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

(26 January – 01 February 2016)

 

Israeli forces arrested a number of civilians throughout the West Bank
Israeli forces arrested a number of civilians throughout the West Bank

 

  • Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian in Jenin Refugee camp
  • 10 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were wounded in the West Bank
  • Israeli forces continued to target Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea.
  • Israeli forces conducted 74 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.
  • 43 civilians, including a child, were arrested in the West Bank.
  • 6 of them were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.
  • Israeli forces continued their efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • 8 houses, 5 barns were demolished, rendering 62 persons, including 39 children, homeless in 2 Bedouin communities, east of Jerusalem.
  • Settlement activities continued in the West Bank.
  • Construction of new 3,000 settlement units was approved, and ‘Amouna outpost was evacuated in return.
  • 300 olive trees were uprooted from the lands of Kharas village, west of Hebron.
  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 10th
  • Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.
  • 6 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were arrested at military checkpoints.

 

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (26 January – 01 February 2017).

 

Shooting:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian in Jenin refugee camp, north of the West Bank.  Ten civilians, including 2 children, were wounded in the West Bank. the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces continued to chase Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea and open fire at farmers in the border areas.

 

In the West Bank, Israeli forces killed Mohammed Abu Khalifah (16) and wounded 4 others, including a child whose wound is serious and his brother.  This happened when the Israeli forces moved into Jenin refugee camp to carry out an arrest campaign.  A number of gunmen and civilians confronted the Israeli forces who in response heavily opened fire at them, killing the child and wounding other civilians.

 

In addition to the above-mentioned wounded persons, on 26 January 2017, two civilians, including a child, were wounded in ‘Askar refugee camp, northeast of Nablus, when the Israeli forces moved into the camp and a number of children and youngsters protested against them.

 

On 27 January 2017, 3 civilians, including a child, were wounded in Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin when Israeli forces moved into the camp and a number of children and youngsters protested against them.

 

On 30 January 2017, Israeli soldiers stationed at Jubarah Military checkpoint, south of Tulkarm, opened fire at Yahiya Sarhan (19) and wounded him to his right foot.  Sarhan was in his workplace which is nearby the checkpoint.

 

In the Gaza Strip, in the context of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea, on 31 Janaury 2017, Israeli gunboats stationed off the north-western Gaza Strip shore heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats, but no casualties were reproted.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 74 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 43 Palestinian civilians, including a child. Six of them were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.

 

Efforts to create Jewish majority

 

In the context of house demolitions and notices, On 26 January 2017, Israeli forces demolished two Bedouin communities belonging to the family of ‘Arab al-Jahalin in al-‘Eizariyah village, east of Jerusalem.  As a result, 8 houses and 5 barns were demolished, rendering 62 persons, including 39 children, homeless, in light of the cold winter weather.

On the same day, the Israeli Municipality in Jerusalem handed Nihad al-‘Ababsi a summons to appear before its court.  al-‘Abbasi said that it was the third time he received a summons to appear before the Municipality Court to issue decisions concerning a 70-square-meter structure he added to his house established 17 years ago.  He added that he made the house wider 2 years and a half ago to add a bedroom for his children.

 

Settlement activities and Israeli settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property:

 

On 26 Janaury 2017, Israeli forces uprooted 300 olive trees in Kharas village lands, west of Hebron.  The 20-dunum land belongs to the heirs of Mousa Hamdan; around 200 members.  They make their living from the olive corps.  However, the Israeli authorities claimed that those trees were uprooted as the land is near the annexation wall in the area.

 

In the context of escalating settlement construction in the West Bank, on Tuesday, 31 January 2017, the Israeli government approved building 3,000 new settlement units on grounds of evacuating “‘Amouna” settlement outpost.  This came upon a statement published by the office of the Israeli Defence Minister, Avigador Liberman, in coordination with the Israeli Prime Minister revealing the approval on new settlement units.

 

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 2 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 65%. Moreover, the rate of unemployment increased up to 47% and youth constitutes 65% of the unemployed persons.  Moreover, 80% of the Gaza Strip population depends on international aid to secure their minimum daily needs. These rates indicate 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, 26 January 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Bil’in village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Abdullah Mahmoud Abu Rahmah (44) and then confiscated his PC. It should be noted that Abu Rahma was released on Wednesday, 25 January 2017, after the Israeli forces arrested him 2 days ago on grounds of organizing a peaceful demonstration in Bab al-shams village, in protest against the bill to annex the “Ma’ale Adumim” settlement to Israel.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Rima village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Sameh al-Barghuthi (24) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Asker refugee camp, northeast of Nablus. A number of youngsters gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers, who immediately fired rubber-coated metal bullets and sound bombs at them in response. As a result, a 17-year-old child sustained a metal bullet wound to the neck; and a 19-year-old civilian sustained a metal bullet wound to the head. In the meantime, Israeli soldiers raided and searched several houses and then arrested Huthaifa Husam Abu Ne’ma (22) (PCHR keeps the names of the wounded civilians).
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Maher Taher Salah (27) from Mo’tah Street and Wa’el Na’el Bashtawi (19) from Khelet al-Eman.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Hashimiyah village, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Omer Nayef Mohammed Jarrar (27). At approximately 03:30, they withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Ahmed (40) and his brother Mohammed As’ad Abu Khalifah (41). At approximately 05:30, they withdrew taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 13:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah. They deployed in the streets amidst firing sound bombs and tear gas canisters in the streets claiming they were exposed to fire by anonymous persons. They also detained Hasan Samir Abu Haniya (22) and Zaid ‘Ali Abdul Hafeth ‘Edwan (23) for hours and released them later.
  • At approximately 23:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aboud village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Sharif Mohammed al-Barghuthi (25) and then arrested him.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Dura and Beit Ummer village in Hebron and Hawarah village, south of Nablus.

 

Friday, 27 January 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces accompanied with military jeeps moved into Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. A number of young men gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers, who immediately fired rubber-coated metal bullets and sound bombs at them in response. As a result, 3 civilians, including a child, were hit with metal bullets. The wounded civilians were transferred to Martyr Dr. Khalil Suleiman Governmental Hospital to receive medical treatment. Their wounds were classified as moderate (PCHR keeps the names of the wounded civilians).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Tabaqah village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron, and stationed in the center of the village. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mahmoud Yusuf Emtair Awlad Mohammed (55) and then arrested his son ‘Ali (18).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Kharsa village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron, and stationed near Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque in the center of the village. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to the families of Saddam Mowafaq Talahmah (19) and ‘Ayed Jamal ‘Amr (20) and then arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested 4 civilians namely Ramez Shaher ‘Othman Salim (19), Saher Jawdat Majd Redwan (25), Walid ‘Anan Kayed Suwaidan (25) and Omer Mahmoud Omer Saleem (24).

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Betunia and Shaqba villages, west of Ramallah; Sa’ir, Beit Oula and Taffouh villages in Hebron.

 

Saturday, 28 January 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Deir Abu Masha’al village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Osayed ‘Arafat al-Barghuthi (22) and Mohammed Husain al-Barghuthi (22) and then arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Abuod village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Sharif Mohammed Sharif Abu Husain (21) and then arrested him.

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (6) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported:  Salfit, Hebron, Halhoul, al-Samou’i, al- al-Rihiya villages and al-‘Aroub refugee camp.

 

Sunday, 29 January 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Jawher Mount in the southern area in Hebron, and stationed in the vicinity of a house belonging to Khabri Zakariya Te’mah Maswadah (57). They raided and searched the house and locked his 8 family members in one room. They also brought the families of his 3 sons living next to him as they thoroughly searched the house. In the meantime, another Israeli force welded and closed a metalwork workshop belonging to the abovementioned civilian. Before the soldiers left the house, they handed Khabri a military decision draft to close the workshop until 09 April 2017. Khabri said to PCHR’s fieldworker that his house was raided 4 times at the end of the last year and during this year. He added that his metalwork workshop was raided and the contents that were estimated around NIS 50,000 were destroyed.

 

  • In the dawn, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian child and wounded 4 others, including a child and his brother, when they moved to Jenin refugee camp to carry an arrest campaign. According to PCHR’s investigations and statements of eyewitnesses, at approximately 02:00, a group of Israeli undercover units dressed like Palestinian civilians and driving cars with Palestinian registration plates sneaked into Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. They stationed in al-Samran neighbourhood and the main square in the camp. After fiding out the car is travelled by Israelis, Palestinians gunmen opened fire at the car from a far distance. After that, large numbers of Israeli forces immediately raided the camp. A number of Palestinian youngsters then gathered and threw stones, Molotov cocktails and handmade bombs at the Israeli soldiers, who immediately fired live bullets at them in response. As a result, Mohammed Mahmoud Abu Khalifah (16) was hit with a bullet that entered his lower back and exited the abdomen. He was transferred to Dr Khalil Suleiman Hospital where he was announced dead. The shooting also caused the injury of 4 other civilians, including a child and his brother. The wounded civilians were transferred to the abovementioned hospital, where the Medical sources classified the child’s injury as serious. It should be mentioned that, the Israeli forces prevented Palestinian ambulances from approaching the wounded civilians until they withdrew at approximately 05:30, but no arrests were reported (PCHR keeps the names of the wounded civilians).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Awerta village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses during which they wrote down information about the houses’ residents, their ID cards and cell phone numbers, but no arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Betounia village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Sa’ed ‘Oudah (23) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Ramallah. They raided and searched al-Noor Printing House belonging to Ibrahim Husain Khalid Mustafa (42). They destroyed all its contents and confiscated some of the devices. They also raided his house in Mazare’i al-Nubani village, north of Ramallah. Moreover, the Israeli forces orally notified Ibrahim to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service. At approximately 16:00 on Tuesday, the Israeli forces stationed at Ofer checkpoint, west of Ramallah, arrested the abovementioned civilian while referring to the Israeli Intelligence Service.

 

  • At approximately 11:00, Israeli forces stationed in Ofer Military Camp, west of Ramallah, arrested Shafiq Mohammed Shafiq al-Halabi (52) after they notified him by a telephone. They detained him pending further investigations for 4 days. They accused him of posing threat to the area as an Israeli officer told Shafiq’s wife. It should be noted that Shafiq al-Halabi is the father of Mohanned al-Halabi, who was killed in Jerusalem on 03 October 2015 under the pretext of carrying out a stab attack.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (7) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Kuber, Abu Shkheidem and al-Mazra’ah al-Qabaliyah villages, northwest of Ramallah; Kafer Malik village, northeast of the city; Beit Ummer, al-Shayoukh and  al-Tabaqah villages in Hebron.

 

Monday, 30 January 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, and stationed in al-Bayadah area and Bahar neighbourhood. They raided and searched a number of houses, some of their owners were identified as Sa’di ‘Ali Ekhlaeil, Bader Mohammed Ekhlaeil, Haitham Mahmoud Salibi, whose son Haitham (26) was arrested and Yusuf Bader Ekhlaeil (37), who received a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlehem.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Budrus village, west of Ramllah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ibrahim Yusuf Marar (21) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Kherbet al-Hadidiyah in the northern valleys, east of Tubas. They raided and searched several tents and caves after which they arrested Sakher (25) and Mo’ath abdul Rahim Busahrat (30).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Tabaqah village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Maher Mohammed Abu ‘Atwan (55) and then arrested his son Mazen (19).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Rajem Abu Helal area, southeast of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Khalil Samir Abu Sharer (18) and arrested him. Following that, the Israeli forces moved into Abu al-Qamar Valley area, east of the city. They raided and searched a house belonging to Khalil Mohammed ‘Amr (19) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aranah village, north of Jenin. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Wa’el ‘Azmi abu Hananah (22). At approximately 05:30, they withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 13:00, Israeli soldiers stationed at Jubarah checkpoint, south of Tulkarm, opened fire at Yahiya Omer ‘Ali Sarhan (19) from the city while he was at his workplace near the abovementioned checkpoint. Yahiya was transferred to Dr Thabet Thabet Hospital in Tulkarm to receive medical treatment. His medical condition was classified as moderate.

 

  • At approximately 19:00, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Salqa Valley, east of Deir al-Balah, arrested Khaled Faisal Abu Khamash (17) and Suleiman Mohammed Abu Khamash (18) from Deir al-Balah. The arrested civilians were attempting to sneak through the abovementioned border fence to Israel. After the Israeli forces questioned them, they were released on Tuesday, 31 January 2017, via Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing, north of the Gaza Strip.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (8) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: ‘Ezbet al-Tabib village, east of Qalqiliyah; Sa’ir, al-Shayoukh and al-Mawreq villages in Hebron; Kafer al-Deek and Bruqin villages, west of Salfit; ‘Aboud village, northwest of Ramallah and Um Safa village, north of the city.

 

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:45, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Hasan Sa’ed (19) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 08:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

 

  • At approximately 08:00, Israeli forces accompanied with a number of military jeeps moved into al-Zawiyah village, west of Salfit. They chased a civilian car amidst Israel shooting. They then arrested the driver namely Fathi Mahmoud Dawoud (28) from Qalqiliyah and confiscated his car.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: ‘Azzoun and Far’ata villages, east of Qalqiliyah; al-Thaheriyah, al-Shayoukh, Beit Ummer and al-Surra villages in Hebron.

 

Wednesday, 01 February 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Khader village, southwest of Bethlehem, and stationed in al-Nashash area, south of the village. They raided and searched a car wash belonging to the prisoners Abdul Men’im and Darra Mohammed Salah. They welded it with oxygen. They also fixed a military decision to close the shop saying: “This place was closed down due to being involved in terrorist acts. The Israeli Defense forces will work against anyone, who poses threat to the lives of Israelis and Palestinians.” It should be noted that Israeli forces arrested the abovementioned brothers on 15 November 2016.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces accompanied with an officer who introduced himself as “Na’im” moved into Beit Furik village, east of Nablus. They brought police dogs while raiding and searching a house belonging to Mohammed ‘Oudah Mohammed Mustafa Ghulami. An Israeli female officer thoroughly searched women as the officer was questioning Ghulami at his house. Following that, the Israeli forces raided and searched several houses belonging to Suleiman Hamdi Malitat (37), Mohammed ‘Emad al-Haj Mohammed (23), Loai Husni Mustafa Abu Hait (32), Ibrahim Mousa Nasasrah (29), Wasim Abdul Jabbar Khatatbah (32), Abdul Jalil Khatatbah (27), all of them were former prisoners. The Israeli forces took the abovementioned civilians to a house belonging to Reem Fares ‘Oudah near Beit Fureek Municipality. The officer questioned them about the festival of the former prisoner Wesam Malitat, who served 13 and half years in the Israeli jails. It should be noted that Wesam is Member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP). The detained civilians were released at approximately 04:00.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Oula village, west of Hebron, and stationed near the village mosque. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ra’ed Abdul ‘Afou al-‘Omlah (33). The soldiers handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlehem.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, and stationed in Khelet al-‘Ein, al-Baten and Safa neighborhoods. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested 3 civilians, including a child, namely Khetab Wahid Hamdi Abu Maria (14), Mohammed Moneer Redwan Quqas (37) and Ahmed Khader Abed Abu Maria (50). The soldiers also handed a summons to ‘Alaa’ Mousa Hasan Za’aqiq (27) to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion’ settlement complex, south of Bethelehm.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Safarin village, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Abdul Fattah Mohammed Abdul Fattah Zaidan (20).

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Jabal Abu Romman in the southern area in Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Zaidan Redwan Abu ‘Aishah (23) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Silwad village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to No’man Saleh Hamed (21) and then arrested him.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (6) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Sa’ir, Ethna and al-Samou’i villages in Hebron; ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah; Balata refugee camp and al-Yamoun village, west of Jenin.

 

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

 

West Bank:

 

  • Following the Friday prayer on Friday, 27 January 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized demonstrations in Bil’in and Nil’in villages, west of Ramallah and al-Nabi Saleh, northwest of the city, and Kafer Qadoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah, protesting against the annexation wall and settlement activities. Israeli forces forcibly dispersed the protests, firing live and metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. They also chased the protesters into olive fields and between houses.  As a result, many of the protesters suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

 

  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

(23-30 January 2017)

Date Imports
Category Amount
Tons Number Liters
24 January Various goods 4790
Humanitarian aid 16554
Cooking gas 247,140      
Benzene     112,984  
Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

    372,963

37.976

 
Industrial fuel     592,534
Construction aggregates 12000    
Cement 3800      
Construction steel 510    
25 January Various goods 4979
Humanitarian aid 17283
Cooking gas 245,670    
Benzene     289,092  
Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

    439,963

75,987

 
Industrial fuel     626,396
Construction aggregates 12446    
  Cement 4018      
  Construction steel 571    
26 January

 

Various goods 4641    
Humanitarian aid 15734      
Cooking gas 249,460      
Benzene

 

    156,002

 

 
Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

 

 

 

 

370,977

37,987

 
Industrial fuel     606,552  
Construction aggregates 12141      
Cement 2234      
Construction steel 1198      
29 January

 

Various goods 4706      
Humanitarian aid 17692      
Cooking gas 161,270      
Benzene     37,976  
Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

 

 

 

 

299,976

76,000

 
Industrial fuel     596,399  
Construction aggregates 12400      
Cement 3972      
Construction steel 863      
30 January Various goods 5846  
Humanitarian aid 18995  
Cooking gas 223,069      
Benzene     152,069  
Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

    295,968

34.802

 
Industrial fuel     615,136  
Construction aggregates 14567      
Cement 3754      
Construction steel 34      
           

 

Note:

On Tuesday, 24 January 2017, Israeli authorities allowed the exportation of 500 pieces of animal skin.

On Wednesday, 25 January 2017, Israeli authorities allowed the exportation of 68.4 tons of tomatoes; 150 tons of scrap; 17.2 tons of cucumbers; 7.2 tons of eggplants; 7.6 tons of sweet peppers; 2.45 tons of peppers; 5.7 tons of squash; 10.06 tons of strawberries; and 0.5 tons of cabbages.

On Thursday, 26 January 2017, Israeli authorities allowed the exportation of 44.8 tons of tomatoes; 40 tons of cucumbers; 18.4 tons of eggplants; 11.7 tons of sweet peppers; 10.88 tons of squash; 23.49 tons of strawberries; and 5 tons of cabbages.

On Sunday, 29 January 2017, Israeli authorities allowed the exportation of 16 truckloads of vegetables; a truckload of clothes and 4 truckloads of strawberries.

On Monday, 30 January 2017, Israeli authorities allowed the exportation of 17 truckloads of vegetables; 2 truckloads of strawberries and 55 tons of scrap.

 

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

(25-31 January 2017)

Category 25 January 26 January 27 January 28 January   29 January  30 January 31 January
Patients 59 43 1 70 56 80
Companions 54 40 1 66 48 66
Personal needs 28 51 13 34 35 26
Families

of prisoners

6
Arabs from

Israel

2 4 11 3 3 3
Diplomats 4 9 1 14 6 1
International journalists
International workers 20 69 8 21 9 24
Travelers

Abroad

6 3 42
Business people 194 170 1 226 190 176
Business meetings
Security interviews 6 10 4 5 7
VIPs 1 1 1
Ambulances

to Israel

2 4 1 1 2 4 3
Patients’ Companions 2 5 1 1 3 4 2

 

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: Israeli forces established (17) checkpoints all over the city.

On Thursday, 26 January 2017, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Raboud, Qalqes and Beit ‘Awaa villages and at the southern entrance to Halhoul village.

On Firday, 27 January 2017, Israeli forces established 2 similar checkpoints at the entrance to al-Fawar refugee camp and at the western entrance to Hebron.

On Saturday, 28 January 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Sa’ir and al-Nabi Yunis villages and on al-Koum raod.

On Sunday, 29 January 2017, Israeli forces established a similar checkpoint at the entrance to al-Fawar refugee camp.

On Monday, 30 January 2017, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Ummer and Ethna villages.

On Tuesday, 31 January 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the western entrances to Hebron and at Ethna village’s entrance.

On Wednesday, 01 February 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit ‘Awaa and Deir al-‘Asal villages and at al-Fawar refugee camp.

 

  • Ramallah and al-Bireh: Israeli forces established (9) checkpoints all over the city.

On Thursday, 26 January 2017, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Deir Abu Mish’al, al-Nabi Saleh and Deir al-Nizam villages, northwest of Ramallah and at the intersection of ‘Oyoun al-Haramiya area ( on Ramallah- Nablus road), north of the city. At approximately 10:00, Israeli forces closed with cement cubes ‘Aboud village’s entrance, northwest of Ramallah, and prevented civilians from entering and exiting the village.

At approximately 16:00 on Friday, 27 January 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Deir Abu Mish’al village, northwest of Ramallah.

On Saturday, 28 January 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Beit Loqiya village, west of the city.

At approximately 10:30, Israeli forces closed a road between Rantees and Shaqbah villages, west of Ramallah.

At approximately 13:00, Israeli forces closed the south-western entrance to Deir Abu Mish’al village, northwest of the city.

On Monday, 30 January 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at entrances to al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah; Ni’lin village, west of the city; and under the bridge of ‘Atarah village, north of the city.

On Wednesday, 01 February 2017, Israeli forces closed Beit Eill checkpoint, northeast of Ramallah, and prevented civilians from passing through it. Around the same time, they closed a road between Selwad and ‘Ain Yabroud villages, northeast of the city.

 

Qalqiliya: Israeli forces established (9) checkpoints all over the city.

 

At approximately 13:25 on Thursday, 26 January 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to ‘Izbit al-Tabeeb village, east of Qalqiliya.

On Saturday, 28 January 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Imateen and Jeet villages, northeast of Qalqiliya; and between ‘Azoun and ‘Asalah villages, east of the city.

On Sunday, 29 January 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to ‘Izbit al-Tabeeb and ‘Azoun villages and under the bridge of ‘Azoun village, east of the city.

At approximately 08:00 on Monday, 30 January 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint under the bridge of ‘Azoun village, on the road between Qalqilyia and Tulkarm.

At approximately 15:20, they established a similar checkpoint between Kafur al-Thulth and Sanirah villages, south of Qalqiliya.

 

 

Nablus:

 

At approximately 19:00 on Thursday, Israeli forces stationed at Hawarah checkpoint closed the checkpoint in both directions for over 2 hours. At approximately 20:00, Israeli forces closed with cement cubes and sand barriers the main entrance to Bita village, branching from Ramallah- Nablus road.

 

Salfit: Israeli forces established (7) checkpoints all over the city.

At approximately 18:00 on Thursday, 26 January 2017, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints near Askaka village’s bridge, east of Salfit; and the entrance to al-Zawiya village, west of the city.

On Monday, 30 January 2017, Israeli forces established 4 similar checkpoints under Askaka village’s bridge, east of Salfit; on the road between Burqeen village and Salfit; between Deir Balout and al-Laban al-Gharbi villages, west of the city; and between al-Zawiyia and Rafaat villages, west of the city.

 

Jericho:

At approximately 11:00 on Thursday, 26 January 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Jericho.

 

Arrests at military checkpoints:

 

  • At approximately 12:30 on Thursday, 26 January 2017, Israeli forces stationed at Hawarah checkpoint, south of Nablus, arrested Mahmoud Abed al-Qadir al-Sharqawi (18). Eyewitnesses stated that Israeli forces stopped a vehicle carrying al-Shaqawi, checked the passengers’ IDs and then arrested Mohmoud.

 

  • At approximately 17:00 on Friday, 27 January 2017, Israeli forces stationed at Hawarah checkpoint, south of Nablus, arrested Bayan Raied Naji al-Deek (19), from al-Yasaminay neighbourhood in Nablus. Israeli forces claimed that Bayan had a knife and intended to carry out a stabbing attack.

 

  • At approximately 14:00 on Sunday, 29 January 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Kafur Laquf village, near” Karni Shomron” settlement, east of Qalqiliya. They checked the passengers’ IDs and searched their vehicles, during which, they arrested 2 children under the pretext of finding a knife with them. The abovementioned children were identified as Marah Loai Mohamed al-Je’aidy (15), from Qalqiliya and her cousin Salem Hani Salem Abu Hamadah (17), from Tal village, southwest of Nablus.

 

  • On Sunday, Israeli forces arrested Mohamed Abed al-Rahman Mazloum (22), from al-Janiya village, west of Ramallah, while he was near “Talmon” settlement.

 

  • At approximately 15:00 on Monday, 30 January 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Salfit. They searched civilians’ vehicles and checked their IDs. In the meanwhile, they arrested Ahmed Khalil al-Qaisy (22) and took him to an unknown destination.

 

  • 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 01:00 on Thursday, 26 January 2017, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to Mohamed al-Bakri (20), from East occupied Jerusalem’s Old City, and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:00 on Friday, 27 January 2017, Israeli forces moved into Qalandia refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Omar Abu Latifa (21) and arrested him.

 

  • On the same day, Israeli forces arrested Ihab Ali Sarhan (20), while passing through al-Sahrah Gate in occupied Jerusalem’s Old City.

 

  • On Sunday, 29 January 2017, Israeli forces raided and searched houses in East occupied Jerusalem’s Old City, from which they arrested Laith Abed Rabu, Mohamed Tantash and Nadeem Mujahed.

 

  • House demolitions and demolition notices:

 

  • At approximately 12:00 on Thursday, 26 January 2017, a large force of Israeli soldiers accompanied with a crew belonging to the Planning and Construction Department in the Israeli Civil Administration and two bulldozers moved into Jabal al-Baba Bedouin community, near al-‘Izariyia village, east of occupied Jerusalem. The bulldozers demolished the following:

 

  1. A 50-square-meter tent belonging to Mahmoud Ibrahim Salman Ibsisat “al-Jahaleen” and inhabited by 6 members, including 4 children;
  2. A 50-square-meter barrack belonging to Mousa Ibrahim Mousa al-Jahaleen;
  3. A 50-square-meter barrack belonging to Salem Ahmed Suliman al-Jahaleen and inhabited by 7 members;
  4. A 80-sqaure-meter stockade belonging to Mahmoud Ibrahim Salman Ibsisat ” al-Jahaleen;
  5. A 50-square-meter stockade belonging toMousa Ibrahim Mousa al-Jahaleen; and
  6. A 25-saure-meter coop belonging to Salem Ahmed Suliman al-Jahaleen.

 

After Israeli forces finished the demolition of Jabal al-Baba, they headed to another Bedouin Community in al-‘Izariyia village and carried out demolished the following

  1. A 100-saure-meter house belonging to Mohamed Khalil Mokbel al-Jahaleen and inhabited by 10 persons, including 8 children;
  2. A 100-saure-meter house belonging to Husain Khalil Mokbel al-Jahaleen and inhabited by 7 members, including 4 children;
  3. A house belonging to Ghasan Mousa Warad Abu ‘Owidah “al-Jahaleen”, and inhabited by 9 members, including 7 children;
  4. A house belonging to Mofeed Mousa Warad Abu ‘Owidah “al-Jahaleen”, and inhabited by 10 members, including 8 children;
  5. An empty house belongs to Mohamed Warad ‘Odah al-Jahaleen and inhabited by 11 members, including 8 children;
  6. A 100-saure-meter stockade belonging to Mohamed and Husain Khalil Mokbel al-Jahaleen; and
  7. A 100-saure-meter stockade belonging to Ghasan and Mofeed Mousa Warad Abu ‘Owidah “al-Jahaleen”.

 

  • On Thursday, 26 January 2017, an Israeli municipality crew in occupied Jerusalem moved into ‘Ain al-Louza neighborhood in Silwan village, south of the Old City, under the Israeli forces’ protection. They handed Nihad Mohamed al-‘Abasi (40) a summons to appeal before the Israeli court. Nihad said that it was the third time that Israeli municipality officers along with police officers raided the house, where they handed him a summons to appeal before the Israeli Municipality Court on Tuesday, 31 January 2017. The court issued a decision against him due to adding around 70 square meters to his house built 17 years ago. Nihad also stated that he widened his 120-square-meter house two and half years ago in order to add another bedroom for his four sons. He clarified that the notice included rebuilding the house as before, which means destroying around 70 square meters or impose a fine on him.

 

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

 

Israeli forces attacks:

 

  • At approximately 08:30 on Thursday, 26 January 2017, Israeli forces accompanied with military vehicles, a vehicle belonging the Planning and Construction Department in the Israeli Civil Administration and 3 diggers moved into Khelat al-Bidah area, west of Kharras village, west of Hebron. The diggers uprooted around 300 olive trees planted 12 years ago in a 20-dunum land. The agricultural land belongs to the heirs of late Mousa Mohamed Hamdan comprised of 200 persons. The Israeli authorities claimed that the uprooting was carried out as the land is near the annexation wall, which is a 1.5 kilo meter away from the targeted land.

 

  • As part of the escalation of settlement construction in the West Bank lands, on Tuesday, 31 January 2017, the Israeli authorities approved the construction of 3000 new settlement units on grounds of evacuating “Amona” settlement. The abovementioned escalation came upon a statement issued by the office of the Israeli Minister of Defense, Avigdor Lieberman, in which he stressed that the approval on the new settlements came in coordination with the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

 

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 obligations 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 upon 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 United Nations to confirm that holding war criminals accountable 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;
  9. 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;
  10. PCHR calls upon the international community, particularly the UN, 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;
  11. 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;
  12. 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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