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

 

(25 June – 01 July 2015)

 

 

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian at
al-Hamra checkpoint in the Jordan Valley.

A Palestinian civilian was wounded at Qalandia checkpoint,
north of Jerusalem.

 

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

A Palestinian child sustained wounds during Kufor
Qaddoum weekly protest, northeast of Qalqilya.

 

Israeli forces opened fire at border areas along the
Gaza Strip and no casualties were reported.

 

Israeli forces conducted 41 incursions into Palestinian
communities in the West Bank and a limited one in the Gaza Strip.

33 Palestinian civilians, including 10 children, were
wounded in the West Bank.

11 of these civilians, including 7 children, were
arrested in occupied Jerusalem.

 

Israel continued to impose a total closure on the oPt
and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.

Many checkpoints were established in the West Bank.

6 Palestinian civilians, including 2 women, were
arrested at checkpoints.

 

Israeli navy forces continued to open fire at
Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Strip Sea.

 

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

A house belonging to the al-Jamal family in Jabal al-Mukaber
neighbourhood was shut down on the ground of collective punishment.

The Israeli municipality decided to plant 200 dunums
of al-Eisawiya lands in order to confiscate them.

 

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

Israeli
forces issued demolition notices for houses south of Hebron.

3 Palestinian civilians sustained wounds and bruises in
3 separate attacks by Israeli settlers.

 

 

 

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and international
humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (25 June – 01
July
 2015).

 

Shooting:

In the west Bank, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian
civilian at al-Hamra checkpoint in the Jordan Valley and wounded 2 others,
including a child. Additionally, Israeli forces continued to use force against
Palestinian civilians participating in peaceful protests in the oPt and against
civilians approaching the border fence along the Gaza Strip.

 

In the West Bank, on 26 June 2015, Israeli forces
stationed at al-Hamra checkpoint, south of Tubas, killed a Palestinian civilian
from al-Ouja village, north of Jericho. They claimed that an armed Palestinian
in a vehicle fired at Israeli soldiers stationed at the said checkpoint, but no
casualties were reported. However, Israeli soldiers fired in response and
seriously wounded him, due to which he died.

 

On 30 June 2015, Israeli forces stationed at Qalandia
checkpoint, north of East Jerusalem, opened fire at a Palestinian civilian who
cries out "Allah Akbar" while being near the checkpoint. As a result,
he sustained 5 bullet wounds throughout his body.

 

Israeli forces continued to use excessive and
systematic use of force against peaceful protests organized by Palestinian
civilians and Israeli and international human rights activists in protest at
the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West
Bank and Israeli policies in the oPt. As a result, a 14-year-old child
sustained a bullet wound to the right thigh in Kufor Qaddoum protest, northeast
of Qalqilya.  

 

In the Gaza Strip, in the context of targeting border
areas, on 25 June 2015, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east
of Jabalia, opened fire sporadically at the cemetery area, but no casualties
were reported. On 01 July 2015, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence
opened fire at agricultural lands, east of al-Maghazai refugee camp, but no
casualties were reported either.

 

As
part of targeting fishermen, Israeli gunboats stationed off Deir al-Balah
shore, in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats
sailing within 3 nautical miles, but no casualties were reported.

  

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted
at least 41 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank
and 6 ones in East Jerusalem. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested
at least 33 Palestinians, including 10 children.  Eleven of these civilians, including the 7
children, were arrested in East Jerusalem.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 01 July 2015, Israeli forces
conducted a limited incursion into the east of al-Qarara village, east of Khan
Yunis in the south of the Gaza Strip. They levelled lands along the border
fence and withdrew few hours later.

 

Restrictions on movement:

 

Israel continued to impose a tight closure of the oPt,
imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the
Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

 

The illegal closure of the Gaza Strip, which has been steadily
tightened since June 2007 has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and
economic situation in the Gaza Strip. 
The Israeli authorities impose measures to undermine the freedom of
trade, including the basic needs for the Gaza Strip population and the
agricultural and industrial products to be exported. For 8 consecutive years,
Israel has tightened the land and naval closure to isolate the Gaza Strip from
the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and other countries around the
world. This resulted in grave violations of the economic, social and cultural
rights and a deterioration of living conditions for 1.8 million people.  The Israeli authorities have established Karm
Abu Salem (Kerem Shaloum) as the sole crossing for imports and exports in order
to exercise its control over the Gaza Strip’s economy.  They also aim at imposing a complete ban on
the Gaza Strip’s exports. 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.

 

Israeli efforts to create a Jewish demographic majority
in Jerusalem

In the context of collective punishment policies, on
Wednesday morning, 01 July 2015, Israeli forces locked with metal boards the
windows and doors of a house belonging to the family of Odai Abu al-Jamal in
al-Mukaber Mount village, southeast of East Jerusalem, after evacuating the
family.

Settlement activities

 

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.

 

On
24 June 2015, Israeli forces issued notices to halt construction works and to
demolish civilian objects in Kherbet Janaba, east of Yatta south of Hebron.

 

On
27 June 2015, 3 Israeli settlers from "
Mitzpe Yair" settlement, east of Yatta south of
Hebron, attacked a 53-year-old Palestinian civilian with stones and tried to
physically attack him. As a result, he sustained wounds to the head and pain in
the back.

 

 

On 27 June 2015, a number of settlers beat and insulted a
31-year-old Palestinian civilian while driving his car on Beit Hanina new road,
north of East Jerusalem. As a result, he sustained bruises and wounds.

 

On 30 June 2015, 4 masked settlers from "Dulip"
settlement, northwest of Ramallah, sprayed pepper spray over the face of a
60-year-old Palestinian civilian and attacked him with sticks, sharp tools and
stones.

 

On the same day, a group of settlers wrote racist slogans
against Arabs on the walls of a number of houses in Beit Safafa village, south
of East Jerusalem. The slogans included: "Arabs should be
slaughtered".

 

 

 

Details

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

 

Thursday, 25 June 2015

 

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Kharabtha
Bani Haris village, northwest of Ramallah. 
They raided and searched two houses, from which they arrested Shadi
‘Abdel Ra’ouf Anjas (32) and Mohammed Jom’aah Anjas (31).  Meanwhile, other Israeli forces stepped out
from a white Mercedes mini bus and then raided and searched  house belonging to the family of ‘Abdullah
Salim Yousif ‘Armoush (28) after firing 6 bullets at the outside wall of the
house and forcing its residents to get out. 
Israeli forces then beat his eldest brother, Ibrahim, and strangled
him.  One of the soldiers deliberately
threw a sound bomb inside the house. 
They arrested ‘Abdullah and at approximately 03:00 withdrew taking him
to al-Maskoubiyah investigation centre in occupied Jerusalem.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into
al-Shyoukh village, north of Hebron. 
They stationed in al-‘Eis area and then raided and searched a house
belonging to the family of Mohammed Mousa Halayqah (25).  Israeli forces arrested the aforementioned
civilian and withdrew later taking him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Ein
‘Areik village, west of Ramallah.  They
raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ya’qoub Ibrahim Muhana
(23).  They arrested the aforementioned
civilian and withdrew later taking him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 18:15, Israeli forces stationed along
the border fence, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire
sporadically at the areas of Abu Safiyah and al-Shuhadaa’ cemetery.  Although no Palestinian farmers were wounded
as they were in their agricultural lands adjacent to the border area, the
shooting resulted in fear among them forcing them to flee for fear of being
injured.

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried out incursions in
the following areas, but no arrests were reported: Amrish village, south of
|Dura, southwest of Hebron and Yata, southwest of the city.

 

Friday, 26 June 2015

 

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into
al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. 
They stationed in the centre of the camp and then raided and searched a
house belonging to the family of ‘Abed Waleed al-Teeti (18).  The Israeli soldiers arrested the
aforementioned civilian and withdrew later taking him to an unknown
destination.

 

At approximately 05:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit
Loqaya, southwest of Ramallah.  They
raided and searched a house belonging to the family of ‘Alaa’ Harbi ‘Asi
(20).  They arrested the aforementioned
civilian and withdrew from the house taking him to an unknown destination.  Meanwhile, other Israeli forces raided,
searched and damaged a house belonging to Majad ‘Ali Dar ‘Asi (21).  The Israeli soldiers arrested the
aforementioned civilian after beating him.

 

In the morning, Israeli forces stationed at al-Hamrah
checkpoint, south of Tubas, killed a Palestinian civilian from all-‘Oja
village, north of Jericho.  They claimed
that a Palestinian gunman opened fire from a passing vehicle at the Israeli
soldiers stationed at the aforementioned checkpoint, but no injuries were
reported.  Therefore, the Israeli
soldiers in response opened fire at him wounding him seriously, and he later
died.

 

According to
PCHR’s investigations and the father’s account, Jom’ah ‘Atah Romanin, to a PCHR
fieldworker, at approximately 09:00 on Friday, 26 June 2015, his son, Hammad
(23), from al-‘Oja village, north of Jericho, headed to Nablus via
al-Hamrah  checkpoint to bring some
civilians as he works on his white Skoda car transporting passengers.  At approximately 10:00 and while passing the
checkpoint, his car approached the soldiers, who were searching Palestinian
cars, and then an Israeli soldier stationed in an observation tower established
at the checkpoint opened fire at him.  As
a result, Hammad was wounded with two bullets to the abdomen and left
thigh.  The Israeli soldiers forced the civilians
who were in the area to stay meters away from the checkpoint and prevented them
from approaching the wounded person.  At
approximately 11:20, an ambulance crew belonging to the ICRC from Tubas arrived
at the scene, but the Israeli soldiers prevented them from approaching the
wounded person and closed the checkpoint for more than two hours.  Meanwhile, the Israeli soldiers brought a
robot which pulled the corpse and took it to an unknown destination. At
approximately 15:00, the corpse was given to his elder brother, Zuhair (33),
from an Israeli camp I "Meswah" settlement established on the lands
of al-Jaftalak, north of Jericho.  It
should be noted that the Israeli forces continued to keep the victim’s car.

At
approximately 13:30, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Oja village.  They raided and searched the house of the victim’s
family.  A number of young men and boys
gathered and threw stones at the Israeli vehicles, and the Israeli soldiers in
response fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them.  As a result, a number of civilians suffered
tear gas inhalation, and 18-year-old Yousif Amatin sustained bruises in the left
hand due to being beaten with by the Israeli soldiers using their gun butts.  He was taken to Jericho Hospital to receive
medical treatment. Israeli soldiers withdrew later and no further incidents
were reported.

 

At
approximately 23:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummar village, north of
Hebron. They stationed at the village’s entrance and deployed on the main
street leading to the village and in the village’s petrol station adjacent to
the aforementioned street.  The Israeli
soldiers closed the entrance and checked the civilians’ cards.  Israeli forces withdrew later, and no arrests
were reported.  Mohammed ‘Awad, Member of
the Popular Committee against settlements said that one of the Israeli soldiers
stationed at the entrance of the petrol staion shot a bullet in the air, so
Israeli backups arrived after the Israeli soldier claimed that the bullet was
fired from a Palestinian car which was parked in the petrol station.

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried out incursions in
the following areas, but no arrests were reported: ‘Ein Yabrud, northeast of Ramallah; Bitello
village, northwest of the city; Ethna village, west of Hebron; and Sair
village, east of the city.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into
al-‘Ouja village, north of Jeircho.  They
raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Hamad Jom’ah Romanin
(23), who was killed the day before at al-Hamrah checkpoint between Jericho and
Nablus.  Israeli forces arrested his
brothers, Mohammed (33) and Nedal (26), and withdrew later.  Meanwhile, other Israeli forces raided and
searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Ghaleb Nojoum (23) and
arrested him.  The arrested persons were
taken to the DCO office, south of the city. 
After around 3 hours of questioning them about Hamad, they were
released.

 

At approximately 23:30, Israeli forces moved into
Beitein village, northeast of Ramallah. 
They deployed between the houses, streets and agricultural lands and
then raided and searched a number of houses and shops with tracker dogs.  They confiscated surveillance cameras’ DVR
from Ayman Rasmi Taher and Khaled al-Qaysi forcing the village residents not to
walk in the streets and detained some passers-by in a coffee shop.  The incursion continued until approximately
02:00 on the following day.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried
out incursions in the following areas, but no arrests were reported: the
villages of Tafouh, al-Samou’a, Sa’ir and al-Fawar refugee camp in Hebron.

 

 

Sunday, 28 June 2015

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit
‘Awa village, southwest of Dura southwest of Hebron.  They stationed in the western area of the
city when a number of boys gathered and threw stones and empty bottles.  The Israeli soldiers chased the boys between
houses and fired sound bomsb.  The
Israeli soldiers arrested ‘Issa Mohammed al-Shawahin (17) and Ghassan ‘Issa
al-Shawahin (15) taking them to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 23:30, Israeli forces moved into
Yata, south of Hebron.  They stationed in
the western area of the city when a number of boys gathered and threw stones
and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers. 
The Israeli soldiers chased the boys between houses and fired sound
bombs at them.  Israeli forces arrested
‘Issa Mohammed al-Shawahin (17) and Ghassan ‘Issa al-Shawahin (15) and withdrew
later taking them to an unknown destination.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried
out incursions in the following areas, but no arrests were reported: the
villages of al-Samou’a, south of Hebron; and Beit al-Rosh al-Foqa, southwest of
Dura, southwest of Hebron.

 

 

Monday, 29 June 2015

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Tal
village, southwest of Nablus.  Israeli
forces raided and searched a number of houses. 
They arrested Mo’ataz Ahmed Sa’id Ramadan (22) and Nabil Ibrahim Ayoub
Mahmoud ‘Asidah (19) and withdrew later taking them to an unknown destination.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into a
number of neighbourhoods in the centre of Hebron. They stationed in Abu Katilah
area in the western area of the city and then raided and searched a house
belonging to Ahmed Salah al-Jneidi (20). 
Israeli forces arrested the aforementioned civilian and withdrew later taking
him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 02:30, Israeli gunboats stationed off
Deir al-Balah shore in the centre of Gaza Strip heavily opened fire in the
vicinity of fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them
forcing them to flee. No causalities were reported.

 

At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into
Borqin village, west of Jenin.  They
raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mahmoud Ahmed Tawfiq
‘Abeidi (33).  They arrested him and
confiscated his computer.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Kafr
Tholth village, southeast of Qalqilya. 
They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ihab Tariq
‘Ali Shawahnah (19) and arrested him.  They
confiscated a hunting rifle and withdrew later taking him to an unknown destination.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into
al-‘Oja village, north of Jericho.  They
raided and searched two houses, from which they arrested Khalil ‘Abdel Karim
‘Atiyat (22) and Murad ‘Aref ‘Aboudi Nojoum (23).  Israeli forces withdrew later taking him to
an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 05:00, Israeli forces moved into
al-Jalzone refugee camp, north of Ramallah. 
They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mustafa
Soliman Mas’oud Samad’ah (19).  Israeli
forces arrested the aforementioned civilian and withdrew later taking him to an
unknown destination.

 

At approximately 18:00, Israeli forces moved into
Beitin village, northeast of Ramallah. 
They deployed between the houses, streets and agricultural lands and then
raided and searched two houses belonging to the family of Mahmoud Shawar and
‘Abdullah Shawar.  They confiscated the
DVR of the surveillance cameras.  No
further incidents were reported.

 

At approximately 22:30, Israeli forces moved into
al-Mugheir village, northeast of Ramallah. 
They raided and searched a number of shops and houses after confiscating
the DVR of the surveillance cameras in ‘Abdel Ghafour petrol station and a construction
tools shop belonging to Nashat ‘Atiyah Na’asan and ‘Arafat Abu ‘Alya
house.  No further incidents were
reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried
out incursions in the following areas, but no arrests were reported: villages
of Deir al-‘Asal and al-Tabaqah, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron.

 

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Kafr
Malek village, northeast of Ramallah. 
They raided and searched a number of shops using tracker dogs.  They confiscated the DVR of the surveillance
cameras and computers. 

 

At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into
Kherbet Abu Falah village, northeast of Ramallah.  They raided foodstuff warehouses belonging to
Ziyad ‘Abdel Qader Shoman after breaking the outside door. They confiscated the
DVR of the surveillance cameras.  No
further incidents were reported.

 

At approximately 23:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Ein
Samiah area, east of Kafr Malek village northeast of Ramallah.  They raided a plant belonging to the Palestinian
Water Authority.  They confiscated two
computers belonging to workers in the plant, and no further incidents were
reported.

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried out incursions in
the following areas, but no arrests were reported: Halhoul, north of Hebron;
and Sorif village, west of Hebron.

 

Wednesday, 01 July 2015

 

At approximately 05:30m Israeli forces moved 150
meters into the east if al-Qararah village, east of Khan Younis in the southern
Gaza Strip.  They levelled along the
border fence heading to the north and to the east of Deir al-Balah and
continued to reach east of al-Bureij refugee camp and Johr al-Deek area.  They later redeployed along the border fence
after few hours.

 

At approximately 08:00, Israeli forces stationed along
the border fence between the Gaza Strio and Israel opened fire at the
agricultural lands and in the vicinity of a number of Palestinian field control
officers near Abu Mteibeq site, east of al-Maghazi refugee camp in the centre
of the Gaza Strip.  No causalities were
reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried out incursions in
the following areas, but no arrests were reported: Beit Oula and Ethna
villages, west of Hebron and Beit Marsam village, west of Dura, southwest of
Hebron.

 

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

 

During the reporting period,
Israeli soldiers used excessive force against peaceful demonstrations organized
by Palestinian civilians, international and Israeli human rights defenders in
protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in
the West Bank. As a result, a Palestinian child sustained a bullet wound to the
right thigh during Kufor Qaddoum protest, northeast of Qalqilya.

 

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

 

Demonstrations against the construction of the annexation wall and
settlement activity

    

Following the Friday prayer on 26
June 2015, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human
rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in Bil’in, west of
Ramallah, in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement
activities. The protestors marched by the annexation wall and tried to cross
the fence. Israeli soldiers stationed behind the wall, in the western area, and
a large number of soldiers deployed along it, fired live bullets, tear gas
canisters, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and wastewater at them and
chased them into the olive fields. As a result, a number of protestors suffered tear gas inhalation and
others sustained bruises as they were beat up.  

 

Also following the Friday prayer, dozens of Palestinian civilians organised a peaceful
demonstration in the centre of Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah,
in protest at the construction of the
annexation wall and settlement activities
. The demonstrators took the streets and headed to the
annexation wall. Israeli forces closed the gates of the wall with barbwires and
prevented the demonstrators from crossing to the land behind it before they
responded by throwing stones. Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition,
rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the
civilians, and chased them into the village.
As a result, a number of protestors suffered tear gas inhalation and
others sustained bruises as they were beat up by Israeli soldiers.

 

Also following the Friday prayer, dozens of Palestinian civilians
and Israeli and international human rights defenders gathered in the center of
al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, to start the weekly peaceful
protest against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement
activities. They made their way towards Palestinian lands that Israeli settlers
from the nearby "Halmish" settlement are trying to seize. Israeli
soldiers closed all the village’s entrances to prevent the Palestinian and
international solidarity activists and journalists from participating in the
protest. As a result, a number of protestors suffered tear gas inhalation and
others sustained bruises as they beat up by Israeli soldiers.

 

Also following the Friday prayer, Palestinian civilians organized
a protest against the closure of the eastern entrance of Kufor Qaddoum village,
which has been closed by Israeli forces since the beginning of the al-Aqsa Intifada.
Once the protestors approached the closed entrance, Israeli forces fired
rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. They also
sprayed skunk water over the protestors. As a result, a number of protestors
suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as they beat up by
Israeli soldiers.

 

Following the afternoon (al-Asr) prayer on Saturday, 27 June 2015,
Palestinian civilians organized a protest against the closure of the eastern
entrance of Kufor Qaddoum village, which has been closed by Israeli forces
since the beginning of the al-Aqsa Intifada. Once the protestors approached the
closed entrance, Israeli forces fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas
canisters and sound bombs. They also sprayed skunk water over the protestors.
As a result, Abdul Elah Abdul Mahdi Ali Mohammed (14) sustained a bullet wound
to the right thigh.

 

Note: the protest of Kufor Qaddoum
was scheduled twice a week (following the Fridays’ prayer and following al-Asr
prayer on Sundays). 

 

3. Continued
closure of the oPt

 

Israel continued to impose a tight closure on the oPt, imposing severe
restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the
West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

 

Gaza Strip

 

Israeli forces continuously tighten the closure of the Gaza Strip
and close all commercial crossings, making the Karm Abu Salem crossing the sole
commercial crossing of the Gaza Strip, although it is not suitable for
commercial purposes in terms of its operational capacity and distance from
markets.

Israeli forces have continued to apply the policy, which is aimed
to tighten the closure on all commercial crossings, by imposing total control
over the flow of imports and exports.

  

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.  

 

Movement at Karm Abu Salem
(Kerem Shalom) crossing, southeast of Rafah, according to the Ministry of
Economy and General Petroleum Corporation 

 

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Number

Liters

23 June

Various goods

3,109

Humanitarian aid

7,517

Cooking gas

261.730

 

 

 

 

Benzene

 

 

153,998

 

 

Diesel

 

 

185,963

 

 

Industrial fuel

 

 

591,008

 

Construction aggregates

3,760

 

 

 

Cement

1,200

 

 

 

Construction steel

200

 

 

 

24 June

 

 

 

 

 

Various goods

3,681

 

Humanitarian aid

9,016

Cooking gas

263.220

 

 

Benzene

 

 

116,002

 

Diesel

 

 

291,999

 

Industrial fuel

 

 

624,009

 

Construction aggregates

2,400

 

 

 

Cement

200

 

 

 

Construction steel

90

 

 

 

25 June

 

 

 

 

 

 

Various goods

2,378

 

 

 

Humanitarian aid

9,337

 

 

 

Cooking gas

263.850

 

 

 

Benzene

 

 

152,003

 

Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

 

 

219,018

104,202

 

Industrial fuel

 

 

589,994

 

Construction aggregates

2,120

 

 

 

Cement

1,032

 

 

 

28 June 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Various goods

2,852

 

 

 

Humanitarian aid

9,880

 

 

 

Cooking gas

268.560

 

 

 

Benzene

Benzene for UNRWA

 

 

140,986

70,211

 

Diesel

 

 

149,005

 

Industrial fuel

 

 

223,002

 

Construction aggregates

2,880

 

 

 

Cement

800

 

 

 

Construction steel

30

 

 

 

 

29 June

 

 

 

 

Various goods

2,368.6

 

 

 

Humanitarian aid

9,544

 

 

 

Cooking gas

224.270

 

 

 

Benzene

 

 

270,003

 

Diesel

 

 

146,007

 

Industrial fuel

 

 

101,000

 

Construction aggregates

3,000

 

 

 

Cement

720

 

 

 

Construction steel

60

 

 

 

Exports:

 

On Tuesday, 23 June 2015, Israeli forces allowed the exportation
of 26 tons of furniture.

On Wednesday, 24 June 2015, Israeli forces allowed the exportation
of 28 tons of
tomatoes.

On Thursday, 25 June 2015, Israeli forces allowed the exportation
of 56.2 tons of tomatoes; 15 tons of eggplants and 1.7 tons of hot pepper.

On Sunday, 28 June 2015, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of
40 tons of stationary; 68.3 tons of tomatoes, 13.5 tons of eggplants,1.7 tons of
hot pepper; and 18 tons of furniture.

 

 

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

 

Movement at Beit Hanoun
(“Erez”) crossing

23 – 29 June 2015

 


Category

23
June

24
June

25
June

26
June

27
June

28
June

29
June

Patients

91

60

69

5

106

49

Companions

82

62

64

4

101

42

Personal
needs

109

111

122

13

262

68

Families

of
prisoners

47

Arabs
from

Israel

6

10

16

11

6

Diplomats

 

International
journalists

 

International
workers

37

33

63

6

8

17

Travelers

abroad

22

14

5

9

Business
people

390

366

493

2

695

474

Business
meetings

2

Security
interviews

1

4

3

3

1

VIPs

3

3

Ambulances

to
Israel

3

2

3

2

3

Patients’
Companions

2

2

3

3

 

Notes:

 

On Wednesday, 24 June 2015, Israeli authorities allowed an
international worker, and another one on Sunday, 28 June 2015; and another one
on Monday, 29 June 2015 to renew their permits.

 

On Tuesday, 23 June 2015, Israeli authorities allowed one person
who works in the Civil Affairs Department to attend a meeting in Beit Hanoun
"Erez" crossing.

 

On Friday, 26 June 2015, Israeli authorities prevented hundreds of
civilians from the Gaza Strip from traveling to East Jerusalem to perform
prayers in al-Aqsa Mosque after the Israeli authorities informed the Civil
Department Affair office. They claimed that a rocket was fired from the Gaza
Strip into Israel on Tuesday afternoon, 23 June 2015.

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 9 checkpoints all over the city. On Thursday, 25
June 2015, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at Mothalath al-‘Aqabah
between Dura and its southern villages, south of the city and at the entrance
of Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron.

 

On Friday, 26 June 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint
at the entrance of Ethna village, west of the city.

 

On Saturday, 27 June 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint
at the entrance of al-Thaheriyah village, south of Hebron.

 

On Sunday, 28 June 2015, Israeli forces established two
checkpoints at the south-eastern entrance of Hebron and at the entrance of Beit
Kahel village, northwest of Hebron.

 

On Monday, 29 June 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint
at the entrance of Sa’ir village, east of Hebron.

 

On Wednesday, 01 July 2015, Israeli forces established two
checkpoints at the entrance of al-Tabqah village and on ‘Oyoun Abu Seif road,
south of Dura, southwest of the city.

 

· Ramallah:
Israeli forces established 26 checkpoints all over the city. On Thursday, 25
June 2015, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrance of ‘Aboud
village, northwest of Ramallah and at the entrance of Termes’aya village, north
of the city. 

                             

On Friday, 26 June 2015, Israeli forces established 5 checkpoints
at the eastern entrance of al-Nabi Saleh village and closed the iron gate
established at the entrance preventing civilians from entering or leaving
through it; the entrance of Ni’lin village; under the bridge of Yabrud village,
northeast of the city; at the intersection of Beit ‘Oar al-Foqa, southwest of
the city and Deir Abu Mash’al villafe, northwest of the city.

 

On Saturday, 27 June 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint
at the entrance of Ras Karkar village, northwest of Ramallah while they established
two checkpoints at each of the following village entrances: Beitin; ‘Ein Yabrud
and Selwad, northeast of the city.

 

On Monday, 29 June 2015, Israeli forces established 10 checkpoints
in each of the following areas: at the entrance of Termes’ayah village, at the
entrance of Kherbtha Bani Haris village; under the bridge of Yabrud village;
Deir Abu Mash’al village; at the intersection of Beit ‘Oar al-Foqa village; the
entrances of Selwad village; the road between the villages of Beitin and ‘Ein
Yabrud; the road between Deir Jarir and Kafr Malek; the road between the
villages of Kafr Malek and Kherbet Abu Falah; and the road between al-Mogheir
and Termes’ahya villages.

 

On Tuesday, 30 June 2015, Israeli forces established two
checkpoints at the entrance of Ras Karkar village, northwest of Ramallah and
the entrance of ‘Ein Yabrud village, northeast of the city.

 

On Wednesday morning, 01 July 2015, Israeli forces closed the road
from Ramallah to al-Jalazone refugee camp adjacent to Beit Eil settlement with
cement cubes.

 

· Qalqilya:  Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints all over the city.  On Monday, 29 June 2015, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint at the entrance of Kafr Qaddoum village, northeast of
Qalqilya.

 

On Tuesday, 30 June 2015, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints
at the entrance of Jeet village, northeast of Qalqilya; on the road between
‘Azoun and Jayous villages, east of the city.

 

· Jericho:  Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints all over the city.  On Friday, 26 June 2015, Israeli forces
established 2 checkpoints at the entrance of al-‘Oja village, north of the city,
and at the southern entrance of Jericho.

 

On Monday, 29 June 2015, Israeli forces established 2
checkpoints at the entrance of al-‘Oja village, north of the city, and at the southern entrance of Jericho.

 

Note:
all the aforementioned checkpoints were later removed, and no arrests were
reported.

 

Arrests and Maltreatment at
Military Checkpoints

 

At approximately 14:00 on Friday, 26 June 2015, Israeli forces established
a checkpoint at Mothalath al-Shuhadaa’, south of Jenin.  They arrested Ahmed Tawfiq Raja al-Qereini
(19) from Jenin refugee camp adjacent to Jenin while passing through the
checkpoint and took him to an unknown destination after removing the checkpoint.

 

At approximately 14:00 on Saturday, 27 June 2015, Israeli forces
deployed in the Old City in the center of Hebron arrested Hamdi Mohammed Abu
Hamdiyah (19) after stopping him at the entrance of al-Ibrahimi Mosque.

 

At approximately 14:00 on Sunday, 28 June 2015, Israeli forces
arrested Fatmah Naser Mesleh Nazzal (42) from Qalqilya while trying to sneak
into Israel via a hole in the annexation wall near Qalqilya.  Israeli news websites reported that Israeli
forces arrested the aforementioned woman, who had a hunting rifle, while she
was trying to sneak into Israel.

 

At approximately 02:00 on Monday, 29 June 2015, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint on the main road between Tulkarm and Qalqilya near the
eastern entrance of Jbarah village.  The Israeli
soldiers stopped a Palestinian car travelled by Belkheir ‘Isam Fayeq Qonbor
(23) from tulkarm and arrested him taking him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 12:40 on the same Monday, Israeli forces
stationed at "Qobet Rahil" checkpoint near Belal Ben Rabah Mosque,
north of Bethlehem, arrested Maysoun Mousa Mousa (19), from al-Shawawrah
village east of the city, and took her to an unknown destination.  Israeli forces claimed that the
aforementioned girl stabbed an Israeli female soldier at the checkpoint.

 

At approximately 10:00 on Tuesday, 30 June 2015, Israeli forces
stationed at al-Jalamah checkpoint, northeast of Jenin, arrested Moayad ‘Omer
Ahmed al-Sa’adi (31) when he was near the checkpoint area claiming that he
attacked the Israeli soldiers with fireworks. 
The aforementioned civilian was released later after Israeli forces was
ascertain that he is mentally ill.

 

 

5. Efforts to create a Jewish demographic majority
in Jerusalem

 

Shooting incidents

 

At approximately 16:30 on Tuesday, 30 June
2015, Israeli forces stationed at Qalandia checkpoint, north of East Jerusalem,
opened fire at a Palestinian civilian, who cried out "Allah Akbar",
when he was near the checkpoint. As a result, he was wounded. An eyewitness
said to a PCHR fieldworker that Israeli forces stationed at Qalandia military
checkpoint opened fire at Hassan Ayoub Abu Ermaila (21), from Beit Hanina
neighbourhood, north of the city, after he suddenly cried out "Allah
Akbar" near the aforementioned checkpoint. As a result, he sustained 5
bullet wounds throughout his body and was taken to "Tsha’ri Tsedeq"
Hospital in West Jerusalem to receive the necessary medical treatment. His
health condition was serious.

 

House belonging to the family of Odai Abu
al-Jamal in al-Mukaber Mount locked up

 

· In the
context of collective punishment policies adopted by Israeli forces against
Palestinian families of persons accused of being involved in resistance acts
against them, Israeli forces locked up on Wednesday morning, 01 July 2015, the
doors and windows of a house belonging to the family of Odai Abu al-Jamal in Jabal
al-Mukaber village, southeast of East Jerusalem, using metal plates after
evacuating the family. An eyewitness said to a PCHR fieldworker that Israeli
infantry units moved into the village. They deployed in the neighbourhoods and
then raided the yard of Ghassan and Odai Abu al-Jamal’s houses, during which a
helicopter was hovering overheads. The witness added that Israeli forces closed
3 entrances of the village and it was like a curfew. He said that Israeli
forces raided the house of Odai and evacuated the 6-member family. They banned the
Abu Jamal family and other neighbours from approaching. They threw the
furniture and clothes out of the house and closed the windows and doors with
metal plates. It should be noted that Odai’s family house that was built in
1936 was resided by his father, mother, sister and 3 brothers.   

 

Incursions and house raids

 

At approximately 22:00 on Thursday, 25
June 2015, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to the family
of Ayed al-Taweel (40) in Beit Hanina neighbourhood, north of East Jerusalem.
They arrested the aforementioned person and his 2 children, Saif (15) and Zaid
(16), and took them to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 23:00 on the same day,
Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to the al-Taweel family in
Ras al-Amoud neighbourhood in the east of the old city in East Jerusalem. They
arrested Obaida Salman al-Taweel (25) and took him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 23:30, on the same day,
Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Essa Qotob
in al-Khelleh neighbourhood in the east of East Jerusalem. They arrested his
son Mohammed (13) and took him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 23:30 on Saturday, 27
June 2015, Israeli forces moved into a number of neighbourhoods in the old city
in East Jerusalem. They raided and searched some houses from which they
arrested 3 children: Yazan Abdullah Ayoub (14), Mostafa al-Deb’i (16) and Ameer
al-Deb’i.

 

At approximately 16:00 on Sunday, 28 June
2015, Israeli forces raided and searched 2 houses belonging to the families of
Ghassan and Odai Abu Jamal and questioned their families. Members of the Abu
Jamal family said that Israeli undercover units accompanied by an officer
raided and searched the 2 houses belonging to the Abu Jamal. They added that
Israeli forces questioned members of the 2 families on the spot. They also
photographed all the family members without saying why. Israeli soldiers asked
in particular about the children of Ghassan, Walid, Salma and Mohammed, and
photographed them as well. Israeli forces photographed the houses belonging of
the family from inside and outside and the roads leading to them. They added
that an Israeli officer threatened before leaving that they would always raid
the 2 houses. It should be noted that Ghassan and Odai Abu Jamal carried out an
attack on an Israeli synagogue near Deir Yassin, west of Jerusalem, on 18
November 2014 that resulted then in killing 5 Israelis.

 

At approximately 14:00 on Sunday, 28 June
2015, Israeli forces arrested Ahmed Jasem Shweiki (10) while he was around his
family’s house in al-Thawri neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of the old
city in East Jerusalem. They took him to Saladin police station. Shweiki’s
father said that Israeli special units arrested his child when he was playing
with his friends around his house. He added that his child was referred to the
police station to be questioned, where he remained in detention from 14:00 to
17:00. Israeli forces did not allow any of his family members to attend the
investigation. The father was only allowed one hour and a half after
interrogation. Jasem said also that he learnt about the detention of his child
from the neighbours not from the Israeli authorities.

 

At approximately 04:00 on Tuesday, 30 June
2015, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to the family of
Essam al-Kord (45) in al-Sa’diya neighbourhood in the old city in East
Jerusalem. They arrested him and his son, Tareq (19), and took them to an
unknown destination.

 

Confiscation of lands for the interest of settlement
activities in the city

 

On Monday morning, 29 June 2015, officers
from the Israeli municipality and Nature Authority distributed maps and
decisions signed by the head of the Israeli municipality on lands in
al-Eisawiya village, north of East Jerusalem. The decisions and maps showed
that dozens of agricultural dunums would be planted with trees to be turned
into a public park.

Mohammed Abu al-Hommos, member of the
follow-up committee in the village, said that decisions were distributed regarding
al-Eisawiya lands. According to the maps, the Israeli municipality plans to
plant more than 200 dunums to make them a public park. He added that the lands
are located within the settlement plan "National Park Plan 11092" in
al-Tour Mount and al-Eisawiya village. This plan was cancelled by
the Israeli district planning
and construction committee
last year because the
committee required meeting the needs of people, including, schools,
kindergartens, houses and health care centres, before establishing a public
park in that place. It should be noted that the threatened lands are the ones
remaining for the village’s residents to meet their natural growth. Abu al-Hommos
added that the Israeli municipality and nature authority, according to the
decision left on the lands, claim that those lands are not used by their owners
and thus they would be used for the interest of the public. He rejected the
Israeli claim and stressed that parts of the lands were planted with trees tens
of years ago and other lands were levelled by Israeli bulldozers.

 

Settler attacks

 

At approximately 21:00 on Saturday,
27 June 2015, a number of Israeli settlers beat and insulted Ibrahim Dawood
al-Alami (31) while driving his car on Beit Hanina road, north of East
Jerusalem. As a result, al-Alami sustained bruises and wounds, due to which he
was taken to Hadasa Hospital to receive the necessary medical treatment.

 

The victim’s brother, Ashraf
al-Alami, stated to PCHR:

 

"While my brother Ibrahim, who
works  as a driver in an Israeli
transport company,  was going to his work
in West Jerusalem, he took Beit Hanina new road, where 3 settlers intercepted
his car. They surrounded his car and then asked him: ‘Are you an Arab?’ he
answered: ‘Yes’. The settlers cursed him with abusive and racist words and then
beat him severely. Moreover, one of settlers tried to strangle him with his
hands. Consequently, Ibrahim Dawood was wounded in the chest and face. The
settlers fled after my brother was able to defend himself. After that, he
continued driving his car and went to work in the company.  Signs of assault were clear on him. As a
result, the manager of company called the police that investigated the incident
and brought an ambulance to take al-Alami to Hadassah Hospital for medical
treatment."
    

 

At approximately 06:00 on Tuesday,
30 June 2015, a group of settlers wrote racist slogans against Arabs on the
walls of a number of houses in Beit Safafa village, south of East Jerusalem. An
eyewitness said to a PCHR fieldworker that Beit Safafa residents were surprised
on the day to see racist slogans against Arabs on the walls of some houses in
the village. Of the written slogans were: "The Arab blood is vulnerable to
attack", "Arabs should be slaughtered" and others.
  

 

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

 

Israel has continued its settlement
activities in the oPt, a direct violation of international humanitarian law,
and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and
property.

 

At approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 24 June 2015, Israeli
forces accompanied by an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle moved into
al-Deirat village, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. They stationed in the center
of the village, where the civil administration officer handed Salah Mohammed
Ahmed Mohammed (39) a notice to demolish his 100-square-meter, under-construction
house under the pretext it was not licensed. It should be noted that Israeli
forces handed the same person a notice to halt construction works on 13 April
2015.

 

At approximately 09:30 on the same day, Israeli forces
accompanied by an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle moved into Kherbet
Janaba, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. They deployed in the vicinity of the
Kherbe and delivered 9 notices to halts construction works and 3 others for
house demolitions as follows:

1. 2 residential
rooms, 34 square meters each, belonging to Nabil Hussein Jabarin;

2. A 35-square-meter
residential room belonging to Mohammed Ali Jabarin;

3. A 66-square-meters
residential room belonging to Ali Mohammed Jabarin;

4. A 30-square-meter
residential room belonging to Essa Ahmed Yunis;

5. A 42-square-meter
residential room belonging to Maher Ahmed Essa;

6. A 50-square-meter
residential room belonging to Mahmoud Ahmed Essa;

7. A 45-sqaure-meter
residential room belonging to Ibrahim Ahmed Essa;

8. A 30-square-meter  residential room belonging to Mousa Ibrahim
Abu Yunis;

9. A 35-square-meter
residential room belonging to Essa Yunis Abu Yunis.

 

The notices gave them a deadline on 23 July 2015 to refer
to the competent departments in the Israeli courts.

 

Concerning the demolition notices that gave a period of
one week were as follows:

 

1. A 30-square-meter
residential room belonging to Mohammed Mahmoud Hoshiya. He was notified to halt
construction work in May;

2. A 30-square-meter
residential room belonging to Esam Essa Yunis; and

3. A 35-square-meter
residential room belonging to Essa Essam Yunis.

 

Othman Jabarin, director of Mosafer Yatta Protection
Society, said to a PCHR fieldworker that the distribution of notices was meant
to dismiss civilians from their lands, especially as Israeli authorities
classify Kherbet Janaba as a shooting area. Moreover, the civil administration
officer confiscated a power generator and a manual digger that was used by the
Palestinians civilians to fix the dirt road leading to their area.

 

At approximately 14:00 on Thursday, 25 June 2015, 15
settlers from "Kiryat Arba" settlement, east of Hebron, demolished a
part of a water well belonging to Abdul Karim Ibrahim al-Ja’bari that was
established 60 years ago. They threw big rocks over the well, due to which the
upper part was damaged.

 

At approximately 19:30 on Saturday, 27 June
2015, 3 settlers from "
Mitzpe Yair"
settlement, east of Yatta, south of Hebron, attacked Ziad Mohammed Yunis
Makhamra (53), from Kherbet Beer al-Add, with stones. They tried to physically
attack him. As a result, he sustained wounds to the back of the head and pains
in the back. He was then transported to Abu al-Hassan al-Qasem hospital in the
city.

 

According to Ziad Makhamrah:

 

"I work in the field of
livestock breeding, and live in Khirbet Bir Alaad which is about 17 kilometers
in east of Yatta town, Southern Hebron. At the beginning of 2000, many families
were expelled by Israeli force, claiming that the area was a closed military zone.
After 6 years, Israeli court issued an order to allow people to return to their
land (Kherba). At that time, my family and I returned to the Kherba and another
family too, and we stayed there so far. On Thursday, 27 June 2015, at
approximately 7:30, I went on foot to Ma’in area which is about 5 kilometers
from the Bir Alaad. My relatives sent to me an invitation to Ramadan breakfast.
I contacted my son, Mohammed, 25, to take me there. While I was walking on the
dirt road leading to the settlement of
"Mitzpe Yair", I saw three settlers coming to the main gate
of settlement. When I arrived to the gate, I met the three settlers. They
surrounded me and tried to take my stick, but I refused. I walked back and
called my son, Mohammed, again in order to come quickly. After that, I ran
quickly to the dirt road, the settlers chased me and hit me by stones, I was
wounded in my back, head and left thigh. Moments later, and the car of my son arrived.
After that, the settlers  fled into the
settlement. My son Mohammed took me to Ma’in area, where they provided me first
aid. I was transferred to Abu al-Qasim al-Hassan Hospital to conduct some
medical tests and x-ray. In the end, they gave me the appropriate
treatments."

 

At approximately 18:45 on Tuesday,
30 June 2015, 4 masked settlers from "Dulip" settlement, northwest of
Ramallah, sprayed pepper spray over the face of Mahmoud al-Haj Hassan Nofal
(60) and attacked him with sticks, sharp tools and stones. The aforementioned person
was ploughing his land in al-Aqaba area, southwest of Ras Karkar village, when
he was attacked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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