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Israeli soldiers raid a ship as the Israeli navy intercepts a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in the Mediterranean Sea.


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

 

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

 

· 6 Palestinian civilians, including an old woman, were wounded by Israeli gunfire.

 

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

 

- A workshop in Gaza City and a number of buildings in the Gaza International Airport were destroyed.  

 

· IOF continued to use force against peaceful protests.

 

- 6 civilians, including a child and two journalists, were wounded by IOF.

 

· IOF continued to fire at Palestinian farmers and workers in border areas in the Gaza Strip and at fishing boats along the Gaza Strip beaches.

 

· IOF conducted 9 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and one limited incursion into the Gaza Strip.

 

- IOF arrested 12 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, in the West Bank.

 

- IOF harassed a Palestinian family in Hebron and another one in 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 military checkpoints in the West Bank arrested 5 Palestinian civilian, including two children.

 

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

 

- 4 Palestinian civilians were injured as Israeli settlers threw stones at their car.

 

- A Palestinian woman miscarried as Israeli settlers attacked her in Silwan village near Jerusalem.

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law continued in the OPT during the reporting period (27 May – 02 June 2010):

 

Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF killed 5 Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip and wounded 10 civilians, including an old woman, a child and two journalists, in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. 

 

In the Gaza Strip, IOF killed 5 militants in two separate attacks near the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel on 01 June 2010.

 

On 27 May 2010, two Palestinian civilians were wounded when IOF fired artillery shells at the east of Gaza City. On 01 June 2010, an old woman was wounded when IOF fired an artillery shell at the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. On 02 June 2010, a Palestinian worker was wounded when IOF fired at workers who were collecting bricks and iron bars from the debris of destroyed buildings in the northern Gaza Strip.

 

During the reporting period, IOF bombarded and destroyed a workshop in Gaza City and some buildings in Gaza International Airport.

 

In the West Bank, 6 civilians, including a child and two journalists (one of whom is American), were wounded when IOF used forced to disperse peaceful demonstration organized in protest to the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities.  

 

Incursions: During the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 9 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.  IOF arrested 12 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children.  They also harassed two Palestinian families in Hebron and Jerusalem.   

 

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted one incursion into the east of Khan Yunis, during which they leveled areas of Palestinian land which they had already razed.  

 

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

 

IOF have continued to close all border crossings to the Gaza Strip for more than two years. The Israeli 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 28 May 2010, Israeli settlers from "Beit Jonathan" settlement outpost in Silwan village, to the south of the old city of Jerusalem, harassed a number of Palestinian woman. Immediately, clashes erupted between Palestinian civilians and Israeli settlers. IOF intervened and attacked 'Essam Da'na, 48, and Riaham Ussama al-Rjabi, 20, who is pregnant and miscarried as a result. A number of women present also suffered from tear gas inhalation.

 

On the same day, one Israeli settler from a group of settlers at the intersection of "Karni Shmoron" settlement near Qalqilya-Nablus road, east of Qalqilya, threw a large stone from a close distance at a Palestinian civilian vehicle that was traveling to Qalqilya. The stone broke the back window of the vehicle, and 4 civilians were injured.

 

On 29 May 2010, guards of "Beit Jonathan" settlement outpost in Silwan village, to the south of the old city of Jerusalem, attacked a group of Palestinian children who were playing. Palestinian civilians gathered to protect their children. Immediately, IOF arrived at the area and violently beat Noura al-Rajabi and Mohammed and Ahmed Gazzawi.

 

 

 

Israeli Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (27 May – 02 June 2010)

 

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

 

Thursday, 27 May 2010

 

· At approximately 00:30, IOF moved into Yatta village, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested Salem Taleb Meghnem, 17.

 

· At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Beit Jala town, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ramzi 'Ali Bouja, 30, and arrested him.

 

· At approximately 05:00, IOF moved into al-Ramadin village, southwest of Hebron, near the annexation wall. They raided a house belonging to Mousa Hassan 'Amru, firing tear gas canisters into and near the house. At least 8 members of the family suffered from tear gas inhalation and were evacuated to a medical center in the nearby al-Zahiriya village:

 

1. Tayseer Mousa 'Amru, 45;

2. Jihad Tayseer 'Amru, 18;

3. Isma'il Mousa 'Amru, 24;

4. Fu'ad Tayseer 'Amru, 23;

5. Ghada Mousa 'Amru, 25;

6. Hala Isma'il 'Amru, 30;

7. Murad Tayseer 'Amru, 25; and

8. Ra'ed Yasser 'Amru, 14.

 

· At approximately 18:00, Israeli aircrafts and tanks fired a number of shells at the area to the south of al-Mentar (Karni) crossing, east of al-Shoja'iya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, in response to mortar fire from the area. As a result, two Palestinian civilians were lightly wounded:

 

1. Baraka Mohammed al-Mughrabi, 55; and

2. Mousa Badawi, 28.

 

Friday, 28 May 2010

 

· At approximately 00:00, IOF moved into 'Obwin village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of 'Ali Mohammed 'Omran, 19, and arrested him.

 

· At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Murad 'Abdul Hafiz al-Tamimi, 32, and arrested his child, 12-year-old Waleed. The child was released at approximately 16:30. 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, 29 May 2010

 

· At approximately 01:20, Israeli fighter jets dropped 5 missiles at Gaza International Airport, southeast of Rafah. The missiles damaged the runway as well as what remains of previously destroyed buildings there. No casualties were reported.

 

· At approximately 02:00, an Israeli fighter jet dropped a bomb at a 200-square-meter workshop of smith works belonging to the al-Masri family in al-Zaytoun neighborhood in the east of Gaza City. The workshop was totally destroyed, but no casualties were reported. 

 

Sunday, 30 May 2010

 

· At approximately 04:20, Israeli fighter jets dropped 5 missiles at Gaza International Airport, southeast of Rafah. The missiles damaged the runway as well as what remains of previously destroyed buildings there. No casualties were reported.

 

Monday, 31 May 2010

 

· At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Silwad village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Rateb Hamed, 21, and arrested him.

 

· At approximately 11:30, Israeli troops stationed on observation towers near Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing in the northern Gaza Strip fired at Palestinian workers who were collecting bricks and iron bars from the debris of destroyed buildings in the industrial zone to the south of the crossing. No casualties were reported.

 

Tuesday, 01 June 2010

 

· At approximately 07:10, 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. Soon after, Israeli tanks fired 7 shells and warplanes fired 2 missiles at agricultural lands in the area. Later, IOF claimed that they had foiled an attempt by 2 Palestinian militants to infiltrate through the border into "Ashkul" community and that those militants were killed. At approximately 16:00, IOF moved nearly 400 meters into the area and leveled areas of Palestinian agricultural land. At approximately 00:10 on Wednesday, 02 June 2010, IOF delivered the bodies of the 2 militants to an ambulance of Palestine Red Crescent Society, following coordination with the ICRC. The militants were identified as:

 

1. 'Abdul Rahman 'Omar 'Abdul Hamid al-Astal, 18; and

2. Mohammed Ameen Shahwan, 18.

 

· At approximately 10:00, Israeli troops stationed at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, to the east of the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, opened fire at al-Shouka neighborhood, in the southeast of the town. As a result, Salma Jom'a Shallouf, 71, was wounded by a gunshot to the thighs when she was at home, nearly 3,000 meters away from the border.

 

· At approximately 11:00, Israeli troops stationed on observation towers near Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing in the northern Gaza Strip fired at Palestinian workers who were collecting bricks and iron bars from the debris of destroyed buildings in the industrial zone to the south of the crossing. No casualties were reported.

 

· At approximately 15:45, Israeli troops stationed at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, to the north of the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia, fired an artillery shell at Palestinian resistance activists who launched home-made rockets at Israeli towns. Three activists were killed instantly:

 

1. 'Arafat Msallam 'Abdul Karim Abu 'Eid, 22, from al-Qarara village near Khan Yunis;

2. 'Alaa' Mohammed Deeeb al-Ghannam, 21, from Rafah; and

3. Hayel Hassan al-Qadhi, 23, from Rafah.

 

Wednesday, 02 June 2010

 

· At approximately 08:10, Israeli troops stationed on observation towers near Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing in the northern Gaza Strip fired at Palestinian workers who were collecting bricks and iron bars from the debris of destroyed buildings in the industrial zone to the south of the crossing. No casualties were reported.  

 

· At approximately 16:30, Israeli troops stationed on observation towers near Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing in the northern Gaza Strip fired at Palestinian workers who were collecting bricks and iron bars from the debris of destroyed buildings in the industrial zone to the south of the crossing. As a result, Mohammed Zaki Abu Hamada, 34, from Jabalya refugee camp, was wounded by a gunshot to the right hand.

 

· At approximately 17:00, IOF moved into al-Ma'sara village, south of Bethlehem. They chased and arrested Saddam 'Alaa' al-Din, 17, when he was near the annexation wall.

 

· At approximately 20:45, 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.

 

 

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

 

During the reporting period, IOF used excessive force against peaceful demonstrations organized by Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders in protest to the construction of the Annexation Wall and settlement activities. At least 6 civilians were injured, including a child and two journalists, one of whom is American.  Dozens of others also suffered from tear gas inhalation.  

 

· Following the Friday Prayer on 28 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 Annexation Wall and attempted to cross it towards annexed lands.  Immediately, Israeli troops fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the demonstrators, and they chased the demonstrators into fields. Fire broke out in a tract of agricultural land belonging to Khalil Mohammed Abu Rahma, and Mustafa Shawkat al-Khatib, 18, was hit by a tear gas canister to the back.  Dozens of demonstrators also suffered from tear gas inhalation. Israeli troops also arrested 4 Israelis: Mica  Rachman, 60; Michael Savir, 26; Naomi, 25; and Moshe Leuilianski, 73. 

 

· Also following the Friday Prayer on 28 May 2010, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and 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 others sustained bruises. 

 

· Following the Friday Prayer on 28 May 2010 as well, 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, including a child, were injured:

 

1. Ayyam 'Ali al-Barghouthi, 16, hit by a tear gas canister to the head; and

2. Jihad Mohammed al-Tamimi, 23, hit by a tear gas canister to the back.

 

A number of demonstrators also suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.

 

· At approximately 13:00 on Saturday, 29 May 2010, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered in the center of Iraq Bourin village, south of Nablus, and organized a peaceful demonstration towards areas of Palestinian agricultural land in the east of the village, which IOF threaten to confiscate near "Barkha" settlement. Israeli troops intercepted them and fired rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, Ayman Ameen al-Noubani, 24, a photographer and reporter of Palestine News Agency (Wafa), who was covering the demonstration, was hit by a tear gas canister to the left leg, and 'Imad Qadous, 19, was hit by a tear gas canister to the foot. 

 

· At approximately 15:00 on Monday, 31 May 2010, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration near Qalandya crossing, north of Jerusalem, in protest to the Israeli attack on the Gaza-aid flotilla. They raised the Palestinian and Turkish flags and threw stones at Israeli troops stationed at the crossing. Immediately, Israeli troops fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the demonstrators. As a result, Emily Henochowicz, 25, an American journalist, was hit by a tear gas canister to the left eye. Dozens of demonstrators also suffered from tear gas inhalation.

 

3. Continued Siege on the OPT

 

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 almost three years. The Israeli 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.

 

Movement at Border Crossings during the Reporting Period:

 

Movement at Rafah International Crossing Point

26 May – 01 June 2010

 

Date

Details

26 May 2010

16 Palestinians were allowed to travel to Egypt and 330 others were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

27 May 2010

15 Palestinians were allowed to travel to Egypt and 398 others were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

28 May 2010

15 Palestinians were allowed to travel to Egypt.

29 May 2010

Closed.

30 May 2010

3 Palestinians were allowed to travel to Egypt and 1 was allowed into the Gaza Strip.

31 May 2010

1 Palestinian was allowed to travel to Egypt and 82 others were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

Movement at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) Crossing

26 May – 01 June 2010

 

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Liters

26 May 2010

Foodstuffs

396

 

Agricultural materials

127

 

Various goods

1,337

 

Cooking gas

175

 

Industrial fuel

 

173,000

Humanitarian aids

703

 

27 May 2010

Foodstuffs

499

 

Agricultural materials

278

 

Various goods

445

 

Cooking gas

134

 

Industrial fuel

 

218,000

Humanitarian aids

586

 

30 May 2010

Foodstuffs

661

 

Agricultural materials

142

 

Various goods

320

 

Cooking gas

199

 

Industrial fuel

 

300,000

Humanitarian aids

658

 

01 June 2010

Foodstuffs

349

 

Agricultural materials

228

 

Various goods

210

 

Cooking gas

174

 

Industrial fuel

 

164,000

Humanitarian aids

261

 

 

Note: The crossing was closed on Monday, 31 May 2010. On Wednesday, 26 May, Thursday, 27 May,  and Sunday, 01 June 2010, IOF allowed 229 tons of cement for UNRWA into the Gaza Strip. On Sunday, 30 May 2010, IOF allowed 20 tons of cement into the Gaza Strip for al-Quds Hospital.

 

Al-Mentar (Karni) Crossing: Israel partially opened the crossing on Wednesday, 26 May 2010, and allowed the entry of 897 tons of wheat and 1,716 tons of fodders. They also allowed the entry of 552 tons of construction aggregate for UNRWA and 4 tons for al-Quds Hospital. 

 

Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing: Israel has continued to close Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing for the movement of Palestinian civilians. They have allowed only diplomats, a number of international journalists, employees of select international agencies, and a few 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. As mentioned above, IOF have permitted a limited number of patients to pass through the crossing, but under severe restrictions that include prolonged checking.

 

Movement at Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing

26 May – 01 June 2010

 

Date

Patients

Companions

Arabs from Israel

Diplomats

International Journalists

International Workers

Travelers abroad

Traders

26 May

39

41

Nil

Nil

6

54

2

8

27 May

23

21

2

14

5

67

2

6

28 May

1

1

5

Nil

3

13

Nil

Nil

29 May

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

30 May

31

30

11

Nil

9

8

2

5

31 May

48

43

6

Nil

3

18

Nil

Nil

01 June

48

51

3

2

6

20

1

5

 

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 of Jerusalem. 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 to prevent them from praying at the al-Aqsa Mosque.  On Friday morning, 28 May 2010, IOF closed the main road leading to Beit Eksa village, northwest of Jerusalem, with two iron gates, and prevented villagers from traveling to Jerusalem.  The gates would cut villages located to the northwest of Jerusalem off the city. They would also isolate 1,800 Palestinians living in Beit Eksa village.      

 

· Ramallah: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of the Palestinian civilians in Ramallah. IOF troops positioned at Jaba'-Qalandya checkpoint, southeast of Ramallah, have imposed additional restrictions on movement and conducted prolonged checking 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 Sunday morning, 30 May 2010, Israeli troops stationed at Za'tara checkpoint, south of Nablus, imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. At 12:00 on Tuesday, 01 June 2010, Israeli troops re-established their presence at the 17 checkpoint at the northwestern entrance of Nablus. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.  

 

· Hebron: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. On Sunday morning, 30 May 2010, Israeli troops stationed at the entrances of al-Shuhada Street and Tal al-Rumaida neighborhood in the center of Hebron prevented a delegation of international peace and human rights activists and members of the Israeli Break the Silence from visiting the neighborhood to observe the suffering of Palestinian civilians there due to Israeli measures and attacks by Israeli settlers.  On Monday evening, 31 May 2010, IOF established 2 checkpoints at Deir Samen and al-Ramadin intersections, southwest of Hebron. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.  On Wednesday morning, 02 June 2010, IOF established additional of checkpoints around Hebron. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.    

 

Arrests at Military Checkpoints

 

· On Thursday evening, 27 May 2010, Israeli troops stationed at the Container checkpoint, southeast of Jerusalem, arrested Mohammed Mahmoud Nemer, 21, from al-Arroub refugee camp north of Hebron.

 

· At approximately 16:00 on Friday, 28 May 2010, Israeli troops patrolling near the Annexation Wall to the southeast of Faqqou'a village, northeast of Jenin, arrested Mohammed Hassan Jaloudi, 16, and Mohammed Hussein Abu Hanani, 16, when they were walking near the wall.

 

· At approximately 16:30 on Saturday, 29 May 2010, Israeli troops established a checkpoint near Silwad village, north of Ramallah. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles and arrested Muhannad Fares Hamed, 21.

 

· At approximately 18:00 also on Saturday, Israeli troops established a checkpoint near 'Attara village, north of Ramallah. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles and arrested Sami Ahmed Sahwil, 19.  

 

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

 

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

 

· On Friday, 28 May 2010, a number of Israeli settlers from "Beit Jonathan" settlement outpost in Silwan village, to the south of the old city of Jerusalem, harassed a group of Palestinian woman. Immediately, clashes erupted between Palestinian civilians and Israeli settlers. IOF intervened and attacked 'Essam Da'na, 48, and Riaham Ussama al-Rjabi, 20, who is pregnant and miscarried as a result. A number of women present also suffered from tear gas inhalation.

 

· At approximately 22:00 on Friday, 28 May 2010, one Israeli settler among a group of others at the intersection of "Karni Shmoron" settlement near Qalqilya-Nablus road, east of Qalqilya, threw a large stone from a close distance at a Palestinian civilian vehicle that was traveling to Qalqilya. The stone broke the back window of the vehicle and 4 civilians were injured:

 

1. Mohammed Mahmoud 'Emayer, 58;

2. 'Izzat Mohammed 'Emayer, 54;

3. Amina Rashed 'Emayer, 57; and

4. Siddiqa Rashed 'Emayer, 53.

 

· On Saturday, 29 May 2010, a number of guards of "Beit Jonathan" settlement outpost in Silwan village, to the south of the old town of Jerusalem, attacked a group of Palestinian children who were playing. Palestinian civilians gathered to protect their children. Immediately, IOF arrived at the area and violently beat Noura al-Rajabi and Mohammed and Ahmed Gazzawi.

 

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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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