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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (24- 30 October 2013) PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00

Israeli forces demolish a 3-storey house in Beit Hanina village near Jerusalem

 

Israeli forces continue systematic attacks against Palestinian civilians and property in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)

      

 

A Palestinian child was wounded during an Israeli incursion in Taqou' village, southeast of Bethlehem.

 

An Israeli warplane attacked Bader training site in the Gaza Strip, but no casualties were reported.

 

Israeli forces have continued to use excessive force against peaceful protesters in the West Bank.

 

3 Palestinian civilians, including a photographer, were wounded during Bil'in and Kofur Qaddoum weekly protests.

Dozens of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation.

 

 

Israeli forces conducted 61 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 2 limited ones in the Gaza Strip.

 

At least 49 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were arrested.

The detainees include 2 PLC members and a number of active students affiliated to Hamas.

 

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

Israeli forces established dozens of checkpoints in the West Bank.

At least 6 Palestinian civilians were arrested at checkpoints in the West Bank.

 

Israeli navy forces have continued targeting Palestinian fishermen in the sea.

Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats, but neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

Israeli has continued to create Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.

Israeli forces demolished 2 residential buildings in Beit Hanina village and 2 rooms in Jabal al-Mukaber neighbourhood, rendering 33 Palestinian civilians homeless.

 

Israeli forces have continued to support settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

Israeli forces issued notices to demolish houses and civilian facilities in area (C)[1].

Settlers continued their attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property.

121 olive and almond trees were uprooted and burnt in Nablus and Bethlehem.

 

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (24 – 30 October 2013).

 

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 4 Palestinian civilians, including a child in the West bank; 3 of whom were wounded during peaceful protests against the construction of the annexation wall in the West Bank, while the child was wounded during an Israeli incursion in Taqou' village, southeast of Bethlehem. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces continued to attack Palerstinian fishermen in the sea.  

 

In the West Bank, on 29 October 2013, Israeli forces wounded a Palestinian child when they conducted an incursion in Taqou' village, southeast of Bethlehem. Israeli forces fired flash bombs overheads, in response to which a number of boys gathered and threw stones at Israeli soldiers, who fired rubber-coated metal bullets. As a result, the aforementioned child was wounded by a bullet to the back. He was taken to al-'Ahli hospital in Hebron.  

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces continued the systematic use of excessive force against peaceful protests organised by Palestinian, Israeli and international activists against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank. As a result, 3 Palestinian civilians, including photographer of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Settlement Activities in Bil'in, were wounded.  

 

In the context of targeting fishermen in the sea, Israeli gunboats stationed in the sea opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats twice on 24 and 27 October 2013.

 

On 28 October 2013, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at Bader training site of Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas). The site that was attacked several times previously is located to the west of al-Maqousi apartment buildings, north of Gaza City. No casualties were reported.

 

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 61 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 49 Palestinians, including 2 children, 2 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC|) and a number of active students.

 

On 23 October 2013, Israeli forces launched an arrest campaign against leaders and members in Hamas movement. They arrested 2 PLC members from Hebron and 20 active students and persons affiliated to Hamas in different areas in the West Bank. Israeli forces used undercover units in this arrest campaign 3 times. The first was in Deir Sharaf village, northwest of Nablus, while the other two ones were in Beit Luqia, southwest of Ramallah.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 24 and 30 October 2013, Israeli forces carried out a limited incursion into the northern and central Gaza Strip. They levelled lands along the border fence and withdrew later. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

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 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 Israeli authorities impose measures to undermine the freedom of trade, including the basic needs for the Gaza Strip population and the agricultural and industrial products to be exported. For 7 consecutive years, Israel has tightened the land and naval closure to isolate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and other countries around the world. This resulted in a grave violation of the economic, social and cultural rights and a deterioration of living conditions for 1.7 million people.  The Israeli authorities has established Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shaloum) as the sole crossing for imports and exports in order to exercise its control over the Gaza Strip’s economy that has been aggravating for years due to the shortage of imports.  They also aim at imposing a complete ban on the Gaza Strip’s exports. 

 

Israeli forces 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.

 

As part of using military checkpoints and border crossings as traps to arrest Palestinian civilians under the pretext they are wanted, Israeli forces arrested at least 6 civilians in the West Bank.


Efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem


On 28 October 2013, the Israeli police and “Border Guard” accompanied by officials from the Israeli municipality and a huge bulldozer moved into Jabal al-Mukaber neighbourhood in the south of East Jerusalem. They surrounded a house belonging to the family of Mousa Shkeirat and started demolishing 2 rooms with an area of 100 square meters. The rooms, which are made of bricks and tin plates, had sheltered the 5-member family since 2000. Israeli forces also demolished a shed belonging to the above-mentioned person.

 

On 29 October 2013, the Israeli police and “Border Guard” accompanied by officials from the Israeli municipality and a huge bulldozer moved into al-Ashkariya quarter in Beit Hanina village, north of East Jerusalem. They surrounded a residential building belonging to the family of Amin Rushdi Shweiki and started demolishing the 4-storey building (4 apartments). The 180-square-meter building sheltered 20 members, the majority of whom are women and children.

 

On 30 October 2013, Israeli forces demolished a residential building in Beit Hanina village, north of East Jerusalem, belonging to the family of Ayman Qarrash. The 3-storey house was comprised of 4 commercial stores and 3 apartments on the first floor, 2 under-construction apartments on the second floor, while the third floor had been still under-construction. Qarrash said that municipality officers came to the building with no prior notice. He added the family started construction works in the building a year ago and received no notices to demolish the building from the Israeli authorities at all.


Settlement activities

 

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


On 24 October 2013, Israeli forces delivered Barta'a cooperative society a notice to halt construction works in a park belonging to the society under the pretext it was not licensed.

 

On the same day, Israeli forces handed 2 civilians notices to halt construction works in 2 under-construction houses in al-Shyoukh village, east of Hebron.

 

On 25 October 2013, a group of settlers from "Yitzhar" settlement cut 36 olive trees in al-Naqqar area, north of Hawarah village, south of Nablus.

 

On the same day, a group of settlers from "Kiryat Arba" settlement attacked the family of Mohammed al-Qaimari (50) while going home in Wad al-Hsein area, south of Nablus.

 

On 26 October 2013, 10 settlers from "Adi Ad" settlement outpost to the northwest of al-Mughair village, northeast of Ramallah, attacked a number of Palestinian farmers while harvesting their olives. As a result, Yassir Kamal Na'ssan (30) sustained serious wounds in the head and right hand and bruises in the left hand. Moreover, his vehicle's windshield and the camera he used to film the attack were damaged.

 

On the same day, under the protection of Israeli forces, a large number of settlers moved into markets of the Old Town in the centre of Hebron. They cursed and provoked Palestinian civilians. In addition, the Ibrahimi Mosque yards witnessed a large gathering of settlers to celebrate the so-called "Shabbat Hayye Sarah." In the meantime, Israeli forces closed the Ibrahimi Mosque to the Palestinian worshippers.

 

On the same day also, a group of settlers from "Afrat" settlement in al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem, set fire to about 70 olive trees and uprooted and stole 15 other almond trees that were planted on a 3-dunum area, south of the city.

 

On 28 October 2013, 3 settlers from "Maale Labouna" settlement to the northwest of Senjal village, north of Ramallah, attacked a number of Palestinian farmers while harvesting their olives. As a result, Mohammed Ibrahim Foqaha (48) sustained minor bruises in the left eye.  

 

On 28 October 2013, Israeli forces delivered 3 notices to residents of al-Deirat village, east of Yatta, south of Hebron, to halt construction works in the village’s mosque, an under-construction house and an agricultural caravan.

 

On the same day, Israeli forces delivered to Ethna cooperative society for livestock development in Hebron 3 notices to halt construction works in a barrack for sheep farming, a barrack used to store fodders and a brick-made room. It should be noted the notified facilities are part of a project implemented by the abovementioned society and many families benefit from it. The project started 3 months ago.

 

On 29 October 2013, Israeli forces handed Mohammed Ahmed Farajallah (67) 2 notices to halt construction works in 2 tin-made barracks for poultry farming in Wad Aziz area in the west of Ethna village, west of Hebron.       

 


Israeli Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (10 – 23 October 2013)

 

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


Thursday, 24 October 2013

 

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Req'a area, north of Yatta, south of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and stationed in the centre of the area. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Kamel Abdul Qader al-Jundi (33). They kept his family in a room and arrested him.   

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Jericho. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into 'Azzoun village, east of Qalqilia. They raided a number of houses from which they arrested 3 civilians, including 2 brothers: Kazem Mofid Radwan (21), Naji Mofid Radwan (21) and Amjad Nidal Hussein (18).  

 

At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into al-'Ebeidiya village, east of Bethlehem. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Dawood Rabay'a (24). They arrested the aforementioned person and took him to an unknown destination.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Qabatiya village, south of Jenin. They patrolled the streets and raided a house belonging to the family of Ahmed Nabil Zakarnah (24). They arrested him and his twin brother Mohammed. Moreover, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Zakariya Hamzah Saba'nah (19) and arrested him as well. They also raided a third house belonging to the family of Basem Fawzi 'Alawnah (24) and arrested him. Israeli forces withdrew later taking the 4 detainees to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and stationed in the centre of the camp. They deployed between the houses and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Sourif village, northwest of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 06:00, Israeli forces backed with 4 bulldozers and a military jeep moved about 200 meters into the east of al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. They levelled lands along the border fence.  They withdrew at 09:00.

 

At approximately 13:30, Israeli forces moved into 'Azoun village, east of Qalqilia. They patrolled the streets for some time and arrested Nidal Yusef Salama (19).

 

At approximately 15:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Jiftlek village, north of Jericho. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 16:45, Israeli gunboats stationed of al-Waha resort, northwest of Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire around Palestinian fishing boats that were sailing within the limit of 4 nautical miles. As a result, fishermen were frightened and fled back fearing of being wounded or arrested. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

At approximately 22:00, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets and moved eastwards to Nour Shams refugee camp. In the meantime, a number of young men gathered and threw stones at Israeli forces that fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters in response. Israeli forces withdrew later, and no arrests were reported.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Bal'a village, northeast of Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Friday, 25 October 2013

 

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Beitounia village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Silet al-Harithya village, north of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

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

 

At approximately 16:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and stationed in 'Asida area. They deployed between the houses, where a number of boys threw stones at them. Israeli soldiers fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters in response. As a result, dozens of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation. Israeli forces withdrew later. No house raids were reported.

 

At approximately 19:00, Israeli forces and settlers from "Na'oun" settlement moved into al-Tawani village, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. They stationed in the centre of the village and settlers deployed between the houses under the protection of Israeli soldiers. Israeli forces and settlers withdrew later. No attacks were reported.

 

At approximately 21:30, Israeli forces moved into Ya'bad village, southwest of Jenin. They patrolled the streets and raided a house belonging to the family of Khalil Mostafa Abu Baker (41). They topped the house and turned it into a military surveillance site. Israeli forces withdrew later, but moved into the village again at approximately 23:30. They withdrew at approximately 01:30 on the following day. No further incidents were reported.   

 

Saturday, 26 October 2013

 

At approximately 00:45, Israeli forces moved into Kofur al-Deek village, west of Salfit. They raided a house belonging to the family of Saber Rateb Hamdan al-Deek (52). They searched the house and damaged its contents. Israeli forces arrested the aforementioned person and withdrew at approximately 04:00.

His brother Mohammed Rateb al-Deek (35) said to a PCHR fieldworker:

"At approximately 00:30 on Saturday, 26 October 2013, Israeli forces raided my brothers' houses, as we, the 4 brothers, live next to one other. They raided a house belonging to my brother Saber (52), who has 13 children and 2 wives. Israeli forces damaged the content of the house and searched it. They arrested my brother Saber and took him to an unknown destination."   

 

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into al-'Ebeidiya village, east of Bethlehem. They patrolled the streets and raided a house belonging to the family of 'Adnan Mohammed Shanayta (25). They handed him a notice to refer to the Israeli intelligence service in "Gosh Etzion" settlement, south of the city.

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Bani Na'im village, east of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and stationed in the centre of the village. They also raided a house belonging to the family of Mahmoud Walid Manasra (13). They arrested Manasra and took him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 10:30: Israeli forces moved into 'Aboud village, northwest of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 14:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and stationed at the entrance of the village. They topped a house belonging to the family of Rashid Abu Daya. A number of boys gathered and threw stones at Israeli soldiers, who fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters in response. As a result, the surrounding trees caught fire. However, no casualties were reported.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Ya'bad village, southwest of Jenin. They patrolled the streets and raided an under-construction house belonging to the family of Nahedh Abu Baker. They topped the house and turned it into a military surveillance site. Israeli forces withdrew later and no incidents were reported.

 

At approximately 21:30, Israeli forces moved into 'Azoun village, east of Qalqilia. They patrolled the streets and combed the area under the pretext that an Israeli vehicle was stoned. Israeli forces withdrew later and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 22:30, Israeli forces moved into Sheqba village, northwest of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Na'lin village, northwest of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 23:00, Israeli forces moved into Ya'bad village, southwest of Jenin. They patrolled the streets, where Israeli vehicles crashed 3 civilians car belonging to Palestinians in the village. As a result, minor damage was caused to the vehicles. Israeli forces withdrew later.

 

At approximately 23:30, Israeli forces moved into Deir Debwan village, northeast of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

Sunday, 27 October 2013

 

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Ya'bad village, southwest of Jenin. They patrolled the streets, where clashes erupted between the Palestinian young men and Israeli soldiers. The young men threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers, who fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters in response. Moreover, Israeli forces raided a house belonging to the family of Jehad Nasser Abu Baker (20) and arrested him.

 

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Beitounya village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.     

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Sourif village, northwest of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and stationed in the centre of the village. They raided a house belonging to the family of Ziad al-'Arja (48). They arrested his 2 sons: Alaa' (19) and Shaker (21).

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Halhoul town, north of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and stationed in al-Therwa area. Moreover, they raided a house belonging to the family of Rabee' Khaled al-Zama'ra (23) and arrested him.

 

At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Ras Karkar village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Saleh Mohammed N'irat (26). They arrested the aforementioned person and took him to an unknown destination.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Kofur Ni'mah village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets and raided 3 houses from which they arrested 3 civilians and took them to Ofer detention facility, southwest of Ramallah.

The detainees are:

1. Nader Abdul Qader 'Adi (29);

2. Tha'er Nabil Abdu (27); and

3. Maher Mohammed Abdu (27).

 

At approximately 19:00, Israeli forces moved into Ethna village, west of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and stationed at the entrance of the village. The deployed between the houses and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 20:00, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha resort, northwest of Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire around fishing boats that were sailing in the limit of 3 nautical miles. The fishermen were frightened and sailed back fearing of being wounded or arrested. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

 

Monday 28 October 2013


At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Senjar area, east of Doura, southwest of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and surrounded a house belonging to the family of Nizar Abdul Aziz Ramadan (53), member at the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) from the Change and Reform Bloc of Hamas. They raided and searched the house and kept his family outdoors. Israeli forces searched the house for 4 hours and damaged its contents. They arrested Ramadan and took him to an unknown destination.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They patrolled the streets and raided a number of houses from which they arrested 9 civilians, the majority of whom are students at an-Najah National University. The arrested were:

1. Amjad Hussein Bushkar (24), a student at the Faculty of Education and representative of the Islamic Bloc;

2. Amir Mohammed Ishtaiya (24), a student at the Faculty of Arts and member of the Students' Union at an-Najah National University;

3. Abdul Rahman Nasouh Ishtaiya (29), a student at the Faculty of Engineering at an-Najah National University;

4. Mo'athe Abu Baker (22), a student at the Faculty of Science at an-Najah National University;

5. Abdul Rahman al-Bashtawi (23), a student at the Faculty of Economics at an-Najah National University;

6. Kamal Hussam Qatalouni (25), a student at the Faculty of Shari'a at an-Najah National University;

7. Amir al-Tambour (28);

8. Mas'oud al-Kouni (26); and

9. 'Awni al-Shakhshir (23).

   

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Tamoun village, southeast of Tubas. They patrolled the streets and raided a number of houses from which they arrested Basem Rashid Mostafa Hamdan (35) and Abdullah Bani 'Ouda (23), a student at the Faculty of Information Technology at an-Najah National University.

 

At approximately 01:40, Israeli forces moved into 'Awarta village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses. They arrested Sami Saleh Mousa Abu Shu'aib (23) and took him to an unknown destination.  

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Zaitoun suburb, south of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and stationed near Hamdan hospital. They deployed between the houses and raided a house belonging to 'Adnan Yunis Abu Tabanah (43), a leader of Hamas. They kept his family in a room and arrested the aforementioned person and took him to an unknown destination.

His son, Mohammed Abu Tabanah said to a PCHR fieldworker:

"At approximately 02:00, we heard Israeli forces ordering us to open the door. My brother opened the door and a big number of Israeli soldiers raided the house. They kept us in a room and started searching and damaging contents of the house. An officer questioned my father in front of the house and arrested him. They handcuffed him and confiscated his laptop and mobile phone."

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Khellet al-Maghareba, west of Hebron. They raided a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Maher Yusef Bader (55), a PLC member from the Change and Reform Bloc of Hamas. They arrested Bader and took him to an unknown destination.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into the centre of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and raided a house belonging to the family of Mos'ab Nidal Mohammed al-Zgheer (21). They arrested the aforementioned person and moved to 'Essa neighbourhood, west of Hebron. They raided a house belonging to the family of Mos'ab Khamis Abdul Khaleq Qafisha (19) and arrested him as well.

 

At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Saida village, northeast of Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets and raided a house belonging to the family of Anas Mahmoud Dawood Radad (23).  They arrested the aforementioned person and took him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets and raided a house belonging to the family of Anas Manna' Ibrahim Ghanem (22). They arrested the aforementioned person and took him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 09:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Nabi Elias village, east of Qalqilia. They patrolled the streets and raided a number of commercial stores. They arrested Kazem Ibrahim Radwan (22), from 'Azzoun village, east of Qalqilia and withdrew later.

 

At approximately 09:30, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at Bader military training site, which is used to train members of the Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas). The site is located to the west of al-Maqousi buildings, north of Gaza City.  No casualties were reported. It should be noted the abovementioned site, which is an open area, was attacked several times.

 

At approximately 10:30, Israeli military undercover units sneaked into Deir Sharaf village, northwest of Nablus, by a Volkswagen minibus with a Palestinian registration plate. The vehicle stopped in front of al-Amani butchery at Nablus-Tulkarm-Jenin intersection. Israeli soldiers stepped out of the vehicle and pointed their guns at 3 young men in their twenties. The young men were sitting in the abovementioned butchery having breakfast when Israeli undercover members kidnapped them and took them to an unknown destination. PCHR's fieldworker has not been able to identify them so far. In the meantime, Israeli forces confiscated cameras established in the butchery, Mousa supermarket and Wad al-Sha'ir butchery.

 

At approximately 12:00, Israeli military undercover units sneaked into Beit Luqia village, southwest of Ramallah, by a Volkswagen vehicle with an Israeli registration plate. They stopped in front of a grocery belonging to the family of Mohammed Saleh Bader (24) at the main entrance of the village. They then aided a house belonging to the abovementioned person. They attacked and arrested him and confiscated his cell phone and laptop.

 

At approximately 15:30, for the second time, Israeli military undercover units sneaked into Beit Luqia village, southwest of Ramallah, by a Mercedes 412 vehicle. They raided Jamil Bader supermarket in al-Mothallath area and attacked the civilians there at gunpoint. Moreover, they arrested Islam Saleh Bader (20) and confiscated the surveillance camera and a laptop belonging to the supermarket owner.

 

At approximately 22:00, Israeli forces backed with 3 military vehicles moved into Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets and moved eastwards to Nour Shams refugee camp. In the meantime, a number of young men gathered and threw stones at Israeli forces that fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters in response. Israeli forces withdrew later, but no arrests were reported.    

 

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

 

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Basem Ali al-Hamshari (28). They arrested the aforementioned person and withdrew later.

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Qarawet Bani Hassan village, northwest of Salfit. They patrolled the streets and raided a house belonging to the family of Othman Mahmoud Assi (28). They arrested the aforementioned person and took him to an unknown destination. It should be noted that Assi is physically disabled.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Yasouf village, east of Salfit. They patrolled the streets and raided a house belonging to the family of Ayoub Hassan al-Bawwab. They arrested his son Osaid (16) and withdrew later.

 

At approximately 06:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Yamoun village, northwest of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 07:30, Israeli forces moved into Silet al-Harithya village, north of Jenin. They patrolled the streets while school students were going to school. As a result, clashes erupted between the students and Israeli forces. The boys threw stones at Israeli soldiers, who fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters in response to disperse them. Israeli forces stationed then near the Grand Mosque in the centre of the village for some time. Israeli soldiers stepped out of their vehicles and took photos of the mosque. They withdrew later, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 12:30, Israeli forces moved into Ya'bad village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets, where a number of young men gathered and threw stones at Israeli soldiers, who fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters in response. Israeli forces withdrew later and no arrests were reported. It should be noted Israeli forces had been moving into the abovementioned village for about 5 days and turning the house belonging to Atef Khalil Abu Baker (41) into a permanent military position. These incidents took place after Israeli claims that a settlers' vehicle was hit by a Molotov cocktail on "Mvuduttan" settlement road, south of Ya'bad.

 

At approximately 18:30, Israeli forces and "Border Guard" moved into Taqou' village, southeast of Bethlehem. They stationed in the centre of the village and fired flash bombs overheads and sound bombs. A number of young men gathered and threw stones at Israeli soldiers, who fired rubber-coated metal bullets in response. As a result, Ahmed Riyadh Sabbah (17) was wounded by a bullet to the back. He was taken to the Arab society in Beit Jala and then to the Ahli hospital in Hebron. Medical sources described his condition as stable. Clashes continued for hours, during which, Israeli forces closed all entrances to the village, excluding the southern one.

 

At approximately 20:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Burj village, south of Doura, southwest of Hebron. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

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

 

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Battir village, west of Bethlehem. They raided a house belonging to the family of Mazen Mahmoud Qasqas (21). They arrested the aforementioned person and took him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into 'Anabta village, east of Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets and moved northwards to Kofur Rumman village. They also patrolled the streets and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 07:00, Israeli forces moved about 200 meters into the east of Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip. They levelled lands opening fire sporadically. As a result, farmers fled fearing of being wounded. Israeli forces withdrew at approximately 09:00, but neither casualties nor material damage 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 soldiers used excessive force against peaceful demonstrations organised by Palestinian civilians, international and Israeli human rights defenders in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank.

 

(PCHR keeps the names of the Palestinian wounded persons and apologizes for not publishing the names fearing for Israeli forces would arrest them in the context of their policy to repress peaceful protests).

 

Demonstrations against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activity

 

Following the Friday Prayer, 25 October 2013, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organised a peaceful demonstration in Bil’in, west of Ramallah, in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities. Demonstrators took the streets raising the Palestinian flags and headed to the liberated territories near the annexation wall. Israeli forces closed all the entrances of the village since morning to prevent the Palestinian and international activists and journalists from participating in the demonstration. Demonstrators marched adjacent to the cement wall and tried to cross the fence before Israeli forces that are stationed behind the wall, in the western area, and a large number of soldiers deployed along it fired live bullets, tear gas canisters, rubber-coated steel bullets, sound bombs and skunk water at them and chased them in olive fields. As a result, Muhammed Basman Yassin, 21, the photographer of the popular committee against the wall and settlements in Bil’in was injured by a rubber-coated steel bullet in the back. Moreover, many others suffered tear gas inhalation and bruises due to being beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

 

On the same day, dozens of Palestinian civilians organised a peaceful demonstration in the middle of Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah, in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities. Demonstrators took the streets and headed to the annexation wall. Israeli forces closed the gates of the wall with barbwires and prevented the demonstrators from passing to the land behind it before they responded by throwing stones. As a result, many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and bruises due to being beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

 

Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organised a peaceful demonstration, in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities, in Nabi Saleh village, southwest of Ramallah. Demonstrators took the streets raising the Palestinian flags and chanting slogans against the occupation and in support of the Palestinian unity resistance, and then they headed to the lands that the settlers are trying to rob by force near Halamish settlement. Israeli forces closed all the entrances of the village since morning to prevent the Palestinian and international activists and journalists from participating in the demonstration. When they arrived at the land, demonstrators were met by live bullets, tear gas canisters, rubber-coated steel bullets, sound bombs and skunk water and were chased into the village. As a result, many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and bruises due to being beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

 

At approximately 12:30 on the same dat, Palestinian civilians and international activists organised a peaceful demonstration in the centre of Kafr Qaddoum village, northwest of Qalqilia, and headed towards the eastern entrance of the village, in protest at the continued closure of the entrance with an iron gate, since the beginning of the Aqsa Intifada. Clashes erupted between the demonstrators and Israeli forces that fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters to prevent them from reaching the aforementioned gate. As a result, a Palestinian civilian, 34, was hit by a tear gas canister in the right leg, and another one, 54, was hit by three tear gas canisters in the back and legs.

 

Following the Friday prayer, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organised a peaceful demonstration in Ma’assara village, in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities. The demonstration started in front of the Candles Cultural Centre in the centre of the village. Demonstrators moved in the streets raising the Palestinian flag. When they arrived at the area where the annexation wall is established, Israeli forces started firing tear gas canisters in attempt to disperse them, detained three international activists for one hour, and prevented the demonstrators from reaching the annexation wall.

 

Other Demonstrations

 

At approximately 20:30 on Saturday, 26 October 2013, dozens of Palestinian children and young men gathered at the main entrance of Silwad town, in the north-western Ramallah, and threw stones at the fence of the Israeli military camp adjacent to the town. Israeli soldiers fired live bullets, rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them. As a result, many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and Israeli forces arrested Jasser Adnan Jasser, 16, and took him to an unknown destination.

 

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

 

Israeli forces continuously tightens the closure of the Gaza Strip and closes all commercial crossings , making the Karm Abu Salem crossing the sole commercial crossing of the Gaza Strip, although it is not suitable for commercial purposes in terms of its operational capacity and distance from markets.

 

Israeli forces have continued to apply the policy, which is aimed to tighten the closure on all commercial crossings, by imposing total control over the flow of imports and exports.

 

The total closure of al-Mentar ("Karni") crossing since 02 March 2011 has seriously affected the economy of the Gaza Strip. Following this closure, all economic and commercial establishments in the 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 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.

 

Israeli forces 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 of the Gaza Strip.

 

The cooking gas crisis has ranged between the ebb and flow for 3 months due to the closure of Karm Abu Salem for security reasons.  According to PCHR’s follow-up, Israeli authorities only allow around 98 tonnes of cooking gas into Gaza per day.  This limited quantity is less than half of the daily needs, which is 200 tonnes per day, of the civilian population in the Gaza Strip during the winter.

 

For almost 6 consecutive years, Israeli forces have continued to prevent the delivery of construction materials to the Gaza Strip. During the reporting period, Israeli forces approved the delivery of limited quantities of construction materials for a number of international organisations in the Gaza Strip.  Israeli forces also continued to impose almost total ban on the Gaza Strip exports, including agricultural and industrial products, except for light-weighted products such as flowers, strawberries, and spices.

 

Israel has continued to close the Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing for the majority of Palestinian citizens from the Gaza Strip. Israel only allows the movement of a limited number of groups, with many hours of waiting in the majority of cases. Israel has 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 East Jerusalem. Israel denied permission to access hospitals via the crossing for new categories of patients from the Gaza Strip.

 

For around a year and a half, Israeli forces have allowed Palestinian detainees’ families to visit their sons in the Israeli jails according to special and unfair conditions after more than 5 years of deprivation in violation of international humanitarian law.

 

The Egyptian authorities allow the population of the Gaza Strip to travel via Rafah International crossing, which connects the Gaza Strip with the outside world.  Only limited and specified categories are allowed, including patients, students, persons that hold residencies in Egypt or abroad, men over 40 years, females in all ages, children under 18, persons who hold Arab and foreign nationalities, and members of Arab and international humanitarian delegations.  It should be mentioned that the crossing opens seven days a week.  Nowadays, the crossing is overcrowded due to the prolonged procedures from the Egyptian side, particularly after closing it for several days over the past weeks due to Egypt’s security conditions, which has affected the travellers’ movement in both directions.

 

Movement at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing

 

10 – 28 October 2013

 

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Number

Litres

10 October 2013

Foodstuffs

1,633

 

 

Agricultural materials

2,315

 

 

Various goods

Refrigerators

Cartons of clothes

Cows

Cartons of shoes

Doors

Gas cylinders

Sheep

Car tires

930

 

 

290

2800

351

3960

60

1,220

178

460

 

Humanitarian aid

1,470

 

 

Cooking gas

187,340

 

 

Benzene

 

 

358,998

Diesel

 

 

148,990

20 October 2013

Foodstuffs

1,681

 

 

Agricultural materials

2,801

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Cartons of shoes

Birds

Washing machines

Solar panels

Electrical adapters

1,418

 

673

311

365

290

92

320

28

 

Humanitarian aid

104

 

 

Cooking gas

197,700

 

 

Benzene

 

 

141,996

Diesel

 

 

263,000

Benzene

 

 

17,050 for UNRWA

 

Diesel

 

 

142,995 for UNRWA

21 October 2013

Foodstuffs

1,025

 

 

Agricultural materials

1,651

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Glass boards

Electrical adapters

Washing machines

Car tires

Solar panels

1,541

 

2,230

125

520

28

224

2541

310

 

Humanitarian aid

355

 

 

Cooking gas

189,990

 

 

Benzene

 

 

142,000

Diesel

 

 

218,022

22 October 2013

Foodstuffs

1,369

 

 

Agricultural materials

2,478

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Washing machines

Cartons of shoes

Birds

Air conditions 

Generators

Electricity pillars

Sports equipment

1,383

 

1,891

31

305

1,401

919

202

16

102

900

 

Humanitarian aid

409

 

 

Cooking gas

198.350

 

 

Benzene

 

 

146,255

Diesel

 

 

226,031

23 October 2013

Foodstuffs

1,121

 

 

Agricultural materials

2,321

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Gas cylinders

Generators

Washing machines 

1,328

 

1,909

283

2,448

112

93

 

Humanitarian aid

470

 

 

Cooking gas

187,950

 

 

Benzene

 

 

149,005

Diesel

 

 

266,036

24 October 2013

Foodstuffs

1,161

 

 

Agricultural materials

2,987

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Water tanks

Generators

Car Tires

Electricity pillars

1,740

 

3,116

380

1

21,225

109

 

 

Humanitarian aid

151

 

 

Cooking gas

188,970

 

 

Benzene

 

 

76,018

Diesel

 

 

303,927

25 October 2013

Industrial Diesel

 

 

300.000

27 October 2013

Foodstuffs

1,379

 

 

Agricultural materials

1,964

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Solar machines

Generators

Birds

Solar panels

1,365

 

1,477

78

10

10

150

160

 

 

Humanitarian aid

221

 

 

Cooking gas

170,770

 

 

Benzene

 

 

225.000

Diesel

 

 

334,000

28 October 2013

Foodstuffs

1,194

 

 

Agricultural materials

2008

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Cars

Formica boars

Air conditions

Glass boards

wood pillars

1,789

 

1,211

105

35

6000

31

520

100

 

Humanitarian aid

180

 

 

Cooking gas

172,420

 

 

Benzene

 

 

221,998

Diesel

 

 

294,021


Exports:


On Thursday, 10 October 2013, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 27 tonnes of Biscuits

On Monday, 21 October 2013, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 228 kilograms of garlic leaves, 180 kilograms of basil and 180 kilograms of mints.

On Monday, 28 October 2013, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 110 kilograms of garlic leaves, 360 kilograms of basil and 90 kilograms of mints.

 

Other Imports:


 

On Thursday, 10 October 2013, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 1,890 tonnes of construction aggregates, 164 tonnes of construction steel, 747 tonnes of cement and 43 tonnes of white cement for the private sector; 320 tonnes of cement and 31 tonnes of construction steel for UNRWA; and 1,470 tonnes of construction aggregates and 250 tonnes of cement for the Water Authority and 36 tonnes of white cement for UNDP.  They also allowed the entry of 1,248 tonnes of fodders and 741 of wheat.

On Sunday, 20 October 2013, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 546 tonnes of fodders and 2,106 tonnes of wheat.

On Monday, 21 October 2013, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 663 tonnes of fodders and 858 tonnes of wheat.

On Tuesday, 22 October 2013, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 663 tonnes of fodders and 1,677 tonnes of wheat.

On Wednesday, 23 October 2013, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 390 tonnes of fodders and 1,833 tonnes of wheat.

On Thursday, 24 October 2013, Israel forces allowed the entry of 936 tonnes of fodders and 1,365 tonnes of wheat.

On Sunday, 27 October 2013, Israel forces allowed the entry of 858 tonnes of fodders and 936 tonnes of wheat.

On Monday, 28 October 2013, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 780 tonnes of fodders and 1,092 tonnes of wheat.


Empty Plastic Containers Returned to Israel via Karm Abu Salem

 


On Thursday, 10 October 2013, Israeli forces allowed 1 truckload of empty plastic containers to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

On Sunday, 20 October 2013, Israeli forces allowed 6 truckloads of empty plastic containers to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

On Monday, 21 October 2013, Israeli forces allowed 6 truckloads of empty plastic containers to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

On Tuesday, 22 October 2013, Israeli forces allowed 6 truckloads of empty plastic containers to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

On Wednesday, 23 October 2013, Israeli forces allowed 3 truckloads of empty plastic containers to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

On Thursday, 24 October 2013, Israeli forces allowed 4 truckloads of empty plastic containers and 520 Oxygen cylinders to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

On Sunday, 27 October 2013, Israeli forces allowed a truckload of empty plastic containers to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

On Monday, 28 October 2013, Israeli forces allowed 5 truckloads of empty plastic containers to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

 

Beit Hanoun ("Erez") crossing, in the north of the Gaza Strip, is dedicated for the movement of individuals, and links the Gaza Strip with the West Bank.

 

Movement at Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing

23 – 29 September 2013

 

Category

23 October

24 October

25 October

26 October

27 October

28 October

29 October

Patients

64

50

2

-

91

58

67

Companions

61

47

2

-

81

55

62

Personal needs

30

42

12

-

41

34

28

Families of prisoners

-

-

-

-

-

44

-

Arabs from Israel

24

33

45

-

40

24

7

Diplomats

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

International journalists

-

5

-

-

-

-

-

International workers

38

18

12

-

18

10

47

Deceased

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Travelers abroad

1

1

-

-

2

-

4

Businesspeople

91

122

1

-

126

125

113

Business meetings

-

-

-

-

2

8

-

Security interviews

5

2

-

-

1

-

-

VIPs

-

1

-

-

-

2

-

Ambulances to Israel

3

3

-

-

1

3

2

Ambulances from Israel

-

-

-

-

1

-

-

 

 

Israel has imposed a tightened closure on the West Bank. During the reporting period, Israeli forces 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 05:30 on Thursday, 24 October 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on the road between the villages of Beit Loqaya and Kharabtha al-Mesbah, southwest of Ramallah.  The checkpoint was later removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 09:30 on Friday, 25 October 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah.  At approximately 17:30, they established a similar checkpoint at the entrance of Beit 'Or al-Foqa, southwest of the city. The two checkpoints were later removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 06:00 on Sunday, 27 October 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Ni'lin village, west of Ramallah.  Around the same time, another checkpoint was established at the entrance of Shaqba village, west of the city.  The two checkpoints were 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, 24 October 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the northern entrance of Hebron.  At approximately 07:30, they established another checkpoint at the entrance of al-Fawar refugee camp, south of Hebron.  At approximately 18:00, another checkpoint was established at the entrance of Ethna village, west of Hebron.  All checkpoints were later removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 08:00 on Friday, 25 October 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the northern entrance of Yata, south of Hebron.  At approximately 17:00, they established a similar checkpoint at the entrance of 'Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron.  The two checkpoints were later removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 20:00 on Saturday, 26 October 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Taramah, east of Dura, southwest of Hebron.  The checkpoint was later removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 07:00 on Thursday, 20 October 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Ethna village, west of Hebron.  At approximately 17:00, they established two checkpoints; the first one was at al-Fawar refugee camp, south of the city and the second one was at the entrance of Kharsa village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron.  No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 14:00 on Wednesday, 30 October 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Beit 'Aynoun village, northeast of Hebron, and no arrests were reported.  Around the same time, they closed the southern entrance of Hebron (al-Harayeq) by an iron gate.

 

 Tulkarm: Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 25 October 2013, Israeli forces stationed at 'Inab Checkpoint, which is established on the main road between Tulkarm and Nablus, east of Tulkarm, tightened its restrictions against Palestinian civilians and obstructed their movement to the checkpoint.  The tightening later ended, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 09:00 on Tuesday, 29 October 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on the main road between Tulkarm and Nablus near the intersection of Beit Leed known as "Abu Martein" area, east of Tulkarm.  The checkpoint was later removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

 Jenin: Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 20:00 on Thursday, 24 October 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the intersection of Zabouba village, northwest of Jenin.  The checkpoint was later removed, and no arrests were reported. 

 

At approximately 20:30 on Sunday, 27 October 2013, Israeli forces stationed at "Mvuduttan" checkpoint, which is established on the main bypass road between Jenin and the northern villages of Tulkarm, southwest of Jenin, closed the checkpoint and obstructed Palestinians' movement.  The tightening later ended, and no arrests were reported.  It should be mentioned that the checkpoint was closed under the pretext of a settler's car being hit with stones.

 

At approximately 12:00 on Tuesday, 29 October 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of 'Arrabah, south of Jenin.  The checkpoint was later removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

 Qalqilya: Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 15:00 on Friday, 25 October 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of 'Azoun village, south of Qalqilya, and prevented movement in both directions.  The checkpoint was later removed, and no arrests were reported.  Around the same time, they established another checkpoint at the entrance of Hejah village, east of the city.   The checkpoint was later removed, and no arrests were reported.  At approximately 17:30, a similar checkpoint was established at the entrance of 'Azoun village, east of the city, for the second time and prevented movement after closing the entrance with cement cubes.  They fired teargas canisters at Palestinians under the pretext of throwing stones at them.  Around the same time, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of 'Ezbet al-Tabib, east of the city.  No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 21:30 on Saturday, 26 October 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Amateen village, northeast of Qalqilya.  The checkpoint was later removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

 Jericho:  Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 11:00 on Friday, 24 October 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on al-Mo'arajat Road between Jericho and Ramallah.  The checkpoint was later removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 09:00 on Friday, 25 October 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint near the entrance of al-Zbeidat village, north of Jericho.  At approximately 18:30, another checkpoint was established at the entrance of Marj Na'jah, north of the city.  The two checkpoints were later removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

· Salfit:  Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 20:30 on Saturday, 26 October 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Haris village, northeast of Safit.  At approximately 21:00, the checkpoint was removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

Arrests and Attacks at military checkpoints

 

At approximately 13:00 on Thursday, 24 October 2013, Israeli forces stationed at al-Karameh Crossing, which separates the West Bank and Jordan, arrested Mos'ab Ghazi Ghneimat (25) from Sorif village, northwest of Hebron, when he was on his way back home.  He was then taken to an unknown destination.

 

On Thursday afternoon, Israeli forces established at the gate of the annexation wall, which is west of 'Atil village, north of Tulkarm, arrested Salim Salah Tholthein from Kafr al-Lubad village, east of Tulkarm, when he was on his way back from work in Israel.  He was taken to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 16:30 on Tuesday, 29 October 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on the main road that links Tulkarm and Nablus with Jenin near the intersection of 'Arrabah village, south of Jenin.  When a taxi, in which there were Jihad Monir Khaled Abu Baker (25) and his cousin Ahmed Ghaleb Khaled Abu Baker (20) from Yaa'bod village, southwest of Jenin, was passing through the checkpoint coming back from an-Najah National University in Nablus, where they study, they were forced to get out of the car.  Israeli forces arrested them and took them to an unknown destination.

 

At the afternoon, Israeli soldiers stationed at Za'tarah checkpoint, south of Nablus, stopped a Palestinian car driven by Walid Hussein Ahmed Fayed (43), a national security officer, from Jenin refugee camp adjacent to Jenin, and arrested him.  An eyewitness said to a PCHR fieldworker that he saw the Israeli soldiers stationed at Za'tarah checkpoint and forced a Palestinian to kneel while sniffer dogs were searching him.  He was then taken to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 20:00 on Monday, 28 October 2013, Israeli forces arrested Firas Mohammed Talab Abu Sharekh (38) from al-Kassarah area, south of Hebron, while he was passing through a checkpoint in the vicinity of Nablus.  He was taken to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 15:30 on Friday, 25 October 2013, Israeli forces stationed at the checkpoint which leads to the Ibrahimi Mosque yards in the old town of Hebron attacked Farahat Nader Mohammed Nabil al-Rajbi (10) after detaining him at the checkpoint when he was on his way to buy stuff from a shop.  It should be mentioned that on 21 October 2013 the aforementioned child was attacked by settlers as he was hit by a stone thrown at him by a settler at his face.

 

The aforementioned child said to a PCHR fieldworker that:

"I live with my father and 5 siblings in al-Salaymah neighborhood near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the centre of the old town.  Our house is next to the Ibrahimi Mosque Police Station, as the house is separated by a fence that separates the street from the Palestinian neighborhood.  I am a fourth grade student at al-Ibrahimiyah School, and my father uses a donkey to carry things and till the soil.  At approximately 15:30 on Friday, 25 October 2013, I was on my way to the shop to buy a can of coke and when I arrived at the checkpoint, I hit the checkpoint gate established at the entrance of the Mosque with a stick.  A female officer of the border guards then pushed me to the wall and started kicking me several times.  Therefore, I started crying, but she kicked me again to shut me up.  She strongly grabbed me by the neck until an officer arrived and took me to the Ibrahimi Mosque police station.  My father then arrived and I told the officer about what happened.  An hour later, I was released."

 

At approximately 13:30 on Saturday, 26 October 2013, a group of Israeli soldiers deployed in the vicinity of al-Waljah village, northwest of Bethlehem, 'attacked Emad Mohammed Ibrahim al-Jundi (35) from Zeif village, east of Yata, south of Hebron, while he was trying to infiltrate through the security fence into Israel in order to work there.

 

Al-Jundi said to a PCHR fieldworker:

"I have been working in construction in Israel for 12 years, and I support a 7-member family; the eldest of which is Mohammed (17) and the youngest is Lamis (4).  I go to work in Israel through holes in the annexation wall as it costs 2000 NIS per month to obtain a work permit to Israel.  In light of the unstable conditions of work and at approximately 10:00 on Saturday, 26 October 2013, I arrived with a group of workers at the woodland of al-Waljah village, northwest of Bethlehem, where we waited till 13:30 when we were sure that there were no Israeli patrols in the area.  We headed 500 meters to the north of the woodland till we arrived at an abandoned old house, where we were surprised by 5 soldiers who were only about 15 meters away and asked us to stop.  At that moment, we turned around and ran in different directions to move away from the place as much as possible.  I then fell at the distance of 100 meters in the woodland because of the rugged land and when I tried to stand up, 2 soldiers grabbed me from the back and I fell onto the ground.  They started non-stop beating me with the rifle butts on the upper part of my back.  Minutes later, the three other soldiers arrived, and they all started kicking me with their feet, gun butts and clubs all over my body.  I put my hands on my head to avoid any hit on it, but in vain.  One of the soldiers hit me on my head with a club he was carrying.  I lost consciousness and could not control myself, so I fell to the ground.  Minutes later, I tried to stand up and walk without knowing what happened to me and if the soldiers left.  I attempted to crawl then stand up to walk on my feet, but I felt severe pain in my head, right foot and back.  I crossed a distance of 300 meters until I got to a car I found in the woodland that transports workers.  The driver helped me get into the car, and I told him to drive me home.  He then asked me about my family number, and I talked to my brother, 'Ayed (32).  I told him that I would be at the northern entrance of Hebron "al-Nabi Younis.”  Shortly after the phone call, the driver took me there, and I waited for minutes when my brother came and took me with a civilian car to the Hebron Governmental Hospital, where I received first aid and was taken for an x-ray.  They found out that there is an injury in my right thigh, swelling in the head and clear bruises in the back.  I stayed at hospital for two days, and till this moment I still suffer difficulty when standing and moving.  I also feel dizzy and pains in the right foot due to the injury in my right thigh"

 

At approximately 11:00 on Wednesday, 30 October 2013, Israeli forces deployed in the old city neighorhoods detained Mahmoud 'Abbad Na'im al-Rajabi (13), and Nour Ahmed Shehdah al-Zarou (12) under the pretext of throwing stones at Israeli soldiers.  A couple of hours later, they were handed to the Palestinian Military Liaison at Checkpoint "56" established at the entrance of al-Shuhada Street.

 

5. Effort to Create Jewish Majority in occupied East Jerusalem

On Monday morning, 28 October 2013, Israeli border guards and police, accompanied by municipal employees and a huge bulldozer moved into Ashqariya neighbourhood, in Beit Hanina town north of occupied Jerusalem. They surrounded a residential building belonging to Amin Rushdi Shweiki and the bulldozer started demolishing the building. The residential building consists of 4 floors (4 apartments of about 180 square meters). 20 persons, including children and women, live in the building that was established 10 years ago. The family tried vainly to get building permit, because of the deterrent conditions the Israeli municipality imposes, in addition to the notices they received many times. Israeli forces claimed that Shweiki’s house is established illegally under the pretext of not getting a permit.

 

On Wednesday, 30 October 2013, Israeli border guards and police, accompanied by municipal employees and a huge bulldozer moved into Beit Hanina town, in the northern occupied Jerusalem. They surrounded a building belonging to Ayman Qarrash and the bulldozer started to raze the building. The residential building consists of 3 floors, including the first one (4 shops and 3 apartments where 8 persons live), as for the second and the third floors, they were still under construction. Qarrash said that municipal crews came without prior warning, as the family started building it about a year ago, and they never received any notices or demolition warnings. They were surprised that Israeli bulldozers were destroying the markets and ordering civilians to get out of their houses without allowing them to take their furniture or their personal needs.

 

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

 

Settlement expansion activities and house demolition notices

At approximately 13:00 on Thursday, 24 October 2013, Israeli forces accompanied by several military vehicles, moved into eastern Barta’a village, which is isolated from its vicinity because of the annexation wall, west of Jenin. They patrolled the streets and broke into a park that is under construction, belonging to Barta’a Cooperative Society, where Israeli soldiers handed the workers a notice to stop construction works claiming that they did not get a permit. Later on, Israeli forces withdrew and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 9:00 on Thursday, 24 October 2013, Israeli forces, accompanied by two military vehicles and a vehicle of the Department of Planning and Construction of the Israeli Civil Administration, moved into Qanan al-Nayas area, in the southern al-Shoyoukh village, east of Hebron. An Israeli Civil Administration officer handed two Palestinian civilians notices to stop construction works of a 200-meter house belonging to Adnan Khalil Halayqa; and another 150-meter house belonging to Ahmed Muhammed Issa Qaddoum. Both notices gave them time till 10 November 2013 to handle their legal matters in the Israeli competent courts.

 

It is worth mentioning that Qanan al-Nayas area witnesses frequent violations by the    Israeli authorities, including handing notices to prevent Palestinian civilians from expanding their houses, while they allow the settlers of “Asfar” settlement to expand their property at the expense of the civilians’ lands.

 

At approximately 9:00 on Monday, 28 October 2013, Israeli forces accompanied by three military vehicles and a vehicle of the Department of Planning and Construction of the Israeli Civil Administration, moved into Suba area in the northwest of Dora, southwest of Hebron. An Israeli Civil Administration Officer handed Palestinian civilians three notices to stop construction work in of a 470-meter shed made of bricks and tinplate, used for sheep farming, a 90-meter shed, used as a store of fodders, and a 4-meter room of bricks. It is noted that these facilities are part of a project implemented by Ethna Cooperative Society for Livestock Development which was created three months ago and benefits many families.

 

At approximately 10:00 on Monday, 28 October 2013, Israeli forces, accompanied by three military vehicles and a vehicle of the Department of Planning and Construction of the Israeli Civil Administration, moved into al-Deirat village to the east of Yatta village, south of Hebron. An Israeli Civil Administration Officer handed two Palestinian civilians notices to stop the construction work of a 184-meter mosque in the village and a 200-meter house belonging to Nasser Muhammed Ibrahim al-‘Adra, 43. Israeli authorities gave them time till 14 November 2013 to handle their legal matters in the Israeli competent courts.

At approximately 16:00 on the same day, Israeli forces, accompanied by two military vehicles and a vehicle of the Department of Planning and Construction of the Israeli Civil Administration, moved into Deirat village to the east Yatta village, south of Hebron. An Israeli Civil Administration Officer handed Rashed Muhammed Khalil al-‘Adra a notice to stop construction work on a 40-meter agricultural caravan.

 

At approximately 10:00 on Tuesday, 29 October 2013, Israeli forces, accompanied by three military vehicles and a vehicle of the Department of the Planning and Construction of the Israeli Civil Administration, moved into Wad Aziz area in the west of Ethna village, west of Hebron. An Israeli Civil Administration Officer handed Muhammed Ahmed Hassan Farajallah, 67, two notices to stop construction work on a 400-meter shed used for poultry farming, and a 550-meter shed, used for poultry farming. They gave him time until 24 November 2013 to handle their legal matters with the Israeli competent authorities.

 

· Attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and their property

On Friday morning, 25 October 2013, a group of Israeli settlers from Kiryat Arbaa’ settlement, attacked the family of Muhammed Ali al-Qeimari, 50, while they were coming back home, in Wad al-Hussain area in the east of Hebron.
The aforementioned civilian stated to a PCHR fieldworker:


“I live in Wad al-Hussain area in the east of Hebron, about 200m away from Kiryat Arbaa’ settlement. My family consists of seven members including Khaled, 23, my eldest son, who suffers from a mental disorder, and Aya, 4, the youngest one. Our house is located to the west of the aforementioned settlement. On Friday, 25 October 2013, my sisters were at my house. At approximately 16:00, I went out to take my sisters' home, in the center of the city. My wife, Ramziya, 43, and my daughter were also with me. We went to al-Muhawwal checkpoint which is called “Jaa’fat Hafoul”, where I usually park my car as Israeli forces prevent us from entering the area with our cars. At approximately 17:00, we were going back home, and while we were walking we saw an Israeli, about 18 years old, standing  near a tent the settlers built about ten years ago, in front of the entrance of the settlement. We were surprised that the settler approached us, spit on us, and verbally abused us. I told him in Hebrew: “Stop it, shame on you”, but he didn’t stop and started to shout. A group of settlers gathered in the place when an Israeli soldier came and prevented them from reaching us, before an Israeli settler shouted: “Beat them!” The settlers tried to attack us, but a number of Israeli soldiers arrived and prevented them from doing so. We continued walking towards our house, which is about 100m from the main road, while the settlers were pushing, kicking, shouting and verbally abusing us. When we approached one of the sub-entrances, one of the settlers hit my wife on the head so she shouted of pain. He then tried to take off her veil, while other settlers were spraying tear gas on us. Khaled, my 23-year old son, tried to prevent the settlers from attacking us, but they pushed him to the ground. Many settlers gathered in the place and a number of Israeli military patrols arrived and prevented settlers from reaching us, and some women helped my wife keep away from the place. Following the incident, an Israeli officer came and said: “I need your son Khaled”.  I said: “Why”, he said: “I want to arrest him”. “Here he is, arrest him” I said. But when Khaled approached, the officer realized he has mentally disabled, so he left him. Some soldiers gave us first-aid, and 45 minutes later, an ambulance arrived and we were taken to Hebron Governmental Hospital, where we received medical treatment. My wife suffered from pain in the neck in addition to eye redness due to the tear gas they sprayed. We left the hospital two hours later.”

 

At approximately 9:00 on Saturday, 26 October 2013, a group of about 10 Israeli settlers from the Israeli outpost “Adi Ad”, established on Palestinian civilian lands, in the northwest of Maghir village, northeast of Ramallah, attacked a number of Palestinian farmers while they were cropping olives, from lands near the aforementioned outpost. As a result, Yasser Kamal Abdullah Na’ssan, 30, sustained serious injuries in the head and the right hand, in addition to bruises in the left hand. His video camera that was recording the attack and the front glass of his car were also broken.


Yasser Kamal Na’ssan stated to a PCHR fieldworker:

“While I was working along with six farmers cropping olives from the land of my uncle, Ratib Abdullah Na’ssan, 65, who owns a 50-dunum agricultural land in Bab al-Kharjiya area in the northwest of Maghir village which is about 1Km from Adi Ad outpost, established on the lands of Maghir and Turmus'ayya villages, northeast of Ramallah. The land contains about 2,000 olive trees of about 25-30 years old. At approximately 09:00, I saw 10 masked settlers; some of them were holding sharp tools and iron bars. They approached us and stopped about half a kilo meter form us. Minutes later, they approached and threw stones at us, so I immediately started recording the incident using a video camera belonging to B’Tselem Centre, and my cousin was standing beside me. Two of them, one with an iron bar and the other one with a broken glass bottle, brutally beat me and broke the camera. The attack lasted for about 5-10 minutes, which caused me serious injuries in the head and the right hand. The other settlers continued to throw stones at the farmers, and stole the ladders and equipment we used to crop olives. Few minutes later, Israeli forces arrived with the stolen equipment and asked us to leave the place, but we refused. 20 minutes later, Israeli forces and the Israeli liaison arrived, while I was still bleeding. They asked me to go to the Israeli police station “Benjamin” to submit a complaint, but they did not conduct any field investigation. My cousin then arrived and took me to the medical centre in Maghir village, from which I was taken to the medical centre in Turmus’ayya. After receiving first-aid and getting an x-ray for my head, I was transferred the Palestinian Medical Complex in Ramallah. I had a deep wound and got 7 sutures in the head and two others in the right hand, in addition to bruises in the left hand. At approximately 14:00, I went back home and knew that settlers smashed the front glass of my cousin’s car (Toyota Tundra 1996). At approximately 12:00 on the next day, I went to Benjamin Police Station and submitted a complaint.”

 

At approximately 9:00 on Saturday, a large number of Israeli settlers stormed, under the protection of Israeli forces, the markets of the old town in the center of Hebron, provoked Palestinian civilians and verbally abused them. Many settlers also gathered in the vicinity of the Ibrahimi Mosque to celebrate “Shaabat Shayye Sarah”, while Israeli authorities prevented Palestinian worshippers from reaching it.

 

On the same day evening, Israeli settlers from Efrat settlement, established on the lands of Khadr town, in the southern Bethlehem, sit fire to about 70 olive trees, and uprooted and stole about 15 other almond trees, in Lamish area, in the south of the town. The land’s owner, Muhammed Moussa Da’ou’, told a PCHR field worker that he went to  his land on Sunday, 27 October 2013, to find that the trees were set on fire and uprooted by Israeli settlers.

At approximately 8:45 on Monday, 28 October 2013, three Israeli settlers from “Ma’ali Labunah” settlement, established on Palestinian civilian land, in the northwest of Sanjal village, north of Ramallah, attacked a number of Palestinian farmers while they were cropping olives on their lands near the aforementioned settlement. As a result, Muhammed Ibrahim Muhammed Faqha, 48, sustained bruises under the left eye and was arrested by Israeli forces that arrived at the place, claiming that he attacked one of the settlers and hit him above the eye with a handsaw. He was taken to Benjamin police station, but was released at approximately 15:30 on the same day.

 

At approximately 10:30 on Wednesday, 30 October 2013, dozens of Israeli settlers form the settlements near Hab Al-Thib area, near al-Fraidis Mountain in the east of Bethlehem, surrounded activists of the Popular Resistance and international activists while they were working on Palestinian civilians’ lands. Hassan Brijiya told a PCHR fieldworker that dozens of Israeli settlers surrounded them while they were on the land and prevented them from working. Israeli forces then arrived and took the settlers out of the land.

 

 

 

Recommendations to the International Community

 

 

PCHR emphasizes the international community’s position that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, which is still under the Israeli occupation, in spite of the Israeli military redeployment outside the Gaza Strip in 2005. PCHR further confirms that Israeli force have continued to impose collective punishment measures on the Gaza Strip, which have escalated since the 2006 Palestinian parliamentary elections, in which Hamas won the majority of seats of the Palestinian Legislative Council. PCHR stresses that there is an international recognition of Israel’s obligation to respect international human rights instruments and the international humanitarian law, especially the Hague Regulations concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land and the Geneva Conventions. Israel is bound to apply the international human rights law and the law of war sometime reciprocally and other times in parallel in a way that achieves the best protection for civilians and remedy for victims.

 

In light of continued arbitrary measures, land confiscation and settlement activities in the West Bank, and the continued aggression against civilians in the Gaza Strip, especially the latest offensive that lasted for 8 days in November, PCHR calls upon the international community, especially the United Nations, the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Convention and the European Union – in the context of their natural obligation to respect and enforce the international law – to cooperate and act according to the following recommendations:

 

1. PCHR calls upon the international community and the United Nations to use all available means to allow the Palestinian people to enjoy their right to self-determination, through the establishment of the Palestinian State, which was recognized by the UN General Assembly with a vast majority, using all international legal mechanisms, including sanctions to end the occupation of the State of Palestine;

2. PCHR calls upon the United Nations to provide international protection to Palestinians in the oPt, and to ensure the non-recurrence of aggression against the oPt, especially the Gaza Strip;

3. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to compel Israel, as a High Contracting Party to the Conventions, to apply the Conventions in the oPt;

4. PCHR calls upon the Parties to international human rights instruments, especially the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, to pressurize Israel to comply with their provisions in the oPt, and to compel it to incorporate the human rights situation in the oPt in its reports submitted to the concerned committees;

5. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfil their obligation to ensure the application of the Conventions, including extending the scope of their jurisdiction in order to prosecute suspected war criminals, regardless of the nationality of the perpetrator and the place of a crime, to pave the way for prosecuting suspected Israeli war criminals and end the longstanding impunity they have enjoyed;

6. PCHR calls on States that apply the principle of universal jurisdiction not to surrender to Israeli pressure to limit universal jurisdiction to perpetuate the impunity enjoyed by suspected Israeli war criminals;

7. PCHR calls upon the international community to act in order to stop all Israeli settlement expansion activities in the oPt through imposing sanctions on Israeli settlements and criminalizing trading with them;

8. PCHR calls upon the UN General Assembly to transfer the Goldstone Report to the UN Security Council in order to refer it to the International Criminal Court in accordance with Article 13(b) of the Rome Statute;

9. PCHR calls upon the United Nations to confirm that holding war criminals in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a precondition to achieve stability and peace in the regions, and that peace cannot be built on the expense of human rights and victims;

10. PCHR calls upon the UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council to explicitly declare that the Israeli closure policy in Gaza and the annexation wall in the West Bank are illegal, and accordingly refer the two issues to the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on Israel to compel it to remove them;

11. PCHR calls upon the international community, in light of its failure to the stop the aggression on the Palestinian people, to at least fulfil its obligation to reconstruct the Gaza Strip after the series of hostilities launched by Israel which directed targeted the civilian infrastructure;

12. PCHR calls upon the United Nations and the European Union to express a clear position towards the annexation wall following the international recognition of the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders, as the annexation wall seizes large parts of the State of Palestine;

13. PCHR calls upon the European Union to activate Article 2 of the EU-Israel Association Agreement, which provides that both sides must respect human rights as a precondition for economic cooperation between the EU states and Israel, and the EU must not ignore Israeli violation and crimes against Palestinian civilians;

14. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian leadership to sign and accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the Geneva Conventions, and calls upon the international community, especially the United Nations, to encourage the State of Palestine to accede to international human rights law and humanitarian law instruments.

 

 

 

 

 

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[1] Area (C) is under full Israeli control according to the Oslo Accords. 



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