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Weekly Report: On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (20 March 2001)

 

 

· Israeli occupation forces shelled an outpost of the Palestinian
President’s Guard, killing a Palestinian officer;

  

· Israeli occupation forces positioned near Al-Mentar Outlet in Gaza
killed a Palestinian civilian;

 

· Indications of settler involvement in the abduction and killing of a
Palestinian child;

 

· Dozens of Palestinian civilians are wounded with live and rubber-coated
metal bullets fired by the Israeli occupation forces;

 

· Palestinian houses and civilian facilities are shelled; and

 

· Palestinian land continuedto be leveled and house and
civilian facility continues to be demolished.

 

 

 

Introduction

 

This report covers Israeli human
rights violations against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian
Territories during the period of March 8-14, 2001. During this period, the Israeli occupation
forces continued to open fire on Palestinian civilians and to shell Palestinian
residential areas.

 

In a significant escalation, on Wednesday, March 21, 2001, at
approximately 21:00 local time, Israeli occupation forces, positioned in
Netzarim settlement, to the south of Gaza City, suddenly shelled an outpost of
the Palestinian President’s Guards (Force 17), when no clashes were occuring in
the area. As a result, lieutenant Kamel
Saleh El-Jamal, 29, from Al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, was killed with an
artillery shell that hit him in the abdomen. Additionally, another three members of Force 17 in the same outpost were
wounded as follows:

 

1) Ahmed S’ado El-‘Arayshi, 34, was wounded with
shrapnel in the upper part of the body and was evacuated to Shifa’ hospital in
Gaza City for treatment;

2) Rezeq Sa’id Abu Setteh, 20, from Khan Yunis, was
seriously wounded with shrapnel in the thighs and the chest, and was evacuated
to Shifa’ hospital in Gaza City for treatment; and

3) Nafez Mahmoud Helles, 26, from Al-Shojaeya
neighborhood in Gaza City, was wounded with shrapnel throughout the body, and
was evacuated to the hospital of the Palestine Red Crescent Society in Gaza
City (Al-Quds hospital).

 

In Wednesday morning,
Israeli occupation forces, positioned on ‘Eibal Mout, to the north of Nablus,
opened fire at a police station in the city. As a result, policeman Mohammed Yousef Khalil Abu El-Kheir, 19, from
Gaza, was wounded with a live bullet in the left leg.

 

On Friday, March 16, 2001, Israeli
occupation soldiers opened fire on a number of Palestinian demonstrators after
the Friday prayer near Al-Mentar (Karni) Outlet, to the east of Gaza City. As a result, Mohammed Jom’aa Mahmoud Abu
El-‘Oun, 21, from Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza City, was killed with a
live bullet in the heart. Moreover,
another eight Palestinian civilians, mostly children, were wounded during the
same clashes. 

 

Furthermore, Jewish settlers
continued their assaults, under protection by the Israeli occupation forces,
against Palestinian civilians. On
Saturday, March 17, 2001, the corpse of child Mohammed Ismail Hashem Nassar,
10, from Al-Barid neighborhood in Jerusalem, was found between rocks, approximately
20m away from a Jewish religious school in Neve Jacob settlement, near the
neighborhood. The child has disappeared
on the previous day. There are
indications that raise suspicions that Jewish settlers were engaged in
kidnapping, killing and mutilating the child.

 

According to PCHR’s documentation,
during the second week of March 2001, the Israeli occupation forces razed more
areas of Palestinian agricultural land throughout the Gaza Strip.



 

1. Shooting at
Palestinian Civilians

 

Thursday, March15, 2001

 

At
approximately 11:00 local time, Israeli occupation soldiers fired a sound bomb
into the yard of Al-Ibrahimia elementary school in the area controlled by the
forces in Hebron. As a result, six
children were wounded with shrapnel as follows:

 1) Mohammed Rabah Abu Subeih, 9, whose eardrum was torn;

 2) ‘Alla’ Mohammed Abu Mayyala, 9, wounded with shrapnel
in the head;

 3) Ahmed Nasser El-Salaymeh, 9, wounded with shrapnel in
the left side of the body;

 4) Tariq Kahiri Salahab, whose eardrum was torn;

 5) Mohammed Tayseer Wazawaz, 11, wounded with shrapnel
in the hand; and

 6) Hazem Marwan Dheeb ‘Asha, 11, wounded with shrapnel
in the back.

 

Friday, March 16, 2001

 

In the afternoon, clashes
erupted between Palestinian civilians and the Israeli occupation forces near
Al-Mentar (Karni) Outlet, to the east of Gaza City. The Israeli forces fired live and
rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters at Palestinian young men who
demonstrated more than 150m to the north of a settlement road leading to the
Green Line. As a result, Mohammed Jom’aa
Mahmoud Abu El-‘Oun, 21, from Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza City, was
killed with a live bullet in the chest that entered the heart. Additionally, another eight Palestinian
civilians, mostly children, were wounded during these clashes, which lasted up
to approximately 18:00 local time. An
eyewitness said:

“I was with about 200 young men and boys 150m away from the
entrance of a bypass road used by settlers, where a number of Israeli
occupation soldiers, reinforced with a tank, were positioned. We threw stones at those soldiers. A number of young men stepped froward up to
approximately 50m away from Israeli soldiers. Those soldiers opened fire and used tear gas. At approximately 15:00 (local time), two
Israeli military jeeps moved forward up to approximately 15m away from a number
of young men and boys. Then, Israeli
soldiers opened fire, wounding a number of them, including Abu El-‘Oun.”

 

The
other wounded were:

 1) Yusri Ibrahim
Abu Ras, 18, from Al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, critically wounded with a
live bullet in the head that took its way through the eye, and he was put into
the intensive care unit at Shifa’ hospital in Gaza City;

 2) ‘Abboud
Abdel-Mo’ti ‘Aashour, 15, from Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza City, wounded
with a live bullet in the head;

 3) fadi ‘Awni
El-Shawa; 15, wounded with a live bullet in the right thigh;

 4) Mustafa
Hussein El-Kurdi, 17, from Al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, wounded with a
live bullet in the right hand;

 5) Rami Helles,
15, from Al-Shojaeya neighborhood in Gaza City, wounded with a live bullet in
the abdomen;

 6) Ismail ‘Awadh
Quneita, 21, from Al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City; wounded with a live
bullet in the buttocks;

 7) Ahmed Mo’in
El-Baba, 15, from Al-Zaytoun neighborhood in Gaza City, wounded shrapnel in the
back; and

 8) Hussein Zaki
Baker, 36, from Al-Remal neighborhood in Gaza City, wounded with shrapnel in
the neck.

 

Saturday, March 17, 2001

 

At approximately 8:00 local time,
Israeli occupation forces, positioned in the vicinity of Nissanit settlement,
north of Beit Lahai, fired at Anwar Suleiman Salem Abu Dayyeh, 21, from Um
El-Nasser village, to the south of the aforementioned settlement, wounding him
with a live bullet in the left leg. In
his testimony to PCHR, Abu Dayyeh said that he was passing near the village,
approximately 700m to the south of Nissanit settlement, when Israeli occupation
soldiers unjustifiably fired at him, when no clashes were occuring in the area
then. 

 

At approximately 15:00 local time,
Israeli occupation soldiers fired at a number of Palestinian civilians, who
were demonstrating approximately 150m away from those soldiers, near Al-Mentar
(Karni) Outlet, to the east of Gaza City. As a result, two Palestinian civilians were wounded with live bullets
and were evacuated to Shifa’ hospital in Gaza City for treatment. They are:

 1) Jawdat Abdel-Hadi
Hamad, 21, from Beit Hanou, wounded with a live bullet in the head (below the
left eye); and

 2) Mohammed Hassan
El-D’aa;she, from Al-Sahti refugee camp, wounded with a rubber-coated metal
bullet in the head.

 

Sunday, March 18, 2001

 

In the afternoon, a number of
Palestinian civilians demonstrated more than 100m away from the area where
Israeli occupation forces positioned near Al-Mentar (Karni) Outlet. Israeli forces fired at demonstrators, wounding
two as follows:

 1) the child Mahmoud Mohammed Mousa Yassin, 12, from Al-Shati
refugee camp in Gaza City, wounded with a live bullet in the right thigh;

 2) Mohammed Mahmoud ‘Eid, 26, from Jabalya, wounded with a live
bullet in the right thigh also.

 

Monday, March 19, 2001

 

At approximately 12:00 local time,
Israeli occupation soldiers fired sound bombs at a peaceful march organized by
Palestinian women near the northern roadblock of Jerusalem. Four women were wounded, including the Palestinian
Legislative Council Member Dr. Hanan ‘Ashrawi, who was wounded with shrapnel in
the left leg. Additionally, Mo’ammar Ali
‘Orabi, 29, a member of the medical personnel of the Palestinian Medical Relief
Union, was wounded in the right ear, while carrying out his duty. Italian journalist Lino Thamadrio, 54, was
also wounded with shrapnel in the left leg.

 

Tuesday, March 20, 2001

 

Israeli occupation forces,
positioned near Al-Mentar (Karni) Outlet, to the east of Gaza City, opened fire
at a number of Palestinian children, who were demonstrating more than 150m away
from the entrance of a bypass road used by settlers, where the Israeli forces
positioned. As a result, two children
were wounded with live bullets and were evacuated to Shifa’ hospital in Gaza
City. They were:

 1) Sufian Ra’fat Ahmed, 13, from Sheikh Rdawan neighborhood in
Gaza City, wounded with a live bullet in the right foot; and

 2) Bassam Oudeh Jaradeh, 15, wounded with a live bullet in the
right thigh.

At approximately 16:00 local time, Israeli marine forces opened fire on
Palestinian boats sailing across Rafah sea. As a result, Ayman Khalil El-Bardawil, 29, from Al-Mawasi area in Rafah,
was wounded with a live bullet in the leg. Approximately 50 Palestinian fishing boats were sailing less than 100m
away from Rafah seashore, when Israeli soldiers on a military vessel
unjustifiably opened fire on them. Palestinian fishermen took their colleague outside to the shore. He was evacuated to hospital by a civilian
car, whose passage was obstructed by Israeli occupation soldiers positioned at
Tal Al-Sultan roadblock between Rafah and its Al-Mawasi area for approximately
two hours, before it was allowed to travel to Al-Joneina hospital. The car arrived at hospital at approximately
18:30 local time.

 

2. Shelling
of Residential Neighborhoods

 

Friday, March 16, 2001

 

At approximately 19:15
local time, the Israeli occupation forces fired artillery shells, heavy caliber
bullets, and medium caliber bullets at Palestinian houses in the wstern area of
Tulkarm. As a result, a number of these houses
were damaged, as their walls, windows and furniture were hit with bullets.

 

At approximately 21:00
local time, Israeli occupation forces, positioned east of Kfar Darom settlement
in Deir El-Balah, fired artillery shells and heavy and medium caliber bullets
at Palestinian houses, approximately 80m to the east of the aforementioned
settlement. Such shelling lasted for
approximately two hours and caused the following damages:

1) Bullets made 2-cm holes in the southern façade of a
160-square-meter, two-story house, in which nine people live, owned by Yasser
Oudeh Abu El-A’awar.

2) A 170-square-meter, two-story house, in which 12
people live, owned by Nasser Musleh El-Louh, was hit with three artillery
shells that made 15-cm holes in the western façade, and damaged water saving
tanks.

3) Bullets made holes in walls and damaged a television
reception network and water saving tanks of a 170-square-meter, two-story
house, in which 11 people live, owned by Yousef Musleh El-Louh.

4) A 100-square-meter, two-story house, in which five
people live, owned by Mohammed Ahmed Abu Salim, was hit with two-artillery
shells that made two 15-cm holes in its western façade, and with bullets that
destroyed its water saving tanks, electricity network, television reception
network and windows.

 

Saturday, March 10, 2001

 

At approximately 19:30
local time, the Israeli occupation forces fired heavy and medium caliber
bullets at Al-Amal neighborhood and the citrus farms area east of Beit
Hanoun. Such shooting lasted for
approximately 75 minutes and caused the following damages:

1) Bullets made
7-cm holes in the eastern façade of a 150-square-meter, one-story house, in
which 11 people live, owned by As’ad Fahmi Salah.

2) Bullets made
7-cm holes in the eastern and northern façades of a 180-square-meter, two-story
house, in which 14 people live, owned by Sa’id Fahmi Salah.

3) Bullets made
5-cm holes in the eastern façade of a 200-square-meter, one-story house, in
which nine people live, owned by ‘Arafat ‘Attallah El-Masri.

4) Bullets made
5-cm holes in the eastern façade of a 250-square-meter, three-story house, in
which 20 people live, owned by Tawfiq Abdel-Rahman Wahdan.

5) Bullets made
5-cm holes in the eastern and southern façades of a 200-square-meter, two-story
house, in which five people live, owned by Jamal Ahmed Hussein Nashwan.

6) Bullets made
7-cm holes in the eastern and northern façades of a 160-square-meter, one-story
house, in which eight people live, owned by Musleh El-Tarabin.

 

Late
at night, Israeli occupation forces, positioned in the vicinity of Neve Dekalim
settlement and Al-Tuffah roadblock, to the west of Khan Yunis refugee camp,
fired artillery shells and heavy and medium caliber bullets at Palestinian
houses in the western area of the aforementioned refugee camp. This shooting lasted until 3:00 local time on
the following day and caused the following damages:

 1) Shooting damaged water saving tanks and made holes in
the roof of a 160-square-meter, tin-roofed house, in which 13 people live,
owned by Zanqna Mosallam Zayed Abu ‘Obeida.

 2) Shooting damaged a water saving tank and made holes
in the roof of a 240-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 15 people
live, owned by Shehadeh Karim Zayed Abu ‘Obeida.

 3) Shooting damaged water saving tanks and the roof and
made holes in walls of a 220-square-meter, tin-roofed house, in which 14 people
live, owned by Mohammed Ali Karim Abu ‘Obeida.

 4) Shooting damaged the asbestos roof of the second
floor and made holes in walls of a 100-square-meter, two-story house, in which
14 people live, owned by Rami Salem Abu ‘Obeida.

 5) Shooting damaged the asbestos roof and made holes in
walls of a 80-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which seven people live,
owned by Hussein Mohammed Ali Abu ‘Obeida.

 6) Shooting damaged the asbestos roof and made holes in
walls of a 260-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 13 people live,
owned by Mohammed Ali Salem Abu ‘Obeida.

 7) Shooting damaged the asbestos roof and made holes in
walls of a 80-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 12 people live,
owned by Shocholata Mohammed Mansour Abu Namous.

 8) Shooting damaged water saving tanks and the asbestos
roof, and made holes in walls of a 160-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in
which 21 people live, owned by Ahmed Huseein Abu Radwan.

 9) Shooting damaged water saving tanks and the asbestos
roof, and made holes in walls of a 200-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in
which 11 people live, owned by Jehad Abdel-Karim Zayed Abu ‘Obeida.

10) Shooting
damaged water saving tanks and the asbestos roof, and made holes in walls of a
140-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 12 people live, owned by
Hussein Mahmoud Ahmed Abu Khureis. Residents of this house left it several months ago because it was
frequently shelled.

11) Shooting made
holes in the roof of a 140-square-meter, asbestos and tin-roofed house, in
which 12 people live, owned by Hassan Mohammed Abu Namous.

12) Shooting
damaged walls and concrete columns, and made holes in the western façade of a
250-square-meter, four-story house, in which 18 people live, owned by Abdullah
Hassan Abu ‘Obeida.

13) Shooting
damaged and made holes in the western façade of a 130-square-meter, two-story
house, in which 11 people live, owned by ‘Aadel Ali Abu ‘Obeida.

 

Sunday, March 18, 2001

 

At approximately 2:00 local
time, the Israeli occupation forces fired heavy and medium caliber bullets at
Palestinian houses in the north of Beit Hanoun. This shooting lasted for approximately 45 minutes and caused the
following damages:

1) Bullets made
7-cm holes in the roof of a 110-square-meter, two-story house, owned by Jamal
Mohammed Hussein Abu Sweilem.

2) Bullets made
7-cm holes in the roof and destroyed windows of a 150-square-meter, two-story
house, in which eight people live, owned by Jamal Mohammed Hussein Abu Sweilem.

3) Bullets made
holes in walls and damaged water saving tanks of a 180-square-meter,
asbestos-roofed house, in which eight people live, owned by Mohammed Mohammed
Hussein Abu Sweilem.

4) Bullets made
holes in walls and damaged windows of a 140-square-meter, two-story house, in
which nine people live, owned by Ahmed Mohammed Hussein Abu Sweilem.

5) Bullets made
holes in walls of a 150-square-meter, one-story house, in which 11 people live,
owned by Kamal Mohammed Hussein Abu Sweilem.

6) Bullets made
holes in walls of an 80-square-meter, three-room uninhibited building, owned by
Ahmed El-Z’aanin. 

 

At approximately 22:30
local time, Israeli occupation forces, positioned to the west of Khan Yunis,
fired heavy and medium caliber bullets at Palestinian houses. This shooting lasted up to midnight and
targeted a number of houses in the southwest of Khan Yunis refugee camp and a
housing units owned by Al-Farra Company in Al-Nemsawi (Austrian) neighborhood,
which were frequently shelled in the past months. The amage was as follows:

1) Bullets damaged the asbestos roof and water saving
tanks, and made holes in walls of a 120-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in
which five people live, owned by Hussam Ahmed Hussein Abu Matroud.

2) Bullets damaged the asbestos roof and made holes in
walls of a 220-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which eight people live,
owned by Ahmed Hussein Mansour Abu Matroud.

3) Bullets damaged the asbestos roof and made holes in
walls of a 220-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which eight people live,
owned by Hussein Ahmed Mansour.

4) A number of windows in the western and southern
façades of housing units owned by Al-Farra Company were destroyed.

 

Monday, March 19, 2001

 

At approximately 12:30
local time, Israeli occupation soldiers in a tank that were passing at the
border in Rafah opened fire from machine guns at Palestinian houses near the
border. As a result, four Palestinian
civilians, all of them are children, were wounded when they were passing at the
road of Al-Nour mosque, approximately 200m away from the border. The wounded were:

1) Abdullah ‘Ezzat Zannoun, 6, wounded with shrapnel in
the right hand;

2) Mohammed Nazhmi El-Akhras, 15, wounded with shrapnel
in the head;

3) Ahmed Mohammed ‘Arafat, 15, wounded with shrapnel in
the right ear; and

4) Islam Abdel-Qader El-Baschiti, 17, wounded with a
live bullet in the right leg.

 

At approximately 23:45
local time, Israeli occupation forces, positioned to the west of Khan Yunis,
fired artillery shells and heavy and medium caliber bullets at Palestinian
houses in Khan Yunis refugee camp, and the market of Al-Amal neighborhood. This shelling continued sporadically until to
4:00 local time on the following day. PCHR’s field officer in Khan Yunis reported that the damage resulting
from the shelling were as follows:

1) The shelling damaged the asbestos roof and water saving
tanks, and made holes in walls of a 100-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in
which six people live, owned by Hamada Mahmoud Khalil Shalloula.

2) The shelling made holes in walls of a
220-square-meter, two-story house, in which 14 people live, owned by Farhan
Mohammed Khalil Shalloula.

3) The shelling damaged the asbestos roof and water
saving tanks, and made holes in walls of a 150-square-meter, asbestos-roofed
house, in which 12 people live, owned by Manar Hamza Abu ‘Arqoub.

4) The shelling damaged the asbestos roof and water
saving tanks, and made holes in walls of a 100-square-meter, asbestos-roofed
house, in which ten people live, owned by Hamza Abdel-Rahman Abu ‘Arqoub.

 

3. Arrests
and Other Assaults by the Israeli Occupation forces against Palestinian Civilians

 

Thursday, March 15, 2001

 

At approximately 17:00 local time,
the Israeli occupation forces arrested Sa’id Yahia Zayyoud, 21, from Seilat
Al-Haretheya village near Jenin. Zayyoud
was traveling by a taxi towards the village when two civilian cars, one of
which bore a Palestinian number and the other bore an Israeli one, intercepted
the taxi. Inside the two civilian cars,
there were a number of undercover, civilian-uniformed persons, member of an
Israeli unit Known as “Al-Mosta’rebin (the Arabanizers). They besieged the taxi and checked it and its
occupants. Later, reinforcements of
Israeli troops came to the area, and Zayyoud was arrested and taken to an
unknown destination, while the other occupants of the taxi were released. 

 

Saturday, March 17, 2001

 

Israeli occupation forces
at Rafah Border Crossing arrested Seif El-Din Mahmoud Mohammed Abu Nahel, 21,
from Rafah, who returned to the Gaza Strip after carrying out pilgrimage in
Saudi Arabia, accompanied with his father.

 

Early in the morning, the
Israeli occupation forces burst into Ethna village near Hebron and arrested:

1) Kamal Mohammed Taha ‘Awwad, 32;

2) ‘Awwad Abdel-Hamid Abu Zalata, 31;

3) Na’eim Mohammed Abdel-Hamid Bashir, 40; and

4) Abdel-Hamid Mohammed Abu Joheisha, 27.

 

At approximately 17:00 local
time, the Israeli occupation forces arrested two Palestinian fishermen who were
on their boat opposite to Beit Lahia seashore. According to a laborer who was with the two fishermen, an Israeli vessel
intercepted them while they were sailing within the four mile limit. The Israeli soldiers forced fishermen Hassan
Abdel-Mo’ti El-Habil, 27, and Ahmed Khalil Ibrahim El-Habil, 17, both from
Al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, to mount onto the Israeli vessel and to take
off their clothes and remain in underwear. Two laborers remained onto the Palestinian boat and were ordered to be
back to the seashore. Families of the
two detainees told PCHR that they received a phone call in which they were
informed that their sons were in custody by Israeli police at Erez Crossing.

 

Sunday, March 18, 2001

 

At approximately 17:00
local time, the wife of Ra’ed ‘Omar Abdel-Hamid Abu Lebdeh, 30, from Tal
Al-Sultan neighborhood in Rafah, received a phone call by a person who claimed
that he was an Israeli intelligence officer. He informed her that her husband was detained at Al-Majdal prison. He allowed her husband to talk with her. Later, the Israeli radio station stated the
arrest of Abu Lebdeh. Abu Lebdeh had
worked in the West Bank, where he was arrested, for six months.

 

Monday, March 19, 2001

 

At approximately 17:00
local time, Israeli occupation forces violently beat Samir Ali Siam, 18, from
Rafah. As a result, he received a head
injury and bruises throughout the body. He was evacuated to Al-Joneina hospital in Rafah for treatment. PCHR’s field officer in Rafah reported that
Siam was trying to assist an old Palestinian woman from Al-Mawasi area in
Rafah, through the Israeli military roadblock between Rafah and its Al-Mawasi area.
However, Israeli soldiers ordered him to leave the area without
justification. They then beat him
because he did not immediately leave the area and tried to discuss the their
reasons for preventing him from helping the elderly woman.

 

Wednesday, March 21, 2001

 

At approximately 8:30 local time, the Israeli
occupation forces arrested Barakat Abdel-Fattah, 22, from ‘Aqraba village near
Nablus. Abdel-Fattah was traveling by a
car that was intercepted by Israeli soldiers at Attara junctionin near Ramallah. They checked the car and the identity cards
of its occupants. Then, they arrested
Abdel-Fattah and took him to an unknown destination.

 

4. Shooting
and Assaults by Settlers against Palestinian Civilians

 

Friday, March 16, 2001

 

At approximately 3:00 local
time, Jewish settlers threw stones at a passing Palestinian civilian car on
Ramallah-Nablus road, near Bourin junction. As a result, the car rolled over. Its driver, a female passenger, and her son were injured as follows:

 

1) Abdel-Rahamn Mohammed Mas’oud El-Khayyat, 24, from
Nablus, the driver, received breaks in the right side of the head and in the
spinal column, and injuries in the neck. His condition was critical and he was put into the intensive care unit
at Al-Ittihad hospital in Nablus.

2) Muna Kamel Mas’ada, 49, from Seilat El-Zhaher village
near Jenin, received a serious injury in the forehead and bruises throughout
the body.

3) Yousef Mohammed Mas’ada, 26, from Seilat eL-Zhaher
village near Jenin, received bruises in the head and the chest.

 

Saturday, March 17, 2001

 

At approximately 13:30
local time, the corpse of child Mohammed Ismail Hashem Nassar, 10, from
Al-Barid neighborhood in Jerusalem, was found between rocks, approximately 20m
away from a Jewish religious school in Neve Jacob settlement, near the
neighborhood. The child had left home on
Friday, March 16, 2000, to play as usual in a playground adjacent to the
mentioned settlement, but he never returned home. Relatives of the child, who found his corpse,
asserted that they noticed that his head was crashed as a result of having been
hit with stones, bruises were seen on his back, chest and legs, and there was a
cut by a sharp tool in his right wrist. They also found two hats worn by religious Jews and four white gloves
near his corpse. Israeli police sources
have not yet commented on the incident. However, the child’s family accuse settlers of committing the killing of
the child.

 

 

5. Razing of
Agricultural Land

 

Thursday, March 15, 2001

 

At approximately 10:00 local time,
the Israeli occupation forces started to raze areas of agricultural land, to
the west of the road between Al-Shuhada’ (Netzarim) junction, to the south of
Gaza City, and Al-Mentar (Karni) Outlet, to the east of Gaza City. Such action lasted up to 17:00 local time,
and included razing:

 1) An eight-donum area of agricultural land planted with
olives, citrus and fruits, owned by Yousef Qaddoura Malaka;

 2) A seven-donum area of agricultural land planted with olives,
citrus and fruits, owned by Mustafa Qaddoura Malaka;

 3) An eight-donum area of agricultural land planted with
olives, citrus and fruits, owned by Abdel-Karim Qaddoura Malaka;

 4) An eight-donum area of agricultural land planted with
olives, citrus and fruits, owned by Ibrahim Qaddoura Malaka;

 5) A three-donum area of agricultural land planted with olives
and fruits, owned by As’ad Mustafa El-Sammouni;

 6) A four-donum area of agricultural land planted with olives
and fruits, owned by Hamdi Dalloul;

 7) A two-donum area of agricultural land planted with olives
and fruits, owned by Nasra El-Sammouni;

 8) A two-donum area of agricultural land planted with olives
and fruits, owned by Samir Dalloul;

 9) A two-donum area of agricultural land planted with olives
and fruits, owned by sons of Rageb El-Sammouni;

 10) A two-donum area of
agricultural land planted with olives, owned by Ibrahim ‘Ayyad.

 11) A five-donum area of
agricultural land planted with almonds and olives, owned by Ahmed Hassan
Khweiter;

 12) A two-donum area of
agricultural land planted with olives, owned by Ahmed El-‘Arqan;

 13) A two-donum area of
agricultural land planted with olives, owned by Khamis El-Harazin;

 14) A two-donum area of
agricultural land planted with olives, owned by Zubeida Mohammed El-Sammouni;

 15) A two-donum area of
agricultural land planted with olives, owned by ‘Eid El-Dahdouh;

 16) A two-donum area of
agricultural land planted with olives, owned by the Al-Manasra family, and

 17) A four-donum area of
agricultural land planted with olives, owned by the heirs of Fureih Selmi.

 

In addition, the Israeli occupation
forces destroyed a 100-square-meter house, used as a summer resort, owned by
Ibarhim ‘Ayyad.

 

In the evening, the Israeli
occupation forces razed areas of agricultural land, to the southeast of Kfar
Darom settlement in Deir El-Balah. They
razed a four-donum area of agricultural land planted with palms and almonds,
approximately 1,500m away from the aforementioned settlement, owned by Ahmed
Abu Gharaba.

 

Monday, March 19, 2001

 

At approximately 12:30 local time,
two tanks and two bulldozers of the Israeli occupation forces burst into a gate
on the border northeast of Beit Hanoun, and started to raze areas of
Palestinian agricultural land. Such
action lasted up to 18:00 local time, during which the Israeli occupation
forces razed:

 1) a 13-donum area of
agricultural land planted with citrus and olives, owned by Mohammed Hussein
Sweilem;

 2) a ten-donum area of
agricultural land planted with citrus and olives, owned by Yousef Abdel-Nabi
Abu ‘Eideh;

 3) a 16-donum area of
agricultural land planted with citrus and olives, owned by Mohammed Sweilem;
and

 4) a ten-donum area of
agricultural land planted with citrus and olives, owned by Mahmoud Zweidi.

 

Tuesday, March 20, 2001

 

At approximately 10:00
local time, two bulldozers and a number of tanks and military jeeps of the
Israeli occupation forces burst into the border area, northeast of Beit
Hanoun. They resumed razing areas of
agricultural land, an action that started on the previous day. Such action lasted up to 19:00 local time,
during which the Israeli occupation forces razed:

1) a five-donum
area of agricultural land planted with citrus and fruits, owned by Ziad, Hani
and Saleh Sweilem;

2) a three-donum
area of agricultural land planted with citrus and fruits, owned by Mohammed
Hussein Hassan Sweilem (the Israeli forces swept 16 donums in total owned by
this citizen during two days);

3) a 12-donum
area of agricultural land planted with citrus, owned by Amin Mohammed Hassan
Zweidi;

4) a four-donum
area of agricultural land planted with citrus, owned by Mahmoud Abdel-‘Azziz
Mohammed Hassan Zweidi (the Israeli forces razed 10 donums in total owned by
this citizen during two days);

5) an
eight-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus, owned by Rafiq
Abdel-‘Azziz Mohammed Hassan Zweidi;

6) an
eight-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus, owned by ‘Attallah
Abdel-‘Azziz Mohammed Hassan Zweidi;

7) a four-donum
area of agricultural land planted with citrus, owned by Yazan ‘Emad Amin
Zweidi;

8) a 3.5-donum
area of agricultural land planted with citrus, owned by Farid Abdel-‘Azziz
Mohammed Hassan Zweidi;

9) a four-donum
area of agricultural land planted with citrus, owned by Ayyoub Hussein Mohammed
Zweidi;

10) a 2.5-donum
area of agricultural land planted with citrus, owned by Khalil Mohammed Hussein
Zweidi;

11) a four-donum
area of agricultural land planted with citrus, owned by Zweidi Mohammed Hussein
Zweidi; and

12) a six-donum
area of agricultural land planted with citrus, owned by Sa’id Rjab Mohammed
Zweidi.

 

Wednesday, March
21, 2001

 

Early in the morning, the Israeli occupation forces
razed areas of agricultural land in Deir El-Balah. They razed a three-donum area of agricultural
land planted with olives and almonds, owned by ‘Abdullah ‘Abdullah Hassan
El-‘Adini. Furthermore, they demolished
a 50-aquare-meter room, used for storage, and destroyed an irrigation network
on the razed tract of land. This tract
of land is approximately 1,000m to the north of the entrance of a branh road of
Salah El-Din Street (the main road between the north and south of the Gaza
Strip), leading to Kissufim Crossing on the eastern border of the Gaza Strip.

 

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PCHR reiterates its call
for the international community to immediately intervene to stop the killings
and criminal acts perpetrated by the Israeli occupation forces against
Palestinian civilians. PCHR calls in
particular for:

 

1. Establishing without delay an independent commission
of inquiry, in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 1322 (2000), to
carry out a thorough and comprehensive investigation into the abuses and
killings perpetrated by the Israeli occupation forces against Palestinian
civilians.

2. Convening a conference of the High Contracting
Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 to ensure Israel’s compliance
with its obligations under the Convention.

3. Immediately providing international protection for
Palestinian civilians in the occupied Palestinian territories in the face of
the killings and criminal acts perpetrated by the Israeli occupation forces and
groups of Jewish settlers who move under the protection of these forces.

4. Use by the EU of effective political and economic
measures with reference to Article 2 of the Euro-Israel Association Agreement,
which calls for the respect of human rights.

5. Providing humanitarian and medical assistance for the
Palestinian people whose living conditions are increasingly deteriorating
because of the continued total siege imposed by the Israeli occupation forces
on the entire occupied Palestinian territories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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