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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (26 Dec. 2019 – 01 Jan. 2020)

 

Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory 

26 December 2019 – 01 January 2020

 

  • 44 Palestinians shot and injured, including 13 children and 2 women, by IOF near the Gaza border fence at Great March of Return (GMR) protests in eastern Gaza.

 

  • 5 Palestinians injured in excessive use of force against civilians in the West Bank

 

  • 2 shootings reported against Palestinian agricultural lands, and 1 reported against Palestinian fishing boats, east and west of Gaza Strip Shore

 

  • During 81 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 64 civilians arrested, including 7 children

 

  • 2 houses demolished in occupied East Jerusalem and 5 others seized; 3 residential tents uprooted in the northern valley;

 

  • Settlers attack a child in Jerusalem and a settler raid reported in al-Samou’ village;

 

  • IOF established 50 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, where 3 Palestinian civilians were arrested

 

Summary

                                               

This week, PCHR documented 198 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory. This week witnessed an increase of Israeli violation regarding demolition and settlement activities in addition to settlers’ attacks and incursions. They were as follows:

As part of the Israeli shooting and excessive use of force:

In terms of excessive use of force, IOF wounded 44 Palestinian civilians, including 13 children and 2 women, on the 86th Friday of the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege protest (GMR) in eastern Gaza Strip. IOF shot and injured 5 civilians with live bullets and shrapnel; and 1 was deemed in serious health conditions, in addition to targeting protestors’ upper body with rubber bullets and tear gas canisters. Among those injured, a young man and a child were both shot with rubber bullets in their right eyes. IOF maintained their policy of repression despite the general calmness and weak participation due to the weather conditions. Meanwhile in the West Bank, 5 Palestinian civilians were shot, including a child, in separate incidents. IOF opened fire at agricultural lands in 2 incidents and 1 at fishing boats in the Gaza Strip; no casualties were reported.

Under IOF incursions and house raids in addition to arresting Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 81 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, arresting and/or injuring many others. During this week’s incursions, 64 Palestinians were arrested, including 7 children.  In the Gaza Strip, IOF carried out 1 incursions into eastern Rafah.

Under the settlement expansion activities in the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, PCHR documented 6 demolitions, land razing and demolition notices by IOF, including demolishing 2 houses and seizing 5 others in Jerusalem. IOF also uprooted 3 residential tents in the northern valley and forced farmers to stop working in their agricultural lands in Nablus and the northern valley.

PCHR also documented 10 settler-attacks including a raid into al-Samou’ village and shooting, attacking and detaining a child in Jerusalem.

In terms of the Israeli closure policy, the Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the History of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life. Furthermore, IOF uses Erez Crossing that is designated for movement of individuals as an ambush to arrest Palestinians who obtain permits to exit via Israel.  Meanwhile, the West Bank is divided into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted and they are subject to arrest. In this week, IOF established 50 temporary checkpoints and arrested 3 Palestinians.

  1. Violation of the right to life and to bodily integrity

  1. Excessive Use of Force against Protests in the Gaza Strip

On Friday, 27 December 2019, the 86th weekly Great March of Return (GMR) protest took off in eastern Gaza Strip, under the slogan “Martyrs’ Blood Draws the Freedom Path” on the anniversary of the 2018 Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip, which continued for 23 days. IOF continued to use excessive force against protestors, which resulted in the injury of 44 civilians, including 13 children and 2 women.

At approximately 14:00, Palestinian civilians head towards the five GMR encampments in the eastern Gaza Strip to join the protest, which lasted until 17:00. This week’s protest was the last for 2019; the National Authority announced the suspension of GMR until the next Earth Day, celebrated on 30 March of each year, which would mark the second anniversary of GMR and declared that protests would thereafter take place on a monthly basis and on national events.

 

The incidents were as follows:

  • Northern Gaza Strip: demonstrations took off in eastern Jabalia with little participation due to the weather. Some protestors attempted to throw stones at IOF stationed along the border fence. IOF shot and injured 2 civilians with rubber bullets.

  • Gaza City: hundreds of civilians took part in protests at Malaka area in eastern Gaza City. No casualties were reported.

  • Central Gaza Strip: dozens of young men headed to eastern al-Buraij refugee camp and gathered adjacent to the border fence at a range varying between 0 – 300 meters. The protestors threw stones and sound bombs at IOF, who responded with live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters and pumped wastewater at the protestors. As a result, 2 civilians sustained rubber bullet wounds, including Sa’ed Ahmed Tawfiq Mahani (29), from Gaza City who was shot with a rubber bullet in his right eye. Mahani was transferred to Eye Specialty Hospital in Gaza City. Moreover, a number of civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.

  • Khan Younis: Hundreds of civilians joined today’s protests in Khuza’ah area in eastern Khan Younis. Dozens gathered near the border fence and attempted to throw stones and Molotov cocktails. IOF fired rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, 20 civilians, including 10 children and a woman, sustained rubber bullets while dozens suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.

  • Rafah: hundreds of protestors gathered in eastern al-Shawka neighborhood while others remained at the protest encampment where speeches and theatrical performances were held. Dozens attempted to approach the fence and set tires on fire and threw stones. IOF fired live, rubber bullets, and tear gas canisters at protestors. As a result, 20 civilians, including 3 children and a woman, were injured: 5 were shot with live bullets; one of them was deemed in serious condition; 12 were shot with rubber bullets; and 3 were hit with tear gas canisters. The wounded woman was identified as Huda Nayef Edwan (42) and she was shot with a live bullet in the head. Ahmed Ahmed Mesbah al-Hams (19) was deemed in serious condition after being shot with a live bullet in the lower extremities.

 

  1. Shooting and other violations of the right to life and bodily integrity

  • At approximately 06:30 on Sunday, 29 December 2019, IOF gunboats opened heavy fire and chased Palestinian fishermen while at sea west of Khan Younis despite the fact that they were within the allowed fishing area, which is up to 15 nautical miles. The shooting continued on intervals for 3 hours, which terrorized fishermen who had to flee to shore. No damage was reported.

  • At approximately 11:00 on Sunday, IOF fired live bullets at the bypass road near al-Shurfa area in Taqou’ village, east of Bethlehem while Palestinian civilians were in the area. According to eyewitnesses, IOF hid behind trees and fired at passer-byers. No injuries were reported. The incident reoccurred the following evening at approximately 13:00.

  • At approximately 18:00 on Sunday, IOF stationed at the border with Gaza, east of Khan Younis, opened fire at agricultural lands east of al-Qarara village. No casualties were reported.

  • At approximately 23:30 on Sunday as well, IOF moved into Nabuls city from its northern, north eastern and south eastern entrances in protection of a fleet of busses carrying settlers en route to pray at Joseph’s Tomb east of the city. Palestinian children and boys gathered during the raid and threw stones and empty bottles at IOF who responded with live and rubber bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. Dozens suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and received treatment in the field, while Nazem Moayad Nazem ‘Ashour (19) sustained a rubber bullet in the left thigh and another superficial bullet in the mouth. He was transferred to Rafidia Government Hospital for medical treatment.

  • At approximately 14:00 on Monday, 30 December 2019, IOF arbitrarily fired tear gas and sound bombs at Palestinian civilians at al-Fowar Refugee Camp, south of Hebron, under the pretext that stone throwers attacked IOF. As a result, a 20-year-old was hit with a sound bomb in the face and transferred to Hebron Hospital, while others suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 16:00 on Monday, 30 December 2019, Israeli police opened fire at a vehicle after it had chased it from Beit Jala all the way to western Bethlehem. The driver was detained. According to an eyewitness statement to PCHR fieldworker, Mohammed Khlaed Abaid (25) was driving his vehicle while his mother, Karima Shaheen (53), was in the passenger seat in Beit Jala. Israeli police chased him and opene3d fire at his vehicle which startled him and caused him to run into a wall. His mother sustained bruises while Mr. Abaid was detained.

  • At approximately 07:00 on Tuesday, 31 December 2019, IOF stationed at the border with Gaza, east of Khan Younis, opened fire at agricultural lands east of al-Qarara and Khuza’a villages. No casualties were reported.

  • At approximately 01:55 on Wednesday, 01 January 2020, IOF moved into Tubas. During the raid, a group of Palestinians gathered and confronted IOF vehicles with stones and empty bottles. IOF responded with live and rubber bullets, tear gas and sound bombs. As a result, Qassam Suhaib Abu-Siaj (17) was shot with a live bullet in his left thigh and transferred to the hospital. Others suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and were treated in the field.

  • At approximately 02:35, IOF raided Jenin. During the raid, a group of Palestinians gathered and confronted IOF vehicles with stones and empty bottles. IOF responded with live and rubber bullets, tear gas and sound bombs. As a result, Jamil Nabil Awwad (22) was shot with a rubber bullet in his left leg and was taken to hospital. Also during the attack, IOF raided and searched civilian houses and arrested 3 civilians: Ibrahim Nathem Turkman (21); Omar Amer Abu-Salama (20); and Baker Hilal al-Sabe’ (27).

  1. Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 26 December 2019

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF backed by military vehicles moved into Halhoul village in northern Hebron and stationed in al-Tharwah neighborhood. They raided and searched Yaser Mohamed Zamar’ah (48)’s house and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

  • At approximately 03:00, IOF backed by military vehicles moved into Bani Na’iem village in southern Hebron. They raided and searched ‘Issa ‘Abed al-Naser D’isat (22)’s house and withdrew later. ‘Issa was taken to an unknown destination.

  • At approximately 04:40, IOF moved into Qarawet Bani Hassan village, west of Salfit. They raided and searched houses and arrested Mostafa Ya’qoub Mer’i (22).

  • At approximately 07:30, IOF backed by military vehicles moved 100 meters to al-Shawka village in eastern Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip. They combed the area amidst shooting, but no casualties were reported. At approximately 14:00, IOF stationed beyond the border fence again.
  • At approximately 08:30, IOF stationed at al-Zaytouna military checkpoint, east of occupied East Jerusalem, arrested Mohamed Talal Mousa ‘Eriqat (23) while passing through the checkpoint. He was then taken to an unknown destination.

  • At approximately 10:30, IOF arrested Ahmed Samer Abu Isninah (16) and Eslam Tareq Mrish (16) while walking on al-Wad Street in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They were then taken to an unknown destination.

  • At approximately 21:00, IOF moved into al-‘Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched houses, from which they handed 6 civilians notices to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in Moscovia investigation center in West Jerusalem. The mentioned civilians were identified as Saleh Bader Abu ‘Asab (19), Mohamed Mousa Mostafa (18), Anwar Sami ‘Obaid (21), Mohamed ‘Eliyan ‘Eliyan (25), Fayiz Mohamed Muhassin (23), and Nidal Omar Ghannam (20). Lawyer Mahmoud Mahmoud said that the Israeli authorities interrogated the civilians and handed them decisions signed by the IDF Home Front Command imposing house arrest on them for several months, claiming that they pose threat to Israel’s security. It should be noted that all the mentioned civilians were previously detained by the IOF.

  • IOF carried out (19) incursions in Silah al-Dahiriyia, ‘Araba, Ya’boud, al-Fandoqomiyia and Sanour villages in Jenin; Bureen and Qusreen villages in Nablus; Tulkarm camp, Nour al-Shams village, al-Showika suburb, and al-Rameen village in Tulkarm; Hejah village in Qalqiliyia; Bediyia village in Salfit; and Sureef, Dir ‘Asal and Ethna villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 27 December 2019

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-Yamoun village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested Karam Adib Mostafa Samoudi (33) and Mo’az Ibrahim Abu Mohsen (32), taking them to an unknown destination.

  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. They raided and searched houses and arrested Karam Abu ‘Atiyia (21), taking him to an unknown destination.

  • At approximately 13:30, IOF moved into Bab al-Rahma Cemetery in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They arrested Naserallah Moneer al-A’war (18) while present in the cemetery and took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested ‘Emad ‘Obaida al-Rab’I (14), from al-‘Aroub refugee camp in northern Hebron, while returning to his house and took him to an unknown destination.

  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Hebron, al-Moreq and Yatta villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 28 December 2019

 

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF backed by military vehicles moved into Tarqumiyia village in western Hebron. They raided and searched Ra’ed Ibrahim Taninah (22)’s house and arrested him. He was taken to an unknown destination.

  • At approximately 10:00, IOF moved into al-Jab’a village, west of Bethlehem. Diab Masha’lah, Head of the Village Council, said that the IOF prevented restoration works in the village council office and detained a concrete casting crane under the pretext of working without permit.

  • Around the same time, IOF backed by military vehicles moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp in northern Hebron. They raided and searched 2 houses, from which they arrested Bashar Sarhan Hassan (21) and Yaser Khader Ghazi (24) and took them to an unknown destination.

  • At approximately 15:00, IOF arrested 4 civilians after severely beat them while present near the eastern entrance to al-‘Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees were identified as Ahmed Mohamed Derbas (23), Basel ‘Azizi ‘Obaid (19), Mohamed Dawoud Abu Riyalah (21) and Robeen Ahmed Jaber (20).

  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Beit Kahel and Karma villages. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 29 December 2019

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Taqou’ village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested Mazen Jamal al-Sha’er (17) and Osama ‘Ali ‘Abdullah (22) and took them to an unknown destination.

  • Around the same time, IOF backed be military vehicles moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp in northern Hebron. They raided and searched 2 houses, from which they arrested Rushdi Saleem ‘Isaa (16) and Omar Zuhdi Mahfouz (16) and took them to an unknown destination.

  • At approximately 02:30, IOF backed by military vehicles moved into Hebron and stationed in Hebron’s University neighborhood. They raided and searched Wesam Rebhi al-Haymoni (27)’s house and arrested him.

  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into al-‘Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested 12 civilians, including 3 siblings, and took them to an unknown destination. PCHR keeps the names of the arrestees. Lawyer Mahmoud said that the Israeli authorities interrogated the civilians in Moscovia investigation center for several hours and later released them. It should be noted that those civilians were threatened with arrest and confiscation of their Jerusalemite IDs if any of them of their sons participated in any security activity.

  • At approximately 14:00, IOF arrested Montaser Mohamed Saleem Za’oul (27) at a military checkpoint near al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem, and took him to an unknown destination.

  • IOF carried out (7) incursions in Yatta, Sureef, Beit Marsam, and Sa’ir villages in Hebron; and Sabastiyia village in Nablus, Beit Marsam village, al-Burj village in Hebron.

Monday, 30 December 2019

 

At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-Tour neighborhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested Maher ‘Esam al-Laftawi (23), Fareed Ahmed Abu al-Hawa (19), Mahmoud Mohamed Abu Isbitan (18), and ‘Abed al-Rahman Eyad al-Hedrah (21).

  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into ‘Anbata village, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested Ahmed Omar Abu ‘Asal (22), Mo’az Ahmed Mostafa Abu ‘Asal (25), Ahmed Mahmoud Sharaqah (21), Anas Ethar Abu Khamish (25), and Yousef Mohamed Nassar (22).

  • At approximately 04:30, IOF moved into Beit Rima village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched 2 houses and arrested Nabeigh Yehia al-Remawi (19) and ‘Abed al-Mo’tei Karam al-Remawi (18). Both of them were taken to “Ofer” Prison in Betouniyia village, west of the city.

  • Around the same time, IOF backed by military vehicles moved into al-Am’ari refugee camp, south of al-Bireh. A group of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at IOF. The IOF chased them between buildings and fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them, but no casualties were reported. In the meantime, IOF raided and searched houses, and arrested Yehia ‘Asef Romana (20) and Zaid Yousef Abu Kowik (19), both students at Berzit University, and took them to an unknown destination.

  • At approximately 18:30, IOF moved into Hezmah village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mostafa Nazzal ‘Askar’s house and arrested his sons Ahmed (22) and Khaled (19), taking them to an unknown destination.

  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in al-Jalazoun refugee camp and Um al-Sharayit neighborhood in al-Beirah City in Ramllah; and Bureen village in Nablus.

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF backed by heavy military vehicles moved into Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, and stationed in several neighborhoods. They raided and searched Ahmed Khader Abu Maria’s house and put all his family in one room. IOF searched the house for two hours and strip-searched 12 people in the house under the pretext of searching for weapons. Before their withdrawal, IOF confiscated a Skoda car, (500) JD, and (3500) NIS and handed the family a report of the confiscated items and money. Simultaneously, IOF raided Thiab Hasan al-Allami’s house and handed his son Ameer (19) a summons to refer to “Gush Etzion” investigation center, south of Bethlehem. At approximately 03:00, IOF withdrew and no arrests were reported.

  • Around the same time, IOF moved into al-Izareya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Anas Jawdat Shatara’s (34) house and arrested him.

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Nablus and stationed in al-Makhfiyia neighborhood, west of the city. They raided and searched houses and arrested Mohi al-Deen Tayseer ‘Abed al-Haq (19) and Mostafa ‘Abed al-Fattah al-Sakhel (35) from their houses on Tal Street. IOF raided al-Sakhel’s shop and confiscated a PC, a laptop and a vehicle.

  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into al-Issaweya, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Issa Yousef Antar (25).

  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Beit Doqqo, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Loqman Sami Rayyan’s (25) house and arrested him.

  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Jenin, and Sabastya, northwest of Nablus.

Wednesday, 01 January 2020

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Beit Fourik, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched Mohammed Hasan Husain Abu Samra’s (30) house and confiscated (362) JD and (12070) NIS. Abu-Samra rents the local park from the municipality and the confiscated money was intended for that purpose.

Abu Samra told PCHR’s fieldworker that: “At approximately 02:00 as I was sleeping, IOF knocked on my door. I opened the door and more than 15 soldiers entered my house and one of them asked for my ID, when I brought it he said that I am not the wanted person. He then gave me a picture of someone and asked me if I knew him but I told them I did not. The soldier ordered me to bring all the money available in the house, so I gave him (362) JD and (12070) NIS. IOF searched my house for 2 hours and a half. Before the withdrawal, he ordered me to sign the paper of the confiscated money. I told him the purpose of the money but he refused to listen, took the money and left”.

  • At approximately 02:35, IOF moved into Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Huthaifa Subhi Jabarin (22).

  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Qabatya, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Musa’ab Abdulnaser Hanaish (21), a student in Birzeit University.

  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Ma’dama village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mohammed Zaher Qit (30).

  • IOF carried out (1) incursion in Beit Fourik, northeast of Nablus. No arrests were reported.

 

  • Settlement Expansion and settler violence in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem

 

  1. Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property for Settlement Expansion Activities

 

  • Early on Sunday, 29 December 2019, IOF gave Rami Najib Foqha a notice to halt work on his 10-dunum-land, located at Hamma area in the northern valleys east of Tubas, under pretext of being a heritage area.

  • At approximately 09:30 on Monday, 30 December 2019, IOF, along with a guard from “Shavei Shomron” settlement, raided agricultural lands in Kilet al-Bireh area, an 80-dunum land located on plot number 4, approximately 25 meters away from the settlement. IOF forced a group of farmers to leave the land. The farmers were there with the mayor, Mohammed Azem, to plant apricot trees and fence the land to protect it from hogs and the Israeli settlement expansion schemes. It should be mentioned that the farmers were working under a project funded by the Development Center of Palestine in partnership with Oxfam and it targets at least 30 farmers. IOF claimed that the farmers were expelled because they were in areas C and in an area classified as a nature reserve, despite that the Palestinian farmers have documents that prove their ownership.

  • On Wednesday, 01 January 2020, IOF seized five houses and a water pipeline in al-Montar area in Bdiyat al-Quds, east of occupied East Jerusalem, as a prelude to establish a settlement outpost in the area. Yunis Ja’far, Chairman of Al-Montar Land Defense Committee, said that IOF moved into al-Montar area and seized five houses of Mohamed Omar ‘Abed al-Qader, Zaki Khalil ‘Abed al-Qader Ja’far, Khalil ‘Abed al-Qader Ja’far, Mohamed Maher al-Sarkhi, and Hani Shaker al-Sarkhi. He added that IOF seized a water pipeline and threatened to withdraw another one from al-Sawarha area. It should be noted that Israeli settlers recently set up caravans and water tanks in the area. According to local sources, Israeli authorities intend to establish a wall surrounding occupied East Jerusalem to isolate it from other Palestinian governorates. According to the Oslo Accords signed by the Israeli government and the PA, Badiyat al-Quds is classified as Area C, which is under Israeli civil and security control while the PA is responsible for education and health. It should be noted that Israeli authorities established settlements and military training sites as well as natural reserves on 70% of Badiyat al-Quds while the remaining 30% was declared as a closed military zone.

  • At approximately 10:00, Israeli Jerusalem Municipality vehicles demolished 2 houses in Khalaila neighborhood in Silwan village, south of the occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. According to Khaled Abu Tayieh, Chairman of Silwan Land Defense Committee, the Israeli Municipality bulldozers backed by IOF demolished Yazeed Khalilah and Mohanad ‘Abed Khalilah’s houses in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Abu Tayieh clarified that Yazeed’s 1-story house was built on an area of 100 sq.m 7 months ago and sheltered 8 persons, while Mohanad’s 100sq.m house sheltered his wife and 2 children. He added that the Israeli authorities did not give enough time for the families to get their contents out and left them outside in the cold.

  • At approximately 13:00, IOF moved into al-Hadaf area, east of Beit al-Dajan village, northeast of Nablus. IOF prevented Mizyed ‘Abed al-Qader al-‘Absi from plowing his 10-dunum land, under the pretext of being in Area C. IOF confiscated 2 agricultural tractors and took them to “Makhora “settlement in Northern Jordan Valleys.

  • At approximately 14:29, IOF accompanied with construction vehicles moved into Khelet Abu Salah in Tubas. They demolished and confiscated three residential tents of Ibrahim Sa’ied Zayid Abu Daher and Zainab Suliman Abu Daher. It should be noted that Ibrahim and Zainab received those tents from the Palestinian Red Crescent Society after IOF demolished their tents and barns on 23 December 2019.

  1. Israeli Settler Violence

                              

  • At approximately 22:00 on Sunday, 29 December 2019, a group of settler vehicles raided al-Samou’ village, south of Hebron, under heavy IOF protection. The settlers surrounded an old church in the city center and prayed there. In the meantime, IOF closed the city center and its main road and enforced a curfew on civilian movement. They stayed there for an hour and a half and then left the area. No attacks against civilians were reported.

  • At approximately 21:00 on Monday, 30 December 2019, settlers’ guards fired live bullets and sound bombs at a group of Palestinian young men in Baten al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem. This happened after a verbal altercation and a quarrel erupted between the settlers and the neighborhood’s residents. Eyewitnesses said that settlers’ guards beat and randomly fired live bullets and sound bombs at Palestinians in Baten al-Hawa neighborhood. The guards also detained Adam Mahmoud Abu Rmoz (17), severely beat him and handed him to IOF while he was bleeding from his face and head. It should be noted that the IOF moved into the neighborhood, provided protection for the settlers, beat the neighborhood’s residents, and fired sound bombs at them. As a result, Zuhair Sami al-Rajbi (49) sustained sound bombs shrapnel wounds in his mouth and foot. He was then taken to a medical center for treatment. Following the attack, a large IOF fore moved into Batern al-Hawa neighborhood, where they raided and searched dozens of houses. Additionally, they arrested and investigated Mahdi Yunis Jaber (20), Waleed al-Sha’ir, and Yusof Bassam al-Rajbi (21).

  1. Closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement of persons and goods

West Bank

In addition to permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of more temporary checkpoints that restrict the movement of goods and individuals between villages and cities and deny civilians’ access to their work. IOF established 50 temporary checkpoints and arrested 3Palestinian civilians.

The military checkpoint were as follows:

Jerusalem:

 

  • At approximately 11:00 on Saturday, 28 December 2019, IOF established a temporary military checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Daqqo village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem. IOF detained dozens of cars on both sides of the temporary military checkpoint and denied civilian movement for several hours.
  • On Monday evening, 30 December 2019, IOF established a temporary military checkpoint at the entrance of al-Izareya village.

 

Bethlehem:

 

  • On Sunday, 29 December 2019, IOF established 5 temporary military checkpoints at Beit Jala entrance, as well as the entrances to Houssan village and Taqou’ town and al-Khudur village’s bridge.
  • On Monday, 30 December 2019, IOF established 3 temporary military checkpoints at the entrances to Taqou’ town, Okbat Hassana area and near Dar Salah’s village bridge.

 

Hebron: 

 

  • On Thursday, 26 December 2019, IOF established 2 temporary military checkpoints at the entrances to al-Shyoukh and Beith Kahel towns.
  • On Friday, 27 December 2019, IOF established 5 temporary military checkpoints at the entrances to: Tarqowmia, al-Thaherya, al-Samou’, Bani Na’im, Kharsa and al-Jaljel towns.
  • On Saturday, 28 December 2019, IOF established 3 temporary military checkpoints at the entrance of: Al-Aroub Refugee Camp, Tarrama village and Oyoun Abu-Saif road, south of Dura.
  • On Sunday, 29 December 2019, IOF established 5 temporary military checkpoints at the entrances of: Hebron (southern entrance), al-Fowar Refugee Camp, Beit Owa, Ethna, al-Samou’ villages.
  • On Monday, 30 Decemeber 2019, IOF established 3 temporary military checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Ummar Village, Yatta and Halhoul.
  • On Tuesday, 31 December 2019, IOF established 3 temporary military checkpoint at the entrances to Ethna village, Hebron’s northern entrance and Kharssa village road.

 

Qalqiliyah and Salfit:

 

  • On Thursday, 26 December 2019, IOF established 3 temporary military checkpoints at the entrances to al-Nabi Elias and Izbat al-Tabib villages in Qalqiliyah;
  • On Friday, 27 December 2019, IOF established 3 temporary military checkpoints at the entrance to Deir Ballout town and Rafat village in Salfit;
  • On Sunday, 29 December 2019, IOF established 2 temporary military checkpoints at Salfit’s northern entrance and Qalqiliyah’s eastern entrance.

 

 Nablus:

 

  • On Friday, 27 December 2019, IOF enhanced their arbitrary procedures against civilian traffic on Howara military checkpoint, established on Nablus’ southeastern entrance.
  • On Saturday, 28 December 2019, IOF established a temporary military checkpoint on Surra village entrance, southwestern of the city.
  • On Wednesday, 01 January 2020, IOF established a temporary military checkpoint on Beita village entrance, southeast of Nabuls. IOF also enhanced their arbitrary procedures against civilian traffic on Sahvi Sahmron checkpoint, northwest of the city and Beit Fourik checkpoint, northeast of Nablus.

 Jenin:

 

  • On Friday, 27 December 2019, IOF established a temporary military checkpoint on the southeastern entrance to Arraba village, south of Jenin.
  • On Monday, 30 December 2019, IOF established a temporary military checkpoint on the southern entrance to Bourqin village, west of Jenin.

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