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

(25 – 31 October 2018)

 

  • Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against unarmed civilians and peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip
  • 7 Palestinian civilians were killed in the 31st week of the Return and Breaking Siege March.
  • 298 civilians, including 68 children, 13 women, 3 journalists and 9 paramedics, were wounded; 14 of them sustained serious wounds.

 

  • Israeli warplanes carried out dozens of airstrikes against targets in the Gaza Strip and launched 77 missiles.
  • 3 Children and a fourth civilian were killed in the central Gaza Strip.

 

  • Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 16 others, including a child, journalist, and 2 paramedics in the West Bank.

 

  • Israeli forces conducted 55 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and 6 similar ones into Jerusalem.
  • 49 civilians, including 8 children, were arrested in the West Bank.
  • 12 of them, including 3 children, were arrested in Jerusalem.

 

  • Israeli authorities continued to create a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • A house was demolished in ‘Anatah village, northeast of Jerusalem.

 

  • Israeli forces continued their settlement activities in the West Bank.
  • 23 dunums and property were demolished in Beit Oula village, west of Hebron.
  • Two Agricultural rooms were demolished in Kherbet Khelet alForon, south of Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron.

 

  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 12th consecutive year.
  • 11 permanent checkpoints, 58 temporary checkpoints and 13 closed roads obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians in the West Bank.
  • 6 civilian were arrested at the military checkpoints in the West Bank.

 

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (25 – 31 October 2018).

 

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, the Israeli forces escalated their murders as 11 palestinian civilians were killed, including 3 children.

 

In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces killed 10, including 3 children.  Seven of those killed due to the use of lethal force against Palestinian protesters, 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 31st week in a row peaceful demonstrations along the eastern and northern Gaza Strip border area. Meanwhile, the 2 children were killed in an airstrike carried out by the Israeli warplanes in violation of the principles of necessity and distinction.  During the Protests in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces wounded 289 civilians, including 68 children, 13 women, 3 journalists, and 9 paramedics.  The injury of 14 of them was reported serious while a civilian was wounded during a shooting incident near the border area.

 

In the West Bank, the Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 16 others, including a child, journalist and 2 paramedics.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 26 October 2018, Israeli forces killed 4 protestors; 3 in eastern Khan Younis and 1 in northern Gaza Strip, during their participation in the 31st Friday Protests within the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege.  In the next two days, 2 of those wounded on Friday succumbed to their wounds.  On 29 October 2018, a protester was killed while participating in the protests occurred off Zikim Military Base, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza, increasing the number of those killed in protests to 7.

 

in a new crime of excessive use of lethal force, which reflect the highest degree of recklessness of the lives of Palestinian civilians, Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinian children after targeting them with a missile in the border fence area with Israel, east of Wadi al-Salqa village, in the central Gaza Strip. Investigations conducted by the Palestinian Center for Human rights (PCHR), indicate that the airstrike violates the principles of necessity and discrimination and the use of force was excessive, especially that the 3 children were civilians and unarmed. The Israeli forces claimed that placed an explosive device near the border fence, but paramedics at Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS), who retrieved the dead bodies of the 3 children confirmed that the children did not have anything and they found them on the border fence in the Palestinian side.

 

As part of using excessive forces against the peaceful protests along the Gaza Strip borders, the Israeli forces during the reporting period wounded 298 civilians, including 68 children, 13 women, journalists and 9 paramedics.  Fourteen of those wounded sustained serious injuries.

 

City Injuries
Total Children Women Journalists Paramedics Critical
Conditions
Northern Gaza Strip 89 23 4 4 4
Gaza City 89 17 1
Central Gaza Strip 56 17 8 4 4
Khan Younis 52 10 1 1 3
Rafah 12 1 1 1 3
Total 289 68 13 3 9 14

 

As part of the Israeli airstrikes, the Israeli warplanes carried out dozens of airstrikes targeting military training sites belonging to the Palestinian Armed Groups and other targets, causing complete destruction of them.  Moreover, the nearby houses and civil objects sustained damage such as the Indonesian Hospital, Golden Hall for Weddings, al-Nawras Resort in Beit Lahia, al-Tawil Company for Auto Repair and Kuhail Contracting Company.  In addition, al-Kamal Building comprised of 4 floors and built on an area of 250 square meters was destroyed in central Gaza City while classes were suspended in Ibn al-Nafis Primary School in Bani Suhaila.

 

As part of targeting the border areas, on 28 October 2018, the Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, southeast of Beit Hanoun opened fire at a group of bird hunters, wounding one of them with a bullet to the buttock.

 

In the West Bank, on 26 October 2018, the Israeli forces killed Othman Ladawdah (34) during his participation in a demonstration comprised of 250 civilians from the Western Farm Village, northwest of Ramallah in Kherbet Na’lan area which Israeli settlers from Kirim ‘Alim storm every Friday to perform Talmudic prayers in an attempt to seize it.

 

During the reporting period, the Israeli forces wounded 16 Palestinian civilians, including a journalist and 2 paramedics.

 

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 55 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 6 similar ones into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 49 Palestinians, including 5 children, in the West Bank.  Meanwhile, 12 other civilians, including 3 children, were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs.

 

Israeli Forces continued to create a Jewish Majority in occupied East Jerusalem:

 

As part of the Israeli house demolitions and notices, on 29 October 2018, the Israeli forces demolished a newly built house in al-Fheidat neighbourhood in ‘Anata village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, belonging to Saleh Fheidat.  The 50-square-meter house that is of one floor sheltered a family of 5.  It should be mentioned that the Israeli municipality demolished another house, which was built 80 years ago, 2 months ago.  Fheidat said that he was not warned or noticed that his newly built house would be demolished by the municipality and that the demolition was surprisingly carried out.

 

Moreover, on 28 October 2018, the Israeli municipality handed 3 civilians from al-Waljah village, northwest of Bethlehem, notices to refer to it for investigating “violations committed relevant to unlicensed construction”, noting these houses were demolished a month ago.

 

Israeli Forces continued their settlement activities, and the settlers continued their attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property

 

As part of demolition of houses and other civil objects, on 29 October 2018, the Israeli forces levelled 23 dunums and property belonging to civilians in western Beit Oula village, west of Hebron.

 

On 31 October 2019, Israeli forces demolished 2 agricultural rooms in Kherbet Khelet al-Foron, south of Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron.

 

 

As part of the Israeli settlers’ attacks against the Palestinians civilians and their property, on 28 October 2018, the guard of “Eili” settlement namely Yousi attacked the Secretary of Qaryout village council, Mofid Jamil Abu Murrah (56), and Member of the village council, Khairy Mohammed Hasan Marawdah (53) on Batishah Road, west of the abovementioned village, southeast of Nablus.  Both of them were in Batishah area within Area B supervising the establishment of the base course within a project funded by the First Aid Society.  The guard beat them up and threw a sound bomb at the bulldozer that was spreading the base course and belonging to the village council.

 

Details

 

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

 

Thursday, 25 October 2018:

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a training site belonging to Palestinian armed groups, west of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. The airstrike caused severe damage to the site, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into the southern area in Hebron and stationed in al-Fahes neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mo’men Amin Rab’ei (30) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:10, an Israeli drone fired a missile at al-Lewa’a site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades (the Armed Military Wing of Hamas Movement), east of al-Sheikh Zayed buildings area in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. After less than 5 minutes, the Israeli warplanes launched a missile at the same site, causing severe damage to the site, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Karim Kamal al-Masri (20), from Ben Rushd Street, and Mojahid Mo’awiyah Tabanjah (21), from Khelat al-‘Amoud. It should be noted that both civilians are students at the Faculty of Media at An-Najah National University.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Askar al-Jadid refugee camp, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested 3 civilians namely Marwan Ghassan al-Qar’awi (19), Mo’atasem Majdi al-Refa’ai (18) and Mahdi Marwan Habroun (19).

 

  • At approximately 07:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Duheishah refugee camp, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses. Meanwhile, a number of Palestinian children gathered and threw and empty bottles stones at Israeli soldiers. The soldiers fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, 3 civilians, including a child, were hit with live bullets to the lower limbs. They were transferred to one of the hospitals to receive medical treatment. The Israeli forces also arrested Mohammed Ma’rouf al-Atrash (24).

 

  • At approximately 13:00, Israeli soldiers randomly fired tear gas canisters at al-Nahdah Elementary School for Boys in the southern area in Hebron. As a result, many students suffered tear gas inhalation and they received medical treatment. The Israeli soldiers, who patrolled at the school entrances located in the southern area, which is near the military checkpoint (Abu al-Reesh), claimed they were stoned. Meanwhile, the Directorate of Governmental and UNRWA Schools demanded the Israeli authorities that no soldier exists in the vicinity of the schools at the time the students leave.

 

  • At approximately 23:50, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a site belonging to Palestinian armed groups at Khan Younis shore in the southern Gaza Strip. after 10 minutes, the Israeli warplanes launched another missiles at the same site, but no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (7) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Rojeeb and Qablan villages in Khan Younis; Yatta, Surif, Shuyoukh al-‘Aroub, al-Majd and Beit ‘Awa villages in Hebron.

 

Friday, 26 October 2018:

 

  • At approximately 02:00, an Israeli force moved into Shuweikah suburb, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Eskandar Mohammed Mahdawi (24) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Zeta village, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Laith Mohammed Abu Hamzah (27) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Ezbet al-Tayah in Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Hashem Husni Qasem (26) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 18:15, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at a Palestinian border control point belonging to al-Qassam Brigades (the Military Armed Wing of Hamas Movement), south of the Return encampment, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip. The point is about 200 meters into the south of the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. As a result, the border control point was completely damaged, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 18:20, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a security site, northeast of al-Buraij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 23:10, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a tunnel located between Egypt and the Gaza Strip near Karm Abu Salem crossing in al-Shawkah village, and meets into the borders between Israel, Egypt and the Gaza, southeast of Rafah, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 23:15, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at a training site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades (the Military Armed Wing of Hamas Movement), adjacent to the former American School site, west of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza strip. From time to time, the Israeli warplanes targeted the same site with 4 other missiles, the last of which was at approximately 00:15 on Saturday, 27 October 2018, causing severe damage to the site, but no casualties were reported. The airstrike caused material damage to a number of nearby houses represented in breaking the glass of a number of windows. Moreover, the Golden Hall for Weddings, which is located in the western side, was also damaged. The hall belonging to Mahmoud Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-‘Attar (51) was on an area of 750 square meters. the damage included breaking the windows. In addition, a number of gypsum boards inside it fell down.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Kufor Qalil and Zeta villages in Nablus; al-Fawar refugee camp and al-Thaheriyah village, south of Hebron; ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah.

 

Saturday, 27 October 2018:

 

  • At approximately 00:25, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at a training site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades (the Military Armed Wing of Hamas Movement), adjacent to al-Nawras resort, southwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. the airstrike caused severe material damage to the site, but no casualties were reported. moreover, al-Nawras resort, which is in the eastern side of the area, sustained material damage represented in smashing down the glass of a number of windows. The airstrike further caused material damage to the site of the Palestinian Marine Police represented in cracking down the walls of a number of the site rooms and smashing down a number of the windows.

 

  • At approximately 00:35, Israeli warplanes launched 6 missiles at al-Jedar site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades (the Military Armed Wing of Hamas Movement), adjacent to the Indonesian hospital, southeast of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. The airstrike caused severe material damage to the site, but no casualties were reported. in addition, the abovementioned hospital sustained partial damage represented in falling down a number of the sailing boards, scattering a number of windows from their places and smashing down a number of other windows, especially because the targeting was near the hospital.

 

  • At approximately 01:40, Israeli warplanes launched 9 missiles at a training site belonging to Palestinian armed groups, southwest of Deir al-Balah. As a result, the site sustained severe damage, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Taqou’a village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Majdi Salem Suleiman (22) and then handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion”, south of the city.

 

  • At approximately 02:10, Israeli warplanes launched 6 missiles at al-Buraq belonging to al-Quds Brigades (the Military Armed Wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement) near al-Shuhada’a intersection, south of Gaza City, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • From approximately 02:20 until 02:55, Israeli warplanes launched about 24 missiles at a training site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades (the Military Armed Wing of Hamas Movement), northwest of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. The airstrike caused severe damage to the site and flames and heavy smoke were covering the area. Moreover, civilians panicked, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Thaheriyah village, south of Hebron and stationed in Karm Al-Asqar area in the eastern side of the village. They raided and searched a house belonging to Seham ‘Essa al-Battat (58) and then withdrew from the village, and no arrests were reported. It should be notes that Seham was arrested earlier twice and submitted to a military investigation in Ashkelon prison. The Israeli forces have been arresting Seham’s son Haitham since 12 October 2017 and he was sentenced to life imprisonment.

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Nahalin village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Khalaf Shadi Najajrah (16) and then arrested him after heavily beating him.

 

  • At approximately 05:100, Israeli warplanes launched 7 missiles at al-Kamal building, which is comprised of 4 floors and established on an area of 250 square meters near al-Sha’biyah intersection in the center of Gaza City. The airstrike completely destroyed the building and caused severe damage to the nearby buildings such as al-Tawil Auto Repair Company, which is adjacent to the building, and Kahil Contracting Company belonging to Khalil Amjad Khail. However, no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 06:00, Israeli forces moved into Shuweikah suburb, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched the office of the Charity in the abovementioned suburb and then arrested civilians (cookers), who were preparing lunch for a wedding party, namely Saji Yusuf Mahmoud Melhem (25), from Ektaba village, east of the city, and Moneer Saleh Abdul Qader Omer (28), from Bala’a village, north of the city, and released them later.

 

  • At approximately 09:05, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at an empty land located in the vicinity of the former site of the Palestinian Civil Administration, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 09:25, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at an agricultural land in al-Zannah area in Bani Suheila, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. As a result, the area sustained damage, but no casualties were reported. Moreover, the administration of EbN al-Nafees elementary school near the site was forced to evacuate the school from female students, who were about 630, in the morning time while the afternoon classes were cancelled for the male students, whose number was the same as the female students’ number.

 

  • At approximately 18:50, Israeli forces moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah. They moved into al-Safhah neighborhood and patrolled in it. The Israeli vehicles ran over 2 Palestinian civilians while they were in the yard of their house. As a result, the 2 civilians sustained fractures and wounds due to the deliberated run-over attack by the Israeli military vehicle. The 2 civilians were transferred to Dr. Darwish Nazzal Governmental Hospital in Qalqiliyah to receive medical treatment. The wounded civilians were identified as follows:
  1. Omer Abul Halim ‘Enayah (40), sustained a fracture to the left leg and another one to the right foot.
  2. Ahmed Mohammed Sa;ed Abdul Rahim Saleem (26) sustained fracture to the left foot (fragmentation of the knee bones of the left foot).

He was referred to al-Maqased Hospital in occupied Jerusalem to receive medical treatment, but had a problem in obtaining  the entry permit as he is a former prisoner.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Beit Ummer, Beit Awla and al-Mawreq villages in Hebron.

 

Sunday, 28 October 2018:

 

  • At approximately 01:10, Israeli forces moved into Beit Led village, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mahdi Adeeb Isamil al-Haj Ibrahim (24) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Taqou’a village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to AhmedJamal al-‘Amour (20) and ahmed Khalid al-‘Amour (21) and then arrested them.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Husan village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Saleh Za’oul (26) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 07:30, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of the memorial statute, south of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at a group of birds hunters. As a result, Ismail Mohammed Jaber Daraj (30) was hit with a live bullet to the buttock. He was transferred to Beit Hanoun Hospital and doctors classified his injury as moderate.

 

  • In a new crime of excessive use of lethal force, which reflect the highest degree of recklessness of the lives of Palestinian civilians, Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinian children after targeting them with a missile in the border fence area with Israel, east of Wadi al-Salqa village, in the central Gaza Strip. Investigations conducted by the Palestinian Center for Human rights (PCHR), indicate that the airstrike violates the principles of necessity and discrimination and the use of force was excessive, especially that the 3 children were civilians and unarmed. The Israeli forces claimed that placed an explosive device near the border fence, but paramedics at Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS), who retrieved the dead bodies of the 3 children confirmed that the children did not have anything and they found them on the border fence in the Palestinian side. According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 18:30 on 28 October 2018, an Israeli drone fired a missile at 3 Palestinian civilians, who approached the border fence with Israel, east of Wadi al-Salqa village, east of Deir al-Balah, in an attempt to sneak through the border fence. As a result, the 3 children were killed after being hit with several shrapnel throughout their bodies. The ambulance crews were unable to enter the area due to the excessive shooting. At approximately 21:30 in the evening, ambulances belonging to PRCS were able to retrieve the children’s dead bodies and transferred them to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah. Those killed children were identified as follows:

 

  1. Khalid Bassam Abu Sa’ed (14).
  2. Abdul Hamid Mohammed Abu Thaher (14).
  3. Mohammed Ibrahim al-Satri (15).

It should be noted that the 3 children were from Wadi al-Salqa village.

 

  • At approximately 18:30, Israeli forces moved into Joyous village, northeast of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a number of houses amidst firing sound bombs and tear gas canisters at civilians and chased a number of them. As a result, Ahmed ‘Afif Shamasnah (23) sustained a fracture to the foot and was admitted to Dr. Darwish Nazal Hospital in Qalqiliyah to receive medical treatment.

 

  • At approximately 21:30, Israeli forces moved into Far’oun village, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nasim Abdul Karim ‘Atir and then confiscated his truck. The Israeli forces then withdrew and no more incidents were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (6) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Kufor Qalil and ‘Aqraba villages in Nablus; Dura, Halhoul and al-Fawar refugee camp in Hebron; ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah.

 

Monday, 29 October 2018:

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Taqou’a village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Lo’ai Habes al-‘Amour (22) and handed a summons to Majdi Salem al-Badan (13) to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of the city. The child was arrested after he referred to the Israeli Intelligence Service.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Hadaf neighborhood, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Murad Ahmed Haj Ibrahim (22) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. Thy raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mohammed Mahmoud Abu Tabikh (19) and Diya’a Yusuf Kamil (20) and then arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces accompanied with 2 military vehicles moved into Yatta, south of Hebron and stationed in al-Berkah neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Islam Abdul Halim Hushiyah (19) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, an Israeli force accompanied with a number of military vehicles moved into Um al-Daliah neighborhood in the southern area in Hebron, and stationed in the center of the neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ibrahim Abdul Halim Qafishah (44) and then arrested his sons Ibrahim 921) and Abdul Halim (19).

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aydah refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Bassam Abu ‘Akar and then arrested his children Aseel (15) and Nisreen (15).

 

  • At approximately 19:20, Israeli forces moved into Joyous village, north of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Yazid Jehad Abdul Hamid Qa’dan (16).

 

  • At approximately 22:30, Israeli forces moved into Shuwikah suburb, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Majed Husni Abu Shekhah (Na’alwah) (34) and ‘Omran Husni Abu Ahmed (28).

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Nablus; Qablan and Ousarin villages, southeast of Nablus; Beit Ummer, al-Majd, Beit al-Roush and Sa’ir villages in Hebron.

 

Tuesday, 30 October  2018:

 

  • At approximately 00:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah. They fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters during their patrol in the village claiming that they were stones. The Israeli forces then arrested Yaseen ‘Emad Rajeh Shabitah (17).

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Ma’ajeen neighborhood, west of Nablus. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Samer Yusuf Ma’rouf (18) and Abdullah Fou’ad Mahmoud (20) and then arrested them.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Silat al-Thaher village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested 8 civilians, including 2 brothers, and took them to an unknown destination. (PCHR keeps the names of the arrestees)

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (13) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Surif and Karmah villages in Hebron; Ramin, Kour and Kufor Sour villages in Tulkarm; Shuweikah suburb, al-Jaroushiyah and Far’oun vilages in Tulkarm; Yasouf, Salfit, ‘Azzoun, Far’ata and ‘Asalah villages in Qalqiliyah.

 

Wednesday, 31 October 2018:

 

  • At approximately 00:30, Israeli forces moved into Zeta village, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Laith Mohammed ‘Ali Abu Hamdah (25) and then arrested him.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Selah al-Harithiyah village, west of Jenin; Kufor Qalil village, southeast of Nablus; Beit al-Roush, al-Thaheriyah and Ethna villages 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 against peaceful demonstration organized by Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and it was named as “The Great March of Return and Breaking Siege.” The demonstration was in protest against the U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration to move the U.S. Embassy to it. According to PCHR fieldworkers’ observations, the border area witnessed large participation by Palestinian civilians as the Israeli forces continued to use upon highest military and political echelons excessive force against the peaceful demonstrators, though the demonstration were fully peaceful. The demonstration was as follows during the reporting period:

 

Gaza Strip: (the events on Friday, 26 October 2018)

 

  • The Northern Gaza Strip: Israeli forces killed Mohammed Khalid Mahmoud Abdul Nabi (27), from Jabalia, after firing a live bullet to the head. Moreover, 55 civilians, including 17 children, 3 women, a paramedic, were wounded. Fifty two of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel and 3 were hit with tear gas canisters. medical sources classified 4 civilian’s injuries as serious. The wounded paramedic was identified as ‘Ala’a Sha’ban Mohammed Sabbah (39), a paramedic at the Palestinian Civil Defense, was hit with a live bullet shrapnel to the feet. The Israeli forces also targeted 2 ambulances, one of them belongs to Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS), which was hit with a live bullet to the left door and the other belongs to the Military Medical Services and was hit with a live bullet and 4 shrapnel to the left side.

 

  • In Gaza City: 89 civilians, including 17 children, a journalist, were wounded. Fifty two of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel, 7 were hit with rubber bullets and 30 were hit with tear gas canisters. The wounded journalist was identified as Bilal Khalil Noufal, a photojournalist at Seraj Media Office, was hit with a live bullet to the left thigh.

 

  • Khan Younis: Israeli forces’ shooting at demonstrators, which continued from 15:00 to 18:30, resulted in the killing of 3 civilians, who were wounded between approximately 16:45 and 17:00, east of Khuza’ah village. The wounded civilians died after a short time of their arrival at Gaza European hospital. Those killed were identified as follows:
  1. Nassar Eyad Nassar Abu Taim (19), from Bani Suheila, east of Kahn Younis, was hit with a live bullet to the head.
  2. Ahmed Sa’ed Abdul ‘Aziz Abu Lebdah (22), from Bani Suheila, east of Khan Younis, was hit with a live bullet to the chest.
  3. ‘Ayesh Ghassan ‘Ayesh Sha’ath (23), from al-Fukhari, east of Kahn Younis, was hit with a live bullet to the head.

Moreover, 52 civilians, including 10 children, a woman and a journalist, were wounded. Forty four of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapneland8 were hit with tear gas canisters. Doctors classified 3 civilian’s injuries as serious.

 

  • The Central Gaza Strip: 56 civilians, including 17 children, 8 women, 4 paramedics, including 3 female paramedics, were wounded. Fifty three of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel and 6 were hit with tear gas canisters. Doctors classified 4 civilians’ injuries as serious. At approximately 02:30 on Saturday, 27 October 2018, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City announced the death of one of the wounded civilians namely Mojahed Ziyad Zaki ‘Aqel (24), from al-Nuseirat refugee camp, succumbing to his wounds. Mojahed was hit with a live bullet to the upper thigh. At approximately 02:00 on Sunday, 28 October 2018, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital announced the death of another wounded civilian namely Yahiya Bader Mohammed al-Hasanat (37), from al-Moghraqah village, was hit with a live bullet to the head.

The wounded paramedics were identified as:

  1. Hala ‘Ata ‘Eqab Abu Thaher (22), from al-Buraij refugee camp, was hit with a shrapnel to the abdomen.
  2. Basmah Maher Fehmi Weshah (27), from al-Buraij refugee camp, was hit with live bullet shrapnel to the feet.
  3. Ibrahim Husni Shaheen (29), from al-Nuseirat refugee camp, was hit with live bullet shrapnel to the right leg.

It should be noted that the 3 paramedics worked at the Union of Health work Committee.

  1. Rajab Husein Rajab al-Khaldi (27), a volunteer paramedic at the Palestinian Ministry of Health from al-Buraij, was hit with a live bullet to the right leg.

 

  • Rafah City: 12 civilians, including a child, a journalist and a paramedic, were wounded. Ten of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel and 2 were hit with tear gas canisters. Doctors classified 3 civilians’ injuries as serious. The wounded journalist identified as Mahmoud Mohammed Sa’ed Shata (25), who works at Forasan Press, was hit with a tear gas canister to the left leg. The wounded paramedic identified as Yasser Rafiq Mohammed Abu Habib (26), paramedic volunteering within Nabd al-Hayah Medical Team, was hit with a shrapnel to the upper part of his body.

 

  • At approximately 15:00 on Monday, 29 October 2018, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel upon calls from the Supreme National Authority for the March of Return and Breaking Siege in which they called for participation in the Return coastal camp located in al-Sefa area, adjacent to “Zikim” military base, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. It should be noted that this is the 14th time for Palestinian boats to sail for Breaking the Siege, which was launched from Gaza Seaport towards the northern Gaza Strip coastline adjacent to the abovementioned camp.

 

The Israeli gunboats heavily fired live bullets and sound bombs at the boat of Breaking the Siege that approached the waster barrier established by the Israeli forces and extends to the border fence. The Israeli forces claimed that they established the border fence fearing of naval infiltration.

 

Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand barriers and cement cubes heavily opened fire and fried a large number of tear gas canisters at Palestinian civilians participating in the demonstration and approached the coastline. As a result, Mahmoud Abdul Hai Ahmed Abu ‘Obadi (25), from al-Shati’a refugee camp, west of Gaza Strip, was killed after being hit with a live bullet to the chest.

The Israeli soldiers also wounded 34 civilians, including 9 children, a woman and 3 paramedics. The injuries were classified as follows:

Sixteen civilians, including 2 children, a woman and 2 PRCS paramedics, were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel. The paramedics were identified as Suleiman Mohammed Salman al-Zawa’ah (30) was hit a live bullet to the right leg and Hani Mahmoud Husein Wadi (33) was hit with a shrapnel to the chest.

Moreover, 19 civilians, including 7 children and a paramedic, were hit with tear gas canisters. The wounded paramedic identified as Yusuf Ramzi Mohammed Daif Allah (21), a paramedic volunteering at Algerian Medical Team, was hit with a tear gas canister to the head.

 

 

West Bank:

 

  • Following the Friday prayer on 26 October 2018, about 250 Palestinian civilians from different ages from l-Mazra’ah al-Gharbiyah village, northwest of Ramallah organized a demonstration in “Kherbet Na’lan” area. At approximately 14:00, they attempted to confront Israeli settlers and soldiers, who were about 50-70 settlers and soldiers. The protestors set fire to tires and threw stones at the settlers and soldiers in an attempt to prevent the settlers from performing the Talmudic prayers and controlling the area. The Israeli soldiers fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors, who were about 30 meters away from them. The clashes continued for 2 hours and a half. As a result, 4 civilians, including a child, were wounded. They were transferred via a PRCS ambulance to the Istishari Arab Hospital in al-Raihan Suburb, north of the city. Doctors classified their injuries as moderate. At approximately 17:00, a number of young men moved forward the Israeli Border Guards, who moved back about 30 meters away from the clashes’ area and stationed in a low area near “Kerem ‘Elim” The young men threw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers. In less than 5 minutes, a soldier from the Border Guard forces directly fired 10 consecutive live bullets at the young men. As a result, 10 civilians, including a journalist and 2 paramedics belonging to the Medical Relief crews, were wounded and then transferred to the Istishari Arab Hospital. Medical sources announced the death of ‘Othman Ahmed ‘Ali Ladadwah (34), who was hit with a live bullet to the left side of the thigh that settled in the lung. The wounded journalist identified as Hamzah Mohammed Shriteh (24), a photojournalist at the Website of the abovementioned village, was hit with a live bullet to the foot. The 2 wounded paramedics identified as Mohanned ‘Abbas Hannoun (20), was hit with a live bullet to the hand, and Mohammed ‘Emad Sa’aidah (32), was hit with a live bullet to the arm.

 

  • Following the same Friday prayer, dozens of Palestinian youngsters gathered in al-Zawiyah Gate area in the center of Hebron. They set fire to tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed at Checkpoint (160). The soldiers fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. the soldiers also set up ambushes to arrest the protestors. They then arrested Ayman ‘Ammar Abu ‘Aishah (14) and then took him to the checkpoint on al-Shuhada’a Street.

 

  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.

 

 

  • 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

(03-09 October 2018)

Category 03 October  04 October  05 October  06 October  07 October  08 October  09 October
Patients 91 57 3 113 82 98
Companions 81 58 4 96 69 88
Personal needs 29 29 11 27 11 17
Families

of prisoners

22
Arabs from

Israel

2 9 8 8 3
Diplomats 2
Meetings in Erez
International workers 35 59 11 17 21 38
Travelers

Abroad

2 112 1 1 96
Business people 229 243 346 257 253
Business meetings
Security interviews 3 1 3
VIPs 1 3
Ambulances

to Israel

3 11 3 3 7 5
Patients’ Companions 3 6 3 3 4 5

Note:

  • On Wednesday, 04 October 2018, the Israeli authorities allowed 2 persons; on Sunday, 07 October 2018, 1 person; and on Monday, 08 October 2018, 2 persons; and on Tuesday, 09 October 2018, 3 persons to return to the West Bank.
  • On Sunday, 07 October 2018, the Israeli authorities allowed a person to travel to Israel to receive the family reunion.
  •   On Monday, 08 October 2018, the Israeli authorities allowed a doctor to travel via Erez Crossing to attend a medical training course.

 

 

Following table illustrates temporary and permanent checkpoints and arrests at these checkpoints in the West Bank from 25 to 31 October 2018:

Governorate Permanent temporary Temporary checkpoints Closed Roads Arrested persons
Jerusalem 13
Nablus 10 11 2
Jenin 5 3 2
Ramallah 11 20 1 2
Tulkarm 7 1
Tubas 2 1 2
Salfit 2 2
Qalqiliyia 4 2
Hebron 31 21 2
Bethlehem 11 2
Jericho 5 3
Total 101 58 13 6

 

Arrests at Military Checkpoints:

 

 

  • At approximately 15:40 on Thursday, 25 October 2018, Israeli forces stationed at Jebara military checkpoint, south of Tulkarm, arrested ‘Emad Khaled ‘Awad Maher (25), from Tulkarm.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Monday, 29 October 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on al-Bathan Road, near al-Serefi, north of Nablus. They stopped Palestinian civilians’ vehicles, checked the passengers’ IDs and then arrested Mohamed Mahmoud Ahmed Abu Salah “Daraghmah” (30) and Hazem Fawwaz Abu ‘Amer “Daraghmah” (32), both of them are from Nablus.
  • At approximately 14:00, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Sabityia village on Jebib-Nablus Street, northwest of Nablus. They stopped Palestinian civilians’ vehicles, checked the passengers’ IDs and then arrested Nabil Mohamed ‘Abed al-Jabbar Khanfar (31), from Silyit al-Dohur village, south of Jenin.
  • On 29 October 2018, Israeli forces arrested Naser Mofeed (23) and ‘Abdullah Hamdan (20), from Dir Abu Mish’al village, northwest of Ramallah, after intersecting and searching a taxi carrying both of them at a checkpoint established near the village entrance.

 

 

 

  • 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 02:00 on Thursday, 25 October 2018, Israeli forces moved into Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested 5 civilians, including a child. The arrested civilians were identified as Mohamed Nour Abu Nab (16), Majdi Mostafa Abu Nab (19), Feras Mohamed al-Hussani (20), Amjad Bassam Abu Nab (19), and Mohamed Dandees (20).
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aqabet Darwish neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ramzi Omar Za’aneen (40) and then arrested him along with his 2 sons Omar (18) and Ayham (14) after beating them.
  • At approximately 11:00 on Saturday, 27 October 2018, Israeli forces for the five consecutive time raided the place, where occupied Jerusalem’s governor, ‘Adnan ‘Adel Ghaith (46), was staying. Naser ‘Ajjaj said that Israeli police officers raided ‘Adnan’s house in the Endowments Housing Project, where he serves his house arrest in Wad al-Jouz neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem. He added that the Israeli police and Israeli Intelligence officers took turns to raid the house in order to check if the governor was inside or not and if he is committed to the court’s decision, which was a house arrest for one week. It should be noted that last week special Israeli forces intercepted the governor’s car in Beit Haninah village, north of occupied East Jerusalem, arrested him and then took him to al-Maskobiyia Police Station for investigation. ‘Adnan was accused of prosecuting those selling Jerusalemites’ property to Israeli settlers.  Two days after arresting him, the Israeli District Court held a hearing in Jerusalem, where the judge decided to release him on one condition that he will commit to a house arrest and serve it out of Silwan village, south of occupied Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 02:00 on Monday, 29 October 2018, Israeli forces moved into Qalandia refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Basil Mahmoud Zayid (20) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Anata village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested Mohamed Zakariyia Sheiha (21), Shadi al-Qawasmi (23) and Mahmoud al-Qawasmi (20).
  • At approximately 04:00 on Monday, Israeli forces moved into Sho’fat neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Bahaa Hasan al-Qawasmi (16) and then arrested him.

 

  • House Demolitions and Notices:

 

  • On Sunday, 28 October 2018, the Israeli authorities handed 3 civilians, from al-Waljah village, northwest of Bethlehem, notices to refer to the Israeli Municipality in Jerusalem, in order to question them about building without a license. Activist Ibrahim ‘Awadallah said that the Israeli forces moved into ‘Ain Jowizah and Khelet al-Samak areas and handed Hanan Mohamed al-Razim, Khaled Mahmoud Abu Khiarah and ‘Alaa Hussain Hajajlah notices to refer to Qatar’s Planning and Building Committee in order to question them about building their houses without license, noting that their houses were demolished a month ago. It should be noted that the Israeli forces lately demolished 4 houses and notified 8 others to stop construction work in al-Waljah village.
  • At approximately 06:00 on Monday, 29 October 2018, Israeli vehicles demolished a new residential house in al-Fahidat neighborhood in ‘Anatah village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Salah Fahidat said that the Israeli Municipality staff accompanied with Israeli forces raided his house on Monday morning, expelled his family member and then evacuated the house. He added that the Israeli vehicle demolished his 50-square-meter house, where he along with his 5 family members lived. Salah clarified that the Israeli Municipality demolished another house belonging to him 2 months ago and was an old one built over 80 years ago. He pointed out that the Israeli Municipality did not warn him to demolish his new house, clarifying that they raided the house and immediately demolished it.
  • At approximately 09:00, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles and accompanied with a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration and 3 diggers moved into the western area of Beit Ola village, west of Hebron. The Israeli vehicles leveled many dunums planted with olive trees, demolished stone chains and then confiscated barbed wires. The damage carried out in Wad al-Qalmoun and Kherbet al-Kharouf was under the pretext of state lands. The targeted area is in the western side of the village and 300 meter away from the annexation wall. The Israeli authorities previously leveled trees and demolished wells in the above-mentioned areas. The attacks were as follows:
    • Hijazi Mohamed ‘Abed al-Raheem Torshan (50): leveling 13 dunums planted with olive trees 5 years ago and damaging stone chains.
    • Mohamed Suliman Mahmoud al-‘Adam, leveling 10 dunums planted with 30 olive and 20 almond trees and demolishing stone chains in addition to damages from the Israeli Civil Administration which included 2 water wells, damaging stone chains and uprooting olive and almond trees.
    • ‘Azmi Mohamed Suliman al-‘Emlah (44), cutting iron bars and confiscating them with the fence.

 

  • At approximately 09:00 on Wednesday, 31 October 2018, Israeli forces accompanied with military vehicles and a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration and a bulldozer moved into Kherbet Khelet al-Forn, south of Bani Na’iem village, east of Hebron. The Israeli soldiers deployed in the lands overlooking Bypass Road 356 and then demolished two 50-sqaure-meter agricultural rooms belonging to Majed Mohamed Ibrahim Burqan (55). The rooms were demolished under the pretext of building without a license in area classified as Area C. The rooms were used for breeding livestock. Kherbet al- Khelet is located to the west of the Bypass Road 356, adjacent to the intersection leading to “Bani Hefer” settlement established on the lands of Bani Na’iem village. The residents of Kherbet al- Khelet work in agriculture and breeding livestock and most of them are Bedouins.

 

 

Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

 

Israeli settlers’ attack:

 

  • At approximately 10:40 on Sunday, 28 October 2018, Yusi, a guard of “Eili“ settlement, attacked Mofeed Jameel Abu Murrah (56), Secretary of Qaryout village council, and Khairy Mohamed Hasan Maradwah (53), Member of the village council, on Batisha Road established west of the abovementioned village, southeast of Nablus. Mofeed and Khairy were in Batisha area, which is classified within Area B, supervising the establishment of the base course within a project funded by the Relief Society. The guard beat Mofeed and Khairy and then threw a sound bomb at the bulldozer that was establishing the base course. Khairy Mohamed Hasan Maradwah (53), Member of Qaryout village council, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that: “ At approximately 10:40 on Sunday, 28 October 2018, I was along with Mofeed Jameel Abu Murrah (56), Secretary of Qaryout village council, in Batisha area. We were supervising the establishment of base course on the road. This project is funded by the Relief Society. The road is 1,500 meters long. At the mentioned time, we were surprised with the guard of “Eili“settlement, Yusi, heading toward us carrying MI6 riffle. Yusi and I know each other. Yuis immediately threw a sound bomb at the bulldozer and then headed toward Mofeed and beat him. After that, Yuis grabbed my neck and cursed me before assaulting me with the rifle’s butt on my hands and chest. He then deported us from the road classified as Area B. As a result, we were forced to leave the area until we could see him leaving.”

 

 

 

Recommendations to the International Community:

 

  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 to continue to investigate the Israeli crimes committed in the oPt, particularly the settlement crimes and grave violations in 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 States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC to work hard to hold Israeli war criminals accountable.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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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