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

(11 – 17 April 2019)

  • Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against the peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip.
  • A Palestinian child was killed and another succumbed to his wounds.
  • 98 civilians, including 26 children, 6 women, 3 paramedics and a journalist, were wounded. The injury of 1 of them was reported serious.
  • 3 Palestinian civilians were wounded in the West Bank.
  • Israeli Forces continued its collective punishment policy.
  • A house belonging to the family of Saleh al- Barghouthi was demolished in Cooper village, north of Ramallah.
  • Israeli forces conducted 71 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 3 other incursions into the Gaza Strip.
  • 72 Palestinian civilians, including 9 children, were arrested in the West Bank.
  • 14 of them, including 5children, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.
  • Shooting incidents continued against Palestinian farmers and shepherds in the border areas of the Gaza Strip, but no casualties were reported.
  • Israeli authorities continued to create a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • A house was demolished in Beit Hanina, while a residential room, storehouses, and a horse farm were demolished in Silwan in addition to forcing 2 Palestinians to self-demolish their houses in Silwan.
  • Israeli authorities continued their settlement activities in the West Bank.
  • An under-construction house was demolished in Jbarah village in Tulkarm while a residential tent was dismantled and confiscated, south of Hebron.
  • 11 Shooting incidents were reported against the fishing boats in the Gaza Strip Sea.
  • a fisherman was wounded with rubber bullets in the northern Gaza Strip.
  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 13th consecutive year.
  • Israeli forces established 92 permanent checkpoints and 119 temporary checkpoints in the West Bank.
  • One Palestinian child was arrested at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (11 – 17 April 2019).

 

Shooting:

 

In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against the participants in the peaceful protests organized within the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege along the Gaza Strip borders, which witnessed the peaceful protests for the 54th week along the eastern and northern border area of the Gaza Strip. They also continued to use force against Palestinians protesting against the incursions into the West Bank. In the Gaza Strip, During the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege protests, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 98 civilians, including 26 children, 6 women, 1 journalist and 3 paramedics. The injury of 1 of those wounded was reported serious.  Another child succumbed to his wounds in the Israeli hospitals as he was previously wounded when attempting to sneak into Israel to work there.  Moreover, a fisherman was wounded. In the West Bank, Israeli forces wounded 3 Palestinian civilians while another a child was wounded after Israeli settlers opened fire at the child.

In the Gaza Strip, on 12 April 2019, Israeli forces killed Maysarah Abu Shallouf (15) from ‘Ezbet Beit Hanoun after being wounded with a bullet to the left waist while participating in the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege.  At approximately 17:00, Maysarah was few meters away from the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip. He was left bleeding for 20 minutes as the Israeli forces denied the medical personnel’s access to him. At approximately 17:40, he was then referred to the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit in the Emergency Department, where his death was declared at approximately 17:55.

In the same context, on 13 April 2019, the Palestinian liaison declared the death of Ishaq Ishteiwi (16) from al-Shokah village, east of Rafah City, after succumbing to wounds he sustained on 03 April 2019 while sneaking into Israel and arresting him along with 2 of his friends, east of the village.  His father said that one of his relatives received a call from the Palestinian Liaison at approximately 17:30 on the abovementioned Sunday and informed him of Ishaq’s death.

 

Injuries in the Gaza Strip from 11 to 17 April 2019 According to the Governorate

 

Governorate Injuries
Total Children Women Journalists Paramedics Critical Injuries
Northern Gaza Strip 20 9 2 0 1 1
Gaza City 31 1 2 0 0 0
Central Gaza Strip 20 4 1 1 0 0
Khan Yunis 10 7 0 0 0 0
Rafah 17 5 1 0 2 0
Total 98 26 6 1 3 1

 

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 11 incidents were as follows: 3 incidents off  al-Waha resort shore; 2 incidents off al-Soudaniya in the northern Gaza Strip, 4 incidents off Rafah Shore, and 2 off Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.  AS a result of the attacks against the fishermen, one of them was hit with several rubber bullets.

 

As part of targeting the border areas, on 13 April 2019, Israeli soldiers opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at a number of Palestinians, who were collecting gravels near Sofa Site, east of Shokah in eastern Rafah City.  On the same day, Israeli soldiers opened fire at shepherds in eastern al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip. However, neither casualties nor damage to property was reported in both incidents.

 

On 14 April 2019, Israeli forces opened fire at the shepherds in eastern al-Shokah village, east of Rafah City, forcing them to leave the area.  Meanwhile, the Israeli soldiers opened fire at the shepherds in eastern Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.  However, neither casualties nor damage to property was reported in both incidents.

 

In the West Bank, the Israeli forces wounded 3 Palestinian civiliansin separate shooting incidents while a child was wounded after being shot by settlers.

 

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 and/or settlers, on Wednesday early morning, 17 April 2019, the Israeli forces demolished a house belonging to the family of Saleh ‘Omer al-Barghouthi from Cooper village, north of Ramallah. The one-story house was built on an area of 280 square meters and sheltered his wife and 3-year-old son.  In a crime of extra-judicial execution, Saleh al-Barghouthi was killed by the Israeli forces on 12 December 2018 when he was accused of carrying out a shooting attack on 09 December 2018 at a bus stop near “‘Ofra” settlement in northeaster Ramallah and wounding 7 settlers.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 71 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 5 other incursions into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 58 Palestinians, including 4 children, from the West Bank, while 14 other civilians, including 5 children, were arrested from Jerusalem and its suburbs.  Among those arrested was ‘Adnan Ghaith, Jerusalem’s Governor, who was arrested from his family house in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

Israeli authorities continued to create a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.

As part of the Israeli house demolitions and notices, 13 April 2019, Shadi and Fadi al-‘Ajlouni self-demolished their houses in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.  Shadi al-‘Ajlouni said that the Israeli municipality issued a decision to demolish the 40-square-meter residential apartment where he lived with his brother.  The Muncipality gave the family till the end of the monst to apply the demolition decision or its staff will do so and the family has to pay the demolition costs in addition to a financial fine.  The house was built 2 years ago of “reinforced gypsum, tin plates, and bricks” on the family house roof as a third floor comprised of 2 rooms and a joint kitchen, sheltering 8 members; half of them are children.

On 15 April 2019, ‘Awad al-‘Abbasi self-demolished his house in al-Sweih neighborhood in Silwan, south of East Jerusalem’s Old City.  He said that he demolished his under-construction house after the Israeli municipality issued a decision to demolish the house under the pretext of unlicensed building.  He added that in the last days, he went to a lawyer and an engineer attempting to obtain a license for the house but in vain.  Thus, he was forced to self-demolish his house to avoid paying the fine and the demolition expenses for the municipal staffs.  al-‘Abbasi said that the Israeli muncipality demolished his house in 2007 and rebuilt it last year to shelter his family.

On 17 April 2019, Israeli forces demolished a residential room and storehouses belonging to ‘Ezz al-Deen Burqan and a horse farm belonging to Mohammed al-Qaq in Yasoul Valley neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.  They also demolished a house belonging to ‘Omran al-Masri in al-Ashqariyah neighborhood in Beit Hanina, north of occupied East Jerusalem.

In the same context, on 14 April 2019, the Israeli Supreme Court dismissed a challenge filed by Palestinian families living in Yasoul Valley neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City to stop the demolition of their houses that are partially built on a land where “Elad” Settlement Organization tries to build Jewish tourism projects.

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

 

  • As part of house demolitions and notices, on 16 April 2019, the Israeli forces dismantled and confiscated a residential tent in Susiya village, south of Yatta, south of Hebron, in addition to leveling where it was set. The Israeli authorities claimed that the 30-square-meter tent belonging to Hussein Nawaj’ah (40) was confiscated and leveled under the pretext of non- licensing.

 

  • On the same day, the Israeli authorities issued a military order to ban Palestinian farmers from entering their lands in al-Nabi Noun Mount, east of Yanoun village, southeast of Nablus and transfer them to a natural reserve in preamble to confiscate them. Rashed Marar, Head of the Village Council, said to PCHR’s fieldworker, said that the mountain which is of hundreds dunums is planted with olive trees and some dunums are used for agricultural purposes and for grazing sheep.

 

  • On 17 April 2019, Israeli forces demolished an under-construction house built on an area of 200 square meters belonging to Shehadah ‘Azem from Tibah in Israel. This house is one of 5 houses that were threatened to be demolished upon notices distributed to their owners earlier this year to halt construction works.

 

  • As part of Israeli settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property, PCHR’s fieldworkers during the reporting period 4 incidents carried out by settlers Most prominent incidents were as follows:
  • On 12 April 2019, under the protection of the Israeli forces, a group of settlers attacked the northeastern outskirts of the Burin village, south of Nablus. a settler opened fire from his gun and wounded ‘Obadah al-Najjarah (17) with a bullet to his buttock.
  • On 13 April 2019, a group of settlers attacked the eastern outskirts of ‘Orif village, south of Nablus, and broke the windows of 2 vehicles parked in front of a house. In the afternoon, the settlers came back again to attack the abovementioned village, wounding Naji Sabbah (17) with a stone to the right shoulder.
  • On the same day, a group of settlers attacked a Palestinian car with stones on Ramallah-Nablus Road and caused damage to it.

 

 

Details

 

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

 

Thursday, 11 April 2019:

 

  • At approximately 01:15, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Kamel al-Sorkaji (24) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Zwata village, west of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Baker Jamal Mansour (26) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 01:45, Israeli forces moved into al-Yamoun village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Slaiman ‘Abd al-‘Aziz Abu al-Haija (23) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Kafr Qalil village, east of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Abd al-‘Aziz Fayez Mash’ati (21) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Fajar village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Youssof Mohammed Youssof Taqatqa (39) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Kafr Qalil village, east of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Fadi Mahyoub Khalifa (38) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Nawawra village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Jameel Ibrahim al-Dar’awi (39) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:10, Israeli forces moved into Jafna village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Omar Hussain (19) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Dar Salah village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Moussa al-‘Ass’ass (23) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Mazra’a al-Gharbeyeh village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Ahmed ‘Obaid (26) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 07:00, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha resort shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, heavily pumped water and opened fire at Palestinian gunboats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them causing fear and panic among fishermen. As a result, the fishermen fled fearing for their lives and no casualties or damage to the boats was reported.

 

  • At approximately 10:05, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Sudaniya shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian gunboats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them causing fear and panic among fishermen. As a result, the fishermen fled fearing for their lives and no injuries or damage to the boats were reported.

 

  • At approximately 17:30, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence with Israel arrested two Palestinian civilians, including a child, while sneaking via the border fence, east of al-Buraij, taking them to an unknown destination. The arrestees were identified as Qusai Hassan Mohammed Nofal (17) and ‘Abdullah Mohammed Mahmoud al-Samak (18), from al-Buraij Camp.

 

  • At approximately 21:00, Israeli forces moved into Haress village, northwest of Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Hani ‘Othamn Dawoud (32) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (12) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Tarqoumia, Sa’ir, Beit Marssam villages and al’Aroub Refugee Camp in Hebron; Madama village, south of Nablus, Sabastia village, northwest of Nablus; al-Jalzon Refugee Camp, north of Ramallah and Um Safa and Beit Rima villages; Habla village, south of Qalqilia; Salfit.

 

 

Friday, 12 April 2019:

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Qabatia village, southeast of Jenin, to carry out arrests in the village. They stationed in al-Saba’na neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Ahmed Abu Ma’la (27) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination. Meanwhile, a number of Palestinian civilians gathered in the neighborhood and threw stones and bottles at Israeli vehicles and soldiers. The Israeli forces immediately fired live bullets and sound bombs to disperse the Palestinian civilians. As a result, a 20-year-old civilian was hit with a live bullet to the left leg and a 27-year-old civilian was hit with a sound bomb to the head.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Haress village, northwest of Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mahmoud Mohammed Sa’id Radad (25) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Fadel al-Tamimi (17) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination. It should be noted that Mohammed was previously injured as he was hit with a live bullet to the head by the Israeli forces two years ago and he still suffers from his injury. Moreover, the Israeli forces attacked Mahmoud al-Tamimi (19), while they were searching the house, and then directly and deliberately paper-sprayed him. Mahmoud was then taken to the Istishari Arab Hospital in al-Rayhan suburb, north of Ramallah. Before their withdrawal, the Israeli forces summoned Mohanned al-Tamimi (22) and Maher al-Tamimi (25) to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Halamish” settlement, north of Ramallah. It should be noted that at approximately 14:00 when Mohanned and Maher referred to the Israeli Intelligence Service, they were arrested.

 

  • At approximately 19:30, Israeli forces moved into Shofa village in Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed ‘Abd al-Rahim Moahmmed al-Hor (35) and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 21:00, Israeli forces arrested a wanted person namely Jehad ‘Issa Ma’ali (24), from al-Dhaisha Refugee Camp, after he exited a sit-in tent set by the refugee camp residents in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. According to eyewitnesses, Jehad was participating in the sit-in tent in the vicinity of the Martyr Memorial and when he went out of the tent, there was a car with a Palestinian registeration plate waiting for him 200 meters away from the tent. A group of Mista’arvim (Israeli Special Unit dressed like Palestinian civilians) stepped out of the car and arrested him under the protection of the Israeli soldiers, who were inside a small truck covered with a shed. It should be noted that Jehad was wanted for two years. The Israeli forces raided several times his house besides other houses to arrest him and an Israeli intelligence officer, Nedal, threatened Jehad’s family in order to surrender himself.

 

  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Sorif, Beit Ummar and al-Shayoukh villages in Hebron; Kafl Harres village, north of Salfit.

 

Saturday, 13 April 2019:

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched three houses in Safa neighborhood, west of Hebro and then summoned three civilians to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem. The three civilians were identified as Mo’ayad Hassan al-Titi (29), Mazen Hussain al-Titi (19) and Saqer Ibrahim Sabarna (25).

 

  • At approximately 09:30, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence with Israel, east of al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire at shepherds. As a result, the shepherds were forced to flee fearing for their lives and no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 10:20, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha resort shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian gunboats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them causing fear and panic among fishermen. As a result, the fishermen fled fearing for their lives and neither casualties nor damage to the boats were reported.

 

  • At approximately 10:50, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence with Israel, east of al-Shawka village, east of Rafah, opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at a number of Palestinian civilians, who were collecting gravels near Sofa military base. No casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 14:00, Israeli gunboats stationed in the sea, west of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 8 nautical miles and chased them. The Israeli shooting sporadically continued for more than two hours. As a result, fishermen were forced to flee for fear of being wounded or arrested and no casualties among them or damage to their boats was reported.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli gunboats stationed in the sea, west of Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip, pumped water and opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing areas and chased them. As a result, fishermen were forced to flee for fear of being wounded or arrested and neither casualties nor damage to their boats was reported.

 

  • At approximately 20:00, Israeli gunboats stationed in the sea, west of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 7 nautical miles and chased them As a result, fishermen were forced to flee for fear of being wounded or arrested and neither casualties nor damage to their boats was reported.

 

  • At approximately 21:00, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence with Israel arrested three civilians sneaking via the border fence, east of al-Buraij, and then took them to an unknown destination. The arrestees were identified as Ramzi Ayman Isma’il al-Sa’afin (19), Baha’ Anwar Shehda al-‘Awawda (23) and Mohammed Waleed Mahmoud Qandeel (19), from al-Buraij Camp.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqilia; Howara and Bita village, south of Nablus.

 

Sunday, 14 April 2019

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Far’oun village, south of Tulkarm. They raided and searched several houses, from which they arrested five civilians, taking them to an unknown destination. The arrested civilians were identified as Islam Jehad ‘Abdul Kader ‘Adwan (28), ‘Ezz al-Deen Mohammad Mahmoud Hamed (28), Mahmoud Mohammad Mahmoud Hamed (27), Wassem Sameer Mohammad Farekh (23), and Shadi Tal’at Theeb Tahmeer (30).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched several houses, from which they arrested two civilians, taking them to an unknown destination. The arrested civilians were identified as Ameen Khaleel al-Sous (23), from al-Khattab neighborhood, and Hayel Is’haq al-Rojoub (22), from Abu al-Qema Valley, east of the city.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Sa’ir village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched several houses, from which they arrested two children namely Zien al-Deen Nafeth Jaradat (15) and Hamada Hassan Jaradat (15), taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Taqou’a village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Sami ‘Ali al-Sabbah (24) and then handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of the city.

 

  • At approximately 05:30, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased and heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within approximately three nautical miles. As a result, fisherman Yusuf Ameen Rushdy Abu Warda (23), from Jabalia al-Nazla, was hit with rubber bullets to the head, back, neck, and abdomen. Rushdy was wounded while he was sailing in a fishing boat belonging to Ramadan Abu Warda and was then taken to the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia to receive treatment. Doctors classified his wounds as moderate.

 

  • At approximately 09:30, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence with Israel, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian shepherds. As a result, they fled fearing for their lives and no injuries were reported.

 

  • At approximately 15:00, Israeli forces accompanied with an officer of the Israeli Intelligence Service moved into Sabastia village, northwest of Nablus, and questioned with a number of young men on the spot. They then arrested Mufeed Mohammad Rasheed Shehab (24), who suffers an amputation in the left leg as he was hit with a live bullet by the Israeli forces, and Mo’nes ‘Emad al-Deen Mufeed al-Haj (23).

 

  • At approximately 16:30, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence with Israel, east of al-Bureij, arrested Mohammad ‘Abdul al-Basset ‘Azzat Amoum (18), from al-Bureij refugee camp, when he attempted to sneak into the border fence.

 

  • At approximately 16:50, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence with Israel, east of Shaawka village, east of Rafah, opened fire at Palestinian shepherds. As a result, the shepherds fled fearing for their lives. However, no injuries were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-Thaheriyah, Beit al-Roush, Kharsa, and Abu al-Ghozlan villages in Hebron.

 

Monday, 15 April 2019

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses, from which they arrested two civilians. The arrestees were identified as Samer ‘Abdul Kareem ‘Ouweis (25) and Rami Waleed Bani Gura (27).

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Ya’bud village, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses, from which they arrested two civilians. They arrestees were identified as Mahdi Nour ‘Amarna (24) and Ahmad ‘Ali Hamarsha (25).

 

  • At approximately 23:00, Israeli gunboats stationed off Khan Yunis shore, south of the Gaza Strip, opened fire and pumped water at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area. They then fired flare bombs and chased them. As a result, the fishermen fled fearing for their lives, but no injuries were reported.

 

  • At approximately 23:15, Israeli gunboats stationed off Rafah shore, south of the Gaza Strip, chased and heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within six nautical miles. As a result, the fishermen fled fearing for their lives. However, neither injuries nor material damage was reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Beit Ula, Ethna, al-Dhahiriya, and al-Samou’a villages in Hebron.

 

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into the southern area in Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammad Rateb Abu Subieh (34) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Orif village, south of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Adel ‘Saada ‘Abdul ‘Azeez Sabbah and then arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Deir Abu Mash’al village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Helal Mahmoud ‘Atta (20) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:20, Israeli forces moved into Deir Nidham village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ragheb Yahia al-Tamimi (16) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 09:20, Israeli gunboats stationed off Rafah shore, south of the Gaza Strip, chased and heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area. As a result, the fishermen fled fearing for their lives. However, neither injuries nor material damage was reported.

 

  • At approximately 10:35, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Sudaniyah shore, west of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased and heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within three nautical miles. As a result, the fishermen fled fearing for their lives. However, neither injuries nor material damage to the boats were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Kafer Qalil village, east of Nablus; Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah; Beit Rima, northwest of the city; al-Mazra’a al-Gharbia village, north of the city, and Steh Marhaba neighborhood in the center of al-Birah.

 

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliya. They raided and searched several houses, from which they arrested five civilians, including a child. The arrestees were identified as Sa’eed Farouq Abu Hania (26), Waleed Isma’il Radwan (15), ‘Abdullah Mustafa Radwan (22), Mohammad Mustafa Radwan (26) and Ass’ad ‘Abdul’ Salam Hussein (23).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Khader, south Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses, from which they arrested 4 civilians. The arrestees were identified as ‘Ali Mustafa Salah (36), Qusai ‘Ali ‘Essa (22), ‘Ali ‘Essa (24), and Mahmoud Ibrahim Salah (23).

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Rashaida village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Bashar Suleiman al-Rashaida (22) and Waleeth Hashem ‘Ouda (25) and then arrested them.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem and stationed in al-Karkafa area in the center of the city. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammad Jameel Zawahra (22) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:40, Israeli forces moved into al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses, from which they arrested 5 civilians. The arrestees were identified as Malek Hesham Abu Khalifa (22), Mohammad Hesham Abu Khalifa (19), Mustafa Jamal al-Rumhi (25), Amjad Riad al-Safi (23), and Mohammad Waleed Abu Helwa (19).

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Sa’ir village, northeast of Hebron. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Maher Nathmi Jaradat (55) and Moussa Nathmi Jaradat (33) and then arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 09:00, a group of Israeli undercover units “Mista’arvim” dressed like Palestinian civilian moved into the southern entrance to Tubas village. They raided and searched a minimarket belonging to ‘Omar Hamza Daraghma al-Nemir and then arrested his son Mohammad Rassoul (20), taking him to Salem detention center, west of Jenin.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Deir al-‘Asal, Shuyukh al-‘Arab, Ethna, Beit Kahel villages and al-Fawar refugee camp in Hebron.

 

A Palestinian Child Succumbed to his Wounds in Israeli Hospitals

 

  • On Sunday evening, 13 April 2019, the Palestinian Liaison declared the death of Ishaq ‘Abdul M’oti Sweilem Eshteiwi (16), from al-Shawka village, east of Rafah, in Israel’s hospitals. Is’haq was wounded when two of his friends and he sneaked into Israel and were arrested, east of al-Shawka. Is’haq’s father said that one of his relatives received a phone call from the Palestinian Liaison at approximately 17:30, on Sunday, 13 April 2019, telling him that Is’haq died. According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 21:00 on Wednesday, 03 April 2019, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence with Israel, east of al-Shawka village, east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at three Palestinian children, during their attempt to sneak into Israel to work there. As a result, they were hit with live bullets. The wounded children were identified as Mohammad Mousa Ramadan al-Bahabsa (16), Manssour Fawwaz Moussa al-Shawi (16) and Is’haq ‘Abdul M’oti Sweilem Eshteiwi (16). Mohammad al-Bahabsa, who was released via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing on the next day, north of the Gaza Strip, said that the Israeli forces opened fire at them after they crossed the border fence. As a result, Manssour al-Shawi was hit with a live bullet to the left leg and Is’haq Eshteiwi was hit with several live bullets to the abdomen and upper limbs and then fainted. Both of them were then taken to Israeli hospitals to receive treatment. On Monday, 08 April 2019, Manssour al-Shawi was released via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing after he received treatment in Israeli hospitals, while Is’haq Eshteiwi stayed for treatment until his death was announced.

 

 

Collective Punishment:

 

  • 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 and/or settlers, on Wednesday early morning, 17 April 2019, the Israeli forces demolished a house belonging to the family of Saleh ‘Omer al-Barghouthi from Cooper village, north of Ramallah. At approximately 03:00 on the abovementioned day, the Israeli forces backed by 20 military vehicles and armored personnel carriers in addition to a military bulldozer moved into Cooper village, north of Ramallah. The Israeli forces stepped out of their vehicles and deployed on the village streets and between houses.  They also topped some of the house roofs and closed the entrance to the family house of Saleh ‘Omer al-Barghouthi amidst Israeli firing of teargas canisters directly at the windows of the nearby houses. Large numbers raided the abovementioned house to apply the demolition decision which the family was informed of previously.  At approximately 03:30, the Israeli forces demolished the 1-storey house that was established on an area of 280 square meters and sheltered his wife and 3-year-old son.  After the house was completely demolished, the Israeli forces withdrew from the village at approximately 05:30 amidst heavily firing of teargas canisters.  As a result, Nabil Diaa’ al-Barghouthi (26) was hit with teargas canister shrapnel to the head. It should be noted that  ‘Asem is the brother of Saleh, who was assassinated by Israeli forces in an crime of extra-judcial execution on 12 December 2018 when he was accused of carrying out a shooting attack on 09 December 2018 at a bus stop near “‘Ofra” settlement in northeaster Ramallah and wounding 7 settler.

 

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 54th week of the March of Return and Breaking Siege activities, Israeli forces wounded 98 civilians, including 26 children, 6 women, a journalist and 3 paramedics. The incidents were as follows:

 

  • Gaza City: The Israeli shooting at Palestinian demonstrators resulted in the injury of 31 of them, including a child and two women. Twenty of them were hit with live bullets and shrapnel, one was hit with a rubber bullet, and ten were directly hit with tear gas canisters.

 

  • Northern Gaza Strip: The Israeli shooting at Palestinian demonstrators resulted in the killing of a child and the injury of 20 civilians, including 9 children, 2 women and a paramedic. Eleven of them were hit with live bullets and shrapnel, two were hit with rubber bullets and seven were directly hit with tear gas canisters. The injury of one of them was reported serious. According to PCHR’s fieldworker, at approximately 17:00, Mayssara Moussa Slaiman Abu Shalouf (15), from ‘Ezbet Beit Hanoun, was hit with a live bullet to the left waist and settled in the pelvis. Mayssara was wounded while being few meters away from the border fence with Israel. Moreover, the Israeli forces prevented the medical personnel from reaching Mayssara for around 20 minutes and then the medical personnel took him to a field medical point in the vicinity of the Return Camp, where he received first aid. At approximately 17:40, Mayssara was taken to the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia, where he was admitted to the ICU and at approximately 17:55, medical resources officially declared Mayssara’s death. Meanwhile, the wounded paramedic, Belal ‘Abd al-Bari al-‘Abed Abu Foul (30), form Jabalia Camp, who works as a volunteer paramedic with PRCS, was hit wth a tear gas canister to the left hand.

 

 

  • Central Gaza Strip: The Israeli shooting, which continued until 18:30, at Palestinian demonstrators resulted in the injury of 20 civilians, including 4 children, a woman and a journalist. Eight were hit with live bullets and shrapnel and 12 were directly hit with tear gas canisters and rubber bullets. Moreover, Israeli forces targeted the vicinity of a field medical point and ambulances with tear gas canisters. As a result, a number of paramedics suffered tear gas inhalation. The wounded journalist, Ahmed Saber Mahmoud al-Zri’i (21), from Deir al-Balah, who works with Palestine al-Hadath Agency, was hit with a rubber bullet to the pelvis.

 

  • Khan Younis: The Israeli shooting, which continued until 19:00, at Palestinian demonstrators resulted in the injury of 10 civilians, including 7 children. Two were hit with live bullets and shrapnel; one of them had his below right knee amputated, and eight were directly hit with tear gas canisters.

 

  • Rafah: The Israeli shooting, which continued from 16:00 until 18:30, at Palestinian demonstrators resulted in the injury of 17 civilians, including 5 children, a woman and 2 paramedics. Three of them were hit with live bullets and shrapnel and 14 were directly hit with tear gas canisters. The wounded paramedics were Identified as:

 

  • Mahmoud Shafiq Hussain al-Khatib (28) was hit with a tear gas canister to the right leg.
  • Fadi Eyad Salman al-hamayda (22) was hit with a tear gas canister to the left keen.

It should be noted that both of the wounded paramedics work for Emergency Youth Team.

 

 

West Bank:

 

  • At approximately 14:00 on Friday, 12 April 2019, a number of children and boys gathered in Bab al-Zawya area in the center of Hebron and threw stones at the so-called 56 Military checkpoint, established at the entrance to the closed al-Shuhada Street. Israeli forces chased demonstrators between shops and randomly fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, a number of stone-throwers suffered tear gas inhalation. Moreover, the Israeli forces prevented journalists from performing their duty in the area and beat a journalist, Mos’ab Shawer al-Tamimi (28), and cursed him. The clashes continued until the evening and no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 16:00, a number of Palestinian children and youngsters gathered in al-Naqar neighborhood adjacent to the annexation wall, west of Qalqilia and threw stones at Israeli forces stationed in the area. The Israeli forces immediately fired sound bombs, tear gas canisters and rubber bullets at the demonstrators and chased them. Moreover, they arrested Samer Sufian Hassan Selmi (18).

 

 

  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.

  • 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

 

Category 09  April 10  April 11  April 12  April 13  April 14  April 15   April 16 April
Patients 101 46 1 4 86 83
Companions 82 42 1 7 78 62
Personal needs 25 49 3 3 16 15
Families of prisoners 16
Arabs from Israel 9 9 4 11 2
Diplomats 76 1 1
Meetings in Erez 3 2
International workers 32 72 5 11 12 48
Travelers Abroad 38 44
Business people+ BMC 519 346 2 211 382 313
Economic and agriculture interviews
Security interviews 2 4 3 3
Death cases
Companions’ Deaths
Return to the West Bank 4
Christians’ Holidays
Conferences and Training courses 6 1
Permits’ renewal 1 2
VIPs
Ambulances

Patient

3 6 1 5 4
Ambulances

companion

4 5 1 6 6

 

 

  • Following table illustrates temporary and permanent checkpoints and arrests at these checkpoints in the West Bank from 11-17 April 2019:
Governorate Permanent temporary Temporary checkpoints Closed Roads Arrested persons
Jerusalem 13
Nablus 10 2
Jenin 5
Ramallah 11 4
Tulkarm 7 1
Tubas 2 1
Salfit 3 1
Qalqiliyia 5 4
Hebron 20 9
Bethlehem 11 2
Jericho 5
Al-Karama Crossing
Total 92 24

 

Arrests at Military Checkpoints:

 

  • At approximately 08:50 on Sunday morning, Israeli forces arrested Suleiman Qasem Qatash (16) when he passed through a temporary checkpoint established under ‘Ein Yabrud’s bridge, northeast of Ramallah.

 

 

  • 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 01:00 on Sunday dawn, 14 April 2019, Israeli forces moved into the central neighborhood in Silwan village, south of East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Adnan ‘Adel Tawfiq Ghiath (44), al-Quds Mayor, and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00 on abovementioned Sunday dawn, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Isawiyah village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 5 civilians namely as Mohammed Samir Obaid (21), Taj Eden Maher Mohesin (19), Mohammed Omran Obaid (24), Mohammed Abu Ryalah (22) and Bashar Mahmoud Mohesin (26).

 

  • At approximately 03:00 on Monday dawn, 15 April 2019, Israeli forces moved into Biddu village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Hamzah Ibrahim Zahran (40) and then arrested him. It should be noted that Zahran served 12 years of imprisonment in the Israeli jails in multiple arrests.

 

  • At approximately 16:00 on the same Monday, Israeli forces arrested ‘Adel Abdullah Abu Sbaih (13) when he was at the entrance to al-‘Isawiyah village, northeast f occupied East Jerusalem.

 

  • At approximately 01:00 on Tuesday, 16 April 2019, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Isawiyah village, northeast of East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 5 civilians, including 3 children, namely Mohammed Ma’amoun Mohaisen (15), Abdul Rahman Ahmed Abu Rayalah (14), Mohanned Ma’amoun Abu ‘Asab (15), ‘Adnan Marwan Abu Ryalah (21) and Jamil Hesham Nasser (21).

 

  • At approximately 02:30 on the same Tuesday, Israeli forces moved into Hazmah village, northeast of East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Suleiman Feras Salah Eden (16) and then arrested him.

 

 

Notices and House Demolitions:

 

  • On Saturday afternoon, 13 April 2019, Shady and Fadi al-‘Ajlouni started to self-demolish their house in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, implementing the Municipality’s decision and avoiding paying the demolition costs and a financial fine. Shadi al-‘Ajlouni said to PCHR’s fieldworker that the Israeli municipality issued a decision to demolish the 40-square-meter apartment where his brother Fadi and him lived in. the municipality gave the family a period until the end of the current month to implement the demolition decision or the municipality crews will do it and the family have to pay the demolition costs in addition to a financial fine. Shadi added that the house, which was built 2 years ago of gypsum, bricks and tin plates, is a third floor comprised of 2 rooms only and a kitchen and is inhabited by 8 individuals, half of them are children. Shadi emphasized that the municipality crews and the police raided the house after the family lived in it and ordered to demolish it. After deliberations, the municipality ordered to demolish the house and not to use it and then closed the staircase that leads to it, until the municipality issued a final demolition decision. In addition to that, the family will demolish a balcony, which was built years ago, in the second floor that was used as a bed room and laundry room under the pretext of building without a license.

 

  • On Monday evening, 15 April 2019, ‘Awad Mohammed al-‘Abasi started to self-demolish his house in al-Suwaih neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, implementing the Municipality’s decision under the pretext of building of without a license. Al-‘Abasi said to PCHR’s fieldworker that he self-demolished his house, which is under construction, after the Israeli municipality issued its decision to demolish  his house under the pretext of non-licensing. He said to Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan that the municipality crews raided the house in late March several times and banned al-‘Abasai from continuing the construction works. Early this month, the Israeli municipality issued the demolition decision. Al-‘Abasi also said that in the last days he went to a lawyer and an engineer in an attempt to obtain a license for the house, but both confirmed that the area had no “building line”  and the demolition decision entered into force. Al-‘Abasai emphasized that he had to self-demolish his house to avoid paying the financial fine and demolition expenses to the municipality. Al-‘Abasi mentioned the Israeli municipality demolished his house in 2007 and he rebuilt the house last year to live in it.

 

  • Earlier on Wednesday, 17 April 2019, Israeli forces accompanied with several military vehicles and heavy bulldozers and municipality crews moved into Yasoul Valley neighborhood in Silwan village, south of East Jerusalem’s Old City. They surrounded a residential room and stores belonging to ‘Ezz Eden Barqan and demolished them without allowing him to remove their contents. The stores and the room were designated for the fish restaurant supplies and there are fridges, equipment and special tools inside them. Following that, the Israeli forces raided and searched “al-Roqy and al-Osoul” Horse Farm belonging to Mohammed al-Qaq and then demolished it. It should be noted that the 200-square-meter farm was built of bricks 5 years ago.

 

  • On the same Wednesday morning, Israeli forces accompanied with several military vehicles and heavy bulldozers and municipality crews moved into al-Ashqar neighborhood in Beit Haninah village, north of East Jerusalem. They surrounded a house belonging to ‘Omran al-Masri and then demolished it. ‘Omran said that the municipality crews and Israeli forces raided and searched his house when he was not there. When he arrived, he attempted to inform the municipality officer that he managed to freeze the demolition decision for a month, but the municipality ignored that and started to demolish the house without a prior warning. Omran added that he lived in the house for 11 years and attempted to license it several times. However, the municipality refused that claiming that it’s an area where construction is prohibited and imposed fines of about NIS 40,000 on Omran. He mentioned that the Israeli police raided and searched his house on Sunday, 14 April 2019, and informed him with the demolition decision. Omran’s lawyer was managed to delay the demolition decision for a month, but he was surprised when the municipality crews raided the house and implemented the demolition decision. It should be noted that house was inhabited with 7 individuals, including 5 children.

 

  • In the same context, on Sunday afternoon, 14 April 2018, Israeli Supreme Court refused an appeal submitted by Palestinian families that live in Wadi Yasoul neighborhood, in Silwan village, south of East Jerusalem’s Old City to ban demolishing their houses. It should be noted that the houses are partially built on a land where Israeli “Elad Association” seeks to build Jewish tourism projects on it. Khalid Shuweiki, Member of the Defense Committee in Wadi Yasoul neighborhood, said that the Israeli Supreme Court, which is the highest judicial body, dismissed the appeal submitted by the houses’ owners in the abovementioned neighborhood to the Israeli District Court’s decision to demolish 4 houses in the neighborhood. That means the Supreme Court approved to demolish the houses and displace around 20 individuals. Shuweiki mentioned that the neighborhood residents submitted an appeal for the Supreme Court 3 days ago. The response was quick as the Supreme court refused the appeal and approved the District Court’s decision. He added that the refusal of the appeal means that the decisions of the 4 houses, belonging to Barqan, al-Qaq and Kashour families, entered into force and the demolition will be carried out at any time. This demolition is a preamble to completely demolish and ease Wadi Yasoul neighborhood, which is comprised of 84 houses and inhabited with 400 individuals. It should be noted that all the families are struggling in courts to license their houses, which are built years ago during which they managed to freeze the demolition decisions several times. Shuweiki emphasized that the demolition decision to demolish Jerusalemites’ houses in the area came after approval of building settlement units in a land that was seized by Elad Association. Residents of Wadi Yasoul confirmed that they had all the documents that prove their ownership of the 50-dunum land where their house are built. However, the Israeli authorities intend to implement their plan of the so-called ” Peace Forest”. Israeli daily, Haaretz Newspaper mentioned that the Israeli Court approved the demolition of houses inhabited with hundreds of Palestinians houses claiming that they are partially built on “Peace Forest” land where Elad Association seek for building Jewish tourism projects in it supported by the Israeli municipality in occupied Jerusalem.

 

 

Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

Israeli forces continued to target the areas in the West Bank classified as C according to Oslo Accord signed by the Israeli government and Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the areas located in the vicinity of settlements and route of the separation wall in order to expel them from the Palestinian residents for the sake of settlement expansion.

 

Israeli forces’ attacks:

 

  • At approximately 10:30 on Tuesday morning, 16 April 2019, an Israeli force backed by several military vehicles and accompanied with a bulldozer and a vehicle belonging to the Israeli Civil Administration moved into Susiya village, south of Yatta, south of Hebron. The civil Administration staff removed a30-square-meter residential tent belonging to Husain Radi Nawaj’ah (40). The tent is built of steel pillars, shed and rubber tires. The place of the tent was leveled after it was confiscated. The Israeli authorities claim that the tent was confiscated and leveled under the pretext of non- licensing.

 

  • During this week, the Israeli authorities issued a military order to ban Palestinian farmers from entering their lands in al-Nabi Noun Mount, east of Yanoun village, southeast of Nablus and transfer them to a natural reserve in preamble to confiscate them. Rashed Marar, Head of the Village Council, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that at approximately 16:30 on Tuesday evening, 16 April 2019, he was informed by a farmer that a vehicle with Israeli registration plate belonging to the Environmental Protection Department in the Civil Administration fixes a metal banner with the following text: “No Entry… Natural Reserve” in al-Noun Mount, east of Yanoun village, southeast of Nablus. Rashed mentioned the mountain have a distance of hundreds of dunums planted with olive trees; some of them are used for agriculture and for grazing sheep. The mount top belongs to Bushnnaq family from Nablus and farmers from ‘Aqraba village serve in it. Rashed added that the military decision will deny the shepherd from grazing at the area. He also mentioned that this decision is preamble to expand settlement outposts, which are extended from “Itmar” settlement established on ‘Owerta, Beitfurik, and Yanoun lands:

 

  • (Hill 777) established in the eastern side of Yanoun village.
  • ( Gideon) established in the northern side of the village.
  • (Givot Olam) established in the western side of the village.

It should be noted that these outposts control over 80% of the village land.

 

  • At approximately 07:30 on Wednesday, 17 April 2019, large Israeli force accompanied with heavy vehicles bulldozers moved into Tulkarm, closed its entrances and prevented civilians from entering or leaving it. The bulldozers leveled an under construction house built on an area of 200 square meters at the eastern entrance to the village. The house belongs to Shehadah ‘Azem from al-Taibah City in Israel. According to statement of the Head of the Village council, this house is one of 5 houses that are threatened to be demolished in which the Israeli forces notified their owners earlier this year to halt construction works. The Israeli forces then notified them with the demolition decision. Thus, 4 other houses located in the eastern side of the village are threatened to be demolished. PCHR’s fieldworker didn’t manage to speak with the house owner because he is in Turkey. It should be noted that since the Second Intifada, Jbarah village is isolated from its vicinity by the annexation wall since early May 2013.

 

Israeli settlers’ attacks:

 

  • At approximately 18:00 on Friday evening, 12 April 2019, a group of Israeli settlers, protected by the Israeli forces, from “Givat Ronim” settlement outpost extended from “Bracha” settlement in the northern side of Burin village, south of Nablus, moved into the northern outskirts of the abovementioned village. A number of civilians gathered and threw stones at the settlers to keep them away from the village. The Israeli forces immediately fired tear gas canisters to disperse them. Meanwhile, a settler opened fire from his gun, causing wounds to Obadah Rashed al-Najar (17) with a superficial wounds. Obadah was taken to Rafidiya Hospital in Nablus to receive medical treatment.

 

  • At approximately 16:00 on Saturday, 13 April 2019, a group of Israeli settlers under from “Yitzhar” settlement established in the east northern side of ‘Orif village, south of Nablus, moved into the eastern outskirts of the village. They smashed the glass of 2 cars. In one of cars, which belongs to Loai Mazen Hafeth Shehadah, the glass was fully smashed and the structure damaged. In the second car, which belongs to Ziyad Abdul ‘Aziz Shehadah, the glass and the front lights of the care were smashed. It should be noted that the 2 cars were parked in front of  Ziyad’s house as his family was getting into the car when the settlers attacked the neighborhood.

 

  • At approximately 19:00 on the same day, Israeli settlers from the abovementioned settlement, escorted by a number of Israeli soldiers,  moved into ‘Orif villages for the second time and stationed in the vicinity of the water tank that feeds the village in al-Safair area in the northern outskirts of the village. A number of them civilians gathered and threw stones at the Israeli settlers and soldiers. The soldiers fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors, who were hiding behind the water tank. As a result, Naji ‘Aref Naji Sabbah (17) was hit with a stone to the right shoulder, causing its fracture. He was taken to Rafidiya Hospital in Nablus to receive medical treatment. Moreover, many civilians suffered severe tear gas inhalation and received medical treatment on the spot.

 

  • At approximately 18:45 on the abovementioned Saturday, a group of Israeli settlers stationed a hill between Tirms’eya village and Shilo settlement’s intersection on Ramallah-Nablus Road, attacked a car and broke the windshield caused damage to the structure. The car belongs to Bruce Lee Dakhil Abdul ‘Aziz ‘Aid from Burin village, south of Nablus, who was driving back from Ramallah as he works in the police. He was accompanied with his sons Leza (20), a student at the Faculty of Law at Birzeit University; Lenda (19), a journalism student at the Modern University College; Qusai (10), and Sema (9). Bruce Lee continued driving for around 200 meters when he saw  an Israeli vehicle. He stopped and informed the soldiers of the incident and their response was: ” What should we do to you?! Go!”

 

 

  • Recommendations to the International Community

 

PCHR warns of the escalating settlement construction in the West Bank, the attempts to legitimize settlement outposts established on Palestinian lands in the West Bank and the continued summary executions of Palestinian civilians under the pretext that they pose a security threat to the Israeli forces. PCHR reminds the international community that thousands of Palestinian civilians have been rendered homeless and lived in caravans under tragic circumstances due to the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip that has been under a tight closure for almost 11 years. PCHR welcomes the UN Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334, which states that settlements are a blatant violation of the Geneva Conventions and calls upon Israel to stop them and not to recognize any demographic change in the oPt since 1967.  PCHR hopes this resolution will pave the way for eliminating the settlement crime and bring to justice those responsible for it. PCHR further reiterates that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are still under Israeli occupation in spite of Israel’s unilateral disengagement plan of 2005.  PCHR emphasizes that there is international recognition of Israel’s obligation to respect international human rights instruments and international humanitarian law.  Israel is bound to apply international human rights law and the law of war, sometimes reciprocally and other times in parallel, in a way that achieves the best protection for civilians and remedy for the victims.

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

 

 

 

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