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

(13 – 19 July 2017)

 

  • Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinian civilians in the West Bank.
  • 3 Palestinian civilians from Um al-Fahm were killed in an armed clash inside al-Aqsa Mosque yards.
  • 35 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  • Israeli forces continued to target the Gaza Strip border areas with no casualties reported.
  • Israeli forces conducted 58 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 8 ones in Jerusalem.
  • 57 civilians, including 5 children, 3 girls and a journalist, were arrested.
  • 26 of them, including 2 children and the 3 girls, were arrested in Jerusalem.
  • Ramasat and Palmedia offices in Hebron were raided.
  • Israeli forces continued efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied Palestinian Jerusalem.
  • The Islamic Call to Prayer (Adhan) was banned in al-Aqsa Mosque as an unprecedented measure.
  • 58 Islamic Endowments’ (Awqaf) officers, including the current and former Grand Muftis of Jerusalem and Palestine.
  • Israeli forces continued to target the Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip sea.
  • 2 fishermen were wounded off Khan Yuins shore, south of the Gaza Strip.
  • 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.
  • 4 civilians were arrested at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

 

 

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (13 – 19 July 2017).

 

Shooting:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed 6 Palestinian civilians. Three of them were killed inside al-Aqsa Mosque yards in occupied Jerusalem, while the three others were killed in the central and southern West Bank. Moreover, Israeli forces wounded 37 Palestinian civilians, including a child, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Thirty two of them were in the West Bank and the 5 others, including a child, were in the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip continued to chase the Palestinian fishermen in the sea and to open fire at farmers in the border areas.

 

In the West Bank, on 14 July 2017, in excessive use of force, Israeli forces killed Bara’ Hamamda (18) and wounded 2 others during an Israeli incursion into al-Dheisha refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, for arrests.

 

On the same day, 3 Palestinian civilians from Um al-Fahm in Israel were killed when they entered al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, and opened fire at the Israeli officers. They exchanged fire, due to which, the 3 Palestinians were killed immediately while 3 Israeli police officers were wounded. Two of the Israeli officers were pronounced dead later.

 

On 16 July 2017, Israeli officers killed Ammar Ahmed al-Tirawi (34), who is wanted to the Israeli forces, when they moved into Kufor Ein village, northwest of Ramallah. Gunfire was heard from a poultry farm in the eastern side of the village, after which the Israeli forces withdrew. The village residents hurried to the said area and saw blood in a greenhouse and in the main street, but found no corpse. Moreover, Israeli forces arrested the victim’s cousin and kept in the corpse in custody.

 

On 18 July 2017, Israeli forces killed Ra’fat Herbawi (29), from al-Karam valley neighbourhood, west of Hebron, after opening fire at his vehicle near Beit Aynoun intersection on bypass road (60). Israeli forces claimed that he attempted to deliberately run over a number of Israeli officers near the street. His corpse was taken by an Israeli military jeep to an unknown destination.

 

During the reporting period, in addition to the two wounded persons mentioned above, Israeli forces wounded 30 Palestinian civilians. Six of them sustained live bullet wounds, 17 sustained metal bullet wounds and 9 others were hit with sound bombs.

 

In the Gaza Strip, the border area witnessed peaceful protests against the illegal closure imposed on the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces used force against the protestors, as result, 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded. Two of them was hit with live bullets and one was hit with a tear gas canister.

 

On 16 July 2017, 2 fishermen were wounded when Israeli forces stationed in the sea opened fire at a fishing boat on board of which were 3 fishermen sailing within the allowed fishing limits off Khan Yunis shore, south of the Gaza Strip. The 2 fishermen were transported to Nasser Hospital to receive the necessary medical treatment. Their wounds were classified as moderate.

 

In the context of opening fire at the border area, on 13 July 2017, Israeli forces stationed at the border fence, east of Gaza Valley, opened fire at the shepherds and farmers in the area. However, no casualties were reported.

 

Concerning attacks on fishermen, on 15 July 2017, Israeli gunboats opened fire sporadically at the Palestinian fishermen, northwest of Beit Lahia village, north of the Gaza Strip. However, neither casualties nor material damage were reported. A similar attack recurred against the Palestinian fishing boats in the same area on 16 July 2017.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 58 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and 8 others into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 57 Palestinian civilians, including 5 children, 3 girls and a journalist. Twenty six of them, including 2 children and the 3 girls, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem and its suburbs.

 

Moreover, Israeli forces raided offices of Ramasat for TV services and Palmedia for media services in Hebron. They confiscated 4 hard disks from the first office and 6 others from the other.

 

Efforts to create Jewish Majority

 

Following the armed clash between the Palestinian civilians from Um al-Fahm and the Israeli officers in al-Aqsa yards on Friday morning, 14 July 2017, that resulted in the killing of 2 Israeli officers and the 3 Palestinians, dozens of Israeli intelligence and police officers and soldiers stormed al-Aqsa mosque and cordoned it off and denied the Palestinians access to the mosque. Moreover, they locked up all  the Islamic Endowments’ (Awqaf) officers inside rooms, confiscated their cell phones and referred some of them to interrogation. Israeli forces closed all entrances to the Old City with metal barriers. As an unprecedented measure, the Israeli authorities banned the Islamic Call to Prayer (Adhan) in al-Aqsa mosque until Sunday noon, 16 July 2017, after which they declared they would gradually reopen the mosque after erecting 9 metal detector gates  at al-Asbat, al-Majles and al-Selsela gates. However, they kept the remaining gates closed. The Muslim worshipers refused since then entering the mosque through those detector gates.

 

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, 13 July 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Surif village, southwest of Hebron, and stationed in al-Matinah area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Husam ‘Amer Abdul ‘Aziz Hadoush (34) and then 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 al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 3 civilians namely Mohammed Khaled al-Balasi (22), Mohammed Fathi Shuhadah (24) and Mo’ayad Sami al-Sharbi (21).

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Hebron and stationed in Wad al-Tuffah Street. They raided and searched al-Maha building and raided Ramsat News Agency. They broke the main door and confiscated 4 hard disks. They also raided and searched al-Quds Satellite Channel of Pal Media News Agency. The soldiers broke the main door and confiscated 6 hard disks as well. They later withdrew and no arrests were reported.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Marakah village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested ‘Ali Nafe’ Mousa (38).

 

  • At approximately 10:40, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza strip and Israel, east of Gaza Valley in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire at shepherds and farmers, who were present in the area. As a result , the farmers and shepherds were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but no casualties were reported.

 

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

 

Friday, 14 July 2017

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Rahhal valley area, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Isma’il al-Fawaghra (64). They then arrested the aforementioned person and took him to an unknown destination.

 

  • In a new crime of excessive use of force, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian young  man and wounded 2 others when the Israeli forces moved into al-Dheisheh refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, to carry out an arrest campaign as dozens of Palestinian young men protested against them.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 06:00 on Friday, 14 July 2017, Israeli forces accompanied with several military jeeps and dozens of infantry units moved into al-Dheisheh refugee camp, south of Bethlehem. They stationed in the center of the main street, and the soldiers stepped out of the jeeps and surrounded many houses in order to raid them. The soldiers raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mo’ath Abu Nassar and Mohammed ‘Obaid and then arrested them. In the meanwhile, dozens of Palestinian youngsters gathered and threw stones and Molotov cocktails at the Israeli soldiers, who immediately opened fire at them. As a result, 3 civilians were wounded, two of them were wounded in the lower limps while Baraa’ Isma’il Hamamdah (18) sustained 4 live bullet wounds to the chest, abdomen and neck. An ambulance of the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) immediately transferred the wounded civilians to al-Hussein Hospital in Beit Jala. After a while, Baraa’ was pronounced dead succumbing to his wounds.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Qalqiliyah, Halhoul, Yatta and al-Fawar refugee camp in Hebron.

 

Saturday, 15  July 2017

 

  • At approximately 07:00, 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 fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Qalqiliyah and Ematin village, northeast of the city; Salfit, Dura and Ethna villages in Hebron.

 

Sunday, 16  July 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Hebron and stationed in Abu Roman Mount area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Farahat Khalil Ghieth (60) and then arrested his son Mohammed (23).

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Arafat ‘Essa al-Za’aqiq, whose son ‘Arafat was killed by the Israeli forces on 27 November 2015, in Abu al-Towq area, east of the abovementioned village. The Israeli forces claimed that he attempted to carry out a stab attack against Israeli soldiers. The soldiers confiscated ‘Arafat’s car, which costs about NIS 70,000, claiming that he received that amount of money from illegal bodies. Moreover, the Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to Jasem Fouad Abu ‘Ayash in ‘Asidah area. They also searched the area around the house and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 05:00, Israeli forces accompanied with more than 30 military jeeps and a group of Israeli undercover agents “Musta’ribin”dressed like Palestinian civilians and supported by a drone moved into Kafer ‘Ein village, northwest of Ramallah. The soldiers surrounded 3 poultry farms belonging to Mohammed Lutfi Hasan al-Terawi, Ashraf al-Remawi and an expatriate civilian, who owns an uninhabited house comprised of 2 rooms. All of these farms are located in ‘Ein al-Jadidah area in the eastern outskirts of the abovementioned village. When the Israeli forces moved into, sound of heavy shooting was heard in the area. At approximately 06:00, information was leaked to the residents that there is a dead body in the farms. After the Israeli forces withdrew at approximately 06:30, a number of the residents rushed to the abovementioned area and saw a pool of blood in the uninhabited house and blood signs on the main street, but they did not find any corpse. They later knew that the Israeli forces killed ‘Ammar Ahmed Hasan Lutfi al-Terawi (34) and arrested his cousin Lutfi Mohammed Hasan al-Terawi (28), who was in his father’s farm. They kept the dead body under custody.

Following this crime, the Israeli forces declared that “Yamam” Unit, which is one of “Musta’ribin” units, and another Israeli unit from the “Shabak”, shot al-Terawi dead. They also claimed that al-Terawi pointed his weapon at the soldiers when they went to arrest him, so they opened fire at him. However, PCHR was not able to reach a local eyewitness to confirm or refute the Israeli claims, particularly because the Israeli forces arrested the only eyewitness on this crime. PCHR will continue to investigate in the circumstances of this crime.

It should be mentioned that the “Yamam” Unit is an Israeli counter-terrorism unit, one of four special units of the Israeli Border Police, and is specialized, among other tasks, in carrying out attacks against Members of Palestinian armed groups.  According to PCHR’s documentation of many attacks carried out by “Mustaribin” Unit against activists during al-Aqsa Intifada, members of this Unit used to kill Palestinians, claiming they are wanted, instead of arresting them.

 

  • At approximately 07:00, 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 farmers were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

  • At approximately 21:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, opened fire at a Palestinian fishing boat manned by 3 fishermen. The boat was sailing within the fishing area limits adjacent to Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. As a result, 2 fishermen were wounded  and their wounds were classified as moderate. The shooting continued sporadically amidst firing flare bombs for an hour and half. The wounded fishermen were identified as:

 

  1. Ibrahim Mahmoud Mohammed Abu Jahjouh (19) from Khan Yunis. He sustained a live bullet wound to the left leg; and
  2. Khader Yasser Mahmoud Abu Shammalah (24) from Khan Yunis. He sustained a live bullet wound to the right leg.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Sa’ir, al-Thaheriyah and al-Koum villages in Hebron.

 

Monday, 17 July 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Qaryout village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Mo’tasem Mesleh Ahmed Badawi (20).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Douha village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ayman Fadel Daghamin (24). They arrested the aforementioned person and withdrew later.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Moghir village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Sami Sobhi al-Haj (26).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Rema village, northwest of Ramallah. they raided and searched a number of houses  after which they arrested Hutheifah Jaber Abu ‘Alyaa’ (19).

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Samou’, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested Mahmoud Bashir al-Hawamda (23) and Arafat Soboh al-Salameen (25).

 

  • At approximately 03:30,  Israeli forces  moved into Qalqiliyah . They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested 3 civilians, including 2 children, namely Hasan Mohammed Morjan (48), his son Aws (17) and ‘Alaa’ Nehad Abu ‘Asab  (17).

 

  • At approximately 10:30, Israeli forces accompanied with 2 military jeeps moved into ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyah, from the northern entrance to the village. They patrolled in the streets amidst firing sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, a number of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation.

 

  • At approximately 10:50, Israeli forces arrested Mohammed Shaker Wajih Hbais (35) from Qalqiliyah after he received a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Eyal” crossing.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Ethna, al-Shyoukh and Surif villages in Hebron.

 

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Sha’abah area in Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Hazem Jamil al-Ja’bari (29). They then handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gosh Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.

 

  • At approximately 01:15, Israeli forces moved into Hares village, north of Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ashraf Jamal ‘Ali Abed Jaber (22) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Mohammed ‘Adnan al-Khalili (22) from his house on Baker Street.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Asker refugee camp, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested journalist Redwan Suleiman Qatanani (28). It should be noted that Qatanani is a reporter at Palestine Post and Arabi 21 News Companies.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, and stationed in Bahar neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Jamil Yusuf Husain Masharqah (50) and then informed him to turn his son Khaldoun (25) into the military watchtower established at the eastern entrance to the village.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli force moved into Tammoun village, southeast of Tubas. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested Khaled Hasan Bani ‘Oudah (22).

 

  • At approximately 10:30, Israeli forces accompanied with 7 military jeeps and an armored personnel carrier moved into the eastern entrance to Qalqiliyah. They patrolled the streets of Kafer Saba, Khelet Noufel neighborhoods, Dawoud southern neighborhood and Khelet al-Ra’ei neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed ‘Asem Jaber Nazal (25) near the Islamic Da’wah Faculty and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 13:20, Israeli forces killed Ra’fat Nathmi Shukri Herbawi (29) from al-Karm Valley neighborhood in the western area in Hebron after opening fire at his car near Beit ‘Einoun intersection on Bypass Road (60). The Israeli forces claimed that Ra’fat attempted to carry out a run-over attack against the soldiers stationed near the Abovementioned Street. Ra’fat’s body was taken by an Israeli military ambulance to an unknown destination. An eyewitness said to PCHR’s fieldworker that he saw a car with an Israeli registration plate veered off twice towards a number of soldiers stationed on the road. As a result, a number of the Israeli soldiers were wounded before opening fire at the driver. Few minutes later, another car stopped as an Israeli settler known very well as “‘Ofer” by the eyewitness. The settler fired several live bullets from his gun at the driver.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (7) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Qalqiliyah and ‘Azoun village, east of the city; Surif, Bani Na’im, al-Koum; Deir al-‘Asal and Beit Awa villages in Hebron.

 

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ibrahim Hamdi Abu Maria and then arrested his son Kareem (17).

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Salem village, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Ahmed ‘Antar Hamdan (20) and Fadi Ghassan Jobarah (27).

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested ‘Anan Mahmoud al-Tamimi (21) and Omer Saleh Ayoub (26).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Marah Rabah village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Khalil Mohammed al-Sheikh (20).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Marba’et Sabtah in Hebron. They raided and searched a metal workshop belonging to Maher Abed al-Hai al-Jo’bah. They broke the main door and confiscated a number of hand tools and machines form it. The soldier then withdrew, but no arrests were reported.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces accompanied with 5 military jeeps moved into the southern area in Hebron. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Hani Mohammed Makroum Gheith and Hazem Theeb Gheith. They later withdrew, but no arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Taqou’ village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Naser Mohammed al-Sabah (34).

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Sa’ir and Hadab al-‘Alaqah villages, and northern neighbourhoods in Hebron.

 

Demonstrations in protest against the annexation wall and settlement activities

 

West Bank:

 

  • Following the Friday prayer on Friday, 14 July 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized a protest in Bil’in and Ni’lin villages, west of Ramallah; al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city, in protest 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 protesters into olive fields and houses. As a result, some of the protesters suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

 

  • At approximately 17:00 on Wednesday, 19 July 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a protest in the vicinity of Qalandiya military checkpoint at the northern entrance to occupied Jerusalem, in rejection to the Israeli authorities’ measures in al-Aqsa Mosque. The protestors threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli forces stationed there. The soldiers fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters. As a result, 4 civilians were wounded; three of them sustained live bullet wounds to the lower limbs while the fourth one sustained a metal bullet wound to the hand. They were transferred to Palestine Medical Complex as the Palestinian Ministry of Health declared that.

 

Gaza Strip:

 

  • At approximately 15:30 on Friday, 14 July 2017, dozens of Palestinian young men made their way to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip, protesting against the Israeli-imposed closure on Gaza. They gathered near the security fence, set fire to tires, raised the Palestinian flags and threw stones at the Israeli forces stationed along the abovementioned border fence. The soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a Palestinian civilian from al-Nuseirat sustained a live bullet wound to the right knee (PCHR keeps the name of the wounded civilian). The wounded civilian was transferred to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah and his medical condition was classified as moderate.

 

  • At approximately 16:30 on the same Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered few meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, in response to calls for protests in the border area against the Israeli-imposed closure on Gaza. A number of the young men set fire to tires and threw stones at the Israeli forces stationed along the abovementioned border fence. The soldiers fired live bullets, tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at them. The clashes continued until approximately 19:00 on the same day. As a result, a 17-year-old civilian sustained a live bullet wound to the left side of the waist and a 25-year-old civilian was hit with a tear gas canister to the head. They were transferred to the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia. Their wounds were classified as moderate.

 

  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

 

 

Date Imports
Category Amount
Tons Number Liters
02 July Various goods 4564
Humanitarian aid 9404
Cooking gas 274,820    
Benzene     264,978
Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

    338,986

76,000

Construction aggregates 6760    
Cement 1320    
Construction steel 97    
03 July

 

 

 

Various goods 4463    
Humanitarian aid 6180    
Cooking gas 300,410    
Benzene     341,972
Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

    224,948

76,950

Construction aggregates 3090    
Cement 1480    
Construction steel 346    
04 July

 

 

Various goods 3859    

 

Humanitarian aid 11385    
Cooking gas 297,530    
Benzene

 

    189,990

 

Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

 

 

 

 

 

565,943

77,060

Construction aggregates 8120    
  Cement 1880    
  Construction steel 638    
 

 

 

Various goods 4949    
Humanitarian aid 11365    
  Cooking gas 294,570    
  Benzene     190,014
  Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

    222,487

76,000

05 July

 

Construction aggregates 8760    
  Cement 1720    
  Construction steel 470    
 

 

 

Various goods 4008    
Humanitarian aid 13559    
Cooking gas 289,330    
  Benzene

 

    262,999

 

  Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

    330,976

37,970

06 July

 

Construction aggregates 8720    
  Cement 3440    
  Construction steel 370    
 

 

 

Various goods 3927    
Humanitarian aid 10886    
Cooking gas 297,730    
Benzene

 

    494,016
Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

    299,999

76,000

09 July Construction aggregates 9360    
  Cement 1320    
  Construction steel 206    
 

 

 

Various goods 3812    
Humanitarian aid 14778    
Cooking gas 293,680    
Benzene     267,994
10 July Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

    902,950

75,997

  Construction aggregates 10240    
  Cement 2600    
  Construction steel 533    
 

 

11 July

 

Various goods 2417    
Humanitarian aid 14432    
Cooking gas 288,570    
Benzene     110,983
Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

    632,944

76,000

Construction aggregates 11120    
  Cement 1960    
  Construction steel 545    
  Various goods 3054    
Humanitarian aid 13419    
12 July

 

Cooking gas 298,800    
  Benzene     149,000
  Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

    821,919

75,980

Construction aggregates 10800    
  Cement 1760    
  Construction steel 305    
 
  Various goods 3547    
  Humanitarian aid 14139    
13 July

 

Cooking gas 292,770    
  Benzene     225,665
  Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

    776,943

38,000

  Construction aggregates 11200    
  Cement 1520    
  Construction steel 792    

 

 

Exports:

 

  • On Sunday, 02 July 2017, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 22.7 tons of tomatoes; 4.8 tons of eggplants; 3.6 tons of sweet peppers; 3.2 tons of peppers; 5.1 tons of cucumbers; and 0.6 tons of fish.
  • On Monday, 03 July 2017, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 12.8 tons of tomatoes; 2 tons of eggplants; 2.4 tons of sweet peppers; 5.1 tons of cucumbers; 430 piece of animals skin; and 25 tons of Aluminum scrap.
  • On Wednesday, 05 July 2017, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 11 tons of tomatoes; 0.4 tons of eggplants; 24.5 tons of sweet peppers; and 12.7 tons of cucumbers; 13 tons of Aluminum scrap and 0.36 tons of garlics.
  • On Thursday, 06 July 2017, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 20 tons of tomatoes; 6 tons of eggplants; 8 tons of clothes; and 0.5 tons of fish.
  • On Sunday, 09 July 2017, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 19.5tons of tomatoes; 2.4 tons of eggplants; 2.4 tons of sweet peppers; 14 tons of cucumbers; and 5 tons of sweet potatoes; and 13 tons of Aluminum scrap.
  • On Monday, 10 July 2017, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 13 tons of tomatoes; 3.8 tons of cucumbers; 2 tons of sweet peppers; 9 tons of clothes; 0.7 tons of fish; 400 piece of animals’ skin and 0.19 tons of garlic.
  • On Wednesday, 12 July 2017, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 25.3 tons of tomatoes; 23 tons of cucumbers; 5.6 tons of sweet peppers; 2.1 tons of sweet potatoes; and 0.6 tons of fish.
  • On Thursday, 13 July 2017, , Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 24.3 tons of tomatoes; 3.2 tons of eggplants; 23.6  tons of cucumbers; 2 tons of sweet peppers; 0.6 tons of fish; and 430 piece of animals skin.

 

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

(11-17 July 2017)

 

Category 11 July 12 July 13 July 14 July 15 July  16 July 17 July
Patients 40 27 31 2 58 25
Companions 40 24 25 2 55 26
Personal needs 57 40 46 14 57 51
Families

of prisoners

52
Arabs from

Israel

20 17 5 12 32 3
Diplomats 1
International journalists 4
International workers 34 37 74 14 10 33
Travelers

abroad

37 8 6
Business people 126 125 115 2 206 136
Business meetings 1
Security interviews 6 5 1 4 8
VIPs 2 1 1 1
Ambulances

to Israel

3 3 3 2
Patients’ Companions 3 3 3 2

 

Note:

 

  • On Wednesday, 12 July 2017, Israeli authorities allowed 3 persons working at international organizations and international persons to renew their permits.
  • On Friday, 14 July 2017, Israeli authorities allowed one person to return to the West Bank.

 

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 (25) checkpoints all over the city.

On Thursday, 13 July 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Samou’a, Beit ‘Awaa and Beit Kahel villages.

On Friday, 14 July 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to al-Fawar refugee camp, Ethan and Imrish villages.

On Saturday, 15 July 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrance to al-‘Aroub refugee camp, at the northern entrance to Hebron and at the entrance to Bani Na’iem village” Wad al-Jouz”.

On Sunday, 16 July 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Halhoul village, at the southern entrance to Hebron (al-Fahs) and at the entrance to Deir Samet village.

On Monday, 17 July 2017, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the eastern entrance to Dura, at the entrance to al-Shayyoukh village, at the entrance to Beit ‘Aynoun village and at the southern entrance to Yatta village.

On Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 3 similar checkpoints were established at the entrance to Sa’ir village, at the northern entrance to Halhoul village and on the road of Jalajel village.

On Wednesday, 19 July 2017, Israeli forces established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to Sa’ir, Beit Ummer and Tarama villages; at the entrance to al-Fawar refugee camp and on Beit ‘Aynoun road.

 

  • Qalqiliyia: Israeli forces established (8) checkpoints all over the city.

On Thursday, 13 July 2017, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the eastern entrance to Qalqiliyia (was established twice) and at the entrances to ‘Azoun and Heijah villages, east of the city.

At approximately 18:20 on Friday, 14 July 2017, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyia and under the bridge of ‘Azoun village on road between Qalqiliyia and Tulkarm.

At approximately 19:20 on Monday,17 July 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Kafur Laqif village, east of Qalqiliyia.

At approximately 01:50 on Tuesday, 18 July 2017, a similar checkpoint was established at the eastern entrance to the city.

 

  • Salfit: Israeli forces established (6) checkpoints all over the city.

At approximately 11:30 on Thursday, 13 July 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Qarawat Bani Hassan, northwest of Salfit.

At approximately 20:20 on Friday, 14 July 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Salfit.

On Saturday, 15 July 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Salfit; at the intersection of Kafur al-Deek village, west of the city; and between Bidiyia and Masha villages, northwest of the city.

At approximately 18:20 on Monday, 17 July 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Salfit.

 

Arrests at military checkpoints:

 

  • At approximately 22:20 on Friday, 14 July 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on the main street leading to Salfit (near Ariel settlement). They searched Palestinian vehicles, questioned the passengers and checked their IDs. In the meantime, Islam Jameel Mohamed ‘Odah (22), from Tulkarm refugee camp, east of Tulkarm, was arrest
  • At approximately 20:00 on Monday, 17 July 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to al-Yamoun village, west of Jenin. They searched Palestinian vehicles, questioned the passengers and checked their IDs. In the meantime, the Israeli forces arrested Abdullah Abu al-Hijah (25), and Abdullah al-Ja’bari (24).
  • At approximately 08:00 on Wednesday, 19 July 2017, Israeli forces arrested Abed al-Muhsen Abed al-Raheem Sakafi (40), from Hebron. He was arrested at a checkpoint established at the southern entrance to the city.

 

  • 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:

 

Unprecedented Measures against Al-Aqsa Mosque

 

  • Following an armed clash occurred in al-Aqsa Mosque yards between 3 Palestinians from Um al-Fahem City in Israel and Israeli police permanently stationed at the Mosque’s gates. As a result, two Israeli police officers and the 3 Palestinians were killed.  After that, dozens of Israeli soldiers, police and intelligence officers raided the Mosque and completely cordoned off the mosque.  They denied Palestinians’ access to the Mosque and locked the Islamic Awqaf officers in the Mosque’s rooms, confiscated their cell phones; and took some of them for investigation. According to PCHR’s investigations and eyewitnesses’ statement, at approximately 07:20, 3 Palestinian civilians identified as Mohamed Ahmed Jabareen (29), Mohamed Hamed Abed al-Latif (19) and Mohamed Ahmed Mufadel Jabareen (19), all from Um al-Fahem City, entered al-Aqsa Mosque via Hitah Gate and then opened fire at Israeli  police officers stationed there. After that, the Palestinian young men headed towards the yard of the Dome of the Rock Mosque. In the meantime, the Israeli police officers and Palestinian men exchanged fire. As a result, the Palestinian young men were immediately killed while 3 Israeli police officers were wounded. Two of the Israeli police officers succumbed to their wounds later.

Following the armed clash occurred in al-Aqsa Mosque yards, the Israeli authority ordered to close all the Mosque gates and the Old City entrances. It also fully imposed closure in the area and deployed dozens of Israeli soldiers in the mosque, its yards and roads leading to it. The Israeli police officers vacated all the Palestinian worshipers from the al-Aqsa Mosque yards and then locked them in the Qibli (southern) mosque. They then raided the Mosque’s rooms and banned the calls to prayer (Adhan). The Islamic Awqaf officers were prevented from entering the Mosque and around 58 of them were arrested. The Israeli police officers raided al-Motaharah area inside the Mosque and damaged its contents.

A Palestinian young man, who was stationed in al-Aqsa Mosque yards during the clash, said that the Israeli forces locked in the Qibli (southern) mosque, searched them, checked their IDs, confiscated their cell phones and took some of them for investigation. Furthermore, the Israeli police officers raided the mosques and threw trash cans under the pretext of searching. The Islamic Endowments (Awqaf) Department confirmed the arrest of 58 of its officers. Firas al-Dibes, Public Relations and media officer at (Awqaf) Department, stated that the Israeli forces took them for interrogation in al-Muskubiya police center in West Jerusalem.  The Israeli forces also arrested the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein, while performing the Friday prayer and arrested the former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, ‘Akrama Sabri, for few hours and then released them on bail of NIS 10,000 after questioning them.

Lawyer, Ma’moun al-Hasheem, said that the court extended the detention of 3 Islamic Awqaf officers to next Monday. These officers were identified as Ayman al-Khaldi, Majed al-Tamimi and Tareq Sandoqah. It should be noted that the Israeli Intelligence Service released all the arrested persons except the abovementioned officers. The arrested officers were questioned about the attack and filming it, in addition their cell phones were confiscated.

Dozens of Palestinian young men performed the Friday prayer in Jerusalem’s streets and at the entrances to al-Aqsa Mosque and Old City because al-Aqsa Mosque was closed and (Adhan) was banned. In al-‘Amoud Gate area, the Israeli forces attacked Palestinian civilians present there, hit them, forcibly vacated the place and put iron barriers in the area to prevent the prayer. In the afternoon, Israeli forces arrested Rabah Abu Mizer and his two daughters Nirmeen and Aseel; his niece Asmaa; and Mohamed Abu Shosha from Jerusalem’s Old City. Moreover, Mohamed Jadallah, member of the National Labor Authority in Jerusalem, was arrested after raiding his house in Beit Safafa village. It should be noted that his arrest was extended in order to bring him before the court. Mohamed was accused of incitement.

 

  • On Saturday, 15 July 2017, Israeli authorities continued the closure imposed on al-Aqsa Mosque for the 2nd consecutive day. They also banned calls to prayer (Adan) and entering the mosque. At dawn, Omar Kiswani, Director of the al-Aqsa Mosque, was allowed to enter the al-Aqsa Mosque and he walked into the Mosque for 10 minutes under the eyes of the Israeli officers. Omar Kiswani confirmed that the Israeli forces kept deploying in al-Aqsa Mosque yards, completely closed it and searched and damaged its contents.

Abdel al-‘Azim Slhub, Chairman of Awqaf Council; and Wasif al-Bakri, Acting Chief Judge of Jerusalem and President of Sharia Court of Appeals in Jerusalem, stated that the Israeli forces searched the offices of the Islamic Endowments (Awqaf) Department, manuscript center and Islamic Museum, the office of the Acting Chief Judge, clinics and mosques. Abdel al-‘Azim Slhub clarified that the Islamic Museum and the office of Acting Chief Judge contain historical archives, manuscripts and documents for Jerusalem going back to 800 years in history and other archives representing the political, popular and economical Jerusalem’s history.

The Israeli forces continued the closure of the Old Jerusalem’s gates and deployed dozens of Israeli soldiers in the area. They just allowed Jerusalemites to enter the city and checked their IDs before allowing them to enter. The Old City was almost empty, and all shops were closed. It should be noted that the Israeli forces obliged Palestinian traders in Sultan Suliman Street to close their shops and prevented the movement of public and private vehicles in streets adjacent to Old Jerusalem’s walls.

At approximately 19:00 on the same day, clashes erupted in ‘Ain al-Louza neighborhoods in Silwan village, south of occupied Jerusalem’s Old City. The Israeli forces indiscriminately fired sound bombs, flare bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets at Palestinian young men, who threw Molotov cocktail and fireworks at Israeli forces and Israeli settlers’ vehicles. Moreover, the Israeli forces raided a house belonging to Jaber al-‘Abasi and severely hit his two sons Mohamed (17) and Hatem (15).

 

  • On Sunday, 16 July 2017, Israeli authorities installed 9 metal detector gates at three gates to the mosque and closed the remaining gates (Hitah – Malek Fisal – al-Ghawanmah – al-Hadeed – al-Mutaharah – and al-Qattaneen). Five gates at al-Asbat Gate; 2 at al-Majles Gate and 2 at al-Silsilah Gate. Palestinian worshipers; Omar Kiswani, Director of the al-Aqsa Mosque; Wasif al-Bakri, Acting Chief Judge of Jerusalem and President of Sharia Court of Appeals in Jerusalem; and the Islamic Awqaf officers were denied access to al-Aqsa Mosque via the metal detector gates and stressed their right to enter the Mosque unconditionally. As a result, dozens of Palestinian civilians performed the prayers at al-Asbat Gate with Sheikh Omar Kiswani and Wasif al-Bakri. The Israeli forces attempted to attack them several times, chased them, pushed them and hit them with batons. Before al-‘Isha prayer, the Israeli forces put iron barriers at the entrance to al-Asbat gate in order to prevent Palestinian civilians from accessing the Old City, yet,  the worshipers performed the prayer.  The Palestinian Red Crescent crews stated that around 18 civilians sustained bruises, 3 of them were taken to the hospital. The Israeli Intelligence Service made a call with the Islamic Awqaf officers and informed them about a decision preventing them from entering al-Aqsa Mosque until further notice. Among those officers were Mohamed al-Dabagh, Samir al-Qabani, Khalil al-Tarahoni, Hamza al-Nabali, ‘Amer al-Salfiti, ‘Emad ‘Abdeen, Majd ‘Abdeen and Abdul ‘Aziz al-Halisy according to Firas al-Dibes, Public relations and media officer at (Awqaf) Department.

 

  • At approximately 22:00 on Tuesday, 18 July 2017, Israeli forces attacked thousands of Palestinian worshipers after they performed ‘Isha prayer at al-Asbat Gate. They heavily fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them and hit them with batons. As a result, dozens of worshipers sustained bruises, among them was Sheikh ‘Akrama Sabri, the former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine and President of the Supreme Islamic Commission. Sheikh ‘Akrama Sabri sustained sound bomb shrapnel wounds to the legs.

 

  • On Wednesday, 19 July 2017, the Islamic Endowments (Awqaf) Department issued a decision to close all the mosques in occupied Jerusalem neighborhoods and villages on Friday and perform the Friday prayer in front of al-Aqsa Mosque’s Gates. The decision came as a rejection for installing metal detector gates. On Wednesday, following the Friday prayer, Israeli forces surrounded the worshipers while shouting slogans, hit them with batons and fired sound bombs at them. They also severely hit two Palestinian young men and then arrested them. The arrested civilians were identified as ‘Esam al-Shaloudi and Ahmed Abu Ghanem. In the evening, the Israeli forces surrounded the protesters, who were present in front of al-Majles Gate, and assaulted them. In the meantime, the Israeli forces arrested the Islamic Awqaf officer Tareq al-Hashlamoun and Amjad al-Smeri. At al- Maghrib and al-‘Isha prayers, thousands of Palestinian worshipers headed to al-Asbat and Hetah Gates and performed the prayers in the presence of a large numbers of Israeli soldiers. Thirty minutes before Maghrib prayer, the Israeli police officers prevented the worshipers from entering Jerusalem’s Old City in order to deny access to al-Aqsa Mosque’s Gates. A group of Palestinian worshipers were forced to perform the prayer in front of Jerusalem’s Old City Gates. The Israeli forces also arrested Iyad al-Taweel while he was present in al-Asbat Gate area.

 

Arrests and Incursions:

 

  • At approximately 02:00 on Thursday, 13 July 2017, Israeli forces moved into Qalandia refugee camp, north of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Bilal Sami and Abdullah Mohamed Abed al-Rahman.

 

  • At approximately 04:00 on Thursday, Israeli forces moved into al-Salam Suburb near ‘Antabah village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Samer Ayoub al-Joulani (23) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 00:00 on Friday, 14 July 2017, Israeli forces moved into Ras Khamis area in Sho’fat refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Saher Hamouda (18) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 23:00 on Sunday, 16 July 2017, Israeli forces moved into al-Ram village, north of occupied Jerusalem. They patrolled the area and then arrested Zuhir Da’nah (16).

 

  • On Monday afternoon, 17 July 2017, Israeli forces moved into ‘Ain al-Louza neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of occupied Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched houses. As a result, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones and fireworks at them. The Israeli forces indiscriminately fired live bullets and rubber-coated metal bullets at the young men. As a result, ‘Alaa Tawfiq Abu Taieh (19) was hit with a live bullet to the pelvis and was then taken to al-Maqased Hospital in al-Tour neighbourhood, east of the city. ‘Alaa’s father said that his son was wounded while returning to his house and then taken to al-Maqased Hospital, where medical sources classified his health condition as serious. ‘Alaa underwent a critical surgery to stop the bleeding, but he still needs other operations. Few minutes later of his arrival at the hospital, the Israeli forces raided the hospital and then headed to the Operation Room (OR) and Emergency Department. After that, they surrounded the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and checked the IDs of the medical crews and workers. The Israeli forces also searched some visitors and patients. When the Israeli forces withdrew from the hospital, they stationed at the hospital gates and surrounded the hospital until next day afternoon.

 

  • On Tuesday, 18 July 2017, Israeli forces arrested 4 Palestinian civilians from various areas in Jerusalem and took them for investigation. The arrested persons were identified as Fadi Mtour; Rabie’ Rezeq Rabie’ (50); ‘Adnan Abu Subaieh (28), who works at the Islamic Endowments (Awqaf) Department; and Hamza al-Shurbati, who works as a guard in the Mosque.

 

  • At approximately 01:00 on Wednesday, 19 July 2017, Israeli forces moved into Silwan village, south of occupied Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Loay al-Rajabi (21) and Mohamed Abu Subaieh (21).

 

  • At approximately 22:00 on Wednesday, Israeli forces moved into Beir Ayoub neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mahran Showaiki (14) and arrested him.

 

 

Recommendations to the International Community

 

PCHR warns of the escalating settlement construction in the West Bank, the attempts to legitimize settlement outposts established on Palestinian lands in the West Bank and the continued summary executions of Palestinian civilians under the pretext that they pose a security threat to the Israeli forces. PCHR reminds the international community that thousands of Palestinian civilians have been rendered homeless and lived in caravans under tragic circumstances due to the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip that has been under a tight closure for almost 10 years. PCHR welcomes the UN Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334, which states that settlements are a blatant violation of the Geneva Conventions and calls upon Israel to stop them and not to recognize any demographic change in the oPt since 1967.  PCHR hopes this resolution will pave the way for eliminating the settlement crime and bring to justice those responsible for it. PCHR further reiterates that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are still under Israeli occupation in spite of Israel’s unilateral disengagement plan of 2005.  PCHR emphasizes that there is international recognition of Israel’s obligation to respect international human rights instruments and international humanitarian law.  Israel is bound to apply international human rights law and the law of war, sometimes reciprocally and other times in parallel, in a way that achieves the best protection for civilians and remedy for the victims.

 

  1. PCHR calls upon the international community to respect the Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334 and to ensure that Israel respects it as well, in particular point 5 which obliges Israel not to deal with settlements as if they were part of Israel.
  2. PCHR calls upon the ICC in 2017 to open an investigation into Israeli crimes committed in the oPt, particularly the settlement crimes and the 2014 offensive on the Gaza Strip.
  3. PCHR Calls upon the European Union (EU) and all international bodies to boycott settlements and ban working and investing in them in application of their obligations according to international human rights law and international humanitarian law considering settlements as a war crime.
  4. PCHR calls upon the international community 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.
  5. PCHR calls upon the international community and United Nations to take all necessary measures to stop Israeli policies aimed at creating a Jewish demographic majority in Jerusalem and at voiding Palestine from its original inhabitants through deportations and house demolitions as a collective punishment, which violates international humanitarian law, amounting to a crime against humanity.
  6. PCHR calls upon the international community to condemn summary executions carried out by Israeli forces against Palestinians and to pressurize Israel to stop them.
  7. PCHR calls upon the States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC to work hard to hold Israeli war criminals accountable.
  8. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfill their obligations under article (1) of the Convention to ensure respect for the Conventions under all circumstances, and under articles (146) and (147) to search for and prosecute those responsible for committing grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions to ensure justice and remedy for Palestinian victims, especially in light of the almost complete denial of justice for them before the Israeli judiciary.
  9. PCHR calls upon the international community to speed up the reconstruction process necessary because of the destruction inflicted by the Israeli offensive on Gaza.
  10. PCHR calls for a prompt intervention to compel the Israeli authorities to lift the closure that obstructs the freedom of movement of goods and 1.8 million civilians that experience unprecedented economic, social, political and cultural hardships due to collective punishment policies and retaliatory action against civilians.
  11. PCHR calls upon the European Union to apply human rights standards embedded in the EU-Israel Association Agreement and to respect its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights when dealing with Israel.
  12. PCHR calls upon the international community, especially states that import Israeli weapons and military services, to meet their moral and legal responsibility not to allow Israel to use the offensive in Gaza to test new weapons and not accept training services based on the field experience in Gaza in order to avoid turning Palestinian civilians in Gaza into testing objects for Israeli weapons and military tactics.
  13. PCHR calls upon the parties to international human rights instruments, especially the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), to pressurize Israel to comply with its provisions in the oPt and to compel it to incorporate the human rights situation in the oPt in its reports submitted to the relevant committees.
  14. PCHR calls upon the EU and international human rights bodies to pressurize the Israeli forces to stop their attacks against Palestinian fishermen and farmers, mainly in the border area.

 

 

 

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