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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (12 – 18 March 2015)

Bethlehem – Israeli forces
suppress a sit-in and arrest 2 civilians protesting at settlers’ levelling
lands in Kisan village, east of Bethlehem.     Photo by: Mahmoud ‘Elayan 


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

 

 

 

Israeli forces continued to open fire at border areas
in the Gaza Strip, but no casualties were reported.

A civilian vehicle
was burnt because it was fired at in the north of the Gaza Strip.

 

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

Three
Palestinian protestors were wounded during al-Nabi Saleh and Kufor Qaddoum
weekly protests.

Twelve Palestinian
civilians, including three children, were wounded in other protests.

 

Israeli forces conducted 65 incursions into Palestinian
communities in the West Bank and seven ones in East Jerusalem.

Sixty
Palestinian civilians, including 16 child and two women, were arrested.

Twenty-seven
of these civilians, including 15 children and two women, were arrested in
occupied Jerusalem.

 

Israel 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.

Twelve Palestinian civilians, including eight
children, were arrested at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

Israeli
forces arrested a businessman at Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing, north of the Gaza
Strip.

 

Israeli navy forces continued to target Palestinian
fishermen in the Gaza Strip Sea.

Israeli navy
forces continued to open fire at fishing boats, but no casualties were reported.

 

Israeli forces continued efforts to create Jewish
majority in occupied East Jerusalem.

Israeli
police allowed
Elad Association to seize three apartments in Selwan village .

Israeli
forces attempted to evacuate a house in the old city in occupied Jerusalem for
the interest of settlers.

Eight buses
heading from Sour Baher village to al-Aqsa Mosque were denied access to the
mosque.

 

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

A
residential compound for shepherds in Kherbet Mak’houl area, north of Jordan
Valley, was demolished, due to which, four families comprising of 13 members
became homeless.

A barrack in
al-Faresiya area was demolished and two water reservoirs were seized.

A car glass
was crushed as settlers threw stones at it, south of Jenin, but no casualties
were reported.

 

 

 

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and international
humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (
12 –
18 March 2015
).

 

Shooting:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 15
Palestinian civilians, including three children, in the West Bank. They also
continued to target Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip sea and farmers,
shepherds and agricultural lands in the border area.

In the West Bank, Israeli forces wounded 15
Palestinian civilians, including three children. Three of these civilians were
wounded in protests against the annexation wall and settlement activities,
while the other 12 ones were wounded in protests against the Israeli policies
applied in oPt.

Israeli forces continued the use of excessive and
systematic force against peaceful protests organized by Palestinian civilians
and Israeli and international solidarity activists against the construction of
the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank. As a result, three
protestors were wounded, two of whom were wounded in Kufor Qaddoum’s protest,
northeast of Qalqilya.

In the same context, 12 Palestinian civilians,
including three children, were wounded during other protests organized at the western
entrance of Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah, the southern entrance of
al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, and around Ofer detention
facility, southwest of Ramallah.

 

In the Gaza Strip, in the context of opening fire at
border areas, on 17 March 2015, Israeli soldiers, who stepped from 2 military
vehicles along the border fence, north of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip,
opened fire at Palestinian farmers working on their lands adjacent to the
border fence. About ten bullets hit a vehicle belonging to a farmer from
al-Atatrah neighbourhood. As a result, the vehicle was completely burnt, but no
casualties were reported.

    

As part of targeting fishermen in the Gaza Strip sea,
on 13 March 2015, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Sudaniya area, west of
Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, opened fire around Palestinian fishing boats
sailing three nautical miles off the shore. The fishermen were frightened and
sailed back, but neither casualties nor material damage were reported.  

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted
at least 65 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank
and seven one in East Jerusalem. During these incursions, Israeli forces
arrested at least 60 Palestinians, including 16 children and two women.  Twenty-seven of these Palestinians, including
the 16 children and two women, were arrested in Jerusalem.

 

Restrictions on movement:

 

Israel continued to impose a tight 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 been 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 8 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 grave violations of the economic, social and cultural
rights and a deterioration of living conditions for 1.8 million people.  The Israeli authorities have 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.  They also aim at imposing a complete ban on
the Gaza Strip’s exports.
 

 

Efforts to create a Jewish demographic majority in
East Jerusalem

Incursions
and arrests

 

On
Sunday, 15 March 2015, Israeli forces moved into al-Eisawiya village, north of East
Jerusalem. They raided a number of houses from which they arrested two
civilians.

 

On
the same day, Israeli forces arrested 3 girls and a woman, who were present around
al-Selsela gate of al-Aqsa Mosque in the old city.

 

On
Monday, 16 March 2015, Israeli forces moved into al-Eisawiya village, north of
East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses from which they
arrested four civilians, including three children.

 

On
the same day, Israeli forces moved into Ras al-Amoud neighborhood, east of the
old city. They raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested three
children.

 

On
Tuesday, 17 March 2015, Israeli forces arrested a woman and three young men
while being present in the yard of al-Aqsa Mosque in the old city under the
pretext of participating in riots.

 

On
the same day, Israeli forces arrested Mahdi Hatem Abu Asab (11), while he was
present in al-Qarmi neighborhood, in the old city.

 

On
Wednesday, 18 March 2015, Israeli forces moved into Beit Hanina neighborhood, north
of East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses from which they
arrested three civilians, including a child.

 

On
the same day, Israeli forces raided a house belonging to Mohammed Darweesh in
al-Eisawiya village, north of East Jerusalem. They searched the house and
arrested his son Khaled (17).

 

On
the same day, Israeli forces moved into al-Thawri neighborhood, south of East
Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested
two civilians, including a child.

 

On
the same day, Israeli forces moved into Ras al-Amoud neighborhood, east of the
old city. They raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested
two children.

 

Also
on the same day, Israeli forces arrested Jawad Siyam (42), director of the Information
Center of Wadi Helwa, in Selwan village, south of the old city.

 

Settler attacks in the city:

 

On
Friday, 13 March 2015, 2 settlers attacked Ahmed Mohammed Essa Abu Ta’ah (19)
when he was in al-Masharef Mount area "the French Hill", north of the
old city. As a result, he sustained wounds in the face and bruises in the neck.

 

At
approximately 09:00 on Monday, 16 March 2015, Israeli forces surrounded a house
belonging to Sab Laban family house in Aqabet al-Khalidiya in the old city.
They tried to evacuate the house for the interest of settlers. Israeli forces
brought demolition tools to burst out the door and force the family get out of
the house. The family lawyer intervened and obtained an order to delay the
evacuation.

 

On
Wednesday, 18 March 2015, Israeli Elad Association seized by forgery a building
belonging to al-Malehi family and two tracts of land in Wadi Helwa
neighborhood, south of the old city.

 

In
the same context, under the protection of Israeli forces, dozens of armed
settlers seized a 500-square-meter tract of land belonging to al-Abasi family
in Wadi Helwa neighborhood and established tin-made rooms on it. They also
seized a 1,200-square-meter tract of land belonging to Sh’aban family in the
same neighborhood. They cleaned the land and placed a caravan on it.

 

Restrictions
on movement in the city

 

On
Sunday morning, 15 March 2015, Israeli police denied eight buses from Sour
Baher, south of East Jerusalem, access to al-Aqsa Mosque.

 

Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against
Palestinian civilians and property

 

On 16
March 2015, Israeli forces noticed Qana Valley farmers, northwest of Salfit,
that they would uproot 240 olive trees aged six years from the lands of
al-Tanour lands belonging to Hasan Mustafa Mansour, Mohammed ‘Abdel Fattah
Zidan and Ahmed Khalil Mansour from the village.  They gave the farmers 48 hours to remove the
trees starting from 15 March 2015 and threatened either to uproot the trees or
to subject the three aforementioned farmers to trial, harm and detention. 

 

On 18
March 2015, Israeli forces backed by three bulldozers moved into Kherbet
Makhoul area in the Northern Jordan Valley, east of Tubas.  The Israeli bulldozers immediately levelled a
residential compound for Palestinian shepherds. 

 

Israeli
forces then headed to the nearby al-Hadideyah area, and their bulldozers
levelled 60-square-meter barrack belonging to Ahmed ‘Abdullah Hafez Bani
‘Odah.  They then went to al-Farisiyah
area and confiscated two water tanks of a capacity of 12 cubic meters.

 

At
approximately 10:00 on the Wednesday, Israeli forces moved into al-Thaheriyah
village, south of Hebron.  They stationed
in Ma’ala Valley area in the southeast of the village and then cut down ten
almond trees and cactus seedlings in addition to confiscating them.  The Civil Administration officer who
accompanied the Israeli soldiers sprayed chemicals at the rest of the tree
stalks in the land.

 

On
Friday, 13 March 2015, settlers gathered on the main road between Jenin,
Tulkarm and Nablus near the entrance of Silet al-Thaher village, south of
Jenin.  The settlers fired in the air and
threw stones at the passing Palestinian vehicles traveling on the
aforementioned road. 

 

On Tuesday,
17 March 2015, Israeli settlers gathered on the main road between Jenin,
Tulkarm and Nablus near the entrance of Silet al-Thaher village, south of
Jenin.  The settlers threw stones at the
passing Palestinian vehicles traveling on the aforementioned road.

 

Around
the same time, Israeli forces moved into Um al-Rayhan village, which has been isolated
from its surroundings by the annexation wall, southwest of Jenin.  They levelled vacant lands in the vicinity of
a barrack used to manufacture marble.

 

 

 

 

Israeli Violations
Documented during the Reporting Period (
12 – 18 March
2015
)

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

Thursday, 12 March 2015

During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried
out incursions in the following areas, but no arrests were reported: Bitounia
and Deir Qeddis villages, west of Ramallah; al-‘Oja village, north of Hebron;
Beit Marsam village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron, Bani Na’im
village, east of the Hebron; Shofah village, southeast of Tulkarm, Beit Leed
village, east of the city; and ‘Asalah village, east of Qalqilya.

Friday, 13 March 2015

 

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit
Ummar village, north of Hebron.  They
stationed in al-Boq’ah area in the west of the village. They raided and
searched a house belonging to the family of Yazan Ashraf Badawi Akhlayal (18)
and arrested him. 

 

At approximately 10:30, Israeli gunboats stationed off
al-Sudaniyah shore, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire and
fired shells in the vicinity of Palestinian fishing boats in addition to
chasing them.  The shooting at the boats
sailing within four nautical miles continued for 30 minutes.  This caused fear among Palestinian fishermen
who fled leaving their nets that they later lost.  No injuries were reported.

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried out incursions in
the following areas, but no arrests were reported: the villages of Bir Zeit,
Sanjel, Kherbtha al-Mesbah, and Deir ‘Ammar in Ramallah and al-Bireh;
al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron; Ethna village, west of the city; and
al-‘Arqah village, west of Jenin.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into
al-Samou’a village, west of Hebron.  They
stationed in the centre of the village. They then raided and searched a house
belonging to the family of Yousif ‘Aqiq Abu ‘Aqil (26) and arrested him. 

 

At approximately 01:40, Israeli forces moved into
Jayous village, northeast of Qalqilya. 
They raided and searched a number of houses, where Amir ‘Abdel Rahman
Khaled (18) and Nour ‘Abdel ‘Aziz Mustafa Beidah (24) were handed summonses to
refer to the Israeli intelligence. 
Israeli forces withdrew later, and no further incidents were reported.

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into
Hebron.  They stationed in Abu Katilah
area and then raided and searched a house belonging to No’aman ‘Awni Salhab (25).  They handed the aforementioned civilian a
summons to refer to the Israeli intelligence in "Gosh ‘Etzion"
settlement, south of Bethlehem, and later withdrew.

 

At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into a
number of neighbourhoods in the centre of Beit Ummar village, north of
Hebron.  They raided and searched a
number of houses, from which they arrested Yazan Ashraf Badawi Akhlil (18) and
Saif Kassab ‘Ali Akhlil (18).  Israeli
forces also handed each of ‘Azmi Mohammed ‘Azmi Akhlil (22); Majdi Salem Adam
Akhlil (18) and Hasan ‘Ali Hasan ‘Aadi (21) summonses to refer to the Israeli intelligence,
south of Bethlehem.

 

At approximately 11:30, Israeli forces moved into
Fahmah village, southwest of Jenin.  They
patrolled the streets when a number of Palestinian children and boys gathered
to throw stones and empty bottles at the invaded vehicles.  The Israeli soldiers in response opened fire
and fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters indiscriminately at the
stone-throwers.  As a result, Suhailah
Sedqi Ahmed Sa’abnah (52) and Jumanah ‘Abdel Fattah Mohammed Sa’abnah (19)
suffered tear gas canisters. 

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried
out incursions in the following areas, but no arrests were reported: Bitounia
village, west of Ramallah, ‘Ein al-Sultan refugee camp, west of Jericho;
Fasayel village, north of the city; and Beit Oula village, west of Hebron.

 

Sunday, 15 March 2015

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into a
number of neighbourhoods in the centre of Hebron.  They stationed in the southwest area of the
city and then raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Elwan Naser Jamjoum
(27).  They handed the aforementioned
civilian a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence in "Gosh
‘Etzion" settlement, south of Bethlehem. 

 

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit
Rima village, northwest of Ramallah. 
They raided and searched two houses when dozens of Palestinian children
and youngsters gathered to throw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers. The
Israeli soldiers in response fired rubber-coated metal bullets at them.  As a result, some of them suffer tear gas
inhalation.  The Israeli soldiers handed
Anas ‘Abdel Karim al-Rimawi (40) and Mahmoud Jawad al-Rimawi (19) two summonses
to refer to the Israeli intelligence, and withdrew later.

 

At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Bani
Na’im village, east of Hebron.  They
stationed in the centre of the village and deployed among the houses.  They then raided and searched two houses and
handed Ahmed ‘Abdullah Manaser (24) and Tariq ‘Aziz Hajouj (22) two summonses
to refer to the Israeli intelligence in "Gosh ‘Etzion" settlement,
south of Bethlehem. 

 

At approximately 11:30, Israeli forces moved into
Ya’bod village, southwest of Jenin.  They
patrolled the streets when dozens of Palestinian children gathered to throw
stones and empty bottles at the invaded vehicles.  The Israeli soldiers in response fired sound
bombs and tear gas canisters in addition to live bullets to disperse them.  Israeli forces detained Hammam Hakam Subhi
Abu Baker (16) for some time and then released him.  Israeli forces later withdrew, and neither
house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 19:00, Israeli forces raided and
searched a house belonging to Mahmoud Masyaf Sabarneh adjacent to
Jerusalem-Hebron Street, east of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron.  They forced his ten family members to stay in
one room on the third floor of the house for four hours for no apparent reason.

 

At approximately 21:30, Israeli forces moved into
Jalboun village, east of Jenin.  They
raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ahmed Sharif Abu al-Rub
(22).  They arrested him and confiscated
his laptop, tablet and two cell phones. 
Israeli forces later withdrew taking the aforementioned civilian to an
unknown destination.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried
out incursions in the following areas, but no arrests were reported: the
villages of Kafr Sour and al-Ras, south of Tulkarm; ‘Azoun village, east of
Qalqilya; Jayous village, northeast of the city; and Beit al-Rosh al-Tahta,
west of Dura, southwest of Hebron..

 

Monday, 16 March 2015

At
approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Fawar refugee camp, south of
Hebron.  They stationed in Ras al-Jorah
near the YNRWA schools and then raided and searched 3 houses, from which
Mohammed Zaki ‘Abdullah (21); Mohammed Farez ‘Abdullah (20); and Mohammed
‘Abdullah Abu T’eimah (21) were arrested. 
The Israeli soldiers later withdrew taking them to an unknown
destination.

 

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into
Dura, southwest of al-Shawawrah area, east of Bethlehem.  They raided and searched a house belonging to
Za’al Khalaf Salem in Sneisel Street. 
They arrested his son, Islam (23), and withdrew later taking him to an
unknown destination.

 

At
approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Safa village, west of
Ramallah.  They raided and searched a
house belonging to Rami Hussam Hasan Karajah (19).  The Israeli soldiers arrested the
aforementioned civilian and withdrew later taking him to an unknown
destination.

 

Around the
same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit ‘Oar village, southwest of
Ramallah.  They raided and searched a
house belonging to Ahmed Khamis Rayan (20). 
They arrested the aforementioned civilian and withdrew later taking him
to an unknown destination.

 

At
approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Zawata village, northwest of
Nablus.  They raided and searched a
number of house, from which Mohammed ‘Ata Mi’ari (27) was arrested.  They withdrew later taking him to an unknown
destination.

 

Around the
same time, Israeli forces moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron.  They stationed in al-Shorfah neighbourhood
and then raided and searched a house belonging to Mahmoud ‘Ali al-Rjoub
(49).  They arrested his son ‘Alaa’ (26)
and withdrew later taking him to an unknown destination.

 

At
approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Qaryout village, southeast of
Nablus.  They raided and searched a
number of houses.  They arrested three
civilians, including a child: Hussein Mohammed Hussein Merdawi (53); Hareth
Hasan ‘Alan (17); and Thaer Mustafa Merdawi (19).

 

Around the
same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Rima village, northwest of
Ramallah.  They raided and searched two
houses, from which they arrested ‘Omar ‘Abdullah ‘Abdel Ra’ouf Rimawi (19) and
Adham ‘Akef Zuhdi Asmar (18).  Israeli
forces withdrew later taking them to an unknown destination.

 

Around the
same time, Israeli forces moved into Merdah village, north of Salfit.  They raided and searched a house belonging to
Mohammed Naser Zuheir Khafash (19).  They
arrested the aforementioned civilian and withdrew later taking him to an
unknown destination.

 

Around the
same time, Israeli forces moved into Rantis village, west of Ramallah.  They raided and searched a house belonging to
the family of Yousif Shaker Yousif Abu Salim (22), a student at Bir Zeit
University.  They arrested the
aforementioned civilian and withdrew later taking him to an unknown
destination.

 

At
approximately 04:30, Israeli forces moved into Jenin.  They patrolled the streets for some time and
then re-stationed in the Old City.  They
raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Nazmi Helmi Nazmi ‘Alawnah
(28), a Palestinian National Security officer, and arrested him.  Israeli forces then raided and searched a
house belonging to the family Zakaria Yousif Hassan ‘Azouqah (24) and arrested
him as well.  They later withdrew taking
the arrested civilians to an unknown destination.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried
out incursions in the following areas, but no arrests were reported: Nablus;
al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron; ‘Arabah village, southwest of Jenin
and Tulkarm.

 

 

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into
Jericho.  They raided and searched a
house belonging to the family of Mohammed Yousif Dweik (60) near Hisham’s
Palace to the north of the city.  Israeli
forces arrested the aforementioned civilian and his son, Fadi (25) and later
withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 13:00, the Israeli soldiers, who got
out of two military jeeps stationed along the border fence between the Gaza
Strip and Israel, north Abu Samrah agricultural land, north of Beit Lahia in
the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian farmers, who were practicing
their job in their lands adjacent to the border area.  Around 10 bullets hit a 1986 Subaru Station
car with registration plate no. 3-9835-00 belonging to Khaled Sa’ed Mohammed
Sa’ed al-Deen (36) from al-‘Atatrah neighbourhood in the same village.  As a result, the car was completely burnt
from the inside and large parts from the outside, but no casualties were
reported.

 

Sa’ed al-Deen Said to a PCHR fieldworker that at
approximately 11:00 on the aforementioned day, he travelled his car with ten
workers inside to a tract of land he owns with Mohammed al-‘Atar and rented by
Hasan Abu Jarad in order to harvest broad beans.  The land is 700 meters away from the border
fence.  Sa’ed al-Deen noticed two Israeli
jeeps along the border, but he kept working.  At approximately 13:00 when he was putting the
last sacks of beans and grass in the car to feed the cattle he raises in his
house, he heard sounds of shooting in the area. 
He was only 10 meters away from the car to the south and then noticed
the car was on fire.  He tried with the
worker to put out the fire, but fire gutted large parts of the car.  They then called the Civil Defence, which
arrived after around 30 minutes.  It was
found out later that the car was hit by 10 bullets from the left side.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried out incursions in
the following areas, but no arrests were reported: al-Shyoukh village, east of
Hebron; al-Burj village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron; al-Thaheriyah
village, south of the city; al-‘Oja village, north of Hebron; Tulkarm and Kafr
Lubad village, east of the city.

 

Wednesday 18 March 2015

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into
Dura, southwest of Hebron.  They
stationed in Schools neighbourhood and then raided and searched a house
belonging to the family of Dof’ah Mohammed al-Hanatshah.  They handed his son, Hammam (27), a summons
to refer to the Israeli intelligence in "Gosh ‘Etzion" settlement,
south of Bethlehem.

 

At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into
al-Dohah village, south of Bethlehem. 
They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Munir
Mahmoud Khamis (45).  They arrested the
aforementioned civilian and withdrew later taking him to an unknown
destination.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into
al-Masyoun neighbourhood in Ramallah. 
They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Islam Jamal
Mustafa Foqaha (20) in front of al-Lo’alo’a building.  They arrested the aforementioned civilian and
later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried out incursions in
the following areas, but no arrests were reported: Kafr Qaddoum village,
northeast of Qalqilya; Bal’a village, northeast of Tulkarm; ‘Anbta village,
east of the city and Ya’bod village, southwest of Jenin.

 

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 organized
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. As a result, two protestors were wounded; two of whom were
wounded in Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqilya and the third one was
wounded in al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah.   

 

In
the same context, twelve Palestinian civilians, including three children, were
wounded during protests at the southern entrance of al-Jalazoun refugee camp,
north of Ramallah, the western entrance of Silwad village, northeast of the
city, and around Ofer detention facility, southwest of Ramallah.

 

During
the reporting period, Israeli forces arrested six protestors, including a child
and three women, one of whom was an Israeli solidarity activist.

 

(PCHR keeps the names of the wounded in fear of being
arrested by the Israeli forces within its policy to oppress the peaceful
protests and prevent Palestinian civilians from participating).

 

Demonstrations
against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activity

    

Following the Friday prayer, on
13 March 2015, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli
human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in Bil’in, west of
Ramallah, in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement
activities. The protestors marched by the annexation wall and tried to cross
the fence. Israeli soldiers 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 wastewater at them and
chased them into the olive fields. As a result, a number of protestors suffered
tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as they were beaten up by
Israeli soldiers. In addition, Israeli forces arrested four French solidarity activists
and took them to an unknown destination.

 

Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians
organised a peaceful demonstration in the centre of Ni’lin village, west of
Ramallah,
in protest at the construction
of the annexation wall and settlement activities
. The 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 crossing to the land behind it before they
responded by throwing stones. Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition,
rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the
civilians, and chased them into the village.
As a result, a
number of demonstrators suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises
as they were beaten up.

 

Also
following the Friday Prayer, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and
international human rights defenders gathered in the center of Nabi Saleh
village, northwest of Ramallah, to start the weekly peaceful protest against
the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities. The
protesters walked towards the gate erected by Israeli forces near the entrance
of the village and leading to Palestinian lands that Israeli settlers from the
nearby "Halmish" settlement are trying to seize. Israeli soldiers who
had been extensively deployed in the area and near all the entrances of the
village since the morning, began to confront the protesters who wanted to walk
towards the affected lands. Israeli soldiers fired live and rubber-coated
bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protesters. As a result, a 22-year-old
civilian sustained a bullet wound to the right leg and was taken to Yasser
Arafat Hospital in Salfit. Furthermore, Israeli soldiers arrested three women,
including an Israeli solidarity activist, and took them to "Sha’ar
Benjamin" police station, northeast of occupied Jerusalem:

1. Tal Shabira (28), an Israeli
activist who was released on the same day;

2. Sihreen al-Araj (34), who was
released on the following day; and

3. Boshra Abdul Karim Mostafa
Tamimi (42), who was taken to "Hasharon" prison inside Israel.

 

At
approximately 12:20, Palestinian civilians and international solidarity
activists organized a protest in the center of Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast
of Qalqilya, heading to the eastern entrance of the village in protest against
closing that entrance since the beginning of al-Aqsa Intifada with an iron
gate. The demonstrators threw stones at Israeli soldiers, who fired sound bombs
and tear gas canisters in response. As a result, two protestors were wounded. A
41-year-old civilian sustained shrapnel wound to the neck and a 30-year-old
male sustained a bullet wound to the right leg.

 

Also
following the Friday prayer, dozens of residents of Kisan village, east of
Bethlehem, gathered at the eastern entrance of the village, to organize a
protest against levelling lands of the village by Israeli forces. Israeli
soldiers moved into the area and fired rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas
canisters at the protestors. As a result, a number of civilians suffered tear
gas inhalation. In addition, Israeli soldiers harshly beat Hani Fanoun,
reporter of Palestine TV, and chased other reporters and photojournalists.
Furthermore, Israeli soldiers prevented them from filming and threatened them.
Of those journalists were Mahmoud Elayan, Lo’ai Sababa and Samer Hamad.

 

At
approximately 10:00 on Sunday, 15 March 2015, dozens of Palestinian civilians,
Bir Zeit university students and human rights defenders gathered in front of
Qaryout village council, southeast of Nablus. They raised the Palestinian flags
and carried some olive seedlings. They made their way to al-Sahlat area, which
is threatened to be confiscated, 2 kilometers away from "Shilo"
settlement. The protestors reached the area and started planting the seedlings,
but a number of Israeli military vehicles arrived. Israeli soldiers started to
fire tear gas canisters to disperse the protestors. As a result, some of them
suffered tear gas inhalation. PRCS volunteers proceeded to offer first aid, but
Israeli soldiers prevented them and pointed their guns at them. Moreover,
Israeli soldiers arrested two of the wounded, one of whom was on a litter. The two
detainee arrested, who were taken to an unknown destination, were identified
as:

1. Samer
Makhlouf (21), from Nablus; and

2. Mohammed
Majd (22), from Bir Zeit.

  

Other demonstrators:

   

Following the Friday prayer, 13 March 2015, dozens
of Palestinians gathered at the western entrance of the Silwad village,
northeast of Ramallah, on the road between Silwad and Yabroud villages, near
Bypass road (60), in protest at the Israeli policies. Protestors set fire to
tires and threw stones and Molotov Cocktails at the aforementioned road and
Israeli soldiers. In response, Israeli soldiers stationed in the area fired
live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at
the protestors. As a result, six civilians, including three children, were
wounded and taken to Palestine Medical Compound in Ramallah. Mohammed Jad Hamed
(12) sustained a bullet wound to the belly; Saif Yusef Hamed (13) sustained a
bullet wound to the head,;Sa’di Khalil (16) sustained a bullet wound to the
right leg; a 19-year-old civilian sustained a bullet wound to the right thigh, a
20-year-old civilian sustained a bullet wound to the right leg and a 22-year-old
civilian sustained a bullet wound to the left leg.

 

Also following
the Friday prayer, dozens of children and young men gathered at the southern
entrance of al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They were about 300
meters away from the fence of "Beit Eil" settlement. Israeli forces
stationed in the area fired live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound
bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result,
three civilians, including a child, were wounded and taken to
Palestine Medical Compound in Ramallah. A 17-year-old child sustained a bullet
wound to the right leg, a 19-year-old civilian sustained a bullet wound to the
right leg too and a 21-year-old male sustained a bullet wound to the left leg.

 

On Friday
afternoon, dozens of youngsters gathered from different areas of Ramallah and
al-Bireh in the vicinity of Ofer detention facility, southwest of Ramallah.
They headed towards the facility’s gate that was closed by Israeli soldiers.
They set fire to tires and threw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers.
Israeli forces deployed around the detention facility and started firing live
and rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a
result,
two civilians were wounded and taken to
Palestine Medical Compound in Ramallah. A 19-year-old civilian sustained a
bullet wound to the left leg and a 23-year-old civilian sustained a bullet
wound to the right leg.

 

On Sunday, 15 March 2015, dozens
of children and young men gathered at the southern entrance of al-Jalazoun
refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They were about 300 meters away from the fence
of "Beit Eil" settlement. Israeli forces stationed in the area fired
live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas
canisters. As a result, dozens of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation.
Moreover, Israeli forces arrested Abdul Rahman Jamal Qasem Ali (14) and took
him into an Israeli military camp in the said settlement. At approximately
18:00, the boy was delivered to the Palestinian military liaison.
  

 

On Wednesday, 18 March 2015, dozens
of children and young men gathered at the southern entrance of al-Jalazoun
refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They were about 300 meters away from the fence
of "Beit Eil" settlement. Israeli forces stationed in the area fired
live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas
canisters. As a result, a 20-year-old civilian sustained a bullet wound between
the chest and belly. He was taken to Palestine Medical Compound and where his
wound was described serious.

 

3. Continued
closure of the oPt

 

Israel
continued to impose a tight 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 tighten the closure of the Gaza Strip and close 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 were 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 fluctuated due to the closure of Karm Abu Salem for
security claims. According to PCHR’s follow-up, Israeli authorities only allow
an average of 98 tons of cooking gas into Gaza per day.  This limited
quantity is less than half of the daily needs, which is 200 tons per day of the
civilian population in the Gaza Strip during winter.  The crisis has unprecedentedly
aggravated for around six weeks due to cold weather and overconsumption in
addition to the power outage and using gas as an alternative in many instances
of electricity.  The lack of diesel and benzene led to the aggravation of
the crisis as a result of using the gas cylinder for cars or as an alternative
for benzene to run generators.  As a result, the demand for gas further
increased.

 

For
almost seven consecutive years, Israeli forces have continued to prevent the
delivery of construction materials to the Gaza Strip. Two years ago, Israeli
forces approved the delivery of limited quantities of construction materials
for a number of international organizations in the Gaza Strip.  On 17
September 2013, they allowed the entry of limited quantities of construction
materials for the private sector.  However, on 13 October 2013, they
re-banned it claiming that these materials are used for constructing tunnels. 
Last week, Israeli forces allowed the entry of construction materials only for
UNRWA and UNDP projects.  As a result, construction works have completely
stopped impacting all sectors related to construction and an increase in
unemployment levels. During the 51-day Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip in
July and August 2014, Israeli authorities did not allow the entry of any
construction materials. As a result, vital and infrastructure projects have
been obstructed so far.

 

Israeli
forces also continued to impose an 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.

Movement at Karm Abu Salem
(Kerem Shalom) crossing, southeast of Rafah

10 – 16 March 2015

 

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Number

Liters

10
March 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foodstuffs

1,407

Agricultural
materials

1,414

Various
goods

Cartons
of shoes

Refrigerators

Trucks

Cartons
of clothes

Forklift
trucks

Doors

Marble

Photocopiers

Cartons
of cigarette filters

889

 

975

66

9

330

6

100

850
meters

6

100

Humanitarian
aid

6,820

Cooking
gas

268.600

Benzene

34,997

Diesel

Diesel
for UNRWA

806,974

70.002

11
March

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foodstuffs

664

Agricultural
materials

1,536

Various
goods

Cartons
of shoes

Cartons
of clothes

Marble
boards

Glass
boards

Cars

Sheep

Horses

Cows

1,183

 

600

990

110

1,400

55

236

11

399

Humanitarian
aid

10,800

Cooking
gas

266.950

Benzene

301,020

Diesel

556,989

12 March

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foodstuffs

655

Agricultural
materials

2,006

Various
goods

Cartons
of shoes

Refrigerators

Cows

Cartons
of clothes

Glass

Solar
power systems

Birds

Marble

461

 

3,196

14

504

990

320
meters

30

117

821
meters

Humanitarian
aid

12,449

 

 

 

Cooking
gas

271.660

Benzene

187,010

Diesel

511,350

15 March

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foodstuffs

1,045

 

Agricultural
materials

1,149

 

Various
goods

Cartons
of clothes

Washing
machines

Refrigerators

Cartons
of shoes

Cartons
of various items

665

 

460

138

167

1,622

520

 

Humanitarian
aid

7,502

 

 

 

Cooking
gas

269.270

 

Benzene

146,120

 

Diesel

521,190

 

16 March

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foodstuffs

840

 

Agricultural
materials

1,568

 

Various
goods

Cartons
of clothes

Washing
machines

Refrigerators

Cartons
of hubly bubly equipment

ACs

Marble
boards

Marble

Cows

Trucks

Forklift
trucks

Batteries

Cartons
of shoes

445

 

660

29

80

300

 

34

230

750

185

9

5

1,400

1,485

 

Humanitarian
aid

4,904

 

 

 

Cooking
gas

271.650

 

Benzene

254,010

 

Diesel

589,980

 

Exports:

 

On
Tuesday, 10 March 2015, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 5.5 tons of eggplants,
3 tons of cucumbers, 2.5 tons of cherry tomatoes, a tons of tomatoes and 5.5
tons of squash.

 

On
Wednesday, 11 March 2015, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 12 tons of clothes,
16 tons of carpet and 0.5 tons of fish.  

 

On
Thursday, 12 March 2015, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 4.5 tons of
eggplants, 5.28 tons of cucumbers, 18.24 tons of tomatoes and 0.96 tons of
squash.

 

On
Sunday, 15 March 2015, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 4.85 tons of
eggplants, 14.6 tons of cherry tomatoes, 3.84 tons of squash, 7.68 tons of
tomatoes and 24.96 tons of cucumbers.

 

On
Monday, 16 March 2015, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 2.4 tons of eggplants,
14.8 tons of cucumbers, 30 tons of tomatoes, 1.2 tons of squash, a tons of
cherry tomatoes, 39 tons of wood, 0.3 tons of mints and 0.37 tons of garlic.

 

Other
imports:

On
Tuesday, 10 March 2015, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 760 tons of cement
for Gaza reconstruction, and 160 tons of cement and 120 tons of steel for UNRWA.
They also allowed the entry of 665 tons of fodders and 385 tons of wheat.

 

On
Wednesday, 11 March 2015, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 3,000 tons of aggregates,
280 tons of cement and 90 tons of steel for UNRWA; 1,160 tons of aggregates and
1,440 tons of cement for Gaza reconstruction; and 1,520 tons of aggregates and
90 tons of steel for the Water Authority. They also allowed the entry of 525
tons of fodders and 630 tons of wheat.

 

On
Thursday, 12 March 2015, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 2,720 tons of
aggregates, 280 tons of cement and 33 tons of steel for UNRWA; 1,320 tons of
aggregates and 1,320 tons of cement for Gaza reconstruction; and 400 tons of
aggregates, 30 tons of steel and 40 tons of cement for the Water Authority. They
also allowed the entry of 560 tons of fodders and 980 tons of wheat.

 

On
Sunday, 15 March 2015, Israeli force allowed the entry of 400 tons of aggregates,
640 tons of cement and 90 tons of steel for UNRWA; 320 tons of aggregates for
Gaza reconstruction; and 320 tons of aggregates for the Water Authority. They
also allowed the entry of 455 tons of fodders and 490 tons of wheat.

 

On
Monday, 16 March 2015, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 3,560 tons of
aggregates, 280 tons of cement and 37 tons of steel for UNRWA; and 600 tons of
cement for Gaza reconstruction. They also allowed the entry of 700 tons of
fodders and 525 tons of wheat.

 

Plastic
Containers returned by Israeli forces via Karm Abu Salem:

 

On
Tuesday, 10 March 2015, Israeli forces returned 15 truckloads of empty
containers.

 

On
Wednesday, 11 March 2015, Israeli forces returned 13 truckloads of empty
containers and a truckload of empty oxygen cylinders.

 

On
Thursday, 12 March 2015, Israeli forces returned 13 truckloads of empty
containers.

 

On
Monday, 16 March 2015, Israeli forces returned 15 truckloads of empty
containers.

 

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

Movement at Beit Hanoun
(“Erez”) crossing

10 – 17 March 2015

Category

10 March

11 March

12 March

13 March

14
March

15 March

16 March

17 March

Patients

85

36

38

4

50

53

Companions

84

34

41

2

47

52

Personal needs

58

49

90

19

117

84

Families

of prisoners

66

Arabs from

Israel

4

6

10

4

23

10

Diplomats

International journalists

International workers

36

67

54

9

23

44

Travelers

abroad

3

3

2

6

1

Business people

255

216

208

2

617

414

Business meetings

Security interviews

4

1

3

VIPs

1

1

Ambulances

to Israel

1

2

4

3

8

4

 

Notes:

On
Friday, 13 March 2015, Israeli forces allowed 194 civilians to cross through
Erez in order to perform prayers in the al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem.  On 11, 12 and 15 March 2015, they allowed
respectively three, two and seven civilians of personal needs or international
worker to renew their permit.

 

Israeli
forces completely closed the crossing on Tuesday, 17 March 2015, because of the
Israeli elections.

 

West
Bank

 

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:

 

· Hebron:
Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of
Palestinian civilians. At approximately 07:00 on Thursday, 12 March 2015,
Israeli forces established at the entrance of Sa’ir village, east of the
city.  Around the same time, another
checkpoint was established at the entrance of al-Fawar refugee camp, south of
Hebron.  Later, the two checkpoints were
removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 16:00 on Friday, 13 March 2015, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Ummar village, north of
Hebron.  Later, the checkpoint was
removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 07:00 on Saturday, 14 March 2015, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint at the northern entrance of Hebron.  Meanwhile, they established another
checkpoint at the entrance of Beit ‘Awa village, southwest of Dura, southwest
of the city.  At approximately 16:00,
another checkpoint was established at the southern entrance of Hahoul.  Later, checkpoints were removed and no
arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 15:00 on Sunday, 15 March 2015, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint at the entrance of Yata village, south of Hebron. Later,
the checkpoint was removed and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 07:30 on Wednesday, 18 March 2015, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Kahel village, west of
Hebron.  At approximately 15:00, another
checkpoint was established at the entrance of al-Fawar refugee camp, south of
the city.  Later, the checkpoint was
removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

· Ramallah: Israeli
forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of
Palestinian civilians. At approximately 10:30 on Thursday, 12 March 2015,
Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of ‘Aboud village,
northwest of the city. At approximately 20:30, Israeli forces established
another checkpoint at the entrance of Termes’aya, north of the city.  Both checkpoints were removed and no arrests
were reported.

 

At approximately 10:00 on Friday, 13 March 2015, Israeli forces
closed the eastern entrance of al-Nabi Saleh village, northeast of Ramallah,
and prevented civilians from entering or leaving through it.  Around the same time, they established
another checkpoint under the bridge of ‘Ein Yabrud village, northeast of
Ramallah.  At approximately 11:00, a
similar checkpoint was established at the entrance of N’ilin, west of the
city.  At approximately 18:00, they also
established a checkpoint at the entrance of Deir Abu Mash’al village, northwest
of Ramallah. All checkpoints were removed and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 10:30 on Saturday, 14 March 2015, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint at the entrance of Ras Karkar village, northwest of
Ramallah.  At approximately 13:30,
another checkpoint was established at the entrance of Qabia village, west of
the city.  Later, both checkpoints were
removed and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 11:30 on Monday, 16 March 2015, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint at the entrance of ‘Ein Sinia village, north of
Ramallah.  At approximately 15:00,
israeli forces reestablished ‘Atarah checkpoint at the northern entrance of Bir
Zeit, north of the city.  Later, the two
checkpoints were removed and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 17:30 on Tuesday, 17 March 2015, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint under the bridge of Kherbtha al-Mesbah, southwest of
Ramallah.  At approximately 17:30,
another checkpoint was established near the intersection of Beit ‘Oar al-Foqa
village, southwest of Ramallah.  At
approximately 20:00, another checkpoint was established near the intersection
of "Ofrah" settlement, north of the city.  Later, the two checkpoints were removed and
no arrests were reported.

 

 

· Jericho: Israeli
forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of
Palestinian civilians. At approximately 10:30 on Friday, 13 March 2015, Israeli
forces established a checkpoint near the entrance of Fasayel village, north of
the city.  At approximately 20:20,
another checkpoint was established at the southern entrance of Jericho. Later,
both checkpoints were removed and no arrests were reported.

· Tulkarm:
Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of
Palestinian civilians. At approximately 08:00 on Sunday, 15 March 2015, Israeli
forces established a checkpoint on the main road between Tulkarm and Nablus
near the intersection of Beit Leed village in area called “Abu Martein”, east
of Tulkarm.  Later, the checkpoint was removed,
and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 16:00 on Monday, 16 March 2015, Israeli forces
stationed at ‘Annab military checkpoint which is established on the road
between Tulkarm and Nablus, east of the city, tightened their restrictions
against civilians and obstructed their movement. Later that day, the tightening
ended and no arrests were reported.  The
tightening renewed at approximately 09:00 on Tuesday, 17 March 2015.  At approximately 22:00, another checkpoint was
established on the main road between Tulkarm and Nablus near the intersection
of Beit Leed village in area called “Abu Martein”, east of Tulkarm.  Later, the checkpoint was removed, and no
arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 11:00 on Tuesday, 17 March 2015, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint on the main road between Tulkarm and Nablus near the
intersection of Bazaria village, east of Tulkarm.  Later, the checkpoint was removed, and no
arrests were reported.

 

 

· Qalqilya:
Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of
Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 21:35
on Friday, 13 March 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the eastern
entrance of Qalqilya.  Later, the checkpoint
was removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 20:10 on Saturday, 14 March 2015, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint at the entrance of ‘Azoun villages, east of
Qalqilya.  At approximately 21:40,
Israeli forces established a similar checkpoint under the bridge of ‘Azoun
village on the main road between Qalqilya and Tulkarm.  The two checkpoints were later removed, and
no arrests were reported.

 

 

· Jenin:
Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of
Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 21:00
on Sunday, 15 March 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint between the
villages of Ya’bod and Zebdah, southwest of Jenin.  Later, the checkpoint was removed, and no
arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 18:00 on Monday, 16 March 2015, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint at the intersection of Ya’bod village, southwest of
Jenin.  Later, the checkpoint was
removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

 

Arrests
and Maltreatment at Military Checkpoints

 

On
Thursday morning, 12 March 2015, Israeli forces stationed at the entrance of
"Gosh ‘Etzion" settlement, south of Bethlehem, arrested Mo’az Yousif
‘Azmi Akhlil (22) from Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron, when he had an
interview with the Israeli intelligence. 
He was taken to an unknown destination.

  

On
Saturday, 14 March 2015, Israeli forces arrested nine civilians, including six
children, when they were present in the agricultural lands adjacent to the
annexation wall near al-Yamoun village, northwest of Jenin.  Eight of them were later released after the
Palestinian Military Liaison intervened. 
The arrested persons were identified as:

 

1. Shafiq Mohammed Shafiq Waked (19)
who was not released and taken to an unknown destination;

2. ‘Orwah Mohammed Salim Hammad (17);

3. Tariq Mohammed Hussein Waked (16);

4. Bahaa’ Bassam ‘Abdel Rahman Yehia
(17);

5. Qotaybah Eyad Khalil Hammad (17);

6. Ahmed ‘Adnan Talal Saleh (17);

7. Ahmed Kamel Ibrahim Yehia (45), all
of the aforementioned are from al-‘Erqah village, west of Jenin; and

8. Mohammed Ahmed Hasan Zad (13) from
Nazlet Zaid village, southwest of the city. 

 

At
approximately 10:00 on Sunday, 15 March 2015, Israeli stationed at the entrance
of "Gosh ‘Etzion" settlement, south of Bethlehem, arrested Mohammed
Ibrahim Men’em Abu ‘Ayyash (20) from Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron, after
he went to the Israeli intelligence in the aforementioned settlement.  He was taken to an unknown destination.

 

At
approximately 16:00 on Tuesday, 17 March 2015, Israeli forces arrested Mohammed
Fayed Yousif Muheisen (31), Coordinator of the Popular Committee against the
Wall and Settlements in the south of the West Bank from al-‘Aroub refugee camp,
north of Hebron.  The aforementioned
civilian was arrested after his car was stopped by an Israeli GMC vehicle near
"Ma’alim Adomim" settlement, east of Jerusalem.  He was taken to the police station in the
aforementioned settlement and then released at approximately 03:00 on
Wednesday, 18 March 2015, on bail of 7,000 NIS until his hearing at the court
on 13 April 2015.  Muheisen said to a
PCHR fieldworker that the Israeli police questioned him about his work in the
Popular Committees and accused him of inciting
 
against Israel by organizing demonstrations in south of the West Bank.

 

At
approximately 15:00 on Saturday, 15 March 215, two officers from the Israeli
Border Police deployed in Beit Haninah neighborhood, east of Jerusalem,
severely hit Mohammed Ziad Shaker Abu Mayyalah (29) from Zayf area, north of
Yata, south of Hebron, with their feet and riffle’s butts.  The aforementioned civilian was taken by a
civilian car to one of the medical centers and then to al-Maqased Hospital in
the city.  It was found out that he sustained
bruises in the chest.

 

On
Wednesday morning, 15 March 2015, Israeli soldiers severely beat up Mohammed
al-Bal’aawi (23) from al-Dheishah refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, while
passing near the checkpoint that was established by the Israeli soldiers in
‘Osh al-Ghorab area, east of Beit Sahour. 
The injured young man was taken to Beit Jala Governmental Hospital to
receive medical treatment, and medical sources later found out that he
sustained moderate wounds.

 

 

 

Israeli
Forces Arrest Trader at Beit Hanoun "Erez" Crossing in the Northern
Gaza Strip

 

At approximately 09:00 on Sunday, 15
March 2015, Israeli forces stationed at Beit Hanoun "Erez" crossing
in the northern Gaza Strip arrested Muhsen Ihsan Hasan Hamdonah (34), who own
Hyper Tech Company for Computers from al-Naser neighborhood in Gaza.

 

On Tuesday, 10 March 2015, Hamadonah went to have a security
interview with the Israeli forces.  At
approximately 17:00 on the same day, they asked him to leave the crossing and
come with documents and bills relevant to his work on Thursday, 12 March
2015.  However, he did not go as the
Liasion and Coordination Department informed him so.  At approximately 20:00 on Saturday, 14 March
2015, Hamadonah received a call from the Liaison telling him that he must come
on Sunday to the crossing.  At
approximately 09:00 on the aforementioned Sunday, Hamadonah went there. At
approximately 20:00 on the same day, his brother Mohammed (27) received a call
from someone who introduced himself as an officer from Ashkelon police and
telling him that Muhsen Hamadonah was arrested.

 

4. Efforts
to create Jewish demographic majority in occupied East Jerusalem

 

Incursions
and arrests

 

At
approximately 03:00 on Sunday, 15 March 2015, Israeli forces moved into
al-Eisawiya village, north of East Jerusalem. They raided a number of houses
from which they arrested Mo’az Jamal Obaid (21) and Omer Mohammed Ebeid (19)
and took them to an unknown destination.

 

 At approximately 13:00, on the same day,
Israeli forces arrested three girls and a woman, who were present around
al-Selsela gate of al-Aqsa mosque in the old city. They took them to Beit
el-Yaho facility to be questioned. The detainees were identified as: Aya Mousa
al-Zaghal (12); Anhar Ahmed al-Ajlouni (12); Aya Ayman Abu Nab (16); and Randa
Abu Snaina (36).  

 

At
approximately 04:00 on Monday, 16 March 2015, Israeli forces moved into
al-Eisawiya village, north of East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number
of houses from which they arrested four civilians, including three children.
The detainees were identified as: Karim Ahmed Mostafa (15); Yusef Ahmed Mostafa
(16); Shaker Mousa Mostafa (16) and Alaa Moheisen (19).

 

At
approximately 05:00, on the same day, Israeli forces moved into Ras al-Amoud
neighborhood, east of the old city. They raided and searched a number of houses
from which they arrested 3 children. The detaineesd were identified as: Baker
Mohammed Owais (16); Nour Mohanned al-Zaghal (17); and Wa’el Hussein al-Salayma
(16).

 

At
approximately 15:00 on Tuesday, 17 March 2015, Israeli forces arrested a woman
and three young men while being present in the yard of al-Aqsa Mosque in the
old city under the pretext of riot. The arrested were identified as: Abeer
Bashir (32); Mohammed al-Deeb (26); Mostafa Mowasi (23); and Shadi Sha’abna
(23). They were taken to Bab al-Selsela facility to be questioned.

 

At
approximately 17:00, on the same day, Israeli forces arrested Mahdi Hatem Abu
Asab (11), while he was present in al-Qarmi neighborhood, in the old city. They
took him to al-Qashala facilitiy to be questioned.

 

At
approximately 03:00, on Wednesday, 18 March 2015, Israeli forces moved into
Beit Hanina neighborhood, north of East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a
number of houses from which they arrested three civilians, including a child: Mostafa
Mahmoud Abu Hadwan (17); Nour Castero (19); and Mohammed Abdul Rahman Qerresh
(19).

 

At
approximately 30:30, Israeli forces raided a house belonging to Mohammed
Darweesh in al-Eisawiya village, north of East Jerusalem. They searched the
house and arrested his son Khaled (17).

 

At
approximately 04:00, on the same day, Israeli forces moved into al-Thawri
neighborhood, south of East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of
houses from which they arrested two civilians, including a child: Mohammed Nouh
al-Talhami (17); and Haroun Nasser Barqan (18).

 

At
approximately 04:50, Israeli forces moved into Ras al-Amoud neighborhood, east
of the old city. They raided and searched a number of houses from which they
arrested two children. The arrested were identified as: Shadi Ahmed al-Abasi
(16); and Ahmed Yousef Abu Qalbain (15).

 

At
approximately 11:00, Israeli forces arrested Jawad Siyam (42), director of the Information
Center of Wadi Helwa, in Selwan village, south of the old city. Siyam was
arrested while filming a building belonging to al-Abasi family which was seized
by settlers in the morning.

 

Settler attacks in the city:

 

On
Friday, 13 March 2015, two settlers attacked Ahmed Mohammed Essa Abu Ta’ah (19)
when he was in al-Masharef Mount area "the French Hill", north of the
old city. As a result, he sustained wounds in the face and bruises in the neck.

Mohammed
Abu Ta’ah, the father of Ahmed, said to a PCHR fieldworker that two settlers
attacked his son from behind. One of them hit him with a stick on his legs
while the other tried to stab him with a knife. As a result, he sustained a
wound around his nose. Ahmed defended himself and the settlers ran away towards
"The French Hill". Abu Ta’ah added that his son was transferred to
Hadasa – al-Eisawiya hospital. He had bruises in the neck and a swelling in the
face. He added that his son suffered severe bleeding as he was beat up.

 

At
approximately 09:00 on Monday, 16 March 2015, Israeli forces surrounded a house
belonging to Sab Laban family house in Aqabet al-Khalidiya in the old city.
They tried to evacuate the house for the interest of settlers. Israeli forces
brought demolition tools to burst out the door and force the family get out of
the house. The family lawyer intervened and obtained an order to delay the
evacuation. Ahmed Sab Laban said to a PCHR fieldworker that his family rented
the house in 1956 from the "Jordanian enemy’s property guard", but settlers
filed a case against the family under the pretext the building was not used. As
a result, the judge of Magistrates’ court decided that the family evacuate the
house.

 

On
Wednesday, 18 March 2015, Israeli Elad Association seized by forgery a building
belonging to al-Malehi family and two tracts of land in Wadi Helwa
neighborhood, south of the old city.

 

In
the same context, under the protection of Israeli forces, dozens of armed
settlers seized a 500-square-meter tract of plant belonging to al-Abasi family
in Wadi Helwa neighborhood and established tin-made rooms on it. They also
seized a 1,200-square-meter tract of land belonging to Sh’aban family in the
same neighborhood. They cleaned the land and placed a caravan on it.

 

Restrictions
on movement in the city

 

On
Sunday morning, 15 March 2015, Israeli police denied eight buses from Sour
Baher, south of East Jerusalem, access to al-Aqsa Mosque.

 

An
eyewitness said to a PCHR fieldworker that Israeli police erected a checkpoint
at the entrances of Sour Baher village, when twelve buses headed from the
village to al-Aqsa mosque as part of tours organized by the village residents.
During which, Israeli police stopped eight buses and tried to prevent drivers
from proceeding. He added that the buses were stopped for two hours, during
which, the police officers checked the passengers’ IDs and asked them some
questions. It should be noted that the passengers were students, teachers and
some families from the village. Once the passengers reached al-Aqsa mosque,
their IDs were seized and bags were searched.   

 

5. Settlement activities and attacks by settlers
against Palestinian civilians and property

 

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.

 

At approximately 09:00 on Monday, 16 March
2015, Israeli forces notified Qana Valley farmers, northwest of Salfit, that
they would uproot 240 olive trees aged six years from the lands of al-Tanour
lands belonging to Hasan Mustafa Mansour, Mohammed ‘Abdel Fattah Zidan and
Ahmed Khalil Mansour from the village. 
They gave the farmers 48 hours to remove the trees starting from the
date of 15 March 2015 and threatened either to uproot the trees or to subject
the three aforementioned farmers to trial, harm and detention. 

 

At approximately 06:30 on Wednesday, 18
March 2015, Israeli forces backed by three bulldozers moved into Lherbet
Makhoul area in the Northern Jordan Valley, east of Tubas.  The Israeli bulldozers immediately levelled a
residential compound for Palestinian shepherds. 
This compound is comprised of housing, sheep barns belonging to four
families of 13 members.  They levelled four
residential tents; four kitchens; 15 barracks for sheltering sheep; a water
tank and a number of Feedlots.  It should
be mentioned that this is the fourth time in which the Israeli forces uproot
the residential tents and barns of the civilians in that area.  They levelled residential tents and barns
belong to Hasan Asmar Bsharat and his son, Ashraf; and Mahmoud and Mohammed
‘Ali Mahmoud Bsharat .

 

Israeli
forces then headed to the nearby al-Hadideyah area, and their bulldozers
levelled 60-square-meter barrack belonging to Ahmed ‘Abdullah Hafez Bani
‘Odah.  They then went to al-Farisiyah
area and confiscated two water tanks of a capacity of 12 cups.  These tanks are donated by Palestinian Hydrology
Group to provide drinking water for the residents of the area.

 

At
approximately 10:00 on the Wednesday, Israeli forces moved into al-Thaheriyah
village, south of Hebron.  They stationed
in Ma’ala Valley area in the southeast of the village and then cut down 10
almond trees and cactus seedlings in addition to confiscating them.  The Civil Administration officer who
accomopnied the Israeli soldiers sprayed chemicals at the rest of the tree
stalks in the land.  These trees belong
to Adam Ibrahim Nassar al-Tol.  Israeli
forces claimed that this 40-dunum land is State Property, and none has the
right to plant or enter it without a prior permit.

 

On
Friday, 13 March 2015, settlers gathered on the main road between Jenin,
Tulkarm and Nablus near the entrance of Silet al-Thaher village, south of
Jenin.  The settlers fired in the air and
threw stones at the passing Palestinian vehicles traveling on the
aforementioned road.  Minutes later, the
Israeli forces secured the settlers’ withdrawal and reopened the road.  No further incidents were reported.

 

At
approximately 16:30 on Tuesday, 17 March 2015, Israeli settlers gathered on the
main road between Jenin, Tulkarm and Nablus near the entrance of Silet
al-Thaher village, south of Jenin.  The
settlers threw stones at the passing Palestinian vehicles traveling on the
aforementioned road.  As a result, the
windshield of a car belonging to Feras ‘Ali ‘Obeid (25) was broken.  Minutes later, the Israeli forces arrived to
secure the settlers’ withdrawal and re-open the road.  No further incidents were reported.

 

Around
the same time, Israeli forces moved into Uma l-Rayhan village, which has benn isolated
from its surroundings due to the annexation wall, southwest of Jenin.  They levelled vacant lands in the vicinity of
a barrack used to manufacture marble. 
This barrack belongs to Sharif Kamel Mohammed Zaid (54) and blocked the
roads to it with sand barriers.

 

 

 

Recommendations
to the International Community

 

 

PCHR emphasizes the international community’s position
that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are still
under Israeli occupation, in spite of Israeli military redeployment outside the
Gaza Strip in 2005. PCHR further confirms that Israeli forces 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 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, 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;

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 directly 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 violations 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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