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Damage caused by an arson attack launched by Israeli settlers
against Bain al-Nourain Mosque in Qasra village, southeast of Nablus

Israeli
Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian
Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

 

5
Palestinians were killed by Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip.

Two
of the victims are civilians.

 

Bodies
of 3 workers who were missing in a tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip that had
been bombarded by Israeli warplanes were found.

 

A
Palestinian child died of a previous wound in the Gaza Strip.

 

28 Palestinians,
including 13 children, 7 women and an old man, were wounded by IOF the Gaza
Strip, and one civilian was wounded in the West Bank.

 

IOF
continued to use force against peaceful protests in the West Bank.

Dozens
of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation.

 

IOF
conducted 68 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.  

IOF
arrested 28 Palestinians, including two children and two members of the
Palestinian Legislative Council.

 

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

IOF
arrested at least 7 Palestinians, including a member of the Palestinian
Legislative Council, at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

 

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

Israeli
settlers set fire to a mosque in Qasra village near Nablus.

IOF
ordered the demolition of more Palestinian civilian facilities.

IOF
razed large areas of agricultural land and uprooted 88 trees in al-Walaja
village near Bethlehem.

Israeli
settlers uprooted 20 olive trees in Qalqilya and burnt 100 trees southeast of
Bethlehem.

 

 

 

Summary

 

Israeli
violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued
during the reporting period (25 August – 07 September 2011):

 

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, IOF
killed 5 Palestinians, including two civilians (in the Gaza Strip. A child also died of a previous wound. Additionally, rescue team found the body of 3
Palestinian workers in a tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip, which had been
bombarded by Israeli warplanes. IOF also
wounded 28 Palestinian civilians, including 13 children, 7 women and an old man
in the Gaza Strip, and one civilian in the West Bank. 

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 25 August
2011, two Palestinian civilians were killed when Israeli warplanes bombarded
al-Salama Sports Club in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia. Additionally, 25 civilians, including 11
children and 7 women, were wounded. A
number of houses and civilian facilities were also damaged.

 

On the same day, two Palestinian
resistance activists were killed, when an Israeli warplane bombarded a
motorcycle they were traveling on in the northern Gaza Strip. 

 

On the same day, rescue teams found
the bodies of 3 Palestinian workers in a tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip that
had been bombarded by Israeli warplanes.

 

On 29 August 2011, medical sources
declared that a Palestinian child from Beit Lahia town dies of a previous
wound. 

 

On 6 September 2011, IOF killed a
Palestinian resistance activist and wounded an old man and his two children by
an air strike during an incursion into the southern Gaza Strip.

 

On 06 September 2011, Israeli
warplanes bombarded and destroyed an uninhabited house in the central Gaza
Strip. 

 

In the West Bank, a Palestinian
civilian was wounded by IOF in Qasra village, southeast of Nablus. 

 

During the reporting period, IOF
used excessive force to disperse peaceful demonstrations organized in protest
to Israeli settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall in
the West Bank. As a result, dozens of
Palestinian civilians and international human rights defenders suffered from
tear gas inhalation.  

 

Incursions:

 

During
the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 68 military incursions into
Palestinian communities in the West Bank, during which they arrested 28 Palestinian
civilians, including two children and two members of the Palestinian
Legislative Council.   

 

Restrictions
on Movement:

 

Israel
had continued to impose a tightened siege on the OPT and imposed severe
restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the
West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

 

Gaza
Strip

 

Israel has continuously closed all
border crossings to the Gaza Strip for over three years. The illegal
Israeli-imposed 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. 

 

IOF have tightened the closure of the Gaza
Strip and practically made Karm Abu Salem crossing as the sole commercial
crossing of the Gaza Strip although it is not proper for commercial purposes in
terms of its distance and operational capacity.

 

IOF have continued to apply their policy aimed
at tightening the strangulation of the commercial movement in the Gaza Strip,
including imposing total control over the flow of imports and exports.

 

The total closure of al-Mentar
"Karni" crossing on 02 March 2011 has created a bitter situation that
has seriously affected the Gaza Strip. Following this closure, all the economic and commercial establishments
in 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 operational capacity to absorb the flow of
imports and exports. The decision of
al-Mentar crossing was the culmination of a series of decisions to totally
close Soafa crossing, east of the Gaza Strip, in the beginning of 2009, and
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.

 

These statistics which were made available to
PCHR by the Border and Crossings Department indicate a continued drop in the
number of truckloads of Gaza imports and exports.

 

IOF have continued to impose total ban on the
delivery of raw materials to the Gaza Stri, 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 in the Gaza Strip.

 

The cooking gas crisis which has erupted last
November has continued to affect the Gaza Strip. This crisis was created when the Israeli
occupation authorities totally closed, on 04 January 2010, Nahal Oz crossing,
which used to be dedicated for the delivery of fuel and cooking gas supplies to
Gaza, and shifted fuel and cooking gas supplies to Karm Abu Salem crossing
which is not technically equipped to receive Gaza’s needs of fuel.  Karm
Abu Salem crossing, with its maximum absorptive capacity, can receive only 200
tons of cooking gas per day.

 

Approximately 80% of Gaza civilians have
continued to depend on alimentary aid provided by UNRWA and other relief
agencies, rates of families who are living below poverty line have continued to
be on the rise and approximately 40% of Gaza’s manpower has continued to suffer
from permanent unemployment as a result of shutting down the majority of Gaza’s
economic establishments.

 

IOF have continued to impose a total ban on the
exportation of Gaza’s products, especially industrial products, leading to
undermining any real chances to rerun economic establishments. The situation has been aggravated especially
after making Karm Abu Salem crossing as Gaza sole commercial crossing and the
repeated closure of this crossing which negatively affected the quantity of
Gazan products which were allowed to be exported during last April.

 

IOF have continued to prolong the
implementation of their decision to allow 60 cars into Gaza weekly although
more than 11 months have passed since they announced this decision after three
years of ban imposed on the delivery of cars to Gaza. As a result, the prices of cars in Gaza have
been on the rise and local markets experience serious shortage in spare parts.

 

For
approximately four consecutive years, IOF have continued to ban the delivery of
construction materials to Gaza. During the reporting period, IOF approved the
delivery of limited quantities of construction materials for a number of international
organizations.

 

Israel has continued to close Beit
Hanoun (Erez) crossing for Palestinian civilians from the Gaza Strip. IOF only allow the movement of limited groups
amidst severe restrictions, including long hours of waiting in the majority of
cases. IOF have also continued to adopt
a policy aimed at reducing the number of Palestinian patients allowed to move
via Beit Hanoun crossing to receive medical treatment in hospitals in Israel or
in the West Bank and Jerusalem. IOF
denied new categories of Gazan patient permission to have access to hospitals
via the crossing.

 

Israel has imposed additional access
restrictions on international diplomats, journalists and humanitarian workers
seeking to enter the Gaza Strip.

 

For approximately 48 months, IOF
have continued to deny approximately 700 Palestinian prisoners from Gaza
detained in Israeli jails their visitation rights without providing any
justification to this measure, which violates the rules of the international
humanitarian law.

 

West
Bank

 

IOF 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.

 

IOF have established checkpoints in
and around Jerusalem, severely restricting Palestinian access to the city.
Civilians are frequently prevented from praying in the al-Aqsa Mosque in
Jerusalem.

 

There are approximately 585
permanent roadblocks, and manned and unmanned checkpoints across the West Bank.

 

When complete, the illegal
annexation wall will stretch for 724 kilometers around the West Bank, further
isolating the entire population. 350 kilometers of the wall have already been
constructed. Approximately 99% of the wall has been constructed inside the West
Bank itself, confiscating more Palestinian land.

 

At least 65% of the main roads that
lead to 18 Palestinian communities in the West Bank are closed or fully
controlled by IOF.

 

There are approximately 500 kilometers of
restricted roads across the West Bank. In addition, approximately one third of
the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, is inaccessible to
Palestinians without permits issued by IOF. Such permits are extremely difficult
to obtain.

 

IOF continue to harass and assault
demonstrators who hold peaceful protests against the construction of the
annexation wall.

 

Palestinian civilians continue to be
harassed by IOF in Jerusalem, and across the West Bank, including being
regularly stopped and searched in the streets by IOF.

 

Settlement
Activities:
 

 

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

 

On 25 August 2011, at least 10
Israeli settlers from “Ramat Magharon” settlement, which stands in the
southeast of Mikhmas village, southeast of Ramallah, set fire to olive trees in
al-Hilwa area in the village. At least
100 olive trees were burnt before villagers were able to extinguish fire.

 

On 27 August 2011, 7 Israeli
settlers from “Ramat Yishai” settlement outpost in Tal Rumaida neighborhood in
the center of Hebron attacked a Palestinian civilians when he was in front of
his house. They violently beat him in
the presence of Israeli soldiers. As a
result, he sustained bruises to the upper part of the body.

 

On 28 August 2011, a number of
Israeli settlers from “Beit Hadassa” settlement outpost in al-Shuhada Street in
the center of Hebron attacked a number of Palestinian houses using stones and
empty bottles. A number of houses were
damaged.

 

On 30 August 2011, a number of
Israeli settlers from “Shilo” settlement, north of Ramallah, gathered at
Nablus-Ramallah road and threw stones at Palestinian civilian vehicles. No injuries were reported.

 

On 01 September 2011, Nidal Ahmed
‘Aqel, 48, from Kufor Qaddoum village northeast of Qalqilya, was informed that
Israeli settlers attacked his land. When
he went to his land, he found that 20 olive trees had been cut. 

 

On 04 September 2011, IOF moved into
Jeet village, northeast of Qalqilya. They handed notices to 3 Palestinian civilians ordering them to stop the
construction of their houses allegedly for the lack of licenses.

 

On 05 September 2011, a number of
Israeli settlers from “Yish Kudesh” settlement near Qasra village, southeast of
Nablus, broke windows of the first floor of Thu al-Nourain Mosque in the
southwest of the village. They then pushed
two tires into the mosque and set fire to them. The mosque was damaged. Before
leaving the area, the settlers wrote slogans on walls insulting Prophet
Mohammed.

 

On the same day, IOF and the Israeli
police, accompanied by a number of armed Israeli settlers, moved into ‘Ein
Jwaiza area in al-Walaja village, west of Bethlehem. They uprooted 88 trees. IOF denied Palestinian civilians access to
the area. 

 

On the same day, a number of Israeli
settlers attacked ‘Edwan Nemer ‘Edwan, 41, from Zawata village west of Nablus,
a lecturer at Bethlehem University, when he was on his way to his work. He was injured. 

 

On the same day, a number of Israeli
settlers from “Bitar Elite” settlement, west of Bethlehem, pumped waste water
into the lands of the nearby Houssan and Nahalin villages. As a result, hundreds of trees were damaged.

 

On the same day, at least 25 Israeli
settlers, escorted by IOF, stormed a house garden and agricultural lands
belonging to ‘Ata ‘Abdul Jawad Jaber in al-Baq’a area near bypass road #60,
east of Hebron. They then attacked
Jaber’s house and demanded IOF to expel him. They left the area at approximately 19:00, threatening to come back
again.

 

On 06 September 2011, a number of
Israeli settlers from “Qidoumim” settlement threw stones at Palestinian
civilian vehicles traveling on Qalqilya-Nablus road. As a result, a number of vehicles were
damaged. 

 

Israeli
Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (25 August – 07 September 2011)

 

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

 

Thursday, 25 August 2011

 

At approximately 00:05, Israeli warplanes
launched a missile on al-Salama Sports Club near Beit Lahia project’s market in
the northern Gaza Strip. The attack resulted in the full destruction of
the 3-storey building; the first floor includes a gym, the second floor
includes the administration offices and a multi-use hall, while the third one
includes a football and volleyball field established on a 1,000-square-meter
area. Additionally, two Palestinian civilians were killed due to the
attack, as they were in the garden of an adjacent house belonging to Abdul
Rahman Mohammed al-Masri in the northwestern side of the club. The victims
are: Salama Abdul Rahman al-Masri, 18, the son of the house’s owner, who died
immediately; and Alaa ‘Adnan Mohammed al-Jakhbeer, 22, from Jabalya, who was
accompanying al-Masri. Al-Jakhbeer suffered from a hemorrhage in the
pelvis because of shrapnel and was transferred to the hospital, but he died two
hours later. Additionally, 25 Palestinian civilians, including 11 children
and 7 women, sustained wounds and bruises due to the falling of smashed glass
and stones at them.  Moreover, extensive damages were caused to al-Huda
Children Complex in Beit Lahia to the north of the club.  The Complex
established on an area of 1600 square meters consists of a kindergarten and a
primary school.  Dozens of houses surrounding the Club, 3 stores and 3
vehicles were damaged.

 

At approximately 14:00, civil defense crews
found the bodies of ‘Emad Jamal ‘Abdul Raziq Abu Harb, 21, and Mahmoud Rajaa’
Sa’id al-Sibakhi, 20. Two hours later,
they found the body of Mohammed Khaled Mohammed Tafish, 22. The victims are all from al-Shaboura refugee
camp in Rafah. The three workers were
missing when Israeli warplane bombarded a tunnel in al-Brazil neighborhood in
the south of Rafah on Wednesday evening, 24 August 2011. As a result of the bombardment, a worker was
instantly killed and 3 others and a security officer were wounded, while the above
victims were missing. 

 

At approximately 15:00, IOF moved into
al-Swaitat neighborhood in the east of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 18:30, an Israeli warplane
fired a missile at two activists of the al-Quds Brigades (the armed wing of
Islamic Jihad), who were traveling on a motorcycle near al-Khuzondar gas
station the northern Gaza Strip town of Jabalya. The two activists were instantly killed. They were identified as:

 

1- ‘Alaa’ Nabil Hamdan, 22; and

2- Saleem Khaled al-‘Arabid, 27.

 

At approximately 19:00, IOF moved into Brouqin
village, west of Salfit. They patrolled
in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 22:30, IOF moved into Deir Abu
Da’if village, east of Jenin. They
patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

Also at approximately 22:30, IOF moved into
Deir Ghazala village, northeast of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

Also at approximately 22:30, IOF moved into
Beit Qad village, east of Jenin. Neither
house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Friday, 26 August 2011

 

At noon, IOF willfully wounded a
Palestinian civilian in Qasra village, southeast of Nablus. 

 

According to the victim’s brother,
Nidal ‘Adli Hassan, 24, following the Friday Prayer, he heard loudspeakers of
mosques in the village appealing as Israeli settlers attempted to uproot olive
trees in al-Wa’ar area in the south of Qasra village. Immediately, Nidal and his brother, Jamal
‘Adli Hassan, 23, drove their car towards the affected area. When they got as close as to 700 meters from
the area, they stopped their car and went to the area on foot. When they arrived at the area, they saw at
least 150 villagers being prevented by 9 Israeli soldiers from moving forward. At least 20 Israeli settlers were nearly 20
meters away from the soldiers sitting on a plot belonging to Hilal Yousef
Hassan. A young man moved forward and
sat on a rock in front of Israeli soldiers telling them that villagers would
not leave the area unless the settlers left it. An Israeli soldier pushed him and another one fired a tear gas canister
at the villagers. Jamal picked the
canister and threw it back towards Israeli soldiers. Immediately, a soldier fired at him from a
close range. He was wounded by a bullet
to the thighs.

 

At approximately 18:10, IOF moved
into Kufor al-Dik village, west of Salfit. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

Sunday, 28 August 2011

 

At approximately 00:30, IOF moved
into Zeita village, north of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets and then established a checkpoint at the
western entrance of the village. They
stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. They withdrew from the village later and no
arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 01:00, IOF moved
into al-Yamoun village, northwest of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

Monday, 29August 2011

 

At
approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Zeita village, north of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later. Neither house raids
nor arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 03:45, IOF moved into al-Yamoun village, west of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later. Neither house raids
nor arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 09:00, Palestinian medical sources declared that Haitham Ahmed
Mustafa Ma’rouf, 13, from al-Amal neighborhood in the northern Gaza Strip town
of Beit Lahia, died of a wound he had sustained on 21 August 2011. According to PCHR’s documentation, at
approximately 10:50 on Sunday, 21 August 2011, an Israeli drone attacked a
number of Palestinian resistance activists after they had launched a home-made
rockets into Israeli towns near al-Shaimaa’ School in the north of Beit
Lahia. As a result, the child, who was
working on his father’s land in the area, was seriously wounded by shrapnel
throughout the body. He was evacuated to
Kamal ‘Edwan Hospital in Beit Lahia, and from there he was transferred to Shifa
Hospital in Gaza City, where he was admitted into the ICU. At approximately 20:30 on Wednesday, 24
August 2011, he was transferred to an Israeli hospital where he underwent
several surgeries. Nevertheless, he died
of his wound at approximately 09:00 on Monday, 29 August 2011. His body was transferred to the Gaza Strip at
approximately 17:00 on the same day.

 

At
approximately 09:30, IOF moved into Deir Ebzi’ village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later. No arrests were
reported.

 

At
approximately 17:00, IOF moved into al-Jiftlek village, north of Jericho. They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later. No arrests were
reported.

 

At
approximately 21:00, IOF moved into Zeita village, north of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later. Neither house raids
nor arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 22:40, IOF moved into al-‘Ouja village, northeast of Jericho.  They patrolled in the streets for some and
withdrew later. No arrests were
reported.

 

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

 

At approximately 09:00, IOF moved
into Beit ‘Aur al-Tahta village, southwest of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later. No arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 11:00, IOF moved
into Kufor ‘Ein village, northwest of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 11:30, IOF moved
into Fassayel village, north of Jericho. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 18:00, IOF moved
into Rantis village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

 

At approximately 01:00, IOF moved
into Beit Liqya village, southwest of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 02:30, IOF moved
into Bir Zeit village, north of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 09:30, IOF moved
into Qabatya village, south of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 19:00, IOF moved
into al-‘Araqa village, west of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported. 

 

At approximately 19:30, IOF moved
into ‘Arraba village, southwest of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

Thursday, 01 September 2011

 

At approximately 05:15, IOF moved
into al-‘Ouja village, northeast of Jericho. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 06:25, IOF moved
into Silwad village, northeast of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 11:30, IOF moved
into Deir Dibwan village, northeast of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later. Neither house raids
nor arrests were reported.

 

Friday, 02 September 2011

 

At approximately 01:00, IOF moved
into Jourat Bahlas neighborhood in the north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to
the family of Yazid Shaker al-Jnaidi, 26, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 03:00, IOF moved
into Qabatya village, south of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 10:00, IOF moved
into Beit ‘Aur al-Tahta village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later. Neither house raids
nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 10:30, IOF moved
into Deir Jarir village, northeast of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

Also at approximately 10:30, IOF
moved into Marj Na’ja village, north of Jericho. They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later. Neither house raids
nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 22:30, IOF moved
into Kfiret village, southwest of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Also at approximately 22:30, IOF
moved into Qiffin village, north of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

Also at approximately 22:30, IOF
moved into Eastern Baqa village, north of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later. Neither house raids
nor arrests were reported.

 

Saturday, 03 September 2011

 

At approximately 00:30, IOF moved
into Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 00:30, IOF moved
into Faqqou’a village, northeast of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 01:30, IOF moved
into Beit Leed village, east of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 02:00, IOF moved
into al-‘Araqa village, west of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 02:30, IOF moved
into Dura town, southeast of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 3 Palestinian
civilians:

 

1- ‘Eissa Younis al-‘Awawda, 30;

2- Khalil Mohammed Nammoura, 22; and

3- Mohammed Yousef al-Darabi’, 21.

 

At approximately 03:00, IOF moved
into al-Bireh. They patrolled in the
streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Also at approximately 03:00, IOF
moved into Jourar Bahlas neighborhood in the north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to
the family of ‘Abdullah Waleed al-Swaiti, 21, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 13:00, IOF moved
into Bal’a village, northeast of Hebron. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 17:00, IOF moved
into al-‘Araqa village, west of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 17:30, IOF moved
into al-Kfair village, southeast of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

Also at approximately 17:30, IOF
moved into the area located between Sirris and Mithaloun villages, south of
Jenin. They searched the area and
withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 18:00, IOF moved
into ‘Aqqaba village, south of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 23:30, IOF moved
into Beet al-Jmal area near the southern entrance of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later. Neither house raids
nor arrests were reported.

 

Sunday, 04 September 2011

 

At approximately 00:30, IOF moved
into Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 00:45, IOF moved
into Kufor al-Labad village, east of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 01:30, IOF moved
into Zeita village, north of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 02:00, IOF moved
into al-Qazzazin quarter in the center of the old town of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses
and arrested two Palestinian civilians:

 

1- Tha’er Nidal al-‘Owaiwi, 19; and

2- Samer Mohammed al-Hih, 20.

 

At approximately 11:00, IOF moved
into Qibya village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 17:00, IOF moved
into Beit ‘Aur al-Tahta village, southwest of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later.  Neither house raids
nor arrests were reported.

 

Monday, 05 September 2011

 

At approximately 00:30, IOF moved
into al-Sammou’ village, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 3 Palestinian
civilians, including two brothers:

 

1- Suleiman ‘Abdul Rahman Daghamin, 20;

2- Younis ‘Abdul Rahman Daghamin, 30; and

3- ‘Ali Mohammed Daghamin, 25.

 

At approximately 01:00, IOF moved
into ‘Askar refugee camp and the Public Residence, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses
and arrested 3 Palestinian civilians, including two brothers:

 

1- ‘Abdul Karim Fakhri Mahfouz, 24;

2- Khalil Fakhri Mahfouz, 28; and

3- Shadi Fawzi Bashkar, 34.

 

Also at approximately 01:00, IOF
moved into Nrothern ‘Assira village, north of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses
and arrested Adham and Mohammed Tahseen al-Shouli, 24 and 23 respectively.

 

At approximately 01:20, IOF moved
into Qarawat Bani Hassan village, northwest of Salfit. They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later. Neither house raids
nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 01:30, IOF moved
into al-Zawia village, northwest of Salfit. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 02:00, IOF moved
into Beit Reema village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mahmoud
‘Izzat Stouf, 21, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 02:40, IOF moved
into Bedya village, northwest of Salfit. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 06:30, Israeli
gunboats stationed opposite to Beit Lahia and Jabalya beaches in the northern
Gaza Strip opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats. Palestinian fishermen were forced to sail
back to the beach and no casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 10:00, IOF moved
into Sirris village, south of Jenin. They raided a a number of houses and summoned a number of Palestinian
civilians for interrogation.

 

Tuesday, 06 September 2011

 

At approximately 00:05, an Israeli
warplane fired a missile at a 120-square-meter, tin-roofed uninhabited house to
the west of Khabib Bin ‘Adi (al-Da’wa) Mosque, north of al-Nussairat
refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. The house was completely destroyed and two neighboring ones belonging to
al-Ghefari and Ghazal families were damaged.  Additionally, Ibtissam ‘Abdul Fattah
al-Ghefari, 43, was injured by stone to the neck.

 

At approximately 00:30, IOF moved
into ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqilya. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 4 Palestinian
civilians, including a child:

 

1- Hussam Younis Saleem, 17;

2- Yousef Ghassan Saleem, 18; and

3- Lu’ai Anwar Mash’al, 20.

 

At approximately 01:20, IOF moved
into Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqilya. They raided and searched a number of houses
and arrested 3 Palestinian civilians:

 

1- Khader Fat’hi Jom’a, 20;

2- Ma’awia Mohammed ‘Aamer, 17; and

3- Qais Mohammed Qaddoumi, 24.

 

They also confiscated the ID card of Bilal Fat’hi Jom’a, 22.

 

At approximately 04:15, IOF moved
into Kufor ‘Aqab village, southeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to
Mohammed Mahmoud Abu Tair, 60, Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council
who had been deported from Jerusalem, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 15:00, IOF moved
into ‘Anabta village, east of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 16:00, IOF moved
nearly 300 meters into al-Zanna area in Bani Suhaila and ‘Abassan village, east
of Khan Yunis. They searched the area,
while helicopters were hovering over it. At approximately 18:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a number of
Palestinian resistance activists in Mazen Market area, who attempted to
confront IOF. As a result, one of the
activists, Khaled Ussama Ibrahim Abu Sahmoud, 21, from Bani Suhaila, was
instantly killed by shrapnel throughout the body. Additionally, 3 civilian bystanders (an old
man and his two children) were wounded:

 

1- As’ad ‘Abdul Karim al-Shami, 65, wounded by shrapnel to the back
and the abdomen;

2- ‘Omat As’ad al-Shami, 10, wounded by shrapnel to the right arm;
and

3- Ahmed As’ad al-Shami, 9, wounded by shrapnel to the face.

 

IOF withdrew from the area at approximately 19:30.

 

Wednesday, 07 September 2011

 

At approximately 05:00, IOF moved into Tulkarm refugee camp. They raided and searched a house belonging to
‘Adnan Ahmed al-Hussari, 47, and arrested him.

 

Use of Excessive Force against Peaceful Demonstrations Protesting
Settlement Activities and the Construction of the Annexation Wall

 

During
the reporting period, IOF used force against peaceful demonstrations organized
by Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders
in protest to the construction of the Wall and settlement activities in the
West Bank. As a result, dozens of Palestinian
civilians and human rights defenders suffered from tear gas inhalation and others
sustained bruises. 

 

Following the Friday Prayer on 26 August 2011, dozens of
Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders
organized a peaceful demonstration in Bil’ein village, west of Ramallah, in
protest to the construction of the annexation wall. They moved towards areas of Palestinian land,
which the Israeli High Court ordered to be returned to their Palestinian
owners. The demonstrators also used
megaphones to call on Israeli settlers living in “Mitityaho Mizrach” settlement
to leave it. Israeli soldiers stationed
in the area fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas
canisters at the demonstrators. As a
result, a number of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation.

 

Also following the Friday Prayer on 26 August 2011, dozens of
Palestinian civilians and international and human rights defenders organized a
peaceful demonstration in Ne’lin village, west of Ramallah, in protest against
the construction of the annexation wall. They clashed with Israeli troops positioned near the annexation wall. Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated metal
bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at demonstrators. As a result, a number of demonstrators
suffered from tear gas inhalation. 

 

On Friday noon, 26 August 2011, dozens of Palestinian civilians and
international and Israeli human rights defenders organized a peaceful
demonstration near Qalandya checkpoint, south of Ramallah, in protest to the
construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities. IOF closed the checkpoint and reinforced
their presence in the area. They
presented the demonstrators from heading to Jerusalem for the Friday Prayer in
al-Aqsa Mosque. Consequently, clashes
erupted between the two sides, during which Israeli soldiers fired
rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the
demonstrators. As a result, dozens of
demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation. IOF also arrested Ashraf Ibrahim Abu Rahma,
30, and Bassel Mansour Mansour, 34, but released them at midnight.

 

Also following the Friday Prayer on 26 August 2011, Palestinian
civilians and human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in
al-Ma’sara village, south of Bethlehem. They moved towards the western entrance of the village. IOF closed the entrance of the village and
prevented the demonstrators from moving forward. Israeli soldiers violently beat an arrested
Khaled Mahmoud Zawahra, 9, and Nahmoud ‘Alaa’ al-Din, 24, but released them 20
minutes later. Israeli soldiers also
fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the demonstrators. As a result, a number of demonstrators
suffered from tear gas inhalation. 

 

Following the Friday Prayer on 02 September 2011, dozens of
Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders
organized a peaceful demonstration in Bil’ein village, west of Ramallah, in
protest to the construction of the annexation wall. They moved towards areas of Palestinian land,
which the Israeli High Court ordered to be returned to their Palestinian
owners. The demonstrators also used
megaphones to call on Israeli settlers living in “Mitityaho Mizrach” settlement
to leave it. Israeli soldiers stationed
in the area fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas
canisters at the demonstrators. As a
result, a number of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation.

 

Also following the Friday Prayer on 02 September 2011, dozens of
Palestinian civilians and international and human rights defenders organized a peaceful
demonstration in Ne’lin village, west of Ramallah, in protest against the
construction of the annexation wall. They clashed with Israeli troops positioned near the annexation wall. Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated metal
bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at demonstrators. As a result, a number of demonstrators
suffered from tear gas inhalation. 

 

Also following the Friday Prayer on 02 September 2011, dozens of
Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders
organized a peaceful demonstration in Nabi Saleh village, northwest of
Ramallah, in protest against land confiscations in the Wad al-Raya area between
the villages of Nabi Saleh and Deir Nizam. When the demonstrators attempted to reach areas of land seized by
Israeli settlers near "Halmish" settlement, Israeli troops fired
rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a number of demonstrators
suffered from tear gas inhalation. 

 

2- Continued Closure of the OPT

 

Israel has continued to impose a tightened closure of the OPT and
imposed severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the
Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

 

Gaza
Strip

 

Israel has continuously closed all border
crossings to the Gaza Strip for over three years. The illegal Israeli-imposed
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 illegal closure has caused not only a humanitarian crisis but a
crisis of human rights and human dignity for the population of the Gaza
Strip. Measures declared recently to ease the blockade are vague, purely
cosmetic and fail to deal with the root causes of the crisis, which can only be
addressed by an immediate and complete lifting of the closure, including
lifting the travel ban into and out of the Gaza Strip and the ban on exports.
PCHR is concerned that the new Israeli policy is simply shifting Gaza to another
form of illegal blockade, one that may become internationally accepted and
institutionalized. Palestinians in Gaza may no longer suffer from the same
shortage of goods, but they will remain economically dependent and unable to
care for themselves, and socially, culturally and academically isolated from
the rest of the world.

 

Movement
at Border Crossings during the Reporting Period:

 

Movement
at Rafah International Crossing Point

24 August
– 06 September 2011

 

Day

Date

Traveling abroad

Coming into Gaza

Returned into Gaza

Wednesday

24 August 2011

679

381

16

Thursday

25 August 2011

672

517

10

Friday

26 August 2011

Saturday

27 August 2011

628

598

14

Sunday

28 August 2011

590

494

13

Monday

29 August 2011

716

398

19

Tuesday

30 August 2011

1

Wednesday

31 August 2011

145

Thursday

01 September 2011

145

Friday

02 September 2011

Saturday

03 September 2011

589

816

27

Sunday

04 September 2011

653

562

8

Monday

05 September 2011

586

648

14

Tuesday

06 September 2011

674

830

17

 

Movement
at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) Crossing

24 August
– 05 September 2011

 

Imports:

 

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Number

Liters

24 August 2011

Foodstuffs

1,230

Agricultural materials

1,106

Various goods

Refrigerators

Cartons of clothes

Cartons of shoes

Ovens

941

40

1,348

2,275

640

Humanitarian aid

2,459

cooking gas

161.260

25 August 2011

Foodstuffs

1,009

Agricultural materials

Cows

973

636

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Cartons of shoes

471

742

2,366

Humanitarian aid

Winches for UNDP

1,844

10

cooking gas

115.280

Benzene for UNRWA

35,000

Diesel for UNRWA

105,000

28 August 2011

Foodstuffs

1,317

Agricultural materials

Cows

947

661

Various goods

Cartoons of clothes

Cartoons of shoes

Glass boards 

Electricity generators

Refrigerators

Ovens

Tires

Washing machines

Water tanks 

Electricity towers

1,355

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,141

460

1,040

14

203

1,344

687

48

118

109

Humanitarian aid

201

Cooking gas

182.170

29 August 2011

Foodstuffs

1,317

Agricultural materials
 

Cows

1,064

244

Various goods

Cartoons of clothes

Refrigerators

Electricity towers  

Pasta machines

Glass boards 

Packing machines

Electricity generators

1,121

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,183

299

100

19

520

5

20

Humanitarian aid

1,217

cooking gas

175.260

29 August 2011

Foodstuffs

1,291

Agricultural materials

621

Various goods

Refrigerators

Cartons of clothes

Olive press parts

Ovens

Glass boards

Electricity towers

Cars

1,298

377

627

12

1,320

1,040

200

30

cooking gas

198.230

04 September 2011

Foodstuffs

1,010

Agricultural materials

1,192

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Water tanks

Electricity generators  

645

1,270

169

169

6

Humanitarian aid

2,828

cooking gas

45.040

05 September 2011

Foodstuffs

1,135

Agricultural materials

1,290

Various goods

Cartoons of clothes

Cartoons of shoes

Washing machines

Refrigerators

Glass boards

954

 

 

 

 

302

124

170

284

520

Humanitarian aid

3,695

Cooking gas

199.110

 

Notes:

 

On Tuesday, 23 August 2011, IOF
allowed the entry of 560 tons of cement, 1,610 tons of construction aggregate, 108
tons of construction steel and 26 tons of marble for UNRWA, and 38 tons of
construction steel for UNDP. They also
allowed the entry of 780 tons of wheat and 273 tons of fodders.

 

On Wednesday, 24 August 2011, IOF
allowed the entry of 600 tons of cement, 840 tons of construction aggregate and
132 tons of construction steel for UNRWA. They also allowed the entry of 741 tons of fodders and 182 tons of
straws.

 

On Sunday, 28 August 2011, IOF
allowed the entry of 935 tons of cement and 35 tons of construction steel for
UNRWA, and 116 tons of cement for UNDP. They also allowed the entry of 1,014 tons of fodders.

 

On Sunday, 04 September 2011, IOF
allowed the entry of 280 tons of cement, 2,520 tons of construction aggregate
and 28 tons of construction steel for UNRWA. They also allowed the entry of 1,170 tons of fodders.

 

On Monday, 05 September 2011, IOF
allowed the entry of 402 tons of cement, 2,520 tons of construction aggregate
and 18 tons of construction steel for UNRWA, and 120 tons of cement for UNDP.

 

Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing: Israel
has continued to close Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing for the movement of Palestinian
civilians. IOF have allowed only diplomats, a number of international
journalists, employees of international agencies and a limited number of
patients who suffer from serious diseases to pass through the crossing. They
have continued to prevent Palestinian civilians from visiting their relatives
who are detained in Israeli jails. The small number of patients permitted to
pass through the crossing is only able to do so under severe restrictions that
include prolonged checking. 

 

Movement
at Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing

24 –
30 August 2011

 

Date

24 August

25 August

26 August

27 August

28August

29 August

30 August

Patients

20

32

2

Nil

15

6

4

Companions

20

34

3

Nil

11

6

4

Arabs from Israel

1

3

5

Nil

7

2

Nil

Diplomats

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

Nil

Nil

International Journalists

Nil

Nil

2

Nil

Nil

3

1

International Workers

28

12

Nil

Nil

12

21

21

Travelers abroad

Nil

1

Nil

Nil

1

3

Nil

Business People

76

56

Nil

Nil

89

87

Nil

Economic Meetings

9

1

Nil

Nil

Nil

2

Nil

Security Interviews

4

1

Nil

Nil

2

2

Nil

VIP’s

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

Nil

Nil

Ambulances to Israel

1

1

Nil

Nil

3

5

1

Ambulances from Israel

1

1

Nil

Nil

2

1

Nil

 

Movement
at Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing

31
August – 06 September 2011

 

Date

31 August

01 September

02 September

03 September

04 September

05 September

06 September

Patients

12

17

1

Nil

29

31

47

Companions

10

16

2

Nil

32

30

47

Arabs from Israel

10

13

24

Nil

55

12

6

Diplomats

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

2

10

International Journalists

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

6

3

International Workers

6

6

27

Nil

5

10

5

Travelers abroad

Nil

3

Nil

Nil

1

1

1

Business People

1

83

Nil

Nil

95

91

87

Economic Meetings

3

Nil

Nil

Nil

4

Nil

2

Security Interviews

Nil

1

Nil

Nil

1

3

2

VIP’s

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

3

1

Ambulances to Israel

1

2

1

Nil

Nil

1

1

Ambulances from Israel

2

Nil

1

Nil

Nil

Nil

2

 

The West Bank

 

Israel has imposed a tightened closure on the West Bank. During the
reporting period, IOF imposed additional restrictions on the movement of
Palestinian civilians.

 

Jerusalem: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions
on the movement of Palestinian civilians to and from the city. Thousands of
Palestinian civilians from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip have been denied
access to the city. IOF have established many checkpoints around and inside the
city.  Restrictions of the movement of
Palestinian civilians often escalate on Fridays, preventing Muslim Palestinians
from praying at al-Aqsa Mosque. On the
eve of the last Friday of the Holy Ramadan, IOF imposed severe restrictions on
access to the city. They only allowed
male Palestinians aged over 50 and female ones aged over 30 from the West Bank
to pray in the al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday.  

 

Ramallah: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement
of the Palestinian civilians in Ramallah. At approximately 17:00 on Monday, 29 August 2011, IOF re-established
their presence at ‘Attara checkpoint, north of Ramallah. At approximately 20:00 on the same day, IOF
established a checkpoint at ‘Oyoum al-Haramiya intersection on Ramallah-Nablus
road. At approximately 10:00 on Tuesday,
30 August 2011, IOF established a checkpoint under Kharabtha al-Misbah Bridges,
southwest of Ramallah. At approximately
09:30 on Wednesday, 31 August 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at Beit ‘Aur
al-Fouqa intersection, southwest of Ramallah. At approximately 10:30, IOF established a checkpoint on Bitounia – Beit
‘Aour al-Fouqa road, west of Ramallah. At approximately 09:00 on Friday, 02 September 2011, IOF established a
checkpoint near the entrance of Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. At approximately 09:50 on Sunday, 04
September 2011, IOF established a checkpoint near the entrance of Nabi Saleh
village, northwest of Ramallah. At
approximately 10:00 on the same day, IOF established a checkpoint at al-Taibeh
intersection, northeast of Ramallah. At
approximately 11:00, IOF established a checkpoint on the road leading to Surda
village, north of Ramallah. At
approximately 18:55, IOF re-established their presence at ‘Attara intersection,
north of Ramallah.  At approximately
19:00, IOF established a checkpoint at Silwad intersection, northeast of
Ramallah. At approximately 10:30 on
Monday, 05 September 2011, IOF established a checkpoint under Kharabtha
al-Misbah Bridge, southwest of Ramallah.    

 

Qalqilya: IOF have continued to
impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 09:10 on Sunday, 04 September
2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Ematin village. At approximately 10:15 on the same day, they
established a checkpoint at the entrance of Kufor Laqef village. At approximately 16:00, they established a
checkpoint between ‘Azzoun and ‘Izbat al-Tabib villages. On Monday, 05 September 2011, IOF established
4 checkpoints near Qalqilya.    

 

Tulkarm: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement
of Palestinian civilians. At
approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 25 August 2011, IOF established a checkpoint
in Tulkarm-Qalqilya road. On Sunday and
Monday, 28 and 29 August 2011, IOF established a checkpoint in the same
area. At approximately 00:30 on Tuesday,
30 August 2011, IOF established a checkpoint on ‘Attil-Deir al-Ghossoun road,
north of Tulkarm. At approximately 10:00
on the same day, IOF established a checkpoint on Tulkarm-Qalqilya road. At approximately 10:00 on Wednesday, 31
August 2011, IOF established a checkpoint on Tulkarm-Qalqilya road. At approximately 11:45 on the same day, they
established a checkpoint at the entrance of Safarin village, east of
Tulkarm. At approximately 23:00, they
established a checkpoint at Bazaria intersection, east of Tulkarm. At approximately 10:00 on Friday, 02
September 2011, IOF established a checkpoint on the road leading to Ramin
village, northeast of Tulkarm. At
approximately 08:00 on Sunday, 04 September 2011, IOF established a checkpoint
at Bazaria intersection, east of Tulkarm. At approximately 10:30 on the same day, IOF established a checkpoint on
Tulkarm-Qalqilya road. At approximately
20:00, IOF reclosed the road between Shoufa and ‘Izbat Shoufa villages,
southeast of Tulkarm, with cement blocks and sand barriers. At approximately 11:50 on Monday, 05
September 2011, IOF established a checkpoint on Beit Leed – Kour road, south of
Tulkarm. At approximately 10:30 on
Tuesday, 06 September 2011, IOF established a checkpoint on ‘Anabta – Bazaria
road, east of Tulkarm.  

 

Jenin: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement
of Palestinian civilians.  At
approximately 19:30 on Thursday, 25 August 2011, IOF established a checkpoint
at Deir Abu Da’if intersection, east of Jenin. At approximately 01:00 on Friday, 26 August 2011, IOF established a
checkpoint on Deir Ghazala – Faqqou’a road, northeast of Jenin. At approximately 15:00 on the same day, IOF
established a checkpoint at al-Hashimiya intersection, southwest of Jenin. At approximately 00:00 on Friday, 02
September 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of al-Yamoun
village, northwest of Jenin. At
approximately 01:45, IOF established a checkpoint at ‘Arraba intersection,
southwest of Jenin. At approximately
11:00 on Monday, 05 September 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the
entrance of Sirris village, south of Jenin. At approximately 11:50 on Tuesday, 06 September 2011, IOF established a
checkpoint at Kfiret intersection, southwest of Jenin. At approximately 15:00 on the same day, IOF
closed “Mavo Dutan” checkpoint, south of Jenin. The closure of the checkpoint continued until the following day morning.

 

Jericho: IOF have continued to
impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. At approximately 10:00 on Monday, 29 August
2011, IOF established a checkpoint near at the southern entrance of
Jericho. At approximately 11:00 on
Monday, 05 September 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the southern
entrance of Jericho.  

 

Salfit: IOF have continued to
impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. At approximately 20:00 on Thursday, 25 August
2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Deir Estia village,
northwest of Salfit. At approximately
13:30 on the same day, IOF established a checkpoint under Eskaka Bridge, east
of Salfit. At approximately 22:00 on
Friday, 02 September 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Deir
Ballout village, west of Salfit. 

 

Arrests at Military Checkpoints

 

At approximately 18:00 on Friday, 26 August 2011, IOF arrested
Mahdi Hassan Salah, 31, and Mohammed Ahmed Souqiya, from Jenin. An Israeli undercover unit intercepted the
car in which the two Palestinians, who are members of Hamas, were traveling
together with their wives to the south of Jenin. 

 

At approximately 16:30 on Monday, 29 August 2011, Israeli soldiers
positioned at a checkpoint established at ‘Arraba intersection, southwest of
Jenin, arrested Yazan Nasfat Jarrar, 23, from Jenin.

 

At approximately 12:00 on Thursday, 01 September 2011, Israeli
soldiers patrolling in the old town of Hebron arrested Hamad ‘Ali Taqatqa, 21,
from Beit Fajjar village south of Bethlehem. 

 

At approximately 16:40 on the same day, Israeli soldiers positioned
at a checkpoint on Ramallah-Nablus road, south of Nablus, arrested Hassan
Yousef Dar Khalil, Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council representing
the Change and Reform Bloc affiliated to Hamas, from Bitounia town west of
Ramallah. According to his wife, they
held him for 3 hours and searched his car. He refused to sign some papers. They then arrested him.

 

At approximately 00:00 on Saturday, 03 September 2011, Israeli
soldiers positioned at the Container checkpoint near Bethlehem arrested
Mo’tassem Ziad Nazzal, 22, from Qabatya village near Jenin.

 

At approximately 16:30 on Monday, 05 September 2011, Israeli
soldiers positioned at a checkpoint established at the entrance of ‘Allar
village, north of Tulkarm, arrested Ahmed Mohammed Hamdan, 20, from Saida
village north of Tulkarm.

 

3- Settlement Activities and Attacks by Settlers against
Palestinian Civilians and Property

 

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

 

At
approximately 11:40 on Thursday, 25 August 2011, at least 10 Israeli settlers
from “Ramat Magharon” settlement, which stands in the southeast of Mikhmas
village, southeast of Ramallah, set fire to olive trees in al-Hilwa area in the
village. At least 100 olive trees were
burnt before villagers were able to extinguish fire.

 

At
approximately 17:00 on Saturday, 27 August 2011, 7 Israeli settlers from “Ramat
Yishai” settlement outpost in Tal Rumaida neighborhood in the center of Hebron
attacked Mohammed Tayseer Abu ‘Eisha, 21, when he was in front of his
house. They violently beat him in the
presence of Israeli soldiers. As a
result, he sustained bruises to the upper part of the body.

 

At
approximately 17:40 on Sunday, 28 August 2011, a number of Israeli settlers
from “Beit Hadassa” settlement outpost in al-Shuhada Street in the center of
Hebron attacked a number of Palestinian houses using stones and empty
bottles. A number of houses were
damaged.

 

At
approximately 14:00 on Tuesday, 30 August 2011, a number of Israeli settlers
from “Shilo” settlement, north of Ramallah, gathered at Nablus-Ramallah road
and threw stones at Palestinian civilian vehicles. No injuries were reported.

 

At
approximately 15:00 on Thursday, 01 September 2011, Nidal Ahmed ‘Aqel, 48, from
Kufor Qaddoum village northeast of Qalqilya, was informed that Israeli settlers
attacked his land. When he went to his
land, he found that 20 olive trees had been cut. 

 

At
approximately 11:50 on Sunday, 04 September 2011, IOF moved into Jeet village,
northeast of Qalqilya. They handed
notices to 3 Palestinian civilians ordering them to stop the construction of
their houses allegedly for the lack of licenses:

 

1- ‘Abdul Salam
Jamal ‘Arman;

2- Jom’a
Hussein al-Sakhen; and

3- Nidal Khaled
al-Sidda.

 

On
Monday morning, 05 September 2011, a number of Israeli settlers from “Yish
Kudesh” settlement near Qasra village, southeast of Nablus, broke windows of
the first floor of Thu al-Nourain Mosque in the southwest of the village. They then pushed two tires into the mosque
and set fire to them. The mosque was
damaged. Before leaving the area, the
settlers wrote slogans on walls insulting Prophet Mohammed.

 

At
approximately 05:00 on Monday, 05 September 2011, IOF and the Israeli police,
accompanied by a number of armed Israeli settlers, moved into ‘Ein Jwaiza area
in al-Walaja village, west of Bethlehem. At approximately 07:00, they started razing areas of Palestinian
agricultural land. They uprooted 88
trees. IOF denied Palestinian civilians
access to the area. The Mayor of
al-Walaja village stated that the Israeli Supreme Court has not considered a
petition filed by Palestinian civilians against the confiscation of their lands
in the area for the purpose of the construction of the annexation wall.

 

At
approximately 07:30 on Monday, 05 September 2011, a number of Israeli settlers
attacked ‘Edwan Nemer ‘Edwan, 41, from Zawata village west of Nablus, a
lecturer at Bethlehem University, when he was on his way to his work. ‘Edwan stated to PCHR that when he was on his
way to his work, he was surprised by a number of Israeli settlers setting fire
to tires on Nablus-Ramallah road, near “Shilo” settlement. He stopped his car nearly 180 meters away
from the tires, but he was by an Israeli settler positioning on an opposite
hill throwing a stone at him. He turned
around and attempted to drive back to Nablus, but he collided with another
Palestinian car. Soon, the settlers got
close to the car and threw a stone at ‘Edwan hitting him in the left
elbow. Another stone was also thrown at
‘Edwan from the other side, which hit his head and left shoulder. When the settlers went to collect stones, he
was able to turn on the car and left the area traveling to Nablus, where he
received medical treatment. 

 

On
the same day noon, a number of Israeli settlers from “Bitar Elite” settlement,
west of Bethlehem, pumped waste water into the lands of the nearby Houssan and
Nahalin villages. As a result, hundreds
of trees were damaged.

 

At
approximately 17:30 on the same day, at least 25 Israeli settlers, escorted by
IOF, stormed a house garden and agricultural lands belonging to ‘Ata ‘Abdul Jawad
Jaber in al-Baq’a area near bypass road #60, east of Hebron. They then attacked Jaber’s house and demanded
IOF to expel him. They left the area at
approximately 19:00, threatening to come back again.

 

At
approximately 13:30 on Tuesday, 06 September 2011, a number of Israeli settlers
from “Qidoumim” settlement threw stones at Palestinian civilian vehicles
traveling on Qalqilya-Nablus road. As a
result, a number of vehicles were damaged.  

 

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Recommendations to the International
Community

 

 

1- PCHR calls upon the High
Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their legal and
moral obligations under Article 1 of the Convention to ensure Israel’s respect
for the Convention in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. PCHR believes that the conspiracy of silence
practiced by the international community has encouraged Israel to act as if it
is above the law and encourages Israel continue to violate international human
rights and humanitarian law.

 

2- PCHR calls upon the High
Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to convene a conference to
take effective steps to ensure Israel’s respect of the Convention in the OPT
and to provide immediate protection for Palestinian civilians.

 

3- PCHR calls upon the High
Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to comply with their legal
obligations detailed in Article 146 of the Convention to search for and
prosecute those responsible for grave breaches, namely war crimes.

 

4- PCHR calls for the immediate
implementation of the Advisory Opinion issued by the International Court of
Justice, which considers the construction of the Annexation Wall inside the
West Bank illegal.

 

5- PCHR recommends that
international civil society organizations, including human rights
organizations, bar associations and NGOs, participate in the process of
exposing those accused of grave breaches of international law and urge their
governments to bring the perpetrators to justice.

 

6- PCHR calls upon the European
Union to activate Article 2 of the Euro-Israel Association Agreement, which
provides that Israel must respect human rights as a precondition for economic
cooperation between the EU states and Israel. PCHR further calls upon the EU states to prohibit import of goods
produced in illegal Israeli settlements in the OPT.

 

7- PCHR calls on the international
community to recognize the Gaza disengagement plan, which was implemented in
September 2005, for what it is – not an end to occupation but a compounding of
the occupation and the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. 

 

8- In recognition of ICRC as the
guardian of the Fourth Geneva Convention, PCHR calls upon the ICRC to increase
its staff and activities in the OPT, including the facilitation of family
visitations to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

 

9- PCHR appreciates the efforts of
international civil society, including human rights organizations, bar
associations, unions and NGOs, and urges them to continue their role in
pressuring their governments to secure Israel’s respect for human rights in the
OPT and to demand Israel end its attacks on Palestinian civilians.

 

10- PCHR calls upon the
international community to pressure Israel to lift the severe restrictions
imposed by the Israeli government and its occupation forces on access for
international organizations to the OPT.

 

11- PCHR reiterates that any
political settlement not based on international human rights law and
humanitarian law cannot lead to a peaceful and just solution of the Palestinian
question. Rather, such an arrangement
can only lead to further suffering and instability in the region. Any peace process or agreement must be based
on respect for international law, including international human rights and
humanitarian law.

 

 

 

 

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Public Document

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