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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (20- 26 Dec 2012) PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 December 2012 00:00

A panoramic view of “Har Homa” settlement between Jerusalem and Bethlehem where hundreds of settlement units will be built according to Israeli plans (photo by Mahmoud Olayan – Al-Quds Newspaper)


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

 

 

The Israeli Forces Continued to fire at Palestinian fishermen in the northern Gaza Strip.

 

4 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were wounded.

 

8 Palestinian civilians, including 1 child, were wounded in the West Bank; 2 of whom were arrested.

 

The Israeli Forces conducted 71 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.

At least 44 Palestinian civilians, including 6 children, were arrested in the West Bank.

 

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

Dozens of Palestinian protestors suffered from tear gas inhalation.

 

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 4 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were arrested at 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.

The Israeli Forces continued to deny the Palestinian farmers access to their farmlands and arrested 3 farmers.

More notices of house demolitions were issued under the pretext of not obtaining construction licenses.

Te Israeli settlers set fire to 2 vehicles in Majdal Bani Fadel village, southwest of Nablus.

 

 

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (20 – 26 December 2012):

 

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, the Israeli forces wounded 12 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip; 8 of whom, including a child, were wounded in the West Bank and the 4 others, including 2 children, were wounded in the Gaza Strip.  

 

In the West Bank, on 20 December 2012, the Israeli forces wounded and arrested 2 Palestinian civilians from Rumanna village, northwest of Jenin. The 2 wounded civilians were transported by military ambulances to al-Khdeira hospital in Israel. The aforementioned persons were wounded when the Israeli Forces moved into the said village and fired at a group of persons in the center of the village.

 

On 22 December 2012, 6 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded when the Israeli forces opened fire at dozens of Palestinians, who went out in a funeral of a dead person to the cemetery near the entrance of Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. 2 of whom were wounded by live bullets, while the other 4 ones were wounded by rubber-coated metal bullets. The wounded were transported by the Palestine Red Crescent Society's (PRCS) ambulances to hospitals in Hebron. Wounds of 2 of them were serious.

 

In the same context, the Israeli forces continued to systematically use excessive force against peaceful protests organized by Palestinians and Israeli and international activists protesting against the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank. As a result, dozens of Palestinians suffered from tear gas inhalation or sustained bruises.  They were all treated on the spot.   

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 21 December 2012, 2 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded when the Israeli forces inside watchtowers and infantry units positioned along the border fence in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at a group of persons and farmers, who were about 30 meters away from the border fence

 

On the same day, 2 other Palestinians, including a child, were wounded when the Israeli forces inside watchtowers and infantry units positioned along the border fence in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at a group of persons and farmers, who were about 150 meters away from the border fence. The four Palestinians were wounded when dozens of Palestinian civilians headed to the two abovementioned areas to challenge the Israeli decision to impose a 300-meter buffer zone along the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip.

  

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, the Israeli forces conducted at least 71 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.  During these incursions, they arrested at least 44 Palestinians, including 6 children.

 

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 20 December 2012, a group of Israeli settlers from "Ma'ale Ephraim" settlement, southeast of Nablus, set fire to 2 vehicles belonging to 2 brothers from Othman family.

 

On 22 December 2012, a group of settlers from "Nokdim" settlement, south of Bethlehem, escorted by Israeli forces, attacked Abed Ali Mohammed Khamis, 28, and his daughter Ayat, 11, from Beit Ta'mar in the city. The father and his daughter were grazing their sheep in al-Freidis area, when the Israeli settlers used dogs in their attack. As a result, 2 sheep died and 8 others were wounded. Moreover, the father and his daughter were terrified and transported to a medical center.

 

On 22 December 2012, the Israeli infantry units moved into the Palestinian lands near "Susia" settlement, south of Hebron. They denied the Palestinian farmers access to their farmlands and dismissed them from their lands.  The farmers rejected the Israeli decision and quarreled with the Israeli soldiers, who used force and attacked the farmers in response. As a result, a farmer sustained bruises and minor wounds. Moreover, the Israeli soldiers arrested 3 farmers from the same family and transported them to "Susia" settlement camp.  

 

On 23 December 2012, the Israeli forces moved into al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. They submitted notices of house demolition to Taha Hammad Salah, 45, and Ali Salim Mousa, 60. The 2-storey house belonging to Salah is in the finishing stage while the other house belonging to Mousa consists of the foundations and a water well.

 

On 24 December 2012, a group of settlers from "Susia" settlement, south of Hebron, intercepted the Palestinian farmers and denied them access to their lands between "Susia" and "Havat Maon" settlements. Quarrels erupted between the farmers and settlers, as a result, the Israeli Forces moved into the area, attacked the settlers and denied them access to their lands.

 


Israeli Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (20 – 26 December 2012)

 

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

 

 

Thursday, 20 December 2012

 

On the early morning, the Israeli forces moved into the north of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets and raided and searched some houses, and arrested 10 Palestinians:

 

1. Joulan Hassan Mahmoud Abu Zahou, 19;

2. Amir Hassan Mahmoud Abu Zahou, 21;

3. Mahmoud Saleh Sha’ban, 23;

4. Iyad Amer Mahmoud Sha’ban, 21;

5. Abdul Hadi Bashar Mohammed Mansour, 20;

6. Mohammed Khaled Abdul Rahim al-Sha’er, 20;

7. Saleh Sa’id Ahmed Sha’ban, 21;

8. Monjed Jamal Abdul Majid  Jaramneh, 20;

9. Rami Mohanned Sa’d Abu Isa, 18; and

10. Mohammed Walid Mahmoud Sha’ban, 19.


The Israeli forces withdrew transporting the arrested to al-Jalama detention facility. They released all the arrested persons later, excluding the first three ones.

 

At approximately 02:00, the Israeli Forces moved into Rumanna village, northwest of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets and opened fire at a group of Palestinians present in the center of the village. As a result, 2 Palestinians were wounded:

 

1. Shadi Ghazi Farid Mahajneh, 36, a member in the Palestinian General Intelligence Service. He was wounded by 2 bullets to the legs.

2. Nabil Mahmoud Abu Hammad, 31. He was wounded by a bullet to the leg.

 

Families of the two wounded persons said that the Israeli forces arrested both of them and transported them by a military ambulance to al-Khdeira Hospital in Israel to receive medical treatment. Ambulances of the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) were denied access to the scene. The Israeli forces then raided a house belonging to the family of Nabil’s brother, Khairi Mahmoud Abu Hammda, 28. They searched the house and kept the residents of the house for hours and questioned them on the spot. The Israeli forces arrested the aforementioned person and withdrew.   

 

At the same time, the Israeli forces moved into Nour Shams refugee camp, east of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets, raided and searched a house belonging to Aysar Adnan Ahmed al-Jaber, 32, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 03:00, the Israeli forces moved into al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Ali al-Bess, 25, and arrested him.

At approximately 03:30, the Israeli forces moved into al-Tal village, southwest of Nablus.  They arrested Mohammed Ibrahim Ramadan, 22, and Sayel Tahseen Ramadan, 24, and transported them to Hawwarah detention facility, southeast of Nablus.

 

At the same time, the Israeli forces moved into Sarrah village, southwest of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested Ja’fer Omar Trabi, 23.

 

At approximately 07:30, the Israeli forces moved into al-Ouja village, northeast Jericho. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew at 08:00. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

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

 

At approximately 09:00, the Israeli forces moved into Deir Debwan village, northeast of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 10:00, the Israeli forces moved into Qebia village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At the same time, the Israeli forces moved into Deir Ebzei’ village, west of Ramallah.  They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Friday, 21 December 2012

 

At approximately 00:30, the Israeli forces moved into al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 01:00, the Israeli forces moved into Kherbert al-Mafqara and al-Twani, southeast of Yatta in the south of Hebron. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew at 04:00. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 02:00, the Israeli forces moved into Wad Abu Risha area, west of Ethna village in the west of Hebron. They patrolled in 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-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. The Israeli Forces and infantry patrolled in the streets and between houses. As a result, residents of the area, particularly children, were terrified. The Israeli forces withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 02:30, the Israeli forces moved into Jericho. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 03:00, the Israeli forces moved into al-Hejri village, east of Dora in the southwest of Hebron. They patrolled in the streets and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 03:30, the Israeli forces moved into Kherbet Tarousa, southwest of Hebron. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At the same time, the Israeli forces moved into Deir al-Ghsoun village, north of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 04:30, the Israeli forces moved into ‘Etil village, north of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At the same time, the Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets and then positioned near Omar Bin al-Khattab mosque (the old mosque) in the center of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Guevara Ahmed ‘Afif Abu Jamila, 20, and arrested him. They then moved southwards and stationed near the military medical services in the southern neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mahmoud Mohammed Sami Salama, 20, and arrested him. In addition, they arrested Khaled Ahmed Yassin, 20, and transported the 3 arrested persons to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 09:30, the Israeli forces moved into ‘Aboud village, northwest of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At the same time, the Israeli forces moved into Marj Na’jeh village, north of Jericho. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 10:00, the Israeli forces moved into Beitello village, northwest of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 14:40, the Israeli forces positioned inside watchtowers along the border fence, east of Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at a group of persons and farmers, who were 30 meters away from the fence, protesting the Israeli decision to impose a 300-meter buffer zone along the border between Israeli and the Gaza Strip. As a result, 2 Palestinians, including a child, were wounded:

1. Mohammed Ahmed Mahmoud ‘Ebeid, 21, from Nassar area in Jabalya refugee camp. He was wounded by a bullet that penetrated his 2 legs.

2. Mazen Jamal Mohammed Mesleh, 17, from al-Jurn area in Jabalya refugee camp. He was seriously wounded by a bullet to the right and left knees.

 

At approximately 15:50, the Israeli forces stationed one watchtowers along the border fence, north of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at a group of persons and farmers, who were 150 meters away from the fence protesting the Israeli decision to impose a 300-meter buffer zone along the border between Israeli and the Gaza Strip. As a result, 2 Palestinians, including a child, were wounded:

 

1. Mohammed Mostafa Mohammed ‘Ashour, 31, from Jabalya refugee camp. He was wounded by a bullet to the right leg; and

2. Mohammed Ibrahim Mohammed Salman, 15, from Beit Lahia. He was wounded by a bullet to the left leg (entered and exited).

 

At approximately 16:30, the Israeli forces moved into al-Jeftlik, north of Jericho. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 17:30, the Israeli forces moved into Kherbatha al-Mesbah, southwest of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 19:30, the Israeli forces moved into Beit Leqia village, southwest of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets in a provocative way. Some boys gathered and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers. The Israeli forces in response fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. Many Palestinians suffered from tear gas canisters. The Israeli forces withdrew and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 21:00, the Israeli forces moved into Kufor Malek village, northeast of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 22:00, the Israeli forces moved into Jericho. They patrolled in the streets for a while and then moved southwards into Oqbet Jaber refugee camp. They withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 22:30, the Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 23:00, the Israeli forces moved into Beit ‘Our al-Tahta village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

 

 

Saturday, 22 December 2012

 

At approximately 11:30, the Israeli forces moved into Beit Sira village, southwest of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

In the midday, the Israeli forces wounded 6 Palestinian civilians, including a child, when opening fire at dozens of Palestinians, who were in a funeral walking towards the cemetery at the entrance of Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron.

 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 13:00, dozens of Palestinian civilians from Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, went out in a funeral procession to the cemetery near the eastern entrance of the village. Israeli soldiers surrounded the Palestinians in a provocative way. Some boys gathered in response and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers, who fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. As a result, 6 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded; 2 of whom were wounded by live bullets, while the other 4 ones were wounded by rubber-coated metal bullets. The wounded were transported by PRCS to hospitals in Hebron, where wounds of 2 of whom were described as serious:

1. Omar Mohammed Mahmoud Awad, 22, wounded by 2 live bullets in the right thigh and pelvis; and

2. Nizar Ali Khdeir Awad, 17, wounded by a live bullet to the right leg.

 

At approximately 13:50, the Israeli forces moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for a while and held a number of Palestinians after stopping their vehicle, but the arrested persons were released later.

 

At approximately 18:10, the Israeli forces moved into Hejja village, east of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 20:00, the Israeli forces moved into Emrehiya village, southwest of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for a while. A number of boys gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers. The Israeli soldiers in response fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the boys to disperse them. The Israeli forces withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 21:00, the Israeli forces moved into Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 22:30, the Israeli forces moved into Beit Leqia village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for a while in a provocative way and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Sunday, 23 December 2012

 

 At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They patrolled in the streets and raided and searched a number of houses. They arrested 4 Palestinians  and transported them to an unknown destination:

 

1. Ali Ahmed Abdul Jalil Ikhleil, 25, head of Beit Ummar’s Youth Council;

2. Mo’ayed Hassan al-Tit, a member of Beit Ummar Sport Team;

3. Nabil Shehda Sabarneh, 22; and

4. Omar Khaled Ikhleil, 18.

 

At approximately 04:30, the Israeli forces moved into Silet al-Daher village, south of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets and then stationed in the center of the village. They raided Kamel al-Hassan Mosque, held a number of worshipers and questioned them on the spot. The Israeli forces withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 09:00, the Israeli forces moved into Koubar village, northwest of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 09:45, the Israeli forces moved into Habla village, south of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At the same time, the Israeli forces moved into Magharet al-Dab’ah village, south of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At the same time, the Israeli forces moved into Saniriya village, south of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 14:30, the Israeli forces moved into Kherbatha al-Mesbah, west of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 16:30, the Israeli forces moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqilya. They closed the northern entrance of the village and patrolled in the streets. A number of boys gathered and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers. The Israeli forces in response fired tear gas canisters indiscriminately. As a result, a canister landed on a house belonging to the family of the diseased Saleh Hassan Sweidan, in addition, his widow and daughter-in-law suffered from gas inhalation. The Israeli forces detained Mohammed Isaac Mohammed Sweidan, 14, for 2 hours and then released him.

 

At approximately 17:00, the Israeli forces moved into Beit ‘Our al-Tahta village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

At approximately 21:20, the Israeli forces moved into Kober village, northwest of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. No arrests were reported. 

 

At approximately 23:00, the Israeli forces moved into Jayous village, northeast of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Monday, 24 December 2012

 

At approximately 02:00, the Israeli forces moved into al-Daher area adjacent to “Karmei Tzur” settlement, east of Beit Ummar village in the north of Hebron. They indiscriminately fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the Palestinians’ houses and raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Ibrahim Abdul Hamid Abu Maria, 17. They arrested the aforementioned person.  They also raided a house belonging to the family of Ayham Khalil Abdul Fattah Sabarneh, 17, and arrested him.

 

At the same time, the Israeli forces moved into Hejja village, east of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At the same time, the Israeli forces moved into Kofur Qaddoum village, east of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 04:00, the Israeli forces moved into ‘Arraba village, southwest of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither further incidents nor arrests were reported.

 

At the same time, the Israeli forces moved into Fahma village, southwest of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets and stationed in the center of the village. They raided and searched the village’s mosque, held a number of worshipers and questioned them on the spot. An eyewitness said that the Israeli officer in charge said to the worshipers that the mosque had religious Jewish remnants and the aim of raiding the mosque was to photograph those remnants. The Israeli forces withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported. It should be noted that the mosque is an ancient Roman building that was reclaimed and turned into a mosque.

 

At approximately 09:30, the Israeli forces and members of the “Civil Administration” moved into Shweika suburb, north of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets and checked the artesian water wells to examine the quantities pulled from the wells. They withdrew later and no more incidents were reported.

 

At approximately 10:00, the Israeli forces moved into Beit Leed village, east of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for a while and stationed in front of the Palestinian police station. The Palestinian policemen stayed inside the police station while the Israeli soldiers stepped out of their vehicles and photographed the area. They withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported. 

 

At approximately 11:30, the Israeli forces moved into Qabatiya village, south of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 17:30, the Israeli forces moved into Batn al-Hawa neighborhood, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched a number of apartments in al-Riyada building. They arrested Aziz Wa’el Shafiq al-Rahimi, 23, from Beit Rima village, northwest of Ramallah and transported him to al-Masqoubia detention facility in occupied Jerusalem.

 

At approximately 21:00, the Israeli forces moved into Tarmis’ya village, north of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 32:00, the Israeli forces moved into Kofur Ne’ma village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

 

At approximately 01:00, the Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They patrolled in the streets and raided and searched a number of houses. They arrested 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, and transported them to an unknown destination. The arrested are:

 

1. Mahmoud Mohammed Mesleh Awad, 25;

2. Rashid Mohammed Isa Awad, 17; and

3. Sharif Fat’hi Abu Ayyash, 20.

 

At approximately 01:30, the Israeli forces moved into Taqqou’ village, southeast of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Jamal Mahmoud Hajahjeh, 40. They submitted a notice to his son Rami, 19, a notice to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service at “Gosh Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem. Rami’s father said that his son suffers from mental illness’ symptoms according to the doctors’ diagnosis.

 

At the same time, the Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested Nidal Mohammed al-Madbouh, 20, from his house in the old town. Al-Madbouh was transported to Hawwara detention facility, southeast of Nablus. 

 

At approximately 09:00, the Israeli forces moved into Barqa village, northeast of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 09:30, the Israeli forces moved into Dora al-Qare’ village, northeast of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

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

 

 Wednesday, 26 December 2012

 

At approximately 01:00, the Israeli forces moved into al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mahmoud Isa Mahmoud Jawabrah, 15, and another house belonging to the family of Mohammed Khaled al-Jawabrahm, 17, and arrested the 2 aforementioned persons.

 

At approximately 02:00, the Israeli Forces moved into al-Dahia neighborhood, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses, arrested 5 Palestinian civilians from their houses and transported them to Hawwara detention facility, southeast of Nablus:

 

1. Mahdi Salah Khweira, 20;

2. Ezz Eddin Mansour, 19;

3. Adel Bashar al-Zerba, 19;

4. Mo’taz Jamal Shbaro, 20; and

5. Ahmed Khifo, 21.

 

At approximately 02:00, the Israeli forces moved into Ein al-Baida village, southeast of Tubas. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 2 brothers: Mo’ayed, 37, and Salah Sayel Mohammed al-Foqaha’, 30, in addition to Nidal Ghaleb Ibrahim al-Foqaha', 40. They were all transported to an unknown destination.

 

At the same time, the Israeli forces moved into the Old Town of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Hatem Ghazi Mahmoud al-Batsh, 22, and arrested him.

 

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

 

During the reporting period, 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, 4 Palestinian civilians, a 16 year-old boy sustained a gunshot to the right hand and an 18 year-old boy sustained a gunshot to his back in Bil'ein village; and Hamza Ahmed Abu-Hashem, 14, sustained bruises after being pushed by an Israeli soldier off a high wall; and Ahmed Abu-Hashem, 46 in Beit Ummar. A number of demonstrators also suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.

 

Following the Friday Prayer on 14 December 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, titled: "Against the Israeli willful killing policy; and Israeli leaders' orders to fire live bullets at demonstrators." Administrative Detention and In Solidarity with Prisoners on Hunger Strike."  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, two civilians sustained gunshot wounds, a 16-year-old boy sustained a gunshot to the right hand and an 18-year-old boy sustained a gunshot to his back.  Also dozens of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.

 

Also following the Friday Prayer on 14 December 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, 14 December 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, titled: "Commemoration of Our Martyrs and the Commencement of Popular Resistance in Nabi Saleh."  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 and others sustained bruises.

 

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, titled: "In Solidarity with the Prisoners on Hunger Strike."  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 land and attacked the participants; as a result, Mahmoud Zawahra, 25, coordinator of the Popular Resistance against the Wall and the Settlement Activity, sustained bruises.

 

At approximately 10:00 on Saturday, 15 December 2012, dozens of Palestinian civilians, farmers and international activists gathered in Sho'ab al-Batama area, east of Yatta village in Hebron, in protest to the Israeli forces' policy of confiscating farmlands, denying civilians' access to their lands and the destruction policy. The Israeli soldiers raided the area, and declared it a closed military zone to keep the demonstrators away.

 

At approximately 11:00 Saturday, 15 December 2012, dozens of Palestinian civilians, international and Israeli human rights defenders, gathered in the center of Bait Ummar village, north of Hebron, for the weekly peaceful demonstration organized against the settlement expansion policy, the wall and the arrest of children. The demonstrators headed towards Thaher Jalis area near "Kermi Tsour" settlement north of the village. A group of Israeli soldiers surrounded the demonstrators and started a hand fight with them, bruising a number of them. They were identified as: Hamza Ahmed Abu-Hashem, 14, who sustained bruises after being pushed by an Israeli soldier off a high wall; and Ahmed Abu-Hashem, 46.

 

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

19 - 25 December 2012

 

Day

Date

Traveling abroad

Coming into Gaza

Returned into Gaza

Wednesday

19 December 2012

444

509

34

Thursday

20 December 2012

509

550

57

Friday

21 December 2012

248

381

31

Saturday

22 December 2012

383

439

22

Sunday

23 December 2012

475

415

25

Monday

24 December 2012

384

419

55

Tuesday

25 December 2012

532

484

55

 

 

Movement at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) Crossing

18 to 24 December 2012

Imports:

 

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Number

Liters

18 December 2012

Foodstuffs

369

 

 

Agricultural materials

1273

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Glass

Washing Machines

Water Tanks

1286

 

 

472

142

1560

128

138

 

Humanitarian aid

8606

 

 

Cooking gas

169,940

 

 

 

 

19 December 2012

Foodstuffs

467

 

 

Agricultural materials

1125

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Glass

Cows

Electric generators

Cars

1118

 

528

118

530

492

500

30

 

Humanitarian aid

8430

 

 

Cooking gas  

149,510

 

91,610

20 December 2012

Foodstuffs

366

 

 

Agricultural materials

1050

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of Cloths

Refrigerators

Cartons of shoes

Glass

1027

 

 

 

 

 

1315

99

240

520

 

Humanitarian aid

8343

 

 

Cooking gas

151,020

 

 

23 December 2012

Foodstuffs

503

 

 

Agricultural materials

875

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Cartons of shoes

Cars

Air conditions

Birds

Water tank

Carpentry machines

Glass

909

 

7088

268

1140

35

8

210

1408

25

1590

 

Humanitarian aid

8970

 

 

Cooking gas

129,550

 

 

25December 2012

Foodstuffs

543

 

 

Agricultural materials

1253

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Glass

Cartons of shoes

Machinery parts

Air conditions

933

 

 

1434

108

520

927

5

144

 

Humanitarian aid

109

 

 

Cooking gas

152,340

 

 


 

 

 

Exports:


On Tuesday, 18 December 2012, Israeli Forces allowed the exportation of 9.5 tons of strawberries and 5 truckloads of plastic. They also allowed the exportation of 380 kilograms of garlic leaves, 140 kilograms of basils, and a truckload of flowers.

On Wednesday, 19 December 2012, Israeli Forces allowed the exportation of 5.3 tons of strawberries and 5 truckloads of plastic. They also allowed the exportation of 300 kilograms of garlic leaves, 6.6 tons of bell peppers and 3.2 tons of cherry tomatoes.

On Thursday, 20 December 2012, Israeli Forces allowed the exportation of 7.3 tons of strawberries, 1 truckload of flowers and 5 truckloads of empty plastic cans.

On Sunday, 23 December 2012, Israeli Forces allowed the exportation of 13 tons of cherry tomatoes, 430 kilograms of basil and 7 truckloads of empty plastic cans. They also allowed the exportation of 3 tons of strawberries.

On Monday, 24 December 2012, Israeli Forces allowed the exportation of 6 truckloads of empty plastic cans and 9.7 tons of strawberries.

On Tuesday, 25 December 2012, Israeli Forces allowed the exportation of 6 truckloads of empty plastic cans, 5.8 tons of strawberries and 1 truckload of flowers.  


Other Imports:

 

On Tuesday, 18 December 2012, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 320 tons of cement, 64 tons of construction steel and 6,160 tons of construction aggregate for UNRWA; 1,960 tons of construction aggregate for the Palestinian Water Authority. They also allowed the entry of 546 tons of fodders and 429 tons of wheat.

 

On Wednesday, 19 December 2012, the Israeli forces allowed the entry of 200 tons of cement, 30 tons of construction steel and 8,050 tons of construction aggregate for UNRWA. They also allowed the entry of 546 tons of fodders and 390 tons of wheat.

 

On Thursday, 20 December 2012, the Israeli forces allowed the entry of 40 tons of cement, 40 tons of construction steel, and 5,390 tons of construction aggregate for UNRWA. They also allowed the entry of 546 tons of fodders and 273 tons of wheat.

 

On Sunday, 23 December 2012, the Israeli forces allowed the entry of 116 tons of cement, 44 tons of construction steel, and 4,620 tons of construction aggregate for UNRWA; and 2,590 tons of construction aggregate and 112 tons of construction steel for the German Development Bank (GDB).  They also allowed the entry of 546 tons of fodders.

 

On Monday, 24 December 2012, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 200 tons of cement, 64 tons of construction steel and 6,090 tons of construction aggregate for UNRWA; in addition to 1,470 tons of construction aggregates for GDB.  They also allowed the entry of 507 tons of fodders and 156 tons of wheat.

 

On Tuesday, 25 December 2012, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 702 tons of fodders and 78 tons of wheat.

 

Israeli Authorities continue closing Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing to people of the Gaza Strip while they allowed members of diplomatic delegations, some international journalists and workers, and patients with serious cases to travel through the crossing.  They also allowed a very limited number of business people, (BMC) traders to enter Israel and the West Bank, only if they are given a prior permit in each time the trader wants to enter. International workers traveled through al-Karamah crossing after obtaining a private permit.  Israeli forces still prevent families from visiting their relatives in the Israeli prisons.  They also continue to deny access to dozens of Palestinian patients subjecting them to humiliating search practices and forcing them to walk long distances before crossing.  Moreover, Israeli Authorities prevented hundreds of patients from receiving treatment in hospitals of the West Bank and Israel for no reason.  It should also be noted that patients who apply for treatment in the aforementioned hospital suffer from chronic and serious diseases and are in need for medical treatment which they cannot receive in the hospitals of Gaza.

 

 

Movement at the Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing

19 - 25 December 2012

 

Category

19 December

20 December

21 December

22 December

23 December

24December

25 December

Patients

28

34

4

Nil

38

27

18

Companions

26

37

2

Nil

37

28

19

Personal needs

13

48

8

Nil

13

251

88

Arabs from Israel

8

6

15

Nil

53

6

3

Diplomats

17

12

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

2

International Journalists

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

2

Nil

Nil

International Workers

24

46

20

Nil

12

11

5

UN Workers

11

11

2

Nil

2

Nil

2

Travelers abroad

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

Nil

Nil

Business People

106

82

Nil

Nil

119

106

112

Economic Meetings

2

Nil

Nil

Nil

6

5

8

Security Interviews

1

3

Nil

Nil

8

3

7

VIPs

Nil

3

1

Nil

Nil

7

Nil

Ambulances to Israel

3

2

3

Nil

3

1

2

Ambulances from Israel

1

Nil

Nil

Nil

3

Nil

Nil

 

Note: On Monday, 24 December 2012, the Israeli forces allowed 58 relatives of prisoners to visit 30 prisoners in Israeli jails.  Moreover, they granted 600 permits to Christians from the Gaza Strip to go to Bethlehem in the West Bank to celebrate the Christmas.

 

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

 

Ramallah: Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. At approximately 10:30 on Thursday, 20 December 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint near the entrance of Beit Leqya village, west of Ramallah.  At approximately 15:00, they also established a checkpoint under the bridge of Kharabtha al-Mesbah village, southwest of the town.  At approximately 06:30, Israeli forces repositioned at ‘Atarah checkpoint at the northern entrance of Bir Zeit, north of Ramallah, and prevented civilians from entering or leaving through the aforementioned checkpoint.  At approximately 08:30 on Friday, 21 December 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. At approximately 10:00, they also established a checkpoint near the entrance of Beit Loqaya village, southwest of Ramallah, while they established another one at the entrance of Bil’ein village, west of Ramallah.  At approximately 16:00, they established a checkpoint near the intersection of Beit ‘Aor al-Foqa village, southwest of the city.  The checkpoints were later removed and no arrests were reported.  At approximately 09:00 on Saturday, 22 December 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint near al-Moghyar village, northeast of Ramallah while, at approximately 10:10, they established a checkpoint on the road between Beit Loqaya and Kherbtha al-Mesbah villages, southwest of the city.  The two checkpoints were removed and no arrests were reported.  At approximately 09:30 on Sunday, 23 December 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint under the bridge of Kherbtha al-Mesbah village, west of Ramallah, while, at approximately 10:40, they established a checkpoint at the entrance of Deir Nizam village, northwest of the city.  The two checkpoints were removed and no arrests were reported.

 

Qalqilya: Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. At approximately 10:40, on Saturday, 22 December 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of al-Nabi Elias village, east of Qalqilya.  It was later removed and no arrests were reported.  At approximately 16:15, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of ‘Azoun village, east of the town, and closed the gate of the northern entrance under the pretext of throwing stones at the settlers’ vehicles passing on the main road between  Qalqilya and Nablus, north of the village.

 

Jericho: Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 20 December 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint near the southern entrance of Jericho and prevented civilians from entering or leaving through the aforementioned entrance.  The checkpoint was later removed and no arrests were reported. At approximately 10:00 on Sunday, 23 December 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at al-Jiftlik village, north of Jericho, while, at approximately 09:30, they established a checkpoint near the entrance of al-Zbeidat village, north of the town.  At approximately 16:00, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Ein al-Dyouk village, north of Jericho.  The two checkpoints were removed and no arrests were reported.  At approximately 11:00 on Monday, 24 December 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Ein al-Dyouk villag, north of Ramallah.  At approximately 11:30, they also established a checkpoint at the southern entrance of Jericho and at approximately 16:30, they established a checkpoint near the entrance of Fasayel area, north of Jericho.  The two checkpoints were removed and no arrests were reported.

 

Jenin:  Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 15:45 on Thursday, 20 December 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Zebda village, south of Jenin. The checkpoint was removed later; no arrests were reported.  At approximately 14:30 on Saturday, 22 December 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on the intersection of al-Arqa – Nazlet al-Sheikh Zayed villages, west of Jenin. At approximately 09:00 on Sunday, 23 December, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on the road linking Jenin with Tulkarm and Nablus, south of Jenin. The checkpoint was removed later and no arrests were reported. At approximately 10:00, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Ejja village, south of Jenin, and another checkpoint at the entrance of al-Arqa village, west of Jenin, at approximately 10:30. At approximately 07:00 on Monday, 24 December 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance of Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin and it was later removed.  No arrests were reported.  At approximately 09:00 on Tuesday, 25 December 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on the road between Kafer Ra’ai intersection and Fahmah village, southwest of Jenin and the checkpoint was later removed. No arrests were reported.  At approximately 17:00, Israeli forces stationed at the “Mavi Dutan” checkpoint, established on the main bypass road between Jenin and the northern villages of Tulkarm, southwest of Jenin after they had stopped a taxi, coming from Jenin, which Ahmed Abdel Latif Mer’ai al-Wahesh was driving.  According to eyewitnesses, Israeli forces stopped the aforementioned car, forced the driver and 2 passengers to step out, and held them in a room built near the checkpoint.  They then closed the checkpoint area while they called for military reinforcements and an ambulance belonging to David Red Star.  Following that, Israeli forces used a robot and later tracker dogs to check the car resulting in damages in it.  After around 4 hours, they released the driver and passengers and no more incidents were reported.

 

Tulkarm:  Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 17:00 on Friday, 21 December 2012, Israeli forces stationed at Ennab checkpoint on Tulkarm-Nablus road, east of Tulkarm, imposed more restrictions on the movement of Palestinians. At approximately 22:00 on Saturday, 22 December 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on Tulkarm-Nablus road near the intersection of Beit Leed, east of Tulkarm. The checkpoint was removed later and no arrested was reported. At approximately 10:00 on Monday, 24 December 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on the main road between Tulkarm and Qalqilya, near Jubara village gate, isolated from its surroundings because of the annexation wall in south of Tulkarm.  The checkpoint was later removed and no arrests were reported.


Hebron:  Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 07:00 on Thursday, 20 December 2012, engineering teams belonging to Israeli forces replaced concrete blocks, which were used to fortify al-Rajabi military checkpoint which separates with metal barbwire al-Tahta eastern quarter (al-Salayma, al-Ragbi, and Jaber quarters) from al-Sahlah area and the vicinity of Tariq Bin Ziyad School in the old town center in Hebron.  They also closed the side path, which is only for vehicles, and the Pedestrian traffic was only through a narrow path firmly controlled by Israeli forces.  These changes came out one week after the killing of Mohammed al-Salayma, 17, by a female soldier at the aforementioned checkpoint.  Israeli forces also closed one of the sub footpaths near al-Fayhaa’ elementary school for girls, south of the yard of al-Ibrahimi mosque in the old town of Hebron. This path is considered the only one for students and civilians adding a new kind of suffer as they should take streets far away from the checkpoints in order to reach their schools and work.  At approximately 19:00 also on Thursday, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Ezna village, west of hebron.  It was later removed and no arrests were reported.  At approximately 06:00 on Saturday, 22 December 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Fqeiqes village between Dora and its western villages, southwest of Hebron.  At the same time, they established a checkpoint on al-Fahes road at the eastern entrance of Hebron linking the bypass road while, at approximately 20:00, they established another checkpoint on Kharsa (al-Aqaba Triangle) road. The checkpoints were removed and no arrests were removed.  At approximately 07:30 on Tuesday, 25 December 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on al-Nabi Younis road at the northern entrance of Hebron and prevented civilians from entering and leaving through the aforementioned checkpoint resulting in traffic jam at the entrance.  They later removed the checkpoint and no arrests were reported.

 

Bethlehem: Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. At approximately 16:00 on Tuesday, 25 December 2012, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the western entrance of Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem and it was later removed.  No arrests were reported.


Detention at Military Checkpoints


At approximately 18:00 on Thursday, 20 December 2012, Israeli forces, stationed at the vicinity of al-Fawar refugee camp, south of Hebron, arrested Ibrahim Hasan Abdullah al-Shawahin, 45, living in Yatta, south of Hebron, and held and searched his car, and took him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 12:30 on Sunday, 23 December 2012, Israeli forces, stationed at the entrance of Beit Amr village, north of Hebron, arrested 2 children: ‘Alaa’ Essam Ikhlayel, 16, and Abdullah Yousif Mohammed Baher, 17. After detaining them for half an hour near the village cemetery, they took them to an unknown destination.

 

4. Settlement Activities and Attacks by Settlers against Palestinian Civilians and Property

 

Israel has continued its settlement activities in the oPt, in violation of international humanitarian law, and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

 

At early morning hours on Thursday, 20 December 2012, a group of settlers coming from "Ma’ale Efrayim, Janet, and Majdolim" settlement, near Majdal Bani fadel village, southeast of Nablus, Set fire to 2 cars belonging to 2 brothers from Othman Family; one of them was a seven-passenger Mercedes Model 1984 belonging to Fahed Hayel Ezzat Othman, and the other one was 127 Fiat Model 1980 belonging to his brother Khaled.  The cars were completely burnt in the courtyard of the house in the south of the village and as people could not control and extinguish fire.  The settlers also wrote slogans on the walls of the house saying “this area is a conflict area.”

 

At approximately 09:00 on Saturday, 22 December 2012, Israeli forces stormed Palestinian lands adjacent to the security fence of “Sousia” settlement, established on the Palestinian lands in east of Yatta, south of Hebron. They also prevented people from working on their lands and asked them to leave immediately.  Farmers rejected the Israeli forces’ decision, so they skirmished.  Israeli forces used force by beating the farmers and as a result Mohammed Yousif al-Batsh, 55, a farmer, sustained bruises and minor injuries.  They also arrested 3 farmers belonging to 1 family and took them to “Sousia” settlement camp adjacent to the area.  The arrested are: Mohammed Mahmoud al-Shamasti, 30; ‘Azmi Mohammed al-Shamasti, 26; and Isa Khalil al-Shamasti, 29.

 

At approximately 13:30 on Sunday, 23 December 2012, Israeli forces, accompanied with officers from the Israeli Civilian Administration, stormed al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem.  They moved towards “Abu Soud” area adjacent to the annexation wall, west of the village and submitted 2 civilians destruction notices under the pretext of having no building permits from the aforementioned department.

 

In his testimony to a PCHR fieldworker, Ahmed Salah, coordinator of the Popular Committee against the wall and settlements in Khader village, said that Israeli forces, accompanied with officers from the Israeli Civilian Administration, stormed the village and submitted 2 notices of destruction to Taha Hammad Salah, 45, and Ali Salim Mousa, 60, 2 destruction notices.  He also noted that the house of the former is a 2-storey, under-construction house and under construction while the house of the later are still only foundations and water well.  It should be noted that the house of this civilian had already been destroyed more than once in addition to the house of his son, Ahmed, who was earlier notified about destroying it.

 

At approximately 15:30 on Sunday, 22 December 2012, a group of settlers, coming from “Nokadeem” settlement, south of Bethlehem, under the protection of Israeli forces attacked  Abed Ali Mohammed Khamis, 28, and his daughter, Ayat, 11, living in Beit Ta’amor Beit, east of the city, while they were grazing sheep in al-Faridais area.  The settlers released dogs at the sheep resulting in the killing of two sheep and the injury of 8 others.  The aforementioned civilian and his daughter were terrified and so taken to the clinic of the village.

 

At approximately 08:00 on Tuesday, 24 December 2012, a group of settlers, coming from “Sousia” settlement, established on the Palestinian lands, east of Yatta, south of Hebron, denied Palestinian farmers access to their lands located between “Sousia” and “ Hafat Ma’aoun” settlements, east of the aforementioned city. Therefore, they skirmished and the Israeli forces then stormed the area, attacked the farmers by hands and denied them access to their lands.

 

In his testimony to a PCHR fieldworker, Rateb al-Jobour, Member of the Popular Committee against Settlements, said that Israeli forces stormed farmlands, east of Yatta, and attacked the farmers while working on their lands.  He also noted that the settlers came to the area, intercepted farmers, and attacked them to deny them access to their lands to seize them.

 

At approximately 12:00 on Monday, 24 December 2012, Israeli forces, accompanied with a vehicle belonging to the Planning and Building Department of the Civil Administration, stormed Wad al-Nis village, south of Bethlehem.  They went to Jabal abu Nassar area, east of the village, and submitted 20 destruction notices to the houses in the aforementioned area.  Walid Abu Hammad, President of Wad al-Nis Association, reported that 4 of the houses which were notified are inhabited for 10 years and belong to: Riyad Mousa Abu Hammad, Adli Ahmed Abu Hammad, Mousa Mohammed Abu Saqer, and Mustafa Ahmed Abu Hammad, while the other 16 houses are still under construction.  Israeli forces ordered the owners of the houses to stop building in preparation for destroying them after completing the legal procedures and pointed out that the destruction orders will be carried out even if the houses were built and inhabited by their owners.  Abu Hammad also said that this is the second time in which the houses are being notified and that Israeli forces brought maps, including a scheme for establishing a new settler road in the same area to become the sixth street for settlers at the expense of the village lands.

 

At approximately 08:00 on Wednesday, 26 December 2012, Israeli forces, accompanied with a vehicle belonging to the Israeli Office of Administration and Organization, stormed Khelet al-Ras area, west of Ezna village, west of Hebron.  They spread among houses, surrounded the area, and handed 8 civilians, including a physically disabled person, notices to stop work on their houses.  The notified houses belong to:

 

1- Ibrahim Mahmoud Faraj Allah, 38, an inhabited house built on an area of 140 square meters.

2- Naser Hashem al-Batran, 32, an inhabited house built on an area of 120 square meters.

3- Baker Zeeb Faraj Allah, 25, a house under construction.

4- Tariq Abdel Karim Faraj Allah, 31, a house built on an area of 130 square meters in its finishing stage.

5- Naser Zeeb Faraj Allah, 26, a house built on an area of 130 square meters, in its finishing stage.

6- Mohammed Zeeb Faraj Allah, 37, a house under construction built on an area of 140 square meters.

7- Ahmed Zeeb Faraj Allah, 29, a house under construction built on an area of 130 square meters.

8- Rashad Abdel Fatah al-‘Asoud, 40, an inhabited house built on an area of 110 square meters.

 

 

 

 

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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