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Thursday, 08 November 2012 00:00

Two Palestinian civilians standing on the debris of their house which was demolished by Israeli forces in ‘Anata village near Jerusalem


 Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)

      

 

The IOF killed a Palestinian civilian suffering from epilepsy in the central Gaza Strip

2 Palestinian resistance members were killed by an airstrike in the Gaza Strip

A Palestinian policeman and a resistance member were wounded in the northern Gaza Strip

12 civilians were wounded, including a child, in the Hares village, north of the West Bank.

 

The IOF continued to target fishermen in the Gaza Strip.

3 attacks were carried out against Palestinian fishermen in the northern Gaza Strip.

 

The IOF used force to disperse peaceful protests organized by Palestinian civilians in the West Bank.

Dozens of protestors sustained bruising and suffered from tear gas inhalation.

 

The IOF conducted 92 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 2 incursionx in the Gaza Strip. 

The IOF arrested 60 Palestinians, including 5 children and 2 women, one of whom is the wife of the Palestinian prisoner, Bassam al-Sa'di.

 

Measures of creating Jewish Majority in occupied East Jerusalem

2 houses were demolished in the 'Anata and al-Tour neighborhood.

Offering tenders to construct 1,200 housing unit at the "Pisgat Ze'ev" and "Ramot" settlements

 

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

The IOF established dozens of checkpoints in the West Bank.

At least 11 Palestinians, including 4 children and a woman, were arrested at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

 

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

2 houses in Jericho, 2 houses in Salfit and a fifth house in Hebron were demolished.

Offering tenders to construct 70 new settlement units at the "Ariel" settlement in the northern West Bank.

The IOF have continued to issue demolition notices of houses and civilian facilities.

A child was injured as she was driven over by a settler's private car.


Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (24 October - 07 November 2012):

 

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, the IOF killed a Palestinian civilian suffering from epilepsy in the central Gaza Strip.  In addition, they killed 2 Palestinian resistance members by airstrike and wounded a third, in addition to wounding a Palestinian policeman at the Customs checkpoint in the north of the Gaza Strip.  Dozens of protestors suffered from tear gas inhalation and sustained bruises during demonstrations organized against the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank.  

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 04 November 2012, in an excessive use of lethal force, the IOF killed 1 Palestinian civilian suffering from epilepsy near the border fence, east of Wadi Gaza village, in the central Gaza Strip.  According to investigations conducted by PCHR, the IOF used excessive force against the Palestinian and did not attempt to arrest him first, especially as he was not a military man, but in civilian clothing. 

 

On 24 October 2012, 2 Palestinian resistance members were killed when an Israeli warplane launched a missile at them, as they were launching missiles at Israeli towns from a farming land behind the Tareq Abu al-Hsein petrol station on Salah Eddin Street in al-Shouka village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.  The 2 killed persons are affiliated to the Nasser Salah Eddin Brigades (the military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees).

 

On the same day, a Palestinian policeman was injured when an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the southern entrance of the Customs checkpoint "44" belonging to the Gaza Ministry of Interior, 1700 meters to the south of the Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing.  The missile was launched almost at the time of opening the crossing, when the Palestinian security officers were getting ready to receive Palestinians traveling from Gaza to Israel.  The policeman's wounds were serious.  As a result of the attack, the eastern electricity network supplying the Gaza Strip with power was damaged.  In addition, damage was caused to containers used as offices of the Palestinian Security Service.  Shrapnel made holes in these 6 offices.

 

On 02 November 2012, a Palestinian resistance member was injured when the IOF positioned at the border fence launched artillery shells at a Palestinian resistance group.  This group was in a farming land, east of the Wadi Gaza village (Johr al-Deek) in the east of Deir al-Balah, the central Gaza Strip.

 

In the context of other shooting incidents, on 22 October 2012, the IOF stationed inside watchtowers at the border fence, north of the Agriculture School in the north of Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire heavily at agricultural areas and houses of civilians adjacent to the border area.  Neither casualties nor damage of property were reported.  

 

On 24 October 2012, the IOF stationed at the border fence launched 10 artillery shells at the Gaza International Airport in the far southeast of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.  No casualties were reported. 

 

On 28 October 2012, an Israeli warplane bombarded an under-construction house, northeast of al-Bureij in the central Gaza Strip.  As a result, the house was completely destroyed; in addition, 4 other houses and a marble workshop sustained partial damages.  Moreover, a poultry farm was damaged and 50 chicks died.

 

On 29 October 2012, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a training site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades (the military wing of Hamas movement).  The training site is located south of the Omar Ben Abdul Aziz mosque on the Khalil al-Wazeer Street in Beit Hanoun, in the north of the Gaza Strip.  Neither casualties nor damage of property were reported.

 

On the same day, the IOF stationed at the border fence, east of the "Martyrs' Cemetery" in the east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, launched 2 artillery shells at the agricultural area in the vicinity of the cemetery.  Neither casualties nor damage of property were reported.

 

On 31 October 2012, the IOF stationed inside watchtowers, east of al-Na'ayma Street in the east of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire heavily at open areas for 10 minutes.  No casualties or damage of property were reported.

 

On 06 November 2012, the IOF stationed at the border fence, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, shelled the eastern parts of the 'Abassan and Khuza'a villages with artillery and smokescreen shells.  No casualties were reported. 

 

In the context of attacking Palestinian fishermen, on 01 November 2012, the Israeli gunboats positioned off al-Waha resort, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian gunboats.  Neither casualties nor damage of property were reported.

 

On 03 November 2012, the IOF positioned off al-Waha resort, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, sporadically opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats.

 

On 06 November 2012, the same incident took place again in the same area.

 

In the West Bank, on 07 November 2012, 12 Palestinians, including a child, were wounded in the northwest of Salfit, when dozens of civilians gathered attempting to prevent the demolition of 2 houses in the village.  However, the IOF used excessive force to disperse them.

 

In the same context, the IOF have continued the use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrations organized by Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human right defenders against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank.  As a result, dozens of protestors sustained bruises and suffered from tear gas inhalation.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, the IOF conducted at least 92 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.  During these incursions, the IOF arrested at least 60 Palestinians, including 5 children and 2 women, one of whom is wife of the Palestinian prisoner, Bassam al-Sa'di, a leader in Islamic Jihad movement. 

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 06 November 2012, a limited incursion was conducted in the eastern parts of the 'Abassan and Khuza'a villages, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.  The IOF leveled some farming lands under fire.

 

On 07 November 2012, 6 Israeli bulldozers and 4 tanks moved 500 meters into the west of the border fence, east of the Wadi Gaza village (Johr al-Deek) in the central Gaza Strip, under sporadic fire.  They bulldozed farming lands planted with vegetables, figs and palm trees.   

 

Measures to Create Jewish Majority in Occupied East Jerusalem


In the context of demolishing houses, during the reporting period, the IOF demolished 2 houses; the first is in al-Salam suburb, northeast of East Jerusalem and the second is in al-Zaytoun Mountain "al-Tour neighborhood," east of the Old Town.

 

On 01 November 2012, the IOF demolished a house belonging to the family of Sleem Isma'il al-Shawamrah (54), in al-Salam suburb, northeast of Jerusalem.  The house was demolished for the 6th time respectively.  Al-Shawamrah said that the IOF surrounded his house built on 115 square meters and started demolishing without any previous notice.  He added that his house was first demolished in 1998, while the last time was in 23 January 2012.  He rebuilt his house in July 2012 with the assistance of the International Coalition, which consists of 10 countries, and the Israeli ICAD Foundation.  Yet, the IOF re-demolished the house again after less than 3 months.  He said that it was the 6th time that his house was demolished.  

 

On 05 November 2012, the IOF demolished a house belonging to the family of Imad Abu Laban in al-Tour neighborhood.  The 1-storey, tin-roofed house was built on an area of 232 square meters and consisted of a room, a kitchen and a bathroom.  Abu Laban said that the Israeli Municipality had previously submitted to him a notice to demolish his house under the pretext that it was built on agricultural land without obtaining a construction permit.  The IOF demolished all the house facilities around, including walls, and uprooted fruitful trees, in addition to water tanks and electricity safety switches.  

 

In the context of settlement expansion projects, on 05 November 2012, the Israeli Ministry of Housing issued construction tenders of 1,200 new housing units at the "Pisgat Ze'ev" and "Ramot" settlements in East Jerusalem.  According to what was posted by the Israeli radio website "Reshet Bet," the Israeli Ministry of Housing offered these tenders to contractors in Israel in order to start these projects.  The Ministry pointed out that project of building 1,200 housing units in the 2 aforementioned settlements in East Jerusalem was approved months ago.    

 

Restrictions on Movement:

 

Israel continued to impose a tightened closure of the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. 

 

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.  Recently-declared measures to ease the closure are vague, purely cosmetic and fail to deal with the root causes of the crisis; the root causes 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.  Palestinians in Gaza may no longer suffer from the same shortage of goods but, as long as the closure is allowed to continue, they will remain economically dependent, unable to care for themselves, and socially, culturally and academically isolated from the rest of the world. 

 

The 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.

 

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 24 October 2012, the IOF bulldozed a tin-made barrack in the Beit Alban area, west of the Ethna village in the west of Hebron.  The barrack built on 2,250 square meters was bulldozed without any previous notice of demolition or suspension of work in the facility, according to the testimony of the barrack's owner, Abdul Rahman Abed Ahmed al-Tmeisi (33), given to PCHR's fieldworker. 

 

On the same day, the IOF submitted notices to demolish 7 houses in Khellet Theeb area, west of the Ethna village in the West of Hebron.  It should be noted that these notices were issued by (the Civil Administration – the Supreme Planning Council) under the name of suspension of construction works and demolition of houses under the pretext of not obtaining permits.  The IOF had informed the Palestinians of the decision to stop construction works in the area and refer to the concerned departments within maximum 7 days.  Palestinians said to PCHR's fieldworker that they headed to the Israeli courts through the "St. Yves" Foundation.  The case was adjourned 21 days after a hearing was held on 31 October 2012 to complete the documents needed for the case.

 

On 31 October 2012, the IOF demolished 2 houses in Steih lands near al-Dyouk al-Tahta village, northwest of Jericho.  The 2 houses are resided in by their owners in the wintertime.  They were demolished under the pretext of not obtaining construction permits from the Israeli "Civil Administration.  The IOF also demolished the fences of the 2 houses and electricity networks in the area. 

 

In the same context, on 01 November 2012, the IOF orally informed the residents of al-Fkheet and al-Tabban villages, east of Yatta in the south of Hebron, of a decision to demolish solar power boards that supply the east of Yatta with power, in addition to al-Musafer elementary school, within a maximum of 3 days.

 

In the context of settlement expansion projects, on 05 November 2012, the Israeli Ministry of Housing issued tenders to build 70 housing units in the "Ariel" settlement, north of Salfit in the northern Gaza Strip.  According to the Israeli radio website "Reshet Bet," the Ministry issued these tenders to contractors in Israel to start the project.

 

On 04 November 2012, the IOF with the company of Israeli settlers started leveling lands that were previously annexed to a settlement outpost established in the east of Yatta, south of Hebron.  The settlers set caravans in the area.

 

On 06 November 2012, the IOF demolished a 2-storey house belonging to the family of Mohammed Mosa Makhamra (50).   The house was built on 250 square meters, east of Yatta.  They also demolished a stockyard belonging to Hosni Mohammed Salam Rab'i, in addition to a tin-made room built on 50 square meters and a water well belonging to Mahmoud Mohammed Nasser (43).

 

On 07 November 2012, the IOF demolished 2 houses in the Hares village, northwest of Salfit.  One of them belongs to Ali Hussein Jaber and consists of 2 attached apartments of 300 meters; one of which was still under construction.  The other 2-storey house belongs to Hammam Yusef Salam.

 

In the same context, on 27 October 2012, 7 Israeli settlers from the "Nirya" settlement outpost, northwest of Ramallah, attacked Palestinian farmers while they were collecting olives in their lands in al-Nabi 'Enaiyir area.

 

On the same day, a group of settlers from the "Nhalial" settlement, northwest of Ramallah, cut down 20 olive trees in al-Safha area.  The trees belong to Ibrahim 'Ayesh Abdul Rahman Ladadwa.

 

On 31 October 2012, Hala Hesham Abu 'Ayyah (13) sustained bruises and fractures throughout her body, as a settler hit her on the main road at the entrance of the Beit Ummar village.  The child was transported to al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron by a PRCS ambulance.  The setter fled without offering any help to the child or calling an ambulance.

 

On 03 November 2012, a group of settlers accompanied by Israeli soldiers from the "Ytzhar" settlement, southeast of Nablus, attacked Palestinian farmers, who were collecting olives in the vicinity of the 'Oureef High School for Boys, and threw stones at them.  As a result, Waleed Sa'id Najeh al-Safadi (18) was hit by a stone in the head.  The IOF arrested al-Safadi's uncle, Isam Najeh Sharif al-Safadi (37), an officer in the Palestinian Intelligence Service.         

 

 

Israeli Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (24 October – 07 November 2012)

 

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

 

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

 

At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into the Balata village, east of Nablus.  They patrolled the streets for some time and searched some houses.  They raided a house belonging to the family of Abdul Rahman Abu Ghalyoun, 23, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 02:00 also, IOF moved into Beita village, southeast of Nablus.  They patrolled the streets for some time and raided some houses.  They arrested 4 civilians:

 

1- Hamza Abdul Aziz Kharyoush, 22, a member of the Palestinian National Security;

2- Sakher Zeydan Bani Shamsa, 20, a student at the Security Academy in Jericho;

3- Islam Abdul Latif Abu Zaytoun, 20; and

4- Adeeb Ahmed Abdul Hadi, 19.

 

At approximately 05:00, the Israeli warplanes launched a missile at 2 members of Nasser Saladin Brigades (the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees) while they were launching missiles at Israeli towns from a framing land behind Tareq Abu al-Hsein petrol station on Saladin Street in al-Shouka village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. As a result, one of them named Mohammed Jaber Sha'ban al-Sheikh, 22, from al-Shaboura refugee camp in Rafah was killed by shrapnel throughout his body.  The other member, Ahmed Fawzi Mohammed Herzallah, 24, from Basheet neighborhood in Rafah, was seriously wounded by shrapnel throughout the body. At approximately 13:00 on Thursday, 25 October 2012, he was pronounced dead.

 

At approximately 07:15, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at the southern gate of the al-Jamarek”44” checkpoint of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Gaza, located 1700 meters south of Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing in the north of the Gaza strip. The missile was launched shortly before the time of opening the crossing and Palestinian police officers were preparing to receive the travelers from the Gaza Strip to Israel. The shelling resulted in the injury of a Palestinian police officer, Hassan Harb Saleh Abu Habel, 25, from Beit Lahia Project, with shrapnel that entered his back and settled in the chest. He was transported to Martyr Kamal ‘Edwan Hospital in Beit Lahia to receive treatment. Due to his serious injury, he was transferred to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. The shelling also caused damage to the main eastern electricity network of the Gaza Strip, which passes through the road of Beit Hanoun crossing, and to the offices of the security services “containers.”

 

It should be noted that IOF closed Beit Hanoun crossing to all categories of  travelers, including patients, companions, people of special needs, business people, Palestinians from the 1948 occupied territories, diplomats, UN workers, international workers, international journalists, travelers abroad, people who have economic and security meetings, in addition to ambulances which transport the critical patients to and from Israel, except the entry of 12 patients and a companion and 5 business people. The Israeli authorities declared the area a closed military zone. According to the testimony of the workers in the medical coordination department in the Ministry of Health, the number of patients and companions, who were supposed to enter through the Beit Hanoun crossing on that day, was approximately 28 persons.

 

At approximately 08:00, IOF positioned at the border with Israel fired 10 artillery shells at the Gaza International Airport, far southeast of Rafah.  No injuries were reported.

 

Thursday, 25 October 2012

 

At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into al-Tabaqa village to the south of Dura, southeast of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets and raided and searched several houses. One of the houses belongs to the family of Rezeq Rashed al-Harbeyat, 58, and another belonged to the family of Murad Abdel Rahman Hamdan, 30.  Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested Murad Hamdan and took him to an unknown destination.

 

At the same time, IOF moved into Ethna village, west of Hebron and patrolled the streets. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed ‘Awad al-Botran, 38, and arrested him.

 

Saturday, 27 October 2012

 

At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for some time and stationed in front of Abu Sham’aa Stores at the entrance of the camp. At approximately 04:00, IOF withdrew from the camp and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Sa’air village, northeast of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Sunday 28 October 2012

 

At approximately 09:00, IOF moved into al-Mafqara village to the east of Yatta, south of Hebron, and attacked Sa’aid Jom’aa al-‘Aamour, 47, and his daughter, Miriam, 20, while they were doing construction work in a water well in front of the family’s house. Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested the aforementioned civilian and took him to an unknown destination while a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance took Miriam, his daughter, to the Medical Center in Yatta.

In his testimony to a PCHR fieldworker, Rateb al-Jbour, Member of the Popular Committee against settlements in Yatta, said that al-‘Aamour was doing a reinforced concrete node for a water well near his house, when he was surprised by a number of settlers near him telling him he was  banned to work in this place. The settlers informed IOF who came to the place and attacked the civilian and his daughter.

 

Nasser Qabaja, Director of the disaster unit in the Palestine Red Crescent Society, stated to a PCHR fieldworker that as soon as they received the call, they went to the aforementioned place and transferred Miriam al-‘Aamour, who sustained bruises and fractures in different parts of his body due to being attacked by IOF.

 

At approximately 23:30, an Israeli warplane shelled an under-construction house located in the northeast of al-Boreij in the central Gaza Strip, destroying the house. The house belongs to Mohammed Mubarak Beheiri Abu Basikha, 47.  The shelling also caused partial damage to another four houses, a marble cutting workshop as well as a poultry farm belonging to Khaled So’aoud, 40, and the deaths of 50 chicks.

 

Monday, 29 October 2012

 

At approximately 00:40, an Israeli warplane launched 2 missiles at a training site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas movement). The aforementioned training site located to the south of Omar Ben Abdel ’Aziz Mosque in Khalil al-Wazir Street in Beit Hanoun in the north of the Gaza Strip. The shelling resulted in two deep holes in the site and huge vibrations that rocked the surrounding area.  Neither injuries nor property damages were reported. The explosions and vibrations caused a state of fear and panic among the people of Beit Hanoun, especially children and women.

 

At approximately 06:20, an Israeli warplane dropped leaflets on the Central province in the Gaza Strip. The leaflets fell on the west of al-Zawayda Village warning the people of the Gaza Strip from approaching the border fence at a distance less than 300 meters, otherwise IOF will prevent them by all means available, including shooting fire. Those leaflets warned people from allowing the rocket launchers getting into the residential areas and houses because this poses a threat to the future of their lives and property. The warning stated that “if anyone commits any violent assault, which may threat the Israeli areas or tries to move into the fence to the Israeli areas, he will a tough response by the Israel Defense Force.”

 

At approximately 18:30, IOF positioned at the border, east of the Islamic Martyrs cemetery “al-Shohada’ cemetery,“ launched shells  at the agricultural area located in the vicinity of the same cemetery.  Neither injuries nor house damages were reported.

 

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

 

At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into ‘Aasidet (Khalet al-‘Aein) in the center of Amr village, north of Hebron.  They surrounded a house belonging to the family of Wahid Hamdi Zamel Abu Mariah, 44, and directly started shooting at and shelling it. Half an hour later, a military bulldozer began to demolish the front side of the house while the residents were still trapped inside the house. At approximately 02:00, the aforementioned civilian came out of his house and IOF arrested him and took him to an unknown destination.

 

Mohammed Abu Mariah, Wahid’s brother, said that IOF surrounded the area, the neighboring houses, and the German School yard adjacent to the house and they started shooting at and shelling the house without telling the owner to get out with his family.  He stated that IOF did not face any resistance from his brother and a military bulldozer demolished the front side of the house. When IOF were trying to raid the house, Wahid, his brother, came out and surrendered to IOF and they took him to one of the military vehicles. Afterwards, a number of Palestinian children and boys gathered and threw stones at IOF, which immediately responded by firing tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets intensively at the protestors and civilians.  As a result, a number of people fainted. Mohammed ‘Aawad, spokesman of the Public Committee against Settlements, said that IOF withdrew from the village at 05:00, stationed at the main entrance and established a checkpoint.

 

At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-Fawar refugee camp, south of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and surrounded a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Ahmed Mustafa al-Najjar, 29. They raided and searched the house while one of the soldiers severely beat al-Najjar in front of his wife and kids.  Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested the aforementioned civilian and took him to an unknown destination.

 

At the same time, IOF raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ragheb al-Salaymah, 50, in the center of the old town in Hebron and then arrested his son, Abdel Rahman, 20. Before their withdrawal, Jamilah Hasan al-Shalaldah, 48, the mother of the aforementioned civilian, tried to prevent the soldiers from arresting him, but IOF beat her and arrested both of them. They took Abdel Rahman to the detention center in “Etzion” settlement; south of Bethlehem, while his mother was taken to the Israeli police station in al-Daboya in the center of Hebron.

 

An eyewitness said to a PCHR fieldworker that Jamilah Shalaldah tried to prevent the soldiers from arresting her son, and a number of soldiers attacked and insulted her with obscene words.  She fell on the floor, fainted and was immediately treated. Before IOF withdrew, an Israeli police vehicle came to the spot and police officers arrested Shalaldah and took her to the police station adjacent to the place in al-Daboya in the center of Hebron. It should be noted that Shaladah was arrested three years ago for two days as the settlers claimed that she attacked them.

 

At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Hebron.  They patrolled the streets, raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Hamza Mohammed Zablah, 20, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into al-Majd village to the west of Dura, west of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Naser Abu ‘Aarqoub, 24, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Yatta town, south of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Barakat Mohammed Mor, 52, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 10:00, IOF moved into ‘Alar village, northeast of Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At the same time, IOF moved into Saida village, northeast of Tulkarm.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 14:00, IOF moved into Shweikah suburb, north of Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets and positioned for some time in front of an auto repair shop. They withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 15:00, IOF moved into Beit Leed village, east of Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

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

 

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

 

At the same time, IOF moved into Jalboun village, east of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither more incidents nor arrests were reported.

 

At the same time, IOF moved into ‘Arbouna village, north of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At the same time, IOF moved into Jalqamous village, southeast of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 19:30, IOF moved into al-Moghayar village, southeast of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither more incidents nor arrests were reported.

 

At the same time, IOF moved into Beit Qad village, east of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

 

At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Ethna village, west of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for some time and positioned in Safa area, west of the village.  They raided Palestinian houses, some of which belong to the families of Mo'awiya Khalil 'Awwad, 30; Tareq Oudat Allah Awad, 29; Ahmed Abu Theeb, 28; Abdul Hadi Abu Theeb, 29; Belal Abu Jheisha, 33; and Mahmoud Basheer Sleimiya, 34.  IOF used sniffer dogs in searching the houses, which lasted until 05:30. IOF withdrew later with no arrests.

In his testimony to a PCHR fieldworker, Mahmoud Sleimiya said that IOF searched a scrap facility in Wadi Abu Risha area in the west of the village.  They used electronic machines and sniffer dogs to search houses, as a result, children and families were terrified.

 

At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into al-Yamoun village, northwest of Jenin.  They patrolled the streets for some time and raided a house belonging to the family of Ibrahim Taher Nawahda, 47. The Intelligence Service officer questioned him on the spot.  IOF withdrew later and no arrests were reported.  It should be noted that the aforementioned person is an ex-prisoner, who served 11 years in the Israeli prisons being charged of affiliation to Hamas movement.

 

Also at approximately 02:30, IOF moved into al-Sura village to southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Nasser Ibrahim Abu Hashem, 22, and arrested him.

 

At the same time, IOF moved into Hebron.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Abdul Karim Kathem Rabah Qfeisha, 21, and arrested him.   

 

Also at approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Emreish village to the southwest of Dura, southwest of Heron. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Osama Hussein Yusef Shaheen, 32, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 03: IOF moved into Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. They patrolled the streets and raided a house belonging to the family of Abed Fadel Jed'oun, 24, and arrested him and his brother Mohammed, 20, and transported them to an unknown destination.

 

At the same time, IOF moved into Bourqin village, west of Jenin. They patrolled the streets and raided a house belonging to the family of Sultan Ahmed Mahmoud Khlouf, 28, and arrested him.  

 

At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Silet al-Hartheya village, north of Jenin.  They patrolled the streets and raided a house belonging to Hani Shafiq Abdul Rahman Jaradat, 49, a leader in Islamic Jihad movement. The Israeli intelligence officer questioned him on the spot. IOF later withdrew without others raids or arrests. It should be noted the aforementioned Palestinian is an ex-prisoner, who served many years in the Israeli prisons.

 

At the same time, IOF moved into Beit Kahel village, east of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Sa'd Isa Mahmoud al-'Asafra, 21, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 17:30, IOF moved into Ya'bad village, southwest of Jenin. They patrolled the streets, where some boys threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli vehicles.  IOF fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them. IOF later raided a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Mahmoud 'Atatra.  An Israeli intelligence officer questioned 'Atatra on the spot. IOF withdrew later and no further incidents were reported. It should be noted that ‘Atatra is an ex-prisoner, who was arrested by IOF 8 times before, the latest of which was in 2006 when he served two years and a half in prison.

 

At approximately 22:10, IOF positioned at military watchtowers, east of al-Na'ayma Street in the east of Beit Hanoun in the north of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at open areas for 10 minutes.  Neither casualties nor damage were reported.

 

At approximately 23:00, IOF moved into al-'Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and raided a house belonging to the family of Ayman Sofyan Abu Jouda, 25.  They handed him a notice to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service (Shabak) at "Gush Etzion" settlement, south of Bethlehem. IOF withdrew later and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 23:30, IOF moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and raided a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Ahmed Isma'il 'Adi, 55. They handed him a notice to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service (Shabak) at "Gush Etzion" settlement, south of Bethlehem. IOF later withdrew and no arrests were reported.        

 

Thursday, 01 November 2012

 

At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into al-Dyouk village, northwest of Jericho. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets for some time, and Palestinian boys threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli vehicles. In response, IOF fired sound bombs at the boys. They positioned in al-Sakneh neighborhood, west of the city and raided a building in which Osama Sami Mahmoud al-Ashqar, 22, lives. Al-Ashqar was arrested and transported to an unknown destination. 

 

At approximately 06:30, Israeli gunboats off al-Waha resort, northwest of Brit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats for 5 minutes. As a result, fishermen were terrified and fled away. Neither arrests nor casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 11:00, IOF moved into 'Abween village, northwest of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 07:30, IOF moved into al-Zababda village, southeast of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At the same time, IOF moved into Maythaloun village, southeast of Jenin. They patrolled the streets and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At the same time, IOF moved into Qabatya village, southeast of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At the same time, IOF moved into al-Jdeidah village, southeast of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At the same time, IOF moved into Mothalath al-Shuhada' village, south of Jenin. They patrolled the streets and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At the same time, IOF moved into Beer al-Basha village, south of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At the same time, IOF moved into Seer village, south of Jenin. They patrolledthe streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 15:45, IOF moved into Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At 22:30, IOF moved into al-Janya village, northwest of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

IOF later moved into Deir Abu D'eef village, southeast of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 23:00, IOF moved into 'Aseeda (Khellet al-'Ein) village, north of Hebron. They surrounded and raided the house of the Palestinian prisoner Waheed Abu Maria.  IOF searched the house using sniffer dogs, due to which the family was terrified.

 

In his testimony to PCHR's fieldworker, Mohammed Awad, spokesperson of the Public Committee against Settlements, said that IOF raided the house and trapped Abu Maria's wife and children in a room. They searched the house and a barrack for poultry farming. IOF used sniffer dogs and tools to search walls. The search lasted for 4 hours and a half.

It should be noted that Abu Maria's house had been demolished from the front side and had been under fire two days earlier, when Abu Maria was arrested.

 

At approximately 23:30, IOF moved into al-Jiftlik village, north of Jericho. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.  

 

Friday, 02 November 2012

 

At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into 'Azzoun village, east of Qalqilya.  They patrolled the streets for some time and raided many houses after firing rubber-coated metal bullets at the street lights. They started damaging the contents of the raided houses and used a jack to open metal gates. IOF withdrew at 05:30 after arresting 3 civilians:

 

1- As'ad Mhanna, As'ad Mesh'al, 18;

2- Adam Basem Mohammed Mousa Slim, 19; and

3- Mo'athe Belal A'sad Sweidan, 20.

 

Mhanna Mesh'al said to PCHR's fieldworker:

 

"At approximately 02:00 on Friday, 02 November 2012, I was surprised that the Israeli soldiers were near me. They had raided all the rooms, but we did not feel it, and thoroughly searched the house before they arrested my son 'As'ad, who was transported to an unknown destination.  After they had withdrawn, I went out and found the inside door and outside gate were damaged by the jack they used to open them.  So far, I cannot repair them.”

 

Basem Mohammed Slim said to PCHR's fieldworker:

 

"At approximately 02:00 on Friday, 02 November 2012, I was with my friends playing cards. The door was slightly open. Suddenly, the Israeli soldiers entered in a savage way, as we did not notice them opening the outside door by a special tool. The door was damaged and I have not found a blacksmith to repair it. The electricity safety switch was broken because the door fell on it after it was took off.  They searched my house, arrested my son Adam and transported him to an unknown destination."

 

At approximately 07:00, IOF positioned at the border launched artillery shells at a group of Palestinian resistance members, who were on a farmland, east of Gaza Valley village (Johr al-Deek), east of Deir al-Balah in the center of the Gaza Strip. This resulted in the injury of one of them with shrapnel in the chest and then he was taken to Shohadaa’ al-Aqsa hospital in Deir al-Balah to receive treatment. His wounds were described moderate. Note (PCHR keeps the name of the wounded person).

 

At approximately 09:00, IOF moved into Beiten village, northeast of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 10:00, IOF moved into Ras Karkar village, northwest of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 11:30, IOF moved into Beit ‘Aur village, southwest of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for some time and later withdrew.  No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 15:00, IOF moved into Tulkarm.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

Saturday, 03 November 2012

 

At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 06:20, IOF gunboats positioned in the sea near the former Al-Wahah Tourist Resort, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, fired sporadically at the boats of Palestinian fishermen.  The shooting, continued for about 10 minutes, terrorized the fishermen, who were forced to flee for fear of being arrested or wounded.  Neither injuries nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 06:30, IOF moved into Termes’aia village, north of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 08:00, IOF moved into al-Jadidah village, southeast of Jenin.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 08:30, IOF moved into Qalqilya.  They patrolled the streets for some time and later withdrew. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At the same time, IOF moved into Jeet village, northeast of Qalqilya. They expelled and prevented a number of farmers from harvesting olives from their lands in the outskirts of the village.  They withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 09:00, IOF moved into al-Zababdah village, southeast of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 10:00, IOF moved into Deir Jarir village, northeast of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 14:40, IOF moved into Kafr Qadoum, northeast of Qalqilya.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 18:10, IOF moved into ‘Aazoun village, east of Qalqilya.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 18:30, IOF moved into Hajja village, east of Qalqilya.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 23:30, IOF moved into Jamala village, northwest of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

 

Sunday, 04 November 2012

 

At approximately 00:00, IOF moved into ‘Aazoun village, east of Qalqilya, for the second time.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Yatta village, south of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Loqya village, southwest of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At the same time, IOF moved into Fasayel village, northwest of Jericho.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At the same time, IOF moved into Dora village, southwest of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 05:30, IOF moved into Na’aja village, north of Jericho.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 15:30, IOF moved into Jubara village isolated from its surroundings by the annexation wall, south of Tulkarm. They raided and searched the house of Ahmed Foa’ad Jamil ‘Aawad, who was killed by IOF while he was in his house in 2001. They arrested Yehia, his son, 18, and confiscated a computer. His family stated to a PCHR fieldworker that while IOF were searching in the house, they stole jewelry estimated at 40,000 Jordanian Dinars (JD).

 

At approximately 16:00, IOF moved into Broqeen village, west of Salfit.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 18:00, IOF moved into Zabouba village, northwest of Jenin.  They patrolled the streets and positioned at the western neighborhood.  They started firing flash bombs near the annexation wall in the west of the village, and combed the area. Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested Ibrahim Jamal Mohammed Zaqzaq, 18.

 

At approximately 18:30, IOF moved into Kafr al-Lubad village, east of Tulkarm.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

In the evening, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) killed a Palestinian civilian, suffering from epilepsy, by using lethal force near the border between Gaza Strip and Israel. Investigations conducted by Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) reveal that IOF used excessive force against the victim and did not attempt to arrest him despite him being unarmed and dressed in civilian clothes.  

 

According to PCHR’s investigation, at approximately 20:20, residents of Gaza Valley, a village in the central Gaza Strip near the border, saw flash bombs over the area and heard intense shooting after Israeli soldiers called on a person to move away from the area.  They informed the ICRC about the incident.  It was only after two hours and following coordination with IOF that the ambulances of Palestine Red Crescent Society were allowed into the area.  As per the medical team, they found the body of a young man wearing civilian clothes nearly 10 meters away from the border.  The body was transported to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah, where the victim was identified as Ahmed Tawfiq ‘Awadh al-Nabahin, 23, from Gaza Valley village.  According to medical sources, the victim was hit by several bullets in his chest, back, left hand, and foot.  His family stated that he was suffering from epileptic seizures because of increased electrostatic charges in his body and he had gone to the border areas several times before.  IOF detained him two months ago for several days, but upon realizing that he was ill they released him.

 

At approximately 20:30, IOF moved into Jafna village, northeast of Ramallah. They patrolled streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

 

Monday, 05 November 2012

 

At approximately 00:10, IOF moved into ‘Aazoun village, east of Qalqilya, after surrounding the village since 22:00 on Sunday.  They patrolled the streets for some time. They raided several houses after forcibly opened doors using jacks and terrified civilians who awoke to find them in their rooms. Before their withdrawal at 05:20, they arrested 10 civilians: Mohammed Abdel Rahim Dahbour, 26; Ashraf Sofian ‘Aodwan, 24; Mohammed Ali Badwan, 18; Mohammed Ibrahim Rabi, 30; Mahmoud Suheil Rashid ‘Aodwan, 20; Mohammed Abdel ‘Aziz Khorfan, 23; ‘Aadli Zaki Majd,20; Amir Mohammed Dahbour, 27; Mahmoud Mohammed ‘Aalaya, 34; and Abdallah Khaled Ibrahim Radi, 18.

 

At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into ‘Aein al-Sultan refugee camp, west of Jericho. They patrolled the streets and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. They patrolled the street for some time and then positioned at the outskirts of the camp. They raided the house of prisoner Bassam al-Sa’adi, and arrested his wife, Nawal, 50.

 

At approximately 10:00, IOF moved into Beit ‘Aour al-Foqa village, southwest of Ramallah. They patrolled streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 22:00, IOF moved into al-‘Aoja village, northeast of Jericho. They patrolled streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 22:40, IOF moved into Jayous village, northeast of Qalqilya. They patrolled the streets and fired flash bombs which resulted in setting fire in one of the farms near the main road. They withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Tuesday, 06 November 2012

 

At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Betir village, west of Bethlehem. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched several houses. Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested 2 civilians: Mohammed Naser al-Batha, 21; and Ibrahim Nemer al-Sheikh, 38.  IOF also detained ‘Abed Borhan ‘Aweina, 20, for some time while he was driving his car.

 

At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into ‘Aazoun village, east of Qalqilya.  They patrolled the streets and raided and searched several houses.  Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested 7 civilians, including 5 children, 3 of them were later released after the appeal of the people and human rights organizations for 900 NIS bail for each of them and to set another date for their trial. The arrested children are: Saleh Bassim Ahmed Rodwan, 14; Ahmed Zahran Ibrahim Salim, 10; and ‘Aamar ‘Aomran Abdallah Hussein, 12. The other 4 arrested are: Wael Anwar Mesh’al, 20; Ja’afar Abdel Karim Salim, 17; Ahmed Nedal Ibrahim Salim, 17; and Youssef Ghassan Mousa Salim, 18.

 

At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Nablus. They patrolled in the streets raided and searched several houses. Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested Ahmed Zaeyad Mahmoud Soliman, 19, from his house in the eastern compound in Nablus and transported him to the military detention center in Howarah camp, south of Nablus.

 

At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into al-Far’aa refugee camp, southeast of Tubas. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched several houses. Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested 5 civilians from their houses and transported him to the military detention center in Howarah camp, south of Nablus. The arrested persons are: Mo’aaz ‘Aisa Ghazawi, 21; ‘Aamid ‘Omar Abu Hasan, 20; Deyaa’ Tayseer al-‘As’aous, 27; Belal Ya’aqoub al-Hasan, 20, a student in Dar al-Mo’alemin college, and Qays Nasha’at Abu al-Hasan, 23.

 

At the same time, IOF moved into al-Somou’a village, south of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets and raided and searched a housed belonging to the family of Saleh Ibrahim al-Rawashda, 19, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Dura village, southwest of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and positioned in the center of the village. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Loa’ay Mohyie al-Deen al-Shrawnah, 26, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 06:00, IOF gunboats positioned in the sea near the former Al-Wahah Tourism Resort, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, fired sporadically at the boats of Palestinian fishermen.  The shooting, continued for about 5 minutes, terrorized the fishermen, who were forced to flee for fear of being arrested or wounded.  Neither injuries nor damages were reported.

 

At approximately 07:00, IOF positioned at the border with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip, launched smoke and artillery shells at the eastern parts of ‘Aabasan al-Kabira and Khoza’aa. IOF later moved 300 meters into the area and bulldozers carried leveling land amidst random shelling, while Israeli warplanes were intensively hovering for a couple of hours.  No injuries were reported.

 

Wednesday, 07 November 2012

 

At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Rajm Abu Helal area to the west of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Nayef Waleed ‘Amr, 28, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into al-Tarabiqa area in the center of Beit Amr village, north of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched several houses. Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested Montaser Ibrahim Iklayel, 19; and Mohammed Abdel Naser Ikhlayel, 19, and took him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 06:00, IOF moved 500 meters into the western borderline, east of the Gaza Valley village (Johr al-Deek) in the center of the Gaza Strip amidst sporadic shooting. IOF vehicles leveled lands planted with vegetables, figs and palms as they entered people’s lands and ruined parts of them. At approximately 11:00, these vehicles headed southwards and after an hour they repositioned at the border.

 

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 at the construction of the wall and settlement activities in the West Bank.  As a result, an Israeli human rights defender and a Palestinian child were wounded, and dozens of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation. 

 

Following the Friday Prayer, 19 October 2012, 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.  The demonstrators gathered in the streets of the village, chanting slogans calling for national unity.  The protesters aimed to stress the need to adhere to national principles and the right of return, to resist the occupation and to call for the release of all Palestinian prisoners.  The protesters raised Palestinian flags and made their way towards the wall.  They called through megaphones for Israeli settlers in “Mitityahu” settlement to leave Palestinian land.  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 and others sustained bruises; the wounded were treated in the field.

 

Also following the Friday Prayer on 19 October 2012, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in Ne’lin village, west of Ramallah, in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities.  The demonstrators moved towards areas of the annexation wall.  Immediately, Israeli soldiers stationed in the area fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the demonstrators.  As a result, some demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises; the wounded were treated in the field. 

 

Around the same time that Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders gathered in Martyrs Square in Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, to hold a weekly peaceful protest against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities.  The protesters walked towards the gate erected by IOF near the entrance of the village, which lead to Palestinian lands that Israeli settlers from the nearby "Halmish" settlement are trying to seize.  Israeli soldiers, who had been extensively deployed in the area and near all the entrances of the village since the morning, began to confront the protesters who wanted to walk towards the affected lands.  Israeli soldiers fired live and rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protesters.  As a result, some demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.

 

Following the Friday Prayer, Palestinian civilians and international human rights defenders, including Ms. Luisa Morgantini, former Vice Speaker of the European Parliament, organized a peaceful demonstration in the center of al-Ma’sara village, south of Bethlehem, in protest at the ongoing construction of the annexation wall.  As the protestors moved towards the gate of the village, IOF closed it to prevent the demonstration from gaining access to the confiscated lands.  In his testimony to a PCHR fieldworker, Jawad Alaadin, a member of the Public Movement in Bethlehem, said, "IOF stopped the crowd from reaching the lands threatened with confiscation.  IOF soldiers and demonstrators engaged in a skirmish after IOF closed the main road."

 

 

3- Continued Closure of the oPt

 

Israel has continued to impose a tightened closure on the oPt, imposing 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 nearly 5 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 IOF have tightened the closure of the Gaza Strip, making Karm Abu Salem crossing the sole commercial crossing of the Gaza Strip, although it is not suitable for commercial purposes, in terms of its distance and operational capacity. 

 

The 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 terrible situation that has seriously affected the Gaza Strip.  Following this closure, all 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 to close al-Mentar crossing was the culmination of a series of decisions resulting in the complete closure of the Sofa crossing, east of the Gaza Strip in the beginning of 2009, and the 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. 

 

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

 

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

 

The IOF have continued to impose a total ban on the export of products from Gaza, especially industrial products, undermining any real chance of reopening economic establishments.  The situation has been aggravated since the Karm Abu Salem crossing was designated as Gaza’s sole commercial crossing; the repeated closure of this crossing negatively affects the quantity of Gaza products which are allowed to be exported.  

 

For approximately 6 consecutive years, the IOF have continued to ban the delivery of construction materials to Gaza.  During the reporting period, the IOF approved the delivery of limited quantities of construction materials for a number of international organizations.

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

Movement at Border Crossings during the Reporting Period:

 

Movement at Rafah International Crossing Point

23– 30 October 2012

 

Day

Date

Traveling abroad

Coming into Gaza

Returned into Gaza

Tuesday

23 October 2012

100

86

Nil

Wednesday

24 October 2012

575

2079

58

Thursday

25 October 2012

591

463

70

Friday

26 October 2012

281

84

63

Saturday

27 October 2012

340

170

29

Sunday

28 October 2012

514

290

76

Monday

29 October 2012

717

390

33

Tuesday

30 October 2012

846

362

87

 

Notes: on Tuesday, 23 October 2012, Rafah Crossing point was only open to the arrival and departure of Hamad Ben Khalifa A’al Thani, Prince of Qatar, and his accompanying delegation, who visited the Gaza Strip to inaugurate a number of reconstruction projects funded by Qatar.

 

Movement at Rafah International Crossing Point

31 October– 06 November 2012

 

 

Day

Date

Traveling abroad

Coming into Gaza

Returned into Gaza

Wednesday

31 October 2012

908

492

45

Thursday

01 November 2012

966

682

32

Friday

02 November 2012

321

1376 including 956 pilgrims

34

Saturday

03 November2012

705

734 including 300 pilgrims

21

Sunday

04 November 2012

670

1030 including450 pilgrims

20

Monday

05 November 2012

683

955 including 300 pilgrims

35

Tuesday

06 November 2012

684

1215 including 450 pilgrims

52

 

1- On Friday, 02 November 2012, 965 pilgrims arrived because of a donation for pilgrims from the King of Saudi Arabia, for the families of martyrs and prisoners from the Gaza Strip, after performing the hajj.

2- On Saturday, 03 November 2012, the first flight of Gaza Strip pilgrims arrived after performing the Hajj.

 

 

Movement at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) Crossing

22 October -6 November 2012

Imports:

 

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Number

Liters

22 October 2012

Foodstuffs

770

 

 

Agricultural materials

876

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Cartons of shoes

Cows

1,674

 

 

5,530

156

4,536

346

 

Humanitarian aid

7,383

 

 

Cooking gas

170.020

 

 

23 October 2012

Foodstuffs

731

 

 

Agricultural materials

1,254

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Cartons of shoes

Cars

1,290

 

 4,950

3,200

30

 

Humanitarian aid

7,728

 

 

Cooking gas

149.430

 

 

 

Industrial Fuel

 

 

145.630

25 October 2012

Foodstuffs

1,615

 

 

Agricultural materials

1,048

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Cartons of shoes

Cows

 

94

3,740

1500

118

 

 

Humanitarian aid

137

 

 

Cooking gas

168.000

 

 

29 October 2012

Cooking gas

137

 

 

Industrial fuel

 

 

168.000

30 October 2012

Foodstuffs

601

 

 

Agricultural materials

1204

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Birds

Glass boards

Washing machines

Water tanks

 

1,761

 

 

3,093

537

600

1060

648

534

 

 

Humanitarian aid

6,172

 

 

Cooking gas

166.610

 

 

 

Industrial fuel

 

 

113,000

31 October 2012

Foodstuffs

571

 

 

Agricultural materials

846

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Birds

Cars

Printers

Plastic machinery parts

Car tires

Solar heating tanks

1,643

 

2,348

242

320

34

80

16

557

134

 

Humanitarian aid

7,338

 

 

Cooking gas

145.640

 

 

 

Industrial Fuel

 

 

320.420

 

Benzene

 

 

35,000 for UNRWA

 

Diesel

 

 

147,507 for UNRWA

01 November 2012

Foodstuffs

1,013

 

 

Agricultural materials

907

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Cartons of shoes

Refrigerators

Solar heating tanks

Generators

 

1,327

3,230

1310

260

130

872

 

 

Humanitarian aid

7,752

 

 

Cooking gas

83.370

 

 

 

Industrial fuel

 

 

319,000

04 November 2012

Foodstuffs

971

 

 

Agricultural materials

1,098

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Generators

Cars

1,322

 

 

 

 

2,120

428

1,112

35

 

Humanitarian aid

7,278

 

 

Cooking gas

168.190

 

 

05 November 2012

Foodstuffs

925

 

 

Agricultural materials

1,003

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Cartons of shoes

Refrigerators

water tanks

Cars

Washing machines

Bakery machines

1,365

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,672

550

72

276

35

96

3

 

Humanitarian aid

7,515

 

 

Cooking gas

84.000

 

 

Industrial fuel

 

 

104,637 for UNRWA

 

 

Exports:

 

On Monday, 22 October 2012, the IOF allowed the export of 8 truckloads of empty plastic cans returned previously.

On Tuesday, 23 October 2012, the IOF allowed the export of 5 truckloads of empty plastic cans.

On Tuesday, 30 October 2012, the IOF allowed the export of 7 truckloads of empty plastic cans returned previously.

On Wednesday, 31 October 2012, the IOF allowed the export of 9 truckloads of empty plastic cans previously returned and a truckload of basil. 

On Thursday, 01 November 2012, the IOF allowed the export of 5 truckloads of empty plastic cans previously returned.

On Sunday, 04 November 2012, the IOF allowed the export of 6 truckloads of empty plastic cans previously returned.

On Monday, 05 November 2012, the IOF allowed the export of 6 truckloads of empty plastic cans previously returned. 

 

Imports:

 

On Monday, 22 October 2012, the IOF allowed the entry of 80 tons of cement, 33 tons of construction steel, 910 tons of construction aggregate for UNRWA, 700 tons of construction aggregate for KFW, 700 tons of aggregate construction for USAID and 112 tons of cement for the Turkish Ship.  They also allowed the entry of 468 tons of fodders and 78 tons of wheat.

 

On Tuesday, 23 October 2012, the IOF allowed the entry of 40 tons of cement, 32 tons of construction steel, 910 tons of construction aggregate for UNRWA, 980 tons of construction aggregate and 240 tons of cement for UNDP, in addition to 2940 tons of construction aggregate for the Water Authority.  They also allowed the entry of 712 tons of fodders.

 

On Thursday, 25 October 2012, the IOF allowed the entry of 546 tons of fodders and 156 tons of wheat.

 

On Tuesday, 30 October 2012, the IOF allowed the entry of 200 tons of cement, 87 tons of construction steel and 1820 tons of construction aggregate for UNRWA, in addition to 1,820 tons of construction aggregate for USAID.  They also allowed the entry of 429 tons of fodders and 273 tons of wheat.

 

On Wednesday, 31 October 2012, the IOF allowed the entry of 200 tons of cement and 36 tons of construction steel, 1,540 tons of construction aggregate, and 2100 tons of pescors for UNRWA, in addition to 1,400 tons of construction aggregate for the Water Authority and 1,820 tons of construction aggregate and 25 tons of construction steel for UNDP.  They also allowed the entry of 351 tons of fodders and 234 tons of wheat. 

 

On Thursday, 01 November 2012, the IOF allowed the entry of 160 tons of cement, 1680 tons of construction aggregate, 16 tons of tar and 2940 tons of pescors for UNRWA, in addition to 700 tons of construction aggregate for USAID and 220 tons of cement and 1890 tons of construction aggregate for the Water Authority.  They also allowed the entry of 546 tons of fodders and 117 tons of wheat.

 

On Sunday, 04 November 2012, the IOF allowed the entry of 190 tons of cement, 4690 tons of construction aggregate for UNRWA, in addition to 1330 tons of construction aggregate for KFW.  They also allowed the entry of 624 tons of fodders and 117 tons of wheat.

 

On Monday, 05 November 2012, the IOF allowed the entry of 200 tons of cement, 1260 tons of construction aggregate and 34 tons of construction steel for UNRWA, in addition to 234 tons of cement, 1190 tons of construction aggregate and 34 tons of steel for KFW.  They also allowed the entry of 741 tons of fodders and 39 tons of wheat.

 

On Wednesday, 24 October 2012, it should be noted that the IOF closed the aforementioned crossing for security reasons, according to their claims.  It should be also known that the Eid al-Adha holiday started in the crossing from Friday, 26 October 2012, to Sunday, 28 October 2012.  On Monday, 29 October 2012, the crossing was opened only for 65 tons of gas to enter.

 

Movement at the Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing

23–30 October 2012

 

Date

23 October

24October

25 October

26 October

27 October

28 October

29 October

30 October

Patients

35

8

16

1

Nil

9

17

31

Companions

38

6

13

1

Nil

7

16

29

Personal needs

39

Nil

11

14

Nil

37

25

40

Arabs from Israel

5

Nil

15

1

Nil

10

24

18

Diplomats

8

Nil

2

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

International Journalists

3

Nil

12

Nil

Nil

Nil

5

Nil

International Workers

36

Nil

72

Nil

Nil

6

4

5

UN Workers

14

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Travelers abroad

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

Nil

Nil

Business People

58

6

Nil

29

Nil

60

53

47

Economic Meetings

6

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Security Interviews

3

Nil

1

Nil

Nil

Nil

2

1

VIPs

2

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Ambulances to Israel

2

5

2

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

2

Ambulances from Israel

1

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

Nil

Nil

 

 

It should be noted that the IOF allowed 42 Palestinians to visit their sons, who are in detention inside Israeli prisons, on 29 October 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

Movement at the Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing

31 October- 06 November 2012

 

Date

31October

01 November

02 November

03November

04November

05November

06 November

Patients

29

43

2

Nil

50

48

51

Companions

26

42

4

Nil

50

45

47

Personal needs

7

41

11

Nil

28

63

32

Arabs from Israel

37

8

11

Nil

41

7

14

Diplomats

Nil

6

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

International Journalists

3

3

1

Nil

1

3

2

International Workers

17

28

4

Nil

8

7

15

UN Workers

        Nil

3

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

3

Travelers abroad

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

2

2

Nil

Business People

56

66

Nil

Nil

101

93

69

Economic Meetings

2

Nil

3

Nil

4

1

Nil

Security Interviews

2

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

1

VIPs

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Ambulances to Israel

1

Nil

2

Nil

3

Nil

4

Ambulances from Israel

1

1

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

It should be noted that the IOF allowed 35 Palestinians to visit their sons, who are in detention inside Israeli prisons, on 05 November 2012.

 

Israel has imposed a tightened closure on the West Bank.  During the reporting period, the IOF imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians:

 

Ramallah and al-Bireh: The IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. 

 

At approximately 10:30 on Thursday, 25 October 2012, the IOF established a checkpoint on the road linking the Bitounia village and the Beit 'Our al-Foqa village, southwest of Ramallah.

 

At approximately 09:30 on Friday, 26 October 2012, the first day of the Eid al-Adha, the IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of the Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, the checkpoint was removed later; however, it was re-established at approximately 17:00.

 

At approximately 09:00 on Sunday, 28 October 2012, the IOD established a checkpoint on the entrance of the Kuffor 'Ain village, northwest of Ramallah.  At approximately 10:00, the IOF established a checkpoint near al-Teiba village intersection, northeast of Ramallah, on the Mo'rjat road linking Ramallah and Jericho.  At approximately 18:00, the IOF re-established its presence at the 'Attara checkpoint at the northern entrance of Birzeit, north of Ramallah.  At approximately 22:30, the IOF established a checkpoint near the "Bait Eil" Settlement, north of al-Beira, on the road leading to the Sarda village, north of the city.  

 

At approximately 10:30 on Monday, 29 October 2012, the IOF established a checkpoint under the bridge of the Kharabtha al-Mosbah village, southwest of Ramallah.  At approximately 19:00, the IOF established a checkpoint near the Silwad village intersection, northeast of Ramallah.

 

At approximately 10:30 on Tuesday, 30 October 2012, the IOF established a checkpoint under the bridge of the Kharabtha al-Mosbah village, southwest of Ramallah.

 

At approximately 09:30 on Wednesday, 31 October 2012, the IOF established a checkpoint near the intersection of the Beit 'Our al-Foqa village, southwest of Ramallah.  At approximately 16:00, the IOF re-established its presence at the 'Attara checkpoint at the northern entrance of Birzeit, north of Ramallah.

 

All checkpoints were later removed; no arrests were reported.

 

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

 

Jenin: The IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 14:30 on Tuesday, 30 October 2012, the IOF established a checkpoint on the Beit Qad village, northeast of Jenin.  The checkpoint was later moved.  No arrests were reported.

 

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

 

At approximately 11:00 on Tuesday, 30 October 2012, they established a checkpoint on the main road linking Tulkarm with the villages north to it, known as al-Sha'rawya near Zeita and the 'Otail intersection, north of Tulkarm.  At approximately 00:30 on Wednesday, 31 October 2012, the IOF established a checkpoint on the main road linking Tulkarm with the villages north to it.

 

At approximately 00:30 on Wednesday, 31 October 2012, the IOF established a checkpoint on the main road linking Tulkarm with the villages to its north, known as al-Sha'rawya near al-Jaroushia village, north of Tulkarm.

 

All checkpoints were removed later; no arrests were reported.

 

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

 

At approximately 10:30 on Tuesday, 30 October 2012, the IOF and the Israeli police established a checkpoint on the Abu-Reysha Valley road, west of Ethna village.  At approximately 16:00, the IOF established a checkpoint on the Jurat Bohlos road, separating Halhoul and Hebron.  An eyewitness said that 2 Israeli police vehicles established a checkpoint on the al-Hawawer intersection, on the northern entrance of Halhoul village, linking it to a by-pass road (60).  At approximately 16:30, the IOF established a checkpoint on Tarousa road, which separates Doura city from its western villages.  At approximately 17:30, the IOF established a checkpoint in the Mothalath al-'Akba area, separating Doura and the villages in the southwest of the city.   An eyewitness said that soldiers had a list of ID numbers and pictures, to which they compared the IDs of civilians passing through the checkpoint.

 

At approximately 07:00 on Wednesday, 07 November 2012, the IOF established a checkpoint on the entrance of the Ethna village, west of Hebron.  At approximately 19:30, the IOF established another checkpoint on the main entrance to the Sa'eir village, north of the city.  At approximately 21:30, the IOF established another checkpoint on the main entrance to Halhoul.

 

 The checkpoints were later removed.  No arrests were reported.

 

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

 

At approximately 17:20 on Saturday, 27 October 2012, the IOF established a checkpoint on the northern entrance of the 'Azoun village, on Qalqilya-Tulkarm road.  At approximately 17:30, the IOF established a checkpoint on the entrance of the Izzbat al-Tabib village, east of Qalqilya.

 

At approximately 16:50 on Friday, 02 November 2012, the IOF established a checkpoint on the entrance of the 'Azoun village.  At approximately 18:00, the IOF established a checkpoint on the entrance of al-Nabi Elias village, east of Qalqilya, and another one on the entrance of the Izzbat al-Tabib village.

 

At approximately 15:00 on Saturday, 03 November 2012, the IOF established a checkpoint on the entrance of the Kuffor Qadoum village, northeast of Qalqilya.  At approximately 17:00, the IOF established a checkpoint on the entrance of the 'Azoun village.  At approximately 20:00, the IOF established a checkpoint between the 'Azoun and Izzbat al-Tabib villages.  At approximately 20:10, the IOF established a checkpoint on the entrance of the 'Azzoun 'Atma village, southeast of Qalqilya.

 

At approximately 08:05 on Sunday, 04 November 2012, the IOF established a checkpoint on the entrance of the 'Azoun village, east of Qalqilya.  At approximately 22:00, the IOF established a checkpoint on the road between the 'Azoun and Izzbat al-Tabib villages, east of Qalqilya.

 

At approximately 11:50 on Monday, 05 November 2012, the IOF established a checkpoint on the entrance of the 'Azoun village, east of Qalqilya.  At approximately 14:50, they established a checkpoint on the entrance of the Jeit village, northeast of Qalqilya.  At approximately 15:45, the IOF established another checkpoint on the eastern entrance of Qalqilya.

 

At approximately 01:00 on Tuesday, 06 November 2012, the IOF established a checkpoint between the 'Azoun and Izzbat al-Tabib villages, east of Qalqilya.

 

All checkpoints were removed later. No arrests were reported.

 

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

 

At approximately 10:00 on Sunday, 28 October 2012, the OF established a checkpoint near the entrance of Kuffel Hares, north of Selfit.  The checkpoint was removed at approximately 12:30.   No arrests were reported.

 

Arrests at Military Checkpoints

 

At approximately 10:30 on Sunday, 28 October 2012, the IOF arrested Musalam Yassir Brijya (14), from al-Ma'sara village, south of Bethlehem, while harvesting olives in al-Halkoum area near the main road.  The IOF claimed that Brijya threw rocks at Israeli vehicles that were passing on the main road.  He was transported to the "Gosh Atsion" settlement's detention center, south of Bethlehem. 

At approximately 16:00 on Thursday, 01 November 2012, the IOF arrested 5 Palestinian civilians from Beit Fajjar, south of Bethlehem, while passing by the main road leading to the village, which goes by the "Gosh Atsion" settlement.  They were identified as Hamza Mahmoud Takatka (19), 'Alaa Nassri al-Haras (18), Mohammad Takatka (18), Mohammad Majid Thawabta (20) and Ehsan Takatka (18), and were transported to the "Gosh Atsion" detention centre.

At the same time, the IOF established a checkpoint near the "Shavei Shomron" settlement, on the al-Naqoura village intersection, northwest of Nablus.  Dalal 'Ali Zamel (45) was arrested while riding in a taxi on her way home to the 'Ain Beit al-Maa' Camp, north of Nablus, and she was transported to an unknown destination.

At approximately 00:30 on Monday, 05 November 2012, the IOF stationed at the "Kfar Atsion" settlement intersection, south of Bethlehem, arrested 4 Palestinian minors, identified as Omar 'Ayed Takatka (18), Mohammad Jihad Thawabta (17), 'Abed Youssif Takatka (17) and Shadi Walid Takatka (16).  According to Majid Khalil, an eyewitness, the IOF arrested the 4 civilians while on their to the Beit Fjjar village, west of the city, and transported them to the "Kiryat Arba" settlement southeast of Hebron.  They were released later that afternoon.  

 

Detentions at Military Checkpoints

 

At approximately 14:00 on Saturday, 27 October 2012, the IOF established a checkpoint on the main road between the Hawara and Za'tra villages, south of Nablus, and stopped a private red Volks Wagen.  The IOF soldiers forced MP Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdul-Rahman al-Ramhi (48), ex-prisoner and Secretary General of the Palestinian Legislative Council from al-Bireh, to leave his vehicle and confiscated it.  Dr. al-Ramhi was transported to the Hawara detention center in Hawara, south of Nablus.  He was later released, after over 4 hours of detention.  It should be mentioned that MP al-Ramhi was visiting relatives in Nablus during the Eid al-Adha.  MP al-Ramhi was an administrative detainee in Israeli prisons for approximately a year and a half, and was released less than 3 months ago. 

At approximately 21:00 on Thursday, 01 November 2012, the IOF established an on the Container checkpoint, north of Bethlehem, detained Shireen Halahla (29) and her daughter Lamar (2.5), for few hours when returning from Jordan.  Halahla was searched before she was released at approximately 00:00.  It should be mentioned that Halahla is married to ex-prisoner Tha'er Halahla from Kharas village, west of Hebron, who went through a 78-day food strike before being released from Israeli prisons.

 

 

4- Efforts to Create Jewish Majority in Occupied East Jerusalem

 

Bulldozing of Houses

 

In morning hours on Thursday, 01 November 2012, an IOF force of the Border Guards, Israeli Police, Special Forces and the Police Chivalry Units, accompanied by a bulldozer and officers of the Israeli Municipality in Jerusalem, stormed al-Salam suburb in the 'Anata village, northeast of Occupied Jerusalem.  The IOF surrounded Salim Ismail al-Shawamra's (54) house and started bulldozing it 6 consecutive times, without previously warning or issuing a demolition notice.  In his testimony to PCHR’s fieldworker, al-Shawamra said that the IOF surrounded the 115-square-meter house and started bulldozing it without previously warning them.  He also added that his house had been demolished 6 times, the first demolition was in 1998 and the most recent demolition was on 23 January 2012.  The house was rebuilt in July 2012, with the help of members of the International Coalition, which includes more than 10 countries, and the Israeli foundation "iCAD," only to be destroyed again by the IOF in less than 3 months.  Al-Shawamra also noted that he owns the land, and that this area is under Palestinian jurisdiction according to the Oslo Accords.  Al-Shawamra is a holder of a Jerusalemite ID and a father of 9 children, the youngest of whom is 10 years old. 

 

On 05 November 2012, the IOF bulldozed a house in the al-Zaitoun mountain, al-Tour neighborhood, east of the old town of occupied Jerusalem.  According to PCHR’s investigations, a force of Israeli Border Guards, Israeli Police, Special Forces and Police Chivalry Units, accompanied by a bulldozer and officers of the Israeli Municipality in Jerusalem, stormed al-Sahel area in the al-Zaitoun mountain, al-Tour neighborhood, east of the old town of occupied Jerusalem.  The IOF surrounded the house of Imad Mahmoud Abu-Laban, a one-story, tin-roofed, brick house, established on a 32 square meters area, right after he and his wife left for work.  Upon learning of the demolition decision, the neighbors ran to the house and tried to save some of Abu-Laban's possessions.  Abu Laban said that the IOF had submitted him a demolition notice, under the pretext that the house is established on agricultural land, as well as being built without a permit; moreover, they destroyed all the utilities around the house.  He also added that he had built his humble house on a small piece of land which he owns, and he lives in it with his wife.  He also explained that the demolition notice was for the house, which is established on part of a farmland, planted with fruitful trees, belonging to him.  The IOF destroyed the house, the walls surrounding it, uprooted the fruitful trees, destroyed the water tanks and the electricity safety switch. 

 

Settlement Expansion Projects

 

The Israeli Ministry of Housing issued, on 05 November 2012, construction tenders to build 1200 housing units in the "Pisgat Ze'ev" and "Ramot" settlements, located in East Jerusalem.  According to the Israeli radio "Reshiet Beit," the Ministry of Housing issued these tenders to Israeli contractors to start the construction.  The Israeli Ministry also pointed out that the decision to build the 1200 housing units in the 2 settlements had been decided for several months now.

 

 

5- 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 07:00 on Wednesday, 24 October 2012, a large IOF force, accompanied by military vehicles and a bulldozer, stormed the Beit Alban area, west of Ethna village, west of Hebron and imposed a curfew in the area.  The bulldozer demolished a tin-made barracks, established on a 250 square meters area, belonging to Abdul-Rahman Abed Ahmed al-Tamizi (33).  In his testimony to a PCHR fieldworker, al-Tamizi said that the IOF demolished the barracks without previously issuing any notices of demolishing or suspending the work in the facility.  He also mentioned that the IOF is imposing severe restrictions on the western area of the Ethna village and Abu-Reesha area, in attempt to control the area.  It should be noted that the areas to the west of the village fall under Israeli jurisdiction under the Oslo Accords. 

 

At approximately 11:00 on Wednesday, 24 October 2012, the IOF, accompanied by a vehicle of the Construction and Licensing Authority of the Israel Civil Administration, moved into the Khelat al-Theib area, south of the Ethna village, west of Hebron.  The soldiers submitted demolition notices to 7 houses and photographed them.  It should be noted that the notices were issued by the Civil Administration, the Supreme Planning Council, approving the suspension and demolition notices under pretext of not obtaining a permit.  The IOF had previously informed the civilians that construction in the area was suspended and that they ought to refer to the concerned departments for a maximum period of 7 days.  According to the civilians' testimony to PCHR’s fieldworker, they are headed to the Israeli courts through the Saint Eve foundation.  The case was postponed for 21 days, after a session held on 31 October 2012, to complete papers for the case. 

 

The houses belong to civilians:

1- Haitham Fadel Mohammad 'Asfour (28), a one-story house established on a 130 square meters area.

2- Wael Fadel Mohammad 'Asfour (25), a one-story house established on a 110 square meters area.

3- Jamal Bader 'Asfour (24), a one story house established on a 150 square meters area.

4- Nader Bader 'Asfour (32), a two-story house established on a 120 square meters area.

5- Ahmad Younis 'Asfour (27), a one-story house established on a 110 square meters area.

6- Mohammad Younis 'Asfour (25), a one-story established on a 110 square meters area.

7- Iyad Mohammad Abu-Harbid (25), a one-story house established on a 120 square meters area.

 

On Saturday morning, 27 October 2012, a group of 7 settlers coming from the "Nirya" settlement outpost, established on the northern lands of Ras Karkar, northwest of Ramallah, attacked Palestinian farmers harvesting olive trees in their land in al-Nabi 'Anieer area, approximately 500 meters away from the settlement outpost.  In his testimony to a PCHR fieldworker, Jum'aa Barakat Dorgham Nofal, said that, at approximately 11:00 on Saturday, 27 October 2012, while farmers were harvesting the olives in their lands in al-Nabi 'Anieer area, a group of 7 settlers, one of whom had a firearm, accompanied by a sniffer dog, between 20 and 30 years of age, attacked Dorgham Nofal (51) and Fayq Tawfiq's family with rocks.  A group of the farmers present in the area protected the attacked farmers and threw rocks back at the fleeing settlers.  Approximately half an hour later, an IOF force came to the area, however, they withdrew later; no arrests or injuries were reported.

 

Later that Saturday evening, 27 October 2012, a group of settlers from the "Nhalial" settlement,  established on the eastern side of the Beit- Illu village, northwest of Ramallah, cut the branches of 20 fruitful olive trees in al-Safha area, east of the village, belonging to Ibrahim 'Aiysh Abdul-Rahman Ladadwa, in his 10 dunnums of land.  According to PCHR’s investigations, Mr Ladadwa, from the al-Mazra'a al-Badwia village, was shocked to find that the branches of 20 fruitful olive trees, planted 40 to 50 years ago, were cut.

 

At approximately 06:40 on Wednesday, 31 October 2012, a large IOF force and an officer of the Israeli Civil Administration, accompanied by military vehicles and 2 bulldozers, stormed the Satih area, near al-Dayouk al-Tahta village, northwest of Jericho.  The IOF closed the area, banning civilians and journalists from entering.  At approximately 07:00, the bulldozers, without previous notice, started demolishing 2 houses, used by their owners in the winter, under the pretext of not obtaining a construction permit from the Israeli Civil Administration.  They also demolished the walls around the houses, and destroyed the power network in the area. The demolished houses belong to:

 

1- Eng. Sayel Ibrahim Mo'tan, a one-story house established on a 120 square meters area.

2- Zaher Mustafa al-Kaloutty, a one-story house established on a 90 square meters area.

 

At approximately 22:00 on Wednesday, 31 October 2012, Hala Hisham Abu-'Ayash (13) sustained cuts, bruises and fractions throughout her body, after being ran over by a settler's car on the main road leading to the Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron.  The victim was transported by a Palestinian Red Crescent Society ambulance (PRCS) to the al-Ahly hospital in Hebron for treatment.  The settler fled without attempting to aid the child or request an ambulance to transport her to the hospital.

 

At approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 01 November 2012, the IOF and officers of the Israeli Civil Administration, verbally ordered the civilians of al-Fakheyt and al-Taban villages, east of Yatta, south of Hebron, to remove the solar panels that provide the villages in the eastern area of Yatta with electricity, and to demolish al-Musafer Primary Mixed School within a maximum period of 3 days.  In his testimony to PCHR’s fieldworker, Rateb al-Jabour, Coordinator of the Popular Committee in Yatta, said that a large IOF force, accompanied by an officer of the Israeli Civil Administration, stormed the area and ordered the civilian population to remove the solar panels that provide the villages with electricity, adding that the Civil Administration officers stormed the al-Musafer school near the villages and photographed it.  It should be mentioned that the school had been expanded by the civilians, as they added two classrooms to absorb 20 students 3 months ago, and that the civilians were ordered to stop the construction at the time.  It should also be mentioned that the IOF is imposing severe restrictions and harassing the civilians in order to push them to leave the area, as villages in the east of Yatta are in zone (C), which falls under Israeli jurisdiction according to the Oslo Accords, thus they are subjected to IOF raids and demolition notices regularly.  

  

At approximately 14:00 on Saturday, 03 November 2012, a group of settlers from the "Yitzhar" settlement, established on lands on the eastern side of the 'Orief village, southeast of Nablus, attacked Palestinian farmers while harvesting the olive trees near the 'Orief High School for Boys with rocks.  As a result, Walid Said Najih al-Safadi (18) was hit in the head by a stone.  Civilians present in the area confronted the settlers who were accompanied by an IOF force, who intervened to protect the settlers, firing tear gas canisters, sound bombs and rubber-bullets at the farmers.  The IOF arrested Issam Najeh Sherif al-Safadi (37), an officer in the Palestinian General Intelligence Service, and transported him to the Hawara Camp detention center, south of Nablus.

 

At approximately 07:30 on Sunday, 04 November 2012, the IOF, accompanied by officers from the Israeli Civil Administration, moved into the Sourief village, northwest of Hebron.  They placed a notice by a house, which is under construction, notifying them to stop construction on a house established on an area of 60 square meters and 3 water wells, the capacity of which is: 60, 120 and 150 cubic meters, belonging to Mohammad Abdullah al-Qadi (45).  According to Ali Ghonaymat, from Sourief, the notices included a farmland of 6 dunnums, planted with almonds and olives, belonging to Mohammad al-Qadi, ordering the man to return the land to its previous state.

 

At approximately 11:00 on Sunday, 04 November 2012, the IOF, accompanied by a group of settlers, started leveling lands it had already added to the "Ovaegal" settlement, established on the lands of al-Jabarin family, east of Yatta, south of Hebron.  Settlers established caravans in the area.

 

On Monday, 05 November 2012, the Israeli Ministry of Housing issued construction tenders to build 70 housing units in the "Ariel" settlement, north of Selfit, in the northern side of the West Bank.  According to the Israeli radio "Reshiet Beit," the Ministry of Housing issued these tenders to Israeli contractors to start the construction.  The Israeli Ministry also pointed out that the decision to build the 70 housing units in the settlement had already been decided for 2 weeks.

 

At approximately 05:00 on Tuesday, 06 November 2012, the IOF, accompanied by an Israeli police force, officers from the Israeli Civil administration, military vehicles and bulldozers, moved into al-Dirat and al-Joya villages, east of Yatta, south of Hebron.  The IOF surrounded the villages and imposed a curfew, while its bulldozers demolished Mohammad Moussa Makhamra's (50) two-story house, established on a 250 square meters area.  They also bulldozed a stockyard belonging to Husni Mohammad Salama Rabe'i, as well as a tin-made room of 50 square meters and a water well of 60 cubic meters, in al-Joya area, east of al-Tawany village, belonging to Mahmoud Mohammad Nasser (43).  In his testimony to a PCHR fieldworker, Rateb el Jabour, coordinator of the Popular Movement against the Settlement Activity, said that the IOF bulldozed the house, the stockyard and the well without giving any previous warning or notices to stop construction work in the area, adding that the IOF does these actions in order to push the civilians away from the area, as it is classified as a military zone belonging to the IOF and banned for civilians.  Before its withdrawal, the IOF submitted 12 civilians demolition notices for houses and facilities, the notified civilians are: Mohammad Ahmed Ali Hassanin; Moussa Abu-'Aram; Mohammad 'Ouda Abd-Raboh; Ziad Mohammad Younis Mkhamra; Ahmed Ismail al-'Adra; Mahmoud Moussa Abu-'Aram; Radi Ibrahim al-Jabarin; Iyad Mohammad al-'Adra; Souliman Mahmoud al-'Adra; Khalid Hussain al-'Amour; and Tamer Mohammad Ibrahim al-'Adra

 

At approximately 07:30 on Wednesday, 07 November 2012, the IOF, accompanied by a vehicle from the Israeli Civil Administration, moved into al-Qayzoun area, east of Hebron.  The IOF submitted notices to stop construction on a 200-sqaure-meter rain-water collection pool, belonging to 'Alaa Mohammad Zaloum (44).  It should be noted that areas along by-pass road (60) are subject to frequent harassments and threats of demolition and bulldozing by the IOF.

 

At approximately 09:00 on Wednesday, 07 November 2012, the IOF moved into the Khelat Haja area in Beit Fjjar village, west of Bethlehem.  The IOF stormed the Tayba Company for Stone Crushing and Quarrying and confiscated a number of drilling machines.  Later on, they stormed al-Tawil Stone Crushing Company and confiscated drilling equipment, water tanks, a gas canister and a car belonging to the owner of the company, Abdul-Ghani al-Tawil (39), after beating him and handcuffed him at gunpoint.  They also attacked 2 workers at the Crushing company, knowing that the victims did not harass or provoke the soldiers; they were identified as: Said al-Za'qeik (26), owner of an asphalt plant in al-Khela area; and Hatem al-Tawil (36), a maintenance worker at the company.

 

At approximately 16:00 on Wednesday, the IOF stormed the Harres village, northwest of Qalqilya, accompanied by a military vehicles and a bulldozer.  The IOF surrounded Ali Hussain Jaber's house, a 300-square-meter house, made of 2 joint apartments, one is inhabited while the other is still under construction. The bulldozer started demolishing the house, under the pretext that it is established in zone (C) and that Jaber did not obtain a construction permit from the concerned authorities.  The IOF soldiers started shooting sound bombs, gas canisters, firearms and rubber-coated bullets when the civilians attempted to stop the bulldozer from demolishing the house.  This resulted in the wounding of 12 Palestinian civilians, including a child, resulting in bullet wounds, suffocation, bruises and fractions.  The IOF completed the demolition process nonetheless, and then started demolishing Hamam Youssif Salama's house, a two-story house, one of them still under construction and started bulldozing it.  The wounded civilians were identified as:

 

1- Mohammad Sobhi Rashid Jaber (33), a gunshot to his right hand.

2- Fwaz Fayez Dawoud Hassan (65), a gunshot to his left foot.

3- Najed Ali Salim Souf (37), a gas canister to the thigh.

4- Mohammad Sobhi Rashid Souf (33), a gunshot to his right hand, as well as gas sprayed in his eyes.

5- Fwaz Fayez Dawoud (65), a gunshot to his right foot.

6- Usama Hassan Jaber (32), a gunshot to his right foot.

7- Saher Mashhour Rif'at Soultan (31), a gunshot to his right elbow.

8- Hassan Youssif Hassan Souf (55), a gunshot to his right foot.

9- Hadi Mofeed Souf (32), a gas canister to his left hand.

Fa10- 'ed Abdul-Karim Dawoud (40), a gunshot to his back.

11- Mohammad Abdul-Karim Abu-Salim (22), a gunshot to his pelvis.

12- Mahmoud Tareq al-Shamlawy (14), a gunshot to his back.

 

In early morning hours on Wensday, 07 November 2012, Palestinian civilians in al-Sawya village, south of Nablus, were surprised to find out that settlers had cut and destroyed 88 olive trees from lands belonging to: Hamad Saleh Mahmoud Jozza, whose 60 olive trees, planted between 5-7 years ago, were destroyed; Moustafa Ali Moustafa Ahmed, whose 28 fruitful and old olive trees were destroyed.  The attacked land is located in the Western Valley area, west of al-Sawya village, only 500 meters from the settlement outpost the "Rahlim," established on Ramallah-Nablus road.

 

 

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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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