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A Palestinian woman stand near the debris of her house that destroyed by Israeli Occupation forces in Abasan village near Lhan Yunis, 21 May 2010


 

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)



 

· Two Palestinian militants were killed by IOF in the Gaza Strip.

 

· Israeli warplanes bombarded a number of civilian and paramilitary sites in the Gaza Strip.

- 30 Palestinians civilians, including 9 children and 6 women, were injured or shocked.

- Dozens of civilian facilities were destroyed or damaged. 

 

· IOF continued to use force against peaceful protest.

- 7 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, were wounded by IOF

 

· IOF continued to fire at Palestinian farmers and workers in border areas of the Gaza Strip.

- 5 Palestinian worker, including a child, were wounded by IOF.

 

· IOF conducted 26 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 2 limited incursions into the Gaza Strip.

 

- IOF arrested 49 civilians, including 11 children, 11 international and Israeli human rights defenders, in the West Bank.

- 14 of the detainees were arrested during the dispersion of peaceful protests.

- IOF razed a 2-donum[1] area of agricultural land and demolished a house and a bird farm in Khan Yunis.

- IOF ordered the deportation of a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council from Jerusalem. 

 

· Israel has continued to impose a total siege on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.

- Israeli troops stationed at a military checkpoint in the West Bank arrested a Palestinian civilian.

 

· IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

- IOF ordered confiscation of land in Hebron.

- Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian farmers in Kufor al-Labad village, east of Tulkarm. 

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law has continued in the OPT during the reporting period (20 – 26 May 2010):

 

Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF killed two Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip and wounded 12 civilians, including 5 children, one of whom is disabled, in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Additionally, 30 civilians, including 9 children, were injured or shocked when Israeli warplanes bombarded a target in the northern Gaza Strip.

 

On 22 May 2010, in the Gaza Strip, two Palestinian militants were killed during an exchange of fire with Israeli troops stationed at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, to the east of Khan Yunis. 

 

During the reporting period, 5 Palestinian workers, including a child, who were collecting bricks and construction aggregate were wounded by Israeli troops stationed at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

 

During the reporting period, Israeli warplanes bombarded civilian targets in the Gaza Strip. A number of civilian facilities were destroyed or damaged and 30 Palestinian civilians, including 9 children and 6 women, were injured or shocked. 

 

Israeli gunboats also fired at Palestinian fishing boats sailing along the beach in the Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported.

 

Incursions: During the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 26 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.  IOF arrested 35 Palestinian civilians, including 11 children.  They also arrested 14 civilians, including 11 international and Israeli human rights defenders, during peaceful demonstrations against the construction of the Annexation Wall and settlement activities.  

 

During the reporting period, IOF ordered the expulsion of Sheikh Mohammed Abu Tair, Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, from Jerusalem by 19 June 2010. 

 

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted two incursions into Palestinian areas, during which they razed a 2-donum area of agricultural land and demolished a house and a bird farm.

 

Restrictions on Movement: IOF have continued to impose a tightened siege on the OPT and imposed severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

 

Gaza Strip

 

Israel has continuously closed all border crossings to the Gaza Strip for over two and a half years. The illegal Israeli-imposed siege of Gaza, which has steadily tightened since June 2007, has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.  

 

· On Friday, 01 January 2010, IOF decided to close the Nahal Oz crossing permanently and to allow the entry of fuels through Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing, southeast of Rafah, citing security reasons. 

 

· 1.5 million people are being denied their basic rights, including freedom of movement, and their rights to appropriate living conditions, work, health and education.

 

· The primary concern of the population of the Gaza Strip is to obtain their basic needs of food, medicines, water and electricity supplies.

 

· Israel has continuously prevented the entry of raw construction materials into the Gaza Strip for over two and a half years.

 

· Israel has not allowed fuel supplies into the Gaza Strip, excluding marginal amounts of cooking gas and industrial fuel for Gaza Power Plant, since 10 December 2008.

 

· The Rafah International Crossing Point has been opened for a limited number of days for a small number of patients who received medical treatment abroad and needed to return home to the Gaza Strip.

 

· Israel has continued to close Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing for Palestinian civilians wishing to travel to the West Bank and Israeli for medical treatment, trade, or social visits.

 

· Israel has imposed additional restrictions on access of international diplomats, journalists and humanitarian workers to the Gaza Strip. They have prevented representatives of several international humanitarian organizations from entering the Gaza Strip.

 

· Living conditions of the Palestinian civilian population have seriously deteriorated as levels of poverty and unemployment have sharply mounted.

 

· At least 800 Palestinians prisoners from Gaza held in Israeli jails have been deprived of family visitation for more than two years. 

 

· IOF have continued to attack Palestinian fishermen along the Gaza Strip coast.

 

West Bank

 

IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians throughout the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Thousands of Palestinian civilians from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip continue to be denied access to Jerusalem.

 

· IOF have established checkpoints in and around Jerusalem, severely restricting Palestinian access to the city. Civilians are frequently prevented from praying at the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

 

· There are approximately permanent 630 roadblocks, manned and unmanned checkpoints across the West Bank. In addition, there are approximately 60-80 "flying" or temporary checkpoints erected across the West Bank by IOF every week.

 

· When complete, the illegal Annexation Wall will stretch for 724 kilometers around the West Bank, further isolating the entire population. 350 kilometers of the Wall has already been constructed. Approximately 99% of the Wall has been constructed inside the West Bank itself, further confiscating Palestinian land.

 

· At least 65% of the main roads that leads to 18 Palestinian communities in the West Bank are closed or fully controlled by IOF (47 out of 72 roads).

 

· There are around 500 kilometers of restricted roads across the West Bank. In addition, approximately one third of the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, is inaccessible to Palestinians without a permit issued by the IOF. These permits are extremely difficult to obtain.

 

· IOF continue to harass and assault demonstrators who hold peaceful protests against the construction of the Annexation Wall.

 

· IOF continues to harass Palestinian civilians in Jerusalem and throughout the West Bank, including regularly stopping and search Palestinian civilians in the street.

 

· During the reporting period, Israeli troop stationed at military checkpoints in the West Bank arrested 8 Palestinian civilians, including a child and a woman.

 

Settlement Activities: IOF have continued settlement activities and Israeli settlers living in the OPT in violation of international humanitarian law have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

 

On 24 May 2010, IOF issued a military order confiscating large areas of Palestinian agricultural land in Hebron to establish "a secure road for settlers" linking the "Kiryat Arba" settlement and the Ibrahimi Mosque. The road is expected to be at least 1,300 meters long. The order gave those adversely affected one week to appeal against it. 

 

· At approximately 09:00 on Friday, 21 May 2010, at least 200 Israeli settlers from the "Avni Hefetz" settlement, to the east of Kufor al-Labad village, and from the "Ennab" settlement to the west of the village, east of Tulkarm, stormed 'Izbat al-Hafassi area near the village while Palestinian civilians were farming their lands. The settlers expelled the Palestinian civilians from their lands and conducted religious rituals. They also raised Israeli flags and uprooted a number of olive trees belonging to Sa'id Hussein Jab'eiti. 

 

 

Israeli Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (20 – 26 May 2010)

 

1. Incursions into Palestinian Areas and Attacks on Palestinian Civilians and Property in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip

 

Thursday, 20 May 2010

 

· At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Silwan village to the south of the old city of Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Karim Is'haq Abu Tayeh, 21, and arrested him.

 

· At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Taqqou' village, southeast of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 5 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children:

 

1. Ahmed Khaled Sabbah;

2. Muneer Jamal Sabbah, 20;

3. Ayoub Mohammed Sabbah, 17;

4. Mahmoud Isma'il Sabbah, 17; and

5. Mohammed Khalaf Sabbah, 17.

 

· At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Kufor Ne'ma village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Nadi Mousa Nasser, 35, and arrested him.

 

· At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into al-Sawana neighborhood in East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 4 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children:

 

1. Eyad 'Omar al-Shalabi, 18;

2. 'Ali Abu Gharbiya, 17;

3. Tamer Nasser Abu Gharbiya, 15; and

4. Majdi Mahmoud Abu Ghazala, 20.

 

· Also at approximately 03:30, IOF moved into al-Tour village near East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Khalil Marwan Jayousi, 15, and arrested him. IOF also detained the child's mother for 3 hours.

 

· At approximately 12:00, IOF moved into Om Tuba village, south of Jerusalem. They stormed a house belonging to Sheikh Mohammed Abu Tair, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, only a few hours after his release from Israeli jails. They ordered Abu Tairnot to refrain from any kind of celebration following his release. IOF also summoned him to a police station at 11:00 on the following day. When he went to the police station, they informed him that he would be deported from Jerusalem by 19 June 2010. After that date, his presence in Jerusalem would be illegal, according to the orders.

 

 

 

 

Friday, 21 May 2010

 

· At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into al-'Ouja village, north of Jericho. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ahmed Salman Ka'abna, 23, and arrested him.

 

· At approximately 01:25, Israeli warplanes bombarded a tract of agricultural land in Khuza'a village, east of the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis. The bombardment left a large crater in the area, but no casualties were reported.

 

· At approximately 01:30, Israeli warplanes bombarded a tract of agricultural land in 'Abassan village, east of the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis. The bombardment left a large crater in the area, but no casualties were reported.

 

· At approximately 01:40, Israeli warplanes bombarded a training site belonging the 'Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas) in the center of the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun. The site was heavily damaged. The nearby Beit Hanoun sports club was also damaged. 

 

· At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Kufor Ra'ei village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Majed Khalil Dallah, 58, and arrested him and his four sons: Saleh, 34; Mohammed, 30; Na'el 26; and Isma'il, 17. At approximately 04:00, IOF called for a Palestinian ambulance to go to Salem checkpoint, west of Jenin, to transport Mr. Dallah to the hospital as he suffers from a number of chronic diseases. 

 

· At approximately 13:20, an exchange of fire erupted between IOF and two Palestinian militants near the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the east of 'Abassan village, east of Khan Yunis. A few minutes later, IOF declared that the two militants were killed. At approximately 16:00, IOF moved nearly 800 meters into 'Abassan village, where they razed a 2-donum area of agricultural land planted with olives, palms and vegetable, demolished an 185-square-meter house that was under construction belonging to Harb Mohammed Qdaih, and destroyed a bird farm belonging to Jaber Qdaih. At approximately 02:00 on Saturday, 22 May 2010, IOF delivered the bodies of the two Palestinian militants to Palestinian medical crews. According to medical sources, the two militants were hit by gunshots throughout their bodies. They were identified as:

 

1. Nader 'Aadel 'Abdul Karim Abu Daqqa, 17; and

2. Hamdi 'Aadel 'Ali Abu Hamad, 16.

 

Saturday, 22 May 2010

 

· At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Silwad village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 3 Palestinian civilians:

 

1. Bilal 'Abdul Majid Hammad, 21;

2. Nazmi 'Abdul Majid Hammad, 18; and

3. Mujahed Mahmoud Hamed, 18.

 

· At approximately 06:30, Israeli troops stationed at an observation tower on the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, to the northwest of the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoaun, opened fire at Palestinian workers who were collecting bricks and construction aggregate from the debris of destroyed buildings in the industrial zone. As a result, Hassan Khaled Abu Warda, 22, from Jabalya town, was wounded by a bullet to the right foot; he was approximately 400 meters from the border when wounded.

 

· At approximately 09:00, Israeli troops stationed at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the to the north and northwest of the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia opened fire at a number of Palestinian workers who were gathering bricks and construction aggregate in the area. No casualties were reported. 

 

Sunday, 23 May 2010

 

· At approximately 00:30, IOF moved into Bir Zeit village, north of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

· At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-Shawawra village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Ibrahim Salem, 18, and summoned him for interrogation. 

 

· At approximately 07:20, Israeli gunboats sailing off the beach near the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats. The fishermen were forced to sail back to the beach, and no casualties were reported. 

 

· At approximately 07:30, Israeli troops stationed at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, to the east of the Bedouin Village, opened fire at Palestinian workers who were gathering bricks and construction aggregate from the site where the Israeli settlements of "Elli Sinai" and "Nissanit" used to stand before their evacuation in 2005. As a result, Mohammed Mohammed Sa'dallahh, 24, from Jabalya town, was wounded by a gunshot to the left foot.

 

· At approximately 10:00, IOF moved into Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets and provoked Palestinian school children. Soon, the children threw stones at military vehicles. In response, Israeli troops fired rubber-coated metal bullets and sound bombs at the children, but no casualties were reported. 

 

· At approximately 20:30, IOF moved into al-Mughayar village, east of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

Monday, 24 May 2010

 

· At approximately 00:00, IOF moved into Fasayel village, north of Jericho. They patrolled in the streets and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

· At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Jabal Jouhar area in Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Khalil Nabil Zaighat, 40, and arrested him.

 

· At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Jenin. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested Majdi Jameel al-Aqhash, 25.

 

· At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-'Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Tha'er Khaled Mahfouz, 22, and arrested him.

 

· Also at approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Tarqoumia village, west of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Jihad 'Abdul Majid Tannina, 30, and arrested him.

 

· In the morning, Israeli troops stationed at an observation tower on the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, to the northwest of the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoaun, opened fire at a number of Palestinian workers who were collecting bricks and construction aggregate from the debris of destroyed buildings in the industrial zone. No casualties were reported.

 

· At noon, IOF, accompanied by officials from the Israeli Municipality of Jerusalem, raided a house belonging to Najeeb al-Khatib al-Kilani in the old city of Jerusalem.  They ordered him to demolish his house—in which 6 individuals live—in 30 days, claiming that it was built without a license. Al-Kilani had added a 40-square-meter structure to his small house. 

 

· At approximately 13:30, IOF moved into the Khillat al-Zaher area in the south of Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses and also checked passing Palestinian civilians in the streets. A number of Palestinian civilian gathered and threw stones at IOF. Immediately, Israeli troops fired at them. As a result 4 civilians, including 3 children, were wounded:

 

1. Fadi Sa'id Sabarna, 20, wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet to the foot;

2. Mohammed Jameel Abu Maria, 15, wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet to the leg;

3. Yousef Ahmed Abu Hashem, 17, wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet to the hand; and

4. Hatem Ahmed Sabarna, 17, wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet to the abdomen.

 

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

 

· At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into al-Duhaisha refugee camp, southwest of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of 'Odai Mohammed al-Shareef, 18, and arrested him.

 

· Also at approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Tarqoumia village, west of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested two Palestinian civilians:

 

1. Mohammed Rajab Fatfta, 24; and

2. Khalil Mohammed Qabaja, 24.

 

· At approximately 07:00 and 10:00, Israeli troops stationed at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, to the east of the Bedouin Village, opened fire at Palestinian workers who were gathering bricks and construction aggregate from the site where the Israeli settlements of "Elli Sinai" and "Nissanit" used to stand before their evacuation in 2005. No casualties were reported.

 

· Also at approximately 10:00, Israeli troops stationed at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel opened fire at Palestinian farmers near the border area to the northwest of the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia. No casualties were reported.


· At approximately 11:15, IOF moved nearly 300 meters into Bourat Abu Samra area in the north of Beit Lahia town. They searched the area and opened fire.

 

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

 

· At approximately 00:20, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Gaza International Airport, southeast of Rafah; ten minutes later, they fired another missile at the airport. A building was destroyed, but no casualties were reported.  

 

· At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Nouba village, west of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested Bilal Ibrahim Shrouf, 25.

 

· At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 4 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children:

 

1. Ahmed Nasser Abu Maria, 16;

2. Anas Mohammed Jawabra, 16;

3. Ibrahim Mohammed Miqbel, 17; and

4. Ameen Sa'di Bahar, 19.

 

· At approximately 01:50, Israeli warplanes fired two missiles at a site of the 'Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas) in the center of Beit Hanoun town. The site was completely destroyed, 15 Palestinian civilians were injured by fragments of glass, and 15 others were shocked. Among the injured were 9 children and 6 women. Additionally, 26 houses and 23 shops were heavily damaged and two vehicles and a truck were destroyed. Three civilians facilities were also heavily damaged: Al-Quds Clinic of the Union of Health Work Committees, Beit Hanoun Sports Club, and the Municipality of Beit Hanoun. The electricity network of the area was also damaged. It is worth noting that Israeli warplanes bombarded the same site a few days earlier.

 

· At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Douma village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Barakat 'Abdul Mon'em Dawabsha, 27, and arrested him.

 

· Also at approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Tubas town. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Sa'ad Ghassan Daraghma, 22, and arrested him.

 

· At approximately 05:30, Israeli gunboats stationed off the beach of the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats. Palestinian fishermen were forced to sail back to the beach and no casualties were reported.

 

· At approximately 07:30, Israeli troops stationed at an observation tower on the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, to the northwest of the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun, opened fire at a Palestinian workers who were collecting bricks and construction aggregate from destroyed buildings in the industrial zone. As a result, Rafeeq 'Awadh Sa'dallah, 21, from Jabalya town, was wounded by a gunshot to the left foot, when he was nearly 700 meters away from the border.

 

· At approximately 10:55, Israeli troops stationed at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the east of Jabalya town opened fire at a number of Palestinian workers who were collecting construction "base course" in the east of the town. Two workers, including a child, were wounded:

 

1. Salama Tayseer Eslim, 16, from Gaza City, wounded by a gunshot to the left foot; and

2. Saqer Ahmed Msabbeh, 23, from Gaza City, wounded by a gunshot to the left foot.

 

 

2. Use of Excessive Force against Peaceful Demonstrations Protesting Settlement Activities and the Construction of the Annexation Wall

 

During the reporting period, IOF used force against peaceful demonstrations organized by Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders in protest to the construction of the Wall and settlement activities. At least 3 Palestinian civilians, including a disabled child, were injured, and dozens of others suffered from tear gas inhalation. IOF also arrested 11 international and Israeli solidarity activists and 3 Palestinian civilians.  

 

· Following the Friday Prayer on 21 May 2010, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in protest to the construction of the Annexation Wall in Bal'ein village, west of Ramallah. The demonstrators moved towards the Wall and attempted to cross it towards the annexed lands.  Immediately, Israeli troops fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the demonstrators. As a result, 14-year-old Tariq 'Adnan Abu Rahma was hit by a tear gas canister to the foot. Dozens of demonstrators also suffered from tear gas inhalation. Israeli troops also arrested 3 Israelis: Israel Portman, 62, a journalist; Tal Sabira, 26; and Hamoutal Artwa, 32. 

 

· Also following the Friday Prayer on 21 May 2010, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in Ne'lin village, west of Ramallah, in protest to the construction of the Annexation Wall. They clashed with IOF troops positioned near the Wall. IOF troops fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at demonstrators. Dozens of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation and other sustained bruises. 

 

· Also following the Friday Prayer on 21 May 2010, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in Nabil Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, in protest to land confiscation in Wad al-Raya area between Nabi Saleh and Deir Nizam villages. When the demonstrators attempted to reach areas of land seized by Israeli settlers near "Halmish" settlement, Israeli troop fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, two Palestinian civilians were injured:

 

1. Khaled Kamal al-Rimawi, 20, hit by a tear gas canister to the face; and

2. Khaled 'Ata al-Tamimi, 28, hit by a tear gas canister to the left leg.

 

· Also following the Friday Prayer on 21 May 2010, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a peaceful demonstration in al-Ma'sara village, south of Bethlehem, in protest to the construction of the Annexation Wall. The demonstrators included Dr. 'Aziz al-Dwaik, Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, and a number of deputies, in addition to a number of international and Israeli solidarity activists. The demonstrators moved towards the western entrance of the village. Israeli troops fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the demonstrators and beat a number of them. As a result, Hassan Ahmed Braijiya, 40; and Jawad Zawahra, 25, sustained bruises. 

 

· On Sunday morning, 23 May 2010, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli solidarity activists organized a peaceful demonstration in Beit Jala town. They moved towards areas of Palestinian land in the north and northwest area of the town in protest to land leveling being carried out there by IOF for the purpose of the construction of a section of the Annexation Wall. Israeli troops attacked the demonstrators and dispersed them. A number of civilians suffered from tear gas inhalation. Israeli troops also arrested 8 international and Israeli solidarity activists, but released them in the evening.    

 

3. Continued Siege on the OPT

 

Israel has continued to impose a tightened siege on the OPT as well as severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including Occupied East Jerusalem.

 

Gaza Strip

 

Israel has continuously closed all border crossings to the Gaza Strip for over two and a half years. The illegal Israeli-imposed siege of Gaza, which has steadily tightened since June 2007, has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.

 

· On Friday, 01 January 2010, IOF decided to close the Nahal Oz crossing permanently and to allow the entry of fuels through Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing, southeast of Rafah, citing security reasons. 

 

· 1.5 million people are being denied their basic rights, including freedom of movement, and their rights to appropriate living conditions, work, health and education.

 

· The primary concern of the population of the Gaza Strip is to obtain their basic needs of food, medicines, water, and electricity supplies.

 

· Israel has continued to prevent the entry of raw construction materials into the Gaza Strip for more than two years.

 

· Israel has not allowed fuel supplies into the Gaza Strip, excluding limited amounts of cooking gas and industrial fuel for Gaza Power Plant, since 10 December 2008.

 

· The Rafah International Crossing Point has been opened for a limited number of days for a small number of patients who received medical treatment abroad and needed to return home to the Gaza Strip.

 

· Israel has continued to close Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing for Palestinian civilians wishing to travel to the West Bank and Israeli for medical treatment, trade, or social visits.

 

· Israel has imposed additional restrictions on access of international diplomats, journalists and humanitarian workers to the Gaza Strip. They have prevented representatives of several international humanitarian organizations from entering the Gaza Strip.

 

· Living conditions of the Palestinian civilian population have seriously deteriorated as levels of poverty and unemployment have sharply mounted.

 

· At least 800 Palestinians prisoners from Gaza held in Israeli jails have been deprived of family visitation for more than two years. 

 

· IOF have continued to attack Palestinian fishermen along the Gaza Strip coast.

 

 

Movement at Border Crossings during the Reporting Period:

 

Movement at Rafah International Crossing Point

19 – 24 May 2010

 

Date

Details

19 May 2010

912 Palestinians were allowed to travel to Egypt and 103 others were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

20 May 2010

914 Palestinians were allowed to travel to Egypt and 141 others were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

21 May 2010

8 persons, including a 7-member American delegation, and the body of a dead Palestinian were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

22 May 2010

Closed.

23 May 2010

11 persons, including the 7-member American delegation, were allowed to travel to Egypt, and 3 Palestinians were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

24 May 2010

Closed.

 

Movement at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) Crossing

20 – 25 May 2010

 

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Liters

20 May 2010

Foodstuffs

420

 

Agricultural materials

266

 

Various goods

557

 

Cooking gas

199

 

Industrial fuel

 

204,000

Humanitarian aids

34

 

23 May 2010

Foodstuffs

383

 

Agricultural materials

229

 

Various goods

385

 

Cooking gas

151.150

 

Industrial fuel

 

274,013

Humanitarian aids

413

 

24 May 2010

Foodstuffs

165

 

Agricultural materials

176

 

Various goods

181

 

Cooking gas

200

 

Industrial fuel

 

210,000

Humanitarian aids

488

 

Benzene

 

45,000

Cement

48

 

Iron

4

 

25 May 2010

Foodstuffs

460

 

Agricultural materials

153

 

Various goods

233

 

Cooking gas

215

 

Industrial fuel

 

214,000

Humanitarian aids

947

 

 

Black cement

80

 

 

White cement

40

 

 

* Note: During the reporting period, Israel allowed the entry of cement and iron into the Gaza Strip for the first time since the beginning of the ongoing siege imposed on the Gaza Strip.

Al-Mentar (Karni) Crossing: Israel partially opened the crossing on Thursday, 20 May 2010, and permitted the entry of 2,262 tons of wheat and 1,521 tons of fodders. IOF opened the crossing again on Monday, 24 May 2010, and permitted the entry of 1,677 tons of wheat and 1,950 tons of fodders. 

 

Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing: Israel has continued to close Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing for the movement of Palestinian civilians. IOF have allowed only diplomats, a number of international journalists, workers at international agencies, and limited number patients who suffer from serious diseases to pass through the crossing. They have continued to prevent Palestinian civilians from visiting their relatives who are detained in Israeli jails. The small number of patients permitted to pass through the crossing are only allowed to do so under severe restrictions that include prolong checking.

 

Movement at Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing

20 – 25 May 2010 

Date

Patients

Companions

Arabs from Israel

Diplomats

International Journalists

International Workers

Travelers abroad

Traders

20 May 2010

31

31

8

12

5

52

Nil

3

21 May 2010

2

2

Nil

3

2

15

Nil

Nil

22 May 2010

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

23 May 2010

59

56

2

Nil

Nil

12

6

7

24 May 2010

38

34

4

Nil

3

18

2

8

25 May 2010

45

46

3

6

Nil

24

Nil

2

 

The West Bank

 

IOF have imposed a tightened siege on the West Bank. During the reporting period, IOF imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.

 

· Jerusalem: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians to and from the city. Thousands of Palestinian civilians from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip have been denied access to the city. IOF have established many checkpoints around and inside the city. Restrictions of the movement of Palestinian civilians often escalate on Fridays, preventing Muslim Palestinians from praying at al-Aqsa Mosque. On Monday morning, 17 May 2010, Israeli troops stationed at Qalandiya crossing at the northern entrance of Jerusalem conducted prolonged checks on Palestinian civilians.  

 

· Ramallah: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of the Palestinian civilians in Ramallah. IOF troops positioned at the Jaba' and Qalandya checkpoints, southeast of Ramallah, have imposed additional restrictions on movement and conducted prolonged checks on Palestinian civilians. During the reporting period, IOF erected a number of temporary checkpoints, and stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.           

 

· Nablus: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. On Saturday morning, 22 May 2010, Israeli troops stationed at Za'tara checkpoint, south of Nablus, imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. On Tuesday morning, 25 May 2010, Israeli troops stationed at Hawara and Za'tara checkpoints, south of Nablus, imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.    

 

Arrests at Military Checkpoints

 

· At approximately 08:00 on Sunday, 23 May 2010, Israeli troops stationed at Hawara checkpoint, south of Nablus, arrested Islam Mohammed Shatat, 24, from Bedya village, northwest of Salfit, as he was on his way to Nablus to attend his final exams at an-Najah National University.

 

4. Settlement Activities and Attacks by Settlers against Palestinian Civilians and Property

 

Israel has continued its settlement activities in the OPT in violation of international humanitarian law, and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.


· On Monday morning, 24 May 2010, IOF issued a military order confiscating large areas of Palestinian agricultural land in Hebron to establish "a secure road for settlers" linking "Kiryat Arba" settlement and the Ibrahimi Mosque. The road is expected to be at least 1,300 meters long. The order gave those adversely affected one week to appeal against it. The area of land, which is planted with olives, plums and grapes, belong to Jameel Suleiman Abu Su'aifan, Kayed Sa'id Da'na, Mnawer As'ad Jaber, and Mahmoud al-Nouti Jaber. 

 

· At approximately 09:00 on Friday, 21 May 2010, at least 200 Israeli settlers from the "Avni Hefetz" settlement, to the east of Kufor al-Labad village, and from the "Ennab" settlement to the west of the village, east of Tulkarm, stormed 'Izbat al-Hafassi area near the village while Palestinian civilians were farming their lands. The settlers expelled the Palestinian civilians from their lands and conducted religious rituals. They also raised Israeli flags and uprooted a number of olive trees belonging to Sa'id Hussein Jab'eiti. 

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Recommendations to the International Community

1. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their legal and moral obligations under Article 1 of the Convention to ensure Israel's respect for the Convention in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. PCHR believes that the conspiracy of silence practiced by the international community has encouraged Israel to act as if it is above the law and encourages Israel continue to violate international human rights and humanitarian law.

 

2. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to convene a conference to take effective steps to ensure Israel's respect of the Convention in the OPT and to provide immediate protection for Palestinian civilians.

 

3. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to comply with its legal obligations detailed in Article 146 of the Convention to search for and prosecute those responsible for grave breaches, namely war crimes.

 

4. PCHR calls for the immediate implementation of the Advisory Opinion issued by the International Court of Justice, which considers the construction of the Annexation Wall inside the West Bank illegal.

 

5. PCHR recommends international civil society organizations, including human rights organizations, bar associations and NGOs to participate in the process of exposing those accused of grave breaches of international law and to urge their governments to bring these people to justice.

 

6. PCHR calls upon the European Union to activate Article 2 of the Euro-Israel Association Agreement, which provides that Israel must respect human rights as a precondition for economic cooperation between the EU states and Israel. PCHR further calls upon the EU states to prohibit import of goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements in the OPT.

 

7. PCHR calls on the international community to recognize the Gaza disengagement plan, which was implemented in September 2005, for what it is—not an end to occupation but a compounding of the occupation and the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. 

 

8. In recognition of ICRC as the guardian of the Fourth Geneva Convention, PCHR calls upon the ICRC to increase its staff and activities in the OPT, including the facilitation of family visitations to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

 

9. PCHR appreciates the efforts of international civil society, including human rights organizations, bar associations, unions and NGOs, and urges them to continue their role in pressuring their governments to secure Israel's respect for human rights in the OPT and to end its attacks on Palestinian civilians.

 

10. PCHR calls upon the international community to pressure Israel to lift the severe restrictions imposed by the Israeli government and its occupation forces on access for international organizations to the OPT.

 

11. PCHR reiterates that any political settlement not based on international human rights law and humanitarian law cannot lead to a peaceful and just solution of the Palestinian question. Rather, such an arrangement can only lead to further suffering and instability in the region. Any peace agreement or process must be based on respect for international law, including international human rights and humanitarian law.

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Public Document

For further information please visit our website (http://www.pchrgaza.org) or contact PCHR’s office in Gaza City, Gaza Strip by email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or telephone (+972 (0)8 2824776 – 2825893).

 

 



[1] One donum is equal to 1,000 square meters.



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