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Israeli soldiers arrest a human rights defender during a peaceful demonstration against the construction the annexation wall in Nabi Saleh village near Ramallah


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

 

 

· IOF continued to use force against peaceful protests in the West Bank.

- A Palestinian civilian was wounded.

- IOF arrested two human rights defenders and 6 Palestinian civilians.

 

· Israeli gunboats opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Strip.

- A fishing boat was damaged, and IOF arrested two fishermen, but released them later.

 

· IOF conducted 31 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.  

- IOF arrested 21 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children a Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, a human rights defender and a journalist.

 

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

- IOF arrested 3 Palestinian civilians, at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

- IOF arrested a physically disabled young man at Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing in the Gaza Strip.

 

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

- At least 100 graves were bulldozed in a cemetery in East Jerusalem.

- IOF demolished two barnyards and will in Arab al-Rashaida village near Bethlehem.

- IOF confiscated a plot near Hebron to establish an aircraft strip.

- IOF destroyed irrigation networks near Hebron

- IOF uprooted 300 olive trees in Deir Estia village near Salfit.

 

 

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (23 – 29 June 2011):

 

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, a Palestinian civilian was wounded by IOF in the West Bank. 

 

During the reporting period, IOF used excessive force to disperse peaceful demonstrations organized in protest to Israeli settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall in the West Bank. As a result, one Palestinian civilian was wounded, and dozens of Palestinian civilians and international human rights defenders suffered from tear gas inhalation.  IOF also arrested two Israeli human rights defenders and 6 Palestinian civilians.

 

During the reporting period, Israeli gunboats opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Strip in two separate incidents. In one of these attacks, a Palestinian fishing boat was damaged. IOF also arrested two fishermen, but released them later.  

 

On 28 June 2011, IOF opened fire at a number of Palestinian civilians and international solidarity activists who demonstrated nearly 500 meters away from the border between the Gaza Strip and Israeli in the northern Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 31 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, during which they arrested 21 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children, a Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, a journalist and a human rights defender. 

 

Restrictions on Movement:

 

Israel had 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 three years. The illegal Israeli-imposed closure of the Gaza Strip, which has steadily tightened since June 2007, has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip. 

 

· IOF have tightened the closure of the Gaza Strip and practically made Karm Abu Salem crossing as the sole commercial crossing of the Gaza Strip although it is not proper for commercial purposes in terms of its distance and operational capacity.

· IOF have continued to apply their policy aimed at tightening the strangulation of the commercial movement in the Gaza Strip, including imposing total control over the flow of imports and exports.

 

· The total closure of al-Mentar "Karni" crossing on 02 March 2011 has created a bitter situation that has seriously affected the Gaza Strip. Following this closure, all the economic and commercial establishments in Gaza Commercial Zone were shut off. It should be noted that al-Mentar crossing is the biggest crossing in the Gaza Strip in terms of its operational capacity to absorb the flow of imports and exports. The decision of al-Mentar crossing was the culmination of a series of decisions to totally close Soafa crossing, east of the Gaza Strip, in the beginning of 2009, and Nahal Oz crossing, east of Gaza City, which was dedicated for the delivery of fuel and cooking gas to the Gaza Strip, in the beginning of 2010.

 

· These statistics which were made available to PCHR by the Border and Crossings Department indicate a continued drop in the number of truckloads of Gaza imports and exports.

 

· IOF have continued to impose total ban on the delivery of raw materials to the Gaza Stri, except for very limited items and quantities. The limited quantities of raw materials allowed into Gaza do not meet the minimal needs of the civilian population in the Gaza Strip.

 

· The cooking gas crisis which has erupted last November has continued to affect the Gaza Strip. This crisis was created when the Israeli occupation authorities totally closed, on 04 January 2010, Nahal Oz crossing, which used to be dedicated for the delivery of fuel and cooking gas supplies to Gaza, and shifted fuel and cooking gas supplies to Karm Abu Salem crossing which is not technically equipped to receive Gaza's needs of fuel.  Karm Abu Salem crossing, with its maximum absorptive capacity, can receive only 200 tons of cooking gas per day.

 

· Approximately 80% of Gaza civilians have continued to depend on alimentary aid provided by UNRWA and other relief agencies, rates of families who are living below poverty line have continued to be on the rise and approximately 40% of Gaza's manpower has continued to suffer from permanent unemployment as a result of shutting down the majority of Gaza's economic establishments.

 

· IOF have continued to impose a total ban on the exportation of Gaza's products, especially industrial products, leading to undermining any real chances to rerun economic establishments. The situation has been aggravated especially after making Karm Abu Salem crossing as Gaza sole commercial crossing and the repeated closure of this crossing which negatively affected the quantity of Gazan products which were allowed to be exported during last April.

 

· IOF have continued to prolong the implementation of their decision to allow 60 cars into Gaza weekly although more than 10 months have passed since they announced this decision after three years of ban imposed on the delivery of cars to Gaza. As a result, the prices of cars in Gaza have been on the rise and local markets experience serious shortage in spare parts.

 

· For approximately four consecutive years, IOF have continued to ban the delivery of construction materials to Gaza. During the reporting period, IOF approved the delivery of limited quantities of construction materials for a number of international organizations.

 

· Israel has continued to close Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing for Palestinian civilians from the Gaza Strip. IOF only allow the movement of limited groups amidst severe restrictions, including long hours of waiting in the majority of cases. IOF have also continued to adopt a policy aimed at reducing the number of Palestinian patients allowed to move via Beit Hanoun crossing to receive medical treatment in hospitals in Israel or in the West Bank and Jerusalem. IOF denied new categories of Gazan patient permission to have access to hospitals via the crossing.

 

· Israel has imposed additional access restrictions on international diplomats, journalists and humanitarian workers seeking to enter the Gaza Strip.

 

· For approximately 46 months, IOF have continued to deny approximately 710 Palestinian prisoners from Gaza detained in Israeli jails their visitation rights without providing any justification to this measure, which violates the rules of the international humanitarian law.

 

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 in the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

 

· There are approximately 585 permanent roadblocks, and manned and unmanned checkpoints across the West Bank.

 

· 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 have already been constructed. Approximately 99% of the wall has been constructed inside the West Bank itself, confiscating more Palestinian land.

 

· At least 65% of the main roads that lead to 18 Palestinian communities in the West Bank are closed or fully controlled by IOF.

· There are approximately 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 permits issued by IOF. Such permits are extremely difficult to obtain.

 

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

 

· Palestinian civilians continue to be harassed by IOF in Jerusalem, and across the West Bank, including being regularly stopped and searched in the streets by IOF.

 

Settlement Activities:  

 

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 23 June 2011, IOF moved into Wadi Hassasa area in the east of Arab al-Rashaida village, east of Bethlehem. They forced Palestinian farmers and shepherds away from the area. They then demolished two barnyards and a will. These demolitions were carried out without prior notices. 

 

On the same day, IOF confiscated a tractor belonging to Mustafa Taha al-Manasra, 49, from Wad Foukin village west of Bethlehem. According to information available to PCHR from al-Manasra, he was plowing an agricultural plot in Wadi al-Baqara area near Housan village, when an Israeli military jeep arrived. Israeli soldiers stepped down and ordered him to stop working, claiming that the area is a state land. They escorted him and the tractor to “Kfar Etzion” military post, where they confiscated the tractor, but released him.

 

On 24 June 2011, dozens of Israeli settlers from “Sousia” settlement to the southeast of Yatta town, south of Hebron, attacked a number of Palestinian farmers and 3 international human rights defenders, in an attempt to prevent them from farming an agricultural belonging to the Houshiya family. 

 

On the same day, dozens of Israeli settlers stormed Jabal al-Tabban area near Kour village, south of Tulkarm. They terrified Palestinian civilians in the area. They left the area later and no more events were reported. 

 

Also on the same day, 5 Israeli settlers stormed agricultural areas in Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqilya. Palestinian civilians immediately informed the Palestinian liaison offices, which contacted IOF. Later, IOF arrived at the area and evacuated the settlers. 

 

On 25 June 2011, bulldozers of the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem demolished bulldozed at least 100 graves in Maman Allah cemetery in the old town of Jerusalem, to establish a museum and a car park.

 

On 27 June 2011, IOF moved into Khillat al-Dar area at the eastern side of bypass road #60, south of Hebron. They razed a 2.5-dunum[1] area of land belonging to Mohammed Hussein Erfa’iya. It should be noted that IOF issued an order confiscating the land to establish an aircraft strip. 

 

On the same day, IOF moved into al-Baq’a area near bypass road #60, east of Hebron. They forced Palestinian farmers away from the area. They destroyed at least 36,000 meters of plastic pipes and some crops. During this operation, Palestinian farmers attempted to stop such destruction. This area is the most fertile in Hebron. Over the past years, IOF have taken a series of measures against Palestinian civilians living in the area in an attempt to force them out of it. 

 

On the same day, IOF razed areas of areas of land belonging to al-Nazer family located to the northwest of Hebron, to expand an Israeli military post in the area. PCHR’s field workers had not been able to reach the area as the Israeli military operation was ongoing.

 

On Tuesday, 28 June 2011, IOF razed at least 15 dunums of agricultural land belonging to Kamal ‘Abdul Rahman, from Deir Estia village northwest of Salfit. IOF uprooted at least 300 olives trees and transported them to an unknown destination. 

 

 

Israeli Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (23 – 29 June 2011)

 

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

 

Thursday, 23 June 2011

 

· At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Burham village, northwest of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

· At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Madama village, south of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Asadallah Wajeeh al-Qit, 23, and arrested him.

 

· At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Abu Dis town, east of Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Hussam Taleb Jaffal, 19, and arrested him.  Israeli soldiers violently beat him even though he suffers from serious health problems because of a car accident.

 

· At approximately 06:00, Israeli gunboats opened fire at a Palestinian fishing boat opposite to Rafah seashore in the southern Gaza Strip. Mohammed Mohammed al-Bardawil, 22, and his brother Isma’il, 18, were on board of the boat, which was sailing nearly 2.8 nautical miles off the beach. The motor of the boat was destroyed and the boat itself was damaged. Israeli naval troop forced the two fishermen to jump into water and swim towards an Israeli gunboats. The two fishermen were taken to the Israeli Ashdod Harbor, where they were interrogated by an Israeli naval officer. They were released at approximately 19:00 on the same day.

 

· At approximately 10:30, IOF moved into Raba village, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched a number of houses and summoned 8 Palestinian civilians, including a child, for interrogation. 

 

· At approximately 17:00, IOF moved into Beit ‘Aur al-Tahta village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

Friday, 24 June 2011

 

· At approximately 11:00, IOF moved into Jainsafout village, east of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for some time. They stopped and questioned a number of Palestinian civilians. They withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrest were reported.

 

· At approximately 13:45, IOF moved into Hijja village, east of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

· At approximately 13:50, IOF moved into Baqat al-Hatab village, northeast of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither

 

· At approximately 15:00, IOF moved into Beit Siera village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

· In the afternoon, IOF, accompanied by an undercover unit, moved into Silwan village to the south of the old town of Jerusalem. They attempted to storm a sit-in tent set up in al-Bustan quarter. A number of Palestinian civilians gathered and threw stones at them to prevent them from storming the tent. Immediately, Israeli soldiers fired tear gas canisters in the area. They also arrested ‘Ali Sabri Abu Diab,. 15. 

 

· At approximately 21:30, IOF moved into Bir Zeit village, north of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

Saturday, 25 June 2011

 

· At approximately 02:55, IOF moved into Yasouf village, east of Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Tha’er Na’im ‘Obaid, 20, and summoned him for interrogation. No arrests were reported.

 

· At approximately 09:00, IOF moved into Kharabtha al-Misbah village, west of Ramallah, and patrolled in the streets. A number of Palestinian boys gathered and threw stones at Israeli military vehicles. Immediately, Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them. As a result, a number of Palestinian civilians suffered from tear gas inhalation.

 

· At approximately 20:30, IOF moved into Beit Liqya village, west of Ramallah, and patrolled in the streets. A number of Palestinian boys gathered and threw stones at Israeli military vehicles. Immediately, Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them. As a result, a number of Palestinian civilians suffered from tear gas inhalation.

 

· At approximately 21:00, IOF moved into ‘Ein al-Sultan refugee camp, northwest of Jericho. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

· At approximately 23:30, IOF moved into Jericho. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

Sunday, 26 June 2011

 

· At approximately 00:00, IOF moved into ‘Izbat al-Jarad village, east of Tulkarm. Bilal Mahmoud al-Hatta, 28, a taxi driver, noticed Israeli military vehicles stationed near a house to close to his, when he was on his way back him. He saw Israeli soldiers talking with an old neighbor, so he moved towards them. Israeli soldiers ordered him to help his neighbor open the garage of her house and he did. Israeli soldiers then confiscated a car that has an Israeli registration plate, claiming that it was stolen. They also arrested al-Hatta.

 

· At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Sa’ir village, northeast of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of ‘Omar Mahmoud Jaradat, 17, and arrested him. 

 

· At approximately 07:00, Israeli gunboats stationed opposite to Beit Lahia seashore in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats. Palestinian fishermen were forced to flee, and no casualties were reported.

 

· At approximately 11:00, IOF moved into Nabi Elias village, east of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

· At approximately 12:15, IOF moved into Ematin village, northeast of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

· At approximately 17:15, IOF moved into al-Mentar area to the north of ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the area and held 17-year-old Mohammed Sameer Abu Haniya until 18:00. They withdrew later and arrests were reported.

 

· At night, IOF moved into al-‘Eisswaiya village, northeast of Jerusalem. They fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs indiscriminately. As a result, ‘Ali ‘Awni Abu Ghoush, 15, and Ahmed Ra’ed Mhaisen, 15, sustained burns. IOF arrested both children.

 

Monday, 27 June 2011

 

· At approximately 01:00, IOF moved al-Hajri village, south of Hebon. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Midhat Mohammed al-Titi, 18, and arrested him.

 

· At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Bal’a village, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed ‘Abdul Rahim Mansour, 50, and arrested him. They also confiscated his laptop and mobile phone. Notably, Mansour had been imprisoned in Israeli jails for 28 years.

 

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

 

· At approximately 00:00, IOF moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqilya. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 5 Palestinian civilians, including two children:

 

1. Ahmed Bassem Shbaita, 17;

2. Ma’th Bilal Swaidan, 19;

3. ‘Omtham Sameer Saleem, 22;

4. Yousef Hassan Shbaita, 49; and

5. Sameer Saher Saleem, 13.

 

· At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Khillat Hadour neighborhood in the east of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ussama Naji al-Hashlamoun, 22, and arrested him.

 

· At approximately 02:15, IOF moved into Rafidya neighborhood in the west of Nablus. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Fu’ad Nazem al-Khuffash, 36, and Firas Ahmed Jarrar, 37, and arrested both of them.

 

· Also at approximately 02:15, IOF moved into Kufor Qallil village, east of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nawaf Ibrahim al-‘Aamer, 49, a journalist, and arrested him.

 

· At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nasser ‘Abdul Jawad, Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council from the Change and Reform Bloc affiliated to Hamas, and arrested him.

 

· At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Jabl Jouhar neighborhood in the southeast of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Adham Mohammed al-‘Ajlouni, 24, and arrested him.

 

· At approximately 11:00, Israeli soldiers stationed on observation towers along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the east of Beit Hanoun town in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire near a number of Palestinian civilians and international solidarity activists who were demonstrating in the east of Beit Hanoun town. About 80 persons, including 6 members of the International Solidarity Movement, 13 members of the Local Initiative in Beit Hanoun town, 15 journalists, 10 farmers and 40 children. The children flew kites, which bore a number of slogans calling for freedom for Palestinian children and lifting the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip. When the demonstrators got as close as to 500 meters away from the border, Israeli soldiers fired at them. No casualties were reported.

 

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

 

· At approximately 00:00, IOF moved into Housan village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Na’el Wa’el Shahin, 17, and arrested him. 

 

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 in the West Bank. As a result, one Palestinian civilian was wounded. Dozens of Palestinian civilians and human rights defenders also suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.  IOF also arrested two Israeli human rights defenders and 6 Palestinian civilians.     

   

· Following the Friday Prayer on 24 June 2011, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in Bil'ein village, west of Ramallah, in protest to the construction of the annexation wall.   Dr. Salam Fayad, Palestinian Prime Minister in Ramallah, and Mr. Mohammed Baraka, member of the Israeli Knesset, participated in the demonstration. Israeli soldiers stationed in the area fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the demonstrators. As a result, Samer Mohammed Bernat, 36, was hit by a tear gas canister to right foot. Additionally, a number of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.  

 

· Also following the Friday Prayer on 24 June 2011, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in Ne'lin village, west of Ramallah, in protest against the construction of the annexation wall. They clashed with Israeli troops positioned near the Wall. Israeli troops fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at demonstrators. As a result, a number of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation. 

 

· Also following the Friday Prayer on 24 June 2011, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, in protest against land confiscations in the Wad al-Raya area between the villages of Nabi Saleh and Deir Nizam. When the demonstrators attempted to reach areas of land seized by Israeli settlers near "Halmish" settlement, Israeli troops fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a number of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation. 

 

· On Monday, 27 June 2011, IOF used force to disperse a number of volunteers and farmers who were farming Palestinian agricultural lands that are threatened by Israeli settlement activities in Arab al-Ramadin village, southwest of Hebron. According to investigations conducted by PCHR, Israeli soldiers had been already deployed in the area, which includes at least 200 dunums of agricultural land that had been fenced by Israeli settlers to annex it to “Ashkilot” settlement. IOF used force against Palestinian farmers and volunteers. They also arrested 6 Palestinian civilians. IOF claimed that these civilians resisted the Israeli military and threatened a settler. The detainees are:

 

1. Mohammed ‘Ali Hantash, 61;

2. Tamer Msayef al-Atrash, 25;

3. Jamal Mohammed Zamel, 53;

4. Isma’il Nassar Zamel, 24;

5. Majdi Shihda Zamel, 42; and

6. Aktham Shihda Zamel, 36. 

 

 

3. Continued Closure of the OPT

 

Israel has continued to impose a tightened closure of 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 three years. The illegal Israeli-imposed closure of the Gaza Strip, which has steadily tightened since June 2007, has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip. The illegal closure has caused not only a humanitarian crisis but a crisis of human rights and human dignity for the population of the Gaza Strip. Measures declared recently to ease the blockade are vague, purely cosmetic and fail to deal with the root causes of the crisis, which can only be addressed by an immediate and complete lifting of the closure, including lifting the travel ban into and out of the Gaza Strip and the ban on exports. PCHR is concerned that the new Israeli policy is simply shifting Gaza to another form of illegal blockade, one that may become internationally accepted and institutionalized. Palestinians in Gaza may no longer suffer from the same shortage of goods, but they will remain economically dependent and unable to care for themselves, and socially, culturally and academically isolated from the rest of the world.

 

Movement at Border Crossings during the Reporting Period:

 

Rafah International Crossing Point:

 

Director of the Crossings and Border Authority in Gaza, Hatem ‘Owida, stated that on Sunday, 26 June 2011, a new mechanism of travel was initiated at Rafah International Crossing Point to facilitate travel of urgent cases. He called on Palestinian civilians who had already registered for travel at the Ministry of Interior to confirm their registration bringing providing necessary documents. ‘Owaida indicated that urgent cases include those who have foreign passports, visitors, students, those who have residency permits in other countries, those who have visas to other countries and patients. He added that the problem of traveling through Rafah International Crossing Point lies in the extremely high number of people wishing to travel, as at least 20,000 people wish to travel in the next three months. He further noted that there are ongoing discussions with the Egyptian side to upgrade the capacity of the crossing point. 

 

Movement at Rafah International Crossing Point

22 – 28 June 2011

 

Day

Date

Traveling abroad

Coming into Gaza

Returned into Gaza

Wednesday

22 June 2011

520

514

12

Thursday

23 June 2011

649

659

18

Friday

24 June 2011

--

--

--

Saturday

25 June 2011

459

981

23

Sunday

26 June 2011

485

738

12

Monday

27 June 2011

409

974

4

Tuesday

28 June 2011

474

856

18

Movement at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) Crossing

22 – 28 June 2011

Imports:

 

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Number

Liters

22 June 2011

Foodstuffs

Cows

1,008

192

Agricultural materials

1,829

Various goods

Boxes of clothes

Washing machines

Refrigerators

Boxes of shoes

Glass boarda

859

1,056

180

119

716

520

Humanitarian aid

3,611

cooking gas

134.780

23 June 2011

Foodstuffs

1,163

Agricultural materials

1,401

Various goods

Refrigerators

Electricity pillars

Boxes of clothes

Washing machines

Glass boards

Water tanks

Cars

963

215

99

1,917

48

660

80

30

Humanitarian aid

2,215

cooking gas

114.810

26 June 2011

Foodstuffs

928

Agricultural materials

691

Various goods

Boxes of clothes

Boxes of shoes

Refrigerators

Washing machines

Electricity generators

Water tanks  

911

214

1,046

174

242

28

110

Humanitarian aid

2,447

cooking gas

136.990

27 June 2011

Foodstuffs

863

Agricultural materials

650

Various goods

Refrigerators

Boxes of clothes

Boxes of shoes

Glass boards

1,142

88

1,053

1,115

520

Humanitarian aid

3,077

cooking gas

135

Notes:

 

· On Wednesday, 22 June 2011, IOF allowed the entry 240 tons of construction aggregate and 28 tons of iron for UNRWA; 2,240 tons of construction aggregate for ANERA; and 372 tons of cement for the Palestinian Water Authority. They also allowed the entry of 1,170 tons of fodders and 560 tons of straws.

 

· On Thursday, 23 June 2011, IOF allowed the entry of 1,610 tons of construction aggregate for UNRWA and 90 tons of aggregate for the Palestinian Water Authority. They also allowed the entry of 195 tons of wheat and 1,170 of fodders.

 

· On Sunday, 26 June 2011, IOF allowed the entry of 400 tons of cement and 153 tons of iron bars for UNRWA, and 1,400 tons of construction aggregate for USAID.

 

· On Monday, 27 June 2011, IOF allowed the entry of 400 tons of cement for the Palestinian Water Authority and 2,240 tons of construction aggregate for UNDP. They also allowed the entry of 546 tons of wheat.

 

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, employees of international agencies and a limited number of 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 is only able to do so under severe restrictions that include prolonged checking. 

 

Movement at Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing

22 – 28 June 2011

 

Date

22 June

23 June

24 June

25 June

26 June

27 June

28 June

Patients

28

40

2

Nil

38

45

35

Companions

24

36

2

Nil

35

39

32

Arabs from Israel

11

Nil

Nil

Nil

25

6

5

Diplomats

Nil

7

Nil

Nil

1

Nil

Nil

International Journalists

Nil

1

Nil

Nil

1

3

2

International Workers

27

47

15

Nil

8

30

41

Travelers abroad

1

6

Nil

Nil

8

1

Nil

Business People

55

55

Nil

Nil

63

60

60

Economic Meetings

4

5

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Security Interviews

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

4

VIP's

2

Nil

Nil

Nil

2

Nil

Nil

Ambulances to Israel

2

1

1

1

3

3

1

Ambulances from Israel

4

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Nil

Nil

4

3

3

 

The West Bank

 

Israel has imposed a tightened closure 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.  

 

· Ramallah: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of the Palestinian civilians in Ramallah.  At approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 23 June 2011, IOF re-established their presence at ‘Attara checkpoint, north of Ramallah. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. At approximately 10:30 on the same day, they established a checkpoint near the entrance to Beit Liqya village, west of Ramallah. At approximately 08:00 on Friday, 24 June 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. At approximately 14:00 on the same day, IOF established a checkpoint under ‘Ein Yabroud Bridge, northeast of Ramallah. At approximately 09:30 on Saturday, 26 June 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at Beit ‘Aur intersection, west of Ramallah. At approximately 07:45 on Sunday, 26 June 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at ‘Oyoun al-Haramiya intersection, north of Ramallah. At approximately 09:30 on the same day, IOF established a checkpoint at Beit ‘Aur intersection, west of Ramallah.    

 

· Qalqilya: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  On Thursday, 23 June 2011, IOF established 3 checkpoints around Qalqilya. At approximately 01:00 on Friday, 24 June 011, IOF established a checkpoint at Jeet intersection, northeast of Qalqilya. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. On Sunday, 26 June 2011, IOF established 4 checkpoints around the town.   

 

· Jericho: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. At approximately 15:00 on Saturday, 25 June 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of ‘Ein al-Dyouk village, north of Jericho. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. 

 

Arrests at Military Checkpoints

 

· At approximately 16:30 on Thursday, 23 June 2011, Israeli soldiers patrolling in the vicinity of the annexation wall in Bil’ein village, west of Ramallah, arrested Ibrahim ‘Abdul Fattah Bernat, 30.  

 

· On Thursday evening, 23 June 2011, Israeli soldiers positioned at Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing in the far north of the Gaza Strip, arrested Ayoub Ameen ‘Atallah, 19, from Beit Hanoun town in the northern Gaza Strip. ‘Atalllah had undergone a plastic surgery on Slovenia, as his right leg was amputated by an Israeli shelling near his house on 28 April 2011. He traveled to Slovenia together with another 16 Palestinians on 01 May 2011, and on that day he was on his way back to the Gaza Strip. 

 

· At approximately 17:30, IOF arrested Mousa Rafiq Abu Salah, 28, after the car which he was driving had been subject to an accident near Deir Sharaf intersection, west of Nablus. An Israeli ambulance arrived at the area to evacuate him to the hospital, as the car he was driving has an Israeli registration plate. When they discovered that the driver was Palestinian they called IOF and the Israeli police, which arrested him.

 

· On Monday noon, 27 June 2011, Israeli soldiers positioned at the Container checkpoint near Bethlehem arrested Mohammed Nayef al-Shawabka, 43, from Dura town south of Hebron.

 

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.

 

· At approximately 10:30 on Thursday, 23 June 2011, IOF moved into Wadi Hassasa area in the east of Arab al-Rashaida village, east of Bethlehem. They forced Palestinian farmers and shepherds away from the area. At approximately 11:30, IOF demolished two barnyards, which stand on a 72-square-meter area of land, belong to Ibrahim Mohammed Rashaida and ‘Ali Mohammed Rashaida, and a will. These demolitions were carried out without prior notices. 

 

· On Thursday evening, IOF confiscated a tractor belonging to Mustafa Taha al-Manasra, 49, from Wad Foukin village west of Bethlehem. According to information available to PCHR from al-Manasra, he was plowing an agricultural plot in Wadi al-Baqara area near Housan village, when an Israeli military jeep arrived. Israeli soldiers stepped down and ordered him to stop working, claiming that the area is a state land. They escorted him and the tractor to “Kfar Etzion” military post, where they confiscated the tractor, but released him.

 

· On Friday morning, 24 June 2011, dozens of Israeli settlers from “Sousia” settlement to the southeast of Yatta town, south of Hebron, attacked a number of Palestinian farmers and 3 international human rights defenders, in an attempt to prevent them from farming an agricultural belonging to the Houshiya family.  As a result, 4 Palestinian farmers sustained bruises and a car was damaged. According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 08:30, a number of Palestinian farmers and 3 international human rights defenders were farming an agricultural plot in the area, when dozens of Israeli settlers, some of whom were armed. They attacked the farmers and the human rights defenders. They violently beat 4 farmers causing bruises to them throughout their bodies. They also damaged a car belonging to Nasser Mohammed Nawaj’a. Later, IOF arrived at the area and forced the farmers and human rights defenders away and declared the area a closed military zone. The farmers who sustained bruises are: Nasser Mohammed al-Nawaj’a, 28; Jameel Khalil Houshiya, 58; Jaber Mohammed ‘Awad, 40; and Mohammed Jaber al-Nawaj’a, 50.

· At approximately 10:30 also on Friday, dozens of Israeli settlers stormed Jabal al-Tabban area near Kour village, south of Tulkarm. They terrified Palestinian civilians in the area. They left the area later and no more events were reported.  

 

· At the same time, 5 Israeli settlers stormed agricultural areas in Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqilya. Palestinian civilians immediately informed the Palestinian liaison offices, which contacted IOF. Later, IOF arrived at the area and evacuated the settlers. 

 

· On Saturday midnight, 25 June 2011, bulldozers of the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem demolished bulldozed at least 100 graves in Maman Allah cemetery in the old town of Jerusalem, to establish a museum and a car park.

 

· At approximately 08:00 on Monday, 27 June 2011, IOF moved into Khillat al-Dar area at the eastern side of bypass road #60, south of Hebron. They razed a 2.5-dunum area of land belonging to Mohammed Hussein Erfa’iya. It should be noted that IOF issued an order confiscating the land to establish an aircraft strip. 

 

· At approximately 08:30 on the same day, IOF moved into al-Baq’a area near bypass road #60, east of Hebron. They forced Palestinian farmers away from the area. At approximately 09:10, they started to destroy irrigation networks. By approximately 13:00, they had destroyed at least 36,000 meters of plastic pipes and some crops. During this operation, Palestinian farmers attempted to stop such destruction. IOF arrested one of them, Mowaffaq Mahmoud Jaber, 45. They released him on bail at approximately 16:00. The irrigation networks that were destroyed belong to the Jaber and al-Rajabi families. This area is the most fertile in Hebron. Over the past years, IOF have taken a series of measures against Palestinian civilians living in the area in an attempt to force them out of it. 

 

· At approximately 09:30 on the same day, IOF razed areas of areas of land belonging to al-Nazer family located to the northwest of Hebron, to expand an Israeli military post in the area. PCHR’s field workers had not been able to reach the area as the Israeli military operation was ongoing.

 

· On Tuesday, 28 June 2011, IOF razed at least 15 dunums of agricultural land belonging to Kamal ‘Abdul Rahman, from Deir Estia village northwest of Salfit. IOF uprooted at least 300 olives trees and transported them to an unknown destination. 

 

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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 their 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 that international civil society organizations, including human rights organizations, bar associations and NGOs, participate in the process of exposing those accused of grave breaches of international law and urge their governments to bring the perpetrators 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 demand Israel 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 process or agreement must be based on respect for international law, including international human rights and humanitarian law.

 

 

 

 

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Public Document

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



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