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Debris of a bird farm that was bombarded by
Israeli warplanes in the central Gaza Strip – 05 August 2011

 

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

 

 

IOF wounded a
Palestinian woman and killed some of her sheep in the central Gaza Strip.

 

Two activists
of the Palestinians were wounded by IOF in the east of Gaza City.

 

Israeli
warplanes bombarded a number of civilian facilities in the Gaza Strip.

Two bird farms were completely
destroyed and a third one was damaged, 500 chickens were killed and a room was destroyed. 

 

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

Dozens
of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation.

 

IOF conducted 31
incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.  

IOF arrested 31
Palestinian civilians, including 5 children.

17 of the
detainees were arrested in Hebron.

 

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

IOF arrested 4
Palestinian civilians, including a journalist, 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.

 

 

 

 

Summary

 

Israeli
violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued
during the reporting period (04 – 10 August 2011):

 

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, a
Palestinian woman and two activists of the Palestinian resistance were wounded
by IOF in the Gaza Strip.

 

On 09 August 2011, Israeli soldiers positioned
at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired at a Palestinian woman
while she was grazing animals in the central Gaza Strip. She was wounded moderately wounded and 8 of
her sheep were killed. 

 

On 04 August 2011, two activists of
the Palestinian resistance were wounded when IOF fired two artillery shells at
them in the east of Gaza City. 

 

During the reporting period, Israeli
warplanes bombarded a number of targets in the Gaza Strip. They bombarded a number of training sites of
Palestinian resistance groups and a border tunnel. They also destroyed two bird farms and
damaged a third one, killing at least 500 chickens.

 

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 31 military incursions into
Palestinian communities in the West Bank, during which they arrested 31 Palestinian
civilians, including 5 children. Seventeen
of the detainees were arrested in Hebron.  

 

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 06 August 2011, 6 Israeli
settlers from “Kiryat Arba” settlement, southeast of Hebron, attacked Radhi
Bassam al-Ja’bari, 14, and Anas Nafez Qaffiha, 19, when they were near their
houses. Israeli soldiers were present in
the area, but did not intervene to stop the attack. 

 

On the same day, a number of Israeli
settlers stopped Anas ‘Aaref Jaber, 15, and Hamza Mohammed Jaber, 16, near the
Ibrahimi Mosque, and beat the latter. They then forced the two children away
from the area.

 

On 09 August 2011, dozens of Israeli
settlers, escorted by IOF moved into Be’r al-Saba Street in the center for
Hebron, and conducted Jewish rituals near what they call “Etna’el Shrine.” Some of the settlers were armed. They left the area later.

 

On the same day, at least 200
Israeli settlers, escorted by IOF, arrived at a historic site atop of
al-Fraidees Mount, south of Bethlehem, and conducted some rituals. 

 

 

Israeli
Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (04 – 10 August 2011)

 

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

 

Thursday, 04 August 2011

 

At approximately 01:10, Israeli warplanes bombarded a training site
of the ‘Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas) near al-Maqqoussi
housing project in the northwest of Gaza City. No casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 01:15, Israeli warplanes bombarded a training site
of the ‘Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas) in Jaffa Street
in the east of Gaza City. No casualties
were reported.

 

At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Tulkarm. They surrounded a house belonging to the
al-Shourbaji family. They called through
megaphone on Mohammed Yousef al-Shourbaji, 21, to get out of the house. Once he got out, they arrested him.

 

At approximately 02:20, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a
tunnel near Saladin Gate on the Egyptian border, south of Rafah. No casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Bal’a village, northeast of
Tulkarm. The raided and searched a house
belonging to Mansour ‘Abdul Rahim Mansour, 49, and arrested him.

 

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

 

At approximately 10:00, 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 17:30, IOF arrested Nihad No’man Mdallal, 18, from
Kufor Sour village south of Tulkarm, after summoning him from interrogation.

 

At approximately 19:10, IOF positioned at the border between the
Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Gaza City, fired two artillery shells at a
number of Palestinian resistance activists in al-Tuffah neighborhood in the
northeast of Gaza City. As a result, two
activists were wounded.

 

At approximately 21:30, 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 22:00, IOF moved into al-Jiftlek village, north of
Jericho. They patrolled in the streets
for some time and withdrew later. No
arrests were reported. 

 

 

Friday,
05 August 2011

 

At approximately 01:20, Israeli warplanes fired 4 missiles at 3
bird farms, two of which were empty, in Wadi al-Salqa village in the central
Gaza Strip. The two empty farms, which
belong to Salem Selmi Abu al-‘Ajin, were completely destroyed, while the third
one, which is rented by ‘Alaa’ Hussein al-Louh, was heavily damaged and 500
chickens were killed. 

 

At approximately 01:30, Israeli warplanes fired two missiles at a
security site on the coastal road to the west of Deir al-Balah town in the
central Gaza Strip. Half an hour later,
they fired a third missile at the site. The site was damaged, but no casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 02:35, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a
mobile room placed on an agricultural plot in the west of the southern Gaza
Strip town of Khan Yunis. The room was
destroyed, but no casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 03:10, IOF moved into Ramin village, east of
Tulkarm. They raided and searched a
house belonging to ‘Adnan Ibrahim Bsaissi. They questioned Bsaissi as they were looking for his brother. They showed him a map to locate his brother’s
house, but he could not. They ordered
him to accompany them to his brother’s house. When they arrived at the house, IOF raided and searched it. They took the family out, and then arrested
the brother, Malek, 31.

 

At approximately 09:30, IOF moved into Khirbat Abu Falah village,
northeast of Ramallah.  They patrolled in
the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

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

 

At approximately 20:00, IOF moved into Deir Abu Mash’al village,
northwest of Ramallah. They patrolled in
the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 23:00, IOF moved into ‘Arraba village, southwest
of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets
and searched the area separating the village from “Dutan” settlement. They withdrew later, and no arrests were
reported.

 

Saturday, 06 August 2011

 

At approximately 14:30, IOF moved into Shwaika suburb, north of
Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets
and established a checkpoint. They
stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. They withdrew later and no arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 19:30, IOF moved into Beit Siera village, west of
Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets
for some time and withdrew later. No
arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 20:30, IOF moved into Safa village, west of
Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets
for some time and withdrew later. No
arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 22:30, IOF moved into Ne’lin village, wets of
Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets
and provoked Palestinian civilians. A
number of Palestinian boys gathered and threw stones at Israeli military
vehicles. Immediately, Israeli soldiers
fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them.
A number of civilians suffered from tear gas inhalation.

 

At approximately 23:20, IOF moved into Beit Ummar town, north of
Hebron, while a ceremony to honor families of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli
jails was being held in the 40 Park. They surrounded the park and attacked the gathering using tear gas
canister and sound bombs, claiming that stones were thrown at them while
passing near the park. Palestinian
civilians were provoked, so they threw stones at IOF. Israeli soldiers immediately fired
rubber-coated metal bullet at those civilians. They also chased and beat a number of civilians. Dozens of Palestinian civilians suffered from
tear gas inhalation, and Kifah Ahmed Abu ‘Ayash, 24, sustained a facture to the
left foot. The windows of a car
belonging to Maisara Mahmoud ‘Alaq was broken. Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested 5 Palestinian civilians:

 

1- Mohammed Shawkat ‘Alqam, 19;

2- Nayef Khaled Ekhlil, 18;

3- Mohammed Ayman Ekhlil, 17;

4- ‘Afif Ibrahim ‘Awadh, 18; and

5- Mahmoud Yousef al-‘Alama, 17.

 

Sunday, 07 August 2011

 

At approximately 10:00, IOF moved into ‘Anabta village, east of
Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets
for some time and withdrew later. They
then moved northward to the nearby Kufor Rumman village, where they patrolled
in the streets. They withdrew later and
neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 10:30, IOF moved into Beit Siera village, west of
Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets
for some time and withdrew later. No
arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 18:30, IOF moved into Jericho. They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later. No arrests were
reported.

 

Monday, 08 August 2011

 

At approximately 00:00, IOF moved into al-Bireh. They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later. No arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 01:10, 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 08:00, IOF moved into ‘Ein al-Sultan refugee camp,
northwest of Jericho. They patrolled in
the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 10:00, IOF moved into Qarawat Bani Zaid village,
northwest of Ramallah. They patrolled in
the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 17:20, IOF moved into Nabi Saleh village,
northwest of Ramallah. They patrolled in
the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported. 

 

Tuesday, 09 August 2011

 

At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into various areas in
Hebron. They raided and searched a
number of houses and shops and arrested 17 Palestinian civilians:

 

Hassan ‘Ali al-Qawasmi, 42;

Hussam ‘Ali al-Qawasmi, 39;

Hussein ‘Ali al-Qawasmi, 37;

Mohammed ‘Ali al-Qawasmi, 34;

Hijazi ‘Ali al-Qawasmi, 27;

‘Aassem Ahmed al-Qawasmi, 30;

‘Essam Ahmed al-Qawasmni, 30;

Ja’far Ibrahim al-Qawasmi, 30;

‘Izzat Ibrahim al-Natsha, 34;

Daoud ‘Abdul ‘Aziz al-Natsha, 28;

Jalal Jamal Yaghmour, 27;

Kamal Helmi Yaghmour, 42;

Hussein Kamal Yaghmour, 19;

Yousef ‘Abdul ‘Aziz Haddoush, 22;

Ahmed Mazen Kalbouna, 21;

Mohammed Khalil Yaghmour, 21; and

Rami Bassem al-Qawasmi, 20.

 

The first five detainees are brothers of two Palestinians who were
killed by IOF in 2000 and 2004 , and of two ones who have been detained in
Israeli prisons. 

 

At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-‘Alaqa village, southwest
of Hebron. They raided and searched a
house belonging to ‘Aayed Mohammed Doudin, 35, an activist of Hamas, and
arrested him.

 

At approximately 10:30, Israeli soldiers positioned at the border
between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the east of Juhor al-Dik village in the
central Gaza Strip fired at Salma Suleiman al-Swarka, 74, while she was grazing
animals nearly 500 meters away from the border. She was wounded by a bullet to the right
thigh, and 8 sheep were killed.  

 

 

 

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

 

At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into al-‘Arroub refugee camp,
north of Hebron. They raided and
searched a house belonging to the family of Ahmed ‘Abdul Fattah Jawabra, 15,
and arrested him.

 

At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Beit Ummar town, north of
Hebron. They raided and searched a house
belonging to the family of Mohammed Hussein Eqtait, 16, and arrested him.

 

2- 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 05 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.  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 and fire broke out in some
olive fields.

 

Also following the Friday Prayer on 05 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. 

 

Also following the Friday Prayer on 05 August 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.  IOF
also arrested 3 international human rights defenders.

 

Also following the Friday Prayer on 05 August 2011, dozens of
Palestinian civilians organized a peaceful demonstration in Kufor Qaddoum
village, northeast of Qalqilya, in protest to the continued closure of the
entrance of the village by IOF. Israeli
soldiers prevented the demonstrators from getting close to the entrance and fired
tear gas canisters at them. As a result,
a number of Palestinian civilians suffered from tear gas inhalation.  

 

 

3- 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

03 –
09 August 2011

 

Day

Date

Traveling abroad

Coming into Gaza

Returned into Gaza

Wednesday

03 August 2011

675

307

11

Thursday

04 August 2011

572

415

11

Friday

05 August 2011

Saturday

06 August 2011

544

351

8

Sunday

07 August 2011

588

290

12

Monday

08 August 2011

654

294

13

Tuesday

09 August 2011

655

195

8

 



Movement
at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) Crossing

03 –
09 August 2011

Imports:

 

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Number

Liters

03 August 2011

Foodstuffs

811

Agricultural materials

1,702

Various goods

Refrigerators

Washing machines

Cartons of shoes

Water tanks

Glass boards

Bakery machines

1,028

328

208

256

256

520

8

Humanitarian aid

3,508

cooking gas

183.000

04 August 2011

Foodstuffs

1,013

Agricultural materials

Cows

1,094

462

Various goods

Refrigerators

Cartons of clothes

Cartons of shoes

Washing machines

Air conditioners

Water tanks

ATM

1,080

316

799

818

32

221

114

4

Humanitarian aid

3,368

cooking gas

174.800

07August 2011

Foodstuffs

1,027

Agricultural materials

1,310

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Cartons of shoes

Refrigerators

Washing machines

Electricity generators

Car tires

Water tanks

Glass boards 

1,093

 

1,056

2,934

280

278

8

540

234

520

Humanitarian aid

2,601

cooking gas

183.990

08 August 2011

Foodstuffs

995

Agricultural materials  

1,477

Various goods

Refrigerators

Cartons of clothes

872

152

1,746

Humanitarian aid

4,123

cooking gas

159.060

09 August 2011

Foodstuffs

849

Agricultural materials

1,475

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Cartons of shoes

Refrigerators

Water tanks

Cars

804

1,077

1,275

124

144

20

Humanitarian aid

3,823

cooking gas

162.070

 

Notes:

 

On Wednesday, 03 August 2011, IOF allowed the entry 26 tons of
construction steel, 10 tons of gypsum and 2,730 tons of construction aggregate for
UNRWA, and of 160 tons of cement and 32 tons of construction steel for UNDP. They also allowed the entry of 80 tons of
fodders, 1,092 tons of wheat and 462 tons of straws.

 

On Thursday, 04 August 2011, IOF allowed the entry of 328 tons of
cement, 54 tons of construction steel and 2,520 tons of construction aggregate for
UNRWA. They also allowed the entry of 960
tons of wheat and 80 tons of fodders.  

 

On Sunday, 07 August 2011, IOF allowed the entry of 200 tons of
cement and 2,100 tons of construction aggregate for UNRWA.  They also allowed the entry of 1,209 tons of
fodders.

 

On Monday, 08 August 2011, IOF allowed the entry 33 tons of
construction steel and 3,780 tons of construction aggregate for UNRWA. They also allowed the entry of 1,248 tons of
fodders and 120 tons of wheat. 

 

On Tuesday, 09 August 2011, IOF allowed the entry of 300 tons of
cement, 109 tons of construction steel and 2,940 tons of construction aggregate
for UNRWA. They also allowed the entry
of 1,327 tons of fodders. 

 

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

03 –
09 August 2011

 

Date

03 August

04 August

05 August

06 August

07 August

08 August

09 August

Patients

20

18

1

Nil

29

29

35

Companions

18

23

1

Nil

27

26

39

Arabs from Israel

4

5

14

Nil

22

3

11

Diplomats

10

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

3

Nil

International Journalists

1

3

Nil

Nil

2

1

1

International Workers

20

40

Nil

Nil

6

9

12

Travelers abroad

Nil

1

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Business People

57

83

Nil

Nil

82

71

67

Economic Meetings

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Security Interviews

5

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

Nil

3

VIP’s

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

Nil

Ambulances to Israel

Nil

1

2

Nil

2

Nil

3

Ambulances from Israel

Nil

Nil

1

Nil

2

1

1

 

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 first Friday of the Holy Ramadan, IOF imposed severe restrictions on access
to the city. On Thursday evening, 04
August 2011, IOF closed Qalandya checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem for transports
until Friday evening. 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 09:30
on Thursday, 04 August 2011, IOF established a checkpoint on Beit Liqya – Kharabtha
al-Misbah road, southwest of Ramallah. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. At approximately 11:30 on the same day, IOF
re-established their presence at ‘Attara checkpoint, north of Ramallah. They stopped and searched Palestinian
civilian vehicles. At approximately 08:30
on Friday, 05 August 2011, IOF established a checkpoint near the entrance of
Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. At approximately 09:00 on the same day, IOF re-established their
presence at ‘Attara checkpoint, north of Ramallah. At approximately 15:00 on the same day, IOF
established a checkpoint near the entrance of ‘Aaboud village, northwest of
Ramallah. At approximately 17:30, IOF
established a checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Reema village, northwest of
Ramallah. At approximately 09:00 on
Saturday, 06 August 2011, IOF established a checkpoint near Beit ‘Aur al-Fouqa
intersection, west of Ramallah. At
approximately 20:00 on the same day, IOF established a checkpoint near ‘Oyoun
al-Haramiya intersection, northeast of Ramallah. At approximately 10:30 on
Sunday, 07 August 2011, IOF re-established their presence at ‘Attara
checkpoint, north of Ramallah. At
approximately 11:30 on the same day, IOF established a checkpoint at Silwad
intersection, east of Ramallah. At
approximately 18:50, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Beit ‘Aur
al-Fouqa village, west of Ramallah. At
approximately 09:30 on Monday, 08 August 2011, IOF established a checkpoint
under ‘Ein Yabroud Bridge, northeast of Ramallah.         

 

Hebron: IOF have continued to impose severe
restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. On Saturday, IOF established a number of
checkpoints at the entrances of Bani Na’im and Sa’ir village and Nabi Younis
intersection, east of Hebron; on Ethna – Deir Samet road and Kharsa
intersection, south of Hebron; and at Beit ‘Einoun, al-Jalajel, Wadi al-Qadhi,
al-Fahes and Zif intersections, southeast of the town. They stopped and searched Palestinian
civilian vehicles. 

 

Qalqilya: IOF have continued to impose severe
restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 08:30 on Saturday, 06 August
2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance of Qalqilya. At approximately 18:00 on the same day, IOF
established a checkpoint at the entrance of ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqilya. At approximately 09:15 on Sunday, 07 August
2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance of Qalqilya. At approximately 10:30, IOF established a
checkpoint at Kufor Laqef intersection, east of the town. At approximately 18:00 on the same day, IOF
established a checkpoint at the entrance of ‘Azzoun village, east of
Qalqilya.        

 

Nablus: IOF have continued to impose severe
restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. At approximately 02:15 on Sunday, 07 August
2011, IOF closed Za’tara checkpoint, south of Nablus. The checkpoint was reopened at approximately
07:10. At approximately 10:30, IOF
imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians
through that checkpoint.   

 

Tulkarm: IOF
have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian
civilians. On Thursday morning, 04
August 2011, IOF imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian
civilians through Ennab checkpoint, east of Tulkarm. At noon, IOF established a checkpoint at
Beit Leed intersection, east of Tulkarm. At approximately 03:00 on Friday, 05 August 2011, IOF established a
checkpoint at the entrance of Ramain village, northeast of Tulkarm. At approximately 23:45 on the same day, IOF
established a checkpoint at al-Jaroushiya intersection, north of Tulkarm. At approximately 09:30 on Saturday, 06 August
2011, IOF established a checkpoint on Tulkarm-Qalqilya road, south of
Tulkarm. They stopped and searched
Palestinian civilian vehicles.  At
approximately 20:30 on Sunday, 07 August 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at
Ramin intersection, northeast of Tulkarm. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. At approximately 08:00 on Monday, 08 August
2011, IOF established a checkpoint on Tulkarm-Qalqilya road. They stopped and searched Palestinian
civilian vehicles. At approximately
09:30 on Tuesday, 09 August 2011, IOF established a checkpoint on
Tulkarm-Qalqilya road. They stopped and
searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.

 

U IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions
on the movement of Palestinian civilians. At approximately 09:00 on Wednesday, 10 August 2011, IOF established a
number of checkpoints on various roads leading to Jenin. They stopped and searched Palestinian
civilian vehicles.

 

Salfit: IOF have continued to impose severe
restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 08:30 on Friday, 05 August
2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Bidya village, northwest
of Salfit. At approximately 17:40 on
Saturday, 06 August 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at Eskaka intersection,
east of Salfit. At approximately 18:30
on the same day, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Qarawat Bani
Hassan village, northwest of Salfit. At
approximately 19:00 on Sunday, 07 August 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at
Qarawat Bani Hassan intersection, northwest of Salfit. They stopped and searched Palestinian
civilian vehicles.  

 

Jericho: IOF
have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian
civilians. At approximately 09:30 on Monday,
28 July 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of al-Zbaidat
village, north of Jericho. They stopped
and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. 

 

Arrests at Military Checkpoints

 

At
approximately 13:45 on Thursday, 04 August 2011, Israeli soldiers positioned at
Ennab checkpoint, east of Tulkarm, arrested Mohammed Ibrahim Raddad, 27, from
Saida village north of Tulkarm. 

 

At
approximately 14:30 on Friday, 05 August 2011, Israeli soldiers deployed in the
old town of Hebron arrested Mohammed Ghaleb Abu Sbaih, 18, claiming that he
attacked a soldier.

 

On
Tuesday morning, 09 August 2011, IOF positioned at al-Karama International
Crossing Point on the Jordanian border arrested Samer ‘Allawi, 46, correspondent
of al-Jazeera Satellite Channel. ‘Allawi, who also holds the Jordanian nationality, left his family’s
house in Sabastia village, northwest of Nablus, to travel to Jordan and then to
his work place. 

 

At
approximately 14:50 on the same day, Israeli soldiers established a temporary
checkpoint in Zeita-‘Attil road, north of Tulkarm, as an ambush to arrest
Mo’men Nawaf Raddad, 20, from Saida village. When the taxi transporting Raddad arrived at the area, Israeli soldiers
stopped it and arrested Raddad.

 

 

4- 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.

 

On Saturday afternoon, 06 August
2011, 6 Israeli settlers from “Kiryat Arba” settlement, southeast of Hebron,
attacked Radhi Bassam al-Ja’bari, 14, and Anas Nafez Qaffiha, 19, when they
were near their houses. Israeli soldiers
were present in the area, but did not intervene to stop the attack. 

 

At approximately 20:30 on the same
day, a number of Israeli settlers stopped Anas ‘Aaref Jaber, 15, and Hamza
Mohammed Jaber, 16, near the Ibrahimi Mosque, and beat the latter. They then
forced the two children away from the area.

 

At approximately 18:30 on Tuesday,
09 August 2011, dozens of Israeli settlers, escorted by IOF moved into Be’r
al-Saba Street in the center for Hebron, and conducted Jewish rituals near what
they call “Etna’el Shrine.”  Some of the
settlers were armed. They left the area
later.

 

At approximately 19:00 on the same
day, at least 200 Israeli settlers, escorted by IOF, arrived at a historic site
atop of al-Fraidees Mount, south of Bethlehem, and conducted some rituals. 

 

 

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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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