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A house demolished by Israeli Occupation Forces in al-‘Aqaba village near Nablus


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

 

Two Palestinians, included a child, died of previous wounds in the Gaza Strip.

 

IOF continued to attack Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip.

 

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

Two Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded.

 

IOF conducted 38 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and a limited one into the Gaza Strip.  

IOF arrested 18 Palestinians, including 7 children and a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council.

 

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

IOF arrested at least 4 Palestinian civilians at military checkpoints and border crossings in the West Bank.

 

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

IOF uprooted 500 olive trees in Deir Estia village, northwest of Salfit.

Israeli settlers set fire to 170 olive trees in Jeet village, northeast of Qalqilya.

Israeli settlers burnt 3 cars in Beit Fourik village, east of Nablus.

Israeli settlers attempted to moved into a number of Palestinian villages.  

 

 

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (15 – 21 September 2011):

 

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, two Palestinians, including a child, died of wounds they had sustained by IOF in the Gaza Strip. In the West Bank, 4 Palestinian civilians, including two children, were wounded by IOF and Israeli settlers.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 16 September 2011, Khaled Suleiman Saleem Kaware’, 43, a member of Hamas from Khan Yunis, dies of a wound he had sustained during the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip (27 December 2008 – 18 January 2009). According to PCHR’s documentation, at approximately 16:10 on Thursday, 08 January 2009, an Israeli drone fired a missile at Kaware’ when he was at Khan Yunis –Rafah eastern road. As a result, he and another 3 Palestinians were wounded. His wound was described as serious and his legs were amputated. He entered in a comma one month later. He received medical treatment in a Saudi hospital and in al-Wafaa’ Hospital in Gaza City. Recently, he was taken home living with assisting medical sets until he died.

 

On 19 September 2011, Ibrahim ‘Adnan ‘Abed Rabbu al-Zaza, 14, from al-Tuffah neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, died of a wound he had sustained on 19 August 2011. According to PCHR’s documentation, at approximately 17:30 on Friday, 19 August 2011, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a number of activists of the Palestinian resistance near al-Wafaa’ Hospital in the east of Gaza City. As a result, two children were seriously wounded: Ibrahim ‘Adnan ‘Abed Rabbu al-Zaza, 14; and Mohammed ‘Aatef ‘Abed Rabbu al-Zaza, 15. Ibrahim had received medical treatment in Shifa Hospital in Gaza City for one week before he was transferred to an Israeli hospital, where he received medical treatment until his death. 

 

During the reporting period, Israeli gunboats opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Strip. No fishermen were hurt, but Israeli naval troops confiscated and damaged some fishing nets. 

 

In the West Bank, on 16 September 2011, armed Israelis settlers fired at Palestinian civilians in Qasra village. As a result, a Palestinian civilian was wounded.

 

On 20 September 2011, a Palestinian child was wounded when IOF used force against Palestinian civilians who attempted to stop attacks by Israeli settlers in Saouther ‘Assira village, south of Nablus. 

 

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, two Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded and dozens of Palestinian civilians and international human rights defenders suffered from tear gas inhalation.  

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 38 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, during which they arrested 18Palestinian civilians, including 7 children and a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council.   

 

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted one incursion on 20 September 2011 into the northern Gaza Strip.

 

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 Sofa 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 11 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 51 months, IOF have continued to deny approximately 700 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 15 September 2011, a number of Israeli settlers traveling in two civilian vehicles arrived at the western entrance of Beit Fourik village, east of Nablus. They stepped down and set fire to two Palestinian civilian cars belonging. The three cars were totally burnt.

 

On the same day, a number of Israeli settlers from “Gilad” settlement, east of Qalqilya, set fire to agricultural areas in Jeet village. As a result, large areas of agricultural land were burnt and at least 150 trees were destroyed. 

 

On the same day, a number of Israeli settlers from “Ariel” settlement, north of Salafit, damaged many olive trees belonging to Bassel Mahmoud Abu ‘Eissa in Kufor Hares village to the north of the aforementioned settlement.

 

Also on the same day, a number of Israeli settlers moved into Seilat al-Zaher village near Jenin. They attempted to place a mobile home on the land where the evacuated “Homesh” settlement used to stand, but IOF evacuated them.

 

On 16 September 2011, Fat’hallah Mahmoud Abu Raida and his sons arrived at their land located at Qasra-Jaloud village near Qasra village, southeast of Nablus. Soon, they saw at least 10 Israeli settlers in the area, 4 of whom were armed. One of the settlers took his clothes off completely and washed in a pool. Abu Raida phoned the local council of the village and some villagers, who came to expel the settlers. Immediately, the settlers fired into the air to drive villagers away from them. As a result, Abu Raida was wounded by shrapnel from bullets to the leg. Soon after, IOF arrived at the area and fired tear gas canisters at the Palestinian villagers. 

 

On the same day, while IOF were using force to disperse a peaceful demonstration organized by Palestinian civilians against Israeli settlement activities in the south of Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, a number of Israeli settlers from “Karmi Tsur” settlement attempted to force journalists away from the area. They insulted the journalists, and one of them attempted to attack Ma’moun Isma’il Wazwaz, 35, a cameraman of Reuters. When Wazwaz attempted to defend himself, an Israeli officer intervened and threatened to arrest him. The officer then forced Wazwaz and other journalists to leave the area.

 

On 17 September 2011, a number of Israeli settlers from “Efrat” settlement, south of Bethlehem, attacked a car, in which 4 Palestinian civilians were traveling. The car was damaged. 

 

On 18 September 2011, a number of Israeli settlers from “Gilad” settlement, northeast of Qalqilya, set fire to Palestinian agricultural areas in Jeet village. As a result, 20 olive trees were burnt. 

 

On 19 September 2011, a number of Israeli settlers moved into Seilat al-Zaher village near Jenin. They set up tents on the land where the evacuated “Homesh” settlement used to stand, but IOF evacuated them.

 

On the same day, IOF uprooted 500 olive trees belonging to the heirs of Dawod Yousef Zaidan in Wad Edris area in Deir Estia village, northwest of Salfit. The Israeli liaison informed the Palestinian side that on Wednesday, 14 September 2011, IOF cut 135 olive trees in Wd Abu Edris area in the west of Deir Estia village, claiming that they were planted on “state land,” but the rela number of the trees that were cut is 500.

 

On 20 September 2011, hundreds of Israeli settlers, escorted by IOF and the Israeli police, moved into Kufol Hares village, north of Salfit, allegedly to visit Jewish shrines. Before leaving the village, the settlers threw stones at Palestinian houses. No damage was reported.

On the same day, at least 50 Israeli settlers gathered near “Mavo Dutan” checkpoint, southwest of Jenin. They attempted to move into the nearby Ya’bad village, but IOF stopped them. IOF also closed the checkpoint until night. 

 

Also on the same day, some Israeli settlers from “Yits’har” settlement, south of Nablus, stormed Southern ‘Assira village, south of Nablus. Dozens of Palestinian civilian gathered to stop the settlers. IOF then moved into the village to protect the settlers. They fired tear gas canisters at Palestinian civilians. As a result, a child, was hit by a tear gas canister to the back.

 

On 21 September 2011, at least 30 Israeli settlers from “Dutan” settlement, southwest of Jenin, attempted to moved into ‘Arraba village, but IOF prevented them. 

 

Israeli Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (15 – 21 September 2011)

 

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

 

Thursday, 15 September 2011

 

At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Nablus.  They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 3 Palestinian civilians:

 

1- ‘Emad Ahmed al-Tanbour, 24;

2- ‘Abdullah ‘Abdul Jabbar Swaikat, 20; and

3- Muneer Najeh al-Masri, 25.

 

At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into al-Jinan neighborhood in al-Bireh. They raided and searched a house belonging to Fadel Mohammed Hamdan, Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council from the Change and Reform Bloc affiliated to Hamas, and arrested him. 

 

Also at approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Bourqin village, west of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 09:30, IOF moved into Zeita village, north of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 11:00, IOF moved into Kharabtha al-Misbah village, southwest of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 11:30, IOF moved into Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 15:10, IOF moved into Beit ‘Aur al-Tahta village, southwest of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 16:20, IOF moved into Bidya village, west of Salafit. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 19:00, IOF moved into Zeita village, north of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 22:00, IOF moved into Zabbouba village, northwest of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 22:40, IOF moved into Brouqin village, west of Salfit. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Friday, 16 September 2011

 

At approximately 00:30, IOF moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqilya. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 3 Palestinian children, but released them on the following day:

 

1- Ma’awia ‘Abdul Latif Radwan, 16;

2- Mohammed Muneer Mash’al, 16; and

3- Mahdi Majdi Swaidan, 16.

 

At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Sirris village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Bilal Farid ‘Awad, 41, who was not at home. They questioned the family. When they learnt that he was sleeping in his shop in the south of the village, they took his nephew, Yazan Mohammed ‘Awad, 15, to guide them to the shop. When they arrived at the shop, they arrested ‘Awad.

 

At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into ‘Attil village, north of Tulkarm. An Israeli undercover unit then moved into the east of the village. Israeli soldiers raided a house belonging to the family of Bilal Jalal Khalil, 26, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 02:20, IOF moved into Jeet village, east of Qalqilya. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 4 Palestinian civilians:

 

1- Tha’er Salah al-Din Yamin, 17;

2- Ashraf Marwan Yamin, 17;

3- ‘Abdul Malek Marwan Yamin, 17; and

4- Tha’er Jamal Yamin, 17.

 

At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into al-Zababda village, southeast of Jenin. They raided and apartment building belonging to the al-Sharqawi family, and summoned 4 members of the family for interrogation.

 

At approximately 09:00, IOF moved into ‘Ein ‘Arik village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 09:30, IOF moved into Zibda village, south of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 21:15, IOF moved into al-Jaroushiya village, north of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 21:30, IOF moved into Fassayel village, north of Jericho. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 22:30, IOF moved into Artah suburb, southwest of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 23:00, IOF moved into Yassouf village, east of Salfit. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 23:10, IOF moved into Beit Liqya village, southwest of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Saturday, 17 September 2011

 

At approximately 00:30, IOF moved into Rantis village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Also at approximately 00:30, IOF moved into Beit Siera village, southwest of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 09:30, IOF moved into al-Naqoura village, northwest of Nablus. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Sunday, 18 September 2011

 

At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Jenin. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 3 Palestinians:

1- ‘Abdul Jabbar Mohammed Jarrar, 45, a leader of Hamas;

2- ‘Abdullah Fahmi Sha’ban, 22; and

3- Isma’il ‘Abdul Baqi Abu al-Wafa, 23.

 

At approximately 14:30, IOF moved into Jayous village, northeast of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Monday, 19 September 2011

 

At approximately 07:15, Israeli gunboats opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats opposite to Beit Lahia beach in the northern Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported. Israeli bnavle troop s then confiscated and damaged fishing nets belonging to a number of fishermen, including Qussai Mohammed al-Sultan, Shareef Mohammed al-Sultan, Mohammed Khader al-Sultan, Mahmoud Isma’il Zayed, Hussam Mohammed Zayed and Ramadan Ghaleb al-Sultan.

 

At approximately 09:30, IOF moved into Kufor Malek village, northeast of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 10:30, IOF moved into Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 11:00, IOF moved into Ras Karkar village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 15:30, Ibrahim ‘Adnan ‘Abed Rabbu al-Zaza, 14, from al-Tuffah neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, died of a wound he had sustained on 19 August 2011. According to PCHR’s documentation, at approximately 17:30 on Friday, 19 August 2011, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a number of activists of the Palestinian resistance near al-Wafaa’ Hospital in the east of Gaza City. As a result, two children were seriously wounded: Ibrahim ‘Adnan ‘Abed Rabbu al-Zaza, 14; and Mohammed ‘Aatef ‘Abed Rabbu al-Zaza, 15. Ibrahim had received medical treatment in Shifa Hospital in Gaza City for one week before he was transferred to an Israeli hospital, where he received medical treatment until his death. 

 

At approximately 20:00, IOF moved into Fassayel village, north of Jericho. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 21:00, IOF moved into Kufor al-Dik village, west of Salfit. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

 

At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Nour Shams refugee camp, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Faisal Mahmoud Khalifa, 30, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 08:00, IOF moved nearly 150 meters into Bourat Abu Samra area in the north of Beit Lahia town in the northern Gaza Strip opening fire indiscriminately. No casualties were reported. They moved back to the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel at 13:00.

 

At approximately 18:00, IOF moved into Shaqba village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 19:00, IOF moved into Beit ‘Aur al-Fouqa village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 22:00, IOF moved into Beit Liqya village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported. 

 

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

 

At approximately 14:00, 4 members of an Israeli undercover unit, who were traveling in an Israeli civilian vehicle, moved into ‘Assida quarter in the east of Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, supported by Israeli military vehicles. They raided a carpentry workshop and arrested Ibrahim Yousef Sabarna, 20, a worker.

 

A Palestinian Dies of Wounds Sustained during Israeli Offensive on the Gaza Strip

 

At approximately 04:30 on Friday, 16 September 2011, Khaled Suleiman Saleem Kaware’, 43, a member of Hamas from Khan Yunis, dies of a wound he had sustained during the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip (27 December 2008 – 18 January 2009).

 

According to PCHR’s documentation, at approximately 16:10 on Thursday, 08 January 2009, an Israeli drone fired a missile at Kaware’ when he was at Khan Yunis –Rafah eastern road. As a result, he and another 3 Palestinians were wounded. His wound was described as serious and his legs were amputated. He entered in a comma one month later. He received medical treatment in a Saudi hospital and in al-Wafaa’ Hospital in Gaza City. Recently, he was taken home living with assisting medical sets until he died.

 

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, a Palestinian civilian was wounded. Additionally, dozens of Palestinian civilians and human rights defenders suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises. 

   

Following the Friday Prayer on 16 September 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. They moved towards areas of Palestinian land, which the Israeli High Court ordered to be returned to their Palestinian owners. The demonstrators also used megaphones to call on Israeli settlers living in “Mitityaho Mizrach” settlement to leave it. Israeli soldiers stationed in the area fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the demonstrators. As a result, a number of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation.

 

Also following the Friday Prayer on 16 September 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 annexation wall. Israeli soldiers 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 16 September 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, Bakr Farah Tamimi, 25, was hit by a tear gas canister to the right shoulder, and a number of demonstrators also suffered from tear gas inhalation.  IOF also arrested Ashraf Ibrahim Abu Rahma, 30, but released him at approximately 22:30.  

 

On Wednesday noon, 21 September 2011, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized demonstration at the entrance of Qalandya refugee camp, north of Jerusalem, in support to the Palestinian leadership’s demand of recognition for the Palestinian statehood by the United Nations. They moved towards Qalandya checkpoint. They set fire to tires and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers. Immediately, Israeli soldiers fired at the demonstrators. As a result, ‘Aahed As’ad Wahdan, 15, was hit by a tear gas canister to the left eye. Additionally, dozens of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation. 

 

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:

 

Movement at Rafah International Crossing Point

14 – 20 September 2011

 

Day

Date

Traveling abroad

Coming into Gaza

Returned into Gaza

Wednesday

14 September 2011

802

313

15

Thursday

15 September 2011

856

557

20

Friday

16 September 2011

--

--

--

Saturday

17 September 2011

813

458

20

Sunday

18 September 2011

696

377

12

Monday

19 September 2011

701

362

22

Tuesday

20 September 2011

552

272

15

 

Movement at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) Crossing

14 – 20 September 2011

 

Imports:

 

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Number

Liters

14 September 2011

Foodstuffs

756

Agricultural materials

1,870

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Cartons of shoes

Water tanks

Glass boards

Tractors  

1,042

693

1,227

120

520

2

Humanitarian aid

4,303

cooking gas

161.840

15 September 2011

Foodstuffs

885

Agricultural materials

1,587

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Cars

Refrigerators

Washing machines

Glass boards

Electricity generators 

1,366

282

31

145

168

520

4

Humanitarian aid

3,743

Cooking gas

175.230

18 September 2011

Foodstuffs

994

Agricultural materials

1,607

Various goods

Cartoons of clothes

Car tires

1,068

 

1,068

515

Humanitarian aid

3,272

Cooking gas

184.850

19 September 2011

Foodstuffs

933

Agricultural materials  

1,003

Various goods

Cartoons of clothes

Washing machines

Electricity generators  

Glass boards

Cows

1,010

 

 

1,528

286

32

1,040

360

Humanitarian aid

2,922

cooking gas

82.470

12 September 2011

Foodstuffs

1,270

Agricultural materials

2,055

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Water tanks

Washing machines

Cows  

1,052

768

110

213

443

Humanitarian aid

1,709

cooking gas

112.020

 

Notes:

 

On Wednesday, 14 September 2011, IOF allowed the entry of 378 tons of cement, 2,310 tons of construction aggregate and 141 tons of construction steel for UNRWA, and 40 tons of cement and 1,260 tons of construction aggregate for UNDP. They also allowed the entry of 1,131 tons of fodders.

On Thursday, 15 September 2011, IOF allowed the entry of 3,570 tons of construction aggregate for the German Development Bank. They also allowed the entry of 1,209 tons of wheat.

 

On Sunday, 18 September 2011, IOF allowed the entry of 200 tons of cement, 20 tons of tar and 154 tons of construction steel for UNRWA, and 2,660 tons of construction aggregate for the Palestinian Water Authority. They also allowed the entry of 1,365 tons of fodders.

 

On Monday, 19 September 2011, IOF allowed the entry of 2,310 tons of construction aggregate for the Palestinian Water Authority. They also allowed the entry of 663 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

14 – 20 September 2011

 

Date

14 September

15 September

16 September

17 September

18 September

19 September

20 September

Patients

23

49

1

Nil

52

30

46

Companions

26

48

1

51

27

45

39

Arabs from Israel

7

15

10

Nil

25

26

1

Diplomats

5

17

Nil

Nil

Nil

3

Nil

International Journalists

2

8

4

Nil

7

1

3

International Workers

28

59

19

Nil

Nil

35

20

Travelers abroad

2

3

Nil

Nil

Nil

3

2

Business People

92

94

80

Nil

88

95

90

Economic Meetings

1

1

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

Security Interviews

3

1

Nil

Nil

3

2

1

VIP's

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Ambulances to Israel

2

Nil

4

1

2

2

1

Ambulances from Israel

2

2

Nil

Nil

1

1

1

 

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. At approximately 02:00 on Saturday, 17 September 2011, IOF placed 13 cement blocks nearly 150 meters away from Qalandya checkpoint, north of Jerusalem, closing one of the major routes leading to the checkpoint. They also closed the yard located near the crossing route, and established a 100-meter long wall near the checkpoint, limiting passage through the checkpoint to one route only. In the same context, IOF imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians through various checkpoints around Jerusalem. 

 

Ramallah: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of the Palestinian civilians in Ramallah. At approximately 11:00 on Sunday, 18 September 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of al-Mazra’a village, northeast of Ramallah. At approximately 15:40 on the same day, they re-established their presence at ‘Attara checkpoint, north of Ramallah. At approximately 20:30, they established a checkpoint at ‘Oyoun al-Haramiya intersection on Ramallah – Nablus road. At approximately 09:30 on Monday, 19 September 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Kharabtha al-Misbah village, west of Ramallah. At approximately 16:00 on the same day, IOF established a checkpoint at Beit ‘Aur al-Fouqa intersection, southwest of Ramallah.   

 

Bethlehem: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. On Saturday morning, 17 September 2011, IOF imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians through the Container checkpoint, northeast of Bethlehem. They conducted prolonged searches on Palestinian civilian vehicles and forced them to wait for long periods. They also held dozens of young men for several hours for interrogation. They held two buses which were transporting dozens of Palestinian civilians who were on their way to Qalandya checkpoint, south of Ramallah, to participate in a peaceful demonstration there. Israeli soldiers confiscated Palestinian flags. 

 

Hebron: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. On Wednesday morning, 21 September 2011, IOF established several checkpoints inside and around Hebron. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles, and summoned a number of Palestinian civilians for interrogation.

 

Qalqilya:  IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 09:00 on Friday, 16 September 2011, IOF established a checkpoint near al-Fundoq village, east of Qalqilya. At approximately 22:40 on the same day, they established a checkpoint at the entrance of ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqilya. On Saturday, 17 September 2011, IOF established 5 checkpoints on Qalqilya Nablus road. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. At approximately 12:20 on Monday, 19 September 2011, IOF established at the entrance of Kufor Laqif village, east of Qalqilya.     

 

Tulkarm: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. At approximately 19:00 on Thursday, 16 September 2011, IOF established a checkpoint on Tulkarm-Qalqilya road, south of Tulkarm. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. 

 

Jenin: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 19:00 on Monday, 19 September 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at Ta’nak intersection, north of Jenin. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.

 

Jericho: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.   

 

Salfit: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. On Friday, 16 September 2011, IOF established 5 checkpoints around Salfit. On Saturday, 17 September 2011, IOF established 6 checkpoints around the town. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. On Monday, 19 September 2011, IOF established 4 checkpoints around Salfit. 

 

Arrests at Military Checkpoints

 

On Thursday morning, 15 September 2011, Israeli soldiers positioned at Za’tara checkpoint, south of Nablus, arrested Hamdi ‘Abdul Hakim Abu Zahra, 25, from Nablus.

 

At approximately 13:00 on Saturday, 17 September 2011, Israeli soldiers positioned at a checkpoint on Jenin – Nablus road, south of Jenin, arrested Murad Waleed Malaisha, 22, from Jaba’ village south of Jenin, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 13:00 on Sundat, 18 September 2011, Israeli soldiers positioned at a checkpoint at the entrance of Barta’a village, northwest of Jenin, arrested Saddam Fazwi Sharqawi, 25, from al-Zababda village southeast of Jenin.

 

At approximately 13:00 on Monday, 19 September 2011, Israeli soldiers positioned at a checkpoint at the eastern entrance of Qalqilya arrested Mohammed Nihad al-Khdour, 19, from Biddu village northwest of Jerusalem.

 

Harassment at Military Checkpoints

 

At approximately 18:00 on Friday, 18 September 2011, IOF fired a tear gas canister at a bus that was transporting 20 Palestinian women, from Deir Ballout village west of Salfit, who were on their way back to the village from a wedding party in Shabtin village near Ramallah. When the bus was traveling near the entrance of Shabtin village, Israeli soldiers fired a tear gas canister that hit the top of the bus. The women suffered from tear gas inhalation. 

 

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 02:30 on Thursday, 15 September 2011, a number of Israeli settlers traveling in two civilian vehicles arrived at the western entrance of Beit Fourik village, east of Nablus. They stepped down and set fire to two Palestinian civilian cars belonging to Ashraf Ahmed Mlaitat, Hamdai ‘Aayesh Mlaitat and Bilal ‘Omar Nasasra. The three cars were totally burnt.

 

On the same day, a number of Israeli settlers from “Gilad” settlement, east of Qalqilya, set fire to agricultural areas in Jeet village. As a result, large areas of agricultural land were burnt and at least 150 trees were destroyed. 

 

At approximately 14:00 on Thursday, 15 September 2011, a number of Israeli settlers from “Ariel” settlement, north of Salafit, damaged many olive trees belonging to Bassel Mahmoud Abu ‘Eissa in Kufor Hares village to the north of the aforementioned settlement.

 

At approximately 20:00, a number of Israeli settlers moved into Seilat al-Zaher village near Jenin. They attempted to place a mobile home on the land where the evacuated “Homesh” settlement used to stand, but IOF evacuated them.

 

At approximately 08:00 on Friday, 16 September 2011, Fat’hallah Mahmoud Abu Raida and his sons arrived at their land located at Qasra-Jaloud village near Qasra village, southeast of Nablus. Soon, they saw at least 10 Israeli settlers in the area, 4 of whom were armed. One of the settlers took his clothes off completely and washed in a pool. Abu Raida phoned the local council of the village and some villagers, who came to expel the settlers. Immediately, the settlers fired into the air to drive villagers away from them. As a result, Abu Raida was wounded by shrapnel from bullets to the leg. Soon after, IOF arrived at the area and fired tear gas canisters at the Palestinian villagers. The then withdrew from the area together with the settlers towards “Yish Kodesh” settlement, which stands on the lands of Qasra village.

 

At approximately 11:00 also on Friday, while IOF were using force to disperse a peaceful demonstration organized by Palestinian civilians against Israeli settlement activities in the south of Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, a number of Israeli settlers from “Karmi Tsur” settlement attempted to force journalists away from the area. They insulted the journalists, and one of them attempted to attack Ma’moun Isma’il Wazwaz, 35, a cameraman of Reuters. When Wazwaz attempted to defend himself, an Israeli officer intervened and threatened to arrest him. The officer then forced Wazwaz and other journalists to leave the area.

 

On Saturday morning, 17 September 2011, a number of Israeli settlers from “Efrat” settlement, south of Bethlehem, attacked a car, in which 4 Palestinian civilians were traveling. The car was damaged. Bassam Khalil Jaber, 44, from al-Khader village southwest of Bethlehem, stated to PCHR that he, his mother, his wife and his child were traveling back home after cropping grapes from a plot belonging to the family near Jourat al-Sham’a village, south of Bethlehem. When they were traveling at road # 60, a number of Israeli settlers attacked the car with stones. The car was damaged, but no one was injured.  

 

On Sunday, 18 September 2011, a number of Israeli settlers from “Gilad” settlement, northeast of Qalqilya, set fire to Palestinian agricultural areas in Jeet village. As a result, 20 olive trees belonging to the heirs of Hassan Hamed Yamin were burnt. 

 

At approximately 09:30 on Monday, 19 September 2011, a number of Israeli settlers moved into Seilat al-Zaher village near Jenin. They set up tents on the land where the evacuated “Homesh” settlement used to stand, but IOF evacuated them.

 

On Monday morning, 19 September 2011, IOF uprooted 500 olive trees belonging to the heirs of Dawod Yousef Zaidan in Wad Edris area in Deir Estia village, northwest of Salfit. According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 08:00, Harb Ma’rouf Zaidan, 55, from Qarawat Bani Hassan village northwest of Salfit, who farms an agricultural plot belonging to the heirs of Dawod Yousef Zaidan, went to the area. He found that 500 olive trees had been cut. The Israeli liaison informed the Palestinian side that on Wednesday, 14 September 2011, IOF cut 135 olive trees in Wd Abu Edris area in the west of Deir Estia village, claiming that they were planted on “state land,” but the rela number of the trees that were cut is 500.

 

At approximately 00:30 on Tuesday, 20 September 2011, hundreds of Israeli settlers, escorted by IOF and the Israeli police, moved into Kufol Hares village, north of Salfit, allegedly to visit Jewish shrines. Before leaving the village at approximately 03:00, the settlers threw stones at Palestinian houses. No damage was reported.

 

At approximately 15:00 on the same day, at least 50 Israeli settlers gathered near “Mavo Dutan” checkpoint, southwest of Jenin. They attempted to move into the nearby Ya’bad village, but IOF stopped them. IOF also closed the checkpoint until night. 

 

At approximately 16:00, some Israeli settlers from “Yits’har” settlement, south of Nablus, stormed Southern ‘Assira village, south of Nablus. Dozens of Palestinian civilian gathered to stop the settlers. IOF then moved into the village to protect the settlers. They fired tear gas canisters at Palestinian civilians. As a result, ‘Aaref Mohammed ‘Assaira, 14, was hit by a tear gas canister to the back.

 

At approximately 13:00 on Wednesday, 21 September 2011, at least 30 Israeli settlers from “Dutan” settlement, southwest of Jenin, attempted to moved into ‘Arraba village, but IOF prevented them. 

 

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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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