and searched several houses belonging to Zahida family and arrested (4) civilians. The arrestees are: Shadi Ali Zahida (44), Nour Shadi Zahida (18), Fadel Fareed Zahida (25) and Basheer Fayad Zahida (19).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Qatanna village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Rami Hussain al-Khateeb’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:20, IOF moved into Meithalun village, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mohammed Rif’at Rabay’a (29).
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Idhna, west of Hebron. They raided and searched Salah Mohammed al-Batran’s (33) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Bayt Kahil village, northwest of Hebron. They raided and searched Issam Ali al-Zohour’s (20) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Kafr Qaddum village, northeast of Qalqilya. They raided and searched 3 houses belonging to Bashar Mohammed Ishtaiwi (26), Hamza Mohammed Ishtaiwi and Murad Fathi Mousa (21), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Bayt Fajar, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (5) civilians including 2 children. The arrestees are: Awni Ahmed Taqatiqa (17), Mohammed Nasim Diriya (23), Mofeed Fayez Taqatiqa (16), Mohammed Khaled Taqatiqa (29) and Abdullah Thawabta (21).
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Tayasir village, east of Tubas. They raided and searched Munir Fawzi Dabak’s (28) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 06:50, IOF moved into Bayt Sira village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched 5 houses and arrested (5) civilians, including a child. The arrestees are: Ya’qoub Diab al-Hajj (15), Mousa Isma’el Amara (19), Tha’er Yousef Hamdan (22), Ibrahim Hani Abu Safiya (24), and Mus’ab Montaser Hamdan (32). Later, IOF released the last 3 arrestees.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Khalil al-‘Abbasi (34), from Silwan, while working at Bab al-Rahma cemetery, close to the Aqsa Mosque in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, on grounds of his place of work at the cemetery. On the next day, the Israeli court issued a decision to release him on conditions that completely banning him from entering the cemetery, pay a bail of 1000 NIS and sign on a financial guarantee of 5,000 NIS.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF moved into Shu’afat refugee camp, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and handed Omar Fawzi Muhaisen (37), his brother, Malik (25), and Ma’moun Ali Farhan (28) summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in al-Maskobiya center in West Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 15:30, IOF moved into Deir Sharaf area, west of Nablus. They raided and searched Jaser Abdullah Abu Hamada’s (45) house while he was repairing the telephone disruption in the area, in favor of the Palestine Telecommunications. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested Ibrahim Naser al-Ghawi in al-Sheikh Jarrah, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF claimed that he entered the roof of his family house that the Israeli settlers stole in 2009 and damaged the Star of David badge which was hanged on the roof.
  • IOF carried out (10) incursions in Tubas, Ya’bad, Kufeirat and Bir al-Basha, southwest of Jenin; Sanur, southeast of Jenin; Jalamah, Arana, Dayr Ghazale, Beit Kad and Faqqua, northeast of Jenin; and Urif village, southeast of Nablus. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 02 June 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (4) civilians, including 2 children. The arrestees are: Fadi Dawoud Asakra (17), Ahmed Ayman Ali (16), Ali Ra’ed Abayat (21) and Ahmed Mohammed Abayat (20).
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into the southern side of Hebron. They raided and searched 2 houses and arrested (3) civilians; Baha’ al-Dein Mohammed al-Nahnoush (22), his brother Omar (15), and Adel Mohammed Salayma (18).
  • At approximately 02:15, IOF moved into Deir Sharaf village, west of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Ward Nidham Taysir Antari (23) and Hisham Wa’el Fuqaha (23).
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Shuweika, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched Rabea’ Mohammed Nayfa’s (22) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Bayt Fajar, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (4) civilians, including a child. The arrestees are: Obaida Mohammed Mustafa Thawabtah (16), Ahmed Ali Abu al-‘Asal (19), Yousef Jalal Taqatiqa (22) and Abdul Rahman Yousef Taqatiqa (24).
  • At approximately 07:00, IOF reinforced with 3 bulldozers moved 100 meters into the east of al-Fukhkhari, east of Khan Yunis. The leveled and combed lands and redeployed again within the fence after several hours.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Nawaf Ayman Abu al-Hawa’s (21) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Waleed al-Rajabi (15) and Rami Masalma (14), while present in Batin al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF took them to al-Bareed police center on Salah al-Dein Street.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Sa’ir and Fawwar refugee camp in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

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

Demolitions, Confiscations and notices

  • At approximately 10:00 on Monday, 31 May 2021, IOF backed up by military vehicles and accompanied with a construction vehicle, a truck-mounted crane and a vehicle belonging to the Israeli Civil Administration moved into al-Buweib village, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. The soldiers deployed and the Civil Administration officers demolished and confiscated tents without any prior warning.  The demolition included:
  • A 10-sqm residential tent sheltering Ibrahim Jabrin al-Da’ajneh, his wife and 4 kids, including 2 girls.
  • A 10-sqm residential tent belonging to Mohammed and Fathi Ibrahim Jabrin al-Da’ajneh
  • A 22-sqm tent used as a sheep barn
  • A 10-sqm tent used as a sheep barn

Al-Da’ajneh said that the Israeli authorities did not hand him any demolition notice so that he could apply the papers necessary for the appeal before the Israeli authorities.  However, the Israeli Civil Administration only orally notified him.  He added that the demolition has left 3 families homeless along with 100 sheep.

  • At approximately 11:00, IOF backed by 2 military vehicles and accompanied with a vehicle belonging to the Israeli Civil Administration moved into al-Mohalel area in eastern Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah. The soldiers deployed between the houses while the civil administration officer distributed 3 notices to stop construction works and demolish 2 houses and a barrack, under the pretext of their location near the annexation wall, which separates al-Mohalel area from “Kiryat Sefer” settlement that is 40 meters away from the annexation wall.  It should be noted that the mentioned area is classified an Area “B” that is under the Israeli control.
  • A notice to stop construction works and demolish an under-construction house of 2 floors and built of stones on an area of 260sqms belonging to Mo’az Fahmi Ibrahim Srour
  • A notice to stop construction works and demolish an under-construction house of 2 floors and built of stones on an area of 230sqms belonging to ‘Abdel Jaber Sa’dat Saleh Steih
  • a final order notice to stop construction works and demolish a 90-sqm barrack built of bricks and steel that is used by an auto repair shop belonging to Ibrahim Nizam Qatousa.
  • At approximately 11:30, IOF moved into Jayous village, north of Qalqiliya. They uprooted 100 olive trees in Yobek al-‘Aqed area planted in a plot of land of 30 dunums belonging to Nizam Tawfiq Salim, under the pretext of its location within Area C that is under the Israeli control.
  • At approximately 11:30 on the same day, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with a truck-mounted crane and a vehicle belonging to the Israeli Civil Administration moved into ‘At’out area, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. IOF deployed in the area while the Civil Administration officers confiscated a tinplate caravan of 12 sqms used by Yasser Isma’il Abu Fenar as a dwelling.
  • At approximately 11:00 on Tuesday, 01 June 2021, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with a truck-mounted crane and a vehicle belonging to the Israeli Civil Administration moved into Mkattal Musalam area between ad-Dhahiriya and as-Samu villages, south of Hebron. The soldiers deployed in the area and the Civil administration officers dismantled and confiscated tents under the pretext of building without a license.  The demolition included:
  • A 150-sqm sheep barn which shelters 60 sheep belonging to Isma’il Mustafa al-‘Awawdeh.
  • A 20-sqm residential tent of shed cloth that is house to Isma’il Mustafa al-‘Awawdeh and his family of 7.
  • A 25-sqm residential tent of shed cloth that is house to ‘Ammar Mustafa al-‘Awawdeh and his family of 6.

The Israeli authorities handed on 02 February 2017 notices to stop construction works in tents and solar panels, giving the notified until 13 February 2017 to apply for an appeal to the notice.  On 23 April 2021, the Israeli administration again handed them a final demolition order notice.

  • On Wednesday, 02 June 2021, Israeli vehicles razed agricultural lands, uprooted olive trees and damaged a water well between the villages of Wadi Fukin and Husan villages, west of Bethlehem. Hasan Breijiyeh, office director of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee, said that IOF accompanied with 2 bulldozers razed 4 dunums belonging to ‘Abdel Majeed ‘Abdullah in Qernet Abu ‘Ali area and Kherbet al-Ghazzawi and uprooted trees in addition to destroying the land walls and fence surround it.  They also damaged an agricultural water well in the area.

It should be noted that IOF took over tens of dunums from the lands in those areas and notified their owners of the seizure under the pretext that they are a state property.

  • At approximately 06:00, the Israeli bulldozers demolished a commercial facility belonging to Usamah Salah al-Khatib near Hizma checkpoint, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

The facility’s owner said that his facility is a 90-sqm container used as a carwash. He was surprised with IOF’s vehicles demolishing his carwash in the early morning without any prior demolition notice.

  • At approximately 10:00, IOF backed by a military vehicle and a vehicle belonging to the Israeli Civil Administration moved into al-Masafer area, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. The Civil Administration officer handed demolition notices to the civilians in Kherab al-Mosafer.  The demolition notices included:
  • Kherbet Khelet al-Dabe’a: an agricultural tent that is temporarily established to collect the summer crops belonging to Mohammed al-‘Amour
  • Kherbet al-Fakhit: a 10-sqm room of bricks and tinplate bathroom belonging to Ra’ed Mahmoud al-‘Amour
  • Kherbet al-Fakhit: an agricultural land nuilt of wood and bricks belonging to Fo’ad Fadel al-‘Amour
  • Kherbet Khelet al-Dab’a: a notice to close a 1-kilometer dirt street
  • Kherbet Sho’ab al-Batem: a notice to close a 2-kilometer dirt road.

Settler attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property

  • At approximately 17:00 on Thursday, 28 May 2021, an Israeli settler raided a house belonging to Samer al-Nashashibi in al-Sheikh Jarrah in northern occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and gas-sprayed his 20-year-old daughter, Hala.

Al-Nashashibi’s wife, Rana, said that she was sitting with her children at their house when her mother-in-law, who lives next-door, called her to tell her that she saw a masked person raiding their house yard.  Immediately, Rana and her son, Amir, went to the land near the house searching for him but they could not find him.  Al-Nashashibi added that when she came home, she found her daughter, Hala, trying to resist a masked person, who had raided the house, after him gas-sprayed her daughter and she could have been hurt. She added that she and her family are still in shock about what happened and could not sleep for days.  Hala said that she was studying in their home balcony when she found a masked settler right in front of her and immediately opened part of the house door to warn her mother and brother, but the settler suddenly sprayed some toxic gas at her.  Hala said that the settler kept saying, “This land is for Jews… Leave it.”  Hala added that after inhaling the gas, she suffocated and felt tired.  When the Israeli ambulance arrived, they refused to come into the house until the police arrived, and the latter was late. 

  • At dawn on Friday, 28 May 2021, Israeli settlers seized 3 dunums and a water well in Kisan village, southeast of Bethlehem.

Ahmed Ghazal, Deputy Chairman of Kisan Village Council, said that dozens of settlers, under IOF’s protection, moved into Sahel al-Haj Mohammed area between “Ma’ale Amos‏” and “Ibhi Hanhal” settlements established on the village lands and took over 3 dunums in the area.  They started leveling it and seized a water well.  They also set an electricity network, seats and umbrellas to turn the land into a tourist area for settlers.

It should be noted that the Israeli Civil Administration’s Higher Council of Planning approved on Thursday afternoon the construction of 560 new settlement units in “Mtsad” settlement near Kisan and al-Rashaidah villages, southeast of Bethlehem.  Also, Israeli authorities endorsed plans for the construction of 90 new settlement units in Ibi Hanahal settlement.

  • At approximately 13:45, a group of settlers moved into the agricultural lands in Kherbet Shehadah area in Deir Istiya village, north of Salfit, trying to establish a new settlement outpost. The villagers gathered to protest the establishment of the outpost while the settlers opened fire.  IOF intervened and fired teargas canisters at the villagers; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 17:00, under the watchful of IOF, a settler from “Ariel” settlement, which is established on the Palestinian lands of Salfit, assaulted Yassar ‘Azzam al-Khalili (28), from Deir Istiya village, north of Salfit, and broke his car windows before Yassar could escape. Yassar said that:

“I was in my car with 2 other persons from my village, Yosri Fathi Salah Khatib and Shadi Abu Faris, when I stopped at the traffic light at “Ariel” intersection.  Meanwhile, a settler with a sharp tool came, hit the windows while we were inside the vehicle, and broke the glass. He also hit the vehicle structure, causing damage to it, under the watchful of IOF, but I could flee away.” 

  • At approximately 07:00 on Saturday, 29 May 2021, a group of settlers from “Nili” settlement, west of Ramallah, broke the windows of 3 vehicles belonging to Palestinians farmers, who parked them in their lands in Jabal al-‘Alam area to the north of Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah. The farmers found this out when they arrived and saw the settlers fleeing away.   The attacked vehicles belonged to Yousif ‘Ali Srour and Yousif Mohammed al-Khawaja.
  • At approximately 12:10 on Monday, 31 May 2021, a group of settlers moved into the Palestinian lands of Deir Balout village, west of Salfit, and Sanniriya village, south of Qalqilya, to attack the farmers there. IOF then intervened and arrested 3 civilians namely ‘Abdel Karim Nemer Younis; Sa’id Isma’il Sa’id; and ‘Alam Isma’il Khalil; all are from Sanniriya village.

IV. Collective Punishment Policy

On Wednesday morning, 27 May 2021, the Israeli occupation authorities deprived 16 former Palestinian prisoners from Jerusalem and all their family members of their right to receive their medical services as a type of collective punishment measure to practice pressure and terror.

Amjad Abu ‘Asab, Head of the Committee for Families of Jerusalem’s Prisoners, said that the Israeli occupation authorities revoked the health insurance of a number of former Palestinian prisoners, especially those arrested on grounds of confronting the assaults in al-Aqsa Mosque and Sheikh Jarrah.  Abu ‘Asab added that Jerusalemites” right to health insurance is guaranteed by the Israeli law as they pay monthly fees up to 70 USD for each individual in return for receiving treatment at the Israeli health institutions and social benefits.  Abu ‘Asab said that the health insurance revocation against 16 activists and prisoners from Jerusalem came as part of the Israeli authorities’ arbitrary practices against the Jerusalemites to practice pressure on them and break their will in light of the difficult economic and living conditions, particularly given the high cost of medical treatment in Jerusalem.  (PCHR keeps the names of the activists, prisoners and their families whose health insurances were revoked as stated by Abu ‘Asab)

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

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

The Gaza Strip:

Due to the ongoing IOF policy of collective punishment on the Gaza Strip, intensified with the closure of both Beit Hanoun and Karm Abu Salem crossings, with limited operation, Hasan Ahmed ‘Abed al-Kharti (62), who had tongue and throat cancer, died on Sunday, 30 May 2021.  Al-Kharti had obtained a medical referral for treatment at al-Makassed Hospital in occupied Jerusalem, and the Health Ministry’s Coordination and Liaison Department applied for a travel permit on 27 May 2021.  However, the Israeli authorities did not approve his travel.

According to PCHR’s follow-up, the Israeli authorities closed Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing on 11 May 2021, when the Israeli offensive started on the Gaza Strip, banning the travel of all categories limitedly allowed, including patients referred for treatment abroad.  After the offensive ended, the Israeli authorities declared that only the urgent “lifesaving” cases will be allowed to travel via the crossing; however, the reality on the ground says that the Israeli authorities refused to respond to dozens of permit requests applied by the Health Ministry’s Coordination and Liaison Department on behalf patients with serious diseases, whose treatment is not available at the Gaza hospitals, and referred abroad for treatment in the hospitals in Israel, the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and abroad. It should be noted that the Israeli authorities allowed only the travel of 13 patients out of the 191 requests applied by the Coordination and Liaison Department to the Israeli authorities between 25 and 30 May 2021.

Moreover, these restrictions coincide with the electricity crisis resulting from the suspension of the power plant after the Israeli occupation authorities banned the supply of fuel needed to run it, which threatens suspension of medical services for hundreds of patients, including cancer patients.

The West Bank:

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of 39 temporary checkpoints that restrict the movement of goods and individuals, where IOF searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs and arrested of them. IOF closed many roads with cement cubes, metal detector gates and sand berms and tightened their measures against individuals’ movement at military permanent checkpoints.

Jerusalem:

  • On Friday, 28 May 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Isawiya village’s tunnel, northeast of the city.
  • On Saturday, 29 May 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Biddu village’s tunnel, northwest of the city.
  • On Sunday, 30 May 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Al-Eizariya village, east of the city.
  • On Monday, 31 May 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints near Al-Eizariya and Anata villages, east of the city.

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday, 28 May 2021, IOF closed al-Container military checkpoint, east of the city, and re-opened it later. They also closed the metal-detector gate established at the entrance to Jannatah village, east of the city.
  • On Saturday, 29 May 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village, south of the city.
  • On Sunday, 30 May 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Nahalin village, near al-Nashash intersection, and near Rachel’s Tomb, which is located near the northern entrance to the city.
  • On Monday, 31 May 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village, south of the city.
  • On Tuesday, 01 June 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Nahalin village, near al-Nashash intersection, and near Rachel’s Tomb, which is located near the northern entrance to the city.

Nablus:

  • On Thursday, 27 May 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the intersection of “Shavei Shomron” settlement, west of the city.
  • On Sunday, 30 May 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints in al-Moraba’a area (on a road connecting between Nablus and its southeastern villages) and near the intersection of “Shavei Shomron” settlement (on a road connecting between Nablus and Tulkarm), west of the city.
  • On Monday, 31 May 2021, IOF established a checkpoint in al-Moraba’a area (on a road connecting between Nablus and its southeastern villages).
  • On Tuesday, 01 June 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the intersection of “Shavei Shomron” settlement (on a road connecting between Nablus and Tulkarm), west of the city and at the intersection of al-Moraba’a area (on a road connecting between Nablus and its southeastern villages).

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 28 May 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Ummar, as-Samu and Abu al-‘Asja villages.
  • On Saturday, 29 May 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrance to Fawwar refugee camp, at the entrances to Karma and Susya villages, at the southern entrance to Halhul city, and at the western entrance to Hebron.
  • On Sunday, 20 May 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Ummar, Ash-Shuyukh and as-Samu villages.
  • On Tuesday, 01 June 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Idhna, as-Samu and Bani Na’im villages, at the southern entrance to Hebron.
  • On Wednesday, 02 June 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Hebron and at the northern entrance to Yatta city (Zaif).

Salfit:

  • On Friday, 28 May 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Deir Istiya and Biddya villages, west of the city.

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine (20 – 26 May 2021)

27/05/2021

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Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (20 – 26 May 2021)

20 – 26 May 2021

  • Israeli Offensive on the Gaza Strip Ceased:

21 Palestinians killed, including a woman and 2 children

87 Palestinians wounded, including 17 women and 38 children.

9 houses and civilian facilities directly bombed

IOF partially re-opens Beit Hanoun and Karm Abu Salem crossings only for the humanitarian cases and humanitarian aid.

IOF’s gunboats open fire in 3 separate shooting incidents at the fishing boats off the central Gaza Strip shore

  West Bank:

2 Palestinians killed, including a child, and a third one succumbed to his wounds

47 Palestinians, including 3 children and a woman, wounded

In 198 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 167 civilians arrested, including 11 children and a young girl.

In settlers’ attacks in Hebron and Salfit: cave burnt and farmers, their lands and houses assaulted

IOF established 58 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 10 Palestinian civilians on said checkpoints

Summary                                                                                        

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties across the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt.) In the last day of its wide-scale military operation on the Gaza Strip, IOF continued their airstrikes in one of the worst aggressions and manifestations of organized state terror. More Palestinians have fallen victims (dead and wounded.)  Despite a ceasefire was reached on Friday dawn, IOF continued to close the Beit Hanoun “Erez” and Karm Abu Salem Crossings and only partially reopened for conditional and exceptional cases. Moreover, IOF continued its crimes in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem, including incursions, raids, and arrests, all over the cities and villages.  Israeli settlers also continued their crimes against the Palestinian civilians and their properties. This week, the settlers committed further murders and crimes of excessive use of force; during which, civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and injuries were reported due to settlers’ beating and abuses.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

In the Gaza Strip, before the ceasefire was reached on Friday 21 May 2021, IOF’s bombardment in the last day of its aggression killed 4 Palestinians, including a woman, and 16 bodies were retrieved from under the rubble, including 2 children.  Moreover, 78 others were wounded, including 17 women and 38 children, while 9 houses and several facilities were targeted.  Two days after the ceasefire, a Palestinian succumbed to his serious wounds in Khan Younis.  Thus, the death toll of the aggression has risen to 253, including 66 children and 39 women, while the number of injuries has amounted to 1461, including 286 women and 433 children.

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF killed 2 Palestinians, including a child, while Montaser Jawabrah succumbed to his wounds he sustained on 18 May 2021 in Jenin. IOF shooting also wounded 47 others, including 3 children and a woman.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 198 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 167 Palestinians were arrested, including 11 children and a young girl.

Settler-attacks: 

Hebron: a cave was burnt in eastern Yatta; civilians’ houses were attacked with stones in al-Hussein Valley area; and olive seedlings were damaged and uprooted in Ar-Rihya village.

East Jerusalem: Raid of al-Aqsa Mosque yards

Salfit: farmers and their vehicles were assaulted amid settlers’ shooting and firing of sound bombs and teargas canisters at them.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

Al  though a ceasefire was reached on Friday, 21 May 2021, the Israeli authorities continued to close Kerm Abu Salem and Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossings and the sea, banning entry of goods, food supplies or fuel, tightening the closure that has been imposed on the Gaza Strip since 2006.

On Tuesday, 25 May 2021, IOF reopened the Kerm Abu Salem Crossing only for the entry of humanitarian supplies and Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing only for the travel of patients and internationals.  They reopened the Gaza Sea for fishermen up to 6 nautical miles out of the 15 miles that were allowed before the latest aggression.  This came to perpetuate Israel’s collective punishment policy against the Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.

In the West Bank, the Israeli authorities continued to divide it into small isolated cantons while many roads are still completely closed.  In addition to the permanent checkpoints, IOF establish temporary checkpoints that hinder civilians’ movement and arrest many of them.

Shooting, Suppression of Protests and other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity

Israeli Offensive on the Gaza Strip:

On the 11th day of IOF’s aggression on the Gaza Strip, Israeli warplanes carried out dozens of airstrikes while the gunboats and artillery continued to shell heavily, targeting more houses and civilian facilities.  The bombardment continued until a ceasefire, brokered by Egypt, entered into force at 02:00 on Friday, 21 May 2021.

The bombardment on the last day of aggression killed 4 Palestinians, including a woman, and 16 bodies were retrieved, including 2 children.  Moreover, 78 others were wounded, including 17 women and 38 children, while 9 houses and several facilities were targeted.  Two days after the ceasefire, a Palestinian succumbed to his serious wounds in Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip.

Thursday, 20 May 2021

Northern Gaza Strip:

Airstrikes resulted in the murder of 3 Palestinians and the injury of 59 others, including 26 children and 14 women. Also, 2 houses were completely destroyed, while other houses, shops, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) headquarter, and infrastructure sustained partial damage.

  • At approximately 02:35, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles on the main street connecting Block (7) with Block (9) in front of Safi Shops for Construction Materials in Jabalia refugee camp.  As a result, 7 Palestinians were wounded, including 3 women and 1 child while many facilities, houses and infrastructure sustained damage.
  • At approximately 04: Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at the end of al-Saftawi Street, western Jabalia, causing damage to the infrastructure of the street, including electricity, communication and water networks. Moreover, many nearby houses and shops sustained damage in the area, but no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 12:00, Israeli warplanes targeted a group of civilians in Beit Lahia, killing Hesham Shaher Mohammed al-Shurafa (26) and wounding another Palestinians (moderate wounds).
  • At approximately 12:30, Israeli warplanes launched two missiles at al-Areiny family home in Tal al-Za’tar, completely destroying the two-floor house.
  • At approximately 15:55, Israeli warplanes launched one missile at WAEL Hassan Salim Rajab’s house in Beit Lahia, completely destroying the two-story house.
  • At approximately 16:40, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a white Skoda Citgo car while driving down a sub-street of al-Saftawy neighborhood, western Jabalia. The airstrike killed Maisra Abdul-Shakour Mosbah al-Ar’eer (22) and Omar Ahmed Mohammed Jendya (24) and destroyed the car.
  • At approximately 17:00, an artillery munition on Ali Khalil Ali Abu-Jarad’s (69) house in Izbat Beit Hanoun, wounding 6 Palestinians, including the houseowner who was classified in critical state.
  • On Thursday morning and evening, Israeli gunboats and artillery fired several shells at eastern and northern areas in northern Gaza Strip. As a result, many houses sustained partial damage.

Gaza City:

Two houses were completely destroyed due to the Israeli bombing. Also, 2 other houses, 3 factories and many shops sustained severe damage. Moreover, medical crews found the dead body of a girl under the rubble of her family home, while the death of another child was announced after finding his body under the rubble of his family house.

  • At approximately 06:00, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at the fifth floor in a residential building in Gaza City, wounding 5 children.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF warplanes launched three missiles at Abdul-qader Abdul-Aziz al-Kojok (76) in Sheikh ‘Ejleen, completely destroying the 4-floor apartment building (600 sqm). The building had 8 apartments and housed 4 families, including 20 children and 4 women.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF warplanes launched two missiles at the northern side of the first floor of al-Raed (1) apartment building at the center of Gaza city, completely destroying the apartment and 4 commercial shops. Also, neighboring houses sustained significant damage.
  • At approximately 14:00, Israeli warplanes bombed and completely destroyed Kuhail building in eastern Gaza city. The 4-floor building had 4 commercial stores that were destroyed: al-Badrasawi for Children Clothing; Kuhail Home Appliances; Badri men’s clothing and Jenina Children Clothing.
  • At approximately 16:45, Israeli warplanes fired two missiles at Nael Zeyad al-Abed Abu-Ouda in Shati refugee camp, causing significant damages to the 4-floor 270sqm building. The building had 3 apartments and was home to 3 families, including 15 children and 9 women.
  • On Friday, medical crews found the body of 3-year old Meriam Mohammed Ouda al-Telbany under the rubles of her family home, which was bombed by Israeli warplanes on 11 May 2021. The Forensic Medicine Department stated that the child’s body had decomposed.
  • Also, it was found that 10-year old Yehya Mohammed Sobhi al-Hadidi was killed with his family during the IOF airstrike on Abu-Hatab family home in Shati refugee camp on 15 May 2021. The child was buried with his mother and his three siblings but his name was not documented at al-Shifa Medical Complex.
  • During PCHR team’s field visit to Palestine Industrial Estates Development & Management Co. Ltd. (PIEDCO) in eastern Gaza, the team documented that 3 other factories -than previously recorded- were destroyed in the area. As such, the total number of factories attacked by IOF artillery reached 12. At the moment this press release was published, fire is raging in the area as IOF hindered the access of the Civil Defense crews.

  Central Gaza Strip:

  • Israeli warplane launched 4 missiles at a house belonging to Darwish ‘Abdul Karim ‘Ammar in al-Bureij refugee camp, causing damage to the house.  The house shelters 7 families of 36 members, including 17 children and 7 women.
  • At approximately 12:30, for several hours, IOF intensified the artillery shelling in eastern Central Gaza governorate. Shells fell on several houses (Halawa, Abu-Ayyad, and Hamdan family homes) in eastern Buraij, causing partial damages.

 Khan Yunis:

Airstrikes resulted in the murder of a woman and the injury of 14 Palestinians, including 3 women and 7 children. As 3 houses and gas filling station sustained severe damage.

  • At approximately 00:10, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a house belonging to Mohammed and Mo’nes Muhareb, east of Ma’an area.  As a result, the huge missile fell on the house and did not explode, only penetrating the house of their neighbor, Ramzi Abu Hadayed.  As a result, a person and his 3 kids were wounded while the 2 houses sustained wide destruction.  In the morning, the Explosive Engineers arrived and took the missile out of the house.
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  • At approximately 05:10, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a house belonging to Mohammed Khaled al-Khawaldah.  As a result, the 120-sqm house in al-Satar al-Gharbi neighborhood sustained wide destruction while a nearby house belonging to Na’elah Rabi’a al-Khuzondar sustained severe damage, killing Huda Salah Rabi’a al-Khozondar (36) and wounding her husband and her 2 and a half year-old baby girl, Malak.  Also, 7 others were wounded in al-Khawaldah’s house and a nearby house, including 2 women and 2 children; one of the persons wounded had his leg amputated.
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  • At approximately 06:30, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Mohammed Ahmed al-Ghemari’s house in Khan Yunis, and compeletely destroyed it. Before destroying al-Ghemari’s tin-plate house, an Israeli drone fired a missile at the house (200sqms), which sheltered 4 families of 20 members, including 10 children and 5 women. The airstrikes caused severe damage to nearby houses. It should be noted that the Israeli Intelligence Services called one of the residents orderding him to vacate the area.
  • At approximately 11:30, an artillery munition targeted a gas filling station in al-Satar al-Gharbi area, setting it on fire. The fire was put out after a laborious effort by the Civil Defense Crews as IOF continued to bomb the area.
  • At approximately 15:30, IOF drone launched a missile on Mousa Sobhi al-Hindey’s house in Khan Younis. The drone-strike was followed by two missiles by a military aircraft, one detonated and caused extensive damage to the 3-floor house and nearby houses; the other did not detonate. The bombing was preceded by a call from the IOF to one of the residents that ordered them to evacuate the 200sqm house that sheltered a family of 7.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF fired several artillery munitions that hit and destroyed Ghassan Barham Salem al-Jarf’s house, a greenhouse, and Khaled Fayez Ali Arafat’s water well in ‘Abasan al Jadida.
  • At approximately 19:05, Israeli warplanes launched a missile on an agricultural land in al-Satar al-Gharbi area wounding a Palestinian woman.
  • On Friday, 21 May 2021, the bodies of 15 Palestinian members of armed-groups arrived to Naser Hospital after their bodies were retrieved from two locations that were bombed by IOF in the past few days, while the bodies of 4 other Palestinian members of armed-groups are still under the rubble. On Monday, 24 May 2021, the bodies of those members were retrieved.
  • At approximately 15:00 on Monday, 24 May 2021, medical sources declared the death of Osama Ashraf Mohammed Abu Ridah (22), from Khuzaʽa village in eastern Khan Yunis, succumbing to serious wounds he sustained on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, after a drone fired a missile near his house. Osama sustained shrapnel wounds in his head and received treatment at Naser Medical Complex until his death was declared.

 Rafah:

Airstrikes launched on Thursday destroyed a house completely and caused severe damage to a pharmacy, a main electrical line, many houses and infrastructure.

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a truck belonging to ‘Emad Mes’ed Salim Sha’ath in al-Naser village and completely destroyed it.
  • At approximately 12:20, IOF artillery fired munitions on eastern Rafah, destroyed a main electrical line and setting agricultural lands on fire.
  • At approximately 14:00, Israeli warplanes launched three missiles on Hussein Amir Hussein al-Mughair’s house in al-Shaboura refugee camp, completely destroying the 3-floor house. Four Palestinians sustained wounds in the attack, including a child and a journalist. The house was home to four families (21 persons), and was targeted with two drone-launched missiles two days ago.

Other Israeli Attacks on Gaza Strip:

  • At approximately 18:20 on Saturday, 22 May 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off Deir al-Balah city in central Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within less than 3 nautical miles, opened fire at them and pumped wastewater at them; no casualties were reported. The IOF shooting at the fishing boats recurred in the next two days.

Murder and Shooting Incidents in the West Bank, Including occupied East Jerusalem

  • At approximately 06:30 on Thursday, 20 May 2021, IOF moved into Jab’ village, south of Jenin. Meanwhile, a group of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at IOF’s vehicles. IOF immediately fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 3 of them, including a 15-year-old child, were shot with live bullets. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. The wounded protestors were taken to Dr. Khalil Suliman Governmental Hospital in Jenin for treatment. Also, IOF arrested Jehad Khaled Mohammed Fashafsha (23) and withdraw later.
  • At approximately 10:00, medical sources at al-Razi Hospital in Jenin announced the death of Montaser Mahmoud Zidan Jawabrah (28), from Um Dar village, southwest of the city, succumbing to wounds he sustained on 18 May 2021, during clashes erupted in Tura village, southwest of Jenin. It should be noted that Jawabrah was injured in his head and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) until his death was declared.
  • At approximately 10:15, IOF moved into Araqah village, west of Jenin. In the meantime, a group of Palestinians gathered and threw stones at IOF’s vehicles. IOF immediately fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, a 15-year-old child was shot with a live bullet in his right thigh and taken to Dr. Khalil Suliman Governmental Hospital for treatment. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation.
  • On Thursday, 20 May 2021, hundreds of Bethlehem residents organized a peaceful protest in front of a metal-detector gate placed at the annexation wall established on the northern side of Bethlehem, calling for ending the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans. During which, IOF patrols came from one of the wall gates and fired live and rubber bullets and teargas canisters at the protestors. After that, separate clashes erupted near the military checkpoint (300) and continued for several hours. As a result, 7 protestors were shot with Two-Two and rubber bullets, while other protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation. In the same context, clashes broke out at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar and al-Khader villages, south of the city. During which, IOF fired a barrage of rubber bullets and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, dozens of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation.
  • At approximately 16:00, a large number of Israeli soldiers moved into Deir Nidham village, northwest of Ramallah, and established a military checkpoint at the village’s entrance. They checked Palestinians’ IDs, causing a traffic jam while a number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones and Molotov cocktails at IOF and their vehicles. IOF immediately suppressed the protestors and fired rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation. IOF also closed the village’s entrance with cement cubes and sand berms, and it is so far closed, forcing the villagers take bypass and dirt roads to reach their workplaces outside the village.
  • Following the Friday prayer, 21 May 2021, several peaceful protests took off in various neighborhoods in the West Bank in in solidarity with Gaza and Jerusalem. The protestors chanted slogans and raised Palestinian flags. IOF suppressed the protest and separate clashes broke out. As a result, many protestors were shot with live and rubber bullets while others suffocated due to teargas inhalation. The Following are the most prominent protests:
  • A protest took off from Bita village municipality towards Subeih Mount, where a settlement outpost is established in the southeastern side of Nablus. IOF suppressed the protestors, wounding a 35-year-old male with a live bullet in his right leg and a 24-year-old male with a rubber bullet in his head. Both of them were taken to Rafidia Hospital for treatment.
  • A protest took off from Beit Dajan village council towards lands under the threat of confiscation, northeast of Nablus. As a result, many protestors suffocated due to the IOF’s suppression.
  • A protest took off near Huwara checkpoint, east of Nablus. IOF suppressed the protestors. As a result, a 20-year-old male was shot with a live bullet in his left foot and a 22-year-old male was shot with a live bullet in his right leg. Both of them were taken to Rafidia Hospital for treatment.
  • A protest took off in front of Tubas village municipality towards Tayasser military checkpoint, east of the city. As a result, many protestors suffocated due to the IOF’s suppression.
  • Kafr Qaddum weekly protest, which was organized near the northern entrance to the village, east of Qalqilya. As a result, 4 protestors were injured.
  • A peaceful protest took off from the Dome of the Rock yard in al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF suppressed the protestors, wounding 23 of them and arresting 17 others. IOF also assaulted, beat and pushed press crews. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) stated that they treated 21 persons during clashes erupted in the al-Aqsa Mosque; 2 of them were hit with sound bombs in Bab al-‘Amoud and Bab al-Sahera. Lawyer Feras al-Jebrainy said that many Palestinians were arrested from al-Aqsa Mosque’s yards and at its gates. The arrestees were identified as Fares ‘Odallah, Harbi al-Razim, Samer al-Bakri, Mohanad al-Bakri, ‘Abdullah al-Bakri, Mohammed al-Salaimay, Ahmed Borqan, Malek Abu Hadwan, Ihab Najajrah, Mousa Jabour, Yousef Taha, Majd Abu Hadwan, ‘Izz Abu Kaf, Nour Abu Kaf, ‘Alaa Abu Kaf, ‘Ali Abu Sarhan, and Mohammed Faroukh.
  • A peaceful protest took off from ‘Azza refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, towards Rachel’s Tomb, north of Bethlehem. Two protestors were shot with Two-Two bullets, while others suffocated due to teargas inhalation.
  • At approximately 17:00 on Saturday, 22 May 2021, IOF suppressed a peaceful protest organized by Sheikh Jarrah residents in north of occupied East Jerusalem, calling for lifting the closure imposed on the neighborhood for 14 days and ending settlers’ attacks on the residents. Mona al-Kurd, spokesperson of Sheikh Jarrah residents and one of the neighborhood’s residents whose houses are under the threat of forced displacement as well as the organizer of the Save Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood campaign, called on social media for a peaceful protest at the entrance to the neighborhood. At approximately 17:00, dozens of Palestinians headed to the neighborhood, andchanted slogans condemning the closure of the neighborhood and IOF violations against its residents. During which, IOF assaulted the protestors, forcibly dispersed them and fired sound bombs at them. As a result, Lina Mi’ari was hit with a sound bomb in her head and taken to the hospital for treatment.
  • At approximately 18:00 on Sunday, 23 May 2021, IOF stationed near the annexation wall established in Far’un village, east of Tulkarm, fired live and rubber bullets and teargas canisters at Palestinian workers, who attempted to enter Israel for work. As a result, a 29-year-old male was shot with a live bullet in his left leg.
  • At approximately 13:30 on Monday, 24 May 2021, IOF opened fire at Zuhdi Mohanad Zuhdi al-Taweel (17), claiming that he attempted to carry out a stabbing attack near the railway station at the central intersection in French Hill area adjacent to Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. As a result, al-Taweel was shot with several live bullets and left bleeding to death in the scene.

According to PCHR’s investigations and eyewitnesses’ testimonies, IOF stationed at the central intersection, adjacent to the National Headquarters of the Israeli Police, which is also close to the Israeli Border Guard Headquarter in the French Hill area adjacent to Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, opened fire at Zuhdi al-Taweel, who was carrying his school bag, under the pretext that he stabbed two Israelis, including a soldier, in the railway station. Al-Taweel fell on the ground and was critically injured; however, IOF continued shooting at him. They handcuffed him, tore his clothes, searched him and his school bag, took his fingerprints, and left him bleeding to death.

Spokesperson of the Israeli police said in a statement that: at approximately 13:30, a young man arrived at the railway station and stabbed with a knife he had 2 persons, so police officers immediately opened fire at him and neutralized him.” It should be noted that al-Taweel was a high school student from Kafr ‘Aqab neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem.

  • At approximately 15:00 on Monday, 24 May 2021, IOF moved into Al-Janiya village, west of Ramallah, and stationed at the eastern entrance. IOF closed the village’s entrance with cement cubes, under the pretext that the village entrance is close to “Talmon” settlement, which is established on part of the village’s lands. Meanwhile, the settlement guard opened fire at Nadeem Samer ‘Abed al-Majeed Mazloum (15), wounding him with a live bullet in his left shoulder. Nadeem was injured when he was between the residential houses watching what was going on. He was then taken to Palestine Medical Complex for treatment. Clashes then broke out in the area, but no casualties were reported.
  • On Tuesday dawn, 25 May 2021, in a new crime of extra-judicial execution committed by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF), a special Israeli force directly opened fire directly at a Palestinian male while he was in his car in Um al-Sharayet neighborhood in Ramallah, killing him immediately. The Israeli force looked at his face after killing him and withdrew later. According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 04:30 on Tuesday, 25 May 2021, a special Israeli force sneaked into Um al-Sharayet neighborhood from the southern side of al-Bireh city, north of Ramallah, via a Caddy civilian car and parked on a street in the neighborhood. At approximately 04:38, the special Israeli force approached a MG car with a yellow registration plate that was parked on the street, a Palestinian man was inside. Afterwards, three unmasked members of the special force in black clothing stepped out of their vehicle and fired several live bullets at the car, which was parked in the area; the bullets smashed its rear window and damaged its front door. The Palestinian man attempted to open the car door to step out, but he fell on the ground. The members of the special force surrounded him, looked at his face and then fled.  Afterwards, a number of Palestinians gathered and took the wounded man to the Palestine Medical Complex, where medicall sources announced his death. The victim was Ahmed Jamil al-Fahd (26), from Am’ari camp near Um al-Sharayet neighborhood, who was shot with 4 live bullets in his left shoulder, chest and lower limbs, which killed him immediately.
  • At approximately 10:30 on Wednesday, 25 May 2021, IOF suppressed a peaceful protest organized by the residents of Baten al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and other Palestinians who stand in solidarity with them in front of the Israeli District Court on Salah al-Deen Street in central Jerusalem. The protest was organized against the Israeli orders issued to evacuate the houses of Baten al-Hawa residents and seize them in favor of settlement associations. It should be noted that the Israeli District Court held a session on Wednesday morning to consider appeals submitted by Baten al-Hawa residents who are under threat of forced displacement. Before holding the session, dozens of the neighborhood residents and other Palestinians gathered in front of the court and raised banners demanding the international and local community to intervene immediately in order to stop the displacement of 70 Palestinians from the neighborhood. Afterwards, IOF deployed in the area and placed iron barriers at all entrances leading to the court to prevent Palestinians from reaching the area. IOF suppressed the protestors and beat them up. They also arrested Sultan Sarhan 916) after punching his face and beating him with riffles’ butts.
  • Yazeed Qa’war, lawyer of Baten al-Hawa families, said that during the court session that was held in the morning, he pleaded on behalf of hundreds of persons and dozens of families whose houses are under the threat of eviction in Baten al-Hawa neighborhood. He added that he submitted two appeals to cancel the eviction orders issued against two families. He also clarified that the legal claims made by the lawyers are strong and the court will seek the opinion of the legal advisor in the coming days.

It should be noted that 7 families in Baten al-Hawa neighborhood submitted appeals after eviction orders were issued against their houses, while dozens of other families are waiting to consider their cases.

  • At least 51 families comprised of 720 persons, from Baten al-Hawa neighborhood, are facing the same fate of the residents of al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, which is under the threat of forced displacement in favor of settlement associations. It should be noted that Atarit Cohenim Association seeks to seize 5 dunums of lands and 200 square meters from al-Wusta neighborhood in Baten al-Hawa, under the pretext that its ownership is for Jewish from Yemen. In September 2015, Atarit Cohenim Association distributed eviction orders to Baten al-Hawa residents who challenged these orders. Many judicial orders were issued by Israeli District and Magistrate Courts supporting the ownership claims made by Atarit Cohenim Association.

It should be noted that Baten al-Hawa neighborhood is adjacent to al-Bustan neighborhood in Silwan village, and its eviction is a prelude to demolish al-Bustan and other nearby neighborhoods that surround al-Aqsa Mosque. Also, Silwan village is the nearest village to Jerusalem’s Old City walls and gates from the southern and eastern sides. About 55 thousand people are living there. Israel divided Silwan village into many neighborhoods, including Wadi al-Helwa, which is the most targeted neighborhood by settlers, in addition to al-Bustan neighborhood that Israeli authorities seek to remove in order to establish the Talmudic parks.

Incursions and arrests:

Thursday, 20 May 2021:

  • At approximately 00:00, IOF moved into Um al-Rokba area in al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Abed Zeyad Arafa’s (16) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 00:15, IOF moved into Qabalan village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched Ja’far Marwan Aqraa’s (21) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Fureidis village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Nour al-Dein Mahmoud al-‘Ammour’s (17) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Bidu village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Tareq Fadel al-Sheikh’s (46) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Shu’afat neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (5) civilians. The arrestees were identified as Islam Haitham Da’bs, Ibrahim Mahmoud, Omar al-Safa, Abd al-Qoddous Issa and Mohammed Khudair.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Beit ‘Anan village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mohammed Baker Rabea’s (27) house and arrested him.
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  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced by 3 military vehicles moved into Yatta, south of Hebron. They raided and searched 3 houses and arrested 3 civilians namely Mohammed Ibrahim Huraizat (40), Fadi Ayed al-‘Ammour (30) and Mohammed Bassem al-‘Ammour (38).
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Surif, west of Hebron. They raided and searched Islam Arafat al-Hidmi’s (29) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate, and stationed in Kuseise area. They raided and searched the house of the former Minister of Endowments, Nayef Mohammed Mahmoud al-Rajoub (64), and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:50, IOF moved into Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mohannad Mo’een Tabanja (24), from Khillat al-Amud neighborhood, southwest of the city, and Ahmed Yousef Awwad (47), from al-Makhfiya neighborhood, west of the village.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Iraq al-Ta’eh village, adjacent to Amman Street, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched Yazan Musbah Yousef Jaber’s (40) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into al-Wad neighborhood, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods. They raided and searched Mohammed Salman Abu Sbeih’s (17) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with 3 military vehicles moved into Beit Ummar, north of Hebron. They raided and searched Ali Sami ‘Adi’s (28) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:50, IOF reinforced by several military vehicles moved into Irqan Awad area, west of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched Yousef Abdul Aziz Qazzaz’s (48) house, assualted his wife and daughter, and arrested him.

Yousef Qazzaz’s wife said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

“We woke up to presence of Israeli soldiers in our bedroom, so I started shouting at them for how did they enter our house in this way. The Israeli officer said that he does not need a permission to storm any house. The soldiers took my husband to the living room until I wore my clothes and followed them. One of the soldiers ordered me to give him my cell phone but I refused, so he pushed me hard to the wall. Immediately my 14-year-old daughter, Jana, intervened and attempted to defend me, but one of the soldiers hit her with his riffle’s butt on her left shoulder and then took my husband to where their military vehicles stationed. When I checked the house I found that the soldiers messed up my bedroom and scattered some contents in store at the stairs”.

  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Ashraf al-Rajabi and Mohammed Awad, and arrested them.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF arrested Zakariya Hazina (29), from the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, while present in his workplace in West Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF arrested Siraj Mahmoud Abu Sbeitan (22), from al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, while heading to his place of work in the occupied city.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF moved into al-Wad neighborhood, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods. They raided and searched Yousef Emad al-Ghoul’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Ya’bad and Zibda, southwest of Jenin; Beit Kahil and Shuyukh in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 21 May 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into al-Eizariya village, east of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mohammed Qatamira and Nasim Qatamira, and arrested them.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Samu village, south of Hebron. They raided and searched Ayman Ahmed Abu Awwad’s (39) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced by several military vehicles moved into the southern area of Hebron. They raided and searched Eisa Najeh al-Sleiby’s (34) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:15, IOF moved into al- Ma’ajin neighborhood, west of Nablus. They raided and searched the house of the spokesperson of “Jerusalem is Our Destinatغ” electoral list, Alaa Ahmed Hmeidan (47), and arrested him.
  • At approximately 05:35, IOF moved into the industrial area of al-Bireh, north of Ramallah governorate. They raided and searched Saji Ali Abed’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 06:20, IOF moved into Jaba’, south of Jenin. They raided and searched Izz al-Dein Farhat Fashafisha’s (24) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF arrested Marwan Mohammed Abu Fara (39), when he was at the Israeli Intelligence Services’ office in “Gush Etzion” settlement upon a summons sent to him in order to refer to the Israeli Intelligence for an Interview with the Shin Bet.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF arrested Majd al-Dein Abu Adwan (24), while present inside his vehicle in al-Thuri neighborhood, south of the occupied East Jerusalem. IOF took him out of his vehicle, severely beaten and took him to one of the detention centers in the city.
  • At approximately 23:00, IOF moved into Jalajel village, east of Hebron. They raided and searched Wafa’ Abdul Rahman Baradi’y’s house, who was killed by the Israeli settlers at the entrance to “Kiryat Arba’” settlement, east of Hebron, claiming that she had a gun with her and attempted to shoot on 18 May 2021. IOF held her family in one room and searched the house. They arrested her brother, Ramzi Abdul Rahman al-Baradi’y and later withdrew.
  • IOF carried out (7) incursions in Tell and Aqraba, southeast of Nablus; Nazlat Zayd, southwest of Jenin; Hebron, Yatta, Beit Ummar and Fawwar refugee camp in Hebron governorate. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 22 May 2021:

  • At approximately 00:30, IOF severely beaten and arrested (4) civilians who were in Bab al-Amoud area in the occupied East Jerusalem, and took them to one of the detention centers in the city. The arrestees were identified as Mohammed Akram al-Basti (22), Ahmed al-Basti (22), Ehab Akram al-Basti (26) and Tamer Amjad al-Basti (23).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-Issawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mahmoud Ashraf Obaid’s (18) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Tammun, southeast of Tubas. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Basel Mustafa Bisharat (22), and Izz al-Dein Bani Owda (23).
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into ‘Aqqaba village, southwest of Tubas. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Harith Belal Abu Arra (18).
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Awarta village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched Abdul Salam Mustafa Oud’s (54) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF arrested 2 civilians from Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, when they were in al-Aqsa Mosque’s yards in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and took them to one of the detention centers in the city. The arrestees were identified as Sufian Nidal al-Natsheh (19) and Hamza Zuhair al-Rajabi (19).
  • At approximately 12:45, IOF stationed at Huwara military checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, arrested Ali Hashem Dwaikat (21), from Beita village. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF stationed at checkpoint (65) established on the entrance to the closed Shuhada Street in Hebron arrested Ma’moun Hasan al-Natsheh (16) while crossing the checkpoint.
  • IOF carried out an incursion in Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 23 May 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Khalil Kamal Abu al-Hawa’s (19) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Beit Hanina, north of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Shady Sa’d al-Mtawar’s (44) house, the Secretary of Fatah movement in Jerusalem, and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Balata al-Balad village, east of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Ibrahim Mohammed Dwaikat (20).
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Askar village, adjacent to Amman Street, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched Bara’ Ramzi Dwaikat’s (22) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:15, IOF moved into Azzun village, east of Qalqilya. They raided and searched Mustafa Ahmed Mansour’s (17) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Qabatia, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched Saif al-Dein Abdul Rahman Nazzal’s (36) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Ya’bad, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched Tareq Mohammed Qabha’s (22) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Wadi al-Joz neighborhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched two houses belonging to the activists Fadi Abdullah Mtawar (46) and Nour Saleem al-Shalabi (23), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Kafr Dan village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched Fo’ad Nayef Kamamji’s (56) house and arrested him along with his sons, Sha’s (22), Emad (32), Majd (27) and Muharram (31), to pressurize his son, Ahed (26), to surrender himself.
  • At approximately 09:00, IOF stationed at Za’tara military checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, arrested Mohammed Ali Hamajna (22), from Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) children; Mustafa Ahmed Abu al-Hawa (17), Mustafa Ashayer (17) and Ra’ed Hazem al-Sayyad (16). Meanwhile, IOF handed Ameer Hazem Abu al-Hawa (19) and Dawoud Mahmoud Abu al-Hawa (19) summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services.
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  • At approximately 10:30, IOF moved into Shufa village, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Fathi Ma’zouz Mousa (22), and his brother, Mohammed (20), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 10:55, IOF arrested Abdul Rahman Kmeil (22), from Qabatiya village in Jenin, while passing through a temporary military checkpoint established on the entrance of Jit village, northeast of Qalqilya.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF and police reinforced with several military vehicles moved into al-Tuwani village, east of Yatta. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to al-Rab’i family, assaulted the residents and confiscated their cell phones. As a result, Deema Mohammed Fadel Rab’i (6) sustained bruises and was taken to Hebron Governmental Hospital. Also, IOF arrested Fadel Mohammed Rab’i, Belal Fadel Ahmed Rab’i and Mafdi Ahmed Rab’i.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF moved into Ras al-Amud neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Mohammed al-Bazlamit’s (17) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Nour Abu Jom’a and Anas Abu Sami, and arrested them.
  • IOF carried out (5) incursions in Bayt Ula, Tarqumiyah, Beit Ummar, Fawwar refugee camp and Karma villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 24 May 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into several neighborhoods in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (5) civilians, including a child. The arrestees are: Waheed Marwan al-Bakri (25), Mohammed Jawdat al-Shawish (26), Ibrahim Abu Sneina (22), Mohammed Isma’el Hushiyah (17) and Wadea Hushiyah (18).
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into al-Walaja village, northwest of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (4) civilians; Mohammed Isma’el Mousa al-A’raj, Fadi Mahmoud Rabah, Mohammed Nabil Abu al-Teen, and his brother, Mahmoud.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into al-Tabqa village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched 2 houses and handed Adel Musaiaf al-Atrash (41) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF reinforced by several military vehicles moved into Beit Kahil, north of Hebron. They raided and searched Sa’eed Maher Asafra’s (26) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched Mohammed Yousef Khudair Awad’s (22) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Ras al-Amud neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mohammed Majeed al-Zughul (19) and Ahmed Younis al-Ghoul (22), and handed Mohammed Ali al-Ghoul (17) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in Mascovia investigation center in West Jerusalem.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Bait Fajar village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians; Khattab Ibrahim Thawabtah (24), Sa’oud Faisal Thawabtah (30) and Mahmoud Ibrahim Balou (25).
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Qabalan village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Naser Khaled Abu Zeina (20).
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Isawiya village, southeast the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Faris Ra’fat Dari (23) and Oday Ahmed Dari (24), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Shu’afat neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (4) civilians. The arrestees are: Naser Khader Abu Khudair (25), Adam Khader Abu Khudair (21), Mohammed Mansour Abu Khudair (22) and Ahmed Hasan Abu Khudair (21).
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to ‘Arrabi Sadeq Ghaith (19) and Khaled Waleed Shwaiky (20), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Kobar village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched Mus’ab Saher al-Barghouthi’s (27) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Dura al-Kari’a village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched Ahmed Ra’fat Yaseen’s (22) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Jericho. They raided and searched Husam Isma’el Abu Dahouk’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:30, IOF stationed at Bab Huta, one of the Aqsa Mosque’s gates in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City arrested Ehab Mohammed Iskafi (18), while entering the mosque. IOF took him to one of the detention centers in the city.
  • At approximately 07:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested Nidal Hamad Abu Diab (46) and his son, Mohammed (24), from Jerusalem’s Old City, while heading to their workplace in the city. IOF took them to unknown destinations.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF moved into the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Malek Basem Asaliya’s (20) house and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services at the Moscovia interrogation center in West Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF moved into Jabel al-Mukaber village, southeast of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Mohammed Ahmed Mashahera’s (27) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF moved into Bab Huta neighborhood, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Husam Ghunaim (21) and Bashar al-‘Ajlouni (19), and arrested them.
  • Around the same time, IOF severely beaten and arrested Mo’ath Adel al-Kaswani (20) after stopping his vehicle on Salah al-Dein street in the occupied East Jerusalem. IOF took him to one of the detention centers in the city.
  • At approximately 12:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Ali Waleed al-Sayyad’s (22) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF arrested (5) civilians while present near Jabal al-Madaris in Hizma, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Mohammed Ahmed Abu Khalil, Hussain Owad Sbeih, Mahmoud Owda Sbeih, Adam Hasan Abu Khalil and Mahran Mahmoud Owda Sbeih.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF moved into Shaikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mohannad Issa Abu Ta’a’s (48) house and arrested him along with his son, Issa (20).
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF moved into Beit Hanina neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Basam Mazen al-Keswani’s (10) house, enticing fear among the children, and arrested him, as IOF claimed that al-Keswani was throwing stones at a settlement outpost in the city. A recorded video went viral on social media, showing a 5-year-old girl, Ruba, crying and pleading the Israeli soldiers to release her cousin, Basam, by saying “We will never do this again, leave him, I am scared that you will take him and he never comes back to play with me… when his father come, you will release him right?”
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF stationed at Mevo Dotan military checkpoint, southwest of Jenin, arrested Islam Isam Abu al-Hija (23), from al-Yamun, west of Jenin. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • IOF carried out (5) incursions in Sa’ir, Aroub refugee camp, Hasaka area and Kharsa villages in Hebron; and Tell village in Nablus. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 25 May 2021:

  • At approximately 00:30, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Mohammed Hatem Abu al-Hawa’s (19) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF reinforced by several military vehicles moved into the southern entrance to Hebron. They raided and searched Osaid Zuhair Zaheda’s (29) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Bait Duqu village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mohammed Mustafa Dawoud’s (25) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Nablus. They raided and searched the house of a candidate on the “Jerusalem is Our Destination” electoral list, Yaser Ibrahim Badrasawi (52), on al-Quds Street, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 05:00, IOF moved into Jaba’ village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched Ammar Ibrahim Hamamra’s (27) house and arrested him. Also, at approximately 09:30, IOF stationed at Za’tara military checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, arrested his brother, Murad (35), and took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF arrested Mahdi Hatem Abu Asab (18), when he was in Bab al-Amoud area in occupied East Jerusalem, and took him to one of the detention centers in the city.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF arrested Mahmoud al-Jundi (29) while walking on al-Wad Street in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF reinforced by several military vehicles moved into al-Tuwani village, east of Yatta, south of Hebron governorate. They raided and searched Osama Fadel Rab’i’s (28) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Khaled Rab’i (32), from Shu’afat refugee camp, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem, while present at his workplace in the occupied city. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF moved into Bab Huta neighborhood, one of the occupied Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods. They raided and searched Wisam Mohammed Thalji Sidir’s (28) house and arrested him. It should be noted that IOF severely beat him that required to refer him to the hospital to receive treatment while handcuffed and under arrest.
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF moved into Issawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Rasheed Mohammed Darwish’s (19) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF moved into Shu’afat refugee camp, northeast the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mohammed al-‘Ammouri’s (24) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF moved into Bir al-Basha village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched Saddam Basem Ghawadra’s (30) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 22:30, IOF stationed at a temporary military checkpoint established at the entrance to “Ofra” settlement, east of Ramallah, arrested 4 civilians while crossing the checkpoint, and released them later. The arrestees were: Muntaser Abdul Raheem Abdul Baset (19), Obada Zain Hmaid (20), Mohammed al-Qadi (20) and Omar Wael Hmeid (19), from al-Mazra’a al-Sharqiya village, east of the city.
  • IOF carried out (5) incursions in Beit Ummar, Sa’ir, Tarqumiyah and Dhahiriya villages in Hebron; and Asira al-Qibliya village, southeast of Nablus. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 25 May 2021:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF reinforced by several military vehicles moved into Abu Katila neighborhood in Hebron. They raided and searched Lo’ay Ali al-Hashlamoun’s (39) house, but no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into al-Harayiq area in Hebron. They raided and searched Tareq Anwar D’ais’s (40) house, but no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into the southern area of Hebron. They raided and searched 3 houses belonging to Maher Ali Barqan, Taher Mahmoud Barqan and Awni Ayed Abu Hadid, but no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 04:25, IOF moved into Tayasir village, east of Tubas. They raided and searched Zahi Ahmed Abu Ali’s (47) house and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in al-Hadab and Nuba villages in Hebron; and Tubas. No arrests were reported.

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

Settler attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property

  • On Sunday dawn, 23 May 2021, a group pf settlers from “Havat Ma’on” settlement outpost established on the Palestinian lands of eastern Yatta, south of Hebron, moved into Kherbet Sarourah and burnt a cave used by Palestinian and international activists to protect farmers and shepherds from the settlers’ attacks. It should be noted that the cave was repaired and furnished by the activists 2 years ago.  The Settlers also burnt a field of winter crops belonging to al-Hreini family in al-Samrah area.
  • On Sunday morning, 23 May 2021, a group of settlers stormed al-Aqsa Mosque yards in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City via al-Magharbah Gate, under the IOF’s intensive protection and amid intense tension prevailing the mosque and its surrounding only 2 days after the cease fire was declared in the Gaza Strip and cease of such raids over the past 3 weeks.

Jewish extremist groups called for raiding al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday, 23 May 2021, via posts and ads published on social media; thus, IOF intensified its measures and presence of its members in the vicinity of al-Aqsa Mosque and at its gates.  Moreover, they banned the entry of crowds of muslim worshippers into the mosque in order to perform the dawn prayer and pushed and beat them up.  IOF then allowed them to enter on one condition that they hand their ID cards at the gates to the police officers.  When the settlers raided the mosque at 7:00, tension broke out in its yards and IOF forcibly kept the worshipers away from the al-Qibli Mosque and beat them up.  They banned them from chanting slogans or saying Allahu Akbar or even using their cameras or phones.  They beat one of the worshippers and confiscated his cell phone after he documented the setters’ raid.  During the 2 tours, which 250 settlers participated in and continued until 14:30 instead of their usual time at 13:30, IOF arrested 9 Palestinians, including a girl and 4 Islamic Endowments officers in al-Aqsa Mosque, its surrounding and at the gates.  The arrestees were identified as: Fadi ‘Ali ‘Alian, al-Aqsa Mosque’s guard, ‘Issa al-Dabbagh and Basem Zughayer, the Reconstruction Committee’s officers; ‘Ali Wazouz, an officer at the Manuscripts Department; Ashwaq Rasem ‘Abdul Wahad, ‘Issa ‘Arabat, Anas Mohammed Abu al-Hummus; Mahmoud al-Shakhshir; ‘Omer Fawzi Muheisen.

It should be noted that IOF held the ID cards of 30 civilians, who tried to confront the settlers’ raids into al-Aqsa Mosque and referred them to al-Qashlah police station after refusing to hand their ID cards.   Lawyer Sanaa’ al-Dweik said in this regard that the Israeli authorities handed 13 Palestinians decisions to ban their entry into al-Aqsa Mosque for a week after the Israeli police and intelligence officers held their ID cards before entering al-Aqsa Mosque.  They were then handed summonses for interrogation.  After interrogating and detaining them for hours at al-Qashlah detention center in Bab al-Khalil in East Jerusalem, they were released on condition that they would be banned entry into al-Aqsa Mosque for a week and would attend again for interrogation in case the entry ban decision would be extended.  

  • At approximately 15:40 on Sunday, a group of settlers along with 60 cows moved into Qana Valley area in Deir Istiya village, north of Salfit. After the farmers attempted to prevent the settlers from raiding their planted lands, settlers heavily fired rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the farmers. As a result, 6 of the farmers suffocated and were taken to Darwish Nazzal Hospital in Qalqiliya.  The settlers broke windows of 5 vehicles belonging to civilians who ariived at the area after calls via loudspeakers to protect the farmers.  The settlers’ attack continued for 5 consecutive hours, including completely closing the area, detaining the farmers and assaulting the vehicles, which belong to Sa’id ‘Ali Sa’id Yadan, Bilal Khader Mansour, Nafez Khader Mansour and Mohammed Hasan Mansour.
  • At approximately 23:00 on Sunday, a group of settlers from “Kiryat Arbaa” settlement, east of Hebron, threw stones at houses belonging to Abu S’eifan Family in al-Hussein Valley area next to the settlement. No casualties were reported.
  • On Monday morning, 24 May 2021, a group of settlers from “Beit Hagai” settlement damaged 30 olive seedlings, planted 5 years ago, and uprooted 100 one-year-old olive seedlings in Ar-Rihiya village, south of Hebron. Those seedlings belonged to Mohammed ‘Issa Halayqah (62).

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

The Gaza Strip:

Although a ceasefire was reached on Friday, 21 May 2021, the Israeli authorities continued to close Kerm Abu Salem and Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossings and the sea, banning entry of goods, food supplies or fuel, tightening the closure that has been imposed on the Gaza Strip since 2006.

On Tuesday, 25 May 2021, IOF reopened the Kerm Abu Salem Crossing for the entry of humanitarian supplies, including medical equipment, food, medicines, fuel for private sector, and continued to ban exportation of Gaza Strip’s goods.  IOF also partially reopened the Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing to allow the travel of patients to receive life-saving treatment along with intentional workers and foreign journalists.

The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life.

The West bank:

  • In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of more temporary checkpoints that restrict the movement of goods and individuals.  IOF established 58 temporary checkpoints, where they searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs and arrested 10 of them. IOF tightened their measures against individuals’ movement at military permanent checkpoints and closed some of them many times for hours.

Jerusalem:

  • On Thursday, 20 May 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the northern entrance to al-Ram village, at the entrance to Biddu village and near the Qalendia village bridge, north of occupied East Jerusalem.
  • On Tuesday afternoon, 25 May 2021, IOF closed Qalendia Checkpoint and banned movement but later reopened it.

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday 20 May 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem, and was re-established next day and on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
  • On Saturday, 22 May 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Gibeah village and at the main entrance to Marah Rabah village, south of Bethlehem.

Ramallah:

  • On Thursday, 20 May 2021, IOF established a checkpoint near ‘Atara Village Bridge.
  • On Friday, 21 May 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Deir Abu Mash’al and Umm Safa villages in addition to near ‘Attara Village Bridge.
  • On Saturday, 22 May 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Deir Ibzi and Shuqba villages in addition to near ‘Attara Village Bridge.
  • On Sunday, 23 May 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Beitin, Sinjil and Abu Mash’al villages.
  • On Monday, 24 May 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Ras Karkar village- ‘Ein Ayoub area and Sinjil village.
  • On Wednesday, 26 May 2021, IOF closed the electric detector established at the western entrance to ‘Aboud village, northwest of Ramallah.

Jericho:

  • On Thursday, 20 May 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Jericho and in al-Khan al-Ahmar area (on the main road between Jericho and occupied Jerusalem.)
  • On Friday, 21 May 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the southern entrance to Jericho.
  • On Saturday, 22 May 2021, IOF established at al-Hamra checkpoint, north of Jericho tightened its military measures and hindered civilians” movement at the checkpoint by including searching their vehicles and checking their ID cards.
  • On Sunday, 23 May 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Jericho.

Nablus:

  • On Friday, 21 May 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the intersection of Einabus village, southeast of the city.
  • On Saturday, 22 May 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Madama village, southeast of Nablu. IOF also closed with sand berms and cement cubes the entrance to Beita village, southeast of the city.
  • On Sunday, 23 May 2021, IOF established a checkpint at the intersection of “Shafi Shimron” settlement, northwest of the city.
  • On Monday, 24 May 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the intersection of “Shafi Shimron” settlement, at the entrance to Aqraba village, southeast of Nablus.
  • On Tuesday, 25 May 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the intersection of “Shafi Shimron” settlement, at the entrance to Awarta village, southeast of Nablus.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 20 May 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Idhna, as-Samu and Ash-Shuyukh villages, and at the southern entrance to Hebron.
  • On Friday, 21 May 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Ummar and Beit Awwa villages, at the western entrance to Hebron, and at the southern entrance to Halhul city.
  • On Saturday, 22 May 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to Idhna, ad-Dhahiriya, Beit Awwa, and al-Jalajel villages, at the entrance to Al-Arroub refugee camp.
  • On Monday, 22 May 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Sa’ir, eastern Dura, southern Halhoul, and Idhna villages.
  • On Tuesday, 25 May 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Idhna village and al-‘Aroub refugee camp.
  • On Wednesday, 26 May 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to al-Fawwar refugee camp, southern Hebron and Sa’ir village.

Qalqilya:

  • At approximately 10:55 on Tuesday, 24 May 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints under Azzun village’s bridge and at the eastern entrance to the city.

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine (11 – 19 May 2021)

Source

11 – 19 May 2021

IOF military aggression on The Gaza Strip continues:

  • 207 Palestinians killed, including 55 children, 38 women, 3 persons with disabilities and a journalist
  • 1302 Palestinians wounded, including 262 women and 395 children.
  • 155 houses and residential buildings directly bombed, the majority destroyed completely; hundreds of houses and facilities sustained partial damage
  • 3 mosques destroyed and 35 others damaged, as well as a church and 6 graveyards
  • 27 media offices destroyed in IOF bombing of apartment buildings; 4 journalists sustained wounds
  • UNRWA HQ damaged, 66 schools and health centers, and 2 teachers wounded
  • Dozens of factories and economic establishments destroyed and damaged
  • IOF destroy 25 media offices and wounded 4 journalists
  • 50 thousand Palestinians displaced and sheltered at 52 centers in inadequate living conditions
  • Beit Hanoun and Karm Abu Salem crossings closed as well as the Gaza Sea

West Bank:

  • 26 Palestinians killed in IOF excessive use of lethal force, including a child and a woman
  • 2 killed, including a woman, by Israeli settlers in Hebron
  • 675 Palestinians, including 30 children, 4 women, 4 journalists and a medical crew member wounded in IOF excessive use of force, 28 classified in critical condition
  • In 72 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 151 civilians arrested, including 18 children, 2 women 3 writers and a man with a vision impairment; 3 of the arrested were wounded at the time of arrest
  • Repeated retaliatory attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinian civilians and their properties
  • IOF established 33 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 8 Palestinian civilians on said checkpoints

Summary                                                                                        

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties across the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), particularly the Gaza Strip, as IOF launched operation “Guardian of the Wall,” in one of the worst aggressions and manifestations of organized state terror. Hundreds of Palestinians have fallen victims (dead and wounded), more than 40% are women and children, entire families were terminated in IOF aerial airstrikes on their homes.  IOF has systematically targeted Gaza City infrastructure and completely altered the city’s landmarks, as residential buildings, streets, electrical, water and sanitation networks were destroyed, as well as health centers. The city is a ghost of what it used to be. Moreover, the Israeli occupation’s attacks have resulted in the forcible displacement of tens of thousands of Palestinians after their houses were shelled with artillery. These civilians sought refuge at UNRWA schools in extremely difficult conditions, particularly with the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

To further worsen its aggression and within its collective punishment policy against Palestinians, the occupation authorities closed both the Beit Hanoun and Karm Abu Salem crossings, as well as the Gaza Sea.

The escalation in the Gaza Strip followed the Israeli escalation against the occupied East Jerusalem, and armed groups in Gaza launched rockets towards Israel in solidarity with the indigenous people of Jerusalem. This was followed by mass and dramatic deterioration across the oPt, particularly the West Bank, where many Palestinian civilians have fallen victims, dead and wounded.

The escalation on the Gaza front did not deter IOF from its usual violations of human rights and crimes in the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, as raids into cities and neighborhoods continued, as did arrests of civilians. Israeli settlers also continued their crimes against Palestinian civilians and their properties.

IOF also continued its raids, arrests, and attacks on civilians that are mostly conducted after midnight and in the early morning hours, purposefully terrorizing protected civilians. This week also IOF confiscated Palestinians’ properties and agricultural equipment, and safeguarded settlers’ attacks on Palestinians.

IOF military aggression on the Gaza Strip:

IOF escalated its military aggression on the Gaza Strip, which started since Monday, 10 May 2021, and continued to bombard Gaza from the air, land and sea in an intense and arbitrary manner on what-can-only be considered retaliatory and collective punishment grounds. IOF demolished houses over the heads of their residents, killing entire families; and destroyed the infrastructure across all the Gaza governorates in densely populated neighborhoods, as well as agricultural lands. IOF also targeted and destroyed government facilities and armed-groups’ sites, rendering the entire Gaza Strip without any safe zone.

Dozens of thousands of Palestinians were forced to evacuate their houses along the Gaza eastern border due to the intense and violent arterially shelling and firing of smoke bombs that have a foul smell that cause nausea and itching in the eyes. Shelter centers were opened to accommodate those forcibly displaced from their homes, in a scene that brings back to memory the images of the Palestinian Nakba on the 73rd anniversary.

During the reporting period, the Israeli offensive killed 207 Palestinians, including 38 women, 55 children, 3 persons with disabilities and a journalist. Among the killed victims are entire families or others who have lost more than one member of theirs. IOF killed 44, including 18 children and 13 women, in a single attack when its aerial bombings targeted several residential buildings over the heads of their civilian residents during the bombing that targeted al-Wehda St.

This week, 1302 Palestinians, including 262 women and 395 children, sustained wounds, at least 55 of them are in extremely crucial conditions.

Israeli warplanes bombed 155 houses and residential buildings and destroyed 8 towers; and hundreds of houses and facilities were partially destroyed. The bombing caused the destruction of 3 mosques, and partially damaged 35 mosques, 1 church and 6 graveyards. 27 media offices were destroyed during bombing of towers, and 4 journalists sustained wounds. 66 UNRWA schools and medical centers, and its HQ were damaged; dozens of factories and economic facilities were also destroyed.

The death toll since the beginning of the Israeli offensive has risen to 228, including 64 children and 38 women; and the number of those wounded has risen to 1,630, including 417 children and 269 women.

According to the daily update by the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the total number of injuries has risen to 1630, including 55 in critical conditions, 400 in the upper extremities (153 in the head and neck) and 310 women and 470 children.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF killed 26 Palestinians, including a child and a woman, in excessive use of force and oppression of protests in solidarity with the Gaza Strip and Jerusalem. IOF killed fifteen, including a child, in attacks on a peaceful protest against the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip and Jerusalem; 5 others were killed when IOF soldiers targeted their vehicles on military checkpoints in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Nablus and Hebron. Another two were killed on Israeli military checkpoints in Nablus and Hebron: the first was killed in Nablus for allegedly shooting soldiers at the checkpoint, and the other was killed in Hebron for allegedly attempting a stab attack, without the presence of a real threat or danger to the lives of soldiers. Also, Israeli settlers killed two Palestinians in Hebron, including a woman, for allegedly shooting at “Kiryat Arba.”

Additionally, 675 Palestinians sustained wounds in IOF excessive use of force against civilians, including 30 children, 4 women, and 4 journalists, as well as a paramedic; 28 of the wounded were rendered in critical condition. Dozens suffocated due to tear gas inhalation, and others were bruised due to IOF assault.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 72 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 151 Palestinians were arrested, including 18 children and 2 women. Of the 115 arrestees, 3 were wounded at the time of arrest, and 3 writers and a man with a vision impairment.

Settler-attacks: PCHR fieldworkers reported and documented 25 attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinian civilians; 1 was killed and 3 wounded with live bullets. Settlers physically assaulted civilians with sharp tools, and attacked greenhouses, set fire to a car wash and attacked pedestrians and vehicles on the road with stones. The settlers burned at least 200 dunums, bird farms, and threatened to kill Palestinians. Additionally, two women were assaulted: one with stones and the other with a sharp tool, while exiting al-Aqsa Mosque. In addition to the two persons who were killed by settlers mentioned above.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

Since Monday, 10 May 2021, the Israeli authorities continued to close Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing and the sole commercial crossing in the Gaza Strip (Kerm Abu Salem) one day after complete closure of the sea within the collective punishment policy against the Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

These decisions are part of the comprehensive closure and illegal and inhuman collective punishment policy imposed by IOF on the Gaza Strip.  Due to the closure of Kerm Abu Salem Crossing, fuel supply needed to operate the Gaza Power Plant was banned entry, affecting the operation of the only power plant in light of disruption of 8 main electricity lines due to the Israeli airstrikes.  As a result, the electricity went out across the Gaza Strip that would have serious implications on the basic services provided to 2 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip.

The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life.

Shooting, Suppression of Protests and other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity

 Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip

IOF escalated their offensive on the Gaza Strip, which started on Monday, 10 May 2021, and continued their indiscriminate and intense air, sea and land strikes as part of their collective punishment and retaliation policy. IOF targeted more residential buildings over its residents, massacring entire families, and destroyed the infrastructure in city centers and densely populated neighborhoods. They also targeted agricultural lands, governmental facilities and military sites belonging to Palestinian armed groups, rendering the Gaza Strip an unsafe zone. The forced displacement of thousands of residents from their houses in eastern Gaza Strip continued due to the violent artillery shelling and the firing of smoke grenades which spread bad smells and caused nausea and eye irritation. This recalls the scene of Palestinian Nakba on its 73rd anniversary.

As a result, 207 Palestinians were killed, including 38 women, 55 children, 3 persons with disabilities, and a journalist. Among those killed were entrie families that were wiped out and their family members were lost. Fourty-four members of those families were killed, including 18 children and 13 women, in an airstrike that destroyed several residential buildings on their residents’ heads on al-Wehda Street. The targeted residential buildings sheltered several families.

Furthermore, 1302 civilians, including 262 women and 395 children, were injured; at least 55 of them sustained critical wounds. 

Also, 155 residential houses and buildings, 8 towers and 3 mosques were targeted. Additionally, hundreds of houses and facilities were partially destroyed. The Israeli bombing caused severe damage to 35 mosques, a church and 6 cemeteries, in addition to 27 media outlets which sustained destruction while targeting the towers. Also, 4 journalists were injured during the airstrikes. Moreover, UNRWA headquarter and 2 schools sustained damage, in addition to 66 other schools, a medical center, dozens of factories and economic facilities.

Thus, the death toll since the beginning of the Israeli offensive has risen to 228, including 64 children and 38 women, and the number of those wounded has risen to 1370, including 417 children and 269 women. 

According to the daily update by the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the total number of injuries has risen to 1630, including 55 serious injuries and 400 injuries in the upper parts; 153 of them in the head and neck. Also, among those wounded were 470 children and 310 women.

The Electricity Company announced that IOF airstrikes caused significant damage to 5 main power lines that supply electricity from the Israeli side, as well as 8 main power transformers, 62 high and192 low voltage lines, which inflicted a 4.97 million USD loss on the company. The company indicated that this situation will increase the burden and pressure on the electricity sector in an unprecedented manner, and will lead towards a dangerous situation that threatens the collapse of Gaza’s main sectors, including health, water, sanitation, public services. The company confirmed that at least 687,000 beneficiaries are currently affected by the grave destruction to the electricity network.

Furthermore, the communications network was cut off, and the internet services were affected in the southern Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Telecommunications Company announced that one of the main lines of the fiber-optic internet service connecting the central and southern Gaza Strip’s governorates with Gaza City was targeted today in the dawn, isolating Gaza from the outside world, noting that it was a standby line for the services provided by the Palestine Cellular Communications Company “Jawwal.”

Following are the details of Israeli offensive on Gaza Strip:

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Northern Gaza:

Airstrikes resulted in the injury of (46) Palestinians, including (9) children and (4) women, and caused damage to a hospital, a clinic, a factory, a medical point, a municipality headquarter, a petrol station, an education center, a wedding hall, and a gym.

At approximately 16:40 on Tuesday, 11 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 5 missiles at an empty land in Qalibo area, east of Beit Lahia, causing damage to nearby houses and to the ceiling of the administrative office on duty inside the Indonesian Hospital near the targeted place. No casualties were reported.

At approximately 16:05, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a house in Beit Lahia.  As a result, the house sustained damage and a passer-by was wounded.

At approximately 17:05, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at an empty land in ‘Izbet ‘Abed Rabu.  As a result, a Palestinian Red Crescent Society’s (PRCS) medical point located at ‘Izbet ‘Abed Rabu intersection sustained damage as the windows were broken.

At approximately 18:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at apartment No. (1) in building No. (25) in Sheikh Zayid housing project in central Beit Lahia. As a result, the building’s wall sustained damage but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 18:00 on the same day, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Abu al-Khair farm in al-Qerem area in Jabalia. As a result, 5 civilians sustained wounds and nearby houses sustained damage.

At approximately 20:15, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at an empty land adjacent to Beit Lahia Police Station from the eastern side. As a result, 23 civilians, including 6 children and 2 women, were wounded; most of them were in their houses and others were walking on the street. The injuries were classified between moderate and minor. Furthermore, the Israeli airstrike caused severe damage to the police station and to Hala Jamil Al Shawa clinic, which is near the targeted area from the southern side. The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced that Hala Jamil Al Shawa clinic is off service after being bombarded, noting that it is a clinic providing maternal and child health services. Also, Beit Lahia Municipality sustained severe damage in addition to its garage, workshop and vehicles. Additionally, Beit Lahia post office, northern Gaza deputies’ office, Hamada Gas and Fuel Company’s Beit Lahia Municipality Fuel Station, New Generation Education Center, Revan wedding hall, and the Classico Gym sustained damage as well. Also, 8 houses near the targeted area sustained severe damage and dozens of other houses sustained partial damage as their windows were broken.

At approximately 23:40, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at an agricultural land in Jabalia. As a result, 6 civilians, including a woman and a girl, were wounded and taken to the Indonesian Hospital. Also, nearby houses sustained damage.

Gaza City:

At approximately 04:40 on Tuesday, 11 May 2021, an Israeli warplane fired 2 missiles at a residential apartment in Tiba building  and completely destroyed it, in addition to another apartment located on the 6th  floor, a property of Subeih family, which sustained major damage after the apartment’s roof fell over its residents’ heads. As a result, Ameera ‘Abed al-Fattah ‘Abed al-Rahman Subeih (58) and her son ‘Abed al-Rahman Yoused ‘Ali Subeih (19), a person with disability, were killed and 2 other civilians living in a nearby apartment were injured.

At approximately 05:00, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at al-Jaleel Ice Cream Factory, near al-Kuwait intersection, south of Gaza City, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 11:25. Israeli warplanes fired a missile at an apartment located on the 2nd floor of al-Jundi al-Majhoul Tower, in the center of Gaza City. As a result, 3 civilians were killed, and 8 others were wounded. Among those killed were: Kamal Tayseer Salman Qareqi’ (34), Sameh Faheem Hashim al-Mamlouk (34) and Mohammed Saleem Abu al-‘Atta (29).

At approximately 16:30 on Tuesday, 11 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Eyad Fathi Fayiq Shareer’s (45) house in al-Manara neighborhood on al-Nafaq Street in Gaza City. As a result, the 2-story house (250 sqms) was destroyed over its residents’ heads while its owner, his wife Layali Taha ‘Abbas Shareer (41) and their daughter Lina (16) were killed. Also, the area sustained severe damage because it is densely populated. 

At approximately 19:35, Israeli warplanes launched 7 missiles at Hanadi Tower, west of Gaza City. As a result, the tower was completely destroyed while the nearby buildings and towers sustained severe material damage. Hanadi Tower was comprised of 14 floors and included a lot of residential apartments, institutions and offices; some of them were governmental.

At approximately 21:00, the Israeli warplanes sporadically launched missiles at al-Jawharah Building of 11 floors at the intersection of al-Jalaa’ and al-Wehdah streets in the central Gaza City.  Missile-launching at the building continued until 02:20 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, as it was targeted with 8 missiles.  As a result, all apartments inside the tower sustained severe damage, and the tower became in danager of collapse.  The tower housed residential apartments, offices and organizations, particularly media offices, which sustained severe destruction, including the National Information Agency, Palestine Newspaeper,  Al-Araby Al-Jadeed Newspaper, Al-Arabi channel, Al-Ittijah TV, Al-Nujaba Satellite TV,  Syrian TV, Al-Kufiya Channel, Al Mamalaka channel, APA Agency, Sabq Agency 24, Bawaba 24, the Palestinian Media Forum, Fusion Internet Network Company, and clinics. Moreover, nearby buildings, towers and shops sustained secere destruction as well. Also, Al Jazeera Media Network office, which is near the Al-Jawhara Tower, sustained material damage.

At approximately 22:00, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital declared the death of Mohammed ‘Abdel Ra’ouf Mohammed Hillis (34) from al- Shuja’iyya neighborhood in eastern Gaza City, succumbing to wounds he sustained in an Israeli airstrike on a group of citizens in eastern al-Shuja’iyya neighborhood. 

Central Gaza Strip:

At approximately 13:00 on Tuesday, 11 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at al-Sayedah Khadijah School and one of the Ahmed Harb al-Kurd School buildings, which both belong to al-Salah Islamic Charity, northwest of Deir al-Balah.  As a result, the Ahmed Harb al-Kurd School building was completely destroyed.  The school building was comprised of 2 floors and included 8 classrooms and 2 science and computer labs serving 550 students.  Moreover, the airstrike caused partial damage to the Sayedah Khadijah School for Girls which serve 400 students and to 7 nearby houses.

At approximately 21:00 on Tuesday, 11 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched at least a missile at an agricultural land, southwest of Deir al-Balah.  As a result, 2 brothers were killed with shrapnel that hit different parts of their bodies when they were in a 14-dunum rented agricultural land that included 3 poultry farms, which belong to their father ‘Abdel Karim Mohammed Barakah and where they worked.  The 2 killed were identified as Monther ‘Abdel Karim Mohamed Barakah (21) and his brother Manar (18), from al-Barouk neighborhood in Deir al-Balah.  

Khan Yunis:

Israeli warplanes carried out many airstrikes that targeted 2 uninhabited houses in al-Qarara and Abasan al-Jadida, and agricultural lands. As a result, a child sustained moderate wounds.

Wednesday,12 May 2021

Northern Gaza:

The Israeli airstrikes resulted in the murder of ( 5) Palestinians and the injury of (56) others, including (15) children and (12) women. Also, several houses were targeted; 2 of them were completely destroyed while dozens of other houses were partially destroyed. Additionally, a medical point sustained material damage.

At approximately 03:20, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at an agricultural land near al-Qerm intersection, east of Jabalia. As a result, nearby houses sustained damage after their windows were broken. Also, 26 civilians, including 4 children and 9 women, were wounded due to the shattering glass. 

At approximately 07:45, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at Jehad Kamal al-‘Ajrami’s (33) house in al-‘Alami neighborhood in Jabalia camp, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 08:15, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at Sa’dallah Sa’ied Mohammed Dahman’s (62) house in Jabalia camp, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 10:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a civilian car near Hamouda intersection, east of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip. As a result, four were killed in the car and another one was wounded. Those killed were identified as: Tal’at Jameel Mahmoud Aghah (34), ‘Atif ‘Abed al-Rahman Jum’a al-Barawi (47), Nael Khaled Yunis al-Barawi (22), Wael Mahmoud  Fares Al-Ghoula (47).

At approximately 11:00, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at a barrack near ‘Izbet ‘Abed Rabu intersection, causing damage to a PRCS medical point established there, to the Shari’a Court and other houses near the targeted area.

At approximately 12:00 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at residential apartment No. (1) in building (25) in Sheikh Zayid Housing Project in eastern Beit Lahia. As a result, the apartment sustained partial damage, but no casualties were reported. 

Around the same time, Israeli artillery fired 10 shells at border areas in eastern and northern Beit Hanoun and in northern and northwestern Beit Lahia, causing a dense white smoke. As a result, the residents of the areas adjacent to the border fence were forced to leave; no casualties were reported.

Around the same time, an Israeli drone fired 5 missiles at Mahmoud Nimer Abu Mahmoud Jaser’s (71) house in Jabalia. As a result, the eastern side of the house and its roof sustained damage.

At approximately 12:05, an Israeli artillery fired a shell at Hatem Wahdan’s house in Beit Hanoun. As a result, the house’s eastern wall sustained material damage.

At approximately 12:42, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at Ibrahim Majed ‘Adel al-Fasees’s (28) barber shop (40 sqms) located in Tal al-Za’tar neighborhood in Jabalia, causing damage to the shop. Also, 4 civilians, including 2 children, sustained moderate and minor injuries.

At approximately 14:35, an Israeli drone fired 2 missiles at Ahmed Fayiq Abu Sitah’s house in Beit Lahia, causing damage to the roof of the house.

At approximately 19:30, the dead body of Mohammed Ahmed ‘Abed Abu ‘Ashma (35) arrived at Beit Hanoun Hospital in central Beit Hanoun, after losing track of him 2 days ago.  It should be noted that at approximately 07:30 on Monday, an Israeli drone fired a missile at the military site, and since then, no one entered the site fearing it would be targeted.

At approximately 20:00, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Zaher Mousa Ahmed Hamdan’s (55) 1-storey house on al-Qerman Street in Beit Hanoun. As a result, the house roof sustained material damage, but no casualties were reported.

 Gaza City:

The Israeli airstrikes resulted in the murder of (15) Palestinians, including (2) women and (3) children. Also, 2 towers and 4 resedential multi-story buildings and 2 govermental sites belonging to the Ministry of Interrior were completely destroyed.

At approximately 00:30 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at one of the Interior Ministries’ headquarters inside Ansar Security Compound, west of Gaza City, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 01:35, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a 4-storey residential building next to al-Yaziji Bakery in Tal al-Hawa neighborhood in Gaza city.  As a result, five were killed, including a mother and her child and another girl living in a nearby building.  Those killed were identified as Rima Sa’ed Kamel Sa’ed “al-Telbani” (31), her 5-year-old child Zaid Mohammed ‘Odah al-Telbani, Wael ‘Abdel Karim ‘Ali ‘Issa (41); Hasan Mohammed ‘Ali al-Qahwaji (43) and Hala Hussein Ra’fat al-Rifi (13), who was killed in the building adjacent to the targeted building. Note: the  dead body of Maryan al-Telbani (3) is still lost.

At approximately 05:55, Israeli warplanes continuously carried out dozens of airstrikes on various areas in Gaza city, most prominently targeting and destroying al-Jawazat Security Headquarter in al-Remal neighborhood in central Gaza City, causing severe damage to the nearby UNRWA schools, roads and streets.  They also targeted and completely destroyed the Interior Security headquarter in Ansar Compound and al-Rawdah 7-storey building on al-Abraj Street near the PRCS Emergency and Ambulances Services headquarter; as a result, the nearby buildings sustained damage, including al-Azhar Buildings (4) and (5); al-Sa’adah Building (1) and the Youth and Sports buildings, as well as the roads leading to the area.  Moreover, a security building near the Public Prosecution building next to the Islamic University was targeted and completely destroyed.

Israeli warplanes also targeted and completely destroyed the Interior Ministry’s Expatriates Registration offices in the ground floors of al-Sousi (B) 14-storey building on al-Sena’ah Street, west of Gaza City.  As a result, the building sustained severe damage as well as al-Sousi (A) building and the vehicles parked under the 2 buildings.  Additionally, the UNRWA Main Operations Head offices next to the 2 buildings sustained severe damage as well as the roads and streets.

At approximately 10:40, medical sources declared the death of Hamzah Mahmoud Yasin ‘Ali (12) after he succumbed to wounds he sustained in an Israeli airstrike in al- Shuja’iyya neighborhood.

At approximately 11:30, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a civilian white Skoda car traveling on al-Moghrabi Street in central Gaza City.  As a result, 6 were killed, including the driver, a man and his wife who were inside the car, a civilian in front of his house and 2 other passers-by. Those killed were identified as the driver Mustafa Mazen Salem Kurdiyah (22); Sa’id Hashim Sa’id al-Hatu (67) and his wife Maysoun Zaki Hashem al-Hatou (55); Mansour Yousif Hasan al-Dreimly (66), who was in front of his house in the area; and Nader Mohammed al-Ghazali (47) along with his nephew ‘Abdulsalam Mahmoud Nabih al-Ghazali (28), who were also from the same area.  Moreover, the children of Sa’id al-Hatou, Mohammed and Yara, were wounded.

At approximately 11:30, Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles at Khaled Ahmed Yaser al-Namrouti’s (50) house in al-Sheikh Redwan neighborhood near an UNRWA Clinic. As a result, the 3-story house (250 sqms) was completely destroyed. It should be noted that one of the neighbors received a phone call from the Israeli Intelligence Services ordering him to inform the residents of other houses to evacuate only few minutes before the airstrike.

At approximately 12:00, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a residential building belonging to Majed Hamed Bakir al-Yazji (63) in al-Manarah neighborhood on al-Nafaq street. As a result, the 3-story house (750 sqms) was completely destroyed.  The ground floor is an electric appliances factory where Majed al-Yazji, his 3 sons, and 10 other workers work while 4 families, including 9 children and 4 women, lived in the house. The building’s owner said that he received a phone call from a private number ordering him to evacuate the house.

At approximately 14:20, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a civilian grey car while traveling in al-Sha’af neighborhood in eastern Gaza City. As a result, Izz al-Dein Mohammed Abdullah Hillis (28) was killed, and his brother, Ashraf (48), was wounded.

At approximately 16:00, Israeli warplanes launched 6 missiles at “al-Weqa’ie al-Gharbiya” residential building on al-Mokhabarat Street. As a result, the 5-storey building, which included 10 residential apartments, was completely destroyed while the nearby shops and buildings sustained severe damage.  Moroever, Layalina wedding hall, comprised of 2 floors and located next to the targeted building, sustained damage. The building’s owner said that he received a phone call from a private number ordering him to evacuate the house.

At approximately 18:30, Israeli warplanes launched 10 missiles at al-Shorouq 14-storey tower on Omar al-Mukhtar Street in al-Rimal neighborhood, which is considered one the most vital areas in the Gaza Strip. As a result, the tower was completely destroyed, and the surrounding buildings and shops sustained severe damage. It should be noted that al-Shorouq tower housed various media outlets and civilian institutions, including Al-Hayat al-Jadida Newspaper, Al-Aqsa TV and Al-Aqsa Radio, Taiff Media institution, and media production company PMP.

At approximately 19:25, an Israeli warplane launched a missile in front of Ahmed Ibrahim Ahmed Abu Sakran’s (56) house in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood, where a number of civilians were gathering before al-Maghreb Adhan  in the last day of Ramadan. As a result, the house owner and his relative namely Mohammed Nahed Jaber Abu Sakran (24), were killed, while ‘Ali Hisham Ahmed Abu Sakran (8) was wounded and his condition was described serious by medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital.

At approximately 21:15, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Salah al-Deen Street in front of al-‘Ijlah Meat Shop in al-Zaytun neighborhood in southern Gaza City. As a result, Yahiya Mazen Shehada Khalifa (14) was killed with shrapnel that hit different parts of his body as he was in front of his house.  Moreover, 4-storey building sustained severe damage.

At approximately 21:30, Israeli warplanes sporadically launched 24 missiles at main streets and vital roads.  They targeted al-Saraya Intersection on Omar al-Mukhtar Street, Abu Khadra Intersection and the Shari’a Court Street in the central Gaza City. As a result, the area, which include public facilities, residential buildings and governmental institutions, sustained severe damage.

At approximately 21:30, Israeli warplanes launched 10 missiles at the main road which connects Tal al-Hawa neighborhood with al-Zaytun neighborhood and targeted the street next to Alaa’ al-Dein petrol station and the Rosary Sisters School on Street “8”. Additionally, Mazen Foqaha football field sustained severe damage. It should be noted that the Israeli warplanes continued launching missiles sporadically until 03:00.

Central Gaza Strip:

The Israeli airstrikes resulted in the murder of (4) Palestinians and the injury of (5) others. Also, a house was destroyed and a school and other houses sustained damage.

At approximately 18:30 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, Israeli drones launched one missile at a group of citizens in an open land near al-Ihsan Mosque in Nusseirat refugee camp.  As a result, 4 Palestinians were killed and identified as Hamzah Mahmoud al-Hor (25); Mohammed ‘Abdel Men’em Shahin (27); Mohammed Mo’in al-Qar’ah (26); and Ahmed Walid al-Talla’a (29); all of them were members of the Palestinian armed groups from Nusseirat refugee camp.  Moreover, 2 others were wounded moderately and taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah.

At approximately 11:50, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles; the first launched by a drone, at the Islamic National Bank on Salah al-Deen Street, south of al-Bureij refugee camp’s entrance.  As a result, the Bank’s 2-storey building (500 sqms) was completely destroyed while the nearby shops and houses sustained partial damage in addition to the electricity network, causing power outage in the area.  Moreover, 3 passers-by sustained various injuries and were taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital.

At approximately 01:40, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a house belonging to Eyad Belal al-Tayeb (45) in al-Bureij refugee camp.  As a result, the 2-storey house (166 sqms) was completely destroyed and around 15 nearby houses sustained severe and partial damage.  Moreover, the electricity and wastewater networks were destroyed.  No causalities were reported.

Khan Younis:

Eight Palestinians, including 3 children, were killed. Among those killed were a mother and her daughter. Also, 34 Palestinians, including 3 women, were injured and 3 houses were targeted; 2 of them were completely destroyed.

At approximately 04:50 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at 2 houses belonging to Mohammed ‘Abdel Salam al-Yazouri and Rafe’a Salah ‘Odah Salamah, and completely destroyed them.  Due to the shattering rubble, 3 civilians sustained minor wounds.  Only an hour before the airstrike, one of the area residents received a call from the IOF ordering him to tell the residents to leave their houses.

At approximately 06:05, Israeli warplanes targeted again with 4 missiles the 2 houses and nearby lands, causing wide-ranging damage to the houses in the area.  One of the missiles fell on a poultry shop, which is 300 meters away to the west, and did not explode but its roof was destroyed.

Around the same time, Israeli warplanes launched 20 missiles within minutes at al-Madares Street, a military site belonging to the Palestinian armed groups and a municipality park; all of them are in the same area.  As a result, the area sustained wide destruction, including the street, the electricity and water supply network, and the municipality park.  Moreover, the Public Prosecution headquarter, and the antidrug police station were partially destroyed while the windows of the nearby houses were broken and sustained cracks.  Additionally, residents of the area and Khan Younis were terrified due to the intensive explosions and heavy airstrikes, which were carried out within only few minutes without any prior warning.  At approximately 07:00, Mahmoud Jamil Kalousa (29) arrived a dead body at Naser Hospital in Khan Younis after retrieving his body from the targeted area.

At approximately 10:15, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a rickshaw in al-Fokhari area, east of Khan Younis.  As a result, two were wounded, including a child who sustained moderate wounds.  

At approximately 10:30, IOF stationed along the border fence with Israel opened fire at farmers in eastern Khuza’ah, east of Khan Younis. As a result, Bashar Ahmed Ibrahim Sammour (16) was killed.

At approximately 14:05 On Wednesday, 12 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) distribution vehicle while passing by al-‘Awdah Bakery in Bani Suheila.  The missile hit the vehicle and injured 3 citizens, including a child, with shrapnel and burns.  They were all taken to Naser Hospital, where 2 of them were pronounced dead upon arrival and were identified as Majed ‘Abed Raboh Mahmoud Abu Sa’adah (38), from Bani Suheila, and Mahmoud Ahmed Abu ‘Amer (37), from ‘Abasan in eastern Khan Younis.  The child injured was identified as Muhanad Taysir Abu ‘Alian (15) and his condition was reported serious.

At approximately 14:25 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a 4-storey house belonging to Mahmoud ‘Arafah in al-Amal neighborhood.  The missile hit the second floor of the house, causing destruction and killing a mother and her daughter; Miami ‘Abdullah Mousa ‘Arafah (49) and Hadil Khaled Mahmoud ‘Arafah (28); whose body was retrieved from the rubble an hour later.  Moreover, 3 citizens sustained various injuries during the airstrike and were all taken to Naser Hospital to receive treatment.  The persons injured were identified as Isma’il Mahmoud al-Khawaladah (48), who was injured in his head and abdomen; his daughter Nagham (16), who was injured in her back; and Mahmoud ‘Arafah.

At approximately 17:30, an Israeli helicopter launched a missile near Temraz Fuel Station in al-Fokhari area.  As a result, 2 children were killed and 2 citizens were wounded; one of them is a child and in serious condition.  All of them are residents of the area.  Those killed were identified as ‘Ammar Taysir ‘Ayesh al-‘Amour (11) and Hamadah ‘Atiyah ‘Abed al-‘Omor (13) while the persons injured were identified as ‘Alian Munir Ibrahim al-‘Amour (13) in serious condition and ‘Omer ‘Abed Ibrahim Abu Mustafa al-‘Omor (21).  All of them were taken to Gaza European Hospital while ‘Alian was referred to Nasser Hospital and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit due to his serious injury.

At approximately 23:50, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles near houses in al-Najjar neighborhood in Khuza’ah.  As a result, a woman and 2 children were wounded, and a number of houses sustained damage.

Rafah:

The Israeli bombing resulted in the murder of an elderly man and caused damage to agricultural lands.

At approximately 16:20 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, the dead body of Hammad ‘Ayyad Mansour al-Debari (86), from al-Shokah in eastern Rafah, arrived at Abu Yousif al-Najjar Hospital after he sustained shrapnel wounds in the head inside his house near al-Sabereen Mosque.  PCHR’s staff is still investigating the circumstances of the incident, which coincided with the Israeli Iron Dome’s interception of the Palestinian rockets fired from the Gaza Strip along with Israeli artillery shelling.

Thursday, 13 May 2021:

Northern Gaza:

20 Palestinians were killed; including 7 children and 7 women, one of them was pregnant. Also, 118 Palestinians, including 44 children and 20 women, were wounded. Moreover, 9 houses were completely destroyed while shops, companies, a law firm, a lending institution, an education center, cars, and dozens of houses sustained partial damage. Also, public roads and infrastructure sustained severe damage.

At approximately 00:00 on Thursday, 13 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at the Ministry of Interior’s internal security headquarter in al-Sheikh Zayid area. As a result, the headquarter was completely destroyed, while the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Affairs, Shari’a Court, al-Quds Open University, a vocational center and a secondary school for boys sustained damage and windows were broken.

At approximately 00:10, an Israeli drone targeted Jameel Abu Jarad’s 3-storey house located in the center of al-Zaitoun neighborhood in Beit Hanoun. As a result, the house’s roof sustained damage, but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 01:10, Israeli warplanes fired at least 20 missiles at a residential neighborhood on Beit Lahia Main Street, near Zayid intersection in Beit Lahia. As a result, 9 houses, including apartments for rent, education centers, Faten financial institution, a law firm, and commercial companies and shops were completely destroyed. These houses sheltered 15 families of 86 members, including 29 children and 28 women. Also, ‘Abed al-Raheem Mohammed ‘Abdullah al-Madhoun (62) and his wife Halima ‘Ali Mohammed al-Madhoun (65) were killed, 7 other civilians were missed, and 33 civilians, including 10 children and 8 women, were wounded due to the bombing. The injury of one of the wounded was classified serious while the other injuries were classified between moderate and minor.

Furthermore, the airstrikes completely destroyed the Main Street, water and sanitation pipelines, electricity and communication networks. Also, several houses sustained material damage; 6 houses and a residential tower located near the targeted area sustained severe damage while dozens of houses sustained partial damage.

At approximately 11:10, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Amjad Majdi al-Masri’s house, which is comprised of one floor and a roof built of tin plates, east of Beit Hanoun. As a result, the house was destroyed.

At approximately 11:50, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Eyad Nasr’s house located in Nazla area in Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip. As a result, the house sustained partial damage.

At approximately 13:45, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a group of citizens near al-Nada residential tower (19), in Izbat Beit Hanoun in Beit Hanoun. As a result, Khaled Emad Khaled al-Qanua’ (17) was killed while 8 others were wounded.

At approximately 17:30, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at Mousa Reda Hamad’s 3-story house on Qa’ al-Bir Street in Beit Hanoun. As a result, 3 civilians were wounded and taken to Beit Hanoun Hospital for treatment.

Around the same time, the Israeli artillery fired 2 shells at a group of farmers in their land near the American Hospital near Beit Hanoun Crossing, north of the Gaza Strip. As a result, one of the farmers namely Suhaib ‘Abed al-Raheem ‘Awad Ghanem (25) was killed while another namely Yehia Mansour Ghaben (24) was seriously injured, both are from Beit Lahia.

At approximately 18:30, Israeli artillery violently fired many shells at the areas adjacent to border fence in northern Beit Hanoun, northern Um al-Naser Bedouin village, and north and northwest of Beit Lahia. The Israeli shelling continued until 20:30 on the same day. As a result, 6 civilians, from Um al-Naser Bedouin village, were killed, including an infant, a girl and 3 women, after their houses were targeted without a prior warning. Those killed were identified as: Nisreen Naser Mohammed Abu Qleeq (25), Ni’ma Saleh Salama ‘Ayyash (47), Hashim Mohammed ‘Ayed al-Zugheibi (20), Sabreen Naser Mohammed Abu Dayyah (27); Mohammed Salamah Mohammed Abu Dayah (10 months), and Fawziyia Naser Mohammed Abu Fares (17).

Also, 25 civilians, including 7 children and 2 women, were wounded and taken to the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia. Additionally, dozens of houses sustained severe damage.

Moreover, at least 7000 civilians, from Um al-Naser village, left their houses and headed to two UNRWA schools in Jabalia and in Beit Lahia Housing Project due to the violent shelling and fearing of forthcoming ground operation.

At approximately 19:30, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at the Ministry of Transport and Communications’ licensing headquarter in al-Sheikh Zayid area in Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip. As a result, the northern part of the headquarter was destroyed. During the airstrike, a Skoda Octavia car belonging to Careem Taxi Company was traveling in the area and carrying 2 journalists from Anadolu News Agency and the driver. As a result, the car sustained damage while the journalist Mohammed Jamal al-‘Aloul (34) sustained shrapnel wounds in his legs,  and journalist Mostafa Mohammed al-Badri Hassona (44) sustained bruises The driver Mahmoud al-Khudari (32) and the journalist Mahmoud Abu al-Kas were wounded.

In the evening, medical and civil defense crews managed to retrieve a man, his wife and their 4 children from under the rubble after losing track of them as Israeli warplanes bombarded at dawn a residential compound near al-Sheikh Zayid intersection on the public road of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip. Those killed were identified as Ra’fat “Mohammed Ismail” ‘Attah al-Tanani (39), his wife Rawiyia Fathi Hasan al-Tanani (36), and their children Ismai’l (7), Adham (4), Ameer (6) and Mohammed (3). It should be noted that al-Tanani rented a residential apartment in Rabah al-Madhoun’s building, which was completely destroyed due to the bombing.

At approximately 23:50, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at a 4-story house belonging to Jehad Mohammed Sha’ban al-‘Aloul (51), in Beit Lahia Housing Project in Beit Lahia. As a result, four were killed, a father and his 3 daughters, one of them was pregnant, were identified as identified as Mohammed Ibrahim Mohammed ‘Amen (51) and his daughters, Hadeel (18), Warda (22) and Walaa’ (24), who was 6-month pregnant. Furthermore, 27 civilians were wounded, including 6 women and 10 children, while 3 houses sheltering 91 civilians, including 24 women and 41 children, were completely destroyed, and nearby houses sustained partial damage.

Gaza Strip:

At approximately 09:00, Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles at al-Waleed building, destroying it completely. The seven-floor building (17 apartments) includes offices and organizations, coiffure and Momen Quraiq’s media production company.

In the morning, 14 dead bodies were retrieved from a military site belonging to the Palestinian armed groups that was previously targeted in an Israeli airstrike.  The dead bodies arrived at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, and the Forensic Department there announced that the main cause of death is suffocation, suspecting that they inhaled toxic gases, so several samples were taken in order to make the necessary examinations.

At approximately 12:10 on Thursday, 13 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles at al-Ribat College belonging to the Ministry of Interior in al-Sheikh Ijlin neighborhood and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 15:15, Israeli warplanes launched two missiles at Sameh Faheem al-Mamlouk’s house in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood. As a result, the 3-storey house and nearby houses sustained partial damage. It should be noted that al-Mamlouk was killed when an airstrike targeted his apartment in al-Jondi al-Majhoul Tower in al-Rimal neighborhood on the first day of the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.

At approximately 19:00 on Thursday, 13 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a group of citizens on al-Dahdouh Street, in Tal al-Hawa neighborhood, south of Gaza City. As a result, ‘Abdul Rahman Istabitah Khalaf Azzam (34) and Mustafa Hasan Ahmed al-‘Abed (35) were killed.

At approximately 21:00, Israeli military vehicles and tanks stationed along the border fence, east of Gaza, launched many shells at al-Shuja’iya and al-Zaytun neighborhoods, and continued until 05:00, causing fear among civilians in the eastern neighborhoods.  As a result, many families were forced to leave their houses for fear of the indiscriminate and sought refuge in the UNRWA schools in central and western Gaza City. Moreover, the Israeli artillery shelling forced dozens of families in Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahia to seek refuge in an UNRWA school on al-Naser Street, north of Gaza City.

Central Gaza Strip:

At approximately 15:20 on Thursday, 13 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a house belonging to ‘Eyadah Family in al-Bureij Refugee camp.  As a result, the house was completely destroyed and the nearby houses sustained partial damage.  Moreover, two were killed, including a child, and 2 others were wounded.  Those killed were identified as Ahmed Rami Mahmoud al-Hawajri (15) and Mo’ayad Taysir ‘Abdel Rahman al-Khatib (20), from al-Bureij refugee camp.  All casualties were taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah.

At approximately 16:30, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a house belonging to Mohammed Mahmoud Mohammed ‘Issa (42) from al-Bureij refugee camp.  As a result, his wife and daughter were killed namely: Manar Kahder Ahmed ‘Issa (Salamah) (39) and Lina Mohammed Mahmoud ‘Issa (13) while 3 others were injured.  Moreover, the nearby houses sustained damage.

At approximately 19:00, an Israeli drone fired at least one missile at an agricultural land behind a house belonging to Mohammed Khaled ‘Omer al-Tawashi on al-Mazra’ah Street, south of Deir al-Balah.  As a result, Mohammed Khaled ‘Omer al-Tawashi (21) was killed, and his body was found the next day at approximately 08:00.

At approximately 22:40, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a carwash near al-Zawaydah entrance on Salah al-Deen Street.  As a result, the carwash and an uninhabited house were completely destroyed while a number of houses, 3 shops and 3 nearby auto repair shops sustained partial damage.  Moreover, five were wounded, including a child, and taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah; two of those wounded sustained serious wounds and referred to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.

Khan Yunis:

A Palestinian killed while 5 others wounded. Moreover, 2 houses and a bank were completely destroyed.  Moreover, nearby houses sustained severe destruction.

At approximately 01:30, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at the Ministry of Interior and National Security’s headquarter, west of Khan Yunis. After 20 minutes, they launched 2 other missiles. As a result, the headquarter was completely destroyed.

At approximately 06:40, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at the Islamic National Bank in Khan Younis.  The bank is comprised of 4 apartments in the ground and first floors in al-Agha Building next to the Khan Younis Municipality in the city center.  It should be noted that only half an hour before the airstrike, one of the sons of the building’s owner received a call from the IOF asking them to evacuate it.

At approximately 09:00, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a group of citizens in Abu T’eimah neighborhood in ‘Abasan al-Kabirah.  As a result, two were wounded; one of them was identified as ‘Abdel ‘Aziz ‘Abdel Hamid Abu T’eimah (27) from the area.

At approximately 13:05, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Samer Isma’el Khader Abu Daqqa’s house in Abasan al-Kabira. As a result, the house was completely destroyed, but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 19:00, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at the Palestine Production Bank in the ground floor of a 2-storey building while the first floor is home in Khan Yunis.  As a result, the bank was completely destroyed while the residential floor sustained severe damage.  Moreover, a nearby 3-storey building, which includes 5 residential apartments, sustained severe damage. It should be noted that half an hour before the airstrike, IOF called the building’s owner asking him to evacuate and tell the residents of the area to evacuate as well.

At approximately 19:40, Israeli warplanes fired a missile near a house belonging to ‘Omer Khaled Saleh al-Shorabji in al-Mawasi area, west of Khan Younis, causing a big hole in the street, destroying a room and causing severe damage and cracks in the 2-storey house (220 sqms.)  The house shelters 2 families of 7 persons, including 3 women and a girl.  It should be noted that 20 minutes before the airstrike, Khaled al-Shorabji received a call from the IOF, asking him to tell his uncle ‘Omer to evacuate his house as it would be targeted.

Rafah City:

At approximately 07:55, Israeli drone fired 3 missiles at the Islamic National Bank in Rafah. After 10 minutes, Israeli warplanes launched a missile causing severe destruction in addition to nearby offices and institutions which sustained damage, but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 09:50, an Israeli drone fired one missile at a house belonging to Wael Mohammed Khalil ‘Abdeen in al-Naser town. After 10 minutes, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at the house and completely destroyed it. Moreover, nearby houses sustained partial damage, and no casualties were reported. Before the airstrike, one of the residents received a call from the Israeli forces ordering him to tell the residents to evacuate the houses in the area.

At approximately 17:00 on Thursday, 13 May 2021, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Mohammed Shabanah, west of Rafah City.  Ten minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and completely destroyed it.  As a result, nearby houses sustained partial damage, but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 18:00, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at the Interior Ministry’s Internal Security site, southwest of Rafah City.  Fifteen minutes later, another 4 missiles were launched at the site and completely destroyed it.  No casualties were reported.

At approximately 19:40, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to Jamal Isma’il Soliman al-Zamli in al-Tannour neighborhood.  As a result, his granddaughter Hoor Mo’men Jamal al-Zamli (3) and her mother Kholoud Fo’ad Farhan al-Zamli (27), who was 6-month pregnant.  Moreover, 7 others were variously wounded, including 3 children and 3 women.  All of them were taken to Abu Yousif Al-Najjar Hospital to receive treatment.

At approximately 20:20, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a 3-storey house belonging to Yousif Ibrahim al-Rantisi (‘Azarah) and his brothers in al-Juneinah neighborhood.  As a result, the mother, her grandson, her son and his wife were killed.  Those killed were identified as Siham Yousif Mohammed al-Rantisi (66); her 2-year-old grandson Ibrahim Mohammed Ibrahim al-Rantisi; her son Ra’ed Ibrahim Khamis al-Rantisi (29) and his wife Shaimaa’ Diab Mohammed al-Rantisi (21.) Moreover, 15 others were wounded variously, including 7 children and 3 women.  All of them were taken to Abu Yousif al-Najjar Hospital to receive treatment.

At approximately 21:55, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to ‘Adel ‘Ali ‘Atiyah ‘Arafat and his brother in al-Salam neighborhood.  Ten minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house, causing massive destruction to it and partial damage to the nearby houses.  No casualties were reported.  It should be noted that the house’s owner received a call from the IOF asking him to evacuate the house and nearby houses.  The 3-storey house was 350 square meters and sheltered 7 families of 54 members.

At approximately 21:30, and over 5 hours, IOF stationed along the border fence fired many artillery shells sporadically at empty lands.  No casualties were reported.

Friday, 14 May 2021:

Northern Gaza:

12 Palestinians, including 4 children and 2 women, were killed while 276 others, including 93 children and 87 women, were wounded. Also, the airstrikes targeted 5 houses and a mosque, which were both completely destroyed. Additionally, 150 missiles were launched at dozens of other houses, public roads and infrastructure sustained severe destruction.

At approximately 00:00 on Friday, 14 May 2021, Israeli warplanes violently targeted many agricultural and empty lands, and houses in various areas in Beit Hanoun, Beit Lahia and Um al-Nasser village. The airstrikes continued for 2 hours; during which at least 150 missiles were launched.  As a result, five were killed, including 2 women and 3 children, while 68 others were injured, including 21 women and 20 children.

According to PCHR’s investigations, Israeli warplanes targeted an agricultural land near a 3-storey house belonging to Mahmoud Hashem al-‘Attar’s sons in Beit Lahia on the Street beyween al-‘Atatrah and al-Salatin neighborhoods in Beit Lahia. As a result, Lamyaa’ Hasan al-‘Attar (27) and her 3 children namely Islam (8), Amira (7), and Mohammed “Zain al-Dein” (8 months) were killed, and their house was completely destroyed. Meanwhile, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at an agricultural land in al-Amal neighborhood in Beit Lahia near a 2-storey house belonging to Ibrahim Mousa Ahmed Salama (49). As a result, his wife, Faiza Ahmed Mohammed Salama (45) was killed, and the house owner and his son were injured. Additionally, the violent airstrikes destroyed many houses, especially on al-Ba’li Street in central Beit Hanoun.

At approximately 10:15, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a 2-storey house belonging to Abdul Karim Shihada in Nazla area in Jabalia. As a result, the house was completely destroyed.

At approximately 13:05 on Friday, 14 May 2021, Israeli warplanes fired 3 missiles at a 4-storey house belonging to the sons of Mohammed Mostafa Zarandah in Bir al-Na’jah area, west of Jabalia. As a result, the house was completely destroyed.

At approximately 16:30, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City announced the death of Mahmoud Mohammed Ahmed al-Madhoun (30), who lived to the east of Hala al-Shawa Clinic in Beit Lahia Housing Project, succumbing to wounds he sustained at approximately 13:00 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, when a plot of land near his house was targeted. Al-Madhoun was hit with shrapnel in the left side of his head when he was in front of his house.

At approximately 18:30, Israeli warplanes fired 3 missiles at Shadi ‘Abed Rabbu’s house in ‘Izbet ‘Abed Rabbu in Jabalia. As a result, 6 civilians, including 3 women and 2 children, were wounded and taken to the Indonesian Hospital, where the injuries of 2 of them were described as serious while the rest injuries were moderate. Additionally, the house was completely destroyed.

At approximately 20:20 on the same day, the dead bodies of Ahmed “Mohammed al-Mahdi” Isma’il al-Najar (32) and Ahmed ‘Awad Mohammed al-Neder (36), from Jabalia, arrived at the Indonesian Hospital after Israeli warplanes targeted them at 10:05 on Jaffa Street in Jabalia.

At approximately 21:30, shrapnel of a missile fell on a house belonging to the sons of ‘Issa ‘Obaid on al-Nozhah Street in Jabalia. As a result, a girl with disability namely Buthaina Mahmoud ‘Issa ‘Obaid (6) was killed after being hit with shrapnel in the right side of her head when she was in front of her house.

At approximately 23:50, Israeli warplanes launched at least 15 missiles at ‘Abed al-Razeq Qlaibo Mosque and its surrounding near Qlaibo Hill in Beit Lahia. As a result, the mosque was completely destroyed. Five minutes later, the residents of the area thought that the targeted house belonged to Hatem al-Mansi, which is to the southern side of the mosque, so they ran to evacuate al-Mansi family members. When the residents arrived at al-Mansi’s house and entered it, an Israeli drone fired a missile at the house garden. As a result, 3 civilians, including 2 brothers, were killed while 5 others, including a woman, were injured. One of those injured sustained serious wounds. Those killed were identified as: Ahmed (34) and Yousef (22) Hatem Mahmoud al-Mansi (34) and Ahmed Mohammed ‘Abed al-‘Aziz Sabbah (28). Moreover, 4 houses near the targeted mosque from the western side, other nearby houses and electricity and communication networks sustained severe damage

Gaza City:

At approximately 00:00 on Friday, 14 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched a series of violent and successive airstrikes, which lasted until 00:30, on the main roads and vital areas in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood, including Baghdad, al-Nazzaz, Muntar and al-Biltaji Streets, causing severe damage.  Moreover, al-Shuja’iya Cemetery was targeted with several missiles.

At approximately 02:00, Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles at Mahmoud Abu Halima Company for Metal Trading near al-Shawwa petrol station on the intersection of al-Mansourah and Salah al-Deen Streets in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood, east of Gaza.  The 1.5-dunum company belonging to Mohammed Mahmoud Abu Halima (46) and its equipment and goods were completely destroyed.  Moreover, the nearby buildings and facilities sustained severe damage. It should be noted that the Israeli Intelligence Services called two neighbors and ordered them to evacuate the area because the company would be targeted.

At approximately 05:00, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at Yafa workshop belonging to Shareef Mohammed Sa’eed al-Lulu (47) in front of al-Zaytun police station on Salah al-Dein Street in al-Zaytun neighborhood. As a result, the nearby houses and shops sustained severe damage.

At approximately 05:00, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a group of citizens, east of al-Shuja’iya neighborhood. As a result, two were killed, identified as Saqer Abdul Majid Isma’el al-Hayya (27), and Hussam Baker Mohammed al-Hayya (33).

At approximately 07:00, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital announced that Mahmoud Hamed Hasan Tolba (13), from al-Zaytun neighborhood, succumbed to his wounds on 12 May 2021. Tolba sustained serious shrapnel wounds in different parts of his body in an Israeli airstrike on Salah al-Deen Street.

At approximately 13:00 on Friday, 14 May 2021, Israeli warplanes sporadically launched several missiles at facilities belonging to the Palestinian Naval Police at the fishermen seaport, west of Gaza. The airstrike continued until 06:00 on Saturday, 15 May 2021.

At approximately 17:15, warplanes launched 4 missiles at the Palestine Production Bank in Nour al-Dein building belonging to Hussam Fo’ad Mahmoud Nour al-Dein (56) on Izz al-Dein al-Qassam Street next to al-Shifa Hospital, west of Gaza. As a result, the 5-storey building (480 sqms), sheltered 5 families, was completely destroyed as the bank was located in the ground floor, and the nearby facilities, buildings and shops sustained severe damages.

At approximately 19:30, Israeli warplanes launched 6 missiles at the Ministry of Interior and National Security’s headquarter in Ansar Security Compound, west of Gaza. As a result, the compound was completely destroyed and the nearby buildings sustained severe damage. It should be noted that IOF targeted the same place the next day morning.

At approximately 20:00, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at two apartments located in the southwestern side of the second and third floor in al-Rabi’a 6-storey building, which includes 5 residential apartments on an area of 800 sqms in central Gaza city. As a result, Abdullah Ashraf Abdullah Jouda (13) was killed in the second floor, and Adam Mohammed Subhy al-Far’awi (20), was killed in the third floor.

Central Gaza:

At approximately 13:40 on Friday, 14 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 5 missiles at a 2-storey house belonging to Ayman Nofal in al-Bureij refugee camp. As a result, the house was completely destroyed and the nearby houses sustained partial damage.  Moreover, Mahmoud Mohammed Isma’el al-Khaldy (27) was killed when he was passing by. Also, 15, including 4 women and 2 children, were wounded and taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah, where their injuries varied between minor to medium.

At approximately 13:45, Israeli warplanes launched 6 missiles at a 2-storey house (300sqms) belonging to Marwan Abdul Karim Issa, in al-Bureij refugee camp. As a result, the house was completely destroyed, nearby houses sustained damage and a person was injured.

At approximately 14:30, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles, one by a drone, at a house belonging to Mahmoud Abdul Hadi in al-Bureij refugee camp.  As a result, the tinplate-roofed house of one floor (200sqms) and sheltering 3 families of 16 members, including 5 children and 2 women, was completely destroyed. Moreover, nearby houses and 6 shops sustained partial damage.

At approximately 15:30, Israeli drones launched a missile at a fishing boat in fishermen seaport, west of Deir al-Balah. As a result, the fishing boat was destroyed and on fire and fishing equipment and nets were damaged, but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 18:15, Israeli artillery fired shells at the civilian houses in eastern Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.  Four shells fell on a 3-storey (140 sqms) house, which sheltered 3 families of 25 members, including 7 children and 4 women, belonging to Marwan Mohammed Abu Muhareb (51). As a result, the third floor sustained severe damage, but no casualties were reported. It should be noted that the residents evacuated their house after the shelling.

At approximately 19:10, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles, one by a drone, at a 2-storey house (180 sqms) belonging to Mohammed Qatamish in al-Maghazi refugee camp. As a result, 3 persons, including a child, were wounded and the house sustained partial damage.

Khan Yunis:

A Palestinian was killed and 13 others were wounded. Also, 5 houses were destroyed and nearby houses sustained severe damage.

At approximately 12:10 on Friday, 14 May 2021, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to ‘Omer Jihad Ahmed al-Astal (26) in the Satar al-Gharbi neighborhood in Khan Younis.  Five minutes later, Israeli warplanes fired 4 missiles at the ground floor house, which sheltered a family of 3, and the nearby land.  As a result, the house was completely destroyed while the nearby 2-story house of his father, Jihad Ahmed Fayez al-Astal, was almost completely destroyed as it sheltered 2 families of 9.  Moreover, a nearby house sustained damage, noting that half an hour before the airstrike, IOF called one of the family members and asked him to evacuate his house and tell the neighbors to evacuate as well.

At approximately 16:28, an Israeli drone launched a missile at a house belonging to Mazen Shubeir, west of the Islamic Complex in Khan Younis.  Few minutes later, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a land next to the house, causing a hole in the ground and damage to nearby houses.  No casualties were reported.

At approximately 18:50, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Ziad ‘Abdel ‘Aziz Abu Shaqrah in al-Sheikh Naser neighborhood in Khan Younis.  Few minutes later, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a one-story house (360 sqms) and completely destroyed it.  As a result, nearby houses sustained damage, and 7 civilians were injured due to the shattering rubble.  It should be noted that half an hour before the airstrike, IOF called residents of the area to tell the residents of the house and nearby houses to evacuate.  The house sheltered a family of 7, including 2 women and 3 children.

At approximately 19:00, IOF stationed along the border fence in eastern Khan Younis fired shells at al-Zannah, ‘Abasan al-Jadidah and Khuza’ah areas in eastern Khan Younis.  The shelling sporadically continued until the evening, and some shells fell in the center of the neighborhoods.  No casualties were reported.

At approximately 19:05, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to ‘Ahed ‘Abdel Malek Abu Shahla in al-Sheikh Nasser neighborhood.  Few minutes later, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a 4-storey house and completely destroyed it, causing damage to nearby houses.  It should be noted that the before the drone missile, IOF called one of the house residents to inform him to evacuate the houses.  The targeted house was 130 sqms and sheltered 4 families of 20, including 5 women and 10 children.

At approximately 20:10, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a group of citizens in ‘Abasan al-Kabirah in eastern Khan Younis.  As a result, Walid Zuhair Mohammed Abu Shab (23), from Bani Suheila, was killed while another was wounded.  Both were taken to Naser Hospital.

At approximately 22:00, Israeli gunboats fired shells off Khan Younis shore, causing severe destruction to the coffee shops there.  No casualties were reported.

Rafah:

At approximately 14:20 on Friday, 14 May 2021, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a motorbike on al-‘Oroubah Street in al-Tannour neighborhood.  As a result, the motorbike’s driver Mousa Ghaleb Ibrahim Madi (25) was killed.

At approximately 15:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Suheil ‘Abdel Jabbar Jaber al-Qotati in al-Barahmah neighborhood.  Five minutes later, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at the house and completely destroyed it and a car parked in front of it.  Moreover, nearby houses sustained partial damage, but no casualties were reported.  It should be noted that the brother of the house’s owner received a call from IOF and asked him to evacuate the house and nearby houses. The one-story house is 160 sqms and sheltered one family of 8.

Saturday, 15 May 2021:

Northern Gaza:

Airstrikes wounded 92 Palestinians, including 27 children and 26 women.  Many houses were completely destroyed while many others sustained partial damage.

At approximately 11:25, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at al-Hussoumi Shops for Construction Materials in al-Qar’ah al-Khamesah area in al-Salatin neighborhood in Beit Lahia.  As a result, the area sustained damage, but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 14:25 on Sunday, 15 May 2021, the Israeli artillery fired a shell at a residential apartment on the second floor in Tower No. (8) in al-Nada Towers, west of Beit Hanoun. As a result, the apartment sustained material damage; but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 16:00 on the same day, the Israeli artillery fired 2 shells at Hamed al-Shembari’s 4-story house in Borat Jamil al-Shawa, northeast of Beit Hanoun, but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 17:15, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at Shehada family’s 2-story house in Bloc No. (2) in Jabalia. As a result, the house and al-Kurdi shops for construction materials, which was on the ground floor, were completely destroyed. No casualties were reported.

At approximately 17:50, the Israeli artillery fired dozens of shells at the northern and western areas of Beit Lahia. As a result, fire broke out in Khudair Brothers Company and al-Modawer Medicine Company. The targeted companies included stores that contained large quantities of plastic and agricultural materials. No casualties were reported.

At approximately 18:15, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a gathering of citizens on the Old Gaza Street in Jabalia. As a result, 5 citizens were injured and taken to the Indonesian Hospital for treatment.

At approximately 18:35, the Israeli artillery fired 4 shells at Hitham Zakaria Nusair’s 3-story house on al-Qerman Street, east of Beit Hanoun. As a result, the house sustained severe damage, but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 19:15 on the same day, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Raied Sa’d’s house in ‘Anan area, west of Jabalia. As a result, the house was completely destroyed and nearby houses sustained material damage. No casualties were reported.

At approximately 19:30, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at al-Sifa Cemetery, northwest of Beit Lahia, but no casualties were reported.

Gaza City:

Airstrikes killed 12 Palestinians, including 8 children and 2 women.  Moreover, al-Jalaa’ Tower and 3 multi-story houses were completely destroyed while al-Andalus and al-Qaherah towers sustained severe and partial destruction.

At approximately 01:00 on Saturday, 15 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles at a residential building belonging to Abdul Shafi Khamis Ahmed al-Shobaki (62) near al-Sahabah Medical Complex in central Gaza City. As a result, the 4-storey building, which housed 8 apartments and sheltered 10 families, including 16 children and 5 women, was partially and severely destroyed as it was directly targeted.  Moreover, 2 nearby buildings sustained severe damage. It should be noted that one of the residents received a phone call from the Israeli Intelligence Services to evacuate the area.

At approximately 01:30, Israeli warplanes launched 6 missiles at a 3-storey house (250 sqms) belonging to ‘Alaa Abdul ‘Aall Abu Hatab in al-Shati refugee camp, without informing its residents to evacuate. As a result, 9, including 2 women and 7 children, were killed and identified as: the house owner’s wife, Yasmine Mohammed Khamees Abu Hatab (31), and her 4 children, Yousef (11), Maryam (8), Belal (9) and Yamin (6), the house owner’s sister, Maha Mohammed Abdul ‘Aal Abu Hatab “al-Hadidi” (35), and 3 of her children, Osama (6), ‘Abdul Rahman and Suhaib (13) Mohammed Subhi al-Hadidi, while their 5-month old brother was moderately injured.

At approximately 06:00, Israeli warplanes fired 5 missiles at al-Rawdah (1) residential tower, comprised of 5 floors and storehouses.  The tower is one of Tal al-Hawa Housing Project towers, and the targeted apartments were in the first, second and third floors in the northwestern side.  As a result, the apartments were completely destroyed while the tower and the nearby Rawadah (2) and al-Sa’adah (2), (3) and (4) towers sustained severe damage.

At approximately 13:35, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a group of citizens near the Friday Market in al-Shejaiya neighborhood. As a result, two, including a child, were killed, and were identified as Saif al-Dein Hani Mohammed Abu al-‘Atta (19), and Mohammed Ahmed Attiya Bahar (17.)

At approximately 15:15, Israeli warplanes launched 6 missiles at al-Jalaa’ tower near al-Watan tower on al-Jala’ street in Gaza City. As a result, the 12-storey tower, which housed residential apartments, offices and organizations, particularly media offices, including the head offices of al-Jazeera Channel and Associated Press (AP), was completely destroyed. It should be noted that Israeli Intelligence Services called the owner of the tower and informed him to evacuate it as it would be destroyed.

At approximately 17:00, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a 3-storey house belonging to the Hamas Movement leader, Khalil al-Hayya, in al-Sha’af neighborhood, east of Gaza City. As a result, it was completely destroyed.

Around the same time, Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles at Khaled al-Mana’ma’s house on al-Quds Open University Street in al-Naser neighborhood. As a result, the 2-storey house was completely destroyed.

Around the same time, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a house belonging to Hamdi SAlim ‘Abed Hassounah (58) in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood, causing severe damage in the upper floors.

At approximately 19:00, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles and directly targeted the 8th and 9th floors in the northwestern and southwestern sides of al-Qahira (Cairo) tower on the Arab League Street near the Ministry of Finance. As a result, the 14-storey tower, which includes 48 apartments, sustained severe damage. It should be noted that the tower’s guard received a phone call from the Israeli Intelligence Services asking him to tell the residents of the tower to evacuate.

At approximately 19:00, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a civilian car travelling on al-Oyoun Street in al-Naser neighborhood, north of Gaza City. As a result, the driver, Sa’eed Khaled Sa’eed Abu Ghalyoun (27), was killed.

At approximately 21:45, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at the Endowments Ministry’s shops in al-Zaitoun neighborhood.  The shops are rented by al-Reyashi Shop for Batteries, a lathe workshop and a refrigerators shop belonging to Abu Zor Family.

At approximately 22:15, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at the Palestinian National Bank located at the ground and first floor of Kazem Abu Sha’ban’s building, on Omar al-Mukhtar Street, west of Gaza City. As a result, the bank was completely destroyed.

At approximately 22:30, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at a house belonging to Owda Salman Ahmed Abu Suhaiban (70) house near ‘Abdel ‘Aal intersection on al-Jalaa’ street, north of Gaza City. As a result, the 4-storey house, sheltering 8 families, was completely destroyed causing severe damage in the area.

At approximately 23:35, Israeli warplanes launched 6 missiles at the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors of al-Andalos tower, comprised of 12 floors, near Gaza Seaport, next to Hanadi tower, which was completely destroyed on the first day of the Israeli offensive on Gaza. As a result, the 3 floors were completely destroyed and the other apartments sustained severe damage. It should be noted that the tower’s guard received a phone call from the Israeli Intelligence Services ordering him to evacuate it.

Central Gaza Strip:

Airstrikes killed 3 Palestinians; one of them succumbed to his wounds, and wounded another.  Moreover, 3 houses were completely destroyed while al-Kabeer Mosque sustained damage.

At approximately 00:20 on Saturday, 15 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles at a 3-storey house (300 sqms), which sheltered 6 families of 30 members, most of them are children and women, belonging to Abdul Karim Ali Issa. As a result, the house sustained severe damage and might collapse while nearby houses and a mosque sustained partial damage.

At approximately 04:00, an Israeli drone launched a missile at Hasan Ahmed al-Maqadma’s house in al-Bureij refugee camp. After 30 minutes, Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles at the house. As a result, the 3-storey house (140 sqms), which sheltered 3 families of 15 members; most of them are women and children, was completely destroyed, and nearby houses sustained partial damage

Around the same time, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at the Traffic Police Station in Deir al-Balah, causing damage to it, but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 00:10 on Saturday, 15 May 2021, an Israeli drone fired a missile at an agricultural land in eastern al-Bureij.  As a result, Mohammed Salem Yousif Abu ‘Ayesh (34), from al-Maghazi refugee camp, and were taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah. 

At approximately 13:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a motorbike in eastern al-Maghazi refugee camp.  As a result, the motorbike’s driver, Zaher ‘Atiah Mohammed ‘Anbar (38), from al-Nussairat. Was killed and taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah.

At approximately 13:20, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at an open land near the municipal warehouses in eastern al-Bureij.  As a result, a person was wounded and taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah, where medical sources said that his condition is moderate.

At approximately 16:10, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles; one of them by a drone, at a house belonging to Ghazi Abu Tamma’ah in Deir al-Balah.  As a result, the 1-story house (140 sqms) was completely destroyed while the nearby houses sustained partial damage. 

At approximately 21:00, Medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City announced the death of Ahmed Eyad Ahmed Fattouh (22) after succumbing to wounds he sustained in a previous Israeli airstrike on a carwash at approximately 22:40 on Thursday, 13 May 2021, at the entrance to al-Zawaydah.  At the time, his condition was reported serious and referred to al-Shifa Hospital until his death was announced.

Khan Younis

Airstrikes wounded 2 Palestinians, including a child, and destroyed 2 houses after directly targeting them.

At approximately 02:00, IOF’s tanks fired tens of smoke   grenades at eastern Khan Younis, particularly at al-Qararah, making a fog that headed to the west.  The residents of the area suffered eye irritation and nausea due to the smoke inhalation.

 At approximately 10:15, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Ramzi Abu Daqqah in ‘Abasan al-Kabirah.  Few minutes later, the Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at the house and completely destroyed it.  The 4-storey house is home to 2 families of 11 members, including 4 children.

At approximately 11:22, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Taysir al-Mubasher in the Emirati neighborhood in western Khan Younis.  Few minutes later, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at the 2-storey house and completely destroyed it, causing partial damage to the nearby houses.

At approximately 14:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at al-Qararah Municipality in northern Khan Younis.  As a result, a person sustained serious wounds and was taken to Naser Hospital.

At approximately 17:30, Israeli tanks stationed along the border fence fired tens of shells at eastern Khan Younis.  Two shells fell on the roof of the Khuza’a Municipal cultural center in eastern Khan Younis and caused damage to it.

Rafah:

Airstrikes targeted 2 houses; one was completely destroyed while the other sustained damage.  Moreover, a mosque, shops, a tailoring shop, 3 poultry farms and a Navy Police boat sustained damage while dozens of families were forcibly displaced from al-Shokah village in Rafah.

At approximately 04:10 on Saturday, 15 May 2021, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a boat belonging to the Palestinian Navy Police off the Fishermen Seaport, west of Rafah City.  As a result, the boat was completely destroyed, and other fishing boats sustained damage.  No casualties were reported.

At approximately 04:20, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at 3 poultry farms (2000 sqms) belonging to Talal Ramadan Salman al-Sha’er in al-Salam neighborhood.  Around 25 minutes later, another missile was fired and completely destroyed the farms, killing 10,500 chickens.  No casualties were reported.

At approximately 11:15, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Jamil Hasan Ibrahim Abu Zaid in al-Shabourah refugee camp.  Around 15 minutes later, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at the house and completely destroyed 3 shops in the ground floor.  Moreover, the rest of house floors were partially destroyed while the nearby houses, shops and al-Abrar Mosque sustained partial damage.  No casualties were reported.  It should be noted that IOF called one of the neighbors and asked him to evacuate his house and tell the residents of the nearby houses to evacuate as well.  The targeted house was comprised of 2 floors on an area of 170 sqms and sheltered 3 families of 13 members.

At approximately 15:25, IOF fired artillery shells at a house belonging to al-Shawi Family and a tailoring workshop belonging to Khafajah family in al-Shokah village. As a result, both places sustained material damage, but no casualties were reported.

Sunday, 16 May 2021:

Northern Gaza:

Airstrikes killed 4 Palestinians and wounded 37 others, including 16 children and 5 women.  Many houses were completely destroyed while tens others sustained partial damage.

At approximately 00:15 on Sunday, 16 May 2021, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a gathering of citizens near al-Qerem intersection in Jabalia. As a result, Tareq Ziyad Mostafa Abu Hmeidan (19) was killed while 2 others were injured and taken to the Indonesian Hospital. The injury of one of them was serious as his leg was amputated, while the other’s injury was moderate.

At approximately 08:10, Israeli warplanes fired 3 missiles at Ahmed al-Batsh’s 2-story house on the Old Gaza Street in Jabalia. As a result, the house was completely destroyed and nearby houses sustained material damage, but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 15:20, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at a 4-story house belonging to Hamed al-Shembari (55), east of Beit Hanoun. As a result, the house and nearby houses sustained severe damage, but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 17:20, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a 2-story house belonging to Mohammed Fawzi Naser (47) in central Beit Hanoun. As a result, the house was completely destroyed.

At approximately 17:35, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a 2-story house belonging to Hussain Khalil Hussain Fayyad (44), east of Beit Hanoun, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 18:00, the Israeli artillery fired a shell at a 2-story house belonging to Hitham Mohammed Abu ‘Osda (43), east of Beit Hanoun. As a result, fire broke out in the house.

At approximately 18:30, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a 2-story house belonging to Nabil Foad Mahmoud al-Masri (57) in central Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip. As a result, the house sustained damage.

At approximately 19:15, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a group of citizens in the center of Zaytun neighborhood in Beit Hanoun. As a result, 3 of them were killed namely Mo’ath Nabil Mohammed al-Za’aneen (27), Mohammed Yousef Mahmoud ‘Abdullah (31) and Mohammed ‘Awni ‘Abdullah al-Za’aneen (25).

At approximately 19:50, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Belal Mustafa Yahiya ‘Asaliyia’s (30) house in central Jabalia, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 20:20, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a 2-story house belonging to Mohammed Shehdah Mas’oud al-Moghrabi (52), east of Beit Hanoun. As a result, the house roof and walls sustained damage.

At approximately 20:50, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a 3-story house belonging to Mahmoud Mohammed Ahmed Ba’lousha in al-Salateen neighborhood, west of Beit Lahia, and completely destroyed it.

Gaza City:

Airstrikes killed 44 Palestinians, including 18 children and 13 women.  6 residential buildings, the Ministries of labor and social development, Doctors without Borders office, many main roads and public facilities, organizations, shops and 2 factories were completely destroyed.

At approximately 01:00 on Sunday, 16 May 2021, Israeli warplanes carried out intense huge airstrikes on several places in Gaza City and continued until 02:10. The airstrikes targeted Abu al-Ouf 4-storey building, which included residential apartments and shops on al-Wehda Street, and destroyed it over the heads of its residents without a prior warning. Furthermore, Israeli warplanes targeted 2 other 4-storey residential buildings belonging to Ameen Mohammed al-Qolaq and Mo’een Mohammed al-Qolaq, near Abu al-Ouf building, and destroyed it over the heads of its residents. In addition, al-Ahlam building was targeted as well in the same area.  As a result, 43 persons were killed, including 18 children and 12 women.

The airstrikes on al-Rimal neighborhood and on al-Wehda Street destroyed the main roads and infrastructure starting from al-Rimal Clinic’s intersection to Palmira intersection and the Middle East Council of Churches Street in addition to the Thai Restaurant intersection and al-Thawrah Street. Additionally, the Labor Ministry’s headquarter was completely destroyed while the Ministry of Social Development, Doctors Without Borders organization,‘Ajour  and al-Omara 4-storey buildings, and a 2-story house, which is inhabited, belonging to Mattar family sustained severe damage.

Deaths at Abu al-Ouf building: Ayman Tawfiq Abu al-Ouf (50), an internist of al-Shifa Hospital, his two children, Tawfiq (17) and Tala (13); Abeer Nimir Ali Shkontana (30), 3 of her children, Yehya Ruyad Hasan Shkontana (5), Dana (9), and Zain (2); Dima Rami Riyad al-Ifranji (16), Reem Khalil Ahmed Abu al-Ouf (41), Hazem Adel Na’eem al-Qamea’ (48), and Rawan Alaa Subhi Abu al-Ouf (19).

On Sunday evening, the Medical and Civil Defense crews pulled out 13 dead bodies, including 3 women and 7 children, from under the rubble of their houses on al-Wehda Street, raising the number of deaths to 43, most of them were children and women.

The bodies retrieved were identified as Subhiya Isma’el Hussain Abu al-Ouf (73), Ameen Mohammed Hamad al-Qolaq (90), Tawfiq Isma’el Hussain Abu al-Ouf (80) and his wife, Majdiya Khalil Hussain Abu al-Ouf (82), Raja’ Subhi Isma’el al-Ifranji “Abu al-Ouf and  3 of her children, Mira Rami Riyad al-Ifranji (12), Yazan (13), Ameer (9), and Hala Mohammed Mo’een al-Qolaq (13), and her sister, Yara (10), Rola (6) and Lana (4) Riyad Hasan Shkontana, and Mohammed Ahmed Musbah Ikki (40).

Deaths at al-Qolaq family Building: Fawwaz Ameen Mohammed al-Qolaq (63) along with 4 of his sons and daughters; Abdul Hameed (23), Reham (33), Bahaa (49) and Sameh (28); and the latter’s wife, Ayat Ibrahim Khalil al-Qolaq (19), and their 6-month old son, Qusay; Amal Jameel Salama al-Qolaq (42) and 3 of her children, Taher Ameen al-Qolaq (24), Ahmed (16), and Hanaa (15); Mohammed Mo’een Mohammed al-Qolaq (42), his brother, Izzat (44), and his 2 children, Zaid (8) and Adam (3). Doaa’ Omar Abdullah al-Qolaq (39), and Sa’diya Yousef Daher al-Qolaq (84).

At approximately 03:30, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a house belonging to Mustafa Khalaf Daloul (50) from al-Zaytoun neighborhood and completely destroyed it.  The house was of 2 floors and sheltered 11 members, including 4 children and 3 women.

At approximately 10:30, Israeli warplanes launched 6 missiles at 3 residential buildings namely “Anas Ben Malek”, each was of 7 floors, on an area of a dunum and a half on al-Yarmouk Street in Gaza City. As a result, the 3 buildings were completely destroyed, and nearby buildings, institutions and facilities sustained severe damage. It should be noted that IOF called a number of residents and informed them to evacuate.

 At approximately 18:50, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Ali Mousa Mohammed Affana’s (64) house, north of Gaza City. As a result, the 5-storey house (200 sqms), which included 10 apartments and sheltered 10 families, including 11 women and 21 children, was completely destroyed. It should be noted that Israeli Intelligence Services phone called the neighbors and ordered them to evacuate the house as it would be targeted.

At approximately 19:30, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Abdul Kareem Isma’el Ibrahim al-Ashram’s (60) house in al-Sabra neighborhood, south of the Gaza City. As a result, the 6-storey house (400 sqms) sheltering 7 families, including 12 women and 16 children, sustained severe destruction in the 3rd, 4th and fifth floors. It should be noted that Israeli Intelligence Services called the neighbors and ordered them to evacuate.

At approximately 21:00, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at Jamal Attiya Hamdiya’s (62) house in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood. As a result, the 4-storey house and a nearby 3-storey house belonging to Mohammed Sa’eed Khalil al-Manasra, sheltering 5 families, was completely destroyed. It should be noted that the Israeli Intelligence Services phone called the neighbors and ordered them to evacuate.

Central Gaza Strip:

Airstrikes killed a Palestinian and wounded 17 others, including 5 children and 7 women.  Mroeover, 2 houses were destroyed while the main street of al-Maghazi was targeted.

At approximately 02:10 on Sunday, 16 May 2021, Israeli warplanes carried out intense airstrikes on al-Maghazi refugee camp, targeting its infrastructure and causing partial damage to the houses and to the main street to al-Maghazi entrance.

At approximately 02:10 Israeli warplanes fired a missile at an agricultural land belonging to al-Musadar family in central al-Maghazi refugee camp.  As a result, 6 were wounded, including 2 women, and taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in Deir al-Balah to receive treatment.  Moreover, nearby houses sustained partial damage.

At approximately 04:00, Israeli artillery heavily fired the eastern side of the central Gaza Strip, where one of the shells fell on a house belonging to Khaled Hasan al-Masalhah (50) in northern Nussairat.  As a result, the house’s owner was killed while his wife and wife of his son, Ayman, were wounded.  The house is comprised of 2 floors; the first is built of concrete while the second is built of tinplate, on an area of 150 sqms, sheltering 15 members; mostly children and women.

At approximately 04:30, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a tinplate-roofed house belonging to Hussam Mohammed ‘Aqel, from al-Nussairat refugee camp.  As a result, 9 members of the house’s family were wounded, including 5 children and 3 women, and were all taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah for treatment.  Medical sources said that the injuries ranged between moderate and minor.  Moreover, nearby houses sustained partial damage.  It should be noted that the 1-storey house was built on an area of 250 sqms and sheltered a family of 9, including 4 children and 3 women.

At approximately 06:40, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles; one by a drone, at a house belonging to the heirs of Fathi Qatamesh in al-Maghazi refugee camp.  As a result, the 2-storey house (150 sqms), which sheltered 2 families of 7, including 2 women and 2 children, was totally destroyed and.  Moreover, 3 nearby houses sustained severe damage while other houses sustained partial damage.

Khan Younis

Airstrikes destroyed 2 houses and caused damage to a third one.

At approximately 01:00, Israeli warplanes carried out intense airstrikes within only one minute, launching tens of missiles at different targets.  As a result, 2 houses belonging to Yehia al-Senwar, Head of Hamas Politburo in Gaza, and his brother, Mohammed al-Senwar, were destroyed.  Each house was comprised of 2 floors and located in separate areas on Street 5 in al-Satar al-Gharbi neighborhood.  Moreover, the nearby houses sustained damage.  The airstrikes also targeted agricultural lands, streets and intersections in Khan Youns, particularly on the mentioned street and other places.

Around the same time, Israeli warplanes fired a missile near the fence of a 2-storey villa belonging to Jihad ‘Ali al-Fara in al-Satar al-Sharqi area.  As a result, the villa fence was destroyed while a car, house windows and nearby houses sustained damage as well as the street.

IOF’s tanks and artillery stationed along the border fence and the gunboats stationed off shore continued on Saturday and Sunday to target with dozens shells the eastern and western outskirts of Khan Younis.

Rafah:

Airstrikes killed 2 Palestinians  and wounded 5 others, including a journalist.  Moroever, 9 houses, agricultural lands and a National Security Site were targeted.

At approximately 00:20 on Sunday, 16 May 2021, IOF fired shells and flare bombs in Rafah City; some fell on 6 houses in al-Shabourah refugee camp.  As a result, 2 persons were wounded; one of them a journalist, when they were in front of their houses.  Those wounded were identified as Ra’ed Mohammed ‘Abdel Wahab Sabbah (46) and sustained serious shrapnel wounds in the abdomen and ‘Alam al-Deen ‘Abdel Rahman Mohammed Sabbah (23), a freelance journalist, sustained moderate shrapnel wounds in the upper extremities.  Moreover, a number of houses sustained damage.

At approximately 02:45, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a site belonging to the Palestinian National Security near Salah al-Deen Gate.  Fifty minutes later, 2 other missiles were launched at the site, completely destroying it.

At approximately 03:15, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Ahmed Mahmoud Zayed ‘Abdel al-‘Aal in the Tannour neighborhood.  Five minutes later, an Israeli warplane fired one missile at the house and completely destroyed it.  Moreover, a house adjacent to the targeted house was completely destroyed as well while nearby houses sustained partial damage. However, no casualties were reported. Before the airstrike, IOF called one of the neighbors, asking him to evacuate the house and the nearby houses. It should be noted that the targeted one-story house (250 sqms) sheltered a family of 12 members.

At approximately 12:50, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Ibrahim Taysir Ibrahim Abu Shammalah in Yebna refugee camp in Rafah.  Five minutes later, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at the house and completely destroyed it.  Moreover, nearby houses sustained damage, and 3 persons were moderately wounded due to the shattered rubble.  Before the airstrike, IOF called one of the neighbors and asked him to evacuate the house and nearby houses.  It should be noted that the one-story house (200 sqms) sheltered a family of 5 member.

Monday, 17 May 2021

Northern Gaza Strip:

The Israeli airstrikes resulted in the murder of 4 Palestinians; one of them succumbed to his wounds, and the injury of 56 others, including 15 women and 22 children. Also, 8 houses and a company were targeted.

At approximately 07:30 on Monday, 17 May 2021, the Israeli artillery fired at least 2 shells at Foam Co. Sponge Company in eastern of Jabalia. As a result, a fire broke out in the area.

At approximately 08:30, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at Abdul Aziz al-Khaldi’s house. As a result, the 3-storey villa, southwest of al-Sudaniya, was completely destroyed and nearby houses, Mathaf Hotel, al-Khaldi Mosque and Hamad Rehabilitation and Prosthetics Hospital sustained damage.

At approximately 09:30, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at Fayez Ibrahim Mohammed Abu Ali’s house. As a result, the 3-storey house in Jabalia refugee camp was completely destroyed.

At approximately 10:15, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Abdullah Abu Rayya’s house. As a result, the ground-floor house, located in Jabalia, was completely destroyed, and Husam Mohammed Othman Abu Harabeed (36), a commander in al-Quds Brigades, was killed, as IOF declared targeting him.

At approximately 10:45, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a house belonging to Yousef al-Liddawi’s sons in Jabalia. As a result, the roof of the 6-storey house sustained damage.

At approximately 12:30 on Monday, 17 May 2021, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at the third floor in the sons of Yousef al-Leddawi’s residential building and completely destroyed the floor. Five minutes later, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at Abu Jalhoum family’s house, west of Beit Lahia.

At approximately 13:00, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, declared the death of Yehia Mansour Ghaben (22), succumbing to wounds he sustained last Thursday when the Israeli artillery fired shells at farmers in their land near the American Hospital, west of Beit Hanoun Crossing.

At approximately 17:30, Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles at Ayman Siyam’s house in central Jabalia camp, and destroyed it completely. Five minutes later, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a group of citizens in central Beit Lahia. As a result, Ahmed Ziyad Hussain Sabbah (28) and Mohammed Nazeer Mohammed Abu ‘Oun (18) were killed while 2 other civilians were injured; one of them sustained serious wounds.

At approximately 17:50, Israeli warplanes fired 3 missiles at a 3-story house belonging to ‘Abed al-Rahman Abu al-Jabeen in central Jabalia. As a result, the house roof and walls sustained material damage.

At approximately 18:35, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Abu ‘Ajinah’s house in Beit Lahia. As a result, the house roof and walls sustained material damage.

Gaza City:

The Israeli airstrikes resulted in the murder of 7 civilians, including a child who was killed along with her uncle. Also, 2 commercial mutli-story buildings were completely destroyed and Ghazi al-Shawa building was partially destroyed. Additionally, the headquarters of Ministry of Health and military medical services, Palestinian organizations, Nahdah bookshop and printing house, the Orphans Fund head office, a bank, and 5 factories sustained severe damage.

At approximately 00:15 on Monday, 17 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at Mohammed Ahmed Saleh al-Dairi’s (47) house in al-Sabra neighborhood. As a result, the 4-storey house (500 sqms), comprised of 16 apartments and sheltering 17 families of 115 members, was completely destroyed. It should be noted that Israeli Intelligence Services phone called the neighbors and ordered them to evacuate.

After 5 minutes, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Hamdiya Othman Abdul Rahman Hamdan’s (60) house in al-Sabra neighborhood. As a result, the 3-storey house comprised of 3 apartments (each is 200 sqms) sheltering 3 families, including 6 women and 6 children, was completely destroyed, and nearby houses sustained partial damage. It should be noted that the Israeli Intelligence Services phone called the residents and ordered them to evacuate.

At approximately 01:00 and for an hour, Israeli warplanes carried out a huge number of intense airstrikes on Gaza City targeting main roads and infrastructures on al-Rasheed Street and other streets, in addition to destroying main roads and streets, which connect Tal al-Hawa neighborhood with al-Sheikh Ijlin neighborhood.  Moreover, the tourist facilities along the Gaza seaside sustained severe damage while nearby residential buildings and towers sustained partial damage.  Many security sites in Ansar Security Compound, west of Gaza City.

At approximately 12:30, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a civilian car travelling near Abu Hasira crossroad, west of Gaza City. As a result, the driver, Adeeb Sa’eed Deeb al-Sourani (43), was killed.

Around the same time, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a group of citizens who were near the Maldives Coffeshop at Gaza seaside. As a result, 4 of them were killed and identified as Mohammed Jamal ‘Ali Abu Sam’an (24), Mohammed Hasan Hasan Abu Sam’an (32), ‘Ali Waleed al-‘Abed Burais (30). And Ahmed Khalil Hejazi al-Louh (24).

At approximately 13:00, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Shehab al-Dein Mahmoud Ibrahim al-Mishal’s (45) house, northwest of Gaza City. As a result, the 2-storey house, sheltering 9 members, was completely destroyed. It should be noted that the Israeli Intelligence Services called the residents before the airstrike and ordered them to evacuate it.

At approximately 17:45, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at Ghazy al-Shawwa building in Central Gaza City. As a result, Zeyad Kamel Abdullah Abu Dayer (55) and his niece, Rafeef Mershed Kamel Abu Dayer (11), both residents of the area, were killed, while the upper floors of the building, comprised of 6 floors and a roof and housing offices and organizations, were completely destroyed. Moreover, the administrative building of the Ministry of Health in Shuhada al-Rimal clinic next to al-Shawwa building and al-Amal Institute for Orphans and its building which includes a number of private clinics, sustained severe damage.

At approximately 18:30, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at Mashareq building belonging to the Ministry of Endowments near Ansar crossroad, west of Gaza City. At approximately 01:30 on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, Israeli warplanes targeted the same building again with several missiles. As a result, the 5-storey building housing al-Nahdah bookshop and printing house and Abu al-Einain pharmacy in the ground floor as well as the Orphans Fund head office, was completely destroyed while the nearby Abbas Police Station, the Military Medical Services headquarter, office of lawyer Mohammed Adel Besaiso, other multi-story buildings and shops sustained severe damage.

At approximately 19:00, IOF stationed along the eastern border fence fired several shells at Ahmed Hasan Barawi al-Falouji’s (55) house, east of Gaza City. As a result, 4 floors of the 6-storey house, sheltering 7 families of 60 members, was completely destroyed.  Also, a shell fell on a nearby ground house belonging to Salah Hasan Barawi al-Falouji (45) was completely destroyed.

At approximately 19:30, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at al-Dahdouh’s house in al-Zaytun neighborhood, south of Gaza City. As a result, the 2-storey house was completely destroyed.

Central Gaza Strip:

During the airstrikes, a child was killed, 7 others, including a child, were injured, and 2 houses were completely destroyed. Also, a carwash sustained damage.

At approximately 03:40 on Monday, 17 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at a house belonging to the heirs of Tawfiq al-Fallit in Deir al-Balah. As a result, the 2-storey house (250 sqms), which sheltered 4 families of 18 members, including 9 children and 3 women, was completely destroyed, while 5 nearby houses sustained partial damage.

At approximately 08:00, the Israeli artillery launched several shells at a vacant land, east of Deir al-Balah. As a result, a child sustained shrapnel wounds and a woman suffocated.

At approximately 12:40 on Monday, 17 May 2021, an Israeli drone launched a missile at a house in Deir al-Balah. As a result, Yousef Rafiq al-Baz (13) was killed, his brother, Ramadan (16), was wounded, and a nearby carwash sustained severe damage.

At approximately 15:20, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at an uninhabited house belonging to Ayman Mohammed Saidam, north of al-Maghazi. As a result, the house was completely destroyed and nearby houses sustained partial damage.

Khan Yunis:

The Israeli airstrikes resulted in the murder of a Palestinian and the injury of 6 others. Also, 2 houses and a farm were destroyed.

At approximately 12:22, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a group of citizens in ‘Abasan al-Jadidah.  As a result, Ahmed Fayez Hasan ‘Arafat (29), from the village, were killed while another sustained minor wounds.

At approximately 13:30 on Monday, 17 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Amjad Mousa Mohammed Abu al-Naja’s house, in Ma’an. As a result, the house was completely destroyed.

At approximately 14:30, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Mahdi Jaber Hamdan Kawarea’s house, in Jorat al-Lout in Khan Yunis. As a result, the house was completely destroyed and nearby houses sustained severe damage.

At approximately 17:00, Israeli warplanes targeted a farm in ‘Abasan al-Jadidah area, and completely destroyed it.

Rafah:

At least 5000 Palestinians were forced to leave their houses in eastern Rafah due to the bombing. Also, a residential house, 3 trucks, a bulldozer, and agricultural lands sustained destruction.

At approximately 07:30 on Monday, 17 May 2021, IOF fired artillery shells at houses in al-Shokah village in eastern Rafah.  As a result, one of the shells hit a house belonging to Mohammed Safa Mohammed Abu Sheiban, and fire broke out in the first floor. 

At approximately 13:30, IOF fired artillery shells at houses in al-Naser village, northeast of Rafah.  As a result, a number of trucks and a bulldozer belonging to al-‘Attar Family were hit and burnt.  No injuries were reported.

IOF stationed along the border fence in eastern Rafah fired artillery shells, sound bombs and smoke grenades at houses, agricultural lands and streets in al-Shokah and al-Naser village, north and east of Rafah City, causing fear among civilians.  As a result, 5000 civilians were forced to leave and seek refuge in 5 UNRWA schools, noting that they forcibly entered the schools without the guards’ approval while no services were provided by the UNRWA and the donations were provided by local societies and benefactors.

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Northern Gaza Strip

The Israeli airstrikes resulted in the injury of 20 Palestinians, including 9 children and 3 women. Also, 3 houses were completely destroyed and dozens of other houses were partially destroyed.

At approximately 03:45 on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, Israeli warplanes fired 15 missiles at various areas in northern Gaza Strip, including several lands and an under-construction house in western Jabalia. As a result, the lands, streets and infrastructure sustained severe damage.

At approximately 10:25, Israeli warplanes fired 3 missiles at a 3-story house belonging to Omar Suliman in Jabalia, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 10:50, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a 3-story house belonging to Ahmed ‘Abed al-Fattah Baker al-Kafarna in central Beit Hanoun. As a result, 5 Palestinians were wounded while the house roof and walls sustained material damage.

At approximately 11:00, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a group of citizens on al-Qerman Street in Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip. As a result, a woman was injured.

Around the same time, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at a 2-story house belonging to Ra’fat Salman Salman in northern Jabalia, and completely destroyed it. Also, nearby houses sustained varying damage.

At approximately 11:55, Israeli warplanes fired a missile a 2-story house belonging to Raied Ya’qoub al-Kafarnah in northern Beit Hanoun. As a result, the house roof and walls sustained material damage.  

At approximately 14:00, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a group of persons in al-Karama neighborhood. As a result, one was seriously injured.

At approximately 16:30, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at As’ad Deeb Ahmed Tubail’s house in al-Turk area in Jabalia, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 18:00, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Ibrahim Mohammed ‘Abed al-Razeq al-Kafarna’s house in central Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip. As a result, the house roof and walls sustained material damage.

At approximately 22:00, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Anwar Nimer Mousa al-Masri’s house in Beit Hanoun, causing damage to it.

Gaza City:

The Israeli airstrikes resulted in the murder of 2 Palestinians, including a child succumbed to her wounds. Also, 2 commercial buildings, 3 residential houses, 2 bookshops, a printing house, a site belonging to the Ministry of Interior, and 2 factories were completely destroyed.

At approximately 00:20 on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Zaher Ramadan Mousa Abu al-‘Amrein’s (47) house, west of Gaza City. As a result, the 1-storey house (120 sqms) sheltering 3 families, including 4 women and 9 children, was completely destroyed. It should be noted that the Israeli Intelligence Services called the residents and ordered them to evacuate the house.

At approximately 04:00, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a house belonging to Munir Abdul Rahman Mustafa al-Rantisi’s sons, in al-Naser neighborhood, a completely destroyed the 4th floor. Meanwhile, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Izz al-Dein al-Haddad’s house, east of Gaza City, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 05:00, the Israeli artillery stationed along the border fence, east of Gaza City, fired many shells; some of them fell on the “Karny” Industrial Area. As a result, 2 factories were set on fire and completely destroyed.

At approximately 06:10, Israeli warplanes launched 6 missiles at Kuhail building next to the Islamic University, which housed private offices, educational institutions, Samir Mansour Bookshop, Iqra’ Library, al-Ro’ya and Dar al-Manara printing houses. As a result, the building was completely destroyed and nearby buildings and facilities sustained severe damage.

At 17:00, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Mohammed Ramadan Omar Ishtawi’s (19) house. As a result, Ishtawi was killed when he was in his family agricultural land behind his house in southern Gaza City.

At 18:30, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital announced the death of Menna Eyad Fathi Shreer (2), succumbing to wounds she sustained in an israeli airstrike that destroyed her family’s house on their heads on al-Nafaq Street on 11 May 2021. It should be noted that Menna’s father, mother and her sister were killed in that airstrike as well.

Central Gaza Strip:

During the airstrikes, 7 Palestinians, including 2 children, were injured, a house was destroyed and dozens of other houses were partically destroyed.

At approximately 11:00 on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, an Israeli drone launched a missile at Basem al-Hazeen’s house, in al-Nusairat neighborhood. As a result, 3 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded and the house sustained partial damage.

At approximately 00:00, Israeli warplanes targeted a house belonging to Abu Sill family in al-Bureij camp. As a result, the 4th floor sustained severe damage.

At approximately 20:20, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at an agricultural land, west of al-Nusseirat refugee camp. As a result, 4 persons, from the same family, sustained minor injuries.

Khan Yunis:

During the airstrikes, 10 persons, including 3 women and 2 children, were injured, 5 houses were destroyed and other houses were partially destroyed.

At approximately 07:10 on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, Israeli warplanes targeted Mohammed Ibrahim Mohammed al-Shawaf’s house in Abasan al-Kabeera. As a result, the 2-storey house was completely destroyed, and nearby houses sustained partial damage.

At approximately 10:20, Israeli warplanes targeted a famr in ‘Abasan al-Kabira area and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 14:35, an Israeli drone fired a missile near a house in Khuza’a, and a child sustained serious wounds.

At approximately 15:15, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at Mahmoud Jamal al-Agha’s house, in al-Satar al-Gharbi area, and destroyed the 3rd floor. It should be noted that the Israeli Intelligence Services called one of the residents and ordered him to vacate.

At approximately 18:05, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a house belonging to Redwan Family in Bani Suheila, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 19:30, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at Mohammed Baker al-Najjar’s house in Qizan al-Najjar area, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 22:05, Israeli warplanes launched 30 missiles at various areas, including lands and a house in Qizan al-Najjar area. As a result, four were wounded, including a baby, while the lands, streets and infrastructure sustained severe damage. It should be noted that most of citizens in the bombarded areas emphasized that most of the missiles fired by the Israeli warplanes rocked the area with the heavy blasts.

Rafah:

During the airstrikes, a woman was killed in a heart attack, 4 Palestinians were injured,  and 2 residential houses, a Paint Company’s storehouse, a car, a rehabilitation center, streets, and agricultural lands were destroyed

At approximately 10:50 on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, an Israeli drone launched a missile at Omar Lotfi Khamis al-Jazzar’s house in al-Jneina neighborhood. Ten minutes later, Israeli warplanes launched a missile. As a result, the ground floor house (135 sqms), sheltering 3 families of 15 members, was completely destroyed.

At approximately 13:10, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a restaurant at the seaside, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 13:10, the Israeli artillery launched several shells at Hneif Paint Company’s storehouse in Khirbet al-Adas neighborhood. As a result, fire broke out in the storehouse and its contents.

At approximately 19:35, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Central Rafah Rehabilitation Center. As a result, the center was completely destroyed and 2 citizens were wounded due to the shattering rubble.

At approximately 19:50, an Israeli drone launched a missile at Yaser Mohammed al-Sheikh Eid’s house in al-Tanour neighborhood. After 30 minutes, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at the house and destroyed it while nearby houses sustained severe damage. It should be noted that the Israeli Intelligence Service called one of the neighbors before the airstrike and ordered him to vacate.

At approximately 22:05, Israeli warplanes launched 15 missiles at streets, agricultural lands and military sites, north, east and west of Rafah, causing fear and panic among citizens in Rafah. As a result, Sa’diya Yousef Hussain Abu Gharara (57) died of a heart attack before arriving at the hospital.

At approximately 23:20, Israeli warplanes launched a missile targeting al-Emam Ali Street. As a result, a passer-by sustained moderate wounds.

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Northern Gaza Strip:

The Israeli airstrikes resulted in the murder of (4) Palestinians, including a child, and the injury of (40) others, including (12) children and (7) women. Also, 4 houses were completely destroyed and dozens of other houses were partially destroyed.

At approximately 03:45, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at Ramiz Kamal Ramadan al-Masri’s house in Beit Hanoun, and completely destroyed it. Also, 5 nearby houses sustained severe damage.

At approximately 05:40, Israeli warplanes fired 3 missiles at Ramadan ‘Ali al-‘Abed Saleh’s house in Jabalia camp, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 06:00, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a group of persons in eastern Beit Hanoun, wounding 2 of them.

At approximately 09:00, Israeli warplanes fired 3 missiles at Isma’il Hekmat Suliman Hunaid’s house in Jabalia, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 09:45, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at the last floor in al-Andalous Tower comprised of 14 floor, west of Jabalia. As a result, an apartment located in the southeastern side was destroyed.

At approximately 11:00, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital declared the death of ‘Alaa Mohammed al-Bahri (20), succumbing to wounds he sustained on 13 May 2021 near Tower No. (19) in al-Nada Towers in ‘Izbet Beit Hanoun.

At approximately 11:00, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a group of citizens in Jabalia. As a result, ‘Ammar ‘Abdullah Fawzi al-Deder (31) was killed as he sustained shrapnel wounds throughout his body.

At approximately 14:00, the Israeli artillery stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, fired at least 10 shells at Palestinians’ houses in Beit Hanoun. One of those shells fell on Zakaria Mohammed Hamad’s house and targeted the 3rd floor. As a result, Zakaria’s son Raied (32) was killed and another child was wounded.

At approximately 20:05, Israeli warplanes fired a missile behind Sa’d ‘Ali ‘Asaliyia’s house in eastern Jabalia. As a result, Sa’d’s daughter namely Dima (10) was killed as she sustained shrapnel wounds throughout her body.

Gaza City:

During the Israeli airstrikes, 4 Palestinians were killed and 4 residential multi-story buildings, 4 cars and a factory were partially destroyed.

At approximately 00:30, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at Jalal Subhi al-Thalathini’s house in southern Gaza City, and completely destroyed it. The 2-story house (330sqms) sheltered 4 families, including 3 women and 4 children, and housed in the ground floor Bonjour Coffee Factory. It should be noted that the Israeli Intelligence Service called the house’s owner before the airstrike and ordered him to vacate.

At approximately 03:00, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at the upper floors of Zo’rob building in al-Rimal neighborhood. As a result, Omar Mohammed Ameen al-Mankoush (20) was killed while the building sustained material damage.

At approximately 04:30, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at an apartment belonging to Abu Hussain family building near al-Shiekh Redwan intersection. As a result, al-Aqsa Radio announcer namely Yousef Mohammed ‘Abed al-Qader Abu Hussain (33) was killed while the 4th and 5th floors in the targeted building were destroyed.  Also, the Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Yousef Abu Hussein’s car which was parked in front of his house, destroying 3 other civilian vehicles parked in the area.

On this day, medical crew retrieved a dead body of Aysar Mohammed al-Halabi (48), from al-Shati’ camp, who was killed in a previous bombardment on the camp. 

Note: the total number of injuries in Gaza City during this week was 375, including 70 women and 116 children.

Central Gaza Strip:

5 Palestinians killed, including a person with disability, his pregnant wife, their daughter and other woman. Also, 3 houses were completely destroyed and dozens of nearby houses sustained partial damage.

At approximately 07:30, Israeli warplane launched 2 missiles; one fired by a drone, at Sabri al-Hasanat’s house, west of Deir al-Balah. As a result, the 2-storey house (180 sqms) was completely destroyed.

At approximately 12:00, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a house belonging to al-Masri family in Deir al-Balah. As a result, a Palestinian was seriously wounded and the house sustained partial damage.

At approximately 17:00, a missile fell on Eyad Abdul Fattah Salha’s (35) house in Deir al-Balah. As a result, 4 citizens were killed, including the owner of the house who is a person with disability, his wife, Amany Yousef Salha (Muhawish) (29), who is 7 months pregnant, her fetal and her 2 years old daughter, Nagham. Moreover, the house sustained partial damage.

At approximately 16:10, an artillery shell fell on Eyad Ameen al-Qidra’s house in Deir al-Balah. As a result, Fida’ Fakhry al-Qidra (32) was killed while her husband, Eyad, and his brother were wounded and taken to Shuhada al-Aqsa Hospital.

At approximately 16:20, IOF stationed inside the border fence, east of Johr al-Dik area, southeast of Gaza, opened fire at agricultural lands. As a result, Hasan Sami Ramadan al-Borno (63) was killed after he sustained a live bullet in the chest while present in his land. Al-Borno was taken to Shuhada al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah.

At approximately 19:10, Israeli warplane and drone launched 2 missiles at Hameed al-Hindi’s house in Deir al-Balah camp, causing partial destruction.

Khan Yuins:

8 Palestinians were killed, 7 houses were destroyed and water well belonging to al-Qarara Municipality was damages.

At approximately 00:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at Abdul Sattar Ibrahim al-Najjar’s house in Mawasi Khan Yunis. As a result, the roof of the 3-storey house, sheltering 5 families of 35 members including 16 children, sustained damage.

At approximately 05:45, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Mahmoud Mustafa al-Astal’s house, in al-Katiba area. As a result, the house was completely destroyed, and nearby houses sustained severe damage. It should be noted that the Israeli Intelligence Service called one of the residents before the airstrike and ordered them to evacuate it.

At approximately 06:30, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a house belonging to Tabash family in Abasan al-Kabira. As a result, the house was completely destroyed, and nearby houses sustained severe damage. It should be noted that the Israeli Intelligence Services called one of the residents before the airstrike and ordered them to evacuate it.

At approximately 07:45, an Israeli airstrike caused damage to the water well belonging to al-Qarara Municipality, west of Khan Yunis.

At 10:35, Israeli warplanes launched a missile near Abdul Malik Mosque in Khuza’a. As a result, a person sustained moderate injuries.

At approximately 11:04, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Ashraf al-Ja’bari’s house in the Emirati neighborhood. As a result, the house was completely destroyed and nearby houses sustained damage.

At approximately 12:50, Israeli warplane and drone launched 2 missiles at Owda Abu Mustafa’s house in Bani Suheila, and completely destroyed it. It should be noted that the Israeli forces called the residents before the airstrike.

At approximately 17:40, Israeli warplane and drone launched 2 missiles at Asfour’s house in Abasan al-Jadida, and completely destroyed it. It should be noted that the Israeli forces called the residents before the airstrike.

At approximately 22:45, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at Ali Abu Zarqa’s house. As a result, the 2-storey building in al-Amal neighborhood was completely destroyed while nearby houses sustained severe damage. It should be noted that the Israeli forces called the residents before the airstrike.

Rafah:

The Israeli airstrikes targeted 5 houses and a charitable society and completely destroyed them. Also, a hospital, many houses and infrastructure sustained destruction.

At approximately 03:25, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at the Social Charity’s building in al-Salam al-Gharbi neighborhood. As a result, the building was completely destroyed and nearby houses and Kuwait Specialist Hospital sustained damage.

At approximately 08:30, an Israeli drone launched a missile at Atallah Abdul ‘All Mohammed Abu al-Sabah’s house in al-Juneina neighborhood. After 10 minutes, Israeli warplanes launched another missile at the house and completely destroyed it while nearby houses sustained damage.

At approximately 14:50, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at Naser al-‘Attar’s house in southern Rafah, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 15:45, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at Mohammed al-Bawab’s house in al-Juninah neighborhood, and completely destroyed it.

16:45, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at Isma’il al-Masri’s house in southern Rafah, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 23:40, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at Hussain al-Moghair’s house in al-Shabora camp, causing damage to it.

Murder sand Shooting Incidents in the West Bank, Including occupied East Jerusalem:

Coinciding with what’s going on the Gaza Strip, and in excessive use of force and the suppression of peaceful protests in solidarity with Gaza and Jerusalem, during this week, IOF killed 26 Palestinians, including a child and a woman. Also, 15 Palestinians, including a child, were killed during the suppression of peaceful protests organized against the Israeli offensive on Gaza and Jerusalem. Additionally, 4 other Palestinians were killed after targeting their vehicles at Israeli military checkpoints in Ramallah, Nablus, Jerusalem and Hebron. IOF claimed that those Palestinians tried to carry out run-over attacks, noting that there was not imminent threat or danger to the soldiers’ lives. Also, 2 Palestinian were killed at military checkpoints; one in Nablus under the pretext of opening fire at soldiers stationed at the checkpoint and wounding 2 of them; and the other killed in Hebron under the pretext of trying to carry out a stabbing attack while there was no imminent danager to the soldiers’ lives. Moreover, Israeli settlers killed 2 Palestinians, including a woman. IOF claimed that she attepnted to open fire from a machine gun at a bus parking established at the entrance to “Kiryat Arba” settlement in Hebron.

Moreover, IOF injured 675 Palestinains, including 30 children, 4 women, 4 journalists, and a paramedic. Among those injured 28 sustained critical wounds.

Ramallah:

At approximately 12:00 on Friday, 14 May 2021, IOF stationed at a military checkpoint established at the entrance to “Ofra” settlement, which is established on Palestinians’ lands, east of Ramallah, opened fire at a Palestinian vehicle. As a result, the driver was killed after being shot with several live bullets in the upper part of his body. Moments later, an Israeli ambulance arrived and took him to an unknwoun destination. It was later discovered that the victim was Mohammed Rohi ‘Abed al-Haleem Hammad (30), from Silwad village, northeast of Ramallah. IOF claimed that Hammad attpemted to carry out a run-over attack at the mentioned checkpoint. Moreover, peaceful protests were organized at the northern entrance to al-Bireh city, near “ Beit El” settlement; in Nabi Salih village, near a military watchtower established there; and at the entrances to Deir Nidham and Sinjil villages. As a result,17 Palestinians were wounded; 11 with live bullets and 6 with rubber bullets. One of those injured sustained serious wounds.

On Tuesday, 18 May 2021, mass protest took off from the centers of West Bank’s cities and villages towards seam zones and Israeli military checkpoints after a general strike titled ” Dignity” was declared all over the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) in protest against the ongoing Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip and occupied Jerusalem.

In Ramallah, a mass protest, which was organized by thousands of Palestinians who raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the Israeli offensive on Gaza, took off in al-Manara intersection in central Ramallah, towards the northern entrance to al-Bireh city, near al-Mahkama military checkpoint, which is established at the entrance to “ Beit El” settlement. When the protestors arrived at the checkpoint, IOF suppressed them and fired sound bombs, teargas canisters and live and rubber bullets at them. Violent clashes broke out in the area and continued until the evening. As a result, 74 Palestinians were wounded. Among those wounded were: Mohammed Mohammed Ishaq Humaid (25), from al-Bireh city, who was shot with a live bullet in his chest from the left side, and Adham Fayiz Mousa Kashif (21), from Um al-Sharayit neighborhood in al-Bireh city, who was shot with a live bullet in the chest. Both of them were taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah, where doctors declared their death, succumbing to their serious wounds. Also, among those wounded 6 were shot with live bullets; one of them sustained serious wounds, and 66 others were shot with rubber bullets in their lower limbs.

At approximately 16:00, IOF killed Islam Fahmi Dar Naser (14) after hitting him with a live bullet in his head during clashes erupted near the annexation wall in Abu Limon area in Bil’in village, west of Ramallah. It should be noted that Islam was seriously injured and taken to Palestine Medical Complex, where doctors declared his death at 20:20.

At approximately 14:30, a group of Palestinians gathered in northwest of Ramallah, at the main entrance to the city, near a military watchtower established there. Violent clashes erupted, during which, IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 14 of them were injured; 13 of them were shot woth live bullets, including an 18-year-old male, from Rima village, who sustained serious wounds after being shot with a live bullet in his abdomen; and another one was shot with a rubber bullet. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.

Jericho:

At approximately 13:00 on Friday, 14 May 2021, a group of Palestinian young men gathered at the southern entrance to Jericio, and closed the main street with rocks and vehicles tires. They also threw stones at IOF stationed at the checkpoint. IOF immediately fired sound bombs and live and rubber bullets at the protestors.  Violent clshes erupted in the area and continued for 5 hours. As a result, Mohammed ‘Adel Shoqair (20), from al-Khedawi neighborhood in Jericho, was shot with a live bullet in his chest from the left side. The bullet penetrated his heart. Shoqair was immediately taken via the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS)’s ambulance to Jericho governmental hospital, where he was pronounced dead at the emergency department, succumbing to his serious wounds. Also, 2 Palestinians, from Aqabat Jaber refugee camp in southern Jericho, were wounded.

At approximately 14:30 on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, a group of Palestinians gathered at the southern entrance to Jericho, near a military checkpoint established there. Violent clashes erupted in the area, during which, IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 5 of them were wounded; 4 with live bullets and one with rubber bullets. All of the wounded were taken to Jericho Governmental Hospital. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.

Jenin:

At approximately 00:15 on Tuesday, 11 May 2021, a group of Palestinian young men gathered near al-Jalma military checkpoint, north of Jenin, north of the West Bank, and organized a peaceful protest in solidarity with Jerusalem and Gaza Strip. Clashes broke out in the area, during which, IOF fired live and rubber bullets and stun grenades at the protestors. As a result, a 21-year-old male was shot with a live bullet in his thigh and taken to Dr. Khalil Suliman Hospital in Jenin, where medical sources described his health condition as moderate. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inahaltion and received treatment on the spot. The clashes continued until 03:00.

At approximately 06:10 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, IOF moved into Kafr Dan village, west of Jenin, to conduct an arrest campaign. Meanwhile, a group of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at IOF’s vehicles. IOF immediately fired live bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, 16-year-old child and a 22-year-old male were injured with live bullets in their feet and taken to Dr. Khalil Suliman Hospital. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. IOF also arrested Foad Nayif Kamanjah (56) and released him later.

At approximately 15:00 on Friday, 14 May 2021, IOF stationed at Mavi Dotan military checkpoint, which is established at the entrance to Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin, killed Yousef Mahdi Nawasrah (26), from Fahma village, southwest of the city. Nawasrah died after being shot with a live bullet in the main artery of his left thigh during clashes erupted at the checkpoint. Also, 18 other civilians were injured; most of them with live bullets. Two of the civilians that were injured at Mavi

Dotan, al-Jalma and Salem checkpoints, sustained serious wounds. Moreover, IOF arrested 7 civilians, including 2 children, during clashes erupted at al-Jalma military checkpoint, taking them to an unknown destination. The arrestees were identified as:

  • Omar As’ad Hantouli (15), from Silat ad-Dhahr village in southern Jenin;
  • Mohammed Redwan Sha’ban (15), from Jalamah village, northeast of Jenin;
  • Hussain Majdi ‘Abed al-Kareem al-Sa’di (20), from Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin;
  • Naji Kamal Abu al-Rub (19), from Qabatiya village, southeast of Jenin;
  • Ibrahim ‘Asem Dalbah (20), from Jenin;
  • Khaldoun Omar Ibrahim Suliman (18), from Jenin; and
  • Omar Sameer Saleh Salah (21), from Jenin.

At approximately 19:30 on Saturday, 15 May 2021, a group of Palestinians gathered near Jalamah military checkpoint, north of Jenin, north of the West Bank, and threw stones at IOF, who responded with live and rubber bullets, stun grenades and teargas canisters. As a result, a 23-year-old male was wounded with a live bullet in his left leg and a 46-year-old male was wounded with a live bullet in his waist. Also, many civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. Moreover, 9 Palestinains were arrested while chasing them during clashes erupted at the checkpoint, taking them to an unknown destination. The arrestees were identified as:

  • Ahmed Ref’at Rabai’a (20);
  • Omar SAMEER Salah (18);
  • Amjad Khaled Abu ‘Obaid (18);
  • Fadi Amjad Abu ‘Obaid (19), from Jenin;
  • ‘Alaa Majed Abu al-Rub (18);
  • Nedal ‘Awad Saleh Abu al-Rub (19), from Qabatiya;
  • Bahaa al-Deen Mahmouf Zayoud (23);
  • Salah al-Deen Zayoud (21), from Silat al-Harithiya village, west of Jenin; and
  • ‘Abed al-Salam Khaled al-Safouri (22), from Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin.

At approximately 21:30 on Sunday, 16 May 2021, a grpup of Palestinians gathered near Jalamah military checkpoint, north of Jenin, north of the West Bank. The protestors threw stones at IOF, who responded with live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters. As a result, 6 protestors were injured woth live bullets. Also, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. Moreover, IOF arrested 5 civilians while chasing them during clashes erupted at the checkpoint, taking them to an unknown destination. The arrestees were identified as:

  • Hamza Bahaa Mahmoud Abu al-Hasan (20);
  • Mahmoud Raied ‘Abed al-Latif ‘Ajjawi (19), from Jenin;
  • Fareed Qusai Fareed Zayoud (20), from Silat al-Harithiya village;
  • Mohammed Nedal Farouq Hosheih (18), from Al-Yamun village, west of Jenin; and
  • ‘Abed al-Latif Shaker al-Sa’di (21), from Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin.

At approximately 16:30 on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, a group of Palestinians gathered near Mavi Dotan military checkpoint; at the entrance to Tura village, southwest of Jenin; at the entrance to Silat ad-Dhahr village, south of Jenin; and near Jalamah military checkpoint, north of Jenin, north of the West Bank. Violent clashes broke out in the area, during which, IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 8 protetors were wounded; one of them (28) sustained critical wounds after being shot with a live bullet in his head, and he is clinically dead at al-Razo Hospital. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation.

Nablus:

At approximately 00:00 on Tuesday, 11 May 2021, a group of Palestinians gathered near Huwara military checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, and organized a peaceful protest in solidarity with Jerusalem and Gaza Strip. Clashes erupted in the area, during which, IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 5 of them were injured and identified as:

  • The Deputy Governor of Nablus, Mrs. ‘Anan al-Aterah (60), who was shot with a rubber bullet in the chest;
  • A leader at Fatah Movement namely Jehad Ramadan (53), who was shot with a rubber bullet in his shoulder;
  • 39-year-old member of Settlement and Wall Resistance Commission, who was shot with a rubber bullet in his foot;
  • A 22-year-old male, who was shot with a ruuber bullet in his waist; and
  • A 40-year-old male, who was shot with a rubber bullet in hos right foot.

Moreover, many civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation during clashes continued until 02:00 and received treatment on the spot. Also, IOF stationed at Huwara checkpoint targeted a Palestinian ambulance with a rubber bullet that hit the ambulance’s windshield and broke it. The ambulance was driven by Hamouda Habash along with Ahmed Amjad.

Around the same time, a group of Palestinians gatherd near the intersection of Deir Sharaf  village, near “Shafi Shimron” settlement’s checkpoint, west of Nablus, north of the West Bank, to protest in solidarity with Jerusalem and Gaza Strip. Clashes erupted in the area, during which, IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, a 17-year-old child was shot with a live bullet in the main artery of his left thigh and taken to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus, where he was admitted to opertation room, due to his critical health condition. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation.

Around the same time, a group of Palestinians gathered at the entrance to Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village, branching from Ramallah-Nablus Street, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank, to protest in solidarity with Jerusalem and Gaza Strip. Clashes erupted in the area, during which, IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.

Around the same time, a group of Palestinians gathered at the entrance to Beita village, branching from Ramallah-Nablus Street, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank, to protest in solidarity with Jerusalem and Gaza Strip. Clashes erupted in the area, during which, IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.

Around the same time, a group of Palestinians gathered at the entrance to Qusra village, branching from (505) Aber al-Samira road, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank, to protest in solidarity with Jerusalem and Gaza Strip. Clashes erupted in the area, during which, IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.

In new murder crime committed without any justification, IOF killed a Palestinian and wounded another one at Za’tarah military checkpoint. Borth of them were officers at the Palestinian Intelligence Service. According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 18:39 on Tuesday, 11 May 2021, IOF stationed at Za’tarah military checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, fired many live bullets from a zero distance at a Palestinian vehicle carrying 2 Palestinians. The vehicle was travelling from Ramllah and heading to Nablus, and intending to cross the checkpoint. As a result, the driver was seriously injured while a person sitting next to him was killed. After his injury, the driver opened the vehicle door and remained sitting in the seat. He was left bleeding for 15 minutes and none approached him until the arrival of an Israeli ambulance, which took them to an Israeli hospital. It was discovered later that the victim was Ahmed ‘Abed al-Fattah Suliman Daraghmah (38), who was shot with many live bullets in the head, chest, abdomen and legs. The wounded person was Mohammed ‘Ali ‘Abed al-Rahman Nobani (28), who was seriously injured with 6 live bullets in the shoulder and legs. Two other civilians working at the Palestinian Intelligence Service in Ramallah and living in Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village, southeast of Nablus, were injured as well. IOF claimed that Israeli soldiers stationed at checkpoint shouted at the driver, ordering him to stop, but he did not obey their orders. The soldiers thought that the driver was seeking to carry out a run-over attack against them, so they opened fire at the vehicle, killing Daraghmah immediately and wounding his friend  Nobani. PCHR’s investigations and eyewitnesses’ testimonies refuted IOF’s claims. At approximately 23:00, IOF delivered Daraghmah’s dead body to the Palestinian ambulance at the checkpoint. Daraghmah’s dead body was then taken to Rafidia Hospital while Nobani remained receiving treatment at Pilinson Hospital in Israel, and his health condition is serious.

At approximately 21:30, following the killing of a Palestinian civilian and the injury of another one at Za’tarah military checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank, clashes renewed at Huwara military checkpoint, southeast of the city. IOF stationed at the checkpoint fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, an 18-year-old male was shot with a live bullet in his right foot. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. 

At approximately 22:00, clashes renewed at the entrance to Qusra village, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank. IOF stationed at a military checkpoint fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. IOF also chased the protestors and arrested Mohammed Jamil ‘Odah (19), taking him to an unknown destination.

Around the same time, clashes renewed at the entrance to Beita village, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank. IOF stationed at a military checkpoint fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.

Around the same time, clashes renewed at the entrance to al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank. IOF stationed at a military checkpoint fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.

At approximately 02:10 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, IOF accompanied with a mounted-crane truck moved into Tell village, south of Nablus, north of the West Bank, to conduct an arrest campaign. Meanwhile, a group of Palestinians gathered and threw empty bottles at IOF’s vehicles. IOF immediately fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, a 21-year-old male was shot with a live bullet in his left leg and a 28-year-old male was shot with a rubber bullet in his right leg. Both of them were taken to Rafidia Hospital for treatment. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.

At approximately 22:00, a group of Palestinians gathered near Huwara military checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank, to protest in solidarity with Jerusalem and Gaza Strip. Clashes erupted in the area, during which, IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 3 of them were injured; 2 with live bullets and one with a rubber bullet. All of them were taken to hospitals in Nablus. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.

At approximately 22:30, IOF moved into Huwara village, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank, to secure Israeli settlers who pass on the village’s main street and on Ramallah-Nablus Street in central the village, and carry out riots. Meamwhile, many Palestinians gathered and threw stones at IOF’s vehicles. IOF immeadately fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, a 24-year-old male sustained wounds in hos left eye while a 20-year-old male was shot with a rubber bullet in his jaw.

At approximately 23:30, IOF stationed at Huwara checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank, killed Mohammed Omar Sa’eed al-Najjar (36), who lived on al-Ta’awoun Street, south of Nablus, claiming that he opened fire at Israeli soldiers stationed at the checkpoint, wounding 2 of them. No eyewitness was available to confirm or refute the Israeli claims.

At approximately 15:30, IOF moved into Urif village, southeast of Nablus, and killed Nedal Sayil Mostafa al-Safadi (28). Al-Safadi died after being shot with 3 live bullets in the back and chest during clashes erupted to counter IOF and settlers who attacked the village’s outskirts from the eastern side and wounded 4 Palestinians with live bullets; 2 of them sustained serious wounds and received treatment at hospitals in Nablus.

At approximately 16:20, IOF moved into Beita village, southeast of Nablus, and killed ‘Issa Suliman Barham Dawoud (41), a prosecutor in the Salfit district court, after hititing him with a live bullet in his chest during clashes erupted in Subaieh Mount, southeast of the village. Also, 4 other civilians, including a child, were wounded; 2 of them sustained serious wounds. The wounded were taken to hospitals in Nablus.

At approximately 19:15, IOF moved into Salim  village, northeast of Nablus, and killed Malek Musbah As’ad Hamdan (21), after hitting him with a live bullet in the chest. Also, 2 other civilians were wounded during clashes erupted in the village and taken to hospitals in Nablus for treatment.

At approximately 19:25, IOF moved into Asira al-Qibliya village, southeast of Nablus, and killed Husam Wael Mousa ‘Asairayh (18), after hitting him with a live bullet in the chest during clashes erupted with IOF and settlers at the village’s outskirts from the eastern side. Also, clashes erupted between Palestinians and IOF in eastern Beit Dajan village, in eastern Azmut village, at Beit Furik checkpoint, at Huwara checkpoint, at the entrances to Osarin, Aqraba and Qusra villages, and during IOF’s incursion into Tell, Burin and Madama villages, southeast of Nablus. As a result, 62 civilians, including 12 children, were injured; 15 with live bullets and sustained critical wounds; 4 with rubber bullets and one was hit with a sound bomb in his face.

At approximately 13:00 on Saturday, 15 May 2021, Israeli settlers under IOF’s protection took place from “Aish Kodesh” settlement established at the southeastern side of Qusra village, attacked and burnt southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank. Meanwhile, a number of citizens gathered and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers who responded with firing live bullets, sound and gas bombs to disperse the protestors and protect the settlers. As a result, 11 citizens, including a child, were hit with live bullets, as they were taken to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus, one of the injuries was classified as serious, and many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and treated on the spot.

At approximately 19:00, clashes renewed near Huwwarah military checkpoint, southeast of Nablus. The protestors threw stones at threw stones at the Israeli soldiers who responded with firing live and rubber bullets, sound and gas bombs. As a result, 2 children were hit with live bullets, a 17 years old citizen was hit with a live bullet in his right leg and the other was 16 years old and was hit with a live bullet in his right knee, both were taken to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus. Additionally, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and treated on the spot.

At approximately 11:50 on Sunday, 16 May 2021, medical sources at Rafidia Hospital declared the death of Tareq Omar Ahmed Snobar (27), from Yatma village, southeast of Nablus, succumbed to his wounds, as he was wounded on Friday, 14 May 2021 during the clashes erupted in Huwwarah checkpoint, southeast of Nablus.

At approximately 17:30, a number of citizens gathered near Huwwarah checkpoint, southeast of Nablus. They threw stones at threw stones at the Israeli soldiers who responded with firing live and rubber bullets, sound and gas bombs. As a result, 4 protestors were wounded, including 3 were hit with live bullets; first one was 17 years old who was hit with a live bullet in his left leg, the second was 23 years old and hit with a live bullet in his left leg, the third was 18 and sustained a shrapnel in his abdomen, and the last was 20 and hit with a live bullet in his head. They were taken to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus to receive treatment while many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and treated on the spot.

At approximately 22:30 on Monday, 17 May 2021, a group of Palestinians gathered at Deir Sharaf rotary, which connecting Nablus with Tulkarm, near “Shavei Shomron” settlement, west of Nablus. Two minutes later, several Israeli forces came and deployed in the area and took places after their vehicles, as the clashed occurred immediately. A group of citizens gathered and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers who responded with firing live bullets, sound and gas bombs to disperse the protestors and protect the settlers. As a result, an 18 years old citizen and 16 years old child were wounded in the leg and knee, and taken to Rafidia Hospital to receive treatment while many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and treated on the spot.

At approximately 14:00 on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, a group of settlers gathered near Hura military checkpoint and Jabal Sbeih where a settlement was established, south of Beita village, and also at the entrances of Tell, Usarin and al-Luban al-Sharkiya vilages southeast of Nablus, and near “Shavei Shomron” settlement, near Deir Sharaf rotary, northwest of Nablus. Heavy clashes erupted between the Israeli settlers and Palestinians, as the Israeli soldiers fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 32 Palestinians sustained live bullets, including a woman and a 16 year old child who was hit with a live bullet in his chest and he is in critical condition, and the photojournalist at al-Raya Press, Jamal Shehada Mohammed Rayyan (50), who was hit with a live bullet in his right leg while covering the protests at Huwwarah checkpoint. Also, 3 Palestinians were hit with rubber bullets, 2, including a child, were hit with sound bombs and teargas canisters, while many other protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and treated on the spot.

Hebron:

At approximately 13:00 on Tuesday, 11 May 2021, a group of citizens gathered at the entrance of al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, near an Israeli watchtower, and threw stones at the watchtower. Meanwhile, a number of Israeli soldiers got out of the watchtower and prosecuted the protestors until the UNRWA distribution center, and randomly fired sound bombs and teargas canisters. As a result, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and treated on the spot.

At approximately 16:00, a group of citizens gathered at the entrance of Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron. Meanwhile, two Israeli units arrived and the soldiers deployed in the area which the Palestinians closed with stones and barricades. The protestors threw stones at the Israeli soldiers who responded with firing teargas canisters. As a result, a 26 years old citizen was hit with a live bullet in his right leg, and he was taken to Hebron Governmental Hospital in Hebron, while many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and treated on the spot.

Around the same time, hundreds of Hebron residents organized a peaceful demonstration took place from Ben Rashed crossrad in Hebron. The demonstration was to denounce the Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and attacks in Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem. The participants raised Palestinian flags and chanted national slogans, then headed to Bab al-Zawiya, where the Israeli soldiers established a military checkpoint on the northern entrance of al-Shuhada closed street. IOF deployed in the area while the Palestinians sat fire on tires and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers, who responded with randomly firing teargas canisters and prosecuted them. As a result, a 20 years old and 17 years old Palestinians were wounded with live bullets and taken to Hebron Hospital, while many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and treated on the spot.

At approximately 19:00, a group of citizens gathered on the northern entrance of Yatta, south of Hebron, leads to Bypass Road (60), closed the way leading to the city with stones and barricades and sat fire on tires. Meanwhile, 3 Israeli units arrived, deployed in the area, and fired sound bombs at the Palestinians, who responded with throwing stones and fire crackers at the Israeli soldiers and vehicles. The Israeli soldiers started firing live and rubber bullets at the Palestinians, resulted in a 23 years old Palestinian sustained a live bullet in his left leg and a 19 years old Palestinian sustained a live bullet in his right thigh, as they were taken to Abu al-Hasan al-Qasem Hospital, while many Palestinians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and treated on the spot. The clashed continued until 23:00.

At approximately 15:00 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, IOF moved into al-Aroub refugee camp, south of Hebron, and stationed near the UNRWA schools, the Israeli soldiers stormed the camp, raided and searched two houses and arrested Mohammed Mahmoud Abu Hashhash (30) and Mohammed Khaled al-Najjar (28). While IOF was taking the 2 arrestees to the military vehicles, a group of citizens gathered and threw stones and Molotov cocktails, and then they closed the way in front of the military vehicles with burnt tires. The Israeli soldiers randomly fired sound bombs and teargas canisters at the stone throwers and houses. As a result, Hussain Atiya al-Titi (26) was hit with a live bullet in his right shoulder penetrated the right side of his chest, while present on the roof of his house, and arrived dead to the emergency center of PRCS due to a severe internal bleeding. Also, 2 civilians (29 and 19 years old) were hit with live bullets in their legs, while many Palestinians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and treated on the spot. The clashes continued until 20:00, during of which IOF closed the main entrance of the camp, banned the entry and exit of the Palestinian vehicles, and the 2 arrestees were taken to unknown destinations.

At approximately 17:00, a group of citizens gathered at the entrance of Sa’ir village, north of Hebron, leads to Bypass Road (60), threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed at the entrance of the village. IOF responded with firing live and rubber bullets, teargas canisters and sound bombs at the Palestinians. As a result, a 15 years old child was hit with a live bullet and taken to al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron to receive treatment, while many Palestinians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and treated on the spot.

At the same time, hundreds of Palestinians in Hebron organized a peaceful protest that took off from Al-Hussein bin Ali stadium to Ein Sarah area in Hebron city, in protest to the Israeli occupation’s attacks on the Gaza Strip and Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem. Participants held Palestinian flags and chanted national slogans as they marched towards Bab al-Zawiya area where the Israeli occupation maintains a military checkpoint on the northern entrance of the closed Shuhada St. Israeli soldiers deployed in the area, on top of buildings, and behind cement blocks. Meanwhile, Palestinian protestors set tiers on fire, threw rocks and fire crackers at the checkpoint. The soldiers responded with the arbitrary firing of tear gas canisters and chased protestors. As a result, 12 Palestinians, including 3 children, sustained wounds with rubber and live bullets. Additionally, IOF arrested Osama Munther Fanoun (22) after he sustained a live bullet in the leg. The soldiers took Fanoun into the checking. Also, several Palestinians present in the nearby market area suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and treated in the field.

At approximately 18:00, a group of citizens gathered on the entrance of Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron, leads to Bypass Road (60), where IOF are establishing a watchtower. Palestinians closed the road with stones and sat fire on tires before several Israeli vehicles arrive and deployed in the area. Palestinians threw stones and fire crackers at the soldiers, who responded with the arbitrary firing of tear gas canisters and chased protestors. As a result, 3 Palestinians, including a 15 years old child, sustained wounds with live bullets, and they were taken to Hebron Governmental Hospital to receive treatment. Also, IOF closed the entrance of the village and banned the vehicles’ entry and exit.

At approximately 20:00, a number of citizens gathered at the entrance of Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron, leads to Bypass Road (60), sat fire on tires. Meanwhile, several Israeli units arrived and deployed in the area, the Palestinians started to throw stones and fire crackers at the Israeli soldiers, who responded with firing live and rubber bullets at them. As a result, 3 citizens sustained wounds, including a 15-years-old child, and taken to Hebron Governmental Hospital to receive treatment. Moreover, IOF closed the entrance of the village, and banned the movement to and from the village.

At approximately 23:00 on Thursday, 13 May 2021, two settlers attacked civilians’ homes with rocks in al-Tawaneh village, eastern Yatta, in the southern parts of Hebron. At the same time, another group of settlers closed the main road leading to the village, and to Bypass road 60. As locals confronted the settlers to leave the area, one of the settlers fired bullets from his gun into the air; large number of IOF troops arrived to the area and infantry troops raided the village, firing tear gas canisters and stun grenades arbitrarily at civilians’ homes. As a result, several Palestinians were wounded:

  1. Foad Mohammed al-Ammour (45) sustained a rubber bullet behind his ear;
  2. Sami Hafez al-Hariney (28) sustained a rubber bullet wound;
  3. Fadel Jebrin Rab’ie (40) sustained a rubber bullet wound in the foot;
  4. Rebhi Mohammed Rebhi Rab’ie sustained a live bullet in the foot;
  5. Sabha Ali Rab’ie (42) sustained a rubber bullet wound in her right foot.

Dozens of others suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.

Following Friday prayers, 14 May 2021, dozens of Palestinians gathered in Bab al-Zawiya area, center Hebron, and set tiers on fire, threw rocks and fire crackers at the military checkpoint established by the Israeli occupation on the northern entrance of the closed Shuhada St. Israeli soldiers deployed in front of the checkpoint and proceeded to fire tear gas canisters and stun grenades at the protestors. As a result, dozens of protestors suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and Mashhour Hussein al-Wahwah (37), Wafa News Agency correspondent, was hit with a tear gas bomb in his right foot. The Israeli soldiers chased the protesters and the clashes continued until late Friday evening. No arrests were reported.

At approximately 16:00, a group of Israeli settlers of “Beit Hagai” settlement, south of Hebron, stormed Palestinian lands in al-Rayhiyya village adjacent to the abovementioned settlement, and attempted to set fire on the trees and crops. A group of angry young men gathered and threw stones at the settlers to vacate them, but the settlers opened fire at the Palestinian young men. As a result, 2 citizens were wounded, including Jamal Isma’el Hasan al-Tubas (32), who sustained a live bullet in the head and taken to Abu al-Hasan al-Qasim Hospital in Yatta, where he was declared dead succumbed to his wounds.

Clashes occurred after demonstrations in solidarity with the Gaza Strip and Jerusalem erupted in the western entrance of al-Fawwar refugee camp, the northern entrance to Yatta, and Asida area in Beit Ummar, where IOF used excessive force to disperse the protesters. As a result, 10 citizens sustained live bullets.

At approximately 15:00 on Saturday, 15 May 2021, a group of citizens gathered in Bab al-Zawiya area in Hebron, threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed at the checkpoint, who responded with firing live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters. As a result, several citizens suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and treated in the field.

Protestors changed the clashes point, and headed to Riq Abu al-Humus, where Israeli took place between shops near the abovementioned checkpoint to undermine the protestors. Meanwhile, serious clashes erupted between the Israeli soldiers and the stones throwers, as the soldiers fired live and rubber bullets, teargas canisters and sound bombs. As a result, 9 citizens were hit with bullets in several parts of their bodies, and they were taken Hebron Hospital to receive treatment.

At approximately 18:00, a group of Palestinians gathered in Muthalath Kharsa area, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron. The protestors closed the main street with rocks, set fire to tires and threw stones at a military watchtower established on the street. IOF arrived at the area and fired sound bombs and teargas canisters at the stone-throwers and ordered the shops’ owners to close their shops. As a result, a 22-years-old citizen sustained a live bullet in the right leg, and taken to one of the medical centers in the area and then to Hebron’s hospitals, while many Palestinians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and treated in the field.

At approximately 19:00, a group of Palestinians gathered in Asida area, near Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They sat fire to tires and threw stones at an Israeli watchtower. Meanwhile, several military vehicles and wastewater vehicle to spray the protestors arrived, opened fire, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 20-years-old man sustained a live bullet in the right leg, and he was taken to Hebron’s hospitals, while many Palestinians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and treated in the field.

At approximately 20:00 on Saturday, 15 May 2021, IOF opened fire at a vehicle near al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron. As a result, the driver Wajdi Waleed Abdullah Ja’afra (21), from Tarqumiyah, northwest of Hebron, was wounded with several live bullets in the face, right side of the body and back. IOF deployed in the area and prevented the ambulances to approach for 30 minutes, and then he was taken to Dura Governmental Hospital in Hebron governorate, where he was declared dead succumbed to his wounds.

At approximately 10:00 on Sunday, 16 MAY 2021, medical sources at al-Ahli Hopsital in Hebron announced the death of Mohammed Khalil Yunis Mohammed Frijat (15), from Hebron, succumbing to wounds he sustained on Wednesday, 12 May 2021 during clashes erupted in Bab al-Zawiyia area in central Hebron. Frijat was shot with a live bullet in his head, and the bullet settled in his left eye. He underwent a surgery and was then admitted to Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

At approximately 11:00, a group of Israeli settlers, from “Kiryat Arba” settlement, east of Hebron, threw stones at Palestinian vehicles crossing on Bypass road (60), causing a jam traffic on the road. Meanwhile, an Israeli settler opened fire at a Palestinian vehicle and wounded its driver namely Eyad Yunis Salameen, from as-Samu village, south of Hebron, with a live bullet in his left foot. Salameen was taken the governmental Hospital in Hebron for treatment.

At approximately 15:00 on Monday, 17 May 2021, a group of Palestinians gathered in Bab al-Zawiyia area, near a military checkpoint established at the northern entrance to al-Shuhaha closed street in Hebron, south of the West Bank. Violent clashes broke out in the area, during which, IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 6 of them were shot with live bullets in their lower limbs and taken via ambulances to the governmental hospital in Hebron. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.

At approximately 21:00, , a group of Palestinians gathered at the entrance to Al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, south of the West Bank, where a military checkpoint was established. The protestors set fire to tires, placed huge rocks at the entrance and closed it. After that, they threw stones at IOF deployed on the main street and at the entrance to Al-Arroub Agriculture College. IOF immediately fired live bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, ‘Obaida Akran ‘Abed al-Rahman Jawabrah (18) was shot with a live bullet in his chest. The bullet penetrated his heart, causing severe bleeding. Jawabrah was taken via a Palestinian ambulance to a medical center in Beit Fajjar village, where doctors declared his death.

At approximately 11:00 on Wednesday, 18 May 2021, IOF stationed in the Old Vegetable Market in al-Karantina area in Hebron’s Old City opened fire at Islam Ghayyad “Mohammed Haider” Zahdah (32), from Hebron. IOF claimed that he attempted to carry out a stabbing attack and prevented Palestinian ambulances from reaching him. Moreover, 9 Palestinians were shot with live bullets during clashes erupted in Bab al-Zawiyia area in central Hebron and at the entrance to Al-Arroub refugee camp, north of the city.

9 citizens were wounded with live bullets during clashes erupted in Bab al-Zawiya area in Hebron, Idhna village, west of Hebron, Kharsa village, south of Dura, and al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron.

At approximately 16:00 on Wednesday, 19 May 2021, an Israeli settler opened fire at Wafa Abdul Rahman al-Baradi’y (37), while present near the bus station of “Kiryat Arba’” settlement, established on the east of Hebron. Al-Baradi’y was left bleeding on the floor for 30 minutes before an Israeli ambulance came and took her to the hospital. Later, al-Baradi’y was declared dead on the Israeli media claiming that she attempted to shot a settler.

Tubas:

At approximately 03:30 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, IOF moved into Tubas in the northern West Bank to carry out an arrest campaign in the City.  Meanwhile, a number of youngsters and children threw stones and empty bottles at IOF’s vehicles, and IOF immediately fired live and rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the stone-throwers to disperse them.  As a result, a 22-year-old man was hit with a bullet to the left thigh while another 21-year-old was hit with a rubber bullet in the foot.  Also, an Israeli military SUV deliberately ran over a 25-year-old man, causing him pelvic fractures and an injury in the abdomen.  He was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit in Tubas Turkish Hospital.  Moreover, many civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation. 

At approximately 05:30, IOF moved into ‘Aqaba village, northwest of Tubas in the northern West Bank, to carry out an arrest campaign in the village.  A number of children gathered to throw stones at IOF’s vehicles, and the IOF responded by firing live and rubber-coated bullets and toxic gas canisters.  At approximately 06:40, IOF shot dead a 16-year-old child after firing 2 bullets at his chest and abdomen. The child was later identified as Rashid Mohammed Rashid Abu ‘Erah, from the village, and taken a dead body to Tubas Turkish Hospital in Tubas.  IOF then withdrew from the village taking with them Mustafa Mohammed Sa’id Abu ‘Erah (57), a Hamas leader who was arrested from his house.

Following Friday prayer, 14 May 2021, violent clashes erupted at Tayasir Checkpoint and ‘Atouf Prairie in Tubas.  IOF opened fire at the protesters and wounded 4 civilians.

At approximately 18:00 on Saturday, 15 May 2021, a number of civilians gathered near Tayasir Checkpoint in eastern Tubas, north of the West Bank.  The protesters threw stones at the IOF stationed at the checkpoint, and IOF immediately fired live bullets, rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters and chased them into the field.  As a result, an 18-year-old civilian, from Tayasir village, was critically wounded with a bullet which entered his shoulder and exited his back while a 35-year-old civilian, from Tamoun village, southeast of Tubas, was wounded with a rubber bullet in the foot.  They were both taken to Tubas Turkish Hospital while many suffocated due to teargas inhalation and were treated on the spot.  Moreover, Karam Ibrahim Yadak (13) was arrested during the clashes and taken to unknown destination.

At approximately 14:30 on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, a number of civilians gathered near Tayasir Checkpoint in eastern Tubas, north of the West Bank.  Violent clashes broke out, and IOF immediately fired live bullets, rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters.  As a result, 6 were wounded, including a child, with live bullets, and a seventh was wounded with rubber-coated bullet.  They were taken to Tubas Turkish Hospital while many suffocated due to teargas inhalation and were treated on the spot.

Jerusalem:

At approximately 16:00 on Tuesday, 11 May 2021, IOF suppressed the persons gathered in solidarity at the entrance to al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City and denied them access to the neighborhood to join the sit-in organized with the neighborhood’s residents under the threat of evacuation.  IOF pumped skunk water at the persons in solidarity and chased them into the nearby streets.  They arrested and beat up Hisham Yousif al-Salaymah, his daughter Alaa’ and his son Mohammed, taking them to a police station in the occupied City.

At approximately 18:00 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, a number of Palestinian civilians gathered at the entrance to Qalendia refugee camp, north of occupied East Jerusalem, and chanted pro-Gaza Strip slogans, heading towards Qalendia checkpoint established near the camp’s entrance. The protesters threw stones and Molotov Cocktail at the IOF stationed at the checkpoint, and IOF immediately fired live and rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters.  As a result, Mohammed Khalil Mohammed and Mohammed Hammad were wounded with live bullets.

At approximately 21:00, a number of Palestinian civilians gathered near “Beit Hoshen” settlement established on al-Tour neighborhood lands, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City and threw stones and Molotov Cocktail at IOF’s vehicles in front of the settlement.  IOF immediately attacked the protesters and chased them into the main street amid heavily firing rubber bullets and teargas canisters in the area.  As a result, Nadim ‘Ali al-Leddawiyah was wounded with a rubber bullet while many suffocated due to teargas inhalation and were treated on the spot.  Moreover, Amin Anis Abu al-Hawa (23) and Yazan Akram al-Kiswani (21) were arrested.

Late at night, a number of Palestinian civilians gathered at al-Nabi Mousa intersection in eastern occupied East Jerusalem and fired stones at the Israeli military vehicles traveling on the street.  The vehicles stopped and IOF fired live and rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters.  As a result, ‘Amer ‘Abed Hamed al-Khatib, from Hizma village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, was wounded with a bullet and then arrested by IOF.

Following the Friday Prayer, 14 May 2021, IOF used excessive force to disperse the protesters in different clashes in the vicinity of occupied Jerusalem, al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, Beit Hanina, Silwan, Beit Safafa, Abu Dis, at the intersection of Ma’ale Adumim settlement in al-Eizariya, in the vicinity of Qalendia checkpoint, the Bridge area, on ‘Anata Street and at the entrance to Hizma village.  As a result, 19 civilians were wounded; 2 with live bullets; 15 with rubber-coated bullets and 2 with sound bombs.

At approximately 16:00 on Saturday, 15 May 2021, a number of civilians gathered near ‘Anata village intersection, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, and threw stones and empty bottles at the IOF stationed there.  IOF immediately and heavily fired live bullets, rubber-coated bullet and teargas canisters.  As a result, a civilian sustained moderate live bullet wounds in the thigh and taken to Jericho Governmental Hospital for treatment while many suffocated and were treated in the field.

At approximately 18:00, IOF suppressed a peaceful assembly organized in commemoration with the 73rd anniversary of Palestinian Nakba in front of the houses under threat of eviction in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem.  IOF beat up the neighborhood’s residents and the persons in solidarity with them and pumped skunk water at them.  As a result, a journalist was hit with a sound bomb in his foot and treated on the spot.

At approximately 22:00, a number of Palestinians gathered near “Beit Hoshen” settlement established on al-Tur neighborhood lands, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.  They threw stones and Molotov Cocktail at the IOF’s vehicles while IOF immediately attacked them and chased them into the main Street amid heavily firing rubber bullets and teargas canisters.  IOF also heavily pumped skunk water at the houses and near al-Makassed Hospital.  IOF deliberately fired teargas canisters in the hospital yards via the gates.  As a result, many civilians suffocated.  IOF also arrested Ahmed Amin Abu Isbeitan (23) and later withdrew taking him with them. 

At approximately 17:00 on Sunday, 16 May 2021, IOF opened fire at a grey Ford car that veered off course towards an iron barrier, where Israeli soldiers are stationed near the entrance to al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.  The driver was killed with 5 bullets that penetrated his body and later identified as Shaher Mahmoud Abu Khadijah (44), from al-Ram, north of occupied East Jerusalem, married and a father of 5.  IOF claimed that Khadijah deliberately ran over the soldiers, wounding 4 of them at the checkpoint; 2 in serious condition.

Following his murder, IOF completely closed the scene for hours and prevented civilians from leaving their houses, declaring the area as a closed military zone and denying PRCS ambulance access to the neighborhood.  IOF randomly fired sound bombs to prevent the persons in solidarity and press crews from entering the scene.

Following the incident, a number of civilians gathered to throw stones at the IOF stationed at the checkpoint and its surrounding.  As a result, violent clashes broke out in the area.  During which, IOF fired rubber-coated bullets and sound bombs, wounding 5 civilians with rubber-coated bullets and hitting another with a sound bomb. 

At approximately 18:00, 4 vehicles carrying armed settlers in al-Ashqariyah area in Beit Hanina, north of occupied East Jerusalem, claiming they were searching  for a house seized by settlers years ago.  When they were busted, a number of Palestinian civilians confronted them with stones.  The settlers fired live bullets at the civilians and wounded 2 of them with live bullets. 

Tamer Adris (28) said to PCHR’s fieldworker:

“At 18:00, a number of settlers in al-Ashqar area in Beit Hanina neighborhood, north occupied Jerusalem.  The settlers stayed in the neighborhood for 20 minutes; during which they threw stones at the children in the neighborhood.  A number of the Palestinian civilians gathered in the neighborhood, including I, and confronted them with stones to force them to leave.  The settlers then opened fire at us and I was wounded with a bullet in my hand while Ra;ouf Barakat (23) was wounded with a bullet in his abdomen.  The settlers withdrew, while we were taken to the hospital.”

After the settlers left at approximately 18:30, IOF moved into Beit Hanina and Sho’afat neighborhoods, north of occupied East Jerusalem.  A number of civilians gathered to throw stones and empty bottles at IOF, and clashes broke out in the 2 neighborhoods; during which IOF heavily fired rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters.  As a result, 8 were wounded; 6 of them were hit with rubber bullets and 2 with sound bombs.  Four of them were taken to the hospitals to receive treatment.

At approximately 22:00, dozens of outraged Palestinians gathered at the entrance to al-Ram village, north of occupied East Jerusalem, in protests against the ongoing IOF’s crimes on the Gaza Strip.  They threw stones and empty bottles at IOF’s vehicles that protect the annexation wall adjacent to the village.  IOF immediately fired live and rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protesters.  As a result, a protesters was hit with live bullets and taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah.  Moreover, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation and was treated. 

At approximately 15:00 on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, a number of Palestinians gathered at the entrance to Sho’afat refugee camp, north of occupied East Jerusalem; in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and Bab al-‘Amoud area in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.  Violent clashes broke out; during which, IOF fired live and rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters at the protesters.  As a result, 18 civilians were wounded, including journalist Rama Yousif Salah (29), who was hit with a rubber bullet; lawyer Razan al-Ja’abah, who was wounded in her leg; and Jana Mohammed al-Kisswani (15) and her father who were hit with 2 rubber bullets when they were in their house yard. One of those wounded was hit with a bullet in the thigh while many suffocated due to teargas inhalation and were treated on the spot.  IOF also beat up a child namely Sabrin Jamjoum and photojournalist Latifa Redwan ‘Abdulatif (30) and tried to take off her hijab.  Moreover, IOF arrested Yassin Sbeih and Naji ‘Abbas.

Bethlehem:

At approximately 21:00 on Tuesday, 11 May 2021, a number of Palestinian civilians gathered at the gate at the annexation wall, north of Bethlehem, near Rachel’s Tomb.  The protesters set fire to tires and threw stones and empty bottles at the IOF who guard the wall.  IOF went out of one of the wall’s gates and fired rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters at the protesters.  As a result, 7 civilians were wounded with rubber bullets while many others suffocated and were treated on the spot.

On Wednesday evening, 12 May 2021, a number of Palestinian civilians protesting against the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip and occupied Jerusalem gathered in front of one of the wall’s gates, north of Bethlehem near Rachel’s Tomb.  They sat fire to the tires and threw stones at the IOF guarding the wall.  IOF went out of one of the wall’s gates and fired rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters at the protesters.  As a result, 11 were wounded with rubber bullets while many others suffocated and were treated on the spot.

Following the Friday Prayer, IOF used excessive force to disperse the protesters in various clashes in Bethlehem; most prominently at the northern entrance and in al-Khader, Dar Salah, Teqoa, Beit Fajjar villages and on Jerusalem-Hebron Street.  As a result, 39 civilians were wounded; including 8 with live bullets; one of them sustained serious injuries and 31 with rubber-coated bullets.   Moreover, many suffocated due to teargas inhalation and were treated on the spot.

At approximately 19:00 on Saturday, 15 May 2021, IOF suppressed a peaceful protest, which set off from Bab al-Zeqaq in Bethlehem towards the northern entrance to the city near Rachel’s Tomb area, to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of Nakba in protest against the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.  As a result, 18 injuries were reported; four were wounded with two-two bullets, and 14 others were wounded with rubber-coated bullets in the lower extremities.  Moreover, many suffocated due to teargas inhalation and were treated on the spot.

On Sunday evening, 16 May 2021, hundreds from Bethlehem organized a peaceful sit-in in front of the gate at the annexation wall, north of Bethlehem, near Rachel’s Tomb to call for end of the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.  The protesters raised the Palestinian flags and chanted national slogans; meanwhile, IOF’s patrols arrived and hidden behind the annexation wall gates.  IOF immediately fired live and rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters at the protesters.  The protest turned in violent clashes that continued for hours in the vicinity of Checkpoint 300 near the annexation wall.  As a result, 3 civilians were wounded with live bullets and 5 were wounded with rubber bullets.  All of them were taken to Beit Jala Hospital to receive treatment.  Moreover, many suffocated due to teargas inhalation and were treated on the spot.

At approximately 13:00 on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, a number of Palestinian civilians gathered at the northern entrance to Bethlehem near Rachel’s Tomb, south of the West Bank.  Violent clashes broke out, and IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters at the proesters.  As a result 18 were wounded; 15 of them with live bullets and 3 with rubber bullets, including a direct injury in the eye.  Meanwhile, IOF deliberately fired toxic gas canisters at a field emergency medical service point that was established by the PRCS at the entrance.  Many suffocated and were treated on the spot.

Salfit:

At approximately 16:00 on Friday, 14 May 2021, IOF killed ‘Awad Ahmed Harb (23,) from Iskaka village, with a live bullet in the abdomen during clashes in the village following Friday Prayer.

At approximately 16:10, IOF killed Sherif Khaled Suleiman (38), from Marda village, north of Salfit, with a live bullet in the thigh when he was at his front door at Marda’s western entrance. He was taken to Yasser ‘Arafat Hospital.

Moreover, 7 other civilians sustained various wounds in clashes with IOF across Salfit.

At approximately 18:00 on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, a number of civilians gathered at the entrance to Deir Istiya village, north of Salfit, and at the northern entrance to Salfit.  As a result, violent clashes broke out, and IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters at the protesters.  As a result, 3 civilians were wounded; one (25 years old) with a live bullet in the left leg, another 25-year-old with a bullet in the left leg and the third (42 years old) with a rubber bullet in the right leg. Moreover, many suffocated and were treated on the spot

Tulkarm:

At approximately 21:45 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, a number of civilians gathered near the annexation wall adjacent to Deir al-Ghusun village, north of Tulkarm.  IOF guarding the annexation wall fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protesters, and clashes broke out.  As a result, ‘Abdul Karim Ahmed Jamil Ghanem was hit with a rubber bullet in the extremities while many suffocated and were treated on the spot.

At approximately 22:30, a number of Palestinian civilians gathered near Gate 104 in the annexation wall adjacent to Shweikah village, north of Tulkarm.  IOF guarding the wall fired a barrage of sound bombs and teargas canisters at the civilians and dispersed them.  As a result, many of them suffocated and were treated on the spot.

At approximately 22:35, a number of civilians gathered near the annexation wall adjacent to Zeita, Baqa ash-Sharqiyya and Nazlet ‘Issa village, north of Tulkarm, and threw stones at the vehicles of IOF who guard the wall.  IOF immediately fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters at the protesters.  As a result, 3 civilians aged (22), (24) and (24) were wounded with live bullets in the extremities and taken to Tulkarm’s hospitals for treatment.  Moreover, many suffocated and were treated on the spot. 

At approximately 22:00 on Friday, 14 May 2021, IOF killed Nizar Riyad Marouf Abu Zeina (22) with a live bullet in the chest during clashes near the Annexation Wall, northern Tulkarm. Abu Zeina’s initial wounds were serious and he was transported to Darwish Nazzal Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Immediately as news of his death broke out, outraged protests took off in Tulkarm, Anabta, Ramin, Shwiaka, Beit Lid, Qaffin and Zeita.  As a result, 39 Palestinians sustained wounds.

At approximately 10:00 on Saturday, 15 May 2021 until midnight, violent clashes erupted in the villages of Qaffin, Zeita, Deir al-Ghusun, Attil, Kafr al-Labad, ‘Anbta, Far’oun, Shofa and Bizzariya in Tulkarm, north of the West Bank.  During which, IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters at the protesters.  As a result, 13 civilians were wounded with live and rubber bullets while many suffocated and were treated on the spot.

At approximately 00:00 on Sunday, 16 May 2021, during the clashes adjacent to the annexation wall, IOF who guard the wall, west of Zeita village, north of Tulkarm, north of the West Bank, opened fire at Yasin Hasan Hamad (26), from Sayda village, north of Tulkarm and wounded hit with a bullet in the Chest that penetrated his heart.  He was taken to Dr. Thabet Thabet Hospital in Tulkarm, where his death was announced in the Emergency Department.

Moreover, 7 civilians were wounded with live bullets and taken to Dr. Thabet Thabet Hospital in Tulkarm for treatment.

At approximately 14:30 on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, a number of Palestinian civilians gathered in the vicinity of ‘Inab checkpoint, east of Tulkarm, north of the West Bank.  Violent clashes broke out, and IOF stationed at the checkpoint fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters at the protesters.  As a result, 6 civilians were wounded with live bullets while many suffocated and were treated on the spot.

Qalqilya:

Following Friday Prayer, IOF used excessive force to disperse protesters during clashes across Qalqilya. As a result, 24 Palestinians sustained varied wounds.

At approximately 12:30, IOF stationed at the Kafr Qaddum checkpoint at the “northern entrance” to the village, north of Qalqilya, suppressed with live and rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and poison gas canisters a peaceful protest organized by dozens of Palestinian civilians and chased them. As a result, 5 civilians were wounded; one of them was a 17-year-old child, who was hit with a gas canister in the foot, while the four civilians were wounded as follows: a 23-year-old civilian was hit with a sponge bomb in the abdomen, a 22 year- old was with a sponge bomb in the abdomen, a 25-year-old was hit with a sponge bomb in the shoulder, and a 21-year-old was hit with a sponge bomb in the face. All of them were taken to hospitals in Qalqilya for treatment. In addition, many of them suffocated and were treated in the field.

At approximately 10:15 on Saturday, 15 May 2021 until late at night, violent clashes broke out in the villages of Jayyus, Hableh, and Azzun; between the village of Azzun and Izbat al-Tabib; at the northern and southern entrances to Qalqilya; and at the entrances to the villages of Ematin, al-Funduq, and Hajjah in Qalqilya in the northern West Bank. During the clashes, IOF fired live and rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters at the protesters. As a result, 17 civilians were wounded with live and rubber bullets while many of them suffocated and were treated on the spot.

At approximately 15:30, IOF stationed at Kafr Qaddoum checkpoint established at the northern entrance to the village, north of Qalqiliya, suppressed a peaceful protests, where dozens of Palestinians participated, with live and rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters and chased them. As a result, a 13-year-old child was wounded with a bullet that entered his back and exited the shoulder.

At approximately 10:00 on Sunday, 16 May 2021, violent clashes broke out in Qalqiliya, in the vicinity of Eyal permanent checkpoint, north of Qalqiliya and adjacent to the villages of Jayyous and Hableh, north of the West Bank.  During which, IOF fired live and rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters at the protesters.  As a result, 10 were wounded with live and rubber bullets while many others suffocated and were treated on the spot.

At approximately 09:00 on Monday, 17 May 2021, violent clashes broke out in Qalqiliya, in the vicinity of Eyal permanent checkpoint, north of Qalqiliya and adjacent to the villages of Jayyous and Hableh, north of the West Bank.  During which, IOF fired live and rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters at the protesters.  As a result, 24 were wounded with live and rubber bullets and were taken to Qalqiliya’s hospitals while many others suffocated and were treated on the spot.

At approximately 15:30 on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, a number of Palestinian civilians gathered at the northern entrance to Qalqiliya, and the entrances to ‘Azoun and Jayyous villages in the city, north of the West Bank.  Violent clashes broke out, and IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters at the protesters.  As a result, 9 civilians were wounded; 6 of them with live bullets and 3 with rubber bullets.  Moreover, many suffocated and were treated on the spot

Incursions and arrests:

Tuesday, 11 May 2021:

  • At approximately 00:00, IOF stationed at Gate (104) in Netanya adjacent to Tulkarm, arrested 4 civilians, including 3 children. The arrestees are: Ayman Jamal Mohammed Jallad (17), Kareem Mohammed Mofeed Shneiter (15), Ahmed Alaa al-Dein Ali Abu Zahra (14) and Mohammed Mofeed Jallad (22).
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Yousef Mohammed Hijazi’s (14) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 09:25, IOF stationed at Gate (104) in Netanya, adjacent to Tulkarm, arrested 6 civilians during clashes occurred with the Israeli soldiers in the area and took them to unknown destinations. The arrestees are: Hamza Marwan Abu Ghalya (18), Sami Ashraf Abu Ghalya (23), Abdul Rahman Hamdan (18), Ayman Jamal Jallad (16), Mohammed Mofeed Jallad (24), and Ahmed Alaa al-Dein Abu Zahra (14).
  • At approximately 13:55, IOF stationed at Huwwarah military checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank, arrested Rania Marzouk Thaher (22), from Yasid, north of the village, claiming that she attempted to carry out a stab attack.
  • At approximately 19:30, IOF stationed at Isawiya checkpoint, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem, severely beaten and arrested 4 young men from al-Tur neighborhood, and took them to unknown destinations. The arrestees are: Dawoud Abu Hatab, Ahmed Kabaja, Mahmoud Abu Laban and Wael Abu Hatab.
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched the house of the writer, Yazan Abu Jom’a, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 22:20, IOF moved into Jenin, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Faraj Shehab al-Sanouri (41). IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 22:30, IOF stationed at Salem military checkpoint, west of Jenin, arrested Mustafa Na’eem Maraheen (18) and Mo’een Mohammed Ammour (19), from Rummanah, west of Jenin. IOF took them to unknown destination.

Wednesday, 12 May 2021:

  • At approximately 00:35, IOF moved into Bir al-Basha village, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses, arrested 3 civilians and took them to unknown destination. The arrestees are: Emad Basem Ghawadra (31), Tamer Ghannam Awwad (30) and Diaa Adnan Ghawadra (25).
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Salem village, northeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched several houses and arrested al-Mo’tasem Billah Nasouh Ishtayya (38).
  • At approximately 03:00, IOD moved into Rujeib village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Senan Mohammed Ahmed Abu Ayesh (45).
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched Hamza Jaber Abu Sill’s (22) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Shu’afat refugee camp, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Firas Oweida and Khaled Abdul ‘Aall, and arrested them.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Beit Dajan village, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Ayman Rebhi Abdul Karim Hanani (35).
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Beit Furik, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Diaa Basem Suliman Hanani (17).
  • Around the same time, IOF stationed at Inab military checkpoint, east of Tulkarm, arrested Hazem Emad Naser (31), a reporter at al-Najah TV, from al-Shwiaka in Tulkarm.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Huwwarah village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Samer Khaled Yousef Owda (32).
  • At approximately 04:20, IOF moved into Qabatiya village, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses, arrested (3) civilians and took them to unknown destination. The arrestees are: the writer Thamer Abdul Ghani Saba’na (45), Awni Adnan Kmeil (33) and al-Shaikh Ali Abdullah Abu al-Rab (59).
  • At approximately 04:50, IOF moved into Anabta, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched Mohammed Naji Sabha’s (47) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:55, IOF moved into Jaba’ village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested a Hamas leader, Nazeeh Sa’eed Abu Own (59), and his son, Islam (31). IOF took them to unknown destinations.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF moved into Silwan, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Ahmed Faraj Da’na’s (25) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 15:30, IOF moved into Wadi al-Joz neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched the house of the writer Ibrahim Mazen Sa’eeda, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF moved into Thuri neighborhood, south of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Ahmed Jehad Oweida’s (19) house, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF moved into Jabal Mukaber village, southeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched the house of the journalist and writer Rasem Enad Obaidat (63), and arrested him.

Thursday, 13 May 2021:

  • At approximately 00:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Surif village, west of Hebron. They raided and searched Ahmed Mohammed al-Hor’s (30) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Bethlehem, south of the West Bank. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mohammed Ja’far al-Da’doua’ (19) and Mohammed Issa Salah (22), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 02:45, IOF moved onto al-Ta’awon street, south of Nablus. They raided and searched Mohammed Omar Sa’eed al-Najjar’s house, the perpetrator of Huwwarah operation on 12 May 2021, and field investigated his family.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF arrested 5 young men while present near Bab al-Amoud “Damascus Gate” and al-Musrara area in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and took them to one of the police centers in the city. The arrestees are: Omar Mo’ammar, Baha’ Najeeb, Mustafa Abdul Latif, Ahmed al-Natshah and Mohammed Ghassan.
  • At approximately 14:30, IOF moved into Isawiya village, northeast the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested 5 civilians, including 2 children. The arrestees are: Yousef Tareq Darwish (24), his sisters, Tala (15) and Hadeel (17), Qusai Owda Dirbas (22), and Laith Abu Riyala (26).
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF moved into Abu Dis, east of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Zeyad Saleh al-Sheikh’s (60) house, one of the candidates on the Hamas-affiliated list “Jerusalem is Our Destination”, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF moved into Wadi al-Joz neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Ibrahim al-Sharbati’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 17:50, IOF moved into Um al-Rokba area in al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Shadi Hussain Ali Salah’s (42) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 23:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested Jaber al-Asmar (22), while attempting to defend his house in al-Qirami neighborhood, in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Israeli settlers stormed al-Asmar’s house, assaulted and harassed its residents, in light of the brutal attacks that Israeli settlers carry out against Palestinians in Jerusalem, West Bank and the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt), under the protection of the Israeli police.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in al-Aroub refugee camp and Sa’ir village, in Hebron governorate. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 14 May 2021:

  • At approximately 00:00, IOF moved into Qalandiya refugee camp, north of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians; Ammar Yaser Mutair (30), Mohammed Ali Mutair (22), and Osama Hasan Mutair (26).
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, and stationed in al-Baten area, east of the village. They raided and searched 2 houses and arrested Ahmed Ali Slaiby (27 and Muhannad Zuhair al-‘Allami (22).
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Sa’ir, north of Hebron, and stationed in the center of the village. They raided and searched Jalal Mustafa Jabarin’s (28) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mohammed al-Sayyad’s (22) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF moved into Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched several houses, severely beaten and arrested (4) civilians. The arrestees are: Taha Ra’ed Jweihan, Talab Ra’ed Jweihan, Mus’ab Husam Jweihan and Lo’ay Issam Jweihan.
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF moved into Sur Baher, south of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Mohammed Ali Atwan and Mohammed Mazen Nimir, and arrested them.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Hebron, Shuyukh, Yatta, and Surif in Hebron governorate. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 15 May 2021:

  • At approximately 00:00, IOF moved into Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (5) civilians, including a child. The arrestees are: Mohammed Tawfiq Abu al-Hums (21), Kareem Bassam Alian (24), Waleed Dawoud Alian (25), Aziz Ghassan Alian (18), and Mohammed Ghanem Mustafa (15).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians, including a child. The arrestees are: Ra’ed Hazem al-Sayyad (16), Mo’tasem Abed Abu Ghannam (33), and Khalil Kamal Abu al-Hawa (21).
  • At approximately 05:30, IOF moved into Tulkarm, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mohamed Abu Mariam and Ihsan Mohammed Abu Mariam, and took them to unknown destination.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF moved into Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Khader Mohammed Owda (15) and Mohammed Samer Sarhan (16), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF moved into Sur Baher village, south of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Ibrahim Mousa Hamads’s (71) house and took him along with his son, Owais (40), to one of the detention centers in the city. It should be noted that Owais is a former prisoner who spent over than 13 years in the Israeli prisons.
  • At approximately 21:15, IOF moved into Kafa village, south of Tulkarm, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Qusai Kamal Isma’el (16) and Mus’ab Adel Abu Safaqa (22), and took them to unknown destinations.
  • At approximately 23:00, IOF arrested Ali Khaldon Salah (20), while returning from work to his home in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. It should be noted that Ali Salah is suffering from severe eye vision problems.

Sunday, 16 May 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into several neighborhoods in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (10) civilians. The arrestees are: Mohammed Qasem Salayma, eyad Qasem Salayma, Mohammed Amer Salayma, Shaher al-Salayma, Mohammed Shaher al-Salayma, Adnan Shalloudi, Yazan and Khaled al-Basti, Jehad Naser Qaws and Fares Jaber.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Yousef Na’eem Ghunaim’s (36) house, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into al-Majd village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate. They raided and searched Imran Isma’el al-Mallah’s (18) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 09:00, IOF accompanied with their police dogs moved into Wadi Qadum neighborhood in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Da’na’s house, threw sound bombs inside the house, sprayed pepper gas at the residents, hit the women and children, and arrested (5) of the residents. The arrestees are: Maher Da’na, Zeyad Da’na, Zaki Da’na, Qusai Da’na and Yaser Da’na.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF moved into the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Talal Mohammed al-Shalloudi’s (13) house and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out (4) icursions in al-Shuyukh, Surif, Samu and Beit Awafi village in Hebron governorate. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 17 May 2021:

  • At approximately 02:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Sa’ir, north of Hebron. They raided and searched Murad Zayed al-Farroukh’s (22) house, and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into the southern area of Hebron. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Alaa Mohammed al-Rajabi (23) and his brother, Ali (19). IOF took them to unknown destination.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF moved into Wadi al-Joz neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Barakat Mahdi al-Za’tari’s (21) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Mohammed Fawzi al-Arna’out’s (52) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 23:00, IOF moved into Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Kayed al-Rajabi’s (45) house and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Hebron and Sa’ir in Hebron governorate. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 18 May 2021:

  • At approximately 05:00, IOF moved into Batin al-Hawa neighborhood, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Ahmed Jameel al-Silwadi’s (18) house and arrested him.

Wednesday, 19 May 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Tell village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched the house of the former prisoner Amro Emad Rihan (25), and arrested him. IOF took him to unknown destination.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Qabatiya, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched Abdullah Fareed Abu al-Rab’s (21) house and took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Silat al-Harithiya, west of Jenin. They raided and searched Hasan Mustafa Jaradat’s (37) house and took him to an unknown destination.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Yamun village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched Mahmoud Hasan Abu al-Hasan’s (38) house and took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 03:15, IOF moved into Beita, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched the former prisoner Owda Sbeih Ahmed Hamayel’s (35) house, and took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Birzeit, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched Shja’ Jaber Musa Darwish’s (42) house and took him to an unknown destination.

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

Settler attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property

  • At approximately 19:10 on Tuesday, settlers from “Yitzahar” settlement established on the southeastern lands of Nablus threw stones at ‘Abdel Naser Yousif Ahmed Demdi (50) and his son ‘Abdullah (20), who were both in front of their house at the intersection, and beat them up. The villagers then confronted the settlers and called a Palestinian ambulance to evacuate ‘Abdel Naser to Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus, where it was found that he sustained a nose fracture and cuts in the face in addition to epistaxis.
  • At approximately 12:40, Israeli settlers from “Itmar” settlement established on the lands of Beit Furik and ‘Aqraba, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank attacked the farmers’ tents in al-Fajem area, east of ‘Aqraba village, and tore with sharp tools the tent sheds.  One of the tents is used as a sheep barn while the other is residential and was torn while its residents were inside; both belonging to Ahmed Yousif Bani JAber from ‘Aqraba village. 
  • At approximately 00:00 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, a group of settlers from al-Nabi Samuel village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem, set fire to a carwash belonging to Anas ‘Adel ‘Abeid, causing severe damage to it.
  • At approximately 01:00, settlers threw stones at Palestinian houses and cars in al-Tur and al-Sowana neighborhoods, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the Israeli Police’s protection. They broke windows of the houses and vehicles.
  • At approximately 05:30, an Israeli settler attacked with a sharp tool Sahar Naser Ghaith ‘Abdeen (29) when she was on her way out of al-Aqsa Msoque to her houses in Bab al-Selselaah in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. As a result, she sustained cuts in her face.

Sheikh ‘Amer ‘Abdeen, Sahar’s husband, said to PCHR that he and his wife went to perform al-Fajer Prayer in al-Aqsa Mosque but he went back home before his wife in Bab al-Selselah while she stayed at al-Aqsa until the sunrise.  On her way back home and as the street was empty, a settler attacked her with a sharp tool and wounded her in the lips and forehead.  Suddenly, 2 young men arrived and confronted the settler.  ‘Abdeen said that Bab al-Selselah has recently witnessed daily attacks by settlers against the Old City’s residents, adding that there are many settlers only next to his house and only 10 meters away.

  • At approximately 23:00, riots by settlers broke out near al-Za’im military checkpoint, east of occupied Jerusalem, and broke the windows of the Palestinians’ cars passing through the checkpoint.
  • At approximately 00:10 on Thursday, 13 May 2021, riots by settlers’ broke out at ‘Inab Checkpoint, east of Tulkarm and threw stones at the Palestinian vehicles passing by. Neither damage nor casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 22:30 on Friday, 14 May 2021, a group of settlers attacked the Palestinian vehicles passing through ‘Izbet Shofa checkpoint, east of Tulkarm. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 16:00 on Saturday, 15 May 2021, a group of armed settlers from “Beit Hagai” settlement established on the Palestinian lands of southern Hebron attacked lands in Ar-Rihiya village adjacent to the settlement. The settlers set fire to the olive trees and winter crops and uprooted summer vegetables.  As a result, around 200 dunums were completely burnt.  It should be noted that it was the second attack within 24 hours as the first attack included shooting that killed a civilian from al-Tubasi Family.
  • At approximately 17:30, settlers gathered, rioted and opened fire at Palestinian civilians near Abu al-Joud Tomb, east of Fre’ta village, north of Qalqiliya. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 19:00, settlers from “Kiryat Arba” settlement, east of Hebron, near the security fence of the settlement gathered near the Palestinian houses in al-Hareek neighborhood. The settlers shot in the air and insulted Arabs.  An IOF’s patrol moved into the neighborhood and raided a house belonging to ‘Adnan No’man Shokri Da’na.  One of the soldiers broke a window of the house windows with his riffle’s butt, claiming that ‘Adnan’s son insulted one of the settlers.  As a result, the house residents were terrified.
  • At approximately 19:30, a settler opened fire at the Palestinian vehicles traveling on the main Qalqiliya-Nablus Street. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 20:00, under IOF’s protection, a number of settlers from the settlement outpost established in the center of Hebron;s Old City, threw stones at the Palestinian houses in Tal al-Rumaida neighborhood and on al-Suhadaa’ Street, amid threats to kill the Palestinians and displace them. Among those houses was a house belonging to an activist in the Human Rights Defenders Forum as teargas canisters, which were fired by IOF at the Palestinian houses to protect the settlers, fell in the vicinity of the activist’s house.  As a result, many Palestinian civilians gathered and confronted with stones the IOF and settlers.  As a result, the activist’s wife suffocated and was taken by an ambulance to the governmental hospital in Hebron.  The windows of Abu ‘Eishah Family houses were broken due to settlers’ stone-throwing at the houses.  Moreover, settlers beat up Ahmed Abu ‘Eishah (22) and withdrew to their settlement.
  • Around the same time, settlers threw stones at a house belonging to ‘Abdul Jabbar Mohammed Isma’il in KAfa village, east of Tulkarm, north of the West Bank. They sat fire to the greenhouses and then fled away from the village.
  • At approximately 22:00 on Saturday, 15 May 2021, a group of settlers from “Adora” settlement established on the Palestinian lands, west of Hebron, threw stones at the Palestinian vehicles heading to Tarqumiyah and Idhna villages, northwest of Hebron. As a result, Monir Elian Tumeizi (36) sustained wounds in the chest and face after a stone hit the windshield of the truck he was driving and broke it.
  • At approximately 23:00, a group of settlers attacked the outskirts of Burqin and Kafr al-Deek villages, west of Salfit, north of the West Bank. The settlers set fire to the agricultural lands and fled away.  Fire broke out in tens of dunums before the villagers and Civil Defense could extinguish it.
  • At approximately 16:00 on Sunday, 16 May 2021, a group of settlers from “Kermi Tsour” settlement established on the Palestinian lands of southern Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, set fire to the Palestinian lands adjacent to the settlement’s fence. As a result, fire broke out in tens of dunums.
  • At approximately 22:00 on Monday, 17 May 2021, under IOF’s protection, a number of Israeli settlers from the settlement outposts in Silwan, south of occupied East Jerusalem, attacked Batn al-Hawa neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem and threw stones at the Palestinian houses and vehicles. As a result, windows of the vehicles parked in the house yards and on the street were broken.  The neighborhood’s residents went out to confront the settlers and IOF, who started beating them and fired sound bombs and toxic gas canisters at them in order to protect the settlers.
  • At approximately 22:30, settlers threw stones at Sadil Mohammed Raja in Um Rokbah area in al0Khader village, south of Bethlehem, south of the West Bank. As a result, she sustained wounds after stones hit different parts of her body.

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

The Gaza Strip:

Since Monday, 10 May 2021, the Israeli authorities continued to close Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing and the sole commercial crossing in the Gaza Strip (Kerm Abu Salem) one day after complete closure of the sea within the collective punishment policy against the Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

These decisions are part of the comprehensive closure and illegal and inhuman collective punishment policy imposed by IOF on the Gaza Strip.  Due to the closure of Kerm Abu Salem Crossing, fuel supply needed to operate the Gaza Power Plant was banned entry, affecting the operation of the only power plant in light of disruption of 8 main electricity lines due to the Israeli airstrikes.  As a result, the electricity went out across the Gaza Strip that would have serious implications on the basic services provided to 2 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip.

The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life.

The West bank:

  • In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of more temporary checkpoints that restrict the goods and individuals  33 temporary checkpoints, where they searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs and arrested 8 of them. IOF closed many roads with cement cubes, metal detector gates and sand berms and tightened their measures against individuals’ movement at military permanent checkpoints.

Nablus:

  • On Wednesday, 12 May 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Einabus and Beita villages, at the intersection of Deir_Sharaf village ( on Nablus-Tulkarm main road).
  • On Thursday, 13 May 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Qusra and Beita villages.
  • On Saturday, IOF established a checkpoint at the Al-Badhan village’s intersection ( on Nablus-Tubas main road), north of Nablus, north of the West Bank. No arrests were reported.

Hebron:

  • On Tuesday, 11 May 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to Ash-Shuyukh and Beit Awwa village, at the entrances to Fawwar and Al-Arroub refugee camps, and at the northern entrance to Yatta city.
  • On Wednesday, 12 May 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Hebron, at the northern entrance to Halhul city, and at the entrance to Idhna village.
  • On Thursday, 13 May 2021, IOF established 6 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Einun, Tarqumiyah and Beit Ummar villages, and on ‘Ayoun Abu Saif ,Farsh al-Hawa and al-Jalajel roads.
  • On Friday, 14 May 2021, IOF established 7 checkpoints at the entrance to Al-Arroub refugee camp, at the entrances to Beit Ummar, Susya and Tarrama villages, at the southern entrance to Hebron, at the southern entrance to Yatta city, and on Wad Abu al-Samen Road.

Salfit:

  • On Wednesday, 12 May 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the western entrances to Kafr ad-Dik and Deir Ballut villages, at the entrances to Qarawat Bani Hassan and Marda villages, north of Salfit. No arrests were reported.
  • On Tuesday, 13 May 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Deir Ballut village, west of Salfit.

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine ( 6 – 10 May 2021)

Serious Escalation in Gaza Strip: 26 Palestinians Killed, including 9 Children and Woman and her Child with Disability, and 75 Others Injured, including 22 Children and 7 Women

Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine

IOF military escalation on Gaza Strip: 21 Palestinians killed, including 9 children; 68 wounded, including 22 children and 7 women

  • 969 Palestinians wounded in IOF attacks on Palestinians in East Jerusalem and worshipers at al-Aqsa Mosque, including 17 journalists, 9 in critical conditions and 3 lost their eyes
  • IOF excessive use of force in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem: 14 Palestinians wounded, including a girl
  • Six IOF shootings reported at agricultural areas (east) and three others on fishing boats in the Gaza sea
  • In 122 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 115 civilians arrested, including 2 children
  • Construction vehicle confiscated in Hebron and an agricultural caravan in Nablus
  • Settler-attacks: attacks on civilians and their vehicles, lands set on fire in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem
  • Israeli occupation authorities close Beit Hanoun and Karm Abu Salem crossings and the Gaza Sea
  • IOF established 39 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 6 Palestinian civilians 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. This week, the occupation continued its attacks in East Jerusalem, violating the sanctity of the al-Aqsa Mosque and conducted large oppressive campaigns across the city, with the participation of Israeli settlers. These attacks rendered hundreds of injuries amongst Palestinian civilians. As the situation escalated in the occupied East Jerusalem, Gaza armed groups launched missiles at Israeli settlements and towns and the Israeli occupation responded with multiple airstrikes across the Gaza Strip announcing the launch of a military operation, “Operation Guardian of the Walls,” against the territory. The Israeli occupation’s attacks on the Gaza Strip continue as of writing this report, causing extensive casualties. Additionally, the Israeli occupation authorities closed both Beit Hanoun and Karm Abu Salem crossings, as well as the Gaza Sea under its systemic policy of collective punishment.

IOF also continued its raids, arrests, and attacks on civilians that are mostly conducted after midnight and in the early morning hours, purposefully terrorizing protected civilians. This week also IOF confiscated Palestinians’ properties and agricultural equipment, and safeguarded settlers’ attacks on Palestinians.

Note: The 19th edition of PCHR’s Weekly Report of Israeli Violations in the oPt is issued early this week for the Eid al-Fitr Holidays. We wish you all peace and prosperity on the occasion of this holy Eid.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

In the Gaza Strip, 21 Palestinians, including 9 children -1 of them died along with his father, were killed and 68 others sustained wounds, including 22 children and 7 women after wide-scale Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. Also, one Palestinian civilian was wounded, and 6 IOF shootings were reported on agricultural lands eastern Gaza, and 3 shootings at fishing boats, western Gaza.

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, 983 Palestinians sustained wounds in IOF excessive use of force against civilians.  Among the wounded, 969, including 17 journalists, and 9 in critical condition, sustained their wounds in Israeli attacks on civilians and worshipers at al-Aqsa Mosque and in East Jerusalem. Fourteen others sustained wounds due to IOF excessive use of force and dozens suffocated due to tear gas inhalation, and others were wounded in various IOF assaults across the West Bank.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: 

IOF carried out 122 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 115 Palestinians were arrested, including 2 children. Of the 115 arrestees, 63 were taken during the clashes and IOF attacks on Palestinian civilians and worshipers at al-Aqsa Mosque, Bab al-Amoud, and Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

Demolitions:

PCHR fieldworkers documented two violations: excavator confiscated in Kherbet Khelet al-Dabe’a, east of Yatta, south of Hebron and an agricultural caravan in Nablus.

Settler-attacks: PCHR fieldworkers reported and documented 7 attacks:

Ramallah: assault on a vehicle and agricultural fields set on fire

Nablus: assault on a vehicle and Palestinian civilians, and agricultural fields were set on fire

Hebron: assault on a civilian and a shepherd with stones

East Jerusalem: along with the wide-scale attacks in the City, settlers assaulted civilians in Issaweya

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

On Monday, 10 May 2021, the Israeli authorities closed Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing one after complete closure of the sea within the collective punishment policy against the Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

According to PCHR’s follow-up, the Israeli authorities declared Monday morning the closure of Beit Hanoun crossing, and only humanitarian cases are allowed, which was confirmed by PCHR.  IOF also declared on Monday, 09 May 2021, withdrawing the decision of allowing the businessmen to travel via the crossing after the Palestinian Civil Affairs Ministry announced on Thursday afternoon, 06 May 2021, that the Israeli authorities informed them of allowing again their travel via the crossing after they have been denied since the outbreak of coronavirus in the Gaza Strip.

On Monday evening, the Israeli authorities closed Karm Abu Salem Crossing, the sole commercial crossing in the Gaza Strip, until further notice.

These decisions are part of the comprehensive closure and illegal and inhuman collective punishment policy imposed by IOF on the Gaza Strip, and shall carry negative implication on the already restricted number of groups who are allowed travel via Beit Hanoun crossing.

The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life. The United Nations confirmed that the Gaza conditions are worsening, with deteriorating health, power, and water services. The UN emphasized that the Gaza Strip requires immense efforts in the housing and education sectors and to create job opportunities.

Meanwhile, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest.

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

IOF Attacks in occupied East Jerusalem:

On Thursday, 06 May 2021, 22 Palestinians were wounded; 6 of them with rubber bullets when IOF suppressed a peaceful protest organized to sand in solidarity with Sheikh Jarrah’s residents, whose houses are threatened to be evicted in favor of Israeli settlers. IOF also arrested 15 Palestinians, taking them to a police station. According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 19:30, dozens of Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem and Arabs holding Israeli ID cards organized breakfast (Iftar) for Sheikh Jarrah’s residents whose houses are under the threat of eviction. While the Palestinians were eating their Iftar, an Israeli settler living in al-Ghawi’s house, which was seized, assaulted the Palestinians and pepper-sprayed them. As a result, the Palestinians threw chairs and water bottles at the settlers and damaged their tent, which was established in front of al-Ghawi family’s house, which was seized by Israeli settlers in 2009, to receive a member of the Knesset, Itamar Bin Ghafir, who moved his office to the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in front of houses that are under the threat of eviction to support the settlers and provoke Palestinians present in the neighborhood. After that, a fighting erupted between the settlers, guarded by IOF, Sheikh Jarrah’s residents and other Palestinians who stand in solidarity with Sheikh Jarrah, during which, they threw chairs at each other and settlers along with IOF fired live bullets to disperse the peaceful protestors.

At approximately 20:30, despite the closure of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood’s entrances and ban on vehicles’ entry into the neighborhood by IOF, Palestinians who stand in solidarity with the neighborhood residents continued to flock to the streets. When hundreds of Palestinians gathered in the center of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and chanted slogans, IOF assaulted them, heavily sprayed skunk water at them, beat them up, pushed and dragged them on the ground, and chased them around the neighborhood streets in an attempt to vacate the area. IOF also fired rubber bullets and sound bombs at the Palestinians. As a result, 22 Palestinians were wounded; 6 with rubber bullets, 3 sustained teargas canisters shrapnel wounds, 4 sustained bruises throughout their bodies, 8 suffocated due to teargas inhalation, and others were pepper-sprayed in the face. The clashes continued until dawn, during which settlers indiscriminately fired live bullets after an Israeli vehicle was set ablaze. IOF also raided al-Kurd and Diyab houses, beat up the residents, and pepper-sprayed them.

Additionally, 15 Palestinians were arrested and beaten. PCHR keeps the names of the arrestees. It should be noted that al-Ja’ouni, al-Kurd, al-Qsem, and Iskafi families headed to the Israeli Supreme Court, which set a new session on Monday, 10 May, to consider a petition submitted by the mentioned families on eviction orders. It is worth noting that 28 Palestinian families comprised of 87 persons, including women and children, are threatened to be expelled from their houses in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood; 4 families on 10 May 2021 and 3 other families will face a similar fate on 01 August 2021.

On Friday, 205 Palestinians, including 5 journalists, were wounded; 2 were deemed serious and 3 others lost their eyes during mass suppression by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) against tens of thousands of Palestinian worshipers in al-Aqsa Mosque and its yards, in Bab al-‘Amoud area and in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem. IOF raided al-Aqsa Mosque, violated its sanctity, deprived Palestinian worshipers of performing prayers, assaulted dozens of them, dragged them on the ground, and arrested 17 of them.

According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), on Friday, 07 May 2021, while tens of thousands of Palestinian worshipers were heading to al-Aqsa Mosque to perform the last Friday prayer in Ramadan, thousands of Israeli soldiers flocked into occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, stationed on its streets and at al-Aqsa Mosque’s gates, established dozens of military checkpoints, and closed the city entrances. Before Maghrib prayer, IOF tightened their measures around al-Aqsa Mosque; closed al-Wad Road, which leads to al-Aqsa Mosque’s gates from the western side (the gate: Bab al-Majlis, Bab al Hadid, Bab al Qattanin and Bab al Silsilah); denied worshipers’ access to the mosque, fired sound bombs at them; pointed their guns at them to scare them and force them to leave. As a result, the worshipers tried to find alternative roads to enter the mosque from its northern gates, causing a traffic jam in the Old City. Before ‘Isha and Tarawih prayers, verbal altercation erupted between one of the worshipers and Israeli police officers stationed at Bab al Silsilah. After that, IOF suddenly raided al-Aqsa Mosque via Bab al Silsilah and fired heavy sound bombs and rubber bullets at the worshipers present in the mosque’s western yards, which caused clashes continued between IOF and worshipers in the mosque’s yards for 4 hours. During the clashes, IOF cut the wires of Bab al Magharibah Minaret, cut off the electricity in al-Aqsa Mosque’s facilities, topped and raided al- Qibli Mosque, fired sound bombs at the worshipers, detained them inside the mosque, and closed its doors with iron chains. In Bab al-Rahma Mosque, IOF fired sound bombs and rubber bullets at the worshipers while performing prayers. They also fired sound bombs at the Dome of the Rock gates, which designated for women entry. Additionally, IOF stormed and targeted al-Aqsa Mosque’s clinic, fired sound bombs inside it, damaged its contents, assaulted medical crews and injuries present there. After that, IOF used excessive force to evacuate and disperse tens of thousands of worshipers from al-Aqsa Mosque, its facilities, and yards, and indiscriminately fired heavy rubber bullets and sound bombs at them. As a result, dozens of worshipers were shot with rubber bullets in their upper limbs, including 5 journalists who were wounded while covering incidents in al-Aqsa Mosque.

The wounded journalists were identified as Fayiz Abu Irmilah, ‘Atta ‘Ewisat, ‘Abed al-‘Afou Bassam, Mohammed Abu Suninah, and Mohammed Samreen. Journalist ‘Ewisat said to PCHR’s fieldworker that a police officer fired 3 rubber bullets at him from a distance of 0.5 meter and damaged his cellphone. He added that despite all bullets fired at him, he remained standing. After that, seven police officers approached him and beat him up throughout his body, so he fell to the ground.

When the worshippers were forcefully removed from al-Aqsa Mosque to the Old City’s neighborhoods and its surrounding, clashes broke out between dozens of Palestinian young men and IOF in Bab Huta, Bab al-‘Amoud and al-Saherah neighborhoods.  IOF closed the two gates with iron barriers and denied citizens’ access via which.  During the clashes, IOF arrested many young men and wounded others. 

Meanwhile in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, IOF and settlers’ attacks continued against its residents and those in solidarity for the second consecutive week.  Since Friday early morning, IOF heavily deployed in the neighborhood, closed its entrances, and prevented persons in solidarity from reaching the houses under the threat of eviction.  In a serious development, IOF allowed more than 200 armed settlers to enter the neighborhood.  Following the Friday Prayer, tens of Palestinians and internationals gathered in solidarity at the neighborhood’s entrance, chanted national slogans condemning the occupation. Those in solidarity stayed at al-Sheikh entrances until al-Maghreb Prayer, away from the neighborhood’s families, who organized an Iftar in front of their houses, amid heavy deployment of IOF which prevented the persons standing in solidarity from joining the families and had their Iftars on pavements.  After they finished, they chanted national slogans condemning settlers’ attacks.  IOF immediately beat them, pumped wastewater at them and fired rubber bullets and sound bombs at them.  As a result, many injuries and arrests were reported.

Due to IOF’s wide-scale suppression in Jerusalem, 205 Palestinians were injured in al-Aqsa Mosque, al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and Bab al-‘Amoud; 88 injuries were referred to Jerusalem’s hospitals, 20 were referred to the field hospitals and the rest were treated on the spot as stated by PRCS.

PRCS said that most injuries were with rubber bullets in the chest and face.  As a result, 3 persons lost their eyes and were transported to ST John Eye hospital in al-Sheikh Jarrah, Makassed Hospital and Hadassah Medical Center.  The medical staff at al-Makassed Hospital in At-Tur neighborhood, east of Jerusalem’s Old City, said that they treated 83 injuries with rubber bullets: 3 were in the eye, including one lost his eye, 2 were serious injuries in the head, 2 were jaw fractures and the rest were minor injuries. 

In addition to their attacks on the medical staff who were on duty, IOF prevented 2 PRCS ambulance crews from Bethlehem and Ramallah from providing help in aid and treatment due to the increasing number of injuries.  The crews arrived at Qalendia and Tunnel checkpoints to enter Jerusalem, but they were denied, in violation of the international humanitarian law principles, which emphasizes respect for the PRCS badge and protection and facilitation of their medical duties.

During the intense attacks on citizens and worshippers and pulling down some of them, IOF arrested 17 citizens in al-Aqsa Mosque, Bab al-‘Amoud and al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and took them to the police station in the occupied city.

On Saturday, 90 Palestinians were wounded, and 16 others were arrested when IOF violently suppressed dozens of Palestinian young men in the Old City and in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem. According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 16:00, thousands of Israeli soldiers flocked to occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, stationed on its streets and at its gates, closed main streets leading to the Old City, established dozens of military checkpoints on the main streets leading to Jerusalem, and prevented dozens of buses carrying thousands of Palestinian worshipers holding Israeli IDs from entering the city. As a result, the worshipers were forced to walk several kilometers in order to reach Jerusalemite people’s vehicles, which will drive them to al-Aqsa Mosque. Also, IOF stationed in al-Tur neighborhood, east of the Old City, prevented trucks holding Iftar meals prepared by the Islamic Endowment Department (Awqaf) for Palestinians from reaching the mosque. Before Maghrib prayer, thousands of Palestinian worshipers flocked to al-Aqsa Mosque via Bab al Asbat, Bab al-Malik Faisal and Bab al Hittah. Suddenly, IOF fired rubber bullets and sound bombs at the worshipers and severely beat and dragged Naser Ghaith and their two sons Laith and Mohammed. IOF arrested Laith (27) and took them to the hospital as he sustained wounds and bruises throughout his body. When the worshipers ate their Iftar meal, they gathered in al-Qibli Mosque’s yard and chanted national and religious slogans. Following al-Tarawih prayer, thousands of worshipers got out of al-Aqsa Mosque via Bab al-‘Amoud, Bab al-Sahera and Bab al-Asbat. During which, IOF assaulted them, fired rubber bullets and sound bombs at them, and pumped skunk water on the area and around the Old City. As a result, violent clashes erupted and continued for next day dawn. During these clashes, 90 Palestinians, including 6 children, were wounded; 90 of them received treatment at al-Maqased Hospital, according to the PRCS’s crew. Also, a paramedic was wounded, and a woman was directly shot with a rubber bullet in her face. According to PRCS, most of injuries were with rubber bullets, sound bombs and beating.

In Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, IOF and settlers’ attacks continued against the neighborhood’s residents and other persons who stand in solidarity with them. The neighborhood’s residents along with dozens of Palestinians who stand in solidarity with them organized a breakfast (Iftar) in front of their houses, which are under the threat of eviction. Following the Iftar, the Palestinian organized a sit-in, chanted national slogans, and performed al-Tarawih prayer. During which, IOF beat them up, pumped skunk water at them and fired rubber bullets and sound bombs at them. Also, IOF severely beat Nour Hammad and Maryam al-‘Afifi and dragged them on the ground before arresting them. Additionally, 4 other Palestinians, from Umm al-Fahm city, were arrested.

It should be noted that during clashes erupted near the Old City and in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, IOF arrested 16 Palestinians, beat them up, dragged them on the ground, and took them to police stations. PCHR holds record of the names of the arrestees.

Following Fajr prayer, on Sunday, 09 May 2021, thousands of Palestinian worshipers, who were performing al-I’tikaf (a period of staying in a mosque for a certain number of days to perform prayers) got out of al-Aqsa Mosque raising Palestinian flags. In the meantime, IOF raided al-Aqsa Mosque via Bab al Hittah and Bab al Magharibah. Also, Israeli snipers topped the mosque’s roofs from the western side and fired heavy rubber bullets and sound bombs at the worshipers while getting out of the mosque. After that, violent clashes erupted between the worshipers and IOF near Bab al Hittah and Bab al Asbat from the northern side and near Bab al Silsilah and Bab al Magharibah from the western side. During which, IOF fired heavy rubber bullets at the Palestinians. As a result, 21 Palestinians were wounded; 8 received treatment at the hospital while the rest on the spot, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS). IOF also closed Bab al Asbat and prevented anyone from entering or exiting, which hindered medical crew’s work, who were providing first aid for worshipers injured inside the mosque.

At approximately 18:00 on Sunday, 09 May 2021, IOF closed Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and prevented anyone from entering it. Also, Palestinians who stand in solidarity with Sheikh Jarrah residents were denied access to the neighborhood, while hundreds of armed settlers were allowed to enter the neighborhood, establish a tent, open loudspeakers and dance to provoke Palestinians. Following al-Maghrib prayer, hundreds of Palestinians gathered on the neighborhood’s main street, chanted slogans and sang. IOF immediately suppressed them, fired rubber bullets and sound bombs at them, and pumped skunk water at them. Also, police on horseback chased the Palestinians. As a result, clashes erupted and continued for several hours. During which, Israeli settlers, guarded by IOF, opened fire at the Palestinians and threw stones at them.

It should be noted that other clashes erupted between Palestinian young men and IOF in al-Tur and Shuafat neighborhoods and in Silwan village against the ongoing IOF’s attacks in al-Aqsa Mosque and Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

PRCS crews stated that they treated 19 Palestinians during clashes erupted with IOF in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and Bab al-‘Amoud area; 5 of them were taken to the hospital for treatment. Also, the PRCS crew said that a paramedic was shot with a rubber bullet during clashes in al-Tur neighborhood, and an ambulance was shot with rubber bullet and hit with sound bombs in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

At approximately 22:30, Palestinian worshipers performed Isha and Tarawih prayers and got out of al-Aqsa Mosque. During which, IOF fired rubber bullets and sound bombs in Bab al-‘Amoud area in the center of occupied East Jerusalem, to vacate the area. They also chased and beat dozens of Palestinian young men and shops’ owners. As a result, several young men were wounded, and 3 others were arrested. Also, the shops owners said that their shops and goods sustained damage due to pumping skunk water at their shops.

On Monday, 10 May 2021, IOF violated al-Aqsa Mosque and its facilities, suppressed, and assaulted Palestinian worshipers and fired sound bombs and rubber bullets inside the Mosque and in its yards. As a result, 305 Palestinians, including 8 journalists, were wounded- 7 were deemed in critical condition. This serious escalation came only a few hours before a planned demonstration by thousands of Israeli settlers in Bab al-‘Amoud area and near al-Aqsa Mosque’s gates.

According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), following Fajr prayer, on Monday, 10 May 2021, thousands of Palestinian worshipers gathered in al-Aqsa Mosque’s yards and facilities in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, to counter Israeli settlers, who called for a packed demonstration to commemorate the anniversary of Israel’s occupation of Jerusalem in 1967, according to the Hebrew calendar. At approximately 08:19, Chief of Israel Police ordered a large force to raid al-Aqsa Mosque in an attempt to facilitate the entry of Israeli settlers, who were gathering in Bab al Magharibah, into the Mosque. Afterwards, IOF moved into al-Aqsa Mosque’s yards and its facilities via Bab al Magharibah and Bab al Silsilah amid heavy firing of rubber bullets, teargas canisters and sound bombs for 4 consecutive hours.

During that time, Israeli snipers topped al-Aqsa Mosque’s western roofs, in addition to al-Qibli Mosque’s roof, and then raided the Mosque, assaulted Palestinian worshipers, and fired rubber bullets, teargas canisters and sound bombs at them. As a result, dozens of Palestinians, old and young, men and women, who were detained inside the Mosque sustained wounds. Also, IOF prevented medical and paramedics crew from providing first aid for the wounded. Moreover, IOF assaulted and severely beat worshipers present in the Old, El-Marwani, Bab al-Rahma and Dome of the Rock Mosques, fired stun grenades and rubber bullets at them and surrounded them inside these mosques. Additionally, IOF raided the Islamic Endowment (Awqaf) offices and expelled its employees, in addition to the fire station office, and welded the medical clinic doors shut to impede the provision of treatment for the wounded civilians.

All of the al-Aqsa Mosque Gates, particularly Bab Huta, Bab al Asbat and Bab al Silsilah, witnessed violent clashes after Israeli forces were reinforced with backups as the clashes at al-Aqsa Mosque intensified. At Bab al Asbat, IOF assaulted paramedics while the Palestinian Red Crescent Society’s crews were transporting the injured, wounding several of them with rubber bullets and banned others entry into the Mosque to transport the wounded to the ambulances and hospitals. In the midst of the violent clashes inside the Mosque, an armed Israeli settler ran-over Palestinian civilians with his vehicle on the outskirts of Bab al Asbat, injuring several ones; then stepped out of the vehicle and started shooting at them while protected by an Israeli police officer who kept away angered Palestinian youth.

During the Israeli violent escalation, which al-Aqsa Mosque has not witnessed for more than 20 years, 8 journalists were wounded while covering the incidents at the mosque; most with rubber bullets, and were identified as: Maisaa’ Abu Ghazaleh, Mohammed Abu Sneineh, Lewaa’ Rmeileh, Mohammed Jaradat, Eithar Abu Gharbiyeh, Fatmah al-Bakri, Rami al-Khatib, and Osayd ‘Amarneh.

At approximately 16:00, despite the Israeli authorities’ decision to move the planned demonstration by thousands of Israeli settlers from Bab al-‘Amoud area, Salah al-Deen and al-Wad Streets and al-Islami neighborhood to Bab al-Khalil area, IOF assaulted and severely beat dozens of Palestinians gathered in Bab al-‘Amoud area, fired heavy stun grenades at them and arrested 4 of them.

In al-Aqsa Mosque, following Isha prayer, clashes renewed in the mosque’s yards and in its facilities, as a large number of Israeli soldiers raided the mosque amid firing rubber bullets and stun grenades. As a result, al-Marwani and al-Qibli Mosques sustained material damage and dozens of Palestinian worshipers detained inside the mosques sustained wounds, noting that medical crew were prevented from providing first aid to the wounded civilians.

Moreover, the Dome of the Rock Mosque witnessed violent clashes after Palestinian young men set an Israeli police station ablaze. The clashes continued for several hours, during which, dozens of Palestinians, including 4 journalists, were wounded. The journalists were identified as: Turkish journalist Turgut Alp Boyzar, Baraa Shaludi, Muhammad Sharif, and Ayman Qawarik. It should be noted that IOF closed all al-Aqsa Mosque’s gates, hindered paramedics’ entry to the Mosque and wounded them with rubber bullets.

In Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, hundreds of Israeli soldiers flocked to the neighborhood to secure and protect Israeli settlers. Following al-Maghrib prayer, IOF prevented Palestinians who stand in solidarity with Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood from entering it and participating in the sit-in. The Palestinians gathered and protested at the neighborhood’s entrance. Before chanting slogans, IOF suppressed them, pumped skunk water at them, beat young and old, men and women, and fired stun grenades at them.

Ras al-Amud, al-Tur, Silwan, al-Ram, and al-Thawri neighborhoods witnessed violent clashes. During which, IOF pumped skunk water and fired rubber bullets and sound bombs to disperse the protestors who gathered in support of Jerusalem and against IOF’s attacks in al-Aqsa Mosque.

Also, Kalandia military checkpoint witnessed violent clashes erupted between hundreds of Palestinians and IOF, who fired live and rubber bullets and teargas canisters at the protestors, according to PRCS crew.

The PRCS crew said that the IOF’s attacks in al-Aqsa Mosque and the Old City, resulted in the injury of 612 Palestinians; 7 were deemed in critical condition. The PRCS added that more than 411 injuries were referred to al-Makassed and Augusta Victoria “al-Mutale’a” hospitals in at-Tur neighborhood, Saint Joseph Hospital in al-Sheikh Jarrah and PRCS’s field hospital in al-Sowannah neighborhood. PRCS added that a number of paramedics were wounded with rubber bullets while rescuing those injured at al-Aqsa Mosque. IOF also broke the windshield of an ambulance in Bab al-‘Amoud area after targeting it with stun grenades.

IOF Military Escalation on the Gaza Strip

21 Palestinians killed, including 9 children; 68 wounded, including 22 children and 7 women

Since yesterday evening, 10 May 2021, the Gaza Strip has witnessed a major military escalation that resulted in the killing of 26 Palestinians, including 9 children; one of them was killed with his father while another was with a disability and was killed along with his mother, and the injury of 75 others, including 22 children and 7 women, during wide ranging Israeli airstrikes against targets in the Gaza Strip.  The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) declared that a wide-range military operation has begun in the Gaza Strip and has been given an official name: “Operation Guardian of the Walls” after rockets were fired, as claimed by the Palestinian armed groups in response to the Israeli violence in Jerusalem that escalated in the last 2 days when al-Aqsa Mosque was raided and hundreds of worshipers were injured.  The Israeli threats warn of a growing number of casualties among civilians and further destruction in the civilian objects.  While this report was in preparation, many Palestinians have fallen casualties to IOF attacks in Gaza; details will be included in next week’s report.

At approximately 18:10 on Monday, 10 May 2021, an Israeli drone fired a missile at an agricultural land located in al-Kashif Mount in Jabalia refugee camp, north of the Gaza Strip. As a result, Saber Ibrahim Mahmoud Suliman (38) and his son Mohammed (15), from Jabalia, were killed while they were present in the agricultural land. Both were taken to the Indonesian Hospital, where medical sources stated that they sustained shrapnel wounds throughout their bodies.

Around the same time, an Israeli drone targeted with one missile Mohammed ‘Abdullah Zidan (26) when he was in the center of al-Salah neighborhood in al-Bourah area in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip.  As a result, he was immediately killed and taken to Beit Hanoun Governmental Hospital.

Around the same time, a missile fell on a gathering of civilians next to al-Basha Farm in al-Thahrah area at the end of al-Masriyeen Street, east of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip.  As a result, eight were killed, including 6 children, and 18 were injured, including a woman and 10 children.  Those killed were identified as Ibrahim Yousif ‘Atallah al-Masri (11); his brother Merwan (6); Ahmed Mohammed ‘Atallah al-Masri (20); his sister Rahaf (10); Yazan Sultan al-Masri (2 years old); Hussein Munir Hussein Hamad (11); Mohammed ‘Ali Mohammed Nasir (24); and Ibrahim ‘Abdullah Mohammed Hasanein (16).  Moreover, 3 houses sustained partial damage from the southern side of the scene.

According to the field investigations and the scene inspection, the scene is around 800 meters away from the western side of the border fence with Israel.  Al-Masri Family works in collecting straws in the outskirts of al-Basha Farm next to their houses.  Children were playing at the time near their families who were collecting the straw while other members of Hamad Nasir and Hasanein families were present at the same time.

At approximately 21:30, an Israeli missile fell near al-Rahman Mosque in Zaytun neighborhood in Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip. As a result, Ibrahim Ahmed Khamis al-Shenbari (20), from Zaytun neighborhood, was killed and 13 others, including 4 women and 2 children, were wounded. All of them were taken to Beit Hanoun Hospital, where their injuries were classified between moderate and minor. Also, the mosque and nearby houses sustained partial damage.

At approximately 21:35, Israeli drone fired a missile at a plot of land in eastern Buraij refugee camp, in the center of the Gaza Strip. As a result, the land sustained material damage and no casualties were reported.

At approximately 22:15, Israeli drones fired a missile at a group of Palestinians in al-Manara neighborhood, south of Khan Yunis. As a result, 3 of them were injured and taken to Naser Hospital, where the injury of one of them namely Saleem Mohammed Saleem al-Farra (37), from Khan Yunis, was classified serious. Al-Farra was pronounced dead later.

At approximately 22:50, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a plot of land in al-Qarara village, northeast of Khan Yunis. As a result, the land sustained material damage and no casualties were reported.

At approximately 23:40, Israeli warplanes fired 4 missiles near a quarantine center in Tel al-Sultan neighborhood, west of Rafah. As a result, the center sustained material damage and no casualties were reported.

Other IOF violations of the right to life in the oPt

At approximately 06:30 on Thursday, 06 May 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 them, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.

At approximately 21:00, Israeli infantry units moved into Al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, and deployed between residential houses. Meanwhile, a group of Palestinian young men gathered on the main street near an UNRWA distribution center and threw stones at IOF, who responded with sound bombs and teargas canisters. As a result, many stone-throwers suffocated due to teargas inhalation. The clashes continued until 23:00 and IOF withdrew later; no arrests were reported.

At approximately 12:00 on Friday, 07 May 2021, following the murder of two civilians and the injury of another one in shooting incident occurred at Salem military checkpoint, which separates Jenin and Green Line, IOF closed the checkpoint and prevented press crew and ambulances from approaching the checkpoint. When journalists attempted to approach the checkpoint to cover the incident, IOF beat them up. The journalists were identified as:

‘Ali Sadeq Saleem Samoudi, a reporter at al-Quds Newspaper.

‘Alaa Tawfiq Badarnah, cameraman in the European News Agency.

Raneen Sawaftah, photographer at Reuters News Agency.

Sakher Rawatba, photographer at Palestine T.V.

Also, IOF assaulted a number of PRCS paramedics and chased them until they left the area.

Journalist ‘Ali Sadeq Saleem al-Samoudi said to PCHR’s researcher that: “Following the murder of two civilians and the injury of another one at Salem military checkpoint, IOF closed the sole checkpoint, which leads to the camp, and prevented journalists and PRCS paramedics from entering the camp. When we attempted to approach, IOF threatened to open fire at us. Despite our commitment to the soldiers’ orders, they assaulted, chased and cursed us and fired sound bombs and teargas canisters at us. As a result, journalist Raneen Sawaftah suffocated due to teargas inhalation. They also beat the two journalists Sakher Rawatba and ‘Alaa Tawfiq Badarnah. Additionally, IOF beat me up with their gun butts and violently beat my colleague ‘Alaa Badarnah while he was inside his vehicle.  IOF attacked ambulances and paramedics and forced all to leave and vacate the area, or they will be arrested.”

At approximately 13:30, a peaceful protest took off in front of Beit Dajan village council, northeast of Nablus, at the call of the villagers and with the participation of the National Action Factions in Nablus, towards lands under the threat of confiscation, east of the village. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation and settlers. When the protestors arrived at the area, they found a large number of Israeli soldiers awaiting them. IOF immediately suppressed the protest and fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, a 50-year-old man was shot with a live bullet in his right foot. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.

At approximately 12:50 on Saturday, 08 May 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip, fired live bullets and teargas canisters at Palestinian young men gathered along the fence. The IOF’s sporadic shooting continued for several hours; no casualties were reported.  At approximately 21:30, the protest renewed, during which, IOF fired rubber and live bullets and teargas canisters that reached the outskirts of Khuzaʽa village. As a result, dozens of Palestinians suffocated due to teargas inhalation.

At approximately 16:30, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, fired heavy live bullets and teargas canisters at about 50 Palestinian young men gathered in eastern Bureij refugee camp along the border fence. The young men set fire to tires and fired incendiary balloons in response to IOF’s attacks in Jerusalem. At approximately 20:30, the young men gathered again, during which, IOF fired heavy teargas canisters at them. As a result, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation; 6 of them were taken to al-Aqsa Hospital for treatment.

At approximately 21:30 on Saturday, a number of Palestinian young men gathered near Huwara military checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, and organized a protest to stand in solidarity with Jerusalemite people. Clashes erupted in the area, during which, IOF fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received a treatment on the spot.

Around the same time, a similar protest was organized to stand in solidarity with Jerusalem. The protest developed into clashes erupted at the entrance to Beita village, southeast of Nablus. During which, IOF fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received a treatment on the spot.

Around the same time, violent clashes erupted at al-Jalma military checkpoint, north of Jenin, after organizing a protest to stand in solidarity with Jerusalem. During which, IOF fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received a treatment on the spot.

At approximately 02:30 on Sunday, 09 May 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 them, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.

At approximately 14:20 on Sunday, 09 May 2021m IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip, fired live bullets and teargas canisters at Palestinian young men gathered along the fence. As a result, a 24-year-old male was shot with a live bullet in his right thigh and taken to Naser Hospital for treatment. The protest continued for several hours, during which, IOF fired live bullets and teargas canisters at the protestors.  As a result, dozens of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation.

At approximately 20:30, at least 80 Palestinian young men gathered in eastern Buraij refugee camp to stand in solidarity with Jerusalemite people. The protestors set fire to tires, fired incendiary balloons and threw stones at IOF stationed along the border fence. The soldiers responded with live bullets and teargas canisters; no casualties were reported.

At approximately 21:30, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha Shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, and off al-Sudaniyia Shore, west of Jabalia camp, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within varying nautical miles, opened heavy fire around them and fired flare bombs in the sky. Israeli naval forces ordered all the fishermen to leave the sea in implementation of the Israeli authorities’ decision. The fishermen were forced to leave; and no casualties were reported.

At approximately 08:05 on Monday, 10 May 2021, a rocket fell on Saleh Dardona St in Jabalia, northern Gaza Strip, while packed with civilians. As a result, 7 Palestinians lost their lives, including a child, and 34 others sustained wounds including 10 children and 2 women. Five of the wounded were classified in critical condition at first, and one of them – a child- was later pronounced dead. Those killed were identified as Nabil No’man Mohammed Dardonah (23); ‘Issmat ‘Abdullah al-Zain (49); Rae’d ‘Abed Zaki Abu Wardah (28); Zakaria Ziad Mohammed ‘Aloush (18); Mousa Khamis Mousa Jneid (18); Bashir Mohammed Mohammed ‘Aloush (55); and Mustafa Mohammed Mahmoud ‘Obeid (17). At approximately 23:00, the Indonesian Hospital pronounced Baraa al-Gharably (14) dead after succumbing to his wounds. PCHR continues to investigate this incident.

At approximately 21:00, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered in Muthalath Kharsa area, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron. The protestors closed the main street with rocks, set fire to tires and threw stones at a military watchtower established on the street. IOF arrived at the area and fired stun grenades and teargas canisters at the stone-throwers, residential houses and shops. As a result, many Palestinians suffocated due to teargas inhalation. The clashes continued until 02:00 dawn; no arrests were reported.

At approximately 22:00, hundreds of Palestinians, from Hebron, organized a peaceful protest against IOF’s attacks in Jerusalem. The protest took off in Dura city and headed towards Bab al-Zawiyia area, where a military watchtower was established on the closed Shuhada Street. The protestors chanted slogans and raised Palestinian flags. When they arrived at the checkpoint, dozens of Israeli soldiers suppressed them and fired stun grenades and teargas canisters at them. As a result, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation. The protestors also set fire to tires and threw stones at IOF, who chased them between shops and on Wad al-Tuffah street and fired live and rubber bullets at them. As a result, 13 protestors were wounded: 5 with live bullets and 8 with rubber bullets. The clashes continued until 02:00 dawn, and all shops were closed.

Around the same time, dozens of Palestinians, from Beit Ummar village, organized a peaceful protest against IOF’s attacks in Jerusalem. The protest took off in front of the city’s mosque and headed towards the village’s entrance, where a military watchtower was established. When the protestors arrived at the area, IOF deployed and fired stun grenades, teargas canisters and rubber bullets at them. As a result, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation.

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 06 May 2021:

At approximately 01:15, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Silwad, northeast of Ramallah. They deployed in several neighborhoods in the city, raided and searched several houses, mosques and even houses under instruction, and held field investigations to find the perpetrator of Za’tara operation on 02 May 2021. Meanwhile, they arrested Montaser al-Shalaby al-Sahlawi (46), from Turmus Ayya, who was charged of conducting the shooting attack at Za’tara military checkpoint, and Zeyad Abdul Jalil Hamed (57).

At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Jannatah village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Ahmed Naser Asakra’s (22) house and arrested him.

At approximately 06:20, IOF moved into Tubas. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Khalil Majdi al-Masri (24) and Munir Ibrahim Fuqha (23). IOF took them to unknown destination.

At approximately 10:00, IOF moved into Isawiya, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mohammed Khaled Khalil’s (22) house and arrested him.

At approximately 17:00, IOF arrested the guard of the Aqsa Mosque, Bader al-Rajabi, while working near al-Sisila Gate “Chain Gate”, in the western side of the Aqsa Mosque in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

At approximately 18:00, IOF arrested Shadi Nidal Abu Subaih (11), while present in front of his house in al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. At approximately 21:30, IOF moved into al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Khaled Fawwaz Ali Salah’s (29) house and arrested him.

IOF carried out an incursion in Beit Lid, east of Tulkarm. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 07 May 2021:

At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Khalil Mustafa Kan’an’s (22) house, severely beaten him and his family, and arrested him.

At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Turmus Ayya, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched Montaser al-Shalaby al-Sahlawi’s (44) house, who was arrested yesterday, and charged of conducting the shooting attack at Za’tara military checkpoint on 02 May 2021. IOF took the measurements of his house as a preliminary step for demolition, under the pretext of collective punishment against those who carrying attacks.

At approximately 02:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched Habib Aziz Issa’s (28) house and arrested him.

At approximately 03:15, IOF arrested Jehad Mehraj Shehada (22) and Mohammed Ahmed Sudani (18), from Tulkarm refugee camp, while passing through Za’tara military checkpoint, south of Nablus. IOF took them to unknown destinations.

At approximately 23:00, IOF stationed at Qalandiya military checkpoint, north of the occupied East Jerusalem, arrested Sayyaf Mohammed Abdo (28) and Saji Farah Ataya (36), from Kafr Ni’ma, west of Ramallah, while attempting to enter the Aqsa Mosque.

IOF carried out (8) incursions in Bir al-Basha, Jalamah, Jalbun, Deir Ghazaleh, and Beit Qad, northeast of Jenin; Beita, southeast of Nablus; Beddya, west of Salfit; Bani Na’im and al-Kum in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 08 May 2021:

At approximately 01:30, IOF stationed at a military checkpoint established at the southern entrance of Jericho, arrested Abdullah Montaser al-Hinnawi (20) and Mahmoud Khaled Musleh (20), from Aqabat Jabr refugee camp, southwest of Jericho. IOF took them to unknown destinations.

In morning hours, IOF raided and searched several houses in various neighborhoods in the occupied East Jerusalem and arrested (23) civilians and took them to several investigation centers in the occupied city. PCHR keeps the names of the arrestees.

Amjad Abu Asab, head of the family committee of Jerusalem prisoners, said that all the arrestees were arrested in cases belonging to the Aqsa Mosque. He added that the arresting campaign coincided with “al-Qadr Night”, and the so called “Jerusalem Day”, to empty Jerusalem from its civilians and open the way for settlers to enter it.

Sunday, 05 May 2021:

At approximately 05:00, IOF (3) civilians from al-Izariya, east of the occupied East Jerusalem, while present near Bab Huta, one of the Aqsa Mosque’s gates. The arrestees are: Khaled Yaser Abu Zeyad, Bashar Bader, and Hamza Taqesh.

At approximately 11:30, IOF moved into Shu’afat neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Nasr al-Dein Subhi Abu Khudair (59), one of the Palestinian National Movement leaders, and arrested him.

It should be noted that Abu Khudair is a former prisoner who spent up to 26 years in the Israeli prisons, and he was released two months ago after three months of the administrative arrest.

At approximately 13:00, IOF moved into Beit Hanina village, north of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Tareq al-Joulani’s (21) house and arrested him.

At approximately 17:00, IOF stationed at Qalandiya military checkpoint, west of the Aqsa Mosque, in the West Bank, arrested Hamza Ahmed Yamen (31), from Tal village, while returning from the Aqsa Mosque. IOF took him to an unknown destination.

At approximately 19:00, IOF moved into Sur Baher village, south of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mohammed Dandis’s (20) house and arrested him.

IOF carried out (4) incursions in Yatta, Kharas, Fawwar refugee camp, and Shwiaka, north of Tulkarm. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 10 May 2021:

At approximately 01:00, IOF and a crane moved into Aqraba, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched the prisoner Raddad Fawzi Bani Minnah’s house and confiscated his vehicle. Raddad was arrested since 04 May 2021, while searching for Montaser al-Shalaby, the perpetrator of Za’tara operation on 02 May 2021.

At approximately 02:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Tarqumiyah, northwest of Hebron. They raided and searched (3) houses and arrested (3) civilians; including a girl and took them to unknown destinations. The arrestees are: Saqer Khalil Qutniya (28), Awwad Abdul Rahman Ja’afra (20), and Mais Tha’er al-Mraqtan (21).

At approximately 04:30, IOF moved into Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Suhaib Ragheb al-Sa’di (27), and his cousin, Ayman Ghassan Ragheb al-Sa’di (22), and took them to unknown destinations.

IOF carried out (4) incursions in al-‘Aroub refugee camp, Beit Ula, Halhul, and Deir Samit in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

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

Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property

At approximately 11:00 On Sunday, 09 May 2021, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle moved into Kherbet Khelet al-Dabe’a, east of Yatta, south of Hebron.  They deployed in the area, and the Civil Administration officer confiscated an excavator belonging to Jihad Mohammed Harb while he was digging a water wall.  The confiscation was under the pretext of working Area C.

At approximately 10:00 on Monday, 10 May 2021, IOF accompanied with a crane moved into the monuments area in Sebastia, northwest of Nablus.  IOF confiscated a 25-sqm agricultural caravan belonging to ‘Abdel ‘Aziz Rayes ‘Abdel ‘Aziz al-Nabulsi from Nablus under the pretext of its presence in Area C.

Settler attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property

At approximately 18:45 on Thursday, 06 May 2021, settlers from “Kawkab al-Sabah settlement  established on al-Mughayyir village land, west of Ramallah, threw stones at a car belonging to Yazeed Mustafa Hussein Zaid al-Deen from Majdal Bani Fadel, southeast of Nablus, and broke its windshield before he could run away from them to his village.

At approximately 10:30, settlers from “Yitzahar” settlement established on the southeastern lands in Nablus threw stones at a car belonging to Belal Mohammed Sa’id Qat from Madma village and broke the windshield.  He managed to run away to his village.

At approximately 18:00 on Friday, 07 May 2021, 2 settlers from “Avigayil” settlement outpost established on Palestinian lands confiscated from eastern Yatta, south of Hebron, threw stones at Mahmoud Hussein Hamamdah (49), from al-Mafqarah village, when he was in the lands near the outpost taking his sheep to the water well there.  As a result, he sustained bruises and a rupture in his right arm, forcing him to leave and go to a medical center, where he received treatment.

At approximately 17:00 on Saturday, 08 May 2021, 2 settlers from “Havat Ma’oun” settlement outpost established on Palestinian lands in eastern Yatta, south of Hebron, threw stones using slingshots at a shepherd who was in the pastoral lands adjacent to the outpost.  After 20 minutes, the 2 settlers ran away while a number of soldiers accompanied with a group of settlers arrived at the area.  Residents of at-Tuwani village arrived as well and clashes and stone-throwing broke out with the settlers while the soldiers fired randomly teargas canisters at the village residents and nearby houses.  As a result, winter grain plantings were burnt belonging to Meghnem al-Harini, and a girl was hit with a teargas canister in her shoulder while she was in her house. During this, one of the settlers opened fire in the air, and IOF did not intervene to stop the settlers’ attacks but even provided them protection and participated in the suppression of the Palestinians.  The villagers withdrew at 19:00 while backups of Israeli Border Guard Police officers arrived and stayed until 21:00.

At approximately 16:00 on Sunday, 09 May 2021, a group of settlers from “Adei Ad” settlement, northeast of Ramallah, moved into al-Saher area, east of al-Mughayer village, northeast of Ramallah.  The settlers set on fire the agricultural fields planted with wheat crops on an area of 40 dunums belonging to Fadel Ibrahim Hamed al-Na’asan.  After what they did, the settlers went back to the settlement and after hours the villagers could extinguish the fire.

At approximately 17:00, dozens of settlers gathered near the Hebrew University established on the lands near al-‘Issawiya village, northeast of East Jerusalem and threw stones at the Palestinians there.  Clashes broke out in the area for 2 hours, and IOF intervened to provide full protection for the settlers.  IOF fired rubber-coated bullets, teargas canisters and sound bombs at the Palestinians and arrested 2 of them, who have not been identified yet, taking them to an unknown destination.

At approximately 13:00 on Monday, 10 May 2021, with IOF’s backup, settlers from “Price Tag” group coming from “Yitzahar” settlement established on the southeastern lands of Nablus, attacked the eastern outskirts of Urif village   and threw stones at a high school for boys in al-Safafir area.  They damaged the solar panels on the school roof before a number of civilians could confront them and threw stones, forcing them to go back to their settlement.  When they were on their way to the settlement, the settlers damaged 15 olive seedlings behind the school in al-Marah area belonging to Nidal Mohammed Kamel Sabbah, from Urif village.

Around the same time, another group of settlers attacked Palestinian lands in Burin village to the east of the settlement and set fire in Khashabah area and Khelet ‘Amer.  The fire caught tens of dunums before the villagers and Civil Defense could extinguish the fire.

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

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

The Gaza Strip:

On Monday, 10 May 2021, the Israeli authorities closed Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing one after complete closure of the sea within the collective punishment policy against the Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

According to PCHR’s follow-up, the Israeli authorities declared Monday morning the closure of Beit Hanoun crossing, and only humanitarian cases are allowed, which was confirmed by PCHR.  IOF also declared on Monday, 09 May 2021, withdrawing the decision of allowing the businessmen to travel via the crossing after the Palestinian Civil Affairs Ministry announced on Thursday afternoon, 06 May 2021, that the Israeli authorities informed them of allowing again their travel via the crossing after they have been denied since the outbreak of coronavirus in the Gaza Strip.

On Monday evening, the Israeli authorities closed Karm Abu Salem Crossing, the sole commercial crossing in the Gaza Strip, until further notice.  The Coordination Committee for the entry of goods into the Gaza Strip stated that the Israeli authorities declared the closure of the crossing starting from Tuesday until further notice and banning the entry of goods, food supplies and Gaza Strip’s needs.

On Sunday, 09 May 2021, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), MG Ghassan Alian, announced closure of the allowed fishing area in the Gaza Strip starting from the moment of the announcement until further notice. Afterwards, the Israeli gunboats started chasing the Palestinian fishing boats and ordering them to leave the Sea.

The decision to close the Gaza Sea and ban fishermen from fishing and sailing has affected the livelihoods of 4,160 fishermen and 700 workers in professions associated with the fishing sector; the main providers for their families (a total of 27,700 persons) are threatened with further deterioration. Even before this decision, Gazan fishermen already suffered and were unable to fish and sail freely in the allowed fishing area due to the recurrent Israeli attacks at sea and the ban on the entry of equipment and necessary supplies for fishermen. Consequently, hundreds of fishermen are effectively unable to provide for their families’ basic needs, such as food, medicine, clothing, and education.

These decisions are part of the comprehensive closure and illegal and inhuman collective punishment policy imposed by IOF on the Gaza Strip.

The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life.

The West Bank:

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of 43 temporary checkpoints that restrict the movement of goods and individuals, where IOF searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs and arrested 6 of them. IOF tightened its restrictions on the movement at the checkpoints and closed some of them for hours.

Jerusalem:

On Sunday evening, 09 May 2021, IOF closed Sheikh al-Jarrah neighborhood and denied entry into it except for the residents.

On Saturday evening, 08 May 2021, IOF closed Beit Iksa checkpoint and denied movement from and into the village.

On Saturday evening, 08 May 2021, IOF closed al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and denied entry into it except for the residents.

Bethlehem:

On Thursday, 06 May 2021, IOF established 3 checkpints at the entrance to al-Khader and Beit Fajjar villages and at al-Nashash intersection, south of the City.

On Friday, 07 May 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Beit Fajjr village and at Fureidis village intersection, east of Bethlehem.

On Saturday, 08 May 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the western entrance to Tekoa village and western entrance to Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem.

On Sunday, 09 May 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Husan and Nahalin villages and at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village.

Nablus:

On Thursday, 06 May 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints near Deir Sharaf village intersection (on the Nablus-Jenin main road), “Shavei Shomron” settlement intersection (on the Nablus-Tulkarm main street), west of Nablus, and at Bita intersection, southeast of Nablus.

Jericho:

On Thursday, 06 May 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the Dead Sea intersection.

On Friday, 07 May 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at southern entrance to Jericho.

On Saturday, 08 May 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Jericho.

Hebron:

On Thursday, 06 May 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Awwa village, Sa’ir village, al-‘Arroub refugee camp, al-Shyoukh village and northern Yatta.

On Friday, 07 May 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Idhna, al-Samou’a, southern Hebron and Beit Ummar village.

On Saturday, 08 May 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the western entrance to Hebron, southern entrance to Halhul and the entrance to Beit Kahel village.

On Monday, 10 May 2021, IOF established 6 checkpoints at entrances to al-‘Arroub and al-Fawwar refugee camps, eastern Duraa, al-Thaheriya village, Bani Na’im village and northern Hebron.

Qalqilya:

On Sunday, 09 May 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqilya.

Salfit:

On Saturday, 08 May 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Salfit and Kafr al-Deek village, west of Salfit.

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Palestine (28 April – 05 May 2021)

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (28 April – 05 May 2021)

Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine

29 April – 5 May 2021

  • IOF kill Palestinian child near Odala checkpoint in Nablus, and an elderly woman for alleged stab-attack at Gush Etzion Junction, southern Bethlehem
  • IOF excessive use of force in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem: 63 Palestinians wounded, including 3 children
  • 50 Palestinian civilians sustained bruises and stun grenades shrapnel wounds during IOF assault on Sheikh Jarrah sit-in
  • Four IOF shootings reported at agricultural areas (east) and nine others on fishing boats in the Gaza sea
  • In 135 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 89 civilians arrested, including 10 children, 3 women
  • Collective punishment policy: IOF siege several villages in Nablus and launch wide-scale demolition campaign
  • Two barracks and two car washers demolished in Bethlehem and Hebron
  • Wide-scale settler-attacks: elderlies wounded, cars damaged, and thousands of trees uprooted, and crops set ablaze across the West Bank
  • IOF established 66 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 4 Palestinian civilians on said checkpoints

Summary                                                                                        

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians that are mostly conducted after midnight and in the early morning hours. This week, IOF repression against Jerusalemites in Bab al-‘Amoud (Damascus Gate), which leads to al-Aqsa Mosque; as well as the repeated assaults on Sheikh Jarrah sit-in in protest to the Israeli occupation’s attempts to evacuate several houses in a forcible deportation policy. As a result, dozens of civilians sustained wounds and dozens of others were arrested.  Settler-attacks witnessed a rise this week too on Palestinian civilians and their properties, particularly in Nablus. PCHR documented 244 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by IOF and settlers in the oPt.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

IOF killed two Palestinians this week, a child and a woman. IOF attacks also resulted in the injury of 63 others in an escalation of its attacks on the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. On 5 May 2021, Said Y. M. Odeh (16) was killed and his cousin was wounded in clashes near Odala checkpoint, southeast of Nablus. On Sunday evening, 02 May 2021, an elderly Palestinian woman succumbed to her serious wounds after IOF directly opened fire at her, claiming she attempted to carry out a stab attack near the “Gush Etzion” settlement junction, south of Bethlehem.  According to PCHR’s investigations and in a video published on Israeli social media, the old woman posed no imminent danger to the soldiers’ lives and could have been controlled without lethal force.

As to the injuries, they were as follows:

  • 1 Palestinian civilian was wounded at Gush Etzion checkpoint for alleged stab-attack;
  • 3 others, including a child, during IOF assault on a protest in Beit Dajan, Nablus;
  • A child in IOF incursion into Beita, Nablus;
  • A child in IOF assault on a protest in Jenin;
  • Two civilians in IOF assault on Kafr Qaddum protest, Qalqilya; and
  • 50 Palestinian civilians sustained bruises and stun grenades shrapnel wounds during IOF repeated assaults on Sheikh Jarrah sit-in.

Dozens of others suffocated due to tear gas inhalation, and others were wounded in various IOF assaults across the West Bank.

In the Gaza Strip, 4 IOF shootings were reported on agricultural lands eastern Gaza, and 9 shootings at fishing boats, western Gaza.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 135 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 89 Palestinians were arrested, including 10 children and 3 women. IOF imposed a siege on several villages in Nablus and shut their entrances with sand berms; IOF conducted a wide-scale raid operation in Aqraba under its collective punishment policy against Palestinians after a shooting occurred at Za’tara checkpoint earlier in the week.

Demolitions:

PCHR fieldworkers documented two violations:

A barracks (mechanic) and a car wash were demolished in southwestern Bethlehem; and another barracks and car wash were demolished in Hebron.

Settler-attacks: PCHR fieldworkers reported and documented 8 attacks:

  • Jenin: assault on an elderly shepherd grazing sheep in Mariha
  • Nablus: 30 olive tree, sage and thyme seedlings uprooted; racist vandalization in Qusra; agricultural lands set on fire in Jalud; a car assaulted with stones in Lubban ash-Sharqiya village; greenhouse damaged and 3200 tomato seedlings and 1500 zucchini seedlings uprooted; assaults on civilian houses and agricultural lands set on fire in Burin
  • Qalqilya: an elderly man assaulted near Fara’ata.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life. The United Nations confirmed that the Gaza conditions are worsening, with deteriorating health, power, and water services. The UN emphasized that the Gaza Strip requires immense efforts in the housing and education sectors and to create job opportunities.

Meanwhile, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest.

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

  • At approximately 04:30 on Thursday, 29 April 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Bureij refugee camp in the center of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 06:30, Israeli gunboats stationed off Deir al-Balah shore in the center of the Gaza Strip, chased fishermen who were sailing in the sea to withdraw their fishing nets, opened fire around their fishing boats and forced the fishermen to leave No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 14:05 on Thursday, 29 April 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Sudaniyia shore, west of Jabalia camp, and off al-Waha shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 4 nautical miles and heavily opened fire at them for an hour, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee and damaging the fishing tools. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 22:00, dozens of Palestinians, from Bethlehem, organized a peaceful protest in front of a metal- detector gate fixed on the annexation wall, calling for stopping IOF’s attacks in Jerusalem. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans. During which, IOF arrived at the area and fired teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation. Also, IOF chased and clashed Palestinian young men for several hours, during which, they arrested Nassar Osama al-‘Is’es (19).
  • At approximately 11:00 on Friday, 30 April 2021, an Israeli soldier opened fire at a Palestinian young man under the pretext of carrying out a stabbing attack at al-Nashash intersection near “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem. As a result, the young man was shot with 3 live bullets and taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in West Jerusalem, where his health condition was classified serious. Footage published by Israeli media showed that an Israeli soldier fired 3 live bullets from a distance of 3 meters at Mansour Kamel ‘Abed al-‘Aziz ‘Amri (30), who attempted to attack him with a sharp tool. According to the footage, the young man did not pose imminent threat or danger to the soldier, as there was a distance of 3 meters between them, and the soldier could have used less lethal force to neutralize the young man. Israeli media claimed that the sharp tool used by the young man was a broken bottle, which does not pose real threat to the soldier who fired 3 bullets at the attacker’s head and chest. The Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs later stated that Mansour’s heath condition is stable until now, and ‘Ofer Military Court will hold a session on Tuesday to extend his detention.
  • At approximately 13:45, a peaceful protest took off in front of Beit Dajan village council, northeast of Nablus, at the call of the villagers and with the participation of the National Action Factions in Nablus, towards lands under the threat of confiscation, east of the village. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation and settlers. When the protestors arrived at the area, they found a large number of Israeli soldiers awaiting them. IOF immediately suppressed the protest and fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 3 protestors, including a child, were wounded; the child was shot with a live bullet in his left foot, a 52-year-old male was shot with a rubber bullet in his left foot and back, and a 48-year-old male was shot with a rubber bullet in his head. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip, opened sporadic fire at border area, causing fear among Palestinian farmers; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 15:15, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 4 nautical miles and opened heavy fire at them, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip, fired live bullets and teargas canisters at Palestinian young men gathered near the Return Camp. The IOF’s sporadic shooting continued for an hour; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 21:00, after 4 days of their withdrawal, IOF re-deployed in Bab al-‘Amoud area, established several checkpoints on its stairs and forcibly vacated its yard. Accordingly, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered in Bab al-‘Amoud area and chanted slogans. IOF immediately suppressed them, severely beat them up and arrested Mahdi Omar al-‘Ajlouni (13), taking him to a military checkpoint. IOF severely beat Mahdi, stomped on him, punched him with helmets until he lost his consciousness. IOF also chased Palestinian young men into al-Mosrara area and on al-Sultan Suliman Street. The clashes continued until 03:00 on Saturday. During which, IOF fired heavy sound bombs, pumped wastewater at Palestinians and arrested Mostafa Hani al-Yaseni.
  • At approximately 21:30, dozens of Palestinians, from Bethlehem, organized a peaceful protest in front of a metal- detector gate fixed on the annexation wall, calling for stopping IOF’s attacks in Jerusalem. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans. During which, IOF arrived at the area and fired teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation. Also, IOF chased and clashed Palestinian young men until 23:30, during which, they arrested Husain Ibrahim Masalma (13) and Ahmed Raied al-‘Adam (17).
  • At approximately 22:00, a peaceful protest took off in Jenin in support of al-Aqsa Mosque. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against IOF and settlers. They then headed towards al-Jalma military checkpoint, north of Jenin, where clashes erupted between the protestors and IOF stationed at the checkpoint. IOF immediately fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters. As a result, a 17-year-old child was shot with a live bullet in his right thigh and taken to Dr. Khalil Suliman Hospital for treatment. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received a treatment on the spot.
  • At approximately 06:30 on Saturday, 01 May 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 at them until 09:00, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported
  • At approximately 13:00 on Saturday, 01 May 2021, dozens of Palestinian young men and several international activities organized a peaceful protest in ‘Ain al-Bida area, southeast of Yatta, south of Hebron, calling for cancelling Israeli authorities’ decision stating that lands of ‘Ain al-Bida area are state-owned lands, and prevented its residents from planting or constructing on these lands. A large number of Israeli soldiers arrived at the area declaring it as a closed-military zone. Meanwhile, the residents of ‘Ain al-Bida area gathered on the main street, raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans. IOF suppressed them and fired sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation.
  • Around the same time, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip, fired live bullets and teargas canisters at Palestinian young men, who gathered near the border fence. The IOF sporadic shooting continued for 4 hours; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 14:00, a group of Palestinian young men gathered at the entrance to Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron, where IOF established a military watchtower. The young men threw stones at the military watchtower, during which, IOF fired sound bombs and teargas canisters at the stone-throwers. The clashes continued until 17:30. As a result, many civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation. IOF also closed the village’s entrance and prevented Palestinians’ vehicle from entering and exiting the village.
  • At approximately 15:30, IOF stationed at the northern entrance to Kafr Qaddum village, north of Qalqilya, suppressed a peaceful protest organized by dozens of Palestinian young men. IOF chased young men gathered in the area, clashed with them and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, a 27-year-old male was hit with a sponge grenade in his back and a 22-year-old male was hit with a sponge grenade below his back.
  • At approximately 13:30 on Saturday, 01 May 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, opened heavy fire at them and fired sound bombs around them, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported
  • At approximately 16:00 on Saturday, 01 May 2021, IOF suppressed a peaceful protest organized in the center of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, against eviction order issued by Israeli authorities against the residents of Karam al-Ja’ouni neighborhood in favor of settlers. Dozens of protestors gathered in front of houses under the threat of eviction in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans “We Will Stay Here” “We Will Not Leave”. The protestors then headed towards the main street. When they arrived there, Israeli police shouted at them via loudspeakers ordering them to leave the area within 5 minutes, or the police will suppress them. Few minutes later, IOF beat the protestors up, confiscated the flags, and arrested 3 civilians after pushing them to the ground and severely beating them. As a result, they sustained bruises and wounds in their faces. The arrestees were identified as Amr Abu Sninah, Anas Jabareen and Majd Sha’bi. It should be noted that the protest was organized a day before holding a session in the Israeli Supreme Court to consider appeal requests submitted by Sheikh Jarrah families regarding the eviction orders issued against al-Ja’ouni, al-Kurd, al-Qasem and Iskafi families.
  • At approximately 18:20 on Sunday, 02 May 2021, coinciding with a shooting attack at Za’tara military checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, IOF stationed at the checkpoint indiscriminately opened heavy fire in the area. As a result, a Palestinian vehicle sustained damage as a live bullet penetrated the windshield and broke it. The vehicle was driven by Ziyad Farah ‘Awaad (49), from Talfit village, along with his wife ‘Afaf Lotfi ‘Abdullah ‘Awaad (46) and their daughter Marah (21).
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF moved into Beita village. Southeast of Nablus. Meanwhile, a group of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at IOF’s vehicle. Violent clashes erupted in the area and continued until midnight. As a result, 5 civilians, including a child, were shot with live bullets in their lower limbs and taken to a hospital in Nablus for treatment. IOF’s incursion into the village came after carrying out a shooting attack at Za’tara military checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, which resulted in the injury of 3 Israelis.
  • On Sunday, an elderly Palestinian woman succumbed to her serious wounds after IOF directly opened fire at her, claiming she attempted to carry out a stab attack near the “Gush Etzion” settlement junction, south of Bethlehem. According to PCHR’s investigations and in a footage published on Israeli social media, the old woman posed no imminent danger to the soldiers’ lives and could have been controlled without lethal force.
  • According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 11:00 on Sunday, 02 May 2021, a woman dressed in a black abaya and wearing a medical mask was carrying a bag while walking on the pavement of “Gush Etzion” junction, she slowly and hesitantly approached 2 Israeli soldiers, who were 4 meters away from her, with a knife in her hand. The 2 soldiers yelled at her in Hebrew only few moments before they directly shot her.  As a result, she was wounded, fell on the ground and was taken by IOF to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center in critical condition.  At approximately 20:00, she was pronounced dead and was identified as Rehab Mohammed Mousa Za’oul (60) from Husan village, west of Bethlehem.

Following the incident, many videos went viral on social media documenting IOF’s shooting at Za’oul’s lower body and how Za’oul was hesitantly and slowly approaching, posing no imminent threat or danger to the lives of the soldiers, who were several meters away from her.  The footages showed that she could have been neutralized and controlled with less lethal force.The incident is part of IOF’s shoot-to-kill policy of using lethal force against suspects at checkpoints and near areas where IOF is usually stationed, particularly Gush Etzion Junction, which has been the scene of recurrent Palestinian deaths.  Za’oul is the third Palestinian killed by IOF at the Junction in similar circumstances out of the total 8 Palestinians killed by IOF since the beginning of the year, according to PCHR’s documentation.

  • At approximately 21:15, 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, opened heavy fire at them and fired sound bombs around them, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 21:45 on Monday, 03 May 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 at them, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported
  • On Tuesday,04 May 2021, IOF arrested 3 Palestinians and wounded 10 others while suppressing a protest organized in solidarity with Sheikh Jarrah’s families whose house are under threat of eviction in favor of settlers.
  • At approximately 22:00 on Monday, 03 May 2021, dozens of Sheikh Jarrah families along with international activities and Jerusalemite persons gathered and protested in front of houses that are under the threat of eviction. During which, Israeli settlers living in the Palestinians’ houses, which were seized, attempted to provoke the protestors and threw stones at them. After that, IOF arrived at the area and surrounded it. IOF ordered the protestors to leave within10 minutes, pumped wastewater at them and beat them up. The clashes continued until 02:00, during which, IOF raided Saleh Diab’s house, beat up all its residents and pepper-sprayed them. As a result, the elderly woman Fatema Diab and Saleh Diab suffocated and received treatment at the hospital. IOF also arrested Ahmed Farrah, from Bab Hettah neighborhood in the Old City, and severely beat him up while he was parking his vehicle in front of an Israeli settler’s house. As a result, Farrah sustained bruises and wounds in his face. Additionally, Jamal Abu Khudair and Ahmed ‘Aqbah were arrested by IOF. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) stated that 10 Palestinians were wounded during the clashes erupted in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood; 3 of them were taken to the hospital for treatment. Since few days, dozens of Sheikh Jarrah families along with international activists organize peaceful protests and sits-in and eat breakfast “Iftar” together in front of houses that are under the threat of eviction, north of occupied East Jerusalem, calling for extending the duration given to al-Ja’ouni, al-Kurd al-Qasem and Iskafi families to vacate their houses. It should be noted that on Sunday, IOF suppressed a peaceful protest organized in front of the houses that are under the threat of eviction and arrested Hamza al-Sabbah (13) and an activist Samer Abu ‘Isha (33).
  • At approximately 20:00, a large number of Israeli soldiers moved into Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, closed its main entrance, prevented Palestinians’ vehicles from entering it, and turned the neighborhood into a military barrack in an attempt to ban the entry of international activists into the neighborhood who protest in front of houses that are under the threat of eviction. Despite all measures taken by IOF, dozens of Palestinians gathered in front of the houses, organized a sit-in along with the houses’ owners, sang national songs, and chanted slogans condemning the forced displacement of the Palestinians from the neighborhood. IOF immediately suppressed the sit-in, pumped wastewater at the Palestinians, chased them on the neighborhood’s streets, and brutally beat them up. During which, IOF arrested Mahmoud Nabil al-Kurd, whose family’s house is threatened to be vacated, after severely beat him up along with his sister Mona. IOF also obstructed the volunteer paramedics’ work, checked their IDs and pumped wastewater at them several time. The IOF’s attack against the participants at the sit-in continued for 3 hours, during which, an unknown woman sustained wounds in her head after she fell on the ground when IOF chased her. Also, IOF arrested Tala ‘Obaid and activist Omar al-Khatib after severely beat him up.

It should be noted that on Thursday morning, the duration given by the Israeli Supreme Court on last Sunday to al-Kurd, Iskafi, al-Ja’ouni and al-Qasem families in order to reach an agreement with a settlement company regarding the ownership of the lands on which their homes are built will be ended.

  • At approximately 09:00 on Wednesday, 05 May 2021, as part of the large Israeli military operation in Aqraba village, southeast of Nablus, IOF surrounded an agricultural room and a barrack in al-Qit’a area, east of the village. The room and barrack belong to ‘Emad Fatahallah Bani Muniyia, who was arrested by IOF along with his wife a day before. IOF ordered persons present in the room via loudspeakers to surrender themselves and fired live bullets and sound bombs at the room and barrack, causing a hole at the room wall and damaging its door. IOF surrounded the room and barrack for 3 hours. After their withdrawal, IOF declared that they could not arrest the persons suspected of carrying out the attack at Za’tara military checkpoint on 02 May 2021.
  • In the evening, IOF arrested 12 Palestinians and wounded 10 others while suppressing a peaceful protest organized in solidarity with Sheikh Jarrah families, whose houses are under the threat of eviction. According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 19:30, dozens of persons who are in solidarity with Sheikh Jarrah families organized a breakfast “Iftar” for all families. Following that, hundreds of Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem organized a sit-in in the area, sang national songs, chanted slogans, and conducted interviews regarding the Supreme Court session scheduled to be next day morning. During which, dozens of Israeli settlers gathered in front of al-Ghawi residential building, placed loudspeakers, cursed the participants in the sit-in to provoke them, and instigated IOF to beat and arrest the protestors. After that, dozens of special forces and mounted police suppressed the sit-in, beat the participants up and pushed them. IOF also fired sound bombs at the participants in the sit-in, pepper-sprayed them and pumped wastewater at them. Additionally, IOF raided al-Kurd family’s house and forcibly vacated its yards from the residents and other persons standing in solidarity with them, and severely beat them up. After that, violent clashes erupted in the neighborhood and continued for 7 consecutive hours. During which, 40 Palestinians suffocated due to teargas inhalation, pumping wastewater, firing sound bombs, pushing and beating; two of them were taken to the hospital. IOF also arrested 12 Palestinians after severely beating them up. PCHR keeps the names of the arrestees.
  • In the evening, in a new crime of excessive use of force, IOF killed a child and wounded one of his relatives in a protest and clashes near Odala checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, and hindered Palestinian ambulances access to the area.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 21:30, a number of civilians gathered in the center of Odala village, southeast of Nablus, to protest against IOF’s incursion into ‘Aqraba village and the closure imposed on their village for 2 days.  The protesters headed to the checkpoint established on the bypass road at the main entrance to Odala village and threw stones at the soldiers stationed there.  Clashes broke out and IOF fired teargas canisters and live bullets at the protesters.  As a result, Sa’id Yousif Mohammed ‘Odeh (16), who was few meters away from the soldiers, was wounded and then directly arrested; most of the protesters did not notice his arrest.  Also, his 24-year-old cousin was wounded with a bullet in his back and the protesters were able to drag him to safety and put him in a civilian car to drive him to a nearby clinic in Bita village.  The protesters informed the PRCS that there is an injured person in the clinic, without knowing of the Odeh’s injury and arrest.  When a PRCS ambulance arrived at Odala Checkpoint, IOF held them for 15 minutes before allowing them to cross the checkpoint at Odala village entrance.  The ambulance arrived at Bita Clinic, and Odeh’s injured cousin told them that his cousin, Sa’id Odeh, was wounded as well but arrested by the IOF.  Another ambulance headed to the checkpoint but was held for 15 minutes by IOF.  The ambulance was then allowed to take the child’s corpse from the Israeli ambulance.  The corpse was taken to Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus, where it was found that he was injured with two bullets; one in the right side of his back and exited the left side of the waist and the other in the right shoulder, causing his death.

  • At approximately 21:30, 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, opened heavy fire around them and fired sound bombs at them, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.

  II. Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 29 April 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-Saff street in Bethlehem. They raided and searched Ahmed Atta Abu Tayeh’s (31) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Jalbun village, northeast of Jenin. They raided and searched Mohammed Ahmed Abdul Khaliq Ibrahim’s (20) house and arrested him. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 21:30, IOF stationed at temporary military checkpoints established around the Ibrahimi Mosque, in Hebron’s Old City, arrested ‘Amer Ardi Abu ‘Asab (28), from the city.
  • At approximately 22:30, IOF arrested Zuhair Fawwaz Hussain (39), from Iskaka village in Salfit, while present in the occupied Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Sa’ir, Halhul, Nuba and Beit Einun villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 31 April 2021:

  • At approximately 08:00, IOF moved into Jabal al-Mawaleh area in Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians; Mohammed Waleed al-Harimi (28), Jehad Awad al-Ta’mari (26), and Eisa Nader Saleh (24).

At approximately 14:45, IOF stationed at Mevo Dotan military checkpoint, southwest of Jenin, arrested Mohammed ‘Amer al-Zulfi (43), from Jenin refugee camp. IOF took him to an unknown destination.

  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Mo’tasem Mohammed al-‘Antouri (16), from Qalqilya, while present in the occupied East Jerusalem. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 17:30, IOF arrested Mohammed Rabea’ Sultan (32), from Yatta, south of Hebron governorate, after stopping him at a temporary military checkpoint established on the northern entrance of the city.

Saturday, 01 May 2021:

  • At approximately 14:15, IOF moved into Qusra, southeast of Nablus. They surrounded an excavator belonging to Qusra governorate, which was digging a water line between civilians’ houses in al-Qe’da area, classified as Area “C”. After a quarrel occurred between the governorate and the driver, IOF confiscated Abdul Raziq Dawoud ‘Arrabi’s excavator and broke a power pole in the street when one of the soldiers climbed on it.
  • At approximately 23:00, IOF arrested (4) civilians from Jabel Mukaber village, southeast of the occupied East Jerusalem, while present in Damascus Gate area, claiming that they hit an Israeli settler and then they were taken to one of the detention centers in the city. The arrestees are: Mohammed Nabil Basheer, Mohammed Ibrahim Basheer, Fadi Nidal Basheer and Mohye Ahmed Basheer.

Sunday, 02 May 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Hizma, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. they raided and searched several houses and arrested (4) civilians; Mohammed Hamza Mubarak (23), Anis Khader Salah al-Dein (21), Nadeem Abdul Hameed al-Khateeb (26), and Abdullah Hussain al-Khateeb (23).
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Majdi Khaled al-Hidra (24) and Mohammed Naji Abu Jom’a (19), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF established a temporary military checkpoint on the entrance of al-Zababdeh village, southeast of Jenin. They stopped Omar Hasan al-Turki (20), from Qabatiya, while driving his motorcycle, detained him for over than 2 hours and then he was released.

Monday, 03 May 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, after civilians clashed with settlers who raided Jalud village, southeast of Nablus, IOF moved into Nablus and arrested (11) civilians. The arrestees are: Naseem Farah Abad (26), Samir Sami Abad (20), and his brother Mohammed (22), Rakan Shahir Fhaidat (23), his brothers Mahmoud (22) and Ibrahim (20), Mohammed Kamal Abad (20), Waleed Abdul Karim Hamoud (24), Younis Najeh Hamoud (19), Mohammed Ahmed Mutair (22), and Mohamed Kamel Abad (21).
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Bethlehem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Mohannad Jamal Nawawerah (25) and Ibrahim Naser al-Wardian (22) and arrested them.
  • At approximately 06:00, IOF established a temporary military checkpoint on Deir Sharaf rotary, west of Nablus. Before removing the checkpoint, they arrested Malik Yousef Sharqawi (25), from Askar refugee camp, northeast of the city. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Rif’at al-Salibi (18), from Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, while referring to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Beitar Illit” settlement, west of Bethlehem, after summonsing him via a phone call.
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Mohammed Bouziyya (24), from Kifl Haris in Salfit, while present in the occupied East Jerusalem. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF arrested al-Montaser Billah Darar Rayyan (24), from Beit Duqqu, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem, while present in Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Burin, Qusra, Howwarah and Aqraba, southeast of Nablus. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 04 May 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Beit Ummar, north of Hebron. They raided and searched Rashid Mousa al-Saliby’s (24) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Surif, west of Hebron. They raided and searched Omar Ali al-Heah’s (30) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:25, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Turmus Ayya village, northeast of Ramallah. They deployed between civilians’ houses, raided several houses and arrested Ahmed Montaser al-Shalaby (17).

Ibtihal al-Shalaby, Ahmed’s mother, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

“At approximately 02:30, while we were sleeping, we heard knocks on our door,

so I opened the door to find 20-30 Israeli occupation soldiers entering our house with a police dog while dozens of soldiers surrounding the house. They deployed inside the house, detained me with my family in the bedroom, put the dog with us and locked the door for 30 minutes as we were really scared of the dog’s barking and its attempt to attack us. Meanwhile, a group of soldiers headed upstairs, searched and destroyed the contents of the house and the kitchen, pushed and handcuffed Ahmed before arresting him.”

  • At approximately 03:00, IOF reinforced with 3 military vehicles moved into Tarqumiyah, northwest of Hebron. They raided and searched Hammam Omar Zabaniya’s (36) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 06:00, IOF stationed in the Aqsa Mosque, in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, arrested Fadi Abdul Mon’im Zibar (30), from Kobar village, north of Ramallah, while present at the Aqsa Mosque to perform prayers.
  • At approximately 07:00, IOF moved into al-Isawiya, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Bader Abu Asab’s house, assaulted all his family, severely beaten and arrested his sons; Ayyoub (22) and Abdullah (18), and Ahmed Kayed Abu Asab (19), causing bruises and wounds in the head. Meanwhile, IOF raided and searched Nasrallah Mahmoud Fayez Mahmoud’s (19) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF detained Ali Othman Zakarna, from Jenin, after stopping him on the entrance of al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron. IOF searched his vehicle and confiscated (40,000 NIS) from his vehicle.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF moved into Aqraba, southeast of Nablus, after founding a burning car which they claimed that this is the car that was used to carry out Za’tara’s operation on 02 May 2021. IOF imposed tight restriction on Aqraba and the neighbor villages, and closed the entrances with the sand berms, as part of the collective punishment policy. The closure included Aqraba Majdal Bani Fadil, Odala, Osarin, road connecting Aqraba and Yanun, and road connecting Aqraba and Osarin. IOF carried out huge campaign as they stormed several houses and mosques in Aqraba, and held field investigations to find the perpetrator, and then they arrested Raddad Fawzi Bani Munia (34), and his brother Qasem (32).
  • The following morning, IOF arrested Emad Fathallah Bani Munia (58), and his wife, Amal Farah Bani Munia (52), and Fadi Adeeb Ziyad (28).
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF moved into al-Ashqariya neighborhood in Beit Hanina, north of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mahmoud Abu Ta’a’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out (10) incursions in Burin, Madama, Awarta, Majdal Bani Fadil, Osarin, Odala, Yanun, and Beita villages in Nablus; Halhul and al-Majd in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 05 May 2021:

  • At approximately 00:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Turmus Ayya, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians; including a woman. The arrestees are: Lafi Adeeb al-Shalaby (62), whose vehicle was confiscated, Zeyad Abu Zahra (48), and Sana’ al-Shalaby (44), who was released later. Sana’ al-Shalaby stated that when she arrived to the main entrance of the city, a military jeep stopped her and interrogated her for hours about her husband, Montaser al-Shalaby, and threatened her if her to keep storming their house if her husband did not surrender himself. It should be noted that Montaser al-Shalaby is charged of conducting Za’tara’s operation, and her son, Ahmed, was arrested on 04 May 2021.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Hizma, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (5) civilians; including 2 children. The arrestees are Mahdi Hasan Salah al-Dein (18), Abdullah Murad al-Khateeb (17), Izz Osama Salah al-Dein (17), Salah Osama Salah al-Dein (17), and Mohammed Waheed al-Khateeb (23).
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Wadi Hilwa neighborhood in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Ali al-Tawil’s (17) house and arrested him.

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

Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property

  • On Tuesday morning 04 May 2021, IOF demolished an auto repair barrack and carwash in the area between al-Khader village and Beit Jala, southwest of Bethlehem.

Hassan Breijiyeh, the office director of Settlement and Resistance Commission, said that IOF demolished an auto repair barrack and carwash belonging to the heirs of Hussein Mohhammed Abu Ghalyoun ‘Issa, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

  • At approximately 10:00, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with a Civil Administration vehicle moved into Beit al-Rush village, west of Dura, southwest of Hebron. The Civil Administration officer handed ‘Issa Taha al-Jreibat a notice to stop construction works and remove 2 containers he put in his land to store the agricultural equipment.

Settler attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property

  • At approximately 13:15, a group of settlers beat up Ibrahim Nayef Hamadoni (65) in Mariha village, southwest of Jenin, while he was heeding his sheep near his house in the village, causing him bruises and wounds in his body and head. He was taken to Khalil Suleiman Governmental Hospital in Jenin, and his condition was reported minor.

Marihah village is surrounded by 4 settlements: “Mevo Dotan”, which is between Ya’bad and ‘Arrabeh villages, “Hermesh” from the west; and “Shakit” and “Hananit” settlements from the north. The village is also separated by military road where the Israeli soldiers are always there.

  • On Friday morning, 30 April 2021, a group of settlers from “Esh Kodesh” settlement outpost established on the eastern side of Qasra village, southeast of Nablus, attacked civilians’ lands in Ras al-Nakhil area, southeast of the village, and uprooted 30 olive, sage and thyme seedlings. They also wrote slogans in Hebrew on the agricultural rooms and water well in a plot of land owned by Fathaallah Mahmoud Abu Reidah, from the same village.
  • At approximately 23:30 on Sunday, 02 May 2021, under IOF’s protection, a group of settlers from “Ahyha” settlement established on Jaloud village lands, southeast of Nablus, attacked civilians’ houses in the eastern side of the village and set the planted lands near the houses on fire. Citizens gathered to confront the settlers and IOF with stones, and intense clashes continued until late night.  Several civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and were treated on the spot.
  • At approximately 08:30 on Monday 3 May 2021, a group of settlers assaulted Mohammed Mahmoud Soliman Salman (73) from Fara’ata, northern Qalqilya, with a big stone that hit his head. Salman bled from his forehead and his wound was stitched at the hospital.
  • At approximately 21:50 on Monday, 03 May 2021, a group of settlers from “Alie” settlement established on Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village’s lands, southeast of Nablus, through the settlement’s entrance near a gas station on Ramallah-Nablus Street attacked a car belonging to Nayef Fakhri ‘Abdulatif ‘Aweis (72), from Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village. As a result, a stone broke the right car window and hit his wife, Najah Jamil Mousa ‘Aweis (62) in her neck, breaking the windshield, right-side window, and damaging the right side of the car.

Nayef Fakhri ‘Abdulatif ‘Aweis (72) said to PCHR’s fieldworker:

“At approximately 21:40 on 03 May 2021, I left the house with my wife Najah Jamil Mousa ‘Aweis (62) driving my car on Ramallah-Nablus Street and heading to Ramallah.  When we were near “Alie” settlement’s entrance established on the northeastern lands of the village near a gas station on the Ramallah-Nablus street, we were surprised with a number of settlers at the entrance throwing stones, hitting the right side of the car and breaking the right rear window.  One of the stones broke the right window and hit my wife’s neck, causing her severe pain.  The windshield and right mirror were broken while the right side of the car was damaged.  I did not stop the car and continued driving until I reached the entrance to Turmus Ayya village and entered the village clinic, where doctors saw my wife and checked the bruise in her neck. She was referred by an ambulance to Palestine Medical Complex and later left the hospital with so much pain in her neck.”

  • At approximately 10:30, a group of settlers from “Yitzahar” settlement established on Burin and Madma village lands, southeast of Nablus, crossing the “Yitzahar” bypass road, established south of the villages, threw stones at a car traveling under Madma Bridge belonging to Mohammed Najeh Mohammed Najjar (27) from Madma village. Najjar was with his wife Amnah ‘Ali Najjar (23) heading to visit his family in nearby Burin village.  As a result, the right and left car windows were broken, and Najjar was hit with a stone in his left hand after the window was broken.  As a result, he was taken to Rafida Hospital in Nablus and his hand needed 2 stitches. 
  • At approximately 06:00 on Tuesday, 04 May 2021, ‘Abdullah Rustom Nemer ‘Issa from Burin village, southeast of Nablus, was surprised with “Yitzahar” settlement’s settlers attacking a 1-dunum plastic greenhouse at the eastern entrance to the village near Burin School for Boys and completely tore the plastic cover of the greenhouse. They also caused damage to the irrigation tools and tanks and uprooted 3200 tomato seedlings and 1500 squash seedlings about to be ready for harvest.
  • At approximately 22:50, a group of settlers from “Yitzahar” settlement established on Burin village lands, southeast of Nablus, attacked civilians’ houses in the eastern side of the village and threw stones at them, terrifying the residents. They also set the agricultural lands on fire, burning tens of dunums before the villagers could confront them with stones and force them to leave.  The villagers extinguished the fire as the Civil Defense Crews could enter the area.
  1. Closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement of persons and goods:

The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life.

The West Bank:

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of 66 temporary checkpoints that restrict the goods and individuals, where IOF searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs and arrested of them. IOF closed many roads with cement cubes, metal detector gates and sand berms and tightened their measures against individuals’ movement at military permanent checkpoints.

Jerusalem:

  • At approximately 20:00 on Monday, 03 May 2021, IOF closed the checkpoint at Sho’fat refugee camp, northeast of Jerusalem, in both directions and later reopened it.

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday, 29 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Tekoa village, east of Bethlehem.
  • On Friday, 30 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem.
  • On Saturday, 01 May 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem.
  • On Sunday, 02 May 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem.
  • On Monday, 03 May 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village and the entrance to Jannatah village,east of Bethlehem.
  • On Tuesday, 04 May 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village, northern entrance to Tekoa village, the entrance to al-Khader village and near al-Nashash intersection, south of Bethlehem.
  • On Wednesday, 05 May 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Tekoa village, the entrances to Husan and Nahalin villages and at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem.

Jenin:

  • On Friday, 30 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Al-Mansura village, southwest of Jenin.

Nablus:

  • On Saturday, 01 May 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the intersection of “Shafi Shimron” settlement, west of the city, at the intersection of “Yitzhar” settlement, east of the city, and at al-Morab’a intersection, southeast of Nablus.
  • On Sunday, 02 May 2021, IOF established 6 checkpoints at the intersection of “Shafi Shimron” settlement, west of the city, at the intersection of “Yitzhar” settlement, east of the city, at al-Morab’a intersection, southeast of Nablus, at Sarra intersection, at the entrance to Odala village, and at Deir Sharaf intersection, west of the city.
  • On Tuesday, 04 May 2021, IOF established 7 checkpoints at the intersection of “Shafi Shimron” settlement, west of the city, at the intersection of “Yitzhar” settlement, east of the city, at the entrances to Odala, Awarta, Aqraba, and Majdal Bani Fadil villages.

Ramallah:

  • On Thursday, 29 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the western entrance to Silwad village.
  • On Friday, 30 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Nabi Salih village.
  • On Sunday, 02 May 2021, IOF closed a metal detector gate established on the main street, adjacent to “Beit El” settlement. They also closed with sand berms the eastern entrance to Al-Mughayyir village and at the entrance to Kafr Malik village. Also, two checkpoints were established at the entrance to Kharbatha al-Misbah and at ‘Ein Siniya intersection.

Jericho:

  • On Thursday, 29 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrances to
  • On Saturday, 01 May 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the northern and southern entrances to Jericho.
  • On Sunday, 02 May 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Jericho and removed it on Monday, 03 May 2021.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 29 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Awwa village, at the western entrance to Hebron and at the northern entrance to Halhul city.
  • On Friday, 30 April 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Ash-Shuyukh, as-Samu and Deir Sammit village, at the entrance to Al-Arroub refugee camp.
  • On Monday, 03 May 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to al-Shyoukh village and western entrance to Hebron.
  • On Tuesday, 04 May 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Hebron and the entrances to Sa’ir village, al-‘Arroub refugee camp and Idhna village.
  • On Wednesday, 05 May 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to al-Fawwar refugee camp, Hadab al-Fawwar village and the northern entrance to Hebron.

Qalqilya:

  • On Thursday, 29 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Izbat al-Tabib village, east of the city.
  • On Saturday, 01 May 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Izbat al-Tabib and Jit villages, and at the eastern entrance to the city.
  • On Sunday, 02 May 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at Nabi Ilyas intersection and at the entrance to Azzun village, east of the city.

Salfit:

  • At approximately 09:30 on Saturday, 01 May 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Salfit.

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine (22 – 28 April 2021)

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (22 – 28 April 2021)
Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine (22 – 28 April 2021)

22 – 28 April 2021

IOF excessive use of force in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem: 181 Palestinians wounded, including 4 journalists and 3 children

177 injuries were reported in occupied East Jerusalem, including the 4 journalists

Five IOF shootings reported at agricultural areas (east) and six others on fishing boats in Gaza sea

Israeli occupation closes Gaza sea and bans fishing

1 fisherman wounded and fishing boat damaged in 5 shootings reported at fishing boats off the Gaza coast

In 139 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 150 civilians arrested, including 12 children, two journalists, a writer, and a paramedic

Limited IOF incursion into eastern Rafah and Khan Younis; 3 Palestinians arrested, including a child, after crossing the border fence

The occupation ratifies decision to confiscate 147 dunums west of Bethlehem for settlement expansion purposes

Wide-scale Settler-attacks: shootings and assaults on Palestinian civilians and trees uprooted across the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem

IOF established 39 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 20 Palestinian civilians on said checkpoints

Summary                                                                                        

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians that are mostly conducted after midnight and in the early morning hours. This week, IOF repression against Palestinian worshipers in Bab al-‘Amoud (Damascus Gate), which leads to al-Aqsa Mosque, was the most prominent event as dozens were wounded and arrested. Settler-attacks witnessed a rise this week too on Palestinian civilians and their properties across the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Also, this week, IOF closed the Gaza sea and banned fishing in violation of Palestinian fishermen’s social and economic rights and their right to work as per Article 6 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. PCHR documented 214 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by IOF and settlers in the oPt.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

181 Palestinians sustained wounds, including 4 journalists and 3 children, as a result of IOF excessive use of force against civilians in the West Bank: 177, including 4 journalists, in the largest IOF repression campaigns against Palestinians in recent month, centered in Bab al-‘Amoud are in occupied East Jerusalem. Dozens of others suffocated due to tear gas inhalation, and others were wounded in various IOF assaults  on protests in solidarity with Jerusalemites across the West Bank.

In the Gaza Strip, a fisherman was wounded, and a fishing boat damaged in 5 IOF shootings on fishing boats in the Gaza sea. Also, Israeli warplanes launched several airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, 3 of them targeted agricultural lands in eastern Rafah and Khan Younis. Additionally, 5 IOF shootings were reported on agricultural lands and protests eastern Gaza.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 139 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 150 Palestinians were arrested, including 12 children, two journalists, a writer, and a paramedic. Most of the arrests and raids occurred during the clashes in occupied East Jerusalem, as 114 were arrested in the city.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted a limited incursion into eastern Rafah and arrested 3 Palestinians, including 1 child, after they crossed the border fence. Two of them were later released.

Demolitions:

The occupation authorities ratified a decision to confiscate 147 dunums west of Bethlehem for settlement expansion purposes.

Settler-attacks: PCHR fieldworkers reported and documented 8 attacks:

  • Salfit: shooting at Salfit entrance; 12 trees uprooted in Haris.
  • Bethlehem: Palestinian-owned lands planted in Teqoa
  • Hebron: farmers and vehicles assaulted in eastern Yatta, and others assaulted in Haret Jaber
  • Ramallah: assaults and roads blocked in eastern Umm Safa
  • East Jerusalem: 3 vehicles set ablaze in Beit Iksa
  • Nablus: vehicles assaulted

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

On Monday, 26 April 2021, the Israeli occupation authorities closed the Gaza sea and banned all fishing or sailing activities in a manifestation of its collective punishment policy against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip that directly denies fishermen their sources of livelihood.

The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life. The United Nations confirmed that the Gaza conditions are worsening, with deteriorating health, power, and water services. The UN emphasized that the Gaza Strip requires immense efforts in the housing and education sectors and to create job opportunities.

Meanwhile, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest.

  1. Shooting and other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity
  • Israeli suppression campaign in occupied East Jerusalem
  • On Thursday and over few days, occupied East Jerusalem witnessed mass assaults by IOF and settlers against the Palestinian civilians in hit and run clashes, mainly at Bab al-‘Amoud (Damascus Gate, one of East Jerusalem’s Old City gates), and reached many streets and neighborhoods.  As a result, 177 civilians, including 4 journalists and a paramedic, were injured and 94 others were arrested, including 9 children and a paramedic.  This escalation came after Palestinian civilians gathered following a protest for settlers organized by the Jewish supremacist group “Lehava” to raid Bab al-‘Amoud Area and assault the Palestinian civilians there.  This Israeli suppression campaign is the largest in the last months and escalated since the beginning of Ramadan following IOF’s decision to close off Bab al-‘Amoud area and ban any gatherings in its yard or on its stairs, peaking last night.

According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Center for Human rights (PCHR), on Thursday, 22 April 2021, hundreds of Israeli police and Border Guard officers, deployed around occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, preemptively upon calls by the Lehava Jewish supremacist group to organize a mass protest for settlers titled as “Defending the National Honor” from Yaffa Street to West Jerusalem, heading to Bab al-‘Amoud, one of East Jerusalem’s Old City Gates, at approximately 22:00, to assault the Palestinians there. Following al-Maghreb Adhan, worshippers flocked to al-Aqsa Mosque via Jerusalem’s wall gates while the Israeli police increased the number of its officers, tightened the restrictions and cordoned off Bab al-‘Amoud area with checkpoints by isolating it from its surrounding.  At approximately 21:00, dozens of young Palestinian men gathered near Bab al-‘Amoud area in an attempt to prevent the settlers’ raid.  Immediately, IOF assaulted them, sprayed skunk water and heavily fired sound bombs to disperse them.  As a result, clashes broke out and spread to the nearby streets and neighborhoods.  The clashes intensified when the settlers’ protest arrived at Bab al-‘Amoud area, where they maliciously attempted to cross the checkpoints and clash with the Palestinian young men.  The clashes continued between IOF and the Palestinian protesters until 05:30 on Friday 23 April 2021 and resulted in tens of injuries; mostly with rubber bullets and sound bombs or due to suffocation due to teargas inhalation.  21 of the injuries were hospitalized.

During the escalation, IOF carried out a wide-scale arrest campaign against more than 50 Palestinians, including 4 children, according to the Israeli police; most of them were beaten and assaulted. Among the detainees were: As’ad Murad Dari (21), Mohammed Khader Abu al-Hawa (20), Tareq Baker Abu al-Hawa (23), Omar Abu Ghannam (14), Yousef Abu Ghannam (14), Khalil Abu al-Howin (150, and ‘Abed al-Rahman Mahmoud ‘Abed al-Rahman (21).

In the evening, several clashes erupted between Palestinians and IOF and settlers in various areas of occupied East Jerusalem due to settlers’ ongoing attacks on Palestinian civilians. 

In the Old City, Israeli settlers topped the roofs of their settlement outposts, attacked Palestinians’ houses during Iftar time, and threw stones and construction materials at their houses’ yards and entrances.

In Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, a group of Israeli settlers threw stones at Palestinian vehicles crossing on Street No.1 and assaulted the drivers. As a result, the windows of many vehicles were broken, an elderly woman was wounded as a result of the shattered glass, and Omar Taha (18) was wounded in his face after Israeli settlers beat him up and broke his vehicle’s windows while he was inside. 

Moreover, an Israeli settler opened fire at Palestinian civilians present on Salah al-Deen Street, in the center of occupied East Jerusalem, and fled in his vehicle.

Also, several Palestinian workers were wounded on Jaffa Street after dozens of Israeli settlers beat them up with sticks and sharp tools.

According to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), the toll of injuries caused by IOF’s attacks and escalation in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, has reached 105; 21 of them were taken to the hospital for treatment while the rest were treated on the spot. The injuries caused by firing rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters and beating; one of those injured was shot in his head and his condition was deemed moderate.

Furthermore, Israeli police announced that they arrested 50 young Palestinian men, who will be brought before Magistrate Court. Also, 20 policemen sustained wounds during clashes in Bab al-‘Amoud area.

Lawyer Feras al-Jebreni told PCHR’s researcher that most of the detainees were assaulted, especially on their heads and faces, and there were signs of beating and bruises on their bodies. He added that among the detainees were a blind man and a boy with heart disease.

Also, on Friday, 23 April 2021, 50 Palestinian protestors, including 3 journalists, were wounded during clashes renewed with IOF in Bab al-‘Amoud area and in occupied East Jerusalem’s villages and neighborhoods against the continued closure of Bab al-‘Amoud area by IOF and banning any gatherings in its yard or on its stairs for the 12th consecutive day, in addition to the ongoing setters’ attacks against Palestinians.  

In Bab al-‘Amoud area, when Palestinian worshipers flocked to perform Tarawih prayer in al-Aqsa Mosque, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered in the area and chanted slogans against settlers’ attacks and in support of Jerusalem and al-Aqsa Mosque. Few minutes later, IOF surrounded the protestor, forcibly dispersed them, chased them on the city’s streets, and heavily fired rubber bullets and sound bombs at them. As a result, 11 Palestinians, including a journalist, sustained rubber bullets, and sound bomb shrapnel wounds. The wounded journalist Rajay Mahfouz ‘Abed al-Hafiz al-Khatib (42), a reporter and cameraman at Jordan T.V, sustained fracture in his foot after being shot with a rubber bullet. Moreover, 14 protestors sustained bruises after being beaten by IOF. Also, IOF arrested many Palestinians; 4 of them were identified as: Ahmed al-Natsha (23), Mohammed ‘Ali Naser (21)m Rami Baraka (45), and Suhib Hamada (24).

During the escalation, IOF deliberately hindered medical crews’ work in Bab al-‘Amoud and Bab al-Sahera areas and prevented them from providing aid to those injured and arrested during the clashes. Also, many paramedics were beaten.

In Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered in al-Westa neighborhood and threw stones, Molotov Cocktails and fireworks at settlement outposts. IOF immediately suppressed the protestors, fired rubber bullets and sound bombs at them, chased them in the city’s neighborhoods, and arrested them. Among the arrestees was Mahdi Jaber. 

In Isawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, violent clashes erupted between IOF and Palestinian young men. During which, 5 protestors were shot with rubber bullets and 2 others fell to the ground and sustained fractures after IOF chased them on the village’s streets.

In Wadi Al-Joz and Sheikh Jarrah neighborhoods, medical crews treated 11 protestors; 2 of them were shot with rubber bullets and 9 sustained sound bombs shrapnel wounds during clashes erupted between dozens of Palestinian young men and IOF after Israeli settlers attacked Palestinians’ houses in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, attempted to raid it and threw stones and Molotov Cocktails at Palestinians’ vehicles parked there. Also, IOF pushed and beat Zina al-Helwani (27), a journalist and reporter at al-Kofiyia channel, and Wahbi Mekkeya (37), a cameraman. As a result, Mekkeya suffered a dislocated shoulder and received treatment at the hospital.

In al-Tur and al-Sewana neighborhoods, east of occupied East Jerusalem, violent clashes erupted between IOF and Palestinian young men and continued for next day dawn. During which, Palestinian young men set pillars of IOF surveillance cameras ablaze and damaged a military vehicle. After that, IOF flooded al-Tur neighborhood with wastewater and fired teargas canisters in the neighborhood.

At Kalandia military checkpoint, north of occupied East Jerusalem, violent clashes erupted between dozens of Palestinian young man and IOF after organizing a protest took off in Kalandia camp, north of occupied East Jerusalem, in support of Jerusalem. As a result, a protestor was shot with a rubber bullet in his leg and a volunteer paramedic was shot with a rubber bullet in his head while providing aid to other protestors. Also, dozens of protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation.

At military checkpoint (300), which separates Bethlehem from south occupied East Jerusalem, clashes erupted between dozens of Palestinian young men and IOF. During which, IOF fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, a 30-year-old male, from Dheisheh refugee camp in southern Bethlehem, was shot with a rubber bullet in his left leg and taken to al-Hussain Hospital for treatment.

On Saturday, 24 April 2021, 22 Palestinian protestors, including a reporter, were wounded and 17 others were arrested during violent clashes erupted between dozens of Palestinian young men and IOF in Bab al-‘Amoud area and occupied East Jerusalem’s villages and neighborhoods for the 13th consecutive day against the continued closure of Bab al-‘Amoud area and banning gathering in its yard and on its stairs since the beginning of Ramadan.

In Bab al-‘Amoud area, dozens of Palestinians performed al- Tarawih prayer on its stairs and chanted slogans following the prayer, but IOF immediately dispersed them and fired sound bombs and rubber bullets at them. As a result, violent clashes erupted in the area and continued for several hours. During which, 14 protestors, including a photojournalist working at Anadolu News Agency, were wounded. The photojournalist namely Fayiz Hamza Abu Irmilah was shot with a rubber bullet in his right foot. Also, IOF arrested 3 protestors after severely beat them up. The arrestees were identified as Mansour Ibrahim Mahmoud (24), Nedal Josefe ‘Aboud (25) and Mohammed Abu Farah (21).

In al-Tur neighborhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered near “Beit Ort” settlement, which is established on the neighborhood lands, and threw stones and Molotov Cocktails at it. IOF immediately suppressed the protestors, fired rubber bullets and sound bombs at them and arrested Mohammed Rajay Abu al-Hawa (19).

At Kalandia military checkpoint, north of occupied East Jerusalem, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at the checkpoint. As a result, clashes erupted, during which, IOF fired rubber bullets and sound bombs at the protestors, wounding 8 of them.

At military checkpoint (300), which separates Bethlehem from south occupied East Jerusalem, clashes erupted between dozens of Palestinian young men and IOF. During which, IOF fired rubber bullets and teargas canisters at the protestors, wounding 4 of them with rubber bullets.

Furthermore, Al-Eizariya, Silwan and Hizma villages witnessed clashes erupted broke out between Palestinian young men and IOF. During which, IOF fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. Also, Israeli police published several statements declaring in them that several police officers were wounded during the clashes erupted on Saturday in various areas of Jerusalem. Also, the police declared that they arrested 17 Palestinians during the clashes.

At approximately 21:00 on Sunday, 25 April 2021, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered in Bab al-‘Amoud yard and on its stairs, central of occupied East Jerusalem, for the 13 consecutive day of its closure. They removed iron barriers that separate the area from its surrounding and IOF withdrew from the area. Few minutes later, hundreds of Palestinians gathered in the area to celebrate IOF’s withdrawal from Bab al-‘Amoud area after 13 days of its closure and banning gathering in it. Hundreds of worshipers performed Isha and Tarawih prayers, chanted slogans following the prayer and raised Palestinian flags. Meanwhile, Special Israeli forces moved into Bab al-‘Amoud area, confiscated the flags, forcibly dispersed the protestors, and pushed and beat them up. They also arrested Mohammed Omar al-‘Anati (27) and Murad Muneer Abu Qalbeen (16).

On the same day, clashes erupted between Palestinian young men and IOF in several areas of occupied East Jerusalem, in solidarity with protestors gathered in Bab al-‘Amoud area. Isawiya, Al-Eizariya and Beit Hanina villages, al-Tur neighborhood and Kalandia checkpoint witnessed clashes. During which, IOF fired rubber bullets and sound bombs at the protestors and arrested 4 Palestinians, from Beit Hanina village; 2 of them were identified as Mostafa al-Haimouny and Omar ‘Atallah.

At approximately 21:30 on Monday, 26 April 2021, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered in Bab al-‘Amoud yard celebrating the 2nd day of iron barriers removal. They chanted slogans and raised Palestinian flags. IOF immediately surrounded the protestors, beat them, arrested 4 of them, and confiscated Palestinian flags. The arrestees were identified as ‘Amer Rezeq, Mohammed Abu Ramilah, Mohammed Nassar, and Mohammed ‘Ali Surara.

At approximately 01:00 on Tuesday, 27 April 2021, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Base, Maher Sbetani (22) and Hamada ‘Abdo Abu al-Hawa (20) and arrested them. In the meantime, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones and Molotov Cocktails at IOF and their vehicles. IOF immediately suppressed the protestors, fired rubber bullets at them and arrested ‘Alaa Ibrahim al-Sayyad (19).

Following Tarawih prayer on Tuesday, 27 April 2021, hundreds of Palestinian young men gathered in Bab al-‘Amoud area, in the center of occupied East Jerusalem, to celebrate removing iron barriers, that were placed by IOF in Bab al-‘Amoud area since the beginning of Ramadan. The Palestinian young men chanted slogans, sang national songs and raised Palestinian flags. IOF immediately suppressed the protestors, forcibly dispersed them and confiscated the flags. They also arrested 8 Palestinians, including 4 children, assaulted the team of Al-Amal Association for Health Services, beat a paramedic, and arrested another one.

Director of Al-Amal Association, ‘Abed al-Majeed Taha, said that he and his team present in Bab al-‘Amoud area since the beginning of escalation to aid wounded civilians. He pointed out that IOF assaulted him, in addition to 3 other paramedics without any cause while they were present on Bab al-‘Amoud stairs. He added that IOF arrested the paramedic Loai Ja’afrah after severely beating him up and pushing him to the ground. Ja’afrah was then taken to Salah al-Bareed Police Station in occupied East Jerusalem. Taha also said that an Israeli soldier slapped the paramedic Mohammed Mahmoud, causing bleeding in his eye. The paramedic was then taken to a hospital for treatment. He added that IOF assaulted Al-Amal Association team despite wearing their uniform.

Lawyer Feras al-Jebrani said that IOF arrested 8 Palestinians, including 4 children, when IOF forcibly dispersed protestors from Bab al-‘Amoud area. Among the arrestees were: Ibrahim Ramzi al-Rajbi (17), Adam Kastero (16), Mo’tasem ‘Abdullah Abu Nab (18), the paramedic Loai Ja’afrah, and ‘Areen Hitham al-Za’aneen (26). Al-Jebrani stated that most of the arrestees were taken to al-Bareed Police Station, and two children, who were arrested, were severely beaten by IOF.

  • Shooting incidents in other cities:
  • At approximately 08:45 on Thursday, 22 April 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha Shore, west of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and heavily opened fire around them until 90:30, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 22:30 on Friday, 23 April 2021, IOF stationed at the annexation wall gate No. (104), which is established near Showika suburb in Tulkarm, fired ruuber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at Palestinian young men, who organized protest in the area in support of Jerusalem. As a result, a 20-year-old male, from al-Showika suburb, was shot with a rubber bullets in his leg.
  • Around the same time, IOF stationed at Eyal crossing established in northern Qalqilya, fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at Palestinians who protested in the area in support of Jerusalem. IOF chased the protestors and arrested Islam Mohammed Ameen Nazzal (20).
  • At approximately 01:25 on Saturday, 24 April 2021, IOF backed by several military vehicles moved into Aqabat Jaber refugee camp, southwest of Jericho. Meanwhile, Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at IOF’s vehicles. IOF immediately fired live bullets and teargas canisters at them to disperse them. After that, violent clashes erupted between IOF and the Palestinians and continued for an hour and half. As a result, two protestors were wounded; the first (14), was shot with a live bullet in his right thigh, while the second (22), was shot with a live bullet in hos left leg. Both of them were taken to Jericho Governmental Hospital for treatment. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation. IOF also raided and searched Montaser Yehia Abu ‘Azzoum (72)’s house and withdrew later.
  • At approximately 04:50, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles in about 10 minutes at an empty land located near Gaza International Airport, east of al-Shawka village, southeast of Rafah; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 05:20, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at am empty land near Sofa military site, east of al-Shawka village, northeast of Rafah; no casualties were reported.
  • Around the same time, Israeli warplanes fired two missiles at an agricultural land in Al-Fukhari village, southeast of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza Strip, causing a large hole in the area. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 20:00, a number of Palestinian young men gathered in Bab al-Zawiyia area in the center of Hebron, and set fire to tires near a military checkpoint established at the entrance to the closed Shuhada Street. Palestinian young men threw stones and empty bottles at the checkpoint while IOF fired sound bombs and teargas canisters at them and chased them between shops. As a result, many Palestinians suffocated due to teargas inhalation. The clashes continued until 23:00, and no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 21:00, a protest took off from Nablus in solidarity with al-Aqsa Mosque, in addition to another protest from the central of Huwara village, southeast of Nablus. The protestors raised Palestinian flags, chanted slogans against Israeli occupation and settlers and headed towards a point of friction at Huwara checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, to express their refusal of IOF and settlers’ practices in Jerusalem. Clashes erupted at the checkpoint, during which, IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.
  • Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian young men performed Tarawih prayer at Deir Sharaf village’s square, west of Nablus, in solidarity with al-Aqsa Mosque. While Palestinians were performing the prayer, military vehicles arrived at the area and stationed in front of the worshipers. Following the prayer, IOF suppressed the worshipers. After that, clashes erupted in the area, during which, IOF fired teargas canisters and sound bombs at the worshipers. As a result, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. IOF also arrested Mo’awiyia Jehad Sa’ied ‘Antari (15) from his father’s nursery and released him later.
  • Furthermore, Palestinian worshipers performed Tarawih prayer at the entrance to al-Lubban ash Sharqiya village, southeast of Nablus, in solidarity with al-Aqsa Mosque. While Palestinians were performing the prayer, military vehicles arrived at the area and stationed in front of the worshipers. Following the prayer, IOF suppressed the worshipers. After that, clashes erupted in the area, during which, IOF fired teargas canisters and sound bombs at the worshipers. As a result, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.
  • At approximately 21:30, dozens of Palestinian young men, from Husan village, west of Bethlehem, organized a protest in solidarity with Jerusalem and against the ongoing police’s attacks against Palestinians. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans. During which, Israeli border guard officers arrived at the area and fired sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation.
  • At approximately 21:30, a group of Palestinian young men gathered near the Return camp, near the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Khuzaʽa village, east of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip. They set fire to tires and chanted slogans condemning the ongoing IOF’s attacks in Jerusalem. IOF fired teargas canisters in the area and fired flare bombs in the sky; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 23:30, dozens of Palestinians, from Bethlehem, organized a peaceful protest in front of a metal- detector gate fixed on the annexation wall, calling for stopping IOF’s attacks in Jerusalem. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans. During which, Israeli border guard officers arrived at the area and ordered the protestors to leave. After that, IOF fired sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors, who responded with stones. As a result, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation.
  • At approximately 23:30, a number of Palestinian young men gathered at the northern entrance to al-Bireh city and threw stones at IOF stationed at al-Mahkama military checkpoint, which is established near “Beit El “settlement, north of the city. After that, IOF clashed the protestors and fired teargas canisters, sound bombs and rubber bullets at them. As a result, a 16-year-old child sustained teargas canister shrapnel wounds in his head and received treatment at Palestine Medical Complex. Also, dozens of protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation.
  • At approximately 21:00 on Sunday, 25 April 2021, a group of Palestinian young men gathered at the entrance to Fawwar refugee camo, south of Hebron, where IOF established a military watchtower. The Palestinian young men set fire to tires and threw stones at the military watchtower. After that, IOF headed to the camp’s main entrance and prevented Palestinians’ vehicles from exiting the camp. They also fired sound bombs and teargas canisters at the stone-throwers. As a result, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation. The clashes continued until the midnight. IOF also forced the camp’s residents to pass through a dirt and bumpy road to exit the camp.
  • At approximately 21:30 on Sunday, 25 April 2021, a group of Palestinian young men gathered near the Return camp, near the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Khuzaʽa village, east of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip. They set fire to tires and chanted slogans condemning the ongoing IOF’s attacks in Jerusalem. IOF fired teargas canisters in the area and fired flare bombs in the sky; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 15:00 on Monday, 26 April 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israeli, east of Bureij refugee camp in the center of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 21:00 on Monday, 26 April 2021, a group of Palestinian young men gathered near the Return camp, near the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Khuzaʽa village, east of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip. They set fire to tires and chanted slogans condemning the ongoing IOF’s attacks in Jerusalem. IOF fired teargas canisters in the area and fired flare bombs in the sky; no casualties were reported. During the protest, two Palestinian young men crossed the border fence and IOF arrested them. The arrestees were identified as:
  • Bassam Mohammed Abu Tiba (17), from Bani Suheila village in eastern Khan Yunis, who was released at 02:40 on Tuesday, through Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing in northern Gaza Strip.
  • Mohammed Ahmed Shehda Abu Tair (25), from Abasan al-Kabira village, who was released at 21:40 on Tuesday.
  • At approximately 16:30 on Tuesday, 27 April 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off Deir al-Balah shore, in the center of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles, opened fire at them and forced them to leave. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 18:20, Israeli gunboats stationed off Beit Lahia Shore, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 400-700 meters, and heavily opened fire at a fishing boat belonging to ‘Awad ‘Abed al-Fattah Mohammed al-Sultan (33), from al-Salateen neighborhood in Beit Lahia. The boat was manned by al-Sultan and another fisherman namely Ghaith ‘Eliyan Mohammed Abu ‘Un (33). As a result, Abu ‘Un was shot with a rubber bullet in his right leg, and his condition was classified minor. It should be noted that on Monday, Israeli authorities declared the complete closure of Gaza Sea, but some fishermen sailed near the shore. Despite this, they were targeted by Israeli naval forces.
  • At approximately 21:00, dozens of Palestinians, from Bethlehem, organized a peaceful protest in front of a metal- detector gate fixed on the annexation wall, calling for stopping IOF’s attacks in Jerusalem. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans. During which, IOF arrived at the area and fired teargas canisters at the protestors, who responded with stones. As a result, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation. Also, IOF chased the protestors until 23:30 and arrested Mohammed Ashraf Mohammed Abu Lebda (17) and Mohammed Dawoud Mohammed Shosha (17).
  • At approximately 08:00 on Wednesday, 28 April 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off Deir al-Balah shore, in the center of Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles, opened fire at them and forced them to leave. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:30, Israeli gunboats stationed off Khan Yunis Shore, south of the Gaza Strip, chased a Palestinian fishing boat sailing within 1.4 nautical miles and approached it. The boat was manned by Khaled ‘Ali Mohammed Inshasi (25) and ‘Emad Shaheen (27). IOF fired several live bullets at the boat’s engine. As a result, the boat’s engine was broken, and no casualties were reported. Khaled Inshasi’s father said to PCHR’s researcher that his son along with ‘Emad shaheen sailed in the sea to get their fishing nets out, during which, their fishing boat was shot with several live bullets from an Israeli gunboat. He added that the Palestinian Marine police returned them along with the fishing boat to the Gaza Shore, while their fishing nets are still in the sea.
  1. Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 22 April 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Ein Yabrud village, east of Ramallah. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Oday Akram Fareed (22) and Ahmed Shaker Musleh (24), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Hebron, and stationed at al-Hawooz area. They raided and searched Mohammed Zeyad al-Titi’s (30) house, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Saffa village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Tareq Amjad Karaja (19), and Ahmed Ja’far Karaja (18).
  • At approximately 09:40, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles and bulldozers moved 100-meters from the border fence to al-Shawka village, east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip. They leveled and combed lands before they redeployed at approximately 13:30.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF arrested Mahmoud Hamdan al-Wahsh (39), after stopping his vehicle on a temporary military checkpoint established at the entrance of Beit Jala, northwest of Bethlehem.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Sa’ir, Tarqumiyah and Beit al-Rush al-Tahta, in Hebron. No arrested were reported.

Friday, 23 April 2021:

  • At approximately 10:30, IOF arrested the journalist Qutaiba Saleh Qasem and Yousef Moammed ‘Adawi (36), while passing through Checkpoint 300, north of Bethlehem, heading to Jerusalem. IOF took them to unknown destinations.
  • Qasem’s family stated that their son, Qutaiba, was with Yousef ‘Adawi heading to Jerusalem by a tourist-bus, before they were arrested.

It should be noted that Qasem is a former prisoner who spent 25 months in the Israeli prisons.

  • At approximately 11:00, IOF arrested the journalist Mohammed Ali ‘Atiq (27) and the writer Mofeed Taher Jalghoum (53), from Jenin, heading to the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, after stopping and searching the bus that they were in.
  • Ali ‘Atiq, Mohammed’s father, said that IOF arrested his son after detaining their bus in a Atarot military settlement, north of the occupied East Jerusalem. He added that IOF stopped the buss, searched the ID cards of the passengers, arrested his son along with Mofeer Jalghoum, from Faqqoa village in Jenin, and then they were taken to an unknown destination.
  • It should be noted that ‘Atiq was arrested 2 times, and spent several months in the Israeli prisons, and so do Jalghoum.
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF stationed at Hizma military checkpoint, northeast the occupied East Jerusalem, arrested Ahmed Fawaz Abu Dawwas (19), and Laith Mo’amar Daraghmah (22), from Tubas, southeast of Jenin governorate, while passing through the checkpoint returning from the Aqsa Mosque. IOF took them to an unknown destination.

Saturday, 24 April 2021:

  • At approximately 15:00, IOF arrested Majd Mo’taz al-Karaki (17), from Hebron’s Old City, after stopping him at Abu al-Rish military checkpoint, on the northern entrance of Hebron’s Old City. IOF took him to “Kiryat Arba’” police center.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Riyad al-Joulani (23), while present at Bab Huta neighborhood, one of Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods.
  • At approximately 17:30, IOF arrested Belal Omae al-Saifi (30), from al-Dheisha refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, while passing through a temporary military checkpoint near “Etzion” rotary, south of Bethlehem. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • It should be noted that al-Saifi was arrested up to 6 times, and he went on a hunger strike to protest against his administrative arrest.
  • At approximately 18:30, IOF arrested Oday Samer Abu Tayeh (22), while present near Herod’s Gate, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s gates. IOF took him to al-Bareed police center in Salah al-Dein street in the occupied city.
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF stationed inside the border fence with Israel, east of al-Shawka village, south of the Gaza Strip, arrested Issam Redwan al-Hissy (21), while attempting to sneak through the border fence.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF arrested Yousef Qais Amarnah (26), from Ya’bad in Jenin, while passing through Qalandiya military checkpoint, north of the occupied East Jerusalem, returning home. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested ‘Aamer Owaisat (34), from Jabal al-Mukaber neighborhood, southeast of the occupied East Jerusalem, while present near Bab Huta area, one of the Aqsa Mosque’s gates, in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • IOF carried out an incursion in Tulkarm. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 25 April 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Mansour Ibrahim Mansour (21), from al-Thuri neighborhood, south of the occupied East Jerusalem, while present at his work place in a petrol station in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of the occupied city.
  • Around the same time, IOF suppressed a peaceful demonstration demanding to stop violations against Palestinians in Jerusalem. Several hours later, IOF moved into Bethlehem through the northern entrance of the city, stopped 3 young men, searched their ID cards and arrested them while present at al-Qubbah street. The arrestees are: Kefah Ashraf Mustafa al-Najjar, Ahmed Mustafa al-Najjar and Tareq Ayman Kan’an.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Wadi al-Joz neighborhood, northeast the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mohammed Eyad Sa’eeda’s (22) house, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF arrested Nidal Asfour (38), while present near al-Qatanin Gate, one of the Aqsa Mosque’s gates, in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested Ali Jaber (23), from al-Sa’diya neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, while present in front of his house. It should be noted that IOF severely beaten him, resulted in losing his consciousness, then he was pulled several meters on the floor and carried to al-Bareed police center in Salah al-Dein street, in a humiliating way.
  • IOF carried out (5) incursions in Tulkarm, Nur Shames refugee camp and Tulkarm refugee camp, al-Khader, and Beit Fajjar in Bethlehem. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 26 April 2021:

  • At approximately 02:15, IOF moved into Beita, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched Hussam ‘Allan Dwaikat’s (20) house, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:30, IOF moved into Siris village, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched Osama Izz al-Dein Nijim’s (37) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 05:30, IOF moved into Zahrat al-Finjan landfill, near Fahma village, southwest of Jenin, and arrested Mohammed Tareq al-Sa’di (27), from Jenin refugee camp, while working at the landfill. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Iqbal Simrin (26), after stopping his vehicles in Beit Hanina neighborhood, while heading to the Aqsa Mosque in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF took him to Moscovia Detention Centre.
  • At approximately 18:30, IOF severely beaten and arrested (4) civilians after a quarrel occurred between them and the Israeli soldiers stationed at Bab Huta, one of the Aqsa Mosque’s gates. The quarrel was about closing Bab Huta and preventing the prayers from entering the Aqsa Mosque through it. The arrestees are Ahmed al-Hazina (23), was wounded and taken to hospital, Ahmed al-Rajabi (24), Alaa’ al-Razim (26), and Wissam Mohammed Sidr (29).
  • During the day, IOF established a temporary military checkpoint on the entrance of Jit village, northeast of Qalqilya, arrested (3) civilians and took them to unknown destinations. The arrestees are: Yousef Omar Ayoub (23) and Mohammed Omar Ayoub (25), from Tulkarm refugee camp; and Naser Mohammed Dasouqi (21), from Dhinnaba in Tulkarm.
  • At approximately 23:00, IOF moved into Shams al-Deen al-Asyooti street in Wadi al-Joz neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Majd Ahmed Ghorab’s (20) house and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out (7) incursions in Burqa and Odala villages in Nablus governorate; Ya’bad and Jalamah in Jenin; Dura, Beit Ummar, and Bani Na’im villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 27 April 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into al-Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Anan Mohammed Safi (19) and Jihad Mohammed ‘Alqam (20), and arrested them.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Husan village, south of Hebron. They raided and searched Mohammed Abdul Hadi Shousha’s (33) house, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Tubas. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Ahmed Mohsen Daraghmah (23), an employee at the Security Services, and Mustafa Mershed Abu Syaj (26). IOF took them to unknown destinations.
  • At approximately 04:30, IOF moved into Immatain village, east of Qalqilya. They raided, searched Ja’far Yousef Ghanim’s (28) house, destroyed its contents and arrested him.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF moved into al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched the house of the head of Fatah Youth movement in al-Issawiya, Mansour Mahmoud (26), and arrested him.
  • It should be noted that Mansour Mahmoud who appeared in the most trending picture in the social media when the Palestinians celebrated the removal of the Israeli barriers at Damascus Gate area since the beginning of Ramadan. Mahmoud was assaulted and hit with the Israeli soldiers’ riffles’ butts last Saturday, resulted in suffering bruises all over his body.
  • At approximately 21:20, IOF stationed at al-Container military checkpoint established at the northern entrance of Bethlehem, arrested Moqbel Habib al-Barghouthi, from Ramallah. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Battir and al-Ubeidiya villages in Bethlehem. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 28 April 2021:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Ahmed Mohammed Abu al-Hawa (22) and Khalil Khaled Salah (23), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 02:15, IOF moved into al-Masaken al-Sha’biya neighborhood, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched Abdullah Abdul Rahman Bushkar’s (17) house, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into the southern area of Hebron. They raided and searched Mohammed Helmi Abu Safiya’s (40) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF moved into al-Wad neighborhood, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods. They raided and searched Ra’fat Sameeh Najeeb’s (38) house and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Burin and Qaryut, southeast of Nablus; Beit Kahil and Kurza, in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

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

Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property

  • On Thursday morning, 22 April 2021, the Israeli Civil Administration approved a decision to expropriate 147 dunums from Nahalin and Husan villages, west of Bethlehem, for settlement purposes.

Hassan Breijiyeh, Director of the Wall and Settlements Resistance Commission in Bethlehem, said the targeted lands are planted with many fruitful trees and located in “Thaher al-Matrasaba” area in Nahalin village and “Khelet al-Sarawil” and “Sha’b al-Beesh” area in Husan village, to expand “Beitar Illit” settlemen established on lands of Wadi Foqin, Husan and Nahalin village, west of Bethlehem.

Settler attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property

  • At approximately 02:00 on Thursday, 22 April 2021, a group of settlers randomly opened fire near the northern entrance to Salfit under the pretext that unknown persons removed Magen David Adom and the Israeli flag at the entrance. No casualties were reported.
  • In the early morning, a group of settlers from “Nicodem” settlement established on the Palestinian lands of Teqoa village, south of Bethlhem, planted olive seedlings in confiscated lands belonging to Tanouh family. It should be noted that on 09 May 2012 settlers from “Teqoa” settlement fenced vacant areas of agricultural lands, around 1000 dunums, planted with olive trees and winter grain in addition to denying the owners access to their lands and preventing them from planting or plowing. 
  • At approximately 16:40 on Friday, 23 April 2021, a group of settlers from “Revava” settlement moved into Khelet al-Nasakh area in Haris village, north of Salfit. The settlers uprooted 13 olive trees from a plot of land belonging to ‘Aisha Mahmoud Qassem from the same village.  The head of the village council, ‘Omer Samara, said that the uprooted olive trees were 4-5 years old.
  • At approximately 13:00 on Saturday, 24 April 2021, settlers from “Havat Ma’on” settlement outpost established on the Palestinian lands of eastern Yatta assaulted farmers in their lands in al-Hamrah area and chased them into the nearby al-Mafqarah area.

The settlers threw stones at the Palestinian vehicles traveling on the road between al-Mafqarah and Tuwani villages, breaking windows of cars belonging to Soliman Salem al-‘Adrah, Hafez Hussein al-Hreini; Mos’ab Mor Reb’ie, Khaled Rabah Reb’ie and Qasem Mohammed al-Tahhan, who was wounded in his left leg after being hit with a stone.  Meanwhile, a number of young men gathered in the area and started throwing stones at the settlers to keep them away.  IOF arrived at the scene and opened fire in the air in addition to firing teargas canisters at the Palestinian civilians while the settlers started withdrawing at approximately 15:00.

  • At approximately 22:00 on Sunday, 25 April 2021, a group of settlers from “Halmish” settlement, northwest of Ramallah moved into the eastern outskirts of Umm Safa village, northwest of Ramallah. The settlers rioted in the area and closed the eastern entrance to the village with sand berms.  Next day, Palestinians removed the stones and sand berms at the entrance and managed to reopen it.
  • At approximately 20:00 on Monday, 26 April 2021, settlers, who were passing by the worshippers road between al-Ibrahimi Mosque and “Karyat Arba” settlement and crossing Jaber neighborhood, assaulted Rasmi Tariq Jaber 19 and Basil Mohammed Jaber 18 who were both in front of one of the shops and attempted to assault them. When they tried to stop the settlers, IOF arrived at the area, which is only few meters away from an Israeli control point and arrested both civilians, taking them to the interrogation department in “Karyat Arba” settlement, east of Hebron.
  • At approximately 22:00 on Tuesday, 27 April 2021, Israeli settlers from Ramot settlement established on Palestinian lands of Beit Eksa village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem burnt 3 Palestinian vehicles that were parked in ‘Aqbet Zayed area in the village.

‘Issa Hamoudah Ghaith al-Kiswani, one of the affected cars’ owners, said that settlers moved into the village today evening and wrote racist slogans on some walls and on the parking lot floor.  They poured diesel on his vehicle and 3 others and set them on fire, burning the 3 vehicles completely, including his, and breaking the windows of a forth vehicle.  Al-Kiswani said that the other vehicles belonged to Anas al-Khatib and Ahmed Abu Khalaf.  All the cars were licensed and had Israeli legal registration plates.  Al-Kaswani said that eyewitnesses told him that IOF were in the area at the moment the settlers burnt the vehicles to provide them protection.

  • At approximately 23:30 on Tuesday, 27 April 2021, a group of settlers from “Yitzhar” settlement established on Urif, Burin, ‘Asira al-Qibliya, Huwara and ‘Einabus, southeast of Nablus, assaulted civilians’ cars that were traveling on the road between Urif and ‘Asira al-Qibliya villages and damaged the windshield and the glass ceiling of one of them in addition to the right mirror belonging to Merwan ‘Abdel Hamid ‘Abdel Karim Ahmed before they left to his village “‘Asira al-Qibliya.

Merwan ‘Abdel Hamid ‘Abdel Karim Ahmed said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

“at approximately 11:30 on that day, I came out of my house in ‘Asira al- Qibliya heading to nearby Urif village, southeast of Nablus, which is two kilometers away from our village.  On the road, I was surprised with blocks on the street, so I knew that the settlers from Yitzahar settlement, which is established on our village lands, placed them on the street as an ambush for the vehicles traveling on the street between the 2 villages.  When I wanted to go back, a group of settlers came out from behind olive trees on the street and threw stones at my vehicle and damaged the windshield, the ceiling and the mirror before I could leave to my village.”

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

On Monday, 26 April 2021, Israeli authorities closed Gaza Sea completely and prevented fishermen from sailing and fishing. These Israeli measures are part of the Israeli collective punishment policy practiced against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip that aims to harass fishermen and prevent them from sailing and fishing freely in areas where fish breed.

According to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)’s follow-up, the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) declared the complete closure of Gaza Sea, starting from 06:00 on Monday until further notice. The Israeli Coordinator stated that, “This decision came in response to the launch of rockets towards Israeli settlements adjacent to the Gaza Strip.”

This decision is part of Israel’s policy of inhuman and illegal closure and collective punishment against the Gaza Strip. As a result, the livelihoods of 4,160 fishermen and 700 workers in professions associated with the fishing sector; the main providers for their families (a total of 27,700 persons) are threatened with further deterioration. Even before this decision, Gazan fishermen already suffered and were unable to fish and sail freely in the allowed fishing area due to the recurrent Israeli attacks at sea, the entry ban of equipment and necessary supplies for fishermen. Consequently, hundreds of fishermen are effectively unable to provide their families’ basic needs, such as food, medicine, clothing, and education.

Furthermore, the impact of the new Israeli decisions would deepen the humanitarian and living crises in the Gaza Strip, especially raising unemployment, poverty, and food insecurity. Statistics pre-recent restrictions indicate a dangerous unemployment rate at 45%, i.e. 217,100 unemployed workers; this rate is highest among youth at 63%. Also, more than half of the Gaza Strip population suffers poverty, as data from the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) indicate that the prevalence of poverty among the Gaza Strip population exceeds 53%, and more than 62.2% of the Gaza population is classified as food insecure according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life.

The West Bank:

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of more temporary checkpoints that restrict the goods and individuals  39 temporary checkpoints, where they searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs and arrested 20 of them. IOF closed many roads with cement cubes, metal detector gates and sand berms and tightened their measures against individuals’ movement at military permanent checkpoints.

Jerusalem:

  • On Thursday, 22 April 2021, IOF closed Kalandia military checkpoint, north of the city, and reopened it later.

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday, 22 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village, at the northern entrance to Tuqu village, and at the entrance to ‘Atyat Hasanat area.
  • On Friday, 23 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Tuqu village.
  • On Tuesday, 27 April 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrance to Tuqu village, in al-Nashash intersection, in ‘Aqabet Hasna area and at the entrance to Beit Fajjar village.

Ramallah:

  • On Friday, 23 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Sinjil village.
  • On Sunday, 25 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Ras Karkar village.
  • On Monday, 26 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Deir Abu Mash’al

Jericho:

  • On Thursday, 22 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Jericho.
  • On Friday, 23 April 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the northern and southern entrances to the city.
  • On Saturday, 24 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the southern entrance to the city.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 22 April 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to as-Samu village and at the northern entrance to Hebron.
  • On Friday, 23 April 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Hebron, at the northern entrance to Yatta village, on Beit Einun road, and on Wadi Al-Joz road.
  • On Saturday, 24 April 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to as-Samu village and at the southern entrance to Hebron.
  • On Sunday, 25 April 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to Ash-Shuyukh, Karma, Beit Ummar and Surif villages, and at the northern entrance to Yatta city.
  • On Monday, 26 April 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Awwa, Idhna and as-Samu villages, and at the northern entrance to Hebron.
  • On Wednesday, 28 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Tarqumiyah, Sa’ir and Beit Ummar villages.

Qalqilya:

  • On Thursday, 22 April 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Qalqilya and at the entrance to Azzun village, east of the city.

Salfit:

  • On Monday, 26 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Deir Istiya, Kafr ad-Dik and Deir Ballut villages, west of the city.

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Palestine (15 – 21 April 2021)

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (15 – 21 April 2021)


Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine

15 – 21 April 2021

  • IOF excessive use of force in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem: 7 Palestinians wounded
  • Four IOF shootings reported at agricultural areas (east) and six others on fishing boats in Gaza sea
  • Poultry farm damaged in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip
  • In 95 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 46 civilians arrested, including 8 children and a journalist
  • Two limited IOF incursions into eastern Rafah and Gaza
  • IOF arrest 3 election candidates and all election-related activities banned in the occupied East Jerusalem
  • House self-demolished in occupied East Jerusalem
  • IOF delivers 13 cease-construction and demolition notices in Nablus and confiscates two construction vehicles in Jericho
  • Settler-attacks: 95 trees uprooted and set on fire in Nablus and Bethlehem; assault on Palestinians’ properties in prelude to land confiscation in Silwan
  • IOF established 40 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 11 Palestinian civilians on said checkpoints

Summary                                                                                        

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians that are mostly conducted after midnight and in the early morning hours. This week, IOF arrested 3 Palestinians running for the Legislative Council elections and an elections-related meeting was banned in occupied East Jerusalem; IOF also continued to suppress worshipers in Damascus Gate before and after Maghreb prayers. Even more, IOF continued its demolition operations and delivery of cease-construction and demolition notices in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. PCHR documented 162 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by IOF and settlers in the oPt.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

Seven Palestinians sustained wounds as a result of IOF excessive use of force against civilians in the West Bank: six were wounded in IOF suppression of worshipers and passersby in Damascus Gate, which leads to al-Aqsa Mosque; another civilian was wounded at the weekly Kafr Qaddum protests in Qalqilya. Dozens of others suffocated due to tear gas inhalation, and others were wounded in various IOF assaults  across the West Bank.

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli warplanes launched several airstrikes in the Gaza Strip: 2 on lands in Rafah and Buraij refugee camp, causing partial damage to a vacant poultry farm. Additionally, 4 IOF shootings were reported on agricultural lands eastern Gaza; and 6 at fishing boats in the Gaza sea.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 95 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 46 Palestinians were arrested, including 8 children and a journalist. IOF also arrested 3 runners for PLC elections (2 from Fatah List and the third from the United Left List) in occupied East Jerusalem; they were detained for several hours and informed that all election-related activities are banned in the city.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted two limited incursions into eastern Rafah and Gaza.

Demolitions:

PCHR documented 7 incidents as follows:

  • Hebron: cease-construction notice served against an Islamic cemetery that is being restored; mobile caravan confiscated and a car towing a caravan.
  • Jericho: wheel loader and tractor confiscated in Bardala in two separate incidents.
  • East Jerusalem: under-construction house self-demolished in Jabel Mukaber
  • Nablus: 13 cease-construction and demolition notices served in Qabalan.
  • Bethlehem: construction commenced on 96 new settlement units at “Gush Etzion.”

Settler-attacks: PCHR fieldworkers reported and documented 4 attacks:

  • Nablus: 45 olive, fruit and citrus trees seedlings uprooted; construction equipment and materials damaged at construction site.
  • Hebron: assault on civilians and agricultural lands in Maghayir al ‘Abeed
  • Bethlehem: 50 fruitful olive trees set ablaze in Beit Fajjar
  • Occupied East Jerusalem: steel chains removed in prelude to confiscating a land in Silwan.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life. The United Nations confirmed that the Gaza conditions are worsening, with deteriorating health, power, and water services. The UN emphasized that the Gaza Strip requires immense efforts in the housing and education sectors and to create job opportunities.

Meanwhile, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest.

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

  • At approximately 00:30 on Friday, 16 April 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off Waha Shore, west of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles, opened heavy fire around them and fired flare bombs in the sky. At 07:30 on the same day, Israeli gunboats reopened sporadic fire at Palestinian fishing boats until 10:00. The shooting at fishing boats also recurred at 14:35, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 01:15, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at an empty land located near Gaza International Airport, east of al-Shawka village, east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 10:30, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian shepherds; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 12:30, IOF stationed at the northern entrance to Kafr Qaddum village, north of Qalqilya, suppressed a peaceful protest organized by dozens of Palestinian young men. IOF chased young men gathered in the area, clashed with them and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, a 23-year-old male was hit with a sponge grenade in his back.
  • At approximately 13:30, a peaceful protest took off in front of Beit Dajan village council, east of Nablus, north of the West Bank, at the call of the villagers and with the participation of the National Action Factions in Nablus, towards lands under the threat of confiscation, east of the village. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation and settlers. When the protestors arrived at the area, they found a large number of Israeli soldiers awaiting them. The protestors chanted slogans again against the Israeli occupation and settlers. IOF immediately suppressed the protest and fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.
  • At approximately 22:00 on Friday, for the 4th consecutive day, clashes erupted between Palestinian young men and IOF near Damascus Gate area, in the center of occupied East Jerusalem, after IOF prevented Palestinians from sitting around Damascus Gate area and closed its entrances with iron barriers. As a result, 6 civilians sustained various wounds. It should be noted that Damascus and Herods Gates area witnessed violent clashes, especially following Tarawih prayer when Palestinian worshipers got out of al-Aqsa Mosque. IOF pumped wastewater at the worshipers to disperse them and fired sound bombs and rubber bullets at them. IOF also severely beat some worshipers up. As a result, 6 worshipers were wounded; 4 of them were taken to the hospital for treatment. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society crews stated that on the 4th day of Ramadan, they treated 6 civilians around Damascus Gate area, who sustained fractures and rubber bullets wounds; 4 of them their injuries were classified moderate. Also, IOF arrested ‘Alaa Abu Jum’a (18). It should be noted that since the beginning of Ramadan, IOF escalated their arbitrary measures around the Old City and at al-Aqsa Mosque’s gates, including closing Damascus Gate area and preventing Palestinians from sitting on its stairs or organizing any events. Following Tarawih prayer, daily clashes erupt between Palestinian worshipers and IOF, who forcibly disperse the worshipers and prevent them from gathering in the area.
  • At approximately 01:00 on Saturday, 17 April 2021, an Israeli warplane and a drone fired 2 missiles at an agricultural land in eastern Bureij refugee camp, in the center of the Gaza Strip. As a result, Salem Mohammed Salem Abu ‘Abda (67)’s poultry farm (450 sqm) sustained partial damage, in addition to other damage caused in the targeted area.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Saturday, 17 April 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off Waha Shore, west of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles, opened heavy fire around them and pumped water at them. At 14:00 on the same day, Israeli gunboats reopened fire at Palestinian fishing boats, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 23:00 on Saturday, for the 6th consecutive day, clashes erupted between Palestinian young men and IOF near Damascus Gate area, in the center of occupied East Jerusalem. During which, IOF severely beat Palestinian young men and fired teargas canisters, sound bombs and rubber bullets at them. As a result, a young man sustained fractures and 3 others suffocated due to teargas inhalation. IOF also arrested two children namely Hasan Mohammed ‘Issa (16) and Mohammed Waleed Sa’idah (17).
  • At approximately 08:10 on Sunday, 18 April 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, opened fire at agricultural lands, east of Abasan al-Kabira and al-Qarara villages; no causalities were reported.
  • At approximately 09:30 on Monday, 19 April 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, fired live bullets and teargas canisters at agricultural lands and Palestinian shepherds, east of Khuzaʽa village; no causalities were reported.
  • At approximately 20:00 on Tuesday, 20 April 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off Waha Shore, west of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and opened heavy fire around them, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 15 April 2021:

  • At approximately 14:00, IOF deployed in the Hebron’s Old City’s neighborhoods arrested Mo’men Salem Idris (18), while present in the Shari’a Court area. IOF claimed that Idris refused to comply with the soldiers’ orders, and he was taken to the police center of al-Ibrahimi mosque and released later.
  • IOF carried out (5) incursions in Arraba, Jaba’ and Silat al-Dhahr, in Jenin governorate; Sa’ir and al-Kum villages, in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 16 April 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Ramadan Abu Shaqra (19), from Shu’afat refugee camp, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem, while present near Bab al-Amud “Damascus Gate”, in the occupied East Jerusalem. IOF took him to one of the police centers in the city.
  • At approximately 16:15, IOF stationed at Tayasir military checkpoint, east of Tubas, north of the West Bank, arrested Ahmed Ma’moun Daraghmah (33), from Tubas. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Fawwar refugee camp, Beit ‘Amra, and Nuba villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 17 April 2021:

  • At approximately 14:00, IOF banned a second meeting organized in occupied East Jerusalem by civil society organizations (CSOs) and several Jerusalemite candidates running for elections to discuss the Palestinian General elections. IOF also arrested four candidates and referred them to investigation before releasing them and threatening them not to hold similar activities which is part of the Israeli authorities’ attempts to impede holding the Palestinian general elections. Furthermore, these practices reflect a clear political decision to prevent Jerusalem’s participation in the elections and deny the Palestinians in Jerusalem their right to vote or run for the elections.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 14:00 on Saturday, 17 April 2021, IOF imposed a security cordon around St. George Hotel, established checkpoints at its entrances, banned civilians from reaching it, stopped vehicles passing by, and checked drivers’ IDs, ahead of the meeting organized by CSOs and several Jerusalemite candidates for the second time in the same hotel located on Nablus Street in central occupied East Jerusalem. Afterwards, IOF arrested Dr. Ashraf Hasan al-A’war, the Secretary of the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) and candidate on Fatah electoral list. In response, the candidates and their supporters gathered on Salah al-Deen Street sidewalk and protested against banning the meeting. IOF immediately dispersed the gathering, banned holding a press conference, and confiscated Palestinian flags. Moreover, IOF arrested Naser Mohammed Qaws, Director of Palestinian Prisoners Club and candidate on Fatah electoral list, in addition to Ratiba ‘Adnan Abu Ghush, a candidate on the united left-wing list. IOF also tried to arrest Fadwa Saliba Khader, Head of the united left-wing list.

The candidate Naser Qaws said that IOF deliberately closed all streets leading to St. George Hotel in central occupied East Jerusalem, to impede the second meeting organized to discuss holding the Palestinian legislative elections in occupied East Jerusalem. Qaws added that the candidates gathered on Salah al-Deen Street and held a press conference, stressing that no elections will be held without Jerusalem. IOF dispersed the gathering, stopped the conference, and arrested Qaws along with candidate Ratiba Abu Ghush. They were then referred for investigation in Moscovia Detention Centre in West Jerusalem along with candidate Ashraf al-A’war, who was previously arrested near St. George Hotel. Qaws added that the Israeli Intelligence Service interrogated them about their electoral activities, which are banned in occupied East Jerusalem, notified them that IOF will ban any election-related activities under the pretext that the Israeli Government did not issue any decision that allows holding elections in Jerusalem. The candidates were later released.

It should be noted that on 06 April 2021, IOF banned a similar meeting, which was supposed to be held at the Ambassador Hotel in occupied East Jerusalem, and arrested two candidates, including Naser Qaws, a candidate on Fatah electoral list. The two candidates were then referred for investigation, where IOF informed them that any election-related activities are banned in occupied East Jerusalem.

  • At approximately 16:30, IOF arrested Thabet Mahmoud al-Najjar (19), from al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron, after stopping him on a temporary military checkpoint established at the entrance of the camp that leads to Bypass Road (60).
  • At approximately 22:30, IOF arrested Ahmed Ali Melhem (29), after finishing his prayers at the Aqsa Mosque, in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF took him to one of the investigation centers in the city.

Sunday, 18 April 2021:

  • At approximately 13:15, IOF stationed at a temporary military checkpoint established at the entrance of Jericho arrested Mahmoud Ahmed Owda (27) and Khaled Ghassan Abu Halima (24), from ‘Askar refugee camp, northeast of Nablus. IOF took them to unknown destinations.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF arrested Mahmoud Jawdat al-Shawish (26), while present near Bab al-Amud “Damascus Gate”, in the occupied East Jerusalem, and took him to a police center. It should be noted that al-Shawish was arrested last Wednesday and released after several hours of investigation.
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF moved into Hizma, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Bassam Salah al-Dein’s (49) house, a member of the Committee of the Families of Hizma Prisoners and arrested him.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested Taleb Ra’ed Jweihan (22), while passing through al-Walaja military checkpoint, west of Bethlehem, returning from Jerusalem.

Jweihan’s family stated that big forces of the Israeli “Yasam” special unit assaulted their son, Talab, while passing through al-Walaja military checkpoint, returning to his house in al-Thuri neighborhood in Jerusalem, due to losing his ID card. His family added that Talab was provoked, insulted, severely beaten and kicked by the soldiers, resulted in wounds, bruises, headache and pain in his back. Afterwards, he was taken to one of the investigation centers where he was severely beaten again before he was released at approximately 05:00.

  • At approximately 23:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested Mohammed Bashir Ahmed (23), and his brother, Majd (20), while present near Jaffa Gate, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s gates. IOF took them to one of the investigation centers in the city.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Yatta, Beit Ummar and Tarqumiyah in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 19 April 2021:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Samer al-Thaher (21), from al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem, while present in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Nur Shams refugee camp, in Tulkarm. They raided and searched Adnan Ahmed al-Husary’s (56) house, a leader of Hamas Movement, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:40, IOF moved into Marj Najah village, north of Jericho. They raided and searched two houses belonging to ‘Aaref Khader Mohammed Bisharat (47), and his brother, Anis (44), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 11:00, an officer in the Israeli Intelligence Services handed al-Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani, director of the Aqsa Mosque, a summons to refer immediately to Moscovia Detention Centre in West Jerusalem. He was interrogated about his statements in motivating civilians to intensify their presence at the mosque, and he was released after several hours.
  • At approximately 12:15, IOF stationed at Tayasir military checkpoint, east of Tubas, arrested Ali Thalji Abu Arra (33), from ‘Aqqaba village, northeast of Tubas. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF moved into al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Abdullah Mustafa’s (18) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF handed al-Sheikh ‘Akrama Sa’eed Sabri’s (82) house, the Head of the High Islamic Supreme Council, a decision signed by the Israeli Minister of Interior, Aryeh Deri, renewing his ban from traveling for another 4 months. It should be noted that on 26 March, IOF issued a decision banning Sabri from travelling for a renewable month, and he was arrested and banned from entering the Aqsa Mosque for several months.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested Omar al-Nabulsi (17), while present at Ban al-Amud “Damascus Gate” yards, in the occupied East Jerusalem. IOF took him to one of the investigation centers in the city.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Hebron and al-Shuyukh in Hebron governorate. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 20 April 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) children; Mahmoud Sami Abu al-Hawa (15), Malek Othman al-Qarrawi (15), and Mohammed Mahmoud Abu al-Hawa (17).
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into al-Sa’diya neighborhood, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (4) children; Yousef Ragheb Hazina (20), Nawras Hasan Abu Ghazalah (28), Eisa Samer Met’ib (21), and Yazan Maher al-Herbawi (22).
  • At approximately 12:30, IOF stationed at Za’tara military checkpoint, near Nablus, arrested Mahmoud Sleit (19) and Mohammed Khalil Dmeiri (21), from Tulkarm refugee camp. IOF took them to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF stationed at the entrance of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, arrested Nasr Hisham al-Natshah (28), while driving his car at the village entrance that leads to Bypass Road (60). IOF claimed that he attempted to run over a settler and took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF arrested Ayyad Khalil Ayyad (30) and Tamer Sami Owaidat (24), from al-Shuyukh village, north of Hebron, after stopping them on a temporary military checkpoint established on the entrance of the village and took them to unknown destinations. It should be noted that Oweidat is a member of the Palestinian National Security Services.
  • At approximately 23:30, IOF arrested Mahmoud al-Tahhan (21) and Shadi Amira (20), while present near the New Gate, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s gates. A quarrel occurred between a group of Palestinian young men and a group of settlers, turned into small clashes which required the intervention of the Israeli police to protect the settlers, and arrested the abovementioned civilians.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Fawwar refugee camp and al-Rihiya village, in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 21 April 2021:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Hebron, and stationed in Dweirian. They raided and searched Nidal Emran al-Qawasma’s (44) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Yatta, south of Hebron governorate, and stationed in al-Karmil area. They raided and searched Mohammed Ali al-Jabbour’s (39) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Sateh Marhaba neighborhood in al-Bireh, north of Ramallah governorate. They raided and deployed in Alaa Hasan al-Rimawi’s (43) house and arrested him. It should be noted that al-Rimawi is a journalist and reporter for al-Jazeera Mubasher TV, and a director of JMedia Network.

His wife, Maymouna al-Rimawi, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that: “We woke up on the sound of the Israeli military vehicles near the main door of the house, so Alaa headed and opened the door, and suddenly 10-12 Israeli soldiers stormed and deployed in the house. The force officer ordered Alaa to bring his ID card, when he brought it they ordered him to wear his clothes to arrest him and put him in one of the military vehicles. She added: “while arresting Alaa he told me that he will start a hunger strike to condemn his arrest.” It should be noted that Alaa is a former prisoner who spent 12 years in the Israeli prisons.

  • At approximately 06:00, IOF moved into al-Ram village, north of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Nisreen Abu Gharbia;s house, a candidate running for the Palestinian Legislative elections on the list of “Renaissance of a Nation” and arrested 3 of her sons, two of them children: Ahmed (15), Shadi (17), and Fadi (18).
  • At approximately 09:00, IOF arrested Khaled al-Zeir (46), while present in front of the Israeli Court in West Jerusalem. IOF took him to one of the police centers in the city.
  • At approximately 09:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles and bulldozers moved 100 meters from the border fence between Gaza and Israel heading to al-Shawka village, east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip. They combed and leveled lands before they deployed again after several hours.
  • At approximately 11:30, IOF reinforced with 14 military vehicles and bulldozers moved into Shejaiya neighborhood, east of the Gaza Strip. They leveled and combed lands amidst Israeli sporadic shooting for an hour, and then they withdrew inside the border fence. No casualties were reported.

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

Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property

  • At approximately 10:00 on Sunday, 18 April 2021, IOF backed by 2 military vehicles and accompanied with a Civil Administration vehicle moved into al-Deirat village, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. They deployed around the Islamic Cemetery in the village while the Civil Administration officer fixed a notice to stop the renovation of the old graves and construction of walls around it under the pretext of working without a prior permission.  The notice holding number (266771) gave the citizens until 5/5/2021 to appeal before the competent authorities in the Israeli Civil Administration in Beit El settlement.
  • At approximately 11:20, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with a Civil Administration SUV moved into Bardala village, northwest of Jericho in the Northern Jordan Valleys. IOF seized a bulldozer working for a construction company on an agricultural road in the northern area of the village.  The confiscation was under the pretext of working in Area C.
  • On Monday, 19 April 2021, Amjad Mosalam Ja’abees self-demolish his under-construction house in Bashir neighborhood in Jabal Mukaber village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, pursuant to the Israeli Municipality’s decision under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Amjad Ja’abees said that IOF raided his house last week and gave him 5 days to carry out the demolition or he will be fined with tens of thousands of shekels if the Municipality crew did it.  Ja’abees said that he had to demolish his house on the American Street with his own hands and rented a bulldozer and an excavator to demolish it.  He added that his house was built on an area of 110 sqms and was almost ready.

  • At approximately 09:00 on Tuesday, 20 April 2021, IOF accompanied with a Civil Administration SUV moved into al-‘Azb area, north of Qabalan village, southeast of Nablus. The Civil Administration officer notified 13 houses of stopping the construction and demolition works in the area, under the pretext of illegal construction in Area C. 
No.NameNotified FacilityNumber of Family Members
1-       ‘Omer Johar MousaA 160-sqm houseUninhabited
2-       Ashraf ‘Abdel SnobarA 2-storey house; the first floor is used as storehouses and the second is residential and each of them is 400 sqms11 members, including 5 children
3-       Soheil ‘Abdel Ra’ouf Az’arA 180-sqm house2 families of 13, including 5 children
4-       Reema ‘Abdel Motaleb YasinA 160-sqm houseUninhabited
5-       Mohammed ‘Abdel ‘Aziz SnobarA 180-sqm house5 members, including 3 children
6-       Eyad ‘Abdel Men’em Az’arA 2-storey house of 150 sqmsUninhabited
7-       Osamah Hassan ‘AabedA 120-sqm houseUninhabited
8-       Saleh ‘Atallah HamlahA 2-storey house of 160 sqmsUninhabited
9-       Baraa’ Naser NajjarA 2-storey house of 150 sqmsUninhabited
10-   Mohammed Samih ZidanA 2-storey house of 100 sqmsUninhabited
11-   Qays Basem Helal Az’arA 120-sqm houseUninhabited
12-   Larem Basem Helal Az’arA 120sqm houseUninhabited
13-   Baker Mohammed ‘Abdel Jaleel Abu ZahrahA 160-sqm houseUninhabited
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with a Civil Administration vehicle and a truck mounted crane moved into Wad al-Rakhim area, southeast of Yatta, south of Hebron. IOF deployed in the area while the Civil Administration officers confiscated a caravan and a car pulling a caravan belonging to Ahmed Nasser Da’ajnah (47) under the pretext of being located in Area C, where the residents are banned holding any activity without a prior permit.
  • At approximately 11:30, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with a civil administration SUV moved into Bardalah village, northwest of Jericho in the northern Jordan Valleys. IOF seized a tractor belonging to ‘Ezzat Ahmed Khneifes Rashaydah who was in the western outskirts of the village herding the sheep.
  • In the same morning, the Israeli authorities built new 96 settlement units in Gush Etzion Settlement Cluster, south of Bethlehem.

According to the Director of the Annexation and Settlement Resistance Commission in Bethlehem the Israeli authorities started the construction of a new settlement neighborhood in Evy Settlement in Gush Etzion Cluster, where 96 new housing units will be built.  He added that the new neighborhood will be the first in the settlement since 1999.

Settler attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property

  • On Thursday, 15 April 2021, a group of settlers from “Ahya” settlement established in eastern Jalud village, southeast of Nablus, attacked the lands in the area and uprooted 45 olive, citrus, and fruit seedlings planted around the house in a plot of land belonging to Hesham ‘Emad Hammoud. They also damaged the fence surrounding the same land as well as causing damage to the equipment and construction materials as they emptied a sack of cement on the construction steel and poured 3 cups of water on the cement.  They also stole construction equipment and a concrete mixer.
  • At approximately 08:00 on Saturday, 17 April 2021, 2 settlers living “Mitzpe Yair” settlement outpost, south of Hebron, unleashed their sheep in the lands planted with winter crops in Moghayer al-‘Abid area near the settlement outpost, while IOF was watching them in the camp near the outpost. When members of ‘Abdeid Family arrived, the settlers tried to attack them.  IOF then arrived and forced the settlers to leave the area.  It should be mentioned that only one family was left in Moghayer al-‘Abid village due to IOF and settlers’ recurrent attacks and closure of the road leading to it constantly, forcing the residents in the residential caves to leave.
  • On Saturday evening, 17 April 2021, Israeli settlers burnt tens of olive trees in Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem.

Director of the Annexation and Settlement Resistance Commission in Bethlehem, said that a group of settlers from Migdal Oz Settlement established on Beit Fajjar village lands burnt 50 fruitful olive trees in Deir Ma’ala area, north of the village, belonging to Nasim Taqatqah.  He added that an Israeli decision was issued to take over the area where the settlers burnt the olive trees and consider it a military zone.

At approximately 09:00 on Wednesday, 21 April 2021, a group of settlers removed chains and a tank to seize control of a plot of land used as a car park for the residents of Wadi Hilweh neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

Hamoudah Siyam, one of the houses’ owners next to the park, said that a group of settlers started removing chains and a big tank placed by the neighborhood residents at the land entrance to park their cars and then closed the entrance with sacks of construction materials to prevent the neighborhood’s residents from using the land.  Siyam added that the residents confronted the settlers and expelled them from the land which belongs to the neighborhood’s residents.  Siyam said that the settlers called the Israeli police, which arrived after few hours and handed the residents a notice to remove the tank and steel pillars in front of their houses.

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

The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life.

The West Bank:

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of more temporary checkpoints that restrict the goods and individuals  40 temporary checkpoints, where they searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs and arrested 11 of them. IOF closed many roads with cement cubes, metal detector gates and sand berms and tightened their measures against individuals’ movement at military permanent checkpoints.

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday, 15 April 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village and at the eastern entrance to Jab’ village, west of the city.
  • On Friday, 16 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint near al-Nashash intersection, south of the city.
  • On Monday, 19 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village, at the entrance to Nahalin village, and near Fureidis village’s square, east of the city.
  • On Tuesday, 20 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village.

Ramallah:

  • On Friday, 16 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Nabi Salih village.
  • On Monday, 12 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Ur al-Fauqa and Turmus Ayya villages and at Taybeh village’s intersection.

Jericho:

  • On Thursday, 15 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the northern and southern entrances to Jericho and at the entrance to Al-Auja village.
  • On Sunday, 11 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Jericho.

Nablus:

  • On Thursday, 14 April 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the intersection of “Shafi Shimron” settlement, west of the city’ and at the intersection of “Yitzhar” settlement, east of the city.

Jenin:

  • On Friday, 16 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Arraba village, southwest of Jenin.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 15 April  2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Ummar and Sa’ir  villages; at the northern entrance to Hebron and at the northern entrance to Yatta city.
  • On Friday, 16 April 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Halhul city, at the southern entrance to Hebron, on Beit Einun road, and on Farsh al-Hawa road.
  • On Saturday, 17 April 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to as-Samu and Beit Awwa villages.
  • On Monday, 19 April 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrance to Beit Kahil village, at the western entrance to Hebron, at the entrance to Idhna village, and at the northern entrance to Yatta city. 
  • On Tuesday, 20 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Ummar and Surif villages and at the entrance to Al-Arroub refugee camp.
  • On Wednesday, 21 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Kahil, Hadab al-Fawwar and Beit Awwa villages.

Qalqilya:

  • On Friday, 16 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Azzun village, east of the city.

Salfit:

  • On Sunday, 18 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the western entrance to Kafr ad-Dik village, west of the city.

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestinei (08 – 14 April 2021)

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Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (08 – 14 April 2021)

 April 15, 2021

Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine

08 – 14 April 2021

  • IOF excessive use of force in the West Bank: Palestinian child lost his eye by IOF’s shooting while 4 other civilians were injured, including a journalist.
  • Three IOF shootings reported at agricultural areas
  • In 135 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 94 civilians arrested, including 6 children, 3 women and a candidate running for elections
  • Ramadan Iftar Meals Banned entry, al-Aqsa Mosque raided, and the loudspeakers for the Addhan damaged.
  • Children activity “Tamr Hendi” banned in East Jerusalem
  • 13 dunums confiscated and construction of 2540 housing units approved in 2 settlements in occupied Jerusalem
  • A house and an agricultural room demolished in Bethlehem while a house notified of stopping construction works in Hebron
  • IOF established 53 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 7 Palestinian civilians on said checkpoints

Summary                                                                                        

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians that are mostly conducted after midnight and in the early morning hours. IOF arrested the representative of “Jerusalem is Our Destiny” list running for Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) elections while Ramadan Iftar meals were banned entry into al-Aqsa Mosque, which was raided and the wires of the loudspeakers used for addhan were cut.  Moreover, 13 dunums were confiscated this week and construction of hundreds of housing units were approved in 2 settlements in East Jerusalem. Even more, IOF continued its demolition operations and delivery of cease-construction and demolition notices in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. PCHR documented 200 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by IOF and settlers in the oPt.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

Five Palestinians, including a child and a photojournalist, were injured due to IOF excessive use of force against civilians in the West Bank: the child was injured in his eye in clashes with IOF in Hebron; as a result, he lost his eye while the fourt civilians, including the photojournalist, were all injured in suppression of a protest in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem.  Also, dozens suffocated due to tear gas inhalation, and others were wounded in IOF assaults during house raids across the West Bank.

In the Gaza Strip, 3 IOF shootings were reported on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza Strip.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 135 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 94 Palestinians were arrested, including 6 children and 3 women.  In the Gaza Strip, IOF carried out a limited incursion into eastern al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

Demolitions:

PCHR documented 6 incidents:

  • East Jerusalem: 13 dunums confiscated from Hizma village and construction of 2540 housing units approved in “Givat Hamatos” and ” Har Homa” settlements.
  • Bethlehem: an agricultural room demolished in al-Khader village, and a house demolished in ‘Osh al-Ghorab neighborhood in Beit Sahour.
  • Hebron: construction works stopped in a house upon a notice in Susya village, south of Yatta, 2 tents and an iron fence used as a sheep barn dismantled, south of Dura.


Settler-attacks:
 PCHR fieldworkers reported settlers’ riots in the eastern outskirts of ‘Ein Yabud village, east of Ramallah.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

On Sunday, 11 April 2021, IOF declared complete closure of the West Bank and all of the Gaza Strip crossings for “Independence Day.”  According to the IOF’s announcement, the closure started at 19:00 on Tuesday, 13 April 2021, and last until 00:00 on Friday, 15 April 2021. IOF said exceptions would be made for “humanitarian, medical and special cases”.

This comes in a time when the Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life.

Meanwhile, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest.

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

  • At approximately 10:30 on Friday, 09 April 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Deir al-Balah city, in the center of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian shepherds; no causalities were reported.
  • At approximately 14:00 on Friday, 09 April 2021, a group of Palestinian young men gathered in al-Zawiyia Gate area in the center of Hebron, and threw stones at the military checkpoint (56), which is established on the closed al-Shuhada Street. IOF chased Palestinian young men, fired sound bombs, and teargas canisters at them. As a result, many stone-throwers suffocated due to teargas inhalation. IOF continued to chase the young men into Abu al-Humus road, which leads to al-Shiekh neighborhood’s entrance, and indiscriminately fired rubber bullets at them and at shops. As a result, ‘Izz al-Deen Nedal al-Batsh (13) was shot with a rubber bullet in his right eye while he was in his father’s grocery shop and was taken to Hebron Governmental Hospital. Al-Batsh was then referred to St John Jerusalem Eye Hospital, where he underwent a surgery to remove his eye completely due to a laceration. Clashes between IOF and Palestinian young men continued until 17:30; no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF suppressed a peaceful protest organized by dozens of Palestinian young men and international and Israeli activists in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood against the displacement of 19 Palestinian families from the neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem, in favor of settlers. The protestors gathered near the neighborhood entrance, raised banners against the ethnic cleansing and chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation, settlement and ethnic cleansing decisions issued in favor of Israeli settlers. Afterwards, Israeli police arrived at the area and surrounded it. They then attacked the protestors and forcibly tried to disperse them. Meanwhile, hand to-hand fighting occurred between the protestors and IOF, who fired rubber bullets at the protestors. As a result, Mahmoud ‘Eliyan, a photojournalist at Al-Quds Newspaper, was shot with a rubber bullet in his right leg, in addition to 3 other protestors. In addition, IOF beat the Israeli Knesset Member, Ofer Kseif, pushed him to the ground and tore his clothes in addition to arresting three Israeli activists, who protested against the demolition and displacement decisions. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) stated that its crews treated on the spot nine injuries in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood; 5 were beaten and 4 were shot with rubber bullets.

The Israeli Knesset Member, Ofer Kseif, stated to Israeli media that the Israeli police do not allow people to protest, and despite telling them that he is a Knesset Member, they beat them and broke his glasses. As a result, he sustained wounds and bruises in his left eye. Kseif pointed out that Israeli police only provides protection for settlers, who attack and seize Palestinians’ houses in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

  • At approximately 20:30 on Saturday, 10 April 2021, a large number of IOF accompanied with a Skunk carrying vehicle moved into Isawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, after an Israeli bus, which accidentally entered the village, was set on fire. IOF closed the village, established checkpoints at its entrances and then pulled the bus out of the village. Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at IOF, who attacked the stone-throwers and fired teargas canisters at them. IOF also raided and searched several houses, where they arrested 3 civilians, including 2 children. The arrestees were identified as Hasan Yaser Darwish (14), Ahmed ‘Issam Darwish (20) and his brother Majed (16).
  • At approximately 22:30 on Sunday, 11 April 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, opened fire at agricultural lands, east of al-Qarara village, and fired flare bombs in the sky. No causalities were reported.
  • At approximately 00:00 on Tuesday, 13 April 2021, a large number of IOF backed by military vehicles moved into Aqabat Jaber camp, southwest of Jericho, and established a checkpoint at the camp’s entrance. During which, a number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones and Molotov Cocktails at the IOF and their vehicles. IOF immediately fired sound bombs and teargas canisters heavily at the young men. As a result, dozens of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Tuesday, 13 April 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, opened fire at agricultural lands, east of al-Qarara village; no causalities were reported.
  1. Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 08 April 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Beit Furik village, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched Ma’rouf Khatatba’s house, in Bir al-Shid area. Meanwhile, IOF moved into al-Qubbah neighborhood. They raided and searched Mohammed Nasrallah al-Shambar’s house, confiscated 25,000 NIS, and handed them a warrant of the confiscated money.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Karisa village, east of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched Rizq Musallam al-Rajoub’s (55) house, and took him to an unknown destination. It should be noted that al-Rajoub is a leader in Hamas Movement, and he was arrested several times.
  • At approximately 01:15, IOF moved into al-Masaken al-Sha’biya neighborhood, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Ibrahim Alaa al-Dein Bushaqar (20).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Anas Isma’el Mousa’s (22) house, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Azzun village, east of Qalqilya. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Rajeh Ghazi Shubeita (19) and Mohammed Zuhair Abed (17), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 03:40, IOF moved into Birzeit, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched Adham Omar Abu ‘Arqoub’s (23) house, and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Kafr Malik village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched Khaled Ahmed Ba’irat’s (42) house, and arrested them.
  • At approximately 05:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Wadi Abu al-Samen area, south of Hebron. They deployed in the area, closed the road leading to houses belonging to Abu Sbaih family, raided and searched several houses, and demolished walls around the houses. IOF claimed that they found military equipment, arrested (6) civilians, including a father and his 3 sons, before they withdrew at approximately 11:00. The arrestees are: Jehad Khalil Abu Sbaih (44), Hamza Khalil Abu Sbaih (49), Dawoud Mohammed Abu Sbaih (50), and his sons; Wael (20), Basel (19), and Na’el (24).
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF arrested Ashraf Abdul Jabbar al-Hasanat (47), from al-Dheisha refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, when he was near the main entrance to the camp. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 08:30, IOF stormed Sons of Jerusalem Sport Club, at al-Sa’diya neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF hanged a decision signed by the Israeli Minister of Internal Security to ban an event for children titled “Tamr Hindi”, which was to supposed to be held at the Club’s stadium in the afternoon. IOF claimed that the abovementioned event is funded by the PA and left a summons for the Club’s Manager, Samira Riyad al-Jo’ba, to refer to Mascovia police center, and arrested the member of the Administrative Board, Subhi Syam.

The project coordinator at the club, Murad al-Ashhab, said to PCHR’s field worker that on Wednesday, IOF raided the club and started asking questions about “Tamr Hindi” event for children, after seeing the  advertising leaflets that were distributed to the children in al-Sa’diya neighborhood. On Thursday, IOF raided the club again and hanged a decision, signed by the Israeli Minister of Internal Security banning the event, and notified the employees of that. In addition, IOF left a summons for the Club’s Manager, Samira Riyad al-Jo’ba, to refer to Mascovia police center, and arrested the member of the Administrative Board, Subhi Syam after raiding his house. They were interrogated for 3 hours about the event celebrating the reopening of the club after its closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, and then they were released after warning them of holding any event in the upcoming days under the pretext of being sponsored by the PA. Al-Ashhab added that at approximately 13:30, IOF stormed the club again to make sure that no events were held inside the club, and ordered all the employees and children, who were playing football, to leave.

Al-Ashhab said that the event was an entertaining day for children, and the employees were preparing various games for them.

  • At approximately 13:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Yehya Ayyad (28), from Abu Dis village, southeast of the occupied East Jerusalem, while crossing a temporary checkpoint established near “Ma’ale Adumim” settlement, east of the occupied city. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF stopped a car in al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem, and arrested Ahmed Dawoud al-Hidra (17) and Mahmoud Khalil al-Hidra (17), from the abovementioned neighborhood. They were taken to one of the police centers, interrogated for several hours and then were released.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF stationed at a temporary military checkpoint established near “Psagot” settlement, east of al-Bireh, north of Ramallah governorate, arrested Abdul Rahman Jamil Matariyya (17), from al-Bireh.
  • IOF carried out (9) incursions in Qabatiya, southeast of Jenin; Sebastia, Salem, Deir al-Hatab, Azmut, Kafr Qallil, and Rujeib villages in Nablus governorate; Bani Na’im and al-Majd villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 09 April 2021:

  • At approximately 00:30, IOF moved into Abu Freiha area in Beit Sahur, east of Bethlehem governorate. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Ra’ed Ibrahim ‘Abayat (42), and handed Abdullah Mohammed Abu ‘Abayat (26) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services.
  • At approximately 14:30, IOF moved into Hizma, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Jareh Farouk Salah al-Dein (48) and Ibrrahim Ali Salah al-Dein (30), and arrested them.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Jamma’in village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to the prisoner Nafiz Nayef Haj Husein (42), in the eastern side of the village, arrested his wife, Elham ‘Aaref Haj Husein (40), and confiscated her husband’s monthly salary, (4,000 NIS). Elham was taken to “Ariel” settlement, near Salfit, interrogated about the salary for 3 hours, and released next day morning. IOF informed her not to receive any salary for her husband.
  • At approximately 02:45, IOF moved into Jenin, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mohammed Ghassan Mansour (19), and Ahmed Eyad al-Sa’di (19).
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Iraq Burin village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Osama Mohammed Qa’dan (25) and Amro Jubran Qadous (21).
  • At approximately 10:20, IOF moved into al- Nassariya village, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Amro Husny Jabara (30).
  • IOF carried out an incursion in Beita, southeast of Nablus. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 10 April 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Dura and Sa’ir villages, in Hebron. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Isma’el Hussein al-‘Awawda (33), and Isma’el Fawzi al-Tarwa (40).
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Hebron, Beit Ummar, and Surif villages, in Hebron governorate. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 11 April 2021:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Harmala village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (4) civilians; Fadi Adel Attallah (22), Hamza Awad Attallah (24), Ibrahim Wajeeh al-Sabbah (23), and Bassam Ibrahim al-Zeir (38).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Qabatiya, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians; Mahmoud Ahmed Abu al-Rab (19), Mohammed Tayseer Thyab (20), and Mohammed Najeh Kmeil (20).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF backed by several military vehicles moved into Hebron. They deployed in several neighborhood in the city, raided and searched three houses and arrested (3) civilians. The arrestees are Mustafa Kamel Shawar, Anas Ameer Rasras (51), and Omar Abdul Qader al-Qawasmah (52).
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF backed by several military vehicles moved into Beit Ummar, north of Hebron. They raided and searched Mohammed Waheed Abu Maria’s (29) house and arrested him. Meanwhile, IOF handed Hatem Ahmed Rasheed Abu Maria (31) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Hindaza village in Bethlehem. They blew up the door, raided and searched Hasan Mohammed Wardian’s (62) house, one of the candidates on the Hamas-affiliated list “Jerusalem is Our Destiny”, after 5 days of his arrest.
  • At approximately 04:30, IOF moved into Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Mujahed Sa’ed al-Shunni (22) and Yousef Monthir Alian (22), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF backed by five military bulldozers moved 50-100 meters into the east of al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip to the west of the border fence. They leveled and combed lands, and deployed inside the border fence after several hours.
  • At approximately 23:30, IOF severely beaten and arrested Adam Qara’in (18), from Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, when he was at Ras al-Amud neighborhood. Qara’in sustained wounds and bruises, and he was taken to one of the detention centers in the city before he was referred to Hadassah Medical Center to receive treatment.
  • IOF carried out (6) incursions in Arraba and Mirka villages, southwest of Jenin; Dura, Idhna, Deir Sammit and Samu villages, in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 12 April 2021:

  • At approximately 00:00, IOF stationed at al-Container military checkpoint arrested Hammad Ahmed Abu Maria (28), from Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, while passing through the checkpoint. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 01:40, IOF moved into Deir Jarir village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched 2 houses and arrested Mahmoud Naser Ma’ali (24), and Abdul ‘Alim Olwi (52). Later, IOF released Olwi.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mohammed Sameer Abu Obaida (23), and his brother, Ramiz (19).
  • At approximately 02:15, IOF moved into Urif village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Ahmed Fo’ad Sabbah (24).
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Burqin, west of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Yazan Atef Obaidy (26).
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Qarawat Bani Hassan village, west of Salfit. They raided and searched Yehya Mohammed Mir’ai’s (24) house, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Teqoa, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (10) civilians. The arrestees are: Mohammed Mahmoud al-‘Amour (22), Mohanad Nimir al-‘Amour (23), Mohammed Rebhi al-‘Amour (22), Sufian Awdat Allah al-‘Amour (26), Mohammed Ibrahim al-‘Amour (25), Anas Adel al-‘Amour (25), Oday Izzat al-‘Amour (20), Mohammed Ali al-’Amour (22), Shady Nayef al-‘Amour (23), and Bara’ Ta’ed al-‘Amour (22).
  • Around the same time, IOF backed by several military vehicles moved into Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, and stationed in ‘Asida area. IOF raided and searched Hammad Ahmed Abu Maria’s (36) house, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Arraba, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mona Hussain Qa’dan (48).
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Yasid village, north of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Shams Ghaleb Mashaqi (31), a Masters Student and novelist.
  • At approximately 06:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians; Ahmed Khwais (49), Mohammed al-Sayyad (49), and Tawfiq Abu Sbeitan (50).
  • At approximately 23:00, IOF backed by several military vehicles moved into al-Balu’ neighborhood, in al-Bireh, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched Najeh Abdullah Dar ‘Assi’s (47) house, detained his family in one room and arrested him. It should be noted that ‘Assi is a candidate on the “Jerusalem is Our Destination” electoral list and its representative in the West Bank in the 2021 Legislative Council elections scheduled on 22 May 2021.

Alia Abdul Samad, Najeh ‘Assi’s wife, said to PCHR’s field worker that:

IOF backed by four military vehicles stationed near our building, where we live in the second floor. We heard knocks on our door, so my husband went to open the door.  We were surprised with 17 Israeli soldiers shouting and then held my husband and handcuffed him.  The soldiers spread in the house and held me and my children; Mohammed (10), Abdullah (14), and Sadil (18), in the living room. They ordered my husband to give them his cell phone  and confiscated it. I tried to give my husband a jacket and shoes to wear due to the cold weather, but the soldiers refused, threatened me at gunpoint and one of them ordered me not to move and stay with my childrenBefore they withdrew, IOF arrested Najeh and took him in one of the military vehicles stationed in front of our house.  The lawyer informed us then that Najeh was taken to “Ofer” detention center in Beitunia village, west of Ramallah.”

  • IOF carried out (9) incursions in Nablus, Tulkarm, Shufa, and Far’un villages in Tulkarm goverorate; Bani Na’im and Surif, in Hebron; Ramallah, Deir Abu Masha’al, and Shuqba, near Ramallah. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 13 April 2021:

  • At approximately 00:00, IOF moved into Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Mukhtar ’Amer Qara’een’s (19) house, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Nawwaf Ayman Abu al-Hawa’s (20) house and arrested him.
  • In the evening, IOF tightened its restrictions on the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, established checkpoints and increased the number of its forces, especially at the gates of the Aqsa Mosque on the first day of Ramadan. Few minutes before Iftar, IOF banned distribution of hundreds of Iftar meals on the people fasting in al-Ghazaly yard, near al-Asbat gate (Gate of the Tribes), one of al-Aqsa Mosque’s gates, and confiscated them. And before the Isha Prayer, IOF stormed al-Aqsa Mosque, and raided the minarets there after breaking the doors. They cut all the loudspeaker cables in the Mosque to mute the Addhan, the Taraweeh and Isha prayers so it cannot be heard in al-Buraq yard, west of the Mosque. IOF claimed that they were disturbing the settlers’ Talmudic prayers and rituals.
  • IOF carried out (10) incursions in Nablus, Beit Furik, and al-Badhan in Nablus governorate; Mirka, southeast of Jenin; al-Jalamah village, north of Jenin; Jaba’, Silat al-Dhahr, and Fandaqumiya, south of Jenin; al-‘Aroub refugee camp and Bani Na’im, in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 14 April 2021:

  • At approximately 00:30, IOF chased, attacked and arrested (6) civilians near Bab al-‘Amoud neighborhood, in the occupied East Jerusalem, claiming that they were throwing stones at three Israeli busses carrying settlers. Eyewitnesses said that IOF vacated the terraces of Bab al-Amud by force, beat up the people there and chased them.  They arrested (6) civilians and took them to al-Bareed police center on Salah al-Dein street in the city. The arrestees were Mo’taz Mahmoud al-Hajj, Qusai Ashour, Ahmed al-Rashq, Ali Hamdan, Mohammed Isma’el and Nabil Shreiteh.
  • At approximately 06:00, Ahmed Marwan Abu Jom’a (20) surrendered himself to the Israeli Intelligence Services in al-Maskobiya police center, in West Jerusalem, after IOF raided his house, on Monday, to arrest him, but nobody was home.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF arrested Jawad Eisa Jaradat (24), from Sa’ir, north of Hebron, after stopping him at a temporary military checkpoint established at the northern entrance of the village.
  • At approximately 18:45, IOF arrested Mahmoud Shawish (26), when he was in al-Aqsa Mosque’s yards, in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 19:10, IOF arrested Mohanad al-Bashiti (24), while present at Bab Hutta area, one of the Aqsa Mosque’s gates, in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

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

Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property

  • On Thursday morning, 08 April 2021, IOF handed citizens from Hizma village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, decisions to confiscate 13 dunums from their lands in the village to build a new street.
  • Shokri Radaydah, Mayor of Hizma, said that the decision issued by the IOF include 13 dunums from the village lands extending from the village entrance in the western side to the northern side in order to build a new high Radaydah added that in addition to the 13 dunums, the 150 dunums located behind the street will be affected as well as IOF will control the access of the owners into their lands by establishing 3 gates as declared by the IOF.  Radaydah said that if IOF decided to continue building the road in the future, hundreds of other dunums will be confiscated.
  • In the same morning, the Israeli Municipality in Jerusalem approved the construction of 2000 housing units in “Givat HaMatos” settlement established on the lands of Beit Safafa village and 540 housing units in “Har Homa” settlement established on Abu Ghneim Mountain, south of Jerusalem.

Ha’aretz said that the final approval on the construction of the housing units in Har Homa settlement, south of Jerusalem, just needs the approval of the Ministry of Interior’s District committee. However, Ha’aretz added that construction of more than 2,000 additional housing units is slated to begin in “Givat Hamatos” settlement near Har Homa, south of Jerusalem.  The construction in the two settlements would cut off the Palestinian neighborhood of Beit Safafa from the West Bank and would block any possible division of Jerusalem between Israel and the Palestinians as part of a solution to the conflict.

  • At approximately 18:00 on Sunday, 11 April 2021, IOF demolished an agricultural room belonging to Salah al-Deen Ahmed Salah in al-Bireh and al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem for the second time under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Salah al-Deen Salah said that an Israeli military force stormed his land and demolished the room in addition to confiscating its contents.  Salah added that the room is built of steel and wood and this kind of rooms does not need a license as it is used for storage and agricultural purposes.  Salah said that this is the second time IOF demolish the room as it was demolished last January.

  • At approximately 11:00 on Monday, 12 April 2021, IOF backed by 2 military vehicles and accompanied with a vehicle belonging to the Israeli Civil Administration moved into Susya village, south of Yatta, south of Hebron. The soldiers deployed between the houses while the Civil Administration officer handed Khalil Hussein Mohammed Shreih a notice to stop construction works in his under-construction house of 200 sqms under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area C.
  • Around the same time, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle and a bulldozer moved into Khelet Taha area, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron. The soldiers deployed in the area and the Civil Administration officers started dismantling 2 tents of shed cloth and steel pillars set on 10 sqms in addition to an iron fence used as a sheep barn belonging to ‘Eid Soliman Saray’ah (40) from Yatta, south of Hebron.  It should be noted that the Israeli authorities declared Um Hothwah area as a state property declared in 1981.  In the last few months, the settlers built a settlement road connecting that area with “Negohot” settlement.
  • In the same morning, IOF demolished a house belonging to Shaker Nayef Ja’abees in Marj al-Ghozlan area in ‘Osh al-Ghorab neighborhood in Beit Sahour, east of Bethlehem, under the pretext of its location near the main street.

Hussein Breijiyieh, Director of the Annexation and Settlement Resistance Commission, said that IOF demolished a 80-sqm house in Marj al-Ghozlan area in Beit Sahour belonging to Shaker Ja’abees from Jerusalem after giving him 96 hours to demolish it and vacate the contents.  It should be noted that Shaker Ja’abees self-demolished his house in Jabal Mukaber neighborhood in 2013 pursuant to the Israeli Municipality’s decision under the pretext of unlicensed construction, and he moved to live in his parents’ house with his wife and 5 children.

Settler attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property

  • At approximately 13:00 on Friday, 10 April 2021, a group of settlers from “Ofra” settlement, east of Ramallah, attacked the eastern outskirts of ‘Ein Yabrud village, east of Ramallah. The settlers rioted the area while the villagers attempted to confront them and threw stones at them.  Immediately, the settlers opened fire and fled away; no injuries were reported.

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

On Sunday, 11 April 2021, IOF declared complete closure of the West Bank and all of the Gaza Strip crossings for “Independence Day.”  According to the IOF’s announcement, the closure started at 19:00 on Tuesday, 13 April 2021, and last until 00:00 on Friday, 15 April 2021. IOF said exceptions would be made for “humanitarian, medical and special cases”.

This comes in a time when the Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life.

The West bank:

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of more temporary checkpoints that restrict the goods and individuals 53 temporary checkpoints, where they searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs and arrested 7 of them. IOF closed many roads with cement cubes, metal detector gates and sand berms and tightened their measures against individuals’ movement at military permanent checkpoints.

Jerusalem:

  • On Thursday, 08 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Al-Eizariya village, east of the city.
  • On Saturday, 10 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Biddu and Anata villages, and near Jab’ village’s intersection, northeast of the city.
  • On Monday, 12 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Anata village, northeast of the city.
  • On Tuesday, 13 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Al-Eizariya village, east of the city.
  • On Wednesday, 14 April 2021, IOF closed Kalandia checkpoint, under the pretext of finding a suspicious object, and reopened it later.

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday, 08 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint near Dar Salah village’s bridge, east of the city.
  • On Friday, 09 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Tuqu village, at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village and near al-Nashash intersection, south of the city.
  • On Saturday, 10 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Tuqu village, at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village and under Al-Khader village’s bridge, south of the city.
  • On Sunday, 11 April 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Beit Fajjar village and at the northern entrance to Tuqu village, east of the city.
  • On Tuesday, 13 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Tuqu village, at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village and in ‘Aqbet Hasna area, west of the city.
  • On Wednesday, 14 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint in ‘Aqbet Hasna area, west of the city.

Ramallah:

  • On Thursday, 08 April 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Turmus Ayya and Nabi Salih villages.
  • On Sunday, 11 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Al-Bireh city.
  • On Monday, 12 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit_Ur_al-Fauqa and Turmus Ayya villages, and at the intersection of Taybeh village.

Jericho:

  • On Thursday, 08 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the intersection of Al-Jiftlik village, north of the city.
  • On Sunday, 11 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to the city.
  • On Monday, 12 April 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Jericho and at the entrance to Ein ad-Duyuk village.

Nablus:

  • On Friday, 09 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the intersection of “Shafi Shimron” settlement, west of the city.
  • On Tuesday, 13 April 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the intersection of “Shafi Shimron” settlement, west of the city, and at the intersection of “Yitzhar” settlement, east of the city.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 08 April 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Ummar and Beit Awwa  villages and at the southern and northern entrances to Halhul city.
  • On Friday, 09 April 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to as-Samu and Al-Majd villages.
  • On Saturday, 10 April 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrance to as-Samu village, at the western entrance to Hebron, at the northern entrance to Yatta city, and at the entrance to Fawwar refugee camp.
  • On Monday, 12 April 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Hebron and at the entrance to Al-Arroub refugee camp.
  • On Wednesday, 14 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Surif, Ash-Shuyukh and Beit Kahil villages.

Salfit:

  • On Sunday, 11 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Salfit, Kafr ad-Dik and Qarawat Bani Hassan villages.

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine (01 – 07 April 2021)

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (01 – 07 April 2021)

April 8, 2021

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine (01 – 07 April 2021)

Palestinian civilian killed and his wife wounded after targeting their vehicle at a military checkpoint, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem

IOF excessive use of force in the West Bank: 18 Palestinians wounded, including 2 journalists

Four IOF shootings reported at agricultural areas and seven on fishing boats in Eastern and Western Gaza Strip

In 177 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 67 civilians arrested, including 3 children, a woman and a journalist

Candidate for Legislative Council elections arrested in Bethlehem, 2 others summoned and an elections-related event banned in occupied East Jerusalem

Two houses demolished; one self-demolished, and eight facilities in addition to a settlement road built in occupied East Jerusalem

Settler-attacks: a settlement road built in Bethlehem and assaults on farmers and agricultural lands in Nablus, Hebron and Ramallah

IOF established 88 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 9 Palestinian civilians on said checkpoints

Summary                                                                                        

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians that are mostly conducted after midnight and in the early morning hours. Even more, IOF continued its demolition operations and delivery of cease-construction and demolition notices in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. PCHR documented 204 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by IOF and settlers in the oPt.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

IOF killed Osama Mohammed Sedqi Mansour (42) and wounded his wife when they stopped their car at a military checkpoint and opened fire at it. IOF claimed that they opened fire at the car after the driver had attempted to run over Israeli soldiers stationed at the checkpoint. According to the wife’s testimony and investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), the Israeli soldiers opened fire at the car without any justification as they checked the passengers’ IDs and allowed them to pass.

Also, 18 Palestinians, including two journalists, sustained wounds as a result of IOF excessive use of force against civilians in the West Bank: six civilians were wounded during suppression of a peaceful protest in Al-Mughayyir village in Ramallah; two journalists at the weekly Kafr Qaddum protests in Qalqilya; eight others in IOF incursion into Askar refugee camp and during the suppression of a peaceful protest in Beit Dajan; an intelligence officer wounded in IOF incursion into Tubas; and another wounded near the annexation wall.

Dozens suffocated due to tear gas inhalation, and others were wounded in IOF assaults during house raids across the West Bank.

In the Gaza Strip, 4 IOF shootings were reported on agricultural lands in eastern and western Gaza; and 7 at fishing boats in the Gaza sea.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

IOF carried out 177 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 67 Palestinians were arrested, including 3 children, a woman and a journalist.

Demolitions:

PCHR documented 4 incidents:

  • East Jerusalem: a house was self-demolished in Jabel Mukaber village; a settlement road was built in eastern Issawiya village; 2 farmers were demolished; and a residential house, 3 barracks, 2 containers and a shop were demolished in al-Za’rawa and Habayil al-‘Arab areas in Issawiya village.
  • Qalqilya: a barrack for construction material was demolished.


Settler-attacks:
 PCHR fieldworkers reported and documented 4 attacks:

  • Bethlehem: a settlement road was built.
  • Nablus: an assault on Palestinian farmers in Jalud village.
  • Hebron: opening fire at Palestinian Land and Water Settlement Commission during land-surveying in Hebron.
  • Ramallah: an assault on an agricultural area near the entrance to Nabi Salih village.
  • Bethlehem: lands razed in Kisan for construction of a settlement road
  • Nablus: 25 tree seedlings uprooted.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life. The United Nations confirmed that the Gaza conditions are worsening, with deteriorating health, power, and water services. The UN emphasized that the Gaza Strip requires immense efforts in the housing and education sectors and to create job opportunities.

Meanwhile, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest.

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

  • At approximately 00:20 on Thursday, 01 April 2021, IOF moved into Nablus, north of the West Bank, and stationed in the eastern side to secure the entry of dozens of buses carrying Israeli settlers to Joseph tomb, where settlers perform prayers. Meanwhile, a number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at the IOF’s vehicles. IOF responded with teargas canisters to disperse the young men. As a result, many civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.
  • At approximately 05:15, a group of Israeli undercover units “Mista’arvim” sneaked into Tubas city in two civilian cars. They surrounded Ahmed Jamal Ahmed Daraghmah’s (23) house located near the Intelligence Service office in the city. Few minutes later, several Israeli vehicles moved into the city to back up the undercover units. During which, IOF opened fire at a Palestinian Intelligence officer namely Mohammed Rushdi Habeeb al-‘Aydi (27), who got out of the Intelligence Service office to take the guarders back into the office. As a result, al-‘Aydi was shot with a live bullet below his left armpit, and sustained shrapnel wounds in his chest. He was then taken to Tubas Turkish Hospital for treatment. Also, IOF raided Daraghmah’s house and arrested Kamal Jamal Ahmed Daraghmah (29) in order to force his brother Ahmed (23) to surrender himself. In the evening, Ahmed surrendered at Tayaseer military checkpoint, east of Tubas city, while Kamal was released.
  • At approximately 12:00, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, opened fire at agricultural lands and Palestinian shepherds, east of Khuzaʽa village; no causalities were reported.
  • At approximately 02:40 on Friday, 02 April 2021, IOF moved into Askar refugee camp, northeast of Nablus. Meanwhile, a group of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at IOF’s vehicles. IOF immediately fired live bullets and teargas canisters at them. Clashes erupted between Palestinian young men and Israeli soldiers and continued until the morning. As a result, 5 civilians were wounded as follows:
  • A 20-year-old male was shot with a live bullet in his right foot.
  • A 24-year-old male was shot with a live bullet in his right leg.
  • A 25-year-old male was shot with a live bullet in his left leg.
  • A 23-year-old male was shot with a live bullet in his chest.
  • A 27-year-old male was shot with a live bullet in his abdomen.

Also, many civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. After that, IOF arrested Na’im Ahmed al-Shennawi (25) and later withdrew, taking him to an unknown destination.

  • At approximately 11:30 on Friday, 02 April 2021, IOF stationed at the eastern entrance to Al-Mughayyir village, northeast of Ramallah, suppressed a peaceful protest organized by dozens of Palestinian young men against the closure of the mentioned entrance with sand berms for several weeks. When the protestors arrived at the area, IOF chased them and fired rubber and live bullets and teargas canisters at them. As a result, 6 civilians were wounded as follows:
  • A 40-year-old male was shot with a rubber bullet in his thigh.
  • A 19-year-old male was shot with a rubber bullet in his left leg.
  • A 23-year-old male was shot with a rubber bullet in his left leg.
  • 19-year-old male was shot with a rubber bullet in his thigh.
  • A 25-year-old male was shot with a rubber bullet in his right foot.
  • A 28-year-old male was shot with a rubber bullet in his right leg.

All of them sustained minor wounds and received treatment on the spot by the Palestinian Red Crescent society crew. In addition, dozens of civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. Also, the windshield of Faraj Hussain al-Na’san’s vehicle was broken with a sound bomb.

  • At approximately 12:30, IOF stationed at the northern entrance to Kafr Qaddum village, north of Qalqilya, suppressed a peaceful protest organized by dozens of Palestinian young men. IOF chased young men gathered in the area, clashed with them and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, two photojournalists were wounded and identified as:
  • ‘Abdullah Saleem Shtawi (26), a photojournalist at B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights, who was hit with a sponge grenade in his back.
  • Bashar Mohammed Nazal (30), a photojournalist at Palestine TV, who was hit with a sponge grenade in his hand.
  • At approximately 13:30, a peaceful protest took off in front of Beit Dajan village council, east of Nablus, north of the West Bank, at the call of the villagers and with the participation of the National Action Factions in Nablus, towards lands under the threat of confiscation, east of the village. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation and settlers. When the protestors arrived at the area, they found a large number of Israeli soldiers awaiting them. IOF immediately suppressed the protest and fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 3 civilians, including a child, were wounded with rubber bullets in their heads and taken to Rafidia Hospital for treatment. Also, many civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, opened fire at agricultural lands, east of al-Qarara village; no causalities were reported.
  • At approximately 16:00 on Saturday, 03 April 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Soudaniya Shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and opened heavy fire around them. At 21:15 on the same day, Israeli gunboats reopened fire at Palestinian fishing boats until 00:20. As a result, many fishing nets were lost, while fishermen out of fear were forced to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 22:00 on Saturday, 03 April 2021, IOF stationed in a military watchtower established near the annexation wall gate in kherbet Um al-Lahem in Qatanna village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem, opened fire at Ya’qoub Hussain Mohammed al-Faqeih (20) while crossing through the annexation wall holes to work in Israel. Al-Faqeih’s family said that IOF opened fire at their son before arresting him, but few hours later IOF released him.
  • At approximately 00:00 on Sunday, 04 April 2021, IOF accompanied with a Skunk carrying vehicle moved into Isawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, and stationed in ‘Obaid neighborhood. They established military checkpoints at the village’s entrances, searched Palestinian civilians and checked their IDs. During which, Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones, Molotov Cocktails and fireworks at IOF and their vehicles. IOF suppressed the protestors, fired rubber bullets and heavy teargas canisters at them and pumped wastewater at residential houses. Also, IOF arrested Reda Mohammed ‘Obaid (14) after raiding his house, and later withdrew.
  • At approximately 05:30 on Sunday, 04 April 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Soudaniyia Shore, west of Jabalia camp, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and opened heavy fire around them. At 09:00 on the same day, Israeli gunboats reopened fire at Palestinian fishing boats, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:30, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, opened fire at agricultural lands, east of Abasan al-Kabira and al-Qarara villages; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip, opened sporadic fire at border area, causing fear among Palestinian farmers. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:30 on Monday, 05 April 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off 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 them, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • On Tuesday, 06 April 2021, IOF killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded his wife when they stopped their car at a military checkpoint and opened fire at it. IOF claimed that they opened fire at the car under after the driver attempted to run over Israeli soldiers stationed at the checkpoint. According to the wife’s testimony and investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), the Israeli soldiers opened fire at the car without any justification as they checked the passengers’ IDs and allowed them to pass.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 01:00 on Tuesday, 06 April 2021, IOF moved into Bir Nabala village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem, and raided residential houses and an auto repair shop. They then headed to nearby al-Jib village, where they raided a car showroom at the village entrance to confiscate the surveillance camera recorders. Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at IOF and their vehicles. IOF immediately suppressed the protestors, fired live and rubber bullets at them and established a military checkpoint near a tunnel between Biddu and al-Jib villages, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. IOF also stationed at the military checkpoint, searched Palestinian vehicles and checked the passengers’ IDs. At approximately 02:45, IOF stopped a vehicle belonging to Osama Mohammed Sandouqa Mansour (42) and his wife Somaia ‘Izzat ‘Abed al-Nabi al-Kaswani (36), checked their IDs, asked them where they are coming from and then allowed them to pass. When Osama drove 50 meters away from the checkpoint, IOF opened fire at his car, wounding him with two live bullets; one of them penetrated his head.  Moreover, his wife sustained shrapnel wounds in her back. Both of them were taken to Ramallah Governmental Hospital, where Osama was pronounced dead at 03:10 while his wife’s injuries were classified minor.

Later, IOF claimed that: “In a military operation in Bir Nabala village and after establishing a military checkpoint on a road to stop vehicles’ movement in order to back up IOF’s operation in the area, the soldiers at the checkpoint spotted a vehicle, which first stopped at the checkpoint and then drove fast towards them, attempting to run over the soldiers in a way that threatened their lives.  As a result, the Force responded with gunfire to control the threat.”

PCHR’s investigations and Osama’s wife testimony refute the Israeli claims, as Osama obeyed the soldiers’ order and stopped his vehicle and answered their questions. The soldiers checked Osama and his wife’s IDs and then allowed them to pass, noting that he did not drive his car except after the soldiers asked him to do so. When Osama drove his car, the soldiers were behind him, and they opened fire at his vehicle from the back. It should be noted that Osama has 5 children.

  • At approximately 10:30 on Wednesday, 07 April 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off Waha Shore and off al-Soudaniyia Shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and opened heavy fire around them. At 16:00 on the same day, Israeli gunboats reopened fire at Palestinian fishing boats, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 01 April 2021:

  • At approximately 00:15, IOF moved into Khillet Aked village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They deployed between civilians’ houses, stormed Nayef Hussain Shawamra’s (65) house, held all his family in one room, damaged the house contents and confiscated 30,000 NIS. IOF handed the family a warrant of the confiscated money and no arrests were reported. After the withdrawal, the family realized that a 100-gram of gold was stolen from the house.
  • At approximately 14:00, Israeli Intelligence Services handed Anwar Sami Obaid (23), from Issawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem, a decision that bans his entry to Jerusalem. IOF claimed that Obaid was invloved in a security incident where he lives and urges others for terrorism.

It should be noted that Obaid was arrested and interrogated dozens of times by IOF and spent a total of 5 years in the Israeli prisons in separate periods; in the last arrest, he was released on one condition that he is banned entry to the occupied Jerusalem for 4 months after he spent 4 months under house arrest.

  • Around the same time, IOF moved into al-Walaja village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Mahmoud Ismael Abu al-Tin’s (19) house, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Beit Ummar, north of Hebron. They raided and searched Yousef Mohammed Abu Maria’s (30) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 16:30, IOF stormed a tent established to celebrate and welcome the release of Ghazi Mohammed Kan’an (48), in Ras al-Amoud village, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and arrested his brother, Isma’el (56). Kan’an family stated that IOF stormed the tent where they were gathering to welcome their son, who spent 11 years in the Israeli prisons, after an hour of his arrival, and threatened to re-arrest him if they organized a welcoming ceremony for him.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF stationed at Za’tara military checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, arrested Hasan Nasrallah al-Sha’er (24), from Nablus. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF stationed at Beit Furik military checkpoint, northeast of Nablus, arrested Mo’men Mahmoud Jaber (19), from Nablus. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • IOF carried out (13) incursions in Bir al-Basha Arranah, Beit Qad, Deir Ghazaleh and Faqqoa villages, in Jenin governorate; Anabta, Kafr al-Labad and Ramin, east of Tulkarm; Azzun, east of Qalqilya; Dura and Idhna, in Hebron; Surda, north of Ramallah; Aqabat Jabr refugee camp, southwest of Jericho. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 02 April 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into the southern side of Hebron. They raided and searched Hani Mujahed Abu al-Siba’s (44) house, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, and stationed at Qa’ al-Hara area. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Mohammed Awad Za’aqiq (17) and Fahmi Abdul Hameed Za’aqiq (16), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF stationed at Qalandiya military checkpoint, north of the occupied East Jerusalem, arrested Ahmed Ra’fat al-Ghaleet (22), from al-Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah, while crossing the checkpoint. IOF took him to “Ofer” police station, west of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 18:10, IOF moved into Zububa, west of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Omar Abdul Rahman Obaidiya (17).
  • IOF carried out (12) incursions in Nablus, Burqa, Bizzariya and Salem villages in Nablus governorate; Bir al-Basha, Ya’bad, Atatra, and Silat al-Dhahr in Jenin governorate; Yatta, Bani Na’im, Simia, and al-Shuyukh villages in Hebron governorate, no arrests were reported.

Saturday, 03 April 2021:

  • At approximately 11:30, IOF arrested Mazen Subhi Nabtiti (49), from Tulkarm, when he was near Inab military checkpoint, east of Tulkarm.
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Mahmoud al-‘Amour (24) and Mohammed Ra’ed al-‘Amour (26), while crossing a temporary military checkpoint near the western entrance to Teqoa, east of Bethlehem. IOF took them to one of the detention centers in the city and released them several hours later.

Sunday, 04 April 2021:

  • At approximately 11:00, IOF moved into al-Thuri neighborhood, south of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Tawfiq Rafiq al-Shwaiky’s (29) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Bassam Obaid (24), while on duty in French Hill neighborhood “Giv’at Shapira”, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF took him to one of the police centers in the city.
  • At approximately 17:30, IOF stationed at “Mevo Dotan” military checkpoint, southwest of Jenin, arrested Mohammed Ma’moun ‘Amaranah (19), from Ya’bad, southwest of the city. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Beit Ummar, Hebron, Tarqumiyah, and Sa’ir villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 05 April 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into al-Isawiya, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians; including a father and his son. The arrestees were identified as Faisal Lo’ay Obaid (20), Lo’ay Faisal Obaid (43), and Mohammed Waleed Obaid.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Sa’ir, north of Hebron, and stationed in al-‘Aroud area. They deployed between civilians’ houses and stormed Sa’ed Nimir Farroukh’s (33) house, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved Qalandiya refugee camp, north of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (4) civilians: Journalist Khaled Mohammed Mutair (29), Mahmoud Ibrahim Mutair (27), Rami Mansour (22), and Mo’men Mansour (23).
  • At approximately 03:50, IOF moved into Deir Jarir village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched Ma’en Abdul ‘Alim Olwi’s (21) house, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF backed by several military vehicles moved into Kobar village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched 4 houses and arrested (4) civilians: Watan ‘Assef al-Barghouthi (24), Mustafa Ra’ed al-Barghouthi (20), Mohammed Fahmi Asfour (28), and Assem Nabil al-‘Abed (23).
  • At approximately 06:30, IOF stationed at a temporary checkpoint established near the entrance to al-Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah, arrested Shadi Hussain Safi (24) and took him to an unknown destination.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Dura, Beit Kahil, and Bani Na’im villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 06 April 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Hebron and stationed at Nanqar area. They raided and searched Ja’far Nouh Abu Aysha’s (44) house, detained his family in one room, damaged the house contents and withdrew. No arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Tell village, southwest of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Nasr al-Dein Hamza Ishtayya (18).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-Saf street in Bethlehem. They raided and searched Adel Issa Hijazi’s (48) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Hindaza area in Bethlehem. They raided and searched Hasan Mohammed Wardian’s (62) house, and arrested him. It should be noted that Wardian is one of the candidates for the legislative elections representing the Hamas Movement list “Jerusalem is Our Destination”.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Fureidis village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Nader Mohammed Abayat’s (52) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 10:00, ‘Ayyad Jamal al-Harimi (28) surrendered himself to the Israeli authorities, after IOF stormed his house in Bethlehem and threatened to arrest his mother if he did not surrender himself.

Nadi al-Aseer stated that Ayyad was arrested several times since he was a child, the latest of which was 2 months ago as he spent 18 months in the administrative arrest. It should be noted that in 2016, ‘Ayyad was on a hunger strike for 45 days in protest against his arrest.

  • At approximately 11:00, IOF banned a meeting to discuss the legislative elections at the Ambassador Hotel in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. The Civil Society organizations invited for this meeting titled “International Law Guarantees the right Palestinians in East Jerusalem to vote”.

It should be noted that before the meeting, IOF imposed and established checkpoints in the neighborhood, banned civilians from reaching the Ambassador Hotel, stopped and searched the vehicles of PLC candidates within Fatah list identified as as Naser Mohammed Qaws, Ghada Mohammed Abu Rabea’, Awad al-Salayma and ‘Ahed al-Rashq, and handed them summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in al-Maskobiya investigation center in West Jerusalem, under the pretext of organizing banned activities in Jerusalem. Additionally, IOF arrested the Secretary-General of Fatah Movement in Jerusalem, Adel Abu Zneid, and the Ambassador Hotel’s manager, Sami Abu Dayyah. It should be noted that the Israeli Authorities ban any activities or events relevant to the Palestinian Authority in Jerusalem, and prosecute their organizers or supporters.

  • At approximately 15:00, IOF arrested Anaghim Nader Awad (21), from Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, after stopping her at a temporary military checkpoint established at the eastern entrance to the city.
  • At approximately 23:30, IOF stationed at Qalandiya checkpoint, north of the occupied East Jerusalem, arrested Ziyad Fareed Shehada (52), from Qalandiya refugee camp, while crossing the checkpoint.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Burqa, northwest of Nablus; Salfit, Sa’ir and al-Shuyukh villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 07 April 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Yamun village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Jehad Mohammed Nawahda (59), and his son, Osaid (23).
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Beit Ummar, north of Hebron. They raided and searched four houses and arrested (4) civilians, including a child. The arrestees were identified as Yousef Abdul Hamid Abu Maria (45), Adyar Ivan al-Salibi (28), Amro Khaled ‘Allami (30), and Majdi Mershed al-Za’aqiq (17).
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Yatta, south of Hebron governorate. They raided and searched several houses and arrested 3 civilians and released them after 3 hours. The arrestees were identified as Thabit Mohammed al-Surai’ (39), Shaher Ayed Abu Rabi’a (40), and Khalil Yousef Abu Arram (30).
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into ‘Anin village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Jamal Tayseer Yasin (38), who was arrested yesterday when he was at his work in Israel. IOF withdrew and no items were confiscated.
  • At approximately 02:40, IOF moved into Jalbun village, northeast of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Fo’ad Najeh Abu al-Rab (21).
  • At approximately 03:40, IOF moved into al-Am’ari refugee camp, southeast of al-Bireh, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched Hussam Khader al-Wawi’s (30) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:30, IOF moved into Ras Karkar village, west of Ramallah, and stationed at the center of the village. They deployed between civilians’ houses, stormed some of them and arrested (7) civilians. The arrestees were identified as: Nidal Hasan Samhan (43), Anas Mohammed Samhan (29), Mahmoud Khaled Samhan (27), Mohammed Taha Abu Fkheida (35), Abdullah Mohammed Samhan (26), Ahmed Zaghloul Samhan (24), and Mo’ayad Fares Samhan (49).
  • At approximately 05:10, IOF moved into Deir Jarir village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched Haidr Abdul Hafiz Mukho’s (48) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF moved into Ras Khamis neighborhood in Shu’afat refugee camp, northeast the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Jasem Sandouqa’s (42) house and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out (5) incursions in Ti’nik, west of Jenin; Nuba, Surif, and al-Aroub refugee camp, in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

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

Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property

  • On Saturday afternoon, 03 April 2021, ‘Amer Shqeirat self-demolished his house in Jabal Mukaber, east of occupied East Jerusalem, pursuant to the Israeli Municipality’s decision under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Shqeirat said that the Israeli Municipality has haunted him since last year and imposed on him a fine of 60,000 shekels, which he pays in monthly installments.  Shqeirat added that IOF raided his house on 14 March and handed him a notice to demolish his house within 21 days or the municipality’s crews will carry out the demolition and fine him with the expenses.  Shqeirat said that he had to vacate the house and then demolish it with a bulldozer to avoid paying more money for the Israeli Municipality.  He added that the house was built on an area of 120sqms that includes 3 rooms and its facilities, where he lived with his wife and 4 kids.

  • On Sunday morning, 04 April 2021, the Israeli Civil Administration bulldozers levelled lands located in eastern al-Issawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, to build a settlement road within the E1 Scheme, which aims to isolate the northern West Bank from the eastern West Bank.

Member of the al-‘Issawiya Follow-up Committee, Mohammed Abu al-Hummus, said that the Israeli Civil Administration vehicles accompanied with IOF stormed lands belonging to Mustafa and Abu Riyala families between the villages of al-‘Issawiya and az-Za’ayyem, east of the occupied city.  Abu al-Hummus added that the vehicles levelled the lands planted with crops and seedlings and started building a road within the E1 settlement scheme.

  • At approximately 08:15 on Monday, 05 April 2021, IOF backed by 7 military vehicles moved into Jinsafut village, east of Qalqilya, and demolished a barrack for construction materials belonging to Mahmoud Yousif Mohammed Sokar.

The barrack’s owner said to PCHR’s fieldworkers:

“At approximately 08:15, a worker in the barrack called to tell me that IOF came to demolish the barrack, so I went there immediately to find that they had already started the demolition.  They removed the ceiling, tiles, gypsum and the electrical panel and took the glass door along with everything in addition to high quantity of steel although they told me they will only remove the frame. They also damaged all the goods since the rubble and paints fell on them, noting that I did not receive any prior notice.”

  • On Wednesday morning, 07 April 2021, IOF bulldozers levelled 2 farms and demolished a house, 3 barracks, 2 containers and a shop in al-Za’rourah and Habayel al-‘Arab areas in al-‘Issawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Member of al-‘Issawiya Follow-up Committee, Mohammed Abu al-Hummus, said that IOF’s vehicles stormed a 700-sqm farm belonging to Majed Diab and started levelling it and demolishing everything there.  Abu al-Hummus added that the IOF’s vehicles demolished a 70-sqm house built there of 2 rooms and their facilities and sheltering Majed Diab, his wife and 3 kids in addition to a garage established there 7 years ago and a barrack for horses.  They also demolished the fence surrounding the farm.  Abu al-Hummus added that the IOF’s vehicles also levelled another farm belonging to Adeeb Jamil Abu al-Hummus and demolished 2 containers used as storehouses for auto spare parts and a barrack for horses in addition to confiscating the horses.  Abu al-Hummus said that the IOF’s vehicles demolished a fence and barrack belonging to Farouq Mustafa and then withdrew.  He added that IOF previously handed the facilities’ owners demolition orders and imposed on some of them fines of thousands of shekels.

Settler attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property

  • At approximately 03:00 on Friday, 02 April 2021, dozens of settlers levelled and built a settlement road between the areas of al-Khemar and Kherbet Mousa in Battir village, west of Bethlehem.

‘Omer al-Qaisi, one of the owners of the affected lands in the area, said that a group of settlers under IOF’s protection parked their bulldozers in lands connecting Kherbet Mousa and al-Khemar areas and started building an agricultural road of 100 meters long and 6 meters wide for settlement purposes.  As a result, vacant areas of land were damaged and dozens of trees were uprooted.

  • At approximately 14:00 on Saturday, 03 April 2021, a group of settlers from “Esh Kodesh” settlement outpost established in southeastern Nablus attacked a group of farmers while working in their lands, east of Jalud village, and prevented them from doing their work at gunpoint. During which, at least 5 settlers; some of them masked, attacked with sticks and stones a 70-year old man, Walid Isma’il ‘Abdel Hafez Shweiki from Jerusalem.  The settlers also attacked a plot of land belonging to Jawad Jamil Yousif Hussein from Qasra village and uprooted 100 olive, pine and cypress seedlings.  They also damaged the power line poles and network on the road between Qasra village and Jalud village before going back to their settlement outpost.
  • At approximately 11:00 on Sunday, 04 April 2021, one of the settlers in “Havat Talia” settlement outpost established on the Palestinian lands confiscated from eastern Yata, south of Hebron, opened fire at the Lands and Water Authority employees who were land-surveying in an area near Tuwani village, east of Yatta, to force them to leave the area, which is within Area C. Meanwhile, IOF and Israeli police arrived at the scene and took the settler away.  No injuries were reported among the employees.
  • At approximately 14:00 on Monday, 05 April 2021, a group of settlers from “Halmish” settlement established on the Palestinian lands of northwestern Ramallah attacked an agricultural area near the entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city, and tried to remove the barbed-wire fence surrounding the land. A number of villagers gathered in the area to confront the settlers and threw stones at them while IOF stationed at the watchtower there fired teargas canisters to disperse the villagers. As a result, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation.
  1. Closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement of persons and goods:

The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life.

The West bank:

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of more temporary checkpoints that restrict the goods and individuals  88 temporary checkpoints, where they searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs and arrested 9 of them. IOF closed many roads with cement cubes, metal detector gates and sand berms and tightened their measures against individuals’ movement at military permanent checkpoints.

Jerusalem:

  • On Thursday, 01 April 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints near Biddu village’s tunnel and at the entrance to Al-Eizariya village, east of the city.
  • On Saturday, 03 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Anata village, east of the city.
  • On Tuesday, 06 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint under a tunnel established between Biddu and Al-Jib villages, northwest of the city.

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday, 01 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrance to Marah Rabah village, at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village and near al-Nashash intersection, south of the city.
  • On Friday, 02 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Tuqu village, at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village and in ‘Aqabet Hasna area, west of the city.
  • On Sunday, 04 April 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Tuqu village, at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village, and at the entrance to Jannatah village, east of the city.
  • On Monday, 05 April 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the northern and western entrances to Tuqu village, at the entrance to Jannatah village and near al-Nashash intersection, south of the city.
  • On Tuesday, 06 April 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Tuqu village and near al-Nashash intersection, south of the city.
  • On Wednesday, 07 April 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the northern and western entrances to Tuqu village, east of the city.

Ramallah:

  • On Thursday, 01 April 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the main entrance to Aboud village, northwest of the city, and near Atara village’s bridge.
  • On Friday, 02 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at “Hallamish” settlement intersection, and at the entrances to Nabi Salih and Ras Karkar villages.
  • On Sunday, 04 April 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to Aboud, Nabi Salih, Deir Abu Mash’al and Beitin villages, and on a road connecting between Ras Karkar and Deir Ibzi villages.
  • On Monday, 05 April 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Nabi Salih and Ein Yabrud villages.
  • On Tuesday, 06 April 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints under Ein Yabrud’s bridge, near Atara village’s bridge, at the intersection of Ein Siniya village, and at the entrance to Al-Mughayyir village.
  • On Wednesday, 07 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Nabi Salih village.

Jericho:

  • On Thursday, 01 April 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the southern and northern entrances to Jericho.
  • On Friday, 02 April 2021, IOF stationed at al-Hamra military checkpoint, north of the city, tightened their measures at the checkpoint, obstructed vehicles’ movement and checked passengers’ IDs. They also established a checkpoint at the intersection of Al-Auja village.
  • On Saturday, 03 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the northern and southern entrances to Jericho, and at the entrance to Fasayil village.
  • On Monday, 05 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at Al-Auja village’s intersection.
  • On Tuesday, 06 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Jericho.
  • Nablus:
  • On Thursday, 01 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the intersection of “Shafi Shimron” settlement, west of the city.
  • On Friday, 02 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the intersection of “Shafi Shimron” settlement, west of the city, on Al-Badhan village’s road and at “Yitzhar“intersection, southeast of the city.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 01 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Abu al-‘Asaja and Idhna villages, at the southern entrance to Halhul city.
  • On Friday, 02 April 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to as-Samu village and at the western entrance to Hebron.
  • On Saturday, 03 April 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Hebron, at the entrance to Fawwar refugee camp, and at the entrances to Beit Ummar and Beit Awwa
  • On Sunday, 04 April 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Bani Na’im village and at the northern entrance to Hebron.
  • On Monday, 05 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrance to Sa’ir village, at the western entrance to Hebron and at the northern entrance to Yatta city.
  • On Tuesday, 06 April 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Idhna village and at the southern entrance to Hebron.

Qalqilya:

  • On Thursday, 01 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Azzun, Jayyous and Sir villages, east of the city.
  • On Friday, 02 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Immatain and Izbat al-Tabib villages, east of the city.
  • On Monday, 05 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Azzun village, east of the city.

Salfit:

  • On Friday, 02 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Qarawat Bani Hassan, Bruqin and Kafr ad-Dik village, west of the city.
  • On Saturday, 03 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Deir Istiya, Deir Ballut and Kafr ad-Dik villages, west of Salfit.
  • On Monday, 05 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Bruqin village, west of the city.

Palestinian sisters face challenges of daily life in West Bank village under threat

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Surrounded by Israeli settlements in southern Hebron, the Abu Kabbash family remain determined to fight for their dreams and land

Zeina Abu Kabbash, 15, and her younger siblings have been missing online classes due to lack of the internet and electricity in their village (MEE/Shatha Hammad)

Published date: 10 April 2021 08:59 UTC

On a sunny spring morning in the occupied West Bank village of Khirbet al-Radhim, Zeina Abu Kabbash goes about her day, looking after crops and feeding the cows on her family’s land.

‘Life here is very hard, very different from that of my friends who enjoy a comfortable and luxurious existence’

–  Zeina Abu Kabbash, 15

The 15-year-old should be attending online lessons, as are her schoolmates. But since her village in the southern governorate of Hebron has no electricity or internet, she has been missing classes ever since her school moved to virtual lessons following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Zeina has been warned by her teacher that, if she continues to miss online classes, she will have to repeat the grade next year.

“Life here is very hard, very different from that of my friends who enjoy a comfortable and luxurious existence,” she tells Middle East Eye while picking beans in the field. “I miss school very much. I need it… But what should I do? I only have a humble, broken mobile phone.”

The Abu Kabbashes are one of seven families still living in Khirbet al-Radhim, the last Palestinian village in the far south of the occupied West Bank. They have no access to electricity, water or internet, and the call connection services remain poor.

Despite the lack of modern necessities, the village’s residents refuse to leave their homes and ancestral lands, which have been surrounded by illegal Israeli settlements since the 1980s and face the constant threat of demolition.

Last village standing

The Abu Kabbash family lives in a cave and has an additional room constructed with zinc sheets on their 150-dunam (15-hectare) plot of land. The family of 11 depends on its crops, beekeeping and honey production for a living.

The head of the household is 74-year-old Issa Safi Abu Kabbash. He says that although his land is large, he can barely make ends meet for his wife, eight daughters and one son.

Issa Abu Kabbash with his daughters (from left) Narmin, Eman and Maram outside their home (MEE/Shatha Hammad)
Issa Safi Abu Kabbash with daughters (from left) Narmin, Eman and Maram outside their home (MEE/Shatha Hammad)

“Our land is not fertile. If the soil is fertile one year, it won’t be in the following five years,” he says, adding that this was due to a lack of water in the area.

Water shortages have been exacerbated by the fact that the Israeli Civil Administration, the military body that rules over the 60 percent of the West Bank known as Area C, has refused to give him a permit to dig a well. There hasn’t been much help or compensation coming from the Palestinian Authority either, he adds.

Issa inherited his land from his father and grandparents, and possesses property ownership documents dating back to the Ottoman era. But Israeli authorities do not recognise his ownership papers, and have issued demolition orders on his home.

“With this military force that besieges and haunts us every day, we have no choice but to sacrifice our comfort and dreams to stay here, to continue cultivating our land and live in it,” he says.

One of Zeina's daily duties is to feed her family's cows (MEE/Shatha Hammad)
One of Zeina’s daily duties is to feed the family’s cows (MEE/Shatha Hammad)

However, the threat of demolition hasn’t stopped him from continuing to plough the land every morning to prepare it for his wife and eight daughters to plant the seeds.

Pointing at the peak of a mountain near his field, he says: “This one settler moved there two years ago. Since then, he has constantly released his animals onto our lands. So far [his animals have] destroyed around 20 dunams of our crops.”

Dangerous neighbours

Since the 1980s, Israeli settlements, which violate international law, have expanded across the West Bank, notably in the southern Hebron governorate, where dozens have sprouted on hilltops and mountains, and lands confiscated from Palestinians living in the area.

Three settlements – Asael, Shama and Otniel – surround Khirbet al-Radhim, as well as the outpost whose animals have destroyed the Abu Kabbashes’ crops. While outposts are also deemed illegal under Israeli law, in effect they are tolerated by Israeli authorities, and many are legalised retroactively. 

“Since 1984, Israel has used the military force to impose settlements. It destroyed us, confiscated our lands, and besieged what had remained,” Issa explains as he rolls a cigarette. “Nowadays, Israel does not only target our homes. It targets us [the residents], because it considers us an obstacle to its settlement expansion. It does not want us here.”

‘I continue to dream of dogs chasing me. I wake up terrified’

– Eight-year-old Maram

The settlers have not treated the villagers kindly, according to the Abu Kabbash sisters.

Before the pandemic, Zeina and her eight-year-old sister Maram used to walk one kilometre every morning to catch the bus to school in the village of Khirbet al-Shweika.

“The journey [to school] is hard, and we are always worried and afraid of shepherd settlers. They would block our path, scare and threaten us, and even set their dogs on us,” Zeina recalls.

Maram was once attacked by settlers dogs and still has nightmares about the incident.

“I continue to dream of dogs chasing me. I wake up terrified,” she tells MEE.

Maram, 8, poses in front of a colourful wall inside her family's home painted by her sister Rania (MEE/Shatha Hammad)
Maram, eight, poses in front of a colourful wall inside her family’s home, painted by her sister Rania (MEE/Shatha Hammad)

Zeina just wants the settlers to “get out” of the area so villagers can feel “safe and never fear displacement at any moment”.

“This is my land that the [Israeli] settlers covet and wish to take,” the teenager says, vowing never to leave her village in order to protect her family’s claim to the land.

‘Painting our destiny’

Zeina’s older sister, Rania, is responsible for preparing lunch for the family while others work in the field. An aspiring illustrator, the 20-year-old has stayed at home after graduating from high school because a university education is out of her reach.

“I wish to continue my studies and learn more about art, but all the universities are very far from our home, and my family wouldn’t be able to afford my university expenses,” she says.

She wakes up early each morning to feed the sheep and cultivate the land. Whenever she finds spare time, she uses it to practise her self-taught anime drawing techniques.

“I need to improve my skills and acquire new ones. Although I spend a lot of time on housework and helping my family in the field, I always find some time to train myself on drawing,” she says.

Rania, 20, prepares lunch for her family (MEE/Shatha Hammad)
Rania, 20, prepares lunch for her family (MEE/Shatha Hammad)

Rania has turned the walls of her family’s humble home into works of art, with colourful murals inspired by her thoughts and emotions, including one depicting birds flying out of cages.

“I think of our destiny all the time. What would happen to us if they demolished our home or evicted us from our land?” she asks. “This fear never leaves my mind.”

Faced with obstacles outside their control, the Abu Kabbash sisters nonetheless never stop harbouring dreams of their own.

Zeina wants to become the first nurse in Khirbet al-Radhim, in order to provide healthcare for its 70 residents. Currently, villagers need to travel 45 minutes by car to seek medical care in the closest village, Samu, or more than an hour to the nearest hospital.

As for Maram, who often speaks with a shy, closed-lipped smile, her aspiration is to become a dentist so she can treat children in her village with poor teeth, just like herself.

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (25 – 31 March 2021)

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (25 – 31 March 2021)

Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine

25 – 31 March 2021

  • IOF excessive use of force in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem: 4 Palestinians wounded, including 2 children
  • Three IOF shootings reported at agricultural areas (east) and three others on fishing boats in Gaza sea
  • In 121 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 62 civilians arrested, including 3 children and 2 women
  • IOF delivers cease-construction notice against a retainment wall and a house in Hebron and Bethlehem
  • Settler-attacks: Palestinian civilian wounded, and assault on a vehicle; stone chains destroyed, and olive trees cut in Salfit and Bethlehem
  • IOF established 55 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 3 Palestinian civilians on said checkpoints

Summary                                                                                        

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians that are mostly conducted after midnight and in the early morning hours. Even more, IOF continued its demolition operations and delivery of cease-construction and demolition notices in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. PCHR documented 207 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by IOF and settlers in the oPt.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

Four Palestinians, including two children, sustained wounds as a result of IOF excessive use of force against civilians in the West Bank: a child was wounded at the weekly Kafr Qaddum protests in Qalqilya; another in a protest in Beit Dajan in Nablus; another child sustained wounds in an IOF raid on a former Palestinian prisoner’s house in occupied east Jerusalem, noting that the prisoner was released that same day after 20 years in Israeli prisons. Dozens of others suffocated due to tear gas inhalation, and others were wounded in IOF assault during raids on Palestinian houses across the West Bank.

In the Gaza Strip, 3 IOF shootings were reported on agricultural lands eastern Gaza; and 3 at fishing boats in the Gaza sea.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 121 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 62 Palestinians were arrested, including 3 children and 2 women, including a journalist who was detained while conducting an interview. She was detained for several others before her release.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted two limited incursions into eastern Deir Balah.

Demolitions:

PCHR documented the following incidents:

  • Hebron: cease-construction notice served against a house in eastern Yatta.
  • Bethlehem: cease-construction notice served against a retaining wall in Tuqu.

Settler-attacks: PCHR fieldworkers reported and documented 3 attacks:

  • Bethlehem: Palestinian civilian assaulted in southern Bethlehem.
  • Salfit: vehicle assaulted; agricultural room destroyed; stone chains destroyed, and 15 olive trees cut.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life. The United Nations confirmed that the Gaza conditions are worsening, with deteriorating health, power, and water services. The UN emphasized that the Gaza Strip requires immense efforts in the housing and education sectors and to create job opportunities.

Meanwhile, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest.

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

  • At approximately 21:30 on Thursday, 25 March 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Deir al-Balah city in the center of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands; no causalities were reported.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Friday, 26 March 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, opened fire at agricultural lands, east of Al-Fukhari village, east of Khan Yunis. At approximately 12:00, IOF re-opened fire at agricultural lands; no causalities were reported.
  • 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 Palestinians gathered in the area, clashed with them, and fired sponge bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, a 17-year-old child was hit with a teargas canister in his foot.
  • At approximately 13:30, a peaceful protest took off in front of Beit Dajan village council, east of Nablus, north of the West Bank, at the call of the villagers and with the participation of the National Action Factions in Nablus, towards lands under the threat of confiscation, east of the village. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation and settlers. When the protestors arrived at the area, they found a large number of Israeli soldiers awaiting them. The protestors chanted slogans again against the Israeli occupation and settlers. IOF immediately suppressed the protest and fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, a 44-year-old male and a 26-year-old male were shot with rubber bullets in their lower limbs and taken to Rafidia Hospital. Also, many civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation.
  • At approximately 07:50 on Saturday, 27 March 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off Waha Shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and opened sporadic fire around them, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 04:00 on Sunday, 28 March 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off Waha Shore and off al-Soudaniyia Shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles, opened heavy fire around them and fire sound bombs at them until 09:00, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 10:00, Israeli authorities suppressed activities organized by the Women Centre that belongs to al-Zaytoun Mount Club in al-Tur neighborhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, to celebrate Mother’s Day. Israeli authorities claimed that the celebration is funded by the Palestinian authority (PA). Mohammed al-Sayyad, Secretary of al-Zaytoun Mount Club, said that Israeli Intelligence Service along with IOF raided al-Zaytoun Mount stadium during the preparation for the launch of the event, which is annually held to celebrate the Mother’s Day. Al-Sayyad clarified that IOF stopped the event, got the attendees out of the stadium, and arrested Head of the Women’s Centre, Ikhlas al-Sayyad, along with the young man, Malek Ghazi al-Moghrabi, after severely beating him up. Al-Sayyad pointed out that IOF hanged a ban order signed by the Minister of Internal Security in the Israeli government on the stadium gate and warned of holding the event in another place in the city. Lawyer Heba al-Qadoumi said that the Israeli Intelligence Service banned for the 2nd time an event organized by al-Zaytoun Mount Club during this month; the first event was on the Women’s Day and the second was on the Mother’s Day, noting that these events were organized at call of the villagers and without any coordination with Palestinian official bodies. Al-Qadoumi pointed out that IOF released Ikhlas al-Sayyad few hours after interrogating her. Also, Malek al-Moghrabi was released, on condition of house arrest for 5 days.
  • At approximately 06:30 on Monday, 29 March 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off Waha Shore and off al-Soudaniyia Shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles, opened heavy fire around them and fire sound bombs at them, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 22:00 on Tuesday, 30 March 2021, IOF raided a house belonging to a former prisoner, Majd Abed al-Raheem Barbar (45), in Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and arrested him a day after his release from the Israeli jails, noting that he served 20 years in prison. IOF also indiscriminately fired sound bombs and teargas canisters in the area. Barbar family said that IOF raided a tent established by the family near their residential building entrance to receive visitors welcoming him. The family clarified that IOF arrested their son Majd under the pretext of organizing a celebration in his house yard and raising Palestinian flags. The family added that IOF pepper-sprayed some visitors, pushed and beat them up and indiscriminately fired sound bombs and teargas canisters in the area. As a result, many civilians, including Majd’s mother and wife, suffocated due to teargas inhalation. Also, child Mohammed Hitham al-Daddou (11) was shit with a rubber bullet in his right hand. The family pointed out that the Israeli authorities extended Majd’s detention for next day evening in order to appear before the Israeli court, which decided to release him, provided that the family will not fire fireworks, they will preserve social distance among the visitors and wearing masks, and they will not organize any celebrations in the house yard. The Palestinian Red Crescent Crews stated that they treated 14 persons when IOF raided Majd’s house; 12 of those suffocated due to teargas inhalation; one was beaten up by IOF, and another one was shot with a rubber bullet. Some of those wounded were taken to al-Maqased Hospital in al-Tur neighborhood for treatment.
  • It should be noted that in afternoon, IOF moved into Al-Eizariya village, where they raided the Red Palace Hall near the village entrance, prevented holding a celebration for Majd Barbar and warned the hall owner of hosting Barbar family.

Incursions and arrests

Friday, 25 March 2021:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into al-Dheisha refugee camp, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Hamza Naser Abu ‘Ajamiya (21) and Abdullah Khaled Abu Hadeed (18). Meanwhile, IOF handed Oday Adnan Shehada (25) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of the city.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Beit Kahil, north of Hebron, and stationed in the center of the city. IOF deployed between civilians’ houses and arrested (20) civilians and took them to a detention center at “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of the city, and released them later. (PCHR keeps records of the names of the arrestees).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Abu Dis, east of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Jawhar Naser Jawhar (25) and Mohammed Abdullah Jaffal (17) and arrested them. IOF took them to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 02:20, IOF moved into Tal village, southwest of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Hammam Ahmed al-Banna (25).
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Murad Mohammed Idris’s (24) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 06:30, IOF established a temporary military checkpoint on the entrance of Sebastia village, northwest of Nablus. They stopped and arrested Amjad Khaled Fayed (19) and Tamer Ahmed al-Saffouri (19), from Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF moved into Ras Atiya village, south of Qalqilya. They raided and searched Ibarhim Hazem ‘Arrar’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF moved into Saouane neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Sheikh ‘Akrama Sa’eed Abdullah Sabri’s (82) house, the Head of the High Islamic Supreme Council, and handed him a expandable decision signed by the Israeli minister of interior affairs , Aryeh Deri, that bans him from travelling for a month.

It should be noted that IOF arrested and interrogated Sheikh Sabri and banned him from entering the Aqsa Mosque several times, latest of which was on 10 March 2021, after announcing his intention to join a religious meeting in Bab al-Rahma in the al-Aqsa Mosque.

  • IOF carried out (5) incursions in Dura, Beit Ummar, Bani Na’im villages in Heborn; al-Mughayyir, northwest of Ramallah; and Sebastia, northwest of Nablus. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 26 March 2021:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Illar village, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched Samer Mwafaq Abu Hafiza’s (24) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Hebron, and stationed at several neighborhoods in the city. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians, including former minister and deputy. The arrestees are: Issa Khairy al-Ja’bari (55), the Palestinian minister of local government, was arrested 9 times and spent 10-years in the Israeli prisons, and he was arrested without searching his house; Hatem Rabah Qfaisha (68), former Hamas Movement Deputy; and Mazen Jamal al-Natsha (46), a leader at Hamas Movement in Hebron.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Nuba and Halhul in Hebron; and Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 27 March 2021:

  • At approximately 10:00, IOF moved into Illar, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched Sameer Abdul Khaliq Abu Sa’da’s (27) house, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF stationed at Bab al-Hadid “Iron Gate”, one of the Aqsa Mosque’s gates in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, severely beaten and arrested Murad Mohammed al-Tarhouni (21), and took him to one of the police center in the city.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Hassan Ghayatha (28), while present near “Kfar Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem. IOF took him to one of the detention centers and released him after several hours. It should be noted that Ghayatha is a person with disability.
  • IOF carried out (5) incursions in Sa’ir, Beit Ummar, and al-Shuyukh villages in Hebron governorate; Ras Karkar, west of Ramallah; and Aboud, northwest of the city. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 28 March 2021:

  • At approximately 15:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Mohammed Ghazzawi’s (28) house, claiming that he attempted to run over an Israeli soldier near “Ma’ale Adumim” settlement, east of the occupied East Jerusalem. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Murad Abu Hammad (13) and Mohammed Fayez al-Debs (20), from Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, while present near Bilal Ibn Rabah Mosque, north of the city.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Hebron, Bani Na’im, and Tarrama villages, in Hebron governorate. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 29 March 2021:

  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Riyad al-Qarrawi (20) and Mahdi Abu al-Hawa (20), and took them to unknown destinations.
  • At approximately 07:30, IOF reinforced with 4-military vehicles moved 50-100 meters to the west of the border fence, east of Deir al-Balah. They combed and leveled lands and deployed again at approximately 16:00.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF stationed at the entrance of Salem court, west of Jenin, arrested Mohammed Husain Bani Ghurra (17), from Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. IOF claimed that he attempted to smuggle a bombshell into the court.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF arrested Muna Azmi al-Qawasmi, a journalist at Jerusalem Newspaper, and the former prisoner Sedqi Suliman al-Maqt (54), after conducting an interview in the yards of the Aqsa Mosque. IOF took them to al-Kishle police center, where their mobile phones were confiscated, and they were interrogated for hours and accused of inciting riots. Later IOF released them on condition that banning his entry to the Aqsa Mosque for 7 days, which may be renewable. It should be noted that al-Maqt is from Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights, and he was released in January 2020, during a prisoner exchange deal, after he spent 32-years in the Israeli prisons.
  • At approximately 15:00, the Israeli Intelligence Services handed the Jerusalem Affairs Minister, Adnan Adel Ghaith (46), a new military decision that bans his entry to the West Bank for another 6-months for unjustified/false security reasons. Jerusalem governorate stated that this is the fifth decision in raw that bans the entry of Ghaith to the West Bank and to his workplace, north of Jerusalem. it should be noted that IOF arrested and interrogated Ghaith over than 27 times since he was signed as a governor.
  • At approximately 19:30, IOF stationed at Container military checkpoint, east of Bethlehem, arrested Ramzi Naser Abu Ajamiyya (20), from al-Dheisha refugee camp, south of the city, while passing through the checkpoint. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Aqabat Jabr refugee camp, southwest of Jericho; and Ti’inik village, west of Jenin. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 30 March 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Jenin. They raided and searched Ahmed Huthaifa al-Jamal;s (20) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Ram village, north of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Emran Mousa Zawahra’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Yasuf, east of Salfit. They raided and searched Nour Jamal Azzam’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into the southern side of Hebron, and stationed in Kiton area. They raided and searched Mohammed Hamed Barqan’s (36) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOD moved into Ein Musbah neighborhood in Ramallah. They raided and searched Abdul Majid Majed Hasan’s (22) house and arrested him. It should be noted that Hasan is a university student.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched Mus’ab Mohammed Srour’s (32) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF moved into Qarawat Bani Hassan village, west of Salfit. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Mo’nis Jamal Mer’i (24) and Saher Ammar Mer’i (26), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF arrested Jom’a Khaled Abu Mfareh (24), from Teqoa, east of Bethlehem, after summonsing him to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of the city.
  • IOF carried out (6) incursions in Tubas and Tammun, southeast of Tubas; Qalqilya, Jericho, Aqabat Jabr refugee camp, near Jericho; and Ras Karkar village, west of Ramallah. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 31 March 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Tubas, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched Abdul Wahab Shadi Daraghmah’s (19) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:20, IOF moved into Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched Ayman Rami Zeid’s (19) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:50, IOF moved into Deir Jarir village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched Mu’in Abdul ‘Alim Olwi’s (21) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 07:00, IOF reinforced with 4 military vehicles moved 50-100 meters to the west of the border fence, east of Deir al-Balah. They combed and leveled lands and deployed again at approximately 16:00.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF moved into Samu village, south of Hebron. They deployed in the Old City of Hebron, closed the main street of the city to provide protection to settlers to perform their religious rituals in an old Roman synagogue in the city center. The closure continued until at approximately 10:00.
  • At approximately 10:00, Israeli infantry unit moved into Bab al-Zawiya area in Hebron. Meanwhile, several military vehicles came and closed the road to Bir al-Hams, and forced the stores’ owners to close their stores, and prevented the Palestinian vehicles from moving to provide security for a group of settlers to perform their religious rituals in an old building called “Etni’il Tomb”, until at approximately 11:30. Meanwhile, a group of Palestinian activists attempted to obstruct the settlers’ way and reopened their stores and rose banners that calls for the eviction of settlers out of Hebron. IOF responded by attacking the Palestinians and arrested the activist Wael Mohammed Amro (25) and took him to police center in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF arrested Emran al-Ashhab (41), the employee at Islamic Waqf rehabilitation committee, while present in the Aqsa Mosque’s yards in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF took him to al-Kishle police center, in the Old City.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Beita village, southeast of Nablus; and Beit Ur al-Fauqa village, in Ramallah. No arrests were reported.

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

Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property

  • At approximately 13:00 on Monday, 29 March 2021, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle moved into At-Tuwani village, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. They deployed around a house belonging to ‘Omer Mohammed Rab’ie while plowing the land around the house.  The soldiers tried to confiscate an excavator that was working there while the villagers intervened and prevented them. Before leaving, the Israeli Civil Administration officer handed Rab’ie a notice to stop construction works in the area under the pretext of monument destruction. 
  • At approximately 17:00 on Monday, 29 March 2021, IOF handed a citizen from Teqoa village, a notice to stop the construction of a retaining wall around his land, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Director of Teqoa village, Taysir Abu Mefreh, said that IOF notified Sami ‘Ali Ibrahim al-Ta’amrah to stop the construction of a retaining wall around a plot of land he owns in Kherbet al-Deir, west of the village, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Settler attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property

  • At approximately 17:00 on Thursday, 25 March 2021, settlers beat up Ahmed Sa’id Sbeih (39) when he was in his land in al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem, causing him bruises and wounds.

As’ad Sbeih said that his brother Ahmed was surprised with 4 Israeli settlers storming his land in ‘Ein Qasis area, west of al-Khader village.  When he tried to ask them about their presence in his land, they started beating, pushing and kicking him.  As a result, he sustained bruises and injuries all over his body and was referred to Beit Jala Governmental Hospital to receive treatment.

  • At approximately 16:30 on Sunday, 28 March 2021, a group of settlers from Brukhin village, established on west Salfit lands, attacked Rami Tahsin ‘Abdel Jawad (41), and damaged his family agricultural room in Wadi Sousia area, north of Kafr al-Deek village, west of Salfit.

Rami Tahsin ‘Abdel Jawad said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

“I was working in the village lands when someone called me to say that there were settlers damaging the agricultural room in Wadi Sousia.  I immediately stopped working and headed to the land.  When I arrived, the settlers ran away to the top of the Mountain and started throwing stones at me and my car, breaking its windshield.  I could not bear it and called the settlement’s guard.  An Israeli officer arrived, and I told him that I will not leave until they fix what they ruined.  The officer told me to calm down and I will get what I want.  All they did is trying to calm me down, and nothing happened as the officer told me to go and file a complaint to Ariel police station.  I refused and went back.  It was all in vain although I took photos of the settlers and the settler who damaged my car.”

  • At approximately 11:30 on Monday, 29 March 2021, a group of settlers from Rafafa settlement established on west Salfit lands attacked an agricultural road and destroyed the stone chains established there in Kherbet al-Nafakh, turning it into a road for settlers’ motorbikes. The settlers also cut 15 olive trees in lands belonging to heirs of Yousif Hasan Souf; Hussein Hasan Jaber; ‘Aref Hussein Saleh Souf and ‘Aisha Mahmoud ‘Abdel Qader Qasem.

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

The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life.

The West Bank:

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of more temporary checkpoints that restrict the goods and individuals  55 temporary checkpoints, where they searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs and arrested of them. IOF closed many roads with cement cubes, metal detector gates and sand berms and tightened their measures against individuals’ movement at military permanent checkpoints.

Jerusalem:

  • On Saturday, 27 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Al-Eizariya village, east of the city.
  • On Tuesday, 30 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Anata village, east of the city.
  • On Wednesday, 31 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Jab’ village, northeast of the city.

Bethlehem:

  • On Friday, 26 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Jannatah and Tuqu villages, east of the city.
  • On Sunday dawn, 28 March 2021, IOF closed al-Container checkpoint, east of the city, and re-opened it later. IOF also established a checkpoint at the entrance to Wadi Fukin village, west of the city.
  • On Monday, 29 March 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the western entrance to Tuqu village, at Nahalin village’s intersection and near al-Nashash intersection, south of the city.
  • On Tuesday, 30 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Tuqu village, east of the city.
  • On Wednesday, 31 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Tuqu village, east of the city.

Ramallah:

  • On Thursday, 25 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the main entrance to Aboud village, northwest of the city.
  • On Friday, 26 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Deir Abu Mash’al and Nabi Salih villages.
  • On Sunday, 28 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the intersection of “Ofra “settlement and at the entrance to Nabi Salih village.
  • On Monday, 29 March 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Nabi Salih,  Deir Abu Mash’al  and Abwein villages.
  • On Tuesday, 30 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint near Atara village’s bridge.

Jericho:

  • On Thursday, 25 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the Dead Sea intersection and at the southern entrance to Jericho.
  • On Friday, 26 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Jericho.
  • On Sunday, 28 March 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Jericho, at the entrance to Ein ad-Duyuk village, and on al-Mo’arajat road.
  • On Monday, 29 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Jericho.
  • On Tuesday, 30 March 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the norther entrance to Jericho, near the Dead Sea intersection and on al-Mo’arajat road. 

Nablus:

  • On Sunday, 28 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the intersection of Deir Sharaf village, west of the city.
  • On Monday, 29 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the intersection of “Shafi Shimron” settlement, west of the city.

Jenin:

  • On Sunday, 28 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 25 March  2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrance to Sa’ir, as-Samu and Idhna villages, at the western entrance to Hebron.
  • On Friday, 26 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Hebron and at the entrance to Fawwar refugee camp.
  • On Saturday, 27 March 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Hebron and at the entrances to Deir al-‘Asal and al-Moreq villages.
  • On Sunday, 28 March 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to as-Samu and Susya villages, at the northern entrance to Yatta city, and at the southern entrance to Halhul city.
  • On Tuesday, 30 March 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Awwa, Idhna and Khasa villages, and at the northern entrance to Hebron.

Qalqilya:

  • On Thursday, 25 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the eastern entrance to the city and at the entrance to Izbat al-Tabib village, east of the city.
  • On Friday, 26 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint between Jayyous and Nabi Ilyas villages, east of the city.  

Salfit:

  • On Sunday, 28 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Kifl Haris village, north of Salfit.
  • On Monday, 29 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Slafit and at the entrance to Deir Ballut village, west of Salfit.

An Old Green Colonial Trick: Israel Masking Land Grabs as Environmental Conservation

Al-Walaja Feature photo

By Jessica Buxbaum

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“More and more open areas in East Jerusalem are being designated as preservation or national parks, and this is clearly in order to prevent Palestinian urban development.” — Sari Kronish, Israeli planning rights organization Bimkom

OCCUPIED EAST JERUSALEM — For decades, a Palestinian village on the southern tip of Jerusalem has lived on and cultivated the land. But a series of recent efforts by Israel is not only threatening their way of life but potentially displacing them from their homes.

On January 25, the Jerusalem District Planning Committee rejected the residents of Palestinian village al-Walaja’s plan to legalize their homes and further develop the community. Instead, the committee declared their land an ancient agricultural area in need of environmental conservation that should be transformed into a national park.

The notion of environmental integrity struck Amy Cohen, director of international relations and advocacy at Israeli non-profit Ir Amim, as contradictory.

“The planning committee and the [Israel] Civil Administration within the West Bank [have] been promoting and advancing plans within the same area for Jewish settlers,” Cohen said. “It shows massive discrimination in how [Israel] treats Palestinian areas in order to suppress the residential development.”

The committee’s decision paves the way for the lifting of the demolition freeze on 38 al-Walaja homes. On April 26, Israel’s Supreme Court will convene for a hearing on al-Walaja’s 2018 petition over its resident-initiated outline plan.

al-Walajeh Map
The portion of al-Walaja (spelled Al Walajeh on this map) facing mass demolitions is shaded in brown within the purple circle between the apartheid wall (red line) and the Jerusalem municipal border/annexation line (blue line). Credit | Ir Amim

Ibrahim A’raj, 37, grew up in al-Walaja. The home he built for his family in 2016 is now under threat of demolition. A’raj expects the court will not rule in al-Walaja’s favor in April and his house will be demolished.

“It’s not logical or legal,” A’raj said, referring to the Planning Committee’s rejection of the development plan for environmental reasons. “The village is surrounded by settlements and the wall, which destroyed the nature and environmental landscape.”

The Planning Committee did not respond to requests for comment.

Zones and no permits

When Israel annexed East Jerusalem in 1967, it took the northern section of al-Walaja as well. Today, al-Walaja is split between Jerusalem and Areas B and C of the West Bank, so one-third of the land is controlled by the Jerusalem Municipality and the rest by the Bethlehem Governorate.

The Jerusalem area of al-Walaja has been at risk of forced displacement for a decade as a result of the Planning Committee’s refusal to discuss an outline plan. This refusal has made it impossible for the community to obtain building permits, so A’raj had to construct his house without one.

Amid the absence of building permits, demolition orders have increased. More than 20 homes have been razed in al-Walaja since 2016.

An isolated village cut off from its surroundings

Israeli authorities have prevented al-Walaja from developing while expanding Jewish settlements around the village and the apartheid wall (the barrier separating the West Bank and Israel).

Construction of the wall on three sides of al-Walaja cut off the village from nearly 300 acres of its agricultural land and turned that land into Nahal Refaim National Park. Har Gilo settlement lies to the south of al-Walaja. The Israel Civil Administration’s proposed expansion of the Har Gilo settlement to the west of the village will extend the wall, thereby enclosing al-Walaja and fully isolating it from its surroundings. The Civil Administration did not respond to requests for comment.

“The wall and the settlements deprived us from accessing our own land that we worked so hard to cultivate,” A’raj said, mentioning how the villagers are now blocked from the olive trees they harvested before the wall was built.

al-Walaja wall
Ancient agricultural terraces in al-Walaja (left) and Israel’s destruction of ancient terraces to build the wall (right). Photos | B’Tselem

Al-Walaja residents experience harassment daily from Israeli settlers and authorities. A’raj explained:

The Civil Administration confiscates our equipment when we start building a new house. The settlers around us use drones to take pictures when we start building and send them to the Civil Administration. The police put checkpoints at the entrance of the village and sometimes inside the village and the Walaja Bypass Road [connecting Har Gilo settlement to Jerusalem] gets a lot of traffic, so it limits our movement.”

A’raj lamented that if his home is demolished, he will likely leave al-Walaja, the place he’s called home his whole life. “It’s a huge tyranny that I have to leave my own house and my own land,” he said.

Israel doesn’t provide alternative or temporary housing for Palestinians whose homes they demolish. Sari Kronish — East Jerusalem planner for Bimkom, an Israeli planning rights organization — described the government’s lack of consideration in helping displaced families find housing as one of the “dark sides of the Israeli regime at the moment.”

“The very sad reality is that the authorities don’t offer [the uprooted Palestinians] anything. They just treat them as lawbreakers who are receiving their penalty,” Kronish said. “People just become homeless and become displaced.”

Ir Amim’s Cohen emphasizes that what Israel is enacting isn’t just the wide-scale displacement of Palestinians but also an attempt at annexation. She elaborated:

It’s an acute humanitarian toll that’s exacted upon the families, but it is also in service to the Israeli objective of consolidating control, which completely undermines any sort of conditions for a two-state solution based on two capitals. Because if you can completely segment Palestinian contiguity and advance steps toward de facto annexation of these areas, then you’re foiling a prospect of an agreed resolution.”

Not just al-Walaja

In what many Palestinians have described as a continuation of the Nakba (Israel’s 1948 ethnic cleansing campaign in Palestine), Israel is currently in the process of expelling thousands of Palestinians from East Jerusalem under the pretext of preservation.

“More and more open areas in East Jerusalem are being designated as preservation or national parks, and this is clearly in order to prevent Palestinian urban development,” Kronish said.

In the Al-Bustan neighborhood of the East Jerusalem district of Silwan, mass dispossession looms over the residents in order to make room for the touristic venture, Garden of the King. The community of Sheikh Jarrah is experiencing displacement at the hands of settler groups for the Shimon HaTzadik National Park.

Israel has long employed the practice of stealing Palestinian land and claiming it for recreational purposes. Many of Israel’s prized national parks were built on top of Palestinian villages destroyed during the Nakba. In Jerusalem, for instance, the remains of the village of Lifta are now a national park and hotel. Garbage and graffiti adorn what’s left of Lifta’s stone houses. Most of the village’s inhabitants, who were expelled in 1948, and their descendants live in refugee camps around Jerusalem — unable to return to home.

“It’s a form of institutional confiscation and settlement in the guise of green protection,” Kronish said.

Displacing indigenous peoples under the claim of conservation is an inherently settler-colonialist tactic spanning regions and centuries. Most well-known national parks in the United States like Yellowstone and Yosemite were once Native American tribal territories. In order to create an “uninhabited wilderness,” the federal government first had to remove the native peoples living on that land.

Modern environmentalism ignorantly dictates Some environmentalist assumptions suggest humans cannot coexist with wildlife. But that racist assumption idea ignores the history of indigenous communities living with and preserving nature.

Native Americans understood how to sustainably tend to the land. And just as in al-Walaja, maintaining the land is part of their livelihood.

Kronish explained:

This type of agricultural lifestyle is very dependent on people living [on] and working the land harmoniously. Once people are displaced, attempts at preservation become artificial. The residents would argue that by continuing to live there, they are more able to continue to preserve. For them, it’s not a question of preservation. It’s a question of a way of life and connection to the land.”

Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine 18 – 24 March 2021

Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory 18 – 24 March 2021

Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine 18 – 24 March 2021

  • IOF excessive use of force in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem: 1 Palestinian killed and another wounded in Nablus
  • Four IOF shootings reported at agricultural areas (east) and four others on fishing boats in Gaza sea
  • In 167 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 98 civilians arrested, including 6 children
  • Three houses self-demolished and IOF demolished another one in occupied east Jerusalem
  • Israeli military order to confiscate 17.5 dunums in Salfit for settlement road construction
  • Settler-attacks: 2 vehicles set ablaze in Jerusalem; 2400 seedlings uprooted in Ramallah and 25 others in Nablus
  • IOF established 75 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 6 Palestinian civilians on said checkpoints

Summary                                                                                        

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians that are mostly conducted after midnight and in the early morning hours. Even more, IOF continued its demolition operations and delivery of cease-construction and demolition notices in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. PCHR documented 193 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by IOF and settlers in the oPt.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

IOF killed Atef Y. A. Hanaysheh (46) on 19 March 2021 with a bullet in the head while suppressing a peaceful protest in Beit Dajan, northeastern Nablus. No threat was present to the lives of Israeli soldiers. IOF also shot and wounded another Palestinian in another peaceful protest in Nablus.

In the Gaza Strip, 4 IOF shootings were reported on agricultural lands eastern Gaza; and 4 at fishing boats in the Gaza sea.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 167 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 98 Palestinians were arrested, including 6 children.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted one limited incursion into eastern Rafah.

Demolitions:

PCHR documented 7 incidents:

  • East Jerusalem: 2-storey house demolished in Silwan; 3 houses were self-demolished in Isawiya and Shufat camp; land and cement pillars demolished (under-construction house) in Shufat.
  • Jenin: demolition notice served to car repair workshop in Arraba.
  • Salfit: military order to confiscate 17 dunums and 497 meters from Bruqin, Haris and Sarta.

Settler-attacks: PCHR fieldworkers reported and documented 5 attacks:

  • Occupied east Jerusalem: 2 vehicles set ablaze.
  • Ramallah: 2400 almond seedlings uprooted, and fence cut
  • Bethlehem: lands razed in Kisan for construction of a settlement road
  • Nablus: 25 tree seedlings uprooted.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

IOF imposed a complete 24-hour shutdown from Tuesday midnight, 23 March 2021, justifying it with the Israeli Knesset elections.

The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life. The United Nations confirmed that the Gaza conditions are worsening, with deteriorating health, power, and water services. The UN emphasized that the Gaza Strip requires immense efforts in the housing and education sectors and to create job opportunities.

Meanwhile, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest.

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

  • At approximately 08:20 on Friday, 19 March 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off Waha Shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and heavily opened fire around them, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:50, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Maghazi camp, in the center of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian shepherds; no casualties were reported.
  • On Friday, 19 March 2021, in a new crime of excessive use of lethal force, IOF killed a Palestinian civilian during the suppression of a peaceful protest in Beit Dajan village, northeast of Nablus, northern West Bank. The civilian died with a bullet in his head shot by an Israeli soldier at him without him posing danger or imminent threat to the soldiers’ lives. According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 12:30 on Friday, 19 March 2021, a peaceful protest took off in front of Beit Dajan village council, northeast of Nablus, at the call of the villagers and with the participation of the national labor factions in Nablus, towards lands under the threat of confiscation, east of the village.  The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation and settlers.  They parked their vehicles in al-Marhan area, east of the village, and continued walking to the settlement outpost established on the eastern mount, around 2000 meters away from al-Marhan area.  At approximately 12:50, the protesters were surprised with IOF deploying on the top of the mountain, around 1500 meters away from the outpost. IOF immediately opened fire at the protesters, and clashes that continued for 10 minutes broke out, during which the protesters threw stones where the Israeli soldiers were stationed.  The soldiers moved forward until they were 70 meters away from the protesters.  Meanwhile, one of the soldiers fired a live bullet at a protester; the bullet settled in his head wounding him under his right eye.  The protesters carried the injured protester, whose face and head were all covered in blood, and took him to Harayeq al-Damanah prairie, where they put him in a civilian car that drove him to Nablus.  A Palestinian ambulance was there, and when they wanted to put him inside the ambulance, he was already dead.  His body was taken to Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus.  He was later identified as ‘Atef Yousif Ahmed Hanayshah (46), Imam of al-Jadeed Mosque from Beit Dajan village in Nablus.  He was a father of 3 children, including a daughter with cancer.
  • At approximately 14:00 on Friday, IOF suppressed a peaceful protest organized by the residents of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, international activists and representative of national activities in protest at vacating and displacing 7 Palestinian families from the neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, in favor of Israeli settlers. The protest started from the neighborhood, at the call of the families whose houses are threatened to be vacated, towards the neighborhood’s main entrance. The participants raised banners, chanted slogans against Israeli occupation and ethnic displacement in favor of Israeli settlers. The Israeli police surrounded the area and ordered the protestors to leave. Meanwhile, the participants headed to another place in the neighborhood. Few minutes later, IOF returned, attacked the suppressed the protest, prevented the protestors from raising the Palestinian flags, fired sounds bombs at them, beat them up, and attempted to arrest Bodour Hasan. It should be noted that the Israeli Central Court recently gave al-Kurd, al-Qasem, al-Ja’ouni, and Iskafi families until the beginning of May to vacate their houses for settlers, under the pretext that the ownership of the lands, where houses are established, belongs to settlers. Additionally, the Israeli Central Court gave Hammad, al-Dawoudi and al-Dejanu families until the beginning of August 2021 to vacate their houses.
  • At approximately 07:50 on Saturday, 20 March 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off Waha Shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and heavily opened fire around them, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 15:30, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Deir al-Balah city in the center of the Gaza Strip, and east of Gaza Valley (Juhor al-Deek) village, southeast of Gaza City, opened fire at Palestinian shepherds; no causalities were reported.
  • At approximately 20:05 on Sunday, 31 March 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off Gaza Seaport, west of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 6 nautical miles, causing fear among them and forcing them to leave. No causalities or material damage were reported.
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Deir al-Balah city, in the center of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands; no causalities were reported.
  • At approximately 07:00 on Monday, 22 March 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off Waha Shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles, heavily opened fire around them and pumped water at them, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, opened fire at agricultural lands, east of Al-Fukhari village, east of Khan Yunis; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 01:40 on Tuesday, 23 March 2021, IOF along with Israeli settlers and accompanied with a bulldozer and a helicopter moved into al-‘Umra Mount, southeast of Beita village in Nablus, north of the West Bank. IOF suppressed dozens of civilians, who gathered in the area at 20:00 in the previous day to protect it from settlers. IOF fired live and rubber bullets and teargas canisters at the civilians to disperse them. The clashes continued until 11:40. As a result, a 25-year-old male was shot with a rubber bullet in his head and taken to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus. Also, dozens of civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. IOF arrested Salem Hussain Dowikat (38), taking him to an unknown destination.

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 18 March 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Hizma, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Waleed Salem al-Khateeb’s (20) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Beit Ummar, north of Hebron. They raided and searched Ibrahim Abdul Hameed Abu Maria’s (52) house, damaged its contents and detained all his family in one room. Meanwhile, IOF stormed two houses belonging to ‘Alqam and Awad families, and arrested Omar Abdul Aziz ‘Alqam (39), and Mahmoud Mohammed Awad (32).
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Hebron. They raided and searched Ameed Ghazi Jabareen’s (29) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Qalandiya refugee camp, north of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Ghassan Ali Shawamra’s (26) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Ya’bad, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Thabet Waleed ‘Ataterah (23).
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Ahmed Ashraf Abu Sbeitan (16) and Abdullah Abu Ghannam al-Mukhtar (17) and arrested them.
  • At approximately 18:30, IOF stationed at the northern entrance to Salfit, arrested Yousef Mahmoud al-Yousef (32), from Kifl Haris, north of Salfit.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF moved into Abu Dis, east of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mohammed Dawoud Bader’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out (11) Saffarin and Shufa, north of Tulkarm; Beit Lid, south of Tulkarm; Burin, Rujeib, Huwwarah and Sebastia, in Nablus governorate; Surif, Karma, Shuyukh and Bani Na’im villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 19 March 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Beit Awwa, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate. They raided and searched Mahmoud Mohammed Sweity’s (37) house and no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Teqoa, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Khader Abdullah al-‘Amour’s (20) house and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services at “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of the city.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF moved into Tura village, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Majd Mohammed Qabha (19).
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF established a temporary military checkpoint on a bypass road, northwest of Jenin. They arrested Sedqi Sadeeq Zakarnah (18), from Qabatiya, southeast of Jenin. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • IOF carried out (13) incursions in Ya’bad, Bir al-Basha, Kufeirit, Jaba’, Fandaqumiya, Sanur, Arabbuna and Deir Ghazaleh, in Jenin governorate; Dura, Sa’ir and Shuyukh al-Arrub in Hebron; Abu Shukheidim and Kobar, north of Ramallah. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 20 March 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Hebron. They raided and searched Anwar Mohammed Massouda’s (33) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF arrested Ra’fat Sameeh Najeeb (39), while present in Souq Khan al-Zeit (market), in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and took him to one of the police centers. IOF released him after several hours of interrogation.
  • At approximately 16:20, IOF moved into Khillat Hassan area, west of Salfit, arrested (7) civilians from Sanniriya village, south of Qalqilya, and took them to unknown destinations. The arrestees are: Mohammed Ibrahim A’mar (35), his brother Hussam (32), Mahmoud Ali Taha (27), his brother Ahmed (24), Mohammed Hamed Younis (32), Anis Ma’zouz Younis (26), and Anas Riyad Younis (23).
  • At approximately 15:05, IOF stationed at the bypass road between Tulkarm and Kafr al-Labad, south of Tulkarm, arrested Mohammed Nabil al-‘Amouri (22). IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Shuyukh and Deir al-A’sal villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 21 March 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Dhahiriya, south of Hebron. They raided and searched Ahmed Wael al-Toll’s (28) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Beit Fajjar, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses, severely beaten and arrested (4) civilians; Fayez Mohammed Taqatiqa (27), his brother, Salama (25), Waleed Eisa Taqatiqa (23), and Atef Mohammed Thawabtah (22).
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mohammed Ayman Abu al-Hawa (16), and Dawoud Khaled al-Huneity (21).
  • At approximately 07:00, IOF established a checkpoint to ambush civilians near Ya’bad, southwest of Jenin, and arrested Ahmed Mohammed al-Damj (21) and Wadea’ Sameer al-Ghoul (21), both from Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. IOF took them to unknown destination.
  • IOF carried out (6) incursions in Shuqba, northwest of Ramallah; Dura and Kharsa, in Hebron; Saffarin, Shufa and Beit Lid villages in Tulkarm governorate. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 22 March 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Abu Dis, east of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Ameer Yousef Rabea’s (24) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into al-Dhahiriya, south of Hebron, and stationed at al-Deir area. They raided and searched (3) houses and arrested (3) civilians; Hani Abdul Aziz Qaisiyah (30), Nabil Hashem Qaisiyah (37), and Mohammed Fadel Qaisiyah (39). IOF took them to “Otniel” settlement military camp, south of Hebron, and released them on the morning of the next day.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, and stationed at the city center. They raided Ali Izz al-Dein Abu Maria’s (18) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-Jadawil area in Beit Jala, northwest of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Nafiz Othman Shehada’s (33) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (13) civilians including 2 children. The arrestees are: Mohammed Khaled Sharifa (20), Mohammed Bassem Hijazi (17), Abdullah Omar al-Hirbawi (22), Ameer Fareed al-Basti (24), Mahmoud Hasan al-Shawish (21), Sufian Omar al-‘Ajlouni (22), Mustafa Eyad Abu Ghazaleh (17), Rawhy Mahmoud Kulghassi (24), Jihad Naser Qaws (25), Ameen Mohammed Dweik (35), Ya’qoub Mohammed Dabbagh (19), Mohammed Hazina (23), and Khaled Milhis (22).
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Abdu Faisal Abu Hammad’s (37) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Hebron, and stationed at Tamra area. They raided and searched Abdul Samea’ Mohammed al-Ja’bari’s (46) house, and no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Eid Abu Akar (33) and Hamdi Mustafa Abu Akar (24), from Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, while present in ak-Khadir village, south of the city. It should be noted that it was not the first time for IOF to raid the arrestees’ houses.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into al-Am’ari refugee camp, southeast of al-Bireh, north of Ramallah governorate. They raided and searched Bilal Kifaya’s (25) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into al-Shurfa neighborhood in al-Bireh. They raided and searched Mohammed Ahmed Hawamda’s (26) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF arrested Mansur Mahmoud (23) and Ahmed Haitham Mahmoud (20), while present at the entrance to al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. IOF took them to one of the police centers and released them after several hours of investigation.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF arrested Ameer Anwar Qindah (23)v and Ahmed Nafiz Abu Shukheidim (22), from Abu Shukheidim village, north of Ramallah, while present at al-Khilla area, near “Nahliel” settlement, northwest of the city.
  • At approximately 23:00, IOF arrested Tha’er Jaber (22), while present near the bus station of Nablus street, in the occupied East Jerusalem.

Tuesday, 23 February 2021:

  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into ‘Anata, northeast the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Ra’ed Najeh Abu Ali’s (26) house, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF moved into Bir Ayub neighborhood in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Mohammed Abdullah Owda’s (44) house and arrested him along with his sons; Abdullah (20), and Khader (15).
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Suhaib Hamed Karaja (28), from Halhul, north of Hebron governorate, after stopping him on a temporary military checkpoint established on the northern entrance to the city.
  • At approximately 18:00, Israeli Intelligence Services arrested Ali Hussain Deiriyyah (26), from Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem, after summonsing him for investigation at “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of the city.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF moved into Isawiya village, northeast the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Eyas Hussain Obaid’s (19) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 23:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Ra’ed Rami Abu Sbeitan’s (21) house and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Hebron, Beit Ummar, and Tarqumiyah villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 24 March 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Yatta, south of Hebron governorate. They raided and searched two houses and arrested Samer Mousa Abu Malash (39), and Mohannad Mahmoud Abu Malash (37).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Qabatiya, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (4) civilians; Ahmed Issam Abu al-Rab (21), Majed Faisal Nazzal (31), ‘Allam Ahmed Nazzal (22), and Mohammed Adel Saba’na (22).
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into al-Hashemiya village, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mohammed Sati Jarrar (27).
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Tammun, southeast of Tubas. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Marwan Ahmed Bisharat (30).
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into al-Saf street, in the center of Bethlehem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Islam Adel Hijazi (22) and Marwan Saleh Abu ‘Aahour (27), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Anazzah village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Ahmed Mohammed al-‘Amour (27).
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Um al-Sharayet neighborhood, south of al-Bireh, north of Ramallah governorate. They raided and searched the house of Hamas leader, Jamal Mohammed al-Tawil (58), and arrested him. IOF released him after several hours. It should be noted that al-Tawil spent 13 years in the Israeli prisons in separate periods.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into the southern side of Hebron. They raided and searched Makroum Naser al-Ja’bari’s (29) house, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (7) civilians; Bajes Ma’rouf Nakhla (57), his son Ma’rouf (30), Eyad Mahmoud Safi (49), Maher Ayoub Dalaisha (46), Awwab Ahmed Mubarak (28), Abdul Aziz Mohye al-Dein al-Khateeb (20), and Mohammed Saher Dabour (21).
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Jaba’ village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (4) civilians; Ibrahim As’ad Baddad (45), Mohammed As’ad Shreim (32), Fareed Mohammed Balsha (48), and Nasri Saleh Khaliliyah (26).
  • At approximately 06:00, a group of Mista’arvim, (Israeli Special Unit dressed like Palestinian civilians), sneaked to a local market in the center of Jenin, using a vehicle with a Palestinian registration plate. Three gunmen came out of the vehicle and arrested Majdi Azmi Hasaniya (26), from Jenin refugee camp, while he was organizing vegetables at his father’s shop. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 07:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Khalil Atta Abu al-Hawa’s (18) house, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 07:30, IOF established a temporary military checkpoint near the entrance to Arraba, southwest of Jenin. They arrested Asem Mustafa Arqawi (18), and Mohammed Eyad Souqiyya (18), from Jenin. IOF took them to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved 50-meters to the west of the border fence, east of al-Shawka village, east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip. They combed and leveled lands and deployed again later.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Dura and Idhna villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

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

Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property

  • On Thursday, 18 March 2021, Two brothers, Khaled and Monir al-‘Abbasi, vacated the contents of their 2-storey house in Deir al-Saneh neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, upon an Israeli Municipality’s notice to vacate their houses under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Khaled al-Abbasi said that the 2-storey building was established in 2016; he lived with his wife, 5-year old child and 7-month baby in a 100-sqm apartment in the first floor while his brother Monir lived with his pregnant wife in his 90-sqm apartment in the second floor.  Al-‘Abbasi added that the Israeli municipality promptly pursued them and issued an administrative decision to demolish their houses. Their lawyer managed to freeze the decision and applied for a house license, but in vain.  Al-‘Abbasi pointed out that the Israeli Municipality imposed on him a fine of 70,000 shekels in 2019, and he is still paying it.  He added that he and his brother were handed an order to vacate their houses within 21 days last September, so they headed to the Israeli court, which gave them until 11 March to self-demolish the house, but he did not do it.  He said that the Israeli Police called him on Thursday morning to notify him to vacate his house to demolish it in the coming days.  Al-‘Abbasi said that the construction of the house cost him 700,000 shekels while the lawyer fees were around USD 13,000. 

  • On Sunday morning, 21 March 2021, Raja’ie Talal ‘Atiah self-demolished his house in al-Madares neighborhood in al-‘Isawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, pursuant to the Israeli Municipality’s decision under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Raja’ie ‘Atiah said that the house was under construction and he lived in the 120-sqm third floor.  He added that he started building the house 5 months ago so that his son, Ahmed, move in, but the Israeli Municipality promptly haunted him and issued a decision to demolish the house.  ‘Atiah added that he hired a lawyer to appeal the decision, but the Israeli District Court issued a decision to self-demolish his house and gave him a month to carry out the demolition.  He pointed out that the Israeli Municipality called him yesterday afternoon and threatened him that a fine of 200,000 shekels would be imposed on him if the Municipality’s vehicles carried out the demolition.

  • On the same morning, Mohammed Bassam al-Sabbah Karshan self-demolished his 2-storey house in Sho’fat refugee camp, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, pursuant to the Israeli Municipality’s decision under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Mohammed Karshan said that he built his house 7 months ago on an area of 500sqms, but it is still under construction.  The first floor was supposed to include 5 shops and the second floor should include 2 residential apartments.  Karshan added that the Israeli Municipality notified him last November to stop the construction works and then handed him an administrative demolition decision under the pretext of unlicensed construction and its location near Sho’fat refugee camp checkpoint. He said that he appealed the decision and hired a lawyer, but the court notified him that a fine of 300,000 shekels would be imposed on him if he did not carry out the demolition.

  • In the same morning, Sami Mohammed Sa’ied ‘Abbeid self-demolished his house in al-‘Issawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, pursuant to the Israeli Municipality’s decision under the pretext of unlicensed construction. Sam’ ‘Abbeid said that the 100-sqm house was under construction, and he started building it at the end of last year so that his son, Mohammed, moves in, but the Israeli Municipality promptly pursued him and issued a decision to demolish his house.  ‘Abbeid added that he hired a lawyer to try to freeze the demolition decision, but the court rejected his request and insisted on the demolition decision.  ‘Abbeid said that he was forced to self-demolish his house after the Israeli Municipality threatened him of imposing a fine in case its vehicles carried out the demolition.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration SUV raided an auto-repair workshop near ‘Arraba intersection, southwest of Jenin. The Civil Administration officer asked the workers for the workshop’s owner.  When they told him that the owner was not here, he fixed a notice to the workshop door relevant to the demolition of the workshop, which is a 150-sqm tinplate barrack and costs 150,000 shekels.  The workshop, which belongs to Hussam ‘Emad Abu Salah, from ‘Arraba village, southwest of Jenin, was notified under the pretext of illegal construction in Area C.
  • At approximately 12:00 on Sunday, 21 March 2021, IOF handed a military order to confiscate 17 dunums and 497 sqms from civilians’ lands in Burqin village and Haris and Sarta villages, to build a settlement road that connects Barkan settlement with the “Trans-Samaria Highway,” which connects Tel-Aviv with the Jordan Valleys. Tens of settlements were established on both sides of the road, and many changes and expansions were made to the road that led to changes in the features of Salfit City and confiscation of tens of Palestinian agricultural dunums.
  • At approximately 08:00 on Wednesday, 24 March 2021, the Israeli municipality bulldozers demolished the concrete pillars and floor belonging to Mahmoud ‘Alqam in Shu’fat refugee camp, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Mahmoud ‘Alqam said that he built a cement floor 2 months ago on an area of 100 sqms, intending to build a house so that he moves in with his wife and 5 children; the eldest is 16 years old and the youngest is 6 months old.  ‘Alqam added that he was surprised with IOF moving into Ras Khamis neighborhood and surrounding the place.  They started demolishing the pillars and floor in addition to completely levelling the land and the fence surrounding it, without a prior warning.

Settler attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property

  • At dawn on Friday, 19 March 2021, a group of settlers burnt 2 vehicles and wrote racist slogans in Beit Iksa village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem.

Sa’adah al-Khatib, Mayor of Beit Iksa village, said that a group of settlers moved into the village at dawn and wrote racist slogans on some walls in the village.  They also burnt 2 vehicles belonging to Hamdan Karshan, and the Palestinian Civil Defense crews arrived to extinguish the fire, which completely caught the 2 vehicles. He added that this is the fourth incident of its kind during the past period.

  • At approximately 07:30 on Saturday, 20 March 2021, Monjed Ahmed al-Tamimi, from Deir Nidham village, arrived at his agricultural land in Wad Raya area, north of the village, which is 700 meters away from “Halamish” settlement, and was surprised that the land fence was cut and around 2400 almond seedlings were uprooted and broken. He added that he later found out that a group of settlers from “Halamish” settlement did this.  It should be noted that in March, IOF confiscated a tractor belonging to al-Tamimi as well when he was plowing another land near al-Nabi Saleh village near Deir Nidham village.
  • On Sunday morning, 21 March 2021, settlers levelled vacant lands in Thaher al-Mazareb area in Kisan village, east of Bethlehem, to build a settlement road.
  • Ahmed Ghazal, Head of Kisan Village Council, said that a group of settlers from “Ma’ale Amos” settlement established on the Kisan lands built a settlement road of 4 kilometers in Thaher al-Mazareb area, east of the village, preluding to confiscate hundreds of dunums from the area lands.
  • At approximately 10:30 on Tuesday, 23 March 2021, 3 settlers on tractors from “Havat Gilad” settlement, established on southern Tal village, southwest of Nablus, attacked the Palestinian lands in Khelet Mohra al-Qebli, south of the village, uprooted 25 five-year-old olive seedlings and confiscated 22 of them. Those seedlings belong to Mohammed Ibrahim ‘Othman Ramadan from the village.

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

The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life.

The West Bank:

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of more temporary checkpoints that restrict the goods and individuals  75 temporary checkpoints, where they searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs and arrested 6 of them. IOF closed many roads with cement cubes, metal detector gates and sand berms and tightened their measures against individuals’ movement at military permanent checkpoints.

Jerusalem:

  • On Sunday, 21 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint near the entrance to Biddu village’s tunnel, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem.
  • On Wednesday, 24 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint near the entrance to Biddu village’s tunnel, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem.

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday, 18 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint near al-Nashnash intersection, south of the city.
  • On Friday, 19 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Tuqu village, east of the city.
  • On Saturday, 20 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint in ‘Aqabet Hassnah area, west of the city.
  • On Sunday, 21 March 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Tuqu village and at the entrances to Jannatah and Marah Rabah villages, south of the city.
  • On Monday, 22 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Tuqu village and at the entrance to Marah Rabah village, south of the city.
  • On Tuesday, 23 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the western entrance to Tuqu village, east of the city.
  • On Wednesday, 24 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint near al-Nashnash intersection, south of the city.

 Ramallah:

  • On Thursday, 18 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint near ‘Atara village’s bridge, north of the city.
  • On Friday, 19 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint near ‘Atara village’s bridge, north of the city.
  • On Saturday, 20 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the intersection of “Hallamish” settlement, northwest of the city.
  • On Sunday, 21 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Nabi Salih village.
  • On Monday, 22 March 2021, IOF stationed at “al-Mahkama” military checkpoint established near “Beit El” settlement, north of Al-Bireh city, tightened their measures, searched Palestinians’ vehicles and checked their IDs. Also, IOF established 2 checkpoints on a road connecting between Silwad and Ein Yabrud villages and at the entrance to Nabi Salih village.
  • On Tuesday, 23 March 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Beitin, Deir Abu Mash’al and Nabi Salih villages.

Jericho:

  • On Thursday, 18 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at Al-Auja village’s intersection and at the northern entrance to Jericho
  • On Friday, 19 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Jericho.
  • On Saturday, 20 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the norther entrance to Jericho.
  • On Sunday, 21 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the southern entrance to Jericho.
  • On Monday, 22 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the southern and northern entrances to Jericho.
  • On Tuesday, 23 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the southern and northern entrances to Jericho.

Nablus:

  • On Thursday, 18 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Awarta village and near the intersection of “Shafi Shimron” settlement, west of the city.
  • On Friday, 19 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint near the intersection of Sarra village, southwest of the city.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 18 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Hebron and at the entrance to Fawwar refugee camp.
  • On Friday, 19 March 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Awwa, Idhna and Khasa villages, and at the northern entrance to Hebron.
  • On Saturday, 20 March 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Hebron, at the entrance to Fawwar refugee camp and at the entrance to Beit Ummar village.
  • On Monday, 22 March 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to as-Samu and ad-Dhahiriya villages, at the southern entrance to Halhul city, on Khelet al-Mayia road, and at the southern entrance to Dura city.
  • On Tuesday, 23 March 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Ummar and Susya villages, at the western entrance to the city, and at the northern entrance to Yatta city.
  • On Wednesday, 24 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the eastern entrance to Dura city and at the entrance to ad-Dhahiriya village.

Qalqilya:

  • On Saturday, 20 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Jit village, northeast of the city.
  • On Sunday, 21 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints under the bridge of Azzun villages and at the entrance to Azzun village, east of the city.
  • On Tuesday, 23 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Hableh and Izbat al-Tabib villages, east of the city.

Salfit:

  • On Saturday, 20 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Kifl Haris and Kafr ad-Dik villages, west of the city.
  • On Sunday, 21 March 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Kafr ad-Dik, Deir Ballut and Haris
  • On Monday, 22 March 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Kafr ad-Dik and Deir Istiya villages and at the northern entrance to Salfit.
  • On Tuesday, 23 March 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Iskaka, Deir Istiya, Deir Ballut, and Az-Zawiya villages.

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (11-17 March 2021)

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

Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine

11 – 17 March 2021

  • IOF excessive use of force in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem: 23 Palestinians wounded, including 3 children and Palestinian minister
  • One Palestinian sustained wounds after an explosive device left by IOF detonated in the central Jordan valleys
  • Three IOF shootings reported at agricultural areas (east) and three others on fishing boats in Gaza sea
  • In 138 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 71 civilians arrested, including 12 children and 2 sisters
  • IOF arrest a child attempting to cross the Gaza border fence
  • IOF conducted limited incursion into eastern Central Gaza
  • 5 commercial facilities and 4 houses demolished (2 self-demolished ) in occupied east Jerusalem
  • Israeli decision to confiscate 50 dunums in Bethlehem and demolish 15 tents in Khirbet Tana
  • Settler-attacks: attacks on civilians and attempts to confiscate lands in Salfit, Hebron and Nablus
  • IOF established 55 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 3 Palestinian civilians on said checkpoints

Summary

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians that are mostly conducted after midnight and in the early morning hours. Even more, IOF continued its demolition operations and delivery of cease-construction and demolition notices in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. PCHR documented 228 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by IOF and settlers in the oPt.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

IOF shot and injured 23 civilians (including 3 children and a minister) in its excessive use of force against civilians in the West Bank: 11 were wounded in clashed during IOF demolition of buildings in Kafr ‘Aqab, occupied east Jerusalem; 3 during IOF incursion into Dheisha refugee camp, Bethlehem; 5, including Minister of Labor Nasri Abu-Jash (54) who sustained to bullets in the abdomen and back in IOF suppression of a peaceful protest in Nablus; another civilian was wounded in Nablus 2 children in al-Jalazone refugee camp, Ramallah; and another civilian was shot near he annexation wall in Qalqilya. Dozens of others suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.  Also, one civilian was wounded after an explosive device left by IOF detonated in central Jordan valleys.

In the Gaza Strip, 5 IOF shootings were reported on agricultural lands eastern Gaza; and 3 at fishing boats in the Gaza sea.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 138 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 71 Palestinians were arrested, including 12 children and 2 sisters.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted one limited incursion into eastern Central Gaza and arrested a child attempting to cross the Gaza Border.

Demolitions:

PCHR documented 14 incidents:

  • East Jerusalem: house gate demolished in Isawiya; shop and two houses self-demolished in Silwan; 4 barracks dismantled (2 used as residences and 2 used as shops) in az-Za’ayyem; shop and warehouse demolished and several business owners received demolition notices in Kafr ‘Aqab.
  • Bethlehem: ratification of Israeli decision to confiscate 50 dunums from Husan and Nahalin villages; 4 agricultural rooms demolished in Beit Ta’mir; and 4 dunums razed in al-Makhrour area.
  • Hebron: room and barracks demolished eastern Halhul; and agricultural room dismantled eastern Yatta.
  • Nablus: 15 tents (residential and for sheep) demolished in Khirbet Tana.
  • Ramallah: n15 dunums razed in Ras Karkar.
  • Jericho: 4 residential barracks demolished.

Settler-attacks: PCHR fieldworkers reported and documented 5 attacks:

  • Salfit: rioting in Kifl Haris.
  • Hebron: civilians assaulted in Yatta and road constructed in a 25-dunum land in eastern Hebron in prelude to its confiscation.
  • Nablus: Palestinian lands assaulted in Jalud as well as an under-construction house in Burin.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:            

The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life. The United Nations confirmed that the Gaza conditions are worsening, with deteriorating health, power, and water services. The UN emphasized that the Gaza Strip requires immense efforts in the housing and education sectors and to create job opportunities.

Meanwhile, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest.

  1. Shooting and other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity
  • At approximately 04:00 on Thursday, 11 March 2021, an Israeli military force accompanied with dozens of Israeli soldiers and Special Forces Unit moved into Dheisheh refugee camp, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched houses, blew up its doors, frightened its inhabitants, and arrested Khader ‘Abed al-Jabbar al-Hasanat (44). During which, a group of Palestinian young men gathered in the camp’s eastern neighborhood and threw stones and Molotov Cocktails at IOF, who attacked the protestors, chased them on the camp’s streets and fired live bullets and heavy sound bombs at them. As a result, 3 protestors were shot with live bullets.
  • At approximately 09:30, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Deir al-Balah city in the center of the Gaza Strip, and east of Gaza Valley (Juhor al-Deek) village, southeast of Gaza City, opened fire at agricultural lands; no causalities were reported.
  • At approximately 11:00 on Friday, 12 March 2021, a peaceful protest took off in front of Beit Dajan village council, east of Nablus, north of the West Bank, at the call of the villagers and with the participation of the National Action Factions in Nablus, towards lands under the threat of confiscation, east of the village. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation and settlers. When the protestors arrived at the area, they found a large number of Israeli soldiers awaiting them. The protestors chanted slogans again against the Israeli occupation and settlers. IOF immediately suppressed the protest and fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 5 civilians, including a child, were wounded. The wounded civilians were as follows:
  1. A child was shot with a Two-Two bullet in his left foot.
  2. Minister of Labor Nasri Khalil Saleem Abu Jash (54) was shot with 2 rubber bullets in his abdomen and back.
  3. 26-year-old male was shot with 2 live bullets in his feet.
  4. 60-year-old elderly was shot with 2 rubber bullets in his feet.
  5. 30-year-old male was shot with 2 rubber bullets in his feet.

All of the wounded civilians were taken to Rafidia hospital for treatment. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.

  • Following the Friday prayer, on 12 March 2021, IOF suppressed hundreds of Palestinian worshipers gathered in al-Ghazlay yard in al-Asbat Gate area. IOF beat and pushed the worshipers while they were getting out of al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City and fired sound bombs at them. During which, IOF arrested Omar Basem Zaghir (22) after severely beating him. It should be noted that IOF imposed a cordon on the Old City in the morning, established dozens of military checkpoints at al-Aqsa Mosque gates, checked Palestinian worshipers’ IDs, prevented 321 persons living in the West Bank from performing prayers at the mosque, and arrested 4 civilians under the pretext of entering Jerusalem without permits. Among the arrestees were: ‘Abed al-Raheem al-Sa’idi and Ahmed Abu ‘Asem, from Tulkarm.
  • At approximately 06:00 on Saturday. 13 March 2021, IOF stationed near the annexation wall, at Bereen Gate, southwest of Qalqilya, fired teargas canisters at Palestinian workers, who attempted to enter Israel for working. As a result, a 26-year-old male, from Beita village in southern Nablus, was hit with a teargas canister in his head and taken to a governmental hospital in the city for treatment. He was then referred to Istishari Arab Hospital.
  • At approximately 15:05 on Saturday, 13 March 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off Waha Shore and off al-Soudaniyia Shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and fired live bullets and sound bombs around them, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 16:10, settlers from “Givat Ronim” settlement outpost established in southeastern of Nablus, and under IOF protection, attacked Montaser Nafi’ Mansour’s under-construction house located in the eastern side of Burin village. The settlers demolished the house walls before the villagers’ arrival. Meanwhile, clashes erupted between the villagers and settlers and continued for an hour. During which, IOF fired live bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters to disperse the villagers. As a result, a 19-year-old male was shot with a live bullet in his left thigh and below his abdomen and taken to Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus.
  • At approximately 08:00 on Sunday, 14 March 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off 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 them, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 09:00, IOF attacked Nabil Saqer ‘Obad, from Kifl Haris village, north of Salfit, adjacent to “Ariel” settlement, north of the city. ‘Obaid said that while he was heading to his work and walking on the street, Israeli soldiers shouted at him, saboteur stop! They pointed their guns at him and ordered him to stop. He added that he stopped and Israeli soldiers stationed behind trees approached him. Meanwhile, the soldiers pushed him to the ground and an Israeli soldier kicked him at his head and asked him, where is the knife? ‘Obaid told the soldier that his is not a saboteur and he is a worker waiting his employer to go with him to work. IOF confiscated ‘Obaid’s cell phone and called his employer to make sure that he is really waiting him. They released him later.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, opened fire at agricultural lands, east of al-Qarara village, east of Khan Yunis; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF stationed at military site no(16), north of Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip, opened heavy fire at Palestinian shepherds who approached the fence, causing fear among them and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 20:30, IOF moved into Qaryut village, southeast of Nablus, and fired heavy sound bombs and teargas canisters at residential houses. Meanwhile, 3 paramedics namely ‘Abed al-Raheem Mahmoud Falah Hamdan, Bashar Mu’amer Qaryuti and Mo’tasem Mefleh Ahmed Badawi drove a vehicle with Red Crescent plate and headed to help civilians, who suffocated due to teargas inhalation. The paramedics provided help for Kasab and ‘Awad Rateb families. When the paramedics got out of Rateb’s house, they found that IOF broke the vehicle’s rear window. The paramedic Bashar Mu’amer Qaryuti said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

“At approximately 20:30 on Sunday, 14 March 2021, while I was at my duty in the Palestinian Red crescent office in the center of  Qaryut village, southeast of Nablus, along with my colleagues ‘Abed al-Raheem Mahmoud Falah Hamdan and Mo’tasem Mefleh Ahmed Badawi, we knew that IOF moved into the village and they fired teargas canisters at residential houses. We immediately got into the PRCS vehicle and headed to Kasab family’s house, where we provided aid for 6 persons. After that, we headed to ‘Awad Rateb’s house and found 4 soldiers stood in front of the house. We managed to enter the house and provide help of its inhabitants. When we got out of the house, we found the vehicle’s rear window was broken. We asked neighbors and they told us that IOF broke the window and flee towards ‘Ali settlement. We phoned the Palestinian Liaison office and told them about what happened.”  

  • At approximately 08:30 on Monday, 15 March 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, opened fire at agricultural lands, east of Khuzaʽa village, east of Khan Yunis; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 10:35, Israeli gunboats stationed off 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 them, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 20:30, IOF stationed at a military watchtower established near “Beit El” settlement, near Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah, fired live bullets at two children, who were present near the entrance to al-Yasmin neighborhood, adjacent to the mentioned settlement, under the pretext of throwing stones. As a result, the 16-year-old child was shot with a rubber bullet in his leg and the 15-year-old child was shot with a rubber bullet in his foot. Both of them were taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah for treatment. This coincided with IOF incursion into the neighborhood, as they raided and searched houses and confiscated the recording device of the surveillance cameras.
  • At approximately 09:30 on Tuesday, 16 March 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, opened fire at agricultural lands, east of Khuzaʽa village; no casualties were reported.
  • On the same day, 11 civilians were shot with rubber bullets, while 31 others suffocated due to teargas inhalation during the IOF incursion into al-Matar neighborhood in Kafr ‘Aqab village, north of occupied East Jerusalem. IOF also demolished a shop and a store, levelled plot of land and delivered several notices for shops’ owners.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Wednesday, 14 March 2021, ‘Ali Mousa Jahaleen Abu Dahok (18), from Deir Hajla village in eastern Jericho, sustained critical wounds due to the explosion of an object of Israeli military remnants. According to PCHR’s investigations, Abu Dahok was wounded while breeding sheep in central valley area, near the Jordanian border, east of the city. Abu Dahok sustained deep wounds in his feet and taken to Arab Society Hospital in Bethlehem.
  1. Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 11 March 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Harmala village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Na’eem Asakra’s house and handed his two sons, Emad (27) and Eyad (22), summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of the city.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Azza refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Nadeem al-Azza’s (25) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched Ahmed Moneef Qazzaz’s (24) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Beit Ulla, west of Hebron. They raided and searched Hussam Hami Fawargha’s (26) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Sa’ir, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Jaradat family, and arrested Safa’ Hazem Jaradat (24), and her sister, Amany (21).
  • At approximately 09:00, IOF moved into al-Sawahira al-Sharqiya village, east of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Izz al-Dein Mohammed Mashahera’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF stationed at Alsilsila Gate, one of the Aqsa Mosque’s Gates, and arrested Khaled Riyad al-Issawi (38), head of the preaching and guidance department at the Aqsa Mosque, after ending the Isra’ and Mi’raj prayers. IOF took him to one of the police centers in the city and released him on the next day on condition that banning his entry to the Aqsa Mosque for a week.
  • At approximately 21:00, Israeli Intelligence Services handed the Jerusalem Affairs Minister, Adnan Adel Tawfiq Ghaith (46), two military decisions after summonsing him to al-Maskobiya police center. First decision is renewing his ban from leaving his residence place in Silwan and preventing him from moving and being present inside the occupied Jerusalem. The other decision is banning any communication with dozens of officials and activists including the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas.

It should be noted that Ghaith was arrested and interrogated several times since being issued as a governor, and several military decisions, renewable every 6-month, were issued against him, such as imposing the house arrested into his place of residence in Silwan; preventing him from communicating with specific figures; banning his entry to the West Bank; banning him from holding or presenting any activities or conferences inside Jerusalem; and providing financial aids for institutions.

  • IOF carried out an incursion in Kifl Haris, north of Salfit. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 12 March 2021:

  • At approximately 19:00, IOF arrested Abdul Rahim Rami al-Khaldi (17), from al-Bureij camp, while attempting to pass the border fence with Israel, east of the camp.
  • Abdul Rahim’s father, Rami al-Khaldi (born in 1974), said that at approximately 14:30, on Friday, his son got out of the house, so they noticed his absence and started asking their relatives about him. At approximately 12:30 on Saturday, Rami received a phone call from the Israeli police to inform him that his son is under arrest and he will be presented before the Court of Ashkelon.
  • At approximately 19:30, IOF arrested Ehab Abu Sneina (23) and Shadi ‘Amira (21), after getting out of the Aqsa Mosque, and took them to one of the police centers in the city. IOF released them on bail of 1000-NIS and banning their entry to the Aqsa Mosque for 15-days.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Azzun, east of Qalqilya, Halhul, Yatta, and Beit ‘Amra villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 13 March 2021:

  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Husan, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Mohammed Younis Hamamera’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Beit Furik village, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Ahmed Tawfiq Nasasera (47).
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF moved into Zububa, west of Jenin, stationed at the entrance of the village, and arrested two high-school students; Mohammed Hasan Za’al (18) and Ahmed Mohammed Atatera (18).
  • IOF carried out an incursion in Silwad, northeast of Ramallah governorate. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 14 March 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mohammed Mostafa Rweidy’s (21) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Isawiya village, northeast the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians, claiming that they attacked settlers’ vehicle and caused damages in the vehicle and the driver was injured. The arrestees are: Aziz Ghassan Alian (18), Lo’ay Abed Alian (20), and Mohammed Abed Alian (22).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Yatta, south of Hebron governorate, and stationed in al-Karmel area. They raided and searched five house and arrested (5) civilians; Yehya Saleh al-‘Amro (37), who was released 15-days ago, Eisa Khaled al-‘Amour (33), Qusai Khaled al-‘Amour (32), Eisa Mohammed al-‘Amour (35), and Fadi Bader al-‘Amour (33).
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Beit Ummar, north of Hebron. They raided and searched two houses and arrested Majdi Mershed Za’aqiq (17), and Mohanad Yousef ‘Alqam (20).
  • At approximately 05:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Ibrahim Khaled al-Haniti’s (18) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 06:00, IOF moved into Teqoa, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Mohammed Ali Sabbah’s (23) house and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services.
  • At approximately 09:00, IOF moved into Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Mohammed Ali al-Ghoul (17) and Qais Mahmoud Hassouna (17) and handed them summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF detained Nader Samer Ibdah (23), a driver from Marda village, north of Salfit, while driving to Salfit. IOF detained everyone in the vehicle, handcuffed Ibdah, and released them at approximately 23:30.
  • At approximately 12:00, Abdul Rahman al-Bashiti (16) surrendered himself to the Israeli occupation jail, to complete the legal measures against him. His family stated that their son is under house arrest and has been banned from entering his place of residence since January, and that Abdul Rahman was arrested and interrogated for 3 weeks, despite suffering from diabetes, and he was released on conditions that included the ban on returning to his home, which led him to stay in Beit Hanina away from his family.
  • It should be noted that al-Bashiti family frequently subjected to arrests and violence, as their old son, Hisham (20), was arrested when he was only 13, and he was arrested several months ago on charge of throwing stones at the Israeli soldiers. Hatem (18), was arrested and summonsed dozens of times with his brother Abdul Rahman (16), wo was arrested up to 20-times during 2020, despite suffering from diabetes and deteriorating his health condition inside detentions and during investigations.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF moved into Hizma, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Salah al-Dein Osama Salah al-Dein’s (15) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF moved into Batin al-Hawa neighborhood, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Yousef Rebhi al-Rajabi’s (24) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 19:00, a big occupying force along with dozens of Israeli soldiers and Special Forces stormed Shu’afat refugee camp, east of the occupied East Jerusalem, and stationed at the main street. Dozens of young men gathered and threw stones, empty bottles and cocktail Molotov at the Israeli soldiers and vehicles, who indiscriminately responded with rubber bullets and teargas canisters, chased the prosecutors, and arrested (3) civilians; Mohammed Abed al-Haq (16), Mahmoud Hamdan (17), and Wael ‘Arrar (21).
  • At approximately 21:15, IOF stationed at Mevo Dotan military checkpoint, southwest of Jenin, arrested Ameen Ashab Zakarna (23), from Qabatiya, southeast of Jenin. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Aroub refugee camp, Halhul, Beit Awwa, and Taffuh villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 15 March 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched two houses and arrested Emad Mahmoud al-Jondi (19), and Anas Yasser Abbad (20).
  • At approximately 01:10, IOF moved into Deir al-Ghusun village, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched Fo’ad Mohammed Bani Saleh’s (22) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:20, IOF moved into Tulkarm. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Fares Samer Fattouh (22) and Ahmed Issam ‘Ateiwi (28) and arrested them.
  • At approximately 02:20, IOF moved into Anabta village, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched Ra’ed Adel Hammad’s (27) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 05:10. IOF moved into Birzeit, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mohammed Najeeb al-Shahbour (26).
  • At approximately 05:20, IOF moved into Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched ‘Ahed Riyad al-Tirawi’s (25) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 12:00, IOF stationed at Kifl Haris, north of Salfit, arrested Palestine TV crew, while shooting a program about Ariel Rotary in Kifl Haris. IOF ordered them to delete they taken pictures, end shooting, and leave the location. IOF released them after an hour.
  • At approximately 19:30, IOF stationed at Huwwarah military checkpoint, south of Nablus, arrested Yousef Jihad Owda (35), from Kafr Thulth. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Kafr al-Dik, west of Salfit; Kafr Ni’ma, west of Ramallah governorate; Samu and Yatta, in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 16 March 2021:

  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Qabatiya, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Ahmed Lo’ay Manasra (19).
  • At approximately 03:20, IOF moved into Kifl Haris, north of Salfit. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians; Mohammed Ra’ed al-Qaq (17), Hamza Marwan Bouziya (22), and Hamad Abdul Aziz al-As’ad (24).
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Qarawat Bani Zeid, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Saoud Mohammed ‘Arrar (30) and Wajdi Shujei’ ‘Arrar (33) and arrested them.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into al-Khadir village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Mahmoud Mohammed Salah’s (28) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 06:00, IOF moved into Isawiya village, northeast the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Ali Sufian Obaid (17), and Mohammed Mahran Dirbas (14).
  • At approximately 07:30, IOF and 6 military bulldozers moved 100-meters to the west of the border fence, east of al-Bureij, then to the south of the border fence, east of al-Maghazi. They leveled and combed lands and redeployed at approximately 15:40.
  • At approximately 13:00, Abdullah Amjad Obaid (16), from al-Isawiya, surrendered himself to the Israeli prisons to serve his sentence of 2-months. His family stated that the Israeli Authorities sentenced Abdullah of 2 months of the actual arrest, despite the fact that he was under the house arrest 4-months ago.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF moved into al-Wad neighborhood, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods. They raided and searched Eisa al-Firawi’s (20) house and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out (5) incursions in Jenin, Awarta and Qaryut, southeast of Nablus; Ramin, south of Tulkarm; and Biddya, west of Salfit. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 17 March 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Jamma’in, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Jamal Ibrahim Abu Amr (22).
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Karkafeh area in Bethlehem. They raided and searched Abdullah Abdul Naser Salhab (31) and Abdul Rahim Faraj Salhab (39) and arrested them.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Teqoa, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians, including a child; Ma’moun Ibrahim al-‘Amour (16), Ammar Yaser al-‘Amour (20), and Mo’taz Khader al-‘Amour (22).
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Ein al-Sultan refugee camp, west of Jericho. They raided and searched the house of the former prisoner, Hamza Ahmed Irmilah (28), and arrested him. IOF released him later.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF moved into Isawiya village, northeast the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Fadi Abdullah Mahmoud (32) and Anwar Sami Obaid (23) and arrested them.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Beit Ummar, Beit Ulla, and Deir al-Asal al-Tahta in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

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

Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property

  • At approximately 11:00 on Thursday, 14 March 2021, IOF moved into al-‘Issawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, to demolish the main gate and tin plates of what was left from the rubble of ‘Alian family houses that were demolished by IOF 3 weeks ago.

‘Alian Family said that they were surprised with IOF surrounding the land and starting to demolish the main gate which was left from their houses’ rubble.  The Israeli Municipality vehicles removed the iron gate and tin plates from the land and left the area.  They added that IOF handed their son Fadi a notice to remove the rubble of their building that was demolished by the Israeli Municipality bulldozers on 22 February, within 10 days or they family will be fined.  It should be noted that IOF stormed the land many times; the last was on 04 March when they demolished a tent sheltering the family and established on their houses’ rubble for the second time within 10 days.  ‘Alian Family previously stated that the decision to demolish the family building, which included 2 floors and sheltered 20 family members, including 12 children, under the pretext of unlicensed construction, was a political decision par excellence, especially since their son, Fadi, previously received several calls from the Israeli Intelligence threatening him to demolish his family building if he continued to work as the Head of the Guard Unit in the mosque. The family added that Fadi was arrested several times and teased him lately until they demolished the family’s 360-sqm building, which was established more than 10 years ago under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

  • On Thursday as well, Israel Supreme Council for Planning and Building of the Israeli Civil Administration ratified a decision to confiscate 50 dunums from Husan and Nahalin villages, western Bethlehem, and to change their agricultural nature for the expansion of “Beitar Illit” settlement, established on Palestinian lands western Bethlehem.

Hasan Brejiyeh, director of the Wall and Colonization Resistance office in Bethlehem, stated that the targeted lands are plots 3 and 4 in Nahalin and Husan. He added that the land to be confiscated will be used for opening settler-only roads and building new housing units for the Israeli settler population.  Breijyeh stressed that this decision is extremely dangerous as it asserts the occupation authorities’ intent to confiscate additional Palestinian owned-lands for the above-mentioned settlement.

  • In the afternoon, Mohammed Hasan Ja’afrah self-demolished his commercial facility located in al-Jeser area between the Municipalities of Silwan and Jabal Mukaber, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, pursuant to an Israeli Municipality’s decision under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Mohammed Ja’afrah said that his commercial facility is a restaurant built 20 years ago on an area of 55 sqms.  He added that he received the first demolition notice 3 years ago, and 3 hearings were held in the Israeli court in this regard under the pretext of unlicensed construction. He said that the court imposed on him in the third hearing in 2019 a construction fine of 40,000 shekels and he is still paying it.  He pointed out that the court issued a decision last December to demolish the restaurant, but his lawyer could appeal the decision and postpone the demolition until the beginning of March.  He said that he received a call today morning from the Israeli police to inform him to self-demolish the restaurant before 10:00 on Monday or they will bring the bulldozers to carry out the demolition and fine him with thousands of shekels.  It should be noted that the Israeli Municipality forced Ja’afrah last August to self-demolish his under-construction 100-sqm house in al-Farouq neighborhood in Jabal Mukaber.

  • On the same afternoon as well, Ahmed ‘Issa Hijazi self-demolished his house in ‘Ein al-Lozeh neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, pursuant to the Israeli Municipality’s decision, under the pretext of unlicensed construction. Ahmed Hijazi stated that the Israeli police raided his house this morning and ordered him to self-demolish his house before 10:00 on Monday or they fine him with demolition costs, between 100,000 to 150,000 shekels, forcing him to take the furniture out of the house and then self-demolished it.  He added that he built his house in 2014 to make it wider so it could be enough for his big family of 14 members, including 3 children.  He built 3 bedrooms, a living room and its facilities on an area of 90 sqms.  Hijazi said that the Israeli Municipality imposed on him in 2019 a construction fine of 25,000 shekels.  He added that the court issued a month ago a decision to demolish his house under the pretext of failing to fulfill the geometric requirements.  His lawyer filed an appeal to the Magistrate and District Courts but in vain.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Monday, 15 March 2021, IOF, accompanied by several military vehicles and a civil administration vehicle, moved into Wad al-Shunaar, Halhul and commenced demolishing a 15sqm room and a 30sqm tin-plated barracks allegedly for unlicensed construction, both properties of Khairy A. Hirbawey. IOF had served Hirbawy military order no. 1779 on 08 February 2021, giving him 96 hours to conduct the demolition.
  • On Monday evening, IOF demolished 4 agricultural rooms in Beit Ta’mir, east Bethlehem, allegedly for non-licensing. Hasan Brejiyeh, director of the Wall and Colonization Resistance office in Bethlehem, stated that IOF demolished 4 agricultural room in Beit Ta’mir, owned by: Ibrahim A. Mubarak; Haroun I. Mahamid; Suliman A. al-Wahsh; and Hasem I. Mohammed. IOF confiscated their contents allegedly for non-licensing. It should be noted that the demolition was not preceded by any notice or warning.

Mubarak Az-Zawahreh, Head of Beit Ta’mir Village Council, added that dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered to stop the demolition and the confiscation of materials used for agricultural purposes. They demanded IOF provide them proof and a list of confiscated items, but they were only given the confirmation from the solider in charge that they will be given these papers after the removal and confiscation is done. It should be noted that Beit Ta’mir and the adjacent Jib a-Theeb villages are subject to constant IOF demolitions at the request of settlers who want to confiscate the lands.

  • On Tuesday, 16 March 2021, IOF dismantled 4 barracks (2 used for residence and 2 for commercial purposes) in in az-Za’ayyem, eastern occupied east Jerusalem, and confiscated two containers near the village’s intersection.

Abdul-qader Klaib, az-Za’ayyem village council chairman, said that this is the second time IOF dismantled Murad and Imran Mohammed Zar’ey’s barracks (80sqm/each). IOF also confiscated two containers for:

  • Mohammed Abu-Ghalia, equipped with photography equipment and surveillance devices; and
  • Mohammed Saa’di, used as a gas station.
  • On Tuesday evening, 11 Palestinians sustained rubber bullets and 31 suffocated due to inhalation of tear gas during an IOF raid into al-Matar neighborhood in Kafr Aqab, occupied east Jerusalem. IOF demolished a shop, a warehouse and a land, and served multiple business owners demolition notices.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 14:00 IOF raided al-Matar neighborhood through a hole dug by a military bulldozer in the annexation wall surrounding it and commenced demolishing Sadiq al-Hatawy’s shop and warehouse and his land. IOF served other business owners demolition notices; these demolitions are in prelude to the construction of a sports complex and park for settlers on Palestinian-owned lands, according to Raed Hamdan, Media Officer at Kafr ‘Aqab Municipality. A group of young Palestinians gathered in the are and threw stones at the Israeli forces and military vehicles. IOF immediately responded violently, firing rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at them causing clashes that lasted until late evening where dozens sustained rubber bullets and suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society stated that 31 Palestinians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation; and 11 sustained rubber-bullet wounds – one in the head – during the IOF incursion into Kafr ‘Aqab.

  • In the evening, IOF razed Ramzi N. Qaisyeh’s lands in al-Makhrur area, western Bethlehem. According to Hasan Brejiyeh, director of the Wall and Colonization Resistance office in Bethlehem, IOF raided al-Makhrur after closing the area and commenced razing Qaisyeh’s 4-dunum land, uprooting trees and confiscating equipment. It should be noted that Qaisyeh’s land was previously raided by IOF in April 2020 and August 2019.
  • In the evening, Saif Abdul-Latif self-demolished his house in Silwan in execution of the Israeli Municipality decision allegedly for non-licensing. Abdul-Latif said that he started building his house 3 months ago, as he intended to get married and move there in four months. He added that the 50sqm house is still under construction; yet, the Israeli Municipality in the city persecuted him and insisted on demolishing the house immediately, which forced him to demolish it himself before the municipal crews who watched him conclude the demolition.
  • At approximately 11:00 on Wednesday, IOF, accompanied by the Civil Administration, workers and several construction vehicles, moved into Kibet Tana, northeastern Nablus, and demolished 15 tents. The tents, 35-40 sqm/each used as residence and sheep barns, belonged to 7 Palestinian farmers: Ibrahim Hanni; Hakam Nasasra; Hamdi Mlitat; Mirwan Khatatba; Bassam Nasasra; Hamoudeh Hanni and his brother Kamal. IOF alleged the demolition was for illegal presence in Area C.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Wednesday, 17 March 2020, IOF, accompanied by several military vehicles and construction vehicles as well as the Civil Administration, moved into Ras a-Zaytoun area in Ras Karkar, northwestern Ramallah. The dozer razed a 5-dunum land, uprooted 15 olive trees (aged between 5-7 years). This is the third IOF attack on this land, owned by Ni’man A. Nofal, allegedly to improve services for “Talmon” settlement, which is established on Palestinian-owned lands.
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles, Civil Administration vehicle, JCB bulldozer and two trucks moved into Arab al-Zayed Bedouin Community in An-Nuway’imah village, north of Jericho. They completely demolished 4 barracks, 60 square meters for each, for being unlicensed and located in Area C. the demolishing decision came with no prior warning on the morning of the same day.

The three barracks belonging to Abu Kharabish brothers:

  1. Nayef Salama Abu Kharabish, his 60-square meters barracks which is used as a shelter for 8 civilians; including 6 children and a woman, was demolished and confiscated.
  2. Fadi Salama Abu Kharabish, his two barracks (60 square meters for each), which are used for sheltering 3 civilians including a woman and a child, and the other one is used for grazing sheep, were demolished and confiscated.
  3. Ali Salama Abu Kharabish, his 60-square meters barracks which is used as a shelter for 8 civilians; including 6 children and a woman, was demolished and confiscated.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles and Civil Administration vehicle al-Fakhit area, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. The soldiers deployed in the area while the Civil Administration staff started demolishing agricultural tent owned by Fo’ad Fadel al-‘Amour (48), for being unlicensed.

Settler attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property

  • At approximately 01:00 on Thursday, 11 March 2021, a group of settlers raided Kifl Haris, northern Salfit, and started rioting in the streets, breaking properties and statues and trashing the streets.
  • At approximately 08:30, 13 March 2021, a group of settlers from “Mitzpe Yair” settlement outpost established on the Palestinian lands confiscated from eastern Yatta, south of Hebron, attacked Sa’id Mohammed ‘Alian ‘Awad (48) and his wife Reema ‘Awad (38) with stones and batons when the couple were with their 6 children and their relatives’ children in their plot of land in Sho’ab al-Butm, south of the settlement outpost. As a result, ‘Awad sustained fractures in the face and bruises all over his body while the windows of his car were smashed.

Reema Isma’il ‘Awad said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

“At approximately 8:00, I went with my husband Sa’id ‘Awad (48) and my six children; the eldest is Sanad (15), along with other children of my in-laws, to picnic in our land in Sho’ab Al-Butm, where my husband, his brothers and his uncle own around 288 dunums overlooking “Mitzpe Yair” settlement from the northern side. The Israeli Supreme Court issued a decision that we own the land except for a small part, which is not settled yet. When we arrived at the land, there was a settler namely, Yusi, whom we know grazing his sheep amid the olive seedlings and winter crops. We went to tell the Israeli police, who asked us to take a video to prove that the settler is present in the land, so I started taking the video of the settler with his sheep, while my husband called the Israeli police and the popular committees in al-Masafer area in order to come to the land. A few minutes later, the settler made phone calls, and we saw a number of young settlers coming towards us from behind a caravan close to the settlement’s borders; a number of them were masked and carrying sticks. They approached us, and one of them hit me on my back with an iron bar in his hand and I fell on the ground.  He tried to take my cell phone with which I was taking the video to capture what was going on. My son, Sanad, tried to defend me and take away the settler who had attacked my husband and hit him on the head with an iron bar on his head and body.  My husband fell unconscious on the ground and the settler broke his cell phone. The rest of the settlers threw stones at us and our car; as a result, they broke the windshield and side windows. I started screaming at the settlers, who ran away. Few minutes later, three soldiers arrived, followed by Magen David Adom ambulances, which gave us first aid, while residents of the area arrived. We asked the soldiers to take my husband to an Israeli hospital, but they refused, claiming that the attack was by settlers and not by IOF.  Around an hour later, the Israeli police arrived.  The ambulances drove us to a place close to the “Susiya” settlement, where a Palestinian ambulance took us to the Hebron Governmental Hospital for treatment.  At approximately 22:00, doctors there decided to refer my husband to Al-Ahli Hospital, where he underwent a surgery for his jaw. My husband is still receiving treatment due to bruises in his face and the rest of his body, in addition to a fracture in his left jaw.”

  • At approximately 08:30 on Tuesday, 16 March 2021, a group of settles from “Kiryat Arba” settlement raided lands belonging to Jaber family in eastern Hebron. The settlers commenced construction of a road in prelude to confiscating the 25-dunum land. This occurred under the protection of several Israeli military forces to deter landowners from reaching the settlers. After Palestinian civilians intercepted the construction vehicles and several arguments with soldiers and settlers, the settlers withdrew. It should be noted that almost two months ago, settlers built a room in the above-mentioned land that was later demolished by the landowners.
  • Early on Wednesday, 17 March 2021, a group of settlers from “Ehyaa” settlement – established on Jalud village’s lands in eastern Nablus, attacked Palestinian lands in Jabal Sheikh Bashar, Area (B), land plot no. 6 and removed 40 olive seedlings belonging to Rajeh M. S. Hamoud.
  1. Closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement of persons and goods:

The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life.

The West Bank:

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of more temporary checkpoints that restrict the goods and individuals  55 temporary checkpoints, where they searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs and arrested of them. IOF closed many roads with cement cubes, metal detector gates and sand berms and tightened their measures against individuals’ movement at military permanent checkpoints.

Jerusalem:

  • On Monday, 15 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Rafat village and at the entrance to Biddu village’s tunnel.
  • On Tuesday,16 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints near Jab’ village’s intersection.  

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday, 11 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint near al-Nashnash intersection, south of the city.
  • On Saturday, 13 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the eastern entrance to Beit Fajjar village and on Caritas Hospital Road, north of the city.
  • On Sunday, 14 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Beit Fajjar village, south of the city.
  • On Monday, 15 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Jannatah village.
  •  On Tuesday, 16 March 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Tuqu village, near al-Khader Cemetery and near al-Nashnash intersection, south of the city.
  • On Wednesday, 17 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Al-Maniya village, southeast of the city.

 Ramallah:

  • On Thursday, 11 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints near ‘Atara village’s bridge and at the entrance to Nabi Salih village.
  • On Friday, 12 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the main entrance to Nabi Salih village, northwest of the city.
  • On Saturday, 13 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints near ‘Atara village’s bridge and at the eastern entrance to Al-Mughayyir village.
  • On Monday, 15 March 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Sinjil and ‘Aboud villages and at Rawabi city square, north of the city.
  • On Tuesday, 16 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints near ‘Atara village’s bridge and at the entrance to Sinjil village.

Jericho:

  • On Thursday, 11 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the southern entrance to Jericho.
  • On Sunday, 14 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at Al-Auja village’s intersection and at the southern entrance to Jericho.
  • On Monday, 15 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the southern and northern entrances to Jericho.

Nablus:

  • On Tuesday, 16 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints on Madama village’s bridge and near the intersection of Deir Sharaf village, west of the city.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 11 March  2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrance to Sa’ir village, at the western entrance to Hebron, at the northern entrance to Yatta city, and at the entrance to Fawwar refugee camp.
  • On Friday, 12 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Hebron and at the entrance to Idhna village.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF closed with rocks and sand berms the entrance to Ma’een village, in order to prevent civilians’ access to bypass road 60 via their vehicles. The road closure came after notifying several houses to be demolished.
  • On Saturday, 13 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the western entrance to Hebron and at the entrance to Idhna village.
  • On Sunday, 14 March 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Hebron, at the entrance to as-Samu village, and at the southern entrance to Bani Na’im village.
  • On Wednesday, 17 March 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrance to Bani Na’im village, at the northern entrance to Hebron, at the northern entrance to Yatta city, and at the entrance to Al-Arroub refugee camp.

Qalqilya:

  • On Thursday, 11 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance to the city.
  • On Friday, 12 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Azzun village, east of the city.
  • On Monday, 14 March 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Azzun, Jayyous, Izbat al-Tabib and Jit villages, north of the city.

Salfit:

  • On Thursday, 11 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the northern entrance Salfit and at the entrance to Deir Ballut village, west of the city.
  • On Friday, 12 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the western entrance to Deir Istiya village, north of Salfit.

Save Sheikh Jarrah: The online campaign giving hope to Palestinian refugees in East Jerusalem

Residents of Karm al-Jaouni live under the threat of forcible eviction that would see them replaced by Israeli settlers

Nabil al-Kurd, a long-time resident of Karm al-Jaouni, stands next to a wall graffitied with “We will not leave” in Arabic (MEE/Aseel Jundi)

By Aseel Jundi in Sheikh Jarrah

Published date: 22 March 2021 16:06 UTC 

At first glance, everything looked seemingly normal in Karm al-Jaouni in the Sheikh Jarrah district, but the clamour of gathering news outlets and legal institutions last week told another story of a neighbourhood in turmoil.

The Sheikh Jarrah district is inhabited by refugees who were expelled from their towns and villages by Zionist militia during the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe) in 1948. But due to Israel’s push to populate the area with Israeli settlers, Palestinian residents are now, once again, facing the spectre of expulsion.

In an effort to garner international support, activists launched an online campaign, #SaveSheikhJarrah, in Karm al-Jaouni on Monday to help save the residents, who have lived in the neighbourhood for decades, from forcible removable, which many of their neighbours have already endured. 

Nabil al-Kurd, a 70-year-old Jerusalemite and resident of Karm al-Jaouni, sees the campaign as a glimmer of hope that could help him retain his current home, and avoid reliving the experience of having been forced out of his family house in Haifa in 1948.

Karm al-Jaouni
Israel’s judicial system has repeatedly shown bias toward Israeli settlers (MEE/Aseel Jundi)

“We want to relay our voices to Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, the United Nations and international law organisations because all these parties are involved in our issue, which has certainly reached the level of war crime,” he said.

In 1956, the Jordanian government, together with the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, reached an agreement to settle these families in Jerusalem in return for their UNRWA documents.

Some 28 families were selected and provided with housing units, built by the Jordanian government, for three years, after which the ownership of the property will be automatically theirs. The lease contracts expired in 1959 and the residents became the owners of the property.

‘Their dogs attack us, their trash floods the entrance, they have killed the trees and turned the house into ruins’

– Nabil al-Kurd, resident

However, after the occupation of Jerusalem in 1967, with the eastern part of the city coming under Israeli control, the inhabitants of Sheikh Jarrah district were taken by surprise when two Jewish committees registered their ownership of the 18-dunums of land at the Land Department in 1972.

Thereafter, dozens of judicial cases were raised in Israeli courts, as the 28 nuclear Palestinian families expanded and the number of residents facing eviction in favour of settlers rose to around 600 Palestinians.

In 2019, lawyer Sami Ershied told MEE that Sheikh Jarrah eviction cases are discriminatory because the legal procedures do not take into account that East Jerusalem is an occupied territory.

Under international law, an occupying state cannot forcibly transfer residents of occupied territories because it has an obligation to preserve the demographic composition of the inhabitants.

Another point of contention has been claims made by religious Israelis that a sacred shrine belonging to Shimeon al-Siddiq (founder of the Israelite Tribe of Simeon) is located in the heart of the Karm al-Jaouni district.

Palestinian residents refute this claim, asserting that the shrine is Islamic, and known as the saint Saad al-Din Hijazi, who was buried there 400 years ago, and that “Ottoman maps” prove their narrative.

Relentless harassment

Al-Kurd’s experience with the Israeli occupation is a flagrant example of Palestinians suffering at the hands of settlers.

In 2001, he built a house adjacent to the one he already had, only for Israeli occupation authorities to confiscate the keys to the new house, just four days before he was planning to move in. In 2009, settlers came and occupied the house, turning Kurd’s life into hell. 

At the time, al-Kurd erected a tent at the entrance of the house where Palestinian, European and Jewish activists came to demonstrate their support. Settlers harassed the activists by spraying them with spoiled milk, hitting them with rotten fruits, vegetables, and waste and setting rodents on them while they slept.A decade in, Palestinian family fights on against East Jerusalem eviction

Five years later, the settlers set fire to the tent and burned it down, but the harassment of the family did not stop, even after the sit-in ended.

“Settlers would take their clothes off and stand at the windows overlooking our home. I had to hang a fabric barrier to protect my wife and daughters,” Nabil said. 

“Their dogs attack us, their trash floods the entrance, they have killed the trees and turned the house into ruins.”

Since his retirement several years ago, this elderly Jerusalemite has divided his time between keeping an eye on settlers, lest they suddenly attack his family, and countering the Israeli judicial system.

The Israeli district court has recently issued a verdict giving al-Kurd a grace period to vacate his house before May.

Al-Kurd said that although the settlers lack any proof of ownership of the land, they are adamant to evacuate its residents in accordance with the Judaisation policies in occupied East Jerusalem.

Residents of the neighbourhood, he said, have had no means of defending themselves except resorting to the law, but that avenue has been marred with challenges as the judicial system has repeatedly shown bias toward the settlers.

‘I did not surrender’

The online campaign, which has been trending in both Jordan and Palestine, has given hope to Fawziah al-Kurd, who was forcibly removed from Karm al-Jaouni in 2008, that an international campaign would stop Israel from expelling these refugees for a second time, and allow her to return to her neighbourhood.

Fawziah, who is better known as Um Kamel al-Kurd, said that although it has been 13 years since she was forced to leave, she still visits the place three times a week. 

Fawziah al-Kurd
A 2008 photo shows the tent that Fawziah al-Kurd lived in for a year after she was expelled from her home in Sheikh Jarrah (provided)

She said she passes by her house, which is currently occupied by settlers, as a show of resilience and to reiterate her refusal to abandon it. 

“I lived in the house for 40 years, the last five of which were the hardest because Israelis took half of my house by force before practically throwing me out on the street along with my ailing husband,” Fawziah told MEE. 

“Despite all of this, I did not surrender and I lived in a tent adjacent to my house for a whole year.”

Save Sheikh Jarrah

One of the coordinators of #SaveSheikhJarrah, Karmel al-Qasim, who lives in the area, said that his family was given until early May to vacate their house in which they have been living since 1956.

‘Our one and only demand is to let us live peacefully in our homes just like any normal family anywhere in the world’

– Karmel al-Qasim, resident

He pointed out that the goal behind the campaign is to convey the voice and the suffering of Karm al-Jaouni residents to the whole world and generate international political pressure to stop the displacement and dispersion of its inhabitants, once again.

“Our one and only demand is to let us live peacefully in our homes just like any normal family anywhere in the world, without the threat of eviction and displacement,” Qasim said. 

“Through the #SaveSheikhJarrah campaign, we call upon UNRWA and Jordan to assume their legal and moral responsibilities toward us because we have been living here in compliance with an agreement that both parties reached in the 1950s.” 

Karmel said he will not abandon his right to resist the policy of eviction and will continue to follow in the footsteps of his late mother Amal al-Qasim, a refugee who was expelled from Jaffa in 1948. 

He, along with his brothers and sisters, intend to stand fast in their neighbourhood, which is strategically located near the Old City of Jerusalem.

Aref Hammad, a member of Sheikh Jarrah Refugees Housing Units Committee, told MEE that the Skafi, Qasim, al-Kurd, al-Jaouni, Hammad, al-Daoudi and al-Dijani families are in the process of filing an appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court, in a last push in the legal recourse against the eviction verdicts recently issued by the district court. 

Hammad said that 169 residents of the neighbourhood have received orders to vacate their hom