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As the US-British War on Iraq Began, Israeli Human Rights
Violations in the OPT Continued

 

· 10
Palestinians, mostly civilians, including two children, were killed by Israeli forces

· Two of the victims bled to death

· Israeli forces conducted a series of incursions
into Palestinian areas, accompanied by indiscriminate shelling

· The Israeli retaliatory campaign continues
against families of wanted Palestinians and those who allegedly have carried
out armed attacks against Israeli targets 

· Over 1200 Palestinians have been detained

· The severe siege of the OPT has continued

 

Introduction

 

Despite statements made by Israeli political and military officials
that their occupying forces decreased their military operations, Israeli
occupying forces have perpetrated more illegal actions and human rights
violations against Palestinian civilians and their property.
  This week, 27 March –
2 April 2003, 10 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including two children, were
killed by Israeli occupying forces.

 

On Wednesday, 2 April 2003, Israeli
occupying forces killed 4 Palestinians, injured some others, destroyed 4 houses
and severely damaged roads and public service supplies, when they invaded the
al-Salam and al-Brazil neighborhoods in Rafah. Three of the victims were killed by a missile fired by an Israeli combat
helicopter. A number of roads and
electricity supplies were severely damaged.

 

On
Thursday, 27 March 2003, Israeli occupying forces, reinforced
by
heavy military vehicles and helicopters, moved into the northern Gaza Strip
town of Beit Hanoun. An undercover unit
of Israeli forces shot dead two members of the Palestinian National Security
Forces. One of the victims bled to
death. Three Palestinian civilians were
also wounded by the Israeli gunfire. Israeli forces also raided a number of houses and arrested 3
Palestinians. 

 

On the
same day, Israeli occupying forces moved into Rafah. They demolished 4 Palestinian houses and
razed areas of agricultural land. In
addition, two Palestinian civilians were wounded by Israeli gunfire
. 

 

In the
West Bank, Israeli occupying forces moved into Palestinian areas. They raided houses and
detained over 1200
Palestinians. On Wednesday, 2 April
2003, Israeli occupying forces invaded Tulkarm refugee camp. They imposed a curfew, raided houses and
detained over 1200 Palestinians. The
camp is still under curfew. 

 

In an excessive use of lethal force, Israeli occupying forces shot
dead 4 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. On Sunday, 30 March 2003, Israeli forces shot
dead a Palestinian civilian and arrested his 3 friends while they were hunting
birds in the southeast of Gaza city. On
Thursday, 27 March 2003, Israeli occupying forces moved into Tulkram. They fired at a number of Palestinian
civilians who were sitting near their houses, injuring one who bled to
death. On Saturday, 29 March 2003,
Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian child in ‘Askar refugee camp, east of
Nablus, when they fired at a number of children who threw stones. On Wednesday, 2 April 2003, 15-year-old ‘Omar
Mousa Ahmed Mutiar, from Qalandya refugee camp, north of Jerusalem, died from
an injury he sustained by Israeli occupying forces on Friday, 28 March
2003. 

 

In violation of international humanitarian law, which prohibits
collective punishment, Israeli forces took retaliatory measures against
families of Palestinians who have carried out attacks against Israeli targets
in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and those wanted by Israeli
forces.  In this context, they destroyed 4 Palestinian houses in the West
Bank and Gaza Strip. A number of
adjacent houses and civilian facilities were severely damaged. 

 

Israeli occupying forces have maintained a total siege on the OPTThey have isolated
Palestinian communities from one another
They have partitioned the Gaza Strip into
three separate zones and have restricted the movement of people and
goods.  They have also maintained curfews on some areas in the West
Bank.  Since Saturday, 15 March 2003, Israeli occupying authorities prevented
Palestinians aged 16-35 from traveling abroad.  Israeli occupying forces
have also maintained a strict siege on al-Mawasi area in the southern Gaza
Strip for several months, which has caused a deterioration of the living
conditions of Palestinian civilians in the area.     

 

 

The Shelling of, and Encroachment into Palestinian Areas

 

Thursday, 27 March 2003

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli occupying forces,
reinforced with heavy military vehicles, including a bulldozer, moved
approximately 200m into al-Brazil neighborhood in the south of Rafah, adjacent
to the Egyptian border. They opened fire
in the area, wounding a Palestinian civilian, Rabi’ Ibrahim al-Satari, 22, with
shrapnel in the left hand. He lost two
fingers. Then, the bulldozer demolished
4 Palestinian houses whose residents had already evacuated due to frequent
Israeli shelling. The following homes were destroyed:

 

1. A
300-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 3 families numbering 13
people used to live, owned by ‘Abdul Hadi Hassan Saleh Hassan
;

2. A
100-square-meter house, in which 4 people used to live, owned by Najeh ‘Abdul
Hadi Hassan Hassan
;

3. A
150-square-meter house, in which 8 people used to live, owned by Jamal ‘Abdul
Qader Yousef Hassan; and

4. A
200-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which two families numbering 13
people used to live, owned by Fatema Khalil Ibrahim al-Natour
. 

 

At approximately 02:30, an undercover unit of Israeli
occupying forces infiltrated the al-Zaytoun area in the northern Gaza Strip
town of Beit Hanoun. Israeli soldiers
moved onto farms and opened fire indiscriminately. When two members of the Palestinian National
Security Forces left the site at which they were stationed to check what was
going on, Israeli soldiers fired at them. One of the security men was instantly killed, while another bled to
death. They were identified as:

 

1. Eihab
Sa’di Mahmoud Jaras, 21, from al-Nasser neighborhood in Gaza city, shot by a
live bullet that entered his chest and exited from his back
;

2. Eyad
Khalil Fayadh, 31, from Beit Hanoun, shot by a live bullet in the chest
.

 

At the same time, Israeli heavy military vehicles
moved into the east of Beit Hanoun. Israeli soldiers raided and searched 3 Palestinian houses owned by
Isma’il Jasser Fayadh, Yousef ‘Abdul Qader Basiouni and Hassan Mohammed
Nussair. They proceeded to arrest 3
residents of those houses, as follows:

 

1.Hassan
Isma’il Jasser Fayadh, 23, a university student
;

2.Mohammed
Yousef ‘Abdul Qader Basiouni, 20, a university student; and

3.Hamed
Hassan Mahmoud Nussair, 32, a member of the Palestinian National Security
Forces
. 

 

During this incursion, an Israeli helicopter gunship
fired a missile and several live bullets at a number of Palestinian civilians
and security men who gathered near a well that belongs to the Municipality of
Beit Hanoun, located approximately 150m north of the affected area. The following three Palestinians were
wounded:

 

1. Ahmed
Mohammed al-Hinnawi, 25, from Jabalya, wounded by shrapnel in the left leg
;

2. Mohammed
Ibrahim Harb, 24, from al-Shojaeya neighborhood in Gaza city, wounded by a live
bullet in the left leg; and

3. Sa’di
Khalil al-Za’anin, 50, from Beit Hanoun, wounded by a live bullet in the right
foot
. 

 

At approximately 04:00, 50 Israeli soldiers moved
into the Um al-Nasser area in northern Rafah, near the "Morag"
settlement. They searched the area and
called on residents using loudspeakers to leave their houses. Israeli soldiers were also firing in the
area. Seven residents of the area left
their houses. Immediately, Israeli
soldiers handcuffed, blindfolded and took them to the "Morag"
settlement. They were released at
approximately 10:00 after having been interrogated. 

 

At approximately 19:45, Israeli occupying forces
north of al-Tuffah checkpoint, at the entrance of al-Mawasi area in the western
part of Khan Yunis, opened fire at Khan Yunis refugee camp. The following three Palestinian civilians
were wounded
:

 

1. Mahmoud
‘Ali Abu ‘Obaida, 23, seriously wounded by a live bullet in the head
;

2. Mahdi
Fu’ad al-Hamami, 20, wounded by a live bullet in the right foot; and

3. Ibrahim
Yousef Abu Mukhaimar, 21, wounded by a live bullet in the right arm
. 

 

At approximately 23:00, Israeli occupying forces
moved into Tulkarm refugee camp. They
opened fire at Palestinian houses. Without prior warning, Israeli soldiers fired at a number of Palestinian
civilians who were sitting near their houses. One of those civilians, Mohammed ‘Awadh Ghanem, 20, was wounded by two
live bullets. Israeli soldiers pulled
him away and left him bleeding near a military jeep. Another Palestinian civilian, Hazem Taleb
Mohammed Abu D’iab, 26, stood at the door of his house to see what was going
on. Immediately, Israeli soldiers fired
at him, wounding him with a live bullet in the chest. An ambulance of Palestine Red Crescent
Society arrived in the area, but Israeli soldiers denied it access to the
wounded for 20 minutes, during which time Ghanem died. He and D’iab were evacuated to hospital. According to medical sources, Ghanem was shot
by two live bullets in the chest and the abdomen. 

 

Friday, 28 March 2003

 

At approximately 02:30, Israeli occupying forces,
reinforced with heavy military vehicles and covered by intense gunfire, moved
approximately 4km into Ma’an village, east of Khan Yunis. They destroyed a house belonging to the Abu
al-Naja family
(see the section on the
retaliatory measures below). Two
Palestinian civilians were wounded by the Israeli gunfire
:

 

1. Suleiman
Mohammed Suleiman Abu al-Naja, 18, seriously wounded by a live bullet in the
chest; and

2. Adnan Suleiman Eslayeh, 35, wounded by shrapnel in the right foot. 

 

Israeli soldiers also arrested 3 persons from the
family of Abu al-Naja, but released them a few hours later
. 

 

At approximately 14:00, Israeli occupying forces,
reinforced with heavy military vehicles, including two bulldozers, and covered
by intense gunfire, moved approximately 200m into the ‘Orayba area in
northwestern Rafah. They called through
loudspeakers on Palestinian farmers to leave their agricultural land. Some members of the International Solidarity
Movement tried to prevent the Israeli military bulldozers from razing those
areas, but their attempts failed. The
bulldozers remained there until Saturday evening, 29 March 2003, razing the
following tracts of Palestinian agricultural land:

 

1. They
razed a 1-donum area of agricultural land, on which a greenhouse planted with
vegetables stood, and destroyed an irrigation network and a water pump owned by
Subhi Salim Salama al-Mallahi
. 

2. They
razed a 2-donum area of agricultural land, on which two greenhouses planted
with vegetables stood, and destroyed three animal feed stores
owned
by Mohammed Salim Salama al-Mallahi
. 

3. They
razed a 5-donum area of agricultural land planted with potatoes and onions, and
a greenhouse standing on the same land, planted with vegetables, and destroyed
an irrigation network owned by Salim Salama al-Mallahi.

4. They
razed a 1-donum area of agricultural land, on which a greenhouse planted with
vegetables stood, and destroyed an irrigation network and insecticides owned by
Salah Salim Salama al-Mallahi.

5. They
razed a 1-donum area of agricultural land, on which a greenhouse planted with
vegetables stood, and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Ayman Salim
Salama al-Mallahi
.

6. They
razed a 10-donum area of agricultural land planted with olives and potatoes,
and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Salah Suleiman Salim
al-Hashash. 

 

Saturday, 29 March 2003

 

At approximately 13:30, an Israeli gunboat
intercepted a Palestinian fishing boat owned by Mohammed Munir Baker,
approximately 6 nautical miles from the shore of Gaza city. Israeli marine troops arrested the following
two Palestinian fishermen
:

 

1. Mohammed
Mohammed Munir Baker, 25; and

2. Mahmoud
Mohammed Munir Baker, 27
. 

 

They also forced the other 4 fishermen who were on
the boat to sail towards the shore. The
fishing boat was in an area where fishing is permitted according to the
Palestinian-Israeli agreements
. 

 

At approximately 18:30, Israeli occupying forces in
military locations in the vicinity of the "Neve Dekalim" settlement,
west of Khan Yunis, opened fire at Palestinian houses in Khan Yunis refugee
camp. They also fired flare and sound
bombs in the air. A flare bomb fell onto
an 80-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 6 people live, owned by
Fayez Ahmed Salim Salha. Furniture of
the house was severely damaged. 

 

Sunday, 30 March 2003

 

At approximately 15:30, an infantry unit of Israeli
occupying forces moved approximately 700m into Palestinian areas west of a
settler road linking al-Mentar crossing and al-Shuhada
junction,
south of Gaza city. Apparently, Israeli
soldiers moved into the area to chase 4 Palestinian young men who were under
olive trees hunting birds. Immediately
and without prior warning, Israeli soldiers fired at the 4 young men. Less than 10 minutes later, a tank and a
military bulldozer moved into the area. The fate of the 4 young men remained unknown until the following day,
when Israeli occupying forces allowed a Palestinian ambulance to enter the
area. The body of a young man, Mohammed
Farouq Mahmoud Tafesh, 18, from al-Zaytoun neighborhood in Gaza city, was found
in the area. According to medical
sources, he was shot by a live bullet in the head. Palestinians were also informed that the
other three young men were detained by Israeli occupying forces, as follows:

 

 

1. Hussam
Mohammed Mahmoud Hussein, 19, from al-Zaytoun neighborhood
;

2. Ibrahim
Mohammed D’ib al-‘Emari, 19, from al-Zaytoun neighborhood; and

3. Ali Walid Fadhel Abu Dayeh, 19, from al-Zaytoun neighborhood.

 

Tuesday, 1 April 2003

 

At approximately 06:00, Israeli occupying forces
moved roughly 300m onto a road that leads to "Netzarim" settlement,
south of Gaza city. An Israeli military
bulldozer partially demolished a 250-square-meter, asbestos-roofed mosque on
the left of the road. It also destroyed
3 tombs belonging to the al-Saqqa family. 

 

At approximately 15:30, an Israeli military jeep
moved into Qarawat Bani Zaid village, northwest of Ramallah, which is under
full Palestinian control. The jeep
parked near Qarawat Bani Zaid secondary school. A number of Palestinian students threw stones towards the jeep. Immediately, Israeli soldiers got out of the
jeep and fired at the students. Three
students were wounded:

 

1. Ra’fat
Fahed Hassan ‘Arar, 15, critically wounded by an explosive live bullet that
entered his back and exited through his abdomen, damaging blood vessels and
intestines, and by shrapnel in the pelvis (his brother, Muhsen, was killed by
Israeli forces one year ago) ;

2. Ramez
Fahed Hassan ‘Arar, 16, wounded by a live bullet in the pelvis; and

3. Ghassan
Bajes ‘Arar, 15, wounded by a live bullet in the foot
. 

 

At approximately 16:00, two Israeli military jeeps
moved into Kufor ‘Ein village, northwest of Ramallah, which is under full
Palestinian control. A number of young
Palestinian men gathered near the cemetery of the village and threw stones
towards the military jeeps. Immediately,
Israeli soldiers fired at the stone throwers. Kafi ‘Abdul Fattah Daghra, 21, was wounded by a live bullet in the
ear. Israeli soldiers also arrested
Mohammed ‘Afif Saleh Abu Khrama, 16. They severely beat him and then released him in an area adjacent to
‘Aaboud village. A villager found him
and evacuated him to hospital. 

 

Wednesday, 2 April 2003

 

At approximately 04:00, Israeli occupying forces,
reinforced with dozens of heavy military vehicles and two helicopters, moved
into Tulkram refugee camp from three directions. They established a military site southeast of
the camp and transformed UNRWA schools in the east of the camp into interrogation
centers. They imposed a curfew on the
camp and called through loudspeakers on males aged 15-40 to gather in UNRWA
schools. Approximately 1200 people
gathered, and they were interrogated. They were also taken in buses to Nour Shams refugee camp, east of
Tulkarm, and were not allowed to return to their homes. Israeli forces also arrested 15 Palestinians
who were allegedly wanted. They raided
houses in the camp. They made holes in
walls to move from one house to another. Israeli forces surrounded Dr. Thabet Thabet Hospital in Tulkarm. They moved into its yard and checked identity
cards of its medical staff and patients. At the time of writing, Israeli occupying forces were continuing their
incursion into the camp. 

 

At approximately 05:00, Israeli occupying forces,
reinforced with heavy military vehicles, moved into Jenin. They opened fire at Palestinian houses and
markets, wounding two Palestinian civilians
:

1. Amjad
‘Omar Mustafa Khalil, 19, wounded by shrapnel in the right thigh; and

2. Fu’ad
Mustafa ‘Atiq, 21, wounded by shrapnel in the legs
. 

 

In the evening, Israeli occupying forces killed 4
Palestinian, injured some others, destroyed 4 houses and severely damaged roads
and public service supplies, when they invaded al-Salam and al-Brazil neighborhoods
in Rafah
. 

 

According to PCHR’s investigation and eyewitnesses’
reports, at approximately 21:15, Israeli occupying forces, reinforced with
about 35 heavy military vehicles and a number of military bulldozers and
covered by intense shelling moved into al-Brazil and al-Salam neighborhoods in
Rafah, adjacent to the Egyptian border. At approximately 23:00, two Israeli combat helicopters flew over the two
areas and fired at Palestinian houses. One of the helicopters launched a missile at a group of Palestinian
civilians who were in an alley in the al-Salam neighborhood. Six civilians were injured by shrapnel from
the missile. Three of them were in such
serious condition that medical efforts to save their lives failed. They were pronounced dead two hours later:

1. Walid
Tawfiq al-Liddawi, 19, hit by shrapnel in the head and the limbs
;

2. Ibrahim
‘Abdul Nour Abu Shallouf, 18, hit by shrapnel in the chest and the feet; and

3. Wissam
‘Abdul Karim al-Sha’er, 24, hit by shrapnel in the abdomen
. 

 

The other civilians who were injured were:

1. Mohammed
Shukri ‘Olayan, 25, injured by shrapnel in the left leg
;

2. Sami
Ahmed Abu ‘Abada, 16, injured by shrapnel in the right knee; and

3. Rami
Nabil Zannoun, 20, injured by shrapnel in the left leg
. 

 

Israeli heavy military vehicles also shelled the two
areas. A Palestinian civilian, Mustafa
Fathi D’iba, 19, was injured by shrapnel in the right leg
. 

 

A number of Palestinian men resisted the Israeli
incursion. Israeli soldiers fired at
them, killing Mahmoud Nafez Sha’at, 35, with a live bullet in the head
. 

 

Before their withdrawal from the two areas, Israeli
military bulldozers completely demolished two Palestinian houses in the
al-Brazil neighborhood, and partially destroyed two others in the al-Salam
neighborhood. The details are as follows
:

1. They
totally demolished a 300-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 4
families numbering 20 lived, owned by Su’ad ‘Abdul Majid Ahmed al-Shaf’ei
.

2. They
totally demolished a 300-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which two families
numbering 12 lived, owned by Samhan ‘Abdul Rahman Hussein Hussein.

3. They
partially demolished a 200-square-meter, 4-storey house, in which two families
numbering 18 lived, owned by ‘Abdul Hamid Hassan Timraz
.

4. They
partially demolished a 200-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which two
families numbering 12 lived, owned by Mohammed ‘Ali Hamdan Qeshta
. 

 

Shooting at Palestinian Civilians

 

Thursday, 27 March 2003

 

At approximately 16:30, Israeli occupying forces at
the eastern border of the Gaza Strip, east of Wadi al-Salqa village, fired at
Haniya ‘Olayan Abu Juraiban, 51, while she was cultivating vegetables on her
agricultural land, approximately 1km west of the border. She was wounded by a live bullet in the right
shoulder. She told PCHR’s field officer
in the central Gaza Strip that the area was quiet when she was fired at by
Israeli forces. 

 

Friday, 28 March 2003

 

At approximately 14:30, a number of Palestinian
children and young men demonstrated at the western entrance of Qalandya refugee
camp, north of occupied Jerusalem, in protest of the US-British war on
Iraq. They moved towards an Israeli
military checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah. When they neared the checkpoint, they set
fire to tires and threw stones towards 6 Israeli soldiers who were behind a
fence surrounding Qalandya Airport near the checkpoint. Immediately, Israeli soldiers fired at the
demonstrators, wounding two:

 

1. Mujahed
‘Eissa Ahmed al-Tayeh, 19, wounded by two live bullets in the right hand and
the left thigh; and

2. Omar Mousa Ahmed Mutair, 14, seriously wounded by a
live bullet that entered his jaw and settled in his neck
. He succumbed to his wound on Wednesday, 2 April 2003.

 

Saturday, 29 March 2003

 

At approximately 00:30, three Israeli soldiers who
were hiding behind the offices of the Palestinian Ministry of Social Affairs
near the Egyptian border, south of Rafah, fired at 3 Palestinian young men who
were near their houses on al-Nuzha Street
. All 3 were wounded:

1. Jamal
Mahmoud Mansour, 32, seriously wounded by a live bullet in the chest
;

2. Abdul Rahman ‘Abdul Fattah Abu al-‘Eish, 20, wounded by a live bullet in
the right arm; and

3. Mohammed
Saqer al-Soufi, 20, wounded by a live bullet in the right hand
. 

 

Apparently, Israeli soldiers intended to kill the three
young men, as all of their injuries were in the upper part of the body
. 

 

In an excessive use of lethal force, Israeli
occupying forces shot dead a 15-year-old Palestinian child and wounded a
20-year-old man critically in
Askar refugee camp in
Nablus
.

 

According to information available to PCHR, at
approximately 20:10, while an Israeli military vehicle was patrolling
Askar refugee camp, east of Nablus, a number of
Palestinian children and young men gathered and threw stones towards the
vehicle, without posing any threat to the lives of Israeli soldiers. Immediately and without resorting to less
lethal means, Israeli soldiers fired at the stone throwers. Mohammed Ahmed Asa’ad Darwish, 15, was
critically wounded by two live bullets; one that entered his back and exited
through his chest and hit his right hand, while the other hit his left
leg. He died on the way to
hospital. In addition, Kamel Mahmoud
Ahmed ‘Owais, 20, was critically wounded by a live bullet in the chest. 

 

Monday, 31 March 2003

 

At approximately 14:00, Israeli soldiers fired
rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters at Palestinian civilians
near Tariq Ben Ziad School in southern Hebron. Three Palestinian children were wounded
:

 

 

1. Mustafa
Zuhair al
-‘Ajlouni, 13, wounded by
a rubber-coated metal bullet in the head
;

2. Wa’ed
Mazen Ghaith, 10, wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the left leg; and

3. Jalal
Yousef Barqan, 12, wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the right hand
. 

 

Tuesday, 1 April 2003

 

At approximately 17:30, a number of Palestinian
children gathered in Wad Bourqin Street, west of Jenin, and threw stones
towards an Israeli tank positioned approximately 50m away. Immediately, Israeli soldiers in the tank
fired
at the children, wounding two
:

 

1. Suhaib
Mahmoud Sa’id Samara, 12, wounded by a live bullet in the right leg; and

2. Ali Mohammed Hamed Taleb, 11, wounded by a live bullet in the left leg. 

 

Collective Punishment Measures against Families
of Wanted Palestinians and Those Who have Carried out Armed Attacks against
Israeli Targets

 

In violation of international humanitarian law, which prohibits
collective punishment, Israeli forces took retaliatory measures against
families of Palestinians who have carried out attacks against Israeli targets
in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and those wanted by Israeli forces.

 

At approximately 02:30 on Friday, 28 March 2003,
Israeli occupying forces, reinforced with heavy military vehicles, moved into
Ma’an village, east of Khan Yunis. Soon,
they surrounded the house of Ayman Mousa Mohammed Abu al-Naja, a brother of
Amjad Abu al-Naja, who is allegedly wanted by Israeli forces. They blew up the door and broke into the
house, accompanied by dogs. They
searched the 200-square-meter, two-story house, in which 3 families numbering
23 people live. After they searched the
house and checked the identities of its residents, they forced the residents
out and planted explosives in the house. They then raided and searched a 160-square-meter, two-storey house, in
which 3 families numbering 16 people live, owned by Mohammed Mohammed Ahmed Abu
al-Naja. They searched the house and
forced its residents out. Shortly before
they withdrew from the area, approximately two and a half hours, Israeli forces
destroyed the first house. The second
house was severely damaged, and an animal farm and a car, owned by Ussama Mousa
Abu al-Naja, were also destroyed. 

 

At approximately 22:00 on Monday, 31 March 2003,
Israeli occupying forces, reinforced with heavy military vehicles, moved into
al-Aama’ari refugee camp in Ramallah. Nearly 100 Israeli soldiers surrounded the house of Mohammed Yousef
‘Abdul Rahim Naji, 66. They ordered the
owner to get out and informed him that his house would be destroyed. Israeli soldiers then broke into the 105-square-meter,
3-storey house, where 7 people (including the owner’s five sons, all of whom
have been detained by Israeli forces) lived. They ordered the family to evacuate their belongings in one hour, but
Naji refused. Immediately, Israeli
soldiers planted explosives in the house and destroyed it, damaging 16
neighboring houses, a mosque and two stores. In addition, 3 civilian cars were destroyed. Upon their withdrawal from the camp, Israeli
forces arrested 5 Palestinians. 

 

At approximately 02:00 on Tuesday, 1 April 2003,
Israeli occupying forces, reinforced with heavy military vehicles, moved into
Deir al-Ghosoun village, north of Tulkarm. They surrounded the house of
Mohammed Jamil” Mutlaq
Edris Ghanem. Ghanem heard sounds of
intense gunfire outside. He looked
through the windows to see what was going on. He saw Israeli soldiers firing at the street lights. Soon, he heard knocking on the door. He opened it. Immediately, Israeli soldiers broke into the house. They ordered him to get the 8 residents of
the 160-square-meter house out. They
then planted explosives in the house and destroyed it. Ghanem is the father of Rami Ghanem who
carried out a bombing in Netanya, Israel on Sunday, 30 March 2003. 

 

At approximately 05:00 on Wednesday, 2 April 2003,
Israeli occupying forces surrounded a house belonging to the family of ‘Omar
Hamdan Ahmed Abu Snaina, 22, in the Wadi al-Hariya area in southern
Hebron. They called through loudspeakers
on the 10 residents of the 160-square-meter house to get out. Israeli soldiers then broke into the house
and searched it. They planted explosives
in the house and destroyed it. Abu
Snaina was arrested by Israeli occupying forces on 26 June 2002. 

 

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PCHR calls:

 

1. Upon the
international community to provide immediate and independent international
protection
for the Palestinian
people in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
.

2. Upon the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth
Geneva Convention of 1949 to reconvene to take effective measures to protect
Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
, in accordance with
their obligations under article 1 and article 146, to ensure the respect of the
Convention
.

3. Upon the international community to investigate
and prosecute those believed to have committed war crimes in the Occupied
Palestinian Territories before international courts.

4. Upon the ICRC to enhance its presence, expand
its activities, and intensify its field operations throughout the Occupied
Palestinian Territories
.

5. Upon the European Union to activate Article 2
of the Euro-Israeli Association Agreement, which provides that Israel must
respect human rights.

6. Upon the international community to provide
humanitarian and medical assistance for the Palestinian people, whose living
conditions are continuing to deteriorate as a result of the continued siege
imposed by Israeli occupation forces on the entire Occupied Palestinian
Territories.