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Fire breaks out in olive trees as Israeli
soldiers fired tear gas canisters at peaceful demonstration against the
annexation wall in Bil’ein village near Ramallah



 

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

 

Two Palestinian
civilians were killed and a third one was wounded by IOF in Qalandya refugee
camp, south of Ramallah.

 

A Palestinian
civilian was wounded by IOF in the Gaza Strip.

 

Israeli
warplanes bombarded a tunnel at the Egyptian border in the southern Gaza Strip
and a training site in the north.

 

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

3
Palestinian civilians, including two children, were wounded.

IOF
arrested 3 international human rights defenders.

 

IOF conducted 44
incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.  

IOF arrested 21
Palestinian civilians, including 6 children and a member 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 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 (28 July – 03 August 2011):

 

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, IOF
killed two Palestinian civilians and wounded 4 others, including two children,
in the West Bank. They also wounded
another civilian in the Gaza Strip. 

 

On 01 August 2011, IOF killed two
Palestinian civilians and wounded a third one in Qalandya refugee camp, south
of Ramallah. IOF moved into the camp to
arrest a number of Palestinian civilians. 

 

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, 3
Palestinian civilians, including two children were wounded and dozens of
Palestinian civilians and international human rights defenders suffered from
tear gas inhalation.  IOF also arrested 3
international human rights defenders.  

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 30 July 2011,
a Palestinian civilian was wounded when Israeli soldiers stationed at the
border between the Gaza Strip and Israeli opened fire at a number of
Palestinian civilians who were collecting straws. 

 

On 02 August 2011, Israeli warplanes
bombarded a tunnel at the Egyptian border in the southern Gaza Strip, and a
training site in the north. No
casualties were reported.

 

Incursions:

 

During
the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 44 military incursions into
Palestinian communities in the West Bank, during which they arrested 21 Palestinian
civilians, including 6 children and a member of the Palestinian Legislative
Council. IOF also summoned 10
Palestinian civilians for interrogation.  

 

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 29 July 2011, about 100 Israeli
settlers, accompanied by Israeli soldiers, moved from “Karmi Tsur” settlement
to the south of Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, into nearby Palestinian
areas. The settlers carried maps with
them. They damaged some trees and
conducted religious rituals. During this
tour, which continued until 12:30, Israeli soldiers fired into the air to
prevent photographing.

 

 

Israeli
Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (28 July – 03 August 2011)

 

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

 

Thursday, 28 July 2011

 

At approximately 00:00, IOF moved into Silwan village to the south
of the old town of Jerusalem. They
raided and searched a house belonging to Ra’ed Siam, and arrested his
14-year-old child, Hammouda.

 

At approximately 01:15, IOF moved into ‘Arraba village, southwest
of Jenin. They raided patrolled in the
streets and arrested Yousef Ghassan al-‘Aarda, 20. They also raided and searched a number of
houses and arrested another 3 Palestinian civilians:

 

‘Abdul Malek Mahmoud Abu Salah, 21;

Jawad Bassam Abu ‘Obaid, 19, whose was released later; and

Jihad Taheseen ‘Aarda, 18, who was released later.

 

IOF also summoned 5 Palestinian civilians to Salem military post,
northwest of Jenin, on 04 August 2011 for interrogation.

 

At approximately 03:10, IOF moved into ‘Allar village, north of
Tulkarm. They raided and searched a
house belonging to the family of As’ad Ziad Shadid, 22, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 09:00, IOF moved into ‘Ein Yabroud village,
northeast of Ramallah. They patrolled in
the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 16:00, a number of Israeli soldiers, accompanied
by a settlers, stormed Janba village in the far south of Hebron. They arrested ‘Eissa and Wa’el ‘Omar Jabarin,
16 and 14 respectively. The settler
claimed that the two children attacked his cattle.

 

At approximately 20:00, IOF conducted an airdrop operation onto the
space area between the villages of Masliya and al-Jarba, south of Jenin. Israeli soldiers searched the area for some
time and withdrew later. No arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 21:50, 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 23:50, IOF moved into al-Zbaidat village, north of
Jericho. They patrolled in the streets
for some time and withdrew later. No
arrests were reported.

 

 

 

Friday,
29 July 2011

 

At approximately 01:00, 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 02:00, IOF moved into Tammoun village, southeast
of Tubas. They raided and searched a
house belonging to Khaled Hamad Abu Tous, Member of the Palestinian Legislative
Council from the Change and Reform Bloc affiliated to Hamas, and arrested
him. They also confiscated a computer
set and some documented.

 

Also at approximately 02:00, IOF moved into ‘Aqaba village,
northwest of Tubas. They raided and
searched a house belonging to Mustafa Sa’id Abu ‘Erra, 60, former mayor of the
village, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 05:30, IOF moved into Jericho. They patrolled in the streets and
photographed a number of Palestinian security sites. They withdrew from the town later and no
arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 09:00, IOF moved into Nabi Saleh village,
northwest of Ramallah, and closed all of its entrance to prevent Palestinian
civilians and international human rights defender from organizing a peaceful
demonstration against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement
activities. Israeli soldiers arrested
Muheeb Mohammed al-Barghouthi, a photojournalist of al-Hayat al-Jadeeda
newspaper. They took him to a checkpoint
established between the villages of Nabi Saleh and Kufor ‘Ein. There, Israeli soldiers violently beat and
handcuffed him. They then dumped him on
the roadside for more than 3 hours. He
sustained injuries in the head and bruises throughout the body. Israeli soldiers also destroyed his camera after
confiscating its memory card. 

 

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

 

At approximately 11:10, 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 18:25, IOF moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of
Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets
for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

 

 

Saturday, 30 July 2011

 

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

 

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

 

At approximately 09:00, 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.

 

At approximately 10:30, 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.

 

Also at approximately 10:30, 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 10:30, IOF moved into Zibda 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 10:30, Israeli soldiers positioned on
observation towers at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the north
of Beit Lahia opened fire at a number of Palestinian civilians who were
collecting straws nearly 400 meters away from the border. As a result, Mousa Ibrahim Abu Dhail, 25,
from the Bedouin Village, was lightly wounded by a bullet to the head.

 

At approximately 15:00, IOF moved into Silwan village to the south
of the old town of Jerusalem. They
raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mazen ‘Ouda, 23, and
arrested him.

 

At approximately 20:00, IOF moved into ‘Ein ‘Arik 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 Fassayel village, north of
Jericho. They patrolled in the streets
for some time and withdrew later. No
arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 23:10, IOF moved into al-Zawia village, west of
Salfit. They patrolled in the streets
for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

 

Sunday, 31 July 2011

 

At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Bidya village, northwest of
Salfit. They raided a house belonging to
Hussein Ibrahim al-Dalu, 25, and summoned him for interrogation.

 

At approximately 01:30, 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 02:00, IOF moved into Shyoukh village, northeast
of Hebron. They raided and searched a
house belonging to ‘Aahed Hussein ‘Ayaida, 50, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Bal’a village, northeast of
Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Esktaba suburb, northeast of
Tulkarm. They raided and searched a
house belonging to the family of ‘Omar Mahmoud Sheikh Qassem, 20, and arrested
him. They also confiscated a computer
hard disk.

 

At approximately 17:00, IOF moved into Jayous village, northeast of
Qalqilya. A number of Palestinian boys
gathered and threw stones at Israeli military vehicles. Immediately, Israeli soldiers fired tear gas
canisters and sound bombs. No casualties
were reported.

 

At approximately 19:15, IOF moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of
Qalqilya. They raided and searched a
number of shops in the center of the village. They withdrew later and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 20:00, IOF moved into Kufol Hares village, north
of Salfit. They raided and searched a
number of houses, but no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 20:35, IOF moved into Hares village, north of
Salfit. They patrolled in the streets
and detained Hassan Shareef Daoud, 25, for several hours.

 

At approximately 20:45, IOF moved into Rafat village, west of
Salfit. They raided and searched a
number of houses, but no arrests were reported.  

 

Monday, 01 August 2011

 

At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Qalandya refugee camp, south
of Ramallah. They surrounded two houses
belonging to the families of al-Khatib and Manasra in ‘Antar area to arrest two
civilians. Soon, a number of Palestinian
boys gathered and threw stones at IOF. Immediately, Israeli soldiers fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs,
and brought backups. At least another 40
masked soldiers arrived at the area and joined the original force. They raided a house belonging to Mohammed
Sa’id Zayed. At approximately 02:30, a vehicle that was transporting 5
Palestinian civilians arrived at the area. These civilians were surprised by the presence of IOF in the area. They stepped down and attempted to flee. Immediately, Israeli soldiers opened fire at
them. As a result, ‘Ali Hassan Khalifa,
27, was seriously wounded by a bullet to the abdomen. Medical efforts to save his life failed. Additionally, Ma’moun Hassan ‘Awad, 24, was
wounded by a bullet to the right shoulder. In the meantime, Mo’tassem ‘Eissa ‘Edwan, 22, got out of his house to
check what was going one, but he was instantly killed by a bullet to the head. Before their withdrawal from the camp, IOF
arrested 3 Palestinian civilians, including two children:

 

1- Ayman Wajeeh al-Khatib, 25;

2- Anas Manasra, 16; and

3- Sa’id Mohammed Zayed, 15.

 

Also at approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Houssan village, west
of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of
Mohammed Saleh al-Za’oul, 19. 

 

At approximately 08:00, IOF moved into al-‘Eissawiya village,
northeast of Jerusalem. They raided and
searched a house belonging to Waleed ‘Olayan. 

 

At approximately 22:00, IOF moved into Nabi Elias village, east of
Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets
for some time. They withdrew later and
no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 22:15, IOF moved into Jainsafout village, east of
Qalqilya. They raided a number of houses
and summoned 3 Palestinian civilian for interrogation. 

 

At approximately 20:20, IOF moved into Hijja village, east of
Qalqilya. They raided a number of houses
and summoned Mahmoud Mohammed Da’as, 18, for interrogation. 

 

Tuesday, 02 August 2011

 

At approximately 00:55, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a
tunnel on the Egyptian border near al-Brazil neighborhood in the southern Gaza
Strip town of Rafah. No casualties were
reported.

 

At approximately 01:20, IOF moved into Beit Ummar town, north of
Hebron. They raided and searched 6
houses in the town, using dogs, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. They also attacked a number of Palestinian
civilians. During this operation, IOF
arrested two Palestinian civilians:

 

1- Mahmoud Haitham al-Slaibi, 21; and

2-Mohammed Hassan ‘Aadi, 19.

 

IOF also summoned 4 Palestinian civilians for interrogations. As a result of this operation, 6 Palestinian
civilians sustained bruises.  IOF also
damaged a number of houses.

 

At approximately 03:20, Israeli helicopter gunships fired two
missiles at a site of the ‘Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of
Hamas) in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia. No casualties were reported, but Palestinian
civilians were extremely terrified.

 

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, 3 Palestinian civilians,
including two children, were wounded, dozens of Palestinian civilians and human
rights defenders suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained
bruises. IOF also arrested 3
international human rights defenders.         

   

Following the Friday Prayer on 29 July 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 29 July 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 29 July 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 29 July 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
at them. As a result, 3 demonstrators,
including two children, were wounded:

 

1- Ibrahim As’ad ‘Ali, 45, hit by a tear gas canister to the face;

2- Ja’far Bassam Abu Khaled, 16, hit by a tear gas canister to the
left foot; and

3- Rani ‘Ali ‘Ali, 15, hit by a tear gas canister to the right
foot.

 

Additionally, 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

27 July
– 02 August 2011

 

Day

Date

Traveling abroad

Coming into Gaza

Returned into Gaza

Wednesday

27 July 2011

725

910

8

Thursday

28
July 2011

552

878

14

Friday

29
July 2011

Saturday

30
July 2011

916

595

Sunday

31
July 2011

630

651

16

Monday

01
August 2011

683

347

10

Tuesday

02
August 2011

625

294

6

 

Movement
at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) Crossing

27 July
– 02 August 2011

 

Imports:

 

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Number

Liters

27 July 2011

Foodstuffs

746

Agricultural materials

1,333

Various goods

Refrigerators

Washing machines

Cartons of clothes

Cartons of shoes

Water tanks

Glass boards

1,251

385

47

1,541

1,591

256

520

Humanitarian aid

Cars for UNRWA

1,211

7

cooking gas

161.160

28 July 2011

Foodstuffs

1,038

Agricultural materials

1,025

Various goods

Refrigerators

Cartons of clothes

Cartons of shoes

Cars

Water tanks

Gas canisters

1,291

241

1,740

2,319

20

353

128

Humanitarian aid

559

cooking gas

161.000

31 July 2011

Foodstuffs

1,371

Agricultural materials

429

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Cartons of shoes

Refrigerators

Electricity generators

1,392

 

632

1,942

87

18

Humanitarian aid

4,998

cooking gas

182.130

01 August 2011

Foodstuffs

1,228

Agricultural materials

Cows

Sheep

632

 

210

132

Various goods

Refrigerators

Washing machines

Cartons of clothes

Cartons of shoes

1,252

679

240

1,691

1,972

Humanitarian aid

2,916

cooking gas

138.450

02 August 2011

Foodstuffs

1,220

Agricultural materials

1,356

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Cartons of shoes

Refrigerators

Washing machines

Air conditioners

Chips machine

Cars

Care tires  

1,207

1,506

137

260

194

549

1

20

396

Humanitarian aid

4,841

1

cooking gas

179.830

 

Notes:

 

On Wednesday, 27 July 2011, IOF allowed the entry 320 tons of
cement and 116 tons of construction iron for UNRWA, and of 300 tons of cement
for the Palestinian Water Authority. They also allowed the entry of 1,209 tons of fodders and 117 tons of
wheat.

 

On Thursday, 28 July 2011, IOF allowed the entry of 146 tons of construction
iron for UNRWA, 120 tons of cement for UNDP and 40 tons of construction iron
for ANERA. They also allowed the entry
of 195 tons of wheat and 741 tons of fodders.  

 

On Sunday, 31 July 2011, IOF allowed the entry of 580 tons of
cement, 199 tons of construction iron and 3,850 tons of construction aggregate
for UNRWA, and 118 tons of cement for UNDP.  They also allowed the entry of 429 tons of
fodders.

 

On Monday, 01 August 2011, IOF allowed the entry of 680 tons of
cement, 170 tons of construction iron and 2,310 tons of construction aggregate
for UNRWA, and 54 tons of cement for UNDP. They also allowed the entry of 546 tons of fodders and 40 tons of wheat. 

 

On Tuesday, 02 August 2011, IOF allowed the entry of 280 tons of
cement, 146 tons of construction iron, 16 tons of gypsum and 3,804 tons of
construction aggregate for UNRWA. They
also allowed the entry of 1,287 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

27 July
– 02 August 2011

 

Date

27 July

28 July

29 July

30July

31 July

01 August

02 August

Patients

28

31

3

Nil

31

38

32

Companions

28

31

3

Nil

27

41

27

Arabs from Israel

9

30

Nil

Nil

39

Nil

16

Diplomats

5

3

5

Nil

Nil

9

Nil

International Journalists

1

1

1

Nil

Nil

1

Nil

International Workers

46

40

30

Nil

12

7

19

Travelers abroad

2

13

Nil

Nil

1

Nil

2

Business People

62

59

Nil

Nil

61

60

54

Economic Meetings

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Security Interviews

3

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

1

2

VIP’s

1

Nil

1

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Ambulances to Israel

2

3

1

Nil

4

2

Nil

Ambulances from Israel

1

2

1

Nil

2

1

3

 

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.    

 

Ramallah: IOF
have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of the Palestinian
civilians in Ramallah.  At approximately 09:30
on Thursday, 28 July 2011, IOF established a checkpoint on Bet Bitounia – Beit
‘Aur al-Fouqa road, west of Ramallah. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. At approximately 18:30 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, 29 July 2011, IOF established a checkpoint near the entrance of Nabi
Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. At
approximately 13:00 on the same day, IOF established a checkpoint at the
entrance of al-Lubban al-Gharbi village, northwest of Ramallah. They stopped and searched Palestinian
civilian vehicles.  At approximately 10:00
on Saturday, 30 July 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Beit
‘Aur al-Fouqa village, west of Ramallah. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.        

 

Qalqilya: IOF have continued to impose severe
restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 08:25 on Thursday, 28 July 2011,
IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Qalqilya. They stopped and searched Palestinian
civilian vehicles. At approximately
20:25 on the same day, IOF established a checkpoint at Jeet intersection,
northeast of Qalqilya. At approximately
09:00 on Friday, 29 July 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of
Qalqilya. At approximately 13:00 on
Sunday, 31 July 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of ‘Azzoun
village, east of Qalqilya. They stopped
and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.       

 

Jenin: IOF have continued to impose severe
restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. At approximately 22:00 on Friday, 29 July
2011, IOF established a checkpoint at Kfiret intersection, southwest of
Jenin. They stopped and searched
Palestinian civilian vehicles.  

 

Tulkarm: IOF
have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. At approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 28 July
2011, Israeli soldiers stationed at Ennab checkpoint, east of Tulkarm, imposed
additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. They stopped and searched Palestinian
civilian vehicles. At approximately
22:00 on the same day, IOF established a checkpoint at Beit Leed intersection,
east of Tulkarm. They stopped and
searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. At approximately 18:30 on Friday, 29 July 2011, Israeli soldiers
stationed at Ennab checkpoint, east of Tulkarm, imposed additional restrictions
on the movement of Palestinian civilians. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.     

 

Jericho: IOF
have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian
civilians. At approximately 10:00 on
Thursday, 28 July 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the southern entrance
of Jericho. They stopped and searched
Palestinian civilian vehicles. At 18:00
on Friday, 29 July 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of al-Jiftlek
village, north of Jericho. They stopped
and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. 

 

Harassments at Military Checkpoints

 

At
approximately 09:00 on Friday, 29 July 2011, IOF held Mustafa ‘Abdul Qader
Yamin, 38, and his 10-year-old child, Qussai, from Jeet village northeast of
Qalqilya. Yamin and his child went to the family’s land, which is located near
mobile homes of “Qidoumim” settlement to crop almonds. Israeli soldiers stopped the man and his
child, and held them until 12:00. They
then ordered him to obtain a permit when he wants to go to this area.

 

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.

 

At
approximately 07:00 on Friday, 29 July 2011, about 100 Israeli settlers,
accompanied by Israeli soldiers, moved from “Karmi Tsur” settlement to the
south of Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, into nearby Palestinian areas. The settlers carried maps with them. They damaged some trees and conducted
religious rituals. During this tour,
which continued until 12:30, Israeli soldiers fired into the air to prevent photographing.

 

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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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