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

(26 July – 01 August 2018)

 

  • Israeli forces continued to use force against Palestinian peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip.
  • 3 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were killed in the southern Gaza Strip.
  • 138 Palestinian civilians, including 28 children, 2 women, a journalist, and 6 paramedics, were wounded; 22 of them sustained serious wounds.

 

  • Fifty-one Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, were wounded in the West Bank; 40 of them were wounded in al-Aqsa Mosque yards.

 

  • Israeli forces continued to open fire at the border areas in the Gaza Strip.

 

  • Israeli forces conducted 79 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited incursion was conducted in the southern Gaza Strip.
  • 90 civilians, including 16 children, were arrested in the West Bank.
  • 38 of them, including 12 children, were arrested in Jerusalem.
  • Among those arrested persons were 5 journalists; 4 of them work at al-Quds Satellite Channel.
  • Israeli authorities continued to create a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • A new settlement project was opened in Silwan village.  

 

  • Israeli forces continued their settlement activities in the West Bank.
  • A barrack built of tin plates was demolished in Khebit Tuba, south of Hebron, in addition to other graves in northern Hebron.
  • Israeli settlers set fire to an under-construction house and damaged the contents of another house, southeast of Nablus.

 

  • 7 shooting incidents were reported against the Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Sea, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 12th consecutive year.
  • Dozens of temporary and permanent checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.
  • Two Palestinian 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 (26 July- 01 August 2018).

 

Shooting:

 

Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against Palestinian civilians, who participated in peaceful demonstrations organized within the activities of the “Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege” in the Gaza Strip, which witnessed for the 18th week in a row peaceful demonstrations along the eastern and northern Gaza Strip border area. During the reporting period in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children.  Moreover, the Israeli forces wounded 138 others, including 28 children, 2 women, a journalist, and 6 paramedics. Twenty-two of those wounded sustained serious wounds. In the West Bank, the Israeli forces wounded 51 civilians, including 4 children; 40 of them were wounded in al-Aqsa Mosque yards in occupied Jerusalem.

 

  • In the Gaza Strip, on 27 July 2018, Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, while participating in the Return and Breaking Siege March. Majdi al-Satari (12) and Mo’min al-Hams (17) were killed while participating in the demonstrations organized in Rafah, while Ghazi Abu Mustafa (43) was killed while participating the a demonstrations organized in Khan Yunis.

 

  • During the reporting period, while using the excessive force against the peaceful protesters along the Gaza Strip borders, the Israeli forces wounded 138 Palestinian civilians, including 28 children, 2 women, a journalist, and 6 paramedics. Twenty-two of those wounded sustained serious wounds.

 

Injuries in the Gaza Strip during this Week

Governorate Injuries
Total Children Women Journalists Paramedics Critical Injuries
Northern Gaza Strip 59 13 1 1 6 16
Gaza City 22 3 0 0 0 0
Central Gaza Strip 17 5 0 0 0 3
Khan Younis 10 1 1 0 0 0
Rafah 30 6 0 0 0 3
Total 138 28 2 1 6 22

 

 

As part of targeting the border areas, on 26 July 2018, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Dir al-Balah in the centre of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands. On 27 July 2018, an Israeli artillery fired a sell at an empty land, east of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, and no injuries were reported.

 

As part of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea, the Israeli forces continued to escalate their attacks against the Palestinian fishermen, pointing out to the ongoing Israeli policy of targeting their livelihoods. During the reporting period, PCHR documented 7 shooting incidents at the fishermen, including 6 in the northern Gaza Strip and 1 in the centre of the Gaza Strip.

 

In the West Bank, Israeli forces wounded 51 civilians, including 4 children; 40 of them were wounded in al-Aqsa Mosque yards in occupied Jerusalem.

 

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 79 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 9 similar ones into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 52 Palestinians, including 4 children, in the West Bank.  Meanwhile, 38 other civilians, including 12 children, were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs. Among those arrested were 5 journalists; 4 of them work at al-Quds Satellite Channel while the last one works as a Director of Hawa Nablus Radio and a reporter at Quds News Agency.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 30 July 2018, Israeli forces moved into Return encampments, east of Abu Safiyia Hill, northeast of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, and levelled lands, which are previously levelled.

 

 

Israeli Forces continued their Measures to Create a Jewish Majority in occupied East Jerusalem

 

Following the Friday prayer, on 27 July 2018, Israeli forces raided al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and turned it into a military  barrack after surrounding it, closing it for 4 hours, forcibly evicting its yards, attacking Palestinian worshipers, firing rubber bullets and sound bombs at them, and beating and pushing them. As a result, around 40 worshipers sustained sound bombs and rubber bullets shrapnel wounds. Moreover, about 22 worshipers, including 7 children, were arrested after getting out of the mosque and some of them were arrested from al-Qibali Mosque.

 

As part of demolishing houses and civilian facilities, on 31 July 2018, Israeli forces notified the owners of 7 houses in al-Walaja village, northwest of Bethlehem, to demolish their houses, under the pretext of non-licensing. Khadir al-‘Araj, Head of al-Walaja Village Council, said that Jerusalem Municipality staff distributed 7 notices to the owners of these inhabited houses.

 

As part of settlement activities in occupied Jerusalem, on 01 August 2018, the Israeli authorities opened a new settlement project in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, to serve Israeli settlers, under the name of ” Jewish Yemeni Heritage Center”. It should be noted that the Israel authorities opened the settlement project in Abu Nab property, which is built on an area of 700 square meter and seized in 2015.

 

Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

As part of demolishing crimes, on 29 July 2018, Israeli forces demolished a barrack built of tin plates in al-Shareef area in Kherbit Tuba, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. The 150-square-meter barrack belonging to Tawfiq ‘Awad was used for breeding livestock. The barrack was demolished under the pretext of non-licensing in area classified as Area C.

 

On 01 August 2018, Israeli forces demolished unused graves built of concrete in the Western Ahrash area in al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron.

 

As part of settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property, on 27 July 2018, a group of Israeli settlers from “Yish Kodesh” outpost established in eastern side of Jaloud village, southeast of Nablus, attacked Palestinian civilians’ houses in al-Khila al-Wasta area, east of the village. The Israeli settlers set fire to an under-construction house and attacked another house after destroying its main door and damaging its contents.

 

On 28 July 2018, three Israeli settlers attacked Samir Mutlaq Ibrahime Ghanem (39) and his wife, Lina, with pepper gas and contaminated water while returning home in Tal al-Ramida neighborhood in Hebron. The Israeli forcrs did not intervene to stop them. Samir and his wife were taken to Hebron Governmental Hospital for treatment.

 

On 30 July 2018, a group of Israeli settlers from “Adi Ad” outpost established on al-Magheer village’s lands, northeast of Ramallah, moved into the outskirts of the village from the northwest side. The Israeli settlers burned tires of 8 Palestinian vehicles and wrote racist slogans on the walls of the houses calling for revenge and killing the Palestinian civilians. The Israeli settlers later withdrew.

 

 

Details

 

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

 

 

Thursday, 26 July 2018

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Fahes area, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Omer Abu Husein (29) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:15, Israeli forces moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Wa’el Mohammed Hasan Husein (22) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:15, Israeli forces moved into Far’oun village, south of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a number of houses belonging to Moneer Na’im ‘Edwan (40) and Mohammed Na’im ‘Edwan (36). They also raided and searched a garage for repairing cars belonging to the abovementioned civilians. They then withdrew from the village and no more incidents were reported.

 

  • At approximately 05:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Dawhah village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Khader Mousa al-Masmas (21) and Mo’ataz Amin ‘Aziyah (28).

 

  • At approximately 19:00, Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands adjacent to the border fence. As a result, farmers were forced to leave their lands and the area fearing for their lives, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 21:30, Israeli forces moved into Kuber village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Tareq Dar Yusuf (17), who was killed by an Israeli settler after carrying out a stab attack at approximately 20:00 on the same day in “Adam” settlement, northeast of occupied Jerusalem. The attack resulted in killing a settler. The Israeli soldiers handed the family a decision to demolish their house soon.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (7) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Hebron, al-Majd, Beit Ummer, Nazlet ‘Essa, Nazlet Abu al-Nar, and Kufor Sour villages in Tulkarm;  and ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah.

 

Friday, 27 July 2018

 

  • At approximately 19:30, Israeli forces accompanied with 10 military vehicles moved into Kuber village, north of Ramallah and stationed at the main entrance to the village. They raided and searched dozens of houses, including a house belonging to Mohammed Tareq Dar Yusuf (17), who carried out the attack in “Adam” settlement, northeast of Jerusalem on 26 July 2018. Meanwhile, a number of children and young men gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers. The soldiers fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them and between houses. The clashes continued from the evening of the same day until next day, Saturday, 28 July 2018. As a result, 5 civilians, including a child, were hit with Two-Two bullets to the lower limbs. The wounded civilians were admitted to Al Istishari Hospital in al-Raihan Suburb, north of Ramallah to receive medical treatment. Doctors classified their injuries as moderate.

 

  • At approximately 20:30, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, fired a missile at an empty land, which is located in the vicinity of al-Shuhada’a Islamic Cemetery, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip. However, no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (9) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Surif and al-Mawreq villages in Hebron; Qalqiliyah and Hejjah village, east of the city; Shuweikah Suburb in Tulkarm; Nazlet ‘Essa, Nazlet Abu al-Nar, Baqa eastern village; Ya’bud village, southwest of Jenin.

 

Saturday, 28 July 2018:

 

  • At approximately 15:00, an Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron and stationed near the Big Mosque in the center of the city. The soldiers patrolled between shops and fixed threating posters for the residents if the violence works continued as they claimed. Meanwhile, a number of young men gathered and threw stones at Israeli soldiers. The soldiers chased at the young men to Khelat al-‘Ein area amidst firing sound bombs and rubber bullets at them. As a result, Khalil Isma’il Khalil ‘Aadi (28), a paramedic at PRCS, was wounded after his car was hit with a rubber bullet, causing the glass to scatter.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (9) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Yatta and Halhoul in Hebron; Ematin village, north of Qalqiliyah; Nazlet Abu al-Nar village, north of Tulkarm; Abu Shkheidam, Abu Qash, al-Mazra’ah al-Qabliyah and Birzeit village, north of Ramallah.

 

Sunday, 29 July 2018

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Kuber village, north of Ramallah to carry out arrest campaign. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Qais Abdul Fattah al-Barghuthi (18), Yahiya Mahmoud Baker ‘Amriyah (20), Mahmoud Samir al-Qatawi (25) and Milad Tawfiq al-Barghuthi (22).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Senegal village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Ahmed Tawafshah (19) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 04:00, an Israeli forces moved into al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 3 civilians, including 2 children, namely Ahmed Mohammed Salah (25) and Mohammed Ibrahim Salah (17) and Moahmmed Mamdouh Salah (17).

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (6) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Beit Led village, east of Tulkarm; Qalqiliyah, Halhoul, Beit Ummer, Sa’ir and al-Majd villages, in Hebron.

 

Monday, 30 July 2018

 

  • At approximately 00:00, Israeli forces accompanied with 2 bulldozers and two tanks moved about 100 meters into the west of the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, adjacent to the Return encampment, east of Abu Safiyah Hill, northeast of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip. The Israeli forces leveled and combed lands that were leveled earlier, amidst sporadically opening fire. At approximately 01:00 on the same day, the Israeli forces redeployed behind the abovementioned border fence, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Tubas. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Mohammed Nasr Allah Mustafa Daraghmah (22) and Khalid Sedqi Mohammed Foqaha (20).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliya. They raided and searched a number of houses, and then arrested 8 civilians identified as: Mohsen Hardan Shraim (54), Bilal Mohammed Abu-Hamda Maskawi (30), Nidal Ibrahim Nofal (40), Fady Bilal Hurani (25), Noor Eden Ahmed Qasem Dawoud (25), Husam Hatem Abu Lebdah (32), Khalid Wajih Sabri (42), and his brother Mohammed Sabri (30). At approximately 09:00, three of the arrestees were released and they are Hussam Abu Lebda, Nidal Nofal, and Faddy Hurani.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses, and then arrested 3 civilians identified as: Mohammed ‘Imad Khalil Quqas (28), Ibrahim Khalil Mahmoud Abu Dayah (27), and Saif Kassab Ali Abu Dayah (24).

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Ramallah, and stationed in al-Masayef neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to journalist Ala’a Hassan al-Rimawi (42), General Director at al-Quds Satellite Channel in the West Bank, and then arrested him and confiscated his car.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Beirah, and stationed in Sateh Marhaba area. They raided and searched a house belonging to the journalist Mohammed Sami ‘Elwan (35), a reporter at al-Quds Satellite Channel, and then arrested him and confiscated his computer and photography equipment.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Betunia, west of Ramallah city. They raided and searched a house belonging to the journalist Qutaibah Hamdan (27), who works at al-Quds Satellite Channel, and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Kharbatha Bani Hareth, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to journalist Husni Anjas (29), works at al-Quds Satellite Channel. They then arrested him and confiscated his car.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Dawhah village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Fahed Moneer Abu Sawi (23) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem and stationed on al-Saf Street in the center of the city. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested ‘Ata Tayeh al-Haremi (55) and Mohammed ‘Ali al-Mo’ati (18).

 

  • At approximately 04:30, Israeli forces moved into Yatta, south of Hebron, and stationed in al-Hadidiyah area, east of Yatta. They raided and searched a house belonging to Tha’er Ziyad Hamamdah (30) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 06:45, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, adjacent to former al-Waha shore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. The shooting recurred at approximately 07:10 on the same day. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

 

  • At approximately 18:00, Israeli forces closed all the entrances leading to Harmalah village, east of Bethlehem. They were backed by intensive military reinforcements comprised of dozens of armed soldiers carrying batons and plastic shields. Eyewitnesses said to PCHR’s fieldworker that the Israeli soldiers announced that the area is a completely military closed zone. They raided and searched residential houses and disrupted leaflets issued by the Israeli forces commanders, in which they threatened the village residents from “the consequences of continuous stone throwing and empty bottles at settlers’ cars passing on the Bypass Road established on the village lands.” This leaflet mentioned also that “The village officials and dignitaries are responsible for the continued stone throwing acts.”

 

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

 

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

 

  • At approximately 00:00, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Adham Mohammed Selmi (22) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Jalqamus village, east of Jenin. They raided and searched a number of houses and then handed summonses to 4 civilians namely Mos’ab Jamil al-Haj, Samer Ahmed ‘Aridi, Hani Taher al-Qarem and Sa’ed Omer Abu Jaber .

 

  • At approximately 02:00, large numbers of Israeli forces moved into al-Dahishah refugee camp, south of Bethlehem and stationed in l-Dahiyah area. They raided and searched a house belonging Tahsin Hajajrah and then arrested his son Mohammed (22).

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested 4 civilians, including 2 children, namely ‘Abed (22), and Mohammed Samad’ah (25), Ahmed Mahmoud Nakhlah (22) and Saher Mohammed Dabour (19).

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Qabatiyah village, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested Eyad Mohammed Kamil (20), Abdul Salam Saleh Sharif Kamil (27), an engineer at Qabatiyah village.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Yamun village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Lo’ai Hmedan Samudi (41) and Mahmoud ‘Adel Zayed (38).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a number of houses belonging to Ahmed Noor Eden Rayan (15) and Karim ‘Emran Abdullah Husein (15).

 

  • At approximately 05:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, adjacent to former al-Waha shore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. The shooting sporadically continued until approximately 05:30 on the same day. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

 

  • At approximately 22:40, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, adjacent to al-Sudaniyah area, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. The gunboat also fired a number of flare bombs in the sky of the area along with intensive flight of the Israeli warplanes. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Tulkarm, Hebron, and Sebastia village, northwest of Nablus.

 

Wednesday, 01 August  2018

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Zawata village, west of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to journalist Mohammed Anwar Fathi Mona (36), Director of Hawa Nablus Radio Station and reporter at Quds Press Agency, and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Iba village, west of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Anwar Taleb Ahmed San’a Allah (20) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Kerbaj Mount neighborhood in the southern area in Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Wa’el Abdul Mo’ati al-Fakhuri and then arrested his son Ibrahim (19).

 

  • At approximately 02:00, a group of Israeli undercover units “Mista’arvim” dressed like Palestinian civilians sneaked into Beit Rema village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Sobhi al-Remawi (22) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Thaheriyah village, south of Hebron and stationed in al-Deir neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Yusuf Qaisiyah (26) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Ethna village, west of Hebron, and stationed in ‘Aziz Valley neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Saleh ‘Awad (48) and then arrested his son Anas (20).

 

  • At approximately 03:05, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, off former al-Waha shore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, heavily 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 was reported.

 

  • At approximately 05:00, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Asakrah village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Salah Sami ‘Asakrah (24) and then handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of the city.

 

  • At approximately 05:15, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, adjacent to al-Sudaniyah area, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. The shooting sporadically continued until approximately 05:35 on the same day. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (6) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: ‘Asirah al-Qabliyah, Sebastia,  and Salem villages in Nablus; ‘Arabah village, southwest of Jenin, Yatta and al-Samou’a village in Hebron.

 

 

Use of Force against Demonstrations in Protest against the U.S. President’s Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel:

 

Israeli forces continued its excessive use of lethal force for the  18th consecutive Friday against peaceful demonstration organized by Palestinian civilians in in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The demonstrations were named as “The Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege. The demonstrations were also in protest against the U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration to move the U.S. Embassy to it. The demonstrations were as follows during the reporting period:

 

Gaza Strip:

 

  • At approximately 16:00 on Friday 27 July 2018, hundreds of civilians swarmed to the Return encampments established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege, east of Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Younis. The numbers of participants increased at approximately 16:30, as the participants gathered inside and outside the encampment’s yard and raised flags, chanted national slogans and flew dozens of kites and balloons as dozens of them, including women and children, approached the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel and set fire. A number of them attempted to throw stones at Israeli forces. The Israeli snipers stationed behind sand barriers and hills, more of which were established this week, along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, deliberately and selectively opened fire at participants of the peaceful demonstrations that included hundreds of civilians. On this week, the shooting was more than firing tear gas canisters, which were limitedly used in the last 2 hours of the demonstration by the military vehicles and drones. The shooting, which continued until approximately 20:00, resulted in the killing of Ghazi Mohammed Mustafa Abu Mustafa (43), from Khan Younis, after being hit with a live bullet that penetrated the right side of the head and exited the left ear at approximately 16:30, as he was sitting under an olive tree, which is about 150 meters away from the border fence. Ghazi’s death was announced after half an hour of his transfer to Gaza European Hospital. It should be noted that Ghazi was wounded to the left leg by Israeli forces on 08 June 2018, and he walks on crutches since his injury. Moreover, 10 others, including a child and a woman were hit with live bullets and its shrapnel throughout their bodies. The wounded civilians were taken to the field hospital and then transferred to Nasser, Gaza European and Algerian Hospitals. Dozens further suffered tear gas inhalation and received medical treatment on the spot or at the field hospital. Some of them were transferred to hospitals due to suffering severe tear gas inhalation and seizures.

 

  • At approximately 16:00 on Friday, 27 July 2018, thousands of civilians swarmed to the Return encampments established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege, east of Malakah intersection, east of al-Zaytoun neighborhood, east of Gaza City in the 18th consecutive Friday titled “Our Martyrs Children.” The activities included raising flags, chanting national slogans, setting fire to tires and flying kites. Though the demonstrations were fully peaceful, Israeli forces stationed behind the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel deliberately and randomly fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, 22 civilians, including 3 children, were wounded. Nineteen of them were hit with live bullets and its shrapnel and 3 were hit with tear gas canisters.

 

  • Around the same time, hundreds of civilians swarmed to the Return encampments established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege, 400 meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip. Dozens of them approached the border fence, set fire to tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand barriers along the border fence. The Israeli forces fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at the participants. The clashes continued until approximately 20:00 on the same day. As a result, 15 civilians, including 3 children, were wounded. Thirteen of them were hit with live bullets and 2 others were hit with tear gas canisters. The wounded civilians were taken via ambulances belonging to Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah. Doctors classified 3 civilians’ injuries as serious and they were then transferred to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. The injuries of the other wounded civilians were classified between minor and moderate.

 

  • At approximately 16:30, hundreds of Palestinian swarmed to the Return encampments established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return, east of Abu Safiyah Hill, northeast of Jabalia hundreds of Palestinian swarmed to the Return encampments established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return, east of Abu Safiyah Hill, northeast of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip. The protestors raised Palestinian flags, chanted national slogans and set fire to tires. Dozens of them approached the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence. The Israeli forces deliberately and randomly fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at them. The clashes continued until approximately 21:00 on the same day. As a result, 59 civilians, including 12 children, a woman, 6 paramedics and a journalist, were wounded. Forty eight of them were hit with live bullets and its shrapnel while 11 were hit with tear gas canisters. The wounded civilians were transferred via ambulances belonging to PRCS, Medical Services and the Ministry of Health to the Indonesian and al-Awda Hospitals. Doctors classified the injury of 16 civilians as serious. The wounded journalist identified as Samer Sa’adallah Abdul ‘Ati al-Za’anin (26), a freelance journalist, was hit with a tear gas canister to the right thigh. As for the paramedics, they were identified as follows:

 

  1. Fares ‘Awad ‘Atiyah ‘Afanah (37), Director of the Emergency Medical Services, was hit with a live bullet to the right leg;
  2. Hani Mahmoud Husein Wadi (32), a paramedic at PRCS, was hit with live bullet to the head and back;
  3. Ramez Mesbah Mohammed Abu Dayer (27), a paramedic at the Palestinian Civil Defense, was hit with a live bullet to the head ad back;
  4. Maisa’a ‘Aref Salman al-‘Aar (20), a paramedic at the Palestinian Ministry of Health, was hit with a live bullet shrapnel to the right hand;
  5. Alin Yahiya Rashad ‘Ashour (22), a volunteer paramedic at the Ministry of Health, was hit with a live bullet to the left leg; and
  6. Ahmed Abdul Bari al-‘Abed Abu Foul (34), a volunteer paramedic at PRCS, was hit with a tear gas canister to the neck.

 

  • At approximately 17:00, hundreds of Palestinian swarmed to the Return encampment established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return, east of al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. A number of young men approached the border fence, flew kites, set fire to tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence. The soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at the protestors. The clashes continued until approximately 20:30. As a result, Majdi Ramzi Kamal al-Satri (12) was killed after being hit with a live bullet that entered the front and exited the back of the head. Majdi died in the ambulance that transferred him from the field hospital in the Return encampment to Gaza European Hospital in Khan Younis. Moreover, 30 civilians, including 6 children, were wounded. Twenty nine of them were hit with live bullets and its shrapnel and one civilian was hit with a tear gas canister. Those wounded civilians were taken to the field hospital and then transferred to Abu Yusuf al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah and Gaza European Hospital in Khan Younis. Doctors classified the injuries of 3 civilians as serious. At approximately 05:00 on Saturday, 28 July 2018, medical sources at Gaza European Hospital announced the death of Mo’men Fathi Yusuf al-Hams (17), succumbing to his wounds. Mo’men was hit with a live bullet that entered the left shoulder and exited the chest. Mo’men underwent a Surgery that continued for 5 hours and then stayed at the ICU until his death was announced.

 

  • At approximately 16:00 on Sunday, 30 July 2018, dozens of Palestinian children and young men gathered near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip, to participate in the Return encampment. They threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand barriers along the b order fence. the soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, 2 children were hit with live bullets to the lower limbs. They were transferred via a PRCS ambulance to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah. Doctors classified their injuries as moderate.

 

West Bank:

 

  • At approximately 13:40 on Friday, 27 July 2018, a group of Palestinian civilians moved from Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah, to the eastern entrance to the village, which has been closed for 15 years. The protestors chanted national slogans demanding end of occupation, condemning the decisions to demolish Khan al-Ahmer Bedouin Community and condemning the Israeli forces’ crimes against Palestinian protestors along the eastern border of the Gaza Strip within “The Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege” activities. Several representatives of national factions and representatives of National Action Factions in the north of the West Bank and a number of foreign and Israeli activists participated in the demonstration. Israeli soldiers suppressed the demonstration and fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, 5 civilians, including a 3 children age between 12 and 13, was hit with a live bullet shrapnel to the left hand.

 

  • At approximately 16:40 on Saturday, 28 July 2018, a group of Palestinian organized a peaceful demonstration from the center of Kufor Qadoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah and headed to the eastern entrance, which has been closed for 15 years. Israeli forces opened fire at the protestors. As a result, a 40-year-old civilian was hit with a rubber bullet to the right hand.

 

 

  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

 

  • Note:Due to technical reasons, we could not obtain the official statistics from the department responsible for issuing the statistics

 

  • 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.

 

  • Note:Due to technical reasons, we could not obtain the official statistics from the department responsible for issuing the statistics

 

  • Closure on the West Bank. During the reporting period, Israeli forces imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians:

 

  • Hebron: Israeli forces established (22) checkpoints all over the city.

On Thursday, 26 July 2018, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to al-Dahiriyia, Samou’a, Jalajel, and Beit ‘Awaa villages.

On Friday, 27 July 2018, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Hebron, at the entrance to al-Fawar refugee camp, on Wad al-Jouz and Tarama villages’ roads.

On Saturday, 28 July 2018, 3 similar checkpoints were established at the southern entrance to Hebron, at the entrance to al-Fawar refugee camp and at the entrance to Dir Samet village.

On Sunday, 29 July 2018, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the western entrance to Hebron and at the entrances to al-Shayoukh and Beit Ola villages.

On Monday, 30 July 2018, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Dir Razzah and al-Shayyoukh villages and at the entrance to al-Fawar refugee camp.

On Tuesday, 31 July 2018, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Bani Na’iem and Sa’ir villages.

On Wednesday, 01 August 2018, 3 similar checkpoints were established at the entrances to al-Dahiriyia and Dir Samet villages and at the northern entrance to Halhoul village.

 

  • Nablus: Israeli forces established (5) checkpoints all over the city.

At approximately 15:00 on Thursday, 26 July 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the intersection of al-Naqourah village, branching from Nablus- Jenin Street, northwest of Nablus.

At approximately 15:30 on Friday, 27 July 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint near al-Junidai glasshouse nursery on Nablus-Tulkarm Road.

At approximately 10:00 on Saturday, 28 July 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the intersection of al-Naqourah village, branching from Nablus- Jenin Street, northwest of Nablus.

At approximate;y 21:30, a similar checkpoint was established at the intersection of Dir Sharf village, which connects between Nablus, Jenin and Tulkarm, west of Nablus.

At approximately 19:30 on Sunday, 29 July 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to ‘Asirah village, north of Nablus.

 

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

 

On Thursday, 26 July 2018, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the eastern entrance to Qalqiliyia (was established 2 times) and at the entrance to ‘Azoun village, east of the city.

At approximately 09:30 on Friday, 27 July 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance to Qalqiliyia.

At approximately 05:45 on Saturday, 28 July 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Hijah village, east of Qaliqliyia.

At approximately 09:30, a similar checkpoint was established at the eastern entrance to the village.

At approximately 15:10 on Monday, 30 July 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance to Qalqiliyia.

 

Arrests at Military Checkpoints:

 

 

  • At approximately 00:00 on Tuesday, 31 July 2018, Israeli forces stationed at al-Showika village’s Gate, north of Tulkarm, arrested Samer Sadeq Tu’mah (29), from Qufeen village, north of the City, and Rushdi Khalil Ahmed Abu Khadrah (70), from Bal’ah village, northeast of the City.

 

  • Efforts to Create A 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:

 

  • Following the Friday prayer, on 27 July 2018, Israeli forces raided al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and turned it into a military barrack after surrounding it, closing it for 4 hours, forcibly evicting its yards, attacking Palestinian worshipers, firing rubber bullets and sound bombs at them, and beating and pushing them. According to PCHR’s investigations and eyewitnesses’ statement, following the Friday prayer, the Israeli forces raided al-Aqsa Mosque and heavily and indiscriminately fired sound bombs and rubber bullets at Palestinian worshipers, including women, children and elderlies.  The Israeli forces stationed at al-Magharbah Gate and topped al-Qibali  (southern) Mosque’s roof while other Israeli soldiers deployed in the al-Qibali Mosque yards and then headed to the Dome of the Rock yard. The Israeli forces evicted the worshipers from the mosque after assaulting them and then closed some of the mosque gates and left other doors open in order to get the worshipers out. The Israeli soldiers then forcibly got al-Aqsa Mosque’s Director, Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani along with the guards and endowments employees out of the mosque and detained their cell phones, especially at al-Silsilah and al-Majles Gates. During which, the Israeli forces forcibly closed the mosque gates and prevented the guards from entering. Moreover, the Israeli forces closed al-Qibali Mosque Gates with chains, detained dozens of worshipers inside it and forcibly kept the guards away. Coinciding with the afternoon prayer, the Israeli soldiers raided the mosque and carried out an arrest campaign, during which they blindfolded the arrested persons, took them to al-Magharabh Gate and then took them to an investigation center. The elderlies were forced to get out of the al-Qibali Mosque and then to its yards.

Coinciding with raiding al-Aqsa Mosque by the Head of the Israeli Municipality, Nir Barakat, the Israeli Police Chief, Yoram Halevy, and senior officers, the national and Islamic factions declared an open sit-in until opening al-Aqsa Mosque Gates, performed the afternoon prayer in al-Asbat Gate yards, chanted slogans, and sang religious songs in front of the Israeli forces’ barriers. The al-Aqsa Mosque Gates were then opened and the worshipers entered it. It should be noted that during the storming of al-Aqsa Mosque and assaulting the worshipers, around 40 civilians sustained sound bombs and rubber bullets shrapnel wounds and were then treated on the spot. Moreover, about 22 worshipers, including 7 children, were arrested after getting out of the mosque and some of them were arrested from al-Qibali Mosque. PCHR keeps the names of the arrested persons.

 

  • At approximately 02:00 on Saturday, 28 July 2018, Israeli forces moved into occupied East Jerusalem’s neighborhoods. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Rashid Mohamed al-Rashq (18), Mohamed Murad Najeeb (27) and Mostafa Mona (24).

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Wista neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed al-Rokun (21) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 04:00 on Saturday, Israeli forces moved into Wadi al-Jouz neighborhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Areen al-Za’aneen (23) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 17:00 on Monday, 30 July 2018, Israeli forces moved into Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested 5 children, including 2 siblings, and then took them to al-Maskobiyia investigation center in West Jerusalem. The arrested persons were identified as Adam Mansour al-Rashq (13) and his brother Adham (15), Wesam Rohi Da’nah (15), Yazan Mohamed Farroukh (16), and ‘Alaa Mahmoud al-‘Ajlouni (17).

 

 

  • At approximately 19:00 on Monday, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Hisham ‘Obaid (23) and Mohamed ‘Obaid (20).

 

  • On Tuesday morning, 31 July 2018, the Israeli Intelligence Service arrested Subaieh Misbah Abu Subaieh (19) after summonsing him to an investigation center in West Jerusalem. Subaieh’s mother said that 2 days earlier, the Israeli forces raided their relatives’ house in Kafur ‘Aqab village, north of occupied Jerusalem, and informed them that her son should attend to interrogation. She added that her son was summoned on the abovementioned day by the Israeli Intelligence Service for investigation in al-Maskobiyia center in West Jerusalem, where he was arrested after questioning him. She said that the lawyer told her that her son was arrested on grounds of raiding al-Aqsa Mosque on last Friday. It should be noted that Abu Subaieh served several months in the Israeli jails after killing his father, Mosbah, by the Israeli forces. Subaieh’s father was killed after carrying out a shooting attack in al-Shaiekh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem and the Israeli authorities continued to detain his corpse.

 

  • At approximately 02:30 on Wednesday, 01 August 2018, Israeli forces moved inti Hizmah village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohamed Mahmoud Kan’an (21) and then arrested him.

 

House Demolitions and Notices:

 

  • At approximately 07:00 on Tuesday, 31 July 2018, Israeli forces notified the owners of 7 houses in al-Walaja village, northwest of Bethlehem, to demolish their houses, under the pretext of non-licensing. Khadir al-‘Araj, Head of al-Walaja Village Council, said that an Israeli military force accompanied with the Jerusalem Municipality staff moved into ‘Ein al-Jwaiza neighborhood in al-Walaja village. The municipality staff distributed 7 notices to the owners of these inhabited houses. The notices included summonses for the houses’ owners forcing them to self-demolish their houses, or they will be forced to pay the demolition costs. Al-‘Araj pointed out that the neighborhood, which is adjacent to al-Malha village that its residents were evicted, is clearly targeted in order to be fully annexed to the Jerusalem Municipality boundaries. It should be noted that the Jerusalem Municipality, during the past 30 years, attempted to annex the neighborhood. The Israeli authorities are also seeking to deport the neighborhood residents in favor of expanding the Israeli settlement as a prelude to add 330 settlement units in “Har Gilo” settlement established on the village lands. The Israeli forces also demolished al-Nour Mosque in the same neighborhood 20 years ago and destroyed the paved street that connects the neighborhood with the rest of the village. Additionally, they demolished over 30 houses and there are about forty cases in the Israeli Courts due to issuing demolition notices against those houses.

 

  • Opening New Settlement Project in Silwan:

 

  • On Wednesday evening, 1 August 2018, Israeli forces moved into Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and turned it into a military barrack. This happened in coinciding with opening a new settlement project in the village to serve the settlers, under the name of ” Jewish Yemeni Heritage Center”. According to eyewitnesses, a large force of Israeli soldiers moved into the neighborhoods and stationed at its entrances. They then deployed in Batn al-Hawa, al-Wosta, al-Bostan, and ‘Ein al-Lawza neighborhoods and closed some streets and roads to facilitate the access of participants to the opening ceremony of the settlement project. The eyewitnesses also said that before the beginning of the ceremony, the Israeli forces, arrested Zuhair al-Rajabi, Head of Batn al-Hawa Committee, and Jawad seyam, Head of the Wadi Helweh Information Center, while they were in the neighborhood. After that, the Israeli forces evicted the streets, forced the residents to enter their houses, and kept the press crews and some of foreign and Israeli activists away from the area.  Meanwhile, they prevented Silwan village’s residents from heading to the neighborhood and many residents were prevented from reaching their homes. Ze’ev Elkin, Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage Israeli Minister, Miri Regev, Israeli Minister of culture, Rabbi of Jerusalem, and representatives of the settlement associations participated in the opening Ceremony of the Cultural Center. It should be noted that the Israel authorities opened the settlement project in Abu Nab property, which is built on an area of 700 square meter and seized in 2015.

Last year, a synagogue was built in the same property, in which Israeli authorities claim that the property was a synagogue for the Jews of Yemen in the late 19th century.

 

 

 

Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

 Israeli forces’ attacks

 

  • At approximately 9:00 on Sunday, 29 July 2018, Israeli Border Guard officers, accompanied with a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration and a bulldozer moved into al-Sharif area in Khirbet Tuba, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. The Israeli forces deployed in the area while the bulldozer demolished a 150-square-meter barrack built of tin plates and used for breeding livestock. The barrack belongs to Tawfiq Isma’il ‘Elyan Awad. The barrack was built in 2016 and demolished under the pretext of non-licensing in areas classified as Area C. Tawfiq was notified to stop construction on 23 April 2017.

 

  • At approximately 8:00 on Wednesday, 1 August 2018, Israeli forces backed by 2 military vehicles and accompanied with a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration and a bulldozer moved into the western al-Ahrash area in al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. The bulldozer demolished a number of unused graves built of concrete under the pretext of non-licensing in an area classified as security area by the Israeli forces. It should be noted that the Israeli forces previously notified to hold construction in these graves.

 

 Israeli settlers’ attacks

 

  • At approximately 22:00 on Monday, 26 July 2018, a group of Israeli settlers, under the Israeli forces’ protection, moved into al-Nabi Yunis neighborhood, north of Halhool village, north of Hebron. The Israeli soldiers deployed in the vicinity of al-Nabi Yunis Old Mosque while the Israeli settlers performed their Talmudic prayers in the area. Meanwhile, a number of Palestinian youngsters gathered and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers, who fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, many stone throwers suffered tear gas inhalation and were then treated on the spot.

 

  • At approximately 12:45 on Friday, 27 July 2018, a group of Israeli settlers from “Yish Kodesh” outpost established in eastern side of Jaloud village, southeast of Nablus, attacked Palestinian civilians’ houses in al-Khila al-Wasta area, east of the village, 200 meters away from the abovementioned outpost. The Israeli settlers set fire to an under-construction house belonging to a civilian, from Kafur Qasem village in Israel. The 100- square-meter under-construction house was burnt. The Israeli settlers attacked another 60- square-meter house belonging to Tawfiq al-Showiki after destroying its main door and damaging its contents.

 

  • At approximately 22:30 on Saturday, 28 July 2018, three Israeli settlers attacked Samir Mutlaq Ibrahime Ghanem (39) and his wife, Lina, with pepper gas and contaminated water while returning home in Tal al-Ramida neighborhood. The attack happened near the military checkpoint at the entrance to the neighborhood (checkpoint 56) but Israeli soldiers did not intervene to stop it. Samir along with his wife were admitted to Hebron Governmental Hospital for treatment. Samir Ghanem said to PCHR’s fieldworker that: “We were returning home after a visit to my wife’s family house in al-Namra area and my nephew, Tariq (14), was with us. When we arrived at the Container checkpoint in Tal al-Ramida neighborhood at approximately 22:30, there were three settlers between 15 and 18 years old, sitting 3 meters away from the checkpoint. My nephew was holding a shopping cart and the settlers began to curse and threaten us. I took Tariq away and moved one meter forward. The settlers sprayed us with a contaminated water and a pepper gas that hit our heads and clothes. My wife fell on the ground and I started shouting. The settlers approached us and pepper-sprayed us. I was shouting, but the soldiers, who stationed 3 meters away, didn’t move and continued to watch what was happening through cameras covering the area. Moments later, a red car arrived, and a settler, in thirties, stepped out of the car and tried to attack us, but I tried to defend myself. The three settlers pepper-sprayed us again. Two soldiers arrived as I was raising my hands up and one of them pointed his rifle at my face and asked me to let my hands down. I called my relatives in the neighborhood. Meanwhile, a number of civilians gathered and a number of soldiers, including an officer, arrived as well. The officer approached the settlers, spoke to them and moved away after two minutes. We talked to the soldiers who denied knowing what was happening. An ambulance of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society arrived and took us to Hebron governmental hospital for treatment.”

 

  • On Monday morning, 30 July 2018, a group of Israeli settlers from “Adi Ad” outpost established on al-Magheer village’s lands, northeast of Ramallah, moved into the outskirts of the village from the northwest side. The Israeli settlers burned tires of 8 Palestinian vehicles and wrote racist slogans on the walls of the houses calling for revenge and killing the Palestinian civilians. The Israeli settlers later withdrew.

 

 

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 11 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 this year 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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