‘Israel’ Occupation Forces Palestinian Man To Demolish Own Store in Al-Quds

January 14 2022

By staff, Agencies

The ‘Israeli’ occupation forces obliged a Palestinian man to demolish a commercial unit in the occupied al-Quds, as the Tel Aviv regime continues to press ahead with its illegal settlement expansion and land grab policies across the Palestinian territories despite international outcry.

Palestinian media outlets reported on Thursday that the ‘Israeli’ occupation authorities left Jamal Mohammad Ali with no choice but to totally knock down a commercial store belonging to him in Shuafat refugee camp.

The Palestinian man had to begin demolishing the structure, which had an area of 150 square meters and was still under construction, with his own hands to avoid paying unreasonable demolition costs to the Zionist occupation municipality.

Also on Wednesday, the occupation forces tore down about a dozen Palestinian-owned buildings and structures in the occupied West Bank city al-Khalil. They forced their way and carried out a large-scale demolition campaign east of Yatta town, south of al-Khalil.

At least five houses, five agricultural facilities, and a water well were demolished during the campaign.

The Tel Aviv regime routinely demolishes Palestinian houses in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds, claiming that the structures have been built without the so-called permits, which are almost impossible to obtain. They also sometimes order Palestinian owners to demolish their own houses or pay the costs of the demolition if they do not.

The Tel Aviv regime plans to force out Palestinian families from different neighborhoods in East al-Quds in an attempt to replace them with settlers.

The United Nations has reported a 21 percent increase in the number of Palestinian structures that were confiscated or destroyed this year.

Meanwhile, the international community considers ‘Israeli’ settlement construction illegal under international law. Nearly 700,000 Zionists occupy illegal settlements built since the 1967 occupation of the West Bank and East al-Quds.

The UN Security Council has in several resolutions condemned Tel Aviv’s settlement projects in the occupied Palestinian lands.

UAE delegation in Al-Aqsa in conjunction with settlers storming

Jan 11 2022

Net Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen

An Emirati delegation visits Al-Aqsa Mosque under strict protection from the Israeli occupation forces in conjunction with Israeli settlers storming the holy site.

UAE delegation entering Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Al-Quds under strict Israeli occupation forces protection

A UAE delegation visited Tuesday Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Al-Quds, under strict protection from the Israeli occupation forces.

Palestinian websites reported that several occupation police officers and forces stormed the Dome of the Rock Mosque after storming Al-Aqsa Mosque to “secure” the visit of the Emirati delegation.

#عاجل بحماية من شرطة الاحتلال التي اقتحمت المصلى القبلي معهم .. وفد إماراتي يقتحم المسجد الأقصى برفقة ضباط من الاحتلال pic.twitter.com/KS2yaO1Lut— AlQastal القسطل (@AlQastalps) January 11, 2022

Similarly, with the protection of heavily armed occupation special forces, 179 Israeli settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque during a round of provocative incursions, which lasted for several hours.

The occupation forces stationed at the gates of the Mosque, restricted the movement of Palestinian worshippers as they entered, confiscated their IDs, and searched their bags.

The Israeli settlers’ provocative incursions to Al-Aqsa Mosque take place on a daily basis and include Talmudic prayers and rituals.

Palestine’s Department of Endowments had indicated that the number of settlers storming Al-Aqsa Mosque in Al-Quds during 2021 amounted to 34,112.

Israeli settlers continue violations, storm village of Awarta

Jan 11 2022

Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen Net

The Israeli settlers storm several areas of the occupied West Bank, desecrating several Islamic sites, as IOF break into Birzeit University.

Israeli settlers raided historical and religious sites in the Palestinian village of Awarta.

Israeli settlers stormed the Palestinian village of Awarta, southeast of Nablus, under the heavy guard of the Israeli occupation forces (IOF).

Local media sites and activists on social media published disturbing scenes of Israeli settlers raiding and seizing historical and religious sites in the Palestinian village.

In the same context, heavily-armed Israeli occupation forces have violently raided “Abu Al-Shahid” roundabout in the town of Al-Ram, north of occupied Al-Quds, arresting a Palestinian citizen from Silwan.

As part of the IOF’s continuous aggressions against Palestinians, Israeli special forces blatantly raided Birzeit University’s campus in the occupied West Bank on Monday and fired live bullets at students, wounding and detaining a number of them.

It is worth mentioning that daily assaults on education facilities by IOF and Israeli settlers in Palestine constitute grave violations of Palestinian children’s and youth rights’ to education.

The Deputy Dean of Student Affairs at the Birzeit University, Fadl Al-Khalidi, told Al Mayadeen that “the Israeli occupation carried out a planned attack to arrest the students protesting against decisions in favor of the Israeli occupation.”

The Israeli occupation has detained hundreds of Palestinian students. In 2021, 55 students were arrested at Birzeit university, and 66 students are presently being incarcerated in Israeli occupation prisons, including 8 who are being kept under administrative detention, according to local Palestinian sources. They are among more than 4,500 Palestinian prisoners held by Israeli occupation authorities.

Read More: A New School Year; Not for Children in Gaza

Israeli Special Forces Detain Birzeit University Students (VIDEO)

January 10, 2022

Israeli special forces Monday afternoon detained several students in front of the Birzeit University, north of Ramallah, according to the official Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Local sources and eyewitnesses told WAFA that Israeli special forces used a white van with a Palestinian registration plate to sneak their way into the university campus and abducted two students from the gate of the campus.

Israeli soldiers opened fire to keep students away as they carried out their operation, injuring two.

Birzeit University is one the oldest and largest Palestinian universities in the West Bank, with around 14,500 registered students in 2020, according to university records.

(WAFA, PC, Social Media)

Jewish Settler Runs over, Kills Palestinian Man near Ramallah –

January 6, 2022

Mustafa Falaneh, 25, was killed when a Jewish settler ran him over near Ramallah. (Photo: via Social Media)

A Jewish settler on Thursday ran over and killed a Palestinian man as he was on his way to work, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

The victim was identified to be Mustafa Falaneh, 25, from the village of Safa, near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

According to a relative, Falaneh was crossing the street when he was run over by a Jewish settler, who willed him. Falaneh was a father of a one-and-a-half-year-old girl.

In a separate incident, another settler ran over and wounded Shafiqa Bisharat, 48, from a Nablus-area village, who was admitted to hospital for treatment. Witnesses said that the settler had attempted to run over sheep in the area and was harassing Palestinians on the road before hitting Bisharat.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry warned against the rise in incidents involving Israeli settlers running over Palestinians. The PA ministry expressed its fears that such deadly incidents are often premeditated. Moreover, it condemned what it described as Israeli police indifference.

(The Palestine Chronicle, WAFA, Social Media)

WATCH: Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Young Man in Refugee Camp near Nablus

January 6, 2022

Bakeer Hashash, 21, was killed by Israeli occupation forces near Nablus. (Photo: via Social Media)

Israeli forces killed early Thursday a Palestinian young man during a dawn raid in the Balata refugee camp, near the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Palestinian security sources told WAFA that clashes broke out after the Israeli forces raided the Nablus-area suburb of Balata al-Balad, and opened fire towards Palestinian youths critically injuring Bakeer Hashash, 21.

Hashash was rushed to a hospital in Nablus to get urgent medical treatment. However, he succumbed to his wounds, hours later.

Israeli forces have killed thousands of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank throughout the years, and several international human rights groups say Israeli forces have used excessive force in attacking and subduing Palestinians.

(The Palestine Chronicle, WAFA, Social Media)Hash

Israeli Media: Agreement Reached to End Palestinian Prisoner’s Hunger Strike after 141 Days

January 4, 2022

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

Palestinian hunger-striking prisoner Hisham Abu Hawwash. (Photo: via Social Media)

An agreement was reportedly reached Tuesday afternoon to end Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawwash’s hunger strike after 141 days, after negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian officials with Egyptian mediation, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.

Abu Hawwash has completed his 141 days of hunger strike in an Israeli prison in protest of imprisonment without trial, known as ‘administrative detention’. 

According to the terms of the agreement, Abu Hawwash “is expected to remain in the Israeli hospital he is currently kept in for medical follow-up until February 26, after which he will be released to his home,” Haaretz reported, adding that the administrative detention order against him will not be renewed.

Abu Hawwash, a 40-year-old resident of the town of Dura, near Hebron, in the Southern-occupied West Bank, is a father of five children. He was arrested by Israel on October 27, 2020, and has been held under administrative detention ever since.

Several human rights groups, along with the European Union, had expressed concern about Abu Hawwash’s deteriorating health conditions. 

On Monday, US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib said in a tweet that she held the Israeli government responsible for the safety and health of the Palestinian hunger striker, also calling on US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to demand an end to Israel’s administrative detention policies against Palestinians.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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Exclusive: Instructions to respond in case of Abu Hawash’s martyrdom مصادر للميادين: تعليمات برفع الجهوزية للرد في حال استشهاد الأسير أبو هواش

Jan 1 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen Net

Private sources divulged to Al Mayadeen that “Al-Quds Brigades raised the state of alert and announced general mobilization among its fighters in Gaza and the occupied West Bank.”

Al Mayadeen: Al-Quds Brigades raised the state of alert.

Private sources told Al Mayadeen that instructions to increase the readiness to respond in the event of the martyrdom of Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash who fell into a coma.

The same sources added that “Al-Quds Brigades raised the state of alert and announced general mobilization among its fighters in Gaza and the occupied West Bank”, emphasizing that “‘Israel’ bears full responsibility.” 

“Mediators have expressed their dissatisfaction with ‘Israel’s’ intransigence,” sources reported.

Al Mayadeen sources confirmed that “Islamic Jihad leadership exhausted all the legal means of political persuasion available to save the life of Abu Hawash.”

The Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Commission warned today that the health condition of the hunger-striking prisoner is deteriorating rapidly and has reached a very critical and dangerous stage.

مصادر للميادين: تعليمات برفع الجهوزية للرد في حال استشهاد الأسير أبو هواش

المصدر: الميادين نت

مصادر خاصة للميادين تؤكد أنّ “سرايا القدس رفعت حالة التأهب وأعلنت التعبئة العامة في صفوف مقاتليها في غزة والضفة وأخلت جميع مواقعها، للرد في حال استشهاد الأسير هشام أبو هواش”.

مصادر للميادين: الوسطاء أبلغوا استياءهم من التعنّت الإسرائيلي

قالت مصادر خاصة للميادين، إنّ “تعليمات برفع الجهوزية للرد في حال استشهاد الأسير أبو هواش الذي دخل في غيبوبة”.

وذكرت المصادر أنّ “سرايا القدس رفعت حالة التأهب وأعلنت التعبئة العامة في صفوف مقاتليها في غزة والضفة، وأنّها أخلت جميع مواقعها وتستعد للساعات المقبلة”، مؤكدةً  أنّ “إسرائيل تتحمل المسؤولية والوسطاء أبلغوا استياءهم من التعنّت الإسرائيلي”.

وأكدت مصادر الميادين، أن “قيادة الجهاد الإسلامي استنفدت كل الوسائل السياسية بهدف حماية وإنقاذ الأسير أبو هواش”.

وفي وقت سابق اليوم، أعلن نادي الأسير الفلسطيني أنّ “الأسير هشام أبو هواش يواجه الموت في مستشفى  “أساف هروفيه” الإسرائيلي بعد تدهور حالته الصحية”، مشيراً إلى أنه “منذ فجر هذا اليوم يتم إيقاظه بصعوبة كبيرة”.

وقال النادي إنّ “الاحتلال يواصل جريمته، مع استمراره في تعنته ورفضه الاستجابة لمطلبه والمتمثل بإنهاء اعتقاله الإداري التعسفيّ. 

بدوره، وجّه الناطق الإعلامي باسم حركة الجهاد الإسلامي، داوود شهاب، نداءً للأحرار للنزول إلى نقاط الاشتباك مع العدو، وذلك “حمايةً لكرامة الفلسطينيين وكرامة الأسير أبو هواش”. 

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

30.12. 2021

Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine

23 – 29 December 2021

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

Summary                                                                                        

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Demolitions:

PCHR documented 6 incidents:

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

Settler-attacks: 

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

Collective punishment policy:

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

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 23 December 2021:

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

Friday, 24 December 2021:

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

Saturday, 25 December 2021:

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

Sunday, 26 December 2021:

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

Monday, 27 December 2021:

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

Tuesday, 28 December 2021:

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

Wednesday, 29 December 2021:

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

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

Land razing, demolitions, and notices:

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

Setters’ Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and their Property:

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

Collective Punishment Policy:

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

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

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

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

Jerusalem:

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

Bethlehem:

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

Hebron:

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

Nablus:

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

Qalqilya:

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

Salfit:

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

Why is Israel Amending Its Open-Fire Policy: Three Possible Answers

December 29, 2021

Israeli soldiers in the West Bank. (Photo: UNRWA)

By Ramzy Baroud

At the outset, the Israeli military decision to revise its open-fire policies in the occupied West Bank seems puzzling. What would be the logic of giving Israeli soldiers the space to shoot more Palestinians when existing army manuals had already granted them near-total immunity and little legal accountability?

The military’s new rules now allow Isreali soldiers to shoot, even kill, fleeing Palestinian youngsters with live ammunition for allegedly throwing rocks at Israeli ‘civilian’ cars. This also applies to situations where the alleged Palestinian ‘attackers’ are not holding rocks at the time of the shooting.

The reference to ‘civilians’ in the revised army manual applies to armed Israeli Jewish settlers who have colonized the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in defiance of international law and Palestinian sovereignty. These settlers, who often operate as paramilitary forces in direct coordination with the Israeli army, endanger the lives of their own families by residing on occupied Palestinian land. Per Israel’s twisted standards, these violent Israelis, who have killed and wounded numerous Palestinians throughout the years, are ‘civilians’ in need of protection from rock-throwing Palestinian ‘assailants’.

In Israel, throwing rocks is a “serious crime” and Palestinians who throw rocks are “criminals”, according to Liron Libman, Israel’s former chief military prosecutor, commenting on the new rules. For Israelis, there is little disagreement on these assertions, even by those who are questioning the legality of the new rules. The point of contention, according to Libman and others, is that “a person who is fleeing does not present a threat,” though, according to Libman himself, “the new policy could potentially be justified,” The Times of Israel reported.

The ‘debate’ on the new open-fire policy in Israeli media, gives one the false impression that something fundamental has changed in the Israeli army’s relationship with occupied Palestinians. This is not the case at all. There are numerous, daily examples in which Palestinians, including children, are shot and killed with impunity, whether throwing rocks or not, going to school or merely protesting the illegal confiscation of their land by the Israeli military or armed settlers.

In the Palestinian village of Beita, in the northern occupied West Bank, eight unarmed Palestinians have been killed since May. This small village has been the scene of regular demonstrations against Jewish settlement expansion and against the illegal settlement outpost of Eviatar, in the Palestinian rural area of Mount Sabih. The victims include Muhammad Ali Khabisa, the 28-year-old father of an eight-month-old child, who was shot dead last September.

Though the new rules have placed much emphasis on the status of the supposed Israeli victims, labeling them ‘civilians’, in practice, the Israeli military has used the exact same standard to shoot, maim and kill Palestinian alleged rock-throwers, even when armed settlers are not present.

A famous case, in 2015, involved the killing of a 17-year-old Palestinian teenager, Mohammad Kosba, at the hands of an Israeli army colonel, Yisrael Shomer. The latter alleged that Kosba had thrown a rock at his car. Subsequently, Shomer chased down the Palestinian teenager and shot him in the back, killing him.

The Israeli officer was “censored” for his conduct, not for killing the boy, but for not stopping “in order to aim properly,” according to The Times of Israel. The Israeli military chief prosecutor at the time concluded that “Shomer’s use of deadly force under the framework of the arrest protocol was justified from the circumstances of the incident.”

Israel’s disregard of international law in its targeting of Palestinians is not a secret. Israeli and international human rights groups have repeatedly condemned the Israeli army’s inhumane and barbaric behavior in the occupied territories.

In an extensive report as early as 2014, Amnesty International condemned Israel’s “callous disregard for human life by killing dozens of Palestinian civilians, including children, in the occupied West Bank” over the years. AI said that such killings had taken place “with near total impunity.”

“The frequency and persistence of arbitrary and abusive force against peaceful protesters in the West Bank by Israeli soldiers and police officers – and the impunity enjoyed by perpetrators – suggests that it is carried out as a matter of policy,” the Amnesty report read.

Even Israel’s own rights group, B’tselem, concurs. The organization decried the Israeli army’s “shoot-to-kill policy”, which is also applied to “people who have already been ‘neutralized’”. Indeed, in the case of Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, a Palestinian man who was shot point-blank in Al-Khalil (Hebron), by an Israeli military medic, Elor Azaria, in 2016, was not only ‘neutralized’ but also unconscious.

According to B’tselem, Israeli “soldiers and police officers have become judge, jury and executioner”. With this tragic and sinister trajectory in mind, one is left to wonder why the Israeli army would amend its open-fire policy at this particular moment. There are three possible answers:

One, the Israeli government and army are anticipating a surge in Palestinian popular resistance in the coming months, possibly as a result of the massive expansion of illegal settlements and forced evictions in occupied East Jerusalem.

Two, by perfectly aligning the existing open-fire policy with the aggressive shoot-to-kill military practice already in place, Israeli courts would no longer have to contend with any legal repercussions for killing Palestinians, including children, regardless of the circumstances of their murders.

Finally, the revised rules would allow Israel to make a case for itself in response to the open investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC), concerning human rights violations and war crimes in occupied Palestine. Israel’s Attorney General will now argue that no war crimes are taking place in Palestine since the killing of Palestinians is consistent with Israel’s own military conduct and judicial system. Since the ICC is investigating alleged war criminals, not the government itself, Israel hopes that it can spare its own murderers from having to contend with the legal expectations of the Court.

Though the timing of the Israeli military decision to amend its open-fire policy may appear sudden and without much context, the decision is still ominous, nonetheless. When a country’s military decides that shooting a child in the back without any proof that the alleged ‘criminal’ posed any danger whatsoever is a legal act, the international community must take notice.

It is true that Israel operates outside the minimum standards of international and humanitarian laws, but it is the responsibility of the international community to protect Palestinians, whose lives remain precious even if Israel disagrees.

Ramzy Baroud is a journalist and the Editor of The Palestine Chronicle. He is the author of five books. His latest is “These Chains Will Be Broken: Palestinian Stories of Struggle and Defiance in Israeli Prisons” (Clarity Press). Dr. Baroud is a Non-resident Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA). His website iswww.ramzybaroud.net

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Soldiers Invade Silwan And Shu’fat In Jerusalem, Abduct One Palestinian

 DEC 29, 2021

Israeli soldiers invaded, Tuesday, Silwan town and Shu’fat refugee camp, in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank, before abducting one Palestinian, and invading homes and stores while military helicopters hovered overhead.

Media sources said dozens of soldiers invaded and searched many homes in the Shu’fat refugee camp, causing damage.

They added that the soldiers, accompanied by tax officers, also ticketed several merchants, and imposed fines on them.

During the invasion, the soldiers closed many allies and isolated the refugee camp, preventing the Palestinians from entering or leaving it.

In related news, the soldiers invaded Ein al-Louza neighborhood in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, and started installing an electronic gate at the Ein Silwan junction, which would lead to isolating it whenever it is closed, for the benefit of the illegal Israeli colonizers, living on stolen lands and buildings in the area.

In addition, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center In Silwan (Silwanic) has reported that the soldiers also abducted a young man, identified as Ali Sofian Obeid, from his work at a gas station in the al-‘Isawiya town, in Jerusalem. Many soldiers attacked the young man and forced him onto the ground before abducting him.

The soldiers also removed Palestinian flags which were raised by the residents on their homes and balconies in Batn al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan, Silwanic added.

Video By Silwanic

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (December 16 – 22, 2021) 

DEC 23, 2021

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse, and arrests against civilians. The Israeli occupation released new guidelines for its soldiers “loosening restrictions” on shooting against Palestinians who throw stones on IOF, according to Kan 11, despite the fact that IOF actual shooting policy reflects unjustifiably loose shooting standards against Palestinians. As per the new guidelines, the occupation allows its soldiers to shoot at Palestinians who throw rocks and Molotov cocktails even after they -Palestinians- stop their action and leave the area.

Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip is in its 15th year under closure, as Israel exercise the worst known collective punishment in human history, exacerbating the humanitarian hardships across the territory.

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

During the reporting period, IOF killed 2 Palestinians following the new loose shooting standards guidelines issued for Israeli soldiers. On 21 December 2021, IOF killed Abdulazizi Hikmat Mousa (22) after opening fire on him while inside his vehicle; killing him and setting his car on fire. Mousa’s body was burnt black. IOF alleged he attempted a runover attack near a checkpoint at the entrance of Yabad, southwestern Jenin.

On 22 December 2021, Mohammed Issa Abbas (26) died a short while after IOF shot him in the back, after attacking the vehicle he was in, which was parked at Amari refugee camp’s roundabout in al-Bireh. IOF claimed that the vehicle was involved in a shooting on “Psagot“ settlement, which is hundreds of meters from the crime scene.

IOF attacks rendered 12 Palestinians wounded, including 4 children and a journalist, in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 4 wounded, including 2 children, in IOF attacks on 2 peaceful protests in Kafr Qaddum; a photojournalist was wounded in Jerusalem; a child in Hebron, a Palestinian male in Bethlehem, and another near the Annexation Wall in Jenin. Two others, including 1 children, were wounded in IOF attack on Ramallah.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF opened fire 7 times on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza Strip.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

IOF carried out 128 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 72 Palestinians were arrested, including 13 children and a woman.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF arrested 2 Palestinians attempting to cross the border area in northern Gaza. IOF also conducted a limited incursion into eastern Khan Younis.

Demolitions:

PCHR documented 3 incidents:

Settler-attacks:

PCHR documented 12 settler-attacks:

Collective punishment policy:

As part of the collective punishment policy adopted by the Israeli forces against the families of Palestinians accused of carrying out attacks against Israeli soldiers or/and settlers, IOF delivered demolition notices to the families of 3 Palestinian prisoners, including 2 siblings, against their homes in Jenin. IOF took measures of both houses in prelude to the demolition.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

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

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

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

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

At approximately 07:00 on Friday, 17 December 2021, IOF stationed along the border fence opened fire at the agricultural lands in eastern Khuza’ah, east of Khan Younis. No casualties were reported.Around an hour later, IOF stationed along the border fence opened fire the agricultural lands in eastern Qararah, east of Khan Younis. No casualties were reported.At approximately 09:30, IOF stationed along the border fence opened fire at the nearby agricultural lands, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported.At approximately 12:30, IOF stationed at the northern entrance established on Kafr Qaddoum village lands, north of Qalqilya, suppressed a protest, where tens of persons participated. IOF chased the protesters who gathered in the area, and clashes broke out. IOF fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, a 16-year-old child was wounded with a rubber bullet in the shoulder while a 25-year-old man was wounded with a rubber bullet in the foot.Around the same time, IOF suppressed a sit-in in solidarity with Salem Family, who is threatened with evacuation from their house in western Sheikh Jarrah, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF pushed and beat the family members and the activists in solidarity who were in the house yard. They also heavily fired sound bombs in the place to disperse them and prevent the sit-in.

  • At approximately 14:00, a number of Palestinian young men gathered in central Hebron, where IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to close al-Shuhadaa’ Street. The young men set tires on fire and threw stones at the checkpoint while IOF deployed in front of the checkpoint and randomly fired sound bombs and teargas canisters. As a result, many suffocated due to teargas inhalation. The clashes continued until 18:00 while no arrests were reported.At approximately 12:30 on Saturday, 18 December 2021, IOF stationed at the northern entrance established on Kafr Qaddoum village lands, north of Qalqilya, suppressed a protest, where tens of persons participated. IOF chased the protesters who gathered in the area, and clashes broke out. IOF fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, a 17-year-old child was wounded with a rubber bullet in the head while a 25-year-old man was wounded with a rubber bullet in the chest.At approximately 08:35 on Sunday, 19 December 2021, IOF stationed along the border fence with Israel, east of al-Shokah village in eastern Rafah, opened fire at the agricultural lands, but no casualties were reported.At approximately 09:30, a number of students and youngsters gathered in Ras al-‘Aroud area in Wad Khneis Valley, east of Sa’ir village, northern Hebron, next to the Bypass Road, and threw stones at IOF there. IOF chased the youngsters into the house and fired rubber-coated metal bullets at them. As a result, Saber Redwan Mousa Jaradat (12) was wounded to the right leg. IOF arrested him and took him to a military vehicle. They also arrested 5 other children namely ‘Abdel Hay Yosri Jaradat (10), Jamal Shaher Jaradat (11), Mohammed ‘Arafat Jaradat (11), Yousif Darwish Jaradat (11) and Zaher Mohammed Jaradat (12), who were all released later.At approximately 14:30, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of Deir al-Balah in central Gaza Strip, fired teargas canisters near the landfill, east of Deir al-Balah. No casualties were reported.At approximately 02:00 on Monday, 20 December 2021, IOF arrested Mohammed Ziad Bajes Shamasnah (24) after raiding and searched his house during their incursion into Qotna village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem. During the incursion, tens of young men gathered near Shamasnah house and threw stones and empty bottles at IOF and their vehicles. IOF immediately and heavily fired rubber bullets and teargas canisters in the place. As a result, Ziad Bajes Shamasnah (52), the father of the arrestee, was wounded with a rubber bullet in his foot while Rami Hasan al-Faqih (27) was wounded with a rubber bullet in his head.Around the same time, IOF arrested Ahmed Maamoun Budeir (30) and Saloum Yousif al-Debes (24) after raiding and searching their house during their incursion into ‘Ayda refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. Meanwhile, dozens of young men gathered in the camp alleys and threw stones and empty bottles at IOF’s vehicles while IOF heavily fired rubber bullets and teargas canisters. As a result, ‘Obadah Mohammed Qneis (19) was hit with a rubber bullet in the head and taken to al-Hussein Hospital in Beit Jala to receive treatment. It should be noted that Qneis was a former prisoner in the Israeli jails and was released only 2 weeks ago after spending a year in prison.At approximately 05:00, IOF stationed near the annexation wall near ‘Anin village, western Jenin, opened fire at Khetab Waddah ‘Abdel Rahman Shawahnah (22) from Silat al-Harithiya village, west of Jenin, and severely beat him. As a result, he sustained shrapnel wounds in the hand and left thigh and was taken by a Palestinian ambulance to Dr. Khalil Soliman Hospital for treatment.In the afternoon, IOF moved into Al-Mazra’a al-Gharbiya in northern Ramallah. A number of young men gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli vehicles in the village. Meanwhile, IOF fired rubber bullets and teargas canisters at the protesters and clashes broke out. As a result, a 17-year-ild child was wounded with a rubber bullet in the right hand while a 19-year-old man was hit with a bullet in the back. Both were taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah for treatment.On Tuesday afternoon, 21 December 2021, IOF killed a Palestinian after opening fire at a car he was driving. As a result, the car was set on fire and he was pulled out from the car as a charred body, claiming he attempted to run over Israeli soldiers at Mevo Dotan checkpoint at the northeastern entrance to Yabad village, southwest of Jenin.
  • According to information obtained by PCHR fieldworker, at approximately 20:10, IOF stationed at Mavi Dotan checkpoint at the northeastern entrance to Yabad village opened fire at a Palestinian car speeding on Ya’bud-Bart’ah Street and veered off the route towards the watchtower established at the checkpoint at the main entrance, where an IOF SUV stationed.

At approximately 08:00 on Wednesday, 22 December 2021, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of al-Maghazi in central Gaza Strip, fired teargas canisters at the shepherds in the nearby lands. No casualties were reported.At approximately 11:50, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of al-Qararah, eastern Khan Younis, opened fire at the agricultural lands. No casualties were reported.On Wednesday, 22 December 2021, IOF killed a Palestinian after opening fire at a car he was driving at al-Am’ari refugee camp, south of al-Bireh. IOF claimed that a car passing by “Psagot” settlement opened fire at the settlement in Ramallah and IOF shot back and killed the shooter in the car. PCHR’s investigations emphasize that “Psagot” settlement is hundreds of meters away from the area where the car was targeted and there were no eyewitnesses to ascertain or refute the Israeli claims that the car driver opened fire at the settlement.

II. Incursions and arrests

  1. At approximately 00:15, IOF arrested Mohammed Zaher Qat (28), after raiding and searching his house in Madama village, southeast of Nablus.At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Basel Husam Farrah (21), after raiding and searching his house in Hebron.At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Yazan Ibrahim Deiriyah (20), and handed Tareq Ali al-Sabbah (49), and his son, Hamada (23), summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, after raiding and searching their houses in Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem.At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested ‘Asem Taleb Hamadna (30), after raiding and searching his house in Asira al-Shamaliya village, north of Nablus.At approximately 04:00, IOF arrested ‘Azmi ‘Azzam Dweik (20), after raiding and searching his house in Yatta, south of Hebron governorate.At approximately 20:30, IOF arrested Mohammed Abdul Qader Sbeih (22), after raiding and searching his house in Hizma, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.At approximately 22:00, IOF arrested Bahjat Awad Jaber while present near Hizma village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.IOF carried out (2) incursions in Haje and Azzun villages, east of Qalqilya. No arrests were reported.
  1. At approximately 09:30, IOF arrested Mahmoud Ahmed Hamameda (50), and his son, Mo’ath (20), from Masafer Yatta village, south of Hebron governorate. They referred to a police center in “Kiryat ‘Arba’” settlement, east of Hebron, to check on their complaint against Israeli settlers and for confiscating their agricultural tractor by Israeli Administration, while working in their land in Tuba. Later, IOF released them.At approximately 13:00, IOF arrested Fo’ad Zakariya Mousa (38), while trying to rescue his son, Karam (12), from the Israeli soldiers while arresting him in al-Balu’ area in al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem.At approximately 17:30, IOF prevented holding a business dinner organized by Bank of Jerusalem in the Ambassador Hotel, on Nablus street in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext that its sponsored by the Palestinian National Authority (PNA).
  • At approximately 21:15, IOF stationed inside the border fence, north of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, arrested Abdullah Hamdan al-Manay’a (23), from Beit Lahia, and Jehad Jarad Abu Jarad (20), from Jabalia, after sneaking through the border fence. IOF claimed that they possessed 3 homemade bombs and a knife, and they referred to investigation.At approximately 23:00, IOF arrested Saleh As’ad Faraj (26), and his brother, Saleh (24), after raiding and searching their houses in Aida refugee camp, west of Bethlehem.IOF carried out (4) incursions in Qalqilya, Azzun, east of Qalqilya; Shuyukh and Sa’ir villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Khaled Eisa al-Sleiby (21), and Jehad Mahmoud al-’Allami (19), after raiding and searching their houses in Beit Ummar, north of Hebron.At approximately 01:20, IOF arrested Amjad Saleem al-Rajabi (24), after raiding and searching his house in Hebron.At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Sa’ed Mahmoud Iriqat (27), and Basel Ali Rabea’ (24), after raiding and searching their houses in Abu Dis, east of the occupied East Jerusalem.At approximately 02:40, IOF arrested Ibrahim Mohye Qasem (30), after raiding and searching his house in Dura al-Qar’ village, north of Ramallah.At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Tawfiq Abed Abu Arqoub (28), who is a former prisoner, after raiding and searching his house in Birzeit, north of Ramallah.At approximately 04:00, IOF arrested Osama Ghazi al-Na’san (28), after raiding and searching his house in al-Mughayyir village, northeast of Ramallah governorate.At approximately 08:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved dozens of meters to the east of al-Fukhkhari village, east of Khan Yunis. They leveled and combed lands, for several hours, before they deployed again inside the border fence.At approximately 11:00, IOF arrested (4) siblings after raiding and searching a house belonging to al-Najjar family in al-Dhahiriya village, south of Hebron. The arrestees are: Mohammed ‘Ahed al-’Aqabi (33), and his brothers, Ahmed (29), Waseem (35), and Mo’taz (32).At approximately 17:00, IOF raided and searched Ameer Hazem al-Sayyad’s (19) house in al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in Moscovia Detention Center.At approximately 22:00, IOF raided and searched Rasheed Rasmi al-Roshoq’s (21) house in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in Moscovia Detention Center.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Omar al-’Ajlouni (17) and Omar Ibrahim al-Roshoq (17), after raiding and searching their houses in Bab Huta neighborhood, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods.At approximately 02:40, IOF arrested Abdul Rahman Mahmoud al-Tawil (20), and confiscated his motorcycle, after raiding and searching his house in Sateh Marhaba neighborhood in al-Bireh, north of Ramallah governorate.At approximately 07:20, IOF arrested Samaher Atiya Zubaidat (40), after raiding and searching her house in al-Zubaidat village, north of Jericho governorate.At approximately 09:30, IOF arrested (3) children, under the pretext that they raised the Palestinian flag while present in the Aqsa Mosque yard, in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. The arrestees are: Ameer al-Bazlamit (13), Ameer al-Salayma (13), and Hamza al-Ja’bari (12).At approximately 10:30, IOF arrested Fadi Ali Alian (34), the Aqsa Mosque guard, while on duty near Bab Huta, one of the Aqsa Mosque’s gates, in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. It should be noted that a big number of IOF raided and accurately searched Alian’s house, in al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem, after arresting him.At approximately 11:00, IOF arrested Na’im Mo’amar Abu al-Hawa (18), after raiding and searching his house in al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.At approximately 14:00, IOF arrested 2 civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Hizma village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Mohammed Bassam al-Khateeb (20), and Yousef Basem Sbeih (23).IOF carried out (4) incursions in Nablus and Burqa, northwest of Nablus governorate; Silat al-Harithiya and Silat al-Dhahr villages in Jenin governorate. No arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested (3) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Hizma village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Eisa Owda al-Khateeb (51), Qusai Hamed al-Khateeb (19), and Saleh Omar al-Khateeb (21).At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Ward Mohammed Abdu (29), after raiding and searching his house in Kafr Ni’ma village, west of Ramallah.Around the same time, IOF arrested Mo’ayad Fares Samhan (26), after raiding and searching his house in Ras Karkar village, west of Ramallah.At approximately 01:40, IOF arrested (5) civilians, including a father and his 2 sons, after raiding and searching their houses in Yatta village, in Hebron governorate. The arrestees are: Yaser Ibrahim al-Jundi (43), his sons, Yazan (20) and Yazeed (18), Oday Obada al-Shawahin (36), and Ayoub Hussain Shreiteh (38).At approximately 02:20, IOF arrested (3) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Sa’ir village, north of Hebron. The arrestees are: Nazzal Adnan al-Jabarin (25), Firas Tayseer al-Motawar (29), and Eisa Ali Jaradat (25).Around the same time, IOF arrested a Palestinian civilians and a child after raiding and searching their houses in Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. The arrestees are: Yousef Mohammed Ikhlayil (21), and Jamil Abed Abu Ayyash (15).At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Sa’eed Eisa ‘Assi (27), after raiding and searching his house in Beit Liqya village, southwest of Ramallah governorate.At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested Atallah Zeidan Za’loul (20), after raiding and searching his house in Husan village, west of Bethlehem.IOF carried out (3) incursions in al-Shuyukh, Um Riesha and Surif villages in Hebron governorate. No arrests were reported.

III. Settlement Expansion and settler violence in the occupied West Banka. Land razing, demolitions, and notices

At approximately 10:00 on Monday, 20 December 2021, Salhiyia family received a notice for the 2nd time in order to evacuate their two houses and a plot of land in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, under the pretext of being a public utility.

  • At approximately 10:00 on Tuesday, 21 December 2021, Israeli military vehicles demolished ‘Atif Jamil Najajrah’s house in Wad Abu Kir area in Nahalin village, west of Bethlehem, under the pretext of non-licensing in Area C. Najajrah said that his 2-storey under-construction house was built in an area of 80 square meters, and his wife and his 5 children are living on the first floor. He clarified that his house built in Area “C” cost more than 150,000 NIS and he obtained all documents and submitted them to the Israeli Court. He added that a week ago, he received a demolition notice and in the morning, he was shocked by a large number of Israeli soldiers and military vehicles demolishing his house. He pointed out that IOF fired rubber bullets and teargas canisters around the house in order to disperse the villagers who gathered in the area.
  • On the same day morning, Mohammed Ja’abees implemented the Israeli Municipality’s decision and self-demolished his house in Jabel Mukaber village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Ja’abees said that his house was built 20 years ago, and he lives in it along with his father. Before ten years ago, he lives in the house along with his wife and their 4 children. He clarified that the Israeli Municipality pursued him after he renovated his house and imposed many fines on him during the past years estimated at 20,000 NIS. Ja’abees pointed out that he was forced to self-demolish his 60-square-meter house, fearing for paying fines to the municipality as a demolition fees.

b. Setters’ Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and their Property

On At approximately 20:30 on Thursday, 16 December 2021, following the murder of an Israeli settler and the injury of 2 others during shooting attack against a vehicle carrying settlers on Jenin- Nablus Street, near the entrance to “Homesh” settlement, which has been evacuated since 2005, a group of settlers gathered on Streets and at intersections of Huwara and Madama villages and on a road leading to “Yitzhar” They rioted and threw stones at Palestinians’ vehicles, breaking the windows of one of them.At approximately 21:00 on Thursday, 16 December 2021, a group of settlers arrived at the main street (55) that connects between Qalqilya and Nablus, and threw stones at Palestinian civilians, but no casualties were reported.At approximately 22:50, a group of settlers arrived at Al-Funduq village, east of Qalqilya city, and threw stones at Palestinian civilians, but no casualties were reported.At approximately 00:00 on Friday, 17 December 2021, a group of settlers backed by IOF moved into the west of Burqa village, northwest of Nablus, and threw stones at Palestinians’ houses. They also set Nizar Saif’s barrack on fire before confronting them by the villagers. The Israeli attacks continued for 2 consecutive days, during which, they conducted riots and threw stones against Palestinians’ houses.At approximately 03:30, a group of settlers assaulted Wael Mohammed Ahmed Moqbel (62)’s house near Qaryut village’s council in southern the village, southeast of Nablus. They pepper-sprayed him, pulled him and severely beat him. As a result, Wael fainted and wan then taken to Rafidia Hospital for treatment. It was found later that the four ribs in the left side of his chest were fractured and in the left side of his jaw, as well as swelling in the right eye. The settlers raided Wael’s house, damaged its contents, pepper-sprayed his wife face namely Samiha Moqbel (52), broke the windows of his vehicle, punctured the tires of 2 tractors, and broke the front of one of them.

Wael Mohammed Ahmed Moqbel said to PCHR’s fieldwork that;

“at approximately 03:30 on Friday, while my wife Samiha and I were sleeping in our house located in southern Qaryut village, near the village’s council, southeast of Nablus, my wife woke me up and told me that there is someone knocking on our house door. I immediately headed towards the door and found that its small widow is broken. I looked out of the window and found two persons standing behind the door; one in military clothes and the other wearing a white sweater. The officer was beating the other person and saying, “we are Israeli occupation forces, open the door.” At first glance, I thought that a person wearing white sweater is my son, so I opened the door. Afterwards, the officer pulled me out from my neck, and the person accompanied by was a settler. A number of settlers entered the house and damaged its contents, while other settlers severely beat me until I fainted. I did not wake up until the arrival of the villages, am ambulance and some paramedics. They then took me via the ambulance to Rafidia Hospital and my wife accompanied me. I was admitted to emergency department and I underwent to x-ray, which showed that I sustained fractures in my ribs in the left side of the chest and in the left side of my jaw, as well as swelling in the right eye and bruises over all my body. After that, I was admitted to the orthopedic department to complete the treatment. Later, I knew that the settlers broke my vehicle’s windows and punctured its tires with sharp tools. They also punctured the tires of two tractors and damage the front of one of them. Additionally, they damaged my house contents and pepper-sprayed my wife face. My wife entered our room and closed the door fearing for the settlers.”

At approximately 13:00, a group of settlers gathered at Burqa village’s intersection, northwest of Nablus, threw stones at Mohammed Zuhair ‘Aqel (26)’s vehicle, from Sebastia village, and broke its windshield and the window in the right side. Mohammed managed to flee towards Sebastia village.

Mohammed said to PCHR’s fieldworker that;

“at approximately 13:00 on Friday, my friend Hazem Hasan Mohammed Bahlas (38) and I headed to Bizzariya via my vehicle. When we arrived at the western entrance to Burqa village, we found Israeli settlers, under IOF’s protection, attacked Palestinians’ vehicles passing on the street. I immediately attempted to return back to the village, noting that we were 100 meters away from them, but unfortunately the settlers managed to catch us up and broke my vehicle’s windshield as well as the window in the left side. Also, the vehicle’s structure sustained damage.”

At approximately 21:00 on Friday, 17 December 2021, a group of settlers beat Raied al-Sayed Ahmed Abu ‘Asab with a sharp tool and pepper-sprayed him while returning to his house in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. As a result, he sustained wounds in his face, nose, and eyes. Abu ‘Asab said that while he was returning from my workplace in al-Qashlah area in West Jerusalem via Bab al-Khalil road and heading to my house in the Old City, he found 7 settlers in their forties. They cursed him, pepper-sprayed him and one of them beat him up with a sharp tool. Abu ‘Asab clarified that the blood rushed to his face and then he fainted. After that, he woke up and found himself at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in West Jerusalem, where he had a 2-stitch wound to the forehead. Also, he sustained wounds in his eye and nose. Abu ‘Asab added that he suffered from pain in his head, which require following up at the hospital, and he fears that the settlers’ assault and beating on the head will cause a permanent problem on his nerves.At approximately 11:00 on Saturday, 18 December 2021, an Israeli settler assaulted and severely beat Sa’diyia Salem Farajallah (65), from Hebron’s Old City, at her head while passing near a military checkpoint established near al-Za’tari building, which is under settlers’ control years ago. As a result, she fainted and fell to the ground. After that, an Israeli force arrived at the area and arrested Sa’diyia, taking her to an investigation center in “Kiryat Arba “settlement, as the settler claimed that she had carried a knife.At approximately 21:00, a group of settlers gathered near Bruqin village, west of Salfit, and threw stones at Palestinians’ vehicles passing in the area, but no casualties were reported.At approximately 00:10 on Sunday, 19 December 2021, a group of settlers moved into Ramin village, south of Tulkarm, and assaulted Mofleh ‘Awad Saleh Hamad (52)’s house, breaking windows, and doors.

Mofleh said to PCHR’s fieldworker that;

“while I was sleeping, my daughter crawled to my room and woke me up. She was afraid. I went to see what happened. I found her room’s window was broken and the glass scattering on her bed. I saw a group of settlers outside. They were throwing stones at our house, noting that my daughter was sleeping below the window. I topped the house roof to see what is happening. I saw 3 vehicles carrying settlers who ‘were smashing the windows, so I threw stones at them. They then fled.”

At approximately 01:30, a group of settlers drove a vehicle with an Israeli registration plate and moved into Bruqin village’s intersection, southeast of Nablus. The settlers threw stones at Najeh Ahmed Hamad ‘Odah’s house, which is located near the village’s entrance. Najeh is from Huwara village. The settlers broke the glass of two vehicles parked in the house yard and then fled.At approximately 02:00 on Monday, 20 December 2021, a group of settlers attacked Naser Darwish Baker Barham (53)’s house in Kafr Qaddum village, north of Qalqilya, and broke his house widows as well as his vehicle’s windows. Also, they broke the windows of his neighbor’s house and vehicle namely Maher Jum’a.At approximately 12:00 on Monday, 20 December 2021, Israeli settlers, under IOF’s protection, brought many caravans loaded onto large trucks, into “Homash” settlement, which has been evacuated since 2005 and established on Burqa village lands, northwest of Nablus, in order to seize it.

See the full report in English here.
See the full report in Arabic here.

Settler’s Crimes in W Bank

125 Palestinians Injured As “Israeli” Settlers, Troops Raid Village in W Bank

December 24 2021

By Staff, Agencies

At least 125 Palestinians have been wounded in violent attacks by “Israeli” forces after hundreds of “Israeli” settlers attempted to break into and raid a village near the occupied West Bank city of Nablus.

42 Palestinians, including a local journalist, were injured by rubber-coated bullets and 83 others suffered breathing problems after inhaling tear gas fired by “Israeli” soldiers in the village of Burqa, northwest of Nablus, on Thursday evening, the Palestinian Red Crescent [PRC] said.

The PRC said a girl was treated for shock after a group of violent “Israeli” settlers attacked her family’s home on the outskirts of the village, Wafa news agency reported.

Under the protection of “Israeli” soldiers, the setters also attacked several vehicles, three houses, and a car wash belonging to Palestinians.

They also vandalized a number of gravestones in a cemetery in the village. Two ambulances were hit by “Israeli” troops with stun grenades and tear gas canisters.

“Israeli” settlers routinely engage in violence and vandalism against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

After the 1995 accords, the “Israeli” regime confiscated 1,014 dunams of land from the village of Burqa in order to establish the “Israeli” settlement of Homesh. The settlement was evacuated in 2005 but was later used by the “Israelis” as a military base.

“Israeli” settlers have been calling on the regime to let them return to the Homesh settlement

Two Palestinians were killed in the area by the regime’s forces on Tuesday and Wednesday as “Israeli” forces and settlers ramped up their violent attacks against Palestinians.

On Monday, 70 Palestinians were injured by “Israeli” forces in Burqa after an attack by “Israeli” settlers on Palestinians’ vehicles in the area.

More than 600,000 “Israelis” live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 “Israeli” occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds.

All the settlements are illegal under international law. The UN Security Council has condemned the “Israeli” entity’s settlement activities in the occupied territories in several resolutions.

Meanwhile, local sources said a Palestinian man was hospitalized on Thursday evening after being brutally beaten up by “Israeli” soldiers near the village of Bazariya, northwest of Nablus.

Mohammad Saleh Hajja, 50, was on his way home when the “Israeli” forces stopped, assaulted, and brutally beat him. He was then thrown on the side of the roads, the sources said.

Doctors at Thabet Thabet Public Hospital in Tulkarm, where he was taken afterward, said Hajja was in an unstable condition.

Zionist Settler Runs Over, Kills Palestinian Lady in Occupied West Bank

December 24 2021

By Staff, Agencies

A middle-aged Palestinian woman was martyred after a Zionist settler ran him over in the central part of the West Bank, hours after dozens of Palestinians sustained injuries in violent attacks by ‘Israeli’ occupation forces during a raid into a village in the occupied territories.

Palestine’s official WAFA news agency reported that 55-year-old Ghadeer Anis Masalma was struck at the entrance to the town of Sinjil, northeast of Ramallah, on Friday noon.

WAFA’s sources added that the settler fled the scene after the attack.

There have been scores of “hit and run” incidents targeting Palestinians in different parts of the occupied West Bank, with most of them largely going uninvestigated by Zionist regime authorities. Some of such events have even resulted in fatalities.

A Palestinian boy, identified as Abdul-Rahim al-Jabari, was injured on September 2 after an ‘Israeli’ settler ran him over near the illegal Zionist settlement of Kiryat Arba.

On May 30, an ‘Israeli’ police vehicle ran over and injured a Palestinian teenage boy for raising a Palestinian flag on his bike in the occupied al-Quds neighborhood of Ras al-Amoud.

Some 100 injuries following Israeli violations in Nablus

23 Dec 2021

The Palestinian Red Crescent in Nablus reports over a hundred injuries as a result of confrontations with the Israeli occupation in Burqa, Nablus.

The Israeli occupation forces used a stun grenade against a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance

Over 100 Palestinian civilians sustained various injuries after the Israeli occupation used rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas in Burqa, Nablus, during confrontations between Palestinians and the IOF.

According to medical sources, the confrontations took place shortly after hundreds of IOF-protected Israeli settlers attempted to storm the village.

The Director of Emergency Unit in the Palestinian Red Crescent, Ahmad Jibril, reported that 33 civilians, including a journalist, sustained injuries after the IOF shot them with rubber-coated steel bullets. He also said 67 others were asphyxiated after inhaling tear gas, and one of them sustained burns.

The medical staff treated a girl who had a nervous breakdown after the Israeli settlers stormed her family home, Jibril noted.

He also highlighted that the Israeli occupation forces used a stun grenade against a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance, and used tear gas against another ambulance.

Social media users shared photos showing a home vandalized by the Israeli settlers in the same village.

The Israeli occupation forces had closed off entry to the village via earth mounds yesterday to give thousands of Israelis access to the nearby “Homesh” settlement, which is a pre-2005 Israeli settlement ultra-Orthodox settler groups are urging the Israeli occupation government to allow them to “return” to.

“Israel” has been escalating its oppressive measures against Palestinians in Nablus as several Palestinians were asphyxiated a few days ago during confrontations with the Israeli occupation.

Two Palestinian children sustained injuries after a suspicious object exploded in Jabal Sbeih in the town of Beita, Nablus.

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Israeli State Violence Intensifying as 2021 Proves Deadliest for Palestinians Since 2014

December 22nd, 2021

By Jessica Buxbaum

Source

According to the UN, in 2021, 342 Palestinians, most of them civilians, were killed by Israel across Palestine, including 86 children. 

NABLUS, OCCUPIED WEST BANK — On December 10, Jamil Abu Ayyash, 31, was shot in the head by Israeli soldiers during anti-settlement demonstrations in Beita, a village south of Nablus in the Occupied West Bank. Abu Ayyash succumbed to his injuries.

Three days later, the Israeli army fatally shot Jamil al-Kayyal, also 31, in the head during an early-morning raid in Nablus.

And the beginning of December was marked by two other killings within two days of each other. On December 4, Israeli Border Police shot and killed Mohammed Shawkat Salameh, 23, after he stabbed an Israeli man at Damascus Gate. And on December 6, Israeli security guards fatally shot 16-year-old Mohammad Nidal Younis after he rammed his car into the Kafriat military checkpoint in the West Bank.

The latest string of killings by Israeli forces follows the same predictable pattern of Israeli state violence against Palestinians, but with one significant distinction. Israel’s violence is intensifying, as 2021 is proving to be the deadliest for Palestinians since 2014.

Israeli forces escalating violence

In its latest Protection of Civilians report, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that more than 70 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank and Occupied East Jerusalem this year. This figure stands in stark contrast to previous years. In 2020, 24 Palestinians were killed in the West Bank and in 2019, 27 were killed.

“Concerns about excessive use of force by Israeli soldiers resulting in the killing or serious injury of Palestinians, as well as lack of accountability for such violations of international law, remain,” OCHA wrote in its 2022 Humanitarian Needs Overview for the Occupied Palestinian Territories (oPT). “In 2021, over 1,000 have been injured by live ammunition.”

The U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) also raised concerns over the shooting death of Salameh at Damascus Gate earlier this month, calling it an “apparent extra-judicial execution.” In a Facebook post, OHCHR questioned:

Extra-judicial killings such as this are the consequence of the regular resort to lethal force by well-armed and well-protected Israeli security personnel against Palestinians, and the almost total lack of accountability for killings and injuries of Palestinians by Israeli forces. Will there be accountability in this case?

By way of answer, Israel’s Justice Ministry closed the probe into the two Border Police officers who killed Salameh on December 9 – accepting the officers’ testimonies that they acted in self-defense.

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Men carry a dead child killed in an Israeli airstrike on a residential building in Gaza, May 16, 2021. Khalil Hamra | AP

In Gaza, civilian casualties are just as alarming.

A study by Airwars, a non-profit tracking civilian harm, revealed Israeli strikes on Gaza killed up to ten times more civilians during its 11-day assault in May than had its eight-year bombing campaign against Iranian-linked forces in Syria. The researchers found Israeli airstrikes killed between 151 and 192 civilians in Gaza, a third of whom were children.

The Israeli army often justified its military actions in Gaza as targeting militants. But Airwars found that in over 80% of attacks against civilians, no Hamas member was reported injured or killed.

According to U.N. data, 2021 has seen the most Palestinian casualties since 2014, when Israel launched a war against Gaza known as Operation Protective Edge. In 2021 to date, 342 Palestinians have been killed by Israel across Palestine.

In Beita, Palestinian resistance meets Israeli bullets

This year’s Israeli state violence stems mostly from the Israeli assault on Gaza in May and the ongoing anti-colonization protests in Beita.

Abu Ayyash was the ninth Palestinian to be killed since May by Israeli soldiers during the weekly demonstrations. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) asserted excessive force was used in Abu Ayyash’s death, writing in a press release that the Israeli army “directly targeted the Palestinian civilian in the head.” In its statement, PCHR detailed that an eyewitness said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

An Israeli soldier fired 2 bullets from 40 to 50 meters [130-160 feet] on the top of the Mount; one of the bullets was in the air while the other hit Jamil Abu Ayyash, who was in front of the soldier trying to turn back and fled away. Meanwhile, Abu Ayyash did not pose any imminent threat to the soldiers’ lives.  Abu Ayyash was shot in the back of the head and fell on the ground.”

PCHR reiterated:

These crimes reflect the excessive use of force in circumstances where there was no imminent threat to the soldiers’ lives and prove IOF [Israel Occupation Forces] lenient shooting standards against the Palestinian civilians.

Beita’s deputy mayor, Mousa Hamayel, described the protests against the establishment of Evyatar outpost as “peaceful marches.”

“We haven’t used any kind of weapon against settlers. All that happens on the mountain is peaceful, popular resistance,” Mousa told MintPress News. “Just burning tires and using some torches and lights,” Mousa explained, referring to the night-confusion method of protesting. This form of demonstration incorporates sound and light to disturb the nearby settlers. “Because Israel is convinced of the importance of this outpost for the Israeli side, they use violence,” Mousa added.

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Teargas launched by Israeli forces targets an ambulance during a protest in the West Bank, June 4, 2021. Photo | Activestills

The Israeli Army has tried suppressing the protests with tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets, which Mousa said are being aimed at the upper-body parts of the protesters, including their heads. The U.N.’s Chemical Weapons Convention in 1993 banned the use of riot control agents like tear gas in warfare. And 2018 Geneva Guidelines stipulate rubber-coated steel bullets should be fired toward the lower parts of the body and not aimed at the head. All nine Palestinians killed in Beita this year were shot with live fire either in their head, chest, or abdomen. The Israeli army did not respond to requests for comment on its use of rubber-coated steel bullets against Beita residents.

Mousa fears the Israeli Army’s violence against Palestinians in Beita will get worse. “Actually, what is more obvious is that in the last week [Israeli soldiers] are invading the town more and more,” he said. “After seven months of peaceful protest, they’re using more violence against people here.” Ten were injured – with five protesters hit with rubber-coated steel bullets – during last Friday’s protest, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, a humanitarian assistance organization.

Mousa described how Israeli forces aren’t just shooting Palestinians in their violence against Beita. According to Mousa, the Israeli Army is destroying roads, blocking water access, damaging water infrastructure, and closing entrances to street markets and roads.

In addition to protesters being killed, Beita has also seen individuals uninvolved in the demonstrations killed. In one such instance, plumber and water affairs consultant Shadi Omar Lufti Slaeem was killed on July 27 near the Beita main entrance while he was fixing the town’s water valves.

A deadly year for Palestinian children

Documentation from non-governmental organization Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) reported “86 Palestinian children have been killed in the Occupied Palestinian Territory since January, making 2021 the deadliest year on record for Palestinian children since 2014.”

According to DCIP, Israeli forces killed 76 Palestinian children – 61 in Gaza and 15 in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israeli forces killed 17 Palestinian children using live ammunition in 2021, with at least nine fatally shot during demonstrations or clashes. In its press release, DCIP wrote:

Under international law, intentional lethal force is only justified in circumstances where a direct threat to life or of serious injury is present. However, investigations and evidence collected by DCIP suggest that Israeli forces use lethal force against Palestinian children in circumstances that may amount to extrajudicial or willful killings.

​​Ayed Abu Eqtaish, accountability program director at DCIP, added:

The international community’s lack of political will to hold Israeli officials accountable guarantees that Israeli soldiers will continue to unlawfully kill Palestinian children with impunity.”

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A poster of Mohammad Hamayel, and a memorial wreath adorn his classroom in the village of Beita, June 14, 2021. Majdi Mohammed | AP

Saeed Hamayel understands the pain of losing a child. The father of five lost his firstborn, Mohammad Saeed Hamayel, on June 11 when Israeli soldiers shot the 16-year-old in the chest during protests in Beita. Said described how the single bullet that hit Mohammad caused damage to his heart and lungs, fractured parts of his rib cage, and created a three-inch hole in his body. “They shot him with live fire in order to kill him,” Saeed said. “It was an intentional killing.”

Saeed said the Israeli Army never gave an explanation for his son’s killing. The Israeli Army did not respond to MintPress’ request for comment on minors killed during the Beita protests.

Life has become unbearable for Saeed since his son’s death. He left his job because he was too depressed to work. He now has a full beard and his once black hair has turned mostly gray and white. “The bullet that killed our child didn’t just kill him alone,” Saeed said. “It killed the whole family.”

He described his home as a hellish place filled with hopelessness and despair. “You can’t live in our home because of the memories. We see Mohammad in every place in our home, in every corner,” Saeed said. “We lost his smile. We lost his laugh. We lost his existence.”

As Saeed talked about his son, a tear rolled down from the corner of his eye. Losing Mohammad, he explained, meant losing his son’s dreams and ambitions and therefore losing the family’s future.

He described his son as an excellent student who hoped to study international law like his mother. When his father asked him why international law, Saeed recalled that Mohammad gave this reason:

Because I know that our children in Palestine are really suffering from the existence of the occupation. This is our duty to defend the rights of our people. This is the duty of every human in the world to defend the rights of any oppressed people all over the world.”

Palestinian shot dead by the occupation for alleged car-ramming

Dec 21 2021

Net Source: Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen

Al Mayadeen correspondent says Israeli media claimed an attempted car-ramming occurred near the Israeli Dotan military checkpoint against IOF soldiers.

Israeli media claimed that the car tried to ram Israeli soldiers

Al Mayadeen correspondent reports receiving news of an alleged attempt of car-ramming against Israeli soldiers near an Israeli military checkpoint, in the north of the occupied West Bank. Israeli media reported  that the Israeli occupation “shot a Palestinian who tried to car-ram a number of Israeli soldiers near Jenin.”

Palestinian media quoted local sources as saying the occupation soldiers on Tuesday targeted a young man’s car with live ammunition, wounding him and setting his car on fire, near the Dotan military checkpoint, which is located on the lands of Ya’bad town, southwest of Jenin.

Local witnesses said the car exploded after it was completely engulfed by fire, while the plain of Ya’bad witnessed a massive deployment of the occupation forces.

Palestinian factions mourn the martyr

Resistance Committees in Palestine mourned the “heroic martyr who carried out the heroic car-ramming operation near the Zionist Dotan checkpoint, south of Jenin.”

The Resistance Committees noted that this operation against the Israeli occupation’s soldiers was “a natural response to the crimes of the Zionist enemy against our prisoners in Zionist prisons.”

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) also mourned the martyr of the Jenin operation. The DFLP said the Jenin operation was proof that “our Palestinian people will not forget their captives and prisoners.”

“This is a revolution that will not stop or retreat, no matter what the challenges and sacrifices may be, until the end of the occupation and the establishment of our Palestinian state with al-Quds as its capital,” Hamas spokesman Hazem Qasim tweeted.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) spokesperson for the West Bank Tariq Ezzedine confirmed that the escalation of guerrilla operations in the occupied West Bank was evidence of the resistance’s “vitality and continuity towards escalation, and a response to the crimes of the Zionist occupation.”

High tension in Israeli Prisons

The Israeli occupation’s prisons are in a state of high tension, Al Mayadeen correspondent reported, underscoring that there had been no contact with any prisoners in Section 12, which rendered the fate of some 80 prisoners unknown.

“Many are fearing for the lives of the Section 12 prisoners in Nafha prison over the Israeli prisons administration’s systemic suppression campaign,” our correspondent said, noting that some of the prisoners are ill and of the elderly.

It is noteworthy that Israeli media reported on December 17th, that one settler was killed and two others were wounded in an alleged shooting attack at the entrance to the Homesh settlement in the West Bank.

In turn, Israeli settlers attacked, on December 18th, several citizens in their homes in the village of Qaryut, south of Nablus. In addition, settlers destroyed a number of vehicles near the entrance of the town of Sebastia, north of Nablus.

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Calls for Prompt International Intervention to Stop ‘Israeli’ Settlers Terrorism against Palestinian Villagers

Dec 18 2021

By Staff, Agencies

The Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs called upon the international community to intervene immediately, and to pressure the ‘Israeli’ occupation regime into stopping “acts of terrorism” committed by extremist settlers against Palestinian villagers and their communities.

The ministry, in a statement, urged UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to promptly activate the international protection system for Palestinian civilians under the ‘Israeli’ occupation.

It said it is gravely concerned about the rise in systematic attacks by ‘Israeli’ settlers on Palestinians, especially in the northern West Bank villages of Qaryout and Burqa as well as in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East al-Quds, which have left dozens of people injured.

The ministry held the regime of extremist Zionist Prime Minister Naftali Bennett fully and directly responsible for settler violence and terror, and warned against the dangerous repercussions of their acts on the status of the region.

Additionally, the Palestinian Authority’s presidency called on the international community to swiftly put an end to ‘Israeli’ settlers’ terrorism against the defenseless Palestinians.

It stressed that the ‘Israeli’ occupation authorities are encouraging and protecting settler violence, which is soaring on a daily basis.

The PA said stability will not prevail as long as Palestinians do not enjoy calm, adding the current situation will keep the Middle East region in a cycle of violence.

Dozens of extremist ‘Israeli’ settlers raided Qaryout village southeast of Nablus early Friday, injuring several Palestinians and causing material damage.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors ‘Israeli’ settlement activities in the northern West Bank, said the settlers broke into many homes in the town, and assaulted local families.

Scores of Palestinians were injured in the process, who were moved to several hospitals in Nablus.

The Tel Aviv regime occupied the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in 1967. It later had to withdraw from Gaza.

More than 600,000 Zionist settlers occupy more than 230 settlements built since the 1967 occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank. All the settlements are illegal under international law. The United Nations Security Council has condemned the settlement activities in several resolutions.

Israeli media: “Homesh” operation is security failure

December 18 2021

Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen

Israeli media reported that the Palestinians who carried out the operation didn’t act alone, stressing that it was carefully planned.

One settler was killed and two others were wounded in the ‘Homesh settlement operation’.

A military correspondent for Israeli Channel 12 said that the “Homesh settlement operation might change the situation.”

Israeli media reported Thursday that one settler was killed and two others were wounded in an alleged shooting attack at the entrance to the “Homesh” settlement, an Israeli-occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank.

The Israeli Channel 12 correspondent added that the Palestinians who carried out the operation didn’t act alone, but rather, it constituted an “armed group” that has carried out an ambush using imported weapons in a carefully planned operation, as per the Channel.

He went on to say that “the situation could have escalated,” noting that “the Shin Bet and the army are strengthening their forces in every region north of Samaria, in an attempt to limit the possibility of similar operations.”

The operation constituted a “failure of the security establishment in Israel”, the correspondent stressed.

He continued, “We see Hamas pushing hard to conduct similar operations inciting forcefulness on social media. As a result, only a joint operation between the army and the Shin Bet will be able to halt deterioration and escalation in the region.”

It is worth noting that Al Mayadeen correspondent confirmed Thursday that the Israeli forces were heavily deployed in the northern West Bank, noting that they were storming villages in search of the individuals who carried out the operation.

Israeli settlers attacked, on Friday, several citizens in their homes in the village of Qaryut, south of Nablus. In addition, settlers destroyed a number of vehicles near the entrance of the town of Sebastia, north of Nablus.

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Nablus Resists: Zionist Settler Killed, Others Injured in Palestinian Shooting Operation in West Bank

December 17 2021

By Staff

A new blood injected in young Palestinian resistance fighters is turning the occupiers’ life into nightmares.

In yet another heroic resistance operation against the ‘Israeli’ occupiers, one Zionist settler was killed and two others sustained injuries on Thursday evening after a shooting carried out from the side of a speedy vehicle near the “Homesh” settler outpost northern occupied West Bank.

‘Israeli’ media confirmed the reports about the death of one of the ‘Israeli’ settlers.

In further details, Zionist media stated that “a speedy vehicle opened fire towards settlers in another vehicle, hitting three of them, one of which was in critical situation [who died later], while the two others sustained mild injuries.”

In the aftermaths, the Zionist military radio noted that “a large number of ‘Israeli’ troops are looking for the vehicle in the occupied West Bank to find the perpetrators of the operation.

The “Homesh” settlement was constructed on the occupied lands of the Palestinian towns of Barqah and Saylat al-Dahr.

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

 December 16, 2021


Israeli Human Rights Violations

2 – 15 December 2021

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

Summary                                                                                        

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Demolitions:

PCHR documented 16 incidents::

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

Settler-attacks: 

PCHR documented 8 settler-attacks:

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

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An eyewitness said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

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

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

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

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 02 December 2021:

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

Friday, 03 December 2021:

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

Sunday, 05 December 2021:

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

Monday, 06 December 2021:

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

Tuesday, 07 December 2021:

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

Wednesday, 08 December 2021:

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, 09 December 2021:

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

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

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

Friday, 10 December 2021:

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

Saturday, 11 December 2021:

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

Sunday, 12 December 2021:

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

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

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

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

Monday, 13 December 2021:

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

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

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

Tuesday, 14 December 2021:

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

Wednesday, 15 December 2021:

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

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

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

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

Land razing, Demolitions, and Notices:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Setters’ Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and their Property:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jerusalem:

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

Bethlehem:

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

Hebron:

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

Nablus:

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

Jenin:

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

Qalqilya:

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

Salfit:

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

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

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

Biden Admin’s Reluctance to Spend Geopolitical Capital Greenlights Israeli Settlement Push

December 15th, 2021

By Jessica Buxbaum

Source

“No U.S. administration wants to be perceived as picking 10 fights every day with Israel, even if Israel is engaging every day in 10 things that really demand a response from the U.S.” – Lara Friedman, Foundation for Middle East Peace.

OCCUPIED EAST JERUSALEM — Last week, Israel bowed to American pressure and scrapped the controversial Atarot settlement in the Palestinian neighborhood of Qalandiya just north of Jerusalem. But on the heels of that decision, the state advanced another Jewish settlement in Palestinian neighborhoods along Jerusalem’s southern tip, even as the residents there are grappling with a severe housing shortage.

The plan is to develop a new neighborhood called Givat HaShaked on land extending beyond the Green Line (Israel’s de facto border before the 1967 War, which saw it occupy East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip) and adjacent to the Palestinian neighborhood of Beit Safafa in Occupied East Jerusalem.

On Wednesday, the Jerusalem municipality’s Planning and Building Committee recommended the development plan for deposit, meaning it will now head to the Jerusalem District Planning Committee, which will decide whether to deposit the plan for objections or public review. The project calls for the construction of 473 homes, schools and synagogues to be built on about nine acres of open land.

During Wednesday’s committee hearing, Israel’s Custodian General, the authority within the Justice Ministry overseeing properties whose owners are unknown, was represented by its economic unit director, Hananel Gurfinkel. Gurfinkel is a right-wing activist known for supporting Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem.

Givat HaShaked is not the only settlement in East Jerusalem being pushed by the Custodian General. Documentation obtained by Haaretz reveals Givat HaShaked is one of six Jewish neighborhoods Israel is currently advancing across East Jerusalem. These include one in Sheikh Jarrah, one near Damascus Gate, one in Sur Baher, one in Beit Hanina, and another in Beit Safafa.

Activists emphasized that Gurfinkel’s appointment is directly intertwined with the heightened settlement activity and displacement of Palestinians in East Jerusalem.

Amy Cohen, director of international relations and advocacy at the Jerusalem-focused Israeli human rights organization Ir Amim, said of Gurfinkel:

What we’ve seen is that since his appointment in 2017, there has been a substantial increase in eviction lawsuits against Palestinians and the expansion of Jewish settlement in Palestinian areas.”

Settlement expansion under the guise of helping Palestinians

According to Ir Amim, the acreage set for Givat HaShaked is actually on land that is undergoing formal land registration in the Sharafat area of Beit Safafa.

Israel’s 2018 Government Decision 3790 was marketed to the public as a means to push economic development in East Jerusalem and reduce socioeconomic inequality. The initiative reserved 50 million shekels (nearly $16 million) for the registration of land rights in East Jerusalem, an important prerequisite needed to secure building permits. Israeli authorities often use the absence of building permits as justification for demolishing Palestinian homes.

However, as uncovered by Ir Amim, land registration procedures are being used to advance Jewish settlement – as found in Sheikh Jarrah – rather than develop Palestinian neighborhoods in Jerusalem.

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sraeli authorities demolish an East Jerusalem Palestinian home for “being built without obtaining a permit” June, 2021. Photo | Activestills

“On one hand, [Government Decision 3790] is depicted as a tool to aid Palestinians,” Cohen told MintPress News. “And yet it’s being used to further the expansion of Jewish settlement and confiscation of Palestinian land and property.”

Land registration is supposed to be a transparent and publicized process, Sari Kronish, East Jerusalem planner at Israeli planning rights organization Bimkom, explained. “The state is supposed to publish a map of the areas of the plots and invite people to make claims. And if claims are made that contradict each other, then the registrar is supposed to send those claims to court to be clarified,” Kronish said. “But the way the state is actually doing it, we see that it’s being done quietly. People often don’t know that it’s happening.”

“We don’t know yet of a single case where the Palestinians will be able to benefit from it,” Kronish added.

East Jerusalem’s housing crisis

Like other areas of East Jerusalem, Beit Safafa is suffering from an extreme housing shortage.  This is a result of a bureaucratic labyrinth of building permits and a lack of zoning plans. While the Palestinian population has quadrupled to nearly 40% of Jerusalem’s total population since 1967, Israeli authorities have allowed Palestinians to develop only 9% of the land in East Jerusalem.

Abu Ghassan, chairman of the board of directors for Beit Safafa-Sharafat, dismissed the notion that the Israeli government is merely recommending the development of Givat HaShaked. “Israel is not promoting the plan,” Ghassan said. “It’s a reality that we are living and the plan is going to happen.” He said Beit Safafa residents are up in arms over the Givat HaShaked plan, given they have been requesting the city for more housing for young couples in Beit Safafa. But their demands have failed to be heard.

“What’s happening in Beit Safafa is a political situation. They’re doing the same thing in many other Arabic villages in Jerusalem.” Ghassan said. “Jerusalem’s government is just ignoring the Arabic community as if they don’t live here at all. They’re ignoring us while developing their own community.”

According to Ghassan, former Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who served until 2018, promised 400 homes to Beit Safafa but the current mayor, Moshe Lion, walked back this commitment.

Ghassan explained Beit Safafa’s housing shortage is the result of infrastructure and encroaching settlements. Beit Safafa is currently surrounded by three Israeli settlements – Gilo, Givat Hamatos, and East Talpiot – and the majority Jewish neighborhood of Pat, which has made it difficult for Beit Safafa residents to obtain construction permits. Beit Safafa was also split in two when the Begin Highway and HaRav Ovadia Yosef Road were built, leading to a lack of open space.

The Bennett doctrine

The area reserved for Givat HaShaked was once sought after for development by former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. In 1995, Rabin put forward a housing project for the land, sparking international outcry. The UN Security Council voted to have Israel halt the plan, with the United States vetoing the resolution. Rabin shelved his expropriation efforts days after the UN vote, in what has been speculated to be an exchange for the U.S.’ veto.

Now, the current Israeli government is going beyond what any previous leadership dared to do, Daniel Seidemann, founder and director of Israeli non-profit Terrestrial Jerusalem, emphasized.

“These [settlement] plans are now on the agenda,” Seidemann told MintPress News. “Relations between the United States and [Israeli Prime Minister Naftali] Bennett are charged at the moment,” Seidemann continued. “The Americans have made their concerns very clear about [the settlements of] E1 and Atarot, so why is Bennett having another poke-in-the-eye over something like this?”

Lara Friedman, president of the American non-profit Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP), agreed the new government is stepping into territory even Bennett’s predecessor wouldn’t touch. “They’re as bad as the [Benjamin] Netanyahu government and in many ways, they’re worse,” Friedman said. “These settlements are absolutely incompatible with any commitment to anything other than permanent Israeli control over the entire area,” Friedman added, highlighting the record number of home demolitions throughout Area C of the Occupied West Bank as another way Bennett’s government is pushing increased annexation.

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Israeli police arrest a Palestinian boy during the demolition of a Palestinian shop in East Jerusalem. Photo | AP

From Ir Amim’s Cohen’s perspective, despite Bennett’s government being a politically diverse coalition, hardline voices are the ones in power. “Far-right members of the coalition are put in very strategic, high-level positions, like in the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Housing, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice,” Cohen said. “All of these portfolios are very senior and they have a lot of weight. And what we’ve seen is because of this, they are quietly able to advance this very far-right-wing agenda.”

Prominent right-wing politicians hold top spots in Israel’s government: Ayelet Shaked is Interior Minister; Ze’ev Elkin is the Minister of Housing and Construction; and Gideon Sa’ar serves as the Minister of Justice.

Biden versus Israel?

As settlement expansion becomes the defining feature of Bennett’s government, the other side of the Atlantic is becoming increasingly more vocal about Israeli occupation and land theft.

In November, 26 U.S. House Democrats penned a letter urging Secretary of State Antony Blinken to stop Israel from moving forward with the settlement plan in the E1 area of the West Bank.

The move was led by Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan, who recently toured a Palestinian village in the West Bank with New York Rep. Jamaal Bowman. And Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum has become a strong advocate for Palestinian rights in Congress. The Democrat has sponsored two bills related to U.S. military aid to Israel and said the state practices apartheid. On the Givat HaShaked proposal and ongoing settlement expansion in Palestine, McCollum told MintPress in a statement:

Israel’s state-sponsored expansion of settlements on Palestinian land – while the Israeli government’s bureaucrats deny Palestinians permits to even build homes and bulldoze existing Palestinian homes, schools, and businesses – is destroying the prospect of a Palestinian state and the prospects for peace.

The global community views Israeli settlement expansion as illegal and lethal to any future peace process, and the U.S. government should not be silent. This situation has reached a point in which the Palestinians are clearly a people denied even basic human rights while under Israeli government subjugation.

U.S. lawmakers are emerging as more and more critical of Israel, but that hasn’t stopped Israeli state violence. In fact, Israel appears almost fueled by the condemnation.

FMEP’s Friedman suggested President Joe Biden’s administration can’t keep up with the sheer number of controversial actions Israel has initiated this year, referring to increased settlement activity and Israel’s designation of six Palestinian organizations as terrorist entities.

“How much political capital does the Biden administration have to spend on any one of these things while it’s also working on Iran?” Friedman asked, arguing that the U.S. can’t expend all its political energy on Israel. So if a provocative move slips under the radar, Israel might view that as American approval. “If things like a new settlement in East Jerusalem are not on the agenda, it’s seen as a green light from Israel, that the U.S. is not opposing it,” Friedman said. “And if the U.S. does put it on the agenda, it means there’s that much less political capital that it can spend on other things.”

But at the end of the day, the U.S.-Israel alliance is a lot stronger than any notion of democracy or human rights.

“No U.S. administration wants to be perceived as picking 10 fights every day with Israel, even if Israel is engaging every day in 10 things that really demand a response from the U.S.,” Friedman observed.

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