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blindfolded Palestinian is detained by Israeli soldiers at the Hawara
checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus


 

 

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

 

· IOF
willfully killed 1 Palestinian civilian and wounded 1 child in Jerusalem.

 

· IOF
continued to use force against peaceful protests in the West Bank and the Gaza
Strip.

 Dozens
of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation in the West Bank and 1
sustained a fracture in the Gaza Strip.

 IOF
arrested 7 civilians, including 3 journalists and 2 human rights defenders.

 

· IOF
continued to fire at Palestinian farmers and workers in border areas of the
Gaza Strip.

 4 workers
were wounded while working in the border area.

 

· IOF
conducted 24 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 1
limited incursion into the Gaza Strip.

 IOF
arrested 29 Palestinian civilians, including 8 children.

 IOF
continued to raid houses of activists of protests against the annexation wall
and settlement activities.

 IOF
summoned a 7-year-old child for interrogation.

 

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

 Israeli
troops stationed at military checkpoints in the West Bank arrested 2
Palestinian civilian.

 Israeli
troops continued to harass Palestinian civilians at military checkpoints.

 

· Israel
has continued to take measures aimed at creating a Jewish demographic majority
in Jerusalem.

 The
Israeli Municipality of Jerusalem approved the construction of 1,600 settlement
housing units.

 IOF
demolished a number of stores in Jerusalem.

 

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and
humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (10 – 16 June
2010):

 

Shooting: During the
reporting period, IOF killed 1 Palestinian civilian and wounded 1 Palestinian child
in the West Bank. They also wounded 4 Palestinian
civilians in the Gaza Strip.  

 

In the West Bank, on 11 June 2010, IOF killed 1 Palestinian civilian in
Wad al-Jouz neighborhood in East Jerusalem, and wounded 1 Palestinian child. IOF claimed that the victim was driving a
car, did not obey orders to stop at a checkpoint in Wad al-Jouz and attempted
to run down 2 soldiers, who were injured. Investigations conducted by PCHR refute this claim and confirm that the
civilians was willfully killed. Another child was also wounded by the gunfire. 

 

In the Gaza Strip, IOF fired at Palestinian workers who were collecting
construction materials. As a result, 4
workers were wounded in 4 separate incidents.  

 

On 14 June 2010, Israeli troops that moved into al-Qarara and ‘Abassan
villages, east of Khan Yunis, fired 5 artillery shells at the area; no
casualties were reported. 

 

On the same day, Israeli gunboats opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats
in the northern Gaza Strip; no casualties were reported.

 

Incursions: During
the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 24 military incursions into
Palestinian communities in the West Bank, during which they arrested 29
Palestinian civilians, including 8 children. They also arrested 3 journalists, 3 human rights defender and a
university student during the dispersion of peaceful demonstrations organized
by Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders
in protest to settlement activities and the construction of the Annexation Wall.
  

 

IOF also stormed the house of Ahmed Khalil Abu
Hashem, 43, Secretary of the National Committee against Settlement Activities
and the Wall in Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. 

 

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted 2 limited incursions
into Palestinian areas, during which they leveled areas of previously razed
land.

 

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 two and a half years. The illegal Israeli-imposed siege of Gaza, which
has steadily tightened since June 2007, has had a disastrous impact on the
humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.  

 

· On
Friday, 01 January 2010, IOF decided to close Nahal Ouz crossing permanently
and to divert the entry of fuels through Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing,
southeast of Rafah, citing security reasons. 

 

· 1.5 million people are being denied
their basic rights, including freedom of movement and the right to appropriate
living conditions, work, health and education.

 

· The principle concern of the population
of the Gaza Strip is to obtain basic necessities: food, medicine, water and
electricity supplies.

 

· Israel has continued to prevent the
entry of raw construction materials into the Gaza Strip for more than 2 and a
half years.

 

· Israel has not allowed fuel supplies
into the Gaza Strip since 10 December 2008, excluding limited amounts of
cooking gas and energy fuel for Gaza Power Plant.

 

· The Rafah International Crossing Point
has been opened on only a few days for a number of patients who received medical
treatment abroad and needed to return home to the Gaza Strip.

 

· Israel had continued to close Beit
Hanoun (Erez) crossing to Palestinian civilians wishing to travel to the West
Bank and Israeli for medical treatment, trade or social visits.

 

· Israel has imposed additional
restrictions on access of international diplomats, journalists and humanitarian
workers to the Gaza Strip. Israel has prevented representatives of several
international humanitarian organizations from entering the Gaza Strip.

 

· Living conditions of the Palestinian
civilian population have seriously deteriorated as levels of poverty and
unemployment have mounted sharply.

 

· At least 800 Palestinian prisoners from
Gaza in Israeli jails have been deprived of family visitation for more than two
and a half years. 

 

· IOF have continued to attack
Palestinian fishermen along the coast of the Gaza Strip.

 

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 at al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

 

· There are approximately 630 permanent
roadblocks, manned and unmanned checkpoints across the West Bank. In addition,
there are some 60 – 80 ‘flying’ or temporary checkpoints erected across the
West Bank by IOF every week.

 

 

· 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, further confiscating 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 (47 out of 72 roads).

 

· There are around 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 a permit issued by the IOF; these 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.

 

Measures Aimed at Creating a Jewish Demographic Majority in Jerusalem: IOF have
continued to take measures at creating a Jewish majority in Jerusalem. 

 

On 16 June
2010, IOF, accompanied by a bulldozer, moved into al-‘Abasiya quarter in Silwan
village. There they demolished two 18-square-meter stores belonging to Maher
Na’im Siam, claiming that they were built without a license. IOF also confiscated an 18-square-meter
container and demolished a 100-sqiuare-meter barrack belonging to the family.
On the same day, IOF moved into al-Thawri neighborhood in Jerusalem. Without warning, they demolished a
30-square-meter garage belonging to Kamal Ibrahim al-Shoubaki. 

 

On 14 June
2010, the Planning and Construction Committee of the Israeli Municipality of
Jerusalem, approved the construction of 1,600 housing units in "Ramat
Shlomo" settlement in Jerusalem. Israeli postponed the approval of the construction to this week to avoid
any crisis with the United States. 

 

 

 

 

Israeli Violations Documented during
the Reporting Period (10 – 16 June 2010)

 

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

 

Thursday, 10 June 2010

 

· At
approximately 00:00, IOF moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses
and arrested two Palestinian children:

 

1. ‘Eissa Kamel Bahar, 16; and

2. Sameer ‘Aamer Abu Maria, 15.

 

· At
approximately 02:00, IOF raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Khalil
Abu Hashem, 43, Secretary of the Public Committee against Settlement and the
Wall in Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. According to Abu Hashem, at approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Khillat
al-Barahish area in the south of Beit Ummar village. At approximately 02:15, they threw stones at
the windows and doors of Abu Hashem’s house. They also detonated sound bombs in
the vicinity of the house and called on Abu Hashem through megaphones to move
to his roof with his hand up. When he
and his wife got up the roof, they forced him to uncover the upper part of his
body and to return to the house and awaken the 11 other residents of the house. IOF forced the residents out of the house and
questioned them until 04:45. According
to Abu Hashem, this house raid was the tenth of its kind in the past 2
months. Before raiding Abu Hashem’s
house, IOF had raided 4 houses, including 2 belonging to his brothers. During these house raids, IOF violently beat
Abu Hashem’s nephew, 16-year-old Sakher.

  

· At
approximately 01:00, IOF moved into ‘Aanin village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a number of houses
and arrested Ahmed Fat’hi Mansour, 19.

 

· At
approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Dura village, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses
and arrested 4 Palestinian civilians:

 

· At
approximately 06:30, IOF moved into al-Mazra’a village, northwest of
Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets
and arrested Yousef Mohammed Shraiteh, 15, but released him in the afternoon. 

 

Friday, 11 June 2010

 

· At
noon, IOF killed 1 Palestinian civilian in Wad al-Jouz neighborhood in East
Jerusalem and wounded 1 Palestinian child. IOF claimed that the victim disregarded orders to stop at a checkpoint
in Wad al-Jouz and attempted to run down two soldiers with his car; the
soldiers were injured. Investigations
conducted by PCHR refute this claim and confirm that the civilians was
willfully killed. 

 

According to
investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 13:00, following the Friday
Prayer, Ziad Mohammed Badawi al-Joulani, 41, drove his car to visit his
relatives in Housh al-Hadami area in Wad al-Jouz neighborhood. When he arrived at the area, he saw Israeli
troops stationed at a temporary checkpoint. A number of Palestinian children
were throwing stones towards Israeli troops. When al-Joulani drove his car into a branch road, Israeli troops chased
him. When he stopped the car and
stepped down, they fired at him. He was
wounded by 3 bullets to the left arm, the abdomen and the left thigh, which
caused him to fall to the ground. An
Israeli soldier then moved towards him and fired at him from point-blank range,
wounding him further by 2 bullets to the right thigh and the head. He was announced dead upon arrival at the
hospital. The victim was married and a
father of 3 children. As a result of the
shooting, 5-year-old Ilham Sa’id al-Silwadi was also wounded by shrapnel to the
head and the neck. Israeli troops also violently beat Mahmoud ‘Othman
al-Joulani, 34, when he attempted to offer initial medical aid to the victim.

 

Saturday, 12 June 2010

 

· At
approximately 07:45, Israeli troops stationed at the border between the Gaza
Strip and Israel to the northwest of Beit Lahia fired at Palestinian workers
who were collecting bricks and construction aggregate from a site, where the
evacuated Israeli settlements of "Dogit" and "Elli Sinai"
used to stand in the northern Gaza Strip. As a result, Rajab Mohammed Ma’rouf, 19, was wounded by a bullet to the
right foot.

 

Sunday, 13 June 2010

 

· At
approximately 10:30, Israeli troops stationed on observation towers at the
border between the Gaza Strip and Israel opened fire at Palestinian workers who
were collecting bricks and construction aggregate from the industrial
zone. As a result, one of the workers,
Mohammed ‘Aziz Halawa, 24, from Jabalya, was wounded by a bullet to the right
foot.

 

Monday, 14 June 2010

 

· At
approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses and
arrested 3 Palestinian children:

 

1. ‘Anan Mohammed Bahar, 16;

2. Mo’ayad Jawad Bahar, 17; and

3. Mohammed ‘Ali Abu Maria, 17.

 

· At
approximately 08:00, IOF moved nearly 450 meters into al-Qarara and ‘Abassan
villages, east of Khan Yunis. They
leveled areas of Palestinian previously razed land. At approximately 13:15, IOF fired 5 artillery
shells at agricultural areas, but no casualties were reported.

 

· At
approximately 09:00, Israeli gunboats stationed off the coast of Beit Lahia
beach in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats,
which were forced to sail back to the beach. No casualties were reported.

 

· At
approximately 09:45, Israeli troops stationed on observation towers at the
border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the north of the Bedouin village
fired at Palestinian workers who were collecting bricks and construction
aggregate from Erez industrial zone. As
a result, ‘Awadh Jom’a Abu Warda, 18, from Jabalya, was wounded by a bullet to the
left leg. 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

 

· At
approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Qarawat Bani Hassan village, northwest of
Salfit. They raided and searched a
number of houses and arrested Hamza Mahmoud Rayan, 26.

 

· Also
at approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to
the family of Isma’il Khader Masalma, 17, and arrested him. 

 

· Also
at approximately 01:00, IOF moved into al-Duhaisha refugee camp, south of
Bethlehem. They raided and searched a
house belonging to Fa’eq Mahmoud Hajajla, 52, and summoned him for
interrogation.

 

· At
approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Tammoun village, southeast of Tubas. They raided and searched a number of houses,
but no arrests were reported.

 

· Also
at approximately 01:30, IOF moved into al-Far’a refugee camp, south of
Tubas. They raided and searched a number
of houses, but no arrests were reported.

 

· Also
at approximately 01:30, IOF moved into ‘Anabta village, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a number of houses
and arrested 2 Palestinian civilians:

 

1. Safwan Nazeeh Melhem, 22; and

2. Ahmed Fat’hallah Jadallah, 22.

 

· At
approximately 01:45, IOF moved into Jenin and the refugee camp there. They raided and searched a number of houses,
but no arrests were reported.

 

· Also
at approximately 01:45, IOF moved into Bourqin village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a number of houses,
but no arrests were reported.

 

· Also
at approximately 01:45, IOF moved into Kufor Qoud village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a number of houses,
but no arrests were reported.

 

· At
approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Shwaika suburb, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a number of houses
and arrested ‘Aadel Mohammed Qaddouha, 20.

 

· At
approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Jalqamous village, northeast of Jenin. They raided and searched a number of houses,
but no arrests were reported.

 

· At
approximately 10:00, IOF moved nearly 400 meters into Khuza’a village, east of
Khan Yunis. They leveled areas of
previously razed Palestinian land.

 

· At
approximately 11:40, Israeli troops stationed at the border between the Gaza
Strip and Israel to the north of Beit Lahia town fired at Palestinian civilians
and international solidarity activists who were protesting the establishment of
thr buffer zone along the border. As a
result, Zakaria Ibrahim Abu Watfa, 62, Secretary of the Palestinian Arab Front,
fell down and sustained a fracture to the right foot.

 

 

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

 

· At
approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses
and arrested ‘Alaa’ Mahmoud Slaibi, 20, and Mohammed Sameer Abu Maria, 22. They also summoned 7-year-old Mohsen Yousef
‘Awadh for interrogation. According to local sources, at least 90 Palestinian
civilians have been arrested by IOF in the village since the beginning of this
year. In the Hebron district, IOF have
arrested 470 Palestinian civilians, including 90 children and 4 women, since
the beginning of this year.

 

· At
approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Wd al-Hariya neighborhood in Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses
and arrested Fahed Majed Abu Sbaih, 23.

 

· At
approximately 10:00, Israeli troops stationed on observation towers at the
border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the north of the Bedouin village
fired at Palestinian workers who were collecting bricks and construction
aggregate from Erez industrial zone. As
a result, Ibrahim Wa’el al-Kafarna, 17, from Beit Hanoun, was wounded by a
bullet to the left leg

 

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. 4
Palestinian civilians were injured, 4 journalists sustained bruises  and others suffered from tear gas inhalation.  

 

· Following the Friday Prayer on 11 June
2010, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human
rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in protest against the
construction of the Annexation Wall in Bil’ein village, west of Ramallah. Some demonstrators wore soccer shirts. They moved towards a playground, which has
been isolated by the annexation Wall, to play a match on the first day of the
World Cup. Israeli troops prevented them
from doing so, hence they played the match near the Wall. Soon Israeli troops fired rubber-coated metal
bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the demonstrators. They also detained 5 demonstrators, including
3 journalists, until the end of the demonstration: Nasser Hussein al-Shyoukhi,
43, a cameraman of Associated Press; Fadi Mousa al-‘Aarouri, 27, a cameraman of
a Chinese news agency; ‘Aatef Nayef al-Safadi, a cameraman of a European news
agency; ‘Alaa’ Ghousha, 20, a university student; and a human rights defender
who was not identified.  

 

· Also following the Friday Prayer on 11
June 2010, 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 IOF troops positioned near
the Wall. IOF troops fired rubber-coated
metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at demonstrators. As a result, dozens of demonstrators suffered
from tear gas inhalation, and others sustained bruises. 

 

· Also
following the Friday Prayer on 04 June 2010, 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. A number of demonstrators suffered from tear
gas inhalation. 

 

· Also
on Friday noon, 11 June 2010, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international
and Israeli human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in
al-Ma’sara village, south of Bethlehem. IOF
closed the entrance of the village and fired sound bombs at the
demonstrators. They also arrested Hassan
Ahmed Braijiya, 40, Coordinator of the National Committee against Settlement
and the Wall.

 

· On
Monday morning, 14 June 2010, the Public Committee against Israeli Security Zone
in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis organized a peaceful
demonstration in protest to the establishment of a 300-meter-wide buffer zone
along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel. The demonstration moved from Khuza’a village,
east of Khan Yunis, towards the border. The demonstrators raised Palestinian flags.

 

3. Continued Siege on the OPT

 

Israel has 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 more than two and a half years. The illegal Israeli-imposed siege of Gaza,
which has steadily tightened since June 2007, has had a disastrous impact on
the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.  

 

· On
Friday, 01 January 2010, IOF decided to close Nahal Ouz crossing permanently
and to allow the entry of fuels through Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing,
southeast of Rafah, citing security reasons. 

 

· 1.5 million people are being denied
their basic rights, including freedom of movement and the right to appropriate
living conditions, work, health and education.

 

· The principle concern of the population
of the Gaza Strip is to obtain basic necessities: food, medicine, water and
electricity supplies.

 

· Israel has continued to prevent the
entry of raw construction materials into the Gaza Strip for more than 2 and a
half years.

 

· Israel has not allowed fuel supplies
into the Gaza Strip since 10 December 2008, excluding limited amounts of
cooking gas and energy fuel for Gaza Power Plant.

 

· The Rafah International Crossing Point
has been opened on only a few days for a number of patients who received medical
treatment abroad and needed to return home to the Gaza Strip.

 

· Israel had continued to close Beit
Hanoun (Erez) crossing to Palestinian civilians wishing to travel to the West
Bank and Israeli for medical treatment, trade or social visits.

 

· Israel has imposed additional
restrictions on access of international diplomats, journalists and humanitarian
workers to the Gaza Strip. Israel has prevented representatives of several
international humanitarian organizations from entering the Gaza Strip.

 

· Living conditions of the Palestinian
civilian population have seriously deteriorated as levels of poverty and
unemployment have mounted sharply.

 

· At least 800 Palestinian prisoners from
Gaza in Israeli jails have been deprived of family visitation for more than 2 and
a half years. 

 

· IOF have continued to attack
Palestinian fishermen along the coast of the Gaza Strip.

 

Movement at Border Crossings during the Reporting
Period:

 

Movement at Rafah International
Crossing Point

09 – 15 June 2010

 

Date

Details

09 June 2010

503 Palestinians were allowed to travel
to Egypt and 380 Palestinians were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

10 June 2010

551 Palestinians were allowed to travel
to Egypt and 365 Palestinians were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

11 June 2010

224 Palestinians were allowed to travel
to Egypt and 221 Palestinians were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

12 June 2010

386 Palestinians were allowed to travel
to Egypt and 243 Palestinians were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

13 June 2010

409 Palestinians were allowed to travel
to Egypt and 263 Palestinians were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

07 June 2010

366 Palestinians were allowed to travel
to Egypt and 271 Palestinians were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

08 June 2010

254 Palestinians were allowed to travel
to Egypt and 318 Palestinians were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

 

According to sources of the
Palestinian Crossings and Borders Commission, between 02 and 15 June 2010,
5,910 Palestinians were allowed to travel to Egypt and 3,536 Palestinians were
allowed into the Gaza Strip. The number
of people who were denied traveling during this period was 1,759.

 

Movement at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem
Shalom) Crossing

09 – 15 June 2010

 

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Liters

09 June 2010

Foodstuffs

370

 

Agricultural
materials

134

 

Various
goods

1,362

 

Cooking
gas

211

 

Industrial
fuel

 

251,000

Humanitarian
aids

205

 

10 June 2010

Foodstuffs

242

 

Agricultural
materials

257

 

Various
goods

358

 

Cooking
gas

178.390

 

Industrial
fuel

 

215,027

Humanitarian
aids

450

 

13 June 2010

Foodstuffs

869

 

Agricultural
materials

134

 

Various
goods

356

 

Cooking
gas

158

 

Industrial
fuel

 

251,000

Humanitarian
aids

71

 

14 June 2010

Foodstuffs

415

 

Agricultural
materials

198

 

Various
goods

219

 

Cooking
gas

201.599

 

Industrial
fuel

 

122,599

Humanitarian
aids

430

 

15 June 2010

Foodstuffs

340

 

Agricultural
materials

141

 

Various
goods

392

 

Cooking
gas

202.790

 

Industrial
fuel

 

131,000

Humanitarian
aids

83

 

 

Note: During the
reporting period, IOF allowed 124,000 liters of diesel into the Gaza Strip for
the private sector. On Wednesday, 09
June 2010, IOF allowed 35 tons of construction materials into the Gaza Strip
for UNRWA.

 

Al-Mentar
(Karni) Crossing:
IOF partially
opened the crossing on Tuesday, 15 June 2010, and allowed the entry of 1,482
tons of wheat, 2,262 tons of fodders, 300 tons of construction aggregate and
300 tons of base course. 

 

Beit
Hanoun (Erez) Crossing:
Israel has
continued to close Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing for the movement of Palestinian
civilians. IOF have allowed only diplomats, select 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
security clearances.

 

Movement at Beit Hanoun (Erez)
Crossing

09 -15 June 2010

 

Date

Patients

Companions

Arabs from Israel

Diplomats

International Journalists

International Workers

Travelers abroad

Traders

09
June 2010

16

15

19

Nil

7

9

Nil

11

10
June 2010

30

29

1

2

16

49

7

1

11
June 2010

Nil

Nil

5

4

7

15

Nil

Nil

12
June 2010

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

13
June 2010

38

39

23

Nil

7

6

2

8

14
June 2010

32

36

4

Nil

6

28

1

10

15
June 2010

45

47

6

9

1

32

Nil

1

 

The West
Bank

 

Israel has
imposed a tightened siege 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 Jerusalem. 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. IOF troops positioned at the Jaba’ and
Qalandiya checkpoints, southeast of Ramallah, have imposed additional
restrictions on movement and conducted prolonged checks of Palestinian
civilians. During the reporting period,
IOF erected a number of temporary checkpoints and stopped and searched
Palestinian civilian vehicles. 

  

· Nablus: IOF have
continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian
civilians in Nablus. At approximately
16:00 on Monday, 14 June 2010, IOF closed Hawara checkpoint, south of Nablus
and forced Palestinian civilian vehicles to travel through ‘Awarta commercial
crossing. IOF claimed that they arrested
a Palestinian who was carrying 5 bombs and that Israeli sabers were able to
diffuse them.     

 

· Tulkarm: IOF have continued to impose severe
restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in Tulkarm. On Sunday noon, 13 June 2010, Israeli troops
stationed at Ennab checkpoint, east of Tulkarm, imposed additional restrictions
on the movement of Palestinian civilians. There they conducted prolonged checking on civilians. On Friday, 11 June
2010, IOF obstructed access of Palestinian fire engines to Palestinian
agricultural isolated by the annexation wall between Qiffin and Nazlat ‘Eissa
village, north of Tulkarm, to extinguish fire that broke out in the area. The same happened again on Tuesday, 15 June
2010. 

 

· Qalqilya:  IOF have
continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian
civilians in Qalqilya. On Sunday
morning, 13 June 2010, IOF established a checkpoint on the road linking between
Hijja and al-Fundoq villages, east of Qalqilya. There they stopped and searched
Palestinian civilian vehicles.

 

· Hebron: IOF have continued to impose
severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in Hebron. On Monday morning, 14 June 2010, following an
armed attack on an Israeli police vehicle near "Beit Hajai"
settlement, southwest of Hebron, IOF waged a wide-scale campaign against
villages near Hebron, especially Dura village. IOF erected a number of checkpoints and stopped and checked Palestinian
civilians. They also arrested Hassan Abu
‘Arqoub, 24, in Kharsa area, south of Dura village.   

 

Arrests
at Military Checkpoints

 

· At
approximately 13:00 on Thursday, 10 June 2010, Israeli troops stationed at a
checkpoint near ‘Arraba intersection on Jenin-Nablus road arrested Ahmed ‘Omar
Abu Libda, 26, from Jenin. 

 

Harassments
at Military Chcekpoints

 

· At
approximately 09:30 on Thursday, 10 June 2010, Israeli troops violently beat
Mohammed Mustafa Hijjawi, 38, from Far’oun village south of Tulkarm, when he
intervened in an attempt to release his 2 children, who were on their way back
to Far’oun, located behind the Annexation Wall. He sustained bruises all over his body and eventually fainted. Israeli troops claimed that the 2 children
crossed the Wall towards their village. 

 

· At
approximately 18:00 on Saturday, 12 June 2010, Israeli soldiers patrolling in
the old city of Hebron stopped 10-year-old Ghandi Nidal al-‘Owaiwi and
violently beat him when he was on his way home. He sustained acute bruises to
the abdomen and the head, a cut to the left hand and severe psychological
damage.

 

· On
Monday evening, 14 June 2010, Israeli troops violently beat Saleh Daoud Rajabi,
19, from Hebron, as they stopped him when he was on his way home. They dumped him in an area far from his home. Rajanbi was injured and burnt on the right
hand. According to Rajabi, Israeli troops placed a lighted cigarette on his
hand and violently beat him. They also
used a blade to make cuts in his face and hands. They also forced him to take a tablet through
the mouth before dumping him in an area far away from his home.  

 

4. Measures Aimed at Creating a Jewish Demographic Majority in Jerusalem

 

Israel has recently escalated arbitrary
measures against Palestinian civilians in East Jerusalem in order to force them
to leave the city. PCHR has devoted this
section in the Weekly Report to highlighting violations of human rights
perpetrated by IOF against Palestinian civilians in East Jerusalem.

 

· At
approximately 08:30 on Tuesday, 16 June 2010, IOF, accompanied by a bulldozer,
moved into al-‘Abasiya quarter in Silwan village. There they demolished two
18-square-meter stores belonging to Maher Na’im Siam, claiming that the
buildings were built without a license. They also confiscated an 18-square-meter container and demolished a
100-sqiuare-meter barrack belonging to the family. 

 

· At
the same time, IOF moved into al-Thawri neighborhood in Jerusalem. Without warning, they demolished a
30-square-meter garage belonging to Kamal Ibrahim al-Shoubaki. 

 

· On
Monday, 14 June 2010, the Planning and Construction Committee of the Israeli
Municipality of Jerusalem, approved the construction of 1,600 housing units in
"Ramat Shlomo" settlement in Jerusalem. Israeli postponed the approval of the construction
to this week to avoid any crisis with the United States. 

 

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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 its 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 international civil society organizations, including human rights
organizations, bar associations and NGOs to participate in the process of
exposing those accused of grave breaches of international law and to urge their
governments to bring these people 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 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 agreement or process 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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