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Jerusalem
– Israeli forces continue to construct the annexation wall in Sheikh Saad area

Israeli forces continue systematic attacks against Palestinian civilians
and property in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)

      

 

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian worker inside
Israel.

 

A Palestinian civilian died of previous wounds in
Qalandya refugee camp, north of Jerusalem.

7 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were
wounded during clashes in the camp following the above civilian’s death.

 

A Palestinian civilian was wounded by Israeli forces
near the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

 

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

 

4 Palestinian
civilians, including 2 children, were wounded.

 

 

Israeli forces conducted 66 incursions into Palestinian
communities in the West Bank.

 

At
least 24
Palestinian civilians,
including a child, were arrested.

 

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

Israeli forces established dozens of checkpoints in
the West Bank.

A Palestinian civilian was arrested at a checkpoint in
the West Bank.

A Palestinian patient was arrested at Beit Hanoun
(Erez) crossing in the northern Gaza Strip.

 

Israeli navy forces have continued targeting
Palestinian fishermen in the sea.

Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian fishing
boats in the northern Gaza Strip, but neither casualties nor material damage
were reported.

 

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

Israeli forces demolished 4 houses and 7 barracks in
al-Najada area, north of Jericho. 

Israeli forces issued notices to demolish houses and
civilian facilities in area (C)
[1].

 

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and
international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period
(28 November – 4 December 2013).

 

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed a
Palestinian worker inside Israel.  A
Palestinian civilian also died of previous wounds he had sustained in Qalandya
refugee camp, north of Jerusalem. 
Israeli forces also wounded, 12 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children,
in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. 

 

In the West Bank, 30 November 2013, ‘Anar Shebli
Mahmoud al-Aqra’, 24, a Palestinian worker from Qabalan village, southeast of
Nablus, was shot dead by an Israeli soldier from a close range inside
Israel.  Al-‘Aqra’ was killed in Btah
Tikva inside Israel when the Israeli police launched a campaign against
Palestinian workers who do not have work permits.  His body was delivered to his family on
Monday, 02 December 2013. 

 

On 29 November 2013, medical sources at Palestine
Medical Compound in Ramallah declared that Mahmoud Wajeeh ‘Awad, 23, from
Qalandya refugee camp north of Jerusalem, died of wounds he had sustained on 01
March 2013. Following the declaration of ‘Awad’s death, dozens of Palestinian
civilians gathered near Qalandya checkpoint.  They threw stones at Israeli soldiers
positioned at the checkpoint.  Israeli
soldiers closed the gate of the checkpoint and fired live ammunition,
rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the
civilians.  As a result, a Palestinian
civilian was wounded by a live bullet to the right thigh.  Similar clashed took place in the same area
on the following day, during which 6 Palestinian civilians, including 2
children, were wounded.

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces continued
the systematic use of excessive force against peaceful protests organised by
Palestinian, Israeli and international activists against the construction of
the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank. As a result, 4
Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were wounded. 

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 29 November 2013, a Palestinian
civilian was wounded by Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza Strip
and Israel to the east of Jabalya town.

 

On 02 December 2013, Israeli gunboats stationed in
Gaza sea opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats in the northern Gaza
Strip.  No casualties or damage were
reported.

 

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted
at least 66 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During
these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 24 Palestinians, including a
child.

 

Restrictions on movement:

 

Israel continued to impose a tightened 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
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 7 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 a grave violation of the economic, social and cultural
rights and a deterioration of living conditions for 1.7 million people.  The Israeli authorities has 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 that has been aggravating
for years due to the shortage of imports. 
They also aim at imposing a complete ban on the Gaza Strip’s
exports. 

 

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

 

As part of using military checkpoints and border
crossings as traps to arrest Palestinian civilians under the pretext they are
wanted, Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian civilian in the West Bank, and a
patient in the Gaza Strip.

 

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 28 November 2013, around 150
settlers from “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem, gathered in the
vicinity of al-Nafaq area on Street (60) near al-Khader village, south of the
city, and threw stones at the passing Palestinian vehicles in the area.  As a result, the windows of some cars were
smashed.

 

On the same day, Israeli forces,
moved into East Borta’ah village, which is isolated from its surroundings due
to the annexation wall, west of Jenin. 
Israeli forces then distributed notices to civilians ordering them to
stop construction works in preparation for demolition.   Moreover, Israeli forces notified residents
of the village that they must remove 25 electricity towers, which are extended
from an area known as ”Barta’ah Kherba” to an area known as ”northern Kherba”
in order to strengthen electricity in the latter.  Israeli forces withdrew from the village later,
and no further arrests were reported.

 

On 30 November 2013, Israeli forces
denied farmers from the ‘Awad family access into their lands in Qweiwas area
adjacent to “Metsbi Ya’ir” settlement, which is established on Palestinian
lands, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. 
Israeli forces declared the area a closed military zone, but settlers
are allowed to plant the land and build caravans on it.  It should be mentioned that the ‘Awad family
obtained a decision from the Israeli Supreme Court ordering to return the land
to them and evacuate settlers from it.

 

On the same day, hundreds of
settlers gathered on Aylone (60) Street, east of al-Mogheir village, northeast
of Ramallah and al-Birah, and attempted to attack the aforementioned
village.  Israeli forces intervened
trying to control the settlers and evacuate them from the aforementioned
area. 

 

On 02 December 2013, Israeli forces
bulldozed 4 houses and 7 barracks used as sheep barns in al-Najada area, north
of al-‘Ouja village, north of Jericho.

 

On the same day, a settler from
“Avigal” settlement established on Palestinian lands, east of Yata, south of
Hebron, sprinkled water in a “tabun” oven used by residents of Um al-Kheir
Kherba for baking bread in order to fill their needs.  10 families, who lack the bare necessities of
life in al-Kherba, benefit from this oven due to settlers’ and Israeli forces’
harassments to enforce them to leave their houses adjacent to the
aforementioned settlement.

 

On 03 December 2013, Israeli forces,
backed with military vehicles, moved into Tulkarm.  They then stationed on the western street
(Natanya Street) near al-Tayba commercial crossing between Israel and the West
Bank.  Israeli bulldozers demolished a
barrack used as a café near the crossing.

 

On the same day, a group of settlers
from “Karayat Arbaa’” under Israeli forces’ guard raided the Islamic al-Bidairi
endowment, an old building near al-Ibrahimi Mosque in the centre of the old
city in Central Hebron.  The settlers
brought some furniture into it preparing to perform religious rituals.

 

 

Israeli Violations Documented during the Reporting Period
(28 November – 04 December 2013)

 

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

 

 

Thursday, 28 November 2013

 

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Deir
Samet village, southwest of Hebron.  They
raided and searched 2 houses belonging to the families of Shadi Ismail Masalma,
20, and ‘Eissa Bader Slaman, 22, and arrested both of them.

 

At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into
Qabatya village, south of Jenin.  They
raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Islam Nasri Abu al-Rub,
23, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit
Ummar town, north of Hebron.  They
patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 15:00, Israeli forces moved into
Muthallath al-‘Aqaba area in the south of Dura village, southwest of Hebron.  A number of Palestinian boys gathered, set
fire to tires and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli military
vehicles.  Israeli soldiers stepped down,
chased the boys and fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and
sound bombs.  Soon after, 3 Israeli
military vehicles arrived at the area and closed the road liking Dura with
villages located southwards.  Israeli
forces withdrew from the area at approximately 22:00. 

 

Also at approximately 15:00, an Israeli infantry unit
moved into al-Shallala Street in the center of Hebron.  A number of Palestinian boys gathered and
threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers, who immediately fired
rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs.  As a result, a number of civilians suffered
tear gas inhalation.

 

At approximately 16:00, Israeli forces moved into
al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, and patrolled the streets.  A number of Palestinian boys gathered and
threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli military vehicles.  Immediately, Israeli soldiers fired
rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them.  As a result, a number of civilian suffered
tear gas inhalation.  At approximately
17:30, Israeli forces moved out of the camp and took position at its entrance
near bypass road #60.  They stopped and
searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. 

 

At approximately 18:00, Israeli forces moved into
al-Sammou’ village, south of Hebron.  A
number of Palestinian boys gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at
Israeli military vehicles.  Immediately,
Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and
sound bombs at them.  As a result, a
number of boys suffered tear gas inhalation. 
Later, Israeli forces moved out of the village and took position at its
entrance.  They stopped and searched
Palestinian civilian vehicles. No arrests were reported.

 

Also at approximately 18:00, Israeli forces moved into
al-Yamoun village, northwest of Jenin. 
They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

In the evening, medical sources at Palestine Medical
Compound in Ramallah declared that Mahmoud Wajeeh ‘Awad, 23, from Qalandya
refugee camp north of Jerusalem, died of wounds he had sustained on 01 March
2013.

 

According to PCHR’s documentation, on Friday noon, 01
March 2013, dozens of Palestinian civilians demonstrated near Qalandya
checkpoint, north of occupied Jerusalem, in solidarity with Palestinian
prisoners in Israeli jails who had been on hunger strike.  They threw stones at Israeli soldiers
positioned at the checkpoint.  Israeli
soldiers closed the gate of the checkpoint and fired live ammunition,
rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the
civilians.  As a result, 5 civilians were
wounded, including ‘Awad who was seriously wounded by a rubber-coated metal
bullet to the head.  He was evacuated to
Hadassa Hospital in Jerusalem, where he had remained clinically dead since
then. 

 

Following the declaration of ‘Awad’s death, dozens of
Palestinian civilians gathered near Qalandya checkpoint.  They threw stones at Israeli soldiers
positioned at the checkpoint.  Israeli
soldiers closed the gate of the checkpoint and fired live ammunition,
rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the
civilians.  As a result, a Palestinian
civilian, 21, was wounded by a live bullet to the right thigh. 

 

At approximately 22:00, Israeli forces moved into Bani
Na’im village, east of Hebron.  They
patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 23:00, Israeli forces moved into
al-‘Araqa village, west of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time and
withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor
arrests were reported.

 

Friday, 29 November 2013

 

At approximately 00:00, Israeli forces moved into
Zeita village, north of Tulkarm.  They
patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit
Liqya village, southwest of Ramallah.  They
raided and searched a house belonging to the family of ‘Amara Subhi Bader, 27,
and arrested him.

 

At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into
Seilat al-Zaher village, south of Jenin. 
They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ra’ed Faisal
Mousa, 34, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 08:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit
‘Aur al-Tahta village, southwest of Ramallah. 
They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 15:30, a number of Palestinian
civilians gathered to the east of the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia,
nearly 30 meters away from the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel.  They threw stones and empty bottles at
Israeli soldiers positioned at the border, who in response fired at these
civilians.  As a result, Jebril Ahmed
al-Najjar, 21, was seriously wounded by 2 bullets to the legs.

 

At approximately 17:00, Israeli forces moved into Dura
and neighboring villages, southwest of Hebron. 
They closed the road between Dura and these villages.  As a result, Palestinian civilian vehicles
were forced to resort to a dirt road. 
Israeli soldiers were deployed in the area, and some of them took
position atop of a house belonging to Khaled al-Shahatit.  They fired tear gas canisters at Palestinian
civilians.  As a result, a number of
civilians suffered tear gas inhalation. 
Israeli forces withdrew later and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 19:00, Israeli forces moved into
al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. 
They patrolled the streets and fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs
at houses.  As a result, a number of
civilians suffered tear gas inhalation.

 

Also at approximately 19:00, Israeli forces moved into
Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron.  They
patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 23:30, Israeli forces moved into
Doura al-Qare’ village, northeast of Ramallah. 
They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

Saturday, 30 November 2013

 

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into
al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, and patrolled the streets.  A number of Palestinian boys gathered and
threw stones at Israeli military vehicles. 
Immediately, Israeli soldiers fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs
at the boys.  No casualties or arrests
were reported.

 

At
approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Halhoul town, north of
Hebron.  Thet raided and searched a house
belonging to the family of Sakher Yousef Abu Yousef, 21, and arrested him.

 

Also at
approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Wad al-Hariya neighbourhood in
the center of Hebron.  They patrolled the
streets for some time and withdrew later. 
Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Also at
approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Zahiriya village, south of
Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for
some time and withdrew later.  Neither
house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Abu al-‘Asja village, southwest
of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets
for some time and withdrew later. 
Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Bitounia town, west of
Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for
some time and withdrew later.  Neither
house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Yatta town, south of
Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for
some time and withdrew later.  Neither
house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 16:00, Israeli forces moved into Zabbouba village, northwest of
Jenin.  They patrolled the streets for
some time and withdrew later.  Neither
house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 22:00, Israeli forces moved into Beer al-Basha village, south of
Jenin.  They raided a car store in the
center of the village and a number of houses. 
They delivered summonses to a number of Palestinian civilians to refer
to the Israeli intelligence services in Salem camp, northwest of Jenin: Nasri
Mamdouh Ghawadra, 56; Bassim Tayseer Ghawadra, 34; Eihab Sameer Abu Jamhour,
21; and ‘Izziddin Nasri Ghawadra, 29. 

 

At
approximately 23:30, Israeli forces moved into Deir Nizam village, northwest of
Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for
some time and withdrew later.  Neither
house raids nor arrests were reported.  

 

Sunday, 01
December 2013

 

At
approximately 00:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Shuhada village, south of
Jenin.  They raided a number of houses
and delivered summonses to a number of Palestinians to refer to the Israeli
intelligence service in Salem camp, northwest of Jenin: Mousa Fu’ad ‘As’ous,
28; Rabee’ Mousa Turkman, 23; Majd Fakhri al-Dairi, 19; Ahmed Fakhri al-Dairi,
17; Hammam Taqfiq ‘As’ous, 23; and Nidal ‘Aatef Wishahi.

 

At
approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Seilat al-Zaher village, south
of Jenin.  They raided a house belonging
to the family of Mohammed Bassem Hantouli, 23, and delivered a summons to him
to refer to the Israeli intelligence service in Salem camp, northwest of Jenin.

 

Also at
approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummar town, north of
Hebron.  They raided and searched a house
belonging to the family of Badran Jalal Abu ‘Ayash, 20, and arrested him.  They then raided and searched a house
belonging to Suhail Ahmed Abu Maria, but no arrests were reported.

 

Also at
approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Tarrama village, southwest of
Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for
some time and withdrew later.  Neither
house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast
of Qalqilya.  They patrolled the streets
for some time and withdrew later. 
Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Tabaqa village, southwest of
Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for
some time and withdrew later.  Neither
house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 15:00, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north
of Hebron, and patrolled the streets.  A
number of Palestinian boys gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at
Israeli military vehicles.  Immediately,
Israeli soldiers fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at houses.  At approximately 16:00, Israeli forces moved
out of the camp and took position at its entrance.  They stopped and searched passing Palestinian
civilian vehicles.  At approximately
22:00, Israeli forces into the camp again. 
They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Saleh
Mahmoud al-Husseini, 22, and arrested him.

 

At
approximately 16:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Shallala Street in the center
of Hebron.  A number of Palestinian boys
gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers who immediately
fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs.  As a result, a number of civilians suffered
tear gas inhalation.

 

At
approximately 18:45, Israeli forces moved into Hijja village, east of
Qalqilya.  They patrolled the streets for
some time and withdrew later.  Neither
house raids nor arrests were reported.  

 

Monday, 02 December 2013

 

At
approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Taqqou’ village, southeast of
Bethlehem.  They raided and searched a
house belonging to the family of ‘Atiya Suleiman Sabbah, 18, and arrested him.

 

At
approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Deir Samet village, southwest of
Hebron.  They raided and searched 2
houses belonging to the families of Mahmoud Taha al-Rajoub, 33, and Jawhar
‘Ouda al-Hroub, 33, and arrested both of them. 

 

Also at
approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Sa’ir village, east of
Hebron.  They raided and searched a house
belonging to the family of Rasmi Shaheen Jaradat, 35, and arrested him.

 

At
approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Mughayar village, northeast
of Ramallah.  They raided and searched a
house belonging to the family of ‘Abbas ‘Abdul Hadi Abu ‘Olaya, 17, and
arrested him.

 

At
approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Jabal Jouhar neighbourhood in
the south of Hebron.  They raided and
searched a house belonging to ‘Eissa Abu Turki, 57, and arrested him.

 

At
approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Koum village, southwest of
Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for
some time and withdrew later.  Neither
house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 06:30, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Ouja village, east of
Jericho. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

Also at
approximately 06:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Jiftlek village, north of
Jericho.  They patrolled the streets for
some time and withdrew later.  Neither
house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 16:40 and also at 17:30, Israeli gunboats stationed opposite to
Beit Lahia seashore in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at Palestinian
fishing boats that were sailing 3 nautical miles offshore.  Palestinian fishermen were extremely
terrified and were forced to sail back to the beach.  No casualties were reported.

 

At
approximately 23:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Oula village, west of
Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for
some time and withdrew later.  Neither
house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Also at
approximately 23:00, Israeli forces moved into Kharas village, west of
Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for
some time and withdrew later.  Neither
house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Tuesday, 03 December 2013

 

In the early
morning, Israeli forces moved into Shwaika suburb, north of Tulkarm.  They raided and searched a house belonging to
the family of Ramez ‘Azzam Na’alwa, 24, and arrested him.

 

At
approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Fawar refugee camp, south of
Hebron.  They raided and searched a house
belonging to the family of Nour Khalil Zalmout, 18, and arrested him.

 

Also at
approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Yatta town, south of
Hebron.  They raided and searched a house
belonging to Khaled Hamed al-Haddar, 45, and arrested him.

 

Also at
approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Liqya village, southwest of
Ramallah.  They raided and searched a
house belonging to Arafat ‘Awadh Dar ‘Aassi, 41, and damaged it.  They then raided and searched a house
belonging to the family of Ussama Dar ‘Aassi, 31, and arrested him.

 

At
approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Bani Na’im village, east of
Hebron.  They raided and searched a house
belonging to the family of Tha’er Habes Zaidat, 22, and arrested him.

 

At
approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Jericho.  They patrolled the streets for some time and
withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor
arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 11:00, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm.  They patrolled the streets for some time and
withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor
arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 11:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Ein ‘Arik village, west of
Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for
some time and withdrew later.  Neither
house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Also at approximately
11:30, Israeli forces moved into Sanour village, south of Jenin.  They patrolled the streets and stopped and
questioned a number of Palestinian civilians. 
They withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Also at
approximately 11:30, Israeli forces moved into Maithaloun village, south of
Jenin.  They raided and searched a house
belonging to Mahmoud ‘Abdul Raziq Jarrar, but no arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 16:00, Israeli forces moved into Dura town, southwest of Hebron,
and patrolled the streets.  A number of
Palestinian boys gathered and threw stones at empty bottles at Israeli military
vehicles.  Immediately, Israeli soldiers
fired tear gas canisters and sounds bombs at them.  As a result, a number of boys suffered tear
gas inhalation. 

 

Also at
approximately 16:00, Israeli forces moved into Misliya village, south of
Jenin.  They patrolled the streets for
some time and withdrew later.  Neither
house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 21:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Marsam village, southwest
of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets
for some time and withdrew later. 
Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 22:30, Israeli forces moved into Dura al-Qare’ village, northeast
of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets
for some time and withdrew later. 
Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Wednesday, 04 December 2013

 

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into
al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. 
They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 3 Palestinians:

1. Muhannad Abu Khairan, 22;

2. Hussam Mahmoud Hasna; and

3. Mohammed Mahmoud Hasna.

 

Also at approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into
Seilat al-Zaher village, south of Jenin. 
They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 02:30, Israeli forced moved into
al-Muwarraq village, southwest of Hebron. 
They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit
Oula village, west of Hebron.  They
raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Baraa’ ‘Aziz al-‘Amla,
21, and arrested him. 

 

Also at approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into
al-Shuhada village, south of Jenin.  They
patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

A Palestinian Worker Killed inside Israel

 

On Saturday
morning, 30 November 2013, ‘Anar Shebli Mahmoud al-Aqra’, 24, a Palestinian
worker from Qabalan village, southeast of Nablus, was shot dead by an Israeli
soldier from a close range inside Israel. 
Al-‘Aqra’ was killed in Btah Tikva inside Israel when the Israeli police
launched a campaign against Palestinian workers who do not have work
permits.  His body was delivered to his
family on Monday, 02 December 2013. 

 

An
eyewitness, Bahaa’ ‘Abdul Mon;em Rahhal, 26, stated to PCHR:

“At approximately 07:30 on Saturday, 30
November 2013, while I was sitting on the second level of a caravan in Yarkoun
cemetery in Btah Tkiva inside Israel, I head knocking on the door of the first
level.  I looked through the window of
the caravan and saw 4 Israeli soldiers knocking the door or one of the
caravans.  I then saw a young man
escaping through the window of that caravan, which was nearly 30 meters away
from me.  I saw an Israeli soldier shouting
on him.  The soldier then fired at the
young man and he was wounded.  Two
soldiers moved towards him, and 10 minutes later 2 ambulances arrived at the
area.  Israeli police and press vehicles
arrived at the area.”

 

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

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces used
excessive force against peaceful demonstrations organised 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, 4 Palestinian civilians, including
2 children, were wounded.  Additionally,
6 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded in Qalandya refugee camp,
during a protest following a Palestinian civilian’s death.

 

(PCHR keeps the names of the Palestinian wounded
persons and apologizes for not publishing the names fearing for Israeli forces
would arrest them in the context of their policy to repress peaceful protests).

 

Protests against the Annexation Wall and Settlement
Activities

 

Following the Friday Prayer on 29 November 2013, dozens
of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders
organised a peaceful demonstration in Bil’in village, west of Ramallah, in
protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities,
as well as Braver Plan, which aims at destroying 35 Palestinian villages and
confiscation of about 800,000 dunums of land in the Negev. The demonstrators
took the streets raising the Palestinian flags and headed to the liberated
territories near the annexation wall. Israeli forces had closed all the
entrances of the village since morning to prevent the Palestinian and
international activists and journalists from participating in the
demonstration. The demonstrators marched adjacent to the cement wall and tried
to cross the fence before Israeli forces that are 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 steel bullets, sound bombs and skunk
water at them and chased them in olive fields. As a result, 2 Palestinian
civilians wounded: A 33-year-old wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet to
right foot; and a 17-year-old civilian, wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet
to the right hand.  Israeli forces also
detained Mohammed ‘Abdul Karim al-Khatib, 37, for 2 hours. 

 

Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians
and Israeli and international human rights defenders organised a peaceful
demonstration in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and
settlement activities in Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. The
demonstrators took the streets raising the Palestinian flags and chanting
slogans against the occupation and in support of the Palestinian unity, and
they then headed to the lands that the settlers are trying to seize by force
near “Halmish” settlement. Israeli forces had closed all the entrances of the
village since morning to prevent the Palestinian and international activists
and journalists from participating in the demonstration. When they had arrived
at the land, the demonstrators were met by live bullets, tear gas canisters,
rubber-coated steel bullets, sound bombs and skunk water and were chased in the
village. As a result, a number of Palestinian civilians suffered tear gas
inhalation and bruises. Israeli forces also detained Ref’at Wajeeh Tamimi, 25,
and his brother Mohammed, 19, for 20 minutes.

 

At approximately 12:30 on the same day, Palestinian
civilians and international activists organised a peaceful demonstration in the
centre of Kufor Qaddoum village, northwest of Qalqilya, and headed towards the
eastern entrance of the village, in protest at the continued closure of the
entrance with an iron gate since the beginning of the Aqsa Intifada. Clashes
erupted between the demonstrators and Israeli forces that fired sound bombs and
tear gas canisters to prevent them from reaching the aforementioned gate. As a
result, 2 civilians were wounded: a 40-year-old man, hit by a tear gas canister
to the neck; and a 13-year-old child, hit by a tear gas canister to the
neck. 

 

 

Following the Friday prayer, dozens of Palestinian
civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organised a
peaceful demonstration in Ma’sara village, south of Bethlehem, in protest at
the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities. The
demonstration started in front of the Candles Cultural Centre in the centre of
the village. The demonstrators took to streets raising the Palestinian flag.
When they arrived at the area where the annexation wall is established, Israeli
forces started firing tear gas canisters in attempt to disperse them.

 

Other Protests

 

On Friday noon, 29 November 2013, following the
funeral procession of Mahmoud Wajeeh ‘Awad, 23, from Qalandya refugee camp
north of Jerusalem, dozens of young men and children gathered near Qalandya
checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem and threw stones and empty bottles at
Israeli soldiers positioned at the checkpoint. 
Immediately, Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear
gas canisters and sound bombs at them. 
As a result, 6 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were wounded
by rubber-coated metal bullets.

 

At approximately 15:00 on Saturday, 30 November 2013,
dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered near the southern entrance of
al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, nearly 200 meters away from the
fence of “Beit Eil” settlement, in protest against Braver Plan.  They raised the Palestinian flags and cheered
against the plan.  They moved towards the
gate of the aforementioned settlement and raised Palestinian flags on it.  Immediately, Israeli settlers threw stones at
the demonstrators.  Two Israeli settlers
also fired into the air.  Soon after,
Israeli forces arrived at the area and fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs
at the demonstrators.  They also arrested
3 demonstrator, but released them at 21:30: Zaid ‘Izzat al-Shu’aibi, 24; ‘Abdul
Jawad ‘Omar Hamayel, 25; and Ahmed ‘Abdullah Harish, 25.

 

3. Continued closure of the oPt

 

Israel has continued to impose a tightened
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 tightens the closure of the Gaza Strip and closes 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.

 

The total closure
of al-Mentar ("Karni") crossing since 02 March 2011 has seriously
affected the economy of the Gaza Strip. Following this closure, all economic
and commercial establishments in the Gaza Commercial Zone were shut off. It
should be noted that al-Mentar crossing is the biggest crossing in the Gaza
Strip, in terms of its capacity to absorb the flow of imports and exports. The
decision to close al-Mentar crossing was the culmination of a series of
decisions resulting in the complete closure of the Sofa crossing, east of the
Gaza Strip in the beginning of 2009, and the Nahal Oz crossing, east of Gaza
City, which was dedicated for the delivery of fuel and cooking gas to the Gaza
Strip, in the beginning of 2010.

 

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.

 

The cooking gas
crisis has ranged between the ebb and flow for 3 months due to the closure of
Karm Abu Salem for security reasons. 
According to PCHR’s follow-up, Israeli authorities only allow around 98
tonnes of cooking gas into Gaza per day. 
This limited quantity is less than half of the daily needs, which is 200
tonnes per day, of the civilian population in the Gaza Strip during the winter.

 

For almost 6 consecutive years,
Israeli forces have continued to prevent the delivery of construction materials
to the Gaza Strip. During the reporting period, Israeli forces approved the
delivery of limited quantities of construction materials for a number of
international organisations in the Gaza Strip. 
Israeli forces also continued to impose almost total ban on the Gaza
Strip exports, including agricultural and industrial products, except for
light-weighted products such as flowers, strawberries, and spices.

 

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 denied permission to access
hospitals via the crossing for new categories of patients from the Gaza Strip.

 

For around a year and a half,
Israeli forces have allowed Palestinian detainees’ families to visit their sons
in the Israeli jails according to special and unfair conditions after more than
5 years of deprivation in violation of international humanitarian law.

 

The Egyptian authorities allow the
population of the Gaza Strip to travel via Rafah International crossing, which
connects the Gaza Strip with the outside world. 
Only limited and specified categories are allowed, including patients,
students, persons that hold residencies in Egypt or abroad, men over 40 years,
females in all ages, children under 18, persons who hold Arab and foreign
nationalities, and members of Arab and international humanitarian
delegations.  It should be mentioned that
the crossing opens seven days a week. 
Nowadays, the crossing is overcrowded due to the prolonged procedures
from the Egyptian side, particularly after closing it for several days over the
past weeks due to Egypt’s security conditions, which has affected the
travellers’ movement in both directions.

 

Movement at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem
Shalom) crossing

26 November – 03 December 2013

 

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Number

Litres

26 November 2013

Foodstuffs

1,321

 

 

Agricultural materials

1,591

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Washing machines

Televisions

Generators

Cartons of shoes

Cartons of various goods

Chair parts

Refrigerators

Heaters

Printers

1,200

 

 

561

59

180

5

112

456

1,400

122

1,200

3

 

Humanitarian aid

424

 

 

Cooking gas

171,980

 

 

Benzene

 

 

147,989

Diesel

 

 

275,021

27 November 2013

Foodstuffs

908

 

 

Agricultural materials

1,580

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Wood pillars

Televisions

Gypsum boards

Heaters

Refrigerators

Washing machines

Car

1, 173

 

914

105

544

1040

3,260

52

220

15

 

Humanitarian aid

904

 

 

Cooking gas

171,450

 

 

Benzene

 

 

152,000

Diesel

 

 

219,019

28 November 2013

Foodstuffs

921

 

 

Agricultural materials

1,910

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Cartons of shoes

Washing machines

Televisions

Cows

Car tires

Cartons of accessories

Sheep

Cartons of various goods

Glass boards

Solar panels

1,453

 

1,080

239

868

95

512

529

198

480

259

950

1,040

388

 

Humanitarian aid

152

 

 

Cooking gas

174,950

 

 

Benzene

 

 

179,995

Diesel

 

 

301,067

01 December 2013

Foodstuffs

854

 

 

Agricultural materials

1,460

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Cartons of shoes

Washing machines

photocopiers

electricity poles

Televisions

1,259

 

482

136

870

217

48

68

172

 

Humanitarian aid

348

 

 

Cooking gas

174,950

 

 

Benzene

 

 

111,007

Diesel

 

 

174,950

02 December 2013

Foodstuffs

905

 

 

Agricultural materials

1,478

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Cartons of shoes

Washing machines

Factory machines

Printers

Car tires

Birds

Gypsum boards

941

 

1,229

98

600

238

6

24

88

300

1,120

 

Humanitarian aid

534

 

 

Cooking gas

193,279

 

 

Benzene

 

 

255,998

Diesel

 

 

255,279

Diesel for UNRWA

 

 

180,893

03
December 2013

Foodstuffs

1,264

 

 

Agricultural materials

1,437

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Cartons of shoes

Washing machines

Cows

Glass boards

1,090

 

1,232

178

1,462

64

352

520

 

Humanitarian aid

448

 

 

Cooking gas

191,560

 

 

Benzene

 

 

220,991

Diesel

 

 

290,046

 

Exports:

 

On
Tuesday, 26 November 2013, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 2.12
tonnes of strawberries.

On
Wednesday, 27 November 2013, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 2.93
tonnes of strawberries.

On
Thursday, 28 November 2013, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 6.25
tonnes of strawberries, 180 kilograms of mint, 180 kilograms of basil and 230
kilgrams of garlic leaves.

On
Sunday, 01 December 2013, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 13.6 tonnes
of strawberries and 3,000 flowers.

On
Monday, 02 December 2013, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 1.5 tonnes
of strawberries, 180 kilograms of mint, 180 kilograms of basil and 230 kilgrams
of garlic leaves.

On
Tuesday, 03 December 2013, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 10 tonnes
of strawberries and 52,000 flowers

 

Other Imports:

 

 

On
Tuesday, 26 November 2013, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 507 tonnes of
fodders and 936 tonnes of wheat.

On
Wednesday, 27 November 2013, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 663 tonnes of
fodders and 741 tonnes of wheat.

On
Thursday, 28 November 2013, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 975 tonnes of
fodders and 741 tonnes of wheat.

On
Sunday, 01 December 2013, Israeli forces allowed the entry 507 tonnes of
fodders and 741 tonnes of wheat.

On
Monday, 02 December 2013, Israeli forces allowed the entry 546 tonnes of
fodders and 780 tonnes of wheat.

On
Tuesday, 03 December 2013, Israeli forces allowed the entry 585 tonnes of
fodders and 663 tonnes of wheat.

 

 

Empty Plastic
Containers Returned to Israel via Karm Abu Salem

 

 

 

On
Tuesday, 26 November 2013, Israeli forces allowed 3 truckloads of empty plastic
containers to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

On
Wednesday, 27 November 2013, Israeli forces allowed 4 truckloads of empty
plastic containers to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

On
Thursday, 28 November 2013, Israeli forces allowed 4 truckloads of empty
plastic containers to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

On
Sunday, 01 December 2013, Israeli forces allowed 6 truckloads of empty plastic
containers to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

On
Monday, 02 December 2013, Israeli forces allowed 2 truckloads of empty plastic
containers to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

On
Tuesday, 03 December 2013, Israeli forces allowed 4 truckloads of empty plastic
containers to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

 

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

 

On Wednesday, 04 December 2013, Israeli authorities
stationed inside Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing in the northern Gaza Strip,
arrested Mohammed Saber Mohammed Abu ‘Amshah (32) from al-Amal neighborhood in
Beit Hanoun, while he was on his way to receive medical treatment at “Sergie
Care” Hospital in Ramallah.  He suffers
problems in his left retina and needs a lens implant in his eye.  Abu ‘Amsha is still in custody.

 

 

 

 

Movement at Beit Hanoun (“Erez”)
crossing

25 – 30 November 2013

 

Category

25
November

26
November

27
November

28
November

29 
November

30
November

Patients

62

61

54

33

2

Companions

74

54

56

32

3

Personal
needs

49

30

33

63

4

Families of
prisoners

20

Arabs from
Israel

21

24

9

34

10

Diplomats

International
journalists

2

       –

1

1

International
workers

5

43

23

70

20

Deceased

Travelers
abroad

1

3

1

3

Businesspeople

108

101

106

115

Business
meetings

2

Security
interviews

3

4

1

1

VIPs

1

2

Ambulances to
Israel

2

1

3

3

Ambulances
from Israel

 

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:

 

 Ramallah: Israeli forces have continued to
impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 19:30 on Monday, 02 December
2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on the road between Bitounia
village and Beit ‘Or al-Tahta village, southwest of Ramallah.  At approximately 17:30, they established
another checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Loqaya village, southwest of the
city.  The two checkpoints were later
removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 10:00 on Tuesday, 03 December 2013, Israeli forces re- deployed
at ‘Atarah checkpoint at the northern entrance of Birzeit, north of
Ramallah.  They later withdrew, and no
arrests were reported.  Around the same
time, they established a checkpoint at the entrance of ‘Ein ‘Ereik, west of
Ramallah.  The checkpoint was later
removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

 Hebron: Israeli forces have continued to
impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 08:00 on Thursday, 28
November 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Sa’ir
village, east of Hebron.  At
approximately 15:00, a similar checkpoint was established at the southern
entrance of Halhoul (al-Jeser area), north of Hebron.  At approximately 17:00, Israeli forces
established 3 checkpoints; the first one was at the entrance of Ezna village,
west of Hebron, the second one was at the entrance of Kharsa south of Dura, southwest
of the city, and the last one was on the road between Dura and its western
villages, southwest of Hebron.  At
approximately 18:00, they established another checkpoint at the northern
entrance of Hebron.  All checkpoints were
later removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 15:00 on Friday, 29 November 2013, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Ummar village, north of the city.  Around the same time, they established a
checkpoint at the entrance of al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron.  At approximately 20:00, a similar checkpoint
was established at the entrance of Ezna village, west of Hebron.  All checkpoints were later removed, and no
arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 07:30 on Saturday, 30 November 2013, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the northern entrance of Hebron. 
At approximately 17:00, a similar checkpoint was established at the
entrance of al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of the city.  At approximately 22:00, another checkpoint was
established at the entrance of al-Shajnah valley village, southeast of
Hebron.  All checkpoints were later
removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 07:30 on Sunday, 01 December 2013, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the entrance of Tarqomia village, west of Hebron.  Around at approximately 16:00, they
established another checkpoint at the northern entrance of Yatta, south of the
city.  At approximately 19:30, another
checkpoint was established at the entrance of Ezna village, west of
Hebron.  All checkpoints were later
removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 15:00 on Monday, 02 December 2013, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Ummar village, north of the city.  At approximately 16:00, they established at
the entrance of al-Shyoukh village, east of the city.  At approximately 18:00, another checkpoint
was established at the entrance of Nubba village, west of Hebron.  All checkpoints were later removed, and no
arrests were reported.

 

At approximately
07:00 on Tuesday, 03 December 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at
the southern entrance of Halhoul, north of Hebron.  At approximately 17:00, they established
another checkpoint at the entrance of Nubba village, west of the city.  The two checkpoints were later removed, and
no arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 07:00 on Wednesday, 04 December 2013, Israeli forces established
a checkpoint at al-Samou’a village, south of Hebron.  The checkpoint was later removed, and no
arrests were reported.

 

· Jenin: Israeli forces have continued to
impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 14:00 on Thursday, 28
November 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the intersection of
al-Yamoun village, northwest of the city. 
The checkpoint was later removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

· Qalqilya: 
Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the
movement of Palestinian civilians.  At
approximately 14:50 on Thursday, 28 November 2013, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the entrance of ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqilya.  At approximately 18:00, another checkpoint
was established at the intersection of Jeet village, northeast of the
city.  The two checkpoints were later removed,
and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 09:00 on Friday, 29 November 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the
intersection of Hajah village, east of Qalqilya.  The checkpoint was later removed, and no
arrests were reported.

 

At approximately
14:00 on Saturday, 30 November 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at
the intersection of Jeet village, northeast of Qalqilya.  At approximately 10:40, another checkpoint
was established near al-Fondoq village, northeast of Qalqilya.  At approximately 21:30, they established a
similar checkpoint at the northern entrance of ‘Azoun village, east of the
city, and detained Badran Wasfi Khaled, a veterinarian from Jayous village, who
was released 10 minutes.  The two
checkpoints were later reported, and no arrests were reported.

 

· Salfit: 
Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the
movement of Palestinian civilians.  At
approximately 22:10 on Friday, 29 November 2013, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the western entrance of Kafr Deek village, west of Salfit.  The checkpoint was later removed, and no
arrests were reported. 

 

At approximately 19:40 on Saturday, 30 November 2013, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint at the northern entrance of Borqeen village, west of
Salfit.  At approximately 21:30, the
checkpoint was removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

 

Arrests and Maltreatment at military
checkpoints

 

 At approximately 22:00 on Thursday, 28 November
2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Ya’bod
village, southwest of Jenin.  They
arrested Yousef Mahmoud Mohammed Abu Shamlah (24), who was passing through the
checkpoint.  The checkpoint was later
removed, and the aforementioned was taken to an unknown destination.

 

5. Settlement Activities and Attacks by Settlers against Palestinian Civilians
and Property

 

At approximately 11:15 on Thursday,
28 November 2013, around 150 settlers from “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of
Bethlehem, gathered in the vicinity of al-Nafaq area on Street (60) near
al-Khader village, south of the city, and threw stones at the passing
Palestinian vehicles in the area.  As a
result, the windows of some cars were smashed. Eyewitnesses said that settlers
carried out their assaults under the protection of Israeli police and forces.

 

At approximately 22:00 on the same
Thursday, Israeli forces, backed with military vehicles and accompanied with a
car belonging to the Israeli Higher Organization Council, moved into East
Borta’ah village, which is isolated from its surroundings due to the annexation
wall, west of Jenin.  Israeli forces then
distributed notices to civilians ordering them to stop construction works in
preparation for demolition.   According
to local sources, the notified civilians were identified as:

 

Name

Number of Notices

Facilities

Ayman ‘Abdel
Baqi

3

2 barracks
and 1 house

‘Abdel Karim
Abu Ta’amah

2

1 barrack and
1 house

Bassem
‘Othman Qobaha

2

2 barracks

‘Abdullah
Yousin ‘Ali Qobaha

1

1 barrack

Suheil Jawdat
Qobaha

1

1 barrack

Yousif
Metbe’a

1

1 house

Rae’d Saleh
Qobaha

1

1 house

Yehia Rateb
Qobaha

1

A 3-storey
house

Anas Jadallah
Qobaha

1

An
under-construction house

Aws Mohammed
Qobaha

1

1 house

 

Moreover,
Israeli forces notified residents of the village that they must remove 25
electricity towers, which are extended from an area known as ”Barta’ah Kherba”
to an area known as ”northern Kherba” in order to strengthen electricity in the
latter.  Israeli forces withdrew from the
village later, and no further arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 09:30 on Saturday,
30 November 2013, Israeli forces denied farmers from the ‘Awad family access
into their lands in Qweiwas area adjacent to “Metsbi Ya’ir” settlement, which
is established on Palestinian lands, east of Yatta, south of Hebron.  Israeli forces declared the area a closed
military zone, but settlers are allowed to plant the land and build caravans on
it.  It should be mentioned that the ‘Awad
family obtained a decision from the Israeli Supreme Court ordering to return
the land to them and evacuate settlers from it.

 

At approximately 20:30 on the same
day, hundreds of settlers gathered on Aylone (60) Street, east of al-Mogheir
village, northeast of Ramallah and al-Birah, and attempted to attack the
aforementioned village.  Israeli forces
intervened trying to control the settlers and evacuate them from the
aforementioned area.  Israeli forces
closed all the village entrances and fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters
at civilians to keep them away from the settlers.  No injuries were reported.

 

At approximately 06:00 on Monday, 02
December 2013, Israeli forces bulldozed 4 houses and 7 barracks used as sheep
barns in al-Najada area, north of al-‘Ouja village, north of Jericho.

 

According
information obtained by a PCHR field worker from ‘Adnan Annajadah , at
approximately 05:50 on the aforementioned day, Israeli forces, backed with 5
military vehicles; 3 bulldozers and an officer from the Civil Administration,
moved into al-Najada area, north of al-‘Ouja village, north of Jericho.  Israeli forces cordoned off the aforementioned
area adjacent to Street (90) and prevented civilians and journalists from
accessing it.  At approximately 06:00,
Israeli bulldozers bulldozed 4 houses, 3 of which were made of tin, wood and
bricks, and 7 barracks used as sheep barn. 
Israeli forces beat civilians, fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs
at them and sprayed pepper spray onto their faces, while civilians were trying
to stop the demolition with their bodies. 
At approximately 09:30, Israeli forces arrested 3 civilians: Naser
Mohammed Najadah (31); Nassar salem Najjadah; and Ahmed Salamah Jahalin (22),
and later withdrew.

 

The Owner

Facilities

Ahmed
Mohammed Hussein Najjadah(43)

160-square-meter
barrack used as a sheep barn

‘Odah
Mohammed Hussein Najjadah(40)

120-square-meter
barrack used as a sheep barn

Yousif Salamh
Jahalin (45)

90-square-meter
barrack used as a sheep barn

Mousa Arhil
Najjadah (65)

220-square-meter
barrack used as a sheep barn

‘Omer Mousa
Najjadah (36)

120-square-meter
barrack used as a sheep barn

‘Omran Mousa
Najjadah (27)

90-square-meter
barrack used as a sheep barn

‘Ali Msalam
Ka’abnah (19)

70-square-meter
barrack used as a sheep barn

Msalam ‘Odah
Ka’abnah (65)

A
tin-roofed house, where his family of 9 members live, built on  a 75-square-meter area

Rafe’a Salamah
Jahalin (32)

A 1-storey
house, where his family of 8 members live, built on a 100-square-meter area

Ahmed Salamah
Jahalin (26)

A tin-roofed
house, where his 4 family members

live, built
on an 80-square-meter area

Yousif Msalam
Ka’abnah (35)

A tin-roofed
house, where his family comprised of 2 members live, built on a
70-square-meter area

 

At approximately 16:00 on the same
day, a settler from “Avigal” settlement established on Palestinian lands, east
of Yata, south of Hebron, sprinkled water in a “tabun” oven used by residents
of Um al-Kheir Kherba for baking bread in order to fill their needs.  10 families, who lack the bare necessities of
life in al-Kherba, benefit from this oven due to settlers’ and Israeli forces’
harassments to enforce them to leave their houses adjacent to the
aforementioned settlement.

 

At approximately 21:30 on Tuesday,
03 December 2013, Israeli forces, backed with military vehicles, moved into
Tulkarm.  They then stationed on the
western street (Natanya Street) near al-Tayba commercial crossing between
Israel and the West Bank.  Israeli
bulldozers demolished a barrack used as a café near the crossing.  Israeli forces had earlier notified the café’s
owner, Maher Tawfiq ‘Abdel Latif Haj Qasem (40) that they would demolish the
café. Israeli forces later withdrew, and no further incidents were reported.

 

At approximately 10:00 on the same
Tuesday, a group of settlers from “Karayat Arbaa’” under Israeli forces’ guard
raided the Islamic al-Bidairi endowment, an old building near al-Ibrahimi
Mosque in the centre of the old city in Central Hebron.  The settlers brought some furniture into it
preparing to perform religious rituals.

 

 

 

Recommendations to the International Community

 

 

PCHR emphasizes the international community’s position
that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, which is still
under the Israeli occupation, in spite of the Israeli military redeployment
outside the Gaza Strip in 2005. PCHR further confirms that Israeli force have
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 an 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 continued
aggression against civilians in the Gaza Strip, especially the latest offensive
that lasted for 8 days in November, 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 and victims;

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 directed 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 violation and crimes
against Palestinian civilians;

14. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian leadership to sign and
accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the Geneva
Conventions, and calls upon the international community, especially the United
Nations, to encourage the State of Palestine to accede to international human
rights law and humanitarian law instruments.

 

 

 

 

 

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Public Document

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[1] Area (C) is under full
Israeli control according to the Oslo Accords.