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Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) 

(10 – 16 November 2016)

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  • Israeli forces continued to use excessive force in the oPt
  • 6 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  • House demolitions on grounds of collective punishment.
  • A room was closed with concrete in Yatta, south of Hebron.
  • Israeli forces conducted 64 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 6 ones in occupied Jerusalem.
  • 57 civilians, including 15 children and a woman, were arrested.
  • Fifteen of them, including 12 children and the woman, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.
  • The Health Improvement Program’s office in Ramallah was raided and some of its content were confiscated.
  • Israeli forces continued to target Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip Sea.
  • 2 fishermen were arrested and their fishing boat was confiscated, north of the Gaza Strip.
  • Israeli forces continued their efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • 2 residential apartments in al-Mukaber Mount and 2 stores in Beit Hanina were self-demolished by their owners.
  • 2 barracks, an agricultural room and a mosque foundation in Silwan and Sour Baher villages were demolished.
  • Settlement activities continued in the West Bank.
  • 2 agricultural rooms in Qalqilya and a residential tent, a social service centre and a well, south of Hebron, were demolished.
  • 28 storehouses in al-Ouja village, north of Jericho, were demolished; 6 of them were roofed while the others were still in the foundation phase.
  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 9th
  • Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.
  • 3 Palestinian civilians were arrested at military checkpoints.
  • A trader at arrested at Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing, north of the Gaza Strip.

 

 

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (10 – 16 November 2016).

 

Shooting:

Israeli forces have continued to commit crimes, inflicting civilian casualties. They have also continued to use excessive force against Palestinian civilians participating in peaceful protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the majority of whom were youngsters. During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 6 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

 

In the West Bank, on 10 November 2016, Anas Zaid (15), from al-Jalazoun refugee camp, was wounded and then arrested. The aforementioned boy was wounded then dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered at the northern entrance to Birzait village, north of Ramallah, to organize a protest marking the 12th death anniversary of Yasser Arafat. The protestors threw stones at the Israeli soldier, who were present in the area.

 

On 11 November 2016, Majdi Jom’a (13) was hit by a tear gas canister to the right leg during Kufor Qaddoum weekly protest, northeast of Qalqilya.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 11 November 2016, 4 Palestinian civilians were wounded. Three of whom participated in a peaceful protest organized at the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Shuja’iya, east of Gaza City, while the 4th was wounded during a similar peaceful protest at the border fence, east of al-Bureij refugee camp, in the central Gaza Strip.

 

In the context of targeting Palestinian fishermen, on 10 November 2016, Israeli gunboats stationed in the sea opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 6 nautical miles. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

On 16 November 2016, Israeli gunboats opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats and arrested fishermen Abdul Hafez As’ad al-Sultan (37) and his brother Ammar (23), both from al-Salateen neighbourhood in Beit Lahia. Israeli forces also confiscated their boat. At approximately 01:00 on Wednesday, 16 November 2016, the Israeli authorities released Ammar while kept his brother and the boat in custody.

 

On 16 November 2016, Israeli gunboats opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 5 nautical miles off al-Sudaniya shore, west of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported.

 

House demolitions on grounds of collective punishment:

 

On 10 November 2016, Israeli forces moved into Yatta, south of Hebron. They raided a house belonging to the family of Zain Awad (24) and started closing a room of an old house, in which Zain used to live. It should be noted that Zain has been arrested by Israeli forces since 09 June 2015 under the pretext of being engaged in offering help to Palestinians from al-Makhamra family from the same city, who carried out a shooting attack in Tel Aviv in June 2015 that resulted then in the killing of 3 Israelis.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 64 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 6 others in occupied Jerusalem and its suburbs. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 57 Palestinian civilians, including 15 children and a woman. Fifteen of them, including 12 children and the woman, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.

 

On 16 November 2016, Israeli forces raided the Health Improvement Program’s office in Ramallah and damaged its content. They then confiscated some contents and withdrew later.

 

Creating Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem:

 

On Sunday morning, 13 November 2016, Ja’abis family self-demolished 2 residential apartments in al-Mokaber Mount, southeast of Jerusalem, in implementation of the Israeli District court under the pretext of building without a license.

 

On the same day, two Palestinian traders namely Mohammed al-Najar and Nedal Gheith, self-demolished their shops in Beit Hanenah neighbourhood in implementation of the Israeli municipality decision under the pretext of building without a license.

 

On Tuesday, 15 November 2016, Israeli municipality bulldozers demolished a 200-square-meter barrack for horses and 15-square-meter agricultural rooms belonging to ‘Alaa’ Shweiki in al-Thawri neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of building without a license.

 

On the same day, the municipality bulldozers demolished the foundations of Um al-Qora Mosque in Sour Baher village, southeast of East Jerusalem, under the pretext of building without a licence.  They also demolished a barrack in the same area.

 

Settlement activities and settlers’ attacks against Palesitnian civilians and their property:

 

On Thursday, 10 November 2016, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliya to the west, heading to al-Naqqar neighbourhood and demolished a 30-squatre-meter agricultural room built of bricks and tin-roofed and health.  The vehicles then moved to the east to al-Razazah neighbourhood, where they demolished another 28-square-meter agricultural room built of bricks and tin-roofed.

 

On 13 November 2016, Israeli Forces confiscated a generator and light digging equipment belonging to al-Sheikh ‘Awad Hanani from Beit Foriq village used in an afforestation project in Kherbet Tana, east of Beir Foriq, east of Nablus, funded by Oxfam.

On 14 November 2016, Israeli forces demolished 28 stores in al-‘Oja village, north of Hebron belonging to Jamal Freijat (51). Six of these stores were roofed while the rest were still under-construction.  Clashes occurred between civilians and Israeli forces, who fired tear ags canisters and sound bombs.  As a result, the aforementioned civilian suffered tear gas inhalation and his condition was described as serious.

 

On Tuesday, 15 November 2016, Israeli forces accompanied with a vehicle belonging to the Israeli Construction and Organization Department and bulldozer moved into Kherbet Um al-Kheir, southeast of Yatta.  They demolished Um al-Kheir Social Centre, which was only built of pillars and a shader cloth by the residents on the rubbles of the centre demolished months ago under the pretext of building without a license.  They also levelled a 20-square-meter residential tent belonging to ‘Ali Mohammed Khalil Hathalin and his 4-memebr family.  The Israeli forces then demolished a water well belonging to Mohammed Mahmoud al-‘Adrah in al-Hayah area, east of al-Dirat village.

 

Restrictions on movement:

 

Israel continued to impose a tight closure of the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

 

The illegal closure of the Gaza Strip, which has been steadily tightened since June 2007 has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.  The Israeli authorities impose measures to undermine the freedom of trade, including the basic needs for the Gaza Strip population and the agricultural and industrial products to be exported. For 9 consecutive years, Israel has tightened the land and naval closure to isolate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and other countries around the world. This resulted in grave violations of the economic, social and cultural rights and a deterioration of living conditions for 1.8 million people.  The Israeli authorities have established Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shaloum) as the sole crossing for imports and exports in order to exercise its control over the Gaza Strip’s economy.  They also aim at imposing a complete ban on the Gaza Strip’s exports. The Israeli closure raised the rate of poverty to 38.8%, 21.1% of which suffer from extreme poverty. Moreover, the rate of unemployment increased up to 44%, which reflects the unprecedented economic deterioration in the Gaza Strip.

 

In the West Bank, Israeli forces continued to suffocate the Palestinian cities and village by imposing military checkpoints around and/or between them. This created “cantons” isolated from each other that hinders the movement of civilians. Moreover, the Palestinian civilians suffering aggravated because of the annexation wall and checkpoints erected on daily basis to catch Palestinians.

 

Details

 

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

 

Thursday 10 November  2016

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Marakah village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses. At approximately 04:45, they arrested 5 civilians and then withdrew from the area. The arrested civilians were identified as Bilal Mohammed Abu Jalbush (31), Saleh Ali Mousa (39) and his brother Ahmed, Samir Shafiq Mousa (36) and his brother Bashir (22).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved al-Khader and Beit Fajar villages, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 6 civilians. The arrested civilians were identified as Othman Mohammed Salah (37), Mahmud Khalil Ghunaim (35), Ashraf Salah (38), Mahmud Mohammed Salah (30), Mohammed Rebhi (33) and Ali Samir Taqatqah (28).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Wad al-Mughaier area, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mahmud Abdul Salam Sulhab (50) and then arrested his son Mohammed Anas (19).

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Zawiyah village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched a number of houses. At approximately 04:00, they arrested Masou’d Raieq Abu al-Wafa (45) and took him to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, west of Gaza City, heavily opened fire and pumped water at Palestinian fishing boats and then surrounded them. According to a statement of Zakariya Bakr, coordinator of fishermen committees, the Israeli gunboats were after the fishing boats sailing within 6 nautical miles, west of Gaza city. They also pumped water at them. As a result, fishermen were forced to flee for fear of being arrested or wounded and no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah, Tarqumia, Sa’ir, Beit Marsum and Dora villages in Hebron.

 

Friday, 11 November  2016

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Ein Beit al-Maa’ refugee camp, west of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Nedal Hamdi (20) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Qasem Adel Husain Abu Khader (20) and Yusuf Sa’id Abu al-Sheikh (20). They ordered their families to hand over their sons. They then arrested Qasem and Yusuf after checking their ID cards.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Wad al-Tofah neighborhood, west of Nablus, and stationed opposite to al-Shaghour Park. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Hani Hamdi (20) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Tubas and stationed in al-Hawouz area, west of the city. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nader Mustafa Mohammed Sawaftah (40) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Ya’bud village, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses. At approximately 04:00, they arrested Mohammed Ibrahim Salamah (30) and Majd Ahmed Ba’jawi (21), a fourth year university student in.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Qaryout village, southeast of Nablus, Yatta and Tafouh villages in Hebron.

 

Saturday, 12 November 2016

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Beit Oula, al-Shayoukh, Hadab al-‘Alaqah and al-Surrah villages in Hebron.

 

Sunday, 13 November 2016

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Duheisha refugee camp, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Basel Walid Da’amsah (20) and Mohammed Sami Shahin (20).

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Silwad village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Abdul Rahman Ahmed Hamed (16) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Fajar village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then handed summonses to 5 civilians to refer to the Israeli intelligence services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of the city. The arrested civilians were identified as Ali Mohammed Taqtqah (28), Ali Mohammed Thawabtah (30), Ahmed Abdul Rahman Thawabtah (30), Abdul Rahman Sobhi Thawabtah (20) and Shadi Sobhi Thawabtah (21).

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Ein Ya’bud village, northeast of Ramallah, Hawarah village, south of Nablus and Husan village, west of Bethlehem.

 

Monday, 14 November 2016

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Husan village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Ibrahim Abu Yabes (15) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Yatta, south of Hebron, and stationed in al-Hilah area. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Osama Mustafa Makhamrah (33) and Shadi Ismail Zain (31) and then arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Sa’ir village, east of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mojahed Nemr al-Farouh (27) and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli intelligence services in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlehem.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Dawhah village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then handed summonses to Qusai Khaled Abu Salem (21) and Omer ‘Atah Mahmud (18) to refer to the Israeli intelligence services in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of the city, for interrogation.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm. They raided and searched several houses. At approximately 04:00, they arrested Nawaf Husain Jalad (40).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Surif village, west of Hebron, and stationed in al-Matinah area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Ismail Ghunaimat (52) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ommar village, north of Hebron, and stationed in al-Baten and al-Latoun areas. They raided and searched a furniture store belonging to Kamal Zain ‘Adi. At the same time, another Israeli force raided and searched a house belonging to the family of a physically disabled civilian namely Mohammed Mahmud Abdul Aziz Awad (31) and then arrested him. They took him to “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlehem.

 

  • At approximately 22:30, Israeli forces moved into Kufel Hares village, north of Salfit. They raided and searched 4 houses and handed summonses to 4 persons identified as: Ayman Aziz Rida Jaber (45), Basel Mahmoud Essa (43), Mohammed Abdul Hamid Mohammed Mousa (54) and Sedqi Ahmed Obaid (56).

 

  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (9) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-Naqurah village, northwest of the city, al-Thaheriyah and Ethna villages, in Hebron, Qalqiliyah, al-Nabi Elyas and Azzoun villages, east of the city.

 

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

 

  • At approximately 00:00, a group of Israeli undercover agents sneaked into ‘Askar refugee camp, northeast of Nablus. They used 2 civilian cars with Palestinian registration plates and stationed near the main street of the camp. They surrounded a house belonging to Thaer Fathi Abdul Fatah Qandeel (29) near Qurtuba (Cordoba) Elementary School for Girls. Later, many military jeeps raided the camp to support the undercover agents. They stationed on the building’s roofs and ordered the inhabitants to go down to the streets through loudspeakers. When Na’im (25), Thaer’s brother, went to the street, the agents caught him and detained him near a supermarket. After that, the Israeli forces interrogated his brother Qassam (22) and family members on the spot. They also asked them where Thaer was and they said he was not home. The soldiers opened fire at the first floor of the house ordering Thaer to turn himself in. An hour later, they opened fire at the second floor where he and his wife live. They ordered Thaer to turn himself in and interrogated the family on the spot while attacking Na’im and Qassam. At approximately 05:30, Israeli soldiers arrested Thaer from the house of his neighbours.

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, and stationed in the center of the camp. They raided and searched a house belonging to Jaber Abdul Qader al-Titi and handed summonses to his sons Abdul Qader and Shamekh to refer to the Israeli intelligence services in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlehem

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Husan village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Abdul Rahman Mustafa Za’oul (15) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ommar village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Ahmed Mousa Ekhmais (37). They then arrested him and took him to an unknown destination. Israeli forces also raided and searched houses of Bader Mahmud Ekhlaiel, Sa’di Ekhlaiel and Faisal Mahmud Ekhmais under the pretext of searching for wanted persons.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Anin village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a number of houses near the annexation wall. At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces withdrew from the area and no arrests were reported.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Abiyat village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Abdul Jabar Jamal ‘Abiyat (19). They then handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli intelligence service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of the city.

 

  • At approximately 03:40, Israeli forces moved into Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to the families of Leith Ahmed Mohammed Hamed (22) and Emad Yassin Sobhi Hamed (21). Israeli forces arrested the 2 aforementioned civilians and confiscated a car belonging to the first.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Bubya village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Jamal Mostafa al-Khateeb (54). They arrested the aforementioned person although he is a former prisoner and has health problems.

 

  • At approximately 17:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of al-Wahah shore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats. Two Israeli gunboats surrounded a fishing boat belonging to As’ad Mohammed al-Sultan, which was manned by his sons Abdul Hafez (37) and Ammar (23), both from al-Salateen neighbourhood in Beit Lahia. The boat was sailing nearly 500 meters offshore and about 1500 meters away from the northern maritime boundary with Israel. The Israeli soldiers ordered the abovementioned fishermen to take off their clothes, jump into the water and swim towards the gunboat. They then confiscated the boat in addition to the fishing nets and then took the detained fishermen to Ashdod port. At approximately 01:00 on Wednesday, 16 November 2016, Israeli authorities released Ammar al-Sultan through Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing while kept his brother Abdul Hafez and the boat in custody.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Ethna, Bani Na’iem and al-Hijrah villages and al-‘Aroub refugee camp in Hebron.

 

Wednesday, 16 November  2016

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Ramallah. They raided a building in the centre of the city in which the Health Improvement Program’s office is. They damaged the office’s doors and content. After that, they confiscated some electronic appliances and withdrew later.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They arrested Ibrahim Atallah Awad (23) and Mostafa Jamal Abu Warda (22) and took them to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 21:30, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Sudaniya shore, west of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 5 nautical miles. They also fired flare bombs overhead. However, neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (7) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Zabouba village, west of Jenin; al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah; Beit Seera village, west of the city; and Beit Oula, Sa’ir, Karza and Abu al-Asja villages in Hebron.

 

  • Use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrations protesting settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall

 

West Bank:

 

  • At approximately 09:30 on Thursday, 10 November 2016, dozens of Palestinians gathered at the northern entrance to Birzeit village (Atarah Bridge), north of Ramallah, to organize a protest commemorating the 12th anniversary of the death of the late President Yasser Arafat. The protesters threw stones at the Israeli soldiers, who immediately fired live bullets and metal bullets in response. As a result, Anas Mohammed Jaber Zaid (15), from al-Jalazoun refugee camp, sustained wounds. The Israeli soldiers then arrested him and took him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 13:15, on Friday, 11 November 2016, Palestinian civilians and international solidarity activists organized a protest in the center of Kafer Qadoum village, northeast of Qalqiliya, and then made their way to the eastern entrance of the village in protest against closing that entrance since the beginning of al-Aqsa Intifada with an iron gate. When the protesters approached the entrance, Israeli forces fired live bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, Majdi Majed Abdul Mo’men Jom’ah (13) was hit with a tear gas canister to the right leg.

 

  • Following the Friday prayer also, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized demonstrations in Bil’in and Ni’lin villages, west of Ramallah; and al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city, protesting against the annexation wall and settlement activities. Israeli forces forcibly dispersed the protesters, firing live and metal bullets and sound bombs. They also chased the protesters into olive fields and houses.  As a result, many of the protesters suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

 

Gaza Strip:

 

  • At approximately 02:00 following Friday prayer, 11 November 2016, dozens of Palestinian civilians made their way to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip, to participate in activities supporting Jerusalem. They threw stones at the Israeli soldiers, who immediately fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at the protesters in response. As a result, ‘Aref Awad Mohammed Abu Jaber (24) sustained a live bullet wound to the left feet. He then was transported to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir El-Balah to receive the necessary medical treatment.

 

  • At approximately 03:00 on Friday, Israeli forces stationed at the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israeli, east of al-Sheja’eya neighbourhood, east of Gaza city, opened fire at dozens of Palestinian young men, who were in their way to “Nahal Oz” area, east of al- Sheja’eya neighbourhood, to participate in activities supporting Jerusalem. As a result, 3 civilians sustained wounds. The wounded were transferred by an ambulance of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) to al-Shifaa’ Hospital in Gaza to receive medical treatment. Their wounds ranged between moderate and minor.

The wounded civilians were identified as:

  • Saed al-Abed Mohammed Eshlash (32). He sustained a live bullet wound to the leg and his injury was classified as minor;
  • Mousa Monther Fathi Abu Dalal (19). He sustained a live bullet wound to the leg and his injury was classified as minor; and
  • Mohammed Naser Mansour al-Qarm (22). He sustained a live bullet wound to the leg as his injury was classified as moderate.

 

Collective Punishment:

 

  • At approximately 00:30 on Thursday, 10 November 2016, Israeli forces accompanied with concrete mixers and their pumps moved into Yatta, south of Hebron, and stationed at al-Hilah area. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Ayesh Zain Awad. The soldiers stationed on the roof and deployed around the house. Other soldiers closed a 35-square-meter room, which was a part of an old house that was around 60 square meters. Ayesh’s son Zain (24), who has been detained in the Israeli jails since 09 June 2015, used to live in the abovementioned room. The Israeli forces claimed that Zain planned and helped two civilians form Makhamrah family that carried out a shooting attack in Tel Aviv area in Israel in June 2015. This attack resulted in the injury of 3 Israelis then. Moreover, the soldiers pumped concrete in the room after closing it with iron bars. This was after the Israeli court had rejected the family’s appeal and issued a decision on 02 November 2016 to close the room that Zain used to live in.

 

  1. Continued closure of the oPt

 

Israel continued to impose a tight closure on the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

 

Gaza Strip

 

Israeli forces continuously tighten the closure of the Gaza Strip and close all commercial crossings, making the Karm Abu Salem crossing the sole commercial crossing of the Gaza Strip, although it is not suitable for commercial purposes in terms of its operational capacity and distance from markets.

Israeli forces have continued to apply the policy, which is aimed to tighten the closure on all commercial crossings, by imposing total control over the flow of imports and exports.

 

Israeli forces have continued to impose a total ban on the delivery of raw materials to the Gaza Strip, 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 of the Gaza Strip.

 

Israeli forces also continued to impose an almost total ban on the Gaza Strip exports, including agricultural and industrial products, except for light-weighted products such as flowers, strawberries, and spices. However, they lately allowed the exportation of some vegetables such as cucumber and tomatoes, furniture and fish.

 

Israel has continued to close the Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing for the majority of Palestinian citizens from the Gaza Strip. Israel only allows the movement of a limited number of groups, with many hours of waiting in the majority of cases. Israel has continued to adopt a policy aimed at reducing the number of Palestinian patients allowed to move via the Beit Hanoun crossing to receive medical treatment in hospitals in Israel or in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel also continued applying the policy of making certain civilian traveling via the crossing interviewed by the Israeli intelligence service to be questioned, blackmailed or arrested.

 

Movement at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing, southeast of Rafah, is designated for the movement of goods

(08 – 12 November 2016)

 

Date 08 November 09 November 10 November 11 November 12 November
Total Imports 754 600 676
Various goods truckloads 237 281 246
Humanitarian aid truckloads 169 131 122
Cooking gas liters 243790 207220 219790
Benzene liters 260006 301004 223971
Diesel liters 803262 734029 736960
Industrial fuel liters 284795 322767 296371
Cement

 

Tons 4415 3415 3280
Bulk cement Tons 245 78 210
Construction aggregates Tons 20560 10237 11564
Construction steel truckloads 738.12 302.92 71

 

Note:

  • On Tuesday, 08 November 2016, the Israeli authorities allowed the entry of 23 air conditions; 6 deep freezes; 230 electric kittles; 70,000 fertilized eggs; 58 refrigerators; 42 solar panels; 500 solar cells; 1000 meters of carpets; 52 solar heaters; 138 screens; 450 washing machines; 80 Mul-T-Lock doors and 880 gas cylinders.
  • On Wednesday, 09 November 2016, the Israeli authorities allowed the entry of 530 cows; 313 washing machines; 60 deep freezes;130 air conditions; 1880 meters of carpet; 130 invertors; 22 horses; 180 gas heaters; 201 solar heaters; 351 screens; 190 ups; 60 wooden doors; 1018 pairs of shoes; 128 refrigerators and 150 light cells.
  • On Thursday, 10 November 2016, Israeli authorities allowed the entry of 1176 electric kittles; 153 vacuum cleaners; 41 air conditions; 6000 meters of carpet; 580 washing machines; 1220 ovens; 23 deep freezes; 294000 fertilized eggs; 193 refrigerators; 82 solar cells; 230 heaters; 45 solar heaters; 17902 meters of carpet; 461 screens and 1008 cylinders.

Note:

 

  • On Tuesday, 08 November 2016, the Israeli authorities allowed the exportation of 27 tons of onion and 500 tons of livestock skin.
  • On Wednesday, 09 November 2016, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 156 tons of scrap.
  • On Thursday, 10 November 2016, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 54.08 tons of tomato; 51.84 tons of cucumber; 5.2 tons of eggplants; 12.8 tons of bell pepper; 21.76 tons of dates; 2.6 tons of cabbage; 3.84 tons of sweet potato and 10.08 tons of squash.

 

 

Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing, in the north of the Gaza Strip, is designated for the movement of individuals, and links the Gaza Strip with the West Bank.

 

Movement at Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing

(09 – 15 November 2016)

 

Category 09 November 10 November 11 November 12 November   13 November  14 November   15 November
Patients 42 69 2 56 44 64
Companions 40 65 4 51 46 59
Personal needs 26 35 16 41 26 38
Families

of prisoners

79
Arabs from

Israel

5 8 5 6 1
Diplomats 3 2 4 2
International journalists
International workers 71 68 4 16 19 20
Travelers

Abroad

3 3 56
Business people 205 178 5 228 184 168
Business meetings 1
Security interviews 5 5 6 7 6
VIPs 2 1 1
Ambulances

to Israel

4 2 2 6 2
Patients’ Companions 4 2 2 6 1

 

Notes:

 

  • On Friday, 11 November 2016, Israeli forces allowed 87 persons from the Gaza Strip to perform prayers in al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
  • On Wednesday, 09 November 2016, Israeli forces allowed one person working in international organizations to renew his permit.

 

Israeli Forces Arrest Trader at Beit Hanoun Erez Crossing

 

  • At approximately 06:30 on Monday, 14 November 2016, Israeli forces stationed at Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing in the northern Gaza Strip arrested Ra’ed Rashad ‘Abed Shamalakh (37) when he headed to the crossing upon a call from the Israeli forces on Sunday, 13 November 2016, for a regular interview, which he used to do before he went to work. However, he was arrested, and the circumstances and place of arrest are so far unknown.

 

 

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

 

  • Hebron:

On Thursday, 10 November 2016, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Deir Samet and Bani Na’im villages.

On Friday, 11 November 2016, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the northern entrances to Hebron and Bani Na’im villages and on Abu al-Rish Valley Road, west of Ethna village.

On Monday, 14 November 2016, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Taramah and Bani Na’im villages.

On Wednesday, 16 November 2016, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the western and southern entrances to Hebron and al-Fawar refugee camp.

 

  • Ramallah and al-Bireh:

 

On Thursday, 10 November 2016, Israeli established 3 checkpoints at the intersection of ‘Ein Sinia village and the entrances to al-Nabi Saleh and Termes’iyah villages.

On Saturday, 12 November 2016, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at crossroads of al-Tibah village on al-Moa’arajat Road between Ramallah and Jericho and at the entrance of al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah.   At approximately 17:30 on Monday, 14 November 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Kherebtha Bani Haris village, northwest of Ramallah.  At approximately 23:50, a similar checkpoint was established at the entrance to Beit ‘Or al-Tahta, west of the city.

 

  • Qalqiliyah:

At approximately 09:20 on Thursday, 10 November 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint under the bridge of ‘Azoun village on the road between Qalqiliya and Tulkarm.  At approximately 16:10, Israeli forces established a similar checkpoint at the entrance to Heblah village, south of Qalqiliya.  Meanwhile, they detained Ahmed Mohammed Saleh (12) and later released him.  No further incidents were reported.

 

At approximately 14:55 on Friday, 11 November 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqilya.  At approximately 17:30 on Saturday, 12 November 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Azoun village, east of Qalqiliya and re-established at approximately 19:30. Around the same time, Israeli forces established a similar checkpoint at the entrance to ‘Ezbet al-Tayeb village, east of the city.

 

On Monday, 14 November 2016, Israeli forces established 6 checkpoints at the eastern entrance to Qalqiliya (and established it again later), the entrance to ‘Azoun village (and established again later), under the bridge of ‘Azoun village on the main road between Qalqiliya and Tulkarm and at the entrance to ‘Ezbet al-Tabib, east of the city.

 

  • Nablus:

At approximately 07:30 on Monday, 14 November 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on “Yitsihar” Bypass Road, south of Nablus, while they re-deployed at Howarah and Za’atarah checkpoints, south of the city.

At approximately 12:30 on Tuesday, 13 November 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on “Yitsihar” Bypass Road, south of Nablus.

 

  • Salfit:

On Saturday, 12 November 2016, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Salfit, Kafr al-Deek village and Deir Balut village, west of the city.

 

At approximately 08:40 on Monday, 14 November 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Balut village, west of Salfit. At approximately 15:00 on Tuesday, 15 November 2016, Israeli forces established a similar checkpoint between al-Zqiyah and Meshah villages, west of the city.

 

  • Jenin:

At approximately 21:00 on Sunday, 13 November 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the intersection of ‘Arabah checkpoint, southwest of Jenin.  They questioned some civilians and detained them.  At approximately 23:00, the checkpoint was remopved, but no arrests were reported.

 

Arrests at military checkpoints:

 

  • At approximately 21:00 on Sunday, 13 November 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on the main road between Ramallah and Nablus. They arrested ‘Abdel Khaleq Shehadah Ahmed Mo’atan (22) from Barqah village, east of Ramallah and took him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 14:00 on Monday, 14 November 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint near al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. Nadim Ibrahm ‘Odah Sabarnah (35) from Beit Ummar village, north of the city and took him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 09:00 on Tuesday, 15 November 2016, Israeli forces stationed in the vicinity of al-Ibrahmi Mosqe in the center of Hebron arrested Derar Nayef al-Fakhouri (19) under the pretext of having a knife. He was then taken to “Karyat Arbaa'” Investigation Center, east of the city.

 

  1. Efforts to Create Jewish majority

 

Israeli forces escalated their attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property. They have also continued their raids on al-Aqsa Mosque and denied the Palestinians access to it:

 

Arrests and Incursions:

 

  • At approximately 21:00 on Thursday, 10 November 2016, Israeli forces moved into Ras al-Amoud neighbourhood, east of Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to Shereen Abu Shakhidum (20) and then arrested her.

 

  • At approximately 12:00, Israeli forces arrested 3 civilians, including a child, from Silwan village, south of Jerusalem, while entering al-Aqsa Mosque. The arrested civilians were identified as Majd Hani Shuweiki (18), Mohammed Shuaib Shuweiki (16) and Mohammed Khader Abu Mialah (19).

 

  • At approximately 02:40 on Saturday, 12 November 2016, Israeli forces moved into Qalndiyah refugee camp, north of East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses, including the house of prisoner Mohammed Abu Shaheen, which was demolished on 16 November 2016. Israeli forces claimed that he carried out a shooting attack, which lead to the death of a settler. Israeli forces raided the house after the family rebuilt the three-storey house.

 

Abu Shaheen family said to PCHR’s fieldworker that their house was a property belonging to Mohammed’s grandfather, as Mohammed was a tenant. After that, the family built the house from their own budget. The Israeli forces raided the house after two weeks of re-building the house. The family expressed their deep concern of the Israeli forces attempt to demolish the house after they took photos and measurements of the house and checked the walls. It should be noted that Israeli authorities accused Mohammed of the direct responsibility of carrying out a shooting attack, which lead in the death of a settler and the einjury of an another, near ” Dolev” settlement established at the lands of Deir Ebze’ village, west of Ramallah. Israeli forces demolished the house of Mohammed’s family during a wide-scale raid campaign, which resulted in the death of Ahmed Manasrah and Ahmed Abu al-Aeish. They then arrested Mohammed and a number of young men from Qalandiyah refugee camp in the middle of June 2015. They charged him of forming a cell that killed the abovementioned settler.

 

  • At approximately 05:00 on Sunday, 13 November 2016, Israeli forces moved into Hatah Gate in East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Zayed Edkidak (14) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into several neighbourhoods in Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and several houses and then arrested 4 children. The arrested civilians were identified as Omer Za’anin (16), Ayham Za’anin (13), Ahmed Za’anin (14) and Bahgat al-Razem (13).

 

  • At approximately 02:00 on Tuesday, 15 November 2016, Israeli forces moved into Silwan village, south of East Jeursalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a number of houses in the village.  They arrested Ahmed Samer Sarhan (13) and Ahmed Ziyad Zidani (13) and took them to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Issawiyah village, northeast of Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses in the village.  They arrested 4 children and later withdrew taking them to an unknown destination.  The arrested children were identified as Tariq Mousa ‘Abeid (16); Mahmoud Sa’id ‘Abeid (15); Shadi Mohammed ‘Attiyah (15) and Mo’atasem Hamzah ‘Abeid (15).

 

House demolitions and demolition notices:

 

  • At approximately 08:00 On Sunday morning, 13 November 2016, Ja’abis family self-demolished 2 residential apartments in al-Mokaber Mount, southeast of Jerusalem, in implementation of the Israeli District court under the pretext of building without a license. The first apartment was for Khalil Abdul Latif Ja’abis, who lived in the apartment along with his wife and family (7 individuals, including 3 children). The second apartment was for Mohammed Khalil Abdul Latif Ja’abis, who lived in it along with his wife and their 3 children. The two apartments were around 190 square meters.

Mohammed said to PCHR’s fieldworker that the two houses were built 10 years ago at the family land. Moreover, the Israeli municipality court issued a decision to demolish them under the pretext of building without a license. The family has made efforts to obtain a license for the two abovementioned houses, but the Israeli Municipality, Magistrate and District courts refused the appeal and issued a decision to demolish the houses. The family added that the municipality court imposed a construction fine on them and they committed paying it in an attempt to obtain the license. Moreover, the Israeli municipality forced the family to demolish 2 rooms of each apartment few months ago under the pretext of adding them to the building without a license. The municipality also threatened them to impose a new fine, so the family had to commit the demolition decision.

 

  • At approximately 15:30, two Palestinian traders namely Mohammed al-Najar, who owned vegetables and fruit shop, and Nedal Gheith, who owned construction material shop, self-demolished their shops in Beit Hanenah neighbourhood in implementation of the Israeli municipality decision under the pretext of building without a license. Mohammed said to PCHR’s fieldworker that the 50-square-meter shop was built in 2007 as 4 families (about 20 individuals) make their living of it in addition to a 700-square-meter land. As for Nedal Gheith, he said to PCHR’s fieldworker that his 50-square-meter shop was built 3 years ago as 5 families (about 30 individuals) make their living of it. Mohammed and Nedal mentioned that they were surprised of the demolition decision as the Israeli municipality did not notify them.

 

  • At approximately 04:00 on Tuesday, 15 November 2016, Israeli municipality bulldozers demolished a barrack for horses and agricultural rooms in al-Thawri neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of building without a license. ‘Alaa’ Shweiki, Owner of the facilities, said that the Israeli forces moved into the area at approximately 01:00 and surrounded a barrack for horses and an agricultural room.  At approximately 04:00, the municipality staffs and the bulldozer moved into the area and demolished the barrack and agricultural room without a prior warning. The 200-square-meter barrack, which is used as a horse stable, is built of bricks and tin-roofed while the agricultural room is 15-square-meter.  Shweiki added that the building was built 5 years ago and the Israeli Municipality imposed a construction fine of NIS 40,000 two years ago and paid it.  However, he was surprised on the aforementioned day that the facilities were demolished without any prior warning.  Shweiki also said that the bulldozers also levelled the land and uprooted trees.

 

  • At approximately 07:00 on the same day, the municipality bulldozers demolished the foundations of Um al-Qora Mosque in Sour Baher village, southeast of East Jerusalem, under the pretext of building without a licence. Jihad ‘Atoun, one of the village residents, said that the Israeli Municipality staffs backed by special forces moved into al-Hummus Valley neighbourhood in the village and demolished the foundations of Um al-Qora under-construction Mosque.  They also demolished a barrack in the same area.

 

  1. Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

  • At approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 10 November 2016, Israeli forces accompanied with military vehicles and a bulldozer and backed by a jeep belonging to the Construction and Organization Department in the Israeli Administration moved into Qalqiliya to the west, heading to al-Naqqar neighbourhood. The bulldozer demolished a 30-squatre-meter agricultural room built of bricks and tin-roofed and health unit belonging to ‘Abdel Baset Tawfiq Shawar under the pretext of being near the annexation wall. The vehicles moved to the east to al-Razazah neighbourhood, where they demolished another 28-square-meter agricultural room built of bricks and tin-roofed.  The latter room is used as a store for agricultural equipment and belongs to ‘Abdel Halim Hussein Saleh Abu ‘Obah.  They also brought down a water tank and immediately damaged it.

 

  • At approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 10 November 2016, Israeli forces accompanied with military vehicles and a bulldozer and backed by a jeep belonging to the Construction and Organization Department in the Israeli Administration moved into Qalqiliya to the west, heading to al-Naqqar neighbourhood. The bulldozer demolished a 30-squatre-meter agricultural room built of bricks and tin-roofed and health unit belonging to ‘Abdel Baset Tawfiq Shawar under the pretext of being near the annexation wall. The vehicles moved to the east to al-Razazah neighbourhood, where they demolished another 28-square-meter agricultural room built of bricks and tin-roofed.  The latter room is used as a store for agricultural equipment and belongs to ‘Abdel Halim Hussein Saleh Abu ‘Obah.  They also brought down a water tank and immediately damaged it.

 

  • At approximately 12:00 On Sunday, 13 November 2016, Israeli forces accompanied by a Jeep belonging to the Construction and Organization Department in the Civil Administration moved into Kherbet Tana, east of Beit Foriq village, east of Nablus. They stationed in the northern area of Kherbeh and then confiscated from a car parked there a generator and light digging equipment belonging to al-Sheikh ‘Awad Company in Beit Foriq village.  It should be mentioned that the aforementioned company is a contracting company and received an afforestation project funded by Oxfam to rehabilitate a water wall to water trees.

 

  • At approximately 10:20 on Monday, 14 November 2016, Israeli Forces moved into al-‘Oja village, north of Jericho. They demolished 28 stores belonging to Jamal ‘Abdel Rahman ‘Abdullah Freijat (51); 6 of which were roofed while the rest were only foundations, under the pretext of building without a license.  Clashes occurred between civilians and the Israeli forces, who fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs. a s a result, 10 civilians suffered tear gas inhalation, including the aforementioned civilian whose condition was serious and so taken to the hospital.

 

  • At approximately 09:00 on Tuesday, 15 November 2016, Israeli forces accompanied with a vehicle belonging to the Israeli Construction and Organization Department and bulldozer moved into Kherbet Um al-Kheir, southeast of Yatta. They demolished Um al-Kheir Social Centre, which was only built of pillars and a shader cloth by the residents on the rubbles of the centre demolished months ago under the pretext of building without a license.  They also levelled a 20-square-meter residential tent, which was built of a shader cloth and steel pillars and sheltered ‘Ali Mohammed Khalil Hathalin and his 4-memebr family.  The Israeli forces then headed to al-Hayah area, east of al-Dirat village and demolished a water well belonging to Mohammed Mahmoud al-‘Adrah.  ‘Eid al-Hathalin said that the Israeli forces carried out the demolition without any prior warning under the pretext that the new establishment was built on the rubbles of an already demolished one.  This decision is used by Israeli authorities for geographic expansion to prevent civilians from building or expanding on their lands.  He added that the Israeli soldiers arrested and distanced him from the area for hours before starting the demolition.

 

  • At approximately 11:00, Israeli forces accompanied with a vehicle belonging to the Construction and Organization Department in the Israeli Civil Administration moved into Sho’ab al-Seir area, south of Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. The Civil Administration officer handed ‘Issa Mohammed Sa’id ‘Attiyah a notice to stop the construction work in his under-construction house of 170 square meters.  They also handed ‘Abdel Rahman Ahmed Isma’il Nemer a notice to stop the construction work in his under-construction house of 150 square meters.  The notices came under the pretext of building without a license in Area (C).

 

 

Recommendations to the International Community

 

PCHR emphasizes the international community’s position that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are still under Israeli occupation, in spite of Israeli military redeployment outside the Gaza Strip in 2005. PCHR further confirms that Israeli forces continued to impose collective punishment measures on the Gaza Strip, which have escalated since the 2006 Palestinian parliamentary elections, in which Hamas won the majority of seats of the Palestinian Legislative Council. PCHR stresses that there is international recognition of Israel’s obligation to respect international human rights instruments and the international humanitarian law, especially the Hague Regulations concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land and the Geneva Conventions. Israel is bound to apply the international human rights law and the law of war sometime reciprocally and other times in parallel in a way that achieves the best protection for civilians and remedy for victims.

 

In light of continued arbitrary measures, land confiscation and settlement activities in the West Bank, and the latest 51-day offensive against civilians in the Gaza Strip, PCHR calls upon the international community, especially the United Nations, the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Convention and the European Union – in the context of their natural obligation to respect and enforce the international law – to cooperate and act according to the following recommendations:

 

  1. PCHR calls upon the international community and the United Nations to use all available means to allow the Palestinian people to enjoy their right to self-determination, through the establishment of the Palestinian State, which was recognized by the UN General Assembly with a vast majority, using all international legal mechanisms, including sanctions to end the occupation of the State of Palestine;
  2. PCHR calls upon the United Nations to provide international protection to Palestinians in the oPt, and to ensure the non-recurrence of aggression against the oPt, especially the Gaza Strip;
  3. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to compel Israel, as a High Contracting Party to the Conventions, to apply the Conventions in the oPt;
  4. PCHR calls upon the Parties to international human rights instruments, especially the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, to pressurize Israel to comply with their provisions in the oPt, and to compel it to incorporate the human rights situation in the oPt in its reports submitted to the concerned committees;
  5. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfil their obligation to ensure the application of the Conventions, including extending the scope of their jurisdiction in order to prosecute suspected war criminals, regardless of the nationality of the perpetrator and the place of a crime, to pave the way for prosecuting suspected Israeli war criminals and end the longstanding impunity they have enjoyed;
  6. PCHR calls on States that apply the principle of universal jurisdiction not to surrender to Israeli pressure to limit universal jurisdiction to perpetuate the impunity enjoyed by suspected Israeli war criminals;
  7. PCHR calls upon the international community to act in order to stop all Israeli settlement expansion activities in the oPt through imposing sanctions on Israeli settlements and criminalizing trading with them;
  8. PCHR calls upon the UN General Assembly to transfer the Goldstone Report to the UN Security Council in order to refer it to the International Criminal Court in accordance with Article 13(b) of the Rome Statute;
  9. PCHR calls upon the United Nations to confirm that holding war criminals in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a precondition to achieve stability and peace in the regions, and that peace cannot be built on the expense of human rights;
  10. PCHR calls upon the UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council to explicitly declare that the Israeli closure policy in Gaza and the annexation wall in the West Bank are illegal, and accordingly refer the two issues to the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on Israel to compel it to remove them;
  11. PCHR calls upon the international community, in light of its failure to the stop the aggression on the Palestinian people, to at least fulfil its obligation to reconstruct the Gaza Strip after the series of hostilities launched by Israel which directly targeted the civilian infrastructure;
  12. PCHR calls upon the United Nations and the European Union to express a clear position towards the annexation wall following the international recognition of the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders, as the annexation wall seizes large parts of the State of Palestine;
  13. PCHR calls upon the European Union to activate Article 2 of the EU-Israel Association Agreement, which provides that both sides must respect human rights as a precondition for economic cooperation between the EU states and Israel, and the EU must not ignore Israeli violations and crimes against Palestinian civilians;

 

 

 

 

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