PCHR: Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (25 Jun – 01 July 2020)

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July 2, 2020 6:28 PM  PCHR

Summary

Israeli forces continued to commit crimes and multi-faceted violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including invasions into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians. This week, Israeli Forces’ excessive use of force rendered 9 injuries among Palestinian civilians, including a child and a paramedic, during raids and attacks on peaceful protests in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, which have also witnessed wide-scale demolitions and distribution of demolition notices of civilian houses and properties over the past several weeks, as Israeli occupation authorities prepare to commence its annexation plan of large parts of West Bank territories.

This week, Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) documented 155 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli soldiers and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt).

Shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity: Israeli Forces shot and wounded 9 Palestinians, including a child and a paramedic, in excessive use of force against a Kufur Qaddoum weekly protests against the occupation and settlement activities in the West Bank.
In Gaza, 5 shootings against agricultural lands eastern Gaza Strip were reported; and once against fishing boats sailing in northern Gaza sea.

Incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: Israeli Forces carried out 74 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 77 Palestinians were arrested, including 6 children and 3 women. In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted 3 limited incursions into eastern Rafah, Khan Younis and Central governorate.

Settlement expansion activities and settlers’ attacks: IOF continued its settlement expansion operations in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, PCHR documented 5 violations, including:

PCHR also documented 4 settler attacks that included assault in Qalqilia and Salfit that rendered 3 civilians with bruises, and arsenal attacks on agricultural lands in Nablus and Ramallah.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement: The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life. Furthermore, since the PA ended security coordination with Israeli authorities in May 2020, hundreds of critically ill patients whose condition cannot afford delays in treatment were denied travel. This week, 2 children died because they were unable to travel for treatment abroad. This was amplified by the restrictions put in place by IOF since March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, that had already had grave implications on the humanitarian and economic situation of the Gaza Strip population.

Meanwhile, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest.
 
I. Violation of the Right to Life and to Bodily Integrity/Shooting and other Violations

  • At approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 25 June 2020, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands, east of Khuza’ah village, in eastern Khan Younis. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 17:00 on the same Thursday, a number of Palestinian young men gathered in agricultural lands, adjacent to al-Fawar refugee camp, south of Hebron, and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed at a temporary checkpoint leading to Bypass road (60). Israeli soldiers chased stone-throwers and fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a number of young men suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 22:00 on the same Thursday, Israeli gunboats stationed west of Rafah shore in southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area (6 nautical miles). Fishermen, as a result of that, panicked and had to sail back to the shore. Neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 07:50 on Friday, 26 June 2020, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at Palestinian shepherds present in lands adjacent to the border fence. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 13:00 on Friday, 26 June 2020, IOF stationed at the northern entrance established at lands of Kufur Qaddoum village, north of Qalqilia, suppressed a protest in which dozens of civilians participated. IOF chased young men, who gathered in the area, clashed with them, and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, nine civilians, including a child and a paramedic, were shot with rubber bullets. The child was shot with a rubber bullet in his shoulders and the paramedic was shot in his mouth while others sustained rubber bullets in their shoulders, except for one who was shot with a rubber bullet in his back. (Names of the wounded civilians are available at PCHR)
  • At approximately 13:15 on the same Friday, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands, east of Khuza’ah village, in eastern Khan Younis. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 14:00 on the same Friday, a number of Palestinian young men gathered in Bad al-Zawiyah area in the center of Hebron and threw stones at a military checkpoint established at al-Shuhada street known as Checkpoint (56), which is closed. Israeli soldiers immediately fired tear gas canisters at stone-throwers and chased them between commercial shops into Abu al-Hums area. Confrontations between IOF and Palestinian young men continued until 17:00 on the same day, in which a number of young men suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 08:30 on Saturday, 27 June 2020, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, northeast of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at agricultural lands for 30 minutes. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Saturday, 27 June 2020, IOF stationed at Qalandia military roadblock, north of occupied East Jerusalem, arrested Ahmed Wajih Wahdan (22), a person with mobility impairment, and beat him severely, alleging that he has a knife. As a result, Wahdan sustained bruises all over his body. IOF also took Wahdan to “Atrout” settlement’s police station established on Qalandia village’s lands for investigation.Mohammed Wahdan, Ahmed’s brother, said that his brother, who is a roving street vendor at the above-mentioned checkpoint suffers from impaired mobility in his right foot and hand. Mohammed denied the news published by news agencies, including Israeli media, that his brother attempted to carry out a stab attack. Mohammed also said that his brother was arrested near the gate where he used to sell water. Mohammed added that according to eyewitnesses’ statement, Israeli soldiers ordered his brother to move backwards few steps and when he did, they immediately arrested him and beat him. It should be noted that Wahdan is from Qalandia, north of occupied East Jerusalem. Wahdan sustained a fracture in his nose, wounds in his head and foot and bruises throughout his body after IOF attacked him.
  • At approximately 20:00 on the same Saturday, an Israeli force reinforced with several military SUVs stormed al-Samou’s village, south of Hebron. They patrolled the village streets, stationed in its center, and deployed between houses. A number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at Israeli soldiers, who indiscriminately fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a number of stone-throwers suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. IOF withdrew from the village later. Neither arrests nor house incursions were reported.
  • At approximately 15:40 on Monday, 29 June 2020, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of Deir al-Balah in central Gaza Strip, opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at agricultural lands for 30 minutes no casualties were

 
II. Incursions and Arrests:

Thursday, 25 June 2020:

  • At approximately 12:00, IOF moved into Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Ali Ahmed al-Harsh’s (15) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Habayel village in Abu Dis, east of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Hamza Hesham Erekat’s (28) house and arrested him. It should be noted that Erekat’s cousin is Ahmed Mustafa Erekat (26), who was killed by the Israeli soldiers at the “Container” military roadblock last Tuesday, when IOF claimed that the victim attempted to carry out a run-over attack.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Nour Shams refugee camp, in Tulkarem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Ahmed Izzat Zendiq (25).
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into al-‘Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (8) civilians: Mohammed Hamza Obaid (21), Mohammed Khalil Awwad (21), Awwad Ra’ed Kleib (24), Younis Wissam Abu al-Hums (18), Wadea’ Dawoud Alian (20), Khaled Dia’ Muhaisn (17), Yousif Tareq Darwish (22), and Ahmed Abdulsalam Abu al-Roumi (21).
  • At approximately 09:00, IOF moved into Jit village, northeast of Qalqilia. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mo’aweya Ali al-Sidda (26).
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF moved into al-‘Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Mahmoud Khudair Alian (17), and Mohammed Mousa Mostafa (21), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 16:20, IOF stationed near Ofer detention in Betounia, west of Ramallah, arrested (4) civilians while waiting out of the detention to welcome a Palestinian detainee, from Deir Jreir, to be freed. The arrestees are: Qusai Dawoud Olwi (22), Jehad Mohammed Ajaj (27), Aysar Zeyad Shuja’eya (26), and Ibrahim Abdul Wahab Olwi (23).
  • In the late night hours, IOF stationed at Za’tara military roadblock, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank, arrested an officer in the National Security, Ahmed Amin ‘Antari (38), from Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin, IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Ya’bad, southwest of Jenin; al-Nabi Saleh and Birzeit, in Ramallah. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 26 June 2020:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Burin village, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched Ghassan Zeidan al-Najjar’s (28) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:45, IOF moved into Barqa village, northwest of Nablus, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched Ali Mohammed Saif’s (37) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF stationed at al-Za’eem military checkpoint, east of the occupied East Jerusalem, arrested Anwar Sami Obaid (23), and took him to an unknown destination. It should be noted that the Israeli Authorities arrested and summonsed Obaid for more than 6 times in the latest months, and he spent up to 20-months in the Israeli prisons.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF deployed in Hebron’s Old City’s neighborhoods, searched and arrested Ahmed Hussain al-Natshah (18), while present near the building of Shari’a court. IOF took him to the police station at “Kiryat Arba’” settlement, east of Hebron.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Jama’in and Kafr Qalil, southeast of Nablus; Jayous and Qalqilia, in Qalqilia governorate. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 27 June 2020:

  • At approximately 11:00, IOF arrested the Head of the Aqsa Mosque Murabitun Committee, Yousef Ibrahim Mukhaimar (48), while present near al-Asbat Gate, one of the Aqsa Mosque’s gates. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF stationed at Za’tara military checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank, arrested Mo’men Mohammed Rihan (26), from Tal village, south of Nablus. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • IOF carried out an incursion in Kifl Hares, north of Salfit. No arrests were reported

Sunday, 28 June 2020:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Abu Dis village, east of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Bilal Abu al-Zaki (24), and Qasem Halabeyah (26), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Ayda refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Ahmed Mohammed Hammad’s (26) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Hebron, and stationed in Daheyat al-Zaytoun area. They raided and searched Adnan Younis Abu Tabana’s (50) house and no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched four houses and arrested (3) civilians including a child and handed Ahmed Emad al-Badawi (23) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem. The arrestees are: Ahmed Emad al-Badawi (14), Ahmed Mohammed Adawi (18), and Ahmed Ra’fat al-Badawi (23).
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Taqoua’ village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Ali Yousef Jabareen (25), and Ahmed Salem Sabbah (20), and handed them summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Qalqilia and Hebla villages in Qalqilia governorate. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 29 June 2020:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Beit Kahl, north of Hebron. They raided and searched Oday Hasan al-Khateeb’s (22) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Osama Reyad Turkman (19) and Baha’ Adnan Abu Baker (27) and arrested them.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-Jalama, northeast of Jenin, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched Abdullah Ahmed Abu Farha’s (29) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles, moved into al-Thaheriya village, south of Hebron. They raided and searched Mo’ath Mohammed al-Qaisiya’s (32) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Dura al-Qara’ village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched Amjad Hassan al-Rabei’i’s (32) house and arrested him. It should be noted that the above-mentioned civilian was a former prisoner in the Israeli prisons.
  • At approximately 04:20, IOF moved into Silwad, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched Awni Fares Hammad’s (40) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles and bulldozers, moved 100-meters from al-Mtabaq Gate on the border fence, to al-Shawka village, east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip. They levelled and combed lands. At approximately 11:30, IOF redeployed again.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF moved into Beit Hanin neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched the house of the director of the “Women Development and Empowerment” association, Elham No’man Abu Sbaih (43) house and arrested her along with her son, Ahmed Khader Abu Sbaih (18). Elham’s husband, Khader Abu Sbaih, said that the Israeli “Yasam” special patrol unit aggressively stormed their house, they severely beaten and arrested his son, Ahmed, while he was sleeping. They damaged the house contents and confiscated several documents belonging to Elham, before they arrested her and her son, Ahmed.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF stationed at Container military checkpoint, east of Bethlehem, arrested Rima’ Mahmoud al-Shabrawi (40), known as “Abu al-Reem”, from Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus, north of the West Bank. Rima’ works at the Palestinian Security Services, and he was taken to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 21:00, a group of Mista’arvim (Israeli Special Unit dressed like Palestinian), sneaked to al-Nasra street, northeast of Jenin, and stationed near al-Basateen park. They arrested a worker in the park, Hamza Mohammed Rahhal (20), from Jenin, north of the West Bank, and took him to an unknown destination.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Deir al-Ghsoun and Tulkarem, in Tulkarem governorate; Derastya and Kifl Hares, in Salfit governorate. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 30 June 2020:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into ‘Araba, southwest of Jenin, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched Mahmoud Mustafa Merdawi’s (19) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Ayda refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Shadi Mwafaq Badawna’s (35) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Nahaleen, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several; houses and arrested (4) civilians: Ahmed Mohye al-Dein Fannoun (24), Khaldoun Mahmoud Fannoun (31), Hassan Mohammed Najajera (23), and his brother Abdul Halim (20).
  • At approximately 08:45, IOF reinforced with several military bulldozers, moved 100-meters to the east of ‘Abasan al-Kabira and ‘Abasan al-Jadida villages,east of Khan Younis. They leveled and combed lands that were previously levelled amidst Israeli sporadic shooting and redeployed to the north of the border fence after hours.
  • At approximately 11:20, IOF reinforced with 8 military vehicles and bulldozers, moved 100-meters to the west of the border fence, east of Deir al-Balah in the Central Gaza Strip. They levelled, combed lands and done maintenance work along the border fence, and then headed to the east of al-Maghazi before they redeployed again at approximately 14:30.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF moved into Beit Daqqo village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mohammed Ali Dawoud’s (20) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF arrested the lawyer Salah Hasan al-Hamouri (35), a former prisoner in the Israeli prisons, while present in a medical center in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF took him to an unknown destination.It should be noted that al-Hamouri is a French national, and he was sentenced to prison 3 times, in the first sentence he spent about two years before he was released, then he re-arrested again on 2005, and sentenced to 7 years, but he was released after 6 years and a half in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal in 2011. On 23 August 2017, IOF put him on administrative detention, he was arrested while working as a fieldworker for al-Dameer Association for Human Rights; al-Hamouri spent more than 11-months in the Israeli prisons.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF moved into Silwan village, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Eslam Mas’oud Zaytoun’s (15) house and arrested him.

Wednesday, 01 July 2020:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into several neighborhoods in the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched dozens of houses and carried out wide arrests campaign on charge of violating the law of the application, which criminalizes any work of the Palestinian Authority in the occupied Jerusalem. The head of the family committee of Jerusalem prisoners, Amjad Abu Asab, that IOF arrested (13) civilians from al-Issaweya, al-Tawr neighborhood, Wadi al-Jouz, and Silwan. The arrestees are: Mohammed Khalil ‘Amira, Ahmed Musallam Abu al-Rab, Oday Mousa al-Sha’er, Bassam Ghaith, Ra’ed al-Ashhab, Mohammed Obaid, Ahmed Mahayna, Ehab Abu Sbitan, Waleed al-Sayyad, Mohammed Khwais, Jawad Jouda and Akram al-Salayma.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Nablus, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Harbi Mohammed Dawoud (26), living in al-Ma’moun St., and Yazan Abdul Naser Zagha (19), and arrested them.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into ‘Askar al-Balad village, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched Mansour Bashar Mansour’s (19) house and arrested him.
  • In the same context, IOF moved into Izbet al-Jarad, east of Tulkarem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Abdul Karim Zeyad al-Hamshari (31).
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Thanaba village, east of Tulkarem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Suliman Husni Saleem Khraisha (37).
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Tal village, southwest of Nablus, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Sayel Tahseen Ramadan (40) and Ayoub Ahmed ‘Aseeda (40) and arrested them.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Ramallah, and stationed in al-Teira neighborhood, southwest of the city. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Elia’ Abu Hijla (20), a student at Birzeit University; and Haneen Nassar Fadayel (35), the wife of the prisoner Rami Rizk Fadayel.
  • At approximately 04:20, IOF moved into al-Jalazon refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched Mahdi Naser Samad’a’s (19) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Birzeit, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched Amjad ‘Ahed Samhan’s (21) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF arrested Amir Issa Za’tara (25), while present near Bab al-Sahera area in the central Old City of Jerusalem. He was taken to “al-Bareed” police station in Salah al-Dein Street.
  • IOF carried out (5) incursions in Ein Yabrod and Batn al-Hawa in Ramallah; Kreesa, Nuba, and Hebron villages in Hebron governorate. No arrests were reported.

III. Settlement Expansion and Settler Violence in the West Bank

a. Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property

  • On Thursday, 25 June 2020, Israeli military construction vehicles demolished a wall and 2 under-construction houses in ‘Anata village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. ‘Anata village council stated that IOF moved into al-Boq’an neighborhood and demolished Saied al-Khatib’s 2-storey under-construction house (200 sqm). The village council clarified that IOF also moved into al-Najma neighborhood, where they demolished ‘Alaa ‘Alqam’s 2-storey house (150 sqm) and a wall surrounding Majdi al-Fahidat’s house ( 80 sqm).
  • At approximately 13:00 on Sunday, 28 June 2020, IOF moved into Beit Iksa village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem and levelled a plot of land. Eyewitnesses said that IOF, backed by military construction vehicles raided Hamayil family’s plot of land and levelled it. Eyewitnesses added that IOF closed the village entrance, surrounded the area and established a tent before levelling the land. It should be noted that Beit Iksa village is inhabited by nearly 2000 citizens and is surrounded by the annexation wall and the Israeli settlements.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Tuesday, 30 June 2020, IOF accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into al-Tawana, al-Rakeez and al-Mofaqarah villages in eastern Yatta, south of Hebron. They distributed 8 notices to demolish and stop working in houses, agricultural rooms, a water well, and a barn.
  • At approximately 06:00, Israeli municipality bulldozers demolished ‘Atiyia Isam’il Mutair and Hayat Dawoud Muhasin’s houses in al-‘Isawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. ‘Atiyia Mutair said that Israeli municipality bulldozers demolished a 40-square-meter building comprised of a room, kitchen and bathroom and built in May 2020. Mutair clarified that this building was attached to his old house built in 2013 to shelter his son family. Hayat Muhasin said that she was shocked when Israeli municipality staff raided her 80-square-meter house to demolish it.
  • At approximately 09:00, Israeli municipality bulldozers demolished Yaseen Za’atrah’s house in Dir al-Sunna neighborhood in al-Mukaber Mount village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Za’atrah said that IOF surrounded his house in the morning and forcibly got his family out of the house. They then started to demolish it over its contents. Za’atrah clarified that the municipality staff raided his house in 2013 and ordered him to stop construction. After that, the municipality imposed a fine of NIS 48,000 on him and he is still paying it.
    The municipality then hung a demolition notice on his house in December 2019. Za’atrah said that he headed to Israeli courts to appeal against the demolition notice, but in vain. He added that the municipality ordered him to self-demolish the house, but the construction vehicles’ owners refused to demolish the house, because it is located in a mountainous area. Za’atrah’s house sheltering 7 persons was built on an area of 84 square meters and comprised of 3 rooms, a kitchen and a bathroom.

b. Israeli Settler Violence

  • On Thursday, 25 June 2020, Israeli settlers threw stones at a vehicle belonging to Mohammed ‘Abed al-Hafiz Za’rour (28), from Sir village in Qalqilya. As a result, Za’rour, who suffers from epilepsy, started to lose conscious and received treatment in Rafidia Hospital while his vehicle sustained damage. Za’rour said;
    “At approximately 23:00 on Thursday, 25 June 2020, I was returning from my workplace in Jericho and heading to Sir village. When I arrived at Duma village intersection, I saw a vehicle carrying 3 settlers parked on the street. Two settlers stepped out of the vehicle and the third settler threw a stone at my vehicle, breaking the window. I was afraid and managed to flee towards ‘Aqraba village. I phoned one of my relatives who helped me and took me to the hospital.”
  • At approximately 14:00 on Saturday, 27 June 2020, Israeli settlers, from “Jaf’at Roneem” settlement, which is established in the eastern area of Burin village, southeast of Nablus, set Palestinians’ lands ablaze. As a result, dozens of dunams were burnt.
  • At approximately 16:00 on Sunday, 28 June 2020, Israeli settlers, from ‘Adi ‘Ad settlement outpost, which is established on al-Moghir village lands, east of Ramallah, set Palestinians’ lands ablaze in al-Seder area. As a result, 40 olive trees belonging to Rateeb ‘Abdullah Na’san were burnt.
  • On Tuesday, 30 June 2020, Israeli settlers severely beat Ibrahim Mohammed ‘Assaf (52) and Majdi Najem ‘Issa (45), from Bidiyia village, west of Salfit, while heading to Khellet Hassan area, northwest of the village. As a result, both of them sustained bruises throughout their bodies and received treatment later. Ibrahim ‘Assaf said;
    “At approximately 20:00 on Tuesday, 30 June 2020, my friend Madji and I headed to Khellet Hassan area, where we found 4 settlers. The settlers opened fire at us. We attempted to flee, but they caught us and severely beat us. I fainted and then regained consciousness while they were still beating me. They were speaking in Hebrew and I understood what they were saying. They wanted to kill me in Wadi Qana area, but they reversed their decision. They gave us our IDs and told us that they believed that we are security officers. We were released later and taken to hospital by the village residents.”

No place for justice in UN dictionary: Lebanese journalist

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June 28, 2020 – 15:18

TEHRAN – Mohamad Kleit, a Lebanese journalist specialized in international affairs and geopolitics, tells the Tehran Times that the United Nations celebrates its 75th anniversary, while this international organization has failed to achieve justice.

“Considering Israel is the “U.S. pampered baby”, metaphorically speaking, any international resolution would be negligible if it doesn’t preserve Israeli interests, even if those interests were ethnic cleansing against Palestinians, preservation of the illegal and inhumane blockade on the Gaza Strip and building illegal settlements on the Palestinian soil in the West Bank,” says Kleit, who is deputy editor at U-News Agency.

On the future of the United Nations, Kleit notes, “I personally see that the role of the UN will be minimized considering that major powers are out their taking what they want with disregard to any UN resolution or the disruption of global stability.”

The text of the interview with Mohamad Kleit is as follows:

Question: The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War with several objectives primarily the prevention of war and maintaining peace in disputed areas. But the UN has failed to prevent war and fulfill peacekeeping duties many times throughout its history. In your opinion, what have been the main causes of this passivity?

Answer: The United Nations’ passivity is basically caused by the strong political powers controlling some of its major and most critical decisions; particularly by the United States of America which spent $10 billion in 2018 (almost 30% of UN’s peacekeeping operations are funded by the United States). This affects United Nations and its Security Council’s decisions in areas that the U.S. is directly involved in, for example, Syria, Yemen, Iraq in 2003, and others.

“Considering Israel is the “U.S. pampered baby”, metaphorically speaking, any international resolution would be negligible if it doesn’t preserve Israeli interests, even if those interests were ethnic cleansing against Palestinians, preservation of the illegal and inhumane blockade on the Gaza Strip and building illegal settlements on the Palestinian soil in the West Bank,” says Kleit, who is deputy editor at U-News Agency.

On the future of the United Nations, Kleit notes, “I personally see that the role of the UN will be minimized considering that major powers are out their taking what they want with disregard to any UN resolution or the disruption of global stability.”

The text of the interview with Mohamad Kleit is as follows:

Question: The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War with several objectives primarily the prevention of war and maintaining peace in disputed areas. But the UN has failed to prevent war and fulfill peacekeeping duties many times throughout its history. In your opinion, what have been the main causes of this passivity?

Answer: The United Nations’ passivity is basically caused by the strong political powers controlling some of its major and most critical decisions; particularly by the United States of America which spent $10 billion in 2018 (almost 30% of UN’s peacekeeping operations are funded by the United States). This affects United Nations and its Security Council’s decisions in areas that the U.S. is directly involved in, for example, Syria, Yemen, Iraq in 2003, and others.

“They (UN) didn’t call out who was clearly responsible for this (Yemen) catastrophe, yet they called for a political solution back in 2016 in Kuwait that would indirectly preserve the Saudi Arabia’s interest while acknowledging the newly formed government in Sana.”

It also acts as a pressure force on political issues, most recently the Israeli atrocities against Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, where Israel doesn’t abide by any Security Council decision nor UN resolutions ever since the entity joined the UN. This is because the U.S. has close ties and joint interests in Israel, thus it is not dealing with the Palestinian cause in an objective manner, where the U.S. always sides with Israel, consequently belittling any UN resolution, regardless how righteous and just it is.

Q: Ever since the creation of the Jewish state in 1948, Palestinians have been fighting against what a UN investigator once described as Israel’s ethnic cleansing. Today Israel controls dominantly over Palestine territories. It also has imposed a crippling blockade on Gaza and is continuing its construction of illegal settlements on occupied lands in defiance of several UN resolutions calling for an end to those activities. What is your take on it?

A: As in other areas of turmoil and disruption, the UN has its hands tied because of the U.S. financial advantage over its regular budget. This poses a threat and jeopardizes any resolution issued by the UN in matters the U.S. would consider part of its so-called “national security”, which, as history taught us, extends across the world far from the U.S. national borders.

Now considering Israel is the “U.S. pampered baby”, metaphorically speaking, any international resolution would be negligible if it doesn’t preserve Israeli interests, even if those interests were ethnic cleansing against Palestinians, preservation of the illegal and inhumane blockade on the Gaza Strip, building illegal settlements on the Palestinian soil in the West Bank, or even detainment of Palestinian children for investigation while mistreating prisoners of opinion and protests.

History has also taught us that Israel has never once abided by any UN resolution that isn’t fully in its favor, even when it’s waging an occupation like the one in 1982 in Lebanon or bombing civilian sites in Syria that is being internally war-torn since 2011. It also, rudely, disrespects any UN resolution that is internationally consented, like Resolution 1701 to end the 2006 war on Lebanon that was unanimously approved by the United Nations Security Council on 11 August 2006, where each side of the war (Lebanese Resistance Movement and Israel) goes back to their international borders before the war started in July, yet Israel, until this day, violates Lebanese airspace with fighter jets and occasionally targets civilian, scientific, and military targets in Syria from the Lebanese airspace.

Q: Saudi Arabia has been incessantly pounding Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to crush the popular Ansarullah movement and reinstate former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is a staunch ally of the Riyadh regime. Many experts accuse the UN silence regarding Saudi Arabia’s aggression and argue that the UN has failed to send humanitarian aid and support to civilians amid a blockade imposed on the war-torn country. What is your thought?

A: Justice is a negligible term in international books; it is only used when the elite nations preserve their interests on the expense of smaller powers, or helpless nations in that case. The Saudi-led coalition, that is supported militarily and politically by (just to name a few) the UAE, USA, UK, France, Israel, Egypt, Bahrain, and other nations, launched a war on Yemen in 2015 that has been described by the UN itself as “one of the worst human catastrophes in modern history.” The war started on the request of the ousted Yemeni president Abed Rabu Mansour Hadi, who took Aden for refuge after a large-scale protest in the capital Sana, where a coalition of Yemeni parties rules now, most prominently Ansarullah led by Abdul Malek al Houthi. Now considering Ansarullah’s opposition to Saudi Arabia’s control over Yemen (Saudis controlled and interfered in Yemen’s politics and economy for over 40 years during the reign of Ali Abdullah Saleh and then Mansour Hadi), which would jeopardize what they call “national security”, thus they launched a full-scale war on Yemen that has led to the death of well-over 30,000 persons and displaced millions, while 19 million are suffering from poverty and in danger of famine.

What did the UN do? They didn’t call out who was clearly responsible for this catastrophe, yet they called for a political solution back in 2016 in Kuwait that would indirectly preserve Saudi Arabia’s interest while acknowledging the newly formed government in Sana. The talks failed because of the continuation of hostilities until 2018 in Stockholm, where another round of talks happened to mark a breakthrough, yet the war is still ongoing with more complications and disasters to put in short.

From 2015 until this day, neither did the UN nor the international community point out that it’s Saudi Arabia and the UAE which are the direct causes of the catastrophe by a huge margin, with the help of the U.S., Israel, the UK, and France, yet they put both sides (the Saudi-led coalition and the Sana government) as equally responsible for the war… It is quiet intriguing for a man shooting an AK47 and an RPG to be held the same responsibility as another man flying an F-16 with U.S. satellites giving him pin-point directions (not all the time though) with missiles that have proven to have the ability to put entire villages to the ground. This is a major problem that stands in the way of any problem-solving procedure that would be in the best interest of Yemen’s future, which is pointing out who holds responsibility for the problem in a just and fair way, not on the basis of equality.

Q: The United Nations is celebrating its 75th anniversary, while it is dealing with serious challenges, including poverty, disease, environmental breakdown, ongoing conflicts, and so on. In your view, is the UN ready to face the future?

A: In addition to the ongoing global crises from Palestine, Yemen, to general African wars, to the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, the Coronavirus and its financial backlash put huge pressure on the UN, as well as the rise of alt-right movements and populist ideologies affect the on-the-ground operations of the UN. One major example is U.S. President Donald Trump retreating from the World Health Organization with accusations that it is siding with China (U.S. economic rival), as well as cutting funding for UNRWA which is specialized with Palestinian refugees. Both cases place huge pressures on both organizations, considering that the U.S. is their biggest donor. The first one is a political decision to pressure WHO into joining the “Ideological Cold War” (as China’s Foreign Ministry named it) against China, while the second is to pressure the Palestinian authorities into accepting Trump’s “Deal of the Century” which is completely a pro-Israel agreement basically aimed to give full control of the West Bank to Israel.

These are just examples of what the UN is going to face from the U.S., in particular, as a cost for its not-so-total kneeling to the man in Washington. I personally see that the role of the UN will be minimized considering that major powers are out taking what they want with disregard to any UN resolution or the disruption of global stability.

PCHR: Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine (21 – 27 May 2020)

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Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians. This week, which marked the Muslim holiday, Eid al-Fitr, which celebrates the end of the holy month of Ramadan, was no different, as IOF attacks continued; additionally, settlers shot and wounded Palestinian farmers, set lands ablaze and attacked houses.

This week, Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) documented 106 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by IOF and settlers in the oPt. The restrictions imposed under the state of emergency have hindered our fieldwork team’s ability to cover all incidents in the oPt and were forced to collect information via phone from trusted local sources. As such, this report is an in-comprehensive record of Israeli violations of human rights against Palestinians in the oPt, as IOF continues its attacks against civilians despite the exceptional circumstances that have overcome the whole world in the face of a pandemic.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity: IOF shot and wounded 5 Palestinian civilians, including a child, in excessive use of force and in settler attacks. Palestinian man and child were wounded in two IOF raids into Ramallah and Tubas that included the use of live ammunition; another 2 were shot by settlers in eastern Ramallah; and 1 other was shot in eastern Jerusalem, alleging he attempted a stabbing attack.

In Gaza, 6 shootings against agricultural lands eastern Gaza Strip were reported.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 47 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 48 Palestinians were arrested, including 2 children.

Settlement expansion activities and settlers’ attacks: IOF continued its settlement expansion operations in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, PCHR documented 8 violations, including: caravan dismantled and confiscated, an under construction house destroyed in central Jordan Valley; 4 street-vendor booths in northern Jordan Valley; barracks used as a barn destroyed, and a tent removed in Bethlehem; caravan, 2 resorts and historic site destroyed in Nablus; and 3 Palestinians forced to self-demolish their homes.

PCHR also documented 9 settler attacks: Palestinian lands set on fire, farmers assaulted and trees cut in Tulkarem; 2 houses and vehicles assaulted in Nablus; 2 Palestinians shot and wounded, and 2 others assaulted in Ramallah; agriculture lands set on fire in Hebron; and trees uprooted in Salfit.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the History of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life. Furthermore, IOF uses Erez Crossing that is designated for movement of individuals as an ambush to arrest Palestinians who obtain permits to exit via Israel.

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

1. Violation of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity, Shooting and Other Violations

  • At approximately 03:30 on Thursday, 21 May 2020, IOF stormed Tubas. In the meantime, a number of Palestinian civilians gathered and threw stones at Israeli infantry units in the city. Israeli soldiers responded with live bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, a 22-year-old civilian was shot with alive bullet in his right foot. He was taken to Tubas Turkish Hospital for medical treatment and his injury was classified as moderate.
  • At approximately 04:30 on the same Thursday, IOF reinforced with military SUVs stormed Beit Rema village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Adel Mustafa al-Barghouthi (62) and Basel Samer al-Barghouthi (21). IOF arrested both civilians before their withdrawal from the village. In the meantime, another Israeli force deployed and patrolled the village’s streets. Dozens of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones and Molotov Cocktails at Israeli soldiers while the latter responded with rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, a 15-year-old child was shot and injured with a tear gas shrapnel in his knee and he received medical treatment on the field. IOF later released Adel al-Barghouthi.
  • At approximately 08:20 on Friday, 22 May 2020, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of al-Maghazi in central Gaza Strip, opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at agricultural lands, adjacent to the border fence. The attack continued for 15 minutes. No casualties were reported.
  • Ten minutes later, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands, adjacent to the border fence; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:45 on Saturday, 23 May 2020, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands for 30 minutes; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 06:45 on Sunday, 24 May 20200, IOF suppressed Palestinian worshipers celebrating Eid al-Fitr after the end of the Eid prayer in al-Ghazali Square, adjacent to Bab Al Asbat “Lions’ Gate”, which is one of Al-Aqsa Mosque gates in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Eyewitnesses stated that IOF began to harass the worshippers before the Eid prayer when the latter attempted to cross the steel gates established by IOF at the entrance to al-Ghazali Square. IOF attempted to ban the worshipers from entering the square and attacked some of them by beating them. At the end of Eid Speech, large Israeli forces raided the area and forcibly evacuated the worshippers. Eyewitnesses also said that dozens of Israeli soldiers suppressed the worshipers and attacked them by beating and pushing them following the end of the Eid prayer. Israeli soldiers also detained 2 civilians after beating them for several hours at Bab al-Asbat – Al-Qeshal police station. The 2 detainees were identified as Abdul Ghani al-Emari 62) and Riyad al-Rajbi.
  • At approximately 03:30 on Monday, 25 May 2020, IOF opened fire at Awad Younis Bashir (38) claiming that he attempted to stab an Israeli soldier stationed at an Israeli military watchtower, adjacent to Jabal al-Mukaber village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem. As a result, Bashir was shot with several live bullets in his chest. He was taken to Sha’arei Tzedek Hospital in West Jerusalem, for treatment.Following the incident, IOF closed the scene and its vicinity and banned Palestinians from approaching the area. IOF stormed Bashir neighborhood in Jabal al-Mukaber village. They raided and searched the house of Bashir and his brothers Akram and Riyad and arrested them. Awad’s relatives said that IOF thoroughly searched the house, arrested Awad’s brothers, and summoned his father for investigation.
  • At approximately 07:25 on Tuesday, 26 May 2020, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of Deir al-Balah in central Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands. Adjacent to the border fence. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:30 on the same Tuesday, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip fired live bullets and sound bombs at agricultural lands, east of Khuza’a village, adjacent to the border fence. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF stationed along the border fence, north of Buret Abu Samrah, north of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands, adjacent to the border fence. No casualties were reported.

2. Incursions and Arrests

Thursday, 21 May 2020:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into al-Fawakhera neighborhood, in central Bethlehem. They raided and searched Ibrahim Hani Souman’s (29) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Ya’bad, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (4) civilians including a child, a father and his son: Yazeed Abdul Raheem Abu Abed (16), Shu’lan Kiwan Abu Baker (20), Emad Mahmoud al-‘Abbadi (50), and his son Omar (19).
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Qalqilia. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (6) civilians. The arrestees are: Mohammed Talal al-Baz (32), Abdul Rahman Mazen Khadraj (28), Zaki Abdul Fatah Dawoud (55), Jamal Othman Dawoud (58), Husni Sharif al-Nais (35), and Abdul Khaleq Mazen Khadraj (28).
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, and stationed in al-Thuhr and Sha’b al-Sir neighborhood. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (4) civilians including a child and took them to an Israeli army camp near “Karmi Tsour” settlement, south of the city by foot. The arrestees are: Oday Eyad Bassam Za’aqeeq (21), Majd Zuhair Muqbel (17), a high school student, Hamad Ibrahim Abu Maria (24), and Rikan Naser Abu Maria (18).
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Silwad, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched Malek Ra’ed Hamed’s (22) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:15, IOF moved into the house of the former prisoner, Nihad Bader Younis Zughaiar (43), while heading to al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF took him to an unknown destination. It should be noted that Zughaiar spent 35-months in the Israeli prisons, and he was released 3-weeks ago in condition that banning his entry to Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem for 2 weeks.
  • At approximately 04:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Safa village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched Mahdi Karaja’s (22) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Sanjal village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched Izzat Ibrahim Shabana’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Kharbatha Bani Hareth, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched Shadi Abdul Ra’ouf Anjas’s (36) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 05:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Kreesa, southeast of Hebron. They raided and searched Mou’di Ameen al-Wahwah’s (24) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 07:00, IOF stationed at Jeet checkpoint, southwest of Nablus, arrested Eyad Mohammed Sadaqa (19), from Anza village, southeast of Jenin. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF moved into Bab Hatta neighborhood, in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Sufian Omar al-‘Ajlouni’s (22) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 21:30, IOF established a temporary military checkpoint in the entrance of ‘Arraba village, southeast of Jenin. They arrested Mahmoud Sa’eed al-Sa’di (55), from Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin, and took him to an unknown destination.
    IOF carried out two incursions in Azoun, east of Qalqilia, and Kafl Hares, north of Salfit. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 22 May 2020:

  • IOF carried out an incursion in al-Beireh. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 23 May 2020:

  • At approximately 09:00, IOF deployed in Hebron’s Old City’s neighborhoods arrested Shadi Mohammed Sidr (30), while present in Ein Askar neighborhood. IOF took him to one of the investigation centers in “Kiryat Arba’”, east of Hebron.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF stationed around the Ibrahimi Mosque, in the central Hebron’s Old City, arrested Mohammed Hisham al-Ja’bari (20), while passing through an Israeli military checkpoint. IOF took him to Ja’bara police station. Furthermore, IOF banned dozens of civilians from performing the prayers in the above-mentioned mosque.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF moved into Bab Hatta neighborhood, in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Mohammed Khaled Sharifa’s (22) house and arrested him.

Sunday, 24 May 2020:

  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Mohammed Sameeh al-‘Abbasi’s (26) house, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Jawdat al-Shawish (27), while present near the western entrance of al-‘Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. IOF took him to an unknown destination. It should be noted that IOF arrested him before 5 days and released him on the same day in condition that imposing the home confinement for 3 days.
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF stationed at “al-Kontainer” military checkpoint, east of Bethlehem, arrested Aqab Yehya Mousa (26), from al-Khader village, south of the city, after detaining him inside his vehicle for hours.

Monday, 25 May 2020:

  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Beit Omra and Hadab villages in Hebron, Kafl Hares, north of Salfit, Badros al-Mazra’a al-Gharbeya, in Ramallah. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 26 May 2020:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-‘Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and handed Ahmed Kayed Abu Asab (18) and Yaser Darweesh (38) summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in al-Maskoubeya investigation center in West Jerusalem. IOF further arrested (4) civilians including a child: Faisal Lo’ay Obaid (19), Ali Mohammed Hamdan (19), Mohammed Khaldoun Mostafa (15), and Yousef Tareq Darweesh (21).
  • At approximately 09:00, IOF handed Hamza Nimir (41), the guard of Al-Aqsa Mosque a decision to ban his entry to Al-Aqsa Mosque for 6-months, after calling him for investigation in al-Qishla investigation center.
  • The Israeli Authorities arrested Nimir last week while he was on duty, when he prevented them from storming the mosque. IOF took him to al-Qishla investigation center in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City and handed him a decision to ban his entry of Al-Aqsa Mosque for one week. It should be noted that IOF arrested Nimir and banned his entry to Al-Aqsa Mosque for several times, under the occupation’s policy to vacate the mosque from the supporters and guards to prospect settler raids into Al-Aqsa Mosque.
  • At approximately 12:30, IOF stationed at a temporary military checkpoint on the eastern entrance of Qalqilia, arrested Mus’ab Mohammed Qutaish (25), from ‘Ateel village, north of Tulkarem.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF stationed at Za’tara military checkpoint south of Nablus, arrested Faher Bilal Yehya (20), from Tulkarem.

Wednesday, 27 May 2020:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Qafin village, north of Tulkarem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Abdul Rahim Waleed Sabah (28) and Karam Ra’ed Mohammed Ammar (20), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Far’oun village, south of Tulkarem. They raided and searched Mohammed Nabeel Odwan’s (28) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 05:00, Israeli undercover units dressed in civilian clothes sneaked to Beit Rima village, northeast of Ramallah, using a white Ford car with a Palestinian registration palette, and stationed in front of Nour Adel al-Barghouthi’s (28) house. After minutes, IOF stormed the village, surrounded the house and covered the withdrawal of the undercover unit that arrested Nour. IOF took Nour to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 05:20, IOF moved into Abu Shukhaidim village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched Mahmoud Emad Salim’s (26) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 07:30, IOF stationed at a temporary military checkpoint on the eastern entrance of al-Mughayyir village, northeast of Ramallah, arrested Omar Owda Abu Alia (28). IOF took him to an unknown destination.

3. Settlement Expansion and Settler Violence in the West Bank

a. Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property for Settlement Expansion Activities

  • At approximately 10:00 on Thursday, 21 May 2020, IOF backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Furush Beit Dajan village. The Israeli Civil Administration officers dismantled Mohamed ‘Adely Zuhdi Hamed’s a 30-square-meter caravan and confiscated it, under the pretext of illegal construction in Area C.
  • At approximately 05:00 on Monday, 25 May 2020, IOF demolished a barrack for breeding livestock and a tent in Za’tarah village, east of Bethlehem. Activists said that IOF moved into Hazem Hashem Abu Mahameed’s land, demolished a livestock barrack, removed a tent, and confiscated it, under the pretext of non-licensing. The activists added that Abu Mahameed was detained for few hours and released later.
  • At approximately 08:30 on Tuesday, 26 May 2020, IOF backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into al-Nejma Kafur ‘Atiyia area on a road connecting between ‘Aqraba and Majdal Bani Fadel villages, southeast of Nablus. IOF demolished Marwan ‘Abed al-Hameed Abu Katab’s 35-square-meter caravan, under the pretext of illegal construction in Area C.
  • At approximately 05:30 on Wednesday, 27 May 2020, IOF backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Sebastia village in Nablus. IOF demolished a resort and a 30-square-meter room inside it, under the pretext of illegal construction in Area C. The demolished room belonged to Ibrahim Mahmoud Ghazal.
  • At approximately 06:30, IOF backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Zota village in Nablus. IOF demolished Waddah Mohamed Wael; Abed al-Haq’s resort, under the pretext of illegal construction in Area C.
  • At approximately 09:00, IOF backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Furush Beit Dajan village. IOF demolished Ahmed Ibrahim Mohamed Banyat’s under-construction house (95 s.q), under the pretext of illegal construction in Area C.
  • At approximately 10:30, IOF backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into in an area between Bardla and ‘Ain al-Bida villages in northern valley. IOF demolished 4 vegetables stalls belonging to Feras ‘Aref Akram Sawafta, Eyad ‘Abed Mohamed Sawafta, Suliman Ziyad ‘Abed Sawafta, all of them from Bardlah village, and Shadi Nabil ‘Aref Foqaha, from Kardla village.
  • On Wednesday, 27 May 2020. Siyam family implemented the Israeli Municipality decision and self-demolished 3 of their houses in Wadi Hilweh neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing. Naser Siyam said that his family house was built over 90 years ago and he built a new 80-square-meter apartment above his family house while his brothers Khaled and Majd finished the construction of their houses as a prelude to live in them. Siyam clarified that the Israeli municipality began to pursuit him when he finished the construction of his new apartment and issued several demolition notices, in addition to imposing financial fines on him. IOF gave Siyam until the end of the week to implement the demolition, so he was forced to self-demolish his family house (240 s.q) to avoid paying the demolition costs.

b. Israeli Settler Violence

  • At approximately 13:00 on Thursday, 21 May 2020, Israeli settlers burned Palestinians’ agricultural lands in Rameen village, east of Tulkarem. As a result, dozens of olive and almonds trees were damaged and burned.
  • At approximately 14:00, Israeli settlers, from “Price Tag group”, attacked Mohamed Jaser Snobar’s house in Yatma village, southeast of Nablus. As a result the house sustained material damage. Palestinian young men gathered and confronted the settlers, forcing them to leave.
  • At approximately 17:00, Israeli settlers, from “Price Tag group”, attacked Palestinians’ vehicles passing on Jenin-Nablus street and threw stones at them. No injuries were reported.
  • At approximately 21:00, Israeli settlers, from “Price Tag group”, threw stones at Palestinian vehicles and at Merhij al-Damdi’s house, causing material damage. They also broke S’ad ‘Atta Mohamed Othman’s vehicle window, noting that he sustained wounds due to scattering glass inside the vehicle.
  • At approximately 19:00 on Friday, 22 May 2020, Israeli settlers, from “Helmish” settlement, which is established on Ramallah northwestern lands, attacked Qusai Diyab al-Tamimi (23) and Ziyad al-Tamimi (24), from Dir Nizam village, under the IOF protection. Qusai and Ziyad were attacked and beat with stones while present in their agricultural lands in Wadi Riyia area adjacent to the mentioned settlement. As a result, Qusai and Ziyad sustained wounds in the head and bruises throughout their bodies. Palestinian young men intervened and help them. Qusai and Ziyad received treatment on the spot while IOF secured the settlers’ withdrawal. It should be noted that Qusai is the secretary of the “Fatah” movement in Dir Nizam village.
  • At approximately 11:30 on Sunday, 24 May 2020, Israeli settlers moved into Palestinians’ agricultural lands in Shofa village, east of Tulkarem, and prevented farmers from working in their lands. The settlers also cut the olive trees twigs and withdrew at 12:00.
    At approximately 16:00, Israeli settlers, from “Ma’oun” settlement, which is established on Palestinian confiscated lands, east of Yatta, south of Hebron, burned Rabi’y family’s 3 dunams planted with wheat and barley in Tawana village.
  • At approximately 11:00 on Monday, 25 May 2020, 3 settlers, from “Shillo” settlement, which is established on Termas’iyia village lands, east of Ramallah, attacked and deliberately opened fire at ‘Emad Fahti Abu ‘Alia (33) and his brother Murad (28) while working in his agricultural lands. As a result, ‘Emad was injured and shot with a live bullet in his left thigh while Murad was injured and shot with a live bullet in his waist. Both of them were taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah for treatment.
  • At approximately 19:40 on Monday, 25 May 2020, settlers, from “Rafafa” settlement, which is established on Dirsitiyia village lands, north of Salfit, moved into Palestinian lands in Hares village and uprooted at least 200 olive trees belonging to the heirs of Ya’qoub ‘Odah Sultan.

Quds Day: Reminder of Palestinian struggle

By Salman Parviz

May 21, 2020 – 14:5

Originating in Iran with the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini declared the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan as Quds Day with the aim of forging unity among the Muslims and Arab nations so that they will unanimously express their backing for the Palestinian nation each year.

To mark the occasion amid the novel coronavirus pandemic the International Quds Day Conference was held online May 18 and 19.

This year’s Quds Day has special significance in the denunciation of the so-called “Deal of the Century” and proposed annexation of Jordan Valley and occupied West Bank, a display of shocking disregard for international law. The deal has given green light to Israeli sovereignty on the illegal settlements built since the 1967 war, which is now colonized by more than 600,000 Israeli Jews.

Protests in the region on May 15 marked the 72nd anniversary of the Nakba or “catastrophe”, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forced into exile following creation of the Zionist state in 1948. It was another opportunity to denounce the policies of U.S. President D. Trump’s ultra-right policies and alliance with Israel.

While successive U.S. presidents and administrations have supported Israel, none has done as much in such a short time to embolden its right-wing settler-led colonialist government than Trump whose administration recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in 2017, stalling the road map for a two-state solution.

Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner worked closely with former U.S. special envoy for the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, to design the “Deal of the Century”. The plan was announced in January after several months of delay. What Palestinians saw as a “surrender note”, referred in one of the Tehran Times’ headlines as the “Highway to Hell” and what many consider “Heist of the Century”.

After three inconclusive elections in the Zionist state a three-year power-sharing agreement was announced in April which allows Netanyahu first bite at leading before handing power to Benny Gantz. At the heart of that agreement is the illegal annexation of large swathes of the West Bank, including the Jordan Valley and the Northern Dead Sea.

Israel is 21st century’s Middle East version of apartheid-era South Africa, the only remaining apartheid state where Palestinians remain, at best, second class citizens in Israel, under occupation in Gaza, East Jerusalem and West Bank.

Of historical significance is the plight of residents of Gaza Strip. In January 2006, Hamas won a sweeping majority in the Palestinian Legislative Council elections ending more than 40 years of domination by Fatah, the political faction built by the late Yasir Arafat.

Following the elections U.S., EU and Canada cut off funding to the Palestinian Authority despite Canada having helped to facilitate and monitor the elections. Worth mentioning is that the Israel-Hezbollah conflict ensued during the summer of 2006.

Gaza Strip was put under Israeli and Egyptian blockade in 2007 when the Hamas resistance movement started controlling the enclave. As a result of Israel’s stifling measures the UN has warned in the past that the Gaza Strip would become “uninhabitable” by 2020.

More than two million people cramped up in a 362 square kilometer area, deprived of their fundamental human rights including freedom of movement. Under strict air, sea and ground siege imposed by Israel and Egypt for the last thirteen years, Gaza Strip is considered the largest open-air prison in the world.

This prison verdict is backed by international community, mainly the Western powers and the U.S. During the siege the coastal enclave has undergone three major Israeli offensives.

Today around 6.5 million Palestinians live abroad as refugees or members of the diaspora.

Quds day is a reminder of the plight of Palestinian people.
 

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Israel: A utopian image or merely a mirage?

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May 13, 2020 – 21:53

TEHRAN – While the founders of Israel had envisioned a utopia for Israeli settlers, now after 72 years, it has brought no freedom or justice to anyone except for some Zionist Jews and been involved in genocide and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians an Israeli-American activist and author tells the Tehran Times.

‘Genocide and ethnic cleansing is the practice of Israel’ 

On promises by the founders of Israel, including Ben Gurion, who had envisioned a utopia for settlers in Israel based on freedom, justice, and peace,  Miko Peled says “Israel is an apartheid regime” which “has been involved in genocide and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.”

He says Israel is “providing Jewish citizens who are Zionist with all the rights of liberal democracy.” 

He also says it “is true” that some Israelis are returning to their original countries as they are fed with governance.

‘Corrupt Netanyahu main reason behind Israeli political crisis’

Israel has been in a political crisis after three inconclusive elections and it is facing the growing prospect of an unprecedented fourth election.

Peled says it is mainly because “Israeli politics is controlled by the corrupt Prime Minister Netanyahu and his racist, violent allies.”

The deadlock ended now that Netanyahu got an agreement that he accepted and protects him and allows him to continue to serve as prime minister, he says, adding there was even social disobedience “about the fact that the man they voted for, Benny Gantz, who promised to unseat Netanyahu, lied to his voters and is now sitting with Netanyahu.”

‘Israel not a democracy but an apartheid’

On claims by Tel Aviv and its allies in the West that Israel is the only democratic country in the West Asia region, Peled says, “Israel is not and has never been a democracy. It an apartheid regime.”
 
He goes on to note that “the problem with West perspective is that it is a Zionist perspective which recognizing the legitimacy of Zionism and does not recognize the rights of Palestinians.”
 
 Israel sees Trump’s reckless policies toward Iran ‘a great thing’ 

Actually, in over a year that Israel has been holding three elections, each time Donald Trump has taken a step to promote chances of Netanyahu in elections. His administration moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, recognized the occupied Golan Heights as Israeli territory, and recently Mike Pompeo claimed that annexation of lands in the West Bank does not violate international law. However, each time Netanyahu’s party failed to win enough seats in Knesset to form a government.

“Israelis are actually very happy with Trump. His support for the Israeli regime and his reckless policies regarding Iran and the Palestinians is seen as a great thing,” Peled points out.

‘Racism in Israel comes even at expenses of public health’

Despite the coronavirus epidemic, Israel is refusing to release Palestinians who are held in crowded prisons, he said, noting, “Israel never respected Palestinian rights, even now that the spread of the Coronavirus is dangerous to all people.” 
“Racism in Israel is so strong that it comes even at the expense of public health,” the activist regrets.

 ‘2 million people of Gaza are heroes’

Gaza Strip is considered the greatest open prison on the earth.

Peled calls two million residents of Gaza “heroes” who are victims of “Zionist racism and violence”.

He also notes that except Iran, no country in the world cares about the miseries of the Gazans.

“They are victims of Zionist racism and violence and of the fact that the rest of the world, with the exception of Iran, do not care about them.”

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Over 250 Artists, Writers Urge Israel to Stop Siege of Gaza

By The Levant

Global Research, May 18, 2020

The Levant 16 May 2020

More than 250 global artists and writers including rocker Peter Gabriel, director Ken Loach and actor Viggo Mortensen have appealed to Israel to stop the “siege” of Gaza.

The coronavirus epidemic could have a devastating effect in “the world’s largest open-air prison”, the artists said in an online letter.

“Long before the global outbreak of COVID-19 threatened to overwhelm the already devastated healthcare system in Gaza, the UN had predicted that the blockaded coastal strip would be unliveable by 2020,” the letter said.

“With the pandemic, Gaza’s almost two million inhabitants, predominantly refugees, face a mortal threat in the world’s largest open-air prison,” it added.

Other signatories included poet Taha Adnan, Canadian writer Naomi Klein and British group Massive Attack.

The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli blockade since 2007 when the Islamist movement Hamas took control of the enclave.

Israel argues the measures are necessary to isolate Hamas, considered a terrorist organization by most Western countries.

It says that restrictions on some imports to the coastal strip are designed to deny Hamas materials that could be used to enhance its fighting capabilities.

Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since the group took control of the enclave, but reached a tentative truce in late 2018 that was renewed after successive flare-ups last year.

The Gaza Strip also borders Egypt, which severely restricts movement in and out of the territory.

“Well before the ongoing crisis, Gaza’s hospitals were already stretched to breaking point through lack of essential resources denied by Israel’s siege. Its healthcare system could not cope with the thousands of gunshot wounds, leading to many amputations,“ the artists said.

“Reports of the first cases of coronavirus in densely-populated Gaza are therefore deeply disturbing,“ they said.

“We back Amnesty International’s call on all world governments to impose a military embargo on Israel until it fully complies with its obligations under international law.“

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American Jews Have Abandoned Gaza — And the Truth. The Struggle for Human Decency

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The Americans are Weaponizing the Coronavirus Through Sanctions

The Americans are Weaponizing the Coronavirus Through Sanctions

By Darko Lazar

Hollywood actor and filmmaker Mel Gibson was once asked why he likes having Brits as the villains in his movies. He replied: “I wanted to give the Germans a break.”

Although amusing, that sort of sentiment is unlikely to translate into policy when it comes to Washington’s modern-day foes. The Americans don’t give breaks to nations they haven’t conquered.

The onslaught of the coronavirus offered a unique opportunity for the US to test out new approaches towards countries that have been treated as enemies for generations. But Washington chose to double down on cruel and self-defeating strategies.

Unable to stave off mass suffering at home, the dysfunctional American government went to great lengths to weaponize the virus, fueling the incendiary spread of the disease in ‘rogue states’.

And while the mainstream media is eager to magnify Donald Trump’s profoundly stupid comments about injecting disinfectants, they haven’t covered the consequences of his foreign policy decisions with nearly as much fervor.

Blocking recourses needed to combat the pandemic

At the height of the pandemic in late March, the White House quietly cut tens of millions in dollars in funding for health care programs in Yemen.

The move left considerable funding gaps for dozens of UN programs in the war-torn country that were focused on supplying Yemenis with hand soap, medication and staffing clinics.

American officials justified the move by obliterating logic and claiming that it was a response to ‘interference’ from Yemen’s Ansarullah movement. 

Already characterized as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the war in Yemen has killed tens of thousands since 2015. Many of those that perished have succumbed to curable diseases.

That’s because the US-backed Saudi war effort in Yemen consists of a blockade, sanctions, and the frequent bombing of health facilities. These punishing tactics also spawned the deadliest cholera epidemic in modern history, serving as a tragic precursor to the potential impact of the coronavirus.

Washington’s ambition to use the coronavirus in order to cripple defiant nations is equally evident when it comes to Iran.

Even before the start of the pandemic, the Islamic Republic was already the most heavily sanctioned country in history. Several weeks into the coronavirus crisis, Iran was recording one death from COVID-19 every ten minutes.

The Trump administration responded to the suffering of the Iranian people by imposing a new set of sanctions, which targeted companies that build and maintain Shia holy sites. In the days that followed, Washington blocked an Iranian request for a USD 5 billion emergency loan from the IMF, which was earmarked for combating the pandemic.

Similarly, in Venezuela, where years of American sanctions have crippled the public health care system, the White House offered to ease the embargo if President Nicolas Maduro steps down.

Washington also felt that a raging pandemic was the right time to indict Maduro on a bizarre set of drug trafficking charges and offer USD 15 million to anyone who delivers him to the US.

The Americans dished out another million dollars to pay for surgical masks for “Israeli” troops patrolling occupied Palestinian territories.

In this corner of the Middle East, another US-backed campaign to blockade the Gaza Strip left Palestinian health officials pleading for more ventilators and beds for intensive care units.

The “Israeli”-enforced blockade on the Palestinian enclave, which dates back to 2007, continues to severely limit the entry of medical supplies, food, and even drinking water.

Although the coronavirus pandemic brought these unconscionably dangerous and cruel practices to the forefront, the devastating impact of American sanctions and economic blockades unfolds largely out of sight. Ignored by the mainstream media, these measures go both unnoticed and unchallenged.

Not surprisingly, perhaps, only a small percentage of the public actually realizes that the sanctions regimes are Washington’s most pervasive and brutal form of modern warfare. The effects are far more deadly than bombs.

Destroying nations

By cutting off the possibility of a productive life and stunting the growth of millions of young people, sanctions wreck societies one household at a time.

There is never any real expiry date, and the gradual torment that slowly destroys entire generations doesn’t cost nearly as much as an actual military campaign.

Meanwhile, it rolls back decades of progress in industrial development, essential infrastructure, and, of course, healthcare services.

The coronavirus pandemic is only the latest reminder that American sanctions are effectively designed to target the elderly, the sick, and the most vulnerable segments of society.

These are not peaceful instruments that act as a substitute for diplomacy. They are tools of war used to punish all nations that refuse to submit to America’s will.

In 2000, the then-US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was asked if she thought that the death of half a million Iraqi children due to sanctions was a price worth paying. Albright replied: “We think the price is worth it.”

Between the coronavirus pandemic and one-liners from ghoulish creatures like Albright, you may be forgiven for thinking that you are living in a Hollywood blockbuster. But if you were hoping to catch a break like the Germans in Mel Gibson’s movies, your rosy optimism will inevitably collide with a reality stage-managed by the US government that is a lot less compassionate.

Gaza vs. Coronavirus

Gaza vs. Coronavirus

By Mona El-Hajj

Gaza stands far from being able to handle any form of force majeure. Due to the ‘Israelis’ who have continuously confined and strained the most densely populated area on Earth, two million Gazans could tell you all about lockdowns, as well as the hells of food and medical scarcity.

Since 2007, people and goods have been restricted from entering and leaving the Strip, causing a dire shortage on electricity, potable water and infrastructure. Add to that an already crippled healthcare system with resource insufficiency. So far, 15 cases of coronavirus have been reported in Gaza, however, that number shows nil reliability: recently running out of testing kits, Gaza has been allowed only 5 more, which are viable for testing roughly 500 civilians in a sea of 2 million people.

“This has been the most difficult thing we’ve ever had to deal with,” says Iman, mother of three, a Palestinian residing in Gaza. “Treatment is unavailable, and if the virus were to spread, we’re not ready to withstand it. The situation is unbearable; it would crush us.” Iman speaks with angst to Al-Ahed, expressing her worries over how she’ll feed her children on the one hand, pay her medical bills on the other, while juggling the day-to-day anxiety of the coronavirus pandemic.

With only seventy hospital ICU beds and some sixty-two ventilators – most of which are in disrepair – it is only normal that infant mortality rates in the Gaza strip is ten times that of the Zionist entity. Amid the Corona virus pandemic which has fueled the international community into a stockpiling marathon-frenzy, ‘Israel’ continues to obstruct any medicine, COVID-19 testing kits and hospital supplies by international organizations such as the UN, regardless of the state of international emergency. Donated by the WHO, only 480 tests have been allowed into Gaza Strip. With civilians crossing from Egypt and ‘Israel’, both having considerable diagnosis rates, 15 cases of COVID-19 is only bound to increase.

The crippling unemployment rates add to the severe living conditions in Gaza. “The majority of people here are poor except for the landlords which make up a very small minority. The most affected by the current situation are people like taxi and bus drivers who live on day to day income,” says Iman, whose husband has been out of a job for several months now. Gaza has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world, being %45 before the outbreak, which has naturally increased when the authorities issued quarantine. “So, most of us are committing to staying home, however there are workers that don’t have a choice. If they don’t work, they starve.” Although most Gazans are committing to quarantine, the densely-populated nature of Gaza strip makes social distancing unfeasible.

With such harsh living conditions, it is difficult to envision how an already-locked-down Gaza would be able to function. “Not everyone can buy masks and gloves. There’s a crazy increase in price, and they’re not available everywhere,” Iman says. It has been reported that a factory in Gaza which produces 10,000 masks a day, which has closed down in January, has reopened recently. However, with the owner being an ‘Israeli’, all masks go to ‘Israel’ as Palestinians are exploited for cheap labor.

“You could say we have none but God to rely on,” Iman chuckles, as you can hear the little desolation in her voice.

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (23 – 29 April 2020)

Posted by PCHR

23 – 29 April 2020

  • IOF raids into oPt: a dangerous vulnerability in Palestinian preventive measures to combat the spread of coronavirus
  • 3 Palestinian civilians sustained wounds in IOF suppression of protests in Kufur Qaddoum in Qalqilya, West Bank
  • 12 shootings reported against agricultural lands and once at Palestinian fishing boats in eastern and western Gaza Strip
  • In 57 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem: 39 civilians arrested, including 5 children
  • Residential tent destroyed in Jericho, and 24 demolition and cease-construction notices distributed in Salfit and Bethlehem
  • Settlers attacks in the West Bank: trees cut in Nablus, lands razed in Salfit, and a settler-tent established in western Bethlehem;
  • IOF established 27 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, roads closed and 2 civilians arrested at IOF checkpoints

Summary

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to violate Palestinians’ human rights and commit crimes against civilians and their properties, conducting raids into Palestinian cities without regard to the state of emergency declared across the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) since 06 March 2020, in the efforts put forward to combat the spread of coronavirus. IOF raids are conducted without proper attention to prevention and safety standards to mitigate the risk of transmitting coronavirus to Palestinian territory, as the virus is widespread throughout Israel. PCHR’s concerns over Israeli raids still stand, as those raids undermine preventive measures adopted by the government. Meanwhile, settlers backed up by IOF continued to seize more civilian property and attack civilians and their property. Furthermore, PCHR expresses its concern over the Israeli occupation’s policy of banning any preventive measures by the Palestinian Authority in occupied East Jerusalem, especially that Israel has adopted lenient measures in the city despite its responsibility for it under international law as an occupying power.

This week, PCHR documented 111 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by IOF and settlers in the oPt.  The restrictions imposed under the state of emergency have hindered our fieldwork team’s ability to cover all incidents in the oPt and were forced to collect information via phone from trusted local sources. As such, this report is an incomprehensive record of Israeli violations of human rights against Palestinians in the oPt, as IOF continues its attacks against civilians despite the exceptional circumstances that have overcome the whole world in the face of a life-threatening viral pandemic.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity: 3 Palestinian civilians were shot and wounded in IOF suppression of a protest in Kufur Qaddoum, Qalqilya, West Bank. Dozens of civilians suffocated due to inhalation of tear gas fired by IOF during its raids into Palestinian cities. IOF opened fire 9 times during raids into the West Bank; 12 shootings against the agricultural lands eastern Gaza Strip that resulted in killing a number of sheep in Deir al-Balah, and one shooting was reported against Palestinian fishing boats off the northern Gaza Strip shore.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 57 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 39 Palestinians were arrested, including 5 children.

Settlement expansion activities and settlers’ attacks: IOF continued its settlement expansion operations in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, PCHR documented 3 violations, including: dismantling and confiscation of a livestock barracks, demolition of a residential tent in Jericho, and 22 notices to cease construction were distributed at houses and facilities in Salfit, and 2-barracks in Bethlehem received a demolition notice. PCHR also documented 3 settler attacks: 33 olive trees sabotaged in Nablus, lands razed in Iskaka village, eastern Salfit, and a settler tent established in western Bethlehem.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

Israeli authorities declared that Commercial crossings in the West Bank will operate on Tuesday, 28 April 2020 until 13:00, and will resume its work as usual starting on Thursday, 30 April 2020. Israeli authorities declared the closure of Karem Abu Salem Crossing on Tuesday and Wednesday, 28-29 April 2020, and it will re-open on Thursday.

This comes in a time when the Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the History of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life. Furthermore, IOF uses Erez Crossing that is designated for movement of individuals as an ambush to arrest Palestinians who obtain permits to exit via Israel.

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

  1. Violation of the right to life and to bodily integrity
  1. Shooting and other violations of the right to life and bodily integrity
  • At approximately 00:40 on Thursday, 23 April 2020, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian shepherds. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:00 on the same Thursday, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands, east of Khuza’ah village, adjacent to the border fence. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 19:30 on the same Thursday, IOF moved into al-Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Obeid neighborhood, west of the village when the residents were eating at iftar time. Israeli soldiers indiscriminately fired tear gas canisters at houses though no clashes occurred in the area and streets were fully empty of people. As a result, dozens of civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 21:00 on the same Thursday, IOF moved into Abu Tayeh neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of commercial shops and wrote fines to their owners, claiming that they violated the orders issued by the Israeli government in light of combating the spread of coronavirus. When Israeli soldiers confiscated the goods of a roving street vendor, a verbal altercation occurred between them and the vendor, in which the soldiers heavily fired tear gas canisters in the air. Neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Friday, 24 April 2020, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of Deir al-Balah, sporadically opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at agricultural lands for 15 minutes. Neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 13:00 on the same Friday, IOF stationed at the northern entrance established at lands of Kafer Qaddoum village, north of Qalqilya, suppressed a protest in which dozens of Palestinian civilians participated. IOF chased the young men who gathered in the area when clashes erupted, during which, IOF fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the young men. As a result, a 21-year-old young man was shot with a rubber bullet in his abdomen.
  • At approximately 16:30 on the same Friday, 24 April 2020, IOF searched al-Mahajer area in Azoun village, east of Qalqilya, and indiscriminately opened fire at the abovementioned area. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 16:40 on Saturday, 25 April 2020, IOF stationed at the northern entrance established at lands of Kuffor Qaddoum village, north of Qalqilya, suppressed a protest in which dozens of Palestinian civilians participated. IOF chased young men, who were in the area, clashed with them, and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a 40-year-old man was shot with a rubber bullet in his neck and a 30-year-old man was shot with a rubber bullet in his face. IOF also fired live bullets at water tanks that were at houses roofs. As a result, 5 water tanks belonging to: Morad Mahmoud Eshtaiwi, Jihad Mahmoud Eshtaiwi,Mazen Basim Eshtaiwi, Abdullah Mousa Ali, and Riyad Mohammed Eshtaiwi.
  • At approximately 18:00 on the same Saturday, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, northeast of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, sporadically opened fire and fires tear gas canisters at agricultural lands for 15 minutes. Neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 18:40, IOF stationed adjacent to the border fence in Zeta village, north of Tulkarm, fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at Palestinian civilians, claiming they were stoned. As a result, a number of civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 22:30, IOF moved into Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah, fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at Palestinian civilians, claiming they were stoned when they patrolled the area. As a result, several civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 13:50 on Sunday, 26 April 2020, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire and fired tear gas canister at agricultural lands. The shooting continued sporadically until 17:00 on the same day. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 07:40 on Monday, 27 April 2020, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at Palestinian shepherds. The shooting continued sporadically in the area for 3 hours. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:00 on the same Monday, Israeli soldiers stationed along hr border fence, northeast of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at agricultural lands. The shooting continued sporadically until 16:40 on the same day. Neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 20:00 on the same Monday, IOF moved into Obeid neighborhood in al-Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They surrounded a stadium that exists in the neighborhoods to prevent the people from performing prayers in it on alleged violation of orders issued by the Israeli governments. When the worshippers gathered in front of the stadium, IOF only allowed 20 of them to enter the stadium and banned the rest of the worshipers. In the meantime, dozens of young men gathered and threw stones, fireworks, and Molotov at Israeli soldiers and the latter responded with rubber bullets and sound bombs. As a result, dozens of civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF moved into al-Rihiyah village, south of Hebron, and patrolled the village streets. A number of Palestinian  young men gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers. The soldiers chased the young men and indiscriminately fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. IOF withdrew later from the village; no raids were reported.
  • At approximately 07:40 on Tuesday, April 2020, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, northeast of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at agricultural lands. The shooting sporadically continued for 15 minutes; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 07:50 on the same Tuesday, Israeli gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza Strip, chased and opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area (3 nautical miles). As a result, fishermen were panicked and sailed back to the shore fearing for their lives. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:45 on the same Tuesday, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, northeast of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands. The shooting sporadically continued  for 30 minutes; neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 09:30 on the same Tuesday, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of al-Maghazi in central Gaza Strip, opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at Palestinian shepherds. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 12:30 on the same Tuesday, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of Deir al-Balah in central Gaza Strip, opened fire and fired tear gas canister at Palestinian shepherds. The shooting continued for 30 minutes. As a result, a number of sheep and a donkey, owned by Ali Fraih Abu al-‘Ajin (25), Khalil Suleiman al-Tarabin (30), and Fares Hamed Abu Nasser (25) died. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:30 on Wednesday, 22 April 2020, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza strip, opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at agricultural lands. The shooting continued sporadically until 16:30 on the same day. Neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  1. Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 23 April 2020:

  • At approximately 10:00, IOF infantry unit moved into several neighborhoods in Hebron’s Old City. They raided and searched two houses and arrested Hamza Raja Ghaith (18), and Rajab Raji Ghaith (19).
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Taqoua’, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Anan Mousa al-Badan (21), and Hamza Ameen Sabbah (28). IOF took them to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Azoun village, east of Qalqilya. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Abdulah Mostafa Ridwan (25), and Sa’eed Farouk Abu Haneya (26), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Wadi Ma’ali, in the Central Bethlehem. They raided and searched Ibrahim Atta al-Heremi’s (24) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into al-Saf Street, in the Central Bethlehem. They raided and searched Murad Abdullah Abu ‘Ahour’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles, moved into Kafr Ne’ma village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians: Ali Mahmoud Khwaira (30), Samer Abdul Jaber Eshtayyeh (24), and Isma’el Salah al-Deek.
  • At approximately 04:50, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles, moved into Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. They raided and searched Amro Shami al-Shami’s (28) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:55, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles, moved into ‘Arraba, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched Wissam Khaled Abu Salah’s (24) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 09:00, IOF moved into al-Thawri neighborhood, south of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Essam Sidr’s (29) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 09:30, IOF moved into Shwaika suburb in Tulkarm. They raided and searched Mohammed Ahmed Abdul Kareem al-Najjar’s (28) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 14:30, IOF arrested Jihad Ahmed Na’alwa (35), from al-Shwaika suburb, north of Tulkarm, while the Israeli Security Services were investigating with him in the Israeli military liaison office. IOF took him to an unknown destination. It should be noted that Jihad is a former prisoner in the Israeli prison.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF, stationed near Ofer detention in Betounya, west of Ramallah, arrested Ahmed Nour Nakhla, Mohammed Salha, and Ateya Dwaik. Three hours later, they were released.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Silat al-Thahr, south of Jenin; Deir Sharaf and Tal villages in Nablus. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 24 April 2020:

  • At approximately 03:20, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles, moved into Jenin. They raided and searched Omar Hatem As’ad’s (30) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF arrested Adam Yousef Rwaidi (11), while present in front of his house in Ein al-Lawza neighborhood in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem. IOF claimed that Adam threw stones at them and he was taken to one of the investigation centers in the village.
  • IOF carried out an incursion in Ma’dama village. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 25 April 2020:

  • IOF carried out (8) incursions in Beta, Aqraba, al-Saweya, Majdal Bani Fadel, Duma, Odla, and Ousrien villages in Nablus Governorate; and Betounya, west of Ramallah. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 26 April 2020:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into al-Towr neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Omar Mohammed Abu Ghannam’s (23) house and arrested them. It should be noted that Omar is Ali Abu Ghannam’s (16) brother who was killed by Israeli Border Police as they alleged the late child attempted to stab an Israeli soldier in April 2015, at al-Za’eem checkpoint, east of Jerusalem.
  • Around the same time, IOF infantry units moved into Tarqoumeya, northwest of Hebron. They raided and searched two houses and arrested Tareq Ali Fatafta (38) and Kayed Mohammed Fatafta (35).
  • At approximately 05:00, IOF moved into al-Issaweya, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians: Ahmed Kayed Mahmoud (26), Mohammed Esmat Obaid (19), and Mohammed Awad al-Bitouni (24).
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF moved into occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Mohammed al-Shalabi’s (45) house and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out an incursion in Ma’dama village, southeast of Nablus. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 27 April 2020:

  • At approximately 15:00, IOF stationed at Beit Eil temporary military checkpoint in the western entry to Ramallah, arrested the lawyer Amro Zeyad al-Sal’ousn (36), from Nablus, and took him to an unknown destination.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into al-Sawana neighborhood, east of the occupied Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched ‘Akrama Sa’eed Sabri’s (81) house, and threatened him with arrest for his latest statements about al-Aqsa Mosque. It should be noted that ‘Akrama is the Head of the High Islamic Supreme Council and preacher of al-Aqsa Mosque.Sabri’s family said that an IOF force with more than 10 intelligence officers and 50 police officers surrounded their house before storming it. They threatened Shaikh Akrama with arrest and told him he would be held responsible if prayers are held at al-Aqsa mosque in the current period, inferring that he would be banned for life from access to al-Aqsa Mosque. They added that IOF took photos from the inside and outside of their house. Shaikh Sabri had previously stated that he would call for reopening al-Aqsa Mosque if the holy site were to be opened by Israeli police for settlers, as the Temple groups have been mobilizing thousands of its supporters to raid the al-Aqsa Mosque in thousands on the first day the holy site is opened.

It should be noted that Shaikh Sabri is under a 4-month ban from entering al-Aqsa Mosque for earlier statements and calls for Muslims to perform prayers at al-Aqsa Mosque.

  • At approximately 16:30, IOF moved into Wadi al-Jouz neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Hanadi Mohammed al-Halawani’s (41) house and warned her against publishing any material calling for the opening of the al-Aqsa Mosque on Facebook.
  • At approximately 23:00, IOF moved into Obaid neighborhood in al-Issaweya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Hussain Shadi Obaid’s (15) house and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out two incursions in Azmout, northwest of Nablus, and Azoun, east of Qalqilya. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 28 April 2020:

  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into al-Issaweya, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (5) civilians including two children: Mahmoud Abd Dawoud Mahmoud (24), Majd Mahmoud Mahmoud (15), Adel Naser Mahmoud, Mohamed al-Tutanji, and Mousa Haitham Mustafa (14).
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles, moved into Qarawat Bani Hassan, west of Salfit. They raided two houses belonging to Mostafa Maher Assi (25) and Taqi Munir Rayyan (26), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF infantry units moved into Ethna, west of Hebron. They deployed between the houses and stormed Mohamed Omar Sulaimeya’s (20) house and arrested him. An explosive device was detonated in the house before the storming which caused the injury of his father, Omar Issa Sulaimeya (42).
  • IOF carried out (5) incursions in Deir al-Hatab and Azoun in Qalqilya Governorate; Beit Lid, Baqa al-Sharqeya and al-Nazla al-Sharqeya villages in Tulkarm. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Sour Baher village, south of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mohammed Ahmed Atoun’s (26) house and arrested him. It should be noted that Mohammed’s father is Ahmed Mohammed Atoun, member of the dissolved Legislative Council, who was banned from entering Jerusalem many years ago by a decision from the Israeli Interior Minister.
  • At approximately 23:00, IOF moved into occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Abdul Rahman Marwan al-Hashlamoun’s (17) house and arrested him.

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

  • Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property for Settlement Expansion Activities
  • At approximately 10:00 on Thursday, 23 April 2020, IOF accompanied with a mounted-crane truck and a vehicle carrying workers from private companies moved into Satieh area in ‘Ain al-Dayouk village, northwest of Jericho. The workers dismantled a 50-square-meter caravan used for breeding livestock and put it the mounted-crane truck for confiscation. IOF also removed Yousef ‘Eliyn Mohamed Ka’abnah’s residential tent sheltering 8 persons, including 5 children, under the pretext of non-licensing in Area C.
  • At approximately 11:30 on Sunday, 26 April 2020, IOF moved into Qarawet Bani Hassan village, west of Salfit, and distributed notices to stop working in 22 houses and facilities, under the pretext of non-licensing and being in Area C. The notices included 12 under-construction houses, 3 inhabited houses, 3 agricultural rooms, 3 sheds, 3 water wells, and a wall surrounding a house in al-Ras, Qattan al-Taweel, Khelet al-Qaren and al-Habaier areas. PCHR keeps the names of the notified facilities and houses’ owners.
  • On Tuesday, 28 April 2020, Israeli authorities notified to demolish 2 barracks in Bethlehem and gave their owners 96 hours to challenge. Hasan Breijieh, Head of the Bethlehem office of Settlement and Wall Resistance Commission, said that IOF notified to demolish 2 barracks; the first one belongs to Moha,ed Mousa Zarinah in Bir ‘Ona area and the second belongs to ‘Aref Hussain ‘Eid in Jouret al-Sham’ah, under the pretext of non-licensing. It should be noted that IOF demolished 2 houses and 3 barracks belonging to Zarinah during the past 5 years in the same area to deport him from his land and seize it for settlement purposes.
  • Israeli Settler Violence
  • On Friday, 24 April 2020, Israeli settlers, from “Rahaleem” settlement, which is established on al-Sawiyia village lands, southeast of Nablus, cut Hamad Saleh Jazy’s 33 olive trees planted 30-40 years ago with saw and broke their twigs.
  • At approximately 19:00, Israeli settlers, from “Neve Nehemiah” settlement outpost, leveled Askaka village’s lands, east of Salfit. These lands belong to the heirs of Harb Daher Lami, Mohamed ‘Abed al-Qader Harb and ‘Abed al-Raheem Harb; and to Nazmi Hamed Harb, Mohsen ‘Abed al-Qader Abi Daher and Sameer Harees Lami.
  • On Saturday, 25 April 2020, Israeli settlers set up a tent in Palestinians’ lands in al-Jab’a village, southwest of Bethlehem. Hasan Breijieh, Head of the Bethlehem office of Settlement and Wall Resistance Commission, said that Israeli settlers set up a tent in Wadi al-Khanzeer area and escalated their attacks during Coronavirus crisis. The latest of these attacks was establishing a mobile house in Khelet Nahla area, south of Bethlehem and planting hundreds of seedlings in Zainab Abu Isninah’s lands in Khelet al-Qutton area, south of Beth It should be noted that IOF seized the lands of Khelet al-Qutton village in 2004, under the pretext of being State-owned lands.
  1. Closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement of persons and goods

Israeli authorities declared that Commercial crossings in the West Bank will operate on Tuesday, 28 April 2020 until 13:00, and they will return to function as usual on Thursday, 30 April 2020 as usual.

Israeli authorities declared the closure of Karem Abu Salem Crossing on Tuesday and Wednesday, 28-29 April 2020, and it will re-open on Thursday.

West Bank:

  • In addition to permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of more temporary checkpoints that restrict the movement of goods and individuals between villages and cities and deny civilians’ access to their work. IOF established 27 temporary checkpoints, where they searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs and arrested 4 of them.

Jerusalem:

  • On Sunday, 26 April 2020, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Qalandia and Baldou villages.
  • At approximately 17:00 on Tuesday, 28 April 2020, IOF closed Qalandia and Sho’fat military checkpoints and obstructed vehicles’ movement under the pretext of “Israel Independence Day 72”.

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday, 23 April 2020, IOF established a checkpoint in ‘Aqbet Hasna area, on the main road leading to Bethlehem’s western villages.
  • On Friday, 24 April 2020, IOF established a checkpoint under al-Shawawrah village’s bridge, east of Bethlehem.
  • On Sunday, 26 April 2020, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Jala and Taqou’a villages.
  • On Monday, 27 April 2020, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Biet Jala city and Hasna area.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 23 April 2020, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Ethna village and at the western entrance to Hebron.
  • On Friday, 24 April 2020, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Kharsa village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron.
  • On Saturday, 25 April 2020, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to al-Zaytoun suburb, south of Hebron.
  • On Sunday, 26 April 2020, IOF established 2 checkpints at the entrance to Bani Na’iem village and at the southern entrance to Hebron (al-Fahs).
  • On Monday, 27 April 2020, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit ‘Awaa and Kharsa villages.
  • On Tuesday, 28 April 2020, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Yatta (Zaif), south of Hebron.

Nablus:

  • On Thursday, 23 April 2020, IOF closed ‘Ortah and Hawarah checkpoints at the south-eastern entrance to Nablus, so the only outlet for Nablus southern villages became Yatizhar bypass road and the only entrance to the village became through Dir Sharaf village, the western entrance to Nablus.
  • On Friday, 24 April 2020, IOF established a checkpoint at Yatizhar intersection, which connects between Hawarah and Yatizhar St.), southeast of Nablus.

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Salfit:

  • At approximately 10:20 on Thursday, 24 April 2020, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Salit and removed it later.
  • At approximately 14:35 on Thursday, 24 April 2020, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Dir Balout village, north of Slafit, and re-established it after 24 hours.
  • At approximately 08:00 on Thursday, 24 April 2020, IOF established a checkpoint at the western entrance to Hares village, north of Salfit, and removed it later.
  • At approximately 21:00 on Saturday, 26 April 2020, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Dir Balout village, west of Salfit, and removed it later.
  • On Tuesday, 28 April 2020, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Salfit and at the western entrance to Hares village.

Qalqiliyia:

  • At approximately 22:30 on Saturday, 26 April 2020, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to ‘Izbit al-Tabeeb village, east of Qalqiliyia.
  • On Wednesday, 29 April 2020, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to ‘Izbit al-Tabeeb village and at the southern entrance to Kafur Laqef village.

Tulkarm:

  • At approximately 19:00 on Thursday, 24 April 2020, IOF closed with a metal-detector gate the entrance to Safareen village, southeast of Tulkarm, and re-opened it later.

Ramallah:

  • On Saturday, 25 April 2020, IOF closed with a metal-detector gate the main entrance to Dir Abu Mish’al village, northwest of Ramallah.

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (16 – 22 April 2020)

Posted by PCHR

16 -22  April 2020

  • IOF raids into oPt: a dangerous vulnerability in Palestinian preventive measures to combat the spread of coronavirus
  • Israeli occupation authorities impede Palestinian efforts to combat coronavirus in occupied East Jerusalem
  • 10 Palestinian civilians sustained wounds, including 9 in the West Bank and a fisherman in Gaza
  • 12 shootings reported against agricultural lands and 5 at Palestinian fishing boats in eastern and western Gaza Strip
  • In 39 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem: 38 civilians arrested, including 5 children and a woman
  • Café, barracks and barn destroyed and notices of demolition of two houses and agricultural rooms in the West Bank
  • Settlers attacks in the West Bank: assaults on civilians, olive trees uprooted and sabotaged in the West Bank
  • IOF established 10 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, roads closed and 2 civilians arrested at IOF checkpoints

Summary

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to violate Palestinians’ human rights and commit crimes against civilians and their properties, conducting raids into Palestinian cities without regard to the state of emergency declared across the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) since 06 March 2020, in the efforts put forward to combat the spread of coronavirus. IOF raids are conducted without proper attention to prevention and safety standards to mitigate the risk of transmitting coronavirus to Palestinian territory, as the virus is widespread throughout Israel. PCHR’s concerns over Israeli raids still stand, as those raids undermine preventive measures adopted by the government. Meanwhile, settlers backed up by IOF continued to seize more civilian property and attack civilians and their property. Furthermore, PCHR expresses its concern over the Israeli occupation’s policy of banning any preventive measures by the Palestinian Authority in occupied East Jerusalem, especially that Israel has adopted lenient measures in the city despite its responsibility for it under international law as an occupying power.

This week, PCHR documented 89 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by IOF and settlers in the oPt.  The restrictions imposed under the state of emergency have hindered our fieldwork team’s ability to cover all incidents in the oPt and were forced to collect information via phone from trusted local sources. As such, this report is an incomprehensive record of Israeli violations of human rights against Palestinians in the oPt, as IOF continues its attacks against civilians despite the exceptional circumstances that have overcome the whole world in the face of a life-threatening viral pandemic.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity: 10 Palestinian civilians were shot and wounded by IOF as the latter continues its excessive use of force; 9 in the West Bank and 1 fisherman in Gaza. IOF opened fire 5 times during raids into the West Bank; 12 shootings against the agricultural lands eastern Gaza Strip while 5 shootings were reported against Palestinian fishing boats off the northern Gaza Strip shore.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 39 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 38 Palestinians were arrested, including 5 children and a woman. Also, IOF conducted two limited incursions into southern and northern Gaza Strip.

Settlement expansion activities and settlers’ attacks: IOF continued its settlement expansion operations in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, PCHR documented the demolition of a café, barracks and barn; demolition notices to a house in Nablus and another one in Bethlehem; 4 notice to cease work at agricultural rooms in Hebron and confiscation of a “Mercedes Benz” truck and a construction vehicle in Jericho.

PCHR also documented 6 settler attacks: uprooting and sabotaging olive trees in Qalqilya; assaults on a Palestinian and uprooting of olive trees in Ramallah; banning Palestinians from working in their lands and assault on a Palestinian and theft of two sheep in Hebron.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

Israeli authorities declared  that Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing and West Bank Crossings will be opened on 16 April 2020 after a 5-week closure, under the pretext of confronting the fast-spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

This comes in a time when the Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the History of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life. Furthermore, IOF uses Erez Crossing that is designated for movement of individuals as an ambush to arrest Palestinians who obtain permits to exit via Israel.

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

  1. Violation of the right to life and to bodily integrity
  1. Shooting and other violations of the right to life and bodily integrity
  • At approximately 08:50 on Thursday,16 April 2020, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands, east of Khuza’a village, adjacent to the border fence. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 00:00 on the same Thursday, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of Gaza Valley (Juhor al-Deek), southeast of Gaza City, fired tear gas canisters at Palestinian shepherds. As a result, the shepherds had to leave the area fearing for their lives. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 12:30 on Friday, 17 April 2020, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence in eastern al-Shoka village, east of Rafah, opened fire at agricultural lands, adjacent to the border fence. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 13:00 on the same Friday, IOF stationed at the northern entrance established at lands of Kafer Qadoum village, north of Qalqilya, suppressed a protest in which dozens of Palestinian civilians participated. IOF chased the young men, who gathered in the area, clashed with them, and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a 23-year-old young man was shot with a rubber bullet in the head, a 49-year-old man was shot with a rubber bullet in his chest and a 25-year old young man was shot with a rubber bullet in the left leg.
  • At approximately 13:40 on the same Friday, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands in eastern Khuza’ah village, adjacent to the border fence. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 07:15 on Saturday, 18 April 2020, Israeli gunboats stationed northeast of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza Strip, chased and sporadically opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing are (2 – 3 nautical miles). The attack continued from time to time until 10:00 on the same day. As a result, fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 07:50 on Saturday, 18 April 2020, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, fired tear gas canisters at a group of Palestinian farmers in eastern Khuza’a village, adjacent to border fence. no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 13:30 on the same Saturday, Israeli gunboats stationed at sea off al-Balakhiyah area, northwest of Gaza City, chased and heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area (4 nautical miles). As a result, a fishing boat owned by Ahmed Ahmed Hasan Zedan (29), from al-Shati refugee camp, sustained live bullets. As a result, the boat was broken. Fishermen also panicked and sailed back to the shore fearing for their lives. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 14:00 on the same Saturday, IOF stationed along the border fence, northeast of the Agriculture School, north of Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza Strip, sporadically opened fire at the border area adjacent to the border fence. As a result, Palestinian shepherds and a number of farmers, whose lands are adjacent to the border area, panicked. Neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 07:40 on Sunday, 19 April 2020, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, fired tear gas canisters at a group of Palestinian farmers, east of Khuza’ah village, adjacent to the border fence. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:50 on the same Sunday, Israeli gunboats stationed northwest of al-Balalikhah area, northwest of Gaza City, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area (5 nautical miles). As a result, fishermen were forced to  flee fearing for their lives. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 14:00 on the same Sunday, IOF stationed along the border fence, north of the Agriculture School, north of Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza Strip, sporadically opened fire at the border area, adjacent to the border area. Neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 13:30 on Monday, 20 April 2020 IOF stationed at Za’tarah checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, detained and attacked 3 civilians, from Jenin, by their feet and rifle’s butt  at the checkpoint before they released them. The wounded civilians were transferred to Rafidiya Hospital in Nablus for medical treatment. The wounded civilians were identified as: Ra’ed Yusuf Suleiman Khanfar (43), who works at the Palestinian national security service, sustained bruises in his right shoulder; Nasim Omer Mustafa Salah (22), sustained bruises in front side of his neck, lower back, right thigh, abdomen and a fracture  in his left hand; and Suheib Maher Tawfiq Abu Obeid  (23) sustained bruises in the lower back.
  • At approximately 15:30 on the same Monday, IOF stationed along the border fence, southeast of Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at the border area, adjacent to the border fence. Palestinian shepherds and a number of farmers, whose lands are adjacent to the border fence, panicked. Neither casualties nor material was reported.
  • At approximately 22:00 on the same Monday, a number of Palestinian young men and youngsters protested at the western entrance to Taqou’s village, east of Bethlehem. They threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers stationed in the military watchtower near the abovementioned entrance. Israeli soldiers fired live bullets at the protestors. As a result, a civilian was shot with a rubber bullet in the thigh and was arrested by IOF. He was taken to Sha’arei Tzedek Hospital in West Jerusalem, for treatment. IOF claimed in a statement that Israeli soldiers saw a number of Palestinians who were about to throw Molotov Cocktails at a military site. Israeli soldiers opened fire at them and wounded one of them. The wounded civilian received medical treatment on the field and was taken via an Israeli ambulance to a hospital in Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 08:00 on Tuesday, 21 April 2020, IOF stationed in the vicinity of the annexation wall, north of Qalqilya, fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at a group of Palestinian civilians, claiming that they were stoned. As a result, a 22-year-old civilian was shot with a live bullet in the right foot. He was transferred to Darwish Nazal Hospital for medical treatment.
  • At approximately 09:30 on the same Tuesday, Israeli gunboats stationed  northwest of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza Strip, chased  and opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area(3 nautical miles). As a result, a fishing boat’s engine was broken owned by fisherman Fahed Ziyad Hasan Baker (43), from al-Shati refugee camp, west of Gaza City. IOF surrounded and opened fire at the boat for 10 minutes and withdrew after that. Palestinian fishermen managed to drag the boat to Gaza Sea port. The owner’s son, Ziyad Fahed Baker (25) was shot with a rubber bullet in his head. He was taken to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City and his injury was classified as minor.
  • At approximately 13:20 on the same Tuesday, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of Deir al-Balah, opened fire at Palestinian shepherds. The shepherds were forced to leave the area fearing for their lives. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 15:15, on the same Tuesday, IOF stationed along the border fence, north of the Agriculture School, north of Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at the border area. Palestinian shepherds and a number of famers, whose lands are adjacent to the border fence, panicked. Neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 18:00 on the same Tuesday, IOF moved into Kuber village, north of Ramallah and stationed in the vicinity of the western entrance to the village. A number of Palestinian young men protested  and threw stones and Molotov Cocktails at Israeli soldiers and the latter chased them and fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a 32-year-old young man was shot with a live bullet in his abdomen. He was transferred to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah for medical treatment.
  • At approximately 21:30 Israeli gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza Strip, chased and heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area ( 2 – 4 nautical miles). IOF also fired a number of artillery shells in the vicinity of the boats. As a result, fishermen panicked and fled from the area. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 11:00 on Wednesday, 22 April 2020, IOF moved inot al-Sawahrah eastern village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched family houses of Ibrahim Mohammed ‘Ali Halsah (25), who was killed an hour after he carried out a run-over attack and stabbed an Israeli soldiers at al-Container military checkpoint, east of Bethlehem. In the meantime, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones and Molotov Cocktails at Israeli soldiers while the latter responded with live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters. As a result, a civilian was shot with a rubber bullet  and another civilian sustained wounds in his face according to the statement of Palestine Red Crescent Society. IOF arrested 3 civilians, including the victim’s, Ibrahim, mother, ‘Aeshah Halsah (54) before they withdrew from the village.
  • At approximately 15:30 on the same Wednesday, IOF stationed southeast of Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza Strip, sporadically opened fire at the border area adjacent to the border fence. As a result, Palestinian shepherds and a number of farmers, whose lands adjacent to the border fence, panicked. No casualties were reported.
  1. Incursions and arrests

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 16 April 2020:

  • At approximately 03:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Talfit village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched Mujahed Mohammed al-Talfiti’s (36) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 09:00, Israeli Intelligence Services summoned Palestine TV reporter in Jerusalem, Christine Khaled Rinawi (31), via a phone call to refer to al-Maskoubeya Police Station in West Jerusalem, at approximately 22:00 of the same day.

Al-Rinawi said that the Israeli Intelligence Services investigated with her for 3 consecutive hours about her work at Palestine TV and the media messages that she spread via TV and her Facebook page. She added that the Security Officers accused her that she did not commit to the Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan decision to ban the TV staff from doing any work for 6 months, which was expired two days ago. Al-Rinawi said that she was threatened by the Israeli Authority to renew the decision of banning the Palestine TV staff in Jerusalem again. Six months ago, IOF has shut down Palestine TV office in Jerusalem, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, arrested and barred its employees from doing any work for the TV in Jerusalem.

  • At approximately 09:30, IOF summoned Head of Silwan Institutions, Fawzi Ghaleb Sha’ban (56), via a phone call to refer to al-Maskoubeya Police Center in West Jerusalem.

Sha’ban said that the Israeli security services investigated with him for 5 consecutive hours about the medical check-ups and the emergency room’s services provided to the civilians in Silwan, which was established after increasing the cases number of Coronavirus and the clear deliberate neglect by the Israeli Authorities. Sha’ban said that he refused to be released on their conditions which are bail and 5 days of home confinement, so he was released without conditions.

  • IOF carried out (7) incursions in Hebron and Tarqoumeya in Hebron Governorate, Nablus Awarta, and Salem villages in Nablus Governorate, al-Maddeya, Na’leen in Ramallah. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 17 April 2020:

  • At approximately 10:00, IOF chased the Palestinian farmer Shihada Salama Makhamra (50) while he was passing with his shepherds in al-Hamra area heading to al-Masafer, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. Basel Suliman al-Adra (24) was documenting the settler’s violations, when two of the Israeli soldiers came and ordered him to give them his camera, but he refused. IOF beaten al-Adra and seized his camera, then they tried to arrest him, when al-Tawani village people gathered and intervened which allowed al-Adra to leave. During that time, a group of settlers arrived from “Ma’on” settlement and pulled their guns at the civilians which forced them to leave their lands.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested (4) civilians including children, while present in Qanater Khudair neighborhood in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. The arrestees are: Anas Mustafa Marqasto (19), Abdul Rahman Daher l-Sharbati (16), Mohammed Taha (24), and Waseem Taha (20).

Eyewitnesses said that IOF quarreled with Qanater Khudair people due to issuing tickets for a group of them claiming that they breached the IOF orders to reduce the Coronavirus infection. During that, IOF came and arrested 4 civilians.

  • At approximately 20:20, IOF reinforced by several military vehicles moved into Ya’bud, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched Khaled Mohammed Abu Baker’s (17) house and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in al-Asja and Raboud villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 18 April 2020:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into several neighborhoods in Hebron’s Old City. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (5) civilians: Yaqoub Mohammed Ramadan (18), Adham Mohammed Ramadan (19), Nayef Ali al-Rajabi (20), Marwan Ali Ghaith (20), and Salem Saleh Abu Shukhaidim (20).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-Obaideya village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Zaid Nour Rabay’a’s (20) house and arrested him.

Sunday, 19 April 2020:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Share’ al-Salam area, in Hebron. They raided and searched anti-settlement activist Mohammed Ahmed Zughayar’s (35) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Hebron’s Old City. They raided and searched Suhaib Ali al-Junaidi’s (19) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Silwan village, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Rasheed Kayed Abu Sara’s (16) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF stationed at Mafi Dutan temporary military checkpoint near ‘Araba, southwest of Jenin, arrested Murad Mohmoud Abu Salah (25). IOF took him to an unknown destination.

Monday, 20 April 2020:

  • At approximately 10:00, IOF moved into Taqoua’ village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Mousa Mohammed al-‘Amour’s (22) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles, moved into Deir Samit village, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched four houses and arrested (4) civilians: Basheer Salama al-Haroub (30), Mohammed Wael al-Haroub (29), Mohammed Dawoud al-Haroub (24), and Issa Mohammed al-Haroub (22).
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF stationed at Mafi Dutan temporary military checkpoint, southwest of Jenin, arrested Basel Mohammed Atatera (17), from the abovementioned village, and took him to an unknown destination.

Thursday, 21 April 2020:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Far’oun village, south of Tulkarm. They raided and searched Abdul Rahman Mohammed Omar’s (17), and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Nahaleen village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Hasan Ibrahim Fanoun (29) and Mohammed No’man Ghayatha, and arrested them. IOF also handed Saif Ahmed Najajera (23) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of the city.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Ya’bud, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Kareem Kamal Abu Baker (19) and Antar Oqab Nufai’at (20), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF reinforced with 9 military vehicles, moved 100-meters from Abu Safeya Gate, north of the Gaza Strip, to the west of the border fence. They leveled and combed lands that were previously leveled amidst Israeli sporadic shooting. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF arrested Marzouq Hashima (31) while present in al-Wad Street in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Marzouq was taken to one of the investigation centers in the village.

Wednesday, 22 April 2020:

  • At approximately 03:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles, moved into Deir Samit village, southwest of Hebron Governorate. They raided and searched Ra’fat Nimir Masalma’s (19) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles, moved into Abu Roman area, south of Hebron. They raided and searched Anas Ali al-Najjar’s (24) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:20, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles, moved into Deir Jarir, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Abdul Rahman Mosbah Olwi (21). It should be noted that Olwi is a student at Birzeit University.
  • At approximately 06:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles and bulldozers, moved 100-meters from the border fence with Israeli into al-Shouka neighborhood, east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip. They leveled and combed lands before they redeployed again at approximately 12:00.
  • At approximately 09:00, IOF moved into al-Issaweya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians including a child: Mohammed Awni Ateya (15), Mohammed Omar Ateya (20), and Ahmed Jamal Ateya (24).
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Betounya, al-Jalazoun refugee camp, and Sarda villages in Ramallah. No arrests were reported.

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

  1. Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property for Settlement Expansion Activities
  • At approximately 12:00 on Friday, 17 April 2020, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Froosh Beit Dajan, northeast of Nablus. The Israeli Civil Administration officers handed Ahmed Ibrahim Banayyat a notice to demolish his 120-square-meter house, that is under construction, under the pretext of non-licensing in Area C.
  • At approximately 00:00 on Saturday, 18 April 2020, IOF backed by military construction vehicles moved into al-‘Ojah village, northeast of Jericho. The soldiers were deployed in the area, where they confiscated Tayseer Mohamed Jaraheed’s truck and bulldozer, under the pretext of working in Area C.
  • At approximately 13:00 on Sunday, 19 April 2020, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into al-Tiba are, east of Tarqumiyia village, northwest of Hebron. The Israeli Civil Administration officers hanged 3 notices on agricultural rooms to stop working under the pretext of non-licensing. The notices were as follows:
  1. ‘Ayed Mohamed Fataftah: stop working in his 50-square-meter agricultural room built of bricks and roofed with tin plates.
  2. Kayed Ahmed Fataftah: stop working in his 60-square-meter agricultural room and its facilities. The room was built of bricks and roofed with concrete.
  3. Tareq Mohamed Zabaniyia: stop working in his 70-square-meter agricultural room and its facilities. The room was built of bricks and roofed with concrete.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Monday, 20 April 2020, IOF backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into al-Athar area, west of Sabastiyia village, northwest of Nablus. IOF demolish Nael Rizeq Diyab al-Sakha’s 50-square-meter café. On 05 February 2020, IOF handed al-Shakha a demolition notice and gave him until 26 February 2020 to implement the demolition, under the pretext of “illegal construction”. It should be noted that IOF demolished al-Sakha’s café, which was built in the same area 4 years ago.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into al-Mas’ouda area, southwest of Barqah village, northwest of Nablus. IOF demolished Mosheer Suliman Saif’s barrack and livestock barn. It should be noted that on 05 February 2020, IOF hanged a demolition notice on Saif’s 150-square-meter facility and gave him until 26 February 2020 to implement the demolition, under the pretext of “illegal construction”. On 07 March 2019, IOF demolished Saif’s house located in the same area, under the pretext of illegal construction.
  • IOF notified a Palestinian civilian, from Jorat al-Sham’ah village, south of Bethlehem, to demolish his agricultural barrack, under the pretext of non-licensing. Hasan Breijieh, Head of the Bethlehem office of Settlement and Wall Resistance Commission, said that IOF handed Mohamed Ahmed Abu Hammad a notice to demolish his 120-square-meter barrack.
  • On Tuesday, 21 April 2020, IOF notified Saleh Mohamed al-Mahsari to demolish his under-construction house in Um Rokba area in al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. Hasan Breijieh, Head of the Bethlehem office of Settlement and Wall Resistance Commission, said that IOF notified al-Mahsari to demolish his 130-square-meter house within 96 hours, under the pretext of non-licensing. Breijieh pointed out that IOF escalated their attacks against Um Rokba area, where many houses are threatened to be demolished and stop construction works in them.
  • At approximately 10:00 on the same day, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with the Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into al-Toni village, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. The Israeli Civil Administration officers handed Jamal Mohamed ‘Issa al-Yateem a notice to stop working in a 40-square-meter residential room, under the pretext of non-licensing in Area C.
  1. Israeli Settler Violence
  • At approximately 17:00 on Thursday, 14 April 2020, Israeli settlers, from “Helmish” settlement, which is established on Tal al-Qastal lands in Ramallah, severely beat with sticks ‘Issa ‘Abed al-Ghani Qattash and his brother Mousa, from al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the city, while present in their agricultural land. As a result, they sustained moderate wounds and bruises and received treatment at Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah.
  • At approximately 08:00 on Monday, 20 April 2020, Israeli settlers, from “Karmi Yatsour” settlement, which is established on Beit Ummer village lands, attacked al-Bowirah area, under the IOF protection. The settlers and IOF prevented Slaibi family from reclaiming their land and forced them at gunpoint to leave. It should be noted that al-Bowirah area witnesses recurrent IOF’s attacks, under the pretext of throwing stones at Israeli settlers.
  • Around the same time, at least 15 Israeli settlers, from “‘Adi ‘Ad” settlement, attacked ‘Abed al-Qader ‘Abdullah al-Kouk’s agricultural land in al-Seder area in Termas’iyia village, northeast of Ramallah. The settlers damaged a barbed wire surrounding the land and cut about 22 olive trees planted 5 years ago.
  • Israeli settlers, from “Kodomin” settlement, raided Ahmed ‘Abdullah Barham’s land in Khelet al-Natsh area in Kafur Qaddoum village, north of Qalqilya. The settlers damaged 35 olive trees, uprooted 19 others and broke the twigs of at least 16 trees.
  • On Tuesday, 21 April 2020, Israeli settlers, from “Adi ‘Ad” settlement, attacked Jameel ‘Abdullah Na’san’s agricultural land, under the IOF protection. The settlers cut al least 30 olive trees planted 10 years ago in Abu Lemwas area in al-Moghair village, northeast of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 13:00, two Israeli settlers, from ” Matsi Yaier” settlement outpost, which is established on the confiscated Palestinian lands, east of Yatta, south of Hebron, attacked Jebreel No’man Na’meen (55) while returning with his sheep to his house in Kherbet Qawawees. The settlers stole two sheep and left the area.
  • Closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement of persons and goods

Israeli authorities declared  that Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing and West Bank Crossings will be opened on 16 April 2020 after closing them for 5 weeks, under the pretext of confronting the fast-spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

  • West Bank:

In addition to permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of more temporary checkpoints that restrict the movement of goods and individuals between villages and cities and deny civilians’ access to their work. IOF established 10 temporary checkpoints, where they searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs and arrested 2 of them.

Hebron:

  • On Friday, 17 April 2020, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to al-Dahriyia village, south of Hebron.
  • On Monday, 20 April 2020, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Kharsa and al-Dahiriyia villages.

Qalqilya:

  • On Thursday, 16 April 2020, IOF established a checkpoint between ‘Azoun and Kafur al-Thulth villages, east of Qalqilya. The checkpoint was later removed.
  • On Thursday, 16 April 2020, IOF established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance to Qalqilya.
  • On Friday, 17 April 2020, IOF established a checkpoint between ‘Izbet al-Tabeeb and ‘Azoun villages, east of Qalqilya.
  • On Saturday, 18 April 2020, IOF established 3 checkpoints between ‘Azoun and Kafur al-Thulth villages, between ‘Azoun and Izbet al-Tabeeb village, and at the eastern entrance to Qalqilya.

Tubas:

  • On Thursday, 16 April 2020, IOF stationed at al-Tayasser checkpoint, at the eastern entrance to Tubas, tightened their arbitrary measures against the Palestinian civilians who cross the checkpoint and undergo thorough searches before being allowed to cross.

Jenin:

  • On Sunday, 19 February 2020, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Kafereet village, southwest of Jenin.

Nablus:

  • At approximately 17:50 on Sunday, 19 April 2020, IOF closed with sand berms and cement cubes al-Moraba’a intersection, connecting between Nablu and other villages located in south-eastern of Nablus. They also closed the metal detector gate placed on Ma’dama bridge, under al-Moraba’a intersection.
  • On Monday, 20 April 2020, IOF closed ‘Ortah and Hawarah checkpoints at the south-eastern entrance to Nablus, so the only outlet for Nablus southern villages became Yatizhar bypass road and the only entrance to the village became through Dir Sharaf village, the western entrance to Nablus.

If Coronavirus Overwhelms Gaza, Israel Alone is to Blame

April 15, 2020

Using humble means, a refugee worker sterilizes the streets in Al-Shati refugee camp. (Photo: Fawzi Mahmoud, The Palestine Chronicle)

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By Jonathan Cook

The Palestinians of Gaza know all about lockdowns. For the past 13 years, some two million of them have endured a closure by Israel more extreme than anything experienced by almost any other society – including even now, as the world hunkers down to try to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

Israel has been carrying out an unprecedented experiment in Gaza, using the latest military hardware and surveillance technology to blockade this tiny coastal enclave by land, air, and sea.

Nothing moves in or out without Israel’s say-so – until three weeks ago when the virus smuggled itself into Gaza inside two Palestinians returning from Pakistan. It is known to have spread to more than a dozen people so far, though doctors have no idea of the true extent. Testing equipment ran out days ago.

Unless Gaza enjoys a miraculous escape, an epidemic is only a matter of time. The consequences hardly bear contemplating.

Countries around the world are wondering what to do with their prison populations, aware that, once it takes hold, COVID-19 is certain to spread rapidly in crowded, enclosed spaces, leaving havoc in its wake.

Gaza is often compared to an open-air prison. But even this analogy is not quite right. This is a prison that the United Nations has warned is on the brink of being “uninhabitable”.

In the prison of Gaza, many inmates are undernourished, and physically and emotionally scarred by a decade of military assaults. They lack essentials such as clean water and electricity after repeated Israeli attacks on basic infrastructure. And the 13-year blockade means there is only rudimentary medical care if they get sick.

Social distancing is impossible in one of the most crowded places on earth. In Jabaliya, one of eight refugee camps in the enclave, there are 115,000 people packed together in little more than a square kilometer. Comparable population density nearby in Israel is typically measured in the hundreds.

There are few clinics and hospitals to cope. According to human rights groups, Gaza has approximately 60 ventilators – most of them already in use. Israel has 15 times as many ventilators per head of the population.

There is little in the way of protective gear. And medicines are already in short supply or unavailable, even before the virus hits. Gaza’s infant mortality – an important measure of medical and social conditions – is more than seven times higher than Israel’s. Life expectancy is 10 years lower.

Unlike a normal prison, Gaza’s warden – Israel – denies responsibility for the inmates’ welfare. Since it carried out a so-called “disengagement” 15 years ago, dismantling illegal settlements there, Israel has argued – against all evidence – that it is no longer the occupying power.

That should have been proved an obvious lie when Palestinians, choking on their isolation and deprivation, began rallying in protest two years ago at the perimeter fence that acts as a cage locking them in. Demonstrators were greeted with live fire from Israeli snipers.

Around 200 people were killed, and many thousands left with horrific injuries, mostly to their legs. Medical services are still overwhelmed by the need for long-term surgery, amputations and rehabilitation for the disabled protesters.

What is already a crisis barely needs a nudge from the coronavirus to be tipped into a health disaster.

And with most of the population already below the poverty line, after Israel’s blockade destroyed Gaza’s textile, construction and agricultural industries, the economy is no shape to withstand an epidemic either.

Most governments, including Israel’s, maintain a degree of control even in the face of this most unexpected emergency. They could prepare for it, even if many were slow to do so. They can marshall factories to produce ventilators and protective equipment. And they have the resources to rebuild their health services and economies afterward.

If they fail in these tasks, it will be their failure.

But Gaza is entirely dependent on Israel and an international community preoccupied with its own troubles. Even if health authorities can secure ventilators and protective equipment in the current, highly competitive global market, Israel will decide whether to let them in. Equally, it could choose to seize them for its own use, in order to placate growing domestic criticism that it is short of vital equipment.

The blame for Gaza’s plight – now and in the future – lands squarely at Israel’s door.

Israel should be helping Gaza, but it is doing the precise opposite. Last week, Israeli planes sprayed herbicide to destroy the crops of Gaza’s farmers – part of a policy to keep clear sight-lines for Israeli military forces.

Moreover, in this time of crisis, Gaza’s food insecurity is only set to deepen. For the past year, Israel has been starving both Gaza and the rival Palestinian Authority in the West Bank of the taxes and duties it collects on their behalf and that rightfully belong to the Palestinian people. Many families have no money for food.

The US has aggravated this financial crisis by cutting funds to the United Nations refugee agency, UNRWA, which cares for many of Gaza’s families expelled by Israel from their homes decades ago and forcibly crowded into the enclave.

The little influence retained by Hamas relates to the thousands of Palestinian political prisoners held illegally in Israel. Hamas wants them out, especially the most vulnerable, aware of the danger the virus poses to them in Israel, where the contagion is more advanced.

It is reported to be trying to negotiate a release of prisoners, offering to return the corpses of two soldiers it seized during Israel’s infamous attack on Gaza in 2014 that killed more than 500 Palestinian children.

If Israel refuses to trade, as seems likely, or denies entry to much-needed medical supplies, Gaza’s only other practical leverage will be to fire missiles into Israel, as Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar has threatened. That is the one-time western states can be expected to notice Gaza and voice their condemnation – though not of Israel.

But if plague does overwhelm Gaza, the truth about who is really responsible will be hard to conceal.

Modeling the horrifying conditions in Gaza, Israeli experts warned last year of an epidemic like cholera sweeping the enclave. They predicted hundreds of thousands of Palestinians storming the fence to escape contagion and death.

It is the Israeli army’s nightmare scenario. It admits it has no response other than – as with the fence protests – to gun down those pleading for help.

For decades Israel has pursued a policy of treating Palestinians as less than human. It has minutely controlled their lives while denying any meaningful responsibility for their welfare. That deeply unethical and inhumane stance could soon face the ultimate test.

(A version of this article first appeared in the National, Abu Dhabi.)

– Jonathan Cook won the Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism. His books include “Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East” (Pluto Press) and “Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair” (Zed Books). He contributed this article to The Palestine Chronicle. Visit his website www.jonathan-cook.net.

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine 26 March – 1 April 2020

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Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied Palestine

26 March – 1 April 2020

  • IOF raids into oPt continue in stark disregard for cautionary measures to combat Coronavirus, which has spread in Israel
  • Palestinian civilian succumbs to wounds sustained in IOF shooting in Nablus
  • 4 Palestinian civilians sustained wounds, including 3 in the West Bank and 1 fisherman in Gaza
  • shootings reported against agricultural lands and 4 at Palestinian fishing boats in eastern and western Gaza Strip
  • During 60 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem: 32 civilians arrested, including 7 children.
  • Limited incursion into northern Gaza Strip
  • 3 under-construction houses bulldozed in Jenin, property confiscated including 8 tents, 4 which used as a clinic and a mosque in the Northern Valley
  • 2 Palestinians wounded and shepherds assaults by settlers in Hebron
  • IOF established 11 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, and roads blocked with sand berms

Summary

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to violate Palestinians’ human rights and commit crimes against civilians and their properties, conducting raids into Palestinian cities without regard to the state of emergency declared across the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) in the efforts put forward to combat the spread of Coronavirus. PCHR is concerned that Israeli raids undermine preventive measures adopted by the government. Meanwhile, settlers backed up by IOF continued to seize more civilian property and attack civilians and their property. 

This week, PCHR documented 98 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by IOF and settlers in the oPt.  As the state of emergency enters its 4th week, as well as the extreme Israeli restrictions on movement of individuals, have hindered our fieldwork team’s ability to cover all incidents in the oPt and were forced to collect information via phone from trusted local sources. As such, this report is an incomprehensive record of Israeli violations of human rights against Palestinians in the oPt, as IOF continues its attacks against civilians despite the exceptional circumstances that have overcome the whole world in the face of a life-threatening viral pandemic. 

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity: on 01 April 2020, Islam Abdulghani Dwaikat (21) succumbed to wounds he sustained in IOF shooting against civilians protesting at al-‘Arma Mountain in Nablus on 11 March 2020. Also, this week 4 Palestinian civilians were shot and wounded by IOF, 3 in the West Bank and a fisherman in Gaza. 

In the Gaza Strip, 8 shootings by IOF were reported against the agricultural lands in the southern and central Gaza Strip while 4 shootings were reported against Palestinian fishing boats off the northern Gaza Strip shore. No injuries were reported. 

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 50 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 32 Palestinians were arrested, including 7 children.  Meanwhile, in the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted a limited incursion into northern Gaza Strip. 

Settlement expansion activities and settlers’ attacks: PCHR documented 11 IOF operations in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: bulldozing and burying a water well in Tubas, demolition of a water well and 2 agricultural rooms in Salfit; evacuation notice for Um Al-Khair pasture reservoir, eastern Yatta, southern Hebron; a barracks demolished, confiscation of property and 8 tents, some used as clinics and a mosque in the Northern Valley; uprooting and confiscation of 300 olive seedlings; notice to halt work at a barracks; evacuation of a land and removal of a tent, and notice to halt construction at a house in Hebron; a notice to halt construction at an agricultural room and a cement wall in Tulkarm; and 3 under-construction houses demolished in Jenin under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area (C). 

PCHR also documented 3 settler attacks: assaulting civilians and shepherds in Hebron. 

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement: Israeli authorities continued to impose restrictions on Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing and West Bank Crossings under the pretext of confronting the fast-spreading Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. These restrictions were declared on Wednesday, 11 March 2020, and still continued, except humanitarian cases that would be allowed to pass through the crossing. This comes in a time when the Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the History of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life. Furthermore, IOF uses Erez Crossing that is designated for movement of individuals as an ambush to arrest Palestinians who obtain permits to exit via Israel. 

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

  1. Violation of the right to life and to bodily integrity 
  • At approximately 06:30 on Thursday, 26 March 2020, IOF gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza Strip, chased and heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the limited fishing area ( 2 – 3 nautical miles). The shooting recurred from time to time until 09:00 on the same As a result, fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives. No casualties were reported. 
  • At approximately 07:45 on the same Thursday, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis opened fire at agricultural lands, in eastern Abasan village, east of Khan Younis, adjacent to the border fence. No casualties were reported. 
  • At approximately 13:00 on Friday, 27 March 2020, IOF stationed at the entrance to Kafer Qaddoum village, east of Qalqiliyah, fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at a group of Palestinian civilians, who gathered in the area. As a result, a 50-year-old civilian was shot and injured with a rubber bullet in his right leg. 
  • At approximately 14:00 on the same Friday, IOF soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of Deir al-Balah in central Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands, west of the border fence; no casualties were reported. 
  • At approximately 14:40 on the same Friday, IOF stationed at “Eyal” Checkpoint, north of Qalqiliyah, fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at Palestinian civilians, claiming that they were stoned; no casualties were reported. 
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza Strip, chased and heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the limited fishing area (2 nautical miles). As a result, fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives; no casualties were reported. 
  • At approximately 17:20, IOF stationed at the annexation wall gate, adjacent to Qifin village, north of Tulkarm, fired rubber  bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at Palestinian civilians who were in the area, claiming they were stoned. No casualties were reported. 
  • At approximately 12:00 on Saturday, 08 March 2020, IOF gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza Strip, chased and opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the limited fishing area (3 nautical miles). As a result, fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives. No casualties were reported. 
  • At approximately 18:00 on the same Saturday, IOF moved into Kafer Qadoum village, east of Qalqiliyah. In the meantime, a number of Palestinian children gathered and threw stones at IOF vehicles and the latter responded with live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, an 18-year-old civilian was hit with a live bullet shrapnel in the right hand and a 20-year-old civilian was shot with a rubber bullet in the left hand. IOF also arrested 2 brothers namely: Islam (14) and Laith Abdul Rahman Ali (17). 
  • At approximately 23:00 on the same Saturday, IOF moved into al-‘Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, and stationed in Dari neighborhood in the center of the village. A number of Palestinian young men and youngsters gathered and threw stones, fireworks and Molotov Cocktails at IOF soldiers. As a result, 2 Israeli military vehicles caught fire. An Israeli force immediately moved into the neighborhood, fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters and clashed with civilians. As a result, many civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. IOF arrested Aiham Basem Dari (32) before they withdrew from e the village. 
  • At approximately 06:00 on Sunday, 29 March 2020, IOF gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza Strip, chased and heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the limited fishing area ( 3 nautical miles). As a result, fisherman Khalil Mohsen Khalil Abu Ryalah (25), from al-Shati refugee camp, west of Gaza City, was shot with a rubber bullet in his face. IOF also confiscated fishing nets (15 piece) of fisherman Mahmoud Khalil Abu Ryala’s (33) boat. The shooting made fishermen fear, so they sailed back to the shore. No  casualties were reported. 
  • At approximately 17:00 on the same Sunday, IOF moved into Obeid neighborhood, west of al-‘Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses. In the meantime, a number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at IOF soldiers. Israeli soldiers indiscriminately fired tear gas canisters in the area. As a result, a number of civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and they received medical treatment on the field. IOF also arrested Yazan Omran Obeid (23) and Taha Ayesh Obeid (21). 
  • At approximately 17:50 on the same Sunday, IOF stationed along the annexation wall, adjacent to Shuweikah village, east of Tulkarm, fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at a group of Palestinian civilians who were in the area, claiming they were stoned. No casualties were reported. 
  • At approximately 22:00 on the same Sunday, IOF moved into al-‘Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, and stationed at the western entrance to the village. They established a temporary checkpoint in and searched civilians’ vehicles before allowing them to enter the village. A number of Palestinian young men and children gathered at the entrance to Obeid neighborhood, west of the village, and threw stones, fireworks and Molotov Cocktails at IOF soldiers. As a result, 2 Israeli military vehicles caught fire. Suddenly, large Israeli forces moved into the neighborhood and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the civilians and clashed with them. IOF also arrested: Mohammed Hamzah Obeid (16), Yazan Bassam Obeid (20), and Ahmed Mohammed Mahmoud (21) before they withdrew from the village. 
  • At approximately 08:30 on Monday, 30 March 2020, IOF gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza Strip, chased and heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the limited fishing area ( 3 nautical miles). As a result, fishermen panicked and fled away fearing for their lives. No casualties were reported. 
  • At approximately 13:15 on the same Monday, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of al-Qarman street, east of Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at the border area adjacent to the border fence. As a result, Palestinian shepherds and farmers, whose agricultural lands are nearby, panicked. Neither casualties nor material damage was reported. 
  • At approximately 13:30 on Monday, 30 March 2020, about 30 Palestinian civilian took part adjacent to the Great March of Return (GMR) camp, in Khuza’a village, east of Khan Younis, without any official calls for protests in the second anniversary of launching the GMR protests and the 44th anniversary of Land Day. The protestors threw stones at IOF stationed along the border fence and the latter responded with live bullets and tear gas canisters. No casualties were reported. 
  • At approximately 17:20 on the same Monday, 30 March 2020, IOF soldiers stationed along the border fence, southeast of al-Buraij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian shepherds, adjacent to the border fence. No casualties. 
  • At approximately 09:45 on Tuesday, 31 March 2020, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at the border area. As a result, Palestinian shepherds and a number of farmers, whose lands are near the border fence, panicked; no casualties were reported. 
  • At approximately 18:00 on the same Tuesday, IOF moved into Sour Baher village, south of occupied East They surrounded a van carrying dozens of Food parcels to be distributed on 200 poor families in the village. This was in light of the crisis facing the villages residents for 2 weeks due to the imposed restrictions on movement in addition to the residents’ temporary unemployment within the preventive measures to limit the spread of  Coronavirus. Eyewitnesses said that IOF stopped the van and checked the driver’s ID card, questioned him about the Food parcels and demanded him of the receipt. IOF also surrounded the food store, attacked the residents who were in the area, fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters to disperse them, confiscated all the food parcels, and arrested 4 civilians; two of them were identified: Mohammed Atoun and Mahdi Atoun. 
  • Simultaneously, IOF soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of al-Buraij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire agricultural lands, west of the border fence. No casualties were reported. 
  • At approximately 09:10 on Wednesday, 01 April 2020, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip opened fire at agricultural lands east of Khuza’ah village, adjacent to the border fence. No casualties were reported. 
  • At approximately 16:50, Palestinian medical sources at the Istishari Arab Hospital in al-Raihan neighborhood, southwest of Ramallah, declared the death of Islam Abdul Ghani Duweikat (21), succumbing to wounds he sustained on 11 March 2020. According to PCHR’s investigations, Duweikat was shot with a rubber bullet in the head and he deemed in critical condition. Duweikat was injured when IOF suppressed dozens of civilians who gathered in al-‘Armah Mountian, southeast of Beta village, southeast of Nablus, upon calls  launched by Israeli settlers on their websites to raid the mountain. On that day morning, IOF reinforced with about 40 military SUVs and 2 bulldozers moved into the abovementioned mount from 6 directions and suppressed residents, who spent their night in the area, by firing live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result of clashes that erupted in the area, Mohammed Abdul Karim Hamayel (15) was killed and 14 civilians were injured, including Duweikat, whose injury was very serious. Duweikat was receiving treatment until his death was announced on the same day evening.
  1. Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 26 March 2020:

  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Halhoul and Tarqoumya vilages in Hebron, Shwaika neighborhood in Tulkarm, and ‘Arraba, southwest of Jenin. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 27 March 2020:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Kharsa village, south of Hebron. They patrolled in the streets without wearing protective clothing in light of the Coronavirus “Covid-19” outbreak in Israel.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Hebron, and stationed in Khallat Hadour and Eissa neighborhoods. IOF patrolled in the main streets without wearing protective clothing in light of the Coronavirus “Covid-19” outbreak in Israel. IOF withdrew and no arrests were reported. 
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into several neighborhoods in Israeli-occupied section of Hebron’s Old City known as “H2”. No arrests were reported. 
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Kafl Hares in Salfit, Asala and Izbet al-Tabib villages in Qalqilya. No arrests were reporting. 

Saturday, 28 March 2020:

  • At approximately 18:00, IOF moved into al-Issaweya village, southeast of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Naser Darweesh’s (16) house and arrested him.

Sunday, 29 March 2020:

  • IOF carried out an incursion in Khrbet Jabara, southeast of Tulkarm. No arrests were reporting.

Monday, 30 March 2020:

  • At approximately 10:00, IOF moved into al-Issaweya village, southeast of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Ahmed Fayez Mahmoud’s (29) house and arrested him. 
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF moved into Solwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Omar Basem al-Zughaiar’s (26) house and arrested him. 
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF arrested Tamer Khalaf (34) while present in Bab al-Sahera, in the Central East Jerusalem. Tamer was taken to al-Bareed Police Station in Salah al-Deen Street. 
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Sa’eer and Ethna in Hebron. No arrests were reporting.

Tuesday, 31 March 2020:

  • At approximately 01:00 IOF stormed al-Arba’een Mosque, in the central al-Issaweya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. IOF attacked and severely beaten dozens of young men while praying in the Mosque’s yard, and arrested Mer’ai Derbas (46) and took him to one of the investigation centers in the city.

The follow-up committee in the village said that IOF forced dozens of young men to pay fine of (250 NIS) while heading to buy some necessities from the grocery. Furthermore, IOF forced two families to pay fines while waiting for a released prisoner in front of Salah al-Deen investigation center in the city. IOF also forced 5 young men to pay fines claiming that they were not committed to the prevention measures of the Corona virus. The committee said that, “IOF claimed that the people of al-Issaweya are not committed to the prevention measures of the Coronavirus while they storm and move into the village several times a day without wearing protective clothing, disposable masks and gloves or keeping the personal space between each other, or any other prevention measures”. 

  • At approximately 16:00, IOF moved into Obaid neighborhood, west of al-Issaweya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They arrested (3) civilians while present around their houses, the arrestees are: Hussam Sameeh Alian (19), Mohammed Mousa Mostafa (18), and Nour al-Deen Maher Muhaisen (19). 
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF arrested (3) civilians while present near the western entrance of al-Issaweya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Fadi Abu al-Hams, Dawoud Derbas, and Majd Derbas. 
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF moved into al-Karantina area, in southern Hebron. They arrested (3) children after checking their ID Cards, and took them to al-Hisba Old Market then to Keryat Arba’ Settlement Police Station, east of Hebron. The arrestees are: Mohammed Haron al-Tawil (14), Wael Anwar al-Taweel (17), and Emad Bassam al-Taweel (17).

Wednesday, 01 April 2020:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into al-Issaweya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Adham Naser Sebta (20) and Mohammed Mousa Mostafa (18) and arrested them. It should be noted that IOF arrested Mostafa in the previous day and released him in the evening hours and rearrested him after hours. 
  • Around the same time, IOF severely beaten and arrested (3) civilians from Solwan village, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and took them to an unknown destination. The arrestees are: Yazan Syam (25), Mohammed Sa’eed Awwad (34), and Nour Asfour. 
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-Izareya village, east of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Hasan Ashraf Abu al-Reesh’s (20) house and arrested him. 
  • At approximately 06:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved from Military station No.16, northeast of Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip, 50-meters west of the border fence. They leveled and combed lands that were previously leveled amidst Israeli sporadic shooting. However, no casualties were reported. 
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF moved into Ein al-Lawza neighborhood in Solwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Mohammed Jameel al-A’war (42) and Sobhi Zalloum (54), and handed them summonses to refer to al-Qishla Police Station. 
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Darweesh Issa (18), while present around al-Arba’een Mosque, in the Central al-Issaweya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. Mohammed was taken to an unknown destination. 
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF arrested Sa’ed Yousef Obaid (21) while present near the eastern entrance of Obaid neighborhood, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. Sa’ed was taken to an unknown destination. 
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Nablus, Beit Kahl, and Shoyoukh al-Aroub villages in Hebron Governorate. No arrests were reporting.

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

  1. Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property for Settlement Expansion Activities
  • At approximately 05:45 on Thursday, 26 March 2020, IOF backed by military construction vehicles moved into Tayaseer village in eastern Tubas. The military construction vehicles demolished Mohamed Yousef Suliman Dabak’s water well, under the pretext of non-licensing in Area C. 
  • At approximately 08:30, IOF backed by military construction vehicles moved into Wadi Srida area in western Salfit. The military construction vehicles demolished ‘Aziz Yousef ‘Abdullah’s water well and agricultural room, under the pretext of non-licensing in Area C. 
  • At approximately 10:00 on Thursday, 26 March 2020, IOF backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Um al-Khair nature reserve in eastern Yatta, south of Hebron. The Israeli Civil Administration officers hanged a seven-day eviction notice on the nature reserve under the pretext of being a training military site. The Israeli authorities ordered the residents of Um al-Khiar village to evacuate the nature reserve and return it to  normal or the Israeli authorities will do so and force the residents to pay all costs. 

It should be noted that on Wednesday, 03 July 2019, Israeli authorities  accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers destroyed a pastoral reserve in Um al-Khair village in eastern Yatta. They uprooted at least 500 trees planted 15 years ago. Additionally, on 24 August 2019, Israeli authorities demolished 4 water wells in Um al-Khair village.

The pastoral reserve  was established in 2003 on al-Hathaleen family lands (750 dunums) in cooperation with the Union of Agricultural Work Committees. 

  • At approximately 11:00 on Thursday, IOF backed by military construction vehicles moved into Dir Buziq village in northern Jordan Valley, southeast of Tubas. The military construction vehicles demolished the village council’s 70-sqaure-meter barrack with its contents estimated at NIS 2,500. IOF also confiscated a generator, a water pump, sheds, 8 tents, a solar cell, a concrete mixer,  bricks, iron, and other equipment, under the pretext of non-licensing in Area C. The confiscated items are estimated at NIS 6,500. 
  • Israeli authorities uprooted Sameer ‘Ayid al-Shalaldah’s 300 olive seedlings planted in 20 dunums in Wadi Sa’ir area , north of Hebron. Al-Shalaldah found a 24-hour eviction notice issued on 08 March 2020, was hanged on his plot of land. The Israeli authorities exploited the state of emergency declared on 06 March 2020 by the PA to combat Coronavirus (Covid 19) and carried out more attacks against Palestinians. 
  • At approximately 06:00 on Friday, 28 March 2020, IOF backed by military construction vehicles moved into Khelet Irmilah area in al-Zawiyia village, west of They demolished Salah ‘Abed al-Latif Raddad’s agricultural room, under the pretext of non-licensing in Area C. Head of al-Zawiyia village, Mahmoud ‘Abdullah Moqidy, said that at approximately 06:00 on Friday, 28 March 2020, 2 Palestinian men phoned and informed me that IOF demolished an agricultural room belonging to Salah Raddad. I arrived at the area at 07:00 and found that IOF bulldozed the room and withdrew later. 
  • At approximately 07:00 on Tuesday, 31 March 2020, IOF backed by military construction vehicles moved into Kherbit Jebara, south of Tulkarm. IOF demolished Khaled Rasheed Hussain ‘Abed al-Rahman’s agricultural room and cement wall (280 m), under the pretext of non-licensing in Area C. 
  • At approximately 10:00 on Tuesday, 31 March 2020, IOF backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Kherbet al-Tabban in southern Hebron. The Israeli Civil Administration officers handed ‘Issa Mohamed Hamamda (50) a notice to stop working in a 110-square-meter barrack built of tin plates and used for breeding livestock. 
  • Around the same time, IOF backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Khebet al-Mofaqara in southern Hebron. The Israeli Civil Administration officers handed Ahmed Mesleh Hamamda a notice to evacuate his 50 dunums and remove a tent, where he and his family live after demolishing their house, under the pretext of non-licensing. 
  • At approximately 08:00 on Wednesday, 01 April 2020, IOF backed by military construction vehicles moved into al-Wa’irah area in western Jenin. IOF demolished 3 under-construction houses under the pretext of being near the annexation wall and non-licensing in area C. The demolished houses belong to:
  1. Tareq ‘Abed al-Razeq ‘Abed al-Rahman Abu Hammad: a 110-square-meter under-construction house.
  2. Rabei’ ‘Abed al-Razeq ‘Abed al-Rahman Abu Hammad: a 140-square-meter under-construction house.
  3. Mostafs Tayseer ‘Abed al-Rahman Abu Hammad: a 110-square-meter under-construction house.

It should be noted that IOF notified the houses’ owners on 26 January 2020, as a prelude to demolish them.

 At approximately 09:00, IOF backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Kherbet al-Taiba, east of Tarqumiyia village, northwest of Hebron. The Israeli Civil Administration officers handed Yunis Mohamed Ghareeb (44) a notice to stop construction works in his 100-sqaure-meter house, under the pretext of non-licensing in Area C. It should be noted that Israeli authorities attempt to seize al-Taiba’s lands in favor of settlement expansion in ” Adwara” settlement. 

  1. Israeli Settler Violence
  • At approximately 08:00 on Friday, 27 March 2020, Israeli settlers, from ” Hafat Ma’oun” settlement, which is established on Palestinians’ lands in eastern Yatta, south of  Hebron, attacked  Palestinian shepherds  in al-Hamra area, east of al-Tawana village. The settlers forced the shepherds at gunpoint to leave . Meanwhile, the village residents gathered and photographed what happened. One of the settlers unleashed his at Hussain Saber al-Hereni (32), who photographed them. As a result, al-Hereni sustained wounds in his left hand and taken to Abu al-Hasan al-Qasem Hospital by a PRCS ambulance. 
  • At approximately 11:00 on Saturday, 28 March 2020, Israeli settlers, from ” Hafat Ma’oun” settlement, which is established on Palestinians’ lands in eastern Yatta, south of Hebron, attacked  Palestinian shepherds  in al-Hamra area, east of al-Tawana village and forced them to leave . As a result, Adeeb Ghanem al-Hereni sustained fractures in his right hand fingers. The village residents gathered and IOF arrived at the area. They fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the residents, who suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. 
  • At approximately 11:00 on Tuesday, 31 March 2020, from ” Ma’oun” settlement, which is established on Palestinians’ lands in eastern Yatta, south of Hebron, attacked  Palestinian shepherds  in al-Tawana village  and indiscriminately opened fire around them. As a result, the shepherds were forced to leave. IOF arrived at the area and denied Palestinians’ access to their lands. 
  1. Closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement of persons and goods

For the fourth consecutive week, Israeli authorities continued to impose restrictions on Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing and West Bank Crossings under the pretext of confronting the fast-spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. These restrictions were declared on Wednesday ,11 March 2020, and still continued, except humanitarian cases would be allowed to pass through the crossing.

West Bank:

In addition to permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of more temporary checkpoints that restrict the goods and individual movement between villages and cities and deny civilians’ access to their work. IOF established 11 temporary checkpoints, where they searched Palestinians’ vehicles and checked their IDs.

The military checkpoint were as follows:

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 26 March 2020, IOF closed with metal-detector gate the main entrance to Bani Na’iem village, east of Hebron, denying Palestinians’ access to Bypass road (60).
  • On Friday, 27 March 2020, IOF established a checkpoint at the intersection of Beit ‘Awaa village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron.
  • On Saturday, 28 March 2020, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Kharsa village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron.
  • On Monday, 30 March 2020, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Ethna village, west of Hebron.
  • On Tuesday, 31 March 2020, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Yatta and Tarama villages.

Jenin:

 On Thursday, 26 March 2020, IOF established a checkpoint at the intersection of ‘Araba village, southwest of Jenin.

Salfit:

 On Friday, 28 March 2020, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Burqeen and Dirsitiyia villages.

 On Saturday, 29 March 2020, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Hares and Kaful Hares villages.

 On Sunday, 29 March 2020, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Dir Balout village.

 Tulkarm:

 On Saturday, 29 March 2020, IOF tightened their arbitrary measures at ‘Inab military checkpoint.

 At approximately 08:00 on Tuesday, 31 March 2020, IOF closed with sand berms agricultural roads connecting between Kafa and Shofa villages. IOF raided greenhouses while Palestinian farmers were working inside them and forced them to leave at gunpoint. Also, IOF closed all nearby entrances.

Don’t Let COVID-19 Devastate Syria, Yemen and Gaza

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TEHRAN (FNA)- It doesn’t take a strategic mind to realize what the likely impact of the COVID-19 pandemic would be on Syria, Yemen and Gaza.

It is not difficult to make predictions, either, because much will depend on the way these nations, already devastated by US-led wars of aggression and occupation, won’t be able to react.

The World Health Organization fears the numbers of people infected with coronavirus will far exceed the official figures estimated by these nations. An even worse scenario is thought to be unfolding in Syria, where an internally displaced population of 7 million, and the fact some parts of the country remain outside central government control make controlling the spread of the virus almost impossible.

The same argument could be made about Yemen and Gaza. Ground and air links between them have been largely severed, and there are deepening concerns that large numbers of virus carriers were able to return before border was sealed in Gaza.

On the medical supply side, there are also likely to be disruptions, as there are shortages of imported raw materials and spare parts because of US sanctions and Israeli-Saudi blockades. However, this is likely to be less of a factor than in Western countries, where long supply chains are now the norm rather than the exception.

The severity and duration of the short-term demand and supply impacts depends on the measures these nations may take to contain the spread of the virus. If the pandemic shows signs of spreading rapidly as it is doing in Europe and the US, these three governments will start to close factories and shops – if any – selling nonessential items.

Although there are still many uncertainties about how the pandemic will develop, it is clear that international support mechanisms may not be able to fully cope. Moreover, such mechanisms tend to be relatively weak in war-torn areas as the scattered nature of the population makes it difficult to reach effected people.

To complement international initiatives, Gaza, Syria and Yemen will need to mobilize their own institutional machinery as well, particularly those with presence in hard-hit areas. These include police stations, health clinics and agriculture/livestock offices which could provide logistic bases to reach the displaced people with medical assistance, as well as income and food support.

These facilities should be brought into play with funds from the United Nations and international aid agencies. There is no question that these governments are struggling to meet rising medical care costs, their financial capacity is severely limited. International organizations should be mobilized to help.

Will these measures be enough? Probably not. The whole world, specially the Western countries that have been making a fortune through arms deals with the Saudis and have been backing Riyadh as well as the Israelis and militant groups in Syria should do their part in helping these war-ravaged nations.

The US and countries in Europe should also step up their level of assistance outside their borders. One way to quickly and effectively do this has to be ending their wars of aggression and support for the Saudi and Israeli regimes, or proxy forces in Syria. At this time, this policy reversal would be far better than sending money to help people survive the health crisis.

As many observers have emphasized, the COVID-19 crisis is not just one of health and the economy, but also has other dimensions. COVID-19 is already challenging our assumptions about humanity, about society, about greed and selfishness, about the need to cooperate.

The pandemic has exposed fault lines in trust among humans, among groups, among countries, between citizens and governments, and faith in many of assumptions about life, not only beliefs and humanity, but also knowledge itself.

The world is beginning to doubt America’s role as the world’s leader and a trusted partner to turn to at times of crisis like this. As we slowly realize that we are inundated with fake news by Washington and its war-party goons

The time has come for the UN and the rest of civil society to begin to address and come to terms with what life is going to be like in Syria, Yemen and Gaza after they impose the lockdowns and other inconveniences forced by the virus and its consequences.

Put simply, this time it is different. Millions of lives are at risk. The world will not be able to simply revert to business as usual after the virus hit these nations in the coming days and weeks. The time has finally come for the world community to help build a life that’s more secure, equitable, inclusive and sustainable in Syria, Yemen and Gaza.

Blockaded Gaza Looks Wryly On As World Isolates Itself

Blockaded Gaza Looks Wryly On As World Isolates Itself

By Nidal al-Mughrabi – Reuters

“Dear world, how is the lockdown? Gaza.”

A sly dig at the international community, this is just one among a torrent of social media posts that has emerged from the blockaded Gaza Strip in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The sight of a world locking itself down seems to have unleashed a wellspring of emotions in Gaza, from sardonic political commentary to schadenfreude, emerging from Palestinian denizens of the tiny coastal enclave that has for years lived with enforced isolation and confinement.

“Have you got bored with your quarantine, the closure of your crossings, your airports and your trade? We in Gaza have been living under this for 14 years,” one social media user posted this week.

“Oh world, welcome into our permanent reality,” he added.

Gaza, measuring 375 square kilometers is home to around two million Palestinians, more than half of them refugees.

Along 90% of its land and sea boundaries its access to the outside world is controlled by ‘Israel’, and by Egypt on its narrow southern border.

An ‘Israeli’-led blockade has put restrictions on the movement of people and goods for years, amid security concerns following the 2007 takeover of Gaza by Hamas, and three subsequent wars which killed thousands of Palestinians and around 100 ‘Israelis’.

The irony is not lost on Gazans that the restrictions they chafe against may also have contributed to slowing the entry of coronavirus, with no cases reported thus far in Gaza.

But prolonged closure and isolation have contributed to the crippling of Gaza’s economy, with unemployment at 52 percent and poverty levels of over 50 percent.

Standing in his empty metal factory in northern Gaza City, businessman Youssef Sharaf recalled the years when he used to be able to export electric heaters to ‘Israel’ and the West Bank.

“I had 70 people working here, today I only have one,” Sharaf told Reuters.

Although the underlying causes of his closure were man-made, he empathized with those facing shutdown because of disease.

“It is tough,” he said. “May God be with them.”

But in Gaza’s small but resilient high-tech sector, the obstacles that stop travel abroad also forced the early adoption of teleconferencing and other practices that world is now catching up with.

At Gaza Sky Geeks, an incubator for young entrepreneurs, computer programmers and web developers work remotely with international firms. “Because of the years-long blockade on us, Gaza people better understand the current situation in world countries,” said Angham Abu Abed, 24, a computer engineer who works with a software company in Britain.

“We hope the blockade on us will end, and we hope the virus will disappear from the world.”

IDF claims attacks against Islamic Jihad in Gaza and Damascus

By News Desk -2020-02-24

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) say they have struck targets of the Islamic Jihad group who reportedly were preparing rocket attacks towards Israeli territory.

Earlier in the day, the IDF said the Iron Dome had intercepted 13 out of 21 missile launches from the Gaza Strip towards Israel. After 20 rockets had been launched, the IDF attached a map on Twitter showing the areas that came under fire. Israel holds Islamic Jihad responsible for the recent attacks.87% Van Die Mense Bedank by Hulle Werk Nadat Hulle Hierdie SuksesverhaalChannel7Ads by Revcontent

In Ashkelon, which also came under fire, classes at schools were suspended for Monday.

Hours earlier, Israeli soldiers shot at least one Palestinian dead and wounded several others allegedly for trying to plant a bomb Israel’s security fence in southern Gaza.

On Wednesday, the IDF targeted the snipers of Islamic Jihad which it said fired at IDF troops from across the border.

Tensions have been high in the region following the announcement of the so-called “deal of the century” plan for reconciliation in the Middle East that favors Israel over Palestinians.

Sanders: Saudi Arabia’s Rulers Are Murderous Thugs

By Staff, By Agencies 

The Democratic frontrunner for the US presidency, Senator Bernie Sanders, lambasted Saudi Arabia’s leadership during a town hall meeting on CNN, reaffirming his promise to pursue a more even-handed foreign policy in the Middle East. 

“For years, we have loved Saudi Arabia – our wonderful ally; the only problem is the people who run that country are murderous thugs,” Sanders said on Tuesday. 

The Vermont senator added that instead of “being really cozy” with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – whom he described as a “billionaire dictator” – Washington should try to resolve the issues between the kingdom and Iran to bring peace to the Middle East. 

“We can bring the Saudis and the Iranians together, tell them that we’re sick and tired as a nation [of] spending trillions of dollars on endless wars,” Sanders said. “They’re going to have to get their act together. And we have the resources to help bring that about.”

The senator, who won the popular vote in the first two Democratic contests, also reiterated his stance that the United States should not ignore Palestinians’ needs while being supportive of “Israel”.

Sanders pledged to protect the independence and security of Israeli citizens without being supportive of the “right-wing racist government that currently exists in “Israel”.

He also pointed to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza where the youth unemployment rate is near 70 percent.
“What American foreign policy has got to be about in the Middle East is bringing the Israelis, bringing the Palestinians together under the banner of justice,” Sanders said. 

He further stated: “We have the wealth to do it. It cannot just simply be one that we’re just pro-Israel and we ignore the needs of the Palestinian people. We’ve got to pay attention to both.”

The senator made similar remarks during a presidential debate in December when he said US foreign policy cannot be only pro-Israel, but must be “pro-Palestinian” as well.
 

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine (30 January – 05 February 2020)

30 January – 05 February 2020

  • In excessive use of force, IOF shot and killed a Palestinian child; another child succumbed to wounds he sustained previously at GMR protests in eastern Khan Younis
  • 56 Palestinian civilians shot and injured by IOF, including 12 children, 2 journalists, a human rights defender in the West Bank and Gaza Strip
  • 37 civilians injured during peaceful protests and IOF incursions in the West Bank
  • 17 civilians, including 5 children and 3 fishermen, injured in the Gaza Strip
  • IOF warplanes carry out several airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, demolishing a water well in Rafah; 6 shootings were reported against Palestinian agricultural lands in eastern Gaza Strip
  • Six shootings reported against Palestinian fishing boats and 3 fishermen arrested.
  • During 118 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 116 civilians arrested, including 35 children and 2 women
  • 11 demolitions conducted, notices distributed, and fines imposed on houses in the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem
  • 700 apricot and almond seedlings uprooted and civilians and their property were attacked by settlers
  • 30 orders issued against Palestinian civilians to ban their entry to al-Aqsa Mosque
  • IOF tightened restrictions on movement of goods into the Gaza Strip and reduces the allowed fishing area as part of its collective punishment policy
  • IOF established 93 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, where 10 Palestinian civilians were arrested

Summary

This week, PCHR documented 322 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory.  This was reflected in dealing with the peaceful protests organized against Trump’s declaration of the “Deal of Century” that violates the rights of the Palestinian people and is in conflict with the United Nation (UN) resolutions and international law. They were as follows:

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity: a Palestinian child namely Mohammed al-Haddad was killed after an IOF sniper shot him directly to heart near a military checkpoint in Hebron during a protest against Trump’s peace plan on 05 February 2020.  Moreover, on 31 January 2020, ‘Alaa’ al-‘Abbasi succumbed to wounds he previously sustained at the GMR protests organized in eastern Khan Younis on 11 October 2019.

IOF wounded 56 Palestinian civilians, including 12 children, 2 journalists and a human rights defender, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip; 37 civilians were wounded in IOF incursions and peaceful protests in the West Bank, and 17 civilians, including 5 children and 3 fishermen in the Gaza Strip, mainly in protests against Trump’s peace plan. IOF warplanes carried out several airstrikes across the Gaza Strip and destroyed a water well in Rafah.  Furthermore, 6 shootings were reported against the agricultural lands and civilian gatherings while 6 other shootings were reported against fishermen in western and eastern Gaza Strip.

IOF incursions, house raids and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 118 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 116 Palestinians were arrested, including 35 children and 2 women. The incursions also included one limited incursion into eastern Khan Younis.

Settlement expansion activities and settlers attacks in the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, PCHR documented 11 demolitions, land razing and demolition notices by IOF, including self-demolition of a barrack, a house and foundations of another in occupied East Jerusalem; levelling a water line in the Northern Jordan Valleys; imposing high fines on civilians claiming they live in 2 unlicensed houses in al-Walajah, northwest of Bethlehem; handing notices to demolish a barrack, barn, industrial facility and tent in Nablus; a decision issued by the Israeli Magistrate’s Court to evacuate a building in Batn al-Hawa neighbourhood in Silwan village in favour of “’Atarit Cohanim” settlement Association, claiming the land is owned by the Jewish.  The latter decision is the fifth of its kind being issued against similar buildings in occupied East Jerusalem.

PCHR also documented 6 settler-attacks, including attacking a water well in Nablus; breaking the windows of 2 vehicles in al-Mazra’ah al-Gharbiyah village, northwest of Ramallah; uprooting 700 apricot and almond seedlings and attacking civilian houses and 2 civilians in Nablus.

Violation of the right to freedom of religion and access to holy sites in occupied East Jerusalem: IOF issued this week 30 orders to ban entry to al-Aqsa Mosque for a period ranging from 1 week to 6 months.  It should be noted that most of the entry ban orders target public figures and activists defending and looking after al-Aqsa Mosque.

Israeli closure policy and Restrictions on Movement: on 02 February 2020, IOF announced tightening restrictions on the movement of goods into the Gaza Strip and on the movement of merchants/businesspersons in response to incendiary balloons and projectiles fired towards Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip.

Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rokon, announced freezing facilitations relevant to commerce, economy and movement across checkpoints, including decreasing the number of businesspersons’ permits and ceasing import of cement to the Gaza Strip. Simultaneously, IOF annulled 460 exit permits previously issued for businesspersons from the Gaza Strip.

On Wednesday, 05 February 2020, IOF announced reducing the allowed fishing area in Gaza Sea. It was decided today (Wednesday), to restrict the fishing zone of the Gaza Strip from 15 nautical miles to 10 nautical miles.  IOF’s decision was in response to incendiary balloons and projectiles fired towards Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip.

Those new tightened restriction came in a time when the Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the History of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life. Furthermore, IOF uses Erez Crossing that is designated for movement of individuals as an ambush to arrest Palestinians who obtain permits to exit via Israel.  Meanwhile, the West Bank is divided into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted and they are subject to arrest. This week, IOF arrested 10 Palestinians at temporary military checkpoints.

  1. Violation of the right to life and to bodily integrity
  1. Excessive Use of Force against Protests in the West Bank
  • At approximately 07:50 on Thursday, 30 January 2020, a group of Palestinian students organized a protest adjacent to the border fence in eastern Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, in  rejection of U.S. President Donald Trump declared his Middle-East plan, so-called “Deal of the Century”, which violates Palestinian rights. IOF stationed along the border fence fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at the protestors. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 12:00 on the same Thursday, a peaceful protest took part from the center of Qalqiliyah to Jaljoulia checkpoint. The protestors chanted national slogans, demanded an end for the occupation and its crimes against Palestinians and condemned Trump’s peace plan. The protestors threw stones at IOF while the latter responded with sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, a number of civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 01:00 on the same Thursday, a peaceful protest took part from the center of Tulkarm to Israeli Gate (104) established in the west of Tulkarm. The protestors chanted national slogans, demanded an end for the occupation and its crimes against Palestinians. The protestors threw stones at IOF while the latter responded with sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, a number of civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 01:30 on the same Thursday, a peaceful protest took part from the center of al- Birah to the northern entrance to al-Birah, upon calls from National and Islamic Factions in Ramallah and al-Birah. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted national slogans, demanded an end for the occupation and its crimes against Palestinians and condemned Trump’s peace plan. When the protestors approached the area, IOF stationed at al-Mahkamah checkpoint established adjacent to “Beit Eil”, north of the city, fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. Clashes that erupted in the area resulted in the injury of 2 civilians namely:
  1. Na’im Yusuf Marar (19) was shot with a rubber bullet in the right foot; and
  2. Ahmed ‘Ayed Marar (20) was shot with a rubber bullet in the foot.

Both wounded civilians were transferred to Palestine Medical Complex for treatment. Moreover, a number of civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.

  • At the same time, a peaceful protest took part from the center of al-Moghir village, to the village entrance, northeast of Ramallah. The protestors chanted national slogans, demanded an end for the occupation and its crimes against Palestinians and condemned Trump’s peace plan The protestors  threw stones at IOF stationed at the village entrance while the latter responded with rubber bullet, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. as a result, several civilians  suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • Simultaneously, IOF stationed at the entrance to “Psagot” settlement established at lands of al-Taweel Mount area in al-Birah, fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at dozens of Palestinian young men, protesting in the in the vicinity of the abovementioned settlement, in rejection of Trump’s peace plan. As a result, 3 children were shot and injured with rubber bullets in the lower exterminates. They were identified as Mohammed Maneef Abdul Rahman Maridi (16), Haitham Wajih Mohammed Sbaih (15) and Mohammed Na’im Hadiyah (16). The wounded civilians were transferred to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah for treatment and their injuries were classified as moderate.
  • At approximately 14:30 on the same Thursday, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered at the southern entrance to Jericho where IOF established a military checkpoint in the area. The young men protested against Trump’s peace plan, and threw stones at IOF military vehicles and burned tires. Israeli soldiers chased stone-throwers at the entrance to the abovementioned entrance and sporadically fired sound bombs. As a result, a number of civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. IOF also arrested Malek Mohammed Abu Salem (22), who was in front of his house in the camp.
  • At approximately 16:00 on the same Thursday, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered adjacent to Qalandiya military checkpoint, north of occupied East Jerusalem, protesting against Trump’s peace plan. The protestors threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers stationed at the abovementioned checkpoint while the latter fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters. As a result, many civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. They received medical treatment on the field.
  • At approximately 11:00 on Friday, 31 January 2020, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered near Qalandiya military checkpoint, north of occupied East Jerusalem, protesting against Trump’s peace plan. Some of the protestors threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers stationed at the checkpoint. Israeli soldiers fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, Mohammed ‘Adel Mesleh (25) was shot with a live ammunition in his left thigh. Mesleh was transferred to Palestine Medical Complex for treatment and his injury was classified as moderate.
  • At the same time, a peaceful protest took part from the center of Tamoun village, southeast of Tubas, upon call of the national and Islamic factions, to protect the northern valleys and reject Trump’s peace plan. The protestors moved into ‘Atouf hell, east of the village, and performed the Friday prayer in there. After the end of the prayer, the participants raised the Palestinian flags and chanted national slogans, demanded an end for the occupation and its crimes against Palestinians. The participants attempted to enter the northern valleys  area, but Israeli soldiers stationed in the area and behind military vehicles banned  and suppressed them by firing rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. Clashes that erupted in the area resulted in the injury of Sa’eed Hamed Abu Hamad (42) with a tear gas canister in her nose. Abu Hamad was taken to Tubas Hospital  in Tubas for medical treatment. His injury was classified as minor. Moreover, dozens of civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and they received medical treatment on the field.
  • At approximately 12:15 on the same Friday, doctors at Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis pronounced the death of ‘Ala’a Hani Hamdah al-‘Abasi (14), from Khan Younis, succumbing to wounds he sustained after being directly hit with a tear gas canister in the head. On 11 October 2019, al-‘Abasi was shot and injured while participating in the GMR’s protest in eastern Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Younis.

‘Ala’a’s uncle, Darwish Hamadah al-‘Abasi (44), said to PCHR’s fieldworker:

“At approximately 18:00 on Friday, 11 October 2019, we were leaving the GMR protest adjacent to the border fence in eastern Khuza’ah, east of Khan Younis. I was standing next to my nephew ‘Ala’a (14) along with our neighbor “Zeyad Edden”, about 250 meters away from the border fence, adjacent to sand hills. We were heading to get into the buses to return home when a tear gas canister hit ‘Ala’a in the back side of his head. ‘Ala’a fell on the ground and his head was severely bleeding. An ambulance arrived at the area and took him to the field hospital while he was still conscious. When ‘Ala’a arrived at the field hospital, he fainted. Doctors gave him first aid and then transferred him to Gaza European Hospital where he entered the surgery room to stop the bleeding and stayed inside for several hours. ‘Ala’a  then was taken to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where he went into coma. According to doctors, ‘Ala’a’s injury caused laceration in his skull, an internal bleeding that was stopped later in, brain displacement, addition to cerebral hematoma. Doctors also classified his health condition as  very serious. ‘Ala’a stayed at Gaza European hospital for a month in a coma and then was transferred to al-Amal Hospital affiliated with Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) to receive medical treatment. A’la’a stayed at al-Amal Hospital for 17 days without responding to treatment.  Therefore, he was taken home while still in coma. At approximately 11:00 on Friday, after his health condition got worse, ”Ala’a was transferred to Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis.at approximately 12:15, doctors announced ‘Ala’a’s death.”

  • At approximately 12:30 on the same Friday, a peaceful protest took part from the center of Kafer Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah into the village’s eastern entrance, which has been closed since 2003, allegedly for the security of “Kedumim” The protestors chanted national slogans, demanded an end for the occupation and its crimes against Palestinians. The protestors threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand berms and the latter responded with rubber bullets, sponge-tipped bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, a Palestinian civilian was shot and injured and received medical treatment on the field. Moreover, many protestors suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 12:50 on the same Friday, a peaceful protest took part from the center of Tulkarm into the annexation wall gate adjacent to Qifin village, north of Tulkarm. The protestors chanted national slogans, demanded an end for the occupation and its crimes against Palestinians. The protestors threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed in the abovementioned site. Israeli soldiers responded with sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, a number of civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • After Friday prayer, a peaceful protest took part from the center of Beta village, southeast of Nablus into the village’s main entrance (branching from Nablus-Ramallah Street), which was closed for 4 days. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted national slogans, demanded an end for the occupation and its crimes against Palestinians and condemned Trump’s peace plan that led to annexing the northern valleys by IOF. IOF suppressed the protest by firing rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. IOF clashed with the protestors. As a result, dozens of Palestinian civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 13:00, a peaceful protest took part from the center of Qalqiliyah into Jaljoulia checkpoint (southern entrance). The protestors chanted national slogans, demanded an end for the occupation and its crimes against Palestinians and condemned Trump’s peace plan. The protestors threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed in the area and the latter responded with sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, many civilians, including a child suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. The child taken to the hospital for medical treatment while others received medical treatment on the field.
  • At approximately 13:10, a peaceful protest took part from the center of Qalqiliyah into the northern crossing of the city, which is designated Palestinian workers in Israel. The protestors chanted national slogans, demanded an end for the occupation and its crimes against Palestinians and condemned Trump’s peace plan. The protestors threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed in the area and the latter responded with sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, a number of civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation, including a child, who was referred to the hospital for suffering asphyxia.
  • At approximately 13:30 on Friday, 31 January 2020, a peaceful protest took part from the center of Tulkarm into Gate (104) established adjacent to the annexation wall, west of Tulkarm. The protestors chanted national slogans, demanded an end for the occupation and its crimes against Palestinians and condemned Trump’s peace plan. The protestors threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed in the area and the latter responded with rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, many civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • After Friday prayer, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered at the main entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, condemning Trump’s peace plan. Some of the participants threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers stationed adjacent to the military checkpoint established in the area. Israeli soldiers fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, Mohammed Bilal al-Tamimi (20) was shot with a live bullet in the shoulder. He was transferred to Palestine Medical Complex to receive medical treatment.
  • At approximately 14:00 on the same Friday, a number of Palestinian children gathered at the main entrance to Budrus village, west of Ramallah. They threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed in the area and the latter responded with live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, Na’im Yusuf Marar (19) was shot with a rubber bullet in the left foot and Ahmed ‘Ayed Marar (22) was shot with a rubber bullet in the thigh. The wounded civilians were taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah for medical treatment.
  • At approximately 14:00 on the same Friday, a peaceful protest took part from the center of Joyous village, northeast of Qalqiliyah, into Israeli military checkpoint established adjacent to the annexation was, west of the abovementioned village. The protestors chanted national slogans, demanded an end for the occupation and its crimes against Palestinians and condemned Trump’s peace plan. The protestors threw stones at IOF stationed in the abovementioned checkpoint and the latter responded with sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, many civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 14:00 on the same Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians took off the GMR camp in Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Younis, without any official calls for demonstrations. Some of civilians approached the border fence, adjacent to the camp and attempted to throw stones at IOF stationed in the area. Protestors also chanted national slogans against Trump’s peace plan. IOF fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 10 civilians injured, including 4 children, were shot and injured with live bullets and tear gas canisters. They were transferred to Gaza European Hospital in the city. Yusuf Mahmoud Mohammed Abu Nasirah (20), from Bani Suheila, east of Khan Younis, was shot with a live bullet in the abdomen.

(Names of the wounded civilians area available at PCHR)

  • At approximately 15:45 on the same Friday, a peaceful protest took part from the center of Qalqiliyah, into al-Razazah area, west of Qalqiliyah, where IOF signed to guard the annexation wall stationed. The protestors chanted national slogans, demanded an end for the occupation and its crimes against Palestinians and condemned Trump’s peace plan. The protestors threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed in the area and the latter responded with sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, many civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 16:00 on the same Friday, a group of Palestinian young men approached the border fence, east of Jabalia in northern Gaza Strip, to protest against Trump’s peace plan. They attempted to throw balloons and stones at IOF stationed along the border fence. IOF fired live bullets at them. As a result, Mohammed Nahed Abdul Ra’ouf ‘Othman (17), was hit with a shrapnel in the abdomen and ‘Oudai Hasan Abdul Rahim al-Mzain (19) was hit with a shrapnel in the right thigh. The wounded children were transferred to the Indonesian Hospital for medical treatment. Their injuries were classified between minor and moderate.
  • At the same time, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered in the vicinity of in Bilal Ben Rabah Mosque area “Rachel’s Tomb”, north of Bethlehem, to protests against Trump’s peace plan. Some of the participants threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers stationed in military checkpoints and the latter responded with live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters . As a result, a number of civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. They received medical treatment on the field.
  • At approximately 19:00, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered at the main entrance to Shu’fat village, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, condemning Trump’s peace plan. Some of the protestors threw stones and empty bottles at the light train that passes through the village. IOF immediately surrounded the area and fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canister at the protestors. IOF also arrested 2 civilians after they chased them in the village alleys and then heavily beaten them. the arrestees were identified as : Mohammed Jamal Abu Shehadah (22) and Abdul Rahim ‘Essa.
  • At approximately 14:30 on Saturday, 01 February 2020, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered at the northern entrance to al-Birah. They burned tires and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers stationed at “al-Mahkamah” checkpoint established adjacent to “Beit Eil” settlement, north of the city. Israeli soldiers fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. Clashes that erupted in the area resulted in the injury of 3 civilians namely:
  1. Sameh Zaher Sbaih (20) was shot with a rubber bullet in the thigh;
  2. Jebril all-Zair Khuri (18) was shot with a rubber bullet in the foot; and
  3. Mohammed Jihad Dar Fathi (24) was shot with a rubber bullet in the head.

The wounded civilians were transferred to Palestine Medical complex in Ramallah for medical treatment. Moreover, a number of participants suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and they received medical treatment on the field. IOF clashed with Palestinian young men for 3 consecutive hours.

  • At approximately 11:30 on Sunday, 02 February 2020, a peaceful protest took part in front of Hebron University into Ras al-Jourah area north of Hebron, protesting against Trump’s peace plan. When the protestors arrived at Ras al-Jourah, a large Israeli force stationed arrived and stationed at Hebron’s northern entrance and closed Halhoul Road where an Israeli military checkpoint is established. The young men threw stones at Israeli soldiers deployed between commercial shops. Israeli soldiers indiscriminately fired tear gas canisters at stone-throwers and journalists , who were present in the area to cover the incidents. As a result, a number of protestors and journalists suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. Journalists attempted to approach Israeli soldiers, so they would not be targeted. However, soldiers attacked them and ordered them to move away from the area. Israeli soldiers also fired rubber bullets at the protestors and journalists. As a result, journalist Abdul Mohsen Tayseer Abdul Mohsen Shalaldah (28) was shot with a rubber bullet in the left side of his head. He fell on the ground and had seizure and fainted. After that, Shalaldah was transferred to al-Ahli hospital in Hebron. After medical examinations, Shalaldah suffered a fracture in the skull. IOF clashed with protestors until 15:00. IOF arrested Mohammed Osamah Melhem (21).

Journalist Shalaldah said to PCHR’s fieldworker:

“I was about 30 meters away from Israeli soldiers and about 100 meters away from stone-throwers as I was wearing the “Press marked uniform”. IOF heavily fired tear gas canisters  at the area. As a result, I suffocated due to tear gas inhalation, so I wore the muzzle. After that I heard a sound of gunfire. I felt something hit my head and then fell on the ground. I fainted and had seizure. When walk up, I was at al-Ahli hospital. Until now, I suffer from my injury.”

  • At approximately 12:40, on the same Sunday, a peaceful protest took part from the center of Tulkarm into annexation wall gate, adjacent to Qifin village, north of Tulkarm. The protestors chanted national slogans demanding the end of, demanded an end for the occupation and its crimes against Palestinians and condemned Trump’s peace plan. The protestors threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed in the area and the latter responded with sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result,  a number of civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 13:00 on the same Sunday, dozens of Palestinian outraged young men gathered in Bab al-Zawiyah area in the center of Hebron. They burned tires and threw stones and empty bottles adjacent to the military Checkpoint (56) established at the entrance to al-Shuhada’a Street, which is closed by IOF. In the meantime, Israeli soldiers deployed in the area and topped roofs of nearby houses and fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at stone-throwers and at commercial shops. As a result, a number of civilians and protestors suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. Israeli soldiers continued chasing protestors and indiscriminately fired rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at them. Journalist Mashhour Hasan al-Wahwah (37)
  • At approximately 14:00 on the same Sunday, dozens of Palestinian young men took part at the entrance to l-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, where IOF established a military checkpoint in the area. When the protestors approached the area, they threw stones and closed the road by burnt tires. Israeli soldiers chased the protestors and indiscriminately fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a number of civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. Child Ahmed ‘Emad Abu Sharar (13) was arrested by IOF near the UNRWA distribution center and taken to a military checkpoint established in the camp. Abu Sharar was released for 3 hours after clashes ended.
  • At approximately 14:30 on the same Sunday, a peaceful protest took part from the center of Qalqiliyah into Jaljoulia checkpoint, south of the city. The protestors chanted national slogans, demanded an end for the occupation and its crimes against Palestinians and condemned Trump’s peace plan. The protestors threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed in the area and the latter responded with sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, many civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 15:10 on the same Sunday, a peaceful protest took part from the center of Qalqiliyah into Jaljoulia checkpoint, south of Qalqiliyah. The protestors chanted national slogans, demanded an end for the occupation and its crimes against Palestinians and condemned Trump’s peace plan. The protestors threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed in the area and the latter responded with sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, a number of civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 15:40, a number of Palestinian young men took part at the entrance to al-Birah. The protestors threw stones at IOF stationed at “al-Mahkamah” checkpoint established near “Beit Eil” settlement. IOF fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, many civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. IOF clashes with Palestinian young men until 18:00.
  • At approximately 13:30 on Monday, 03 February 2020, IOF stationed at “Jaljoulia” Checkpoint established south of Qalqiliyah, suppressed a protest organized by dozens of civilians against Trump’s peace plan. IOF chased the young men, who gathered in the area and clashes erupted between them. IOF fired rubber bullets, sound bomb and tear gas canisters at the young men. As a result, a number of civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and they received medical treatment on the field.
  • At approximately 15:15, IOF stationed at the annexation wall gate was established at lands of Qifin village, west of Tulkarm, suppressed a protest organized by dozens of civilians against Trump’s peace plan. IOF chased the young men, who gathered in the area as clashes erupted between them both. IOF fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, a number of protestors suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. They received medical treatment on the field.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF stationed at “Eyal” checkpoint established in the northern area of Qalqiliyah, suppressed a protest organized by dozens of civilians against Trump’s peace plan. IOF chased the young men, who gathered in the area. Clashes erupted in the area for 2 hours and IOF fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, Yusuf Ibrahim ‘Adel (14) was shot with a rubber bullet in the right humerus, causing its fracture. ‘Adel was referred to Darwish Nazal hospital in Qalqiliyah to receive medical treatment.
  • At approximately 18:20 on the same Monday, IOF stationed at the annexation wall gate established on Jayous village lands, north of Qalqiliyah, suppressed a protest organized by dozens of civilians against Trump’s peace plan. IOF chased the young men who gathered in the area and clashes broke out. They fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, many protesters suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and received medical treatment in the field.
  • At approximately 21:00 on the same Monday, IOF stationed at “Eyal” Crossing established on Qalqiliyah lands, north of Qalqiliyah, suppressed a protest organized by dozens of civilians against Trump’s peace plan. IOF chased the young men who gathered in the area and clashes broke out. They fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at protesters. As a result, many protesters suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and received medical treatment in the field.
  • At approximately 19:00 on Wednesday, 05 February 2020, a peaceful protest took part from the vicinity of and mosque in Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron into the village’s eastern entrance, where IOF established a military checkpoint. The participants raised Palestinian flags and chanted national slogans. When the protestors approached ‘Asidah area and threw stones at IOF military vehicles. Israeli soldiers chased the protestors and indiscriminately fired rubber bullets, sound bombs, and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, an 18-year-old civilian was shot with a rubber bullet in the head. He was referred to the village medical center. Moreover, a number of civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. IOF clashed with Palestinian young men until 20:30 on the same day. No arrests were reported.
  1. Shooting and other violations of the right to life and bodily integrity
  • At approximately 13:00 on Thursday, 30 January 2020, dozens of young men gathered near the western entrance to al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron and threw stones at the IOF near the checkpoint established at the camp entrance. IOF chased the stone-throwers into the camp and fired sound bombs at them.  IOF also arrested 2 children after being ambushed between the houses in the alleys.  They were identified as Naser Hasan Mohammed Jawabrah (15) and Qusay Bassam Abu Hashhash (15).  During the clashes which continued until 17:00, IOF fired rubber bullets and teargas canisters at the protesters and between houses.  As a result, civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation.
  • Around the same time, outraged Palestinian young men gathered in Bab al-Zawiyah area in central Hebron and threw stones at the military checkpoint (56) at the entrance to the closed Shuhadaa’ Street. IOF fired teargas canisters and sound bombs at the stone-throwers.  As a result, a number of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation.  Ten minutes later, the soldiers chased the stone-throwers in al-Sa’ah Square area and fired live and rubber bullets at them.  However, no injuries were reported.
  • At approximately 15:30 on the same day, IOF moved into Kufur Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah. A number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at the IOF, who in response fired sounbd bombs, teargas canisters and rubber bullets. As a result, Mohammed Muhanad Khaled Ishteiwi (15) was wounded with a rubber bullet in the head that penetrated the skull from the right side of the brain.  His injury was deemed serious, so he was taken to Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus and then referred to Hadassah Hospital in Israel.
  • At approximately 16:35, IOF stationed along the border fence with the Gaza Strip opened fire at the agricultural lands, east of al-Shokah village in eastern Rafah. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 16:40, An IOF drone fired a missile at a vacant land adjacent to Jakar Street, east of al-Shokeh in eastern Rafah. Around 2 minutes later, another drone missile was fired at a vacant land near the area where the former Gaza International airport was located, southeast of al-Shokah village in eastern Rafah.  Five minutes later, 2 other drone missiles were fired at a vacant land near the Military Sofa site, northeast of al-Shokah village in eastrn Rafah.  No casualties were reported.
  • Around the same time, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of al-Shokah village in eastern Rafah fired 7 artillery shells at the GMR encampment, vacant lands and other sites in the area. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 02:45 on Friday, 31 January 2020, IOF warplanes fired around 14 missiles at the western Rafah area, targeting a military site belonging to the Palestinian armed groups near the Saudi neighborhood, southwest of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. One of the missiles hit a water well belonging to the Coastal Municipalities Water Utility (CMWU), destroying it. CMWU said in a statement published on its Facebook page that the water well gives 60 metric cups/hour, which 30,000 residents of the targeted area benefited from. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 05:30, IOF raided al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem for the third Friday consecutively.  IOF attacked the worshippers following the Fajr Prayers by beating them and firing rubber bullets at them to leave the mosque yards.  As a result, 10 civilians were wounded with rubber bullets and 3 others were arrested.  Eyewitnesses said that IOF surrounded dozens of worshippers around few meters away from Bab al-Rahmah praying area while the latter were heading towards al-Qibli mosque and shouting “Allahu Akbar”.  The IOF ordered the worshippers to go back and leave the mosque and prevented them from marching towards the Dome of the Rock or the Qibli mosque. The eyewitnesses also sasid that the worshippers who were on top of the Dome started shouting “Allahu Akbar” in protest against scrounging and preventing the other worshippers from marching forwards.  During that, IOF in large numbers raided the area and fired rubber bullets heavily at the worshippers to force them to leave via Hatta Gate.  The eyewitnesses said that IOF also attacked the citizens who were outside at the Hattah Gate and arrested 3 of them.  They were identified as Mohammed Abu Shoushah (24), Mahmoud Dawoud al-Teryaqi (19) and Ahmed al-Kiswani (22).

Note: PCHR keeps the names of the wounded.

  • At approximately 13:30 on Friday, 31 January 2020, dozens of outraged young men gathered following a peaceful organized by the National Factions in Hebron near the military checkpoint established at the entrance to al-Shuhadaa’ Street in Bab al-Zawiyah area in central Hebron. The young men threw stones and Molotov Cocktails at the soldiers stationed at the checkpoint.  The soldiers fired teargas canisters, sound bombs and rubber bullets at the stone-throwers.  As a result, a 20-year-old civilian was wounded with a rubber bullet to the right leg, and a number of protesters suffocated due to teargas inhalation.  Clashes continued until 18:00, but no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF moved into ‘Aqabah Refugee Camp, south of Jericho. Children and young men gathered to throw stones and empty bottles at the IOF vehicles.  IOF responded by firing rubber bulelts, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protesters in the center of the refugee camp.  As a result, 2 civilians were wounded; one of them was arrested: a 19-year-old man with a rubber bullet in the feet while the other was Belal ‘Ali Najadah was hit with teargas canister shrapnel to the head and was arrested by IOF.
  • At approximately 15:00, young men gathered at the entrance to Beit Ummar, north of Hebron while an IOF infantry unit was deployed in ‘Asidah area adjacent to the village entrance. The young men threw stones at the Israeli soldiers, burnt tires and closed the road with metal barricades.  The soldiers chased the young men and fired teargas canisters and sound bombs randomly.  As a result, some of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation.  The young men continued to throw stones while the soldiers randomly fired rubber bullets.  As a result, Mohammed ‘Ayyad ‘Awad (55), a volunteering photographer at Btselem, was wounded with a rubber bullet to the left foot while covering the clashes, which continued until 19:00.  No arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 16:00 on the same Friday, dozens of young men gathered at the entrance to ‘Anata village, northeast of occupied East |Jerusalem protesting against Trump’s peace plan. Protesters threw stones and empty bottles at the IOf vehicles stationed near the village entrance.  Immediately, IOF heavily fired live and rubber bullets as well as teargas canisters at the protesters.  Many protesters suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and received medical treatment in the field.
  • At approximately 17:30, IOF moved into the eastern area of ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyah. Some civilians gathered and threw stones at the IOF, who heavily fired sound bombs and teargas canisters at them.  No casualties were reported, but IOF arrested Ra’ef Shaher ‘Othman Redwan (17) and withdrew.
  • At approximately 18:00 on the same day, dozens of young men gathered near Sho’afat military checkpoint, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem protesting against Trump’s peace plan. Some protesters threw stones and empty bottles at the IOF stationed at the checkpoint.  IOF heavily fired live and rubber bullets and teargas canisters at them.  As a result, many protesters suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and received medical treatment in the field.
  • At approximately 21:00 on the same day, dozens of young men gathered at the entrance to al-Ram village, north occupied East Jerusalem, protesting against Trump’s peace plan. Some protesters threw stones and empty bottles at the IOF stationed at the village entrance.  IOF heavily fired live and rubber bullets and teargas canisters at them.  As a result, many protesters suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and received medical treatment in the field.
  • At approximately 14:00 on Saturday, 01 February 2020, IOF stationed along the border fence with Israel, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, fired live bullets at the agrictural lands adjacent to the fence. As a result, Mohammed Salem Salamah Abu Sel’ah (42) was wounded with a live bullet that entered and exited his right leg and sustained shrapnel in the left leg while he was working an agrctural land around 600 meters away from the fence.  He was left bleeding because none could reach him due to the IOF shooting.  Around Half an hour later, a young man managed to take him to the Indonian Hospital, where his condition was deemed moderate.
  • At approximately 12:30 on Sunday, 02 February 2020, IOF attacked Burin High School located at the eastern entrance to Burn village, southeast of Nablus, when students were in class; some of them were in the school yards. IOF fired a barrage teargas canisters at the school after they claimed some students threw stones at them from inside the school.  The school administration decided to evacuate it, and all classes were emptied.  On their way out of school to the main street, Mahmoud Sa’id Najjar (11), a fifth grade student, was hit and wounded with a teargas canister in the head.  He was treated in the field.
  • At approximately 17:00 on Sunday, 02 February 2020, IOF stationed along the border fence with Israel, east of al-Salqa Valley village, east of Deir al-Balah, opened fire at the agrictural lands adjacent to the border fence. The shooting continued sporadically until late evening, but no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 13:00 on Monday, 03 February 2020, IOF gunboats stationed off western Rafah Shore in the southern Gaza Strip chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 5 nautical miles. They opened fire and pumped skunk water at them in addition to preventing fishermen from pulling out their nets and confiscating them.

Tareq Ziyad Ahmed Hasan Kaskin (32) from al-Shati’ refugee camp, west of Gaza City, said that IOF confiscated 4 nets while fishing on a small boat with his brother, Amir (32) and Mohammed Mahdi Abu Riyalah (17).  IOF also confiscated 17 nets belonging to Mohammed Isma’il Abu Dgheim from Deir al-Balah who was sailing with two other fishermen on a small fishing boat.

  • At approximately 13:30 on Monday, 03 February 2020, dozens of young men gathered at Bab al-Zawiyah in central Hebron, burnt tires, and threw stones and Molotov Cocktails at the military checkpoint established at the entrance to al-Shuhadaa’ Street. IOF fired rubber bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs and chased the stone-throwers into al-Tofah Valley Street and al-Sa’ah Square.  As a result, a 19-year-old civilian was wounded with a rubber bullet in the left eye and taken to the Governmental Hospital for treatment while other civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation.  The clashes continued until 18:00, but no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 15:30, IOF gunboats stationed off western Khan Younis shore in the southern Gaza Strip opened fire at the Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area (10 nautical miles.) The gunboats surrounded a fishing boat, where 3 fishermen were on board and identified as Ramadan ‘Ali Salah (44), his nephew ‘Ali Wael Salah (14) and Majed Mahmoud Meqdad (48), all of them from the Shati’ Refugee camp in Gaza City. The Israeli naval soldiers ordered the fishermen to take off their clothes, jump in the wayer and swim towards one of the Israeli gunboats. They were arrested while their boat was confiscated and taken along with the fiserhmen to Ashdod Seaport. During the chase, the gunboats drowned 22 fishing nets belonging to Mos’ab Isma’il Abu Dgheim, while the other fishermen were forced to leave the sea.  At approximately 23:30 on the same day, IOF released the 3 fishermen via the Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing in the northern Gaza Strip, but kept the fishing boat under custody. Ramadan ‘Ali Mahmoud Salah, one of the released fishermen, said to a PCHR fieldworker that the Israeli gunboats fired rubber bullets at them, and he was shot in his left foot and Majed Meqdad in the back.  The Israeli soldiers ordered them to jump into the water; they were arrested, taken to Ashdod Seaport and interrogated until 23:30 when they were released. The boat is still in confiscation.
  • At approximately 01:55 on Tuesday, 04 February 2020, IOF moved into ‘Aqabet Jaber refugee camp, south of Jericho. Some civilians gathered to throw stones and empty bottles at the IOF vehicles in the camp alleys.  IOF fired live and rubber bullets as well as teargas canisters and sound bombs at the civilians.  As a result, 2 civilians sustained teargas canister shrapnel wounds to the lower extremities while other civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and were treated in the field.  Meanwhile, IOF raided and searched ‘Emad Hasan Redwan Abu Hamad’s (32) house, arresting the latter and withdrew.
  • At approximately 09:30 on Tuesday, IOF gunboats stationed off the Khan Younis shore in the southern Gaza Strip chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area (6-10 nautical miles) and opened fire at them. IOF also heavily pumped water at the boats, damaging and overturning two of them.  As a result, the fishing equipment were lost and a fisherman namely Yaser Zaki Mohammed al-Lahham (35) was wounded when he was on one of the boats with his brother  Ibrahim (26) and Salim Hasan al-Laham (38), from Khan Younis.  Yaser sustained a fracture in one of his left hand fingers.  Meanwhile, the other boat was boarded by 4 fishermen, from Gaza City, who were identified as Ahmed ‘Abdel Hamid ‘Amer Hejo (24), Yehia ‘Abdullah al-‘Absi (26) and his 2 brothers: Nemer (27) and ‘Ali (28).  A number of fishermen managed to pull out the 2 boats which were damaged and overturned and to save the fishermen, who fell in the water.  The wounded fisherman was taken to Naser Hospital in Khan Younis.
  • At approximately 11:20, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of Deir al-Balah, opened fire at the shepherds adjacent to the border fence, forcing them to leave the area for fear of being injured. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 10:45 on Tuesday, 04 February 2020, IOF gunboats stationed off Khan Younis shore in the southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at the Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area (10 nautical miles) The gunboats also pumped skunk water at the boats and chased them in order to force them sailing back to the shore.  No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF erupted a checkpoint at the northwestern entrance to Jabe’a village, south of Jenin. Palestinian young men and children gathered in the village and threw stones at the IOF stationed at the checkpoint.  IOF fired toxic teargas canisters and sound bombs at the protesters and chased them in order to disperse them.  As a result, a number of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment in the field.
  • Around the same time, dozens of young men gathered in Bab al-Zawiyah area in central Hebron, burnt tires, threw stones and Molotov Cocktails at the military checkpoint established at the entrance to al-Shuhadaa’ Street. The soldiers were deployed at the checkpoint entrance and fired sound bombs, teargas canisters and rubber bullets at the protesters during clashes that continued or 2 hours.  As a result, many suffocated due to teargas inhalation and treated in the field.
  • At approximately 08:30 on Wednesday, 05 February 2020, IOF stationed along the border fence with Israel, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at the agricultural lands in Khuza’ah village adjacent to the border fence.
  • At approximately 08:30, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza strip, opened fire at Palestinian agricultural lands in Khuza’ah village, adjacent to the border fence.
  • At approximately 09:30, Israeli gunboats stationed west of Rafah shore in southern Gaza Strip heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the fishing allowed area (4 nautical miles) and chased them. Fishermen were forced to flee fearing of being wounded or arrested. Neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • In a new crime of IOF’s excessive use of force, IOF killed a Palestinian child after an Israeli sniper directly shot him with a live bullet in his heart near a military checkpoint in Hebron.

According to PCHR’s initial investigations, at approximately 14:30 on Wednesday,  dozens of Palestinian young men took part at Bab al-Zawiyah area in the center of Hebron. They burned tires in roads leading to the Israeli Military Checkpoint (56) established on al-Shuhada’a street. They young men threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind the checkpoint and the latter indiscriminately fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters. Israeli snipers also topped roofs of buildings that are adjacent to the abovementioned checkpoint and opened fire At approximately 16:00, an Israeli soldiers stationed on a building’s roof fired 3 live bullets at Mohammed Salman Ta’mah al-Haddad (17)  from a distance of 100 meters as Mohammed was present near an old market, 50 meters away from the checkpoint’s entrance. As a result, Mohammed was shot and injured with a live bullet in the heart and fell on the ground. A number of young men managed to reach Mohammed and transferred him via an ambulance to Hebron Governmental Hospital. Few minutes later, doctors pronounced Mohammed’s death  after being  shot and injured with a live bullet that penetrated his heart and caused a severe bleeding. After Half an hour of Mohammed’s death, his family came and took his dead body to their home in al-Karantena area, south of Hebron. When the funeral procession reached Wad al-Harya area for performing prayer on Mohammed, an Israeli infantry unit arrived at the area. The young men threw stones at Israeli soldiers and the latter stepped out of their military vehicles and fired several live bullets. No casualties were reported.

Incursions and arrests:

Thursday, 30 January 2020:

  • At approximately 00:30, IOF moved into al-Issaweya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) children: Mohammed Majdi Ateya (16), Mohammed Dawoud Mahmoud (16), and Mohammed Amjad Ateya (17). The children were taken to “Salah al-Dein” police station. Later, IOF released Mohammed Majdi Ateya and Mohammed Dawoud Mahmoud on condition of home confinement for two weeks.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-Thawri neighborhood, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (4) children: Ehab Khalil Eskafi (17), Yousef Abdeen (17), Mohammed Abdullah Shwaiky (15), and Nour Jameel Ghaith (17).
  • At approximately 14:00, a group of children gathered in an agricultural land where the Israeli infantry units constantly stationed in al-Thohr near “Karmi Tsour” settlement, south Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. Once the children stepped, a group of Israeli forces who were hidden between the trees attacked them, and took two of the children to the military camp in the abovementioned settlement. The arrested children are: Hamza Sameeh Issa Bahr (14) and Abdullah Fahd Sabarna (12). The activist Mohammed Awad said to PCHR’s fieldworker that the Israeli soldiers took the two children by force to the settlement, when the mother of one of them tried to catch up her son, the Israeli soldiers banned her and one of them kicked her leg.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF moved into al-Jalazon refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched Ribhi Yaser Masarwa’s (13) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 09:00, IOF moved into al-Sa’deya neighborhood in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Ali Issa Met’eb’s (43) house and arrested him. It should be noted that IOF threatened and warned Ali to not distribute drinks and food on the prayers at al-Aqsa Mosque’s gates on Friday.
  • At approximately 14:20, IOF stationed at Tayaseer checkpoint, east of Tubas, arrested Yaser al-Bahsh (26) from Nablus. Yaser was taken to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF moved into Obaid neighborhood, in al-Issaweya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (5) civilians including a child: Mohammed Marwan Obaid (19), Ali Sufian Obaid (18), Mohammed Omran Obaid (22), Mohammed Mobtasem Obaid (19), and Samer Anwar Obaid (34).
  • IOF carried out (14) incursions in Jenin, Aseera al-Shamaleya, Sebastya, Qablan, Yetma, Madama, Buren, Owrta, Ejnesinya, and Jbeil villages in Nablus, Beit Ummer, al-Shoyoukh, Ethna, and Deir al-Asal villages in Hebron. No arrested were reported.

Friday, 31 January 2020:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF reinforced with heavy military vehicles, moved into al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron. They raided and searched three houses and arrested (3) civilians and took them to an unknown destination. The arrestees are: Hamad Rashad Abu Jouda (24), Ma’moun Rashad Joudi (23), and Wissam Riziq al-Badawi (21).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Bab Hatta neighborhood in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Munir Salah al-Basti’s (25) house and arrested him. al- Basti was released after a few hours.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Jabal al-Mokaber village, south of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Khaled Amer Alian’s (26) house and took him to one of the investigation centers.
  • At approximately 11:40, IOF stationed in al-Qatanin gate, one of al-Aqsa Mosque’s Gates in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, arrested Shady Saad al-Mtour (44), the Secretary of Fatah movement in Jerusalem. While Shady was in al-Aqsa Mosque yards with his children, he received a summons via a phone call for investigation. IOF threatened him from storming al-Aqsa Mosque if he did not get out of al-Qatanin gate, and took him to “Beit al-Yaho” investigation center, and banned him from entering al-Aqsa Mosque for one week.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Abdullah Abu Ghazala (51) and Ibrahem Ali al-Natsha (24) while presented around al-Asbat Gate, one of al-Aqsa Mosque’s Gates in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They were taken to the investigation center, and released after a few hours without conditions.
  • At approximately 14:30, IOF arrested Mohannad (20) and his Brother Ahmed Mohammed Alia (23), while they were grazing sheep in the northern valleys, east of Tubas, and took them to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF moved into al-Thawri neighborhood, south of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mohammed Yehya al-Daqaq’s (26) house, and handed him a summons to refer to the “Ouz” police station, south of the occupied Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 20:30, IOF moved into al-Issaweya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They stationed around al-Arba’een Mosque in the center of the village, and then arrested two children and took them to “Salah al-Dein” investigation center for investigation. The arrestees are: Mohammed Haitham Mostafa (16) and Qasem Hamza Dirbas (17).
  • IOF carried out (8) incursions in Jama’een, Burin, and Qaryout villages in Nablus, al-Mowreq, Beit Ummer, Beit Amra, Yatta, and Halhoul villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 01 February 2020:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF reinforced with several heavy military vehicles, moved into Tarqoumeya, west of Hebron. They raided and searched Ahmed Ja’afra’s house. No arrests were reported.
  • In the same day, IOF established a temporary military checkpoint on the entrance of Jeet village, north of Qalqiliya. IOF arrested Ahmed Emad Eshteiwi (19) who lives in Kafr Kadoum village, northeast of Qalqiliya, and took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF moved into al-Issaweya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Ahmed Mohammed Dirbas’s (25) house and handed Ahmed a summons to refer to “al-Qishla” police station in the morning of the next day. It should be noted that Dirbas was banned from entering al-Aqsa Mosque for three months.
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF moved into Solwan village, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Omran Kareem Abu Sbaih’s (22) house and handed Ahmed a summons to refer to “al-Qishla” police station in the morning of the next day. Abu Sbaih said that IOF investigated with him about participating in slogans inside al-Aqsa Mosque, and then released him after a few hours on condition of banning his entry to al-Aqsa Mosque for two weeks.
  • At approximately 23:00, IOF stationed at al-Nabi Saleh’s temporary military checkpoint, northwest of Ramallah, stopped and arrested Basel Thalji al-Rimawi (21) who lives in Beit Rima village. Basel was taken to an unknown destination.
  • IOF carried out (6) incursions in Madama southeast of Nablus, Hebron, Beit Ummer, Halhoul, al-‘Aroub refugee camp, and Beit Kahel villages in Hebron.

Sunday, 02 February 2020:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Azoun, east of Qalqiliya. They raided and searched Adam Mahmoud Badwan’s (58) house and arrested him along with his son Mahmoud (25) claiming that he was in a possession of a weapon.
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with heavy military vehicles, moved into Beit Owa, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched Waleed Mohammed Masalma’s house and arrested him along with his son Mohammed (15).
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with heavy military vehicles, moved into Beit Ummer, north of Hebron. They raided and searched Mohammed Jehad Sabarna’s (17) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF reinforced with heavy military vehicles, moved into Sourif, west of Hebron. They raided and searched several houses and handed Ahmed Isma’el Ghunaimat (39), Khader Ahmed Ghunaimat (62), Mo’ath Sameh ‘Ar’ar (39), and Ahmed al-Hour (40) summonses to refer to the Israeli intelligence services “Shen Bet” in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem. No arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Bab Hatta neighborhood in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Mohammed Khaled Sharifa’s (24) house and arrested him.
  • At approximatelt 05:00, IOF moved into Wadi Hilweh neighborhood in Solwan village, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched several houses and arrested belonging to Samrin Family, and arrested Shadi Mohammed Samrin (44), and Ibrahim Khader Samrin (54). IOF also handed the elderly Sheikh Adam Samrin (83) a summons to refer to Israeli Intelligence Services, on ground of a settler reported that they cleaned a mosque’s stairs in a street belonging to the settlers.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF stationed at “al-Nashash” military checkpoint, south of Bethlehem, arrested Ra’ed Emad Masalma (16), claiming that he attempted to stab an Israeli soldier. Ra’ed was taken to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF arrested (4) children while presented in Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF took Mousa Naser (16), Ibrahim Ahmed al-Razim (15), Abdullah Sarandah (16), and Tayseer Abdulnabi (16) to “Salah al-Dein” police station.
  • At approximately 22:45, IOF established a temporary military checkpoint on the entrance of ‘Arraba village, southwest of Jenin. They arrested Nour al-Dein Mohammed Anis Lahlouh (26) who lives in Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. Eyewitnesses said that while Lahlouh was driving his car he found a military checkpoint so he accidently deviate his car from its way and hit the concrete block. IOF immediately started firing in the air and arrested Lahlouh, and then took him to an unknown destination.
  • IOF carried out (6) incursions in ‘Arraba and Jaba’, south of Jenin, Ethna, Bani Na’em, Beit al-Roush, and Yatta in Hebron.

Monday, 02 February 2020:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Majdi Jamil Tetan (20) and Jamal Jamil Tetan (25), and arrested them.
  • At the same time, IOF moved into Hendazah Mount area, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Nasri Bilal ‘Ayesh’s (22) house and arrested him.
  • At the same time, IOF reinforced with several military SUVs moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched Haitham Mahmoud Salibi’s (40) house and arrested his 15-year-old son and took him to the area where IOF military vehicles stationed. In the meantime, another Israeli force raided and searched Bassam Badawi Ekleil’s (55) house and al-Handasah Company for medical drugs in al-Boq’ah area. At approximately 03:30, IOF withdrew from the city and the arrestees were taken to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Furik village, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Kan’an ‘Adel Ahmed Zalmout Khatatbah (40), Head of Water Department at Beit Furik Municipality, and Ma’rouf Nayef Abu al-Su’oud Hanani (26).
  • At approximately 02:00, an Israeli force reinforced with several military SUVs moved into Hebron. They raided and searched a Mousa Abdul Khaleq Seder’s (60) house in Nemrah neighborhood and arrested his son Osama (19(.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into al-Hashimiyah village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mohammed Walid Taher Jarar (24) and ‘Amr Nayef Mohammed Jarar (29(.
  • At approximately 02:40, IOF moved into Qalandiya refugee camp, north of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mohammed ‘Ali Mtair (24) and Nasser Abu Zediyah and arrested them.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into al-Jenan neighborhood in the center of al-Birah. They raided and searched Muhanned Abdul Baset Shawabkah’s (31) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:40, IOF moved into Silwad village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mohammed Basem Mohammed Hamad (27) and Amir Da’as Hamad (25).
  • At the same time, IOF moved into Kafer Ne’mah village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and arrested ‘Adi Mohammed Abu ‘Adi (26).
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF arrested and heavily beaten Montaha Amarah, from Zulfah village, an Arab village in Israel, when she was present in front of “al-Qeshlah” police center in occupied Eeast Jerusalem’s Old City. It should be noted that, a week ago, IOF informed Amarah a decision to deny her access to al-Aqsa Mosque for 6 months.
  • At approximately 12:35, IOF established a temporary checkpoint at the entrance to al-Laban eastern village, southeast of Nablus, and arrested Ahmed Ghazi ‘Ezzat Saqer (23), from ‘Askar refugee camp, northeast of Nablus.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF arrested ‘Orabi Sadeq al-Reheq (15) when he was present in al-Rababah neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 16:00, an Israeli force reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Ethna village, west of Hebron. They raided and searched Rezeq Khalil Tamizi’s (54) house and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 17:30, Israeli police arrested Zaid Osamah Ghurab (17) and Islam Mohammed al-Tawil (16) when they were present in the vicinity of al-Rahmah prayer hall, east of al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. The police took the 2 children to Bab al-Selselah police station in the Old City for investigation. Few hours, Israeli authorities released the children.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF stationed at a temporary military checkpoint near al-Nashash area, south of Bethlehem, arrested Mo’ath ‘Atef Abu ‘Akar (31) and ‘Ammar Abu ‘Akar (33), from al-Duheisha refugee camp, and took them to al-Mascubiyah detention center in occupied Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 21:30, IOF moved into Tubas, and established a temporary military checkpoint on the northwestern entrance. They stopped and searched the Palestinian vehicles and checked their ID cards. Meanwhile, the Israeli soldiers called a Palestinian mechanical who was near them, and started cursing, hitting, and kicking him by their legs and rifles’ butts which caused bruises and pain in the head and back. Then they called the PRC ambulance in Tubas, and he was taken to Tubas Turkish Hospital to receive treatment. Later, they recognized that his name is Ahmed Mahmoud Abu al-Rab (20) living in Qabatya, southeast of Jenin. At approximately 22:30, he was referred to Khalil Suliman Governmental Hospital in Jenin to continue his treatment.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Dura, Karma, Beit Oula villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 03 February 2020:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF reinforced with heavy military vehicles, moved into al-Tabaqa neighborhood, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched Mohammed Salama Abu Ras’s (40) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with heavy military vehicles, moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched two houses and arrested Ahmed Jamal Masalma (33), and Mohammed Abdulrahman Amro (28).
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Waleed Riadh Mohammed Dakhil (19), from Nablus; and Harbi Majdi Ashour (22), from Ashour’s Kroum neighborhood south of Nablus.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Deir al-Ghusoun village, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched the Lawyer Khaled Mohammed Abu Issa’s (25) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:50, IOF moved into al-Dheesha refugee camp, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Adam Emad Fararja’s (19) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Izbet al-Tayah in Tulkarm. They raided and searched Ahmed Subhi Abu Alfaya’s (38), an employee in the municipality, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF reinforced with heavy military vehicles, moved into Ethna, west of Hebron. They raided and searched Maysoun Abdulhaleem Tumaizi’s (38) house and arrested her.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF stationed at the southern entrance of Kaft Hares village, north of Salfit, arrested Mohammed Abdulaziz al-Asa’ad (16), and took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF reinforced with heavy military vehicles, moved into al-Fawwar refugee camp. They raided and searched Mohannad Abdullah Ghatasha’s (27) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF reinforced with heavy military vehicles, moved into Sa’eer, north of Hebron. They raided and searched Mohammed Emad Jaradat’s (26) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF reinforced with heavy military vehicles, moved into Beit Owr al-Tahta, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched two houses and arrested Mohammed Mahmoud Suliman (24) and Ibrahim Musbah Suliman (34), and took them to an unknown destination. It should be noted that Ibrahim is a former prisoner at the Israeli prisons.
  • At approximately 07:30, IOF reinforced with four military bulldozers, moved 100 meter into the eastern Khuza’a, east of Khan Younis, south of Gaza. They leveled and combed the lands along the border fence with Israel before they redeployed again at approximately 13:20.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF stationed at Za’tara checkpoint, south east of Nablus, arrested Mohammed Jameel Zaidan (24), and took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF moved into Solwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) children: Abdullah Hasaneya (16), Hamza al-Taweel (15), Shadi Abu Snaina (15).
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF moved into al-Issaweya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Khalil Sami al-Shawwa’s (16) house and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in al-‘Aroub refugee camp, Ethna, and Umreesh villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 04 February 2020:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians:  Mohammed Asri Fayyad (22), Azmi Eyad Azmi (25), and Mahmoud Arafat al-Sa’di (26).
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Askar al-Balad neighborhood, northwest of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Salah al-Dein Ayman Dwaikat (26).
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Qarawat Bani Hassan, west of Salfit. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mohammed Mahfouz Mera’I (26).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Jalqamous, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Khalil Mohammed al-Qirim (27).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles, moved into Beit Ummer, north of Hebron. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (4) civilians including two children: Ali Issa Awad (31), Abdullah Issa Abu Hashim (19), Ahmed Yousef Alqam (16), and Mahdi Ibrahim Abu Maria (16). According to Mohammed Awad, member of the popular movement, IOF fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at random as they retreated, despite no civilians attacks or throwing of stones. Many civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 02:15, IOF moved into Beita village, southwest of Nablus. They raided and searched Saher Jaber Hamayel’s (30) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Awerta village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched Mo’en Faisal Awwad’s (24) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Siries village, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched Bara’ Tawfiq Mahmoud’s (24) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles, moved into Beit Kahel village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched the mayor Mo’en Mohammed Zhour’s (52) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:40, IOF moved into Azoun village, east of Qalqiliya. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mahmoud Jameel Ghinawi (40) and Abdulhadi Hamad Shbaita (35).
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles, moved intoal-Samoua’ village, south of Hebron. They raided and searched Jameel Abdulqader Abu Hammad’s (44) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:30, IOF moved into Birzeit, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and took Ahmed Abdulkarim Qa’d to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF moved into Housan village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Mohammed Ramadan Za’loul’s (24) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF when Mohammed Abdulaziz Azem, the mayor of Sebastya, and Nablus department of agriculture staff which included 3 engineers and a driver, were presented in the western side of Sebastya to evaluate the damages resulting from pumping sewage and wastewater from the lands of the settlers. IOF intervened, arrested the mayor and the staff, and confiscated their car, claiming that they were presented in “C Aria” for 3 hours before they were released.
  • IOF carried out (7) incursions in al-Beira, Marj Na’ja, and Zbaidat villages in Jericho, Deir Hatab, and Tal village in Nablus, Dura and al-Shoyoukh in Hebron. No arrests were reported.
  1. Settlement Expansion and settler violence in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem
  1. Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property for Settlement Expansion Activities
  • At approximately 11:00, Ibrahim ‘Ariqat implemented the Israeli Municipality decision and self-demolished his residential barrack in Khelet al-‘Abed area, east of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of living in an area designated for settlement constructions. Head of the Palestinian Land Defense Committee in Jerusalem Bassam Bahar said that the Israeli Municipality implemented the settlement policies in occupied East Jerusalem and recently issued an order to demolish Ibrahim ‘Ariqat’s residential barrack in Khelet al-‘Abed area, under the pretext of being in an area designated for settlement constructions. Bahar clarified that this settlement project has been announced since the nineties, aiming at build a network of roads, tunnels and bridges in order to surround occupied East Jerusalem with settlements from all sides. These roads are only designated for settlers. Bahar pointed out that the municipality claimed that this house is located at the entrance to the tunnel intended to be built in the area, and the construction of this house constitutes a criminal crime against the Jerusalem municipality. Therefore, the construction must be removed within days, otherwise the municipality will be forced to remove it and the house owner will be forced to pay the demolition costs or he will be fined.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Tuesday, 04 February 2020, Israeli Municipality construction vehicles moved into al-Mokaber Mount area, south of occupied East Jerusalem, and demolished Isma’il Qara’een’s house and retaining walls under the pretext of non-licensing. Eyewitnesses said that IOF demolished the foundations of Isma’il’s house , in addition to a retaining wall surrounding a plot of land in Ghazail neighborhood.
  • At approximately 11:00, Israeli bulldozers demolished a residential house in al-Ashqariyia neighborhood in Beit Haninah village, north of occupied East Jerusalem. During the demolition, IOF attacked the house owner, Jahad al-Shawamrah, and arrested him. Nedal Shawamrah, Jehad’s nephew, said that the Israeli bulldozers raided his uncle house without a prior warning and demolished it without vacating the contents. He added that the 120-square-meter house sheltered 7 members. He clarified that IOF previously ordered his uncle to self-demolish his house and he re-built it. It should be noted that the settlers claimed their ownership of the house.
  • At approximately 12:00 on Tuesday, 04 February 2020, IOF backed by military construction vehicles moved into Baradla village in Northern Jordan Valleys, northeast of Tubas. The bulldozer demolished a water line feeding the village and closed 3 water pipes feeding plants in the village.  Losses were estimated at 14,000 NIS.
  • At approximately 07:00 on Wednesday, 05 February 2020, the Israeli authorities fined with high amounts 2 Palestinians, from al-Walajah village, northwest of Bethlehem, under the pretext of living in unlicensed houses. Activisit Ibrahim ‘Awadallah said that IOF imposed a fine of NIS 200,000 against Khaled Mahmoud Abu Khiyara (35) and a fine of NIS 75,000 against Fatema Shehada, under the pretext of living in unlicensed houses. ‘Awadallah added that IOF gave both of them a month to pay fines or they will be forced to pay additional fines estimated at NIS 750 every day. It should be noted that IOF demolished Abu Khiyara house a year and a half ago and he re-built hit.
  • At approximately 07:40, IOF backed by military construction vehicles moved into Dir Qiddes village, west of Ramallah, and demolished a 60-sqaure-meter barrack built of tin plate. Also, they confiscated another 60-sqaure-meter barrack belonging to Anwar Salem Dar Naser and using for breeding livestock.
  • At approximately 09:00, Israeli Municipality construction vehicles demolished a retaining wall surrounding a plot of land in al-Mokaber Mount area, south of occupied East Jerusalem. The land owner, Yehia Siyam, said that IOF claimed that the retaining wall overlooks al-Aqsa Mosque.
  • On Wednesday, the Israeli Magistrates Court ordered the eviction of two Palestinian families from their houses in Batn al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan village, in favor of “Ateret Cohanim” Settlement Association, on the pretext of the Jews’ ownership of the land on which the building is located. Wadi Hilweh-Silwan Information Center and the Batn al-Hawa neighborhood committee, in a joint statement, clarified that Magistrate Court issued the eviction decision after rejecting a petition submitted by the Showaiki and ‘Odeh families to refute claims by the Ateret Cohanim settler group of ownership of the property and to prove their ownership of the house and land. Wadi Hilweh Information Center and Baten al-Hawa Committee stated that the court gave the families until Mid-August to vacate the building, which consists of a ground storage and two upper floors.

The settlement organization, which in 2001 claimed the right to administer Jewish property, alleged that it had owned the land before 1948 and began in September 2015 to hand over letters to residents of the neighborhood confirming its ownership of the land and buildings.

The statement added that the building is within the scheme of “Ateret Cohenim” to control 5 dunums and 200 square meters of belly of fancy in the town of Silwan, under the pretext of its ownership of Jews from Yemen since 1881, and the association “Ateret Cohenim” claims that the Supreme Court approved the ownership of Jews from Yemen For the belly of the fancy.

The Information Center and the Batn Al-Hawa committee clarified that 84 family members of the neighborhood received, during the past years, judicial notifications to claim the land on which their homes are built, and all of them are fighting a struggle in the Israeli courts to prove their right to the land that they bought from their previous owners with official papers.

The statement added that Israeli Magistrates Court ordered during 2 weeks the eviction of 4 Palestinian families ( al-Rajbi, Doweek, ‘Odah and al-Showiki) from their houses in Batn al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan village, in favor of “Ateret Cohanim” Settlement Association.

  • At approximately 11:30 on Wednesday, IOF accompanied with the Israeli Civil Administration officers and backed by military construction vehicles moved into al-Mas’ouda area, southwest of Burqah village, northwest of Nablus. They fixed a notice on a rock to demolish Mosheer Suliman Saif’s barrack and barn, under the pretext of being in Area C. The barrack and barn were built on an area of 150 square meters since the beginning of 2020. IOF gave Saif until 26 February 2020 to implement the demolition. It should be noted that Saif house was previously demolished on 07 March 2019.
  • At approximately 12:00, IOF accompanied with the Israeli Civil Administration officers and backed by military construction vehicles moved into al-Athar area, northwest of Nablus. They handed Naiel Rezeq Diab al-Sakha a notice to demolish his 50-sqaure-meter café, under the pretext of being in Area C. IOF gave him until 26 February 2020 to implement the demolition. It should be noted that the café was previously demolished 4 years ago.
  • IOF notified Malek Jamal Makhalfa to remove a tent brought from Jordan a week ago and put in al-Athar area to encourage tourism within 48 hours under the pretext of being in Area C.
  1. Israeli Settler Violence
  • At approximately 15:30 on Thursday, 30 January 2020, Israeli settlers, from “Yatizhar” settlement, which is established in the southern side of Madama village, southeast of Nablus, attacked a water well feeding Madama village in Khelet Sha’rah area, south of the village. The settlers cut water pipes with sharp tools and flee later, leaving the residents without water. The village council need to get an approval from the IOF to repair the water pipes, because the well is in Area C, which falls under the Israeli military and civil control and needs coordination with IOF.
  • On Thursday, Israeli settlers attacked the eastern outskirts of al-Mazra’ah al-Gharbiyia village, northwest of Ramallah. They broke the windows of Yousef and Mohamed Shreteh’s vehicles parked in their agricultural lands.
  • On Friday, 31 January 2020, Israeli settlers, from “Shafi Shomron” settlement, which is established on Sabastiyia village lands, uprooted 700 apricot and almonds seedlings donated by the Danish government and the Economic Development Center – Oxfam. It should be noted that these seedlings were planted a day ago.
  • At approximately 13:30, Israeli settlers with “Yatizhar” settlement guard, under the IOF protection, attacked Palestinians houses in al-Mo’taradat area, south of Madamah village. The settlers broke the windows of Khalil Hamad Jaber Qatt’s house. Qatt shouted at the settlers and asked for help from the village residents, who came and confronted the settlers and IOF with stones. IOF immediately fired sound bombs, tear gas canisters, and rubber and live bullets at them. As a result, Fayiz Zakaria ‘Abed al-Raouf Qatt (27), was shot with a live bullet in his right foot, and Ahmed Salah Sa’ied Qatt (23), was shot with a rubber bullet in his right foot as well. Both of them were later taken to Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus, where doctors classified their injuries between moderate and minor. Moreover, many civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and were treated on the spot. The settlers also damaged olive trees and broke the twigs of 18 others. These trees belong to ‘Emad Ibrahim ‘Ali Sa’ada and Ayman ‘Abed al-Rahman Qasem Nassar.
  • At approximately 16:30 on Tuesday, 04 February 2020, Israeli settlers, from “Rahalim” settlement, which is established on al-Sawiyia village lands, southeast of Nablus, attacked a vehicle carrying Jehad Faisal ‘Isaa ‘Awaisah, the owner, and Ahmed Yousef Mahmoud Abu Dayyah (24). The settlers broke the vehicle’s windshield and damaged it. According to PCHR’s investigations, ‘Awaisah and Abu Dayyah were in front of the settlement to inform the guard that that they saw a settler riding a donkey that was stolen a month ago from Abu Dayyah’s tent and taken to the settlement. They asked the guard to return it. The guard told them that he knew the settler who was riding the donkey, but he told them that he would bring an official from the settlement to explain to him. Indeed, the official came and asked them to wait in their car until entering the settlement and understanding the matter from the settler. After 5 minutes, 3-4 settlers carrying stones came from the mentioned settlement and attacked them. As a result, the vehicle’s windows were broken.
  • At approximately 11:00 on Wednesday, 05 February 2020, Israeli settlers threw stones at Palestinians vehicles in Nahaleen village, west of Bethlehem. The village residents said that settlers, from “Bat ‘Ein” settlement, which is established on Palestinians’ lands in western Bethlehem, set up ambushes for Palestinian vehicles and threw stones at them. As a result, 2 vehicles at least sustained damages, in addition to causing fear among the residents.
  • Orders to ban entry to Jerusalem or al-Aqsa Mosque

As part of violation of the right to freedom of religion and access to religious sites in occupied East Jerusalem, in addition to forcible transfer of population from Jerusalem and the Old City, IOF issued 30 orders against Palestinian civilians. It should be noted that majority of the orders targeted activists and public figures and banned them from entering al-Aqsa Mosque.

The orders were as follows:

  • On Friday, 31 January 2020, IOF issued orders to ban entry to al-Aqsa Mosque from 2 weeks to 6 months against 6 Palestinians namely Hussain Waleed, Hasan Hasona, Yehia Taher Jabareen, Qutib and Hasan Suliman Abu Shqrah, and Belal Mowasi.
  • On the same day, the Israeli authorities arrested Mohamed Abu Shosha (24) and Mahmoud Dawoud al-Teryaqi (19) from al-Aqsa Mosque and banned them from entering the Old City for 2 weeks.
  • On the same day, the Israeli authorities handed the Secretary of Fatah Movement in occupied East Jerusalem, Shadi Sa’d Motawr (44), an order to ban entry to al-Aqsa Mosque for a week.
  • On Saturday, 01 February 2020, the Israeli authorities banned ‘Imran Kareem Abu Subeih (22) from entering al-Aqsa Mosque for 2 weeks.
  • On Monday, 03 February 2020, Police Commander in occupied East Jerusalem issued an order to ban entry to al-Aqsa Mosque for 6 months against Suliman Ahmed Ighbariyia. The ban order will be end on 23 July 2020. Ighbariyia said that on Monday, he headed to pray at al-Aqsa Mosque and when he got out of the mosque, he found Israeli soldiers at the mosque gate. The soldiers checked his ID card and handed him a 6-month order to ban entry to al-Aqsa Mosque.
  • At approximately 11:30, IOF beat and pushed 6 Palestinian women while present in front of al-Qashla Police Station in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. It should be noted that the Intelligence service summoned the women via phone for interrogation and handed them orders to ban entry to al-Aqsa Mosque. The women were identified as Naheda Abu Shaqrah, Samah Mahameed, Nour Mahameed, Ma’ali ‘Eid, Nafisa Khowis, and Aya Abu Nab.

Naheda Abu Shaqrah said that ”When they arrived at the gate of al-Qashla Police Station, the investigator told them the official officer was out, so they should return tomorrow. After that, an Israeli officer came and ordered them to wait. Naheda clarified that when they were waiting at the gate, an Israeli settler came and cursed them. The women shouted Allahu Akbar, so the Israeli police officers surrounded them and severely beat them.”

It should be noted that the women were arrested last week while present in al-Aqsa Mosque and they were banned for a week from entering the mosque. The Israeli police ordered them to come to al-Qashla police station to receive the ban orders.

  • On the same day, the Israeli authorities handed Mohamed Yehia al-Daqaq (26) an order to ban entry to al-Aqsa Mosque for 2 months and a half.
  • On the same day, the Israeli authorities handed al-Sheikh Moahmed Imarahm from Um al-Fahem, an order to ban entry to al-Aqsa Mosque for a week.
  • On the same day, the Israeli police stopped Raied Zaghir and Mohamed Shalabi while getting out of al-Aqsa Mosque and handed them a 6-month order to ban entry to the mosque.
  • On the same day, IOF issued orders to ban entry to al-Aqsa Mosque from a week to 6 months against 4 Palestinians namely Raied Zaghir, Mohamed Shalabi, Suliman Ighbariyia, and Moahmed Emarah.
  • On Wednesday, 05 February 2020, the Israeli authorities issued orders to ban entry to al-Aqsa Mosque against 5 civilians, including 2 women. The civilians were identified as: Naheda Abu Shaqrah and Samah Mahameed, from Um al-Fahem, were handed 4-month orders to ban entry to al-Aqsa Mosque; and Jameel ‘Issa al-‘Abasi, Husam Eyad al-‘Abasi and ‘Areen al-Za’aneen were handed a week-orders to ban entry to al-Aqsa Mosque.
  • Closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement of persons and goods

Gaza Strip

  • As part of collective punishment policy, on 02 February 2020, IOF announced tightening restrictions on the movement of goods into the Gaza Strip and on the movement of merchants/businesspersons in response to incendiary balloons and projectiles fired towards Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip.

In a press release, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rokon, announced freezing facilitations relevant to commerce, economy and movement across checkpoints, including decreasing the number of businesspersons permits and ceasing import of cement to the Gaza Strip. The Coordinator proclaimed that these measures are in response to violence against Israel in its border area with the Gaza Strip and launching projectiles towards Israel.

According to PCHR follow-up, Israeli authorities informed the Presidential Committee for Goods Coordination in Gaza that its decision to ban the entry of cement into the Gaza Strip is effective as of 01 February 2020. Simultaneously, IOF annulled 460 exit permits previously issued for businesspersons from the Gaza Strip.

It should be noted that this decision followed Israeli authorities’ decision 3 days earlier to enter a type of cement used for tiling through Kerm Shalom crossing in a departure from the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism (GRM) managed by the United Nations. While entry of cement used to make concrete was sustained through GRM.

  • On Wednesday, 05 February 2020, the Israeli authorities announced reducing the allowed fishing area in Gaza Sea. The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rokon, posted in his Facebook: “Following security consultations, it has been decided today (Wednesday), to restrict the fishing zone of the Gaza Strip from 15 nautical miles to 10 nautical miles, starting from 4 p.m. until further notice”. He claimed that: “The decision was made following the continuity of rocket fire and the launching of explosive balloons from the Gaza Strip to the territory of the State of Israel”.

Nizar ‘Ayash, Head of the General Union of Fishing Workers in the Gaza Strip, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that they were officially informed by the Israeli authorities about reducing the allowed fishing area in Gaza Sea. Afterwards, fishing was allowed at 6 nautical miles from the northern Gaza Strip up to the Gaza City sea; and at 10 nautical miles from Gaza Valley up to Rafah, starting from 16:00.

West Bank

In addition to permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of more temporary checkpoints that restrict the goods and individuals movement between villages and cities and deny civilians’ access to their work. IOF established 93 temporary checkpoints, where they searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs and arrested 10 of them.

The military checkpoint were as follows:

Jerusalem:

  • On Friday, 31 January 2020, IOF closed Qalandia checkpoint in northern occupied East Jerusalem and stopped vehicles’ movement for 2 hours, under the pretext of throwing Molotov Cocktails at the checkpoint. They also tightened their arbitrary measures at al-Jabi’ checkpoint, east of the city.
  • On Sunday, 02 February 2020, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to al-Za’im village, east of occupied East Jerusalem.

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday, 30 January 2020, IOF established 4 checkpoints near the bridge of Dar Salah village, in ‘Aqbat Hasnah area, and at the entrances to Beit Fajjar and Janata villages.
  • On Friday, 31 January 2020, IOF established 3 checkpoints in ‘Aqbat Hasnah area and at the entrances to Beit Jala and Taqou’a villages.
  • On Saturday, 01 February 2020, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to ‘Beit Jala, Beit Fajjar, Taqou’a and Dar Salah villages.
  • On Sunday, 02 February 2020, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Fajjar and Taqou’a villages.
  • On Monday, 03 February 2020, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Janata and Taqou’a villages and in ‘Aqbat Hasnah area.
  • On Tuesday, 04 February 2020, IOF closed checkpoint No. (300) in northern Bethlehem and obstructed the vehicles’ movement. They also tightened their arbitrary restrictions at al-Container checkpoint, east of the city.
  • Hebron:
  • On Thursday, 30 January 2020, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Halhoul village, at the entrance to al-Fawar refugee camp and at the entrances to Sa’ir and Beit ‘Awaa villages.
  • On Friday, 31 January 2020, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Hebron, and the entrances to al-Shayyoukh, al-Dahiriyia and Dir ‘Asal villages.
  • On Saturday, 01 February 2020, IOF established 3 checkpoints at Dir ‘Asal and Imrish villages and at the entrance to al-Fawar refugee camp.
  • On Sunday, 02 February 2020, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Sa’ir, Beit Kahel and Kharsa villages.
  • On Monday, 03 February 2020, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrance to al-Dahiriyia village, at the entrances to al-‘Aroub and al-Fawar refugee camps, at the northern entrance to Yatta, and at the entrance to al-Sima village.
  • On Tuesday, 04 February 2020, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Hebron, at the southern entrance to Halhoul village, at the eastern entrance to Dura, and at the entrance to Kharsa village.
  • On Wednesday, 05 February 2020, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Ethna and Bani Na’iem villages, at the entrance to al-Fawar refugee camp, and at the southern entrance to Hebron (al-Fahs).

Qalqiliyia:

  • On Friday, 31 January 2020, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to al-Nabi Iyyas village, east of Qalqiliyia. They detained Bayan Othman Mahmoud al-Tabeeb and later released him.
  • On Saturday, 01 February 2020, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Izbit al-Tabeeb and Jeet villages, and at the eastern entrance to Qalqiliyia.
  • On Sunday, 02 February 2020, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Jeet village, north of Qalqiliyia.

Salfit:

  • On Thursday, 30 January 2020, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Dir Ballout village and at the northern entrance to Salfit.
  • On Saturday, 01 February 2020, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Dir Ballout and Kaful Hares villages.
  • On Sunday, 02 February 2020, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Dir Ballout

Jenin:

  • On Thursday, 30 January 2020, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Ya’boud village, southwest of Jenin. They stopped Palestinians’ vehicles and checked their IDs. During which, they arrested ‘Abed al-Kareem Kamal Khaled Abu Baker (25) and SHa’lan Kiwan Abu Baker (23) and released them 45 minutes later.
  • On Sunday, 02 February 2020, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the intersections of al-Jabi’, ‘Ijja and al-Jarbah villages.
  • On Tuesday, 04 February 2020, IOF established a checkpoint at the intersection of al-Kafeer village.

Nablus:

  • On Thursday, 30 January 2020, IOF established 3 checkpoints near Surra village intersection, between Ijnisiniyia and Zawta villages, and at the intersection of Bazariyia village. IOF tightened their arbitrary measures against the Palestinian civilians who cross the checkpoint and undergo thorough searches before being allowed to cross.
  • On Friday, 31 January 2020, IOF established a checkpoint on road No.17 connecting between Nablus and ‘Asirah al-Shamaliyia village. IOF stationed at the checkpoints of Shafi Shamroun and Surra villages tightened their arbitrary measures against the Palestinian civilians who cross the checkpoint and undergo thorough searches before being allowed to cross.
  • On Monday, 03 February 2020, IOF established a checkpoint near the intersection of Surra village.
  • On Tuesday, 04 February 2020, IOF stationed at alHamrah checkpoint, northeast of Nablus, tightened their arbitrary measures against the Palestinian civilians who cross the checkpoint and undergo thorough searches before being allowed to cross.
  • On Wednesday, 05 February 2020, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to ‘Asirah al-Shamaliyia village.

Tubas:

  • On Thursday, 30 January 2020, IOF stationed at al-Tayaseer checkpoint, at the eastern entrance to Tubas, tightened their arbitrary measures against the Palestinian civilians who cross the checkpoint and undergo thorough searches before being allowed to cross.
  • On Friday, 31 January 2020, IOF established 2 checkpoints on Wadi al-Maleh Road and near the intersection of Bardlah village in Northern Jordan Valleys.
  • On Monday, 03 February 2020, IOF stationed at al-Tayaseer checkpoint, at the eastern entrance to Tubas, tightened their arbitrary measures against the Palestinian civilians who cross the checkpoint and undergo thorough searches before being allowed to cross.

Ramallah:

  • On Thursday, 30 January 2020, IOF established a checkpoint under the bridge of ‘Atara village in northern Ramallah.
  • On Saturday, 3 similar checkpoints were established at the entrances to ‘Ain Yabroud, Senjil and al-Nabi Saleh villages.
  • On Sunday, 02 February 2020, IOF established a checkpoint at the square of ‘Ain Sina village, east of Ramallah.
  • On Tuesday, 04 February 2020, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the square of ‘Ain Sina village, and at the entrances to al-Nabi Saleh and Dir Nizam villages.
  • On Wednesday, 05 February 2020, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Dir Nizam village, northwest of Ramallah.

Jericho:

  • On Friday, 31 January 2020, IOF established a checkpoint at the intersection of al-‘Ojah village, north of Jericho.
  • On Monday, 03 February 2020, IOF tightened their arbitrary measures at al-Hamra military checkpoint in northern Jericho.

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PALESTINE, SYRIA, WHITE HELMETS AND BANA AL-ABED – TAREQ HADDAD SPEAKS TO EVA BARTLETT

Eva Bartlett

CONTACT INFO: evakbartlett2017@gmail.com

An independent writer and rights activist with extensive experience in Syria and in the Gaza Strip, where she lived a cumulative three years (from late 2008 to early 2013). 

Very pleased to have been a guest on the program “Conversations”, hosted by courageous and principled journalist Tareq Haddad.

He writes:

“Former Newsweek journalist Tareq Haddad speaks to Eva Bartlett, an award-winning independent journalist and activist. They discuss Eva’s early history, including her early days in Gaza and the West Bank, and how she transitioned into journalism in addition to addressing the large backlash and smears she faced.”

Please consider supporting his podcast:https://www.patreon.com/tareqhaddad

https://www.paypal.me/tareqhaddad

Also, support his share of the podcast on Twitter.

CONVERSATION-RELATED LINKS:

A Personal Reply to the Fact-Challenged Smears of Terrorist-Whitewashing Channel 4, Snopes and La Presse

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Stealing Palestinian Land in Susiya [August 2007 post from Susiya, occupied Palestine]

Susiya Grandfather Under Attack by Illegal Colonists [September 2007]

Introducing Susiya: a beautiful landscape marred by illegal colonists [September 2007]

Further Susiya posts

Nablus After the Israeli Military Invasion [July 2007]

Breaking Fast Under “Curfew” (Lockdown) [October 2007]

Collective Punishment in Balata and Nablus [November 2007]

Azzoun: village under israeli assault and lockdown [December 2007]

My 2007 posts from occupied Palestine

Personal Reflections from occupied Palestine

Overview of what I witnessed in the West Bank, occupied Palestine

Free Gaza Movement [which sent 5 boat trips to Gaza in 2008]

November 2008 boat to Gaza: how I got to Gaza

*GAZA MASSACRE (2008/9):

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December 2008 posts (scroll down)

January 2009 posts (scroll though)

February 2009 follow-up posts

videos

Israel’s widespread use of White Phosphorous:

White phosphorous mutilated and murdered family members [photos and video]

“next time it will hurt more”: Israeli threat against surviving family members of White Phosphorous attack [follow-up on the family I met in Shifa hospital]-the attacked Wafa rehabilitation hospital

Long-burning fires: White Phosphorous on Sheikh RajleenDocumenting Israel’s use of White Phosphorous and widespread destruction

some of the Israeli war crimes:

widespread attacks on Gaza leave nearly 300 dead, hundreds seriously injured (start of the war on Gaza)

Israeli army kills Palestinian medic with dart bombIsraeli Sniper Targets Uniformed Medics: what I witnessed in Gaza

Another funeral bombedShifa ICU: a glimpse of hospital critical injuriesinjured, denied access: Israeli soldiers shoot woman in stomach and keep elderly hostages

While eating chips and chocolate, Israeli soldiers assassinate 2 and 7 year old“They killed me three times”: Palestinian father on Israeli army murder of family members including infant girl

All we’ve got left of him: parents speak of their Israeli-drone-struck youthBurning al Quds: one of Gaza’s remaining functional hospitals bombed in Israel’s war on Gaza

Updates from runs with medics; grief of husband of drone-struck womanIsrael bombed the news building I was in

Israel’s ceasefire violations:

It’s a ceasefire…just not on the beach, not in your home: Israeli soldier shoots 7 year old boy in head;

Continued Israeli shelling, F-16s and drones after the ceasefire

*GAZA MASSACRE 2012:

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Gaza under israeli bombs: day 6 since Nov 14

Killing before the Calm: Israeli Attacks on Palestinian Civilians Escalated before Cease-fire

Zionist drones and warplanes pollute Gaza’s skies immediately after 9 pm “cease-fire” [VIDEO]

Israeli Soldiers Fail to Cease Firing on Palestinian FarmersThe Flattening of Gaza [with photos]

The Civilian Toll of Israel’s BombsAfter the Zionist bombing stopped (again)

*OTHER GAZA LINKS:

Observations from Occupied Palestine: Gaza [many links within this article]-213 Palestinians murdered by Israeli soldiers during Great March of Return, with 36,134 injured (including being shot in the eye) since the demonstrations began on 30 March 2018, according to OCHA as of January 23, 2020.
UN predictions fall short: Gaza uninhabitable todayDirty Tricks: Israeli Soldiers Shoot Deaf Palestinian Farmer, 4th Farmer Shot in 3 weeks

*SYRIA RELATED LINKS:

-on the Guardian White-washing the White Helmets: How the Mainstream Media Whitewashed Al-Qaeda and the White Helmets in Syria

*on (some of) the BBC lies/war propaganda on Syria:Fabrication in BBC Panorama ‘Saving Syria’s Children’

From my “Absurdities of Syrian war propaganda“:

“In April 2014, after an elementary school was mortared by terrorists east of Damascus, killing one child, the BBC later reported, “the government is also accused of launching them into neighborhoods under its control.” On a recent social media post, I noted this deceitful journalism, and the BBC could have easily learned about the trajectory of mortars and from where the mortar in question could only have come: the “moderates” east of Damascus.”

*Other examples of Western media lies on Syria:

US to grant $35 million to promote its fake news bubble in Syria & control local media

‘They know that we know they are liars, they keep lying’: West’s war propaganda on Ghouta crescendos

Faked concern: Haley & corporate media bleating about Idlib civilians, ignore terrorists’ presence

Organ theft, staged attacks: UN panel details White Helmets’ criminal activities, media yawns

Voices from Syria’s Rukban Refugee Camp Belie Corporate Media Reporting

MintPress Meets The Father Of Iconic Aleppo Boy, Who Says Media Lied About His Son

–From my “Exploitation of children in propaganda war against Syria continues“:

“In November 2014, a clip dubbed ‘Syrian hero boy’ went viral, viewed over 5 million times already by mid-November. The clip showed what appeared to be a little boy saving his sister from sniper gunfire, and was assumed to have been in Syria.
The Telegraph’s Josie Ensor didn’t wait for any sort of verification of the video which she cited as having been uploaded on November 10, the next day writing“…it is thought the incident took place in Yabroud – a town near the Lebanese border which was the last stronghold of the moderate Free Syrian Army. Experts tell the paper they have no reason to doubt its authenticity. The UN has previously accused the Syrian regime of ‘crimes against humanity’ – including the use of snipers against small children.”

On November 14, the BBC brought on ‘Middle East specialist’ Amira Galal to give her expert opinion on the clip. She asserted“We can definitely say that it is Syria, and we can definitely say that it’s probably on the regime frontlines. We see in the footage that there is a barrel, it’s painted on it the Syrian army flag.”

Once again, the so-called ‘experts’ got it wrong. The barrel which Galal referred to had a poor imitation of the flag of Syria painted on it, the flag’s color sequence out of order. The clip she was so certain had been filmed in government areas of Syria was actually produced in Malta by Norwegian filmmakers.”–Guardian, Atlantic contributor acts as a Syrian terrorist mouthpiece on Twitter, and if you don’t like it you’re a Russian stooge

*on Syrian elections 2014:

what I saw/heard at Syrian embassy in Beirut: Syrians Flock to Vote in LebanonSelection of articles on the elections (and terrorist attacks)-From my: “US-Backed Terrorism in Syria: A First-Hand Account of the Use of Mortars Against Civilians“:

“…in the three-month period of April, May and June 2014, terrorist-insurgents fired 994 mortars on Damascus and environs, 426 of which were fired in June (see list of locations hit and number of mortars below). On June 3, Election Day in Syria, the terrorist-insurgents fired 151 shells on Damascus, killing 5 and maiming 33 Syrians…”-A week after the elections, Syrians celebrating outcome in Homs*My 2014 reports from Homs & Maaloula:-from my “Liberated Homs Residents Challenge Notion of “Revolution””

“…Abu Nabeel explained that the insurgents mined the area before leaving. “They left booby-trapped explosives in the houses, all over, even behind paintings on the wall.”

In the courtyard of the Jesuit church sat a lone plastic chair adorned with flowers and a photo of Father Frans van der Lugt, the Jesuit priest assassinated on April 7, 2014.

Nazim Kanawati, who knew and respected the Jesuit, arrived moments after the 75-year-old priest had been shot in the back of the head.” We were surrounded and under siege. This was the only place we could go to. Everyone loved it here,” he said.

“Father Frans was a peace-maker and played an important role in arranging the evacuation of civilians from the Old City during the siege. He was trusted by both sides, and didn’t distinguish between Christians and Muslims. He was concerned with humanity.”

…Although he chose to stay in the Old City, Father Frans was critical of the insurgents. In January 2012, he had written: “From the start I saw armed demonstrators marching along in the protests, who began to shoot at the police first. Very often the violence of the security forces has been a reaction to the brutal violence of the armed rebels.”

“People in Homs were already armed and prepared before the protests began,” said Kanawati. “If they hadn’t been planning for the protests from the beginning, the people wouldn’t have had the quantity of arms that they had.”

…No one expected the priest himself to be killed, Kanawati attested. “Someone who was probably in his twenties came here, his face covered, came and ordered Father Frans to go with him. Father Frans refused. So the man told him to sit on this chair, and shot him in the head.”Abu Nabeel added another piece of information regarding van der Lugt’s murder.

“Three or four days before Father Frans was killed, the Syrian army had targeted a vehicle filled with explosives, which the insurgents were planning to send into the city. Many of the insurgent leaders killed were less extreme that the foreign insurgents, and had been protecting the church. After their deaths, the other insurgents went to the church and demanded Father Frans hand over the valuables residents in the area had left with him for safe-keeping. He refused, so they killed him.”

Mohammed, a Syrian from the Qussoor district of Homs, is now one of the reported 6.5 million internally-displaced Syrians.

“I’m a refugee in Latakia now. I work in Homs, two days a week, and then return to Latakia to stay at my friend’s home. I left my house at the very end of 2011, before the area was taken over by al-Nusra and al-Farooq brigades.”

He spoke of the sectarian nature of the insurgents and protests from the very beginning in 2011.

“I was renting a home in a different neighbourhood of Homs, while renovating my own house. Just beyond my balcony there were protests that did not call for ‘freedom’ or even overthrowing the ‘regime’.They chanted sectarian mottos, they said they would fill al-Zahara – an Alawi neighbourhood – with blood. And also al-Nezha – where there are many Alawis and Christians.”

“My aunt lives in another neighbourhood nearby. She’s Allawi and her husband is Sunni. Because she is Allawi, the ‘rebels’ wanted to kill her two sons. I chose Bashar al-Assad, so they said, ‘we will kill you, because you chose him.’”

The windows and door handle to the home of Aymen and Zeinat al-Akhras were missing, but the house itself was intact. Zeinat, a pharmacist, and Aymen, a chemical engineer, survived the presence of the armed men and the resulting siege on the Old City.

Every space in their small sitting was filled with the books and boxes fleeing family and neighbours, entrusted to the Akhras siblings who chose to weather the storm.

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…“I dropped to 34 kilos. Aymen told me to weigh myself. I got on the scale and said, ‘What’s 34 kilos?’. A ten-year-old weighs more than that! And Aymen was 43 kilos. For a man, 43 kilos,” she said laughing.

…“Thirty-eight times they came to steal our food. The first couple of times, they knocked on the door, after that they just entered with guns. The last things they took were our dried peas, our cracked wheat, our olives, finally our za’atar (wild thyme). We started to eat grass and whatever greens we could find in February, 2014, and that’s all we had till Homs was liberated,” Zeinat said.“The last time they came all we had were some spices. I was putting the spices on the grass and weeds that we were eating at that point, to give them some flavour. They even took the spices. They didn’t leave us anything…”–Devastation…and Inspiration: Recalling Liberated Ma’loula[2016 article: Overcoming Savagery and Treachery, Maaloula’s Heroic Defenders Fight for the Future ][2018 article: Damascus Trade Fair and Festival of the Cross Mark the Return of Peace to Much of Syria ]-Regarding Zahra’a (Homs) terrorist attacks: Where is the West’s compassion & condemnation following terror attacks in Middle East?On hospitals being bombed in Syria, and those not

*On Douma/Ghouta Chemical Hoax, and Reality of Life Under Terrorist Rule:

No attack, no victims, no chem weapons: Douma witnesses speak at OPCW briefing at The Hague (VIDEO)

Real ‘obscene masquerade’: How BBC depicted staged hospital scenes as proof of Douma chemical attack

Syrian civilians from ground zero expose chemical hoaxTorture, starvation, executions: Eastern Ghouta civilians talk of life under terrorist rule

Lies, Newsweek and Control of the Media Narrative: First-Hand Account, by Tareq Haddad

‘Brazen disinformation’: Syria narrative managers defend Douma chemical weapon hoax as OPCW comes under attack

Worst lie since fake claim sparked Iraq war? OPCW report behind Syria bombings was altered, whistleblower tells UNSC

Twitter thread on OPCW revelationsUN On Khan Sheikhoun – Victims Hospitalized BEFORE Claimed Incident Happened

Al-Quds Car Ramming Op.: 14 «Israelis» Injured, 1 in Critical Condition

By Staff, Agencies

“Israeli” military claimed a car-ramming had left 14 people, mostly soldiers, injured, including one in a serious condition, in central al-Quds [Jerusalem].

The incident occurred early on Thursday near al-Quds’ First Station, a popular entertainment hub.

The “Israeli” army said the soldiers targeted were from the Golani Brigade and were making their way to the Buraq Wall in the Old City of al-Quds [Jerusalem].

Police said the driver of the vehicle had fled the scene and “a large force of officers were carrying out searches.”

“We saw three young people lying down on the sidewalk and around nine others who were also hit were standing,” Magen David Adom medic Oz Faulk said. “One person was unconscious. A 20-year-old who suffered from head and body injuries told us a car had come and run them over.”

The situation is also tense in the “Israeli”-blockaded Gaza Strip.

“Israeli” warplanes attacked what they claimed were Hamas targets in the besieged coastal sliver early on Thursday.

The “Israeli” army claimed that its airstrikes came “in response to mortars and explosive balloons launched from Gaza” into the occupied territories.

Violence has surged in the occupied lands following the release of US President Donald Trump’s self-proclaimed “deal of the century,” which all Palestinian groups have unanimously rejected.

Trump’s Middle East scheme largely meets the “Israeli” entity’s demands in the decades-old conflict while creating a Palestinian state with limited control over its own security and borders.

It also enshrines al-Quds as to so-called “capital” of the “Israeli” entity and allows the regime to annex settlements in the occupied West Bank and the Jordan Valley.

The proposal further denies the right of return of Palestinian refugees into their homeland, among other controversial terms.

Hamas, Islamic Jihad Hail Car Ramming Attack: Practical Response to “Deal of The Century”

February 6, 2020

Hamas and Islamic Jihad Palestinian Resistance movements hailed on Thursday a car ramming attack in Al-Quds in which 14 Israelis were injured.

Islamic Jihad said the operation in Al-Quds represents a new phase of confrontation with the Zionist entity that aims at foiling US President Donald Trump’s so-called “Deal of the Century” and defending holy sites.

“The one who carried out the operation knows well what he wants. He targeted group of well-armed soldiers,” the group said in a statement.

The operation comes at a time the Israeli occupation intensifies its raids against Palestinians in West Bank and refugee camps, the Islamic Jihad said stressing that such operations prove that the Palestinian people won’t surrender and will firmly defend its country.

Hamas also hailed the attack, describing it as a “practical response” to the “Deal of the Century.”

Spokesman Hazem Qassem said the operation was part of resistance operations, including a series of demonstrations in the occupied West Bank.

“The resistance acts throughout the West Bank — the clashes between our people from the far south of the West Bank to the north, and the resistance operation in the heart of occupied Jerusalem — are a practical response by our people to Trump’s announcement of the liquidation deal,” Qassem said.

Source: Al-Manar and AFP

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PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations against Palestinians (09 – 15 January 2020)

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January 18, 2020 4:20 AM

Summary

This week, PCHR documented 179 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory. They were as follows:

As part of the Israeli shooting and excessive use of force:

In terms of excessive use of force, IOF suppression of 4 peaceful protests in the West Bank resulted in the suffocation of dozens of Palestinian civilians. Furthermore, 4 IOF shootings were reported at agricultural lands in eastern Gaza Strip and 3 at fishing boats at Gaza Sea; no casualties were reported.

This week, IOF aircrafts sprayed herbicides along the Gaza Strip’s eastern border fence with Israel from its north to its Central Governorate. According to PCHR’s fieldworkers, Israeli aircrafts were flying at a low altitude over the border fence while spraying the herbicides, which reached a distance of 700 to 1200 meters into the Gaza Strip, depending on wind speed and direction. IOF’s herbicide-attack on agricultural lands is repeated twice annually (the end of December and the begging of January and April), which are the beginning of the cultivation of winter and summer crops. It should be noted that spraying herbicides caused damage to leafy crops at lands adjacent to the border fence, which caused heavy losses. Some farmers are deterred from planting their lands that are located near the border fence in fear of such attacks. IOF claim that they intend to eliminate grass and crops that impair vision in the areas adjacent to the border fence.

Under IOF incursions and house raids in addition to arresting Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 96 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, arresting and/or injuring many others. During this week’s incursions, 69 Palestinians were arrested, including 10 children and a woman. Also during their raids, IOF confiscated Palestinian civilians’ money, equipment and other properties under various excuses. In the Gaza Strip, IOF arrested 4 Palestinians, 2 while attempting to cross into Israel via the border fence and 2 at Beit Hanoun Crossing.

In a move unprecedented for more than 25 years, Israeli Defence Minister Naftali Bennett issued a decision on 15 January 2020 establishing 7 new natural reserves and expanding 12 others in the West Bank. Under the Minister’s decision, the Area “C” lands were put under the authority of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority. It should be noted that Area “C” lands constitute over 60% of the West Bank and falls under the Israeli military and civil control. It is no secret that Israel intends to annex Area “C” lands; this decision came a few day after Minister Bennett announced his intent to annex Area “C” to Israel and to enhance settlement activity.

Under the settlement expansion activities in the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, PCHR documented 8 demolitions, land razing and demolition notices by IOF, including confiscating a barracks used for livestock and a construction vehicle in Ramallah. IOF also distributed 9 demolition notices and orders to stop construction vehicles in Hebron. Additionally, a blacksmith workshop was destroyed in Jerusalem.

On 15 January 2020, IOF issued a military order to confiscate 350 dunums of agricultural land in Bethlehem in order to expand Bypass road (60), which ties settlements near Bethlehem with Jerusalem, including “Gush Etzion,” “Beitar Illi,” “Eilya,” “Efrat” and “Tzur Hadassah;” as well as “Kiryat Arba” in Hebron.

PCHR also documented 3 settler-attacks that included cutting 80 olive trees and assaulting Palestinian civilians in Nablus.

In terms of collective punishment policy, IOF gave demolition notices to the families of 4 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails targeting their houses in Jenin, Ramallah and Hebron. IOF alleged that their imprisoned sons carried out attacks against IOF and settlers.

In terms of the Israeli closure policy, the Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the History of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life. Furthermore, IOF uses Erez Crossing that is designated for movement of individuals as an ambush to arrest Palestinians who obtain permits to exit via Israel.  Meanwhile, the West Bank is divided into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted and they are subject to arrest. This week, IOF arrested 7 Palestinians, including a child and a woman, at temporary military checkpoints.

  1. Violation of the right to life and to bodily integrity
  2. Excessive Use of Force against Protests in the West Bank
  • At approximately 13:30 on Friday afternoon, 10 January 2019, a peaceful protest took off in Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah, and marched towards the village’s eastern entrance, which has been closed for 15 years allegedly for the security of “Kedumim” settlement. The protestors chanted national slogans, demanded an end of the occupation and the Israeli forces’ crimes against Palestinians. The protestors threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand berms and the latter responded with sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, a few people suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • A similar protest launched on the same day in the same village. The protestors threw stones at IOF, who responded with rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, several civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  1. Shooting and other violations of the right to life and bodily integrity
  • At approximately 16:00 on Thursday, 09 January 2020, Dozens of Palestinian young men gathered in Bab al-Zawiyah area in the center of Hebron and threw stones at the Israeli military checkpoint established at the entrance to al-Shuhada’a Street, which is closed. Israeli soldiers stationed at the abovementioned checkpoint deliberately opened fire at stone-throwers. As a result, a number of young men suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 14:00 on Friday, 10 January 2020, a number of Palestinian young men gathered at the western entrance to al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They threw stones at the Israeli military watchtower established at the main road to the camp. Israeli soldiers chased the young men between houses and fired sound bombs and tear gas canister at them. The confrontations, which continued until 17:00, resulted in several civilians suffocating due to tear gas inhalation. No other incidents were reported.
  • At approximately 14:50, Israeli gunboats stationed west of Rafah in southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 4 nautical miles. As a result, fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives. Neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 14:00 on Saturday, 11 January 2020, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence with Israel, east of khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands in eastern ‘Abasan area, adjacent to the border fence. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Sunday, 12 January 2020, Israeli gunboats stationed west of Jabalia shore in northern Gaza Strip, chased and opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles. As a result, fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 23:10 on the same Sunday, IOF stationed at Beit Hanoun crossing in northern Gaza Strip, sporadically opened fire at the border area and fired dozens of flare bombs in the sky of the area. Neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 07:00 on Monday, 13 January 2020, Israeli gunboats stationed west of Jabalia shore in northern Gaza Strip, chased and heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles. The shooting recurred at 09:00 on the same day. As a result, fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 09:20 on Tuesday, 14 January 2020, Israeli aircrafts sprayed herbicides on the agricultural lands along the border fence, northeast of al-Buraij, and headed north to Gaza Valley and southeast of Gaza City, claiming to eliminate the grass for security reasons in the area. The spraying process continued until 10:30 on the same day morning. These pesticides caused damage to the leafy crops in the area adjacent to the border fence.
  • At approximately 09:30 on the same Tuesday, Israeli aircrafts sprayed herbicides on the agricultural lands along the border fence, from northeast of Beit Hanoun to Beit Hanoun Crossing, northwest of the village. The Spraying process continued until 10:30 on the same Tuesday.
  • At approximately 08:50 on Wednesday, 15 January 2020, Israeli aircrafts sprayed herbicides on lands adjacent to the border fence, east of al-Buraij refugee camp and headed to the east of Deir al-Balah. The spraying process continued until 11:00 on the same day morning.

According to PCHR’s fieldworkers, Israeli aircrafts were flying at a low altitude over the border fence while spraying the herbicides, which reached a distance of 700 to 1200 meters into the Gaza Strip, depending on wind speed and direction. IOF’s herbicide-attack on agricultural lands is repeated twice annually (the end of December and the begging of January and April), which are the beginning of the cultivation of winter and summer crops. it should be noted that spraying herbicides caused damage to leafy crops at lands adjacent to the border fence, which caused heavy losses. Some farmers are deterred from planting their lands that are located near the border fence in fear of such attacks. IOF claim that they intend to eliminate grass and crops that impair vision in the areas adjacent to the border fence.

It should be noted that in 2016, Israeli authorities revealed that the used substances in the air spraying are Glyphosate, Oxygal, and Durex. One of these substances at least are classified as Carcinogenic substances. In 2015, The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), affiliated with the World Health Organization (WHO), classified Glyphosate substance as carcinogenic and causes birth defects. Therefore, a number of states prohibited some of these substances.

  • At approximately 14:10 on the same Tuesday, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at a group of Palestinian shepherds, east of al-Qararah. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 10:30 on Wednesday, 15 January 2020, Israeli aircrafts sprayed herbicides on the agricultural lands along the border fence, from southeast of Beit Hanoun to the east of al-Amal neighborhood, northeast of the village. It should be noted that the spraying process target the buffer zone ranging between 200 – 300 meters in an attempt to burn the grass that is adjacent to the border fence.
  • At approximately 14:30, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, southeast of Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at agricultural lands in eastern al-Fukhari village, adjacent to the border fence. No casualties were reported.
  1. Settlement Expansion and settler violence in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem
  1. Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property for Settlement Expansion Activities
  • At approximately 11:00 on Thursday, 09 January 2020, IOF accompanied with workers of Israeli special companies moved into Ras Karkar village, west of Ramallah, and stationed on the main street. They dismantled and confiscated a 30-sqaure-meter barrack of ‘Emad Ghanem Sayis, from Kafur Ni’meh village, under the pretext of non-licensing.
  • On Saturday, 11 January 2020, Sayil Ibrahim Ja’abees and Sami Mansour Mashahra implemented the Israeli Municipality decision and self-demolished their houses in al-Mukaber Mount area, south of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Ja’abees said that his 80-sqaure-meter house built 4 years ago and sheltered 5 members, including 3 children. He added that on last Thursday, he was shocked by raiding his house by the Israeli Municipality staff to hand him the Israeli court’s decision that gave him until Sunday morning to self-demolish his house, and if he will not be implemented the decision, the municipality staff will do so and impose a fine on him. Ja’abees also said that his house was comprised of 2 caravans and a bathroom built on his father’s land, because he could not afford construction costs. Ja’abees pointed out that he and his family became homeless in the cold weather.

Regarding Mashahra, he said that his 65-sqaure-meter house built in 2014 and sheltered his wife and their child. Masharhra added that during the past years, the Israeli Municipality staff raided his house many times and handed him several demolition notices. He clarified that the self-demolition of his house was so difficult.

  • At approximately 07:00 on Sunday, 12 January 2020, a force of IOF accompanied with the Israeli police officers surrounded itinerant vendors and owners of stalls, which were placed in Metar Checkpoint, west of al-Dahiriyia village in southern Hebron. The bulldozer demolished the stalls, damaged the goods and confiscated them, under the pretext of causing a traffic jam at the checkpoint. It should be noted that in 2019, the Israeli authorities damaged the stalls of itinerant vendors 9 times.
  • At approximately 09:30 on Monday, 15 January 2020, IOF accompanied with a driver from “Shillo” settlement, which is established on al-Moghair village’s lands, moved into agricultural lands in al-Sahel area, 500 meters away from the mentioned settlement. IOF expelled Salem al-‘Asi, a bulldozer driver, and confiscated his bulldozer. Al-‘Asi was building an agricultural road on Palestinians’ lands to facilitate their access to their lands. It should be noted that this agricultural work is part of a project to rehabilitate and reclaim agricultural lands funded by the Agricultural Development Association, “Agricultural Relief”. IOF claimed these agricultural lands are classified as Area S, despite the existence of a land registry owned by the Palestinian farmers.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Monday, 13 January 2020, IOF accompanied with the Israeli Civil Administration officers and backed by military construction vehicles moved into Eghziwa area in southern Nablus. The Israeli Civil Administration officers distributed notices to stop construction works and demolish some facilities, under the pretext of non-licensing. The notices included:
  1. Demolishing a 120-sqaure-meter under-construction house property of ‘Anan Mohamed ‘Abed Rabbu.
  2. Demolishing a 12-sqaure-meter residential room and 50-sqaure-meter barrack property of Belal ‘Issa al-Yateem.
  3. Demolishing a 140-sqaure-meter house property of Belal ‘Issa al-Yateem.
  4. Demolishing a 150-sqaure-meter house property of Mohamed Khalil ‘Issa Abu ‘Arram.
  5. Stop Construction works in a 80-sqaure-meter house property of Qasem Mohamed Abu Tuhffa.
  6. Demolishing a 140-sqaure-meter house property of Mohamed Mousa Makhamrah.
  7. Demolishing an 1800-sqaure-meter barrack property of Ahmed Isma’il Dababsah.
  • At approximately 11:00, Hisham Dari self-demolished a retaining wall surrounding his plot of land located at the eastern entrance to al-‘Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. He implemented the Israeli Municipality decision and levelled his land. Dari added that the Israeli Municipality prevented him from using his land and imposed fines on him. The municipality also closed the entrance of his land with concrete blocks and chains.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF accompanied with the Israeli Civil Administration officers and backed by military construction vehicles moved into Zaif area in southern Hebron. The Israeli Civil Administration officers handed ‘Issa ‘Ali Abu ‘Arram a 96-hour- notice to demolish his 200-sqaure-meter barrack, under the pretext of non-licensing.
  • At approximately 12:30 on Tuesday, 14 January 2020, the Israeli Municipality bulldozer backed by IOF demolished Khaled Nimer Abu Kahlil’s blacksmith workshop built of tin plates and bricks near Hizmah military checkpoint, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, and confiscated its equipment, under the pretext of non-licensing, according to the Mayor of Hizmah Village municipality, Musallam Abu Helou.
  • In a move unprecedented for more than 25 years, Israeli Defence Minister Naftali Bennett issued a decision on 15 January 2020 establishing 7 new natural reserves and expanding 12 others in the West Bank. Under the Minister’s decision, the Area “C” lands were put under the authority of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority. The project included the following areas: Soreek cave, al-Moqleq valley, Malha Valley, southern Jordan River, al-Fari’ah valley, and northern Jordan valley.

According to the statement, the 12 natural reserves that will be expanded are: Mountain peaks in western Dead Sea, southeast of Nablus, Fasayil in Jordan valley, Um Zoka in Jordan valley, an area in the Dead Sea, Kharouba village in eastern al-Ramlah, inside the West Bank, northern the Dead Sea, eastern Tubas, northern the Dead Sea, Malha valley, and in Jericho.

Bennett said about his decision to seize areas from the West Bank and establish settlement projects: “Today we are greatly strengthening the Land of Israel by developing Jewish settlement in Area C – with actions, not words,” Bennett said. “Judea and Samaria have natural sites with amazing views. We will expand existing sites and develop new ones…. I invite all Israeli citizens to get up and walk the land, to tour Judea and Samaria, hike, and discover new things and to continue the Zionist enterprise.”

It should be noted that Area “C” lands constitute over 60% of the West Bank and falls under the Israeli military and civil control.

The Minister’s decision came a few day after Minister Bennett announced his intent to annex Area “C” to Israel and to enhance settlement activity.

  • At approximately 14:00 on Wednesday, 15 January 2020, IOF accompanied with the Israeli Civil Administration officers and backed by military construction vehicles moved into Kherbet Tuba in southern Hebron. The Israeli Civil Administration officers handed Huda ‘Isaa ‘Awad Najajrah a notice to stop construction works in a 35-sqaure-meter residential room, under the pretext of non-licensing.
  • On Wednesday evening, the Israeli authorities issued military orders to seize 350 agricultural dunums from the lands of al-Khader and Artas villages, south of Bethlehem, according to Hasan Barijiyah, Head of the Wall and Settlement Resistance in Bethlehem. Barijiyah pointed out that the Israeli decision aims at expanding Bypass Road (60) and denying Palestinians’ access to their lands.
  1. Israeli Settler Violence
  • On Thursday, 09 January 2020, Israeli settlers, from “Rihlem” settlement established in northern al-Sawiyia village, east of Nablus, moved into al-Wad area, which is classified as Area C. The settlers attacked agricultural lands, where they damaged Hamad Saleh Mahmoud Jazi’s olive trees (80) planted 8 years ago. Also, the settlers set fire to Nader ‘Abed al-Rahim Kafina land and burned 30 olive trees.
  • At approximately 06:00 on Wednesday, 15 January 2020, Israeli settlers, from “Yatizhar” settlement, which is established on ‘Oreef, Hewarah, ‘Inabous and Ma’dama village’s lands, attacked with stones the outskirts of ‘Oreef village from the eastern direction. The Palestinian civilians confronted them and threw stones at them. After that, IOF intervene and secure the settlers’ withdrawal. No injuries among Palestinian civilians were reported.
  • At approximately 12:42 on Wednesday, Israeli settlers, from “Yatizhar” settlement, attacked the outskirts of Ma’dama village from the southern direction. They attacked Yehia Mohamed Sa’ied Qat’s house and broke the windows before the Palestinian civilians intervened and confronted them.
  1. Collective Punishment Policy
  • At approximately 02:30 on Thursday, 09 January 2020, IOF moved into Jenin and handed the family of prisoner Ahmed Jamal Ahmed al-Qumbu’, who has been arrested since 17 January 2018, a notice to demolish their 220-sqaure-meter house in al-Basateen neighborhood in northern Jenin for the 2nd time. It should be noted that the family house sheltering 8 members, including 2 children, was re-built 8 months ago. IOF blew-up the house of al-Qumbu’, who was charged with participation in the killing of an Israeli settler namely Arail Shefeh, from “Hefat Gilad” settlement, southwest of Nablus, on 09 January 2018.
  • At approximately 04:00 on Friday, 10 January 2020, IOF backed by military construction vehicles moved into Birzeit in northern Ramallah. They raided and searched a house of prisoner Yazan Hussaim Maghames (25), who was arrested on 11 September 2019. The soldiers handed Yazan’s father a demolition notice and no arrest among the family members was reported. It should be noted that Maghames was charged with participation in the attack at Ein Bubin near Deir Bzai’a village, west of Ramallah on 23 August 2019, which caused the killing of Israeli female settler and injuring her father and brother.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Ramallah and stationed in al-Tirah neighborhood. They raided and searched the house of prisoner Waleed Mohamed Hanatsha and handed his family a demolition noticr. No arrest among the family members war reported. It should be noted that Hanatsha, the financial director at Union of Health Work Committees, was arrested on 03 October 2019. He was accused of participation in the attack at Ein Bubin near Deir Bzai’a village, west of Ramallah on 23 August 2019, which caused the killing of Israeli female settler and injuring her father and brother.
  • At approximately 13:00 on Friday, 10 January 2020, IOF backed by military construction vehicles moved into Beit Kahel village, northwest of Hebron. They raided and searched the house of Kamel Mohamed ‘Asafrah (63) and handed his daughter-in-law married to his son Mahmoud (40), who was arrested on 20 August 2019, a notice to demolish their 120-square-apartment located on the 2nd floor. It should be noted that ‘Asafrah was accused of participation in the killing of an Israeli soldier “ David Soreek” on 07 August 2019, near “Gosh Etizon” settlement, south of Bethlehem. The soldier photographed the house and later withdrew. On 20 November 2019, the Israeli authorities demolished 4 houses of Sa’ied ‘Atiyah Mahmoud Zhour (46), Saleh Khalil al-‘Asafrah (60), and Qasem ‘Aref Khalil ‘Asafrah (34) and his brother Ahmed (37) in Biet Kahel village. The Israeli Military Court handed the mentioned persons indictment, accusing their sons of participation in the killing of David Soreek.

Full document available at PCHR official.

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