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Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)

 

(29 October – 04 November 2015)

 

  • Israeli forces have escalated the use of excessive force against peaceful protests in the oPt.

 

  • 8 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were killed in the West Bank; one of whom was killed in occupied Jerusalem.
  • 129 Palestinian civilians, including 25 children, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  • Among the wounded were 3 journalists and 9 paramedics. A paramedic sustained shrapnel wounds and the others suffered tear gas inhalation.

 

  • Israeli forces conducted 91 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, including 14 ones in Jerusalem.
  • 119 Palestinian civilians, including 35 children and a woman, were arrested.
  • 48 of them, including 14 children, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.
  • The offices of Menber al-Hurriya Radio and Adwar “Roles” for Social Change Association in Hebron were raided and their contents were confiscated.

 

  • Israeli forces have continued their efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • A house in al-Mukaber Mountain and 3 apartments in a residential building in Beit Hanina neighbourhood were demolished.
  • 10 families were notified to vacate their houses, southeast of Nablus, to be demolished as they are close to “Ahya” settlement.
  • Israeli forces raided houses belonging to families of Palestinians who carried out run-over and stabbing attacks, and threatened to demolish them on grounds of collective punishment.

 

  • Israeli settlers have escalated their attacks against Palestinian civilians and property and settlement activities have continued in the West Bank.
  • 5 dunums[1], east of Salfit, were confiscated.
  • A Palestinian civilian was run over by a settler, east of Qalqilya, due to which he sustained several fractures.

 

  • Israeli forces have turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 9th
  • Many temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and many others were re-established in a way obstructing the traffic.
  • 9 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were arrested at checkpoints.
  • Maltreatment at checkpoints have escalated.

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (29 October – 04 November 2015).

 

Shooting:

 

Israeli forces have continued to flagrantly 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. Occupied East Jerusalem witnessed similar attacks. During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed 8 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, in the West Bank; one of whom was killed in occupied Jerusalem. Moreover, 129 Palestinian civilians, including 25 children, 3 journalists and a paramedic, were wounded. In addition, 8 other paramedics suffered tear gas inhalation. Fifty-six of the wounded, including a child, a journalist and a paramedic, sustained shrapnel wounds and 4 others suffered tear gas inhalation in the Gaza Strip, while the remaining others were wounded in the West Bank. Concerning the nature of injury, 87 Palestinian civilians were hit with live ammunition and 41 were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets.

 

In the West Bank, killings committed by Israeli forces were as follows:

 

On 29 October 2015, Israeli Border Guard officers stationed at the military checkpoint (160), south of Hebron’s Old City, shot Mahdi al-Mohtaseb (22) dead under the pretext of a stabbing attempt.

 

On the same day, Israeli soldiers deployed in al-Shuhada Street, in the centre of Hebron’s Old City, killed Farouq Seder (19), from Izone neighbourhood, east of Hebron, by opening fire at him from behind. Israeli forces claimed that he attempted to stab a soldier. However, some photos posted by Israeli soldiers on social media showed that there was no knife in the crime scene.

 

On 30 October 2015, Israeli forces stationed at Za’tara checkpoint, south of Nablus, killed Qasem Saba’na (20), from Qabatya village, southeast of Jenin, and seriously wounded another in a stabbing attempt.

 

On the same day, a light rail security officer on Bar Lev Street near Shaikh Jarrah neighbourhood, north of East Jerusalem’s Old City, opened fire at Ahmed Qnaibi (23), from Kufor Aqeb neighbourhood, north of the city. As a result, he sustained several bullet wounds from a close range, due to which he was transported to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in West Jerusalem to receive the necessary medical treatment, but he succumbed to his injuries few hours later. Israeli forces claimed that the aforementioned person attempted to stab 2 settlers in the city.

 

On 31 October 2015, Israeli security officers serving the Israeli forces and guarding al-Jalama crossing, northeast of Jenin, killed Mahmoud Nazzal (17), from Qabatya village, southeast of the city, who was running towards the crossing and crying “Allah Akbar”. It should be noted that he was not holding any sharp tool with him.

 

On 01 November 2015, Israeli forces deployed at the entrance of Beit Aynoun village, east of Hebron, killed Fadi al-Faroukh (27) while being present in an agricultural land near the main street leading to the said village. It should be noted that there were confrontations between Palestinian civilians and Israeli forces in that area. Israeli forces claimed that the aforementioned person attempted to carry out a stabbing.

 

On 02 November 2015, Israeli forces stationed at al-Jalama crossing, northeast of Jenin, killed Ahmed Abu al-Rob (16) and wounded Mahmoud Kmail (17); both are from Qabatya village, southeast of Jenin. The first was killed when Israeli forces ordered both of them to pull up their clothes, but Abu al-Rob pulled a knife out; therefore, Israeli soldiers opened fire at him and shot him dead and wounded the other, who was then arrested.

 

On 04 November 2015, Israeli infantry deployed at the entrance to Halahoul northern entrance opened fire at a vehicle with a Palestinian registration plate after its driver had run over 2 Israeli police officers. As a result, the driver namely Ibrahim Eskafi (22), from Khellet Hadour, south of Hebron, was killed.

 

During the reporting period, 73 Palestinian civilians, including 24 children, were wounded in the West Bank; one of whom was wounded in occupied East Jerusalem.

 

The Palestinian civilians wounded in the West Bank were as follows:

 

In peaceful protests against Israeli policies: 52 Palestinian civilians, including 17 children, were wounded. Ninety-three of them were hit with live ammunition and 13 others were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets.

In peaceful protests against Israeli incursion: 20 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children, were wounded. Four of them were hit with live ammunition and 16 others were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets.

Palestinian civilians wounded in occupied Jerusalem: 28 Palestinian civilians were wounded with rubber-coated metal bullets.

 

In the Gaza Strip, 56 Palestinian civilians, including a child, a journalist and a paramedic, were wounded, while 4 other paramedics suffered tear gas inhalation. Forty-four of whom were hit with live ammunition, 11 others were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets and dozens of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation.

 

The Palestinian civilians wounded in the Gaza Strip were as follows:

North of the Gaza Strip: 6 civilians were wounded; 5 of whom sustained live bullet wounds and the 6th sustained a rubber bullet wound.

Gaza City: 17 Palestinian civilians were wounded; 7 of whom sustained live bullet wounds and the 10 others sustained rubber bullet wounds.

Central Gaza Strip: 19 Palestinian civilians, including a child, sustained live bullet wounds.

Khan Yunis: 14 Palestinian civilians, including a paramedic and a journalist, sustained live bullet wounds.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 77 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 14 ones in occupied East Jerusalem. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 119 Palestinian civilians, including 35 children and a woman. Forty-eight of these civilians, including 14 children, were arrested in East Jerusalem.

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces raided the offices of Menbar al-Hurriya Radio and Adwar “Roles” for Social Change Association in Hebron and issued a decision to close the aforementioned radio for 6 months. Moreover, they raided houses of a number of families of Palestinians accused of carrying out stabbing and run-over attacks. They also verbally threatened these families to confiscate and demolish their houses within a week.

 

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 1.8 million people. The Israeli authorities have established Karm Abu Salem (KeremShaloum) 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 38.8%, 21.1% of which suffer from extreme poverty. Moreover, the rate of unemployment increased up to 44%, which reflects the unprecedented economic deterioration in the Gaza Strip.

 

Settlement Activities

 

On 29 October 2015, Israeli forces issued a military order to confiscate 5 dunums of lands in Yasouf village, east of Salfit, belonging to the heirs of Ghaleb Abdullah Deeb.

 

On 03 November 2015, Israeli forces moved into al-Shaikh Bashir area, southeast of Jaloud village, southeast of Nablus. They handed residents of the area, in which 10 families reside, notices to vacate their houses in 15 days to be demolished because they about 300 meters away from “Ahya” settlement that was established in 1997. It should be noted that the targeted houses are located in area (C) according to the Oslo accords. Some of these houses were built in 1975 and their owners have construction licenses from the Israeli forces. The families affected by this decision consist of 38 persons, including 20 children.

 

On Sunday, 01 November 2015, Alaa’ Hassan Ibrahim al-Khateeb (25), from Jayous village, northeast of Qalqilya, was run over by a settler on the main road between Qalqila and Nablus, near Azoun intersection, east of Qalqilya. As a result, he sustained fractures to the arm and a cut in the head.

 

 

Details

 

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

Thursday, 29 October 2015

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Tubas. They raided and searched a number of houses. Israeli forces arrested Jihad Mustafa al-Masalamani (24) from his family house in al-Naqqar neighbourhood, east of the city, and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Kefah ‘Atiyah al-Zarou (18). They arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They stationed at the main entrance to the Camp that is connected with Bypass Road (60). They then raided and searched a number of houses. Of their owners were identified as Jihad al-Deen al-Badawi; Shaher Jawabrah and Mohammed Nemer Jawabrah. Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Othman Khalil ‘Adarbah (25). They arrested the aforementioned civilian and took him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Sotif village, west of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Jabrin Saleh Abu Farah (38). Israeli forces arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron. They stationed in Naqet Noah area and then raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ahmed Yousif Qazzaz (18). They arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Rola Hussein Mahmoud Tamimi (26). They arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination. They confiscated her cell phone and laptop.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit rima village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Nabet Anwar al-Khatib (26). They arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination. Other Israeli soldiers raided and searched a building materials store belonging to Kamal Shukri al-Rimawi and Baladna Bakery belonging to Rami ‘Ezat Barghuthi and his partner Mazen Rimawi after breaking the door locks. He confiscated the DVR of the surveillance cameras.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched 3 houses. They arrested three civilians, including two brothers and later withdrew taking them to ‘Ofer detention facility, southwest of the city. The arrested civilians were identified as Suhaib Fehmi Sorour (16); ‘Abdullah Mohammed ‘Abdullah ‘Amirah (17) and his brother, Naser (15).

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They stationed in ‘Asidah area and then raided and searched a house belonging to Khaled Khalil ‘Adarbah (17). They arrested the aforementioned child and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 04:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Zababdah village, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Taha Najeh Lutfi al-Sharqawi (28) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 05:00, Israeli forces moved into Jabe’a village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Murad Mohammed Sa’id Fashafashah (26) and arrested him. They raided and searched 4 other houses and handed the owners summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence in Salem Camp, northwest of the city. They summoned persons are identified as Lutfi Taher Lutfi Malayshah (26); ‘Amarah ‘Abdel Latif Sa’id Fashafashah (25); Murad Waleed Mohammed Malayshah (26) and Nasri Saleh Sa’id Hamamrah (30). The first 3 arrested persons are former prisoners in the Israeli prisons.

 

  • At approximately 05:30, Israeli forces moved into Eastern Barta’ah village which is isolated by its surroundings due to the annexation wall, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Ali Mohammed Wahbi Qobaha (23) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 07:30, Israeli forces moved into Irtah Suburb, south of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Usayd Salim Ibrahim al-Khouli (17) and arrested him. Israeli forces later withdrew from the suburb and took him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 08:00, Israeli forces stationed at Checkpoint 160 established in the southern area of the Old City in Hebron separating al-Salaymah neighbourhood and the adjacent neighbourhoods from Tariq Bin Ziad area killed Mahdi Mohammed Ramdan al-Muhtaseb (22) from al-Kasarah area. Israeli forces claimed that he attempted to stab one of the soldiers. Around 10 minutes later, he was taken to an unknown destination.

According to PCHR’s investigations and eyewitnesses at approximately 07:15 on the aforementioned day, clashes broke out between a group of UNRWA and governmental school students and Israeli soldiers stationed at the aforementioned checkpoint. The students threw stones at the Israeli soldiers who in response fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters. When students entered the schools before 08:00 and according to Eyewitnesses, Mahdi al-Muhtaseb was seen running from the checkpoint gate towards the street to the south, where clashes usually happens. When he ran around 30 meters, he was hit with several bullets and fell on the ground. After less than a minute, an Israeli soldier stationed at the checkpoint fired a bullet at the young man but it hit the ground. Meanwhile, an Israeli border patrol officer ran from the checkpoint towards him and stopped only two meters away from the young man who tried to move. However, the Israeli soldier fired another bullet at him from the same distance. Other Israeli soldiers arrived when a group of residents gathered in the area trying to approach al-Mohtaseb, but the soldiers prevented them and took him after 10 minutes without giving him any first aid. He was then transferred by a military ambulance to an unknown destination. It should be mentioned that all residents of al-Kassarah area use the aforementioned checkpoint because it is considered the closest access to the city centre. Israeli authorities claimed that the young man attempted to stab an Israeli soldier stationed at the checkpoint while they published another story that an Israeli border officer was wounded due to being hit with a stone at his face.

 

  • At approximately 11:00, Israeli forces deployed in al-Shuhadaa’ Street in the centre of the Old City in Hebron killed Farouq ‘Abdel Qader Seder ‘Omer Seder (19) from Izone neighbourhood to the east of Hebron after shooting him from Behind near the stairs leading to Cordoba School and few meters only to the north of the checkpoint leading to al-Daboya area. The aforementioned civilian was taken by a Red Star of David ambulance to an unknown destination. Israeli authorities claimed that the young man attempted to stab an Israeli soldier. Meanwhile, some photos published by Israeli forces on Social Media showed that there was no knife in the scene. When the news of Seder’s murder spread, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered at the entrance to al-Shuhadaa’ Street, where Israeli forces established Checkpoint (56), while Israeli authorities declared the area as a close military zone.

 

Friday, 30 October 2015

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses. Israeli forces arrested Hussam Muti’a al-‘Aaloul (40) from his house in the vicinity of al-Qaser Hotel in Rafidia neighbourhood, west of the city, and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mo’ayad Zuhair Amin Abu ‘Obeid (35) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 05:00, Israeli forces moved into Jeet village, northeast of Qalqilya. They raided and searched a house belonging to Shawqi Mohammed Yousif Yasin (19). They arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At noon, Israeli forces stationed at Za’atarah checkpoint, south of Nablus, killed a Palestinian civilian and seriously wounded another one. According to PCHR’s investigations and eyewitnesses, at approximately 12:00 on the aforementioned day, a motorbike travelled by two young men coming from Ramallah stopped behind a white Mercedes car with a Palestinian registration plate. The car was subject to searching in al-Rajrajah area before arriving at Za’atarah checkpoint. Two young men get off the bike and ran towards two soldiers; one of them was a female. The two soldiers were checking the ID cards of the Mercedes’s passengers. One of the two young men was carrying a knife and the other was holding a razor blade. The two soldiers immediately escaped from the right side of the street to the left side. The female soldier opened fire from a distance of 15 to 20 meters at the upper part of the two young men’s bodies. They fell on the ground imbrued in their blood in front of the Mercedes. The two soldiers again fired at them and after around 10 minutes, an Israeli military ambulance arrived and paramedics in military uniforms got off it. The soldiers turned one of them on his back and found that he died. However, the other one moved his head, so the soldiers brought medical devices from the ambulance and checked him. A PRCS ambulance then arrived and allowed it to transfer the wounded person to Rafidi governmental hospital in Nablus. His condition was serious as a bullet entered his abdomen and went out of his anus. It was later found out that the killed person was identified as Qassem Mahmoud Qassem Saba’nah (20) from Qabatia village, southeast of Jenin, and the wounded was identified as Basem Fares Ibrahim al-na’asan (21) from al-Moghir village in Ramallah.

 

  • At approximately 13:15, Israeli forces moved into ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqilya. A number of Palestinian children and young men gathered to throw stones at them. The Israeli soldiers fired tear gas canisters and metal bullets. As a result, a 13-year-old child was hit with a metal bullet below the abdomen and another bullet below the right waist.

 

  • At approximately 14:00, Israeli forces moved into Deir Nizam village, northwest of Ramallah. They deployed in the agricultural lands and in the vicinity of the houses. A number of Palestinian children and young men gathered to throw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers. The soldiers chased the stone-throwers and heavily fired metal and live bullets; sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a 17-year old child was hit with a live bullet to the left leg.

 

  • At approximately 14:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They stationed in ‘Asidah area, and a number of Palestinian youngsters gathered to throw stones while other soldiers closed the main streets with iron barriers and bricks. The Israeli soldiers deployed in the area and started firing metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the stone-throwers. Meanwhile, Israeli military backups accompanied with skunk water vehicles arrived at the area and soaked the area with waste water. A group of soldiers chased the young men between the houses and arrested Samer Mahmoud Dawoud al-Alami (23) taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 18:30, Israeli forces moved into Qalqilya. They patrolled the streets when a number of Palestinian children gathered to throw stones at them. The Israeli soldiers in response fired tear gas canisters and metal bullets. As a result, a 13-year-old child was hit with a metal bullet to the left knee, and 19-year-old was hit with a bullet to the left foot. Israeli forces also arrested Mahmoud Wadi’a Mujahed al-Shweiki (14) and took him to an unknown destination.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried out 4 incursions in the following areas without reporting any arrests: Ethna and Beit Oula villages, west of Hebron; al-Burj and Beit ‘Awwa villages, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron; al-Fondq and ‘Azoun villages, east of Qalqilya.

 

Saturday, 31 October 2015

 

  • At approximately 05:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Balou’a neighborhood in al-Bireh. They raided and searched an apartment, where they arrested ‘Amer Jamal Yousif Jaradat (24) and did not allow him to put on his clothes. He was taken to “Beit Eil” settlement, and the aforementioned arrested person is a student in Al-Quds Open University in Ramallah and from Silet al-Harithiyah village, north of Jenin.

 

  • In excessive use of force, Israeli security company officers serving the Israeli forces and guarding al-Jalamah crossing, northeast of Jenin, killed a Palestinian child, who was running towards the checkpoint calling “Allah Akbar”, but he was not carrying a sharp tool. The Israeli officers could have used less lethal force and arrested him especially that they verbally warned him to stop.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 08:00 on Saturday, 31 October 2015, when the movement at the crossing was normal, Mahmoud Talal Mahmoud Nazzal (17) from Qabatia village, southeast of Jenin, ran towards the checkpoint gate. The Israeli guards stationed at the watchtower shouted at him to stop, but he started saying “Allah Akbar”. One of the guards fired around 8 live bullets at him, so he fell to the ground. The guards pulled his body for around 100 meters to the crossing gate and left him on the ground. They prevented PRCS ambulances to approach the victim. After two hours, the corpse was given to the Palestinian Military Liaison that transferred him to Dr. Khail Soliman governmental Hospital in Jenin by an ambulance belonging to the same society.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried out 5 incursions in the following areas without reporting any arrests: Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah; al-Zawiyah village, west of Salfit; and Hawarah village, south of Nablus.

 

Sunday, 01 November 2015

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron. They stationed in the area between al-Rihiyah village and the camp. Tey then raided and searched a house belonging to Suhaib Mahmoud Abu Wardah (26). They arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They stationed in the centre of the village and then raided and searched a number of houses. They arrested Yehoa Ahmed Sabarnah (25); Ibrahim Khalil Abu Dayyah (25); Malek Bassam al-Teet (16) and Suhaib Khaled Sabarnah (17) and later withdrew taking them to an unknown destination. Israeli forces also handed Mohammed ‘Emad Khalil Qoqas Ikhlayel (20) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence in “Gosh ‘Etzion” settlement in Bethlehem.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Karmah village, southeast of Dura, southwest of Hebron. Israeli forces stationed near the governmental school and then raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Abu Sheikhah (44). Israeli forces arrested Yousif (20) and Mo’az (18) and later withdrew taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Yata, south of Hebron. They stationed in al-Karmel area and then raided and searched a house belonging to Mo’az Taysir Nawaj’ah (20). They arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:45, Israeli forces moved into Qasrah village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses. They arrested Hussein Mohammed Ahmed Abu Reidah (50), Treasurer of the village council, and his son Tariq (22) from their house in al-Mraba’ah area, west of the aforementioned village. Israeli forces later withdrew taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to Hazem ‘Asakrah in al-‘Asakrah village, east of Bethlehem. They arrested his son, Mohammed (15), and took him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces deployed at the entrance of Beit ‘Aynoun village, east of Hebron killed Fadi Hasan ‘Issa al-Faroukh (27) after opening fire at him several times when he was in the agricultural field adjacent to the main street leading to the village from the western side. There were clashes in the area between Palestinian young men and Israeli soldiers following the funeral procession of Ra’ed Saket Jaradat (22) who was killed by Israeli forces on 26 October 2015 in the same area. Israeli forces claimed that al-Faroukh intended to carry put a stabbing attack, so the Israeli soldiers opened fire at him killing immediately. The Israeli soldiers prevented any PRCS ambulance to approach him and took his body to an unknown destination. After inspecting the scene, Israeli forces consider the area in the vicinity of Bypass Road (60) at the entrance of Beit ‘Aynoun a “Danger Zone” in case clashes erupt. There was no evidence that the young man attempted to stab one of the Israeli soldiers, who had opened fire at him before he reached the road. Thus, Faroukh did not pose any threat to the soldiers’ lives. Moreover, the Israeli soldiers could have arrested him as he was physically disabled.

 

  • At approximately 16:30, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to Isma’il Mohammed Za’oul (41) from Housan village, west of Bethlehem. They arrested him and his child, ‘Ezz al-Deen (10) and took him to an unknown destination.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried out 9 incursions in the following areas without reporting any arrests: Salfit; al-Zawiyah village, northwest of the city; and Beit Kahel village, northwest of Hebron.

 

Monday, 02 November 2015

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron. They stationed near the Grand Mosque in the center of the village and then raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Salah al-Hajouh (17). Israeli forces arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 01:15, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses. The Israeli soldiers arrested four civilians and confiscated 23,000 NIS from one of the houses and took them to an unknown destination. The arrested persons were identified as:
  • Mohammed Sa’adi Faroum (34) arrested from his house in al-Mureij Street;
  • Ahmed ‘Othman Ja’arah (32) who works in al-Tadamon Charitable Society. He was arrested from his house in Mo’tah Street and Israeli forces confiscated the aforementioned money;
  • Mohammed Belal ‘Abdel Rahim al-‘Azizi (25) arrested from his house in Tal’et al-Rahbat in the Northern Moutnain and
  • ‘Ezz Rafiq Abu al-Kalbat (40) arrested from his house in al-Faris Intersection Street.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Bitounia village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched two houses. They arrested Ahmed Samir Naser (25) and Mustafa Qasem Nassar (30) and took them to “Benyamin” police Station, northeast of Jerusalem. At approximately 17:00, they were released.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Yata, south of Hebron. They stationed in Roq’ah village and then raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Naser Hussein al-‘Adrah (16). They arrested the aforementioned child and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Kafr Qalil village, south of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses. They arrested Ahmed Nabil al-Qani (20) and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Qabataia village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ahmed Mohammed Sa’id Kmeil (17), who was killed by Israeli guards at al-Jalamah Crossing, northeast of Jenin, on Saturday, 22 October 2015 under the pretext of carrying out a stabbing attack at the checkpoint. The Israeli soldiers locked all the family members in one room and questioned them on the spot. They confiscated the cell phone of the aforementioned child and some photos of him. Around an hour later, Israeli forces withdrew from the village, and no further incidents were reported.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 3 civilians. Israeli forces later withdrew taking them to an unknown destination. The arrested persons were identified as Mohie Mohammed Khader Abu Mariah (118); Qosay Ra’ed Sharif Abu Hashem (17) and ‘Omer Riyadh ‘Issa ‘Arar (15).

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Jalzone refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched two houses. They arrested Ahmed Subhi al-‘Abed Zaid (17) and Nour al-Deen Bassam Saqer (19).

 

  • At approximately 05:30, Israeli forces moved into Deir Jarir village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Haitham Jamil ‘Ajaj (18), a student at Birzeit University. They arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • In the morning, Israeli forces committed at al-Jalamah crossing, northeast of Jenin, a new crime of excessive use of force and killed a Palestinian child in addition to wounding and arresting another.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 09:00 on the aforementioned day, the movement at the crossing was very normal when Ahmed ‘Awad Mohammed Abu al-Rub (16) and Mahmoud Mo’emen Mahmoud Kmeil (17); both from Qabatia village, southeast of Jenin, were in a gas station, which is only 50 meters away from the crossing. Israeli forces suspected them, so two military jeeps approached the gas station. The soldiers get off the jeeps, stopped the two children in the middle of the station and pointed their arms at them. The Israeli soldiers ordered the two children to take off their clothes. When Abu al-Rub pulled out a knife, the Israeli soldiers opened fire at him and killed him immediately and then fired at the lower part of Kmeil’s body. Kmeil was wounded and then arrested. Meanwhile Israeli forces closed the crossing area and the area opposite to it. The Israeli vehicles moved 200 meters ahead forming a barrier between the crossing area and Jenin.

When the news spread out, dozens residents of Jenin City gathered in the vicinity of al-Jalamah crossing. Palestinian young men threw stones at the Israeli vehicles while the Israeli soldiers fired tear gas canisters, sound bombs and metal bullets at them. Meanwhile, an Israeli military jeep fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at journalists gathering near the scene. As a result, a number of them suffered tear gas inhalation and were treated on the spot.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried out 3 incursions in the following areas without reporting any arrests: Silet al-Harithiyah village, north of Jenin ; Kharas village, west of Hebron and Zaboubah village, northwest of the city.

Tuesday, 03 November 2015

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Sorif village, northwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed ‘Amer Hadoush (21). They arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination. Israeli forces arrested Merwan Mohammed Abu Farah (20) after raiding and searching his family house. Meanwhile, other Israeli soldiers raided and searched a house belonging to the family of martyr Mahmoud Khaled Ghneimat (20) and the house of wounded Meqdad al-Heeh (21). It should be noted that on 21 October 2015, Israeli police officers opened fire at them in Beit Sheimesh area in Israel under the pretext of attempting to carry out a stabbing attack. The Israeli soldiers took photos of both houses and the houses’ measures. Israeli forces later withdrew, but no arrests were reported.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Mowareq village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Eyad Khalil ‘Awawdah (26), who was killed by Israeli forces at the northern entrance of Hebron on 16 October 2015 after stabbing an Israeli soldier. The Israeli soldiers took photos of both houses and the houses’ measures. They verbally threatened his family to seize and demolish their house in a week.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They stationed in Balatet al-Balad in the eastern side of the city, and some workers, whom they brought, started entering equipment, vehicles and construction materials into “Joseph Tomb”. They did repair to the place, which was burnt few weeks ago in presence of Chief Rabbis and specialists in reconstruction. Israeli forces established an iron gate at the tomb and then withdrew. Meanwhile, Israeli forces raided and searched a number of houses. They arrested Ya’qoub ‘Abdel Latif Mohammed Isteitiyah (28) from his house in Rafidia neighborhood, west of the city and Ahmed Khalil Ahmed al-Shalabi (43) from his apartment in al-Shalabi building behind al-Qasr Hotel in the University Street, west of the city and later withdrew taking them to an unknown destination.

Meanwhile, Nathir Mohammed ‘Ali Bsharat (31), a farmer from Tamoun village, southeast of Tubas, was surprised that Israeli forces closed the entrance to the Central Vegetables Market. The soldiers asked him to come back, so he agreed. He turned his car and took a dirt road leading to the market. Bsharat arrived at the market gate, but he was surprised with a military jeep and a group of Israeli soldiers near the gate. The soldiers fired 4 metal bullets at the front windshield his Mercedes 410 tender and 5 bullets at the car front and the driver’s door.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved intoKhelet Hadour in the southern area in Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ziad No’aman Natshah (16), who was killed by Israeli forces at the northern entrance of al-Shuhadaa’ Street on 17 October 2015 after stabbing an Israeli soldier there. The Israeli soldiers took photos of both houses and the houses’ measures. They verbally threatened his family to seize and demolish their house in a week.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved al-Salam Street in the centre of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Dania Jihad Irshayed (17) who was killed by Israeli forces at the Ibrahimi Mosque on 17 October 2015 after stabbing an Israeli soldier. The Israeli soldiers took photos of both houses and the houses’ measures. They verbally threatened his family to seize and demolish their house in a week.

 

  • At approximately 01:50, Israeli forces moved into Ras al-Joura area in the northern area in Hebron. They stationed in the vicinity of Ihriz building and then raided and searched the office of Menbar al-Horiyhah Radio and Adwar “Roles” for Social Change Association in the 8th The Israeli soldiers detained Mohammed Farahat I’abeido, Broadcast Engineerin the Radio and Presenter Mahmoud ‘Othman Qneibi and destroyed and searched the contents of the office. Israeli forces confiscated all the electronic devices, including the radio transmitter, 4 audio mixers, 7 microphones, 13 other computers, four 23-inch televisions, 160 Vero Cameras; 2 Digital Cameras, 3 Press vests with a helmet, 4 Hi Bird for broadcast devices, audio organizer, audio filter, 3 stereos, 12 surveillance cameras, a DVR and two headphones. The Israeli soldiers aldo destroyed the soundproofing walls of in the studio used for broadcasting and cutting all the electricity and internet wires, false ceilings. They also stole USD 270 and two gold rings belonging to one of the female employees.

Ayman Na’im al-Qawasmah, Director of the Radio, said to a PCHR fieldworker that the financial loss is around USD 350,000, and the Israeli soldiers handed him a military order to shut down the Radio office for 6 months from the date of delivery. The Israeli soldiers also informed Mahmoud Qoneibi and Mohammed I’Beido to refer to the Israeli Intelluigence in “Gosh ‘Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem. Israeli authorities claimed that Manbar al-Horiyah Radi broadcasts inciting programs to mobilize people to go into the streets. The Israeli sodliers also raided Adwar for Social Change Association, which is a women’s association for human rights, after blowing up its main door. The soldiers confiscated 3 computers and searched the office. Sahar Yousif al-Qawasmah, Director of the association, said that the Israeli soldiers intended to raide the office and search it.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Bir al-Basha, south of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Amir Jamal Ghawadrah (27). Israeli forces later withdrew, and no further incidents were reported.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Yata, south of Hebron, they stationed into the centre of the city and raided and searched two houses. They arrested Sanad Mohammed Salim Moghnem (14); Hammad Mohammed Hammad Moghnem (13) and Mohammed ‘Abdel Mo’ez Taha. Israeli forces later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Usamah Naser Hasan Saleh (19) and arrested him. They also raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Baker Helal Ahmed al-Sabe’a (18) and arrested him as well.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Deir Samit village, southwest of Dura southwestof Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of ‘Oday Hashem Mohammed Maslamah (23) who was killed by Israeli forces in the village on 20 October 2015 after stabbing an Israeli soldier there. The Israeli soldiers took photos of both houses and the houses’ measures. They verbally threatened his family to seize and demolish their house in a week.

 

  • Around the same time, Israel forces moved into Bal’a village, northeast of Tulakrm. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ziad Reda “Ahmed Taher” Mer’ie (22), who was arrested by Israeli forces in “Netanya” under the claims of carrying out a stabbing attack. They also questioned the residents of the house on the spot. Meanwhile, other Israeli soldiers raided and searched a house belonging to the family of ‘Ali Sa’id Hussein Ya’aqoub (22). Israeli forces later withdrew and no further incidents were reported.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Gharous Valley, east of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Bayan Ayman ‘Abdel Wahab ‘Asaliyah (16) who was killed by Israeli forces at the checkpoint established at the aforementioned village entrance on 17 October 2015 claiming that he stabbed a soldier. The Israeli soldiers took photos of both houses and the houses’ measures. They verbally threatened his family to seize and demolish their house in a week.

 

  • At approximately 14:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They stationed in Safa area, north of the village and deployed between the houses. Dozens of young men gathered to throw stones at the soldiers, who in response fired tear gas canisters and live bullets at them. As a result, a 20-year-old young man was hit with a bullet to the right shoulder.

 

Wednesday, 04 November 2015

 

  • At approximately 00:30, Israeli forces moved into Qabatia village, southeast of Hebron. They raided and searched Majd Mohammed Tawifq Kumeil (27) and arrested him. The Israeli soldiers then raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Salah al-Deen Najeh Kumeil (22) and arrested him as well.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched 6 houses accompanying a tracker dog. They held the family members in one room, and the force officer questioned them on the spot about the village residents under threats. Israeli forces arrested ‘Asem and Mo’atasem Samih Mohammed Tamimi (18) and Basel Ahmed ‘Odah (19) and later withdrew taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Orif village, south of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses. They arrested Samih Khaled al-Safadi (23) and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Salem village, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses. They arrested Riyad Ghazi Jobour (25) and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched 3 houses accompanying a tracker dog after breaking the main doors of the house with a sharp tool. They arrested Mohammed ‘Abdel Majeed Hammad (29); Harbi Naser ‘Afif Hammad (32) and Haitham Faris Ibrahim Hamed (33) and later withdrew taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Kharsa village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They stationed in the eastern area of the village and thenr aided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ayman ‘Ali Itbeish (36). They handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence in “Gosh ‘Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Fawar refugee camp, south of Hebron. They stationed near the UNRWA schools and then raided and searched 3 houses. They arrested Waahid Khaled al-Titi (15); ‘Abdullah Mahmoud Nassar (34) and Mahmoud ‘Issa Brahmiyah (33) and later withdrew taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Askar al-Jadeed refugee camp, northeast of Nablus. Palestinian children gathered to throw stones at the Israeli vehicles. The Israeli soldier immediately fired metal bullets at them. As a result, a 19-year old civilian was hit with a metal bullet to the right eye bursting it.

 

  • At approximately 13:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They stationed in the centre of the village and then raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Ref’at al-Sleibi (17). They arrested the aforementioned child and later withdrew taking him to where the vehicles were stationed. Meanwhile, other Israeli soldiers raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Bader Mahmoud AKhlil under the pretext of searching for his son, Mahmoud, who has been in the Israeli prisons for more than a year.

 

  • At approximately 16:00, Israeli forces deployed at the northern entrance to Halhoul opened fire at a Hyundai vehicle with a Palestinian registration plate after its driver ran over two Israeli police officers and wounded them according to Israeli news websites. As a result, the driver identified as Ibrahim Samir Ibrahim Skafi (22) from Khelet Hadour area in the southern area in Hebron. After declaring his death, Skafi’s corpse was taken to an unknown destination. At approximately 20:00, Israeli authorities handed the corpse to a PRCS ambulance and were then taken to Hebron Governmental hospital.

 

  • At approximately 17:00, Israeli forces moved into Qasrah village, southeast of Nablus. They stationed in the southern area of the village near the public park. A number of Palestinian young men and children gathered to throw stones at the vehicles. The Israeli soldiers in response fired metal bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As result, 12 civilian were wounded with metal bullets. Of whom were four children and Correspondent of al-Kufiyah Radio, Samer Sharif ‘Odah (22), who was hit with a metal bullet to the left thigh.

 

  • At approximately 21:45, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Salqa Valley village, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip opened fire at the aforementioned village. As a result, ‘Abdel Majeed Salem Brei’em (23) was hit with a bullet to the left foot. The aforementioned was wounded when he was sitting with others in the vicinity of his house in al-Salqa Valley village and only 800 meters away from the border fence. The aforementioned wounded was then taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in Deir al-Balah to receive medical treatment.

 

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

 

The West Bank

 

  • On Thursday afternoon, 29 October 2015, in spite of the bad weather, dozens of young men and youngsters gathered near al-Huda Gas Station and City In Hotel in al-Balou’ neighbourhood, at the northern entrance to al-Bireh city. They then headed to the (DCO) military checkpoint and “Beit Eill” settlement. The protestors set fire to rubber tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers that fired live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters and sprayed wastewater in response. As a result, 9 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded; 5 of whom were hit with live bullets and 4 others were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets.

 

  • On Friday afternoon, a group of youngsters gathered at al-Taweel Mountain, adjacent to “Bsagot” settlement in al-Beira village, to organize a demonstration in protest at the Israeli forces’ policy and settlers’ attacks against al-Aqsa Mosque. Protesters threw stones at the settlement’s fence and set fire to rubber tires. Due to which, Israeli forces stationed at the area fired live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the protests in response. As a result, many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

 

  • Around the same time, dozens of youngsters gathered near the annexation wall established in Badras village, west of Ramallah and al-Bireh, in protest at the Israeli forces and settlers’ attacks. The protesters threw stones at the soldiers stationed behind the wall. Due to which, Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the protesters and chased them inside the village. As a result, many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.
  • At approximately 02:00 on Friday, 30 October 2015, dozens of youngsters gathered at Bab al-Zawia area and al-Sa’a intersection in the centre of Hebron. The protesters set fire to rubber tires and then headed to the northern entrance of al-Shohada Street, where Israeli forces established a military checkpoint (56). Additionally, they threw stones at the soldiers stationed at the checkpoint fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters against the protesters. Moreover, a number of soldiers marched at Bab al-Zawia area, deployed between the shops and then fired rubber-coated metal bullets and live ammunition at the protester. As a result, 3 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded. An 18-year-old male was hit with a bullet to the right leg, a 17-year-old male was hit with a bullet to the left knee, while a 15-year-old male was hit with a bullet to the upper part of the right knee.

 

  • On Friday afternoon, dozens of youngsters gathered near al-Huda Petrol Station and City In Hotel in al-Balou’ neighbourhood, at the northern entrance of al-Beira city. They then headed to the (DCO) military checkpoint and “Beit Eill” settlement. The protestors set fire to rubber tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers that fired live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters and sprayed wastewater at protesters in response. As a result, 14 civilians, including 5 children, were wounded; 11 of whom were hit with live bullets and 3 others were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets. Moreover, Israeli Border Guard officers intentionally ran over Maher Ganem Faroukh (27) and hit him with gun butts. Due to which, Maher sustained wounds to the head and left leg. He also sustained bruises to the legs. The Israeli officers then took Maher to an unknown destination after beating him up and preventing medical crews from helping him. Furthermore, Israeli soldiers beat the journalists and gravely pushed them. In addition, they sprayed pepper-spray over their faces. The injured persons, including 3 paramedics and an ambulance working at the Palestin Red Crescent Society (PRCS), were identified as:
  1. Karem Mahmoud Taha (35);
  2. Basam Harish (35);
  3. Basem Sadqa (40); and
  4. A solidarity activist, Ayman Dar Ahmed (22).

 

Additionally, among the injured journalists was Monther Mohammed Khateeb (30), a photojournalist at al-Ghad al-Arabi News Channel.

 

  • Following the Friday prayer, on 31 October 2015, tens of thousands of Hebron’s residents organized a peaceful demonstration in front of al-Husain Bin Ali Mosque in ‘Ain Sara area, in the centre of the city, to participate in a funeral procession of 5 children, who were killed by Israeli soldiers in early October, claiming that they attempted to carry out stabbings. The killed civilians were identified as:
  1. Bayan Ayman al-‘Esaili;
  2. Dania Jihad Arshid;
  3. Bashar and Husam al-Ja’bari; and
  4. Tareq Natsha.

 

The protesters then headed to al-Shohada Cemetery, chanted national slogans and raised Palestinian flags. When they got into the entrance leading to al-Sheikh neighbourhood, dozens of young men headed to Bab al-Zawia area near the northern entrance to al-Shohada Street, where military checkpoint (56) is established. The protesters threw stones at the soldiers stationed behind a military watchtower. Israeli soldiers fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protesters that deployed at Bab al-Zawia area and al-Sa’a intersection in response. In the meantime, hundreds of civilians gathered in the area to see what was happening. Due to which, Israeli soldiers indiscriminately fired heavily tear gas canisters at the Palestinian civilians. As a result, many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and were treated on the spot by the PRCS crews. By the end of funeral, dozens of youngsters headed to the aforementioned area and threw stones at a number of soldiers that topped the residential houses near the checkpoint. Additionally, Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition at the stones throwers. As a result, 13 civilians, including a child, were hit with live bullets.

 

  • On Saturday afternoon, dozens of young men and youngsters gathered near al-Huda Petrol Station and City In Hotel in al-Balou’ neighbourhood, at the northern entrance to al-Beira city. They then headed to the (DCO) military checkpoint and “Beit Eill” settlement. The protestors set fire to tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers that fired live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters and sprayed wastewater in response. As a result, 3 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded; 2 of whom were hit with live bullets while another was hit with a rubber-coated metal bullet.
  • On Sunday afternoon, 01 November 2015, dozens of Bir Ziet University students gathered near al-Huda Petrol Station and City In Hotel in al-Balou’ neighbourhood, at the northern entrance to al-Beira city. They then headed to the (DCO) military checkpoint and “Beit Eill” settlement. The protestors set fire to tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers that fired live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters and sprayed wastewater in response. As a result, 4 civilians were wounded; 2 of whom were hit with live bullets and another one was hit with a rubber-coated metal bullet.

 

  • On Monday afternoon, 02 November 2015, dozens of young men and youngsters gathered near al-Huda Petrol Station and City In Hotel in al-Balou’ neighbourhood, at the northern entrance of al-Beira city. They then headed to the (DCO) military checkpoint and “Beit Eill” settlement. The protestors set fire to tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers that fired live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters and sprayed wastewater in response. As a result, a 22-year-old male was hit with 2 rubber-coated metal bullets to the head and chest. He was then taken to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to receive medical treatment.

 

  • At approximately 15:00, dozens of young men and youngsters gathered in Qatana village, northwest of Jerusalem, after participating in a funeral procession of Omar Mohammed al-Fiqeh (23), who was killed on 07 October 2015, when Israeli forces opened fire at him at Qalandia military checkpoint, north of Jerusalem, under the pretext of wearing an explosive belt; in addition to the funeral of Mohammed Nazmi Shamasna (22), who was killed on 12 October 2015, after was beaten and insulted by Israeli settlers in an Israeli bus, where Israeli forces opened fire at him in a Central Station, west of Jerusalem, claiming that he attempted to stab someone. Furthermore, confrontations erupted and led to the killing of 2 children. They were then taken to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to receive medical treatment. A 17-year-old child was hit with a rubber-coated metal bullet to the head that caused a deep wound and concussion, while another 17-year-old male was hit with a live bullet to the right thigh.

 

  • On 03 November 2015, dozens of Beir Zeit University students and a number of youngsters gathered at Ofer prison, southwest of Ramallah, to organize a demonstration against the Israeli authority’s policy and the settlers’ attacks. The protesters headed to the prison’s gate, set fire to rubber tires and threw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers. Due to which, Israeli forces closed the gate, deployed a number of soldiers in the area and fired live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets and sound bombs at the protesters in response. As a result, 3 civilians, including a child, were wounded. Moreover, many civilians including, Haifa Hamouda Qdais (61), suffered tear gas inhalation. Haifa was then taken to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to receiver medical treatment.

Gaza Strip

 

  • At approximately 13:00 on Friday, 30 October 2015, dozens of youngsters headed to the border areas between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Faraheen area in ‘Abasan al-Kabeira; and east of ‘Abasan village, east of Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip. A number of protesters approached the aforementioned border area and set fire to rubber tires nearly 150-meters away from the fence. Moreover, they threw stones at the soldiers stationed behind the border fence, due to which, Israeli forces sporadically fired tear gas canisters against the protesters until the evening. As a result, 14 civilians were wounded. Among the injured persons was paramedic Tamer Mahmoud Hussain Shaheen (38), who sustained shrapnel wounds to the eye and right arm after a live bullet had penetrated the ambulance carrying him nearly 300-meters away from the border fence. Additionally, Ibrahim Ahmed Mohammed Abu Rida (24), photojournalist at Ayla News, was hit with a bullet to the chest while he was covering the incidents. The aforementioned injured persons were taken to the European Hospital to receive medical treatment, where their health conditions were described as moderate. Moreover, dozens of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and they were treated on the spot, while others were taken to the European and Algerian Hospitals to receive medical treatment.

 

  • At approximately 14:00 on Friday, Israeli forces stationed in Beit Hanoun “Eriz” Crossing, northwest of Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip, fired rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters at the protesters present on the road between the Palestinian and Israeli sides of the crossing. The protesters threw stones at the soldiers in protest at the Israeli forces’ attacks against Palestinian civilians in Jerusalem and the West Bank. The clashes that continued until 18:00 led to injuring 6 civilians, 5 of whom were hit with live bullets while the 6th one was hit with a rubber-coated metal bullet.

 

  • Around the same time, dozens of young men and youngsters headed to the border area between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Burij Refugee Camp, in the centre of the Gaza Strip. The protesters threw stones at the soldiers stationed behind the fence, due to which, Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition and tear gas canisters at the protesters. As a result, 10 civilians, including a child, were wounded with live bullets. They were then taken to al-Shifa Hospital, where their health conditions were described as serious. Moreover, 7 others, including 4 PRCS paramedics suffered tear gas inhalation.

 

  • Around the same time, dozens of youngsters headed to the border area, east of al-Shuja’ia, near (Nahel Oz), east of the Gaza Strip, to organize a demonstration supporting Jerusalem and denouncing Israeli forces’ attacks in the West Bank. The protesters threw stones at the soldiers stationed behind the sand barriers. Due to which, Israeli soldiers fired tear gas canisters against the protesters. As a result, 17 civilians were wounded, 7 of whom were hit with live bullets, while 10 others were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets.

 

  • At approximately 16:30, dozens of young men and children headed to the border area, east of al-Burij refugee camp, and threw stones at the soldiers stationed behind the border fence. Due to which, Israeli soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at the protesters. As a result, 3 civilians were wounded, one of whom suffered tear gas inhalation. The injured persons were then taken to al-Aqsa Hospital in Dier al-Balah, where their health conditions were described as moderate.

 

  • At approximately 15:30 on Saturday, 31 October 2015, dozens of youngsters headed to the border area between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Burij refugee camp, in the centre of the Gaza Strip. The protesters threw stones at the soldiers stationed behind the sand barriers. Due to which, Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition and tear gas canisters at the protesters. As a result, 3 civilians were wounded with live bullets. They were then taken to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah to receive medical treatment.

 

  • At approximately 15:30 on Saturday, 31 October 2015, dozens of youngsters headed to the border area between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Burij refugee camp, in the centre of the Gaza Strip. The protesters threw stones at the soldiers stationed behind the sand barriers. Due to which, Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition and tear gas canisters at the protesters. As a result, one of protesters was hit with a live bullet to the right leg.

 

  • At approximately 16:00 on Tuesday, 03 November 2015, dozens of youngsters headed to the border area between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Burij refugee camp, in the centre of the Gaza Strip. The protesters threw stones at the soldiers stationed behind the sand barriers. Due to which, Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition and tear gas canisters at the protesters. As a result, one of protesters was hit with a live bullet to the left leg.

 

Demonstrations against the annexation wall and settlement activities

 

  • Following the Friday prayer on 30 October 2015, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in Bil’in village, west of Ramallah, in protest against the annexation wall and settlement activities The protestors tried to sneak through the fence. Israeli soldiers stationed behind the wall, fired live bullets, rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs and chased them into the olive fields in response. As a result, many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

 

  • Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in al-Nabi Saleh village, southwest of Ramallah, in protest against the annexation wall and settlement activities. The demonstrators headed to the lands that the settlers are trying to seize near “Halmish” settlement. Israeli forces had closed all the entrances to the village since the morning to prevent them from participating in the demonstration. When they arrived at the aforementioned land, the demonstrators were met by live bullets, tear gas canisters, rubber-coated steel bullets and sound bombs and were chased into the village. Moreover, Israeli forces targeted the residential houses by tear gas canisters; one of those houses belongs to Khaled ‘Ata al-Tamimi. As a result, many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

 

  • Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian youngsters gathered at the western entrance to Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah, on Selwad-Yabroud road near road (60) in protest at the Israeli policies. The protesters set fire to tires and threw stones and Molotov cocktails at the soldiers. Israeli forces stationed at the area fired live ammunition, rubber- coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters at the protesters. They also chased them inside the village. As a result, many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

 

  • At approximately 13:00, a group of Palestinian youngsters gathered near the eastern entrance to Na’lin village, west of Ramallah, to organize a demonstration against the annexation wall and Israeli forces’ policies. The protesters made their way in the streets and then headed to the aforementioned entrance closed with cement blocks since two weeks. Due to which, Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the protesters, and chased them inside the village. As a result, many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and other civilians sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

 

  • Around the same time, Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized a protest in the centre 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. When they arrived at the entrance of the village, the demonstrators were met by live bullets, tear gas canisters, rubber-coated steel bullets and sound bombs. As a result, many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation.

Note: PCHR keeps the names of the injured persons in the aforementioned demonstrations.

 

Rubber-coated metal bullets are lethally if they hit the head of victim from a close range.

 

  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.

 

  • Note: PCHR apologizes for not publishing the data relevant to Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing, because it is not available at the Ministry of Economy and Petroleum Authority.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BeitHanoun (“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 BeitHanoun (“Erez”) crossing

28 October – 03 November 2015

 

Category 28 October 29 October 30 October 31October 1 November 2 November 3November
Patients 67 52 4 72 55 86
Companions 51 50 5 61 56 82
Personal needs 61 113 22 122 70 56
Families

of prisoners

66
Arabs from

Israel

2 1 1 12 4 2
Diplomats
International journalists
International workers 34 71 2 10 28 30
Travelers

abroad

4 24 4 6 10
Business people 303 333 2 401 301 257
Business meetings
Security interviews 2 1
VIPs 1 1 4
Ambulances

to Israel

3 4 1 4 7 3
Patients’ Companions 3 4 1 4 8 3

 

  • Notes:

 

  • On Friday, 30 October 2015, Israeli authorities allowed 168 Palestinian civilians from the Gaza Strip to perform prayers in al-Aqsa Mosque, while on Thursday, 29 October 2105, they allowed 2 persons working in international organizations or to renew their permits.

 

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 established 20 checkpoints all over the city. On Thursday, 29 October 2015, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrance of Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron; al-Fawar Refugee Camp, south of Hebron; and at the southern entrance of Halhoul village, north of Hebron.

 

On Friday, 30 October 2015, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrance of Jalajel village, east of Hebron; al-Moureq village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron; and Samou’a village, south of Hebron.

 

On Sunday, 01 November 2015, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the entrance of Sa’ir village, east of Hebron; the entrance of Samou’ village, south of Hebron; northern entrance of Hebron; and Halhoul village, north of Hebron.

 

On Monday, 02 November 2015, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the entrances of Sa’ier and Beit ‘Aynoun villages, east of Hebron; Ethna village, west of Hebron; and Beit ‘Awaa village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron. Moreover, Israeli soldiers prevent young men from 16 to 25 years old from leaving the two villages without appearing a card showing their workplaces.

 

On Tuesday, 03 November 2015, Israeli forces closed the Hebron’s entrances with iron gates and prevented civilians from crossing. The closed entrances were known as: the entrance of Beit ‘Ayoun village; Sa’ier village; al-Fahas; Bani Na’im and Biet Kahel village. Moreover, Israeli forces established checkpoints to search civilians while crossing prevented young men from 16 to 27 years old from leaving Sa’ir village until proving the place they want to go. Additionally, the Israeli forces also closed the road between Dura village and Bypass Road (60) leading to al-Fawar and al-‘Aroub Refugee Camps, south and north of Hebron. On the aforementioned day, Israeli forces established 6 checkpoints at the northern and southern entrances of Halhoul village; Beit ‘Awaa village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron; Sa’ir village; Tarama village, east of Dura, southwest of Hebron.

 

  • Ramallah and al-Bireh: Israeli forces established 10 checkpoints all over the city. At approximately 17:00 on Thursday, 29 October 2015, Israeli forces stationed at ‘Atarah checkpoint at the northern entrance of Bir Zeit, north of Ramallah.

 

On Friday, 30 October 2015, Israeli forces established 6 checkpoints at the eastern entrance of al-Nabi Saleh village, northeast of Ramallah; ‘Ain Sinaa, north of Ramallah; under the bridge of Kherbitha al-Mesbah village; Beit Ur al-Foqa village; the road between Beit Loqia and Beit Siraa villages, southwest of Ramallah; and near “Ofer” settlement’s intersection, north of Ramallah.

On Monday, 02 November 2015, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the entrance of Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah; under the bridge of Yabroud village, northeast of Ramallah; Deir Abu Mesh’al village, northwest of Ramallah; and at ‘Atarah checkpoint at the northern entrance of Bir Zeit, north of the city.

 

On Tuesday morning, 03 November 2015, Israeli forces closed the eastern entrance of ‘Ain Yabroud village, northeast of Ramallah, with an iron gate. During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrance of Beit ‘Ur al-Foqa and under the bridge of Kherbet al-Mosbah village, southwest of Ramallah.

  • Jenin: At approximately 17:30 on Monday, 02 November 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on the road between Jenin and Kafur Dan village, west of Jenin.

 

  • Salfit: Israeli forces established (8) checkpoints all over the city. On 29 October 2015, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrance of Deir al-Balout village and Kufor al-Deek village, west of Salfit.

 

At approximately 08:10 on Saturday, 31 October 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Deir al-Balout village, west of Salfit. Also at approximately 18:40 Israeli forces established another checkpoint, but no arrests were reported.

 

On Sunday 01 November 2015, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints between Kafel Hares and Hares villages, north of Salfit; between Kafel Hares and Deirasitia villages, northwest of Salfit; at the western entrance of Deirasitia village; and at the western entrance of Kafel Hares village, north of Salfit.

Arrests

 

  • On Thursday afternoon, 28 October 2015, Israeli forces stationed at “Dolev” settlement’s intersection established on the Palestinian lands confiscated from Deir Abazi’ village, northwest of Ramallah, arrested Rami ‘Aziz Isteah (16) and Ashraf Omar Mohammed ‘Ataia (16) from Kufor Ne’mah village. Israeli forces took the arrested civilians to Ofer Prison, southwest of the city.
  • At approximately 12:30 on Tuesday, 03 November 2015, Israeli forces stationed at Za’tara checkpoint, south of Nablus, arrested Yehia Salem Nimer Abu Mo’amar (31) from Ertah neighbourhood, south of Tulkram, and Kamel As’aad Kamel Hemran (28) from al-Hashemiah village, southwest of Jenin, when they were on their way back from Jericho. The aforementioned civilians are affiliated with Hamas Movement. At approximately 22:30, the aforementioned persons were released. It should be mentioned that both of them spent 5 months in the PA prisons. The last detention was in the General Intelligence Central Prison in Jericho. The aforementioned arrested persons were then taken to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 10:30, Israeli forces stationed at al-Jalmah military crossing, northeast of Jenin, arrested Mohammed Jalal Mohammed al-Mohor (22) from Jenin Refugee Camp, when he was in the vicinity of the checkpoint. According to the Israeli media, Israeli forces claimed that they suspected Mohammed when he was in to the south of the checkpoint. Due to which, Israeli soldiers searched him and found that he had a knife, so he was arrested.
  • At approximately 19:00 on Tuesday, Israeli forces stationed at Beit Foureek checkpoint, east of Nablus, arrested As’ad Saber ‘Odah (21) from ‘Orif village, south of the city; and a student from al-Najah University and took them to an unknown destination. An eyewitness stated that Israeli forces stationed at the checkpoint stopped a car belonging to As’ad ‘Odah and checked his ID card. They then asked him to step out from his car and put him near the checkpoint for an hour before taking him by a military jeep.
  • On Wednesday, 04 November 2015, Israeli forces stationed at al-Karamah crossing, east of Jericho, arrested 3 civilians while they were on their way back from Jordan heading to al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. The aforementioned civilians were identified as Baha’ Mohammed al-Tamimi (21); ‘Oday Abed al-Raziq al-Tamimi (22); and Wesam Iyad al-Tamimi (19). All of them were then taken to Ofer prison, southwest of the city.

Maltreatment at military checkpoints

 

  • Israeli soldiers stationed at a military checkpoint at the western entrance of Hazma village, east of Jerusalem, insulted Fadi Qadri Omar Abu Baker (28) from al-Balou’ neighbourhood in al-Bireh city. According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 16:00 on Saturday, 31 October 2015, Abu Baker was on his way back from Jericho heading to Ramallah. While he was crossing the checkpoint established at the entrance of Hazma checkpoint, Israeli soldiers searched his car and detained him for half an hour. Moreover, a masked Israeli soldier sprayed a pepper spray at his eyes, while another soldier beat him by his riffle’s butt at his chest. As a result, he fell on the ground. Additionally, 3 other soldiers started kicking him throughout his body. The aforementioned masked soldier hit Fadi with a sharp tool to his face. As a result, Fadi fainted for few minutes. He was then released and returned home using his car. He was then taken to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah by his family. Doctors conducted medical examinations and radiographic to him and found out that he sustained bruises to the chest and head and a minor wound to the face.

 

  • At approximately 18:00 on Tuesday, 03 November 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on ‘Aber al-Samira road between Za’tara checkpoint and Jericho, adjacent “Magdollym” settlement, southeast of Nablus. The aforementioned checkpoint formed by 3 military jeeps and a female border guard. The soldiers stopped a car with 3 passengers and a driver, and checked their IDs. One of the soldiers then opened the car’s left door and pulled ‘Esam Ahmed Mousa Deiria (21) from his left shoulder in order to get him out while he was sitting in the back seat. The soldier directly asked ‘Esam, “where is the knife?”, but ‘Esam denied having one. The soldier asked him again “Do you want to be a martyr?” and asked him to take out everything he had with him and put him on the car hood. Moreover, the soldier ordered ‘Esam to pull up his shirt and take off his shoes. He then pushed ‘Esam to the car and with all his strength hit him many times. The searching of ‘Esam’s body continued for half an hour, while the soldiers were shouting at him and questioning him about the knife. Furthermore, the other two passengers and the driver were insulted and asked about the same questions. Half an hour later, the soldiers handed them their IDs and then released them.

 

  1. Efforts to create Jewish majority

 

Israeli forces escalated their attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property. They have also continued their raids on al-Aqsa Mosque and denied the Palestinians access to it:

 

Shooting incidents

 

  • At approximately 15:00 on Friday, 30 October 2015, a light rail security officer on Bar Lev Street near Shaikh Jarrah neighbourhood, north of East Jerusalem’s Old City, opened fire at Ahmed Hamada Yusef Qnaibi (23), from Kufor Aqeb neighbourhood, north of the city. As a result, he sustained several bullet wounds from a close range, due to which he was transported to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in West Jerusalem to receive the necessary medical treatment, but he succumbed to his injuries few hours later.

In a statement issued by the Israeli police, Luba Samri, Israeli police spokesperson, claimed that a Jerusalemite young man around (23) years old, from Kufor Aqeb neighbourhood had stabbed two Jewish persons near a light rail in “Givat Hat’hmoshet” settlement. The two Jewish persons’ injuries ranged between minor and moderate. The light rail security officer immediately opened fire at the aforementioned person; therefore the officer “neutralized him”. The wounded person was transported to a hospital to receive medical treatment, but he was pronounced dead later.

 

Collective punishment against families of Palestinians accused of carrying out attacks against Israeli forces and settlers

 

  • At approximately 04:00 on Thursday, 29 October 2015, Israeli forces raided a house belonging to the family of Tha’er Abu Ghazala in Kufir Aqeb neighbourhood, north of East Jerusalem. The family said to PCHR’s fieldworker that Israeli forces had raided their house and damaged the main door in the dawn, but no one was in there. They photographed the house, took its measures and examined the walls according to the family neighbours. It should be noted that Abu Ghazala was killed by Israeli forces in Tel Aviv on 08 October 2015, under the pretext of stabbing a female soldier with a screw. The corpse of Abu Ghazala has been kept in the Israeli custody. Moreover, they arrested his father and then placed him under administrative detention.

 

House demolitions and demolition notices

 

  • On Friday, 30 October 2015, Israeli forces accompanied by Jerusalem Municipality officers raided 3 houses belonging to Abu Jamal family in al-Mukaber Mountain village, southeast of occupied Jerusalem. Abu Jamal family said that the Israeli municipality officers delivered administrative demolition notices for a house belonging to Mohammed Abu Jamal, Alaa’s brother, under the pretext of non-licensing. It should be noted that the 110-square-meter house was built in 2001, in which 6 family members, including the father, mother and four children, have been living. Moreover, the municipality officers delivered another administrative demolition notice for a house belonging to the family of Alaa Abu Jamal; the same house against which a confiscation and demolition decision was issued by the Israeli Home Front Command last week. This house was built in 1995. It should be noted that the Israeli forces raided lately a house belonging to Safa’ Abu Jamal, Alaa’s sister, and made holes in the house walls, took its measures, examined the walls and made holes in them. However, Israeli forces claimed that the house belongs to Alaa and that the first house that was examined to be demolished was not his. Thus, the Israeli authorities have threatened to demolish 3 houses attached to each other belonging to Alaa Abu Jamal’s family. Israeli forces killed Alaa Abu Jamal on 13 October 2015 after stabbing and running over Israeli settlers in West Jerusalem.

 

  • In the same context, Israeli forces raided a house belonging to the family of Akram Abu Jamal, looking for the family of the wounded prisoner, Belal Abu Ghanem. Abu Ghanem’s family was renting Akram’s house, but left lately. The municipality officers photographed Akram’s house license and then withdrew.

 

  • At approximately 07:00 on Monday, 12 November 2015, under the protection of special forces, the Israeli municipality bulldozers demolished a house belonging to the family of Sami Edris in Khellet al-Abed area in al-Mukaber Mountain village, southeast of occupied Jerusalem, without warning, under the pretext of non-licensing. The aforementioned civilian said to PCHR’s fieldworker that Israeli special forces accompanied by Israeli municipality officers and bulldozers raided a house in Khellet al-Abed in al-Mukaber Mountain to demolish it without warning. He added that Israeli forces allowed him to take out his personal papers, money and light belongings only. They also obliged him to leave the house in minutes and kept his family few meters away from him. The municipality officers then randomly emptied the house content. After which, a bulldozer demolished the 80-square-meter house that used to shelter a 7-member family, including 4 children. It should be noted that Edris started building his house 3 months ago and moved in with his family for 15 days only. The building costs were around NIS 100,000. Edris pointed that the Israeli municipality had fixed an administrative demolition notice twice in the past 2 months; therefore, he attempted to obtain a construction license, but could not because of the Israeli restrictions in this regard.

 

  • Few hours later, Israeli forces accompanied by municipality officers and a bulldozer moved into Beit Hanina neighbourhood, north of East Jerusalem, and demolished a 3-storey building belonging to lawyer Khaldoun Nejem and Mousa and Mahmoud al-Dosoky.

The affected families said that the building, which was residential, was added to an old building a year ago and they had moved in last April. After the Israeli municipality had issued a demolition decision, the families could adjourn the decision until they reached a settlement with the municipality, one day before the demolition, to turn the demolition decision into an indictment and construction fines. However, the families were surprised that on the abovementioned day Israeli forces moved into the area and demolished the building. Lawyer Khaldoun Nejem said that the 3-storey building (each floor is a 120-square-meter apartment) was resided by 3 families as follows: Khaldoun’s family, including his wife and 2 children; Mousa al-Dosoky, his wife and daughter; and Khaldoun’s brother namely Mahmoud who was preparing his apartment to move in soon. The families declared that the building was demolished with its contents inside.

 

  • On Tuesday, 03 November 2015, Israeli municipality officers fixed administrative demolition notices on the walls of al-Qa’qa’ Mosque and a commercial facility in Hosh Abu Tayeh in silwan village, south of East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing.

Hani Abu Tayeh, who is responsible for the mosque’s affairs, said that Israeli municipality officers fixed an administrative demolition notice on the wall of al-Qa’qa’ Mosque in Hosh Abu Tayeh in Ein al-Louza neighborhood that is located in Silwan village, under the pretext of non-licensing. Moreover, they fixed a similar one on a carwash in Beer Ayoub neighborhood, in the city. They photographed some commercial facilities, residential buildings, entrances to certain neighbourhoods and streets. He added that the 120-square-meter mosque was built 3 years ago. it should be noted that the decision was issued on 20 August 2015 and gave a 90-day period for challenging the decision, otherwise, it would be applied. The demolition decision is based on “Law 212”, which is utilized by the Israeli municipality and General Prosecution to implement demolition decisions. The same law allows the General Prosecution to issue demolition decisions against non-licensed buildings even if the person/s were unknown.

 

Incursions and arrests

 

  • At approximately 02:00 on Thursday, 29 October 2015, Israeli forces with sniffer dogs moved into Qa’ al-Hara area in al-Tour neighbourhood, east of East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested 5 Palestinian civilians. The arrested civilians, who were taken to an unknown destination, were identified as Khalil Abu al-Hawa (60), Omer Khalil Abu al-Hawa (19), Ahmed Seder (23), Hashem Ahmed Abu al-Hawa (21) and Mahdi Ahmed Abu al-Hawa (23).
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Eisawiya village, northeast of East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested 8 Palestinian civilians. The arrested civilians, who were taken to an unknown destination, were identified as Feras al-Eisawe (40), Mohammed Abdullah Mahmoud (22), Mohammed Ali Mahmoud (19), Mohammed Yusef Attiya (19), Feras Ameer Mahmoud (19), Tamer Abu al-Homos (13), Mohammed Mahmoud Mahmoud (16) and Mahmoud Gharib (19).

 

  • At approximately 11:00 on Saturday, 31 October 2015, Israeli forces arrested Jawad Seyam, Director of Helwa Valley Information Centre, while being present at Ras al-Amoud checkpoint, east of East Jerusalem’s Old City. Seyam was observing and photographing the Palestinians’ suffering at the aforementioned checkpoint that was erected 2 weeks ago. He was arrested after an Israeli officer claimed that he hindered the police work and incited school students to chant slogans at the checkpoint.

Lawyer Mohammed Mahmoud said that the Israeli police at Saladin police station decided to release Seyam on bail amounting to NIS 1,000 and a third party bail amounting to NIS 5,000. They also prevented him from approaching Ras al-Amoud – Silwan checkpoint for 15 days. Seyam denied the charges brought against him and highlighted that Silwan schools were on a strike on the aforementioned day in protest at the cement cubes and iron barriers established in the village and at its entrances. Therefore, there were no students at the checkpoint when Seyam was arrested. Seyam explained that the police deleted the photos he took at the checkpoint before releasing him.

 

  • At approximately 01:00 on Sunday, 01 November 2015, Israeli forces moved into Sour Baher village, south of East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested 8 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children. The arrested civilians, who were taken to an unknown destination, were identified as:
  1. Mohammed Jadallah (16);
  2. Yassin al-Atrash (17);
  3. Mohsen Atoun (17);
  4. Abdullah Abu Kaff (21);
  5. Mohammed Bkairat (18);
  6. Ahmed Jadallah (18);
  7. Na’el al-Rabay’a (21); and
  8. Maher Atoun (18).

 

  • At approximately 12:00, Israeli municipality and taxing authority officers moved into al-Eisawiya village, northeast of Jerusalem, under the protection of Israeli Special Forces. They raided commercial stores and outraged their owners. A number of Palestinian young men threw stones in response, due to which, Israeli forces opened fire at them. As a result, Mazen Ahmed Abu al-Homos (42) sustained a bullet wound to the face when he was at home. He was taken to Hadassa – Ein Kerem Hospital in West Jerusalem for medical treatment.

 

  • At approximately 14:00, Israeli forces arrested Yusef Hassan Abu Khdair (7) and Omer Mohammed Abu Khdair (8) when they were present in front of their family houses in Shu’fat neighbourhood, north of East Jerusalem. Omer’s mother said to PCHR’s fieldworker that Israeli forces arrested her son and his cousin while playing around their family houses in the said village. She added that the Israeli police arrested the 2 children under the pretext of possessing a slingshot while they were present on the main street. They Israeli police officers took the boys to the police patrol that was present on the same street. The boys were then transported to Nabi Yaqoub police station in Beit Hanina.

 

  • At approximately 18:00, Israeli forces moved into Sulaiman al-Faresi in al-Tour neighbourhood, east of Jerusalem’s Old City. They randomly fired sound bombs although there were no confrontations. Moreover, they arrested Yusef Omer Abu al-Hawa (26) and Shadi Mohammed Abdullah (19).

 

  • At approximately 19:00, Israeli forces arrested Khaled Mahmoud Khashan (22) while passing through Shu’fat military checkpoint, north of East Jerusalem. They harshly beat him and then took him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 21:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Eisawiya village, northeast of Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested Mahmoud Shafiq Obaid Allah (23) and Mahmoud Awad Allah Derbas (21).

 

  • At approximately 01:00 on Monday, 02 November 2015, Israeli forces raided a house belonging to the family of Mahdi Mesbah Abu Nejma in al-Thawri neighbourhood, south of East Jerusalem’s Old City. They arrested his son Mahdi (12) and took him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Shu’fat refugee camp, north of East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child. The arrested persons, who were harshly beaten, were identified as Laith Ahmed al-Husaini (17), Majd Mohammed Alqam (21) and Mohammed Suleiman Alqam (19).

 

  • One Monday morning, Israeli forces arrested Reem Mohammed Jamil Qunbur (13), who was present in a healthcare centre in al-Mukaber Mountain, southeast of East Jerusalem. They took her to “Oz” police station.

 

  • At approximately 11:00 on Tuesday, 03 November 2015, Israeli Special Forces raided Baladna medical centre in al-Eisawiya village, northeast of East Jerusalem, to look for medical records of Palestinians wounded during confrontations that erupted in the village. They searched some patients’ records and arrested Ameer Khaldoun Mostafa (19) once he went out of the medical centre amidst firing tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets. Mahmoud al-Shami, the medical director of the aforementioned centre, said that Israeli Special Forces raided Baladna medical centre looking for medical records relevant to Palestinians wounded during the confrontations witnessed in the village. He said that he stressed to the Israeli forces that they offer medical services to the wounded persons without taking their personal data. He also added that he received a summons from Israeli forces that raided the centre to be questioned, pointing that they had a search warrant from the Israeli Court.

 

  • At approximately 14:00, Israeli forces arrested Mohammed Abdullah Yaqoub Shwaiki (7) and Ameer Mohammed Abasi (9) while being present in front of their family houses in al-Thawri neighbourhood, south of East Jerusalem’s Old City.

 

  • At approximately 01:00 on Wednesday, 04 November 2015, Israeli forces moved into al-Eisawiya village, northeast of East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested 5 Palestinian civilians. They arrested civilians, who were taken to an unkown destination, were identified as Hamed Akram Ebeid (18), Mohammed Mahmoud (19), Bashar Mohammed Dari (19), Samer Ebeid (18) and Mohammed Hadi Elayan (19).

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into the Old City in East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested 6 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children. The arrested civilians, who were taken to an unknown destination, were identified as Omer Ramzi Za’aneen (17), Mohammed Abdul Ra’ouf Jaber (17), Mohammed Ali al-Razem (17), Rami Mohammed Za’aneen (19), Khaled al-Mughrabi (53) and Aboud Ahmed al-Haddad (19).

 

Settler attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property

 

  • On Thursday, 29 October 2015, a number of settlers prevented the family of Jawad Abu Nab from entering their house, which is among the houses that were lately seized in Batn al-Hawa neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of East Jerusalem’s Old City.

 

Rania Abu Nab said to PCHR’s fieldworker:

 

“Some UNRWA officers came to our house to make an interview with us, but settlers denied them access to the house. Therefore, I went out to the street to make the interview. I then went to bring my daughter from school. While coming back home via the main gate, I was prevented from passing. I stayed there waiting for my girls to return from their schools. My girls and I tried to pass through the gate, but the settlers prevented us for no reason. The settlers ironically said, ‘You can make interviews and meetings…’ After the head settler refused to allow us to go home along with my children, Israeli police patrol arrived and stood for the settlers. We stayed out there in the streets until night.”

 

It should be noted that Jawad Abu Nab family consists of 6 members, including the father mother and 4 children; the eldest of whom is 14 and the youngest is 4. Moreover, the mother is pregnant.

 

  1. 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.

 

Israeli forces’ attacks

 

  • On Thursday morning, 29 October 2015, Israeli forces issued a military order to confiscate 5 dunums of lands in Yasouf village, east of Salfit, belonging to the heirs of Ghaleb Abdullah Deeb. Hafez Ebaya, head of Yasouf’s village councilm said to PCHR’s fieldworker that the guards of Jawwal telecommunication tower brought to the village council a paper they found near the tower. The paper was an Israeli military order to confiscate 5 dunums from the village lands.

 

  • On 03 November 2015, the Israeli authorities declared via the Jerusalem Post that more lands to be confiscated in Qana valley in Deir Estya village, northwest of Salfit, belonging to the families of Abu Hajla, Awad, Abu Nasser and al-Khateeb. These lands are located in the vicinity of “Yakir” settlement. This decision stated that those lands (are abandoned, governmental and already sold. In addition, challenging the decision had been rejected previously and the implementation would start in 15 days).
  • At approximately 11:00 on Tuesday, 03 November 2015, Israeli forces moved into al-Shaikh Bashir area, southeast of Jaloud village, southeast of Nablus. They handed residents of the area, in which 10 families reside, notices to vacate their houses in 15 days to be demolished because they about 300 meters away from “Ahya” settlement that was established in 1997. It should be noted that the targeted houses are located in area (C) according to the Oslo accords. Some of these houses were built in 1975 and their owners have construction licenses from the Israeli forces. The families affected by this decision consist of 38 persons, including 20 children.

The families that were notified were as follows:

  1. The family of Mohammed Kamal Farhan Abad. His 75-square-meter house was built in 1975 and shelters 5 family members, including 3 children;
  2. Hussein Kamal Farhan Abad. His 55-square-meter house is attached to his brother’s Mohammed. It was built in 1975 and Hussein used to live in it on his own;
  3. The family of Farah Farhan Hussein Abad. His 68-square-meter house was built in 1975 and shelter 3 family members;
  4. The family of Mahmoud Farhan Hussein Abad. His 74-square-meter house was built in 1980 and shelters 6 family members, including 4 children;
  5. The families of the 2 brothers Fawzi and Mahmoud Sami Farhan Abad. Their 2-storey house; 49 square meter each; was built in 1998. The first floor is resided by Fawzi and his 4-member family, including 2 children. The second floor is resided by Mahmoud and his 6-member family, including 4 children.
  6. The family of Salam Sami Farhan Abad. His 64-square meter house was built in 2007 and shelters 4 family members, including 2 children;
  7. The family of Nasim Farah Farhan Abad. His 2-storey house was built in 2002. It is resided by 6 family members, including 4 children;
  8. The family of Mohammed Kamel Farhan Abad. His 64-square-mter house was built in 2011. It is resided by 3 family members, including a child; and
  9. The family of Farhan Kamal Farhan Abad. His 64-square-meter house is under-construction since 2014.

 

Settler attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property

 

  • At approximately 18:30 on Sunday, 01 November 2015, Alaa’ Hassan Ibrahim al-Khateeb (25), from Jayous village, northeast of Qalqilya, was run over by a settler on the main road between Qalqila and Nablus, near Azoun intersection, east of Qalqilya. As a result, he sustained fractures to the arm and a cut in the head. The aforementioned person was about to fix a problem in his car and was taking out the spare parts from the car’s trunk. However, he received a sudden hit from behind, due to which he fainted, yet he could see the yellow “Israeli” registration plate of the car that hit him. The emergency staff at Darweesh Nazal Hospital, to which he was transported, stated, “At approximately 18:30 on Sunday, 01 November 2015, we received Alaa Hassan Ibrahim al-Khateeb. He sustained 2 fractures to the arm and a cut in the head. He received the necessary medical treatment and stayed at the hospital.”

 

 

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 latest 51-day offensive 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;

 

 

 

 

 

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[1] Equals 900 square meters.