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Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory


Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue
Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied
Palestinian Territory (OPT)


· IOF killed a Palestinian child in Southern ‘Assira village
near Nablus.


· IOF troops violently pushed a Palestinian woman, killing


· 15 Palestinian civilians, including three children and a
woman, were wounded by IOF gunfire.


· 11 of the wounded, including two children and a British
journalist, were wounded in Ne’lin village near Ramallah.


· Three of these civilians were wounded by IOF troops at
military checkpoints.


· IOF continued to use a foul smelling liquid against
demonstrators in Bal’ein and Ne’lin villages near Ramallah.


· IOF conducted 30 incursions into Palestinian communities in
the West Bank.


· IOF arrested 26 Palestinian civilians, including five children.


· IOF have continued to impose a total siege on the OPT and
have isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.


· IOF troops positioned at various checkpoints in the West
Bank arrested four Palestinian civilians, including a girl and a child.


· IOF detained a number of journalists near a settlement in
the West Bank.


· IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank
and Israeli settlers have continued to attacks Palestinian civilians and property.


· IOF confiscated 162 donumms[1]
of Palestinian land for the purpose of settlement activities.


· Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian civilians and property.





Israeli violations of international
law and humanitarian law continued in the OPT during the reporting period (18 –
24 September 2008):


Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF
killed a Palestinian child, and wounded 15 civilians, including three children
and a woman, in the West Bank. They also wounded a British journalist.


On 20 September, IOF killed a
Palestinian child from ‘Assira village, south of Nablus. They claimed that they
shot a Palestinian who was about to set fire to a Molotov cocktail and throw it
at IOF troops positioned near “Yitzhar” settlement. On the same day, IOF troop
violently pushed a Palestinian woman in Abu Dis town near Jerusalem while
raiding her house. The woman was killed.


On 22 September, IOF troops
positioned at Hawara checkpoint, south of Nablus, opened fire indiscriminately
when an unidentified girl sprayed a liquid at an IOF soldier at the checkpoint.
As a result, three Palestinian civilians, including a woman, were wounded by
shrapnel from IOF gunfire.


On 24 September, IOF wounded and
arrested a Palestinian child in al-Duheisha refugee camp, south of


During the reporting period, 11
Palestinian civilians, including two children, and a British journalist were
wounded when IOF used force against peaceful demonstrations organized in
protest at the construction of the Annexation Wall in N’elin and Bal’ein
villages, west of Ramallah. IOF also used a liquid with a disgusting smell
against the demonstrators.   


Incursions: During the reporting period, IOF
conducted at least 30 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the
West Bank. During these incursions, IOF arrested 26 Palestinian civilians,
including a child and a girl. The number of Palestinian civilians arrested by
IOF in the West Bank since the beginning of the year stands at 1,974.


Restrictions on Movement: IOF have continued to impose a tightened siege on the OPT
and imposed severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the
Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.


Gaza Strip


IOF have continued to close all
border crossings to the Gaza Strip for more than two years. The IOF siege of
Gaza, which has steadily tightened since June 2007, has had a disastrous impact
on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.


· 1.5 million people are being denied their basic rights,
including freedom of movement, and their rights to appropriate living
conditions, work, health and education.


· The Egypt-brokered ‘Tahdiya’
or truce between Palestinian resistance groups and Israel began on 19 June;
however, there have been no major changes regarding the movements of civilians
and goods through the six Gaza Strip border crossings.


· Rafah International Crossing Point, the only border crossing
from the Gaza Strip to the outside world via a country other than Israel,
remains closed.


· Health services continue to be severely affected by the
siege, with healthcare facilities also registering a 25% drop in clients due to
continuing chronic fuel shortages. Critically ill patients are still being
denied permits to access vital health services in the West Bank, Israel and
abroad. .


· Water facilities, including access to clean drinking water,
and the treatment of raw sewage continue to be severely disrupted by fuel
shortages. 50-60 million litres of untreated and partially treated sewage are
being dumped into the Gaza Strip Mediterranean Sea daily, posing a public
health risk.


· Hundreds of Gazan students are currently unable to resume
their university studies abroad as they cannot exit the Gaza Strip. In
addition, up to 1,200 school leavers are in the process of applying to study at
foreign universities, and are dependent on being issued exit permits by the


· There are approximately 10,000 Palestinian prisoners in
jails in Israel, including at least 900 prisoners from Gaza who have been denied
all visitation rights since 6 June 2007.


· Continuing chronic shortages of construction materials,
including cement, aggregate and iron, have led to the collapse of the Gaza
construction industry. Thousands of construction workers have been laid off,
and vital infrastructure projects have been forcibly suspended. 


· IOF have repeatedly closed border crossings of the Gaza
Strip claiming that home-made rockets were launched at Israeli towns.


· The Gaza Strip continues to suffer chronic shortages of fuel
supplies, especially cooking gas, and electricity is cut off for lengthy
periods of time.


West Bank


IOF have continued to impose severe
restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians throughout the West Bank,
including occupied East Jerusalem. Thousands of Palestinian civilians from the
West Bank and the Gaza Strip continue to be denied access to Jerusalem.


· IOF have established checkpoints in and around Jerusalem,
severely restricting Palestinian access to the city. Civilians are frequently
prevented from praying at the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.


· There are approximately permanent 600 roadblocks, manned and
unmanned checkpoints across the West Bank. In addition, there are some 60-80
‘flying’ or temporary checkpoints erected across the West Bank by IOF every


· When complete, the illegal Annexation Wall will stretch for
724 kilometres around the West Bank, further isolating the entire population.
350 kms of the Wall has already been constructed. Approximately 99% of the Wall
has been constructed inside the West Bank itself, further confiscating
Palestinian land.


· There are around 500 kms of restricted roads across the West
Bank. In addition, approximately one third of the West Bank, including occupied
East Jerusalem, is inaccessible to Palestinians without a permit issued by the
IOF. These permits are extremely difficult to obtain.


· IOF continue to harass, and assault, demonstrators who hold
peaceful protests against the construction of the Annexation Wall.


· Palestinian civilians continue to be harassed by IOF in
Jerusalem, and across the West Bank, including being regularly stopped and
searched in the streets by IOF.


· During the reporting period, IOF troops positioned at various
checkpoints arrested four Palestinian civilians, including a child and a girl.


Settlement Activities: IOF have continued settlement
activities and Israeli settlers living in the OPT have, in violation of
international humanitarian law, have continued to attack Palestinian civilians
and property. On 18 September, IOF issued 2 military orders confiscating 140
donumms of land in Bardala village in the northern Jordan Valley, and 22 donumms
in Mnaizel area south of Hebron. During the reporting period, Israeli settlers
launched five attacks against Palestinian civilians and property in Hebron,
Ramallah and Nablus.



Israeli Violations Documented during
the Reporting Period (18 – 24 September 2008)


The full report is available PDF format.


[1] A donumm is equal to 1000 square meters. 

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