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

(13 – 19 December 2018)

 

  • Israeli forces killed Ashraf Na’alwah in a crime of extra-judicial execution
  • 2 civilians, including an elderly, were killed in Ramallah and al-Bireh.
  • 24 Palestinian civilians were wounded, including 7 children and Journalist, in separate shooting incidents in the West Bank.

 

  • Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against the peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip

 

  • 151 civilians, including 45 children, 9 women, 4 journalists, and 5 paramedics, were wounded; the injury of 4 of them was reported serious.

 

  • Israeli forces continued to open fire at the border areas in the Gaza Strip, and a bird hunter was wounded.
  • Israeli forces escalated the use of collective punishment policy upon a decision by the Israeli government
  • A house belonging to the family of Humeid in al-Am’ari refugee camp was blown up, and a house belonging to Na’alwah family in Shweikah Subrub, north of Tulkarm, was demolished.

 

  • Israeli forces conducted 134 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 2 limited incursions into the Gaza Strip.
  • 158 civilians, including 18 children, a woman and 2 PLC Members, were arrested in the West Bank.
  • 50 of them, including 3 children, were arrested in Jerusalem.

 

  • Israeli authorities continued to create a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • 2 apartments were demolished, while a civilian was forced to self-demolish a room in al-Mukaber Mount.

 

  • Israeli forces continued their settlement activities in the West Bank.
  • Israeli settlers carried out 31 attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property.
  • 5 civilians sustained bruises and wounds and 77 cars sustained damage.

 

  • 12 shooting incidents were reported against the fishing boats in the sea.
  • 4 fishermen were arrested after 2 of them were wounded and their boats were confiscated.
  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 12th consecutive year.

 

  • 103 permanent checkpoints, 157 temporary checkpoints and 20 closed roads obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians in the West Bank.
  • 5 civilians 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 (13 – 19 December 2018).

 

Shooting:

 

In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against the participants in the peaceful protests organized along the Gaza Strip borders, which witnessed the peaceful protests for the 38th week along the eastern and northern border area of the Gaza Strip.  They also continued to use armed force as well during the incursions into the West Bank.  In the West Bank, the Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinian civilians, including an elderly, and wounded 24 others, including 7 children and a journalist, in separate shooting incidents.  In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces wounded 154 civilians, including 45 children, 9 women, 4 journalists, and 5 paramedics.  The injury of 4 of those wounded was reported serious.

 

In the West Bank, on 13 December 2018, Israeli forces killed Hamdan al-‘Aardah (60) who was from ‘Arrabah village, south of Jenin, and lived in al-Bireh.  He was killed when he was driving his car in al-Bireh industrial area coming back home from his work.  When he approached the vehicles, an Israeli soldier opened fire at him, wounding his head with 2 bullets.  Israeli media claimed on its websites that he attempted to carry out a run-over attack, and the Israeli forces repeat such claims in similar killings.

 

On 14 December 2018, Mahmoud Yousif Nakhlah (18) from al-Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah, was killed by the Israeli forces when he was participating in a peaceful protest at the main entrance of the camp.  One of the Israeli soldiers randomly and heavily opened fire at the demonstrators from a distance of 50 meters.  As a result, Mahmoud was hit with a bullet in the abdomen.

 

In the same context, the Israeli forces during the reporting period wounded 24 civilians, including 7 children and a journalist, in separate shooting incidents.

 

In the Gaza Strip, as part of using excessive force against the peaceful protesters along the Gaza Strip borders, during the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 151 civilians, including 45 children, 9 women, 4 journalists, and 5 paramedics.  The injury of 4 of those wounded was reported serious.

 

Injuries in the Gaza Strip between 13 and 19 December 2018 According to the Governorate

Governorate Injuries
Total Children Women Journalists Paramedics Critical Injuries
Northern Gaza Strip 51 17 7 1 2 4
Gaza City 40 3 0 2 0 0
Central Gaza Strip 43 16 2 0 3 0
Khan Younis 8 3 0 1 0 0
Rafah 10 6 0 0 0 2
Total 152 45 9 4 5 6

 

As part of targeting the Palestinian fishermen in the sea, the Israeli forces continued to escalate their attacks against the Palestinian fishermen, indicating the on-going Israeli policy to target their livelihoods.  During the reporting period, PCHR documented 12 incidents against fishermen.  As a result, 4 fishermen were arrested, including a child, and 2 of them were wounded in addition to confiscating their 2 boats while fishing.

 

As part of targeting the border areas on 18 December 2018, Israeli forces stationed in eastern al-Shija’iyah neighbourhood, east of Gaza City, opened fire at one of the bird hunters there.  As a result, he was hit with a bullet to the right leg.

 

Extra-judicial Execution Crimes:

 

On 13 December 2018, Israeli forces killed Ashraf Na’alwah (23) from Shweikah Suburb in Tulkarm when they moved into ‘ASkar al-Jadid refugee camp, northeast of Nablus, and heavily opened fire at him.  It should be noted that the Israeli forces had chased the above-mentioned civilian since 07 October 2018 on grounds of being accused of carrying out a shooting attack in Burkan Industrial Area, west of Salfit, and killing at the time 2 settlers and wounded a third one.  Eyewitnesses said that they did not hear any sound indicating occurrence of an exchange of fire in the building.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 134military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 6 similar incursions into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 108 Palestinians, including 15 children, a woman, a journalist and 2 PLC Members, in the West Bank.  Moreover, 50 others, including 3 children, were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 13 December 2018, Israeli forces moved 100 meters into the southern side of the border fence off “Zikim” Military base, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip.  The vehicles started levelling and combing the lands that were previously levelled amidst Israeli sporadic shooting.  On 19 December 2018, Israeli forces conducted a similar incursion into eastern al-Bureij in the central Gaza Strip.

 

Collective Punishment Measures:

 

As part of the collective punishment policy adopted by the Israeli forces against the  families of Palestinians accused of carrying out attacks against Israeli soldiers or/and settlers, on Tuesday early morning, 15 December 2018, the Israeli forces blew up a building belonging to the family of prisoner Islam Abu Hmeid in al-Am’ari refugee camp in central al-Bireh. .  The demolition came under the pretext that a marble stone was thrown on the head of an Israeli soldier during an incursion into the camp on 06 June 2018 and led to his death. Blowing up the building came two days following the Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s decision to expedite the demolitions of the houses belonging to Palestinians carrying out attacks. The building was comprised of 4 floors and built on an area of 150 square meters.  It should be mentioned that the Israeli forces demolished the house of the Abu Humaid family for the third time as the first time was in 1994 and the second in 2003.  Moreover, the family of Abu Hamid had a son who was killed previously by the Israeli forces and has 6 prisoners serving their sentences in the Israeli prisons, the last one was Islam who was arrested on 13 June 2018.

 

On 17 December 2018, Israeli forces destroyed the internal and external walls of 2 floors in the 3-storey house belonging to the family of Ashraf Na’alwah in Shweikah Suburb, north of Tulkarm.  It should be noted that the abovementioned civilian was killed on 13 December 2018 in ‘Askar al-Jadid refugee camp, northeast of Nablus.

 

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

 

As part of the Israeli house demolitions and notices, on 16 December 2018, Yousif Qara’in self-demolished an under-construction room of 16 square meters in al-Farouq neighbourhood in al-Mukaber Mount village, south of occupied East Jerusalem, after the Israeli Municipality in the City handed him a demolition order.

 

On 18 December 2018, Israeli forces demolished 2 apartments ready for inhabitation that was owned by Amin ‘Aqeil in al-Farouq in al-Mukaber Mount village, south of occupied Jerusalem.  Each apartment was of 90 square meters and ready for his sons, Usamah and Haitham, to live in.

 

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

 

As part of the Israeli settlers’ attacks against the Palestinians civilians and their property, PCHR’s fieldworkers in the West Bank documented 31 attacks that were carried out by the Israeli settlers during the reporting period.  As a result, 5 civilians sustained wounds and bruises and 77 cars sustained damage.

 

 

 

Details

 

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

 

Thursday, 13 December 2018:

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into the southern neighbourhood in Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Morad Yusuf al-Salaimah (27) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Kharsa village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Ala’a Jehaz Abreyoush (28) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Samou’a village, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a houses belonging to Soheib Abdul Hamid Abu Jarour (26) and then handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service “Shabak” in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Tubas. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 3 civilians namely Faze’a Sedqi Sawaftah (48), Omer Hamzah Daraghmah (57) and Mohammed ‘Emad Sawaftah (22).

 

  • At approximately 02:55, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm refugee camp, east of Tulkarm They raided and searched a house belonging to Baker Mohammed Saleem Kharyoush (30) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:05, Israeli forces moved into ‘Alar village, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Ja’far Suleiman ‘Othman (26), Mohammed Mekawi Tawfiq Shadeed (25) and his brother Monhel (23).

 

  • At approximately 03:15, Israeli forces moved into Baqa eastern village, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Osamah Samir Ibrahim Sa’ed (30) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 07:45, Israeli forces accompanied with 4 military vehicles moved about 100 meters into the south of the border fence adjacent to “Zikim” military base, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. They leveled and combed lands that were leveled earlier amidst sporadically opening fire. Later, the Israeli forces redeployed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

 

  • At approximately 17:30, Hamdan Tawfiq al-‘Aredah (60), from ‘Arabah village, south of Jenin in al-Birah, was driving his car to return home in al-Birah industrial area where the Israeli military vehicles stationed. When he approached the area, a soldier opened fire at him. As a result, he was hit with 2 live bullets to the head. The Israeli forces prevented the PRCS crews that were in the area from offering him first aid and arrested him. They transferred him to a hospital in Israel. At approximately 19:30, the Israeli forces announced his death. The Israeli media published their claims that he attempted to carry out a run-over attack.

 

  • At approximately 15:55, Israeli forces moved into Shuweikah suburb, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested 4 civilians namely Saher ‘Azzam Edhilah (22), Mosheer Talal Jaber (24), Nidal Fou’ad Akabriyah (23) and Morad Samih Morshed Qatawi (25).

 

  • At approximately 15:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Birah and stationed in the industrial area. They raided and searched a number of houses. Meanwhile, dozens of young men gathered and threw stones at Israeli Military vehicles. The soldiers fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them and in the vicinity of houses they raided. As a result, 2 civilians were hit with rubber bullets. The Israeli forces also arrested 5 civilians namely  Sa’ed Husam al-Faqih  (25), Mohammed Mar’ie al-Zubeidi (22), Osamah Thaher al-Remawi (25), Mohammed al-Qadi (22) and Mo’ath ‘Abdoh Dahadhah (26).

 

  • At approximately 19:30, Israeli forces moved into Betin village, northeast of Ramallah, and patrolled the streets. A number of Palestinian children and youngsters gathered and threw stones at Israeli soldiers. The soldier threw stones at them. The soldiers fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas at them. As a result, a 22-year-old civilian was hit with a rubber bullet tit he foot.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched dozens of houses. Eyewitnesses said to PCHR’s fieldworker that Israeli forces moved into dozens of houses in the camp and several  commercial shops and stores after breaking the doors. The soldiers confiscated the recording tape of the surveillance cameras, but no arrests were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (18) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Shuweikah suburb, Kufor Zebad and ‘Anabta in Tulkarm; Dura, Surif, al-Thaheriyah, Bani Na’im, Taffuh and Karnah villages in Hebron; ‘Aydah and al-‘Ezzah refugee camp, north of Bethlehem; al-Laban eastern  village, ‘Ourif, Madama, ‘Asirah al-Qabliyah and burin, south of Nablus; al-Masayef neighbourhood in Ramallah; Beit Rema village, north of the city.

 

Friday, 14 December  2018:

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Thaheriyah village, south of Hebron and stationed in al-Deir neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Isamil al-Tal (56), Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) representing the Change and Reform Bloc, and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aydah refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Yaseen Ma’moun Bdair (18), Mohammed Theeb Badawnah (30), Jamal Suleiman Radi (53), Abdul Razeq Mohammed Badwan (27) and Hamzah Abdul ‘Aziz Abu surour (24).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Yasser Dawoud Suleiman Mansour (50), a PLC Member of the Change and Reform Bloc, and Dr. Mustafa ‘Ali al-Shunnar (56).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Balatet al-Balad, east of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yusuf Ramzi Duweikat (32) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Ethna village, west of Hebron, and stationed in Abu Reshah neighborhood. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 4 civilians namely al-Motawakel Bellah Mohammed Abu Hajishah (35), his brother Mo’ath (30), Ra’ouf Ra’ed Mohammed Abu Hajishah (34) and his brother Ra’fat (32).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Rojeeb village, east of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Abdul Karim Majed al-Halabi (45) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Madama village, south of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Zaher Qet (29) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beta village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Saher Jaber Hamayel (28) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Ezzah refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ibrahim Noufal al-‘Adawin (26) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem, and stationed in al-Mawaleh Mount area in the center of the city. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yahiya Hani Sa’adah (30) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into several neighborhoods in Hebron. they raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 6 civilians namely Hasan Falah al-Natshah (29), Ahmed Abdul Razeq al-Rajbi (33), Mohammed Joudah Abu Omer (38), Bilal Salem Salhab (29), Mo’ataz Mohammed Abu Tabbanah (37), Mazen Jamal Jabrin al-Natshah (44).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Taqou’a village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Oudai Mahmoud Abu Mefreh (25) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Janata village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Essa Mustafa al-‘Arouj (27) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Harmalah village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed ‘Adel ‘Atallah (29) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Yatta, south of Hebron and stationed in al-Karmel and Roq’ah neighborhoods. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Yasser Khalid al-Najjar (35). They also handed Samir ‘Ali Bhais (43) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.

 

  • At approximately 04:30, Israeli forces accompanied with 5 military vehicles moved into Kuber village, north of Ramallah and stationed near the  head office of the village divan. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Asem Omer al-Barghuthi  and randomly fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters on the streets. in the early morning hours, the Israeli forces withdrew from the village, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Silwad village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Mousa Salah Samhan (32).

 

  • At approximately 07:55, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, adjacent to al-Sudaniyah area, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 4 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but nether casualties nor material damage was reported.

 

  • Following the afternoon prayer, Israeli forces moved into al-Moghir village, northeast if Ramallah. A number of Palestinian children and young men gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli vehicles. The Israeli forces fired live and rubber bullets and sound bombs at them. as a result, 4 children were wounded.

 

  • At approximately 13:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Laban eastern village, south of Nablus. Meanwhile, a number of Palestinian children and young men gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli forces. The Israeli forces fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, 5 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded. Two of them were hit with live bullets to the lower limbs, 2 were hit with rubber bullets and one was hit with a tear gas canister to the face.

 

  • At approximately 16:00, Israeli forces moved into the campus of Palestine Technical University – Kadoorie in Tulkarm amidst firing live bullets and tear gas canisters. Jebril Hejjah, Director of the Media Office of the University Administration, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that heavily armed Israeli forces moved into the university through the Israeli shooting camp established on the university land from the western side and they were backed by an infantry unit that moved into the entrance to the main administration building,  Faculty of Applied Science and public pibrary building.

 

  • At approximately 22:00, an Israeli infantry unit moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They patrolled between houses and randomly fired live bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at Palestinian young men, who threw stones at them. the Israeli forces claimed that the military watchtower established at the camp entrance was targeted with Molotov Cocktail. The soldiers stayed at the camp until approximately 23:30, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (13) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Beit Ummer, al-Shuyoukh, al-Burj villages and al-‘Aroub refugee camp in Hebron; al-Duheishah refugee camp, al-Dawhah village, south of Bethlehem; Beit Furik village, east of Nablus; ‘Arabah village, south of Jenin, al-Masayef village in al-Birah city; the industrial area in al-Birah; Betin and Qifin villages, north of Tulkarm, Qarawet Bani Hassan village, northwest of Salfit.

 

Saturday, 15 December 2018:

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into the southern area in Hebron. they raided and searched a house belonging to Lo’ai Mohammed Ramadan Ghiath (32) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit ‘Awa village, southwest f Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Jamil ‘Ayed al-Masalmah (27) and then handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service “Shabak” in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.

 

  • At approximately 07:30, Israeli gunboats stationed off Gaza shore, opened fire at Palestinian fishermen and then surrounded a fishing boat sailing within 6 nautical miles. the boat was manned by 2 fishermen namely Mohammed Saleh Abu Ryalah (31)and his brother ‘Atef Ryalah (17), from Gaza City. The Israeli naval soldiers forced the abovementioned fishermen to jump into water and swim towards the gunboats. The fishermen were then arrested and taken to Ashdod Seaport in Israel and the fishing boat was confiscated. At approximately 17:00 on the same day, the Israeli forces released

 

  • At approximately 07:40, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, adjacent to al-Sudaniyah area, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 4 nautical miles and chased them. The shooting continued until approximately 08:20 in the same area. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

 

  • At approximately 10:30, Israeli gunboats stationed off Gaza shore, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats. The gunboats surrounded a fishing boat sailing within 2 nautical miles. The boat was manned by Mohammed Falah Mohammed Abu Ryalah (19) and Mohammed Salah Mohammed Abu Ryalah (27), from Gaza City. the Israeli naval soldiers forced the abovementioned fishermen to jump into water and swim towards the Israeli gunboat. The soldiers arrested the fishermen, took them to Ashkelon Seaport in Israel and then confiscated their boat.at approximately 17:00 on the same day, the Israeli forces released the abovementioned fishermen and returned them to the Gaza Strip via Beit Hanoun “Erez” It should be noted that the first fisherman was hit with a live bullet to the left leg and the second was hit with a rubber bullet to the waist and were taken to Barzilai Medical Center to receive medical treatment.

 

  • At approximately 20:30, Israeli forces announced arresting Mahmoud Ramadan al-Halabi (19) through a phone call from an Israeli Intelligence officer to his mother on the same day evening. The Israeli forces claimed that Mahmoud carried out the attack of “Beit Eil” settlement on Friday morning, 14 December 2018, which caused the injury of an Israeli soldier.

 

  • At approximately 20:40, a group of Israeli undercover “Musta’ribeen” units, dressed like Palestinian civilians sneaked into Kuber village, north of Ramallah, using a civilian car with a Palestinian registration plate. The car stopped in front of a shop for selling cell phones in the center of the city and the undercover units stepped out of it. They raided the shop, arrested Mohammed Maher al-Barghuti (26), took him to their car and speed-up out of the village.

 

  • At approximately 22:00, large Israeli force moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They patrolled the alleys and randomly fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters claiming that the military watchtower was targeted with Molotov Cocktails. The Israeli military vehicles closed the camp’s main entrance and prevented Palestinian vehicles from entering or leaving it. Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at the soldiers. As a result, the residents panicked after the soldiers topped the houses’ roofs. An hour later, a waste-water pumping vehicle arrived and pumped the houses and shops with waste water. At approximately 23:30, the Israeli forces withdrew from the camp and stationed in its vicinity.

 

  • At approximately 23:00, Israeli forces moved into Sebastia village, northwest of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Saher Khaldoun Bahlaq (23) and then arrested him.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (8) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Beit Ummer, al-Shuyoukh villages, al-Fawar refugee camp and Halhoul in Hebron; al-‘Ezzah refugee camp and Marah Rabah village, in Bethlehem; Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah; Hares village, northwest of Salfit.

 

Sunday, 16 December  2018:

 

  • At approximately 02:00, an Israeli infantry unit moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched 3 houses and then arrested 3 children namely Jaber Wa’el al-Badawi (15), Qusai ‘Emad al-Badawi (15) and Mohammed Nasser Mahfouth (13).

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Kuber village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested Mo’atasem (25), his brother Ihab Moneer al-Barghuthi (22), and Asil Walid al-Barghuthi (26).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Safa village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Yusuf Karajah (28) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Abu Qash village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Khalid Ahmed al-‘Qa’aed (33) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 04:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Mazra’ah western village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested ‘Ali Mustafa Hanoun|(65), who is blind, and Maher Mahmoud Shraiteh (22).

 

  • At approximately 06:50, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, adjacent to al-Waha resort, 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 07:20, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, adjacent to al-Sudaniyah area, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 4 nautical miles and chased them. The shooting continued until approximately 10:35, in the same area. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

 

  • At approximately 14:15, Israeli forces stationed along the annexation wall in al-Naqqar neighborhood, west of Qalqiliyah, opened fire at a group of demonstrators claiming that they threw stones at Israeli forces. As a result, a 21-year-old civilian was hit with an explosive bullet under the chest. He was taken to Dr. Darwish Nazal hospital in Qalqiliyah in a serious health condition. Doctors conducted a surgery for him that continued from approximately 14:30 to 20:00, in which doctors stopped the bleeding and reconstruction of the main vein, ureter and the duodenum  and removed the lacerated part of the liver. The explosive bullet also affected the civilian’s backbone and he received 50 blood units and then was admitted the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The young man is supposed to underwent another surgery within 48 hours and he will be transferred to Nablus Hospitals as he is still in critical health condition on ventilators.

 

  • At approximately 16:15, Israeli forces moved into Wadi al-Rasha village, southeast of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested 3 civilians, including Ibrahim Ziyad Mohammed Abu Shakhidem (13), Zeyad Saleem Mohammad in (22) and Dahi Mohammed Abu Shakhidem (25).

 

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (7) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: ‘Aydah refugee camp, al-Dawhah neighborhood in Bethlehem; Hebron; al-Thaheriyah, Beit Awla and Abu al-‘Asja villages and al-Fawar refugee camp.

 

Monday, 17 December  2018:

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Yatta, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Husein ‘Oudah (40). They withdrew from the city and no arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved Bethlehem. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Abdul Rahman Mohammed Da’dou’a (17) and Ehab Khalid Sabbah (17) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Taqou’a village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Sa’ed husein al-‘Amour (23) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Mohammed Bashir Jayousi (29) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:20, Israeli forces moved into Hares village, north of Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to Najeh Abdul Rahman Souf (17) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Thaheriyah village, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ayman Yusuf Ismail al-Tal (33). They then withdrew and no arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses. Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at Israeli military vehicles. The soldiers fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them and in the vicinity of houses that were raided. As a result, a 14-year-old civilian suffered tear gas inhalation. She was transferred to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to receive medical treatment. The Israeli forces also arrested 7 civilians and took them to an unknown destination. (PCHR keeps the names of the arrestees)

 

  • At approximately 03:40, Israeli forces moved into Deir Estia village, northwest of Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to Dawoud Redwan Abu ‘Ali (22) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 07:35, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, adjacent to al-Sudaniyah area, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 4 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 09:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, west of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the fishing limited area and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Dura, Beit ‘Awa and Surif villages in Hebron.

 

Tuesday, 18 December  2018:

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested 4 civilians, including 2 children, namely Nidal Zeyad ‘Amer (17), Mojahed Mahmoud Sa’ad Abu Khalifah 922), Mohammed Ayman Shafe’a al-Sa’adi (18) and Nizar Amjad Mesbah Abu al-Haija (17).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Yatta, south of Hebron and stationed in al-Matinah neighborhood. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 3 civilians namely Jawad Salman Abu ‘Aram (22), Mo’ath Faisal Hassan (23) and his brother Ra’fat (26).

 

  • At approximately 01:15, Israeli forces moved into Markah village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mahmoud Saleh Mousa (38) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mo’ataz Jaber Abu Sal (19) and then arrested him. The Israeli forces also raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mahmoud Zaid al-Titi (40) and Mohammed Namer Jawabrah (39), but no arrests were reported.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mohammed As’aad Nasim Sbaih (15) and Hadi ‘Athab Salah (15) and then arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Ya’bud village, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested ‘Ali Abdul Rahman Jom’ah Ba’jawi (22) and Mustafa ‘Ezz Eden Ismail Zaid (18).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Sanour village, southeast of Jenin. They raided and a house belonging to Hammam Ziyad Sadeq Gharibah (35) and then arrested him.

 

  • On the same time, Israeli forces moved into Jaba’a village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nasser Abdul Karim ‘Awad ‘Alawnah (48) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Hendam Mount neighborhood, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Abdullah Mohammed al-Khatib (40) and then confiscated NIS 1,000 and handed the family a receipt to review the legal authorities.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into several neighborhoods in Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Hesham Hamedan al-Shurbati (55) in the vicinity of al-Moqata’a area claiming to search for Hesham, who has been detained in the Israeli jails for 6 months. The Israeli forced also raided and searched a house belonging to Mazen Abdul Jabbar al-Natshah (44) on ‘Ein Sarah Street claiming to search for Mazen, who also has been detained in the Israeli jails for a month. They also raided and searched a house belonging to Fayez Mahmoud Mamsak (50) and then withdrew.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Ethna village, west of Hebron. they raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Monther Ahmed Abu Hashishah (33) and Lo’ai ‘Atallah Abu Jahishah (24) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Kuber village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Ayat Sa’ed Dahadhah (26). Five hours later, they released her.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Rema village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yasser Hazem ‘Aqel (17) and then arrested his son.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Silwad village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Sami Hamed (40) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 05:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Liqyah village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses, among them were houses belonging to Ahmed Bader and Sami Dar ‘Asi. The Israeli forces then arrested Eyad Mohammed Dar ‘Asi (26).

 

  • At approximately 08:00, Israeli forces moved into Tamoun village, southeast of Tubas. They surrounded several houses belonging to Samarah family to arrest Samer Samarah, who is wanted for the Israeli forces, amidst heavily firing tear gas canisters at the surrounded houses. As a result, many inhabitants suffered tear gas inhalation. The Israeli forces withdrew later, and no arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 10:00, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, opened fire at Mohammed Fawzi Mohammed Qasidi (30). As a result, he was hit with a live bullet to the right leg while he was hunting birds near “Nahel Oz” crossing, east of al-Sheja’eyah neighborhood, east of Gaza City.

 

  • At approximately 21:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, adjacent to al-Sudaniyah area, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 4 nautical miles and chased. The shooting recurred at approximately 22:55, in the same area. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

 

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (12) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Beta and Kufor Qalil villages, south of Nablus; Tal village, southwest of the city; al-Samou’a, Bani Na’im, Beit Ummer, Beit al-Roush villages in Hebron. Betin, Deir Mash’al, al-Nabi Saleh, abu Qash villages and al-Raihan Suburb in Ramallah.

 

Wednesday,  19 December  2018:

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Razin Bilal Abdullah al-Damj (26) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Saida village, northeast of Tulkarm. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Amjad Jihad al-Ashqar (22) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Tamoun village, southeast of Tubas. They raided and searched a house belonging to Maisarah Thabab busharat (35) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Hawouz area in the center of Hebron. they raided and searched a house belonging to Tareq Mahmoud al-Sayed Ahmed (33) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Tubas. They raided and searched a house belonging to Rashid Zeyad Daraghmah (26) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Yatta, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Saddam Yasser Abu ‘Aram (25) and then threatened the family members to raid and cause damage to their house if Sadam didn’t turn himself to them.

 

  • At approximately 21:40, Israeli forces moved into Betunia village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Khalid Kamel Nawabit (40).

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Kuber village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mahmoud Thyab Rayan (22) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Duheishah refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, using civilian cars with Palestinian registration plate. Members of the Israeli masked and armed forces, who were dressing like civilians, moved into al-Feniq neighborhood, northeast of the camp. They raided and searched a house belonging to Anas Saleh (25), a paramedic at the Popular Committee in the camp and forced him to move in front of them during their patrol between the houses. Meanwhile, a group of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones and Molotov Cocktails at the soldiers. The soldiers fired live bullets in the air. The Israeli force withdrew after a short time while another infantry unit moved into the area. A number of soldiers topped the houses’ roofs. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Hamzah Khalil al-Ja’fari (24) and Moneer Khalid al-Ja’fari (25) and then arrested them. The soldiers took them the area where military vehicles stationed. the young men continued to throw stones at the soldiers. An Israeli soldier fired several live bullets at a group of young men, who were at the houses’ roofs. As a result, a 19-year-old civilian was hit with a live bullet that penetrated the chest and settled in the stomach. Volunteer paramedics offered him first aid and then he was taken to Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation in Beit Jala where he underwent surgery.

 

  • At approximately 09:00, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian shepherds. As a result, the shepherds were forced to leave the area, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 16:20, Israeli forces accompanied with 4 military bulldozers moved about 100 meters into the west of the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israeli, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip. They leveled lands adjacent to the abovementioned border fence and then redeployed along the border fence.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (7) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Nablus and Kufor Qalil village, south of the city; Halhoul, Taffuh, al-Thaheriyah, Deir al-‘Asal and Karza villages in Hebron.

 

Extra-Judicial Executions:

 

  • At approximately 01:30 on Thursday, 13 December 2018, large numbers of Israeli forces moved into ‘Askar al-Jadid refugee camp, northeast of Nablus, and stationed in the vicinity of a building belonging to Hussein Mohammed Bushkar. Many of them topped the roofs of the nearby buildings and surrounded the 3-storey building. Following that, heavy explosions and shooting were heard in the area.  At approximately 03:30, the Israeli soldiers took out a dead body from the second floor in the building , where there was an empty apartment, on a litter covered with a dark color cover.  The Israeli forces later declared that they managed to kill Ashraf Walid Soliman Na’alwah (23) from Shwikah Suburb in Tulkarm. The Israeli forces also arrested the 2 siblings Raied (36) and Amjad Hussain Mohamed Bushkar (45). Raied sustained wounds after Israeli dogs attacking him inside his apartment. Na’alwah had been chased by the Israeli forces since 07 October 2018 on grounds of being accused of carrying out a shooting attack in Burkan Industrial Area, west of Salfit, and killing at the time 2 settlers and wounded a third one. Since that day, the Israeli forces carried out dozens of incursions against villages, cities and camps in northern West Bank, where they threatened civilians to be punished if they help Na’alwah or supply him with food. The Israeli forces’ chasing resulted in the killing of Mohammed Habali (22), from Tulkarm, on 04 December 2018. It should be noted that Mohammed is a person with disabilities.

 

Collective Punishment:

 

  • As part of Continuing to Apply Collective Punishment Policy against Families of Those Carrying Attacks against Soldiers and Settlers, on Saturday early morning, 15 December 2018, the Israeli forces blew up a building belonging to the family of prisoner Islam Abu Hmeid in al-Am’ari refugee camp in central al-Bireh.  Blowing up the building came two days after the Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netenyahu’s decision to expedite the demolitions of the houses belonging to Palestinians carrying out attacks. According to PCHR’s investigations and eyewitnesses’ accounts, at approximately 01:30 on the abovementioned day, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles and around 150 soldiers moved into al-Am’ari refugee camp in central al-Bireh.  The soldiers stepped out of their military vehicles and deployed between houses while around 30 of them topped the roofs of many houses.  A large number of the Israeli soldiers raided a residential building belonging to the family of prisoner Islam Abu Hmeid to apply the demolition decision which the family was informed of previously under the pretext that a marble stone was thrown on the head of an Israeli soldier during an incursion into the camp on 06 June 2018 and led to his death. Dozens of the camp’s residents and Palestinian activists along with International human rights defenders and Chairman of the Colonization and Wall Resistance Commission, Minister Waleed ‘Assaf, stood in front of the building attempting to prevent the demolition.  However, The Israeli soldiers forced them, including the 60-year-old mother of Islam, who was alone living in the building, to evacuate the building by firing sound bombs and teargas canisters directly at them while they were inside. The Israeli soldiers also beat up and pushed them, including photojournalist Mohammed Hamdan after breaking his cell phone, with the firearms’ muzzles. Following that, a large number of Israeli soldiers raided and searched the residential houses in the vicinity of the building. They forced the residents to evacuate them immediately and forcibly, causing fear among them.  The residents were forced to leave towards al-Bireh School, in the center of the camp, where they were detained for 3 consecutive hours before the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) crews were allowed to transfer them to the PRCS office adjacent to the camp. They were more than 500 civilians, including children, women and elderlies, detained in a very cold place. In the meantime, dozens of young men and boys gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers who deployed throughout the camp. The soldiers fired heavily rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at them, wounding 6 young men with rubber bullets in addition to other civilians and journalists suffering tear gas inhalation and fainting. Meanwhile, an Israeli military force was demolishing the internal walls of the building with special equipment and planting a large quantity of explosives inside it in preparation for blowing it up. At approximately 06:50, the 150-square-meter building comprised of 4 floors was blown up and completely destroyed. It is noteworthy that the Israeli forces demolished the house of the Abu Humaid family for the third time as the first time was in 1994 and the second in 2003.  Moreover, the family of Abu Hamid had a son who was killed previously by the Israeli forces and has 6 prisoners serving their sentences in the Israeli prisons, the last one was Islam who was arrested on 13 June 2018.

 

  • At approximately 02:10 on the abovementioned day, the Israeli forces backed by 40 military vehicles, 2 bulldozers, around 170 soldiers and drones moved into Shuwikah Suburb, north of Tulkarm. The soldiers stepped out of their military vehicles and deployed between houses in Na’alwah neighborhood while 50 of them topped the roofs of many houses. Around 100 soldiers raided a 3-story residential building belonging to Ashraf Walid Suleiman Na’alwah in an attempt to apply the demolition decision while a number of civilians and journalists were inside it. After the Israeli soldiers forced those who were in the house to evacuate it at gunpoint, they deployed in the 3 floors and thoroughly searched the house using a large number of police dogs. The engineering units put signs on the ground floor walls, which consisted of 3 bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and 2 bathrooms, and then around 100 soldiers demolished the walls by a bulldozer and hand hammers. Following that, the Israeli forces moved into the underground floor, which was inhabited by Ashraf, and consisted of 2 rooms, a kitchen and a bathroom, and demolished it in the same way. During the demolition, the Israeli forces attempted to prevent around 30 journalists, who were in the area, from photographing the area. The soldiers chased them on houses’ roofs more than once and fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, journalist Mo’een Shadeed, a reporter at Palestine TV Channel, fainted and received medical treatment on the spot. At approximately 09:40, the Israeli forces fired a barrage of sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the civilians, who gathered in the area.

 

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:

 

In the Thirty-Seven week of the March of Return and Breaking Siege activities, Israeli forces wounded 151 civilians, including 45 children, 9 women, 4 journalists and 5 paramedics. Doctors classified 4 civilians’ injuries as serious. The incidents were as follows:

 

  • The Northern Gaza Strip: 30 civilians, including 10 children, a woman and 2 paramedics, were wounded. Seventeen of them were hit live bullets and their shrapnel, 2 were hit with rubber bullets and 11 were hit with tear gas canisters. Doctors classified 2 civilians’ injuries as serious. The wounded paramedics were identified as:
  1. Wafa’a Omer Khamis Jaber (23), a volunteer paramedic at the Palestinian Ministry of Health, was hit with a rubber bullet to the left elbow.
  2. Mohammed husni Abdul Latif al-Haw (22), a paramedic at the Military Medical Services, was hit with a tear gas canister to the head.

 

  • Gaza City: 40 civilians, including 3 children, and 2 journalists, were wounded. Nineteen of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel, 14 were hit with rubber bullets and 7 were hit with tear gas canisters. The wounded journalists were identified as ‘Atiyah Mohammed ‘Ali Darwish (31), a journalist at Al-Ray Media Agency, was hit with a tear gas canister to the left eye; and Mustafa Mahmoud Hasounah, a photojournalist at the Anadolu Agency, was hit with a tear gas canister to the right leg.

 

  • Central Gaza Strip: the Israeli forces firing live bullets and tear gas canisters, which continued until approximately 17:00, resulted in the injury of 43 civilians, including 2 women, 16 children, 3 paramedics. Twenty seven of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel and 16 were hit with tear gas canisters. The wounded paramedics were identified as:

 

  1. Mahmoud Ibrahim Mohammed Thabet (24), was hit with a tear gas canister to the left thigh;
  2. Ahmed Ismail Mohammed Abu Rayah (22), was with a tear gas canister to the abdomen; and
  3. Mohammed Saber Abdullah Hmaid (25), was hit with a tear gas canister to the right foot.

 

  • Khan Younis: 8 civilians, including 3 children and a journalist, were wounded. The wounded journalist identified as Hasan Abdul Fattah Mohammed Slaih (30), was hit with a tear gas canister to the right foot.

 

  • Rafah: 10 civilians, including 6 children, were wounded. Four of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel, including a deaf-mute person, and 6 were hit with tear gas canisters. Doctors classified 2 civilians’ injury as serious.

 

  • At approximately 14:00 on Monday, 17 December 2018, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, and Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, opened fire and fired sound bombs at dozens of Palestinian civilians who were at the Return camp along the border coastal, adjacent to adjacent to “Zikim” military base, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. It should be noted that this is the 19th time for Palestinian boats to sail for Breaking the Siege. As a result, 21 civilians, including 7 children, 6 woman, and a journalist, were wounded. Three of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel, 9 were hit with rubber bullets and 9 were hit with tear gas canisters. Doctors classified two civilian s ‘ injury as serious while the other civilians’ injuries were between minor and moderate. The wounded journalist identified as Tha’er Khalid Fehmi Abu Rayash (24), a freelance journalist was hit with a tear gas canister to the abdomen.

 

West Bank:

 

  • At approximately 17:00 on Thursday, 13 December 2018, a number of Palestinian children and youngsters gathered at the road leading to al-Fawar refugee camp, south of Hebron. An Israeli infantry unit patrolled the agricultural lands surrounding the road. They threw stones at Israeli soldiers and closed the road by iron barricades and rocks. The soldiers fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. The clashes continued until approximately 18:00, as the soldiers randomly fired live bullets at the stone throwers claiming that the military watchtower established at the camp entrance was targeted with a Molotov Cocktail. As a result, an 18-year-old civilian was hit with a live bullet that penetrated the back. He was transferred to al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron and doctors classified his injury as settled.

 

  • At approximately 15:30 on Friday, 14 December 2018, Israeli forces accompanied with a number of military vehicles moved into al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah and stationed near the walls of al-Jalazoun Secondary School belonging to the UNRWA and established at the main entrance to the camp. Dozens of Palestinian youngsters and young men gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers. The soldiers fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. At approximately 16:20, a soldier suddenly moved forward and heavily and randomly opened fire at the protestors from an area of 50 meters. As a result, Mahmoud Yusuf Nakhlah (18) was hit with a live bullet to the abdomen and fell on the ground while bleeding. He was transferred via a PRCS ambulance to Palestine Medical Complex in the city and his health condition was classified as very serious. Mahmoud was admitted to the surgery room to underwent a surgery. At approximately 17:30, doctors announced Mahmoud. It should be noted that Mahmoud is the only son in his family, which is comprised of his father and mother. The shooting also resulted in the injury of a child.

 

  • At approximately 17:00, a number of Palestinian young men gathered in al-Zawiyah Gate in the center of Hebron, and threw stones and empty bottles at the Military Checkpoint (56) established at the entrance to al-Shuhada’a Street. Israeli soldiers fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters and chased the young men on Beir al-Hums Street. They also randomly fired rubber bullets at the young men. As a result, journalist Mos’ab Abdul Samad Hamed Shawer al-Tamimi (29) was hit with a rubber bullet to the right hand. He received medical treatment on the spot. It should be noted that Mos’ab works as a freelance journalist.

 

Following table illustrates temporary and permanent checkpoints and arrests at these checkpoints in the West Bank from 13-19 December 2018:

Governorate Permanent temporary Temporary checkpoints Closed Roads Arrested persons
Jerusalem 13 8
Nablus 10 22 2 1
Jenin 5 8
Ramallah 11 28 2
Tulkarm 7 8 4
Tubas 2 3 1
Salfit 3 8 2 1
Qalqiliyia 5 10 2 1
Hebron 31 41 3 2
Bethlehem 11 20 4
Jericho 5 1
Total 103 157 20 5

 

Arrests at Military Checkpoints:

 

  • At approximately 18:30 on Thursday, 13 December 2018, Israeli forces stationed near “Burkan” settlement, northwest of Salfit, arrested Marwan Jum’a Ahmed Hasan, from Ramallah.
  • On 14 December 2018, Israeli forces stationed at a military checkpoint in the southern area of Hebron, arrested Hamza Bassam al-Jamal (30) and his brother Shadi (28) after stopping and searching their vehicle. The Israeli authorities claimed that they found a firearm inside the vehicle.
  • At approximately 00:40 on Saturday, 15 December 2018, Israeli forces stationed at a military checkpoint near Qalqiliyia, arrested Loai Othman Ghashash, from Ramallah.
  • At approximately 14:00 on Wednesday, 19 December 2018, Israeli forces stationed at Hawara military checkpoint, south of Nablus, arrested Mohamed ‘Amer Nassar (25), from Madamah village, southeast of Nablus. The Israeli forces put Mohamed in the right side of the checkpoint before bringing a military jeep and taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • 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:

 

  • On Thursday, 13 December 2018, Israeli forces carried out an arrest campaign affecting at least 22 civilians, from several neighborhoods and villages in occupied East Jerusalem. The arrested civilians were then taken to investigation centers in the city. The arrest campaign was carried out and concentrated in the Old City. The Israeli authorities accused the arrested civilians of participating in the wedding of Rami al-Fakhouri, raising Hamas Movement’s flags, praising Hamas and persons who carried out the attacks. PCHR keeps the names of the arrested civilians. It should be noted that the Israeli forces managed to arrest Rami at a military checkpoint established in Wadi al-Jouz neighborhood.

 

  • On Friday, 14 December 2018, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested 3 civilians, including a child. The arrested civilians were identified as Mohamed Sami Anwar ‘Obaid (14), Mohamed Mousa Abu al-Humus and Mohamed Ashraf Abu al-Humus.

 

  • On Sunday, 16 December 2018, an Israeli female settler attacked Hamza Zuhair al-Rajbi (16), from Baten al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. She slapped him on his face and then called the police to come into the area. At approximately 16:00, the Israeli forces raided Hamza family house and arrested him. At approximately 00:00, the Israeli forces released him after investigating him on one condition that he should come back on Tuesday, 18 December 2018.

 

  • At approximately 19:00 on Sunday, Israeli forces moved into Baten al-Hawa neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohamed Fayiz al-Rajbi (16) and arrested him. Mohamed was then taken to al-Bareed Police Station, where he was accused of throwing stones at the Israeli forces. At approximately 01:00, he was released after imposing a house arrest on him for 5 days.

 

  • On Tuesday, 18 December 2018, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, and then established a checkpoint at its entrance. The Israeli forces stopped some of Palestinian vehicles at the village entrance. One of those vehicles was carrying the former prisoner Anas ‘Ali Derbas, meanwhile, the Israeli forces ordered all passengers to step out of the vehicle, pushed them, beat them, blindfolded them, and detained them on the street. All of the passengers were taken to the police vehicles and then to detention facilities. The arrested persons were identified as Anas Derbas, former prisoner; his father ‘Ali Derbas; his brother Mohamed; and some of his friends and relative namely Saieb Derbas, Majd Bashir, Mohamed Amjad Derbas, Mahmoud ‘Abed Mahmoud, and Kareem ‘Atiya.

 

  • At approximately 03:30 on Wednesday, 19 December 2018, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested 15 civilians. PCHR keeps the names of the arrested persons.

 

  • House Demolitions and Notices:
  • On Sunday, 16 December 2018, Yousef Mohamed Qara’een self-demolished an under-construction room in al-Farouq neighborhood in al-Mukaber Mount village, south of occupied East Jerusalem, after the Israeli Municipality handed him a demolition notice. The room was built on an area of 16 square meters and Yousef was intending to live in it along with his wife.

 

  • On Tuesday, 18 December 2018, Israeli forces accompanied with the Israeli Municipality bulldozers moved into al-Farouq neighborhood in al-Mukaber Mount area, south of occupied Jerusalem. The Israeli forces surrounded two 90-sqaure-meter residential apartments belonging to Ameen Ahmed Hussain ‘Oqail (60) and then demolished them completely. Ameen’s losses were estimated at half a million shekels. It should be noted that ‘Ameen’s sons Osama and Hitham were intending to live in those apartments after get married. The family clarified that they attempted to license the apartments by heading to the municipality court and then to District and Supreme Courts, but the license request was refused or delaying the administrative demolition decision.  The family added that the demolition was carried out without a prior warning, pointing out that the municipality refused to license the apartments and the Israeli Supreme Court refused on 12 December 2018 the family petition against the demolition decision.

 

 

Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

Israeli settlers’ attack:

 

  • On Thursday, 13 December 2018, a group of Israeli settlers surrounded with barbed wires a plot of land located in Wad al-Hussain area in the eastern area of Hebron, near “ Kiryat ‘Arba’” settlement. The settlers used hand tools to establish a footpath and facilitate the settlers’ access to the abovementioned settlement. A large force of Israeli soldiers arrived at the area to prevent the lands’ owners from access their lands.
  • Following the armed attack, which was carried out on 13 December 2018, near “Giv’at” and “Assaf” settlements, northeast of al-Bierh, dozens of Israeli settlers gathered on Hawarah-Za’tarah Street, south of Nablus, and carried out riots on the street. They also threw stones at Palestinian civilians’ vehicles. As a result, many vehicles’ windshield were broken. The affected vehicles belong to:
  • Nabil As’ad Saleh ‘Abdullah, from Nablus: Broking the vehicle’s windshield and lights and damaging its body.
  • Hani Mizher Suliman Shurrab (26), from ‘Orta village, southeast of Nablus: Broking the vehicle’s windshield and another side window in addition to wounding the diver with a stone, so he was taken to Rafidia Hospital.
  • Tareq Nazzal: Broking the vehicle’s windshield and another side window.
  • Al-Jawhar Company for fodders: Damaging a truck belonging to Jawhar ‘Abdullah Haniny Abu Ghalamah.
  • Damaging a public vehicle its owner is still un-known.
  • Hussain Abu Medighem, from Rahit city: Broking the vehicle’s windshield and another side window.
  • Ibrahim Mahmoud Ibrahim al-Az’ar, from Qablan village, southeast of Nablus: Broking the vehicle’s windshield and another side window.

 

  • At approximately 13:30, a group of Israeli settlers, from “Yatizhar” settlement, attacked the outskirts of ‘Asirah al-Qabaliyia village, south of Nablus. The Israeli settlers threw stones at a house belonging to ‘Abed al-Baset Mohamed ‘Abed al-Rahman Ahmed in Bir ‘Asirah area. As a result, 4 windows of his house were broken. Meanwhile, a group of Palestinian young men gathered and confronted the settlers by throwing stones at them. As a result, Mohamed ‘Abed al-Baset Mohamed ‘Abed al-Rahman Ahmed (22), was hit with a stone to the head; and ‘Isaa Mohamed Hamdan (20), was hit with a stone at his head, causing him skull fracture. ‘Isaa was then taken to Rafidia Hospital to receive medical treatment.
  • At approximately 14:00, a group of Israeli settlers gathered on the main street near Kafur Laqef village, east of Qalqiliyia, and threw stones at Palestinian civilians’ vehicles, but no injuries among Palestinian civilians were reported.
  • At approximately 15:00, a group of Israeli settlers gathered on the main street near Amateen village, northeast of Qalqiliyi, and threw stones at Palestinian civilians’ vehicles, but no injuries among Palestinian civilians were reported.
  • At approximately 16:30, Ayman ‘Abed al-Kareem Salman Suhlob (49) sustained bruises and wounds to his head after attacking him by a group of Israeli settler while he was returning to his house in Hebron. Ayman headed to al-Ahli Hospital to receive medical treatment.
  • At approximately 19:00, a group of Israeli settlers moved into Jeet village, northeast of Qalqiliyia. After that, the Israeli forces moved into the village and fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at Palestinian civilians, who attempted to confront the settlers.
  • Around the same time, dozens of Israeli settlers gathered near the intersection of Osreen village on ‘Aber al-Samirah (505) Street, southeast of Nablus. The settlers threw stones at a truck and broke its windshield. The truck belongs to Mohamed Nimer Isma’il ‘Odah, from Qasrrah village, southeast of the city.
  • At approximately 19:30, a group of Israeli settlers, from “Yatizhar” settlement, south of Nablus, attacked the outskirts of Bureen village. The settlers threw stones at 2 houses belonging to Bashar Waleed Mostafa al-Najjar and Marwan Mostafa Najjar. As a result, some of the houses windows were broken while the windows of 2 vehicles parking in the vicinity of the house were broken as well. The 2 vehicles belong to Mohamed Yousef ‘Asfour and Mohamed al-Hendi.
  • At approximately 19:40, a group of Israeli settlers attacked a stolen car garage on the main street in Hawarah village, south of Nablus. They damaged the windows of 10 vehicles parked inside the garage, which belongs to ‘Ayid Mahmoud Hasan Mohareb, from Hawarah.
  • At approximately 20:00, a group of Israeli settlers, from “’ Ofra “settlement attacked villages located in northeastern of Ramallah. The attacked villages were identified as Yabroud, ‘Ain Yabroud, Silwad, Ramoun, and Barqah villages. The Israeli settlers punctured the tires of 10 vehicles with sharp tools and carried out riots on the village streets. The abovementioned villages witnessed several attacks until Saturday evening, 15 December 2018, by the Israeli settlers in addition to throwing stones at Palestinian civilians’ houses and vehicles.
  • At approximately 21:00, a group of Israeli settlers, from “Yatizhar” settlement, attacked the outskirts of ‘Orta village, southeast of Nablus. The settlers threw stones at a house belonging to ‘isaa al-‘Ajouri near ‘Orta Crossing. As a result, the house windows were broken.
  • At approximately 14:00 on Friday, 14 December 2018, a group of Israeli settlers stationed in Daher al-Subeh area, which belongs to Kafur al-Deek village, west of Salfit, attacked ‘Odai Raied Saleem Abu Saif (24), from Bidiyia village, northwest of the city, while he was present in the abovementioned area. It should be noted that ‘Odai’s brother was missing in the area, where his family comprising of 12 members were having launch before attacking them by the settlers. Odai’s brother was found later while Odai was wounded by a dog bite and then taken to Yaser ‘Arafat Hospital in Salfit. Odai’s father, Raied Saleem Abu Saif, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that: “At approximately 14:00 on Friday, 14 December 2018, I headed along with my family comprising of 12 members to Daher Subeh area, believing it was a safe area, in order to collect the wild leaves, While we were having launch, a group of armed Israeli settlers came into the area, some of them had “traktoron” and others with dogs, and then shouted at us to leave the area, claiming that those lands belong to them. We stood up to leave, meanwhile, the dogs attacked us, so all of the family members fled towards the mountain. My son ‘Odai was wounded by a dog bite to his foot. I told the settlers that I will call the component authorities and tell them about what happened to punish them. One of the settlers called the Israeli forces, who came after 15 minutes. The Israeli officer interrogated me and asked about my ID card. I refused to give him my ID card, telling him that he should take the settlers’ ID cards as well because they started attacking us. I also told him that my son was wounded and I want to treat him immediately. An Israeli doctor came to treat my son ‘Odai, but he remained in pain. The Israeli forces took my ID card number. After that, I left the area and took my son to Badiyia Medical Center, where doctor referred him to Salfit Governmental Hospital. When we arrived at the house, I missed my son Yaser (13). We were believing that Yaser along with her brothers at the hospital and his brothers were believing that Yaser was with us. After that, the Palestinian security services along with the village’s residents were looking for Yaser. Two hours later, we found him unconscious in a ferry near the area where we were. When the night came and he was alone and hid in the ferry. We then took him to the hospital in Salfit, where he woke up there. He was suffering from what happened with him and became an introverted person.”

 

  • In afternoon, between 10 to 12 Israeli settlers attacked Nedal al-Faqieh (39), from occupied East Jerusalem, causing fractures to him around his eye in addition to other bruises and bleeding. Nedal said that while he was driving a bus belonging to the Israeli Kavim Company in “Modi’in Illit” settlement, two Israeli settlers intercepted his way and cursed him. Nedal called the police, informing him about what happened and asking them to come into the area. He added that he drove the bus towards the parking, but the Israeli settlers managed to get into the bus and then assaulted him. In the meantime, one of Nedal’s friends immediately came and helped him. After that, a group of Israeli settlers suddenly raided the bus and severely beat Nedal. They then fled before the police arrival.
  • At approximately 14:50 on Friday, 14 December 2018, a group of Israeli settlers, who were driving a car with an Israeli registration plate, attacked another Palestinian car on Ramallah Road near Mo’arajat al-Laban, south of Nablus. As a result, the windshield of the Palestinian car was broken. This car belongs to Khader Isma’il ‘Owis, from al-Laban eastern village.
  • At approximately 18:00, a group of Israeli settlers gathered on the main street near the entrance to Amateen village, northeast of Qalqiliyia. The settlers threw stones at Palestinian vehicles passing on the street, but no injuries among Palestinian civilians were reported.
  • On Saturday, 15 December 2018, a number of Israeli settlers, from “Ifrat” settlement, south of Bethlehem, attacked Palestinian civilians’ vehicles passing on the bypass road (60) with stones and empty bottles, causing fear among them. It should be noted that the Israeli forces stationed on the street, but they did not do anything to stop the settlers.
  • At approximately 20:30, a group of Israeli settlers gathered on the main street near the entrance to Jeet, northeast of Qalqiliyia. They threw stones at Palestinian civilians’ vehicles travelling on the street, but no injuries among Palestinian civilians were reported.
  • Around the same time, a group of Israeli settlers gathered near ‘Inab checkpoint, east of Tulkarm, and then threw stones at Palestinian civilians’ vehicles travelling on the street, but no injuries among Palestinian civilians were reported.
  • At approximately 20:40, a group of Israeli settlers gathered on the main street at the entrance to Amateen village, northeast of Qalqiliyia, and then threw stones at Palestinian civilians’ vehicles travelling on the street, but no injuries among Palestinian civilians were reported.
  • At approximately 21:00, Moneer Saleh Isma’il ‘Odah, from Hawarah village, south of Nablus, was driving his car and heading towards al-Labbab eastern village, south of the city. When Moneer arrived at al-Sawiyia village’s intersection, he was surprised with a car belonging to Israeli settlers. The Israeli settlers threw stones at Moneer’s car and the windshield of his car was broken.
  • At approximately 22:00, a group of Israeli settlers attacked Kafur Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyia, from the eastern side. This coincided with the Israeli forces’ storming to the village in order to provide protection for the Israeli settlers. The village residents confronted the settlers, meanwhile, the Israeli forces fired rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at the residents. As a result, a 20-year-old male was hit with a rubber bullet to the right leg and 22 other civilians suffered tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 22:30, a group of Israeli settlers stationed near the entrance to Yasouf village, which leads to Salfit, attacked Palestinian civilians’ vehicles travelling on the street. A large number of Israeli settlers rode their motorcycles and chased Palestinian civilians’ vehicles. The Israeli settlers threw stones and iron bars at the Palestinian vehicles, but no injuries were reported.
  • At approximately 11:50 on Sunday, 16 December 2018, three Israeli settlers stationed behind the wall of Bureeq Secondary School, which is located at the eastern entrance to Bureen village, south of Nablus, fired shot in air, causing fear among students. Following that, the headmaster was forced to end the school day fearing for the students’ lives and then the students left the school.
  • At approximately 12:20 on Sunday, Israeli settlers, under the Israeli forces’ protection, attacked the Laban- al-Sawiyia Mixed School. As a result, the education institution was forced to evacuate the school fearing for the students’ lives. The Israeli forces claimed that an Israeli female settler was hit with a stone near the school. After that, an Israeli settler stationed at the entrance to al-Labban village and started firing shots into the air.
  • At approximately 19:00 on Monday, 17 December 2018, a group of Israeli settlers, under the Israeli forces’ protection, moved into Mar Saba area, east of Bethlehem, and performed their Talmudic rituals. The settlers’ arrival at this area came as a prelude to celebrate Jewish Holidays.
  • At approximately 01:00 on Tuesday, 18 December 2018, a group of Israeli settlers moved into Yasouf village, east of Salfit. The settlers attacked Palestinian vehicles parked in front of their owners’ houses. The settlers also wrote slogans against Arabs and Muslims on the walls of Abu Baker Mosque and on the walls of a house belonging to Ahmed ‘Izzat Mohamed ‘Abed al-Fattah, in addition to wrote slogans on vehicles. The settlers also punctured the tires of 24 vehicles belonging to Palestinian civilians, whose names are kept by PCHR.
  • At approximately 19:30 on Tuesday, a group of Israeli settlers, under the Israeli forces’ protection, attacked a truck at the entrance to “Shavei Shamron “ settlement, west of Nablus, and damaged its windshield. The truck belongs to Jehad Naser Ahmed Abu Baker, from Ya’boud village, southwest of Jenin. It should be noted that Jehad was returning from Hebron.
  • On Wednesday, 19 December 2018, the residents of Gharablah neighborhood in Beit Haninah village, which is adjacent to “Pisgat Ze’ev“settlement, were surprised with puncturing the tires of 20 vehicles belonging to the residents of the Arabs neighborhood in East Jerusalem, in addition to writing slogan “Death to the Arabs” on the vehicles.

 

  • At approximately 02:30 on Tuesday, 11 December 2018, a group of Israeli settlers attacked 3 vehicles belonging to civilians, from Biteen village, east of Ramallah. The settlers wrote racist slogans on the vehicles and punctured their tires.

 

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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