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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (05– 11 December 2019)

 

Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory

05 11 December 2019

 

  • 49 Palestinians shot and injured by IOF, including 23 children and 3 women and 2 paramedics, one a woman, near the Gaza border fence at the Great March of Return (GMR) protests in eastern Gaza.

 

  • West Bank: 7 Palestinian civilians shot and injured by IOF.

 

  • During 94 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 58 civilians arrested, including 4 children, 4 women (3 of them are journalists).

 

  • IOF arrested the crew of Palestine Satellite Channel during their morning show in occupied East Jerusalem.

 

  • 3 houses demolished in Hebron and 27 dunums in Qalqiliyah levelled and a civilian was forced to self-demolish his house in occupied Jerusalem.

 

  • Settlers punctured tires of 160 vehicles in the occupied East Jerusalem.

 

  • 41 temporary checkpoints erupted in the West Bank, where 3 Palestinian civilians were arrested

 

 

 

 

Summary

                                               

This week, PCHR documented 148 violations of the international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory.

As part of the Israeli violations of the right to life and bodily integrity:

In terms of excessive use of force, IOF wounded 57 Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.  In the Gaza Strip, IOF wounded 49 civilians, including 23 children, 3 women, and 2 paramedics, including a woman, on the 83rd Friday of the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege protest (GMR). An employee at Jabalia Municipality was shot and injured after IOF opened fire at him while he was on duty at the border area. Meanwhile in the West Bank, 7 civilians were injured; 6 of them were injured near the annexation wall during their attempt to sneak into Israel for work.

Under IOF incursions and house raids, 94 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, were reported. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, arresting and/or injuring many others. During this week’s incursions, 58 Palestinians were arrested, including 4 children, 4 women (3 of them are journalists).  On 06 December 2019, IOF arrested the crew of Palestine Satellite Channel during their morning show “Good Morning Jerusalem” and arrested one of the guests, a former prisoner. IOF also arrested 2 civilians near the border fence in eastern Rafah and fired tear gas canisters at al-Najjar neighbourhood in Khuza’ah, east of Khan Younis, in the Gaza Strip.

Under the settlement expansion activities in the West Bank, PCHR documented 4 IOF violations that included demolishing 3 residential houses and razing a 200-square-meter land in Hebron, in addition to 27 dunums of Kafer Laqef village, east of Qalqiliyah to establish an industrial area to be annexed to “Karnei Shomron” settlement. Moreover, a civilian was forced to self-demolish his house in occupied Jerusalem.

PCHR also documented 2 settler-attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property, including stoning a vehicle in Nablus, and puncturing tires of 160 vehicles in Jerusalem, in addition to vandalization.

In terms of the Israeli closure policy, the Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the History of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life. Furthermore, IOF uses Erez Crossing that is designated for movement of individuals as an ambush to arrest Palestinians who obtain permits to exit via Israel.  Meanwhile, the West Bank is divided into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted and they are subject to arrest as 3 Palestinians were arrested this week only.

 

  1. Violation of the right to life and to bodily integrity
  1. Excessive Use of Force against Protests in the Gaza Strip

On the 83rd Friday, 06 December 2019, weekly protests were launched in the 5 Great March of Return (GMR) encampments in eastern Gaza Strip. This Friday’s protest titled: “GMR Will Continue”, resulted in the injury of 49 civilians, including 23 children and 3 women, and 2 paramedics, including a woman.

 

The incidents were as follows:

  • Northern Gaza Strip: demonstrations took part in eastern Jabalia. Some protesters threw stones at IOF stationed along the border fence. IOF shot and injured 14 civilians, including 5 children and 2 women: 2 with live bullets and shrapnel, 8 with rubber bullets and 4 were hit with tear gas canisters.
  • Gaza City: hundreds took part in Malaka area in eastern Gaza City. IOF targeted them with teargas canisters and live and rubber bullets. As a result, 5 civilians were injured; 4 of them were hit with tear gas canisters, and one was shot with a rubber bullet in the head. Moreover, dozens of civilians suffocated due to teat gas inhalation.
  • Central Gaza Strip: protests took part in eastern al-Buriej Camp.  Hundreds gathered near the border fence and some attempted to throw stones at IOF, who fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters in return. The shooting, which continued until 17:00 on the same day, caused the injury of 5 protestors, including 2 children and 2 women; 3 of them with rubber bullets, and 2 with tear gas canisters. Mai Suleiman Abdul Karim Abu Ruweidah (20), from al-Maghazi, who was directly hit with a tear gas canister in the right eye, was referred to the Eye Specialty Hospital in Gaza City. Mai’s right eye was removed after which she was referred to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.

Abu Ruweidah said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

 

“At approximately 15:30 on Friday, 06 December 2019, during my participation at the GMR protests, I was directly hit with a tear gas canister in my right eye. I was taken to the field hospital, which is about 1000 meters away from where I was. After receiving first aid, I was referred to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah. After that, I was referred to Eye Specialty Hospital in al-Nasser neighborhood, Gaza City, and then transferred to al-Shifa Hospital to for a CT scan. Later, I returned to the Eye Specialty Hospital. At approximately 21:15, I had a surgery to remove my right eye. On Sunday, 08 December 2019, I was referred again to al-Shifa Hospital and I am still receiving medical treatment.”

  • Khan Younis: Hundreds civilians joined today’s protests in Khuza’ah area in eastern Khan Yunis.  Most of the protesters stayed in the encampment for the activities while only dozens gathered near the border fence and attempted to throw stones and firecrackers. IOF fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at them in addition to firing skunk at them from water cannons. As a result, 8 civilians, including 5 children and 2 paramedics, were injured with rubber bullets and taken to hospitals. Moreover, many civilians sustained superficial rubber bullets wounds and suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. They received treatment on the spot. The wounded paramedic, Dalia Bassam Ahmed Abu Reidah (21), working within Watan Medical Team, was shot with a rubber bullet in her left hand while paramedic Mohammed Ziyad Zoghbor(35), a PRCS volunteer paramedic, was shot with a rubber bullet in the right shoulder. It should be noted that some Palestinian young men flocked to today’s protests at 13:00 and were shot with live bullets and hit with tear gas canisters before the crowds headed to the area.  As a result, a child was wounded with a rubber bullet.

 

  • Rafah: hundreds of protestors gathered in eastern al-Shawka neighborhood while others remained at the protest encampment, where speeches and theatrical performances were performed. Dozens attempted to approach the fence and throw stones and burnt tires. IOF fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at protestors and pumped wastewater at them. As a result, 17 civilians, including 11 children, were injured: 2 shot with live bullets and shrapnel, 8 with rubber bullets and 7 were hit with tear gas canisters. Rajeh Mohammed al-Qadi (24) was shot with a rubber bullet to the head, causing fracture in his skull. He was admitted to the Gaza European Hospital in Khan Yunis for his serious condition.
  1. Shooting and other violations of the right to life and bodily integrity
  • At approximately 15:00 on Friday, 06 December 2019, a number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at IOF stationed along the security fence of “Karmi Tsur” settlement, adjacent to Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. The soldiers chased the young men and fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, an 18-year-old civilian was shot with a live bullet in the abdomen. He was referred to al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron via an ambulance of Palestine Red crescent Society (PRCS) in a critical condition. Medical sources said that the wounded civilian had a surgery to remove his The live bullet also caused partial laceration in the wounded civilian’s liver.
  • At approximately 15:00 on the same Friday, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of al-Shuhada’a Cemetery, east of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at a truck affiliated with Jabalia Municipality. As a result, the truck was targeted with 4 live bullets and Mesleh Nidal ‘Abed Rabbuh (24), from Jabalia, was shot with a live bullet in the left arm. ‘Abed Rabbuh was taken to the GMR medical point at Abu Safia area, northeast of Jabalia. ‘Abed Rabbuh’s injury coincided with the start of GMR. He was referred to al-‘Awda Hospital affiliated with the  Union of Health Work Committees. His injury was classified as moderate and he left the hospital at approximately 16:30 on the same day.
  • At approximately 06:00 on Tuesday, 10 December 2019, IOF signed to guard the annexation wall opened fire at Saif Eyad Wajih al-‘Ardah (21), from ‘Arabah village, southwest of Jenin, while attempting to sneak into Israel for work through Thuhor al-‘Abed village lands, southwest of the city. As a result, he sustained a superficial wound in the right leg Al-‘Ardah was referred to Khalil Suleiman Hospital in Jenin for treatment.
  • At approximately 07:20 on Tuesday, IOF stationed adjacent to the annexation wall near Nazlet ‘Essa village, north of Tulkarm, opened fire at a number of Palestinian workers, who attempted to sneak into Israel. As a result, 3 civilians, from Qifin village, north of the city, were injured and they were identified as:
  1. Namer ‘Adel Khasib (26), was shot with a live bullet in the left leg;
  2. Mohammed Tayseer ‘Ammar (28), was shot with a live bullet in the left leg; and
  3. Yusuf Ziyad Khasib (29), was shot with a live bullet in the foot.
  • At approximately 07:30 on Wednesday, 11 December 2019, IOF signed to guard the annexation wall opened fire at Hazem Mohammed Mousa Lahlouh (30), from ‘Araba village, southwest of Jenin. As a result, he sustained a live bullet wound in the right foot while attempting to sneak into Israel, north of Tulkarm. Lahlouh as referred to Khalil Suleiman Hospital in Jenin for treatment.
  • At approximately 08:00 on Wednesday morning, IOF signed to guard the annexation wall adjacent to Nazlet ‘Essa village, north of Tulkarm, opened fire at a number of Palestinian workers, attempting to enter Israel for work. As a result, ‘Ala’a Bassam Abu Baker (28), from Qifin village, north of the city, was shot with a live bullet in the right leg.
  • At approximately 17:30 on Wednesday, 11 December 2019, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, fired a number of tear gas canisters at al-Najjar neighbourhood, east of Khuza’ah village, east of the city. As a result, many civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.

 

  1. Incursions and arrests

 

Thursday, 05 December 2019:

  • At approximately 00:00, IOF moved into al-Tour village, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They arrested Mahmoud al-Hedrah (17) after they raided and searched his house.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched the house of Thiab Sa’ed ‘Awad (50) and then arrested his sons Abdul ‘Aziz (27) and Qasem (20).
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Surif village, northwest of Hebron. They arrested Mousa Kamal Barath’iyah (30) and Ayman ‘Ali Abdul Fattah Barath’iyah (38) after they raided and searched their houses.
  • At the same time, IOF moved into Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched several houses and arrested 4 civilians, referring them for investigation in Salah Eden police center. The arrestees were identified as: Sofian al-Natshah, Islam al-Rajbi, Hamzah Abu Suneinah and Mohammed al-Rajbi.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF backed by military construction vehicles moved into al-Thaheriyah village, south of Hebron, and stationed in Jourat al-Demi neighborhood. They raided and searched a lathe workshop of al-Tal family and thoroughly searched vehicles that were present in the area. Half an hour later, soldiers confiscated equipment from the workshop. They also handed Suleiman Manna’a al-Tal, owner of the workshop, a list of the confiscated items, which at his discretion, cost about NIS 1 million. Moreover, the soldiers arrested Suleiman’s sons Bashir (25) and ‘Ali (33).
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF, moved into Deir al-Ghosoun village, north of Tulkarm. They arrested Bilal ‘Atallah al-Ghoul (50) after they raided and searched his house.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF stationed at al-Hamrah checkpoint in the Northern Jordan Valleys, southeast of Tubas, arrested Mohammed Hiatham Abu Jaish (23), from Beit Dajan village, east of Nablus.
  • IOF carried out (7) incursions in Hebron and Sa’ir village, northeast of the city; Qasrah village, south of Nablus; Beir al-Basha village, southwest of Jenin; ‘Ezbet al-Jarad village, east of Tulkarm; Kafer Laqef village, east of Qalqiliyah; Qarawet Bani Hasan village, northwest of Salfit. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 06 December  2019:

  • At approximately 14:00, IOF moved into Bal’a village, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested Ahmed Fou’ad Raja E’maier (35), Estifan Fo’ad Marwah Shahrour (32) and Tareq ‘Adnan Shahrour (40).
  • In early morning, IOF arrested crew of Palestinian Satellite Channel in occupied East Jerusalem during their morning show “Good Morning Jerusalem” and arrested one of the show guests. Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan, said that officers of the Israeli Intelligence Service arrested the channel crews from 2 locations in al-Zaytoun Mount and Bab al-‘Amoud area, east and center of the city. The center added that IOF arrested Dana Abu Shamsiyah, the show presenter; photographer Amir ‘Abed Rabbuh; and former prisoner Mohammed al-‘Abasi, the show guest, from al-Zaytoun Mount after IOF raided the place and confiscated the camera equipment. In Bab al-‘Amoud area, journalist Christine Renawi and photographer ‘Ali Yaseen were arrested after they ended the show and the camera equipment were confiscated. It should be noted that “Gilad Ardan”, Minister of Public Security, issued  a decision on 20 November 2019, to close Palestine Satellite Channel’s office in the city  for 6 months for ” PA-organized activities in the State of Israel without a permit under the law.”
  • IOF carried out (7) incursions in Dura, Bani Na’im and al-Shoyoukh villages in Hebron; Tal village, southwest of Nablus; al-Jalazoun refugee camp, Ni’lin and Betunia villages in Ramallah and al-Birah. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 07 December 2019:

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, in eastern al-Shoka village, east of Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, arrested Akram Hasan Husein al-‘Arjani (20) and Na’el Khalid Mahmoud Hamad (20), from al-Shoka village, while attempting to sneak into Israel.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF moved into Qarawet Bani Zaid village, northwest of Ramllah. They arrested Hamadallah ‘Arar (22) and Hani (24) from their houses after raiding and searching them.
  • At approximately 12:40, IOF arrested Jawdat Mohammed Sowan (28) after he quarreled with an Israeli settler in a commercial shop in Jensafout village, east of Qalqiliyah.
  • At approximately 18:20, IOF stationed adjacent to the annexation wall, arrested Omer Nour Mahmoud Ersheid (22), claiming that their vehicles were stoned.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Beit Furik village, east of Nablus; al-Shuyoukh, Beit Kahel and Emrish villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

 

Sunday, 08 December 2019:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Hebron’s Qalqas village. They raided and searched Majd Mohamed Sabbah (22)’s house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF stationed at Abu al-Rish military checkpoint, which is established at the entrance to Hebron, arrested Afnan ‘Adel Abu Isninah (17), claiming that she had a knife. They took her to an investigation center in “Kriyat ‘Arba” settlement, east of Hebron.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Dura, Beit Ammer, Sa’eer, and Abu al-Saja villages in Hebron.

Monday, 09 December 2019:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Hebron’s Dura village. They raided and searched ‘Ali aleb al-Haroub (28)’s house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Hebron’s Beit Kahel village. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested Sami Sufyan ‘Atawnah (23), Ahmed Nael ‘Asafrah (26) and ‘Abed al-Fattah Anwar ‘Atawnah (29). All of them were taken to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Hebron. They raided and searched 2 houses of Nehad Mohamed al-Jab’a and ‘Ammar ‘Ali al-Jab’a. No arrests among the two families’ members were reported.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Jenin’s Qabatiyia village. They raided and searched ‘Abed a;-Raod Najeh Kmail (30)’s house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Tulkarm’s Bal’a’s village. They raided and searched Ameer ‘Ali ‘Ajjaj (22)’s house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp in Hebron. They raided and searched Shameikh Jaber al-Titi (24)’s house and then arrested him. IOF confiscated al-Titi’s mobile phone and laptop. It should be noted that al-Titi is a reporter working for ‘Alam Radio in Hebron.
  • At approximately 04:20, IOF moved into Ramallah’s Betouniyia village. They raided and searched houses and then arrested Abdullah Asem Ibrahim (29), taking him to an unknown destination. Additionally, IOF confiscated a vehicle of Saied Abu al-Bahaa.
  • IOF moved into Solwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Jerusalem Mayor’s house, Adnan Adel Tawfeeq Ghaith, and handed their family a summons to refer to Israeli Intelligence Services at “al-Maskoubeya” detention center in West Jerusalem. On 05 December 2019, during his presence before the intelligence officers, he was handed an order issued by the Israeli Minister of Internal Security Gilad Erdan which banning him from holding meetings, events, and collecting financial assistance for the vulnerable inside the occupied Jerusalem for six months.
  • Around evening hours, IOF moved into al-Sa’deya neighborhood, in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Mahmoud al-Qulaghasi’s (65) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF established a temporary military checkpoint on the entrance of Arraba, southwest of Jenin. They stopped the Palestinian vehicles, searched their ID cards and arrested Sa’ed Naser Jarar (20); and Mithqal Mohammed Hamdan (20) from Jenin, and took them to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 23:00, IOF moved into al-Issaweya, southeast of Jerusalem. They raided and searched Montaser Naser Sibtah (15) and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out (8) incursions in: al-Baloa’ neighborhood in al-Beira; EinMusbah in Ramallah; Birzeit and Sarda south of the city; Saida village south of Tulkarm; al-Simia village; Hebron; and Beit Oula.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019:

 

  • At approximately 00:30, IOF moved into Deir Abu Misha’al, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians: Ramzi Ibrahim Ata (17); Mohammed Khamees Zahran (24); and Mhmoud Mohammed Zahran (27).
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Bethlehem, and stationed in al-Saf Street in the central city. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Adel Hijazi (48) and Rida Sadouq (29), and arrested them. It should be noted that the abovementioned civilians were a former prisoners in the Israeli jail.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Za’tara, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Mjahed Jamal al-Wahsh (21) and arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Ourif village, south of Nablus. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Shehada (26) and Osama Ali Yousif Shehada (25), and arrested them.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Beit Owa village, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched Samir Sobhi al-Masalma’s (35) house and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intellegince Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Bani Na’em village, east of Hebron. They raided and searched Suhaib Abu Jarour’s (34) house and no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-Issaweya, northeast of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and handed (7) civilians summonses to Ahmed Darbas; Waleed Alian; Majd and Rasheed Darweesh; Mohammed Alian; Moayad Bader; and Issa Darbas, to refer to Salah al-Dein investigation center in the central city.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Qousin village, west of Nablus. They raided and searched Aseed Bassam Yadk’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 19:50, IOF moved into al-Beira, and stationed in the industrial area. A group of young men gathered and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers who chased them and replied with sound bombs and teargas canisters, where many civilians sustained tear gas inhalation. It should be noted that IOF confiscated the surveillance cameras from some commercial shops belonging to Abu Aqel and al-Shinni families. This incursion continued for 5 hours before they withdrew from the village, and neither arrests nor injuries were reported.
  • IOF carried out (6) incursions in Qbatya; Tamoun; Dura; al-‘Aroub refugee camp; al-Thahereya and al-Shoyoukh villages in Hebron.

Wednesday, 11 December 2019:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into al-Beira and stationed in Um al-Sharayet neighborhood south of the city. Dozens of young people gathered and threw stones, empty bottles and fireworks at the soldiers, who responded with rubber bullets and sound bombs. As a result, many civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalations and treated in the spot. Three hours later, IOF arrested Laith Assi al-Tareefi (28), and Bushra Jamal al-Taweel (26) the former prisoner and journalist and photographer at “Anin al-Qaid Net” and the daughter of the senior Hamas leader Jamal al-Taweel.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF, reinforced by heavy military vehicles, moved into Halhoul, north of Hebron. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Naief Abdullah al-Shatreet (33); and Mahmoud Bajes Aqel (32), and took them to an unknown destination.
  • Around the same time, IOF, reinforced by heavy military vehicles, moved into Ezz al-Dein Ja’bari’s (55) house and no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 02:20, IOF moved into Beitin village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched Ahmed Kayed’s (26) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Silwad village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched Ahmed Abdullah al-Saher’s (17) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into al-Jalazon refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched Kamel Jalal Nakhla’s (26) house and arrested him.
  • In evening hours, IOF arrested Zakeya Ali Husain (30) from Beit Daqo village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem after she was summonsed for investigation, after arresting her husband.
  • IOF carried out (11) incursions in Qablan, south of Nablus, Berzeit, Abu Qash, Sarda, north of Ramallah, Beit Exa villages, Badou, al-Jadeera, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem, Sibastya northwest of Nablus, Karaza, Sa’eer, Beit Umer in Hebron.

III. Settlement Expansion and settler violence in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem

 

  1. Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property for Settlement Expansion Activities
  • At approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 05 December 2019, IOF backed by military construction vehicles moved into Hebron’s Moghayir al-‘Abeed area, where they demolished 3 houses, under the pretext of non-licensing. These houses belong to:
  1. Shehada Salama Shehada Makhamrah: a 50-sqaure-meter house built of tin plates and bricks and sheltered 6 persons, including 3 children.
  2. Mosleh Shehada Salama Makhamrah: a 40-sqaure-meter house built of tin plates and bricks and sheltered 2 persons.
  3. Salah Shehada Salama Makhamrah: a 45-sqaure-meter house built of tin plates and bricks and sheltered 3 persons, including a girl.
  • At approximately 16:00 on Sunday, 08 December 2019, IOF razed 27 dunums from Kafur Lqef village’s lands, east of Qalqiliyia, to establish an industrial area and join it to “Karnei Shomron“ settlement. These dunums belong to the heirs of the deceased Mahmoud ‘Othman Qadoura and Saleh Ibrahim ‘Asaf. IOF claimed that these dunums are “State Lands” and their owners stopped to challenge before courts. Nayif Jaber, Head of Village Council in Kafur Lqef Village, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that: “ On Sunday, 08 December 2019, we shocked when Israeli military construction vehicles moved into the village and demolished 27 dumums, under the pretext that their owners stopped to challenge before official bodies, noting that the owners submitted documents and challenge before official and legal bodies. The Israeli Civil Administration officer declared that these dumums would be joint to “Karnei Shomron” settlement to establish an industrial area. The village residents and dumuns’ owners headed to their dunums and attempted to stop the demolition, but in vain. They bulldozed half of these dunums until now.”

 

  • On Monday, 09 December 2019, ‘Ali Ja’abees implemented the Israeli Municipality decision and self-demolished his 70-sqaure-meter house in al-Mokaber Mount area, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, to avoid paying the demolition costs. Ja’abees said that the Israeli Municipality staff raided his house on Sunday, 08 December 2019, and gave him 3 days to implement the demolition, or they will do so, fine him and force him to pay the demolition costs. It should be noted that Ja’abees’s house was built of wood 7 months ago; nonetheless, the Israeli Municipality issued a decision to demolish his house, tiles surrounding the house and retaining walls.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Monday, IOF and Israeli Civil Administration officers backed by military construction vehicles moved into al-Qate’ area in Hebron. The soldiers were deployed between residents’ houses and the military construction vehicles bulldozed Ahmed Bader Abu ‘Ayish (55)’s 200sq.m plot of land planted with olive trees and grapes, under the pretext of being “State Lands”. It should be noted that Israeli authorities handed the lands’ owners notices to evacuate their lands a year ago.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Tuesday, 10 December 2019, IOF and Israeli Civil Administration backed by military construction vehicles moved into Kherbit al-Sema in Samou’a village, south of Hebron. The Israeli Civil Administration officers notified al-Tahadi and al-Somoud School to stop construction. It should be noted that on 10/30/2019, Israeli authorities handed the school a notice to stop construction works under the pretext of non-licensing. The notice set a court hearing on 11 November 2019 to challenge the order.
  1. Israeli Settler Violence
  • At approximately 11:30 on Thursday, 05 December 2019, Israeli settlers threw stones at Hasan Ahmed ‘Abadi (44)’s vehicle while driving on Jenin-Nablus Street, northwest of Nablus. As a result, the vehicle’s windshield was broken. ‘Abadi said to PCHR’s fieldworker that: “At approximately 11:30 on Thursday, 05 December 2019, I was returning from Nablus to my house in Baqet al-Sharqiyia village. When I arrived at al-Mas’odiyia intersection, branching from Nablus-Jenin Street, I found 8 masked settlers closing the street with boulders. I stopped 500 meters away and waited for 15 minutes until the settlers got into 2 vehicles and drove towards “Shafi Shomron” settlement, northwest of Nablus. I noticed that we were driving in the same direction. Suddenly, one of the settlers’ vehicles approached me and a settler threw a stone at my vehicle’s windshield and broke it. Meantime, a military vehicle carrying 2 Israeli officers arrived at the area and asked me what happened. I answered their questions, but they did not do anything. After that, an Israeli police officer came and asked me if I photographed the settlers, I told him no. He told me to head to the Palestinian Liaison office and submit a complaint. I went to the Palestinian Liaison office in Jenin and did so.
  • At approximately 02:30 on Monday, 09 December 2019, Israeli settlers, from “Ramat Shlomo“ settlement, moved into Sho’fat village in occupied East Jerusalem. They punctured the tires of 160 vehicles and trucks parking on the village street and vandalized them with racist slurs, in addition to houses walls.  The village residents said that surveillance cameras recordings fixed in their houses showed that 3 settlers moved into al-Dahra Street and damaged the residents’ properties. The Israeli police and intelligence officers arrived at the area, photographed the vehicles, removed racist slurs, and took the affected persons’ testimonies.
  • Closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement of persons and goods

West Bank

In addition to permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of more temporary checkpoints that restrict the goods and individuals movement between villages and cities and deny civilians’ access to their work. IOF established 41 temporary checkpoints and arrested 3 Palestinian civilians.

 

The military checkpoint were as follows:

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 05 December 2019, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to al-Dahiriyia and al-Koum villages and at the entrance to al-Fawar refugee camp.
  • On Friday, 06 December 2019, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Ethna’ Samou’a and Beit ‘Awaa villages, and at the entrance to al-‘Aroub refugee camp.
  • On Saturday, 07 December 2019, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Yatta and Ethna villages.
  • On Sunday, 08 December 2019, 3 similar checkpoints were established at the entrance to Ethna village, at the northern entrance to Yatta and at the northern entrance to Hebron.
  • On Monday, 09 Dcember 2019, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Beit Ummer village and at the entrance to al-Fawar refugee camp.
  • On Tuesday, 10 December 2019, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrance to al-‘Aroub refugee camp, at the entrance to Hadab al-Fawar village, at the northern entrance to Yatta, and at the southern entrance to Hebron.
  • On Wednesday, 11 December 2019, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the eastern entrance to Dura and at the entrance to Bani Na’iem village.

Ramallah and al-Bireh:

  • On Friday, 06 December 2019, IOF established a checkpoint at al-Tiba village intersection.
  • On Sunday, 08 December 2019, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to al-Tiba village.
  • On Monday, 09 December 2019, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to ‘Ein Yabroud and ‘Ein Sinah villages.
  • On Tuesday, 10 December 2019, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to al-Nabi Saleh, Biten and ‘Ein Yabroud villages.

Qalqiliyah:

  • At approximately 21:15 on Thursday, 05 December 2019, IOF established a checkpoint near ‘Izbit al-Tabeeb village intersection, east of the city.
  • At approximately 23:30, a similar checkpoint was established at the eastern entrance to the city.
  • At approximately 14:30 on Friday, 06 December 2019, IOF established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance to Qalqiliyia.
  • At approximately 21:20, IOF established a checkpoint at Jeet village’s intersection, northeast of the city.
  • At approximately 14:00 on Sunday, 08 December 2019, IOF established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance to Qalqiliyia.

Salfit:

  • On Thursday, 05 December 2019, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the western entrance to Hares village, at the entrance to Qarawet Bani Hassan village and at the entrance to Dir Ballout village.
  • At approximately 22:00 on Saturday, 07 December 2019, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Hares village, north of Salfit.

Nablus:

  • At approximately 07:30 on Thursday, 05 December 2019, IOF established a checkpoint near “Homesh “ settlement, on Jenin- Nablus Street. A similar checkpoint was established at “Shavei Shomron “ intersection.
  • On Monday, 09 December 2019, IOF closed with rocks the entrance to Osreen village, south of Nablus. Local sources stated that IOF closed the entrance under the pretext of throwing stones at settlers’ vehicles.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Tuesday, 10 December 2019, IOF established a checkpoint on Nablus-Tubad Road, northeast of the city.
  • At approximately 18:00, a similar checkpoint was established at Surra village intersection, southwest of the city.

Jenin:

  • At approximately 12:30 on Saturday, 07 December 2019, IOF established a checkpoint near the entrance to Sila al-Harithiyia village, west of Jenin.
  • IOF established a checkpoint at Ya’boud village intersection, southwest of the city.

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