Friday, December 16, 2016

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (08 – 14 Dec. 2016)

Weekly report on israel’s terrorism against the State of Palestine


Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)  (08 – 14 December 2016)
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  • Israeli forces continued to use excessive force in the oPt
  • A Palestinian boy was killed at Za’tara checkpoint, south of Nablus, and another civilian was killed in occupied Jerusalem.
  • An activist was wounded in al-Eisawiya village, north of Jerusalem.
  • Israeli forces conducted 56 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 10 ones in occupied Jerusalem.
  • 76 civilians, including 13 children and a journalist, were arrested.
  • Twenty-three of them, including 11 children and the journalist, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.
  • Birzait University was raided and belongings of student unions were confiscated.
  • Israeli forces continued to target Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip Sea.
  • Israeli forces continued their efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • 2 families were obliged to self-demolish parts of a 3-storey building in Silwan village, south of the city.
  • A residential barrack, a storage barrack and a commercial facility were demolished in Sour Baher under the pretext they were close to the annexation wall.
  • 3 NGOs were raided; a musical activity in one of them was banned and PC sets were confiscated from another.
  • Settlement activities continued in the West Bank.
  • Settlers cut off 190 olive trees in Termis’ya village, northeast of Ramallah.
  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 9th
  • Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.
  • 7 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were arrested at military checkpoints.


Summary
Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (08 – 14 December 2016).

Shooting:

Israeli forces have continued to commit crimes, inflicting civilian casualties. They have also continued to use excessive force against Palestinian civilians participating in peaceful protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the majority of whom were youngsters. During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded a Palestinian boy in the northern West Bank and a civilian in Jerusalem’s Old City, while wounded an activist in al-Eisawiya village, northeast of the city.

In the West Bank, in excessive use of deadly force, on 08 December 2016, Israeli forces stationed at Za’tara checkpoint, south of Nablus, killed a Palestinian boy from Qalqilya. Israeli forces claimed the boy attempted to stab Israeli soldiers and settlers at the checkpoint, therefore, they opened fire at him. They kept his corpse in custody.

In a similar crime, on 14 December 2016, Israeli forces opened fire at a Palestinian young man who was present near the Hospice Hotel in al-Wad neighbourhood in East Jerusalem’s Old City. As a result, he sustained over 10 bullet wounds throughout his body. He was left bleeding for over half an hour, as Israeli forces prevented paramedics and doctors from offering first aid to him. Israeli forces then transported him to Hadassa Hospital as his health condition was critical, but he was pronounced dead on the same day evening. Israeli forces claimed the aforementioned person stabbed an Israeli soldier.

On 12 December 2016, an Israeli soldier fired a rubber-coated metal bullet at Mohammed Abu al-Hommos, an activist in al-Eisawiya follow-up committee, northeast of Jerusalem, as he was documenting the Israeli violations during an Israeli incursion in the village. As a result Abu al-Hommos sustained a bullet wound to the left leg and was then transported to a medical centre for medical treatment.

In the context of force used against peaceful protests, Israeli forces forcibly dispersed protests organized by dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights activists against the annexation wall and settlement activities in Bil’in and Ni’lin villages, west of Ramallah; al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city; Termis’ya village, northeast of the city; and Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqilya. As a result, dozens of protesters suffered tear gas inhalation and other sustained bruises as they were beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

In the Gaza Strip, in the context of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the sea, on 11 December 2016, Israeli gunboats stationed off Khan Younis shore in the southern Gaza Strip heavily opened fire around Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area. A similar attacked occurred in the same area on 12 December 2016. The fishermen sailed back fearing for their lives. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

Incursions:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 56 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 10 others in occupied Jerusalem and its suburbs. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 76 Palestinian civilians, including 13 children and a journalist. Twenty-three of them, including 11 children and the journalist, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.

During the reporting period, Israeli forces raided Birzait University, north of Ramallah. They raided the student council office and rooms of student unions and confiscated some contents. Moreover, Israeli soldiers raided a number of offices and damaged the doors.

Creating Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem:

In the context of house demolitions, on 08 December 2016, two families were obliged to self-demolish parts of their building in Sweih neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of East Jerusalem’s Old City.

On 13 December 2016, Israeli forces demolished a residential barrack, a storage barrack and a commercial facility in sour Baher village, south of occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext they were close to the annexation wall.

In the context of targeting NGOs in occupied Jerusalem, on 08 December 2016, Israeli forces raided Elia for Media office in Saladin Street. They searched it and confiscated 3 PC sets and some documents. They then arrested journalist Lama Hani Ghousha (25), questioned her and released her later.

On the same day, Israeli forces raided the Palestinian National Theater “al-Hakawati” and banned a musical activity under the pretext it was organized by the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

on 09 December 2016, Israeli forces raided and searched Mada Center for Creativity in Batn al-Hawa neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of East Jerusalem’s Old City.

Settlement activities and settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property:

On 12 December 2016, Israeli forces confiscated a container used as a restaurant in Koza area at the main entrance to Beita village, south of Nablus. The container belongs to Mahmoud Ouda, whose restaurant was demolished on 03 November 2016. Therefore, he set up the container to make a living.

On 13 December 2016, Israeli forces confiscated a caravan used as a mobile clinic in Kherbet al-Markaz, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. This caravan works under the supervision of the Palestinian Ministry of Health and offer services to about 120 civilians in Kherbet al-Markaz and Kherbet Janaba.

In the same context, a group of settlers from “Adi Ad” settlement outpost attacked a plot of land and cut off 190 olive trees on 11 December 2016.

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 9 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 2 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. The Israeli closure raised the rate of poverty to 65%. Moreover, the rate of unemployment increased up to 47% and youth constitutes 65% of the unemployed persons.  Moreover, 80% of the Gaza Strip population depends on international aid to secure their minimum daily needs. These rates indicate the unprecedented economic deterioration in the Gaza Strip.

In the West Bank, Israeli forces continued to suffocate the Palestinian cities and village by imposing military checkpoints around and/or between them. This created “cantons” isolated from each other that hinders the movement of civilians. Moreover, the Palestinian civilians suffering aggravated because of the annexation wall and checkpoints erected on daily basis to catch Palestinians.


Details

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

Thursday, 08 December 2016

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Balata village, east of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested 3 civilians, including 2 brothers, and took them to Hawarah Detention Center, south of the city. The arrested civilians were identified as Mohammed Azam Hazaa’ (25), his brother Osama (27) and Bassam Awad Abu al-Sharif (29). At approximately 19:00, Israeli forces released Bassam while kept the Hazaa’ brothers in custody.

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Dhaheriyah village, south of Hebron, and stationed at Eshbiliya intersection in the centre of the city. Three military jeeps moved into al-Khoukhah and al-Deir areas where dozens of young men gathered and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers. The soldiers deployed between shops and fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters in response. Moreover, they arrested Maher Anas Wureidat (22) taking him to the place where the military jeeps were stationed. After that, the Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Hasan al-Tal (31) in Juret al-Duma neighborhood and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service at Mitar crossing, south of the city. They also raided a mobile phones shop after damaging its door with special equipment. At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces withdrew from the village making their way to “Tina” settlement, southeast of the village, and took Maher to an unknown destination.

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, and stationed in Beit Za’tah area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nasri Rashid Sabarnah (58) and then arrested his son Rashid (22). They handed his son Ahmed (20) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex ,south of Bethlehem.

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Yatta, south of Hebron, and stationed in al-Berkah and Ruq’aah areas. They raided and searched 3 houses and then handed summonses to Osama Musalam Shraiteh (33) and Thaer Mohammed al-Nawaj’ah (29) to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex ,south of Bethlehem. They also arrested Ra’fat Musalam Thiab Abu Qabitah (31).

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm. They raided and searched several houses. They then arrested 3 civilians and withdrew at approximately 05:00 taking them to an unknown destination. The arrested civilians were identified as Husam Khaled Mahmu Tamam (32), Abdul Fattah Fayez Sharif Qudoumi (32) and Osaid Marwan Abdul Ruhman Qouzeh (22).

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Hebron. They raided and searched 2 houses and then arrested Mohammed Yaser al-Qawasmah (32) and Abdul Ruhman Osama al-Duwaik (26). They withdrew, taking them to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Fathi Mohammed ‘Atoum (30). They withdrew at approximately 04:30, taking him to an unknown destination.

  • In excessive used of lethal force, Israeli forces stationed at Za’tarah checkpoint, south of Nablus, killed a Palestinian civilian from Qalqiliyah. They claimed that they opened fire at him while he was trying to carry out a stabbing attack against the soldiers and settlers, who were present at the checkpoint. According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 08:50, Israeli forces stationed at Za’tarah checkpoint, south of Nablus, fired several live bullets at Mohammed Jehad Husain Hurb Maskawi (18) from al-Naqqar neighborhood in Qalqiliyah. As a result, Mohammed sustained live bullet wounds to the head and immediately died. Mohammed was standing at the checkpoint. It should be noted that the Israeli forces kept Mohammed’s body in custody.

  • At approximately 17:30, a group of Israeli undercover agents dressed like Palestinian civilians in 2 civilian cars with Israeli registration plates sneaked into Birzeit village, north of Ramallah. They stopped at the crossroad of Birzeit University. While Abdul Ruhman Hamdan (22), a student from al-Birah, was leaving the university, the undercover agents arrested him  and took him to an unknown destination.

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Sebastia village, northwest of Nablus; al-‘Aroub refugee camp, Beit Oula; al- Koum and al-Hudab villages in Hebron.

Friday, 09 December 2016

  • In the early morning, Israeli forces moved into Ras Karkar village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nour Saleh Noufal (27) and then arrested him.

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Abdullah al-Bulees (29) and then arrested him.

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Surra village, southwest of Nablus; Ethan, Beit Ummer and al-Samou’i  villages in Hebron.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron, and stationed in Abu Helal area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Moneer Mahmud Abu Sharar (33) and then arrested him.

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Tabaqah village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron, and stationed in Kharab al-Rub neighbourhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Ali Mahmud Abu ‘Atwan (58) and then handed his son Fadi (27) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlehem.
Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: ‘Iraq Burin village, southwest of Nablus; al-Thaheriyah and Sa’ir villages in Hebron.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, and stationed in ‘Ereq al-Tout neighbourhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Mahmud Ekhmies (60) and handed summonses to his sons Mohammed (33) and Murad (35) to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlehem.

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Am’ari refugee camp, south of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Suleiman Ibrahim Khalil Shamali and then arrested him.

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Jenin and its camp. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Mos’ab Mahmud Haleijah (22), Ahmed Mousa Haleijah (50) and Fathi Mohammed ‘Atoum (30). They withdrew at approximately 04:30, taking the arrested civilians to an unknown destination.

  • At approximately 18:00, Israeli gunboats stationed northwest of Khan Yunis shore, in the southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of being arrested or wounded, so neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Ethna, Tarqumiyah and al-Burj villages in Hebron.

Monday, 12 December 2016

  • In the early morning, Israeli forces moved into Silwad village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mohammed ‘Omer Husain Hamed (19) and Shadi ‘Azzam Abdul Karim Hamed (23) and then arrested both of them.

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, and stationed in al-Fuqa neighbourhood. They raided and searched 5 houses from which they arrested 5 civilians and took them to an unknown destination. The arrested civilians were identified as Ayham Naser al-Junaidi (26), Mohammed Abed al-Baset Abu Riyah (28), Bahaa” Maje al-Raa’i (23), Khader Yusuf Lafi (22) and Mohammed Khaled Abu Sal (25).

  • At approximately 02:00, large Israeli forces moved into al-Duheisha refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, from 3 entrances. They stationed in al-Salam an al-Jarashi neighbourhoods. They then raided and searched several houses, including the house of Mo’ath Jadallah al-Zaghari (24) and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of the city.

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Hebron and stationed in Nemrah neighbourhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Adam Amjad al-‘Ouweiwi (20) and then arrested him.

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Qabatiya village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Mo’men Sa’id Kamil (25). At approximately 05:30, they withdrew, taking him to an unknown destination.

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm and Nour Shams refugee camp, east of the city. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Mohammed Kamel Tawfiq Hakim (18). At approximately 04:30, Israeli forces withdrew, taking the arrested civilian to an unknown destination.

  • At approximately 12:00, Israeli forces moved into Silwad village, northeast of Ramallah, for the second time in the same day. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Abdul Kareem Mahmud Hammad (16) and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services.

  • At approximately 18:30, Israeli gunboats stationed off Khan Yunis shore, in the southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats and chased them. As a result, fishermen were forced to flee for fear of being arrested or wounded, so neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Tarqumiya, Beit Aula, Deir al-‘Asal and Tarama villages in Hebron.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Kafer Thuluth village, east of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Khalil Abdul ‘Aziz Khalil Abu Haniyah (30) and Ahmed Zuhair Abu Haniyah (35) and handed them 2 summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service. They later withdrew from the village and no arrests were reported.

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a car workshop belonging to Khalil Mohammed Kashmer. They later withdrew from the city and no arrests were reported.

  • At approximately 01:10, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of prisoner Wa’el al-‘Amoudi in al-Sekkah Street, west of the city. They also raided and searched a house belonging to prisoner Ahmed Hani Mohammed Hamdi, who was arrested 34 years ago. They then confiscated gold jewelry belonging to Ahmed’s sister Asmaa’.

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Deir Netham village, west of Ramallah;  Sa’ir, al-Tabaqah and Kharsa villages in Hebron.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

  • At approximately 00:30, Israeli forces moved into Madama village, south of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested 16 civilians and maltreated them. They forced the arrested civilians to walk in the cold and rainy weather towards Madama Secondary School For Girls in the northern side of the village. They then questioned them inside a classroom. In the morning, Israeli forces released them (PCHR keeps the names of the arrested civilians).

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Ourif village, south of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nehad Abdul Hafiz Mohammed Shuhadah (41) and then arrested him.

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Asker refugee camp, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Eslam Hasan al-Rufa’i (22)

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces accompanied with 20 military jeeps moved into Birzeit University, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched the head office of the students council and rooms of the student unions in the university. They also confiscated belongings of the Islamic Union affiliated with Hamas movement. Moreover, Israeli forces raided and searched some administrative offices and damaged their doors.

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Dheisheh refugee camp, southeast of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Maher ‘Ata ‘Amarnah (27) and then arrested him.

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Dahiyah neighbourhood, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nufal Kamal Jaber Abu Kashek (50). They then arrested Nufal and took him to an un unknown destination.

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Tal village, southwest of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Hammam Abdul Rahman Ass’ad Reihan (19), an engineering student at Najah National University in Nablus. They then arrested him and took him to an unknown destination.

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 2 children namely Rabi’ ‘Alaa’ Taqatqa (14) and Wesam Jamal Taqatqa (14).




  • Use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrations protesting settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall

West Bank:

  • Following the Friday prayer on Friday, 09 December 2016, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized demonstrations in Bil’in and Ni’lin villages, west of Ramallah; al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city; and Kafer Qadoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah, protesting against the annexation wall and settlement activities. Israeli forces forcibly dispersed the protests, firing live and metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. They also chased the protesters into olive fields and between the houses.  As a result, many of the protesters suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

  • At approximately 12:30, on the same day, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized an activity commemorating the death of the Palestinian Minister Ziad Abu Ain, near Termis’aya village, northeast of Ramallah. Israeli forces forcibly dispersed the protests, firing metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. As a result, many of the protesters suffered tear gas inhalation. It should be noted that Ziad Abu Ain died on 10 December 2014, after the Israeli soldiers attacked and beat him in a demonstration to plant olive trees in Termis’aya village.


  1. 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.

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.

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. However, they lately allowed the exportation of some vegetables such as cucumber and tomatoes, furniture and fish.

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 also continued applying the policy of making certain civilian traveling via the crossing interviewed by the Israeli intelligence service to be questioned, blackmailed or arrested

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