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

(09-15 August 2018)

 

  • Israeli forces continued to use force against Palestinian peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip.
  • 3 Palestinian civilians, including a volunteer paramedic, were killed while a civilian succumbed to his pervious wounds.
  • 157 Palestinian civilians, including 27 children, 2 women, 2 journalists, and 2 paramedics, were wounded; 11 of them sustained serious wounds.

 

  • Israeli warplanes fired 60 missiles targeting many areas in the Gaza Strip
  • A Pregnant woman and her baby were killed, and 25 other civilians, including 4 children and 4 women, were wounded.
  • The Said al-Mishal Institute for Culture and Science was destroyed and nearby houses and shops sustained material damage.

 

  • Israeli forces continued to open fire at the border areas in the Gaza Strip, but no injuries were reported.

 

  • Israeli forces conducted 73 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 4 similar incursions were conducted in Jerusalem.
  • 6 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded during the incursions.
  • 71 civilians, including 3 children, 12 women, were arrested.
  • 18 of them, including 10 women, were arrested in Jerusalem.
  • Israeli authorities continued to create a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • 2 under-construction apartments were demolished in al-‘Issawiyia village.
  • Notices were fixed to confiscate dozens of dunums of Silwan village’s lands under the pretext of “gardening free lands”.

 

  • Israeli forces continued their settlement activities in the West Bank.
  • An under-construction house was demolished in Dir Dabwan village, east of Ramallah.
  • A shop was demolished in Marj Na’jah village, north of Jericho.

 

  • 5 shooting incidents were reported against the Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Sea, but no injuries 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.
  • 4 Palestinian civilians, including a child, 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 (09 – 15 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 20th 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 5 Palestinian civilians, including a 9-month pregnant woman, while another civilian succumbed to his previous wounds. Moreover, the Israeli forces wounded 182 civilians, including 31 children, 6 women, 2 journalists, and 2 paramedics. Eleven of those wounded sustained serious wounds. 157 of the wounded persons, including 27 children, 2 women, 2 journalists, and 2 paramedics, were injured while participating in Return and Breaking Siege March, while the rest of the wounded persons were injured during launching airstrikes.  In the West Bank, the Israeli forces wounded 6 civilians, including 2 children. All of those wounded sustained wounds during the incursions.

 

In the Gaza Strip, Enas Suleiman Ahmed Abu Khammash (23), a 9-month pregnant, and her child Bayan Mohammed Kamel Abu Khammash (a year and a half) were killed after a missile fell over thier house in Wadi al- Salqa village in the center of the Gaza Strip. Enas’s husband Mohamed Abu Khammash, who sustained shrapnel wounds throughout his body, rented the house.

 

On 10 August 2018, Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinian civilians, including a paramedic, after opening fire at thousands of Palestinian civilians participated in Return and Breaking Siege March, east of al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip. Two of the above-mentioned civilians were killed on the same day while the 3rd one succumbed to wounds he sustained at next day dawn.

 

In the same context, medical sources announced the death of Wesam Yusuf Abdullah Hejazi (30), from Khan Younis, while he was at an ambulance in the Egyptian side of Rafah crossing. Wesam succumbed to wounds he sustained during his participation in the Return demonstration, east of the city. Wesam was wounded on 14 May 2018,  after being hit with a live bullet to the head by the Israeli forces while targeting thousands of participants, who were near the border fence with Israel, east of ‘Abasan al-Kabirah village.

 

 

During the reporting period, while using the excessive force against the peaceful protesters along the Gaza Strip borders, the Israeli forces wounded 157 Palestinian civilians, including 27 children, 2 women, 2 journalists, and 4 paramedics. Eleven 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 35 10 2 0 1 4
Gaza City 50 2 0 0 0 0
Central Gaza Strip 13 2 0 0 0 1
Khan Younis 36 4 0 0 3 3
Rafah 23 9 0 2 0 3
Total 157 27 2 2 4 11

 

 

As part of targeting the border areas, on 10 August 2018, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between Israel and the Gaza strip fired an artillery shell at a residential house, southeast of al-Buraij, in the central Gaza Strip. As a result, the house was partially damaged, but no casualties were reported.

 

On 15 August 2018, 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 Palestinian farmers while they were working in their lands. As a result, the farmers were forced to leave their lands fearing for their lives, but no casualties were reported.

 

 

 

As part of the airstrikes, on 04 August 2018, Israeli warplanes launched dozens of airstrikes at military sites belonging to the Palestinian resistance groups, civilian targets and open lands, in which 60 missiles were fired.  As a result, 25 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children and 4 women, sustained shrapnel wounds, in addition to the injury of dozens of civilians due to scattering the glasses. The Israeli bombing resulted in the destruction of the Sa’ed al-Mishal Cultural Centre located on ‘Aydiyia Street in Southern al-Rimal neighborhood, west of Gaza City.  The 400-sqaure-meter building was comprised of 5 floors, which includes the Egyptian community’s office. The Israeli warplanes directly launched 3 airstrikes at the abovementioned building, causing material damage to nearby houses and shops.

 

 

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 5 shooting incidents at the fishermen, including 4 in the northern Gaza Strip and 1 in the centre of the Gaza Strip. During these attacks, Israeli naval forces arrested 5 fishermen from the same family.

 

In the West Bank, Israeli forces wounded 6 civilians, including 2 children. All of them were wounded during the incursions.

 

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 73 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 4 similar ones into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 53 Palestinians, including 3 children and 2 women, in the West Bank.  Meanwhile, 18 other civilians, including 10 women, were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs. Among those arrested were a journalist ‘Ali Dar ‘Ali (35), who works as a reporter at Palestine Channel. ‘Ali was arrested from his house in Barham village, northwest of Ramallah.

 

 

 

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

 

As part of demolishing houses and civilian facilities, on 15 August 2018, the Israeli Municipality demolished a residential building comprised of 2 under-construction apartments belonging to Nader Nsaer Abu Riyalah in al-‘Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. The Israeli Municipality fixed a demolition order to the building 2 weeks ago, so his lawyer headed to the municipality to freeze the order and license the building. The Israeli bulldozers suddenly demolished the building.

 

As part of confiscating lands in favor of settlement projects, Israeli Municipality staff moved into Silwan village, south of Occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They fixed notices to confiscate dozens of dunums in Wadi al-Rababah and al-‘Abbassya neighborhoods and attached numbered maps with them showing the parts that are meant to be confiscated under the pretext of “gardening free lands”. Wadi Hilweh information center in Silwan issued a statement refuting the Israeli Municipality’s claims. The statement said that the notices, which were fixed by the Israeli Municipality staff, threaten dozens of dunums of Silwan village in Wadi Rababahb, Wadi Hilweh, Be’r Ayoub and al-Nabi Dawood neighborhoods. All the lands belong to the inhabitants of Silwan, who have all documents and ownership papers, and some other lands belong to the Greek Orthodox Church. Wadi Hilweh information center refuted the Israeli Municipality’s claim that those plots of lands are empty.

 

As part of Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

As part of demolishing crimes, on 09 August 2018, Israeli forces demolished a shop belonging to ‘Ali al-Shaiekh Khalil (45) in Marj Na’jah village, north of Jericho. ‘Ali said that he was shocked by the Israeli forces raiding his shop and then demolishing it without allowing him to vacate its contents. It should be noted that the shop was built on an area of 40 square meters and used for selling foodstuffs.

 

On the same day, engineers and surveyors belonging to the Israeli authorities started to place signs and markers for a number of places in Khelet al-Daliya in the center of Nahaleen village, west of Bethlehem, in order to link the area with the settlement street No. (60). This street is wrapped around ‘Arqoub 4 villages to reach “Betar Illit” settlemen, which is established on Khelet al-Daliya lands. The four villages that have border links with each other are part of the so-called Arqoub villages, with a total population of 20,000.

 

On 14 August 2018, Israeli forces demolished an under-construction-house belonging to Mohammed ‘Ali al-Dabwani (35) in Dir Dabwan village, east of Ramallah. The house was completely demolished without any warning under the pretext of non-licensing.The 2-story-house was built on an area of 250 square meters 5 months ago and was overlooking at “Migron” settlement, which was established on the lands of Barqa village, adjacent to Deir Dabwan village.

 

 

Details

 

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

 

 

Thursday, 09 August  2018

 

  • At approximately 00:20, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at Tunis site belonging to Palestinian resistance groups in al-Zaytoun neighborhood, east of Gaza. As a result, a Palestinian sustained an incised wound due to glass, which scattered on him while he was in his house that is located around the site.

 

  • At approximately 1:00, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at an empty land, south of Gaza, but no  casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 1:15, Israeli warplanes and drones launched 3 missiles at a site belonging to Palestinian resistance groups, northwest of al-Mughraqa village in the central Gaza Strip . As a result, the site sustained serious material damage. However, no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 1:20, Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles at a training site belonging to Palestinian resistance groups (former Civil Administration), west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip. As a result, the site sustained serious material damage. However, no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 1:30, an Israeli missile targeted a 160-square-meter house in Wadi al- Salqa village in the center of the Gaza Strip, belonging to Abdul Hakim Ibrahim Abu ‘Amrah (42). The house has been rented by Mohammed Abu Khammash and his family from 5 months. The missile made a hole 80 centimeters to 1 meter in diameter. As a result, Enas Suleiman Ahmed Abu Khammash (23), who is in her ninth month of pregnancy, and her child Bayan Mohammed Kamel Abu Khammash (a year and a half) were killed after their bodies turned into pieces. Moreover, Enas’s husband, Mohammed Kamal Salem Abu Khammash (28), sustained shrapnel wounds throughout his body while the family members were sleeping in the house living room. The targeted house also sustained partial damage. Furthermore, al-Taqwa and al-Eman Mosque, which is adjacent to the abovementioned house from the eastern side, sustained damage. It should be noted that there is a 6-meter-wide street separating between the house and the mosque sustained partial damage. Mohammed Kamel Salem Abu Khammash (29), the husband of the killed woman, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

“At approximately 21:30 on Wednesday 8 August 2018, I was in the living room of my rented house, that I rented from Abd-el Kareem ‘Amra, with my 9-months pregnant wife Enas (22),  and my daughter Bayan (a year and a half). My daughter Bayan had her dinner and went to sleep, then I opened the radio to hear the news of the Israeli forces’ bombing on different areas in the Gaza Strip. At approximately 22:30 we went to sleep in the living room. When I wake up, I was at al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah as Is sustained shrapnel woundeds throughout my body. On Thursday 9 August 2018, when I wake up at dawn, my wife’s father told me that a missile targeted our house and resulted in the killing of my wife with our baby in her womb and my daughter and their bodies turned into pieces.”

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at al-Ra’ad site belonging to Palestinian resistance groups in al-Tuffah neighborhood, northeast of Gaza City. As a result, the site sustained serious material damage, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli warplanes and drones launched 6 missiles at a site belonging to the Palestinian resistance groups, adjacent to Salah Eden Street in Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip. As a result, the site sustained serious material damage, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Ainabous village, south of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Adel Taleb Mahmoud Hamad (27). The Israeli forces then arrested ‘Adel and confiscated a GCB digger belonging to the father of the abovementioned civilian, who is the Head of the Local Council.

 

  • At approximately 2:00, Israeli forces moved into Dora, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nadim Bassam Faqoosa (20) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces accompanied with 2 military vehicles moved into al-Hawouz neighborhood in the south-western area of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Islam Mohammed al-Khatib al-Tamimi (28) and locked the family members in the living room. An Israeli officer then handed Islam a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlehem.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Bader site belonging to Palestinian resistance groups, northeast of al-Shati’a refugee camp, west of Gaza City. As a result, the site sustained serious material damage, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 2:15, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm refugee camp, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Ziyad Farhana (33) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Aqabat Jaber refugee camp, south of Jericho. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested 2 civilians namely Khalil Jamal al-Sheikh Ibrahim (24) and Ahmed ‘Ali al-Sheikh Ibrahim (25).

 

  • At approximately 2:20, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at al-Qadisiyia site belonging to Palestinian resistance groups, adjacent to al-‘Atatra Governmental Clinic, in al-Salateen neighborhood in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. As a result, the site and a water well belonging to Beit Lahia Municipality were fully damaged. This water well, which is located in the north side of the site, feeds al-Sefa, al-‘Amoodi areas and a large part of al-‘Atatra area. Moreover, 8 civilians, including 5 children, sustained incised wounds due to the scattering glass on them. In addition, many houses, commercial shops and a petrol station sustained serious material damage as the walls were cracked and the windows glass broke down.

 

  • At approximately 3:25, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a training site belonging to Palestinian resistance groups, adjacent to al-Nawras Resort, southwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. As a result, the site sustained serious material damage. However, no casualties were reported.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Abdul ‘Aziz al-Rantisi site in al-Twan neighborhood, west of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip. As a result, the site sustained serious material damage and a member of the police rapid intervention force sustained shrapnel wounds to his right foot. Moreover, a child sustained incised wound to his head due to the scattering glass while on them while they were at their house.

 

  • At approximately 3:40, an Israeli drone fired a missile at al-Jedar site belonging to Palestinian resistance groups, in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. As a result, the site sustained material damage and a civilian sustained a fracture to the pelvis.

 

  • At approximately 3:00, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at an empty land, south of Gaza. However, no casualties were reported.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem and stationed in Hendaza area, in the center of the city. They raided and searched a house belonging to Samih Mousa Nawawra (23) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 4:20, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a training site belonging to Palestinian resistance groups, adjacent to al-Nawras Resort, southwest of Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip. As a result, the site sustained material damage, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a training site belonging to Palestinian resistance groups, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. As a result, the site sustained material damage. However, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles at al-Yarmouk site, belonging to Palestinian resistance groups, east of al-Shija’iyah neighborhood, east of Gaza City. However, no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 5:30, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliya. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mahmoud Saber Shraim (22) and Qutaibah Wasfi Melhem (23) and then arrested

 

  • At approximately 6:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a group of Palestinian of resistance members in the east of al-Buraij refugee camp, in the central Gaza Strip. As a result, 4 members of armed resistance groups were wounded. Doctors classified the one civilian’s injury a s serious.

 

  • At approximately 10:00, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at a site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades (the Military Armed Wing of Hamas Movement) in Tabet Zare’a neighborhood, northeast of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip. As a result, the site sustained large material damage, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli warplanes and drones launched 2 missiles at a site belonging to Palestinian resistance groups, off the seashore, southwest of Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip. As a result, the site sustained material damage. Moreover, 2 young men, who work in a nearby resort, sustained bruises and wounds.

 

  • At approximately 10:05, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at an empty land located in the vicinity of al-Hussari agricultural land, northwest Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip. However, no causalities were reported.

 

  • At approximately 10:10, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at an empty land located in the vicinity of al-Baidar Wedding Hall, southwest of Gaza City. However, no causalities were reported.

 

  • At approximately 17:45, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the Sa’ed al-Mishal Cultural Centre located on ‘Aydiyia Street in Southern al-Rimal neighborhood, west of Gaza City. The 400-sqaure-meter building was comprised of 5 floors, which includes the Egyptian community’s office. The Sa’ed al-Mishal Cultural Centre is one of the most important cultural and artistic centers in the Gaza Strip. At approximately 18:15, Israeli warplane launched 5 warning missiles at the building. At approximately 18:20, the Israeli warplane 4 missiles at the abovementioned building. As a result, the building was totally destroyed and turned into rubble, and the neighborhood buildings sustained severe damage. Due to the scattered rubble, 24 civilians were wounded and taken to al-Shifa Hospital, including 4 women and 4 children. Doctors classified their injuries as minor. Among the wounded civilians was Yusuf Ziyad Mohammed Lubbad (29), a photojournalist at al-Aqsa TV Channel, suffered broses and wounds due to the scattered glass.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Halhoul, Beit Ummer, Sa’ir and al-Kume villages in Hebron; and Kafel Hares village, north of Salfit.

 

Friday, 10 August  2018

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Anas ‘Essa Ayoub (23). They handed a summons to Anas to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service at “Gush Etzion” settlement complex ,south of Bethlehem. Meanwhile, another Israeli force raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Ahmed Abu Rayya (22) near the Roman ponds, east of the camp, and handed him a similar summons.

 

  • At approximately 13:00, Israeli forces moved into Taqou’a village, east of Bethlehem, and stationed around al-Kherbah area. Dozens of Palestinians young men and children gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers, who fired a barrage of live and rubber bullets and gas canisters at them. As a result, a young man was injured in his leg. A recorded video documented the young man’s injury, his fall on the ground, and his admission by a private car to a field medical point and then his transference to the hospital. It should be noted that Israeli forces moved into the village on Thursday evening, in which clashes erupted between Palestinian young men and the Israeli soldiers. As a result, a Palestinian young man was hit with a rubber bullet to the head. He was then transferred to a hospital for medical treatment.

 

  • At approximately 19:30, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between Israel and the Gaza strip fired an artillery shell at a residential house, southeast of al-Buraij, in the central Gaza Strip. The 3-storey house belonging to Mousa Ahmed abu ‘Abda (70) is built on an area of 145 square meters and inhabited by 5 families comprised of 28 individuals. As a result, the house was partially damaged, but no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-Samou’a and Nuba villages in Hebron; Deir ‘Atil and Deir al-Ghosoun villages, north of Tulkarm, and Shuweika Suburb, east of Tulkarm

 

Saturday, 11 August 2018:

 

  • At approximately 06:00, Israeli gunboats stationed off former al-Waha shore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza strip, sporadically opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. the shooting continued until approximately 06:15 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 15:25, an Israeli drone fired a missile  at a group of civilians who were walking in the vicinity of al-Shuhada’a Islamic Cemetery, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

 

  • At approximately 15:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a group of civilians who were in the east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

 

  • At approximately 16:10, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a group of civilians who were near  Malakah intersection, east of al-Zaytoun neighborhood in the eastern Gaza Strip. As a result, a 21-year-old civilian from al-Sheja’eya neighborhood was with a shrapnel to the right hand. Doctors classified his injury as minor.

 

  • At approximately 16:15, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a group of civilians who were walking in the vicinity of al-Shuhada’a Islamic Cemetery, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported. Following that, Israeli forces issued a statement declaring that the Israeli warplanes targeted Palestinian cells, claiming that they participated in setting fires by flying incendiary kites and balloons to the settlements near the Gaza enclave.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah; Dura; Hebron; Beit al-Roush village and al-‘Arroub refugee camp.

 

Sunday, 12 August 2018

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Halhoul, east of Hebron, and stationed in al Tharwa neighborhood. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Akram Mohammed Jabarat(21) and ‘Odai Mohammed No’man (22) and then arrested them.
  • At approximately 06:00, Israeli gunboats stationed 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 08:00, 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 2 nautical miles and chased them. Israeli gunboats surrounded a Palestinian fishing boat belonging to Nasser Fadel Hasan Baker (55). The fishing boat was manned by Nasser and his sons: Yasser (26), Fadel (19); and Mubarak (15), and his brother, Hassan (31). The Israeli naval soldiers ordered them to take off their clothes and swim towards the Israeli gunboat. They then arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 13:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliya. They raided and searched a construction workshop in the eastern area of the village, adjacent to “Ma’ale Shamron” settlement, and then arrested two workers identified as Ayman Omar al-Hafeth ‘Edwan (18) and Abbas Mohammed Badwan (27).

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliya, al-Shuyoukh, Tarqumiya and Beit Ummer, and al-‘Aroub refugee camp in Hebron..

 

Monday, 13 August  2018

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Jaba’ village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nazeeh Sa’eed Abu ‘Oune (58) and then arrested his son, Islam (27).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Zababdah village, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Muhanna Khalid al-Sharqawi (42) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliya, and stationed in Kafer Saba neighborhood amidst firing sound bombs and tear gas canisters. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ahmed Qasem Dawoud (17) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 2 civilians identified as Mohammed Khalil Ibrahim Thwabtah (19) and Malik Eyad Thwabtah (18).

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit ‘Our al-Tahta village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Shehada Ayyoub al-Kurdi (28) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 17:00, Israeli forces moved into Ya’bud village, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched a number of commercial shops in the center of the village and questioned the owners under the pretext of looking for civilians who threw stones at the Israeli military vehicles. The Israeli forces then arrested Mohammed Bilal Abu Baker (15) from the main street and took him into “Mafi Dotan” military checkpoint on the main street and released him later.

 

  • At approximately 21:00, Israeli forces moved into Safa area, northwest of Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, and stationed in the vicinity of al-Ta’amra houses in the neighborhood. A number of youngsters gathered, set fire to tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers, who fired sound bombs and gas canisters against the civilians and houses. Meanwhile, another Israeli force raided and searched several houses, damaged their contents, attacked a number of young men and then arrested 4 of them identified as: Ghazi Mohammed Ahmed Ismail ‘Aadi (25), Mohammed Ismail Hammad (20), Dya’a Farouk ‘Adi (22), Mohammed Farouk ‘Aadi (19). The soldiers took the arrestees to a distance of about 300 meters away to the place where military vehicles stationed. The youngsters closed the main road of the neighborhood and threw stones at the soldiers and the vehicles. The Israeli soldiers fired live and rubber bullets at them. As a result, a 15-year-old child was hit with a rubber bullet to the right foot and an 18-year-old civilian was hit with a live bullet to the right foot and a live bullet shrapnel to the abdomen. One of the two wounded civilians was transferred to al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron while the other received medical treatment on spot.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (9) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: ‘Anabta and Kufor al-Lubbed villages, east of Tulkarm; Dura, al-Samo’a, al-Surrah villages and al-‘Arroub refugee camp in Jenin; ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah;  and Joyous village, north east of the city.

 

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Husam ‘Emad al-‘Amoudi (38) from his house on Kashikah street in Ras al-‘Ein neighborhood, south of the city, and Mohanned Mo’een Tabanjah (21), a student at An-Najah National university, who was at his house in Khelat al-‘Amoud neighborhood, southeast of the city.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Asker refugee camp, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Islam ‘Anan Bashkar (20) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Rujeib village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Bara’a Na’el Duweikat (22), a student at An-Najah National University, and arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Burin village, south of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Montaser Khader al-Najjar (20) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Husan village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ibrahim Khalid Hamamrah (18) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into several neighborhoods in Hebron. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Sa’edah Mohammed ‘Essa Bader (57), the wife of Mohammed Bader, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), and Sonia Saif Eden al-Hamouri (47).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces accompanied with military vehicles and a mounted-crane truck moved into Roq’ah area, west of Yatta, south of Hebron. They raided and searched Abu Ya’qoub Lathe Workshop. The soldiers confiscated part of the contents and damaged what was left. They also fixed a notice on the workshop’s door, saying that it ” helps terrorists”. The workshop belongs to Emad Ya’qoub Abu Turruk (44), who was arrested along with his son Ya’qoub (20) after the Israeli forces raided their house in al-Fahes area.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Suheib Mahmoud Ahmed al-Husari (29) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeliforces moved into ‘Aqabet Jaber refugee camp, south of Jericho. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 4 civilians namely Ahmed jihad Abu al-‘Asal (35), his brother Yusuf (22), Yusuf Suleiman Karshan (24) and Dawoud Khalil Abu Dahouk (24).

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Deir Ghasanah village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mahmoud Yusuf al-Barghouthi (53) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Rema village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mazen Redwan al-Remawi (45) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 04:50, Israeli forces moved into Kharbatha al-Mesbah village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Saleh Jamal ‘Atiyah (44) and then arrested him and his son Mahmoud (20).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aboud village, northwest of Ramallah and stationed near the Church neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Adnan ‘Awad al-Barghouth (26) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Deir Qdais village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Arafat ‘Atta Nasser (22) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 07:00, a group of Israeli undercover units “Mista’arvim” dressed like Palestinian civilians sneaked al-Duheishah refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, using a civilian car with a Palestinian registration plate and a car for food storage. The 2 cars stopped on the road and a number of the undercover agents stepped out of them. They arrested Diya’a Khalil al-Ja’fari (27) while he was at the main entrance to the camp. Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers stepped out of the other car to protect the “Mista’arvim” and heavily fired live bullet to disperse young men, who attempted to prevent arresting al-Ja’fari. As a result, a 16-year-old child was hit with a live bullet to the foot. He was admitted to Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation to receive medical treatment. Meanwhile, another Israeli forces moved into the eastern neighborhood of the camp. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ramez Yusuf al-Laham (21) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 22:30, Israeli naval soldiers pumped wastewater at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles off Deir al-Balah shore in the central Gaza Strip. as a result, the fishermen were forced to sail back few meters.

 

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

 

Wednesday, 15 August  2018

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Tubas. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested Omer Hamzah Hasan Daraghmah (50) and Ibrahim Samih Yusuf Sawaftah (30).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Tamoun village, southeast of Tubas. They raided and searched a house belonging to Islam Abdullah Tubasi (27) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Taqou’a village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Mousa Khalil al-‘Ammour (17) and former prisoner ‘Awadallah ‘Adel al-‘Ammour (20).

 

  • At approximately 03:40, Israeli forces moved into Barham village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Ali Dar ‘Ali (35), a reporter at Palestine TV Channel, and then arrested him. It should be noted that Israeli forces previously opened fire  at ‘Ali , causing him wounds while he was covering the Israeli forces violations against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank areas.

 

  • At approximately 09:00, Israeli gunboats stationed of 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 09:30, 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 Palestinian farmers while they were working in their lands. As a result, the farmers were forced to leave their lands fearing for their lives, but no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: the center of Hebron, Beit Ummer and Kharas villages in  Hebron;  and ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah.

 

 

 

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 20th 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 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 10 August 2018, thousands of civilians swarmed to the Return encampment established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege, east of al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. A number of young men approached the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, flew kites, set fire to tires, and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence. The Israeli soldiers fired live bullets at them. Two tanks stationed adjacent to the demonstrators’ gatherings and heavily opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at them every now and then at the demonstrators and around them. the clashes continued until approximately 20:00. As a result, Abdullah Sabri ‘Atiyah al-Qutati (22), a volunteer paramedic at the  Pulse of Life Youth Team, was killed. At approximately 18:00, al-Qutati was hit with a live bullet that entered the back and exited the chest. Al-Qutati was on duty along with his colleagues, who were present among the demonstrators, to rescue the wounded civilians. It should be noted that the paramedics, who were wearing the distinctive uniforms that emphasizes the nature of their work, work with a distance of 30 meters away from the border fence. Al-Qutati immediately died after his arrival at Gaza European Hospital in Khan Younis, at approximately 19:00 on the same day. Paramedic  Ra’ed al-Sharif said to PCHR’s fieldworker that he was standing next to Abdullah al-Qutati on a distance of 15 meters away from the barbed wire, which is about 50-100 meters into the west of the main border fence. Moreover, ‘Ali Sa’ed ‘Ali al-‘Aloul (55) was killed after being hit with a live bullet that penetrated his chest at approximately 17:50. Al-‘Aloul died after an hour and half of his arrival at Gaza European Hospital. The clashes further resulted in the injury of 23 civilians, including 9 children and 2 journalists with live bullets and its shrapnel. The wounded journalists were identified as:
  1. Mahmoud Bassam Ahmed al-Jamal (24), a freelance journalist, was hit with a live bullet shrapnel to the left ear
  2. ‘Ala’a Abdul Fattah Ibrahim al-Namlah (35), a reporter at al-Quds Network, was hit with a live bullet to the right leg.

The wounded civilians were taken to the medical point in the Return demonstrations and then transferred Abu Yusuf al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah and Gaza European Hospital in Khan Younis. Doctors classified 3 civilians’ injuries as serious. In addition, dozens of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and seizures after tear gas canisters were heavily fired by the soldiers stationed along the border fence and by drones hovering over the protesters. An ambulance also was hit with a live bullet to the left door, which led to breaking its window. At approximately 03:30 on Saturday, 11 August 2018, medical sources at Gaza European Hospital in khan Younis announced the death of Ahmed Jamal Suleiman Abu Louli (31) succumbing to his wounds  after being hit with 3 live bullets to the pelvis. Ahmed underwent a surgery that continued for 5 hours as he received 30 blood units. Ahmed then stayed at the ICU until his death was announced.

 

  • 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, east of Malakah intersection, east of al-Zaytoun neighborhood, east of Gaza City in the 20th consecutive Friday titled “Freedom and Live.” 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, 48 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded. Thirty eight of them were hit with live bullets and its shrapnel, 10 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 20:30 on the same day. As a result,13 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded. Eleven of them were hit with live bullets and 2 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 their injuries between minor and moderate.

 

  • Around the same time, thousands of civilians swarmed to the Return encampment, east of Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Younis, to participate in the demonstrations established by the Supreme National Authority for “the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege”. They chanted national slogans and flew kites and balloons as hundreds 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 tanks stationed adjacent to the demonstrators’ gathering and heavily opened fire every now and then at the  participants in order to disperse them. The Israeli snipers further deliberately and selectively targeted the participants in the back rows, who were about 200 meters away from the border fence The shooting continued until 20:00 on the evening. They also fired tear gas canisters at them. he clashes continued until approximately 20:00 on the same day. As a result, 36 civilians, including 4 children and 3 paramedics, were wounded. Twenty three of them were hit with live bullets and 7 others were hit with tear gas canisters. The wounded civilians were transferred to Gaza European  and Algerian Hospitals in Khan Younis. Doctors classified 3 civilians’ injuries as serious.

 

  • 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 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 20:30 on the same day. As a result, 33 civilians, including 9 children, 2 women, and a paramedic, were wounded. Twenty nine of them were hit with live bullets and its shrapnel  and 4 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 4 civilians’ injuries as serious. The wounded paramedic identified as Khalid Hasan Ibrahim Ayoub (56), a paramedic at the Civil Defense from Beit Lahia, was hit with a tear gas canister to the back.

 

  • At approximately 18:00 on Saturday, 11 August 2018, Israeli forces stationed behind the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Malakah intersection, east of al-Zaytoun neighborhood, east of Gaza City, opened fire at a group of civilians participating in the March of Return and Breaking Siege activities. As a result, 2 civilians were hit with live bullets to the lower limbs.

 

  • At approximately 16:25 on Sunday, 12 August 2018, Israeli forces stationed behind the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Abu Safiyah Hill, northeast of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at a number of civilians participating in the March of Return and Breaking Siege activities. As a result, 2 civilians, including a child, were wounded.

 

 

 

Civilian Succumbed to his Wounds:

 

  • At approximately 22:30 on Sunday, 12 August 2018, medical sources announced the death of Wesam Yusuf Abdullah Hejazi (30), from Khan Younis, while he was in an ambulance in the Egyptian side of Rafah crossing. Wesam succumbed to wounds he sustained during his participation in the Return demonstration, east of the city. According to PCHR’s fieldworker, Wesam died at an ambulance in the Egyptian side of Rafah crossing. Wesam returned to the Gaza Strip after a failed attempt to send him to Turkey for medical treatment. Wesam’s family said to PCHR’s fieldworker that Wesam, who is married and has a child, was wounded on 14 May 2018,  after being hit with a live bullet to the head by the Israeli forces while targeting thousands of participants, who were near the border fence with Israel, east of ‘Abasan al-Kabirah village. During the demonstrations that were organized on 14 May 2018, tents were established for one day. Israeli forces used excessive lethal force killing 16 civilians and causing injuries to dozens of civilians. Many civilians sustained serious injuries, including Hejazi, who was hit with a live bullet to the head. Doctors classified his injury as serious and he entered into a comma in the ICU section at Gaza European Hospital. Wesam also underwent several surgeries, during which he stayed unconscious. The family mentioned that on 01 August 2018, Wesam obtained a medical referral to travel to Nasser Institute For Research and Treatment in Egypt, so that he would then be transferred to Turkey due to prior coordination. However, hospitals in Egypt refused to receive Wesam for his serious health condition. The family was then forced to admit him to Al-Sefarat Hospital in Cairo, which is a special hospital, until the travel procedures complete in Turkey. However, Wesam could not travel due to the refusal of the Egyptian Airline to transfer him. Therefore, the family was forced to bring Wesam Back to the Gaza Strip. He arrived at approximately 17:00  on Saturday, at the Egyptian Hall and stayed there until approximately 22:30 on the same day and his death was announced inside the crossing.

 

 

West Bank:

 

  • At approximately 13:40 on Friday, 10 August 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 in favor of the entrance to “Kedumim” The protestors chanted national slogans demanding to end the occupation, condemning the decisions to demolish Khan al-Ahmer Bedouin Community and deporting the inhabitants, 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 in the northern West bank and a number of foreign and Israeli activists  participated in the demonstration. The Israeli forces dispersed the demonstrators by firing live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a 50-year-old civilian was hit with a rubber bullet to the chest. The Israeli forces also detained a PRCS ambulance in addition to other vehicles near the demonstration area. The soldiers used these vehicles as shields to hide behind them. they also prevented journalist Ja’far Ishtiyah from recording the incidents.

 

 

 

  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.

 

 

 

Movement at Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing

(08-14 August 2018)

 

Category 08 August 09August 10 August 11 August 12 August 13 August 14 August
Patients 82 53 9 78 67 92
Companions 66 50 7 66 61 83
Personal needs 30 25 8 _ 37 29 49
Families

of prisoners

_ 4
Arabs from

Israel

8 20 10 2 _ 3
Diplomats 1 _ _
International journalists _ _
International workers 32 54 7 8 19 43
Travelers

Abroad

15 1 2 _ 100
Business people 287 209 _ 518 311 292
Business meetings
Security interviews 8 1 2 1 4
VIPs _ 1 1 1 1
Ambulances

to Israel

5 4 2 2 4 4
Patients’ Companions 5 4 2 2 4 4

 

 

Note:

  • On Wednesday, 08 August 2018, Israeli authorities allowed 16 persons; on Thursday, 09 August 2018; 4 persons; on Sunday, 12 August 2018, 5 persons; and on Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 2 person to return to the West Bank.

 

  • On Sunday, 12 August 2018, Israeli authorities allowed a doctor to travel via the crossing to attend a medical course.

 

 

  • On Tuesday, 14 August 2018, Israeli authorities allowed a doctor to travel via the crossing to attend a medical course.

 

  • On Sunday, 12 August 2018, Israeli authorities allowed one person; and on Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 4 persons, who work at the General Authority of Civil Affairs (GACA) and internationals to renew their permits.

 

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

 

  • Ramallah and al-Beirh:

On Saturday, 11 August 2018, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to ‘Ain Yabrood and Silwad villages, northeast of Ramallah, and at the entrance to Kubar village, north of the city.

 

  • Hebron: Israeli forces established (23) checkpoints all over the city.

On Thursday, 09 August 2018, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the western entrance to Hebron and at the entrance to al-Shayyoukh and Beit Ola villages.

On Friday, 10 August 2018, 3 similar checkpoints were established at the entrance to Tarama and al-Shayyoukh villages, and at the entrance to al-Fawar refugee camp.

On Saturday, 10 August 2018, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrance to Tarqumiyia village and on  Kharras and Abu Risha roads.

On Sunday, 11 August 2018, 4 similar checkpoints were established at the entrances to al-Dahiriyia and Dir Samet villages, at the northern entrance to Halhoul village, and at the entrance to al-Fawar refugee camp.

On Monday, 13 August 2018, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Ummer, Bani Na’iem and al-Hadab villages, and at the southern entrance to Halhoul village.

On Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 2 similar checkpoint were established at the entrance to al-Fawar refugee camp and at the entrance to Beit Ummer village.

On Wednesday, 15 August 2018, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Sa’ir, al-Shayyoukh, al-Moreq and Dir al-‘Asal villages.

 

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

At approximately 15:00 on Thursday, 09 August 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the intersection of al-Naqoura village, branching from Nablus-Jenin Street, northwest of Nablus. They re-established the checkpoint in the same area at approximately 09:00 on Saturday, 11 August 2018, and at approximately 17:00 on Sunday, 12 August 2018.

On Sunday, 12 August 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the south-western entrance to Nablus.

At approximately 07:30 on Monday, 13 August 2018, a similar checkpoint was established at the entrance to Beit Foreek village, east of the city.

 

At approximately 19:30 on Monday, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance to Bureen village, south of Nablus.

 

On Wednesday, 15 August 2018, Israeli forces stationed at Za’tara checkpoint, south of Nablus, tightened their arbitrary measures against Palestinian civilians. They stopped Palestinian vehicles and checked the passengers’ IDs. This came in coincide with heading thousands of workers and employees, who are from the northern West Bank, to Ramallah. As a result, the workers and employees’ arrival to their work were obstructed.

 

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

 

At approximately 17:50 on Friday, 10 August 2018, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints between ‘Azoun and Sir villages and at the entrance to ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqilayia.

At approximately 10:00 on Saturday, 11 August 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint between ‘Izbit Salman and Ras ‘Atiyia villages, south of Qalqiliyia.

At approximately 18:50, a similar checkpoint was established at the entrance to ‘Izbit al-Tabeeb village, east of the city.

At approximately 16:00 on Sunday, 12 August 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance to Qalqiliyia.

On Monday, 13 August 2018, 4 similar checkpoint were established at the eastern and southern entrance to Qalqiliyia, between Jayyous and ‘Azoun villages, and between ‘Azoun and ‘Izbit al-Tabeeb villages, east of the city.

 

  • Salfit: Israeli forces established (4) checkpoints all over the city.

At approximately 12:00 on Thursday, 09 August 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Qarawet Bani Hassan village.

At approximately 21:30, a similar checkpoint was established at the entrance to Dir Balout village, west of Salfit.

At approximately 19:45 on Monday, 13 August 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Qarawet Bani Hassan village, northwest of Salfit.

At approximately 21:50, a similar checkpoint was established at the eastern entrance to Yasouf village, east of the city.

 

  • Tulkarm: Israeli forces established (4) checkpoints all over the city.

At approximately 20:10 on Saturday, 11 August 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint near al-Kafriyat Road, south of Tulkarm.

At approximately 20:00 on Sunday, 12 August 2018, Israeli forces tightened their measures at ‘Inab military checkpoint, east of Tulkarm, and the road witnessed traffic congestion. The Israeli forces detained vehicles entering and exiting the abovementioned checkpoint and searched them. They also obstructed the vehicles’ movement.

  • Jericho:

 

At approximately 22:20 on Thursday, 09 August 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the southern entrance to Jericho.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrests at Military Checkpoints:

 

 

  • At approximately 22:20 on Thursday, 09 August 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the main entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. They searched Palestinian civilians’ vehicle and checked their IDs. After that, the Israeli forces arrested ‘Alaa Akram al-Barghouthi (27) while he was heading to Beit Rimah village, and then took him to a military watchtower established at the village’s entrance.

 

  • At approximately 11:00 on Friday, 10 August 2018, Israeli Border Guard officers deployed in Hebron’s Old City, arrested Hani ‘Ayid Abu Isninah (12) after Israeli settlers attacking him near al-Ibrahimi Mosque. Hani was then taken to an investigation center in “ Kiryat ‘Arab’” settlement, east of the city.

 

  • At approximately 09:50 on Tuesday, 14 August 2018, Israeli forces stationed at the gate established adjacent to the annexation wall near Qufeen village, northeast of Tulkarm, arrested Tawfiq Mohamed Salah Hirsha (23).

 

  • At approximately 12:50 on Tuesday, Israeli forces arrested Esam Fayiz Sabbah, from ‘Oreef village, south of Nablus, near “Ariel “ settlement, north of Salfit.

 

 

 

  • 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:

 

  • At approximately 00:00 on Thursday, 09 August 2018, Israeli forces moved into Qutnnah village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Shadi Nabhan al-Faqieh (21) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:30 on Thursday, a large force of Israeli soldiers moved into Qalandai refugee camp, north of occupied East Jerusalem. They deployed in the camp’s neighborhoods, where they raided and searched dozens of houses. They then arrested 3 civilians and confiscated 4 vehicles. The arrested civilians were identified as ‘Ali Khaled Hamad (23), Basel Tawfiq Zayid (20) and Kamal Hazeen (26). The Spokesperson of the Israeli forces claimed that the Israeli forces confiscated means of combat, including locally-manufactured firearm, tear gas canisters and ammunition, and 4 vehicles claiming that they were stolen.

 

 

  • At approximately 02:00 on Friday, 10 August 2018, Israeli forces moved into Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to Malek Jawdat Abu Isnienah (21) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 12:30 on Saturday, 11 August 2018, Israeli police stationed at al-Aqsa Mosque’s Gates arrested 2 siblings after getting out of the mosque. Montaha Abu Shaqrah, sisters’ of the arrested, said that Israeli police stationed at al-Aqsa Mosque’s Gates stopped her brothers Qutibah Suliman Abu Shaqra (20) and Hasan (19) at al-Asbat (Lion’s) Gate and then arrested them. Qutibah and Hasan were then taken to al-Qashlah Police Station, west of Jerusalem, for interrogation.
  • At approximately 11:00 on Sunday, 12 August 2018, Israeli forces stationed at al-Aqsa Mosque’s Gates in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, arrested Baraa’ al-Ghazawi (19) while getting out of the mosque. Baraa’ was then taken to al-Qashlah Police Station for investigation.

 

  • At approximately 01:00 on Tuesday, 14 August 2018, Israeli forces moved into al-Qubibah village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nidal Mostafa Makhtoub (23) and then arrested him.

 

  • On Wednesday, 15 August 2018, Israeli police deployed along streets leading to al-Aqsa Mosque and its gates in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, arrested 9 Palestinian women under the pretext that they were in Bab al-Rahma area. This came in coincide with storming al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli settlers. After detaining them for few hours in an investigation center, the arrested women were released on one condition that they will deport from al-Aqsa Mosque. The arrested women were identified as Nahed Salah Abu Shaqrah, Samah Mahameed, Sajedah Mahameed, Ilaf Mahameed, Su’ad Abu Shaqrah, Maryam Jabareen, Fatemah Mousa, and Salsabeel Imarah.

 

 

House Demolitions and Notices:

 

  • On Wednesday, 15 August 2018, the Israeli Municipality demolished a residential building comprised of 2 under-construction apartments belonging to Nader Nsaer Abu Riyalah in al-‘Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Mohamed Abu al-Humus, Member of the Follow-up Committee in al- ‘Issawiyia village, said that Israeli forces accompanied with bulldozers and Israeli Municipality staff moved into al- ‘Issawiyia village and completely surrounded the schools’ street. After that, the Israeli forces demolished the building, which was comprised of 2 apartments and belongs to Nader Abu Riyalah and his mother. He added that the building was built a year ago and it was sheltering his family, which includes many persons with disabilities. He pointed out that the Israeli Municipality fixed a demolition order to the building 2 weeks ago, so his lawyer headed to the municipality to freeze the order and license the building. The Israeli bulldozers suddenly demolished the building.

 

Confiscating Lands in Favor of Settlement Projects

 

  • On Saturday morning, 11 August 2018, Israeli Municipality staff moved into Silwan village, south of Occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They fixed notices to confiscate dozens of dunums in Wadi al-Rababah and al-‘Abbassya neighborhoods and attached numbered maps with them showing the parts that are meant to be confiscated under the pretext of “gardening free lands”. The notices that were fixed included: “the Israeli Municipality chief wants to use his powers according to paragraph (2) of the law of local authorities (temporary use of an empty plot of land) in 1987. The Israeli Municipality claimed that the gardening activities include ” planting trees, installing a network and irrigation channel, making geotechnical strips, developing landscapes, arranging roads for walking, and Installing seating areas.”

Wadi Hilweh information center in Silwan issued a statement refuting the Israeli Municipality’s claims. The statement said that the notices, which were fixed by the Israeli Municipality staff, threaten dozens of dunums of Silwan village in Wadi Rababahb, Wadi Hilweh, Be’r Ayoub and al-Nabi Dawood neighborhoods. All the lands belong to the inhabitants of Silwan, who have all documents and ownership papers, and some other lands belong to the Greek Orthodox Church. Wadi Hilweh information center refuted the Israeli Municipality’s claim that those plots of lands are empty and explained that all the lands are planted with olive trees, fig and berries for decades. The statement pointed out that the Israeli authorities have prevented the residents from planting new trees for years, in addition to arresting and threatening them by the “Nature Authority” when they work to improve the infrastructure in their lands. Israeli bulldozers also level lands and demolish the facilities established on the lands, especially in the areas of Wadi al-Rababah, where the authorities consider them as “public parks”.

Wadi Hilweh information center added in its statement that the Israeli Municipality claims that the confiscation order for gardening purposes will be temporary, for 5 years. The center explained that the Israeli authorities, whether the Municipality, or the Nature Authority, or the Antiquities Authority, seize the lands of Silwan village in various ways, especially that the lands included in the notices are considered as the most targeted lands in the village in favor settlement projects. Excavation works were conducted on Silwan village’s lands in order to establish a pedestrian bridge, which will link al-Thawri neighborhood and al-Nabi Dawood area, passing through Wadi al-Rababah Valley. In addition, construction works were conducted in the area to build a restaurant and paths for settlers and tourists, in addition to excavating and placing بavasts , in addition to exavacaists , in addition to exavacating and placing phantom graves fake graves. Moreover, the owner families of the lands, threatened by confiscation, emphasized that they deserve more than the Israeli authorities to plant and lay chains and irrigation channels in their lands but the Israeli authorities prevent and chase them if they do any work in their lands, even if they clean them.

 

 

 

 

Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

 Israeli forces’ attacks

 

  • At approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 9 August 2018, Israeli forces accompanied with a force of the Israeli Civil Administration and a military bulldozer moved into Marj Na’ja village, north of Jericho. They surrounded a commercial shop for selling foodstuffs belonging to ‘Ali al-Shiekh Khalil (45) and demolished it under the pretext of non-licensing. ‘Ali said to PCHR’s fieldworker that the Israeli forces moved into the village, closed the main entrance to the village, imposed a siege on the area, and demolished his shop without a prior warning. He added that he was shocked by the Israeli forces raiding his shop and then demolishing it without allowing him to vacate its contents. It should be noted that the shop was built on an area of 40 square meters and used for selling

 

  • On Thursday morning, 9 August 2018, engineers and surveyors belonging to the Israeli authorities started to place signs and markers for a number of places in Khelet al-Daliya in the center of Nahaleen village, west of Bethlehem, in order to link the area with the settlement street No. (60). This street is wrapped around ‘Arqoub 4 villages to reach “Betar Illit” settlemen, which is established on Khelet al-Daliya lands. Hassan Braija, Representative of the Wall and Settlement Committee, said that Israeli forces are seeking to turn Bateer, Wadi Fukin, Nahaleen and Housan villages, south of Bethlehem, into dwellings under the Israeli control, isolated from Bethlehem.  The four villages that have border links with each other are part of the so-called Arqoub villages, with a total population of 20,000. It was mentioned above that the Israeli forces placed signs and markers in Khelet al-Daliya area in the center of Nahaleen village, in order to link the area with the settlement street No. (60), which is wrapped around ‘Arqoub’s 4 villages, to reach “Betar Illit” settlement. After that, they will work to expand it to reach the road between Nahalin and Housan, opening and closing it for Israeli settlers only. In addition to that, expanding this street to include the street that connects Bateer and al-Khader villages together, after confiscating large areas of the lands.

Braija pointed out that there are at least 3 plans announced by the Israeli forces and they started implementing them at a cost of NIS 185 million. One of those plans is to excavate a tunnel from Jerusalem borders to reach “Beitar Illit” and “Eli Azar” settlements and to make Beir ‘Ouna site a part of Beit Jala city in the center of the road mentioned above. Moreover, they are working to build a railway parallel to that road to make the settlements established in the west of Bethlehem, one of its targets and to be linked with the railway between Haifa and Tal Aviv. In addition, they are working to double the number of Israeli settlers in the settlement of “Beitar Illit” from 60,000 to 120,000 in the next five years.

 

  • At approximately 17:00, on Tuesday 14 August 2018, an Israeli force backed by a military vehicle and a bulldozer and accompanied with a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration moved into Deir Dabwan village, east of Ramallah. They surrounded an under-construction-house belonging to Mohammed ‘Ali al-Dabwani (35) and completely demolished it without any warning under the pretext of non-licensing.

Mohammed al-Dabwani said to PCHR’s field worker that the Israeli forces moved into the village on Monday evening and stationed in the center of the village. They surrounded his house from all directions and completely demolished it under the pretext of non-licensing. He added that he was surprised with a phone call from his neighbor informing him about demolishing his house. After that, he arrived to the area in which his house was built. The Israeli forces did not allow him to approach the house until they completely demolished it. He also said that he hasn’t received any construction violation before. The 2-story-house was built on an area of 250 square meters 5 months ago and was overlooking at “Migron” settlement, which was established on the lands of Barqa village, adjacent to Deir Dabwan village.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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