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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (22 -29 Nov. 2012) PDF Print E-mail
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Israeli soldiers arrest 2 Palestinians in East Jerusalem- photo from al-Quds Newspaper


 

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

 

The Israeli Forces killed a Palestinian civilian in the southern Gaza Strip.

 

5 Palestinians were wounded, including 2 civilians; one of whom is a woman, who died of wounds they had sustained in the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.

 

2 corpses of al-Dalu family members, including a child, were found in the rubbles of their house, which increased the number of the family members who were killed to 10.

 

42 civilians, including 7 children, were wounded along the border fence in the Gaza Strip.

 

The Israeli Forces conducted 81 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. 

Israeli Forces arrested 99 Palestinians, including 9 children, in the West Bank, in addition to 3 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Of those who were arrested by the Israeli Forces, there are 6 members of the Palestinians Legislative Council (PLC) and a number of political leaders of the Islamic Jihad.

 

The Israeli Forces continued to target fishermen in the Gaza Strip

Israeli Forces opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats in the northern Gaza Strip.

 

The Israeli Forces continued to use excessive force against peaceful protests in the West Bank.

2 Palestinian civilians were wounded in Bil'ein weekly protest, west of Ramallah.

 

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

The Israeli Forces established dozens of checkpoints in the West Bank.

At least 6 Palestinians were arrested, including 2 children, at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

 

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

1,000 olive seedlings were cut off in Hebron.

More than 300 olive trees were cut off in the east of Yatta, south of Hebron.

 

 

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (22 – 28 November 2012):

 

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli Forces killed a Palestinian civilian in the Gaza Strip, while 5 others, including 2 civilians; one of whom is a woman, died of wounds they had sustained in the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.  Moreover, Civil Defense crews found the corpses of 2 civilians, including a child, in the rubbles of their house that was destroyed by Israeli forces.  The Israeli Forces also wounded 42 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children.  In the West Bank, 2 Palestinians civilians were wounded in peaceful protests against the annexation wall and settlement activities. 

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 23 November 2012, the Israeli Forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 18 others, including 3 children.  The abovementioned civilian was killed when the Israeli soldiers at the border fence to the east of Khan Yunis opened fire at dozens of Palestinians who raised flags and attempted to cross the border fence.  It is worth noting that the Palestinians headed to the border area in light of the case-fire agreement that was put into effect at approximately 21:00 on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 and was reached by Israel and the Palestinian resistance groups under the auspices of Egypt.

 

During the reporting period, 5 Palestinians died of wounds they had sustained in the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. On 23 November 2012, medical sources at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City pronounced 2 Palestinians dead:

1- Ahmed Isma'il Abu Msameh, 30, a member of an armed group, who was wounded in an Israeli airstrike launched on Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip on 16 November 2012; and

2- Jouda Suleiman Shamallakh, 27, a member of an armed group, who was wounded in an Israeli airstrike launched on Gaza City on 18 November 2012. 

 

On 26 November 2012, medical sources declared that Ahmed Ali al-Mashharawi, 18, died of wounds he had sustained during the latest Israeli offensive on Gaza. Al-Mashharawi, who is a civilian, was wounded on 14 November 2012, when an Israeli warplane launched a missile on a house belonging to Ali Nemer Abdul Rahman al-Mashharawi, 54, in al-Zaytoun neighborhood in the east of Gaza City. As a result, the house was completely destroyed, Omar al-Mashharawi, 11 months, and Heba al-Mashharawi (al-Turk), 19, were killed, and 2 other children, including Ahmed, were wounded.

 

On the same day, medical sources declared that Sabah Mohammed Harb al-Skafi, 41, from al-Shuja'iya neighborhood in Gaza City, died of wounds she had sustained when Israeli warplane bombarded a house belonging to the al-Haddad family in al-Sha'af area. Al-Skafi was passing by the house when the attack happened, so she sustained serious injury.  She was transferred to an Egyptian hospital for medical treatment, but she passed away.  

 

On 28 November 2012, medical sources in an Egyptian Hospital declared that Mahmoud Sami Sha'th, 21, from Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, died of wounds he had sustained on 18 November 2012.  Sha'th, a member of an armed group, was wounded when an Israeli warplane targeted him in a car with another member of the group and the taxi driver, who were both killed.   

 

On 22 November 2012, the Civil Defense in Gaza City found the corpse of Mohammed al-Dalu, 29, and his sister Yara, 17, in the rubbles of their family’s house that was destroyed by Israeli warplanes. It should be noted that the said house was bombarded by the Israeli warplanes on 18 November 2012.  As a result, 8 members of the family were killed, including 4 children and 4 women. All of them, including a mother and her 4 children, were found in the rubbles of the house.  As a result of the attack, many surrounding houses were damaged and 2 members of al-Mzannar family were killed.  Thus, the number of the al-Dalu family members who were killed in the attack increased to 10, including 5 children.

 

On 22 November 2012, 6 Palestinians were wounded when the Israeli Forces at the border fence, east of al-Faraheen area in the southern Gaza Strip opened fire at dozens of Palestinians who headed to the fence.  On the same day, another 2 Palestinians were wounded when the Israeli Forces opened fire at dozens of Palestinians who headed to the border area in the east of al-Shouka village, east of Rafah.  Their wounds were described as moderate.

 

On 25 November 2012, a Palestinian child was wounded when the Israeli Forces at the border fence, east of Khan Yunis , opened fire at a group of children who approached the fence in the east of Abassan, east of Khan Yunis.

 

On 26 November 2012, the Israeli Forces positioned at the border fence in the east of Khan Yunis fired at a group of children, who approached the border fence in the east of Abassan village. As a result, a child sustained minor injury. In addition, on the same day, another 2 Palestinians were wounded when the Israeli Forces positioned at the border fence in the east of Jabalya, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at a group of civilians and famers, who were present near the border fence to challenge the Israeli decision to impose a buffer zone along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

 

On 27 November 2012, a Palestinian civilian was wounded when the Israeli Forces stationed at the border fence in the east of Abu Safiya gate, east of Jabalya, fired bullets and tear gas canisters at a number of civilians and farmers near the border fence. On the same day, another Palestinian civilian was wounded when the Israeli Forces positioned at the border fence to the east of al-Shouka village, east of Rafah, opened fire at dozens of Palestinians near the border area.

 

On 28 November 2012, a Palestinian civilian was wounded when the Israeli Forces stationed at the border fence to the east of al-Shouka village, east of Rafah, opened fire at dozens of Palestinians in the area. On the same day, another Palestinian civilian was wounded when the Israeli Forces at the border fence in the east of Beit Hanoun opened fire at a group of Palestinian civilians and farmers near the area. Also on the same day, 8 civilians, including 3 children, were wounded when the Israeli Forces fired at dozens of Palestinians who headed to the border fence in the east of al-Bureij and al-Maghazi refugee camps in the central Gaza Strip.

 

In the context of other shooting incidents, the Israeli Forces stationed along the border fence in the east of Beit Hanoun and Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian civilians and farmers, who headed to the border area to challenge the Israeli decision to impose a 300-meter buffer zone along the borders. It should be noted that hundreds of Palestinian farmers were denied access to their lands in the mentioned area. These farmers decided to go to the border area in light of the announcement of the cease-fire agreement between Israeli and the Palestinian resistance groups.

 

In the context of targeting fishermen in the Gaza Strip, on 28 November 2012, the Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha resort in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at the Palestinian fishing boats for about 10 minutes. As a result, fishermen were terrified and fled for fear of being arrested or wounded. Neither casualties nor damage were reported.

 

In the West Bank, the Israeli Forces continued to use excessive force against peaceful protests organized by Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders. As a result, 2 Palestinians were wounded.  In addition, dozens of Palestinians suffered from tear gas inhalation and sustained bruises. The Israeli Forces arrested Shamekh Jaghoub, 30, a cameraman of Palestine TV.  They confiscated the memory card of the camera and beat him before releasing him later.     

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, the IOF conducted at least 81 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.  During these incursions, the IOF arrested at least 99 Palestinians, including 9 children. 

 

This week witnessed a marked escalation in incursions, as the Israeli Forces arrested 6 PLC members from the Change and Reform Bloc affiliated to Hamas movement, in addition to arresting a number of political leaders of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad movements.    

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 26 November 2012, the Israeli Forces positioned at the border fence north of Um al-Nasser village (the Bedouin village) in the northern Gaza Strip arrested 3 Palestinian civilians from Ezbet Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. The 3 Palestinians approached the border fence and attempted to cut parts of it.  Their relatives said that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) confirmed to them that their sons were arrested by the Israeli Forces, but their place had not been identified.

 

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 28 November 2012, the Israeli Forces supported by 2 military bulldozers moved into Abu 'Asida area in the west of Beit Oula village, west of Hebron. The Israeli soldiers denied the Palestinian civilians access to the area. Besides, the Israeli bulldozers started demolishing agricultural lands belonging to Suleiman Rabee', 40. They also cut off about 1,000 olive seedlings belonging to the family of al-Atrash. The Israeli bulldozers then leveled a 20-dunum area of reclaimed land belonging to Mohammed Abdul Fattah Jaber al-Saraheen, 50, from the same village.

 

On the same day, the Israeli Forces accompanied by military vehicles and a bulldozer moved into Kherbet Um Neer in Sousia area, south of Hebron.  The bulldozer started demolishing a tent resided by Isa Mohammed Ahmed al-Jbour, 41, and his family, under the pretext that the area is a military training area.

 

On 24 November 2012, a number of Israeli settlers from "Adora" settlement, west of Hebron, threw stones at Palestinian civilian vehicles while driving on bypass road #(35) linking the western villages with Hebron.  No casualties were reported though.

 

On the same day, dozens of settlers from "Carmiel" settlement, south of Hebron, cut off more than 300 olive trees that were planted less than 3 years ago.  These trees belong to the Awawda family.

 

 

Israeli Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (22 – 28 November 2012)

 

Incursions

 

 

Thursday, 22 November 2012

 

At approximately 23:00 on Wednesday, 21 November 2012, the Israeli Forces moved into Beit Leqia village, southwest of Ramallah. They raided many houses amidst firing rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs, searched them and damaged their contents.  The Israeli Forces used big hammers to break the front metal doors.  During which, they attacked some Palestinian civilians.  Before their withdrawal at approximately 01:40 on Thursday, 22 November 2012, the Israeli Forces arrested 5 Palestinians, including a father and his 2 sons who were harshly beaten by clubs and gun butts and then transported to Tel HaShomer Hospital in Israel as they lost consciousness due to a hemorrhage in the head.  On Saturday, 24 November 2012, they were transferred to Ofer detention center, southwest of Ramallah. The arrested persons are:

1- Rabah Shokri Mostafa Assi, 52, was released 2 hours after his arrest;

2- His 2 sons Jihad, 29, and Fo'ad, 26;

3- Isam Ali Assi, 27; and

4- Ahmed Falah Mosa, 25.

The last 2 persons were transported to al-Masqoubiya detention center in Jerusalem.

 

At approximately 01:00, the Israeli Forces moved into Nablus and Balata refugee camp east of the city. They raided and searched several houses and arrested 4 Palestinians:

1- Dr. Mostafa Ali Ahmed Ali Ahmed al-Shennar, 50, was arrested from his house in al-Ma'ajeen neighborhood, northwest of Nablus. He is a lecturer in the Faculty of Arts in al-Najah National University;

2- Sheikh Wa'el Abdul Karim Hashash, 43;

3- Imad  Abdul Rahman al-Jorf, 46; and

4- Ahmed Ghazi Abu Thera', 22.

 

At approximately 01:30, the Israeli Forces moved into Awarta village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 2 Palestinian civilians:

1. Shadi Riyadh Awwad, 24; and

2. Aysser Sa'd Awwad, 22.

 

At the same time, the Israeli Forces moved into Jama'in village, southwest of Nablus.  They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 5 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children: Mostafa Ziyad Hindya, 16, Bassam Soheil Awad, 18, Hamza Mahfouz Salim Awad, 16, Majd Mohammed Ali Hajj Ali, 18, and Mohammed Abdullah Yusef Ghazi, 18.

 

At the same time, the Israeli Forces, moved into Beit Awwa village, west of Doura in the southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested Imad Mohammed 'Ayed al-Sweiti, 18, and Mohammed Ahmed Abdul Fattah al-Sweiti, 18.

 

At the same time, the Israeli Forces moved into a number of neighborhoods in the center of Hebron.  They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 9 Palestinians, including a child:

1. Atta' Sa'id Yaqoub Abu Rmouz, 23;

2. Mohammed Ramadan Darweesh Abu Rmouz, 22;

3. Hosam Ghazi Ezzat Maghnam, 19;

4. Mohammed Nour Eddin Abdul Hafez al-Za'tari, 17;

5. Ayman Isa Abdul Jawad Abu Omer, 34;

6. Omer Mohammed Abdul Hay Mahmoud Qeimari, 32;

7. Mohammed Falah Ramadan Haymouni, 22,

8. His brother Mostafa, 20; and

9. Nassar Isam Kamal Abu Meizer, 24.

 

At the same time, the Israeli Forces moved into al-Dahiriya village, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 'Ahed Mohammed Jaber Abu Sharekh, 20, and Mohammed Bassam Khalil Abu Sharekh, 20, and transported them to an unknown destination.

 

At the same time, the Israeli Forces moved into al-Tabaqa village, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested Adel Salama al-Hreibat, 35, and transported them to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 02:00, the Israeli Forces moved into Kofur Malek, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested Yafi' Moneer Hamayel, 17, and transported him to an unknown destination.  In addition, they submitted notices to 2 other Palestinians, including a child, to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service "Shabak" at Ofer detention center, southwest of Ramallah.  The notices were sent to Abdul Hamid Ra'ed B'eirat, 17, and Mohammed Sharif Ghneimat, 18.

 

At the same time, the Israeli Forces moved into Qebya village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Abdul Hafez Ghaythan, 47, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 02:30, the Israeli Forces moved into 'Arraba village, southwest of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for a while and stationed near an UNRWA school in the eastern neighborhood in the village.  The Israeli Forces raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Abdul Latif Mohammed Shibani, 39, who is affiliated to the Islamic Jihad, and arrested him.  They also raided a house belonging to the family of Tareq Hussein Awad Dar Hussein Qa'dan, 44, a leader in the Islamic Jihad movement, and arrested him. The aforementioned person is an ex-prisoner who had served more than 10 years sporadically in the Israeli prisons. The last time he was released was on 08 July 2012 after he served 15 months in the Israeli prisons. It should be noted that the Israeli Forces raided the family's house on 13 November 2012 and arrested his sister Mona, 40, who was released from the Israeli prisons in Shalit's swap deal.

The Israeli Forces then re-established their presence in the western neighborhood of the village, raided a house belonging to Ja'fer Ibrahim Mohammed Ezz Eddin, 40, a leader in the Islamic Jihad movement, and arrested him.  It should be noted that he served many years in the Israeli prisons. The last time he was arrested from his house was on 21 March 2012, when he was placed under administrative detention for 4 months. He also participated in the hunger strike that started in the Israeli prisons on 17 April 2012.

 

At the same time, the Israeli Forces moved into Qabatya village, southeast of Jenin. They raided a house belonging to Thamer Abdul Ghani Fayeq Saba'neh, 35, a writer and researcher in the prisoners' affairs, and arrested him. They then raided and searched another house belonging to 'Awni Adnan Mohammed Kmeil, 27, and arrested him. A third house was raided by the Israeli Forces. The house belongs to Faysal Mahmoud Khalil Saba'neh, 55, who was arrested as well.

 

At approximately 10:20, the Israeli Forces moved into 'Anin village, northwest of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yusef Sha'ban Yassin, 26, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 15:30, dozens of Palestinian civilians headed to the border fence in the east of al-Faraheen area in Abassan, east of Khan Yunis. They raised flags there and threw stones on the Israeli soldiers at the fence. Some persons attempted to cross the fence, but the Israeli Forces fired at them live bullets and rubber-coated metal bullets. As a result, 9 Palestinians were wounded and then transported to European Gaza Hospital in Khan Yunis for medication. Their wounds ranged between minor and moderate, as they were wounded in the lower limbs. (PCHR keeps the names of the wounded)

 

At the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians headed to the border area in the east of al-Shouka village in the east of Rafah. They chanted slogans supporting the Palestinian resistance. The Israeli Forces opened fire. As a result, 2 Palestinian civilians were wounded and then transported to Abu Yusef al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah. Their wounds were described as moderate.  

 

In the evening, the Civil Defense staff in Gaza City found the bodies of Mohammed Jamal Mahmoud al-Dalu, 29 and his sister Yara, 17, in the rubbles of their house that was shelled over their heads. It is worth noting that the said house was bombarded by the Israeli warplanes on 18 November 2012, due to which 8 members of the family, including 4 children and 4 women, were killed. The bodies of the 8 members, including a mother and her 4 children, were pulled from the rubbles of the house.  As a result of the attack, many surrounding houses were damaged and 2 members of al-Mzannar family were killed. The Civil Defense could pull the bodies of Mohammed and Yara on the abovementioned house.  As a result, the number of al-Dalu members, who were killed in the attack, increased to 10, including 5 children.

 

At approximately 17:00, the Israeli Forces moved into Zabbouba village, northwest of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for a while, due to which some boys gathered and threw stones and empty bottles on the Israeli vehicles. The Israeli soldiers fired at the boys sound bombs and tear gas canisters, due to which, some persons suffered from tear gas inhalation. The Israeli Forces withdrew later. No arrested were reported.

 

At approximately 18:30, the Israeli Forces moved into Far'oun village, south of Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

 

Friday, 23 November 2012

 

At approximately 01:00, the Israeli Forces moved into Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 2 Palestinian civilians:

1. Baha' Mahmoud Marshoud, 25;

2. Mo'athe Wa'el al-Ka'bi, 22.

 

At the same time, the Israeli Forces moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ibrahim Fathi Mahmoud Awad, 22, and arrested him. 

 

At the same time, the Israeli Forces moved into Sa'eer village, northeast of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family Belal Mostafa al-Jabareen, 25, and arrested him.

 

At the same time, the Israeli Forces moved into Qalqilya. They raided and searched a house belonging to Imad Mahmoud Rajeh Nofal, 42, PLC Member from the Change and Reform Bloc affiliated to Hamas, and arrested him. In her testimony to PCHR's fieldworker, Nofal's wife, Rawda Khaled Mostafa Nofal, said:

 

"At approximately 01:00 on Friday, 23 November 2012, while we were sleeping, we heard strong knocks on the door. We live on the third floor of a 3-storey building. We opened the door and found the Israeli soldiers yelling loudly. They forced us to evacuate the building. Before we did so, they said that they wanted Imad Nofal. Nofal was told that he had 2 minutes to say goodbye to his family. He said goodbye and then was arrested and transported to an unknown destination."

 

At the same time, the Israeli Forces moved into Silet al-Harithiya village, northwest of Jenin. They patrolled the streets and then stationed in al-Tahayna. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Inad Mohammed Abu al-Kheir Tahayna, 24, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 01:30, the Israeli Forces moved into al-Samou' village, south of Hebron. They raided and searched many houses and arrested 3 Palestinians, including a PLC Member from the Change and Reform Bloc:

1. Basem Ahmed al-Za'areer, 55, a PLC Member;

2. Jamal Mosa Abu al-Jadayel, 49; and

3. Nidal Areef al-Za'reer, 47, the former head of al-Samou' municipality.

 

At approximately 02:00, the Israeli Forces moved into Harmala village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mostafa Isa Mosa al-Arouj, 50, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 02:15, the Israeli Forces moved into al-Bireh and stationed at al-Shorafa neighborhood. At approximately 03:30, they raided a 2-storey building belonging to Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdul Rahman al-Ramahi, 49, the PLC Secretary. They Israeli soldiers asked for the ID's of the residents to check them. Before they withdrew, the Israeli Forces arrested Dr. al-Ramahi and transported him to Ofer detention center, southwest of Ramallah. It is worth saying that al-Ramahi is a PLC Member form the Change and Reform Bloc that is affiliated to Hamas.

 

At approximately 03:00, the Israeli Forces moved into Azzoun village, east of Qalqilya. They raided 2 houses belonging to: Saif Hesham Edwan, 25, and Aref Samir Shbeita, 29. The Israeli Forces arrested the 2 above-mentioned persons and transported them to an unknown destination. Shbeita's family stated that the Israeli Forces broke the main door with s special tool and damaged the contents of the house.  Besides, they arrested their son who suffers from a peptic ulcer and a problem in the left eye as he was previously arrested and tortured by the Israeli Forces.

 

At the same time, the Israeli Forces moved into Saida village, northeast of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Riyadh Mahmoud Sa'id Raddad, 53, a PLC Member from the Change and Reform Bloc affiliated to Hamas, and arrested him.

 

At the same time, the Israeli Forces moved into Nour Shams refugee camp, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Fathi Mohammed Ali Qar'awi, 54, a PLC Member from the Change and Reform Bloc affiliated to Hamas, and arrested him.

 

At the same time, the Israeli Forces moved into Ne'lin village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Abdul Qaher Srour, 40, and arrested him.  It should be noted that Srour was Director of the office of the PLC Speaker, Dr. Aziz Dweik.  Both are affiliated to Hamas.

 

At approximately 04:00, the Israeli Forces moved into al-Dheisha refugee camp, southeast of Bethlehem. They raided and searched some houses and arrested 3 Palestinians, including a child:

1. Basem Abdul Rahman al-Hasanat, 31,

2. Ahmed Ibrahim Zawahra, 17; and

3. Ahmed Ibrahim Abu Alia, 29.

 

At the same time, the Israeli Forces moved into al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Alaa’ Ahmed Mohammed Da'dou, 32, and arrested him.

 

At the same time, the Israeli Forces moved into Hendaza neighborhood in the east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 3 Palestinians, including 2 children:

1. Abdullah Salam 'Ebiyat, 21;

2. Malek Awad 'Ebiyat, 17; and

3. Jihad Khalil 'Ebiyat, 16.

In addition, the Israeli Forces arrested Hamza Saleh Shouka, 16, from Bethlehem.

 

At the same time, the Israeli Forces moved into al-Ezza refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Tha'er Isa Baradiya, 28, and arrested him.

 

At the same time, the Israeli Forces moved into Wadi Fouqin, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Wesam Fadel Hamdan, 36, and arrested him.

 

At the same time, the Israeli Forces moved into Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Anwar Kamel Taqatqa, 24, and arrested him.

 

In the early morning, medical sources at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City declared Jouda Suleiman Shamallakh, 27, died of wounds he had sustained during the latest Israeli offensive on Gaza. Shamallakh, a member of the armed groups, sustained serious wounds due to an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City on 18 November 2012.

 

At approximately 07:30, dozens of Palestinian civilians headed to the border fence in the east of al-Qarara village, east of Khan Yunis. They raised flags there and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers at the border fence. Some boys attempted to cross the fence. The same incident took place in the east of Abassan and Khuza'a, east of Khan Yunis, as they crossed the border fence and returned. The Israeli soldiers fired at them live and rubber-coated metal bullets.  As a result, Anwar Abdul Hadi Msallam Qdeih, 20, was wounded in the head and died directly.  Moreover, 18 others were wounded, including 3 children. Their wounds ranged between minor and moderate. It should be noted that the Palestinian civilians headed to the border area in light of cease-fire agreement that stated "not to restrict the movement of civilians or target the border area."  The cease-fire was put into effect at 21:00 on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 according to the agreement reached between Israel and Palestinian resistance groups under the auspices of Egypt.

(PCHR keeps the names of the wounded persons)

 

At approximately 10:00, the Israeli Forces moved into Beit Our al-Fouqa village, southwest of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for a while and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 10:20, medical sources pronounced Ahmed Isma'il Abu Msameh, 30, from al-Maghazi refugee camp, dead. Abu Msameh, a member in the armed groups, died of wounds he sustained by an Israeli airstrike on Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip on 16 November 2012.

 

At approximately 14:30, the Israeli Forces moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mahmoud Abdul Hamid Mahmoud al-Alami, 20, and arrested him.

 

Saturday, 24 November 2012

 

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Nablus and raided and searched several houses.  Before their later withdrawal, Israeli forces arrested Yaser Dawoud Mansour, (46), a PLC Member from the Change and Reform Bloc, from his house in Rafidya neighborhood in the west of the city.

 

At approximately 08:00, Israeli forces moved into Methloun 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, Israeli forces moved into al-Zababda, southeast of Jenin.  They patrolled the streets and headed to the Arab American University.  During its patrol, a number of students gathered and threw stones at the military vehicles.  The soldiers inside the vehicles fired sound bombs and tear gas in response at them.  Israeli forces withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 09:30, Israeli forces moved into Deir Jarir village, northeast of Ramallah.   They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 15:20, Israeli forces positioned at the border fence east of al-Na’aayma Street, and al-Masryeen Street and Zimo Street in the east and south of Beit Hanoun in the north of the Gaza Strip, sporadically opened fire accompanied with firing tear gas at the Palestinian farmers, who were in their farmlands adjacent to the borderline.  The farmers were forced to flee from the area and no injuries were reported.  It should be noted that a number of Palestinian farmers, who had been denied access to their farmlands in the aforementioned area since Israeli forces decided to enforce a buffer zone along the borderline adjacent to the Gaza Strip, headed to their farmlands after announcing a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian armed groups.

 

At the same time, Israeli forces positioned at the border fence, east of Abu Safeya Gate, east of Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian farmers, who were in their farmlands adjacent to the borderline. It should be noted that a number of Palestinian farmers, who had been denied access to their farmlands in the aforementioned area since Israeli forces decided to enforce a buffer zone along the borderline adjacent to the Gaza Strip. The shooting continued for around 10 minutes; and then farmers were forced to flee from the area.  No injuries were reported.

 

 

At approximately 15:40, Israeli forces moved into Kherbet Abu Falah, northeast of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 19:45, Israeli forces moved into Deir Ballout, west of Salfit. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 21:45, Israeli forces 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.

 

At approximately 22:00, Israeli forces moved into Barqeen village, west of Jenin.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither arrests nor house raids were reported.

 

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

 

At the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Arqa village, west of Jenin.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither arrests nor house raids were reported.

At the same time, Israeli forces moved into Kafr Dan village, northwest of Jenin.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither arrests nor house raids were reported.

At approximately 22:25, Israeli forces moved into Dirastia village, northwest of Salfit.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither arrests nor house raids were reported.

 

Sunday, 25 November 2012

 

 At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Nablus.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Baraa’ Raja Mahmoud Nawwaf, 23, in al-Ma’ajeen neighborhood in the northwest of the city, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Yatta, south of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets and then positioned in the central.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Issa Khalil al-Zain, 35, and arrested him.  At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ahmed Bader Abu Ali, 34, and arrested him.

 

At the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Thaheriah village, south of Hebron.  They raided and searched several houses and arrested 3 civilians: Issa Ahmed Samamrah, 26; Diaa’ Ghaleb Samamrah, 24; and Adel Shaker Shaniour, 55.

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Kahel village, northwest of Hebron.  They raided and searched a house belonging to Essam al-‘Atawna, 38, and arrested him. 

 

At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Dora, southwest of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets and then positioned in Sanjar area, in the eastern area of it.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ahmed Ismail Amr, 34, and arrested him. 

 

At approximately 10:00, the Israeli Forces moved into Qifeen village, north of Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets for a while and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 11:30, Israeli forces positioned at the border fence, east of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, sporadically opened fire at Palestinian farmers, who were in their farmlands adjacent to the borderline.  The shooting continued for around 20 minutes, and the farmers were forced to flee from the area.  No injuries were reported.

 

At approximately 14:30, Israeli forces positioned at the border fence, east of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, sporadically opened fire at Palestinian farmers, who were in their farmlands adjacent to the borderline.  The shooting continued for around 10 minutes; and the farmers were forced to flee from the area.  No injuries were reported.

 

At approximately 16:00, Israeli forces stationed at the borderline, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, fired at a group of children who approached the border fence, east of ‘Abassan al-Kabira, east of the aforementioned city.  As a result, 2 Palestinian civilians were wounded: Mohammed Nabil Ahmed Abu Eyadah, 14, lightly wounded in the head.

 

At approximately 20:30, the Israeli Forces moved into Faqou'a village, northeast of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 20:45, Israeli forces moved into Azoun village, east of Qalqilya.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

 

 

Monday, 26 November 2012

 

At approximately 00:10, Israeli forces moved into Kafr al-Deek village, west of Salfit.  They patrolled the streets and then raided and searched several houses. They handed notices to 3 civilians to appear before the Israeli Intelligence Identified as: Mohammed Maged Naji, 22; Mohammed Safi Ali Ahmed, 26; and Wessam Soliman Raja al-Deek, 20.

 

At approximately 01:00, the Israeli Forces moved into the eastern Baqa village, north of Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At the same time, the Israeli forces moved into al-Yamoun village, northwest of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 01:15, Israeli forces moved into Nablus and the neighboring ‘Eein Beit al-Maa’ refugee camp.  They raided and searched several houses and arrested 5 civilians: Mohammed Jawad Hamami, 18; Rami Sa’ad Aghbar, 19, who were arrested in al-Madares Street, east of the city, and Rabi’a Munir Mohamed Khayfa, 20; and Shahd Abdel Naser Mabrouka, 19, who were arrested in ‘Aein Beit al-Maa’ camp.

 

At the same time, Israeli forces moved into Tamoun village, southeast of Toubas.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Lout Mohammed Sa’aeed Bsharat, 30, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Fawar refugee camp, south of Hebron and patrolled the streets for some time.  At approximately 03:00, they withdrew and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At the same time, Israeli forces moved into Dora, southwest of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets and then positioned in Wad Hamam area.  They withdrew later and neither arrests nor house raids were reported.

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Kom village, west of Dora, southwest of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

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

 

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

 

At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Nabi Elias village, east of Qalqilya.  They raided and searched several houses and arrested 3 civilians: Sakher Tawfiq Hanoun, 23; Malek Abdel Latif Majjad, 23; and Khaled Ali Rodwan, 23.

 

At approximately 03:00, the Israeli forces moved into Thinnaba suburb, east of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets and raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Abdullah Nabhan Abdullah Ouda, 21, and arrested him.  The Israeli forces then raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mahmoud Ibrahim al-Basha, 20, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 04:00, Medical sources in al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza declared that Ahmed Ali al-Mashharawi, 17, died of wounds he had sustained in earlier. According to investigations conducted by PCHR at that time, at approximately 16:55 on Wednesday, 14 November 2012, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a house belonging to Ali Nemer Abdel Rahman al-Mashharawi, 54, near Bilal Ben Rabah Mosque in al-Zaytoun neighborhood in the east of Gaza.  The house was completely destroyed and 2 children were killed: Amr Jihad Ali al-Mashharawi, 11 months, and Hiba Adel Fadel al-Mashharawi (al-Turk), 19.  2 children were injured in the incident, including Ahmed.

 

On the same day, medical sources declared that Sabah Mohammed Harb al-Skafi, 41 from al-Shuja'iya neighborhood in Gaza City, died wounds she had sustained when Israeli warplanes bombarded a house belonging to the al-Haddad family in al-Sha'af neighborhood, as she was passing by. As a result, she sustained serious wounds and was then transported to an Egyptian hospital, but she passed away there.

 

At the same time, Israeli forces moved into Azoun village, east of Qalqilya.  They raided and searched several houses and handed notices to 2 brothers to appear before the Israeli Intelligence service. They are: Hamed Salim Bedwan, 29, a member of Palestinian National Security, and his brother Samer, 35.  Israeli forces withdrew later and no arrests were reported.

 

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

 

At approximately 15:30, Israeli forces stationed by the border fence, east of Beit Hanoun village, in the northern side of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian farmers who were at their lands located near the border fence. The shooting went on for approximately 10 minutes and the farmers had to flee.  No injuries were reported.

 

At the same time, Israeli force stationed by the border fence, east of Jablya in the northern side of the Gaza Strip opened fire at the Palestinian farmers who were at their lands, located near the border fence. The shooting went on for a few minutes, and the farmers had to flee.  No injuries were reported.

 

At approximately 16:00, Israeli forces stationed on the border fence, east of Jablya in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at Palestinian civilians and farmers who were near the fence in defiance of the Israeli decision to enforce a "buffer zone" along the borders. As a result, two civilians sustained wounds; one of them was described as critical. The first sustained a bullet wound in the right thigh and shrapnel wounds in the right shoulder; he was transported to Kamal Odwan hospital in Beit Lahia, his condition was described as moderate.  The other one sustained a bullet to the left knee and was transported to al-'Awda hospital in Tal al-Za'tar, and then was transported to al-Shifa hospital in Gaza where he underwent a surgery. He was later transported to an Egyptian hospital for treatment.

 

At approximately 16:15, Israeli forces positioned at the border fence, north of Om al-Naser village “the Bedouin Village” in the northern Gaza Strip, arrested 3 Palestinian civilians, living in ‘Aezbet Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, as they approached the border fence and tried to cut parts of it.  The arrested are: Soliman Ramadan ‘Awda Shlalfa, 18; Ibrahim Sa’aid Soliman al-Hamdeen, 19; and Sohail Sa’adi Fares al-Bes, 21.  Families of the arrested persons said that the International Committee of the Red Cross confirmed to them that their sons are arrested by the occupation authorities, but without specifying the place of detention.

 

At approximately 16:30, the Israeli forces moved into Zeita village, north of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 17:30, the Israeli forces moved into Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 18:00, the Israeli forces moved into a mountainous area between Allar and Kofur Ra'i villages, south of Jenin. Eyewitnesses said to PCHR's fieldworker that the Israeli soldiers stepped out of their vehicles and fired in the air.  It seemed like they were training. They withdrew later with no further incidents.

 

At approximately 20:00, the Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

 

At approximately 01:30, the Israeli forces moved into al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 3 Palestinians:

1. Karim Msallam Abu Sal, 16;

2. Abdul Fattah Mostafa Abu Warda, 24; and

3. Mohammed Adnan al-'Esi'is, 21.

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Sebastia village, northwest of Nablus.  They raided and searched several houses and arrested 7 civilians: Bahaa’ Na’aim Hasan Hasan, 22, yazan Mo’atasem Abdel Rahim ‘Alawi, 22, a student at al-Quds Open University; Raja Ahmed Shehada, 22, and Wajdi Ahmed Raja Shehada, (21), brothers and students at an-Najah National University; ‘Alaa’ Mohammed Roshdi al-Sha’aer, 21, a student at an-Najah National University; Walid ‘Alaa’ al-Deen Mkheimar, 21; and Mahdi Mohammed Ahmed Ghazal, 22, a student at Palestine Technical University - Khadouri- in Tulkarm.

 

At approximately 03:00, the Israeli forces moved into Yatta, south of Hebron. They raided a house belonging to the family of Mahmoud Khalil al-'Emour, 38, and arrested him.  

 

At approximately 10:00, the Israeli forces positioned in watchtowers at Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at Palestinian workers collecting scraps pf construction materials in the destroyed industrial zone. The workers were forced to flee fearing for their lives. It is worth noting that those workers collect scraps to sell them to traders in the Gaza Strip in order to be re-used in construction, due to the closure imposed on the Gaza Strip.

 

At approximately 15:40, Israeli forces positioned at the border fence, east of Abu Safia Gate, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire and fired tear gas at a group of civilians and farmers who were near the fence in defiance of the Israeli decision to enforce a "buffer zone" along the borders between the Gaza Strip and Israel. As a result, an 18-year-old boy sustained a bullet wound in his right knee and was transported to Kamal Odwan hospital in Beit Lahia. At approximately 16:30, he was transported to al-Shifa hospital in Gaza and his wounds were described as critical as a result of knee laceration and cutting some arteries.

 

At approximately 16:00, the Israeli forces positioned at the border fence in the east of al-Shouka village, east of Rafah, opened fire at dozens of Palestinians who were in the area. As a result, Abdul Fattah Ashraf Zaqout, 20, was wounded by 3 bullets to the abdomen and right arm. He was transported to Abu Yusef al-Najjar Hospital, where his wounds were described as moderate.

 

At approximately 19:45, the Israeli forces positioned inside watchtowers at Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at open areas in the destroyed industrial zone, northwest of Beit Hanoun. As a result, residents of the area, especially women and children, were terrified.  However, no casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 20:00, the Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm and positioned in the western neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ahmed Ayman al-Khalili, 19, and arrested him.  

 

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

 

In the early morning, medical sources at the Egyptian hospitals declared death of Mahmoud Sami Sha’ath, 21, from Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, as he sustained injuries before.  According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 23:30 on Sunday, 18 November 2012, the Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a gray Hyundai (Verna) vehicle in front of al-Abadla and al-Astal petrol station in Rafah. Three Palestinians from Khan Yunis were inside the vehicle. As a result of the attack, 2 of them were killed and Sha'ath, a member from al-Quds Brigades, sustained severe wounds. Sha'ath was then transported to an Egyptian hospital. However, doctors failed to save his life and he was pronounced dead on the abovementioned date.

 

At approximately 01:30, the Israeli forces moved into Sanour village, south of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 04:45, the Israeli forces moved into Maythaloun village, south of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for a while and raided a number of houses. According to local sources, residents of the village were not able to reach the mosque and perform al-Fajr prayer. The Israeli forces withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At the same time, the Israeli forces moved into al-Zababda village, southeast of Jenin. They patrolled the streets and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 11:15, the Israeli forces positioned at the border fence in the east of Beit Hanoun opened fire at a group of Palestinian civilians and farmers near the border area. As a result, Hassan Ahmed Naseer, 26, from Beit Hanoun, was wounded by a bullet to the right knee. Naseer was transported to Martyr Kamal Odwan Hospital in Beit Lahia, where his wounds ranged between moderate and severe.

 

At approximately 12:00, dozens of boys headed to the border fence in the east of al-Bureij and al-Maghazi refugee camps in the central camps. They approached the border fence and immediately the Israeli forces opened fire at them. As a result, 8 Palestinians, including 3 children, were wounded.  The wounds of 2 of them were described as serious, due to which they were transported to Shifa hospital in Gaza City.

 

At approximately 12:30, the Israeli forces moved into Deir al-Ghsoun village, north of Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 12:45, the Israeli gunboats positioned off al-Waha resort in the northwest of Beit Lahia opened fire at the Palestinian fishing boats for 10 minutes. As a result, the fishermen were frightened and fled fearing for their lives. However, neither casualties nor damage of fishing boats were reported.

 

At approximately 12:50, the Israeli forces stationed at the border fence in the east of Beit Hanoun opened fire at a group of civilians and farmers near the area. As a result, Mahmoud Sami Na'im, 24, was wounded by shrapnel from a bullet in the chest. Beit Hanoun hospital described his wounds as moderate.

 

At approximately 16:30, the Israeli forces positioned at the border fence in the east of al-Shouka village, east of Rafah, opened fire at dozens of civilians in the area. As a result, Suleiman Saleh al-Najadi, 42, was wounded by a bullet to the back. He was transported to Gaza European hospital in Khan Yunis, where medical sources described his wounds as moderate.     

 

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

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces 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, 2 Palestinian civilians were wounded, and a number of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.  Israeli forces arrested journalist Shamekh Jaghoub 30, a cameraman of Palestine Television.  They also confiscated the memory card of his camera and beat him before releasing him.

 

Following the Friday Prayer on 23 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 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 18 year-old sustained a bullet wound in the left leg, and a 22 year-old sustained a bullet wound in the right leg, and a number of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.  Israeli forces arrested journalist Shamekh Jareh Saleh Jagoub 30, a cameraman of Palestine Television.  They confiscated the memory card of his camera and investigated with him about the persons he photographed, and beat him before releasing him at approximately 15:00 the same day.

 

Also following the Friday Prayer on 23 November 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.  

 

Around the same time on Friday, 23 November 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 protesters walked towards the gate erected by Israeli forces 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 fired live and rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protesters.   As a result, dozens of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation.   Israeli forces also arrested two Israeli activists and transported them to an unknown destination.

 

Also following the Friday Prayer, dozens of 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, the Israeli forces 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 beat Hassan Braijiya, coordinator for the Popular Movement against the Wall and Settlement Activities, and threatened him of arrest while videotaping the demonstration.

 

At approximately 12:30 on the same Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international human rights activists organized a peaceful demonstration in the center of Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqilya, in protest to the continued closure of the eastern entrance of the village, which has been ongoing since the beginning of the al-Aqsa Intifada in 2000.   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.   An Israeli soldier shot a sound bomb at a civilian Subaru 1988 car, owned by Walid Kamel Barham, which caused the rear window to shatter.

 

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

14 – 27 November 2012

 

Day

Date

Traveling abroad

Coming into Gaza

Returned into Gaza

Wednesday

14 November 2012

721

561

50

Thursday

15 November 2012

814

652

42

Friday

16 November 2012

351

399

5

Saturday

17 November 2012

862

421

30

Sunday

18 November 2012

592

950

16

Monday

19 November 2012

1102

395

38

Tuesday

20 November 2012

522

377

31

Wednesday

21 November 2012

562

353

36

Thursday

22 November 2012

306

860

9

Friday

23 November 2012

312

893

31

Saturday

24 November 2012

628

735

23

Sunday

25 November 2012

510

664

30

Monday

26 November 2012

579

663

42

Tuesday

27 November 2012

572

539

24

 

 

Movement at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) Crossing

13 – 28 November 2012

Imports:

 

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Number

Liters

13 November 2012

Foodstuffs

956

 

 

Agricultural materials

1,430

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Cartons of shoes

Water tanks

Car tires

Cars

Washing machines

1,113

 

1,413

154

651

108

644

35

192

 

Humanitarian aid

6,959

 

 

Cooking gas

129.430

 

 

 

Industrial fuel

 

 

175,000

14 November 2012

Foodstuffs

704

 

 

Agricultural materials

1194

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Cartons of shoes

Cars

Birds

1197

 

1,074

142

346

35

510

 

Humanitarian aid

8,309

 

 

Cooking gas

147.520

 

 

 

Industrial Fuel

 

 

31,600

18 November 2012

Foodstuffs

852

 

 

Agricultural materials

1,042

 

 

Humanitarian aid

233

 

 

Cooking gas

85.520

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 20 November 2012

Foodstuffs

221

 

 

Agricultural materials

181

 

 

Cooking gas

23.820

 

 

Benzene

 

 

35.000

Diesel

 

 

38,300

22 November 2012

Foodstuffs

748

 

 

Agricultural materials

1898

 

 

Various goods  

95

 

 

Humanitarian aid

794

 

 

 

25 November 2012

Foodstuffs

965

 

 

Agricultural materials

1721

 

 

Various goods

127

 

 

Humanitarian aid

632

 

 

Cooking gas

147.470

 

 

Diesel

 

 

113,200

26 November 2012

Foodstuffs

964

 

 

Agricultural materials

1459

 

 

Various goods

Caws

143

585

 

 

Humanitarian aid

7246

 

 

Cooking gas

147.340

 

 

Industrial Fuel

 

 

165,000

27 November 2012

Foodstuffs

1016

 

 

Agricultural materials

1119

 

 

Various goods

Caws

134

466

 

 

Humanitarian aid

8,576

 

 

Cooking gas

171.270

 

 

Industrial Fuel

 

 

69,000

Diesel

 

 

13,556 for UNRWA

Benzene

 

 

8,100 for UNRWA

 

Exports:

 

On Tuesday, 13 November 2012, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 7 truckloads of empty plastic cans returned previously and a truckload of 280 cartons of 000 and 730 kilograms of basil.

 

 

Other Imports:

 

On Tuesday, 13 November 2012, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 40 tons of cement, 42 tons of construction steel and 4,550 tons of construction aggregate for UNRWA; and 1,620 tons of construction aggregate for the Palestinian Water Authority.  They also allowed the entry of 897 tons of fodders and 117 tons of wheat.

 

On Wednesday, 14 November 2012, the Israeli forces allowed the entry of 189 tons of cement, 5,320 tons of construction aggregate for UNRWA; and 40 tons of cement, 1960 tons of construction aggregate for USAID.  They also allowed the entry of 819 tons of fodders.

 

On Sunday, 18 November 2012, the Israeli forces allowed the entry of 975 tons of fodders.

 

On Thursday, 22 November 2012, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 350 tons of construction aggregate for UNRWA.  They also allowed the entry of 1404 tons of fodders and 234 tons of wheat.

 

On Sunday, 25 November 2012, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 897 tons of fodders and 429 tons of wheat.

 

On Monday, 26 November 2012, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 5320 tons of construction aggregate for UNRWA; and 1610 tons of construction aggregate for the German Development Bank (GDB). They also allowed the entry of 819 tons of fodders and 312 tons of wheat.

 

On Tuesday, 27 November 2012, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 464 tons of cements, 69 tons of construction steel and 4550 tons of construction aggregate for UNRWA; and 2170 tons of construction aggregate for GDB. They also allowed the entry of 507 tons of fodders and 312 tons of wheat.

 

Note: Israeli forces closed the crossing on Thursday, 15 November 2012, Monday, 19 November 2012, and Wednesday 21 November 2012, in the context of the military escalation against the Gaza Strip. 

 

Movement at the Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing

13 – 20 November 2012

 

Category

13 November

14 November

15 November

16 November

17 November

18November

19 November

20 November

Patients

45

34

7

Nil

Nil

13

11

8

Companions

44

33

7

Nil

Nil

13

10

7

Personal needs

22

54

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

2

4

Arabs from Israel

2

2

Nil

Nil

Nil

8

14

Nil

Diplomats

Nil

4

3

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

International Journalists

1

2

Nil

Nil

Nil

12

7

15

International Workers

12

47

Nil

Nil

Nil

20

2

2

UN Workers

Nil

26

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

2

Nil

Travelers abroad

1

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Business People

124

52

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Economic Meetings

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Security Interviews

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

VIPs

1

1

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Ambulances to Israel

3

1

3

1

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

Ambulances from Israel

Nil

Nil

Nil

2

Nil

Nil

1

Nil

 

Movement at the Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing

22 – 27 November 2012

 

Category

22 November

23 November

24 November

25 November

26 November

27 November

28 November

Patients

6

10

Nil

Nil

21

13

30

Companions

5

10

Nil

Nil

24

19

36

Personal needs

2

1

1

Nil

Nil

2

11

Arabs from Israel

9

15

Nil

Nil

18

Nil

9

Diplomats

4

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

11

11

International Journalists

26

48

136

Nil

45

28

2

International Workers

1

4

Nil

Nil

46

7

18

UN Workers

Nil

1

1

Nil

20

2

3

Travelers abroad

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Business People

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

57

67

Economic Meetings

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Security Interviews

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

Nil

VIPs

Nil

Nil

2

Nil

1

Nil

Nil

Ambulances to Israel

3

Nil

2

1

1

7

1

Ambulances from Israel

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

Nil

 

 

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: Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 18:30 on Thursday, 22 November 2012, Israeli forces re-established their present at ‘Attara checkpoint at the northern entrance of Beir Zait village, north of Ramallah.  At approximately 23:00, Israeli forces established a checkpoint by the entrance of Beit Loqia village, southwest of Ramallah.  Both checkpoints were later removed; no arrests were reported.  At approximately 09:00 on Friday, 23 November 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on the entrance of al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, and established another one at approximately 22:00 by the entrance of Beit Loqia village.  Both checkpoints were later removed; no arrests were reported.  At approximately 10:00 on Sunday, 25 November 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint by the entrance of Deir Nezam village, southwest of the city.  At approximately 14:00, Israeli forces established another checkpoint by the intersection of Beit ‘Our al-Foqa village, south west of the city.  Both checkpoints were later removed; no arrests were reported. At approximately 09:30 on Monday, 26 November 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint by the entrance of Beit Loqia village, southwest of Ramallah.  It was removed later and no arrests were reported.

 

Qalqilya: Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.   At approximately 18:00 on Saturday, 24 November 2012, Israeli forces established two checkpoints by the northern and eastern entrances of ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqilya.  At approximately 20:25 the same night, established a checkpoint by the intersection of Amatyn village, northeast of the city.  At approximately 20:40, they established another checkpoint by the intersection of Jeit village, northeast of the city.  All checkpoints were later removed; no arrests were reported.

 

Jenin:  Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 09:00 on Saturday, 24 November 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint by the intersection of ‘Ajja village, south of Jenin.  At approximately 16:00, the Israeli forces established another checkpoint on the road linking Ya’bod village with Zebda village, southwest of the city.  At approximately 21:30, the Israeli forces established a checkpoint by the entrance of Romana village, southwest of Jenin.  In a similar time, theses forces established another checkpoint by the intersection of Beit Qad village, northeast of the city.  The checkpoints were removed later; no arrests were reported.  Later Sunday evening, 25 November 2012, Israeli forces closed the western entrance of Ya’bod village, which links it with the villages to the north of Tulkarm, southwest of Jenin, with an iron gate.  They also closed a number of sub-entrances south of the city with piles of sand.  In testimonies of many eyewitnesses to a PCHR fieldworker, they said that the Israeli closed all the sub-entrances with piles of sand, after they installed the iron gate on the western entrance of the village.  At approximately 23:30 on Tuesday, 27 November 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance of Ya’bod village, southwest of Jenin. The checkpoint was removed later and no arrests were reported.

 

Tulkarm:  Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.   At approximately 16:30 on Friday, 23 November 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on Tulkarm-Nablus road, near the intersection of Beit Leid village, east of Tulkarm.  The forces re-established the checkpoint in the same area at approximately 00:30 on Saturday. At approximately 10:30 on Sunday, 25 November 2012, Israeli forces stationed at ‘Inab military checkpoint intensified its arbitrary restrictions against the Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 01:00 on Monday, 26 November 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the road linking Tulkarm and its northern villages, north of Tulkarm.  At approximately 08:00 on Tuesday, 21 November 2012, Israeli forces stationed at ‘Inab military checkpoint intensified its arbitrary restrictions against the Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 14:00 on Wednesday, 28 November 2012, Israeli forces stationed at ‘Inab military checkpoint intensified its arbitrary restrictions against the Palestinian civilians.  PCHR fieldworker documented that dozens of cars were confiscated at the western end of the checkpoint.

 

Hebron:  Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.   At approximately 07:00 on Thursday, 22 November 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on the entrance of Beit ‘Awa village (al-Buk’a) west of Doura, southwest of Hebron.   At the same time, the Israeli forces established another checkpoint on Tarousa road, which separates Doura city from its western villages; the checkpoint was removed at 09:00 the same day.  At approximately 16:30, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on the road linking al-Burj village with al-Thaherya village, southwest of Doura.  The checkpoints were later removed; no arrests were reported.   At approximately 07:00 on Tuesday, 27 November 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on the road of Abu Risha valley, west of Ethna village, west of Hebron.  At approximately 20:00, Israeli forces established a similar checkpoint by the entrance of Karza village, southwest of Doura, west of Hebron.  At the same time, Israeli forces established a checkpoint by the entrance of Sa’eir village, northeast of the city. All checkpoints were later removed. No arrests were reported.

 

Jericho:  Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.   At approximately 10:00 on Thursday, 22 November 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint near the southern entrance of Jericho.  The checkpoint was removed later; however, it was re-established at approximately 16:00.  No arrests were reported.  At approximately 09:30 on Friday, 23 November 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint by the entrance of al-Zbidat village, north of Jericho, and , and another at approximately 19:00 by the southern entrance of the city.  Both checkpoints were later removed; no arrests were reported.  At approximately 15:40, Israeli forces established another checkpoint by the entrance of al-‘Ojja village, northeast of Jericho, and detained a number of Palestinian civilians.  Later, the checkpoint was removed and no arrests were reported.

 

Bethlehem: Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 10:00 on Saturday, 24 November 2012, Israeli forces accompanied by military bulldozers moved into Khelet al-Fahem area in al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem.  They razed the farmland in the area, which belong to civilians from Beit Jala.  In his testimony to a PCHR fieldworker, Ahmed Mahmoud Salah, coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Settlement Activity in al-Khader village, said that the Israeli forces closed the only agricultural road nearing bypass road (60), which links Jerusalem and “Atsion” settlement, south of Bethlehem, by placing huge rocks at its ends.  They also closed the road which links al-Khader village with Nahalin village, west of the city, with huge rocks and sand piles.

 

Salfit:  Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.   At approximately 18:30 on Saturday, 24 November 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the bypass road near Kufor al-Deik village, west of Salfit.  At approximately 19:45 on Saturday, Israeli forces established a checkpoint by the entrance of Deir Balout village, west of the city.   At approximately 19:40 on Monday, 26 November 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint by the western entrance of Kufor al-Deik checkpoint, west of Salfit, and it was removed at approximately 21:00; no arrests were reported.

 

Detention at Military Checkpoints

 

At approximately 07:45 on Thursday, 22 November 2012, Israeli forces detained Ahmed Abdul-Rahman Daoud, 22, from Hares village, north of Salfit.  He was arrested after the Israeli forces chased his car, which he used to transport workers to the industrial area (Burkan), west of Hares village.  He was arrested near Burqein village, on the main road.  He was released on Wednesday.

At approximately 13:30 on Saturday, 24 November 2012, Israeli forces arrested Heba, 16, and Iman Munir Yousif Sadouq, 17, off one of the military checkpoint they established by the entrance of Bethlehem.  After hours of their arrest, the Israeli forces released Iman, and kept her sister Heba under arrest.

At approximately 15:00 on Saturday, 24 November 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint under the bridge of Kherabtha al-Musbah village and arrested Rafieq Idris Ahmed Mafarja, 24, a student at Beir Zait University, from Beit Loqia village, west of Ramallah and transported him to an unknown destination.

At approximately 14:00 on Monday, 26 November 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint under the bridge of Kherabtha al-Musbah village and arrested Adeib Jamal Mafarja, 24, a student at Beir Zait University, from Beit Loqia village, west of Ramallah and transported him to an unknown destination.

At early morning hours on Wednesday, 28 November 2012, Israeli forces, stationed at al-Jalma military checkpoint, near Jenin, arrested Ibrahim Hussam al-Tubasi, 19. It should be mentioned that al-Tubasi was en route to visit his brother who is imprisoned in Israeli jails.

 

3- 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 Saturday, 24 November 2012, a group of settlers from "Adora" settlement, west of Hebron, threw rocks at Palestinian civilian cars while passing through bypass road (35), which links Hebron with its western villages.  No injuries were reported.  According to an eyewitness, the settlers were scattered throughout the area nearing the bypass road, and started screaming and cursing at the civilians while throwing rocks at them.

 

At approximately 21:00 on Saturday, 24 November 2012, dozens of settlers from "Carmiel" settlement, established on the lands of Palestinian civilians east of Yatta, south of Hebron, cut and uprooted more than 300 olive trees belonging to al-'Awawda family.  In his statement to a PCHR fieldworker, Rateb al-Jabour, member of the Popular Committee Against the Settlement Activities in Yatta, said that a number of al-'Awawda family members were shocked to find the damaged olive trees, where some were uprooted and others cut.  They also found racist statements written on the ground, "This is in revenge for Tel Aviv and Beersheba." Israeli Police was notified, and so they came to the scene and took the land owners' complaint.

 

At approximately 07:00 on Wednesday, 28 November 2012, Israeli forces, accompanied by a number of military vehicles and bulldozers, moved into Abu 'Asyda area, west of Beit Oula village, west of Hebron.  The soldiers stationed in the area and stopped civilians from reaching it.  The bulldozers started leveling farmlands and stone chains, belonging to Suliman Rabi', 40. They also uprooted approximately 1000 olive seedlings, less than a year old, belonging to al-Atrash family. Following that, the military bulldozers razed a 20-dunum area of reclaimed agricultural farm, belonging to Mohammad Abdul-Fatah Jaber al-Sarahin, 50, from Beit Oula village.  In his testimony to a PCHR fieldworker, Kamal Farash, member of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlement Activities, said that a large number of Israeli forces stormed the area at dawn and started bulldozing the farmlands under pretext that it falls under Section (C), thus fall under Israeli security authority; therefore, the civilians are banned from changing anything in the lands unless they have a permission from the concerned authorities at the Israeli Civil Administration. He also mentioned that the Civil Administration officers who accompanied the forces claimed that the civilians had received notices from the Civil Administration two months ago, which ordered them to return the lands to their previous state, and prohibited altering them in any way before consulting with the concerned authorities. The officer added that they had placed the notices in the farmlands.

 

At approximately 08:00, Israeli forces accompanied by a number of military vehicles and a bulldozer, moved into Khurbat Um Neir in Susya area, south of Hebron. The bulldozer started destroying a tent occupied by 'Issa Mohammad Ahmed al-JAbour, 41, and his family, under pretext that it is built in a military training area. It should be noted that the Israeli Defense Minister had issued a decision a few months ago to transform the area to the east of Yatta into a military training area for the army; therefore, civilians are banned from reaching it. The decision includes the confiscation of 18% of the lands of Yatta extending to the Dead Sea area.

 

At the same time, Israeli forces, accompanied by military vehicles and a car of the Israeli Civil Administration, stormed Shu'ab al-Batam area, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. A Civil Administration officer placed a notice, ordering the civilians to destroy a water well belonging to Zuheir al-Jabarin, 39. In his testimony to a PCHR fieldworker, al-Jabarin said that the officer of the Israeli Civil Administration placed the notice by the well, photographed it, then the force left the area.

 

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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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