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Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

A house that was destroyed when Israeli warplanes bombarded a nearby poultry farm in Rafah


 

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

 

IOF killed 6 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, and two members of the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip.

 

52 Palestinian civilians, including 12 children and 6 women, were wounded by IOF in the Gaza Strip.

 

IOF launched a series of aerial and ground attacks on the Gaza Strip

A number of civilian facilities were destroyed and a number of houses were damaged.

 

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

6 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children and a woman, and an Italian human rights defender were wounded.

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

 

The IOF conducted 42 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 2 limited ones into the Gaza Strip. 

The IOF arrested 16 Palestinians, including two children and two women.

 

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.

 

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

IOF destroyed a rainwater pool in Hebron and an auto repair workshop in Bethlehem.

Israeli settlers launched a series of attacks against Palestinian civilians.

 

 

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (08 – 13 November 2012):

 

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, IOF killed 6 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, and two members of the Palestinian resistance, and wounded 53 civilians, including 12 children and 6 women, in the Gaza Strip.  They also wounded 6 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children and a woman, and an Italian human rights defender in the West Bank. 

 

In the Gaza Strip, IOF escalated attacks against the Gaza Strip, killing a number of Palestinian civilians and members of the Palestinian resistance.  They also destroyed a number of civilian facilities and damaged a number of houses. 

 

On 08 November 2012, IOF killed a Palestinian child during an incursion into ‘Abassan village, east of Kahn Yunis. 

 

On 10 November 2012, IOF killed 4 Palestinian civilians, including two children, when they fired a number of artillery shells at al-Shoja’iya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.  Additionally, 38 Palestinians, including 9 children, were wounded, the wounds of 10 of them was described as serious.  On 13 November 2012, one of the wounded died of his wounds.

 

On the same day, 11 Palestinian civilians, including 5 women and two children, were wounded when IOF fired two artillery shells at Khuza’a village, east of Khan Yunis. 

 

Also on the same day, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a number of members of the al-Quds Brigades (the armed wing of Islamic Jihad) in the northern Gaza Strip, killing one of them. 

 

On 11 November 2012, another member of the Palestinian resistance was killed in a similar attack. 

 

On the same day, a Palestinian civilian was wounded when IOF fired artillery shells at Gaza International Airport, southeast of Rafah. 

 

During the reporting period, Israeli warplanes launched a series of airstrikes against civilian facilities and a number of training sites of the Palestinian resistance.  As a result, a number of civilian facilities were destroyed and some houses were damaged.   

 

In the West Bank, 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, 6 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children and a woman, were wounded, and dozens of protestors sustained bruises and suffered from tear gas inhalation.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, the IOF conducted at least 42 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.  During these incursions, the IOF arrested at least 16 Palestinians, including two children and two women. 

 

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted two limited incursions into the southern and northern Gaza Strip, during which they killed a Palestinian child and leveled areas of Palestinian land.

 

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 08 November 2012, IOF moved into ‘Ein Fares area in the southwest of Nahalin village, west of Bethlehem, adjacent to “Bitar Elite” settlement. A number of workers brought by IOF cut a number of olive and almond trees.  Eyewitnesses from the village said that 25 olive and almond trees were cut.

 

On the same day, dozens of settlers from “Beit Hagai” settlement, which stands on civilians’ lands in Hebron, stole olives from Palestinian lands in al-Reihiya village, south of the town and adjacent to the security fence of the aforementioned settlement. An eyewitness told a PCHR fieldworker that a group of settlers attacked farmlands near the aforementioned settlement and stole olives while a number of them broke some tree branches before leaving the land.

On 09 November 2012, a Palestinian civilian from Hebron sustained injuries in his head as a result of stones thrown at him by settlers.  He was injured while he was in al-Shallalah Street in the center of the town.

 

On the same day, a Palestinian civilian sustained injuries and bruises in the head and the foot as a result of being thrown with stones by an Israeli settler in Tal al-Rumidah area in the center of Hebron. 

 

Also on the same day, a group of Israeli settlers from “Shilo” settlement, which stands on Palestinian land in the southeast of Qaryout village, southeast of Nablus, moved into the village and arrived to its center.  They were accompanied by the security officer of the settlement.  A number of Palestinian civilians gathered in the village and threw stones at the settlers, who were forced to leave the village.  Half an hour later, Palestinian civilians were surprised to find another number of settlers in al-Sahlat area in the south of the village, so they went to the area to expel the settlers.  A number of settlers started shooting fire at them.  Soon, IOF moved into the area and started firing sound bombs at the civilians and chased them into the village.  IOF arrested two young men from the village.

 

On 12 November 2012, IOF moved into the Beit ‘Aynon village, west of Hebron.  They prevented civilians from moving.  They destroyed a rainwater pool which is used to irrigate crops. 

 

On the same day, Israeli settlers wrote racist slogans on walls of houses in al-Manshiya village, south of Bethlehem.  They also attempted to set fire to a house, but Palestinian civilians were able to stop them by stone throwing.

 

On 13 November 2012, IOF moved into an area adjacent to al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, near Hebron-Bethlehem road.  They razed a 200-square-meter paved yard that used as a car park.  The loss is estimated at 20,000 (approximately US$ 5,400). 

 

On the same day, IOF moved into Housan village, west of Bethlehem.  They demolished a garage and confiscated a container of car parts. 

 

Also on the same day, IOF positioned near the annexation wall in the west of Beit Oula village, west of Hebron, dropped a notice on an agricultural plot ordering the evacuation of the plot in 45 days.

 

 

Israeli Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (08 – 13 November 2012)

 

1-  Israeli Military Escalation in the Gaza Strip

 

Thursday, 08 November 2012

 

At approximately 08:00, IOF moved nearly 300 meters into the east of al-Qarara village, northeast of Khan Yunis.  They leveled areas of Palestinian land amidst indiscriminate shooting.   A few hours later, they moved southwards to ‘Abassan village.  They opened fire indiscriminately and leveled areas of Palestinian land.  An Israeli helicopter gunship also opened fire at the area.  At approximately 16:30, as a result of the indiscriminate shooting by IOF military vehicles, 13-year-old Ahmed Younis Khader Abu Daqqa was seriously wounded by a bullet to the abdomen.  At the time he was shot, Ahmed had been playing football with his friends in front of his family’s house, located nearly 1,500 meters away from the area where the IOF were present.  He was evacuated to the European Gaza Hospital in Khan Yunis, but he was pronounced dead 15 minutes later.  IOF remained in the area until 00:30 on the following day.  In his testimony to PCHR, Mohammed Tariq Abu Daqqa, 14, stated:

 

“On Thursday evening, 08 November 2012, my friend, Ahmed Abu Daqqa, invited me to play football, which he liked so much.  We began to play football in front of his house together with Khaled ‘Ali Abu Daqqa, Shadi Akram Abu Daqqa and Fares Hassan Qudaih.  Ahmed was wearing sports clothes and he played as a goalkeeper.  We knew that there was an Israeli incursion in the area and we heard sporadic shooting.  We thought that we were safe because we were relatively far from the affected area.  However, at approximately 16:30, I saw a bullet hitting the door of Ahmed’s house.  I soon saw Ahmed falling onto the ground.  He then stood up putting his hands on his abdomen and screaming.  He moved into his house.  The children who were playing with us escaped.  I called Ahmed’s brother and told him that Ahmed was wounded.  Soon after, Ahmed’s brother carried him out of the house and asked me to call an ambulance.  I immediately went to a nearly grocery shop and asked its owner to call an ambulance and he did.  Ahmed was then transported by a civilian car to the hospital.  I learnt later that he died.  Before he was wounded, he had asked me to photograph him wearing the uniform of Real Madrid, of which he was a fan.”

 

At approximately 18:40, IOF moved nearly 200 meters into the east of the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia.  They searched the area and opened fire sporadically.  They moved back to the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel at approximately 22:50.

 

Saturday, 10 November 2012

 

At approximately 15:30, Israeli military vehicles stationed at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired an artillery shell at a number of Palestinian children who were playing football at al-Mentar Hill east of al-Shoja’iya neighborhood, which is east of Gaza City and nearly 1,500 meters away from the border.  As a result, 2 children were instantly

 

 killed:

 

1- Mohammed Ussama Hassan Harara, 16; and

2- Ahmed Mustafa Khaled Harara, 17.

 

Following this attack, a number of Palestinian civilians, who were gathered to mourn a bereaved in the house of the Harara family, rushed to the area, where the IOF immediately fired another 3 shells.  As a result, 2 Palestinian civilians were instantly killed:

 

1- Ahmed Kamel Al- Dirdissawi, 18; and

2- Matar ‘Emad ‘Abdul Rahman Abu al-‘Ata (19). 

 

Additionally, 38 civilians, including 8 children, were wounded; the wounding of 10 of these civilians was described by medical crews as being serious. 

 

At approximately 17:00, the IOF, positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Khan Yunis, fired 2 artillery shells at the water tank of the Khuza’a Municipality, nearly 800 meters away from the border.  Shrapnel from the shells hit 11 Palestinian civilians, including 5 women and 2 children, while they were inside their houses or in nearby streets:

 

1- Rasmiya Khalil al-Najjar, 45, wounded by shrapnel to the left hand;

2- Ibtissam Mohammed al-Najjar, 40, wounded by shrapnel to the left hand;

3- Eline Mahmoud al-Najjar, 30, wounded by shrapnel to the left side;

4- Samar Khaled al-Najjar, 19, wounded by shrapnel to the left hand;

5- Dalal Fu’ad al-Najjar, 20, wounded by shrapnel to the hand;

6- Mo’tassem Fawzi al-Najjar, 10, wounded by shrapnel to the face;

7- Ibrahim Sameer al-Najjar, 17, wounded by shrapnel to the right hand;

8- Fathi ‘Abdul Rahman al-Najjar, 50, wounded by shrapnel to the face;

9- Sameer Mohammed al-Najjar, 50, wounded by shrapnel to the back;

10- Eyad Zaki al-Najjar, 28, wounded by shrapnel to the chest; and

11- Ramez Mohammed al-Najjar, 22, wounded by shrapnel to the chest.    

 

At approximately 20:40, Israeli warplanes opened fire at Gaza International Airport, southeast of Rafah.  No casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 21:50, Israeli warplanes opened fire at open areas in the east of Jabalya town in the northern Gaza Strip.  No casualties were reported, but Palestinian civilians, especially women and children, were extremely terrified. 

 

At the same time, the IOF, positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, fired an artillery shell at the office of the Gaza Electricity Distribution Company in al-Sha’af neighborhood east of Gaza City.  The office was heavily damaged, but no casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 22:45, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a number of members of the al-Quds Brigades (the armed wing of Islamic Jihad) near al-Khuzondar fuel station in the west of Jabalya town in the northern Gaza Strip.  No casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 23:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a group of the al-Quds Brigades (the armed wing of Islamic Jihad) in the west of Jabalya town.  As a result, a member of the group, Mohammed Sa’id Mohammed Eshkokani, 18, from the Beach camp west of Gaza City, was killed by shrapnel throughout the body.

 

Sunday, 11 November 2012

 

 At approximately 00:00, an Israeli drone attacked a group of the al-Quds Brigades (the armed wing of Islamic Jihad) in Riad al-Salehin area in the northern Gaza Strip town of Jabalya.  As a result, a member of the group, Mohammed Fu’ad ‘Obaid, 22, was killed by shrapnel throughout the body.  He body was found by medical crews at approximately 06:00. 

 

Also At approximately 00:00 on Sunday, 11 November 2012, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at a metalwork workshop belonging to Radwan Younis Tafesh in the northern Gaza Strip town of Jabalya.  The workshop was completely destroyed, and a neighboring house belonging to Sami Khair al-Najjar was damaged.  Al-Najjar’s wife, Nihad Fahmi al-Najjar, 45, was injured by glass fragments throughout her body, and their child, Mustafa 17, was injured by glass fragments in his left foot.  There women living in the area were evacuated to the hospital as they were shocked.

 

At approximately 00:20, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at an agricultural store located near a house belonging to Mohammed Mustafa Jaber, 65.  The store was destroyed, and the house, where 20 individuals live, was damaged.  Two neighboring houses belonging to the al-Ghandour family were also damaged.

 

At approximately 00:50, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a 1,000-square-meter poultry farm in al-Hashash neighborhood northwest of Rafah.  The farm was completely destroyed, and 10 sheep and some birds were killed.  A number of nearby houses were damaged.

 

At approximately 01:05, an Israeli warplane fired 3 missiles at a factory of concrete in Tal al-Sultan neighborhood in the west of Rafah.  The factory was completely destroyed, but no casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 01:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a group of the Palestinian resistance near al-Khuzondar fuel station in the west of Jabalya.  No casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 11:10, IOF positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired 6 artillery shells at the vicinity of Gaza International Airport.  As a result, ‘Awadallah Mohammed Abu ‘Edwan, 42, was moderately wounded, when he was riding a motorcycle near house.  UNRWA suspended the evening shift of al-Shouka elementary school, in which 600 children study.

 

At approximately 12:00, IOF positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired an artillery shell at a factory of plastic products belonging to Hussein Mohammed Sorour, 53, in the industrial zone to the southeast of Beit Hanoun town in the northern Gaza Strip.  The factory was damaged and two Palestinian civilians suffered from suffocation because of the smoke that evaporated from burnt products: Ibrahim Mohammed Sorour, 34, and Mohammed Hatem Sorour, 19. 

 

At approximately 13:00, Israeli soldiers positioned on observation towers at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel opened fire at a number of young men who got close to the border and threw stones at them following the funeral procession of Palestinians who were killed by previous Israeli attacks.  As a result, Mahmoud ‘Aayed Harara, 19, from al-Shoja’iya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, was wounded by a bullet to the left leg.

 

At approximately 16:00, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at an open area behind the car market in the southeast of al-Zaytoun neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.  No casualties were reported.

 

Monday, 12 November 2012

 

At approximately 02:20, Israeli warplanes bombarded an open area in the west of Jabalya town in the northern Gaza Strip.  No casualties were reported, but Palestinian civilians, especially women and children, were extremely terrified.

 

At approximately 02:30, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at Abu Jarad site, which belongs to Hamas, near al-Shuhada intersection, south of Gaza City.  No casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 03:20, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at an open area near an UNRWA clinic in al-Nasser village, north of Rafah.  No casualties were reported.

 

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

 

At approximately 01:00, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at an open area near al-Khuzondar fuel station in the west of Jabalya town in the northern Gaza Strip.  The missile made a large crater in the area, but no casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 01:10, am Israeli warplane fired a missile at a training site of the ‘Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas) near al-Shuhada intersection, south of Gaza City.  No casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 08:00, medical sources at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City declared that Mohammed Ziad Qanou’, 22, a member of the ‘Izzddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas) from al-Shoja’iya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, died of wounds he had sustained on Saturday, 10 November 2012, when IOF fired a number of artillery shells at Palestinian civilians near al-Mentra Hill in al-Shoja’iya neighborhood (see above). 

 

2-  Incursions into Palestinian Areas and Attacks on Palestinian Civilians and Property in the West Bank 

 

Thursday, 08 November 2012

 

At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Sa’ir village, northeast of Hebron.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Suleiman Salem Abu Rabee’, 34, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-Khader village, southwest of Bethlehem.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Sajed Jameel al-Balboul, 21, and arrested him.  It should be noted that IOF had summoned him for interrogation a week earlier.

 

At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into al-Shyoukh village, east of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Also at approximately 02:30, IOF moved into al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north 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 Deir al-Sudan village, north of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 08:00, IOF moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqilya.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Also at approximately 08:00, IOF moved into ‘Izbat al-Tabib village, east of Qalqilya.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 10:00, IOF moved into al-Yamoun village, northwest of Jenin.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Also at approximately 10:00, 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.

 

Also at approximately 10:00, IOF moved into Sanour village, south of Jenin.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Also at approximately 10:00, IOF moved into Misliya village, south of Jenin.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 11:30, IOF moved into Beit ‘Aur al-Tahta village, southwest of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Also at approximately 11:30, 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.

 

At approximately 19:15, IOF moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqilya.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 20:00, IOF moved into Beit Liqya village, southwest of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets provocatively.  A number of Palestinian children gathered and threw stones at IOF military vehicles.  Immediately, Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters at Palestinian civilians.  As a result, a number of civilians suffered from tear gas inhalation.

 

Friday, 09 November 2012

 

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

 

At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Saffa village, southwest of Ramallah.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ghassan Nabeel Mansour, 24, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 08:30, IOF moved into Ruq’a area in the west of Yatta village, south of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets provocatively.  A number of Palestinian children gathered and threw stones at Israeli military vehicles.  Immediately, Israeli soldiers fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at Palestinian civilians.  As a result, a number of civilians suffered from tear gas inhalation.

 

At approximately 09:00, IOF moved into Turmos’iya village, northeast of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 19:30, IOF moved into the areas located between Sanour and Maithaloun villages, south of Jenin.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

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

 

Also at approximately 22:00, 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.

 

Saturday, 10 November 2012

 

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

 

At approximately 00:40, IOF moved into Qalqilya. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 12:30, IOF moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqilya.  They arrested two Palestinian children from their houses: Mohammed ‘Abdul Fattah Radwan, 15; and Ahmed Mustafa Khirfan, 15.  They released Radwan on the following day morning, but kept Khirfan in custody.

 

At approximately 13:00, IOF moved into Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron.  They stormed the Islamic Cemetery while Palestinian civilians were burying a dead man.  A number of boys threw stones at Israeli soldiers, who immediately fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them.  As a result, a number of civilians suffered from tear gas inhalation. 

 

Sunday, 11 November 2012

 

At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into al-Yamoun village, northwest of Jenin.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Rezeq Houshiya, 18, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 07:30, IOF moved into Taqqou’ village, southeast of Bethlehem.  They took position on the road linking Israeli settlements in Hebron and Bethlehem.  They fired rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters at school children while going to school.  As a result, two children suffered from tear gas inhalation: Bahaa’ ‘Aaref al-‘Omour, 16; and Mahmoud Mohammed Abu Meferh, 16.

 

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

 

At approximately 20:00, IOF moved into ‘Anabta village, east of Tulkarm.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

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

 

Monday, 12 November 2012

 

At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into al-Salam Street and ‘Ein Sarah area in the center of Hebron.  They raided and searched a number of shops belonging to the al-Natsha family.  They then summoned Ameen ‘Abdul Rahman al-Natsha, 39, for interrogation.

 

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

 

At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Kufor Malek village, northeast of Ramallah.  They raided and searched 4 houses and arrested 4 Palestinian civilians:

 

1- Saji Ahmed Shawkat, 20;

2- ‘Abdul Hameed Mohammed Shafiq, 25;

3- Mohammed Mustafa Salama, 23; and

4- ‘Alam ‘Eid Hamayel, 23.

 

At approximately 10:30, IOF moved into ‘Obwin village, northwest of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 21:30, IOF moved into Beit ‘Aur al-Tahta village, southwest of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

 

At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron.  They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 3 Palestinian civilians:

 

1- Ibrahim Ahmed al-‘Ajjouri, 18;

2- Mohammed Yousef Jawabra, 18; and

3- Anas Jamal Aa’rabi, 19.

 

At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into ‘Arraba village, southwest of Jenin.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mona Hussein Qe’dan, 40, and arrested her.  It should be noted that Qe’dan had been detained by IOF 4 times.  She was released the last time on 18 December 2011 in the context of a prisoners swap between Israel and Palestinian resistance groups.

 

Also at approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Sa’ir village, northeast of Hebron.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Safwat Zaidan Jaradat, 21, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Jibara village, which has been isolated by the annexation wall, south of Tulkarm.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ahmed Fu’ad ‘Awadh, who was killed by IOF inside his house in 20111, and arrested his widow, Nada ‘Aaref ‘Awadh, 55.  It should be noted that IOF had arrested her son, Yahia, 18, on 04 November 2012.

 

At approximately 18:00, IOF moved into Bethlehem, Beit Jala and Beit Sahour towns to search for an Israeli girl who lost her way.  They patrolled the streets and stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.  They withdrew later and no arrests were reported.

 

 

3-  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, 6 Palestinian civilians, including a woman and 3 children, and an Italian human rights defender were wounded, and dozens of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation. 

 

Following the Friday Prayer on 09 November 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 demonstration coincided with the 23rd anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the 8th anniversary of the death of the late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat.  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, an Italian human rights defender, 50, was hit by a tear gas canister to the right foot, and a number of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.

 

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 demonstration coincided with the 23rd anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the 8th anniversary of the death of the late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat.  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. 

 

Around the same time on Friday, 19 October 2012, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders gathered in the 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 demonstration coincided with the 8th anniversary of the death of the late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat.  The protesters walked towards the gate erected by IOF near the entrance of the village, which leads 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, 6 Palestinian civilians, including a woman and 3 children, were wounded, and some demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.

 

Also following the Friday Prayer on 09 November 2012, Palestinian civilians and international human rights defenders 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.  Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protesters.  They also violently bear ‘Abada ‘Ali Braijiya, 12, and attempted to arrest him.   

 

At approximately 12:30 on Friday, 09 November 2012, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a sit-in in front of “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem, demanding closing the road leading to Etzion detention center, stopping attacks by Israeli settlers and boycotting Rami Livi Mall.  IOF fired tear gas canisters at the participants and beat Younis ‘Arar, 35.

 

4- 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

07 – 12 November 2012

 

Day

Date

Traveling abroad

Coming into Gaza

Returned into Gaza

Wednesday

07 November 2012

623

1,086 and a corpse

35

Thursday

08 November 2012

789

693

58

Friday

09 November 2012

458

414

30

Saturday

10 November 2012

858

453

38

Sunday

11 November 2012

705

493

39

Monday

12 November 2012

649

467

56

 

 

Movement at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) Crossing

06 – 12 November 2012

Imports:

 

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Number

Liters

06 November 2012

Foodstuffs

809

 

 

Agricultural materials

1,157

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Telecommunication towers

Car tires

Biscuit machines

1,674

 

 

1,307

112

204

220

2

 

Humanitarian aid

7,745

 

 

Cooking gas

169.780

 

 

 

Diesel for UNRWA

 

 

6,511

 

Industrial fuel

 

 

250,000

07 November 2012

Foodstuffs

801

 

 

Agricultural materials

838

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Cows

Cars

Washing machines

Electricity generators 

Glass boards

Electricity towers

1,049

 

1,264

154

202

35

539

13

1,590

193

 

Humanitarian aid

8,425

 

 

Cooking gas

144.810

 

 

 

Industrial Fuel

 

 

53,300

08 November 2012

Foodstuffs

625

 

 

Agricultural materials

1,068

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Cartons of shoes

Refrigerators  

Water tanks

Telecommunication towers

Cows

1,303

 

1,029

359

190

313

200

451

 

Humanitarian aid

8,230

 

 

Cooking gas

163.660

 

 

 

Exports:

 

On Tuesday, 06 November 2012, IOF allowed the exportation of 5 truckloads of empty plastic cans returned previously.

On Wednesday, 07 November 2012, IOF allowed the exportation of 7 truckloads of empty plastic cans previously returned, 100 cartons of basils and 624 cartons of onions and a truckload of basil. 

On Thursday, 08 November 2012, IOF allowed the export of 4 truckloads of empty plastic cans previously returned, 360 cartons of basils and 170 cartons of onions.

 

 

Other Imports:

 

On Tuesday, 06 November 2012, OF allowed the entry of 40 tons of cement, 20 tons of construction steel and 3,500 tons of construction aggregate for UNRWA; and 2,100 tons of construction aggregate for the Palestinian Water Authority.  They also allowed the entry of 780 tons of fodders and 117 tons of wheat.

 

On Wednesday, 07 November 2012, the IOF allowed the entry of 80 tons of cement, 3,500 tons of construction aggregate and 2,030 tons of base course; 280 tons of cement, 36 tons of construction steel and 2,100 tons of construction aggregate for the Palestinian Water Authority; and 350 tons of construction aggregate for UNDP.  They also allowed the entry of 429 tons of fodders and 156 tons of wheat. 

 

On Thursday, 08 November 2012, the IOF allowed the entry of 56 tons of cement, 4,130 tons of construction aggregate and 1,330 tons of base course for UNRWA; and 2,590 tons of construction aggregate for the Palestinian Water Authority.  They also allowed the entry of 390 tons of fodders and 156 tons of wheat.

 

Note: IOF closed the crossing on Sunday and Monday, 11 and 12 November 2012, in the context of the military escalation against the Gaza Strip. 

 

Movement at the Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing

07 – 12 November 2012

 

Category

07 November

08 November

09 November

10 November

11 November

12November

Patients

24

23

5

Nil

39

27

Companions

22

32

5

Nil

33

28

Personal needs

16

49

1

Nil

35

10

Arabs from Israel

9

11

4

Nil

67

7

Diplomats

6

1

Nil

Nil

12

4

International Journalists

1

1

Nil

Nil

3

3

International Workers

30

54

5

Nil

17

5

UN Workers

8

18

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Travelers abroad

2

Nil

Nil

Nil

5

Nil

Business People

100

74

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Economic Meetings

Nil

Nil

8

Nil

Nil

Nil

Security Interviews

3

2

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

VIPs

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Ambulances to Israel

4

Nil

3

Nil

1

Nil

Ambulances from Israel

Nil

3

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

Note: IOF did not allow family visitation to Palestinian prisoners detained in Israeli jails, in the context of the military escalation against the Gaza Strip.

 

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: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 10:00 on Thursday, 08 November 2012, the IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Liqya, west of Ramallah.  At approximately 14:00, IOF established a checkpoint under Kharabtha al-Misbah Bridge, southwest of Ramallah.  At approximately 19:30, IOF re-established their presence at ‘Attara checkpoint, north of Ramallah.  At approximately 09:00 on Friday, 09 November 2012, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah.  At approximately 16:00, IOF established a checkpoint at Beit ‘Aur al-Fouqa intersection.  At approximately 09:00 on Saturday, 10 November 2012, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Silwad village, northeast of Ramallah.  At approximately 14:30, IOF re-established their presence at ‘Attara checkpoint, north of Ramallah.

 

Qalqilya: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 13:50 on Thursday, 08 November 2012, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Jainsafout village, east of Qalqilya.  At approximately 09:10 on Friday, 09 November 2012, IOF established a checkpoint near the fuel station in Hijja village, east of Qalqilya.  At approximately 12:15, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance of ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqilya.  At approximately 16:50 on Sunday, 11 November 2012, IOF established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance of Qalqilya.  At approximately 18:00, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of ‘Azzoun ‘Atma village, east of Qalqilya.  At approximately 17:00 on Tuesday, 13 November 2012, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance of ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqilya.

 

Jenin:  IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 19:00 on Thursday, 08 November 2012, IOF established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance of Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin.  At approximately 20:00, IOF established a checkpoint at ‘Arraba intersection, south of Jenin.

 

Tulkarm:  IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 22:30 on Thursday, 08 November 2012, IOF established a checkpoint on al-Sha’rawiya road near al-Jaroushiya village, north of Tulkarm.  At approximately 06:00 on Saturday, 10 November 2012, IOF established a checkpoint at Bazaria intersection, east of Tulkarm. 

 

Hebron:  IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 08:00 on Saturday, 10 November 2012, IOF established a checkpoint on Wad Abu Risha road, west of Hebron.  At approximately 18:00, IOF established a checkpoint at Kharsa intersection, southwest of Hebron.  At approximately 07:30 on Tuesday, 13 November 2012, IOF established a checkpoint at al-‘Aqaba Triangle intersection, southwest of Hebron.  At approximately 15:00, IOF established a checkpoint on Wad Abu Risha road, west of hebron. 

 

Jericho:  IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 11:00 on Thursday, 08 November 2012, IOF established a checkpoint at the southern entrance of Jericho.  At approximately 10:30 on Saturday, 10 November 2012, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of al-Jiftlek village, north of Jericho. 

 

Salfit:  IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 19:00 on Thursday, 08 November 2012, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance of Brouqin village, west of Salfit.  At approximately 08:10 on Friday, 09 November 2012, IOF established a checkpoint between Hares and Kufol Hares villages, north of Salfit.  At approximately 09:40 on Saturday, 10 November 2012, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance of Brouqin village, north of Salfit.  At approximately 13:55, IOF established a checkpoint at the southern entrance of Kufor Hares village, north of Salfit. 

Detention at Military Checkpoints

 

At approximately 16:00 on Friday, 09 November 2012, Israeli soldiers positioned at the main entrance of al-Fawar refugee camp, south of Hebron, detained Nemer and Mohammed Nabeel Dousin, 12 and 8 respectively, for several hours.  The Palestinian Liaison intervened later and the two children were released.

 

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 09:00 on Thursday, 08 November 2012, IOF moved into ‘Ein Fares area in the southwest of Nahalin village, west of Bethlehem, adjacent to “Bitar Elite” settlement. A number of workers brought by IOF cut a number of olive and almond trees.  Eyewitnesses from the village said that 25 olive and almond trees belonging to Mousa Abdel Hamid, 80, were cut.

 

Jamal Salem Najajrah, Chairman of the Local Council of Nahalin, stated that IOF declared Ein Fares area a closed military zone, expelled the farmers who were harvesting olives and established a checkpoint which denied civilians’ access to their lands.  Consequently, clashes erupted between IOF and civilians, but no injuries were reported.  ‘Ein Fares area is a part of Area “C” (under full Israeli control according to the Oslo Accords), and IOF claim that notices were sent to the land owners.  It should be noted that no civilian received any notice in this regard.

 

At approximately 06:00 on the same day, dozens of settlers from “Beit Hagai” settlement, which stands on civilians’ lands in Hebron, stole olives from Palestinian lands in al-Reihiya village, south of the town and adjacent to the security fence of the aforementioned settlement. An eyewitness told a PCHR fieldworker that a group of settlers attacked farmlands near the aforementioned settlement and stole olives while a number of them broke some tree branches before leaving the land.

 

At approximately 09:00 on Friday, 09 November 2012, Samer Abdel Wahhab Jaber, 20, from Hebron, sustained injuries in his head as a result of stones thrown at him by settlers.  He was injured while he was in al-Shallalah Street in the center of the town and was taken by an ambulance to the Hebron Public Hospital to receive treatment.  It should be noted that IOF closed areas in the vicinity of the old town to allow Jewish religious rituals, and IOF and settlers were intensively present.

 

At approximately 16:00 on the same day, ‘Emad Nazmi al-Atrash, 18, sustained injuries and bruises in the head and the foot as a result of being thrown with stones by an Israeli settler in Tal al-Rumidah area in the center of Hebron.  He was thrown with stones while he was heading to an educational center in the area and was taken by a Palestinian ambulance to the Hebron Public Hospital to receive treatment.

 

‘Emad al-Atrash said the following to a PCHR fieldworker: “While I was heading to an educational center in Tal al-Rumidah area, an Israeli settler insulted me with bad words.  I went to talk to one of the soldiers who were in the spot to move the settler off my way. It was only moments when the settler started throwing stones at me causing injuries in my head and foot. I fell on the ground and was taken by an ambulance to the Hebron Public Hospital.”

 

At the same time, a group of Israeli settlers from “Shilo” settlement, which stands on Palestinian land in the southeast of Qaryout village, southeast of Nablus, moved into the village and arrived to its center.  They were accompanied by the security officer of the settlement.  A number of Palestinian civilians gathered in the village and threw stones at the settlers, who were forced to leave the village.  Half an hour later, Palestinian civilians were surprised to find another number of settlers in al-Sahlat area in the south of the village, so they went to the area to expel the settlers.  A number of settlers started shooting fire at them.  Soon, IOF moved into the area and started firing sound bombs at the civilians and chased them into the village.  IOF then raided the sports stadium, where a group of young people were exercising.  They arrested two young men from the field and took them to ‘Oufar detention center: Qutayba Radi Farahat Issa, 25; and Samed Mahmoud Taher Maradawi, 23.

 

At approximately 02:00 on Monday, 12 November 2012, IOF, accompanied by a bulldozer, and a vehicle belonging to Planning and Construction Department in the Civil Administration, moved into the Beit ‘Aynon village, west of Hebron.  They prevented civilians from moving.  In the meanwhile, a bulldozer was leveling a rainwater pool belonging to Sa’id Zalloum, 43, which is used to irrigate crops.  Zalloum stated to a PCHR fieldworker that IOF moved into the area and bulldozed the rainwater pool without handing him any notice to suspend working in the pool.

 

It should be noted that IOF took serious measures farmers in north of Hebron. The latest of such measures was demolishing a water well and confiscating an irrigation network in Wad al-Ghrouz and al-Baq’aa areas, northeast of Hebron.

 

At approximately 02:30 on Monday, 12 November 2012, Israeli settlers wrote racist slogans on walls of houses in al-Manshiya village, south of Bethlehem.  They also attempted to set fire to a house belonging to Ahmed Younis Abu Daya, but Palestinian civilians were able to stop them by stone throwing.

 

At approximately 04:30 on Tuesday, 13 November 2012, IOF moved into an area adjacent to al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, near Hebron-Bethlehem road.  They razed a 200-square-meter paved yard that used as a car park belonging to Saqer ‘Aqqab Abu ‘Ayash.  The loss is estimated at 20,000 (approximately US$ 5,400).  IOF claimed that the yard is close to the main road and to “Gush Etzion” settlement.

 

At approximately 06:00, IOF moved into Housan village, west of Bethlehem.  They demolished a garage and confiscated a container of car parts belonging to Ayman Mahmoud Sbatin.  They also handed a notice to Sabatin to refer to the Israeli Civil Administration in “Beit Eil” settlement, north of Ramallah. 

 

At approximately 07:30 on Tuesday, 13 November 2012, IOF positioned near the annexation wall in the west of Beit Oula village, west of Hebron, dropped a notice on an agricultural plot belonging to Ahmed Mahmoud al-‘Adam, ordering the evacuation of the plot in 45 days.

 

 

 

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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