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Bethlehem – An Israeli soldier attempt to prevent Palestinian civilians and international solidarity activists from moving forwards during a peaceful protest against the annexation wall in al-Ma’sara village


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

 

 

The Israeli forces continued to fire at the Palestinian civilians along the border in the Gaza Strip.

4 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded in the northern and central Gaza Strip.

 

A Palestinian child sustained severe wounds in Ayda refugee camp, north of Bethlehem.

 

The Israeli forces conducted 50 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. 

At least 37 Palestinian civilians, including 5 children, were arrested.

 

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

5 Palestinian civilians were wounded in al-Nabi Saleh and Kofur Qaddoum peaceful protests in the center and north of the West Bank.

10 farmers, including 3 women and a baby that was with her mother, were arrested in the eastern Yatta protest, south of Hebron.

 

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 5 Palestinian civilians were arrested at checkpoints in the West Bank.

 

Israel has continued efforts to create a Jewish majority in East Jerusalem.

Leveling works continued in Shu'fat village to establish a settlement road in Jerusalem.

 

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

37 residential tents were damaged and confiscated in al-Maleh area in the northern Jordan Valley, due to which 115 persons became homeless.

6 houses and a water well were demolished and new demolition notices were issued in Hebron.

The settlers uprooted 60 olive seedlings in al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem.

 

The Israeli naval forces continued to attack Palestinian fishermen in the sea.

Palestinian fishing boats were subjected to the Israeli fire 6 times, but neither material damage nor casualties were reported.

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (17– 22 January 2013):

 

Shooting:

 

The Israeli forces wounded 10 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. They were all wounded in an excessive use of force during peaceful protests in the West Bank or shooting incidents near the border fence in the Gaza Strip. Moreover, a 2-year girl was wounded while she was playing in front of her family's house in al-Salqa valley in the central Gaza Strip.   

 

In the West Bank, the Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against peaceful protests organized by the Palestinians civilians and international and Israeli activists in protest to the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank.  As a result, 6 Palestinians, including a child, were wounded; 3 of whom were wounded in al-Nabi Saleh weekly protest, northwest of Ramallah and 2 others were wounded in Kofur Qaddoum weekly protest, northeast of Qalqilia. The child was wounded at the northern entrance of Ayda refugee camp, north of Bethlehem.

 

On 19 January 2013, the Israeli forces arrested 10 farmers and local activists, including 3 women and a baby who was with her mother, during a peaceful protest organized by dozens of Palestinian civilians, human rights defenders and residents of Qweiqes village, south of Hebron, in protest to the policy of land seizure for the interest of settlements.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 17 January 2013, 2 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded. The first one was wounded when the Israeli forces positioned along the border fence, east of Jabalya, opened fire at a group of civilians and farmers, who were 100 meters to the west of the fence.  Five minutes later, the second person was wounded when the Israeli forces positioned along the border fence, north of Beit Lahia, opened fire at a group of civilians and farmers a few meters to the west of the fence.  

 

On 19 January 2013, a 2-year girl was wounded when the Israeli forces positioned along the border fence, east of Wadi al-Salqa village in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire at the agricultural lands. The girl was playing in front of her family's house that was 1,000 meters away from the fence.

 

On 21 January 2013, a Palestinian boy was wounded when the Israeli forces positioned on watchtowers, northwest of Beit Lahia, opened fire at some workers who were collecting plastic, gravel and firewood a few meters away from the fence.  The Israeli forces claimed that they fired at a group of boys who attempted to damage the fence in the northern Gaza Strip. It should be noted that the Israeli forces had fired at farmers and gravel collectors in the vicinity of al-Shuhada' cemetery, east of Jabalya, but no casualties were reported.  

 

In the context of targeting fishermen, the Israeli gunboats positioned off al-Waha resort, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats 6 times on 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 January 2013.  As a result, the fishermen were frightened and fled back to the shore for fear of being wounded or arrested.  Neither material damage nor casualties were reported.

  

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, the Israeli forces conducted at least 50 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.  During these incursions, the Israeli forces arrested at least 37 Palestinian civilians, including 5 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.

 

Efforts to create Jewish Majority in Occupied East Jerusalem:

 

In the context of efforts to create a Jewish Majority in the Occupied East Jerusalem, the Israeli forces continued to confiscate lands, demolish houses and built new settlement units.  PCHR stresses that these measures come in the context of isolating East Jerusalem and annexing it to Israeli according to the Israeli policy that is in violation of the international humanitarian law.  PCHR calls upon the international community to promptly take action and reiterates its call upon the High Contracting parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations under Article 1 of the Convention.

 

On 20 January 2013, the Israeli forces started leveling Palestinian lands in Shu'fat village, northeast of Jerusalem.  Local sources stated that these works were conducted for the benifit of road "21" that connects the center of the city with the settlements established around the city.

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 17 January 2013, the Israeli forces used bulldozers to demolish tents that offered shelter to 12 families of 115 members in al-Maleh area, east of Tubas, in the northern Jordan Valley. Moreover, the Israeli forces demolished stockyards belonging to the abovementioned families.

 

On the same day, Ibrahim Ali al-'Aridi, 55, a farmer from Housan village, west of Bethlehem, headed to his farmland in the south of Bethlehem. He was surprised that 40 olive seedlings were planted by him this year and last year were uprooted.    

 

On 19 January 2013, a 200-member infantry unit moved into al-Maleh area for the second time.  They damaged 37 tents that were given to the same families in the area.  14 tents of them were provided to the families by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

 

On the same day, a group of settlers from "Sidi Boaz" settlement outpost, south of Bethlehem, uprooted 20 olive seedlings in Ein Qessis area. The olive seedlings belong to Mahmoud Ahmed Ghneim, 45.  

 

On 21 January 2013, the Israeli forces demolished an agricultural room inhabited by Mosa Ibrahim Abu 'Eram, in addition to a water well in She'eb al-Maghara area, east of Yatta village, south of Hebron.

 

On the same day, the Israeli forces demolished an under-construction house in al-Rifa'iya area, east of Yatta village.  The house belongs to Hamad Mohammed Jaber 'Emour, 57.  

 

On the same day, 4 tin-made houses in al-Rahwa area, south of al-Daheriya village in the south of Hebron, were demolished.  These houses belong to: Shehda Hamed Mohammed al-Wreidat, 72; Ali Shehda Mohammed al-Wreidat, 33; Mahmoud Mohammed al-Jabarin, 35; and Ibrahim Mahmoud Jabarin, 37.

 

In the same context, on 20 January 2013, the Israeli forces submitted notices to 6 Palestinians in Wad al-Naqi area, west of Ethna village in the west of Hebron, to suspend their work in 3 houses and 3 barracks under the pretext of not obtaining construction license from the Israeli authorities.

 

 

Israeli Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (17 – 22 January 2013)

 

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

 

 

Thursday, 17 January 2013

 

At approximately 00:00, the Israeli forces moved into Deir Estia village, northwest of Salfit.  They patrolled the streets and raided a house belonging to the family of Montaser Kasim Nasser Mansour, 22, with the company of sniffer dogs and an explosives' expert. They damaged the contents of the house. They arrested the abovementioned person, a student in al-Najah National University, and transported him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 00:15, the Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm.  They patrolled the streets and clashes broke out between them and a number of Palestinian young men, who gathered and threw empty bottles and stones at the Israeli forces.  Israeli forces then fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the stone throwers to disperse them.  These clashes centered in Diab quarter, south of the city, and Yafa Street in the centre.  Israeli forces later withdrew and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 01:00, the Israeli forces moved into Karisa village west of Dora, southwest of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Yousif Musbah al-Rjoub, 37.  Israeli forces handed him a notice to appear before the Israeli Intelligence Service (Shabak).

 

At the same time, an Israeli undercover unit in civilian clothes moved into Kofur Ra'i village, south of Jenin. They seized a small Mercedes truck carrying a Palestinian registration plate and arrested Jalal Jamal Raja Melhem, 26, an ex-prisoner and a member of the Islamic Jihad.  The Israeli forces moved later into the village and surrounded and raided a house belonging to Belal Nabil Sa'id Diab, 27, a member of the Islamic Jihad. They damaged the contents of the house and arrested the aforementioned person. The Israeli forces raided houses of Mahmoud Matar Mohammed Melhem, 26, and Majdi Ma'moun Khalil Melhem, 26, members of the Islamic Jihad. They arrested them and transported the 4 arrested persons to an unknown destination.  It should be noted that this incursion was conducted in the context of a large-scale arrest campaign against members of the Islamic Jihad in Jenin and Tubas.  

 

At approximately 01:30, the Israeli forces moved into al-‘Arqa village, west of Jenin.  While they were patrolling the streets, they fired flash bombs in the air.  They later withdrew and no arrests were reported.

 

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

 

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

 

At approximately 07:00, the Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha resort in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at the Palestinian fishermen for 15 minutes at a distance of 5 nautical miles off the shore.  As a result, the fishermen were frightened and fled for fear of being arrested or wounded. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

At approximately 09:30, the Israeli forces moved into Marj Na’aja village, north of Jericho.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 10:30, the Israeli forces moved into Kofur Ein village, northwest of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At the same time, the Israeli forces moved into Far’aon village, south of Tulkarm.  They patrolled the streets, raided and searched an auto parts shop.  They withdrew later and neither arrests nor more incidents were reported.

 

At approximately 11:30, the Israeli forces moved into Silwad village, east of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 12:00, the Israeli forces moved into Beit ‘Aor al-Tahta village, southwest of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 14:30, the Israeli forces moved into Deir Ghazalah village, north of Jenin.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 16:00, the Israeli forces moved into Jalboun village, east of Jenin.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At the same time, the Israeli forces moved into Ya'bad village, south of Jenin. They arrested Mahmoud Ibrahim Hassan Hamdouni, 16, and his brother Hassan, 12, and transported them to an unknown destination.  Local sources stated to a PCHR fieldworker that the 2 boys were arrested while grazing the sheep on a farmland near the village.

 

At approximately 22:30, the Israeli forces moved into al-‘Arqa village, west of Jenin.  They patrolled the streets for some time and later withdrew.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported. 

 

At approximately 23:45, the Israeli forces moved into Silet al-Daher village, south of Jenin.  They patrolled the streets, raided and searched several houses.  They handed notices to 6 civilians to appear before the Israeli Intelligence in its office in Salim camp, northwest of Jenin:

 

1. Saed Adnan al-Akhras;

2. Abdullah Ahmed Ghannam;

3. Mohammed Hisham ‘Ateyah;

4. ‘Alam Ma’azouz Kilani;

5. Fahd Abdel ‘Aziz Za’rour; and

6. Forsan Abdel ‘Aziz Za’rour.

 

Friday, 18 January 2013

 

At approximately 01:30, the Israeli forces moved into Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem. They patrolled in the streets for a while and stationed in al-Semmaqa and Wad al-Sousa villages in addition to the entrances of the village. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 12 persons, including a child:

 

1. Hassan Hesham Deiriya, 17, was released on the same day evening;

2. Ahmed Majed Thawabta, 27;

3. Islam Mahmoud Thawabta, 26;

4. Ahmed Anwar Taqatqa, 25;

5. Ahmed Salem Taqatqa, 24;

6. Ali Hussein Rashed, 19;

7. Mahmoud Ali Thawabta, 24;

8. Mohammed Ahmed Thawabta, 28;

9. Iyad Abed Taqatqa, 30;

10. Ra'fat Ali Taqatqa, 29;

11. Shakeeb Abed Taqatqa, 24; and

12. Islam Nafez Thawabta, 27.

 

It should be noted that the last 2 persons were ex-prisoners.

 

At approximately 06:30, the Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha resort in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at the Palestinian fishermen for 20 minutes at a distance of 5 nautical miles off the shore.  As a result, the fishermen were frightened and fled for fear of being arrested or wounded. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

At approximately 13:30, the Israeli forces moved into Qofein village, north of Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 15:40, the Israeli forces positioned at the border fence, north of the Islamic Martyrs cemetery, east of Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip, fired bullets and tear gas canisters at a group of civilians and farmers, who were 100 meters south of the aforementioned fence.  As a result, Yousif Soliman Hamdan Abu Odah, 21, from Jabalya, was injured with a gas canister in the head.  The injured was transported to Kamal Odwan hospital in Beit Lahia to receive treatment, and his injuries were described as minor.  It should be mentioned that Palestinian farmers, following the truce signed between the armed groups and Israel after the latest offensive on the Gaza Strip, went back to the buffer zone, which is 300 meters along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, imposed by the Israeli forces, in order to break the decision made by the Israeli forces and to help farmers have access to their lands after being denied the use of them.

 

At approximately 15:45, the Israeli forces, including soldiers who got off the vehicles, positioned on the watchtowers spread along the border fence with Israel to the north of Boret Abu Samrah in the north of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, fired bullets and tear gas canisters at a group of people and farmers, who were a few meters away from the west of the border fence.  As a result, Mohammed Samir Ahmed Sorour, 17, from al-Shaimaa’ in Beit Lahia, was wounded by a bullet to his left foot.  Eyewitnesses stated that the aforementioned child was wounded while being on a farmland belonging to Said Hamdonam which is 600 meters away from the border fence.

 

At approximately 18:00, the Israeli forces moved into Fasayel, northwest of Jericho.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 19:30, the Israeli forces moved into Far’oun village, south of Tulkarm.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Saturday, 19 January 2013

 

· At approximately 00:00, the Israeli forces moved into Jeet village, northeast of Qalqilia.  They patrolled the streets, raided and searched around 12 houses.  They also took some photos for the residents against their will and for their ID cards.  The aforementioned houses belong to the following people:

 

1. Jamil Sedqi Yamin, 31;

2. Mohammed Sedqi Yamin, 27;

3. Nizam Abdel Rahim al-Sedah, 52;

4. Mohammed Lutfi Yamin, 65; and

5. Mohammed Abdel Rahim al-Sedah, 52.

 

At approximately 02:00, the Israeli forces withdrew and no more incidents were reported.

Jamil Sedqi Yamin said the following to a PCHR fieldworker:

 

“At approximately 00:00 on Saturday, 19 January 2013, 6 Israeli soldiers raided our house.  One of them entered and searched the rooms.  They then forced all of us to leave the house and asked each of us to bring our ID cards and to raise them up near our heads.  They took photos of us, and for the females, their ID cards were only photographed.  I recognized that one of the soldiers was carrying a schedule and another was carrying a laptop.  After they finished taking photos of us with our ID cards, they walked out of the house and moved to the neighboring houses one by one.  According to our neighbors, Israeli soldiers took photos of them while holding their ID cards.”

At approximately 02:00, the Israeli forces moved into Beitounia village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets and clashed with some boys, who threw stones at the Israeli soldiers.  The Israeli forces withdrew later and no casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 06:45, the Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha resort in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at the Palestinian fishermen for 15 minutes at a distance of 5 nautical miles off the shore.  As a result, the fishermen were frightened and fled for fear of being arrested or wounded.  Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

At approximately 08:00, the Israeli forces positioned along the border fence, east of Wadi al-Salqa village in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire at houses and agricultural lands. As a result, Nahed Ahmed al-'Edini, 2, was wounded by a bullet to the left leg. 

 

At approximately 10:30, the Israeli forces moved into Koful Haris village, north of Salfit. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 11:50, the Israeli forces moved into Haris village, northwest of Salfit.  They patrolled the streets for some time and at approximately 14:00, they withdrew. Neither arrests nor house raids were reported.

 

At approximately 17:30, the Israeli forces moved into Al-‘Arqa village, west of Jenin.  While they were patrolling the streets, a number of boys gathered and threw stones at the Israeli forces that fired in response sound bombs.  The Israeli forces withdrew later and no arrests were reported.

 

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

 

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

 

At approximately 21:00, the Israeli forces moved into Beit Luqia village, southwest of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for some time and positioned at the main entrance of the village.  They withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, 20 January 2013

 

At approximately 02:00, the Israeli forces moved into Yatta village, south of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and raided a number of houses. They also handed notices to a number of persons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service (Shabak).  Of those persons are: Khalil Mosa Hassan al-Jbour, 37; Morad Mahmoud al-Jbour, 27; and Rateb al-Jbour, 39.  

 

At approximately 03:00, the Israeli forces moved into Sekka village, west of Doura in the southwest of Hebron. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 04:10, the Israeli forces moved into ‘Abayat village, east of Bethlehem.  They raided and searched several houses.  They arrested the following persons: Bader Khalil Abu Jalghif, 19; and Laith Soliman ‘Abyat, 19; and took them to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 08:30, the Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha resort in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at the Palestinian fishermen for 15 minutes at a distance of 5 nautical miles off the shore.  As a result, the fishermen were frightened and fled for fear of being arrested or wounded.  Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

At approximately 09:00, the Israeli forces moved into Jenin.  They patrolled the streets for a while and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 17:30, the Israeli forces moved into al-'Arqa village, west of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets where some boys gathered and threw stones at the Israeli vehicles. The Israeli soldiers fired sound bombs in response and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 18:30, the Israeli forces moved into Beit Luqia village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets and stationed at the entrance of the village.  They withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.   

 

Monday, 21 January 2013

 

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into 'Eqaba village, northwest of Tubas. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched a number of houses.  They arrested Suleiman Radi Suleiman al-Sayyed, 59, and his son Feras, 30, from their house in the eastern neighborhood. 

 

At the same time, the Israeli forces moved into Rummana village, northwest of Jenin.  They patrolled the streets and raided and searched a house belonging to Farid Ghazi Farid Mahajna, 27, a member of the Palestinian National Security Service. They arrested and transported him to an unknown destination.  It should be noted that the Israeli forces had raided the said house on Thursday, 21 December 2012 and arrested Mahajna’s brother, They raided the house again on Thursday, 10 January 2013 and searched it.

 

At approximately 01:30, the Israeli forces moved into al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched a number of houses.  They arrested 4 persons and transported them to an unknown destination:

 

1. Hassan Abdul Karim al-Titi, 22;

2. Baha' Jihad Alawi, 18;

3. Hesham Jaber al-Titi, 19;

4. Ali Abbas Abu Maria, 20; and

5. Anas Kamel Kawamla, 18.

 

At approximately 02:00, the Israeli Forces moved into al-Koum village, west of Doura in the southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Wasel Mohammed Abdul Hamid al-Rjoub, 22, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 03:00, the Israeli forces moved into ‘Aroura village, northwest of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Qabatia village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Jaser Amn Ibrahim al-Nazal, 38, a member of the Palestinian National Security Service, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 06:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit ‘Aor al-Tahta, southwest of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 06:30, the Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha resort in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at the Palestinian fishermen for 20 minutes at a distance of 5 nautical miles off the shore.  As a result, the fishermen were frightened and fled for fear of being arrested or wounded. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

At approximately 08:30, the Israeli forces stationed on watchtowers, east of al-Shuhada' cemetery in the east of Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at the Palestinian farmers and gravel collectors in the vicinity of the cemetery for about 10 minutes. As a result, they fled away and neither casualties nor material damage were reported. 

 

At approximately 09:40, the Israeli forces positioned on watchtowers to the north of al-Ghoul land, north of the former location of “Eli Sinai” settlement, northwest of Beit Lahiah in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at a number of workers who were collecting plastic, stones and wood, a few meters away from the border fence.  As a result, Abdullah Mohammed Sofian Mahmoud Ma’arouf, 18, from al-Qur’aa al-Khamsah area in Beit Lahiah, was injured in the right leg that led to damaging it.  The aforementioned was transported to receive treatment at Martyr Kamal Odwan hospital where he underwent surgery.  Platinum was fixed in his leg and his injuries were described moderate.  The Israeli forces also admitted that they fired at young men claiming that they tried to destroy the fence in the northern Gaza Strip.

 

At approximately 11:00, the Israeli forces moved into Budrus village, west of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets where a number of boys gathered and threw stones at them.  The Israeli forces immediately started shooting live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the stone throwers.  As a result, a number of them suffered from tear gas inhalation.  The Israeli forces withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

 

In the early morning, the Israeli forces moved into ‘Aaba village, east of Jenin.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Salim Soliman Salim Hazhouzi, 19, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 01:30, the Israeli forces moved into several neighborhoods in Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets and deployed between the houses.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Rabi’a Mohammed Mahmud Abu ‘Ayash, 12, and arrested him.

 

At the same time, the Israeli forces moved into al-Boq’aa in the village centre.  They raided and searched several houses. They arrested Yazan Ashraf Badawi Ikhlayel, 15, and Ibrahim Mohammed Abdel Hamid Ibraghith, 40.

 

At approximately 02:30, the Israeli forces moved into Barqa village, northwest of Nablus. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched a number of houses. They arrested Monjed Ragheb Mohammed Salah, 24, from his sister's house at the northwestern entrance of the village. They also arrested Feras Radi Maher As'ad Mohammed Salah, 22, from his house in al-Saha area in the center of the village. They were both transported to an unknown destination.   

 

At approximately 03:00, the Israeli forces moved into Jenin. They patrolled the streets and stationed at al-Marah neighborhood in the south of the town.  They raided and searched a house belonging to Abdul Jabbar Mohammed Ahmed Jarrar, 47, a leader in Hamas, who was released 3 days earlier after having served 15 months of administrative detention. The Israeli forces handed him a notice for his son Huzaifa, 25, to refer to the Israeli Intelligence service in Salim military camp, northwest of Jenin. The Israeli forces withdrew later and no arrests were reported.

 

At the same time, the Israeli forces moved into al-Yamoun village, northwest of Jenin. They patrolled the streets and raided a house belonging to the family of Abdul Ghani Salim Abu al-Haija, 55, who was arrested on Thursday, 10 January 2013. They searched the house looking for his son Samed, 24, under the pretext that he was wanted by the Israeli forces. The Israeli forces had raided the abovementioned house on Monday, 14 January 2013 and arrested another son of the house's owner, Mojahed, 22.

At approximately 11:30, the Israeli forces moved into al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets in a provocative way.  Some boys gathered and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers, and the Israeli forces responded by firing at them.  As a result, many persons suffered from tear gas inhalation.  The Israeli forces withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 06:30, the Israeli forces moved into Beitellou village, northwest of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for a while and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

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, 6 Palestinians sustained injuries, including a child whose injury was described as critical.  Dozens of demonstrators ALSO suffered from tear gas inhalation and some sustained bruises.  PCHR keeps the names of the victims in fear of subjecting them to arrest by the Israeli forces.

 

On 19 January 2013, Israeli forces arrested 10 Palestinian farmers and activists, including three women and an infant who was with her mother, and transported them to Susyia Military Camp, southeast of Yatta, south of Hebron.  This took place during a peaceful protest organized by Palestinian civilians, Israeli and international human rights activists and civilians against the Israeli land confiscating policy for settlement expansion. 

 

Following the Friday Prayer on 18 January 2013, 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 lands adjacent to the annexation wall.  The Israeli forces had closed all ways and entrances to the village since early morning hours, to prevent Palestinians, journalists and international activists from joining the protest.  Upon their arrival to Abu-Lemon reserve, they attempted to cross the separating fence, adjacent to the wall.  The Israeli forces positioned behind the new wall on the western side fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the demonstrators.  As a result, dozens of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.

 

Also following the Friday Prayer on 18 January 2013, 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, dozens of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.

 

Around the same time on Friday, 18 January 2013, 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, entitled: "On the Anniversary of the killing of Samir Ahmed Awad."  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.

 

At the same time on Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international human rights defenders gathered in Budrus village, west of Ramallah and al-Bireh, for a peaceful protest against the annexation wall and settlement activity.  The demonstration was entitled: "On the Anniversary of the Killing of Samir Amed Awad."  The demonstrators walked through the village streets and headed towards the wall.  The Israeli forces closed the wall gates with barbwires, and when the demonstrators attempted to cross the wall to the lands behind it, the Israeli forces stopped them, so the demonstrators threw rocks at them.  The Israeli soldiers fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets.  As a result, 3 Palestinian civilians sustained bullet wounds; the first (50) sustained a bullet wound to the left leg; the second (25) sustained a bullet wound to the right thigh and the third (20) was hit in the head by a tear gas canister.  Also, dozens of demonstrators suffocated from tear gas inhalation.

 

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 land and attacked the participants; as a result, some demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.

 

At approximately 12:15 on the same Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in the center of Kuffor Kadoum village, northeast of Qalqilya, in protest to the continuous closure of the eastern entrance of the village since the outbreak of al-Aqsa Intifada.  The demonstrators moved towards the entrance of the village. Immediately, Israeli forces, stationed in the surroundings of the steel gate established at the entrance, fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets.  As a result, two Palestinian civilians sustained bullet wounds; the first (36) sustained a bullet wound to the right thigh and the second (44) sustained a bullet wound to the back. Dozens of demonstrators also suffered from tear gas inhalation. It should be mentioned that the number of tear gas canisters and sound bombs fired by the Israeli forces exceeded a few hundreds.

 

At approximately 14:30 on the same Friday, dozens of children and teenagers gathered at the eastern entrance of 'Ayda Refugee Camp, north of Bethlehem.  They threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed on the watchtower in the vicinity of Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque (Rachel's tomb), north of the city.  Following that, the Israeli forces stationed at the main entrance of the camp and fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protesters, and then opened fire at them.  As a result, Saleh Ahmed al-'Amaryn (15) sustained a bullet wound to the head.  He was transported to Beit Jala Public Hospital for treatment; however, he was transported later to Hadassah Medical Center where his condition was described as critical.

 

At approximately 07:30 on Saturday, 19 January 2013, dozens of Palestinian civilians, Israeli and international human rights activists and civilians from Qwaiqis village, east of Yatta, south of Hebron, gathered for the organization of a peaceful protest against the Israeli land confiscation policy for settlement expansion.  The demonstrators marched in the streets of the village, chanting for national unity.  They later headed to the farmlands threatened by confiscation in Um al-Arayes area, east of Yatta.  Upon their arrival at the area, the Israeli forces attacked the peaceful demonstration, under the pretext that the area was a closed military zone.  The Israeli soldiers severely beat the demonstrators and arrested 10 of the farmers and human rights activists, including 3 women and a baby who was with her mother.  The arrested demonstrators were transported to Susiya military camp, on the southeastern area of the city.  They were identified as: Isma'il 'Elian 'Awad (55); Sa'id 'Elian 'Awad (32); and Jamil Ahmed 'Elian 'Awad (48); Yousri Mohammed al-Jabarin (22); Shorouq Mohammed 'Elian (23); Bassam Yousif Jabrain (45); Khalil 'Awwad Zaina (65); Rima Isma'il 'Elian 'Awad (35) and her 1-year-old daughter Qammar; and Yousif Mohammed 'Awad al-Zain (35).

 

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

16 - 21 January 2013

 

Day

Date

Traveling abroad

Coming into Gaza

Returned into Gaza

Wednesday

16 January 2013

1166

624

56

Thursday

17 January 2013

1219

751

58

Friday

18 January 2013

401

456

20

Saturday

19 January 2013

1096

569

50

Sunday

20 January 2013

864

756

50

Monday

21 January 2013

962

721

72

 

Movement at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) Crossing

16 - 22 January 2013

Imports:

 

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Number

Liters

16 January 2013

Foodstuffs

719

 

 

Agricultural materials

984

 

 

Various goods

Refrigerators

Busses

Water tanks

Cars

Electricity poles

Glass

Cartons of shoes

916

142

3

131

30

26

1040

616

 

Humanitarian aid

4514

 

 

Cooking gas

174.990

 

 

Industrial fuel

 

197,980

(From Qatar)

17 January 2013

Foodstuffs

800

 

 

Agricultural materials

1115

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Glass

Cartons of shoes

Washing machines

1097

 

796

119

520

588

296

 

Humanitarian aid

1020

 

 

Cooking gas

174.630

 

 

Industrial fuel

 

199,313

(From Qatar)

20 January 2013

Foodstuffs

477

 

 

Agricultural materials

1567

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of cloths

Refrigerators

Water barrels

Cars

Cows

Car tires

Cartons of shoes

985

 

899

240

256

34

279

2748

294

 

Humanitarian aid

8095

 

 

Cooking gas

149.500

 

 

Industrial fuel

 

197,730

(from Qatar)

21 January 2013

Foodstuffs

526

 

 

Agricultural materials

1356

 

 

Various goods

Washing machines

Refrigerators

Glass

Cars

Air conditioners

1184

 

296

246

1040

33

88

 

Humanitarian aid

6787

 

 

Cooking gas

175.970

 

 

 

Exports:

 

On Wednesday, 16 January 2013, Israeli forces allowed the exportation 7 truckloads of empty plastic boxes.

On Thursday, 17 January 2013, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 4.2 tons of strawberries and 50,000 carnation flowers.

On Sunday, 20 January 2013, the Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 4.1 tons of strawberries, 57,000 carnation flowers, 170 kilograms of garlic leaves and 150 kilograms of mint.

On Monday, 21 January 2013, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 8 tons of cherry tomatoes, 1 ton of peppers and 8 truckloads of empty plastic boxes.

 

Other Imports:

 

On Wednesday, 16 January 2013, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 160 tons of cement and 40 tons of construction steel and 3,220 tons of construction aggregate for UNRWA; and 840 tons of construction aggregate for the private sector.  They also allowed the entry of 273 tons of fodders and 507 tons of wheat.

 

On Thursday, 17 January 2013, the Israeli forces allowed the entry of 195 tons of fodders and 585 tons of wheat.

 

On Sunday, 20 January 2013, the Israeli forces allowed the entry of 380 tons of cement, 150 tons of construction steel, 3,500 tons of construction aggregate for UNRWA; 80 tons of cement, 70 tons of construction steel and 2,800 tons of construction aggregate for the German Development Bank (GDB); and 700 tons of construction aggregate for the private sector.  They also allowed the entry of 780 tons of fodders and 507 tons of wheat.

 

On Monday, 21 January 2013, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 540 tons of cement, 76 tons of construction steel and 3,080 tons of construction aggregate for UNRWA; and 120 tons of cement and 1,400 tons of construction aggregates for the private sector.  They also allowed the entry of 585 tons of fodders and 546 tons of wheat.

 

Note: The Israeli forces closed Karm Abu Salem crossing on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 due to the Israeli elections.

 

Imports through Rafah Crossing, south of the Gaza Strip:

16 – 21 January 2013

Imports:

 

Date

Category

Truckloads

Amount

16 January 2013

Base Course

46

-

17 January 2013

Base Course

43

-

20 January 2013

Base Course

54

-

21 January 2013

Base Course

51

-

 

Note: Beit Hanoun Crossing "Erez", north of the Gaza Strip, links the Strip with the West Bank, and it is for the movement of individuals.

 

Movement at the Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing

16 - 21 January 2013

     Category

16 January

17 January

18 January

19 January

20 January

21 January

Patients

27

18

1

Nil

36

47

Companions

28

20

1

Nil

37

40

Personal needs

105

19

16

Nil

38

15

Families of Prisoners

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

24

Arabs from Israel

12

26

10

Nil

33

5

Diplomats

13

8

Nil

Nil

Nil

3

International Journalists

1

2

Nil

Nil

1

3

International Workers

34

69

11

Nil

6

16

Deceased

1

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

Travelers abroad

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Business People

97

102

31

Nil

124

122

Economic Meetings

4

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

4

Security Interviews

2

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

VIPs

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

1

Ambulances to Israel

3

Nil

Nil

Nil

2

1

Ambulances from Israel

1

1

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

Note: The Israeli forces allowed 24 relatives of prisoners to visit their relatives in Israeli Jails on Monday, 21 January 2013.

 

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 11:00 on Thursday, 17 January 2013, the Israeli forces redeployed at ‘Atarah checkpoint at the northern entrance of Birzeit, north of Ramallah, and prevented people from entering or leaving through the aforementioned checkpoint.  At approximately 18:00, they established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance of Tiba village, northeast of Ramallah.  The two checkpoints then were removed and no arrests were reported.  At approximately 09:30 on Friday, 18 January 2013, the Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. At the same time, they established a similar checkpoint at the entrance of Budrus village, west of the city.  The two checkpoints were removed and no arrests were reported.  At approximately 09:30 on Saturday, 19 January 2013, the Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Loqaya village, southwest of Ramallah. At approximately 18:00, they reestablished the checkpoint in the aforementioned are.

 

QalqilyaHebron: Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. At approximately 07:30, on Thursday, 17 January 2013, the Israeli forces established a checkpoint at Bani Na’aim village, south of Hebron.  At approximately 15:00, they established another checkpoint at the entrance of al-Fawar refugee camp, south of Hebron.  At approximately 18:00, they established a similar checkpoint at the entrance of Izna village, south of the city.  The checkpoints were removed and no arrests were reported.

 

Jericho: Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 18:00 on Thursday, 18 January 2013, the Israeli forces established a checkpoint on al-Mo’arjat road between Jericho and Ramallah.  The checkpoint was removed and no arrests were reported.  At approximately 09:30 on Friday, 18 January 2013, the Israeli forces established a checkpoint near the southern entrance of the city, and the checkpoint was then was removed. At approximately 10:00, they established a similar checkpoint at the entrance of Zbeidat village, north of the city. At the same time, they established another checkpoint near the entrance of Fasayel village, north of Jericho.  At approximately 10:30, another checkpoint was established by the entrance of al-‘Aoja village, northwest of the city.

 

Jenin:  Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 14:30 on Thursday, 17 January 2013, the Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Faqou’aa village, northeast of Jenin.  At approximately 15:00, they established a similar checkpoint at the entrance of ‘Arbouna village, north of the city.  The checkpoints were later removed and no arrests were reported.  At approximately 15:50 on Friday, 18 January 2013, the Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance of Ya’abod village, southwest of Jenin.  The checkpoint was later removed and no arrests were reported.  At approximately 11:15 on Sunday, 20 January 2013, the Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Deir Abu Da’aif, east of Jenin.  The checkpoint was later removed and no arrests were reported.

 

Tulkarm:  Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. At approximately 08:00 on Thursday, 17 January 2013, the Israeli forces established a checkpoint on the main road between Tulkarm and Nablus, east of Tulkarm, and imposed restrictions.  After 2 hours, the restrictions ended and no arrests were reported. At the same time, they established a similar checkpoint on the main street between Tulkarm and Qalqilya near the gate of Jubarah village, which is isolated from its surroundings due to the annexation wall, south of Tulkarm.  At approximately 18:00, they established a checkpoint at the entrance of ‘Alar village, north of Tulkarm. At approximately 21:30, they established a similar checkpoint on the main road between Tulkarm and its northern villages, known as “al-Sha’arawiya” near the entrance of al-Jaroushyah, north of the city.  At approximately 19:00 on Saturday, 19 January 2013, the Israeli forces positioned at ‘Anab checkpoint, which is established on the main road between Tulkarm and Nablus, east of Tulkarm, imposed restrictions on the Palestinians who pass through the checkpoint.  At approximately 09:00 on Sunday, 20 January 2013, the Israeli forces positioned at ‘Anab checkpoint, which is established on the main road between Tulkarm and Nablus, tightened the restrictions against Palestinians who pass through the checkpoint.

 

Qalqilya:  Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 08:35 on Thursday, 17 January 2013, the Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqilya. At approximately 14:40, they established a checkpoint on the eastern entrance of the city.  The checkpoint was later removed and no arrests were reported.  At approximately 08:50 on Sunday, 20 January 2013, the Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of ‘Azoun ‘Aetmah village, southeast of Qalqilya, and they reestablished the checkpoint at approximately 18:30.  The checkpoint was removed and no arrests were reported. At approximately 18:00, they established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance of Qaliqilya.  The checkpoint was later removed and no arrests were reported.

 

Detention at Military Checkpoints

 

At approximately 11:30 on Friday, 18 January 2013, the Israeli forces established a checkpoint at al-Mokhanaq agricultural area, northeast of Ramallah.  They arrested 2 civilians from the aforementioned village; one of them belongs to a Palestinian security officer under the pretext of finding a gun with him.  The detainees are: Khairallah Ratib Na’asan, (35); and Montaser Jamil Na’asan, (32).

 

At approximately 09:30 on Monday, 21 January 2013, the Israeli forces established a checkpoint on the main road between Dora and its southern villages, southwest of Hebron.  At approximately 14:00, the Israeli soldiers attacked one of the stopped cars at the aforementioned checkpoint, forced its passengers to get out and detained them.  The Israeli soldiers smashed the car from the inside and tore its brush while searching it.  Less than half an hour later, backups of Israeli forces arrived at the spot and started shooting in the air to keep people away from the checkpoint.  Two female soldiers held Nahidah Ibrahim Ahmed Abu Hashim, (34), in one of the nearby stores and she was forced to strip naked on the pretext of inspection.  The Israeli forces arrested Dawoud Moharib Abu Hisham, (43); and Eyad Mohammed Abu Hisham, (34), confiscated their Opel Corsa car, and took them to an unknown destination.  They then removed the checkpoint.

 

At approximately 14:00 also on Monday, the Israeli forces established a checkpoint at one of the internal intersections in Beit Ummar, north of Hebron.  A number of boys gathered and threw stones at the Israeli forces positioned at the checkpoint who fired in response tear gas canisters and bullets at the stone throwers.  As a result, some of the boys suffered from tear gas inhalation.  The Israeli forces arrested Sharif Fathi Abu ‘Ayash, (20), while being near the checkpoint.

 

4. Efforts to Create a Jewish Majority in Occupied East Jerusalem

 

In the early morning hours on Sunday 20 January 2013, the Israeli forces started bulldozing lands of Palestinian civilians in Sho'fat village in the northeastern side of occupied Jerusalem.  According to local sources, the bulldozing is for the construction of 21st street, which links the center of the city with the settlements built in it.  According to PCHR's investigations, at early morning hours that Sunday, Israeli bulldozers and employees of Israel Antiquities Authority, bulldozed 80 dunums of land belonging to Palestinian civilians from Sho'fat village, for the purpose of constructing canals and excavation work for 21st street which would serve "Ramat Shlomo" settlement, established in the village, and link it to the downtown of the city; it would also serve the surrounding settlements and link them together.  It should be mentioned that the Israeli Municipality in Jerusalem started its 21st street project after its decision to confiscate 117 dunums of Palestinian lands from Beit Hanina and Sho'fat villages last year, in order to link "Pisgat Ze'ev" and "Ramat Shlomo" settlements, which would serve to link the surrounding settlements together at the expense of Palestinian lands in both villages.

 

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.

 

In the early morning hours on Thursday, 17 January 2013, Palestinian farmer Ibrahim Ali al-'Arydey (55), from Hosan village, west of Bethlehem, went to his farmland, located between his village and al-Khader village, south of the town.  Upon his arrival, he was shocked to find 40 olive seedlings, which he had planted between 2012 and early 2013, had been uprooted.  In his testimony to a PCHR fieldworker, Mr. al-'Arydey said that a settler called "Hanania," who lives in an area between Hosan and al-Khader villages, was the one responsible for the attack.

 

At approximately 10:30 on Thursday, 17 January 2013, Israeli forces, accompanied by military vehicles and three bulldozers, raided al-Maleh area, east of Tubas.  Immediately, the bulldozers started destroying housing tents belonging to 12 Palestinian families.  They also demolished a number of barns for these families' cattle and leveled them to the ground.  The demolished property belongs to: Qassem Hussain Daraghma; Suliman Qassem Daraghma; Ali Salama al-Faqir; Salama Ali al-Faqir; Fatima Moussa al-Faqir; Ahmed Ali Moussa Najada; Abed Ali Moussa; Nasra Nassar Ka'abna; Eid Ahmed al-Faqir; Ghanem Eid al-Faqir; Mohammed Eid al-Faqir; and Salman Erhaiel Najada.

 

At approximately 06:30 on Saturday, 19 January 2013, an Israeli infantry unit, of approximately 200 soldiers, raided al Maleh area again.  The soldiers uprooted 37 tents which were given to the above-mentioned civilians by the Municipality of Tubas and the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), and confiscated them.

 

At approximately 10:20 on Saturday, 19 January 2013, a group of settlers, coming from "Sidi Bo'aaz" settlement, established on the southern side of al-Khader village, uprooted 20 olive seedlings from Ain Qesis area.  These seedlings belong to Mahmoud Ahmed Ghonaim (45). According to Ahmed Salah, coordinator of the Popular Committees against Settlement Activity in al-Khader village, the aforementioned civilian's land was razed by the settlers a while ago in order to confiscate it.

 

In the early morning hours on Sunday, 20 January 2013, a group of settlers from "Eliezer" settlement outpost, established on the southern side of al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem, opened a road across 35 dunums of land in Khelat al-Fahem area, between "Eliezer" and "Gosh Atsion" settlements; and uprooted 50 recently planted grape seedlings, belonging to Mr. Khaled Saleh Abdel-Salam Salah (40).  In his testimony to a PCHR fieldworker, Ahmed Salah, coordinator of the Popular Committee against Settlement Activity in al-Khader village, said that Nadia Mattar, head of the settler Women in Green Association, is behind the confiscation, bulldozing and uprooting of trees in the area.  He also mentioned that she had set a pergola for settlers' parties on the land of a Palestinian civilian, Mr. Khaled Salah.  She also planted 20 olive trees, more than 20 years old, and raised the Israeli flags on them.

 

At approximately 10:00 on Sunday, 20 January 2013, an Israeli force, accompanied by a number of military vehicles and officers from the Israeli Civil Administration, raided al-Naqi valley area, west of Ethna, west of Hebron.  The officers submitted notices to a number of Palestinian civilians to stop all construction works in some houses and facilities, under the pretext that they are building in Area (C), which falls under Israeli jurisdiction according to the Oslo Accords.  The notices were submitted to the following;

 

 

1. A tin barracks of 300 square meters, belonging to Mr. Bilal Abdel-Hafiz Abu-Zantta (27).

2. A house of 135 square meters, occupied by a family of 4, belonging to Mr. Bilal Abdel-Hafiz Abu-Zantta (27).

3. A house under construction of 120 square meters, belonging to Mr. Ma'moun Hassan Faraj Allah (27).

4. A house of 120 square meters, belonging to Mr. Abdallah Isma'il Faraj-Allah (35).

5. A tin barracks of 200 square meters, belonging to Mr. Nader Mohammed Mahmoud Faraj-Allah.

 

At approximately 07:30 on Monday, 21 January 2013, Israeli forces, accompanied by military vehicles; a bulldozer and officers of the Israeli Administration and Planning department, raided Sho'ab al-Maghara area, in the surroundings of al-Deirat village, east of Yatta, south of Hebron.  The soldiers raided an agricultural room of 55 square meters, occupied by Mr. Moussa Ibrahim Abu 'Aram's family.  The soldiers evacuated the room and the bulldozer demolished it together with a water well of 100 square meters, under the pretext of not obtaining a license.

 

At approximately 08:30 on Monday, a large Israeli force, accompanied by military vehicles; a bulldozer and officers of the Israeli Administration and Planning department, raided al-Rifa'ya area, east of Yatta south of Hebron.  The bulldozer destroyed an under-construction, one-storey house, established on an area of 120 square meters, under pretext of not obtaining a license.  The house belongs to Mr. Hamad Mohammed Jaber Ammour.

 

At approximately 10:00 also on Monday, Israeli forces, accompanied by officers from the Israeli Civil Administration, raided al-Rahwa area, south of al-Thaherya village, west of Hebron.  The soldiers surrounded the civilians' houses and the officers of the Civil Administration barged into a number of the houses, forcefully evacuated them while the bulldozers demolished a number of houses, tents and sheep barns of wood and tin.  The bulldozed property was as follows:

 

1. A house of tin, wood and cloth, of an area of 60 square meters, belonging to Mr. Shihda Hamed Mohammed al-Waridat (72), occupied by a family of 6.

2. A house of tin, wood and cloth, of an area of 70 square meters, belonging to Mr. Ali Shihda Mohammed al-Waridat (33), occupied by a family of 8.

3. A house of tin, wood and cloth, of an area of 30 sqaure meters, a cement-bathroom of 2 square meters and a sheep barn of 80 square meters belonging to Mahmoud Mohammed al-Jabarin (35).

4. A house of tin, wood and cloth, of 30 square meters, and a cement-bathroom of 2 square meters, belonging to Ibrahim Mahmoud al-Jabarin (37).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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